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    The Core Flash Family
From the top: Barry Allen, Jay Garrick, Wally West, Wallace West and Bart Allen

All Flashes provide examples of the following tropes:

  • 100% Adoration Rating: They're so beloved that Central City built a museum dedicated to them, and most of the rogues even respect them as worthy opponents.
  • Badass Family: Wally is Barry's nephew, and Bart is Barry's grandson. Barry also has his other granddaughter, XS, and Wally has his children Iris (Impulse II) and Jai. Jay and Max Mercury are considered to be adoptive grandpas of the West/Allen family. In fact, it's established that all future Flashes, John Fox aside, are either Wests or Allens. And that's without getting into the Thawnes, who are descended from Barry's Evil Twin, and who might be psychopathic, but are definitely badass.
    • Averted in the New 52. With Bart, "Bart Allen" isn't even his real name and he has no connection to the Speed Force. The new Kid Flash is Wally's cousin with the same name, but Iris and Barry's marriage seems to be one of the things that got lost, thus the Wallys are no longer related to Barry through marriage at the moment as well.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Jay Garrick (Brunette), Barry Allen (Blonde) and Wally West (Redhead).
  • Chest Insignia: Always a lightning bolt, though Jay's has always looked different from Barry, Wally, and Bart's. On top of that, the Kid Flash insignia has always been red, and from Barry's return in Rebirth to Flashpoint, Wally changed his to resemble his DCAU costume to help differentiate from Barry's costume. After his return in DC Rebirth, Wally switched the yellow for silver and took out the white.
  • Combat Pragmatist: While they aren't seasoned combatants like Batman, they have used their powers in resourceful ways that make up for their lack of martial arts prowess, including Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs, Tornado Move, and just all around distracting the enemy. Hell, Wally West once even used Oliver Queen's super-hot spicy chili as a weapon against Captain Cold.
  • Family of Choice: The Flash Family as a whole is this to several of its members.
    • Barry Allen was always a loner, but after becoming the Flash saw Wally as his son. After his parents' retconned deaths, they become the family he's never had.
    • Wally was never close with his parents, and instead considers the Flash family his real family. Barry's his dad, Jesse like his overachieving sister, Max his cool uncle, Jay his grandpa, and Bart his annoying little brother (he's actually Wally's cousin).
    • Jesse Quick is established as largely estranged from her family beyond her father. She generally had zero personal life, being a workaholic, but came to see the Flash Family as family after the death of her father. Her falling out with her mother also contributed a bit, though they later reconciled.
    • Jay never had children so he sees the rest of them as the children he's never had.
    • Bart grew up without a father so he views Max as his dad. Max has children, namely his daughter Helen, but he loves Bart like a son too.
  • Fast as Lightning: They are probably the most famous example of high speed and lightning motif coinciding.
  • Fragile Speedster: Very fast, and their punches can hurt thanks to special relativity (called the "Infinite Mass Punch"), but their endurance is simply that of a normal peak-level athlete, though this is mitigated somewhat by their sped-up Healing Factor.
  • Generational Saga: The Flash is a three parter generational saga in its own right: Jay Garrick (founder), Barry Allen (definer), Wally West (codifier).
  • Generation Xerox: The Flashes tend to work with whoever's the main Green Lantern of their time. Jay is close friends with Alan Scott, Barry's best friend is Hal Jordan, and Wally was Fire-Forged Friends with Kyle Rayner.
  • Grin of Audacity: Flashes are often seen with smiles on their faces, being poster boys for Nice Guy.
  • Heroic Lineage: It is explicitly said, in the Post-Crisis timeline, that all future Flashes aside from John Fox are descendants of either Barry or Wally.
  • Identically Powered Team: Naturally, since the thing that unites them is their mutual Super Speed. Though despite this, they do all have ways they diversify their abilities and talents.
    • Wally mainlines the Speed Force, making him the most powerful, but on top of that he has learnt to manipulate and overcharge their Required Secondary Powers. For instance, he can generate "speed armour" by concentrating his speed aura until it becomes physical, forming his Flash suit with it, and he learnt to extend his super speed to other objects and people, either gifting people super-speed or making moving objects fly at higher speeds (and can even extend it to making chemicals react faster in a lab), as well as do the opposite, draining speed from people and objects until they become stationary.
    • Barry Allen lacks the understanding of the Speed Force itself to do either of these tricks, but he makes up for it via his understanding of real science, and thus is able to perform incredible tricks by applying his scientific knowledge and exploiting the logical effects of his speed. He can vibrate through solid matter better than the others, turn invisible, even rebuild himself, and then he can explain how he did it.
    • Jay lies somewhere between the two, being open-minded enough to have some baring of the Speed Force's other tricks but also being scientifically gifted enough to do the same tricks as Barry. His most unique skill, of all things, is his hat, which he's learnt to weaponise as a shield (it's bullet proof, and thus useful for catching bullets), can be thrown like a discus, and can even channel super-speed vibrations through it to use it as a weapon. He's also got the most fighting experience, due to being a WWII vet.
    • Bart has the most untapped potential, matching Wally for Speed and being way smarter than he seems. He unconsciously mastered phasing (something that's probably the hardest trick to do) on accident, and could create "Speed Scouts" somehow.
    • Jesse's unique duel-legacy gives her the unique additional power of short bouts of Super Strength, though she rarely used it compared to her speed. Her training from her father also gave her the ability to fly, though again it only covers short distances and is, evidently, not as fast as her super speed. Still, these give her unique advantages the others lack.
  • Legacy Character: The Flash has been a mantle carried out since World War II, starting with Jay Garrick. Later Barry Allen took the mantle. Upon his death, Wally West came in as Flash and this legacy has been said to go for many centuries to come in-universe wise. Although the New 52 erased Jay and Wally from the Flash lineage in favor of Barry Allen, DC Rebirth seems to be putting the Flash legacy at the center of the DC universe once again.
  • Lightning Bruiser: With the Flashes representing the pinnacle of superhero speed, the lightning part isn't much of a surprise. The bruiser comes as one of the many side-benefits of superspeed. The faster a Flash moves, the closer his mass comes to infinity and with this the stronger his attacks become. At their highest speeds, they are capable of taking down Superman level opponenets, most famously Wally at lightspeed took out a white martian with a single punch that knocked him from one side of America to another.
  • Like Brother and Sister: Most prominently, Wally, Jesse, and Bart. Though they're all Family of Choice, these three fell into a sibling-like dynamic, with Wally as The Ace older brother, Jesse as the studious middle child, and Bart as the Annoying Younger Sibling.
  • Meta Origin: The Speed Force, the quasi-mystical energy source that powers all speedsters.
  • Red Ones Go Faster: There's a reason The Flash is called the "Scarlet Speedster".
    • And out of all Flashes, who is the fastest? Answer: Wally West.
  • Secret Legacy: Though not as well explored as their descendants, it's shown that Jay Garrick was not the first speedster. In fact, Old Master Max Mercury wasn't, either; he was bestowed his powers by the tribe he protected, but a jaunt in the Speed Force once showed Wally that there have been speedsters around in much earlier periods, including a knight in the middle ages, a pirate from the Golden Age Of Piracy, and others.
  • Super Speed: Naturally, this is their main power. Their standard cruising velocity has ranged from the speed of light (Pre-Crisis) to the speed of sound (Post-Crisis). And it's not just limited to running; all speedsters and similar speedsters can move any part of them fast down to the molecular level, making their Super Speed a Swiss-Army Superpower, which gives them the following abilities:
    • Blow You Away: Manifests either as them running in small circles very quickly to create a large vortex, or by spinning their arms quickly to create a smaller vortex.
    • Healing Factor: Their ability to heal is sped up. It explains why Barry can quickly recover from being doused in several harmful chemicals. However, this was detrimental to Bart during his Knee-capping at the hands of Deathstroke.
    • Intangible Man: In the Silver Age and the New 52, by rapidly vibrating their molecules, they could be intangible for short bursts of time. Wally lost this ability in the old continuity, but his run into the Speed Force replaced it with the ability to disintegrate anything he vibrates through.
    • Invisibility: They can vibrate so fast that they can't be seen.
    • Megaton Punch: Taken Up to Eleven due to special relativity, as because the speedsters can punch past the speed of light, their fists attain infinite mass.
    • Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs: Being slapped more than 500 times in a minute sounds pretty painful for the Flashes' foes.
    • Super Intelligence: It's not used or noticed frequently by the speedsters, but their brain processes are also sped up. This notably allows them the ability of Super-Speed Reading.
    • Super Senses/Super Reflexes: While running at Super Speed, they can see, hear, and smell anything as easily as they can as a normal human can at normal speed.
  • Three Successful Generations: In the Post-Crisis timeline, the Flash lineage goes for over centuries, but the ones who are iconic are the first three generations: Jay Garrick, Barry Allen and Wally West.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Most of the Flash family have, essentially, an unlimited amount of power, but only a vague understanding of how to use it.

The Flash Legacy

    Flash I
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We're going to get this done and we're going to do it fast. After all, it's how I'm used to doing things.
A.K.A.: Jason Peter "Jay" Garrick
First appearance: Flash Comics #1 (January 1940)
Hair color: Brown/White
Eye color: Blue

The original Flash (and the first well-known superhero with only a single super-power). Jay Garrick was a college student who inhaled radioactive fumes in his science lab; after waking up from a brief coma, he found he had super-speed and fought crime as the Flash. Jay fought in World War II, was a founding member of the Justice Society of America, and became good friends with his fellow mystery man, Alan "Green Lantern" Scott. Jay retired as a result of the anti-Communist paranoia of the 1950s, but the appearance of Barry Allen as the new Flash brought him out of retirement, becoming a fatherly presence to the rest of the superhero community and one of its elder statesmen.

Like all Golden Age DC heroes, he was originally an inhabitant of Earth-2 in pre-Crisis on Infinite Earths continuity. In fact, he was the first Golden Age hero to meet his Silver Age counterpart, Barry Allen. After the Crisis, the history of his world was merged with that of Earth-1 to create New Earth, and his history was folded over into the new continuity. At the beginnning of the New 52 reboot and the recreation of Earth-2 he was once again introduced as Barry's Alternate Universe counterpart. However since DC Rebirth it's revealed that this is no longer the case anymore, and he's instead stuck in the Speed Force. He manages to aid Barry and Batman at one point, but because Barry doesn't remember him, he's absorbed back into it. Eventually after Superman inspires Doctor Manhattan, who had altered the DCU's timeline, Manhattan restores the JSA's history, and Jay returns to aid Superman against Black Adam.

  • The Bus Came Back: After being rebooted out of existence in the New 52, and making some sporadic appearances after 2016, Jay finally fully returned in the tail end of 2019, after Doctor Manhattan undid his changes to the timeline.
  • Can't Stay Normal: His story in Flash #750 has him in his prime wondering, what with World War 2 and all, whether he should just pack in the superheroics...only to admit that he and Joan both know he'd never manage it.
  • Character Tics: Jay always tips his hat and smiles when he saves someone, even though they can't see him do it. It's a habit from the old days.
  • Civvie Spandex: Wears blue jeans and a T-shirt with a lightning bolt sketched onto it.
  • Cool Hat: Wears a winged helmet. He actually has found practical uses for it too: using the glare against people, throwing it like a frisbee or punching the top of it to make a sonic boom. It's also immune to kryptonian eye-beams. Silver Age Kryptonian eye-beams at that.
  • Cool Old Guy: Everyone in the DCU respects the hell out of him, and he's known as being the most polite man ever. Dick Grayson once said Jay was his idol.
  • Decomposite Character: In the New 52, he was initially rebooted to be Younger and Hipper and placed back on Earth-2; however with DC Rebirth it's revealed that the original version still exists in the main universe, and the Earth-2 version is a completely separate character.
  • Dented Iron: Even with the Speed Force slowing his aging, Jay's still no spring chicken anymore, and can't push himself as fast as the other speedsters without suffering a Heroic RRoD. This does mean he got spared getting dragged onto a bus during Infinite Crisis, since he had to pull out of fighting Superboy-Prime early.
  • Depending on the Artist: His hair color. In modern times, a lot of artists color his hair as grey with very grey temples. But others kept his grey hair brown. The very grey temples are a constant, though.
  • Dogged Nice Guy: Initially, to Joan. He was handsome and muscular and all, but he wasn't a very physically able guy despite this. After he gets his superspeed, she reconsiders.
  • Freak Lab Accident: Breathed in lots of hard water vapors and got superspeed. It was the '40s.
  • Glory Hound: When he first got his superspeed, he used it football.
  • Happily Married: Over sixty years to boot.
  • Hetero Sexual Life Partners: With both Alan Scott and Ted Grant.
  • I Was Quite a Looker: As a young man, Jay was quite handsome.
  • Like a Son to Me: Sees Barry as his son and Wally I as his grandson.
  • The Mentor: Played this role to Wally West when he was the Flash. He's also this to the younger members of the JSA. He's also this to the superhero community in general, those are just the people he consistently mentors.
  • Nice Guy: Wally West and Ted Grant both describe him as the most polite man alive. Beyond that, he's considered a father-figure to the superhero community, and a cool old guy as well.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed:
    • He's often drawn to look like Paul Newman.
    • During The Button, one panel has him drawn to look like John Wesley Shipp, the actor who portrays him in The Flash (2014).
  • Older and Wiser: Initially introduced as kind of a Glory Hound, he grew out of it to be a hero. Post-Crisis, when he inhabits the same universe as other speedsters and one filled with more young heroes, he became more of a mentor character.
  • Older Than They Look: Thanks to the Speed Force, he looks far younger than someone around his 90s.
  • Overprotective Dad: Acts this way to Stargirl in the JSA again and again. He's personally chased off two suitors (Captain Marvel and a random fireman), and helped chase off Atom Smasher. Courtney does not appreciate this part of his personality.
  • Papa Wolf: Is pretty protective of Stargirl, especially around men.
  • Parental Substitute: To the superhero community as a whole, along with the original JSA founders. This was especially the case with the Flash family. Jay implies this is because he and Joan couldn't have kids, so he became a father a different way.
  • Respected by the Respected: Pretty much all of the superhero community looks to this guy as a role-model. You know how respected this guy is? He's one of the very few people Batman will call "sir".
  • Retcanon: Curiously, in 2020, he gains a redesign that makes him look more like his The Flash (2014) counterpart.
  • Ret-Gone: Removed from the mainstream DCU with the New 52, becoming a resident of Earth-2, until Rebirth, where the classic version is revealed to still exist in the Speed Force.
  • Science Hero: A laboratory director who saved Earth-2 with the help of Barry once.
  • Shipper on Deck: When Linda was retconned out of existence by Abra Kadabra, he admitted that he and the rest of the Flash family always wanted Wally and Jesse Chambers to get together.
  • Trope Codifier: One of the very first "single power" superheroes. Any others around this time had multiple powers (like Superman), or none (like Batman).

    Flash II
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Every second is a gift.
A.K.A.: Bartholomew Henry "Barry" Allen
First appearance: Showcase #4 (October 1956)
Hair color: Blond
Eye color: Blue

While working in the lab late at night, forensic scientist Barry Allen was doused with chemicals and struck by lightning, this freak accident imbuing him with incredible super-speed. Inspired by the legacy of Jay Garrick, he donned his famous red spandex and became the Scarlet Speedster, the Sultan of Speed—the Flash. Barry had a years-long flirtation with Iris West that culminated in their marriage. He was a founding member of the Justice League of America and one of the world's greatest superheroes.

An active time traveler, Barry spent a few years living in the 30th century, where he and Iris had two children who became the Tornado Twins. They in turn each had a super-speedster child of their own—Barry's grandchildren, Impulse and XS.

Barry's life ended in the Crisis on Infinite Earths when he used his super-speed to destabilize and destroy the Anti-Monitor's anti-matter cannon, saving The Multiverse from total destruction. He was remembered as almost a patron saint of superheroes as one of the first to give their life.

Barry's friends later learned, however, that his spirit had been absorbed into the Speed Force, the quasi-mystic source of all speedsters' powers. During Final Crisis, when Darkseid conquered the Earth, through sheer force of willnote , Barry re-incorporated his body to stop the evil god and rejoined the living. The Flash lives again!

  • The Ace: Wally saw him as this during his tenure. Though Wally did get past his block and surpassed him, and went on to do many things without feeling the burden of replacing Barry, any time the topic came up he would talk of Barry in a perfect, idealised view.
  • Aesop Amnesia: No matter how many What the Hell, Hero? speeches he gets, or just how many problems it causes him, Barry seems incapable of learning not to shove his loved ones away when the going gets tough.
  • All-Loving Hero: He treasures his life and his friends above anything else. While Jay is a Cool Old Guy and Wally skirts on Jerk with a Heart of Gold, Barry is an all-around Nice Guy. In fact, writers say his biggest flaw is that he tries to be helpful to everyone, he's just too nice.
  • Anthropomorphic Personification: Of the Speed Force, depending on how you interpret Rebirth #4.
  • Ascended Fanboy: He was a fan of the Flash (Jay Garrick) who became the second Flash.
  • Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: His death in Crisis on Infinite Earths was eventually retconned into him merging with the Speed Force permanently. Word of God says that this was to set him up for coming Back from the Dead should DC want to do so. He later made a brief appearance in Infinite Crisis where he helped his grandson imprison Superboy-Prime in the Speed Force, and he permanently came back in Final Crisis.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: He is a CSI with Hyper-Awareness abilities. Right now, he's tailing an evil creature who messes with Cosmic Playthings along with his old student and Batman.
  • Badass Adorable: Just because he is an extremely optimistic and friendly person doesn't mean he can't kick your ass. He once threatened Aquaman when the latter insulted the original Wally West.
  • Badass Bookworm: He likes reading and science. And he is probably the most powerful man alive.
  • Badass Teacher: Around his sidekick Kid Flash.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: He wished his mother was still alive...the rest is history.
  • Berserk Button: Insulting or doubting the original Wally is one for Barry, who is normally very friendly and polite. It could do with the fact that he was essentially responsible for his nephew suffering Ret-Gone prior in the first place, clearly feeling guilty over it.
    Aquaman: Until a few months ago, none of us even knew who Wally West was. Not even you, Flash.
    Barry: I do now...and I think you better watch what you're implying, Arthur.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: He's hands down the nicest guy you could meet in the DCU (yes, including Superman), and he's also gifted with one of the deadliest powers. It's often stated that his niceness prevents him from unlocking his full power, but when he does...he does.
  • Big Eater: Issue #26 of Green Arrow (Rebirth) reveals that Barry Allen needs to eat 50 times his body mass a day to keep up with the calories he burns. This equates to 4422 kilograms or 4.42 metric tons of food daily.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: To a degree. While many agree that Barry is a Nice Guy, he's also done some downright horrible things due to selfishness and lack of consideration to those around him. The biggest offenders being Flashpoint and the end of Flash War, where the former resulted in the destruction of the entire Flash Family thanks to Barry's half-assed meddling in time, and the latter resulted in Wally having a complete mental breakdown that resulted in over 15 people dying and trying to kill himself to make up for it. In both instances Barry has expressed some form of regret, but has yet to do anything to truly make up for his actions other than apologizing which he gets away with.
  • Black Sheep: Among the Flash Family, and somewhat justified as he was dead when it really formed. All the others developed a rapport, from Jay playing Team Dad, Max playing Old Master, Wally playing Magnetic Hero, Jesse playing Cool Big Sis, and Bart as the Annoying Younger Sibling, Barry only really had a connection to Wally, Like a Son to Me, and Jay, being fairly good friends. Even Johnny Quick, who's been dead for even longer than Barry was, has more of a role within the family (the skeptical Headbutting Heroes with Max, one of Wally's mentors, and Jesse's father). Barry though, has just never built rapport with any of them; him and Bart have very few conversations and generally don't really get along, Max had one conversation with him pre-Flashpoint, and Jesse had never spoken to him before Finish Line. This could maybe have been avoided had they not had Barry return to his status quo as if the missing 22 years never happened, but as they did, it meant rather than Barry find a way to fit in with the family, he avoided them until they got Put on a Bus to leave him as the only Flash and not have to worry about it.
  • Brains and Brawn: Brains to Wally's brawn.
  • Breakout Character: He's credited for kick-starting the Silver Age.
  • The Cape: His pure heart, Heroic Sacrifice and always optimistic outlook inspired all superheroes from all ages, and even inspires the embodiment of this trope himself: Superman (albeit it works in vice-versa to because almost everyone does). His influence was cultivated in his student Wally West, leading Wally to become one of the greatest heroes ever.
  • Came Back Wrong: The time Thawne impersonated him aside, but when Barry really came Back from the Dead, he felt off, and was briefly turned into the Black Flash. He thought it was Thawne poisoning the Speed Force with his Negative Speed Force, but it turns out its way worse: in-between his death and return, Eobard went back in time and killed Barry's mother, leaving Barry split between memories of a happy childhood with a loving relationship with his mother well into adulthood, and traumatic memories of her brutal murder in his childhood as well as his father being framed. The result is Barry is a broken man that ends up doing increasingly messy things.
  • Cerebus Retcon: Back in the Silver and Bronze Age, Barry was always depicted as a kind, heroic man, and a Parental Substitute for Wally; even his darkest act, killing Thawne, was in large part out of desperation. Starting with Identity Crisis, it was slowly revealed Barry has a dark side; killing Thawne happened after he had voted to Mind Rape Doctor Light and brainwashed The Top, something that exploded in his face. When he came back, Barry showed a selfish tendency leading to events like Flashpoint. His treatment of Wally became far from perfect, and in many ways he's been quite a toxic figure for him though he does genuinely care and loves his nephew and he feels guilty about taking his children away from him so even though they argued in Flash War about using the Speed Force to bring them back he decides to help his nephew bring them back even though he does have valid concerns about doing it considering he did it before and it led to Flashpoint so therefore no matter what flaws Barry has he is a Nice Guy and will help anyone who needs his help no matter what.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: A huge flaw of his. He wants to fix everything and help everyone but his lack of time management makes everything actually worse.
  • Clueless Chick Magnet: As a Nice Guy, he is a popular choice for those who fall under the Single Woman Seeks Good Man trope. Not that he can see it, unfortunately.
  • Commonality Connection: He and Bruce Wayne are both obsessed with forensics and would frequently have long talks about it.
  • Composite Character: In the modern age, his character is mostly merged with Wally's Flash. This becomes abundantly clear in other adaptations, especially with Grant Gustin and Ezra Miller's versions.
  • The Conscience: For the DCU and more specifically for Wally. He was called "Saint" for a while when he was dead, that means something, huh?
  • Cool Teacher: According to Wally at least, anyway.
  • Cool Uncle: To Wally West. Also overlaps with Parental Substitute.
  • Darker and Edgier: Not originally but when he came back from the dead, his past included his dad being falsely arrested for the death of his mother, which turned out to be a deliberate result of his greatest villain retconning his past.
  • Dating Catwoman: Was briefly dating fellow speedster Meena Dhawan, a.k.a. Fast Track, who becomes the evil speedster Negative Flash.
  • Dead Guy Junior: He is named after his grandfather.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Especially around Hal Jordan, Barry's snark goes off the charts.
  • Death by Origin Story: This was one of the reasons that he stayed dead once his former Kid Sidekick Wally West came into his own as his successor. That's been undone now.
    • A pivotal story in the early '90s played with this by having Barry seemingly return, leaving Wally happy about Barry's return but conflicted about being back in his shadow (particularly since his speed had been reduced at the same point when Barry died, leaving him the slower and less competent Flash). He had to deal with these issues in order to defeat Barry when he turned out to be Professor Zoom.
  • Death Is Cheap: The textbook subversion...if you call 23 years a subversion. Oh well, it's as good as you're going to get for the vanguard of the Silver Age.
  • Deceased Parents Are the Best: His portrayal during post-Crisis heavily leaned on ths.
  • Depending on the Artist: His New 52 suit. As originally envisioned and as seen in the above picture, it's armor with tons of Tron Lines. But a lot of people weren't keen on that, and apparently that includes some artists. Generally, the lines on his mask are kept, but the ones on his body are removed or added depending on what the artist feels like doing. The suit itself flips back and forth between armor and regular costume material all the time too.
  • Depending on the Writer:
    • His personality in modern times. Is he a whitebread nice guy, akin to his Silver Age counterpart? Is he a cocky jokester like his nephew was written? Is he a nervous nerd? Is he angsty? It varies wildly from writer to writer, but the cocky jokester thing is generally kept to team books, where he needs to stand out more.
    • Is his chronic lateness the result of his attempts to protect his secret identity or does he just have a horrible internal clock that not even his powers can save him from? Usually it's the former but some writers portray it as the latter.
  • Determinator: Definitely not to the shonen-esque levels of his student, but Barry is still determined enough to stop Psycho Pirate's psychological powers over him during Crisis.
  • Didn't Think This Through:
    • Wanted to save his mom's life after Thawne altered time and murdered her when she originally lived to old age and died peacefully. Perfectly understandable that Barry wanted to save his mom, except he foolishly tried to stop Thawne by himself despite knowing how dangerous Thawne is and the dangers of messing with time. He also didn't stop to wait until Thawne had left the time stream to intervene. The end results were Flashpoint and the New 52. What's more, its explicitly stated before this that the Speed Force cannot change history, and Thawne himself was only able to thanks to the Negative Speed Force not obeying the same rules; Barry attempting to use the Speed Force in this way is why time got so messed up when he changed it, because the Speed Force just cannot make change reality so easily. (Later, Dr. Manhattan was also revealed to be at fault)
  • Dork Knight: An Ascended Fanboy with super speed, it's a given.
  • Dying Moment of Awesome: Saved the remainder of the Multiverse by using one villain to brainwash a bunch of other villains into attacking the Big Bad and destroying the Big Bad's greatest weapon.
  • Eagle-Eye Detection: Part of his job as a CSI. His Speed Force only amped his abilities with Hyper-Awareness.
  • Eccentric Mentor: He is a dork — he really loves being a mentor and it can see him adding little silly trivia called "Flash facts" every time he talks to his students to a point they get tired of it.
  • The Everyman: Be it among the JLA or the Flashes, he's just a noble nerd with a penchant for heroism.
  • Famous Last Words: "Do what you have to...we must save the world. We must save the world..."
  • Fatal Flaw:
    • Barry has four consistent character traits across writers. He's a dorky Nice Guy who's somehow always chronically late despite his powers. The fourth trait? He's also a bit of a chronic liar, a trait that goes back to the Silver Age. He often lies when he believes it's for the greater good, or that doing so will protect his loved ones. This seems like fine reasoning, but Rebirth has gone out of its way to show how frustrating it can be having a loved one who, regardless of good intentions, is a chronic liar; Throughout Rebirth we're shown the other currently present members of the Flash Family getting annoyed and angry with him over his continued lying, often resulting in Barry being alienated by the people he was trying to protect in the first place.
    • Barry also has major trust issues where secret identities are concerned. He kept his hidden from Iris and she had to find out on her own, despite the fact they had already been dating and it was probably smarter for him to tell her. He never told friends, eventually only sharing it with other heroes, and even kept it hidden, initially, from his own protege Wally West despite having a personal relationship with him in both identities. He repeated this with Wally's younger cousin Wallace when he gained speed, who called him out when he finally revealed it. What's more, its then pointed out by Thawne that Barry has never told Iris in any timeline or reality, forcing her to find out in each version of their story on her own.
    • Thirdly, he's a Flat-Earth Atheist who can't wrap his head around magical phenomena, including the Speed Force itself. See below.
  • Flat-Earth Atheist: His third flaw, Barry is a scientist first, so everything has a scientific explanation, even if it's a weird one. He understands magic exists but he can't wrap his head around how it works. This is unfortunate, as despite being a Science Hero its clear that his powers are partially mystical in nature, the Speed Force not being just the scientific phenomena he believes it is. As such, he can't steal/loan speed, generate a costume, or run as fast as Wally can, nor can he do some of the other abilities unique to Bart and Jesse, or even Avery and August. He was coached through some of this towards the end of The Flash Rebirth, but after Flashpoint happened, he lost any memory of it, and for most of the New 52/Rebirth era following, the Speed Force was treated as purely a scientific entity due to it being observed solely through his lens.
  • Friendless Background: Because Thawne made sure of it.
  • From a Single Cell: Can reconstitute himself from such extreme fates as being turned into a puddle of tar or a cloud of water vapor.
  • The Generic Guy: By comparison to the other Flashes, Barry's not the experienced mentor (like Jay), the Deadpan Snarker with buckets of Character Development (like Wally), a neurotic workaholic with a short temper (like Jesse), or the random oddball little brother (like Bart). This is largely because Barry was dead during the Bronze Age, where characterization was given a stronger focus and the Flash family was truly developed, so he mostly ended up being characterized as an Inspirational Martyr that cast a big shadow for Wally to fill. When he came back, they've attempted to fix this by making him more dorky and focusing on his (newly created) tragic backstory.
  • Genre Savvy: He is a big sci-fi nerd and has superspeed powers, you can guess the rest.
    Wally: ....My uncle Barry, the second, and in my humble opinion the greatest Flash— gave me some advice, "Wally" he said, "with powers like ours, you have to learn to fight in a way a science fiction writer writes."
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Blonde and an angel without wings.
  • Happily Married: To Iris West before Flashpoint.
  • Headbutting Heroes: With Oliver Queen. The two men cannot stand one another. Barry regards Oliver as a dangerous influence on Hal Jordan (even before the time Oliver killed a supervillain), and sees him as reckless and irresponsible, while Oliver hates Barry simply for being a cop.
  • The Heart: Of the Justice League. Especially in the New 52 where things were Darker and Edgier.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: Depending on the Artist, Iris West can be portrayed as a redhead sometimes.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: This is why he was left dead for so long, because everyone feared that a resurrection would completely undo its emotional value.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: He is almost always depressed regarding his mother's untimely death.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners:
    • With Hal "Green Lantern" Jordan.
    • Post-Rebirth, his relationship with Wally evolved into this as well.
    • Scott Snyder’s Justice League run seems to be building this with John Stewart.
  • Hollywood Nerd: He's a penchant nerd (both science and comic books) since the Silver Age and probably one of the first examples of this trope. Taken Up to Eleven when actors like Grant Gustin and Ezra Miller are cast to portray him in other mediums.
  • Hot Scientist: He's a very good-looking forensic scientist.
  • Humble Hero: Another great contrast to Wally; Barry Allen is a very confident man but never crosses the line of being cocky. He even turns down several requests of making a museum dedicated after him, always saying he's not doing his job to show off.
  • Hyper-Awareness: Overlapping with his Eagle-Eye Detection, he's learned to speed up his mental speed to match his body's speed, allowing him to process information from around him all at the same time, letting him see the probabilities of anything happening around him before it happens, weigh every possible outcome, make the right choice and do something about it before anyone even notices. This does, however, mean that he can get lost in the probabilities, being distracted enough for someone to get him.
  • Hypocrite: During the Cry for Justice & Rise and Fall storylines, where Green Arrow I (Oliver Queen) murders Prometheus for destroying Star City and causing the death of his adopted granddaughter Lian Harper, Barry Allen was the one who had the most contempt for Oliver's actions. He made it clear to Hal Jordan that Oliver is not someone he should look for approval from because he's a murderer. This despite the fact that when Zoom tried to kill his fiancé Fiona Webb, he killed Zoom to protect her. It's implied that Barry is using Oliver's murder as an excuse, to vent his hatred of Oliver and that he just hates him. Barry outright said that he alway hated Oliver and could not understand why any of his friends like him; Hal even comments on how Barry never liked Oliver.
  • Iconic Sequel Character: He's far more iconic than his predecessor Jay Garrick, even though he was created years after him to "reinvent" Flash.
  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness: He is legitimately one of the nicest heroes in the whole DC universe and serves as a beacon of hope to you, his successors, and his city. He has a museum, for God’s sake. Subverted in that despite how nice he comes across, he's committed several horrific acts due to selfishness and ignorance and the only reason most people around him still think this trope applies is due to how nice he acts.
  • I Am Not Left-Handed: He almost never uses his full speed, because since he doesn't have a Speed Force field to sidestep natural disaster when running, when he exceeds Mach 10 while on the ground for a period of time, he will cause catastrophic damage to the environment. Whether Barry or Wally is "The Fastest Man Alive" is a point of contention among fans (Barry continuously outran Death for 2 decades, Wally outran Death by running so fast he literally lapped reality. Barry has out paced the Speed Force, Wally has run fast enough to catch someone moving free of both time and speed. Barry outran Darkseid's Omega Beams, Wally ran faster than instantaneous movement. Both can move at the atto-and picosecond scale. Barry generates the Speed Force, Wally is considered the most connected. The list goes on). Regardless, when the need arises, Barry can and will forget about holding back and generally annihilate whatever threat he finds himself up against.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: Paired with his Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold, Barry Allen is the nicest hero you can meet in the DCU.
  • Insistent Terminology: Tells Bart to call him Barry instead of Grandpa, as it weirded him out.
  • It's Personal: With Eobard Thawne, the Reverse-Flash.
  • Karma Houdini: Despite the points enumerated below, Barry's yet to be punished or held accountable in any meaningful way for how his selfishness and ineptitude destroyed the lives of everyone around him to the point it's likely they'll never truly be fixed. Tellingly it's likely most people forgive him so easily because he's so nice.
    • Barry's actions in Flashpoint led to the timeline being destroyed and recreated as a nightmarish version of the proper DC Universe, which later left it open to be further twisted by Doctor Manhattan and Pandora.
    • Flash War ended with Barry sending Wally to Sanctuary where upon the shoddy and destructive therapy methods led to Heroes in Crisis.
  • Killed Off for Real: He had a long and prestigious run on this list (for a popular comic book character), in part because he was given a really good death, reversing that death would have undone the heroes' efforts to save the universe, and fans eventually embraced his successor Wally West even if they still wanted Barry back. But 23 years and two mega-crises later, Barry has finally subverted this trope.
  • The Knights Who Say "Squee!": When Barry first met Superman, he asked him to give an autograph on a medal by using his eye-beams. Oh, Barry...
  • The Lab Rat: Trope Codifier for comics since Silver Age.
  • Legendary in the Sequel: His iconic Heroic Sacrifice was remembered throughout DCU during Post-Crisis era.
  • Like a Son to Me: Considers Wally West as one. So much so that he gave his family watch that had been passed down from his own father as a high school graduation present to him.
  • Living Battery: He generates the Speed Force's power with every step he takes. Or so it's said.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: Iris and Wally play a huge role in keeping him functional. Any threat against either is enough to push him into making questionable decisions. When he was being chased by the Black Racer at the end of Darkseid War, his last thoughts before being taken were for Iris, his father and Wally (who somehow managed to connect with Barry from outside of reality itself).
    Barry: A year later, when lightning struck her nephew, Wally West, I didn't have to run alone anymore. I never needed to be the fastest. I just didn't want to be the only one.'''
    • He's this for Wally as a Parental Substitute. Wally was absolutely crushed when Barry died and he made it his life mission to keep Barry's legacy alive.
  • Living Legend: After he came back from dead, he was treated like this by everyone.
  • Loves My Alter Ego: Subverted. Iris was already in love with him as Barry Allen by the time he became Flash. He spent most of his initial run as Flash married to her.
  • Manipulative Bastard: He essentially gets people to keep forgiving him for the horrible stuff he's done, including Wally and Iris who probably have the most cause to hate him for what he did to their lives, because he acts like such a Nice Guy and he apologizes, even if he doesn't actually do anything to make up for his behavior and he keeps making the same mistakes.
  • Mentor Archetype: To Wally West. He loved his role and after Wally finally "graduated", he was even upset. So then the Speed Force granted his wish and made half of Central City speedsters. Oooops.
  • Mentor Occupational Hazard: His death is the catalyst for Wally to come out of his 10-Minute Retirement and become The Flash.
  • Momma's Boy: Barry is almost constantly thinking about his mother no matter what situation he's in. This is lampshaded by telepaths like Gorilla Grodd and Psych
  • Morality Chain Beyond the Grave: Of course he becomes this for Wally when he was dead. Especially when Wally goes on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge against Grodd for paralyzing Hunter Zolomon, Wally says he could hear Barry telling him "enough".
  • My Greatest Failure: Barry feels partially responsible for his mother's death. This irrational guilt has caused him to subconsciously punish himself by distancing Barry from his loved ones, which comes back to bite him.
  • Nice Guy: Barry is the archetypal Silver Age hero, complete with being one of the nicest guys around.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!:
    • Him saving his mother from her death by Professor Zoom caused the DC timeline to collapse, and his attempt to repair it got hijacked by Pandora and Dr. Manhattan, resulting in a Cosmic Retcon.
    • At the end of Flash War, Barry send Wally to Sanctuary instead of helping Wally search for his children or reaching out to the Justice League so they can help. This turned out to be the worst possible thing Barry could've done, as the horribly inept and abusive methods Sanctuary employed caused Wally to have a nervous breakdown that resulted in Heroes in Crisis where Wally accidentally killed 15 people and then framed Booster Gold and Harley Quinn long enough off for him to properly confess and then attempt suicide as atonement. To add further salt to the wound, the follow up Flash Forward shows versions of Irey and Jai West trapped in the Dark Multiverse, implying they can be found.
  • Oblivious to Love: He's really bad at seeing the women that are interested in him until they spell it out to him loud and clear. The worst example would be with Iris West, who was the first to ask him out on a date even before the reboot, and after that she had to kiss him to get her point across. He still can't see her ongoing affections by the way (quite a long story actually) and at this point, it doesn't help that Iris joined him with her Selective Obliviousness.
  • Papa Wolf: Big time for Wally West. After his retirement in the future right before his death, he went back in time to 3 devastating moments of Wally's life just so he could support him through bad times and help him against his enemies. Wally means a lot to him, to a degree not even Reality Warpers can erase the love for his pseudo-son. Hell, when Aquaman questions Wally's sincerity after his return, Barry, who's a Nice Guy remember, threatens him.
  • Poor Communication Kills: Has a major problem with this, which actually gets called out in the Rebirth era by Eobard Thawne as part of his "The Reason You Suck" Speech. In general, Barry's first response to finding out something troubling is to hide it rather than tell the people it affects to avoid hurting them, even though it ensures greater hurt later on. Its noted that he's never told Iris who he is in any timeline or universe, with her instead finding out on her own, and when taking on a protégé, he'll keep them at a distance and withhold his secret identity while making sure he knows their's, something both Wally and Wallace have experienced (though Wally seemed to take it well). The fact he didn't tell Wally about the other speedsters trapped in the Speed Force essentially sparked the Flash War storyline.
  • Parental Substitute:
    • Serves as a father figure for Wally, who never got along with his own parents. The two are quite open about this, with Barry referring to Wally as his son frequently, to the point that his own kids were jealous of Wally. It became a key point in DC Rebirth, where thanks to their strong bond bypassing even reality altering powers, it was Barry's paternal love that brought Wally back into the world from the Speed Force.
    • Bart wanted Barry to be this, but it never worked out before Flashpoint.
    • He's this to Wally West II, mostly as the Flash to Wally's Kid Flash. While their civilian identities get along okay, it's not quite the same. When Barry opens up his identity to Wallace, it actually harms their relationship as the younger West feels betrayed at being lied to for so long.
  • Personality Powers: Subversion, he's generally slow and methodical, which differs him from the other speedsters. If you want an extreme example, go find Bart.
  • Platonic Life-Partners/Just Friends: This is what he claims he's with Iris West after Flashpoint. Did we mention that Barry Allen is terrible at social relationships?
  • The Professor: By far the most overtly intelligent of the speedsters, and a forensic scientist by trade.
  • The Pollyanna: He is an eternal optimist who always sees the best in every situation. He's an easy-going and laid-back person who has huge amounts of patience, understanding, and kindness for most everybody. His life motto is literally "Every second is a gift". Can't get more optimistic than that.
  • Pungeon Master: His usual sense of humor.
  • Retcon: Has been severely overhauled after he came Back from the Dead in order to modernise a very Silver Age hero into the present. He now has a Batman-level tragic backstory, he's depicted having a keen understanding of the Speed Force despite it never being a plot point in his stories, and for a while it was canon that he was actually the source of it. Later on though this last one seems to have been ignored.
  • Replacement Goldfish: Wally West II sees him as a father figure conveniently around the time Daniel West disappears.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: Savvy Guy to Iris West's energetic girl. In fact, that's why Barry falls in love with her in the first place.
    Barry: Really, Iris? I'm the one who should be running to danger...
  • Science Hero: He's a CSI, and uses his speed in creative ways with his scientific knowledge.
  • Ship Tease: With Jessica Cruz (Green Lantern) in Justice League (Rebirth). In a possible future, they have three kids.
  • Shrouded in Myth: When he was dead, he was treated with the utmost respect to a point he was called "Saint" by the superhero community.
  • Socially Awkward Hero: A great contrast to Wally; he is The Fastest Man Alive and yet in his private life, Barry Allen is an introvert at heart who would rather stay in his lab. His lack of punctuality doesn't help him either.
  • Society Marches On: When created, he was intended to be something of a heroic nerd, in contrast to previous heroes, so they made him a police scientist. For nearly 30 years, he was basically treated like a lab geek by the rest of the police. When he was resurrected into a world that knows what the letters CSI stand for, however, he's retroactively seen more death than the Joker, leading to a slightly Darker and Edgier portrayal.
  • Sounds of Science: Usually in the Silver Age, he loved calling his scientific expositions "Flash Facts".
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: While he'll definitely go above and beyond to not kill someone, he will do it if necessary. He's made it clear that, being a cop, he can see it being the only right choice sometimes. However he still doesn't like doing so. In fact killing Eobard, which was neccesary as he had threatened to kill someone, messed him up for a bit and caused him to try to atone for it by going on a spree of lifesaving heroics.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Since his return, Barry started to act more reclusive than he ever was before, especially when it comes to connecting with other Flash Family members. This mindset is what leads to Flashpoint and while this aspect of his character was mostly ignored in New 52, he gained an unhealthy obsession regarding his mother's death. This has become Up to Eleven in the recent Rebirth run, Barry's lies regarding his secret identity pushed people away from him and later on his Chronic Hero Syndrome turned into a new obsession. Even though he states more than once that he trusts Wally as Flash; he avoids seeking out Wally's help in any troubling situation (i.e; Metal event, Thawne's return) and in the recent Perfect Storm arc. he decides to act on his own against Grodd even after losing his powers. This massively backfires on him like Flashpoint did and his questionable decision making is what leads to Flash War in the end.
  • Tron Lines: Post-Flashpoint, Barry's costume now has these. They light up when he's running, but when he's standing still or walking, they're black seams. They also appear to change colour when he is affected by enemies like Captain Cold and Weather Wizard or using a Lantern ring.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Despite Barry originating the 'Fastest Man Alive' name, he's actually the weakest of the main Flash trio of Jay, himself, and Wally. Wally has untapped near-limitless control of the Speed Force, capable of doing things like steal and lend speed, while Jay has a moderate amount of these powers, and it's gone back and fourth if he was faster than Barry or not, but for a while Jay was explicitly faster but had shorter endurance due to age. Going further, he even lacks Jesse's flight and strength, Bart's speed scouts, and generally, Barry only has the baseline 'can run fast and isn't hurt' power. He compensates by knowing enough about science to figure out very creative ways to use his speed, something Jay similarly did.note  Although he is the most skilled of the Flashes and the most creative as well so while not as powerful as his nephew Wally he makes up for it by using his skills and his creative mind to defeat his enemies.
  • Wistful Amnesia: He forgot most of his life prior to Flashpoint but the Speed Force gives him visions from his past life, which eventually leads to him remembering Wally and bringing him back from Speed Force. However Barry still doesn't remember everything in full detail and he feels like something is missing.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: He is known for being always optimistic and hoping for the best in any situation, even when said optimism isn't just unrealistic, but downright dangerous.

    Kid Flash I/Flash III 
Coming from a broken household, Wally's life changes for the better when he meets his idol the Flash. Gaining superspeed from a similar accident, he takes the Kid Flash name and becomes Barry Allen's first protegé. Following Barry's death, Wally decides to follow in his mentor's footsteps and becomes the new Flash. See the tropes related to our beloved Flash on his own page here.


The Kid Flash Legacy

    Impulse I/Kid Flash II/Flash IV 
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Bart in Post-Rebirth era
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A.K.A.: Bartholomew Henry "Bart" Allen II
First appearance: The Flash vol. 2 #92 (June 1994)
Hair color: Brown
Eye color: Yellow

The grandson of the second Flash, Barry Allen, he was the product of the union of the two Feuding Families: the West/Allen family and the Thawne family. He was born in the 30th century, and his connection to the Speed Force gavw him Rapid Aging. He was also abducted by the Earth's government (whose president was his maternal grandfather) and raised in a fast-paced virtual environment where he could mature as fast as he aged. His grandmother, Iris, eventually took him back to present day where Wally West, the third Flash, gave him control over his Super Speed. After this, Bart took up the codename of Impulse, and moved to Alabama where he was raised by Max Mercury. He later became a founding member of Young Justice and close friends with Tim Drake (Robin III) and Conner Kent (Superboy).

After the dissolution of Young Justice, he later joined the Teen Titans. After he was shot in the knee by Deathstroke, he took up the mantle of Kid Flash. After this, he became much angstier than his original fun-personified self. He was later absorbed into the Speed Force during Infinite Crisis to temporarily imprison Superboy-Prime in the Speed Force. He returned, aged four years older, in his grandfather's Flash costume and briefly became the fourth Flash. However, his career was short-lived because his Evil Twin, Inertia, would round up the Rogues and kill him. During the Final Crisis, he was restored back to life, becoming Kid Flash once again.

This wouldn't last long, however, and Bart sacrificed himself to repower his uncle during Flashpoint, all without his uncle's knowledge, and he would be forgotten by the world, much like the rest of the Flash Family, when the universe was altered into its New 52 version. However, after a clash in the Speed Force between Barry, Wally and Hunter Zolomon, Bart would return as Impulse.

  • Achievements in Ignorance: He accomplishes a lot by simply not knowing if something should be possible. In the Young Justice reboot, Amethyst explains how Dark Opal's gem is near impossible to steal, with one of the obstacles in their path being a maddening, Eldritch Abomination. Before she can finish, Bart races off, nabs the gem, returns, proves it's the real deal, and tells everyone that yes, he did see a mind-bending horror on the way.
  • All Up to You: The premise of Bart Saves the Universe. After the time-travelling supervillain Extant tricks the Linear Men into messing up the timestream, Bart is the only one who can stop him since his nature as a Kid from the Future renders him a time anomaly who is unaffected by the Butterfly Effect Extant caused.
  • Anime Hair: it's so large that you can actually pull or pick him up by the hair alone, if you're strong enough. He's quite protective of it, too. Walter West once quipped that it helps cushion him when he falls.
    Farohji (on one particular artist's interpretation of said hair): ...seems Bart's been trying a new hair product or something as his hair goes inexplicably curly-wavy when this guy'snote  penciling.
  • Art Evolution: In his first appearance, he was almost as tall as adult Wally and quite muscular. In later comics, like Young Justice, he's much slimmer and is One Head Shorter than some of his teammates, like Superboy.
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Due to his incredible super-speed, it's hard for anything to hold onto his attention for very long since things are always seem to be moving in slow motion relative to him. The only exceptions seem to be video games, food, and superheroics. Cured when he was kneecapped by Deathstroke, as he read every book in the San Francisco Libary while he recovered, but it came back with a vengeance when he came Back from the Dead in Final Crisis. Notably, all the Flash family display some signs of ADHD, but Bart has it so bad even they find it difficult to manage him.
  • Back from the Dead: After dying at the hands of his Evil Knockoff Inertia, he came back in Final Crisis: Legion of 3 Worlds
  • Beware the Nice Ones: He's quite slow to anger, but do not try to hurt his family or friends, or you will regret it - as the Rival nearly found out.
  • Big Eater: Unless it's raw seafood, he'll eat it, no questions asked.
  • Bland-Name Product: Many of the video games he plays are prone to this trope. In one issue, he was seen playing Poxy Monsters on what is obviously a Game Boy.
  • Brainy Brunette: He's actually quite smart, even disregarding the photographic memory, it's simply that he has the attention span of a goldfish, his thought processes are unlike anyone else's, and he just plain hates schoolwork.
  • Brutal Honesty/Bad Liar: this gets him into trouble more often than not, and when it is truthful, his Cloudcuckoolander tendencies often lead to said situation(s) becoming a Cassandra Truth.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: Wally at first wanted Bart to be his successor as the Flash, but realised that Bart just doesn't care about learning to use his powers.
    Bart: long as theynote  know I can do better, I don't really see any sense in overdoing it...right?
  • Characterisation Marches On: As much as Bart is regarded as the nicest and purest Speedster, he was a total jerk when first introduced, in part because of his VR upbringing left him severely socially underdeveloped. He physically assaulted Wally several times without provocation, resented authority, and held a grudge against Jesse for getting "promoted" above him even though she was trying to be a Cool Big Sis to him. He got better once his ongoing started and his lighter characterisation set in, but a big part of why Wally wasn't keen on mentoring him is how difficult it was for him to tolerate Bart's brattiness.
  • Chest Insignia: As Kid Flash (and the Flash), his Kid Flash symbol was Wally's, but added a red and white circle.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: His non-superhero friends often call him "Daredevil" Allen, in part because of this. Does it look exciting? Screw safety concerns, he'll do it! He will be deadly serious if the situation calls for it, it's just that most of the time, it doesn't.
  • Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: Being who he is, he’s had a long list of these including Max Mercury, Barry, Jesse Quick, Jay, Joan, Cyborg, Beast Boy, Connor Kent and Cassie Sandsmark. Tied for most frequent and prominent minder are Tim Drake and Wally.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: During his Impulse days he's impulsive, ditzy, and can rarely seem to sit still long enough to accomplish anything that's not goofing off. But Bart is a speedster and the fastest boy alive who has saved all of reality on his own on multiple occasions when the Justice League, Teen Titans, and Young Justice are all incapacitated or unavailable.
  • Cutting the Knot: The Riddler tries to make Bart solve his riddles in order to save Max Mercury and diffuse all the bombs around Manchester. But Bart isn't interested and just runs all over the city to find the bombs and deposits them in front of Riddler, neglecting to disarm them first, forcing Max to carry them away while Bart and Riddler are occupied with each other. Then subverted when Bart does end up solving Riddler's last two riddles, taking note of the pieces of paper on the ground to quickly reconstruct the answer with tapenote  and stops Evil Eye from accidentally shooting himselfnote  with Riddler's trick gun.
  • Dead Guy Junior: It's not obvious because both Bart and Barry go by different nicknames, but there you go.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Low-key, since he prefers to be straightforward about what he says, but when it's there, you can't miss it.
  • Ditzy Genius: He's actually pretty good at computer technology and he has the strongest memory in the Flash Family; he can remember just about anything he reads in high speeds. But he's also easily distracted and needs to be coerced into sitting still.
  • Does Not Like Spam: While he'll dig into almost everything, he draws the line at raw fish, which he finds impossible to stomach.
  • Don't Call Me "Sir": His speed clones tend to call him "boss". A Running Gag is that they continue doing so even after he tells them to stop.
  • The Dreaded: To Superboy-Prime, who is absolutely terrified of him and will flee from him on sight thanks to the time when Bart helped throw him into the Speed Force.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: The main reason he read the entire San Francisco Library and became Kid Flash II.
  • First-Name Basis: With Barry, because being called "Grandpa" weirded him out.
  • Freudian Trio: The Id to Kon's ego and Tim's Superego. Lampshaded in Young Justice.
  • Fun Personified: Initially as Impulse through-and-through. When he became Kid Flash, he had some Angst added to his personality but still retained some of his fun factor. The fun factor disappeared entirely when he became the Flash, but when he was revived as Kid Flash, he regained all of his fun from his Impulse days.
  • Hair Color Dissonance: Is it chocolate brown? Light brown? Auburn? Red? Did it get lighter with age? It does at least have an "autumn leaves" theme going for it...
  • Heroes Love Dogs: He has a pet Jack Russell Terrier named Dox, who unfortunately hasn't been seen since Impulse #89.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: In Flashpoint, he sacrifices himself to become the bolt of lightning that gives Barry his speed back.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With both Tim Drake and Conner Kent.
  • Hot-Blooded: He definitely wears his heart on his sleeve.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: When he was aged up and became the Flash. A total 180 from his "normal" portrayal. Fortunately, it didn't stick.
  • Imagine Spot: His thoughts tend to be drawn as pictures rather than written out in words. For instance, while brainstorming a way to beat back Bedlam's powers, his thought bubbles are filled with all of his gaming consoles.
  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness: He's the most selfless speedster you may ever meet. Not even his "saint" grandfather could hold a candle.
  • Intangibility: He and Max practice the ability to vibrate their molecules at super speed to pass through objects. This means that Bart is virtually untouchable unless he wants to be or is caught off guard, and he can penetrate any facility simply by walking through the walls.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: His bond with Max aside, which is more Like a Son to Me, Bart is really close to Linda, Wally's girlfriend-turned-wife; they were often seen playing video games together during family get-togethers, she would play along with his imaginary games, and when Linda was erased from everyone's memories, Bart alone was able to remember her, and thus provided a means for them to rescue her. Joan Garrick once commented that one of the things she loves about Linda is how she has the best ability to manage him.
  • It Makes Sense in Context: One villain's description of his encounter with Bart: "And then he caught all the grenades, and then he took them away, and then he brought me a fish, and then he pulled me into my pocket, and then he made me eat a bracelet, and then he..."
  • Keet: Before his Character Development.
  • Kid from the Future: He's the Wally West's (the Flash III) cousin from the 30th Century, and the grandson of Barry Allen (the Flash II) who had spent a long time in the 30th Century before his death. Bart is also technically also the great-great-great (you know how this goes) grandson of Eobard Thawne (the Reverse-Flash I) on his mother's side.
  • Knee-capping: A victim of it shortly after he joined the Teen Titans. The surgery to remove the bullet was the most painful experience in his life, as he kept burning through the anesthetic.
  • Legacy Character: He's a successor to Wally as Kid Flash and also briefly as the Flash.
  • Long Lost Sibling: To Captain Boomerang II, on his mother's side.
  • Morality Pet: After Inertia was responsible for Bart's death, Bart's memory served as one for Wally; witnessing just how smug Inertia was about his cousin's death, Wally mused that he was fantasing about smashing Inertia against a mountain at well over a hundred miles an hour to kill him in turn, but despite acknowledging that Inertia was "an irredeemable sociopath with Bart's face", his connection to Bart was the only thing that stopped Wally killing him.
  • Motor Mouth: This usually gets him into trouble, since he just blurts it out without thinking (obviously!). How big of a Motor Mouth is he? He annoyed The Joker (albeit a child copy of the original) to frustration! That has to count for something. Young Justice Issue #31, titled "Quiet!", lampshades this, with nearly the entire comic book being devoid of words as Impulse attempts to pester Superboy into hanging out with him before running out to find something else to do, only to be shushed by a movie crew, a librarian's convention, and a bunch of monks who had taken a vow of silence, in rapid succession.
  • Naughty Is Good: Bart is very much a Nice Guy, but he's mischievous, impatient, and a thrill-seeker by nature, causing him to start trouble when he runs off in search of something to do.
  • Not So Different: The main reason him and Wally tend to butt heads so much is they're very alike; impulsive, reckless, quick to anger, and somewhat lacking in maturity, while also having Hidden Depths concerning insecurities and a desire to be respected. These are traits that make it easy to create friction with others, and naturally them both having them causes problems.
  • Pardon My Klingon: In his confusion on arriving in the post-Rebirth continuity, he lets out an annoyed "sprok".
  • Personality Powers: Most definitely! Essentially, he's a complete 180° of his grandfather; where Barry tends to plan things before he acts (and very orderly), Bart will leap into a situation, barely thinking about anything (and very messy).
  • Photographic Memory: He can remember anything he reads at superspeed. He read the entire San Francisco Library to impress Wally once!
  • Plot-Relevant Age-Up: Infinite Crisis did this to him via spending four years in an alternate dimension accessed via the Speed Force, thus turning him into someone old enough to be the new Flash (after spending a while Refusing The Call) while Wally and his family were on another planet. After Inertia put the Rogues together and killed him, but he gers ressurected in Legion of 3 Worlds.
  • Power Incontinence: In the 2006 series, using the Speed Force took a toll on his health. He got over it.
  • Put on a Bus: Died in Flashpoint to repower Barry and hasn't been seen since.
  • Rapid Aging: When he was born, his Speed Force connection did this to him. He was physically a teenager when he was chronologically two years old. His grandmother Iris later took him to the present day in order for Wally to "speed-steal" his Rapid Aging.
  • Red Is Heroic: Less prominent than his grandfather or first cousin, but his costume as Impulse is white with red straight down the torso and legs.
  • Replacement Flat Character: By loose definition of 'flat'. Wally West was portrayed in Post-Crisis as being very impulsive and immature in Barron and Messner-Loeb's runs, though he grows out of it and his impulsive behaviour straightened out. Bart comes along and is everything Wally used to be maxed out - impulsive, reckless, childish, and not at all taking anything seriously. This is repeatedly lampshaded, as Wally specifically cites the fact Bart reminds him of himself as a youth as why he has so much friction with him.
  • Ship Tease: With Ravager in the Teen Titans.
  • Sidekick: Actually defied by him. He initially laughs at the idea of becoming Kid Flash and Wally's sidekick, becoming the independent hero Impulse. When he did become Kid Flash, he still proclaimed that Wally would live in his shadow.
  • Sidekick Graduations Stick:
    • What happens when it doesn't work — he was made Kid Flash II due to Executive Meddling, and both fans, creator and the very writer who was made to do it were extremely displeased, to put it politely.
    • It happened a second time when he became the Flash, again something Geoff Johns was forced to do. Ultimately, it didn't really stick as when Bart was brought back to life in Legion of 3 Worlds, he was de-aged and returned to being Kid Flash, but with his Impulse personality. Later still, when he was brought back in Flash War, he returned to being Impulse.
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes: Another character marker for Bart (who is part of said bloodline); that's why his goggles are the same yellow shade, to hide his eye color (although that hair should've busted his identity right then and there...). Unlike most examples, it serves to enhance his idealistic personality, and Meloni's nickname for him — "Sunshine" — sums it up best.
  • Super-Speed Reading: Capable of doing this and remembering it all.
  • Sweet Home Alabama: He was sent to live in Manchester, Alabama (which is real, despite what Impulse #1 claims) with his mentor Max Mercury (Max specifically chose it for reasons made clear in issue 16). This is deliberate; the series is based off Mark Waid's childhood in the South.
  • Taking Up the Mantle: Initially defied at first when Wally offered Bart to become Kid Flash, as he became Impulse, an independent hero, instead. He eventually took up the Kid Flash mantle when he overheard Jay and Wally's concern that he wouldn't be able to live up to the legacy. Wally also secretly wanted Bart to succeed him as the Flash, something Bart wanted at the time. Years later, he would become the fourth Flash while Wally and his family were gone.
  • Tangled Family Tree: Scion of the Feuding Families of the Flash mythos, and if Zoom's comments are anything to go by, the cause of said feud! I should note that Bart's the main reason people find the Flash family tree so confusing, mostly because of a) time travel and b) he's where most of the important bloodlines converge.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: With his older cousin Wally under some writers.
  • Theme Naming: Skip to Inertia's entry for the full explanation
  • ¡Three Amigos!: With Tim Drake (Robin III) and Kon-El (Superboy). The three were already close friends before starting Young Justice.
  • True Companions: Bart, Kon-el, Tim and Cassie are each others closest and most trusted friends.
  • Tyke-Bomb: What he was supposed to be. Thankfully, he fled before that could happen.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds:
    • How many writers portray his relationship with his older cousin Wally. The two very clearly care for each other a great deal, but both the similarities and differences in them cause them to butt heads frequently and they often get locked into Snark-to-Snark Combat.
    • He also slips into this with male best friends Kon-El/Conner Kent and Tim Drake on occasion, as the three of them enjoy teasing each other a great deal.
    • And Jesse too, who he really loves to be an Annoying Younger Sibling to, but it's clear they see each other as Like Brother and Sister and work together well.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy:
    • Thinks the reason Barry is always busy is because he's uncomfortable around Bart, who just wants to have a relationship with his grandfather.
    • He's like this to the other Flashes, Jay and Wally, as he took up the Kid Flash identity mainly because he overheard their conversation of Bart not being able to live up to the Flash legacy. In fact, long before that, he is absolutely pissed when Wally picks Jesse Chambers as his Flash successor.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Since Infinite Crisis, Superboy-Prime has displayed a fear of speedsters, Bart especially.
  • Yellow Eyes of Sneakiness: Along with fitting the "trickster" personality type, it also serves as a character marker. It's probably why Meloni calls him "sunshine", since he's bright and optimistic - kinda like the sun on a good day, and the eyes reflect that. Only rarely do they turn a fierce red-orange - if that happens, then you know he's not playing around anymore.
  • Younger Than They Look: In a sense. Bart lived an accelerated pace with aging to match. Though he may only be a few years old, he has lived 15-16 years (though the first 12 were spent in a accelerated VR in the future). The trope was completely true once when he suddenly aged to 20 for his brief run as the Flash (he got better.)
  • Your Days Are Numbered: According to Legion of Three Worlds, Bart's brief stint as the Flash was killing him quickly enough that even if the Rogues hadn't done him in, he'd still have died in short order anyway. Fortunately, three Braniac 5s are enough to fix that one, and Bart comes back with a clean bill of health.

    Kid Flash III 
I've been given a shot — the opportunity to be great, super — and I'm not going to screw this up.
A.K.A.: Wallace West III
First appearance: Flash vol. 4 Annual #3 (June 2014)
Hair color: Black
Eye color: Brown

The mixed-race nephew of Iris West. Wally's father, Rudy West (Iris' older brother), abandoned him and his mother shortly after he was born. A delinquent, Iris requests for Barry to take him under his wing so that he could finally have a father-figure in his life.

DC Rebirth updated his character backstory to make him a completely separate character from the original Wally West. Instead of being a race-bent version of him, the two are now distant cousins, both named after their Great-Grandfather. This time it appears that his father is Daniel while Rudy is the original Wally's father. It was later confirmed that he never existed in the pre-Flashpoint universe and his existence is a byproduct of the damage Barry and Dr. Manhattan caused to the timeline.

He would later be kidnapped by Damian Wayne to join the new Teen Titans. The team does eventually form under Damian's leadership, and Wally strikes up a friendship with Raven. He's kicked off the team following his actions in The Lazarus Contract, and went on to join Deathstroke's new team of superheroes, Defiance. It turned out that he was just acting as The Mole along with Tanya Spears (though he somewhat hoped that Slade had genuinely reformed), and returned to the Teen Titans. A Fter Damian's team disbands, Wallace becomes a student at Teen Titans Academy alongside what remained of his team.

  • Affirmative Action Legacy: He's the first black (half-black, at least) Kid Flash.
  • Age Lift: He was introduced as 12 years old, but in Rebirth he's explicitly 16 years old, which makes his relationship to Daniel (introduced as explicitly 23, with the time in between taking up two years at best) all the more confusing. This is borderline Depending on the Writer territory at this point; Deathstroke series and the new creative team of Teen Titans series refer to him as being 14 years old.
  • Angry Black Man: He is prone to lashing out and running away when he's faced with a dire situation. It's one of his main differences from his cousin.
  • Backstory Invader: He was initially supposed to be the Wally West, but due to poor fan reception and complaints of racism over his handling he was made a separate character while the original Wally was restored. Wallace was at first explained away as a cousin of the original Wally, but then it was confirmed Wallace never existed before Flashpoint and he was inserted into the DCU as a byproduct of what Barry and Doctor Manhattan did to the timeline. There's also a good chance most of the memories of Wallace as a child never happened except in everyone's minds.
  • Berserk Button: He has a very distinct dislike of liars. Considering he was lied to for his whole life in regards to who his true father is, and has been lied to and manipulated by others on multiple occasions, it's understandable that he's gained this as a berserk button. Unfortunately, this has started to put him at odds with Barry, who's a bit of a chronic liar.
    • The existence of the Suicide Squad/Task Force X is one as well. Considering that his estranged father died during one of their missions and that they often act as Waller's glorified (and arguably enslaved) hitmen, it's little wonder why he hates even the concept of the group as much as he does.
  • Characterization Marches On: His initial introduction is mostly ignored afterwards for good reason.
  • Chest Insignia: He uses the Bart Allen Kid Flash symbol.
  • Child Prodigy: He's said to be really good with mechanics and cars. At age 13. This is somewhat subverted with Rebirth where Iris says his grades are not well since he became Kid Flash.
  • Contrasting Sequel Main Character: Though he shared the same name as the original Wally West, he has next to nothing in common with him. Unlike his cousin, he ended up with Iris under tragic circumstances, not simply because he was a fan of the Flash, and actually didn't like the Flash at first. He was very anti-authority, grew up in the inner city, and had mild problems with the law, whereas at worst Wally was mischievous as a kid but never got into trouble. He disliked Barry due to Barry being a cop, but the two became closer long before he found out Barry was the Flash, and finding this out actually caused problems for their relationship. And this is all before he went through Divergent Character Evolution.
  • Cosmic Retcon: Between The Button and Flash War, it's revealed Wallace's very existence was the result of Dr. Manhattan's machinations.
  • Covert Pervert: When Slade Wilson discovers his audio diaries, we find out he's been eyeing Terra, Rose Wilson, and Tanya Spears, and specifically points to Tanya's butt. Slade being Slade, he plays the diary in front of the team.
  • Dark Is Not Evil:
    • His original costume design seemed to invoke this. His costume was dominantly a metallic silver and black with red accents and could have believably been put on a villain. Wally, however, was clearly being set up to be a somewhat troubled kid who'd grow into a heroic role rather than a villainous one. This is later averted, as he switches to the classic Kid Flash design post-Rebirth.
    • There's also the fact that he's been depicted with red lightning following him as he runs. As any Flash fan can tell you this is usually a sign of an evil speedster. (The good ones fluctuate between producing either yellow or blue lightning depending on the story.) Wally however is ultimately a good person at heart.
  • Darker and Edgier: When Wallace was intended to be Wally, he was essentially a darker take on Wally, attempting to throw curve balls into the original Wally's character by subverting certain traits he had.
    • Instead of coming from a home where he was emotionally and sometimes physically abused like the original Wally, Wallace comes from a broken home where his dad ran out on him and his mother is killed soon before his introduction.
    • Rather than admiring his cool aunt Iris who is the only positive role model in his life before he meets the Flash, Wallace admires his uncle Daniel, who is a known criminal and later serial killer and supervillain.
    • Where the original Wally was a Flash fanboy, Wallace outright hated the Flash for locking up his uncle, who, let it be reminded, totally deserved it.
  • Dead Guy Junior: Retconned in Rebirth to be named after his great-grandfather.
  • Deadpan Snarker: A trait he shares with his cousin Wally. He's turning out to be one of the snarkier members of the post-Rebirth Teen Titans, which has gotten him in Beast Boy's good books pretty quickly.
  • Decomposite Character: DC Rebirth reveals he's a separate character from the original Wally.
  • Delinquent: In his introduction.
  • Demoted to Extra: Zig-zagged. Wallace was first introduced as the reimagination of the original Wally West above, who is one of the most important members of the Flash family. This faced a huge backlash due to several reasons and so Wallace wasn't used a lot after his introduction, just sort of being a character for Iris to talk to. Later on, DC Rebirth revealed that he wasn't the "real" Wally West but his cousin with the same name instead. Wallace then became Kid Flash and a prominent character in both The Flash and Teen Titans, which is more than he received before. However, Infinite Frontier saw him demoted again, with him being a minor character in Teen Titans Academy and not appearing in The Flash.
  • Depending on the Artist:
    • Currently his eye-color fluctuates between brown and blue fairly often, but the staple seems to be brown.
    • His inconsistent age reflects badly on artists as well, even though he's supposed to be 13-14 years old at best, some draw him as 16 years old and some artists make him come off looking like an adult, standing almost as tall as Barry.
  • Depending on the Writer: A rare justified example. Whether or not he's referred to by his nickname or his full given name depends heavily on whether or not the older Wally is present in any given story. A majority of writers seem to prefer having him referred to as Wallace, but others still have him referred to as Wally when his aforementioned older cousin isn't around.
  • Disappeared Dad: His dad abandoned him as a baby. Retconned post-Rebirth, where it turns out that Daniel West is his father and simply didn't tell him.
  • Family Relationship Switcheroo: He grew up believing Daniel West was his Cool Uncle and Rudy was his father. Turns out Daniel is his father. He didn't take the reveal well.
  • Fatal Flaw: He's very quick to latch onto father figures in his life, and doesn't take it well when they let him down. He severely resents his "father" Rudy when he thought Rudy ran out on him and his mother. When he discovers that Daniel is his father, he's determined to know why Daniel never told him, and he worries that the reason is that there's something wrong with him. He later sees the Flash as his father figure, and is very upset to learn that the Flash is Barry Allen and has been lying to him and Iris. After that, he briefly sees a civilian Slade Wilson as a father figure, and is upset to learn that Slade is the supervillain Deathstroke. At the very least, by the time the Slade thing happens, he's sort of aware of the habit.
  • Flanderization: While Wallace is still as much of a Wide-Eyed Idealist as the other Flashes, he has gotten really cocky and self-absorbed ever since joining the newest incarnation of the Teen Titans. He now devotes half of his attention recording himself during missions to post online. Wallace gets a What the Hell, Hero? from Red Arrow, but he just brushes her off. Whether this irresponsible behavior is a Freudian Excuse for realizing the nature of his existence or a case of Depending on the Writer remains to be seen.
  • Future Badass: His The New 52: Future's End counterpart became the Flash and could time travel under his own power.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: A recurring trend for the kid. He looked up to his uncle Daniel even though he was a criminal, and continued to look up to him even after it was publicly known that he was the Reverse-Flash (this may have been retconned out of his history as of Rebirth). He also thought of Slade Wilson as a nice guy until he found out he was Deathstroke, wherein he thought "not again!" Except it did happen again, because he thought Meena was being mind-controlled by Grodd, despite how little sense that makes. She reveals that, yeah, she was working with Grodd of her own volition.
  • I Hate You, Vampire Dad: He's ashamed of being related to Daniel.
  • Jerkass: Decides to spray paint a city that was almost destroyed in Forever Evil. And when someone tries to stop him, he spray paints him.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: His interactions with Barry have brought out a nicer side to him, and as Kid Flash he genuinely wants to help out. He also harbours guilt over causing Iris trouble but he still has some temperamental issues.
  • Legacy Character: He's the third Kid Flash, after his cousin Wally and Bar Torr.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: A Thawne-possessed Barry reveals to him that Daniel was actually his father and lied to him about being his uncle.
  • Missing Mom: She disappeared during Forever Evil. Very little is known about her and she hasn't been brought up since. Given Wally and Daniel's questionable-at-best state of existances in the timeline, it's entirely possible that she doesn't even physically exist.
  • Mixed Ancestry: Half-African American, half-Caucasian.
  • Morality Pet: Various Rebirth writers seem to be setting him up as being this for his generation of heroes.
  • My Greatest Failure: Future Flash sees Wally's death as his, and it's his motivation for reversing time.
  • Oblivious to Love: He's unaware that Avery has a thing for him. This is despite it being so obvious that Glider notices it and notes to Avery that she's been friendzoned and even Damian Wayne of all people noticing it.
  • Parental Abandonment: Daniel kept his fatherhood a secret from him and Rudy "abandoned" him at a young age. After Forever Evil, Wally's mum went missing too. Poor guy has it really rough in the family department...
  • Race Lift: Originally played straight, then subverted. He was originally a race lifted version of Wally West. DC Rebirth reveals that he's, in fact, a younger cousin of the original who was named after their great-grandfather like the original Wally was.
  • Refusal of the Call: Unlike other members of the Flash family, he kept his powers secret for a while and even refused to suit up until his short-term mentor at Star Labs was attacked.
  • Replacement Goldfish: He becomes Kid Flash as a result of Barry's grief over losing the other Wally West and creating a big Speed Force storm. Barry admits he feels compelled to be his teacher out of love for his cousin Wally.
  • Ret-Canon: When he was supposed to be the original Wally West, the reason he was Race Lifted was because The Flash (2014) had the Wests as a black family.
  • Retcon:
    • When introduced, he's the son of Rudy West and Daniel West is his uncle. After the return of the original Wally, it was retconned that Daniel is his father and Rudy is his uncle, and Rudy is the father of the original Wally.
    • Statements from Eobard Thawne after his memories of the pre-Flashpoint timeline are restored have him refer to this Wally as "New", and implies, just as he actually was from a reader's point of view, in-universe this Wally did not exist before the New 52. That Wally remembers the new version as a cousin is hinted to be further proof that Wally's memories have slowly been tampered with like the rest of the DCU since he left the Speed Force.
    • Flash War undid the retcon that he always existed within the West Family by confirming he was created after Dr. Manhattan altered the universe thanks to Barry.
  • The Reveal:
    • DC Rebirth reveals that he isn't a Race Lifted Wally at all, but a younger cousin to the original Wally and both happened to be named after their great-grandfather.
    • Flash War and statements from Eobard Thawne later reveal the original Wally never had a cousin with the same name in the pre-Flashpoint universe, and his existence truly is a byproduct of what Barry and Dr. Manhattan did to the timeline.
  • Shipper on Deck: Encourages Iris and Barry's relationship, even before he knew Barry was the Flash, in sharp contrast to his cousin. After he finds out about Barry being the Flash, he stops encouraging it, feeling Barry is lying to everyone around him.
  • Sketchy Successor: In and out of universe, Wallace was originally meant to be the Wally West in the New 52, similar to Bar Torr being the new Bart and Earth-2's Jay being the new Golden Age Flash. However, Wallace was just so fundamentally unlike the original Wally, from both his origins to motivations to the reason why Barry tried to be his mentor, that the universe itself actively fought to try and allow the original Wally to escape the Speed Force and take his place back. To put it shortly, the original Wally West was such an iconic and important person that the DCU itself genuinely believed Wallace was not good at being Wally West.
  • Sudden Name Change: Played with. He's referred to as "Wallace" now as to differentiate him from the original Wally West. His name itself didn't exactly go through a change though.
  • Trauma Conga Line: He's a twelve year old kid who was abandoned by his father when he was a baby, whose mother is missing and may even be dead, just had his Uncle Daniel (the only father figure he's had up to that point) carted off to prison by The Flash, and is now living with an Aunt Iris (that he's implied not to know very well) just so he won't be taken by Social Services. And then he finds out his Cool Uncle was actually his father who didn't want to actually father him, and then his mentor in S.T.A.R. Labs gets killed. Wally just can't catch a break. He later finds out he's a cosmic mistake accidentally created thanks to Barry's meddling with time when the Flash Museum of the 25th Century confirms there was never a second Wally West in the pre-Flashpoint universe.
  • Unpleasant Parent Reveal: Finding out your father is Reverse-Flash is already far from being pleasant, but on top of all that his entire family lying to him about his "uncle" and Flash telling him in a belittling manner is too much to go through in a day.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Like others before him, he feels compelled to earn Barry's respect. It really doesn't help that his predecessor is that Wally West so he's aware that the bar in front of him is very high.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: He's developed a very strong sense of morals since his introduction, and is more than willing to call out others, including older heroes who have seniority in terms how long they've been active, on their morally grey actions. Yes, this includes him having called out Wally and Barry on multiple occasions. For example, he's called out Wally's (and by extension, the entire League's) willingness to let the existence of the Suicide Squad slide, as well as frequently giving Barry lip over his chronic lying.

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