- "I saved you from the orphanage and provide for this family everyday so keep your mouth shut Frankie. You got it?"
- —John being rude and abusive to Frankie[src]
John James is a resident of Central City, the husband of Karen James and the former foster father of Frankie Kane. He has a few disorderly conducts, acting physically and emotionally abusive towards both his wife and his former foster daughter.
John had a record of a few disorderly conducts. At some point he met and subsequently married Karen, and then became the foster father of a girl named Frankie. Eventually he became physically and emotionally abusive towards both of them, telling Frankie that she was a weak, pathetic and horrible person.
Abusing Karen, Frankie and eventual incarceration
After John came home one night and demanded Karen and Frankie prepare him dinner. The former immediately complied, afraid what her husband might do. Frankie, at first, refused until he threatened to beat her up, causing Magenta to take over Frankie, causing a lamppost to come through the window and injure him. He was subsequently taken to Central City Hospital. While there, John was visited by reporter Iris West, hoping to uncover what had happened. This led to him stating his intention to injure Frankie if he ever saw her again. As this happened, Frankie appeared outside of the hospital, intending to drop a tanker on the building. Iris attempted to wheel him to safety, despite his horrible nature, but they were stuck in the foyer. Frankie eventually calmed down, returning the tanker to the ocean. Not long after, DA Cecille Horton began to prosecute John for his actions against Frankie, he will likely serving time in prison.
John is a rude, disrespectful and angry man who abused his wife and foster daughter for no apparent reason. He showed no guilt or remorse for his abusive actions, going so far as to threaten to injure Frankie if he ever saw her again, openly admitting this. Barry Allen (correctly) hypothesized that this is due to John refusing to accept the mistakes in his own life, instead taking it out emotionally and physically on others.