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    Joan Garrick (née Williams) 
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First appearance: Flash Comics #1 (January 1940)
Hair color: Gray (originally Blond)
Eye color: Blue

Jay Garrick's steady girlfriend all through the 40s, who was a fellow college student and in on his secret identity right from the beginning. The two of them got married when Jay retired from super-heroics in the early 50s, and had a long happy life together.


  • Dumb Blonde: Some of the Golden Age stories tended to portray her like this, even though she was also considered to be a successful science major which makes her more of a Genius Ditz.
  • Hot Scientist: During Golden Age. She was going to the same college as Jay.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: With Wally; during a time where Jay was believed dead, she sought out the then-current (and rookie) Flash to give him advice and a helping hand, and he chose to move to Keystone City in large part because of her recommendation. For a while, she was a better mother to Wally than his own mother was.
  • I Was Quite a Looker: She was a very good looking blonde woman that had many men fall for her during the Golden Age.
  • The General's Daughter: Her father was a general in US army and a close ally to Jay Garrick.
  • Older and Wiser: She matured a lot as time went on.
  • Older Than They Look: In the modern day, both she and Jay look like they're in their 50s, even though both were pushing 100 by 2011. At first, it was because of energy absorbed from villain Ian Karkull that kept them younger, and later due to the Speed Force and its effects on Jay, which Joan benefited from.
  • Parental Substitute: After Max Mercury's "death", she and Jay acted as this for Bart.
  • The Professor: She became a lecturer at Central City University.
  • Secret Keeper: Joan knew about Jay's secret identity as the Flash from day one, and sometimes accompanied him on his adventures.
  • Ship Tease: With Mason Tollbridge for a short while during a time when Jay was believed dead. This ended when the JSA were brought back to existence and her and Jay reunited without any mention of it.
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    Iris West 
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Pre-Flashpoint: Iris Allen (née West)
First appearance: Showcase #4 (October 1956)
Hair color: Brown (sometimes Auburn)
Eye color: Brown

Iris West is the wife of Barry Allen, aunt to Wally West and grandmother of Bart Allen, related to multiple generations of The Flash legacy. Her children are the Tornado Twins, Don and Dawn Allen. She is a reporter working in Central City, although she was originally born in the 30th Century. In The New 52, Iris is not married to Barry, but they still know each other because of their respective occupations and she is in love with him.

  • Abusive Parents: In the New 52 it's established that her father was physically abusive towards her, albeit he still loved her more than Daniel.
  • Aloof Big Sister: Her later success in life distances her from Daniel.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: How Rudy views her, he also finds her relationship with Wally even more annoying.
  • Back from the Dead: She predeceased Barry by about six years... but she got better!
  • Betty and Veronica: She's Veronica to all of Barry's other love interests. Regardless to say, she wins all of them.
  • Black Sheep: Out of all the Wests she's the only one to be a decent person alongside her nephews. May have something to do with her being adopted...
  • Brainy Brunette: Her usual depiction.
  • Cain and Abel: With Daniel West.
  • Cain and Abel and Seth: Always portrayed as the Seth within the Wests. Before the New 52 reboot, she was adopted into the family and this caused conflict with her older brother Rudy and her older sister Charlotte. After, Charlotte is replaced by Danny and the adoption aspect her character is dropped.
  • Comic Book Death: Professor Zoom killed her by vibrating his fingers through her brain, back before killing the Flash's loved ones was his "thing". Iris got better, fortunately.
  • Cool Aunt: She's Wally West I's aunt and his first best friend. She also wishes to be the fun aunt to Wallace West II.
  • Cool Big Sis: In New 52 she's one for Daniel West through their abusive childhood. He latches onto her like no other until Iris gives up on his criminal behaviour.
    • Is something of this to Wally too (see Cool Aunt above) when time-travel made them closer in age.
  • Dysfunctional Family: Par the course with West family. She intentionally tries to leave her family behind.
  • Expy: Reporter love interest to a superhero? Yeah, she's Lois. They later added her being from the future to differentiate her.
  • Fiery Redhead: Depending on the Artist she can be drawn as a redhead which also implies her relation to Wally, though she typically has reddish-brown hair.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Responsible sibling to...basically all of her other siblings.
  • Generation Xerox: Zig zagged together with Barry to Wally and Linda. Like Linda, she is a reporter while her boyfriend is off being Flash, however she is a lot more full of energy and can be quite childish sometimes like Wally, her nephew while Linda is more of an uptight woman who didn't know anything about "fun" until she met Wally, which makes her a xerox of Barry in that sense.
  • Good Parents: Played straight in pre-New 52, with both her biological parents Fran and Eric Russell and her adoptive parents Nadine and Ira West. The former sent their daughter as an infant to the past from the year 2927 to save her from a nuclear holocaust which fortunately never came to be. Years later, after Iris was murdered, her parents found and placed her consciousness into a new body, essentially ressurecting her. As for the latter, Nadine and Ira immediately adopted the infant Iris when she materialized in their yard and raised her as their own daughter to the point of Parental Favoritism.
    • Played With with her own kids. In DC Rebirth, Don and Dawn apparently didn't spend a lot of time with their parents and are shown to be quite troubled (In Pre-Flashpoint, when Iris adopts a child upon returning to the present, she admits she doesn't really know as much about parenting as she should given she's a grandmother by this point), though she all-but adopted Wally (or actually adopted him Depending on the Writer), and he loves her more than he does his own parents. Wallace similarly went from a troubled kid to a very upstanding young man under her parenting. In addition, she adopted Wally II who went from a juvenile delinquent and a Jerk with a Heart of Gold to an All-Loving Hero under her care, and though Max and the Garricks took care of parenting Bart, Iris proved to be a Good GrandParent at least.
  • Intrepid Reporter: As an Expy of Lois Lane.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Iris can be... quite selfish sometimes, especially when her career is concerned. But when you consider that she's the moral compass for two successful Flashes and the love of Barry Allen's life, it's obvious that she's an incredible woman through and through.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: She's Barry's lightning rod, grounding him to reality. That's why Thawne targets her again at the end of The Flash: Rebirth, so Barry would be completely lost. Her importance in Barry's life certainly becomes more important after Thawne kills off Nora Allen.
  • Mama Bear: She's very overprotective of her nephews, twins and her grandchildren, and she'll do anything to protect them.
  • Manic Pixie Dream Girl: Usually played like this in Barry's origins when writers bother giving her a personality beyond Lois Lane Expy (though this is a trait of Lois' too). Her plucky nature is what opens Barry to outside world, who is otherwise a very socially inept person. This is taken Up to Eleven when a dead mother was added to Barry's backstory, she became even more of a Living Emotional Crutch as a result.
  • Morality Pet: To both Barry and Wally, she is the heart of Flashfamily.
    Wally: Barry may have taught me how to be Flash but Iris West taught me how to be Wally West.
  • Must Have Caffeine: The Flash Secret Files and Origins 2010 says she is "seemingly immune to the effects of caffeine".
  • Parental Favoritism: She's the most beloved child of her family, much to the chagrin of her brothers Rudy and Daniel.
  • Parental Substitute: To both Wallys. She is also their legal guardian.
  • Ret-Canon: When The Flash (2014) started airing and caused the comics to make Wally West biracial (before he was made into his own character, separate from the original Wally), it was also decided to have Iris get a permatan... yes, really. This disappeared eventually.
  • Ripple Effect-Proof Memory: In Rebirth, it's eventually revealed that, post-Flashpoint, she somehow retains her memories of Wally West and an unspecified number of other missing Flash characters.
  • Plucky Girl: Wally must get his personality from somewhere, right?
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: Energetic girl to Barry's Savvy Guy.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Iris is a very popular woman with many high profile love conquests but it's Barry's genuine heart that makes her truly believe in love in the end.
  • Successful Sibling Syndrome: Both Rudy and Daniel bear a grudge for her success in her life.
  • Tangled Family Tree: West/Allen family born from her marriage to Barry spans across centuries and gets very tangled with Thawnes being added to equation through her grandson Bart Allen. After New 52, her family gets even more complicated because of her younger brother Daniel and all drama relating to their relationship with Wallace West II.
  • Time Travel: Iris was born in the 30th century, and sent to our time to save her life.
  • What Does She See in Him?: A frequent question raised to her when it comes to Barry, be it from her friends or from her own nephew.
  • Will They or Won't They?: With Barry, back in the 50s and 60s, eventually settling on "they do", even after a bad case of death. Then Flashpoint came along, and her relationship with Barry got stuck for the entirety of New 52 series. They become a couple again in Rebirth run as of 2016.

    Linda Park 
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Pre-Flashpoint: Linda Park-West
First appearance: The Flash vol. 2 #28 (July 1989)
Hair color: Black
Eye color: Brown

Linda Park is the girlfriend and later wife of Wally West, the third Flash. She is an investigative reporter who develops a close working relationship with Wally. Their children together are Jai and Irey West. Born of Korean-American descent, she began her career in New York City and later moved to Keystone.


  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Wally before they hooked up.
  • Betty and Veronica: Even though she comes from a rich family, she still fits into Betty role more against Wally's other love interests, due to Wally's tendency to date superheroines.
  • Closer to Earth: She's generally portrayed as more responsible and pragmatic than Wally...unless there's a story at stake. Or Wally himself is in danger.
  • Cool Big Sis: To Bart Allen, who Linda regularly played video games with, encouraged his wild imagination, and was able to get him to focus on a single task where others failed. When she was temporarily erased from existence, Bart was the only person who completely remembered her.
    • And to Billy Batson, strangely. Both being reporters, the two have met multiple times and Linda is one of the few adult reporters to genuinely take him seriously, shown whenever Billy's alter-ego Captain Marvel teamed up with Wally.
  • Cosmic Plaything: Before she and Wally began dating, Linda was the book's go-to Butt-Monkey, regularly suffered multiple embarrassments whenever the two were on opposite sides of an issue (which was a lot), and at one point possessed by K%lgore who pretended to be a 300-year-old Irish bard for no reason other than to mess with her and Wally. When the two began actually dating, though, this was no longer Played for Laughs as she got threatened by villains, seemingly killed by the Black Flash, kidnapped by Abra Kadabra, forced to deal with a psychotic alternate-universe Wally, violently miscarried after an attack from Zoom that also left her incapable of baring children, had this painfully undone via Cosmic Retcon, got pulled into another dimension, had her entire life undergo a Manhattan-induced Cosmic Retcon to erase her marriage, and was then kidnapped by Kadabra again.
  • Cosmic Retcon: Aside from Doctor Manhattan removing her relationship with Wally, he also randomly decided her parents needed to be in financial trouble, which is a huge contrast to how they originally were. Similarly, she's no longer an experienced career journalist, but is now an independent blogger struggling to make a name for herself.
  • Deadpan Snarker: The natural outcome of dealing with Wally West.
  • Express Delivery: How she gave birth to the twins. Thanks to the Timey-Wimey Ball and Barry undoing the beating-induced miscarriage she suffered in the past at Zolomon's hands, she basically went from "not pregnant" to "fully gestated and going into labor" within the span of a few minutes, with the actual "flat belly to bulging belly" taking place in a single panel span.
  • Expy: Of Iris West, who is already a Lois Lane expy herself. Although she's a lot more violent than Iris when the need arises, and unlike Iris and Lois, she's portrayed as the more responsible person in her relationship, and Wally is the Manic Pixie Dream Girl, if anything. She also later became a med-student, then doctor on speed-biology. It should be noted that the similarities with Iris were unintentional in her creation; Linda wasn't initially intended as a love interest, but her chemistry with Wally lead to her getting Promoted to Love Interest and thus unintentionally created the Barry/Iris parallel.
  • Friend to All Children: As shown in her friendships with Bart and Billy, and her desire to become a pediatrician.
  • Go-Karting with Bowser: Happens the first time she meets Magenta, who at the time is staying at Wally's house. She confronts Frances about whether she still has feelings for Wally (who meanwhile is reacting with alarm at what might happen if the two women should meet, given his ex's Ax-Crazy tendencies), and Frances' magnetic abilities appear to start activating in response...but when the panicked Wally rushes through the front door, he's dumbfounded to find the two in the kitchen, laughing and joking together about some of his weirder personality quirks.
  • Happily Married: To Wally West before Flashpoint.
  • Have We Met Yet?: When Wally approaches her after Flashpoint, she doesn't recognize him at all, since in New 52 timeline they've never met. This realization causes him to almost completely fade into the Speed Force.
  • Hot Scientist: After the twins were born, she became "by default, the world's leading authority on velocibiology", the science of how super-speed affects the human body.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: With Bart. Apparently the two of them are inseparable whenever he comes around the West household, playing video games and watching TV together.
    • And Jay and Joan Garrick, who have a similar Inter-generational Friendship with her husband. Its noted that if Wally is unavailable Linda can fall back on Jay for help, and generally the Garricks are like a second pair of parents for her.
  • Intrepid Reporter: Like Iris before herself she's a reporter (in Linda's case, she's usually an anchorwoman). At one point, she turns into TV show host, and later quit to study medicine.
  • It's Personal: Kobra really didn't take her part in his defeat well, and considers her closer to an Arch-Enemy than he does Wally. The feeling is somewhat mutual.
  • The Lad Ette: She loves football, hockey, and video games, in sharp contrast to Wally. Wally attends hockey games with her, but its clear that its her thing.
  • Last Girl Wins: She's the last potential love interest added to Wally's Flash series before Mark Waid took over the book and he later cements her as Wally's One True Love. Because of this, Wally's other media appearances tend to pick other love interests to show his younger stage.
  • Like Brother and Sister: She and Piper form a tight friendship after the latter's reform.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: As mentioned in other tropes, she's the most important supporting net for Wally.
  • Love Transcends Spacetime: As stated above, her love for Wally is what keeps him alive through dimensions. Tragically subverted in Rebirth when her love for Wally is stolen by Dr. Manhattan and this leaves Wally completely helpless in the Speed Force.
  • The Missus and the Ex: She's the Missus in the Go-Karting with Bowser situation above.
  • Morality Pet: She's one for Wally and Piper.
  • Not So Different: Later stories draw many parallels between her and Zoom's ex-wife Ashley Zolomon. They even form a friendship between each other but unfortunately that subplot doesn't get followed.
    • Part of her attraction to Wally also stems from this. Despite her being a serious introvert and him being, well, him, they have a lot of shared interests and enjoy many of the same things. Their relationship also brought out a 'fun' side in her that she didn't know she had, and a 'serious' side in Wally that he didn't know about either.
  • The Power of Love: Her and Wally's love is what allowed Wally to be the first ever person to return from the Speed Force. Even when his memories of her were wiped and he disappeared into the Speed Force fighting Cobalt Blue, he still finds her.
    • Their love was so strong, in fact, Neron wanted to steal it as part of a plan to enter the Speed Force and rule both his personal hell and a form of heaven. However, it turned out their love was too strong for him to handle, and as a result he had to give them it back or risk becoming overwhelmed with compassion for others. He implied that it could literally kill him to keep holding onto it.
  • Passionate Sports Girl: She loves all kinds of sports.
  • Revenge by Proxy: Abra Kadabra loves tormenting her to get to Wally. While common for villains in general to target loved ones, Kadabra's attacks on Linda stand out for how complex and cruel they are, to the point they've both developed a mutual hatred for one-another on their own.
    • Magenta too. Frankie and Linda actually get along really well, but when Frankie loses control and the Magenta persona manifests, she's been known to target Linda as part of her vendetta against Wally.
    • Funnily enough, this is flipped with Kobra, who's later attacks on Wally are in response to his connection with Linda. He has no ill-will towards Wally himself as he sees him, as a male, to be a Worthy Opponent, but if attacking Wally will ruin Linda's honeymoon, then he'll do it.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: In Terminal Velocity, there's a point when Wally is apparently killed right in front of her by Kobra. Linda- who had no superpowers whatsoever- immediately told Piper to start making weapons, saying that the last thing Kobra was going to see before he died was "the look in my eyes when I send him straight to hell". She doesn't win- and it's her peril that ultimately brings Wally back from the Speed Force- but she's the last one from her group left standing, despite the fact that several of them had superpowers and/or superhero experience and she didn't.
  • Spoiled Sweet: Her parents are very well off, as her father is a very successful businessman who'd sold his stock. However, Linda herself is very down to earth and humble about it. Averted post-Rebirth — in direct contrast to her pre-Flashpoint self, her parents are having financial troubles.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: She's been this with Wally for a long time.
    • After Savitar's defeat, Wally was lost in the Speed Force and presumed dead for about a month. By the time he got back, Linda had just been frozen into a near-death coma by Abra Kadabra's ice age machine.
    • A few years later, just as Wally is about to propose to her, she's apparently killed by a bolt of lightning. It turns out she was simply taken into the Speed Force by the Black Flash, and Wally retrieves her. Then, during their wedding, Linda vanishes due to being taken from the timeline by Abra Kadabra, with only Bart even remembering that she existed at all. Furthermore, Wally is seemingly killed in the process of killing Cobalt Blue for good. They finally reunite in the Dark Flash's universe, but almost immediately they are seemingly killed by Kadabra (actually sent into limbo). They're finally reunited for real once Wally (disguised as the Reverse-Flash) tricks Kadabra into restoring the world's memories of Linda, and manage to hold a new wedding without interruption.
    • In Rebirth; a nigh-omnipotent being has outright removed her entire life with Wally via Cosmic Retcon she no longer remembers him. It immediately sends Wally into a Heroic BSoD and almost kills him.
  • Time Travel Romance: Imagine a guy out of lightning pops up and tells you that you are in love with each other, but you have never seen this man before. Later you get kidnapped for your connection to this person, and learn that you are supposed to fall in love with him in future but due to Cosmic Retcon this never happened. Now he remembers an entire life where you were married and you barely even know the guy...
  • Uptight Loves Wild: She's initially very disciplined and is always more focused on her work to a point she doesn't have any friends. And then she meets Wally West...
  • Uptown Girl: She comes from a very rich family, however after Wally gains back his secret identity again his qualifications only gets him to be a mechanic in Keystone Police Department and they play the trope straight from that point onwards. Averted in New 52 where she is trying to save her mother's house from foreclosure and lives very modestly.
  • Women Are Wiser: She's most definitely one of the most rational allies of Flash.

     Henry Allen 
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First appearance: The Flash #126 (February 1962)
Hair color: Gray (originally Blond)
Eye color: Blue

Barry's father and the husband of Nora Allen.

Unbeknownst to Henry, he and Nora are also the biological parents of Malcolm Thawne, Cobalt Blue. While his wife went into labor, so did another woman, whose baby was killed due to a neglectful doctor. Out of guilt, the doctor replaced the dead Thawne baby with one of Nora and Henry's sons, telling them that the baby died after he was born.

Originally, Henry lived to old age and to see Barry become the Flash. An in-universe retcon undid this. A time-travelling Eobard Thawne killed Nora and framed Henry for it. Henry would be sentenced to prison, where he would die before Barry could prove his innocence.

In the New 52, the situation remains mostly the same. However, he had formed a brief partnership with Thawne, not knowing who he is. While he would still end up imprisoned for Nora's murder, he was eventually released when Barry proved his innocence.


  • Death by Origin Story: Him being falsely imprisoned is the main drive for Barry to be the Flash post-The Flash: Rebirth.
  • Mama's Baby, Papa's Maybe: In the New 52, there was speculation over whether Barry was his son or Darryl's. Turns out, Barry is Henry's son.
  • Mistaken for Murderer: When Thawne framed him, everyone but Barry believed he did it.
  • Outliving One's Offspring: Led to believe he outlived Malcolm by the doctor who delivered the Allen children. In reality the doctor gave his son to another family who actually lost their biological son. Henry never found out the truth. He himself outlived Barry, but died soon afterwards.
  • Papa Wolf: In the New 52, Henry willingly took the fall so that Professor Zoom would not harm Barry. When Zoom does come after Barry, he rounds up his fellow inmates and breaks out of jail to go assist his son. He does this again when Flash is captured by Captain Darryl Frye's task force and The Riddler.
  • Parents as People: Henry loves his son Barry even going so far as to take him out for some quality father-son bonding when him was a kid, and Barry loves him enough to dedicate his life to proving his father’s innocence. However, in both Pre and Post-Flashpoint, Henry was emotionally neglectful and short-tempered with Barry up to the events leading up to Nora’s murder because of the stress from his strained marriage.

     Nora Allen (née Thompson) 
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First appearance: The Flash #126 (February 1962)
Hair color: Blond
Eye color: Blue

Barry's mother and Henry's wife.

Unbeknownst to her and Henry, they are also the biological parents of Malcolm Thawne, Cobalt Blue. While she went into labor, so did another woman, whose baby was killed due to a neglectful doctor. Out of guilt, the doctor replaced the dead Thawne baby with one of Nora and Henry's sons, telling them that the baby died after he was born.

Originally, she too lived to see Barry grow up to be the Flash. An in-universe retcon by Eobard Thawne changed this. Instead, Nora was killed by Thawne. It is unknown if she is still the mother of Malcom in New 52.


  • Death by Origin Story: Post-The Flash: Rebirth, her death is an integral part of Barry's backstory.
  • Good Parents: Both before and after The Flash: Rebirth. Before, she accepted Barry's double life, supported him during his murder trial, and was overjoyed when he found love again through Fiona Webb. After, she comforts Barry when he was being bullied, encourages his love of science and comics, and encourages him when he his nervous for his spelling b. It was her love for him and vice versa that partially motivated him to find his mom's real killer.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: She was a kind and loving mother, and she's blonde.
  • Mama's Baby, Papa's Maybe: Barry is definitely her son, but in a New 52 there was speculation over whether the father was Henry or Darryl due to a possible affair Nora had with Darryl. Turns out Henry is the father, and Nora never cheated on him with Darryl.
  • Outliving One's Offspring: Like Henry, led to believe she outlived Malcolm by the doctor who delivered him. Also like Henry, she did outlive Barry for a short time. Obviously averted after The Flash: Rebirth.

     Jeven Ognats 
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First appearance: Legionnaires #0 (October 1994)
Hair color: Brown
Eye color: Brown

From a human colony on Aarok, Jeven is the husband of Dawn Allen and the father of Jenni Ognats.

  • Ambiguously Brown: He looks Mexican or Indian.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: Subjected to this by the alien race the Dominators. They tortured Jenni to trigger her latent super speed. When that didn't work, they tortured him in front of his daughter which triggered her super speed.
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     Rudy West 
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AKA: Robert Rudolph "Rudy" West
First appearance: The Flash #116 (November 1960)
Hair color: Brown
Eye color: Brown

Rudy is the father of the original Wally West, the older brother of Iris and the younger brother of Charlotte West Rhodes. Physically and emotionally abusive, Wally does not look fondly on the man.

In the New 52, he was initially the until-then-unmentioned older brother of Iris and Daniel, and the deadbeat dad of Wally West II. A second retcon restored his pre-Flashpoint self, making him the father of the original Wally West and the uncle of the new Wally West, who was led to believe that Rudy was his father. Why Rudy allowed this (and how it worked) hasn't been explained.


  • Abusive Parents: Post-Crisis and onward. Wally makes no secret that he hates his father, and flashbacks show that not only was Rudy emotionally abusive, telling Wally that he'll amount to nothing, but he was also physically abusive.
  • Adaptational Personality Change: His character was expanded more after Crisis, adding his worse traits.
  • Amicably Divorced: He and Mary divorce when Wally is a teen, to the relief of all three. The divorce becomes not at all amicable, however, when he tries to have Mary killed.
  • Casanova Wannabe: Flashbacks show that Rudy flirted with women when he was married. It's partly why he and Mary didn't get along. In the present, its a minor running-gag for him to show up to family events with a woman far too young for him who is clearly a prostitute he hired to pretend to be his girlfriend in order to impress everyone. Wally's fully aware of the reality and is embarrassed for him.
  • Con Man: After being a Manhunter agent fell through, he started running a bunch of cons, some of which, such as his "Durlan Detectors" could have had life-threatening consequences.
  • Everyone Has Standards: When one of his cons involved helping to form a cult, and Wally ended up getting suckered into it, he began to have second thoughts on the whole thing when he saw how Wally was obliviously degrading himself for the cult's sake. When one of his co-conspirators tried to have the other (his own sister) killed for press, he turns on him in disgust and leaves with the money.
  • Faking the Dead: He twice fakes his own death to escape the consequences of his actions, first in Millennium, then in Invasion!.
  • Good Parents: Shockingly, he was this Pre-Crisis. While we don't see him much, Rudy West before Crisis on Infinite Earths, was a loving father. He worried for his son when he suffered from amnesia, accepted Wally's double life without hesitation, and even gave him good advice when his son asked.
  • Jerkass: Post-Crisis and on, this became him predominant character trait.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: Rudy seems to actually grow a heart during Invasion! and sacrifices his life to stop the Durlans... until it turns out his death was faked in order to escape the consequences for selling fake "Durlan detectors". He then goes on to create a child slave labor camp under the pretense of a reform school.
  • The Quisling: It's revealed in Millennium that he sold Earth out to the Manhunters before Wally was even born.
  • Parental Betrayal: he sells Wally out to the Manhunters.
  • Parents as People: Played with Post-Crisis. The reason why he was so hard on Wally was because he didn't want Wally to not achieve his dreams, and figured that if Wally didn't think he could achieve anything great, he wouldn't be let down when he didn't. Of course, this doesn't excuse his other actions.
  • Sudden Name Change: Originally named Robert (nicknamed Bob) Pre-Crisis.
  • Til Murder Do Us Part: He tried to have Mary killed and Make It Look Like an Accident as part of his plan to convert Wally to the side of the Manhunters.

     Mary West 
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AKA: Emmaline Brady West
First appearance: The Flash #133 (December 1962)
Hair color: Brown
Eye color: Brown

Wally's emotionally abusive mother.


  • Abusive Parents: She was at the very least emotionally abusive towards Wally.
  • Adaptational Personality Change: She was a better person before the first Crisis.
  • Amicably Divorced: With Rudy, when Wally is a teenager. All three are happy with it.
  • Good Parents: Shockingly, she was this Pre-Crisis. Pre-Crisis on Infinite Earths, Mary West was a loving mother who worried over her son when he had amnesia, accepted his identity as Kid Flash, and like all mothers cried when he graduated high school. Post-Crisis she was retconned to be emotionally distant at best and emotionally abusive at worst whose relationship with her adult son ranged from strained to outright nonexistent.
  • It's All About Me: Showed this trait frequently in the Post-Crisis continuity. See Playing the Victim Card and Manipulative Bitch below.
  • Parents as People: Post-Crisis. The reason why she was so hard on Wally was because she didn't want Wally to not achieve his dreams, and figured that if Wally didn't think he could achieve anything great, he wouldn't be let down when he didn't. Because of her divorce, for a while, Wally is the only family she has and so she's particularly clingy towards him and very antagonistic towards anyone who gets in the way. At one point she begins dating an Interpol agent and eventually remarries, leading her to give Wally the space he needs.
  • Manipulative Bitch: Many times towards Wally in the Post-Crisis continuity. She would deliberately guilt trip him until he folded into her will.
  • Playing the Victim Card: She would often pull this stunt in order to get Wally to do what she wants. Arguably most noticeable during the period where he dated Tina and Mary would try to control the house (and its remodeling) all while undermining Tina any chance she got, then backtracking and victimizing herself to make Wally feel guilty so that he wouldn't be willing to call her out on her passive-aggressive and controlling behavior.
    Mary: (after Wally suggests she get her own place and even offering to pay for it) Wally, you're a young man. We never spent the time together I thought we should... Perhaps now, while it's not too late... Of course, if you want me to go... I can always move back to Atlanta and get a job as a waitress.
    Wally: Oh, mom... You can stay as long as you want! I love you.
    Mary: (while fake crying) I don't want to be a burden... (sniff)
    • And later, after Wally and Tina tell her they have to go because their friend is in the hospital.
    Mary: (in a blatant attempt to force them to stay) Well you go right ahead, my Darlings. I've just spent four hours preparing a wonderful meal. I guess I'll just have to throw it out.
  • Too Dumb to Live: A somewhat running gag is that she just doesn't make smart decisions, especially with regards to finance. At one point her Interpol agent boyfriend, with whom she's been going on missions and somehow proves useful (from what we see, she just accidentally distracts the target), tells Wally she's one of the 'greatest amateur detectives in the world', and Wally has absolutely no idea how to react to this claim.

    Meloni Thawne 
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First appearance: Impulse #23 (March 1997)
Hair color: Brown
Eye color: Amber

Bart's energetic and protective mother, and the wife of Don Allen. One of the only Thawne family members to reject a life of crime, Meloni readily encourages her son's superheroics.

She also had a relationship with the first Captain Boomerang when he ended up in the future. Their son Owen Mercer was somehow sent back in time.


  • Big, Screwed-Up Family: She's a Thawne. Y'know, Eobard Thawne's family line?
  • Mama Bear: She'll do anything to protect her son.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: She's a Thawne who loved an Allen, so...yeah.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: If you wanted to know where Bart got his mannerisms and crazy hairstyle from, now you do...basically, she's best described as "female Impulse without superspeed".
  • White Sheep: Yeah, the rest of her family is...quite psychotic.

    Jai West 
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First appearance: The Flash vol. 2 #225 (October 2005)
Hair color: Black
Eye color: Brown

Wally and Linda's son, one of their twin children. While his sister Irey inherited their father's speed (usable through vibrations), Jai's connection to the Speed Force manifested as an ability to accelerate the growth of his muscle tissue, granting him temporary super-strength. After Eobard Thawne sabotages their connection to the Speed Force in an effort to kill them, Irey managed to steal Jai's portion of their shared connection, in an attempt to save him. However, the arrival of Jesse Chambers instead granted Irey a full connection to the Speed Force, while Jay was left powerless.


  • Adaptational Name Change: His sister originated from Kingdom Come and was basically unchanged, other than going by Irey to differentiate her from her great aunt. However, in that universe, Wally's son is name Barry after his father's mentor, while Jai is named after Jay, Wally's other Flash mentor.
  • Art Evolution: When he returned with his family after Infinite Crisis, he was depicted as having red hair. It was eventually changed so that he had black hair.
  • Hour of Power: He could only use super-strength in limited bursts and required rest and food to avoid passing out.
  • Kid Hero: With his sister, although he never used a codename.
  • Mixed Ancestry: Half-Korean on Linda's side, half-Caucasian on Wally's.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: He's eight, but his strength is enough to lift a car.
  • Rapid Aging: Like his sister. The twins' rapid aging was cured when Wally discovered that their genetics were not the cause, but rather the death aspect of the Speed Force. He brought them both into the Force. While there, Jai suddenly aged into an old man before his father drew the blackness out of him, turning him back into a boy
  • The Resenter: The ending of The Flash: Rebirth implied that he resented Irey for stealing his portion of the Speed Force and getting to be a proper speedster alongside the Flash family.
  • Super Strength: His speed only manifests itself as the ability to temporarily accelerate the growth of his muscles, causing superhuman strength.
  • Synchronization: Jai can sync his Speed Force aura with his father's, causing him to fly behind Wally when Wally thinks of him. This power also works in reverse, allowing Jai to summon Wally.

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Metahuman Allies

    Pied Piper 
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AKA: Hartley Rathaway

The son of rich parents, Hartley Rathaway was born deaf. His parents spent millions on cybernetic implants that granted him incredible hearing, but to their dismay, he was entranced by all forms of music and forsook their expectations for him. Bored with this life, Hartley delved into sonic technology to create a flute with mind-control properties and used it to commit petty crimes and fight the Flash as the Pied Piper, one of the Rogues. Hartley never really liked crime, however, and after Barry Allen's death he reformed, becoming a superhero and one of Wally West's best friends. He also came out of the closet as one of the first gay superheroes.

Years later, Piper was framed for the murder of his parents by the second Mirror Master. This sent him unwillingly back into the criminal underworld as he tried to escape both the Rogues and the authorities. He appeared to join up with the Rogues again, but was working undercover to infiltrate them. Nonetheless, he was present when against his protests, they killed Bart Allen. He has been on the run ever sincenote .


  • Badass Gay: Several times. Countdown to Final Crisis just cements him as a bona fide badass.
  • Break the Cutie:
    • Countdown to Final Crisis
    • And before that getting framed for his parents' murder and having his head screwed with, being sent to Iron Heights, and oodles of other unpleasantness.
  • Chained Heat: With Trickster in Countdown. They find themselves handcuffed together for a good amount of the plot.
  • Coming-Out Story: There's something W.A.F.F. about how Pied Piper came out to Wally. Especially when Wally tried to play it cool and act like he knew the whole time.
  • Demoted to Extra: In the New 52 his alliance to Flash is downplayed due to change of lead character. He's now shown only as Barry's superior Detective Singh's boyfriend and most of his appearences are tied to his relationship with Singh now.
  • Depending on the Artist: He's either blonde or a red-head, and at least early on was either rather skinny or rather chubby. He eventually settled on being a red-head with a slim-but-athletic build.
  • Disability Superpower: He was born deaf and got implants that gave him enhanced hearing.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: While some writers have him using apparently normal instruments, others have him inventing weapons and force-field gadgets- anything that can be handwaved as "sonics".
  • Heel–Face Turn: After Barry Allen's death during the first Crisis, Hartley retired from crime to become a socialist champion of the poor and underprivileged. And becomes a good friend of the Flash, Wally West, and his wife Linda, whom he helps with scientific problems.
  • Heroic BSoD: When Mirror Master II tricked him into believing that he killed his own parents.
  • Just Like Robin Hood: Post-Crisis, he was stealing from rich and giving it to homeless people. This brought him closer to Wally West and they formed a close friendship from there.
  • Like Brother and Sister: He and Linda form a tight friendship after he reformed.
  • Living Lie Detector: His enhanced hearing can work as a lie detector if he focuses on one's heart beat.
  • Lonely Rich Kid: He was raised by the rich Rathaway family and was secluded to a point he decided to run away and take on Pied Piper identity.
  • Loveable Rogue: Post-Crisis, he was introduced as a rogue who had given himself to help poor in his own ways.
  • Love Redeems: In the New 52 it's implied that he left his criminal life after meeting a cop named David Singh.
  • Magic Music: His main power.
  • Make Me Wanna Shout: Rathaway employs a number of devices that can generate or amplify sound for destructive purposes.
  • Meaningful Name: His surname is Rathaway, and, in the classic story, what does The Pied Piper of Hamelin do? Yep; sends the 'rats-away'.
  • Mind-Control Music: He can control people with his music from his sophisticated flute capable of hypnotizing anyone within range of its sound. His ability to control others through sound might be due to his ability to manipulate the Anti-Life Equation. Though seen as a rudimentary control by the likes of Libra, the power is remarkably effective as he finds new and innovative ways to manipulate people and things using sound.
  • Morality Pet: He played a big part in Wally's Character Development; though Wally initially scoffed at Piper's socialism, it taught him to empathise more with financial downtroden and to not be greedy with his money, leading Wally to use his inheritance from the Icicle's passing to form a charity dedicated to Barry, instead of following his lawyer's suggestion of forming multiple charities as part of a tax scam to earn a significant monthly allowance.
  • Parental Abandonment: They didn't even notice that he was deaf until he was two or so. And now they're dead.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: He becomes very close friends with Wally after his Heel–Face Turn.
  • The Power of Rock: In Countdown when he plays "The Show Must Go On" to drive away Brother Eye/OMAC and blow up Apokolips.
  • Redhead In Green: His orange hair and bright greet attire contrast well.
  • Red-Headed Hero: Post Heel–Face Turn, at least.
  • Satellite Love Interest: After Barry came back and the reboot happened, he's unfortunately demoted to being David Singh's boyfriend and nothing else.
  • The Smart Guy: If Wally needs some gadget or device, Hartley is the first place he turns.
  • Straight Gay: Pied Piper was this way when he first came out, completely shocking Flash with the revelation of his sexuality. Later writers have mostly stayed true to this portrayal and for a prominent gay character he shows few to no stereotypical gay traits depending on who is writing him.
    • Mildly subverted in that he's a grown man whose original costume consisted of a poofy, polka-dotted, belted tunic, often open to the waist, with tights, a floppy cap, cape, and boots (often Peter Pan-style). Plus, long hair and a proficiency with the flute. Stand him next to butcher villains like Mirror Master and Heatwave, and he might set off one's gaydar.
  • Token Good Teammate: To the Rogues. Even before his Heel–Face Turn he gave away a large percentage of his loot to the poor.
  • Trauma Conga Line: Poor Pied Piper goes through a lot, highlighted by the deaths of Impulse, Kid Zoom and Trickster. Borders on Bury Your Gays.
  • Twofer Token Minority: Disabled and gay.
  • Who Names Their Kid "Dude"?: In one story he says he'll never forgive his father for the name "Hartley Rathaway", which may explain why he usually just goes by "Piper".

    Chunk 
AKA: Chester Runk
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A metahuman and close friend of Wally's with the power to eat anything and place it in an alternate dimension. After an extremely brief career as a thief, Chunk quit the business and became a firm ally of the Flash, when not working with Wally's mother Mary West with community-work.

In the New 52, he was missing for a while, but eventually reappeared as a friend of Wally West II's.


Police and Government Officials

    Warden Gregory Wolfe 
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The draconian warden of Iron Heights Penitentiary. Wolfe turned the prison into a true dungeon where inmates are stripped of their rights, their dignity, and any hope of escape. Although he keeps the Twin Cities safe by keeping dangerous super-criminals locked up in "the Pipeline", his zeal for brutal justice often leads him to bend the very laws he has sworn to uphold, and has made him a thorn in Wally's side. He has the metahuman ability to induce violent muscle spasms, which helps him keep prisoners under control. He also once used them on Wally to stop him from asking uncomfortable questions about what he was doing to Fallout.


  • Amoral Attorney: Prior to becoming Iron Heights' warden.
  • Berserk Button: When a bunch of Joker crazed super-villains attack the prison, one of them, Deadline, flies up and holds a gun to Wolfe's head saying that they're taking over. Wolfe's response?
    Wolfe: This is MY Prison!
    • At which point he makes Deadline's arm spasm, dropping the gun and Wolfe shoots him in the head with it.
  • Black and White Morality: Prior to Flashpoint, Wolfe was abusive and bent the rules to be as bad as he could, but only because he believed the people he was punishing deserved it for committing crime.
  • Character Development: After Grodd escapes and cripples Hunter, shortly after the two had bonded, Wolfe began to warm up, apologising for having been too full of himself to listen to Wally's warnings and regretting how harsh he'd been to Hunter prior. When Hunter became Zoom, Wolfe began to realise his cold Black and White Morality view of people was flawed and, having previously refused to administer any kind of rehabilitation program, allowed Ashley Zolomon to try anyway.
  • Flanderisation: Suffers this after Johns left, where his character development and Hidden Depths disappear and he becomes not just anti-criminal, but also anti-metahuman to add some Fantastic Racism to his character (despite previously being shown to be a metahuman himself, something that inexplicably disappeared).
  • Hellish Pupils: His eyes often glow red and/or yellow.
  • Hidden Depths: Despite arguing with Wally and Hunter bitterly, he admits to Hunter he admires and respects him greatly, as he believes Hunter's job, getting into the head of criminals, to be a far more difficult and traumatic task than merely keeping them in check.
  • Knight Templar: He justifies his cruelty because the subjects of it are criminals. However, he doesn't care if they go through a Heel–Face Turn or are proven innocent (he actively got excited to imprison Pied Piper to disprove the idea that people can change, and even after Piper was proven innocent he insists loudly that he must have been guilty because he escaped), or are Anti-Villain types who don't intend harm (having cruelly imprisoned Fallout in a painful cell designed to drain his power, and tried to have Peek-A-Boo beaten so badly she'd miss an interview that would have lead to her release, just to spite those who'd empathise with her).
  • Laser-Guided Karma: In Flash vol 5 issue 69, thanks to the Trickster, his misdeeds are broadcast to Central City, proving enough to build a case against him and get him arrested. While he doesn't get sent to Iron Heights (Trickster blew it up), he does get put right next to Captain Cold's cell in Belle Reve.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: When Trickster managed to actually escape Iron Heights, Wolfe has him made an Unperson out of spite. This only makes it easier for James to go into hiding.
  • Scary Black Man
  • Slasher Smile
  • Ungrateful Bastard: When Barry saves him from being crushed by a Strength Force-enhanced Trickster, what does Wolfe do? Order his guards to kill him.
  • Wardens Are Evil: Other than some Pet the Dog moments concerning Hunter Zolomon (maybe two, at best), the guy is an absolute bully who abuses his inmates regularly and encourages his guards to do the same. He did receive Character Development during Johns' initial run, but that disappeared and since then, he's actually gotten worse.

    Officers Chyre and Morillo 
AKA: Fred Chyre and Jared Morillo
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The founding (and only) members of Keystone City's Metahuman Hostilities Department, officers Chyre and Morillo quickly became vital allies and friends of Wally West. Chyre was an aging beat cop who lived in Keystone his whole life, while Morillo was a young hotshot who relocated from Los Angeles. Though hostile to each other at first, they quickly became good friends who always have each other's back.

  • Action Duo: In Crossfire, they had to put past their differences to help Wally.
  • Ascended Extra: They became the main supporting characters of Geoff Johns' run of the series.
  • Back from the Dead: Morillo's Healing Factor, brought on from Cicada's blade, allowed him to come back to life after Plunder killed him.
  • Badass Bookworm: Jared Morillo is considered to be one.
  • Badass Normal: Fred Chyre, especially when he gets pissed off.
  • Bash Brothers: After the Character Development, they turned into a well known duo in Keystone.
  • Berserk Button: For Morillo, that would be his wife. For Chyre, don't touch his partners, friends or Flash. He may not be a metahuman but he can still throw a mean punch.
  • Brains and Brawn: Morillo is the brains, Chyre is the brawn.
  • By-the-Book Cop: Morillo was initially presented as this, much to chagrin of Chyre when they partnered up.
  • Dead Partner: Chyre had it rough when it came to this. His first partner was murdered and he became a Parental Substitute for his partner's daughter Julie Jackam, eventually becoming her partner. Then later on Julie got killed by Cicada's followers and Chyre didn't take it well. During Crossfire when Morillo was thought to be killed, poor Chyre was hit the hardest.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: Morillo and Chyre actively disliked one-another prior to working together, and even after being assigned as partners this was Teeth-Clenched Teamwork. They didn't become true friends until after Blacksmith's plans were foiled and they fought Plunder together.
  • Friend on the Force: They are both this for Wally alongside Hunter. Before Blitz erased Wally's identity, they were even said to be meeting outside on occasions.
  • The Ghost: Morillo's wife is constantly referenced and even has a conversation with him on-panel, but we've never seen her.
  • Good Cop/Bad Cop: Morillo thinks he is the Good Cop but after spending some more time with Chyre, they start taking turns depending on the situation.
  • Happily Married: Jared Morillo is very happily married. Even though he had a much more promising career in L.A. or FBI, he decided to settle down in a more comfortable city for his wife and their potential children.
  • Healing Factor: Morillo, due to a close encounter with Cicada's energy dagger.
  • Henpecked Husband: Morillo, big time. You can see him mentioning his wife at least once whenever he appears.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: They're both a little rough, but have good hearts. Morillo isn't good with people but he's a decent guy with professional respect for Wally, and Chyre is a tough grouch prone to violent outbursts, but he cares deeply for others and always treated Wally rather warmly.
  • Kill and Replace: Plunder tries to pull one on Morillo and he partly succeeds.
  • Noble Male, Roguish Male: Morillo is happily married, graduated from one of the top universities with high grades (according to Hunter, he was still praised by professors even after he graduated) and has a great potential to make a name for himself; whereas Chyre has been received as a hotheaded, disobedient, good-for-nothing officer waiting for his retirement.
  • Old-Fashioned Copper: Chyre isn't British, but he's still close to this trope.
  • Parental Substitute: Chyre for Julie Jackam who was the daughter of his late partner. He accepted her as his new partner when she joined law enforcement. After her untimely death, he took her son Josh on himself as well.
  • Rabid Cop: Especially before his Character Development, Fred Chyre was really aggressive in his methods, to a point everyone in staff was intimidated by him.
  • Salt and Pepper: Morillo's full ethnicity isn't known but he's presumed to be at least half Hispanic.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: Chyre's usual attitude compared to Morillo, especially at first.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Morillo is the Sensitive Guy and Chyre is the Manly Man. Though when the situation arises, Morillo never holds back a punch either.
  • Sickeningly Sweethearts: Morillo gushes about his wife whenever he can. That's partly how Chyre realizes Plunder was impersonating as him.
  • Those Two Guys: Not at first. They were both disliked by KCPD staff for Morillo's ego and Chyre's temper and their captain put them together to save others from their headache.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Their usual relationship.

    Doctor Ashley Zolomon 
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The estranged wife of Hunter Zolomon. They met in college and got married shortly before graduation, and both entered the FBI where Ashley's father was an instructor for new recruits. However, after a misjudgment on Hunter's part cost Ashley's father his life during a case, Ashley left Hunter (just one of the many unfortunate repercussions). She would later come to Keystone City and take over his former spot as the local meta-human profiler following his Face–Heel Turn and transformation into Zoom.
  • Amicable Exes: Not at first, due to the circumstances, but they do still have some lingering feelings for each other.
  • Badass Normal: With her past taken into consideration, she can kick plenty ass on her own.
  • Divorce Is Temporary: See Amicable Exes entry above.
  • Even Evil Can Be Loved: She makes it very clear that she is still in love with Hunter, at least with the man he used to be.
  • FBI Agent: She enters academy alongside with Hunter and trains under her own father. After her divorce, she still works in Quantico until the news of Hunter's tranformation hits her and she leaves her entire career behind to come to Keystone to take over his former spot as the local meta-human profiler to help reform Hunter.
  • Friend on the Force: Eventually becomes this for Wally, once they work past their differences.
  • I Can Change My Beloved: This is her main motivation in quitting FBI, she feels very guilty about Hunter's fall from grace.
  • It's All My Fault: She believes that if she hadn't left Hunter, he would never have become Zoom.
  • Love Will Lead You Back: She wants to invoke this for Hunter. And it works, just not on his fragmented mind.
  • Love Redeems: She has full faith that she can reach Hunter.
  • Morality Pet: Once she's introduced, Zoom starts showing his softer side more and he goes as far as saving her from Rogues and entrusting her safety to Linda & Piper.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: The subject of this. After she barely survives a car accident, Wally, who was charged with repairing her car and had obvious motive along with having been witnessed arguing with her, is accused of tampering with it. It turns out he was responsible, due to having failed to finish repairs because he went to help Nightwing fight Penguin, and becomes incredibly guilt-ridden over it. Fortunately, Ashley doesn't press charges and makes peace with him.
    • She also has this to leaving Hunter, feeling he never would have become Zoom if she had not left him. Guilt-ridden she admit to a comatose Hunter that she was the one that got him discharged from the F.B.I. and help destroy his life.
  • New Old Flame: For Zoom.
  • Not So Different: Invoked with Linda Park.
  • The Power of Love: Her being in a car accident caused by Wally's accidental tampering is enough to snap Zoom out of his time-displaced coma that he was forced into at the climax of the "Blitz" storyline.
  • Put on a Bus: After the New 52 reboot she disappear.
  • The Profiler: Takes over this role after her ex-husband's Face–Heel Turn.
  • Secret Secret-Keeper: For Wally, at the end of the "Rogue War" storyline.
  • Tragic Mistake: She consider leaving Hunter and getting him discharged from the F.B.I. a terrible mistake that lead to Hunter becoming Zoom.

    Captain Darryl Frye 
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First Appearance: The Flash vol. 1 #285
Hair Color: Black (pre-Flashpoint), Grey (post-Flashpoint)
Eye Color: Blue

Captain Darryl Frye is the captain of the Central City police Department (C.C.P.D.). Before Flashpoint, Captain Darryl Frye was simply Barry Allen's new boss who was very big on punctuality and married to Thelma (or Lorraine Depending on the Writer) Frye. He later on became the superhero Captain Invincible despite not being physically fit who would drag Barry on along his adventures. After Flashpoint, he was rewritten to be a single man with a history with Nora Allen and Barry's boss and legal guardian. He is unaware that Barry is the Flash.

  • Age Lift: Before Flashpoint, Darryl was around Barry's age. In New 52, he is old enough to be Barry's father.
  • All Love Is Unrequited: In New 52, he is in love with Nora Allen, but she was married to Henry Allen. Then she was killed before she had a chance to divorce Henry. Averted in pre-Flashpoint where he is Happily Married to Thelma Frye and has no feelings for Nora.
  • Captain Superhero: Captain Invincible
  • Hates My Secret Identity: Inverted. Loves his adopted son Barry Allen but views Flash as a criminal. He even starts a task force dedicated to arresting the Flash.
  • Like a Son to Me: Sees Barry as his own son. Barry even sees him as his second father.
  • Mama's Baby, Papa's Maybe: For a moment, it was speculated that Barry was the son of Nora Allen and Darryl Frye not Nora Allen and Henry Allen. Turns out Barry is Henry's son.
  • Papa Wolf: When he realized that the Keystone Killer will one day kill Barry because of his kinship to Marshall Fletcher, Darryl destroys the Fletcher family lineage records and falsifies his DNA results in the C.C.P.D.'s database, breaking police protocol, federal law, and his integrity, to make it seem that he was the last descendant of Marshall Fletcher not Barry. When the Keystone Killer does return, he lures him to a remote location, strapped with grenades in order to to kill the Keystone Killer by killing himself. Fortunately, the Flash saves him in time.
  • Parental Substitute: To Barry after his mother was murdered and his father sent to jail. Unlike most versions of this trope, Barry has a good and loving relationship with his biological father. Darryl is basically a second father to him.
  • Secret Identity: Masquerades as Captain Invincible pre-Crisis.
  • Taking You with Me: See Papa Wolf above.

Gorilla City

    Solovar 
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Like all the apes of Gorilla City, Solovar was granted intelligence from contact with a mysterious meteor, but alone with the evil Grodd, he was granted psychic powers as well. Chosen as the city's king, Solovar protected his people from Grodd's depredations and became a good friend of Barry Allen. Just when Solovar opened up Gorilla City to petition for United Nations membership, however, he was assassinated by Grodd's agents. His nephew Ulgo took up the reigns of command, but soon afterwards passed kingship to his cousin Nnamdi, Solovar's son. However, in the New 52, he is alive and usurped Grodd from his enemy's rightful place as king.

  • Arch-Enemy: To Gorilla Grodd.
  • Everything's Better with Monkeys
  • Killed Off for Real: His second tour of the U.S. was cut short by his assassination by a lethal car bomb. Those responsible were manipulated by Grodd.
  • Psychic Powers
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Under Solovar's guidance, Gorilla City was a technological utopia. Eventually, he decided his people could no longer use their science to hide from the human world. Believing that the world's ecological and political problems couldn't be solved by ignoring them, he opened his city's borders to the world and asked for membership in the United Nations. He advocated peace — among the gorillas and with humans — and was behind two diplomatic overtures to the human world.
  • Supporting Leader: After Barry help him to fight Grodd, they become allies.
  • Touched by Vorlons: In the New 52 Solovar was a simple un-evolved ape who lived during the rise of the Mayan Empire. When an extra-dimensional phenomenon his society would eventually dub The Light touched him and his herd they gained a vastly augmented state of being enabling them to read and write and speak their open minds.

    Nnamdi 
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The son of Solovar and current ruler of Gorilla City. Under his reign, he encouraged the apes of Gorilla City to blend their advanced technology with the trees of the rainforest, bringing a more spiritual approach to rulership than his father. He has pursued a strict isolationist policy to the point of refusing to extradite Grodd for his crimes outside Gorilla City.

Civilians

    The Three Dimwits 
AKA: Winky Moylan, Blinky Boylan, and Noddy Toylan
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Alternately known as "the Three Numbskulls", "the Three Idiots", or "the Three Dopes"; a trio with a penchant for getting into trouble, forcing their friend, Jay Garrick, to bail them out. The three were originally petty criminals but turned over a new leaf thanks to the Flash's influence. Sometime after World War II, the three found a buried treasure and retired to the Caribbean; years later, they became security guards at the Flash Museum, where they were killed by the supervillain Prometheus.


    Tina McGee 
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Tina McGee is a brilliant scientist at S.T.A.R. Labs who has a close working relationship with the Flash. She and her husband Jerry specialize in metahuman medicine and have helped the Flash Family for years. Wally West shared a romantic relationship with her until they grew apart. Her Jerry McGee tried his own super-speed experiments, which turned him into the villainous monster Speed Demon (see Evil Speedsters page for his trope).


  • Happily Married: Though she and Jerry were estranged at the time they were first introduced. They reconciled after Jerry's Heel–Face Turn.
  • The Professor
  • Your Cheating Heart: In the early Mike Baron issues Wally's series, Wally has an affair with Tina and she even moves in with him for awhile. Admittedly, her husband Jerry wasn't quite himself at the time, having experimented on himself to gain super strength and speed and nearly lost his sanity in the process. He does recover, and Tina eventually leaves Wally and goes back to her husband. Wally even becomes friends with the two of them later on.

    Dr. Elias 
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A scientist who is one of the Flash's few allies in Central City (in the New 52, at least). He initially helps the Flash learn more about the Speed Force and the use of his powers. It turns out he's a complete and utter asshole who claims the Speed Force energy he siphoned off Barry as a renewable energy source without giving credit to the Flash at all, and pits the public against the Flash as a social experiment.


  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Initially acts like a scientist that wants to help Barry in his use the Speed Force. But it turns out that he's a complete asshole that wants to gain control of the Speed Force.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: He was supposed to be a close ally to Flash, going as far as giving him tech aid but once the first creative team left the book, he disappeared. The only mention about him comes from Deathstroke, with the implication of being killed by Slade after being used as an Unwitting Pawn.
  • For Science!: His general motivation for anything.
  • Jerkass: Suggested that he siphoned the Flash's excess speed force and store it in battery cells. When he did so, the Flash disappeared into a wormhole and was sent into the Speed Force. With the battery cells filled with Speed Force energy, Doctor Elias took advantage of his supply by claiming to have found a renewable energy. Claiming the credit and fame for its discovery, Doctor Elias was viewed as the "hero" and savior of Central City in the months of the Flash's absence.
  • Red Herring: Despite what the plot wants you to believe at first, he's not the Reverse-Flash.
  • The Sociopath:
    • He turned popular opinion against the Flash just to see what it would take, and gave the Rogues super-powers just to see what would happen.
    • It is revealed that he also views the use of the Flash's powers in saving lives as irresponsible, thinking it will do more good if used to advance the world towards the future.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: He is targeted by the super-powered Rogues, seeking revenge for blessing them with suck. While he is saved by Barry, he isn't thankful at all.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: He disappeared from the Flash books. The closest thing to a mention would be that his tech was attained by Deathstroke and incorporated into his Ikon suit years down the line.

    Helen Claiborne, DDS 
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First Appearance: Impulse v.1 #3 (June 1995)

Max Crandall (Quicksilver/Max Mercury)'s illegitimate daughter. Max moved to Manchester Alabama to keep an eye on his now adult daughter out of guilt for missing her life due to his time-jumps. At first he hid his relation to her from her which angered her once she discovered her new friend was her father. Max and Bart end up living with her as Max tries to get to know his daughter.


  • Deadpan Snarker: She's quite snarky, especially to her father.
  • Parental Abandonment: Her mother's husband left when she was little and Max missed her entire childhood and young adulthood. By the time Max tried to come back for a visit her mother had died and she was all grown up.

    Preston Lindsay 
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First Appearance: Impulse v.1 #1 (April 1995)

One of Bart's best friends in Manchester, and an aspiring filmmaker.


  • Abusive Parents: Given the strange bruises he shows up with, and the way Bart sees his father yelling at him, he comes to believe that Preston's father is abusing him. It turns out that it's actually his mother who's been hurting him.
  • Camera Fiend: In early issues, though he later gives Bart his camera as a gift.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Though he initially acts antagonistic to Bart, he turns out to be a nice guy underneath it all.
  • Palette Swap: In early issues, he looked like a palette-swapped version of Bart.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: He's a ninth-grader who's convinced he's the next Spielberg.

    Carol Bucklen 
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First Appearance: Impulse v.1 #1 (April 1995)

Bart's other best friend. Carol is a nerdy outcast who bonds with Bart due to both being oddballs.


  • Cloudcuckoolander: Not to Bart's extremes, but she's certainly a bit odd.
  • Nerd Glasses: She wears a big pair of glasses and is definitely nerdy.
  • Parental Abandonment: Her parents were killed in a car crash with a drunk driver so her legal guardian is her older brother Bobby.
  • Passionate Sports Girl: Carol is very fond of baseball, and is even on the team despite the rest of the players being boys.
  • Secret Keeper: She figured out Bart was Impulse's secret identity.
  • Ship Tease: Occasionally with Bart, but in the end she seems content to be just friends with him.

CCPD Crime Lab

    Patty Spivot 
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Click here to see her as Hot Pursuit 
Click here to see her as Ms. Flash 
During the Silver Age, Patty was Barry's lab assistant. She had a fiancé named David and invited Barry and Iris to her wedding, but the engagement must have been broken off or he died since Patty's name remained the same even years after Iris's death.

In New 52, Patty is a blood analyst for the CCPD, Barry's coworker, and love interest. Eventually, she and Barry went through a Relationship Upgrade and started dating.

  • All Love Is Unrequited: Pre-Flashpoint. She gets better in New 52.
  • Betty and Veronica: A bit nerdy, insecure and quite plain looking Betty compared to Iris West's Veronica. She loses.
  • Birds of a Feather: The main reason behind Barry's attraction towards her. Alas, Opposites Attract trope wins in the end.
  • BadassBiker/BikerBabe: Was one when she was Hot Pursuit during Flashpoint.
    • In the New 52 Flash comic (volume 4 Issue 15), she apparently became one in one of the possible futures Barry thinks of using his speed brain in defeating Grodd. Interestingly, her motorcycle outfit visually seems like a call back to her tenure as Hot Pursuit during the Flashpoint comics.
  • Cool Bike: Drove a motorcycle powered by the Speed Force, called the Cosmic Motorcycle, during her tenure as Hot Pursuit in Flashpoint.
    • In one of the possible futures Barry thinks of in defeating Grodd, one of them involves Patty using a motorcycle as a part of an Resistance movement.
  • Daddy's Girl: Implied in New 52. Her father calls her princess.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: She's alarmed whenever Iris is around. Of course her fears are not unfounded considering her status.
  • Hates My Secret Identity: Inverted. She loves Barry Allen but blamed Flash when she believed that he was responsible for creating the speed force wormhole that "killed" Barry. She eventually learns to move on, and when she finds out Barry and Flash are one in the same, she becomes loving and supportive of both.
  • Hot Scientist: Blood analyst for the CCPD and Barry finds her quite attractive.
  • Legacy Character: In Flashpoint, she became the next Hot Putsuit after Barry, who was from an alternate dimension, died. When Barry (from the main universe) undid Flashpoint, he undid her tenure as Hot Pursuit.
  • Put on a Bus: After being deceived by Future Flash, she leaves Barry and hasn't been seen since, not even at CCPD.
  • Romantic False Lead: During New 52, she's there to only prolong the eventual Iris/Barry romance. Her relationship with Barry gets cut abruptly when TV show starts airing with Iris as the clear lead.
  • Romantic Runner-Up: Patty may be plain and quite boring as a character (in New 52 at least) but she was completely unharmful and still managed to be a supportive girlfriend to Barry. Unfortunately for her, things just simply didn't work out in the long run.
  • Secret Identity: Masquerades as Hot Pursuit in Flashpoint. She also masqueraded as Ms. Flash in the Silver Age but that turned out to be All Just a Dream Barry had.
  • Secret Keeper: becomes the first and for awhile only civilian to know that Barry is the Flash.

    Director David Singh 
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  • Adaptational Nice Guy: While still bit of a jerk, he is far more sympathetic in New 52 than in all previous incarnations.
  • Adaptational Sexuality: He’s written as gay post-Flashpoint.
  • Da Chief: Basically was this to the CCPD pre-Flashpoint. His post-Flashpoint self is a much nicer guy, though can still be a bit rough around the edges.
  • Gayngst: Subverted. The reader and Barry is led to believe that Singh is hiding his relationship with Hartley because he is afraid of being fired for being gay. However, Director Singh reveals to Barry that he's actually afraid of being fired for dating an ex-Rogue. Eventually it all works out in the end.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold:
    • Pre-Flashpoint, he was a workplace bully who was very noticeably overwhelmed by the amount of crime in Central City. However, once he finds out that Barry was able to prove someone's innocence, he gives Barry his blessing to keep digging into the cold cases... provided it doesn't eat into any current cases.
    • Post-Flashpoint, he is short tempered and puts his career above his boyfriend, but he invites Patty to his apartment to comfort her after Barry’s “death” and mourns him as well. After a near death experience, he starts putting Hartley first before his career.
  • Straight Gay: In New 52

     James Forrest 
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James Forrest is the DNA specialist at CCPD who dreams of retiring and owning his dream sailboat which he plans to sail around the world with.

     Angela Margolin 
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First Appearance: Flash v.2 #143 (December 1998)
Hair Color: Blonde
Eye Color: Blue

Hired to replace Barry while he was away in Witness Protection Placement, Angela is a police scientist for the CCPD. She assisted The Flash (Wally West) when Cobalt Blue destroyed The Flash museum. When Wally West failed to return from the 30th century where he was battling Cobalt Blue, Dark Flash (Walter West) appeared. Angela assisted him with several cases, eventually becoming romantically involved and later engaged to Walter West. However, Walter had to return to his own dimension before the two could marry.

  • Expy: to Barry Allen and zig-zagged with Patty Spivot. She and Barry are both police scientists, very dedicated to their job, and at one point had zero social lives. With Patty, Angela share a remarkable resemblance to Patty (they could honestly pass for twin sisters) and and possesses romantic feelings for a Flash. Post-Flashpoint, Patty Spivot is an expy of Angela. She is dating a Flash and sometimes assisting him with his cases much like Angela did for Walter, and like Angela, her relationship ends.
    • Also serves as something of one to Linda Park, being a workaholic introvert that falls for a version of Wally West, causing her to open up and have fun more. As Walter had lost 'his' version of Linda, Angela's similarities helped him get over her loss, making him far less brutal and more heroic, enough so that he was willing to give up their love to save the multiverse from collapsing.

25th century

    The Renegades 
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First Appearance: Flash Vol 3 #1

Lawmen of the 25th century's Central City, who have styled themselves after the Flash's greatest enemies. Led by Commander Cold, the Renegades operate under a more severe code of justice than the Flash, something that often puts them at odds.

  • The Bus Came Back: After a minor antagonistic role in Vol 3, they disappeared until the Rebirth era, with a new line up.
  • Cowboy Cop: Commander Cold started out as a hot-blooded officer in Central City's police, until he violently murdered a deranged super-criminal. Then The Judge hired him.
  • Drone Deployer: The Trixster uses T-Spheres to hold his gag-themed tools instead of a bag of tricks.
  • Flat Character: Under Geoff Johns, they don't get a lot of characterization. Their return in the Rebirth era fleshes some of them out a little more.
  • Good Counterpart: Sort of. At the very least, they're not out-and-out criminals like the actual Rogues. But their being "good" is more than a little suspect.
  • Hanging Judge: They hold that warning people about their future is punishable by death.
  • Harmless Freezing: Unlike Captain Cold, Commander Cold's freezing isn't necessarily lethal. It's also controlled by nanobots, allowing him to free people at his desire.
  • Insane Troll Logic: Anyone who's ever had a criminal ancestor is kicked out of the Renegades. Doesn't matter what they were arrested for, or whether it was centuries ago, this is apparently still grounds for being fired. Surprising it took as long to backfire as it did, really.
  • Irony: They were founded on the apparent purpose of fighting the Reverse-Flash. As it turns out, their commanding office, The Judge, is a Reverse-Flash, specifically Zolomon Hunter.
  • Kill ’Em All: The entire team save Commander Cold are wiped out at the end of Flash War by an unknown villain escaping the 25th century Iron Heights.
  • One Steve Limit: Commander Cold's real name is revealed in Flash Vol 5 to be "Henry", the same name as Barry's father, something he's aware of.
  • Pungeon Master: Commander Cold, come Rebirth, tends to crack cold puns as he works, something Captain Cold has long abandoned.
  • The Smurfette Principle: Come Rebirth, the team has a counterpart to the Golden Glider, the Golden Guardian.
  • Snub by Omission: Their line-up is a match for the classic Rogues arrangement... but no Captain Boomerang.
    Commander Cold: Boomerangs seemed a little primitive.
  • Trapped in the Past: Commander Cold, after Flash War renders time-travel difficult.
  • Xtreme Kool Letterz: Their Trickster counterpart is named Trixster.

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