- "I'm not about to stand around and let Gotham cry out to be saved by someone who hides behind a mask. The Bat is nothing more than a symbol of false hope."
- —Jacob Kane[src]
Commander Jacob Kane is the head of Crows Security and a former USSOCOM colonel of the United States Army. He is the brother of the late Martha Wayne, the father of Kate and Beth Kane, the widower of the late Gabi Kane and the late Catherine Hamilton-Kane, the maternal uncle of Bruce Wayne, and the step-father of Mary Hamilton.
In adulthood, Jacob joined the United States Army as a field agent in the 3rd Special Forces Group, earning a decorated career and eventually rising through the USSOCOM ranks to become a colonel.
After his service, Jacob fell in love with and married Gabi Goldstein. On January 26, 1990, they had twin daughters Kate and Beth Kane, short for Katherine and Elizabeth respectively, whom he loved deeply. For Kate and Beth's sixth birthday, Jacob bought his daughters their own bicycles, though Kate broke hers on the same day, since it was too big. At one point, Jacob taught Beth how to play Bach's "Cello Suite No. 1, Prelude", which he told her was their song.
Kate and Beth's Bat Mitzvah
On January 26, 2003, Jacob and Gabi held a Bat Mitzvah for their daughters at their synagogue to celebrate Kate and Beth's 13th birthday. Jacob's car was filled with so many birthday gifts that there wasn't enough room left for passengers. He joked about having to give some of the presents away, to which Kate and Beth assured him they could go home with Gabi. Musing how the girls were now "officially young women", Jacob kissed his daughters and wife goodbye before driving off. On their way home however, Kate, Beth, and Gabi were caught in the middle of a chase between Batman and the Joker, who rear-ended the family's car and eventually caused it to fall off a bridge into a river, leaving Kate the only survivor.
After Gabi's and Beth's apparent deaths, Jacob was left heartbroken and continuously mourned for them, unaware that he was drifting away from Kate. The whole city spent months helping them search for Gabi and Beth until Gabi's body was recovered. During this time, Jacob met and befriended Catherine Hamilton, the CEO of Hamilton Dynamics and one of the volunteers in the search parties.
Searching for Beth
Sometime during Beth's disappearance, Jacob comforted Kate when she had a nightmare, hugging her tightly. Jacob tried to take her back to bed, but Kate instead wanted to sleep in the living room in case Beth called and he acquiesced. Kate asked her father to promise they'll never stop looking for Beth, which he affirmed.
After the search for Beth had expanded to Blüdhaven, Jacob received a call from someone who claimed to be her, but it was cut short. Suspicious, he immediately traced the call and traveled with Kate to its location, the house of August Cartwright. August apologized, claiming the call was just a prank. Jacob refused to believe him and went upstairs, demanding to know where Beth was. However, August introduced Jacob to his son, Johnny, showing how he was able to mimic anyone's voice. Eventually, Jacob came to believe that the young boy had in fact called him, causing him and Kate to leave.
One afternoon, Jacob brought Kate chocolate-covered waffles while they were spending the day at Burnside Park. When Kate refused them, Jacob pointed out that they've been looking for Beth for months and urged his daughter to take a break. However, Kate revealed she felt like it was all her fault Beth was gone because she left her sister behind in the wreckage while Beth tried to help Gabi. Kate tearfully expressed that she didn't try hard enough to save her sister because she was too scared, but Jacob assured his daughter it was not her fault.
Later, a team of investigators working for Catherine presented Jacob with skull fragments discovered on Miller Farm which contained Beth's DNA, "proving" his daughter was dead. That night, a depressed Jacob tucked in a sleeping Kate before looking over a map of the area where Gabi's car went off the bridge, as well as the places already checked for Beth. He broke down crying and crumpled up the map, waking up Kate. Jacob held her tightly and explained how Beth's body had been found. Kate protested this, as she had already checked the farm multiple times. However, a grieving Jacob believed Catherine and decided to call off the search, angering Kate.
To cope with his sorrow and find a way to turn his pain into power, Jacob decided to use his military experience to protect Gotham from crime and ensure that what happened to his sister, brother-in-law, wife, and daughter would never occur again. With Catherine's financial backing, Jacob founded his own private security company, Crows Security, offering military-grade protection to Gothamites who could afford it. Overtime, the relationship between Jacob and Catherine deepened until they fell in love and married on May 25, 2004, the hottest day of the year. Jacob gained a new step-daughter, Mary Hamilton, whom he loved and raised as his own.
When Kate was in high school, Jacob found a reefer inside his daughter's school bag and consequently grounded her for the entire summer.
Giving Sophie advice
In 2013, a week before Kate was set to graduate from Point Rock Academy to join the Crows, she was caught by a superior with her secret girlfriend, Sophie Moore. Jacob visited Point Rock to attend Kate's hearing, in which the academy offered the two women a chance to deny the homosexual allegations against them.
Sophie asked Jacob for advice, not wanting her family to know. Jacob recommended Sophie to accept Point Rock's offer and sign their letter of denial, warning that she wouldn't graduate otherwise. When Sophie asked about Kate, Jacob stated that his daughter would have done what she wanted no matter what he said. However, he knew that unlike Kate, Sophie didn't have many other options. Sophie worried this would destroy her and Kate's relationship, to which Jacob simply replied that he couldn't make the decision for her and left.
After Kate was expelled from Point Rock, Jacob suggested her to leave Gotham and travel around the world to train under combat and survival specialists. Sometime following Sophie's graduation, Jacob welcomed her into the Crows, eventually making Sophie his right-hand.
During the switching off of the Bat-Signal event at the Gotham Art Museum in 2018, Jacob deployed the Crows, but failed to capture even just one member of Alice's gang, resulting in the death of two Gotham police officers and the kidnapping of Sophie, the next day, he finished briefing the Crows on the suspects of last night's incident, when he was surprised by the sudden presence of Kate, she asked for Sophie's whereabouts and offered her assistance to the Crows, but her father disagreed and left to answer a call.
Later, at Kate's welcome home party, Jacob was approached by Kate and, given security footage from Wayne Enterprises that was live during Sophie's kidnapping and learned that the gang's hideout was in Burnside Orphanage, Jacob ordered his men and was about to talk to Kate, when she suddenly disappeared. When the Crows got on the scene, the criminals were already gone, and they were unable to locate Kate, but her bike was found hidden in bushes, leading Jacob to deploy half of his agents to look for her.
The following day of Friday, Kate suddenly showed up at Crows Security, informing Jacob of Alice's personal vendetta against him, they got into an argument that ended with Kate feeling unwanted by her father, that night, the Movie in the Park event was ongoing, when Jacob suddenly felt unpleasant about the abandoned building across from the park and learned from another agent that Agent Dodgson was already covering it, he was conversing with Mayor Akins, when he got a sudden call from Alice, and gave him a choice to either save the film viewers from the bomb in Dodgson's truck or Sophie, who was standing on the edge of a plank, she gave him time to choose and ended the call. Later, he got a glimpse of a new bat vigilante, who managed to save Sophie's life.
The next day, Jacob briefed the Crows on their two new main targets; Alice and Dodgson, he disregarded targeting the new Bat, as he knew Bat wannabes would die sooner or later in some spectacular fashion, speaking from experience. When he got home, he was confronted by Kate and confessed his true feelings towards his daughter as the overprotective father that he was, which was why he didn't let her join the Crows, as he had lost too much of his family to even lose Kate, but he offered her a position in the Crows to which Kate refused.
Later, at a briefing, Jacob calls Dodgson a traitor and Alice a psychopath, saying the duo want to terrorize the citizens of Gotham City by undermining the people actually protecting them (i.e. the Crows) thus, he wants them stopped; dead or alive. The following day, during breakfast, after Jacob asked Kate if she wanted to reconsider the idea of joining the Crows and she dismissed it again, Mary questioned Sophie's sexual orientation, being cut out by Kate, who reveal to Jacob her suspicious that Alice was actually Beth, shocking everyone. Jacob however insisted that facts are facts and Beth was dead. Kate told him that she intended to prove it to him and leave.
Later, after Sophie and Kate were attacked by thugs who stole Alice's butterfly knife from them, Jacob complain that Kate brought Alice to the Crow's doorstep, and she wonder how Alice knew she had the knife. Sophie supported Kate, but Jacob insisted that Alice is a cop killer and must be stopped, to which Kate replied that somewhere deep inside she must still be Beth. Jacob ignored her informing that the GCPD already gave the Crows permission to put Alice down. An aide reported that they traced one of Alice's man to a section of the town. That night, after the Crows spot Dodgson on surveillance in a suburban neighborhood, and Jacob recognized the place as his former house at 1472 of Norman Drive.
He directed every available man to it, however when the Crows arrive, they find that the elderly couple who lived there had their throats slit. Sophie asked Jacob how he knew Alice had been here, and after he answer her, she asks if he was seriously considering that Alice was Beth, to which he replied she was simply trying to get into his head. Then, Sophie revealed Beth and Kate's location to Jacob, the Crows stormed into Burnside Park pointing their guns to the villainess, prompting Kate to shield her yelling to Jacob that she was his daughter and if he shot her he would lose her too. Not wanting to take that risk, Jacob ordered his men to lower their guns and instead took Alice to Arkham Asylum, although she escaped after a bombing on Loeb Bridge.
Jacob questioned his men once more and told them that they need to find out what's going on between the Wonderland gang and the GCPD because Alice escaping in such a way was not random. Kate came in and told him that he was about to kill his own daughter, to which Jacob replied showing her the photos of the dead family and saying that his Beth wouldn't have killed them. He ordered Kate to drop it or he would have her arrested, and Kate stormed out.
A few days later, after noting that no one has taken responsibility for the attack at Loeb Bridge, remaining puzzled, Jacob summoned Sophie at his office and gave her the special assignment to protect his step-daughter, Mary. Later that night, he attended Tommy Elliot's party at the Elliot Tower, approaching his daughter, who had been invited too, and complaining with her about how much he hates Elliot despite being one of his biggest clients.
A few moments later, Jacob received a phone call from Alice, who revealed to be at their house. The man then ordered his men to escort his family away and while Sophie and Tyler took care of Mary he accompanied Catherine at the elevator. However, due to Tommy having planted bombs on three elevators, the couple found themselves stuck inside one of it and were subsequently saved by Batwoman.
Later that night after returned home, Catherine told Jacob she was scared and demanded him to deal with Alice, despite his concerns that she might be Beth.
Discovering Catherine's deception and that Alice is BethFew days later, Jacob listen to cello music reflecting Alice was playing their song while calling him during the party at Elliot Tower, when Sophie came in and gave him a report showing that the IED that hit Alice's van was Hamilton Dynamics' technology, prompting him to wonder who at Hamilton would want to ambush the convoy. Later, Catherine visited Jacob at his office, revealing that Alice came to her and was interested in her company's newest project but she refused to give such a weapon to a terrorist. The phone rang but his wife begged Jacob not to answer it since it might be Alice and she wanted him to hear the truth from her. Catherine finally revealed to Jacob how 15 years ago, she made it seem his daughter was dead by passing off deer bone fragments as Beth's and paying off the coroner to manipulate the DNA test, so that he and Kate would move on. Jacob was furious and exited his office in anger, leaving Catherine in tears. Later, he was seen in his office listening to cello music and crying. After Kate managed to capture Alice, she called Jacob in order for him to track the call and locate them both as the villainess was taking her to a "road trip" to explain what happened to her after the car crash 15 years prior. Jacob decided not to send the whole team but instead to go himself taking only Sophie with him; while on the road, Sophie asked him if he was feeling okay due to noticing Jacob was quiter than usual, prompting him to reveal to her that he and Catherine were going through a rough patch. Sophie realized that Kate was right the whole time, but Jacob told her that they have to capture Alice and test her DNA.
After reaching Dusty's Roadside Diner, Jacob and Sophie were ambushed by Dodgson and several Wonderland Gang members. While Sophie distracted Dodgson's goons, Jacob managed to shoot a propane tank making it explode and scattering the criminals in the process. Finding Dogdson on the floor, Jacob confronted him and the latter told him that he joined the Crows to make Gotham a better place for all, but instead Jacob divided the city as due to his deeds only the wealthy are safe, despite Jacob being too blind to see that. Dodgson then taunted Jacob by telling how he was also too blind to see his own daughter, prompting Jacob to angrily slam his former employee to the ground and beat him to a pulp until Sophie pulled him away.Convinced that the trail regarding Kate's whereabouts has gone cold, Sophie and Jacob were on their way back to Gotham when the man realized he had been down that path 15 years earlier, and figured out where Beth and Kate are, reaching the old Cartwright house and confronted Alice exclaiming that he now believed she was really his daughter finally calling her "Beth". He asked her to step outside for them to talk. However, once he asked where Kate was, Beth became angry and ended up stabbing him in the stomach. She was about to kill him before Kate entered, holding Jonathan Cartwright hostage and ordered she let their father go. Beth refused, believing Kate didn't have it in her. However, Sophie entered and exclaimed that she did. Beth knew it was true and let Jacob go, taking Jonathan with her as she fled. Exiting earlier from the hospital due to hating them, Jacob joined Kate on a bridge telling her he was now convinced of Alice's identity although wondering if anyone can save her.
The following day, at the Crows' Headquarters, Jacob told Kate about Cartwright and how all those years Beth was being held prisoner by a madman with a medical license. Then Sophie came in informing him of the news report about Stanton's death at the hand of the Executioner. Knowing the GCPD has put up the signal for Batwoman, Jacob said that she was a symbol of false hope because she hid behind a mask. Kate leave and Jacob told his men to get the Executioner, while Sophie asked him permission for a special assignment to discover Batwoman's identity.
He then oversaw the operation to arrest the primary suspect, Chris Medlock who was previously prosecuted by Stanton, however when the Crows took him to the police station, Batwoman yank Medlock up to the nearby roof and thrown Jacob a Batarang into a police van with Bertrand's confessing to be the Executioner and why he did it.
After Jacob watch Brandon's confession video, Kate came into his office and told him that he doesn't believe Judge Calverick was a fraud. He pointed out that Batman destroyed their lives to which Kate told him that Beth became Alice because they stopped looking for her, angrily saying that Jacob gave up and blamed Batman because it was easier and that an innocent man was going to pay the price for Jacob not listening then or now.
That night, during Batwoman's fight with the Executioner at Calverick home, Jacob and one of his men arrive and Jacob shoot the murderous vigilante. He sent his men to sweep the building, and Jacob told Batwoman that he doesn't see a difference between her and the Executioner, insisting that he was accountable while she was accountable to no one. Batwoman disarm him and they fight until the dead man's switch on the Executioner's belt linked to his heartbeat, causing gas to pouring into the room while the doors lock.
The oxygen drop, and Batwoman has to let the gas fill the room in order to set the hydrogen cyanide in flame and escape. Batwoman told Jacob to stay low to the ground, and he insisted that he won't see the Bat symbol as the last thing before to die. He told her that the symbol let his family die and Batwoman told him to let his hatred fuel him into staying alive. Jacob then explain that he has to blame the symbol because otherwise, he would have to blame himself. Batwoman ignited the gas when it reach saturation level, and the cyanide burns off, saving Jacob.
Later in Jacob's office, Kate look over the information Jacob has on Alice and, when he came in, Jacob told her that they would get Beth back and he won't ever give up. They both broke down into tears and shared a hug.
Jacob asked for a divorce from Catherine and fled from Gotham in order to clear his mind and investigate August Cartwright's whereabouts, but after days of investigations he was unsuccessful in locate him.
While on his way back to Gotham, Jacob stopped at a motel, where he was ambushed by the Wonderland gang, captured and brought to their hideout. After he woke up, chained to the wall by Alice, Jacob said that he was sorry for having left her behind, however, Beth asked why he never tested the skull fragments Catherine found, and Jacob explained that he didn't think Catherine was lying and that believing her was easy than going to bed with a broken heart; finally admitting that he failed her. Alice thanked him for saying it and for making her what she was today. Jacob asked what she was planning, to which Alice happily explained it was the day of her mad tea party and that he has been invited despite being stuck there.
After being chloroformed, that night Jacob woke up in the parking lot of the Orpheum Theatre, there he was approached by the GCPD and - after they found a vial of poison on him - arrested by Commissioner Forbes for helping Alice in the murder of his wife Catherine Hamilton-Kane, which occurred a few moments earlier and was actually done by Mouse wearing a skin grafts made mask of his face.
Later that night, Kate visited Jacob in jail at Blackgate Penitentiary and they both agreed to put a stop to Beth's schemes once and for all. Jacob stated he was even fully prepared to kill Alice as revenge for Catherine's death, to which Kate confirmed that she wouldn't stop him.
During the Anti-Monitor Crisis, Jacob, as well as everyone in the multiverse except for the seven Paragons, was killed in an antimatter wave by the Anti-Monitor on December 10, 2019, only to be restored a month later, after the Paragons and the Spectre created a new universe.
Inmate at Blackgate Penitentiary
While imprisoned at Blackgate, Jacob was harassed by Reggie Harris, who placed a knife into his meal and tried to provoke him to start a fight, however the former commander didn't fall for the trick and leave.
Later, he was contacted by his step-daughter Mary explaining that she managed to postpone his hearing for a week in order not to have it coincide with Valentine's Day, yet she still had difficulties in finding a professional to testify that "face exchange" could be possible. Jacob replied that she should talk with someone and that despite all the differences of opinion between him and her mother, he never stopped wanting to be her father, to which the latter responded that she had no time for feeling sorry for herself and that she needed to concentrate on finding a way to free him.
Later Jacob had a phone call with Kate too, informing her of the stressful conditions her step-sister was into and, few days later, on Kate's birthday, after the latter informed him that she and Mary finally reconciled, Jacob told her he was really proud of her. During said call, Reggie tried once more to harass him ordering him to move, which Jacob did dropping the phone in defiance.
The following day, after Alice was arrested by the Crows, Sophie called Jacob before to interrogate her and he said to her that she wasn't her daughter anymore, warning her to not make his same mistake and letting Alice get into her mind. Sophie argued with Jacob that it would be a mistake to not interrogate her as she hoped to made her incriminate herself, however Jacob replied that all she would get from her would be nothing but a bunch of "nonsensical nursery rhymes" and that, although he do appreciate her attempt that would be too big of a risk, suggesting her to keep her eyes on Alice until during her transfer to Arkham instead.
After the villainess managed to escape, Sophie went to visit Jacob in jail and the latter told her not to worry and that it may be better that way since, as she was officially on the run, they can now shoot her on sight; thus giving Sophie and the Crows the order to kill her.
A week later Dr. Ethan Campbell accepted to meet Jacob and Sophie at Blackgate Penitentiary, where they show him the skin graft mask of Jacob and explained that they have Mouse in custody so that if he testify that "face exchange" could be possible Jacob could he free. Campbell accepted to doing it but asked as a condition for it to speak with Mouse stating it was due to scientific interest, prompting Jacob to happily thank him and shake his hand.
Later, while in the prison's showers, Jacob was assaulted by Dodgson, who stabbed him with an improvised knife and started a violent fight with him, however, before Dodgson could kill him, Jacob was saved by another Reggie Harris, who managed to knock his assailant out. The following day, when Jacob asked him why he saved his life, Reggie explained to him that, being close to be release, Jacob was more useful to him alive as he was.
Released from prison
After he was exonerated of Catherine’s death, Jacob was assaulted by a horde of reporters and told them that now that it has been revealed he was framed by Alice and her Wonderland gang, he intended to go back to the Crows to restore peace and tranquility to the city of Gotham.
Later at the morgue, Jacob and Sophie identified Beth's Earth-TUD14 doppelgänger to the coroner and - believing it was his daughter - Jacob mentioned how all he felt was hollow in that moment. Sophie told him that it was always destined to end this way, to which Jacob asked her why the bullet that killed Beth wasn’t one of theirs causing her to lie telling him that she hadn't a lock on her.
Back at the Crows Headquarters, Jacob told his agents that they have lost the city trust and are hemorrhaging clients not necessarily because they were weak, ineffectual or indecisive, but because for the first time in four years, they have competition. He then show them the cover of CatCo Magazine, mentioning how the city seems to like Batwoman because she doesn't subscribe to the rules, which in turn makes her entertaining.
Later, agent Miguel Robles approached Jacob and gave him the footage where Sophie let Batwoman escape, stating that it was the right thing to do and that, being the only person who knew about it, it was up to the commander to decide what to do. Enraged, Jacob called Sophie in his office and, although she assured him to be a Crow through and through, he showed to her the footage, telling her to think hard on whose team she’s on and thus suspending her from service.
Corruption among the Crows
When Reggie Harris' lawyer Bobby Reeves came to Jacob office, he asked the commander to call Davis Wellington, the judge charged to re-open Raymond Calverick's case, in order to postpone the hearing of his client as he owes his life to him. Jacob refused as the corruption behind the former judge's cases is GCPD's problem, to which Reeves pointed out that he knew Crows has some role in it too, suggesting him to make that call.
Getting suspicious at Reeves statement, Jacob began investigating Lucius Fox's murder himself, discovering that Robles, the agent who was in charge of the Crows team who arrested Reggie sent $51.000 to the owner of Sip&Dash, the place where the raid took place; Jacob approached Robles the following day and asked him about it, to which he explained it was a refund for having destroyed the place when arresting him, after which Jacob asked if it was for destroying the evidence and Robles replied that a Crow would never have done something like that.
Even more suspicious, that night Jacob called Sophie and asked her to came back, stating that despite their opinion being different, he knew he can trust her.
The following morning, Jacob reached Kate at The Hold Up after he called him and, when she opened the door asked what what she couldn't tell him over the phone. She ask Jacob to promise her that he won't "kill him" to which he simply barged into the bar without promising anything. He saw an unconscious August Cartwright tied to a chair, and ask Kate to explain, prompting her to gave him a drink and told her that he was going to need it. Kate reveal that Alice wasn't really dead and left August for her to find.
After they realized that August was actually posing as Ethan Campbell, when August woke up, Kate and Jacob ask him who "Mommy Dearest" was (as written on the note Alice shoved in his mouth), to which August answered she won't let alice win in a game against him and that all he wanted was a fresh start for him and his son after she destroyed their family, so he used fear toxin to convince Mouse that Alice was his worst fear, he also guessed that he would probably hook her up to the canister on which he bounded him after she freed him, saying that if they didn't administered her adrenaline soon her psyche would collapse once and for all.
Hearing this, Jacob became enraged and started to choke August, but Kate stop her dad from ultimately killing him, the man then promised August that he would find Alice and then skin him alive, just a few moments before departing the bar to try finding Beth by tracking August's phone.
After Kate discovered Beth was at 614 Williams Street, she informed Jacob via phone and he went there, arriving just in time to inject his daughter with adrenaline, thus nullifying the effects of the fear toxin and saving her life. Beth, cried and even called him "Daddy" for the first time in years.
Later, he put a blanket over her saying that Kate was with Cartwright and because of that he was able to find her, Alice asked Jacob why he came running, to which he admitted that it was because he still cared for her, prompting the latter to open up to him over August having kept Gabi's severed head in a locked fridge in his cabin due to his mother wish.
When they came back to The Hold Up, Jacob and Beth discovered that Kate has strangled August, he immediately tried to resuscitate him, calling him a son of a bitch, while Beth sighed and then congratulated Jacob, telling him that both of his daughters were now killers.
After burying August's body underneath a freeway, with Alice commenting to Kate how ironic it was that the person who tore them apart was also the reason they've been reunited, Jacob told her to knock it off and comforted Kate while Alice took a turn at burying the body. Then Alice double crossed them, stating that their family teunion was over and escaping in the shadows after taking Jacob's gun.
The following morning, Jacob met Sophie and told her how the footage of four cameras were missing from the Sip & Dash on the night Lucius Fox was murdered and that the shop owner Alia Nazari was given a cleanup fee of $50,000 by Robles. He admitted his suspicious regarding the corruption among the Crows, stating that she was the only one he could trust. Sophie explained she hasn't changed her opinion on Batwoman, to which Jacob replied that they could at the very least agreed that they had bigger problems on their hands.
Later, when Mouse started to attack Arkham Asylum's nurses who has had him as a patient, Jacob and a Crows team ambushed him out of the house of one of them, Tammy, after she called them. Jacob aimed a gun at Mouse, but doesn't shoot, instead telling his men to bring him back to Arkham.
Then, when Kate and Alice broke into Arkham to free Mouse, the former leave her sister locked in Mouse's same cell and, as Jacob appeared beside Kate, Alice realizing that he was in on her plan from the start. Jacob told his daughter that that way she won't hurt anyone else, to which she spitefully replied that he has hurted people as well, and was no better than her.
That night at the Crows Headquarters, Jacob told Kate that Arkham officials have Alice in isolation on a 24 hour watch and that he moved Cartwright's body so won't be able to blackmail them. He told Kate that it was time to put Alice behind them and they hug.
Later Sophie called Jacob from a burner phone reporting to him that the cospiracy was greater than they believed, stating that both Alia and Reggie were taken out by professional sniper, one of which attempted to her life as well forcing her into hiding. During said conversation, Jacob noticed a sniper shot aimed at him and managed to use a nearby car as a makeshift shield, figure out where he was located and shoot him, although when he got to the latter asking who hired him, he was already dead due to having ingested a capsule of cyanide.
A week later, after the Detonator returned destroying Gotham International Bank in a bomb attack, Jacob had a briefing with the Crows where Robles - who followed the terrorist's case seven years prior - explained that it couldn't be a copycat since he used the same kind of explosive using details than were never disclosed to the public. Jacob diclocated his men and order them to investigate and capture the terrorist before other buildings were demolished.
Later he was called by Bobby Reeves, who was ambushed by the Detonator and attached to a bomb inside his car in Bennett Ave. with the choice to press a button that would have stopped the bomb saving his life but causing another to detonate killing dozen of citizen. Jacob reached the lawyer telling him he knew he would have to do the right thing and that he had to be strong, then, after managing to evacuate the whole Bennett Ave., Jacob order Bobby to press the button saving him but causing 2420 Maple Street to collapse due to the Detonator's second bomb.
That night Jacob was knocked out by Robles, who revealed to be the one posing as the Detonator - due to the real one being dead in 2013 - and wake up finding himself with an explosive vest and the Detonator's typical button that offered the choice to defuse the bomb by detonating another. Jacob was rescued by Sophie and Julia Pennyworth, who tried to disarm the bomb and informed him of Robles' role in the murder of Lucius Fox, prompting the man to admit it was all his fault to having founded the Crows, dividing the whole city. After Batwoman called Julia informing her that the second bomb was secured inside the garage of Wayne Tower, they defused that on Jacob by pressing the button, saving him.
The following morning, Jacob officially reinstated Sophie and informed her that they have gotten rid of all the Crows' corrupt agents due to the information obtained by Robles' confession. He then told her that she was appointed the co-leader of a new Crows strike team together with Julia in an jointed operation with the Special Reconnaissance Regiment.
A few days later, Jacob and Sophie went to Arkham in order to take Tommy Elliot to trial after his insanity plea was denied and have him executed for Lucius Fox's murder. However, they found him hanged in his cell, apparently suicidal. Getting suspicious, Jacob interrogated his daughter asking her if she knew what was happening. Alice however reminded him that he was the reason she was locked up in Arkham and she couldn't care less about helping him, causing Jacob to state that she was the one who told him that "Beth was never coming back" and he was simply acting accordingly in order to protect the only daughters he had left. In response, Alice vowed to make him suffer far worse than how she's suffering behind Arkham's walls and left the meeting room.
After N.S.A. agent Tony Kim was abduced by the villain nicknamed "Hush" near the agency's field office in Tricorner, in the same area where it was found the body of Professor John Carr inside a dumpster, Jacob called a briefing with all his agents and informed them it was their priority to catch the culprit.
Later, following a confrontation between Batwoman and Hush on the Williams Viaduct, Sophie reported to Jacob that the bullet she found on the scene matched those used in the Gotham University library, meaning it was indeed the same person. Jacob complained that Batwoman intervention could have caused a massacre on the viaduct and, as Sophie tried to argue, he replied that he won't stand waiting for a battle between masked freaks to be over.
That evening, after Batwoman was tracked in Arkham, Jacob prepare a whole team of Crows agent to get her, however once he arrived on the place together with the GCPD he found it in flame while a mass prison break caused by Alice was occurring. Jacob ordered his men to bring Batwoman to him, to which an agent replied it would be impossible even to enter the asylum right at that moment.
That night, Jacob summoned Batwoman using the Bat-Signal and revealed that thanks to her, hundreds of Arkham inmates were released into the city. Batwoman replied that it was Alice's fault, to which he claimed that they were two side of the same coin like Batman and the Joker. After she refused to stop her vigilante activities, Jacob warned Batwoman that the next time he saw her would be war.
War against Batwoman
Later that night, Jacob tracked the dangerous Arkham escapee Tim "The Titan" Teslow on the Burnley line direct to Central Gotham where he beheaded a man. He tried to stop The Titan but was overpowered and disarmed by him; however, before the criminal could kill him, Kate intervened and fought him, getting defeated as well. The Titan however decided to take advantage of this to escape.The following day, after The Titan attacked his brother, Jacob was interviewed by Dana Dewitt and stated that he would arrest Batwoman, her allies, and everyone who used the Bat-Signal. The anchorwoman stated that Gotham hadn't seen such a tense relationship between someone and a vigilante since Loeb and Batman. Following this, Mary came up with a plan that drew out the Crows using the Bat-Signal on a rooftop telling Jacob that she trusted Batwoman since she protects others without asking for a penny and in order to change the city's perception of the Crows, he should work with someone in whom the city really has hope. After Batwoman appeared, she told Jacob that while she can't show him who she really was, they should work together to stop The Titan, thus calling for a truce that Jacob reluctantly accepted.
Using The Titan's last victim - former Gotham Goliaths' Coach Kurt Donahue - as a bait, the Crows and Batwoman lured the criminal to the Gotham City Arena; albeit the plan was successful, Jacob betrayed Batwoman, ordering his men to gun down the Titan and surrounding Batwoman. After she asked him what he was doing, Jacob replied that he promised her war and ordered his men to fire their guns. The bullets don't pierce through the suit and eventually Batwoman used her grapple hook to get out. Then Julia and Sophie arrived realizing that Jacob did indeed double-cross Batwoman.
Back at the Crows headquarters, Jacob is confronted by Sophie about what he did and asked him if that was the reason she was sidelined. Angered, Jacob asked what there was about Batwoman that brought both Sophie and Mary to her side, prompting Sophie to reply that she gave hope to the city, to which Jacob said that hope was a luxury she couldn't afford.
Later, Jacob was given a series of bullet casings from the fight with Batwoman, realizing that he needed to find something stronger to kill her.
Jacob was once a loving husband and father to his wife, Gabi, and his two daughters, Kate and Beth, however, after the car crash that killed his wife and supposedly one of his daughters, he became overprotective over Kate, his surviving daughter, deeming her as "everything he has left". Due to Jacob being overcome with grief over the loss, his relationship with Kate became strained, despite trying to give her a good future and accepting the woman she has grown to be. Jacob is proven to be deeply concerned about the welfare of others as when Alice had his second-in-command, Sophie Moore, held hostage, he pleaded her not to bomb all those civilians who were watching a movie at a Robinson Park. The only reason Jacob formed Crows Security was to recruit ex-Navy SEALS and Green Berets to protect Gotham City and assist the GCPD in situations they cannot handle.
Jacob firmly believe that justice can only come from law and order and disapproves vigilantes, such as Batman and Batwoman, describing them as a "symbol of false hope" and also blaming the former for the death of his wife and daughter due to failing to save them for the car crash. He also felt that vigilantes are liked by the city because they didn't subscribe to the rules, in his eyes, Batman is also responsible for creating the Joker and several other villains in Gotham's rogues gallery.He was willing to go war with Batwomen instead of working together to capture escaped criminals and arrest anyone associated with her proving how far his hatred of vigilantes has costumed him. He also has no problem with breaking a truce as seen when he had the Crows kill Tim Teslow instead of letting Batwoman talk him down and attempt to kill her afterwards.
Jacob can be extremely arrogant and self-righteous to the point that he doesn't take responsibility for his mistakes, blaming others for what happened to Beth only to later admitting it was a coping mechanism for not blaming himself and facing the truth that he was the one responsible for it; due to having stopped searching for her and believed that she was dead. Yet, he is not above apologizing or admitting when he was wrong. Also, even when having different view over something with one of his subordinate, like when he and Sophie disagreed about trusting Batwoman, he has demonstrated that he can be impartial on it, since what really matter to Jacob is to be able to trust his agents.
Jacob knows that he can't talk his daughter, Kate out of anything once her mind is made up, as after she and Sophie were caught violating Point Rock Academy's strict code of conduct against homosexuality, he did not try to convince her to do what the academy's tribunal wanted nor explained to her that being one of it's top cadets doesn't get her special treatment or makes her above the rules, as he knew it would have been pointless.
Jacob is proven to have loved Beth deeply; when he learned that his second wife, Catherine Hamilton, had paid the coroner to fake the DNA test over some skull fragments of a deer found by some of her men to make it match Beth's, he was angry, telling his second wife to get away from him and filing for divorce and in 2003 willingly trespassed August Cartwright's house after getting a call from Beth and tracing it there. While he was held captive by Beth he also broke down and confessed that believing Catherine was easier to him than going to bed with a broken heart, tearfully apologizing to his daughter for failing her. However, after Beth poisoned Catherine and framed him for her murder, he lost all hope that his daughter could be saved from the monster she had become and even ordered Sophie to have the Crows to kill her on sight. Also, he started to see Alice and Beth as two different individuals, declaring that whatever August did to his daughter erased any traces of her and Alice was mentally put in her place.
Despite this, after learning that August has Alice tortured in an unknown location, Jacob immediately went to save her, threatening to skin August alive after doing so, after saving her, Jacob makes it clear to Alice that he still cares for her despite everything she has done, becoming even more sympathetic towards her after learning more of what she endured at the hands of Mabel Cartwright and what August did to her mother's remains but, despite this, he chose to lock her in Arkham anyway with Kate's help so she wouldn't hurt anyone else, though he was visibly solemn and saddened over having to do so, when he later visited her he explained that he had to lock her up so he can protect the only daughters he had left; Kate and Mary. In response, Alice vowed to make him suffer far worse than how she's suffering behind Arkham's walls, hearing this, Jacob was heartbroken on how far his daughter has slipped.
Jacob is proven to have some morals; for example, after discovering what Catherine has done to Beth, he became enraged and disgusted to the point that he filed for divorce, yet that didn't mean he wanted her dead; when Beth killed her and framing him for it, he was furious at what his daughter has done and filled with grief over his second wife's murder as well as the thought that his daughter could do something so horrible. However, despite this, he has not truly forgiven Catherine for her despicable actions and likely never will. Despite being on the verge of divorce Catherine, that never intruded on his desire to still be Mary's father-figure, since he love her and care very much for her well being.
- Peak of human physical condition: As a former USSOCOM colonel, Jacob is in top physical condition for a man of his age. Jacob is shown to be quite fast for a man his age, as he was able to keep up with a former Navy SEAL or Green Beret like Chuck Dodgson. He was also able to jump on a car hood while running and has faster reflexes than a trained sniper. His conditioning lets him recover from most injuries very quickly, though not superhumanly, he went back to full health in less than a few hours after being stabbed in the stomach.
- Honed senses: Jacob has sharp hearing and sight, as well as keen skills of perception. He is able to pick up incoming danger and react quickly.
- Keen intellect/Expert tactician/Leader: As the head of Crows Security, Jacob is a highly skilled tactician and a capable leader. He also ran his security organization efficiently for over fifteen years and was capable of managing and organizing several handfuls of Crows Security agents by himself during countless operations.
- Skilled investigator: Jacob has proven to be a capable investigator.
- Cellist: Jacob is a very talented cellist, having intensively studied the instrument growing up. He even taught his daughter, Beth Kane, how to play Bach's "Cello Suite No. 1, Prelude".
- Expert hand-to-hand combatant/Martial artist: As a former United States Army and USSOCOM officer, as well as the head of Crows Security Jacob is an extremely accomplished hand-to-hand combatant, as he had received intensive training, as all U.S. Army members do. He managed to subdue Dodgson, a highly trained combatant in his own right, twice, despite the latter being at least a couple of decades younger than him. He was able to go head-on against Batwoman, although she was holding back at the time.
- Guns: Jacob is very proficient in using guns, primarily using a pistol during his work on the field with Crows Security.
- Jacob hates hospitals.
- Jacob shares some similarities with Quentin Lance in Season 1 of .
- Both work in a law enforcement organization.
- Both oppose the presence of vigilantes in their home cities and have a personal vendetta against their respective shows' main protagonist.
- Both have two daughters, one of whom is presumed dead but had actually survived.
- Both have complicated relationships with their surviving daughters due to their differing views.
Behind the scenes
- In the DC comics, Jacob "Jake" Kane is a high-ranking officer in the U.S. Military, and the father to Kate and Beth Kane. Despite his difficult relationship with Kate, Jacob uses his military access and expertise to assist Batwoman in her war on crime.
- During a scene in "", Catherine briefly refers to him as "Jake".
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