“The Boys’ Series Explainer: What Frenchie’s nickname means for Butcher

Contains spoilers and speculation for “The Boys”

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: In “The Boys” series, there are many hidden layers, each more shocking than the last. Frenchie’s nickname for Butcher is particularly revealing. It challenges what fans thought they knew about Frenchie’s backstory.

The Boys, issue #37 – written by Garth Ennis, with art by Darick Robertson features Frenchie’s scandalous account of his origin. As readers quickly realize, however, the character is far from a reliable narrator, and his story is anything but definitive backstory.

Instead, the theme emphasizes something that Frenchie’s nickname for Billy Butcher has subtly hinted at since the very beginning of The Boys comic book series – that Frenchie is, in fact, not actually French.

Why does Frenchie call Butcher ‘Monsieur Charcuter’?

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Tomer Capone in photo shoot of “The Boys” (@primevideo)

Frenchie, also known as The Frenchman, is a crucial member of the boys due to his expertise in weapons and explosives. He is also known for his unpredictable nature. If provoked, Frenchie can take on an entire room of trained soldiers and emerge victorious.

According to “The Boys” #37, he was recruited by Butcher after such a display of his skills. However, the cartoon itself suggests that much of Frenchie’s personal history should be questioned.

Throughout ‘The Boys’, Frenchie is not only a skilled fighter; he also proved merciful. Despite his ferocity in battle, he shows kindness to others, especially towards the Female and the newest team member, Wee Hughie.

He also shows respect, especially by always addressing Billy Butcher as “Monsieur Charcuter”, roughly translating to “Mr Butcher” in French. This translation issue suggests inconsistencies in Frenchie’s identity claims.

“The Boys” strongly implies that Frenchie is not actually French, with his nickname for Butcher serving as a constant reminder. Early in the series, readers noticed Frenchie’s broken and imprecise French, which suggested either a sloppy translation by the creators or a deeper character complexity.

The number 37 deals with these questions in a surreal way, although it does not directly confirm the non-French identity of Frenchie, it strongly suggests it.

The fictional story of Frenchie’s origins in “The Boys” #37

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Tomer Capone in photo shoot of “The Boys” (@primevideo)

In “The Boys” #37, Frenchie suddenly shares his origin story with Hughie, filled with exaggerated French stereotypes that subtly confirm his non-French background.

Frenchie claims he returned from war to his small French village, “Franglais”, only to find his intended bride stolen by a childhood rival, leaving him disconnected from his community.

As the story unfolds, Frenchie’s father challenges the rival to a bike fair using baguettes, leading to absurd events. It becomes clear to Hughie and readers that the story is fabricated. “The Boys” #37 uses inconsistent and sometimes offensive details about France, highlighting Frenchie’s mysterious origins.

Frenchie’s use of “Franglais”, mixing French and English, is remarkable, as is the oddity that everyone, including his French parents, calls him “Frenchie”.

The story is full of clich├ęd French stereotypes, yet it doesn’t explain why Frenchie adopts this persona. That ambiguity adds to the enigmatic character of Frenchie in “The Boys”.

Frenchie’s enigmatic legacy in “The Boys”

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Tomer Capone and Karen Fukuhara in a photoshoot from “The Boys” (@primevideo)

In “The Boys” number 37, whether Frenchie really believes his story or not is left ambiguous. Despite this, the series establishes him as a veteran of the French Foreign Legion, a branch of the French armed forces that accepts foreign recruits.

Mother’s Milk also mentions Frenchie’s struggles with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), suggesting that his “Frenchie” persona could be a coping mechanism or illusion caused by trauma.

The theme itself advises readers not to dwell on the truth of Frenchie’s story. As Butcher tells Hughie, “Last line’s the bit that counts, mate,” after Frenchie declares his loyalty to the boys to the end, just before running away.

That statement gains poignancy considering Frenchie’s tragic fate – betrayed and killed by Butcher in the final arc of the series.

Throughout “The Boys”, Frenchie stands out as a complex character. In a series where characters often reveal dark secrets or wear their emotions openly, Frenchie navigates both realms forging her own unique path.

His true origin remains one of the series’ unsolved mysteries, sparking speculation among devoted fans about his role and impact in the story.

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