|“||So You Want Me To Tame The Wild Beast?||”|
|relationships||Katrina Stratford (Girlfriend)|
|Portrayed By||Heath Ledger|
Patrick Verona, described by a The New York Times reviewer as a "rough-edged outsider" and "teenage rebel" who hangs out at a pool hall, smokes cigarettes, and drinks. He speaks in a partly Australian dialect (often lapsing into American) because he lived in Australia until he was ten. He is based on Petruchio, the male lead of The Taming of the Shrew, and his last name is a reference to his hometown, Verona in the play, coincidentally the setting of Romeo and Juliet.
Patrick is the rebel teenager. He smokes and drinks and does not care about anything. He was paid 50 dollars to take Kat out on a date so her sister Bianca can date Cameron. But Patrick ends up falling in Iove with Kat.