The monocle is an item that Oswald Cobblepot wore following being blinded in the eye.


During the showdown with Eduardo Dorrance's forces, a grenade that was going to kill Edward Nygma went off, but Oswald protected Edward from the blast but lost his right eye in the process.[1]

Following Gotham's success in defeating Dorrance's forces and rejoining the mainland Oswald was given a new eye, (one that required a monocle to see properly), along with a new top hat. He would wear these two items after being released from Blackgate Penitentiary after serving a ten year sentence.[2]


Season 5


  • The monocle is a significant item worn by The Penguin throughout other mediums in the DC Universe. 
  • Oswald's father Elijah Van Dahl once used a monocle to see the fabric on one of his italian suits in the episode "Wrath of the Villains: Prisoners".
  • Penguin's monocle was previously foreshadowed in the episode "A Dark Knight: A Beautiful Darkness". During his sentence at Arkham Asylum, a crescent-shaped wound was inflicted on Oswald's face right underneath his right eye, which looked visually similar to the monocle he would later wear on the same eye.


  1. Chun, Tze (writer) & Banker, Carol (director) (April 18, 2019) "Legend of the Dark Knight: They Did What?" Gotham. Season 5. Episode 11.
  2. Stephens, John (writer) & Bailey, Rob (director) (April 25, 2019) "Legend of the Dark Knight: The Beginning..." Gotham. Season 5. Episode 12.
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