William Joseph "B.J." Blazkowicz or "Terror Billy" is the playable protagonist of MachineGames's reimagining and reboot of the Wolfenstein series, inspired by the original version of William J. Blazkowicz from Wolfenstein 3d (1992).
The MachineGames series continues (partially) after the events in Wolfenstein (2009), where the Nazis won and dominated the world 14 years after the war. Much of B.J.'s background is also completely reimagined in this series from his original background in the classic series (see William J. Blazkowicz (Classic)). Several details in B.J.'s life have been altered, including changing his hair color, giving him a different American accent, and changing his birthplace, as well as giving various changes to his personality. Quake Champions further fills in gaps in his history, in particular, his early life and training to become a soldier.
The developers have chosen to largely ignore Wolfenstein (2009), and they do not consider it the main part of their continuity. The Old Blood is apparently intended to be a retelling of the events of Return to Castle Wolfenstein, set in this universe. The developers have stated that the original Wolfenstein 3D is considered as a prequel to this series; however, even the events surrounding that game have been reimagined according to Wolfenstein II.
Wolf 3D is referenced in The Old Blood, The New Order, and The New Colossus as previous events. In all situations, these references may have had reimagined outcomes (e.g. in The Old Blood, assuming the newspaper isn't pure propaganda [see List of Newspapers (The OId Blood)], Hitler survived B.J.'s attack on him. Some elements of those games' lore simply do not exist in The New Order timeline (Allied victory in the war, marriage to Marie Patterson, etc.)
- "Back home. Place has gone to hell. Can feel the monsters of the past still lingering after all these years, claws sunk deep into the earth. Left something here belonging to momma. Maybe I can find it again."
- ―B.J.'s mission text upon returning home in 1961.[src]
William is a third generation Polish American, born on August 11 (or 15), 1911, in the United States.
He is the grandson of a Polish immigrant, and the son of Rip Blazkowicz, an ambitious, but crooked and racist Polish-American con-artist and businessman; and Zofia, a young Polish Jew. He grew up on a farm called the Blazkowicz Estate in Mesquite, Texas, near Forney Lake, in the 1900s. His childhood was abusive, with his father venting his anger on him, his mother, and their dog Bessie for his failing business. He would also lock B.J. in the closet when he was bad, where he would lose track of time.
At a young age, B.J. started to have nightmares, often waking his father in the middle of the night. This ended when his father took him in the basement to fight the monsters with weapons, curing B.J. of his nightmares. His father later gave him his pocket knife; it was later taken by bullies Andy and Howie, with B.J forced by his father to get it back himself if he wanted to ever enter the house again. B.J. was also forced by his father to get his pocket watch from the well, something that is recollected in his memories upon his return to the well in 1961. Despite the abuse he suffered from his father, his mother showed him unyielding compassion, and she trusted him with her engagement ring, a family heirloom for B.J. to give to his spouse one day.
Around the age of nine or ten, B.J. met and befriended an African-American girl named Billie, whom he developed a mutual crush on. She would have a great impact on his morality, as he saved a rat he put into a bucket full of water due to her pleas. However, they were caught by his father under the poplar tree, enraging him. His mother hid him and Bessie in the closet while she dealt with Rip. Rip and Zofia argued until he slapped her unconscious, leading B.J. to come out of the closet and throw vases at his father until B.J. was strangled unconscious. Later that day, B.J was strapped to the sawhorse in the basement, and forced to shoot his dog Bessie, much to his father's glee; however, depending on the player's actions, Bessie is shot by Rip when B.J. misses her. Afterward, B.J. and Zofia buried Bessie in the front yard, while B.J. was consoled by his mother, who told him it would end better than it began. He was then taken into his room, where his mother noted that Rip hurt him badly, asking him whether he wanted soup or porridge.
B.J. once swam in the Gulf during Red Tide, despite his father's command not to, causing his skin to burn. At age 11, he swam across Forney Lake on a dare for tin soldiers. At age 13, he fell into a pond near his family's stable, and was covered in leeches. At age 19, he fell into the family well, in order to try to salvage his father's watch. He remembers good times, such as seeing Mesquite at sunset, and the country music he used to play back home. He later went to work for his cousin, where he earned his first dollar. He also spent time with his grandmother, where he learned that his Aunt Sara was diagnosed with dementia during her time in college. B.J. notes that she was given medication, but it made her drowsy and strange. His grandmother told him it passed through the blood, and he noted that her eyes were like dirty windows on a derelict shack. 
Once B.J. reached the right age, he ran away from home and joined the United States Army, much to his father's chagrin, and to his mother's heartbreak. In the army, he joined the Army Rangers and was sent to boot camp, learning to kill Commanders first to not let reinforcements come into the battle. B.J. would later join the OSA,and befriend fellow agents Richard Wesley and Pippa Shepherd. Around the same time, B.J. also befriended Wing Commander Fergus Reid, who referred and nicknamed him "Blazko".
At age 32 (c. early 1944) (a bit older than he actually was in RTCW, a retcon to the dating of the event), he traveled to Deathshead's X-Labs, swimming through the cesspools to destroy the super soldier research and the base.
In October and November 1944, B.J. is sent on mission to recover plans for a bomb, the VTOL from Nazis. During his mission uncovers a more drastic plot in Isenstadt where he encounters Wilhelm Strasse attempting to build a device to reach Black Sun Dimension, an extradimensional realm with power stronger than the atomic bomb. He confronted Wilhelm Strasse, witnessed Caroline Becker being shot by Hans Grosse. However he never found her body. He followed Strasse through a portal. He caused an explosion on Strasse's zeppelin from the inside, causing Strasse to crash into Isenstadt Castle. B.J. escaped and returned to OSA HQ. He would not reunite with Caroline for several decades later.
Note: The dating of the event is earlier than it was in the earlier game, as it was at least 1945 in Wolfenstein, possibly as late as 1947.
Around C. 1945, B.J. made an attempt on Adolf Hitler's life, after an escape from Castle Wolfenstein (and defeating Hans Grösse), leading to him being known as the Wolfenstein Assassin. Rumors suggest Hitler fought him one of Strasse's Mecha suits, he injured the Fuhrer. But its claimed the Fuhrer got the upper hand capturing him, and after an unsuccessful hanging, he somehow escaped. In January 3, 1946, it is claimed that Hitler made a speech claiming the rumors were false, and that the assassin was recaptured, and hung recently. Although this was proven to be propaganda (or at least B.J. survived being hung, and escaped again). B.J. would continue to have Nightmare's about these events for years to come.
The Old Blood
In 1946, B.J. and Richard Wesley were sent to Castle Wolfenstein within the German Alps in order to retrieve a top secret folder, which contains information on the whereabouts of Deathshead's Compound. Disguised as SS officers, B.J. and Wesley infiltrate and arrive in the castle in a cable car, then continue to the office of Helga von Schabbs. When Wesley finds the safe, but no folder, he tells B.J. to radio Kessler which he reveals that he has new information regarding the folder and that he will meet them at his tavern. After radioing Kessler, Nazi troops interrupt the agents and B.J. engages the troops before Wesley can get a ladder for him to ascend up to the catwalk. Ad both agents leave the office via a vent, they both are captured by Rudi Jäger, accompanied by his dog Greta and a Super Soldier.
Sent into the holding cells of the castle, Blazkowicz manages to escape with the help of a pipe which he uses as a weapon. He goes through the asylum wing of the castle and evades the jaws of a Panzerhund, as well as the various super soldiers guarding the prison. Blazkowicz manages to secure a boat and rearms himself before leaving for the Docks. Arriving at the docks, B.J. engages various soldiers while opening the keep to the castle. He manages to infiltrate the keep and fight off the various troops guarding the interior of the castle before finding Wesley after being tortured by Rudi in a surgical theater, strapped in an electric chair.
Blazkowicz is captured once again by Rudi who straps him in the chair while trying to interrogate him. The interrogation doesn't go so well, however B.J. manages to break free, electrocute Rudi in the chair and then kill his dog Greta, who was snacking on the Wesley's body. Before killing the various forces sent by a vengeful Rudi, Blazkowicz manages to escape and heads for the cable car port while taking on more Nazi forces in the castle. Despite their best attempts to kill him, B.J. manages to survive and continue his escape.
Blazkowicz arrives in Paderborn Village where he meets with Annette Krause and Kessler at the tavern and has to hold off several squads of Nazis before combating Rudi. Upon Rudi's death, Blazkowicz escapes the tavern's destruction as Rudi was armed with powerful explosives which didn't activate until his death. B.J., Kessler and Annette all leave in a rowboat heading for Wulfburg to meet up with another contact known as Agent Two. Upon their arrival, B.J. headed for Agent Two's location at a baker shop and finds that it's Pippa Sheperd who is his contact. She tells him Helga is at the Wulfburg Tavern where he heads to and poses as a waiter in order to get close to Helga and leave with the folder.
While trying to leave with the folder under his tray, B.J. is stopped by Helga and ordered by her to taste the wine. After she tastes it, Helga is outraged by the fact that the wine wasn't to her satisfaction and orders Blazkowicz to drink it. B.J.'s cover is blown when Helga takes her kitchen knife and stabs him in the hand and orders Emmerich Schreiner to keep him covered. Blazkowicz manages to pull the knife out and stabs Schreiner with it and obtains his Handgun before he is hit by debris from the ceiling caused by an earthquake. B.J. gets up and heads back to Pippa, but encounters several Shamblers along the way.
Upon his arrival, Blazkowicz witnesses the death of Pippa at the hands of a shambler and kills it before obtaining his weapons. At the same time, he also saw Pippa come back as a shambler and killed her before leaving. Engaging more undead along the way, B.J. finds himself utilizing a Laderoboter to get him passed various obstacles in the way before arriving to the dig site. B.J. arrives at the dig site and continues into the caves where he finds Von Schabbs and Schreiner in the chamber housing The Monstrosity. B.J. combats the monster and kills it, then heads to see a wounded Helga and obtains the folder. Before leaving, he is buried underneath several rocks, but is rescued by Fergus Reid and other allied troops before heading to R.A.F Kinloss where they board an aircraft and head of Deathshead's compound.
The New Order
In 1946. B.J. and the Allied soldiers launch an assault against Deathshead. After crash landing on the beach, B.J. and his team eventually climb to the castle. They suddenly fall into a room which is a testing facility for Deathshead. They struggle to escape incineration and enter a strange room. They fight and kill Deathshead's UberSoldat.
Private Wyatt soon realizes that they are trapped. He hears someone approaching the door. The small window opens and reveals a very old Deathshead. The walls start closing on B.J. and choke him until unconsciousness. He wakes up to see Super Soldiers holding Wyatt, Fergus, Prendergast and himself. He is forced to choose whether Wyatt or Fergus will be dissected by Deathshead, or else all four soldiers will be slaughtered. After his choice, Deathshead turns on the rooms fire system planning on incinerating the rest of the team with a Super Soldier standing guard in the room. He and his team manages to escape after B.J kills said Super Soldier and damage the fire system before they are immolated. They all jump out of the window, just as the room explodes and sends several pieces of shrapnel out of the window. A small piece of metal enters B.J.'s brain, and he immediately falls unconscious into the sea below.
He is later picked up by a fishing boat and left at the asylum in Poland. B.J. slowly starts to awaken causing psychotropic illness. In 1960, Nazi forces lead by Keller make a final visit to shut down the asylum. Just as the main nurse Anya Oliwa was feeding him, the troops storm into the ward and starts executing patients. Anya's parents intervene and struggle with the Commando as B.J. grabs a kitchen knife. The Commando overpowers both of Anya's parents and they execute them. Anya is taken away. The Commando kills the rest of the patients and gets ready to shoot B.J. In a fit of rage, he stands up and slices the Commando's neck, muttering "Nazi scum."
While dealing with weakened muscles from lack of use, B.J. battles his way through the asylum and finds Anya. He drives to Anya's grandparents' house. He finds out that during his recovery the Allies lost World War II, with the United States surrendering after atomic bomb attacks, and that Nazis rule the world. B.J. appears older than past installments with light-brown hair (which draws more upon his classic look) and has a mass brutal appearance. B.J. and Anya's grandparents help him clear the east station to travel into Berlin and manage to make it onto the train.
In the middle of the night, B.J. makes coffee, but before he can return to the cabin, he is stopped by Frau Engel, a high-ranking female member of the Nazi military, and her lover Bubi and questioned on his national race. Forced to go along with the callous tests, which focus on choosing between specific cards to determine his status as an Aryan. B.J. can choose to steal the gun from the table, although he would be quickly gunned down by Frau's private guard. Regardless of which cards B.J. chooses in the test, she places a gun in his face, though she reveals the cards as nothing more than old war pictures and vacation photos, with the test being nothing more than her morbidly gleeful exercise. She remarks that if he wasn't true Aryan, he would have gone for the gun and she could spot an "impure" person just by looking at them. Now in the clear, B.J. leaves the two and returns to his cabin with Anya waiting there. The two share a quiet moment before and end up making love as a respite from the tribulations they've experienced.
After arriving in Berlin, the two stay in a hotel room near the infamous "secret police headquarters," known for brutal enhanced interrogations before sending their captives to Eisenwald prison. Anya, acting as a distraction, manages to buy B.J. enough time to sneak on top of a prison transport vehicle, and sneaks into the prison once they've arrived. B.J. rescues Fergus/Wyatt and other resistance members, but only the two escape with the help of Anya. Fergus/Wyatt take B.J. and Anya to the Monuments of Truth, the Kreisau Circle's headquarters for the time being. Reuniting with Caroline and eventually befriending J/Tekla, the resistance decide with the return of B.J., they can strike the Nazis and end their rule. B.J. is assigned to collect Nazi helicopters from Project Whisper alongside Bobby Bram, who sacrifices himself to get B.J. inside the London Nautica.
After the mission, Anya analyzes Über Concrete and learns that the Da'at Yichud created it and have safe keeps around the world. Anya states that Set Roth is close by, but he is imprisoned in Camp Belica that is run by Frau Engel. B.J. goes to the camp and rescues Roth, Bombate, and other prisoners that results in Frau Engel being disfigured. Roth reveals that their is a Da'at Yichud Safe Keep, but is under the ocean and the group will need a U-Boat. B.J. is then sent to obtain the U-Boat Eva's Hammer. The group realize that the nuclear cannons require codes to fire them, making them have to go the Lunar Base on the Moon. B.J. and Fergus/Wyatt use the Spindly Torque to destroy a bridge and collect the identity of a Nazi scientist. On the Moon, B.J. collects the codes and barely escapes on a ship that crashes at the London Nautica.
B.J. fights his way and learns from Fergus/Wyatt that Engel and her troops have found the Kreisau Circle H.Q. and have captured Anya, Bombate, Set and the others except Caroline and Max Hass. Returning to the base, B.J. has a final conversation with J/Tekla before their deaths and reunites with Caroline after defeating a Panzerhund. Returning to Deathshead's Compound, B.J. fires the Spindly Torque at the castle, destroying the entrance and swimming his way in and collecting weapons. Taunted by Deathshead, B.J. fights his way through the compound until he is drugged by Bubi. B.J. kills Bubi in front of Frau Engel and continues on looking for Anya and the group. Reuniting with them, B.J. separates and goes to confront Deathshead one last time.
At the top, Deathshead reveals the Prototype Robot that holds Fergus/Wyatt's brain and has it attack B.J. After a lengthy battle, B.J. destroys Fergus/Wyatt's brain and gives his tearful farewell before Deathshead returns in a battle walker. B.J. defeats Deathshead and stabs him repeatedly before being grenade by the latter. With Deathshead dead, a critically injured B.J. calls in Fergus/Wyatt to destroy the compound after seeing Anya take the resistance members on board.
According to the official Wolfenstein website:
In 1946, with the tides of WWII turning dramatically in favor of the Nazi war machine, the desperate allied forces set out to shift back the momentum with one last ditch attempt; an assault on the deathshead compound. The operation goes wildly awry; and Captain Blazkowicz ends up in a comatose state on account of a traumatic injury. He somehow survives but lives on an empty shell of his former self in a mental asylum for fourteen years. Until a fateful day in 1960.
According to the game's credits, Blazkowicz is voiced by the well-known voice actor Brian Bloom in "Wolfenstein: The New Order".
The New Colossus
Following the death of Deathshead, B.J. was significantly injured. Despite this, he survived the destruction of the compound and was rescued by the Kreisau Circle before the compound was engulfed in a nuclear explosion. However, according to Set, his injuries put him in a coma for 5 months and he also suffers kidney failure, which forces him to use a tube to pee. Furthermore, in order to save his life, Set had to cut most of his damaged intestines. It's revealed that Anya was carrying Blazkowicz' twin children, Fergus was also briefly seen. Furthermore, according to Irene, his action against the Nazis had inspired thousands of people around the world to rise up against the Nazi and he also becomes a symbol of hope and rebellion for all the oppressive people in the concentration camp, which makes Irene try to execute him in international live broadcast to crush their hope.
During this time, Frau Engel and her death squad attacks the Eva's Hammer to kill BJ. Despite the valiant resistance from the Kreisau circle, the entire submarine was overwhelmed and BJ was captured just after he wakes up and fights his way through the Nazis. Irene Engel kills Caroline Becker, but is stopped by Sigrun Engel from executing Fergus/Wyatt, with the duo escaping from Engel's gasp and drives the Nazi out of the Eva's Hammer. After regrouping with his comrades, he manages to get to the US and begins to launch a Second American Revolution with the American Resistance. In addition, B.J. gains the power suit worn by Caroline, using it to walk and battle against the Nazis. However, it is revealed that since Set Roth had to cut most of his damaged organs to save his life caused by Deathshead's grenade-suicide, he doesn't have much time left to live. This causes B.J. to become depressed and start to distance himself from Anya to focus on ending the Nazis' control over the world. In addition, B.J. starts to speak to Caroline to coup with her death, asking her "to light the way" and stick around while he is wearing the power suit.
B.J. goes to Manhattan and makes to the State Building, meeting Grace Walker and Norman "Super Spesh" Caldwell at gunpoint. Upon revealing who he is and his intention to start a revolution, Grace agrees and is forced to leave the Penthouse due to the Nazis attack. B.J. distracts the Nazis as Grace and her group make it to the helicopter. On the Eva's Hammer, B.J. returns to Section F to collect a warhead to use on the Oberkommando in Roswell. B.J. has an argument with Anya that ends with their relationship being strained. Putting everything else out of his mind, B.J. disguises himself as a firefighter and goes to Papa Joe's All American Diner where Super Spesh takes him to Area 52. After detonating the bomb, B.J. decides to return home and collect his mother's engagement ring. B.J. reunites with his father and learns that, unbeknownst to him, his father exposed his mother's Jewish heritage, leading her to death in an extermination camp in New Mexico, wherein he was awarded a 2,000 acre ranch near Forney Lake. Being held at gunpoint, B.J. brutally kills his father and realizes that Rip called Irene and gave away his location. The Ausmerzer lifts the house, leading to B.J. to detach the claws that ends with him falling back to the earth. The power suit is disassembled by the Nazis and Irene takes his mother's ring, having him sedated for his execution.
B.J. is imprisoned in Washington, D.C. and states he is part of the show, being the guy "wearing the black hat". He witnesses Super Spesh death after the latter attempted to save him, and is mocked by Irene Engel and puts her gun into his mouth to taste the bullet that killed his friend. After taunting him, Irene quickly pulled out her gun from his mouth and ended up breaking his left front teeth in the process. Afterward, B.J. is taken to court where the judge sentences him to death for his crimes. Blazkowicz hallucinates of escaping his restraints and killing all the Nazis in the courthouse before reuniting with his mother. B.J. returns to reality and is taken to the Nazified Lincoln Memorial for his execution by General Engel. Reciting his father's word on the old and weak, he is beheaded by Engel on live-television before his head is dropped off the platform. Thankfully, B.J.'s head is saved by Set and the group with the help of his drone, being revived with a Head Transplant that saved Shoshana.
B.J. is given a Bio-engineered Super Soldier Body that was founded by Caroline amidst his critical condition months before. B.J. awakes in his new body and is greeted with happiness by his comrades, making him more jovial and determined. B.J. is ordered by Grace to collect the New Orleans dossier from the Manhattan Nuclear Bunker, testing out his contraption from Set and collecting a rebreather to walk through radiation. Going to New Orleans, B.J. meets New Orleans Resistance Cell leader Horton Boone and gets his recruitment via drinking. B.J. distracts the Nazis with Paris Jack's Panzerhund and later returns to the Eva's Hammer to shoot the nuclear cannon at the Ausmerzer. Afterward, the group decide to hijack the Ausmerzer, but need the ODIN codes from the Oberkommando on Venus. Anya makes a plan to have B.J. disguise himself as Jules Redfield, kidnapping him at his favorite milkshake restaurant. On Venus, B.J. reunites with his arch nemesis Hitler who kills Ronald Reagan, Llewellyn Ewing, and John Anderson after he chooses Redfield. B.J. dons a Venus Atmospheric Suit and collects the ODIN codes, leaving Venus in a Haunebu-V.
B.J. returns and celebrates his 50th birthday party where Fergus's arm/Wyatt disappear the following day. After helping Fergus/Wyatt, B.J. and Anya go to the Ausmerzer and fight their way to put in the ODIN codes. B.J. takes over the Ausmerzer and is saved by Anya who kills a couple of soldiers and a Panzerhund. At the Jimmy Carver Show, B.J., Anya, Horton, Grace, and Fergus/Wyatt sneak in and allow him to execute Irene Engel on live-television. If Fergus' timeline is chosen, B.J. will briefly speak but won't in Wyatt's timeline. At the end, he proposes to Anya with his mother's heirloom, an engagement ring.
After assassinating Irene, Grace Walker asks him to dispose all Übercommanders to make sure Irene never have as successor to do her work in the occupational US and to further destabilize the Nazi's chain of command. After doing so, the Nazi's regime in America crumbles, destroying the puppet government and taking back the land of the free.
19 years of the success of the Second American Revolution, B.J. has become a prominent revolutionary icon and highly revered war hero of the US and the entire world. He also becomes a poster man for multiple rebel factions across the world with his image being used to encourage people of Nazi-controlled territories to rise up against the Nazis. He is now a mentor for his twin young daughters to become his successors in the crusade against the Nazis. Despite the new government of the US as well as his friends and wife urge him to retire from fighting and leave it to the twins, he still continues to fight on.
For some reason, he went missing for the secret mission in Paris, leaving his twin daughters to search for him and even possibly helping the French Resistance to toppl the Nazi regime occupation that controlled it ever since after World War II. According to Grace Walker, he left for Paris with a fake ID, four weeks prior to the event.
He is still the top wanted man in the must-be-terminated list of the Nazis.
Personality & Traits
Throughout the series, B.J. has always been portrayed as a fierce anti-fascist, "American Dream" loving patriot, believing in truth and justice. He hates the Nazis in particular and their violent actions. He joined up to fight the Nazis as soon as he was old enough. In The New Colossus, it is shown that B.J.'s intense hatred of the Nazis stems from living under his abusive, racist father. Regardless of the circumstances, he lives to rid the world of them once and for all, as they're a constant threat to himself and his allies. He's incredibly loyal to his allies and fiercely defends them. During a conversation with Set Roth, he seems to be unable to understand complex scientific concepts, as he asks Set to spare him his explanation about head transplant. He is shown too to, more often than not, have a very serious demeanor, shown oftentimes through internal monologues on subjects like the pain of war, late allies, and the atrocities committed by Nazis.
In addition, B.J. showed anyone (except Nazis) compassion, not looking at their nationality, ethnicity or entitlement. This is evident with Billie, J and Bombate. He also shows this to Sigrun Engel, who had a similar childhood. Despite her being a former Nazi, he shows her kindness and defends her from his allies, notably Grace Walker.
Blazkowicz shows himself to have a sense of humor despite his serious demeanor, most notably shown in The Old Blood. An example is ignoring Kessler's warning to not fight any Nazis in Wulfburg, stating that their connection via radio was breaking. His seriousness can come off humorous as well, cursing the moon for allowing Nazis to land and create a facility there in The New Order.
Unfortunately, after Deathshead's last resort, in which he committed suicide by unpinning the grenade in front of B.J, he was left comatose again for five months and had most of his intestines cut out for his high chances of survivability. When he woke up from coma, now as a crippled man and a shadow of his former self, B.J felt something that he would never believed that he would feel again: powerlessness. His negative emotions became much more apparent as Set told him that he has a short life expectancy as his kidneys are failing. To make matters worse, his new personality has driven his loved ones away from him, especially Anya. Although he was able to wear the Da'at Yichud Power Suit obtained from Caroline after her execution from the hands of Irene Engel, and make himself somewhat become like his old self, he still believed himself to be "weak" and that the "old are doomed". To cope with his depression, he frequently thought of Caroline to guide his way to perseverance, only to have little to no effect.
However, it all changed after the "execution" of B.J. Now obtained the Super Soldier's body, B.J felt much more powerful and agile than ever before. Now with his regained optimism, he was able to improve Anya's relationship with him significantly to the point he later proposed to Anya after publicly murdering Engel.
B.J. is feared by the Nazi regime, who refer to him as "Terror Billy", a terrorist and murderer who have wronged them for their beliefs. He is a one-man army, inspiring fear in Nazis and their supporters alike, as they see him as a myth (as soldiers are heard speaking of him in areas of gameplay). In The New Order, soldiers would scream that he's coming in German, as in The New Colossus, a soldier recalls cleaning the mess of B.J.'s battle that left him with nightmares.
Throughout his life as a soldier; Blazkowicz is known to have achieved several military rankings.
- Captain: B.J.'s rank at the time of The Old Blood and prologue of The New Order. He retains this rank as a title even into 1960-1961.
Skills and Abilities
- "Shit. Blazkowicz, you are one tough motherfucker, you know that?"
- ―Grace to B.J. after getting his new body[src]
Peak Human Condition: B.J. is shown to be durable enough to survive a grenade explosion at close range, strong enough break out of the metal restraints of an electric chair and dual wield large guns such as assault rifles or shotguns, as well as enduring a massive dosage of tranquilizer which (according to Bubi) is powerful enough to knock out an elephant. He also seems to be very resistant towards head injuries, as he survived getting knocked out by a Super soldier and by a falling rock in the Old Blood without any fatal injuries and survived getting punched by a Super Soldier in the New Order. B.J. is also surprisingly fast and agile for someone his size, being able to jump incredible distances, fit into tight spaces, and outmaneuver opponents and the environment. B.J. is in such excellent shape, that age hasn't slowed him down one bit. This is notable in The New Colossus, where he takes on many soldiers while wheelchair bound, despite being heavily injured.
Weapon Proficiency: B.J. is skilled in the use of multiple types of weaponry. He can even aim accurately while dual wielding or even while wheelchair-bound. He is skilled in the use of knives and other melees weapons (hatchets and pipes), able to throw a knife and hatchet at his enemies long range. He is also able to use grenades and other explosive weapons, including the use of nuclear bombs.
Stealth: B.J. is capable of sneaking up on enemies in order to kill them with high precision and skill. His stealth skill is most effective with the use of a knife(s) or a silenced handgun, being able to take the entire room and kill a commander to stop them from sounding alarms.
- "Okay look. Your German? Frankly its atrocious."
- ―Wesley to B.J. on his German.[src]
Multilingualism: B.J. spoke clear English and German during his military service. That being said, B.J. could hardly speak a sentence in German and often mixed words, notably saying his name was hot dog to Rudi Jaeger when entering Castle Wolfenstein, it is implied/suggested that he can understand German but has trouble speaking it, as evident by his being able to understand Irene Engel's questions on board the train. This comes back when Helga stabs him in the hand, telling him that she knew if he was spy by his terrible accent and lack of taste in wine. B.J. could speak Polish, but states its poor when trying to tell Anya who he is when driving away from the Asylum. Afterward, B.J. speaks to Anya's grandfather in Polish when getting new clothes.
Vehicle proficiency: B.J. has shown on occasions to be able to commandeer multiple types of vehicles without problems, such as submarines, trains and spacecraft, sometimes using them to kill enemies. His use of spaceships (such as the Haunebu-V) in particular is almost unique among the entire known resistance.
- "Your suit. The damp heat. The maddening itch. How did you endure it so gracefully? It's fitted so tight I struggle to breath. Yet inside, Caroline, you've left a vacuum too great to fill."
- ―B.J. on the power suit when getting the warheads for Grace.[src]
- Suit Manifestation: Once the wearer wields the power suits, they can manifest various upper parts of the suit. B.J. shows himself to manifest the helmet and the hands of the suit through his usage in Manhattan and Roswell. A noticeable example is when he manifest his helmet before Super Spesh shot at him point blank at their first meeting. B.J. appears to dislike the hands and helmet of the suit, often seen without them in cutscenes (this is possibly because he states he can barely breathe).
- Radiation Protection: The most prominent feature according to Set, the suit can protect the wearer from any radiation level, allowing B.J. to enter the low-levels of Manhattan.
- Enhanced Abilities: The power suit enhances the wearer's strength and agility, allowing B.J. to hack soldiers and robots apart. His strength goes to picking up Super Spesh upon their first meeting in Manhattan. B.J. also learns how to a slam attack, going through crates despite causing noise or alerting enemies in the area.
- Durability: The power suit protected the wearer from gunfire, as B.J.'s helmet protected a point blank shot from Super Spesh. In addition, he survived being thrown from a train despite feeling some pain. The power suit grants B.J. 200 armor as a balance of B.J. having 50 health.
- "I feel... unstoppable. Like a fucking freight train."
- ―B.J. to Grace on his super soldier body.[src]
- Battle Walker: A set of stilts that allow Blazkowicz to reach higher areas. They are also helpful for reaching objectives located behind walls. They can even provide cover behind larger vehicles and buildings. However, at the same time, it slows BJ's movement and he cannot run. This contraption can also be used to scare enemy soldiers due to its literal towering effects on B.J.
- Ram Shackles: The Ram Shackles allow Blazkowicz to be an unstoppable force, plowing through breakable walls to reach new areas. In a pinch, he can also plow straight through enemies, basically killing soldiers by violently running through them causing to be smashed into a big pile of flesh and bone. However, against Super Soldiers, it can only stun them for a few moments.
- Constrictor Harness: allow BJ to squeeze through tight spaces. Blazkowicz can fit through small crevices inside walls or even underwater pipes to move about undetected. The interesting fact about this function is that it can constrict BJ's body to fit narrow path without crushing his bones and tissues. However, prolonged use of this contraption can result to suffocation and eventual death.
- The American
- Johnny Cowboy - One of several western themed nicknames given to B.J. by Klaus Kreutz due to the fact that B.J. is American and a Texan in The New Order.
- Captain Gunslinger
- Commander Franz
- Castle Wolfenstein Assassin (aka Castle Wolfenstein terrorist)
- Billy Boy
- Terror-Billy - Most common Nazi nickname for B.J.
- Billy le Terreur
- Mr. Billy
- Tin Man
- Fish Man
- Captain Spacefish
- Brother Blazkowicz
- Herr Blazkowicz
- Mr. Blazkowicz
- Mr. Man
- Jules Redfield (false identity while undercover)
- Dan Blazkowicz (grandfather)
- Rip Blazkowicz (father)
- Cousin Wilma (cousin)
- Aunt Sara (aunt)
- Aunt Wilma (aunt)
- Zofia Blazkowicz (mother)
- Zofia's father (grandfather)
- Zofia's mother (grandmother)
- Uncle Anatol (uncle)
- Anya Oliwa (spouse/wife)
- Anya's twins (children)
Relationships (New Order/Old Blood/New Colossus)
- "Was a time I was scared of you. Was a time I would piss myself having a gun pointed at my head. You know what I feel right now? Not a God-damned thing."
- ―B.J. before killing Rip.[src]
- "Anya. You make me strong ... and weak at the same time. Will you marry me?"
- ―B.J. proposes to Anya.[src]
By Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, B.J. had not only survived his battle with Deathshead, but has also taken Anya as his wife, giving her his mother's heirloom. He also learned she and him were going to be parents to twins. At first, BJ is weary of his relationship with Anya, as his body is failing, and feels that he will die soon before he his children born. Thus, he distances himself from her until he gets his new body, now wanting to defeat the Nazis so his family wont be raised in their regime. After getting his new body, B.J.'s relationship improves and they successfully assassinate Irene Engel and become engaged amidst starting a revolution. His relationship with her is very open, as B.J. told Anya about his father and told her he confronted him and wasn't scared any more.
- "Hm. Good aim for an old dame."
- ―B.J. on Olenka's shooting skills.[src]
Friends and allies
- "I think you're very handsome and I like you."
- ―Billie to William under the poplar tree[src]
- "Sorry I couldn't save you, pal."
- ―B.J. to Wesley after closing his eyes to show respect.[src]
- "You're crazy as a loon, Kessler."
- ―B.J. to Kessler before their departure in Chapter 6.[src]
- "Listen, I can come with you."
- ―B.J. to Annette before her departure.[src]
- "You deserved a better fate than this, Pippa."
- ―B.J. after killing Shambler Pippa.[src]
- "Caroline, thank you. Take back your wings. I don't need them anymore."
- ―B.J. after getting his new body and practicing with his contraption.[src]
- "Fergus. Gotta respect a guy who can lose an arm and soldier on like it's nothing."
- ―B.J.'s thoughts on The Ausmerzer.[src]
- "Wyatt. Don't ever forget who you are, man. Don't forget who we are. Don't forget who we are, soldier."
- ―B.J. to Wyatt recovering from his breakdown.[src]
- "Well, he'd make a pretty good father... for a Nazi."
- ―B.J. to Caroline on Klaus.[src]
- "Max Hass! Max! Max Hass!"
"I feel the same way, Max."
- ―Max Hass and B.J. rejoice his survival.[src]
- "How I look?"
"Like a new man, Yingale, a new man. Oh, look at you, I'm so happy you're back."
- ―B.J. and Set after getting his new body[src]
- "We make a good team you and I."
- ―Bombate to B.J. after getting the New Orleans Dossier.[src]
- "The road in front is long and so hard...I wonder how you will cope. Mine is at its end. On this day. I am glad. To have found a friend."
- ―Tekla's last words to BJ before her death.[src]
- "That boy could play the hell out of the guitar, huh?"
- ―B.J. to Wyatt in The New Colossus[src]
- "Grace, why? She's good people."
- ―B.J. to Grace[src]
- "Shit. Blazkowicz, you are one tough motherfucker, you know that?"
- ―Grace to B.J. about his new body.[src]
- "He was a good man."
- ―B.J. to Grace upon mourning Speshie's death.[src]
Many resistance members onboard the Eva's Hammer or abroad the United States respect B.J., seeing him as an inspiration and know him as a legendary Nazi killing machine. Onboard Eva's Hammer, when B.J. interacts with members, they show respect, ask him to solve problems, give him information on contraptions, and show kindness by calling him captain or saying hello.
- "Lady... That the best you got? Then your best won't do. You among wolves now. And these are our woods"
- ―B.J. to Engel before her death.[src]
In The New Colossus, Irene and B.J. are mortal enemies, as the general wants to kill B.J. for killing Bubi and General Deathshead. The general becomes obsessed with B.J., losing her sanity and morality on the hunt to kill Terror Billy. Though she succeeds on executing him in public, he returns with a super soldier's body by the aid of Set Roth. B.J. returns the favor and avenges the deaths of Caroline and Super Spesh by killing Engel on the Jimmy Carver Show in California.
- "You'll always be another Nazi."
- ―B.J. to Helga.[src]
- "How can you be moving? I gave you enough toxins to paralyze an elephant. There must be something very wrong with your cerebral cortex."
- ―Bubi before his death to and by B.J.[src]
- "Let me tell you how this is gonna work. I'm gonna ask you one question. You are gonna answer that question in a way that I find satisfactory and if you do not... I will saw your head off with this here appliance, you hear me?"
- ―B.J. Blazkowicz to Keller during an interrogation.[src]
- Age: 49 (During The New Order)/50 (during The New Collosus)
- Sex: Male
- Country (Native)/Nationality: USA/American
- Height: 191 cm (6'3")
- Weight: 111 kg (245 lbs)
- Build: Muscular
- Occupation: US Army Ranger Captain
- Scars and Marks: 3 big scars on left side of head, multiple scars on body, arms and legs.
- Eyes/Hair: Blue/Light red brown
- Race: Caucasian
- Language/Dialect: Texas
B.J.'s birthdate has generally be said to be August 15, 1911. The New Collossus retcons his birthdate to August 11, 1911 (according to some versions (PS4), and others keep the August 15, 1911 date (PC)). He has a birthday party just after he returns from Venus.
In The New Order B.J. says he was 32 during the events of X-labs. In RTCW XLabs events took place in March 20-22, 1943. This would have made him only 31 at the time. This means the events got moved past August 11/15, 1943, or before August 11/15, 1944 (depending on which version of the cutscene).
In The New Order, he is said to be 49 several times. The game takes place in October and November of 1960. Math thematically his 49 years from 1960 is 1911. However, this would mean his birthday had to have already taken place before October 9 (when he woke up from his coma).
The pre-timeskip events of The Old Blood and The New Order take place in 1946, in March and July respectively. Going by his August 11 birthdate, he would have to be only 34 during those events.
This means that the date give for X-Labs events in The New Order must be wrong, or that X-Labs events had to have been retconned to have taken place after August 11, either in late 1943, or before August 11, 1944 (amusingly there is a letter in first level The New Colossus that makes fun of calculating someone's birthday by simply subtracting years, without taking the month into consideration).
Finally this leaves the events of Wolfenstein (2009). There is no specific dates given in the game, other than it takes place at some point after September 3, 1944 (and most likely in 1945). No exact age for B.J. is given during the story, and no direct indication of seasons (other than one level the Farm which is set outside the town, and it appears to be in the 'fall'). For it to be fall it would have to be between beginning of September and the end of November, 1944, or later. Since it is after his 1944, August 11, birthday, he would have to be at least 33 or possibly 34 (Wolfenstein)
Complicating the dating for Wolfenstein/Isenstadt/Caroline/Hans Grosse events further is that Fergus Reid states that they have been searching for years to have another confrontation with Wilhelm Strasse (assuming the last 'confrontation' is a reference to Wolfenstein 2009). Technically if the dating in Wolfenstein (2009) was taken into consideration the OSA had a confrontation with him only about a year before. Assuming it was in late September to mid-November, 1944 to July 1946 would be roughly 1 year, and 7-9 months between them. If it was in 1945, it would be less than a year between them (only 7-9 months).
If Fergus was being accurate (and it was a reference to the last 'confrontation' in Wolfenstein) then the game must be placing the events at least two years before 1946 (in the 1944 period, probably before the period when the RAF was destroyed). This could potentially overlap, or place the events before X-Labs in the MG timeline chronologically between ages 31-33.
The New Order series (MachineGames) series
- Wolfenstein: The New Order
- Wolfenstein: The Old Blood
- Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
- Wolfenstein: Youngblood
- Wolfenstein 3
Links to other Wolfenstein Games
As mentioned, Machine Games did not have much care for the 2009 game itself, but were more fans of the original Wolfenstein. Gamespot asked if Mecha-Hitler would be in Wolfenstein: The New Order, they were told that BJ had already defeated him Wolfenstein 3D (but that he was still possibly alive). It was suggested to them that events of Wolfenstein 3D were still canon (without the specific details of the original endings). This may have been hinted at in the Nightmare, that B.J. is able to have in the Kreissau HQ. This remains somewhat similar to the situation with the 2009 releases. The released Wolfenstein: The Old Blood has even more references to the old series (to those who understand them)
The Old Blood is essentially a 'retelling' of the events of Return to Castle Wolfenstein.
As the Old Blood reimagines a number of characters from RTCW, and B.J.'s relationship to them, the exact details in relation to B.J.'s own history are unknown, except that they may still be loosely still part of B.J.'s past (in the Old Blood there is a reference to BJ having been to Wulfburg in the past, and gone to a safehouse there). Presumably B.J. originally escaped Castle Wolfenstein with Richard Wesley (see Wesley co-op mode) may not have met Ludwig Kessler personally, but only previous contact over radio, and other communication methods (in RTCW Kessler, and B.J. met personally at the tram station).
The Old Blood does indeed make references to events of Wolfenstein 3D, both the Escape from Castle Wolfenstein, and one of the earlier encounters between B.J. and Hans Grosse via fragmented nightmares, and also makes reference to B.J.'s assassination attempt on Adolf Hitler and possibly severely injuring the dictator. Forcing the dictator to claim he was ok, sometime later. Though elements of this may also make reference to the Original Encounter/Mac Family events as well (where the attempt took place at Castle Wolfenstein, though its unclear).
While there are references to the general plots of the games, the ending the games is obviously ignored. B.J. did not marry a movie star, the end of the war did not happen, and he did not become a hero after the war. He was not the father of the Blaze family line. Although, the trailer of the new Commander Keen game shows the photo of MachineGames' appearance of B.J. Blazkowicz (along with his twin daughters) suggesting (if it isn't just an easter egg) that the new Commander Keen entry is connected to the MachineGames universe, therefore with B.J. being the father of the Blaze family line.
- ↑ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T26kCqfg2Bs
- ↑ specifically stated to take place in 1946 in March, before August 15
- ↑ http://www.pcgamer.com/how-machinegames-created-wolfensteins-new-order/
- ↑ Wolfenstein: The Old Blood Chapter 1 after meeting Markus in the mentally ill sector
- ↑ http://wolfenstein.wikia.com/wiki/Fergus_Reid
- ↑ B.J. Blazkowicz in The Art Of Wolfenstein.
- ↑ In the New Order during the Catacombs/Sewers level B.J. states he was 32 when he swam inside the X-Labs, this would be a mistake however, as his birthdate would not occur for another few months as RTCW, takes place in March
- ↑ Date not given in game (but co-release of Wolfenstein Platinum Edition places Wolf3D in February, 1945), 2009 must have originally taken place later in 1945 (Fall period). His age is not specifically given, but most dates in the game place all events after September 1944 at least. His age would depend on if it takes place before or after August 15 his birthday, and which year.
|Organization||101st Airborne Division · Da'at Yichud · MAPE · Neumond · Kreisau Circle · United States Army · SS Special Projects Division · Office of Secret Actions · Pflaumen · Parachute Regiment|
|Resistance||BJ Blazkowicz · Anya Oliwa · Caroline Becker · Fergus Reid · Prendergast · Private Wyatt · Tekla · J · Klaus Kreutz· Max Hass · Bobby Bram · Set Roth · Bombate ·|
|Nazis||Wilhelm Strasse · Irene Engel · Hans "Bubi" Winkle · Friedrich Keller · The Knife · Anton Krieger · Wolfgang|
|Others||Blondie · Gates · Benson|
|Organization||101st Airborne Division · United States Army · SS Paranormal Division · SS Special Projects Division · Office of Secret Actions|
|Resistance||BJ Blazkowicz · Annette Krause · Pippa Shepherd · Fergus Reid · Ludwig Kessler · Richard Wesley · Katrin · Markus · Village Drunkard|
|Nazis||Rudi Jäger · Helga Von Schabbs · Emmerich Schreiner ·|
|Other||Otto I · Eadgyth · Konrad · Siegbald Berger|
|Organization||American Resistance · Black Revolutionary Front · Laserflop · Klasse Spielzeug · Kreisau Circle · Ku Klux Klan · Neumond · Scorpions|
|Resistance||B.J. Blazkowicz · Anya Oliwa · Caroline Becker · Fergus Reid · Private Wyatt · Max Hass · Bobby Bram · Set Roth · Bombate · Super Spesh · Sigrun Engel · Grace Walker · Horton Boone · Mary Sue 'Professor' Ellington · Paris Jack|
|Nazis||Adolf Hitler · Anselm Decker · Irene Engel · Gruber · Helene Winter · Peter Trumbauer|
|Other||Jimmy Carver · Juna · Rip Blazkowicz · Sabine Vogel · Zofia Blazkowicz · Shoshana|
|Organization||French Resistance · Fourth Reich · United States Army · Maquis · FBI · SS Special Projects Division|
|Global Resistance||Jessica and Sophia Blazkowicz · B.J. Blazkowicz · Anya Oliwa · Grace Walker · Abby Walker|
|Nazis||Messler · Lothar Brandt · Julie Brandt · Winkler|
|Other||Billy Blaze · Max Hass · Set Roth|