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Patrick is a character in the novel The Perks Of Being Wallflower. He is a friend of Charlie's, and is best friends with his stepsister, Sam. Initially in the novel, Charlie introduces him as "Nothing." In the film, he was portrayed by Ezra Miller.


In The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Patrick was a very bold, outgoing, funny type, who was never afraid of an adventure. When we first meet Patrick, in both the novel and the film, Charlie explains him making fun of their shop class teacher, Mr.Callahan. To prove his fearless demeanor, towards the end of his senior year, Patrick pulled a prank on him be spray painting all the tools in his shop pink.

Throughout the film, Patrick is seen continuously making witty comments, making people laugh, and is always seen to be high on life. He is extremely friendly and approachable. However, Patrick is also shown to have other layers. While never being described as "out," Patrick is identified as a homosexual within his close circle of friends. Despite his sexuality, Patrick refuses to let this side of him define anymore of who he is than the rest of him does. Midway through the story, Charlie explains that Patrick found himself in a private relationship with Brad, the quarterback at Mill Grove High School.  Nearing the end of the story, the two decide to go their separate ways, leaving Patrick feeling as though you "can't save anybody."

Much as Stephen Chbosky explains in the commentary version of the film, even at Patrick's low point, he isn't even found in his own sorrow. Patrick is only found crying once in the film, although he is seen crying countless times to Charlie in the novel over his break up with Brad. Charlie describes the best thing about Patrick as being that he never changes no matter the setting and situation. He can be relied upon to crack jokes to cheer others up and bring optimism to life.  



Sam and Patrick were step brother and sister. From the very beginning the two seemed to be attached at the hip. Before becoming siblings Patrick was among the 'popular' crowd but claims he was cast out when Sam introduced him to good music. This change in social status apparently has never bothered him since he shares many interests with his sister. They both share a loving bond and care for each other as blood siblings. In both the film and the novel, the step siblings shared many laughs, and had a very similar witty sense of humour.  Patrick was incredibly wild and outspoken, which brought Sam's wildest sides out.  

Their undeniable closeness and easy going demeanour made it especially easy for Charlie to feel welcomed and at home. Despite not growing up together as young children they tend to present a united front and deep, almost symbiotic understanding of one another. When Charlie is first talking with Patrick and Sam at the diner he mistakes them for a very happy couple.


Patrick and Sam visiting Charlie after he got out of the hospital.

It is implied that they have no secrets from one another as they seem to know everything in each other's past and personal life. Both occasionally display strong protectiveness toward each other, as seen when Patrick warns Charlie away from his sister and in Sam, when Brad's friends are beating Patrick. The two got along better than typical teenage siblings, as they not only shared the same group of friends, but seemed to never leave each other's company.  In the film, at homecoming they displayed a dance together called "The Living Room Routine", which implies that they made it together one night in their living room.  The two meant the world to each other and would never fail to bring out the brightest sides in one another.


Patrick and Brad have a difficult relationship. They first recognized their attraction to one another when they began talking and then drunkenly making out at a party in junior year. Brad was tormented by his internalized homophobia and could only be intimate with Patrick while drunk or high (though according to Patrick the former was always less intoxicated than he pretended to be). Over the next year their meetings were in secluded places (such as the golf course) and at parties. After every encounter Brad insisted he remembered nothing. The drinking and drugs increased over the course of months until things came to a head when they had sex for the first time. In order to hide Brad's sexuality and their romantic relationship he and Patrick continued to ignore each other in school.

They break up after Brad's father catches them together and begins to brutally beat his son. In the school cafeteria, Brad calls Patrick a "faggot" because Brad does not want his friends believing they are friends. Patrick attacks Brad, but Brad's friends beat him up. Charlie intervenes, lunging at Brad's friends, but blacks out. When he comes to, he finds he has bruised knuckles and the boys are on the floor in pain. Charlie helps Patrick to his feet and coldly warns Brad, "Touch my friends again, and I'll blind you". Despite his display of contempt Brad privately thanks Charlie for saving Patrick from his friends, indicating that he still cares for his now ex-boyfriend. Patrick, Sam and Charlie reconcile. In the novel, Patrick falls into an uncharacteristic depression following the break-up and cafeteria fight. During this period he spends most of his time trying to numb himself with alcohol, picking up men, and taking comfort in his friendship with Charlie. It is when he sees Brad with another man that he realizes he must also move on.

Charlie Edit

Patrick is the first friend that Charlie makes in high school. Charlie first takes an interest in him during shop class after Patrick's impression of their teacher amuses the class (and in the novel also their teacher). They first properly meet when Charlie plucks up to courage to approach Patrick during a football game. The latter takes an immediate liking to Charlie, as does Sam, and the two sweep Charlie immediately under their wing. Despite the three year age difference Patrick and Sam both find the quiet freshman very endearing and absorb him into their circle. They grow close very quickly. In the novel (following Charlie having a sexual dream about Sam) Patrick takes it upon himself to educate his younger friend about sex, girls, and masturbation. Both Patrick and Sam tend to take a protective mentor role toward Charlie but also embrace his eccentricities. Patrick and Charlie's friendship remains strong though they sometimes have long gaps in seeing each other.

When the game of truth or dare creates strife between the group of friends Patrick is the one to explain the history between Sam and Mary Elizabeth and that Charlie should stay away for a while. Despite this Charlie becomes very worried when he discovers what happened between Patrick and Brad. The younger teen is forced to defy the warning to stay away when Brad's friends begin beating Patrick in the cafeteria brawl. Charlie's threat against the football players shows how valued their friendship is. At one point in the novel Patrick jokingly remarks that he would never want to date Charlie, to which Charlie replies that if he were gay he would want to date Patrick.

After the messy break-up with Brad it is Charlie that Patrick relies on for comfort. They often drive together, reminisce, tell funny stories, or share silence. In the film, this is presented in a single scene where they discuss Brad's father finding Brad and Patrick together. Patrick tries to cheer himself up by saying he is free and just needs to find a 'good guy'. Then, looking at Charlie and realizing there is one such guy in his life, he kisses Charlie. Immediately after Patrick realizes his mistake and apologizes. Charlie holds him while Patrick cries. In the novel Patrick's grief and frequently intoxicated state leads him to seek comfort in kissing Charlie a number of times during his depression. Out of a desire to be a good friend Charlie participates in this despite not being attracted to Patrick. This does not effect their friendship negatively and stops once Patrick recovers. When Charlie is in the hospital Patrick visits him a few times, once bringing their mutual friends and a letter from Sam. After Sam, Charlie is the person Patrick is closest to and this remains so through the end of the novel and film.


Patricks friends include Mary-Elizabeth, Sam, Alice, Bob, Brad and Charlie.


  • In the movie trailer, Patrick Nothing is written in the namespace of Patrick's assignment evaluation.
  • In the movie, he has Nothing Hates U on his graduataion cap.
  • In the movie, Mr.Callahan, nicknames Patrick "Patty Cakes", while Patrick replies,"My name is Patrick; You either call me Patrick or you call me nothing." Thus begining the nickname "Nothing".

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