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"No one touches me anymore unless I want them to."
―Trish Walker[src]

Patricia "Trish" Walker is a former model and child TV star, turned successful radio talk show host, and the adoptive sister/best friend of Jessica Jones. Overcoming her past as an abused child star that led into a drug addiction, Walker became instrumental in Jones' quest to stop Kilgrave, while also engaging in a failed relationship with Will Simpson.

Biography

Rise to Fame

"Highest paid child star in television history? That's a pretty charmed life."
Will Simpson[src]

Dorothy Walker and her daughter Patricia lived in a one bedroom apartment before Trish became a star.[1] As a child, Walker was an actress who played a red-headed character named "Patsy" on a television show called It's Patsy. Though she had fans that practically worshiped her with gifts,[2] was the highest paid child star in television history,[3] and even had a popular toy line [2] and comic book, [4] Walker hated that time of her life, wishing even into adulthood that she could be a superhero.[3] Not helping matters was Dorothy being controlling and abusive to her daughter.[1]

Decay and sister Jessica

"If you tell anybody, I'm gonna tell everybody that you're a pathetic victim of child abuse. They'll make a Lifetime movie about it. "Stolen Childhood: The Patsy Walker Story". I'd be saving you."
Jessica Jones[src]
Patsy at Hospital

The Walkers meet Jessica Jones

Dorothy's meddling and Walker's difficulties with fame lead to erratic behavior.[5] She became a drug addict,[1] and seemingly caused a fire in a nightclub. For damage control, Dorothy decided to adopt one of Patsy's classmates, Jessica Jones, after Jones lost her entire family in a car crash.

Young Trish & Jess

Trish discovers her adopted sister has powers

During one of the arguments with Dorothy where Patsy wound up hit in the arm with a People's Choice Award, Walker entered the bathroom and discovered Jessica had super-strength. They had a deal where Walker wouldn't reveal about Jones' enhanced powers, and Jones would not make her adoptive sister's troubled life public. One day, Dorothy tried to force Walker into vomiting feeling her daughter had gained weight, and Jessica came to Walker's rescue by punching Dorothy into a wall.[5] Eventually Walker managed to become estranged from Dorothy, also managing to leave the drugs behind.[6]

Patsy becomes Trish

Jewel Suit

Walker tells Jessica Jones to be a hero

"I don't get you. You have money, looks, a radio show, creepy if not adoring fans, and you're a freaking household name. What more do you want?"
"To save the world, of course."
Jessica Jones and Trish Walker[src]

At adulthood, Walker reinvented herself as Trish Walker, host of acclaimed radio talk show Trish Talk on WNEX Station.[3] She still encouraged Jessica into using her powers to be a hero.[7] Walker had a suit and mask created and suggested to Jones that she use the moniker "Jewel"; looking at the tight-fitting outfit, Jones scoffed at the idea, saying her name would be "camel-toe" if she wore that. Walker told Jones that though she was rich and had a talk show, she envied Jones and wished she had powers.[3]

Jessica Jones Returns

"You could've used the door."
―Trish Walker to Jessica Jones[src]
Trish Meeting

Walker has a meeting with Zack and Nicole

For six months after the supposed death of Kilgrave, Walker had not heard a word from Jessica Jones, making her feel shut out. To make sure Jones had not died, Walker kept tabs on her. This way she found out that Jones had become a private investigator. [7] While in her apartment, Walker discussed with Zack and Nicole about future editions of Trish Talk and booking Madeleine Albright or Channing Tatum. As Walker noticed Jones climbing on the balcony, she sent both Zack and Nicole away, saying she'd continue the talk at the station.[7]

Walker Jones reunion

Walker is approached by Jessica Jones

Walker then opened the balcony door to see what her long absent friend wanted. Walker told Jones that she could have used the frontdoor, but since Jones was not sure if Walker would open and since it was something important for a case Jones had decided that this was the better option. After discussing how Walker knew that Jones became a private investigator Jones asked for money. This suprised Walker, since she had not seen Jones in six months. Just in time Walker stopped Jones from climbing down again and asked what was so important.

Walked Kilgrave back

Jones tells Walker about Kilgrave's return

Jones told her that Kilgrave was back in action and that she wanted enough money to avoid him. Walker dismissed Jones' request, citing that Kilgrave is dead and that his could be a symptom of the Post Traumatic Stress Disorder that she suffered from. This frustrated Jones who told her about Hope Shlottman's case and how it all was the same as what happened to her. At first Walked wanted to call the police, but Jones stopped her from doing so, she then tried to get Jones to save Shlottman. Ultimately, Walker gave Jones an envelope of cash.[7]

For Your Protection

Trish Jones help

Walker tries to get Jones to quit ignoring her

"I'm life-threatening, Trish. Steer clear of me."
"I don't do that."
Jessica Jones and Trish Walker[src]

The next day, Walker had a driver take her to Jessica Jones' Apartment Building where she saw Jessica Jones walking toward the building; Walker approached Jones, but Jones continued as if she had not seen her. Walker asked if she deserved to be ignored, especially after she gave so much money the night earlier. Jones acquiesced.

Trish misses Jones

Walker is told about Kilgrave's survival

Entering the Alias Investigations Office for the first time, Walker spoke hesitantly, deciding to say that the place looked nice, despite seeing a broken window covered with cardboard and a door without a lock falling off its hinges. Jones was not fooled, telling Walker that she knew her true opinion by the tone of voice. Jones handed Walker her money and asked her to forget about her because she did not want her hurt by Kilgrave. Walker suggested that Jones move to her place since it would be safer than there; Jones scoffed at the idea that any place was safe from Kilgrave. Hearing that, Walker asked Jones what she would do should she and Kilgrave meet again; she did not get a response.

Walker call leg

Walker gets a call about Jones breaking the repairman's leg

Walker called a repairman to fix Jones' door and had a glass company make another office window for Alias Investigations. However, she failed to inform Jones and, while in a meeting with Zack at WNEX Station, Walker received a phone call telling her that Jones broke the repairman's leg. She told Jones that she would pay for the medical expenses. Executives entered the office and Zack told Walker to cover her bruised arms, which she quickly did with a suit jacket.

Trish Trains

Walker learns self-defense with trainer

Later, Walker was with her personal trainer, learning how to avoid being shot in a brawl, when she decided to take a break and get a glass of water. The phone rang; Jones said hello. Jones said that the office logo on the new window was different from the original; Walker quipped that her new design was better, even though she never saw the old. Jones teased her about how she resembled her mother; Walker took offense. She then cut the conversation short when Jones agreed for them to do lunch as blood dripped from her nose into her glass of water. Walker returned to her personal trainer and demanded more sessions and an increased regimen.[8]

The Interview

Walker Shlottman interview

Walker interviews Hope Shlottman over the phone

Jessica Jones went to Walker hoping she could take some blame off Hope Shlottman by featuring her on Trish Talk, and asking about any doctors Walker knew so she could get the anesthetics that could hinder Kilgrave's powers. Walker eventually accepted, and talked with Shlottman over the phone.

Walker Kilgrave interview

Walker unknowingly interviews Kilgrave

During the interview, Shlottman described how she tried hard to resist the command of Kilgrave to kill her parents, but ultimately his directive prevailed. She revealed that she loved her parents and, though she is remorseful for what she did, she does not believe it was her fault. Jeri Hogarth then spoke as if Shlottman was insane, so Walker defended her to her listeners. When Walker began taking phone calls, Kilgrave himself called and asked Walker the wisdom in insulting him if he truly had mind-control powers. Shlottman screamed and rattled her chains upon hearing her tormentor's voice. Jones was quick to figure out who the voice belonged to and cut off the power to the show; she, then, grabbed Walker and exited the building. As they proceded down the lobby, Walker was approached from behind and she slammed the person to the ground, it turned out to be a fan who wanted Walker's autograph; they left. [4]

Kilgrave Attacks Trish

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Will Simpson's Guilt

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Walker calls Jessica Jones for help

Walker awakened to a noise outside her door; Will Simpson returned with another officer and Simpson was attempting to knock down the door of her apartment. Walker, scared, called Jessica Jones and relayed to her the situation. Jones told Walker to hide in the safe room and await her arrival.

TrishWalker-ShowsNeckWound

Walker confronts Will Simpson for his attack

Upon Jones' arrival, they watched as Simpson rammed the door, hoping to get to the body of Walker; Jones then realized that Simpson was still under the impression that he killed Walker. The two revealed to Simpson that Walker survived Simpson's attack, but, after seeing Walker's scars, he began to feel ashamed. When Jones called Walker "dramatic", Walker became offended.

TrishWalker-RadioShow-S1E4

Walker publicly apologises to Kilgrave

Jones had Walker leave the apartment and go to the WNEX and have a show; on "Trish Talk", Walker publicly apologized to Kilgrave for her insults during the Hope Shlottman interview; Jones knew that Kilgrave would be listening and hoped that this display would stop him from having Walker attacked.

Trish

Walker and Jessica Jones discuss Kilgrave

Walker hated doing it and told Jones such, after she did it. Suddenly Jones ran toward a man taking photographs, but stopped when she saw she was not the intended picture. Walker had her best friend reveal that Kilgrave had someone following her.

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Will Simpson returns to apologise to Walker

Later, Simpson, with a box, returned to Walker's apartment and asked for entry; he was adamantly denied. Walker listened as Simpson told her that he had something personal that he wanted to present to her. She told him to place it by her door but for him to distance himself as she opened the door to retrieve it. She discovered that Simpson has given her an illegal gun for her protection. She aimed it at her intercom system as he talks.

TrishWalker-WelcomesSimpson-S1E4

Walker decides to forgive Will Simpson

Eventually, the two talked about their past with the locked door between them. Walker, feeling comfortable somewhat, allowed Simpson to enter, but she held her gun at the ready.[2] Walker and Simpson then spent the night together.[3]

Putting on Her Cape

The next morning, Walker was awakened by the cunnilingus of Will Simpson. Suddenly, Jessica Jones pounded on the door since Walker refused to answer her phone. When Jones entered Trish Walker's Apartment, she told Walker how she had been following Malcolm Ducasse and that Kilgrave would be hard to tranquilize. Walker frowned when Simpson appeared in his underwear and joined the conversation. Trish would be the driver in a plan to capture Kilgrave. While she, Jessica and Simpson managed to abduct him in a restaurant and take him away in a van, paid bodyguards follow the trio and manage to release their boss following a fight where Trish is knocked down with a taser shot.[3]

Cleaning Up A Mess

Jessica Jones and Trish Walker

Walker tries to change Jessica Jones' mind.

Walker refused to answer Jessica Jones' phone calls, wanting to have information on Kilgrave when they talked and not wanting to hear Jones say that the botched kidnapping was her fault. To that end, Walker went to a top-notch security agency and asked for a detail, pretending that an ex-lover was stalking her.[6] Walker went to Jessica's apartment while Simpson checked on Kilgrave's whereabouts. At her apartment, Walker found only Jones' neighbor Malcolm Ducasse, who had called WNEX Station constantly asking to speak to Walker, to the point that he was thought to be a stalker. Ducasse said that Jones was out and was soon to make a life-changing mistake and he called her to help prevent it.

Walker became impatient as Ducasse kept hinting, but not saying what was occurring. Walker and Ducasse walked towards Jones' bedroom door which was ajar. Ducasse warned her not to scream upon entry; Walker rolled her eyes and told him she would not. Ducasse revealed to her the bloody body of Ruben, who was forced to commit suicide by Kilgrave; Walker screamed in fright. Walker then reached into her purse, pulled out her gun, and aimed it at Ducasse, asking him what he had done.

Ducasse explained that situation. Walker then cleaned the bedroom of blood and had Ducasse dispose of the corpse.[6] Walker had just finished cleaning the blood of Ruben when Jessica Jones entered the Alias Investigations Office; she told Walker that she had been trying to contact her and was surprised that she was there. Trish tried talking Jones out of her plan to evade Kilgrave by getting imprisoned in a Supermax, but Jones still felt afraid of what Kilgrave could do and asked where Malcolm was.[6]

Kilgrave's Captivity

Seeing both Will Simpson taking a leave of absence and Jessica Jones not being imprisoned in the precinct where she would perform her plan, Walker called Jones. She answered while under Kilgrave's captivity in her old family home, telling things were under control and she would keep in touch with Walker.

Walker would eventually find Simpson on the street as he recruited a new team, including Robinson and Ken, for another mission on Kilgrave. Simpson claimed that Kilgrave had gotten away allowing them to live a normal life, but Walker insisted that they could not until Jones felt safe. Simpson expressed his fear of Walker getting hurt and insisted that they get out of Jones' way so she could deal with Kilgrave alone.

Days later, Jones came to Trish Walker's Apartment. Kilgrave let her spend some time alone to contemplate the new partnership, and Jones wanted to know what Walker would do in the situation.[9]

Simpson wound up suffering a bomb attack, and was rescued by Walker. She took him to Metro-General Hospital as he was to see Doctor Kozlov, despite Walker finding out he was not listed in the staff. After Simpson had a hospital bed and waited for Kozlov to arrive, he told Walker that she had to kill Kilgrave using a gun he gave her, specially as Simpson felt Jones would not do the deed. Once Kozlov and his nurses came, Walker was forced to leave.[10]

Kilgrave's Escape

Walker went to the hermetically-sealed room that was prepared to hold Kilgrave captive, and prevented Jessica Jones from killing him in anger. Once Jones showed Walker about Kilgrave's origins, they decided that finding his parents would be the best way to glean a confession. Jones figured out that they were Albert and Louise Thompson, former scientists at the University of Manchester.

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Walker attempts to shoot Kilgrave

Walker was among the people present when the Thompsons entered Kilgrave's cell to try to speak to him to glean a video confession or demonstration of his power usage. Once the plan goes awry and Louise died, Walker refused to watch the slaughter and fired her gun, shattering the protective glass and allowing Kilgrave prominence. After shooting Kilgrave in the arm which allowed him to escape from his room, he ordered Walker to put a bullet in her skull; however, her gun was empty, allowing Kilgrave to escape with the help of Oscar Clemons.[10]

She later was getting whole bullets and bashing them against her head trying to comply to the command, which Jones managed to fulfill by putting one shell inside Walker's mouth and then ordering her to spit it out. [11]

Making an Antidote

Jones tells the others that she is immuned to Kilgrave's power, that Thompson reveals is an airborne virus that he thinks can be permanently cured. Walker and Thompson go to his hotel room to create the antidote while Jones goes to find Kilgrave. That night, Simpson arrives in the hotel. Walker noted that Simpson's pupils were dilated which he blamed on his medication. He introduced himself to Albert Thompson who was explained to be Kilgrave's father who was working on the vaccine while fighting off Kilgrave's powers. Upon learning Thompson was Kilgrave's father, Simpson fell into a rage and attacked both Thompson and Walker, he tried to apologize but was ordered to leave the room and locked outside by Walker. She steals a vial of pills from her now former boyfriend's pocket. When morning comes, the vaccine is finished and Jessica comes, warning that Kilgrave had captured Hope and would exchange her for his father.[11]

Rescuing Jessica

"Just had to be a hero, didn't you?"
"I learned it from you."
Jessica Jones and Trish Walker[src]

After the hostage exchange at Niku, which ended with Hope Shlottman dead and both Kilgrave and Albert Thompson disappeared, Walker picked up Jessica Jones near the restaurant. Walker stated she sympathized with Jones' plan to trade Thompson for Shlottman's safety, but Jones believes that Thompson is dead, so she and Walker check Riverbank Medical Center to see if his corpse is in the morgue, to get clues to the whereabouts of Kilgrave. There Walker uses her connections, booking a table at the restaurant Saterre, to get permission from clerk Maury Tuttlebaum. When that failed, Walker warns Jones of the effects of the human body without sleep.

The next day, Walker was forced to interrupt a broadcast of Trish Talk to talk to a visiting Will Simpson, who told her he was losing control due to the Combat Enhancers and quit the program trying to make amends. She made it clear she did not wish to speak to him, calling his actions violent and scary. Simpson explained that Kozlov's drugs made him angry and so he quit. Walker accepted his apology and Simpson asked where Jessica Jones was so he could apologize to her before asking Walker out for dinner. As he left, Jones then texted Walker asking to be picked up on the street. Jones was brought to Walker's apartment to treat injuries, as she had just been hit by a truck mistaking a bystander in a purple suit for Kilgrave.[5]

Later that day, Walker called Jones angry that she had left despite being in a bad condition. Jones, who had returned to Riverbank, told Walker that Oscar Clemons was dead, with his body all burned up. Both arranged to meet at Jones' apartment. While leaving her apartment, Walker found Simpson. Walker told him to go home, so Simpson told her how much he liked her and wanted to make things right, blaming the events on bad medication again. When Simpson questioned if she was going out to help Jones, Walker became suspicious and Simpson explained he needed to stop Jones so he could kill Kilgrave for murdering his men.

As they were speaking, two of Kozlov's soldiers, led by McManus, came to collect Simpson, claiming that the doctor was worried about him and they recommended that Walker leave before things got messy. Simpson made it clear that he was not coming back to the program but McManus insisted that they would not leave without him. Instead, Simpson told Walker to return home before swallowing two Combat Enhancers and claiming he could handle things; he then drew his gun and shot both men down while Walker watched in horror. Walker was then locked in her safe room, hearing as Simpson dragged the bodies inside and answered her phone when Jones called Walker; after Simpson left to meet Jones, Walker picked up a dumbbell and started breaking the door hinges to let herself free.[5]

Simpson had kept Jessica in a chokehold until Walker arrived, hitting his head with a fire extinguisher. The women lock themselves in the bathroom to temporarily avoid Simpson's advancements. Knowing Jones was not strong enough yet to beat him, Walker decided to take one of Simpson's Combat Enhancers, much to both Simpson's and Jones' dismay. Her strength increased, Walker began to pummel Simpson, for a while, though was ultimately, not a match for him. Her attack however gave Jones the window she needed to rush Simpson, throw him across the kitchen, slam his head into the cabinets, and slam the refrigerator on top of him, finally subduing him. Walker felt empowered after the fight and wondered if that was the way that Jones felt all the time. Suddenly, she lost the ability to breathe and collapsed. Jones started performing CPR as she awaited an ambulance. In the ride to the hospital, an EMT was able to save Walker's life by giving her an injection that countered the drugs.[5]

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Personality

Trish is a very determined, tough, headstrong, and almost fearless woman, capable of taking any challenge that is required of her for those she cares for, namely her adoptive sister Jessica Jones. Throughout her childhood, Trish was forced to live up to others expectations of her, from the fans that adored her, to own her abusive mother. The pressures of fame and being abused made her more erratic and self destructive as she grew up, leading to drug addiction. Despite this, she bonded with Jessica after she saved her from Trish's mother and she began to turn her life around, becoming a highly successful talk show host. However, she was also hardened by her troubled life, making her greatly obsessed with overcoming weaknesses, taking up self defense classes that left her with bruises and a bloody nose, continuing on even when she was injured. Despite this, she is also very much capable of social interactions, having befriended her coworkers and had a romantic relationship with Will Simpson. She was shown willing to not only defend herself but also willing to kill, especially after Will Simpson nearly killed her due to Kilgrave's influence. She not only held up Oscar Clemons with her revolver, but also tried to shoot Kilgrave when he was using his powers to get his parents to kill themselves.

Abilities

  • Martial Artist: Due to the abuse she suffered as a child, Walker began training in self-defense techniques of Krav Maga, though she was injured during these lessens. She resorted to use what she learned when Will Simpson attacked her at her apartment. Notably, she was able to catch Jessica Jones off guard and body slam her into the floor.
  • Multilingual: Walker used her ability to speak French to get Maury Tuttlebaum a seat in the restaurant Saterre.

Equipment

Weapons

  • Smith & Wesson Model 637: Walker received this revolver as a gift from Will Simpson, in order to make her feel safe following the assassination attempt she suffered from Simpson himself under Kilgrave's enthrallment. She began to carry it around, pointing at Simpson all times until she began to trust him, at Malcolm Ducasse when he startled her inside Alias Investigations Office, and at Oscar Clemons to disarm him. Walker also tried to use it to prevent Kilgrave from killing his own parents, but Kilgrave ordered her to put a bullet in her skull. Fortunately for her, Walker had run out of ammo, and after shooting the empty gun, she tried to manually place a bullet in her forehead. Jessica Jones helped her by making her place a bullet in her mouth, technically following Kilgrave's command.

Relationships

Family

Allies

Enemies

  • Kilgrave † - Former Enthraller
  • Will Simpson - Attempted Killer turned Love Interest turned Attacker

Appearances

Appearances for Trish Walker

In chronological order:

Trivia

  • In the comics, Patricia "Patsy" Walker was one of Marvel's oldest female characters, originating from "Miss America". Originally, her first adventures are only teenage romantic comedy. Patsy eventually becomes a costume vigilante herself, under the alias Hellcat and a member of both the Avengers and the Defenders. It was revelated that her teenage life's adventures were only comics fiction in Marvel comics in-universe itself invented by her mother, Dorothy Walker. This "teenage past" is hinted to her live-action counterpart who had a child starlet past, aggressively controlled by her mother.
  • Walker is coulrophobic, she is afraid of clowns.
  • While Rachael Taylor's other tattoos are covered by make-up, the "Matthew" on the her right wrist is visible when Walker holds a gun at Malcolm.

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