|“||If he finds out who you are and comes here… I don’t even want to think about it. You know, you might laugh at those red and white stripes that I wore, but people looked at those instead of my face. We had costumes for a reason: to protect our families.||”|
Pat Dugan is a gifted mechanic with a penchant for helping others. He once went by the less-than-inspired superhero name of Stripesy, serving as the sidekick to a young hero known as the Star-Spangled-Kid, later known as Starman. Pat was also an important member of the legendary Justice Society of America.
Today, Pat has left his sidekick life behind him. When his new step-daughter, Courtney Whitmore, discovers Pat's secret past and takes on Starman's legacy to become Stargirl, Pat is forced to come out of retirement and once again become a sidekick — to his step-daughter — this time piloting a fifteen-foot robot called S.T.R.I.P.E.
Pat's father was a mechanic in the army who worked on tanks. His work required the Dugan's to move around a lot, especially when he was a teenager. Every year or two they had to pack up and move to a new place. The constant moving never allowed Pat to form lasting friendships, so he grew close to his father and regarded him as his best friend.
When Pat was twenty he was hired by the Pemberton family to serve as their mechanic and driver. He befriended the Pemberton's fifteen-year-old son, Sylvester. One day, Sylvester put on a mask to stop criminals that were threatening his parents, and Pat helped him in his endeavor. Their partnership eventually turned to friendship with Sylvester and Pat extending their crime-fighting antics to superheroism. Sylvester went as the masked hero, Star-Spangled Kid. Pat served as Sylvester's sidekick and guardian, Stripesy. His s less-than-inspired superhero name of Stripesy was due to his striped outfit and highlighted Sylvester's alias as the Star-Spangled Kid. He served as the sidekick to Sylvester's teenage alias, Star-Spangled-Kid. The duo's antics caught the attention of the media, specifically Civic City News when they defeated a villain named Doctor Weerd.
At the beginning of their crime-fighting days, Pat and Sylvester joined the underappreciated group known as the Seven Soldiers of Victory. They followed the leadership of Shining Knight with Pat growing close to the Shining Knight. The group later encountered the reptilian villain known as Dragon King. The Star-Spangled Kid and Stripesy helped the Seven Soldiers of Victory stop Dragon King from destroying New York. They even saved the world once. Once Dragon King went into hiding, the Soldiers disbanded and lost contact with one another.
A few years later, Sylvester found the cosmic staff and began using it in his times as a superhero. He reinvented himself as the adult superhero Starman, though Pat still operated as his sidekick Stripesy. Sylvester was recruited into the Justice Society of America, an elite team of superheroes that gained much media attention. Sylvester brought Pat into the JSA and the team became very close. Pat served as the team's sidekick and took care of their artifacts and kept their suits clean. He was a valued and important member of the JSA.
On Christmas Eve, 2010, the Injustice Society lured the JSA into a battle in an abandoned California mansion. Unbeknownst to them at the time, the battle was a trap as the ISA planned to eliminate the JSA so they could further a secret agenda. The JSA was defeated by the time Pat, who was absent from the battle for a majority of the time, arrived. He rushed to Starman's aid in the hopes of saving his friends. He witnessed the deaths of Wildcat, Dr. Mid-Nite, and many others. He attempted to escape with a fatally wounded Starman, who died later that night.
Pat kept Starman's staff safe and retired from his sidekick days. He ensured the rest of the JSA's artifacts and suits were safely stored in the JSA headquarters. Pat still wanted revenge on the ISA and offered to help his fellow JSA member, Rex Tyler, who had also survived the battle. Rex declined his help, even turning down Pat's new armored robot. Nine years ago, in 2011, Rex changed his mind and sent Pat all of his research including his journal.
Two years ago, Pat followed Rex's research to Blue Valley, Nebraska. During this visit to Blue Valley, Pat met Barbara Whitmore at Richie's Diner while they were both visiting Blue Valley. They ordered the same food - a corn dog and banana split. They had an instant connection and were married a few years later. After accepting a job in Blue Valley, Barbara, Pat, his son Mike, and stepdaughter Courtney, moved from California to Blue Valley.
On Christmas Eve 2010, Pat Dugan rushes down California streets desperately trying to reach Sylvester Pemberton, who is fighting the Injustice Society of America alongside the Justice Society of America. He calls to Starman who asks Pat to stay away from the fight as he isn't a member of the JSA. Pat ignores him and hears Starman scream before the comms cut out. He barrels forward and smashes through the gates of a mansion, skidding to a stop before jumping out and hurrying inside. He avoids blasts and fights as he witnesses Wildcat land on the grass in front of him, now dead from the impact. Pat tries to make his way through the mansion noting Sandman who is also dead. Dr. Mid-Nite calls to Stripesy saying that he shouldn't be here, seconds before he is swallowed up by a dark shadowed hand. Pat is pinned down by The Wizard who is about to kill Pat before Starman blasts him away with the Cosmic Staff. Starman lands and helps Pat to his feet, remarking that he told Pat to stay in the car. Pat watches Starman levitate into the air courtesy of Brainwave, only to defeat the villain, then impaled by Icicle's shard of ice. Starman falls to the floor much to Pat's horror. He rushes to Starman's side and the hero meekly replies that the Justice Society is gone. Pat helps his friend to his feet and hurries out of the mansion, avoiding blasts from the ISA.
They get into Pat's car and try to flee the scene. They are chased by Solomon Grundy causing Pat to hit a button in his car that transforms the vehicle into one that can fly, though Grundy damages the vehicle by leaping into the air and breaking the rear of the car. Pat and Sylvester crash land in the woods miles away, with Pat helping Sylvester out of the car seconds before it becomes inhabitable. He lays Sylvester down across a boulder and assures his friend that they'll get to a hospital in time. Sylvester refuses and claims that it's too late for him much to Pat's devastation. Sylvester tells him that the JSA must live on, that someone with honor and strength should carry the torch, referring to the cosmic staff clutched in his hands. Pat remarks that he'll try, though Sylvester quickly clarifies that it's not Pat. He presses that someone with grace and heroism will do it, not Pat, but someone will. Pat nods understanding that he isn't fit for the torch. Sylvester lets out a muffled grunt before telling Pat he was a good friend. He falls unconscious as the cosmic staff turns to a piece of unusable metal as the life drains out of Sylvester. Pat leans over his friend in despair.
Ten years later, Pat is the father of Mike Dugan, and the newly-wedded husband of Barbara Whitmore. He is the new stepfather of a reluctant stepdaughter, Courtney. The family is packing up their old house to move across the country to Blue Valley, Nebraska. Mike isn't happy with the move commenting that Blue Valley doesn't have any fast food places or anything fun, but Pat claims this is why they got burgers one last time. He asks Mike to give Blue Valley a chance and stay positive, though Mike remarks he is positive - positive it will blow. Pat sighs and ignores Mike's comments as he helps Barbara load up the moving man.
|“||You were a good friend.||”|
— Starman in ""
Pat carries the weight of his friends' deaths with him every day but doesn't let it overwhelm him. He is intelligent and methodical, wanting to air on the side of caution as he knows the consequences of not having a plan. He tries to express this to Courtney and coach her in being a normal teenager. Pat is also extremely patient and level-headed. He didn't get upset when Mike was sent home from school or when Courtney blatantly ignores his advice. He is devoted to Barbara and wants to be honest with her about his superhero endeavors, but is easily talked out of his decisions by Courtney. As time progresses, Pat shows a strong sense of duty and loyalty to his family and newfound friends. His reluctance to help Courtney was based on a sense of loss for his fallen friends and a desire to protect his wife and family. While this has never faltered, Pat has grown to accept that the stubborn teenagers will do as they please but stand a better chance of surviving with him. He shows an extraordinary sense of patience in training the JSA and handling his pre-adolescent son who is acting out in an attempt to gain his father's attention.
When Courtney's biological father returned to Blue Valley, emotions run high for the family and Pat snaps at Mike for the first time. He shows remorse for yelling and apologizes almost immediately, claiming that he's handling a lot. After Sam leaves, Courtney is devastated by the discovery that her father is actually a crook who just came for her valuable locket. Pat supports Courtney in the way that only a true father could, and tells her that whatever she needs to do - yell, scream, whatever it may be, he can take it. He is surprised yet emotional when Courtney embraces him, and he comforts the saddened girl. His comfort turns to anger when he confronts Sam and demands that the man leaves the family alone forever. When Sam's cockiness turns to a crude remark regarding Barbara, Pat snaps and punches Sam which is the first time he exhibits unprovoked physical violence.
Pat is a middle-aged man with brown hair, hazel eyes, and a relaxed sense of self. He often wears relaxed clothing such as plaid shirts over a darker colored t-shirt and either jeans or dress pants. He has minimal facial hair. Pat uses a fifteen-foot armored robotic suit when operating as the superhero sidekick S.T.R.I.P.E.
- Peak Human Condition: Pat is in good physical condition due to his years of vigilantism. Even ten years after the fall of the JSA, Pat did not put on much weight and retained his slim build. When he signed up to join Ripped City, he was put on a cardiovascular wellness program under Larry Crock's supervision, who later said his exercise paid off during their duel. He was also strong enough to harm Crock, as well as briefly hold onto Barbara with one arm when she fell over a railing, and pull her up with both arms.
- High Level Intelligence/Mechanical Engineering: Pat is a professional mechanic and a highly skilled engineer; he made a 15' tall robotic set of armor from scrap and car pieces. The very intelligent Beth Chapel said that Pat should work for NASA.
- Combatant: Pat has some skill in hand-to-hand combat, as he has been a vigilante since he was twenty years old. He was a member of both the Justice Society of America as well as the Seven Soldiers of Victory. He tries to avoid physical violence which makes his exact level of skill unknown. However, he was able to easily knock down Sam Kurtis with a single punch, though Sam had insulted Pat's wife and the punch was fueled with emotion and not necessarily strategy. He also failed to hold his own against Larry Crock, a skilled martial artist who was also taunting Pat about his weak punches. The only time Pat was able to land a punch was when Larry let him or when Pat took him by surprise.
- S.T.R.I.P.E. Armor: S.T.R.I.P.E. is a fifteen-foot armored robot that was built by Pat after he retired from the JSA and his time as "Stripesy". The robot allows Pat to safely operate as the sidekick, S.T.R.I.P.E., while he aids Stargirl.
- Pat's Car: This car is a retro-looking vehicle owned and driven by Pat during his time with the Justice Society of America.
- Stripesy Costume: As a teenager, Pat wore a white and red striped shirt as his "Stripesy" sidekick costume. When he retired as a sidekick he gave up the costume, but presumably still has it in his possession.
Season 1 (13/13)
Notes and Trivia
- Wildcat gave him a Big Boy keychain which was the closest thing he could find to a Stripesy action figure.
- Pat is 5'11" and weighs 175 pounds, and his heart rate is 120 beats per minute. According to McNider's AI, he gained 14 pounds in the ten years after the demise of the JSA.
- He uses a flip-phone.
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