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What follows is a list of characters that appear in The Flash (1990). This universe is briefly featured in the lead up to 2018's Elseworlds, as the Arrowverse's "Earth-90".

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    Barry Allen 

Bartholomew "Barry" Allen / The Flash

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Species: Metahuman

Played By: John Wesley Shipp

Known Aliases: The Flash, "Professor Zoom"

Appearances: The Flash | Supergirl | The Flash (2014) | Arrow | Elseworlds note  | Crisis on Infinite Earths note 

A police forensic scientist that is struck by lightning while working with chemicals on a stormy night. He is endowed with the ability of incredible speed which he uses to battle a menacing gang as a superhero. He later becomes a shadowy superhero to Central City, but a symbol of hope for its citizens.


  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Barry Allen is blond in the comics, but here his hair is brown.
  • Advertised Extra: Downplayed, in Elseworlds he ultimately just serves to deliver some exposition about the Monitor, confront him with the others in the second hour, and then be transported elsewhere against his will.
  • Alternate Self: He has seven: two on Earth-Prime as himself and his father; he had one on the pre-Crisis Earth-2 as himself while on the post-Crisis version he exists as Jay Garrick; on Earth-3 again as Jay Garrick; has one on Earth-66 as himself; and finally has another one as himself on an undesignated Earth.
  • Alternate Timeline: His two namesakes in The Multiverse are considerably younger than Tina, Julio, Bellows, and Trickster's counterparts.
  • Amicable Exes: With Iris West, before she was put on a Long Bus Trip, that is...
  • Back for the Dead: Comes back nearly twenty eight years after his show's cancellation and disappears again for a year, only to perform a Heroic Sacrifice once he comes back.
  • Badass Bookworm: Barry is very well-read and intelligent while also being the fastest thing alive.
  • Badass in Distress: After Mar Novu sends him to the Netherverse, he is kidnapped by Mobius and forced to run over a treadmill to power an antimatter cannon that destroys alternate worlds.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Tina McGee.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: He's a friendly enough guy, but pissing him off probably isn't a good idea. And if you try to hurt the people he cares about, he won't let you off the hook with a warning slip.
  • Big Eater: His powers drain his energy a lot faster, and his body is constantly demanding more fuel to be put in its place. Thus, Barry goes through a fridge's worth of food in little time.
  • Big Little Brother: He is taller (6'1) than the similarly tall (5'11) Jay, and is certainly more muscular.
  • The Bus Came Back: After a 28 year absence since his show's premature cancellation, he comes back in the 2018 Arrowverse crossover, Elseworlds.
  • Composite Character:
    • Barry's large appetite and friendship with Tina McGee are all taken from Wally West's run as the Flash; Barry can only ones as fast as the speed as sound, which was Wally's limit in the comics at the time as well. The costume is based on Wally's subtly different one as well.
    • There are some elements of The Reverse Flash/ Professor Zoom within Barry too, such as the fact that his clone (with his speed-based powers) ended up being a Villain of the Week, and he also went undercover as Professor Zoom to catch another villain.
  • Cool Uncle: He is very fond of and is close to the children of his older brother Jay.
  • Character Aged with the Actor: He returns to the Arrowverse series as an Old Superhero due to the time that passed since John Wesley Shipp interpreted this incarnation of Barry Allen.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: A prime example. It's his main beef with Tina too.
  • Dead Alternate Counterpart: For both Jay Garrick from Arrowverse Earth-3 (physically) and Earth-1 Barry Allen (name and background wise), following his Heroic Sacrifice.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Does this often, both in and out of costume.
    Officer: Why the hell are you dressed like that?
    The Flash: Because I happen to like the color red?
  • The Determinator: He does not take the fall of Earth-90 lying down. After the Monitor destroys it, he devotes all of his strength into breaching into Earth-1 so he can inform the heroes of their situation and even charges straight for the Monitor himself... for all the good it did him.
  • Evil Is Hammy: John Wesley Shipp is evidently having a blast playing a brainwashed Flash in "The Trial of the Trickster".
  • Face Death with Dignity: He literally ran to his death without any signs of hesitation.
  • Failure Hero: He couldn't save the Monitor from slaughtering his Earth, nor save his fellow heroes.
  • For Want of a Nail: For some reason, his physical counterparts on both Earth-1 and pre-Crisis Earth-2 are his father, while his physical counterpart on Earth-3 and the post-Crisis Earth-2 is his brother Jay.
  • Freak Lab Accident: How he became The Flash.
  • Friend to All Children: In the seventh episode "Child's Play", Barry goes out his way to protect two orphaned kids from a drug lord. And later in "Be My Baby" he shelters a woman and her baby who are on the run from her selective breeding manipulative ex-husband.
  • Happily Married: He tells Earth-1 Barry that he and Tina got married. It is strongly suggested it was a loving marriage due to him doing parallels between Earth-1 Barry and Iris' marriage and his marriage to Tina and remebering Tina telling him that she trusts him.
  • The Hero: Of the series. The show is named after him!
  • The Hero Dies: He hijacks Earth-1 Barry Allen's Heroic Sacrifice to save The Multiverse during Crisis on Infinite Earths.
  • Heroes Love Dogs: Has a dog named Earl.
  • Heroic Build: He packs a considerable amount of muscle.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Sacrifices himself in the Arrowverse crossover event Crisis on Infinite Earths to stop the Anti-Monitor's multiverse-destroying device.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: Sometimes, sometimes not. But particularly in the episode "Flash Forward" where Barry's reputation gets smashed by an insensitive reporter. It's so insulting that Barry decides to quit superheroics right then and there.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Julio Mendez since (or possibly earlier) high school.
  • Hot-Blooded: When he's angry he tends to make clouded decisions. Best shown in Elseworlds where he impulsively charges straight for the Monitor ... and ends up in a portal for this troubles.
  • Hot Scientist: His good looks don't go unnoticed by the females that appear on the show, plus he's a CSI.
  • Hunk: Chiseled features and such.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: Feel this way in the pilot episode, but gets over it.
  • Identical Stranger: Earth-1 Barry compares him with his late father Henry.
  • Improv Fu: Seems to prefer this more than hand-to-hand combat, which makes sense, since no one can usually lay a hand on him. He even takes out a group of drug dealers by playing an electric guitar at super-accelerated frequencies.
  • Insistent Terminology: Barry was considered an "enhanced human," rather than the modern "meta-human."
  • The Lab Rat: His job at the Central City Police Department.
  • Lantern Jaw of Justice: His jaw is really wide, befitting a superhero.
  • Lightning Bruiser: And how. Villains and petty crooks alike tend to not know what hit them.
  • Motor Mouth: His mouth runs faster than he does.
  • Mr. Fanservice: He occasionally has Shirtless Scenes.
  • Nice Guy: He's generally just a thoughtful and sweet dude.
  • No Body Left Behind: He ran to reverse the antimatter cannon which causes his entire body to be disintegrated. In the end, all that was left is his Chest Insignia.
  • Old Superhero: He's still an active superhero twenty eight years after gaining his powers.
  • Passing the Torch: In a sense, he tells the other Barry to keep riding the lightning before sacrificing his life to save him and the multiverse.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: Subverted with Dr. Tina McGee; by the end of the series, it's all but established that the two of them had a very strong bond, but though Barry frequently daydreamed of them getting a Relationship Upgrade, Tina remained afraid since her husband died and she didn't want a repeat. They did indeed become a couple, eventually getting married.
  • Power Parasite: He steals Earth-1 Barry's speed to be faster and to ensure that it is him who does the sacrifice.
  • Pungeon Master: As The Flash.
  • Red Is Heroic: His costume is bright crimson.
  • Related in the Adaptation: His older brother Jay is a re-imagined Jay Garrick, the first Flash who is not related by blood to Barry in the comics. Likewise, it's revealed that he ultimately marries Tina McGee.
  • Remake Cameo: A literal example, since a still from this show is glimpsed by the Barry of the 2014 series when he's traveling to Earth-2. (His chest lightning orientation is the same as the Reverse-Flash's unlike in his show, but this is likely a goof due to the still being flipped).
  • Retcon: In his series, he didn't use the Speed Force, but his integration into the Arrowverse changes that.
  • Science Hero: When he couldn't handle criminals with his speed alone, he and Tina often devised strategies and solutions through science.
  • Sole Survivor: Of the Earth-90 superheroes after the Monitor laid waste to it. All the other heroes including the Ray, Green Arrow, and Hawkgirl are dead.
  • Super Speed: His main and most basic ability.
  • Tall, Dark, and Handsome: He stands 6'1.
  • They Do: Crisis on Infinite Earths reveals that he eventually did get together with Tina, though she has died in the interim.
  • Together in Death: He reunites with his late wife Tina when he gives his life up to negate the antimatter cannon's destruction mechanism.
  • Two First Names: Per the DC Comics norm.
  • Uncertain Doom: At Earth-1, he tries to run after the Monitor, but the latter sends him into a portal, which left his fate unknown until he was revealed to return for Crisis.
  • The Unfavorite: His dad always gave him a hard time for being a forensic scientist instead of a cop like his older brother, Jay.
  • Uniqueness Decay: Started off as the only hero of Earth-90. In the Time Skip between the show's cancellation and Elseworlds, dozens of heroes show up.
  • Will They or Won't They?: Again, with Tina McGee.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: It's implied the Monitor sends him back to Earth-90, but it's not entirely confirmed. His fate is eventually revealed in Crisis on Infinite Earths: the Anti-Monitor captured him and is using him to power a multiverse-eradicating machine.
  • You Fight Like a Cow: Loves mixing this with puns when facing the villains.

    Dr. Tina McGee-Allen 

Christina "Tina" McGee-Allen

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Species: Human

Played By: Amanda Pays

Appearances: The Flash | Crisis on Infinite Earths: Hour Three note 

A S.T.A.R. Labs scientist who helps Barry. It's later revealed during Crisis on Infinite Earths that they were married prior to the destruction of Earth-90.


    Julio Mendez 

Julio Mendez

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Species: Human

Played By: Alex Désert

Appearances: The Flash

Barry's friend and co-worker.


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The Allen Family

    Henry Allen 

Henry Allen

Species: Human

Played By: M. Emmet Walsh

Appearances: The Flash

Barry and Jay's father and a former cop.


    Nora Allen 

Nora Allen

Species: Human

Played By: Priscilla Pointer

Appearances: The Flash

Barry and Jay's mother. She volunteers at a shelter for single mothers.


  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Like Barry, she's a blonde in the comics and most mediabut a brunette here. She won't be the last.
  • For Want of a Nail: For some reason, her counterparts on both Earths 1 and 2 are played by Michelle Harrison instead of Priscilla Pointer.
  • Happily Married: To Henry.
  • Nice Girl: Unlike her husband, she doesn't show favoritism over her sons and love them equally.
  • Outliving One's Offspring: After Jay's death.
  • Related in the Adaptation: Her eldest son Jay is a re-imagined Jay Garrick, the first Flash who is not related by blood to Barry in the comics. Likewise, it's revealed that Barry ultimately marries Tina McGee, making her Nora's daughter-in-law in this incarnation.
  • Team Mom: Not only is she this to the Allen household but to her work as well, as she volunteers at a shelter for single mothers.
  • Two First Names: Per the DC Comics norm.

    Jay Allen 

Jay Allen

Species: Human

Played By: Tim Thomerson

Appearances: The Flash

Barry's older brother and a patrol cop. He was killed in the line of duty by his former partner Nicholas pike.


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    Anthony Bellows 

Anthony Bellows

Species: Human

Played By: Vito D Ambrosio

Appearances: The Flash

A Central City beat cop and Murphy's partner.


    Michael Francis Murphy 

Michael Francis Murphy

Species: Human

Played By: Bliff Manard

Appearances: The Flash

A Central City beat cop and Bellow's partner.


Friends

    Iris West 

Iris West

Species: Human

Played By: Paula Marshall

Appearances: The Flash

A computer graphics artist and Barry's girlfriend.


    Alpha 

Alpha-1

Species: Android

Played By: Claire Stansfield

Appearances: The Flash

An android who looks like a regular human woman. She's on the run from the government to avoid being used as a weapon.


Central City Media

    Joe Kline 

Joe Kline

Species: Human

Played By: Richard Belzer

Appearances: The Flash

A WCCN TV news reporter, known as the "Voice of the City". Kline often does tabloid-style news stories about the Flash and his exploits.


    Linda Park 

Linda Park

Species: Human

Played By: Mariko Tse

Appearances: The Flash

A Central City news reporter, asking the Central City police department about their response in dealing with all the gang attacks in the city.


Other Superheroes

    Nightshade 

Dr. Desmond Powell / Nightshade

Species: Human

Played By: Jason Bernard

Known Aliases: Nightshade

Appearances: The Flash

A retired hero who now practices medicine.


  • Cool Old Guy: A Nice Guy who can still beat up outlaws half his age.
  • Expy: For DC Comic's original Sandman. They have the same costume and similar abilities and weaponry. The presumed reason why that wasn't his alias in this series is to avoid confusion with the then-new Neil Gaiman-created comic book character of the same name that was released the previous year. He also shares the name of the super-powered anti-heroine (Eve Eden).
  • Hero of Another Story: Has an entire lair filled with memorabilia that he collected from his own Rogues Gallery during his time as a hero in Central City.
  • Retired Badass: Retired shortly after The Ghost's original presumed death, and wore his old costume again 35 years later, when the Ghost reappears.
  • Tranquilizer Dart: His weapon of choice.
  • The Un-Reveal: He's not interested in finding out who The Flash is when The Flash is about to take off his mask. note 

    John "Diggle" 

John "Diggle"

Species: Empowered Human

A superhero with a Ring of Power.


    Green Arrow 

Green Arrow

Species: Human

Appearances: Supergirl | The Flash (2014) | Arrow | Elseworlds note 

A superhero using archery.


    Firestorm 

Firestorm

Species: Empowered Human

Appearances: Supergirl | The Flash (2014) | Arrow | Elseworlds note 

A nuclear-themed superhero .


    Hawkman 

Hawkman

Species: Unknown

Appearances: Supergirl | The Flash (2014) | Arrow | Elseworlds note 

A bird-like superhero.


    Hawkgirl 

Hawkgirl

Species: Unknown

Appearances: Supergirl | The Flash (2014) | Arrow | Elseworlds note 

A bird-like superhero.


    Stargirl 

Stargirl

Species: Empowered Human

Appearances: Supergirl | The Flash (2014) | Arrow | Elseworlds note 

A staff-wielding superhero .


    Huntress 

Huntress

Species: Human

Appearances: Supergirl | The Flash (2014) | Arrow | Elseworlds note 

A crossbow-wielding superhero .


    The Ray 

The Ray

Species: Empowered Human

Appearances: Supergirl | The Flash (2014) | Arrow | Elseworlds note 

A light-based powered superhero .


Criminals

    Pike 

Nicholas Pike

Species: Human

Played By: Michael Nader

Appearances: The Flash

A former cop and partner of Jay Allen. He now leads a gang of bikers.


    The Ghost 

Russell / The Ghost

Species: Enhanced Human

Played By: Anthony Starke

Known Aliases: The Ghost

Appearances: The Flash

A hacker from the mid-1950's, who thawed in the early 90s, and is an expert in broadcast television.


  • Arch-Enemy: Nightshade.
  • The Fourth Wall Will Not Protect You: :His entire shtick is that he can hack television broadcasts, and once he becomes a living consciousness stuck in a TV, he hacks into The Flash's show itself during the credits of his episode
  • Hollywood Hacking: The most obvious example is that he can apparently turn televisions into cameras, despite the TVs of that era not having that ability because there were no inbuilt cameras and microphones to hack into.
  • Human Popsicle: He put himself in frozen hibernation for 35 years.
  • May–December Romance: One of his less villainous traits is his devotion to his girlfriend from the '50s, even though he hasn't aged in the '90s thanks to cryo-sleep, but she's now nearing the end of middle age.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Used the offensive term "colored" when he learns Nightshade is African-American.
  • Villain of Another Story: He had run-ins with his nemesis Nightshade prior to both of their introductions to the show.
  • Zeerust: His idea of the 1990's, while he was living in 1955.

    Deadly Nightshade 

Curtis Bohannan

Species: Human

Played By: Richard Burgi

Known Aliases: Deadly Nightshade

Appearances: The Flash

A killer who takes some strong inspirations from the previous Nightshade, who is drawn out of retirement to stop his deadly successor.


  • Anti-Hero: And quickly becomes an Anti-Villain.
  • Arch-Enemy: Nightshade takes it personally that someone has taken up his mantle to do evil.
  • Expy:
    • An obvious one to Nightshade, to the point where characters get confused why he keeps alternating between shooting at and helping the Flash.
    • Also one to Helena Bertinelli/The Huntress, another "superhero" who outright kills the bad guys.
  • Hero with an F in Good: His actions as a "hero" to Central City nearly leads to a police manhunt on every active hero operating there, angry that their superheroes were now murdering criminals.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: Embraces this completely.
  • Legacy Character: The second person to take up the "Nightshade" mantle, but the first to start killing.
  • Meaningful Name: "Deadly Nightshade" is the nickname for a type of plant that kills whoever eats it.
  • Meaningful Rename: He's added the prefix "Deadly-" to "Nightshade" since he chooses to outright murder criminals instead of apprehending them.
  • Nominal Hero: He wants to take down criminals, but that's the only "heroic" quality of his.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: He has extreme ways of getting rid of criminals, including nearly killing the original Nightshade when he won't assist in the crusade.

    Mirror Master 

Sam Scudder / Mirror Master

Species: Human

Played By: David Cassidy

Known Aliases: Mirror Master

Appearances: The Flash

Professional thief who is an expert with mirrors and holography.


  • Adaptational Wimp: He can't travel through reflective surfaces, instead relying entirely on advanced stolen holographic technology to create illusions to hide his crimes.
  • Alliterative Name: Sam Scudder, aka Mirror Master.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: Wears a suit in combat.
  • For Want of a Nail: For some reason, his Earth-1 counterpart is played by Grey Damon instead of David Cassidynote .
  • Not Wearing Tights: Wears a suit, a typical gangster wear, instead of his green and orange uniform from the comics.

    Captain Cold 

Leonard Wynters / Captain Cold

Species: Human

Played By: Michael Champion

Known Aliases: Captain Cold

Appearances: The Flash

Infamous albino hitman known for freezing his victims to death with a nuclear-powered freeze gun.


    Omega 

Omega

Species: Android

Played By: Sven Ole Thorsen

An android tasked with retrieving fellow android Alpha.


    The Trickster 

James Montgomery Jesse / The Trickster

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Species: Human

Played By: Mark Hamill

Known Aliases: The Trickster

Appearances: The Flash

A psychopathic and delusional mass murderer and con artist.


  • Adaptational Jerkass: Like Captain Cold, the comics Trickster was a perfectly sane bank robber. This version pretty much served as a dry run for Hamill voicing The Joker in Batman: The Animated Series, being an elusive Master of Disguise and Serial Killer across six different states.
  • Alliterative Name: If you don't count "Montgomery". Also, The Trickster.
  • Ax-Crazy: He is quite psychopathic.
  • The Bluebeard: Strongly implied by the cops who arrested him, since he apparently murdered twelve other women he'd apparently claimed affection for and nearly killed Megan Lockhart when playing a magician.
  • Breakout Villain: Was popular enough to be completely transplanted into the Flash remake, with the same actor and backstory, even including photos of his appearances in the 1990 series.
  • Casting Gag: An obscure in-joke. In the comics, Jesse is known for wearing shoes that allow him to walk in the sky.
  • Evil Is Hammy: He has a high tendency on Chewing the Scenery.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: The reason he's such a threat. He can apparently turn usually harmless toys and tools into deadly weapons and traps using his own skill with mechanics and technology similar to Jigsaw from the Saw series.
  • Practically Joker: Exaggerated from his comic self, and it'd be a characterization shared in the 2014 series. Like the Joker, he constantly reinvents himself and can go from a villainous terrorist or concert pianist if it fits his fancy. In fact, Mark Hamill would later go on to become who many people find to be the definitive Joker voice actor.
  • Psychological Projection: He despises the idea of being normal and forgotten. There's a scene where he refuses to let the helpless Flash be unmasked and, slowly looking away and retreating to something else, he claims that without the mask, he's nothing, or more particularly:
    "He is the mask! Without the mask, he's... nothing! Bupkis! Nada! Zip! Just some boring, average, insignificant jerk nobody who cares about... he'll die alone, and forgotten, watching game shows in an empty apartment... with cats." [snapping at his sidekick] "So you touch that mask again, I'll MURDER ya." [smile] "'kay?"
  • Renaissance Man: A skilled engineer, master of disguise, mechanic, and orator among other things. His ability to pass himself off as a lawyer, doctor, and almost get himself elected mayor of San Antonio shows he's as versatile as he is dangerous.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Obsessed with Megan Lockhart and kidnaps her to be his fantasy sidekick, Prank. After killing the Flash, he planned on forcing Megan on a "romantic honeymoon" before presumably disposing of her.
  • The Trickster: He's the trope personified.

    Prank I 

Megan Lockhart / Prank I

Species: Human

Played By: Joyce Hyser

Known Aliases: Prank I

Appearances: The Flash

Private investigator and repossession agent who became the first sidekick to The Trickster.


    Prank II 

Zoey Clark / Prank II

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Species: Human

Played By: Corinne Bohrer

Known Aliases: Prank II

Appearances: The Flash

The second sidekick to The Trickster, and deeply in love with him.


    Pollux 

Pollux

Species: Cloned Enhanced Human

Played By: John Wesley Shipp

Appearances: The Flash

A clone of Barry Allen, possessing all of his power and none of his maturity.


    Fosnight 

Fosnight

Species: Human

Played By: Dick Miller

Appearances: The Flash (1990)

A police informant who gives Barry tips in criminals due to owing a “life debt” to his father Henry, which he extends to his two sons.



Alternative Title(s): Arrowverse Earth 90

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