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YMMV: The Flash (2014)

  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • Did Captain Cold really fall for Cisco's bluff? Did he suspect that he was bluffing but felt like he couldn't take the risk? Or did he want the Flash to live so he would continue to have a Worthy Opponent?
    • Is Iris really not aware that Barry is in love with her? Or is she simply pretending to be oblivious because she doesn't feel the same way about him, but doesn't want to hurt his feelings? Now jossed as of in "The Man in the Yellow Suit" where despite everyone including her father, her boyfriend, and even Barry's father (who has been locked up for 14 years by this point) being aware of Barry's feelings for her, she had no clue until Barry up and told her.
    • Does Henry know Barry is the Flash? Barry did vibrate his face, but it took him just long enough for Henry to be able to notice. Is he a Secret Secret Keeper?
    • In respect to talking to (and flirting with) Iris as the Flash, is Barry taking the step he never took and is becoming more romantic and confident? Or is he a pathetic creep who's pining after a woman who already has a boyfriend and encouraging (instead of discouraging) Iris to continue writing about him?
  • Author's Saving Throw: Iris West is changed from a journalist to a criminal psychologist, likely to avoid Lois Lane comparisons. However in the second episode, we learn she's taking a journalism class for an elective, and she ends up doing articles about the Flash.
  • Base Breaker:
    • Iris. Either she's a good female lead who cares for Barry in a heartwarming way, or a bland character who has all of the trappings of the CW's other forced love interests.
    • Cisco. Either an Adorkable nerd who loves his job and good comic relief, or someone not annoying enough to be The Scrappy, but still annoying enough to let the show down.
    • The identity of the Reverse-Flash. Harrison Wells. He was a very popular candidate, some fans having guessed it long ago. But some were hoping he'd just be a Red Herring, given the complexity of the character before the reveal.
  • Captain Obvious Reveal:
    • The stinger at the end of "Flash vs Arrow" — Ronnie being alive as a fire-wielding metahuman — was not a surprise at all, even for those who don't read comic books, as Genre Savvy fans figured out the twist given that they Never Found the Body.
    • The stinger that reveals who is ''The Man In The Yellow Suit": Harrison Wells. Or at least one of the men.
  • Cargo Ship: Cisco is way too attached to Barry's suit.
  • Counterpart Comparison:
    • The depiction of Barry Allen as a geeky young man with relationship issues has reminded many of Peter Parker, more than (at least in older comics) his comics self who was more of a typical square-jawed hero in the Superman mold. Grant Gustin also looks somewhat like Andrew Garfield from the The Amazing Spider-Man Series.
    • Caitlin has been compared to Simmons from Agents Of SHIELD, as both have similar roles.
    • The show's version of Girder (Tony Woodward) looks more like Colossus than comics Girder, who looks like a man made of rusty scrap metal.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: Any time the Flash's Leitmotif starts up, which is slightly less often than Once an Episode.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • Linda Park has become one before she even appeared, simply because it was announced she was being played by Malese Jow. Technically she's The Other Darrin because Linda has had a brief cameo played by another actress, but still.
    • Captain Cold seems to already be gaining popularity as he has been the most effective villain so far combined with his intelligence, Nerves of Steel and cool factor. Some people consider him to be the show's first interesting villain.
    • Gorilla Grodd. He's yet to actually appear beyond his brief cameo at the end of Plastique, but it was enough to whet the fanbase's appetite.
    • Likewise, the Trickster. It helps that he's being played by Mark Hamill and that's he played the role twice before.
    • He hasn't even debuted yet, but it seems Pied Piper is on his way to being this.
  • Evil Is Cool: Captain Cold, (no pun intended) just like in the comics.
  • Fan Favorite:
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Barry and Caitlin seems to have a slight edge of Barry and Iris at this point.
  • Fandom Rivalry:
  • Foe Yay: "Revenge of the Rogues" can be summed up as Captain Cold and Reverse-Flash competing for Barry's attention.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Oliver's speech to Barry becomes just a little less inspiring when you know that Sara Lance was being murdered at the time.
    • At the end of "Flash vs. Arrow", Felicity mentions that Oliver hopes to team up again, just one (or so) episode short of Oliver getting possibly killed in "The Climb".
  • He's Just Hiding:
    • Caitlin's fiancÚ Ronnie died in the accelerator explosion. Very few of the audience believe that's going to stick, partly due to being at ground zero of a known Mass Super-Empowering Event; but mostly because in the comics he's the superhero Firestorm, who gained his powers in almost the exact same circumstances. By the end of "Flash vs. Arrow", this is confirmed.
    • Plastique/Bette, due to Never Found the Body (albeit, given what happened to it, of course they didn't), and while we see their death, being a metahuman, coming back from something which should be fatal isn't that much of a stretch. There's also the character's noted history with the Suicide Squad (see below on that) leading to some thinking that they might turn up alive later.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Oliver Queen, the trope namer for The Cape, advises Barry to become one.
    • "The Flash is Born" had a flashback with a kid Barry practicing boxing with Joe; the Gotham episode that aired the day before ("Harvey Dent") had a similar scene with kid Bruce and Alfred.
    • The "Did Flash run backwards twice?" meme becomes this in "Going Rogue", when Barry does try to run backwards on the treadmill and is promptly thrown into the wall.
  • Ho Yay: Eddie's reaction to the Flash getting beat up by Captain Cold and Heatwave definitely seemed to be more than cop instinct.
    • Not to mention that Barry got flowers for Eddie when he wound up at the hospital.
  • Holy Shit Quotient: The end of the first episode, with The Reveal that Dr. Wells is not only not crippled, but also from the future.
    • Dr. Wells' reveal as the Reverse-Flash. Especially as there was a scene where the Reverse Flash was beating Wells to a pulp.
  • It's the Same, Now It Sucks: Being a Spiritual Successor of the divisive Smallville, several elements that some feel are too similar has came under fire, such as red kryptonite and Bivolo's rage-inducing ability.
    • There's also some fans who feel the show follows the formula of Arrow too much; from the Fish out of Temporal Water-style origin, the Power Trio format for the hero, the love interest who helps the hero without knowing that their secret identity is a close friend in love with them, a love rival who they get along with but shares the name with a comic-book villain and in both cases, serve as a Red Herring, a mysterious older figure who's got the same skills as the hero only better and is responsible for the death of their parent, and the revelation of their identity in the Christmas mid-season finale, among other similarities. This has led to the show being a bit predictable for some.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Blackout, who's only evil because his powers killed his friends, disfigured him, and wrecked his mental state. Not only that, but he constantly has to feed on energy and feels perpetual hunger.
    • Tony Woodward in episode 7. He may be a huge bully and jerkass, but he didn't deserve to get manipulated by Wells and then murdered by Blackout like that.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Captain Cold, a Badass Normal full of Crazy-Prepared plans, who ascends to a worthy superhero foe when he gets his hands on Star Labs technology. He's also the one who comes up with the idea of the various bad guys in Central City teaming up to take on the Flash. Also, despite his team-up of him and Heat Wave failing, he had a backup plan, His main goal of Flash being forced into the open is accomplished. His sister breaks them out of prison. The Glider appears, the Rogues are on there way to being formed.
    • Harrison Wells has shades of this, as well.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • "Lightning gave me abs?", from the scene where Barry wakes up from his coma and discovers his powers have made him more physically fit.
    • "Did Flash run backwards twice?", from the posters showing him running with a lightning bolt shaped speed trail, suggesting he just randomly decided to run backwards twice for some reason.
    • "Every episode of The Flash should end with Harrison getting up from his wheelchair and doing/revealing something unexpected.", from the episodes were Harrison would stand up from his wheelchair and perform some sort of plot twisting-reveal while smirking menacingly.
    • The answer to absolutely anything? "Speed Force".
    • "Caitlin gets hotter every episode" or some varient thereof.
    • "IT WAS ME, BARRY!"Explanation 
  • Mondegreen: In Flash vs Arrow, Wells pronounces "that man" (referring to the Arrow) in such a way that many fans thought he was namedropping Batman.
  • Narm:
    • When Multiplex gives a group beatdown to Barry, you don't even have to be paying attention to notice that at least one of his clones was literally punching thin air. Not even punching, more like slowly swinging his forearm.
    • The Kid!Barry flashbacks can cross into this, largely due to the weak dialogue the kid actors are given and how the scenes play out.
    • "Flash vs. Arrow" has an interesting splitting the difference with Roy G. Bivolo. He keeps that cringe-inducing name, but they draw the line at calling him the Rainbow Raider, turning it into Caitlin's pitiful attempt at giving him a supervillain name.
  • Narm Charm:
    • Oliver's line in the pilot about the lightning bolt "choosing" Barry. Even if electricity isn't sentient, the whole scene is momentous enough with Oliver then telling Barry how he can be a different kind of hero from him and making the first ever Title Drop in the show, that it just works in context.
    • Barry's speech in Episode Two to the STAR Labs gang about how "they all got struck by that lightning" can be a little cringe-worthy to viewers, but Grant Gustin sounds earnest enough (and Barry is enough of a dork) to make it heartwarming enough to work.
    • The titular battle in "Flash vs. Arrow" is both cheesy and awesome, what with Oliver having to duck under Barry's super-fast punches.
  • Older Than They Think: Many feel that Barry seems somewhat younger than the Barry of the comics when he becomes the Flash. He is usually drawn to look older, like early to mid-30s, and in the fifth episode, he is stated to be 25 years old. Though the passage of time in the Silver Age comics was always wonky, modern stories such as "The Flash: Rebirth" establish the fact that Barry was a rookie CSI tech when he became the Flash, and so was in the early-to-mid 20s range at the time.
  • Rewatch Bonus: Cisco realizes that when the Flash and the Reverse-Flash fight each other, they produce red and yellow lightning. He recalls that there was red and yellow lightning the night Barry's mother died, which means that there were two speedsters that night. Rewatch the pilot and you can see it for yourself.
    • Even more of a bonus. The lightning that the Flash produces is yellow (even though he wears red) and the Reverse-Flash produces red lightning (even though he wears yellow). If you rewatch the pilot, when Barry is wisked away from home, he's covered in yellow lightning. This seems to imply that whatever speedster was with the Reverse-Flash was the one who teleported Barry away. It seems that Wells/Reverse-Flash does have access to time travel given his knowledge of the future. And there's also that news article "Flash Missing, Vanishes in Crisis".
  • Romantic Plot Tumor: Like Arrow, there are complaints that the hero has no chemistry with the designated love interest, at least romantically speaking. Strangely, the episode "Going Rogue" went out of its way to present Felicity as the perfect companion for Barry, making his attraction to Iris seem even more like this. This even gets lampshaded at the end of the episode right before the two kiss:
    Felicity: What is wrong with us? We are perfectly perfect for each other.
    Barry: Yet we're sitting here pining for people we can't have.
    • It's been getting worse as a lot of fans don't particularly care for Barry constantly meeting and flirting with Iris as the Flash. Lampshaded by Caitlin herself who doesn't care for it either.
  • Ship-to-Ship Combat:
    • The battle between the Westallen and Snowbarry shippers started before the series has even begun.
    • There's also the previously established Baricity from Barry's initial appearances on Arrow.
  • Squick: Depending on how you see Barry and Iris' relationship, but at least some viewers are squicked by Barry having a crush on someone who can be seen as his (foster) sister.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks:
    • The changes made to the Flash's costume from the comics have received some criticisms - namely the Chest Insignia lacking the white centrepiece; and that the character nicknamed the Scarlet Speedster isn't actually wearing his distinctive scarlet/bright red, but rather a darker maroon or burgundy. However, the final shot in the pilot reveals that in the future the Flash will have a costume that has these alterations.
    • The portrayal of Captain Cold as being more of a straight villain has received some criticism from those who prefer his Anti-Villain portrayal from the comics canon. However, it should be noted that Cold mainly became an Anti-Villain when Wally West was the Flash, not while fighting Barry.
    • As to be expected, there was some people who were bugged, or at least befuddled, by the show giving a Race Lift to Iris and the West Family. Less so because she was no longer white, but moreso because it meant that, should he appear, Wally West, Iris' nephew and the second-most well-known person to become The Flash after Barry, who has historically appeared as a red-headed Caucasian, would have a Race Lift too. The fact that this lead to DC reintroducing Wally in the New 52 with a similar Race Lift (despite the rest of the West family so far not having one, among other differences) probably helps with that.
      • Further on that, the West family was already white in the New 52 (well before the show started), and so in the comics it's established that Wally - now biracial - gets his non-Caucasian from his non-West parent (as opposed to a theoretical TV-verse Wally), which makes one wonder why they're bothering (ie: if the West family is different in both continuities, why can't Wally be white in one, non-white in the other?) The timing of both the show's pre-production stages also align with Wally's (re-)introduction, making one wonder which continuity pushed the other into causing the Race Lift in the first place.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Many weren't expecting Plastique to be written out so quickly because of the character's history with the Suicide Squad aka Task Force X, which already exists in Arrow. It becomes even worse since the character was built up as a very interesting meta-human and potential ally of Barry before dying.
  • Uncanny Valley: Some of Multiplex's clones move in a shuffling and unnatural way after he spawns an entire army of them to deal with Barry. The show justifies this by noting that the more he spawns, the weaker the original becomes and his control over them gets spotty. The result is easy-to-miss, but rather spooky when noticed.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: Barry gets some of this for giving off a romantic vibe towards Iris as the Flash, knowing full well she has a boyfriend. In-Universe, Caitlin also feels the same way. Somewhat played with as Iris doesn't appear all that interested in the Flash romantically, instead showing genuine Hero Worship.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: The CGI in this series can reach almost cinematic quality. Special mention goes to Clyde Mardon's tornado near the end of the pilot.
  • The Woobie: Plastique. She can barely touch anyone or anything without making it explode and has Eiling hounding her to try and exploit her powers.