Patsy Walker is a Marvel Comics character created by Otto Binder and Ruth Atkinson, first appearing in Miss America Magazine #2 (dated November 1944), later reimagined as Hellcat by Steve Englehart and George Pérez in The Avengers #144 (dated February 1976).
Initially introduced as the protagonist of romance comics in The '40s, Patsy Walker was integrated into the Marvel Universe decades later during the The '70s, serving as the lab assistant of Dr. Hank McCoy. (Patsy's eventual inability to stick to one career eventually becomes a running gag.)
When Patsy comes into the possession of a superpowered suit formerly owned by Greer Grant (better known Tigra), she officially adopts the persona of Hellcat. In the following years, she becomes a stalwart member of both The Avengers as well as The Defenders, becomes close friends with She-Hulk, and even marries Daimon Hellstrom — the son of Satan himself. (Yes, really.)
Patsy (sometimes as Hellcat) has appeared in other media. She's most notably appeared in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Trish Walker, portrayed by Rachael Taylor. This version is the secondary protagonist of Jessica Jones and is Jessica's best friend and adoptive sister. Trish borrows elements from both her mainstream and Ultimate incarnations, characterized as a former child star-turned-media personality. Outside of Jessica Jones, she later shows up in The Defenders, and a voiceover cameo in the first season of Luke Cage. It isn't until the end of Jessica Jones season 2 that Trish finally goes on her way to becoming Hellcat, when dosages of experimental drug gives her heightened (catlike) senses and improved strength.
For tropes specific to Patsy's original incarnation, please refer to that page.
Hellcat appears in:Notable Comics
- The Avengers (various volumes)
- The Defenders (various volumes)
- Hellcat (2000)
- Patsy Walker: Hellcat (2008 — 2009)
- She-Hulk (vols. 3 & 4)
- Patsy Walker, a.k.a. Hellcat! (2015 — 2017)
- Marvel Cinematic Universe (2015 — 2019), portrayed by Rachael Taylor:
- LEGO Marvel's Avengers (2016)
- Marvel: Avengers Alliance (added in 2016)
- Avengers Academy (added in 2016)
- Marvel Future Fight (added in 2017)
Hellcat provides examples of:
- Action Girl: What she has become as Hellcat.
- Amicable Exes: Averted with her first (and ex-)husband, Buzz, who becomes supervillain Mad Dog. Then again, it's less than likely for a cat and a dog to be amicable in the first place. Also Daimon, who clearly isn't over her even if she doesn't want the guy who drove her to suicide back.
- Animal-Themed Superbeing: mostly animal alias variety, as her superpowers are "only" Psychic Powers and thus have nothing to do with a cat. Her claws are derived from her costume.
- Ascended Fangirl: She has long idolized superheroes of Marvel Universe.
- Badass Abnormal: Along with peak athletic capabilities, Patsy has minor Psychic Powers and Instant Costume Change.
- Cat Girl:
- Cat-Eared Headband Costumers variety. Her costume◊ was given by the original The Cat, Greer Grant Nelson, who is now known as Tigra, an actual catgirl.
- She's a traditional Cat Girl in the Heroes Reborn universe, as she's a Composite Character with the aforementioned Tigra. Also in Ultimate Marvel, where Loki eventually mixes Patsy with a leopard.
- Deadpan Snarker: While she remains quite idealistic, everything Patsy's been through helps her react this way to her surroudings.I know what you're thinking. Oh, this is disgusting. Never never never go swimming with possessed and possibly mythical creatures... by yourself... in Alaska.
- Driven to Suicide: During The Dark Age of Comic Books, Daimon had a hard time controlling his demonic side, which led to Patsy taking her own life. Fortunately, after righting himself, Daimon was able to have her brought Back from the Dead.
- Empowered Badass Normal: Her superpowers are her psychic powers. Aside from wearing costume with claws and grappling-hook, her fighting abilities are natural.
- The Fashionista: She might have retired from being a model, but clothes still tickle her fancy.◊
- Female Feline, Male Mutt: Animal Theme Naming variant. She is cat-themed superheroine and Buzz is dog-themed supervillain.
- Femme Fatalons: Her costume has retractable casehardened, steel alloy claws on both the gloves and boots, enabling her to rend brick or stone. She later replaced them with conventional gloves and boots.
- Fiery Redhead: Just like the fictionalized Patsy, this real Patsy is a redhead and fiery.
- Form-Fitting Wardrobe: Just look at her costume in the picture, which is given by Tigra.
- Fun Personified: Ever since her post-death retool. With rare exceptions when her life is really down, she's always giddy, seeking fun things to do, and firing quips about her surroundings. To the point that Gambit is afraid when he sees the girl he's been set up on a date is Patsy...◊
- Grappling-Hook Pistol: Hellcat occasionally employed her cable-claw, which straps to her wrist and uses a compressed-gas firing mechanism to propel a four clawed grappling hook connected to a 30-foot length of steel-niobium alloy memory-cable (that coils itself back into its spool upon rewinding), which she used for swinging or tightrope walking.
- Instant Costume Change: Ever since her return from Hell, Patsy can summon her costume at will.
- Legacy Character: To the original Cat (Tigra).
- Male Gaze / Does This Remind You of Anything?: Was this actually necessary?◊
- Psychic Powers: She once possessed enhanced psionic abilities, due to the mental stimulation of Moondragon's Titanian technology. She could move small objects telekinetically, resist mental control, and on one occasion was able to generate a psychokinetic force-blast. Moondragon has since used her own advanced psionic powers to undo the effects of her psychic augmenter. Since then, Walkers psychic abilities have returned but to a far lesser degree than at their peak. She no longer has any psychokinetic ability, but she is still sensitive to certain psychic phenomena.
- Psycho Ex-Husband: Two of them, Mad-Dog and Son of Satan. The latter in particular is a literal ex from Hell who frequently wants Patsy back.
- Reassigned to Antarctica: The miniseries Patsy Walker: Hellcat had Patsy's assignment in the Avengers 50 State Initiative be part of the Avengers team in Alaska - well, a team of one, given there was a shortage of personnel... at first, she feels as if it was a punishment like most cases of the trope, but ends up having much fun in The Last Frontier.
- Rescued from the Underworld: Twice, after her suicide (the Avengers unknowingly rescued her soul from Hell thinking she was the recently deceased Mockingbird) and after she accepted to stay with Daimon if he cured Firebird's cancer (leading Firebird, Black Cat and Photon to go save her).
- Retool: She went from being a mostly comedic character, to the superheroine Hellcat, to Happily Married with Daimon Hellstrom - until he went evil, drove her mad and made her kill herself. She came Back from the Dead, and has been a mostly lighthearted heroine ever since.
- Self-Deprecation: She's not actually comfortable about her mothers fictionalized exploitation of her, and was relieved when the In-Universe series ceased publication.
- To Hell and Back: She died at least twice, when an evil Asgardian tried to take over Valhalla with an Army of the Dead, and after Daimon fell into The Dark Side, leading Patsy to insanity and seeking relief through suicide.