[[caption-width-right:350: Every second is a gift.]]

''The Flash''. The Scarlet Speedster. The Crimson Comet. The Sultan of Speed. The Scarlet Knight. The Fastest Man Alive.

'''[[TropeCodifier The]]''' [[SuperSpeed Speedster]]. This is the SuperSpeed hero of Franchise/TheDCU, whose {{legacy|Character}} stretches from UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks to today.


[[folder:The Jay Garrick Era]]
The [[UsefulNotes/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 [[NonpoweredCostumedHero 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.)

While most Golden Age characters were confined to one feature in an anthology, 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 Cavalcade. He was far more successful than the majority of DC's characters in the 1940s, however as the Golden Age came to an end Jay left with it. Flash Comics was cancelled with issue 104 in February 1949. Jay lasted two more years thanks to his appearances as a member of the JSA, but his final Golden Age appearance came with All-Star Comics #57 in February 1951.


[[folder:The Barry Allen Era]]
UsefulNotes/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, Creator/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 with #105 where the original Flash series 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 [[Franchise/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 Franchise/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 UsefulNotes/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 ''ComicBook/TheTrialOfTheFlash'' [[StoryArc arc]]; at the end, Barry was acquitted, it was revealed that Iris was from the future and had been 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 ''ComicBook/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.


[[folder:The Wally West Era]]
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 Franchise/{{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 Creator/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''', a.k.a. 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 [[UsefulNotes/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 the mentor 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, Creator/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 ''ComicBook/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.

Notable storylines:
* ''ComicBook/TheReturnOfBarryAllen''
* ''ComicBook/TerminalVelocity''
* ''ComicBook/DeadHeat''
* ''ComicBook/RaceAgainstTime''
* ''ComicBook/GreenLanternFlashFasterFriends''
* ''ComicBook/ChainLightning''
* ''ComicBook/TheDarkFlashSaga''
* ''ComicBook/{{Blitz}}''
* ''ComicBook/RogueWar''


[[folder:The Bart Allen Era]]
In the wake of ''ComicBook/InfiniteCrisis'', 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.


[[folder: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 {{mentor|s}} and was one of the leaders of the ComicBook/JusticeSocietyOfAmerica.


[[folder:Barry and Bart Return]]
Barry Allen returned from the Speed Force during ''ComicBook/FinalCrisis''. The cause of his return and his place in the DCU were explored in the miniseries ''The Flash: Rebirth'', written by Geoff Johns. The series is also noticeable for giving Barry a DarkerAndEdgier backstory, wherein his mother was killed by a time-travelling Eobard Thawne, and his father falsely imprisoned for her murder. This change has made it to all subsequent interpretations of his character.

Bart came back from the dead and got plot-relevant ''de''-aged in ''[[{{ComicBook/LegionOfSuper-Heroes}} Legion of 3 Worlds]]''. He once again donned the identity of Kid Flash, and made it back to modern times.

As of the end of ''ComicBook/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 and barely featuring Wally (it was supposed to, but ScheduleSlips prevented that), Bart or Jay during the 12 issues of the series. And then ''ComicBook/{{Flashpoint}}'' happened.


[[folder: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 and teamed up with this world's Batman to restore the damage to the timeline. At the end of the story, it seems that Barry merges three separate timelines (post-Crisis, [=WildStorm=] and Vertigo) to create a new multiverse -- the New 52.

In the New 52, the franchise has basically undergone a hard reboot. Whilst Barry is still the Flash, he's no longer married to Iris and is now in a relationship with Patty Spivot; and whilst Kid Flash is still around and Bart is still in the suit, he's no longer related to Barry nor are his powers Speed Force-related. As for Jay Garrick, the event also re-established ComicBook/{{Earth 2}}, making Jay once again Barry's AlternateUniverse counterpart, albeit one who's YoungerAndHipper; in fact, he's ''younger'' than Barry. Wally West is still Iris West's nephew, but had been de-aged to 12 years old and is now biracial (as a result of ''Series/TheFlash2014'' making the West family Black).

The New 52 also introduced a new Reverse-Flash, seemingly the first -- Daniel West, Iris' younger brother. In this universe, Barry never caught Eobard, and it was unclear whether Eobard even existed. He eventually resurfaced, going purely by Professor Zoom, and having an entirely different backstory. Though he ''is'' still the person who murdered Nora Allen.


The Flashes are central to the ''ComicBook/{{DC Rebirth}}'' relaunch. Thanks to help from Barry Allen, the original Wally West manages to escape from the Speed Force, where he's been trapped ever since the Flashpoint. In the Speed Force, he was able to see the history of the DC Universe, including the events before Flashpoint ''and'' that someone else, not Barry, had merged the timelines and removed various legacies and relationships from the DCU, including Wally West and Linda Park's relationship. Barry and Wally determine to find out who is behind the timeline's editing, and Wally is once again called the Flash. While Barry stars in ''The Flash'', Wally stars in ''ComicBook/TitansRebirth'' with the original Teen Titans, now all adults.

The 12 year old Wally seen in the New 52 is revealed to be a distant cousin of the original, with both of them named after their great grandfather. "[[FanNickname NuWally]]" eventually takes up the Kid Flash identity and stars in ''ComicBook/TeenTitansRebirth''

Barry's book also saw "a Speed Force storm" in Central City empower a number of citizens. At the end of the story, all but one of them is depowered (unbeknownst to Barry) -- '''Avery Ho''', a Chinese-American woman who now serves as the Flash of China. See ''ComicBook/NewSuperMan'' for more.

At the same time, the JSA is explicitly referenced at the beginning of the relaunch, and the original Jay Garrick's helmet makes a cameo. Jay eventually returned in ''The Flash'' #22, the last part of a crossover between ''Batman'' and ''The Flash'' called ''ComicBook/TheButton''. He, like Wally, was trapped in the Speed Force and is aware of the editing of the DCU's timeline, and manages to help Bruce and Barry out. However, unlike Wally, he isn't able to return... yet.


[[folder:Other Versions]]
Creator/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 [[UsefulNotes/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 [[UsefulNotes/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.


For the live-action TV series, see the pages for the [[Series/TheFlash1990 1990 series]] and the [[Series/TheFlash2014 2014 series]].

[[folder:Other Non-Comicbook Media]]
* '''Jay Garrick'''
** ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' an Expy of Jay makes an appearance in a world created from in-universe comic books.
** ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'' was his first ''true'' appearance in animation, voiced by Andy Milner.
** ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueTheNewFrontier'', seen briefly in the opening credits where he was forced into retirement by the government.
** ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', his first live action appearance in a cameo in season nine, played by Billy Mitchell.
** ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' as a retired friend and mentor, voiced by Geoff Pierson.
** ''Series/TheFlash2014'', his hat appears from a wormhole in the first season finale. Jay Garrick is played in the final episode of season 2 by none other than Creator/JohnWesleyShipp.

* '''Barry Allen'''
** ''Series/TheFlash1990'' starring Creator/JohnWesleyShipp.
** Series/{{Arrowverse}} First appearing in a two episode arc on ''Series/{{Arrow}}'', portrayed by ''Series/{{Glee}}'' alum Creator/GrantGustin, leading to his SpinOff solo series.
*** ''Series/TheFlash2014'': Barry received his powers after being struck by lightning during a particle accelerator explosion in Central City, creating other metahumans for him to fight. Shipp and other actors from the first version have appeared in supporting roles.
** ''Film/DCExtendedUniverse'': Played by Creator/EzraMiller
*** ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'': Two short cameos to lead into ''Justice League'', one emerging from a dream sequence implying he was time-traveling to warn Bruce of something, and another in security footage listed in secret files on metahumans where he stops a robbery while causing electrical spikes.
*** ''Film/{{Suicide Squad|2016}}'': A brief cameo where he catches Captain Boomerang mid-robbery.
*** ''Film/{{Justice League|2017}}'': One of the core members of the Justice League.
*** ''Flashpoint'' (2020): The Flash solo film, adapting the eponymous comics storyline.
** ''WebAnimation/DCSuperHeroGirls'': Supporting character. Voiced by Josh Keaton.
** ''WesternAnimation/{{Superfriends}}'' voiced by Cliff Owen.
** ''[[ComicBook/DCTheNewFrontier Justice League: The New Frontier]]'' voiced by Creator/NeilPatrickHarris.
** ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueDoom'' where he is, confusingly, played by Wally's second [=DCAU=] voice actor Creator/MichaelRosenbaum.
** ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'', played by Wally's first DCAU voice actor, Creator/CharlieSchlatter. Not confirmed in the script but by WordOfGod.
** ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'': Wally's mentor and a core Justice League member. Voiced by George Eads, although Creator/JamesArnoldTaylor played him in the season two finale.
** ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueTheFlashpointParadox'' played by Justin Chambers and its two follow-ups, ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueWar'' and ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueThroneOfAtlantis'', played by Christopher Gorham.
** ''[[VideoGame/MortalKombatVsDCUniverse Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe]]'' and ''VideoGame/InjusticeGodsAmongUs''.
** ''Series/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica'', a television pilot where he was portrayed by Kenny Johnston.
** ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'' voiced by Creator/AlanTudyk.
** ''VideoGame/InjusticeGodsAmongUs'' voiced by Creator/NealMcDonough.
** "The Ballad of Barry Allen", by band Jim's Big Ego (headed by the nephew of Creator/CarmineInfantino), examines what life must be like for Barry ("because when things change in an instant it's almost fast enough for me").

* '''Wally West'''
** Franchise/{{DCAU}}, as ''the'' Flash: First appeared in ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'' voiced by Creator/CharlieSchlatter, only later confirmed to be Wally in Justice League.
*** ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'': One of the founding seven members of the league, voiced by Creator/MichaelRosenbaum. Tie-in comics hinted towards other Flashes existing, but otherwise Wally had [[CompositeCharacter many elements unique to Barry grafted on]].
** Filmation's Teen Titans shorts as Kid Flash
** ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' as Kid Flash, voiced by Creator/MichaelRosenbaum
** ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'' as Kid Flash, voiced by Hunter Parrish
** ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueCrisisOnTwoEarths'' as ''the'' Flash, voiced by Creator/JoshKeaton
** ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' as Kid Flash, voiced by Creator/JasonSpisak
** ''WesternAnimation/{{Superfriends}}'' as Kid Flash, voiced by Tommy Cook
** ''WesternAnimation/DCSuperFriends'' short
** ''Young Justice: Legacy'' video game, as Kid Flash
** ''VideoGame/JusticeLeagueHeroes'' video game, as ''the'' Flash
*** ''VideoGame/JusticeLeagueHeroesTheFlash'' - a side-story to the above game
** ''Series/TheFlash2014'' played by Keiynan Lonsdale. Appearing in the second season, he was reimagined as Joe West's long lost son and Iris' brother (Joe's wife was pregnant when she left him). Following the RaceLift of the West family, Wally is also portrayed as African American. He takes up the role of Kid Flash in the third season.
** ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitansTheJudasContract'': In a flashback to Dick Grayson's Robin days, Wally is Kid Flash and a member of the team. He's reprised by Creator/JasonSpisak.

* '''Bart Allen'''
** ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' as a teenage con artist who has gone by several aliases, including Jay Garrick, Barry Allen and Wally West. He takes on the name Impulse later on. Played by Kyle Gallner.
** Joined the cast of ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' in season two as Impulse, before becoming Kid Flash in the second season finale.

* '''Unknown'''
** The Flash that appears in ''WesternAnimation/JLAAdventuresTrappedInTime'', voiced by Creator/JasonSpisak ([[CastingGag Wally in]] ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice''), is by WordOfGod left ambiguous -- it's up to the viewer to decide if he's Barry or Wally.


The only times all four Flashes have been on-screen together are two episodes of ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice.'' Episode six of season two, "Bloodlines," features Bart coming to the show's present from forty years in the future, and one by one, he, Wally, and Jay step in to help Barry fight off a villain targeting The Flash. The other episode is the series finale, "Endgame," where Barry, Bart, Wally, and Jay are among the 40 heroes teaming up to thwart the Reach's attempt to destroy the Earth out of spite. While Jay only appears in a crowd shot, Barry, Bart, and Wally are forced to use their speed to create enough kinetic energy to counteract a "secret" bomb the heroes discovered too late to disarm.

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

Not to be confused with the [[UsefulNotes/AdobeFlash Adobe / Macromedia Flash]] platform, or with the ''[[ComicStrip/FlashGordon Flash Gordon]]'' franchise.

!!''The Flash'' has [[TropeNamers named the following tropes...]]
* JapaneseRanguage
!!''The Flash'' has provided the following images...
* BleepDammit
* FreakLabAccident
* JapaneseRanguage
* SharingABody
* SuperSpeed

!!''The Flash'' provides examples of the following tropes:

* AbortedArc:
** During Geoff Johns' run, Linda had an admirer at her college who seemed to have a hatred of Wally, and he had a few appearances where he was creepily obsessed with Linda... after the Spectre wipes the identity of the Flashes from the world's minds, this guy is never brought up again.
** It definitely looked like something major was going to go down with Wally's kids, but then the ''ComicBook/{{New 52}}'' happened and the entire family went MIA. Artist Ethan van Sciver latter clarified in his ''Flash: Rebirth'' commentary in his [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZIZ40RurHls&t=6s Youtube channel]] that Geoff Johns was planning to keep Irey as Impulse while making Jai the new version of the Turtle, a minor Silver Age villain who can drain speed.
** ''Rebirth'' teased a possible alliance between the Silver and Modern Age Reverse-Flashes. Again, Flashpoint happened, and it was all Thawne's doing; there's been no sign of Hunter Zolomon ever since.
* AdaptationDyeJob: Barry is blonde in the comics, but so far, all his {{Live Action Adaptation}}s are brunettes.
* AffirmativeActionLegacy
** Iris West, the quarter-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.
** The third and current Kid Flash is half black and half white.
* 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 a Silver-Age villain called The Turtle, and there was also a Golden Age villain with the same name, who used his slow and deliberate nature to counter Jay's speed.
* 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.
* ArcWords: "Every second is a gift."
* ArtisticLicenseGeography: 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.
* AttackOfThe50FootWhatever: In one of Jay's first adventures where he fights something other than gangsters, he runs across giant gila monsters in Canada created by mad science and co-opted by gangsters to... rob banks. Never mind that they could have sold the formula that created the giant lizards or sold the lizards themselves.
* BattleTops: The weapon of choice for The Top, a villain.
* BerserkButton: Do NOT harm innocents around the Rogues. Especially not if you're part of the team, as Captain Cold will not hesitate to kill you regardless of how loyal you've been to the Rogues.
* 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.
* BreadAndCircuses: In "Planet of Sport" from All-Flash #31, Jay and Joan are kidnapped along with two Olympians and forced to fight in an alien arena. The leader of the planet invokes this very trope, hoping that his choice of combatants will keep the people satisfied for just a bit longer so they won't turn on him.
* 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".
* BroughtDownToNormal: In his final Golden Age adventure, Jay Garrick was BroughtDownToNormal by Dr. Clariss, a former college professor at Jay and Joan's old school who had discovered how the Flash got his speed. Clariss had not only worked out how to recreate a form of the hard water formula and gain speed himself (albeit temporary speed compared with Jay's permanent version), but also to reverse the process for Jay who became very slow as a result. Thankfully Jay was able to restore his speed by story's end and defeat the villain.
** Wally West did this to himself in the early issues of his post-Crisis series. His eventual lack of any super-speed at all for several issues was due to his feeling guilty about how he used his speed and not living up to his idealized image of Barry Allen.
* BumblingSidekick: Winky, Blinky, and Noddy ("The Three Dimwits"), for Jay Garrick.
* TheBusCameBack: After Flashpoint, Wally West was erased from the timeline, Barry Allen was the only Flash on the main DC Earth, and Jay Garrick was recreated as a much younger man on Earth 2. Thanks to Convergence, TheBusCameBack for Wally and his children, as well as pre-Crisis Barry Allen and Jay Garrick. This was only temporary, but it looks like ComicBook/{{DCRebirth}} will permanently restore both to the main DC universe.
** After All-Star Comics ended in 1951, Jay Garrick's 11 year run as Flash ended. Thanks to "The Flash of Two Worlds", TheBusCameBack for Jay after ten years. The success of that story led to many return appearances, as well as the return of many other Golden Age DC characters.
* BusmansHoliday: Jay and Joan's honeymoon in Las Vegas involves half the JSA showing up to throw him a wedding celebration, and then Jay having to foil the plans of the Thinker, the Fiddler and the Shade. All the while Joan is waiting back in the hotel in her sexy lingerie, but poor Jay is so worn out that he falls asleep on the couch when he finally does make it back to the room for good.
* 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.
* CaptainSuperhero: Some of the RoguesGallery.
* CatchPhrase
** Barry, and sometimes Wally, have "Flash fact", said before or after explaining some TechnoBabble (or genuine 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, ComicBook/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
* ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve: In the August 1966 issue of, Barry Allen starts to fade away from existence once a villain unleashes a ray that causes everyone to not believe he exists. Everyone except a little orphan girl he had helped before forgets that he really exists until he and the orphan girl start a massive letter writing campaign to force people to remember The Flash.
** This issue is somewhat prescient considering that the DCU contains an actual comic book limbo where characters (often those who haven't appeared in books for quite some time in the real world) go to when people start to forget their stories.
* ColorBlindConfusion: The Rainbow Raider, a member of Flash's Rogues Gallery is a gifted painter who's also completely color blind, which hampered his success and eventually caused him to turn to crime.
* ComicBooksAreReal: Barry Allen's first appearance in Showcase has him reading Flash Comics with Jay Garrick on the cover, right before the lightning strike gives him his super speed. Later on of course he actually meets Jay, so what was real in Jay's world appeared in comic book form in Barry's world.
* ComicBookTime: Averted with Jay Garrick, who has generally aged in real time. His final Golden Age solo story has his girlfriend Joan musing about 8 years having passed since she found out that Jay was the Flash, which is about the amount of real world time that had passed since the publication of Jay's first issue. When Jay reappeared in Flash of Two Worlds, he has grey hair and muses about getting older. He's shown to be older as time passes, though he usually appears middle-aged rather than old, with the exception of Zero Hour where he is aged by Extant to his true age. He goes back to looking middle-aged after that though. In Flash: Rebirth, the reverse Flash mentions that he must be close to hitting the century mark. Close but no cigar. Assuming Jay graduated from college at the age of 21 in 1940, that would put his birth around 1919, and thus he'd be around 90 years old when the events of Flash: Rebirth occurred.
* 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.
* ContinuityRebooter: Barry Allen is this for the entire DC Universe. His attempt to repair his own personal history caused the Flashpoint reality, and then his attempts to correct that and restore the original timeline led to the New 52 reality.
* {{Contortionist}}: Rag Doll, who is named after a contortion art no less!
* 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
* UsefulNotes/TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks: Creator/MarkWaid's run was highly popular for [[DefiedTrope defying]] much of the trends of UsefulNotes/{{the Dark Age|of Comic Books}}, being relatively lighthearted yet very emotional. The spinoff ''Impulse'' bucked the trends even more.
* DeadGuyJunior
** Barry and Bart share the same full name (Bartholomew Henry Allen), 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 [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] Flash and his aunt, respectively.
* DeadpanSnarker: All the Flashes have been shown dipping into this at one point or another.
* DeathByOriginStory: This was one of the reasons that Barry Allen stayed dead once his former KidSidekick Wally West came into his own as his successor. That's been undone now, though.
** "The Return of Barry Allen" storyline played with this by having Barry seemingly return to life, leaving Wally happy about Barry's return but conflicted about being back in his shadow (particularly since his speed had been reduced at the same point when Barry died leaving him the slower and less competent Flash). He had to deal with these issues in order to defeat Barry when he turned out to be a delusional Professor Zoom.
* DeathIsCheap: Barry was the most well-known aversion in comic book history (23+ years)... and then DC Editorial resurrected him in 2008. Permanently, apparently.
* DemotedToExtra: Wally West after Barry Allen's return. He went from THE Flash for almost 23 years to getting a few background cameos, if that.
%%* 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
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: In his origin story, Jay seems willing and able to kill, particularly when it comes to Sieur Satan, the leader of the Faultless Four. In fact, he seems to purposefully scare the villain and drive him to his death via a car wreck. This side of Jay is never seen again as he becomes much more of a playful, prankster type figure.
%%* EndOfSeriesAwareness: [[http://www.comics.org/issue/215551/cover/4/ The October 2004 cover]].
%%* EnemyCivilWar: ''[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Rogue War]]''
* EnhancedPunch: In Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica, The Flash fights a speedster called Zum. Once Flash starts thinking of it as a fight rather than a race, he uses his speed to accelerate his body until his uppercut has sufficient force to propel Zum upwards at 25,000 mph. The Flash has [[RequiredSecondaryPowers the Speed Force]] to render himself immune to relativistic effects of approaching lightspeed as he runs. Zum lacks that same protection, and thus from his perspective Wally was punching him with infinite mass.
-->'''Franchise/TheFlash''': [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Maybe he is as tough as the Man of Steel. But packing the mass I mentioned--I'm sure he felt that. Wonder how fast he's traveling now. At least seven miles per second. That's escape velocity, by the way. Flash fact.]]
* 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!
** His girlfriend Joan also smokes. Jay once tracks down a car she's in because she threw a cigarette out the window. He found it and knew it was her by the rare European brand she favored.
* 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?
** It helps that the Top is a metahuman with the power to spin, and completely loony.
* EvilCounterpart: The many Reverse-Flashes:
** Jay has The Rival (Dr. Clariss, 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").
* EvilOrphanageLady: Miss Pritchard's orphanage in a ''Max Mercury'' story set in 1910s New York. Mrs P hates children, but gets money from the city to raise them. She ''also'' gets a cut from child-hating toymaker Archimedes Schott, for supplying him with cheap labour. And then she takes the kids' wages as well. When Schott tells her he's going to burn down his factory, because Max has pressurised him into giving the kids more rights, she decides to send them to work that day anyway. (And yes, Archimedes looks a lot like his presumed descendent, Winslow.)
* ExtradimensionalPowerSource: The Speed Force is an extradimensional energy field that exists outside space and time and grants all speedsters their abilities.
* 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.
* FastestThingAlive:
** All of the various Flashes have this reputation--especially Wally West, who is in later stories credited as having far surpassed all of his predecessors and any other speedster in the known Comicbook/{{DC Universe}}.
** Technically speaking, Wally's nemesis Hunter Zolomon, (aka "Zoom") is faster than ''him'', since Hunter [[TimeStandsStill manipulates time itself]] and thus can move himself or others through time on a scale even Wally can't keep up with.
** The limit's of the Black Flash's speed isn't really known, but the Black Flash is one aspect of [[TheGrimReaper Death]], and it's stated that he'll eventually catch every speedster.
* 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.
* FreakLabAccident: Accounts for Jay, Barry and Wally's super powers. With Jay, it was inhaling and absorbing hard water fumes all night after an experiment went wrong. With Barry and Wally, lightning struck a combination of chemicals that splashed all over them.
* FreezeRay: Captain Cold
* FrictionBurn: An enemy of Jay Garrick who was capable of bringing fictional creations to life once tried to create someone faster than the Flash in order to defeat him. The poor fictional creation caught fire on the way to attack the Flash and ended up nothing but ashes. Jay explained that if any other man was able to move as fast as he could, the friction would burn them up, but the hard water fumes that had given Jay his speed had also changed his body chemistry and made him immune to that friction.
* FriendlyEnemy / GoKartingWithBowser: Bart & Wally with Captain Cold and most of the Rogues.
* FunPersonified: Bart especially as Impulse, and also later in his career.
* 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. Golden Age Jay Garrick is much the same, being something of a prankster who enjoys giving grief to the bad guys.
* HarmfulHealing: Impulse's accelerated healing caused him problems when he was shot in the kneecap by Deathstroke-- the flesh quickly regrew over the bullet, requiring intensive and painful surgery.
* HeelFaceTurn: The Flash was one of the first comics to attempt this seriously, and at some point, almost every [[UsefulNotes/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 ''ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths''. It even stuck for a while.
** Wally West almost kills himself attempting to pull [[ComicBook/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...
** Three out of the four are paired with a Franchise/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 ComiBook/GreenArrow have [[ShipToShipCombat a sort of rivalry over Hal]], as do Bart and ComicBook/{{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.
** As a nod to this, ''Comicbook/TheMultiversity'' features Red Racer, the Flash of Earth-36, who is [[AdaptationalSexuality gay]] and in a relationship with his reality's Green Lantern.
* 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.''
* {{Invisibility}}: One of Jay's tricks in his early adventures is to use his speed to remain unseen so he can spy on the villains of the story. He's not technically invisible, he's just moving so fast that he's not even a blur any more. He's not in one spot long enough for the human eye to register his presence.
* IrislessEyeMaskOfMystery: Franchise/TheFlash is sometimes an extremely rare subversion his eyes were originally drawn normally under that mask, and this has been mostly consistent between the various {{Legacy Character}}s who have taken up the Flash mantle, though Wally once commissioned a version of the suit that had them, after Vandal Savage destroyed all the originals he had left from Barry. He kept it for several years, until he figured out how to create a speed force-based version of the suit which lacked them. His design in the DC Animated Universe plays this trope straight the whole time.
* {{Irony}}: Being the Fastest Man Alive somehow doesn't stop Barry Allen from repeatedly being late.
* ItBeganWithATwistOfFate: Jay Garrick, the original Flash gets his superpowers when he falls asleep in a lab, accidentally drops a bottle to the floor, and inhales the vapors thus released. Barry Allen, the next Flash, originally got his powers from a similar lab accident, though this was later [[{{retcon}} retconned]] so that the origin of his powers is his [[StableTimeLoop time-traveling future self]].
* JapaneseRanguage: The TropeNamer, believe it or not.
* KidAppealCharacter: The Flash is pretty popular among children, both InUniverse and out.
* 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... 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. And again later on thanks to a magic belt stolen by a criminal. On both occasions he manages to, of course, return to normal.
* TheLoad: Mary West, the mother of Wally West, became a particularly notable Load during his early years as the Flash. What are her Load bonafides? Start with the fact that she treats her twenty-something son (with ''years'' of superheroing experience) like a fourteen-year-old. This leads her to beg Wally ''not'' to help people, and basically act unwilling to let Wally out the door at all. She also behaves like a shrill banshee regarding Wally's girlfriends, calling them gold-diggers - even when Wally is dirt poor! She manages to get herself into various dangers due to her own wanderlusts, and she also blindly sets up several dangerous situations by telephoning the villains and giving up important information because "they seemed nice". Readers undoubtedly cheered when [[PutOnABus she married a European secret agent]]; you can have her, buddy.
* 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 Silver Age Flash Barry meets Golden Age Flash Jay in an interdimensional mishap. The major success of this Silver Age 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.
** Averted in the '90s TV show, where Barry's attempt to clean his apartment at super-speed results in an even bigger mess being left in his wake.
* {{Mutant}}: 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.
** This, however, is totally different to how the Speed Force originally worked (maybe due to the ''ComicBook/InfiniteCrisis'' CosmicRetcon); at first, everybody with a speed unnatural for his species [[note]]meaning not an alien or a naturally fast creature like the cheetah[[/note]] was tapping on the Speed Force, no matter how different their origins were (that's why Jay lost his powers like anyone else when Savitar "stole" the Speed Force). In fact, ''{{Comicbook/Invasion}}'', where the meta-gene was originally introduced, showed Wally as a metahuman too.
* MythArc: "The Flash is to time what ''Franchise/GreenLantern'' is to space", says Geoff Johns. Probably an AbortedArc now since Johns didn't stay with the Flash after the New 52 began.
* 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]] and 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 a.k.a. Professor Zoom was often seen as a relic of the Silver Age until he was revamped in ''The Flash: Rebirth'' and ''Flashpoint'', which saw both his superpowers and his [[AxCrazy Ax-Craziness]] ramped up considerably to the point that he's now seen in the same standing as ComicBook/LexLuthor and ComicBook/TheJoker.
* OlderAndWiser: Max Mercury and Jay take this role in regards to the other speedsters.
* OneManArmy: Jay Garrick was once asked by the tiny (fictional) nation of Kurtavia to help them repel an invasion from rival Nuralia. Jay fights off the entire invasion all by himself.
* OneSteveLimit: A notable exception.
** 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 avoided 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.
* PersonalityPowers
** Subverted with Jay and Barry, who are generally slow and methodical. However, as a young man Jay was fun-loving and mischevious, often "having a little fun" with friends and villains alike with his super speed.
** 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 [[Franchise/GreenLantern Hal Jordan]] during ''ComicBook/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.
* ThePrankster: Golden Age Jay Garrick loves to fight the villains of any given story with super-speed pranks and a big grin on his face.
* PsychoExGirlfriend: Francis Kane, though it has more to do with how her magnetic powers affect her personality than anything else. She and Wally are dating when his series begins, but she leaves in the third issue. After that she shows up sporadically and causes trouble for Wally.
* PutOnABus: Has happened to every single Flash at one point or another, for varying reasons. Jay disappeared when super-hero comics fell out of favor at the end of the Golden Age. Barry was killed off during the Crisis. Wally vanished to make way for Bart, then came back when Bart's series failed to catch on, only to fade into the background when Barry Allen came back. The New 52 wrote Wally out entirely, made Barry the sole Flash, and recreated Jay as an alternate universe equivalent. And now Rebirth may change all of that yet again.
* RacingTheTrain: In one issue, Wally is fighting Dr. Alchemy while Linda Park, who had taken a new job in another city, was taking the train and leaving town after giving him a 2:00 deadline to commit to their relationship or not. Wally finally beats Alchemy, solves the case, then proceeds to run down the train, climb on board, and ask Linda to stay.
* RagsToRiches: Early in his solo run, Wally West wins the lottery and is suddenly wealthy. He goes on a spending spree and takes steps to maintain his wealth, but made the mistake of letting his mom help manage the money. She manages to lose it all.
* RainbowMotif: Rainbow Raider
* RapidFireFisticuffs: A fun and useful application of SuperSpeed powers. The best example probably being in ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited'' where Wally slams all the Brainiac out of Lex Luthor.
* RedIsHeroic: All the Flashes' costumes are red.
* RelatedInTheAdaptation: {{Live Action Adaptation}}s just love making Jay and Barry relatives. In ''Series/TheFlash1990'', they're brothers. In ''Series/TheFlash2014'', [[spoiler: Jay is the AlternateSelf of Barry's father from Earth-3]]. It remains to be seen if the ''Franchise/DCExtendedUniverse'' will follow suit.
* 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 hair's 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.
* SecretIdentity: played with from time to time. Wally's identity as the Flash goes public for a long time, something that eventually comes back to bite him. He has the Spectre erase everyone's knowledge of it. Jay Garrick doesn't wear a mask, but he's constantly vibrating his face to keep his features blurry, a fact established all the way back in the Silver Age. No wonder the crooks freak out when he appears.
* SelfMadeOrphan: Evan [=McCulloch=], the second Mirror Master. He was an orphan and end up killing his father by accident in his job as a hit-man. As a result, his mother committed suicide. Another Rogue, Captain Cold, confronted his abusive father but couldn't bring himself to kill the man... so [[KillItWithFire he had Heat Wave do it]].
* SerialKiller: Murmur, one of the unashamedly murderous rogues, hates the sound of speech and goes about cutting peoples' tongues out, [[spoiler:including his own.]]
* SeriesContinuityError: In "The Flash of Two Worlds", Jay Garrick tells Barry that he retired as the Flash in 1948. However Jay continued to appear as a member of the Justice Society until 1951 when All-Star Comics abandoned the super-hero format.
* SharingABody: In one [[http://readcomiconline.to/Comic/The-Flash-1959/Issue-220?id=8731 issue]], The Turtle's centrifugal booster caused The Flash and Kid Flash's molecules to merge, essentially sharing one body, when they ran into each other. Then Jay gets in on the [[http://readcomiconline.to/Comic/DC-Special-Series/Issue-11?id=62907 act]] when all three Flashes willingly merge their molecules together to beat Gorrila Grodd.
* ShoutOut:
** 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]].
** Wally overhears his wife on the phone discussing how she doesn't want a cheap department store item for Christmas. [[http://scans-daily.dreamwidth.org/1351979.html He then sees the microwave he bought as]] [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons a bowling ball with Homer inscribed]].
** The title of one short '' Impulse'' [[http://scans-daily.dreamwidth.org/1592065.html story]] is a ShoutOut to ''The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins'', one of Creator/DrSeuss's earliest books. And the story ends with a cameo by WesternAnimation/PinkyAndTheBrain.
* SidekickGraduationsStick: Wally is 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.
* SnapToTheSide: His rogues' gallery pretty much has to learn this to avoid whiplash.
* SpiderPeople: Jay gets accidentally taken to Mars when a friend of his tests out a spacecraft that he's built, and he encounters the giant, hostile Spider-Men (no relation) of Mars there.
* 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. Alan Scott later marries Rose, believing her to be cured 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!
* SuddenNameChange: Wally West's father was originally named Bob West in all of his Pre-Crisis appearances. Post-Crisis, he was suddenly renamed to Rudolph West.
* SuperFamilyTeam: The Garricks.
* SuperheroesStaySingle: Averted with all the Flashes except Bart. Jay had a steady girlfriend for his entire solo series, and they got married while "off page" between the Golden and Silver Ages, though post-Crisis comics would set their wedding in 1947. They remained married for over 60 years. Barry married Iris West, and Wally eventually married Linda Park. The New 52 has erased all of those relationships, though as of Rebirth, Wally remembers his time with Linda even if she doesn't.
* 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.
* 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 UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks, and is thus capable of reversing pretty much any sort of attempt 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 same ability is what's kept Jay Garrick exceptionally hale and hearty for a man who's pushing 90 years 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 UsefulNotes/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 Wiki/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 ''ComicBook/TeenTitans'' "Titans Tomorrow" story arc.''
*** Speed control: if you think you can move that fast, you ''can''.
** HammerSpace Constructs
** TimeTravel: Barry Allen needed the "cosmic treadmill" to time travel. However, during the Golden Age, Jay Garrick was capable of doing this without the aid of technology by exceeding the speed of light.
--->''"By vibrating faster than 186,000 miles per second, the speed of light, the Flash is no longer subject to the scientific principles of this planet, no longer bound to the steady flow of time -- he can move forward or backward through the time dimension!"''
** Shield
** Flight (Johnny and Jesse Quick only)
*** DCAU!Flash tried that in the ''WesternAnimation/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. Interestingly, this story also indirectly pointed out ''why'' Flashes can't really use their abilities to fly like you'd expect - the RequiredSecondaryPowers that prevents friction from affecting them means that they just can't get enough "purchase" on the air to do much more than slow themselves down.
*** 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.
*** Barry!Flash couldn't ''fly'', exactly, but he could move his feet quickly enough to create a cushion of air, allowing him to fall from any height and land safely. He could also run straight up the side of a building. He doesn't seem to have ever thought of combining the two to launch himself on a ballistic trajectory (essentially flight of the "single bound" variety).
** 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 [[ComicBook/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.
* TakingUpTheMantle: Wally West steps up and takes Barry's place as the Flash after Barry died during the Crisis.
* 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.
* TraumaCongaLine: Poor Pied Piper goes through a ''lot'', highlighted by the deaths of Impulse, Kid Zoom and Trickster. Borders on BuryYourGays.
* 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.
* TunnelOfForeshadowing: Professor Zoom's time-rips showed Bart Allen in the Kid Flash costume several months before he started wearing it.
* 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 ComicBook/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. [[ComicBook/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, ComicBook/PostCrisis, Superman has been considerably slower and with Barry's return they had to explain why the races were close.
* WhamEpisode: The Blitz storyline, which had two years of continuity behind it, leading to Wally's personal BigBad, a disturbingly easy DeathOfAChild, and arguably the most shocking FaceHeelTurn since Terra in ''ComicBook/TeenTitans''. Johns 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.
* WillfullyWeak: An interesting example where Wally doesn't really realize that he's holding himself back. For years his speed would come and go, and he was limited to two or three times the speed of sound when as a kid he was just as fast as Barry or Jay. It turns out that even though he took Barry's costume and identity to honor him, he was afraid that if he was as good as Barry that he would genuinely replace him and Barry would be forgotten. Once this was pointed out to him by Max Mercury, Wally was able to work past his self-imposed limitations and regain his full speed again.
* 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.
* YourCheatingHeart: In the early Mike Baron issues Wally's series, Wally has an affair with married scientist Tina [=McGee=], and she even moves in with him for awhile. Admittedly, her husband Jerry wasn't quite himself at the time, having experimented on himself to gain super strength and speed and nearly lost his sanity in the process. He does recover, and Tina eventually leaves Wally and goes back to her husband. Wally even becomes friends with the two of them later on.