With a legacy that spans over 70 years (and that's just real-time), and practically drenched in Legacy Characters, it's no surprise the Flash family has a ton of major and supporting characters.
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All Flashes (and by some extension, other speedsters) provide examples of the following tropes:
Badass Family: Wally is Barry's nephew-in-law, and Bart is Barry's grandson. Barry also has his other grandkid, XS, and Wally has his children Iris (Impulse II) and Jai. Jay and Max Mercury are often considered to be adoptive grandpas of the West/Allen family. And that's without getting into the Thawnes, who are descended from Barry's Evil Twin, and who might be psychopathic, but are definitely badass.
Averted in New 52. As Barry and Iris aren't married, Wally is not his nephew-in-law. Bart isn't his grandon anymore, either. "Bart Allen" isn't even his real name.
Chest Insignia: Always a lightning bolt, though Jay's has always looked different from Barry, Wally, and Bart's. On top of that, the Kid Flash insignia has always been red, and since Rebirth, Wally has his changed to resemble his DCAU costume to help differentiate from Barry's costume.
Fragile Speedster/Glass Cannon: Very fast, and their punches can hurt thanks to special relativity (called the "infinite mass punch"), but their endurance is simply that of a normal peak-level athlete, but this is mitigated somewhat by their sped-up Healing Factor.
Legacy Character: Pre-Flashpoint only. In New 52, Barry is the only hero named The Flash to have ever existed in our dimension, while Jay is the only one to have ever existed in Earth 2.
Meta Origin: The Speed Force—the quasi-mystical energy source that powers all speedsters.
Nice Guy: All four speedsters (Jay, Barry, Wally and Bart) are easily some of the most decent persons in the DC Universe. Wally can sometimes come across Jerk with a Heart of Gold depending on who he interacts with, but compared to a great deal of other heroes in this universe, he's hands down a Nice Guy as well.
Super Speed: But of course, and it's not just limited to running; all speedsters and similar speedsters can move any part of them fast down to the molecular level, making their Super Speed a Swiss Army Superpower, which gives them the following abilities:
Blow You Away: Manifests either as them running in small circles very quickly to create a large vortex, or by spinning their arms quickly to create a smaller vortex.
Healing Factor: Their ability to heal is sped up. It explains why Barry was able to quickly recover from being doused in several harmful chemicals. However, this was detrimental to Bart during his Knee-capping at the hands of Deathstroke.
Intangible Man: In the Silver Age and New 52, by rapidly vibrating their molecules, they could be intangible for short bursts of time. Wally lost this ability in the old continuity, but his run into the Speed Force replaced it with the ability to disintegrate anything he vibrates through.
Invisibility: They can vibrate so fast that they can't be seen.
Megaton Punch: Taken Up to Eleven due to special relativity, as because the speedsters can punch past the speed of light, their fists attain infinite mass.
We're going to get this done and we're going to do it fast. After all, it's how I'm used to doing things.
AKA: Jason Peter "Jay" Garrick
First appearance:Flash Comics #1 (January 1940)
Hair color: Brown
Eye color: Blue
The original Flash (and the first well-known superhero with only a single super-power). Jay Garrick was a college student who inhaled radioactive fumes in his science lab; after waking up from a brief coma, he found he had super-speed and fought crime as the Flash. Jay fought in World War II, was a founding member of the Justice Society of America, and became good friends with his fellow mystery man, Alan "Green Lantern" Scott. Jay retired as a result of the anti-Communist paranoia of the 1950s, but the appearance of Barry Allen as the new Flash brought him out of retirement. He's now a fatherly presence to the rest of the superhero community and one of its elder statesmen.Like all Golden Age DC heroes, he was originally an inhabitant of Earth-2 in pre-Crisis on Infinite Earths continuity. In fact, he was the first Golden Age hero to meet his Earth-1 Silver Age counterpart, Barry Allen. After the Crisis, the history of his world was merged with that of Earth-1 to create New Earth, and his history was folded over into the new continuity. Since the New 52 reboot and the recreation of Earth-2 he is once again Barry's Alternate Universe counterpart.Both incarnations:
Older Than He Looks: Could pass for a guy in his late 40's early 50's. He's much older than that.
Overprotective Dad: Acts this way to Stargirl in the JSA again and again. He's personally chased off two suitors (Captain Marvel and a random fireman), and helped chase off Atom Smasher. Courtney does not appreciate this part of his personality.
Ret Gone: He's been removed from New Earth, now a resident of Earth 2.
Science Hero: A laboratory director who has saved Earth-Two with the help of Barry once.
Trope Codifier: The one of the very first "single power" superheroes. Any others around this time had multiple powers (like Superman), or none (like Batman).
New 52 incarnation:
Appropriated Appellation: He didn't have any alias at first; however, when he saved a couple from Parademons and said he'd get everything fixed in a flash, they misheard it and thought he was giving them his name. When they appear on TV and tell their story about being saved by a hero who dubs himself "The Flash", Jay gladly adopts the codename.
Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: People outright tell him he has no talent or future — worst part is, according to his mother, he started to believe it himself. A dying god crashing a few miles from where he was changes this.
Wide-Eyed Idealist: He's the one that's happiest about being a hero, and that right from the beginning talks about how the new heroes should take up from the deceased Wonders and fight to protect the world.
Younger and Hipper: Along with many of the other Golden Age JSA members. Jay is now in his early twenties.
The Flash II
Do what you have to... we must save the world. We must save the world...
AKA: Bartholomew "Barry" Allen
First appearance:Showcase #4 (October 1956)
Hair color: Blond
Eye color: Blue
The Flash. While working in the lab late at night, forensic scientist Barry Allen was doused with chemicals and struck by lightning, this freak accident imbuing him with incredible super-speed. Inspired by the legacy of Jay Garrick, he donned his famous red spandex and became the Scarlet Speedster, the Sultan of Speed—the Flash. Barry had a years-long flirtation with Iris West that culminated in their marriage. He was a founding member of the Justice League of America and one of the world's greatest superheroes.An active time traveler, Barry spent a few years living in the 30th century, where he and Iris had two children who became the Tornado Twins. They in turn each had a super-speedster child of their own—Barry's grandchildren, Impulse and XS.Barry's life ended in the Crisis on Infinite Earths when he used his super-speed to destabilize and destroy the Anti-Monitor's anti-matter cannon, saving The Multiverse from total destruction. He was remembered as almost a patron saint of superheroes as one of the first to give their life.Barry's friends later learned, however, that his spirit had been absorbed into the Speed Force, the quasi-mystic source of all speedsters' powers. During Final Crisis, when Darkseid conquered the Earth, through sheer force of willnote and the aid of Professor Zoom, Barry re-incorporated his body to stop the evil god and rejoined the living. Today, Barry is running strong yet again as the living incarnation of the Speed Force. The Flash lives again!Both incarnations:
Darker and Edgier: Not originally but when he came back from the dead, his past included his dad being falsely arrested for the death of his mother, which turned out to be a deliberate result of his greatest villain retconning his past.
Death by Origin Story: This was one of the reasons that he stayed dead once his former Kid Sidekick Wally West came into his own as his successor. That's been undone now, though.
A pivotal story in the early '90s played with this by having Barry seem to return 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 Professor Zoom.
Death Is Cheap: The textbook aversion... if you call 23 years an aversion. Oh well, it's as good as you're going to get for the vanguard of the Silver Age.
Dying Moment of Awesome: Saved the remainder of the Multiverse by using one villain to brainwash a bunch of other villains into attacking the Big Bad and destroying the Big Bad's greatest weapon.
From a Single Cell: Can reconstitute himself from such extreme fates as being turned into a puddle of tar or a cloud of water vapor.
Heroic Sacrifice: This is why he was left dead for so long, because everyone feared that a resurrection would completely undo its emotional value.
Heroic Safe Mode: He almost never uses his full speed, because since he doesn't have a Speed Force field to sidestep natural disaster when running, when he exceeds Mach 10 while on the ground for a period of time, he will cause catastrophic damage to the environment. Because of this, Wally West is often credited to be the fastest of the Flash. But, when given the opportunity and the situation, Barry can and will show you why he is the Speed Force's creator and The Fastest Man Alive.
For example, Wally raced to the end of time to get away from Black Flash, the Grim Reaper of speedsters, because at the end of time, death has no meaning. Barry not only outran the Black Racer (the real Grim Reaper) he was focusing on catching the silver bullet that killed Orion, one of the New Gods, and was stuck in the timestream, going nowhere and so went nowhere to escape, he then outran Darkseid's Omega Beam (which no one, not even Wally, can outrun) while still being chased by Black Racer, and then runs BR into Darkseid, causing Darkseid to be killed.
Another example, in Flash:Rebirth, he outruns the entire freaking Speed Force, which he generates.
Killed Off for Real: He had a long and prestigious run on this list (for a popular comic book character), in part because he was given a really good death, reversing that death would have undone the heroes efforts to save the universe, and fans eventually embraced his successor Wally West even if they still wanted Barry back. But 23 years and two mega-crises later, Barry has finally subverted this trope though it looks like he may be skirting the Came Back Wrong trope for a while.
Silver Age: The reason it existsnote and by extension all superhero comics from that point onward
Which was part of the reason he was killed in Crisis. Since his arrival started the Silver Age, his death was to mark the end of it (though really it took place circa the end of the Bronze Age.)
Society Marches On: When created, he was intended to be something of an heroic nerd, in contrast to previous heroes, so they made him a police scientist. For nearly 30 years, he was basically treated like a lab geek by the rest of the police. When he was resurrected into a world that knows what the letters CSI stand for, however, he's retroactively seen more death than the Joker, leading to a slightly Darker and Edgier portrayal.
Though it's actually not a new ability; Barry could always do this, he just didn't really tap into it's full potential, due to only researching the utilitarian uses of the Speed Force, until after Flashpoint, where he is now learning more about the Speed Force.
Tron Lines: Post-Flashpoint, Barry's costume now has these. They light up when he's running◊, but when he's standing still or walking, they're black seams, barely visible. They also appear to turn blue when he is affected by enemies like Captain Cold◊ and Weather Wizard.◊
Kid Flash I / The Flash III
Jay, I am no longer Kid Flash. From this day forth— The Flash lives again!
AKA: Wallace "Wally" West
First appearance:The Flash vol. 1 #110 (December 1959)
Hair color: Red-gold
Eye color: Green
As a child, young Wally West was the biggest fan of the second Flash. One summer, he went to stay with his aunt Iris in Central City, who was dating Barry Allen at the time. Barry then "introduced" The Flash to him, and The Flash then told Wally how he got his powers by setting up a cupboard of chemicals the exact way they were when he got them. In a huge Contrived Coincidence, lightning suddenly struck the chemicals and Wally was bathed in them, giving him the same powers as The Flash. The Flash then taught Wally everything he knew about Super Speed and gave him the identity of Kid Flash. The Flash later revealed he was Barry to his nephew another summer. Wally would later become a member of the Teen Titans.After Barry's death Crisis on Infinite Earths, Wally took up the mantle of The Flash. Wally was initially a shameless womanizer and a jerk to most people, but some Character Development and his marriage to Linda Park made him a much more mature hero, even surpassing his mentor in ability.Pre-Flashpoint incarnation:
Demoted to Extra: He was hit with this pretty hard. When Final Crisis brought Barry Allen Back from the Dead; he took the book back from Wally; and although they both remained active as the Flash, Wally only made two appearances in the Flash series after that point & was effectively reduced to appearing in crowd shots.
My Greatest Failure: He has two, both involving a Face-Heel Turn—ex-girlfriend Frances Kane, who he pushed to go into super-heroics but who would go on to become Magenta, and police profiler Hunter Zolomon, who he refused to use Time Travel to help fix his lost ability to walk and who would go on to become the second Zoom because of it.
Surpassed the Teacher: After his Character Development, he officially surpassed Barry in speed and abilities. Wally is technically the fastest Flash ever made, taking account of his Kingdom Come incarnation, and probably the last one going how ridiculously fast he is in it; just how much ridiculous you ask? He became fast enough to the point of being Omnipresent.
The New 52 IncarnationIn the New 52 continuity, Wally is the son of Rudy West, who abandoned him when he was a baby. He ended up looking up to his uncle Daniel, even after he became Reverse Flash. His mother went missing in the Forever Evil event.
Trauma Conga Line: As noted above he has to live with the fact his father abandoned him and his mother when he was a baby, the fact that his mother herself is missing and may even be dead, and the fact that his only father figure, his Uncle Daniel became a super villain and is now in jail. He's also living with an aunt (Iris) that he doesn't seem to know very well just so he doesn't end up being sent to an orphanage. Knowing how comics work things will either get better or much, much worse.
Impulse I / Kid Flash II / The Flash IV
AKA: Bartholomew "Bart" Allen II in the pre-New 52, Bar Torr in the post-New 52
First appearance:The Flash vol. 2 #92 (June 1994)
Hair color: Brown
Eye color: Yellow
The grandson of The second Flash, Barry Allen, he was the product of the union of the two Feuding Families: the West/Allen family and the Thawne family. He was born in the 30th century, and his connection to the Speed Force caused him to rapidly age. He was also abducted by the Earth's government (whose president was his maternal grandfather) and raised in a fast-paced virtual environment where he could mature as fast as he aged. His grandmother, Iris, eventually took him back to the present day where Wally West, the third Flash, gave him control over his Super Speed. After this, Bart took up the codename of Impulse, and moved to Alabama where he was raised by Max Mercury. He later became a founding member of Young Justice and close friends with Tim Drake (Robin III) and Conner Kent (Superboy).After the dissolution of Young Justice, he later joined the Teen Titans. After being shot in the knee by Deathstroke, he took up the mantle of Kid Flash. After this, he became much angstier than his original fun-personified self. He was later absorbed into the Speed Force during Infinite Crisis to temporarily imprison Superboy-Prime in the Speed Force. He returned, aged four years older, in his grandfather's Flash costume and briefly became the fourth Flash. However, his Evil Twin, Inertia, would gather up the Rogues Gallery and kill him. During the Final Crisis, he was restored back to life and de-aged, becoming Kid Flash once again.
Anime Hair: it's so large that you can actually pull or pick him up by the hair alone, if you're strong enough. He's quite protective of it, too.
Cloudcuckoolander: his non-superhero friends often call him "Daredevil" Allen, in part because of this. Does it look exciting? Screw safety concerns, he'll do it! He will be deadly serious if the situation calls for it, it's just that most of the time, it doesn't.
Eyes of Gold: along with fitting the "trickster" personality type, it also serves as a character marker. It's probably why Meloni calls him "sunshine", since he's bright and optimistic - kinda like the sun on a good day, and the eyes reflect that. Only rarely do they turn a fierce red-orange - if that happens, then you know he's not playing around anymore.
Fun Personified: Initially as Impulse through-and-through. When he became Kid Flash, he had some Angst added to his personality but still retained some of his fun factor. The fun factor disappeared entirely when he became the Flash, but when he was revived as Kid Flash, he regained all of his fun from his Impulse days.
It Makes Sense in Context: One villain's description of his encounter with Bart: "And then he caught all the grenades, and then he took them away, and then he brought me a fish, and then he pulled me into my pocket, and then he made me eat a bracelet, and then he..."
Personality Powers: Most definitely! Essentially, he's a complete 180° of his grandfather; where Barry tends to plan things before he acts (and very orderly), Bart will leap into a situation, barely thinking about anything (and very messy).
Power Incontinence: In the 2006 series, when using the Speed Force took a toll on his health. He got over it.
Rapid Aging: When he was born, his Speed Force connection did this to him. He was physically a teenager when he was chronologically two years old. His grandmother Iris later took him to the present day in order for Wally to "speed-steal" his Rapid Aging.
Sidekick: Actually defied by him. He initially laughs at the idea of becoming Kid Flash and Wally's sidekick, becoming the independent hero Impulse. When he did become Kid Flash, he still proclaimed that Wally would live in his shadow.
Taking Up The Mantle: Initially defied at first when Wally offered Bart to become Kid Flash, as he became Impulse, an independent hero, instead. He eventually took up the Kid Flash mantle when he overheard Jay and Wally's concern that he wouldn't be able to live up to the legacy.
Tangled Family Tree: scion of the Feuding Families of the Flash mythos, and if Zoom's comments are anything to go by, the cause of said feud! I should note that Bart's the main reason people find the Flash family tree so confusing, mostly because of a) time travel and b) he's where most of the important bloodlines converge.
Theme Naming: Skip to Inertia's entry for the full explanation
Tykebomb: what he was supposed to be... thankfully, he fled before that could happen.
"Well Done, Son" Guy: Thinks the reason Barry is always busy is because he's uncomfortable around Bart, who just wants to have a relationship with his Grandpa.
He's like this to the other Flashes, Jay and Wally, as he took up the Kid Flash identity mainly because he overheard their conversation of Bart not being able to live up to the Flash legacy.
Younger than They Look: In a sense. Bart lived an accelerated pace with aging to match. Though he may only be a few years old, he has lived 15-16 years (though the first 12 were spent in a accelerated VR in the future). The trope was completely true once when he suddenly aged to 20 for his brief run as the Flash (he got better.)
First appearance:The Flash vol. 2 #225 (October 2005)
Hair color: Red
Eye color: Green
Wally and Linda's daughter. Iris and her twin brother Jai were miscarried when Zoom attacked Linda, but a time-travel incident resulted in their sudden "spontaneous re-conception" and birth; shortly afterwards, they and their parents were caught up in the Speed Force during the Flashes' assault on Superboy-Prime in Infinite Crisis, causing them to rapidly age ten years. Both twins inherited a connection to the Speed Force; in Iris's case, it manifested as the ability to vibrate through solid matter like her father. When Professor Zoom attacked the Flash family, Iris's powers stabilized and she gained super-speed just like her father. She is now the new Impulse (much to Bart's annoyance).In another universe, Iris grew up to become the new Kid Flash. This version of Iris encountered "our" Wally once or twice.
Ascended Fangirl: She's a fangirl of Bart and has taken over his old mantle as Impulse.
Big "WHAT?!": A subdued version of this trope is Bart's immediate reaction to "the new Impulse", complete with what looks like a dismayed expression on his face. Most fans went straight for the Flat "What." instead.
First appearance:Justice Society of America vol. 2 #1 (August 1992)
Hair color: Blonde
Eye color: Blue
The daughter of Golden Age super-heroes Johnny Quick and Liberty Belle, Jesse Chambers inherited both her parents' powers—flight, super-speed, and super-strength. All her life Jesse has felt pressure to live up to her parents' legacy. She was pressured into the role of superhero by her father, but soon proved her worth as Jesse Quick, balancing her costumed escapades with running her corporation, Quickstart Enterprises. She has been a member of the Titans, JSA, and JLA; she briefly dated Wally West, but is now married to Hourman of the JSA. She briefly operated under her mother's codename before returning to her original moniker.
First appearance:More Fun Comics # 71 (September 1941)
Hair color: Blond
Eye color: Blue
The founder of a minor speedster legacy, Johnny Quick was a contemporary of Jay Garrick during World War II and one of the core members of the All-Star Squadron. His learned a strange mathematical equation—"3X2(9YZ)4A"—from his mentor, a professor who translated it from a pharoah's tomb in Egypt. When recited aloud, this equation granted Johnny super-speed and flight. (He later learned that reciting the equation allowed him to tap into the Speed Force by way of his latent metagene.) Johnny married fellow superhero Liberty Belle and had a daughter, Jesse, who followed in their footsteps.During a battle with the evil speedster Savitar, Johnny sacrificed himself to save his daughter and became one with the Speed Force. He remained within it, and was later killed there by Eobard Thawne, the Reverse-Flash.
Deadpan Snarker: If Bart complains about something, you can be sure Max will be nearby with a witty comment.
Bart: Yesterday, you said you had plans for my future. Now you won't tell me what they are. That's not fair, Max.
Max: Look at that. Eight in the morning, and already you've gotten today's life lesson.
Friendly Enemy: Develops this sort of relationship with one of his old foes.
I Have Many Names: Really, he does; Max Mercury is only the latest of them. He's previously fought crime as Ahwehota, Windrunner, Whip Whirlwing and Quicksilver - and those are just the ones we know about.
Older and WiserMentor: specifically to the speedsters this time, especially Bart. You really have to admire him; it takes guts and unending patience (and I mean unending) to raise a hyperactive speedster who literally has no concept of that word.
Remember the New Guy: How he was introduced. Jay Garrick apparently knew him as a Golden Aged crimefighter but we don't meet him until the early nineties.
Something of an aversion, because he's actually a revision of a Golden Age character named Quicksilver who wasn't originally a DC character. His back story now has him skipping over decades at a time between the Golden and Modern Ages to explain why we've never seen him until now.
Time Travel: He was actually born in the 1700s and did this multiple times to get where he is today.
The Tornado Twins
AKA: Don and Dawn Allen
First appearance:Adventure Comics #373 (October 1968)
Hair color: Red-gold
Eye color: Blue
Fiery Redhead: from the information given in The Life Story of the Flash, we're meant to believe that Don was a subversion, and Dawn a straight example.
The daughter of Dawn Allen of the Tornado Twins and granddaughter of Barry Allen, the Flash. Jenni was born in the 31st century and, unlike her cousin Bart, did not have super-powers. However, the alien Dominators captured her for their experiments and activated her latent metagene and connection to the Speed Force. Using her newfound powers to escape, Jenni joined the Legion of Super-Heroes as their resident speedster, XS.XS has met the rest of the Flash family, including Bart and Barry, through time travel, and helped Wally in the fight against Savitar. She prefers living in the future, however, and remains a member of the Legion in good standing, helping them resurrect Bart after his death.
The estranged wife of Hunter Zolomon. They met in college and got married shortly before graduation, and both entered the FBI where Ashley's father was an instructor for new recruits. However, after a misjudgment on Hunter's part cost Ashley's father his life during a case, Ashley left Hunter (just one of the many unfortunate repercussions). She would later come to Keystone City and take over his former spot as the local meta-human profiler following his Face-Heel Turn and transformation into Zoom.
The Power of Love: Her being in a car accident caused by Wally's subconscious tampering due to his initial dislike of her for her association with Zoom is enough to snap Zoom out of his time-displaced coma that he was forced into at the climax of the "Blitz" storyline.
Power Incontinence: When he was shot by Plunder in the leadup to Crossfire, his singularity almost consumed Central City.
Chyre and Morillo
AKA: Fred Chyre and Jared Morillo
The founding (and only) members of Keystone City's Metahuman Hostilities Department, officers Chyre and Morillo quickly became vital allies and friends of Wally West. Chyre was an aging beat cop who lived in Keystone his whole life, while Morillo was a young hotshot who relocated from Los Angeles. Though hostile to each other at first, they quickly became good friends who always have each other's back.
A scientist who appears in the New 52 Flash Series. He secretly helps the Flash, and isn't really an important character. It turns out he's a complete an utter asshole who claims the Speed Force energy he siphoned off Barry as a renewable energy source without giving credit to the Flash at all, and pits the public against the Flash as a social experiment.
The draconian warden of Iron Heights Penitentiary. Wolfe turned the prison into a true dungeon where inmates are stripped of their rights, their dignity, and any hope of escape. Although he keeps the Twin Cities safe by keeping dangerous super-criminals locked up in "the Pipeline", his zeal for brutal justice often leads him to bend the very laws he has sworn to uphold, and has made him a thorn in Wally's side. He has the metahuman ability to induce violent muscle spasms, which helps him keep prisoners under control. He also once used them on Wally to stop him from asking uncomfortable questions about what he was doing to Fallout.
Time Travel: Iris was born in the 30th century, and sent to our time to save her life.
First appearance:The Flash vol. 2 #225 (October 2005)
Hair color: Black
Eye color: Brown
Wally and Linda's son, one of their twin children. While his sister Iris inherited their father's speed, Jai's connection to the Speed Force manifested as an ability to accelerate the growth of his muscle tissue, granting him temporary super-strength. He recently lost his powers, and Eobard Thwane has indicated that he has dire plans for the boy.
Hour of Power: He could only use super-strength in limited bursts and required rest and food to avoid passing out.
Jay Garrick's steady girlfriend all through the 40s, who was a fellow college student and in on his secret identity right from the beginning. The two of them got married when Jay retired from super-heroics in the early 50s, and had a long happy life together. Sixty years and counting before the New 52 put an end to that.
Older than They Look: In the modern day, both she and Jay look like they're in their 50s, even though both were pushing 100 by 2011. At first, it was because of energy absorbed from villain Ian Karkull that kept them younger, and later due to the Speed Force and its effects on Jay, which Joan benefitted from.
Secret Keeper: Joan knew about Jay's secret identity as the Flash from day one, and sometimes accompanied him on his adventures.
Closer to Earth: She's generally played as more responsible and pragmatic than Wally... unless there's a story at stake.
Did You Just Have Tea With Cthulhu: Happens the first time she meets Magenta, who at the time is staying at Wally's house. She confronts Frances about whether she still has feelings for Wally (who meanwhile is reacting with alarm at what might happen if the two women should meet, given his ex's Ax-Crazy tendencies), and Frances' magnetic abilities appear to start activating in response...but when the panicked Wally rushes through the front door, he's dumbfounded to find the two in the kitchen, laughing and joking together about some of his weirder personality quirks.
Express Delivery: How she gave birth to the twins. Thanks to the Timey-Wimey Ball and Barry undoing the beating-induced miscarriage she suffered in the past at Zolomon's hands, she basically went from "not pregnant" to "fully gestated and going into labor" within the span of a few minutes, with the actual "flat belly to bulging belly" taking place in a single panel span.
Roaring Rampage of Revenge: In Terminal Velocity, there's a point when Wally is apparently killed right in front of her by Kobra. Linda- who had no superpowers whatsoever- immediately told Piper to start making weapons, saying that the last thing Kobra was going to see before he died was "the look in my eyes when I send him straight to hell". She doesn't win- and it's her peril that ultimately brings Wally back from the Speed Force- but she's the last one from her group left standing, despite the fact that several of them had superpowers and/or superhero experience and she didn't.
Strong Family Resemblance: If you wanted to know where Bart got his mannerisms and crazy hairstyle from, now you do... basically, she's best described as "female Impulse without superspeed".
White Sheep: Yeah, the rest of her family is...quite psychotic.
The son of Solovar and current ruler of Gorilla City. Under his reign, he encouraged the apes of Gorilla City to blend their advanced technology with the trees of the rainforest, bringing a more spiritual approach to rulership than his father. He has pursued a strict isolationist policy to the point of refusing to extradite Grodd for his crimes outside Gorilla City.
The son of rich parents, Hartley Rathaway was born deaf. His parents spent millions on cybernetic implants that granted him incredible hearing, but to their dismay, he was entranced by all forms of music and forsook their expectations for him. Bored with this life, Hartley delved into sonic technology to create a flute with mind-control properties and used it to commit petty crimes and fight the Flash as the Pied Piper, one of the Rogues. Hartley never really liked crime, however, and after Barry Allen's death he reformed, becoming a superhero and one of Wally West's best friends. He also came out of the closet as one of the first gay superheroes.Years later, Piper was framed for the murder of his parents by the second Mirror Master. This sent him unwillingly back into the criminal underworld as he tried to escape both the Rogues and the authorities. He appeared to join up with the Rogues again, but was working undercover to infiltrate them. Nonetheless, he was present when against his protests, they killed Bart Allen. He has been on the run ever sincenote and kinda blew up a planet along the way.
Like all the apes of Gorilla City, Solovar was granted intelligence from contact with a mysterious meteor, but alone with the evil Grodd, he was granted psychic powers as well. Chosen as the city's king, Solovar protected his people from Grodd's depredations and became a good friend of Barry Allen. Just when Solovar opened up Gorilla City to petition for United Nations membership, however, he was assassinated by Grodd's agents. His nephew Ulgo took up the reigns of command, but soon afterwards passed kingship to his cousin Nnamdi, Solovar's son.
AKA: Winky Moylan, Blinky Boylan, and Noddy Toylan
Alternately known as "the Three Numbskulls", "the Three Idiots", or "the Three Dopes"; a trio with a penchant for getting into trouble, forcing their friend, Jay Garrick, to bail them out. The three were originally petty criminals but turned over a new leaf thanks to the Flash's influence. Sometime after World War II, the three found a buried treasure and retired to the Caribbean; years later, they became security guards at the Flash Museum, where they were killed by the supervillain Prometheus.
A pair of scientists working for STAR Labs in Keystone City, Tina and Jerry specialize in metahuman medicine and have helped the Flash Family for years.
Face-Heel Turn: When Tina began having an affair with Wally (early into Wally's career as the Flash) while being estranged from her husband, Jerry used his super-speed research to turn himself into a hulking monstrosity, Speed Demon.
Happily Married: Though they were estranged at the time they were first introduced. They reconciled.
Dr. Clariss first appeared in Flash Comics #104, February 1949. He was a chemistry teacher at Midwestern University who overheard a conversation between Joan Williams and another student discussing how the Flash got his speed. Clariss was able to determine that something in the lab caused it, so he took all the hard water samples he could find and experimented with them, eventually producing a substance that temporarily gave him and his eventual criminal gang super speed to match the Flash. He wore a darker version of the Flash's costume and a mask in his first appearance.
Revenge: Clariss was bitter because no one believed him when he tried to publicize his speed formula. Even success in other scientific fields wasn't good enough for him. He adopted the Rival identity in order to take the Flash's speed away and become the fastest man alive himself.
Super Powers for a Day: Clariss developed a speed formula that was only temporary. He couldn't quite match the one that gave Jay Garrick permanent speed, despite many experiments with it.
The Reverse-Flash I / Professor Zoom
AKA: Eobard Thawne
First appearance:The Flash vol. 1 #139 (September 1963)
Hair color: Silver
Eye color: Yellow
A completely psychopathic speedster from the 25th century out to destroy everything the Flash family stands for. He is a member of the criminal Thawne family, who have feuded with the West/Allen family for centuries before his birth. Ironically enough, an ancestor of Impulse, a fact that he doesn't take kindly to.
Back from the Dead: At around the same time that Barry was resurrected; he's also the one who arranged for Barry's resurrection in the first place. That being said, he was able to make several appearances before then, courtesy of time travel.
Big Bad: Of several arcs, including The Flash: Rebirth and, most recently, Flashpoint.
Identity Amnesia: In The Return of Barry Allenhe thought he was Barry Allen because of this.
If I Can't Have You: Does this to Iris when she rejects his advances. He's later revealed to have lobomotomised another woman who refused to go out with him.
Irony: How Batman/Thomas Wayne kills him when he runs a sword through Eobard. The one opening that Batman had was when Eobard stopped. One of the fastest individuals in fiction, and he dies when he stops moving.
It's All About Me: Thawne will get what he wants irrespective of who has to get hurt in the process.
It's Personal: With Barry Allen, following his apparent murder of Iris.
Knight of Cerebus: Very few villains have the ability to darken the story like the Reverse-Flash can
Murder the Hypotenuse: Manipulates time to erase his crush's husband (and later every man she has ever dated) from existence.
Neck Snap: How Barry kills him after the Reverse-Flash's assault on Fiona Webb.
Revenge by Proxy: Uses time travel to kill Barry's mother and frame his father for it decades before Barry ever became the Flash. Subsequent attempts on Iris and the rest of the Flash Family were also motivated by this.
Self-Made Orphan: Is revealed to have killed his parents for not being supportive of his obsession with the Speed Force.
Stalker with a Crush: To Iris Allen, culminating in his murder attempt on her. He later demonstrates a similar attitude towards a reporter who was interviewing him.
Time Traveller: A frequent time traveller, Thawne abuses the time stream in ways that no other DC villain can, regularly altering the past in an effort at making Barry Allen's life more miserable.
The Unfettered: No matter what measures it takes, Thawne will do anything to get what he wants.
Would Hit a Girl: Tried to kill both Iris Allen and Fiona Webb, and lobotomises a woman who rejects him. He's also only too happy to try and kill Jessie Quick and Irey West during the events of Rebirth.
Would Hurt a Child: When a reporter he is interested in spurns his advances, Thawne travels back to her childhood and traumatises her, leaving her effectively braindead as an adult. During Rebirth he attacks Jai and Irey, manipulating their connection to the Speed Force in an effort to kill them.
You Killed My Father: Travels back in time to kill Barry's mother and frame his father for it, drastically altering Barry's life in the process.
The Reverse-Flash II / Zoom
AKA: Hunter Zolomon
Originally an Keystone City profiler and a valuable ally to Wally, the Flash III, he was once paralyzed in an attack on Iron Heights by Gorilla Grodd. When Wally refused to go back in time to stop this from happening (because of the risk of timestream damage) Hunter tried to use the Cosmic Treadmill himself, but it exploded, giving him the ability to alter how time flows in relation to his inertial frame. Believing Wally didn't help him because he had never experienced personal tragedy, he went on to become Wally's Evil Counterpart and out to make him experience tragedy.
And I Must Scream: At the end of the "Blitz" story arc, when Wally forced him into one of the time-windows torn open as an initial side-effect of his then-newly-gained powers; this had the effect of freezing him in time, forcing him to watch the scene of his greatest failure over and over again.
Archenemy: One of several contenders for the title of Wally West's archnemesis.
Ax-Crazy: Delusional, violently unstable, and operates under a bizarre and completely incomprehensible moral code that revolves around what he can give to others as opposed to what he can take from them, which makes his behavior nearly impossible to predict and thus makes him as much of a danger to his own allies as he is to heroes.
Berserk Button: When given the opportunity to "improve" a hero, or try to fix his own timeline, Zoom tends to charge in blindly. This latter one is especially painful to him, as despite knowing exactly where to find a time machine, he's the only speedster on this page who can't use it...but tries anyway, usually leading to further disaster. It also leads to him further obsessing over Wally experiencing tragedy to get the point that tragedy makes better heroes.
Zoom:(during "Rogue War" arc) TELL ME YOU UNDERSTAND ME, WALLY!
His estranged wife Ashley is revealed to be another Berserk Button for him during the Rogue War storyline. The Rogues come to where she is, intending to kill her...Zoom's response is to deliver a thoroughly sound No-Holds-Barred Beatdown.
Blow You Away: A rare variant that's portrayed as deadly effective. Zoom's favored attack is to slow down time to a crawl, then snap his fingers. The resulting concussive wave creates a sonic boom, shatters glass, stuns speedsters, and nearly killed Linda West, leading to her miscarriage.
Dark and Troubled Past: His father was a Serial Killer who murdered Hunter's mother and then got gunned down by the police—on the same day Hunter was to leave for college. Then his career in the FBI got cut short because he insisted backup was unnecessary and that the perp they were chasing would not be carrying a gun, leading to his (first) crippling and the death of his father-in-law.
Freudian Excuse: A whole list of them. No one thing turned Hunter Zolomon into Zoom. His father being outed as a serial killer and offing his mother, his father-in-law's death and his own subsequent divorce and crippling, his second crippling at the hands of Grodd...all these factors together pushed Zolomon over the edge.
Instant Costume Change: Despite the Flash comics long having explanations for where literally everyone's costumes come from (the Rogues even have a specialized tailor!), when Zolomon initially turns into Zoom, his costume simply manifests. As he is not connected to the Speed Force, he can't even use that as an explanation.
Legacy Character: Inverted, technically. He is the first Zoom born chronologically, a fact that amuses his predecessor/successor Thawne to no end.
Thawne:(grinning) I've created a legacy five centuries before I'll even be born. It's backwards. It's in reverse.
The Mentally Ill: One of the few supervillains who would have a legitimate shot at using the insanity defence. Unlike Thawne (or the likes of The Joker) who is simply psychopathic, Zolomon genuinely suffers from delusions and has a vision of the world that is staggeringly at odds with reality.
Misery Builds Character: This was Zoom's rationale when he attempted to murder Wally West's wife, believing that West needed to suffer personal tragedy in order to become a better hero.
My Greatest Failure: Happened in his back-story, when he was in the FBI. He made a miscalculation that resulted in his father-in-law (the field leader) getting shot to death by the criminal they were hunting, and Hunter himself ending up with a limp after said criminal shot him in the knee. Following this, his wife left him and he got kicked out of the FBI.
No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: One of his most common methods when it comes to "motivating" heroes to better themselves, ostensibly because he believes that a sufficiently vicious beating will drive them to become stronger.
Sanity Slippage: His crippling by Grodd, coupled with his use of the cosmic treadmill, tore his sanity to tatters. It was further damaged by being trapped in the time loop mentioned under And I Must Scream.
Stealth Mentor: Believes he is this by making heroes experience tragedy.
Possibly used to avert Fan Dumb, which has a history of reacting poorly to FaceHeelTurns in comics, claiming it's done for shock value. By the time Zolomon becomes Zoom, it's clear the previous five years' comics had been building up to that moment.
Tautological Templar: Zoom genuinely believes that he's a brutal but ultimately necessary enemy of stagnation and catalyst for improvement whose methods truly do yield meaningful results and help make the world a better place. Even insinuating that he's on the wrong track deeply offends him; trying to convince him that he's wrong is likely to result in a possibly-fatal beating at best (to make one see the error of their ways) and is outright suicidal at worst.
Timey-Wimey Ball: The red lightning that surrounds him occasionally shows brief scenes from his past or future timeline. People can be shoved through them, forcing them to mentally relive those few moments. Somehow.
Vitriolic Best Buds: He views his relationship with Wally as this still, which troubles Wally all the more.
Well-Intentioned Extremist: Zoom truly believes he's making the world a better place, one crippled wife, dead child, mutilated hero, or resurrected archvillain at a time. He also gets violently upset when villains interfere with his plans, kill people he considers true heroes, and in one case, came on to him — he still considers himself married.
With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: It's implied that Zoom's temporal powers are interfering with his synaptic relays, making him highly irrational. He nearly puzzles this out himself before deciding he is The Chosen One who would drive Wally to be the best hero possible. Now depowered, he has approached Eobard Thawne for unknown reasons.
Wrath: If the Reverse-Flash is motivated by envy, then Zoom is driven by rage.
Reverse-Flash (New 52)
First appearance:The Flash #17 (February 2013) As Daniel West: ''The Flash #0 (September 2012)
A mysterious speedster who is murdering those associated with the Speed Force. In issue 23, he's revealed to be Iris West's brother, Daniel West, and he got his powers when he crashed into a monorail carrying a speed force battery.
Body Horror: See the red part of his suit? That's his skin. He got his looks when he crashed a car into a monorail carrying a speed force battery. He became bound to the speed force and the remains of the monorail fused to him and created the black part of his suit.
Chekhov's Gunman: His true identity, Daniel West, is introduced even before Reverse-Flash and seems to be just a minor supporting character before The Reveal.
Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He's sincere about his love for his sister, Iris. He attacks everyone who entered the Speed Force, except her, and is devastated when she Takes the Bullet for Flash and gets wounded.
Futureshadowing: When he got his powers, the speed force showed him glimpses of others connected to the speed force. He figures out that he needs to kill these people to gain more power.
Freudian Excuse: His mother died during his birth and his was an abusive drunk. When his dad pushed him over the edge, he pushed him down the stairs; crippling him for life and estranging his sister, Iris. Horrified, he ran away and went down the path of crime. With his speed force powers, he wants to go back in time and kill his father before that moment; thinking it will fix everything for him.
Sequel Hook: His powers are presumed gone, but when Iris leaves, the guard's watch rewinds for a few seconds.
Serial Killer: His first story arc, "Reverse", has him killing people affected by the Speed Force; his first victim being Albert Lim/Turbocharger in issue #19. He later kills Floyd Gomez/Sprint, Marissa and now has his sights on the Flash. The more of them are dead, the more speed force he gets.
Time Master: Can rewind time a few seconds back. The more speed force connected people he kills, the farther he can rewind. By killing nearly everyone, he's able to go back in time to kill his father before he ruined his life.
Villain Issue: He gains his own issue in DC Comic's Villains Month which details his Start of Darkness. Interestingly enough, it's told in reverse-chronological order.
Inertia / Kid Zoom
He will never have what Impulse has; will never know their approval, their pride... their love.
AKA: Thaddeus Thawne II
First appearance:Impulse #50 (July 1999)
Hair color: Blond
Eye color: Yellow
When Bart refused his heritage as part of the Thawne family, the Earthgov president Thaddeus Thawne created a clone of Bart named after himself. He was effectively created to be the complete opposite of Bart: slow-thinking, calculating, and utterly sociopathic.
Meaningful Name: Roughly translates to "praise" or "desired" in Old Aramaic; sadly enough, that was all he ever wanted.
More literally, it would translate to something along the lines of "friend", and specifically a close friend (Aramaic תדא tadda, lit. "breast"; in context, an appellation one would give to a close friend or perhaps a younger brother (ever heard of the phrase "bosom buddy"?); the "praise" definition may be a very loose take-off of said appellation).
Coincidence or not, the irony between his name and personality is startling.note all other possible definitions I've found have positive connotations attached, something the poor kid severely lacks.
Theme Naming: With Bart. The codenames are obvious; impulse/go/Bart's flighty personality, inertia/stop/Thad's methodical way of thinking (they're not the literal definitions, but the implication is clear). Less obvious are their given names; their namesakes are the patron saints of Armenia.
With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: Before he was killed by the Rogues, he had absolute mastery over the individual timestream of a human being, able to revert Zoom to the powerless Hunter Zolomon and kill with a simple snap of his fingers. At this time he was even more Ax-Crazy than Hunter himself.
Evil Counterpart: Arguably, to Max Mercury. Both have a quasi-mystical connection to the Speed Force that gives them powers beyond those of the Flashes.
Husky Russkie: At six foot four he's easily the largest of the speedsters.
Time Travel: A battle against Max Mercury shifted him from the Cold War and into the present.
AKA: Jerry "Speed" McGee
Early into Wally West's career as the Flash, Jerry was estranged from his wife Tina, who began having an affair with the speedster. Angry and jealous, Jerry turned his hyper-physiology research onto himself, transforming into a steroid-pumped hulk of a man who could rival Wally's then-top speed of 700 miles an hour. Unfortunately, the self-experimentation caused his internal organs to collapse; fortunately, he recovered.
Barry Allen from twenty years in the future. He uses his powers to time travel back to the present in order to kill Barry Allen, so that Wally West will live. Wears a blue costume that seems to be constantly leaking energy.
Time Travel: Either an escapee or an exile from the 64th century, depending on what story you're reading.
Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: Despite being more insane than most of the Rogues normally feel comfortable with, his malevolence is kept in check by his showmanship — everything must be a spectacle, and his imagination is so limited that he's usually beaten by Genre Savvy.
Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: In Suicide Squad. Highlights include letting a teammate get shot because he didn't like her, dressing up as another super-villain so he could continue committing crimes while serving with the squad and convincing another squad member to make a run for it to see if their exploding bracelets really work. note They do.
Gone Horribly Wrong: In a neat twist, Captain Boomerang is a marketing plan gone horribly wrong. He was originally given the name and costume by the Wiggins Toy Company to sell boomerangs to kids, and immediately thought of ways to use this identity to commit robberies.
Not quite. In Ostrander's Suicide Squad, it turns out that he stuck around in the job for a few weeks before steadily getting fed up with it. Eventually, he decided enough was enough, and decided to make what he thought was a better use of his situation; AKA, stealing some jewelry. And it just so happened that the Flash was nearby, signing autographs. He noticed the theft, though wasn't able to stop Boomerang from getting a cheap shot in, due to Flash's lack of experience with him. The two have been going at it ever since.
Jerkass: Even the other Rogues don't like him much — not because he's evil, just because he's a colossal dick.
Surprisingly Elite Cannon Fodder: While Trickster and the Top are also toy-based villains, the former's a genius inventor and the latter has superpowers. Boomerang has neither — and, oh yeah, he's got a higher body count than any Rogue who isn't a straightforward killer.
Click here to see Captain Cold as he appeared pre-Flashpoint
AKA: Leonard "Len" Snart
Abusive Parents: His father was a violent drunk who regularly beat him in addition to his mother and his sister.
A Father to His Men: Above all, Cold runs a tight ship and goes out of his way to ensure that the Rogues are focused on the job at hand. Not that he's above tough love to do so, nor is he above encouraging their darker behaviours.
Post-New 52, he has direct cryokinesis without having to use his freezing guns. It was later revealed that he used to use freezing guns, but used a machine to integrate his cold gun's powers into himself.
Though, after the events of Forever Evil, he seems to have gone back to the cold gun.
Blessed with Suck: Downplayed: His Integrated Freezing abilities make him more powerful than ever but liquid tends to freeze around him, so he can't get drunk, and when he get's tossed into the water it freezes on him, and he has difficulty moving.
Cut Lex Luthor a Check/Reed Richards Is Useless: Played straight. When called on the fact that each of the Rogues have access to technology and abilities that could make them rich legitimately, Cold freely cops to the notion that their life of crime is largely due to bad habits.
Paul Gambi, running backstories past an amnesiac villain: Your name's Leonard Snart, which is two strikes against you right there...
Captain Cold himself, narrating: My name's... man, I hate it. My name's Leonard Snart. It's a bad name, I know, but my parents were bad people.
Freeze Ray: Technically. It's really supposed to slow down molecules, the ice is a side effect. In his words, it's a cold gun, not an ice gun; his gun slows molecules to absolute zero, while Mister Freeze's just shoots ice. He explains in Forever Evil issue 6.
Captain Cold: A lot of guys shoot ice. But I don't freeze things. I eliminate movement altogether. I stop atoms cold.
I Need a Freaking Drink: Except in the New 52, where he complains that he can't drink anymore because his powers freeze the beer. Barry, in disguise, befriends him by giving him a recipe for beer that freezes at a much lower temperature.
Took a Level in Badass: Pre-New 52, he and the Rogues were often seen as jokes in-universe and out. In the New 52, he's tired of always losing and takes an offer by Dr. Elias to merge his cold gun's powers to himself. Doing so makes him a metahuman that can slow down the Flash just by being near him; making their fights more equally matched. The other Rogues also became metahumans with powers based off of their tech.
Took a Level in Jerkass: In the world of Flashpoint, Snart is Citizen Cold, Central City's star hero. He's adored by the public, but the police, the villain community, and hero community all know he's nothing but a complete asshole who uses the hero facade as an excuse to do whatever he wants. But this all depends on how much the citizens actually love him, because without their support he couldn't get away with half the crap he openly pulls. He's even willing to secretly set up his battles with supervillains by baiting them with misinformation.
For Science!: Though originally a thug like most of the other Rogues, Alchemy's main motivation is to expand his knowledge and abilities, to the point where he refused to leave his cell during a prison break, killing his would-be rescuer, because he hadn't finished reading the books he already had. The second he was done, he left jail on his own.
Redemption Demotion: At one point while he was reformed and holding down a generic white-collar job, Eobard Thawne sought him out after reading about his noted chemical genius. He claimed that even if he wanted to help, he only had that knack for chemistry when his "evil side" was ascendant (not that he did all that much with itthen, either). At another point post-Crisis, he had a job as a university professor but struggled with his research since "Alvin" had control of the Philosopher's Stone.
AKA: Jeremy Tell
Body Horror: His cards come from chunks of his own flesh.
Cursed with Awesome: Sure, his powers require him to horribly mutilate himself whenever he uses them... then again, psychically controllable enchanted playing cards that can wound Kryptonians is an ability not to be trifled with.
Death Dealer: Uses enchanted playing cards that can slice through just about anything.
Bald of Evil: Played with. In the regular series, he is bald, despite his scalp being rarely shown, but he's still a Friendly Enemy. Compare to the Flashpoint incarnation who caused violence and destruction on a massive scale, but he had hair.
Body Horror: Integrating his heat tech with himself burned his skin; leaving his skin red and raw.
Chest Blaster: In the New 52, he emits flames from a grate on his chest.
Convection Schmonvection: Averted; his suit is specifically designed to protect him from the flames. Killed his would-be replacement in Rogues Revenge when his suit failed.
Even then, he's clearly sweating in some scenes where he's especially close to intense heat.
Kill It with Fire: He does this to a BLACK LANTERN. Keep in mind that only anything associated with the Emotional Spectrum has a sure-fire chance of killing a Black Lantern, and even then it is usually two Lantern rings working together. "Everything has a melting point", indeed.
Even normally, he's capable of burning the Flash, whose protection from friction gives him serious resistances to fire and heat.
Self-Made Orphan: Burned down his childhood home while his family was still inside. Not of malicious intent; he just couldn't help it.
Tragic Villain: He's legitimately mentally ill and has sought out psychiatric help, but all the therapy he takes has made no progress in curbing his impulses to start fires.
Vitriolic Best Buds: He and Captain Cold rub each other the wrong way. They also work well together on missions, and while Cold isn't above taking advantage of Heat Wave, is also protective and concerned over Rory's mental health.
Love Makes You Evil: Initially, Wally's pressuring her to become a superhero pushed her to use powers she associated with her father's death, making her lash out violently. Later, she worships Wally, and kills in his name.
Reality Warper: In the Mirror World, he can shape it to his liking. He can even make copies of Turbine's wife and daughter for Turbine to convince him to join the Rogues.
Trapped in Another World: In the New 52, when the Rogues tried to integrate the abilities of their gadgets into themselves, Mirror Master ends up getting trapped in the Mirror World. He's still of use, as he can bring others into the Mirror World as well. By Forever Evil, he found a way to free himself.
Specifically, McCulloch draws the line at going after a target's family, and has a soft spot in his heart for orphans.
And he quits the Injustice Gang partly because Batman pays him more than Lex, but when Lex offers to double it the Mirror Master says that it's not really about money, and is visibly disgusted by the Joker
Green Lantern Ring: The things he can do with his "magic mirrors" seem almost unlimited, up to creating entire mirror universes.
Kick the Dog: Disguising himself as Pied Piper, murdering his parents, and framing him for it.
Yandere: In one issue of the Waid run, he stalks an ex-girlfriend who went into the witness protection program and is eventually dragged away by the police while screaming that he loved her.
AKA: Tony Gambi
All Your Powers Combined: He has the ability to replicate the powers of any weapon he comes across. He has the abilities of most of the Rogues (specifically Captain Cold, Mirror Master, Captain Boomerang, the Weather Wizard, Heat Wave and Dr. Alchemy).
The Dragon: To Abra Kadabra, during the Dark Flash storyline.
Metamorphosis: After he receives his powers, he's told that the process can't be reversed and he'll never go back to looking like a normal human. However, since he's got the powers of his role models, he takes it in stride.
It helps that among these powers, he does have Kadabra's wand, so some level of shapeshifting would be possible with practice.
The Chessmaster: Remember when most of the Rogues went legit during the later years of Barry Allen's Silver Age career and throughout Wally West's career prior to the Rogue War arc? That was Top's doing via Mind Control.
Possibly averted — Top's arrogant enough that he takes credit for all these examples, but Hartley resists once Wally shows his trust, and James Jesse quits his black ops anti-rogue government job, which had led him to give Captain Boomerang a Fate Worse than Death. Though re-adopting his Trickster persona, James remained morally opposed to most of the Rogues' activities, implying the Top's attempt to push him back to Heel status actually resulted in a Heel Face Door Slam a little closer to the side of angels. Given that the only other Rogue to even flirt with heroism was the mentally unstable Heat Wave, who was reverting on his own before the Top removed the brainwashing, the Top may not have been as good as he claimed. While the other Rogues had their moments, they were so brief as to be unimportant, making the Top more a Smug Snake.
Evil Plan: In one Silver Age story, he set up one that took effect after his death: he hid five discs throughout Central City and then tasked five of his fellow Rogues to find the discs before Flash did, lest the discs explode and destroy the city; once found, the discs were then to be stacked on top of each other in a specific order to deactivate them. Turns out that stacking them this way set the trigger for the real bomb.
For the Evulz: "Do you want to know why I do this? ... It's for the thrill. The thrill of spinning your world upside down. Dragging your psyche through the mud and dirt that ours has gone through. We'll see what kind of hero you are then, Flash. We'll see..."
Freudian Excuse: His parents pushed him to be the best at everything, and when he couldn't, he lashed out to tear down those he thought were better than him, hence his arrogant demeanor.
Glass Of Chianti: Was a wine connoisseur, which made him an outcast among the blue collar Rogues.
(while helping clean up rampaging musical notes) You mean your own notes got away from you? Tsk tsk, you should know better than that, Pipes... that's last-ditch-beat-the-villain-gambit number seven: "Give him more power than he can handle!"
(after punching out Grodd) Gee, maybe that new high-energy refined sugar diet is really working! Or maybe I've developed real super-powers and this is my origin!
An Arm and a Leg: During "Gorilla Warfare", he offers to be a guide for Grodd and holds out his right hand for a handshake. Grodd rips his arm off, thinking he doesn't know anything. He gains an Artificial Limb to compensate.
Roscoe Hynes was a Tuskegee Airman who led a squadron of prototype planes during World War II. During the first combat mission, Hynes broke formation to test out the prototype plane's capabilities. He then appeared to disappear in thin air, but was actually absorbed into the Speed Force dimension.In the Speed Force dimension, Hynes gained wind powers, but was stuck there for 70 years. When the Flash entered the Speed Force, he finds Hynes and takes him back to the present.At the end of the Gorilla Invasion arc, the Rogues offer Hynes a spot on their team after he helped them fight the gorillas.
Emotional Powers: His weather powers in the New 52. When he made it rain enough to water crops, he became so depressed he had suicidal thoughts.
Evil Gloating: Mardon has an urge to make himself look smarter than the rest of the Rogues, and to that end researches new uses for his weather abilities, and is fond of throwing out Mark Twain references.
The Blacksmith: Well, aside from it being her super-villain name, the trope is played with in that she (covertly) outfits the criminals of Keystone City with their weapons and gadgets, and also because of her own Extra Ore Dinary powers.
Nebulous Criminal Conspiracy: She was running her organization behind the scenes for at least 15 years before it was first brought to light.
Comic Book Time in effect, of course, since this would mean she's been running it since before any of the current superheroes showed up — including Green Lantern, who inspired Goldface's tech, which Blacksmith used to start the Network in the first place.
Quirky Miniboss Squad: Consisting of Weather Wizard, the second Mirror Master, Girder, Magenta, Murmur, Plunder, and the second Trickster.
The Syndicate: Hers is called The Network. It's an underground black market for super-villains.
The prince of the magical dimension of Eastwind, Brother Grimm was a boy when Barry Allen and Wally West helped him and his brother overthrow his evil father. Grimm asked Wally for advice, and Wally told him to make his own choices; he gave the crown to his brother, but soon his brother proved just as evil as their father. Grimm killed his brother in battle and became king of Eastwind, blaming Wally for this tragedy. Years later, he came back to ruin Wally's life the same way he believed Wally ruined his: by destroying his home and family.
A cult leader who gained immortality from a lightning strike, and who thus considers the Flash as a sort of "brother of the lightning" who his followers worship. They prey on the lives of people who Flash has saved throughout his career, justifying their actions by rationalizing that without the speedster's intervention, those persons would have died anyway, so the cult can kill them with a clear conscience. Cicada equips his followers with special daggers that absorb the life-force out of people stabbed by them, and he intends to use that stolen life-force to resurrect his wife, who he killed in his back-story.
Aborted Arc: One of the police gets a hit off of Cicada's immortality, and Cicada is shown to briefly entrance him. Nothing more is ever made of it.
Ax-Crazy: But he's a bit more low-key about it, compared to some other villains.
Driven to Suicide: In his back-story, he attempted to do this after he murdered his wife. He wasn't successful; instead, a bolt of lightning that conveniently struck at that very moment gave him a sense of immortality.
Barry Allen's twin brother. The Allens and the Thawnes came to the same doctor for the same reason, because both wives were pregnant and about to deliver; however, the doctor accidentally killed the Thawnes' child, then out of guilt gave them one of the Allens' twins and told the Allens that that twin had died. When an adult Malcolm found out, he set out to destroy Barry for having everything he himself could have had but never did. He utilized a magical blue flame that could rob speed from anyone connected to the Flash legacy.
Abusive Parents: His adopted parents used him as a tool for their cons and treated him terribly; their knowledge that he wasn't their biological child only made it worse.
Cain and Abel: Though Barry himself never knew it, as Malcolm never revealed himself to his brother.
Con Artist: Malcolm's adopted parents used a magical blue flame as a miracle healing agent (with temporary effects) to pull stunts like this. Of course, the flame itself was meant for greater purposes, which Malcolm learned and studied from his adopted grandmother.
Freudian Excuse: Being given away at birth to a bunch of abusive con artists, then later finding out you have a twin who got a relatively good upbringing by your real parents...can you really blame him for being angry?
In the Blood: He is the progenitor of the villainous Thawne family, whose bloodline includes Reverse-Flash Eobard Thawne and Thaddeus Thawne, alias Inertia.
Kill It with Fire: At least one of his descendants used the inherited Cobalt Blue flame to murder his Flash's wife this way.
Legacy Character: He's a distant ancestor of the Reverse-Flash, Impulse, Inertia, and Captain Boomerang II. As well, there are 1000 years' worth of Cobalt Blues that follow in his footsteps by fighting their respective Flashes (who are all of the Allen bloodline).
Mundane Utility: Malcolm's adopted father used the blue flame to pull cons. Malcolm's adopted grandmother was disgusted by this, and consequently was delighted to find an eager student in Malcolm, who would subvert the trope by using the flame to its maximum potential.
People Puppets: Turned several generations of Flashes into this through a Batman Gambit involving shards of his gem, infused with his own spirit.
The Resenter: Toward Barry, for having the wonderful life that Malcolm got cheated out of.
AKA: Neil Borman
A former power plant worker who got exposed to nuclear radiation and essentially became a living radiation battery. He was introduced during the Iron Heights storyline, being kept in a containment cell that used him to power the entire prison. After the Flash found out and confronted Gregory Wolfe about it, Fallout was eventually given improved living conditions where he now continues to power the prison, but the power is siphoned from him in a more humane manner.
Unwitting Pawn: Of Blacksmith. She orchestrated his escape from Iron Heights knowing his path would take him by the Garricks' home, causing Joan to develop cancer, forcing her and Jay out of town for treatment, depriving Wally of Jay's help.
A renegade from the hidden Gorilla City, Grodd is a mad genius and warlord who wants to destroy humanity and make Earth the dominion of apes. He was endowed with sentience by a radioactive meteor along with the other apes of Gorilla City, but also gained vast telepathic powers. Grodd has a formidable intellect offset by an animal's fury. He originally clashed with Barry Allen and has gone on to menace the entire Flash family.
A God Am I: In JLApe: Gorilla Warfare. "I am the Lord thy Grodd! All shall bow before me!"
Archenemy: Had a solid claim on this title during the Silver Age, when he was the only serious threat in the Flash's Rogues Gallery of otherwise Harmless Villains. These days he's more of a general DCU villain, though he still hates the Flash family the most.
One Ape Army: Despite talking and reasoning, Grodd is very much a wild animal, like a rabid gorilla with psionics. When a mishap leaves him free during a prisoner transport, the resulting rampage levels whole city blocks and leaves countless dead. It's implied that he does this in less than an hour.
Well-Intentioned Extremist: According to Phil Foglio's Angel and the Ape miniseries, Grodd's motive is that he believes Gorilla City will soon run out of resources, and that humans are in danger of destroying all of theirs. Hence the need to either "cull the herd" by killing most of the humans or turning them into apes. (Comics before and since have said that he's simply a madape who wants to Take Over the World.)
AKA: Griff Grey
Bart Allen's roommate after Bart had been aged by the Speed Force, Griff was doused with chemicals and gained super-powers in a terrorist attack. At first he wanted to be a hero just for money and fame, but his resentment toward the Flash family and his out-of-control powers quickly turned into a true villain. While trying to boost his popularity, Griffin died in an accident he himself orchestrated.
The Unpronounceable: Though at least one official guide claimed his name is pronounced "kil-GORE."
Mota / Atom Smasher / Professor Fallout / Fusionn
AKA: Manfred Mota
A rogue physicist who stole research from Jay Garrick to create a battlesuit, Mota clashed with every Flash under a variety of aliases, upgrading his atomic-powered arsenal each time and eventually mutating into a being of pure energy. His estranged daughter, Valerie Perez, briefly dated Bart Allen when he became the Flash.
A surgeon turned serial killer obsessed with silencing the voices of everyone around him, Michael Amar was incriminated by his inability to keep from talking. While in Iron Heights Penitentiary, he took the name Murmur, cut out his own tongue, and sewed his mouth shut so he'd never incriminate himself again. Years later, he hatched a plot to escape from prison by using a deadly engineered disease to kill the guards and the Flash, but Wally, Jay, and the Pied Piper put an end to it. He has since become a persistent and deadly thorn in Wally's side.
Perfect Poison: Aside from his knives, he uses a type of anthrax-like poison made from his own unusual blood chemistry to kill his victims. This poison turns the victims' lungs to mud unless the antidote can be administered in time, and it is HIGHLY contagious.
Serial Killer: Of the Visionary type; he hears voices and kills to silence them.
A demon who is essentially the DC Universe's Expy of Satan. He has had interactions with most characters across the DCU due to his modus operandi, but he holds some particular ire toward Wally West for beating his hidden plan in the Hell to Pay storyline.
Hoist by His Own Petard: In the Hell to Pay storyline. He orchestrates a plot to steal the love Wally and Linda have for each other, thus giving him a chance to gain ultimate power from the Speed Force, by forcing Wally to bargain for the Rogues' souls in exchange for giving up said love, and also claiming Linda's soul in exchange for sparing Wally's. Unfortunately for him, the couples' love corrupts him and he begs them to take it all back—but they refuse unless he undoes all the damage he's done to the city.
A gun-toting villain from a mirror universe created by the Mirror Master, Plunder followed Wally back the real world when Wally made his escape. He joined up with Blacksmith's "New Rogues" and used the fact that he was Detective Morillo's mirror counterpart to keep the police out of the picture while her evil plan went into action. Much later, he was killed by Zoom during the "Rogue War" story arc.
Roy G. Bivolo believed he was destined to be a great artist, but his colorblindness made it impossible. His optometrist father created a pair of goggles that should have allowed him to see color, but instead gave him the power to shoot rainbow-colored beams of light, and presented them to Roy on his deathbed... which Roy then used to commit art theft as the Rainbow Raider. He was killed by Blacksmith for the offense of being obnoxious.
The younger brother of a local crime boss, Joey Monteleone had the metahuman ability to project his consciousness outside of his own body. He then projected it into a vat of tar and was unable to return to his real body; however, he quickly took to his new form.
Amoral Attorney: Well, he wasn't exactly amoral before he became a super-villain; rather, he underwent a Face-Heel Turn when he realized that his efforts to curb crime were doomed to failure.
Badass in a Nice Suit: In his Golden Age incarnation, he wore a business suit as opposed to a gimmicky costume, since he believed wearing costumes was bad luck. However, his Silver Age incarnation and at least one alternate-reality version of him wore a stylized purple and black costume (which was worn by the character in the Justice League Unlimited series).
The immortal caveman-turned-conqueror who has plagued Earth's heroes for millennia, Vandal Savage was the first villain Wally West faced in his career as the Flash, and has gone on to menace Wally and his family numerous times afterwards. See his own page for more.