- If we don't save this city, who will?
- — Det. James Gordon src
Jim Gordon resided in the suburban area of Gotham during his childhood, the son of a successful, although corrupt, district attorney. After his father was killed in a car crash by a drunk driver, he joined the army and became a war hero while serving alongside Eduardo Dorrance. After returning to the city in which he had grown up in and becoming engaged to Barbara Kean, Jim joined the Gotham City Police Department as a rookie detective, and partner of the corrupt Harvey Bullock.
As his first case, Jim was assigned the murder of two of Gotham's wealthiest citizens, Thomas and Martha Wayne. He promised their son Bruce he would find their killer. This led him and Bullock to several leads finalizing in the murder of the then suspect, Mario Pepper. Later discovering that Pepper had been framed, Jim went on to interrogate mobster, Fish Mooney. After being held and restrained by Fish Mooney's men after offending her, he, along with Bullock, were rescued from death by Carmine Falcone, the head of one of the major crime families in Gotham.
To return the favor, Jim was assigned the duty of killing Oswald Cobblepot, a former employee of Fish Mooney who snitched to the police in an attempt to push Mooney out and take over her operation. Despite his, Barbara, and Bullock's lives depending on the murder, Jim faked Cobblepot's death under the condition that Cobblepot was to never come back to Gotham.
While at work one day, he became distracted when he spotted Barbara Kean at GCPD Headquarters. He pursued her as she had recently escaped from Arkham Asylum. However, he was attacked in the alleys. At the same time, Jerome Valeska lead an attack inside GCPD to kill several GCPD officers, including Sarah Essen.
Captain Nathaniel Barnes soon arrived as the new captain and quickly attempted to turn the department around. He immediately fired any officers who had histories in illegal dealings while on the job and pulled Jim in close to work with him. He recognized a military background and respected the discipline Jim demonstrated. Barnes shared with Jim how on his third tour of Iraq, he found himself in a difficult situation where he had placed a gun in a terrorist's mouth. His intentions were to scare the man but never thought he would shoot him. The next thing he realized, he had blown the man's brains out and was now guilty of murder. Barnes referred to this as his defining moment in realizing how laws separated humans from chaos. Jim soon found himself in a similar situation when serial killer, Eduardo Flamingo, was sent to kill him. After Eduardo killed four fellow officers, Jim finally subdued him and held a gun to his mouth. Remembering Barnes' story, he released Eduardo to other officers to be arrested and charged. However, Eduardo broke free and killed Officer Parks as well. Jim began questioning following the law and regretted his decision to not kill Eduardo when he had the chance.
- Peak Human Condition
- Peak Human Strength: Gordon was strong enough to lift a manhole cover by himself, break through Barbara Kean's restraints, break free from Marino's hold by kicking him back into the street, knock Zsasz out with a single punch to the face, punch off Jerome Gotham's severed face, push a large bookshelf onto the Hunter, kick Anubis several feet away from him, dislocate Professor Pyg's titanium plates surgically grafted onto the bones of his face with a punch, throw Griffin Krank's explosive robot, and keep his daughter from falling into a vat of acid by holding the rope hanging her,
- Peak Human Durability: When Riddler tortured Gordon with Une peine forte et dure, he was able to resist 50-350 pounds of pressure pressed against his ribs; however, Lee Thompkins noted that, as a healthy male adult, his ribs should be able to take about 450 pounds of pressure before they crack, which allowed him to survive falling from high up after trying to save the Balloonman. He also withstood a beating from Aaron Helzinger and the superhumanly strong Nathaniel Barnes, Mario Calvi and Bane, as well as survived being shot by Victor Zsasz twice, despite the latter being a hitman of the highest professional standards.
- Hand-to-Hand Combat (Advanced)
- Indomitable Will James fought against the effects of the Alice virus along hours until being cured; and,in a later event, broke free of the Scarecrow's Fear Toxin just by himself.
- Military Protocol: As a former solider, James is well versed in military tactics.
- Swordsmanship: James is able to defend himself against Ra's al Ghul's assassins.
- This version of the character is exclusive to the continuity of the television series Gotham and its tie-in webseries and shorts, Gotham Stories and Gotham: A City Gone Mad. It is an adaptation of James Gordon. The original character was created by Bill Finger and Bob Kane and first appeared in Detective Comics #27.
- James Gordon was portrayed by Ben McKenzie.
- 105 Appearances of James Gordon (Gotham)
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