- "This is Deputy Chief Jim Bravura! Come out with your hands above your head!"
- ―Jim Bravura
Jim Bravura was the Deputy Chief of the NYPD and, later, a Homicide unit lieutenant. A dedicated policeman, he has the strict belief that any cop should act within the law, often very much in contrast to the outlook of Max Payne.
At some point before 2001, Bravura joined the NYPD and then became the deputy chief of the department. By the time Max Payne joins the NYPD, Bravura was an Inspector.
In 2001, Jim Bravura has a position as the NYPD Deputy Chief and leads the police chase against Max Payne, but has difficulty catching up to Max during his rampage through the criminal underworld.
By 2003, an exonerated Max now works as a detective for Bravura, who has demoted himself to Homicide lieutenant. Bravura debriefs Payne after his shootouts with the Cleaners in Annie Finn's warehouse and his apartment complex.
After Max Payne is caught working with the fugitive Sax in an Upper East Side apartment shootout with numerous Cleaners, Bravura orders the detective to remain at his desk and type up a detailed report of the incident.
Bravura is later seen in the New York Memorial hospital, attempting to find and interrogate a hospitalized Max about the death of Winterson when Mitchum, an Ingram-wielding commando sent to eliminate Max, guns the police lieutenant down. When Payne finds the security room, he can see Bravura being operated on via a surveillance camera. Payne remarks that Bravura is 'too stubborn to die.'
Following the events of the Cleaner case, Bravura returns to work. At some point later, Bravura summons Max to his office where he and Max agree that, due to Max shooting Winterson, he will quit the NYPD. Bravura promises to get Payne a pension, and asks Max if he ever lied to him. Max also reveals to Bravura that Winterson was the lover of Vladimir Lem, the man who was behind the Cleaners. Before Max leaves the office, Bravura asks him to stay in touch. Bravura and Max stay in contact until around 2011-2012, when Jim Bravura passes away due to a heart attack. 
In Max Payne's dreams
According to fellow police officers, Bravura routinely demotes himself in order to stay closer to the police officers who work on cases in the field.
He is a former alcoholic and suffers from insomnia. Bravura is also seen swallowing painkillers routinely under stress, and may be addicted to them.
During the Valkyr Case, Bravura treat Max as a criminal fugitive needed to catch due to Max's alleged murder of DEA agent Alex Balder in Roscoe Street Station. The hunt for Max Payne grew and the need to capture him as Max massacre many mobsters in the hotel, tenements and places Max Payne passed through. He believed Max is a criminal needed to be stop for his rampage on New York. It is apparent in the radio news heard in Asgard where Jim swear to capture him. On the other hand, Max sees him as an wrong side of the battle as he believed Bravura genuinely a cop doing his job.
After the Valkyr Case and release of Max Payne, Bravura demotes himself and becomes Payne's boss when Max decide to join back the NYPD. Jim is concerned with Max's mental health and alcohol addiction and offer him to AA and therapy. After the Cleaner Case, Bravura offers to get him a pension even though Payne confessed to the killing of Valerie Winterson and revealed that she was secretly Vladimir Lem's lover and also stating that these circumstances forced him to quit the NYPD. They apparently kept in contact on close terms, as Max was clearly affected by Bravura's death by a heart attack.
Behind the Scenes
Aside from Max Payne, Bravura is one of the few characters that survives the events of the first two games of the series. However, he does not appear in the third game, as he dies several months before the events of Max Payne 3. His death and relationship with Max after the Cleaner case are mentioned in the second Max Payne 3 comic, "Hoboken Blues."
- Max Payne
- Max Payne 2
- Max Payne 3 comics
- "This is deputy chief Jim Bravura from the NYPD. You are to cease your criminal activities and surrender immediately."
- ―To Max Payne
- "What were you thinking? Were you thinking at all?"
- ―To Max Payne
- "What happened out there? You killed her!"
- ―To Max Payne, speaking about Valerie Winterson's death
- ―Bravura's last words before passing out after being shooting
|Max Payne • Alex Balder • B.B. • Jim Bravura • Vincent Gognitti • Nicole Horne • Mona Sax • Vladimir Lem • Jack Lupino • Michelle Payne • Angelo Punchinello • Alfred Woden
|Max Payne • Mona Sax • Jim Bravura • Vincent Gognitti • Kaufman • Vladimir Lem • Mike • Valerie Winterson • Alfred Woden