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The Penguin's Henchmen
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Biographical information
Base of Operations Iceberg Lounge, Gotham City
Affiliations The Penguin
Sickle
Physical description
Game Information
Voice Actor Nolan North
Steve Blum
Fred Tatasciore
Rick D. Wasserman
John DiMaggio
Robin Atkin Downes
Jack Eberle
Scott Whyte
Chris Fries
Andrew Kishino

The Penguin's Henchmen are a large group of criminals who served the Penguin.

Organization

Unlike Joker's Henchmen or even Two-Face's Gang, Penguin's Henchmen were perhaps the most hostile and skilled of the gangs. That was because Penguin's gang was comprised of some of the toughest and hardest criminals in Arkham City who honed their skills in Penguin's Gladiator Pit or some of them were actually professional mercenaries that were hired and selected by Penguin himself.

Much like their counterparts', Penguin's thugs wore their bosses' themed costumes. Penguin's thugs clothing was made up of combat boots and army pants for the lower half, while the upper half consisted of a arkham prisoner hoodie, tactical suspenders and often a winter jacket. Head gear often was a Penguin-like ski mask, and in some cases a black beanie, or neck gaiter. Because of Penguin's dealings in the Black Market, his thugs were the first to get their hands on military grade gear such as mines, night-vision goggles, large knives and even heart-beat monitors. Some thugs even wore body armor similar to that worn by Tyger guards. A testament to their skill was shown when they actually managed to capture a League of Assassins Ninja.

While Joker enjoyed killing those who failed him as an act of fun, Penguin killed his failed goons as a means of example and in brutal and sadistic ways. It was surely possible that Penguin killed his men through the use of the elements such as displayed throughout the Museum War Room, and there were two display cases that housed various thugs that were killed through extreme heat and cold. However, Penguin's favorite form of torture was feeding his victims to Tiny and Solomon Grundy.

It was shown that Penguin was the only one of the three gangs to have some sort of recruitment system. In order for those to prove worthy of joining him, the inmates fought through dozens of other inmates in the hopes of standing next to Penguin.

Incident Reports

Before Arkham Origins Incident

Cobblepot hired some men to work for him so he could start his own criminal career and put The Falcone Crime Family out of business.

Arkham Origins Incident

On Christmas Eve, Penguin's men were at Amusement Mile, including onboard the Final Offer. Penguin's men wore gloves, hats, jackets, vests, and numerous colored sweaters.

Batman faced hordes of Penguin's gang in order to get to Penguin on the Final Offer to interrogate him for information that regarded the bounty on his head. After Batman left the GCPD Building, Barbara Gordon contacted him to use the Disruptor on 6 Armed Weapons Caches of Penguins. Batman beat up Penguin's men to in order to destroy the Armed Weapon Caches.

Some of Penguin's Henchmen were disloyal. Several reported to Enigma, and gave information on their boss that Enigma would use to extort him. Batman found the Disloyal Grunts and interrogated them to find the Extortion Data.

Cold, Cold Heart Incident

On New Years Eve, Penguin's Henchmen wore gloves, blue jeans, beanies, hats, hoodies, ninja scarfs (that covered the lower face nose and below to the neck), and some were with or without headgear. Penguin's men who had the cryo-weapons, wore thermal imaging vision goggles, breathing apparatus's, heavy jackets with Penguin's emblem, & knee pads.

Penguin's men were first seen when they invaded Wayne Manor on New Years Eve and were led by Mr. Freeze, who wanted Ferris Boyle. When Bruce Wayne didn't hear Alfred Pennyworth, he started fighting Penguin's men in order to get to the Batcave. After he put on the Batsuit, Batman rescued Alfred, Vicki Vale, and several other party goers from Penguin's men in the Library. Batman fought more of Penguin's men in order to save Boyle, but was quickly intercepted by Freeze and was frozen. Batman broke free and fought Penguin's men. Then, Batman saw one of Penguin's Henchmen with a cryo-weapon freeze the door to the Ballroom shut. Then, Batman entered the Ballroom from the balcony and fought more of Penguin's Henchmen. Batman interrogated one henchman who said that they were all supposed to meet up in South Gotham. Batman then headed to South Gotham in the Batwing.

In Gotham City, Penguin's men were all over Coventry, the Diamond District, and GothCorp as well. During Batman's fight with Freeze, Penguin's Henchmen fought with Freeze in order to kill Batman. After that, all of Penguin's men were arrested and went to Blackgate Prison.

During the events, Penguin's men were more like Freeze's men regardless of the deal. In some of the dialogues like in Wayne Manor, Vicki Vale asked one of Penguin's Henchmen what turned their boss' skin blue, which referred to Mr. Freeze, but one thug said that he wasn't their boss, and that the Penguin was instead. The other thug interrupted and said "Shut up", and the other one said "Oh, yeah." When you're gliding around South Gotham during a conversation, one of Penguin's Henchmen wanted to join Freeze because of how Penguin was, but the other didn't, and cited that he did not want to work for a freak. The last was the final showdown, when you defeated waves of Penguin's men. Freeze would say: "We made a deal. Now honor our bargain." One of the men said in a worried tone or excited tone: "Yes, Mr. Freeze." which further implied that Penguin's men, at least for the DLC sake, were more Freeze's men. Also, another was that some men did use Freeze's cryo- weaponry.

Arkham Origins Blackgate Incident

Penguin's men wore hoodies, Penguin ski masks, and the clothing colors were black & grayish white. Penguin's men were located in the Cell Blocks, due to the fact that Penguin took them over, which was also where the Arkham Wing was located. Penguin's men were also on the watch for Batman when he entered the Lighthouse.

Assault on Arkham Incident

When the Suicide Squad were dispatched into Gotham City, they went to the Iceberg Lounge for supplies. There, alongside Penguin himself, a few gang members were with Cobblepot. When Penguin spotted Harley Quinn hiding behind Deadshot, Penguin and his men prepared to open fire. They eventually held their fire when Deadshot reminded Penguin about the plans to get them into Arkham Asylum.

Between Arkham Asylum and Arkham City Incident

When the new prison, Arkham City, was opened all of the criminals at Blackgate and Arkham Asylum got placed in the new facility.

Arkham City Lockdown Incident

A group of Penguin's Henchmen went to the sewers of Gotham for unknown reasons.

Arkham City Incident

After Batman rescued Freeze and defeated Solomon Grundy as well as defeating Penguin himself, Freeze locked Cobblepot in the display case that was originally meant for Bruce Wayne. With their boss captured; many of Penguin's gang decided to lay low, while others remained at their positions in the hopes of Penguin's return, and others simply abandoned Penguin altogether. Those that did stay in Penguin's territory were simply killed off by Two-Face's Gang during their takeover of the Museum. With their base of operations lost, thousands of Penguin's men fled down into the Sewer/Subway in the hopes of survival. However, the sewer was far from a place for survival. Killer Croc, who was forced to live there because of Hugo Strange, fed on the henchmen, and killed dozens of them. Joker's crew were also in the sewers hunting down what was left of Penguin's men. However, the Joker's men were given the opportunity to allow the Penguin's men to join Joker and live.

However, that offer was ineffective, as most of Joker's goons wished to simply kill off Penguin's men because they were either mercenaries (who many inmates stated that they couldn't be trusted), or merely for the fun of it. Many of their bodies were stacked in a pile in the entrance to the Subway.

Arkham Knight Incident

Nine months later, remnants of Penguin's Henchmen were among the groups that joined Scarecrow to take Batman down. They wore jackets, T-shirts, helmets, jeans, and some had gas masks. They were assigned to guard the weapons caches that Penguin had hid around the city. In order to question Penguin about Scarecrow, Batman tracked several of his henchmen using a Disruptor hand delivered by Nightwing. He used the tracking ammo to follow the men's car back to Henry's Repair Shop on Miagani Island. The Penguin himself was inspecting the profits they made that night until Batman arrived questioning him where the Arkham Knight took Barbara Gordon. Several henchmen were trying to beat Batman from behind, but he simply countered them and kept questioning the Penguin. After Batman got what he wanted, he tossed Cobblepot into two of his henchman. The Penguin got away, but told his men to kill Batman before he left. Nightwing arrived to help Batman defeat the gang. They were all eventually defeated.

Using the Disruptor again, Batman followed two more henchmen back to Sionis Industries on Bleake Island. Nightwing help Batman infiltrate the place and take out the men along with another weapons cache. Batman used the Disruptor to follow two henchmen's car back to the third cache. The third hideout was The Grinning Fishmonger on Founders' Island. Nightwing again assisted Batman in taking down the men and the cache.

Nightwing gave Batman intel on another truck in the canal of Bleake Island. Batman followed the truck to Gotham's Water Filtration Plant. Batman found he couldn't get in through the door, so he went through the sewers. He was met with many armed henchmen, but took them out. After destroying the cache, Batman got a message from Penguin saying that he kidnapped Nightwing and that the Bat was getting what he deserved.

Using a tracker in Nightwing's suit, Batman found his location. He was being held in the AmerTek Building on Founders' Island. The place was heavily guarded with armed men on the roof. After infiltrating the building, he found that Penguin's men were torturing Nightwing for fun. Batman broke his former protege free and defeated the men.

When their boss was arrested, they screamed that it was great to see him again, despite the fact that they were all imprisoned.

Quotes

Arkham Origins

Responding to Penguin (Terrified)

  • "I can't take this abuse anymore!"
  • "This ain't what I signed up for!"
  • "Why'd I sign up with this guy, anyway?"
  • "We're all gonna die, ain't we?"
  • "I hate the boss. I hate the guy we're supposed to kill. And I hate myself for taking this friggin' job!"
  • "Even the BOSS is FREAKIN' out!"
  • "We can't do this without help!"
  • "Why doesn't he send more guys?!"
  • "Why the hell did I sign up with this guy?!"
  • "That's it. If I survive this, I'm DONE!"
  • "Why don't he send us some help?!"
  • "Can't take this no more!"
  • "We're on our own down here! What do you expect?"
  • "Okay, is that really necessary?!"
  • "No amount of money's worth going through this!"
  • "He don't know what we're going through!"
  • "Why's he yelling at us?!"
  • "Ain't getting our asses kicked punishment enough?"
  • "The boss sounds as freaked out as we are!"
  • "Never thought it would get this bad."
  • "Can't handle the pressure."
  • "I know what I gotta do, man. Back off!"
  • "I hate working for this jerk!"

Gallery

Trivia

  • They were one of the most well-equipped gangs in the Arkham Games, and were topped only by TYGER and the Arkham Knight's Militia.
  • Despite being the most advanced, disciplined, and organized gang in the entire Arkham Series, they toppled over rather easily during the Arkham Gang War after Penguin's defeat, even though the other gangs in Arkham City went through much worse and still functioned by the end of the game.
  • In Arkham Origins, unlike Black Mask's Henchmen, Joker's Henchmen, Anarky's Henchmen, or Bane's Henchmen, Penguin's Henchmen were known as criminals. However, their clothing was different from the normal criminals from the games.
  • Surprisingly, four of Penguin's thugs could be seen in the War Room after Two-Face took over. It was unknown how Dent had missed them or what they were even doing there. It was possible that Dent had re-purposed the War Room as a prison cell for those four.
  • Despite the fact that Penguin had men loyal to him, some did not take very kindly to his sadistic nature and his yelling at them. That was noticeable in Batman: Arkham Origins, where some of Penguin's men openly commented on his abuse.

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