Name: Thomas "Tommy" Clarence (Bond) (Rafferty in Glove Taps) (McGann in Framing Youth )
Played By: Tommy Bond
Relatives: Hank (father), mother
Clubs: The International Silver String Submarine Band
First Short: Spanky (short)
Last Short: Bubbling Troubles
Bio: Long before he was the terror of the neighborhood and the source of Alfalfa's nightmares, Tommy was pretty much the All-American kid. His father is the owner of the construction company, and he helps Wally to build a fire engine to rival Jerry Tucker's fancy store-bought one in Hi'-Neighbor!. He attends the Bleak Hill Boarding School in Mush And Milk and forms The International Silver String Submarine Band in order to win a radio contest in Mike Fright. When he is not having fun creating the most raucous music in the world, he heads out to Cherry Creek to go camping, but he gets showed up by the younger kids, Spanky and Scotty, who think ahead to hitch-hike and bring food to the location.
For some unknown reason, Tommy leaves the neighborhood for a while, but when he gets back, he's got a bit of a chip on his shoulder, nick-named Butch, and takes his anger out on the other kids, sometimes directly or in the form of practical jokes. Just why he gets so angry is unrevealed since it's later revealed he has a very nice home life in Practical Jokers. Some of the anger could be from the fact his mother channels his love for loud music into practicing the violin (Framing Youth). He allies himself with a buddy he calls The Woim in Glove Taps and very quickly tries to gain fear on the street. While his frustration is felt through the area kids, his favorite target is Alfalfa who seems to be easy to terrorize. At times, even Butch and The Woim are intrigued by the levels of deception Alfalfa and Spanky go through to decieve them, but more often than happens, they are frustrated by their recurring stupidity in falling for the lies, compounding their latent anger. Alfalfa has tricked him with a dead fish disguised as a broken leg in Fishy Tales and wooed him disguised as a female in Rushin' Ballet. In retaliation, Butch very nearly comes close to taking Darla, Alfalfa's true love, away from him, but he is just a victim there himself in her attempts to make Alfalfa jealous. However, Butch can't intimidate Alfalfa's Cousin Wilbur, who turns out to be a scrapping powerhouse, or Spanky, who ends up giving him two black eyes to compare with the one Spanky gives him in Framing Youth.
Gradually, Butch starts burying the hatchet in his fights and starts to become more of a friend again. He is still highly competitive when it comes to go-cart racing in Auto Antics and even creates his own loan-shark operation in Dog Daze, but his mother still invites the gang over for his birthday in Practical Jokers. Often manufacturing dynamite in his garage from a chemistry kit, he creates a formula in Bubbling Troubles that Alfalfa drinks down to cure his loss of appetite and is genuinely concerned when his favorite punching bag could explode.
Quotes: "You're darn right, it's Butch! Now, what do you have to say before I tear you apart!" - Butch in Fishy Tales
- See also: Butch As Seen In Other Media.