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The Best Characters On 'Gotham'  

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We're ranking the best characters on Gotham. The hit superhero show centers on a young Commissioner Gordon (played by Ben McKenzie) as he tries to steer the city away from the edge of madness. With an electric roster full of new and old DC characters, Gotham certainly has its fair share of heroes and villains. Which Gotham character is your favorite?

Across five seasons, Gotham has introduced a range of colorful new characters (some of which you may even recognize from the comics). Whether you're privy to a younger Bruce Wayne or prefer the more nuanced approach from villainous characters like The Mad Hatter and The Executioner, make your voice heard below. 

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Oswald Cobblepot is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Characters On 'Gotham'
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Full name: Oswald Chesterfield Cobblepot
Nickname: The Penguin, Ozzie, Pengy
Occupation: Crime Boss, Club owner, Mayor of Gotham City (formerly)

Cunning, ruthless and with a strong desire to rule Gotham's criminal underworld, Cobblepot won't let anything - or anyone - stand in his way.

Appeared: Seasons 1-5

Played By: Robin Lord Taylor

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Edward Nygma is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Characters On 'Gotham'
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Nickname: Riddler
Occupation: Forensics operative for the Gotham City Police Department (former)

Nygma's curious nature serves him equally well in solving cases and masterminding schemes, he is easily obsessed - a trait which both serves and plagues him in his work.

Appeared: Seasons 1-5

Played By: Cory Michael Smith

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Alfred Pennyworth is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Characters On 'Gotham'
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Occupation: Ex-Special Air Service operative, Butler , Legal guardian of Bruce Wayne

Teaching his young charge the skills he will need to survive in Gotham, Pennyworth tries to protect Bruce while also supporting his investigative whims.

Appeared: Seasons 1-5

Played By: Sean Pertwee

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James Gordon is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Characters On 'Gotham'
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Occupation: Gotham City Police Department Police Commissioner (currently), Gotham City Police Department Police Captain (formerly), Gotham City Police Department Homicide Division Police Detective (formerly), Private investigator (formerly), United States Army war veteran (formerly)

Described by some as the last honest man in a city of crooked people, Gordon must learn to compromise to survive, as his life and loves are woven inextricably with the worst parts of the city.

Appeared: Seasons 1-5

Played By: Ben McKenzie

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