- Please, now that all the pretenses are off, call me Penguin. A flightless bird, but one with style!
- — Penguin src
The Penguin was a thief who used birds in his crimes. He was frequently stopped by Batman.
Oswald "Ozzy" Cobblepot is descended from an aristocratic family whose lineage goes back to Newcastle, England. Alfred Pennyworth's grandfather was once a butler to the English Cobblepot's and Alfred was raised on stories on how cruel and disrespectful the Cobblepots were to their staff.
Oswald's direct family line had a mansion located in Gotham City, but the family squandered their fortune away many years ago. As the apparent sole surviving member of the Cobblepot legacy, Oswald let the family estate fall into ruin, and eventually converted it into a huge aviary.
A few years ago, Cobblepot left Gotham City and spent several years traveling the Orient. There he met two silent female assassins known only as the Kabuki Twins who later went on to work for him as his personal bodyguards. Despite his portly physique, Cobblepot took an interest in martial arts, and trained his body into top fighting form.
During this time, he developed a keen interest in birds and decided that such animals would be ideal in helping him regain his family's former glory. Training the birds to obey his commands, Cobblepot turned to a life of crime.
Oswald eventually returned to the United States whereupon he used his birds to nab various riches from Gotham's wealthiest citizens. He stored his ill-gotten gains in the aviary at Cobblepot Manor. One evening, Oswald crashed a charity drive hosted by Bruce Wayne at Wayne Manor. He nearly came to blows with Alfred Pennyworth whose memory of his grandfather's mistreatment at the hands of the Cobblepots was as clear as ever. After making a scene, Oswald managed to snatch the party's guest list and used this information to select his future targets.
Bruce Wayne surmised that Cobblepot's return to Gotham City coincided with the most recent rash of burglaries and he investigated the crimes as his costumed alter ego – the Batman. Pennyworth, still angry with Cobblepot's behavior at the fund raiser, decided to take matters into his own hands. He went to Oswald's family mansion, but was captured by the Kabuki Twins. Batman arrived at the manor shortly thereafter and Oswald and he faced each other for the first time. Now calling himself the Penguin, he demonstrated his fighting prowess against the Batman and the two engaged in a protracted battle across the room. Batman eventually proved victorious and the Penguin was captured. The Kabuki Twins, however, managed to escape.
A short time later, the Penguin evaded custody and reunited with the Kabuki Twins. They broke into the Gotham Museum of Natural History for the purposes of stealing the fabled Phoenix Drawings. As luck would have it, Bruce Wayne was in attendance at the museum as a guest of honor. He changed to Batman and briefly fought with the Penguin, but the villain escaped amidst a flock of flying birds. Batman returned to the Batcave and used the Batwave to coordinate where the Penguin's would strike next. He tracked him down to a scrap yard, but was distracted by the Penguin's Kabuki twins who summarily tossed him into a dumpster. By the time the Batman extricated himself, the Penguin was long gone.
The Penguin's next plot was one of extreme ambition. Constructing a giant robotic penguin, he used it to strike at Wayne Industries. The robot burrowed through the ground surrounding the building causing massive upheaval. Batman swooped down in the Bat-glider and managed to destroy the machine. The robot toppled over back into the subterranean crater from which it sprung. The Penguin and the Kabuki twins fell in behind it – seemingly to their doom. The Penguin was not gone for long however, and returned to take revege on Bruce whane
Despising Wayne's pretty boy image, Penguin went to the manor with his twins in an effort to get rid of Wayne once and for all. He tied up and toutred Alfred with his twins who managed to call Whane. The Batman interfered with Penguin's plans had a brawl with him while being recorded by camera men and eventually returned Penguin to jail once again. He did however gain one victory stealing the spotlight from Bruce.
Upon escaping, Penguin teamed up with Catwoman in an effort to steal two powerful, ancient Egyptian statues that give the holder the ability to expel and use the power of light. Double-crossing Catwoman, Penguin stole both statues, hand-cuffed The Batman and Catwoman, and fled. Though he attempted to destroy Gotham, Penguin was unsuccessful, as the team he created was too deadly for both his Kabuki Twins and Penguin to fight.
Peguin later broke into the art musem and stole valuable eggs, but was stoped by Joker disgussed as Batman. After a short argument the two battled each other until the orginal Batman showed up laughing crazily. but Cobblepot was also accidentally injected with the Venom that drives people insane. After Batman defeated Joker by making the clown laugh both him and Penguin laughed throughout the streets of Gotham.
Penguin eventually took control of Man-Bat with a Sonic Bird Control Device making him commit crimes for him. Batman soon turns Man-Bat on Penguin putting both of them in Arkham.
During penguins attempt to control Gotham. Both Joker and Riddler get in the way. The three criminal's agree that whoever defeats Batman can control Gotham. Near the end Penguin and Joker try to take out Riddler, but Batman arrives to stop them. Penguin is defeated by having rar fall on him and gets arrested with the other two.
During a battle with Batman and Batgirl, Penguin sends Batman to the bottom of a river where he gets memory loss. He later crashes the Music festival with his twins and kidnaps Bruce. Later at his ice lair Penguin then cuts Bruce free, who then indeed does write the cheque, and hands it over,but Penguin is suspicious, and asks to see some ID. Batgirl, who is watching from above, who believes Bruce is Batman, hopes to see him free himself, but instead, he asks to be released, as was the deal, but Penguin tells him he lied, and kicks Bruce into the water behind him. Batgirl dives in after him, and Penguin sends the twins in after her. She frees Wayne, who promptly swims to the surface, leaving Batgirl to fend off the twins. When she surfaces, she is surprised to see Wayne already running to safety, which leads her to believe she was wrong about Bruce. While she is distracted, Batgirl is captured by the Twins, who bring her to Penguin, who leaps at the chance to kill her. Outside, an explosion is seen, which causes Bruce to stop running, and the Penguin fly's out, carrying Batgirl, who is tied up.Penguin is demonstrating to Batgirl how he will execute her, utilizing the clock's mechanical figurines. He then kicks the clock's hands to be at 11:55, so that Batman only has a limited time to save her, and then straps her to the table, where she will be killed. Batman then arrives, and proceeds to rescue her. Batman than defeats penguin by destroying his umbrella leaving him for the police.
Penguin, Joker Ventriloquist and Scarface are shown as members of Hugo Stranges therapy session. Penguin taunts the Ventroliquest asking him if hes old enough to be playing with dolls.
One night Penguin try's to make it rain chemicals, but Batman stops him after getting deafted he learns this wasn't the real Penguin, he was kidnaped by Poison Ivy and replaced by a look alike. Once Ivy is defeated Penguin gets free.
Penguin and Mr. Freeze later competed to get the sunken treasure that was at the bottom of Gotham Bay. Penguin used Alfred to help him find it. Once they arrived both Villain's began to fight each other for the treasure. The fight is broken up by Batman and the villain's are sent to the police while Freeze tells Penguin to shut up.
Penguin soon got the idea to form a Supervillain team from a movie in order to "clip the Bat-jerk's wings." However, that only resulted in Penguin sitting back while he ordered his "team-mates" around, and snapped at them whenever they suggested a different name for his team. All Penguin got on his team were: Firefly Killer Croc, Killer Moth, and Ragdoll. He did send out other invitations, but Bane was taken down by Batman, and Penguin mentioned to Croc that Joker, Mr. Freeze, and The Riddler all said "No!" Moth soon grows into a beast and Penguin uses him to steal art form a billionaire. Batman soon defats Penguin while Batgirl and Robin defeat Moth. The team is then arrested by the Police.
Penguin was later captured by Rumor alongside other criminals (despite him trying to get Batman to turn him over to the police) and once freed he was free to fight Batman but was accidentally frozen by Mr. Freeze. The villiains are later arrested alongside Rumor.
When the Joining invade Earth Penguin fights them alongside Bane, Joker, Mr Freeze and the police.
One night Green Lantern's Ring flew right into Penguin and he had to master it before he robbed a charity party and Gotham getting Batman and Robins attention. Batman and Robin fought Penguin before Sinestro crashed the battle. Sinestro chased after Penguin until Penguin gave the ring to Batman. Once sinestro was defeated by Batman and Green Lantern he was taken away alongside Penguin.
Penguin later gets away from Batman and Robin thanks to Wrath and Scorn. Later he Joker, Scarface and Killer croc are shown robbing a boat to get rich while Batman and Robin fought Warth and Scorn. Once the police arrived the Villains got away and Warth promised them Batman's Identy. Penguin encougred Joker to smile saying that its the end of Batman
Powers and Abilities
- Animal Training
- Hand-to-Hand Combat (Advanced)
- Martial Arts: The Penguin spent an indeterminate amount of time in the Orient and developed a mastery of the martial arts, mainly judo and ninjutsu. His combat skills are proficient enough that he can hold his own in a fight against the Batman.
- Swordsmanship: The Penguin spent an indeterminate amount of time in the Orient and developed a mastery of swordsmanship. The exact style that he uses is unknown, but his mastery is great enough that he can slice completely through a massive tree branch with a single slice and with very little effort. Unlike most swordsmen, Penguin uses an umbrella in place of a sword.
The Penguin once used a giant robotic penguin in order to lay siege against Wayne Industries.
The Penguin will occasionally use one of his trick umbrellas as a mini-helicopter. These devices are ideal for getaways escaping the grasp of the Batman.
- Penguin's Umbrella: The Penguin carries an arsenal of specially designed umbrellas. Nearly all of them are equipped with some kind of offensive weaponry. Some umbrellas double as flame throwers while others house coiled electrified chains that can be used to ensnare prey.
- Green Lantern Power Ring (Formerly): At one point, the Penguin managed to acquire the power ring of Green Lantern Hal Jordan.
- This version of the Penguin is exclusive to the continuity of the 2004 animated series The Batman. He was voiced by Tom Kenny.
His hairstyle resembles the crests on a Rockhopper penguin. Penguin's pants often fall down during fights. He is a bit of a mama's boy.
- Penguin takes his coffee black with two lumps of sugar.
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