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Characters: The Dark Knight Saga Gotham City Administration
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Commissioner James "Jim" Gordon (previously Lieutenant, previously Sergeant)
"I don't get political points for being an idealist; I have to do the best with what I have."
Intelligent, thoughtful and a believer in real justice, Jim Gordon is one of the few honest cops in Gotham. These qualities make him a close and valuable ally of Batman. With Batman's help, he rises steadily through the ranks of the GCPD, eventually becoming Commissioner.
- Badass: When Bane sends two mooks with shotguns to kill you when you're lying injuried in a hospital bed, you qualify. Even more so when you kill them instead.
- Being Good Sucks: A Motive Rant in Rises describing the police force's rules as 'shackles' that 'let the bad guy get ahead'.
- Benevolent Boss: As Da Chief he is uncorrupted and working to enforce the law.
- By-the-Book Cop: As by the book as you can get in Gotham, anyway.
- The Commissioner Gordon: Trope Namer.
- Determinator: Does getting shot stop him from opposing Bane? NO.
- Et Tu, Harvey?: Naturally his reaction when he discovers that Harvey had becomes Two-Face.
- Face Death with Dignity: In The Dark Knight Rises when Scarecrow gave him the choice of death or exile, and he was surrounded by League of Shadows members, he chose death. Fortunately, Batman intervened.
- Friend on the Force: Is this for Batman; especially in Batman Begins when most of the police do not trust Batman at all.
- Good Is Not Soft: Unlike Batman, he's got no problems using guns or lethal force.
- Good Parents: Shown to be one for his son in The Dark Knight. Harvey uses this against him by threatening to kill his son if his coin toss tells him to.
- Unfortunately, his wife left him and took the kids after the events in The Dark Knight as noted in Rises, partially for covering up Harvey's crimes.
- Internal Reformist: His target is Gotham PD.
- Knight in Sour Armor: A big one, especially in the first movie.
- Megane: Gary Oldman rocks those glasses.
- My Greatest Failure: Two. Allowing Rachel and Harvey to be kidnapped by the Joker, and pinning the blame for Two-Face's murders on Batman.
- Papa Wolf: He jumps into action when Two-Face naps his son.
- Parental Substitute: To some of his cops, especially Blake.
- Pride Beforea Fall: Subverted. He doesn't die, but after succeeding in bringing the Joker in, he is applauded for it by the department, unaware that the Joker wanted to be arrested. Needless to say, this shortly comes to bite him back; hard.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: In Begins Bruce calls him a "good cop; one of the few".
- Secret Keeper: Batman reveals his identity to Gordon near the end of The Dark Knight Rises.
- Specs of Awesome: They certainly don't decrease his badass-ery.
- Stoic Spectacles: He keeps his cold at all times except for one notable scene in Rises. However, in The Dark Knight, he lost his cool when arguing to Harvey about Lau on the rooftop of MCU and also him trying his best to keep his cool while Two-Face held his family hostage at gun point.
- Two First Names: Much like in the comics.
- Unwitting Pawn: Practically all his choices in The Dark Knight, from using corrupt cops to putting Lau in the MCU to shipping the convicts across in the ferries (and possibly even Harvey Dent Day) play right into the Joker's hands and, by proxy, those of the League of Shadows.
"Bruce... don't make me your only hope of a normal life."
"Harvey, you're Gotham's D.A. If you're not getting shot at, you're not doing your job."
Bruce's childhood friend turned attorney, Rachel is a crusader for justice on the strictly legal side of the law. She's eventually murdered by the Joker and his henchpeople.
- Awful Truth: Rachel leaves a letter with Alfred, shortly before she dies. The letter reveals that Rachel would rather be with Harvey than Bruce. Alfred burns the letter to hide this from Bruce but admits to what he did in Rises shortly before leaving Bruce.
- Brainy Brunette: Rachel is smart, capable and intelligent. She is an attorney.
- Canon Foreigner: She doesn't exist in the comics.
- Childhood Friend: To Bruce. Bruce and Rachel have been friends since Bruce younger years. They remained close throughout their adulthood and eventually, their romantic feelings for each other strengthened and deepened over time.
- Damsel in Distress: Once in Batman Begins and again in The Dark Knight. The second time doesn't end well.
- Final Speech: Subverted when Rachel tries to comfort Harvey over a phone line...and then the building she is in explodes.
- Groin Attack: Gives The Joker one, but The Joker enjoys it.
- Hello Attorney: She's quite hot, and a lawyer. Do the maths.
- Hot Chick in a Badass Suit: Her standard attire.
- Killed Mid-Sentence: See Final Speech.
- The Lost Lenore: For both Wayne and Dent.
- Love Interest: Seems to be one for Bruce in Batman Begins but Rachel can't fully get over Bruce being Batman and not as she remembered him when they were young. In The Dark Knight, she's moved on and is now Harvey Dent's Love Interest. Then she is blown up by The Joker, making Harvey go on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge at least partly due to her.
- Love Triangle: Rachel was the object of affection for both Bruce Wayne and Harvey Dent in The Dark Knight. Rachel chooses Harvey over Bruce but is tragically killed before Bruce discovered that Rachel had chosen Dent over him. Alfred keeps the truth from Bruce for eight years, becoming one of the reasons why he turns into a recluse.
- The Other Darrin: Played by Katie Holmes in Batman Begins, then by Maggie Gyllenhaal in The Dark Knight and a brief cameo in The Dark Knight Rises.
- Nice Girl: One of the few characters who is idealistic, caring and does not have major psychological problems.
- Patient Childhood Love Interest: To Bruce. Rachel has always loved Bruce (and vice versa) but she didn't start to pursue Bruce romantically until adulthood, although Bruce and Rachel were very close during childhood.
- Plucky Girl: Despite her grim surroundings, she's determined to clean up Gotham.
- Unlucky Childhood Friend: To Bruce. Bruce has loved Rachel since they were children and were close friends since childhood.
Harvey "Two-Face" Dent
"It's not about what I want, it's about WHAT'S FAIR!"
"You either die a hero, or live long enough to see yourself become the villain."
Played by: Aaron Eckhart
A high powered district attorney that is trying to help bring down the criminal empire in Gotham. However, a tragic incident caused by the Joker in the middle of the film changes his mindset and causes Harvey to go after those he deems responsible for his misfortune. While trying to kill Gordon's son, Batman intervenes and causes them all to fall from a building. Batman and Gordon's son are able to hang on, but Harvey is killed outright.
- Abusive Parents: According to the novelization, his father was very abusive towards him. In fact, the Double-headed coin he inherited from his father was the same one his father often used to decide whether to give him a beating or not. As it was actually a double headed coin, it's obvious that he was never given any sense of mercy.
- The Ace: He's like Bruce+Batman-trauma and scariness.
- Broken Ace: To the public, he is the handsome, perfect, legally operating DA. But Harvey is actually disliked by the rest of the police force due to his unrealistically high standards and the level of corruption in Gotham. Even Gordon finds working with Harvey difficult. Batman and Rachel are the only people who like him as both a person and colleague.
- Adaptation Dye Job: He's black-haired or brunet in the comics.
- All There in the Manual: The novelization expands on his character: Batman decides to do some sleuthing on Harvey Dent to see whether the DA is as perfect as the public thinks. Bruce finds that Harvey was beaten as a child by his abusive father, a former cop who, through his police connections, could avoid being arrested for his domestic violence.
- Anti-Villain: Type II (post-Face Heel Turn).
- Awful Truth: No one knows it was Harvey who murdered 4 people and tried to kill a child... until Bane spills the beans eight years later in Rises.
- Badass: He's nowhere near as fight-savvy as most of the other characters, but he definitely has nerves of steel, such as facing a gun-wielding mobster head-on and knocking him out, then using himself as bait to lure out the Joker. When he becomes Two-Face, he willingly causes a car crash in a car he was in just to kill Maroni.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Revenge turns even the nicest person into something they never thought they would ever become.
- Black and White Morality: Deconstructed. Harvey's rigid moral code tends to make him insufferable to work with.
- Blond Guys Are Evil: However, he wasn't evil until his awful tragedy. At that point he was Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold.
- Break the Badass: When he learns that Rachel died.
- Combat Pragmatist: This short exchange sums it up:
Two-Face: (flips "heads") ...You're a lucky man.
Two-Face: (flips again, landing on "tails") But he's not.
- Comic Book Movies Don't Use Codenames: The name "Two-Face" is only mentioned once, as a derogatory nickname given to Harvey before his transformation.
- Dark Secret: Harvey embodies this trope in a way, if Gotham ever found out their "White Knight" had murdered 4 people and tried to kill a child, it could let hundreds of criminals back on the street and destroy the city's spirit. Which is exactly what Bane has in mind.
- Death by Adaptation
- Despair Event Horizon: Rachel's death is what causes him to take justice into his own hands.
- Disney Villain Death: How he dies at the end of the second film.
- Evil Counterpart: What Bruce could turn into if he ever lost his grip on sanity.
- Evil Former Friend: Towards Wayne and Gordon.
- Evil Is Visceral: His burned face.
- Face Heel Turn: After Rachel dies, he kills four people and nearly kills Gordon's son all on the basis of coin flips.
- Facial Horror: After an explosion caused by The Joker burns half his face off.
- Fallen Hero: After he loses Rachel, half his face and is visited by Joker in the hospital for a little therapeutic talk.
- Fashionable Asymmetry: A dark variant when he goes back for his half-burned suit.
- Four Temperament Ensemble: Choleric (Shares this with Bane.)
- Freudian Excuse: The reason why he is so determined to root out corruption within the Police Department was because he was beaten as a child by his father; since his father was an ex-cop, the police never did anything about it.
- Further compounded by Rachel's death and losing half his face.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: At first, before his Face Heel Turn.
- Heartbroken Badass: After Rachel's death.
- Hello Attorney: Played by Aaron Eckhart, this was inevitable.
- Heroic BSOD: All the scenes in the hospital after he finds out what happened are just him on his bed, staring blankly at the ceiling.
- He Who Fights Monsters: He Foreshadows this with the aforementioned quote above.
- I Am the Batman: Did this to save Batman's skin in the middle of the film; was eventually released after they found out he lied.
- Internal Reformist: He's working inside the Justice Department.
- Jade-Colored Glasses: Courtesy of Rachel's death.
- Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: When he becomes a Knight Templar his sense of morality gets screwy.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: His Pistol Whipping of Anna Ramirez.
- Killed Off for Real: At the end of the second film.
- Knight in Shining Armor: Discussed, as he's referred to as "Gotham's white knight", but ultimately becomes a Knight Templar after giving in to his desires for revenge.
- Lantern Jaw of Justice: That square heroic chin.
- Large Ham: Occasionally lapses into this. The picture quote is a good example, but there are other moments.
(Harvey is interrogating one of the Joker's thugs by threatening to shoot him if he doesn't talk)
Joker's Thug: You wouldn't.
) I WOULDN'T!!
(Batman has just confessed that he's turning himself in so that no more people will get killed by the Joker to flush him out)
You can't. You can't give in. YOU CAN'T GIVE IN
Harvey: Who picked up Rachel, Wuertz?
Wuertz: Must have been Maroni's men.
Harvey: SHUT UP!
- Late Arrival Spoiler:
- Same deal as Ducard. Harvey Dent's transformation into Two-Face is inevitable in every adaptation, but it's still a major revelation about two-thirds into the film.
- Lawman Gone Bad: After the Joker is done with him.
- Love Makes You Evil: Rachel's death is what causes him to become Two-Face.
- The Messiah: He's noble, heroic, and has wide spread public support. His campaign solgan is "I believe in Harvey Dent."
- Misplaced Retribution: Threatens to kill Gordon's son if a coin flip says so.
- To a lesser extent with Maroni where it's never really clear how much he was involved in Rachel's death. Of what we see of him, his affiliation with the Joker is very, very reluctant at best.
- Nice Guy: As Harvey Dent.
- No Hero to His Valet: He berates Gordon, one of the only honest cops in Gotham, for working with the rest of the corrupt police force even though the only other alternative is Batman.
- Pay Evil unto Evil: His entire M.O., specifically when he shoots Wuertz.
- Posthumous Character: In Rises.
- The Power of Legacy: Batman takes the blame for Harvey's crimes so Gotham can still have a hero who will inspire hope and faith.
Batman: Gotham needs its true hero.
- Revenge Before Reason: After Rachel's death he forgets all of his noble ambitions and focuses on revenge.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Four people and collateral damage.
- Sanity Slippage: Following The Joker's Break Them By Talking, he decides to take justice into his own hands.
- Slasher Smile: Owing to his facial scarring, he ended up doing this when holding Gordon's son hostage.
- Split Personality: Averted; unlike other incarnations of the character, this Two-Face doesn't have one. Instead, he becomes more unhinged after Joker's had his fun with him.
- Tragic Villain: His fall from grace is the end result of one tragedy after another until his mind broke.
- Vigilante Man: Runs around killing people connected to Rachel's death.
- Villain By Proxy Fallacy: During his rampage post-Face Heel Turn, he goes around antagonizing the people he felt were culpable in Rachel's death. Including Commissioner Gordon, who was just about to save her had it not been for the building literally blowing up in his face. Jesus Christ, Harvey. Can't you be a little more forgiving?
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Even after his Face Heel Turn he's all about fairness but there's no arguing that 'life or die' based on a coin toss is extreme.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Even before the Joker got his hands on him, he had a hard life as he was being abused by his dad and the police secretly treated him like dirt when he finally got his job as DA. THEN the film starts.
- Would Hit a Girl: Knocks out Anna Ramirez with a pistol smack to the face when she gets a "good" coin toss.
- Would Hurt a Child: It was pretty obvious that he was thinking of doing this to Gordon's son at the end of The Dark Knight if the coin toss came up bad.
"Falcone has half the city bought and paid for."
Played by: Larry Holden
Harvey Dent's predecessor as Gotham City's District Attorney and Rachel's boss. Though honest, he's aware that the corruption of the city prevents him from successfully going against mob bosses like Falcone.
Played by: Gerard Murphy
A corrupt Gotham City judge, on Carmine Falcone's payroll.
Mayor Anthony Garcia
"Go home, Gordon. The clown'll keep till morning."
"Are you up to it? You better be. They get anything back on you, those criminals will be back on the streets...followed swiftly by you and me."
Played by: Nestor Carbonell
Gotham City's young and cynical mayor. He's targeted for assassination by The Joker
Played by: Nydia Rodriguez Terracina
A Gotham City judge who is one of the few people who dare stand up against the mob.
Commissioner Gillian B Loeb
"No one takes the law into their own hands in my city. Understand?"
Played by: Colin MacFarlane
The bullheaded and no-nonsense Gotham City Police Commissioner. Loeb is an honest man, but views Batman as a dangerous vigilante. He is eventually killed by the Joker with a poisoned glass of alcohol.
Detective Arnold Flass
"Maybe you'd like to see some excessive force!"
"Don't suppose you want a taste? I just keep offering, thinking maybe some day you'll get wise."
Played by: Mark Boone Junior
A highly corrupt cop and Gordon's partner. He works on Carmine Falcone's payroll, to the point where he even acts as muscle for the mobster.
- Beard of Evil: Not very well kept.
- The Brute: He even offers Falcone to kill Rachel himself.
- Composite Character: Although he is named after a character from the comics (who is also a corrupt cop), and his personality is about the same, his appearance and manners is more indicative of Harvey Bullock.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Dirty Cop
- Dirty Coward
- Fat Slob
- Genre Savvy: He's not bright, but when Batman attacks the scene of one of Falcone's shipments, he tells him to bail immediately and does so himself.
- Jabba Table Manners
- Karma Houdini: Although marketing material reveals that Flass was suspended after Harvey Dent uncovered his corruption, he still gets to walk free at the end of the day.
- Then again, anyone who is on the receiving end of an attack from Batman isn't a full Houdini. He also got driven nuts (albeit temporarily) in the film's climax.
- Kick the Dog: He takes money from a poor falafel vendor, even after the vendor says he has kids to feed.
- Police Brutality
Detective Gerard Stephens
"I'm a twenty-year man. I can tell the difference between punks who need a little lesson in manners, and the freaks like you who'd just enjoy it."
An experienced GCPD detective, Stephens is an honest cop and has a place among Gordon's most trusted.
Detective Anna Ramirez
"You're the reason these men are dead!"
"He can't resist showing us his face."
Played by: Monique Gabriela Curnen
A rookie officer and one of Gordon's most trusted cops. She later proves to have been corrupted long before the Joker's Sadistic Choice, to help with her mother's medical bills. She turns Rachel Dawes over to the Joker's men.
- Bad Cop/Incompetent Cop: Quite possibly on purpose.
- Canon Foreigner
- Chekhov's Gunman
- Dirty Cop: Mostly because that was the only thing she could do to allow her mom's medical bills to work. It's also foreshadowed earlier with her looking guilty when letting Dent into the car that would hold him hostage.
- Expy: Of Renee Montoya, albeit also a crooked and far less competent version.
- Fair Cop
- Freudian Excuse: She became a dirty cop later into the film when it became apparent that if she didn't, her mom's medical bills won't be paid off and thus likely result in her death.
- Hot Blooded
- Karma Houdini: All she gets in The Dark Knight for helping Joker's plans is a Pistol Whipping from Harvey Two-Face.
- Sadistic Choice: See Freudian Excuse.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: It's never entirely explained how they are able to cover up Dent's actions while Ramirez is still alive, knowing what she knows.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Gives one to Batman. She does it to cover up for her own responsibility. Even though she praised him in Batman: Gotham Knights (though admittedly the canon of it is debatable and she didn't appear to be crooked in that particular work.
Detective Michael Wuertz
"The investigation is on-going."
Played by: Ron Dean
An older detective and a member of Gordon's Major Crimes Unit. He later proves to be corrupt, turning Harvey Dent over to the Joker's men, and is subsequently shot in the head by Harvey in a bar.
- Asshole Victim
- Bad Cop/Incompetent Cop: He seems incredibly lazy more than anything.
- Boom, Headshot: Possibly, given that Two-face seemed to be aiming that revolver right at his head when we hear the shot.
- Canon Foreigner
- Chekhov's Gunman
- Dirty Cop
- Expy: Of Harvey Bullock. Until it's learned that he's crooked and sent Rachel to the mob. He gets killed by Two-Face for it.
- Kicked Upstairs: He has apparently been promoted to finding Batman's true identity early in the film. Although the "suspects"note were completely bogus, implying that Gordon or one of the higher ups ensured he wouldn't bundle any cases.
Played by: Philip Bulcock
Another of Gordon's detectives
Detective Robin John Blake
"Don't you want to know who he was?"
"When you cleaned up the streets, you've cleaned them good. Pretty soon we'll be chasing down over-due library books."
A young cop who Gordon takes under his wing, seeing him as representative of the idealism people like him and Batman have lost.
- Badass: Progressively more so as he takes on mooks and uncovers Bane's operation. Bruce deemed him badass enough to be his replacement as Batman.
- By-the-Book Cop: At the beginning of the film. He is displeased when the officers switch from chasing Bane to Batman during the car chase that follows Bane's attack on the Stock Exchange floor, and extremely angry when it is revealed that Gordon knowingly lied in charging Batman with murder, rather than Batman framing himself.
- Broken Pedestal: He follows Gordon's instructions to the letter until it is revealed that Gordon knew Batman was innocent all along. Blake cannot understand why Gordon would pin the blame for five murders on an innocent man, especially Batman, and leaves in anger.
- Calling the Old Man Out: A variant. When he discovers that Gordon played a part in protecting Dent's legacy and putting the blame on Batman, he's horrified. Later, he grows to understand the complex moral quandary.
- Canon Foreigner: Subverted. Appears to be a new character, only for it to turn out he's a composite of various Robins from the comics.
- The Cape: It's implied that he goes on to be one, due to his frustrations with police procedure throughout the film. Leading to him becoming Batman's successor at the conclusion.
- Character Development: Begins the film as a highly idealistic rookie who follows orders even if he doesn't agree with them. After witnessing the shortcomings of the police force and participating in the resistance, he acknowledges the validity of more ambiguous morals and pursues crime-fighting beyond the rigid structure of the force as the next Batman.
- Composite Character: Of the first three Robins. He inherited: witnessing his parent's early deaths and a later police background from Dick Grayson, his orphan upbringing and street smarts from Jason Todd, and his impressive detective skills and independent discovery of Batman's secret identity from Tim Drake. Also has shades of Terry McGinnis due to taking Bruce's place.
- Cowboy Cop: Averted. Everyone calls him one with varying degrees of seriousness, but he does what anyone tells him to.
- Deadpan Snarker: "But sir, what about the armed robbers?"
- Embarrassing First Name: Robin, poor boy.
- Friend To All Children: As an orphan himself he's on great terms with those at St. Swithin's orphanage.
- Good Is Not Soft: Like Gordon, Blake is willing to use guns and lethal force, even if he clearly doesn't like it. When he ends up shooting the truck driver and the foreman at the cement plant while checking up information on what Bane's plans are, he is visibly shaken and throws his handgun away in disgust, but he later picks up and is prepared to use a shotgun when he has to go to Gordon's aid. With the equipment he inherits from Bruce at the end of the movie, he might not have to resort to lethal force so often.
- Honor Before Reason: Followed orders to chase Batman (whom he know was innocent all along]], because Foley tells him to and won't be persuaded otherwise. And possibly because he wants to see Batman.
- Hot Blooded: Invoked, but averted. Foley frequently accuses him of being a "hothead" due to his youth and snarkiness (in the bar shootout, after Gordon goes into the sewers and an explosion happens, Foley refuses to send anyone down, and when Blake protests, Foley says, "Someone get this hothead out of here. And where's that DWP guy?"), but Blake thinks logically and never actually disobeys orders despite some protesting.
- The Lancer: To Gordon, a role which he grows out of, and to some extent to Bruce Wayne and Batman. As such, he acts as the main connection to police groundwork and the streets of Gotham in The Dark Knight Rises.
- Meaningful Name: Robin was an ally of Batman, here.
- The Messiah: He's an honest cop without all the baggage of people like Gordon. In one scene he leads children to safety accompanied by a Good Shepherd.
- Mythology Gag: His first name, Robin.
- Nerves of Steel: He advances on policemen who are shooting at his feet to dissuade him, with the additional threat of having the bridge explode beneath him if he doesn't back down.
- Nice Guy: He's one of the few unambiguously good and kind-hearted characters in the series.
- Orphan's Ordeal: When he was young, Blake's father was shot dead over a gambling debt right in front of him.
- Passing the Torch: After Bruce Wayne's death, Blake is given the tools to take up the mantle of Batman.
- The Reliable One: To both Gordon and Batman. Gordon handpicks him to be his eyes and ears on the street after his assassination attempt from Bane failed.
- Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right: He ultimately quits the police force because he sees the institution as being far too limiting for him. It seems that Batman bequeathed him many of his resources, not the least of which was the Batman mantle, to kick start a career into superheroics.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here: After seeing both the practical and moral limitations of the police force, he throws his badge off a bridge.
- Secret Secret Keeper: He knew Bruce was Batman from a young age just by meeting him both in and out of costume, and never revealed that fact to anyone but Bruce.
- Supporting Leader: With Gordon out of commission for most of the first 90 minutes of the film (recovering from bullet wounds he sustained escaping from Bane's lair), and Batman out of commission for much of the middle part (due to Bane breaking his spine and throwing him in the Pit), Blake handles a lot of the detective work.
- Stepford Smiler: He describes this as a symptom of having undergone the Orphan's Ordeal, as a way of appeasing people who don't understand why he hasn't moved on and let go of his anger. It's one of the reasons how he deduces that Batman is Bruce Wayne, as he saw that Bruce has gone through this as well.
- Superhero Origin: He get his in The Dark Knight Rises.
- To Be Lawful or Good: He leaves the police to pursue Good.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: He ultimately opens up to the weaknesses of the police, but this only inspires him to find a better way to serve the people of Gotham.
Dept. Comm. Peter Foley
"There's only one police in this town!"
"I'm gonna do what Jim Gordon never could. I'm going to take down the Batman."
Played by: Matthew Modine
The aggressive Deputy Commissioner, who jumps at the chance to be the one who arrests Batman for Harvey Dent's death.
- Arbitrary Skepticism: "What, there's a masked terrorist living in the sewers? Pfft, sure." Strange sentiments from a man currently tracking down a vigilante who dresses up as a bat, who happens to live in a city which has been attacked over the last ten or so years by; a mask-wearing doctor armed with fear gas, an army of international ninjas, and a psychotic mass-murdering clown.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: Wearing his dress blues to lead the assault on Bane's army.
- Cowardly Lion: He loses his bravery during Bane's regime, rebuffing Gordon's pleas to join the rebellion. But his courage returns when he sees Bruce's flaming Bat insignia, and the next morning he leads the police's charge in full uniform.
- Hot Blooded
- Hypocrite: Foley dismisses Blake as a mere hothead, but proves to be far more zealous, especially in his pursuit of Batman
- Inspector Javert
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: You've got to admit that Foley counts like this.
- Look Both Ways: Foley gets run over by Talia's Tumbler.
- Redemption Equals Death: When he comes out to fight Bane.
- Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right: Not at first, but later in the film during the climax.
- Smug Snake: When he's dealing with Batman.
- Took a Level in Badass: For the finale. It's implied Foley just lost it over the years. Gordon helps him find it again.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Gordon.
Congressman Byron Gilly
Played by: Brett Cullen
A Congressman who tries to pick up Selina Kyle, and gets picked up by her instead.
- Asshole Victim: A non-fatal example.
- All There in the Manual: In the film, he's mostly referred to as 'the Congressman' which is also what he's known as in the credits. In the novelisation, his full name is given as 'Byron Gilly'.
- Dirty Old Man
- Sleazy Politician
- Your Cheating Heart: Well, he is supposed to be married, and yet Selina Kyle seduces him and uses him as the "date" she takes to her meeting at the bar with Stryver, and then uses him to trick Stryver into calling a SWAT team.