Trivia / The Flash (2014)

  • Acting for Two: With the introduction of The Multiverse, we have seen several duplicates of characters, naturally played by the same actors. Several actors also played the Speed Force manifesting as their characters. Specifics are:
    • Tom Cavanagh is acting for at least twelve, two of which are another character impersonating his: Earth-1 Dr. Wells (in a flashback), the Reverse-Flash (after taking Wells's face and identity), Everyman (appearing as Thawne), "Harry" Wells from Earth-2, a cowboy from an Unnumbered Earth, an Englishman from Earth-17, a French mime from an Unnumbered Earth, a happy-go-lucky version who calls himself "H.R" from Earth-19, and Iris West disguised as the Earth-19 Wells. Season four adds a nihilistic German Wells, Wells ala Hugh Hefner, a cyborg Wells from a Mad Max-style wasteland, and Gandalf Wells.
    • John Wesley Shipp is also getting in on this, playing Henry Allen, a literal Remake Cameo of the 90s Flash TV series' Flash, the real Jay Garrick, and the Speed Force manifesting as Henry Allen. Given that Earth-2 Barry's father has yet to show-up, and that the 90s Flash has an Evil Knockoff whom he also played, he is tied in second place to Cavanagh in playing the most characters.
    • In season 3, Tobin Bell provides the voice of Doctor Alchemy as well as Savitar, the god-like entity that Alchemy serves. This is later subverted as Alchemy is simply Savitar himself speaking through someone else.
    • Grant Gustin has played the main Barry Allen/Flash, Everyman disguised as Barry, the Earth-2 version of Barry Allen, Future Barry Allen of 2024, as well as Savitar once he was revealed to be an evil, future version of Barry Allen, tying him with John Wesley Shipp and Candice Patton in second place with most characters.
    • Candice Patton has played the main Iris West, Everyman disguised as Iris, the Earth-2 version of Iris West-Allen, the Speed Force manifestation of Iris, and H.R. Wells disguised as Iris in a Heroic Sacrifice, tying her with John Wesley Shipp and Grant Gustin in second place with most characters.
    • Danielle Panabaker has played the main Caitlin Snow, Everyman disguised as Caitlin, the Earth-2 version of Caitlin aka Killer Frost, and the Speed Force manifestation of Caitlin.
    • Rick Cosnett has played the main Eddie Thawne, Everyman disguised as Eddie, and the Speed Force manifestation of Eddie.
    • Jesse L. Martin has played the main Joe West, the Earth-2 version of Joe, and the Speed Force manifestation of Joe.
    • Robbie Amell has played the main Ronnie Raymond, Martin Stein in Ronnie's body, the Earth-2 version of Ronnie aka Deathstorm, and the Speed Force manifestation of Ronnie.
    • Michelle Harrison has played the main Nora Allen, the Earth-2 version of Nora, and the Speed Force manifestation of Nora.
    • Mark Hamill has played James Jesse/the Trickster, the 90s series version of the Trickster, and the Earth-3 version of the Trickster.
    • Kendrick Sampson plays both Dominic Lanse/Brainstorm and Clifford DeVoe after he pulls a Grand Theft Me on Dominic. Same goes for Stephanie Beard.
  • Actor Allusion:
  • Actor-Shared Background: Candice Patton was born on June 24th, just as Iris West is revealed to have been in "The Once and Future Flash". Cliffard and Marlize DeVoe, a South African couple, are played by South African actors Neil Sandilands and Kim Engelbrecht.
  • Breakup Breakout: Vito D'Ambrosio, who played Officer Bellos in The Flash (1990) as recurring Remake Cameo in here. Justified though, as Murphy's actor, Bliff Manard, passed away months before the series premiere.
  • Casting Gag:
    • Wentworth Miller and Dominic Purcell being cast as Captain Cold and Heat Wave, the first two members of the Rogues. Miller and Purcell previously starred in Prison Break as brothers and two members of the Fox River 8. On top of that, Captain Cold is the emotionally locked-down mastermind of the Rogues, just as Miller's former role Michael Scofield is the emotionally locked-down mastermind of the Fox River 8, and both Cold and Scofield are incredibly meticulous in their plans, to the point of being Crazy-Prepared.
    • John Wesley Shipp as Henry Allen, Barry's father. Shipp played Barry in the 1990 series, and Professor Zoom in Batman: The Brave and the Bold.
      • Taken further with the reveal that the real Jay Garrick is Henry Allen's Alternate Universe counterpart, meaning that once again, he's playing a version of the Flash.
      • Taken even further: he played the first live action version of The Flash and is playing the namesake of the first Flash in comics, Jay Garrick.
    • In the Japanese dub, Jun Fukuyama (Barry/The Flash) already voiced another guy able to run really fast, except he was a cyborg.
    • In the French dub, Barry’s voice actor is Alexandre Gillet, who is also known for voicing another iconic, heroic speedster.
    • Tom Felton playing a guy who's an obnoxious jerk towards the orphaned main character who survived the impossible and prominently displays a lightning bolt symbol? Yeah, never seen that before... Further reinforced in "Monster" when he mentioned he came from a "pretty wealthy family back in England" and "a long line of generations of old money, tradition". Also, turns out he's involved with the Philosopher's Stone.
  • The Cast Showoff:
    • Barry sings a few bars of "Summer Nights" in "Crazy For You" after a drunken Caitlin forces him into Karaoke. Grant Gustin sings in real life, starting with a brief stint in a touring production of West Side Story and getting his big break on Glee.
    • Later, Earth-2 Joe is revealed to be a bar singer and gets to sing onscreen. Jesse L. Martin is a Broadway actor renowned for his role in RENT.
  • Creator Backlash:
    • Grant Gustin very much agrees with the fans about Barry's poor decision making throughout Season 3.
    • Danielle Panabaker has openly stated she keeps asking the crew why Caitlin and only Caitlin's meta power turns her evil, and has yet to get a straight answer.
    • Mark Waid, long-time writer of the Flash comic book, was very vocal on Twitter during the second half of season 2 over the treatment of "Jay Garrick", particularly the Zoom twist.
  • Development Gag:
    • The use of "Summer Nights" in "Crazy for You" likely came from an on-set antic on Arrow.
    • Rick Cosnett was originally intended to be Jay Garrick but the idea was scrapped as the showrunners decided to retain Garrick as an Old Superhero like he is known for. The "younger Jay Garrick" is then used as an important plot point in Season 2. Incidentally, Cosnett's eventual character is essentially a Decomposite Character of the "Jay Garrick" poser's comic counterpart (being the Flash's Friend on the Force).
  • Directed by Cast Member: Tom Cavanagh directed Season 3 episode "The Once and Future Flash".
  • Dyeing for Your Art: Mark Hamill dyed his hair dark purple for the third season — which led to his hair accidentally turning red for a bit when he was done.
  • Edited for Syndication: On Netflix, Barry's Opening Narration and the Previously On for have been cut for some reason, at least until season 3. As a result, the vast majority of Barry's declarations that he is "The Fastest Man Alive" disappear, making the subversions of the catchphrase that still occur in the show proper come off... oddly to first-time binge-watchers.
  • Exiled from Continuity:
  • Fake Nationality:
    • There are a slew of Australian and Canadian actors playing American characters on this show.
      • From the Australian front, we have Rick Cosnett note , Liam McIntyre, Keiynan Lonsdale, and Todd Lasance as Eddie Thawne, Mark Mardon, Wally West, and Edward Clariss, respectively.
      • From the Canadian front, we have Robbie Amell and Victor Garber as Ronnie Raymond and Martin Stein, respectively. Harrison Wells is a possible example as well, as Tom Cavanagh is Canadian, and it's never mentioned whether Wells is American or not.
    • An odd case with the actress(es) portraying Linda Park, who is Korean-American. Her first actress was Olivia Cheng, who is Canadian by birth but whose parents are Cantonese-speaking Chinese immigrants. Her second (and permanent) actress, Malese Jow, is half-Chinese and part-Cherokee... Which gives the implication that Linda has Korean ancestry in the show mixed in with some white background; Jow is Ambiguously Brown enough to pull this off, and nobody is complaining overall.
    • Gambian-English Franz Drameh plays American Jefferson Jackson.
    • And And then there's American Katee Sackhoff becoming a Fake Brit to play Amunet.
  • Fandom Nod:
  • Fan Nickname:
    • The hidden room of Eobard Thawne is called "the Zoom Room of Doom [and Gloom]." Cisco later dubs it the "time vault."
    • Barry's multiple father figures are "Blackdad" or "Copdad" (Joe), "Jaildad" or "Flashdad" (Henry), and "(Shady/Evil) Science Dad" (Thawne).
    • "STAR-Kids" for the Flash's mostly-youthful support team at STAR Labs (with bonus points because Carlos Valdes, who plays Cisco, was a StarKid).
    • Wellsobard for Eobard Thawne disguised as "Dr. Wells," in order to differentiate him from the real Dr. Wells and the Earth-2 "Harry" Wells.
    • Zoom's lair is called Lian Zoom by some fans.
    • Savitron for Savitar, given his clear visual similarity to Megatron. A less common alternative is Megatron Jr.
    • Following the reveal of Savitar's identity, r/FlashTV and a few other forums quickly dubbed him Barritar (though the nickname was in use as early as March 2017).
    • SheVoe for DeVoe after he hijacks Hazard's body.
  • Follow the Leader: being a spinoff to Arrow, this show has had noticable similarities in its seasonal story structures to its parent show. Just to name a few:
    • Season One starts off with this type of cast:
      • The main hero, supplemented by flashbacks to their (tragic) hero origins in which one of their parents dies.
      • The main love-interest/heroine. note 
      • The guy the heroine is dating, who is prominently on good terms with the hero...for most of the season, at least.
      • The heroine's dad, who is a cop.
      • The minority best friend, who will eventually get a superhero nickname of their own, and whose brother will die in a later season.
      • Someone on the team who can hack computers and/or perform emergency medical treatments. Can overlap with any of the above.
      • The season one antagonist who is responsible for the hero's tragic backstory and a direct linear relative to the guy dating the heroine.
    • The antagonist makes their first full debut in the Christmas episode (the midseason finale), and reveals themselves to be a character we have already met. Harrison Wells on The Flash (2014), who is later revealed to be Eobard Thawne pretending to be Harrison Wells; Malcolm Merlyn on Arrow.
    • A Villain of the Week from this season will reappear one more time in the next season to conclude their character arc. Another villain will likewise reappear in the next two seasons.
    • After the hero does something to make advancements on the heroine, the main love triangle reaches some kind of a fallout between the hero and the guy dating the heroine. While Barry and Eddie make up after Caitlin invents a cover story for Barry's behavior, Oliver and Tommy remain at odds until the season finale.
    • Close to the finale, someone from the main cast gets kidnapped by the villain.
    • The antagonist's plan takes effect in the season one finale. The antagonist dies while fighting the hero, the guy dating the heroine goes against their antagonistic relative's plan and performs a heroic sacrifice to save (at least) the heroine, and the city is left in some kind of mortal danger.
    • Season Two begins with the aftermath of the season one cliffhanger. Central City was saved, but at the cost of Ronnie's life; the Glades was left in ruin. The hero, as a result, went into seclusion out of guilt.
    • The hero's only living parent is freed of imprisonment by the actions of the season one antagonist, who does so for selfish reasons.
    • The hero dates a woman from the police force for a few episodes this season, but their relationship ends due to work related reasons.
    • Later this season, there is a permanent resolution to the last season's love triangle concerning whether or not the hero and the heroine will get together. Barry and Iris become a couple by the end of the season; Oliver and Laurel are done early in the season, with Felicity taking over later on as both Oliver's new love-interest and the heroine.
    • The guy that the heroine dated in the previous season makes one reappearance in both this season and the next, but is definitely not alive.
    • The sidekick is introduced in this season, and eventually gets a skill set similar to the hero. In a later season, they leave the show proper, with occasional moments where they come back.
    • The season two antagonist sets a darker tone for the show than the first season. Later in the same season, it is revealed that they get their powers from some kind of superdrug.
    • The season one antagonist is revealed to still be alive. It is also revealed that they have a daughter.
    • The youngest girl in the cast, the aforementioned daughter, becomes a love interest for the sidekick, which does not last beyond the third season. She also pulls a runaway act upon discovering something unpleasant about someone they care about, only to be easily tracked down and swayed into coming back after some kind of emotional moment involving their father.
    • The season two antagonist initiates a plan to invade the city with an army of superpowered humans. They kill the hero's only living parent, then confront the hero in the season two finale for one last fight. But the hero spares their lives for moral reasons, and instead has them imprisoned somewhere.
    • The third season sets an even darker tone than the last two, and is regarded by the fans as one of the weaker seasons.
    • The youngest girl becomes a full superhero in this season, with a skill set similar to the hero.
    • The third season antagonist is shown to be even more of a threat than the last two. A confrontation between this antagonist and one of the previous antagonists falls into the former's favor. Later on, it is revealed that this season's antagonist has some form of immortality. But in the third season finale, they are permanently killed off.
    • By the end of the third season, the hero leaves the setting for a personal reason.
    • The fourth season premier brings the hero back to the setting, and aims for a lighter tone in response to the darker tones of the last two seasons.
    • The new antagonist, who was foreshadowed during the previous season, immediately establishes themself to have a different skill set than the other three. They are also married.
    • A tragedy befalls the hero and his beloved in the midseason finale. Barry is framed for murder and arrested, while Felicity gets injured in a staged car accident.
  • I Knew It!:
    • The man on fire who does not burn up mentioned by Iris in Episode 6 being Ronnie Raymond.
    • Quite a few people were able to guess that "Harrison Wells" is the Reverse-Flash before The Reveal in "The Man in the Yellow Suit" based upon various aspects of the character.
    • The fact that Flash was there when Reverse-Flash killed Nora Allen.
    • General Eiling being involved in the F.I.R.E.S.T.O.R.M. project.
    • Mark Mardon still being alive.
    • General Eiling still being alive.
    • Many fans called Ronnie returning as Deathstorm before it was officially announced.
    • Black Siren's survival was correctly predicted by a number of fans. It helps that her actress, Teddy Sears, and the showrunners inadvertently spoiled it in cons (the latter two) and interviews (the former).
    • Henry Allen's death was (rightfully) predicted the moment he returns after Barry lost his powers to Zoom. Barry's Big "NO!" in the trailer for that episode essentially just sealed it.
    • Zoom being the real identity of "Jay Garrick," given the numerous clues throughout the season like his Earth-1 counterpart having the same name as Zoom's true identity in the comics, or his Adaptational Wimp nature.
    • The man in the iron mask was, as soon as he appeared, theorized to be the real Jay Garrick, which became more likely as we found out the truth behind Zoom. Then when Henry Allen revealed that "Garrick' was his mother's maiden name, the already present theory that he was Henry Allen's doppelganger became so common it was assumed fact before it was revealed.
    • Fans who are familiar with the comics immediately predicted a Flashpoint storyline after the end of Season 2 in which Barry goes back in time to save his mother from the Reverse-Flash. Sure enough, they were right.
    • At the beginning of Season 3, after getting a similar twist twice in a row, people immediately suspected that Alchemy was secretly one of Barry's acquaintances. Julian was the biggest subject, and alas, these suspicions were true. Considering who plays him and the character's first name[[note]]Alchemy's real name in the comics is Albert Desmond, it's not really a surprise. However, they were not expecting to find this out until the mid-season finale.
    • Many had speculated that the villain of the Musical Episode was going to be the Music Meister from Batman: The Brave and the Bold, voiced by Neil Patrick Harris. The fandom was delighted to find out this theory was correct.
    • Many had speculated that Savitar is future version of Barry Allen, by interpreting his statement "I am the Future Flash" as Savitar literally saying he is a future version of Barry. More attentive fans also noticed how similar Savitar's general appearance was to that of the Future Flash introduced in the New 52 and pointed out the contrast between how Barry's nemesis was a self-proclaimed god when Barry was constantly told throughout the season that he wasn't a god. About half the fanbase had sided with this theory before it was finally confirmed in "I Know Who You Are." Furthermore, quite a few had speculated that Savitar was a time remnant of Barry Allen, which was confirmed in "Cause and Effect".
  • I Want You to Meet an Old Friend of Mine:
  • Jossed:
  • Lying Creator: The producers stated that Zoom's identity will not be Hunter Zolomon, like in the comics. Well... note 
    • They also said that season three was going to be Lighter and Softer than the second. Plots like Caitlin becoming Killer Frost, Iris being stabbed to death, and Barry going to a Bad Future proved that this was complete bull.
  • Mean Character, Nice Actor:
    • Behind the scenes and in interviews, it's obvious that Tom Cavanagh is a genuinely lovely guy who is adored by his castmates, as well as an irrepressible goofball. This is a pretty big contrast to the Faux Affably Evil Reverse-Flash. Downplayed with Harry Wells, who is more impersonable but has become nicer with time.
    • Violett Beane (Jesse) has said that Ryan Handley, the stuntman who plays the menacing Zoom, is actually quite sweet.
    • Michael Ironside (Snart Sr.) has played a truly incredible number of very bad characters, but is easygoing, approachable, and always willing to take the time to mentor younger actors. It's not his fault that he looks like he wants to steal your wallet, kick your dog, and then piss on your car before he walks away. He often relates a story about how a cop once pulled him over for questioning. He wasn't breaking any laws or committing any traffic violations. The cop explained that Ironside just looked like he was up to something.
    • Zoom's true identity is played by Teddy Sears, who is not only rather down to earth and friendly in real life, but actually went on record saying he preferred playing the fake Jay Garrick.
  • Meaningful Release Date: The penultimate episode of Season 2 was released on May 17, 2016, nearly 25 years after the final episode of the previous live-action Flash series aired (May 18, 1991). It's not a coincidence the character played by John Wesley Shipp was killed off. The release of this episode was also 40 daysnote  after the Arrow episode where Laurel Lance died.
  • Meta Casting: Who better to cast Jay Garrick, the very first Flash in the comics? The actor who played the very first Live-Action Adaptation of the Flash.
  • Mutually Fictional: With The Big Bang Theory. Cisco is seen wearing shirts referencing the series, while Sheldon in TBBT can often be seen wearing a Flash shirt. Also with iZombie, as Cisco references the show at one point, and the Flash comics are briefly discussed in iZombie.
  • The Other Darrin:
    • Linda Park is played in later appearances by Malese Jow. Previously, she was played by Olivia Cheng in her brief Arrow cameo (which was reused in the Flash pilot).
    • A different actor played Mark Mardon in the pilot before he was reintroduced with Liam McIntyre in the role.
    • Warden Wolfe was played by Caucasian actor Anthony Harrison before being recast as African American actor Richard Brooks. This led to a lot of confusion among fans over whether they were the same character or two different characters who happened to have the same name and job.
  • The Pete Best: Malese Jow is now more remembered as the Arrowverse's Linda Park than Olivia Cheng. Same goes for Liam McIntyre as Mark Mardon.
  • Playing Against Type: Tom Cavanagh was primarily known for his comedic roles (JD's brother on Scrubs, Ranger Smith in Yogi Bear) or his friendly roles in comedy-dramas (the brother in Gray Matters, the title character in Ed) before getting cast as the mysteriously sinister Eobard Thawne. It's made several of his older roles unintentionally unsettling; listening to his podcast Mike & Tom Eat Snacks with Michael Ian Black is weird now. With the introduction of the Jerkass Dr. Wells from Earth-2, we get to see another role where Cavanagh fits this trope.
  • Production Posse:
  • Promoted Fanboy:
    • As executive producer, he's already an authority on the show, but DC writer Geoff Johns is notably a big fan of Captain Cold and co-wrote the episode introducing him. Not surprisingly, he's been the best-received villain in the first four episodes.
    • A number of actors are self-professed fans of the show and have later gone on to have guest roles in it, including both Mark Hamill and Matt Letscher.
    • Renowned comic fanboy Kevin Smith directed the antepenultimate episode of Season Two.
  • Promoted to Opening Titles: Keiynan Lonsdale as Wally West was given a promotion in "Potential Energy."
  • Real-Life Relative:
    • Ronnie Raymond is played by Robbie Amell, the real-life cousin of Stephen Amell.
    • In the Mexican Spanish dub, the Flash and Reverse-Flash's voice actors (Arturo and Mario Castañeda respectively) are son and father respectively.
    • In the German dub, the voice actor for Harrison Wells (Uwe Büschken) is the father of the voice actress for Jesse Wells (Olivia Büschken).
  • Reality Subtext: Season 3 has a lot of focus on Barry's proposal to Iris. Around the same time in the real world, Grant Gustin got engaged.
  • Recycled Script: The Season 2 Christmas Episode where Weather Wizard, Trickster I, and Captain Cold made a Villain Team-Up (well, the first two anyway) came from a supposed Story Arc in the 1990 Flash series that was unused due to it being canceled. In that script, it's Mirror Master teaming up with Trickster and Cold instead of Mardon.
  • Role-Ending Misdemeanor: Andrew Kreisberg was suspended from his role as producer and show-runner on November 10, 2017 after numerous allegations of sexual harassment over his career came to light.
  • Trolling Creator: After a photo of the Arrow and Firestorm surfaced on the
  • Role Reprisal:
    • Amanda Pays appeared in "The Man In The Yellow Suit" as Tina McGee, the character she played in the 1990 series.
    • Mark Hamill plays the Trickster, his third time in the role.
    • Vito D'Ambrosio, who played Officer Bellows in the 1990 series, plays Mayor Bellows.
    • Alex Désert, who plays Julio Mendez in the 1990 series, plays Captain Julio Mendez in the Flashpoint timeline, but is a mere musician in the Close Enough Timeline.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Throw It In!: Large parts of the Cisco/Thawne scene in "Out of Time" were improvised by Carlos Valdes and Tom Cavanagh, such as Cisco crying, and realizing he won't survive as soon as Thawne shows up.
  • Troubled Production: Show runner Andrew Kreisberg was accused numerous times of creating a toxic work environment over the first three seasons with sexual harassment and inappropriate contact. He was finally suspended during Season 4 when the "Me too" campaign made it impossible to continue not taking any action.
  • Undermined by Reality: The "feminist" approach of "Girls Night Out" seems less genuine now that Andrew Kreisberg was accused of sexual harassment.
  • Typecasting:
  • What Could Have Been:
    • The twentieth episode of Arrow's second season was originally going to be a Back Door Pilot for a potential spin-off focusing on The Flash. Based on both the strength of Grant Gustin's portrayal of Barry Allen in "The Scientist" and "Three Ghosts" and the fact that using the twentieth episode as a Back Door Pilot would interrupt the show's momentum as it built up to the season finale, the decision was made to make it a standalone pilot.
    • Linda Park's initial appearance was intended to just be an Easter Egg for the fans, before the writers decided to bring her back in a recurring role.
    • An early draft of the pilot revealed that Hartley Rathaway was initially going to still be part of S.T.A.R. Labs when Barry woke up and (presumably) a main character and member of Team Flash — he would also have been the one to design the suit, with the "design for firefighters" aspect due to having dated a fireman in the past. Presumably, this was removed in order to give Cisco a more substantial role in the plot as well as to get a chance to portray Hartley as the Pied Piper without invoking a Face–Heel Turn.
      • The same pilot also originally featured Kyle Nimbus/The Mist as the villain instead of Clyde Mardon, and he (not Ronnie Raymond) would have been the boyfriend/fiance of Caitlin Snow. For her part, Caitlin was originally envisioned as an older scientist (compared to the trio of Barry/Cisco/Hartley) and may have been intended to have a romantic arc with "Harrison Wells"; if true, this probably makes her Season Two romantic arc a case of Recycled Script.
    • Speaking of which, Andy Mientus auditioned for Barry before being cast as Hartley. Other actors who auditioned for Barry were Matt Barr and James Mackay.
    • Mike Kalinowski auditioned for both Barry Allen and Eddie Thawne.
    • David A. Gregory tested for Eddie Thawne.
    • Keiynan Lonsdale originally auditioned to play Jefferson Jackson for Legends of Tomorrow before the showrunners decided to cast him as Wally instead.
    • Before she was cast as Patty Spivot, Shantel VanSanten was one of the actress considered to play Laurel Lance on Arrow when that show was still being conceptualized.
    • Mirror Master and Dr. Alchemy were supposed to show up in Season Two, but for one reason or another never did. They do however show up in Season Three.
    • Rick Cosnett was originally considered to play Jay Garrick, not Eddie Thawne.
    • In the original script for the Pilot, Albert Desmond (one version of Doctor Alchemy in the comics) was featured in a flashback as a kid that Barry was protecting from bullies. This was cut from the aired version of the Pilot, but a version of Desmond did eventually appear in the form of Julian Albert.
  • You Look Familiar: The actor who played Detective Fred Chyre in the Pilot Episode also played a Villain of the Week in late Arrow Season 1.


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