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The Best Characters On 'Gotham'

Updated September 13, 2019 15.3k votes 1.4k voters 8.2k views23 items

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. 

Vote up your favorite characters on Gotham and vote down all the ones you don't like.

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Occupation: Gotham City Detective, Bartender (former), ActincCaptain of the Gotham City Police Department

    James Gordon's partner, Bullock introduces the detective to Gotham's seedy underbelly, a world he knows possibly all too well.

    Appeared: Seasons 1-5

    • Played By: Donal Logue
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