Patty Spivot

Patricia "Patty" Spivot is a fictional character who appears in various DC Comics publication and was created by writer Cary Bates and artist Irv Novick. She is a friend and partner of the second Flash Barry Allen. She first appeared in "Five-Star Super-Hero Spectacular" (DC Special Series #1, September, 1977).[1]

Spivot appears as a recurring cast member on The CW television series second season of The Flash played by Shantel VanSanten. This version is a detective of the Central City Police Department.

Patty Spivot
Image from Patty Spivot first in The New 52
Patty Spivot as depicted in The Flash vol. 4 #1 (Nov. 2011). Art by Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato
Publication information
PublisherDC Comics
First appearanceDC Special Series #1 "5-Star Super-Hero Spectacular" (September 1977)
Created byCary Bates (writer)
Irv Novick (artist)
In-story information
Full namePatricia "Patty" Spivot
Team affiliationsCentral City Police Department
Notable aliasesMs. Flash, Hot Pursuit
  • Superspeed through Cosmic Motorcycle
  • Proficient forensic scientist and investigator

Fictional character biography

Patricia 'Patty' Spivot was the part-time lab assistant to police scientist Barry Allen in the Central City Police Department. She later became the police department's full-time forensic-blood analyst.[2]

After David Singh took over the crime lab as director and began to emphasize the quantity of the cases solved over the quality, Patty decided to leave Central City for Blue Valley, Nebraska.[3]

Barry attempted to contact Patty to get help on the case of Elongated Kid's death.[4] She was visiting her mother in Keystone City at the time, so she went to the police lab to meet Barry. She told him that she was enjoying her new life in Blue Valley. Wanting to put the past behind her, she asked not to get involved. Barry received a call to another crime scene, and he convinced her to join him. Here, they found a young boy hiding in a shipping container.[5] They brought the boy to the police station to interview as a witness, but he refused to open up to anyone but Patty. Shortly thereafter, the boy revealed himself to her as Professor Zoom, the Reverse-Flash.[6] It was he who had been responsible for the deaths of Elongated Kid and others, and he threatened to kill Patty in the same way, by accelerating her aging process until she died of old age within seconds. However, Flash, Kid Flash, and Hot Pursuit arrived on the scene just in time, saving Patty.

Later, Barry went to the police station to see if Patty was okay. Patty revealed to Barry that she planned to return to Blue Valley, but Barry tried to convince her to stay. Then, Patty revealed to Barry her unrequited crush on him. Surprised by this, Barry tells her that he will always be her friend and asks her to think about staying in Central City, and Patty promises she will. But in that moment, Iris comes in, and Patty, trying to avoid an awkward moment, leaves.[7]


Patty, wanting to do something bigger with her life, stole the former Hot Pursuit's gear from the Central City Police Department evidence locker, which was set to be transported to the Justice League, becoming the new Hot Pursuit. Escaping from a group of cops in her Cosmic Motorcycle, Patty went to a rooftop. Suddenly, her bike detected a timestorm and initiated an emergency chronal-evac, transporting her to the year 3011.

There, she was captured by Brainiac's forces and placed in a hibernation chamber, where she was forced to relive her worst memory: drowning to death for a few minutes in a pool when she was a kid. However, she managed to escape.

Later, she helps Kid Flash (Bart Allen) escape from Brainiac, Earth's ruler in 3011. After they get to safety, Patty reveals her identity to him and explains that they are in the 31st century. Kid Flash tells her that he was born in the 31st century and it is nothing like the 31st century he was born in, so something must have changed in the timeline. Patty tells him that her bike can travel through time but only if it has the Speed Force tank, so Kid Flash agrees to find it. Kid Flash tells her that they must get back to the past and fix the timeline. Then, Kid Flash takes off his glove and shows that his right hand has lost its skin and it only has muscles and bone.[8]

Patty reveals to Kid Flash how she became Hot Pursuit. Bart takes Patty's helmet and uses it to see how much was the timeline changed. Suddenly, the two are attacked by Brainiac's probes, but they escape using the Cosmic Motorcycle. Hiding in an abandoned building, they decide to enter Brainiac's fortress to obtain the Speed Force tank.

Bart lets himself be captured by Brainiac, who places him in a virtual reality chamber. Inside the chamber Bart manages to rewrite several of Brainiac's programs, including his security systems. This allows Patty to enter the citadel and rescue Kid Flash. They manage to find the Speed Force tank, but Brainiac impales Patty in the chest with his claws. Enraged, Bart attacks him while Patty obtains the tank. Using her last moments, Patty smashes the tank in front of Bart, allowing him to regain his speed. Patty dies and her body is taken by Brainiac. Bart escapes to the past, promising to save her.[9]

The New 52

Flash managed to change reality and create a new universe, bringing Patty back to life. In this new reality, Barry never marries with Iris West and enters a relationship with Patty. After the Future Flash incident, she breaks up with Barry and is never seen in the comics since.

In other media

Patty Spivot (Shantel VanSanten)
Shantel VanSanten as Patricia "Patty" Spivot in The Flash

Patty Spivot appears in season two of The Flash, portrayed by Shantel VanSanten.[10][11] Here, she is a uniformed police officer rather than a lab assistant. She intended to become a C.S.I. investigator, but put that aside when her father was murdered by Mark Mardon and joined the regular police force. She has a deep hatred for Mardon that comes from survivor's guilt; when she was a teenager, she was supposed to make the bank deposit that Mardon killed her father over. She harbors no ill will towards metahumans (her father was killed before the particle accelerator explosion that empowered the Mardon brothers), but believes that metahumans can be either good or bad, and should be stopped if necessary.[12]


  1. ^ Bates, Cary (w), Novick, Irv (p), McLaughlin, Frank (i). "How to Prevent a Flash" DC Special Series 1 (September 1977)
  2. ^ Johns, Geoff (w), Manapul, Francis (p), Manapul, Francis (i). "Crime Lab" Flash Secret Files and Origins 2010 1 (May 2010)
  3. ^ Johns, Geoff (w), Manapul, Francis (p), Manapul, Francis (i). "Case One: The Dastardly Death of the Rogues" The Flash v3, 1 (June 2010)
  4. ^ Johns, Geoff (w), Manapul, Francis (p), Manapul, Francis (i). "Case Two: The Road to Flashpoint, Part One" The Flash v3, 9 (April 2011)
  5. ^ Johns, Geoff (w), Manapul, Francis (p), Manapul, Francis (i). "Case Two: The Road to Flashpoint, Part Two" The Flash v3, 10 (Early June 2011)
  6. ^ Johns, Geoff (w), Manapul, Francis (p), Manapul, Francis (i). "Case Two: The Road to Flashpoint, Part Three" The Flash v3, 11 (Late June 2011)
  7. ^ Johns, Geoff (w), Kolins, Scott; Manapul, Francis (p), Kolins, Scott; Manapul, Francis (i). "Case Two: The Road to Flashpoint, Part Four" The Flash v3, 12 (July 2011)
  8. ^ Gates, Sterling (w), Nome, Oliver (p), Scott, Trevor (i). "Kid Flash Lost, Part One" Flashpoint: Kid Flash Lost 1 (August 2011)
  9. ^ Gates, Sterling (w), Nome, Oliver (p), Scott, Trevor (i). "Kid Flash Lost, Part Two" Flashpoint: Kid Flash Lost 2 (September 2011)
  10. ^ Abrams, Natalie (October 19, 2015). "The Flash's Shantel VanSanten on Barry and Patty's budding romance". Entertainment Weekly. Time Inc. Archived from the original on October 24, 2015. Shantel VanSanten made her debut as the quirky police officer Patty Spivot, who instantly bonded with Barry (Grant Gustin) and secured a spot on Joe's (Jesse L. Martin) anti-metahuman task force.
  11. ^ Beedle, Tim (November 3, 2015). "Love and Metahumans: Shantel VanSanten Heats up The Flash". DC Comics. Archived from the original on January 24, 2016.
  12. ^ Jayson, Jay (June 17, 2015). "The Flash: Meet Detective Joe West's New Partner". Archived from the original on September 12, 2015. Retrieved June 17, 2015.

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