%%This is a trope page for a character type, not a character page. Do not use this page as a sinkhole for James Gordon.
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The Commissioner Gordon 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. Expect him to go SteppingOutForAQuickCupOfCoffee at some point.

If the SuperHero is loved and accepted by the community and the government, the relationship can be open and public. If the hero is in the "[[HeroWithBadPublicity hated and feared]]" category, their relationship will probably be a source of political conflict for the Commissioner Gordon. He'll try to to keep it a secret or downplay it.

How helpful the character really is can vary. He could be a bumbler who would doom the city if he didn't have someone helping him. When played straight, he'll be either a valued teammate or a grudging ally. He'll make short work of most routine crime, but when a SuperVillain or [[OurMonstersAreDifferent monster]] starts attacking the city, he knows it's time to pick up the [[HotLine red phone]] and call his partner. In a CrapsackWorld, the commissioner will often be an InternalReformist or DefectorFromDecadence, and is frequently TheLastDJ, a KnightInSourArmor, or AntiNihilist.

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 GreatDetective, and TheBrigadier, when it is applied to a senior officer in the military.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
%%* The President from ''Anime/SuperMilkChan'' -- Living embodiment of a StupidBoss, usually causes the same problems he needs solved.
* ''Anime/TheBigO'': Dan Dastun's aware that Roger Smith pilots the titular Megadueax, which he keeps secret from the rest of the Paradigm City Police. So whenever he runs into a dead-end during an investigation, he'll usually call on Roger for help.
* ''Manga/UchiNoMusumeNiTeODasuNa'': Since Athena retired from being [[{{Superhero}} a superheroine]] 20 years ago, Hanna used her authority as N.U.D.E's commander to enlist the aid of her daughter, Clara. At least, until her mom finds out. Now mother and daughter team up to help N.UD.E. battle Deepthroat's forces.
%%* Soichiro Yagami in ''Manga/DeathNote''.
%%** Bonus points for bearing a striking resemblance to Gary Oldman's Commissioner Gordon.
* Tsukauchi of ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia''. While he's not mentioned to be particularly high-ranking, he's a police officer who's a close confidant of the resident BigGood superhero, and acts as [[SuperheroSchool U.A.]]'s primary liaison and ally on the force.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'''s Commissioner James Gordon is the trope namer, and the various media include numerous different versions -- after all, the exact rank and function of any Commissioner Gordon varies depending on how cynical or idealistic the series is. In ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'', for example, he's the commissioner by the time the story starts and is hesitant but supportive towards Batman; in ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'', he's the new commissioner and the one that is responsible for changing the police department's behavior toward the Bat. In the DarkerAndEdgier ''Film/BatmanBegins'', he's a lowly sergeant -- lieutenant, by the end of the film -- and possibly the only completely honest cop in Gotham PD (and even then "no rat", although he says there's no-one to rat ''to''). [[spoiler:(He becomes commissioner in the second film after Loeb's death and collaring the Joker.)]]
** Deconstructed at ''ComicBook/BatmanNoMansLand'': Sarah Essen explains that Gordon tried to get a [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere job outside]] Gotham City when No Man's Land was declared, but had been laughed at because he couldn't keep his city safe without the help of a vigilante. She warns the officers to not speak about Batman around him anymore.
** ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'' also featured, for the first two seasons, both Ethan Bennett (a personal friend of Bruce Wayne, who had a tragic accident and underwent a, er, [[IncrediblyLamePun Face ]][[FaceHeelTurn Heel Turn]]) and Ellen Yin, before Gordon came along. [[BrotherChuck What happened to Ellen Yin, you ask? Good question.]]
** Gordon's grandson gets in on the act in ''ComicBook/BatmanYearOneHundred''
** The third [[ComicBook/RobinSeries Robin]] has had a few of these over the years; on his first solo adventure he befriended an ex-DEA agent who was on the same case as he was. When his solo series went ongoing, he encountered Sheriff "Shotgun" Smith, and recently he's been allied with rookie Officer Jamie Harper.
* ComicBook/{{Batwoman}}, who temporarily replaced Batman as the starring character in ''Detective Comics'', 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.
* [[ComicBook/{{Batgirl 2009}} Batgirl]]'s police contact in the ongoing ''Batgirl'' series is Detective Nick Gage, an officer newly arrived in the Gotham City Major Crimes Unit. She also knows the real Commissioner Gordon both in and out of costume, as she is being mentored by Barbara Gordon, his daughter; her working relationship with Jim is relatively minor, mainly greetings-in-passing as they go to various emergencies. An unusual twist in the Batgirl/Gage relationship is the age disparity and Batgirl's [[PrecociousCrush infatuation]] with the detective, since this makes the real Gordon uncomfortable when he sees the obviously-teenage Batgirl clearly flirting with the thirty-something detective. It did, however, lead to one of the greatest line's Jim Gordon has ever uttered:
--> '''Batgirl:''' (''As she swings by Gage and Gordon, giving Gage a smile and a small wave'') "Hey, you!"\\
'''Detective Nick Gage''' (''Off Commissioner Gordon's look'') "What?"\\
'''Commissioner Gordon:''' "'Hey, you'?"\\
'''Gage:''' "No one raises an eyebrow when you talk to Batman."\\
'''Gordon:''' "[[CrowningMomentOfFunny I'm pretty sure Batman's legal, detective!]]"
** Meanwhile, Barbara Gordon had former private investigator and veteran with father issues, Jason Bard, during her tenure as Batgirl.
* Why, even [[ComicBook/{{Robin}} Dick Grayson]] gets in on the act. Back in the Silver/Bronze Age, while attending Hudson University, the then-Robin would often cooperate with the chief of campus security, Frank [=McDonald=] and as ComicBook/{{Nightwing}} he received the support of his former superior officer Amy Rohrbach after she forces him to turn in his badge since she feels he's violating his oaths by working as a vigilante on the side.
* In ''ComicBook/ExMachina'', The Great Machine tries to establish a working relationship with the commissioner of the NYPD. [[SubvertedTrope She tries to beat him to death with a nightstick]], and when he gets her to stop smacking him she explains that his most recent "heroism" sent two of her officers to the hospital with injuries that could have been fatal. When The Great Machine drops his superhero act, runs for mayor under his real name, and ''wins'', he keeps the commissioner on, explaining that she was one of the first people to make him realize that his acts of heroism were not helping the situation and he needed to change tactics.
* Captain Josh Winters from ''ComicBook/JonSableFreelance''. Originally Jon's FriendOnTheForce, Winters sometimes steps into the Commissioner Gordon role.
* Commissioner Eustace Dolan from ''ComicBook/TheSpirit''. When DC began publishing The Spirit, a not-quite-in-any-continuity Batman/Spirit crossover featured Dolan and Gordon as friendly rivals.
* Classic ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' had Inspector Henderson (originally from the radio series, then the George Reeves TV series, before becoming a CanonImmigrant). The current version (and [[WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries the animated series]]) has Inspector Maggie Sawyer and Lieutenant-Inspector Dan Turpin of the Metropolis Special Crimes Unit.
** With Maggie [[ComicBook/GothamCentral in Gotham]] and Dan retired [[spoiler: and possibly a fatality of ComicBook/FinalCrisis]], a new Inspector Henderson is now head of the Metropolis Metacrimes Division.
* In mainstream continuity Comicbook/SpiderMan has had a whole parade of police liaisons. The most famous are probably Jean [=DeWolff=] and George Stacy. They're both dead now. The closest fit post-BND is Captain Watanabe, who gives Spidey the benefit of the doubt when it looks like he's killed someone in an issue where several supposedly dead people are reappearing (naturally, Mysterio was behind it all).
** His current police liason is Carlie Cooper. Which is odd because Carlie's discovering Spider-Man's secret identity [[TheMasqueradeWillKillYourDatingLife is what ended her romantic relationship with Peter Parker!]]
** Jean [=DeWolff=] approached Comicbook/UltimateSpiderMan as one of these. [[spoiler: Averted, as she's ultimately [[DirtyCop working for Kingpin]].]]
* The [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] Comicbook/{{Starman}} had Woodley Allen of the FBI (the uncle of his LoveInterest) and Inspector Bailey, as well as Billy O'Dare (although, as a beat officer, he was more of a {{sidekick}}). His son, the [[UsefulNotes/TheModernAgeOfComicBooks Modern Age]] Comicbook/{{Starman}} had O'Dare's son, Clarence, the police department's official Superhero Liason Officer (and eventually Comissioner), and his four siblings.
* During his run as one of the writers of ''[[Comicbook/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesMirage Tales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles]]'', Tristan Huw Jones introduced NYPD Liutenant Gordon Miller, who has a cooperative relationship with the turtles when it comes to street-level crime, particularly those related to The Foot and the gang war portrayed in "City at War".
* Shvaughn/Sean/Shvaughn Erin, the ComicBook/{{Legion Of Super-Heroes}} Science Police liason.
* Kommissarie Pontus Kask in Comicbook/{{Bamse}} - if you count Bamse as a superhero, that is.
* In ''ComicBook/AllFallDown'', ex-superhero Plymouth fills this role for Sophie, training her in the use of her powers and coordinating her efforts with the US Government.
* ''Comicbook/{{Daredevil}}'' has had a few through the years. When he lived in San Francisco with the Black Widow, there was Lt. Paul Carson. After returning to New York, he had Lt. Nicholas Manolis (a subversion, since Manolis was eventually [[spoiler:corrupted and then assassinated by the Kingpin]]). During Ed Brubaker and Andy Diggle's runs on the book, Detective Andy Kurtz.
* ComicBook/MoonKnight has Detective Flint, a low ranking over-the-hill [[TheLastDJ Last DJ]] who's well aware that he and Moonie are both second stringers. Doesn't mean he likes dealing with him any more.
* For '' ComicBook/{{Excalibur}}'' there was Inspector Dai Thomas. His relationship with superheroes was extremely strained due to the death of his wife in the wreckage of a super-fight (he nearly crossed the line to InspectorJavert) but in the end did come to find some respect for Captain Britain.
* In ''ComicBook/PaperinikNewAdventures'' after a nasty first encounter, lieutenant Mary-Ann Flaggstar starts collaborating with the protagonist for things out of her jurisdiction.
* Robert Dowling plays this role in ''Comic/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' where the SFPD are dealing with the vampire threat and once he clears Buffy's name for her misdeeds works with Buffy and Spike, enters into a relationship, then tries to hold out against a vampire nest. Due to circumstances beyond her control Buffy forgets about him, freaks when she remembers and tries to make amends and break up. [[NiceGuy Dowling is incredibly forgiving on both counts, to the point Spike and Willow are upset that he wasn't.]]

* [[WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom Tucker]] plays this role in ''Fanfic/FacingTheFutureSeries''. As the Mayor of Amity Park, Tucker gains the resources for new ghost hunting equipment, and can use his political clout to shield Team Phantom from public scrutiny, as well as cover up some of their activities.
* Both Pelleas and Captain Leaf in ''FanFic/CapeAndCowl'' try to invoke this trope for different reasons (it succeeds, although to what degree is yet to be shown).

* Officer Albrecht from ''Film/TheCrow'' becomes Eric's biggest ally in his RoaringRampageOfRevenge. Unfortunately, his aiding a vigilante who is on a murder spree against Top Dollar's gang eventually gets him suspended, at which point he takes a more active hand in things.
* George Stickel of ''Film/TheIncredibleMrLimpet'' relays information between Henry Limpet and the U.S. Navy to help take out Nazi submarines.
* Invoked and deconstructed in ''WesternAnimation/TheLegoBatmanMovie''. While Trope Namer Commissioner "[[FreezeFrameBonus Jim]]" does briefly appear, his daughter, Barbara Gordon, is the GCPD chief for most of the movie, and one of the first things she does as chief is point out that the police don't actually do anything besides press the Batsignal button, and that Batman doesn't actually work within the law or reduce crime in any meaningful way. She then proposes that they work ''with'' Batman to actually capture the criminals instead of letting them go free. Of course, the point is made moot when Joker and the rest of his rogues gallery turn themselves in, and Gordon (who, remember, is chief of police) goes back to doing other police things, leaving Batman without villains or a Commissioner Gordon.

* Monsieur Badoit is this for [[TheArtfulDodger Pistolet]] in ''Literature/TheBlackCoats'' Salem Street
* Lt. Karrin Murphy of ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' is head of Chicago's Special Crimes Unit and responsible for fitting vampire attacks, troll rampages, etc. into the standard police blotter. She uses the titular Harry Dresden, the only wizard in the phone book, as a consultant; when the first story opens, she doesn't really care about "all this supernatural mumbo-jumbo" -- she just wants to make her case. Four books in, she's answering the door with her sidearm in one hand and a crucifix in the other.
** In her early days, she is still trying to fit the supernatural into the world of law and order, to subordinate it to the law and the procedures thereof. Some nasty encounters with demonic super-werewolves and spiritual predators able to invade the minds of herself and her men force her to accept that the supernatural is bigger than she is, which changes the path of her character considerably. She becomes increasingly amenable to vigilante action and far more fast-and-loose with the law than she once was.
** [[BadassNormal And]] hamstringing ogres [[ChainsawGood with a chainsaw]]. [[SugarWiki/CrowningMomentOfAwesome Can't forget that.]]
** As of ''[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Changes]]'', [[spoiler: she's probably finished playing her early role]], and ''Ghost Story'' [[spoiler: confirms this.]] Then again, Harry himself transcends the role of Chicago's protector and now protects ''reality itself'', though he'll probably keep policing Chicago when it's needed.
* Police Commissioner Stanley Kirkpatrick acts as both ally and antagonist to Richard Wentworth in ''Literature/TheSpider''.
* Subverted by Police Commissioner James "Wildcat" Gordon (yes, really) in ''The Whisperer'' series of pulp stories. [[spoiler: He's actually the Whisperer himself.]]
* Detective Hardin is Gordon for ''Literature/KittyNorville''. She treats a loose werewolf like a serial killer, and a fight for dominance between rival vampires like a gang war as soon as dead bodies turn up, so she has to go to the local publically-acknowledged werewolf for advice sometimes.
* ''Literature/TheMemoryWars'': Although Lt. Frank Powell's relationship with Nathan is initially quite antagonistic, he has become this by the end of Silent Oath.
* ''TheShadow'' had Inspector Joe Cardona as his ally.
* Literature/{{Worm}} is interesting in that it has Commissioner characters that works against the main character, such as Directors Piggot, Tagg, and Costa-Brown. To be fair, the main character is a [[VillainProtagonist supervillain]], and they seem to be reasonable towards the heroes.
* 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).
* Aaron Brooks in ''Literature/{{Relativity}}.'' The various police officers who work under him tend to vary between being pro- and anti-superhero.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Commissioner Gordon from TheSixties [[{{Series/Batman}} Batman TV Show]] is a example so straight, it could be a parody.
** Add in Chief O'Hara, as well. Their reaction during the one time Batman was unavailable due to a commitment Bruce Wayne had is too funny to believe.
* Detective Quentin Lance was originally the SympatheticInspectorAntagonist for Oliver Queen on ''{{Series/Arrow}}'', but eventually became this role.
* In the ''{{Series/Arrow}}'' SpinOff ''Series/TheFlash2014'', detective Joe West acts as this for the Flash, with the extra function of being a rare (for this trope) SecretKeeper for the Flash, and more uniquely, Barry's adopted dad. Joe is also the biological father of Flash ally, Wally West aka Kid Flash.
* From mid-season 3 onwards, {{Series/Teen Wolf}}'s titular teenage werewolves have Sheriff Stilinski, who not only knows about the supernatural world, but whose son is a human member of the werewolf pack.
* Detective Brett Mahoney in ''Series/Daredevil2015'' ends up becoming this to Daredevil. Initially he's the cop friendliest with the Devil of Hell's Kitchen and would turn a blind-eye due to all the good he's done, but would still be willing to take Daredevil in. Eventually it gets to the point where he acts as Daredevil's [[FriendOnTheForce informant]] and he lampshades the {{irony}} that the vigilante ends up being the only person he can trust.
* Sheriffs Jodi Mills and Donna Hascum on ''Series/{{Supernatural}}''. They help Sam and Dean stay out of trouble with authorities and even sometimes call the Winchesters into town when something supernatural seems to be afoot.
* Joss Carter [[spoiler:before she was murdered]] helped Reese, Finch, and Shaw escape detection more than once and also used police resources to help them protect their ''Series/PersonOfInterest''.
* Inspector William Henderson in ''Series/BlackLightning''. While officially against any form of vigilantism, he secretly helps Black Lightning with tips using a burner phone. Like Batman's Gordon, Henderson isn't a big fan of Black Lightning's StealthHiBye.

[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* Inspector Roger Brook in the ''ComicStrip/ModestyBlaise'' strip.

* In the various adaptations of the property, ''Franchise/TheGreenHornet'' has had his own Commissioner Gordon:
** In the radio series, the Hornet saved Police Commissioner James Higgins from a blackmail plot. Higgins returned the favor by rendering the Hornet covert assistance and funneling him information. (The fact that Higgins was a friend of the family of Britt (the Green Hornet) Reid served to cement that relationship after Higgins learned the Hornet's true identity.)
** In the 1966 TV series, District Attorney Frank P. Scanlon knew that ''Daily Sentinel'' publisher Britt Reid was also The Green Hornet, and worked closely with the Hornet while maintaining the pretense of being after the Hornet, who was officially a wanted criminal. (William Dozier, producer of the series, was also producer of the contemporaneous ''{{Series/Batman}}'' series, and converted Police Commissioner Higgins into DA Scanlon in order to minimize the similarities between the shows.)
** In the 1990s NOW Comics Green Hornet comics (which spun the Hornet story into a multi-generational saga), Police Commissioner Higgins was the ally of the first Green Hornet (Britt Reid I, the radio Hornet). The second Hornet (Britt Reid II, the TV series Hornet and nephew to the first Green Hornet) worked with DA Scanlon. The third Green Hornet (Alan Reid, nephew of the second Hornet) didn't serve long enough in the role to develop much of a relationship with Scanlon ([[spoiler:he was killed on his first mission as the Green Hornet]]), but his successor as the Green Hornet (Paul Reid, his brother) worked with Scanlon until the latter's retirement. When Scanlon retired, Paul's cousin Diana Reid ran for and won election as Scanlon's successor, and she continued the close association with the Green Hornet that Scanlon had developed.
** Subverted in the movie, where Scanlon knows nothing of the Green Hornet's identity, and is trying to use Britt's newspaper to further his career and hide the fact that he works with the mob. Though Britt initially attempts to work with him, the closest they come is when Scanlon attempts to hire the Green Hornet to kill him.
* ''{{Radio/TrollCops}}'' has a twist where the Commissioner Gordon, the Alternia City Police Department's Lieutenant Terezi Pyrope, the APD's most reliable contact with the vigilante Crowbro, is herself the protagonist, with Crowbro being a supporting character and LoveInterest.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'' has a whole host of detectives, all of whom are {{Shout Out}}s to television/film detectives. The relationship is completely open, with calls for superhero help going out over the police radio.
* Detective Mosley of New Orleans PD is this, as well as a childhood friend to protagonist ''VideoGame/GabrielKnight''.
* ''VideoGame/TwilightHeroes'' has Officer Rand as questgiver.
* ''[[Franchise/ShinMegamiTenseiPersona Persona]]'':
** Officer Kurosawa of ''VideoGame/Persona3'' is S.E.E.S.'s primary arms supplier, and while he doesn't know the full story behind what's going on, he knows the heroes are doing their part to keep Port Island safe.
** Towards the end of ''VideoGame/Persona5'', [[spoiler:Sae Niijima]] becomes the Phantom Thieves' primary ally on the police force, [[spoiler:the irony being that she was originally the investigator assigned to stop them]].

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Lt. Bernie Kominsky of the Apollo City police's Super Villain Unit works with local superheroines ''Webcomic/LadySpectraAndSparky''.
* Director Anderson of the Space Patrol in ''Webcomic/SpaceKid''
* From ''Webcomic/{{Lightbringer}}'', Police Chief Eddie Crane is contacted by the eponymous superhero and remains his ally, though the mayor is not happy about this.
* Reed Bahia serves as this to the main character of ''Webcomic/{{Kiwiblitz}}'', much to the displeasure of his father, Chief Bahia, who disapproves of vigilantes.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Pretty much every [[Roleplay/GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse Global Guardians Campaign]] had a Commissioner Gordon. Some of the more popular ones were Aaron Stonebender (Mayor of Key West, Florida), Abigail Farmer (Chief of Police for Mobile, Alabama), Archibald Pertwee (Her Majesty's Liason to Majestic), and Captain Fiorello [=LeGuardia=] Perconte (Commander of the 52nd Precinct, New York City).
* Mayor Haggar in the ''WebAnimation/WeeblAndBob'' "Team Laser Explosion" episodes; he usually only calls to say that he's been kidnapped.
* The Red Panda from ''Podcast/RedPandaAdventures'' has a reluctant one in Chief O'Mally.
* Shadow Hawk from ''Website/EpicTales'' has Lt. Luke Bennet.
* In the Literature/WhateleyUniverse, there's SWAT Captain Tilley of the Boston Police Department, who has officially deputized all of Team Kimba (after the fact), even though they're underage.
* The Fellowship from ''Literature/TheQuestportChronicles'' has the Lord of the Supreme Council.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'', one episode had not only the TropeNamer himself, but a politician named Corcrane taking this role to a new vigilante, "The Judge", in an effort to jump-start his career in Gotham -- at least until Two-Face, who had barely survived a trap placed by the Judge, tried to use him as bait to kill both of them. When Corcorane tried to buy his way out with embezzled money, the Judge immediately tried to kill Corcorane until he was [[SaveTheVillain saved]] by Batman, who revealed the Judge to be a new personality of Two-Face. (Somehow, the Judge knew Two-Face's secrets and also that they couldn't meet in person but didn't figure out the reason was the fact they were the same person.)
** Commissioner '''Barbara''' Gordon, in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond''. The former Batgirl takes over her father's job, and was initially bitterly uncooperative to Bruce (implicit to have been her lover at some point in the past) and his young protege. She warms up a little to Terry after he saves the life of her husband.
* The Mayor from ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls''.
** His [[HypercompetentSidekick level-headed]] SexySecretary, Miss Bellum, fits this too.
* Mayor Blank from ''WesternAnimation/TheTick'' -- a relatively straight example, in a very weird world.
* Cosgrove, on ''WesternAnimation/{{Freakazoid}}'', who was sort of a parody of the character. Then again, what ''wasn't'' a parody on that show?
* Captain Fanzone from ''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.
** Agent Fowler from ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime''.
* In keeping with the general superhero parody motif, ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'' had one of these: J Gander Hooter, head of the secret agency SHUSH. You're not cleared for what the letters stand for. This is highlighted when Hooter is taken out of action, leaving his number two in command: Grizzlikov, a by the book sort of guy who loathes Darkwing. Note that the real police in Saint Canard aren't overly fond of Darkwing.
* ''WesternAnimation/SWATKats'' had Callie Briggs, the Deputy Mayor. Sweet, sexy, and the heroic version of TheWomanBehindTheMan. When trouble threatens, Ms Briggs puts down the paperwork [[note]]"Mayor Manx hasn't filed an ounce of paperwork in years!" as she notes when informing the Metallikats that she'd been the one to deny their parole requests along with the attempted bribes[[/note]] and contacts the two mechanics/garbagemen/vigilantes with access to air force military hardware. She also openly flirts with them when they come out in their civilian guises after her car breaks down.
** Not that she knows it's them, though.
* ''WesternAnimation/MightyOrbots'' had Rondu, who was literally AFatherToHisMen because one of them was his ''daughter''!
* ''WesternAnimation/TheZetaProject'' had Agent Lee develop into this after the title character saved her life at great personal risk to himself. Unfortunately, she's not in as much power as most examples on this page, so actually helping him out is difficult. By the time Agent Bennett shows shades of this, the series is almost over.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'', Detective Elisa Maza and [[spoiler: later her partner Matt Bluestone]] are allies of the Gargoyles.
* In ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', Sergeant Yates is this to Mysterion. The Coon also tried to [[InvokedTrope invoke]] this with him, [[SubvertedTrope with less success.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan'', George Stacy.