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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 in "S.T.R.I.P.E."

Patrick "Pat" Dugan is a main character in The CW and DC Universe series Stargirl.

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.

Biography

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. As they got older, they continued to fight crime together. Pat went by the less-than-inspired superhero name of Stripesy, due to his striped outfit, and highlighted Sylvester's then-alias, Star-Spangled Kid. He served as the sidekick to Sylvestor's teenage alias, Star-Spangled-Kid. They defeated a villain named Dr. Weerd. A few years later, Sylvester found the cosmic staff and became the superhero, Starman. When Sylvester joined the Justice Society of America he brought Pat along with him. Pat continued his sidekick adventures this time, with the JSA, a group that soon became his closest friends.

101 Stripesy

Ten years ago, the JSA was defeated by the Injustice Society. Pat was absent from the battle for a majority of the time but 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 wanted revenge on the ISA and offered to help a JSA member, Rex Tyler who had also survived the battle. Rick declined his help, even turning down Pat's new armored robot. Two years ago, Pat followed Rex to Blue Valley, Nebraska. Rex, who was desperate for help and out of choices, gave Pat all his research on the ISA.

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.

Personality

You were a good friend.
Starman in "Stargirl"
Pat is a kind-hearted and brave man with a strong sense of loyalty. He stayed by his best friend through the many phases of their lives. His loyalty to his friends has lasted well after their deaths. He even came to Blue Valley in the hopes of finding the people responsible for their deaths. He felt honored to be a side-kick and enjoys helping others. He is protective of his family, including his new stepdaughter, Courtney. He has a good sense of humor that sometimes is overlooked by his family or friends. Pat carries the weight of his friend's 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 to be 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.

Physical Appearance

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.

Abilities

  • High Level Intellect/Mechanical Engineering: Pat is a highly-skilled engineer, he made a fifteen-foot robot armor with car pieces.

Equipment

  • 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.

Appearances

Season 1

Notes and Trivia

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References

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