Comic books have been through some tough times, as the medium suffers from more competition and the corporations have themselves become more focused on multimedia, it's hard out there for a floppy book. But even after nearly 100 years, fans still return to Batman and his stories. There's a reason for that. Some are attracted to the empowerment of a dark knight patrolling the streets of Urban America, others are drawn to the twisted possibilities of his memorable rogues gallery, and a surprising contingent deeply love the family dynamic between a man, his butler, and the 3-5 orphans he legally keeps. But there's another character who has captivated the minds of writers and artists, one man who might be actually more beloved than the Bat himself, and that's Commissioner James Gordon of the Gotham Police Department.



Here's why many people's favorite Gotham resident is one good cop:

#1: He's a Supportive Father and Husband

 

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#2: He Provides Well-Grounded Morals in the Flamboyant World of Superheroes

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source: Batgirl #4

#3: He's Seen So Much Shit, That Nothing Fazes Him 

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source: Batman #2

 




#4: His Relatable Lifetime Battle With Nicotine Addiction

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source: Batman: The Dark Prince Charming

 

#5: He's Actually a Really Good Cop

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source: Injustice: Year Two #6






#6: An Avatar for the Selflessness and Higher Calling We Wish Our Law Enforcement Embodied

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source: Batman Eternal #32

 



#7: Despite His Ethical Code, He's Not Shy About Getting His Hands Dirty

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source: Batman Eternal #49

 

 

#8: Of Course, It Could Simply Be That Batman's Better When He Has a Friend

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source: Batman: Arkham Knight #11

 

#9: We Need a Normal Man for Perspective 

 

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#10: Because These Stories We Love Wouldn't Be as Good if it Was Just a Deranged Billionaire Talking to Himself

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source: Batman: Arkham Knight #11