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Oswald "Ozzy" Cobblepot (オズワルド・“オジー”・コブルポット, Ozuwarudo "Ojī" Koburupotto), or "Penguin" (ペンギン, Pengin), is both a fictional character and antagonist of the MDC's Justice Avengers series created by Gardner Fox and Jack Kirby.

He was an ostensible billionaire in his 20s - like Bruce is. However, he is also an eccentric criminal mastermind and the epitome of his family within Gotham's criminal underworld, known as much for his love of ornithology and trick umbrellas as for his shady business dealings.

Directing his affairs from places like the lounge or ship, he was seen as a reputable businessman to the people of Gotham, but is a black market manufacturing crime lord in reality. He wants to re-establish the Cobblepot family name in society by stealing to rebuild his wealth.

"Listen, I'm what you might call... a collector. If someone wants it, I like to think I've got it. And if I don't have it... I'll get it."

—Penguin, to Batman.

Appearance & Biography[]

Voice actor: Nolan North (English), Yasuhiro Mamiya (Japanese), Not Known (Arabic), Not Known (Basque), Not Known (Brazilian), Not Known (Cantonese), Not Known (Catalan), Not Known (Chinese), Not Known (Croatian), Not Known (Danish), Not Known (Dutch), Not Known (Finnish), Not Known (Filipino), Not Known (French), Not Known (Galician), Not Known (German), Not Known (Greek), Not Known (Hebrew), Not Known (Hong Kong), Not Known (Hungarian), Not Known (Indonesian), Not Known (Italian), Not Known (Korean), Not Known (Mandarin), Not Known (Norwegian), Not Known (Polish), Not Known (Portuguese), Not Known (Romanian), Not Known (Russian), Not Known (Serbian), Not Known (Spanish), Not Known (Swedish), Not Known (Tagalog), Not Known (Thai), Not Known (Valencian), Not Known (Ukrainian), Not Known (Brazilian Portuguese), Not Known (Canadian French), Not Known (European Spanish), Not Known (European Portuguese), Not Known (Latin American Spanish), Not Known (Latin Spanish), Not Known (Spain-Spanish)


Penguin, one of Batman's oldest foes, is an eccentric criminal mastermind, known as much for his love of ornithology and trick umbrellas as for his shady business dealings. Gotham's popular Iceberg Lounge serves as Cobblepot's front for a number of illegal financial activities that fund much of the city's underworld. Despite his short stature, Penguin is a wily foe whose umbrellas conceal a variety of deadly weapons and gadgets.


As Ozzy Cobblepot[]

As Penguin[]

  • Hair Color: Black
  • Skin Color: Caucasian
  • Eye Color: Blue
  • Age: Not Known
  • Birthday: Not Known
  • Height: 4' 10"
  • Weight: 175 lbs. (79 kg)


  • Criminal and financial mastermind.
  • Expert hand-to-hand combatant.
  • Driven by a need to prove himself in spite of his comical appearance.
  • Employs various weapons, many based on umbrellas and birds.






  • Killer Croc - Ally.
  • Cheetah - Ally.
  • Silverback - Partner.
  • Bane - Ally.
  • Clayface - Ally.
  • Suicide Squad - Colleagues.


  • Henry Cobblepot (ancestor, deceased)
  • Theodore Cobblepot (ancestor, deceased)
  • Esther Cobblepot (mother)
  • Tucker Cobblepot (father)


  • Mr. Freeze
  • Max Shreck - Ally and enemy; deceased.
  • Catwoman - Ally and enemy.
  • Man-Bat - Partner turned enemy.


  • Jokerz
    • Joker - Enemy.
    • Harley Quinn - Enemy.


Powers and Abilities[]


  • Cheating Death: No matter the odds, Penguin always manages to find ways to escape lethal situations that seem impossible to survive. He was fatally shot in the chest by Harvey Dent and sank to the bottom of the cold Gotham River, but was later pulled out of the river alive under mysterious circumstances. During No Man's Land, he was almost shot in the heart by Tabitha and only survived because of a misfire.


  • Genius-Level Intellect: Penguin is a genius in the fact his able to hide his illegal actions for years after appearing as a reformed criminal. According to Batman's file, cunning and paranoia has allowed Penguin to avoid being seen conducting his illegal business deals. Upon first opening his black market deals, Penguin sold guns on his ship The Final Offer because selling the firearms on U.S. soil is illegal; off U.S. soil, it's 100% legal. To allows make sure he's on top, Penguin goes by the motto "I only take the best", and that goes for everything for thugs, weapons, and even assassins.
  • Acting
  • Business Management: Even when his business is trapped in the super prison Arkham City, Penguin still finds a way to make it thrive.
  • Computer Hacking: He almost managed to hack into Bat-Computer and this lead Bruce to shut down his whole underground system.
  • Deception: Oswald has succeeded in fooling both Fish Mooney and Sal Maroni, acting as an undercover informant for Falcone. Adding to this is he will always talk with a smile to others, unless they've incurred his rage.
  • Photography:
  • Tactical Analysis: Known to everyone as a "sneaky little vermin", Oswald is capable to planning several moves ahead of his enemies. However, when he is emotional, he is less observant and less tactful.
  • Charisma:
    • Leadership:
      • Intimidation:
  • Political Science:
  • Animal Training:
  • Aviation:
    • Vehicle Combat:
      • Driving:
  • Hand-to-Hand Combat (Advanced): He was able to go toe-to-toe with Batman when they fought in Wayne Enterprises.
    • Martial Arts: 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 Batman.
  • Dancing:
  • Weaponry:
    • Swordsmanship: Penguin spent an indeterminate amount of time in the Orient and developed a mastery of swordsmanship. The exact style that he utilizes 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.
      • Fencing:
    • Gadgetry: After Magpie stole the Russifer Diamond from his treasure chamber, Penguin used booby traps to secure his valuable belongings.
    • Firearms: Penguin is a crack shot with his umbrella gun. He can even fire it one-handed short distances. A hidden blade is in the handle of the umbrella.

Physical Abilities[]

Fighting Style[]


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Miscellaneous Skills[]



  • Penguin once used a giant robotic penguin in order to lay siege against Wayne Industries.



  • Monocle:
  • Penguin's Umbrellas: Penguin carries an arsenal of specially designed umbrellas. Nearly all of them are equipped with some kind of offensive weaponry. With knives, flame throwers, guns, coiled electrified chains that can be used to ensnare prey, and/or gas dispensers concealed in them.
  • Brass Knuckles:
  • Rocket Launcher:
  • Green Lantern Ring (formerly): At one point, Penguin managed to acquire the power ring of Green Lantern Hal Jordan.
  • Mister Freeze's Cold Gun (formerly):



  • Penguin-Sub:
  • Duck Boat: Penguin rode around in a duck craft that could travel on water and on land. He also used one of his helicopter umbrellas to escape.
  • Penguin will occasionally use one of his trick umbrellas as a mini-helicopter. These devices are ideal for getaways escaping the grasp of Batman.




Early history[]



Plot in the Series[]







Early Versions[]

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Translation and Dub Issues[]

Theme songs[]

Other Appearances[]

Other Media[]


Video Games[]

Playable Appearances[]

Enemy Appearances[]

Support Appearances[]

Non-Playable Appearances[]

See also[]


  • Penguin's full name is Oswald Chesterfield Cobblepot (オズワルド・チェスターフィールド・コブルポット, Ozuwarudo Chesutāfīrudo Koburupotto),

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Notes & Trivia[]

  • Penguin first appeared in Detective Comics #58 (December 1941).
  • Oswald loves tea, is a wine connoisseur, can play the violin, studied Shakespeare, and has an appreciation for opera, poetry, and world history. He is also a gifted engineer who usually makes his umbrellas and other mechanisms himself when not delegating the job to his employees.
  • Batman has reluctantly admitted that a criminal underworld under Oswald's control tends to be less dangerous for ordinary civilians and that there are worse people out there who would be more than happy to take Ozzy's place. As such, Batman has on several occasions actively defended Penguin against rival Mafiosi who have attempted to kill the villain and take over his empire.
  • Oswald and the Riddler share a mild friendship due to Oswald recognizing that Eddie was the only member of the Arkham Inmates that was intelligent and stable enough to engage with on an intellectual level. Oswald appreciates Eddie enough that he has passed the Iceberg Lounge on to him in the event of his death.
  • Oswald is one of the few of Batman's rogues who is considered sane and as such rarely gets sent to Arkham Asylum. He usually goes to Blackgate Prison instead.
  • Oswald blames the Waynes for his family's fall from grace and has a bitter enmity against Bruce Wayne, who he sees as spoiled and immature.
  • As part of an army to defend his empire, Penguin has assembled thematic street gangs like the Bat Killers (who are based on Batman's enemies), the Dead End Boys (who are based on the Suicide Squad), the Femme Fatales (who are based on female villains), the Five Points Gang (who are based on the Fearsome Five), the L.O.D. (who are based on the Legion of Doom) and the New Rogues (who are based on the Rogues).
  • Following his resurrection of the Iceberg Lounge, Oswald hired three henchwomen, Jay, Raven and Lark, to aid him in running the lounge and assist him in other "endeavors". Lark in particular is most constantly seen chauffeuring Oswald around Gotham.