Alfred Pennyworth is the tritagonist of the Batman film series. He is the tritagonist in Batman (1989) and Batman Returns, a major protagonist in Batman Forever, and a supporting character in Batman & Robin. He is Bruce Wayne's butler at Wayne Manor, and helps him fight crime as Batman.
Alfred Pennyworth was raised in England. He had a brother named Wilfred, and a younger sister named Margaret. For a time he served as a butler in Buckingham Palace. He eventually came to live in Gotham City, employed as a butler by Dr. Thomas Wayne and his wife Martha.
Alfred Pennyworth had served the Waynes ever since Bruce was a child. After Bruce's parents are murdered, Alfred raises him who becomes like a father figure to him. He supports Bruce's decision to become Batman and has helped him in his war on crime. When the Joker terrorizes Gotham, Alfred helped Bruce identify the deadly toxins in the Jokers household products. When Vicki Vale enters Bruce's life, he feels conflicted about telling her about his double life as Batman - a conflict Alfred solves for him by letting her into the Batcave.
Alfred still serves Bruce. When the young Dick Grayson comes to live with them in the manor, Alfred perhaps sees a little of Bruce in him and offers him guidance. While Bruce is out one night, that Alfred helps Grayson settle in. Picking up his bike helmet, Alfred noticed a robin airbrushed on its surface. Dick was said that he got the name after saving his brother's life quoting "I flew in like a robin." When Dick discovers that Bruce is Batman, he wants to help although Batman declines. Through Alfred's help and design, Dick becomes Robin to which Batman then accepts him to the team.
Batman & Robin
Alfred, after years of service to Bruce, is stricken with a rare disease. His niece, Barbara, comes to visit him at the manor. After careful research, it is known that Alfred has come down with McGreagor's Syndrome and the only person who can cure it is Dr. Victor Fries aka Mr. Freeze. As Batman and Robin search for Freeze, Alfred must tells Barbara to give his brother a disc saying "Only family can be trusted". Through Barbara's computer skills, she learns of Bruce's and Dick's alter egos and decides to help. Infiltrating the Batcave, a computer simulated Alfred creates a suit for her and she becomes Batgirl. After Batman finds Freeze, he is able to get the antidote from him and introduces it into Alfred's system. The next morning, Alfred is cured and Batgirl joins the team. At the end of the film Alfred quips, "We're gunna need a bigger cave."
Alfred's first appearance.
Alfred serving Bruce Wayne's guests during his charity ball.
Alfred carrying an empty wine glass on a tray.
Alfred approaching Bruce as he speaks to Vicki Vale and Alexander Knox.
Alfred informing Bruce that Commissioner Gordon had suddenly left the party in a hurry.
The original character was created by Bob Kane and Jerry Robinson and first appeared in Batman #16.