Don't worry, he'll polish the silverware spotless after he kills you with it.
"In the early '80s, I was sparring butler for Mr. Chuck Norris."
A household or personal servant note
who acts as a "combat effective" despite their official position having nothing to do with combat.
If a Battle Butler is female she will probably wear a suit
, even if she is called a maid. If she does wear an appropriate maid
outfit, she is a Ninja Maid
. If a Battle Butler is also
referred to as a bodyguard, you can expect full blown samurai-level
abilities; this type of Battle Butler tends to overlap with The Dragon
Will very likely be a Submissive Badass
. If they come from a long line
of Battle Butlers serving that family, they're in a Legacy of Service
Not to Be Confused with Hayate the Combat Butler
, although the eponymous character is definitely an example
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Anime and Manga
- Alfred Pennyworth, essentially 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 former 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...)
- 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/Crichton manners but had powers Batman would envy.
- Manute from Sin City 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.
- Zinda Blake, Lady Blackhawk, was hired by Oracle as the pilot and general mission support for the Birds of Prey. However, being a superhero in her own right, she never just stays with the vehicles. In the 2010 relaunch of the series, when she winds up stuck in another life-or-death situation, she points out that she was just supposed to be the pilot.
- Crete, Agustus Medici's hulking butler in One Hundred Bullets.
- Jarvis, the butler of The Avengers. 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 Doctor Strange. He's skilled in the martial arts of Kamar-Taj, and also has rudmentary knowledge of magic.
- Peabody from Zot!
- Bryan Hand from Ms Tree. Mr Hand was officially employed as Mike, Jr.'s tutor. However, Mr Hand is also a former SAS trooper and ex-mercenary. Michael hired him because he could double as Mike, Jr.'s bodyguard; a function he performed frequently throughout the series.
- Tyler, Largo Winch's butler during the Venise arc of the young millionaire's adventures. Ten pages or so after his introduction, he impales a mafioso sent after Largo with a parasol. Largo notes that despite being an uptight Englishman in his sixties, Tyler can save his life twice, shoot four men and quote Chateaubriand in a single day of work. Tyler's martial prowess comes from the fact that he is a retired British soldier hired by Robert Cotton to spy on and manipulate Largo.
- Common in James Bond films.
- Oddjob in Goldfinger. He's a dutiful butler, and he kills people. Lots of them. With his hat.
- Nick Nack in The Man with the Golden Gun. When not cooking, serving drinks or hiring killers to off his boss as a training exercise, he personally goes to the field on Scaramanga's orders.
- The extreme end of this trope is seen in The Living Daylights. At a British Intelligence safehouse where a KGB defector is being held, everyone from gardeners to butlers is a hidden guard. One of them (callsign "Green 4") actually puts up a serious fight against Necros.
- Random Task in Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, a parody of Oddjob, who throws his shoe instead of a 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 the Terminator.
- Georg and Petsch, Dr. Mabuse's henchmen from Dr. Mabuse, the Gambler .
- An actual battling butler appears in the Lara Croft: Tomb Raider movies, dutifully putting on an armoured vest and loading a shotgun before calmly blowing away stooges invading Lara's manor.
- Repo! The Genetic Opera has Rotti Largo's shotgun-sporting henchgirls, as well as Gene Co's Repo Men.
- Lovejoy in Titanic.
- Stonewall Jackson's personal slave in Gods and Generals. Sadly Jackson feels so dependent on him that he can't quite bring himself to free him. In a way he seems almost enslaved to his slave.
- Alfred from The Dark Knight mentions that he used to be a soldier and once burned a whole forest down to catch a bandit. However, he's never seen in a combat situation in the films.
- Alfred knocks down one of the intruders from behind in the burning mansion in Batman Begins, said intruder being a trained ninja.
- John Woo movies:
- Paul "Dibbs" Plutzker of 1995 film: Casper. He acts as Carrigan Crittenden's personal bodyguard. "Don't come near me, you spiteful spook, or I'll knock you into the next world".
- Alfred in Hudson Hawk, who serves the villainous Mayflowers.
- Igor in Vampire Girl vs. Frankenstein Girl, who serves the former one of the eponymous girls.
- In Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Simmons gets one with Dutch, who while usually somewhat neurotic and effeminate proves to be quite dangerous if pushed.
- Both the Great Leslie and Professor Fate have one in The Great Race: Hezekiah Sturdy for Leslie and Max Meen for Fate.
- Cadbury from Richie Rich. When the villains send an assassin to make it look like he committed suicide, Cadbury ends up making quick work out of the assassin and breaks out of prison.
- Inverted in The Pink Panther films by Cato, Clouseau's manservant. An expert in martial arts, Cato spends nearly all his time launching sneak attacks on his master, in order to keep him prepared for a real attack.
- In The Wolfman (2010), Sir John's butler, Singh, is armed to the teeth with silver bullets and other monster-killing devices. It didn't do him much good in the end though, and he loses points for not realizing the silver bullets are sabotaged.
- The Wolverine: Yukio performs certain tasks for Master Yashida (like tracking down Wolverine), and is very deadly with a samurai sword.
- X-Men: Days of Future Past: Hank essentially fulfills this role for Charles. In addition to looking after his ex-mentor's needs and maintaining the mansion, McCoy also serves as Xavier's bodyguard.
- Bevan the butler in Would You Rather. He's a former MI-5 operative, skilled in torture techniques, and has absolutely no qualms about shooting people dead.
- In Dragon Bones Ward inherits not only one, but two of those when his father dies. Axiel is more the standard variety, a valet who is also a good fighter, while Oreg is not only trained as an assassin, he's also a powerful mage, and a kind of ghost who is magically bound to a ring.
- The various personal servants in Duumvirate often fit this trope, especially if they're genetically engineered. Subverted in that the master might be even more physically dangerous.
- Butler, full stop. In Artemis Fowl. 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 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, going as far back as the Norman conquest of England in 1066.
- It gets better in Book 2.
"There were only two men on the planet better educated in the various martial arts than Butler, and he was related to one of them. The other lived on an island in the South China Sea, and spent his days meditating and beating up palm trees. You really had to feel sorry for those goblins."
- It is also mentioned that a prerequisite for being a bodyguard to the Fowl family, among combat experience, is "Cordon Bleu cooking skills". And in The Lost Colony, he uses them.
- To prevent Artemis and Butler from getting too close, Butler never reveals his first name to Artemis, but that didn't help. In The Eternity Code, as he's dying, he finally tells Artemis his name: Domovoi. It's very fitting, as a domovoi is a Slavic guardian spirit. By the way, he gets better.
- 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.
- Samwise Gamgee starts out as Frodo's personal servant (and gardener) in The Lord of the Rings. Every biographer of J. R. R. Tolkien says he's modeled after the batman (the servant of an commissioned officer) that served under an inexperienced high-born WWI officer that Tolkien knew. Which makes Sam Frodo's bodyguard.
- 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.
- Four dwarfs came through the basement wall, catching Willikins completely off guard. He killed one and captured a second (by the expedient of hanging him on a hook the dwarf couldn't free himself from) before properly registering what was happening. He managed to take down half a commando squad, hand picked for the mission, heavily armed and armored, while he was in his normal butlering suit, before thinking about it.
- And the slashing hat mentioned on the quotes page is of course a nod to Oddjob from Goldfinger.
Willikins: My weapon of choice was a hat with sharpened pennies sewn into the brim.
Vimes: Ye Gods, you could have someone's eye out with that.
Willikins: With care, sir, yes.
- He also favors brass knuckles, although not the kind Vimes himself favors (because Vimes never really approved of spikes).
- 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.
- In Snuff, Vimes himself comments that Willikins would have made an excellent copper, if only he wouldn't have made a just-as-good, if not better, assassin. The only reason why he didn't was the social class difference. That, and assassins have rules.
- 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 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 butler through battle behind Miles in Diplomatic Immunity, and has a... memorable... fight at the tail end of A Civil Campaign. We also see him in action in Cryoburn.
- You could argue that Battle Butler is basically the job description for a Count's liege-sworn Armsman — most of the ones who are actual characters, rather than part of the background action, certainly qualify.
- Also mentioned in The Vor Game is Sergeant Overholt, an ImpSec Non-Com that, when it's suggested that he be the batman for an AWOL Emperor Gregor of Barrayar he bemoans the fact that he hadn't gone through Illyan's "special courses", and thus, was unqualified to do so.
- Adolphus Kreiger of 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. Unfortunately, he runs afoul of his master's "mother" and gets his head ripped off
- Ephant Mon from the Star Wars Expanded Universe. Despite (or because of) 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, programmed for such roles as chef, waiter, chauffeur, and valet and equipped with such tools as the ability to make a head-shot from 10 km away, a high-power railgun in their arm and the strength to drive their fist through a tank. Of course, they were built in secret on a "you ask, we sell" basis for nobles and Corrupt Corporate Executives by a front company for an assassin's guild...
- Mack Bolan (The Executioner series by Don Pendelton) would occasionally run into loyal Mafiosi who fit this description when he tried infiltration instead of his usual One-Man Army approach, which didn't make his task any easier.
- Of the classic "Rich Idiot with No Day Job" variety, you have P. G. Wodehouse'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. The TV series included that scene, but inexplicably cut the line "I took the liberty of coshing the officer, sir."
- And Shine Heaven Now turns him into a full-blown vampire hunting Battle Butler, though—in fact, he was the one that taught Walter everything he knew, in both the butlering and battling fronts.
- 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 Gunner Ferik Jurgen of the Ciaphas Cain series 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.
- A running joke in the series is that Jurgen has as much, or more of a claim to being a real hero than Cain himself. Cain acknowledges this, and is constantly annoyed that no-one else ever does.
- Howard Whitehouse's The Strictest School in the World and sequels include Lal Singh, "a mysterious and heroic butler."
- In Honor Harrington, 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 Cathy Montaigne's butler, a former combat-bred slave.
- Erast Fandorin'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 Disproportionate Reward...
- The Archive from The Dresden Files depends wholly on "Kincaid", her Chauffeur, Butler and Bodyguard in one person and ex-mercenary by profession.
- Belisarius Series: Rao was private tutor to Shakuntala: there is something awesome about having one of the greatest warriors in India as your Battle Butler.
- In the Lord Peter Wimsey mysteries by Dorothy Sayers, Wimsey's butler Bunter was his batman in World War I and saved Lord Peter's life on the battlefield.
- The In Death series has Summerset. He is normally quite reserved, but has been shown to kick a little ass. Especially in flashback.
- Thomas hires one to protect Kate in The Grand Tour. Unfortunately he's rubbish as a butler, but he's an excellent bodyguard.
- Fritz in the Nero Wolfe stories; although Archie is generally the muscle, Fritz has shown more than once that he is not precisely helpless when things get physical.
- The domicis from The Sun Sword try to function somwhere between butler and Hyper Competent Sidekick. For many, that means being able to kick ass. Morretz is at least a bit capable of pulling this off for The Terafin, and Avandar Gallais is this to the nth degree, to the point where many have trouble understanding what the hell he's doing serving Jewel. Including Jewel, often.
- Sir Lucan is probably one of the oldest examples. He actually had the title of "Royal Butler", served his king diligently, and was loyal to the end. He was also a solid and reliable knight who even nearly always survives the Battle of Camlann alongside Bedivere, living at least long enough to help Arthur off the battlefield. In one version of the legend, he even takes the role of the knight who throws Excalibur into the lake.
- In Flying Colours, Hornblower decides to bring his burly coxswain Brown on the road to his and Bush's would-be execution as a "servant" because he'd be a useful man in an escape attempt. Afterwards, Hornblower employs him as an actual butler.
- In Cross And Poppy, the Duke of Taunton's butler, Viney, who's the other churchwarden (with the Duke), Vice-Captain (with the Duke) of the Woolfonts Combined XI, the overall XO for everything, and runs rings around the local constabulary for intel and investigation (with the other servants in support, admittedly). As the Duke says, 'I haven't a network of informers, really, I've a staff' – and the Duke was an Intelligence Corps officer at the sharp end in Iraq and Afghanistan. Viney's less a Battle Butler than a Battle Bunter.
- Several examples in the Malazan Book of the Fallen but the most obvious is Bugg, the understated yet absolutely loyal butler to Tehol Beddict. In addition to being a suitably quirky sidekick to Tehol, he is Mael, the elder god of the sea.
Live Action TV
- Deneb from Kamen Rider Den-O, who's a comedic foil/caretaker to his broody partner and master, Yuto Sakurai.
- On Angel, Angel was paying a visit to the mansion inhabited by the Monster of the Week, and the butler attacked him on orders from his necromancer master. Angel killed him with a spoon before he could do anything but brandish some meat cleavers menacingly.
- In Arrow, John Diggle is officially the driver and bodyguard of Oliver Queen, and served three tours of duty with the US Army's Special Forces. He's rarely ever had to defend Oliver, who is a Bad Ass vigilante all on his own, but that doesn't stop him from kicking plenty of ass on his own.
- Lurch from The Addams Family.
- In Ugly Betty, Marc is Wilhelmina's Battle Butler. Disposing of the Battle Butler 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 Card-Carrying Villain and all, Wilhelmina refused to admit that she did this because she missed Marc, but it was still played as a Pet the Dog moment.
- Kato, the chauffeur and sidekick of The Green Hornet. 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.
- Aloysius "Nosey" Parker, servant and chauffeur to Lady Penelope from Thunderbirds, also qualifies, m'Lady.
- Justified in that Parker was originally a career criminal, who first met Lady Penelope whilst he was in the middle of robbing her home. She was so impressed with his handywork, she decided to hire him instead.
- Babylon 5: Lennier is this to Delenn, and Na'Toth to G'Kar.
- On the Batman TV series, Alfred Pennyworth goes into action against Penguin (with his fists) and the Joker (fencing) on separate episodes.
- Sherlock: Even though John's choices of attire are a bit different from his friend's, and more cash, he's still an Afghan war veteran as well as former soldier, and, even though Sherlock is competent in his own right, being a Badass Bookworm, since he's saved John's ass when he was in awful positions, he's prone to doing kooky things that could easily get him killed. Oi. We have a normal doctor and a very-strange detective.
- Merlin, even though Arthur never knows about it.
- Higgins, Robin Masters' major domo in Magnum, P.I., is a former sergeant in the British Army with a complex and colorful past (though not as complex and colorful as his father's past!). However, he may not qualify since there is a very good chance that he is the real Robin Masters.
- Hermann in the Doctor Who serial City of Death: "What a wonderful butler, he's so violent!"
- Also Strax, a Sontaran who can hardly help being a Battle Butler for Vastra and Jenny.
- Spin-Off Torchwood has Ianto Jones, the snazzily-dressed, occasionally-asskicking (or -tasering) teaboy. His job description according to his boss/eventual boyfriend is "cleans up after us, gets us everywhere on time...and looks good in a suit." This does not stop him doing just as much, if not more, field work than the rest of the team (which, Torchwood being Torchwood, involves lots of shooting things). In "Fragments", 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!"
- In the final episode of Birds of Prey, Alfred becomes one.
- Mr Bates in Downton Abbey in the backstory: he was batman (military valet; see Real Life section below) to Lord Grantham during the Second Boer War. His (extremely important) leg injury was received in that war. Bates has not had any need to physically defend Lord Grantham since then, but he has not been afraid to use his considerable physical strength on extremely rare occasions in the interests of justice.
- Footman William Mason ends up in France during World War I as Matthew Crawley's batman, and dies from injuries sustained saving Matthew during the last push at Amiens.
- Eddie Kessler in Boardwalk Empire is, at first sight, just Nucky Thompson's Funny Foreigner Beleaguered Assistant, whose loyalty in the face of constant belittlement is striking in a show full of backstabbing and personal ambition. He has a chance to shine in the climax of the third season, however, as an attempt is made on Nucky's life and he shows impressive skill as a getaway driver and bodyguard. After that, Nucky starts to realise how much he relies on Eddie and tries to show him more respect. In a subversion of the trope, though, once he's shown his abilities as a soldier Eddie is unsatisfied going back to a life of fetching his boss's meals and packing his suitcases, and asks for a more active role in the organisation.
- Butler from WHO dunnit is a slightly subdued example, in that he's willing to commit murder if he feels his client Victoria is threatened. Justified in that he's secretly her father, and gets into full Papa Wolf mode around her.
- Spoofed with Ralphus, Chris Jericho's "personal security ninja" during his time in WCW.
- Early on in WWE, Jericho had Mr. Hughes, who was a straight example.
- Virgil, the valet to The Million Dollar Man, Ted DiBiase.
- DiBiase's son recently went through the process of trying to recruit such a lackey, he even lampshades it by calling the position "his Virgil". After R-Truth and John Morrison turned him down, he eventually found his man... Virgil. Though their relationship only lasted a couple of months before Virgil got canned.
- And, of course, later in the WWF, Triple H had Chyna, who was the rare female example that was not in Mad Love. (At least, in front of the camera...)
- Changeling: The Lost 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.
- Maid RPG has a specific set of optional rules for these: Butlers have stats superior to those that maid characters do, but have a number of restrictions as well. As battle is far from uncommon in many Maid RPG sessions, butlers have their times to shine in fulfillment of this trope, especially in defense of their respective Master characters.
- Warhammer 40K has Jurgen, battle buttler to Ciaphas Cain HERO OF THE IMPERIUM. Asides from carrying a BFG of a fusion weapon, being Cain's driver and general aide, Jurgen makes sure that Cain always has a cup of Tanna tea at hand.
- Jurgen is also, due to an incredibly rare gene, a psychic null. He has no connection to the Warp whatosever, and makes even demons uncomfortable. Of course that could just be his body odour....
- The Seneschal player class in Rogue Trader is described to be half-this, half-The Spymaster on its Flavor Text, dealing with the minutiae of running an interstellar trading empire so his Intrepid Merchant master can focus on more important stuff... and this "minutiae" including such things as handling vast intelligence networks and "handling" threats to his master.
- A rather macabre version of this appears in the Dungeon Magazine module "Horror's Havest", an adventure set in the Ravenloft setting. The Player Characters have to deal with a madman living in a mansion, where the servants (including a butler and a seemingly-harmless maid) are juju zombies, that they have to fight. (It is implied that he murdered his servants and cursed them with this condition). And dealing with this villain is only done to gain a clue about the real villain.
- Rick Arrowsmith from the Visual Novel Bullet Butlers, by Ocelot. A bishonen gun-wielding butler with Scary Shiny Glasses, 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 Ōkami, 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 Battle Butler.
- In the Neverwinter Nights mod series The Aielund Saga, the evil aristocrat who serves as the primary adversary in the second chapter has a capable butler who dual-wields bastard swords and attacks upon being told you are on an official investigation.
- Wild ARMs 3 has Todd Dukakis, who serves as the butler of The Rival of the protagonists to the point of accompanying her and her family on treasure hunting expeditions. He is also quite good with a sword and shows his loyalty by briefly aiding the protagonists in the rescue of his master when she is abducted by another group of villains.
- Todd himself is a Shout-Out to Macdullen/Magdalen from the first Wild ARMs. 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).
- Tomoe Tachibana's head butler Hanzou.Skilled with a naginata, masters the katana to such a degree he can make a surgically-precise cut to make an airway for an operation, and can (almost) dodge arrows.
- Ramirez from Skies of Arcadia. This one 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 Big Bad, is killed by the player characters late in the game, he goes into a psychotic rampage and tries to kill everything on the planet.
- Sakuya Izayoi from the serves as both Remilia Scarlet's head maid and Battle Butler. In a similar fashion, Youmu Konpaku is the battle butler for the undead princess Yuyuko, although Youmu is Yuyuko's gardener, rather than her butler.
- Many Stage 5 bosses are the Battle Butlers of the stage 6 ones. There is Sakuya in EoSD, Youmu in PCB, Reisen in IN, Sanae in MoF, Shou in UFO... and then Subterranean Animism totally inverts it: the Stage 5 and 6 are the pets of the Stage 4 boss.
- Side note: Imperishable Night kind of has two battle butlers. Reisen, as mentioned, follows Eirin's orders in stage 5, and Eirin becomes the final boss... if you take Final A. Because, as revealed at the end of Final A and throughout Final B, Eirin is also a battle butler, to Kaguya Houraisan.
- Yumeko in Mystic Square was the one who started this trend. Although, on a more general level, one could say it was actually Marisa herself who started the tradition way back in her debut in the first Touhou shooter, Story of Eastern Wonderland, being the assistant of the final boss Mima.
- Fiona Mayfield from Arcana Heart is the Battle Butler to Mildred Avalon, the game's angelic Big Bad. She also comes equipped with a maid outfit and a Cloud Strife-style zweihander.
- Gre Nade (yes, it is intentional) of the two Evolution games on Dreamcast.
- Death himself serves as a Battle Butler 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, 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 taking some bullets for Wong during one of his 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 Suikoden, the hero McDohl has Gremio, a manservant who's deft with a soup spoon and has a mean ax. And he also dies in one of the games' many emotional moments.
- 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 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.
- This is actually a Shout-Out to the original Green Hornet radio plays, which would've been popular in the era before The Great War.
- In Fallout: New Vegas you can have a few. like Boone, an Ex-Special Forces Sniper.
- Perhaps the best, Yes-Man a semi immortal robot who is loyal only to you (because only you can get into the building we he lives) and he commands an army of highly advanced kill bots with Wolverine-like healing factors.
- However you can become Mr. House's Battle Butler, Considering you can have a nuclear rocket launcher and the destructive power of the sun under your command you are kinda bad ass.
- There is an actual class of Pokémon trainer called "Castle Valet" (Castle Butler in the Japanese version) in Pokemon, however it refers to 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 "Maid".
- What about Waiters and Waitresses?
- In X and Y, there's a trainer class titled Butler, though its only member is Butler Chalmers.
- Siebold of the Kalos Elite Four also qualifies.
- Babus from Final Fantasy Tactics Advance. 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.
- Lenny from the Shadow Hearts series. He used to be a member of the Terrible Trio 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. Mainly because he has a contract with a demon called Godhand.
- In BlazBlue, Rachel Alucard's butler Valkenhyn R. Hellsing brews a mean cup of tea and is always deferential to "Madame Rachel" — and he's a werewolf. Oh, and he was also one of the Six Heroes who kicked the Black Beast's ass a century ago.
- The Ebony and Ivory butlers of Count Lee in Sword of Mana, who are actually werewolves.
- In World of Warcraft, you can get three Battle Butlers of your own.
- Disgaea 4 has Fenrich who serves as this for Valvatorez, and is so loyal to him that he's a...
- Rowen J. Ilbert from Tales of Xillia. He served as a soldier in his younger years and is talented with magic, swords, and throwing knives. When his master is abducted, he doesn't take it sitting down and following the rescue, joins the party for the sake of addressing the culprits.
- In the Card Battle Game Weiss Survive: Joe.
- Subverted in Tomb Raider III, as your butler at Lara's Estate acts as more of a battle dummy butler. After acquiring the twin pistols, he is decked out in bulletproof padding (with his silver tray as a shield), allowing you to shoot him to your heart's content. This is most likely a reaction to people being bothered by him following you everywhere in Tomb Raider II, which led to the discovery of the "lock the butler in the freezer" exploit. The developers probably decided to throw us a bone, and go mad on him with bullets.
- Rhythm Thief & the Emperor's Treasure gives us Elisabeth's butler / bodyguard Alfred, who Phantom R must fight and defeat to obtain the Queen's Pendant. He's actually very competent in fighting assuming the Chevaliers Diabolique aren't involved.
- Every Jarl in the province of Skyrim has a Housecarl in charge of his or her protection. By becoming the Thane of a city, you can get a Housecarl of your own, who is charged with guarding you and all you own with his or her life and is a very able ally in your adventures. In addition, the Hearthfire DLC also allows you to designate a Steward for your home.
- Frederick in Fire Emblem Awakening objects to being called a steward, but he more or less fills the role to a t. If you look closely, you can even see the suit under his armor.
- Rune Factory 4 has three butlers: Vishnal, Clorica, and Volkanon. Since literally anyone in town can be asked to accompany you into the dungeons to fight monsters, they're also quite effective in battle.
- Special mention goes to Volkanon, who smashes down a HUGE felled tree in you way by screaming to announce his presence and charges strait though it.
- Kogoro is this to Mii in Project X Zone, in addition to being her tutor.
- Bark in Tick Tack is the head butler and, supposedly, an expert fighter. This never comes up.
- Amaki in Morenatsu is implyed to be one of these many times,with such qoutes as "how did he get behind me so silently" If you do a certen action to one of the love intrests he calls you out to the park the next day and warns you "anything that hurts or confuses" His charge "Should be removed"
- Albert, Sakuya's butler in Hatoful Boyfriend, is actually an assassin posing as a butler. Sakuya knows this and has him just where he wants him - poised to kill Sakuya if Sakuya gave the signal, and defending him with his life against other assassins who might steal his kill.
- Webcomic/Noblesse Frankenstein is Raizel's self-appointed butler/bodyguard/caretaker. While Raizel's fighting technique is to hit the enemy with a single swift finishing move, Frankenstein likes long, drawn-out, property damaging battles that bring out his bloodlust.
- Fighter from 8-Bit Theater acts something like this for Black Mage, seeing himself as a devoted protector of his best friend, though Black Mage still suffers horrendously due to the universe hating him as stated by Word of God. However, if his other teammates openly consider killing Black Mage within earshot, he will not-so subtly hint at killing them himself.
- Argent takes this role for Khrima in Adventurers.
- In Bob and George, Protoman and Megaman invert this: they were intended to do household work, and ended up having to fight.
- Thaddeus, Hazel Green's lovestruck majordomo in College Roomies from Hell!!!
- Cello from Fruit Incest doesn't do much battling, but despite being the butler he was still the Companion Cube's right hand man and later became the leader of his division.
- Girl Genius. A list to date:
- Ardsley Wooster? Gil's manservant and pretty much the Verse's James Bond analogue
- Wooster's counterpart, on the other side of the Wulfenbach/Sturmvarous rivalry, is Violetta, who seems to be a much purer example of this trope. She's a Smoke Knight and Tarvek's cousin, who serves him as a joint bodyguard/trainer/butler.
- Von Pinn. She's basically a nanny. A Mad Science Super Soldier nanny. Because child care is Serious Business.
- Boris Dolokhov is Baron Wulfenbach's aide/secretary/administrative assistant because of his organizing skills and eidetic memory. He is also gifted with perfect balance, enhanced reflexes, flawless hand-eye coordination and two extra arms due to some augmentation work done by his previous employer. He manages to go one-on-one with a Jägermonster and come out on top.
- 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 Jägers to fight them off. Jägers look down on "nancy-boy feetsmen", but even they punch through rather tough constructs with bare hands.
- ...In fact, just about everyone who works for Klaus in a non-military capacity seems to be some version of this trope.
- Geeves, valet to the royal family in the webcomic Lint, is pretty handy with a quarterstaff.
- Gin from Minion. Kinda comes with the territory of being minion for a dark-witch-for-hire.
- Dr Nonami: Robutler, a robotic battle butler.
- Nosfera features Grimsworth, who is basically the Grim Reaper in butler form.
- PVP has Butler the butler, a Jeeves style character who moonlights as LOLBAT a memetic Batman style superhero.
- The Yoon family of Girls Of The Wild employs personal butlers for every member of their family. All of these butlers are highly trained ex-military and carry around firearms at all times and will not hesitate to threaten anyone who so much as bothers their charges.
- Englishman`s Butler, Butler, who is also the secret identity of the mysterious supervillain The Butler (though Englishman has never figured this out).
- Kosviel from Fate Nuovo Guerra has her Servant, Attila the Hun, who for some reason does household chores. She also has a straighter Battle Butler in her butler Klaus.
- Mister Joshua, the "personal secretary" of Corrupt Corporate Executive Lexington Cargill, from the Global Guardians PBEM Universe. He fetches coffee, he retrieves information, he carries briefcases, and occasionally he beats up or kills those he is directed to beat up or kill.
- Michelle Clore's Shadow from KateModern.
- The Evil Empress Guide promotes this:
38. My personal servants will be professional bodyguards and assassins, but will dress and behave as eunuchs and maidservants. Even if I dismiss my regular guards for a "private audience" with the Hero, these personal servants (just so much furniture after all, right?) will remain in my chambers.
- The SCP Foundation gives us SCP-662, a silver bell that when rang summons a butler named Mr. Deeds. Mr. Deeds will perform any (reasonable) task the ringer asks of him. He wouldn't kill Osama Bin Laden (saying he was too well guarded), but when instructed he does kill a D-class personnel-by throwing knife to the throat no less. He's also basically immortal, as when he's killed his body will disappear and he'll reappear the next time the bell is rang. Also notable is when he was asked to kill or incapacitate SCP-682, a lizard creature with a hatred for all life and a Healing Factor , he said he could hold it off for a while, even suggesting that his body could be booby trapped with bombs or toxins.
- Batman: The Animated Series
- Alfred Pennyworth, of course, steps up as the situation arises.
- Maven, the administrative assistant of Selina Kyle/Catwoman.
- Baby Dahl also had a Battle Butler/Nanny in her first appearance.
- Alfred is tamer in The Batman, but he does have his moments, usually in episodes involving the Penguin. A backstory on the show says that Alfred's (presumably deceased) grandfather was a butler for the Cobblepots (who he described as "obnoxious snobs") who treated him like dirt and then fired him. (It doesn't help that the Penguin is pretty rude himself, calling Alfred "Jeeves", even more so after he recognizes the name Pennyworth.) Naturally, Alfred does not like the Penguin at all, and tends to do anything he thinks can help Batman when the villain shows up.
- He's portrayed as a much more active character in Beware the Batman, and actually helps Batman in his war on crime in a more physical capacity. The writers of the show specifically drew the comparison to a retired James Bond. Viewers have designated him the Jason Statham version of Alfred.
Simon Stagg: Hold on, just who exactly are you?
Alfred: Didn't they tell you? I'm the butler.
- Owen Burnett and Preston Vogel from Gargoyles. In a subversion, Owen was revealed to be 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 outranks him in the Illuminati and she has been known to lie to Thailog from time to time.
- 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 Bad Ass, but he really shines as a Battle Butler 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 Yes-Man towards the series' villain Hordak, the character Imp in 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.
- To a certain extent, Mr. Smithers from The Simpsons.
- 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."
- He was also surprisingly good at cheerfully kidnapping Tom Jones at gun point.
- Smithers only goes Battle Butler when he has to (read: when Burns is in danger). Most of the time he's just a Yes-Man.
- While not technically a butler, Hammerhead's driver in The Spectacular Spider-Man didn't have any problems busting out a gun and opening fire on super powered people that went up against her boss, or using Car Fu to fight off Rhino. She is one of the coolest characters in the show and doesn't even have a name.
- Mercy Graves, Lex Luthor's aide-de-camp in Superman: The Animated Series (and later the comics). Her impossibly short skirt made her very appealing; she's tough AND sexy!
- The same applies for her appearance in Young Justice (including the part about the skirt).
- Transformers (or more specifically, Megatron) has a ton of these.
Megatron: Blast that scheming spider! Again he defies me!
Inferno: Say the word, my queen, and he shall burn!
Megatron: Not just yet. And for the last time, STOP CALLING ME THAT!
Inferno: As you command, my qu...
[Megatron starts to strangle Inferno]
- From Transformers Armada, Demolisher could qualify, but the real winner was Starscream of all mechs, who lost his memory in the sequel Transformers Energon. For one glorious season Megatron had the most loyal Decepticon he could ever ask for, and one who eventually 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 Starscream, and will use his Punch of Kill Everything to pound you into the dirt for even the slightest hint of disrespect or treason.
- Lugnut has two driving forces in his programming: The compulsion to serve the grand and glorious Megatron, and the utter destruction of Autobots (in the name of his glorious master).
- The Transformers Prime version of Soundwave is also this. While he usually just hovers ominously in the background, his presence alone keeps Starscream from pulling the plug on a half-dead Megatron. Airachnid learned this the hard way.
- The Legend of Korra; Varrick describes his personal assistant Zhu-Li as a "cold, heartless war machine". She lives up to the description in Season 4 when she pilots a Mini-Mecha and holds her own against two highly trained Earth Empire soldiers and Baatar Jr. (who are in similar mechas).
- Sicinnus was the slave of the Athenian politician Themistocles. Officially he was the schoolteacher of his children. Less officially he was the private spy.
- Battle Butlers are a cliché of British military tradition. A British officer in the Good Old Days would have a soldier assigned to him, called a batman. The batman would essentially serve as the officer's servant and bodyguard. It was also customary that the batman would stay with "his" officer after said officer retired, meaning that almost all personal servants of retired officers had a LOT of military experience and pretty solid Bad Ass credentials, and would be as close to "their" officers as master and servant can be, especially if they'd been in combat. (THE Batman is unrelated to this trope, but Alfred would certainly qualify as a Battle Butler.)
- The Russian military tradition also includes ones. The Tsarist version was called denschik (usually translated as batman), the Soviet version with a thin veneer of egalitarianism was called an ordinarets (orderly).
- Generally, when a man of honour rode into battle on horseback back in the 17th century, he was usually armed with a pair of pistols, and accompanied by his servant or a subordinate, who would reload one pistol at a time when he was shooting.
- Court officers and bailiffs are to be afforded far more respect and fear if they are old. Mainly because the primary source of bailiffs until they started to diversify was retired soldiers.
- Ted Maher was more of a caretaker/nurse for Monaco billionaire Edmond Safra, but the guy was an ex-Green Beret and part of the reason why he was hired for $600 a day (back in the '90s!!) was to double as a bodyguard. Sadly, he turned out to be not so competent at the job... Wikipedia and googling old newspaper clips can tell you more.