Universe: Prime Earth
Creators: Don Cameron · Bob Kane
First App: Detective Comics Vol 2 #1 (Nov, 2011)
Alfred Pennyworth is the fiction butler of Bruce Wayne. In many ways he’s as iconic as Batman is. Alfred is more than just a butler. He’s his best friend, aid in battle, and he been a surrogate father for Bruce Wayne. Alfred has many abilities outside of house keeping. He’s a classically trainer actor and a former Special Operations Executive. He been called “Batman’s batman.” He runs Wayne Manor and maintains the Batcave as well. He has impersonated Bruce on the phone, can provide tactical support when needed, is able to perform advance medical procedures.
As a close member of a superhero, Alfred has been kidnapped often. If you count comics outside if DCU continuity, he’s been kidnapped 27 times. He’s always managed to use his skills to escape. Due to Alfred’s age, he’s more likely to use a firearm (unlike other members of the Batman family). In more recent comics, Alfred is suggested to have mastered, several fields like rose breeding, computer programming, electrical engineering, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, nanotechnology and biotechnology. He credited with having built the Bat-computer. Overall, I think that Alfred Pennyworth is probably the most useful and important civilian in comics.