Penguin

Oswald Chesterfield Cobblepot

Description:

The Penguin is a master criminal strategist; he uses his intellect to gain wealth and power through criminal means. Driven entirely by self-interest, the Penguin relies on cunning, wit, and intimidation to exploit his surroundings for profit. He usually plans crimes, but does not often commit them himself. Although fighting and hard work are mostly delegated to his henchmen, he is not above taking aggressive and lethal actions on his own, especially when provoked. In spite of his appearance, he is a dangerous hand-to-hand combatant with enough self-taught skills in judo and fisticuffs to overwhelm attackers many times his size and physical bearing. However, unlike The Joker, his fighting skills are not good enough to make him a serious threat to Batman.

The Penguin always carries an umbrella due to his mother’s obsessive demands. The umbrellas usually contain weapons such as machine guns, sword tips, missiles, lasers, flame-throwers, and acid spraying devices. He usually carries an umbrella that can transform its top into a series of spinning blades. This can be used as a mini helicopter or as an offensive weapon; he often uses this to escape a threatening situation. Another umbrella has a spiral pattern on the top with which he can hypnotize enemies.

Bio:

Originally known only by his alias, the Penguin first appeared in Gotham City as a skilled thief, sneaking a priceless painting out of the museum by hiding the rolled-up canvas in the handle of his umbrella. The Penguin later used the canvas as proof of his intellect to a local mob, which he was then allowed to join. With the Penguin’s help, the mob pulled off a string of ingenious heists, but the mob’s leader and the “be-monocled bird” eventually fell out, leading Cobblepot to kill him with his umbrella gun. The Penguin became leader of the mob and attempted to neutralize Batman by framing him for theft. The Penguin’s plans were eventually thwarted, but the bandit himself escaped.

Unlike most of Batman’s rogues gallery, the Penguin is in control of his actions and perfectly sane, features that help him maintain a unique relationship with the crime-fighter. His latest characterization has him running a nightclub that is popular with the underworld. Batman comes to tolerate his operations so long as the Penguin remains one of his informants. The entrepreneurial Penguin often fences stolen property or arranges early prison furloughs — for a hefty fee, of course.

Penguin

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