Oswald Cobblepot

General information / Physical appearance / Personality

Robin Lord Taylor plays a young Oswald Cobblepot in the TV series Gotham. This version of the character is a ruthless small-time criminal working for mobster Fish Mooney.
He was brought up by his immigrant mother, Gertrude Kapelput; his last name appears to be an Anglicization of hers.

In the pilot episode Oswald was tired of being a lackey of Fish Mooney so he quickly sold her out to Crispus Allen and Renee Montoya of his own free will. Fish soon finds out, and James Gordon is assigned by Carmine Falcone to dispose of the traitor. Gordon tricks Harvey Bullock by pretending to kill Cobblepot, who drops into the river. He resurfaces once the cops are gone, however, and proceeds to murder a fisherman for his sandwich.

General information

Full name Oswald Chesterfield Cobblepot
Alias(es) The Penguin
Relative(s) Gertrude Kapelput (mother)
Hair Black
Eye Blue
Affiliation Fish Mooney (formerly)
Maroni crime family (formerly)
Falcone Crime Family
Occupation Gangster
Restaurant Manager at Bamonte's Restaurant
Owner of Mooney's Nightclub
Status Alive
First appearance Pilot
Portrayed by Robin Lord Taylor


Physical appearance

Cobblepot is a rather skinny young man of average height, pale skin and noticeably bright blue eyes. His nose is slightly crooked and pointy, like a beak and he is usually grinning. His black hair looks like always wet and messily plastered on his head, with some spiky ends pointing erratically at the top of his head. His attire consists of a white shirt with a black, Continental Cross tie with its ends tucked inside a silk, purple checkered vest and a black coat with dark green lapels, black pants and matching shoes, and mostly carrying a black umbrella. Due the torture he suffered for betraying Fish Mooney, one of his knees was probably permanently damaged or never healed right, forcing him to walk almost waddling "like a penguin".



At first glance Cobblepot appears to be milquetoast, subservient, and somewhat of a sycophant. In reality he is an ambitious and cunning sociopath who is willing to do whatever it takes to obtain power. Despite this hunger, Cobblepot is patient and uses his high intellect to concoct plans in order to reach his goals. Virtually every move he makes is premeditated to a certain degree. Even when things don't go exactly as planed, Cobblepot is highly adept at playing the hand he is dealt for the best. Among the more darker parts of Cobblepot's personality is his tenancy for violence. He is more than willing to kill someone when he feels it's necessary and does so without pity or remorse. He speaks with a constant smile, often talking fast and shaky, with variant levels of flattery to whom he speaks to, often sarcastically.

At first, calling him Penguin made him very infuriated, to the point of murderous intents, but later, he decided to accept and adopt the epithet. With the current outfit, name and mannerism, he is becoming closer to his original concept in the comic books.

The rapidity and precision of his Biblical references when he was picked up outside Gotham by the church group suggest that Christianity played a role in his upbringing. His facial expressions declare that, like the spoiled only child he seems to be, Oswald is always picked on by others and the universe, rather than ever being at fault himself.


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