"I'm the one who's crazy. Running after a ghost with a gun. Won't make that mistake again."
—Jim Corrigan[src]

Jim Corrigan is a homicide detective for the New Orleans Police Department. He was introduced to the supernatural by John Constantine, and helped the latter solve a case involving ghosts.

Biography

Early life

Jim and his mother.

At some point, Momma Corrigan taught Jim how to shoot a gun to protect himself from a drunk, possibly a drunken father.[1]

Meeting John Constantine

In 2014, Jim Corrigan watched as Misaki Ross murdered a woman in the alley and shot at the former several times, though she got away unharmed. At the crime scene, John Constantine, Chas and Zed arrived offering help. The following day, Jim arrested John, believing he was a suspect for calling in a crime before it occurred. Jim later identified the woman in the alley and freed John. Later, Jim and Zed drove around the outskirts of New Orleans to pick up Philip Carlberg themselves. They drove around until morning, when they eventually found Phillip and drove him to town. Phillip vanished from the car but appeared in front of them; knowing he was only a ghost, they drove right through him. Corrigan was called by Constantine and the former brought Tammy Fraser, Bridget Carlberg and Madeline Devereaux to John and with the three forgiving their ghost, Papa Midnite was able to kill the ghosts for good.[1]

Zed sees Jim's future.

Jim later stopped by and told Zed that he knew she was a runaway. Zed then saw Jim Corrigan's future with multiple gun wounds and a green mist surrounding him, resembling a cloak. His skull was also partially visible.[1]

A few weeks later, Jim took over the case of a deceased detective who was investigating a strange case. Knowing this was not a normal thing, he contacted Constantine, who promised to help. Together, they decided to check the grave of a policeman, on whose body there was also a strange symbol, and the body itself was mummified. On the spot, it also turned out that he was investigating the case of the disappearance of three girls of the same age and linked it all to the theory of the Blood Moon Tetrad. The symbol itself was used to stigmatize witches in the 12th century, implying that the girls were abducted by a Satanist. He needed each of them until one of the full moons, thus making sacrifices to renew the new cycle. The conversation was interrupted by Corrigan's phone call from the police station, where he found out about another kidnapping.

Constantine and Jim Corrigan.

Immediately after him, they visited the mother of the missing person, who told them about their last quarrel. The three decided to investigate the matter in her room, where Zed could not see anything in the vision due to her disorientation caused. Consequently, John decided to find out where Vesta was through a special ritual. However, it mainly consisted of an electric shock, which Jim and Martin did not like, but they achieved their goal, knowing about the last whereabouts of the girl. They made their way quickly to the scene where Constantine noticed they were being watched. As expected, they were attacked by Papa Midnite's voodoo zombie, whom Corrigan had shot at the last moment. Consequently, the voodoo priest decided to send a raven that would be his eyes. John knew time was running out, so he asked Zed to focus her thoughts and help them with her abilities. Thus, the woman obtained the address to which they immediately went. At the scene, they found the crucified body of a security guard, which was sealed with the same symbol as the previous victims. The exorcist knew that something was going to be done, so he ordered his friends to flee, promising to call back soon.[2] After a short time, they met at the house of the probable perpetrator, which they quietly searched. When they found the criminal and the girl, they took her to a safe place and began chasing the perpetrator.

Jim and Zed kiss.

The detective initially planned to hand him over to the police, when an exorcist explained to him about the atrocities he had committed. He did not want him to spend only a few years in prison for everything he had done and to be released again, so Jim released him, ordered him to flee and shot him, ending his miserable life. After that, Vesta returned to her mother, and Corrigan spent time with Martin in the bar, where he found out about his future, but nevertheless decided to reconcile with her by kissing the woman.[2]

Personality

Jim wasn't quick to trust anyone, but once he's seen evidence that John and Zed were telling the truth, he assisted them even with the mystical aspects of the case. Feeling indebted to the pair, he deleted materials regarding Zed's runaway status and kissed her hand goodbye.[1]

Abilities

  • High-level intellect/Expert detective: As a police detective, Jim is proven to be a highly skilled detective.[1]
  • Expert marksman: Jim is highly skilled in the use of firearms.[1]

Appearances

Constantine

The Flash

Season 6

Trivia

  • Some of Zed's visions about him seem to indicate that he was raised by an abusive father.[1]

Behind the scenes

  • In DC comics, Jim Corrigan is a host of the Spectre, one of the most powerful entities in the DC Universe.
    • At the end of "Danse Vaudou", Zed has a vision of Jim dying while being possessed by a green light entering his body. This a likely a flashforward about his future as the Spectre.
  • Although the first comics character to become the Spectre, he is the second Spectre-host to be depicted in live-action. Crispus Allen was depicted on September 22, 2014 in the debut of Gotham, a couple months prior to "Danse Vaudou" on November 22, 2014.

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