Quote1 We soldier on undaunted, you and I, Master Bruce. And if I may say so, sir... I couldn't beg, borrow or steal a finer way to live my life. Quote2
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Alfred was a retired intelligence agent who followed the deathbed wish of his dying father, Jarvis, to carry on the tradition of serving the Wayne Family. To that end, Alfred introduced himself to Bruce Wayne and Dick Grayson at Wayne Manor and insisted on becoming their butler. Although the pair did not want a butler, especially since they did not want to jeopardize their secret identities with a servant in the house, they did not have the heart to reject Alfred. That night, Alfred awoke to moaning and followed the sound to the secret door to the staircase leading to the Batcave and met his would be employers in their superhero identities (Wayne had been injured while out in the field). As it turned out, the wounds were actually insignificant, but Alfred's care convinced the residents that their butler could be trusted. Since then, Alfred included the support staff duties of the Dynamic Duo on top of his regular tasks.

On one particular evening when the caped crusader was out of town, Alfred became aware of information regarding a group of criminals that Batman was interested in nabbing. Tailing them, Alfred became their prisoner and ended up sacrificing his life to save the Dynamic Duo, who arrived to rescue him, from a deathtrap. To pay homage to Alfred's sacrifice, Bruce Wayne renamed Wayne Industries to the Alfred Foundation.

However, Alfred was not truly dead, but was on the brink of death when he was discovered by physicist Brandon Crawford. Crawford attempted to revive Alfred using a special radioactive treatment that instead mutated Alfred into a being that would come to call itself the Outsider.

The Outsider, using its various abilities, targeted the Dynamic Duo, often sending threats out against the duo instead of attacking them directly. Eventually the Outsider attacked Batman and Robin directly, and during the battle his true identity was revealed. After Batman defeated the Outsider, he restored him back to normal, and Alfred resumed his role as butler at Wayne Mansion, with the aid of Aunt Harriet.

Later, Alfred was reunited with his long-lost daughter, Julia Remarque. This character has yet to appear in the Post-Crisis comics.


Alfred has been the Wayne Family butler all of Bruce's life, and he helped his master establish his superhero career from the beginning. Alfred was hired away from the British Royal Family by Bruce's parents, and virtually raised him after their murder. Alfred has also been romantically linked to Dr. Leslie Thompkins.

His resourcefulness came to the fore in the No Man's Land event, [1]. Batman was missing for weeks, leaving Alfred alone to watch the city. He used his skills as an actor, storyteller, medic, and spy to survive and collect information on the recently destroyed society. Alfred even used hand-to-hand combat in a rare on-panel fight sequence between him and a pair of slavers that ended with his rescue by a just-returned Batman.

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Alfred and Owlman of the Outsiders

After Batman's death, Alfred set up a new Outsiders team, in an effort to fill Batman's shoes with their combined efforts .

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Alfred Pennyworth and Bruce Wayne


A former field medic, Alfred is capable of performing minor surgery and stitching wounds for Batman. His skills of disguise and acting mean that he can work undercover on cases for Batman, and his ability for vocal mimicry means he can impersonate Bruce Wayne on the telephone convincingly.

Publication History

Created by writer Bob Kane and artist Jerry Robinson, he first appeared in Batman #16 (April-May 1943), overweight and clean-shaven. This specific incarnation was later named as Alfred Beagle and used as the family manager of the Earth-Two Wayne and Grayson.

This printed page version of Alfred would be changed after "Alfred the Butler" was presented in the 1943 Batman movie serial. William Austin, the actor who played Alfred, was trim and sported a thin moustache. DC editors wanted the printed page version of Alfred to resemble his cinematic counterpart, so in Detective Comics #83 (January 1944), Alfred vacationed at a health resort, where he slimmed down and grew a moustache. This look has remained with the character ever since, even surviving his death (in Detective Comics #328 in 1964) and resurrection (in Detective Comics #356 in 1966).

When Earth-Two was formally reintroduced into regular DC comic usage, the old heavier Beagle would be brought back.

  • While not as skilled at hand-to-hand combat as Bruce Wayne, Alfred is nearly as resourceful. Batman: Gotham Adventures #16 has him kidnapped, only to readily escape and overcome his captors without even mussing his suit. It is later mentioned that he's been kidnapped unsuccessfully 27 times.
  • He is the only member of the Batman Family that is allowed by Bruce Wayne to own a firearm.
  • The character is very popular, having received a nomination for the R.A.C. "Squiddy" Award for Favorite Supporting Character in 1994 and for Best Character in 2001. He was also nominated for the Wizard Fan Award for Favorite Supporting Male Character in 1994.
  • Like most of the Earth-One Batman Family members, Pennyworth never met Beagle, although he did meet the Earth-Two Huntress and Earth-Two Grayson, who mentioned Beagle to Pennyworth.


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