Oswald Cobblepot (Robin Lord Taylor) is a strange creature. In the world of "Gotham" you may think that's the norm but the man you know as Penguin is anything but normal. He's a psychopath who is utterly obsessed with gaining power and allies at any cost.
That isn't all that drives him, though. Look at the character's history over two seasons and you'll see a man craving companionship. From his attempts at friendship with Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie) to the odd combination he's made with Edward Nygma (Cory Michael Smith) to even his brainwashing of Butch (Drew Powell) into becoming his sidekick, Penguin simply doesn't want to be alone -- ever.
It's a trait fans will see even more of in Season 3, as Cobblepot solidifies his crew of Butch and Ed and -- based on the above video -- is trying to rally the citizens of Gotham City as well.
It rarely goes beyond the superficial, though. "He doesn't really know what true love is and I don't think he ever will," Taylor says.
While Penguin may be able to amass allies and sometimes even temporary friends, love eludes him. Sure, he had his parents -- both dearly departed -- but an actual life mate? That never seems to be in the cards.
Unfortunately, as Taylor explains, true love is something that will likely always escape him because he'll never quite grasp how it works.
"He wants true love but he wants it the way a robot cyborg wants it. 'Oh, look at that behavior. I want to do that.' But without actually knowing what it is and truly understanding it," the actor explains. "He'll get it out of any means -- manipulation, coercion, any of that -- it doesn't matter to Oswald."
To Cobblepot love isn't a feeling, it's merely a reaction. And it's one he thinks he can obtain by manipulating the people in his life.
"In that sense he'll never know true love because it's not that," Taylor says. "True love is two people coming together or not even two people, but an adoration for people around him. It's not coming from a true place."
"Gotham" premieres Monday, Sept. 19, at 8 p.m. ET/PT on FOX.