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Commissioner Gordon
Commissioner Gordon
Name: James Gordon
Alias(es): Jim
The "Commish"
Affiliation: Gotham City Police Department
Rank: Commissioner
Children: Barbara Gordon
Portrayed by: Bob Hastings
First appearance: The Cat and the Claw Part I
Last appearance: Catwalk (cameo)
Appears in: 50 Episodes, 2 Films
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Commissioner James Gordon is the head of Gotham City's Police Department. He had only one child, a daughter named Barbara, who would go on to become a vigilante and ally of Batman's: Batgirl. Gordon was also unique amongst most of Gotham City's civic leaders due to his unquestionable trust of Batman, whom  others thought of as nothing more than a masked vigilante.


Gordon was revealed to have already rose to Head of Police when Batman first appeared in Gotham, and was first on the scene at the tragic deaths of John and Mary Grayson. He was inadvertently responsible for putting the young Dick Grayson in Bruce Wayne's custody, fostering the friendship that would become their partnership as Batman and Robin.

Professionaly, Gordon commanded enormous respect and loyalty from his officers, including Detective Harvey Bullock and Renee Montoya, though he often had to contend with Bullock's distrust of Batman. One time, he disagreed with Bullock after the detective unleashed a task force against Batman for the attacks on pharmaceutical companies in Gotham. In the end, Gordon was proven right when it was revealed that Batman wasn't responsible, but that it was Man-Bat, all along.[1] Gordon had to prevent Detective Bullock from fighting Batman once again after Batman was spotted by Bullock in a crime scene where Scarecrow had recently struck. Gordon's trust in Batman was rewarded when Crane was delivered to his office by Batman himself.[2]

Gordon was in charge of the investigation about the poisoning of Harvey Dent. He assigned Renée Montoya to guard Dent's room at the hospital and Harvey Bullock to interrogate the staff of the Rose Cafe.[3]

Some time later, Gordon was part of the investigation team on a failed bust. Gordon witnessed how Hackle, from Internal Affairs suspended the officers Montoya, Bullock and Wilkes. However, after Montoya and Batman solved the case, Gordon reinstated them and removed Hackle from the investigation.[4]

Gordon went to Mayor's Hill house after the incident with Jekko the clown and he found that the real Jekko has been tied down somewhere down the road and therefore the man posing as him was the Joker.[5] A few days later and under Gotham DA, Harvey Dent's instructions, Gordon organized a succesful raid to capture a great faction of Rupert Thorne's gang.[6]

As the Commissioner of Police of Gotham, Gordon was exposed to several attacks by some of the most well known criminals in Gotham. He was kidnapped by Joker,[7] and H.A.R.D.A.C., who later created a robot duplicant of Gordon himself.[8] He was also framed for corruption by Gil Mason and Two-Face[9] and he was trapped in a virtual reality world by Riddler.[10]

His daughter, Barbara, was also a skilled crime fighter. Although she was later trained by Batman, as Batgirl, on at least one occasion she credited her skills to being Gordon's daughter.

In an innumerable amount of cases, he and Batman shared information and formed a strong friendship. They had mutual respect for each other and Gordon often felt that Gotham would fall apart without Batman, whilst Batman thought that the city needed a man like Gordon watching over it 24/7. Despite their respect for each other, Batman still had an incurable habit of disappearing in the middle of Gordon's sentences, something which the Commissioner found very irritating "one of these days I'm gonna nail his feet to the ground".


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