Alfred Pennyworth

The Religious Affiliation of
Alfred Pennyworth

Religion: Anglican CBR Scale: I

Name: Alfred Pennyworth

Other Names: Alfred Thaddeus Crane Pennyworth; The Outsider

Classification: supporting character supporting character  

Publisher(s): DC

First Appearance: Batman (vol. 1) #16 (Apr.-May 1943): "Here Comes Alfred!"

First Appearance (Additional Details): (original) Batman (vol. 1) #16 (Apr.-May 1943): "Here Comes Alfred!"; (as Outsider, voice only) Detective Comics (vol. 1) #334 (Dec. 1964): "The Man Who Stole from Batman!"; (modern) Batman (vol. 1) #401 (Nov. 1986): "A Bird in the Hand..."

Creators: Don Cameron, Bob Kane, Jerry Robinson, George Roussos

Number of Appearances: 3,048

   Comic Book Appearances: 2,778

   TV, Film Appearances: 268

   Video Game, Computer Game Appearances: 2

Occupation: butler

Worked for: Batman

Location: Gotham City, USA

Birth Place: England, United Kingdom

Race: white

Gender: male

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From: "Catholic Clix - Comic info needed!" forum discussion, started 3 May 2003 on the HCRealms website (; viewed 24 May 2007):

05/03/2003, 21:04

Ok, so in recent films it's been apparent that Daredevil and Nightcrawler are Catholic...

So, who else out there could be fielded in a "Catholic" Heroclix team?

Billy Jack
05/26/2003, 20:10

Oh, hey, Alfred probably belongs to the Church of England, like me. Could he have raised Bruce as an Episcopalian?

From: "Is Batman an atheist or is he just not very religious?" forum discussion, started 2 May 2007 on the Toon Zone website (; viewed 21 May 2007):

king zrz
04-02-2007, 10:32 PM

Is Batman an atheist or is he just not very religious?

Just curious because it confuses me in each comic I read.

king zrz
04-03-2007, 02:20 AM

...I do know that Alfred must have had some influence in raising him as a Christian. I mean Alfred is more religious from some of the comics I have seen (eg."The Haunted Knight"). Bruce probably believes in God but never feels like praying since he knows that there will always be evil lurking around the shadows and praying won't help unless you accopany it with the willingness to do what is necessary.

Palin Dromos
04-03-2007, 03:18 PM

While wondering about supposed super-hero religious affilations I stumbled upon this site.

it is by no means definitve or set in stone, just an interesting construction and set of theories.

Bleu Unicorn
04-03-2007, 07:30 PM

...I find it interesting that the Joker is listed as "atheist, being Batman's arch-enemy" -- and Alfred is Anglican...

The Guitar Slayer
04-04-2007, 11:04 AM

Alfred is English, and Anglican is another name for a follower of the Church of England. That makes sense...

This character is in the following 116 stories which have been indexed by this website:
Azrael: Agent of the Bat #47 (Dec. 1998): "Road to No Man's Land: Wax Man and the Clown"
Batman & Poison Ivy: Cast Shadows (Apr. 2004): "Cast Shadows"
Batman / Captain America (Dec. 1996)
Batman / Catwoman: Follow the Money #1 (Jan. 2011): "Follow the Money"
Batman / Tarzan: Claws of the Cat-Woman #1 (Sep. 1999)
The Batman Adventures (vol. 1) #33 (July 1995): "Just Another Night"
Batman and the Outsiders
Batman Annual #12 (Apr. 1988): "Slade's Demon"
Batman Begins (2005)
Batman Family
Batman Special #1 (June 1984): "...The Player on the Other Side!"
Batman: Battle for the Cowl
Batman: Family #1 (Dec. 2002): "Perception"
Batman: Gotham Knights #20 (Oct. 2001): "The Lesson"
Batman: Harley Quinn (Oct. 1999): "Harley Quinn"
Batman: Hong Kong (Aug. 2003): "Hong Kong"
Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight
Batman: Secrets #1 (May 2006): "Secrets Will Rule"
Batman: Sword of Azrael #1 (Oct. 1992): "Vanishing Angels & Sudden Death"
Batman: The Animated Series
Batman: The Brave and the Bold #1 (Mar. 2009): "The Panic of the Composite Creature" (voice only)
Batman: The Dark Knight
Batman: The Widening Gyre #1 (Oct. 2009): "Turning and Turning"
Birds of Prey
Challenge of the Super Friends - Season 1, Episode 1 (9 Sep. 1978): "Wanted: The Superfriends"
Countdown to Infinite Crisis #1 (May 2005)
DC Comics Presents Annual #2 (1983): "The Last Secret Identity!" (cameo)
DC Special Series #1 (Sep. 1977): "The Dead on Arrival Conspiracy!"
Deathstroke, the Terminator
Detective Comics
The Incredible Hulk (vol. 2) #338 (Dec. 1987): "Mercy Killing" (cameo)
Justice League of America (vol. 2) #2 (Nov. 2006): "The Tornado's Path, Chapter Two: Tornado Red / Tornado Blue" (voice only)
Justice League: Doom (2012)
Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes (19 June 2012)
Robin (vol. 4) #38 (Feb. 1997): "Watchin' the Detectives"
Superman/Batman: Public Enemies (2009) (cameo)
Teen Titans: Year One #4 (June 2008): "Flash in the Pan"
World's Finest Comics

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