Detective Patty Spivot 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 ex-girlfriend of Barry Allen.
Early in Patty's life, she hit her head and fell into a swimming pool. Fortunately, her father got to her in time and stopped her from dying, although she was technically dead for 2 minutes.
Patty graduated from Hudson University with a triple major in biology, chemistry and physics. Years later, after Mark Mardon shot Patty's father in the face in cold blood for a few hundred dollars, she sought just revenge on the Mardon brothers. Patty blamed herself for his death as she ditched him to hang out with her friends instead of being the one to take the deposits that day. Patty became a police officer after he died and joined the meta-human task force at the Central City Police Department to get justice for her father and revenge against Mardon.
Working as part of the anti-meta-human task force
Discovering 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 Two 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 Two 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.
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.
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 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 to decision to go to college, though, as Barry left and she stayed on the train.
Patty 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 the former, 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. Patty does have a darker side, however, 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.
- High-level intellect/Expert detective: Patty is highly intelligent, as she graduated from Hudson University with a triple major in biology, chemistry and physics. Despite the fact that she has only been a member of Central City Police Department, for 7 months, Patty has proven herself to be an excellent detective.
- Police training: Patty has received training as all Central City Police Department members do.
- Expert markswoman/Firearms: As a police detective, Patty is skilled in the use of firearms.
- Guns: Patty is very proficient in using guns.
- Handcuffs: Patty carries handcuffs, whenever she is out on patrol.
The Chronicles of Cisco
- Patty's address in Central City was Apartment 617, 1016 Brookfield Road, Central City, USA 7423.
- Patty was the second cop in the Arrowverse to fall in love with a hero before breaking up over a job availability out of town just like McKenna Hall from "Arrow". However, unlike McKenna, Patty was able to learn the hero's secret identity before leaving town.
Behind the scenes
- In the DC comics, Patty was the first woman Barry Allen ever dated.