Peter Gordon was the father of Jim Gordon, and a district attorney in Gotham City.


Peter was a successful district attorney and a friend of mobster Carmine Falcone. He gave Falcone a knife for his birthday at one point in time, stating it would remain a friend longer than most people.[1]

At some point Frank and his brother Peter became members of the villainous Court of Owls, a secret society who have been operating in Gotham for centuries and trying to keep balance within the city. Peter began opposing the Court after he realized their true intentions.[2]

While driving with his son Jim Gordon one day, he was killed by a drunk driver in a car accident. Unknown to Jim at the time, the crash was no accident and was in fact engineered by the Court themselves.[3][4]


Years after his death, a man named Harvey Dent, succeeded Peter as the district attorney of Gotham City.

When Gordon was in the final stages of the Red Queen plant that Jervis Tetch exposed him to, he came across his father who was wondering why he isn't acting like himself. Upon Gordon telling his father about recent events, Peter gives him the talk that involves him remembering what the inscription on the ring said. Upon being brought out the hallucination by Mario Calvi, Gordon went through his father's belongings and found his ring which had the inscriptions "Dum spiramus tuebimur" (translated as "While we breathe, we shall defend") on it.[5]



  1. Heller, Bruno (writer) & Cannon, Danny (director) (May 4, 2015). "All Happy Families Are Alike". Gotham. Season 1. Episode 22. FOX.
  2. Mostyn-Brown, Megan (writer) & Scott, T.J (director) (April, 2017). "Heroes Rise: How the Riddler Got His Name". Gotham. Season 3. Episode 15. FOX.
  3. Heller, Bruno (writer) & Cannon, Danny (director) ( September 22, 2014). "Pilot". Gotham. Season 1. Episode 1. FOX.
  4. Mostyn-Brown, Megan (writer) & Scott, T.J (director) (April, 2017). "Heroes Rise: How the Riddler Got His Name". Gotham. Season 3. Episode 15. FOX.
  5. Brown-Mostyn, Megan (writer) & White, Scott (director) (October 31, 2016). "Mad City: Red Queen". Gotham. Season 3. Episode 7. FOX.

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