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17th Aug '16 5:39:31 PM ANTMuddle
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TheCommissionerGordon is a ReasonableAuthorityFigure who acts as an ally to the local SuperHero and provides the chief connection between the SuperHero and the official authorities. In other words, he's the one in charge of the BatSignal. He's often a police detective or commissioner, but mayors, district attorneys, and other government officials can fill the role too. Whatever his job, he'll be trying to do good through legal and mundane means, while the hero's methods will be more exotic, and possibly (though not necessarily) illegal.

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TheCommissionerGordon is a ReasonableAuthorityFigure who acts as an ally to the local SuperHero and provides the chief connection between the SuperHero and the official authorities. In other words, he's the one in charge of the BatSignal. He's often a police detective or commissioner, but mayors, district attorneys, and other government officials can fill the role too. Whatever his job, he'll be trying to do good through legal and mundane means, while the hero's methods will be more exotic, and possibly (though not necessarily) illegal. \n Expect him to go SteppingOutForAQuickCupOfCoffee at some point.



A related trope appears in PrivateDetective series, where the detective always has a FriendOnTheForce. Compare also to the InspectorLestrade, who brings seemingly unsolvable cases to the Great Detective, and TheBrigadier, when it is applied to a senior officer in the military.

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A related trope appears in PrivateDetective series, where the detective always has a FriendOnTheForce. Compare also to the InspectorLestrade, who brings seemingly unsolvable cases to the Great Detective, GreatDetective, and TheBrigadier, when it is applied to a senior officer in the military.
25th Jun '16 1:27:21 AM Morgenthaler
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* Mayor Blank from ''TheTick'' -- a relatively straight example, in a very weird world.

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* Mayor Blank from ''TheTick'' ''WesternAnimation/TheTick'' -- a relatively straight example, in a very weird world.



* Captain Fanzone from ''TransformersAnimated''. Okay, so he doesn't like machines much, but he's on their side, probably because they're rather more adherent to the law than Decepticons are.

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* Captain Fanzone from ''TransformersAnimated''.''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated''. Okay, so he doesn't like machines much, but he's on their side, probably because they're rather more adherent to the law than Decepticons are.



* ''MightyOrbots'' had Rondu, who was literally AFatherToHisMen because one of them was his ''daughter''!

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* ''MightyOrbots'' ''WesternAnimation/MightyOrbots'' had Rondu, who was literally AFatherToHisMen because one of them was his ''daughter''!
19th May '16 10:08:52 AM TrailblazerZeno
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* ComicBook/{{Batwoman}}, who has replaced Batman as the starring character in ''Detective Comics'', seems to be growing this relationship with Captain Maggie Sawyer, head of the Major Crimes Unit. They are still feeling out their relationship, having had only a single brief meeting while "on duty" as of ''Detective Comics #862'', but the scene was juxtaposed with Batman meeting with the ''real'' James Gordon to highlight the parallels. Of course, Maggie was previously seen hitting on [[SecretIdentity Kate Kane]] when the two met at a society ball, and their relationship subsequently spread into areas that Batman and Gordon never went.

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* ComicBook/{{Batwoman}}, who has temporarily replaced Batman as the starring character in ''Detective Comics'', seems seemed to be growing this relationship with Captain Maggie Sawyer, head of the Major Crimes Unit. They are still feeling out their relationship, having had only a single brief meeting while "on duty" as of ''Detective Comics #862'', but the scene was juxtaposed with Batman meeting with the ''real'' James Gordon to highlight the parallels. Of course, Maggie was previously seen hitting on [[SecretIdentity Kate Kane]] when the two met at a society ball, and their relationship subsequently spread into areas that Batman and Gordon never went.
27th Apr '16 3:26:39 PM Beacon80
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** Jean [=DeWolff=] approached Comicbook/UltimateSpiderMan as one of these. [[spoiler: Averted, as she's ultimately [[DirtyCop working for Kingpin]].]]


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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan'', George Stacy.
4th Feb '16 9:57:45 PM Cailleach
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* "The Mayor" from ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' -- A StupidBoss. His [[HypercompetentSidekick level-headed]] and SexySecretary, Miss Bellum, fits a bit more.

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* "The Mayor" The Mayor from ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' -- A StupidBoss. ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls''.
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His [[HypercompetentSidekick level-headed]] and SexySecretary, Miss Bellum, fits a bit more.this too.
27th Jan '16 3:56:57 PM nombretomado
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* Classic ''{{Superman}}'' had Inspector Henderson (originally from the radio series, then the George Reeves TV series, before becoming a CanonImmigrant). The current version (and [[SupermanTheAnimatedSeries the animated series]]) has Inspector Maggie Sawyer and Lieutenant-Inspector Dan Turpin of the Metropolis Special Crimes Unit.

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* Classic ''{{Superman}}'' ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' had Inspector Henderson (originally from the radio series, then the George Reeves TV series, before becoming a CanonImmigrant). The current version (and [[SupermanTheAnimatedSeries [[WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries the animated series]]) has Inspector Maggie Sawyer and Lieutenant-Inspector Dan Turpin of the Metropolis Special Crimes Unit.
8th Dec '15 9:46:33 PM zoop
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* Aaron Brooks in ''Literature/{{Relativity}}.'' The various police officers who work under him tend to vary between being pro- and anti-superhero.
29th Oct '15 11:34:51 AM Tork
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** Gordon's grandson gets in the act in ''ComicBook/BatmanYearOneHundred''
19th Oct '15 5:50:52 AM StFan
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* {{Shadow Hawk}} from ''Website/EpicTales'' has Lt. Luke Bennet.

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* {{Shadow Hawk}} Shadow Hawk from ''Website/EpicTales'' has Lt. Luke Bennet.
15th Oct '15 12:17:23 PM DaibhidC
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* ComicBook/{{Batwoman}}, who has replaced Batman as the starring character in ''Detective Comics'', seems to be growing this relationship with Captain Maggie Sawyer, head of the Major Crimes Unit. They are still feeling out their relationship, having had only a single brief meeting while "on duty" as of ''Detective Comics #862'', but the scene was juxtaposed with Batman meeting with the ''real'' James Gordon to highlight the parallels. Of course, considering that Maggie was previously seen hitting on [[SecretIdentity Kate Kane]] when the two met at a society ball, their relationship might spread into areas that Batman and Gordon never went.

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* ComicBook/{{Batwoman}}, who has replaced Batman as the starring character in ''Detective Comics'', seems to be growing this relationship with Captain Maggie Sawyer, head of the Major Crimes Unit. They are still feeling out their relationship, having had only a single brief meeting while "on duty" as of ''Detective Comics #862'', but the scene was juxtaposed with Batman meeting with the ''real'' James Gordon to highlight the parallels. Of course, considering that Maggie was previously seen hitting on [[SecretIdentity Kate Kane]] when the two met at a society ball, and their relationship might subsequently spread into areas that Batman and Gordon never went.


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* Police Chief Francis X Riordan in Literature/KimNewman's superhero deconstruction "[[http://johnnyalucard.com/fiction/online-fiction/coastal-city/ Coastal City]]" is Commissioner Gordon to ''all'' the heroes of Coastal City, with his personality altering to fit their stories (in particular, he turns into a buffoonish J. Jonah Jameson when dealing with Gecko Man).
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