Butcher is a Native American vigilante skilled in both western and eastern fighting methods through years of training, and heavily involved in the teachings of his ancestors. He was at one point a member of the United States Military, although he quit after learning his parents were murdered by organized crime. Since then, he has made it his personal mission to eliminate such terrorist groups through whatever means necessary. John Butcher has been known to work with other heroes such as Green Arrow and the Question in his pursuit of justice.