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"You'd better watch it. You know my reputation?"
"Yeah, I do. Do you?"
―Penguin and Batman[src]

Oswald "Oz" Cobblepot, also known reluctantly as the Penguin, is the ruthless lieutenant of the Falcone Crime Syndicate who seeks to rise up in Gotham's criminal underworld as its newest crime boss. As Penguin was being investigated into a possible connection with the murders being committed by Riddler, he became a target of Batman and Jim Gordon, despite being innocent of these crimes. Eventually, Penguin had discovered that it was Carmine Falcone who was being targeted by Riddler, as Falcone had also been identified as the rat who betrayed Salvatore Maroni, moments before Falcone was shot and killed by Riddler. In the wake of Falcone's death, Penguin had then prepared to step up, as Gotham's new crime lord.


Rising into Power[]

Working for Carmine Falcone[]

"Penguin is one of Carmine Falcone's up-and-coming lieutenants. My guess is that he uses Porcello to make sure he doesn't get caught by his bosses sticking his hand too deep in the cookie jar."
Dex Starling to the Batman[src]

At some point, Oz Cobblepot was scarred across his face, shaping his nose into a point and making him a cruel and ruthless man. He also opened a nightclub known as the Iceberg Lounge. He started out as a member of veteran mafioso Carmine Falcone's crime family in Gotham City, New York, earning the nickname "Penguin" because to his pointed nose, fancy dress, and fat figure. He rose up to become Falcone's top lieutenant, but, greedy for more power, Penguin attempted to export military-grade explosives into the city to create a new finance ring for the mob, and rise even further in the criminal underworld.[3]

Riddler's Game[]

Introduced to Batman[]

"Whoa! whoa! whoa! whoa! take it easy, sweetheart. You looking for me? I see you met The Twins. Boy, you're everything they say, ain't ya, I guess we both are. How you doing? I'm Oz."
―Penguin to Batman[src]

Penguin introducing himself to Batman

Around that time, Penguin was a suspect as the serial killer known as Riddler began taking out Gotham's elite. Penguin's connection to the corrupt elitists put him under scrutiny and targeting of Batman. One night at the Iceberg Lounge, Penguin broke up a fight between Batman and his henchmen, introducing himself as Oz and inviting the vigilante to his office to talk.

Penguin talks to Batman about the pictures

Inside, Penguin saw the photos of the late Mayor Don Mitchell Jr. with his employee, Kosolov, and Batman looked for him because he was in the photo. Penguin received Selina Kyle, whom he asked to say hello to "Mr. Vengeance". Surprised, Penguin explained that he was in the photo, but he had nothing to do with it until Batman threatened him with death, and explained that Kyle was Kozolov's close friend, and advised him to go look for her, which Batman accepted, and Penguin told him that would help him in anything.[4]

Selina Kyle's Request[]

To be added

Major Mitchell's Funeral[]

"Oz, you know Bruce Waye?"
"Wow, is that right?"
"His father saved my life."
Carmine Falcone and Penguin[src]

Soon afterwards, Penguin accompanied Carmine Falcone to Mayor Don Mitchell Jr.'s funeral and was introduced to Bruce Wayne, with Falcone sharing to Oz a bit of his history with the Wayne Family.[4]

Chase of the Penguin[]

Following the Shorline Lofts shootout, where Penguin was present along with GCPD Officer William Kenzie and had caught Catwoman attempting to steal his money, leading to Jim Gordon shooting at him and his crew. Penguin had then witnessed the arrival of Batman and swiftly fled in terror upon seeing the Batmobile rev up and not to long afterwards come charging directly towards hims. Penguin escaped in his car and was immediately pursued by Batman in the Batmobile, which led to a lengthy and chaotic car chase throughout the highways of Gotham City, until Batman was able to crash Penguin's car, leaving him upside down and helpless.Template:Cite

Questioned about Rataalada[]

Once Penguin had been successfully captured, he was brought to a discreet location to be interrogated by Batman and Jim Gordon, who accused him of being the rat that had helped to capture Salvatore Maroni, which Penguin furiously denied.Template:Cite

Assassination of Carmine Falcone[]

With the public revelation that Carmine Falcone was the rat responsible for Sal Maroni's imprisonment while murdering Annika Kosolov, Falcone was arrested by the Gotham City Police Department and led away from the Iceberg Lounge. Penguin confronted his former boss, remarking that he wouldn't last long in Blackgate. In response, Falcone called Penguin a gimp in an empty suit, provoking him into pulling a gun on Falcone. However before he could shoot, the Riddler shot and assassinated Falcone first, with GCPD officers tackling Penguin to the ground despite his pleas of innocence.

Penguin remained a free man in the aftermath of the Flooding of Gotham, watching as the sun rose on the battered and submerged city from his base of operations.


"Hey, Vengeance! You think you can come after my money, huh!?"
―Penguin to Batman[src]

Oz is a cruel, power-hungry, and insecure man, with a rather smarmy way of speaking and a sadistic approach to taking lives. He has no care for who he hurts or how, so long as he gets his way, and delights in destroying his enemies. He is also a greedy and lustrous individual as he attempted to go against his superiors and make more money for himself and get a chance to become a crime lord. However, he still has a sense of honor, being disgusted with Falcone upon learning that he snitched on Maroni and caused his arrest.


"I'll spray paint your ass!"
―Penguin to Carmine Falcone[src]
  • Skilled Marksman: The Penguin knows how to use a machine gun.
  • Multilingualism: The Penguin has shown the ability to understand and speak basic Spanish in addition to his native English.



  • Micro Uzi: To be added





Behind the scenes[]

  • In DC Comics, Oswald Cobblepot is also known as the Penguin, a Gotham City mobster and a famous villain of Batman, who has a liking for birds and fancies himself as the "Gentleman of Crime".
  • Colin Farrell gained weight and wore prosthetic make-up for his role as the Penguin.[5] Jeffrey Wright and Rupert Penry-Jones didn't recognize Farrell when they saw him onset.[6]
  • Jonah Hill was rumored to be in talks to play the Penguin before he exited negotiations and Colin Farrell was cast.[7]
  • Shane Roberts was a stunt double for Colin Farrell in the role of the Penguin.
  • Penguin in The Batman is the fourth live-action incarnation of the character, following incarnations portrayed by Burgess Meredith, Danny DeVito, and Robin Lord Taylor.
  • In an interview with Empire Magazine, Colin Farrell said that the Penguin was inspired by Fredo Corleone from The Godfather series, "because Fredo’s crippled by the insignificance that he lives within, in a family that is full of very strong, very bright, very capable, very violent men. Which is why he commits the act of betrayal that he does, because he’s weak, he’s kind of broken, and he’s in pain. There is a kind of fracture at the core of Oz, which fuels his desire and his ambition to rise within this criminal cabal."[8]
  • Penguin will serve as the titular main protagonist of The Penguin.[2]


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