Penguin (DC)

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The Penguin in Batman v2 #23.3.

The Penguin is a male comic supervillain that features in DC Comics.




Oswald Chesterfield Cobblepot



Following the Flashpoint, a new version of reality was created with a different history of events.

At some point, he had a sexual relationship with one of the waitresses of his Iceberg Lounge named Crystie with her being pregnant with his son who was named Ethan Cobblepot. Penguin fired her leading to her and her son moving to Virginia though Cobblepot made support payments towards the boy and even funded his tuition to Yale at which point he dispatched his duties to his son. Ethan Cobblepot later returned to Gotham to return the cheque but his father did not accept it and instead told his son to use it but that he had no intention of claiming the boy as his family. (Batgirl v5 #8)

The Joker later embarked on an ambitious plan that threatened to lead to chaos and wide-spread destruction across Gotham. Sensing this coming Joker War, the Penguin decided to hide out in his Cool Room safehouse which was offered as a hiding place for other supervillains looking to escape the coming carnage. He had his agents take the badly wounded Catwoman from her hospital bed so that she was in the safety of the safehouse and prevent her from being killed by the Joker's minions. (Batman v3 #94)


Personality and attributes

Oswald Cobblepot in Joker's Asylum: Penguin v1 #1.

Powers and abilities

He maintained a secret safehouse known as the Cool Room that was used by him and other supervillains that were his allies. It was designed as a safe place to hide out any problems affecting the rest of Gotham. (Batman v3 #94)


  • The Penguin was created by Bill Finger and Bob Kane where he made his first appearance in Detective Comics v1 #58 (December, 1941).

Alternate Versions

In other media


  • In Batman, the Penguin appeared in the 1960s live-action television series where he was portrayed by actor Burgess Meredith.
  • In The Batman, the Penguin appeared as an antagonist in the animated television series starting in the episode "Call of the Cobblepot" where he was voiced by actor Tom Kenny. Oswald "Ozzy" Cobblepot was descended from the aristocratic Cobblepot family whose line went back to Newcastle, England. Alfred Pennyworth's grandfather was said to had been a butler to the English Cobblepots and was raised on stories on how they were cruel and disrespectful to those in their employ. Eventually, the Cobblepots settled in Gotham City with Oswald's direct family having squandered heir fortunes for years leaving their son the sole remaining heir of their ancestral legacy. Oswald left the family estate fall into ruin and converted it into an aviary whilst he departed to travel to the Orient where he learnt martial arts and gained the employ of the Kabuki Twins who served as his bodyguards.


  • In Batman Returns, the Penguin appeared as the main antagonist in the live-action film where he was portrayed by actor Danny DeVito.
  • In Batman: Assault on Arkham, the Penguin appeared in the animated film where he was voiced by actor Nolan North.

Video games

  • In Batman: The Telltale Series, the Penguin appeared in the video game Season One where he was portrayed by actor Jason Spisak.
  • In DC Universe Online, the Penguin appeared in the setting of the MMORPG where he was voiced by actor David Jennison.


  • Detective Comics v1: (1941)
  • Batman v1:
  • Birds of Prey:
  • Batman Eternal v1:
  • Batman v2:
  • Batman Who Laughs v2:
  • Batman v3:

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