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For the episode named after this character, see Harvey Dent (Episode).

"I want what you want, Jim. I want to make this city a better place."
—Harvey Dent to Jim Gordon[src]

Harvey Dent is a high-flying assistant district attorney of Gotham City.


The Waynes' Murder[]

Harvey Dent was brought to James Gordon's attention by the two Major Crimes Unit Detectives (Montoya and Allen), as one of the few non-corrupt lawyers in Gotham City. After meeting with him concerning Jim's eye witness to the Thomas and Martha Wayne murder, Harvey proposed using the eye witness to go after corrupt billionaire, Dick Lovecraft, suggesting that they leak the story that the eye witness could in fact link Lovecraft to the murder of the Waynes without giving up any names or filing any paperwork. Betting that even if Lovecraft wasn't responsible for their murders, whoever was would be rattled and people would soon start talking, the plan proceeded.

Dent later called Lovecraft and several of his associates to his office, telling him the accusations he was going to attempt to get charged against him, and suggesting he consider his options. After Lovecraft threatened him, Dent snapped at him telling him that he would rip him to pieces, in a spur from his regular persona.[1]

After a group of assassins led by Larissa Diaz, tried to eliminate Selina at Wayne Manor, Gordon visits Dent at his office to figure out how they knew the identity of the witness. Dent admits that, while he never told anyone about Selina, he did slip Gordon's name to a few trusted associates to give the plan credibility. Gordon is angry that, in doing so, Dent led the assassins to Selina, since Gordon regularly visits Wayne Manor and it wouldn't be hard for anyone to connect the dots. After the situation is resolved, Dent and Gordon are both called to the office of Mayor Aubrey James, who admonishes them separately and together for the way they handled the case. He wants to discipline them both. Since he can't punish two of the most honest civil servants in Gotham without raising flags and Dent knows where the lines are drawn, Mayor James has Gordon reassigned to work on guard duty at Arkham Asylum,[2] only for Gordon later be reinstated at the G.C.P.D. by Gillian Loeb after apprehending Jack Buchinsky.[3]

Dent revealed to Gordon and Sarah Essen that all charges against Arnold Flass committing murder and being involved in drug dealing were dropped. Gordon discovers from Gillian Loeb that he blackmailed Harvey Bullock into retracting his statement as he had dirt on him for killing a criminal many years before to "get with the program" with the mob (similar to how they tried to get Gordon to kill Oswald Cobblepot). Dent and Gordon question a former partner of Loeb's to try and uncover a secret of his.[4]

The Galavan situation[]

Dent arrives at the G.C.P.D. with Theo Galavan revealing that Oswald Cobblepot tried to have him killed and began to issue arrest warrants for his capture. Dent was later present when Theo was being sworn in as Mayor of Gotham City and was supportive of him, not knowing of his darker intentions.[5] Following Theo's arrest, he doesn't support him anymore. He serves as the prosecutor at Theo's trial, but he loses the case when ex-Mayor Aubrey James lies under oath saying that Cobblepot kidnapped him.[6]

After Theo is murdered, Dent questions Gordon over his actions when he along with Harvey Bullock, Alfred Pennyworth, Oswald Cobblepot, and Selina Kyle led an ambush against the Order of St. Dumas in order to rescue Bruce Wayne. Gordon claimed that after Bruce was rescued, Oswald and his men kidnapped Theo and Gordon himself left the crime scene due to having to attend to his pregnant girlfriend Leslie Thompkins. Dent and Captain Nathaniel Barnes aren't too convinced by his story. However, the charges are lifted due to a lack of evidence.[7]

When Gordon was found guilty for the murder of Officer Carl Pinkney and presumably Theo Galavan while being sentenced to Blackgate Penitentiary, it was revealed on a news report that Dent could not be reached for a comment on the verdict.[8]

Upon learning that Gordon has been moved to Blackgate Penitentiary's F-Block, Harvey Bullock calls up Harvey Dent in an attempt to either get Gordon a retrial or have him transferred to another prison. Angered at the unheard response, Harvey Bullock states to Dent that he is good at doing what he does, which is nothing. While visiting Gordon, Harvey mentions that Dent is looking into getting the case reopened.[9]

Without Dent's help, Gordon managed to escape prison with the help of Carmine Falcone and returned to Gotham City to clear his name, with Edward Nygma being exposed as the real culprit in killing Carl (along with several other victims).


"Do not threaten me!... I will rip you open!!'s good to see you, Dick."
—Harvey to Dick Lovecraft[src]

For the most part, Dent comes off as friendly, principled, and passionate about bringing justice to Gotham. But as his meeting with Dick Lovecraft shows, he has a much darker side within him, one that has an immutable hatred of criminals, at least the thoroughly corrupt, such as Lovecraft. When this side comes out, he becomes aggressive, almost to the point of physical violence. Harvey Dent suggestively mentions to Jim Gordon "knowing all about cops and their partners". When Gordon asks him what he means, Dent angrily storms out. Later when a furious Gordon confronts Dent over accidentally leaking Selina as being an eye witness, Dent is subtly showing trying to hold in his anger during the stressful situation.[1]

Despite his mistrust in higher authority figures, Dent was shown to be gullible when it came to billionaire Theo Galavan, a new arrival in Gotham City with a secret agenda for the city, even happy to go along with his plans to bring martial law to Gotham City in order to capture fugitive Oswald Cobblepot. Giving Cobblepot's reputation as a notorious crime boss and Dent's previous obsession with Dick Lovecraft, he may have done this out of a desperate measure to bring Cobblepot down. When Galavan's darker nature was exposed, Dent automatically worked to bring him down, although to no avail.



  • The character was created by artist Bob Kane and writer Bill Finger and he was introduced in Detective Comics #66 (August 1942). Harvey Dent was a district attorney and friend of Bruce Wayne who was prosecuting Sal Maroni when the mob boss threw acid on the left side of his face. The resulting scarring caused Harvey Dent to become the supervillain Two-Face, where he develops a split personality. In his autobiography, Bob Kane claims to have been inspired by Robert Louis Stevenson's Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, specifically the 1931 film adaptation which he saw as a boy. Some inspiration was also derived from the pulp magazine character the Black Bat whose origin story included having acid splashed in his face. In later years, writers have portrayed his obsession with duality and fate as the result of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and dissociative identity disorder.
  • According to John Stephens, Harvey Dent never became Two-Face because, in the comics, he doesn't arrive until after Bruce Wayne becomes Batman and they struggled to find a definitive take.[10]
    • This makes Harvey Dent one of the few Gotham characters from the comics not to take on a villainous role prior to Bruce Wayne becoming the Dark Knight, something which he shares with Tommy Elliot (who is the supervillain Hush in the comics).
    • Elements of Harvey Dent's split personality appeared to be used for the Riddler instead, although it is unclear if Nygma's arc was actually inspired by Two-Face.
    • A comic book tie-in to the series Pennyworth reveals that Harvey Dent is Two-Face. If the series is indeed an official prequel to Gotham (which some reports strongly imply), this confirms this version of Harvey Dent would go onto become his comic book alter-ego, although the circumstances are unknown.
  • In his debut episode, while interviewing Lovecraft, a shadow appeared over the left side of his face. This foreshadows his dark side and eventual transformation.
  • Harvey Dent has a two-headed coin that he often flips as part of a tactic to convince juvenile criminals to reform, asking them to wager their releases on the flip and to take it as a sign from God that they should change their lives. Because the coin is two-headed and almost all teenagers call it heads, it seems to work most of the time, an obvious reference to his other identity as the supervillain/crime boss Two-Face from the comic books.


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  2. Dameron, Rebecca (writer) & Ferland, Guy (director) (November 24, 2014). "Lovecraft". Gotham. Season 1. Episode 10. FOX.
  3. Edlund, Ben (writer) & Egilsson, Eagle (director) (January 19, 2015). "What The Little Bird Told Him". Gotham. Season 1. Episode 12. FOX.
  4. Mostyn-Brown, Megan (writer) & Eagles, Bill (director) (March 2, 2015). "Everyone Has a Cobblepot". Gotham. Season 1. Episode 18. FOX.
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  7. Woodruff, Ken (writer) & Copus, Nick (director) (February 29, 2016). "Wrath of the Villains: Mr. Freeze". Gotham. Season 2. Episode 12. FOX.
  8. Hull, Robert (writer) & Copus, Nick (director) (March 21, 2016). "Wrath of the Villains: Mad Grey Dawn". Gotham. Season 2. Episode 15. FOX.
  9. Cannon, Danny (writer) & White, Scott (director) (March 28, 2016). "Wrath of the Villains: Prisoners". Gotham. Season 2. Episode 16. FOX.