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"I just want all the scum buckets and dirtbags in this town to know they'd better lay low, 'cause Bullock's back and ready to kick butt!"[1]

Lieutenant[2] Harvey Bullock was a top investigator for the Gotham Police Department who worked directly under Commissioner Gordon. Known for his love of food, he was still quite an effective cop in his own right, although probably not quite as effective as he would like to think he was. Initially he was one of the few officials that doesn't trust or like Batman, even considering him a criminal, but still teamed up with him to keep Gotham safe on numerous occasions. He begrudgingly gained respect for Batman over time.


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Bullock as a beat cop, witnessing Bruce Wayne's first night out fighting crime.

Harvey Bullock was a member of the Gotham police force.[3] In his days as a beat cop, he was partnered with Jonesy. They witnessed a car chase involving a man in a ski-mask, who would later become the Batman.[4] Later, officer Bullock was assigned to the crime scene of the murder of John and Mary Grayson.[5]

After working as a uniformed officer, Bullock was promoted and transferred to Vice. He was tenacious in his apprehension of many drug dealers, including Vincent Starkey.[3] His ferocity and questionable tactics earned him a long dossier at Internal Affairs. Despite Internal Affairs breathing down his neck, Bullock made it to the Special Crimes Unit. Now a Lieutenant and a respected detective, Bullock was known for getting results.[6] When Killer Croc moved to Gotham City and became a strong-armed criminal, he was arrested by Bullock soon afterward. With testimony from Spider Conway and Joey the Snail, Croc was sent to prison. Croc would later get his revenge on Bullock, framing him as a corrupt cop under the payroll of Rupert Thorne, where even Batman believes Bullock is guilty. After the truth is uncovered and Bullock is revealed to be innocent, Batman apologizes to him.[1]

In spite of his gruff exterior, Bullock did have a softer side, though he rarely showed it. For example, while he was playing the role of Santa during a stakeout; he met the daughter of a man he sent to prison and gave her money so she could buy herself something for Christmas.[7]

He eventually found a partner in the slightly more mild-mannered Renee Montoya, with whom he had frequently worked when she was still in the uniformed division. Harvey and Renee continued to work together for years, even after she was promoted to Detective, becoming good friends along the way. Sometime later, he was given a new partner: Sonia Alcana.[8]

As a detective, Bullock made no apologies for his approach to his work and at one point even led a task force aimed at bringing Batman to justice. This assignment brought him into conflict with James Gordon, who considered the whole idea to be a fiasco. While initially Bullock resented Batman and tried hunting him down as he considered him a threat, his relationship with Batman also changed over the course of time. The two of them would work together in several instances by choice and happenstance, all the while as Bullock began to respect Batman. Indeed, Bullock went to Batman for help when he was faced with numerous death threats from an unknown person, as his checkered past precluded him from going to the Police Department for help. At one point, he expressed visible sadness when Batman was thought to have been killed.[9] Despite Bullock's oafish reputation, both Batman and James Gordon considered Bullock a good cop and ally to the city.

Background information[]

Robert Costanzo has called voicing Harvey Bullock one of the highlights of his professional career.[10]


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  1. 1.0 1.1 Reaves, Michael (writer) & Paur, Frank (director) (October 5, 1992). "Vendetta". Batman: The Animated Series. Season 1. Episode 21 (airdate). Episode 23 (production). FOX Kids.
  2. Dini, Paul (writer) & Timm, Bruce W. (director) (January 10, 1993). "The Laughing Fish". Batman: The Animated Series. Season 1. Episode 46 (airdate). Episode 34 (production). FOX Kids.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Reaves, Michael (writer) & Paur, Frank (director) (September 14, 1995). "A Bullet For Bullock". Batman: The Animated Series. Season 4. Episode 4 (airdate). Episode 67 (production). FOX Kids.
  4. Melniker, B., Uslan, M. (Producers), & Radomski, E., Timm, B. W. (Directors). (1993). Batman: Mask of the Phantasm. United States: Warner Bros.
  5. Rogel, Randy (writer) & Sebast, Dick (director) (February 7, 1993). "Robin's Reckoning, Part I". Batman: The Animated Series. Season 1. Episode 51 (airdate). Episode 32 (production). FOX Kids.
  6. Brian, Mitch (writer) & Altieri, Kevin (director) (September 6, 1992). "On Leather Wings". Batman: The Animated Series. Season 1. Episode 2 (airdate). Episode 1 (production). FOX Kids.
  7. Dini, Paul (writer) & Riba, Dan (director) (September 13, 1997). "Holiday Knights". The New Batman Adventures. Episode 1 (airdate). Episode 1 (production). Season 1. Kids WB!.
  8. Melniker, B., Uslan, M., Schwartz, S., Burnett, A., Dean, M. M., Page, K., Geda, C. (Producers), & Geda, C. (Director). (2003). Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman. United States: Warner Bros. Animation.
  9. Dini, Paul (writer) & Timm, Bruce W. (director) (February 1, 1993). "The Man Who Killed Batman". Batman: The Animated Series. Season 1. Episode 49 (airdate). Episode 51 (production). FOX Kids.
  10. Batman: The Animated Series' GalaxyCon Q&A Panel

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