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In Gotham's criminal justice system, the people are represented by three separate yet equally important groups: the police, who investigate crime; the district attorneys, who prosecute the offenders; and the Batman, who makes criminals piss their pants when his signal lights up the night.

In General

  • Badass Normal: Most of them are just regular humans who constantly deal with insane and gimmicky criminals, with varying degrees of success.
  • Dirty Cop: The GCPD used to be full of this, but ever since Gordon took charge, most of those police officers have either been dismissed, imprisoned, or ended up killed.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Before the age of Batman and Jim Gordon, the GCPD was highly inefficient and corrupt, but thanks to their efforts the corruption ring has been exposed and systematically dismantled, slowly turning it into a respectable force of law.
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     Deputy Mayor James "Jim" Gordon 
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James Gordon is one of Batman's first supporters, helping him fight against crime and corruption in Gotham City. He eventually rose to the rank of Deputy Mayor in the Gotham City Police Department, and continues to be one of Batman's greatest allies.


  • Action Dad: While not as active as before, he's still an experienced law enforcer.
  • Badass Mustache: It's Jim, and he still has one. It emphasizes how competent he is.
  • Badass Normal: With more emphasis on "normal", compared to the Bat-family, that is. He still isn't someone who you want upset with you.
  • By-the-Book Cop: While he does allow a vigilante to patrol the city, he will absolutely not tolerate said vigilante killing anybody.
  • The Commissioner Gordon: The Trope Namer, although he's been promoted to Deputy Mayor.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: He trusts Batman and knows he's doing the right thing.
  • Retired Badass: He may no longer be on the front lines, but he still has decades of experience.
  • Secret Secret-Keeper: Batman often agonizes over whether or not he should be officially let in on the secret, and suspects that Gordon is too good of a cop not to have figured it out already.
  • The Stoic: Gordon's developed something of a reputation for holding himself together pretty well.

     Chief of Detectives Sarah Essen-Gordon 
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Jim Gordon's only wife and mother of Barbara and James Jr. She was the Captain of the Major Crimes Unit while her husband was the police commissioner. After he became deputy mayor and Ellen Yin became commissioner, Sarah was promoted to Chief of Detectives.


  • Number Two: For her husband, even more so than Harvey Bullock.
  • Power Trio: Has formed one of sorts with Ellen Yin and Maggie Sawyer.
  • Related in the Adaptation: From a brief fling, to Gordon's wife and the mother of Barbara and James Jr.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: She survives Earth-27's version of the "No Man's Land" storyline. However, in this scenario she's forced into a Sadistic Choice by the Joker to let her mentor, Dave King, die and make her watch. The alternative would've been a dozen kidnapped newborns.
  • Statuesque Stunner: She qualifies at 5'8"/173cm, and doesn't look bad despite her age.

     Lt. Harvey Bullock 
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Harvey Bullock was once a corrupt GCPD cop, until he turned over a new leaf and made a conscious effort to be an honest lawman. He is now one of Jim Gordon's most trusted officers.


     Det. Renee Montoya 
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See the Outsiders page

     Det-Sgt. Crispus Allen 
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     Captain Maggie Sawyer 
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Formerly an officer of the Metropolis Special Crimes Unit, Maggie Sawyer is currently the newest Captain of the Gotham City Police Department and the wife of Kate Kane/Batwoman.


  • Action Mom: She's the mother of Jamie Sawyer and a GCPD captain who kicks ass.
  • Amicable Exes: Maggie once dated Alex Danvers. She also remains on good terms with her ex-husband James.
  • Badass Gay: Maggie is a skilled close-quarters combatant. While having no formal instruction outside of her police academy instruction, Maggie does like to keep her skills fresh by routine sparring. She has managed to wrestle Scarecrow to the ground, take down trained assassins like David Cain, and once fought the Red Hood (Jason Todd) to a stalemate in order to prevent him from beating the Joker to death with a crowbar (though Oracle had heard she now regrets she did that).
  • Birds of a Feather: As Kate and Maggie have a nearly identical build, the two keep all their clothes in a single large closet and often borrow from one another. Kate has apparently tried to get Maggie to wear the Batwoman suit but that is a line Maggie isn't willing to cross, citing that the SCU tried out full-body armored jumpsuits for a while and they are something Maggie swore she'd never wear again.
  • Determinator: Maggie is her own worst enemy. She often second guesses herself or her capabilities and doesn't know how to take a compliment. She often underestimates what she is capable of doing, even when confronted with evidence of her many accomplishment.
  • Desk Jockey: Maggie's office is decorated with a lot of knick-knacks that seem out of place in a Gotham workplace, like Superman coffee mugs and Metropolis Sharks jerseys and banners. She also prefers to read the Daily Planet for her news.
  • Happily Married: With her wife Kate Kane. Maggie proposed to Kate at some Metropolis Diner which is where the two were meeting Dan Turpin for lunch when they overheard the news that same-sex marriage was now legal in New Jersey.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: Maggie is considered to be an excellent shot by the GCPD with her monthly firearms qualification scores constantly ranking in the 'Superb' category.
  • Incompatible Orientation: With her ex-husband James Sawyer. She was married to a man for a brief time, but pretty quickly realized that she was lesbian and that it just wasn't going to work out.
  • Insistent Terminology: Because she was once married to a man, some of her co-workers think that Maggie is bisexual. She is quick to correct them.
  • Lethal Chef: Zig-Zagged. From what Barbara heard, Maggie is a terrible cook... but a pretty good baker. As described by Jason Bard, "her brownies are like a dream, oozing with marshmallows and drizzled in caramel".
  • Official Couple: With Kate Kane/Batwoman.
  • Rank Up: She's eventually promoted to Captain of the Major Crimes Unit of Gotham PD.
  • Secret Keeper: To Her wife Kate Kane when she revealed her identity as Batwoman, which led the pair into a relationship. This relationship would lead to a happy marriage.
    • Secret Secret-Keeper: Averted. Although as a member of Batman Incorporated, like Lucius Fox, Maggie doesn't want to know who Batman is.
  • Shipper on Deck: It was Maggie's idea to set up Kate's ex, Renee, with Maggie's ex, Alex. Renee and Alex are currently dating.
  • Sorry, I'm Gay: Maggie's old boss, Dan Turpin, once asked Maggie out, unaware she was a lesbian. The way she broke the news to him was by telling him she "don't drive standard anymore". This apparently was brought Turpin around to realizing just how homophobic the Metropolis PD was and nearly overnight he became an outspoken supporter for LGBT rights. Apparently, Superman was surprised by this news as well.
  • Statuesque Stunner: She's the same height as her wife, 5'10"/178cm tall.

     Commissioner Ellen Yin 
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  • The Commissioner Gordon: Has inherited the position from Gordon.
  • Fair Cop: Yin is quite attractive for a police detective.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She acts cold and dismissive at first, but it is later shown that she cares deeply for Ethan and admits that Gotham needs the Batman, becoming his ally in the process.
  • Power Trio: Has formed one with Sarah Essen and Maggie Sawyer.
  • Secret Secret-Keeper: Ellen tells Bruce she figured out his secret. The secret is that Bruce wasn't a "spoiled, arrogant playboy" he made himself out to be.

     District Attorney Marian Grange 
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     Captain Jason Bard 
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     Det. Sonia Alcana 
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See the Terrible Trio page

     Lt. Michael Washington Lane 
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A Gotham police officer that was changed into the new Azrael after he took the Suit of Sorrows.


  • Badass Beard: Has a beard and he's both a law enforcer and a vigilante.
  • Big Damn Heroes: He arrives just in time to help Angel and Simeon fight off Hyper-Adapter.
  • Chest Insignia: Michael Lane's Suit of Sorrows has a Christian cross on it, though before he took the suit, the cross was modeled after the bat-symbol
  • Dark and Troubled Past: His son was killed during a gang-war, which led his wife to commit suicide. On the same year his brother and sister were killed by Victor Zsasz.
  • Deadpan Snarker: When he wants to be.
  • Flaming Sword: Unlike Jean-Paul he wields one.
  • Knight Templar: He's not nearly as bad as the previous Azraels but can still act pretty extreme, forcing the rest of the Batfamily to hold him back a bit.
  • Legacy Character: Becomes the second Azrael.
  • Mission from God: Mikey is convinced that he's on one of these, though considering how around the bend he is, thanks to the Suit of Sorrows...
  • Religion Is Magic: The Suit of Sorrows is with this.
  • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: The Suit of Sorrows is said to have driven all of its wearers insane.
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