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Off My Mind: What Makes Comic Book Servants So Loyal?

Wong, Alfred, Jarvis...why are they so committed?

Superheroes are constantly making sacrifices to help others. They often set aside their personal lives to protect the innocent. At least they get out of the house. What about those loyal servants that some superheroes are lucky to have. They spend most of their time cleaning the house or sewing holes in costumes. They don't get any of the spotlight. They don't get the praise and adoration of the public. What is it that drives these loyal servants to perform their duties without question?

Cleaning up after others isn't an easy or fun task. These guys have it worse than that. Not only does Alfred have to clean all of Wayne Manor, he also has to sew Bat-costumes and stitch up Batman when he's wounded. Wong must constantly be dusting the books in the library and imagine trying to remove foul odors from Dr. Strange's cloak of levitation after he travels through weird dimensions. And not only did Jarvis almost lose an eye after the Masters Of Evil beat him up, think about what he had to clean up during Tony Stark's drinking days.
 
What makes these guys so loyal and prevents them from running out the door or spilling any secrets they've learned?
 == TEASER ==
Simply put, these guys are true heroes. They may not have the superpowers or abilities that the superheroes have but many would be lost without them. Batman may be the world's greatest detective but how many times would he have died, bleeding in the Batcave if Alfred hadn't been there? (Yes I know you can usually just die one time...) Wong had been training to serve since he was four years old. Dr. Strange's Sanctum Sanctorum probably would have literally gone to hell (or some other strange dimension) if Wong hadn't been there. And why else would the Skrulls choose Jarvis to replace as a key part of their Secret Invasion
 
They don't do what they do for the glory or for money. They do it because they are heroes. This is their way to do their part in saving the world. These brave folk give so much of themselves. They may not wear flashy skintight costumes but what they do is crucial. They understand that evil must be vanquished and this is the role they were destined to play. You will not find a more dedicated profession. These servants have already given up any semblance of a life they might have had. They will carry and protect the heroes' greatest secrets at all costs. Let's just hope they have a good retirement package, provided they survive until then.
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Posted by G-Man

And let's not forget about the messes Aunt May had to clean up before and after Peter became Spider-Man...

Posted by Son_of_Magnus

I have always noticed a secret resentment from Alfred for Bruce's work the way he almost seems to jump for joy when Bruce stays home or tells one of the Robin's to go to bed. As well Alfred is more of a father than Thomas Wayne was Alfred did raise him. As for Wong he is trained from birth to give his life to the Sorcerer Supreme it is like a family thing that follows each generation his greatest honor is to serve, 

Posted by blueninjapanther

Alfredis the most loyal servant
Posted by Timm

i love your obsession with this (super hero servants in general) G-man.

Posted by ComicMan24

As you said G-Man they are the true heroes. These servants are like family to those heroes for example Alfred, he raised Bruce, he is the father he never had, something that Bruce himself has said.
Posted by FoxxFireArt

Don't forget Alfred is also tending to all the gardening on the grounds of Wayne Manor. That's got to take a lot of time. It takes me thirty minutes just to mow my lawn. Imagine how long Wayne Manor would take. Unless it's AstroTurf. I kind of imagine a remote controlled lawn mower. Maybe something like a lawn moving version of a Roomba. lol

@G-Man said:

" And let's not forget about the messes Aunt May had to clean up before and after Peter became Spider-Man...

"
There are soooo many jokes there that I need to just let go.
 
You bring up a very valid point that the Skrulls replaced Jarvis. They went to a lot of trouble to replace him.
Posted by Captain13

Good job, G-man. These guys really deserve some credit.

Posted by Scarlett Swashbuckler

Passion and Believing in something is very powerful motivation!

Edited by aztek_the_lost

you forgot Humphries, Wesley Dodd's loyal servant who had to do the worst job of them all...try and keep a nosy girlfriend from unknowingly undoing Dodds while he was out at night as the Sandman

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Posted by arrowfan237

I agree.
Posted by HaloKing343

It's because these people believe in justice and the things that their "masters" stand for. Alfred is as much a hero as batman.
Posted by jagged glass

I have the warm fuzzies now... and I'm allergic!
Posted by RedHurricane24

Alfred Pennyworth is the pinnacle of loyalty, unabated and undeterred. His contributions, be it big or small, have helped the Batman family and his associates for long periods of time. And Bruce Wayne can acknowledge this as well, because if it wasn't for Alfred, would he make it out of a jam every now and then?
Posted by Mr.Hulk_Smashin'!
@G-Man said:
" And let's not forget about the messes Aunt May had to clean up before and after Peter became Spider-Man...

"
James Cameron's Spider-Man, anyone?
Posted by Moomin123

I think Alfred is so loyal because he empathised with Bruce Wayne after his parents got shot. But the others, I dunno. Perhaps they're just kind-hearted.
Posted by DarkSyde79

There in their wills... :oP

Posted by SupremoMaximo

Obviously they are LMDs.

Posted by conformist21

amazing pay with little benefits

Posted by Graphicly
@aztek the lost said:
"

you forgot Humphries, Wesley Dodd's loyal servant who had to do the worst job of them all...try and keep a nosy girlfriend from unknowingly undoing Dodds while he was out at night as the Sandman

"
Poor Humphries.  I loved how often her conversation with him would start, "sorry for showing up so late." 
 
I like to think that most of them do it for the greater good.  If they didn't step up and help all of these heroes, who will?  And in the case that no one does, how long will they last in their perspective roles.
Posted by goldenkey

It's the cash.  That and Alfred and Jarvis more then likely get a whole lot of fall out pussy.  I bet you go into Jarvis and Alfreds person medicine cabinet and you find a whole bunch of roofy's.  Billionares aren't gonna let their butlers go to jail for nailing some chic that yells "RAPE" .  I mean why else would they be there if they weren't trying to see if they could get a little cash out of them anyway. 

Posted by goldenkey
@G-Man said:
"And let's not forget about the messes Aunt May had to clean up before and after Peter became Spider-Man...

 
"

classic,  this should have been your contest for fill in the word balloons and win a (something)
Posted by Silver2467

Great article, G-Man. I agree with everything you said. Sometimes the servants of the heroes play just as important a role. I can't imagine where BatMan would be if Alfred hadn't been there to stitch him up or encourage him to keep going when he's been down. Wong and Jarvis have been equally attentive. They do deserve respect and appreciation for what they do for their respective heroes. 

Posted by jamdown

wow this was a good point
Posted by Dracade102
@G-Man said:
"And let's not forget about the messes Aunt May had to clean up before and after Peter became Spider-Man...

 
"

That looks really wrong.
Posted by TheMess1428

Everyone loves Alfred though. He may not get the recognition inside the comic book but he does from the readers.

Posted by xerox_kitty

Wong doesn't get enough praise :)  There was a nice touch in The Oath where Strange admitted that Wong was his Master (in Martial Arts ;)

Posted by Big
@Mr.Hulk_Smashin'!:
That's puberty.
Edited by Big

It's all about the Benjamins, baby.

Posted by Waerloga69

I've always been curious who cleaned the Xavier's School...you know Logan had a few "accidents" since he probably isn't house trained

Posted by MadripoorEconomy
@Waerloga69: 
 
The New Mutants - that's who cleaned the school.
Posted by Waerloga69
@MadripoorEconomy:  Good point!
Posted by elayem98

and dont forget, alfred loves bruce, because he is like his son

Edited by Blackestnight

Alfred is like a father.  Jarvis has almost quit before but I think he likes his dollar dollar bills (yo)
Wong probably think if he doesn't help Strange and strange fails then we all fail.

Posted by LP

Amen, they are true heroes indeed.
 
To me, they're like the teachers, cops, detectives, nurses, social workers, janitors, repairmen, and trash collectors of the real world. No society could be sustained without them, yet they don't receiver nearly a 10th of the attention they deserve.

Posted by Joey Ravn
@Dracade102 said:

" @G-Man said:

"And let's not forget about the messes Aunt May had to clean up before and after Peter became Spider-Man...

"

That looks really wrong. "
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QsJ1PzIsFpE  
 
00:38. STICKY! :P
Posted by revelarts

How about the Richards, Fantastic Fours Baby sitter
Agatha Harkness, lil franklin would have been been in a heap of trouble without her.

Posted by sasarai

Alfred quit once (maybe twice I'm not sure) but only to teach bruce a lesson, which he never trully got lol. But I think Alfred is so loyal becuase bruce is pretty much his son and he understands the critical role he plays in the team.

Posted by Emperor Gonzo Noir

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