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->''"So you see, I became the super-fast Flash on my Earth much as you became The Flash on yours!"''

->''"I'm Wally West. Good thing. I'm the fastest man alive."''

The Scarlet Speedster. The Sultan of Speed. The Fastest Man Alive. '''''[[TropeCodifier The]]''''' [[SuperSpeed Speedster]].

Not to be confused with [[strike:Macromedia]] AdobeFlash animation, or with [[Film/FlashGordon The Saviour of the Universe]], this is the SuperSpeed hero of Franchise/TheDCU, whose [[LegacyCharacter legacy]] stretches from TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks to today.

'''The Jay Garrick Era'''

The [[TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] Flash, '''Jay Garrick''', was, if not [[TropeMaker the first]], then the [[TropeCodifier most well known early]] [[WhenAllYouHaveIsAHammer single-power]] SuperHero. Earlier heroes were either Franchise/{{Superman}}-style characters with [[ComboPlatterPowers many different abilities]], or Franchise/{{Batman}}-style [[BadassNormal human vigilantes]]. Jay did one thing, and he did it well: run fast.

Jay was otherwise a fairly standard Golden Age hero. His SuperHeroOrigin involved a FreakLabAccident involving "hard water fumes".[[note]]Real world scientific research at the time had found that laboratory animals would, while exposed to some of the compounds present in hard water, have measurably faster metabolisms. Probably to eliminate those unpleasant chemicals from their bodies.[[/note]] (Later issues {{retcon}}ned this to "heavy water vapor", and later to being the result of activating a [[{{Mutants}} meta-gene]] for which the vapor was a catalyst.) He fought a mix of racketeers, saboteurs, normal criminals with a gimmick, aliens, and super-powered villains. Jay wasn't always careful to keep a SecretIdentity, which sometimes caused problems in his relationship with his [[LoveInterests girlfriend]], Joan Williams. (In a pleasant variation from the norm, Joan was in on his secret from the beginning.)

Jay Garrick was a popular enough character to headline two series of his own, Flash Comics and All-Flash Quarterly. He also appeared in All-Star Comics as part of the Justice Society of America, and occasionally in other anthologies such as Comics Calvacade. However, as the Golden Age came to an end, Jay left with it, eventually edged out of his own book by a trio of PluckyComicRelief characters known as The Three Dimwits.

'''The Barry Allen Era'''

TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks could be said to begin when its Flash, '''Barry Allen''', arrived on the scene. In the fourth issue of ''Showcase'', a try-out series for new concepts, DCComics brought back the idea of the Flash, but gave him a new costume, origin, and secret identity, creating the first SuperHero LegacyCharacter. Sales took off, and not long thereafter, he gained his own series, picking up the numbering where the original Flash had left off.

Barry was a police scientist, one of the precursors to ''Series/{{CSI}}''-style forensics. On a [[ItWasADarkAndStormyNight dark and stormy night]], he was working late in the lab. Just as he was standing against a rack of [[TechnicolorScience multicolored chemicals]], a [[LightningCanDoAnything lightning bolt]] flew through the window, striking the chemicals and causing them to spill all over Barry, leaving him soaked but unharmed. As he left the lab, he found himself running at super-speed to catch up with a cab, and the Flash was born.

''The Flash'' [[TropeMaker created many of the features]] of the Silver Age [[TheDCU DCU]]. In 1961, the story "Flash Of Two Worlds" was published. It featured Barry accidentally crossing the "vibration barrier" between [[AlternateUniverse dimensions]], and ending up in a world he dubbed "Earth-2", where Jay Garrick still lived, having retired from superheroing after marrying Joan. Thus, the first seeds of the [[TheMultiverse Infinite Earths]] were planted. He was also a founding member of the JusticeLeagueOfAmerica.

Along the way, he developed an impressive RoguesGallery of enemies who commanded incredible technology that always works through a particular theme. For example, Captain Cold had advanced freezing weapons, Heat Wave's [[CaptainObvious fired extreme heat]], Mirror Master's mirror based technology could do a myriad of things and Weather Wizard could control weather itself. Yet, for all this powerful tech, it's a [[RunningGag running joke]] that the vast majority of the gallery were ''really'' unambitious with it, considering they were [[CutLexLuthorACheck content to merely commit simple robberies with them]]. [[EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys Gorilla Grodd]] with his bigger fish, er... bananas, to fry, was an exception, as were [[EvilCounterpart Professor Zoom]], [[EvilTwin Cobalt Blue]], and [[MagicFromTechnology Abra Kadabra]].

A few years into his tenure, Barry picked up KidSidekick '''Wally West'''. Wally, the nephew of Barry's fiancée and eventual wife Iris, was visiting Barry at the lab when, suddenly, the FreakLabAccident [[ContrivedCoincidence repeated itself]], showering Wally in electrified chemicals and giving him the same powers. Barry dubbed him "Kid Flash" and let him in on the secret, taking him along on his adventures.

Barry's career lasted into TheBronzeAgeOfComicBooks, and took on the flavor of the era. Professor Zoom, Barry's EvilCounterpart, [[StuffedIntoTheFridge killed Iris]]. Barry grieved, but fell in love again, with Fiona Webb; however, on their wedding day, Zoom attacked again, and after a pitched battle, Barry snapped his neck just before he was about to kill Fiona. This led into the "Trial of Barry Allen" [[StoryArc arc]]; at the end, Barry was acquitted, it was revealed that Iris had been born in the future and saved by AppliedPhlebotinum, and they moved there together, giving the series a HappilyEverAfter ending. (Well, unless you're Fiona.)

Unfortunately, [[RuleOfDrama happy endings don't last long in comics]], and soon, Barry returned, warning the heroes of the ''CrisisOnInfiniteEarths''. He was kidnapped by the Anti-Monitor, the ''Crisis'' BigBad, but [[HeroicSacrifice sacrificed himself]] in order to save the universe from the Anti-Monitor's anti-matter cannon, running so fast that he disappeared from reality itself.

Now, not long before, Wally West had developed a disease that would kill him if he used his powers. During ''Crisis'', he was cured by an energy blast, and after angsting about it for a while, decided to carry on Barry's legacy by [[SidekickGraduationsStick becoming the new Flash]], which led into the rebooted ''Flash'' series.

'''The Wally West Era'''

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The early issues showed Wally as someone who was young, irresponsible, and not quite ready for the role of an A-list SuperHero. He was egotistical and womanizing, though it was obvious that he used this to cover up emotional problems. This was the version that the {{DCAU}} Flash was based on.

As the series went on, Wally matured. His speed, which had been limited to about the speed of sound after ''Crisis'', started increasing. He became good friends with the woman who would later be his steady love interest, reporter Linda Park. Subverting ThereAreNoTherapists, he actually got therapy. His SecretIdentity went public.

Then MarkWaid came on the series, and things ''really'' took off.

Wally was increasingly linked to the Flash legacy, and it to him. He started fighting Barry's old villains. Jay popped up more often. Iris returned from the future, with a new speedster in tow; '''Bart Allen''', AKA Impulse, Barry's grandson, who had inherited his speed, but had no sense of personal danger or responsibility after being raised in [[LotusEaterMachine virtual reality]] (He originally [[PowerIncontinence could not slow down]] and could only interact with a world that worked at computer speeds; he was later taught to shift gears). Barry seemed to return, but it was really a complex delusion of a time-travelling Professor Zoom.

Finally, the thing that would forever after define the Flash legacy showed up: the Speed Force. After a trip through time, Wally began to transform into energy. Max Mercury, a [[TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] speedster, showed up, explaining that Wally had touched a quasi-mystical dimension, "beyond the speed of light", that was the [[MetaOrigin source of all speedsters' powers]]. Max became TheObiWan to Wally and later, to Bart. Wally was eventually sucked in, but managed to come out the other side due to [[ThePowerOfLove the power of his love]] for Linda.

About this time, other speedsters became regular guest stars, often en masse, forming Wally's "Cyclone Rangers" or "The Academy of Speed", including Wally, Jay, Bart, Max Mercury, and Jesse Quick.

Bart spun off into his own, [[FunPersonified light-hearted]] series, ''Impulse''. Meanwhile, Wally and Linda got ready to tie the knot. As had become ''de rigeur'' for a Flash wedding, [[GoneHorriblyWrong something horrible happened]], with Linda kidnapped by Abra Kadabra and apparently erased from existence. Without ThePowerOfLove to anchor him, Wally apparently disappeared into the Speed Force.

He was replaced by a DarkerAndEdgier Flash; a mysterious figure who was trusted by the few people who knew his identity (initially he [[TheFaceless never took his mask off on panel]]). "Dark Flash" was eventually [[TheReveal revealed]] as an AlternateUniverse Wally from a world in which Linda had been killed. Eventually, the "real" Wally and Linda returned, Linda having been trapped in Dark Flash's universe and ThePowerOfLove having brought Wally there.

After Waid left the book, GeoffJohns took it in a new direction; Linda's unborn twins were killed by Wally's EvilCounterpart, the new Zoom, and Wally subsequently got the Spectre to [[LaserGuidedAmnesia wipe everyone's memory]] of the Flash's secret identity, including his own. Gradually, first Wally then other heroes, then Linda learned the truth. Eventually Wally was able to SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong and use Zoom's own TimeTravel powers to restore the twins. Bart, meanwhile, moved from Impulse to the new Kid Flash in the pages of ''Comicbook/TeenTitans''

In the CrisisCrossover ''InfiniteCrisis'', Wally attempted to trap Superboy-Prime in the Speed Force, and took Linda and the twins to a peaceful planet the Flashes had been visiting since Jay's time.

'''The Bart Allen Era'''

In the wake of ''Infinite Crisis'', the Speed Force was apparently inaccessible. [[TimeSkip One Year Later]], Bart Allen managed to connect to it again, and became the Flash. He had a brief career before being killed by a [[LegionOfDoom team-up]] of all the Flash's rogues, under the orders of his EvilTwin, Inertia.

'''The Wally West Era again'''

Wally West and Mark Waid both returned to the book. The twins had a PlotRelevantAgeUp, and Wally and Linda were teaching them how to use their (erratic and only vaguely speed-related) powers. Meanwhile, Jay remained a [[{{Mentors}} mentor]] and was one of the leaders of the JusticeSocietyOfAmerica.

'''Barry and Bart Return'''

Barry Allen returned from the Speed Force during FinalCrisis. The cause of his return and his place in the DCU are being explored in the miniseries ''The Flash: Rebirth'', written by Geoff Johns. Bart came back from the dead and got plot-relevant ''de''-aged in ''LegionOf3Worlds.''

As of the end of ''BlackestNight'', the DC Universe was left with the unprecedented scenario of ''all four'' Flashes alive and well. Whilst the fandom hoped the writers would take full advantage, the opportunity was never capitalised on, with the Flash series focusing on Barry & barely featuring Wally, Bart or Jay during the 12 issues of the series. And then ''Comicbook/{{Flashpoint}}'' happened.

'''Post-Flashpoint[=/=]The New 52'''

''Comicbook/{{Flashpoint}}'' saw Barry waking up in a radically different world, and without his powers due to the Speed Force never being created. As the story went on, Barry managed to recreate the Speed Force & teamed up with this world's Batman to restore the damage to the timeline. [[spoiler:In the final issue of the story, Zoom reveals that [[NiceJobBreakingItHero it was Barry]], [[NotMeThisTime not him]], who caused the alterations to the timeline by trying to stop the murder of Barry's mother at his hand]].

However, thanks to ''three'' timelines merging, [[{{New 52}} not everything is the same]] - Whilst Barry is still the Flash, he's no longer married to Iris & is now in a relationship with Patty Spivot; and whilst Kid Flash is still around & Bart is still in the suit, it's unclear if he's still related to Barry. However, Wally's time as Kid Flash & the Flash has been erased from history, [[spoiler:with it eventually being revealed after 2 years that Wally was never even ''born'']]. As for Jay Garrick, the event also re-established [[ComicBook/{{Earth2}} Earth-2]], making Jay once again Barry's AlternateUniverse counterpart.

'''In Other Media'''

In TV, Barry Allen got his own series in ''Series/TheFlash''. He also appeared in ''{{Superfriends}}''. Wally showed up as the Flash in ''JusticeLeague'' (after an un-named Flash made a guest appearance on WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries), and as Kid Flash in ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' and ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice''. Bart appeared in ''{{Smallville}}'', as the Flash in his first appearance and as Impulse in his later ones. Wally will be appearing in the upcoming ''JusticeLeagueOfAmerica'' movie, with a ''Flash'' movie positioned as a SpinOff. Jay Garrick appeared for the first time in animation in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'', and for the first time in live-action in a cameo in the ninth season of ''{{Smallville}}''. Wally is Flash in the ''DCSuperFriends'' short. Barry appears as Flash in ''[[ComicBook/DCTheNewFrontier Justice League: The New Frontier]]'' and ''JusticeLeagueDoom'', though in the latter, he is, confusingly, played by Wally's [=DCAU=] voice actor, and alongside the rest of that canon's actors.

All four Flashes have been on-screen together twice in ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice,'' during Bart's introduction in the Season Two episode "Bloodlines." and in the series finale "Endgame", which are the only times all the Flashes have been seen together.

Barry Allen has been a playable character in DC fighting games like ''[[VideoGame/MortalKombatVsDCUniverse Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/InjusticeGodsAmongUs Injustice: Gods Among Us]]''.

For one of the best Flash sites on the Internet, see [[http://www.hyperborea.org/flash/ Flash: Those Who Ride The Lightning]].

'''Other versions'''

TangentComics Flash was a young girl called Lia Nelson who was composed of light.

A ''re-imagining'' of the Flash exists in the ''Just Imagine'' series. This version of the Flash is a college girl called Mary Maxwell who gains super speed after her father attempts to save her from a life-threatening disease that slowly drained her energy, by injecting her with hummingbird DNA.

DC even has two FunnyAnimal versions of the Flash:
* The first was the Terrific Whatzit, a [[TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] comics character who's a [[TurtlePower turtle]]. TW had a power set similar to Johnny Quick's (super-speed, some flying ability) plus super-strength; he wore a costume similar to Jay Garrick's. Later stories showed he lived on the parallel world of Earth-C, and was the uncle of the [[Comicbook/CaptainCarrotAndHisAmazingZooCrew Zoo Crew's]] speedster [[TurtlePower Fastback]].
* The second was [[TurtlePower the Crash]], a member of the JLA (Just'a Lotta Animals) of Earth-C-Minus. The Crash was his world's version of the Flash (the [[TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] version), and thus had the same costume and powers as the Flash. In a variation on Barry Allen's backstory as well as the story "The Flash of Two Worlds," it's revealed that the Crash as a child had read his world's "fictional" comics about (Earth-C's) Terrific Whatzit.
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!!Tropes associated with this character:

* AbortedArc: It definitely looked like something major was going to go down with Wally's kids, but then TheNew52 happened and the entire family went MIA.
* AffirmativeActionLegacy:
** Iris West, the half-Asian daughter of Wally and Linda Park-West, took over as the new Impulse before ''ComicBook/{{Flashpoint}}''. In the alternate-reality series ''ComicBook/KingdomCome'', she'd also become the new Kid Flash (though was not at that time identified as Asian).
** In the ''ComicBook/BatmanBeyond'' spin-off ''Justice League Beyond'', the new Flash is a young black woman named Danica Williams.
* AndIMustScream: In a move that seems very unlike the easy-going Wally West we've come to know, he subjects Inertia (clone of Bart, a reverse-Impulse, if you will) to an eternal punishment. Rather than simply outright killing him, he uses the Speed Force to slow Inertia down physically to such a degree, that the simple act of blinking would take him hundreds of years. To make the punishment worse, Inertia could still think and see in real time, frozen in the middle of a sprint, and forced to stare endlessly at images of Bart Allen, whom he had previously killed. Wally describes it as being "forced to stare, with eyes that take a hundred years to blink... at the ghost of the man he could never be."
* AnimalThemedSuperbeing: Common reoccuring villains, Kobra and Gorilla Grodd.
** There was also a Silver Age villain called The Turtle.
* AnimeHair: ''The'' character marker for Bart. Such voluminous hair simply ''cannot'' go unmentioned or unnoticed, and yet very few of his non-superhero friends drew the connection! (If they did, they didn't say anything.) It's so large that you can actually pull or pick up the poor kid by his hair alone, if you're strong enough. He's quite protective of it, too.
* ArtisticLicense: Geography. If the Mississippi River divides Central and Keystone City, Keystone should be in Illinois, not Kansas.
** It's ''supposed'' to be the Missouri River, but a lot of writers get it wrong.
* BattleTops: The weapon of choice for The Top, a villain.
* BigEater: Bart will eat anything and everything that won't hurt him, and maybe some things that would. Unless it's raw seafood.
** Before the introduction of the Speed Force, speedsters ''had'' to consume huge amounts of food to keep their metabolisms in check. Nowadays, they don't, but many writers tend to forget this.
*** Lampshaded when Wally orders a gigantic burger and Linda points out that he doesn't have to eat like that anymore: "I don't have to; I ''want'' to".
* BlessedWithSuck: Many of the more modern Rogues have this, in all varieties.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: Jay would occasionally shill his own book to readers, both in his own comics and in All-Star. He also had the occasional speed records page in which he related then-current speed records and other facts to the reader. In a way, these were the original "Flash facts".
* BumblingSidekick: Winky, Blinky, and Noddy ("The Three Dimwits"), for Jay Garrick.
* CaptainSuperhero: Some of the RoguesGallery.
* CatchPhrase: Barry, and sometimes Wally, have "Flash fact", said before or after explaining some TechnoBabble (or geniue scientific) reason why they can use superspeed to defeat an enemy.
** "My name is Barry Allen/Wally West/Bart Allen. I'm the fastest man alive. I'm the Flash."
* ChangingClothesIsAFreeAction: Simply because he's so damn fast. At one point after he's brought back to life, GreenArrow goes around collecting valuable possessions of his from their hiding spots and notes that the Flash gave all the Justice Leaguers special rings that could hold their costumes for swift changing, but also that he was the only one who could use it.
** Wally would later make his outfit out of the speed force itself. All he had to do was access his powers and it would come on.
* CharacterShilling: The authors admitted as much for Barry Allen upon his return. Since the current fans didn't know him anymore, they had the other characters all talk about how great he was during his reintroduction.
* ChemistryCanDoAnything
* ComingOutStory: There's something {{WAFF}} about how Pied Piper [[http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_16vaepAqX-c/THbSIcElCfI/AAAAAAAACBU/ussJ0h6jCz0/s1600/Zone003.jpg came out]] to Wally. Especially when Wally [[http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_16vaepAqX-c/THbSdw1lTgI/AAAAAAAACBc/zC_iFBGwFZI/s1600/Zone004.jpg tried to play it cool]] and act like he knew the whole time.
* CoolAndUnusualPunishment: A hero-on-villain example. Jay would often resort to methods other than punching out the criminal. Once when a group of thugs from a protection racket were harassing a restaurant owner, Jay forced them to eat so much food at super-speed that they all sat around feeling stuffed and terrible and were no further trouble. In another instance he spun a criminal around and around and super-speed, threatening to let him go until the gangster agreed to surrender. Jay was fond of this method of dealing with opponents.
* CruelMercy
* TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks: MarkWaid's run was highly popular for [[DefiedTrope defying]] much of the trends of the DarkAge, being relatively lighthearted yet very emotional. The spinoff ''Impulse'' bucked the trends even more.
* DeadGuyJunior: Barry and Bart share the same full name[[note]]Bartholomew Henry Allen[[/note]], but it's hardly ever mentioned except in profiles or when Bart's in ''really'' big trouble.
** Wally named his son and daughter after the [[TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] Flash and his aunt, respectively.
* DeathIsCheap: Barry was the most well known aversion in comic book history (23+ years)...and then [[strike:Didio]] DC Editorial resurrected him in 2008. Permanently, apparently. [[BrokenBase This has caused quite a backlash among fans]].
* CanonDisContinuity: GreatGazoo Mopee, a "tenth-class Heavenly helpmate" who was introduced in the 1960s as being responsible for the lightning bolt that gave Barry his powers. Mopee was swiftly sent to CanonDiscontinuity.
* DisposableSuperheroMaker
* DodgeTheBullet: Nowadays, if a criminal even ''attempts'' to fire his gun to the Flash, he deserves to be disposed of really fast (pun intended).
* DueToTheDead
* EndOfSeriesAwareness: [[http://www.comics.org/issue/215551/cover/4/ This]] cover.
* EnemyCivilWar: ''[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Rogue War]]''.
* EvilCounterpart: The many Reverse-Flashes:
** Jay has The Rival (a human) and the Golden Age Reverse-Flash (a rarely-seen robot).
** Barry has Professor Zoom (Eobard Thawne).
** Wally has Zoom (Hunter Zolomon).
** Bart has Inertia.
** Jesse Quick has Lady Savitar.
** Max Mercury has Savitar (the Savitars are only ''sometimes'' included in the "Reverse-Flashes").
* EverybodySmokes: In his Golden Age series, Jay Garrick is sometimes shown to smoke cigarettes. Given the era that the books were produced in, the 1940s, this would not be unusual. In his re-told origin story in All-Flash #1, Jay even takes a smoke break during the experiment that ultimately gives him his super-speed!
* EverythingsBetterWithSpinning: This is the Top's theory about how to be a master criminal. Tops operate on the same principle as advanced gyroscopes, so they're an excellent way to commit crimes and rule the world, right?
* ExecutiveMeddling: When Titans and Young Justice was merged to create the 2003 ''ComicBook/TeenTitans'' revival, Bart was renamed "Kid Flash" and given a personality transplant, removing his ADD-driven, humor-based personality to turn him into a brooding teenager who kept wanting to be taken seriously.
** He's been acting more like his old self since his resurrection, though.
** Previously, Wally's Crisis-era depowering fits with the general trend to bring top-level heroics down to less fantastic levels.
* EyesOfGold: A quirk of the Thawne bloodline, though not unique.
** Again, another character marker for Bart (who ''is'' part of said bloodline); that's why his goggles are the same yellow shade, to hide his eye color (although that hair should've busted his identity right then and there...). Unlike most examples, it serves to enhance his idealistic personality, and Meloni's nickname for him - "Sunshine" - sums it up best.
* FeudingFamilies: Flash family and the Cobalt Blue line. Bart's a scion of both - and quite possibly the ''reason'' for said feud going wildly out of control - which brings this quote:
-->'''Professor Zoom''': You have no idea what kind of storm you created for my family. Your very existence disgusts me.
* FreezeRay: Captain Cold
* FriendlyEnemy[=/=]GoKartingWithBowser: Bart & Wally with Captain Cold and most of the Rogues.
* FunPersonified: Bart as Impulse
** And now Bart again once more, unless Johns is using him as the fanbase's avatar.
* TheGimmick: Just about all of the RoguesGallery.
* GrinOfAudacity: Worn often, at least by the DCAU version, who really enjoys his work and is an all-around merry fellow.
* HeelFaceTurn: The Flash was one of the first comics to attempt this seriously, and at some point, almost every [[TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] Rogue had attempted to go legit, to varying degrees of success. This was Retconned to be the work of the Top, however, who gleefully undid it all during the Rogue War. [[spoiler: It's implied that two of the Rogues, Pied Piper and the Trickster, legitimately went straight, though Top's meddling blinded Trickster to the fact that being on the right side of the law didn't mean he was in the right.]]
* HeroicSacrifice: Common in the Flash mythos.
** Barry Allen's classic sacrifice in CrisisOnInfiniteEarths. It even stuck for a while.
** Wally West almost kills himself attempting to pull [[InfiniteCrisis Superboy-Prime into the Speed Force]], but certainly managed to finish off his tenure as the mainline Flash save for a brief interlude between Bart and Barry.
** [[ComicBook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}} Jenni Ognats]], Bart's cousin and Barry's ''other'' grandchild, was heavily insinuated by the Time Trapper in the ''Legends of the Dead Earth'' annuals to be destined to eventually follow Barry's example and sacrifice her own life to save the universe during a future crisis. Of course that was two or three reboots ago, now.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: They all have one, and three out of the four are paired with a GreenLantern. Jay and Alan Scott, Barry and Hal Jordan, and Wally and Kyle Rayner are all Flash/Green Lantern Life Partners. Bart has Tim Drake. Wally is also closely linked to Dick Grayson, who was the best man at his wedding.
** They also play these relationships for all the comedic value they can get, Barry and GreenArrow have [[ShipToShipCombat a sort of rivalry over Hal]], as do Bart and {{Superboy}} over Tim.
** When she meets Kyle Rayner for the first time, [[ComicBook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}} Jenni Ognats]] mentions the enduring Flash-Lantern partnership and uses it as an excuse to flirt him up.
* HotMom: they must have really good anti-aging cosmetics in the 30th century if Iris really looks that young in ''Rebirth''...
** One of Bart's friends immediately develops a crush on Meloni on first sight:
-->'''Carol''': Charmed, I'm sure. Say hello, Preston.
-->'''Preston''': ''(complete with hearts over his head)'' Hh''haaaa''...
* AnIceSuit: Captain Cold.
* ImpossiblyCompactFolding: The Flash's ring holds his entire outfit inside.
* InTheBlood (subversions below)
** Bart happily embraces his Allen side and completely rejects the Thawne legacy (he's a descendant of the first Zoom), and shows zero angst over it. Zoom does not take kindly to this ''at all''.
-->'''Professor Zoom''': Your mother may be a Thawne, but your father was an Allen. Your blood is polluted.
-->'''Bart''': Look on the bright side, Professor Plum. We're only half related!
** Meloni (Bart's mother) is the "black sheep" of her family; as someone on Comicbloc said, ''He [Zoom] didn't factor on Meloni not being a bitch though.''
* {{Irony}}: Being the Fastest Man Alive somehow doesn't stop Barry Allen from repeatedly being late.
* JapaneseRanguage: The TropeNamer, believe it or not.
* KidSidekick: Kid Flash; Impulse was a subversion of this until Didio struck and he was turned into a pod person.
* LegacyCharacter: and legacy characters for legacy characters of legacy characters...
** [[http://scans-daily.dreamwidth.org/1212005.html CANON RULE 63 IMPULSE]] (look at Bart's face; it practically screams "I'm sorry, ''what?!''")
*** Iris (younger one, Wally's daughter) is a Bart fangirl, if you were wondering.
** One of Mark Waid's last big story arcs called Chain Lightning reveled that there is a long line of Flashes after the ones we know about pass on. And just as many villains named Cobalt Blue.
* LetsYouAndHimFight: Averted with Barry and Jay's first meeting in The Flash of Two Worlds. Barry looks up Jay's address in the phone book, goes to meet him, introduces himself, tells his life story, and the two get along famously. They then team up to capture the bad guys with no clash of egos at all.
* TheLifestream: the Speed Force is often portrayed as this
* LivingMemory: Barry Allen, via TimeTravel!
** [[spoiler:Eobard Thawne (Professor Zoom) as well, in the StoryArc ''The Return Of Barry Allen''.]]
* LivingStatue: Jay Garrick briefly becomes one thanks to a chemical formula invented by a fellow scientist and stolen by a criminal.
* TheMasqueradeWillKillYourDatingLife: Subverted with Jay Garrick. His girlfriend Joan knows he's the Flash from early on, and even helps him out from time to time.
* MeetYourEarlyInstallmentWeirdness: "The Flash of Two Worlds", where SilverAge Flash Barry meets [[TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] Flash Jay in an interdimensional mishap. The major success of this SilverAge story lead right into the annual {{JLA}}[=/=]{{JSA}} crossovers throughout the pre-Crisis era.
* MundaneUtility: Well, if you had super-speed, you'd probably use it to get the shopping done too.
* MythArc: "The Flash is to time what ''Franchise/GreenLantern'' is to space", says Geoff Johns.
* NamesTheSame:
** Since 1976, when Jay Garrick began being featured on a regular basis again, there's usually been two Flashes active at any one time, both of them using the Flash name. During the period following ''ComicBook/FinalCrisis'' up to ''ComicBook/{{Flashpoint}}'', this increased to [[RuleOfThree three active Flashes]], with two of them in similar costumes. Following the ComicBook/{{New 52}} reboot, it became a lot easier to identify them - Whilst DC gradually reintroduced a second & third Flash, they weren't in the the primary DC Universe & can easily identified as the "Flash of ''ComicBook/{{Earth 2}}''[=/=]''Justice League 3000''".
** This, fittingly, extends to their [[EvilCounterpart Evil Counterparts]] too, but it's not as complicated - whilst there are three Reverse-Flashes, the first & second have the alternate names Professor Zoom & Zoom respectively.
** Intentionally averted by the Rogues - Though roughly half of them qualify as a LegacyCharacter, they make it a rule to never have two members with the same title. They still have Captains Cold & Boomerang, however.
* NeverHurtAnInnocent: Much of the Flash's Rogues Gallery is like this...most of the time.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero:
** Played with. Peek-a-Boo is an anti-villain, forced out of her job, and abandoning her education and her future to take care of her father. Her powers involve her unintentionally teleporting and accidentally destroying things. Her last ditch effort to save her father is to steal an organ he needs for a transplant, but the Flash (Wally) stops her and she is arrested. After that she is labeled a rogue and ostracized forever, originally hoping to be a hero, but after all that ends up [[ThenLetMeBeEvil being a villain instead]]. In the end Wally was the one who pushed her down this path, but as Wolfe points out she broke the law, and the organ recipient would have died if it hadn't been for him.
** [[spoiler:The ''ComicBook/{{Flashpoint}}'' timeline, and subsequent ComicBook/{{New 52}} reboot, can largely be attributed to Barry trying to save his mother from dying when he was a kid.]]
* NobleDemon: The Rogues. They not only have [[EvenEvilHasStandards a code of conduct]], but don't allow [[LegacyCharacter people to take up another Rogue's identity if the current holder is still alive]] & don't grant membership just because you've taken up the mantle of a deceased Rogue. In fact, they've been shown to outright ''stop'' in the middle of a crime wave because of an unrelated death with ties to the superhero community, have walked away from at least one VillainTeamUp because they weren't interested in taking over the world, and [[EnemyMine will defend Central City alongside the Flash if need be]].
-->'''Captain Cold''': [[[spoiler:Owen]]. The Rogues don't kill women & children.
* NotSoHarmlessVillain: Eobard Thawne aka Professor Zoom has both his superpowers and his [[AxCrazy Ax Craziness]] ramped up considerably in ''The Flash: Rebirth''.
* OlderAndWiser: Max Mercury and Jay take this role in regards to the other speedsters
* PersonalityPowers: subverted with Jay and Barry, who are generally slow and methodical, played mostly straight with Wally, and taken right to the extreme with Impulse!Bart, who'd just run blindly into everything.
** Barry, since coming back to life, has been significantly more like Bart and Wally, which is noted by [[GreenLantern Hal Jordan]] during BlackestNight.
* PlotTumor: The Speed Force has [[GreenLanternRing so many applications]] and [[MetaOrigin created so many allies and threats to the Flash]] that it has quickly become central to the Flash mythos.
* PowerDegeneration: Wally's powers were killing him for awhile, bringing his powers down to more reasonable levels. You know, not exceeding the mass of the universe while running, stuff like that.
* RacingTheTrain: In one issue, Wally realizes that while he was fighting a supercriminal, his girlfriend was taking a train and leaving town. He then proceeds to run down the train, climb on board, and asks her to stay.
* RainbowMotif: Rainbow Raider.
* RapidFireFisticuffs: A fun and useful application of SuperSpeed powers. The best example probably being in ''JusticeLeagueUnlimited'' where Wally slams all the Brainiac out of Lex Luthor.
* RequiredSecondaryPowers: All the Flashes have an invisible aura around their bodies that protects them from air friction, inertia, etc, as they move at high speed. And that's just the beginning. look at what they can do with the Speed Force, and try to figure out how their powers work
* RoguesGallery: The main Rogues Gallery actually ''call themselves'' that. In some continuities, they even have dental.
* SciFiWritersHaveNoSenseOfScale: At "A hairs breadth short of the speed of light", Flash saves a population of 532,000 from a nuclear explosion by carrying them one or two at a time to a hill 35 miles away and does this all in ''0.00001 microseconds''. If you do the math, the result is much faster than the speed of light. Thirteen ''trillion'' times, to be precise.
* SerialKiller: Murmur, one of the unashamedly murderous rogues, hates the sound of speech and goes about cutting peoples' tongues out [[spoiler:including his own.]]
* ShoutOut: [[MarvelComics Marvel]] had a nice Shout Out with [[http://marvel.wikia.com/Buried_Alien_(Earth-616) "Buried Alien"]].
** To Greek Mythology: Each Flash outfit has [[MercurysWings wings on the helm, shoes, or both]], referring to Hermes. Barry's wife Iris, a reporter, takes her name from the [[DistaffCounterpart female messenger god of the Greek Pantheon]].
* SidekickGraduationsStick: Wally ''was'' the most successful example. His run as the Flash lasted for over 20 years, he was a founding member of more than half-a-dozen teams, and a regular guest star in many other series. (Fun Flash Fact: Wally's series, ''Flash'' Vol. 2, ran to issue 247. Barry's run in ''Flash'' Vol. 1 was from 105 to 350, only '''246''' issues.) After Flashpoint and TheNew52, however, Wally no longer exists. His graduation stuck so hard they had to ''reboot the universe'' to un-stick it.
* SnapToTheSide: His rogues' gallery pretty much has to learn this to avoid whiplash.
* SplitPersonality: Rose and Thorn, one of Jay's adversaries. The mild and sweet and blonde Rose transforms into the super-powered criminal the Thorn. Rose is aware of the Thorn, but believes her to be her sister rather than an alternate personality, though Thorn is fully aware of who she is. Oddly enough, Alan Scott later marries Rose, unaware of her split personality, and she becomes the mother of Jade and Obsidian.
* StoryBreakerPower: As his maximum speed climbs to the upper levels of insanity, he actually starts to run into a lot of the same problems as Superman. How does anything challenge someone who can think and react thousands of times faster than even the fastest person? Writers have repeatedly commented that an intelligently written speedster on the Flash's level should be completely unbeatable.
* StrongFamilyResemblance: Bart gets a great deal of his mannerisms and appearance from his mother, right down to the crazy hairstyle!
* SuperReflexes: They all have them, as an obvious requirement to traveling ''that'' fast. They also tend to lose them whenever the writers want a Flash to do something like, say, get stabbed by Deathstroke.
* SuperFamilyTeam: The Garricks.
* SuperSpeed (obviously)
** Flash-type speedsters are the fastest beings in the universe, ''full stop''. Of course, running at superluminal speed doesn't come without risks; the faster you run, the higher the chance there is at being absorbed by/merging with the Speed Force, which is why they tend to keep to "normal" supersonic speeds (~Mach 10 or so).
* SwissArmySuperpower: The Speed Force grants Flash-type speedsters an amazing amount of powers...
** PhotographicMemory: only Bart has the true, "permanent" form; the others can only retain it temporarily.
** HealingFactor: Barry is nigh-unkillable at the peak of his powers, being able to remain conscious and deliberately reassemble himself molecule by molecule even if he's been ''disintegrated''. In other words, he has "complete control over his molecules," as mentioned every third comic or so back in TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks, and is thus capable of reversing pretty much any sort of attempte to induce PowerIncontinence on him. Considering the things he can undo with this power, mere [[GoodThingYouCanHeal regeneration]] is simple.
*** One has to assume that this ability is what's kept Jay Garrick hale and hearty for a man who's nearly a century old.
** SuperStrength
*** Infinite Mass Punch: explained by the Theory of Relativity
*** Though a literal infinite mass punch is only possible for them due to the Speed Force and their aura's allowing them to ignore inertia and any nitpicky "Laws of Physics" that would get in the way. His target, on the other hand, had super speed that ''didn't'' derive from the Speed Force, and thus felt every bit of the effects of a ballistic path from South Dakota to the Serengeti.
*** In TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks, Barry Allen occasionally karate-chopped his way through concrete and steel with a single blow. Being able to move his hand at near-light speed made it pretty easy; what was amazing was that the impact didn't shatter his own bones.
** Speed Lend/Steal (from TheOtherWiki): ''Perhaps his most versatile new power; because the Speed Force governed all motion, Wally could rob objects of their kinetic energy, motion, or momentum - for example, bullets in flight or turning a supervillain into a statue - and use the energy to accelerate himself even faster. He could similarly lend speed to inanimate objects or allies, enabling them to temporarily travel nearly as fast as himself. Bart Allen's future self is shown to also have this ability in the Teen Titans "Titans Tomorrow" story arc.''
*** Speed control: if you think you can move that fast, you ''can''.
** HammerSpace Constructs
** Shield
** Flight (Johnny and Jesse Quick only)
*** DCAU!Flash tried that in the ''JusticeLeagueUnlimited'' episode "I Am Legion". Good enough to not die from a high altitude fall, but maneuverability is less than stellar. Wally also used a similar method once in the regular comics to save a flight attendant who had -- again -- fallen from a plane.
*** An ability Bart would do anything to get. One would wonder why when his current abilities are much more useful; probably representative of his free-spirited personality.
** ESP
** Speed scouts: Impulse gained the ability to create Speed Force clones of himself in the ''Dark Tomorrow'' story arc (#73-75); they have his personality, and he also absorbs their memories once they're done. One of them was killed during the ''Our Worlds at War'' crossover, and the psychic backlash sent him into a coma; he was eventually forced to use them again during ''World Without Young Justice''. This ability is apparently now forgotten since we don't see it after that, or Bart is still reluctant to use them.
** Negate Anti-Life Equation ...somehow
*** That was probably more PowerOfLove than anything to do with the speed force.
**** Considering what we learn [[CountdownToFinalCrisis later on]] (assuming it one of the things [[CanonDiscontinuity they selectively kept]]) about [[BrownNote Piper's powers,]] it could partially be [[AcquiredPoisonImmunity acquired immunity.]]
** Self-molecular control; generally used for [[IntangibleMan intangibility and phasing]]
*** The most dangerous use? [[DisintegratorRay Literal disintegration]]. As in, atoms scattered all over with no hope of reassembling them. Both Bart and Wally have threatened to use this, but haven't actually done so.
** Oh yeah, and ''using '''itself''' as a inter-dimensional prison''.
* TakingOverTheTown: This was Blacksmith's plan for taking over Central and Keystone Cities. She had Murmur and Mirror Master attack radio stations and reprogram their antennas to broadcast a mirror shield around the twin cities to prevent anyone from coming in or getting out.
* TalkingInYourSleep: Iris [[http://bp3.blogger.com/_rLV-ZuNPwJ4/R1-Q1Ge-N2I/AAAAAAAAAzc/QfgdVNHME9w/s1600-h/Flash174-27.jpg finds out about Barry's dual identity this way]] on their wedding night, but keeps it to herself until Barry finally decides to 'fess up on their first anniversary.
* TangledFamilyTree: Because of the whole time-travel schtick ''and'' Bart's ancestry.
* TornadoMove: The Flash does this all the time. He usually uses it to shield others from harm, but he once froze a battalion of demons just with the icy winds.
* TronLines: Post-Flashpoint, Barry's costume now has these. They light up when he's [[http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-VE2mBP_zVAg/TwFh_JJ5MnI/AAAAAAAABMo/1N57oJdpT3M/s1600/new52_flash_issue4.png running]], but when he's standing still or walking, they're black seams, barely visible.
* UltimateShowdownOfUltimateDestiny: The Flash vs. Superman races, which, most of the time, would end in a tie. Wally West, the then-current Flash, beat Superman by a slim margin in the first PostCrisis race between the two on the basis that Supes is unused to running much as compared to the easier flying option while that's what Flash does all the time.
** As the writer pointed out, it would be kind of lame if Flash weren't the best at his ''only'' power.
** As of the Flash Rebirth mini-series, all of the races between the two are only close because the Flash let them be close. When Barry Allen really wants to outrun Superman, The Man of Steel might as well be standing still compared to The Fastest Man Alive.
--->'''Barry''': You can't stop me.
--->'''Superman''': I've raced you before, Barry. I even won some of those races.
--->'''Barry''': Those were for '''charity''', Clark.
--->''Barry runs off, leaving Superman standing in his wake.''
*** It was necessary to do this due to all the retcons that had happened since the last time Barry and Superman raced. [[PostCrisis Pre Crisis]] Superman really was nearly as fast as Barry and his superior stamina and strength gave him an edge (Barry was able to compensate by vibrating through obstacles Superman had to run around.) However, PostCrisis, Superman has been considerably slower and with Barry's return they had to explain why the races were close.
** Jay Garrick is the only Flash capable of any SuperSpeed without tapping into the Speed Force since he's a metahuman as well. Modern stories have set his "natural" top speed at only the speed of sound, with faster speeds requiring energy from the speed force. However in his original Golden Age series, and as recently as a 1991 Justice Society mini-series, Jay could hit the speed of light on his own. On at least one occasion he went faster than light in order to time travel.
* WhamEpisode: The Blitz storyline, which had two years of continuity behind it, leading to Wally's personal BigBad, a disturbingly easy aversion of InfantImmortality, and arguably the most shocking FaceHeelTurn since Terra in ''ComicBook/TeenTitans''. Johns apparently remembered that an UnpleasableFanbase sent death threats to the people involved in Terra's turn (despite it being planned from her introduction), and laid out every piece of evidence given out as proof that this was always coming. [[spoiler: The introduction comic ends with Wally's close friend, Hunter Zolomon, realizing that he's also capable of moving at superspeed. This, coupled with his irrational belief that Wally wasn't being heroic enough, led him to scratch away a paper with his name on it, leaving only the name "Zoom".]]
* WhatTheHellHero: In the "Ignition" story arc, which takes place immediately after the "Blitz" storyline above, Batman pays Wally a visit to confront him about the LaserGuidedAmnesia he (and everybody else) has suffered through Wally making a deal with the Spectre to make everyone (including himself, inadvertently) forget his secret identity in the aftermath of Linda's miscarriage at Zoom's hands. However, once Wally gets his memories back (via Batman unmasking himself in front of him), he shows no remorse for what he did, pointing out that he'd suffered a tragedy not unlike [[OrphansOrdeal Bruce's own issues]].
--> '''Wally:''' I just lost my children, Bruce. I would think ''you'' would know what that's like. ''(Batman then flashes back to his own parents' murder)''
* WhereDoesHeGetAllThoseWonderfulToys: The Rogues have their very own tailor, Paul Gambi.
* YouFightLikeACow: Averted when Captain Cold faces his sister's murderer, who co-opted Cold's freeze guns as Chillblaine. Chillblaine tries to start the fight off with a witty pun, but Cold's there for vengeance.
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->''"So you see, I became the super-fast Flash on my Earth much as you became The Flash on yours!"''

->''"I'm Wally West. Good thing. I'm the fastest man alive."''

The Scarlet Speedster. The Sultan of Speed. The Fastest Man Alive. '''''[[TropeCodifier The]]''''' [[SuperSpeed Speedster]].

Not to be confused with [[strike:Macromedia]] AdobeFlash animation, or with [[Film/FlashGordon The Saviour of the Universe]], this is the SuperSpeed hero of Franchise/TheDCU, whose [[LegacyCharacter legacy]] stretches from TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks to today.

'''The Jay Garrick Era'''

The [[TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] Flash, '''Jay Garrick''', was, if not [[TropeMaker the first]], then the [[TropeCodifier most well known early]] [[WhenAllYouHaveIsAHammer single-power]] SuperHero. Earlier heroes were either Franchise/{{Superman}}-style characters with [[ComboPlatterPowers many different abilities]], or Franchise/{{Batman}}-style [[BadassNormal human vigilantes]]. Jay did one thing, and he did it well: run fast.

Jay was otherwise a fairly standard Golden Age hero. His SuperHeroOrigin involved a FreakLabAccident involving "hard water fumes".[[note]]Real world scientific research at the time had found that laboratory animals would, while exposed to some of the compounds present in hard water, have measurably faster metabolisms. Probably to eliminate those unpleasant chemicals from their bodies.[[/note]] (Later issues {{retcon}}ned this to "heavy water vapor", and later to being the result of activating a [[{{Mutants}} meta-gene]] for which the vapor was a catalyst.) He fought a mix of racketeers, saboteurs, normal criminals with a gimmick, aliens, and super-powered villains. Jay wasn't always careful to keep a SecretIdentity, which sometimes caused problems in his relationship with his [[LoveInterests girlfriend]], Joan Williams. (In a pleasant variation from the norm, Joan was in on his secret from the beginning.)

Jay Garrick was a popular enough character to headline two series of his own, Flash Comics and All-Flash Quarterly. He also appeared in All-Star Comics as part of the Justice Society of America, and occasionally in other anthologies such as Comics Calvacade. However, as the Golden Age came to an end, Jay left with it, eventually edged out of his own book by a trio of PluckyComicRelief characters known as The Three Dimwits.

'''The Barry Allen Era'''

TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks could be said to begin when its Flash, '''Barry Allen''', arrived on the scene. In the fourth issue of ''Showcase'', a try-out series for new concepts, DCComics brought back the idea of the Flash, but gave him a new costume, origin, and secret identity, creating the first SuperHero LegacyCharacter. Sales took off, and not long thereafter, he gained his own series, picking up the numbering where the original Flash had left off.

Barry was a police scientist, one of the precursors to ''Series/{{CSI}}''-style forensics. On a [[ItWasADarkAndStormyNight dark and stormy night]], he was working late in the lab. Just as he was standing against a rack of [[TechnicolorScience multicolored chemicals]], a [[LightningCanDoAnything lightning bolt]] flew through the window, striking the chemicals and causing them to spill all over Barry, leaving him soaked but unharmed. As he left the lab, he found himself running at super-speed to catch up with a cab, and the Flash was born.

''The Flash'' [[TropeMaker created many of the features]] of the Silver Age [[TheDCU DCU]]. In 1961, the story "Flash Of Two Worlds" was published. It featured Barry accidentally crossing the "vibration barrier" between [[AlternateUniverse dimensions]], and ending up in a world he dubbed "Earth-2", where Jay Garrick still lived, having retired from superheroing after marrying Joan. Thus, the first seeds of the [[TheMultiverse Infinite Earths]] were planted. He was also a founding member of the JusticeLeagueOfAmerica.

Along the way, he developed an impressive RoguesGallery of enemies who commanded incredible technology that always works through a particular theme. For example, Captain Cold had advanced freezing weapons, Heat Wave's [[CaptainObvious fired extreme heat]], Mirror Master's mirror based technology could do a myriad of things and Weather Wizard could control weather itself. Yet, for all this powerful tech, it's a [[RunningGag running joke]] that the vast majority of the gallery were ''really'' unambitious with it, considering they were [[CutLexLuthorACheck content to merely commit simple robberies with them]]. [[EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys Gorilla Grodd]] with his bigger fish, er... bananas, to fry, was an exception, as were [[EvilCounterpart Professor Zoom]], [[EvilTwin Cobalt Blue]], and [[MagicFromTechnology Abra Kadabra]].

A few years into his tenure, Barry picked up KidSidekick '''Wally West'''. Wally, the nephew of Barry's fiancée and eventual wife Iris, was visiting Barry at the lab when, suddenly, the FreakLabAccident [[ContrivedCoincidence repeated itself]], showering Wally in electrified chemicals and giving him the same powers. Barry dubbed him "Kid Flash" and let him in on the secret, taking him along on his adventures.

Barry's career lasted into TheBronzeAgeOfComicBooks, and took on the flavor of the era. Professor Zoom, Barry's EvilCounterpart, [[StuffedIntoTheFridge killed Iris]]. Barry grieved, but fell in love again, with Fiona Webb; however, on their wedding day, Zoom attacked again, and after a pitched battle, Barry snapped his neck just before he was about to kill Fiona. This led into the "Trial of Barry Allen" [[StoryArc arc]]; at the end, Barry was acquitted, it was revealed that Iris had been born in the future and saved by AppliedPhlebotinum, and they moved there together, giving the series a HappilyEverAfter ending. (Well, unless you're Fiona.)

Unfortunately, [[RuleOfDrama happy endings don't last long in comics]], and soon, Barry returned, warning the heroes of the ''CrisisOnInfiniteEarths''. He was kidnapped by the Anti-Monitor, the ''Crisis'' BigBad, but [[HeroicSacrifice sacrificed himself]] in order to save the universe from the Anti-Monitor's anti-matter cannon, running so fast that he disappeared from reality itself.

Now, not long before, Wally West had developed a disease that would kill him if he used his powers. During ''Crisis'', he was cured by an energy blast, and after angsting about it for a while, decided to carry on Barry's legacy by [[SidekickGraduationsStick becoming the new Flash]], which led into the rebooted ''Flash'' series.

'''The Wally West Era'''

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The early issues showed Wally as someone who was young, irresponsible, and not quite ready for the role of an A-list SuperHero. He was egotistical and womanizing, though it was obvious that he used this to cover up emotional problems. This was the version that the {{DCAU}} Flash was based on.

As the series went on, Wally matured. His speed, which had been limited to about the speed of sound after ''Crisis'', started increasing. He became good friends with the woman who would later be his steady love interest, reporter Linda Park. Subverting ThereAreNoTherapists, he actually got therapy. His SecretIdentity went public.

Then MarkWaid came on the series, and things ''really'' took off.

Wally was increasingly linked to the Flash legacy, and it to him. He started fighting Barry's old villains. Jay popped up more often. Iris returned from the future, with a new speedster in tow; '''Bart Allen''', AKA Impulse, Barry's grandson, who had inherited his speed, but had no sense of personal danger or responsibility after being raised in [[LotusEaterMachine virtual reality]] (He originally [[PowerIncontinence could not slow down]] and could only interact with a world that worked at computer speeds; he was later taught to shift gears). Barry seemed to return, but it was really a complex delusion of a time-travelling Professor Zoom.

Finally, the thing that would forever after define the Flash legacy showed up: the Speed Force. After a trip through time, Wally began to transform into energy. Max Mercury, a [[TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] speedster, showed up, explaining that Wally had touched a quasi-mystical dimension, "beyond the speed of light", that was the [[MetaOrigin source of all speedsters' powers]]. Max became TheObiWan to Wally and later, to Bart. Wally was eventually sucked in, but managed to come out the other side due to [[ThePowerOfLove the power of his love]] for Linda.

About this time, other speedsters became regular guest stars, often en masse, forming Wally's "Cyclone Rangers" or "The Academy of Speed", including Wally, Jay, Bart, Max Mercury, and Jesse Quick.

Bart spun off into his own, [[FunPersonified light-hearted]] series, ''Impulse''. Meanwhile, Wally and Linda got ready to tie the knot. As had become ''de rigeur'' for a Flash wedding, [[GoneHorriblyWrong something horrible happened]], with Linda kidnapped by Abra Kadabra and apparently erased from existence. Without ThePowerOfLove to anchor him, Wally apparently disappeared into the Speed Force.

He was replaced by a DarkerAndEdgier Flash; a mysterious figure who was trusted by the few people who knew his identity (initially he [[TheFaceless never took his mask off on panel]]). "Dark Flash" was eventually [[TheReveal revealed]] as an AlternateUniverse Wally from a world in which Linda had been killed. Eventually, the "real" Wally and Linda returned, Linda having been trapped in Dark Flash's universe and ThePowerOfLove having brought Wally there.

After Waid left the book, GeoffJohns took it in a new direction; Linda's unborn twins were killed by Wally's EvilCounterpart, the new Zoom, and Wally subsequently got the Spectre to [[LaserGuidedAmnesia wipe everyone's memory]] of the Flash's secret identity, including his own. Gradually, first Wally then other heroes, then Linda learned the truth. Eventually Wally was able to SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong and use Zoom's own TimeTravel powers to restore the twins. Bart, meanwhile, moved from Impulse to the new Kid Flash in the pages of ''Comicbook/TeenTitans''

In the CrisisCrossover ''InfiniteCrisis'', Wally attempted to trap Superboy-Prime in the Speed Force, and took Linda and the twins to a peaceful planet the Flashes had been visiting since Jay's time.

'''The Bart Allen Era'''

In the wake of ''Infinite Crisis'', the Speed Force was apparently inaccessible. [[TimeSkip One Year Later]], Bart Allen managed to connect to it again, and became the Flash. He had a brief career before being killed by a [[LegionOfDoom team-up]] of all the Flash's rogues, under the orders of his EvilTwin, Inertia.

'''The Wally West Era again'''

Wally West and Mark Waid both returned to the book. The twins had a PlotRelevantAgeUp, and Wally and Linda were teaching them how to use their (erratic and only vaguely speed-related) powers. Meanwhile, Jay remained a [[{{Mentors}} mentor]] and was one of the leaders of the JusticeSocietyOfAmerica.

'''Barry and Bart Return'''

Barry Allen returned from the Speed Force during FinalCrisis. The cause of his return and his place in the DCU are being explored in the miniseries ''The Flash: Rebirth'', written by Geoff Johns. Bart came back from the dead and got plot-relevant ''de''-aged in ''LegionOf3Worlds.''

As of the end of ''BlackestNight'', the DC Universe was left with the unprecedented scenario of ''all four'' Flashes alive and well. Whilst the fandom hoped the writers would take full advantage, the opportunity was never capitalised on, with the Flash series focusing on Barry & barely featuring Wally, Bart or Jay during the 12 issues of the series. And then ''Comicbook/{{Flashpoint}}'' happened.

'''Post-Flashpoint[=/=]The New 52'''

''Comicbook/{{Flashpoint}}'' saw Barry waking up in a radically different world, and without his powers due to the Speed Force never being created. As the story went on, Barry managed to recreate the Speed Force & teamed up with this world's Batman to restore the damage to the timeline. [[spoiler:In the final issue of the story, Zoom reveals that [[NiceJobBreakingItHero it was Barry]], [[NotMeThisTime not him]], who caused the alterations to the timeline by trying to stop the murder of Barry's mother at his hand]].

However, thanks to ''three'' timelines merging, [[{{New 52}} not everything is the same]] - Whilst Barry is still the Flash, he's no longer married to Iris & is now in a relationship with Patty Spivot; and whilst Kid Flash is still around & Bart is still in the suit, it's unclear if he's still related to Barry. However, Wally's time as Kid Flash & the Flash has been erased from history, [[spoiler:with it eventually being revealed after 2 years that Wally was never even ''born'']]. As for Jay Garrick, the event also re-established [[ComicBook/{{Earth2}} Earth-2]], making Jay once again Barry's AlternateUniverse counterpart.

'''In Other Media'''

In TV, Barry Allen got his own series in ''Series/TheFlash''. He also appeared in ''{{Superfriends}}''. Wally showed up as the Flash in ''JusticeLeague'' (after an un-named Flash made a guest appearance on WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries), and as Kid Flash in ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' and ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice''. Bart appeared in ''{{Smallville}}'', as the Flash in his first appearance and as Impulse in his later ones. Wally will be appearing in the upcoming ''JusticeLeagueOfAmerica'' movie, with a ''Flash'' movie positioned as a SpinOff. Jay Garrick appeared for the first time in animation in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'', and for the first time in live-action in a cameo in the ninth season of ''{{Smallville}}''. Wally is Flash in the ''DCSuperFriends'' short. Barry appears as Flash in ''[[ComicBook/DCTheNewFrontier Justice League: The New Frontier]]'' and ''JusticeLeagueDoom'', though in the latter, he is, confusingly, played by Wally's [=DCAU=] voice actor, and alongside the rest of that canon's actors.

All four Flashes have been on-screen together twice in ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice,'' during Bart's introduction in the Season Two episode "Bloodlines." and in the series finale "Endgame", which are the only times all the Flashes have been seen together.

Barry Allen has been a playable character in DC fighting games like ''[[VideoGame/MortalKombatVsDCUniverse Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/InjusticeGodsAmongUs Injustice: Gods Among Us]]''.

For one of the best Flash sites on the Internet, see [[http://www.hyperborea.org/flash/ Flash: Those Who Ride The Lightning]].

'''Other versions'''

TangentComics Flash was a young girl called Lia Nelson who was composed of light.

A ''re-imagining'' of the Flash exists in the ''Just Imagine'' series. This version of the Flash is a college girl called Mary Maxwell who gains super speed after her father attempts to save her from a life-threatening disease that slowly drained her energy, by injecting her with hummingbird DNA.

DC even has two FunnyAnimal versions of the Flash:
* The first was the Terrific Whatzit, a [[TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] comics character who's a [[TurtlePower turtle]]. TW had a power set similar to Johnny Quick's (super-speed, some flying ability) plus super-strength; he wore a costume similar to Jay Garrick's. Later stories showed he lived on the parallel world of Earth-C, and was the uncle of the [[Comicbook/CaptainCarrotAndHisAmazingZooCrew Zoo Crew's]] speedster [[TurtlePower Fastback]].
* The second was [[TurtlePower the Crash]], a member of the JLA (Just'a Lotta Animals) of Earth-C-Minus. The Crash was his world's version of the Flash (the [[TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] version), and thus had the same costume and powers as the Flash. In a variation on Barry Allen's backstory as well as the story "The Flash of Two Worlds," it's revealed that the Crash as a child had read his world's "fictional" comics about (Earth-C's) Terrific Whatzit.
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!!Tropes associated with this character:

* AbortedArc: It definitely looked like something major was going to go down with Wally's kids, but then TheNew52 happened and the entire family went MIA.
* AffirmativeActionLegacy:
** Iris West, the half-Asian daughter of Wally and Linda Park-West, took over as the new Impulse before ''ComicBook/{{Flashpoint}}''. In the alternate-reality series ''ComicBook/KingdomCome'', she'd also become the new Kid Flash (though was not at that time identified as Asian).
** In the ''ComicBook/BatmanBeyond'' spin-off ''Justice League Beyond'', the new Flash is a young black woman named Danica Williams.
* AndIMustScream: In a move that seems very unlike the easy-going Wally West we've come to know, he subjects Inertia (clone of Bart, a reverse-Impulse, if you will) to an eternal punishment. Rather than simply outright killing him, he uses the Speed Force to slow Inertia down physically to such a degree, that the simple act of blinking would take him hundreds of years. To make the punishment worse, Inertia could still think and see in real time, frozen in the middle of a sprint, and forced to stare endlessly at images of Bart Allen, whom he had previously killed. Wally describes it as being "forced to stare, with eyes that take a hundred years to blink... at the ghost of the man he could never be."
* AnimalThemedSuperbeing: Common reoccuring villains, Kobra and Gorilla Grodd.
** There was also a Silver Age villain called The Turtle.
* AnimeHair: ''The'' character marker for Bart. Such voluminous hair simply ''cannot'' go unmentioned or unnoticed, and yet very few of his non-superhero friends drew the connection! (If they did, they didn't say anything.) It's so large that you can actually pull or pick up the poor kid by his hair alone, if you're strong enough. He's quite protective of it, too.
* ArtisticLicense: Geography. If the Mississippi River divides Central and Keystone City, Keystone should be in Illinois, not Kansas.
** It's ''supposed'' to be the Missouri River, but a lot of writers get it wrong.
* BattleTops: The weapon of choice for The Top, a villain.
* BigEater: Bart will eat anything and everything that won't hurt him, and maybe some things that would. Unless it's raw seafood.
** Before the introduction of the Speed Force, speedsters ''had'' to consume huge amounts of food to keep their metabolisms in check. Nowadays, they don't, but many writers tend to forget this.
*** Lampshaded when Wally orders a gigantic burger and Linda points out that he doesn't have to eat like that anymore: "I don't have to; I ''want'' to".
* BlessedWithSuck: Many of the more modern Rogues have this, in all varieties.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: Jay would occasionally shill his own book to readers, both in his own comics and in All-Star. He also had the occasional speed records page in which he related then-current speed records and other facts to the reader. In a way, these were the original "Flash facts".
* BumblingSidekick: Winky, Blinky, and Noddy ("The Three Dimwits"), for Jay Garrick.
* CaptainSuperhero: Some of the RoguesGallery.
* CatchPhrase: Barry, and sometimes Wally, have "Flash fact", said before or after explaining some TechnoBabble (or geniue scientific) reason why they can use superspeed to defeat an enemy.
** "My name is Barry Allen/Wally West/Bart Allen. I'm the fastest man alive. I'm the Flash."
* ChangingClothesIsAFreeAction: Simply because he's so damn fast. At one point after he's brought back to life, GreenArrow goes around collecting valuable possessions of his from their hiding spots and notes that the Flash gave all the Justice Leaguers special rings that could hold their costumes for swift changing, but also that he was the only one who could use it.
** Wally would later make his outfit out of the speed force itself. All he had to do was access his powers and it would come on.
* CharacterShilling: The authors admitted as much for Barry Allen upon his return. Since the current fans didn't know him anymore, they had the other characters all talk about how great he was during his reintroduction.
* ChemistryCanDoAnything
* ComingOutStory: There's something {{WAFF}} about how Pied Piper [[http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_16vaepAqX-c/THbSIcElCfI/AAAAAAAACBU/ussJ0h6jCz0/s1600/Zone003.jpg came out]] to Wally. Especially when Wally [[http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_16vaepAqX-c/THbSdw1lTgI/AAAAAAAACBc/zC_iFBGwFZI/s1600/Zone004.jpg tried to play it cool]] and act like he knew the whole time.
* CoolAndUnusualPunishment: A hero-on-villain example. Jay would often resort to methods other than punching out the criminal. Once when a group of thugs from a protection racket were harassing a restaurant owner, Jay forced them to eat so much food at super-speed that they all sat around feeling stuffed and terrible and were no further trouble. In another instance he spun a criminal around and around and super-speed, threatening to let him go until the gangster agreed to surrender. Jay was fond of this method of dealing with opponents.
* CruelMercy
* TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks: MarkWaid's run was highly popular for [[DefiedTrope defying]] much of the trends of the DarkAge, being relatively lighthearted yet very emotional. The spinoff ''Impulse'' bucked the trends even more.
* DeadGuyJunior: Barry and Bart share the same full name[[note]]Bartholomew Henry Allen[[/note]], but it's hardly ever mentioned except in profiles or when Bart's in ''really'' big trouble.
** Wally named his son and daughter after the [[TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] Flash and his aunt, respectively.
* DeathIsCheap: Barry was the most well known aversion in comic book history (23+ years)...and then [[strike:Didio]] DC Editorial resurrected him in 2008. Permanently, apparently. [[BrokenBase This has caused quite a backlash among fans]].
* CanonDisContinuity: GreatGazoo Mopee, a "tenth-class Heavenly helpmate" who was introduced in the 1960s as being responsible for the lightning bolt that gave Barry his powers. Mopee was swiftly sent to CanonDiscontinuity.
* DisposableSuperheroMaker
* DodgeTheBullet: Nowadays, if a criminal even ''attempts'' to fire his gun to the Flash, he deserves to be disposed of really fast (pun intended).
* DueToTheDead
* EndOfSeriesAwareness: [[http://www.comics.org/issue/215551/cover/4/ This]] cover.
* EnemyCivilWar: ''[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Rogue War]]''.
* EvilCounterpart: The many Reverse-Flashes:
** Jay has The Rival (a human) and the Golden Age Reverse-Flash (a rarely-seen robot).
** Barry has Professor Zoom (Eobard Thawne).
** Wally has Zoom (Hunter Zolomon).
** Bart has Inertia.
** Jesse Quick has Lady Savitar.
** Max Mercury has Savitar (the Savitars are only ''sometimes'' included in the "Reverse-Flashes").
* EverybodySmokes: In his Golden Age series, Jay Garrick is sometimes shown to smoke cigarettes. Given the era that the books were produced in, the 1940s, this would not be unusual. In his re-told origin story in All-Flash #1, Jay even takes a smoke break during the experiment that ultimately gives him his super-speed!
* EverythingsBetterWithSpinning: This is the Top's theory about how to be a master criminal. Tops operate on the same principle as advanced gyroscopes, so they're an excellent way to commit crimes and rule the world, right?
* ExecutiveMeddling: When Titans and Young Justice was merged to create the 2003 ''ComicBook/TeenTitans'' revival, Bart was renamed "Kid Flash" and given a personality transplant, removing his ADD-driven, humor-based personality to turn him into a brooding teenager who kept wanting to be taken seriously.
** He's been acting more like his old self since his resurrection, though.
** Previously, Wally's Crisis-era depowering fits with the general trend to bring top-level heroics down to less fantastic levels.
* EyesOfGold: A quirk of the Thawne bloodline, though not unique.
** Again, another character marker for Bart (who ''is'' part of said bloodline); that's why his goggles are the same yellow shade, to hide his eye color (although that hair should've busted his identity right then and there...). Unlike most examples, it serves to enhance his idealistic personality, and Meloni's nickname for him - "Sunshine" - sums it up best.
* FeudingFamilies: Flash family and the Cobalt Blue line. Bart's a scion of both - and quite possibly the ''reason'' for said feud going wildly out of control - which brings this quote:
-->'''Professor Zoom''': You have no idea what kind of storm you created for my family. Your very existence disgusts me.
* FreezeRay: Captain Cold
* FriendlyEnemy[=/=]GoKartingWithBowser: Bart & Wally with Captain Cold and most of the Rogues.
* FunPersonified: Bart as Impulse
** And now Bart again once more, unless Johns is using him as the fanbase's avatar.
* TheGimmick: Just about all of the RoguesGallery.
* GrinOfAudacity: Worn often, at least by the DCAU version, who really enjoys his work and is an all-around merry fellow.
* HeelFaceTurn: The Flash was one of the first comics to attempt this seriously, and at some point, almost every [[TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] Rogue had attempted to go legit, to varying degrees of success. This was Retconned to be the work of the Top, however, who gleefully undid it all during the Rogue War. [[spoiler: It's implied that two of the Rogues, Pied Piper and the Trickster, legitimately went straight, though Top's meddling blinded Trickster to the fact that being on the right side of the law didn't mean he was in the right.]]
* HeroicSacrifice: Common in the Flash mythos.
** Barry Allen's classic sacrifice in CrisisOnInfiniteEarths. It even stuck for a while.
** Wally West almost kills himself attempting to pull [[InfiniteCrisis Superboy-Prime into the Speed Force]], but certainly managed to finish off his tenure as the mainline Flash save for a brief interlude between Bart and Barry.
** [[ComicBook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}} Jenni Ognats]], Bart's cousin and Barry's ''other'' grandchild, was heavily insinuated by the Time Trapper in the ''Legends of the Dead Earth'' annuals to be destined to eventually follow Barry's example and sacrifice her own life to save the universe during a future crisis. Of course that was two or three reboots ago, now.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: They all have one, and three out of the four are paired with a GreenLantern. Jay and Alan Scott, Barry and Hal Jordan, and Wally and Kyle Rayner are all Flash/Green Lantern Life Partners. Bart has Tim Drake. Wally is also closely linked to Dick Grayson, who was the best man at his wedding.
** They also play these relationships for all the comedic value they can get, Barry and GreenArrow have [[ShipToShipCombat a sort of rivalry over Hal]], as do Bart and {{Superboy}} over Tim.
** When she meets Kyle Rayner for the first time, [[ComicBook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}} Jenni Ognats]] mentions the enduring Flash-Lantern partnership and uses it as an excuse to flirt him up.
* HotMom: they must have really good anti-aging cosmetics in the 30th century if Iris really looks that young in ''Rebirth''...
** One of Bart's friends immediately develops a crush on Meloni on first sight:
-->'''Carol''': Charmed, I'm sure. Say hello, Preston.
-->'''Preston''': ''(complete with hearts over his head)'' Hh''haaaa''...
* AnIceSuit: Captain Cold.
* ImpossiblyCompactFolding: The Flash's ring holds his entire outfit inside.
* InTheBlood (subversions below)
** Bart happily embraces his Allen side and completely rejects the Thawne legacy (he's a descendant of the first Zoom), and shows zero angst over it. Zoom does not take kindly to this ''at all''.
-->'''Professor Zoom''': Your mother may be a Thawne, but your father was an Allen. Your blood is polluted.
-->'''Bart''': Look on the bright side, Professor Plum. We're only half related!
** Meloni (Bart's mother) is the "black sheep" of her family; as someone on Comicbloc said, ''He [Zoom] didn't factor on Meloni not being a bitch though.''
* {{Irony}}: Being the Fastest Man Alive somehow doesn't stop Barry Allen from repeatedly being late.
* JapaneseRanguage: The TropeNamer, believe it or not.
* KidSidekick: Kid Flash; Impulse was a subversion of this until Didio struck and he was turned into a pod person.
* LegacyCharacter: and legacy characters for legacy characters of legacy characters...
** [[http://scans-daily.dreamwidth.org/1212005.html CANON RULE 63 IMPULSE]] (look at Bart's face; it practically screams "I'm sorry, ''what?!''")
*** Iris (younger one, Wally's daughter) is a Bart fangirl, if you were wondering.
** One of Mark Waid's last big story arcs called Chain Lightning reveled that there is a long line of Flashes after the ones we know about pass on. And just as many villains named Cobalt Blue.
* LetsYouAndHimFight: Averted with Barry and Jay's first meeting in The Flash of Two Worlds. Barry looks up Jay's address in the phone book, goes to meet him, introduces himself, tells his life story, and the two get along famously. They then team up to capture the bad guys with no clash of egos at all.
* TheLifestream: the Speed Force is often portrayed as this
* LivingMemory: Barry Allen, via TimeTravel!
** [[spoiler:Eobard Thawne (Professor Zoom) as well, in the StoryArc ''The Return Of Barry Allen''.]]
* LivingStatue: Jay Garrick briefly becomes one thanks to a chemical formula invented by a fellow scientist and stolen by a criminal.
* TheMasqueradeWillKillYourDatingLife: Subverted with Jay Garrick. His girlfriend Joan knows he's the Flash from early on, and even helps him out from time to time.
* MeetYourEarlyInstallmentWeirdness: "The Flash of Two Worlds", where SilverAge Flash Barry meets [[TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] Flash Jay in an interdimensional mishap. The major success of this SilverAge story lead right into the annual {{JLA}}[=/=]{{JSA}} crossovers throughout the pre-Crisis era.
* MundaneUtility: Well, if you had super-speed, you'd probably use it to get the shopping done too.
* MythArc: "The Flash is to time what ''Franchise/GreenLantern'' is to space", says Geoff Johns.
* NamesTheSame:
** Since 1976, when Jay Garrick began being featured on a regular basis again, there's usually been two Flashes active at any one time, both of them using the Flash name. During the period following ''ComicBook/FinalCrisis'' up to ''ComicBook/{{Flashpoint}}'', this increased to [[RuleOfThree three active Flashes]], with two of them in similar costumes. Following the ComicBook/{{New 52}} reboot, it became a lot easier to identify them - Whilst DC gradually reintroduced a second & third Flash, they weren't in the the primary DC Universe & can easily identified as the "Flash of ''ComicBook/{{Earth 2}}''[=/=]''Justice League 3000''".
** This, fittingly, extends to their [[EvilCounterpart Evil Counterparts]] too, but it's not as complicated - whilst there are three Reverse-Flashes, the first & second have the alternate names Professor Zoom & Zoom respectively.
** Intentionally averted by the Rogues - Though roughly half of them qualify as a LegacyCharacter, they make it a rule to never have two members with the same title. They still have Captains Cold & Boomerang, however.
* NeverHurtAnInnocent: Much of the Flash's Rogues Gallery is like this...most of the time.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero:
** Played with. Peek-a-Boo is an anti-villain, forced out of her job, and abandoning her education and her future to take care of her father. Her powers involve her unintentionally teleporting and accidentally destroying things. Her last ditch effort to save her father is to steal an organ he needs for a transplant, but the Flash (Wally) stops her and she is arrested. After that she is labeled a rogue and ostracized forever, originally hoping to be a hero, but after all that ends up [[ThenLetMeBeEvil being a villain instead]]. In the end Wally was the one who pushed her down this path, but as Wolfe points out she broke the law, and the organ recipient would have died if it hadn't been for him.
** [[spoiler:The ''ComicBook/{{Flashpoint}}'' timeline, and subsequent ComicBook/{{New 52}} reboot, can largely be attributed to Barry trying to save his mother from dying when he was a kid.]]
* NobleDemon: The Rogues. They not only have [[EvenEvilHasStandards a code of conduct]], but don't allow [[LegacyCharacter people to take up another Rogue's identity if the current holder is still alive]] & don't grant membership just because you've taken up the mantle of a deceased Rogue. In fact, they've been shown to outright ''stop'' in the middle of a crime wave because of an unrelated death with ties to the superhero community, have walked away from at least one VillainTeamUp because they weren't interested in taking over the world, and [[EnemyMine will defend Central City alongside the Flash if need be]].
-->'''Captain Cold''': [[[spoiler:Owen]]. The Rogues don't kill women & children.
* NotSoHarmlessVillain: Eobard Thawne aka Professor Zoom has both his superpowers and his [[AxCrazy Ax Craziness]] ramped up considerably in ''The Flash: Rebirth''.
* OlderAndWiser: Max Mercury and Jay take this role in regards to the other speedsters
* PersonalityPowers: subverted with Jay and Barry, who are generally slow and methodical, played mostly straight with Wally, and taken right to the extreme with Impulse!Bart, who'd just run blindly into everything.
** Barry, since coming back to life, has been significantly more like Bart and Wally, which is noted by [[GreenLantern Hal Jordan]] during BlackestNight.
* PlotTumor: The Speed Force has [[GreenLanternRing so many applications]] and [[MetaOrigin created so many allies and threats to the Flash]] that it has quickly become central to the Flash mythos.
* PowerDegeneration: Wally's powers were killing him for awhile, bringing his powers down to more reasonable levels. You know, not exceeding the mass of the universe while running, stuff like that.
* RacingTheTrain: In one issue, Wally realizes that while he was fighting a supercriminal, his girlfriend was taking a train and leaving town. He then proceeds to run down the train, climb on board, and asks her to stay.
* RainbowMotif: Rainbow Raider.
* RapidFireFisticuffs: A fun and useful application of SuperSpeed powers. The best example probably being in ''JusticeLeagueUnlimited'' where Wally slams all the Brainiac out of Lex Luthor.
* RequiredSecondaryPowers: All the Flashes have an invisible aura around their bodies that protects them from air friction, inertia, etc, as they move at high speed. And that's just the beginning. look at what they can do with the Speed Force, and try to figure out how their powers work
* RoguesGallery: The main Rogues Gallery actually ''call themselves'' that. In some continuities, they even have dental.
* SciFiWritersHaveNoSenseOfScale: At "A hairs breadth short of the speed of light", Flash saves a population of 532,000 from a nuclear explosion by carrying them one or two at a time to a hill 35 miles away and does this all in ''0.00001 microseconds''. If you do the math, the result is much faster than the speed of light. Thirteen ''trillion'' times, to be precise.
* SerialKiller: Murmur, one of the unashamedly murderous rogues, hates the sound of speech and goes about cutting peoples' tongues out [[spoiler:including his own.]]
* ShoutOut: [[MarvelComics Marvel]] had a nice Shout Out with [[http://marvel.wikia.com/Buried_Alien_(Earth-616) "Buried Alien"]].
** To Greek Mythology: Each Flash outfit has [[MercurysWings wings on the helm, shoes, or both]], referring to Hermes. Barry's wife Iris, a reporter, takes her name from the [[DistaffCounterpart female messenger god of the Greek Pantheon]].
* SidekickGraduationsStick: Wally ''was'' the most successful example. His run as the Flash lasted for over 20 years, he was a founding member of more than half-a-dozen teams, and a regular guest star in many other series. (Fun Flash Fact: Wally's series, ''Flash'' Vol. 2, ran to issue 247. Barry's run in ''Flash'' Vol. 1 was from 105 to 350, only '''246''' issues.) After Flashpoint and TheNew52, however, Wally no longer exists. His graduation stuck so hard they had to ''reboot the universe'' to un-stick it.
* SnapToTheSide: His rogues' gallery pretty much has to learn this to avoid whiplash.
* SplitPersonality: Rose and Thorn, one of Jay's adversaries. The mild and sweet and blonde Rose transforms into the super-powered criminal the Thorn. Rose is aware of the Thorn, but believes her to be her sister rather than an alternate personality, though Thorn is fully aware of who she is. Oddly enough, Alan Scott later marries Rose, unaware of her split personality, and she becomes the mother of Jade and Obsidian.
* StoryBreakerPower: As his maximum speed climbs to the upper levels of insanity, he actually starts to run into a lot of the same problems as Superman. How does anything challenge someone who can think and react thousands of times faster than even the fastest person? Writers have repeatedly commented that an intelligently written speedster on the Flash's level should be completely unbeatable.
* StrongFamilyResemblance: Bart gets a great deal of his mannerisms and appearance from his mother, right down to the crazy hairstyle!
* SuperReflexes: They all have them, as an obvious requirement to traveling ''that'' fast. They also tend to lose them whenever the writers want a Flash to do something like, say, get stabbed by Deathstroke.
* SuperFamilyTeam: The Garricks.
* SuperSpeed (obviously)
** Flash-type speedsters are the fastest beings in the universe, ''full stop''. Of course, running at superluminal speed doesn't come without risks; the faster you run, the higher the chance there is at being absorbed by/merging with the Speed Force, which is why they tend to keep to "normal" supersonic speeds (~Mach 10 or so).
* SwissArmySuperpower: The Speed Force grants Flash-type speedsters an amazing amount of powers...
** PhotographicMemory: only Bart has the true, "permanent" form; the others can only retain it temporarily.
** HealingFactor: Barry is nigh-unkillable at the peak of his powers, being able to remain conscious and deliberately reassemble himself molecule by molecule even if he's been ''disintegrated''. In other words, he has "complete control over his molecules," as mentioned every third comic or so back in TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks, and is thus capable of reversing pretty much any sort of attempte to induce PowerIncontinence on him. Considering the things he can undo with this power, mere [[GoodThingYouCanHeal regeneration]] is simple.
*** One has to assume that this ability is what's kept Jay Garrick hale and hearty for a man who's nearly a century old.
** SuperStrength
*** Infinite Mass Punch: explained by the Theory of Relativity
*** Though a literal infinite mass punch is only possible for them due to the Speed Force and their aura's allowing them to ignore inertia and any nitpicky "Laws of Physics" that would get in the way. His target, on the other hand, had super speed that ''didn't'' derive from the Speed Force, and thus felt every bit of the effects of a ballistic path from South Dakota to the Serengeti.
*** In TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks, Barry Allen occasionally karate-chopped his way through concrete and steel with a single blow. Being able to move his hand at near-light speed made it pretty easy; what was amazing was that the impact didn't shatter his own bones.
** Speed Lend/Steal (from TheOtherWiki): ''Perhaps his most versatile new power; because the Speed Force governed all motion, Wally could rob objects of their kinetic energy, motion, or momentum - for example, bullets in flight or turning a supervillain into a statue - and use the energy to accelerate himself even faster. He could similarly lend speed to inanimate objects or allies, enabling them to temporarily travel nearly as fast as himself. Bart Allen's future self is shown to also have this ability in the Teen Titans "Titans Tomorrow" story arc.''
*** Speed control: if you think you can move that fast, you ''can''.
** HammerSpace Constructs
** Shield
** Flight (Johnny and Jesse Quick only)
*** DCAU!Flash tried that in the ''JusticeLeagueUnlimited'' episode "I Am Legion". Good enough to not die from a high altitude fall, but maneuverability is less than stellar. Wally also used a similar method once in the regular comics to save a flight attendant who had -- again -- fallen from a plane.
*** An ability Bart would do anything to get. One would wonder why when his current abilities are much more useful; probably representative of his free-spirited personality.
** ESP
** Speed scouts: Impulse gained the ability to create Speed Force clones of himself in the ''Dark Tomorrow'' story arc (#73-75); they have his personality, and he also absorbs their memories once they're done. One of them was killed during the ''Our Worlds at War'' crossover, and the psychic backlash sent him into a coma; he was eventually forced to use them again during ''World Without Young Justice''. This ability is apparently now forgotten since we don't see it after that, or Bart is still reluctant to use them.
** Negate Anti-Life Equation ...somehow
*** That was probably more PowerOfLove than anything to do with the speed force.
**** Considering what we learn [[CountdownToFinalCrisis later on]] (assuming it one of the things [[CanonDiscontinuity they selectively kept]]) about [[BrownNote Piper's powers,]] it could partially be [[AcquiredPoisonImmunity acquired immunity.]]
** Self-molecular control; generally used for [[IntangibleMan intangibility and phasing]]
*** The most dangerous use? [[DisintegratorRay Literal disintegration]]. As in, atoms scattered all over with no hope of reassembling them. Both Bart and Wally have threatened to use this, but haven't actually done so.
** Oh yeah, and ''using '''itself''' as a inter-dimensional prison''.
* TakingOverTheTown: This was Blacksmith's plan for taking over Central and Keystone Cities. She had Murmur and Mirror Master attack radio stations and reprogram their antennas to broadcast a mirror shield around the twin cities to prevent anyone from coming in or getting out.
* TalkingInYourSleep: Iris [[http://bp3.blogger.com/_rLV-ZuNPwJ4/R1-Q1Ge-N2I/AAAAAAAAAzc/QfgdVNHME9w/s1600-h/Flash174-27.jpg finds out about Barry's dual identity this way]] on their wedding night, but keeps it to herself until Barry finally decides to 'fess up on their first anniversary.
* TangledFamilyTree: Because of the whole time-travel schtick ''and'' Bart's ancestry.
* TornadoMove: The Flash does this all the time. He usually uses it to shield others from harm, but he once froze a battalion of demons just with the icy winds.
* TronLines: Post-Flashpoint, Barry's costume now has these. They light up when he's [[http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-VE2mBP_zVAg/TwFh_JJ5MnI/AAAAAAAABMo/1N57oJdpT3M/s1600/new52_flash_issue4.png running]], but when he's standing still or walking, they're black seams, barely visible.
* UltimateShowdownOfUltimateDestiny: The Flash vs. Superman races, which, most of the time, would end in a tie. Wally West, the then-current Flash, beat Superman by a slim margin in the first PostCrisis race between the two on the basis that Supes is unused to running much as compared to the easier flying option while that's what Flash does all the time.
** As the writer pointed out, it would be kind of lame if Flash weren't the best at his ''only'' power.
** As of the Flash Rebirth mini-series, all of the races between the two are only close because the Flash let them be close. When Barry Allen really wants to outrun Superman, The Man of Steel might as well be standing still compared to The Fastest Man Alive.
--->'''Barry''': You can't stop me.
--->'''Superman''': I've raced you before, Barry. I even won some of those races.
--->'''Barry''': Those were for '''charity''', Clark.
--->''Barry runs off, leaving Superman standing in his wake.''
*** It was necessary to do this due to all the retcons that had happened since the last time Barry and Superman raced. [[PostCrisis Pre Crisis]] Superman really was nearly as fast as Barry and his superior stamina and strength gave him an edge (Barry was able to compensate by vibrating through obstacles Superman had to run around.) However, PostCrisis, Superman has been considerably slower and with Barry's return they had to explain why the races were close.
** Jay Garrick is the only Flash capable of any SuperSpeed without tapping into the Speed Force since he's a metahuman as well. Modern stories have set his "natural" top speed at only the speed of sound, with faster speeds requiring energy from the speed force. However in his original Golden Age series, and as recently as a 1991 Justice Society mini-series, Jay could hit the speed of light on his own. On at least one occasion he went faster than light in order to time travel.
* WhamEpisode: The Blitz storyline, which had two years of continuity behind it, leading to Wally's personal BigBad, a disturbingly easy aversion of InfantImmortality, and arguably the most shocking FaceHeelTurn since Terra in ''ComicBook/TeenTitans''. Johns apparently remembered that an UnpleasableFanbase sent death threats to the people involved in Terra's turn (despite it being planned from her introduction), and laid out every piece of evidence given out as proof that this was always coming. [[spoiler: The introduction comic ends with Wally's close friend, Hunter Zolomon, realizing that he's also capable of moving at superspeed. This, coupled with his irrational belief that Wally wasn't being heroic enough, led him to scratch away a paper with his name on it, leaving only the name "Zoom".]]
* WhatTheHellHero: In the "Ignition" story arc, which takes place immediately after the "Blitz" storyline above, Batman pays Wally a visit to confront him about the LaserGuidedAmnesia he (and everybody else) has suffered through Wally making a deal with the Spectre to make everyone (including himself, inadvertently) forget his secret identity in the aftermath of Linda's miscarriage at Zoom's hands. However, once Wally gets his memories back (via Batman unmasking himself in front of him), he shows no remorse for what he did, pointing out that he'd suffered a tragedy not unlike [[OrphansOrdeal Bruce's own issues]].
--> '''Wally:''' I just lost my children, Bruce. I would think ''you'' would know what that's like. ''(Batman then flashes back to his own parents' murder)''
* WhereDoesHeGetAllThoseWonderfulToys: The Rogues have their very own tailor, Paul Gambi.
* YouFightLikeACow: Averted when Captain Cold faces his sister's murderer, who co-opted Cold's freeze guns as Chillblaine. Chillblaine tries to start the fight off with a witty pun, but Cold's there for vengeance.
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However, thanks to ''three'' timelines merging, [[{{New 52}} not everything is the same]] - Whilst Barry is still the Flash, he's no longer married to Iris & is now in a relationship with Patty Spivot; and whilst Kid Flash is still around & Bart is still in the suit, it's unclear if he's still related to Barry. However, Wally's time as Kid Flash & the Flash has been erased from history, and it's unclear what his status is. As for Jay Garrick, the event also re-established [[ComicBook/{{Earth2}} Earth-2]], making Jay once again Barry's AlternateUniverse counterpart.

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However, thanks to ''three'' timelines merging, [[{{New 52}} not everything is the same]] - Whilst Barry is still the Flash, he's no longer married to Iris & is now in a relationship with Patty Spivot; and whilst Kid Flash is still around & Bart is still in the suit, it's unclear if he's still related to Barry. However, Wally's time as Kid Flash & the Flash has been erased from history, and it's unclear what his status is.[[spoiler:with it eventually being revealed after 2 years that Wally was never even ''born'']]. As for Jay Garrick, the event also re-established [[ComicBook/{{Earth2}} Earth-2]], making Jay once again Barry's AlternateUniverse counterpart.
9th Sep '13 8:31:20 AM ThisIsATestTai
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Jay was otherwise a fairly standard Golden Age hero. His SuperHeroOrigin involved a FreakLabAccident involving "hard water fumes".[[note]]Real world scientific research at the time had found that laboratory animals would, while exposed to some of the compounds present in hard water, have measurably faster metabolisms. Probably to eliminate those unpleasant chemicals from their bodies.[[/note]] (Later issues {{retcon}}nned this to "heavy water vapor".) He fought a mix of racketeers, saboteurs, normal criminals with a gimmick, aliens, and super-powered villains. Jay wasn't always careful to keep a SecretIdentity, which sometimes caused problems in his relationship with his [[LoveInterests girlfriend]], Joan Williams. (In a pleasant variation from the norm, Joan was in on his secret from the beginning.)

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Jay was otherwise a fairly standard Golden Age hero. His SuperHeroOrigin involved a FreakLabAccident involving "hard water fumes".[[note]]Real world scientific research at the time had found that laboratory animals would, while exposed to some of the compounds present in hard water, have measurably faster metabolisms. Probably to eliminate those unpleasant chemicals from their bodies.[[/note]] (Later issues {{retcon}}nned {{retcon}}ned this to "heavy water vapor".vapor", and later to being the result of activating a [[{{Mutants}} meta-gene]] for which the vapor was a catalyst.) He fought a mix of racketeers, saboteurs, normal criminals with a gimmick, aliens, and super-powered villains. Jay wasn't always careful to keep a SecretIdentity, which sometimes caused problems in his relationship with his [[LoveInterests girlfriend]], Joan Williams. (In a pleasant variation from the norm, Joan was in on his secret from the beginning.)
29th Aug '13 8:25:31 PM Greenygal
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* ScrewedByTheNetwork: The 1990s TV series, which aired for only one season on CBS and had its time slot constantly changed before it was canned.
** For example, at one point, this hour long drama was moved to air at 8:30 PM. To avoid competing with The Cosby Show and The Simpsons, as it had been.
* SecondComing: In an episode of the TV series, Barry Allen is accidentally thrust 10 years into a future where Central City has been taken over by his brother's killer, Nicholas Pike, and where an underground group of citizens were waiting for the Flash to return in order to set things right.



* SnapToTheSide: His rouges gallery pretty much has to learn this to avoid whiplash.

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* SnapToTheSide: His rouges rogues' gallery pretty much has to learn this to avoid whiplash.
29th Aug '13 5:09:12 PM ChrisDV
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* {{Irony}}: Being the Fastest Man Alive somehow doesn't stop Barry Allen from repeatedly being late.



* NamesTheSame: On the hero side, we have:
** The Flash
** The Flash
** Kid Flash/The Flash
** Impulse/Kid Flash/The Flash
** Kid Flash/Impulse
** And on the villain side, we have:
** Reverse-Flash
** Reverse-Flash/Professor Zoom
** Zoom/Reverse-Flash
** Inertia/Kid Zoom
** Half the Rogues, though they make it a rule to never have two members with the same title.

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* NamesTheSame: On NamesTheSame:
** Since 1976, when Jay Garrick began being featured on a regular basis again, there's usually been two Flashes active at any one time, both of them using
the hero side, we have:
** The Flash
** The Flash
** Kid Flash/The Flash
** Impulse/Kid Flash/The Flash
** Kid Flash/Impulse
** And on
Flash name. During the villain side, we have:
** Reverse-Flash
** Reverse-Flash/Professor Zoom
** Zoom/Reverse-Flash
** Inertia/Kid Zoom
** Half
period following ''ComicBook/FinalCrisis'' up to ''ComicBook/{{Flashpoint}}'', this increased to [[RuleOfThree three active Flashes]], with two of them in similar costumes. Following the Rogues, though ComicBook/{{New 52}} reboot, it became a lot easier to identify them - Whilst DC gradually reintroduced a second & third Flash, they weren't in the the primary DC Universe & can easily identified as the "Flash of ''ComicBook/{{Earth 2}}''[=/=]''Justice League 3000''".
** This, fittingly, extends to their [[EvilCounterpart Evil Counterparts]] too, but it's not as complicated - whilst there are three Reverse-Flashes, the first & second have the alternate names Professor Zoom & Zoom respectively.
** Intentionally averted by the Rogues - Though roughly half of them qualify as a LegacyCharacter,
they make it a rule to never have two members with the same title.title. They still have Captains Cold & Boomerang, however.



* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Played with. Peek-a-Boo is an anti-villain, forced out of her job, and abandoning her education and her future to take care of her father. Her powers involve her unintentionally teleporting and accidentally destroying things. Her last ditch effort to save her father is to steal an organ he needs for a transplant, but the Flash (Wally) stops her and she is arrested. After that she is labeled a rogue and ostracized forever, originally hoping to be a hero, but after all that ends up [[ThenLetMeBeEvil being a villain instead]]. In the end Wally was the one who pushed her down this path, but as Wolfe points out she broke the law, and the organ recipient would have died if it hadn't been for him.

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* NiceJobBreakingItHero: NiceJobBreakingItHero:
**
Played with. Peek-a-Boo is an anti-villain, forced out of her job, and abandoning her education and her future to take care of her father. Her powers involve her unintentionally teleporting and accidentally destroying things. Her last ditch effort to save her father is to steal an organ he needs for a transplant, but the Flash (Wally) stops her and she is arrested. After that she is labeled a rogue and ostracized forever, originally hoping to be a hero, but after all that ends up [[ThenLetMeBeEvil being a villain instead]]. In the end Wally was the one who pushed her down this path, but as Wolfe points out she broke the law, and the organ recipient would have died if it hadn't been for him.him.
** [[spoiler:The ''ComicBook/{{Flashpoint}}'' timeline, and subsequent ComicBook/{{New 52}} reboot, can largely be attributed to Barry trying to save his mother from dying when he was a kid.]]
* NobleDemon: The Rogues. They not only have [[EvenEvilHasStandards a code of conduct]], but don't allow [[LegacyCharacter people to take up another Rogue's identity if the current holder is still alive]] & don't grant membership just because you've taken up the mantle of a deceased Rogue. In fact, they've been shown to outright ''stop'' in the middle of a crime wave because of an unrelated death with ties to the superhero community, have walked away from at least one VillainTeamUp because they weren't interested in taking over the world, and [[EnemyMine will defend Central City alongside the Flash if need be]].
-->'''Captain Cold''': [[[spoiler:Owen]]. The Rogues don't kill women & children.
21st Aug '13 4:09:07 PM ChrisDV
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However, thanks to ''three'' timelines merging, [[{{New 52}} not everything is the same]] - Whilst Barry is still the Flash, he's no longer married to Iris & is now in a relationship with Patty Spivot; and whilst Kid Flash is still around & Bart is still in the suit, it's unclear if he's still related to Barry (As of this writing, the two haven't interacted). However, Wally's time as Kid Flash & the Flash has been erased from history, and it's unclear what his status is. As for Jay Garrick, the event also re-established [[ComicBook/{{Earth2}} Earth-2]], making Jay once again Barry's AlternateUniverse counterpart.

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However, thanks to ''three'' timelines merging, [[{{New 52}} not everything is the same]] - Whilst Barry is still the Flash, he's no longer married to Iris & is now in a relationship with Patty Spivot; and whilst Kid Flash is still around & Bart is still in the suit, it's unclear if he's still related to Barry (As of this writing, the two haven't interacted).Barry. However, Wally's time as Kid Flash & the Flash has been erased from history, and it's unclear what his status is. As for Jay Garrick, the event also re-established [[ComicBook/{{Earth2}} Earth-2]], making Jay once again Barry's AlternateUniverse counterpart.
21st Aug '13 7:55:44 AM andersonh1
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** Jay Garrick is the only Flash capable of any SuperSpeed without tapping into the Speed Force since he's a metahuman as well. Modern stories have set his "natural" top speed at only the speed of sound, with faster speeds requiring energy from the speed force. However in his original Golden Age series, and as recently as a 1991 Justice Society mini-series, Jay could hit the speed of light. On at least one occasion he went faster than light in order to time travel.

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** Jay Garrick is the only Flash capable of any SuperSpeed without tapping into the Speed Force since he's a metahuman as well. Modern stories have set his "natural" top speed at only the speed of sound, with faster speeds requiring energy from the speed force. However in his original Golden Age series, and as recently as a 1991 Justice Society mini-series, Jay could hit the speed of light.light on his own. On at least one occasion he went faster than light in order to time travel.
21st Aug '13 7:54:49 AM andersonh1
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** Jay Garrick is the only Flash capable of any SuperSpeed without tapping into the Speed Force since he's a metahuman as well. His natural top speed is "only" the speed of sound, though that's a retcon from more recent Flash series. In his original Golden Age series, Jay could hit the speed of light, and at least once went faster than light in order to time travel.
*** This appears to have been changed somewhat. He still has a metagene that allows him to travel fast without the speedforce, but he is now partially empowered by it.

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** Jay Garrick is the only Flash capable of any SuperSpeed without tapping into the Speed Force since he's a metahuman as well. His natural Modern stories have set his "natural" top speed is "only" at only the speed of sound, though that's a retcon with faster speeds requiring energy from more recent Flash series. In the speed force. However in his original Golden Age series, and as recently as a 1991 Justice Society mini-series, Jay could hit the speed of light, and light. On at least once one occasion he went faster than light in order to time travel.
*** This appears to have been changed somewhat. He still has a metagene that allows him to travel fast without the speedforce, but he is now partially empowered by it.
travel.
21st Aug '13 7:45:36 AM andersonh1
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* EverythingsBetterWithSpinning: This is the Top's theory about how to be a master criminal. Tops operate on the same principle as advanced gyroscopes, so they're an excellent way to commit crimes and rule the world, right?
14th Aug '13 3:58:15 PM TypoKiller
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* WhamEpisode: The Blitz storyline, which had two years of continuity behind it, leading to Wally's personal BigBad, a disturbingly easy aversion of InfantImmortality, and arguably the most shocking FaceHeelTurn since Terra in ''ComicBook/TeenTitans''. Johns apparently remembered that an UnpleasableFanbase sent death threats to the people involved in Terra's turn (despite it being planned from her introduction), and laid out every piece of evidence given out as proof that this was always coming. [[spoiler: The introduction comic ends with Wally's close friend, Hunter Zolomon, realizes that he's also capable of moving at superspeed. This, coupled with his irrational belief that Wally wasn't being heroic enough, led him to scratch away a paper with his name on it, leaving only the name "Zoom".]]

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* WhamEpisode: The Blitz storyline, which had two years of continuity behind it, leading to Wally's personal BigBad, a disturbingly easy aversion of InfantImmortality, and arguably the most shocking FaceHeelTurn since Terra in ''ComicBook/TeenTitans''. Johns apparently remembered that an UnpleasableFanbase sent death threats to the people involved in Terra's turn (despite it being planned from her introduction), and laid out every piece of evidence given out as proof that this was always coming. [[spoiler: The introduction comic ends with Wally's close friend, Hunter Zolomon, realizes realizing that he's also capable of moving at superspeed. This, coupled with his irrational belief that Wally wasn't being heroic enough, led him to scratch away a paper with his name on it, leaving only the name "Zoom".]]
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