Star City: Team Arrow (Oliver Queen / Dinah Laurel Lance) | Family Members | Citizens | Criminal Groups (Malcolm Merlyn / Slade Wilson / Prometheus) | Independent Criminals
Central City: West-Allen Family (Barry Allen / Iris West-Allen) | Team Flash (Caitlin Snow & (Killer) Frost) | Citizens | Criminal Groups (Rogues) | Independent Criminals
National City: Citizens (Kara Zor-El / James Olsen) | Luthor Family & Associates | Criminals
Freeland: Pierce Family | Citizens | Criminals
Gotham City: Bat-Family | Citizens | Criminals
Smallville & Metropolis: Smallville Citizens | Metropolis Citizens | Metropolis Criminals
The Legends: The Team | Current Members (Sara Lance / Mick Rory / John Constantine) | Former Members (Ray Palmer / Leonard Snart)
Organizations: U.S. Government | U.S. Military | A.R.G.U.S. | The D.E.O. | The J.S.A. | The League of Assassins | Criminal Groups (H.I.V.E. / Savage & His Followers)
Time Travel: Time Travelers (The Legion / Eobard Thawne / Damien Darhk / Savitar) | The Past | The Future
Miscellaneous: Other Locales | Metahumans (Firestorm / The Hawks / Grodd) | Aliens | Mystics | Other Entities
The Multiverse (Pre-Crisis): Other Earths | Earth-2 (Hunter Zolomon / Zoom) | Earth-38 | Earth-90 | Earth-X
Central City Criminal Groups
- see the Arrowverse: The Rogues pagesee the Arrowverse: Leonard Snart pagesee the Arrowverse: Mick Rory page
The Mardon Brothers
- Arch-Enemy: Joe and Patty both have personal beef against them for killing their partner and father respectively. It's mutual for Mark on Joe after Joe kills Clyde.
- Empowered Badass Normal: They are career criminal siblings who are already giving the authorities a hard time before gaining metahuman powers.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: The brothers care deeply for one another.
- From Bad to Worse: A pair of proud career criminals who gained superhuman abilities. What Could Possibly Go Wrong?
- Legacy Character: Mark Mardon takes Clyde's place as the weather manipulating metahuman, though he ends up being a Superior Successor.
- Moveset Clone: They have the exact same Weather Manipulation power set.
- Siblings in Crime: The brothers are career criminals.
- Weather Manipulation: The brothers' main ability.
- Clyde uses it for fogs to allow his escape, hurricanes to cover a bank robbery, and in his final move, a Tornado Move.
- Mark's methods of using his powers are different though, instead making localized storm clouds to attempt to strike his subjects with lightning, shooting water at them with his hands, creating hail to kill people, or a tidal wave.
Played By: Chad Rook
Voiced By: Edson Matus (Latin-American Spanish), Go Inoue (Japanese)
First Appearance: "Pilot" (The Flash 1x1)
Appearances: The Flash
A criminal and bank-robber who gained the power to control the weather from the particle accelerator explosion.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: Blond hair instead of dark brown as in the comics.
- Adaptational Badass: Clyde Mardon doesn't have or share his brother Mark's weather powers in the comics.
- Adaptational Villainy: Clyde isn't even a criminal in the comics (most of the time, anyway), let alone a budding supervillain.
- Ascended Extra: Not only does Clyde not have any powers whatsoever in the comics, he is always a victim of Death by Origin Story for his brother, the Weather Wizard. In this continuity, Clyde himself has weather powers and is the first villain to be faced by the Flash. While he does die at the end of his attempted attack on Central City and serve as the motivation for his brother's vengeance as the true Weather Wizard later on, it's undeniable that he had a rather larger role before that in this incarnation.
- Bank Robbery: How he uses his powers. At first anyway, until Detective West accidentally convinces him to think big.
- Comic-Book Movies Don't Use Codenames: Unlike the other metahuman villains, Cisco never got to call him Weather Wizard. Just as well, considering that his brother Mark is the Weather Wizard in the comics and takes that name on the show.
- Composite Character: Took his brother Mark's role as the first Weather Wizard in all but name. Turns out this was just a Continuity Nod to the idea that originally he invented the wand; his brother was always the true Weather Wizard.
- Drunk on the Dark Side: All that power drives Clyde nuts.
- Due to the Dead: Cisco once visited Clyde's grave as a request from Mark.
- Evil Is Hammy: As he gets increasingly Drunk on the Dark Side, Clyde becomes progressively hammier.
- Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Clyde is the Foolish Sibling to Mark's Responsible Sibling. Clyde is reckless while Mark is more level-headed. This is even reflected in their powers; while Clyde was more uncontrolled and wild with his powers, Mark is more precise, being able to generate a ball of hail and single bolts of lightning while indoors.
- Glass Cannon: His offensive power with the weather is phenomenal but as soon as Barry cancels out his powers Detective West takes him out with two shots.
- A God Am I: He genuinely believes he's God. Though given the circumstances, you can't really blame him, since he survived a plane crash that destroyed his plane in an explosion, and subsequently developed Weather Manipulation, along with, until he meets the Flash, being the only metahuman he knows about. According to his talk of how he thought of the Flash as "like him", he seems to believe that metahumans in general are gods, having no other real explanation for them himself.
- Mundane Utility: Of a sort. His Weather Manipulation powers are potentially godlike, and he admits as much himself, but he uses them to help him with a Bank Robbery. Detective West notes just how stupid this is.
- No One Could Survive That!: He is presumed dead when his plane is caught in the blast radius of the particle accelerator's explosion. No one believes Barry when he's the only one to claim Clyde is not only not dead, but can now control the weather.
- Parental Abandonment: At the age of 10, his brother started raising him.
- Peek-a-Bangs: His fringe sometimes covers the left side of his face.
- Shock and Awe: Can call down lightning.
- Small Role, Big Impact: Despite appearing as a Starter Villain for only one episode, he had quite a significant impact on both The Flash and the Arrowverse. He is the reason Eddie Thawne to become Joe's partner after Clyde killed his former one, the reason for both Barry and Joe to become aware of the existence of meta-humans running rampant in Central City, by extension what finally convinced Joe that Henry Allen was innocent and Barry did see something impossible on the night Nora Allen was murdered, and of course his death is the reason why Mark Mardon comes for revenge for both Joe and The Flash.
- Smoke Out: His favorite way of escape; conjuring a thick fog that conceals the entire area.
- Starter Villain: He's the Flash's very first antagonist. And he's killed by Detective West.
- Tempting Fate: Bellows to the cops, "DO YOU THINK YOUR GUNS CAN STOP GOD?" Later gets shot and killed.
- Tornado Move: Able to stir up violent hurricanes around himself.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Gone after his first episode.
Known Aliases: Weather Wizard
Played By: Liam McIntyre
Voiced By: Irwin Daayán (Latin-American Spanish), Hiroki Takahashi (Japanese)
First Appearance: "Out of Time" (The Flash 1x15)
Clyde Mardon's older brother. He holds a grudge against Joe for shooting his brother.
- Adaptational Attractiveness: He is usually depicted as Lean and Mean, but here he's portrayed by the Tall, Dark, and Handsome Liam McIntyre, who previously headlined a show about gladiators note . Read: Gladiators.
- Adaptational Badass: Instead of his brother inventing a "weather wand", which is the source of his powers in the comics, in the show he's depicted as a meta-human. The weather wand makes it in, but is instead used to counteract his powers.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: His comic counterpart has black hair, but the show keeps his actor's dark brown hair.
- Alliterative Name: Mark Mardon. His Code Name, Weather Wizard, also counts.
- And Starring: Promoted to this citation in the Guest Stars lineup starting Season 2.
- Arch Nemesis Dad: To his Bastard Bastard daughter Joslyn Jackam, who despised her father for abandoning her and wants him dead.
- Avenging the Villain: Came back to Central City to avenge Clyde's death.
- Awesome by Analysis: He's studied and tested his abilities rather than simply just taking them as is, and has been studying the Flash. If Captain Cold analyzed his cold gun to the tiniest detail, Mardon's done this with his powers.
- Badass Beard: Unlike his brother, he sports this.
- Battle in the Rain: He invokes this by bringing rainfalls most of the time he shows up. Doubles as Actor Allusion since his actor famously played a role whose Red Baron is "The Bringer of Rain".
- Beard of Evil: As a supervillain, he counts.
- Beauty Is Bad: Tall, dark and handsome, but a dangerous supervillain.
- Blow You Away: Unlike Clyde who prefers Tornado Move, Mark loves generating strong gusts of wind.
- Bond Villain Stupidity: Could have easily and quickly killed Barry when he held a large number of children captive by placing bombs in their Christmas presents and threatening to detonate them if Barry tried to escape or fight back, but instead toyed with Barry by using extremely painful but non-lethal attacks. This gave Team Flash enough time to find and neutralize the bombs. Once Barry learned this, Mardon got his ass thoroughly kicked.
- Chekhov M.I.A.: He went missing after the plane he and Clyde were hijacking during the Mass Super-Empowering Event crashed.
- Civvie Spandex: Wears a dark green jacket with lighter pockets and an upturned collar, echoing his comic version's second costume.
- Debt Detester: He broke Snart out of Iron Heights, just because he owed him and wanted to get it out of the way.
- Decomposite Character: In the comics, he is the sole Weather Wizard. However, his brother Clyde also filled that role as this series' Starter Villain.
- Disappeared Dad: Has one himself and just like his father before him. He was a deadbeat to his daughter causing her to greatly resentment towards him since he did nothing for her.
- Evil Sounds Deep: Is evil and has a deep voice.
- Evil vs. Evil: He doesn't seem to get along well with Kyle Nimbus/Mist.
- Flight: By season two, he's worked out how to use his powers to fly.
- Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Mark is the Responsible Sibling to Clyde's Foolish Sibling. Clyde is reckless while Mark is the more level-headed sibling. This is even reflected in their powers; while Clyde was more uncontrolled and wild with his powers Mark is more precise, being able to generate a ball of hail and single bolts of lightning while indoors.
- Glass Cannon: Like his brother, his powers don't make him immune to bullets, but he's more clever about using his powers to take out anyone that may take a shot. When Barry travels back in time, he is caught off guard and captured with near comical ease.
- A God Am I: Much like his brother, though he's more subtle.
- Jerkass: Not counting his brother, Mardon is aggressive and confrontational with everyone he meets. In "Rogue Air", he tries to pick a fight with Nimbus just because, and just glares at Snart rather than thanking him for freeing him.
- Knight Templar Big Brother: He responds at Joe shooting his brother via Roaring Rampage of Revenge.
- Last-Name Basis: Team Flash mentions him as "Mardon", his nickname.
- Leitmotif: Epic as hell, extremely catchy, and a fan favorite.
- Near-Villain Victory: He nearly annihilated the entirety of Central City in his first attack had Barry not Time Travelled and reset the timeline.
- Never Found the Body: Clyde mentioned that he couldn't find him after their plane crashed during the Particle Accelerator incident.
- Not So Invincible After All: While dangerous, he's only a threat to Barry if he can take him completely by surprise, if he has other metahumans backing him up, or if he can force Barry to not go on the attack by threatening hostages. Without one of these to stack the deck in his favor, Barry takes him down easily every time.
- Person of Mass Destruction: The first metahuman to have the entire Central City at his mercy and is only stopped because Barry pushes the Reset Button via accidental Time Travel.
- Pragmatic Adaptation: In the comics, the Weather Wizard's powers came from a technological "wand" his brother Clyde invented, enabling weather manipulation. In the show, he's a metahuman.
- Promotion to Parent: Clyde mentioned (in a flashback) that Mark raised him since he was 10 years old.
- Real Men Wear Pink: He likes Mean Girls.
- Revenge Before Reason: He concedes that Clyde "was no saint," but still feels driven to avenge him.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: He's really, really upset at Joe for killing Clyde.
- Rogues Gallery Transplant: In-universe. After the events of Season 1, he shows up on Vixen where he fights said titular hero, as well as the Flash and Firestorm.
- Shock and Awe: He loves striking his opponents with lightning bolts.
- Superior Successor: Both he and his brother Clyde are metahumans with weather based powers, but Mark can control his to a much greater extent. He's able to summon single bolts of lightning, localize twisters in his hand, and create gigantic hale stones to bludgeon enemies with.
- Tall, Dark, and Handsome: Lampshaded word-per-word by Shawna Baez.
- Tall, Dark, and Snarky: Stands 6'2 and is a very chilly person.
- Underestimating Badassery: Seems prone to this when it comes to anyone other than the Flash. He's fully aware that he needs to stack the deck in order to have a chance against Barry, but is pretty dismissive of both Captain Cold and the Trickster. He clearly doesn't like Snart, but also doesn't seem to realize that Snart's strategic planning abilities, tactical skills, cold gun, and ability to out-think his opponents would pretty much negate his weather powers. Hasn't bit him in the ass yet, but time will tell.
- Unexplained Recovery: While he did say that he received grave injuries, he didn't specify how he was nursed back to health.
- Would Hurt a Child: He allies with The Trickster to give children explosives disguised as Christmas gifts.
- You Killed My Father: Joe killing his brother is his main reason for the Roaring Rampage of Revenge.
The Royal Flush Gang
The Tricksters and Prank
Tropes that apply to these characters:
- Catchphrase: They love adding "trick" or "tricked" into sentences, especially variants of "I tricked you".
- Chewing the Scenery: They're both very theatrical.
- Domino Mask: The first Trickster used to wear one in his heyday, his successor wears them currently.
- Expy: The Trickster has always been the Flash's version of The Joker, while Prank is Harley Quinn.
- The Family That Slays Together: The first time the Trickster family appeared it was James and Axel causing mayhem in Central City. And in Season 4, Zoey breaks Axel out of prison and they go on a crime spree together. Zoey actually drops the trope's name at the end of her debut episode.
- Giggling Villain: It doesn't take much to make those nutters laugh. It's genetic apparently.
- I Lied: You can't trust a trickster.
- Intergenerational Friendship: James and Axel are old enough to be father and son, which is exactly what they are.
- Leitmotif: All three of them share one which resembles a creepy circus theme.
- The Mad Hatter: They're all crazy and know it.
- Monster Clown: They wear garish colors, joke around, and build weapons out of gags like gift boxes.
- Related in the Adaptation: James and Axel are father and son in this work, with Prank being Axel's mother.
- Slasher Smile: Just to point out the fact that they're both Obviously Evil.
- The Trickster: Well, duh.
- Villainous Friendship: They never betray each other and seem to genuinely like each other. They turn out to be father and son.
- Would Hurt a Child: Axel's first attack is sending box bombs designed precisely to target children. James Jesse gives bombs in presents to children in his second appearance.
Known Aliases: The Trickster I
Played By: Mark Hamill
First Appearance: "Tricksters" (The Flash 1x17)
Appearances: The Flash
An anarchist terrorist and conman serving several life sentences in Iron Heights.
- see Arrowverse: Earth-90 page for his Earth-90 counterpartsee Arrowverse: Other Earths page for his Earth-3 counterpart
- Adam Westing: Mark Hamill Chewing the Scenery as a maniacally giggling DC villain prompts major nostalgia for 90s kids.
- Adaptational Villainy: The Trickster was a Friendly Enemy of The Flash and not very violent. Here, he's essentially The Joker, another DC villain role Mark Hamill is famous for which is how he was portrayed in the previous Flash show.
- Age Lift: This incarnation of the Trickster is notably older than prior versions, as well as Barry, because 63-year-old Hamill is playing him in live-action once more.
- Alliterative Name: James Jesse. Also doubles as Two First Names.
- Alternate Self: There is no Trickster on Earth-2, but Earth-3 and Earth-90 each have its own versions of The Trickster, who both act more like Joker expies.
- And Starring: Is credited with "Special Guest Star" citation in his appearances.
- Mark Hamill being on the set had everyone take it up a notch, and it shows in both the high quality of the episode and the performances of the regulars. Even some of the actors who did not have scenes with Hamill, or semi-regulars who weren't in the episode at all were angling to try and get some screen time with him.
- Badass Normal: He's just a regular human with no superpowers, but through sheer cunning and bomb-making abilities he's able to bring The Flash to his mercy who, keep in mind, at this point now has the ability to travel back in time.
- Bad Santa: In the Christmas Episode, he disguises himself as Santa Claus in order to give children presents with bombs to put under their trees as part of his evil plan.
- Batman Gambit: He pretends to be outraged that someone is stealing his supervillain schtick, when actually he's in league with the new Trickster, who's distracting the police to break him out.
- Boxed Crook: Barry and Joe come asking for his help to stop a copycat Trickster.
- Card-Carrying Villain: Being "the Trickster" is his life.
- Celebrity Paradox: Cisco made Star Wars references quite a few times, which makes you wonder who played Luke Skywalker in the film(s) he saw. Heck, Jesse HIMSELF makes a Star Wars reference at one point.
- Compelling Voice: Managed to talk his psychiatrist into committing suicide.
- Composite Character: Thanks to Mark Hamill, this Trickster heavily takes characterization from the The Joker. Though worth noting, his portrayal of the Trickster in the 1990s is actually what got him the role of the Joker in Batman: The Animated Series.
- Dirty Coward: In "Running to Stand Still," he teams up with Mark Mardon and forces Barry into a Sadistic Choice where Barry must let them kill him, or they will detonate 100 bombs in the houses of random families. Jesse waits until Mardon has beaten and greatly weakened Barry before attempting to stab Barry to death. However, Team Flash successfully gets rid of the bombs and tells Barry it's okay to fight now. Barry lights up with electricity. The moment Barry shows signs of strength again, Jesse totally loses his confidence. Justified because Jesse has no superhuman powers, unlike Barry and Mardon. Fortunately, Barry is a decent enough person not to kill Jesse in retaliation, even though Jesse wouldn't do the same for him.
- Dirty Old Man: Comes onto Iris despite being much older than her.
- Don't Explain the Joke: Has a habit to do this when nobody appreciated his humor.
- The Dreaded: At first nobody remembered who he was due to him being locked up for so long — but after his little stick up at the Mayor's Gala he quickly regains his status as one of Central City's most feared criminals.
- Einstein Hair: He likes to ruffle up his hair, adding to his crazy look.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: His son Axel Walker, only for it to be subverted when James breaks out of prison and leaves Axel behind. Their initial partnership was only a whim on James' part. He's a dead-beat dad and always will be.
- Evil Counterpart: To Henry Allen, at least as a parent. James manipulated Axel to become a criminal and put him through constant danger just so he can be free again contrasting Henry who is a mistaken criminal but repeatedly shuts down Barry's constant attempt to clear his name just so his son can live his life.
- Evil Is Hammy: Mark Hamill is clearly having a blast playing his old role.
- Evil Has a Bad Sense of Humor: His M.O.
- Evil Mentor: Towards his son Axel.
- Evil Old Folks: He is one of the Flash's most cunning enemies, aside from the Reverse-Flash.
- Faux Affably Evil: He's very charming and polite to the point that you'd almost forget that he's a dangerous psychopath and that one time he almost murdered many children.
- Food as Bribe: It's implied he'll only talk to visitors to his cell if he's given some red licorice to eat.
- For the Evulz: Apparently the way to keep him from killing Iron Heights guards was to give him cable TV, meaning he was evidently doing that out of boredom.
- Gadgeteer Genius: A deranged example. He was able to build a kinetic bomb for starters.
- Good Smoking, Evil Smoking: Breaks out a huge cigar when bragging about how he passed out hundreds of bombs to children.
- Hidden Depths: He cries after hearing Barry's inspirational speech to Patty about proving that she's better than the criminals they fight.
- I Have You Now, My Pretty: He hits on Iris when holding her hostage.
- Important Haircut: After his successor broke him out of prison.
- Impossibly Tacky Clothes: As seen in "Tricksters", his costume during his original reign of terror in the early 90s was a garish mix of colours and patterns. It seems that The Trickster of Earth-90 is also drawn to this costume idea too.
- Insane Troll Logic: When the Flash is at his mercy, he tells him that he will be the one who saves Central City by killing the hero.
- It's All About Me: Ultimately only cares about himself as he managed to escape from Iron Heights and left Axel there to rot.
- I Was Quite a Fashion Victim: His and Prank's outfits from the 90s are occasionally mocked by Team Flash. They have since moved on to more subdued fashion choices.
- Kansas City Shuffle: A common specialty of his. He isn't called "The Trickster" for nothing.
- Large Ham: As expected from Mark Hamill.
- Laughably Evil: He may be a dangerous psycho, but he's just so gosh-darn entertaining.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: To Axel Walker. Being played by Luke himself, he plays this reveal for all it's worth.
- Movie Superheroes Wear Black: In his younger days, he wore very loud, bright colors that were offensively ugly. When he escapes, he changes into a classy suit with darker, muted colors with a pink flower on his buttonhole that, combined with his crazy hair, gives him the look of an old-fashioned standup comedian/sleazy game show host. Likely intentional on his part, in both cases.
- Non-Action Big Bad: To a degree. Trickster is fully aware he stands no chance in a straight fight against superpowered beings like the Flash, so he uses sneaky tactics to disable the Flash, while he goes and does his villaining.
- Not So Above It All: Admits that he was touched by Barry's speech to Patty.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: He's more dangerous than he seems.
- Ominous Music Box Tune: His Leitmotif is an eerie music box version of his theme from the 90's series.
- Outlaw Couple: Used to be in one with Prank. It ended when he was arrested, while she escaped justice so she could raise their son.
- Oh, Crap!: Usually has this reaction when his plans fail.
- Pop-Cultured Badass: Makes references to Breaking Bad and Speed, and is able to one-up the Flash and the police with his aforementioned Batman Gambit.James Jesse: They gave me cable in prison so I'd stop killing the guards.
- Practically Joker: Mark Hamill is playing the Joker again in everything but name, just like in the 1990 Flash series.
- Predecessor Villain: Subverted. At first, it looks like he has no direct role in the story until halfway through when Axel breaks him out. Then it's revealed he's been planning his escape for a while and reveals himself to be the main villain of the episode.
- Shout-Out: When he tells Axel he's his father, it's pretty clear what he's referencing.
- Trademark Favorite Food: He seems to have a thing for red licorice vines. Not unlike Stickybeard.
- Villain: Exit, Stage Left: Apparently he managed to escape from Iron Heights sometime during 2017.
Known Aliases: The Trickster II
Played By: Devon Graye
First Appearance: "Tricksters" (The Flash 1x17)
Appearances: The Flash
James Jesse's son, a copycat criminal who takes over his father's alias and modus operandi.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: Bright blond hair in the comics, dark brown hair in the show. In his Season 4 appearance, he dyes the top of his hair yellow.
- Adaptational Heroism: While Axel's still not a good guy in the TV show, his antics in the comics are so sociopathic that he's barely tolerated by the other rogues in general, and James Jesse in particular hates him. Here, he's clearly second to James in villainy, and otherwise isn't portrayed as particularly worse than most of the other rogues.
- Age Lift: The second Trickster is traditionally younger than Barry Allen in the comics, whereas 27-year-old Devon Graye, portraying 25 year old Axel, is older than both TV Barry and the actor who portrays him.
- Ascended Fanboy: An admirer of James Jesse's "work".
- Bastard Bastard: Since he and his biological father don't share a surname; his mother was James' ex-lover.
- The Bus Came Back: After being absent since Season One, he comes back for his own caper in Season 4's "The Elongated Knight Rises".
- The Dragon: To the original Trickster, who he turns out to be working for.
- In the Blood: James says this word for word when he says Axel was born to be the Trickster.
- Legacy Character: Walker takes his cues from the original Trickster, James Jesse.
- Mad Bomber: Has a penchant for using explosives. Must be a genetic thing with his dad James.
- Overshadowed by Awesome: His idol/father stole every scene in their eponymous episode, making him Out of Focus. His father didn't bother calling him in "Running To Stand Still". It happens again in his second appearance when his equally zany mother breaks him out of jail and proves to be more than a match for James' wackiness.
- Smug Snake: He's got the attitude to be the Trickster, but still lacks the skill. That's because he's just following James' instructions.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: All he wants is James' love and attention — he can't or won't acknowledge the fact his father is a dead-beat dad and always will be.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: There's no mention of him when his father returns in "Running to Stand Still," despite their apparent closeness making you think he'd try to include his son in his breakout; turns it's because he never cared about his son and their partnership was just a whim.
Known Aliases: Prank
Played by: Corinne Bohrer
First Appearance: "The Elongated Knight Rises" (The Flash 4x11)
Appearances: The Flash
James' ex-lover and Axel's mother.
- see Arrowverse: Earth-90 page for her Earth-90 counterpart.
- Adaptational Badass: Prank in the 90s series was a deluded fangirl, who James ultimately threw away when he grew bored with her and found her annoying. Here not only did she evade justice for decades, but she's even more dangerous than her former lover.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Unlike Jesse, she truly does love Axel — trying to get him to see that James doesn't give a damn about him.
- Expy: Of Harley Quinn, although Prank actually appeared two years before Harley did.
- Good Parents: Raised Axel by herself and tried to make sure he never followed in his father's footsteps. Even when she stops taking her medicine and encourages Axel in his evil plans, it is evident she genuinely loves him.
- Impossibly Tacky Clothes: Just like James, her old costumes were brightly and loudly colored.
- Mask of Sanity: She seems to be a normal woman filled with regret of her past...until she stops taking her meds and turns into the Flash version of Harley Quinn! Might be a case of Split Personality.
- No Medication for Me: The moment she stops taking them she reveals herself to be a real looney.
- Outlaw Couple: Used to be in one with James. It ended when he was arrested, while she escaped justice so she could raise their son.
Known Aliases: The Thinker
Played By: Neil Sandilands, Kendrick Sampson (as Dominic Lanse), Sugar Lyn Beard (as Becky Sharpe), Miranda MacDougall (as Izzy Bowen), Arturo del Puerto (as Edwin Gauss), Hartley Sawyer (as Ralph Dibny), David Ramsey (impersonation of Diggle)
First Appearance: "The Flash Reborn" (The Flash 4x1)
Appearances: The Flash (2014)
The Fastest Mind Alive.
A professor at Central City University who was transformed into a metahuman with Super Intelligence and became the Thinker. He makes his presence known as soon as Barry returns to Central City and has been manipulating his life ever since.
- see the DCEU: Task Force X - New Team page for the character in an undesignated Earth who bears his name and background
- Absent-Minded Professor: Was this before gaining his powers, bumbling about in a lecture and failing to grasp student attention.
- Achilles' Heel:
- Savitar suggested that the cerebral inhibitor would be important to defeat DeVoe. Double subverted: In "Subject 9", as pointed out by Cisco and shown by how DeVoe shorted it out with his Technopathy, Savitar never said it would work. But in an ironic twist, Savitar was right all along, as while the cerebral inhibitor doesn't directly work on DeVoe, it was instrumental in defeating him, as it allowed Barry to enter into DeVoe's mind so that Ralph could take back control and kick DeVoe out.
- His real Achilles' Heel turns out to be his inability to understand emotions, which causes him to miscalculate on a number of occasions. It's even pointed out by his wife for why he ultimately failed as he loses control of Dibny's body.
- After acquiring the bus meta powers, powerful kinetic sound waves are one of the few things that can hurt him such as those generated by the Fiddler. Ralph very nearly kills him using the Sonic Scepter. Unfortunately, he loses this weakness after gaining Ralph's elastic body.
- Ironically, or perhaps not, many of the Bus Metas that he created have the potential to disrupt his plans. As previously mentioned the Fiddler's sonic powers almost killed him in their first encounter, Melting Point could potentially remove DeVoe's abilities and Folding Man's powers can enter his pocket dimension. Unfortunately DeVoe foresees these complications and manages to absorb all of their abilities before they have the chance to overwhelm him.
- While he can anticipate anything within the scope of his vast knowledge, he's not omniscient and can be caught off:guard by what he doesn't know about. Ralph is able to ruin his plan to keep Barry in prison with his newly acquired shapeshifting abilities, and his plan to destroy the Earth is foiled by Nora II, who was born in the future.
- It's shown later in the season that not even he can disable the force fields his chair creates, as shown when Marlize uses them against him.
- Adaptational Badass:
- This Thinker's intellectual status has been moved from being merely having Super Intelligence to being World's Smartest Man. A chessmaster so proficient he's pretty much an Invincible Villain.
- Due to him stealing the powers of eleven other metas, this Thinker boasts an assortment of powers that allows him to overwhelm the Flash with ease.
- Adaptational Jerkass: While he's still a villain in this continuity, he ends up performing far more personal misdeeds, like framing Barry for murder and drugging his wife into compliance.
- Adaptational Job Change: From an attorney to an university professor.
- Adaptational Nationality: He's from South Africa here instead of America, although he still has American citizenship. This was likely put in just as a way to explain the actor's accent, since it has no real bearing on the story.
- Alas, Poor Villain: The Good DeVoe that Marlize considers to be The Thinker's first victim. Barry and Ralph find said DeVoe murdered in Ralph's mind by the Evil DeVoe.
- All According to Plan: Much of his dialogue consists of him saying this.
- All Take and No Give: How his relationship with Marlize seems to play out. She builds his tech, keeps him as healthy as possible, and helps him evade the eye of the law, making her a target for Team Flash as well, and he doesn't even have to say "thank you." Even worse, she's completely fine with this arrangement as long as he remains alive and successful in his plans, and he knows this. Later subverted when Marlize comes to see how vile DeVoe really is and he uses measures to forcefully keep her compliant.
- All Your Powers Combined: He stole all the powers of the Bus Meta inmates which includes: Technopathy, good fortune, psycho-active tears, effigy animation, Telepathy, size shifting, powerful sound wave generation, taking and giving powers, personal gravity manipulation, dimensional teleportation, and lastly Dibney's stretching and shape shifting power.
- Ambition Is Evil: His desire for tracking knowledge drives him into villainy.
- Amoral Afrikaner: Although he lacks common elements of this kind of character, such as mercenary work or bloodthirstiness, he is a villain who was born in South Africa. It's hardly important to the story outside of explaining his accent.
- Initially presented as one to Future Barry, with Abra Kadabra grouping DeVoe in the same breath as Barry's other archenemies: Eobard Thawne, Zoom, and Savitar. By the midpoint of Season 4, he absolutely cements this when he arranges to frame Barry for his own murder.
- Also one to Ralph, especially after murdering Izzy Bowen and with Ralph in constant fear of his own life. Ralph soon develops a burning hatred for DeVoe and very nearly kills him when he had the chance and had to restrain himself at the last moment.
- He also becomes one to Harry, being built up as his Evil Counterpart and leading Harry to feel absolutely helpless against him, even more so after losing his own intelligence.
- As the Good Book Says...: DeVoe does not seem like a religious man, but he does highlight his messiah complex in Think Fast by quoting lines from the Book of Genesis.
- Awesomeness by Analysis: Comes hand in hand with having Super Intelligence. He's able to finish Schubert's Unfinished Symphony simply through listening to his entire body of work in a single morning.Marlize: All 600 symphonies?
DeVoe: I woke up early this morning.
- Ax-Crazy: It's done more subtly than with the likes of Zoom, but he does gain a taste for random and horrific violence, as shown by his butchery of the A.R.G.U.S agents that were standing between him and Fallout.
- Badass Longcoat: He takes to wearing a knee-length black coat after stealing Ralph's body.
- The Bad Guy Wins: The first phase of his plan is a complete success, as he manages to steal the powers of every bus meta and kill them all in the process, something Team Flash spent all season trying to prevent.
- Bait the Dog: He does this quite a few times in Season Four.
- In Therefore I Am, he evokes more sympathy than the two earlier Big Bads with his former wishes to serve the world, his unfortunate transformation that ruined his health, his crippled condition and his willingness to let Barry and Iris marry. The very next time he appears, he unhesitatingly steals Dominic's body to save himself and frames Barry for murder, using his own "wedding present" as the alleged murder weapon no less.
- He is initially shown to have a rather supportive and loving relationship with Marlize. When she begins questioning his actions, he drugs and brainwashes her into obedience, even telling her that she's nothing without him.
- Even with the above, one can be forgiven for thinking that he was a good man who became Drunk On Power. Then it is revealed he intended to make everyone stupid all along.
- Batman Gambit: Thanks to his Super Intelligence, he can anticipate Team Flash's every move and quite often counts on their certain actions to further his own agenda. For instance, he wanted Team Flash to find and capture all of the bus metas, as it put all of them in one place and made it easier for him to take them.
- One notable instance is in "Lose Yourself" where DeVoe allowed Team Flash to capture Folded Man and anticipated they would try to use his powers to invade his lair. The instance Team Flash's super members cross over into the lair, DeVoe and Marlize enter S.T.A.R. Labs where they have easy access to Folded Man and Ralph.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: Achieves his dream of super intelligence, but at the cost of his lifespan, which frustrates him to no end.
- Became Their Own Antithesis: A flashback revealed that in his younger days he advocated against technology due to the risk of power in the hands of someone intelligent being used to harm. After acquiring the bus meta powers he is exactly that, an Evil Genius who kills anyone who gets in his way and using technology to further his goals.
- Beneath the Mask: He acts rather normally in his civilian identity, without any hints of the arrogance from his Super Intelligence with his Thinker persona.
- Beyond Redemption: He becomes increasingly violent and coldblooded over the course of Season 4, but Marlize still banks her final plan to save the world on Barry going into his mind and appealing to his good side. When he reports that DeVoe has no good side to appeal to, she finally realizes that he has to be stopped by any means and ends up pulling the plug on him herself.
- Big Bad: Of Season 4, being the main driving force for all of the problems Team Flash face; specifically, all of the Villain of the Week metas Team Flash encounters are his personal pawns.
- Body Horror: The seventh episode of the season shows exactly how the process of attaching himself to the chair goes: first, Marlize removes his artificial scalp, revealing his pulsating, energized brain underneath. Then the chair reaches out with mechanical tentacles attached to his helmet, which goes over his dark matter-powered brain before he himself enters the chair.
- Borrowed Catch Phrase: When using Kilg%re's powers, DeVoe repeats his line "Call me Kilg%re.".
- Brains Evil, Brawn Good: Seems to be building up to this, as DeVoe accomplishes things using his mind while Barry relies on his speed.
- Brain Uploading: Uses Kilg%re's power to transfer his mind to his chair after Dibney takes back his body. Lasts just long enough to drop a giant satellite on the city in revenge for his plan being foiled, before Marlize pulls the power source and kills him for good.
- Brainwashing for the Greater Good: His end goal, he wants to subject the world to subpar intelligence so it can't be perverted.
- Can't Kill You, Still Need You: He never makes any attempt to kill Barry or go after his body. Ultimately it's revealed that DeVoe needed Barry alive as well as his access to the Speed Force, which would give eternal knowledge. Putting Barry into DeVoe's mind was exactly what he wanted.
- Card-Carrying Villain: No matter how he started, by the end of the season he's straight-up evil and he knows it. In the finale, he even refers to himself as "the Big Bad" while taunting Barry.
- Cast from Hit Points: His brainpower takes up too much energy for his body to handle, causing him to become slowly paralyzed similar to ALS.
- Catchphrase: One he shares with Marlize is that he often tells her that "I'm nothing without you" which becomes less sincere as the season goes on.
- Chekhov's Gunman: He's been mentioned quite a few times before he even makes a proper appearance.
- The Chessmaster: Straight from the get-go, he's been shown manipulating Team Flash's every move. Tricking them into releasing the Flash from the Speed Force, using the Speed Force dark matter to create a dozen metas, planting the Samuroid head as a surveillance device in S.T.A.R. Labs, breaking Team Flash apart, and perfectly orchestrating Barry to be framed for his murder. Barry likens him to treating them all like chess pieces, and DeVoe is actually seen playing chess to hone the analogy through. Team Flash discover DeVoe has been setting his plan in motion for three years, that's three years to orchestrate getting everyone onto the bus so they could get hit by dark matter.
- Colony Drop: In a final supreme act of spite, DeVoe sends the S.T.A.R. Labs satellite into a decaying orbit to destroy Central City.
- Combat Clairvoyance: In "We Are The Flash", the DeVoe clones conjured up in his mind can read Barry and Ralph's thoughts and able to perfectly counter their attacks. However, Ralph gets around it by thinking up something he loves (shrimp) to act as a Psychic Block Defense.
- Comic-Book Movies Don't Use Codenames: He's almost exclusively referred to by his last name. His supervillain moniker "The Thinker" wasn't established till the seventh episode of Season 4, and even then characters generally call him DeVoe with Thinker being scarcely used.
- Thinker himself finds this amusing, and is glad they chose it over the alternative, The Teacher.
- Played straight with his Thinking Cap, which is his own description of it.
- The Comically Serious: His ponderous speaking style suddenly becomes hilarious when he's describing people's regular lives before becoming metas.
- Composite Character: He uses a Thinking Cap like his classic comic self, but he also takes some traits from his New 52 incarnation, most notably his deteriorating body. In the finale, he uploads his consciousness into his chair, making him the show's counterpart of the AI Thinker created by Mr. Terrific. In addition, this Thinker combines traits from many other characters from DC comics, from both Flash lore and other sources.
- Appearance-wise, he takes cues from Metron (sitting in a chair and a helmet over his head) and Brainiac (exposed brain connected to a machine with wires with a hexagonal helmet).
- He's also the World's Smartest Man; typically in the DC mythos, the person with that title is Lex Luthor.note He also has a similar Brains Evil, Brawn Good relationship with the Flash, which fits with Barry being The Cape for Earth-1's Arrowverse.
- He's the one who controls Samuroids, something that was done by Baron Katana in the comics.
- His characterization is very similar to the Ultra-Humanite, who is a scientist who has genius-level intelligence and transferred his brain or consciousness into other bodies, including women's, and hi-jacking their bodies as his own. In addition, both UH and DeVoe shared a degenerative disease that was slowly destroying their bodies pre-transformation.
- Speaking of Body Surfing, him doing so through a set of wires attached to a Cool Chair brings to mind the Batman Beyond's version of Ra's Al-Ghul.
- His costume is very similar to that of Brainstorm (specifically the Axel Storm version) being a purple suit with pauldrons and massive silver headgear used for amplifying their powers and utilising a hovering Cool Chair. Fittingly, DeVoe actually takes over the body of Brainstorm in the series.
- He takes the place of Eobard Thawne as the one Barry Allen is put on trial for murdering in The Trial of the Flash story.
- His ultimate plan (the Enlightenment) is identical to Dr. Sivana's from a 2000s Outsiders arc.
- Contrasting Sequel Antagonist: He is the first major villain who isn't a speedster. He also breaks the trend of the Big Bad hiding a secret identity underneath a mask, as both his name and face have been shown off since the first episode of the season, while Team Flash track him down and confront him by Episode 7, "Therefore I Am".
- DeVoe never used to be a member of Team Flash unlike the three previous Big Badsnote
- He's also a contrast to Season 1 Thawne. Both use wheelchairs, but in Thawne's case it was Obfuscating Disability as he could walk, but he needed it to balance his powers. DeVoe on the other hand does truly need it due to his powers giving him a form of ALS and rather resents having to use a wheelchair. Thawne steals the likeness of people (or at least duplicates it) by putting their DNA on him while DeVoe possesses bodies.
- Unlike Thawne, Zoom, and Savitar but conversely very much like Barry, he happens to be in a relationship with someone who knows of and supports everything he does; by contrast, the previous three Big Bads were loners who didn't give a damn about anyone but themselves. Also worth noting, he's the only one of the antagonists who never got close to Caitlinnote .
- Much like Savitar, he is able to anticipate Team Flash's every move and develop an appropriate way to counter it. However, whereas Savitar could do that because his memories were constantly being rewritten by his past self and thus he could quickly develop a counter-measure, DeVoe really is just that good a planner, being the World's Smartest Man and all. In fact, it turns out that trying to outsmart a man who has been able to plan for every single possible scenario turns out to be at least as difficult as trying to break a predestined time loop, if not even more so.
- Thawne and Zolomon stole the identities of real heroes to hide their identities, while Savitar used a few impersonations to trick people. DeVoe steals bodies of Bus Metas to get their powers.
- Cool Chair: It flies and shoots lasers. And is probably quite comfortable as well. It also serves as a means of life support, granted to him by Marlize.
- Crazy-Prepared: This guy plans for everything.
- His Evil Plan was set into motion four years in the works, where he has planned for each subject to be on the bus to get hit with dark matter and predicting the specific powers they'd gain.
- He anticipated that Team Flash would try to destroy one of the satellites he built, so instead had the S.T.A.R. Labs satellite as a backup already in place.
- The Cynic: Even before gaining his Metahuman powers, DeVoe had a very negative viewpoint on people and believed that the advancement of technology would just lead to humans finding new ways to hurt each other. It's what eventually leads him to begin The Enlightenment and the rest is history.
- Dark Reprise: He sings a rendition of "Goin' Out of My Head", which symbolizes his connection with Marlize, when he's shown brainwashing her with the Weeper's tears.
- The Dark Side Will Make You Forget: As the season progresses, he becomes increasingly cruel with each bus meta power he acquires, and eventually the once Well-Intentioned Extremist that he was to begin with is no more and in his place is a sociopath who kills without hesitation and only seeks to remake the world in his own image.
- Dead Man's Switch: On the chance that The Enlightenment failed and he was defeated, DeVoe implemented one last failsafe which would activate once he died. He has the main satellite plummet towards Central City which would trigger an extinction-level event as one final screw you to Team Flash. Barry very nearly dies trying to stop it and is only saved due to his future daughter Nora interfering with history and assisting him in taking it down.
- Death by Depower: His M.O in killing metas: snag them with his Combat Tentacles and drain their powers until they're nothing but a corpse.
- Death of Personality: The original DeVoe, who was a devoted husband to Marlize and a man who genuinely wanted to make the world a better place, is eventually revealed to be well and truly dead in the season finale when Barry enters his mind and finds the 'Good DeVoe' dead with a hole in his chest.
- Didn't See That Coming:
- For all his claims of being smart enough to plan for everything this happens to him twice over in True Colors. The first instance being a failure to predict Amunet and Warden Wolfe selling the Bus Metas he made before all of them were caught and gathered in one place. The second where he didn't expect Ralph's ability to shape shift, and pose as a still living Clifford DeVoe, in order to free Barry from prison.
- Happens again in "Fury Rogue" when DeVoe fails to anticipate Barry freezing in fear, causing him to lose Fallout. This seems to overlap with Evil Cannot Comprehend Good as Marlize surmises that despite his incredible ability to account all possibilities, he cannot know how someone is feeling.
- He remarks his first miscalculation he ever made was letting Marlize build his Cool Chair without his supervision, as she had put in a force field that even DeVoe couldn't penetrate. When she turns tail and abandons him, it's the one thing that keeps getting in his way.
- Domestic Abuse: While he starts out as a loving husband to Marlize, as time went on and DeVoe's morals degraded, he became increasingly controlling and manipulative towards her, drugging her with Weeper's tears to keep her docile, and eventually falling into straight up emotional abuse, telling her that she's nothing without him and that her only purpose is to support him.
- Drunk on the Dark Side: The more superpowers he acquires the more of a bastard he becomes. Although presented as being sympathetic at first, he's lost all his redeeming qualities by the season's end and is just as bad as his predecessors.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: When first introduced his relationship with Marlize was a loving one and they were equally devoted to each other, but as time went on his powers gave him a nasty case of Drunk on the Dark Side and he started to only care about himself, proven when he gave Marlize the Weeper's tears as an obedience sedative to keep her in line. It reaches the point where his last shred of humanity, his love for his wife, is lost and all that is left of him is The Thinker.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Played for Laughs; while monitoring Hazard, he remarks that Sarasota, Florida is a terrible place to be born. That being said, even with all his scheming, he won't interfere with Barry's wedding, not wanting to disrupt true love.
- Evil Costume Switch: Whenever he steals the body of a bus meta, he dresses his new body in a black outfit. After using Ralph's elastic body to regain his original form DeVoe dispenses with his frumpy hairstyle and goes for a much shorter one now that he is no longer masquerading as an Absent-Minded Professor.
- Evil Counterpart:
- Despite being so different to his predecessors, DeVoe still manages to be one to Barry. Both of them were 'created' on the night of the Particle Accelerator explosion, and both of them were struck by lightning. But while Barry's physiology became super powered, DeVoe's mind was what became enhanced. They similarly wanted to help the world, but while Barry was hailed as a superhero, DeVoe was slowly dying due to his mind siphoning all the energy from his body. They also have extremely different approaches, with Barry being well known for rushing in blindly, while DeVoe plans out everything to the finest detail. Also, both he and Barry are in supporting relationships, which is more that can be said about all the other Big Bads.
- He's also been played up as one to Harry Wells. Both of whom regard their intelligence as being their superpower. Harry even makes himself a Thinking Cap so that he could keep up with DeVoe, almost making him a Good Thinker. And when both Thinking Caps went wrong DeVoe's intelligence was supercharged to Super Intelligence levels while Harry's intelligence got slowly sapped away until he was a complete simpleton with barely any functional brain power.
- He could also be one to Martin Stein. Both of them are renowned Professors and both have loving wives. Both became metahumans on the night of the Particle Accelerator explosion which they regard as Cursed With Awesome. However, Martin went on to become a superhero and resolved his condition with the help of his friends, while DeVoe became a villain who used his newfound powers to ruin the lives of others in his own interest.
- Evil Cripple: Due to his superpowered brain slowly killing the rest of his body, he's become paralyzed from the waist down and can't move without his hovering chair or a wheelchair.
- Evil Genius: A supervillain who has Super Intelligence.
- Evil Gloating: Loves reminding Barry and Team Flash of how every failure they've experienced at his hands.
- Evil Is Petty: Goes out of his way to gloat about how much more intelligent he is than everyone else. He also ends up gratuitously killing Warden Wolfe simply for unwittingly interfering in his plans, much to his wife's shock.
- Evil Plan: Refers to his plan as "The Enlightenment". While it's unclear at the start of the season what exactly it is, he'll go to any lengths to make sure it succeeds. Near the end of the season its revealed that the Enlightenment is a plan to use five satellites orbiting the Earth to release a wave of Dark Matter to reset the brains of everyone on Earth in order to make them susceptible to being retaught by DeVoe and remake the world in his own image. Apparently, he was then going to use Barry's body to access the Speed Force and impose his will on all of time itself.
- Evil Sounds Deep: He has a low, resonant voice that adds to his cold, creepy aura. His second body also has a deep voice, which keeps up the trend, but the third has a high-pitched voice that almost clashes with DeVoe's highly intellectual dialogue.
- Evil Teacher: Before his alleged death, he hides his identity behind his job as a university professor. That said, he was already a professor before becoming a supervillain.
- Evil Luddite: It turns out he was a staunch detractor of technology.
- Evil Wears Black: After stealing bodies, DeVoe dresses in black.
- Exact Words: In "True Colors", DeVoe, in the telepathic body of Dominic Lanse, promises Marlize he will "erase every doubt from [her] head". Later he's shown using his telepathy to literally erase Marlize's memories of her discovering DeVoe's true intentions.
- Face Death with Dignity: Double subverted. He claims to have considered the possibility of failing in his plan and dying, but he goes out screaming and blubbering as Ralph takes back his body. The digital version of him, by contrast, doesn't bat an eye when Marlize prepares to destroy it.
- FaceHeel Turn:
- He goes from well-meaning professor to narcissist murderer and becomes more awful with each bus meta he hijacks. Marlize justifies this as being a result of the excessive dark matter corrupting his mind, though even she gradually turns on him.
- Even after becoming the Thinker, there is a very sharp contrast between the DeVoe at the start of the season, who genuinely loved and cared for his wife, to the DeVoe at the end of the season who was so devoid of humanity that he could not bring himself to see his wife as more than a mechanic to carry out his bidding.
- Face of an Angel, Mind of a Demon: After stealing Becky Sharpe's body, he/she has the face of a sweet young woman (which Becky genuinely was) and the mind of a calculating evil genius willing to murder someone else to take over their body. Later he steals Ralph Dibny's body, which also gives him an adorable appearance, but he uses Dibny's powers to have his original likeness back.
- Faking the Dead: After hijacking Dominic Lanse's body, DeVoe uses his old body to fake his own murder to frame Barry for it.
- Faux Affably Evil: While he's not as vicious as Hunter Zolomon, DeVoe's courtesy hides an absolute arrogance and distinct lack of regard for others. He also hides his true villainous persona by pretending that he's still an affable history professor. The façade grows thinner and thinner as he becomes more powerful and cruel, to the point that any time he acts polite, he's simply mocking whomever he's speaking with, and he's much more open with how callous he truly is. His tendency to call everyone with Mr. and Ms. just show condescension.
- Fan Disservice: He dresses more provocatively while killing and hijacking two female bodies of attractive women, but it shows how careless DeVoe has become to his wife, who is not even lesbian or bisexual, not to mention that he has become outright abusive to her. Even back with the more or less handsome Dominic, his morality was decaying.
- Fatal Flaw: His emotional detachment as he becomes more powerful proves to be his undoing as his callousness alienates his wife, who later provides crucial aide to Team Flash in allowing Barry to enter his mind to find Dibny, and use the emotional bond created through the season to work together in allowing Dibny to take back control of his body.
- Flaw Exploitation: Clifford DeVoe has exploited Harry Wells' Inferiority Superiority Complex to bring his undoing.
- He has a lot of parallels with Eobard Thawne. Both are an Arch-Enemy to Barry Allen, both are chessmasters who go to ridiculous lengths to plans and anticipate their opponent's every move. Both also created metas via dark matter as part of their plan, both made use of a wheelchair in their civilian identities, and both need The Flash to improve their bodies. However, the differences emerge with their personal connections. Thawne started as a The Sociopath who only desired to best The Flash, but after getting Trapped in the Past he slowly humanizes and grows genuinely fond of Team Flash and even Barry himself while retaining his hate. DeVoe was introduced as being in a loving relationship with his wife Marlize, but as the season progressed and he grew more detached from her, seeing her more as a tool to serve him rather than a lover, even keeping her drugged and erasing her memories so that she will stay compliant. Both sought to launch a dark matter wave from S.T.A.R. Labs, but Thawne's explosion was to empower some heroes including but not limited to Barry Allen while DeVoe's wave was to activate satellites that would make everyone stupid.
- He's also this to Zoom. Both function as an Evil Counterpart to Barry and start out with merely trying to prevent their own death, and their lethal conditions come from their overdose of powers. Both are also The Sociopath and alienated their Love Interest as a result. However, DeVoe differs from Zoom as preventing his death was merely a step towards his actual goal to erase the intelligence of humanity while Zoom simply decided to destroy the multiverse because he had nothing better to do. DeVoe genuinely believed he was making the world a better place by erasing humanity's intelligence before being Drunk with Power. Zoom started out well aware of how evil he is. Finally DeVoe got more sociopathic as his plan progressed while Zoom still retained some emotional bonds to his parents and Caitlin. They just weren't enough to overcome his sociopathy.
- To a lesser extent to Savitar. Both are villains who are both The Chessmaster and able to anticipate everything Team Flash does, only Savitar is able to do so because he's from the future and already lived it, while DeVoe's Super Intelligence allows him to account for all variables. Both are also among the only sympathetic Tragic Villains who took a fall from grace and still having Morality Pets believing they can be redeemed. Both also utilize one of Barry's sidekicks as an asset to achieve their Evil Plan, with Savitar using Wally to escape the Speed Force, while DeVoe uses Ralph and his Super Toughness to permanently stave off the degeneration of his body.
- Force-Choke: He can do so via Null's gravity powers.
- Foreign Culture Fetish: He appears to have a fixation on Japan, judging by his lectures on Japanese history and his decision to model his android on a samurai.
- Foreshadowing: Talked up by both Abra Kadabra and Savitar prior to his appearance in Season Four. Savitar says that Barry will use a "cerebral inhibitor" against DeVoe.
- DeVoe's body is rapidly deteriorating, and has already survived past its predicted death of four years ago due to the chair.
- DeVoe repeatedly emphasizes that he has predicted everything that has so far transpired, presumably including all the details on his new metas.
- For the Evulz: After acquiring all the bus meta powers, he develops an enjoyment in taking lives simply because he can.
- When a security guard tries to stop him and Marlize, he makes the guard perform a Psychic-Assisted Suicide. Marlize's pleas that killing him was unnecessary, he unempathically states that there would be casualties and he brought his death upon himself for standing in DeVoe's way.
- He cruelly slaughters all of the ARGUS guards when he goes to steal Fallout, for no reason other than his own amusement and because the modern music of one of the guards displeased him.
- He attempts to kill Gypsy just because even if she represents no threat to his plans and is only stopped by Marlize.
- Frame-Up: He sets up his old body to be stabbed and left for Barry to find, leaving him to be arrested by the CCPD.
- Freudian Excuse: Realizing his super-intelligence is also slowly killing him is unfair. He sees certain metahuman living to become criminals as another unfair example.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: From a mild-mannered professor, annoyed by the apathy of his students to a megalomaniac.
- A God Am I: While he never outright claims to be god, he's under the impression he's the only one deserving of intelligence. He also loves making biblical references as if he's the Messiah.
- Grand Theft Me: What he does to Dominic. And later to Becky. And then to Izzy. And to Edwin. Then Ralph, with the last body theft proving to be the last one he needs, as Ralph's powers allow DeVoe's body to endure his enhanced intelligence without degrading.
- Green-Eyed Monster: He's more than a little resentful that his powers cost him his mobility, while other metas — especially the Flash did not pay a price for theirs; he specifically wants to teach Barry what it feels like to "lose".
- Good Hair, Evil Hair: After he steals Ralph's body and uses the Rubber Man's ShapeShifting powers to assume his original form, he goes with a completely different style to what he had at the start of the season, signifying how he's no longer the well-meaning professor he was was but now a cold-blooded killer who stops at nothing to get what he wants.
- Gotta Kill Them All: He created twelve metahumans to dispose of their lives.
- Happily Married: He loves his wife and helper Marlize. Or at least did before his mental health deteriorated.
- Handicapped Badass: His lethal condition has not made him any less of a menace; he is skilled with his flying chair and he kills and steals the body of people and copying powers, which hasn't cured his condition but makes him extremely dangerous.
- Hate Sink: Whatever sympathy the audience may have for him dissipates as his actions grow more and more vile. These include kidnapping the Weeper, stealing Dominic's body, and framing Barry for his own murder. But what really seals the deal that he's a villain meant to be despised is how he keeps stealing the bodies of bus metahumans that were about to befriend Team Flash, with the implication the original owner of the body dies, along with the revelation his once healthy relationship with his wife turned to a far more abusive one. He gets to the point of irredeemable when he steals Ralph's body, just after Ralph had decided to spare his life too.
- He Who Fights Monsters: He was fighting at first against human evilness, but later he ended up becoming a serial killer, an abusive husband, and someone who desires to remake the world in his own image.
- Hero Killer: He ultimately bodyjacks Ralph, leading to his apparent demise.
- Hidden Agenda Villain: While we get to see his face in the very first episode of his debut season, his exact plan and motives remain a mystery. He refers to his ultimate goal as "The Enlightenment", but exactly what this is remains unexplained. Whenever asked what he's planning, he always claims that no one else could comprehend what he's going to do. It's finally revealed that his Evil Plan is to reboot the brains of everyone in the world so that they become unintelligent, allowing him to reteach all of them and remake the world in his image.
- Hidden Depths: No matter what stage in life he's in, DeVoe is shown to have a fascination with music. "Goin' Out of My Head" is sung by him several times to illustrate his relationship with Marlize, and he shows off his genius by finishing Schubert's Unfinished Symphony and playing the violin right after picking one up. His attack on A.R.G.U.S. starts with him forcing a guard's phone to play the Hallelujah Chorus. He specifically singles out "modern music" as one of the many things he hates about the current world.
- Iconic Outfit: He changes his appearance a lot, but his most iconic outfit is him donning the Thinking Cap, clad in black, and sitting in his hoverchair.
- If I Can't Have You...: When the Enlightenment is averted and he realizes that he will never become the ruler of humanity like he wanted, he decides to simply destroy the world. Knowing that Marlize has well and truly cut her ties with him, he's content with the idea of her dying with everyone else.
- In Spite of a Nail: In the original post-Flashpoint timeline, DeVoe was said to be one of the primary enemies of the Flash. Even with Savitar dead and his role in the timeline erased, this is apparently still the case.
- Insufferable Genius: He never misses an opportunity to bring up how smart he is, or belittle Team Flash. He's amused that Barry thinks he'll understand his Evil Plan.
- In Their Own Image: This is the main point of the Enlightenment; he wants to use dark matter-equipped satellites to dumb down every other person on Earth so that he can rule over the stupefied masses. In this way, all human society will be turned into a giant monument to himself.
- Invincible Villain: Initially, his ridiculous planning and his wife's scientific acumen make him a formidable but rather even-handed match for Team Flash. But on top of that, then he gets telepathy. And then the power to size-shift, to manipulate probability, to control technology, and to bring inanimate objects to life. And then the power to induce soundwaves. And then gravity manipulation, the ability to create portals, and the ability to siphon, transfer and/or nullify the powers of other metahumans. And then all of Ralph's powers. And before his defeat, we learn he was gunning for Super Speed as well. Suffice to say, it would now be a gross understatement to say that Team Flash is an underdog going against him.
- Irony: An Evil Luddite ends up completely dependent on technology to get anything done.
- It's All About Me: As the season progresses it becomes clear that DeVoe is only out for his own self-interests even destroying his relationship with his wife if it means she gets in the way of his plans. His end goal, the Enlightenment is less about trying to better the world but rather to remake it in his own image, effectively achieving godhood.
- Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: "Therefore She Is" has him almost looking like he'll spare the security guard who stood in his way, but he forces him through a Psychic-Assisted Suicide just as he teleports away.
- Journey to the Center of the Mind: Barry does this in the finale, traveling into DeVoe's mind in the hopes they can find the "good DeVoe" to overpower the "evil DeVoe", only to find the good DeVoe is dead.
- Kick the Dog:
- Not only did he steal the bus meta bodies but he takes great amusement in reminding Barry of his failures, even speaking in Ralph's voice to further taunt him.
- When he raids ARGUS in "Think Fast", not only does he kill all of the guards, he does so very cruelly and painfully. He shrinks one of the guards and squashes him under his foot, Kilg%re's the guards tasers to shock themselves, Force Chokes several of them, and after he's killed a whole heap of them he uses his effigy animation to reanimate the dead guards' corpses to kill the reinforcements sent in. To top it all off he had no reason to kill a single one, as he had already gone to the trouble of impersonating John Diggle to bypass security, he killed the guards for the fun of it.
- Kick the Morality Pet:
- When Marlize starts questioning DeVoe's plans, DeVoe responds by drugging her with Weeper's tears to keep her in line.
- When Marlize starts pleading him not to kill anyone else and reminds him they were trying to save people, DeVoe scoffs and states that they couldn't save everyone. Marlize then declares she would not watch him take another innocent life, to which DeVoe uses his gravity powers to turn her around and forces her to watch him kill Gypsy. Though Marlize does manage to talk him out of it by appealing to his ego on teaching lessons.
- Kick Them While They Are Down: In "Subject 9" after Barry is hit with a Mind Rape, DeVoe proceeds to kick the incapacitated Barry while he's on the ground.
- Knight of Cerebus: As with previous season-long Big Bads before him, his very presence creates a dark and oppressive atmosphere wherever he goes, which is especially evident in the Denser and Wackier Season Four. Most of his appearances immediately precede some major tragedy (by his hands).
- Lack of Empathy: DeVoe often speaks of others as if they're specimens beneath a microscope, rather than human beings with their own thoughts and feelings. He calls the bus metas "test subjects" and views them as nothing more than assets that house powers. He's not totally void of compassion (at least, not at first), but he still seems rather detached from the rest of the human race. He becomes more and more apathetic as time goes on.
- Last-Name Basis:
- For the first six episodes of Season Four, he's only referred to by his last name as opposed to his full name from the comics, Clifford DeVoe. Even after being nicknamed "The Thinker" he is mostly called DeVoe.
- This also holds true on his end, always referring to everyone by their Mr. or Mrs. title.
- Leitmotif: DeVoe has a very creepy, mechanical almost Darth Vader-esque sounding theme music.
- Love Is a Weakness: Comes to believe this after seeing Marlize get distracted through affectionate gestures, before fully adopting it when she turns on him.
- Me's a Crowd: When Barry invades his mind and battles him alongside Ralph, DeVoe conjures hundreds of copies of himself to fight them.
- Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: He holds the legitimate title of a Professor of History, but he's secretly a criminal mastermind.
- Moral Myopia: He does not appear to think of himself as a villain, more as a Necessarily Evil who will help achieve his endgame of "The Enlightenment".
- Mortality Phobia: Despite claiming that his main goal is carrying out a plan called "The Enlightenment," DeVoe spends much of Season Four trying to ward off his death by any means necessary, including the theft of multiple metahumans' bodies.
- Movie Superheroes Wear Black: The Thinker of the comics generally wore civilian clothes or a purple costume. This Thinker has a black leather outfit for when he uses his chair, and later takes to wearing a black Badass Longcoat after stealing Ralph's body.
- Mythology Gag: In "We are the Flash" he performs a Brain Uploading, essentially existing as an AI, which is what he did become in the comics.
- Narcissist: In the present, he's all but in love with himself and his intelligence. The effects of this range from him proclaiming himself to be the Fastest Mind Alive to boasting that he's more of a threat to Team Flash than even the likes of Eobard Thawne. Then it turns out that his plan revolves around making everyone else a simpleton, meaning he can reshape the world of idiots in his own image.
- Near-Villain Victory: He was mere moments away from finishing the execution of The Enlightenment and almost killed Team Flash. Only the timely intervention of Barry freeing Ralph from the grasp of DeVoe's mind and having him take back control of his body put a stop to his plans.
- Never My Fault: After Marlize leaves him when he crosses one line to many DeVoe never once considers that his own abusive actions were the cause and concludes that Love Isa Weakness and one that must be purged from humanity with the Enlightenment.
- New Body, Old Abilities: It doesn't matter which body he takes over, he keeps every single ability of every metahuman he has ever possessed before.
- New Media Are Evil: In "Think Fast", he professes a distaste for modern music and bemoans the use of "idiot phones."
- No-Nonsense Nemesis: While the other Big Bads like Thawne, Zoom, and Savitar kept Barry either because their evil plans required it, or just to toy with him — DeVoe is very blunt, he frames Barry for his own murder and sends a tip to Captain Singh to have him arrested.
- No-Sell: He knows to negate the seer skills of a Vibe character.
- Non-Action Big Bad: He creates plans and sends his minions to fulfill them while monitoring them from his control room rather than try to fight Barry himself. Justified, as he has an advanced form of ALS and must rely on his Cool Chair to delay the effects. Subverted, as the mid-season finale shows that his chair is indeed capable of kicking ass. Completely averted in the second half of the season, where he steals the bodies and/or powers of the bus-metas, making it so he's more than capable of putting up a fight. By the end of the season he might very well be the most powerful Big Bad Barry has ever faced, physically and intellectually.
- Not So Different: He and Barry were both struck by lightning on the night of the Particle Accelerator explosion which gave them their powers.
- Not-So-Well-Intentioned Extremist: He surely started out wanting humankind to live up to its intellectual potential before he got his powers, but as of now, it's made very clear that the one thing he is interested in is gaining power for himself. Not even his own wife is safe from him. He loses all redeeming qualities after taking all of the bus metas powers for himself, he's all about carrying out his Enlightenment, and everyone in the way will die. The Enlightenment itself, as Barry points out, is not out of a desire to actually improve the world as he so claims, but to effectively gain control over a newly stupefied world and lead it in his own image. When foiled, he is more than willing to have a massive satellite crash into Central City and kill countless people as well starting an extinction-level event that would wipe out all life on Earth, simply out of spite.
- Obviously Evil: When hooked up to his black Cool Chair and dressed in a dark leather shirt he very much looks like a stereotypical Evil Overlord. Though this is averted entirely in his civilian guise.
- Omnidisciplinary Scientist: After using his Thinking Cap, he easily outclasses a neurologist consult; DeVoe not only corrects the timeframe for his deterioration but within moments deduces his new mind is the cause of it. He's also shown casual brilliance at music theory, and especially high-end probability, claiming he can predict thousands of variables with certainty. Oddly, his chair is solely his wife's creation.
- One-Man Army: After acquiring all the bus meta powers, he is, in Cisco's words, a "one man Legion of Doom".
- Orcus on His Throne: Subverted. He certainly qualifies at first glance considering he usually delegates tasks to his assistant and is always shown sitting in his chair (in fact, it's initially unclear whether or not he even can leave it). However, it turns out his chair is highly mobile (it can literally fly) and as such, DeVoe is entirely capable of going to different locations if he wants to. He also can't leave it for very long, given that it balances out how much dark matter is powering his brain to the rest of his body.
- Pet the Dog: Despite all his later Domestic Abuser tendencies towards her, he does spare Gypsy after the pleading of his wife.
- Possession Burnout: He can prolong his life by pulling a Grand Theft Me on one of the bus metas, but his new body will have the same problems with ALS his old one had. As a result, he's had to go through four metas so far; Dominic, Becky, Izzy, Edwin and Ralph. Ralph's body ends up solving this problem, as Ralph's abilities allow his body to host DeVoe's enhanced intellect without degrading.
- Power at a Price: Basically, his super intelligence comes from his brain taking energy from his body rather than the other way around, resulting in his paralysis.
- Power Parasite: He body surfs between the bus metas his scheme created, adding each one's powerset to his own in the process, making for a dangerous combination. Though with some of them he absorbs their powers without explicitly transferring his consciousness into them.
- Pretender Diss: He calls Harry's own Thinking Cap a "counterfeit cap."
- Punny Name: It sounds like "The Foe".
- Purple Is Powerful: Thanks to Kilg%re's powers, DeVoe becomes heavily associated with the color purple, including that of The Enlightenment.
- Putting On My Thinking Cap: Wears his literal trademark Thinking Cap and states "I'm thinking" in his debut.
- Rage Breaking Point: Although he keeps himself composed in the face of his disease and upcoming death, Therefore I Am has him finally losing his cool when he realizes that he's so weak that he can't even get a book off his shelf.
- Rage Quit: After the Enlightenment fails and he himself is reduced to a digital hologram on his chair, he spitefully decides to drop the S.T.A.R. Labs satellite right on Central City.
- Reality Warper: His eventual All Your Powers Combined lets him manipulate gravity, matter, probability, and space.
- Red Baron: "The Fastest Mind Alive".
- Remember the New Guy?: Although he was only introduced in Season 4, DeVoe was retroactively present at the night of the particle accelerator explosion and had been a metahuman all this time despite never making an appearance until 4 years later.
- Revealing Skill: During his initial interview with Barry and Joe, they mention the name "DeVoe" was revealed to be part of several investigations. Thinker responds that the city must have upwards of 1100 people by that name; in fact, it's 1122, so close Barry latches onto the slip.
- Rogues Gallery Transplant: The DeVoe Thinker was typically an enemy of the Jay Garrick and Wally West Flashes, before later moving over to Mr. Terrific. This DeVoe is a very personal enemy to Barry Allen having personally strived to destroy his life.
- Sanity Slippage: With every jump from one body to another, DeVoe's mind becomes more and more unstable due to the excess amounts of dark matter he absorbs from each meta. Whatever goodness he once had is entirely gone, and just to drive the point home, Barry discovers that the DeVoe killed the goodness inside of him.
- Secret Identity: Inverted. Unlike previous Big Bads, he wears no mask, and we know what he looks like right from the start of the season (and find out his name even before that). Even so, he's still a mystery because very little else is known about him (it's mentioned that he has neither a criminal record nor any social media), least of all his motives.
- Serial Killer: He hunts down the bus metas, taking over their bodies and, with the execption of Ralph, destroying their consciousness.
- Showing Off the New Body: After stealing bodies of attractive bus metas, he wears somewhat sexily.
- Sliding Scale of Villain Threat: Each Big Bad has become progressively more powerful, from Thawne, to Zoom, to Savitar. But that seemed to be averted with DeVoe who was a Non-Action Big Bad. This all changes after he steals the powers of the bus metas, and becomes easily the most powerful antagonist Barry has gone up against, being an Invincible Villain who was almost unstoppable.
- Smart People Play Chess: He's shown playing chess against himself in "Luck Be A Lady".
- Smug Super: He's very smug about his intellect and just loves rubbing it into Barry's face. After he acquires all of the bus meta powers he becomes even more arrogant, letting Barry strike him with the Sonic Scepter, just so he can demonstrate his body being completely invulnerable all the while smugly smiling.
- The Sociopath: Granted he didn't start as one as he genuinely cared for his wife originally but as the season progresses, he becomes one. With his Lack of Empathy, manipulations, arrogance about his own powers and intelligence and selfishness to the point he's willing to start abusing his own wife and has thrown their once loving relationship away.
- Something Only They Would Say: No matter whose body DeVoe steals or who he happens to be impersonating, what always gives him away is his distinctive Creepy Monotone and use of technical words.
- Start X to Stop X: He is a luddite that wants to destroy technology but not only is he alive thanks to technology, but also his plan depends on technology.
- Story-Breaker Power: When DeVoe steals the powers of almost all the bus metahumans, he becomes nigh-unbeatable to Team Flash. Brainwashing tears, brain damage, electronic control, bad luck, sonic waves, genetic control, gravity manipulation, portal creation, super resistance and shapeshifting. All of this combined with Super Intelligence makes him unbeatable, so as a weakness he became unable to recognize emotions.
- Straw Nihilist: He's very fond of delivering Hannibal Lectures, is extremely cynical, pretty much believes himself to be the only one either capable of, or even worthy of, intelligent thought. He even quotes Nietzsche at Barry in Think Fast.
- Super Intelligence: DeVoe's metahuman power is that his intellect was enhanced to superhuman levels. Word of God has described him as literally the World's Smartest Man. Given that this is the Arrowverse, filled to the brim with super scientists, hackers, and brilliant tacticiansnote , that is saying a lot.
- Surrounded by Idiots: Even before he gains his super intelligence.
- Take Over the World: What "the Enlightening" ends up becoming, from helping humanity achieve intellectual potential to sapping away their intelligence and emotion to make the world more to his liking.
- They Call Me MISTER Tibbs!: When complaining to Captain Singh about Barry's stalking, DeVoe tells Barry to call him "Professor".
- They Look Just Like Everyone Else!: While he does have a costume, when Barry and Joe finally manage to track him down he appears to be just an ordinary-looking guy in a wheelchair.
- Tom the Dark Lord: He's a criminal mastermind and supervillain named "Clifford." In-universe, he shares his surname DeVoe with over a thousand people, making it difficult for Team Flash to single him out.
- Took a Level in Badass: He started off as the Big Bad with the least physical threat in The Flash, but over the course of the season he continuously steals the powers of the bus metas he created, by the end of the season he's a walking arsenal of superpowers and was the most powerful villain Barry had ever gone up against at that point, reaching Invincible Villain levels.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Between the flashbacks and present day, he became an enormous dick. While he still claims that he wants to improve the world, it's called into question as he seems mostly motivated to save himself now. He only gets worse as he grows more powerful, gradually losing any capacity he once had for empathy, occasionally devolving into cruelty for cruelty's sake, and even drugging his wife to keep her in line.
- Ungrateful Bastard:
- Marlize was a devoted wife and assistant to her husband, but that doesn't stop Clifford from drugging her into submission when she starts thinking in ways he doesn't like.
- Ralph spared DeVoe's life after overpowering him. This proved to be a lethal mistake as DeVoe repaid his mercy by stealing his body without a hint of remorse.
- Unholy Matrimony: His assistant Marlize is also his wife. While their relationship is initially supportive, this evaporates once he becomes Drunk with Power.
- Unskilled, but Strong: DeVoe has no fighting abilities or significant combat experience. When he begins to take over the bodies of the bus metas, he generally fights by taking his opponents head-on and overwhelming them with his new powers.
- Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: Season 4 sought to return the series to its comedic tone, but this villain is quick to delete any goodwill since he is willing to incriminate, take the bodies of metahumans that bonded with Team Flash, mistreat his wife and dominate everyone with technology while depriving anyone else of intelligence.
- Villain Has a Point: As he points out in a flashback, it doesn't seem fair that one of the few metahumans who wants to use his powers for a higher purpose should have to suffer paralysis and a slow death. He's also somewhat right in believing that technology may someday doom humanity. He is also right when mentioning that men corrupt even the best of ideas, and Marlize takes it as Hypocrite Has a Point.
- Villain with Good Publicity: What makes it so hard to deal with DeVoe is there is absolutely nothing to legally pin him down. His record is squeaky clean so that the police refuse to press charges against him, and even the other members of Team Flash had a hard time believing he was the one behind everything. Part of Iris' plan is to write an exposé against him, making the public aware of his activities so that he can no longer stay hidden.
- Villainous Aromantic Asexual: As he falls deeper and deeper into villainy, his love for his wife diminishes. It's also implied he was asexual even before turning evil.
- Villainous Breakdown:
DeVoe: THIS IS NOT MY WILL!
- Begins to show signs of this in "Subject 9" when his second host body (Becky) is beginning to fail him faster than his wife can keep up, leading to him lashing out verbally at her.
- He doesn't take it well when he fails to anticipate the outcome. In "Fury Rogue" he had anticipated that the Flash would defeat Siren-X, but to his confusion Barry stands there frozen and doesn't retaliate, and this makes him absolutely lose it. This is due to his Lack of Empathy as he doesn't understand the grief Barry is going through over losing Ralph which in turn affects him out in the field.
- He doesn't take actually losing well, screaming in disbelief that he's lost. While he regains some composure, his last spiteful act is attempting to take the whole world with him.
- Villainous Legacy: While he dies in the season four finale, the events of The Enlightenment drive most of the plot in season five.
- The falling pieces of the dark matter-infused satellite create more metahumans as well as meta-technology, and kill and injure several people—including young Grace Gibbons, motivating her uncle to hunt down every metahuman as a result of DeVoe's actions.
- In addition to the above, S.T.A.R. Labs loses their satellite, making it now very difficult to track metahumans and other dangers...at least until they figure out to hijack the other four satellites DeVoe launched.
- Virtue Is Weakness: He starts to believe this after stealing Ralph's body which deeply hurts his wife and ultimately drives her into leaving him. Which is ultimately the flaw that brings him down.
- Visionary Villain: Whatever his plans are, it vaguely involves uplifting humanity to its intellectual potential. In a conversation with Barry and Joe in his civilian identity, he almost tips his hand with a monologue about not just teaching people but changing how they think so they can learn. It was revealed later that he wants to strip everybody else of their intelligence so that he can teach them from scratch.
- Voices Are Not Mental: He takes on the voice of whatever body he steals. It's averted in the case of Ralph; he takes advantage of his current host's powers to regain his old voice and face.
- Wicked Cultured: He's very fond of classical pieces. He's seen playing classical piano quite skillfully and is even able to compose the rest of Schubert's Symphony No. 8, aka the "Unfinished Symphony," after listening to all 600 symphonies in the span of a single morning. In "Think Faster" while raiding ARGUS, he disapproves the modern music one of the guards is playing and uses Kilg%re's powers to change it to "Hallelujah To The King Of Kings" which continues playing as he slaughters all of the ARGUS guards.
- With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: After getting his enhanced intelligence, he has become more and more immoral. This worsens when he kills and hijacks bodies of benevolent metahumans, growing increasingly unhinged with even the most minor setbacks in his plans, and becoming abusive to his wife even when he uses Ralph's body to regain his original likeness. He even loses the ability to understand other people's emotions, disregarding emotion as "that most aberrant of human weaknesses".
- World's Smartest Man: Word of God has stated he is the smartest person on Earth-1 and possibly The Multiverse.
Known Aliase: The Mechanic
Played by: Kim Engelbrecht
First Appearance: "The Flash Reborn" (The Flash 4x1)
Appearances: The Flash
DeVoe's assistant and wife. An engineer of peerless skill who builds the designs DeVoe comes up with. Over time, she becomes disillusioned by the man he becomes and ultimately decides to make things right and work with the Flash and his team to take him down.
- All There in the Manual: She's listed as the Mechanic in the credits, but was never called such in the show itself.
- Alternate Company Equivalent: She's basically a female version of the Tinkerer, being The Dragon to the Big Bad who makes all of his gadgets.
- Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Mrs. DeVoe is always calm and always poised regardless of how bad the situation is.
- Amnesia Loop: Is revealed to be in one due to her husband using a combination of the Weeper's tears and Dominic's mental power to alter her memories whenever she discovers that she's being drugged. Apparently this has happened many times since DeVoe started drugging her.
- Amoral Afrikaner: Much like her husband, she lacks the stereotypical traits of the trope, but does speak with a South African accent and helps her husband with her nefarious plans. Eventually subverted when she turns on him for going too far.
- Arch-Enemy: Quickly establishes herself as one for Iris for going along with Clifford's plan to destroy Barry's life by framing him for his own murder.
- Arc Words: "I am nothing without you"/"You are nothing without me", words repeated between Clifford and Marlize to reflect their relationship and how it changes over time.
- Badass Bookworm: She's an exceptional engineer, boasting inventions of Impossible Genius caliber, yet she can fight with her own physical abilities just fine.
- Badass Normal: Is capable of wielding a high-tech katana with enough skill to deflect shots from a laser-rifle.
- Being Evil Sucks: Learns this the hard way after Clifford gratuitously murders Warden Wolfe, realizing that her husband is not the Well-Intentioned Extremist he's been claiming to be but just another megalomaniac. She had her chance to walk away before her marriage was destroyed just like Barry warned her would happen. She refused, now she has to live her choices.
- Berserk Button: Don't insinuate that her husband treats her merely as his assistant rather than as a full-partner. Unfortunately for her, the former is probably true as Clifford gets more condescending and insufferable by the day.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: In public she presents the image of a kind, meek devoted wife but when in private she becomes a conniving bitch who rubs in Team Flash's faces that she and her husband can't be beat. This goes away after she grows increasingly horrified by her husband's mental state.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: By "Lose Yourself" this seems to be the case with her, given her seeming unwavering support for her husband throughout the episode and her efforts in the assault on S.T.A.R. Labs. We already saw in the previous episode that she goes through cycles of realizing the depravity of her husband and wanting to escape, only for DeVoe to continue drugging her with the Weeper's tears.
- Break the Haughty: Her arrogant and compliant personality starts to wear down after seeing the monster her husband becomes.
- Broken Bird: Until her Cynicism Catalyst, she was an idealistic engineer bent on ending world hunger. She laughed at her husband's pessimistic views and constantly challenged his ideas, culminating in her leaving him when she first found out about his plans. Look at her by the start of season 4, and you'll see how far gone she is from her original self after all the trauma she went through.
- Canon Foreigner: Marlize is a character created for the show, although she may take inspiration from The Mechanic.
- Chef of Iron: Skilled with a katana? Check. Makes an amazing lemonade and 3-cheese mac? Check.
- Comic-Book Movies Don't Use Codenames: So far she has yet to be referred to as the Mechanic.
- Crocodile Tears: She is able to very convincingly act out grief at her husband's alleged death during the Trial of Barry Allen.
- Cynicism Catalyst: At first, she was horrified by her husband's grand scheme of brainwashing the entire world to avoid resource shortages and wars. She left him on the spot after learning of it and joined the Peace Corps, developing a water purifier which she hoped to test in an African village. When a nearby army heard of it, they came to the village and in front of Marlize they mowed down many inhabitants, including children, and stole the technology. The combined feeling of responsibility over the event, shock over its horror and relief when Clifford showed up to comfort her convinced her that he was right all along.
- The Engineer: DeVoe makes all the plans and designs, while Marlize is the one who builds them for him.
- Et Tu, Brute?: A villainous examples, where she betrays her husband and allies with Team Flash. Although, in her part, her husband technically turned on her first.
- Even Evil Has Standards: When her husband hijacks Dominic's body, she's very uncomfortable during the whole process and despite telling Barry that she'd never leave her husband, she seems to be having second thoughts. She is also disgusted when her husband gratuitously murders Warden Wolfe, which she is appalled by and actually calls him out on. Eventually it's revealed she's not so evil after all, with the more atrocities her husband commits, the less supportive she becomes of him until eventually she abandons him, especially when he attempted to kill Gypsy for no good reason.
- Evil Counterpart:
- To Iris. Both are capable and intelligent women who love and support a man who became a powerful meta by a combination of lightning and dark matter. But where Iris gives Barry emotional support and keeps Barry from going down dangerous and destructive paths, Marlize supports her husband primarily through her own scientific and engineering contributions, and willingly goes along and supports his dangerous plans. Perhaps because of their similarities, Iris is the one who confronts Marlize and gets through to her, making her realize the error of her ways.
- To Cisco. Both serve as The Engineer but are on opposing sides, with Cisco being on the hero's side who helps Team Flash, while Marlize aids DeVoe who is the Big Bad.
- FaceHeel Turn: She was a genuinely good woman who did humanitarian aid with her technology before marrying Clifford.
- Fake Guest Star: She appears in nearly every single episode in which DeVoe appears note , yet receives guest billing whereas Neil Sandilands receives main billing. In fact, Kim Engelbrecht appears in more episodes than Neil Sandilands, after the latter's character begins switching bodies and is thus portrayed by other actors.
- Gadgeteer Genius: She was the one who built DeVoe's Thinking Cap based on his designs. She also designed and built his Cool Chair as well as the Samuroid.
- Good All Along: As immoral as she seems at first, she genuinely was under the belief that what DeVoe had planned was for the greater good. There is a line she simply will not cross, and once DeVoe does, she can no longer associate herself with her husband and abandons him.
- Happily Married: Marlize and Clifford love each other deeply, and she has been supportive of him when he gets handicapped. Sadly, Clifford has crossed the line with his body possessions and is drugging her with The Weeper's tears
- HeelFace Turn: She eventually abandons DeVoe, no longer being able to tolerate the level of evil he has sunken to and allies with Team Flash to bring her husband down. To atone for her involvement in The Thinker's plans she resumes her humanitarian aid.
- Heel Realization: Discovering that DeVoe had been drugging her with the Weeper's tears is what first alerted her to how awful a person he was, although she wasn't able to make progress on this with DeVoe constantly erasing her memories. She has another one that sticks after watching DeVoe take several innocent lives of people who were in his way, where she finally works up the courage to escape him.
- Hero of Another Story: After helping to take down DeVoe, she goes to resume her philanthropic work.
- It's All About Me: At first, it seems like she only cares for herself and her husband; she won't shed a tear for anyone who ends up as collateral damage because of their Evil Plan. Subverted when she is revealed to be a Well-Intentioned Extremist whose Cynicism Catalyst has tainted her drive to end world hunger. From her fanatical point of view, she and her husband are doing the world a favor. That is until DeVoe crosses a line and she realizes the Thinker was never as righteous as he had let on, unlike the man she used to know and love, which eventually leads to her abandoning him.
- Jerkass: She relishes ruining Team Flash's life and gloating that they can't stop her. Subverted once she becomes jaded by Clifford's actions.
- Karma Houdini: Downplayed in that while she still willingly played a part in her husband's earlier scheming and endangered the lives of many, she realizes she'll have to live with it for the rest of her life.
- Like an Old Married Couple: Often argues with DeVoe and loses, always.
- Love Makes You Evil: She is willing to help her evil husband in his plans out of love. Later subverted in that she realizes DeVoe has crossed a line and no longer wants anything to do with him.
- Loving a Shadow: She fell in love with Clifford when she saw him as a brilliant man who had dedicated his life to making the world a better place. She leaves him when she realizes that he's become a murderous abuser and that, once he became the Thinker, he was only ever out to make the world a better place for himself. Even then, she hopes the good she saw in him before his transformation was real and can be rekindled, but while Barry's Journey to the Center of the Mind proves there was once a good DeVoe, he is now dead.
- Manipulative Bitch: While not as much as her husband, Marlize is also very skilled at playing people. Best shown with her Crocodile Tears that convince the police that she's a protective wife worried about her husband, while she manages to fool the whole court into thinking she is a grieving widow during the Trial of the Flash.
- Morality Pet: She is this to her husband DeVoe, as for the longest time she is the only one who can make him relinquish killing. DeVoe also delays his plans to launch the Enlightenment out of grief of losing her.
- Number Two: To her husband. She often questions her husband's plans and points out possible mistakes, but will follow his orders regardless.
- Psychic Block Defense: Not enjoying DeVoe invading her mind, Marlize starts playing "Goin' Out of My Head" to keep him from hearing her thoughts.
- Remember the New Guy?: Much like her husband, she was only introduced in Season 4. However she was present at the Particle Accelerator Press Conference, having spoken directly to Eobard Thawne and would have been noticed by many others.
- Supreme Chef: Her ability to cook delicious macaroni is quickly noted by DeVoe and Team Flash.
- That Man Is Dead: By proxy; she doesn't consider DeVoe to be the man she loved anymore, declaring that her husband was the Thinker's first victim. It becomes very literal when Barry enters DeVoe's mind and finds the "good DeVoe" has been killed by the "evil DeVoe".
- Took a Level in Kindness: After her Heel Realization on what a horrible person DeVoe really was. She becomes increasingly sympathetic to the lives of others that DeVoe kills and even turns on him to side with Team Flash.
- Undying Loyalty: Will do whatever her husbands asks of her, no matter what it is. But even she has her limits, where after watching her husband commit countless murders, she can no longer stand with him and escapes. She still tries to save him from himself until the very last episode of Season Four.
- Unholy Matrimony: With DeVoe. While the two's path to villainy stemmed from a noble cause to save his life, she and her husband are clearly in love and respect one another.
- What the Hell, Hero?: After the reveal that she was Good All Along and genuinely a Well-Intentioned Extremist, several characters call her out on how she could be so deluded into believing all of her assisting DeVoe could have been better for humanity.
Played by: N/A
First Appearance: "The Flash Reborn" (The Flash 4x1)
Appearances: The Flash
A type of combat android controlled by the DeVoes.
- Adaptation Origin Connection: In the comics Samuroids have no connection with the Thinker, and are used by Baron Katana.
- Attack Its Weak Point: It stabs Wally in the leg to win its fight with him.
- The Brute: DeVoe's personal attack robot sent in to wreak havoc.
- Dual Wielding: It can use two katanas at once.
- Glass Cannon: It is a tough fighter, but Barry only needed one, well-timed strike to put it down.
- Katanas Are Just Better: It wields a set of katanas that can create shockwaves. It can even launch the swords' blades as projectiles.
- Killer Robot: A combat android built by the DeVoes to serve as their muscle.
- Samurai: It's based on them, if the name doesn't make it obvious enough.
- Sinister Surveillance: Even after it is reduced to a head, it can be used as a hidden camera by the Thinker.
- Starter Villain: For Season Four.
- Sword Beam: The Ground Wave variant where Samuroid strikes the ground with its katana to create a powerful shockwave.
- Throwing Your Sword Always Works: Throwing one of its katanas at a target seems to be a preprogrammed tactic.
- The Worf Effect: In its debut it easily dispatched Wally and Cisco, ending up slicing through Wally's leg. However later in the season, Joe is able to fight it evenly.
Amunet and Associates
Leslie Jocoy/Amunet Black
Real Name: Leslie Jocoy
Played By: Katee Sackhoff
First Appearance: "Girls Night Out" (The Flash 4x5)
Appearances: The Flash
A nefarious crime lord, with the ability to control and manipulate metal, who once had a connection with Caitlin/Killer Frost.
- '90s Hair: Vibe/Cisco certainly thinks so.Vibe: Are you a time traveller? 'Cause those white-girl-dreads came straight from the Nineties!
- Adaptational Wimp: Carries around a bag full of shards to focus her powers. In contrast, her comics counterpart throws bridges at people, and eventually is made of iron.
- Admiring the Abomination: She described DeVoe's plan as "brilliant."
- Affably Evil: At least toward Caitlin, whom she holds a speck of respect for.
- Affectionate Nickname: Dispenses these to her Mooks, colleagues and foes alike.
- Bad Guys Do the Dirty Work: In "Harry and the Harrisons" where she is recruited by Team Flash, they keep trying to stop her from killing any of the metas they go up against, including Norvock. She agrees, but for her trouble she still cuts out Norvock's eye tentacle.
- Big Bad Ensemble: While DeVoe is the main threat, Amunet constantly causes trouble Team Flash throughout the season and forcing them to detour from their main goal to deal with her.
- Big Bad Wannabe: That said, she totally pales in comparison to DeVoe.
- Book Dumb: According to her, she came from a lower-class background and worked a menial job as a stewardess before rebuilding herself as a vicious, calculating crime boss.
- Card-Carrying Villain: She makes no attempt to hiding how horrible a person she is, proudly admitting she has no heart.
- Comic-Book Movies Don't Use Codenames: Her comics title of "Blacksmith" goes unused here. Then again, Amunet Black isn't her real name, so she technically is using a codename after all.
- Drunk On The Darkside: She was once a stewardess in what she describes as a hard and abusive position. Once she gained powers she embraced them and gleefully turned to a life of crime.
- Early-Bird Cameo: She was mentioned a few times to Caitlin before finally appearing in person.
- Elemental Baggage: She carries around a bag of metal shards to use her powers on.
- Enemy Mine: Team Flash is forced to recruit her in "Harry and the Harrisons" upon realizing she's the only one immune to DeVoe's powers.
- Evil Brit: Katee Sackhoff uses a British accent for the character.
- Evil Versus Oblivion: After Caitlin points out that DeVoe's Evil Plan would affect her too, she does decide to subtly help Team Flash to stop DeVoe's satellite by providing them with a concussive ball of her shrapnel. However, she makes it clear she's doing so only for the sake of self-preservation.
- Evil Wears Black: It's even part of her name.
- Faux Affably Evil: Plays up her charming personality, dishing out an Affectionate Nickname to everyone around her, but when cornered, drops the facade and reveals the demon underneath.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: Used to be a stewardess, and her first victims after gaining her powers were colleagues who sexually harassed her.
- A God Am I: Believes she and Killer Frost could be this if they joined forces.
- Hunter of His Own Kind: She traffics metahumans, and is a metahuman herself.
- Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: It at first seems that at the very least, Amunet follows all her deals through. In the case of Caitlin, however, she gave her a placebo and lied about it being a cure for her powers.
- Lesser of Two Evils: Alongside DeVoe, which is why Team Flash is forced to recruit her once they find out she's immune to his powers.
- Magnetism Manipulation: Has the ability to manipulate and weaponize a certain type of metal.
- Ms. Fanservice: Wears tight dresses that reveal her cleavage. Being played by Katee Sackhoff certainly doesn't hurt.
- Nominal Hero: Recruited by Team Flash to fight DeVoe, the greater evil. She eventually agrees to help, but makes it clear she's only doing so out of self-preservation.
- Obviously Evil: It's quite easy to pick up she's not a nice person early on, with her style of clothes, her Creepy Shadowed Undereyes, and her pale complexion. This appears to be intentional on her part.
- Pet the Dog: She gives Caitlin a genuine motivational You Are Better Than You Think You Are speech so that she can operate on Dominic Lance.
- Power Fist: Her preferred use of her powers is to craft a makeshift giant metallic glove.
- Pretty Fly for a White Guy: Turns out she's a fan of NWA.
- Remember the New Guy?: She had no mention at all prior to Season Four, but Caitlin/Killer Frost was already well-acquainted with her by the time of her debut.
- Selective Magnetism: As powerful as her abilities are, they can be negated in the face of an even stronger magnet. She also seems limited to a specific kind of alnico alloy.
- Slap-Slap-Kiss: With Goldface, her ex.
- Slavery Is a Special Kind of Evil: Her treatment of the Weeper, chaining him up, leaving him emaciated and having him regularly beaten to produce his drug tears slightly unnerves even Killer Frost.
- Spanner in the Works: She and Warden Wolfe's scheme to sell off Barry and all the Bus Metas in True Colors turns out to be a major disruption in DeVoe's carefully laid plans.
- Swiss-Army Superpower: Her Selective Magnetism over her Alnico alloy actually has a wide application of uses. She can use it to form a protective gauntlet around her arm, fire them off like projectiles, create a protective shield, generate a cyclone to allow her to travel, and even create grenades powerful enough to destroy a satellite.
- They Look Just Like Everyone Else!: In her civilian disguise she doesn't look anywhere near as creepy as she usually does, and passes off as someone normal.
- Unexplained Accent: Seems to have a Trans-Atlantic accent, which is (fittingly) entirely artificial. That, or it's either Sackhoff's best attempt at British.
- Unholy Matrimony: She and Goldface were a couple in the past. With some help from Flash, Mirror Iris and an Applied Phlebotinum plant, they get back together in "Love Is A Battlefield".
- Villainous Breakdown: Quickly drops her smugness when things don't go her way.
- Wants a Prize for Basic Decency: In "Don't Run", Amunet states she was nice to Caitlin just for not killing her.
- We Will Meet Again: Threatens Caitlin/Killer Frost she will have her vengeance the next time they meet.
Known Aliases: Snake Eye, Medusa Man
Played By: Mark Sweatman
First Appearance: "The Flash Reborn" (The Flash 4x1)
Appearances: The Flash
Amunet's third-favorite henchman who became a meta when the particle accelerator explosion went off and had a snake infused into his skull at the local zoo.
- An Arm and a Leg: Or tentacle in this case. Rather than killing him, Amunet resorts to cutting out his tentacle.
- Awesome, but Impractical: A snake eye sure sounds useful and menacing, but he can't fight for shit and gets beaten up by girls with no powers. But then his powers got an upgrade.
- The Bus Came Back: Returns in Season 5, as one of the metas targeted by Cicada.
- Butt-Monkey: He gets the short end of the stick in almost everyone of his appearances, doing horribly in fights and almost always getting hurt bad. His luck gets even worse after Cicada comes after him.
- Chekhov's Gunman: He's seen passing by Caitlin in "The Flash Reborn" without any indication he would be a significant character, however by the end of the episode he's revealed to work for Killer Frost's former boss Amunet, and tries to stop her from leaving...with little success.
- The Dragon: Used to be a Co-Dragon with Caitlin before the latter quit. Later becomes The Starscream.
- Et Tu, Brute?: Amunet does not take to kindly of Norvock's betrayal.
- Eye Scream: There's a tentacle-like snake in his eye socket.
- Go-Karting with Bowser: He serves as a DJ for Killer Frost's birthday, as she never had one.
- Healing Factor: Implied with the snake in his eye, as it's still intact after being ripped off.
- Lovecraftian Superpower: His power is a snake that comes out of his eye socket.
- No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: He used to be a zookeeper. At the night of the accelerator explosion, he saved a kid from a snake. He ended up with the snake in his head after the explosion hit him.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: He was initially so pathetic in battle he might as well have been a Joke Character, but then he Took a Level in Badass and he proves to be quite dangerous on his own.
- Took a Level in Badass: After taking over Amunet's organization, he developed a weapon to counter his former employer's powers and his own powers evolved into being able to produce a venom strong enough to incapacitate the Flash.
- Took a Level in Kindness: In Season 5, after helping Flash rescue Metas at risk from Cicada.
- Unexplained Recovery: Seems to have regained his powers in Season 5.
Played by: Bernardette Saquibal
First Appearance: "Enter Flashtime" (The Flash 4x15)
Appearances: The Flash
The leader of Eden Corps, an eco-terrorist cult.
- Eco-Terrorist: Animal liberator turned terrorist.
- Mundanger: Barry's speed upgrades could have not work against her, even if she is a normal human. She almost blows up Central City.
- Near-Villain Victory: She nearly blows all of Central City. Her bomb already exploded when Barry used Flashtime and could only learn to stop it after Iris had an "Eureka!" Moment.
- Rogues Gallery Transplant: Veronica Dale/Hyrax was originally a Green Arrow villain. In Season 7 of Arrow, a character named Keven Dale was leading Eden Corps in the future.
- Two First Names: Per the DC Comics norm.
- Artificial Zombie: Blood Brothers are intentionally created by Bloodwork as his loyal minions and originate through tampering with nature.
- Body Horror: As zombie-like creatures this is already a given, though these ones being Artificial Zombies have the added apparel of Ramseys black blood oozing from them. In addition, many of them end up dissolving into piles of black goo where they leave behind an Empty Piles of Clothing.
- Empty Piles of Clothing: When a Blood Brother leaves Ramsey's proximity for too long, they eventually dissolve into pools of black gooey blood while leaving behind the clothes they wore.
- In Name Only: They have no relation to the Blood Brothers from the comics.
- Our Zombies Are Different: The fourth instance of zombies in the Arrowverse, these ones being Technically Living Zombies resulting from experimental dark matter and chemicals. The previous instances were Tony Woodard, the zombie confederates, and the Black Flash.
- Psychic Link: All of the Blood Brothers share a telepathic connection with Bloodwork.
- Technically Living Zombie: With the exception of Mitch Romero and a few of Ramseys hospital victims, who were reanimated, most of the Blood Brothers are still living humans who have become infected. This leads the CCPD to take care in not killing them.
- Zombie Apocalypse: Bloodwork's ultimate goal appears to be infecting the entire population with "life eternal".
- Zombie Gait: All of the Blood Brothers walk in this manner, hobbling about and snarling.
- The Virus: Any contact with Bloodwork, his infected blood, or one of his followers will convert a person into another Blood Brother.
Known Aliases: Bloodwork
Played By: Sendhil Ramamurthy
First Appearance: "Into the Void" (The Flash 6x1)
Appearances: The Flash
- Actually Not a Vampire: He has blood-based powers, needs to feed on blood to survive, is an Immortality Seeker, and his victims are either transformed or reanimated as zombie-like creatures under his command.
- Adaptational Backstory Change: His origin is largely reinvented for the show. His hemophilia is changed to HLH cancer and is given a recently deceased mother as motivation.
- Adaptational Job Change: As noted below, he goes from a CCPD coroner to a medical researcher.
- Adaptation Origin Connection: Played with. In the comics, he is a lab technician for the Central City Police Department, and thus Barry Allen's coworker. In the show, he is Caitlin's old friend from school.
- Adaptational Superpower Change: While his main power is controlling blood, much like his comics counterpart, there is one key power he is missing which is controlling the blood of others. This was one of the main advantages comics Bloodwork had over the Flash by warping the blood within the speedster, while this Bloodwork can only control his own blood and needs to infect others first before he gets power over them.
- Alliterative Name: Ramsey Rosso.
- Applied Phlebotinum: The secret ingredient to his cure for cancer? Dark matter of course.
- Arc Villain: For the first half of Season 6, subtitled Blood and Truth.
- Ascended Extra: Bloodwork is a very new villain, who had only been directly featured (barring flashbacks or illusions) in a single four-issue arc in 2017 by the time of his debut in the TV series. Here hes been upgraded to the first Arc Villain of Season Six.
- Big Bad Friend: He and Caitlin were old friends prior to his obsession with curing HLH turning him evil.
- Big Bad Slippage: What sets him apart from previous Big Bads is that he's not the villain when we first meet him. His obsession with curing HLH, while obsessive, was still well-intentioned. However, using himself as a guinea pig and that obsession growing causes him to take measures that go against the oath all doctors go by, namely "Do No Harm".
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: He appears to kindheartedly reach out to Caitlin while grieving for his mother, only for him to use the opportunity to solicit her help in his dark matter experiment and turn nasty when she refuses. He even seems to hold a great deal of contempt for his mother.
- Black Eyes of Evil: His eyes change to pure black to indicate his metahuman status, and he's the major antagonist of Season 6.
- Bloody Murder: His main power is controlling blood, which he is able to shoot out.
- Casting Gag: A scientist researching superpowers with good intentions, whose screw-ups end up causing grief for everyone? Rosso is basically the Arrowverse version of Mohinder Suresh.
- Composite Character: He takes Reverse-Flash's place as the one who would infect the Flash and turn him Brainwashed and Crazy complete with black colored lightning, dubbed Dark Flashnote .
- Contrasting Sequel Antagonist:
- Unlike Orlin, who was a middle-class factory worker without much education, Rosso is a brilliant doctor.
- Also, while Cicada gained his (and later her) powers completely by accident, in Bloodwork's case it was a direct result of experimenting on himself with Dark Matter.
- Lastly, while both were Driven to Villainy by the deaths of their family and their attempts to prevent it from happening to anyone else, the causes and reactions were pretty much opposite to each other. Cicada's family was killed in an accident caused by metas, which resulted in a quest to kill metas to stop it from happening again. In contrast Rosso's mother died for relatively mundane reasons (i.e. cancer), and rather than wanting to kill them, he wants to make people metas in order to save them.
- Downplayed with all other major villains as he is a Mad Scientist. Also with DeVoe in particular, as a Well-Intentioned Extremist.
- He is the first Arc Villain to avert Superhero Movie Villains Die as he gets incarcerated alive rather than being killed, Ret Goned, or receiving a Fate Worse than Death.
- Unlike Orlin, who was a middle-class factory worker without much education, Rosso is a brilliant doctor.
- Cure for Cancer: His ultimate goal which overlaps with Immortality Seeker.
- Dark Messiah: While he doesn't quite declare himself a god, he does see himself as a savior of humanity and granting everyone with his "life eternal".
- Drunk on the Dark Side: The well-meaning scientist seen early in the season is all but gone and is soon replaced by a maniacal Serial Killer who thirsts for blood and is concerned with no one but himself.
- Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Played with. He has nothing but disgust for his mom for coming to terms with her pending death. However, in flashbacks, he was clearly close with her before that and he even murders Dr. Rodrigo, his colleague, for being unable to save her.
- Even Evil Has Standards: He shows disgust at seeing Eva's willingness to sacrifice the Reflections she made.
- Evil Brit: He's depicted as this, possibly as a British Indian.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Due to his extreme fear of death, he genuinely has no idea as to why people can accept or even embrace it for the better good.
- Evil Counterpart: Built up as one to Barry, in that both are great scientists, both lost a loved one (including their mothers) and both are facing an upcoming death. The contrast is that Barry is willing to die if that means saving his loved ones and other people, while Ramsey is willing to kill anyone to save his life. Also while both were granted powers in the lab, Barry was The Chosen One and at times views his powers as a burden as he didnt ask to get chosen, while Ramsey gave himself his powers and ends up being Drunk on the Dark Side.
- Evil Former Friend: He becomes this to Caitlin.
- Evil Gloating: He makes sure to bring Cisco and Iris in front of him so that he can gloat about his Evil Plan and make them understand the scope of their failure.
- Evil Makes You Ugly: His Super Mode is that of a gigantic blood behemoth with a skull-like head, fangs, and a body that's covered in blotched blood vessels and an almost tumor-like in appearance.
- Evilutionary Biologist: Genuinely seeks to improve humanity through biology.
- Fatal Flaw: The same thing that drives his immoral actions, his crippling fear of death, makes him sloppy and short-sighted.
- Final Boss: He's the last Pre-Crisis villain that Team Flash has to fight.
- Foil: To DeVoe, in the sense that both are Evil Geniuses who believe they are doing the right thing and improving humanity, as well as seeing Team Flash as the true evil. Both also had some motivation in their past to drive them down this track of thinking. Both also had no secrets about their secret identity and we find out who they are very quickly. The difference between them however is, DeVoe had a loved one who he dearly cared for but ended up becoming detached from her after losing his sense of empathy, while Ramsey straight from the start turned on his mother and had nothing but disgust towards her accepting death.
- For Science!: Not his number one motivation for evildoing, but definitely one of them.
- Glass Cannon: In his first Bloodwork form. While he possesses a lot of offensive power, it doesn't take much to bring him down. Averted with his Super Mode however, where he's substantially tougher and actually overwhelms The Flash in battle.
- God Is Evil: Not him, rather the metaphysical copy of him in Barry's mind thinks so in the case of the Speed Force, dismissing it as nothing but a manipulative force that cares nothing for human lives or feelings. Of course, he learned about the Speed Force from the perspective of Barry, who has had an (at best) rocky relationship with it.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: His plan of infecting Barry backfired on him, as Barry foresaw that Cisco and Iris would figure the solution and he would make him hallucinate about his mother.
- Immortality Seeker: His endgame is to prevent death itself for everyone. Once he has the power to prevent death, he dubs himself, "Life eternal".
- Interim Villain: Slightly downplayed as he is a dangerous and full-fledged Big Bad but Team Flash treat him as a just another bad guy they have to take down while they wait for the much higher-stakes Crisis, an event that makes Ramsey's defeat practically a Foregone Conclusion.
- It's All About Me: Russo talks big about how he wants to save mankind, but how quickly he dives into supervillain territory, killing others to acquire the biological samples he needs to cure his own disease, proves he values never having to die himself more than anyone else's lives.
- Knight of Cerebus: Word of God has described him as "the most chilling villain Team Flash has ever faced."
- Lovecraftian Superpower: His blood powers allow him to produce tendrils made of his black gooey blood. He can also infect people and take over their mind where they become zombie-like slaves at his command, including The Flash. His powers also function like a vampire's whereby he feeds on the blood of others to augment himself and increase his own life. His endgame is to infect the world and put them under his command.
- Mad Scientist: He experimented on himself - testing a cure for cancer using dark matter - to acquire his powers.
- Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: Very shady indeed even before his transformation.
- Moral Myopia: He sees himself as Above Good and Evil and that the true evil is death, along with anyone who tries to stop him like the so-called heroes of Team Flash.
- Mortality Phobia: Being afraid of being killed by cancer like his mother seems to be his prime motivation.
- Necromancer: The strange nature of his powers causes any of the victims he kills to be brought back to life as zombie drones who are under his command.
- Not Me This Time: An odd example in that he even surprises himself; he's taken aback when he learns that despite his run-ins with the Flash, he had nothing to do with his death in any timeline Team Flash knew about.
- Obviously Evil: The black branches on his body and his black nails on top of his creepy voice make him look like a corrupting devil. Which wouldn't be too far from the truth.
- One Steve Limit: Averted with the Bus Meta Ramsey Deacon a.k.a. Kilg%re.
- One-Winged Angel: Transforms into a hideous monstrosity in his fight with the Flash.
- Painful Transformation: His initial transformation into Bloodwork is shown to be rather agonizing.
- Power Echoes: In his Bloodwork form, his voice is given a reverb effect.
- The Power of Blood: His main gimmick is being able to control blood.
- Professor Guinea Pig: Like every comic-book Mad Scientist ever, he gains his powers by experimenting on himself.
- Race Lift: He's portrayed as Asian as opposed to his white (possibly Italian) comic counterpart.
- Remember the New Guy?: Introduced already as an old friend of Caitlin, who even Barry knew, yet he was never previously brought up ever in the series.
- Super Mode: Able to transform into a gigantic monster form.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: He returns to the trend of a Mad Scientist villain and creates metas.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Believes what he's doing is for the greater good and sees Team Flash and other heroes as the true evil for preventing his attempt to essentially cure death.
Species: Metahuman (Undead)
Played By: Shawn Stewart
First Appearance: "A Flash of the Lightning" (The Flash 6x2)
Appearances: The Flash
An arms dealer who gets fatally injured during a meeting with Ramsey Rosso, but gets resurrected as a mindless zombie.
- Back from the Dead: The strange nature of Ramseys dark matter infused blood brings him back to life as a zombie.
- Bald of Evil: Not a hair on his head.
- Beard of Evil: A rather scrubby one.
- Karmic Death: Tried to rip Ramsey off during their deal and then promptly tried to shoot him when he objected. Not a big loss there.
- Ludicrous Gibs: After Barry and Killer Frost overload him with dark matter, he violently explodes.
- Moving the Goalposts: In his deal with Ramsey, Romsro raises the price of his weapon exponentially to the point of extortion.
- Nigh-Invulnerable: He barely feels anything in his resurrected state.
- Shout-Out Theme Naming: His surname being Romero is a reference to George A. Romero, a famous icon in the Zombie Apocalypse genre.
- Starter Villain: The first of the Blood Brothers to be created by Bloodwork.
- Super Strength: Has it after his resurrection. Even enough to break out of the Pipeline.
- Villain of the Week: For the third episode of The Flash Season 6.
- Adaptation Origin Connection: In the comics, Black Hole had no relation to Mirror Master, instead being a group of Rogue scientists who study the Speed Force.
- Elite Mooks: They employ powerful metas to do their dirty work.
- Evil, Inc.: A subset of McCulloch Technologies.
- Identically Powered Team: For some reason, they only employ light-based meta-humans, likely in relation to their Ironic Name.
- Ironic Name: They're called Black Hole, but their agents are light-based meta-humans.
Played By: Eric Nenninger
First Appearance: "Marathon" (The Flash 6x10)
Appearances: The Flash
The CEO of McCulloch Technologies and leader of Black Hole.
- Adaptational Attractiveness: He's not covered in burn scars like his comic counterpart.
- Adaptational Wimp: In the comics, Carver ended up gaining powers by an unnatural connection to the Speed Force, though his powers were different to an actual speedster. This version of Carver is a Non-Action Big Bad who does not have any fighting ability himself.
- Big Bad Wannabe: He is the official leader of Black Hole, but gets hamstrung by Iris in his debut. He is later killed by Eva.
- Blackmail: His modus operandi is blackmailing people. He forced other Black Hole members to join and assist him in his criminal affairs.
- Contrasting Sequel Antagonist: The first major villain in the series without any powers, fighting skills, or possibly even scientific acumen. That said, he's not quite a full-blown Big Bad, being more of an Arc Villain.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He genuinely loved Eva prior to the particle accelerator explosion that trapped her in the Mirrorverse, and it's even somewhat implied that he may have been an outright good guy prior to the incident. Eva believes that he was just using her the whole time, but Joseph states that the Mirrorverse drove her irrevocably insane, and the woman coming after him is no longer his wife. He spent years trying to get her back, only to conclude that it was pointless. As it turns out, he was Right for the Wrong Reasons: his wife actually had died the night of Particle Accelerator Explosion and the version of her he was trying to free was actually her mirror duplicate.
- Every Man Has His Price: He constantly attempts to bribe or blackmail everyone. When Team Flash attempts to save him, Ralph and Allegra tell him off for trying to bribe Nash into giving him his teleporting devices.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: In Carver's mind, the world runs on "Screw the Rules, I Have Money!". The concept of people who can't be bribed is complete nonsense to him.
- Keeping the tradition of Arrowverse shows, McCulloch Tech first appears late in Season Five before becoming much more important in the very next season. Comic fans should already be wary of this fact considering the very name of the company is an allusion to yet another Flash rogue.
- Some of his Famous Last Words has him disowning Eva and claiming that his wife died the night of the Particle Accelerator Explosion. The Season Seven premiere reveals that Eva really did die that night, and the Eva that killed him was actually her mirror duplicate.
- I Need a Freaking Drink: He downs a shot of whiskey in one gulp when he encounters Eva again.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: In the Season 6 finale, he takes a mirror shard to the torso and dies.
- It's All About Me: He hid knowledge about Iris being kidnapped in the Mirrorverse because it was convenient for him.
- Non-Action Big Bad: He's a Corrupt Corporate Executive with connections to powerful metahuman assassins and dangerous technology, but doesn't appear to have any powers himself.
- Related in the Adaptation: He's married to Eva McCulloch in this incarnation. In the comics, they have no relation.
- Right for the Wrong Reasons. After Eva kills him, with his dying breath he disowns her as his wife, claiming that she died in the Particle Accelerator Explosion. As it turns out, he's right. The Eva he gave up on because she had been driven "insane" wasn't actually the real Eva, but her mirror duplicate; his wife really did die the night of the Particle Accelerator Explosion.
- Smug Snake: He always shows a prideful demeanor and rejects Flash's help until after his minions are kidnapped.
Dr. Eva McCulloch
Species: Metahuman (Reflection)
Known Aliases: Mirror Monarch
Played By: Efrat Dor
First Appearance: "A Girl Named Sue" (The Flash 6x12)
Appearances: The Flash
The wife of Joseph Carver. After the accelerator exploded, she found herself trapped in the Mirrorverse with no way out. She befriends Iris, who's also trapped within, only to begin using her for her own vendetta against her husband for leaving her for dead.
Season 7 opens with the revelation that she, in fact, is Dead All Along and is her own mirror copy. When news of this spreads after her rqeturn, she decides to replace everyone with copies and rule over them as Mirror Monarch.
- Adaptation Name Change: She is renamed "Eva" from "Evan" to accommodate the Gender Flip.
- Affably Evil: She shows some kindness and concern to Barry when he is wounded and tells him that she won't hurt him as long as he doesn't interfere in her plan.
- Ambiguous Disorder: She exhibits various tics and often speaks in a monotone voice while raising her voice at a moment's notice. It's unclear whether this was a trait the original Eva had or only the duplicate.
- And I Must Scream: She's been trapped in the Mirrorverse for the better part of six years.
- Anti-Villain: Part of her plans aregetting revenge on her husband for using her company and inventions for selfish purposes. She is kidnapping and cloning people for that purpose. Later on, she decides to replace mankind itself with her clones, only to realize the error of her ways and stop her plans.
- Arc Villain: She serves as the main villain of season 6's second arc, Reflections and Lies, as well as the first three episodes of season 7. note
- Arm Cannon: Eva's suit allows her to use an arm cannon to facilitate her to use her glass powers.
- Bad Boss: Once her Reflections stop being useful for her, she will dispose of them.
- Blue-and-Orange Morality: Her sense of justice and logic is heavily warped. This may be attributed to her being a mirror clone.
- Breaking Old Trends: She's the first Arc Villain to perform a HeelFace Turn and survive doing so at the end of her arc.
- Capture and Replicate: Her M.O. is to abduct people from the real world and hold them captive in the Mirrorverse, while sending out mirror clones of them into the real world to impersonate them and further her agenda.
- Catchphrase: She often states "Success is assured".
- Character Tics: She often scratches her arm in a nervous fashion, whether or not she's putting on an act of kindness for Iris or when showing her true self. It seems to be a natural result of spending too much time in the Mirrorverse, as Iris eventually starts doing the same thing.
- Clone Army: Eva traps people in mirrors and creates clones of them, called "Reflections". While they have the memories of the cloned individual, they may have a different personality.
- Comic-Book Movies Don't Use Codenames: She's not called Mirror Master, on account of Sam Scudder being introduced earlier. In "Mother", she refers to herself as "Mirror Monarch" instead.
- Composite Character: She's a Gender Flip of Evan McCulloch, but she seems to take more after the Animal Man villain Prismatik, a scientist (and Evan's daughter in an Alternate Universe) who managed to weaponize mirrors. She also ends up adopting the name Mirror Monarch, which is the name of a Future Badass good version of Mirror Master.
- Contrasting Sequel Antagonist: The second major villain to be female. In addition she's the only one to start off as a Big Bad Ensemble of Evil vs. Evil against her husband Joseph Carver.
- Dead All Along: It's revealed in Season 7 that the real Eva died during the particle accelerator explosion, and that Mirror Monarch herself is her own duplicate.
- Dead Alternate Counterpart: Inverted. Her Earth-2 counterpart, Evan, was obliterated by the Anti-Monitor. Played straight with her human self, who died the night of the Accelerator explosion.
- Despair Event Horizon: Until Iris appeared, she lost all hope of returning to the real world and her life. 1322 failed escape attempts has that effect. After she returns and takes her company back, Team Flash discusses that unlike Eva, they still have hope.
- Don't Make Me Destroy You: In an Affably Evil tone, she constantly pleads for Barry Allen and his team not to interfere in her plans since she doesn't want to attack them.
- Easily Forgiven: She doesn't receive much punishment for endangering and causing widespread panic for the people of Central City by attempting to replace everyone outside of feeling guilty when being told what she's doing is wrong. However, it also pales in comparison to what other villains before her have done and those she had targeted before (aside from Team Flash) weren't very good people either.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Eva is gobsmacked when Barry shows up to defend Carver from her, despite having every reason to hate the man and exchange him for Iris' safety.
- Evil Counterpart: She is set up as one for Iris. Both are strong, determined women, but Iris is outgoing and kind while Eva acts with false kindness and shyness. Iris sees value in all her teammates, while Eva has no problem sacrificing hers. While Iris has a sustainable, loving relationship with Barry, a recurring theme in Eva's storyline is that her relationship with Carver brings out the absolute worst in each other.
- Evil All Along: She seems a distressed victim, but she has a secret agenda of kidnapping and duplicating people.
- Evil vs. Evil: She wants to exact revenge on her husband for what she believes is his role in abandoning her, and commits awful deeds in pursuit of this agenda. Said husband also happens to be a Corrupt Corporate Executive and high-ranking member (possibly even leader and creator) of an international criminal syndicate.
- False Friend: After kidnapping Iris in the Mirrorverse, she feigns friendship to her to make her stay there while at the same time she created a clone of her.
- She can create a personal army like Ramsey Rosso, but instead of brainwashing people with cursed blood, she clones them.
- Similar to Grace Gibbons, she is a female villain that substitutes a male major villain. However, both Ramsey and Eva have different themes and were unrelated, also including that Eva doesn't kill the previous antagonist. While both Eva and Grace killed a relative, the circumstances are different: Grace killed Orlin because he was trying to dissuade her from resuming her plan, while Eva killed Joseph after he decided to stop attempting to rescue her and he used her company for an evil organization. The most obvious difference is that Grace came from the future while Eva was trapped in a dangerous dimension.
- Like Clifford DeVoe, she has a toxic relationship with her romantic partner. However, Clifford and Marlize's relationship degenerated due to his power hunger taking the worst of him, while Eva and Joseph's seemed toxic even before Eva was trapped and Eva's descent to villainy was triggered by Joseph giving up on searching for her in the Mirrorverse due to its damaging properties.
- Like Savitar, she has a Dark and Troubled Past that caused her to be Driven to Villainy and is later revealed to actually be a clone. Both have Evil Plans involving Iris, however, Savitar is mostly motivated by self-preservation while Eva is driven by revenge and later a Suicidal Cosmic Temper Tantrum.
- Gender Flip: She is a female version of Evan McCulloch.
- Go Mad from the Isolation: Zig-zagged: Eva seemed this close to going off the deep end when Iris met her, being just self-aware enough to assume Iris was a hallucination. However, while it's later revealed that this was an act and Eva fully knew who Iris was, she still seems not all there. Joseph states that the Mirrorverse naturally drives humans insane.
- Hannibal Lecture: She tries to bring the Flash to her side by telling him that he doesn't get the recognition he deserves.
- Heel Realization: In the end of her arc, Barry and Iris manage to make her see reason and stop her scheming.
- In Name Only: She's a Gender Flip adaptation of Evan McCulloch, the second Mirror Master. However, apart from his name and his powers, they couldn't be any more different. Eva is an American scientist and CEO of a successful company, who is motivated by revenge, while Evan is a Scottish Hitman with a Heart motivated by greed.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch:
- Subverted. Eva killing Mirror-Iris would normally be a favor to the heroes, but the circumstances behind it are so cruel (Mirror-Iris is killed for daring to make an independent choice and defying her) that even Barry can't stomach it.
- Played straighter with Eva murdering her husband. Joseph was an unrepentant member of Black Hole, responsible for numerous acts of cruelty and death, in addition to forcing Joe West into witness protection. Team Flash might've been protecting him, but they werent particularly happy about it.
- A Lighter Shade of Black: While she's still a threat and treated as such, her acts of villainy are largely lesser than Ramsey or her husband.
- Love Redeems: She's the second Arc Villain after Orlin Dwyer to be redeemed. But unlike Dwyer, she lives at the end of her arc.
- The Maiden Name Debate: She never uses the surname Carver.
- The Man Behind the Monsters: She's a meta-human that can create and boss around "mirror clones".
- Manchild: A lot of her motivation can be compared to a child throwing a tantrum over first being abandoned by her husband and later finding out she is a mirror clone of the original Eva. With her method of unleashing her wrath being taking out the entire population and replacing them with mirror clones.
- Mirror Monster: She has special control over mirrors. Her comic-book namesake did have the moniker "Mirror Master", after all.
- Moral Myopia: She would do anything to get herself out of the Mirrorverse, but doesn't care about leaving other people to rot in it. She also condemns Carver's disregarding of his minions, but she is herself willing to dispose of them if needed.
- Movie Superheroes Wear Black: She's not shown wearing the Mirror Master's traditional orange-and-green costume, but she does start using a very dark moss green suit after escaping the Mirrorverse.
- Not So Different: Despite hating her husband's actions, she shows herself over the course of Season Six to be just as manipulative, falsely personable, and uncaring towards her minions as Carver.
- Not Wearing Tights: Unlike her comic-book counterpart, she does not wear any special costume. Until the season finale, in which she dons a suit meant to help her readjust to the real world, while also being covered in reflective parts for her mirror powers to utilize.
- Obfuscating Insanity: It later turns out that she's not quite as unstable as she seems, dropping the timid behavior and communicating with Mirror-Iris once Iris leaves the room. It's not completely an act, with a later nervous bout nearly exposing Mirror-Iris, but she's much more malevolent than Iris thinks.
- One Bad Mother: Eva is addressed by Mirror-Singh as mother, probably due to creating him and the other clones. She, in turn, later refers to the clones as her "children".
- Power Incontinence: She didn't even know she had powers until a brief nervous breakdown revealed she can influence the mirror, and needs Iris's reassurances to properly use her abilities for even a short time. Later subverted when it's revealed Eva knew about her powers the whole time and can control them just fine, she just puts up the incontinence display to manipulate Iris.
- Redemption Earns Life: She uses the second chance given to her by Barry and Iris to start anew in the Mirrorverse.
- Related in the Adaptation: She's married to Joseph Carver in this incarnation. In the comics, this is not the case.
- Retcon: With her introduction, the Mirror Gun is quietly retconned as not disintegrating the target but in fact reconstructing the target into the Mirrorverse.
- Superior Successor: She's the second Mirror Master after Sam Scudder, but she's far more competent than him. While Scudder is a petty bank-robber who gets defeated with relative ease, Eva is a Manipulative Bitch able to plant moles in the heroes' organization and remain undetected for extensive periods while slowly hatching her Evil Plan. Justified. Turns out the Sam Scudder we saw back in Season Three was a mirror clone, making him another one of Eva's pawns, so of course he was less powerful than his boss.
- Teleport Gun: She has Mirror Iris steal the mirror gun, initially believed to be a disintegrator, but actually revealed to transport targets to the Mirrorverse.
- That Man Is Dead: Once she loses her chance to be a normal person, she christens herself as the Mirror Monarch, intending to rule over Central City with her "children".
- Tomato in the Mirror: She's the mirror duplicate of the original Eva.
- Tragic Villain: She was trapped in a mind damaging dimension for years and saw her husband use her company to run an evil organization and blackmail people to make them join. And this is before she learns she's a mirror copy and tries to make Central City hers.
- Villainous Breakdown: Under the influence of the Artificial Speed Force, Barry sends her into one on purpose by hijacking her presentation with the video of the real Eva dying. She's reduced to chanting "This isn't my world" while in a fetal position before eventually deciding to replace all of Central City with her creations.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: She genuinely thinks she's doing what's good for humanity, even if people tell her otherwise.
- What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Eva thinks nothing of sacrificing her mirror clones for her own gain.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: She ultimately becomes one, intending to create her own "perfect world" by replacing everyone with mirror copies without realizing the ramifications of her actions.
Played By: Alexa Barajas
First Appearance: "A Flash of the Lightning" (The Flash 6x2)
Appearances: The Flash
Allegra's cousin, former leader of the gang she was part of, now a trained killer of Black Hole.
- Adaptational Badass: In the comics, Esperanza was merely Allegra's adoptive mother and did not have powers herself.
- Age Lift: In the comics she's old enough to be Allegra's adoptive mother, while here they are cousins.
- Clashing Cousins: She first frames and later tries to kill her cousin Allegra. Even 6 years ago, she already went after her for trying to opt out of her gang.
- Composite Character: She seems to merge the comics Esperanza (Allegra's adoptive mother), with Eduardo Reyes/Wavelength, the true villainous father of Allegra who she inherited Light 'em Up powers from.
- Evil Counterpart: Of her cousin Allegra, with both having Light 'em Up powers.
- Fights Like a Normal: While she possesses very powerful Light 'em Up powers, she is also exceptionally proficient at traditional hand-to-hand combat.
- Frame-Up: She has her cousin, Allegra, get arrested in her place for crimes that Esperanza committed.
- Hand Blast: Like her cousin, she's also able to shoot waves of UV radiation from her hands. After being trained as an assassin, she uses it to murder others, and shows more control than her cousin.
- Ironic Name: Esperanza is Spanish for "hope", something Ultraviolet has clearly abandoned.
- Light 'em Up: Capable of firing UV radiation as Hand Blasts.
- Noble Demon: She tells Barry to stand up, as she wants him to die on his feet. She also refrains from using her powers in a fight with Sue Dearborn.
- Not Quite Dead: She was believed to be dead after the night of the Particle Accelerator Explosion, but she turned out alive and a mysterious organization smuggled her out and turned her into an assassin.
- Recurring Boss: Throughout Season 6, being the only antagonist who plays a prominent role in both the first half (pre-Crisis) and second half (post-Crisis) of the season.
- Related in the Adaptation: Esperanza Garcia was Allegra's adoptive mother in the comics, while here they are cousins.
- Shout-Out: Barry compares her to Mileena from Mortal Kombat II.
- That Man Is Dead: She claims that Esperanza Garcia died in the explosion and she is only Ultraviolet now.
- Trapped in Villainy: It was revealed Joseph Carver blackmailed her to force her to join Black Hole.
Kimiyo Hoshi/Dr. Light
Played By: Emmie Nagata
First Appearance: "Marathon" (The Flash 6x10)
Appearances: The Flash
The Post-Crisis iteration of Doctor Light, who works as an assassin for the secret organization.
- Adaptational Job Change: The original Kimiyo Hoshi was a scientist and a vigilante. This version is an assassin.
- Adaptational Late Appearance: The Kimiyo Hoshi Dr. Light was an integral character during Crisis On Infinite Earths and debuted in said event, this version shows up after the Crisis.
- Adaptational Villainy: A hero in the comics, but a villain for the time being.
- Alternate Self: Given the previous Doctor Light was from Earth-2, she's the Earth-Prime version. Though worth noting is that was Linda Park.
- Bilingual Dialogue: All but her last line in her debut episode is spoken in Japanese.
- Cold Sniper: An aloof woman who prefers picking off her victims from afar.
- Composite Character: Is named Kimiyo Hoshi, but is a villainous version of Doctor Light much like Arthur Light.
- Decomposite Character: The third character to be based on Doctor Light, with the first being Arthur Light who was only namedropped, while Earth-2 Linda Park showed up as Doctor Light based on this version. This being Kimiyo Hoshi is a Truer to the Text version of the character.
- Disintegrator Ray: Her rifle focuses her light powers to completely disintegrate whatever it hits into ash.
- In Name Only: While this Doctor Light does use her comics counterpart's name of Kimiyo Hoshi, she's otherwise still a drastically different character, being Hired Guns who uses a Disintegrator Ray, as opposed to a heroic scientist who was crucial in Crisis on Infinite Earths.
- Just Following Orders: As she tells Frost, "I follow orders".
- Light Is Not Good: She can manipulate the projection of light but works for a sinister group.
- Punny Name: Written as Kimi yo, hoshi, her name can translate to "you are a star".
- Punch-Clock Villain: She simply does what she's told, with no reason to kill if it's not an order.
- The Stoic: She hardly expresses emotion.
- Trapped in Villainy: It was revealed Joseph Carver blackmailed her to force her to join Black Hole.
Played By: Natalie Sharp
First Appearance: "The Exorcism of Nash Wells" (The Flash 6x15)
Appearances: The Flash
A former member of the U.S. Army who received metahuman powers at the night of the particle accelerator explosion.
- Canon Foreigner: An entirely original character for the Arrowverse.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Sunshine kills people by frying their heads.
- Flashy Teleportation: Due to using The Power of the Sun to allow teleportation, she always shiens when teleporting.
- From Camouflage to Criminal: She was a military member and then she joined Black Hole.
- Empowered Badass Normal: As an ex-military member, she is a skilled combatant.
- Logical Weakness: She is powerless without access to sunlight.
- The Power of the Sun: The Sun is the source of her power.
- Swiss-Army Superpower: Her powers include Invisibility, Teleportation, heat generation and bending light in general.
- Trapped in Villainy: It was revealed Joseph Carver blackmailed her to force her to join Black Hole.
Peter Merkel/Rag Doll
Known Aliases: Rag Doll
Played By: Troy James
Voiced By: Phil LaMarr
First Appearance: "All Doll'd Up" (The Flash 5x5)
Appearances: The Flash
A metahuman who gained his powers of the night on the Enlightenment, where he was crushed by a piece of the dark matter-infused S.T.A.R. Labs satellite and ended up gaining the power to twist and contort himself in whatever way he likes.
- Aborted Arc: A deleted scene had Rag Doll meeting Mardon in Iron Heights who appeared to recruit him into the Rogues. Nothing comes of this encounter.
- Abnormal Limb Rotation Range: As part of his power set his head can twist 180 degrees, his limbs can all bend in places supposed to be impossible, and he can literally make himself flat like paper.
- Achievement In Ignorance: He had no idea Barry Allen is The Flash. When he knocks Barry out and kidnaps him. He was under the impression that Barry was an ordinary policeman who he restrained with the "fancy cuffs" Barry happened to be carrying, without realizing they were meta dampener cuffs that were shutting off Barry's speedster powers.
- Adaptational Nice Guy: While a fairly awful person here, his comics counterpart was even worse who was a rapist and a child-abusing psycho.
- Air-Vent Passageway: He can not only squeeze himself through the average air vent but also pull himself through the grates.
- Animal Motifs: Spiders. His creepy dreadlocks invoke a spiders legs. He likes to sneak about, hiding in containers or climbing through vents. He stalks his prey and insnares something valuable to them. Also due to his contortionist powers, he is able to do a spider walk of Running on All Fours.
- Antagonistic Offspring: In his first appearance, he specifically targets people that he believes have connections with his mother.
- Ax-Crazy: Completely unstable and delights in causing chaos and misery.
- Body Horror: His metahuman ability allows him to contort his body in any way he desires.
- Composite Character: Merkel combines traits of both Peter Merkel, Sr. and Peter Merkel, Jr. from the comics.
- Like the senior Merkel, Rag Doll is a super-criminal thief and an enemy of the Flash, Jay Garrick in the comics and Barry Allen in the show. His appearance has some traits from the first Rag Doll, primarily the red dreadlocked hair.
- Like the junior Merkel, Rag Doll was born a normal human who gained his powers artificially, implants and surgery in the comics and dark matter exposure in the show, which also resulted in horrific physical disfigurement. His abilities are also closer to Peter Jr.'s powers in the comics, such as being able to warp his body into small pipes, openings under doors, and fit into small boxes. His appearance has some of the elements of the third Rag Doll, such as an expressionless blank white mask.
- Additionally, like Colby Zag, the second Rag Doll, Merkel wears a more formal suit, while both of the Merkel Rag Dolls wear clownish fullbody suits.
- Contortionist: One taken to superhuman levels. His actor is actually a real life contortionist.
- Evil Counterpart: Built up to be an evil Ralph, with both of them able to manipulate their bodies.
- Evil Redhead: Has brilliant red dreadlocks reminiscent of a Raggedy Andy doll.
- Evil Sounds Deep: Phil LaMarr gives him a very deep voice.
- Exorcist Head: He is able to do this via his Rubber Man powers.
- The Faceless: Although his unmasked face is seen in a photograph pulled up by Team Flash, in his on-screen appearances he's never seen without it.
- Hope Crusher: His MO involves inflicting suffering onto other people by taking from them what they hold most dear. He steals a soon to be wed couple's heirloom, an architect's first building, and planned to kill Barry to hurt Iris.
- Knight of Cerebus: Easily one of the most terrifying villains to ever appear on The Flash due to how downright creepy he is. His appearance marks a much darker tonal shift than the usual Villain of the Week metas.
- Leitmotif: Has an equally twisted music piece to accompany him as he twists and contorts his body
- Lonely Rich Kid: His background is that of a wealthy dynasty but although his mother gave him everything she thought he needed, like an entire wing of a school to play in, her coldness made it all hollow.
- Malevolent Masked Men: Wears a particularly creepy mask as Rag Doll.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: In his attempt to break Iris, he gave her a great opportunity to redeem herself at the eyes of her daughter Nora.
- The One Guy:
- He's the only male member of the Young Rogues.
- When he gets recruited by Black Hole, he's once again the only male operative.
- Personality Powers: Emotionally broken and a little twisted, his entire body was broken and he was left capable of twisting himself however he wanted.
- Phantom Thief: Has shades of this. He's an impossible thief due to his Rubber Man powers allowing to infiltrate anywhere, and he steals specific objects that allow him to cause pain to his victims.
- Race Lift: He is Caucasian in the comics, while here his actor and voice actor are both African-American.
- Rogues Gallery Transplant: Rag Doll is usually either a Jay Garrick or Batman villain.
- Rubber Man: In a very different way to Ralph. While Ralph was stretchy like silly-putty, Rag Doll cracks and twists his limbs as he contorts or squishes parts of himself manually.
- Running on All Fours: In a very unusual way for this trope. He has his body facing upwards, twists his arms 180 degrees and then using them and his feet scurries around like a spider.
- Sickening "Crunch!": Accompanies him as he twists. Contrasting the cute squeaky sound that accompanies Ralph.
- Squashed Flat: In his origin story he was crushed flat by a piece of the satellite. Once he gained his powers he can also do this at will, being shown flattening his fingers to use as lockpicks or squeezing himself through an air vent.
- Stealth Expert: Gets a lot of mileage out of his powers for infiltration, at one point appearing in the background of a crowded room observing Barry and Iris.
- Unhand Them, Villain!: When he has Barry bound and teetering on the edge of a building, Ralph tells him to "Let him go!" Of course, his answer is a nonchalante "Okay" before letting Barry fall.
- Weak, but Skilled: In terms of raw power he's not that strong all things considered, requiring an Improvised Weapon to knock someone out. But he makes up for it by being very crafty with his powers to get the drop on stronger opponents like Barry.
- Cloning Blues: With the Mirror-Iris, the idea is teased on whether she was her own person or just a blind minion with no independence. Ultimately she chooses to defect from Eva McCulloch and dies for her efforts.
- Co-Dragons: Eva McCulloch's who mostly share equal power.
- Evil Knockoff: They are mirror clones created by Eva McCulloch to serve as her agents in the real world.
- Expendable Clone: It's revealed Eva ultimately does not care about them past how useful they are to her. She has no qualms of killing them if they outlive their usefulness, failed her, or if the death of them gives her a tactical advantage.
- Fake Memories: One reason they're extremely effective at being The Mole is that they have all of the memories of the person they're replacing at the time that person was imprisoned in the mirror universe.
- Humanoid Abomination: They appear to be a separate species that resemble humans (specifically, the people they're clones of) but are subservient to their creator, Eva (a metahuman), and with Bizarre Alien Biology.
- The Mole: They were all planted on Earth-Prime to take impersonate the person they were based off and serve Eva McCulloch.
Played By: Candice Patton
First Appearance: "Love Is A Battlefield" (The Flash 6x11)
Appearances: The Flash
A mysterious clone of Iris that takes her place when she is entrapped.
- Alternate Company Equivalent: She's more or less the Arrowverse's version of the T-1000, being a shapeshifter who can form blades from her skin. She's also something of a counterpart for the second T-800, since she proves capable of forming attachments and independent thought despite her nature.
- Bed Trick: Heavily implied, since she deceived Barry into thinking she is the real Iris...
- Berserk Button: She does not like people treating her like a Damsel in Distress, or even the implication.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: To keep the ruse of being the Iris the team is familiar with, she keeps a polite exterior that fades once she is contradicted in any way.
- Brainy Brunette: The only trait she has in common with Iris is her creative intelligence.
- Death Equals Redemption: After Iris points out that Eva still loves Carver and Mirror Iris decides to take her own decisions, Eva kills her.
- Dying as Yourself: She dies after deciding to take her own decisions and breaking free of Eva's hold, encouraging Barry to rescue Iris.
- The Dragon: She is a clone created by Eva McCulloch to gather intel on Joseph Carver and Black Hole, as well as help Eva escape the Mirrorverse. Later she and Mirror-Kamilla become Co-Dragons.
- Even Evil Has Standards: She is uncomfortable with Eva sacrificing her clones.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: She's much easier to set off and more confrontational than the real Iris. She will not accept any no for an answer.
- The Heavy: With Carver forced to keep himself out of the limelight and Eva stuck in the Mirrorverse, Mirror-Iris does most of the hands-on work for the second half of Season 6.
- Kubrick Stare: She gives the normal Iris an indirect one through a mirror.
- Magic Mirror: Much like Eva, she can also use mirrors as portals.
- Revealing Hug: She drops her guise mid-hug with Barry.
- Shapeshifter Weapon: Able to form her hands into mirror blades and use them as offensive weapons.
- Stepford Smiler: She acts as cheery as the original Iris until she gets a moment to drop the act.
- Supreme Chef: Her pancakes are vastly better than those of the original Iris.
- What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Eva believes Mirror Iris to be just an extension of herself, but Barry convinces her that she is her own person who can make her own decisions. Mirror Iris accepts this and ends up having a Death Equals Redemption moment.
Played By: Victoria Park
First Appearance: "The Exorcism of Nash Wells" (The Flash 6x15)
Appearances: The Flash
The Mirrorverse-counterpart of Kamilla Hwang.
Played By: Patrick Sabongui
First Appearance: "The Exorcism of Nash Wells" (The Flash 6x15)
Appearances: The Flash
The Mirrorverse-counterpart of David Singh.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: He can perfectly replicate Singh's caring cop demeanor.
- Dirty Cop: He is taking over Singh's role and is an agent for Eva.
- Expendable Clone: Eva shatters him as a way to get the drop on Flash.
- Flat Character: Has no characterization beyond his Undying Loyalty to Eva.
- Friend on the Force: The Mole for Eva McCulloch in the CCPD.
- Master Actor: Despite being a Flat Character, he could easily deceive Barry, Joe and Rob into believing he was the real Singh.
- Not So Similar: Like Mirror Iris, he is a mirror clone of a good person. However, unlike Iris, appealing to the qualities of the real Singh doesn't work with him since he is unfailingly loyal to Eva.
- The One Guy: The only male member of Eva McCulloch's faction.
- Redemption Rejection: He rejects Barry's attempts to appeal to his heart and remains loyal to Eva.
- Undying Loyalty: He is staunchly loyal to Eva and refuses to listen to Barry's pleads. It's more evident since he always calls her "mother".