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     Reverse-Flashes In General 

All Reverse-Flashes provide examples of the following tropes:

  • Arch-Enemy: All of them are de-facto the most threatening members of their respective Flash's rogues gallery, and are designed in a way that they are all Evil Counterparts of their Flashes. Played With in Daniel West's case, as he was meant to be Barry's during the New 52 comics but that was dropped when Professor Zoom was reintroduced. It's debatable if he's one for his son Wally II, as the two never met while in their superpowered identities, missing the direct comparisons between the other Flashes/Reverse-Flashes. The matches are as follows:
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Thaddeus Thawne (Blonde), Hunter Zolomon (Brunette), Eobard Thawne (Redhead).
  • Chest Insignia: They usually sport a version of Flash's lightning bolt symbol. Eobard's was originally just switched colours. Hunter's has always been both opposite colours and the inverse direction.
  • The Dreaded: They leave huge mental scars on Flashes and their loved ones and many Rogues would prefer to not cross paths with one of them. If one's received the "Reverse-Flash" name, chances are they are not someone to mess with.
  • Evil Counterpart: Hence the name "Reverse-Flash".
  • Knight of Cerebus: Expect the story to get really dark once one of them appears.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Except for Daniel West, all Reverse-Flashes are seen as someone to be avoided not only by superhero community but also by super villains as well.
  • One Of These Is Not Like The Others:
    • Unlike the other Reverse-Flashes, Zoom (Hunter Zolomon) is not connected to the Speed Force and he doesn't use superspeed (in fact, aside from the New 52 version of Thawne he's the only speedster on this page who doesn't); he uses his ability to manipulate his own personal timeline to give the impression that he is moving incredibly fast.
    • Daniel West is the only Reverse-Flash who is not the Arch-Enemy of his respective Flash (New 52 Barry Allen) and lacks the personal connection/rivalry the other versions of Reverse-Flash have with their respective Flashes, though he does have one with Kid Flash II. He's also the only one to actively try to redeem himself once he has a Heel Realization in the New Suicide Squad comics.
  • Red Baron: Admittedly part and parcel of being known as a Reverse-Flash - but even then Eobard, Hunter and Thad are well-known known and feared as Professor Zoom, Zoom and Inertia outside of the Reverse-Flash moniker.
  • Super Speed: Each Reverse-Flash has this power, except for Hunter Zolomon. Their methods of obtaining it vary; Clariss used a Fantastic Drug, Thawne copied the incident that gave Barry his speed, Thaddeus was a clone of Bart Allen, and Daniel West was hit by a Speed Force-powered monorail car.
  • Uniqueness Decay: Unfortunately the concept got hit by this big time in the modern age due to the introduction of other evil speedsters - many of whom are also detailed on this page.
  • Villainous Legacy: Just like the Flashes they form a legacy of their own, with a clear inspirational chain from Thawne to Zolomon and later to Inertia. This looked to be undone in the New 52, which established Daniel West as the original Reverse-Flash of the new continuity, with Professor Zoom a now-unrelated villain. Rebirth in turn undid that, bringing back the original Thawne to reclaim the Reverse-Flash name and establishing the New 52 universe was the heavily altered post-Crisis DCU, leaving room for other elements of the Reverse-Flash mythos to return - as Hunter Zolomon/Zoom would eventually end up doing in "Flash War".

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    The Rival (Edward Clariss) 
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AKA: Doctor Edward Clariss
First appearance: Flash Comics #104 (February 1949)
Hair color: Black

Dr. Clariss was a chemistry teacher at Midwestern University who overheard a conversation between Joan Williams and another student discussing how the Flash got his speed. Clariss was able to determine that something in the lab caused it, so he took all the hard water samples he could find and experimented with them, eventually producing a substance that temporarily gave him and his eventual criminal gang super speed to match the Flash. He wore a darker version of the Flash's costume and a mask in his first appearance.

  • And I Must Scream: Was trapped in the Speed Force after running fast enough to reach lightspeed in a battle with Jay Garrick — except unlike Jay his powers were temporary. In his own words, once his speed wore off "the Force ate me alive."
  • Demonic Possession: After his conversion to pure energy, he learned how to possess other speedsters and ended up possessing Max Mercury.
  • Driven to Madness: After being trapped in the Speed Force for half a century — though all indications are he wasn't too stable to begin with.
  • Energy Beings: His time trapped in the Speed Force reduced him to one of these, eating away his body and seemingly leaving him comprised solely of Speed Force energy.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Jay Garrick — where Jay is eternally selfless and does what he does to help others, Clariss was driven by envy of Jay's powers and injured pride at being unable to fully replicate them.
  • Evil Is Petty: He was initially motivated by envy over being unable to create a Superspeed formula that would allow him to receive adulation like Jay — yet when he did gain Superspeed all he did with it was become a criminal and try to humiliate Jay for no reason other than wanting Jay's title of fastest man alive for himself.
  • Evil Old Folks: He's the oldest of the Reverse-Flashes.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: Glow a bright purple after he's released from the Speed Force.
  • Mad Scientist: Brilliant enough to create a formula allowing him to temporarily replicate Flash's speed, he nonetheless went mad over his obsession with taking Jay's mantle of fastest man alive.
  • Never My Fault: He tried to kill Jay and Jay's wife Joan as revenge for being trapped in the Speed Force for 50 years, conveniently ignoring he'd never have been in such a situation if it weren't for his continued attempts to defeat and humiliate Jay in the first place.
  • Predecessor Villain: Clariss was the first villain to be presented as an evil version of the Flash — and one with a personal rivalry with Flash himself to boot. While Eobard Thawne and Hunter Zolomon are far better known and fleshed out, Clariss set the stage for them and many of the other villains on this page. When he returns from the Speed Force, Jay even refers to him as "a kind of Reverse-Flash."
  • Put on a Bus: Disappeared into the future whilst possessing Max Mercury at the conclusion of the Impulse series and never appeared again, even when Max was brought back in The Flash: Rebirth.
  • Revenge: Clariss was bitter because no one believed him when he tried to publicize his speed formula. Even success in other scientific fields wasn't good enough for him. He adopted the Rival identity in order to take the Flash's speed away and become the fastest man alive himself.
    • Taken Up to Eleven when the Injustice Society freed him from the Speed Force — blaming Jay for what happened to him, he tried to kill Jay's wife Joan. Latterly, he attempted to prolong Joan's dying from cancer as much as possible to make Jay suffer.
  • Serial Killer: In his first Post-Crisis appearance killed 80 people solely to send a message to Jay Garrick (literally — the locations of his victims across America spelled out his name). His favoured tactic is to ram into people at full speed, literally tearing them apart.
  • Super Powers for a Day: Clariss developed a speed formula that was only temporary. He couldn't quite match the one that gave Jay Garrick permanent speed, despite many experiments with it.
  • The Sociopath: Utterly ruthless and uncaring, with a monumental ego to boot. Jay describes him to Impulse as such.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Tried to kill Jay's wife Joan several times after returning from the Speed Force.

    Professor Zoom / Reverse-Flash I (Eobard Thawne) 
The Arch-Enemy of Barry Allen for nearly 60 years, Eobard Thawne's loathing of the second Flash has extended from the Silver Age through to the Rebirth era, being responsible for numerous tragedies for the Flash family. Sadistic, brutal and consumed by envy of Barry, Thawne is probably the most influential and enduring of the evil speedsters. For a complete list of tropes regarding him, please see his own page.

    Zoom / Reverse-Flash II (Hunter Zolomon) 
Formerly a friend and ally to Wally West, Hunter Zolomon would be twisted and driven to desperation by a series of personal tragedies, eventually trying to use the Cosmic Treadmill to time travel back to fix his life. The fallout from this gave him incredible powers but warped his sanity and worldview, leading him to take up the Reverse-Flash costume and become Wally's Arch-Enemy Zoom. For a complete list of tropes regarding him, please see his own page.

    Inertia / Kid Zoom (Thaddeus Thawne) 
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He will never have what Impulse has; will never know their approval, their pride...their love.

AKA: Thaddeus Thawne II
First appearance: Impulse #50 (July 1999)
Hair color: Blond
Eye color: Yellow

When Bart refused his heritage as part of the Thawne family, the Earthgov president Thaddeus Thawne created a clone of Bart named after himself. He was effectively created to be the complete opposite of Bart: slow-thinking, calculating, and utterly sociopathic.


  • 0% Approval Rating: Suffers from this after he tricks the Rogues into killing Bart Allen. Wally West comes to consider Thad as an irredeemable monster, and the Rogues hate him for sticking them with a murder charge. Even Zoom hates him, having respected Bart for doing his best to become a better hero.
  • Alliterative Name: With the word "thunder", no less.
  • And I Must Scream: Wally exacted revenge on Inertia by essentially turning him into a living statue, putting him on display in the Flash Museum facing a statue of the Flash he killed. Inertia is still perfectly conscious and aware, and is unable to even close his eyes. Eventually, he recovered, although it's made him rather Ax-Crazy.
  • Archenemy: To Bart Allen.
  • Ax-Crazy: By the end of Rogues' Revenge, he's more psychologically warped than Zoom himself, and that's saying something.
  • Becoming the Mask: He realizes this and genuinely considers abandoning the plan to kill Max right then and there. Old grudges die hard, though...
  • The Chessmaster: In contrast to the impulsive Bart, Thad always plans things out beforehand.
  • Cloning Blues: His status as a clone adds to his hate of Bart.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Blonde hair, yellow eyes.
  • Deceptive Disciple: To Zoom.
  • Defiant to the End: Once Wally West finally catches up to Inertia, he taunts him about the fact he killed Bart.
    Thaddeus: He screamed like a little bitch...
  • Evil Knockoff: He was created specifically to be the evil Thawne that Bart couldn't be.
  • Evil Twin: Of Bart.
  • Expy: Of the original Reverse-Flash, Eobard Thawne, right down to being motivated by jealousy.
  • Eyes of Gold: Thad can pull off some stunning impressions of Bart's emotional body language (and that includes the famed Puppy-Dog Eyes as well) when the situation calls for it, but his eyes usually default to a sinister glow.
  • Foil: To Bart. Bart is a flighty, impulsive, cheerful young superhero who is beloved by his family. Thad is an icy, calculating supervillain with no friends other than Craydl, his sentient computer.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Towards Bart, who has a loving family and friends, while Thad was created solely to settle the Thawnes' grudge against the Allens.
  • Hate Sink: While he was portrayed fairly sympathetically in Mercury Falling, Thad is afterwards written as a smug, arrogant, condescending sociopath who has no problem killing babies. Even Zoom and the Rogues are disgusted by him. To drive it home, the Rogues usually have strict rules against killing someone as young as Thad. They made an exception.
  • I Just Want to Be Loved: Mercury Falling revealed his hatred for Bart stemmed over his jealousy of Bart having a better life than him. Bart is surrounded by friends and loved ones, while Thad was created to be a killer and his only friend is a sentient computer called Craydl.
  • Instant Costume Change: Like Hunter Zolomon when he became Zoom, Thad is able to manifest the Kid Zoom costume out of seemingly nowhere while connected to Hunter's Time Master powers.
  • Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: Manipulating the Rogues into killing Bart.
  • Karmic Death: Killed by the Rogues in the same way they killed Bart, as revenge for Thad's manipulating them into the prior killing.
  • Killed Off for Real: In Final Crisis: Rogues' Revenge, by the Rogues in revenge for killing Bart.
  • Meaningful Name: Roughly translates to "praise" or "desired" in Old Aramaic; sadly enough, that was all he ever wanted.
    • More literally, it would translate to something along the lines of "friend", and specifically a close friend (Aramaic תדא tadda, lit. "breast"; in context, an appellation one would give to a close friend or perhaps a younger brother); the "praise" definition may be a very loose take-off of said appellation).
  • Meaningless Villain Victory:
  • Oh, Crap!: When he's confronted by a man in a Flash uniform just after Bart's death — and realises it isn't a resurrected Bart but a returned and ALMIGHTILY pissed-off Wally...
  • Parental Substitute: He saw Deathstroke as his dad. Deathstroke being who he is, saw Inertia as a tool.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Blue Oni to Bart's Red Oni.
  • Slasher Smile: In a way the complete opposite of Bart in this area. While Bart grins a full of warmth and good natured mischief, his are wild, deranged and actually sometimes borderline Nightmare Fuel
  • The Sociopath: As you could probably tell from some of these other tropes, he isn't a nice guy.
    Wally West: He's just an irredeemable sociopath with Bart's face.
  • Theme Naming: With Bart. The codenames are obvious; impulse/go/Bart's flighty personality, inertia/stop/Thad's methodical way of thinking (they're not the literal definitions, but the implication is clear). Less obvious are their given names; their namesakes are the patron saints of Armenia.
  • This Is Your Brain on Evil: Designed to be the opposite of Bart.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Goes from a tragic villain to an amoral monster.
  • Tyke-Bomb: Was created as the Thawne counter to Bart.
  • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: Before he was killed by the Rogues, he had absolute mastery over the individual timestream of a human being, able to revert Zoom to the powerless Hunter Zolomon and kill with a simple snap of his fingers. At this time he was even more Ax-Crazy than Hunter himself.
  • Would Hurt a Child: When he's unfrozen (see And I Must Scream above) in Final Crisis: Rogues' Revenge he immediately goes to kill Wally's children in revenge, though he's stopped by Zoom. Later in the same story he murders Weather Wizard's infant son out of pure sadism.

    Reverse-Flash III (Daniel West) 
The last time I was happy, I was eight years old.
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AKA: Daniel West
First appearance: The Flash Vol. 4 #0 (September 2012)
Hair color: Brown
Eye color: Green

A mysterious speedster introduced in the New 52, murdering those associated with a connection to the Speed Force. He's revealed to be Iris West's criminal brother Daniel, who got his powers when he crashed into a monorail carrying a Speed Force battery. After his defeat, he was imprisoned and later conscripted onto the Suicide Squad.

He is also the Cool Uncle of Wally West II, later retconned into being his father.


  • Absurdly Youthful Father/Age Lift: Originally, he's about 24 when he becomes Reverse-Flash, as he's explicitly said to have been caught by the Flash on his eighteenth birthday, and the current stories took at best a year to play out. Age Lift may be in effect in order to make him the father of Wally West II, who is at least 16 in the Rebirth era, at the start of which their relationship was revealed.
  • Abusive Parents: His father was physically and emotionally abusive in his youth, due to blaming Daniel for the death of his mother when birthing him. Eventually, the old man killed his pet insects out of sheer sadism, leading Daniel to snap and push him down the stairs...
  • Accidental Murder: While the Flash issue in which we see the aftereffects doesn't go into detail, Futures End strongly implies his killing Wally (and crippling Iris) in the future was not intentional on his part.
  • Archnemesis Dad: Of the new Kid Flash. An interesting variant, as while Kid Flash is aware of their relationship, the two have never met while in their superpowered identities.
  • The Atoner: Towards the end of his time in the Suicide Squad, resulting in his Heroic Sacrifice.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: His limited time as Reverse-Flash and subsequent Villain Decay give this impression — all the more since he proceeded towards a Heel Realization fairly rapidly in New Suicide Squad, rendering both the Bad and Wannabe parts moot. He was replaced by Professor Zoom as Barry's Arch-Enemy after just one arc, and the post-Crisis Thawne treated Daniel's memory with nothing but irritation once he returned, to the point of completely disowning him from the Reverse-Flash name.note Since his death he's been reduced to little better than a cautionary tale for Kid Flash not to misuse his powers.
  • Body Horror: See the red part of his suit? That's his skin. He got his look when he crashed a car into a monorail carrying a Speed Force battery. He became bound to the Speed Force and the remains of the monorail fused to him and created the black part of his suit.
  • Bus Crash: He was sent to New Suicide Squad as part of a reconstituted team, and then died there in an explosion to cement Thawne as Barry's main speedster nemesis once more.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: His true identity, Daniel West, is introduced even before Reverse-Flash and seems to be just a minor supporting character before The Reveal.
  • Clothing Switch: During his time on New Suicide Squad the bright red skin of his costume is replaced by a sickly yellow, possibly indicative of his reduced power level after the "Reverse" storyline. He also sports this look in Futures End, implying it may be a natural evolution of his "costume", or simply a nod to the traditional yellow color-scheme of Reverse-Flashes.
  • Cool Uncle: He was Wally West II's Parental Substitute until he was retconned into his actual father.
  • Death Equals Redemption: He sacrifices himself to save a town full of kids from a time bomb, right after he goes through the Heel Realization.
  • Decomposite Character: In the New 52 he was Reverse-Flash rather than Eobard Thawne, who went solely by Professor Zoom. However, in DC Rebirth Barry gets his pre-Flashpoint memories back and starts referring to Thawne as Reverse-Flash again (specifically calling him the first Reverse-Flash in #18 of the 2016 series), thus making Reverse-Flash a mantle attained by different evil speedsters once again.
  • Demoted to Extra: Was initially introduced as the Evil Counterpart of Barry Allen in the New 52 until Eobard Thawne's return hit him pretty hard. Since Rebirth he's only appeared in flashbacks and dream sequences before being confirmed as dead by Captain Boomerang, leaving Eobard as the main Reverse-Flash again.
  • Dramatic Irony: A genuinely sad case: when he goes back in time to kill his father, his past self begs him to leave his/their father alone.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: He is killed in New Suicide Squad to make way for Professor Zoom to be the prime evil speedster again. On top of all that, his death isn't even mentioned in the main Flash book at all. Things seemed to be changing, with the post-DC Rebirth Flash comic having an ongoing subplot about the younger Wally West trying to find out more about his father, including his time as Reverse-Flash.
  • Dying to Be Replaced: Died in New Suicide Squad to make way for Eobard Thawne.
    • Fully invoking this trope, the issue where his death is confirmed by Captain Boomerang also features a major return for Eobard Thawne, literally replacing one Reverse-Flash with the other. Lampshaded by Thawne himself later on.
      Iris West: Daniel was a monster when he was Reverse-Flash...
      The Reverse-Flash (Eobard Thawne): Actually, and I hate to quibble, but...there is only one Reverse-Flash.
  • Even Evil Can Be Loved: If the Futures End comic is anything to go by, Iris never gives up on him, attempting to talk him down from an impending murderous rampage because, even after everything he's done, "Daniel is still family".
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He's sincere about his love for his sister, Iris. He attacks everyone who entered the Speed Force, except her, and is devastated when she Takes the Bullet for Flash and gets wounded. More complex with Wally II — all indications are he genuinely tried with his son and wanted him to make more of himself than Daniel, but wasn't above lying to Wally II regarding his remorse over his crimes.
  • Evil Counterpart:
    • In his initial "Reverse" storyline Daniel is presented as one to Barry Allen — both had a hugely traumatic event in their childhood, but where Barry was able to use his mother's murder to inspire him to help others (both as a CSI and later the Flash), Daniel never got over the effect crippling his father had on his life, obsessing over being able to change his past for the better. In addition, both care deeply for Iris, albeit in very different ways.
    • Also, more obviously to his son Wally II (aka Kid Flash) once the latter gains his speedster powers. Both come from broken households and have criminal backgrounds (though Wally was only getting started with his before Barry intervened) — but in this case Wally is determined to not go down his father's path in life.
  • Evil Makes You Monstrous: He seems to be able to switch between normal and the look in the above image at will. However, his appearance in #24 really qualifies him as this — when he thinks he's killed his father and the Flash can't stop him, his powers shift him into a much larger and more demonic-looking form.
  • Evil Uncle: To the elder Flash Wally West. The younger Wally grows up believing him to be his uncle as well but it turns out that he's actually his father.
  • Expy: His principle motivation — to go back in time and undo the moment he feels led to everything going wrong for him — is remarkably similar to Hunter Zolomon/Zoom's reasoning for trying to use the Cosmic Treadmill, as well as his general theme of not moving beyond his past.
  • Family Relationship Switcheroo: During Wally West II's introduction, he was said to be the Cool Uncle Wally idolized. With DC Rebirth's retcon, he's revealed to actually be Wally's father.
  • Futureshadowing: When he got his powers, the Speed Force showed him glimpses of others connected to the Speed Force. He figures out that he needs to kill these people to gain more power.
  • Freudian Excuse: His mother died during his birth and his father was an abusive drunk. When his dad pushed him over the edge, he pushed him down the stairs; crippling him for life and estranging his sister, Iris. Horrified, he ran away and went down the path of crime. With his Speed Force powers, he wants to go back in time and kill his father before that moment; thinking it will fix everything for him.
  • Heel Realization: By the end of his time in the Suicide Squad, noting that while Iris may think of him as a monster, he at least knows he doesn't want to be one anymore.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Sacrifices himself to stop a time-travel bomb from going off when he's on the Suicide Squad.
  • How Do I Shot Web?: A variant, in that it's not him who doesn't understand his powers, but his Suicide Squad controllers. During his first mission with the Suicide Squad they insist he run at full speed to plant explosives in order to prevent a situation in China escalating out of control. Knowing he isn't as powerful as he was pre-"Reverse", he protests but ultimately accedes. The resultant run has him shatter his kneecap completely, leaving him useless for the rest of the team's mission.
  • Instant Costume Change: His Forever Evil tie-in issue implies that he can switch from human to the monstrous Reverse-Flash look in seconds, with his "costume" actually manifesting from within his body.
  • Killed Off for Real: Dies in New Suicide Squad.
  • Make It Look Like an Accident: He pushes Turbocharger off a building to make it seem like he fell.
  • Mana Drain: He's able to steal the Speed Force powers from other speedsters and absorb them into his own.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: When he attempts to kill his father in front of a young Iris and younger version of himself, a terrified Iris dubs him a "monster", leading to a brief moment of this that allows Flash to temporarily borrow his powers to get them back to the present. Thoroughly subverted when they get back though, as he flatly tells the adult Iris he'll do it all over again when he gets another chance.
  • My Suit Is Also Super: Can break off parts of his suit to use as blades; which is how he kills Sprint and Marissa.
  • Neck Snap: How Future Flash kills an alternate version of him in the Futures End comic. May double as a Shout-Out to the pre-Crisis Barry's killing of Professor Zoom.
  • Never My Fault: His defining character trait. Whether it's pushing his father down the stairs at an early age, pulling a bank job that was stopped by the Flash or actually killing multiple innocent speedsters as Reverse-Flash, he's utterly unable to accept responsibility for his own actions and how they've contributed to his life turning out, at one point flat-out lying to Wally over having remorse for any of his crimes. He looked to have been finally subverting this as part of the Suicide Squad, but died before he could undergo a true Heel–Face Turn.
  • Odd Friendship: With Harley Quinn on the Suicide Squad. Notably, his inability to understand her reluctance to give up her Ax-Crazy ways play a big part in his own Heel Realisation.
  • One Of These Is Not Like The Others:
    • Unlike other Reverse-Flashes, he has no personal grudge towards his respective Flash and he doesn't see Flash as more than a tool for his goals, even despite the Flash catching him at the worst possible moment. This unfortunately contributed to his Villain Decay too — lacking the bitterly personal rivalry with Barry of Professor Zoom (or even Godspeed), he's far more important to Iris and Wally II as a supporting character than he is to Barry.
    • Where the Reverse-Flash title usually denotes the bearer being an Evil Counterpart of his Flash, for Daniel it's less this and more indicative of his original goal — to "reverse" everything that went wrong for him by going back in time and killing his father.
    • He's also the only Reverse-Flash to have a Heel Realization and try to act on it, coming to realise how appalling his acts as Reverse-Flash were and actively taking steps to redeem himself.
  • Only Sane Man: Definitely comes across as this on his final mission with the Suicide Squad — though, to be fair, this isn't hard on a team featuring Harley Quinn, Boomerang and Parasite...
  • Pet the Dog: Wally's dream sequence in #18 of the 2016 series strongly indicates Daniel did try and be a positive influence on his (secret) son, encouraging him to study in order to get into a good college and taking him to a live hockey game as an incentive. It's not entirely clear how much of this is wishful thinking on Wally's part though.
  • Put on a Bus: Professor Zoom's return to the comics led to this, as he was shunted to the New Suicide Squad comic before being (supposedly) Killed Off for Real there.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: His "outfit".
  • Retcon: Originally, he was Wally West II's uncle. After the original Wally returns, Daniel is retconned into being Wally II's father.
  • Serial Killer: His first story arc, "Reverse", has him killing people affected by the Speed Force; his first victim being Albert Lim/Turbocharger in issue #19. He later kills Floyd Gomez/Sprint, Marissa and now has his sights on the Flash. The more of them are dead, the more Speed Force he gets.
  • Set Right What Once Went Wrong: His motivation is to go back in time and prevent the event that estranged Iris from him and ruined his life. See Freudian Excuse above for details.
  • Sensor Character: Can sense those connected to the Speed Force.
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes: When in "costume", his eyes are always a bright, glowing, uniform yellow.
  • Successful Sibling Syndrome: Iris carving out a successful path for herself fueled Daniel's bitterness about how his life turned out and contributed to his Start of Darkness.
  • Time Master: He has the traditional speedster power set, but he can also "rewind" time — the more Speed Force energy he has, the further back in time he can "rewind" to. By killing numerous other speedsters to absorb their speed, then temporarily stealing Barry's, he's able to go back in time to try and kill his father before he ruined his life.
  • There's No Kill Like Overkill: He appears to kill Marissa with a flurry of blades, but her autopsy reveals lacerations, burns, electrocution, and extraction.
  • Tragic Villain: He clearly thinks he's this, and has at least some justification due to his abusive father and generally awful childhood. However, it's clear that in reality he's a selfish superpowered murderer who cannot accept his own part in driving Iris away, and how his life in general has turned out.
  • Unknown Rival: To the returned pre-Flashpoint Eobard Thawne, who expressed a distinct contempt for the idea of there being another Reverse-Flash in Barry's life. It's also true in a meta sense, as of the two Reverse-Flashes associated with Barry (Eobard and Daniel) Thawne is by far the one with the greatest impact on and significance to Barry's life, compared to Daniel's relatively brief tenure.
    • The irony of this is that despite everything, Daniel in one timeline as a consequence of his meddling with time, managed to do something by accident that Thawne was never able to do, he indirectly turned Barry evil and created Future Flash.
    • Interestingly, it's also kinda subverted in practice — Daniel was meant to be the original Reverse-Flash of the New 52, so there's no indication he ever knew of Thawne's pre-eminence with the title. From his point of view Eobard is actually the unknown one.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: He's the major reason Future Flash became the way he did.
    • It was Reverse-Flash's use of time-travel to alter his own past in #24 that leads to the Speed Force rupture that causes Future Flash to "lose" time whenever he runs, leading him to be "late" for multiple tragedies, including...
    • ...Daniel's accidental killing of Wally/crippling of Iris in the future timeline, which is what leads the future Barry Allen to become so bitter and withdrawn.
    • In addition, Daniel gets captured by Grodd at some point — when the gorilla devours his brain, he becomes able to access the Speed Force and time travel. This leads to Grodd causing even more damage to the timeline, eventually prodding Future Flash into his Start of Darkness by killing the gorilla, followed by his time-travelling to stop his enemies' worst excesses by ANY means and eventually trying to kill his past self.
  • Villain Decay: Initially presented as a new Arch-Enemy for Barry, Daniel lost his status and importance quickly after his introduction arc. was over.
    • He was unceremoniously moved to New Suicide Squad to make room for the reappearance of Professor Zoom after the latter gained a new level of recognition in the 2014 TV series — then Dropped a Bridge on Him mid-Heel Realisation there. Meanwhile Thawne constantly made snide remarks about Daniel's use of the name, not even acknowledging him as a successor like he did Hunter.
    • Rebirth had Barry regain some of his pre-Flashpoint memories and start referring to Thawne as the first Reverse-Flash once more, displacing him completely from even sole use of the Reverse-Flash name. Hunter Zolomon was also later revealed to be alive, further distancing him from the top of the Reverse-Flash chain.
  • Villain Issue: He gains his own issue in DC Comic's Villains Month which details his Start of Darkness. Interestingly enough, it's told in reverse-chronological order.
  • Villainous Legacy: He's only in the series for one major story arc ("Reverse") before moving to New Suicide Squad and dying there, but the memory of what he did and how he misused his powers continues to be a plot point in the Rebirth era, leading Wally to search for the truth of what happened to him and eventually contributing to the rift between Flash and Kid Flash.
  • Would Not Hurt A Child: Develops this during his time on the Suicide Squad — it's the principle motivation for his Heroic Sacrifice, as otherwise the time bomb would have annihilated a village full of kids.
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Other Evil Speedsters

     Johnny Quick (Jonathan Allen) 
AKA: Johnathan Allen (Forever Evil)
First appearance:
Hair color: Blond
Eye color: Yellow

Johnny Quick is an evil doppelganger of The Flash from an alternate universe. He is a member of the Crime Syndicate, a team of supervillains paralleling the Justice League. See their page.


    Speed Demon (Jerry McGee) 
AKA: Jerry "Speed" McGee
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Early into Wally West's career as the Flash, Jerry was estranged from his wife Tina, who began having an affair with the speedster. Angry and jealous, Jerry turned his hyper-physiology research onto himself, transforming into a steroid-pumped hulk of a man who could rival Wally's then-top speed of 700 miles an hour. Unfortunately, the self-experimentation caused his internal organs to collapse; fortunately, he recovered.

  • Ax-Crazy: During his stint as Speed Demon.
  • Brief Accent Imitation: He occasionally puts on a corny faux-French accent to tease his wife.
  • Deadly Upgrade: His self-experiments gave him super-speed and super-strength, but at the cost of his organs failing and collapsing.
  • Face–Heel Turn: When Tina began having an affair with Wally (early into Wally's career as the Flash) while being estranged from her husband, Jerry used his super-speed research to turn himself into a hulking monstrosity, Speed Demon. His steroid research had already made him an abusive Jerkass, however, so turning himself into a monster was more Jumping Off the Slippery Slope.
  • Happily Married: Following his Heel–Face Turn, he and Tina reconciled.
  • Murder the Hypotenuse: He attempted to off the Flash for making the moves on his estranged wife.
  • Self-Disposing Villain: When he first attacked the Flash, without any real control over his powers, he ran straight into a power plant, which exploded.
  • Super Speed: Top speed of 700 mph.
  • Super Strength: A side-effect of Speed Demon's experiments.
  • Those Two Guys: Once he and Tina reconciled, they became this.
  • You Don't Look Like You: In the Johns run he's significantly heavier-set, has curly hair, and a much less prominent brow.
  • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: The speed he gained from his experiments caused him going off the rails. He got better later though.

    Savitar 
After all...you are the one who showed me the face of God.
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AKA: Unknown

A Cold War pilot for a third-world nation who was granted powers by the Speed Force while testing an experimental supersonic jet. Driven mad, Savitar became obsessed with the Speed Force and his new-found powers, forming a twisted cult dedicated to studying it and unlocking its full potential. As a result, he's discovered powers that the Flash has yet to learn, such as the ability to lend or steal speed from other objects.


  • Arch-Enemy: To Max Mercury.
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: He is the unquestioned leader of his cult, as well as the fastest member of it. In fact, his ninjas only have speed because he grants it to them.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Wanted to join the Speed Force. He did, but the other speedsters make sure it's not a pleasant experience.
  • Clothing Switch: Subtly; after he returns from the Speed Force he revised his mask to yellow with red trim, like Professor Zoom.
  • Cult: He led a cult devoted to the Speed Force.
  • Evil Counterpart: Arguably, to Max Mercury. Both have a quasi-mystical connection to the Speed Force that gives them powers beyond those of the Flashes.
  • Evil Mentor: In an alternate universe, he was this to Walter West.
  • Hero Killer: His actions lead directly to the deaths of Cassiopeia and Johnny Quick, and the near-deaths of Max Mercury and Wally West.
  • Husky Russkie: At six foot four he's easily the largest of the speedsters.
  • Killed Off for Real: Due to Thawne's interference in the Speed Force, Barry ends up effectively aging Savitar to death with a single touch.
  • Mana Drain: He is the first speedster to steal speed from others by using Speed Force. He hunts down other speedsters to gain enough power to unlock the Speed Force's secrets.
  • No Name Given: His original identity is unknown, and he only answers to Savitar.
  • Time Travel: A battle against Max Mercury shifted him from the Cold War and into the present.
  • Unexplained Recovery: He is killed at the end of Dead Heat, as the power of the Speed Force proves too much for him to handle and he is ripped apart, with Wally narrating that the other speedsters will make his afterlife an unpleasant one. He is suddenly alive again in The Flash: Rebirth, only to die again shortly afterward because of Thawne's actions.
  • Villainous Crush: Develops one for Jesse Quick.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: After he tears off his robes during the fight with Wally, he only wears armor on his lower body and arms.

    Lady Flash (Ivana Molotova) 
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AKA: Ivana Christina Borodin Molotova, Christina Alexandrova, Lady Savage, Lady Savitar

A member of the Russian speedster team Blue Trinity, Christina was the only survivor of the team after they were captured by Vandal Savage, and she became his follower, Lady Savage. When he tried to kill her, she was saved by Wally, and became Lady Flash. She resurfaced years later as a devoted follower of Savitar, and his second-in-command.


  • Abhorrent Admirer: To Wally.
  • Back from the Dead: She appears in Doomsday Clock #5 alive and back to calling herself Lady Flash as a member of Russia's superteam, The People's Heroes. Interestingly, her Flash costume now has the same color scheme as her Blue Trinity uniform.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: For Savitar. She tried to kill Jesse Quick over this, though in her defence, Savitar outright said he wanted Jesse to replace her.
    • And before Savitar, she was this for Wally himself. She had a crush on Wally after he saved her from Vandal Savage and made sure Wally's honeymoon with Linda turned into a nightmare.
  • The Dragon: To Vandal Savage and Savitar.
  • Dragon Their Feet: Has worked for the USSR, Rudy West, Vandal Savage, and Savitar at various times, attaching herself to a new Big Bad after the last one's defeat.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Jesse Quick. She seeks the approval of Savitar like Jesse did with her father.
  • Foil: Interestingly, she serves as one to Wally in many ways.
    • Wally inherited the Flash mantle after Barry Allen died, and managed to hold onto his personality and do things with the title that Barry never achieved instead of becoming a carbon copy of Barry. Christina never really had an identity of her own, either sharing the group identity of "Blue Trinity" or being turned into a female knock off of other characters (Flash, Vandal Savage, Savitar).
    • Wally had a strong will and actively did things for himself as a character, while Christina mainly moved from master to master trying to find a purpose.
    • Wally did struggle with worrying about doing right by Barry Allen's memory while seeking out to do his own thing, while Christina was a people pleaser more obsessed with currying the favor of whomever she was enthralled with.
  • Killed Off for Real: By Barry when he was the Black Flash.
  • Nominal Hero: As Lady Flash.
  • Statuesque Stunner: She has at least an inch on Wally, meaning she's over six feet tall.
  • Villainous Crush: Had a bad one on Wally.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Her hair is often dyed purple, though it's naturally red.
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    Black Flash 
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An anthromorphic personification of death created by the Speed Force to capture speedsters at the end of their lives. While not technically evil, his strange views of morality make him a dangerous threat whenever he appears. Word of God says he's just an aspect of Death of the Endless.

  • Anthropomorphic Personification: The anthropomorphic personification of Death for speedsters, who takes the form of a zombie-looking guy in a black Flash costume.
  • Blue and Orange Morality: He's not truly evil, but serves as the Grim Reaper.
  • The Cameo: He disappeared after his "death", and never appeared in the New 52, with the closest thing being a Black Racer-possessed Barry Allen. However, the 2016 The Flash: Rebirth one-shot features him when Barry is remembering parts of his pre-Flashpoint history.
  • Color Character: Black Flash.
  • Composite Character: In the New 52, when Barry Allen is possessed by the Black Racer, he has an appearance similar to Black Flash, but is otherwise still the Black Racer in that he deals death to everyone and not just Speedsters.
  • Humanoid Abomination: A version of Death with Super Speed, manifesting as an undead version of the Flash.
  • The Grim Reaper: He's a special grim reaper specializing in speedsters (like the Flash) who would presumably be too fast to be caught by the normal Death.
  • Killed Off for Real: Apparently, in The Flash: Rebirth.
  • Legacy Character: Barry Allen became the new Black Flash after the old one was found "apparently dead" in The Flash: Rebirth. Soon after, the title was taken by Professor Zoom in his corpse Black Lantern form.

     Hot Pursuit (Barry Allen) 

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AKA: Bartholomew Henry "Barry" Allen
First appearance: The Flash vol. 3 #6 (January 2011)
Hair color: Blonde
Eye color: Blue

A version of Barry Allen from a parallel universe, Hot Pursuit enters the main DCU just prior to Flashpoint in an attempt to stop a multitude of parallel Earths being wiped out by the impending catastrophe.

  • Badass Biker: Definitely. How many other bikers can say their bike is powered by the Speed Force?
  • Cool Bike: It's actually called the Cosmic Motorcycle, and can travel at speeds rivalling the Flash. It also can be collapsed into a baton.
  • Foregone Conclusion: He spends his entire arc trying to stop whoever will be responsible for the Flashpoint event. Given that he's doing so in comics branded The Road to Flashpoint we can assume it doesn't end well
  • Killed Off for Real: He's aged to death by the Reverse-Flash when the latter works out Hot Pursuit is another version of his Arch-Enemy Barry Allen that he can kill without screwing up his own powers.
  • Knight Templar: He's not exactly evil, but he's willing to pursue extreme methods in order to save his parallel Earth and all the others that rely on the main DCU Earth.
  • Lawman Baton: In a cool twist, it can transform into his bike.
  • One Of These Is Not Like The Others: Unique among the speedsters on this page in that he doesn't run — he relies entirely on his Speed Force-powered motorcycle.
  • Sensor Character: A variant. His motorcycle can sense temporal anomalies that signal when his version of the Rogues are time-travelling, so he can move to stop them. It's what alerts him to Flashpoint and its impending rewriting of reality.
  • Shoot the Shaggy Dog: He spends his sole arc hunting down the person manipulating the Speed Force to cause the oncoming Flashpoint disaster — except he incorrectly assumes it's Bart when it's actually Eobard Thawne. Thawne kills him, and Flashpoint happens anyway.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: He's out to save the multiverse he knows from being wiped out by any means necessary — and if that means killing Bart Allen to do it, then so be it.
  • Would Hurt a Child: He tries to kill Bart to save reality — though he does claim he's simply trying to send him back to his own time.

    Future Flash (Barry Allen) 
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Newsflash: virtue doesn't always win. Sometimes, it just gets people killed. Today, that person is you.
AKA: Bartholomew Henry "Barry" Allen
First appearance: The Flash vol. 4 #30 (April 2014)
Hair color: Blonde
Eye color: Blue

Barry Allen from twenty years in the future. He uses his powers to time travel back to the present in order to kill Barry Allen to fix a rupture in the Speed Force that will lead to Wally West being killed. Wears a blue costume that seems to be constantly leaking energy.

  • Accidental Murder: Well, most of his murders were decidedly non-accidental, but he really didn't mean to kill Future-Wally. He was actually aiming at his past self, and Future-Wally jumped in the way.
  • Anti-Villain: He started out as idealistic and noble as Present-Barry, but years of being too late to stop horrendous tragedies (including Wally's death) have broken him down to the point where he genuinely believes killing criminals before they commit the crimes he ''knows'' they will is the best way to go about things — and is willing to kill his own past self to Ret Gone all these events from the timeline.
    • Particularly jarring as at points (like delivering a Scare 'em Straight to a terrified Trickster, time-travelling to be with Captain Cold as he dies or trying to be more involved in Wally's life) we can see the Barry we know is still in there.
  • Bait-and-Switch: The solicitation for his first appearance heavily implied he was the pre-Flashpoint Wally West. It specifically asked why "the fastest man alive", a line Wally is most famous for, would want Barry Allen dead. His costume, specifically the cowl, also invoked Wally's pre-Flashpoint costume. The creative team also went on to state that Wally was on the cover of the issue. It didn't catch on, however, as people knew it was too obvious, and in the end, NuWally was the guy doing graffiti on the cover.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Gives the future Grodd a particularly nasty one — implants a micro-bomb in Grodd's ear-canal, knowing that for all the gorilla's strength and intelligence, Grodd's gorilla physiology (specifically the size of his hands) will prevent him digging it out. It blows Grodd's head off seconds later.
  • Fallen Hero: He's Barry, worn down by years of tragedy that he arrived too late to stop. He's not quite evil, but he is a lot more of a Knight Templar about 'fixing' the mistakes of the past. All of his past friends and Barry himself are horrified at the killer he's become.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Both causes it and plays it straight in the same story. Present-Barry and Wally from five years in the future die trying to stop him (though it turns out Present-Barry isn't really dead later on). Then, once Present-Barry has returned, Future Flash sacrifices himself to stop William Selkirk, living long enough to regret what he became, and give the present day Barry a clue about his mother's killer.
  • I Hate Past Me: Tries to kill his past self to fix the Speed Force, and his comments while attempting it mostly revolve around him chewing out his younger self for being naive and failing as a steward of the power. He even admits that he would have gone back further to prevent them from being born if their particular kind of time travel worked that way.
  • I Let Gwen Stacy Die: Let Wally die and never stopped blaming himself.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: His Roaring Rampage of Revenge is a long line of these — he kills Grodd, Reverse-Flash and Mirror Master for causing major tragedies in his life. That the latter two technically haven't committed them yet doesn't bother him in the slightest.
  • Kill and Replace: After he believes he's killed present-day Barry (he hasn't) he does this, replacing Barry in the present-day with an eye to killing all the villains that would go on to cause Central City grief in the future.
  • Like a Son to Me: He loved future Wally II as his own son. His death at Reverse-Flash's hands is one of the major things that drove his Start of Darkness.
  • Murder Is the Best Solution: Believes that murdering villains is the best way to fix the mistakes he failed to stop the first time around, and his method of sealing the wound in the Speed Force is to kill a speedster in front of it so the energy their death releases will cauterise it. When he steals the present day Barry's life, he states he intends to kill every murderer that escaped justice — regardless of whether or not they've actually committed their crimes yet.
  • My Greatest Failure: Letting Wally die.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: After he accidentally kills Wally from five years in the future.
  • Not So Different: When he tells Future-Iris he can "repair the damage" (including Wally's death) by going back in time, she immediately points out that he sounds remarkably close to Daniel/Reverse-Flash's line of thinking.
  • Parental Substitute: Tries to be this for present-Wally after his Kill and Replace with present-Barry. We don't see much of it, but he was definitely this for the future version of Wally — one of the reasons his death at Reverse-Flash's hands played such a huge role in Barry's eventual Face–Heel Turn.
  • Pet the Dog: He notably doesn't kill The Trickster for the bank job that resulted in the death of a family — as he knew from the future that it had been a complete accident on Axel's part, one he'd originally taken his own life over. That he tried a Scare 'em Straight indicated Barry's morality wasn't completely gone.
  • Sanity Slippage: Years of being too late to prevent numerous tragedies (including Future-Wally's death and Future-Iris' crippling) have not done good things to his psyche.
  • Scare 'em Straight: While he's a big believer in Murder Is the Best Solution, he doesn't always go for it — one of his time-travel escapades sees him thoroughly terrifying the Trickster into not going ahead with a robbery that would have resulted in the accidental deaths of a family, including a one-month old baby girl. As the future Trickster was so broken up by this he'd committed suicide, Future Flash elected to invoke this trope with the past version, giving him a You Are Better Than You Think You Are speech before departing.
  • Secret Identity: Surprisingly, kept his identity secret from Iris until his forties!
  • Set Right What Once Went Wrong: His goal, though it's played up as a villainous thing.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: He's basically a more evil Walter West, the Dark Flash: a dark version of the protagonist Flash from the future who's suffered a great tragedy that makes him more brutal, and he goes back in time to take his past self's place. Both are also generally portrayed as more skilled than their past counterparts (though Wally was faster than Walter; he just didn't have some of the skills), and have blue lightning. The difference is Walter respected Wally and kept his darker tendencies in check, whereas Future Flash hates his past self and doesn't hold anything back.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: Grodd invokes this when Future Flash confronts him, taunting him that their fights often end with Barry running away because he won't kill him. Unfortunately, this time Future Flash decides to dispense with it entirely. It doesn't end well for Grodd.
  • Timey-Wimey Ball: His banishing of Barry to the past (though he thinks he's killed him) somehow de-ages him to Barry's current age (about mid-20s), allowing him to pull a Kill and Replace with Past Barry.
  • Tron Lines: Even more than the New 52 Flash, as his seem to be leaking energy at all times. He apparently upgraded his suit many times in the twenty years since the present.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: His use of the "vibrating hand" technique to murder a future campus killer. Patty Spivot picks up on it, having previously seen an autopsy on someone else killed in the same way by Reverse-Flash. Knowing Reverse-Flash is in jail, it leads her to realise another speedster is the killer. And as "Barry" had been acting rather suspiciously lately, it eventually clues her in that he's not all he seems.
  • Vibro Weapon: A further sign of how far he's fallen — like Reverse-Flash and Professor Zoom he can kill people by vibrating his hand through them, disrupting the organic processes of the body part — like the heart — he phases though.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Is trying to stop all of space and time from being torn apart by a rupture in the Speed Force, and save everybody that the effects of the rupture made him too late to save — especially Wally. He plans to do this by killing his past self and anyone that gets in his way.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Catches an epic one from Patty after he claims that not killing Overload is a sign he can become the Flash he used to be once more.
    Patty: Let me get this straight — I should be grateful because you didn't murder someone?!
  • Worthy Opponent: Admires the future Captain Cold enough as this (as well as his going straight and joining the Justice League) that unlike all his other time travel trips, where he stops a particularly bad crime (usually by killing the perpetrator), he specifically travels to the time of Leonard's death so he can be with him as he dies, something he says he missed the first time around.

    Godspeed (August Heart) 
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I am judge, jury and executioner.
AKA: August Heart
First appearance: The Flash vol. 5 #1 (June 2016)
Hair color: Black
Eye color: Brown

A cop of the Central City police, August's brother was killed years ago. The killer was found not guilty, but August never stopped trying to prove that he was. Then one day, an accident grants him super speed and a connection to the Speed Force. The same machine would grant powers to other Central City citizens. Thinking that they were wasting their gifts, August began killing them and stealing their speed, and later dubbed himself Godspeed.


  • Accidental Murder: If his rant to Barry in issue #7 of the post-Rebirth series is to be believed, he didn't actually mean to kill any of the speedsters he murdered - he simply didn't understand how to use his powers to strip the speed from them safely at that point.
  • Ambiguously Brown: He has a tanned skin but his full ethnicity hasn't been stated so far.
  • Anti-Hero: What he claims to be, even though he's clearly a Not-So-Well-Intentioned Extremist.
  • Anti-Villain: He's meant to be skirting this trope as an Expy of Hunter Zolomon, even though his Moral Myopia prevents him from being a full example.
  • The Atoner: Incarceration seems to have done him some good - despite Barry's obvious mistrust, he helped him uncover the Rogues' operation in Iron Heights, saving Barry's life in the process and displaying a sincere desire to stay in Iron Heights until Barry forgave him. Later, when Black Hole and its leader Grodd take over the city, Barry frees him - and August displays considerable restraint, cautioning Barry against getting obsessed with regaining his speed and aiding the Flash Family against Negative Flash.
  • A Pupil of Mine, Until He Turned to Evil: He was briefly Barry's partner after an accident granted him Speed Force powers, but soon turned to brutal vigilante justice after Barry refused to contemplate using lethal force on his enemies.
  • Chest Insignia: In keeping with his seeing himself as a superior version of the Flash, his costume sports a lightning bolt motif reminiscent of Barry's.
  • Composite Character: He's a combination of two versions of Hunter Zolomon:
    • Like the comic book version of Zoom, he is a Friend on the Force to a Flash and his push to villainy is fuelled by Barry's refusal to contemplate killing his enemies (like Professor Zoom). He also has a tragic failure in his past that motivates him and wants to show Flash that there is a better way to handle his enemies.
    • And like the TV show version of Zoom, he wears a similar suit (only with reverse colors), uses clones to mislead people on his secret identity and hunts down other speedsters to gain more power and become the greatest speedster.
    • He also borrows certain aspects of other New 52 era speedster villains — hunting down other speedsters to steal the speed they gained in a freak accident isn't a million miles away from the Daniel West incarnation of Reverse-Flash, while his firm belief in killing criminals to prevent future atrocities calls to mind the philosophy of Future Flash.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Doles out one of these to Barry once his ability to create a Speed Force copy is revealed.
  • Death Seeker: Whoever saved him from the Negative Speed Force storm that was consuming Central City strongly implies he'd intended to die there in order to gain redemption.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones:
    • Genuinely loved his brother — his inability to bring his murderer to justice is what fuelled his Start of Darkness.
    • Despite all he's done to Barry, he does care about him in his own twisted way.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Tells Barry he's sorry for Wally's apparent death in Heroes in Crisis, especially since their fight comes right after Barry learns about it.
    Unknown figure: You told him you were sorry for his loss. Why?
    August: So you were listening in? I only met Wally West the one time. But I know he meant a lot to Barry... I can't imagine what kind of pain he's in... and then I rush in and twist the knife... didn't sit right with me to say nothing.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: He genuinely can't understand why Barry is so opposed to his methods once his true nature is revealed. At one point he tries to kill Thawne and the rest of the Flash villains in Iron Heights in the belief that Barry "deserves" to be happy — oblivious to the fact it's the last thing Barry wants.
  • Evil Former Friend: He's genuinely friends with Barry, and it shows...but he still hates that the Flash never got his brother's killer arrested. Even after he's revealed as Godspeed, he still refers to Barry as a friend, and attempts to murder the imprisoned Professor Zoom on his behalf.
  • Evil Is Petty: When Barry confronts him he admits that he was originally going to call himself The New and Improved Flash, seemingly out of sheer spite.
  • Expy: His motivations, relationship with Barry and ability to completely outspeed him bear a huge resemblance to Hunter Zolomon/Zoom from the pre-New 52 comics. He's got a huge amount in common with the TV show version of Hunter as well — the way he hunts down other speedsters to gain more power, his ability to create copies of himself (TV Hunter through Time Remnants, August straight from the Speed Force) and his costume (albeit a color-flipped one compared to TV Zoom).
  • Foil: To Barry. Like Barry, the justice system failed him and he never moved past it. However, where Barry would later prove his father's innocence and get him released from jail, August's brother was killed and August could not prove his killer's guilt.
  • Heel Realization: According to his own words, he's done some self-reflection during his imprisonement in Iron Heights and came to realization of his own wrong doings. He helps Barry out against The Rogues but he still believes he has to earn his redemption himself as well.
  • Hero of Another Story: After becoming Godspeed, the "Perfect Storm" arc notes he dedicated himself to tracking down Black Hole and even worked out who was leading it - but Barry caught him before he could do anything about it.
  • Hypocrite: Murders a load of speedsters by creating a speed vortex to steal their speed — but when Barry and Wally (non-fatally) do the same to him he's appalled, unable to believe that Barry would risk putting him a coma, or worse.
  • Instant Costume Change: When he reveals himself as Godspeed to Barry his costume appears to manifest from the lightning motif on his chest of his original costume, flowing over him organically like Barry's and those of both Wallys — suggesting he's able to summon it from the Speed Force.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: He's already hotheaded and a bit of a jerk when we're introduced to his character, but Barry believes he's a good man, and he appears to be on the verge of becoming a superhero in subsequent issues. However when he reveals his true intentions and identity as Godspeed, his lack of remorse or any reaction about accidentally murdering people and his mocking attitude (especially concerning Meena and Barry's doomed relationship) reveals he isn't any better deep down either. Downplayed later on; "A Cold Day in Hell" and "Perfect Storm" arcs are portraying him as a nicer person once he becomes The Atoner. All too aware of his crimes, he genuinely aids a mistrustful Barry against the Rogues and later (once Barry frees him) Black Hole. He even displays shock when Kid Flash speculates whether Barry freed him solely so he could kill Grodd. He's still a bit of an ass though, as his not-exactly-sincere apology to Meena for killing her shows.
  • Judge, Jury, and Executioner: As the above quote demonstrates, this is what he considers himself to be.
  • Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: Once he gets speedster powers, August turns from Friend on the Force (with a dash of Knight Templar) to Not-So-Well-Intentioned Extremist waaay too quickly.
    • To put things in perspective, Hunter Zolomon took years of stories and multiple personal disasters before he reached his breaking point and became Zoom. August's time from introduction to his reveal as Godspeed? Six issues. In fact, Godspeed shows up in issue #3 of the 2016 series 3 issues before he's revealed as August, indicating he invoked this trope pretty much instantly.
  • Kick the Dog: When Barry protests Meena's death, August cruelly points out he barely knew her, and that they weren't "some great love affair for the ages."
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Tellingly, his first victims as Godspeed were speedsters imprisoned in Iron Heights, who had used their newfound powers to go on a crime spree.
  • Knight Templar: He isn't going to let little things like due process stop him fighting crime.
  • Light Is Not Good: His costume looks like a holy light version of Zoom from the 2014 Flash TV series, but he's a serial killer who targets speedsters.
  • The Matchmaker: Does this with Barry and Meena. Though he doesn't genuinely believe in their relationship.
  • Meaningful Name: Subverted. You'd think August Heart would be one of the good guys, and he's initially painted this way. Instead, he turns out to be a completely unempathetic sociopath once he gets speedster powers.
  • Moral Myopia: He considers himself to have the moral high ground — after he's already murdered quite a few innocent speedsters. He excuses this, saying those people were just wasting their powers away.
  • Murder by Mistake: Once he gets his powers he takes the time to kill the man he believes was responsible for his brother's death by dragging him along the ground at Super Speed. After he's incarcerated Barry does some digging in his CSI role and proves beyond doubt the man was innocent, invoking this trope full-force.
  • Murder Is the Best Solution: Godspeed's motto. When he's dealing with one of the Black Hole group, he notes to himself that he could just tap the guy at superspeed and knock him unconscious — but that wouldn't keep Central City safe in the future. Cue instantaneous decapitation...
  • Not So Different: When Barry breaks him out in order to aid in regaining his speed, August invokes this, cautioning that Barry sounds like he did when he became obsessed with the Speed Force.
  • Not-So-Well-Intentioned Extremist: He thinks Flash needs to take more extreme actions against his enemies — at the same time he's powering himself up murdering innocent speedsters because "they didn't deserve to have that power". Way to go August.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: A firm believer in this. He would have killed a helpless Eobard Thawne for the murder of Barry's mother if not for the intervention of Kid Flash.
  • Pretender Diss: Declares himself part of the Flash Family. In Flash Annual #2, Barry informs him he's not, while slamming August through the scenery.
  • Reality Ensues: When he gets powers via being hit by Speed Force lightning, he recalls Barry having something similar happen and immediately works out Barry is the Flash because of it.
  • Remember the New Guy?: Despite never appearing in the previous New 52 comics, August is apparently a longtime friend of Barry from police department and he's the last person Barry talks to before he is hit by the infamous lightning.
  • Replacement Goldfish: Prior to the reveal, Barry considers him one for the original Wally West after the latter grows out of the Kid Flash mantle.
  • The Resenter: Has a grudge against Flash (and Barry by extension) for not catching his brother's killer. This resentment culminates in Godspeed, where August believes he's a better hero than Flash for not letting villains get away with their crimes. Seemingly subverted in his post-imprisonment appearances, where he seems to have let go of his anger towards Barry.
  • Secret Keeper: He's the first person in the Rebirth comics to figure out Barry's secret identity and Barry personally trains him for a while. After he's arrested, becomes a villainous version, still keeping Barry's secret — as well as the identity of Black Hole's leader.
  • The Sociopath: He has no qualms whatsoever about killing criminals — but more than that he shows zero remorse about killing innocent people or murdering the wrong man in the name of revenge. Furthermore August may consider Barry as his friend but he's not above mocking him for the loss of his one time girlfriend, or failing to show any feelings towards anyone who isn't his late brother.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Godspeed's role in Flash's life — the Evil Former Friend who preaches a different philosophy to an unwilling hero — is very suspiciously similar to Hunter Zolomon's role in Wally West's life, to the degree you can say he was created to give Barry a Zoom-like villain without using the original Wally's Arch-Enemy.
  • Trapped in Villainy: His reappearance in Flash Annual 2 has him working for an unknown villain with a grudge against the Flashes. Barry and Meena notice there's something seriously off with him, but he's unable or unwilling to tell them what.
  • Vigilante Execution: Does NOT mess around when dealing with the Black Hole terrorists he believes were connected with his brother's death — he vibrates two of them so that they merge with the wall while still alive and hits another at full force while running at full speed, decapitating him.
  • Vigilante Man: Once he's revealed as Godspeed, he becomes this full-bore — using methods similar to Barry's to stop criminals, but with lethal force.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Gives Barry a toned-down one in #42, speculating Barry broke him out instead of going to either Wally so that the more morally-dubious August would give him a pass on doing whatever it took to get his speed back - then Barry would be safe to blame his actions on Godspeed after it was all over. To both men's surprise, August isn't playing ball.

    Fast Track / Negative Flash (Meena Dhawan) 
AKA: Meena Dhawan
First appearance: The Flash vol. 5 #3 (August 2016)
Hair color: Black
Eye color: Brown
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Meena Dhawan was a scientist working for S.T.A.R. Labs and one of the many people in Central City empowered by a Speed Force storm. Meena worked with the Flash as the superhero, Fast Track, and had even formed a romantic relationship with Barry shortly before being murdered by Godspeed. Meena was resurrected and subsequently recruited by Black Hole, a terrorist organization formed by Gorilla Grodd in his latest attempt to dominate the Speed Force. She later absorbed the powers of a then Negative Speed Force-infected Barry and became the Negative Flash.


  • Boxed Crook: After the Negative Flash incident. She manages to behave good enough to get a rare show of leniency from Warden Wolfe.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Meena's Face–Heel Turn was the result of Grodd telepathically exacerbating her resentment towards Barry for not being able to save her and her belief that he was hoarding the Speed Force.
  • Cool Teacher: Was very much this to Wally and Avery before her death. Her return as Negative Flash looked to turn this into a case of Broken Pedestal, but her reunion with them in prison shows they still care for her a lot.
  • Deadly Upgrade: Meena's powers are augmented by her newfound connection to the Negative Speed Force... which is slowly killing her due to it violently clashing with the positive Speed Force inside her.
  • The Dragon: As Negative Flash, served as this for Grodd and Black Hole.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Meena is horrified by her actions the instant she is freed from Grodd's influence.
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