The 5 Best Gentlemen In Comics

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Comics might be about the heel turn these days, but there’s still a bunch of blokes in their various worlds that insist on proper etiquette and their honour, no matter the situation. They might not have the smartassery of Deadpool or Iron Man’s irreverent banter, but here’s a list of gentleman that remain stoic and chivalrous to the very end.

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1. Alfred Pennyworth, DC Comics

There was never going to be anyone else topping this list - and for good reason. Alfred Pennyworth is the quintessential butler type; always there to serve a meal (or a cheeky bev, when the need arises), give health advice and keep Bruce Wayne in check, but it’s more than that.

The man literally became a foster parent for Bruce after his employers passed away, trusted with the biggest secret that Bruce will ever have, and he is the archetype of an English gentleman. Besides, he keeps the bat from going batty and always looks smart - now that’s a true gent.

2. Captain America, Marvel Comics

Raised in the 40s and frozen for decades, Captain America has maintained a gentlemanly attitude for as long as he’s been in popular culture. He’s a natural leader of the Avengers, embodies all the best characteristics of the time, doesn’t cuss (much) and is the ultimate paragon of virtue. Above all, he’s charming and kind. So really, what more can you ask for?

And hey, even in the more recent iterations (thank you, Marvel Cinematic Universe), his brand of gentleman stays strong. Spoiler alert, but there’s really nothing sweeter and more gentlemanly than twisting time itself to go back for a dance with Peggy.

3. Gary ‘Eggsy’ Unwin, Marvel Comics

Despite being brought up with a less-than-gentlemanly attitude, Eggsy earns himself a spot on this list simply because his character arc in the Kingsman comics displays just how innate his courage, chivalry and honour really is. It shows that you don’t have to be brought up a certain way, or live within a certain means, in order to be a gentleman - because nobody has time for classism, thanks.

You’re probably more familiar with the film series (and sure, in that iteration you’d probably lean more towards Colin Firth’s Galahad as the top tier of gentlemanly goodness), but the comics are well worth a look too. And remember: the cornerstone of any gentleman’s look are oxfords, not brogues.

4. Charles Xavier, Marvel Comics

Not only is Charles Xavier an incredibly powerful mutant in the X-Men universe, he’s also a total gentleman and proper English professor. He exudes gentlemanly characteristics like honour, chivalry and loyalty, and the mere fact that he runs not just a school, but a refuge for marginalised children… well, it says it all really.

Besides, this fellow can literally read anyone’s mind but you don’t see him going around abusing that power or being a dick about it, so there’s definite points there. Still don’t agree? The man rocks a suit.

James Bond, Dynamite Entertainment

If you ask someone to summon up an image for a gentleman, chances are they’ll describe the inimitable James Bond - and while you’re probably thinking, “surely he wouldn’t count given that he’s more known for the films and books,” there’s an entire series of comics that aren’t based on the film’s source material - SO IT COUNTS.

From the Aston Martins to the suits, James Bond is the flag bearer of gentlemanly tropes in mass media and despite his predilection for the occasional ungentlemanly dalliance with Bond girls, he’s still the first fellow to swim to mind, so we’ll give him a pass - just this once.


I’m sure there’s plenty of other super gentlemanly characters out there in the comic world (some taking super in the literal sense there, too), but these are just some that come to mind. Picture them, dressed up in a suit, drink in hand, hair kept neat - the picture of gentlemanly goodness.

Maybe they’re opening a door for you, or just protecting you from evil (as you do), but either way, these fellows are undeniably gentlemen in their own right.


Comments

    ENDGAME SPOILER:

    Very gentleman-ly of him to go back to bang his old flame while his best friend is forced to work as a Russian assassin (and kills Howard Stark no less) and Hydra infiltrates SHIELD. Best not mess with the timeline too much Steve stopping those things happening, but you know, making myself happy is just fine..

    Pfft.. and to think I cheered when you lifted Mjolnir.. You wouldn't be worthy now!

      to think I cheered when you lifted Mjolnir At that point, he was worthy. Doesnt mean he stayed worthy...

      I think Stark was worthy as well personally. If you look at every Avengers movie, it was Stark that made the hard choice to risk his life and save the day. Going through the wormhole in Avengers 1 (with a nuke at that), trying to destroy the city in Ultron to stop global destruction, taking off into space to find Thanos in Infinity War (and effectively trying to solo him on Titan), and using the stones in Endgame (knowing it'll kill him).

      Somewhere in all that it should be clear that he was able to make the self sacrifice needed, and likely be worthy. Wouldnt THAT have been a scene? Stark, wielding Mjolnir AND the gauntlet.

        Except Captain America went into another dimension and lived through a different timeline not the current present one (as that would contradict the rules of time travel they set up, then proceed to ignore...) (oh and I think the dimension explanation is stupid, but that's what the Russo's came out and said afterwards when questioned... doesn't really explain how he managed to jump back to the original timeline... they said he used the pym particle again... but how did he jump back across dimensions with no machine to steer him?).

        So in that alternate dimension, he could've stopped all of that from happening. We don't know because it's a completely different timeline/universe. One can assume Steve just didn't sit back and let that stuff happen (yet again.... Russo's said the alternate dimension explanation... don't bite my head off for it).

          Yeah, not saying Steve stayed worthy, just that he was worthy at that point. Its not a permanent thing, and someone can lift it at one point and not others. Thats the core basis behind Steve (and most others that have lifted it) lifting it in most of Marvel lore. He was worthy enough during Endgame to lift Mjolnir. But in the comics clearly not at other points.

          What he does after that might stop him from lifting it later, but until he stops being worthy, its game on. Thats all I'm saying. As for what he might do in that alternate timeline, I suspect we'll find out eventually. Its too obvious a hole to leave alone, and a lot of the talk since Endgame has heavily hinted at the multiverse being a part of the MCU going forward.

          Given a lot of the baddies worse than Thanos deal with the multiverse, I think its the most likely option. Its also a convenient way to introduce mutancy into the lore, when they've clearly avoided that until now. For example, have Fantasic Four and the X-Men operate in different timelines, and have them come over for the next Avengers arc.

            The new Spiderman trailer literally mentions multi verses exist now post the snap, so it's definitely going to be a part of the next phase. I'd be guessing as Spiderman is the last phase 3 movie, there'll be an after credit scene setting up the X-Men, Fantastic Four, Galactus, Dr Doom etc etc

              Yeah, I know. If YOU hadnt seen it though, I didnt want to spoil it :) But that, and what the Russo's have also said really do seem to confirm it.

              Having said that, Mysterio lies (a lot) so theres a chance the multiverse reveal in the Spidey trailer is rubbish. When I saw the trailer I thought that was a massive thing to release, so I wonder what twist there is on it.

              I really doubt its false, but because Mysterio is front and center its still most likely not all as it seems.

              Not sure they'll fully set up X-Men, FF, etc either as Spidey was finished before the whole Fox thing was 100% so if its there its in there late. They dont really need to though (obv they have plans), just hint at it. Anything specific on them would probably have been rushed in late. Though a 5 second shadow of Wolverines claws extending wouldnt be hard to add.

              Whatever they have in store (if anything) should be interesting though. Looking forward to it myself.

      You are making the mistake of believing that time travel in the MCU works within the same timeline. This was explicitly debunked in Endgame: Time travel creates an alternate timeline. Now, knowing Cap, let's try to assume the best about the timeline he created last (the one where he stayed):

      Cap reunites with Peggy. She's already an officer in what later would be S.H.I.E.L.D. He warns her that they have been infiltrated by Hydra and that Armin Zola is conducting his own experiments within their own facilities. They expose the whole thing open before it gets to the highest ranks. They find Bucky and save him. He doesn't kill the Starks. Tony doesn't become a weapon manufacturer. He lives a happy life with Peggy. Peggy dies of natural causes in 2016. At some point after that, Cap returns to the main timeline and has Bucky set up his meeting with Sam.

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