The Wayne Family & Wayne Enterprises
The son of Thomas and Martha Wayne. If you don't know why he's important, you're watching the wrong show.
- Adaptational Wimp: In the comics the killing of his parents sets him on the path of the future Batman almost immediately. Here it takes him a bit longer to grow into this decision, as he's immediately focused on killing whoever killed his parents. The show makes clear this is deliberate, showing it was a series of events, influences and decisions that turned him into Batman. By season 5 he's grown into both his combat skills and vigilantism.
- Action Hero: Starts to become this somewhere in the third or fourth season. By the fifth season, he can take out an entire gang of regular criminals on his own, and by the series finale, has finally become Batman.
- Adorkable: Whenever he's around Selina Kyle he drops the Creepy Child act and starts acting like a kid again.
- Age Lift: Is 8 when his parents are killed in most Batman media, but he's 12 in Gotham.
- This is also applied to himself in the setting in general. In this continuity Bruce manages to be younger than a good number of his supporting cast by a somewhat more noticeable margin than the comics and other continuities and is even younger than a few characters that he was the same age or older than in those continuities.
- Arch-Enemy: Has this relationship with Jerome Valeska, Ra's al Ghul and Jeremiah, Jerome's twin brother.
- Badass Baritone: His voice is remarkably deep after 10 years in the finale.
- Badass Longcoat: Starts wearing one in season 5.
- Bat Deduction: True to form, it's how he finds the entrance to the future Batcave in his father's study. He remembers his father always came in the room to play piano in the evening but kept the door locked at all times, and uses that to deduce his father hid something in the room. He later remembers Lucius Fox called his father "stoic" and remembers a Roman emperor who was described as such; he picks up what is apparently the sole book in the study on said emperor and in it finds a remote control for the cave entrance.
- Batman Gambit: Pulls a spectacular one on Silver St. Cloud with help from Selina and some hired thugs to figure out what her family knows about his parents' killer. He had them kidnap the two of them, fake torturing him and hit him a couple of times, then got them to threaten Silver.
- Bratty Teenage Son: Not always, but he can be very rude to people who fail to live up to his ideals or if they are unwilling to help with his goals. Seen most significantly in season 4, when his guilt and depression over killing Ra's sees him abandon any desire to protect people indulge excessively in drinking and partying and even fire Alfred.
- Brainwashed and Crazy:
- In the second half of season 3 Bruce is kidnapped by the Shaman who offers to remove Bruce's pain of the death of his parents. Unfortunately by removing his pain it makes it easy for the Shaman to mould his brain and make him a weapon for his goals. Subverted, eventually; despite being brainwashed, Bruce's willpower is still strong enough to prevent him from killing people and he eventually breaks through his conditioning by himself.
- Again in season 5, when Ivy almost makes him shut down Gotham's water purification plant in order to make it a paradise for plant life.
- Broken Pedestal: Realizes that his father was in on the corruption in Wayne Enterprises the whole time and adds him to his suspects list. Soon he learns his father didn't have a choice in the matter.
- Call-Forward: Bruce's observations on the man who murdered his parents showcase his keen attention to detail, a notable sign of his potential and eventual blossoming into a crime fighting detective.
- Childhood Friend Romance: With Selina Kyle, and the both have a Will They or Won't They? relationship. Naturally.
- Create Your Own Villain: Selina might understand his abandoning Gotham without even telling her face-to-face, but it's clear without him around to guide her morals he's pretty much ensured her becoming Catwoman - not that it's necessarily a bad thing for him...
- The Chosen One: According to Ra's Al-Ghul a prophesy has foretold that Bruce will be the one to inherit his throne. He's also the only one capable of wielding the dagger that can kill Rra's.
- Combat Pragmatist: Thanks to Alfred's training (and Selina's influence) Bruce is perhaps the least reserved fighter in the cast. He has no reservations with tackling someone from behind and he doesn't hold back when fighting the likes of Jerome - their battle in the Hall of Mirrors is full of feints, rabbit punches, kidney shots, and elbows to the face.Jerome: What kind of hero tackles someone from behind?!
- Comic-Book Movies Don't Use Codenames: In the finale, he's never once referred to as "Batman".
- Creepy Child: In the first few seasons this isn't played for horror, but for tragedy: Bruce engages in very reckless and self-destructive behavior since his parents' death, including punching a bully hard enough that it could've killed him had Alfred not intervened. It takes the positive influences of Alfred, Gordon and Selina to really get through to him.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Is commonly seen wearing black, a trait that becomes more recognized later in the series to the point where he obtains a suit that is a prototype of the Batsuit, but Bruce is also destined to become Gotham Citys greatest protector.
- Dating Catwoman: Not remotely surprisingly given the particulars of that trope: he falls for Selina early on, and while their relationship is all over the place over the seasons, it's clear he's got a lot of affection for the morally ambiguous thief - and she for him. There's also his relationship with Silver St. Cloud, heir to the Dumas family that wants Bruce's head.
- Deadpan Snarker: Suits his relatively emotionless delivery, especially as he gets older.Alfred: Lucius Fox's armor is bullet-proof; my mask is not.Bruce: Don't get shot in the face. Got it.Alfred: ...do I detect a note of sarcasm, Master Bruce?
- Death Glare: Gives a chilling one to Tommy Elliot after he smacks him for attempting to insult Bruce's mother in "The Mask".
- Despair Event Horizon: In season 5 he's hurt and bewildered by Selina's assertion she never changed from the kid who always looked out for number 1 after she killed Jeremiah Valeska (though she actually hasn't). Subsequently he expresses genuine bewilderment to Harvey he can't stop those he cares about slipping into darkness.
- Establishing Character Moment: At the end of "The Balloonman", he realizes that a person who kills criminals is still a criminal, and he firmly decides that that is not who he's going to be.
- Face Your Fears: Immediately after his parents' death, he becomes obsessed with never feeling that kind of fear again and starts pulling stunts like standing on the edge of Wayne Manor's roof. Alfred has to get Gordon in to teach him that feeling fear isn't a bad thing - it tells him where the edge is between recklessness and stability.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: At the start, this little boy inspires only mockery in the evildoers for the awkward questions and observations he makes about them; fast forward to the finale where as Batman, he takes down Penguin and Riddler, two of the series' most formidable villains, in seconds.
- Genre Blindness: He tells the Board of Wayne Enterprises that he knows that they are corrupt and that he won't tolerate such actions. The Board then decides to hire a spy and order a hit on Alfred. He gets significantly wiser to the ways of Gotham in subsequent seasons though.
- Great Detective: "Viper" is the start of him becoming the Greatest Detective as he starts assembling the information to figure out how the Mob was able to take over the Arkham project from Wayne Industries, complete with a wall of data.
- Guile Hero: Talks Jerome into delaying his plan to kill him by pointing out that Jerome is too much of a showman to kill someone as famous as Bruce Wayne when there's no one there to watch him do it. Notably, Jerome tells Bruce that he knows he is just trying to buy himself time so that he can find an opportunity to escape, but still thinks he has a point about the lack of showmanship of his current plan, so he ends up doing what Bruce wants anyway. Bruce also shows this tendency in less life-threatening situations, such as by living with Selena and Ivy for awhile in earlier seasons in order to better understand criminals, and acting like a Rich Idiot with No Day Job if it suits his plans to be underestimated.
- The Heart: As fitting for the youngest and most sheltered character, he's very openly emotional, trusting, and honest, even if he needs a push in the right direction sometimes. Knowing he grows into a character who at best be described as quiet and inscrutably serious is rather heartbreaking.
- He Knows Too Much: Which is why the Wayne Enterprises board of directors wants him dead.
- Heroic Willpower: Bruce is able to resist his brainwashing preformed on him by the Shaman and doesn't kill even when ordered to do so. In fact the shock of actually fatally stabbing Alfred is enough to break him out of his condition entirely. Ra's Al-Ghul is delighted by this as Bruce's willpower means that he is truly worthy to become Ra's heir.
- Horrible Judge of Character: Bruce hasn't developed his detective skills just yet, falling for the fake nice acts of Galavan and Silver. Selina calls him out on this. The following season it's shown he learns - he immediately sees through Maria Kyle's need for money being the reason she returned to Gotham, where this time it's Selina who's desperately hoping for the best.
- I Work Alone: After being burned by Selina and frustrated by Gordon's lack of progress in his parents' case, he develops this mentality. Then Reality Ensues a few episodes later when Bruce goes on a long hike without Alfred, and promptly falls down a hill and sprains his ankle. Some gentle prodding from Alfred makes him realise that sometimes it's good to have people to rely on.
- Innocently Insensitive: Sometimes he's this, especially whenever he's talking to Selina since he's prone to be disapproving of her lifestyle.
- It's All My Fault: Bruce feels guilty over not having done anything to stop his parents' deaths. But as Selina points out, there wasn't much he could do.Bruce: And you saw me? What I did? What I didn't do?Selina: What are you talking about? What could you have done?Bruce: I don't know, something!Selina: You're dreaming, kid. A gun's a gun.
- It's Not You, It's My Enemies: A large-scale version: Jeremiah almost kills Gordon and Leslie to get at him, while Nyssa Al Ghul almost destroys the city to pay him back for the death of Ra's. Consequently, he leaves Gotham to get the training he needs to become Batman, but also so the people he loves won't be targeted by those gunning for him.
- Just a Kid: He has a long way to go before he becomes the Dark Knight, and he hates being reminded of the fact.
- Kid Detective: In addition to hunting his parents' murderer, he's also looking into corruption in his parents' company. He's good enough that the Board at Wayne Enterprises wants him dead.
- Love Hurts: He's really hurt when Selina ends their friendship; it seems to have killed whatever childhood innocence was left in him. They make up, but their relationship thereafter is complicated, to say the least.Alfred: [Upon finding them having a conversation on the edge of a roof] Why can't you two go to the cinema like normal teenagers?!
- Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: While he and Selina are living together, he cooks, cleans and sews.
- My God, What Have I Done?: His encounter with Ivy in Wayne Manor and the subsequent hallucinations it causes make him realise what an ass he's been to Alfred.
- No Social Skills: Ever since his parents' murder, he's been having trouble talking to kids around his age (aside from Selina, who's not exactly normal). He seems more at ease with adults.
- Odd Friendship: With Selina Kyle, a street kid.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: In Season 4, after Bruce kills Ra's al Ghul, he is wracked with guilt, and starts barking at servants, is short with even Alfred, and starts partying at clubs and (under-age) drinking heavily.
- Orphan's Ordeal: Coping with the loss of his parents was traumatic enough for this trope, in itself; also coping with Alfred's stabbing, the corruption within his parents' business, and his own growing suspicion that Thomas had secrets of his own takes it Up to Eleven.
- Parental Abandonment: His parents were murdered in the first episode.
- Puppy Love: Becomes infatuated with Selina the moment he sets eyes on her. She's a lot savvier than he is and much as she grows to care for him, tends to give him the runaround until late season 4.
- Rich Idiot with No Day Job: Picks up a "billionaire brat" persona in "They Who Hide Behind Masks", throwing around money and pretending to be a spoiled brat. He plays it straight in season 4 when he drowns his horror at killing Ra's in underage drinking and partying.
- Self-Harm: Another part of training himself not to feel fear.
- Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: He has a very formal way of speaking, even as a ten-year-old boy. This gets him into trouble the first time he tries to pass for a streetwise teen so he can investigate a crime.
- Ship Tease: He and Selina are already entering the Dating Catwoman relationship.
- Skyward Scream: After his parents are killed.
- Spoiled Sweet: Empathizes quite intensely with the homeless orphans in the second episode, trying to help however he can (eventually donating clothes when Gordon tells him throwing money at them won't solve their problems).
- Spotting the Thread: It's Bruce's observation that the killer had shiny shoes that causes Gordon to suspect that there was more to the murder than a simple mugging, and then confirm that the supposed killer had been framed.
- Stalker with a Crush: He's seen looking in on Selina during one of her thefts after he becomes Batman, and she instantly knows it's him.
- Stealth Hi/Bye: Is already practicing this, apparently, as Alfred mentions that Bruce has done this more than once to him. He pulls it on Selina, and the experienced thief is impressed by how quietly he can move. In the Season 4 premiere he pulls a full Batman-style version on Gordon for the first time, to Gordon's utter confusion, and does it to Bullock midway through season 5. He does it in the middle of a crowded room in "They Did What?"Bullock: (impressed) Kid's fast.
- Stiff Upper Lip: As advised by Alfred when surrounded by the media after his parents' murder.
- Stronger Than They Look: Bruce has taken a gradual level in badass over the first three seasons, and it shows when he assists Selina in stealing a MacGuffin from the Court Of Owls - there are laser triggers for alarms all over the floor, so in order for Selina to reach the case, she uses a crossbow to fire a cable across the room to act as a tightrope and it's secured by Bruce, holding Selina up and keeping the rope taut enough to walk across by himself.
- Survivor's Guilt: Made quite clear in "Harvey Dent" he is suffering from this. He asked Selina if she saw how he didn't do anything to protect his parents. Selina is completely baffled, as she knows there was nothing he could have done.
- Thou Shalt Not Kill: In Season 3, after beating the living daylights out of Jerome and almost killing him, this becomes his mantra. It's shown that these aren't just words either: Bruce's commitment to preserving life is so strong that even after being brainwashed by the Shaman, Bruce is unable to so much as order the deaths of the people responsible for taking his parents life's. The closest he comes to breaking this vow is in the season 3 finale when Ra's brainwashes him to murder Alfred, and even then he only goes through with it because Alfred tells him it's okay. The shock and horror of fatally stabbing Alfred is enough to break him free of his conditioning. He finally subverts this trope in "The Blade's Path", where he actually kills Ra's al Ghul when he threatens to eventually kill his loved ones. He reacts exactly as you'd expect. In season 4 he's shown to have fallen into a deep depression over it, which sees him pushing Alfred and Selina away.
- Token Good Teammate: To Wayne Enterprises, by proxy.
- Took a Level in Badass: Lots of them. He steadily gets more and more physically impressive, with training from Alfred and later the League of Assassins meaning that by season 5 he's thrashing near enough the entire Mutant gang by himself. But we also see his mental transformation, in how he steadily gains more insight and ability into how Gotham really works - going from a clueless child to someone who puzzles out near-enough on his own the goings on at Wayne Enterprises.
- Took a Level in Jerkass:
- His obsession with finding his parents' killer grows all-consuming at the start of Season 2, with his actively chewing out Gordon for not taking every measure possible to help him while on the force (which guilts Jim into making a deal with Penguin, one that ends with him killing a man). However, once Jim nearly gets killed in a shoot-out at the GCPD, he makes a point of apologising.
- Again in season 4 - he experiences severe guilt over killing Ra's, leading to his losing himself in parting and underage drinking. He alienates both Alfred and Selina and even fires his butler from being his legal guardian once Alfred tries to bring him to his senses. The two reconcile later in the season once Bruce realises what an ass he's been.
- Tritagonist: Gets the most character development besides Gordon and Penguin.
- Troubling Unchildlike Behavior:
- Well, all those attempts to face and overcome fear he has become obsessed with are definitely not typical child behavior. Alfred has no idea how to cope with it.
- Most kids would be a nervous wreck after being kidnapped and nearly murdered. Bruce admits to Lee that experience made him feel more alive than ever.
- He admits that he wants to kill the man who murdered his parents, though he grows out of it.
- Two First Names: Per the DC Comics characters norm.
- Tranquil Fury: When facing down Jerome in the hall of mirrors, Bruce's fury over the apparent murder of Alfred is expressed as a cold rage that has him hitting Jerome harder than ever and being incredibly brutal in the fight. Then he sees himself in Jerome's clown akeup in the mirror and realises he's Not So Different from the psycho after all.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Even after the death of his parents, he's quite open and trusting in the first couple of seasons. By season three, he's becoming more secretive and suspicious, and season four has him adopting a "spoiled rich brat" public persona to conceal his goals - though it's very much not an act for the first half of the season.
- UST: With Selina
- Vengeance Feels Empty: He suffers from this after he killed Ra's al Ghul, who was indirectly responsible for his parents' murder.
- When He Smiles: He's usually brooding, so seeing him smile like whenever he's playing around with Selina makes it all the more special.
- Wise Beyond Their Years: While still childish in some ways, he still shows a great level of maturity and intelligence for a child his age. Best exemplified in his detective skills. "The Demon's Head" highlights this, having Bruce console a boy his own age who just lost his grandfather with the wisdom of someone matured by his own grief.
- What the Hell, Hero?: He's shocked when Selina kills Reggie. He calls her out later, but she defends herself by arguing that it had to be done.
- Wrong Genre Savvy: Seems to have Selina pegged as a young Femme Fatale and was (justifiably) suspicious of her offer to let him kiss her. Turns out she just wanted to kiss him.
The Wayne family butler and Bruce's guardian now that his parents are gone.
- Adaptational Badass: While he's often portrayed as a Badass Grandpa in the comics, his combat skills are rarely on show as much as here.
- Adaptational Dumbass: He's certainly not stupid, but in the comics he's often portrayed as just as skilled as Bruce at using Batman's computers and gadgets. Here, he and Bruce need Lucius Fox for dealing with breaking into Thomas Wayne's computer systems.
- Adaptational Personality Change: Previous live-action adaptations of Alfred depict him as being almost always proper and polite in dealing with others and acting as a Servile Snarker in order to be a counterpoint to Batman's intensity and focus. In this series, Alfred is a much coarser character, speaking flippantly to Gordon and even angrily berating Bruce for disobeying him (while still calling the boy "Master"). The press materials says he's from the East End, a rough neighborhood.
- Artistic License Military: it's repeatedly brought up that he was in the Special Air Service after the Royal Marines. The SAS is actually part of the British Army; being part of the Special Boat Service would be more likely.
- The Atoner: Revealed in conversation with Tiffany that he saw looking after Bruce as making up for the violence of his past.
- Battle Butler: But of course. This version of Alfred is specifically described in the press materials to a "tough-as-nails ex-marine from East London." Case in point: When Gordon, Montoya, and Allen are sneaking up on Wayne Manor, Alfred goes out with a knife and takes down Allen and gets the drop on Gordon and Montoya before Gordon talks him down. In "Lovecraft", he's able to take on professional assassins in a fist-fight, and shoots and kills one from quite a distance as they flee the manor.Ivy: Who are you, his bodyguard?
Alfred: If need be, Miss, yes.
- Badass Grandpa: He's second only to Gordon in combat abilities.
- Badass in Distress: In season 4, thanks to Jeremiah Valeska.
- Badass Teacher: He's realised by season 2 that if he's unable to dissuade Bruce from finding out who killed his parents, he's going to make sure he's as well-prepared for it as can be. Best seen when he fights Cupcake, offering a runnincg commentary to Bruce on the weaknesses in his technique even when he's taking a severe beating and ending the fight in a way that shows Bruce how to take down a larger, stronger opponent.
- Because I Said So: Pulls this when Bruce asks why he has to go back to school.
- Berserk Button: Any hint of Bruce being in danger and he will come after those responsible, no questions asked.
- Career-Ending Injury: The brutal beating he got from Bane left him walking with a cane ten years later, ending his days of actively assisting Bruce.
- Combat Pragmatist: He uses whatever he can find to fight off armed assassins assaulting Wayne Manor, including a cane and a dropped pistol.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Defeats Zsasz in about 5 seconds in "The Trial of Jim Gordon", though Zsasz has the excuse of being Brainwashed and Crazy due to Ivy. Is on the receiving end a few episodes later, courtesy of Bane.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Implied to have been a POW once.
- Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: He's visibly unsure what to do with himself once Bruce fires him.
- Do Wrong, Right: Or rather do murderous retribution right. He's very much against Bruce's vow to kill the people responsible for his parents' death, but once he sees how set Bruce is on it, he first offers to do the deed for him so he won't have a death on his conscience, then starts tutoring Bruce in the fine art of unarmed combat so that he'll at least be physically prepared for it.
- Elites Are More Glamorous: Is a former Special Air Service member.
- Et Tu, Brute?: Alfred gets stabbed and is badly wounded by his old wartime buddy, Reggie, who was ordered by the Wayne Enterprises board of directors to kill Alfred. Luckily, he was only hospitalised as a result.
- Fire-Forged Friends: With Selina: while they have multiple rocky patches (her killing Reggie, his throwing her out after the fight with Five in season 3) by late season 4 they've both come to accept the other as having Bruce's best interests at heart - in their own way.
- Good Is Not Soft: He loves Bruce like a son, and is unquestionably one of the good guys - but as a former SAS member, he's far more willing to take extreme courses of action in pursuit of Bruce's safety than Gordon. He was more than willing to let Bruce beat a bullying Tommy Elliot senseless, engaged in Cold-Blooded Torture with Kathryn, flat-out killed the Shaman to ensure he didn't make Bruce destroy the city, and has killed numerous mooks in the various scrapes they get into.
- Guttural Growler: Comes with being played by Sean Pertwee.
- Honor Before Reason: Thomas' instructions for him if he ended up being Bruce's guardian were to let Bruce choose his own path. That means if Bruce doesn't want to see a psychiatrist, he won't see a psychiatrist - and if Bruce wants to be a crime-fighting vigilante, well...
- Hypocrite: When Bruce wants to kill the man who killed his parents, Alfred says he'll do it for him so he won't have a death on his conscience. And yet he slugs Selina for doing that exact thing, when she kills Reggie to protect Bruce and keep his hands clean. To be 100% fair, that was likely more because stabbing or no, Reggie was still an old friend.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: We know that he cares about Bruce, but he comes off as extremely abrasive, though this appears to be a sort of tough love approach. This is well exhibited at the beginning of "Selina Kyle", where after learning that Bruce has been burning himself to "test his own strength", he responds by first seizing him and calling him a "stupid boy", followed immediately by tightly hugging him and trying to reassure him.
- Like a Son to Me: He clearly cares for Bruce as if he were his own son. He finally straight up says Bruce is the only son he'll ever have in "They Did What?"
- Made of Iron: Much like Gordon, Penguin and other characters, he's taken a lot of abuse in the series and kept on trucking. Best seen in season 2 when he's knifed in the back by Tabitha, buried alive and tasered by uncomprehending cops. Only the last keeps him down, and he's back on his feet in a few hours tops.
- The Obi-Wan: Once he's made up his mind to support Bruce on his quest for justice, he's the one that insists he get the training for it, as well as pushing him to appreciate the value of Thou Shalt Not Kill. By the start of season 4 he's also teaching Bruce of the value of the good he can do as Bruce Wayne, not just a vigilante.
- Odd Friendship: He and Lucius establish an alliance when both realize that they care for Bruce as his guardians. He's also got this with Harvey Bullock.
- Only a Flesh Wound: He takes a bullet to the upper arm but shoos paramedics away and spends the rest of the episode seemingly no worse for wear. Averted when his old friend, Reggie, stabbed him in the chest and put him in the hospital.
- Open-Minded Parent: Thomas Wayne's will said that Bruce should choose his own path, so Alfred gives Bruce quite a bit of leeway. He still insists that Bruce go back to school and be around kids his own age, and as seen with his strictness about meal times, he has his limits in how far he'll go.
- Papa Wolf: Not even a gunshot wound is enough to slow Alfred down if he thinks Bruce is in danger.
- While at a Wayne Enterprises event, when he sees poison gas about to enter the room, he takes off his jacket and puts it around Bruce's head to protect him.
- When he and Harvey arrive at where Bruce and Selina are being held in "Lovecraft", two goons immediately open fire on them. Bullock takes cover. Alfred advances into the ambush.note
- Parental Substitute: To Bruce, along with Gordon.
- Parents as People: There's no doubt that he and Bruce love each other, but Alfred's parenting methods are rather harsh, particularly since Bruce is so sensitive and recently traumatized. While Tough Love is shown to be his default style, it's also indicated that he resorts to it because he's unsure how else to proceed, struggling to provide the father figure Bruce needs in the sudden absence of the Waynes. In the early seasons he often has to ask Gordon for help when it comes to Bruce's more emotional outbursts.
- Promoted to Parent: After the Waynes are killed, he becomes Bruce's legal guardian.
- Retired Badass: An ex-Marine AND SAS member. He's capable of keeping up with and beating much younger assailants.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Goes ballistic when his waitress friend Tiffany is killed by her abusive boyfriend to frame him, immediately tracking him down and kicking the crap out of him regardless of the fact he's a wanted man.
- Semper Fi: Alfred is a former Royal Marine. It should be noted that Royal Marines Commandos are different to the American Military branch that share their name. They are amphibious trained and special operations capable. Their nearest equivalent would be Force Recon US Marines.
- Servile Snarker: This version of Alfred is an extremely blatant version of a servile snarker. His voice practically drips with venom as he inserts himself into Gordon and Bruce's conversation at the end of the pilot episode.Gordon: We killed an innocent man.
Alfred: Riiight... So? Who did it, then?
Gordon: I don't know.
Alfred: I see. Sterling work there then, mate, innit?
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: Upon meeting an old friend from the army, he quickly grows uneasy reminiscing about their missions and says the faces of everyone he killed still haunt him.
- Sherlock Scan: In season 4 he can tell from the way a potential assailant is standing that he's out of shape and three drinks in, shortly before kicking his ass.
- Ship Tease: Alfred tries hitting on Leslie when attending a charity ball. Doesn't go anywhere in following seasons though, and is likely just a Mythology Gag regarding their comics relationship.
- Shipper on Deck: Zigzagged with his attitude to Bruce and Selina. Although he initially dislikes Selina because of the danger she puts Bruce in, he still encourages Bruce's crush on her (mainly because she's the first one to get him laughing and smiling again). Then she kills Reggie, and he tells her to stay far away from Bruce as possible. Things change though, and by late season 4 he's visibly come to accept it.
- The Soulsaver:
- When Bruce tells him he wants to kill the man who killed his parents, he merely replies that Bruce is too young to have a death on his conscience....so he'll do it for him.
- Takes a darker turn in season 2 when he adamantly tries to defeat Bruce's efforts to identify his parents' killers, knowing that doing so will just bring greater levels of emotional pain and vengeance.
- Taken to even greater extremes at the end of Season 3, when Ra's al Ghul commands brainwashed Bruce to kill Alfred, and the captive butler sincerely insists that he's willing to let him, if that's what it takes to bring Bruce back to himself. Because he knows if he doesn't say so, Bruce will never be able to live with what Ra's is compelling him to do.
- Sour Supporter: He's not too keen on having Selina Kyle stay in Wayne Manor.....until he sees her and Bruce playing and laughing together. While his attitude to her is all over the place in following seasons, by the end of season 4 he's warmed up to her.
- Stiff Upper Lip: Alfred instructs Bruce to steel himself and not let the public see him cry as they walk away from where Bruce's parents are lying dead.
- 10-Minute Retirement: He's fired by Bruce in the middle of season 4, but the two mend fences later.
- Threat Backfire: His promising Lucius Fox he'd tuck him up like a kipper if he betrayed his and Bruce's trust in any way might have gone better if Lucius had any idea what a kipper was.
- Tough Love: Part of it's his Jerk with a Heart of Gold personality, but part of it's the fact he's struggling to deal with having to act as Bruce's Parental Substitute so unexpectedly.
Alfred: Don't look. Head up, eyes front! Don't let them see you cry.
- He gives Bruce a comforting hug after his parents are killed, and then he instructs him to not be seen crying in public.
- He also finds Bruce crying after Selina both rejects him and tells him that she lied about seeing his parents' killer, then asks if Bruce would like to sweep up the mess and move on or if he would like to keep crying.
- Bruce falls on a hike and sprains an ankle, then climbs all the way up the hill only to find Alfred sitting there with a fire, clearly settled in. When Bruce asks why he did nothing to help, Alfred answers, "I didn't put you there, did I?" In this case, Bruce has been pushing everyone away - this is Alfred's way of making him realise he needs help sometimes.
- Undying Loyalty: To the Waynes, even after their death. He resolves to follow Thomas' instructions for him as Bruce's guardian: "let him choose his own path".
- Ungrateful Bastard: Openly slaps Selina for her killing of Reggie - despite that being her doing it because Bruce couldn't, so he couldn't expose them to the board of Wayne Enterprises.
- Verbal Tic: He addresses people as "mate" instead of "sir" like you would expect from a butler. He does seem to reserve this for people he doesn't work for, though. He changes his tune by the second episode, though, when he needs help with Bruce.
- Worthy Opponent: Exchanges nods of wry respect with Victor Zsasz in "Pax Penguina", when the two men draw on each other simultaneously at the opening of the Iceberg Lounge.
- Would Hit a Girl: Rare heroic example.
- Immediately socks a female assassin on the jaw once he realizes that she's at Wayne Manor to hurt the children.
- He slaps Selina for killing Reggie.
- When confronting Kathryn during a police interrogation, he stabs her through the hand without a second thought.
- Would Hurt a Child: Slaps Selina, who can't be more than 14 at that point, for killing Reggie.
A middle management executive at Wayne Enterprises and former employee of Well Zyn, the developers of Viper.
- Alliterative Name: Molly Mathis.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: At first she she seems like a nice person, then we find out she's involved in corrupt and unethical business practices, like the creation of Viper. Then she orders a hit on Alfred.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: She's among the corrupt executives working within Wayne Enterprises. Enough to hire a spy to look into Bruce's findings and kill Alfred.
- Disc-One Final Boss: It looks like she's responsible for the Wayne murders with other corrupt members of Wayne Enterprises - then season 3 reveals they're actually beholden to the Court of Owls.
- Oh, Crap!: She clearly didn't enjoy the news that Bruce was researching "irregularities" in the company.
- Small Role, Big Impact: Mathis is only in the show for two episodes but her impact is vital to Bruce's overall storyline.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Mathis' arc fizzles out once Bruce starts looking into the Court of Owls. There has been no mention of her ever since she put a hit out on Bruce Wayne and become a Karma Houdini in her actions.
- Would Hurt a Child: She (and the rest of the Board) have no problem killing Bruce so they can continue their illegal activities.
A Wayne Enterprises executive who hired Reggie to look into Bruce's investigation of the company.
- Affably Evil: Openly admits that Wayne Enterprises subverts regulations every way it can, but comes across as fairly nice despite catching Bruce breaking into his office.
- Breaking Speech: Gives one to Bruce how every Wayne family member finds out about the company's corruption and tries to stop it only for them just to accept it as normal business practices.
- Cold-Blooded Torture: Theo is subjecting him to some brutal torture since he requires his help with his own Evil Plan.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: By his own admission and apparently very proud of it.
- Eye Scream: Tabitha rips out his eye so they can pass through his security safe.
- No, Mr. Bond, I Expect You to Dine: He is very insistent in offering Bruce a cookie.
- Pet the Dog: Seems to genuinely offer Bruce a chance to get out of his troubles with the Board by warning Bruce to just accept the truth and live the life outside of the corruption that his parents wanted him to have.
- Uncertain Doom: He has one of his eyes ripped out by Tabitha. Afterwards, there has been no mention of him or his fate.
Thomas and Martha Wayne
The wealthy leaders of Wayne Enterprises, and the loving parents of Bruce Wayne. They're gunned down in front of their young son during a fateful encounter with a mysterious masked killer.
- Adaptational Badass: In every other version of the Batman story, Bruce's parents are simply there to get killed in front of him and instill his hatred of crime. This time, Thomas is revealed to have been well on his way to becoming a crime fighter himself when he was killed, and it's clear that Bruce's transformation into Batman will be built on what he started. This seems to be inspired by the comics story Flashpoint, which presented an alternate universe in which Thomas became Batman.
- Broken Pedestal: Bruce is devastated to learn his father was eventually convinced to let the company's sordid dealings continue, and adds him to his board of suspects. But soon realized he didn't have a choice.
- The Bus Came Back: Sort of: In an attempt to become the most important person in Bruce's life, Jeremiah Valeska had Tetch whammy two similar-looking people who then got exacting plastic surgery to look like Thomas and Martha.
- Death by Origin Story: Whoever killed them is the mystery the main characters are trying to solve. The mystery is solved before the second season is out, but the real story is just beginning, with Bruce's quest to find the killers gradually advancing from corrupt Wayne Enterprises to the Court of Owls and eventually Ra's Al Ghul.
- Dies Wide Open: Both Waynes die like this, Martha instantly and Thomas managing to lock eyes with his son for an instant before expiring.
- Happy Flashback: Bruce flashes back to hiking and watching the sunrise with his father in "Scarecrow".
- Incorruptible Pure Pureness: You've got to give them credit for trying to improve the quality of life in Gotham City. Thomas in particular hid a lot of secrets that only proved how saintly he was.
- Posthumous Character: Considering that it's their murder which kicks off the plot...
- Token Good Teammate:
- As far as the Wayne Enterprises management is concerned. They were the only ones who saw Viper and its sequel, Venom, for the bad news they really were.
- Thomas was also this to the Indian Hill team; he was ultimately the only one who cared about those being subjected to its human enhancement project, even sending them into hiding for their own protection.
See the Jeremiah Valeska section
Dr. Gerry Lang
The director of Arkham Asylum.
- Bald, Black Leader Guy: The ultimate authority in Arkham is bald and black.
- Hate Sink: He constantly acts as antagonistic as possible to Gordon and ensures that his time at Arkham is a living hell. Absolutely no tears are shed when he's killed by his own inmates.
- Jerkass: He repeatedly blames Gordon for things that are not his fault and that he couldn't have prevented. When a fight breaks out during a play and there are several guards around, Gordon becomes his scapegoat by virtue of being the one to break it up. Subverted in that once confronted with the facts he does help Bullock with the investigation by explaining the risks of electroshock, and points out that someone Gordon thinks is on his staff really isn't...
- Jerkass Has a Point: He insists the electroshock torture was done by an inmate and not a member of the staff, and the victim was clinically alive, if braindead, and thus no murder had been committed. While he may have done so just to prevent the police from getting involved, he was right.
- Karmic Death: Killed by inmates that got out due to his flippant disregard for proper security.
- Obstructive Bureaucrat: When one of the patients has undergone electroshock therapy that rendered them braindead, he declared that since he was still breathing there was no murder, and so there was no need to call the cops for a simple case of in-house violence.
- Monster Clown: The Crane fear-toxin makes Reed hallucinate a very nasty one. After Scarecrow's brainwashing, he applied clown makeup to himself and joins Arkham's other lunatics in menacing Jim Gordon.
- Never My Fault: Acts like he doesn't know what Gordon and Bullock are talking about when they question him about Jonathan, then instantly switches to claiming the Merton gang threatened him when he realizes the police have proof the younger Crane was taken by the gang.
- The Shrink: Of the Harmful variety. Reed apparently made no effort to cure Jonathan of his toxin-induced hallucinations, only to keep his patient "manageable". His methods of doing so consisted of shock treatment, isolation, and exploiting the young man's terror of scarecrow-imagery.
People of Gotham
Initially one of the medical staffers at Arkham Asylum, after the medical examiner at the GCPD is fired, she takes his spot in the office. She served as medical examiner for three seasons before leaving the position at the end of Season 3 after a major falling out with Jim after he killed her fiance. Returns to become the de facto ruler of the Narrows, Gotham's slums in season 4 via a shaky alliance with the Riddler before reconciling with Jim in season 5 and marrying him.
- Abhorrent Admirer: Attracts her own in season 4 in the shape of the Riddler, who becomes obsessed with getting her to unleash her inner darkness once more.
- Action Survivor: Has survived Barbara trying to kill her numerous times, Jerome taking her hostage and Eduardo having his men try to execute her, but she's a lot tougher than she appears and always manages to fight her way out.
- Adaptational Attractiveness: In the comics, Leslie is an older, matronly mentor figure to Bruce. In this series, it's Morena "Inara" Baccarin!
- Age Lift: Inverted; unlike other characters, she goes in the opposite direction, being younger than Alfred, whereas their comic counterparts are around the same age. Her comics counterpart is also around Thomas Wayne's age, whereas Baccarin is quite a bit younger than Grayson McCouch, who plays Thomas Wayne.
- Agent Mulder: Season 1 shows she's a bit more willing to believe in supernatural theories than Jim.
- She and Barbara are this for the first few seasons due to Barbara's belief she stole Jim from her - even after her being cured from the Tetch virus the first thing she does when she sees a resurrected Barbara is punch her in the face. Cools off in season 5; the two reconcile during the birth of Barbara's daughter, enough that the younger Barbara is given the middle name Lee as a reminder of who's watching her back in Gotham.
- In season 4 she regards Sofia Falcone as this after she smashes Lee's hand to get at Gordon.
- Ascended Extra: Once a recurring character in Season 1, now a main character in the following seasons.
- The Atoner: Becomes this as of season 4, in light of her actions while under the influence of the Tetch Virus in season 3. Since she stopped Jim from preventing the virus' release, she has returned to Gotham to help out in the Narrows, the slums of Gotham, which were hit the hardest by the outbreak.
- Back-Alley Doctor: "The Blade's Path" reveals that she became this after returning to Gotham.
- Berserk Button: As of "Anything For You", just Nygma's presence is this. She despises him for what he had done to her and Jim, and especially for Kristen's death, but they're in a bizarre Catch-22 position where she can't do anything serious to him (bar a good right cross) due to his position as Mayor Cobblepot's Chief-of-Staff, nor he to her due to her marrying the son of Carmine Falcone.
- Blood-Splattered Wedding Dress: After making the mistake of being near Mario when Jim catches him in full "If I Can't Have You..." mode.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Through first her exposure to the Tetch virus, and later Hugo Strange putting a mind-control chip in her head for Nyssa Al Ghul.
- But Now I Must Go: After being cured, Lee decides to take a proper leave from Gotham but promises to come back once Gordon makes Gotham better for everyone, including both of them. She does, but it takes another season before reconciling with Jim, then marrying him.
- Cat Fight: With Barbara in the Season 1 finale.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: Shows shades of this whenever Barbara's around, or Jim has to go to her for help. More justified than most examples given her long history with Barbara.
- Commuting on a Bus: She's absent for the latter half of season two and a good chunk of early season 3 due to Baccarin's real life pregnancy. She also misses the first half of season 5 due to the actress's other commitments.
- Composite Character: She's obviously got the medical background and caring nature of the comics version of Leslie, but she also shares many traits with comic!Sarah Essen from Batman: Year One, being is a close ally of Gordon and has an affair with him.
- Conscience Makes You Go Back: Come season 4, she returns to Gotham to help the victims of the virus.
- Deadpan Snarker: Most notably in season 3 and 4, where she's gotten way more jaded.Lee: Theo Galavan's dead.Jerome: No! Who beat me to it?Lee: ...which time?
- Despair Event Horizon: After a gruelling road, Lee crosses the line in "All Will be Judged;" lost in her hatred of Gordon and deciding that there is no justice or hope to be found in Gotham, she injects herself with the Alice Tetch virus.
- Disney Villain Death: She and Ed stab each other to death at the end of season4. They're both back on their feet in season 5, thanks to Hugo Strange.
- Fingore: When Lee refuses to accept Sofia's terms to relinquish control of the Narrows, Sofia shatters one of Lee's hands with a hammer.
- Flanderisation: Her season 5 portrayal is much closer to the compassionate but strong-willed doctor she was in season 1 than the morally dubious gang boss of season 4 - likely to make her reconciliation with Jim more plausible.
- Hazy Feel Turn: Her portrayal in season 4 is interesting: she's trying to do good by ensuring the people to the Narrows are cared for and protected from the Penguin/Falcone gang war and still helps Jim find Jeremiah's bombs (even strong-arming Riddler into helping), but she's willing to both use dirty tactics (like poisoning a rival gang boss and ransoming the cure for the Narrows' safety) and later ally with the Riddler to rob banks to give them enough money to buy food for themselves.
- Honor Before Reason: She will never abandon her patient no matter what. Even if it's a pregnant Barbara.
- Hospital Hottie: She wears some outfits that are probably quite inappropriate for a doctor in a maximum security psychiatric hospital.
- The "I Love You" Stigma: She exploits Ed's feelings for her, saving the life of one of the contestants in his lethal gameshow by giving him a riddle where the obvious answer is "I love you". Due to his attraction to her (and aversion to positive feelings in general) he Cannot Spit It Out, and she wins.
- Improvised Weapon: Shattered her bathroom mirror and used one of the shards to defend herself against a knife-swinging Barbara.
- In-Series Nickname: Most of the characters refer refer to her as "Lee", something notably not present in the comics.
- Karma Houdini: She willingly steals and injects herself with the Tetch virus, assaults and infects Jim too, screws up his attempts to stop a gas bomb that directly caused dozens or hundreds more to be infected - and never gets punished. Jim even ends up marrying her a few seasons later.
- Karma Houdini Warranty: In a matter of speaking. The law couldn't get to her, but the weight of her conscience did, so she returned to Gotham to help the victims. She does end up getting some karmic retribution later on in Season 4 when Sofia seizes control of the Narrows from her and brutally mutilates her hand with a hammer.
- The Lost Lenore: Regards Mario as this after his death in season 3 - very, very inaccurately.
- Manipulative Bastard: She can't match his intelligence, but takes advantage of Riddler's prior attraction to her, emotionally playing him like a fiddle throughout season 4.
- Ms. Fanservice: She's always wearing short skirts and fancy dresses in most of her appearances.
- Never My Fault: Blames Gordon for everything that goes wrong in her life in season 3, ignoring that she completely blanked Jim's warnings that Mario was infected with the Tetch virus, and Mario's own increasingly sketchy behaviour towards her. Tellingly, despite Jim, Hharvey, Barnes and even Carmine Falcone all pointing out to her that a. Jim saved her life and b. she obviously still has feelings towards him , she ignores all of them and ends up injecting both herself and Gordon with the virus.
- New Job as the Plot Demands: Moves from Arkham to the GCPD as the new coroner almost as soon as Jim is reinstated there.
- Nice Girl: Jerkass moments aside, Lee is overall a kind, caring and compassionate woman. Gets thrown out the window in season 3 and 4, but comes back in season 5.
- Not So Different: From Barbara, interestingly - once their lives go sideways in seasons 1 and 3 respectively both display an utterly irrational hatred of/obsession with Jim, both are unwilling to admit their roles in their own downfalls, both end up becoming gang leaders in their own right - and both end up redeemed, even sharing the name of Barbara's daughter.
- Official Couple: While they have their fair share of snags along the way, eventually becomes this with Jim - getting married late in season 5.
- Offscreen Moment of Awesome: When Eduardo orders his men to kill her out of sight of Jim, by the time Gordon fights off Eduardo to get to her, she's dispatched her would-be executioner with two pistol rounds.
- Only Sane Man: Frequently, most notably when pointing out the flaws in Jim's alliance with Penguin to take down Galavan.Lee: You're on the run from the law, you want to attack the mayor with the help of a depraved sociopath, that's not crazy?!Penguin: I can hear you.Lee: Shh! Don't speak!
- Parental Substitute: She's not shown interacting with Bruce all that often, but Jeremiah Valeska regards her as this enough to target her in season 5.
- Pet the Dog: She strongly implies she came to have real feelings for Ed in season 4 when she stabs him, but that Ed's psychosis would never let her be the Lee Ed wanted.
- Promoted to Love Interest: In the comics, Leslie has occasionally been a potential love interest for Alfred, and has rarely, if ever, interacted directly with Gordon or the Gotham Police Department. Here, she's working for them, and is forming a very close bond with Gordon himself.
- Real Life Writes the Plot: As of mid-Season 2, Leslie Thompkins was pregnant with Gordon's baby. In real life, Morena Baccarin had her partner Ben McKenzie's baby around this time. Interestingly, subverted in practice - interviews indicated that the writers had always planned on doing a pregnancy storyline anyway, and real events simply tied into that.
- Related in the Adaptation: The comic version of Lee was not married to James Gordon.
- Revenge: Is determined to gain this on Sofia Falcone after she's forced out of the Narrows, even going so far as to work with Penguin and Riddler to get rid of her. She ends up shooting her in the head while she's distracted trying to kill Jim, and crushes the hand of Sofia's underboss Samson as symbolic retribution.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Does this several times, leaving Gotham after Jim chooses his crusade against Galavan over her and their unborn child in season 2, then again in season 3 after the anarchy caused by the Tetch virus iunleashes her own dark side (though it turns out she never left, just cut all contact with the rest of the main cast members).
- Super Doc: Is apparently qualified to do everything from provide trauma counselling to obstetrics.
- Surgeons Can Do Autopsies If They Want: Leslie is first seen as a physician at Arkham Asylum. A few weeks afterwards, she takes up the post of medical examiner. Two very different specialties are involved here.
- Took a Level in Badass: She becomes a lot tougher and more self-confident in Season 4 when she takes over the Narrows. She's far more physically capable too, as shown when she takes down Firefly by destroying her fuel tank.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Hugely in season 3 when Jim kills her husband Mario (unbeknownst to her, infected with the Tetch Virus) to save her life. She constantly blames and berates him, even after she discovers the truth of Mario's affliction. It ends up with her taking the Tetch virus, then forcing it on Jim too.
- Took a Level in Kindness:
- After Gordon cures her in the Season 3 finale, she decides to leave Gotham after all the trauma she's experienced, although she does leave him an uplifting goodbye letter saying that she believes he can save Gotham and that when he does, she'll come back to him, implying that she's finally forgiven him for Mario's death.
- She's a lot nicer in season 5 than the prior season, eventually marrying Gordon.
- Ungrateful Bastard: She hates Jim after he kills Mario who was seconds away from stabbing her. Even after medical examination confirms Jim's claim that he was infected with the Tetch virus, she still treats him with open disdain and later it's shown she STILL refuses to believe Mario was infected and trying to kill her.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom:
- She innocently asks Jim to look into Kringle's disappearance, which leads to a paranoid Nygma framing Gordon for killing a fellow officer, which kicks off the whole Mario subplot of Season 3 behind the scenes, which ultimately destroys Gordon's truce with Falcone, not to mention his relationship with her.
- Also, while talking with a resurrected Jerome, she confirms for him that Bruce Wayne is still alive, leading Jerome to go after Bruce Wayne to try to finish him off.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Gives Jim a LOT of these in the first two seasons, the kicker being when Jim chooses to go after Theo Galavan with Penguin instead of coming with her and their unborn child. Noticeably more so, but with far less justification in season 3 after everyone at the GCPD - Jim, Harvey, Barnes - all get fed up with her constantly blaming Jim for Mario's death.
- Yandere: Unsurprisingly, Alice's blood turns Lee into one for Gordon. She takes after Barnes's example, seeing the virus as a blessing rather than a curse, and wants Gordon to inject himself too so they can be psychopaths together, so much that she's willing to bury him alive to force it.
- You Are in Command Now: After Cherry's death, Lee finds herself in control of the Narrows, as she was one of the most well-respected members of the community.
Yes, that Tom Elliot. He's a schoolmate of Bruce Wayne and they don't exactly get along.
- Adaptational Jerkass: Originally, in the comics, Tommy Elliot's parents were friends with the Waynes back when they were still alive. Young Tommy was likewise a good friend of Bruce's at least, initially. It wasn't until after Tommy's half-successful attempt to make himself a Self-Made Orphan that his friendship for Bruce turned antagonistic. But in Gotham, Tommy and Bruce despise each other right off the bat. He seems to have mellowed out with age, however.
- The Bully: Literally the first time we him, he's picking on Bruce.
- He ends up Bullying a Dragon when Bruce later shows up to beat Tommy senseless with his own father's watch for insulting his dead mother.
- The Bus Came Back: Returns in season 4 as a new friend of Bruce.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: Like other iconic characters, he hasn't done anything particular yet. But comic fans know that this is the kid who would later become Hush.
- Jerkass: Said bad things about Bruce's mom. This bites him in the ass hard.
- Malicious Misnaming: To "Brucey". Because, you know, he's an orphan.
- Nightmare Fetishist: Seems to really like talking about the gory aspects of his parents' death.
- Took a Level in Kindness: When he makes a return, he has noticeably mellowed out and admits that he was jerk and that Bruce "should have punched (him) harder, really."
- Two First Names: Per the DC Comics norm.
Oswald Cobblepot's mother.
- Adaptation Name Change: In the comics, Oswald's mother was Miranda Cobblepot. As course, his family in the comics has always been upper-class American or possibly even possessing some British ancestry (certain adaptations do depict him being raised in Britain at the very least), whereas where they hail from here is entirely unclear (see below).
- Broken Pedestal: Maroni tells her the truth about the Penguin's criminal doings to get back at him. She's devastated at the thought, but insists she'll always stand by Oswald even if he breaks her heart by telling her it's true. Being the Penguin, he lies to her yet again.
- Died in Your Arms Tonight: Dies in Oswald's arms.
- Disproportionate Retribution: Selling out someone to the secret police because you have a beef with his daughter certainly qualifies.
- Dreadful Musician: Well, singer actually. She doesn't have a good singing voice, but Oswald doesn't seem to care because she's his mother. When one of Oswald's patrons starts badmouthing Gertrud, Oswald decides to "talk" with him, killing the patron as his mother sang in the background.
- Everyone Has Standards: It's one thing to get a classmate's father arrested, but her son being a murderer devastated her. She also tries to no avail to convince Oswald against striking her captors, but Oswald assures her he's simply giving them what's coming. Too bad Butch had been released from his control...
- Like Mother, Like Son: Informing to the police on your enemies to get them out of the way seems to be a proud Kapelput / Cobblepot family tradition. But even the mother believes there's a certain limit, like murder.
- Living Emotional Crutch: She is very much this to her son. Out of all the characters in the show, she is the only one that Oswald genuinely loves, and she provides for him some much needed comfort and affection after a long, violent day in the criminal underworld. Once she is kidnapped (and eventually killed) by the Galavans, Oswald becomes a complete emotional wreck.
- My Beloved Smother: Anytime she doesn't see Oswald for more than a day, she believes he's been seduced by some painted hussy and insists that he can trust no one but her... while bathing him.
- Revenge by Proxy: She had a problem with a classmate at school, so she got the girls father in trouble. This, of course, makes Maroni getting back at Penguin just as indirectly, by trying to shatter her good impression of her son seem like karma.
- Ruritania: due to her accent.
- The Stool Pigeon: Of the Petty Patty variety, back in the "Old Country".
- What the Hell Is That Accent?: She speaks with a vaguely Germanic accent, but the only thing known about her Old Country is that in her youth it had a secret police. So it was likely somewhere that was under the control of the Soviet Bloc.
- "The Blade's Path" reveals that Gertrude was Hungarian.
A blind fortune teller in a circus that visits Gotham, as well as father to Jerome and Jeremiah Valeska.
- Blind Seer: In addition to actually being blind, serves as the fortune teller for Haley's Circus. It's left ambiguous as to whether his powers are real or not.
- Canon Foreigner: He's the father of the man who will eventually become The Joker - except it eventually turns out it isn't Jerome, but his other son, Jerome's twin brother Jeremiah. Whilst The Joker has alluded to his father in other media before, the man has never made a personal appearance, and its never been clear how much of what Joker says about him is true.
- Eye Scream: How Jerome kills him.
- Frame-Up: Was intended to be Jerome's fall guy for the Arkham breakout.
- Famous Last Words: His final prophecy, which he delivers to Jerome.Paul Cicero: You will be a curse upon Gotham. Children will wake from sleep, screaming at the thought of you! Your legacy will be death and madness!
- Psychic Powers: Toyed with. While most of his prophecies in his debut episode turn out to be lies to cover Jerome's tracks, his final prophecy turns out to be right on the money.
The wife of Victor Fries, whose desperation to cure her terminal illness causes him to become the villain Mr. Freeze.
- Ascended Extra: She's typically already frozen and simply serves as Mr. Freeze's motivation, with this show being one of the rare times she gets to be a character in her own right.
- Blood from the Mouth: Without her medication she starts hemorrhaging a frightening amount.
- Death by Adaptation: While typically she's still alive and frozen, and Victor's villainous actions are attempts to save her, here she kills herself in remorse for what she drove him to become and her failure to stop him, and he becomes Mr. Freeze by trying to kill himself with his formula afterwards.
- Face Death with Dignity: Once she decides to sabotage the cartridge, she holds herself together and says all the loving things she can to her husband without giving away what she did. Then she allows him to freeze her, knowing she will die.
- Friend to All Living Things: She was quite regretful of all the "mice" being killed so she could live. When she found out what was actually going on, well...
- Heroic BSoD: Victor told her he was using mice in his freezing experiments, and upon discovering he was actually using people, she simply sits and stares until the cops coincidentally arrive.
- Ill Girl: She's sick enough that the only option is to cryogenically freeze her so she'll live long enough for a cure to be developed.
- It Is Pronounced Tro Pay: Confirms to Harvey and Jim that her last name rhymes with "ice."
- Living MacGuffin: The entire motivation for Victor to become a supervillain.
- Undying Loyalty: Even though she's horrified by what Victor has done, she refuses to betray him since she knows he did it all for her.
A newly arrived reporter who quickly latches onto Gordon as her best source on the fight against the monsters infesting Gotham.
- Alliterative Name
- Cool Aunt: The aunt of regular Batman love interest Vicki Vale.
- Good Is Not Nice: She's a Jerkass, practically manipulating Gordon, but she is morally superior to most of the rest of the cast.
- Intrepid Reporter: She'll stop at nothing to get the scoop on Gotham's underbelly; clearly where her niece will learn it.
- Put on a Bus: Leaves before the Mad City arc finishes after Mad Hatter tries to kill her and Lee, but also seeing that Jim loved Lee more.
- Race Lift: Vicki Vale is typically portrayed as white, while her aunt is played by an actress of Korean descent.
- She's Got Legs: Valerie (similarly to that of Vicky in Tim Burton's Batman) has a lovely pair of legs - and she knows it. She is mostly wearing shorts and miniskirts that highlight them and even manages to seduce Gordon with them.
Ed's librarian love interest who bears more than a passing resemblance to Kristen Kringle.
- Aborted Arc: Whatever intense love story she was set up to have with Ed was cut prematurely short when she was hit by a train in her third appearance.
- Doppelgänger Replacement Love Interest: Her face looks exactly like Kristen Kringle's.
- Dropped a Bridge on Her: She was hit by a train and killed.
- Erotic Asphyxiation: She, ahem, really enjoyed helping Ed get past his fear of choking her to death.
- Identical Stranger: She's played by the same actress as Kristen, making her this, even more so when she changes her hair and wears glasses to look identical to Kkristen.
- The Lost Lenore: Isabella learns very quickly of Ed's past relationship and subsequent murder of Kristen, as well as her own resemblance to the dead woman and Ed's reaction to her. As of "Blood Rush", she deliberately invokes this trope, coloring her hair and wearing glasses to resemble Miss Kringle, much to Ed's initial panic.
- Meganekko: At first not obviously apparent, because she wears contact lenses. When she does wear her glasses one day, Ed suffers vivid hallucinations of Kristen Kringle.
- Replacement Goldfish: Initially, despite her face resembling Kristen's, Ed seems genuinely interested in her love of riddles as well. After she remakes herself to look like Kristen Kringle, Ed tells her to leave her glasses on, hinting at the start of this.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: Her favorite stories all invoke this - from Romeo and Juliet to Antony and Cleopatra, she seems drawn to tales of tragic love. Considering her rather extreme enthusiasm for Ed, despite or perhaps because of his past tragic love story with Kristen Kringle, one wonders if she plans to invoke this for herself and Ed.
The daughter of Jim Gordon and Barbara Kean, who was conceived after a one night stand and born during Gotham's separation from the mainland. We see her as a young girl in the Time Skip, where she lives happily with her father Jim and stepmother Lee.
- Adaptational Dye Job: She's a brunette instead of a redhead in this continuity. Ironically, her mother (who herself became blonde for the show) dyes her hair red during the time jump.
- Damsel in Distress: She's kidnapped by Jeremiah and left dangling above an Ace Chemicals vat. She's eventually saved by both her father and Batman.
- Has Two Mommies: She not only has a father but two mothers: one birth mother (Barbara) and one foster mother (Lee).
- Little Miss Badass: She saves her mother by chucking a small lamp at Ecco, freeing Barbara from her clutches. This should be expected from the little girl who would grow up to become Batgirl.
- Mythology Gag: The colors she wears in the time skip (purple and yellow) is a homage to the color scheme of her original Batgirl outfit.
- Named by the Adaptation: Is given the middle name Lee, after her stepmother Lee Thompkins.
The Van Dahl Family
Elijah Van Dahl
Oswald Cobblepot's biological father.
- Adaptation Name Change: In the comics, his name is Tucker Cobblepot.
- Casting Gag: Not the first time Paul Reubens played the Penguin's father.
- Died in Your Arms Tonight: Dies in Oswald's arms, much like Gertrud did.
- Good Parents: He really bonded with Oswald, during the short time they knew each other.
- Horrible Judge of Character: Seems oblivious that his wife only married him for his money.
- In the Blood: He admits to Oswald that all of the males in the family suffer from violent tendencies and urges his son not to give in to his demons.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: Realizes that Oswald's his son when they meet.
- Nice Guy: Doesn't hold Oswald's criminal past against him, in fact he's actually impressed that his son was a famous crime boss.
- The Teetotaler: His health prevents him from drinking. Tragically, he breaks this once to celebrate and ends up downing a glass of poison meant for his son.
- Too Good for This Sinful Earth: He's probably one of the very few compassionate people Penguin's encountered in his life and tragically dies completely by accident.
Grace Van Dahl
Oswald Cobblepot's stepmother.
- Arc Villain: She's pretty much a filler villain for the Penguin's story arc.
- Asshole Victim: You'll probably cheer upon seeing her death.
- Bullying a Dragon: Precisely how she thought treating someone she knows has been an extremely dangerous gang boss and murderer is beyond comprehension.
- Dead Guy on Display: Penguin turns her head into a trophy.
- Gold Digger: Is clearly after Elijah's wealth.
- I'm a Humanitarian: Oswald tricks her into eating her own children.
- Jerkass: Is extremely unpleasant to Oswald.
- Mummies at the Dinner Table: Penguin leaves her corpse literally at the dinner table for a couple of weeks.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Her Stupid Evil decisions accidentally triggers Oswald's memories, bringing the Penguin back.
- Off with His Head!: Penguin decides to decapitate her head and make it into a trophy to keep in his mansion.
- Oh, Crap!: She's quite shocked to discover that the Penguin fed her Sasha and Charles before learning that she's next on his kill list.
- Rich Bitch: She's wealthy and a total bitch.
- Slashed Throat: How she dies, courtesy of Oswald.
- Stupid Evil: Kept the poisoned sherry instead of disposing of it. Oswald even calls her on it.
- Tampering with Food and Drink: Discretely withholds Elijah's medication, giving him mints instead, to worsen his condition so she can inherit his money faster. She also poisons a bottle of sherry in hopes of killing Oswald, which Elijah ingested by mistake.
- Too Dumb to Live: Apparently she thought that it was a good idea to keep an emotionally unstable criminal psychopath as an abused servant under her control. Unsurprisingly, she ends up pushing him to far and he strikes back.
- Wicked Stepmother: A textbook case.
Sasha Van Dahl
Grace's daughter, and Oswald's stepsister.
- Asshole Victim: You'd probably be more disappointed that you didn't see her death before Penguin confirms it.
- Attempted Rape: Tries to force herself on Oswald.
- Co-Dragons: She and her brother are this for their mother.
- Honey Trap: She attempts this on Oswald, but since they're stepsiblings he doesn't bite.
- Jerkass: To Oswald, much like her mother.
- Killed Offscreen: Oswald kills her and Charles, then feeds them to Grace.
- Rich Bitch: She's wealthy and a total bitch.
Charles Van Dahl
Grace's son, and Oswald's stepbrother.
- Ambiguously Gay: Offers to try to seduce Oswald when Sasha's efforts fail. It's not clear whether this means he's actually homo/bisexual or just willing to attempt the Honey Trap.
- Asshole Victim: You'd probably be more disappointed that you didn't see his death before Penguin confirms it.
- Co-Dragons: He and his sister are this for their mother.
- Jerkass: To Oswald, much like his mother.
- Killed Offscreen: Oswald kills him and Sasha, then feeds them to Grace.
- Pet the Dog: There were a few small scenes where he genuinely tried to compliment Oswald.
- Rich Jerk: He's wealthy and a total jerk.
A member of the Wayne Family who lived two hundred years ago.
- False Rape Accusation: When the Wayne men found her in bed with Caleb Dumas she claimed that he had forced himself on her.
- Old Maid: According to Edwige, she never married and died alone. It might be karma for her false accusation.
- World's Most Beautiful Woman: Her beauty was such that she was known as the "crown jewel of Gotham".
Celestine Waynes brother who lived two hundred years ago.
- Disproportionate Retribution: Cutting off the arm of the man who you believe raped your sister is one thing running his entire family out of town, stripping them of all their property and wiping their very memory from Gothams history is a bit much.
- Knight Templar Big Brother: He cut off half of Caleb Dumas arm when he thought he had raped his sister.
The Galavans ancestor who was exiled from Gotham along with the rest of his family.