"Please don't make me feel any more stupid than I already do. Look, I'm a detective and I should have known. I was just...I was so smitten with you."
—Patty Spivot to Barry Allen[src]

Patty Spivot (born 1994)[1] is a former police detective of the Central City Police Department, formerly an officer and a former member of the Anti-Meta-human Task Force. She is also the daughter of a late unnamed man and the ex-girlfriend of Barry Allen.


Early life

Patty Spivot was born in 1994 to an unnamed man and an unknown mother in Chesterfield.[2]

When Patty was nine years old, she hit her head on a diving board while attempting to jump from it, knocking her unconscious. She then fell into and nearly drowned in the swimming pool, causing her heart to stop for two minutes. However, Patty's father was able to resuscitate her in time, saving her life.[3] When Patty was a child, her father once gave her a Mr. Jiggle Wiggle teddy bear as a Christmas present.

Growing up, Patty and her family didn't have a lot of money, so she would work part-time at her father's shoe shop after school.[4]

Patty graduated from Hudson University with a triple major in biology, chemistry, and physics.[2] She aspired to become a CSI and was to attend Midway City University to study in their forensic science program.[5]

Sometime in 2011, Patty's father was shot and killed by Mark Mardon while on his way to the bank during a mugging for a couple hundred dollars he had in his pocket.[2] Patty was guilt-ridden over her father's death as she was supposed to take the shop's deposits to the bank that day, but ditched work to hang out with her friends instead. Ever since then, Patty sought revenge on the Mardon brothers and completely devoted her life to working in law enforcement so she could get justice for her father.[4]

Around spring 2015, Patty became a police officer with the Central City Police Department.[2] At one point, she went on a dinner date with her boyfriend at the time, who got drunk and insulted the waitress. Patty then cited him for public intoxication, ending their relationship.[3]

Working as part of the anti-meta-human task force

When Patty discovered that Detective Joe West has an anti-meta-human task force, Captain Singh suggested she inquire about a position on it. However, Joe refused her a position. Patty later showed up at the site of an arson at the waterfront, where she introduced herself to Barry Allen, as well as gave him evidence she'd found. Despite her help, Joe still refused her being on the task force. She again tried to help him by stopping Eddie Slick, who he'd been chasing after. They took him to the precinct, where Patty and Barry talked, the latter promising to put in a good word for the former. They were forced to let Slick go, however, and she attempted to interrogate Joe, before they were interrupted by Earth-2 Slick, who had returned and used his meta-human powers to take Patty. He took her to an abandoned Woodrue warehouse, where he tied her to a chair and placed a concussive bomb under her seat. Eventually, The Flash of Earth-2 arrived and distracted Slick long enough for The Flash of Earth-1 to arrive and save Patty, but she was knocked unconscious by the shockwave. Once she'd come to, she called for The Flash, with both coming to her aid. She returned to work not long after being saved and approached Joe once more. She finally confessed the story of her father's murder, explaining that she saw murderers getting powers as unfair, and thus wanted to join the task force. He promptly had her promoted to police detective, before allowing her to join.[2]

Patty arrived early at the scene of a crime, taking a look before Barry or Joe arrived, of a murder victim without a head but was unable to determine the cause of death as the method for decapitation didn't match up with any weapon she knew of. The victim was identified as an associate of career criminal Lewis Snart and Patty quickly pointed out his relation to Leonard Snart/Captain Cold though Joe told her not to call him "Captain Cold". After Leonard was arrested for murdering Lewis, Joe had Patty arrange for him to be moved to the meta-human wing of Iron Heights. Patty ran into Barry later at CC Jitters and she gave him her number, which she claimed was so she could reach him faster for police work though there were clear signs of a developing attraction between the two.[6]

As Patty got used to her position in the task force and as a detective, she started looking into reports of a meta-human shark and asked Barry to look at a sample. Patty and Joe investigated the break-in at Mercury Labs and discovered that it was Harrison Wells that broke in. Patty later saw the results of Barry's tests and discovered the teeth she gave him were human. These were false as later Barry was attacked by the shark and Patty tried to fight it, but was shot by Earth 2 Harrison Wells.

Barry asked Patty out on a date, but she was skeptical as she had been stood up by past boyfriends. Before their date, Barry lost his sight after an encounter with meta-human Dr. Light and tried to cover it up. After a few hours, Patty told Barry that she could tell he was blind. After dinner, the two kissed, but got called away on a case and helped the team investigate Dr. Light.

Some time later, Patty was out getting coffee when she saw Harrison Wells loading materials into his car. She followed Wells back to Star Labs and confronted him, placing him under arrest. Thinking his injector was a gun, she shot him, alerting Caitlin Snow, who told her to call Joe, which Patty did. When he arrived, he ordered her to go, not giving her any explanation.

After Barry and Patty got close, Patty realized there was something Barry wasn't telling her. After the Turtle, kidnapped Patty, Patty decided to leave Central City and go to college at Midway City University to become a CSI. A few days before she left Patty discovered that Barry was the Flash by connecting his cases to the fact that he always knew what had happened, like he had been there. She told Joe about this, who told Barry to talk to her although Barry was hesitant. Right before she left, she visited Barry and told him that if he was the Flash, she would stay in Central City to be with him, though Barry decided to make a sacrifice and let her go. Then, because she wanted to prove that Barry was the Flash, she called Barry while she was on the train to school lying and saying that there was a man with a gun on the train. Barry came running as the Flash which finally proved to her that she was right, Barry was the Flash. This did not change her decision to go to college, though, as Barry left and she stayed on the train.[7]


Patty Spivot is kind, caring, selfless, highly intelligent, compassionate, and very passionate about her work as a police detective, and is very stubborn to the point of not taking no for an answer. She is also brave, even when facing meta-humans, despite knowing the fact that they have superpowers. She has a hatred for Mark Mardon who murdered her father in cold blood. Despite this, she does not hate meta-humans in general, as she knows full well that Mark was an ordinary human before he was affected by the particle accelerator.

Patty is a big fan of Barry Allen and the Flash, as she has read all of his reports all the time, like Barry, she is socially awkward, as she sometimes gets nervous and babbles, and is a comic geek. Patty is also very observant; she was able to tell that Barry was temporarily blind based on the sunglasses he was wearing. However, Patty does have a darker side, as she has dedicated her whole life towards getting revenge on Mark for killing her father, which is another thing her and Barry have in common; him wanting to kill Eobard Thawne for killing his own mother, but Barry, as the Flash, was able to convince her to let him live so he couldn't ruin her life anymore.


"I triple-majored at Hudson in biology, chemistry, and physics. I'm in prime physical condition. And I rated top of my class in marksmanship."
—Patty Spivot to Joe West[src]
  • Peak of human physical condition: As a policewoman, Patty is in top physical condition.
  • High-level intellect/Expert detective: Patty is highly intelligent, as she graduated from Hudson University with a triple major in biology, chemistry, and physics and is proficient at crime scene investigation like Barry Allen. Despite being a police officer for less than a year, Patty has proven herself to be an excellent detective. For example, she was able to figure out that Sand Demon was building a concussive bomb,[2] deduce that Barry lost his vision,[3] and track down The Trickster.[4] Patty was also eventually able to figure out that Barry was the Flash based on his excuses and comings/goings.
  • Police training: Patty has received training as all Central City Police Department members do. She can track down and apprehend criminals and is familiar with many types of weapons.


  • Guns: Patty is very proficient in using guns.
  • Handcuffs: Patty carries handcuffs whenever she is out on patrol.


The Flash

The Chronicles of Cisco


  • Patty was the second cop in the Arrowverse to fall in love with a hero before breaking up with him due to a job-related issue, following McKenna Hall from Arrow. However, unlike McKenna, Patty was able to learn the hero's secret identity before leaving town.
  • In a deleted scene from "Running to Stand Still", Patty stated that she was 17 when her father died.
  • Patty's favorite ice cream flavor is vanilla.[4]

Behind the scenes

  • In the DC comics, Patricia "Patty" Spivot was Barry Allen's friend and lab assistant, who eventually becomes the CCPD's full-time forensic-blood analyst. She had an unrequited crush on Barry.

See also

List of individuals she nicknamed

  1. King Shark (first try: Man-shark)[3]


  1. In a deleted scene from "Running to Stand Still", Patty mentions she was 17 when her father died, which took place in 2011 as stated in "Flash of Two Worlds"
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 "Flash of Two Worlds"
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 "The Darkness and the Light"
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 "Running to Stand Still"
  5. "Potential Energy"
  6. "Family of Rogues"
  7. "The Reverse-Flash Returns"
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