Alfred Pennyworth, Batman series
Why he was wise: The venerable old butler played by a long line of formidable actors, including Alan Napier, Michael Gough, and now Michael Caine (pictured, right, with Christian Bale) never lets loyalty to his vigilante master interfere with common sense. Caine's Alfred is quick with a bon mot, a soft touch when need be, and he is always, always right (even if Bruce doesn't immediately grasp the truth).
Wise words: ''Some men aren't looking for anything logical, like money. They can't be bought, bullied, reasoned, or negotiated with. Some men just want to watch the world burn.'' Lanford Beard