“Oh yes…you don’t yet know yourself, Mister Butterbread; nor do you know your family, and mine…then one day, as your prospects look higher than ever, it’ll all come crashing down upon you like a never-ending hail-storm. Afterwards, you never know…I might even do my happy dance.”
- "The Editor", contemplating plans for the future aloud
("Interlude": A Prologue to "The Food Festival")
"The Editor" (REAL IDENTITY CURRENTLY UNKNOWN) is an ambiguous, clandestine figure of Machiavellian intent, commited to bringing down the renowned Food Critic, TV Star and Private Investigator, William "Billy" Butterbread III.
“Finish the job, Case! We can’t let Butterbread succeed; you’ve let him stray right onto our doorstep. Your keys; your mess – sort it out. TONIGHT.”
- "The Editor" berates Ed Case for his failures
("The Beginning", Chapter Thirteen: "The Plan")
Responsible for the involuntary redundancy of a large number of employees for The Loudmouth Times, including the aforementioned Billy Butterbread, "The Editor" commissioned Ed Case, the newspaper's Editor-in-Chief, to see to the task at hand; "the Editor" - in order to legitimise the redundancies - had forgeries made of several employee records, which Ed Case kept in his office.
"The Editor" later showed immense frustration at Case, when it was realised that Billy - who, with the assistance of Jean Phelps, Ryan Thompson, Martin Matthews and Charlie Johnson - had discovered the forged documents, and were working to make them public.
Billy and his friends eventually did so, through means of a nationwide televised broadcast; while this was going on, Ed Case had been placed under arrest, and "The Editor" chose to find other means of getting back at the man who had dismantled such best-laid plans.
"The Editor" resorted to threatening Butterbread directly, albeit anonymously - leaving only one clue about their identity:
"You won't see me coming.
Concerned about what the future had in store for him, Billy decided to keep this a secret between himself and Ryan, who was also his newly-befriended fellow tenant - so as not to alarm anyone else: namely their friend and new next-door neighbour Jean Phelps, or Police Constable Janet Worthing - with whom Billy would often call upon for assistance in his cases, when/if required.
“I have many contacts in my various businesses – and in my book, there’s only one major rule: if you’re in charge of a specific industry or corporation, everyone is expendable…except me.”
- "The Editor" displays immeasurable intimidation and narcissism, before an anonymous co-conspirator
Some weeks later, "The Editor" met with Luke Taylor to discuss business - now concluding that the loss of The Loudmouth Times "[didn't] matter", ruling anyone else out as being expendable (including the cohort there at the time of the discussion) - and that they should bide their time a few weeks, before striking against Billy Butterbread again.
"The Editor" remained directly inactive throughout 'The 326th Annual Food Festival' in Cheston Village, but later wrote another anonymous letter:
"Just getting your attention – you won't be so quick to foil my plans next time.
Through the means of an employee working for one of his other businesses - Prime United Network (PUN), (a rival broadcaster to BSTV Billy's new employers after The Loudmouth Times), with whom Mayor Greg Jameson had agreed to broadcast the Festival after Billy was inadvertently responsible for disrupting the proceedings during its opening round - "The Editor" attempted to sabotage the end of the Festival, by sending out his employee to destroy the warehouse in which the final round took place with dynamite sold to (and used by) "Skinny" Flint Perry, a dejected wholesale supplier from Cheston Village.
Although the unnamed assailant (later revealed to be Marcus Boyd) got away unscathed (and unidentified), a PUN jacket had been purposely left in the building - with the Second Letter inside one of the pockets - which made it into Billy Butterbread's care; he quickly identified the handwriting as matching that from the first letter sent by "The Editor", and set out, along with Ryan Thompson, on his ongoing case to bring "The Editor" and any fellow cohorts to justice: once and for all....
'Bite-Sized Bits!' - Part I
"The Editor" showed remorse after killing a bell boy in a London hotel room without thinking, before giving the order to have Marcus Boyd detained.
An employee of "The Editor"'s carried out the appointed task of preventing Boyd from revealing the former's true identity to Billy Butterbread, who would later reveal to the public that "The Editor" was still at large - and that he would make it his personal goal to bring the criminal mastermind down.
After being pursued for many weeks by Billy Butterbread and (a newly-promoted) Sergeant Worthing, five of "The Editor"'s key employees had been incarcerated at a private bunker, during which time he set his next plan in motion:
"The Editor" tasked his most loyal suboordinate, Luke Taylor, to work as "The Anonymous Blackmailer" - using him to force former employees of The Loudmouth Times (all of whom - expect for Billy Butterbread - had criminal records of some sort) to turn themselves in, or else be subjugated with threats from their former boss.
Choosing to leave Taylor to his own devices, "The Editor" expressed grave dissapointment in him after losing the chance to successfully blackmail Billy Butterbread (for his "breaking and entering" into The Loudmouth Times several months earlier).
Some days after Luke Taylor was arrested, "The Editor" paid him an evening visit at H.M. Prison, Broadfell; during the visit, he explained that he'd ordered the deaths of those under his employee that had been arrested by the team of Billy and Sergeant Worthing (including Ed Case, "The Pork Pie Pilferer" and Warren Collins).
He then described how vain Luke had become, dismissing him from his service - leaving 'The Anonymous Blackmailer' in his cell, with the promise that he would recruit a new ally - "one who understands family…"
Barely anything is known about "The Editor"'s personal life: no age, height, weight, or any personal details, aside from his gender, can be found on any record - making this character something of an enigma.
"The Editor" is openly critical of his suboordinates, using fear as a means of enforcing them, and going on to criticise them should they fail in their duties.
He is openly disdaining of vanity and self-conceit in other people, as evidenced in his visit to Luke Taylor in the latter's prison cell, and appears to regret several of his choices - namely when he accidentally shoots a bellboy in his private room at an unknown London Hotel.
Despite this serious demeanor he coveys, "The Editor" is shown to be good-humoured - complaining that he had to "miss [his] favourite TV show" to instead visit Luke Taylor, and thinks of how people would react to his dancing after "a few shots of Sambuca."
"The Editor" is also an avid fan of the American Cop-Comedy show Brooklyn Nine-Nine.
- Ed Case - former employee; deceased.
- Luke Taylor - cohort and associate; incarcerated.
- "Skinny" Flint Perry - former client.
- "The Pork Pie Pilferer" - associate; deceased.
- Marcus Boyd - employee; hospitalised.
- Warren Collins - employee; deceased.
- At least two more suboordinates - deceased.
- Broadfell Prison Guard - corrupt associate.
- William "Billy" Butterbread III - former employee; archenemy.
- Jean Phelps - enemy.
- Ryan Thompson - enemy.
- Sergeant Janet Worthing - enemy.
- D.I. Harry Grant - enemy.
- Captain Gunther Hemmingway - victim; deceased.
- 'The Beginning' (Speaking Role; Out of Vision)
- 'Interlude' (Indistinguishable)
- 'The Food Festival' (Mentioned)
- 'Bite-Sized Bits!' - Part I (Indistinguishable)
- 'The Bowling Championship' (Mentioned)
- 'The Anonymous Blackmailer' (Indistinguishable)
- Although "The Editor" has - to date - made four appearances, and been mentioned twice, in the series, the character is unique in that there is still very little known about his physical appearance.
- "The Editor" is the only main character not to appear in 'Bite-Sized Bits!' - Part II.