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The Slaughterhouse Nine, often simply called the Nine, were a rotating group of nine supervillains who roamed North-America. The group was founded by King, but was quickly taken over by Jack Slash, who killed King with the aid of Harbringer in 1987.[1]

History Edit

Brockton Bay Edit

The Nine arrive in Brockton Bay in the wake of Leviathan's attack during Arc 11: Infestation. They recently visited another city on the invitation of Ravager. The Nine have only eight members, so each member is sent out to find a candidate for membership.

Members at the time are:

  1. Jack Slash
  2. Bonesaw
  3. Siberian
  4. Mannequin
  5. Crawler
  6. Shatterbird
  7. Burnscar
  8. Cherish

In addition, Bonesaw has three creations with her that are composed of the corpses of other parahumans.

The nominees were forced into a deadly survival game where they were individually "tested" by each of the eight members of the Nine over the course of three days, with the survivor earning membership in the Slaughterhouse Nine. Jack Slash claimed that if more than one candidate survived the tests he would admit defeat and leave the Bay.[2]

Candidate Nominator Notes
Armsmaster Mannequin Mannequin is known for targeting other Tinkers.
Bitch Siberian Siberian reveals to Bitch that she is capable of speech that she has killed all other who have heard her talk.
Hookwolf Shatterbird
Labyrinth Burnscar Burnscar and Labyrinth spent time together in the same parahuman clinic. Burnscar considers Labyrinth her friend.
Noelle Crawler It was hypothesized by the other members of the Nine that Crawler nominated Noelle only for a chance to fight her and grow stronger.
Oni Lee Jack Slash The nomination is withdrawn when Oni Lee fails to meet Jack Slash's standards.
Panacea Bonesaw
Purity Jack Slash Jack Slash's second choice. He does not pursue it, preferring to set up future conflict with Theo Anders.
Regent Cherish Cherish is Regent's older sister.

Jack Slash also expressed interest in Skitter due her actions during the testing period.

During the Brockton Bay invasion, Burnscar, Crawler, and Mannequin were killed. In addition, Shatterbird was captured by the Undersiders while Cherish tried to betray the rest of Nine. She was punished with permanent imprisonment by Bonesaw.

Despite Jack Slash promising to leave if more than one candidate survived, Hookwolf was declared the winner and allowed to join the Slaughterhouse Nine. The Nine fled Brockton Bay pursued by Dragon and the newly named Defiant, formerly known as Armsmaster.

After Brockton Bay Edit

Jack Slash recruited Skinslip and Damsel of Distress to fill the Nine's roster till more useful and long-term members could be found, while Dragon and Defiant managed to kill the Siberian.[3] The Nine used Tinker technology stolen from Toybox in order to hide in a pocket dimension.

All members of the Slaughterhouse Nine other than Bonesaw were placed in suspended animation for two years. During this time, Bonesaw was ordered to create nine clones of past and present members of the Slaughterhouse Nine, with the exception of herself, Hookwolf and Jack Slash (who received no clones), and Gray Boy (who received only one clone). The biotinker Blasto was kidnapped in order to help Bonesaw accomplish this. She used research notes from the parahuman Cranial in order to help her implant the clones with false memories and trick the Passengers into believing the clones were the real deal so that they would receive the original's powers. Despite her work the clones were still less dangerous then their source material, given the artificial source of their memories and consequent lack of familiarity with their abilites. [4]

Contessa visited Bonesaw during this period in order to nudge events to facilitate Bonesaw switching sides during the Golden Morning and help the heroes.

Slaughterhouse 9000 Edit

Members Edit

The final iteration of the Slaughterhouse 9 - referred to by fans as the Slaughterhouse 9000 despite having less than 300 members - contained sets of nine clones of past and present members of the Slaughterhouse Nine, with the exceptions of Bonesaw, Jack Slash, Hookwolf, each of whom was the original. In the case of Gray Boy, his Passenger restored his original body, and it is implied that he held his original memories in addition to Bonesaw's implanted ones. His power also healed him of any brain modification forcing loyalty to Jack Slash.

In addition, Bonesaw created five "special" clones:[5]

  • Laughjob - Hatchet Face and Chuckles hybrid[citation needed].

History Edit

Jack's goal was to challenge Theo Anders as one of his endless games to stave off boredom, as well as to discover the method he was prophesied to end the world. If Theo failed to kill Jack, he would disband the Slaughterhouse Nine, leaving them to wreak havoc.

During the conflict, Gray Boy perceived weakness in Jack Slash and traps him in a timeloop to make him suffer what might as well be eternal torment. Grey Boy also managed to trap Scion in a timeloop before being killed by Foil.

The timeloop Jack Slash was trapped in had enough time between loops to allow him to talk. It also made it impossible for the heroes to kill him. This, combined with his powers being based on broadcasting, meant that the heroes had no way to shut him up and stop him from instigating the Golden Morning.

As of the end of Worm, only four members are confirmed as alive. Jack Slash is trapped in a Grey Boy time bubble, Cherish is trapped at the bottom of a deep undersea trench with Mannequin's life support systems keeping her alive, Harbinger defected to Cauldron before the start of the main story, and Bonesaw defected to the Wardens. Several clones, including some Harbingers, may still be alive.


Most members of the Slaughterhouse Nine lasted only weeks or months, and rarely did a member last more than a year. Some members of the Slaughterhouse Nine are unknown, and do not appear within Worm.[9]

Known Members
Name Status Notes
Bonesaw Defected Permanent Member after Jan 20, 2005.
Breed Deceased Part of the original Nine.
Burnscar Deceased
Cherish Incapitated Traitor to the Nine. Later became Butcher XV.
Chuckles Deceased
Crawler Deceased Member for shorter than a year.
Crimson Deceased Part of the original Nine. Lover of Winter.
Damsel of Distress Deceased Recruited after leaving Brockton Bay
Gray Boy Deceased Part of the original Nine. Killed by Glaistig Uaine.
Harbringer Defected Part of the original Nine. Member of Cauldron known as Number Man.
Hatchet Face Deceased Killed by Cherish.
Hookwolf Deceased Recruited at Brockton Bay
Jack Slash Incapitated Part of the original Nine. Second leader. Only constant member.
King Deceased Leader of the original Nine.
Mannequin Deceased Member for longer than a year.
Miasma Deceased
Murder Rat Deceased Demoted after mental degradation.
Nice Guy Deceased
Night Hag Deceased
Nyx Deceased Part of the original Nine. Twin sister of Nix. Case-53.
Psychosoma Deceased Part of the original Nine.
Screamer Deceased Part of the original Nine.
Siberian Deceased Member for longer than a year.
Shatterbird Deceased Member for longer than a year.
Skinslip Deceased Recruited after leaving Brockton Bay
Winter Deceased Lover of Crimson. Replaced by Hatchet Face.
About Serial Killers And Parahumans
A serial killer is typically defined as an individual who has killed three or more people over a period of more than a month, with down time (a "cooling off period") between the murders, and whose motivation for killing is usually based on psychological gratification. The motives of serial killers are generally placed into four categories: visionary (believing they are another person or are compelled to murder by entities such as the Devil or God), mission-oriented ( justifying their acts as "ridding the world" of a certain type of person perceived as undesirable), hedonistic (they feel pleasure from killing.This pleasure can come from lust, thrill and/or profit) and power or control (to gain and exert power over their victim).

The majority of reported and investigated serial killers in the USA are white males, from a lower-to-middle-class background, usually in their late twenties to early thirties. But according to the FBI, and based on percentages of the U.S. population, whites are not more likely than other races to be serial killers.

The reason behind someone becoming a serial killer (nature or nurture) is still open to debate. But empirical research shows that most of them share some characteristic like having been bullied as children or abused (emotionally, physically and/or sexually) by a family member. These two episodes in particular can lead to a trigger event which explains why there are so many parahuman serial killers.


  • The Slaughterhouse Nine were the focus of Worm's one year anniversary bonus, a series of eight interludes released over the course of a week. Each update, for the most part, centered around the 'Nine' and their meetings with various candidates in Brockton Bay.

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References Edit

  1. “Jack,” Jacob said.  He kicked King’s body again.  “Fuck it.  He always called me Jacob, practically purring.  His little killer in training.  As if I could match up to his Gray Boy.  I want to be more than that.  Get out from under his shadow.” - Excerpt from Interlude 21.x
  2. Snare 13.1
  3. Interlude 19.x
  4. Though it’s somewhat justified in this instance as they don’t retain their full memories – only cobbled-together personalities and histories. - Comment by Wildbow on Sting 26.3
  5. Interlude 25
  6. Sting 26.5
  7. Speck 30.4
  8. Sting 26.3
  9. Wildbow on Reddit

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