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|“||Aw, you remember me. I'm touched. Your family destroyed mine, Wayne. This... well, let's just call this good, old-fashioned revenge.||„|
|~ The Penguin to Bruce Wayne upon his incarceration to Arkham City.|
|“||I only take the best.||„|
|~ Penguin's motto about how he runs his criminal empire.|
He is a ruthless, sadistic and cruel crime lord and black market racketeer, as well as one of Batman's oldest foes. Throughout the series, he is mostly maintaining his weapons business while engaging in conflict with other fellow crime lords, which includes the Joker and Two-Face.
He serves as a cameo antagonist in Batman: Arkham Asylum, the secondary antagonist of Batman: Arkham City, a minor antagonist in Batman: Arkham Origins, a major antagonist in the latter's sequel DLC episode Cold, Cold Heart, one of the three secondary antagonists (alongside Joker and Black Mask) of Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate, and a supporting antagonist in Batman: Arkham Knight, as well as the main antagonist of the latter's sequel DLC episode GCPD Lockdown.
He is also a minor antagonist in the 2014 animated film Batman: Assault on Arkham, the villainous tritagonist of Arkham Knight's prequel DLC episode Harley Quinn, and the secondary antagonist of Batman: Arkham VR.
A brutal, greedy, pitiless, and sadistic crime lord, Oswald Cobblepot funds much of the Gotham City underworld's criminal operations as one of its biggest black market manufacturers. Directing his affairs from the Iceberg Lounge, Oswald was seen as a reputable business man to the people of Gotham, but was a sadistic, mass-murdering gang leader and terrorist in reality. After refusing to leave his base of operations when Arkham City was being constructed around it, Oswald stayed within the prison compound and built up his forces to become one of the ruling elites on the streets, determined to keep anyone from taking over his turf and claim the rest of Arkham City for his own.
Oswald is also an intimidating figure to go along with his sadism, though he can at times be a coward. As such, he is gladly willing to resort to exploitative and manipulative methods to get his way, even if it means betrayal, manipulation, intimidation, torture, and even murder. All this makes him a rather repulsive character, to go along with his faux sophistication. Not only that, he is also misogynistic and probably homophobic, regularly insulting Harley Quinn and Catwoman, only stopping once due to cowardice from Catwoman's threat, though that was temporary.
Though The Penguin is known to be a terrible employer, there are those that prefer working for him above Two-Face, as the latter can be rather unpredictable. Therefore, some might argue that he still has followers despite his sadistic nature because they know what to expect. Overall, Oswald retains none of the redeemable traits he had in the comics. He is nothing more than a monster who would do anything to keep his empire afloat no matter what even if it means committing treason funding an army of terrorists. Furthermore, his level of sadism is on-par with those who commit even worse crimes than him like Joker.
- It's revealed in GCPD Lockdown that Penguin is both nyctophobic (fear of the dark) and claustrophobic (fear of confined spaces) because it brought back bad memories of when his parents locked him in a closet when he was young due to having financial issues.
- This heavily implies that being regularly locked in a closet by his parents as a child is what led to Penguin to turning evil, considering that it presumably traumatized him. However, it doesn't justify all the brutal actions and crimes he's committed for the sake of business.
- In the Arkham games, the Penguin's distinctive monocle is actually a broken bottle stuffed into his left eye socket. It appears at some point between his appearances in Arkham Origins and Arkham City.
- This version of the Penguin is notably less tragic and insecure than other versions, and far more sadistic, cruel and vicious. It can be argued that he is the most evil version of the Penguin, but while this version is unambiguously depraved, the alternate Mayor Oswald Cobblepot is technically far more worse.
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