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Pat Patriot: America's Joan of Arc is a Superhero from The Golden Age of Comic Books, created by Charles Biro and published by Lev Gleason Publications in Daredevil Comics #2-11.

Patricia Patrios is a former factory worker who has recently been fired. Having gotten a job as an actress playing a female Uncle Sam, Pat ends up busting a smuggling operation in her costume. A reporter learning of the story mishears her name as "Pat Patriot," which Pat takes as her codename in her newfound quest to defend America.

Not to be confused with the mascot for the New England Patriots.

This comic contains examples of:

  • Alliterative Name: Patricia Patrios.
  • Amazon Brigade: Pat forms a brigade of female soldiers called the "Death Battalion"
  • Appropriated Appellation: Pat's surname is misheard as "Patriot," and she just decides to go with it.
  • Captain Patriotic: Pat becomes this due to a perfect coincidence of her having been in a costume she wore for a patriotic play at the time of her first adventure, and her name sounding so similar to the word "Patriot."
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Pat's first foe was the foreman of a munitions factory who's smuggling goods to the Nazis.
  • The Don: In Daredevil Comics #11, Pat takes out some goons led by the "Gangster Czar" of the city.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Daredevil Comics #8 features Walter Mills, a movie star who bought into the Nazis' propaganda ring and tried to assist a group of saboteurs in destroying the set of a film he was in. He eventually turned on them, almost dying in the process, when their leader orders the operation to continue despite a group of Boy Scouts being in the area.
  • I Have Your Wife: Daredevil Comics #6 has Pat battling a group of Nazi racketeers that send German-Americans' relatives to concentration camps if they don't pay up.
  • Karma Houdini: The Mallet, commander or a Japanese spy ring in China, escapes while Pat and the Chinese military take out his army. Given that the comic ends with an announcement that he's got a new scheme brewing, it can be presumed that ht would have become Pat's Arch-Enemy if the series didn't end.
  • Mighty Whitey: Daredevil Comics #11 has Pat saving some Chinese soldiers from Imperial Japanese infiltration.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Pat is a beautiful dame who has a tendency to wear short skirts, and performs a burlesque show in Daredevil Comics #10.
  • New Old West: Daredevil Comics #4 has Pat going out West to investigate dam busters, and it seems that the Western US hasn't changed its aesthetics since the 1880's.
  • Professional Killer: Daredevil Comics #9 has as its main antagonists a group of hitmen personally contracted by Adolf Hitler to take Pat out.
  • Protagonist Title
  • Role Called
  • Show Within a Show: Daredevil Comics #8 features a war film, Fight to Die, that Pat has to protect from fifth columnists trying o stop it from being made.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: The foreman only appears for one eight-page issue, and doesn't even get a name, but he's responsible for Pat's superhero career by firing her, which led to her exposing his smuggling operation.
  • The Sociopath: Fritz Haubner, a Nazi spy willing to blow up twenty children to stop a film from being made. He doesn't even really care about his country, only doing it for the glory.
  • Starter Villain: We first see Pat fighting an unnamed factory foreman who fired her for protesting harsh working conditions and is running a smuggling operation for the Nazis.
  • Steven Ulysses Perhero: Pat Patrios.
  • Thematic Rogues Gallery: Pat usually fought Nazi fifth columnists out to sabotage the American war effort.
  • Yellow Peril: The Mallet, from Daredevil Comics #11, is a downplayed example, since he's an Imperial Japanese commander who is one of the most brutal antagonists in the series. However, he's not the ridiculous racial caricature most Japanese Golden Age comic villains were.