Character page for Pennyworth.
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Alfred "Alfie" Pennyworth
Portrayed by: Jack Bannon
A former SAS soldier who saw service in Asia, now operating a private security business. His resourcefulness and skills get him employed by Thomas Wayne and Martha Kane in service of the No Name League.
- Affectionate Nickname: His closest friends and his family call him "Alfie".
- Badass in a Nice Suit: Alfred often wears suits and tuxedos, and he proves himself as a rather spectacular badass.
- But for Me, It Was Tuesday: Alfred is horrified to discover that Esme was killed because of something he did five years ago and that was so insignificant to him that he needs a witch's help to remember.
- Catchphrase: "Fair play."
- Consummate Professional: While openly objecting to be made part of it, he doesn't have issues witnessing or performing lethal violence onto others.
- Deadpan Snarker: He has a pretty dry sense of humor when dealing with some people. For example, when Lord Harwood lays his plans for a coup d'etat to him as a recruitment pitch.Alfred: As a rule, if you have to use French words for something, I don't like it.
- Elites Are More Glamorous: He is a former member of the British SAS, along with his friends Bazza and Dave Boy. A fact that convinces Lord Harwood to try and recruit him into the Raven Society.
- Expy: Jack Bannon's acting emulates Harry Palmer. This is no coincidence given Palmer was played by Michael Caine, who portrayed Alfred in The Dark Knight Trilogy. Then there's his nickname, "Alfie", referencing yet another Michael Caine film. He also has a cockney accent, much like Caine.
- Heartbroken Badass: After losing Esme, he's apathetic for some time, until John Ripper motivates him to do physical activity. Roaring Rampage of Revenge ensues.
- Likes Older Women: If his fancying, and sleeping with, The Queen (respectfully, of course) is anything to go by. Depending on what year in the 60s the show is set in, Queen Elizabeth II, of whom The Queen is an Expy, would have been around 34-43 years old at the time. Certainly not an insignificant age gap between herself and the 26-year old Alfie.
- Martial Pacifist: He doesn't like violence but despite that his career in the SAS makes him perfectly capable of dishing it out. Although, it's less and less the case as the series unfolds, given the increasing number of people he kills in cold blood.
- Nerves of Steel: Hardly gets rattled by anything, excepting Esme.
- Not in This for Your Revolution: He doesn't really care about the No Name League's ultimate political goals, as long as he gets paid. That being said, to him it's better to work for them than for the Raven Society. His allegiance ultimately goes to "Queen and Country".
- Only in It for the Money: As of Season 2, he tries to avoid any political allegiance, only doing jobs for money to get out of England.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: Continually has flashbacks to his time in the SAS, one mission in Asia in particular that led to the death of one of his friends.
- Working-Class Hero: He is a son of servants, and speaks with a strong cockney accent, much like Michael Caine did in the role.
Portrayed by: Ian Puleston-Davies
Alfred's overbearing father, a nobleman's valet.
- Action Dad: Brings down Bet's large henchman with a vase.
- Adaptation Name Change: His first name is Jarvis in the comics.
- Adaptational Job Change: He's still a butler as in the comics, but in the latter he served the Waynes in the USA before Alfred and not a British aristocratic family in England.
- Adaptational Villainy: Alfred's father in the comics was just the Wayne family's loyal butler before his son. The only unusual thing about him was his assassination by the Court of Owls. Here, he's a Chapter Master of the Raven Society, a fascist organization.
- Affably Evil: A loving father and husband who also happens to be a member of the Raven Society.
- Affectionate Nickname: Both Esme and his wife call him "Mr. P," instead of his given name.
- Domestic Abuse: Alfred indicates he's mistreated Mary in the past, though he doesn't seem to have kept it up.
- Dragon Their Feet: He is a member of the "Old Guard" of the Raven Society. After Lord Harwood is imprisoned, Arthur tries to suicide bomb the Queen and the entire government, with Alfred being forced to shoot him (and the bomb still going off).
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He genuinely cares about his family. His last action before his suicide bombing is to tell Alfred he loves him and to encourage him to escape so he can look after his mother.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: For all his faults of character, he loves his son and takes a liking to his fiancée Esme. And when Alfred stays at his parents' house in a depressed funk for months after Esme's death, he doesn't push him to get over it or anything like that.
- Killed Off for Real: If Alfred's bullet didn't do the job, the huge explosion afterwards surely did.
- Last-Name Basis: Not even his wife calls him by his given name. Everybody either calls him Mr. Pennyworth, Mr. P, or in Alfred's case, Dad. It takes until the 8th episode until we learn his name when he is addressed by his employer.
- Pornstache: His mustache's shape. This, along with his thinning hairline, are a slight Foreshadowing of the familar look that his son would have in the comics.
- You See, I'm Dying: He has lung cancer in its final stages. Which is also why he took on a suicide bombing mission by the Raven Society in the Season 1 finale.
Portrayed by: Dorothy Atkinson
- Action Mom: Absolutely trashes Bet Sykes in a fistfight after the latter attempts to take her and her husband hostage against Alfred.
- Good Parents: She's a caring mother to Alfred and adores his partner Esme.
- Widow Woman: After Arthur blows himself up in a suicide bombing, if Alfred's gunshot didn't kill him already.
No Name League
The No Name League
A radical left-wing, undercover group of rivals to the Raven Society.
- Dirty Communists: The No Name League is an organisation which supposedly wants to overthrow the British government and set up a "socialist utopia".
- Hero with Bad Publicity: The No Name League is painted by the British government as communists seeking to subvert the government, but what we've seen of them so far presents in a fairly positive light. However, "Shirley Bassey" makes it clear that the No Name League is not so different from the Raven Society, despite the two organisations being ideologically opposed to one another.
- N.G.O. Superpower: The No Name League is independent of any government, and it is well-funded and organised enough that Alfred initially thinks they're the CIA.
- Villain Over for Dinner: The Thwaites arrange for a sit-down for the Raven Society leadership at a restaurant, allegedly for peace talks. However, the No Name Society don't seem to be big believers of Sacred Hospitality, since the peace talks were just an excuse to get Dr. Gaunt out in the open so they can have her killed.
Portrayed by: Ben Aldridge
An American financial analyst.
- Adaptational Job Change: Usually a doctor, he's a forensic financial analyst, not to mention his involvement in the NNL and the CIA.
- Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: He is the responsible sibling to his older sister Patricia's foolish sibling, given her alcoholism and drug abuse, as well as her penchant for bad company.
- The Mole: Is a member of the No Name League, but he is also there to keep on an eye on them for the CIA. Though the CIA is currently on the League's side against the Raven Society, so this isn't antagonistic spying. That said...Thomas Wayne: We'd back the Ravens if they'd have us.
- Unstoppable Rage: Aleister Crowley notes that there was a "beast" that lived inside of Thomas. Later on in the episode, Thomas had to stop himself mere inches away from savagely beating Jason Ripper to death. In fairness to him, however, it's not every day when one is made to watch a movie of their sister taking part in a pornographic satanic ritual.
Martha Kane (later Wayne)
Portrayed by: Emma Paetz
An American photojournalist.
- Faux Action Girl: Carries around a gun and mentions being combat trained in the US Marine Corps Reserve, but leaves any actual fighting to Alfred.
- Mind Screw: Is subjected to this at the party she attends with Patricia Wayne, at Aleister Crowley's mansion. It's quite bizarre; no matter how she tries to leave, she finds herself back in the main room, and after a few times finds all the other guests there watching her quietly, while she's guided to a tall figure that appears to be Baphomet. Then the next time we see her at the end of the episode, she's waking up naked in the middle of a field. It is left ambiguous whether Martha was drugged or what happened did really happen.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Blames herself for taking Alfred with her on assignment, and as a result leaving Esme alone to be murdered. Thomas thinks it's absurd to think she was responsible in any way, though he doesn't know that she and Alfred shared a kiss while he lingered at her apartment afterward, which adds to her feelings of guilt.
- Rich Boredom: Martha is an adventuress, and the reason she gives to Thomas Wayne why she is mixed up with the No Name League is because she is easily bored. As for the rich part, she does carry around huge wads of cash around with her. Also, in the comics the Kanes were a prominent family among Gotham's high society.
Portrayed by: Sarah Alexander
Julian's wife and successor.
- Big Bad Wannabe: All of her plans and ambitions ultimately go nowhere, and she ends up getting hanged in the streets during the Raven Society coup.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: She never acts bitchy to anyone; she treats her subordinates like her dear friends and she even treats her enemies with love and respect. This is the same woman who has her husband killed so she can take his place, tries to have Frances Gaunt killed and takes advice from a vicious gangster.
- Killed Off for Real: During the Raven Society's coup, she is arrested and then hanged in the streets.
- The Starscream: For the leadership of the No Name League, Undine worked with John Ripper to have her husband killed.
- Unwitting Pawn: As the leader, Undine takes advice from John Ripper. The same John Ripper who works for the CIA. She dies ignorant of the truth.
Portrayed by: Richard Lintern
The leader of the No Name League.
- Your Head Asplode: Courtesy of Alfred and a double-barrel shotgun, the only thing left of the poor man's head are his lower jaw and a few bits of brain.
The Raven Society / Raven Union
An underground extremist group that aims to overthrow the UK's government and set up a fascist state.
- Equal-Opportunity Evil: The Raven Society is fascist, but seems neither sexist nor racist, having many people of colour and women among them, even in high positions.
- Hero with Bad Publicity: The Raven Society see themselves as true British patriots who love their country and are willing to do whatever is necessary to ensure Britain remains great. The rest of the country sees them as fascists, traitors and murderers.
- I Did What I Had to Do: A lot of what the Raven Society gets up to is grim and unpleasant; kidnapping, murder, treason etc, but they see their crimes as the price they will gladly pay for their country.
- A Nazi by Any Other Name: The Raven Society is an organisation which wants to overthrow the British government and set up a "fascist utopia" and eliminate everything they see wrong with society. Interestingly, they do not wish to overthrow the monarchy, as Lord Harwood states that if the Queen did not approve of their eventual coup d'etat there were others in the royal family that would. And unlike the Nazis they're very much Equal-Opportunity Evil, having people of non-European descent and women with high ranks in their hierarchy.
- N.G.O. Superpower: The Raven Society is independent of the British government, though some of its high ranking members are also members of the British aristocracy, as, seemingly, are entire villages across Great Britain. The Raven Society are also organised and well-funded enough to equip a small army. As of Season 2, they are rebranded the "Raven Union" and have conquered 90% of England.
- Not So Different: Although they are a fascist organisation that wishes to overthrow the government and eliminate whom they perceive as undesirable, it can be difficult to tell them apart from said government, which routinely practices tortures and executions.
Lord James Harwood
Portrayed by: Jason Flemyng
A politician and nobleman, and the first leader of the Raven Society.
- Affectionate Nickname: Frances Gaunt calls him "Jimmy". She appears to be the only one who is allowed to do so, however.
- Aristocrats Are Evil: He's got an aristocratic title, and he's the show's Big Bad.
- An Arm and a Leg: The Barbers cut off half of one of his feet, leaving him with a limp.
- Badass Cape: Is first seen wearing a long, fur-lined red cape. After he resurfaces as the Ravens' leader, he has it replaced with a fur-lined black coat.
- Big Bad: Of Season 1 and Season 2.
- Canon Foreigner: He is a completely new villain to the DC (and more specifically Batman) universe, Pennyworth is his first appearance.
- Cold-Blooded Torture: He is subjected to torture by the 'Barbers' on the Prime Minister's orders at the Tower of London.
- Dark Is Evil: He favors dark suits, coats and capes. He also dons a black uniform during his coup in the last episode of Season 1.
- Evil Cripple: Upon his return, in addition to being noseless, he has a limp due to having half of one of his feet cut off and can't stand up straight anymore, needing a cane. Especially noticeable when he leads his coup.
- The Generalissimo: He has shades of this when leading his coup to take over England, as he wears a black uniform with golden aglets doing so.
- He's Back: After being arrested, tortured, mutilated and brainwashed, he's thrown into the street and ends up a hobo. Bet Sykes bumps into him and takes him at her sister's home. The Sykes sisters then help him regain his memories and get back into shape, and he takes his place back as the leader of the Raven Society after some time, more ambitious than ever.
- How the Mighty Have Fallen: Starts the series as a powerful nobleman and politician, and is quickly arrested, tortured, broken physically and mentally, and finally thrown out on the street. He gets better after Bet Sykes finds him and helps him, however, and ends up nearly succeeding in taking over England.
- Leitmotif: Has his own ominous theme.
- Loss of Identity: The 'Barbers' tortured him to the point of rejecting his identity as that of a bad man.
- Nazi Nobleman: A nobleman who's a Fascist by Any Other Name.
- The Noseless: The 'Barbers' mutilate him by cutting off his nose. He later gets several nasal prosthetics after being saved by Bet Sykes, with the final one being made of metal, invoking the image of a beak. Then that prosthetics is kicked off his face when he's arrested after his coup is thwarted.
- Red Right Hand: After losing his nose.
- Villainous Breakdown: He is on the verge of this when the Prime Minister refuses to surrender during his coup. His military advisor calms him down by suggesting he should agree to extend the ultimatum instead of ordering a massacre right away.
- Villainous Friendship: With the Sykes sisters and Frances Gaunt.
- Villain with Good Publicity: Already a charismatic leader, his popularity goes through the roof after he commands the riot police to stand down from their heavy-handed approach to breaking up his rally, making it seem like the government is behaving like fascists and not the Raven Society.
Elizabeth "Bet" Sykes
Portrayed by: Paloma Faith
An enforcer working for Lord Harwood.
- Dye or Die: She starts off as platinum blonde. After being condemned to death and faking her execution, she becomes a redhead to reduce the chances of being recognized.
- Enemy Mine: She briefly teams up with Alfred to avenge Esme.
- Eye Scream: She seems rather fond of jabbing people in the eye with her broach.
- Faking the Dead: With the help of her sister, she manages to fake her execution and escape.
- The Glorious War of Sisterly Rivalry: The rivalry between Bet and Peggy is rather... violent, but in spite of that Peggy still loves her sister enough to break her out of Newgate Prison before she is executed.
- Lima Syndrome: Seems to developed this while she kept Esme prisoner, given that she apparently falls in love with her during her captivity.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Looking at Bet's red hair (following her escape), her accent and certain mannerisms, it is possible that Paloma Faith's performance is meant to invoke 1960's British icon Cilla Black (whose name ended up the title of the first season's sixth episode).
- Oop North: : She has a Manchester accent.
- Psycho Lesbian: She has a blatant crush on Esme Winikus, and she's kind of psychopathic. She never shows interest in men, and only offers herself to her prison guard to get advantages, not enjoying his coitus one bit.
- Stalker with a Crush: Risks going back to London, where she was supposed to have been executed for treason, just to see Esme, despite kidnapping her and keeping her prisoner. She is pretty heartbroken when she discovers Esme has been murdered, telling her sister that she loved her.
- Undying Loyalty: To Lord Harwood. She saves him off the streets and shows great sorrow over what had happened to him.
- Villainous Crush: She develops an attraction for Alfred's girlfriend Esme.
- Wild Card:
- Despite her allegiance to the Raven Society, she remains an unpredictable element, even coming to Alfred's help in bringing Esme's killer to justice.
- In Season 2, despite being a high-ranking Captain of the Raven Union, she eventually turns on her superior, killing him, before he is able to rape Katie Browning, who correctly pointed out that she is not a true believer of the cause.
Dr. Frances Gaunt
Portrayed by: Anna Chancellor
The new leader of the Raven Society after Lord Harwood's arrest.
- Affably Evil: She really comes across more as someone's eccentric aunt, and not the leader of a fascist group.
- Assassin Outclassin': Dave Boy has her at gunpoint. She shoots first. And, of course, there is "Tanya."
- The Creon: She did not want to take up the mantle of leadership but none of the other high-ranking Ravens would step up, so she became the pro temnote leader, and she willingly gives the leader position back to Harwood as soon as he resurfaces.
- Cincinnatus: She willingly steps down from the Raven Society's leadership as soon as Lord Harwood resurfaces to let him back in his seat and fully supports him even when questioning his plans; she clearly never was and never wanted to be a Starscream.
- Due to the Dead: She keeps a would-be assassin's head in a jar and asks people if they knew her. Why? Because, as she claims, her assassin deserves to be buried by her own people. Whether this is genuine or some kind of intimidation tactic is hard to say. She does have standards, after all.
- Even Evil Has Standards:
- Fascist she might be, but she is also willing to broker peace with her enemies, even after they try to have her killed. Compare to Lord Harwood, who might have had those same enemies eviscerated if they tried that with him.
- She takes the Hippocratic oath seriously enough to save her would-be assassin's life after she shoots him.
- She's appalled that Harwood would consider replacing the Queen (i.e. Elizabeth II, or an expy thereof) with her uncle the Duke of Windermere (i.e. Edward VIII, or an expy thereof).
- She is disturbed by Project Stormcloud, a new poisonous gas weapon designed by the Raven Union.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Despite now knowing that she is the new leader of the Raven Society, she was willing to let Alfred and Martha leave with such knowledge unharmed when it was clarified that Mrs. Darkness was actually killed by accident. She is also willing to accept the No Name League's overtures for peace, despite the first time being just an excuse to have her killed.
- Undying Loyalty: She's fully loyal to Lord Harwood, stepping down from the leadership of the Raven Society as soon as he returns and supporting him throughout his return in the public eye and subsequent coup. She does question him a bit about holding the Queen hostage, but does nothing against him beyond this.
Margaret "Peggy" Sykes
Portrayed by: Polly Walker
The sister of Bet Sykes.
- Dominatrix: This appears to be her day job.
- Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: She is the responsible sibling compared to her impulsive, violent and, yes, foolish sister Bet.
- The Glorious War of Sisterly Rivalry: The rivalry between Bet and Peggy is rather...violent, but in spite of that Peggy still loves her sister enough to break her out of Newgate Prison before she is executed.
The Duke and Duchess of Windermere
The Queen's uncle and his American wife.
- The Dandy: The Duke wears jewellery (as pointed out by Frances as one of the reasons why he'd make a poor King) and is later seen complaining to Lord Harwood about not summoning his personal tailor for security reasons.
- Dirty Coward: Apparently, the Duke fled a war that England had fought in (presumably World War II). Lord Harwood admits that the Duke is no Alexander.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Are expies for King Edward VIII/the Duke of Windsor and Wallis Simpson. Interestingly, in the Alternate Universe in which the show is set, it doesn't appear that the Duke was ever the King of England, if both Frances Gaunt and D.I. Aziz calling him "the Pretender" is anything to go by.
- The Quiet One: Granted, neither the Duke nor the Duchess have that many scenes, and only one where they actually speak, but the Duchess only has two lines in all of Season One. And it's the same line.Duchess of Windermere: It won't do!
- Replacement Goldfish: Are these for the Ravens in regards to the British throne. Lord Harwood and Frances Gaunt would much rather have the Queen's support for their eventual takeover, but failing that...
Special Air Service
Deon "Bazza" Bashford
Portrayed by: Hainsley Lloyd Bennett
One of Alfred's wartime comrades, joining him as an associate in his security firm.
- Bald of Awesome
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: He gets brutally and suddenly killed off in Episode 3 of Season 2, standing too close to an exploding car.
- Elites Are More Glamorous: Is a former member of the British SAS.
- Off the Wagon: Without Alfred to keep him straight, he quickly falls back into drug use.
- Only Sane Man: Frequently the voice of reason for Alfred and Dave Boy, especially the latter, though he is oft-ignored.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: It is not as visible as with Alfred or Dave Boy, but Bazza is just as messed up by the war as his buddies.
- True Companions: With Alfred and Dave Boy.
Wallace "Dave Boy" MacDougal
Portrayed by: Ryan Fletcher
Alfred's other wartime comrade, a Scotsman who does security alongside him.
- The Alcoholic: He drinks to cope with his experiences in the war.
- Boisterous Bruiser: His friend is being held captive by a group of heavily armed mooks? Dave Boy sees no problem with busting through the gates, gunning down everyone he sees.Dave Boy: Alfie! It's me, Dave Boy! Saving your Sassenach arse again!
- Brave Scot: If you haven't figured out that he's a Scotsman, then his accent is a dead giveaway.
- Elites Are More Glamorous: Is a former member of the British SAS.
- Made of Iron: Played for Black Comedy. Gets injured often and then regards it as only a temporary inconvenience.
- Murder Is the Best Solution: He is the one who advocates the more violent courses of action, including murder, and he even carries them out despite Alfred's protests. For example, Dave Boy kills one mook to motivate the other into revealing where the Raven Society kept Esme prisoner.
- Non-Indicative Name: Everybody calls him "Dave Boy" but his name isn't even David; it's Wallace.
- Reckless Gun Usage: After getting into a heated confrontation with a gambler, he throws the own man's gun back at him, which ends up discharging and killing him.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: He has it even worse than Alfred, if his drinking and self-destructive behaviour is any indication.
- Violent Glaswegian: He's from the Highlands, but still prone to anger. The drinking doesn't help.
- Would Hit a Girl: He seems to have no problem with killing a woman, but not if they're looking him straight in the eye. His request to close her eyes before he pulls the trigger gives Frances Gaunt the opening she needed to pull a gun on him and shoot.
Portrayed by: Ben Wiggins
A wartime comrade of Alfred's in Burma. He was killed in action.
Captain John Fitz-Smythe Curzon
Portrayed by: Charlie Woodward
A former wartime superior of Alfred's.
- Bastard Bastard: He is the bastard of a powerful nobleman who helps covering up his crimes.
- Boom, Headshot!: How he meets his end at the hands of a vengeful Alfred.
- Death Glare: It was Alfred remembering Curzon giving him one of these during Spanish's funeral that let him conclude that he was the one who murdered Esme. And that it was an act of revenge for his making a joke at Curzon's expense.
- Dirty Coward: Showed signs of this during Alfred's flashbacks. Also, after Alfred works out that he was the one who'd murdered Esme and goes to confront him, he is nowhere to be seen. Except for a note that basically says "Don't think I'm scared!" He dies whimpering and begging for mercy.
- Disproportionate Retribution: Because murdering a man's fiancée in cold blood is a perfectly reasonable response to being made a fool of. Because of a joke. Five years after the fact. Dave Boy was quite dismayed that someone would go so far over something so insignificant.
- Killed Mid-Sentence: Alfred shoots him in the head while he is trying to weasel himself out.
- The Neidermeyer: Didn't hold his men's respect during the war due to his bumbling and cowardice.
- Psychopathic Manchild: A petty, cowardish murderer with a nanny.
- Serial Killer: It is implied that Esme isn't the first woman he murdered.
- Upper-Class Twit: Upper-class accent? Check. Disdain for the plebs? Check. Lack of charisma, lack of respect from his men and is a clumsily incompetent officer? Triple check.
Her Majesty's Government
Her Majesty The Queen of England
Portrayed by: Jessica Ellerby
The queen of (at the very least) England.note
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: Is said to have been quite taken with Alfred (and Alfie fancies her too...respectfully, of course). They sleep together in the Season One finale, and she indicates they should continue to be Friends with Benefits.
- Bodyguard Crush: He isn't her bodyguard but she does have quite the crush on Alfred, who has rescued her more than once.
- Everyone Calls Her The Queen: She is never referred to by name, simply as The Queen.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: She's an obvious expy of Queen Elizabeth II, if she's not the real article outright.note Considering what she does (like having Alfred as lover), it might be better left ambiguous. There's no indication that she has a husband or children, which the real Elizabeth already did by the time she was crowned, but this is an Alternate History after all.
- No Name Given: Her name is never mentioned, only her title.
- Slave to PR: She's reluctant to look "awfully oppressive" in front of her subjects when discussing what to do with the Raven Society. After their coup is put down, the first thing she does is deliver a public speech.
- Uncertain Doom:
- She isn't incinerated in the explosion triggered by Arthur Pennyworth as Alfred was quick enough to carry her to safety from the bomb's blast, but she's unconscious in his arms. Season 1 ends on this very moment.
- The trailer of Season 2 confirms that she's alive and well.
The Prime Minister
Portrayed by: Richard Clothier
The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
- Defiant to the End: In spite of all his glaring flaws listed below, he refuses to give in to Lord Harwood's demands of surrender during the coup.
- Everyone Calls Him The Prime Minister: He is never referred to by name, simply as The Prime Minister.
- Evil vs. Evil: Considering that he is the Prime Minister of a Britain where grisly torture and executions are routinely practiced and himself has Lord Harwood tortured, it's pretty hard to tell him apart from the people who want to turn Britain into a fascist utopia.
- For the Evulz: He has Lord Harwood tortured by the Barbers purely out of this.
- Head-in-the-Sand Management: Is perfectly willing to let the Raven Society and No Name League operate freely, so long as neither of them make too much noise. Sadly for him and the British government, they are both starting to get a little too noisy for his taste.
- Hookers and Blow: In his Establishing Character Moment, he is first seen doing drugs in (presumably) 10 Downing Street, while in the company of a prostitute.
- Mr. Exposition: It is through him that viewers learn about the Raven Society and the No Name League, as well as the British Government's position on both.Prime Minister: They're... lunatics, who want to overthrow the government and set up a fascist utopia. The No Name League are fools, who want to overthrow the government and set up a socialist utopia.
- No Name Given: His name is never mentioned.
- Uncertain Doom: He was at the dinner table with the other government members when Arthur Pennyworth's bomb exploded. Given the scale of the blast and the fact that only Alfred and the Queen seemingly survived, it might be safe to say he died.
Detective Inspector Aziz
Portrayed by: Ramon Tikaram
A detective inspector with Scotland Yard, often present in the wake of Alfred's more violent exploits.
- Dirty Cop: Doesn't seem to be on the take like most corrupt policemen, but he has made things disappear for some powerful people. This includes covering up Esme's murder and attempting to have Alfred killed after he discovers the truth, both instances to protect the illegitimate son of a lord.
- Dirty Coward: Played with, and in a Deadpan Snarker kind of way after asking Alfred to clarify that he is being threatened because he didn't want to capitulate too easily.
- Played with again in "Marianne Faithful," when he admits to the Prime Minister that if there were a craven way of getting out of the Ravens' coup attempt then he would take it. Then again, he then admits that if he had to go, then he would rather do it with dignity.
- Failed a Spot Check: Fails to recognise Bet Sykes on seeing her again, after she had supposedly been executed. And he was the one who arrested her in the first place!
- Friend on the Force: Alfred isn't quite friendly to him, though Aziz isn't deterred.
Portrayed by: ???
Torturers who 'practice' at the Tower of London. Lord Harwood ends up one of their victims.
- Dangerously Close Shave: The reason behind their Theme Naming. Harwood is dressed in a barber robe, tied to a barber's chair, his torturer dresses like a barber and slashes his face with a razor.
- Dissonant Serenity: Only one barber is seen, and he remains stone cold when torturing Harwood.
- Torture Technicians: They inflict several kinds of atrocities on Harwood, physically and mentally torturing him, then mutilating him.
Portrayed by: Emma Corrin
An actress who works as a dancer in the same nightclub Alfred works at and becomes his girlfriend.
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: Her father outright tells Alfred she is only with him because of this, and there comes a moment when Alfred believes him.Esme's father: Let me be blunt, Alfred. I know my daughter's proclivities. She likes the fact that you've killed people. You satisfy her adolescent revenge fantasies. If she loves you... she loves the animal in you.
- Damsel in Distress: Becomes this in the Pilot when Bet Sykes kidnaps her. However, she becomes a Damsel out of Distress when she knocks Bet out and then tries to escape. It doesn't last, however.
- Dating What Daddy Hates: Let's just say that Alfred is precisely the kind of man Esme's father disapproves of. He even threatens to disinherit her if she ever went ahead and married him.
- Inverted in the case of Alfred's father, who despite his coldness toward her in their first meeting grows to adore Esme.
- Impoverished Patrician: Her father is the Dean of Salisbury and a very wealthy man. However, given that she works as a dancer in a seedy nightclub and shares a dingy little place with Alfred, it's clear that she doesn't see a penny's worth of her father's money.
- The Lost Lenore: Becomes this for Alfred after her murder.
- Properly Paranoid: After her abduction, she becomes convinced someone is stalking her and even almost shoots Alfred in her panic. Turns out she was right and is strangled.
- Rescue Romance: Played with. Esme actually broke up with Alfred mere moments before she was kidnapped, and their relationship is rekindled after she had been rescued.
Portrayed by: Danny Webb
A feared crime boss supposedly descended from Jack the Ripper. He also works as an undertaker.
- The Consigliere: Secretly advises Undine Thwaite of the No Name League. And he is also her lover.
- The Dreaded: Is so feared in London that people dare not speak his name.
- I'm a Humanitarian: Implied.Mr. Ripper: (To Alfred, while he is extracting a kidney from a corpse) "Nothing better than kidney pie." (sniffs the kidney, before putting it in a paper wrapper to take with him) "The faint tang of piss."
- London Gangster: Besides being an undertaker, he is also London's most feared gangster.
- The Mole: Besides working for Undine Thwaite as her advisor (and lover), he is also working for the CIA.
- Pet the Dog: He is the one who gets Alfred out of his depression after Esme is murdered, by motivating him into doing physical exercises again.
- In a rather roundabout way, he is also the one who puts Alfie on the path toward finding the person who killed Esme.
- Screw This, I'm Out of Here!: As Undine Thwaite is taken away to be hanged during the Raven Society's coup, he watches and walks away down the street.
Portrayed by: Salóme Gunnarsdóttir
Thomas Wayne's party-loving sister.
- Canon Foreigner: This is her first appearance in any Batman-related medium.
- Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: She is the foolish sibling to her younger brother Thomas's responsible sibling.
- Hard-Drinking Party Girl: Overdoes on alcohol, drugs and bad company, much to the frustration of Thomas. We see the extent of this in "Cilla Black", where she turns out to be a friend (and very likely one of the multiple sex partners) of Aleister Crowley.
Portrayed by: Jonjo O'Neill
A mysterious socialite who throws strange parties at his home. Patricia Wayne is a regular guest of his, and brings Martha Kane to one such party.
- Adaptational Attractiveness: He isn't bald unlike his Real Life counterpart, and the actor portraying him is a more attractive fellow overall.
- Age Lift: Real life Crowley was born in 1875, he would be in his late 80s if not early 90s in the 1960s (since the series is set in that decade). Jonjo O'Neill is just past 40. Unless, perhaps, a Deal with the Devil is involved to explain why he doesn't look as old as he should.
- Den of Iniquity: He houses parties that tend to turn into Devil-worshipping orgies.
- Historical Domain Character: Based on a real life figure of occultism.
- I Love You Because I Can't Control You: Martha is quick to rebuff his immediate attempt to kiss her as soon as he sees her, and that resistance seems to be much to his liking.
- Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: Did Baphomet really appear at his party or was it just hallucinations by Martha?
- Really Gets Around: Casually kisses Patricia, then jumps on Martha as soon as he sees her. Let's just say he enjoys the pleasures of the flesh without any sort of commitment.
- Satan is Good: Openly admits that he worships the Devil to Martha when she comes back at him. And there is nothing wrong with this according to him.
Portrayed by: Felicity Kendal
A strange old woman Alfred goes to see on recommendation of John Ripper to find out about who killed Esme.
- Our Witches Are Different: She describes herself as a witch to Alfred after giving him visions with something she put in the tea she gave him.
- Seers: She tells Alfred he has to bring her "a murderer's left hand" and a red rose when the Moon is full, then he leaves, ridiculing what she just said. The next day, he cuts off an aggressive bar client's left hand, which lies alongside a red rose, and the Moon is full...Alfred: How'd she do that?!...