DC Universe: After the Fall
"I refuse to be the mayor who stood by helpless as Gotham was consumed by chaos!"
Real Name: Oswald Chesterfield Cobblepot
Known Aliases: Penguin
Occupation: Politician, Hotel Mogul
Affiliations: American Republican Party
Based In: Gotham City
Eye Color: Blue
Hair Color: Black
Weight: 195 lbs
Heir to what was left of the Cobblepot Family Fortune, the man who would come to be known as the Penguin was a childhood friend of Bruce Wayne. However, their parents had a rapid falling out as the Waynes’ successes often was at the detriment of the Cobblepots. By the time Oswald was ten, his father went bankrupt and committed suicide out of shame. His mother fell ill not long after, and she herself passed away the same year. Oswald was taken in by his uncle, a professor at Oxford University in England. He blamed the Waynes for his misfortunes, and laughed for days when he heard that Bruce’s parents had been killed.
After graduating from Oxford with a business degree, Oswald returned to Gotham City with aims to rebuild his fortune and ruin Bruce Wayne in the process. He spent the last of his money to purchase the property and necessities to found his own nightclub, the Iceberg Lounge. While the club was successful, it was not enough. Turning his mind to a more devious turn, he adopted the moniker of The Penguin and began a life of crime. From black market racketeering to kidnapping and extortion, The Penguin quickly established himself as a prominent criminal threat to Gotham City, which in turn drew the attention of Batman.
The two clashed many times, most frequently with Batman turning out on top. After one particularly long stay at Blackgate Prison, Oswald Cobblepot swore to turn over a new leaf. He worked for a number of years to redeem himself to the city’s populace and to Batman personally, and often struggled against his instinct to resort to criminal activity when things got hard. But he managed to stay clean, and even earned Batman’s trust and respect along with the rest of the city. Through hard work and with the aid of his exceptionally savvy mind for business, Oswald built an empire of hotels and nightclubs not just in Gotham, but internationally – the Iceberg Hotel line now stands proud with names such as Radisson and Hilton.
One year after the defeat of Brainiac, Oswald ran for Mayor of Gotham City and, thanks to a generous endorsement from Bruce Wayne, won the election fairly. Since then, he has managed to do as well as can be expected in a city so hostile to the government, though rumors abound that he may no longer be as clean as he claims.