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Patrick McGuire (Wonder Woman ally) (DC Comics)

Patrick McGuire


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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game

Context

So this is not the Patrick MacGuire of the Newsboy Legion, but the Patrick McGuire who appeared in Wonder Woman. Specifically during the late 1960s “karate mod era”, when Diana had lost her powers and was an adventuring martial artist.

Having featured in this notable Wonder Woman era is his main claim to fame, but if you need a veteran air transportation specialist in a story, it’d be fun to bring him back.


Background

  • Real Name: Patrick McGuire.
  • Marital Status: Unrevealed.
  • Known Relatives: None.
  • Group Affiliation: His own company.
  • Base Of Operations: Airports throughout the US and Pacific.
  • Height: 5’11” Weight: 190 lbs.
  • Eyes: Blue Hair: Brownish red


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Powers and Abilities

McGuire is a veteran military pilot from WWII. He apparently also has extensive experience as an infantryman.

He furthermore exhibited excellent driving skills, and could steer a river boat. Thus, McGuire may have quite the adventurous background.


History

Patrick McGuire, possibly the only comic book Irish-descended character named Patrick yet NOT nicknamed “Paddy”, was an American pilot during WWII.

He once was downed in China, and he knew about Japanese weapons. Therefore, it seems likely that McGuire was a part of the American Volunteer Group air force, best known as the Flying Tigers, alongside legendary pilot Gregory Boyington .

When McGuire’s Curtiss  crashed in China, he was rescued by I-Ching and friends of his. It may have been the hidden monastery where I-Ching studied, although that is not certain. Nevertheless, Ching et al. nursed him back to health and helped him go back to friendly lines, earning his undying gratitude.


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Flash forward to 1970

McGuire and Ching presumably had contacts after the war. In 1970, Ching called him to quickly go back to China, and McGuire jumped at the chance to help him. He was also carrying another passenger, Lu Shan, who was later revealed to be Ching’s daughter. Ching was accompanied by Diana Prince. Like most men meeting her, McGuire was instantly smitten with her.

In Hong Kong, Ching and Diana ran afoul of a nefarious plan by Dr. Cyber to destroy the city with artificial earthquakes. The criminal Tiger Tong also tried to kill them. Incensed that somebody would try to kill “his girl”, McGuire performed some remarkable acts of bravery to help Diana. He also sided with her after Ching was shot by Lu Shan.

Together, Diana and McGuire fought the forces of Dr Cyber and prevented the destruction of Honk Kong.

Slow boat out of China

Meanwhile, however, Ching had left the hospital. He clandestinely entered the PRC. Despite the obvious risks, Diana was dead-set on following him into red country, and McGuire eventually caved in. He had her and himself disguised as Chinese peasants by a make-up artists he knew in Hong Kong. He then bravely flew a small single-prop above the frontier.

Though they almost made it, they were chased by a Mig. But McGuire escaped it long enough to crash-land and flee.

Diana and McGuire eventually made it to the village of Ashai, where Ching was waiting for them. All of Ashai’s inhabitants were to soon be forcibly moved into the north of China, a fate they dreaded more than death.

Using an abandoned river paddle-boat, Ching conceived a plan where the entire village would embark and reach the southern frontier. McGuire provided military coordination. He acted as an officer to the brave villagers as they clashed with Red Chinese ground, naval and air assets.

Although they suffered casualties, the villagers, McGuire, Ching and Diana made it to Hong Kong. McGuire enjoyed wining and dining Diana once before she had to leave, although circumstances meant he had to share the moment with the commander of the British police.


Description

See illustrations.


Personality

A WWII-era, tough pilot. McGuire is a pleasant, charming, joking man – but he’s also quite resourceful and well-versed in warfare and adventurous endeavours. He has a friendly rivalry with British military men, and is (or think of himself to be) a ladies’ man.

McGuire has the classic Irish temper of popular fiction. In particular, he thinks nothing of diving into deadly risks to impress a fair Colleen. He generally seems to be a good, courageous man with a big heart.


Quotes

“Champagne ? Not only do I own this freight line — I’m also the chief steward ! I also believe in the best for my human freight ! Sorry, I can’t join you – I’ll be driving soon.”

“Eddie, that wound has scrambled your brains. A British major — or any other major — taking away a girl Patrick McGuire has set his heart on…”

“Ain’t nobody shooting at MY girl !”

“Far as we can go in the Jeep – it’s all foot work now !”

“It’ll take the Mig time to circle and come back and hit us again ! Get out as fast as you can, Diana !”

“You others — rifle grenades – aim for their water lines !”

(Demonstrating the use of a Type 99 machinegun for anti-aircraft fire to Diana) “Well, if you’re awake — let me show you how to use a gun with a kick like this !” (braces against the bipod with both feet and lies on his back) “You’ve got to brace it — and then track the incoming plane — like that !” (BLOMP !!)


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Patrick McGuire

Dex: 04 Str: 02 Bod: 03 Motivation: Entrepreneur
Int: 03 Wil: 03 Min: 04 Occupation: Air freight company owner
Inf: 04 Aur: 03 Spi: 04 Resources {or Wealth}: 005
Init: 011 HP: 010

Skills:
Vehicles (Air, Land, Water): 05, Weaponry (firearms): 04

Advantages:
Leadership. Also he was in really good shape for a guy in his 50s in that era.

Connections:
I-Ching (High), Street (Low).

Drawbacks:
MIA toward beautiful women.

Equipment:
McGuire occasionally packs the omnipresent Walter P-38 [BODY 03, Projectile weapon: 04, Ammo: 08, R#03].

By Sébastien Andrivet.

Source of Character: Pre-Crisis Wonder Woman stuff.

Helper(s): John Colagioia.

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