Christopher Nakano is the Mayor of Gotham City who was elected in the aftermath of The Joker War. He is a good-hearted but misguided man who sees masks (vigilantes and villains alike) as inherently bad and aims to be rid of them; especially Batman himself. He sees his actions as being in good faith and for the better of Gotham City.

Origins

Nakano was a patrolman at the GCPD before running for mayor. He's been seen as one of the few good cops in the GCPD with how corrupt it is, being seen as always on the straight and narrow by his peers and Bruce Wayne himself. It is suggested that he helped the people more than the system, with average, everyday people having a liking towards him and caring for his safety.

The Joker War

During the onslaught of The Joker War when Nakano and his partner, Bart, were called in by Lucius Fox for a break in at Wayne Enterprises Record Storage Facility: The break in was by Batman, who was disarming a bomb that was planted by The Joker. When Nakano and his partner arrived on the scene, they were quick to assume that Batman was the one who broke into the building, shouting at him to put his hands up. Little did they know, as Nakano let Bart enter the scene first, the place was triggered to explode with one misstep.

In the impact of the explosion, Nakano's partner, Bart, was caught in the explosion and set on fire, quickly dying a painful death. Nakano survived by the help of Batman, who pushed him out of the impact of the explosion, only costing Nakano his left eye.

Despite this, Nakano pledged to his now-dead partner that he would seek justice for his death, blaming Batman and the Joker for Bart's death and the loss of his eye.[1]

Election

After having recovered from his injuries during The Joker War, Nakano ran the elections in Gotham to become the Mayor of Gotham City and help from a real level, instead of small-scale help in the GCPD, having quit the GCPD due to his injuries. His campaign centered around the outlawing of masks and banning vigilantes like Batman from roaming the streets and ultimately making Gotham worse. He attends a fundraising gala on a yacht to pitch himself to the one percent, where Bruce Wayne is also attending. He puts his reason forward for wanting to outlaw masks in that transparency is essential to ensuring injustice doesn't take route, and vigilantes like Batman can be held accountable for their actions. The boat, however, is boarded by theives who attempt to rob the rich people aboard the ship, and Nakano attempts to fight back before Nightwing arrives and clears the scene.[2]

However, Nakano is plagued by nightmares of the night his partner died, and is haunted by the memories. He wakes up after an intense nightmare, lashing out in anger, before he is comforted by his wife. It is here where it is revealed that Nakano's wife, Koyuki, is pregnant with their son.[3]

Nakano is approached by the Mirror, who, much like him, wishes to see masks be outlawed in Gotham, despite wearing a mask himself. The Mirror is a cult-like criminal who has been shaking up the anti-vigilante sentiment, inadvertently in Nakano's favour, and wants to work with Nakano to aid him in winning the election with a memory drive. Nakano shows his good-hearted intentions by outright refusing the Mirror's help, stating his discontent against working with the enemy, rather losing than be a corrupt mayor.[4]

To aid his lack of eye and remove the eyepatch, Nakano is due an appointment with a doctor to get a prosthetic eye, which he has cancelled twice and is encouraged by his wife to attend. He states that he has gotten used to wearing his eyepatch, comparing it to a mask where he can hide his real identity behind it, despite his beliefs, and finds comfort in it. Yet, he finds the eye he is given impressive, up until the point where he finds out Bruce Wayne had paid for him to get the upgraded prosthetic eye, demanding the eye be removed and smashing the eye to the ground in a panic, stating he refused to be controlled by the rich when he becomes mayor.[5]

Nakano wins the election with no influence by criminals or the rich, purely on his own terms. Despite this, he is shocked he won the election, and doesn't actually know how to proceed.[6]

A-Day

During the events of A-Day, Nakano was acting as both the Mayor and Commissioner, and had ordered his men to get contact with the guard inside, Sean Mahoney, however failing with Batman getting there first.[7] After this tragedy, Nakano began looking for a new commissioner, settling on Renee Montoya, who he has known for a long time since being a patrolman. She reluctantly agrees, knowing Nakano has been known to be a good man.[8]

Saint Industries

Nakano is approached by Simon Saint who owns Saint Industries and is working with The Scarecrow to pitch the Magistrate to the Mayor, stating it will be a private organization that can help the Vigilante threat with specialized men dealing with the masks, while the police can focus on regular crimes. Nakano politely leaves, but comments on his dislike of Simon Saint, requesting that the entire operation be shut down. After this, the Scarecrow had planted a scarecrow in his bedroom to send a message of fear to the Mayor, with Saint's blessing. This is to scare Gotham, and Nakano, into agreeing to the Magistrate.[9] Nakano inevitably invites Simon Saint to a speech where Mahoney is present, despite Nakano's past dislike of Saint.[10]

Meanwhile, after Saint had gotten Hugo Strange taken out of his holding facility, Nakano gives a speech welcoming Strange to Gotham City, setting up the S.A.F.E program, also known as Secure and Fearless Engagement Program, where Strange is supposedly supposed to help the criminals and clowns in Gotham.[11]

The Neighbourhood

Nakano is giving a speech at a fundraising event for the fifth time that month pitching his vision to the elites of Gotham when the party is crashed by the Party Crashers, who rob everyone of their phones, and Nakano is rushed into a safe area with his staff, two unnamed girls, Hue Vile and Neil. However, he refuses to leave without ensuring his guests are safe, but this doesn't matter as Batman arrives at the scene and clears it out before the S.W.A.T team arrives, enraging Neil over how incompetent their security is. Unknowing to Nakano, later that evening, Neil murders one of the elites, and Bruce Wayne's neighbour, Sarah Worth.[12]

Mayor Nakano gets a call about Sarah Worth's disappearance by both the police and by her father. The Worth family is a powerful family who built half of Gotham, and Nakano needs connections, so he promises to find his daughter and bring her home safe. Ultimately, she is found dead with Batman analysing her body, where he is the only suspect they have, and Batman appeared to injure an officer. Meanwhile at Nakano's office, Nakano scolds Neil for making mistakes in a report he wrote up, while Neil is nervous and shaking with an apparent headache, compared to his usual loud personality. Nakano assumes he is sick and had already attempted to send him home - Being refused. Nakano heads home, leaving Hue Vile and Neil alone, and Hue comforts Neil and reassures him that he's okay and that he will be back in a minute - While Neil pleas with him, telling Hue that 'it' is in his head.[13]


Abilities

  • Leadership: Having successfully become Mayor of Gotham and lead both the Police and his own taskforce, he has shown leadership skills.
  • Political Science
  • Markmanship: After being a GCPD officer, Nakano knows how to at least use a handgun.

Weaknesses

  • Missing Eye: Nakano lost his left eye during the Joker War.
  • PTSD: Nakano shows symptoms of PTSD back to when he lost his left eye and his partner, Bart, and it makes him irrational.


Weapons

  • Handgun


  • After meeting Simon Saint, he describes the feeling of something scratching at the back of his skull - The same feeling Batman describes in relation to fear toxin.[9]
  • Nakano lost his partner Bart and his left eye on Bruce Wayne's birthday.[1]

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