The Penguin is a master criminal strategist; he uses his intellect to gain wealth and power through criminal means. Driven entirely by self-interest, the Penguin relies on cunning, wit, and intimidation to exploit his surroundings for profit. He usually plans crimes, but does not often commit them himself.
Although fighting and hard work are mostly delegated to his henchmen, he is not above taking aggressive and lethal actions on his own, especially when provoked. In spite of his appearance, he is a dangerous hand-to-hand combatant with enough self-taught skills in judo and fisticuffs to overwhelm attackers many times his size and physical bearing. However, unlike The Joker's, his fighting skills are not good enough to make him a serious threat to Batman.