It’s Patsy, bitch. (AKA Hellcat)The BasicsFull Name:
Patricia 'Patsy' WalkerAge:
American - Born in Centerville, CaliforniaOccupation:
Teacher (Sociology)Physical DescriptionHair Colour:
135 lbsFace Claim:
Ebba ZingmarkPhysical Features:
Single pierced ears, tattoo on right shoulder (see picture)General Appearance:
It's a day-to-day toss-up whether or not someone's going to be able to tell if Patsy is a teacher or student - she dresses well, but not always professionally (she's a big
fan of fashion). Thanks to her mother's comic series about her, Patsy never wants for money to feed her fashion habit, so she generally has wardrobe options for the whole year - but don't ask to borrow anything because most of it has been professionally tailored to fit her slim form.
For all the creativity her civilian clothing has, Patsy's uniform is fairly regulated. Her psionic abilities allow her to conjure her yellow and blue costume in a thought. A yellow, single-piece uniform hugs her body while blue gloves and boots cover her digits. A cowl appears over her head, protecting most of her face but allowing her hair to billow attractively in the wind. A blue belt and tail round out the ensemble. Patsy's uniform covers enough of her body that she is almost unidentifiable in her civilian clothing.Who they arePersonality:
Patsy is a bubbling cauldron of happiness and optimism, unless you threaten her students, then you should probably find a place to hide because she's fiercely protective of her charges. Patsy approaches the state of Mutants in the U.S. with a mixed stance - she is a proud Mutant (but is also lucky enough to have mutations that do not alter her outward physical appearance), but she also understands why Humanity has reacted to the appearance and powers of Mutants in the fashion that they have. Having worked and learned in Human environments, she shares Xavier's dreams that someday Homo Sapiens and Homo Superior will be able to peacefully live side-by-side - they just need time and space to see that aside from a few genetic quirks, they're really not all that different. She also empathizes with Magneto's choice to violently pursue Mutant freedom - the Humans could have definitely been handling the appearance of Mutants better, but she thinks terrorizing the Human population in the name of Mutants is wrong and makes them no better than the Humans and so she could never condone what the Brotherhood is doing - because it's wrong.
Outside of her politics, Patsy is gentle and patient (at least with her students - she can get pretty impatient with herself), and overall, she's simply a good
person. She dislikes seeing people in pain and there is no room in her life for dishonesty, disloyalty, or selfish people. Patsy is a supportive leader and uses this in her instruction in both the academic classroom and in training sessions - she doesn't like bullying her students to perform better, so she'd rather see them fail and help them stand taller after it, than pressure them to succeed immediately.Biography:
Patsy was a normal child - as normal as you could be when you're the star of a comic book. Patsy was an only child and enjoyed a very stable life growing up - although she did exhibit some emotional sensitivity, but it was nothing paralyzing. As Patsy moved into high school, her mother really started to use Patsy as a muse for her writing and the "Patsy Walker" comics were born out of Patsy's adventures in and out of high school. The comics were super popular and Patsy did not want for anything in her life - she was lavished with attention (and became a bit of a child star when she was asked to act in commercials and show pilots that went nowhere, but put money in her parents' bank) and well-loved. Eventually, she began dating one of the football players at her high school.
Coming home from a party where there was a bit too much alcohol consumed, Patsy and her boyfriend, Robert, were involved in a car accident - the accident triggered Patsy's mutation. Trapped in the car, Patsy was able to feel Robert's want to move the debris off of her and because it was her want as well, he was suddenly able to move the heavy metal off of her. Patsy's recovery was fairly normal, but her return to high school was overwhelming - Patsy needed help. The whole incident drew attention from the media as evidence and facts of the accident were examined - how had the eighteen year old boy rescued the sixteen year old girl? There was no way she had lifted all of that stuff off by herself and Robert, while a football player, was not nearly big or strong enough to have done it by himself. Accusations began to fly around the children that one or both of them were Mutants, a new word for people with abilities that were not part of the average Human packaging - the news story drew the attention of Charles Xavier, Magneto, and their rag-tag band of Mutants.
Patsy was allowed by her parents to join the group of outsiders, since she had become the target of gossip and bullying at her local school, so long as she continued high school via correspondence - something that she happily agreed to. So Patsy Walker joined Xavier's group - and found that she fit in quite well with them. Charles and Magneto pushed Patsy to figure out just how her X-gene had changed her. While her powers of empathy continued to grow, so did her physical abilities and her interest in being able to physically engage an opponent - since she possessed no psychic abilities of note, her training shifted to more of a physical regimen.
She finished her high school education, like she promised her parents that she would, and adventured back out into the world to complete a Bachelor's and Master's in Sociology. Upon her official return to Xavier's group, she took up a mentoring position looking over the younger Mutants and ensuring that their academic studies continued - often times, this meant delivering packages to a local post office to make sure that homework arrived on time wherever it was going. Patsy was invited, eventually, to join the X-Men roster (an invitation she initially declined because she really wanted to focus on being available for the younger students) - life was good, she had a home and she had a purpose.
Everything felt like it changed, however, after Magneto betrayed the X-Men, fracturing the united Mutants and creating his Brotherhood. Patsy lingered on the fence for a while, unsure if she should stay with Xavier or join this new Brotherhood - she was proud of her status as a Mutant and the life that it had given to her, but she did not believe that Mutant domination should come at the expense of Humanity, Mutants would naturally rise to the top of any social strata simply because they were genetically superior and not by destroying what had come before them. So, she chose to stay at the Institute and joined the team of X-Men now dedicated to protecting Humanity from Magneto's brand of Mutant protection.
Upon the founding of the Institute, Patsy took up a teaching position and took the subject of Sociology, a subject she taught at all of the high school education levels within the Institute - starting to teach the subject pushed Patsy into finally pursuing the subject at a Doctorate level. She also took more of an active interest in how the Danger Room was run and the training of the younger Mutants who were brought to the Institute, offering to tutor them in martial arts as a weekend activity. Superpowers & EquipmentClass:
Mutant - BetaPowers:Enhanced Physiology
- Patsy possesses superhuman levels of strength, speed, agility, reflexes, and endurance (Assuming she's eaten lunch for the day!). While these abilities are nowhere near the level of Mutants like Wolverine or Quicksilver, they are high enough that opponents have lost fights with Patsy because they've underestimated her small size. She is also able to see into the infrared light spectrum - truly, Patsy is a cat.Mystical/Psionic Attunement
- Patsy is not a telepath and Patsy is not a witch, but she has trained herself to have a moderate amount of defense against both. As a side effect, she is able to detect their uses and see through illusions conjured by them, depending on the strength of the source that has produced - Charles believes that this may be in part to her Empathetic abilities.Empathetic Magnification
- Patsy's main mutation came in the form of empathetic powers. Operating similarly to Telekinetic or Psychic powers, Patsy can suss out a person's intentions and feelings simply by being in their presence - which is something that her students find to be quite annoying (A note: don't try cheating on Ms.Walker’s tests, it's not going to end well). Over time, Charles has worked with Patsy to turn this power simply from detection to magnification, allowing Patsy to amplify the powers and feelings of those around her. This power works best when paired with psychics or those who rely on physical prowess to power themselves. Equipment Name:Patsy's Gloves
- Patsy has three sets of gloves that she employs, depending on what she feels might be called for when deployed outside of the Institute: she has normal gloves that simply just look fantastic, she has gloves with casehardened and retractable steel alloy claws (that come with matching claws in her boots) to help her with getting through (or over) stone and concrete barrier, and a set of gloves that are outfitted with a small wrist attachments that fire four-clawed grappling hooks with 30 feet of retractable cables (often used for scaling buildings, moving between buildings, and rescue operations).The Hellcatmobile
- Patsy's yellow sports car - don't touch. It's locked by fingerprint.Flaws or WeaknessesWeakness Name:Power Overwhelming
- Due to the nature of her main power, Patsy can often be overwhelmed by the feelings she's amplifying and it can days for her actual temperament to return after she's been out on a mission. This can lead to a bad temper, depression, mania-levels of happiness, and a myriad of other mood swings that could be viewed as out of character.A Lack of Vision
- Due to her capacity to see mystical, psychic, and infrared spectrums in her vision, Patsy has been known to sometimes mix up things that she's seeing. This often deters her from initially warning her teammates of impending danger while she tries to figure out exactly what she's looking at or through - you'd think a cat would have better ways to figure this out.Hungry
- Patsy eats. A lot. Luckily, her superhuman physiology processes the food quickly, but it's not an odd sight to see her in the kitchens after a missions chowing down on ice cream or anything else she can get her claws on - approach with caution when she's eating, because who knows what kind of Patsy is digging into that Neapolitan.Flaws: Immature
- Patsy is not the most adult of the teachers that Xavier employs. She has been known to sometimes blur the line between teacher and student, choosing to be more chummy with her students. While this helps in the training room, it means that her classroom can sometimes get a bit out of control, and that she tends to sleep in on the weekends.Flirt
- Patsy is a flirt - without a doubt. It is difficult to tell whether it's genuine or not (Probably because she was a child actress.), but she enjoys a good tease and being a good tease. It's definitely distracting.Capricious, Naive, and Idealistic
- Viewed as flaws or strengths, depending on who you ask. Patsy strives to see the best in people (Even when the evil is right there) and believes that there is good in everyone
- and that everyone deserves a second chance. She easy trusts others. Patsy can often be called flightly and non-committal, changing things on a lark for seemingly no reason at all.Clumsy
- It's cute, but annoying- especially when she's supposed to be the epitome of balanced superhumanly agile.OtherEnvoy
- Due to Patsy's childhood in the spotlight, she is an outspoken advocate for Human-Mutant relations and is often called on to speak on behalf of efforts to peacefully bridge the two societies.