Star City: Team Arrow (Oliver Queen / Dinah Laurel Lance) | Team Arrow Family Members | Citizens | Criminal Groups (Malcolm Merlyn / Slade Wilson / Prometheus) | Independent Criminals
Central City: West-Allen Family (Barry 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
Organizations: U.S. Government | U.S. Military | A.R.G.U.S. | The D.E.O. | Justice Society of America | The League of Assassins | H.I.V.E. | Savage and His Followers | Criminal Groups
Time Travel: The Legends (Sara Lance / Ray Palmer / Leonard Snart / Mick Rory / John Constantine) | Time Masters & Time Bureau | The Legion | Time Criminals (Eobard Thawne / Damien Darhk) | The Past | The Future
Miscellaneous: Other Locales | Metahumans (Firestorm / The Hawks / Grodd) | Aliens | Mystics | Other Entities
The Multiverse: Other Earths | Earth-2 (Hunter Zolomon) | Earth-38 | Earth-90 | Earth-X
Known Aliases: Alchemy, Future Flash
Species: Metahuman (Time Remnant)
Played By: Andre Tricoteux (suit actor), Tom Felton (as Alchemy), Grant Gustin (true form)
Voiced By: Tobin Bell
Appearances: The Flash
- "You may serve the Speed Force, Flash, but I rule it. You are only a man, but I am a god, your god. I am Savitar!"
The Season Three Big Bad, who makes his debut after the undoing of "Flashpoint". A time remnant of Barry Allen created as a byproduct of a future battle with another version of himself, this Barry was the sole surviving remnant of the battle, who became bitter over supposedly being dismissed by the prime Barry and the rest of Team Flash as a "disposable hero". Eventually going insane over the dismissal, he decided that "god feels no pain", and set out to be one, casting himself as God of Speed and lord of the Speed Force itself, even garnering a cult led by his personal emissary, an unknowingly brainwashed Julian Albert, who was deemed Dr. Alchemy, as well as crafting a personal suit of armor giving him the appearance of a monstrous metallic humanoid. According to supposed legend, he was the first human to become a speedster; while his claims of being a god were naturally debunked, the claim that he was the first human to become a speedster was indeed true. In order to secure his existence, he must make prime Barry as broken as he is, and what better way to break him than to murder the woman he loves...
- Accent Relapse: A variation. Savitar generally speaks in a formal, stilted manner, using metaphors as if he's a sage. This stops when he reveals himself to be Barry's time remnant, and it stays that way even when he's back inside his suit.
- Achilles' Heel:
- Anything that affects the present-day Barry can threaten Savitar's health and existence; Barry being rendered amnesiac left Savitar without his own memories, and he was completely incapacitated until Barry's memories were restored. In the same vein, Savitar and his minions can't simply kill Barry, as that would also erase Savitar from existence.
- The murder of Iris is the lynchpin of Savitar's existence; preventing it dooms Savitar to a fate of being Retgoned out of existence.
- Adaptational Abomination: Subverted. He seemed like this at first, going from a really powerful but otherwise mortal speedster, to a Physical God who Was Once a Man. It turns out he merely has a God Guise and is otherwise just as mortal as Barry Allen is given he is his rogue time remnant.
- Adaptational Badass: Savitar is treated as a far more serious threat in the show than he was in the comics, with his alleged status as a Physical God and being so fast he made standard speedsters look like normal people. Even when he is Brought Down to Badass after exiting the Speed Force and The Reveal of his true identity, he still poses far more danger than comics Savitar. Team Flash was constantly faced with the problem of Savitar knowing exactly what would happen as he had already lived it, which made it extremely hard to defeat him.
- Adaptational Curves: Inverted. Comics Savitar was absolutely ripped and his costume showed it all off. The show's version of Savitar is revealed to be a time remnant of Barry Allen, so he possesses the same slender Geek Physique underneath his armor.
- Adaptational Modesty: He is not the shirtless man of the comics, but dresses modestly in a black jacket and trousers while clad in his powered armor. He only appears shirtless once, and in a short flashback.
- Adaptational Nationality: Savitar was from an unnamed Eastern European country in the comics, while he's American here since his real identity is Barry Allen.
- Adaptational Superpower Change: Unlike his comics counterpart, whose main gimmick was being able to use the Speed Force in unorthodox ways, this Savitar is more of a Lightning Bruiser who overwhelms his opponents with sheer power. While no less dangerous, he's much less versatile. He also displays additional powers thanks to his connection to the Philosopher's Stone, being capable of Demonic Possession and telepathy.
- Adaptational Ugliness: His comics counterpart was a Walking Shirtless Scene covered in muscles. This Savitar spends most of his time wrapped in armor, and he's later shown to have burns on his face and a discolored eye. This trope also applies once he is revealed to be Future Flash, who in the comics was a well-built, square-jawed man with a few wrinkles on his face at worst, and who had an ethereal and noble appearance due to the blue light radiating from his suit. Here, he's a grimy, slight figure with the aforementioned facial damage.
- Adaptational Villainy: The Future Flash from the New 52 comics underwent Sanity Slippage and had somewhat nobler intentions, wishing to correct his own mistakes which led to the death of Wally West. The Arrowverse version is a much more pettier and selfish, doing many things For the Evulz, as well as killing Iris only to secure his own existence by making sure Barry will eventually become him.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: The comics' Savitar had blue-black hair and white lightning. This Savitar has brown hair and yellow lightning that only looks white while he's in his armor.
- Adaptation Origin Connection: Comics Savitar had no connection to the Philosopher's Stone or Dr. Alchemy. He was just a normal human pilot who was in an accident where he got struck by lightning and gained speed. It turns out this isn't the comics Savitar, just an insane time remnant using the name of the Hindu god to create a myth that he heard about earlier in his life. This also extends to Future Flash who had nothing to do with Alchemy either.
- Affably Evil: When he's not hamming it up, he manages to be a bit friendly, like a king to his subjects. When talking to Wally West through Alchemy, he is disconcertingly warm and friendly, almost fatherly. Being a corrupted future version of Barry Allen, who's friendly by default, will probably do that for you.
- Age Lift: The Future Flash in the comics was about middle-aged, as indicated by his being an older version of an adult Barry Allen from two decades into the future. The one in the show still seems to be in his twenties.
- He's actually a bit older. Chronologically Savitar is a time remnant created around 2020/2021 when Barry would around his early 30s. His appearance can largely be explained by an actor (who is already arguably Older Than They Look) playing an older version of himself.
- Alas, Poor Villain: In spite of his actions, even Barry felt sorry for him.
- Alternate Self: To our Barry, considering he is a time remnant of the Barry from a possible future.
- Ambiguous Situation: Was he genuinely interested in redemption in the Season Three finale, or just biding his time to let his plan be completed? He seems sincere while talking to Barry and Iris, but when asked about his time at STAR Labs by Killer Frost, Savitar claims that it went as he expected.
- Ambiguously Human: While he is humanoid, it was unclear what entity he was, as his physical characteristics are far from any human being. It seemed like he Was Once a Man, but became the first to gain Super Speed, subsequently becoming a god of motion. Then it's revealed that he actually still is a man (or rather a metahuman) under that armor, not a god at all.
- Ancient Evil: The first man granted with Super Speed who becomes an evil Humanoid Abomination that is The Dreaded to many (if not all) speedsters across The Multiverse. At least, that's what the legend of Savitar says, but he is actually from the future; specifically, he's a future time remnant of Barry Allen.
- Animated Armor: As revealed in "Cause and Effect", his suit can fight on its own, though it only moves at Super Speed when he's inside it.
- Arch-Enemy: Savitar considers Barry to be his in no small part due to Barry's future self locking him inside the Speed Force, which he says almost made him lose his mind multiple times. Savitar also seems to blame Barry for turning him into a speedster in the first place and believes that he doesn't deserve his happy life. Then it's revealed Savitar was actually created by the abuse of time remnants, one of which turned to the dark side. One can't get more personal as an enemy than himself.Savitar: You have everything, and deserve none of it!
- Armored Villains, Unarmored Heroes: His heavy armor contrasts Barry's friction-resistant suit, but it's not invincible and it can be broken. "Into The Speed Force" reveals that it's also a means to help with his God Guise.
- Ascended to a Higher Plane of Existence: This was Savitar's ultimate/secondary plan even if his first plan of killing Iris and completing the Stable Time Loop were to fail. He has Cisco modify the Speed Force bazooka into an interdimensional quantum splicer and have it fired at Savitar in close proximity to a portal. The result would be that Savitar would be fragmented across space and time, essentially existing every at once as a true immortal God. Though Cisco of course doesn't allow this and sabotaged the device to keep Savitar anchored to the present.
- Badass Boast: He loves making these, with his A God Am I speeches, claiming that he "rules" the Speed Force and that other speedsters are nothing before him.
- Bad Boss: He's willing to execute his underlings when they fail him. However, this only extends to the metas actually working for him.
- Batman Gambit: Being stuck inside the Speed Force allowed Savitar to witness Wally's transformation into Kid Flash in the Flashpoint timeline, and thus, he came up with the idea to turn Wally into Kid Flash in the current timeline. Afterward, he tormented Wally, telling him that he would never be fast enough to stop him, all to ensure that Wally would create a portal to the Speed Force and throw the last piece of the Philosopher's Stone into it, which would allow Savitar to swap places with him and be free once more.
- Been There, Shaped History: It was Savitar who went back in time and created the speedster legend of Savitar, the God of Speed, to begin with.
- Became Their Own Antithesis: Barry Allen, the kind, humble, seemingly incorruptible hero, spawned a cruel, manipulative, ruthless villain consumed by a god complex.
- Berserk Button: He hates being called Barry Allen, because that's not who he is.
- Big Bad: Of The Flash Season Three. Despite it initially seeming like he would form a Big Bad Duumvirate with Dr. Alchemy as heads of his cult, Alchemy is only his vessel. This is even lampshaded by Cisco, when calling Dr. Alchemy "the Big Bad's little bad".
- Big Bad Slippage: Barry spends the whole of Season Three trying to save Team Flash from Savitar, only to realize that Savitar is a (possible) future version of himself.
- Blade Below the Shoulder: He sports a retractable blade on each of his gauntlets. While they're formidable, they can still be broken off with, say, a vibrating hand.
- Bond Villain Stupidity:
- Savitar couldn't resist gloating to Team Flash about how he inherits Barry's every memory, by having Killer Frost Speak in Unison to Barry. This is what tips off Team Flash on how to defeat him, by having present Barry Locked Out of the Loop so that Savitar is unable to gain any memories. H.R. exploits this by performing a swap with Iris without Barry or Savitar's knowledge.
- Relying on Cisco to complete the device he needs for his ascension to godhood was an astoundingly stupid idea. The end result? Jay is freed from the Speed Force, and Savitar's plans are completely ruined. This is especially egregious since he knew Prime Barry worked with Cisco for years, and saw Cisco pull the same kind of fast one on their other foes many times over.
- Break Them by Talking: Outside of being an immense physical threat, one of Savitar's most commendable abilities is his power to completely terrify and shatter his enemies simply using words. He was able to goad Wally into carrying out his will, using constant taunts, which ended in Wally throwing a piece of the Philosopher Stone into the Speed Force and being sucked in himself while Savitar was released.
- Brought Down to Badass: Being trapped inside the Speed Force allows Savitar to run so fast that it looks like he's teleporting and Barry has no hope of keeping up. However, once he manages to escape, he seems to drop to being a very powerful speedster, still faster then Barry, but not nearly as godlike as he was before, nor as invulnerable. This is because he's not a god at all but a speedster, one of the most high-profile speedsters ever, but still no god.
- Cain and Abel: As Barry, he was Wally's foster brother. As Savitar, he not only sealed Wally in the Speed Force, but he cripples him and leaves him catatonic in a possible future.
- Can't Kill You, Still Need You: He had many chances to kill Barry during their fights, but never did so. Eventually, it's revealed he can't; since he's an future time remnant, killing his younger prime self would mean erasing himself from existence. He is probably the best example of this trope out of all The Flash Big Bads, as letting Barry live is the only way he can secure his own existence. Though when Barry directly suggests the possibility of committing suicide, Savitar reminds him that's what Eddie Thawne did to ensure the Reverse-Flash's non-existence, and Eobard Thawne managed to get back anyway... not that Savitar himself is particularly interested in Tempting Fate.
- Cast as a Mask: As with Tony Todd voicing Zoom, Tobin Bell voices Savitar to help hide his true identity.
- Catchphrase "Bow to your god!" and "I am the future, Flash." Except he's actually saying, "I am the Future Flash."
- Chest Insignia: It's hard to make out at first, but he sports a large lightning bolt on his chest, reversed from Barry's like with the Reverse-Flash and Zoom, but without a circle behind it.
- Chewing the Scenery: Once his true identity is outed, Grant Gustin definitely hams it up in his portrayal of the maniacal Savitar.
- Cloning Blues: Savitar reveals that he was one of many time remnants created by Future Barry to fight Savitar. He was the only one to survive, but subsequently got rejected by Barry and the rest of Team Flash. This absolutely broke him, leading to his Start of Darkness and becoming Savitar himself.
- Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Normal speedsters have yellow, orange, or red lightning. Speedsters overdosing on Velocity-9 have blue lightning. Savitar's is pure white, likely because of his suit of armor. "Cause and Effect" reveals that when he's running around outside of it, he has the same golden lightning as Barry, due to being his own time remnant.
- Comic-Book Movies Don't Use Codenames: Generally defied in that he always calls himself Savitar, but he receives a civilian name that he didn't have in the comics, Barry Allen, since he's also the show's version of Future Flash. However, he only uses that codename when trolling the heroes with the line "I am the future, Flash."
- Combo Platter Powers: He's the fastest speedster and has the standard speedster powerset and weakness to cold, but he also has a whole plethora of unusual abilities and traits, such as his millennia-long lifespan, his armored skin and weapons, his invisibility to non-speedsters, the ability to possess a human as Dr. Alchemy to lead his acolytes, the ability to metamorph humans who have powers in the Flashpoint timeline by encasing them in a cocoon, and the ability to manipulate people by appearing as ghosts of their loved ones (much like The First Evilnote ).
- Composite Character: His title and status as an extremely powerful leader of a Speed Cult belong to an otherwise nameless East European speedster. Also much like comics Savitar, Arrowverse Savitar was trapped in the Speed Force by a Flash (though in the comics, it was Wally). However, his true identity as an alternate future version of Barry Allen who went down a dark path makes him one to the New 52 Future Flash, who similarly bears pale blue Tron Lines on his costume. It's later clarified that he is a time remnant of the original Future Flash, who has a much smaller role in the show. He also draws traits from multiple speedsters and characters from the comics.
- His status as the true intelligence and voice behind Alchemy makes him analogous to Alvin Desmond, the Split Personality that drove the original Dr. Alchemy, Albert Desmond, to villainy.
- The white lightning produced as he runs, as well as his tendency to call himself himself "the God of Speed", most likely reference Godspeed, who has a white suit.
- His suit being made from some kind of metal comes from the New 52 Reverse-Flash, Daniel West.
- He seeks vengeance against Barry for something his future self did to him, much like this continuity's version of Eobard Thawne. He's even shown killing Iris in one timeline, much like the comic version of Thawne.
- His origin relies on a Stable Time Loop involving travelling back at the height of his power to kill a loved one to ensure his existence in the first place, rather closely mirroring time travel villain Monarch's original incarnation in Armageddon 2001.
- Finally, some of his comments in "The Wrath of Savitar" indicate that he's Driven by Envy of Barry's loved ones, similar to Cobalt Blue.
- Contrasting Sequel Antagonist:
- Visually, he contrasts the yellow and black suit worn by the Reverse-Flash and the black suits worn by Zoom and the Rival by wearing sharp silver armor.
- In terms of his goals, he doesn't fake being a mentor because he has no interest in using or stealing the Flash's speed, wanting only to kill him for what his future self did to him. Furthermore, he instead had an interest in allowing Wally West to become faster, so that Wally could take his place in the Speed Force and he could be freed. Although it turns out he did have plans for Barry after all, with the revelation that Savitar is actually a time remnant of Barry, his intentions are to corrupt Barry and break his spirit in order to lead to Savitar's creation to begin with.
- He also has powers aside from speed, being capable of harnessing the Philosopher's Stone to carry out Demonic Possession and Telepathy, something Reverse-Flash and Zoom never had. While Reverse-Flash used tachyons and Zoom abused Velocity-9, Savitar's suit allows him to harness his vast speed.
- While Eobard Thawne is the Reverse-Flash and Hunter Zolomon could be seen as a Reverse-Barry, Savitar being a time remnant from the future is a reverse of both sides of the hero.
- Like Reverse-Flash and Zoom, he adopts identities to hide who he really is. Unlike his predecessors who pretended to be heroes who mentored Barry, Savitar pretended to be a god to actively terrorize his younger self. Furthermore, while all three were once part of Team Flash, while the others were Evil All Along, Savitar was once a genuine hero who was Driven to Villainy.
- While he does use impersonations, they have a more temporary effect of luring others into traps rather than long-term deception and gaining of trust like Thawne and Zolomon did.
- Unlike Thawne, who faked being a widower, and unlike Zoom, who had an unhealthy obsession with Caitlin, Savitar was once genuinely in love with Iris.
- The Corrupter:
- His specialty. Edward Clariss and Frankie Kane, two of his minions seen thus far, were perfectly normal people before Savitar, through Alchemy, granted them their Flashpoint powers and memories, subsequently driving both to villainy. "Shade" shows that the corruption works like a drug — the victim is overcome with a desire to find Alchemy and will let nothing stand in their way.
- He turned Julian Albert Desmond into Dr. Alchemy against his will.
- He encourages Killer Frost to give in to her evil side, seeking to kill Caitlin Snow for good.
- Create Your Own Villain: He claims Barry created him, but then backtracks when Barry presses him for more details — which suggests that, like Thawne, his feud with Barry is a result of Evil Is Petty, but his huge ego won't let him admit it to Barry's face. The truth is that he is (a time remnant of) Barry, making this Savitar by definition a creation of Barry's... if not exactly the current Barry. In fact, Savitar is trying to create himself from our Barry via a Stable Time Loop.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: When Barry was defeated by Zoom or the Reverse-Flash, there was always the sense that he was almost as fast as them. Even when they outclassed him, he could eventually catch up. Savitar is so fast that he fights other speedsters like speedsters fight normal people — at least until he leaves the Speed Force, after which he and Barry are on more equal footing.
- Cynicism Catalyst: The death of Iris West drove Future Barry off the deep end, and he pushed everyone else away in his zeal to defeat Savitar. Eventually, thanks to his abuse of time remnants, two Barry Allens existed; while one stood a chance of healing, the other was so consumed by his darkness that he became Savitar, and was willing to recreate the very tragedy that caused him to fall so far into despair just to ensure his existence as Savitar remained intact.
- Dark Is Evil: His armor is dark silver. And underneath it, he wears all-black civilian clothes.
- Dark Reprise: Twice.
- Darth Vader Clone: He is a Fallen Hero with a set of Powered Armor, burn injuries, and a deep voice.
- Dead Person Impersonation: He disguises as Dante or Francine to trick people close to them into doing something beneficial for them with the Philosopher' Stone.
- Deader Than Dead: He's shot by Iris and subject to a Ret-Gone when the time loop that sustains his existence is broken.
- Deadpan Snarker: He has a lot of moments, first shown when talking to Magenta through Alchemy. He also snarks a lot outside of his suit at both Team Flash and Killer Frost.
Barry: You're not so scary without your armor.
- From "Cause and Effect":
Savitar: What can I say? I outgrew red.
Savitar: So how's this gonna work? Where will I live?
- It's hard to tell if he's genuine, but he really digs into Barry at his offer to save Savitar's life.
Barry: What do you mean?
Savitar: Are Wally and I gonna be bunkmates? Am I supposed to rejoin Team Flash, fight some Rogues? What kind of life were you thinking I'd lead?
Barry: I hadn't gotten that far yet.
Savitar: How would we explain me at the wedding? And do I sit bride-side or groom-side?
- Death by Adaptation: Played With. Comics Savitar is pretty much in line with the show, meeting his demise not too long after he exits the Speed Force. However, comics Future Flash survived the war with the heroes and replaced the past Barry, while his Arrowverse counterpart is erased from existence at the end of the season.
- Death by Irony: Savitar, whose plan to become a god depended on killing Iris, is ultimately killed by Iris in the most mundane of ways. It also applies to his posterior erasure from existence: he tricked H.R. with an impersonation, and his transformation into a paradox was negated by an impersonation performed by H.R..
- Decomposite Character: Together, Savitar and the Barry Allen of 2024 take aspects of the comic's Future Flash. The latter has the character's depression and eventual return to heroism, while Savtar takes a version of the black-and-blue costume, the FaceHeel Turn, and the murderous nature. Both characters are called "Future Flash" at different points in the story.
- Demonic Possession: Alchemy acts as his avatar; Savitar uses whoever possesses the Philosopher's Stone as his vessel to act out his will.
- Dimensional Traveler: Apparently, he can quite easily hop back and forth in any part of The Multiverse.
- Do Not Call Me "Paul": Addressing him by his given name will instantly agitate him.
- Dramatic Irony: Earlier in the season, Barry hates that Julian has more authority over him and that they share the same lab. During that time, Julian is The Dragon for Savitar via Demonic Possession.
- Driven by Envy: In "The Wrath of Savitar", he does a lot of ranting about how Barry has everything and deserves none of it — remarkable that a self-proclaimed god would be jealous of a mortal, even a super-powered one.
- Driven to Villainy: According to him, he is one of Barry's time remnants who was rejected by his loved ones as a "failed" and "expendable" aberration. Evidently, he went insane later down the line, travelled into the distant past and became the Savitar of legend, intent on recreating the tragedy that defined his life to ensure his own existence.
- Drunk on the Dark Side: Savitar quite evidently basks in his immeasurable speed, flaunting around his self-claimed status as a god. The smugness he displays after he steps out of his suit and reveals himself further exemplifies this.
- Early-Bird Cameo: His voice is first heard in The Stinger of The Flash 3x01, while his arm makes an appearance in The Stinger of 3x02, but he isn't officially introduced until the end of 3x06. And since he is a time remnant of Barry Allen, he was technically introduced during Arrow Season Two.
- Enemy Without: He's revealed to be a time remnant created to fight Savitar who wound up surviving, then being just as broken by Iris dying as the original Barry, then being further broken by Team STAR Labs (with the exception of Caitlin/Killer Frost) rejecting him. So he is indeed what Barry would become if he lost his grip on all his humanity.
- Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: As Barry recounting his favorite memory of his mother and father causes a tear to fall out, it shows that Savitar still loves his parents.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Played with. Judging by his apology to Iris in 3x15, Savitar still holds some fondness for her, but not enough to compromise his own existence.
- Evil Counterpart: To Julian Albert Desmond. Both are connected to the Philosopher's Stone and both started out as simple forensics scientists, but Julian is a Jerk with a Heart of Gold who wants to atone for his actions as Alchemy while Savitar puts himself above all else. While Julian does everything he can to save Caitlin from her Killer Frost persona especially after he plays a role in her being overwhelmed by it, Savitar encourages her to embrace her inner darkness.
- Evil Former Friend: Since he is revealed to be Future Barry Allen, he is this to Team Flash.
- Evil Gloating: Most of his dialogue consists of him gloating about his godhood and how he's going to kill Barry and his loved ones.
- Evil Is Bigger: He's huge, easily towering over Barry and the other main characters. When he's given a practical effects appearance, he's played by 6'11" actor Andre Tricoteux. Beneath the armor, however, he is exactly as tall as Barry.
- Evil Is Hammy: One of the hammiest Big Bads, what with his constant proclamations of his godly status. It even carries over to after his reveal where he acts immensely smug towards Barry and Team Flash.
- Evil Makes You Ugly: A time remnant of the once dashing, dorky Barry Allen now bears a large burn scar over the right side of his face.
- Evil Mentor: He cripples Wally in a possible future and even had a skirmish with Jesse Quick.
- Evil Sounds Deep: His voice is low and gravelly, downright metallic compared to Zoom's utterly demonic voice. Averted with his true voice, which sounds just like Barry's, only colder and darker.
- Evil Sounds Raspy: Courtesy of Tobin Bell. When he's speaking through someone else as Alchemy, it lacks the metallic echo. His actual voice is the same as Barry's, but does sound a bit rougher.
- Evil Twin: He counts since he is a very malevolent time remnant.
- Evil Wears Black: He wears an all-black outfit underneath his Powered Armor. In his own words, he outgrew red.
- Exact Words:
- When asked who he is, Savitar states "I am the future, Flash." But it turns out he was actually saying "I am the Future Flash." He seemed to know the others would be confused by his odd usage of grammar, and did this just to further mess with them.
- He lampshades it once Barry finally figures it out and confronts him. "Like I told you from the beginning... I am the Future Flash."
- Expendable Clone: He's one of several time remnants Future Barry created to try and stop on Savitar. He's also the only survivor, and is less than happy with being treated as expendable.
- Eye Scream: Subtly done. The eye on the burned right side of his face is discolored from dark green to pale blue.
- Facial Horror: The right side of his face is heavily burned.
- Fallen Hero: He was a time remnant of the heroic Barry Allen, before he went down a dark, corrupt path and became the villainous Savitar.
- Fate Worse than Death: He considers his time stuck inside the Speed Force to be this. Given that Wally and Jay had to relive their worst moment, this is a reasonable statement.
- While the Rival was a minion of Dr. Alchemy and Season Three's Starter Villain, Savitar is a Knight of Cerebus and Alchemy's master, the true Big Bad of the season.
- While the Reverse-Flash was an evil speedster from the future who killed one of Barry's loved ones in the past, Savitar is an evil speedster from the past (being thousands of years old) who may kill one of Barry's loved ones in the future. Likewise, the two wish to kill Barry but can't; whereas Thawne couldn't kill Barry since their fates were linked and he needed Barry's speed in order to return home, Savitar won't kill Barry because he wants to make him suffer first by murdering Iris in front of him. Then we learn that he's not from the distant past but rather the near future, and he wants Barry to be so destroyed through Iris' death, which will in turn allow Savitar to be created via Barry's abuse of time remnants. He also can't kill Barry either since he literally is a time remnant of Barry from the future.
- In the first episode of Season Three, Eobard Thawne mocked Barry with the infamous line: "NOW WHO'S THE VILLAIN, FLASH?!"
- In "The Wrath of Savitar", Savitar, speaking through Julian, tells Barry "From my perspective, you're the Big Bad."
- Not to mention how personal he made his feud with Barry and friends sound, to back it up.
- Along with:
- "Only one of us could live." — Barry cannot be happy and still create Savitar, so Savitar "kills" him by killing his happiness.
- "You thought Thawne and Zoom were your greatest enemies, but it's me. It's always been me." — Even without future interference, Barry is the cause of 90% of his own problems. Even now, Barry has some serious self-loathing issues.
- "You're there when I become who I am." — The moment Iris dies is the moment that sets Barry on the path to becoming Savitar.
- "I created myself." — Savitar causes the trauma that leads Barry to essentially become him.
- "Only I can bring out my greatness." — Only Savitar can turn Barry into what he is in the future.
- "Iris... I'm sorry that you have to die. But it's you, or me." — If Iris survives, Barry is not broken enough to become Savitar, and Savitar is erased from existence.
- His Catchphrase — "I am the Future Flash!" — is a straight-up Sarcastic Confession.
- Fragile Speedster: Although he easily overwhelmed Barry with his impossible speed in their first fight, Caitlin was able to immobilize him with one ice blast before he escaped. He proves even worse at taking hits without his armor. Barry is able to incapacitate him with an uppercut after he steps out of his armor, and Iris actually kills him with a single bullet.
- Freudian Excuse: He was created as an expendable time remnant and felt rejected by Barry and his friends. This hurt him so deeply that he decided to abandon all human emotions and become a god.
- Future Badass: Savitar is revealed to be from the future and the fastest speedster thus far shown. Then he's revealed to be a future time remnant of Barry himself, meaning Barry really does become the Fastest Man Alive.
- Future Me Scares Me: Barry finds out that Savitar is really a time remnant from the future, gone down a dark path. Even before this revelation, Barry was pretty terrified by the prospect of Savitar killing Iris, but this revelation makes it far, far worse.
- Genius Bruiser: Adding on to his past self being a Badass Bookworm, Savitar has traversed the time stream and unlocked many secrets of the Speed Force, giving him the knowledge to match his immense physical power.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: The eyes of his armor glow bright, pale blue.
- A God Am I: He claims to be the God of Speed. Considering he's named after the Hindu god of motion (as H.R. notes), he may not be exaggerating. Turns out it's a classic case of megalomania; he's the first speedster who ever existed who has merely convinced others he's a god. His impossibly fast speeds are also no longer present once he is freed from the Speed Force. Then we learn that he's a time remnant of the first speedster known on Earth-1.
- Godhood Seeker: Although in the present day he already calls himself one, when his identity is revealed he talks about how he realized the solution to his problems was to become a god.
- God Guise: The Flash 3x16, "Into The Speed Force", reveals he's not a god, just a man under that armor. 3x20, "I Know Who You Are", fittingly reveals which man. 3x21, "Cause and Effect", reveals why he even tried. Under the rationale that "God feels no pain", he, a Fallen Hero, decided to become one himself.
- God-Emperor: In addition to being the God of Speed, he claims he "rules" the Speed Force. When his attempt to secure his own existence by killing Iris is thwarted, he tries to splice himself throughout all of time, meaning he really will rule. It doesn't work out for him.
- Good Colors, Evil Colors: His armor is usually blue, but when Barry kicks Savitar out of his own armor and takes control, the blue Tron Lines turn red.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: The right half of his face is heavily scarred.
- Have We Met Yet?: Future Barry defeated him at some point, so he wants his revenge on our Barry. Then it turns out he's a time remnant of Future Barry and is trying to ensure his own corruption.
- Heavenly Blue: Invoked. His primary color is blue, and he declares himself to be a god.
- He Who Fights Monsters: He has become as manipulative as Eobard Thawne and as sadistic as (Earth-2) Hunter Zolomon, who were the respective Big Bads of the first two seasons.
- Hidden Agenda Villain: While we know that he wants revenge for something Barry will do to him (much like the Reverse-Flash) and that he wants to challenge the most powerful speedsters across the multiverse, at 60% of the way through the season, we still have no idea why he's recreating the metahumans from the Flashpoint timeline. Presumably, he wanted them to be his minions, and Word of God is that he has a specific reason for turning Caitlin into Killer Frost and getting her on his side. We finally learn what it is in 3x23, "Finish Line" — so she can help him splice himself throughout time and stop the Black Flash from getting in the way.
- His Own Worst Enemy: It's been repeatedly stated that Barry himself is his own worst enemy, not whoever or whatever he faces. This is taken to new heights with the reveal of Savitar being an evil time remnant of him — for all his claims of godhood, Savitar hating his past prime self so much that he's willing to recreate the very tragedy that drove him to his own creation takes some serious internalized self-hatred to happen.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Impersonating the still- heroic Barry contributed to his downfall. It motivated H.R. to rescue Iris, impersonate her and take her place to die in order to atone for revealing Savitar where Iris was. That change makes Savitar a paradox and eventually erases him.
- Human All Along: He was no god. Just an evil clone of Barry Allen.
- Humanoid Abomination: He looks even less human than Zoom. He looks more like a semi-organic robot than a person. However, it's revealed to be a disguise to make him look more intimidating and to keep his incredibly high speed under control.
- I Am the Noun: He refers to himself as the future. Or rather, the Future Flash.
- I Hate Past Me: He's revealed to be a future time remnant of Barry Allen who despises his past self.
- I Have Many Names: His real name is Barry Allen. He uses multiple aliases throughout Season 3, including Savitar, Alchemy, the God of Speed, and The Future Flash.
- If I Can't Have You...: He's perfectly willing to kill Iris not only to preserve himself, but also to make sure his past self won't be able to live happily with her. When offered a chance at redemption, he refuses specifically because he knows that Iris would never leave present Barry for him.
- Inexplicably Awesome: Savitar's Powered Armor is still this, even after The Reveal. There are mysteries on how Savitar managed to create it, how it's able to do certain things like move on its own, or how it summons broken shards of itself back.
- In Name Only: He had little in common with the comic book version of Savitar, with the only similarities being a powerful evil speedster who's worshiped as a god by his cult. It almost seemed like he was an original character with the same moniker, but then it's revealed he's actually a Composite Character with Future Flash, and his armor does visually resemble the character's black suit by bearing blue Tron Lines of nearly identical design.
- Inferiority Superiority Complex: Savitar has become a megalomaniac, but that only accentuates how insecure he is and how desperate he is to escape from his very painful past as Barry Allen.
- Informed Attribute:
- He claims to be Barry's greatest nemesis, far more than the Reverse-Flash or Zoom, a claim that is later echoed by Abra Kadabra (a man from the future, for whom this is all ancient history). However, over 75% of the way through the season, his personal connections to Barry have not been nearly as well established as with the Reverse-Flash or Zoom, meaning this claim has yet to be physically demonstrated. Finally subverted when we learn that he is a future time remnant, meaning Barry is indeed His Own Worst Enemy.
- Tracy comes to the conclusion that Savitar's armor keeps his supercharged speed under control, and that he'd likely suffer severe side-effects without it. When seen without the suit, Savitar's speed seems no different than Barry's, and he suffers no obvious consequences to going without it.
- Invisible to Normals: Non-metahumans, most metahumans, and camera footage can't see him, even when he's not moving. Speedsters like the Rival and Barry can, though when he is moving, even they only see brief flashes of light due to how incredibly fast he is. However, he seems to be able to make himself visible when he wants to, such as allowing Julian to see him. It's eventually revealed that he's trapped in the Speed Force. Once he breaks free, he's visible to everyone.
- It's All About Me: Befitting his god delusion, Savitar only truly cares about himself. His entire evil plan revolves around ensuring his own existence and ascending to godhood.
- Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: It only becomes apparent once he reveals his Mysterious Past as a time remnant of Barry Allen, but it's quite clear Savitar has long since gone off the deep end. He dons a Psychotic Smirk, has gained a god complex, and is uncharacteristically sadistic.
- Karmic Death: He is ultimately killed by Iris West, the very woman whom he tried to kill to ensure his survival.
- Kick the Dog: Hoo boy...
- He baits Julian Albert into getting the Philosopher's Stone and getting turned into Dr. Alchemy with the false possibility of bringing his sister back to life.
- He appears to Wally as his mother in an attempt to get him to release the Philosopher's Stone, only to drop the disguise and taunt him.
- He seals Wally in the Speed Force to suffer an eternal Mind Rape.
- The Bad Future Barry saw has him stabbing Iris through the back, breaking Wally's spine, and sending Joe into a deep depression.
- As soon as he's close to facing a Ret-Gone, he threatens to kill Caitlin if Cisco doesn't redesign the Speed Force Bazooka. To threaten Cisco, he mimicked the way Thawne killed Cisco in a cancelled timeline, just to hurt him.
- He specifically threatens to kill Cisco with a Reverse-Flash so he can "die the same way twice."
- Once he's finally out of ways to save himself, he declares that he will kill all of Barry's loved ones out of spite. It's the last Kick the Dog moment he gets to make before Barry gives him a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown and Iris shoots him.
- Kill the Ones You Love: His goal is to kill Iris West, the woman he outright called the love of his life. Why? So that he can break the prime Barry and drive him down the dark path that will give birth to Savitar. But in a twist of irony, it's Iris herself who puts an end to him.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: His beating and slaying of Edward Clariss would have been horrifying if Clariss weren't such a violent Smug Snake.
- Kneel Before Zod: He keeps insisting that others bow to him as part of his A God Am I shtick.
- Knight of Cerebus: The moment he shows up, an already dark and intense scene goes Up to Eleven. The revelation of his true identity in 3x20 only makes him even more of a living nightmare.
- Large Ham: He clearly enjoys boasting about his godhood at every opportunity.Savitar: You are but a shadow beneath my throne.
- Lean and Mean: Underneath his armor, he has Barry's Geek Physique.
- Leaning on the Fourth Wall: In "I Know Who You Are", Barry confronts Savitar, declaring he has finally figured out Savitar's identity. Savitar dryly responds with the thought on every viewer's mind.Savitar: It's about time.
- Leitmotif: His theme music consists of a choir chanting in soprano, as if to signify his godhood.
- A Lighter Shade of Black: Despite his actions and what his end goal is, he's far more sympathetic than Reverse-Flash or Zoom. He's so far the only Big Bad Barry has ever sympathized with in spite of how much Savitar wants him to suffer.
- Light Is Not Good: His armor has glowing lines of pale blue light and the lightning he leaves behind is pure white, but nobody would mistake him for a hero.
- Lightning Bruiser: He's huge and doesn't have Barry's fragility, but is also fast well beyond any other speedster featured on the show.
- Literal Metaphor: Barry Allen truly is His Own Worst Enemy.
- Living Legend: Invoked. Jay Garrick and Abra Kadabra talk him up as an all-powerful "God of Motion," the very first speedster to ever exist, the conqueror of many Earths, and the very worst enemy of Barry Allen. It's later established that Future Flash deliberately spread the myths of "Savitar" via time travel.
- Loss of Identity: The time remnant that once was Barry Allen thoroughly rejected his former identity after experiencing so much pain at the hands of his former friends disowning him. He instead embraces his God Guise as Savitar and refusing to be referred to by his old name.
- Malevolent Masked Man: His metallic armor masks his face up, and he's definitely malevolent.
- MacGuffin: The Philosopher's Stone, later revealed to be calcified Speed Force, is one of the main plot drivers for Season 3. It's the source of power for Dr. Alchemy (and later Savitar), it enables the recreation of the Flashpoint metas, and it's vital in what is needed to stop Savitar or alternatively what Savitar potentially uses to prevent himself from being foiled.
- Manipulative Bastard:
- He (through Alchemy) recruits a normal Edward Clariss by constantly showing him visions of his alternate Flashpoint life where he had powers, and offering to turn him into a metahuman. It's later all but stated he did this to the other three people he changed.
- He uses visions of someone's deceased loved ones (Julian's sister, Dante Ramon, Francine West) to manipulate them into taking the Philosopher's Stone and setting him free.
- He turns Wally into a speedster, then emotionally manipulates him using taunts and visions, which ends with Wally throwing the stone into the Speed Force and being sucked in himself, while Savitar was allowed to roam free.
- Master of Illusion: Thanks to the Philosopher's Stone, he can project illusions to manipulate people to do his bidding. He voices the illusions himself, making it even harder for Team Flash to tell what's real and what isn't.
- Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: It's ambiguous if his Powered Armor has scientific or mystical origins. It's even implied to be both.
- Meaningful Name: Savitar (also spelled Savitr) is a Hindu god of, among other things, motion.HR: Savitar. Hindu god of motion.
Barry: ...he said he was a god.
Cisco: Well, that's not disturbing.
- Mirror Match: Whenever he fights Barry. Apparently this also happened in a potential future where Barry created a whole bunch of time remnants to fight him, and Savitar single-handedly killed them all except deliberately leaving one alive (as well as the original Barry) to become him. The fact that he was able to do this is likely a combination of him being a Future Badass as well as lacking Present!Barry's moral boundaries.
- Monster Progenitor: He's the first speedster and among the first metahumans at all (if not the absolute first), as he was granted power by the Philosopher's Stone, the first Mass Super-Empowering Event. Except not; his prime self was first turned by the Particle Accelerator explosion, meaning the Stone, made of calcified Speed Force energy, could only have made him more powerful.
- My Future Self and Me: 3x20 reveals that Savitar is actually a future time remnant of Barry Allen who has turned evil, so throughout Season Three, Barry has been fighting an evil version of himself.
- Mysterious Past:
- Allegedly he was the first human to become a speedster before he became a god. It gets more muddled when he claims that Barry created him, only to backtrack and claim he created himself, meaning it's possible he's not the Savitar from legend, merely someone using his name (similar to Hunter Zolomon only pretending to be Jay Garrick). "Into The Speed Force" confirms this to be the case, and "I Know Who You Are" reveals his true identity — a time remnant of Barry himself. Then "Cause and Effect" has the team theorize that he deliberately created the myth of the God of Speed by means of time travel, meaning he is that Ancient Evil, but the myth itself is inaccurate.
- Even with his true identity revealed, Savitar's past remains mysterious. When and how he obtained his armor, and how his face was disfigured is never revealed. The armor's implied mystical aspects only raise further questions as to where he got it. The root of his supposedly supercharged speed and how he obtained the Philosopher's Stone are likewise left unrevealed. His descent into villainy is also relegated to exposition from Savitar himself (who may or may not be a reliable source, given his personal biases and Sanity Slippage), and the exact details are left to the audience's imagination.
- My Suit Is Also Super: "I Know Who You Are" establishes that the armor is designed to protect him from the dangerous side effects produced by his greater than normal (for a speedster) speed. It can even fight under its own power by his command.Savitar: I forgot to tell you. My suit's cooler than yours.
- Named by the Adaptation: Of a sort. In the comics, Savitar's real name was never revealed. The Flash does give him a name, Barry Allen, but it's only due to being a Composite Character.
- Narcissist: He's obsessed with his own godhood and he can't stop talking about it, even when Barry groans at him to shut up.
- Nothing Is Scarier: He claims that being trapped in the Speed Force made him lose his mind several times over. Although it is later shown that being trapped in the Speed Force forces one to continually relive their worst memories, it is still unknown what Savitar saw, though one could presume it was prime Barry watching Iris die.
- Not So Invincible After All: H.R. comments that if he protects himself with a suit of armor, he can't be all-powerful like he claims. Indeed, Jesse manages to stab him through a gap in the armor and injure him. Ultimately, for all his claims of godhood, Savitar is nothing but a man. And Iris proves him right when she shoots Savitar dead.
- Obviously Evil: Between his appearance and voice, it's pretty easy to tell that he's a villain. His appearance under the armor — with the black outfit, burned face, and the sadistic grin he shows to his past self — just further emphasizes how far removed he is from the hero his prime self is.
- Oh, Crap!: Has this moment when he realizes that he failed to kill Iris, putting his existence in jeopardy.
- Ominous Latin Chanting: His theme most definitely befits his ominous presence. When his true identity is revealed, it's mixed with a Dark Reprise of the show's main theme to awesome yet tragic effect.
- Outside-Context Problem: He's the first Flash Big Bad whose powerful to a level that Barry and Team Flash have no hope of countering. When facing Thawne and Zoom, Barry just had to find a way to get faster and close the gap between them, but with Savitar, he's so hopelessly fast it's apparent he has no chance of ever reaching his speed. This holds true even after The Reveal, as Savitar was actually revealed to be a Future Barry Allen, which meant he had knowledge of what Barry had done which is constantly being rewritten whenever Barry and Team Flash try to change history.
- Paradox Person: Savitar's entire existence is one of the most paradoxical in the entire Arrowverse. It's revealed that Barry Allen of 2024 created multiple time remnants to aid in the fight against Savitar, with Savitar killing all of them except for one. This surviving time remnant ended up becoming Savitar himself, going back to torment the present day Barry by attempting to kill Iris and recreate the conditions used to create himself, effectively ensuring his existence via a Stable Time Loop. However, Savitar only came into existence after the Flashpoint event, as shown by the future newspaper in the Time Vault changing. Needless to say, Savitar's origins are very complicated.
- Past-Life Memories: He's capable of granting to others their memories of the Flashpoint timeline. He also gains whatever memories Barry creates.
- Planet Looters: How he spends his time? Travelling throughout the Multiverse with the Philosopher's Stone in hand, seeking out the most powerful speedsters who threaten his power, doing battle with them, then taking over their Earths. Future Barry does not approve, so out of revenge and pride, Savitar decides to attack the present Flash, who is still in his early days before they've even met. At least, that's what the legend of Savitar says; it turns out he has a far more personal vendetta with Barry, being an evil time remnant.
- Physical God: Jay Garrick confirms in The Flash 3x09 that Savitar Was Once a Man, but became the God of Motion, meaning he's not exaggerating. Later subverted; after he escapes his prison, he loses his complete dominance over Barry and only seems slightly faster, because he's still just a man; The Fastest Man Alive, yes, but still not an actual god.
- Power Echoes: Much like the previous two Big Bad speedsters. His voice is given a more metallic, gravelly sound compared to Zoom's very deep, Vader-esque voice or Reverse-Flash's whispery one.
- Powered Armor: His suit isn't just for show; it sports retractable blades, allows him to channel his white lightning into ranged attacks, and helps him keep his immense power from consuming him. It can also move on its own!
- Pretender Diss: He calls H.R. "the fake Wells", presumably due to the latter having pretended to be a scientist.
- Psychological Horror: Something that Savitar introduces that was absent from the Reverse-Flash and Zoom is his tendency to use Demonic Possession, invading the minds of his victims and speaking through them.
- Pride: Future Barry's victory over him leads to Savitar going back in time to attack Barry in the present. Turns out he's also trying to ensure his own corruption.
- Rant-Inducing Slight: His backstory involves him being rejected and ostracized as a disposable clone of Barry, but he manages to retain an air of haughtiness when speaking to Team Flash — at least until Joe asks "Man, what did we ever do to you?" in The Wrath of Savitar.Savitar: YOU TOOK EVERYTHING FROM ME! I never asked for any of this, Joe! I am only this way because of you! All of you!
- Really 700 Years Old: Implied, given that he's the first speedster in existence. Possibly subverted when he claims that Barry created him, then when it turns out he's just a man under the armor, then fully subverted with the reveal of his true identity.
- Red Baron: The "God of Speed". He's also called the "Dark Lord" by his own cult.
- Redemption Rejection: Barry offers to save Savitar after Iris' death is prevented, and while he seems to entertain the possibility for a brief time, he ultimately rejects the offer when he points out that even if they saved him, forgave him and gave him a place, he can remember all of the happy memories Barry will have with Iris that he himself can't have.
- Having failed to kill Iris and drive Barry to darkness, Savitar is eventually wiped from existence as a result, though it takes a few hours. He even gets shot dead by Iris beforehand.
- Post-Crisis its implied that not only was he erased from existence but he never happened at all, with characters having no memories of him. When listing off the previous speedster villains theyve faced, Savitar is noticeably absent.
- The Reveal: In 3x20, "I Know Who You Are", it's revealed that Savitar is actually a time remnant of Barry Allen, who has gone down a dark and twisted path. He's menacing the present Barry and attempting to kill Iris in order to create a Stable Time Loop and ensure his own existence.
- Revenge: This seems to be his motive; he wants revenge on Barry for his defeat and imprisonment at Future Barry's hands. However, that's just a cover for his true goal, to ensure that Barry becomes him.
- Ripple Effect-Proof Memory: He seems to have knowledge of the Flashpoint timeline that was erased. This is because he got trapped inside the Speed Force by Future Barry, allowing him to observe the events of Flashpoint unaffected. Then it turns out he is a time remnant of Future Barry, so whatever Barry does to try and stop him, Savitar remembers and can easily counter it. On the downside, anything that affects Barry's memory also affects Savitar; when Barry inadvertently gave himself amnesia, Savitar lost his own memories as well, only recovering after Barry did. It occasionally takes a while for Savitar's memories to adjust to changes in the timeline; he only remembers the "Iris" he killed was really H.R. after he already did it.
- Rogues Gallery Transplant: Savitar singles out Barry as his most personal Arch-Enemy, while his comic counterpart was introduced in the Wally West era. Granted this Savitar does indeed clash with Wally West, but it's a far less personal conflict than it is with Barry. It gets more complicated when it's revealed that Savitar is really the show's version of Future Flash, who indeed was a personal enemy for Barry Allen in the New 52 comics.
- Sadly Mythtaken:
- In the Hindu pantheon, there is a Savitr, but he's a solar god, and has nothing to do with speed or motion.
- Savitar claims he sought godhood because "God feels no pain". Depending on what myth you're looking at, gods are perfectly capable of feeling pain, including Hindu mythology from which he takes his name. It appears that even though he's been around for thousands of years, he has never once bothered to actually do a bit of research (either that or he's just being plain hypocritical).
- Sanity Slippage: While we don't actually see it onscreen, he goes from the selfless, heroic, noble Barry Allen that we know, to a sadistic killer with a god complex known as Savitar. He explains it was the result of anguish at being rejected by Team Flash due to his status as a time remnant, so he resorted to becoming a god to deal with the pain.
- Sarcastic Confession: Every time Team Flash asks who he is, he's been answering them flat-out, knowing they won't get it.Savitar: I am the Future Flash!
- Sealed Evil in a Can: His physical presence depends on if the box containing the Philosopher's Stone is open. If it's closed, he disappears. Turns out Future Barry trapped him in the Speed Force, so he uses Alchemy as a medium to further his return to the physical world.
- Second Episode Introduction: Viewers get a glimpse of his arm during The Stinger of the second episode of The Flash Season Three. Though technically, he's been introduced way before the series even aired, in the middle of Arrow Season Two.
- Serial Escalation: He's even faster and more monstrous-looking than Zoom, who himself was a big step up from the already creepy Reverse-Flash.
- Serkis Folk: The first speedster who's so inhuman-looking that he's entirely CGI, and played by motion capture stuntman Andre Tricoteux. Subverted as of 3x15, "The Wrath of Savitar", when he finally appears in an actual, physical suit. Further subverted when the man under the armor reveals himself to Killer Frost, then to Barry.
- Slasher Smile: He sports a chilling one when revealing his true identity to Barry.
- Small Name, Big Ego:
- He claims to be Barry's most hated enemy, even more than Thawne or Zoom, while from Barry's perspective he's just the latest in a long line of evil speedsters he has to fight. However, considering there's a timeline where he killed Iris which broke Barry in a way that not even his parents' deaths did and wrecked Team Flash's lives, he might have a point.
- He claims to be a god when he's actually just a man.
- However, his name isn't that small with The Reveal that he is a time remnant of the Flash himself.
- Stable Time Loop: His entire existence is one giant Temporal Paradox where he is responsible for his own creation. He wants to kill Iris in order to ensure it, and since he lived through all of his prime self's attempts to stop it, he knows exactly how to thwart them. After finding out his true identity, Barry and Team Flash's goal is to break the cycle and prevent his creation in the first place.
- Super Empowering: As Alchemy, Savitar is capable of granting to people the powers and memories they had in the Flashpoint timeline. Judging by the number of "husks" the police have found, he's done so at least six times thus far, known recipients being Edward Clariss, Frankie Kane, Shade, Wally West, and Clive Yorkin.
- Super Speed: He's so fast that only Barry and cameras can even see the flashes of light that come with his movements. In fact, when seen through his perspective, it appears he is running by tunneling through the Speed Force itself. Sensors pick him up as essentially teleporting all across the city simultaneously, and Barry identifies him as more teleporting than running. Judging from their first battle, Savitar runs so fast that Barry appears to be moving in slow motion. After escaping the Speed Force, his speed has been reduced; while he's still faster than Barry, the latter is able to fight him on a more even footing than before.
- Super Strength: Thanks to his Powered Armor, this Savitar is not only faster but also stronger than the average human, able to heft Barry Allen up by the neck using only one arm.
- Sword and Fist: He makes use of bare-handed blows as often as he does his blades.
- Sympathy for the Devil: With the revelation that Savitar is a time remnant of Barry that went off the deep end, Joe appears to be sympathetic to him and tries to remind him that he was his son.
- Tall, Dark, and Snarky: He's freaking huge and will deliver snarky one-liners if he has a chance. And underneath the Powered Armor is a time remnant of the once Tall, Dark, and Handsome Barry Allen.
- Taking You with Me: After his plans are utterly ruined in "Finish Line", Savitar, knowing that he only has minutes of existence left, promises to kill everyone Barry loves before meeting his fate. Even after Barry stops him, Savitar makes a desperate attempt to kill Barry as revenge for all the suffering he's endured (although he fails in this as well).
- Temporal Duplication: Originates as a time remnant of Barry, created to fight against Savitar/himself.
- That Man Is Dead: In a sense. Savitar has completely rejected his previous identity as Barry Allen, and is enraged when Joe calls him by his former name.
- Tin Tyrant: Savitar's armor invokes this with its menacing appearance.
- Took a Level in Badass: Inverted. Once he escapes the Speed Force in "The Wrath of Savitar", he comes off as only slightly faster than Barry. It appears that being in the Speed Force gave him an immense speed boost. "Into the Speed Force" compounds it by revealing that he's only been pretending to be a god all along.
- Tragic Villain: According to his testimony, he's a time remnant of Future Barry who (according to himself) was shunned by Team Flash for not being the "real" Barry. Suffice it to say that he went crazy, decided becoming a god was the only way to deal with his miserable existence, and went back in time to terrorize his past self.
- Troll: He pulls off a bit of wordplay just to mess with Barry and Team Flash: They think he's saying "I am the future, Flash" (a boast), when he's really saying "I am the Future Flash" (he is a future time remnant of the Flash). The whole time that Barry's been searching for Savitar's identity, he was overlooking a blatant clue from the man himself. Barry all but kicks himself when he figures out what Savitar really meant.
- Tron Lines: His metallic armor glows with pale blue accents.
- Two-Faced: Once he steps out of the suit, the right side of his face is shown to carry a huge burn scar.
- Undignified Death: One of the defining aspects of his personality is his god complex, and he's ultimately killed by being shot by a mere bullet.
- Ur-Example: In-Universe, he is the first person to be granted Super Speed. Or at least, the first person we've seen be granted Super Speed, due to being a time remnant of Future Barry Allen.
- Villain Ball: He could kill Barry at any time and Barry wouldn't be able to stop him due to Savitar massively outspeeding Barry, but this was especially shown when he was actually trying to kill Barry in "The Present" and took the time to run his arm-blades against the wall while slowly walking towards Barry and Wally, instead of just killing them outright. May be a result of his enormous pride driving him to toy with his victims. He later explicitly acknowledges that he could easily kill Barry after he escapes his imprisonment in the Speed Force, but he'd rather let Barry live to experience greater suffering when Savitar kills Iris in front of him in the future. The trope is finally subverted when we learn that he is a time remnant of Future Barry, so he can't risk killing himself just yet.
- Villains Never Lie: He's been telling his Secret Identity every time Team Flash asks it (see Exact Words above).Savitar: I am the Future Flash!
- Villainous Breakdown: When he realizes that H.R. sacrificed himself in place of Iris, thus preventing the future where Savitar comes to be, Savitar loses it, spending the rest of the Season Three finale desperately trying to complete his plan before he's Ret Goned out of existence. It reaches its peak when Team Flash foils this plan and Barry destroys his armor, after which Savitar is reduced to screaming in impotent rage as he makes a final, desperate attempt to kill Barry before being gunned down by Iris.
- Visionary Villain: His cult believes he'll lead them all to a better world. In truth, his only real vision is to make himself a god who will rule over all of time; everyone is just a pawn in his game.
- Was Once a Man: He used to be a normal man, but became the first speedster, and eventually this Humanoid Abomination. "Into the Speed Force" reveals he's still very much a man, although "I Know Who You Are" reveals he's a time remnant of the Fastest Man Alive.
- Weaksauce Weakness: The Philosopher's Stone. It's the source of his powers, but it's also his only link to the physical world. Put the stone in the casket and he's gone. He overcomes this when Wally throws the last piece of the stone into the Speed Force where Savitar is imprisoned, allowing him to escape.
- What Measure Is a Non-Human?: According to him, the entirety of Future Team Flash shunned him after he and Barry's other time remnants failed to stop Savitar, calling him a "fake Barry" and rejecting him as part of their group. This broke him and led him to turn to villainy to begin with.
- Wicked Pretentious: He renamed himself after a Hindu god and references the myth of Atlas, but he doesn't show anything more than a passing knowledge of the stories and more than likely just brought them up to sound cool.
- Would Hit a Girl: He killed Iris in a possible future and has a brief skirmish with Jesse Quick.
- You Have Failed Me: He doesn't take it kindly when his minions fail. The Rival finds this out the very hard way.
- Your Size May Vary: In his initial appearances, he utterly towered over Barry. During "The Wrath of Savitar", he seems almost the same size during some scenes. His being portrayed by an actor (albeit a 6'11 one) in a suit now instead of being purely CGI probably contributes to that. Then it turns out that he's the same height as Barry underneath the futuristic armor.
- You Will Not Evade Me: He does this to Jay Garrick for trying to escape the No-Holds-Barred Beatdown Savitar's in the process of giving him.
- see the Arrowverse: Barry Allen page
- see the Arrowverse: Eobard Thawne page
— see the Arrowverse: West/Allen Family page
August Heart / Godspeed
Species: Human note
Known Aliases: Godspeed
Played By: Kindall Charters, Ryan Handley (Masked Actor), B.D. Wong (Masked Voice)
Known Appearances: The Flash
A mysterious speedster after a time in which speedsters were not seen since a devastating crisis.
- Adaptation Origin Connection: Unlike his comic counterpart, Godspeed is a Starter Villain for XS.
- Adaptational Villainy: In the comics, Godspeed was a Vigilante Man who wanted to avenge his dead brother and became a more violent foil to The Flash. Here, there is no indication he has any noble intentions from the start.
- Adaptational Wimp:
- He is a very formidable speedster in the comics who poses a huge threat. Here he's reduced to a Starter Villain for XS and gets defeated by her when she has no experience being a speedster.
- Played with in Season Six. He's become more troublesome as he sends Fake Godspeeds in his place, with the fifth one proving to be faster than Barry is at the time and necessitates assistance from Pied Piper.
- Adapted Out: He isn't shown to possess his comic counterpart's ability to sever a speedster's connection to the Speed Force.
- Arc Villain: He has his own mini-arc in Season Six where he sends fake Godspeeds back to the present while the real Godspeed remains at large.
- Ascended Extra: He first seemed like a throwaway villain for Nora, but then ended up returning as an Arc Villain in Season Six.
- Big Bad Ensemble: He is an additional threat to Team Flash throughout Season Six, alongside Bloodwork, the Black Hole Organization, and Eva McCulloch.
- Brought Down to Normal: Since his powers came entirely from Velocity-9, he only has his speed for as long as it is active. He gets stopped when Nora uses the Central City Citizen building's satellites to neutralize the drug.
- Celebrity Paradox:
- The Jurassic Park film series was mentioned by Cisco during The Flash Season 1. His voice actor plays a prominent antagonist there.
- The Disney Animated Canon was confirmed to exist in the Arrowverse during The Flash Season 2. His voice actor also voices the male lead in the Mulan franchise.
- The Law & Order series was mentioned during The Flash Season 2. His voice actor was a long-running main cast member in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.
- Felicity mentions Mr. Robot during Arrow Season 7. His voice actor plays the Big Bad of the show.
- B.D. Wong plays Hugo Strange in Gotham, a series heavily based on the Batman mythos; Batman exists on Earth-1.
- Collective Identity: In Season Six, he sends several fake Godspeeds back in time to cause chaos for Team Flash, while the real one is still at large.
- Composite Character: With Nora following in her father's footsteps, he's a rough approximate for all three of his speedster enemies;
- Like Thawne, he's a speedster from the future and uses the Reverse-Flash hand-stab which is the Signature Move of Thawne.
- Like Zoom, he uses Velocity 9 and wishes to steal the Flash's speed.
- Like Savitar, he has a shining suit, white lightning, and calls himself the "God of Speed".
- Continuity Snarl: Team Flash's meddling with time and Crisis have changed him up quite a bit and made him more dangerous over time.
- Evil Is Hammy: Particularly in season six. B.D. Wong is clearly having a blast playing a bad guy.
- Fantastic Drug: Decades after Zoom and Trajectory used the Velocity 9 serum, he's shown to be the third villain to use it.
- A God Am I: Goes without saying since he named himself Godspeed. Like Savitar, he too calls himself a "God of Speed".
- Gold and White Are Divine: Invoked. His suit is white and yellow, and like Savitar before him, he calls himself a "god of speed."
- Light Is Not Good: He's an evil speedster who leaves behind white lightning.
- Normal Fish in a Tiny Pond: Godspeed can hardly hold a candle to the likes of the Flash, let alone the likes of the Reverse-Flash or Savitar, but he was initially successful as a criminal simply because there weren't any other speedsters to stop him until Nora discovered her powers. Even when he begins his body double scheme, he can't do much more than inconvenience Team Flash until Barry starts losing his speed.
- Not Named in Opening Credits: Surprisingly averted. Whereas past voice actors of evil speedsters like Tony Todd (Zoom) and Tobin Bell (Savitar and Doctor Alchemy) were unlisted in the opening credits of their respective episodes, B.D. Wong is given full credit in the opening credits every time.
- Outside-Context Villain: An in-universe example as he is the first new speedster Central City has experienced since the Red Skies Crisis. Nora and Lia even doubt their boss would believe that a speedster is the cause of the string of robberies.
- Race Lift: The comic version of Godspeed was Ambiguously Brown. The Godspeed of the show is Native American.
- Rogues Gallery Transplant:
- Shock and Awe: Can shoot lightning like other speedsters only with virtually no windup. He can do it standing while others need to make laps. Sometimes he's sparking even when standing still.
- Super Speed: He artificially has it with the help of Velocity 9 and other chemicals
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Through his criminal actions, he helped drive Nora into the influence of Eobard Thawne.
- Would Hit a Girl: He is Nora's Starter Villain and killed her friend and colleague, Lia.
- see the Arrowverse: Vandal Savage & Followers page
Known Aliases: Abra Kadabra
Played By: David Dastmalchian
Appearances: The Flash
A technologically-advanced criminal from the 64th century on Earth-19. He has outfitted his body with advanced Nanotechnology which allows him to have a range of abilities that most people in the 21st century would perceive as magic.
- see the DCEU: Task Force X - New Team page for Abner Krill, the character in an undesignated Earth who bears his physical likeness
- Adaptational Attractiveness: His comics counterpart was Bald of Evil (balding or completely bald, Depending on the Artist) and looked grotesque; here, he's played by dashing David Dastmalchian. While there have been instances when comic Kadabra is actually portrayed as attractive, it's considerably rare.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: He is black-haired in the comics. Here, his hair is dyed white.
- Adaptation Origin Connection: In the comics, Abra Kadabra and Gypsy are completely unrelated. Here, he had her former lover and partner Stuffed in the Fridge.
- Adaptational Villainy: In a sense. While he's hasn't caused any of the personal trauma he did to the Flash in the comics, this Kadabra apparently lacks his comic counterpart's Freudian Excuse and psychiatric issues, making him far less sympathetic.
- Adaptational Wimp: While he's quite powerful here, he's nowhere near the threat he is in the comics, where he's Un-person'd several main characters, turned people into puppets, and doing other reality warping "tricks".
- Arch-Enemy: To Gypsy for killing her former lover (among many other people).
- Badass Fingersnap: Uses one to fill a tank with water to drown some cops.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: He wears a black suit and is a formidable "stage-magician".
- Badass Mustache: Sports one and is a skilled "street-magician".
- Card-Carrying Villain: He's fond of Evil Gloating and is so proud of being an asshole in general.
- Celebrity Paradox:
- Clarke's Third Law: His abilities look like magic, but it's actually advanced technology from the future.
- Chewing the Scenery: He speaks very theatrically.
- Deal with the Devil: Abra Kadabra tempts Barry with a deal he just can't resist. If Barry releases him, he will reveal Savitar's true identity.
- Demoted to Extra: From a recurring threat to Barry and Wally's Arch-Enemy to a Villain of the Week. Though from the looks of things, he'll be back.
- Dimensional Traveler: He hails from Earth-19, but is able to cross different parts of The Multiverse and commit crimes.
- Evil Gloating: When his fate is sealed, he proceeds to continuously rub in that Barry will never find out Savitar's identity from him. He even remarks with glee that withholding the truth from Barry is almost like he got to kill Iris too.
- Evil Wears Black: He wears a black suit and is a textbook Card-Carrying Villain.
- Have We Met Yet?: In the future, he's one of Flash's most persistent foes to the point he even knows his true identity. Due to their long history together, it seems like we'll be seeing him again.
- Magicians Are Wizards: Has stage-magic-themed abilities as his gimmick.
- Mysterious Past: Not only is he from the future, but he's from a different Alternate Universe.
- Not So Different: He's not unlike the Reverse-Flash being a time traveller from the future who is Trapped in the Past and only wishing to return, before having his attempts screwed over by the Flash.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Abra Kadabra is only his Code Name.
- Race Lift: Abra Kadabra is usually Caucasian in the comics, while here he's played by a mixed Arabic and European actor.
- Small Role, Big Impact: He's initially just a Villain of the Week, but he's ultimately responsible for Caitlin turning into Killer Frost, so that she doesn't die from an injury he inflicted. He also inadvertently gave Barry the idea of travelling to the future to find out Savitar's identity. Finally, he's the first person to let Barry know about his upcoming nemesis DeVoe, which—combined with Savitar's later similar revelation—is what actually spurs Barry to first go after DeVoe in Season Four as soon as he hears the name.
- Smug Smiler: He loves giving an evil, overconfident smirk.
- The Sociopath: He displays zero remorse to the people he hurts.
- Swiss-Army Superpower: Nanotechnology from the 64th century offers endless applications that are so versatile they can be passed off as stage magic.
- Trapped in the Past: He's from the 64th century and is travelling The Multiverse to look for gadgets to create a time machine so he can get home. This is in direct contrast to his comic book counterpart, who hates his home time period.
- Uncertain Doom: The last we see of him is being escorted back to Earth-19 by Gypsy to await execution for his crimes.
- We Will Meet Again: Gypsy takes him to Earth-19 to be executed for his crimes there, but his past self will still turn up again to give Barry trouble.
- White Hair, Black Heart: His hair is dyed white and he's a merciless jackass.
Grace Gibbons / Cicada II
Played By: Sarah Carter
Appearances: The Flash
A meta-human serial killer following her uncle's legacy, who travelled back from the future to stop XS and Team Flash from curing her.
- Adaptational Nice Guy: While she's worse than her uncle, she's still somewhat more sympathetic than the comics Cicada who killed in order to absorb life out of a desire for power, rather than a Knight Templar with a misplaced sense of justice.
- Affirmative Action Legacy: Her uncle was the original Cicada.
- Ancestral Weapon: She ends up taking her uncle's dagger as the second Cicada.
- Ax-Crazy: She becomes perhaps the single deadliest villain in the show to date, with over a hundred kills to her name.
- Big Bad: In the last quarter of Season Five after her uncle takes the meta-human cure, her future self shows up to bring havoc upon Team Flash.
- Blue-and-Orange Morality: Justified As the dark matter shrapnel in her brain as severely compromised her: she sees her uncle as good and anybody who opposes him as bad.
- Canon Foreigner: Like her uncle, while Cicada is an existing character, Grace Gibbons is original to the show.
- Celebrity Paradox: The CSI universe is often used to poke fun at Team Flash in the early seasons. Her actress was the recurring lab tech during the sixth season of CSI: NY.
- Contrasting Sequel Antagonist: The very first female Big Bad for The Flash. note Furthermore, she contrasts her uncle by being a much more unhinged person. Dwyer at least was unwilling to harm non-metas, Grace is willing to kill anyone without powers if it meant they were in her way.
- Crazy-Prepared: She knew exactly when to interfere with the chain of events that if left undisturbed would mean she wouldn't exist in the future.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: All of her battles with Team Flash end like this in her favor.
- Dark Action Girl: She becomes so dangerous and notorious that she's dubbed as the most lethal villain in history. In "Failure is an Orphan" she demonstrates why, by showing she's so skilled with her knives she can deflect conventional gun fire from Joe, laser fire from Iris, ice blasts from Killer Frost, concussive blasts from Vibe, and thrown lightning from the Flash. At. The. Same. Time.
- Dark Is Evil: A genocidal serial killer who dresses in a dark hood and mask.
- Decomposite Character: She's revealed to be yet another version of Cicada, distinct from her uncle Orlin and David Hersch.
- Disc-One Final Boss: Dies mid-way through the Season 5 finale, leaving the Final Boss duties to Eobard Thawne.
- Evil Counterpart: To Nora. Both are the daughter figures to The Flash and Cicada, both went back in time to save a fate befalling their 'fathers', and both become Legacy Characters. The similarities grow even further when it's revealed they were both unwitting pawns for Eobard Thawne in his plans to escape death row.
- Eviler Than Thou: She kills her beloved Uncle Orlin when he cements his Heel Realization because he's no longer the metahuman killer she emulated. Not only that; she is perfectly willing to kill non-metahumans unlike her uncle.
- Expy: Of Kylo Ren, as the obsessive, emotionally immature Legacy Character of a Darth Vader Clone, who winds up being disappointed in her idol's perceived weakness of redemption, and thereby determined to surpass them and become their Superior Successor. For bonus points, both end up murdering a paternal figure (Kylo with his biological father, Grace with her uncle and father figure) and she has powers to move objects like the Force.
- Face of an Angel, Mind of a Demon: Aside from her Red Right Hand, Grace looks like a normal, attractive young woman, whose soft features make her appear somewhat innocent. Beneath that, any innocence she ever had died long ago, to be replaced by racism, hatred, and cruelty as she indiscriminately slaughters metahumans and anyone else who gets in her way.
- Fantastic Racism: A combination of the death of her parents, and her own injuries at the hands of metahumans, as well as unconsciously hearing her uncle and Dr. Ambers' anti-meta rhetoric has given her the same metahuman hatred as her caregivers.
- Final Solution: Her Evil Plan is to use the botched, deadly versions of Cisco's meta-cure to kill every last metahuman.
- Freudian Excuse: Her parents were (accidentally) killed by a metahuman. Then she was put in a coma by DeVoe's satellite, and was able to listen to Dr. Ambres and Orlin's anti-meta rhetoric thanks to the dark-matter shrapnel in her brain.
- Future Badass: Evil version. She's a comatose Creepy Child in the present day and a notorious Knight Templar in the future.
- Hate Sink: Unlike her uncle who was a Well-Intentioned Extremist, Grace is completely devoid of redeeming qualities, indiscriminately killing anyone who gets in her way including her own uncle when he tries to talk her down.
- Hand Blast: And they are not only powerful, but also versatile, as she can use them basically like a tractor beam to grapple people and objects.
- Invincible Villain: Team Flash almost never wins a single encounter with her. In fact, she is so powerful that in the end erasing her from existence is the only way to get rid of her.
- Kid from the Future: Or niece, in this case. She travels back in time to stop her present self from getting cured.
- Knife Nut: She is able to use a pair of kukuri blades with such skill she can deflect gun and meta-human fire from multiple sources, in addition to being connected to the lightning dagger.
- Legacy Character: Dons her uncle's mantle in the 2040s.
- A Lesson Learned Too Well: While unconscious, she constantly overheard Vanessa Ambres and Orlin Dwyer's constant rhetoric about revenge and hatred to metahumans. She becomes so obsessed with it that she becomes even worse than her uncle.
- Mind over Matter: Her more advanced power gives her a limited form of this, as she can project energy that can lift and move both people and objects.
- Outside-Context Problem: Team Flash was so focused on catching her uncle, that they're completely blindsided when she arrives from the future, completely without warning.
- Psychopathic Man Child: She is stuck mentally and emotionally as a child because of the shrapnel in her brain. She has no control over her temper and sees the world in an oversimplified "Us vs Them" mindset.
- Red Right Hand: While Orlin was able to hide his scar under his clothes, Grace's is stretched across her forehead.
- Redemption Rejection: Her uncle tries to talk get her to let go of her anger and stop killing, so she kills him.
- Ret-Gone: When the dagger is sent to the Mirrorverse, she is erased from existence.
- Selective Obliviousness: Even when her uncle explicitly tells her that he doesn't believe that her parents' deaths at the hands of a metahuman was a deliberate attack but just an unfortunate accident, she ignores his argument that no money was taken to focus on her belief that all metahumans are evil.
- Summon to Hand: Just like her uncle, she's able to control the lightning dagger thanks to having another satellite shard lodged in her.
- Superior Successor: To her uncle who was the original Cicada. While already a dangerous man himself, she's more competent with the dagger and is practically an Invincible Villain with one of the highest body counts in the entire Arrowverse. While Frost is still immune to Grace's depowering skills, she is not as effective against Grace as she was against Orlin.
- Stable Time Loop: If Team Flash had given her child self the meta-human cure, she wouldn't exist. She goes back in time just as Dr. Ambres is stitching up her Uncle Orlin to prevent that from happening.
- Too Powerful to Live: Shes powerful to the point shes an Invincible Villain who is nigh undefeatable. Never mind choosing whether to spare her or not, killing her is practically an impossible feat. The only option Team Flash had left to put a stop to her is to erase her from existence.
- Walking Spoiler: She shows up in the final quarter of Season 5 just as Team Flash administers the cure to her Uncle Orlin becoming the Big Bad. She also kills her own uncle.
- Wound That Will Not Heal: Her head wound is still visible in her adulthood.
- Villainous Breakdown: When she's faced with her plan being foiled and herself being subject to a Ret-Gone, all she can do is howl in rage.
Groups and Organizations
- All Your Base Are Belong to Us: Their M.O. is hijacking any ships they could find regardless if there's anyone on-board.
- Hoist by Their Own Petard: Season 2 of Legends shows a member becoming a Zombie Infectee from a serum he stole.
- Hufflepuff House: So far, Jon Valor has been the only Time Pirate to pose a legitimate threat.
- Space Pirate: Well, Time Pirates, but the principle is there.
Played By: Callum Keith Rennie
Appearances: Legends of Tomorrow
The Leader of the Time Pirates that The Legends met.
- Adaptational Villainy: In the comics, Black Pirate had a strong moral code and was even a hero on some occasions. This version is a straight-up villain.
- Badass Longcoat: Wears a black trenchcoat.
- Badass Normal: He doesn't have powers.
- Comic-Book Movies Don't Use Codenames: He's known as the Black Pirate in the comics. He's never directly called that here outside of Visual Pun.
- Evil Wears Black: He's clad in an all-black outfit.
- In Name Only: In the comics, he's a typical nautical pirate from the 16th century, as opposed to a futuristic Time Pirate. Although it does serve as a bit of a Mythology Gag as Black Pirate was pulled from the time stream into the future at one point.
- The Leader: He is The Captain of the Time Pirates.
- Villain of the Week: For Season 1 Episode 7 of Legends of Tomorrow.
- Visual Pun: In the comics, he's known as the Black Pirate. Although he's never called that here (see above), he wears black and is a proud pirate.
The Legion of Doom
The Big Bad Trio later Big Bad Quartet that cause the Legends no end of trouble in Season Two, made up some of the most dangerous villains that vexed their friends Flash and Green Arrow: Eobard Thawne - the Reverse-Flash, Damien Darhk — leader of the HIVE, Malcolm Merlyn — the Dark Archer, and eventually Leonard Snart - Captain Cold.
- Asskicking Equals Authority: The team is composed of Badass Normals and one speedster. It's pretty clear who is in charge.
- Arch-Enemy: Each of them is this to either Barry or Oliver. Darhk is also one to Sara ever since he killed Laurel.
- Back from the Dead: Thawne, Darhk, and Snart all died but were bought back due to time travel.
- The Bad Guy Wins: They achieve their end goal and use The Spear of Destiny to rewrite reality to what they desire it to be. Though it doesn't last as the Legends were able to Set Right What Once Went Wrong, due to the Legion allowing their continued existence for fun.
- Big Bad Duumvirate: A three, later four-man ensemble with Thawne being the one in charge.
- Co-Dragons: Darhk and Merlyn do the dirty work while Thawne is the mastermind. Eventually subverted as the two quickly get fed up with the arrangement and press Thawne for a more equal partnership.
- Contrasting Sequel Antagonist: To Vandal Savage. Vandal Savage was an immortal who could only be killed by Hawkgirl who played the Long Game in the shadows to conquer the Earth with the aide of the Time Masters. In contrast, the Legion of Doom is made up of well-known villains with established history in the Arrowverse. Vandal Savage had a legion of followers, the Legion of Doom has only themselves and whatever hired help they pick up in what era they're visiting.
- Cool Ship: Thawne can use his speed to travel through time, while the others need a time sphere to do it.
- The Corrupter: Have made three of the Legends into members through brainwashing, emotional blackmail, or simply going back in time to before they joined.
- Debut Queue: Thawne and Darhk appear in the Season Two Premiere with the other members joining them in subsequent episodes; Merlyn shows up roughly halfway, while Snart doesn't show up till near the end.
- Demoted to Dragon: Darhk and Merlyn are used to being the ones in charge and ordering minions around, but in the Legion they do the grunt work for Thawne. They get sick of it eventually and press him to make them all equals.
- The Dragon: Rip Hunter, due to the Legion rewriting his brain to make him evil and under their control.
- Evil Counterpart: Much like the Legends, they're a team of powered individuals with time travel capabilities that originally came from Arrow and The Flash. Unlike the Legends, who use their time travel powers to fix aberrations in history, the Legion use their powers to create aberrations in order to suit their own ends. This is somewhat of an unusual example given that typically in the Arrowverse the hero's Evil Counterpart appears as the first season's Big Bad, whereas here they're the Big Bad for season 2.
- Evil Is Hammy: Out of all of them Merlyn is probably the least pompous.
- Evil Plan: They want to find The Spear of Destiny which will give them the power to rewrite reality itself, which unlike changes to the timeline can't be undone. Although they all have individual motives for wanting to do so:
- Thawne wants to use the Spear to get rid of the Black Flash and solidify his own existence despite being a living paradox.
- Darhk wants to use the Spear to stop Oliver from killing him in 2016.
- Malcolm wants to use the Spear to reverse his failures and be successful again, as well as resurrecting Tommy and Rebecca from the dead and making Thea love him.
- Snart is appalled that his future self will go "soft", but he mainly seems to be in it just For the Evulz.
- Mick wants to use the Spear's power to rewrite his past so that he never burns down his childhood home and inadvertently killing his parents.
- Faux Affably Evil: All of them switch between chatting politely and then ruthlessly threatening/torturing/killing people on a whim.
- The Fellowship Has Ended: The group got disbanded after their defeat in the Legends Season 2 finale.
- Four Is Death: A doom of four members.
- Four-Temperament Ensemble:
- Thawne (Choleric) - unlikable leader and very task-oriented.
- Darhk (Phlegmatic) - calm and very manipulative.
- Malcolm (Sanguine) - the most sociable, with strong desires to be with his family, and a history of allying with heroes temporarily.
- Snart (Melancholic) - cold personality and was Resurrected for a Job.
- Hero Killer: Have directly or indirectly killed four members of The Justice Society of America, and that's not including all the heroes they killed before joining the Legion.
- In-Series Nickname: Sara initially rejected the name but it eventually stuck.
- Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Nate coined their name from an old Hanna-Barbera cartoon he used to watch.
- Legion of Doom: An adaptation of the Trope Namer, with all of them being made up of various Big Bads from Arrow and The Flash. Nate labels them this as homage to the original version.
- Meaningless Villain Victory: They achieve their end goal in creating their perfect reality, except... it doesn't last. The Legends go back in time to when they first acquired the Spear and undo their handiwork.
- Mythology Gag:
- Merlyn was a very minor member in the Justice League Unlimited incarnation of the Legion, used only as a background character.
- Captain Cold was a member in the very first incarnation of the Legion way back in Super Friends.
- While Eobard Thawne was never a member of the Legion, he was a member of a very similar villain group called the "Secret Society of Super Villains".
- Never Trust a Trailer: The Legion was promoted as being a four-man team, so Mick Rory joining the group came as a complete surprise.
- Noodle Incident: It's never explained how the villains meet, it all happens offscreen with the exception of a flashback that shows Darhk and Thawne recruiting Malcolm just after the Arrow Season Four finale.
- Paradox Person: Three out of four members! Thawne is a living paradox having wriggled himself out of being RetGoned, while Darhk and Snart were pulled from the timeline before their established deaths. Malcolm is the only one who's not a paradox.
- Resurrected for a Job: Darhk and Snart were extracted from the timeline prior to their deaths so that Thawne could have some allies.
- Rogues Gallery Transplant:
- In-universe, they are originally respective Big Bads of Arrow and Flash.
- The Legion of Doom as a team are also typically enemies of the Justice League, rather than enemies of time travelling heroes.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: Both Malcolm and Darhk favor really fancy suits while Thawne prefers to dress in a casual leather jacket.
- Screw Destiny: They join up to turn their failures into victories.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: The inevitable result when three villains who are used to being the ones calling the shots team up.
- Token Good Teammate: Ironic considering what he was to the Legends, but Mick Rory falls into this, as he's the reason they didn't kill the Legends.
- Token Super: Eobard Thawne is a speedster on a team of Badass Normals, and he's the one in charge.
- Transplant: All of them were major villains who faced off against the Flash or Green Arrow before they decided to team up and make life hell for the Legends.
- Villain Team-Up: An interesting variation in that instead of facing off their respective nemeses, Green Arrow and the Flash, they're fighting those heroes' friends and allies - the Legends instead.
- Villainous Friendship:
- Subverted. They all get along quite well at first — especially Thawne and Darhk. Though as time passes, they start questioning each other's choices and abilities and are quick to lose patience with one another. It shows that since each of them is used to being in control, working together as equals is not their cup of tea.
- They eventually become quite chummy when they actually get the Spear. Well, Snart, Malcolm, and Darhk do — Thawne tries to distance himself from his comrades and keep the Spear for himself which eventually mean the other three turn on him.
- see the Arrowverse: Eobard Thawne pagesee the Arrowverse: Damien Darhk pagesee the Arrowverse: Malcolm Merlyn pagesee the Arrowverse: Leonard Snart page
- see Arrowverse: The Legends page
- see Arrowverse: Mick Rory page
The Cult of Mallus
- Back from the Dead: Two out of four members — and they were brought back by the source of their magic:
- Kuasa's magic came from the water totem, so her resurrection was very simple; she was brought back via a pool of water (probably one in Zambesi).
- Darhk's magic was fueled by blood sacrifice, so countless people had to be killed for him to be brought back by a blood moon and Mallus's powers.
- Connected All Along: The previously unconnected Kuasa and Darhk are now united by serving Mallus, who had been previously unmentioned.
- Contrasting Sequel Antagonist: To the Legion of Doom. While the Legion consisted of major villains, specifically the nemeses of Barry Allen and Oliver Queen, the Cult, with the exceptions of Damien Darhk and Grodd, consists of what were previously minor villains in the grand scheme of things. The Legion consisted of one meta-human and three Badass Normals, but the Cult consists of witches, sorcerers, and Grodd. The Legion were loyal only to themselves while the Cult is dedicated to serving Mallus.
- Evil Counterpart: To Time Bureau and the Legends. While the other organizations act as Time Police and seek to correct anachronisms, the Cult actively creates them throughout history.
- Legion of Doom: Their membership consists of villains previously seen in the Arrowverse. Bonus points for Damien being a member of the actual Legion of Doom itself.
- Religion of Evil: A cult made up of evil sorcerers and witches dedicated to serving Mallus. The sole exception is Grodd.
Species: Time Demon
Voiced By: John Noble
Appearances: Legends of Tomorrow
- Rip Hunter: Oh, I'm not here to speak to your puppet. I think it's about time you and I met face-to-face.Mallus: (through Nora Darhk) You cannot look upon my true form and live! While you are hopelessly mortal, I am a god!
An ancient evil so feared that even the Time Masters were afraid of him. He begins to draw allies throughout all of time to himself in Season Three of Legends, forcing Rip to abandon his Time Bureau and hook up with the Legends once more. Ultimately the Legends are forced to break him out of his prison to destroy him for good using the Six Totems of Zambezi. note
- Achilles' Heel: The Zambesi totems were used to imprison him, so he's weak to their power. Well, five of them. He has control over the Death Totem because the tribe that had it chose to ally with Mallus instead of against him, though Sara is ultimately able to break his hold over it.
- Actor Allusion: While Rory is watching The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King with a scene featuring John Noble as Denethor, the Legends all notice how Noble sounds almost exactly like Mallus.
- A God Am I: Claims to be a god, and so far, he hasn't shown anything to contradict that. When he finally emerges in his true demonic form, he goes one step further and declares, "I am so much more than a god."
- Ambiguously Human: It's unclear at first whether or not he's human. When his true form is revealed, he most certainly is not human.
- Ancient Evil: A primordial being so ancient and deadly that even the Time Masters feared him.
- Arch-Enemy: To Rip Hunter. The man who dedicated his life to stopping Mallus.
- Big Bad: Of Legends of Tomorrow Season Three.
- Big "NO!": He screams this right before he is crushed by the Totems' Beebo.
- Big Red Devil: Big Black Devil to be exact, but otherwise fits the trope perfectly.
- Black Eyes of Evil: Those whom he possesses gain these, though in the case of Nora Darhk, they're Red Eyes, Take Warning instead.
- Blasphemous Boast: His first words upon resurrecting himself through Nora.Mallus: I am so much more than a god!
- Canon Foreigner: There is no character in the comics named Mallus. He does bear some similarities with Wild Storm character Malleus, being a red and demonic-looking villain who leads a magic-based team.
- Celebrity Paradox:
- A rare instance where the example occurs within the same work, doubling as an Actor Allusion. John Noble (the actor) appears in the episode "Guest Starring John Noble" as himself, while Mallus is still voiced by him. Unlike most examples, the character do in fact notice that Noble and Mallus sound alike and turn to him to read some lines in Mallus' voice.
- The Lord of the Rings has been mentioned several times on the show with even a whole episode dedicated to it where a version of J. R. R. Tolkien appeared. John Noble played Denethor in The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, which even got referenced in the above episode where John Noble played himself.
- Contrasting Sequel Antagonist:
- The first Legends of Tomorrow Big Bad whose identity has been kept under wraps, as both Savage and the Legion were already established characters who had been seen before on either The Flash or Arrow. He's also the first one who's clearly not human.
- With The Reveal of his true nature, he's actually one to the entire Arrowverse. He's the first Big Bad with an unknown identity who turns out to be not a pretender with a civilian identity, but exactly what he's made out to be: a transdimensional demon of incredible power.
- Dark Is Evil: He makes his victims gain black eyes, is a master of dark magic, and is made out to be a demon. His true form is also a gigantic black devil-like demon.
- Demonic Possession: He's capable of inhabiting human vessels to communicate with others and work his dark magic. It's also how he takes physical form in the penultimate episode, killing Nora in the process, until her father, by way of time travel, takes her place.
- The Dreaded: Considering the Time Masters feared him, this is really saying something.
- Dystopia Justifies the Means: He's a time demon out to lay waste to all of history.
- Evil Sounds Deep: Courtesy of John Noble, he sounds demonic, and he certainly acts like a demon. Sure enough, he turns out to be a demon.
- Eldritch Abomination: Claims that nobody can see his true form and live, when using Nora Darhk as a medium to communicate. It's pure boasting, as he's a demon and anyone can look at him just fine, suggesting his remark was an Implied Death Threat.
- Evil Is Bigger: His true demonic form is huge.
- Expy: Going by Rip's description and the cult surrounding him, he sounds like Trigon in all but name. This expands when he uses Nora, an Expy of Raven, to come into the physical world.
- Flat Character: While not entirely without characterization, Mallus is pretty one-dimensional compared to other Arrowverse Big Bads, wanting to destroy the world simply because that's what he does.
- To Savitar. While they initially appeared to have a lot of similarities, The Reveal of his true identity gives them a very sharp contrast. Savitar was a man using a God Guise and not a true deity, while Mallus is a legitimate primordial demon of supernatural origin.
- To Vandal Savage. Both are powerful Ancient Evil beings who consider themselves to be gods, are immortal to a degree, have cults dedicated to worshiping them, and are arch-enemies to Rip Hunter. However, the differences lie in that Savage Was Once a Man before being given powers, while Mallus is a true supernatural entity being a transdimensional demon. In addition, Savage is noted to be one of the first Big Bads in the Arrowverse who is showed off from the start, while Mallus' true nature was kept in the dark for the majority of the season to allow him to invoke Nothing Is Scarier.
- Good Wings, Evil Wings: Sports a demonic pair of wings in his true form.
- Greater-Scope Villain: While he isn't explicitly said to have a hand in the events prior to his debut, Rip has stated that even the Time Masters feared him implying to have encountered him in some form before.
- Horned Humanoid: Sports large demonic horns in his true form.
- Humanoid Abomination: He resembles a classic devil.
- I Shall Taunt You: Is rather fond of very pointed barbs, often showcasing his victims' helplessness right before them, or preying on their fears and past traumas.
- Implied Death Threat: In hindsight, his claim of looking upon his true form and not living becomes this.
- It Is Pronounced "Tro-PAY": Most of the characters pronounced his name as "Mah-luss" before he corrects them in the finale and states it was pronounced as "Malice".
- Knight of Cerebus: Unlike Savage and the Legion of Doom, who often had moments of levity and snark in their scenes, Mallus is essentially devoid of any humor aside from a singe of Black Comedy. His introduction also indirectly shifts the genre of Legends from "time travel comedy" to "time travel comedy/supernatural thriller".
- Mind over Matter: In typical Demonic Possession fashion, he can telekinetically control his surroundings.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Without the second L, it is Latin for "evil" and it also sounds like "malice". In the finale, he affirms the latter to be the proper pronunciation.
- No-Sell: Mallus is completely immune to the usual tricks Constantine uses to deal with demons, which is really saying something given he's a master of the occult and an experienced exorcist.
- Nothing Is Scarier: What makes Mallus so terrifying is that absolutely nothing is known about him, aside from him having a cult and being really damned powerful. The eventual reveal of him as a colossal horned demon actually relieves much of the intimidation.
- Omnicidal Maniac: Mallus takes it furthest of all, wanting to destroy all of time and reality itself.
- The Omniscient: Seems to know everything about anyone. Of particular note is him knowing John Constantine's past, particularly the damning of the young girl Astra. He's either this or he in some way is connected to his past.
- Our Demons Are Different: By "Daddy Darhkest", he is assumed to be a demon of the highest order, hence the ability to subvert Constantine's magic but reaction to holy water. Sure enough, he emerges through Nora in the penultimate episode of Season Three as a fully bonafide demon.
- Outside-Genre Foe: A transdimensional demon of godlike power would be a better fit for Supernatural or Constantine rather than a time travel superhero show. John Constantine himself showing up a couple of times to help the Legends against Mallus only drives the point home. This also serves as the series gradually shifting into being about time travel and the supernatural.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: In addition to Nora sporting these whenever he speaks through her, his true demonic form has them.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: He's trapped in another dimension of endless cold, locked behind the integrity of history, but he vows that he will soon be free and is ensuring it by having his minions deliberately create anachronisms.
- Sliding Scale of Villain Threat: He's the Big Bad furthest on the threat level spectrum for not just Legends of Tomorrow but the entire Arrowverse as a whole, being a demonic Physical God who threatens the entirety of time itself. The only villain who could possibly outrank him is the Anti-Monitor.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Shares many parallels with Savitar. Both are Ancient Evils with cults dedicated to worshiping them (though Savitar turned out to actually be from the future, not the past), both were locked away in another dimension, both emerged due to the heroes screwing up time, both can possess an avatar through whom they speak, both claim to be gods, and both can influence events throughout history. Subverted, however, with The Reveal that he's a full-blown demon, whereas "Savitar" was a metahuman pretending to be a god.
- Too Powerful to Live: Mallus is easily the most powerful Big Bad to ever appear in the Arrowverse at the time of his appearance note . The Legends spend most of the season trying to prevent his release and when that fails the only option left is to kill him permanently, as there is no way he could have been left around with the safety of existence still guaranteed.
- Undignified Death: He's a giant demonic god wannabe who's ultimately killed by more-or-less being crushed by a giant teddy bear.
- You Cannot Grasp the True Form: He claims one cannot look on his true form and be able to live. The truth is a bit different, as while those who look on him tend to come to harm like Sara, his form itself doesn't appear to be lethal to look at.