First Appearance: Take this Job and rm -f it (August 26, 2004)
Full Name: Patricia Johnson
Known Aliases: Patty
Height: 5' (152.4 cm)
Weight: 110 lb (49.90 kg)
Hair: "Dirty" blond
Distinguishing Characteristics: Glasses, freckles
Marital Status: Single
Patty is an employee of GPF Software. She first encountered Fooker when they both worked as contractors at Regional Telecom. Dwayne brought in Patty as a contractor during an expansion of new work and she eventually became a full-time employee of GPF Software. She now serves as one of the company's junior developers.
It was at Regional Telecom that Patty rather accidentally became entangled with the elite secret society of hackers known as the Brotherhood of the Twisted Pair. Unceremoniously drafted against her will by Scott, she now seems to get unwittingly caught up in whatever bizarre Brotherhood business he and Tim initiate, including their search for "the One", the fabled geek Messiah who will lead all of geekdom into a future age of technological enlightenment.
Patty is very gruff and rough around the edges, tending to let sarcasm be her answer for just about everything. It turns out that this abrasive personality is a defense mechanism against intimacy, as she prefers not to get very close to anyone. This probably stems from an incident where she sabotaged her own wedding, jilting her groom into leaving her at the altar. She now steers well clear of any sort of romantic attachments as well as most other personal relationships, although Dexter could end up being the one to thaw her icy exterior.
In Sharon's dream world of Harry Barker, Patty appears to fill the role of Minerva McGonagall from Harry Potter. She is a teacher at Hollerith's School of Phreaking and Hacking and is the head of the Torvalds Subnet. In the dream, her last name is "McDongle", a mesh of the McGonagall character from Potter and the fact that Sharon didn't know Patty's real last name.
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Some Faulties repeatedly confuse Patty for Maddie O'Hara and vice versa. This is probably due to their similar appearances; they are both shorter females with brownish ponytails and glasses. Even their names are somewhat similar. This is compounded by the fact that the two are very rarely seen in the same scene together; to date, this has only occurred once, at Nick and Ki's wedding. Their noses are the best way to tell them apart; Maddie's is triangular and pointed, while Patty's is round. Maddie's hair is brown while Patty's is "dirty blonde", although both appear as a light gray in gray scale strips. Maddie has a number of loose locks of hair that typically hang down from her temples, while Patty does not. Patty also typically has a few loose bangs that stick out over her forehead. Patty also has very small freckles on her cheeks where Maddie does not.