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Real Identity: Oswald Cobblepot
Powers/Skills: Organized Crime
Voiced By: Nolan North

Oswald Cobblepot was born into one of Gotham City's wealthiest families, the Cobblepots. They were one of the founding fathers of the city and had a rivalry with the Waynes. A critical error was made when the Cobblepots decided to focus on a hotel chain instead of its successful newspaper agency. Oswald Cobblepot was ignored by his father and soon sent to boarding school in London, where he was an outcast for his grotesque appearance. Cobblepot began to skip school and associated with the local criminal element. Eventually, the Cobblepot family went bankrupt.

Cobblepot dedicated himself to rebuilding his family's fortune through crime and began work to establish an empire of his own. He purchased the "Olivia B. Meredith" ship from Somali pirates and rechristened it "The Final Offer." Located off the coast of east Gotham North, Cobbleplot was able to exploit a legal loophole with his ship and sold weapons onboard while running a casino. Cobblepot soon became infamous for his sadistic streak of killing anyone he wronged him - from rivals, to cheats, or even hired thugs who failed him. As the Penguin, Cobblepot's main rival in organized crime was the Black Mask. For a time, he began posing as a reformed criminal and opened the Iceberg Lounge, a trendy nightclub in the Bowery section of Gotham North. Like "The Final Offer," it was merely a front of his criminal enterprises. It was believed the friend of an accused cheater broke a bottle deep in the Penguin's left eye, leaving the appearance of a monocle. Removing it may possibly kill him and eventually Penguin became content with leaving it.

The Penguin wasn't without his grudges. Besides the Wayne family, he also developed a hatred for the Joker and Harley Quinn after they hijacked one of his delivery trucks, filled with cigarettes, and drove it into a river just for a laugh. Amanda Waller contracted Penguin's services as part of her bid to assassinate the Riddler. Task Force X would rendezvous with the Penguin who would set them up for infiltrating Arkham Asylum, where the Riddler was incarcerated at the time. Penguin met the team while finishing dinner. While he lauded Deadshot as the best assassin, Penguin quickly pulled an umbrella on Harley Quinn and aimed to kill her for the past transgression. Deadshot defused the situation and implied it best not to shoot one of Waller's operatives. Penguin regained his composure and gave them weapons and files for the mission that included falsified credentials. He gave them the rooms upstair to sleep until deployment the next night but was voiced his desire never to see anyone of them on his turf ever again in the future.