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|“||Like an acronym. Subatomic tactile robot internet Pat enhancer! Nailed it, yes! That's cool.||”|
— Courtney names S.T.R.I.P.E.
S.T.R.I.P.E. is a grey and silver robot made completely by Pat Dugan out of refurbished car parts. It has two headlights on its chest that guide him at night. The chest cavity is outlined in red and opens so Pat can enter and exit at will. Handlebars are attached to his back that allows for Stargirl to hold onto him while they are moving quickly, or flying via the boosters inside his boots. The eyes on the robot glow red when the robot is active. Its knuckles are black while red stripes accent the robot's joints. In the center of its chest is a green circular device that has unknown purposes. Pat controls the armor from inside the chest cavity by using joysticks. The joysticks control S.T.R.I.P.E.'s arms, legs, and movements. Pat communicates with Stargirl through a speaker that disguises his natural speaking voice. Inside the chest cavity is also a button with a fist on it. When pressed, S.T.R.I.P.E. launches his fist at the enemy.
Courtney yells at S.T.R.I.P.E. to get away from her, but Pat says he needs to get her somewhere safe. He outstretches the robot's hand. Courtney climbs up the robot to hold on to the bars on its back. The robot continues to short-circuit at its joints, prompting Pat to curse and Courtney to ask if it's safe. They fly up into the air and escape before Brainwave exits the tire warehouse and looks up at the sky, noticing the fly machine.
Courtney asks why Pat even built the robot, to which Pat said he wanted to help Hourman but Rex insisted on doing it alone. Tonight was the first time he ever used the S.T.R.I.P.E. suit.
Pat has many trials and tribulations of Pat attempting to master his control of S.T.R.I.P.E. in a cornfield but retiring after many repairs and first aid.
At Blue Valley High's parking lot, Brainwave is met with S.T.R.I.P.E. and asks him who he is. Pat, who hasn't thought of a new name yet, tells him someone looks for justice. Brainwave sends a mental attack that briefly incapacitates Pat, who responds by throwing a dumpster at him. Brainwave stops it mid-air and hurls it at the sky. Seeing a car, he proceeds to do the same as Brainwave does as well. After his last shot, he fires his fist at him, but Brainwave catches it at the last second and twirls it back at him, knocking him down. The robot falls, and Brainwave begins to crush him with the car and school bus next to him. Stargirl arrives and fights Brainwave but is pinned down. S.T.R.I.P.E. activates one of his headlights which momentarily blinds Brainwave and gives Stragirl enough time to render him incapacitated.
After the fight, Stargirl and S.T.R.I.P.E. return home when Courtney concludes that Pat needs a new name. She recommends STRIPE, but as an acronym. She settles on, "Subatomic Tactical Robot Internet Pat Enhancer". She remarks that the name is cool.
Notes and Trivia
- Pat built S.T.R.I.P.E. after Starman died to help Hourman seek revenge on the ISA but never used it before he helped Stargirl.
Behind the Scenes
- The prop and costume department, among others, were able to build a real fifteen-foot armored robot for Pat Dugan's alter-ego, S.T.R.I.P.E. The armor is so realistic and sturdy, that visitors can climb on the robot and sit inside the pilot controls with the doors either open or shut. The robot is used for still shots, while the scenes of the robot moving are added in with CGI.
- In the comics, S.T.R.I.P.E. is an abbreviation for Special Tactics Robotic Integrated Power Enhancer.