Arnold Flass was a corrupt detective in the Gotham City Police Department.

At one point, Arnold Flass and his co-workers began taking over drug businesses of those they caught, beginning his reign of corruption and power in the GCPD with people such as the Commissioner backing him.

Later Flass told Edward Nygma to back off and stop bothering Kristen Kringle. When Edward was still in ear shot, he heard Kristen tell Arnold that Nygma "is so weird."

When one of his drug dealers was unable to reach their quota, Arnold killed him as a message to the others. He calls it in as a "tip" from one of his contacts, and when Harvey Bullock and his partner James Gordon came in to investigate, he was quick to tell them that it must have been a drug deal gone bad. Jim, however, became convinced that the killer was a cop when his witness was killed in the precinct. One of his men, Derek Delaware, was caught in the act by Jim and was arrested, only to immediately be released and given a cover story by Flass. Bullock then later told Jim about Flass' corruption, making it very clear that Flass was protected, in hopes of getting him to drop the case. This only made Jim more determined to bust him for his crimes.

After approaching Oswald Cobblepot for help, Delaware ratted out Flass on tape and handed over the ice pick Flass used to murder the drug dealer and the witness. With this, Jim publicly arrested Flass, challenging the other cops to either help him or help the murderer in their midst. Flass was confident that no one would have the guts to arrest him, until a couple of the officers began to surround him. Their captain, Sarah Essen, then supported Jim and arrested Flass herself.

Due to Gillian Loeb's hold on Harvey Bullock, Arnold Flass was exonerated for his crime and reinstated in the Gotham City Police Department. When encountered by Gordon, he stated that he was like the Phoenix and would continue to rise. However, this "rising" was short-lived when Gordon discovered evidence of Loeb's daughter Miriam being responsible for her mother's death, and in exchange for silence, demanded Flass be put on trial and that Loeb endorsed Gordon for President of the Police Union rather than Flass as he had originally intended.

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