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Gotham: An Obscure Batman Villain Just Got a Major Power Upgrade

Gotham: Nothing's Shocking

WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for this week's episode of Gotham, "Nothing's Shocking," which aired Thursday on Fox.

The final season of Gotham has been chock-full of Batman villains, with series mainstays like the Penguin and the Riddler joined by the likes of Bane, the Mutant Gang, Magpie and Mother. Last week's episode even featured the long-awaited debut of the Joker. Yet, even with all of those rogues putting in appearances, the Fox drama is still able to pull off a genuine surprise.

This week's episode, features the debut of a far more obscure Batman foe: Jane Doe. And she's far more dangerous than she ever was in the comics, thanks to a massive power upgrade.

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Jane Doe serves as the primary antagonist of "Nothing's Shocking," which explores her connection to Harvey Bullock. Introduced in 2003, in DC's Arkham Asylum: Living Hell #1, Jane Doe is a serial killer who's adept at assuming the identities of others. After killing someone, she simply settles into their life before she moves on to the next victim.

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But whereas in the comics Jane possesses no special powers, on Gotham she's an actual shape-shifter. In the episode, we can see her transform into someone else, male or female.At one point, before her identity is revealed, Bullock believes the crimes could be the work of Basil Karlo, aka Clayface. That makes Jane, who can change her appearance on a whim, an even bigger threat.

We even find out how Jane Doe gained these special powers: After a stint at Arkham Asylum, Hugo Strange transformed her into what she is now. We've long known Strange has conducted all manner of experiments in his secret shop of horrors, Indian Hill, located beneath Arkham. It, therefore, seems Jane Doe is simply another one of his subjects, who hadn't revealed herself until now.

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What's unfortunate, however, is that, before the episode is done, Bullock shoots and kills Jane, which presumably means we've seen the last of this dangerous shape-shifter. But, hey, it's Gotham. Unexpected resurrections aren't the craziest things that have happened.

Airing Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Fox, Gotham stars Ben McKenzie as James Gordon, Donal Logue as Harvey Bullock, David Mazouz as Bruce Wayne, Robin Lord Taylor as Penguin, Camren Bicondova as Selina Kyle, Erin Richards as Barbara Kean and Sean Pertwee as Alfred Pennyworth.

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