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  • Batman has had his ups and downs throughout the years, and had his scrapes with many a hero, but he will never be abandoned by Alfred.
    • Perfectly demonstrated in Batman Begins:
      Bruce Wayne: I wanted to save Gotham. I've failed.
      Alfred: Why do we fall, sir?
      [beat]
      Alfred: So that we can learn to pick ourselves up.
      Bruce: You still haven't given up on me?
      Alfred: Never.
    • Well, usually. Sometimes Batman's jerkiness is too much for him and he'll leave for a time. "Venom" and "Officer Down" are two such stories where this happened.
      • Sometimes, Alfred quits when Bruce has decided to ruthlessly risk his own life only for his stubbornness. Alfred said that he would not allow him to destroy himself and so, by abandoning Batman he could show his true loyalty to him.
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    • Red Robin/Tim Drake is this. Batman notes that loyalty is his prime motivation, and his loyalty to his father caused his 10-Minute Retirement. So when Batman apparently dies, he goes Darker and Edgier, and tries to prove he is alive. Undying loyalty doesn't change regardless of who dies.
    • In the story arc "Death of the Family", the Joker's torment of the Batfamily via Joker venom has shaken them physically and caused a great loss of faith in each other and in themselves. So when Bruce calls a meeting, no one except Alfred attends. However, outside the Wayne Manor, someone still stands, the first Robin, Dick Grayson.
  • If any Marvel Universe hero inspires and has this as a defining trait, it's Captain America. Every single hero worth his salt in the Marvel U trusts Cap unconditionally, cause Cap will go through hell and back to not leave any of them behind. Even someone as hard to work with as The Incredible Hulk has Cap as the one person he'd never raise a finger to.
    • Cap himself has undying loyalty to not America as a nation but rather America's ideals. When the government has asked him to do things that he felt were against those ideals, he's either quit being Captain America or gone rogue.
      Captain America: I'm loyal to nothing, General... except the Dream.
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  • Krypto The Super Dog. Not even being cloned makes him less loyal to the Kryptonians.
    Max Lord: We talked about this! Don't clone the dog! Dogs are weird! The whole loyalty thing just seems to be branded right in on a genetic level, for Pete's sake!
  • Extreme loyalty (to Superman) was intended to be Jimmy Olsen's foremost quality. (Because of the Publicity Derailment of the Silver Age, it wasn't always portrayed very well.) This is exemplified in the Superman storyline, Superman: Truth, Jimmy Olsen stands by Superman's side after Lois Lane blows his secret identity to the entire world (it probably helps that Supes revealed his identity to him just prior to the shit hitting the fan). Jimmy also shows that there's an entire neighborhood who is happy to have Superman around and renamed their area as "Kentville".
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  • Dexter of the Red Lantern Corps is a former housecat who actually became an Anti-Hero/Anti-Villain out of sheer loyalty to his former owner.
    I find ones who hurt you. I kill. I good kitty.
  • Doctor Strange
    • Wong, Strange's manservant and friend, is his one constant companion. He even sticks around after Strange relinquishes the title of Sorcerer Supreme and joins the New Avengers.
    • Wong's loyalty is most assuredly returned. In the Doctor Strange story, "The Oath", Strange goes through great lengths to save his manservant when he discovers Wong is suffering from an inoperable brain tumor.
  • DuckTales: In "Down But Not Out in Duckburg", Scrooge comes home to discover that Glomgold has gotten control of all his businesses and even the city in his absence. Despite the fact that he's now just a poor old man, the others stick with him until he finds a way to restore the status quo.
  • This one panel strip.
  • In Tintin album Cigars of the Pharaoh, Loyal Animal Companion Snowy thinks that Tintin is dead, so he resigns himself to spending the rest of his life at his grave.
  • Richie Rich's butler, Cadbury. Try to bribe him, and you're entering Bullying a Dragon territory. Emphasized in one story where a foreign government did it to test him because they wanted to offer him a position as Prime Minister; he turned down the offer because he felt the test only showed he was needed in his current job.
  • Harley Quinn to her "puddin'". Of course given that this is the Joker we're talking about it is not returned. Death of the Family subverts it. She ends up fighting back, and escapes him. She also declares that while she may love him, that does not mean that she belongs to him.
  • In Star Wars Legacy, this is expected of all of the One Sith towards their Dark Lord, Darth Krayt, and his cause. In practice, however, considering how ambition is a cardinal Sith trait, the main Sith characters tend to interpret this very differently:
    • Darth Talon is easily the most loyal to Krayt personally; she makes it plain she'd kill herself if she thought he needed her to and after he comes Back from the Dead, she's the first he contacts.
    • Darth Stryfe is totally loyal to the position of Dark Lord, which normally means Krayt, and he's not exactly shy about making sure everyone knows. However, when Krayt and Wyyrlok fight it out for the title, Stryfe stays out of it, assuming that whoever wins will be the superior leader. When that's Krayt, Stryfe reaffirms his loyalty.
    • Darth Maladi is more ambiguous; she's loyal to Krayt, but unlike the above two she's perfectly willing to question his judgment or operate independently for a time if it suits her. At the end of the day, though, everything she does is ultimately put to the use of Krayt's cause, though Krayt himself thinks Maladi would do it all for its own sake anyway.
    • Darth Nihl defies this; he was an independant warlord before he was a Sith, and he's loyal to Krayt only for the power he grants his followers and fairly openly questions him and schemes against him. When Krayt dies his final death, Nihl immediately takes command, has Krayt's Elite Mooks killed when they object, and gets the heck out of dodge.
    • Darth Wyyrlok III is easily the most interesting. He is absolutely loyal — to the Sith cause, which Krayt and everyone else takes to mean loyalty to Krayt himself. Not quite. When Krayt goes into an extended Villainous Breakdown, Wyyrlok decides he's become a liability, promptly kills him off, and takes command himself, all in the name of the greater glory of the Sith. Pity for Wyyrlok that Krayt Came Back Strong.
  • It's rather disturbing to see how unflinchingly loyal most of the minions of the Red Skull are to their horrible monster of a boss. Of course, most of them are almost as evil as him. The most notable example of this is Crossbones, who hero-worships Red Skull, searched constantly for him when Magneto abducted him and nursed him back to health despite Skull being on the verge of suicide, and made it his mission to kill and destroy as much of America as he could after Skull's apparent death.
  • Time may pass, and hearts may break, but Victor Fries will always be a married man.
  • In the Transformers: Shattered Glass universe, Starscream is not just loyal, but almost disturbingly devoted to the heroic Megatron.
  • Doctor Aphra is absolutely devoted to Darth Vader. Not just out of fear (though there is a fair helping of that), but also because she's a massive fangirl. She continues to serve him, even knowing that he'll probably eliminate her eventually; in fact, she fully expects it, and at the end of their first mission together outright tells him to do it because she's now too much of a security risk, calling him stupid to his face when he refuses.
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