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James Gordon was the Commissioner of the Gotham City Police Department and a stalwart supporter of the actions of Batman and Robin, the two of whom he considered the city's best defense against crime.

Gordon often doled out orders to his police chief, O'Hara, who held the Dynamic Duo in the same high regard as Gordon.

Gordon's family life was intrinsically tied to Batman's and Robin's, though both he and they were unaware of it. His daughter, Barbara, sometimes adventured as the masked hero, Batgirl. Gordon almost became the reluctant father-in-law to the Penguin, who sought to marry Gordon's daughter Barbara, thinking that having a family connection to the police commissioner might earn him immunity from the law. Thankfully, much to Gordon's delight, the wedding never took place.[1]


  • Cosmic Awareness: Commissioner Gordon has, at times, shown to be fully aware of being a fictional character, even breaking the Fourth Wall and directly talking to the viewer on a few occasions.[2][3][4]


  • Gordon is right-handed.[5]
  • In "Marsha's Scheme of Diamonds," Gordon mentions that he has a wife. This foreshadows the introduction of Barbara Gordon and hence Batgirl.



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