Oswald Cobblepot
Aliases: Penguin
Occupation: Crime lord
Appeared In: Batman Returns (1992)
Played by: Danny DeVito
"My name is not Oswald! It's Penguin! I am not a human being!! I am an animal! Cold blooded!!"
―The Penguin to the Red Triangle Gang[src]

Oswald Chesterfield Cobblepot A.K.A The Penguin was a deformed man who was abandoned and raised in the sewers as a baby. He carried deadly weapon concealed umbrellas and his horrible past turned him into a bitter and ruthless psychopath.


Oswald Cobblepot was born in 1909 as the son of wealthy parents Tucker and Esther Cobblepot. He was born severely mutated physically, being overly rotund, with a long pointed nose and flipper like hands. His parents abandoned him as a child due to his appearance, tossing his pram into a stream. He ended up in a zoo and grew up close to Penguin birds there. He later became a freak show performer harbouring a homicidal grudge against the aristocrats of Gotham City.

He forms a criminal group called the Red Triangle Circus Gang made up of his fellow show performers after the circus was shut down. He then shifted to Gotham to seek out his birthright, based in the city's sewers. He kidnaps wealthy department store owner Max Shreck and convinces him to help him. Shreck, however, has a hidden agenda. At odds with the Mayor, he intends to install The Penguin as mayor as his puppet.

Shreck stages for the Mayor's baby to be kidnapped by a Red Triangle Gang clown during a public speech. This was to both publicly discredit the Mayor and set up The Penguin as a hero upon saving the baby. The Penguin's existence was revealed to Gotham and he was seen by the population as a celebrity. Shreck used this chance to associate himself with The Penguin and help him find his parents.

Using the Gotham Hall of Records, The Penguin not only discovered he was the rightful heir to the Cobblepot fortune, but researched his hidden agenda and recorded the identities of all the first born sons of the Gothamite elite and wealthy.