Created By: pcw2727 on August 21, 2012 Last Edited By: pcw2727 on August 30, 2012

Gordon is Batman's Hero

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Sometimes incredibly cool badass heroic figures have heros of their own. Often these heros are actually more mundane then they are. A special forces soldier may admire an actor who played a special forces soldier in a movie which he enjoyed as a child. A Superhero may be inspired more then anything by ordinary citizens who do as much good as they can without the help of special powers.



In The Dark Knight Rises it's revealed that Jim Gordon isn't just Batman's friend and ally, from the moment in Batman Begins when Gordon tried to comfort Bruce Wayne when his parents died, Jim was Bruce's personal Hero

Western Animation

In the Batman: The Animated Series episode "Beware of the Grey Ghost" Batman reveals that his hero growing up was a fictional crime fighter known as The Grey Ghost. Batman retains a similar respect for the actor who played him.

Real Life

Many astronauts are huge fans of Star Trek and have a deep admiration for the fictional characters and actors who played them. Patrick Stewart commented on this irony at the Philadelphia Comic Con.

Community Feedback Replies: 16
  • August 21, 2012
    Good trope, this might need a better name (titles with character names are best avoided) though. The Heros Hero, perhaps?

    Compare The Real Heroes, where a Super Hero says that more mundane protectors of humanity (like doctors, policemen, etc) deserve more recognition but doesn't personally idolise a specific person.
  • August 21, 2012
    I like the name but unfortunately our policy is to discourage trope namers ;{

    I think [[Smallville]] probably counts: Clark's heroes are clearly his (adoptive) parents, the Kents.
  • August 21, 2012
    Hero's Hero might work, but it wouldn't maintain the same concept. We'd probably have to just mention something like "Sometimes it's The Real Heroes that the more epic heros idolize".
  • August 22, 2012
    Superman The Animated Series had Dan Turpin, who was very much remembered by everyone as a hero, especially by Superman after Darkseid used the Omega Beams to destroy Turpin from existence.
  • August 22, 2012
    • On Hercules The Legendary Journeys, Hercules has stated Iolaus to be his hero.

    • A 9/11 tribute from D/C Comics had Superman looking at a poster of firemen and paramedics and thinking "Wow...."
  • August 22, 2012
    I think this Needs A Better Title, but it could at least us a laconic.

    A Sister Trope to The Knights Who Say Squee.
  • August 23, 2012
    I'm going to provide a long quote from the book Growing Up Brady: I Was a Teenage Greg by Barry Williams, about his time on The Brady Bunch. You needn't use the whole quote, just summarize it as you will. Shorter version: even superfamous and powerful parents need to impress their kids with something besides what they usually do.
    [Following a story about a time when Henry Kissinger visited the set.] By now you must have asked yourself, "Why on earth would Henry Kissinger go out of his way to visit "The Brady Bunch?" The answer, quite simply, is tht he was trying to impress his daughter. She ws a big "Brady" fan, and when she asked her father if he might arrange for her to meet us, he simply made a phone call, blew off an afternoon full of globally significant meetings, and arranged for the visit. I still find it nothing short of amazing that a man who was arguably the single most powerful politician in the world needed "The Brady Bunch" to impress his kid - sort of an eerie commentary on the power of the tube and its significance on the lives of American children.
    An even more blatant example of the egregiously potent power of "The Bunch" came when astronaut James McDivitt appeared on the show in a cameo role. McDivitt had piloted both NASA's Gemini 4 and Apollo 9 missions, and he had been ot the moon, for chrissake; but when he got to our set, the first words out of his mouth were "Boy, being on "The Brady Bunch" is gonna make me a hero at my house."
    Scary, very scary.
  • August 29, 2012
    what's the difference between this and The Knights Who Say Squee?
  • August 29, 2012
    After reading that, I agree, this feels like The Same But More Specific.
  • August 29, 2012
    The Knights Who Say Squee has a poor name though...
  • August 30, 2012
    Gordon... Brown? Seriously, who IS this Gordon guy?
  • August 30, 2012
    Comissioner Gordon. If you know who Batman is, you know who Gordon is. Very few people do not know who Batman is.

    Nevertheless "The Policeman Is The Superheros Hero" might work.

  • August 30, 2012
    This is also a poor name, because of Trope Namer Syndrome, but it's better than The Knights Who Say Squee.

    Regardless, they're the same trope, right? So, discard this?
  • August 30, 2012
  • August 30, 2012
    Superhero Admires Mundane? Or maybe More Admirable Muggle?
  • August 30, 2012
    Routerie nails it: We already have the concept covered by the rather horribly-named The Knights Who Say Squee.