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Respect Patsy Walker--Hellcat!
Prepare for many words.
Hellcat, aka Patsy Walker, is a fascinating character for many reasons. She is unusual because she was originally a mega-star in Marvel’s pre-Marvel romance comics, starring in multiple long-running series. These were similar to the Betty and Veronica stories in Archie comics. Her first appearance was in 1944. More than a third of her total appearances are from these romance comics.
The romance comics actually crossed over into Marvel modern (post-Fantastic Four) era, but were dwindling. Then in 1965 Marvel decided to have her show up in the Fantastic Four annual where Reed and Sue got married, bringing her into the 616 universe for the first time.
They soon had her interacting with Beast in Amazing Adventures, where she left her romance-era husband Buzz Baxter and blackmailed Beast into letting her hang out with the Avengers, which was her dream. She managed to find a copy of Greer Nelson’s original Cat costume (Greer is now known as Tigra) and, putting it on, became Hellcat.
She went on a couple adventures with the Avengers, but turned down the opportunity to join permanently in order to instead take Moondragon up on her invitation to train Patsy’s mind and body on Titan. She did so, learning fighting skills and mental powers under Moondragon’s tutelage. She returned to Earth and joined the Defenders, where she became one of their core members for years (1977-83; issues 44-125).
Her Titan-trained psychic powers lasted only a little while; Moondragon took them back during an adventure involving Omega the Unknown. However, they occasionally showed up afterwards on a somewhat random basis.
During that time, she met and fell in love with Daimon Hellstrom: America's daughter, "the girl who could be you," was paired up with the Son of Satan. Both she and Hellstrom went through a phase where they wrangled with their real and believed parentage. For a time, Patsy believed she was the daughter of Satan, just as Daimon was the son of Satan. However, this turned out to not be true.
This story with her mother was the first in-universe explanation of Patsy’s long sojourn in romance comics. Those comics, which were printed in actual reality, were also printed in-universe. In 616, Patsy was a child star, the focus of a whole world of comics and cross-platform publishing. Patsy’s mother controlled her in this career with a domineering hand. Eventually Patsy left that career, and her mother; hard feelings existed on both sides. Eventually this led to her mother trying (and failing) to sell Patsy’s soul. Today, Patsy continues to be famous in 616 for her work as a child star, as well as her more recent career as a popular author.
Back to the story: Patsy eventually married Hellstrom (a wedding which was marred by the appearance of her ex, Buzz Baxter, now a supervillain called Mad-Dog). Patsy and Daimon left the Defenders and started a paranormal investigation business. This went well for a while, but Daimon became more unstable and eventually regained his Darksoul, which Patsy helped to happen. The reality of his dark side turned her insane and she killed herself.
Patsy spent years in hell, fighting in the pit of the damned, often alongside fellow-deceased-Avenger Mockingbird. There she gained even more fighting skills. She was resurrected due to a scheme by Hellstrom that involved tricking Hawkeye into thinking he was rescuing Mockingbird.
Alive once more, her powers changed. She now had the ability to sense and avoid magic. She was involved in several solo or small-group mini-series, including Hellcat, where she solved a war between Mephisto, Dormammu, and Hellstrom; Patsy Walker: Hellcat, where she had magical adventures with native Alaskans as part of the Avengers Initiative; Marvel Divas, where she, Black Cat, Firestar, and Monica Rambeau took on Hellstom and other issues as a group of Sex and the City-like friends; and Patsy Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat, which portrayed her at a younger-seeming age and was told in a more all-ages format.
Normally a respect thread wouldn’t go into all that history. But it’s important, because there is confusion about where she gets her powers.
Except that that wasn’t actually the case. Greer Nelson got her original Cat powers through an experimental treatment that directly affected her body. She had the powers long before she wore the suit. So wearing the suit should not have given Patsy any powers.
But, that’s how they explained it, so that’s what happened. Except, after a few years in the Defenders, they pointed out that Patsy had replaced all the parts of her suit many times due to wear and tear, so the suit couldn’t be the origin of her powers, and that she was just as athletic without the suit on. They showed her wearing one pair of the uniform while holding another pair and talking about how it got wrecked. There was not much of an explanation for how she got so athletic, other than that she surfed a lot as a kid. This also didn’t explain her clearly-super strength.
Soon after, when Patsy thought she was the daughter of Satan, Satan explained that the suit did sort of have powers, but it really just brought out the natural athleticism she always had. Seemingly, the suit transferred its powers to her, or in any case its effects permanently affected her.
But, then it turned out Satan was lying about being her dad (here, here, and here), so he could well have been lying about her suit, too. However, she was still seen leaping around without her costume in Defenders after that, so seemingly Satan's "the suit prodded her natural abilities awake" explanation was still the explanation for her powers. Years later, when Patsy was on a talk show, she seemed to support this idea, saying that she was “naturally athletic,” and the costume “augmented that.”
This would all change again. Shortly after leaving the Defenders, in an arc of West Coast Avengers, Patsy meets Greer Nelson, now Tigra. Nelson loses her Tigra form, so Patsy gives her the Cat costume, since it originally belonged to her. The story specifically explains how, by putting on the suit again, Nelson’s stats are increased, and she is able to defeat an enemy with similar stats. Then Nelson turns back into Tigra, clearly destroying the suit as one of the main plot points of the story.
So, if the suit is the source of the power, Patsy should definitely not have any powers any more, because that suit was definitively destroyed.
But, Patsy showed up again not long after, once again wearing the same kind of suit and still exhibiting her powers. I have seen an explanation online that this is possible because Nelson and the original suit-designer (Dr. Tumulo) saved multiple copies of the suit when it was originally made. But the original comic is very clear that Dr. Tumulo only took one, as seen in the original and a flashback, and anyway this doesn’t jive with the fact that the suit didn't give Greer Nelson her powers anyway, or with Patsy’s original explanation that she just replaced the suit parts as they wore out with normal cloth.
Very long story short: there have been specific plot-points, with concomitant feats, that have pointedly explained that the suit the source of Patsy’s powers. There have also been specific plot-points, with concomitant feats, that have pointedly explained that the suit the source of Patsy’s powers.
One other powers-related inconsistency/evolution: remember that Moondragon trained Patsy to have psychic powers, which did not ever come from her suit—although they somewhat replicated powers the original Cat had (see The Cat's powers at the very bottom of this thread). Then Moondragon took these powers away. But, Patsy still used those powers on occasion anyway, without any real explanation as to how, other than that she was possessed by a demon at one point, who again, like her costume, may have woken up her natural abilities.
Later on, after she died and was resurrected, she got new, clearly innate powers—the ability to sense and deflect magic, but also the kind of random ability to magically and instantly change into her costume. So even though these magic powers were innate, they were still connected to her costume! This also made a nice link between the Cat’s original “intuition” power, Patsy’s Titan psychic powers, and her current magic powers.
Since then, there have been a few instances where they say her costume is the source of her powers—which makes no sense since there really is no normal physical costume that she puts on, she just creates it, and can use her agility without it.
My personal explanation, which is not at all backed up on-panel, is this: Greer Nelson gained her powers from an experimental machine. When she wore the original Cat suit, her body’s power-radiance transferred the aura of her powers to the suit. Patsy wore the suit, which then transferred its powers into her. Even though she kept changing the suit, Patsy’s powers would transfer themselves back into any new suits she wore—in addition to also staying in her own body. Thus, when she gave a suit to Nelson, it once again radiated its powers back into Nelson—but Patsy never lost her powers. (Nelson, however, lost her Cat powers when she turned into Tigra.) Then when Patsy came back from hell, she internalized the idea of the suit as the symbol of her powers, and changes into it as a mental reinforcement of her innate abilities. Even that doesn’t fully explain it all, but I think it’s the best shot.
All clear? Don’t care? No problem. Let’s get to the feats. I will say ahead of time, this will involve a fair amount of scaling, partly to dig into the Cat/Hellcat relationship, and also because a lot of Patsy's opponents are not well-known.
Happy Go Lucky Spirit
Alright one last detour we get to powers. Let's revel in Patsy's happy-go-lucky spirit, which I think is best encapsulated here as she punches out an Einstein clone and looks for an Oppenheimer.
Summary of Powers
She has enhanced dexterity, to near-Spider-man or -Beast levels; enhanced speed; enhanced strength, to around 1-5 tons; and enhanced durability, especially to blunt force.
She can magically change into her costume, sense magic, and deflect magic attacks.
She used to have mind-blasts and telekinesis. She also temporarily had a Shadow Cloak like Devil-slayer’s.
Her costume has claws on the hands and sometimes feet, and a grappling claw on a line that she can use to swing around or tie people up.
She is a fairly skilled fighter, with Avengers training; training from Moondragon, one of 616’s most-skilled martial artists; and years of combat experience in hell. Her signature move is a double kick.
Patsy’s official stats have always underestimated her actual feats to some degree.
However, in the '70s and '80s, Patsy was throwing couches and breaking concrete with Hulk's face.
This modern data page (2005) describes Hellcat’s skills as being “an exceptional athlete and martial artist.” Her intelligence is 3, “learned.” Her strength is 3, “peak human,” up to 800 pounds. Her durability is 3, “enhanced.” Her fighting skills are 5, “master of a single form of combat.”
In this era, Patsy was drop-kicking giant wolves, tilting over SUVs, and swinging trees like baseball bats, so peak human is still low, but the other numbers are more accurate.
The current History of the Marvel Universe says that she has "notably enhanced agility."
Patsy's agility and acrobatics are her prime ability. She is close to Spider-man or Beast agility levels.
Her agility is enough to work out alongside Beast, a regular gynmastic partner in both the Avengers and Defenders. She was capable of being thrown an enormous height in the air and landing on one hand, balancing on Beast’s one foot. (Notice she does this without her Hellcat uniform.)
Has a friendly competition/playful game of agility with Tigra. See "Comparison with Tigra," below, but TD;LR is that Tigra should be more agile than her, and is herself spider-level in agility.
Flips around a machine Nighthawk designed to catch him, for training, including doing a one-handed flip and dodging rings, until finally being caught and then doing flips while her legs are caught. It should be noted that Nighthawk is also a highly trained acrobat (that’s what he did before he had wings) and has superhuman speed at night, plus he has wings, so anything designed to catch him is a real challenge.
Flipping Fighting Style
Because of her agility, Patsy can dodge pretty solidly. She's not a bullet-timer, but can dodge energy beams and bullets effectively.
Dodged punch from Hulk and charge from Namor, who both have enhanced speed. They are in a ghostly form here but if anything are amped rather than hindered by it.
Patsy's speed is not as obviously enhanced as her agility, but she is fairly fast. Remember that Spidey said she was nearly as agile AND as fast as him.
Hank Pym is thrown off a skyscraper. Patsy, a distance away, see him mid-fall and is able to swing to him in time before he hits the ground. Someone reaches 150mph after 10 seconds of falling. He wasn’t falling that long, but it gives a general sense of how fast she must have reached him.
Patsy and Tigra catch Whirlwind, who is extremely fast. They make a note of the speed of their reflexes. He notes that almost no one is able to lay a hand on him. Whirlwind moves so fast that cops trying to grab him can’t see where he went. Whirlwind is fast enough to run up the side of a building.
He tries to attack her with his spinning moves, but she dodges out of the way. Tigra, whose speed should be fairly comparable, although higher, than Patsy’s, makes Whirlwind exclaim, “Nobody told me you really could move so fast!” He is shocked by her, and presumably Patsy’s, speed.
Patsy is able to hold her own with Tigra while climbing up a building; granted she uses her grappling claw.
Patsy is superhumanly strong. Her strength has varied over time, and her post-resurrection feats are somewhat better than before. I would overall rate her at a 1-5 tonner.
Hellcat has slightly-enhanced durability, especially for blunt force.
Orka, who is around a 90-100 tonner, is treated in this story as a team-buster. He takes out Vision, Iron Man, Hellcat, Captain America, Beast, and Scarlet Witch in one single punch. They are captured. Patsy is the first one, out of all of them, some of whom have extremely high durability, to wake up. She then beats up her ex-husband.
Patsy and Nighthawk are open-hand slapped by Dracula. Dracula was able to catch punches from Colossus at this time. Patsy falls to her knees (Nighthawk is prone and seemingly unconscious), but is up and about minutes later.
Tigra (mind-controlled) guts Patsy with her claws. Tigra’s claws can cut through steel and concrete. Patsy falls, but then gets up and is able to hold herself together long enough to KO Tigra. She is in the hospital later, but is OK.
Mystic Senses/Slipperiness with Magic
After her resurrection, Patsy has various magic-related powers.
When She-hulk implies Patsy is a normal human, Patsy points out that She-hulk asked her to use her powers two days ago.
Slipping out of Magic
Her powers can resist blasts from the wearer of the Serpent Crown, an incredibly powerful magic artifact. Notes how she can “slip free” of magical attacks. The attacker backs up the existence of this ability.
Changing into Costume
Old Psychic Powers
Was trained by Moondragon in “the powers of the mind," which includes psionic blasts and telekinesis.
While Overmind, a powerful psychic (this is his “7 merged psychics” version), tries to read her mind, she accidentally blasts him backwards. He describes her mind as “quite formidable” and said the blast caused him “much pain.”
The original Hellcat costume had lenses so the wearer could see in the dark. To my knowledge, Patsy has never specifically said her costume can do this, but it would be strange if it couldn't, since it has all the other capabilities of the original costume. Patsy can see things like invisible lasers just by using her mystic senses, however.
She has claws on her fingers, and sometimes on her toes. She can use these claws for combat, for climbing buildings, and for destroying hard materials.
Claws are on the hands, and sometimes on the feet.
She has grapple-claws that she can launch off both hands; they are connected by a strong cable. She can use this to swing around the city like Spider-man or Daredevil, to disarm, or to wrap up people's legs and trip them.
For a while, she wore a Shadow Cloak just like the one Devil-slayer uses. She eventually got rid of it due to the danger it poses. You can teleport by wrapping the Shadow Cloak around you, you can control its ends like tendrils, and you can reach into it and pull out any weapon you want.
Pulls a monster out of the Cloak—the only time this has been done.
Uses her psychic connection to the Cloak to teleport through it, even when she’s not wearing it--something Devil-slayer never did.
On a couple of occasions, Patsy drove a convertible sports car she called the Hellcatmobile. It had no discernable special features.
Her skill comes from three sources: the Avengers, Moondragon's personal tutelage, and fighting for years in the pits of Hell.
Accepted Moondragon’s offer to train on Titan. Moondragon is one of the most technically skilled martial artists in the Marvel Universe.
She often fights using double-kicks, seen also under striking power. The following are all examples of attacks that use technical skill.
Moondragon, an extremely skilled martial artist, describes a demon as “faster than he looks.” Patsy grabs the giant demon’s hand and flips with it, locking him. Patsy says she’s “not your pupil any longer,” and Moondragon agrees, saying “I…see that, Patsy!”
Simultaneously fights with two very unwieldy weapons that are used very differently--a polearm and nunchucks—while also kicking. Manages to target specific areas, like blocking incoming attacks, or hitting throats, while doing so.
Hellcat has not gotten in a huge amount of one-on-one fights, but the ones she has been in have shown off her abilities well.
Patsy beats a mind-controlled, bloodlusted Tigra. Tigra slashes Patsy in the shoulder. It’s not clear if Patsy throws her or if Tigra jumps away. Tigra slashes through a chair and Patsy pops her on the head with it, collapsing Tigra to the ground in pain. Tigra severely guts Patsy with her claws. Now Patsy is on the ground in pain. Then Patsy knocks Tigra on the head with a rock and knocks her out, and keeps her from falling off the roof. Patsy wins, and stays awake long enough to call for help.
See "Comparison with Tigra" below for why this is impressive.
They fight evenly, but with context.
Patsy pulls a sword out of the Shadow Cloak, and manages to hold her own in sword-fighting against Valkyrie, one of the most skilled warriors in Asgard. As she notes, “I don’t know the first thing about sword-fighting, and Val practically invented it!”
Patsy uses her agility and speed to dodge Val’s strikes. Even Val is amazed how fast she is, saying “How can you move so swiftly?” Val eventually disarms her, then Patsy is able to remind Val of her true self.
One reason Hellcat can keep up with Val is because Val is cursed by a spell from the Enchantress, which keeps her from fighting women. By fighting Patsy, Val becomes weaker. However, Val is still a 45 tonner to start off with, and has been able to find ways to win against women in other situations. When she fought this woman on the first page, Val moved faster than the eye, employed her enhanced strength, and used pressure points to avoid having to use more direct violence; on the third page she uses her durability in a tactical way; she dodges effectively, and causes harm by using a trip and by causing damage through the medium of a chair instead of directly.
For Patsy to do as well as she does here, it requires great skill and speed.
To give a baseline sense of Valkyrie: she was fast enough to routinely deflect bullets at the time (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8). She beat (at least for a temporary take-down) the highly-skilled Lady Deathstrike, and was strong enough to throw tanks. So even when fighting a woman, like did with Hellcat, Val still had plenty of options to take her out. It's a solid feat for Hellcat.
Beats Black Cat.
Patsy jumps on Felicia. Felicia throws a kick which Patsy grabs. She throws Black Cat against a wall and grapples her.
Patsy beats Black Cat again.
Black Cat, who has defeated and fought evenly with numerous Spider-man villains such as Scorpion, and is both agile and skilled, stabs Patsy.
Patsy quickly leaps over her, grabs the knife, and puts her in a submission hold. Patsy is then sucked into a magic bag by someone else.
Felicia's pretty quick wins over Black Cat are pretty solid. Black Cat, who has multiple black belts, is often underestimated, so here's a quick run-down on some of her fights:
• Felicia stomps Silk when Silk is tired; then beats her again, then beats her again. I don’t know a lot about Silk's exact abilities in relation to Peter, but my understanding is that she is not as strong as Peter, but is more agile and has a better Spider sense.
• Felicia beats an early Sabretooth; like Wolverine, his healing factor back then was not as good as now, but he was still a formidable foe even then.
• In maybe her best fight, Felicia fights equally with the Lizard, who is stronger and faster than Peter, and he definitely does not hold back here. She eventually wins by kicking him off a roof, but she was fighting absolutely equally—claw for claw—with him throughout.
Given the dexterity and skill that Black Cat already shows in her first fight with Patsy--for instance when she flips through a laser grid, deflecting lasers off mirrors on her arms and legs to specific targets--Patsy's two clear wins over her feline foe are excellent testaments to her fighting ability.
Valkyrie, Nighthawk, and Hellcat each fight a copy of Lunatik. Lunatik is superhumanly strong, durable, and agile. Patsy beats him.
Val’s fight with a Lunatik shows that he is strong enough to break a lamp-post and knock down Valkyrie, skilled enough to fight the sword-master Valkyrie in weapons-fighting, can take two hits from her and still fight, and agile enough to balance on the end of his pole and bounce off a tree.
Here’s an earlier, longer fight between Valkyrie and Lunatik, a later one with multiple Lunatiks against Valkyrie, and a fight between Lunatik and three Defenders plus Spider-man, to give more of a sense of Lunatik's abilities.
Patsy easily beats Buzz Baxter when he is a normal human.
Buzz gets powers and becomes Mad-dog, and attacks Patsy’s wedding to Hellstrom. He fights a whole team of Defenders and loses, but succeeds in drugging Patsy.
He is a couple-tonner, with enhanced agility, durability, and drugged fangs.
He is tough: he is hit twice by the master martial artist Moondragon, then psi-blasted by her. He is able to throw her and knock her out. Then he tosses Hellstrom and is about to hurt Patsy when Moondragon psi-blasts him again.
He punches Patsy, but she shrugs off his superhuman blow. She kicks him, then he drugs her with his fangs. Luckily Moondragon and Hellstrom finish him off.
Mad-dog kidnaps Patsy but she beats him.
Baxter drugs Patsy again. She wakes up, still affected by the drug.
She elbows him, but he locks her arm. He kicks her on the ground. She claws him multiple times on the chest, then he punches her off. She bites him, then kicks him off, then knocks him out by smacking his head into a crate.
This fight shows she can beat someone with similar levels of enhanced strength, who is a trained soldier, and she can absorb superhuman blows—all while drugged.
In her first major superhuman fight, Patsy and Beast team up against against multiple Squadron members. Patsy takes out the superhuman Amphibion on her own, but is caught in some glue. Beast finishes off the others.
While in Hell, Patsy and Mockingbird spar evenly.
They aren’t trying to win, just talk while fighting, but fight at the same level. Mockingbird is a very trained fighter. They both dodge bullets at the end.
Defeats a sorcerer.
A sorcerer blasts at her, but she closes in past his attack and claws him cruelly in the face. He hits her with a blast and she shrugs it off. She dodges several more blasts, disarms him, kick-throws him, and has him at her mercy.
Patsy beats five magic demon-ninjas, who are all armed.
They try to capture her with magic, but she escapes it. Then she puts on a master class of fighting unarmed against multiple armed opponents, taking their weapons and using them against them, with great precision. Most impressively, she simultaneously wields a polearm and nunchucks, which would be incredibly awkward, and deflects five shuriken with one swipe of her nunchuks.
Patsy beats some demons.
She throws one demon and kicks another in the face. One demon grabs Patsy from behind. She double-elbows it, then knocks it off with her powerful butt! Then she throws Satan (in a semi-human form) and punches him several times, then lifts him to throw him once more—but transforms into a semi-demonic form herself due to his magic. He points out that no normal human could do to him what she has done, even before she transforms.
Defeats three demons.
Physically beats up muscular demon, and ends up gutting it with her claws. Ties another one up with her grappling line. Then physically beats up a third demon.
She beats a skilled, four-armed demon with multiple weapons.
She dodges numerous near-simultaneous attacks with weapons that have a long reach, then closes in past his many weapons and two-shots him with a kick and a face-claw.
Beats four super-strong, armed demons.
She dodges the first demon’s attack and uses a hand-lock to put him on the ground, uses a double-kick-toss to throw a second one into the first, dodges and then claws the third, and knocks the fourth off a ledge.
This fight doesn't look big, but features a nice combination of skill and ferocity.
Single-handedly destroys at least 22 Doombots, knocking many of their heads off.
Note that she is not wearing her Hellcat uniform.
These seem to not be the most powerful Doombots, but Doombots can be serious foes. For example, one Doombot took repeated blows and blasts from Luke Cage, Carole Danvers, and Jessica Jones. Another took repeated blasts from Victor Mancha and Karolina Dean. Others are more easily defeated. However, Reed Richards does say that a Doombot is supposed to be able to stand in for Doom, and be just as effective as him.
I don't want to make too big a deal out of this; I don't think these are top-of-the-line Doombots. But beating 22 of any robot at once is pretty damn good.
Patsy has the Shadow Cloak. At least 9 mind-controlled female scientists attack.
These women are not trained fighters. Patsy defeats them while having to hold back from hurting them, and one by one taking away their mind control. The end of the fight isn’t shown on panel but it is clear that she wins.
Helps She-hulk defeat a horde of zombies.
This took place while Patsy was in Hell. The fight doesn’t show all the details, but we see Patsy kick Scarlet Witch in the face, draw blood from Firestar with her foot claws, dodge a blast from Firestar, and break some heavy chains off Justice. These pages aren’t all sequential.
Patsy transformed into a more devilish version of herself on a couple of occasions, when influenced by demons like Satan and Avarrish. She was able to blast people with mystic power in this form.
Comparisons with Tigra and the Original Cat Costume, AKA Scale-o-Mania
Obviously, Patsy's powers and history are very intertwined with those of Greer Nelson, The Cat/Tigra.
Greer Nelson: From the Cat to Tigra
First, Hellcat’s suit, which most stories describe as the source of her powers, was originally designed for Greer Nelson, when she was The Cat. (As described in the intro, the original Cat stories said Greer got her powers from scientific experiments that directly affected her body, but this has been ignored since then.) So Cat-era Greer Nelson feats should pretty much all be replicable by Patsy.
Dr. Tremulo, who made the suit, says it was “designed to give outworlders the powers of our people through artificial means.” It succeeded and made Greer “something very like an artificial Tigra.” So the suit is near-Tigra level.
However, Nelson has said that the Cat suit was “designed to extend any woman’s strengths, but especially mine!”, implying it might enhance other women less than it does for Greer. So the Cat may have abilities slightly higher than Hellcat.
Once Greer turned into Tigra, her abilities were enhanced.(somewhat contradicting the idea that the suit is Tigra-level on its own). Then they were enhanced again when she regained her Tigra form while wearing the Cat suit; seemingly the suit's powers and her Tigra powers were merged.
So, Patsy should have feats a few tiers below Tigra. However, this is not the case. When they fought against Whirlwind and Tiger Shark, they were equally effective. And when they fought recently when Tigra was mind-controlled, Patsy won.
The Cat's Powers: a Mini-Cat Respect Thread
Greer's powers as The Cat included enhanced strength and agility, enhanced intelligence and the ability to quickly absorb information. She had a sixth sense that was like intuition or empathy, where she could sense pain in other beings, as well as danger, and enhanced natural senses as well. These show the basics: one, two.
So Patsy should theoretically have all these abilities, at basically the same level. However, there are also Cat feats and abilities Patsy has never quite used, like Cat’s enhanced normal senses, or sense of intuition, or hyper-intelligence. Patsy’s magical senses are likely based on, but not the same as, Cat’s senses.
The Cat's Senses and Intuition
The Cat's Strength
The Owl notes that she is “amazingly strong.”
The Cat's Durability
The Cat's Agility/Dodging/Speed
Spidey says she “almost” caught him. She punches Spidey: he gets dizzy, says “that lady really packs a whallop.”
The Cat's Skills
The Cat's Gear
The Cat's Fights
She has a long run of fights against Kraven where she typically does fairly well but then he wins through poisons or traps (fights: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5), did OK against Spider-man with some context involved, and fought evenly with Spider-woman, who was holding back on her venom blast, but says about Tigra, "She's an acrobatic wonder! She moves better than I do!"
Two Last Little Treats
Patsy in Jessica Jones on Netflix
Since we've spent so much time talking about Patsy's costume, I thought it would be fun to just drop these pics in here. Patsy, on this show, is a whole other ball of wax that maybe I'll deal with somewhere else someday. But I enjoyed how much they focused on her in the show, and really brought Hellcat alive in the last season.
That Time She Stole the Cosmic Cube from Thanos in His Thanos-Copter
OK, actually this was in a Spidey Super Stories issue. But it was awesome! I am mostly just putting this here because, Thanos-Copter aside, not everyone seems to know this is a non-canon series. It was a kids' series sparked off the Electric Company show.
Hope you enjoyed learning about the happy-go-lucky Hellcat! Good-bye!