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    Barry Allen / The Flash 

    Henry Allen 

Dr. Henry Allen

Species: Human

Played By: John Wesley Shipp

First Appearance: "Pilot" (The Flash 1x1)

Appearances: The Flash

Barry Allen's father, a physician who is doing a life sentence in Iron Heights Prison for the murder of Barry's mother Nora.

see the Arrowverse: Earth-2 page for his Earth-2 counterpart
see the Arrowverse: Other Earths page for Jay Garrick, the Earth-3 character who bears his physical likeness
see the Arrowverse: Earth-90 page for more info on two Earth-90 characters; one who has his name, the other who bears his physical likeness
see the DCEU Other Humans page for the character in an undesignated Earth who bears his name and background

  • Abled in the Adaptation: In the comics, he died due to heart illness while still in prison. Here he died (murdered) with good health.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Like his son and wife, he's originally blonde in the comics. Here he is Tall, Dark, and Handsome in his youth.
  • And Starring: While not given a "Special Guest Star" citation, he gets the "And" billing in the regular guest stars lineup.
  • Back from the Dead: Subverted; despite Barry going back in time in the Season 2 finale it seems For Want of a Nail applied and Henry was still killed by Hunter Zolomon.
  • But Now I Must Go: When he's finally released from Iron Heights in the first episode of season 2, he decides not to stay in Central City for fear that he'll interfere with Team Flash's work.
  • Celebrity Paradox:
    • A Season 3 episode of The Flash (2014) has his Earth-3 counterpart briefly taking Barry to 1998 to give him a pep talk. The place where they go to has Dawson's Creek currently airing on the TV. His actor is a main character there, specifically the father of the eponymous main character.
    • Felicity mockingly calls Lian Yu "Fantasy Island" during the second part of Barry's Early-Bird Cameo on Arrow Season 2. Henry's actor guest-starred on that show.
  • Clear My Name: Barry is determined to do this for Henry, though Henry would rather he not and just live his own life.
  • Composite Character: His Alternate Self is Jay Garrick. In the comics, they are completely separate characters.
  • Cool Old Guy: Barry's father and is one of the most well-meaning and positive characters in the series, if not the most.
  • Dead Alternate Counterpart: For (the real) Jay Garrick. Learning about him and his family's Dark and Troubled Past is what pushes Jay to be closer to Barry. He is also this to his as of yet unseen Earth-2 counterpart, as well as Earth-90 Barry.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Has an amusingly droll sense of humor, being content with his current situation.
  • A Death in the Limelight: He gets a significant amount of screentime and focus in a number of episodes before his death.
  • Defiant to the End: It is still unclear if he was doing it intentionally or not, but his final words to Barry before being Killed Mid-Sentence are having a psychological effect on Zoom, implying a last ditched psychological spiting/torturing on Henry's part. Explanation 
  • Dies Differently in Adaptation: In the comics, he died due to illness while still in prison. Here he was murdered by Zoom long after he was released.
  • Dies Wide Open: Given the literally fast-paced circumstances surrounding his death, he goes out with both a shocked and surprised stare.
  • Disappeared Dad: In prison since Barry's childhood. Disappears again in Season 2 as soon as he is let out of prison, believing that he'll get in the way of his son's role as the Flash.
  • Face Death with Dignity: Doesn't panic or let Barry take his place when Zoom kidnaps him, he just tells Barry he's proud of him and that he and his mother loves him before getting killed.
  • Good Parents: Even though he's not in Barry's life for obvious reasons, it's quite clear he's a loving and caring father. To the point he doesn't want his son to sacrifice his own life and opportunities in trying to clear his name; he even (initially) told Joe to prevent Barry seeing him for his son's sake, a questionable action but done out of love.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: Nora was one hot redhead, God bless her soul.
  • Iconic Sequel Character: While he was introduced at the series premiere of The Flash (2014), he was technically only introduced during the third year of the Arrowverse.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Zoom kills him via a vibrating hand through the chest.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: An obviously non-romantic example. As noted below, he encourages all of Barry's relationships, wanting his son to find someone.
  • Killed Mid-Sentence: "Your mother and I love y-" are his last words before Zoom kills him.
  • Kill the Cutie: Zoom kills him in the penultimate episode of Season 2.
  • The Medic: Formerly worked as a doctor, though his (former) specialty isn't specified. He healed Big Sir in prison and after being released, he substitutes Caitlin as the team medic after she got kidnapped.
  • Mistaken for Murderer: The very reason why he is locked up, as well as his son's motivation/drive to clear his name.
  • Nice Guy: One of the most genuinely good person in the show. And come on, where do you think Barry got his good heart?
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: His attempt to save his wife was rewarded with more than a decade in prison.
  • Not Helping Your Case: He picked up the knife that was used to kill Nora, so he could try to stabilize her heart. Unfortunately, leaving his fingerprints on the murder weapon (and the fact that there was no one else around) gave the cops other ideas.
  • One True Love: Nora. If one looks at his five alternate selves above, they’re all married to their version of Nora.
  • The Pollyanna: He still retains his positive outlook in life despite being fully aware of how serious and unjust his situation is.
  • Remake Cameo: John Wesley Shipp played Barry Allen in the previous Flash TV series.
  • Related in the Adaptation: He's related to the Garricks through his mother which also results in Jay Garrick being his Alternate Universe counterpart.
  • Sacrificial Lion: Like his late wife, he was murdered by a speedster, but in the penultimate episode of a season instead of the start of one.
  • The Scapegoat: He was essentially framed by the Reverse-Flash for the murder of his wife.
  • Secret Keeper: He figured out Barry was the Flash after seeing him save Joe and after he broke out a mob henchman (who stabbed him) to be interrogated, but doesn't state it directly. In the Tricksters, he learns for real.
  • Shipper on Deck: He's primarily to Barry/Iris, though he was open to Barry's relationships with Linda and Patty.
  • Sixth Ranger: Serving as Team Flash's back-up doctor while Caitlin is Zoom's captive. Had it not been for Zoom, he might have remained this.
  • So Proud of You: In Crazy For You Henry hints that he knows Barry is the Flash, and he's damn proud of the hero his son has become. He repeats this statement before being killed by Zoom.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: In the comics, he died in prison a year or two before his son became the Flash. Here, he lived to be cleared of murder. Though in pre-Flash: Rebirth, he lived a long life as well, until he and his wife passed away soon after the Crisis. Sadly, he winds up getting Zoom's hand through his chest at the end of the penultimate episode of Season 2 while Barry was Forced to Watch.
  • Stuffed into the Fridge: He was explicitly killed by Zoom to cause Barry pain.
  • Team Dad: For as brief as it was, he shared this role with Joe in regards to Team Flash.
  • Too Good for This Sinful Earth: One of the most genuinely good-hearted and moral people in the show, only to be brutally killed-off by the Season 2 Big Bad.
  • Two First Names: Being a DC Comics based character, he has a last name that is traditionally used as a first name.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: Just barely a year of being free after serving nearly two decades in prison for a crime he didn't even commit, he gets brutally killed-off.

    Nora Allen 

Nora Allen (née Thompson)

Species: Human

Played By: Michelle Harrison

First Appearance: "Pilot" (The Flash 1x1)

Appearances: The Flash

Barry Allen's mother and Henry Allen's wife. Her death at the hands of the Reverse-Flash continues to haunt Barry as an adult.

see the Arrowverse: Earth-2 page for her Earth-2 counterpart
see the Arrowverse: Other Earths page for Joan Williams, the Earth-3 character who bears her physical likeness
see the Arrowverse: Earth-90 page for more info on the Earth-90 character who bears her name and background
see the DCEU Other Humans page for the character in an undesignated Earth who bears her name and background

  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Like Barry, she's blonde in the comics and most adaptations. Here, she's a redhead.
  • Affectionate Nickname: To Barry, "My Beautiful Boy," even the Speed Force knew to use this as a reassurance to him.
  • All-Loving Hero: She introduces this sentiment to Barry.
  • Back from the Dead: Thanks to Barry going back in time in the Season 2 finale, Nora is saved from being killed by Eobard Thawne... until Barry realizes it's not meant to be.
  • Butterfly of Doom: It matters a great deal if this one woman lives or dies.
  • Dead Alternate Counterpart: The Nora Allen from Earth-2 lived until 2019, while her Earth-3 counterpart Joan Williams is still alive.
  • Death by Origin Story: She was killed by a mysterious man in a blur of light when Barry was eleven.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: When Barry was finally able to time-travel, he opted not to save her (following the advice of his 2024 self) so he wouldn't mess with the timeline. Still, he was able to say goodbye to her unlike before and stayed with her until she dies, and doing so finally gave him some closure in his life.
  • Dies Wide Open: Barry finds her corpse with a shocked look on her face.
  • God in Human Form: The Speed Force uses her the most often as its Avatar when speaking with Barry.
  • Go Out with a Smile: In the Season 1 finale. Barry ultimately didn't save her, but he gladly revealed to her who he is and that he and his dad would be OK. Hearing this, she leaves the world more peacefully and with pride on what her son will become. This contradicts the usual flashbacks Barry had of her where she had a shocked look on her face. She still Dies Wide Open, however.
  • Heart Is an Awesome Power: Instills this belief in Barry, pointing out that Barry's kindness and compassion for others is much more important than being strong physically. Years later when he becomes "The Flash," Nora's teachings still remain true.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: She died from a knife to the heart.
  • Killed Offscreen: Everyone knows her cause of death, but the stabbing happened offscreen. It was shown in a blink-and-you'll-miss-it shot during the first season finale.
  • Missing Mom: To Barry.
  • Mythology Gag: Her overall appearance is very similar to Iris's in the source material. Incidentally (or not), her husband's actor played the previous live-action incarnation of Barry Allen.
  • Named by the Adaptation: Her maiden name is never revealed in the comics or any adaptations. Here, it was Thompson.
  • Plot-Triggering Death: While not the absolute key to everything, her murder is what drove Barry into a job in police forensics and into using his newly-gained powers to help people.
  • Posthumous Character: Killed 14 years prior to the events of the pilot.
  • Revenge by Proxy: It is later revealed that the Reverse-Flash killed her as a consolation prize because he wasn't able to kill young Barry. Eobard Thawne figured that if he couldn't erase the Flash from existence, then he would force his younger self to suffer a life-defining tragedy that would hopefully prevent him from becoming the Flash in the first place (which Thawne quickly regretted since it meant he lost his connection to the Speed Force, just as he was traveling in time to go home).
  • Sacrificial Lamb: She was fated to die so her son would become a hero, something which causes Barry no end of grief and resentment; that fact there was a timeline where she lived and Barry still became the Flash only makes it worse, especially since that was the original timeline.
  • Set Right What Once Went Wrong: Averted. Despite there being a timeline where she lived and Barry still became the Flash that timeline is never coming back because of how time travel works: time is malleable to an extent, but after a while it'll harden like concrete. She's been dead too long to make any change. When Barry does save her he creates a whole new timeline — Flashpoint.
  • Shipper on Deck: In the flashpoint timeline she gleefully supports Barry's relationship with Iris.
  • Silver Vixen: While no doubt lovely in all the flashbacks and times we see her, in the Flashpoint timeline, in which she was allowed to age past the time of her initial death, we find she would have aged gracefully into a comely matron.
  • So Proud of You: Before dying in his arms, Nora shares her joy that Barry has grown into a fine young man. The Speed Force, speaking on her behalf, assures Barry that even from the other side, his mother delights in his bravery and valiant nature as a hero.
  • Stuffed in the Fridge: Eobard killed her purely out of spite towards Barry.
  • Too Good for This Sinful Earth: Like her husband, the brief glimpses we get of her, she demonstrates her loving nature, always reminding Barry that a persons virtues and the strength of the heart are what make a true hero, not the physical strength of one's body.
  • Two First Names: Being a DC Comics based character, she has a last name that is traditionally used as a first name.
  • White Shirt of Death: Was wearing an ivory colored blouse the night the Reverse-Flash killed her.

    Iris West-Allen 

Iris Ann West-Allen
"Think about your best friend. [...] Now imagine you discover your best friend has a secret - no, not a secret, a universe of secrets - would you confront him? Would you stay silent? Either way you know nothing will ever be the same again."
Click here to see her as The Flash 

Species: Humannote 

Known Alies: The Flash (temporarily)

Played By: Candice Patton, Amina Elkatib (young, Seasons 1-2), Sasha Rojen (young, Seasons 3-), Tom Cavanagh (as "H.R. Wells")

Voiced By: Annie Rojas (Latin-American Spanish dub), Tomo Muranaka (Japanese dub)

First Appearance: "Pilot" (The Flash 1x1)

Appearances: The Flash | Flash vs. Arrow!note  | Heroes Join Forcesnote  | Invasion!note  | Crisis on Earth-X note  | Elseworlds note  | Crisis on Infinite Earths note 

Barry's wife, the daughter of Joe and Francine West and older sister of Wally West, Iris has been Barry's Best Friends for all of his life, never knowing or recognizing his romantic intentions, and remaining oblivious to her own reciprocating feelings for him. When first introduced she is a waitress at CC Jitters and a graduate student studying criminal psychology.

A sweet and fun loving individual, her life was turned upside down after Barry was struck by lightning, leaving her nearly broken for the nine months he was in a coma. Still in that time she formed a relationship with her father's partner, Detective Eddie Thawne, a fact she keeps secret from Joe. Overjoyed with Barry's recovery, she quickly becomes friends with the scientists, "Dr. Harrison Wells" (actually Eobard Thawne in disguise), Cisco Ramon and Dr. Caitlin Snow, that saved his life. Around this time, after several encounters and meetings with the mysterious meta hero "The Streak," whom she later renamed "The Flash," she started a blog and online metahuman database, chronicling the strange going ons in the post Particle Accelerator Central City. This gained the attention of Central City Picture News, and she was offered a job as a reporter. Now she has been tasked with uncovering the secret of her new friends at S.T.A.R. Labs, though Iris has no idea that Barry her best friend is at the heart of it, and that one day, she would be too.

see the Arrowverse: Future Characters page for her possible future versions
see the Arrowverse: Earth-2 page for her Earth-2 counterpart
see the Arrowverse: Earth-90 page for more info on the Earth-90 character who bears her name
see the DCEU Other Humans page for the character in an undesignated Earth who bears her name and background

  • The Ace: She's a beautiful, kind, intelligent, well respected journalist, happily married to the handsome love of her life, who just happens to be Earth 1's greatest super human, and on that note she is a competent fighter, and has a dead aim with a gun, and alongside Barry she is co-leaders of one of the Multiverse's most elite crime fighting teams.
  • Act of True Love: Iris stabs herself with Marlize's katana in order to save Barry (and Caitlin and Cisco), who are trapped in De Voe's lair. She also jumps off of a building, without a moment's hesitation, to save Barry, who was shoved off of the same building while wearing cuffs which dampened his powers.
    Iris: I remember you asking me what I was willing to for my husband. How about I show you?
  • Action Girl:
    • In The Flash is Born, she's the one that lays out the Villain of the Week when he tries to get up after the Flash hits him with a Supersonic Punch. In Power Outage, she rescues herself after being taken hostage by Clock King by surprise-shooting him with Eddie's gun.
    • Demonstrated again in "Rogue Air," when she knocks out Peek-A-Boo when she is about to murder Caitlin.
    • A third time in "The Darkness and the Light", where she pulled off a (nonlethal) headshot on Dr. Light.
    • And a fourth time in "Finish Line," when she saves Barry from Savitar by shooting the latter.
      Iris: All this time you were trying to save me; look at that, I saved you!
    • In The Flash portion of Crisis on Earth-X, Iris leads Felicity Smoak through the vents of S.T.A.R. Labs to the pipeline and manages to disarm two Nazis who pursue them.
    • In "Lose Yourself," Iris reveals that she had Cisco create earrings which contain explosives for her; she subsequently uses the earring to break Joe, Harry, and herself out of the speed lab where DeVoe trapped them. Subsequently, she non-lethally stabs herself with Marlize's katana, in order to use DeVoe's chair to get Marlize out of the S.T.A.R. Labs Cortex and to safely return Barry, Cisco, and Caitlin to S.T.A.R. Labs.
    • In "Goldfaced," Cicada attacks her, armed with his dagger, but she utilizes her pepper spray and subsequently stabs him with her pen in the place he is already injured in his chest, thereby saving herself and discovering his weakness in the process.
  • Action Mom: She's a competent Action Girl and has begun building Central City Citizen, her newspaper. With the arrival of Nora, she has seamlessly and simultaneously eased into motherhood.
    Barry (in response to Iris teaching Nora how to ice-skate): Look at you two! You're such a mom.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Her comic counterpart is a classic example of Heroes Want Redheads. Became a brunette for the show to accommodate her Race Lift.
  • Affectionate Gesture to the Head: She caresses Savitar's face when he's considering Barry's plan to save him in exchange for Cisco and Caitlin's return.
  • Age Lift: In accordance with this version of Barry being younger than most depictions, Iris West, being Barry's love interest, is also a fair bit younger than usual.
  • All-Loving Hero: One of Iris's defining virtues is her incredibly selfless nature and her inherent nobility, most pointedly demonstrated during the "Save Iris" arc, in which on multiple occasions Barry was willing to endanger Central City or kill to alter the timeline, Iris would often point out Barry's selfishness, reinstating her life wasn't important enough for him to sacrifice his morals as a superhero. She also continuously reminds Team Flash to also focus on helping Caitlin with her frosty future. One of the main reasons Killer Frost was able to fall for H.R's ploy, was his spot on impression of her/his begging for Iris/H.R's life offering to go with her in exchange. Also much like the majority of team, she is very willing to see the good in people, even when they themselves cannot. Particularly, Iris is the one who is able to convince a remorseful Marlize to join the fight against Marlize's husband, Clifford DeVoe.
    Iris: (towards Marlize) You asked me what I was willing to do for my husband. Now I am asking you, what are you willing to do for the world?
  • And I Must Scream: Iris is trapped in a Mirror at the end of "Marathon," and we see her screaming Barry's name desperately to no avail in both "Love is a Battlefield" and "A Girl Named Sue." She cannot communicate with her husband, her father, or any of her friends, and to make matters worse, an imposter with her face is walking around, having taken over her life.
  • Arch-Enemy:
    • Averted with regards to arguably her most intense personal rival, Marlize DeVoe. It is true that Marlize DeVoe's character exhibits traits that might make her The Dragon of season 4, and she is a partial Evil Counterpart to Iris. It is also true that both women have had a few epic showdowns, including an extensive hand-to-hand duel. But Marlize leaves Clifford DeVoe of her own accord, and Iris later appeals to the young, idealistic Marlize that existed before she met DeVoe, and this convinces a remorseful Marlize to join the fight against her husband. After Team Flash defeats DeVoe, with Nora's help, Iris and Marlize even hug, before Marlize departs.
    • Eva McCulloch, in season 6, given the fact that Eva trapped Iris in a mirror and created a reflection of Iris, which she controls, and which took over Iris's life for a period of time. After Iris learns the truth about Eva, Eva ties Iris's hands to a chair and cruelly forces Iris to watch Mirror Iris batter Barry repeatedly and then taunt him about how they shared a bed for weeks. Eva is an Evil Counterpart to Iris.
      Iris: (to Eva) I'm going to kill you.
  • Ascended Fanboy: She went from writing a blog about The Flash and promoting popularity towards him to joining his team and marrying him.
  • Badass Adorable: Iris is adorable, sweet, and one of the nicest characters on the show. She has also knocked out Girder, Peek-A-Boo and an Alchemy influenced Wally, plus Joe taught her how to use a gun, which she used to shoot the Clock King and Dr. Light, holstered one on Zoom and saved Barry and the others from Savitar by delivering the kill shot.
    Iris: A girl's gotta be her own hero now and again.
  • Badass Bookworm: Iris's intelligence lies mostly in her journalistic abilities, strategising and leadership skills, but Joe also taught her combat skills, and she's been shown to be proficient at using handguns.
  • Badass in Distress: Despite her impressive ability to defend herself, she knows her limits and will not hesitate to call Barry, or activate Cisco's app, for help when she gets in over her head.
  • Badass Normal: Evident, given that she is one of the members of the West family. Furthermore, despite not having any meta-human abilities, Iris never hesitates to join the super-powered team out in the field, often going out armed with a gun and her sheer bravery.
    • In "All Doll'd Up," Ralph and Iris team up to save Barry, who has been kidnapped by Peter Merkel. When they arrive, Merkel forces Iris to put her gun down, threatening to kill Barry, who is in meta-human cuffs, if she does not disarm herself. He then shoves Barry off of a building, and Iris nose dives off of the same building, despite not having any harness or superpowers, without a moment's hesitation, and when she gets to Barry, she unlocks his cuffs, mid-air, and he is then able to speed the both of them to safety.
      Nora: Mom, holy schrap! You just threw yourself off of a building to save dad? That was beyond schway.
      Barry: (to Iris) You're crazy.
      Iris: I am.
      Barry: Thank you. I love you.
      Iris: I love you.
  • Battle Couple: She occasionally joins her boyfriend and later husband Barry in the field and she has some fighting skills.
  • Believing Their Own Lies: A minor, non-antagonistic example, regarding her feelings for Barry. Iris tried to tell people she only saw Barry as a friend, but the only person she was fooling was herself — everyone, including her father, her boyfriend Eddie, and Barry himself (thanks to Time Travel shenanigans) knew the truth. It took Eddie's death and learning of Barry's experiences on Earth-2 with their married doppelgangers for her to finally accept that she was in denial about what was really going on between them. Even before, she never denied that she loved Barry after being confronted by him, but due to her loyalty to Eddie, she refused to allow herself to fully embrace her feelings for Barry.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: She's as sweet as honey, and there are very few people kinder than she in the entirety of the Arrowverse, but if you really want to see her bad side, try threatening her boyfriend/husband, her daughter, her family or her team and see what happens.
    • While trapped in Nora's memories in "Memorabilia," Barry and Iris encounter Nora's defense mechanism in the Hall of Villains in the Flash Museum: her defense mechanism is the Reverse Flash suit, which attacks them. The Reverse Flash suit has Barry in a chokehold and taunts him, but Iris uses the Thinker's chair to blast Reverse Flash and save Barry.
      Reverse Flash: (to Barry) Another broken family. This is the legacy I gave you.
      Iris: Nobody breaks up my family, you son of a bitch.
    • Family members aren't spared either if she feels they've crossed the line or tested her patience to its limit. Joe, Francine, and Barry have all earned spots on her shit-list at various points: Joe for his overbearing protectiveness and keeping her in the dark about Barry being the Flash, Francine for her Parental Abandonment while she was pregnant with Wally, and Barry for how he handled the whole "our daughter has been working with my mother's killer" situation with Nora.
    • In a deleted scene, she is raging after Ralph accidentally presses emergency buttons. It was a Rage Breaking Point after having passed through multiple difficulties during her marriage to Barry.
    • When meeting Nash Wells, she greets him in a friendly manner while at the same times she threatens to use a taser with him if he still tries to get too close to her.
  • The Big Damn Kiss: Finally kisses Barry when they try to rescue Joe, but Barry's discovery of time travel at the end of the episode erases this.
  • Big Sister Instinct: After she learns of Wally's existence, she grows into this overtime. She specifically forbid him from training and only relented when she realized there was no talking him out of it.
  • Braids of Action: In "King Shark vs. Gorilla Grodd," Iris unusually has her hair in a tight, neat braid, because she boxes, indicating her Action Girl status.
  • Brainy Brunette: While her intelligence doesn't lie in science like a few other members of Team Flash, Iris is incredibly sharp. Not only is she a graduate in criminal psychology, but she started the metahuman blog that everyone in the Arrowverse uses, got herself a job at Central City Picture News, and managed to figure out the connection between Thawne's accelerator and metahumans despite being Locked Out of the Loop for most of the first season.
    • Like any good investigative journalist, Iris has strong memory recall when it comes to details, and she is able to use this to build larger solutions to big problems in highly stressful situations. Thus, in "Enter Flashtime," she draws upon her ability to stay calm in high-stress environments and her journalistic ability to piece together past details to come up with solutions to help Barry save Central City from a nuclear bomb that has already been detonated.
      Iris: When you went into the Speed Force, the lightning from the storm...
      Barry: One of those bolts would be more than enough, but I can't... how could I draw that out?
      Iris: No listen, when we freed you, Cisco and Caitlin, they used a quark sphere programmed with your genetic marker to trick the Speed Force into thinking that you're still in there.
      Barry: I just need to get that sphere. The storm will chase me.
      Iris: It's like you said: a lightning rod to bring out the lightning.
  • Broken Hero: For someone who has faced a great deal of turmoil, and has had the love of her life's future disappearance hanging over her head for years, Iris is surprisingly well-adjusted, optimistic, and humorous. However, she does become a lot more serious as the seasons go on.
    • Iris believed her mother to be dead, but it turns out Francine actually went to rehabilitation for drug abuse after passing out and nearly burning the house down, and subsequently never reaches out to Iris. A five-year-old Iris was the only other person in the house, and she called the police, but the trauma of the incident led to a mental block, in which Iris fails to recall the incident. After learning that Joe lied to her about her mother's death, Iris is, before Flashpoint, very understanding as to why her father kept this from her. Eventually, Iris forgives her mother, before Francine dies of cancer.
    • Iris witnesses Barry go into a coma, and she sits with him every day, trying to keep spirits up by attempting to be upbeat and voicing how much he means to her. It is indicated that she was talkative with Caitlin and Cisco, during her visits. She also witnesses Barry disintegrate before her eyes in "Rupture," after Harry attempts to recreate the particle accelerator explosion to return Barry his speed, and in the aftermath, despite her grief, she helps out Wally, who was also affected by the explosion, and comes up with the plan to save Central City from a newly resurrected Girder, who is after her.
    • She was destined to die at Savitar's hand for the better part of a year and spent much of that time setting aside her own fear and comforting Barry, Joe, and Wally, all of whom became increasingly traumatized by her future death as the fateful day approached.
    • In the wake of Eddie's death, Iris chooses to become very active with helping Cisco and Martin Stein protect the city in S.T.A.R. Labs, and she encourages Barry to go to the parade to celebrate the Flash, reminding him that she always believes in him.
    • Although Iris becomes more emotionally-withdrawn after Barry's departure into the Speed Force, she puts on a brave face for her father and Team Flash, going so far as to lead the Team in saving the city.
    • Her long-awaited wedding ceremony is interrupted by Nazis, but she immediately tells Barry that the important thing is that they are okay and even makes a light-hearted joke that her wedding dress can survive a gun fight.
    • After Nora is erased from existence, Iris is very distraught, but assures an equally grieving Barry that he is already everything he has sought to be: A good man, loving husband, and supportive father. She is trying to deal with the possible death of Barry.
    • Iris winds up trapped in a mirror, unable to communicate with her friends and her family, while an imposter takes over her life, and she endures an exceptionally traumatic experience for weeks on end. Despite this, she attempts to be optimistic and even smiles tearfully when Wally returns in "Death of the Speed Force," remarking on how happy he is.
      Iris: I've been trapped in here for weeks and losing my sense of time, like I'm in some sort of dream.
  • Calling the Old Man Out:
    • When she finally discovers everything, start to finish — Barry being the Flash, Joe and Eddie knowing, the Man in Yellow — Joe finally hears it for every overreach of restriction and/or secrecy he's made in his attempts to keep her safe from the villains' reach.
    • And again with Francine West. She tears her apart for leaving, for not contacting Joe for twenty years, and most especially for hiding the fact she was pregnant when she left.
  • Celeb Crush: She has a huge crush on Oliver Queen. She's absolutely giddy when she sees him as a customer in Jitters and that he’s friends with Barry. Her crush on him grows even bigger when she finds out he's the Green Arrow. Though that crush subsided after both he and Felicity, ruined her and Barry's wedding, making it an unwanted double wedding.
  • Childhood Friends: With Barry. They have been friends since they were kids.
  • Childhood Friend Romance:
    • Barry has been in love with Iris since "before he knew what the word 'love' meant." We don't know exactly how old they were when they became friends, but he had a crush on her since before his mother died when he was 11. Finally fully realized in season 3 with the two officially dating.
      Barry: Do you remember when I first moved in? Joe brought me to the house after my mom was killed. I looked at you and I said, "My dad didn't do it," and you said...
      Iris: I believe you.
      Barry: You always have.
    • In the episode, "Cause and Effect," Iris confirms that she and Barry fell in love the night he came to stay with the Wests after his mother had been killed by the Reverse Flash; they both were eleven years old at the time.
  • Composite Character:
    • Her suit in Run, Iris, Run is modeled after the costume worn by Jenni Ognats/XS, although it's her future daughter Nora who becomes the show's official version of XS.
    • In the comics, Barry had a daughter named Nora with Jessica Cruz, not Iris West.
  • The Confidant: She is the person Barry confides in about everything. She, in turn, always provides him with the utmost support.
  • Cool Big Sis: Is becoming one for Wally, and acts this way for pretty much the entire team.
  • Cope by Pretending: Played with. Although Iris doesn't mask her grief over Nora's death by being overly optimistic and enthusiastic as Barry does and is clearly outwardly struggling to hide her grief, Iris buries her emotions, by clinging to the notion that she and Barry will see Nora again. When she loses her purple jacket, the last tangible thing that she has to honor Nora, to the first black hole, Iris hides her devastation, until Cecile prods her when they go to investigate Chester P. Runk's whereabouts. Later, Iris breaks down to Barry.
    Iris (finally allowing herself to break down): You know why I was at that junkyard? I lost my purple jacket. And I was obsessed with... getting it back, because... you know... in my mind, Nora needs it. You know, she needs it to become XS. And when that thing swallowed it, just... just for like a tiny second, I wanted it to swallow me too.
  • Cradle of Loneliness: After Nora is erased from existence, Iris finds her daughter's time journal in the S.T.A.R. Labs cortex, which she proceeds to pick up and hug tightly to her chest, as she breaks down in tears.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Iris is an investigative reporter with a contingency plan.
    • When the DeVoes assault S.T.A.R. Labs, she reveals she had Cisco make explosive earrings for an emergency like that one.
    • In "Marathon," Iris tricks Kimiyo Hoshi to come to the West House, by producing a hologram of herself, controlled by Kamilla in S.T.A.R. Labs. In the meanwhile, Iris goes to McCulloch Technologies, Inc. to confront Joseph Carver, where she informs him that if he doesn't call off Hoshi from hurting her loved ones, she will automatically release the information she has amassed on Black Hole. Faced with no choice, Carver calls Hoshi off just before she kills Frost, and he drops the defamation lawsuit he had filed on behalf of McCulloch Tech against The Central City Citizen.
  • Damsel out of Distress: Many times a bad guy has tried to take her hostage. Many times, it didn't turn out quite as they expected.
  • Dating What Daddy Hates: Initially she wanted to be a cop; her cop father said no, on the grounds that a life in the police force would be too dangerous. During Season 1 she dated Detective Thawne; and initially they kept it a secret from Joe. Notably averted with Barry, who is the only love interest she has ever had that Joe was fully supportive of. Seeing as Barry was basically his son in all but blood, it makes sense he'd be the only man Joe would approve of, as trust is a non-issue for all involved.
  • Death Is Such an Odd Thing: Iris struggles with how to grieve Nora's death, because she is devastated over losing the Nora that she knew, but feels confused over how much grief she feels, because she knows that she will one day see her daughter again. This leads her to struggling with how to grieve and how to express her grief to those she loves.
    Iris: I just miss [Nora] so much. Everyday, every minute. And I know that is selfish, because one day I'm gonna get to see Nora again. But it won't be our Nora, you know, the one that we knew. The one that we have pictures of. The one that we grew to love. That Nora is gone forever. And I guess, because of that, you know, I just... I don't know how I'm supposed to feel.
    Cecile: Iris, you do not get to cheat the grieving process just because you know you're gonna see Nora again someday.
  • Deliberately Distressed Damsel: She intentionally lets herself be kidnapped by the Samuroid in order to give Barry the motivation to get shocked out of his Speed Force induced delusional phase.
  • Designated Victim:
    • Usually averted, despite being Barry's primary love interest, and eventual wife, Iris can handle herself, and eventually the Meta's stop bothering her.
    • Despite the above, becomes a central plot point during the latter half of Season 3, in which Barry's main goal is to prevent her death at the hands of Savitar.
    • Weaponized in the Season 4 premiere, as she let herself be kidnapped knowing Barry would rescue her.
    • She is trapped in the Mirror universe and impersonated by an evil clone.
  • Deuteragonist: She's the female lead, and her storylines either compliment or run parallel to Barry's. In addition, Iris is the only character besides leading man, Barry, to have appeared in every episode of the series, and Patton has been second-billed behind Gustin since the pilot episode.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Basically whenever Iris goes one-on-one with a villainous meta-human.
    • Although Barry super-sonic punches Girder, when his skin turns to steel, it's Iris's right hook which knocks Girder out, when his exterior returns to flesh.
    • While the super-powered members of Team Flash struggled to attack Orlin Dwyer, due to his dagger removing most members' powers, Iris, armed with her pepper spray, pen, and sheer grit, effectively stabs Dwyer, discovering his weak spot.
    • Iris delivers a knock-out round of punches on Ragdoll, while assisted by Joe who holds him back for her.
    Ralph: Have you seen [Iris's] right hook?
  • Drink-Based Characterization: Coffee. An Americano with an extra shot, to be exact, which is indicative of Iris's easy-going, but determined nature.
  • Dude Magnet: Barry has been in love with her since they were children, and she was in a relationship with Eddie long enough for him wanting to propose. Scott Evans was interested in her not long after he met her. James Jesse made a pass at her during while holding a crowd of people hostage. Tony Woodward had a Villainous Crush on her, to the point that she was the only person he could recognize after his resurrection. Even Savitar is fixated on her, and his plan to murder her, besides his need to preserve himself, is a huge case of If I Can't Have You.....
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: Not an exact ending per se, but after everything she and Barry have been through and everything they've had to overcome, by the end of Crisis on Earth-X the two can finally refer to one another as husband and wife.
  • Eating the Eye Candy:
    • In the Flash vs. Arrow crossover, she gushes and crushes on Oliver Queen when she sees him as a customer in CC Jitters. She even goes as far as to tell Barry that she’s willing to cheat on Eddie with him.
    • When the team sees a photo of Ralph Dibny, she and Caitlin compare him to Oliver Queen.
    • Later on, when she assists Clark and Lois in tracking down the Super Paragon in the multiverse, while also trying to saving the other Clarks from Lex Luthor, both she and Lois can't help but oggle all the hunky Supermen they encounter.
  • Empowered Badass Normal: Already a competent Action Girl, she briefly became a speedster in The Flash Season 4.
  • Everyone Can See It: Much like Barry's affections for her, Iris's feelings for Barry were prominent enough that even her season one boyfriend Eddie Thawne took notice. The only person oblivious to them was Iris herself, though after Barry confessed it gradually slid from obliviousness and into straight up denial. Her love for Barry was so obvious that it actually factored into Joe invoking the Parental Marriage Veto card when Eddie asked for his blessing to ask Iris marry him, and Eddie briefly breaking up with her. Even Barry knew (thanks to Time Travel), and even called her out for lying to him and to herself.
  • Evil Doppelgänger: Iris ends up trapped in a Mirror at the end of "Marathon," and the Mirror produces a duplicate, sinister version of Iris, who immediately impersonates our Iris and takes over our Iris's life. Unlike our Iris, "Mirror" Iris can speak Italian, bashes men over the heads with glass bottles, and can even make perfect pancakes. "Mirror" Iris is also emotionally distant with Barry, yells at Joe, and is cunningly cold towards our Iris, as she holds Barry in her arms, while looking straight at our Iris through the Mirror. It's safe to say "Mirror" Iris is the opposite of Iris.
    • In "Grodd Friended Me," it is revealed that Eva is putting on an act of being innocent and broken to Iris and that she is working with "Mirror" Iris. It also appears that Eva and "Mirror" Iris are physically linked, because when Eva induces burns on her arms, the burns appear on "Mirror" Iris's arms.
    • In "Liberation," Iris verbally confronts Eva about the fact that Eva still loves her husband, Joseph Carver. Eva becomes agitated and, as a result, begins to lose control of Mirror Iris. Here, Barry appeals to Mirror Iris's desire to be alive and her own person, and Mirror Iris is able to break free of Eva's control. She tells Barry to go find and save Iris. Eva is devastated and infuriated that she lost control of Mirror Iris, so she destroys Mirror Iris, as a result.
  • The Face: Was her main role on the team, as a journalist, is to raise and maintain the public's support for The Flash. This is seen most prominently when she convinces "Jay Garrick" to briefly retake the mantle while Barry is on Earth 2, to keep her new boss from slamming the Flash, for not taking on the current Meta-Human. She quit her job to fully devote herself to Team Flash, but eventually returns to journalism during season 4.
  • Face Death with Dignity: She is understandably frightened, but aside from a worried look towards Clark, she and the other final five survivors of the Multiverse, Clark, Nash, Jefferson, Diggle and Ralph, stand in defiance towards the Anti-Monitor, asserting that the Paragons will stop him, before she is erased by the antimatter.
  • Failed a Spot Check: She mentions to Eva that her husband is the Flash. However, as Eva has been stuck in the mirror-world since the night of the particle accelerator explosion, she shouldn't know who or what the Flash is. However, Eva doesn't inquire about this, showing that she has more knowledge of the real world than she should.
  • Fan Disillusionment: She initially shows some interest on Oliver Queen due to his attractiveness, but she outgrows this due to seeing him as having too much darkness inside him.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: This is the dynamic she and the Mechanic, Marlize DeVoe, eventually develop. Despite their intense rivalry during season 4, and particularly despite Iris's rage towards Marlize for the latter's part in Barry's prison sentence and Marlize being the reason Iris ends up with a massive stabbing wound, Iris is able to eventually get through to Marlize to aid in the fight against DeVoe. In the season 4 finale, the two women say goodbye to one another as friends.
  • First Love: Barry's, and unarguably the love of his life.
  • Genki Girl: Iris comes off as a bit on the bubbly, enthusiastic and hyper side.
  • Girly Bruiser: She is traditionally feminine in her attitudes and her clothing, but she will defend herself or her friends if needed.
  • Giver of Lame Names: Iris will apparently be the one to dub Nora "XS," since she does everything "in excess." Cisco is dismissive of the name, but Nora seems to like it.
  • Good Is Not Soft: She is an incredibly kind and loving young woman, but she will not hesitate to shoot, and in Savitar's case, kill in defense of herself, her loved ones and her friends.
  • Good Parents: She treats Nora with love, wanting to compensate for the wrong choices her possible future self did. While she learns that her future version was loving to Nora, she is trying to atone for her future self's more questionable choices.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: She's shown to be put off by other women, like Linda Park and Becky Cooper, expressing interest in Barry, however she was fully on board with Felicity and Patty.
  • Happily Married: As of the fourth annual crossover, Crisis on Earth-X, to Barry. They clearly love and support each other.
  • The Heart: As the co-leader and most encouraging member of the team, but more specifically she is Barry's. Whenever he needs to be boosted up, Iris is there. Whenever he needs someone to point out when he's in the wrong, Iris is there. Whenever he needs to be supported emotionally and/or physically, Iris is there. Even long before she knew his secret, long before she was his girl, she was supporting the Flash, and Barry will in turn always let her know just how much her help means to him.
    Barry: I couldn't do this without you!
    Iris: That's not true.
    Barry: It is true — whether you realize it or not, there is no Flash without Iris West.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: In the season 6 finale, "Success is Assured," Iris pushes herself to locate and save David Singh, in the Mirror World, despite her neural dissonance becoming progressively worse. Just as she locates Singh, after pushing herself to the brink, her neural dissonance becomes unbearable and she vanishes before Kamilla Hwang's eyes.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: A more mild example, as Iris is generally quite confident in herself. However, she tends to seriously downplay her achievements, often becoming shy when praised, or playing it off as nothing, while magnifying and internalizing what she views as her short-comings.
    • In "Run Iris Run," Iris vocalizes to Barry that the reason she is so set on saving the day by herself when she acquires his powers is due to a great deal of self-doubt which she has internalized, namely that she lost her fearlessness, since she quit her job at CCPN to run Team Flash full-time, after Savitar attempted to murder her and Barry departed into the Speed Force. Barry dispels this, while coaching her out in the field, by telling her that she is the bravest person he knows.
    • In "Enter Flashtime," Iris praises Barry, Jay, and Jesse's incredible efforts to save Central City, but does not mention her huge contribution to saving the day.
      Iris: If it wasn't for [Barry and Jay] and Jesse, it'd be a completely different story in the news right now.
      Jay: You were a big part of that, Iris. Credit where credit is due.
      Barry: My sentiments exactly.
    • In "All Doll'd Up," Iris becomes very demure under the praise showered on her by Team Flash after she jumped off a building without hesitation to save Barry. When Nora, who is utterly in awe of her mother at the moment, asks her what was going through her head when she jumped, Iris makes light of her own heroism by making a joke.
      Nora: What was going through your mind?
      Iris: Uh, please, god, don't let me drop this key.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: She and Caitlin eventually develop this dynamic.
  • Hidden Depths: While technically not as scientifically intelligent as her husband and friends at S.T.A.R. Labs, she is still able to grasp an understanding of the more technical sciences and even explain them in layman's terms. She is also tech savvy enough to properly function as The Team's Mission Control.
    • Particularly, she is able to quickly deduce solutions based on a set of facts, which often helps Barry when he is out in the field.
      Sherloque Wells: [Amazo] is a robot that has replicated [Barry, Oliver, Kara, and Clark's] super strengths and thus now it is impenetrable, so you cannot put the virus inside of it. That's not great.
      Ralph: Okay, so what do we do?
      Iris: Look, if Amazo inherited all of their strengths, then maybe he inherited their weaknesses too.
    • Iris is constantly coming up with solutions in high stress situations, by drawing upon the knowledge she has accumulated over the years. In "A Girl Named Sue," she urges Eva to use Liquid Nitrogen to attempt to freeze the mirror to get them out of the Mirror World. While that doesn't work, Iris later quickly deduces that Eva has powers which are similar to Sam Scudder's, thereby realizing that they might be able to use Eva's abilities to leave the Mirror World.
  • Hope Is Scary: The reason she was reluctant about the plans to get Barry back was her fear of the attempts failing.
  • Hypocrite:
    • She chewed out Barry and Joe for not telling her Barry was the Flash. While she did have a right to be upset, she never shared the revelation that she has a brother for weeks, and when she shares her secret it leaves Joe hurt she kept it from him. She does acknowledge the hypocrisy of this to Barry in "Running To Stand Still."
    • She takes a dim view of people that do not consult their significant others before taking a big decision, but she herself has done it. She proviously condemned Oliver for rejecting a deal without consulting Felicity and rebuked Barry over banishing Nora without consulting with her, but she still tries to go after her daughter Nora without discussing it with Barry first.
  • Hypocrite Has a Point:
    • She was hiding the existance of Wally West from Joe and Barry, but she was right at telling them that keeping her out of the loop about the Flash was not protecting her, and she was more upset at the fact that Joe specifically instructed people not to tell her.
    • One of the major plots of the episode "Snow Pack" is centered on this: Iris is rightful to condemn Barry's disregard for her input before taking a major decision, but tries to solve the problem without Barry to no avail. The experience makes her learn that this problem needs that both be united as a couple to fight.
  • Iconic Sequel Character: While she was introduced at the series premiere of The Flash (2014), she was technically only introduced during the third year of the Arrowverse.
  • I Have No Daughter!: In the post-Flashpoint timeline, Joe disowned her after she takes her mother's side once she discovers that her the latter is still alive, even going as far as Unpersonning her. They eventually got better. Before the Cosmic Retcon, she has an Undying Loyalty to her father and didn't forgive her mother until her last days.
  • Innocent Bystander: Subverted. This is what Joe and Barry see her as and the reason they refuse to let her in on the secret, but Iris has shown herself quite capable of handling several dire situations, and is more than willing to dive into the thick of things in order to get a story or find out what's really going on.
  • In Spite of a Nail: She still ended up as Barry's wife, much like their Earth-2 counterparts.
  • Intrepid Reporter: When she gets a job at Picture News, she agrees to look into the going-ons of her friends at S.T.A.R. Labs. When she becomes a member of Team Flash, she uses this role to help out occasionally as an informant to Barry on the recent Meta-Human influenced happenings. She resigned in favor of being a mission control to Team Flash, after the trauma of Savitar nearly murdering her and of Barry entering the Speed Force at the end of season 3, yet partially returns mid Season 4, by restarting her blog, after rediscovering her passion for journalism during her brief stint as a speedster. Her blog proves important in the fight against De Voe, as she arms the citizens of Central City with information, who in turn comment on her posts about sightings of De Voe and Marlize. In season 6, she has a fully realized newspaper, after having hired Kamilla Hwang as a photographer and Allegra Garcia as a reporting intern. Cecile Horton serves as legal counsel for the Central City Citizen.
    • In "Memorabilia", Iris starts considering expanding her blog, but is hesitant when she learns that the only potential newspaper title she can register is The Central City Citizen, the title of the newspaper in which she writes the infamous article about Barry's disappearance. Barry coaxes her to realize the importance of her dreams and to not give them up in an attempt to change the future. Her fears are assuaged a bit after she witnesses her future self and Nora in the Flash Museum and comes to learn that she is a very kind and loving mother, but that Nora's anger about her father's disappearance clouded her memories of her mother. Office space opens up in the building where Ralph has his office, and Iris decides to utilize it for her paper.
    • In "Goldfaced", Iris has officially launched The Central City Citizen, but finds herself struggling to find readers. She decides to start writing about Cicada and begins investigating his whereabouts. Her investigation leads her to Orlin Dwyer's home, where she comes to face to face with him. He attempts to impale her with his dagger, but she stabs him with her pen in the area in his chest where he is already injured. In doing so, Iris informs Barry, Ralph, and Killer Frost that she has found a way to administer the meta-human cure to Dwyer, namely in the place where he is injured in his chest.
    • In "Marathon," Iris publishes an explosive piece in The Citizen, exposing the human trafficking and weapons trafficking syndicate, Black Hole, which brings her into the crossfire of Joseph Carver, Chief Executive Officer of McCulloch technologies, and the mastermind behind Black Hole. While investigating a lead on Carver's presumed to be dead wife, Eva McCulloch, Iris is snatched into a mirror, and a duplicate, sinister version of herself is produced and who promptly impersonates Iris and takes over her life. Meanwhile, Iris finds herself trapped in the mirror and encounters Eva who claims to have been trapped in the mirror for six years. Iris quickly deduces that Eva has powers similar to Sam Scudder, a fact which Eva is seemingly unaware of.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: While she does quitely come to realize she does have feelings for Barry, since she is still dealing with the loss of Eddie, she openly supports his relationship with Patty.
  • I Will Find You: Iris makes this very vow to Barry in "Liberation," despite the fact that Barry can't hear or see her, because she is trapped in a different dimension in the Mirror World. Barry is on the other side of the mirror, where he makes the same promise to Iris, despite the fact that she also can't see or hear him.
    Iris: I'm going to find Kamilla, and I'm going to find Singh. But most of all, I'm going to find my way back to you.
  • I Will Wait for You: Makes this promise to Barry, when he tells her he has to go away to try and fix himself so that he could be worthy of being in a relationship with her. However after going back in time and causing Flashpoint, this event was erased from the timeline.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: In the season 4 premiere, she is considerably colder than usual due to her grief of losing Barry. When the rest of the team expresses a plan to release Barry, Iris objects by reminding them of the risk of unleashing a storm from the Speed Force. Despite the Jerkass Ball, her concern about this is very important, especially because the aftermath of Cisco releasing Barry from the Speed Force involves the creation of new metas, all of whom are targeted and eventually killed by DeVoe.
  • Just Friends: Proclaimed she and Barry were this throughout her relationship with Eddie Thawne. It takes a while for her to accept that they were never "just friends", even when she was with Eddie.
  • Lady in Red: When Iris makes an entrance, she is usually seen in red. Most notably in "All Doll'd Up," where Iris wears a long red gown to Theresa Merkel's fundraiser. She also wore a fitted red dress to a journalism event in "Tricksters," and a red jumpsuit to the failed S.T.A.R. Labs Museum opening in "Borrowing Problems from the Future." Arguably, her affinity for red is clearly related to red being Barry's color.
  • The Leader:
    • Co-leaders with her husband, though obviously he still leads the other heroes in the field, Iris can be a mixture of all four types. However, while she has come up with plans of action for the team, she is typically the level-headed and headstrong type, as her strengths lie in motivating the team and keeping it together, as well as caring for the individual members.
    • She becomes the leader of The Central City Citizen.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Iris sometimes has a reckless approach to taking actions against villains and often jumps into danger without seeing the possible consequences first.
  • Lethal Chef: While her food tends to be edible enough, she tends to burn the food she is preparing, including toast. Nora's completely unsurprised reaction makes it clear she never improves. She often settles for giving Barry a banana.
  • Locked Out of the Loop:
    • Joe made Barry promise that he wouldn't tell Iris about his powers, something he's not very happy about. She finally finds out in the episode, "The Trap."
    • In the episode "Grodd Lives," virtually everything she says to both Barry and her father revolves around everything wrong with this trope.
    • She was also this in regards to Barry's feelings for her, as just about everyone except her knew that Barry was in love with her for the first nine episodes of Season 1 — even Barry's father knew, and he was in prison for most of his son's life.
  • Longing Look: After Barry's confession in Season 1, she can be seen giving him a few of these, most notably in Revenge of the Rogues and Rogue Time.
  • The Lost Lenore:
    • Eddie's death devastated Iris, and a year later she was still mourning him.
    • She was so broken by Barry's departure that she couldn't even bring herself to sleep in their bed, staying on the couch instead, or look at any photos of Barry, turning the picture frames down, and shut herself off from her friends and family emotionally.
  • Loves My Alter Ego: Averted, when Harry formulates a risky procedure to help him regain his powers, Iris assures Barry that whether or not he chooses to become The Flash again, it's the Man that she loves not the Super Hero. She later amends this in that she loves them both, Barry, her boyfriend and The Flash, her protector. Furthermore, in the wedding vows she tells Barry that while The Flash is Central City's hero, Barry is her hero.
  • Loving a Shadow: Her relationship with Eddie Thawne. While Iris did love Eddie, it's fairly obvious that the main reason why their relationship even got as far as it did was because Barry missed the beginning of it, thanks to being in a coma, and Iris was emotionally vulnerable due to his missing presence. Barry was even the reason they started dating — Eddie covered for Joe's shifts at the precinct so both he and Iris could be there for Barry while he was at the hospital, Iris decided to get him a cup of coffee to thank him, and things just spiraled from there. While telling Iris why he's breaking up with her, Eddie points out that their relationship has always had three people in it: him, her, and Barry. And as much as it pains him to admit, no matter how much he loves her, Iris will always choose Barry over him.
  • Mama Bear: She is very protective of Nora.
  • Maybe Ever After:
    • With Barry, according to Gideon, and the article from the future, and her doppelganger on Earth-2, she at one time may change her Surname to West-Allen. In the episode Trajectory Iris even makes a casual mention of a possible wedding between her and Barry, showing he's not the only one open to the idea.
    • As of the end of The Runaway Dinosaur the two have become the Official Couple.
  • Missing Mom: Her mother is not a part of her life at all, which is significant because her father is a major character. Flashbacks show that this was the case back when she was eleven. It's implied in "The Man In The Yellow Suit" that Iris's mother is dead when Barry gives Iris replicas of her mother's wedding bands that Iris lost as a child. In Season 2, however, we learn that her mother was a drug addict who left her family, and Joe had lied and claimed she died to keep Iris from developing abandonment issues.
    • Iris's fears about motherhood when Nora arrives from the future and is clearly upset with her also stem from the fact that she never got to properly reconcile with Francine.
      Iris: Just because I can protect [Nora], doesn't mean I'm a good mom.
      Barry: This isn't like what happened with Francine.
      Iris: (very softly and tearfully) Isn't it?
  • Mission Control: Her eventual main role. Takes over the running of S.T.A.R. Labs/Team Flash in Barry's stead. Even with his return she continues to manage The Team while Barry does the heavy lifting.
  • Morality Chain: Barry's. While there is no doubt that Barry is a kind, just and overall good person, he often straddles the line between the right and wrong choice, with Iris always keeping him on the path to be a hero. Most especially demonstrated in the "Save Iris" arc, Barry often comes across choices that could change the timeline to their benefit, but at cost of endangering Central City, with Iris pushing him to do the right thing, even if it leads to her death at Savitar's hands. And as seen in the bad future, where Savitar wins, without Iris, Barry isolates himself inside S.T.A.R. Labs, shirking his responsibilities as Central City's hero, to mourn and pine for her the rest of his days, while the city is ravaged by Metas. It takes the present day Barry reminding him of their promise to Iris to keep fighting the good fight for the innocent, that he finally re-dons the suit, stepping up to honor her.
  • Most Common Super Power: She briefly becomes a speedster in Season 4, ahough it's not obvious from her costume, she's a well-stacked.
  • Motor Mouth: Has her moments.
    "Wells": She [Iris] came to see you [Barry] quite often.
    Caitlin: She talks a lot.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Downplayed. She is beautiful and some of her clothing is mildly provocative, without being overly revealing.
  • My Beloved Smother:
    • Nora claimed a few times that Iris can be overly controlling, and even in the present Iris goes to some extremes in an attempt to be close to her. Turns out that Iris implanted Nora with a power-suppression chip so she wouldn't realize she was a speedster. Nora found out only a few months before she came back in time, and was not happy.
    • Subverted with regards to present Iris, when Iris tells Nora that she wants Nora to live her life in "All Doll'd Up".
      Iris: It's so silly.
      Nora: No it's not, it's your life. I mean, editor of the school newspaper by age 11. Exposing a corrupt school teacher at the age of 15. I mean, you never talk about this stuff... in the future, I mean. It's one of your off-limits topics. I'm not allowed to ask about it.
      Iris: Nora, I'm not that person in the future. And nothing is off-limits to me, okay? I'm not gonna sit behind a desk and say 'no'. I want you to live your life. And I want you to be a part of mine. No secrets, no lies, just us being who we are today.
  • Nice Girl: For the most part, she's pretty sweet, caring and forgiving.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Her attempts to localize David Singh in the Mirrorverse worsen the mind damage she has been suffering.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: With Barry. This is often a problem for their love interests.
  • Not So Above It All: As sweet as she is and how graciously she allowed it to happen, she isn't above throwing some shade at Felicity and Oliver for stealing her's and Barry's spotlight during their wedding.
  • Not So Different: Iris was upset that Barry would hide his secret identity from her because he thought she would be safe that way. She later hides Wally's existence from Joe, and realizes she was willing to keep a secret from a loved one just as Barry did. In Season 3, they both try to hide Iris's possible death at the hands of Savitar from Joe, at least initially.
  • Number Two: Because Iris is frequently the Only Sane Man whenever wacky situations arise, that combined with her status as The Heart make her this when Barry is out of commission or can't lead for whatever reason. Usually shares this role with Cisco.
    • Season 4 sees her becoming this for real as she handles the running of the team, while Barry and sometimes others, performs the heroics.
    • This is perhaps seen most prominently in 4x02, "Mixed Signals," when Iris advises Barry to throw a lightning bolt at himself, to short out his suit, which, due to a Meta taking advantage of the amount of technology Cisco placed into it, is about to explode.
    • Later demonstrated once again when after Caitlin is kidnapped by Amunet, and Barry is captured by DeVoe, Harry informs her she must decide who Team Flash will save, as S.T.A.R. Labs does not have enough resources to rescue both.
      • Proving herself the capable leader in Barry absence, she chooses to save Caitlin, as between the two, she's the most vulnerable, while knowing her husband can handle himself.
  • Oblivious to Love: Because Iris has never known a version of Barry that wasn't in love with her, she doesn't realize that's what is going on until he tells her. It's also interesting that she keeps talking about how no other woman seems to be able to see how amazing he is, which means she might be oblivious to her own feelings. This was confirmed in the Season 1 episode "Out of Time", where Iris finally realizes her feelings for Barry, and its second part "Rogue Time", where those events are negated thanks to Time Travel and Iris rejects him because she had yet to realize the truth — though it's less "oblivious" and more "denial" by this point.
  • Odd Friendship:
    • The pretty and outgoing reporter spends most of her time hanging out with the somewhat awkward members of S.T.A.R. Labs, and later becomes a full member of the Team.
    • Not to mention that she was implied to be one of the popular girls in school, and yet her best friend was one of the nerds.
  • One True Love: Barry outright states that she is the love of his life. Iris herself has only had one other major love interest, Eddie Thawne, and an episode in Season One confirms that when it came down to it, she loved Barry more than she did him. This is confirmed again in season 3, when she tells Barry that she has always been his. Right before Barry departs to the Speed Force in the Season 3 finale, he tells her that she has always been "Iris West-Allen" and that she always will be, and in just the scene before, she had told him the same thing (though see Self-Serving Memory).
  • Pop-Cultural Osmosis Failure: In contrast to other Team Flash members, she tends to fail to recognize movie references.
  • Power of Love: Essentially her superpower, if Barry needs a confidence/power boost or some mental affliction broken, Iris is the girl to do it, usually only with her voice.
    Iris: (to a telepathically paralyzed Barry when face Grodd) ...Barry do it for me!
    (Barry's eyes regain its twinkle)
    Barry: Iris!
    (Barry jumps to his feet and rushes Grodd)
  • Power of Trust: Iris is the only person to believe that a part of Barry still exists after Ramsey Rosso takes control of Barry and turns him into Dark Flash to do Rosso's bidding. She trusts that her husband is still in there, even when Ramsey tries to force this Dark Flash to kill Iris; as it turns out, she's right, and Barry had been attempting to fight to regain control of his mind and body and was working to clue Cisco and Iris in to this fact.
  • Plucky Girl: She continued to keep up her blog and investigate S.T.A.R. Labs, even though the men in her life have gaslighted and lied to her for months.
  • Purple Is Powerful: When she became a speedster for a day, she's wearing a purple costume and emits purple lightning.
  • Race Lift: She's Caucasian in the comics, but African-American in the show.
  • Rebuilt Pedestal: Her future daughter Nora does not think highly of her after realizing she had powers and that the Iris of her timeline put a dampening chip on her body. However, after learning of Iris's support to Barry back when both were children and seeing her jumping off a building to save him, Nora's opinion of Iris improves greatly.
    Nora: Mom, um, I'm sorry.
    Iris: Sorry for what, Nora?
    Nora: For not giving you a chance to show me how great you are. This year I'm just really thankful to get to know you. The real you.
  • Related in the Adaptation: Her father Joe is Barry's most prominent father-figure, even though they aren't blood related.
  • Related Differently in the Adaptation: Her ties with Wally West was remixed as she is now her long lost sister instead of aunt.
  • Sanity Slippage: Iris has begun experiencing the same neurological dissonance which plagued Eva, due to her prolonged time in the Mirror. Iris has begun to experience tremors and mind warps, and she relays her fears to Kamilla in "Pay the Piper."
  • Screw Destiny:
    • "Rogue Air" shows that she strongly believes this when Eddie tells her the reason he is breaking up with her is because he was told by Eobard Thawne that Barry gets married to Iris and there is nothing he can do to stop this from happening.
    • Likewise, she doesn't care what the article from the future says about Barry disappearing and never returning. As far as she's concerned Team Flash has changed the future before, they'll do it again.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: After Barry leaves Nora in the future without consulting her or even giving her the chance to say goodbye to Nora, Iris makes the decision to travel to the future through the timesphere in the S.T.A.R. Labs archives to save their daughter.
  • Secret Keeper: After an entire season of being Locked Out of the Loop, she is now a part of The Flash's inner circle, as well as Barry's most trusted confidante. She is also a secret keeper of the identities of the Team Arrow members.
  • Selective Obliviousness: Iris was almost in complete denial about her feelings for Barry during the second half of Season One, to the point that Barry called her out on it. Her relationship with Eddie was the only thing really stopping her from acknowledging them, but a stressful enough situation is enough for them to come to the forefront, as, when it comes down to it, Iris ultimately loved Barry more than she ever did Eddie. After Eddie's death, Iris was too busy mourning him for a relationship to happen, hence why Barry (almost) successfully moved on from her with Patty Spivot.
  • Self-Serving Memory:
    • She initially claims that she didn't have romantic feelings for Barry, but later seasons show that not only did she actually fall in love with Barry when he first came to her house, but that they had a pretend wedding when they were young.
    • On the other hand, she later claims that she "has always been Iris West-Allen." Despite the fact that she was literally just about to accept Eddie's proposal when Reverse-Flash kidnapped him.
    • She says a few times that Barry abandoned her to go into the Speed Force, when in fact he did so because the world was under the threat of destruction if he didn't. This lapse stems from the depression she suffered after he left and the sheer surreality of the event.
  • Shipper on Deck:
    • Initially for Barry and Felicity. Which is amusing, because Felicity is this for Iris and Barry.
    • Likewise, she is very fond of Patty and openly pushes Barry to pursue her.
    • Like Barry and Wally, she is supportive of the romance between her father and Cecile Horton.
  • Shipping Torpedo:
    • She was not supportive of Barry's romances with Becky Cooper and Linda Park.
    • When Nora is too attracted to Spencer Young, Iris tries to dissuade Nora from pursuing any romance with her due to Spencer being an Immoral Journalist.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man:
  • Sixth Ranger: She become this due to being the latest core member of to be inducted into Team Flash.
  • So Beautiful, It's a Curse: Her stunning good looks have caught the eye of a few super villains, most pointedly Tony/Girder, who commits crimes with the intention of hopefully catching her eye.
  • The Strategist: Iris's intelligence lies mostly in her journalistic abilities and leadership skills, but she's also shown to be a skilled strategist and uses her smarts to help the team come up with plans. While Barry was in the Speed Force the first time, she formed and led a plan to stop Girder from attacking everyone, putting herself in harm's way in the process.
  • Superpowers For A Day: In "Run, Iris, Run" a meta with the power to swap powers gives her Barry's speed, temporarily turning her into a speedster.
  • Swapped Roles: Matthew Kim transfers Barry's speedster abilities to Iris in "Run, Iris, Run," resulting in Iris's brief stint as the Flash, with Barry coaching her over the comms and being her inspiration to run.
  • Sweet Tooth: If there's a brownie in her vicinity, she is sure to snatch it up before anyone else can. She also loves mint chocolate chip ice cream.
  • This Is Unforgivable!:
    • She had a fallout with Joe about him hiding her mother from her and lying that she's still alive in the post-Flashpoint timeline before mending fences. Before the Cosmic Retcon, she took Joe's side and no such issues occur.
    • She is so enraged with Barry for abandoning Nora in the future without even letting her know, she begins penning him a letter, stating that she is unsure if she can forgive him for this ever, but never completes it, because Ralph interrupts her, and she decides to travel to the future on her own accord.
  • Took a Level in Cynic: A very minor version, but after Eddie's death, she shows a more serious personality than she had in the first season. Goes full cynic during the six months that Barry is gone.
  • Trapped in Another World: Iris winds up trapped in the Mirror World, without any way to communicate with Barry or anyone else. Her being trapped is one of the driving arcs of the second half of season 6.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: If Barry is in danger, Iris will not hesitate to attack, or in Savitar's case, kill to protect him.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Barry. Always.
    • In "Paradox," after the Team learns about Flashpoint, Iris comes to Barry's defense and explains why he made the heart-wrenching choice in an effort to get them to see what he was going through.
    • In "The Last Temptation of Barry Allen, Part 2," Iris is adamant about going to meet Dark Flash, after he has been taken over by Ramsey, because she believes her husband is still somewhere buried beneath Ramsey's control, despite the obvious risks that Ramsey will infect her as well or otherwise kill her.
      Cisco: Iris. That is not Barry. It may sound like him; it may look like him. But that is Dark Flash.
      Iris: You don't know that. What if Barry is still alive in there?
      Cisco: What if it's a trap, alright? We don't even have comms! It's too risky!
      Iris: Listen to me, I just need to look him in his eyes...
      Cisco: If the emitter does not work on Ramsey, I get to come back and try something else, but if you go out there and that's not Barry, you could get infected or worse.
      Iris (right before she uses the extrapolator to go meet Dark Flash): In sickness and in health.
    • In "A Girl Named Sue," despite being the one who is trapped and who is struggling to get out, Iris immediately reassures Barry that she is still with him, from the other side of the Mirror, even though he can't hear her, because she wants him to know that she is always with him, no matter where she goes. Barry, for his part, can seemingly sense that something is up with the Mirror.
      Iris (to Barry, despite the fact that he can't hear her, because she's trapped in another dimension): I'm still with you.
    • In "Liberation," despite the fact that they cannot hear or see one another, because they are physically separated dimensionally, Iris vows that she will find her way back to Barry.
      Iris: (to Barry through the mirror): I love you, and that love is constant.
  • Unrequited Love Switcheroo:
    • During Barry's relationship with Linda Park, Iris clearly did not enjoy seeing them together. When she accidentally causes them to break up by telling Linda about Barry's unrequited feelings for her, Barry confronts her about it and point-blank tells her that he was no longer in love with her. Iris is visibly stunned and took a moment too long to respond to that declaration.
    • Averted during Barry's relationship with Patty Spivot. While Iris did love Barry, she was still mourning Eddie's death at the time and wasn't ready to start a new relationship, especially with the best friend that her deceased fiance once broke up with her over because he knew she had feelings for him. Her thought-to-be-dead mother and previously unknown biological brother also served as suitable distractions. Hence, unlike with Linda, she showed little to no signs of being jealous of Patty.
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: With Barry. Barry and Iris had been dancing around each other practically all their lives, and the only people who didn't see what was going on was them. Iris remained oblivious to the entire dynamic, while Barry knew he was in love with Iris but missed the obvious signs that she felt the same way, at least subconsciously. Even after becoming aware that their relationship had always ran deeper than friendship, it took until Season 3 for them to finally get together.
  • Unwitting Muggle Friend: Spends the majority of Season 1 being this to Barry, something that significantly pisses her off when she finally learns who he has been the entire time.
    Iris: Tell me how the person I'm supposed to know better than anyone else in my life could keep secrets from me? Big, life changing secrets. You're supposed to be my Best Friend, Barry!
    Barry: I am your Best Friend!
    Iris: How can you say that, when the most important things in your life, you kept all of them from me!
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Her and Cisco, they are the two most likely to snark and clash with one another, but make no mistake, the two are family.
  • Weirdness Magnet: She attracts a lot of the super villains in the show for some reason. Ironically when she's finally let in on Barry's alter-ego, Metas hardly bother her at all anymore.
  • What the Hell, Hero?:
    • Delivers a blistering one to both Barry and Joe and their attempts at protecting her by withholding Barry's identity, only kept her in even more danger.
    • She is of course understanding of his anger, given their history with Thawne but she is irked when Barry locks Nora in the Pipeline without giving her a chance to explain or defend herself, and absolutely livid when Barry banishes their daughter to the future, without even consulting Iris, or allowing her to say goodbye.
  • Wrong Guy First:
    • Joe believes Eddie isn't the right guy for her, and is afraid both of them will end up hurt when they realize it. Eddie himself after learning the future from Eobard, comes to realize this as well, and admits to Iris while he's breaking up with her, that he always suspected that she was actually in love with Barry all along, even if she didn't know it herself. Considering a Season 1 episode confirmed this to be the truth, Joe may have had a point.
    • She in turn responds to him, with a Screw Destiny, that even if she may unwittingly love Barry, she wants to be with Eddie. Unfortunately, it becomes a moot point since Eddie ends up committing a Heroic Suicide at the end of Season 1.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are:

West Family

    Joe West 

Detective/Captain Joseph "Joe" West
"You always want to be the person who sees the best in people. I've been a cop for 25 years. All I can see is the flaws, the lies, the dark thoughts that people think I don't see. I wish I could be you. As fast as you are, that is your real power."

Species: Human

Played By: Jesse L. Martin

First Appearance: "Pilot" (The Flash 1x1)

Appearances: The Flash | Flash vs. Arrow!note  | Heroes Join Forcesnote  | Invasion!note  | Crisis on Earth-X note 

A detective in the Central City PD, Iris and Wally's father and Barry's foster father. Joe was a realist, often trying to get Barry to see the world same way, hoping one day that Barry would accept that Henry did kill Nora and abandon his pursuit of "The Impossible," for his own good. After the particle accelerators exploded however, Joe is now often a front and center spectator of "The Impossible," finally opening up to the possibility that the Henry Allen case may not have been as black-and-white as he initially believed.

see the Arrowverse: Future Characters page for his possible future versions
see the Arrowverse: Earth-2 page for his Earth-2 counterpart

  • Action Dad: Father of three, adoptive father of a fourth, and the show's resident Badass Normal.
  • Adaptational Badass: This version of the West father is a Badass Normal capable of gunning and killing Metahumans. He actively participates in fights and has even saved Team Flash's ass a few times.
  • Adaptational Heroism:
    • The New 52 version of the West patriarch was an Abusive Parent, enough that his own son Daniel crippled him in an attempt to end his life. Joe West however is a good man and a great father (and father-figure) to both his daughter and his foster son... His pre-Flashpoint self wasn't as bad it seems, but Iris and Wally make it clear that all the other Wests were assholes.
    • Wally's father Rudy was an abusive bastard who sold out the entire Earth to the Manhunters, tried to murder his ex-wife as part of a ploy to recruit Wally to their cause, and after they were defeated became a con man who faked his death multiple times to avoid the consequences for his actions, which involved stoking paranoia of shapeshifting Durlan invaders and literal child slavery. Needless to say, Joe hasn't done anything close to what Rudy did.
  • Adaptational Dumbass: He didn't actually became dumb in this version per se. However, most versions of him are scientists similar to the likes of the S.T.A.R. Labs crew in this show. Infact during "Killer Frost", after Wally has become encased in a cocoon in order to have powers like Barry's, Joe states while he is smart, he isn't smart as the rest of Team Flash or S.T.A.R. Labs in general.
  • Adaptation Name Change: Was named Ira (New Earth) or William (Prime Earth) in the comics.
  • Aesop Amnesia: In Season 2, he seems to have forgotten why keeping secrets sucks since he refuses to let Patty know Barry's the Flash.
  • Agent Scully: Doesn't take much stock in Barry's more "creative" theories. Until he sees Barry and Mardon fight, that is. Even after that he's still skeptical about the Man In Yellow until he actually sees him.
  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: He resorts to pleading for Iris's life and apologizing for his future self's actions when Savitar corners them in Earth-2.
  • And Starring: In the series OBB.
  • Arch-Enemy: He's been chasing the Mardon brothers for a long time, and it just got personal when his partner was killed.
  • Badass Baritone: Fitting for such an authoritative man.
  • Badass Beard: Sports a goatee and the show's resident Action Dad. His beard becomes fuller after Season 6.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: He mostly fights while wearing suits.
  • Badass in Distress: Weather Wizard, Grodd, Zoom and Ragdoll have all taken him hostage.
  • Badass Normal: A veteran detective, he is still skilled enough to go against metahuman threats like if they were normal everyday crooks. Armed with a custom rifle he joins Team Flash in taking down troublesome metas. In "Lose Yourself" he takes on a Samuroid off-screen by himself and wins.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Things you do not fuck with include Iris, Barry and Wally (and later Cecile and, presumably, Nora); the man is trained to use a gun! He will shoot you if necessary.
  • Break the Badass: Joe has been pretty brave with other super criminals but Grodd is the first one to reduce him to a weeping wreck.
  • The Bus Came Back: After being in Tibet to visit Wally for the first half of Season 5, he comes back to Central City in "King Shark vs. Gorilla Grodd".
  • The Cassandra: He's the very first member of Team Flash to be suspicious of Eobard Thawne. It took about a quarter of the season before anyone of them started to consider his suspicions.
  • Celebrity Paradox: A Villain of the Week in Season 2 mentions the Law & Order franchise. His actor was one of the longest-serving cast members of the parent series, which also happens to be his Star-Making Role as a screen actor.
  • Composite Character:
    • Right from the outset, he's a combination of Joe Jackham, who was the partner of Fred Chyre, and Eric Russell father of Iris West.
    • He is actually much more similar to the New 52 version of Darryl Frye (introduced after this Joe's debut) than to any version of the West father (who originally was a scientist who designed his special suit, much like the S.T.A.R. Labs crew in the show).
    • His adopting of Barry after his mother's murder and father's arrest is taken from New Earth's Ira West, who is the adoptive father of Iris (who in that version of the story was born in the 30th century).
    • As the father of Wally, he takes after Rudy West, though he (thankfully) has little else in common with him.
  • Cultured Badass: He was able to recite quotes from classic literature, something that impresses the Clock King as he was also a fan of it.
  • The Cynic: He is mostly civil, but having been a cop for almost 30 years, he's more suspicious and distrusting of people than most of the other main characters. This actually serves the team well, as he's the first to (correctly) suspect that something is off with "Harrison Wells".
  • Deadpan Snarker:
  • Dead Sidekick: Two of his four partners have bit the dust. His second was KIA in pursuit of the Mardon brothers, while the third and previous one made a Heroic Suicide to beat the Season 1 Big Bad. The fourth resigns to be a CSI.
  • Distressed Dude: He's been kidnapped in Season 1 twice. First by Mark Mardon which was negated by Barry's Time Travel, then by Grodd.
  • Fair Cop: His looks have been complimented by Eliza Harmon and Cecile.
  • Fantasy-Forbidding Father: He tries to get Barry to stop his extra-curricular heroics, but he eventually relents when he realizes how much the city needs Barry.
  • Friend on the Force: To S.T.A.R. Labs.
  • Good Is Not Soft: One of the most morally good characters in the show, don't underestimate Joe from harming or shooting a villain.
  • Good Parents: Really, we shouldn't have to explain this one. Just look at this page and check how many Joe moments are on there.
  • Heroic Will Power: In "We Are The Flash", DeVoe tries to make him perform a Psychic-Assisted Suicide, but Joe overcomes the mental control by thinking about the love for his family and turns the gun back on DeVoe. Though DeVoe simply overpowers him with his gravity powers for his trouble.
  • Hidden Depths:
    • He was able to name each of the people that coined the quotes Clock King was reciting.
    • Joe's often smarter than people think. There's a lot of Underestimating Badassery around him.
  • Hope Bringer: When Iris was about to abandon hers, after the return of mentally off Barry drove her even farther into her depression, Joe instills that she should never give up believing. His wise words not only inadvertently lead to both Barry and Iris saving each other, but also saving Central City.
    Joe: (to Iris) You've certainly got strength, baby girl. What you need is a little faith.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Notably one of the few characters to avert this as he is the first to suspect Thawne. It's due to him being an experienced detective able to notice small details and be Properly Paranoid while the rest of the characters are Naive Newcomers who trust a bit too easily.
  • Iconic Sequel Character: While he was introduced at the series premiere of The Flash (2014), he was technically only introduced during the third year of the Arrowverse.
  • I Have No Daughter!: In the post-Flashpoint timeline, he disowns Iris after she takes her mother's side after discovering that she's still alive. They eventually got better. Before the Cosmic Retcon, Iris has an Undying Loyalty to him and didn't forgive her mother until the latter's last days.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: He is friends with Cisco and Caitlin, who are young adults, and later with Ralph.
  • The Lancer: His role in Team Flash. He possesses authority over the group second only to Wells (which may have something to do with them being the adult figures of the relatively young group) and most times acts as Wells' de-facto Number Two, especially concerning Barry.
  • Lawyer-Friendly Cameo: Not that dissimilar from Law & Order's Ed Green, even down to the same actor. Which is interesting, since Green and his partner Joe Fontana had a cameo in a Batman comic.
  • Like a Son to Me: He raised Barry like his own son, and he considers him as such, casually referring to him as "my kid" a couple of times.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: When he learns about Wally, he admits to Barry he lied about Francine not to protect Iris, but because he gave up on her and wanted her out of their lives. He regrets doing this because it meant his son grew up without a father.
  • My Greatest Failure: Aside from those mentioned under That One Case, one example that doesn't involve his police work involves Barry's coma: he was so desperate to see his son awake again that he willingly surrenders Barry's body to Eobard Thawne (a man who Joe already had trust issues with) after the latter tells Joe that he's the only one who can help save Barry.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: When Iris is impersonated by a Mirror version of herself, Barry starts being feeling distrustful of the new Iris due to her aggressive demeanor and out of character moments. However, Joe makes Barry dispel these doubts and leads Barry to trust Mirror Iris, who is in a secret agenda to depower Barry.
  • No Sympathy: Towards Francine, believing her genuine pleas to be an attempt at guilt trip, and trying to pay her off instead of letting her near Iris.
  • Not So Above It All:
    • He's usually stern and the Only Sane Man, but when Barry shows him he can vibrate his vocal chords to throw his voice, he can't help but geek out.
    • When Cisco is in a state of a lucid dreaming and comments how he's wearing his favorite shirt that he thought the dryer ate, and Joe justs giggles uncontrollably.
  • Old Cop, Young Cop: Two of his most prominent partners (Eddie and Patty) are around the age range of his daughter. Both even dated his (surrogate, in Barry's case) children.
  • Out of Focus: In Season 5, his screen time is very reduced and almost all of it is at the West House with him never standing - this is a case of Real Life Writes the Plot as Jesse suffered a back injury during the break and was eventually granted a medical leave of absence to deal with it.
    • Even before hand, while he remained an informant to Team Flash, after seeing that the younger members of Team Flash mature and find their sync with one another early season 4, his time at S.T.A.R. Labs began to dwindle and he focused more on his contribution to the team through his police work.
  • Overprotective Dad: He tends to treat Iris and Barry like they're still a couple of ten year olds, instead of young adults. He scolds Iris and Barry, after the two of them were nearly caught up in a robbery and refused to let Iris follow in his footstep as a cop.
    Joe: You're just a kid. You're my kid.
    • He takes this too far when he lets Eddie in on Barry's secret and strictly forbids him from telling Iris. When Eddie points out that he's her boyfriend and he shouldn't have to be subservient to Joe, Joe replies he will be until he becomes Iris's husband. And with the trope below, that answer carries even sharper connotations… He eventually grows out of it after Iris does a spectacular Calling the Old Man Out.
  • Papa Wolf: He is protective of his family and the Team Flash members. Despite being mostly nice, he is not afraid to become more aggresstive if any of them is in danger.
  • Parental Marriage Veto: When Eddie gave him the courtesy of knowing first that he plans on proposing to his daughter, Joe bluntly shuts him down. He is unsupportive of this due to knowing that Iris's actual One True Love is Barry.
  • Parental Hypocrisy: He wanted to be a policeman since his childhood, but is unwilling to let his daughter involve in police work.
  • Parental Substitute:
    • Took Barry in after his dad went to jail, and will occasionally refer to him as "son" or "my kid" without even thinking about it.
    • Joe also takes on a fatherly role for Joanie, the daughter of his girlfriend Cecile, whose biological father isn't in the picture.
  • Parents as People:
    • Joe genuinely loves Iris and Barry and does his best to help them and keep them safe but this is offset by flaws in his own character such as being stubborn in the face of problems where he has to relent, Because I Said So tendencies that are invalidated by his lack of ability to enforce his statements, and some Innocently Insensitive moments that show with Barry.
    • When Wally started developing superpowers, he initially tried to dissuade him from using them to help Barry.
  • Police Are Useless: Joe utterly averts this, which is borderline unheard-of in superhero media. Even meta-human threats, which you could excuse normal police from being able to handle, are all but another day on the job for Joe West.
  • Pragmatic Hero: In contrast to Barry's Ideal Hero and Harry's Unscrupulous Hero.
  • Properly Paranoid: Can you blame him for not trusting Eobard Thawne when the two men's first encounter consisted of Thawne raising alarm bells in Joe's head with his every word while still posing a better chance to save Barry than the doctors at St. Andrews?
  • Put on a Bus:
    • In Season 5 due to his actor taking a medical leave of absence to deal with his back problems beginning with "All Doll'd Up"; early on their was a Hand Wave excuse for his absence, but eventually his absence was explained by going to Tibet to visit Wally.
    • In Season 6 he has to leave to witness protection since he is being hunt down by Joseph Carver.
  • Race Lift: He's white in the comics, but black in the show. In fact, the reason why the entire West family was adjusted like this was because the showrunners really wanted Jesse L. Martin for Joe.
  • Related in the Adaptation:
    • In this version, he's Barry most influential father figure after becoming his legal guardian because of his father's imprisonment.
  • Related Differently in the Adaptation: He becomes Wally's father instead of granduncle.
  • Religious Bruiser: After meeting Cecile, he became more religious. He is also a Badass Normal.
  • Secret Keeper: The first person outside S.T.A.R. Labs and Oliver Queen who knows about Barry's powers. While initially wary of Oliver, he keeps his identity as Arrow/Green Arrow secret.
  • Shipper on Deck: For Barry and Iris, as revealed in Plastique. It's why he can't give Eddie his blessing when the latter wishes to marry Iris, because he knows deep down she loves Barry and will realize she'll make a mistake marrying him. One can even infer that Barry is the only love interest of Iris that Joe has ever fully approved of, being already family in all but blood anyway.
  • Skeptic No Longer: He doesn't believe Barry until he sees that Clyde Mardon is alive and can control the weather, and that Barry can run fast enough to unravel a potential F-5 class tornado.
  • Silver Fox: He is visibly older than the rest of Team Flash and he still has been regarded as attractive by Eliza Harmon and Cecile Horton.
  • Supreme Chef: Iris and Cecile mention that Joe is good at cooking when discussing about Cecile's relationship with Joe.
  • Team Dad: Shared this role with Eobard Thawne for Team Flash, and unlike Thawne there can be no doubts that he genuinely cares for them all. When it looked liked Thawne would kill Cisco, Joe shot Thawne (actually a disguised Hannibal Bates) dead without hesitation.
  • The Team Normal: By Season Four, Joe is the only core member of Team Flash who has never had superpowers (excluding one-season temporary members). Barry, Cisco, Caitlin, are all powerful metas, Thawne was secretly a depowered speedster, while Iris and Harry Wells temporarily gained powers. This leaves Joe as the only Badass Normal veteran member.
  • That One Case:
    • Nora Allen's murder. A murder that ruined the lives of his friends, resulting in him effectively adopting their child? Yes.
    • The Mardon brothers' case since he'd been pursuing them for a long time and they killed his partner before Eddie.
  • Underestimating Badassery: In terms of intelligence, anyway. Joe is surrounded by scientific geniuses it seems, yet he is knowledgeable enough to know every person Clock King quoted and makes up for it by way of being the most savvy character in the show.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: He mentions when they discover Grodd's existence that he finds ordinary non-superpowered gorillas scary enough. Not long after, he meets Grodd himself, whom is murderous, gigantic, incredibly strong and telepathic. Joe is so terrified by the ordeal that it brings him to tears.
  • You Are in Command Now: Becomes Captain of the CCPD at the end of Season 5.

    Wally West / Kid Flash 

Wallace "Wally" West
" Last time I checked, I have a whole lot to make up for, and that's what I intend to do!"

Species: Metahumannote 

Known Aliases: Kid Flash, Taillights, The Flash (Flashpoint timeline)

Affiliations: Team Flash, The Legends

Played By: Keiynan Lonsdale

First Appearance: "Running to Stand Still" (The Flash 2x9)

Appearances: The Flash | Invasion!note  | Crisis on Earth-X note  | Legends of Tomorrow

Wally is Iris's long-lost brother, whom Francine was pregnant with shortly before leaving her and Joe. Wally winds up getting introduced to them after Francine discovers that she's terminally ill, and while after a rocky start, becomes fully intergrated into the West family. An adrenaline junkie, with a love for automobiles, after being saved by the Flash's sacrifice, Wally earned a longing to become a hero just like him, unaware at the time that the Flash was Barry Allen, a man he wasn't entirely fond of.

After Barry caused the Flashpoint timeline Wally's wish came true when he became a speedster himself because of Alchemy's actions, in the reset timeline regaining the powers he held in Flashpoint. Now taking the moniker Kid Flash, he is a protege of Barry's, whom Barry believes has the possibility of becoming an even greater hero than himself.

However Wally would eventually leave Central City as he was tired of being stuck in Barry's shadow. He traveled the world saving people (and fought a starfish from space). While taking some time to mediate in China, Rip Hunter found and recruited him in his fight against Mallus, which led to Wally joining the Legends. After his stint there, Wally went back to travelling the world.

see the Arrowverse: Future Characters page for his possible future versions

  • Aborted Arc: His joining of the Legends becomes this due to Keiynan Lonsdale leaving the role.
  • The Ace: Implied in season 3, as Wally develops at a much faster rate than Barry. He surpasses Barry's years of development in a few months. Subverted in S4 where a returned Barry has been significantly sped up by his time in the Speed Force.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: While Wally is traditionally known as a Caucasian redhead, the show is using his half African-American cousin, also called Wally, who was introduced in the New 52.note  The TV series takes it one step farther, making both of his parents African-American.
  • Adaptation Origin Connection: In the comics he got his powers from a freak accident identical to the one that gave Barry his powers. Here his powers come from the Philosopher's Stone via Savitar.
  • Adaptation Relationship Overhaul:
    • Linda Park, Hartley Rathaway, and Roy Harper are among Wally's closest associates in the comics- Linda being his wife and Hartley and Roy being two of his best friends. In the Arrowverse, Wally has yet to interact with any of them.
    • In the comics, Magenta/Frankie Kane is Wally's Psycho Ex-Girlfriend. Here, that's not the case, likely due to her Age Lift.
    • Comics Zoom is Wally’s Evil Former Friend, with Wally seeing his fall from grace as his greatest failure. Here, Wally and Zoom never were friends to begin with.
    • Fred Chyre in the comics was a major part of Wally's supporting cast. Here, Chyre dies a full season before Wally is introduced and they never meet as a result.
  • Adaptational Jerkass: Originally came of this way due to his uneasy relationship with Barry and Iris who his comic counterpart considered Parental Substitute's, he grew out of it shortly after Barry gave up his powers for him.
  • Advertised Extra: He was made a member of The Flash main cast an episode after his first appearance. Outside of his relations with Joe and Iris, he hasn't been a part of Season Two's overarching plot of "Team Flash vs Zoom". Considering that he is still Locked Out of the Loop when it comes to the Flash, and that 80-90% of the scenes deal with this, especially in later episodes of Season Two, he usually appears shortly in the opening few scenes then disappears for the rest of the episode. Finally averted in Season 3 once he becomes Kid Flash.
  • Age Lift: He's only a few years younger than Barry and Iris in the show, giving him a much smaller age gap from them as opposed to the original comics, where they were in their late 20's/early 30's and he was originally a preteen.
  • Alliterative Name: Wally West.
  • Ascended Fanboy: He is a fan of speed and The Flash. He becomes a speedster and one of Team Flash's member and ally.
  • The Atoner: Feels that he needs to make up for his past mistakes and develops Chronic Hero Syndrome as a result. Joe isn't too pleased
  • Atrocious Alias: In the Season 3 trailer, Barry recommends Wally calls himself Kid Flash.
    Barry: How about Kid Flash?
    Wally: Don't call me that.
    • Once he actually becomes Kid Flash he embraces the name.
  • Badass Baritone: He has a pretty low voice and, as mentioned below, he's plenty badass behind the wheel.
  • Badass Driver: He's a drag racer, and a very good one at that. He's even willing to use Car Fu if necessary.
  • Badass Normal: His main skill is being a Badass Driver. Later subverted when he becomes The Flash in the Flashpoint timeline.
  • Bash Brothers: He becomes quite chummy with Nate. Even before he joined the Legends, the two of them were forming a Dynamic Duo of sorts on the streets while Barry was locked in the Speed Force and the Legends took a break.
  • Battle Couple: He and Jesse everytime they fight together. At least before Jesse breaks up with him in favor of her missions on Earth-2.
  • The Big Guy: Serves as this for the Legends, being the resident speedster and the powerhouse of the team.
  • Big Little Brother: He's 6'0, while Iris is only 5'4. He was born after Iris was; Francine was pregnant before abandoning Joe and Iris.
  • Bromance: Apparently developed one offscreen with Nate, even serving as his "wingman," as Wally puts it, after the latter was left by Amaya.
  • But Now I Must Go: He leaves Team Flash early in Season 4, so he can finally stop being in Barry's shadow.
  • Car Fu: Wally shows himself to be a Badass Driver by using his car to ram Black Siren over with the side of his car, while she was beating down the Flash.
  • Character Development: When we first meet him, Wally is more heavily based off the New 52 version, being an angsty, rebellious young man who doesn't gel with his family and is generally rubbed the wrong way by Barry. As the series progresses, he becomes more and more like the original Wally. He becomes closer to his dad and sister, he gets on much better with Barry, and he's not only begun idolizing the Flash, but also developed a strong desire to help people.
  • Children Raise You: It is implied that raising him is what really reformed Francine.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: After The Flash/Barry Allen sacrifices his speed to save Wally's life, he wants to atone for his jerkishness and show gratefulness for being saved by being a hero.
  • Composite Character:
    • Since in this version, he's Iris's little brother instead of nephew, this makes him one with Daniel West, Iris's brother of the New 52.
    • He has elements of both the original Wally West, who the actor did research on for the role, as well as the current Kid Flash, Wally West III. Most notably, TV Wally also got trapped in the Speed Force follwing a Flashpoint event, which was what happened with DC Rebirth Wally, who had disappeared during New 52 and was replaced by Wally West II (the one based on the TV version).
    • After his time on Legends of Tomorrow, this Wally has even taken on traits from the Young Justice version, with his habit of collecting souvenirs.
    • After leaving the show and briefly returning, Wally's "zen master of speed" characterisation seems to be taken from Max Mercury, though it could just be flanderising his own comic self's spiritual understanding of the Speed Force.
  • Commuting on a Bus: Since Barry returned stronger from the Speed Force and Jesse broke up with Wally, Wally decided to leave the team to find himself. He returned for a while to attend Barry and Iris's wedding and then leaves. Wally was recruited by Rip Hunter and joined the Legends until Mallus was defeated. He goes to Central City to meet his new sister Jenna and departs again. He helps during the Crisis on Infinite Earths only to die, and after being Back from the Dead due to the timeline changes, he returns to speak with Barry about something wrong with the Speed Force and then goes again.
  • Convenient Replacement Character: When he joins the Legends he largely fills Firestorm's role as the metahuman big guy with a Story-Breaker Power.
  • Cool Uncle: His niece certainly seems to think so, given how much pride she has in relaying stories to her grandfather about some of Wally's exploits with The Legends. It's clear Nora really looks up to her Uncle.
  • Dance Battler: Has elements of breakdance with his Bullet Catch maneuver in Crisis On Earth-X.
  • Death Is Cheap: He get's killed by Outkast, Nash Wells' antimatter doppelganger, in the official tie-in comic Crisis on Infinite Earths Giant #1. However, he is already slated to return after the recreation of the multiverse.
  • Demoted to Extra: In Season 4 he no longer feels at home with Team Flash, so he leaves Central City to find his own path.
    • Even before this, Wally West played a much smaller role in the show than his comic self did. Many of the storylines from seasons 2, 3, 4, and 5 are directly taken from the time when Wally was the lead character of the comics. Suffice to say he plays a much smaller role in the show's version.
  • Disappeared Dad: Grew up without his father, although it was actually a case of Disappeared Son since Joe was around when Wally wasn't.
  • Doppelgänger Attack: He can create speed force duplicates without relying on the ethically questionable and problematic technique of creating time remnants.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: Due to being the baby of the family he's very insecure about his place in the West household. It gets worse when he gets speed powers and Joe and Iris are very reluctant for him to be a hero. They come around by Christmas though.
  • 11th-Hour Ranger: Joins the Legends quite late in Season 3 (Episode 13 out of 18 in total).
  • Empowered Badass Normal: He's already a Badass Driver when introduced. Season 3 shows him gaining Super Speed.
  • The Engineer: He's something of a wizard with engines and anything to do with speed. Before deciding he needed to make a difference, he was training to be an engineer.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: He's a street racer who risks getting arrested to win bets and pay for his mother's hospital bills. Unfortunately, it's not enough to make him want Joe's help.
  • Foregone Conclusion: Why the reveal of his powers isn't being hidden with spoiler tags.
  • Fun Personified: He still is a bit angsty but has become more cheerful with time.
  • Future Badass: Barry mentions to Joe that he has no doubt Wally is destined to become a hero. Turns out he was more right than he thought, when Wally gains speedster powers.
  • Good Counterpart: Both Wally and Eobard Thawne have Super Speed, wear yellow suits, and wanted to be heroes. But while Eobard devoted his life to ruining Barry's when he realized he could never be completely like him, Wally has a genuine sense of justice and becomes Barry's friend. His work alongside the Legends contrasts him with Thawne in that Thawne was the sole speedster of a group that damaged the timeline.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Initially treats Barry coldly for the seemingly perfect pedestal both Iris and Joe have placed him on. Additionally, he's not too thrilled that Jesse developed powers and he didn't. He's not a Jerkass about it though.
  • Healing Factor: As with any other Speedster or meta. Sometimes it is shown to be unreliable, leading it to appear occasionally as if he lacks one. This is most likely due to gaining the powers from the Philosopher Stone and not the Speed Force, therefore having a weaker connection than either Barry or Jesse have to it. Another possibility was Joe's irresponsible breaking of his cocoon.
  • Heroic Wannabe: After Barry rescues him from Zoom, he develops a Chronic Hero Syndrome and charges in dangerous situations to help him, much to Joe's terror.
  • Hero of Another Story: He is the Flash in the Flashpoint timeline. In the meantime between his exit from Team Flash and his transference to "Legends", he has done offscreen heroics (fighting Starro, solving some situation in Cambodia).
  • Hidden Depths: He can speak Japanese.
  • Iconic Sequel Character: Does not appear in the series until the mid-season finale of The Flash Season 2, which was during the fourth year of the Arrowverse.
  • Idiot Ball: Like Barry, he tends to grab this on occasion. He's just as reckless as Barry was in his early days, unfortunately without Barry's genius level intellect to keep his ego in check, leading Wally to make some very poor decisions.
  • I Just Want to Be Badass: His character arc in Season 3 is his desire to be a good speedster like Barry and Jesse. He ultimately gets his wish.
  • I Owe You My Life: The Flash saved his life twice now; first from Tar Pit, second from Zoom. Because of the latter, he begins idolizing the Flash.
  • It's All About Me: His hostility toward the Wests is revealed to be a case of this in "Potential Energy", as he is angry with them and his terminally ill mother because the latter didn't tell him about his father or the fact that he had a sister until near his mother's death. As Iris points out to him, they didn't know about him either.
  • It's Personal: Savitar is his most personal enemy in Season Three, both for killing Iris in the future and sentencing him to a Mind Rape both in and outside of the Speed Force. He spends his spare time training in order to fight him.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He starts out this way; he's got some anger issues and isn't always the most reliable, but he's not a bad person at heart. He grows out of this by the end of the season.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Because Wally is not aware of Barry being the Flash, his first impression of him is as someone who is aloof and unreliable. He finds out that Barry is the Flash in the penultimate episode of Season 2.
  • Long-Lost Relative: Never mentioned in Season One because Iris's mother left before Joe knew she was pregnant.
  • Loves My Alter Ego: He has a tense relationship with Barry but greatly idolizes The Flash, not knowing they're the same person. They eventually got better, though. By the time he finally finds out about Barry's Secret Identity, he already considers him his brother.
  • Mythology Gag: Wally getting trapped in the Speed Force following a Flashpoint event is exactly what happened in New 52, before it was revealed in DC Rebirth.
  • Noodle Incident: Fought a giant starfish alien during his self-discovery trip in Blue Valley.
  • Odd Friendship: With H.R. who agrees to train him after The Team refuses to. Both connect due to the rejection they got from Team Flash.
    • Played even straighter with Rip Hunter. Rip originally intended to simply manipulate him into getting what he wanted, but after a night of drinking and some karaoke in Tokyo, the two seem to have genuinely become good friends.
  • Outnumbered Sibling: He's the only male among Joe's biological children.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: Why he eventually leaves Team Flash, feeling like an outsider on a team of geniuses and a very upgraded Barry, since his vehicle engineering and his super speed are of no use there. He gets better after joining the Legends, perhaps a little too well.
    Wally: (to Kuasa) What I am is the fastest man alive.
    Wally: (meekly) She didn't need to know that.
  • Passing the Torch: Barry names him his successor when he leaves to go into the Speed Force. However out of respect towards Barry he refuses the moniker "The Flash," opting to remain Kid Flash.
  • Put on a Bus: After the Season 5 premiere of The Flash Wally decides to leave Central City again to complete his journey of self-discovery that was interrupted when Rip asked him to join the Legends, because his actor wanted to take a sabbatical for personal reasons.
  • Promotion to Opening Titles: He's immediately added to the OBB in the episode after his introduction.
  • Race Lift: The original Wally is Caucasian, while his New 52 cousin is half-Caucasian half-African-American; however, like the rest of the West family, this version is fully African-American.
  • Reality Ensues: He has some issues with Joe, and possibly Iris, for not being there growing up and not helping his mom when she came back, so he's understandably not interested in bonding with anyone when Joe welcomes him with open arms and even offers money. It's also suggested he's slightly hurt that they took Barry in. Fortunately, he and Joe bond at the end of "Potential Energy", and he becomes quite close to Iris and gets along relatively well with Barry.
    • When he rushes to Barry and Oliver's rescue in "Invasion", he ends up getting his ass handed to him due to not having anywhere near the level of experience the other Arrow-Verse heroes have.
  • Red Baron: His drag racing monicker is "Taillights".
  • Related Differently in the Adaptation: He was already related to Iris in the comics, but in the show he's now her brother rather than her nephew. This, in-turn, makes him, Barry's brother-in-law.
  • Ret-Canon: Wally West already existed in the comics, but after this version was given a Race Lift, an African-American version of Wally West got brought into New 52 because of the show. Later it's revealed that this version of Wally West is different to the original one, and is the original's cousin.
  • Retired Badass: He gives super-heroics after his stint with the Legends to spend his days relaxing and meditating in Tibet.
  • Shipper on Deck: He encourages Joe to go on his date with DA Cecile, even when Alchemy starts calling out to him.
  • Story-Breaker Power: In the Flash, Wally is generally playing second fiddle to Barry. Once he joins the Legends, this changes as his powers far outstrip that of any individual legend. He's often able to solve an episode's worth of problems in a few seconds, by speeding in and snatching whatever the Legends are after. In the finale, he's the only one who's able to keep Mallus distracted while the other Legends escape.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: He is very similar to Joe and Iris.
  • Superhero Speciation: He was written off The Flash because the writers found it hard to write for two speedsters without nerfing one or both of them.
  • Superior Successor: Has the potential for it anyway, becoming faster much quicker than Barry progressed in his early days, but he still lacks the training and discipline. In fact Barry's plan to prevent Savitar from killing Iris is to use Wally's superior speed. However, the Speed Force discourages Barry from using Wally to help him. And after Barry returns, it becomes very apparent that his time in the Speed Force has made the man in red "The Fastest Man Alive" once again.
  • Super Speed: Has them starting The Flash Season 3.
  • Took a Level in Badass: He is a much more powerful speedster as of "Death of the Speed Force", since he can enter in the Speed Force and has tricks with the Speed Force that Barry cannot do.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: After his initial hostility towards The Wests and Barry in particular, he begins to finally open up to all of them after realizing they all care about him very much.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Fortunately a non-lethal example. In "Magenta," Wally has hope that he may be a speedster too, so he tests his theory by secretly having superpowers by jumping in front of a speeding car in the hope that something supernatural would happen. When Barry calls him out on this display of blatant stupidity, Wally admits that he had no idea what would happen by doing this plan.
  • The Unchosen One: In a sense; Wally wants to be a hero more than anything, but despite being caught in the same Dark Matter wave as Jesse, he didn't get powers from the Speed Force. He did however get them artificially from the Philosopher's Stone, which had its drawbacks.
  • The Un-Favourite: How he views himself; Joe and Iris's refusal to let train him as a hero, and Barry's reluctance to allow him in the field, also fuels that belief. He grows out of it after his brief tenure with the Legends.
  • Transplant: Joins Legends of Tomorrow as a series regular in the latter half of their third season 4, after disappearing early in The Flash Season 4.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Surpassed even a rookie Barry in a speed test, but has no proper training with it.
    • Comes to be a true hurdle that when the two are preparing for the night that Iris dies, Barry realizes he's allowed Wally to coast by on his natural talents, instead of challenging and improving his skills.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Turns out that, after observing the events of Flashpoint through the Speed Force, Savitar came up with the idea to turn Wally into Kid Flash counting on his youth and inexperience to be the factors needed in order to eventually escape his prison and place Wally in there instead.
  • Walking Spoiler: If you weren't on track with Season Two, chances are you had no idea that he existed.
  • Walking the Earth: After Barry returns from the Speed Force, Wally decides to embark on a Journey to Find Oneself by performing superheroics globally.
  • Would Hit a Girl: With a car. Not that she didn't deserve it.

    Francine West 

Francine West

Species: Human

Played By: Vanessa A. Williams

First Appearance: "Flash of Two Worlds" (The Flash 2x2)

Appearances: The Flash

Iris West's mother and Joe's estranged wife. She has a son that is also Joe's.

  • Adaptational Angst Upgrade: The drug-addict and estranged Long-Lost Relative storyline is native in the show, though it's justified since she's mostly a Posthumous Character in the comics anyway.
  • Adaptation Name Change: Iris's mother is named Fran or Nadine (New Earth) in DC Comics.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Averted, Joe views her appearing out of nowhere and attempts at reconnecting with Iris a ploy for money, and given her history, it is hard not to believe him. Then she reveals she's dying...
  • Children Raise You: It is implied that raising Wally is what really reformed her.
  • Composite Character: Most likely a combination of Fran Russel (Iris's biological mother) and Nadine West (Ira's wife) from DC Comics. She is also a combination of Mary West, Wally's mother in the comics, as Wally in this series is Iris's brother rather than nephew.
  • Easily Forgiven: Double Subverted. She really had to work hard to eventually earn Joe and Iris's forgiveness. Wally also did not take kindly that she hid him from his father and sister all his life. Thanks to Barry's Cosmic Retcon, however, her daughter forgives her on the spot and her son either forgave her much quickly than he originally did or did not held any resentment against her at all.
  • I Have No Son!: Both Joe and Iris disowned her and want her out of their lives. In the post-Flashpoint timeline, she's Easily Forgiven by the latter.
  • Ill Girl: She suffers from McGregor's syndrome.
  • Killed Offscreen: Succumbs to her disease in between episodes 11 and 12 after having made peace with both Iris and Wally.
  • Long-Lost Relative: She disappeared from Joe and Iris's lives for more than twenty years.
  • Metaphorically True: Joe tells Iris that she's dead. Given that Francine was systematically destroying her own life before her disappearance, Joe was somehow right.
  • Missing Mom: She left when Iris was a little kid. Joe had to tell her she died, out of fear that Francine would never beat her addiction, sparing Iris what he believed, future heartbreak.
  • Morality Pet: She's the only person that Wally so far cares for. He gets into illegal street races to pay for her hospital bills.
  • Never Got to Say Goodbye: Subverted. Originally Wally was absent during her final hours out of anger over Francine hiding him from his father and sister, which he later regrets. However, Barry's Cosmic Retcon changed that.
  • One True Love: Never moved on from Joe, and openly admits to him, he is the love of her life.
  • Parents as People: She has a great capacity of love for her children, Wally turning out to be a fine, if rebellious, young man is proof of that, but her early dalliances with addiction made her less than a suitable mother.
  • Race Lift: She's Caucasian in the comics like the rest of her family.
  • Recovered Addict: The reason she disappeared from her family's life.
  • Redemption Equals Death: She's trying to make amends to both Joe and Iris, and ultimately succeeds, before finally succumbing to her illness.
  • Second Episode Introduction: Makes her debut at the second episode of Season 2.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: Was only in a few episodes in The Flash Season 2, but those appearances directly lead to Wally's introduction.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: She's almost always a Posthumous Character in the comics. Subverted when she later succumbs to her disease.
  • White Shirt of Death: Heavily invoked. Last time she was shown alive, she's wearing a white hospital gown. Other characters then state that she died on the hospital, meaning she's probably wearing a similar if not the same gown.
  • You See, I'm Dying: From a disease, as a result of her life as a negligent drug addict. This is the reason she came back to her family's life, to get closure. Unfortunately for her, this doesn't change how Iris initially feels about her. While she's sorry she's dying, Iris tells her to never come back. Later on, Iris becomes more sympathetic and makes peace with her.

    Jenna West 

Jenna Marie West

Species: Human(?)

Played By: N/A

First Appearance: "We Are The Flash" (The Flash 4x23)

Appearances: The Flash

Joe West and Cecile Horton's daughter and half-sister to both Iris, Wally (both paternal), and Joanie (maternal).

     Grandma Esther 


Species: Human

Played By: N/A

Appearances: The Flash

Joe West's grandmother and great-grandmother to Iris, Wally and Jenna West.

  • The Alcoholic: Implied as her eggnog recipe contains excessive amounts of alcohol.
  • The Ghost: Mentioned a lot but has never appeared in person.
  • Named by the Adaptation: Iris or/and Wally's great-grandparents are never mentioned in the comicbooks. This one at least has a first name.
  • Supreme Chef: Joe West seems to think of her as one, taking great pride in her eggnog and meatloaf. Though everyone else has other ideas - well, everyone else except Barry, who makes an almost orgasmic noise when told by Joe that there's "grandma Esther's meatloaf" made for him after his release from prison. Both Barry and Joe glare at Cisco when he badmouths the meatloaf.

Extended West-Allen Family

    Cecile Horton 

Cecile Horton

Species: Metahuman

Played By: Danielle Nicolet

First Appearance: "Who is Harrison Wells?" (The Flash 1x19)

Appearances: The Flash | Crisis on Earth-X note 

The District Attorney of Central City, live-in girlfriend of Joe West and mother of Jenna West. She eventually quits her job and starts legally defending metahumans instead.

  • Almighty Mom: Or Almighty Step-Grandmother, after having had enough of Nora bashing her Mother, Mama Cecile puts her foot down with Nora's bratty behavior and sets the second straight about Iris.
  • Ascended Extra: Introduced as Team Flash's unknowing legal consultant (similar to Laurel Lance in the first two seasons of Arrow but a far less important character) who disappears for a whole season then comes back as Joe's Second Love and an ally and member of Team Flash.
  • Ascended Fangirl: Unknowingly admitted to Barry she was a Flash fan in "Who Is Harrison Wells?" and even had a playful Team Flash vs. Team Kid Flash rivalry with her daughter. Eventually she is allowed into the Circle on Barry's identity, even gaining metahuman powers of her own, which she often uses to help him and the team out.
  • Black Boss Lady: She is the District Attorney of Central City, after all.
  • Brought Down to Normal: After giving birth to her daughter, she loses her telepathic abilities. Or not, as she discovers that she can still read minds in the Season 5 premiere.
  • The Bus Came Back: After being absent for the entire second season, she comes back in the third and becomes increasingly prominent in the following seasons.
  • Chekhov's Skill: Cecile's telepathy while seemingly a casually thrown in joke turns out to be crucial in the Season Four finale.
  • The Confidant: She's the first person outside of Team Flash that Joe tells about the Pipeline prison.
  • Crusading Lawyer: She eventually quits her job as the District Attorney and becomes a lawyer defending metahumans instead.
  • The Empath: After giving birth, her telepathy becomes unreliable until it eventually fades. However, she soon discovers that she has retained some ability to sense and mirror the emotions of others.
  • First-Name Basis: Joe and other characters always refer to her given name, sometimes with her job title. Her last name is only revealed in Season 3. The one exception is Harry Wells, who calls her "DA Cecile Horton".
  • Good Stepmother: She gets along with Iris and treats her with the same love she treats her own daughters.
  • Hello, Attorney!: She's definitely not bad looking.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: At only five feet, she is a full foot shorter than Joe (6' 1'').
  • Jumped at the Call: Is very excited about having gained powers.
  • New Powers as the Plot Demands: It is obvious Cecile gained telepathy to balance the combat against DeVoe.
  • Nice Girl: Despite sometimes being a bit inconsiderate with her powers, Cecile is a pure and kind-hearted soul.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: Telepathically, as she often uses her powers without any regards for people's privacy.
  • Out of Focus: She's absent for the entire second season. She comes back in the third.
  • Power Incontinence: She can't turn off her telepathy. She still functions reasonably well, except when she's trying to sleep and gets blasted awake by Joe's dreams.
  • Promotion to Opening Titles Come Season 5.
  • Race Lift: Like a majority of the cast. She is an Irish red-head in the comics named Cecile O'Malley, before marrying her ex-Garret Horton. Here she is played by African-American Danielle Nicolet.
  • Relationship Upgrade: She and Joe began as friends but began dating after she returns in The Flash Season 3. Come Season 4 she's on the cusp of moving in with him, and mother of his third child. Season 5 Nora affectionately recognizes her as "Mama Cecile".
  • Second Love: The first real relationship Joe has had since Francine.
  • Secret Keeper: She knows about the Pipeline prison. She also learns the identities of the Flash and Kid Flash once she and Joe become an Official Couple.
  • Ship Tease: With Joe. He finally starts making a move in The Flash Season 3.
  • Sixth Ranger: After Joe, she is the Team's closest companion in the government and city politics.
  • Team Mom: She is the only female member of Team Flash to have raised a child, and treats the younger members with the same tenderness and understanding she would show Jenna or Joanie.
  • Telepathy: Gains the ability to read thoughts during her pregnancy. She loses those abilities after giving birth to Jenna. However she may have retained some of her abilities, as she is able to read Jenna's mind, to Joe's chagrin. Her abilities often come in handy when she is assisting the team, as being able to read minds help's often to point them in the right direction to solving their case.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Gives one to Joe after telling her about his involvement about keeping Metahuman prisoners in the Pipeline.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: When the team needs to exorcise Thawne from Nash's mind, she shows up with holy water, a cross, and a Ouija board.

    Nora West-Allen / XS 

Nora West-Allen
"I'm XS! How schway is that!?!"

Species: Metahuman

Known Aliases: XS, "Dawn"

Played By: Jessica Parker Kennedy

First Appearance: "Crisis on Earth-X, Part 1" (Supergirl 3x8)

Appearances: Crisis on Earth-X note  | The Flash

In a possible future, the child of Barry and Iris, who first appeared as a mysterious young woman that not only follows the members of Team Flash. Like her father (and briefly for a short while, her mother) and maternal uncle, she is a speedster. Coming from a timeline where her father has disappeared, and sharing a somewhat fractured relationship with her mother, she comes back to the present to finally have a chance at getting to know Barry, as well as prevent the incident that caused him to go missing.

Unfortunately, in attempting to prevent her father's disappearance, she struck an accord with the man who murdered her paternal grandmother, Eobard Thawne. In the course of these visits, Thawne taught Nora how to use her newly-discovered powers to travel back to see her dad as a young man, eventually helping him with stopping Clifford DeVoe's Enlightenment. However, she inadvertently sets forth a chain of events that not only sped up the events of her father's disappearance, but also led to her own erasure from existence.

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  • Adaptation Name Change: Her name being changed from Dawn to Nora is partly this and partly from being a Composite Character. Except in the Flash 100th episode, Eobard refers to her as Dawn. It seems she is Dawn Allen, but her name changed when Eobard killed Barry's mother, making this an In-Universe version of the trope.
  • All for Nothing: She never had a chance of stopping Barry's disappearance, which Thawne knew all along but kept secret from her. To make it worse not only do her attempts to stop it result in her being erased from existence but she moved the Crisis up five years!
  • Affectionate Nickname:
    • Thawne refers to her as "Little Runner".
    • Cisco often playfully calls her "Fan Girl" due to her giddy admiration of her dad and his accomplishments as The Flash.
    • Her codename was partially coined by her mother, as Iris would always say she did everything in "XS".
  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: Subverted. While Iris makes an adorably embarrassing effort to appear cool to Nora and while both Barry and Iris's insistent gushing over the new XS drink at CC Jitters leads to Nora telling her parents that they're embarrassing her, Nora seems to find her parents' awkward parenting endearing. She also believes them to be super cool, in general, because of their heroic endeavors.
  • Ambiguously Gay: Spencer Young blatantly flirts with her and she doesn't seem to mind at all. Her diary confirms the interest was mutual. Later confirmed by Eric Wallace, Season 5's writer, explicitly referring to her as lesbian.
  • Badass Adorable: She is as cute as her parents and a powerful speedster.
  • The Beautiful Elite: She is the offspring of verified hotties Barry Allen and Iris West, and quite easy on the eyes as well, with Cisco and Ralph even commenting on her beauty. That's on top of inheriting her father's speed.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Pulls one in the Season Four finale where she helps stop the satellite from crashing into the city.
  • Break the Cutie: Nora was already dealing with some deep-seated emotional issues when she travelled to the past. Barry banishing her back to the future without even giving her a chance to explain why she was working with Thawne leaves her hurt, infuriated, and vulnerable to being corrupted by the Negative Speed Force.
  • Broken Pedestal:
    • Barry abandoning her in the future leaves her furious enough, that she ends up being consumed by her hatred.
    • Since she lost trust on her biological family, she relied on Thawne, who was fatherly to her. However, like Barry before her, she realizes that her mentor has been using her for his own agenda.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: She had a scattering of minor appearances before being revealed to be an extremely important character.
  • Color Motif: The fact that she emits both purple and yellow lightning essentially confirms that she is Barry and Iris's Kid from the Future, as her mother emitted purple lightning during her brief stint as a speedster.
  • Composite Character: She's a daughter of Barry and Iris like Dawn Allen, but her name being changed to Nora to honor Barry's mother was taken from Barry and Jessica Cruz's daughter in a different continuity. Her superhero codename XS comes from Dawn's daughter Jenni Ognats. Furthermore her giddy personality and time-traveling escapades are taken from Dawn's nephew, Bart Allen/Impulse. Later it's revealed her name was Dawn in the original timeline that Eobard came from, and she got renamed only after Barry's mother was killed. In the later stage of Season 5, her storyline of being a loved one of the Flash who gets corrupted by the Negative Speed Force is taken from Meena Dhawan, the Negative Flash.
  • Daddy's Girl: When she comes back in time, she's much closer to her father than her mother. A large part of this is because she's mad at Iris for a variety of reasons while having no such baggage with Barry, but the fact remains that she and Barry have nearly identical skills and interests.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Nora grew up without her father and she was hidden by his family about being a speedster. It gets worse when Godspeed indirectly shows Nora the truth about her powers and kills her friend Lia.
  • Dark Secret: It's implied a few times that someone is pulling her strings; in particular, Sherloque notes how odd it is that she chose that particular moment to help the Flash and reveal who she is. She gets very worried when he suggests that someone else gave her the idea. In the 100th episode, that person is revealed to be Eobard Thawne in the future.
  • Dead Guy Junior: She is named after Barry's late mother. She confirms it when presenting herself to Team Flash. Eobard makes it clear that her name was supposed to be Dawn, but when he killed Nora Allen that changed.
  • Deceased Parents Are the Best: Subverted, in that Barry isn't dead (maybe...), but missing, and while she certainly doesn't hate Iris, she seems to have some deep seated issues with her mother, and seems to idolize her father.
  • Defeating the Undefeatable: Unintentionally. By changing history on the night of the Enlightenment and removing him from existence, she was able to do the one thing no other hero in the verse could do; defeat the David Hersch version of Cicada.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Being banished by Barry was the last straw for her.
  • Deuteragonist: Season 5's central plot thread seems to be building up around the mystery of her future, and her attempts at preventing Barry's disappearance in 2024.
  • Dying as Yourself: Even after Barry, Iris, even Thawne, tells her to hide in the Negative Speed Force, she refuses, and chooses to be erased as the kind, loving girl her parents raised her to be.
  • Early-Bird Cameo:
    • She was technically first alluded to in the "The Flash Reborn", when Speed-Force-deluded Barry said, "Nora shouldn't be here".
    • Her appearance at Barry and Iris's wedding and the other four appearances she had are important to her role in Season 5.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Subverted. Her time in the Negative Speed Force makes her more aggressive and she mimics Reverse-Flash's powers when angry, but not evil. Though her parents intervening before she could go too far off the deep end probably helped. But she's aware that another stint in the Negative Speed Force would turn her evil and she lets herself die rather than let that happen.
  • Failure Hero: Nora really wants to be a hero just like her dad. But unfortunately for her, powers alone do not a hero make. She has good intentions, but she's also too impulsive and too trusting of the wrong people because she wants to see good in everybody. Indeed these very traits are what Thawne exploited to manipulate her into getting erased from existence.
  • Famous Last Words: Before being erased from existence, she says: "Thank you for everything."
  • Fatal Flaw: Nora's impulsiveness (a flaw Dawn Allen is infamous for incidentally) causes catastrophes of varying degrees Once per Episode.
  • Finding Judas: In a rare sympathetic example, she is working with Eobard Thawne in hopes of overturn Barry's disappearance in the Crisis and to stop Cicada, a villain Barry could never defeat. Problem is that Thawne is using her as a pawn to escape prison.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • She was first alluded to when the Speed Force induced delusional Barry said "Nora shouldn't be here", which was well before her first appearance.
    • Her knowledge but initial inability about phasing hints that she was trained by a speedster. Thawne was revealed to be said speedster and he attempted to teach her to phase when she was fighting Godspeed.
  • Future Slang: She describes awesome things as being "schway" and cusses by saying "shrap".
  • Genki Girl: Her default mood is bubbly and talkative.
  • Good Counterpart: To Eobard Thawne. Both are time travelers from the future who meddled with history, especially in relation to Barry Allen's life. However Eobard did so for his own evil selfish means, while Nora aided Team Flash along the way and even saved her father's life. Furthermore, Eobard hated being stuck in the past while Nora meeting her parents' younger selves acts like an Ascended Fangirl. Even at her worst, she remained interested on defeating the villain.
  • Good Running Evil: Since she had a falling out with her parents, she decides to recruit a group of rogues to steal a gun to defeat Cicada. Too bad all of them betrayed her.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Nora does her best to give people the benefit of the doubt, even if she knows they did terrible things. This leaves her initially ignorant of Thawne's atrocities and blindsided when the Rogues backstab her when she briefly joins them.
    • Or it goes the other way- when Weather Witch genuinely wanted to repent, Nora was convinced it was a "show" and threw her in prison, which led to Joss becoming a full-time villain.
  • Hot Scientist: Like her dad, she too is an attractive forensic investigator.
  • Human Mom, Non-Human Dad: She is born to Barry Allen, a meta-human, and to Iris West-Allen, a human, and she inherits her father's super speed. She is the first child born to a meta-human, at least from what is known within the narrative, and thus is evidence that the meta-human gene is inheritable.
  • I Die Free: Rather than risk the Negative Speed Force corrupting her, she chooses to die as herself and accept her erasure as a punishment.
  • Idiot Hero: If Nora would just stop and think for a minute, or at the very least learn from her mistakes instead of making the same one constantly, she wouldn’t screw up all the time and would actually benefit the team.
  • Important Haircut: She gets one at some point between giving a gift at Joe and Cecile's baby shower and helping to save the city in the season 4 finale. She also appears to have dyed it a lighter shade of brown.
  • Keeping Secrets Sucks: Unknown to her parents and her friends she is working with Eobard Thawne which she hates keeping from them, but is too frightened of their reaction to reveal it. Unfortunately, before she had a chance to tell them on her own terms, Sherloque makes it his mission to discover her secret, and rather cruelly and coldly informs The Team of Nora's secret, leading to an enraged Barry to lock her in the Pipeline, to Iris's distress.
  • Kick the Dog: Nora might have been just trying to find a way to stop Cicada II and was corrupted by the Negative Speed Force, but threatening Cisco with a Tele-Frag was still uncalled for.
  • Kill the Cutie: Gets erased from existence since stopping Cicada apparently keeps her from being born in the first place.
  • Kid from the Future: Nora time travels from her present to before she was born in Season Four, meeting her parents and extended family.
  • Lamarck Was Right: It's implied her Super Speed was inherited from her father.
  • Like Parent, Like Child:
    • Not only is she a speedster like her dad, put she also seems to resemble him in terms of personality and tendency to accidentally mess up the timeline. She's also a CSI and enjoys the same flavor of ice cream Barry does.
    • She ended up being manipulated by Eobard Thawne in a similar way to her father.
  • The Load: a common criticism of Nora is that she causes more problems than she solves, she even admits that Team Flash defeated Gridlock on their first try before she interfered.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: In the future, all Team Flash members agreed to be mum about her powers and Barry's life as the Flash at Iris's request. This comes back to haunt them when Nora discovers her powers and how she's been deceived her whole life; feeling betrayed she seeks a mentor in the only person in Central City who knows how to coach a speedster — Eobard Thawne in death row in Iron Heights. All Nora knows is the man was the Flash's Arch-Enemy, anything else has been redacted; Nora didn't even realize she was the Flash's daughter until she discovered Gideon. It isn't until Nora went back in time with Barry that she finds just how monstrous Thawne is / was.
  • Morality Pet: Her relationship with Thawne was the closest he's come to genuinely caring about someone else in a way he couldn't muster, even for Cisco and Caitlin. Of course, Thawne being Thawne, even she isn't safe from his manipulations — in fact he knew that if Cicada were stopped she'd be erased. That said before running off, he makes it clear he still wants her to survive, telling her to hide in the Negative Speed Force to avoid erasure, but she refuses to let herself feel that much hatred again.
  • Most Common Super Power: Though it's not obvious from her costume, she's a well-stacked speedster.
  • Mysterious Past: In her first few appearances, nothing is known about her. Just who is she? Why is she so interested in Barry and Team Flash? Where/when did she come from? How does she know so much about the Speed Force? By the end of Season Four all we know is that she's from the future and is Barry and Iris's daughter.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: The look on her face says it all after her father banishes her to the future for keeping continued correspondence with Thawne, even after learning what he did to her Grandmother.
  • Naïve Newcomer: She can be rather naive for a grown woman, for example being surprised to learn that being a superhero is dangerous. Possibly justified since it's implied that Future Iris sheltered her to a large extent.
  • Nice Girl: While she is mysterious, she is very sweet and friendly in her interactions with Team Flash, even charming the likes of Harry after their very brief encounter.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!:
    • Her helping to destroy the Satellite created the current version of Cicada and also created the meta-tech that becomes a recurring problem in Season 5. Her plan to defeat Cicada was a setup from Thawne so her and Team Flash destroyed the Power Nullifier that allows his imprisonment.
    • Her refusal to give Weather Witch the benefit of the doubt about her attempt to reform just drives Weather Witch to join Silver Ghost's gang. She is still able to reach Weather Witch later, though.
  • No Name Given: She never identifies herself until the season four finale, wherein she is revealed to be Nora Allen.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: She drops her giddy disposition twice, first when Caitlin wishes her luck on her "meeting" and then when she sees Iris after delivering diapers to Cecile and Joe.
  • Parental Abandonment: Barry exiles her to the future, forbidding her from ever returning to the past. Given that she was already having abandonment issues over Barry's disappearance in the future, this understandably breaks her.
  • Parental Favoritism: Inverted. She is much closer to Barry than she is to Iris, likely because they both have super speed, but also possibly because Barry disappeared while she was younger, or maybe before she was even born. Turns out that Nora resents Iris for trying to hide her powers, seeing her as controlling and emotionally distant, and she projects that resentment onto Present!Iris. She's like that for about five episodes until Cecile manages to get her to see how unfair she's being.
  • Power Of Hate: Barry's actions leave her so furious, she is corrupted by her anger.
  • Playing Gertrude: Inverted, in that Jessica Parker Kennedy plays Barry and Iris's daughter, albeit from the future but she is just out of college, but is actually older than both Grant Gustin and Candice Patton. She was in her 30s when she made her first appearance, while both Gustin and Patton were in their 20s.
  • Promotion to Opening Titles: Becomes a regular cast member for The Flash Season 5 after spending the entire fourth season as a Recurring Character.
  • Purple Is Powerful: Half of the lightning she emits is purple and she's wearing the same purple costume her mother wore when she was a speedster for a day.
  • Pyrrhic Victory: She achieves to get Cicada defeated and Barry did ultimately survive the Crisis, but it comes with the price of her own existence and of releasing Thawne.
  • Race Lift: Barry and Iris's daughter in the comics is Caucasian. Here, she's of Mixed Ancestry as a result of Iris's own Race Lift. Additionally, the Nora who is Barry's daughter in the comics is also of Mixed Ancestry, but half Hispanic.
  • Rage Breaking Point: With Iris comes to the future, she is upset then furious that Barry didn't come with her, finally allowing her to connect to the Negative Speed Force.
  • Reality Ensues: In her memories she believes that Iris was a cruel and callous woman who suppressed all mention of her father and what he stood for. In reality, Iris was indeed a good and kind mother who loved Nora more than anything on earth and encouraged her fascination with The Flash, yet due to the disappearance of her husband, took great pains to ensure she wouldn't follow in Barry's footsteps too closely. In the end it's Nora's abandonment issues since Barry disappeared before she ever got a chance to know him, that projects the malicious and controlling image she had of her mother.
  • Real Name as an Alias: In her job as a CCPD forensic intern, she goes by "Nora West." We don't see how the cops initially reacted to that name, but "West" isn't particularly rare.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Sports the same sinister Red Eyes of the Reverse Flash, after giving in to her hatred.
  • Ret-Gone: Thawne neglected to tell her that stopping Cicada would also mean she'd never exist. She could've survived by hiding in the Negative Speed Force but it would've corrupted her, so she opts to accept her fate as the consequences of the fallout of her working with Thawne.
  • Rule of Empathy: In "Godspeed," Team Flash learns about how Nora came to work with Eobard Thawne, including how she discovered her powers, when a lightning bolt from Godspeed fries the power-dampening chip, and how she subsequently lost her best friend, Lia, the one person she trusted fully, to Godspeed. Both the Team and the audience empathize with Nora's Sympathetic P.O.V.. Iris, in particular, firmly believes in giving Nora the chance to tell her story.
  • Sheep in Sheep's Clothing: Nora had a suspicious attitude in her earlier episodes and it is revealed she was working with Thawne, but her intentions to meet her father and to defeat Cicada are genuinely good.
  • Shipper on Deck: For her parents. Justified, as she is Barry and Iris's Kid from the Future, and she never got to experience her parents' love, due to Barry's disappearance when she was a child.
    • In her first appearance, she tells Barry to make sure to accept his wedding vows to Iris and comments that that marriage would be important.
    • In "What's Past is Prologue," while in her father's past, Nora stumbles upon an intimate moment between her parents, prior to them having officially gotten together, where Iris is comforting Barry. Nora watches on with a soft smile on her face.
    • In "Time Bomb," Sherloque successfully translates Nora's journal entries from the time language into English, and her journal entries demonstrate how in awe she is of her parents' love.
      Nora's journal entry: Everything I'm seeing of my mom and dad... they're the perfect couple. I catch them sometimes just looking at one another across the room. Dad smiles and mom can't help but smile back.
    • She left a farewell message in which she commented on her admiration of her parents' love.
  • Shipper with an Agenda: To get Sherloque of her trail, she tries to set him up with Renee Adler. When his attempts to flirt scare her off, she goes to his ex-wives for help, revealing all of them are Renee's doppelgangers. After this, she apologizes and decides to help him genuinely earn Earth-1 Renee's interest.
  • Stepford Smiler: It was revealed that her initial light demeanor is not as light as she makes it appear to be. Season 5 revealed why.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: She looks a lot like her mother, Iris, and her eyes have the same penetrating effect of Barry.
  • Super Speed: It's revealed at the end of "Therefore She Is", she's a speedster.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: At the wedding, Barry asks her if they knew each other. But she's insistent she is a complete stranger and they had never met before.
    • In "The Death of Vibe," Sherloque asks Nora if she had any help in coming the past to meet her parents. Her quick, "No," in response is highly suspicious.
  • Sympathetic P.O.V.: Played with. Although Nora was never an antagonist, the fact that she was working with Eobard Thawne, the man who killed her grandmother, made it unclear whether her naïveté precluded her ability to be a hero. However, "Godspeed" provides a sympathetic perspective for Nora, as we see how things unfolded from her eyes.
  • This Is Unforgivable!:
    • When Nora discovers that Iris placed a power-dampening chip in her, she informs her mother that she lost her daughter for good.
    • After Barry runs Nora back to the future, alienating her from her mother who was empathetic towards her, despite Nora pleading with him, and leaves her there, Nora is devastated and turns back to Thawne, leading to that devastation slowly becoming fury, as she thinks her father doesn't love her anymore because of what he did to her.
  • Time Rewind Mechanic: A unique quality of her speed is that at a certain velocity time starts running backwards relative to her. Demonstrated first when she helped Barry destroy the S.T.A.R. Labs satellite.
  • Too Dumb to Live: She never stopped to think that going back to a time before she was conceived and meeting her parents could wind up being her literal undoing.
  • Trapped in the Past: She's revealed to be stuck in the past during Season Five; having been hit with Negative Tachyons which prevent her from running fast enough to breach the temporal barrier. The trailer for the first episode shows the others attempting to help her return to her time, but it's likely to fail since she was announced as a regular for that season. This is just her cover story, she's not actually trapped at all. She lies to Barry in order to stay in the present in order to know them and to prevent Barry from disappearing in the Crisis of 2024.
  • Tricked to Death: Thawne sends her to the past so she can change the timeline in a way that she would be Ret-Gone. While Thawne grew to see Nora as a daughter, he was completely aware of what would happen.
  • Unreliable Narrator: An unmalicious example, as Nora is largely misguided, which leads her to keeping massive secrets to protect those she loves, particularly her parents.
    • In her opening monologue in the season 5 premiere, "Nora", she claims that like Barry is, in his time, she is the guardian of Central City, in her time. It quickly becomes apparent that this is a lie, seeing as she does not know how to do basic things with her speed, such as phase or create wind funnels with her arms, the former which Barry eventually teaches her and the latter which Iris eventually guides her to do. Furthermore, she was actually unaware of her speed, due to the meta-human dampening chip Iris placed in her, until six months ago.
    • Nora appears to be, however, highly skilled in time-travel, to the point that time wraiths do not chase her, and she has demonstrated that she can vibrate her arm through someone's chest, which she does to Barry in "News Flash," when she is under the influence of Spin's meta technology. As revealed in "What's Past is Prologue," she is working with the Reverse Flash, and he has been training her.
    • In "News Flash" and "All Doll'd Up," Nora makes her mother out to be highly-controlling and cold in the future, to the point that she stifled Nora's independent growth. In "Memorabilia," it is revealed that Nora's memories of Iris were clouded by the anger and devastation she constantly felt from losing her father, and Iris is, in fact, a loving and kind mother who would do anything for Nora, and who took measures to ensure her daughter would not suffer the same fate as Barry did; although "Godspeed" reveals Nora's initial description wasn't entirely inaccurate as Iris gradually turned into a My Beloved Smother as Nora grew older and she did indeed get more cynical and dismissive about Nora's obsession with the Flash Museum.
      Nora: It didn't matter what you said or did, Mom, I was always going to be angry with you, because you were there.
      Iris: You were going through a lot, Nora.
      Nora: But so were you. I mean, I thought you were trying to stop me from being me, but you were trying to stop me from being dad. I mean, ending up like him. You guys had a whole life together, and a child, and he vanished. I can't imagine how hard that must have been for you. From that day, you were protecting me, and I get that now. I'm so sorry for the way that I treated you, both back then and when I got here. You didn't deserve that.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: She has a strong connection to the Speed Force, but is still a rookie in terms of mastering her powers.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Her going back in time to stop Barry from disappearing not only fails and results in her erasing herself from that timeline's existence, but it moves the Crisis—the event that caused Barry's disappearance in the first place—up-time from 2024 to 2019, the current year.
  • Unwitting Pawn: The Eobard Thawne in her time is manipulating her for some unknown purpose. He apparently gave her the idea to help Barry punch the satellite, which changed who Cicada was. Furthermore, Nora never even knew that Eobard killed her grandmother. Thawne however denies having any malevolent intentions, claiming his motives basically come down to Villain's Dying Grace, and says he just didn't bring up killing her grandmother because he figured Iris already told her. It becomes more complicated when Barry and Iris agree that Thawne is manipulating her, but that he also actually cares about her too. It's revealed in "The Girl with the Red Lightning" that helping her stop Cicada is all part of an elaborate Batman Gambit to save himself from execution.
  • Walking Spoiler: Her real identity is kept in the dark for the majority of the season and The Reveal is one giant spoiler.
  • Womanchild: Played for tragedy as her emotional development seems stunted for a number of reasons. Future Iris was controlling (from her perspective) after Barry disappeared, and on top of that Nora took her anger of not having a dad out on her (something which is Truth in Television). Since Iris wouldn't talk about Barry, all Nora had to go on was the Flash Museum, which gave her the impression that her dad was an Invincible Hero who always saved the day, without any casualties or tragedy. The realities of super heroics are a big shock to her, and initially she's not able to handle it, but luckily she learns pretty quickly.


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