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28th Sep '11 5:26:07 PM lebrel
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Rummaging around for tropes not on the sandbox page that are candidates for JapaneseTropes (aside from the UsefulNotes ones):
* VisualKei - often crops up as a trope (musicians or wannabe musicians or just aping the style)
* BifauxnenAndLadette

Listed on AnimeSettings (which is apparently ''common'' settings, not ''anime-specific'' settings):
* ElevatorSchool
* TokyoIsTheCenterOfTheUniverse
* TokyoTower

And potentially some of the tropes on AnimeHair:
* IdiotHair
* PrincessCurls
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28th Sep '11 4:04:08 PM lebrel
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There's historical/background information about people/ places/events in Japan (marked UN)

There's "notes about Japanese culture that would be matter-of-fact in Japan but causes foreigners to go ''huh?''" (marked "trivia").

There's stuff that is used in Japan as a trope, particularly Japanese cultural stuff that gets exaggerated or portrayed inaccurately in fiction for plot purposes or to make it more interesting (marked "trope")

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There's historical/background information about people/ places/events in Japan (marked UN)

UN according to my impression)

There's "notes about Japanese culture that would be matter-of-fact in Japan but causes foreigners to go ''huh?''" (marked "trivia").

"trivia" according to my impression).

There's stuff that is used in Japan as a trope, particularly Japanese cultural stuff that gets exaggerated or portrayed inaccurately in fiction for plot purposes or to make it more interesting (marked "trope")
"trope" according to my impression)
28th Sep '11 4:00:52 PM lebrel
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Took a look at the UsefulNotes/Japan page; there's a whole bunch of different kinds of pages.

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Took a look at the UsefulNotes/Japan {{UsefulNotes.Japan}} page; there's a whole bunch of different kinds of pages.
28th Sep '11 3:59:06 PM lebrel
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New BattleButler definition: their official job description is some sort of personal servant - valet, gardener, secretary, or even butler - but they also have a dab hand at combat, either as their ''real'' job (for which servanting is a cover) or as an unexpected sideline.

[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* The eponymous ''HayateTheCombatButler'' is a unique look into a newly-minted BattleButler; his loyalty initiated by a massive debt.
** He's had more experience in the area than one would think. [[spoiler: He was trained in butlering as a small child by someone who is either a [[SufficientlyAdvanced very powerful mage or a goddess]].]]
**Also, Segawa Kotetsu of the Kotetsu household, Machina (Athena's servant), Kaede Nonohara of the Azumamiya household, Himuro Saeki of the Ookouchi household as well as Ichijou as Mikoto's butler. Almost makes you think the series runs off of this trope, doesn't it?
***I'm almost positive that Segawa is Kotestsu's surname and Kotestu is his given name. It should be that way because his sister name is Segawa Izumi (or Izumi Segawa if Romanized)
***Kotetsu IS Izumi's brother.
** Hayate himself seems ''less'' of a {{Battle Butler}} than the others show themselves to be, despite being the name of the story.
* Roger Smith's manservant Norman in ''TheBigO''. In addition to making soup and cleaning the house, he's quite handy with a machine gun and drives a motorcycle with a rocket launcher in the side car.
** To stress how badass Norman is, one need only look to the Christmas episode. There's a genetically engineered Christmas tree growing in the middle of town, and Roger, mid-fight, asks Norman to get his dry-cleaning. Norman accomplishes this by taking his motorcycle and ''driving it through the building without slowing down''. Not only did he grab the laundry, he got a date on the way out.
* Walter C. [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Dolneas/Dornez]] from ''{{Hellsing}}'' is a rather literal example. His devotion to Integra and the British crown is unquestioned though there is not so much love but just opure British dedication. [[spoiler: Until his still questioned FaceHeelTurn making him some kind of BloodKnight or so.]].
* Roberta from ''BlackLagoon'' wears a maid outfit and speaks extremely politely, but also happens to be an ex-Colombian terrorist/assassin. When her 'young master' Garcia is threatened, she sets off on a one-woman rescue mission. The maid outfit itself is used for holding a bucketload of hand grenades, which are dropped with the pins pulled out when she curtsies. She's one of the only characters in Black Lagoon to match Revy herself in a shootout.
** Ginji could count too, serving Yukio completely, faithfully and frighteningly.
* Sebastian Michaelis of ''{{Kuroshitsuji}}'' ''is'' this trope. [[spoiler: He's also the "devil" in the DealWithTheDevil with his master Ciel.]]
** Another Battle Butler is Grell Sutcliff, who works for Ciel's aunt Madame Red, [[spoiler: He is actually a DepravedHomosexual {{Shinigami}} who wants to have Sebas-chan's babies]]
** Yet another is Agni, super-powered servant to a very spoilt Indian prince. [[spoiler: Surprisingly, he's a human, albeit a very BadassNormal one who gets his powers from his faith in the goddess Kali.]]
** And then there's Ash, the Queen's butler, [[spoiler: a fallen [[LightIsNotGood angel who killed Ciel's family]], Sebastian's foil, and the final villain behind the events in the series.]]
** The entire Phantomhive housekeepers, though quite behind Sebastian, is still very lethal. In both anime AND manga, we have Maylene the NinjaMaid who is able to snipe with PISTOLS while leaping from rooftop to rooftop, Finnian who is extremely strong (to the point of a monster), Tanaka who effortlessly manage to kill an enemy right outside of Elizabeth's room (without a drop of blood on his clothes), and Bardroy who, though weakest in strength, made up for it with tactical knowledge and killed the enemy with a flour bomb. When Ciel warned not to look down upon the Phantomhive's Servants, he means it.
* Big Blue from the ''MonsterRancher'' anime. Big Blue is fiercely loyal to Pixie, protects her without a second thought, and near the end of the series he [[spoiler: fuses his own life force ([[HeroicSacrifice sacrificing himself]]) with hers to prevent her from becoming a lost disk.]]
* Watari acts primarily as L's butler and sidekick in ''DeathNote'' but is quite skilled with firearms (sniper rifle) for his age. [[spoiler: He's also revealed to have raised L from very early childhood, which probably explains his personal devotion.]]
* ''LastExile'' presents Dio of the Noble House of Eraclea, whose friend and combat butler Luciola acts as his loyal bodyguard up to the point of [[spoiler:giving himself up to Dio's sister, Maestro Delphine, so she allows Dio to escape. He has no regrets as he calmly accepts a ring that immediately kills him.]]
* ''Miami Guns'' parodies this trope with Jii, faithful servant to Yao[[spoiler:'s father]] and exaggerated {{Badass}}.
* Kogarashi, the titular Maid Guy in ''KamenNoMaidGuy''. He's a large, musclebound masked man, and that he's wearing a dress only makes him that much more terrifying to any who meet him.
* At first, Fiore from ''ChronoCrusade'' seems simply like Joshua's [[EmotionlessGirl creepily unemotional]] [[{{Meido}} maid]]. Turns out she's actually a powerful [[spoiler:jewel witch]] and can [[spoiler:heal her wounds similarly to the demons--even when she loses an arm!]], making her a formidable fighter. And, of course, she's fiercely devoted to Joshua and Aion.
* Not a butler, per se, but Mikoto Minagi from ''{{Mai-HiME}}'' plays BattleButler to two different characters. First, she's Mai's faithful sidekick (whom she [[LesYay likes]] ''[[LesYay very]]'' [[LesYay much]]), and later she becomes one for [[spoiler:her brother, who has the soul of the series' BigBad living inside him]]. Despite her conflicting loyalties, she swears to protect them from ''anything'' that gets in her way...[[CuteBruiser and boy, can she ever]].
* Hong Long, [[{{Ojou}} Wang Liu Mei's]] butler in ''{{Gundam 00}}''
** Raymond Bishop, butler to Neo France's George de Sands, has a CrowningMomentOfAwesome as a Battle Butler in GGundam.
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[[folder:Comics]]
* Alfred Pennyworth, essentially {{Comicbook/Batman}}'s Batman. Not exactly a ''battle'' butler, but his skill at espionage and disguise rivals Batman's, and as a retired secret agent he knows his way around a shotgun. A retired combat medic, he's also a skilled surgeon, and has served as Batman's private physician over the years (just think how tough ''that'' job must be...)
* Jarvis, the butler of ''Comicbook/TheAvengers''. He's not anywhere near Alfred-level {{Badass}} but he's got some military background of his own.
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[[folder:Films]]
* Oddjob from the classic JamesBond film ''{{Goldfinger}}'' is, if not exactly one of TheOldestOnesInTheBook, a classic example of the character type: he's a dutiful butler, and he kills people. Lots of them. [[ImprobableWeaponUser With his hat]].
* ''Cats Don't Dance'' has Max, the brutish butler of spoiled child star Darla Dimple. A combination of Max from ''Sunset Boulevard'' and TheTerminator.
** And Max himself is one of the oldest examples.
* An actual battling butler appears in the ''TombRaider'' movies, dutifully putting on an armoured vest and loading a shotgun before calmly blowing away stooges invading Lara's manor.
** Which competence is quite unnerving, seeing as he is played by ''[[RedDwarf Rimmer]]''.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Butler in ''ArtemisFowl''. Butler acts as Artemis' bodyguard much more than a butler, and demonstrates both professional and personal devotion to his charge. Unusual because Artemis is one of the series' protagonists... of course, it doesn't hurt that Artemis [[VillainProtagonist displays a number of the prerequisite "evil mastermind" characteristics.]]
** It should be noted that the series begins by exploring the possibility that the word "butler" is derived from the Fowl family's line of manservants.
*** It gets better. Book 2 mentions that only two people in the world are as badass as Butler. And he's related to one of them.
*** The other "lived on an island in the South China Seas and spent his days meditating and beating up palm trees." You really do have to feel sorry for those Goblins.
* Hideo, the Tessier-Ashpools' deadly but devoted servant in William Gibson's ''{{Neuromancer}}'', is an example of this trope.
* Mr Grin, the knife-throwing butler/pilot of Darius Sayle in ''{{Stormbreaker}}''.
* Willikins, Commander Vimes' butler from ''{{Discworld}}'', has quite a lot of violent capacity when his employer or city are threatened. It's explained he used to be a member of a rather vicious youth gang. He's also a member of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch "Specials", a group of would-be watchmen who, due to whatever reason, are not able to devote their full time to the job. Willikins is notable for politely downplaying in conversation his combat abilities, or even getting excessively specific when explaining why he, for example, happened to be holding a fifteen-inch icepick when a hit squad attacks the house.
** More scary in that it wasn't an ice ''pick'', but an ice ''knife'' - imagine, if you will, a breadknife, only a foot-and-a-half long, with half-inch, razor sharp serrations. That poor Dwarf.
** And the slashing hat mentioned on [[Quotes/BattleButler the quotes page]] is of course a [[ShoutOut nod]] to Oddjob from ''[[JamesBond Goldfinger]]''.
** Not to mention the time when Willikins left Vimes' service to fight in Klatch -- biting a D'Reg's nose off at one point, and generally being Sergeant Badass.
** It's worth noting that ''Vimes'' was glad they never met on the field of battle as kids.
* Gargarey, the Peabody-Emerson's butler is a mean hand with a blackjack. The footmen are also useful in scrap and even the housemaids have learned not to scream or faint at the sight of blood.
* Sarah Stevens in ''Dying to Please'' is a covert bodyguard as well as butler for her elderly boss.
* In the {{Honorverse}}, the personal armsmen of Grayson steadholders cover this trope quite nicely, and under Grayson law a Steadholder can have up to ''50'' of them. See also [[CanonImmigrant Cathy Montaigne's]] butler, a former combat-bred slave.
* ErastFandorin's personal servant Masahiro "Masa" Shibata is a former {{Yakuza}}, whose life and dignity Fandorin almost accidentally saved, not yet knowing that he is in for one DisproportionateReward...
* The Archive from the Dresden Files depends wholly on "Kinkaid", her Chauffeur, Butler and Bodyguard in one person and ex-mercenary by profession.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Deneb from ''[[KamenRider Kamen Rider Den-O]]'', who's a comedic foil/caretaker to his broody partner and master, Yuto Sakurai.
** You forgot to mention ''why'' he's a combat butler. Which is, of course, being able to shoot bullets from his fingers.
* On ''{{Angel}}'', Angel was paying a visit to the mansion inhabited by the MonsterOfTheWeek, and the butler attacked him on orders from his necromancer master. The necromancer was annoyed that Angel killed his butler, but soon found bigger problems to worry about.
* Kato, the chauffeur and sidekick of ''TheGreenHornet''. As played by Bruce Lee, Kato was substantially more impressive in a fight than the Hornet himself, yet remained in the humble role of a servant.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
*ChangelingTheLost divides Changelings into seemings (general 'character classes' as determined by appearance and magic affinities) and kiths (specialized classes determined by the nature of the character's Durance). The Wizened seeming has the "Chatelaine" kith, for preternaturally skilled manservants and house-managers. Combine this with a fighting style (such as Kung Fu or Boxing), and BAM, instant Battle Butler.
*MaidRPG has a specific set of optional rules for these: Butlers have stats superior to those that [[{{Meido}} maid]] characters do, but have a number of restrictions as well. As battle is far from uncommon in many MaidRPG sessions, butlers have their times to shine in fulfillment of this trope, especially in defense of their respective Master characters.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Rick Arrowsmith from the VisualNovel ''Bullet Butlers'', by Ocelot. A bishonen gun-wielding butler with ScaryShinyGlasses, he's unquestionably loyal to his master, Selma Fortenmayer (Which may have something to do with her role as the potential savior of the world.) Interestingly enough, he's the protagonist of the game, not a side-character.
* ''{{Wild ARMs 3}}'' has Todd Dukakis, who serves as the butler of TheRival of the protagonists to the point of accompanying her and [[QuirkyMinibossSquad her family]] on treasure hunting expeditions. He is also quite good with a sword and shows his loyalty by [[spoiler: briefly aiding the protagonists in the rescue of his master when she is abducted by another group of villains.]]
** Todd himself is a ShoutOut to Macdullen/Magdalen from the first ''[[WildArms1 WildARMs]]''. He's literally a combat butler; he's always by Jane Maxwell's side, and while he doesn't do much battle-worthy in the original game, in the remake he uses a sword quite effectively (and will even join your party at points).
* Fiona Mayfield from ''ArcanaHeart'' is the BattleButler to Mildred Avalon, the game's angelic BigBad. She also comes equipped with a [[{{Meido}} maid outfit]] and a [[{{BFS}} Cloud Strife-style zweihander]].
* There is an actual class of Pokemon trainer called "Castle Valet" (Castle Butler in the Japanese version) in Pokemon, however it refers to [[http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Castle_Valet_Darach_and_Lady_Caitlin Darach]]. Darach is implied to be the actual battler, while Caitlin just sits down watching the battle. There is also a class of trainer named "[[http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Maid Maid]].
** What about [[http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Waiter Waiters ]] and [[http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Waitress Waitresses]]?
* Babus from ''FinalFantasyTacticsAdvance''. He looks like just another Nu Mou, who is serving under Prince Mewt, until you face him in battle that is. He is quite strong, magically and physically, and is 10x more dangerous when you have to fight him alone at one point.
*Laurence from Ratchet and Clank: Up Your Arsenal, in a VERY weird way. I mean, Dr. Nefarious is pretty much totally incapable of accomplishing anything when he isn't around, including extermination of all organic life.
* Lenny from the ''ShadowHearts'' series. He used to be a member of the TerribleTrio in ''Covenant'', but in ''From The New World'', he serves as Johnny's buttler after, while tired and thirsty in the streets, being given water by Johnny many years ago. With just a phone call, he can punch an energy bomb from his fist at the enemy. From halfway across the world. [[spoiler:Mainly because he has a contract with a demon called Godhand.]]
* Sakuya Izayoi from the ''{{Touhou}}'' series serves as both Remilia Scarlet's head maid and BattleButler. In a similar fashion, Youmu Konpaku is the BattleButler for the undead princess Yuyuko, although Youmu is technically Yuyuko's ''gardener''.
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Geeves, valet to the royal family in the webcomic {{Lint}}, is pretty handy with a quarterstaff.
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* ''GirlGenius'' has Boris Dolokhov, Baron Wulfenbach's secretary, who is is notable for his [[MultiArmedAndDangerous four-armed sword technique]]. Also on Castle Wulfenbach there are the Lackya, "super-engineered squirrels" in pink coats who serve as footmen. Most of the time they seem to have (relatively) normal duties, but when the castle is under attack by slaver wasps, they join the clanks and Jagers to fight them off. People tend to forget about the Lackya because [[OvershadowedByAwesome they are not as awesome as the Jagers]], but since during the battle one of them is seen punching a wasp's head off, they can safely be assumed to be every bit as badass as everyone else who works for Klaus.
** What about Von Pinn? She's basically a Battle Nanny. Because child care is SeriousBusiness.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''{{Englishman}}''`s Butler, Butler, who is also the secret identity of the mysterious supervillain The Butler (though [[StrangelyEffectiveDisguise Englishman has never figured this out]]).
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Owen Burnett and Preston Vogel from ''{{Gargoyles}}''. In a subversion, Owen was revealed to be [[spoiler: the powerful fey Puck, who created the Owen persona as a deliberate dig at Vogel.]] Demona briefly hired her own female Battle Butler, which promptly derailed as both secretly had their own opposing agendas. In the ''Slave Labor'' comics of Gargoyles, Thailog has Shari as his battle butler. Subverted in that she actually out ranks him in the Illuminati and she has been known to lie to Thailog from time to time.
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New trope, LoyalMinion: a subordinate who serves out of a pure sense of loyalty (combat-functionality irrelevant).

[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Haku from ''{{Naruto}}'', who sees himself as little more than a tool for [[{{NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast}} The Demon Zabuza]]. Although Haku is far gentler than his boss and doesn't really like fighting, he's still willing to do anything for him, no matter how drastic, to the extent where he [[spoiler:[[TakingTheBullet sacrifices himself by taking an attack right through the chest from Kakashi]] in order to protect Zabuza]].
* Roger Smith's manservant Norman in ''TheBigO''. In addition to making soup and cleaning the house, he's quite handy with a machine gun and drives a motorcycle with a rocket launcher in the side car.
** To stress how badass Norman is, one need only look to the Christmas episode. There's a genetically engineered Christmas tree growing in the middle of town, and Roger, mid-fight, asks Norman to get his dry-cleaning. Norman accomplishes this by taking his motorcycle and ''driving it through the building without slowing down''. Not only did he grab the laundry, he got a date on the way out.
* Walter C. [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Dolneas/Dornez]] from ''{{Hellsing}}'' is a rather literal example. His devotion to Integra and the British crown is unquestioned though there is not so much love but just opure British dedication. [[spoiler: Until his still questioned FaceHeelTurn making him some kind of BloodKnight or so.]].
* Vanilla Ice in JoJosBizarreAdventure. He's SO faithful to Dio that Dio asks him to slice off his own head, which he then proceeds to do with no hesitation. [[IGotBetter He got better]].
* Space Butler from ''ExcelSaga'', who serves the Puchuus mainly because he cannot resist their illusory cuteness.
* Tachibana, from ''{{Mahoraba}}'', is instantly recognizable as a member of this trope. She also qualifies as a {{Ninja Maid}} due to her ability to suddenly materialize in rooms, though.
* Paul Moriyama in ''KeroroGunsou'' is Momoka's butler, seemingly charged with caring and protecting her. He is also alluded to be massively powerful, and in the manga it's hinted he's a veteran of World War II.
* Though neither a buttler, nor a skilled fighter, Nike in {{Appleseed}} fits this trope quite well. It's easy to underestimate her as [[TheHighQueen Prime Minister]] Athena's loyal secretary. But even for a Chief of Staff, she seems to be holding enormous executive powers on her own and having Athenas full confidence. The fact that she's TheStoic and could pass as a {{Bifauxnen}} without problems certainly helps her appearing as TheDragon.
* Roberta from ''BlackLagoon'' wears a maid outfit and speaks extremely politely, but also happens to be an ex-Colombian terrorist/assassin. When her 'young master' Garcia is threatened, she sets off on a one-woman rescue mission. The maid outfit itself is used for holding a bucketload of hand grenades, which are dropped with the pins pulled out when she curtsies. She's one of the only characters in Black Lagoon to match Revy herself in a shootout.
** Ginji could count too, serving Yukio completely, faithfully and frighteningly.
* Setsuna and Chachamaru from ''MahouSenseiNegima''.
** Ostia's Governor General, Kurt Godel seem to have one of those.
* Noel from ''TriangleHeart3SweetSongsForever'', a RobotGirl [[{{Meido}} maid]] in the service of Shinobu.
* Wilhelmina Carmel from ''[[ShakuganNoShana Shakugan no Shana]]'', guardian and maid of Shana, the title character. Hecate (the girl with the NiceHat) also has her own literal demonic battle butler.
* ''{{Slayers}}'': Jilas is Gravos's BattleButler. Interestingly, he outlives his master.
* Koga Go has this sort of fanatical loyalty to Kariya in ''{{Bleach}}''.
** Ulquiorra is sort of like this to Aizen.
** Tesla, who unlike Koga is part of the original manga cast, is an even better example. He is essentially a servant to Nnoitra Jiruga and does his job loyally despite constant abuse. "Fraccion" in general might as well be the Spanish word for this trope, but Tesla is probably the best example.
*** Though because Fraccion follow the Espada willingly without any sort of gain has caused some fans to theorize as to [[HoYay why Tesla does what he does.]]
** Don't forget about [[FanNickname Butler-kun]], a.k.a. Chojiro Sasakibe, Captain Yamamoto's lieutenant & assistant.
** Arguably, Komamura Sajin is also a BattleButler to Yamamoto. He's captain of his own squad, but Yamamoto is head captain, and Komamura's loyalty to him is because Yama is one of the few people who didn't care that he was an anthropomorphic dog.
* Big Blue from the ''MonsterRancher'' anime. Big Blue is fiercely loyal to Pixie, protects her without a second thought, and near the end of the series he [[spoiler: fuses his own life force ([[HeroicSacrifice sacrificing himself]]) with hers to prevent her from becoming a lost disk.]]
* Watari acts primarily as L's butler and sidekick in ''DeathNote'' but is quite skilled with firearms (sniper rifle) for his age. [[spoiler: He's also revealed to have raised L from very early childhood, which probably explains his personal devotion.]]
* The Dark Lovers from ''MermaidMelodyPichiPichiPitch''; as their name implies, they represent different types of false love, and are all obsessed with their Master, Gackto ([[SpellMyNameWithAnS Gakuto]] if you prefer the {{scanlation}}s, Gaito in the anime). [[spoiler:Of course, ''he'' turns out to have just as intense loyalty to Sara with the exact same reason, which is the whole reason he wanted to destroy the world in the first place.]]
* Sayoko Shinozaki from ''CodeGeass'', though her case is something of a subversion. Though she exhibits an understandable protective streak towards Nunnally, she aids the terrorist Zero without realizing that he's actually Nunnally's [[KnightTemplarBigBrother older brother]] Lelouch. In addition, she has yet to exhibit it, but the writing staff has repeatedly hinted that she may turn out to be as impressive a fighter as the beyond-human Suzaku. And all this due to her [[{{EnsembleDarkhorse}} runaway popularity with the audience]].
** Stopped being an InformedAbility in episodes 12 and 13 of the second season, where the notion that she was a [[NinjaMaid ninja]] went from {{Fanon}} to {{Canon}}.
* CanonForeigner Sasuke Sarugakure is the Kunō Family's devoted, albeit grossly inept, ninja butler in the ''[=~Ranma ½~=]'' anime.
** He is a filler character, however, who was given most arcs involving [[StalkerWithACrush Gosunkugi]]. All of them except the [[MindControl magic paper dolls]], if memory serves.
** That's how he was conceived, more or less, but he became his own unique character pretty quickly. The very first filler episode in the anime also has an elderly, childless rich couple try to adopt P-chan/Ryoga, and when Ranma (reluctantly) tries to retrieve him, the three butlers/servants chasing him promptly pull off their bowties and reveal martial artist weapons, much to Ranma's shock. The [[RanmaAbridged abridged series]] lampshades this trope.
* ''LastExile'' presents Dio of the Noble House of Eraclea, whose friend and combat butler Luciola acts as his loyal bodyguard up to the point of [[spoiler:giving himself up to Dio's sister, Maestro Delphine, so she allows Dio to escape. He has no regrets as he calmly accepts a ring that immediately kills him.]]
* ''Miami Guns'' parodies this trope with Jii, faithful servant to Yao[[spoiler:'s father]] and exaggerated {{Badass}}.
* In ''DigimonAdventure02'', Wormmon acts as a (not especially useful) BattleButler for Ken, getting nothing but insults and whippings in return. [[spoiler:Ken comes to regret abusing Wormmon, though, after he performs his HeelFaceTurn.]]
* Ukyo's... whatever he is... Tessai in ''[[SamuraiSeven Samurai 7]]''.
* Kogarashi, the titular Maid Guy in ''KamenNoMaidGuy''. He's a large, musclebound masked man, and that he's wearing a dress only makes him that much more terrifying to any who meet him.
* Roberto of ''{{Monster}}'' has an undying loyalty to {{Ubermensch}} Johan Liebert practically bordering on HoYay.
* At first, Fiore from ''ChronoCrusade'' seems simply like Joshua's [[EmotionlessGirl creepily unemotional]] [[{{Meido}} maid]]. Turns out she's actually a powerful [[spoiler:jewel witch]] and can [[spoiler:heal her wounds similarly to the demons--even when she loses an arm!]], making her a formidable fighter. And, of course, she's fiercely devoted to Joshua and Aion.
* Not a butler, per se, but Mikoto Minagi from ''{{Mai-HiME}}'' plays BattleButler to two different characters. First, she's Mai's faithful sidekick (whom she [[LesYay likes]] ''[[LesYay very]]'' [[LesYay much]]), and later she becomes one for [[spoiler:her brother, who has the soul of the series' BigBad living inside him]]. Despite her conflicting loyalties, she swears to protect them from ''anything'' that gets in her way...[[CuteBruiser and boy, can she ever]].
* ''Shamanic Princess'': Leon and [[KillerRabbit Japoro]] are sort-of Battle Buttlers to the summoners Lena and Tiara, respectively.
* Mr Tanaka, butler to the Thorndyke family in ''[[SonicTheHedgehog Sonic X]]'', though he's not always entirely effective when it comes to defending his employers' honour, you have to give him points for effort (and self judgement when he thinks he's failed).
* Escargoon, Dedede's butler/servant/secretary from the ''{{Kirby}}'' [[RecycledTheSeries anime]] is often described as a BattleButler. While he doesn't engage in close combat with any effectiveness (even Dedede can [[DropTheHammer best him in that department]]), he's often seen leading the troops and managing the combat machines.
* Hong Long, [[{{Ojou}} Wang Liu Mei's]] butler in ''{{Gundam 00}}''
** Raymond Bishop, butler to Neo France's George de Sands, has a CrowningMomentOfAwesome as a Battle Butler in GGundam.
* Yuki Nagato from ''SuzumiyaHaruhi'' acts like this for Kyon, more or less placing him above anything else. Her loyalty ultimately lies with him, even above that of her [[SufficientlyAdvancedAlien boss]] and [[RealityWarper Haruhi]]. Sometimes it seems like she will only do something when Kyon tells her to. And boy, don't you dare to threaten Kyon, or [[BadassBookworm she'll kick your ass]]. Then again, Kyon doesn't really play the role of her "master". In fact, he tries to avoid relying on her help, feeling it unfair to let her do all the dirty work, just because she won the SuperpowerLottery.
* Naoe from ''MirageofBlaze''.
* Riff[[spoiler:/Riffael]] of the Hargreaves family in ''CountCain''.
* Juubei from ''GetBackers'' has a brief angst fit because his duty in life was basically to be Kazuki's [[BattleButler Battle Doctor]], but Kazuki left, and he's since sworn himself to [[TheCracker Makubex]], who previously ordered him to kill Kazuki in what he [[ManipulativeBastard admitted was a test of loyalty.]] In the end, he balances his dual loyalties nicely.
* Jodo from the second ''LupinIII'' movie, ''{{The Castle of Cagliostro}}'' diligently serves the Count, even serving as one of the his ninjas and [[spoiler:taking down Zenigata's stolen autogyro and Lupin himself with a rooftop-mounted machine gun.]] At the end, he [[spoiler:asks Goemon to kill him, since he has no purpose but to serve the (now-dead) Count.]]
* Both Kirishima Shinobu and Hosaka Mitsuru of ''{{Goshuushou-sama Ninomiya-kun}}'' are [[BattleButler battle butlers]] to their [[{{Ojou}} ojou-sama]] Houjou Reika. Both demonstrate extreme devoutness, top-notch martial skills, and protective behavior towards Reika.
* From ''HigurashiNoNakuKoroNiKai'' we have Kasai. [[spoiler: With his occasionally {{Yandere}} client Shion and Doctor Irie, he breaks into a hospital filled with secret conspirators. He then gets to show off his skills with a shotgun including smacking some guy in the face with one after interrogating him. He is later shown shooting out the tires of a van with a sniper rifle]]
* Wynnfield from {{Demonbane}}. He doesn't look like much, but his fight scene features him ''[[GoodOldFisticuffs boxing]]'' a ''[[DualWielding four-armed]]'' {{samurai}}.
* ''{{Baccano}}!'' has three of them, played with varying levels of straightness: Christopher Shouldered is the most simple and straightforward example, serving as Ricard Russo's bodyguard out of [[IOweYouMyLife gratitude for saving his life]]. Chane Laforet is a little more complicated, as she ''was'' an almost [[LoveMartyr disturbingly loyal]] servant of her manipulative father up until her run-in with [[spoiler:Claire Stanfield]], after which she finds herself fretting the inevitable FriendOrIdolDecision. Ennis is a subversion -- she initially fits all of the characteristics of a typical BattleButler for BigBad Szilard Quates (up to and including wearing suits and serving as his driver), until she gets the opportunity to voice her thoughts: she serves him only because [[YouHaveFailedMe he can kill her with a single thought if she doesn't]], and hates him more than anyone else does for the things he makes her do.
*Both Kanon and Ronove from ''UminekoNoNakuKoroNi''.
** Genji, too.
* [[SoulEater Noah]] has Gopher, a young (may or may not be an artificial creation) minion who serves Noah unquestioningly. So far ''unsuccessfully'', but he's determined, at least. Mosquito is a clearer example, being Arachne's Battle Butler. And he's a far more effective one.
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* Alfred Pennyworth, essentially {{Comicbook/Batman}}'s Batman. Not exactly a ''battle'' butler, but his skill at espionage and disguise rivals Batman's, and as a retired secret agent he knows his way around a shotgun. A retired combat medic, he's also a skilled surgeon, and has served as Batman's private physician over the years (just think how tough ''that'' job must be...)
** Speaking of {{Batman}}, how about the Joker's sidekick Bob from the 1989 movie? Bob's unquestioning loyalty causes the Joker to reach [[MoralEventHorizon phenomenal levels of uncool]] after he asks for Bob's gun, then shoots him with it for no good reason. And don't even get started on Harley Quinn.
** Alfred, being a loyal BattleButler, accompanied Bruce Wayne as he tracked Bane and his thugs during the events of Knightfall -- and then, when Bruce refused to obey his doctor's orders (or risk being completely paralyzed), he [[spoiler:resigned from Wayne's service entirely]].
** He seems to [[BatmanBegins know his way around a golf club]] too...
*** From the same movie series, it's also stated that he's seen combat experience in Burma with the SAS. BattleButler indeed.
** From the ''Elseworlds'' story "Dark Allegiances" by Howard Chaykin comes this magnificent exchange:
--->'''Wayne:''' Do I want to know how you found this out -- and should I be concerned about any jealous husbands?\\
'''Alfred:''' You insult me, sir. Her husband was out of town.
**In one issue of Batman Gothic, Gotham City is overrun by homeless cultists. Batman and Robin are picked up from their hiding place by Alfred in the Bentley. When Batman asks whether Alfred had any trouble getting to them, Alfred replies "None sir." and holds up a pistol. To put it another way, Alfred is Battle Butler incarnate.
** Note also that if any other member of his team were to carry a gun, Batman would most likely fire them on the spot. But Alfred is the exception. Why? Because Bruce needs him more than any of the others.
* The not-very-useful British comic hero Red Star Robinson only really cut it as a hero because of his robot bodyguard Mr. Syrius Thrice who was much more powerful. Thrice was dressed as a gentleman's gentleman and had proper Jeeves/Chrighton manners but had powers Batman would envy.
* Manute from ''SinCity'' fills this role for Ava Lord in "A Dame to Kill For" and for mob boss Wallenquist in "The Big Fat Kill."
* Cadbury, butler to Richie Rich and the Rich Family, has a skill set large enough to qualify him for the mask and cape crowd.
** And ''did'' as Crashman, partner to Rippy (Richie) in the 1970s comic, ''Super Richie''.
* Creote, the ex-Spetsnaz hulk in ''Birds of Prey'', is utterly loyal to the villain Savant. He's also in love with Savant, being gay, but Savant isn't.
** Speaking of Birds, you can make a good case for Zinda as Barbara's.
* Crete, Agustus Medici's hulking butler in ''100 Bullets''.
* Jarvis, the butler of ''Comicbook/TheAvengers''. He's not anywhere near Alfred-level {{Badass}} but he's got some military background of his own.
* Wong, mystical martial artist and servant to ''DoctorStrange''.
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* Oddjob from the classic JamesBond film ''{{Goldfinger}}'' is, if not exactly one of TheOldestOnesInTheBook, a classic example of the character type: he's a dutiful butler, and he kills people. Lots of them. [[ImprobableWeaponUser With his hat]].
* Mr. Mercer from the ''{{Pirates of the Caribbean}}'' series unquestionably serves Lord Cutler Beckett.
* ''Cats Don't Dance'' has Max, the brutish butler of spoiled child star Darla Dimple. A combination of Max from ''Sunset Boulevard'' and TheTerminator.
** And Max himself is one of the oldest examples.
* While we're at it ''[[TheTerminator "Stand on one foot... ALRIGHT!! MY OWN TERMINATOR!!"]]''
* An actual battling butler appears in the ''TombRaider'' movies, dutifully putting on an armoured vest and loading a shotgun before calmly blowing away stooges invading Lara's manor.
** Which competence is quite unnerving, seeing as he is played by ''[[RedDwarf Rimmer]]''.
* ''[[RepoTheGeneticOpera Repo! The Genetic Opera]]'' has Rotti Largo's shotgun-sporting henchgirls, as well as Gene Co's Repo Men.
* Alfred from ''{{Hudson Hawk}}''.
* Lovejoy in ''{{Titanic}}''.
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* Sam Gamgee from ''{{The Lord of the Rings}}'' trilogy is a classic example.
* Bellatrix Lestrange in ''HarryPotter'' is a prime example of this, with a fairly obvious adoration of her master and not much else of a reason to stay with him.
** "Adoration" is a bit of an understatement, at least in the ''Order of the Phoenix'' movie, it was. She was crazy and obsessed with him.
* Butler in ''ArtemisFowl''. Butler acts as Artemis' bodyguard much more than a butler, and demonstrates both professional and personal devotion to his charge. Unusual because Artemis is one of the series' protagonists... of course, it doesn't hurt that Artemis [[VillainProtagonist displays a number of the prerequisite "evil mastermind" characteristics.]]
** It should be noted that the series begins by exploring the possibility that the word "butler" is derived from the Fowl family's line of manservants.
*** It gets better. Book 2 mentions that only two people in the world are as badass as Butler. And he's related to one of them.
*** The other "lived on an island in the South China Seas and spent his days meditating and beating up palm trees." You really do have to feel sorry for those Goblins.
* Hideo, the Tessier-Ashpools' deadly but devoted servant in William Gibson's ''{{Neuromancer}}'', is an example of this trope.
* Mr Grin, the knife-throwing butler/pilot of Darius Sayle in ''{{Stormbreaker}}''.
* Willikins, Commander Vimes' butler from ''{{Discworld}}'', has quite a lot of violent capacity when his employer or city are threatened. It's explained he used to be a member of a rather vicious youth gang. He's also a member of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch "Specials", a group of would-be watchmen who, due to whatever reason, are not able to devote their full time to the job. Willikins is notable for politely downplaying in conversation his combat abilities, or even getting excessively specific when explaining why he, for example, happened to be holding a fifteen-inch icepick when a hit squad attacks the house.
** More scary in that it wasn't an ice ''pick'', but an ice ''knife'' - imagine, if you will, a breadknife, only a foot-and-a-half long, with half-inch, razor sharp serrations. That poor Dwarf.
** And the slashing hat mentioned on [[Quotes/BattleButler the quotes page]] is of course a [[ShoutOut nod]] to Oddjob from ''[[JamesBond Goldfinger]]''.
** Not to mention the time when Willikins left Vimes' service to fight in Klatch -- biting a D'Reg's nose off at one point, and generally being Sergeant Badass.
** It's worth noting that ''Vimes'' was glad they never met on the field of battle as kids.
* Worthington in the ''Three Investigators'' series.
* Roman in the ''The Crown Jewels'' and ''Rock of Ages''. While he'd prefer his master Maijstral be a bit more concerned with his status and honor, he is still utterly faithful and eager to pound his master's enemies into a pulp.
** And do not mess with him when he's molting.
* Possibly the ultimate example: {{Lois McMaster Bujold}}'s Sgt. Bothari, who's taken into the [[VorkosiganSaga Vorkosigan]] household as a sworn retainer after being discharged from the military on grounds of being totally bugfrak insane; he's large, paranoid-schizophrenic, sexually odd, ''profoundly'' devoted to his Lord and Lady (especially the latter), and -- by the end -- heartbreaking.
** Pym, who (kind of) replaces Bothari also counts. He's former IMPSEC. We never see him using those skills, but I would bet good money that he hasn't lost his edge.
** Also Roic, who gets to butle through battle behind Miles in ''Diplomatic Immunity'', and has a... ''memorable''... fight at the tail end of ''A Civil Campaign''.
** You could argue that BattleButler is basically the job description for a Count's leige-sworn Armsman -- most of the ones who are actual characters, rather than part of the background action, certainly qualify.
* Adolphus Kreiger of ''[[GotrekAndFelix Vampireslayer]]'' employs the powerful Roche as his manservant and leader of his minions. Kreiger hardly needs him in a fight, but he can operate during the day and is unquestionably loyal to Kreiger, as were his father and grandfather. [[spoiler: Unfortunately, he runs afoul of his master's "mother" and gets his head ripped off]]
* Ephant Mon from the ''StarWars'' ExpandedUniverse. Despite his lack of criminal ruthlessness or selfishness, he was a loyal servant to Jabba the Hutt, and almost certainly the gangster's only actual friend. Ends up reluctantly leaving Jabba's service after trying (and failing) to get him to release Luke Skywalker.
**There's also the Tac-Spec FIII Footman Droid, who such roles as chef, waiter, chauffeur, putting out the Master's wardrobe for the day with with such tools the ability to make a head-shot from 10 km away, a a high-power railgun in their arm and the strength to drive their fist throught a tank. Of course, they were built in secrect on a "you ask, we sell" basis for nobles and Corrupt Corporate Executive by a front company for an assasin's guild...
* Mack Bolan (''TheExecutioner'' series by Don Pendelton) would occasionally run into loyal Mafiosi who fit this description when he tried infiltration instead of his usual OneManArmy approach, which [[WhatASenselessWasteOfHumanLife didn't make his task any easier]].
* Of the classic "Rich Idiot with No Day Job" variety, you have PGWodehouse's concoction: Jeeves -- the valet to end all valets. He doesn't physically manhandle anyone, but he looks after his mental featherweight of an employer, Bertram Wooster. One can only imagine Jeeves does it simply for amusement, and there have been several fan theories on the matter.
** He does get physical on one occasion when Bertie, being pursued by a policeman, ends up literally up a tree. [[JeevesAndWooster The TV series]] included that scene, but [[MissedMomentOfAwesome inexplicably]] cut the line "I took the liberty of coshing the officer, sir."
* Gargarey, the Peabody-Emerson's butler is a mean hand with a blackjack. The footmen are also useful in scrap and even the housemaids have learned not to scream or faint at the sight of blood.
* Sarah Stevens in ''Dying to Please'' is a covert bodyguard as well as butler for her elderly boss.
* Although [[CiaphasCain Gunner Ferik Jurgen]] isn't a butler in the conventional sense, he certainly fits this trope as Commissar Ciaphas Cain's aide. He even carries out some of the typical duties of a valet when there isn't any shooting going on, such as finding accommodations, food, and entertainment suitable for a '''Hero of the Imperium''' and keeping unwelcome visitors from disturbing the Commissar's peace.
* Howard Whitehouse's ''The Strictest School in the World'' and sequels include Lal Singh, "a mysterious and heroic butler."
* In the {{Honorverse}}, the personal armsmen of Grayson steadholders cover this trope quite nicely, and under Grayson law a Steadholder can have up to ''50'' of them. See also [[CanonImmigrant Cathy Montaigne's]] butler, a former combat-bred slave.
* ErastFandorin's personal servant Masahiro "Masa" Shibata is a former {{Yakuza}}, whose life and dignity Fandorin almost accidentally saved, not yet knowing that he is in for one DisproportionateReward...
* The Archive from the Dresden Files depends wholly on "Kinkaid", her Chauffeur, Butler and Bodyguard in one person and ex-mercenary by profession.
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* Lord Yu's First Prime from ''{{Stargate SG-1}}'' stayed by his master's side despite the fact that he realized Lord Yu was not a god. Notably stopped his lesser Jaffa from executing Teal'c for pointing this out. However he never joined the Jaffa rebellion.
** Part of the reason he stayed with Yu is that the System Lord was going senile, and the First Prime was able to manipulate him (and thus effectively control his armies), acting as somewhat of an ally to the Tau'ri. (He clearly experienced a lot of internal conflict over this, however).
* Deneb from ''[[KamenRider Kamen Rider Den-O]]'', who's a comedic foil/caretaker to his broody partner and master, Yuto Sakurai.
** You forgot to mention ''why'' he's a combat butler. Which is, of course, being able to shoot bullets from his fingers.
* On ''{{Angel}}'', Angel was paying a visit to the mansion inhabited by the MonsterOfTheWeek, and the butler attacked him on orders from his necromancer master. The necromancer was annoyed that Angel killed his butler, but soon found bigger problems to worry about.
* Ianto Jones, the snazzily-dressed, occasionally-asskicking (or -tasering) teaboy in ''{{Torchwood}}''. In episode 2x12, [[spoiler:there's a flashback to when he begged Jack for a job at Torchwood, and he explicitly says, "A butler! I could be a butler!"]]
* Lurch from ''TheAddamsFamily''.
* In ''UglyBetty'', Marc is Wilhelmina's BattleButler. Disposing of the BattleButler when it's convenient was played with when Wilhelmina "traded" Marc for something she needed for her latest scheme, but later gave it up to get Marc back. Being a CardCarryingVillain and all, Wilhelmina refused to admit that she did this because she missed Marc, but it was still played as a PetTheDog moment.
* Kato, the chauffeur and sidekick of ''TheGreenHornet''. As played by Bruce Lee, Kato was substantially more impressive in a fight than the Hornet himself, yet remained in the humble role of a servant.
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* Spoofed with Ralphus, Chris Jericho's "personal security ninja" during his time in {{WCW}}.
* Virgil, the valet to The Million Dollar Man, Ted [=DiBiase=].
* And, of course, later in the {{WWF}}, Triple H had Chyna, who was the rare female example that was ''not'' in MadLove. (At least, in front of the camera...)
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Rick Arrowsmith from the VisualNovel ''Bullet Butlers'', by Ocelot. A bishonen gun-wielding butler with ScaryShinyGlasses, he's unquestionably loyal to his master, Selma Fortenmayer (Which may have something to do with her role as the potential savior of the world.) Interestingly enough, he's the protagonist of the game, not a side-character.
* In ''{{Okami}}'', a scrap of paper infused with a demon of sorts serves as "gatekeeper" to one of the game's bosses. While his only means of halting Amaterasu involve racing past her to shut gates, he has the full personality of a BattleButler.
** To the point that a literal piece of paper is considered the WorthyOpponent of a PhysicalGod.
* ''{{Wild ARMs 3}}'' has Todd Dukakis, who serves as the butler of TheRival of the protagonists to the point of accompanying her and [[QuirkyMinibossSquad her family]] on treasure hunting expeditions. He is also quite good with a sword and shows his loyalty by [[spoiler: briefly aiding the protagonists in the rescue of his master when she is abducted by another group of villains.]]
** Todd himself is a ShoutOut to Macdullen/Magdalen from the first ''[[WildArms1 WildARMs]]''. He's literally a combat butler; he's always by Jane Maxwell's side, and while he doesn't do much battle-worthy in the original game, in the remake he uses a sword quite effectively (and will even join your party at points).
* Ramirez from ''SkiesOfArcadia''. This one [[spoiler:showed some very insane tendencies, however; when his first Master betrayed him, Ramirez killed him and nearly everyone on his staff. When his second Master, the game's main BigBad, is killed by the player characters late in the game, he goes into a psychotic rampage and tries to kill everything on the planet.]]
* Fiona Mayfield from ''ArcanaHeart'' is the BattleButler to Mildred Avalon, the game's angelic BigBad. She also comes equipped with a [[{{Meido}} maid outfit]] and a [[{{BFS}} Cloud Strife-style zweihander]].
* Gre Nade (yes, [[ThemeNaming it is intentional]]) of the two ''Evolution'' games on Dreamcast.
* [[TheGrimReaper Death]] himself serves as a BattleButler for {{Dracula}} in the ''{{Castlevania}}'' games. He's also said to be the closest thing the Dark Lord has to a friend.
* Klungo from ''{{Banjo-Kazooie}}'' fits this trope perfectly; he is fiercely loyal despite being beaten (constantly) for his (constant) failures to Gruntilda the Witch. This is lampshaded late in the sequel when Klungo, after being beaten up by both his mistress and the player at least three times each, [[spoiler:is convinced by the main characters that it's in his best interests to call it quits (and he goes off to pursue a job making "stuupid gamess," no less)]].
* Dapang from the John Woo game ''Stranglehold'' is Wong's most loyal servant, who distinguished himself by [[TakingTheBullet taking some bullets]] for Wong during one of his [[FightClubbing death matches]], crushing the would-be assassin to death with his towering strength, and then going on to kill the opponent who he was fighting while still wounded. Wong was so impressed by Dapang's loyalty that he hired him on the spot as his bodyguard.
* Just about every main character in the ''{{Suikoden}}'' series has some form of bodyguard, but in the original ''[[SuikodenI Suikoden]]'', the hero [=McDohl=] has Gremio, a manservant who's deft with a soup spoon and has a ''mean ax''. [[spoiler: And he also dies in one of the games' ''many'' [[TearJerker emotional moments]].]]
* Katakura Kojyuuro in ''SengokuBasara'' is Date Masamune's butler. In real life, he might've been like this as well, seeing that he constantly watches over Masamune's well being and advises him a lot (which prevents him from reckless losses), and still gets counted as the Date clan's PowerTrio.
* In ''{{Fallout}}'' 3, the Mister Handy Bot is designed for domestic tasks, but does have a large saw, which has countless misfortunes laid at its feet, like your ruined birthday cake. There was actually a military version made, "Mr Gutsy", who has a flamethrower and spouts phrases that sound disturbingly like parodies of classic "Soldier Hero" talk.
** Also in ''Fallout 3'', the local radio host did a series about Daring Dashwood and his "stalwart [[OurZombiesAreDifferent Ghoul]] manservant" Argyle. It's made clear in the series that Argyle did most of the work when things got messy, which was quite often as Dashwood's mix of chivalry and womanizing got him in a lot of trouble.
*** You can meet the real Dashwood, he'll openly admit this was the case. He insists his own character flaws are exaggerated in the show, though.
* Lenny from the ''ShadowHearts'' series. He used to be a member of the TerribleTrio in ''Covenant'', but in ''From The New World'', he serves as Johnny's buttler after, while tired and thirsty in the streets, being given water by Johnny many years ago. With just a phone call, he can punch an energy bomb from his fist at the enemy. From halfway across the world. [[spoiler:Mainly because he has a contract with a demon called Godhand.]]
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* Thaddeus, Hazel Green's lovestruck majordomo in ''[[CollegeRoomiesFromHell College Roomies From Hell!!!]]''
* Fighter from ''[[EightBitTheater 8-Bit Theater]]'' acts something like this for Black Mage, seeing himself as a devoted protector of his best friend, though Black Mage still [[ButtMonkey suffers horrendously due to the universe hating him]] as stated by WordOfGod. However, if his other teammates openly consider killing Black Mage within earshot, he [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2007/12/11/episode-930-turnabout/ will not-so subtly hint]] at killing them himself.
* Ardsley Wooster from ''GirlGenius''.
** Wooster? He [[spoiler:wasn't a genuine butler, he was a British spy!]]
*** Ah, but [[spoiler:maybe he was a genuine butler ''and'' a British spy!]]
*** In all likelihood [[spoiler:he will become one of these in right when he and Gil are reunited, not that Gil really needs a bodyguard...]]
*** Considering [[WordOfGod what the creators have said about Sparks]], he likely is a subverted [[spoiler:spy]] and a way to make it hard to figure out if a Face or Heel are involved in this at all. Sparks ''do'' have a tendency to gain the most unlikely and random allies. (The surprising thing, really, is that we can only name '''one''' example from the series.)
** What about Von Pinn? She's basically a Battle Nanny. Because child care is SeriousBusiness.
** Boris Dolokhov, Klaus's MultiArmedAndDangerous secretary, seems very loyal to him so far. He is also the person in charge of the Wulfenbach empire when Klaus and Gil are both unavailible.
** The [[OldRetainer Von Mekkans]] to the Heterodynes.
* Geeves, valet to the royal family in the webcomic {{Lint}}, is pretty handy with a quarterstaff.
* [[WhiteHairedPrettyBoy Argent]] takes this role for [[BigBad Khrima]] in {{Adventurers}}!.
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* Michelle Clore's Shadow from ''{{KateModern}}''.
* ''{{Englishman}}''`s Butler, Butler, who is also the secret identity of the mysterious supervillain The Butler (though [[StrangelyEffectiveDisguise Englishman has never figured this out]]).
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* To a certain extent, Mr. Smithers from ''TheSimpsons''.
** In an altenate scene of "Burns' Heir", he wields a shotgun against a robotic Richard Simmons. In the original, Burns simply closes the door on Homer. It was cut from the episode because "it often did not get a good reaction during table reads."
** Smithers only goes BattleButler when he has to (read: [[HoYay when Burns is in danger]]). Most of the time he's just a YesMan.
* Mercy Graves, Lex Luthor's aide-de-camp in ''SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'' ([[CanonImmigrant and later the comics]]).
* Owen Burnett and Preston Vogel from ''{{Gargoyles}}''. In a subversion, Owen was revealed to be [[spoiler: the powerful fey Puck, who created the Owen persona as a deliberate dig at Vogel.]] Demona briefly hired her own female Battle Butler, which promptly derailed as both secretly had their own opposing agendas. In the ''Slave Labor'' comics of Gargoyles, Thailog has Shari as his battle butler. Subverted in that she actually out ranks him in the Illuminati and she has been known to lie to Thailog from time to time.
* Maven, the administrative assistant of Selina Kyle/Catwoman from ''BatmanTheAnimatedSeries''.
** Baby Dahl also had a Battle Butler/Nanny in her first appearance.
** The Clown Prince of Crime has Harley Quinn.
* ''{{Transformers}}'' (or more specifically, Megatron) has a ton of these.
** ''{{Transformers Generation 1}}'' has Shockwave and Soundwave, both logical, level-headed, and more than willing to kick aft in Megatron's name. Soundwave even saved Megatron's life once in {{The Movie}}, though his loyalty apparently wasn't great enough to stop {{The Starscream}} and the other Decepticons from tossing him out Astrotrain's airlock five minutes later. And Shockwave even has a British accent!
** ''BeastWars'' has Inferno, combined with a dash of PsychoForHire, who has a glitch in his programming causing him to think he really ''is'' a fire ant, with Megatron as his "Queen." [[InsectGenderBender The fact that Megatron is male doesn't seem to bother him.]]
** From ''TransformersArmada'', Demolisher ''could'' qualify, but the real winner was [[spoiler: '''Starscream''' of all mechs,]] who lost his memory in the sequel ''TransformersEnergon''.]] For one glorious season Megatron had '''the''' most loyal Decepticon he could ever ask for, and one who eventually [[spoiler: followed Megatron into the Energon sun, to their mutual deaths.]]
** Finally, ''{{Transformers Animated}}'' crosses the {{Battle Butler}} with the {{Yes Man}} in the character Lugnut. His only apparent motivation for fighting (or doing anything, really) is his undying loyalty to Megatron. Naturally, he hates [[{{TheStarscream}} Starscream]], and will use his [[RocketPunch Punch of Kill Everything]] to pound you into the dirt for even the slightest hint of disrespect or treason.
* Charles Foster Ofdensen, the manager for Dethklok in ''{{Metalocalypse}}''. While the band thinks he's merely there to handle business and talk them out of bad ideas, he really controls everything behind the scenes, acting as an enforcer, silencer and bodyguard if need to be. When the band members were in trouble, he nearly kills the assassin in a hand-to-hand fight. He also has no qualms having undesirable people killed (Eric Jomfru) or tortured (Dr. Rockzo). When another person was considered as his replacement, Ofdensen states that he'd have to kill him to get the job. He tried. He failed. Then Ofdenson metaphorically spit on his grave by posthumously making him a pedophile.
** In fact in one episode, Skwisgaar calls him "... the bests butler we's ever had..."
*** The show did a good job of playing up Ofdensen as being a secret BadAss, but he really shines as a BattleButler when you ''don't'' see him acting. When Pickles tells him that their amazingly bad movie can't be released to the public after its first screening, Ofdensen just nods, and walks away, with no attention paid to it. A few minutes later, everyone who has laid eyes on the film (and can confirm that it sucked) is dead. Sure, it "looks" like an accident (the helicopter rotor hits the pipeline on the oil platform used for the screening as it's leaving), but you know it wasn't.
* Though he usually functions as a ''YesMan'' towards the series' villain Hordak, the character Imp in ''[[SheRaPrincessOfPower She-Ra Princess of Power]]'' also displays tendencies to function as a battle butler, most notably in the episode "Of Shadows and Skulls" wherein he attempted to force the other members of the Horde to oust Skeletor from Hordak's position. Also of note is the fact that he and Hordak tend to share a closer relationship than Hordak displays towards any of his other minions, a relationship that seems on par with the one he held for Adora and is hinted he held for Skeletor before the betrayal of the latter.
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* The eponymous ''HayateTheCombatButler'' is a unique
look into a newly-minted BattleButler; his loyalty initiated by a massive debt.
** He's had more experience in
at the area than one would think. [[spoiler: He was trained in butlering as UsefulNotes/Japan page; there's a small child by someone who is either a [[SufficientlyAdvanced very powerful mage or a goddess]].]]
**Also, Segawa Kotetsu
whole bunch of the Kotetsu household, Machina (Athena's servant), Kaede Nonohara different kinds of the Azumamiya household, Himuro Saeki of the Ookouchi household as well as Ichijou as Mikoto's butler. Almost makes you think the series runs off of this trope, doesn't it?
***I'm almost positive that Segawa is Kotestsu's surname and Kotestu is his given name. It should be that way because his sister name is Segawa Izumi (or Izumi Segawa if Romanized)
***Kotetsu IS Izumi's brother.
** Hayate himself seems ''less'' of a {{Battle Butler}} than the others show themselves to be, despite being the name of the story.
* Roger Smith's manservant Norman in ''TheBigO''. In addition to making soup and cleaning the house, he's quite handy with a machine gun and drives a motorcycle with a rocket launcher in the side car.
** To stress how badass Norman is, one need only look to the Christmas episode.
pages.

There's a genetically engineered Christmas tree growing in the middle of town, and Roger, mid-fight, asks Norman to get his dry-cleaning. Norman accomplishes this by taking his motorcycle and ''driving it through the building without slowing down''. Not only did he grab the laundry, he got a date on the way out.
* Walter C. [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Dolneas/Dornez]] from ''{{Hellsing}}'' is a rather literal example. His devotion to Integra and the British crown is unquestioned though there is not so much love but just opure British dedication. [[spoiler: Until his still questioned FaceHeelTurn making him some kind of BloodKnight or so.]].
* Roberta from ''BlackLagoon'' wears a maid outfit and speaks extremely politely, but also happens to be an ex-Colombian terrorist/assassin. When her 'young master' Garcia is threatened, she sets off on a one-woman rescue mission. The maid outfit itself is used for holding a bucketload of hand grenades, which are dropped with the pins pulled out when she curtsies. She's one of the only characters in Black Lagoon to match Revy herself in a shootout.
** Ginji could count too, serving Yukio completely, faithfully and frighteningly.
* Sebastian Michaelis of ''{{Kuroshitsuji}}'' ''is'' this trope. [[spoiler: He's also the "devil" in the DealWithTheDevil with his master Ciel.]]
** Another Battle Butler is Grell Sutcliff, who works for Ciel's aunt Madame Red, [[spoiler: He is actually a DepravedHomosexual {{Shinigami}} who wants to have Sebas-chan's babies]]
** Yet another is Agni, super-powered servant to a very spoilt Indian prince. [[spoiler: Surprisingly, he's a human, albeit a very BadassNormal one who gets his powers from his faith in the goddess Kali.]]
** And then there's Ash, the Queen's butler, [[spoiler: a fallen [[LightIsNotGood angel who killed Ciel's family]], Sebastian's foil, and the final villain behind the events in the series.]]
** The entire Phantomhive housekeepers, though quite behind Sebastian, is still very lethal. In both anime AND manga, we have Maylene the NinjaMaid who is able to snipe with PISTOLS while leaping from rooftop to rooftop, Finnian who is extremely strong (to the point of a monster), Tanaka who effortlessly manage to kill an enemy right outside of Elizabeth's room (without a drop of blood on his clothes), and Bardroy who, though weakest in strength, made up for it with tactical knowledge and killed the enemy with a flour bomb. When Ciel warned not to look down upon the Phantomhive's Servants, he means it.
* Big Blue from the ''MonsterRancher'' anime. Big Blue is fiercely loyal to Pixie, protects her without a second thought, and near the end of the series he [[spoiler: fuses his own life force ([[HeroicSacrifice sacrificing himself]]) with hers to prevent her from becoming a lost disk.]]
* Watari acts primarily as L's butler and sidekick in ''DeathNote'' but is quite skilled with firearms (sniper rifle) for his age. [[spoiler: He's also revealed to have raised L from very early childhood, which probably explains his personal devotion.]]
* ''LastExile'' presents Dio of the Noble House of Eraclea, whose friend and combat butler Luciola acts as his loyal bodyguard up to the point of [[spoiler:giving himself up to Dio's sister, Maestro Delphine, so she allows Dio to escape. He has no regrets as he calmly accepts a ring that immediately kills him.]]
* ''Miami Guns'' parodies this trope with Jii, faithful servant to Yao[[spoiler:'s father]] and exaggerated {{Badass}}.
* Kogarashi, the titular Maid Guy in ''KamenNoMaidGuy''. He's a large, musclebound masked man, and that he's wearing a dress only makes him that much more terrifying to any who meet him.
* At first, Fiore from ''ChronoCrusade'' seems simply like Joshua's [[EmotionlessGirl creepily unemotional]] [[{{Meido}} maid]]. Turns out she's actually a powerful [[spoiler:jewel witch]] and can [[spoiler:heal her wounds similarly to the demons--even when she loses an arm!]], making her a formidable fighter. And, of course, she's fiercely devoted to Joshua and Aion.
* Not a butler, per se, but Mikoto Minagi from ''{{Mai-HiME}}'' plays BattleButler to two different characters. First, she's Mai's faithful sidekick (whom she [[LesYay likes]] ''[[LesYay very]]'' [[LesYay much]]), and later she becomes one for [[spoiler:her brother, who has the soul of the series' BigBad living inside him]]. Despite her conflicting loyalties, she swears to protect them from ''anything'' that gets in her way...[[CuteBruiser and boy, can she ever]].
* Hong Long, [[{{Ojou}} Wang Liu Mei's]] butler in ''{{Gundam 00}}''
** Raymond Bishop, butler to Neo France's George de Sands, has a CrowningMomentOfAwesome as a Battle Butler in GGundam.
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[[folder:Comics]]
* Alfred Pennyworth, essentially {{Comicbook/Batman}}'s Batman. Not exactly a ''battle'' butler, but his skill at espionage and disguise rivals Batman's, and as a retired secret agent he knows his way around a shotgun. A retired combat medic, he's also a skilled surgeon, and has served as Batman's private physician over the years (just think how tough ''that'' job must be...)
* Jarvis, the butler of ''Comicbook/TheAvengers''. He's not anywhere near Alfred-level {{Badass}} but he's got some military background of his own.
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[[folder:Films]]
* Oddjob from the classic JamesBond film ''{{Goldfinger}}'' is, if not exactly one of TheOldestOnesInTheBook, a classic example of the character type: he's a dutiful butler, and he kills people. Lots of them. [[ImprobableWeaponUser With his hat]].
* ''Cats Don't Dance'' has Max, the brutish butler of spoiled child star Darla Dimple. A combination of Max from ''Sunset Boulevard'' and TheTerminator.
** And Max himself is one of the oldest examples.
* An actual battling butler appears in the ''TombRaider'' movies, dutifully putting on an armoured vest and loading a shotgun before calmly blowing away stooges invading Lara's manor.
** Which competence is quite unnerving, seeing as he is played by ''[[RedDwarf Rimmer]]''.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Butler in ''ArtemisFowl''. Butler acts as Artemis' bodyguard much more than a butler, and demonstrates both professional and personal devotion to his charge. Unusual because Artemis is one of the series' protagonists... of course, it doesn't hurt that Artemis [[VillainProtagonist displays a number of the prerequisite "evil mastermind" characteristics.]]
** It should be noted that the series begins by exploring the possibility that the word "butler" is derived from the Fowl family's line of manservants.
*** It gets better. Book 2 mentions that only two people in the world are as badass as Butler. And he's related to one of them.
*** The other "lived on an island in the South China Seas and spent his days meditating and beating up palm trees." You really do have to feel sorry for those Goblins.
* Hideo, the Tessier-Ashpools' deadly but devoted servant in William Gibson's ''{{Neuromancer}}'', is an example of this trope.
* Mr Grin, the knife-throwing butler/pilot of Darius Sayle in ''{{Stormbreaker}}''.
* Willikins, Commander Vimes' butler from ''{{Discworld}}'', has quite a lot of violent capacity when his employer or city are threatened. It's explained he used to be a member of a rather vicious youth gang. He's also a member of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch "Specials", a group of would-be watchmen who, due to whatever reason, are not able to devote their full time to the job. Willikins is notable for politely downplaying in conversation his combat abilities, or even getting excessively specific when explaining why he, for example, happened to be holding a fifteen-inch icepick when a hit squad attacks the house.
** More scary in that it wasn't an ice ''pick'', but an ice ''knife'' - imagine, if you will, a breadknife, only a foot-and-a-half long, with half-inch, razor sharp serrations. That poor Dwarf.
** And the slashing hat mentioned on [[Quotes/BattleButler the quotes page]] is of course a [[ShoutOut nod]] to Oddjob from ''[[JamesBond Goldfinger]]''.
** Not to mention the time when Willikins left Vimes' service to fight in Klatch -- biting a D'Reg's nose off at one point, and generally being Sergeant Badass.
** It's worth noting that ''Vimes'' was glad they never met on the field of battle as kids.
* Gargarey, the Peabody-Emerson's butler is a mean hand with a blackjack. The footmen are also useful in scrap and even the housemaids have learned not to scream or faint at the sight of blood.
* Sarah Stevens in ''Dying to Please'' is a covert bodyguard as well as butler for her elderly boss.
* In the {{Honorverse}}, the personal armsmen of Grayson steadholders cover this trope quite nicely, and under Grayson law a Steadholder can have up to ''50'' of them. See also [[CanonImmigrant Cathy Montaigne's]] butler, a former combat-bred slave.
* ErastFandorin's personal servant Masahiro "Masa" Shibata is a former {{Yakuza}}, whose life and dignity Fandorin almost accidentally saved, not yet knowing that he is in for one DisproportionateReward...
* The Archive from the Dresden Files depends wholly on "Kinkaid", her Chauffeur, Butler and Bodyguard in one person and ex-mercenary by profession.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Deneb from ''[[KamenRider Kamen Rider Den-O]]'', who's a comedic foil/caretaker to his broody partner and master, Yuto Sakurai.
** You forgot to mention ''why'' he's a combat butler. Which is, of course, being able to shoot bullets from his fingers.
* On ''{{Angel}}'', Angel was paying a visit to the mansion inhabited by the MonsterOfTheWeek, and the butler attacked him on orders from his necromancer master. The necromancer was annoyed that Angel killed his butler, but soon found bigger problems to worry about.
* Kato, the chauffeur and sidekick of ''TheGreenHornet''. As played by Bruce Lee, Kato was substantially more impressive in a fight than the Hornet himself, yet remained in the humble role of a servant.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
*ChangelingTheLost divides Changelings into seemings (general 'character classes' as determined by appearance and magic affinities) and kiths (specialized classes determined by the nature of the character's Durance). The Wizened seeming has the "Chatelaine" kith, for preternaturally skilled manservants and house-managers. Combine this with a fighting style (such as Kung Fu or Boxing), and BAM, instant Battle Butler.
*MaidRPG has a specific set of optional rules for these: Butlers have stats superior to those that [[{{Meido}} maid]] characters do, but have a number of restrictions as well. As battle is far from uncommon in many MaidRPG sessions, butlers have their times to shine in fulfillment of this trope, especially in defense of their respective Master characters.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Rick Arrowsmith from the VisualNovel ''Bullet Butlers'', by Ocelot. A bishonen gun-wielding butler with ScaryShinyGlasses, he's unquestionably loyal to his master, Selma Fortenmayer (Which may have something to do with her role as the potential savior of the world.) Interestingly enough, he's the protagonist of the game, not a side-character.
* ''{{Wild ARMs 3}}'' has Todd Dukakis, who serves as the butler of TheRival of the protagonists to the point of accompanying her and [[QuirkyMinibossSquad her family]] on treasure hunting expeditions. He is also quite good with a sword and shows his loyalty by [[spoiler: briefly aiding the protagonists in the rescue of his master when she is abducted by another group of villains.]]
** Todd himself is a ShoutOut to Macdullen/Magdalen from the first ''[[WildArms1 WildARMs]]''. He's literally a combat butler; he's always by Jane Maxwell's side, and while he doesn't do much battle-worthy in the original game, in the remake he uses a sword quite effectively (and will even join your party at points).
* Fiona Mayfield from ''ArcanaHeart'' is the BattleButler to Mildred Avalon, the game's angelic BigBad. She also comes equipped with a [[{{Meido}} maid outfit]] and a [[{{BFS}} Cloud Strife-style zweihander]].
* There is an actual class of Pokemon trainer called "Castle Valet" (Castle Butler in the Japanese version) in Pokemon, however it refers to [[http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Castle_Valet_Darach_and_Lady_Caitlin Darach]]. Darach is implied to be the actual battler, while Caitlin just sits down watching the battle. There is also a class of trainer named "[[http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Maid Maid]].
** What
historical/background information about [[http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Waiter Waiters ]] and [[http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Waitress Waitresses]]?
* Babus from ''FinalFantasyTacticsAdvance''. He looks like just another Nu Mou, who is serving under Prince Mewt, until you face him
people/ places/events in battle that is. He is quite strong, magically and physically, and is 10x more dangerous when you have to fight him alone at one point.
*Laurence from Ratchet and Clank: Up Your Arsenal, in a VERY weird way. I mean, Dr. Nefarious is pretty much totally incapable of accomplishing anything when he isn't around, including extermination of all organic life.
* Lenny from the ''ShadowHearts'' series. He used to be a member of the TerribleTrio in ''Covenant'', but in ''From The New World'', he serves as Johnny's buttler after, while tired and thirsty in the streets, being given water by Johnny many years ago. With just a phone call, he can punch an energy bomb from his fist at the enemy. From halfway across the world. [[spoiler:Mainly because he has a contract with a demon called Godhand.]]
* Sakuya Izayoi from the ''{{Touhou}}'' series serves as both Remilia Scarlet's head maid and BattleButler. In a similar fashion, Youmu Konpaku is the BattleButler for the undead princess Yuyuko, although Youmu is technically Yuyuko's ''gardener''.
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Geeves, valet to the royal family in the webcomic {{Lint}}, is pretty handy with a quarterstaff.
[[/folder]]
* ''GirlGenius'' has Boris Dolokhov, Baron Wulfenbach's secretary, who is is notable for his [[MultiArmedAndDangerous four-armed sword technique]]. Also on Castle Wulfenbach there are the Lackya, "super-engineered squirrels" in pink coats who serve as footmen. Most of the time they seem to have (relatively) normal duties, but when the castle is under attack by slaver wasps, they join the clanks and Jagers to fight them off. People tend to forget about the Lackya because [[OvershadowedByAwesome they are not as awesome as the Jagers]], but since during the battle one of them is seen punching a wasp's head off, they can safely be assumed to be every bit as badass as everyone else who works for Klaus.
** What about Von Pinn? She's basically a Battle Nanny. Because child care is SeriousBusiness.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''{{Englishman}}''`s Butler, Butler, who is also the secret identity of the mysterious supervillain The Butler (though [[StrangelyEffectiveDisguise Englishman has never figured this out]]).
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Owen Burnett and Preston Vogel from ''{{Gargoyles}}''. In a subversion, Owen was revealed to be [[spoiler: the powerful fey Puck, who created the Owen persona as a deliberate dig at Vogel.]] Demona briefly hired her own female Battle Butler, which promptly derailed as both secretly had their own opposing agendas. In the ''Slave Labor'' comics of Gargoyles, Thailog has Shari as his battle butler. Subverted in that she actually out ranks him in the Illuminati and she has been known to lie to Thailog from time to time.
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New trope, LoyalMinion: a subordinate who serves out of a pure sense of loyalty (combat-functionality irrelevant).

[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Haku from ''{{Naruto}}'', who sees himself as little more than a tool for [[{{NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast}} The Demon Zabuza]]. Although Haku is far gentler than his boss and doesn't really like fighting, he's still willing to do anything for him, no matter how drastic, to the extent where he [[spoiler:[[TakingTheBullet sacrifices himself by taking an attack right through the chest from Kakashi]] in order to protect Zabuza]].
* Roger Smith's manservant Norman in ''TheBigO''. In addition to making soup and cleaning the house, he's quite handy with a machine gun and drives a motorcycle with a rocket launcher in the side car.
** To stress how badass Norman is, one need only look to the Christmas episode.
Japan (marked UN)

There's a genetically engineered Christmas tree growing in the middle of town, and Roger, mid-fight, asks Norman to get his dry-cleaning. Norman accomplishes this by taking his motorcycle and ''driving it through the building without slowing down''. Not only did he grab the laundry, he got a date on the way out.
* Walter C. [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Dolneas/Dornez]] from ''{{Hellsing}}'' is a rather literal example. His devotion to Integra and the British crown is unquestioned though there is not so much love but just opure British dedication. [[spoiler: Until his still questioned FaceHeelTurn making him some kind of BloodKnight or so.]].
* Vanilla Ice in JoJosBizarreAdventure. He's SO faithful to Dio
"notes about Japanese culture that Dio asks him would be matter-of-fact in Japan but causes foreigners to slice off his own head, which he then proceeds to do with no hesitation. [[IGotBetter He got better]].
* Space Butler from ''ExcelSaga'', who serves the Puchuus mainly because he cannot resist their illusory cuteness.
* Tachibana, from ''{{Mahoraba}}'', is instantly recognizable as a member of this trope. She also qualifies as a {{Ninja Maid}} due to her ability to suddenly materialize in rooms, though.
* Paul Moriyama in ''KeroroGunsou'' is Momoka's butler, seemingly charged with caring and protecting her. He is also alluded to be massively powerful, and in the manga it's hinted he's a veteran of World War II.
* Though neither a buttler, nor a skilled fighter, Nike in {{Appleseed}} fits this trope quite well. It's easy to underestimate her as [[TheHighQueen Prime Minister]] Athena's loyal secretary. But even for a Chief of Staff, she seems to be holding enormous executive powers on her own and having Athenas full confidence. The fact
go ''huh?''" (marked "trivia").

There's stuff
that she's TheStoic and could pass as a {{Bifauxnen}} without problems certainly helps her appearing as TheDragon.
* Roberta from ''BlackLagoon'' wears a maid outfit and speaks extremely politely, but also happens to be an ex-Colombian terrorist/assassin. When her 'young master' Garcia is threatened, she sets off on a one-woman rescue mission. The maid outfit itself
is used for holding a bucketload of hand grenades, which are dropped with the pins pulled out when she curtsies. She's one of the only characters in Black Lagoon to match Revy herself in a shootout.
** Ginji could count too, serving Yukio completely, faithfully and frighteningly.
* Setsuna and Chachamaru from ''MahouSenseiNegima''.
** Ostia's Governor General, Kurt Godel seem to have one of those.
* Noel from ''TriangleHeart3SweetSongsForever'', a RobotGirl [[{{Meido}} maid]] in the service of Shinobu.
* Wilhelmina Carmel from ''[[ShakuganNoShana Shakugan no Shana]]'', guardian and maid of Shana, the title character. Hecate (the girl with the NiceHat) also has her own literal demonic battle butler.
* ''{{Slayers}}'': Jilas is Gravos's BattleButler. Interestingly, he outlives his master.
* Koga Go has this sort of fanatical loyalty to Kariya in ''{{Bleach}}''.
** Ulquiorra is sort of like this to Aizen.
** Tesla, who unlike Koga is part of the original manga cast, is an even better example. He is essentially a servant to Nnoitra Jiruga and does his job loyally despite constant abuse. "Fraccion" in general might
Japan as well be the Spanish word for this a trope, but Tesla is probably particularly Japanese cultural stuff that gets exaggerated or portrayed inaccurately in fiction for plot purposes or to make it more interesting (marked "trope")

And a lot of them overlap.

I'd suggest moving
the best example.
*** Though because Fraccion follow
ones that are clearly tropes onto index pages like JapaneseTropes or StockJapaneseCharacters, etc, and linking the Espada willingly without any sort UN/Japan page to the indexes as SeeAlso; that would clean things up immensely. There might also be value in a "famous Japanese people" index.

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* Main/ImperialJapan - UN
* Main/JapanesePoliticalSystem - UN
* Main/KaijuDefenseForce (Japan Self-Defense Force) - UN
* Main/KatanasOfTheRisingSun (Imperial Japanese Armed Forces) - UN
* [[Main/OneHundredAndEight 108]] - Trivia or trope
* Main/The47Ronin - UN
* Main/{{Baka}} - Trivia or trope
* Main/BicepPolishingGesture - Trivia or trope
* Main/BishonenJumpSyndrome - Trivia or trope
* Main/BigFancyHouse - Trope
** Main/TheThingThatGoesDoink - Trope
* UsefulNotes/BokeAndTsukkomiRoutine - Trope
** Main/FlippingTheTable - Trope
* Main/BoysLoveNotes - Trivia or trope
* Main/ButterflyOfDeathAndRebirth - Trope
* Main/ChristmasCake - Trope
* [[Main/JapaneseChristian Christianity In Japan]] - Trivia or trope
** Main/ChristmasInJapan - Trivia or trope
* Main/CompensatedDating - Trope
* Main/CramSchool - UN or trope
* Main/{{Doujinshi}} - UN or trope
* Main/EarCleaning - UN or trope
* Main/EveryJapaneseSwordIsAKatana - UN
* Main/TheFourGods - UN or trope
* Main/{{Fundoshi}} - Trivia or trope
* Main/{{Geisha}} - Trivia
* Main/GoldfishScoopingGame - Trivia
* Main/GhostLights - Trivia or trope
* Main/{{Hachiko}} (purebred Akita dog representing loyalty) - Trivia, with a whoooole bunch
of gain has caused some fans to theorize as to [[HoYay why Tesla does what he does.]]
** Don't forget about [[FanNickname Butler-kun]],
similar stories from other countries. Obviously we need a PetFaithfulAfterDeath trope.
* [[Main/MartialArtsHeadband Hachimaki]] (headband) - Trope
* Main/HattoriHanzo - UN
* Main/{{Henohenomoheji}} (the face made of hiragana) - Trope
* Main/{{Hikikomori}}
a.k.a. Chojiro Sasakibe, Captain Yamamoto's lieutenant & assistant.
the ShutIn. - Trope
* Main/HostClub - Trope
* Main/IdiotsCannotCatchColds - Trope
* Main/IdolSinger - Trivia or trope
* Main/InsideShoes - Trivia
* Main/InstantFanClub - Trope
* Main/IshikawaGoemon - UN
* Main/JapaneseArchitecture - UN
* Main/JapaneseHolidays - UN
+ Main/JapaneseLanguage - UN
** Arguably, Komamura Sajin is also a BattleButler to Yamamoto. He's captain of his own squad, but Yamamoto is head captain, Main/AlternateCharacterReading - UN
** Main/FourIsDeath - Trope
** Main/GenderAndJapaneseLanguage - UN
** Main/GratuitousEnglish - Trope
** Main/GreenIsBlue - UN
and Komamura's loyalty to him is because Yama is one of the few people who didn't care that he was an anthropomorphic dog.
trope kinda mashed together
** Main/JapaneseHonorifics - UN
*** Main/{{Oba-san}} - Trivia or trope
*** Main/{{Onee sama}} - Trope
** Main/JapanesePronouns - UN
*** Main/PronounTrouble - Trope
** Main/JapaneseSiblingTerminology - UN
** Main/JapaneseStockPhrases - Index - cum - trivia
** Main/KansaiRegionalAccent - Trope
** Main/{{Keigo}} - Trivia
** Main/{{Kotobagari}} - Trivia
** Main/OneTwoThreeFourGo - Trope
** Main/SevenIsNana - Trope
** Main/TohokuRegionalAccent - Trope
* Big Blue from the ''MonsterRancher'' anime. Big Blue is fiercely loyal to Pixie, protects her without a second thought, and near the end of the series he [[spoiler: fuses his own life force ([[HeroicSacrifice sacrificing himself]]) with hers to prevent her from becoming a lost disk.]]
Main/JapaneseRanguage - Trope (largely Western)
* Watari acts primarily as L's butler and sidekick in ''DeathNote'' but is quite skilled with firearms (sniper rifle) for his age. [[spoiler: He's also revealed to have raised L from very early childhood, which probably explains his personal devotion.]]
Main/JapaneseSchoolClub - Trivia or trope
* The Dark Lovers from ''MermaidMelodyPichiPichiPitch''; as their name implies, they represent different types of false love, and are all obsessed with their Master, Gackto ([[SpellMyNameWithAnS Gakuto]] if you prefer the {{scanlation}}s, Gaito in the anime). [[spoiler:Of course, ''he'' turns out to have just as intense loyalty to Sara with the exact same reason, which is the whole reason he wanted to destroy the world in the first place.]]
* Sayoko Shinozaki from ''CodeGeass'', though her case is something of a subversion. Though she exhibits an understandable protective streak towards Nunnally, she aids the terrorist Zero without realizing that he's actually Nunnally's [[KnightTemplarBigBrother older brother]] Lelouch. In addition, she has yet to exhibit it, but the writing staff has repeatedly hinted that she may turn out to be as impressive a fighter as the beyond-human Suzaku. And all
Main/JapaneseVampire - this due to her [[{{EnsembleDarkhorse}} runaway popularity with the audience]].
** Stopped being an InformedAbility in episodes 12 and 13 of the second season, where the notion that she was a [[NinjaMaid ninja]]
went from {{Fanon}} away and is now a redirect to {{Canon}}.
OurVampiresAreDifferent
* CanonForeigner Sasuke Sarugakure is the Kunō Family's devoted, albeit grossly inept, ninja butler in the ''[=~Ranma ½~=]'' anime.
Main/{{Joshikousei}} - Trope
* Main/KabukiSounds - Trope
* Main/{{Kappa}} - Trivia or trope
* Main/KaraokeBox - Trivia or trope
* UsefulNotes/{{Kawaisa}} - Trope
* Main/{{Kendo}} - UN
* Main/{{Kigo}} - Trope
* Main/{{Kimodameshi}} - Trivia or trope
* Main/{{Kimono}} - UN
** He is a filler character, however, who was given most arcs involving [[StalkerWithACrush Gosunkugi]]. All of them except the [[MindControl magic paper dolls]], if memory serves.
Main/KimonoIsTraditional - Trope
** That's how he was conceived, more Main/KimonoFanservice - Trope
* Main/{{Kotatsu}} - Trivia
* Main/{{Kotobagari}} - Trivia
* Main/KyuAndDanRanks - Trivia
or less, but he became his own unique trope
* Main/{{Lolicon}} - recently redefined as a
character pretty quickly. The very first filler episode in the anime also has an elderly, childless rich couple try to adopt P-chan/Ryoga, and when Ranma (reluctantly) tries to retrieve him, type...
* Main/LoveHotels - Trivia or trope
* Main/{{Mahjong}} - UN or trope
* Main/TheMakiokaSisters - A works page. A famous work, granted, but why is it here?
* Main/ManekiNeko - Trivia or trope
* Main/MangaDemographics - Industry information
* Main/{{Miko}} - Trope
* Main/MiyamotoMusashi - UN
* Main/{{Mukokuseki}} - Trope
* Main/NoKoreansInJapan - Trope
* Main/NunsAreMikos - Trope
* Main/{{Odango Hair}} - Trope
* Main/OdaNobunaga (a Japanese warlord) - Trope
* Main/{{Onmyodo}} - Trivia or trope
* Main/{{Orochi}} - Trivia or trope
* Main/OutOfTheCountry - This could be a trope, needs work. TRS or YKTTW.
* Main/PaperTalisman - Trope
* Main/PersonalityBloodTypes - Trope
* Main/PersonalSeals - Trivia
* Main/{{Pettanko}} - Trope
* Main/PhenotypeStereotype - Trope
* Main/PillarsOfMoralCharacter - Trivia or trope
* Main/PoseOfSupplication - Trope
* Main/PublicDomainArtifact (of note,
the three butlers/servants chasing him promptly pull imperial regalia show up often) - Not Japan-specific
* Main/RedArmbandOfLeadership - Trope
* Main/RedEye - Trope, not Japanese-specific
* Main/RedOniBlueOni - Trope
* Main/RedStringOfFate - Trope
* Main/RomanticTwoGirlFriendship - Ought to be a UN, has broadened into a very messy trope, has been brought up in TRS [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/posts.php?discussion=1311886625018500100 here]]
* Main/RyokanInn - Trivia or trope
* Main/SacredFirstKiss - Trope
* Main/SailorFuku - Trope
* Main/{{Salaryman}} - Trope
* Main/{{Sarashi}} - Trivia or trope
* Main/SarutobiSasuke - UN
* Main/SasakiKojiro - UN
* Main/SchoolFestival - Trivia or trope
* Main/{{Second Sino-Japanese War}} - UN
* Main/SempaiKohai - UN
* Main/{{Seppuku}} - Trivia or trope
* Main/{{Shinigami}} - Trope
* Main/{{Shiritori}} - Trivia or trope
* Main/TheShinsengumi - UN
* Main/{{Shotacon}} - currently a genre, may go the way of lolicon
* Main/ShrinesAndTemples - This ought to be a UN but at the moment it's a very bare trope, needs a rename
* Main/{{Sneezing}} - Trope, needs to be renamed
* Main/StringyHairedGhostGirl - Trope
* Main/SubculturesInJapan - UN with a side order of tropes
* Main/{{Takarazuka}} - UN
* Main/{{Tanabata}} - Trivia or trope
* Main/TeruTeruBozu - Trivia or trope
* Main/ThisIsUnforgivable - Kind of a mess, started
off their bowties as a Japanese trope but seems now to include a lot of non-Japanese examples. Might be worth breaking off the Japanese StockPhrase (''Yurusumaji!'') and reveal martial artist weapons, much to Ranma's shock. The [[RanmaAbridged abridged series]] lampshades this rewriting the main trope.
* ''LastExile'' presents Dio of Main/ThousandOrigamiCranes - Trivia or trope
* Main/TokugawaIeyasu (another warlord,
the Noble House ultimate unifier of Eraclea, whose friend and combat butler Luciola acts as his loyal bodyguard up to the point Japan) - UN
* Main/TokyoUniversity (Japan's own version
of [[spoiler:giving himself up to Dio's sister, Maestro Delphine, so she allows Dio to escape. He has no regrets as he calmly accepts a ring that immediately kills him.]]
* ''Miami Guns'' parodies this trope with Jii, faithful servant to Yao[[spoiler:'s father]] and exaggerated {{Badass}}.
* In ''DigimonAdventure02'', Wormmon acts as a (not especially useful) BattleButler for Ken, getting nothing but insults and whippings in return. [[spoiler:Ken comes to regret abusing Wormmon, though, after he performs his HeelFaceTurn.]]
* Ukyo's... whatever he is... Tessai in ''[[SamuraiSeven Samurai 7]]''.
* Kogarashi, the titular Maid Guy in ''KamenNoMaidGuy''. He's a large, musclebound masked man, and that he's wearing a dress only makes him that much more terrifying to any who meet him.
* Roberto of ''{{Monster}}'' has
an undying loyalty to {{Ubermensch}} Johan Liebert practically bordering on HoYay.
Ivy League School) - UN or trope
* At first, Fiore from ''ChronoCrusade'' seems simply like Joshua's [[EmotionlessGirl creepily unemotional]] [[{{Meido}} maid]]. Turns out she's actually a powerful [[spoiler:jewel witch]] and can [[spoiler:heal her wounds similarly to the demons--even when she loses an arm!]], making her a formidable fighter. And, of course, she's fiercely devoted to Joshua and Aion.
Main/ToyotomiHideyoshi (yet another warlord) - UN
* Not a butler, per se, but Mikoto Minagi from ''{{Mai-HiME}}'' plays BattleButler to two different characters. First, she's Mai's faithful sidekick (whom she [[LesYay likes]] ''[[LesYay very]]'' [[LesYay much]]), and later she becomes one for [[spoiler:her brother, who has the soul of the series' BigBad living inside him]]. Despite her conflicting loyalties, she swears to protect them from ''anything'' that gets in her way...[[CuteBruiser and boy, can she ever]].
Main/TransferStudentUniforms - Trope
* ''Shamanic Princess'': Leon and [[KillerRabbit Japoro]] are sort-of Battle Buttlers to the summoners Lena and Tiara, respectively.
{{Tanuki}} - UN or trope
* Mr Tanaka, butler to the Thorndyke family in ''[[SonicTheHedgehog Sonic X]]'', though he's not always entirely effective when it comes to defending his employers' honour, you have to give him points for effort (and self judgement when he thinks he's failed).
* Escargoon, Dedede's butler/servant/secretary from the ''{{Kirby}}'' [[RecycledTheSeries anime]] is often described as a BattleButler. While he
Main/VSign - probably doesn't engage in close combat with any effectiveness (even Dedede can [[DropTheHammer best him in that department]]), he's often seen leading the troops and managing the combat machines.
belong here
* Hong Long, [[{{Ojou}} Wang Liu Mei's]] butler in ''{{Gundam 00}}''
** Raymond Bishop, butler to Neo France's George de Sands, has a CrowningMomentOfAwesome as a Battle Butler in GGundam.
Main/WeddingsInJapan- UN or trope
* Yuki Nagato from ''SuzumiyaHaruhi'' acts like this for Kyon, Main/YagyuJubei - UN
* Main/YamatoNadeshiko - Trope
* Main/YaoiFangirl (demographically
more or less placing him above anything else. Her loyalty ultimately lies with him, even above that of her [[SufficientlyAdvancedAlien boss]] and [[RealityWarper Haruhi]]. Sometimes it seems like she will only do something when Kyon tells her to. And boy, don't you dare to threaten Kyon, or [[BadassBookworm she'll kick your ass]]. Then again, Kyon doesn't really play the role of her "master". In fact, he tries to avoid relying on her help, feeling it unfair to let her do all the dirty work, just because she won the SuperpowerLottery.
* Naoe from ''MirageofBlaze''.
* Riff[[spoiler:/Riffael]] of the Hargreaves family
numerous in ''CountCain''.
* Juubei from ''GetBackers'' has a brief angst fit because his duty
Japan than in life was basically to be Kazuki's [[BattleButler Battle Doctor]], but Kazuki left, and he's since sworn himself to [[TheCracker Makubex]], who previously ordered him to kill Kazuki in what he [[ManipulativeBastard admitted was a test of loyalty.]] In the end, he balances his dual loyalties nicely.
* Jodo from the second ''LupinIII'' movie, ''{{The Castle of Cagliostro}}'' diligently serves the Count, even serving as one of the his ninjas and [[spoiler:taking down Zenigata's stolen autogyro and Lupin himself with a rooftop-mounted machine gun.]] At the end, he [[spoiler:asks Goemon to kill him, since he has no purpose but to serve the (now-dead) Count.]]
* Both Kirishima Shinobu and Hosaka Mitsuru of ''{{Goshuushou-sama Ninomiya-kun}}'' are [[BattleButler battle butlers]] to their [[{{Ojou}} ojou-sama]] Houjou Reika. Both demonstrate extreme devoutness, top-notch martial skills, and protective behavior towards Reika.
* From ''HigurashiNoNakuKoroNiKai'' we have Kasai. [[spoiler: With his occasionally {{Yandere}} client Shion and Doctor Irie, he breaks into a hospital filled with secret conspirators. He then gets to show off his skills with a shotgun including smacking some guy in the face with one after interrogating him. He is later shown shooting out the tires of a van with a sniper rifle]]
* Wynnfield from {{Demonbane}}. He doesn't look like much, but his fight scene features him ''[[GoodOldFisticuffs boxing]]'' a ''[[DualWielding four-armed]]'' {{samurai}}.
* ''{{Baccano}}!'' has three of them, played with varying levels of straightness: Christopher Shouldered is the
most simple and straightforward example, serving as Ricard Russo's bodyguard out of [[IOweYouMyLife gratitude for saving his life]]. Chane Laforet is a little more complicated, as she ''was'' an almost [[LoveMartyr disturbingly loyal]] servant of her manipulative father up until her run-in with [[spoiler:Claire Stanfield]], after which she finds herself fretting the inevitable FriendOrIdolDecision. Ennis is a subversion -- she initially fits all of the characteristics of a typical BattleButler for BigBad Szilard Quates (up to and including wearing suits and serving as his driver), until she gets the opportunity to voice her thoughts: she serves him only because [[YouHaveFailedMe he can kill her with a single thought if she doesn't]], and hates him more than anyone else does for the things he makes her do.
*Both Kanon and Ronove from ''UminekoNoNakuKoroNi''.
** Genji, too.
* [[SoulEater Noah]] has Gopher, a young (may or may not be an artificial creation) minion who serves Noah unquestioningly. So far ''unsuccessfully'', but he's determined, at least. Mosquito is a clearer example, being Arachne's Battle Butler. And he's a far more effective one.
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[[folder:Comics]]
* Alfred Pennyworth, essentially {{Comicbook/Batman}}'s Batman. Not exactly a ''battle'' butler, but his skill at espionage and disguise rivals Batman's, and as a retired secret agent he knows his way around a shotgun. A retired combat medic, he's also a skilled surgeon, and has served as Batman's private physician over the years (just think how tough ''that'' job must be...)
** Speaking of {{Batman}}, how about the Joker's sidekick Bob from the 1989 movie? Bob's unquestioning loyalty causes the Joker to reach [[MoralEventHorizon phenomenal levels of uncool]] after he asks for Bob's gun, then shoots him with it for no good reason. And don't even get started on Harley Quinn.
** Alfred, being a loyal BattleButler, accompanied Bruce Wayne as he tracked Bane and his thugs during the events of Knightfall -- and then, when Bruce refused to obey his doctor's orders (or risk being completely paralyzed), he [[spoiler:resigned from Wayne's service entirely]].
** He seems to [[BatmanBegins know his way around a golf club]] too...
*** From the same movie series, it's also stated that he's seen combat experience in Burma with the SAS. BattleButler indeed.
** From the ''Elseworlds'' story "Dark Allegiances" by Howard Chaykin comes this magnificent exchange:
--->'''Wayne:''' Do I want to know how you found this out -- and should I be concerned about any jealous husbands?\\
'''Alfred:''' You insult me, sir. Her husband was out of town.
**In one issue of Batman Gothic, Gotham City is overrun by homeless cultists. Batman and Robin are picked up from their hiding place by Alfred in the Bentley. When Batman asks whether Alfred had any trouble getting to them, Alfred replies "None sir." and holds up a pistol. To put it another way, Alfred is Battle Butler incarnate.
** Note also that if any
other member of his team were to carry a gun, Batman would most likely fire them on the spot. But Alfred is the exception. Why? Because Bruce needs him more than any of the others.
places) - Trope
* The not-very-useful British comic hero Red Star Robinson only really cut it as a hero because of his robot bodyguard Mr. Syrius Thrice who was much more powerful. Thrice was dressed as a gentleman's gentleman and had proper Jeeves/Chrighton manners but had powers Batman would envy.
* Manute from ''SinCity'' fills this role for Ava Lord in "A Dame to Kill For" and for mob boss Wallenquist in "The Big Fat Kill."
* Cadbury, butler to Richie Rich and the Rich Family, has a skill set large enough to qualify him for the mask and cape crowd.
Main/{{Youkai}} - Trivia or trope
** And ''did'' as Crashman, partner to Rippy (Richie) in the 1970s comic, ''Super Richie''.
* Creote, the ex-Spetsnaz hulk in ''Birds of Prey'', is utterly loyal to the villain Savant. He's also in love with Savant, being gay, but Savant isn't.
Main/{{Kappa}} - Trivia or trope
** Speaking of Birds, you can make a good case for Zinda as Barbara's.
* Crete, Agustus Medici's hulking butler in ''100 Bullets''.
* Jarvis, the butler of ''Comicbook/TheAvengers''. He's not anywhere near Alfred-level {{Badass}} but he's got some military background of his own.
* Wong, mystical martial artist and servant to ''DoctorStrange''.
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[[folder:Films]]
* Oddjob from the classic JamesBond film ''{{Goldfinger}}'' is, if not exactly one of TheOldestOnesInTheBook, a classic example of the character type: he's a dutiful butler, and he kills people. Lots of them. [[ImprobableWeaponUser With his hat]].
* Mr. Mercer from the ''{{Pirates of the Caribbean}}'' series unquestionably serves Lord Cutler Beckett.
* ''Cats Don't Dance'' has Max, the brutish butler of spoiled child star Darla Dimple. A combination of Max from ''Sunset Boulevard'' and TheTerminator.
** And Max himself is one of the oldest examples.
* While we're at it ''[[TheTerminator "Stand on one foot... ALRIGHT!! MY OWN TERMINATOR!!"]]''
* An actual battling butler appears in the ''TombRaider'' movies, dutifully putting on an armoured vest and loading a shotgun before calmly blowing away stooges invading Lara's manor.
** Which competence is quite unnerving, seeing as he is played by ''[[RedDwarf Rimmer]]''.
* ''[[RepoTheGeneticOpera Repo! The Genetic Opera]]'' has Rotti Largo's shotgun-sporting henchgirls, as well as Gene Co's Repo Men.
* Alfred from ''{{Hudson Hawk}}''.
* Lovejoy in ''{{Titanic}}''.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Sam Gamgee from ''{{The Lord of the Rings}}'' trilogy is a classic example.
* Bellatrix Lestrange in ''HarryPotter'' is a prime example of this, with a fairly obvious adoration of her master and not much else of a reason to stay with him.
** "Adoration" is a bit of an understatement, at least in the ''Order of the Phoenix'' movie, it was. She was crazy and obsessed with him.
* Butler in ''ArtemisFowl''. Butler acts as Artemis' bodyguard much more than a butler, and demonstrates both professional and personal devotion to his charge. Unusual because Artemis is one of the series' protagonists... of course, it doesn't hurt that Artemis [[VillainProtagonist displays a number of the prerequisite "evil mastermind" characteristics.]]
** It should be noted that the series begins by exploring the possibility that the word "butler" is derived from the Fowl family's line of manservants.
*** It gets better. Book 2 mentions that only two people in the world are as badass as Butler. And he's related to one of them.
*** The other "lived on an island in the South China Seas and spent his days meditating and beating up palm trees." You really do have to feel sorry for those Goblins.
* Hideo, the Tessier-Ashpools' deadly but devoted servant in William Gibson's ''{{Neuromancer}}'', is an example of this trope.
* Mr Grin, the knife-throwing butler/pilot of Darius Sayle in ''{{Stormbreaker}}''.
* Willikins, Commander Vimes' butler from ''{{Discworld}}'', has quite a lot of violent capacity when his employer
Main/{{Kitsune}} - Trivia or city are threatened. It's explained he used to be a member of a rather vicious youth gang. He's also a member of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch "Specials", a group of would-be watchmen who, due to whatever reason, are not able to devote their full time to the job. Willikins is notable for politely downplaying in conversation his combat abilities, trope
* Main/{{Yonkoma}} - Trivia
or even getting excessively specific when explaining why he, for example, happened to be holding a fifteen-inch icepick when a hit squad attacks the house.
** More scary in that it wasn't an ice ''pick'', but an ice ''knife''
trope
* Main/ZettaiRyouiki
- imagine, if you will, a breadknife, only a foot-and-a-half long, with half-inch, razor sharp serrations. That poor Dwarf.
** And the slashing hat mentioned on [[Quotes/BattleButler the quotes page]] is of course a [[ShoutOut nod]] to Oddjob from ''[[JamesBond Goldfinger]]''.
** Not to mention the time when Willikins left Vimes' service to fight in Klatch -- biting a D'Reg's nose off at one point, and generally being Sergeant Badass.
** It's worth noting that ''Vimes'' was glad they never met on the field of battle as kids.
Trope
* Worthington in the ''Three Investigators'' series.
* Roman in the ''The Crown Jewels'' and ''Rock of Ages''. While he'd prefer his master Maijstral be a bit more concerned with his status and honor, he is still utterly faithful and eager to pound his master's enemies into a pulp.
** And do not mess with him when he's molting.
* Possibly the ultimate example: {{Lois McMaster Bujold}}'s Sgt. Bothari, who's taken into the [[VorkosiganSaga Vorkosigan]] household as a sworn retainer after being discharged from the military on grounds of being totally bugfrak insane; he's large, paranoid-schizophrenic, sexually odd, ''profoundly'' devoted to his Lord and Lady (especially the latter), and -- by the end -- heartbreaking.
** Pym, who (kind of) replaces Bothari also counts. He's former IMPSEC. We never see him using those skills, but I would bet good money that he hasn't lost his edge.
** Also Roic, who gets to butle through battle behind Miles in ''Diplomatic Immunity'', and has a... ''memorable''... fight at the tail end of ''A Civil Campaign''.
** You could argue that BattleButler is basically the job description for a Count's leige-sworn Armsman -- most of the ones who are actual characters, rather than part of the background action, certainly qualify.
* Adolphus Kreiger of ''[[GotrekAndFelix Vampireslayer]]'' employs the powerful Roche as his manservant and leader of his minions. Kreiger hardly needs him in a fight, but he can operate during the day and is unquestionably loyal to Kreiger, as were his father and grandfather. [[spoiler: Unfortunately, he runs afoul of his master's "mother" and gets his head ripped off]]
* Ephant Mon from the ''StarWars'' ExpandedUniverse. Despite his lack of criminal ruthlessness
Main/ZigzagPaperTassel - Trivia or selfishness, he was a loyal servant to Jabba the Hutt, and almost certainly the gangster's only actual friend. Ends up reluctantly leaving Jabba's service after trying (and failing) to get him to release Luke Skywalker.
**There's also the Tac-Spec FIII Footman Droid, who such roles as chef, waiter, chauffeur, putting out the Master's wardrobe for the day with with such tools the ability to make a head-shot from 10 km away, a a high-power railgun in their arm and the strength to drive their fist throught a tank. Of course, they were built in secrect on a "you ask, we sell" basis for nobles and Corrupt Corporate Executive by a front company for an assasin's guild...
* Mack Bolan (''TheExecutioner'' series by Don Pendelton) would occasionally run into loyal Mafiosi who fit this description when he tried infiltration instead of his usual OneManArmy approach, which [[WhatASenselessWasteOfHumanLife didn't make his task any easier]].
* Of the classic "Rich Idiot with No Day Job" variety, you have PGWodehouse's concoction: Jeeves -- the valet to end all valets. He doesn't physically manhandle anyone, but he looks after his mental featherweight of an employer, Bertram Wooster. One can only imagine Jeeves does it simply for amusement, and there have been several fan theories on the matter.
** He does get physical on one occasion when Bertie, being pursued by a policeman, ends up literally up a tree. [[JeevesAndWooster The TV series]] included that scene, but [[MissedMomentOfAwesome inexplicably]] cut the line "I took the liberty of coshing the officer, sir."
* Gargarey, the Peabody-Emerson's butler is a mean hand with a blackjack. The footmen are also useful in scrap and even the housemaids have learned not to scream or faint at the sight of blood.
* Sarah Stevens in ''Dying to Please'' is a covert bodyguard as well as butler for her elderly boss.
* Although [[CiaphasCain Gunner Ferik Jurgen]] isn't a butler in the conventional sense, he certainly fits this trope as Commissar Ciaphas Cain's aide. He even carries out some of the typical duties of a valet when there isn't any shooting going on, such as finding accommodations, food, and entertainment suitable for a '''Hero of the Imperium''' and keeping unwelcome visitors from disturbing the Commissar's peace.
* Howard Whitehouse's ''The Strictest School in the World'' and sequels include Lal Singh, "a mysterious and heroic butler."
* In the {{Honorverse}}, the personal armsmen of Grayson steadholders cover this trope quite nicely, and under Grayson law a Steadholder can have up to ''50'' of them. See also [[CanonImmigrant Cathy Montaigne's]] butler, a former combat-bred slave.
* ErastFandorin's personal servant Masahiro "Masa" Shibata is a former {{Yakuza}}, whose life and dignity Fandorin almost accidentally saved, not yet knowing that he is in for one DisproportionateReward...
* The Archive from the Dresden Files depends wholly on "Kinkaid", her Chauffeur, Butler and Bodyguard in one person and ex-mercenary by profession.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Lord Yu's First Prime from ''{{Stargate SG-1}}'' stayed by his master's side despite the fact that he realized Lord Yu was not a god. Notably stopped his lesser Jaffa from executing Teal'c for pointing this out. However he never joined the Jaffa rebellion.
** Part of the reason he stayed with Yu is that the System Lord was going senile, and the First Prime was able to manipulate him (and thus effectively control his armies), acting as somewhat of an ally to the Tau'ri. (He clearly experienced a lot of internal conflict over this, however).
* Deneb from ''[[KamenRider Kamen Rider Den-O]]'', who's a comedic foil/caretaker to his broody partner and master, Yuto Sakurai.
** You forgot to mention ''why'' he's a combat butler. Which is, of course, being able to shoot bullets from his fingers.
* On ''{{Angel}}'', Angel was paying a visit to the mansion inhabited by the MonsterOfTheWeek, and the butler attacked him on orders from his necromancer master. The necromancer was annoyed that Angel killed his butler, but soon found bigger problems to worry about.
* Ianto Jones, the snazzily-dressed, occasionally-asskicking (or -tasering) teaboy in ''{{Torchwood}}''. In episode 2x12, [[spoiler:there's a flashback to when he begged Jack for a job at Torchwood, and he explicitly says, "A butler! I could be a butler!"]]
* Lurch from ''TheAddamsFamily''.
* In ''UglyBetty'', Marc is Wilhelmina's BattleButler. Disposing of the BattleButler when it's convenient was played with when Wilhelmina "traded" Marc for something she needed for her latest scheme, but later gave it up to get Marc back. Being a CardCarryingVillain and all, Wilhelmina refused to admit that she did this because she missed Marc, but it was still played as a PetTheDog moment.
* Kato, the chauffeur and sidekick of ''TheGreenHornet''. As played by Bruce Lee, Kato was substantially more impressive in a fight than the Hornet himself, yet remained in the humble role of a servant.
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[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* Spoofed with Ralphus, Chris Jericho's "personal security ninja" during his time in {{WCW}}.
* Virgil, the valet to The Million Dollar Man, Ted [=DiBiase=].
* And, of course, later in the {{WWF}}, Triple H had Chyna, who was the rare female example that was ''not'' in MadLove. (At least, in front of the camera...)
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Rick Arrowsmith from the VisualNovel ''Bullet Butlers'', by Ocelot. A bishonen gun-wielding butler with ScaryShinyGlasses, he's unquestionably loyal to his master, Selma Fortenmayer (Which may have something to do with her role as the potential savior of the world.) Interestingly enough, he's the protagonist of the game, not a side-character.
* In ''{{Okami}}'', a scrap of paper infused with a demon of sorts serves as "gatekeeper" to one of the game's bosses. While his only means of halting Amaterasu involve racing past her to shut gates, he has the full personality of a BattleButler.
** To the point that a literal piece of paper is considered the WorthyOpponent of a PhysicalGod.
* ''{{Wild ARMs 3}}'' has Todd Dukakis, who serves as the butler of TheRival of the protagonists to the point of accompanying her and [[QuirkyMinibossSquad her family]] on treasure hunting expeditions. He is also quite good with a sword and shows his loyalty by [[spoiler: briefly aiding the protagonists in the rescue of his master when she is abducted by another group of villains.]]
** Todd himself is a ShoutOut to Macdullen/Magdalen from the first ''[[WildArms1 WildARMs]]''. He's literally a combat butler; he's always by Jane Maxwell's side, and while he doesn't do much battle-worthy in the original game, in the remake he uses a sword quite effectively (and will even join your party at points).
* Ramirez from ''SkiesOfArcadia''. This one [[spoiler:showed some very insane tendencies, however; when his first Master betrayed him, Ramirez killed him and nearly everyone on his staff. When his second Master, the game's main BigBad, is killed by the player characters late in the game, he goes into a psychotic rampage and tries to kill everything on the planet.]]
* Fiona Mayfield from ''ArcanaHeart'' is the BattleButler to Mildred Avalon, the game's angelic BigBad. She also comes equipped with a [[{{Meido}} maid outfit]] and a [[{{BFS}} Cloud Strife-style zweihander]].
* Gre Nade (yes, [[ThemeNaming it is intentional]]) of the two ''Evolution'' games on Dreamcast.
* [[TheGrimReaper Death]] himself serves as a BattleButler for {{Dracula}} in the ''{{Castlevania}}'' games. He's also said to be the closest thing the Dark Lord has to a friend.
* Klungo from ''{{Banjo-Kazooie}}'' fits this trope perfectly; he is fiercely loyal despite being beaten (constantly) for his (constant) failures to Gruntilda the Witch. This is lampshaded late in the sequel when Klungo, after being beaten up by both his mistress and the player at least three times each, [[spoiler:is convinced by the main characters that it's in his best interests to call it quits (and he goes off to pursue a job making "stuupid gamess," no less)]].
* Dapang from the John Woo game ''Stranglehold'' is Wong's most loyal servant, who distinguished himself by [[TakingTheBullet taking some bullets]] for Wong during one of his [[FightClubbing death matches]], crushing the would-be assassin to death with his towering strength, and then going on to kill the opponent who he was fighting while still wounded. Wong was so impressed by Dapang's loyalty that he hired him on the spot as his bodyguard.
* Just about every main character in the ''{{Suikoden}}'' series has some form of bodyguard, but in the original ''[[SuikodenI Suikoden]]'', the hero [=McDohl=] has Gremio, a manservant who's deft with a soup spoon and has a ''mean ax''. [[spoiler: And he also dies in one of the games' ''many'' [[TearJerker emotional moments]].]]
* Katakura Kojyuuro in ''SengokuBasara'' is Date Masamune's butler. In real life, he might've been like this as well, seeing that he constantly watches over Masamune's well being and advises him a lot (which prevents him from reckless losses), and still gets counted as the Date clan's PowerTrio.
* In ''{{Fallout}}'' 3, the Mister Handy Bot is designed for domestic tasks, but does have a large saw, which has countless misfortunes laid at its feet, like your ruined birthday cake. There was actually a military version made, "Mr Gutsy", who has a flamethrower and spouts phrases that sound disturbingly like parodies of classic "Soldier Hero" talk.
** Also in ''Fallout 3'', the local radio host did a series about Daring Dashwood and his "stalwart [[OurZombiesAreDifferent Ghoul]] manservant" Argyle. It's made clear in the series that Argyle did most of the work when things got messy, which was quite often as Dashwood's mix of chivalry and womanizing got him in a lot of trouble.
*** You can meet the real Dashwood, he'll openly admit this was the case. He insists his own character flaws are exaggerated in the show, though.
* Lenny from the ''ShadowHearts'' series. He used to be a member of the TerribleTrio in ''Covenant'', but in ''From The New World'', he serves as Johnny's buttler after, while tired and thirsty in the streets, being given water by Johnny many years ago. With just a phone call, he can punch an energy bomb from his fist at the enemy. From halfway across the world. [[spoiler:Mainly because he has a contract with a demon called Godhand.]]
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Thaddeus, Hazel Green's lovestruck majordomo in ''[[CollegeRoomiesFromHell College Roomies From Hell!!!]]''
* Fighter from ''[[EightBitTheater 8-Bit Theater]]'' acts something like this for Black Mage, seeing himself as a devoted protector of his best friend, though Black Mage still [[ButtMonkey suffers horrendously due to the universe hating him]] as stated by WordOfGod. However, if his other teammates openly consider killing Black Mage within earshot, he [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2007/12/11/episode-930-turnabout/ will not-so subtly hint]] at killing them himself.
* Ardsley Wooster from ''GirlGenius''.
** Wooster? He [[spoiler:wasn't a genuine butler, he was a British spy!]]
*** Ah, but [[spoiler:maybe he was a genuine butler ''and'' a British spy!]]
*** In all likelihood [[spoiler:he will become one of these in right when he and Gil are reunited, not that Gil really needs a bodyguard...]]
*** Considering [[WordOfGod what the creators have said about Sparks]], he likely is a subverted [[spoiler:spy]] and a way to make it hard to figure out if a Face or Heel are involved in this at all. Sparks ''do'' have a tendency to gain the most unlikely and random allies. (The surprising thing, really, is that we can only name '''one''' example from the series.)
** What about Von Pinn? She's basically a Battle Nanny. Because child care is SeriousBusiness.
** Boris Dolokhov, Klaus's MultiArmedAndDangerous secretary, seems very loyal to him so far. He is also the person in charge of the Wulfenbach empire when Klaus and Gil are both unavailible.
** The [[OldRetainer Von Mekkans]] to the Heterodynes.
* Geeves, valet to the royal family in the webcomic {{Lint}}, is pretty handy with a quarterstaff.
* [[WhiteHairedPrettyBoy Argent]] takes this role for [[BigBad Khrima]] in {{Adventurers}}!.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* Michelle Clore's Shadow from ''{{KateModern}}''.
* ''{{Englishman}}''`s Butler, Butler, who is also the secret identity of the mysterious supervillain The Butler (though [[StrangelyEffectiveDisguise Englishman has never figured this out]]).
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* To a certain extent, Mr. Smithers from ''TheSimpsons''.
** In an altenate scene of "Burns' Heir", he wields a shotgun against a robotic Richard Simmons. In the original, Burns simply closes the door on Homer. It was cut from the episode because "it often did not get a good reaction during table reads."
** Smithers only goes BattleButler when he has to (read: [[HoYay when Burns is in danger]]). Most of the time he's just a YesMan.
* Mercy Graves, Lex Luthor's aide-de-camp in ''SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'' ([[CanonImmigrant and later the comics]]).
* Owen Burnett and Preston Vogel from ''{{Gargoyles}}''. In a subversion, Owen was revealed to be [[spoiler: the powerful fey Puck, who created the Owen persona as a deliberate dig at Vogel.]] Demona briefly hired her own female Battle Butler, which promptly derailed as both secretly had their own opposing agendas. In the ''Slave Labor'' comics of Gargoyles, Thailog has Shari as his battle butler. Subverted in that she actually out ranks him in the Illuminati and she has been known to lie to Thailog from time to time.
* Maven, the administrative assistant of Selina Kyle/Catwoman from ''BatmanTheAnimatedSeries''.
** Baby Dahl also had a Battle Butler/Nanny in her first appearance.
** The Clown Prince of Crime has Harley Quinn.
* ''{{Transformers}}'' (or more specifically, Megatron) has a ton of these.
** ''{{Transformers Generation 1}}'' has Shockwave and Soundwave, both logical, level-headed, and more than willing to kick aft in Megatron's name. Soundwave even saved Megatron's life once in {{The Movie}}, though his loyalty apparently wasn't great enough to stop {{The Starscream}} and the other Decepticons from tossing him out Astrotrain's airlock five minutes later. And Shockwave even has a British accent!
** ''BeastWars'' has Inferno, combined with a dash of PsychoForHire, who has a glitch in his programming causing him to think he really ''is'' a fire ant, with Megatron as his "Queen." [[InsectGenderBender The fact that Megatron is male doesn't seem to bother him.]]
** From ''TransformersArmada'', Demolisher ''could'' qualify, but the real winner was [[spoiler: '''Starscream''' of all mechs,]] who lost his memory in the sequel ''TransformersEnergon''.]] For one glorious season Megatron had '''the''' most loyal Decepticon he could ever ask for, and one who eventually [[spoiler: followed Megatron into the Energon sun, to their mutual deaths.]]
** Finally, ''{{Transformers Animated}}'' crosses the {{Battle Butler}} with the {{Yes Man}} in the character Lugnut. His only apparent motivation for fighting (or doing anything, really) is his undying loyalty to Megatron. Naturally, he hates [[{{TheStarscream}} Starscream]], and will use his [[RocketPunch Punch of Kill Everything]] to pound you into the dirt for even the slightest hint of disrespect or treason.
* Charles Foster Ofdensen, the manager for Dethklok in ''{{Metalocalypse}}''. While the band thinks he's merely there to handle business and talk them out of bad ideas, he really controls everything behind the scenes, acting as an enforcer, silencer and bodyguard if need to be. When the band members were in trouble, he nearly kills the assassin in a hand-to-hand fight. He also has no qualms having undesirable people killed (Eric Jomfru) or tortured (Dr. Rockzo). When another person was considered as his replacement, Ofdensen states that he'd have to kill him to get the job. He tried. He failed. Then Ofdenson metaphorically spit on his grave by posthumously making him a pedophile.
** In fact in one episode, Skwisgaar calls him "... the bests butler we's ever had..."
*** The show did a good job of playing up Ofdensen as being a secret BadAss, but he really shines as a BattleButler when you ''don't'' see him acting. When Pickles tells him that their amazingly bad movie can't be released to the public after its first screening, Ofdensen just nods, and walks away, with no attention paid to it. A few minutes later, everyone who has laid eyes on the film (and can confirm that it sucked) is dead. Sure, it "looks" like an accident (the helicopter rotor hits the pipeline on the oil platform used for the screening as it's leaving), but you know it wasn't.
* Though he usually functions as a ''YesMan'' towards the series' villain Hordak, the character Imp in ''[[SheRaPrincessOfPower She-Ra Princess of Power]]'' also displays tendencies to function as a battle butler, most notably in the episode "Of Shadows and Skulls" wherein he attempted to force the other members of the Horde to oust Skeletor from Hordak's position. Also of note is the fact that he and Hordak tend to share a closer relationship than Hordak displays towards any of his other minions, a relationship that seems on par with the one he held for Adora and is hinted he held for Skeletor before the betrayal of the latter.
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* ''GirlGenius'' has Boris Dolokhov, Baron Wulfenbach's secretary, who is is notable for his [[MultiArmedAndDangerous four-armed sword technique]]. Also on Castle Wulfenbach there are the Lackya, "super-engineered squirrels" in pink coats who serve as footmen. Most of the time they seem to have (relatively) normal duties, but when the castle is under attack by slaver wasps, they join the clanks and Jagers to fight them off. People tend to forget about the Lackya because [[OvershadowedByAwesome they are not as awesome as the Jagers]], but since during the battle one of them is seen punching a wasp's head off, they can safely be assumed to be every bit as badass as everyone else who works for Klaus.
** What about Von Pinn? She's basically a Battle Nanny. Because child care is SeriousBusiness.


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** Boris Dolokhov, Klaus's MultiArmedAndDangerous secretary, seems very loyal to him so far. He is also the person in charge of the Wulfenbach empire when Klaus and Gil are both unavailible.
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