The Dark Knight Trilogy: Alfred Pennyworth [ISFJ]

Functional Order: Si-Fe-Ti-Ne

Perceiving Functional Axis:

Introverted Sensing (Si) / Extroverted Intuition (Ne)

Alfred is a valuable commodity to Bruce, since he pays attention to the smallest details, including ordering pieces for the Bat Suit en masse from the Chinese to cover up their tracks (larger orders are less suspicious than one or two smaller ones). Bruce trusts him to look after his assets in his absence, which Alfred faithfully does, maintaining a steady and unchanging lifestyle at Wayne Manor. He pays attention to protecting, maintaining, and preserving the Wayne family name, and points out that Bruce needs to be social in order to avert suspicion, and take up a “hobby” that might explain his mass injuries. He does not like change or to abandon the old traditions of his former masters, and often references how Bruce’s father used to do things, when insinuating how Bruce should do them (if it worked for one, it will work for another). Alfred has a somewhat apprehensive, negative view of the future (he urges Bruce to take “precautions” to “protect the people you love… I was actually talking about myself!”).

Judging Functional Axis:

Extroverted Feeling (Fe) / Introverted Thinking (Ti)

While Bruce focuses more on the people he cares most about, Alfred has a more universalistic Fe-based mindset of Bruce’s moral and personal responsibility to continue what his father started, and find ways to protect and serve the city of Gotham. Alfred calls Bruce out on his sullen, depressive, and selfish behavior, insinuating that he needs to think about more than his own feelings, but also the damage he is doing to the Wayne family name. He is forthcoming with his own emotions, showing disappointment on occasion for Bruce’s behavior and refuse to behave appropriately in social situations, a flicker of resentment that he has to “serve” Bruce’s lady friends on the yacht, etc. Alfred comforts Bruce as a child when he’s mourning the loss of his parents, by assuring him it is not his fault. He’s also a logical, practical man, as evidenced by his careful ordering of whatever Bruce needs, testing it for safety’s sake, and making arrangements to cover up his deeds.

Enneagram: 1w2 self-preservation

He is the moral center at the heart of Wayne Manor. Alfred is not above moralizing at his boss, reminding him of his responsibilities, or urging him to do the right thing. He sees how Bruce can improve and tries to push him in that direction, in an idealistic way. In the third film, when Bruce has given up on being Batman, Alfred calls him out on his moping and reveals that he burned Rachel’s letter in which she chose Harvey over him, to protect Bruce’s feelings. Alfred knows this will burn his bridges with Bruce, but it’s the only way to shake him out of his apathy back into being the hero Gotham needs. Alfred cautions him against premature action and recklessness; he calls him out on his flashy car chase with the police in the Batmobile; he warns him of the consequences if anyone finds out his identity; he conceals Bruce’s tracks; he tells him how to avert suspicion through adopting a persona of an immature, irresponsible party boy. His 2 wing is devoted to being helpful, forgiving of Bruce’s mistakes, and takes pride in his service.