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Real Identity: James "Jim" Gordon
Appearances (BTAS): The Cat and the Claw, The Cat and the Claw Part Two, On Leather Wings, It's Never Too Late, Joker's Favor, Pretty Poison, Nothing to Fear, Be a Clown, Appointment in Crime Alley, P.O.V., The Clock King, Eternal Youth, Two-Face, Two-Face Part Two, Fear of Victory, Vendetta, The Cape and Cowl Conspiracy, Perchance to Dream, Night of the Ninja, The Strange Secret of Bruce Wayne, Beware the Gray Ghost, I Am the Night, Almost Got 'Im, Moon of the Wolf, Christmas with the Joker, Heart of Steel, Heart of Steel Part Two, His Silicon Soul, Off Balance, What is Reality?, The Laughing Fish, Robin's Reckoning, Birds of a Feather, Robin's Reckoning Part Two, Blind as a Bat, Read My Lips, Fire From Olympus, Shadow of the Bat, Shadow of the Bat Part Two, Mask of the Phantasm, House and Garden, Trial, Harlequinade, Riddler's Reform, Baby Doll, Time Out of Joint, Harley's Holiday, Lock Up, Catwalk, Subzero, Holiday Knights, Cold Comfort, Growing Pains, World's Finest, Over the Edge, Critters, Cult of the Cat, Mad Love, Chemistry and Mystery of the Batwoman
Appearances (GG): Gotham in Blue, A Cat in the Hand, Jailhouse Wreck, No, I'm Batgirl!!!, Signal Fires, and Cold Hands, Cold Heart
Appearances (STAS): Knight Time
Appearances (SS): The Big Leagues, Hard as Nails and Future Shock
Appearances (BTAC Comics): Mentors Part 1, Mentors Part 2, The Darker Knight, Red Son Rising Part 1, Red Son Rising Part 2, Red Son Rising Part 3, Secret Santa, and Court Fight Part I
Skills: Criminology, Investigative and Organization
Voiced By: Bob Hastings
Lieutenant James Gordon moved to Gotham City from Chicago and raised his daughter, Barbara. Gordon served in the Gotham City Police Department, infamous for its corruption. He soon stood out for his principle and honesty. One of Gordon's first cases was to capture Gotham's urban legend, Batman. However, Gordon became a close friend and ally of Batman. Though Gordon doesn't approve of the vigilante nature of Batman's methods, he was keen enough to recognize the only way to maintain some sense of balance and order in Gotham was to allow an informal presence, operating outside of the law, to aid him.
Months later, Lieutenant Gordon presided over the murder of the Flying Graysons of Haley's Circus. Bruce Wayne stepped forward and offered to take a 10 year old Dick Grayson, until Tony Zucco, the culprit was arrested. Gordon kept in contact with Wayne, which indirectly helped keep Batman informed and aided his hunt for Zucco. He later was promoted to the position of Police Commissioner, the highest position in the Gotham City Police Department.
Three years later, Gordon successfully broke up a drug ring led by Jimmy Peake, the Jazzman. Since then, Peake nursed a grudge against Gordon and swore revenge. Six years later, Commissioner Gordon led another sting on Peake. However, it was a set up. A gunfight erupted. Batman arrived late and incapacitated Peake. However, Gordon was caught in the line of fire. He was rushed to Gotham General and survived the ordeal.
Gordon's top position in the Police Department has often made him a target to conspiracy. Gordon was one of the first to be kidnapped by the renegade artificial intelligence, HARDAC. Fortunately, his daughter Barbara inherited his intuition and unraveled the plan. Another time, the Riddler attempted to erase his former identity of Edward Nygma. The Riddler used a virtual reality death trap to kidnap Commissioner Gordon and distract Batman and Robin from discovering his real motive. Batman was able to outsmart Riddler and save Gordon before he suffered an induced heart attack in the VR simulation.
Gordon was a pawn in a plan hatched by Two-Face. Gordon and a gung ho Gil Mason were seemingly breaking up organized crime. However, Gil Mason was really allied with Two-Face. When his usefulness expired, Two-Face manipulated events so that Gordon was falsely arrested for taking bribes from Rupert Thorne. To make things worse, he was broken out of jail to further incriminate him. Two-Face planned to consolidate the gangs and work freely while Mason ascended to the Commissioner position. Batman, Robin and Batgirl intervened and cleared Gordon of his charges.
Commissioner Gordon continued on for several more years and managed to meet other super heroes in his tenure, whether he knew it or not, including Superman and Static. Gordon tried to negotiate with Scarface after he threatened to blow up the city with 50 pounds of CX-8000. He pointed out Scarface would blow himself up, too. Scarface assured him he had a helicopter coming for him and demanded to be paid. Batman and Robin intervened. Gordon observed Bullock's interrogation of Arnold Wesker. After Wesker proved to be a dead end, Gordon decided to canvas all of Scarface's known hideouts for the other half of the explosives. They were never found. Months later, as a favor, Gordon pulled Interpol's records on Deathstroke after he appeared in the city. He went over the files with Batman in his office and remarked there wasn't much but if half of them were true, he was one of the deadliest men to ever carry a weapon. Before asking Batman what his interest in Deathstroke was, Gordon already deduced Batman was gone. He remarked that some nights it didn't pay to even look.
Gordon and the police found Deathstroke on the roof a few nights later. They were all rendered unconscious with knock out gas then Deathstroke used the Batsignal to contact Batman. After taking Catwoman into custody, Gordon was concerned Batman requested a 24 hour guard for her. He stated trouble was already here in the form of Azrael. Following a battle at Amusement Mile, police and Batman went over the grounds. Commissioner Gordon informed Batman that Joker was seen on Jean Street, heading for the turnpike. Batman picked up a rod and lifted up a handgun. He deduced Joker had a visitor and it wasn't a friendly call. Gordon was present in the Iceberg Lounge while Batman and Penguin spoke about Red Hood kidnapping the Joker. On Christmas Eve, on Batman's signal, Robin contacted Commissioner Gordon and alerted him to Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy's Christmas party at the Iceberg Lounge. On New Year's Eve, at 6:36 pm, Gordon met with Batman and Robin on the GCPD roof. He informed them every lead on the Joker led nowhere. Batman later informed Gordon he and Robin deactivated the Joker's bomb just in time for New Year's.
Commissioner Gordon took Maureen Hill's statement after the assassination of Mayor Hill in their penthouse. Junior comforted her as Gordon asked her what the intruder looked like. She described the Talon as a hideous creature like Batman except with big eyes like an owl's. She remembered the terrible claws slashing and slashing then realized they still had to break the news to her youngest son, Jordan. Junior told her to rest and he would drive up to the school the next night to pick him up and tell him. Gordon tried to ask her one more thing but Junior cut him off, aghast because of the state she was in, and exclaimed the police and their "strongman" were supposed to be stopping these maniacs. Junior led Maureen away and stated his father gave his life to the city and didn't deserve a bloody tabloid death. Gordon admitted it was hard to remember when Hamilton Hill wasn't the mayor. He noticed Batman and inquired what he was looking at. Batman noted they were claw marks and wanted to take an impression. To his surprise, Batman turned around and felt as if someone was watching them from the next roof. Batman later hailed Gordon on comms to tell him to send an ambulance to Vreeland Manor.
Every New Years, Batman and Gordon met at a local diner for coffee to celebrate and redouble their efforts at keeping Gotham City in check. Batman always managed to pay the tab and slip away. Commissioner Gordon was also privy to the end of one of Gotham City's psychopaths, the Joker. Gordon was the only person besides Dr. Thompkins, to know of the details of what happened and swore to keep it secret. Eventually, Gordon retired only to be later succeeded by his daughter at some point.