Joe Butterfield
Butterfield Crop
Actor D Harlan Cutshall
Seasons Season 2, 3, 4 & 5
First Appearance Worlds Apart
Last Appearance Reborn

Allegiance 2nd Massachusetts Militia Regiment
Age Early 40's
Occupation Fighter (Post-Invasion)
"We want to see them right now! You know this is wrong.. get your hands off me!"
—Joe wanting to see the captured Masons.[src]

Joe Butterfield is a loyal member of the 2nd Massachusetts Militia Regiment. Joe is one of Daniel Weaver's most trusted fighters in the 2nd Mass. Weaver leaves him with important tasks revolving around the preparation of the 2nd Mass. When the Masons are captured, Joe and Marty become hostile demanding to see the Masons.


"Worlds Apart"

After the group brings back a injured Tom, this fighter can be seen surprised by his appearance, after being missing for 3 months. When Tom wakes up from his surgery, after accidentally being shot by Ben, this fighter is seen talking to other fighters. When Tom starts shaking the 2nd Mass residents hands, he walks up to Tom, greets him and shakes his hand.

"Shall We Gather At The River"

When the convoy is waiting to cross the bridge, this fighter is waiting near a vehicle. Later, he helps guide the convoy across the bridge, and when the med bus gets stuck in a ditch, this fighter on Weaver's order helps push the bus out of the ditch. He reaches the other side of the bridge alive.


At the new airport carrier camp, he walks around inside and spectates the aircraft's. After Avery Churchill's arrival, he listens to her when she talks to the 2nd Mass. After Jimmy's death, he helps place his body in the grave then listens to Weaver's eulogy and places a handful of dirt into the grave. During the night, he is seen preparing to leave the airport camp.

"Love and Other Acts of Courage"

After the team who investigated the explosion arrive back to the camp, this fighter is briefly seen walking around the camp. When Tom arrives back with the Red Eye skitter, he gathers around the back of the truck to spectate it. He later arrives at the new camp at the hospital, and when Jamil Dexter gets the generator working, he cheers with the other fighters in the hospital.


At the new hospital camp, he attends a meeting with Weaver, Tom, Dai and a few other fighters; as Weaver collapses from the Harness bite, he is seen in shock. After the incident he listens to Tom's speech about leaving for Charleston for Weaver, but they cannot as they have ran out of fuel. When Lyle arrives back to the hospital with Anthony and John Pope this fighter is briefly seen walking outside the hospital.

"Molon Labe"

At the front of the hospital, this fighter can be seen helping a wounded man. After Karen's escape, she alerted the Espheni where the 2nd Mass where camped, and he protects the hospital. He witnesses Karen being escorted into the hospital, and guards the Espheni leader when captured. Using the captured Espheni leader as a decoy, the 2nd Mass escape the hospital with their lives.

"Death March"

The next week on the road to Charleston, when they arrive to Charleston, the bridge that leads them into it is demolished. As he walks back to the convoy, he starts a camp fire on the road and listens to Weaver's speech before being found by Jim Porter.

"The Price of Greatness"

When Porter finds the 2nd Mass on the road, he brings them to the underground mall where his group, the New United States have been residing. As they enter, he is served food, and later that night argues about handing in their weapons.

"On Thin Ice"

This fighter is first seen walking around the new Charleston camp, after the harnessed kids are taken out of the cargo truck.

"Collateral Damage"

This fighter in the morning grabs a plate of soup from Kim Kennedy. Later that night he fights against the Espheni troops in the team that is used as a decoy.


This fighter is seen during the morning, fortifying the camp by setting up barricades. After the Liberty Tree is finished, he listens to Tom's speech about it and about Lee Tedeschi.

"At All Costs"

This fighter defends Charleston from the Espheni forces. The next morning he is seen walking around Charleston.

"Be Silent and Come Out"

This fighter is seen walking around Charleston during the night. He later is present when the Mason family prepare to leave Charleston to search for Anne Glass.

"The Pickett Line"

This fighter is seen walking around Charleston.

"Strange Brew"

This fighter is present when the grid appears.

"Journey to Xilbalba"

This fighter is seen walking around Charleston.


A few days later, when the Volm have finished their weapon to take down the grid and destroy the Boston tower, this fighter is part of Tom's team that rides in a cargo crate on a barge to the tower, he witnesses Kadar and Cochise fire the weapon, and take down the tower and cheers after it collapses. This fighter parties with the other 2nd Mass members. The next morning he is present when Weaver tells the 2nd Mass that the Volm want to ship them off to Brazil, and is told to pack their supplies as they are leaving before they have the chance to herd them off. Preparing to leave, the Volm interrupt their plan and force them to lay down their weapons, but the Volm leader is convinced by Tom that they need to stay and fight, they are given back their weapons and they travel on the road.

"Ghost in the Machine"

As the 2nd Mass reach the top of the hill to Charleston, Beamers and Mega-Mech ambush them. He scatters with the rest of the 2nd Mass as the Beamers drop obelisks that deploy a laser fence. As Tom destroys the last Mech, this fighter survives and during the four months that the 2nd Mass is separated, and he is imprisoned in a ghetto camp along with Pope, Weaver and Tom. This fighter is seen in the ghetto camp.

"The Eye"

This fighter was thrown out into the open to listen to the harnessed teen speak to them about their food situation and the 'Ghost'. This fighter helps attack the Eye in the Sky. When they drop food, he runs over to collect.


This fighter is gathered by Hal Mason and Kaden, and brought into the ghetto's sewer to escape. This fighter successfully escapes the ghetto, with only one death occurring, Henry's. He can later be seen talking with the other survivors during the night.

"Evolve or Die"

After escaping the ghetto, he continues to follow Tom Mason and Daniel Weaver. He follows them to a fallout shelter that Cochise prepared for the survivors. That night, they leave the shelter.

"Door Number Three"

This fighter arrives to Chinatown following Hal and Dingaan. At Chinatown, he changes his clothes. Later, this fighter tries to storm the courtyard with most of the 2nd Mass fighters to kill Alexis, after Maggie tells everyone she is dangerous, however is stopped by the believers of Lexi, and Hal.

"Saturday Night Massacre"

After Lexi emerges from her cocoon, she walks through Chinatown, and this fighter along with most of the 2nd Mass fighters point their guns at her, however she uses her powers to stop everyone from moving, then puts down Lourdes Delgado. This fighter prepares for the battle with the Espheni, and is one of few fighters that survived when the street was destroyed by a gas leak. He later hides in the fallout shelter with the remaining survivors.

"A Thing With Feathers"

The next day, this fighter leaves the fallout shelter and helps search for any survivors. Later that night, he sits in as the remaining survivors give a toast to the people who died in the battle.

"Til Death Do Us Part"

This fighter helps along with the 2nd Mass and Chinatown survivors clear rubble from the streets. Later, he attends the wedding of Anne Glass and Tom Mason. After Shaq interrupts them, he watches as he blows the whistle that causes the Beamer to unearth itself.

"Drawing Straws"

This fighter gets a bowl of food, and listens as Tom and the others argue about who is the best person to fly the Beamer. When Matt Mason suggests to draw straws, everyone agrees except for Tom, saying that the best man should fly the Beamer; however in the end the fighters who want to fly the beamer to the moon write there name on a piece of paper and place it in a hollowed out log. It is assumed this fighter put his name in, as near to all the fighters did. He watches as Tom pulls the two names out of the hat that will fly the beamer, and the next morning says his goodbyes to Tom; however the flight is delayed when Dingaan Botha yells out that something is coming, and this fighter follows Weaver through Chinatown, and witnesses several beamers being mysteriously destroyed, then watches as Lexi walks to Tom.

"Space Oddity"

This fighter watches as Lexi speaks to her father, when Tom tells everyone to take cover, he takes off to an unknown location. Later, he watches as the Beamer flies off. He is later seen in Tom's dream, caused by Lexi.

"Shoot the Moon"

After Chinatown is attacked by a portable harness farm, and the Espheni Power Station is destroyed, Anthony arrives back to Chinatown with this man and other fighters, as they were on a mission while Chinatown was being attacked.

"Find Your Warrior"

Butterfield listens's to Anne's speech about finishing the war, as they now have the upper hand. While building a barricade, Daniel Weaver comments that he can get a kid to carry for him, as he is struggling. After Tom Mason arrives back, he listens to his motivation speech about getting mad, to find your warrior, and that now is the time for overkill. Butterfield joins the mission to find the Overlord at the high school.

"Hunger Pains"

Like all the fighters, Butterfield regularly took shifts on the barricades, as mass skitters continued to attack Chinatown. Butterfield is seen cleaning guns with Tom Mason, before being called over by Daniel Weaver to go take his place on the barricade. This fighter is present when Sara reveals the truck load of food.


Butterfield joins the mission to destroy the Espheni hatchlings, which they are using to create skitters and black hornets. After they successfully destroy it, he rides in the back of the truck to help with Sara, however when they arrive she is dead, after being eaten by the mutated bugs.

"Pope Breaks Bad"

Butterfield is requested by Daniel Weaver to drive the second vehicle as they go over the plans to travel to the naval base that is said to be untouched. Weaver tells Butterfield to come get him when he's loaded up.

"Non-Essential Personnel"

When Weaver gives Butterfield the signal, Butterfield gives the fighters the word to prepare to leave Chinatown for DC. Butterfield fires at the man who begins to shoot explosives at the 2nd Mass. He helps load half of the 2nd Mass's ammunition in exchange for Weaver, and later unpacks it after Weaver convinces Marty to join the 2nd Mass.


Butterfield arrives at the whiskey distillery with the 2nd Mass, and unloads the supplies as Daniel Weaver tells the 2nd Mass that they will be staying here for the next few days.

"Everybody Has Their Reasons"

Butterfield arrives at the naval base with the 2nd Mass. The 2nd Mass and Butterfield get settled in, however the next day the 2nd Mass are all taken prisoner, as they have been identified with possibly being collaborators.

"Stalag 14th Virginia"


Butterfield demanding to see the Masons.

After the 2nd Mass hear of the Masons being captured, Joe along with Jon, Marty and a few other fighters walk up the the 14th soldiers. Joe demands them to let the 2nd Mass see the Masons and Marty makes the case that they shouldn't be fighting each other. Katie Marshall shoots a shot into the sky, and command the soldiers to lock them up. Butterfield yells that they know this is wrong, however is still taken. Joe watches in sadness inside a cage as the Masons are about to be gunned down in the firing line, however the soldiers do not shoot on their command. A truck soon storms into the base, and 2nd Mass reinforcements come out of the truck and release the 2nd Mass fighters. Joe watches as Daniel Weaver stabs and kills Katie Marshall, who was an Espheni clone.


Daniel Weaver informs Butterfield that they will begin to pack up anything useful for their last stand in DC, and to round a group and begin to pack. When Matt Mason brings in Alexis Glass-Mason, who last presumed dead, Butterfield points his rifle at her. Butterfield engages in the fight between John Pope's group and the 2nd Mass/14th Virginia.


Butterfield is present at the 2nd Mass's last campfire together. Tom decides to use service tunnels to sneak a strike team into the city rather than a full-out assault on the Lincoln Memorial, as the Espheni have built a war around DC. Butterfield joins the strike team, and takes cover when Lt. Demarcus Wolf shoots an explosive at a nest of baby Overlords. As the group is trapped, Tom continues on his mission to kill the Espheni Queen. Butterfield is shown to be in sadness when Anne Mason dies, after being hit by shrapnel. Butterfield out of respect takes off his hat, and watches as Tom arrives, then takes Anne off to be resurrected by the Dornia. As Tom killed the Queen before arriving, all Espheni forces are destroyed.

Months after the war, Butterfield attends the ceremony at the Lincoln Memorial. Butterfield is seen speaking with Jon. He listens to Tom's speech about the war.


Season 2 appearances
Worlds Apart Shall We Gather at the River Compass Young Bloods Love and Other Acts of Courage
Homecoming Molon Labe Death March The Price of Greatness A More Perfect Union
Season 3 appearances
On Thin Ice Collateral Damage Badlands At All Costs Search and Recover
Be Silent and Come Out The Pickett Line Strange Brew Journey to Xilbalba Brazil
Season 4 appearances
Ghost in the Machine The Eye Exodus Evolve or Die Mind Wars Door Number Three
Saturday Night Massacre A Thing With Feathers Til Death Do Us Part Drawing Straws Space Oddity Shoot the Moon
Season 5 appearances
Find Your Warrior Hunger Pains Hatchlings Pope Breaks Bad Non-Essential Personnel
Respite Everybody Has Their Reasons Stalag 14th Virginia Reunion Reborn


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