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15 Reasons Commissioner Gordon Is Terrible at His Job

Updated October 13, 2018 1.2k votes 226 voters 47.9k views15 items

Jim Gordon might be one of the worst characters in the DC mythos. Before you get your Batman underoos in a bunch, think about it. He somehow rose to one of the highest positions in the Gotham police force by barely his doing job. In fact, he mostly lucked out because everyone who was his superior got blown up.

Instead of referring to him as Commissioner Gordon, we should just be calling him, Jim Gordon Gotham Resident. As of issue 41 of Batman, written by Scott Snyder, Gordon has found a new way to shirk his responsibilities by dallying around in a mech suit and calling himself Batman 2.0. What lengths won’t this guy go to in order to avoid being a cop? To read about even more of Gordon’s questionable decisions, follow along as we count down all of the reasons Commissioner Gordon is bad at his job.

Not only has Commissioner Gordon had multiple chances to take out bad guys like Joker and Two-Face only to pass them up because of an archaic moral code that doesn’t apply to people once they have half a face and are trying to ransom the moon, but he’s also a terrible detective. The guy’s been working with Batman for decades and still hasn’t figured out that he’s Bruce Wayne. That's on the list, so you can vote on it. Vote up the worst moments of Commissioner Gordon that prove that he’s terrible at his job, and if you remember any major missteps that Jimmy G has made, tell us in the comments.
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    He Literally Lets the Inmates Take Over the Asylum

    He Literally Lets the Inmates Take Over the Asylum
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    In Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth, Gordon allows Joker and the rest of the crazy villains run wild in the city's insane asylum. You'd think job one for the commish would be to make sure that a building full of super villains doesn't become compromised, but I guess you'd be wrong.
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    He Thinks Everything's All About Him

    He Thinks Everything's All About Him
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    In the series Streets of Gotham, Batman is busy trying to solve a series of gruesome murders by Victor Zsasz, one of Gotham's most dangerous men, leaving Gordon to deal with a few crimes all on his own. Naturally, Gordo can't handle it and needs the help of a vigilante, so he interrupts Batman's investigation, which causes an avalanche of problems for the Dark Knight. Thanks a lot Jim. 
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    He's Easily Seduced By a Woman in a Gorilla Costume

    He's Easily Seduced By a Woman in a Gorilla Costume
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    By Batman and Robin, Commissioner Gordon has been dealing with bad guys in stupid costumes for FOUR MOVIES! You would think he'd be on guard as soon as he saw some babe in horticulturally themed costume emerge from a gorilla outfit. But that's where you'd be wrong. Instead, Gordon hands over a diamond necklace to Poison Ivy, and even offers her a pair of matching earrings. Great police work Jim. 
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    For Some Reason He's Never Put a Super Criminal to Death

    For Some Reason He's Never Put a Super Criminal to Death
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    We can debate the death penalty for regular folks until the cows come home, but when you're dealing with villains as criminally insane as the Joker, who only seems to want to hurt people, and the Riddler, who's totes annoying, you'd think Commissioner Gordon would at least discuss making the death penalty a thing for super villains. 
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