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The Flash — a.k.a. the Scarlet Speedster — is a DC Comics superhero originally created by Gardner Fox and Harry Lampert. First appearing in Flash Comics #1 (1940) during The Golden Age of Comic Books, he's The Speedster of The DCU and has been credited as the Trope Codifier of Super-Speed tropes in comics.

The series stars the eponymous character, the Fastest Man Alive, though the title of the Flash has been held by multiple people over the decades. The first person to succeed Jay Garrick, the original flash, was named Barry Allen who would then pass on the mantle to his nephew, Wally West after his death in Crisis on Infinite Earths.

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    The Jay Garrick Era 
The Golden Age Flash, Jay Garrick, was, if not the first, then the most well-known early single-power Super Hero. Earlier heroes were either Superman-style characters with many different abilities, or Batman-style human vigilantes. Jay had exactly one superpower: the ability to move very fast. His Super Hero Origin involved a Freak Lab Accident involving prolonged exposure to "hard water fumes".note  (Later issues retconned this to "heavy water vapor", and later to being the result of activating a meta-gene for which the vapor was a catalyst.) He would also use this ability in creative ways to simulate other superpowers, such as becoming invisible by moving back and forth too quickly for the human eye to perceive.

Jay fought a mix of racketeers, saboteurs, normal criminals with a gimmick, aliens, and super-powered villains. Meanwhile, he also maintained a day job as a chemical research scientist. Jay wasn't always careful to keep up a Secret Identity (notice his lack of any mask), which sometimes caused problems in his relationship with his girlfriend Joan Williams, because criminals would often recognize her as "the Flash's girlfriend". In a pleasant variation from the norm, Joan was in on his secret from the beginning, so readers of the series were spared the typical "can't reveal my secret ID to my love interest" tropes so prevalent in many super-hero comics.

Debuting in January 1940 as the lead feature in the new anthology series Flash Comics, Jay Garrick soon proved popular enough to headline his own solo series All-Flash, and was the third DC hero to do so after Superman and Batman. Beginning in the summer of 1941, originally published quarterly before being increased to bi-monthly, All-Flash had a longer page count and featured either long multi-part stories or several individual stories per issue. The Flash also appeared in All-Star Comics as part of the Justice Society of America, and along with Green Lantern and Wonder Woman headlined the popular Comics Cavalcade anthology series.

While the Flash was one of the most successful DC characters in the 1940s, as the Golden Age came to an end Jay Garrick left with it. All-Flash was canceled with issue #32, Comic Cavalcade was retooled as a non-superhero comic after #29, and Flash Comics was canceled with #104 in February 1949. The character continued to appear in print for two more years as a member of the JSA, but his final Golden Age appearance came with All-Star Comics #57 in February 1951.

    The Barry Allen Era 
The Silver Age of Comic Books could be said to begin when its Flash, Barry Allen, arrived on the scene. In the fourth issue of Showcase, a try-out series for new concepts, DC Comics brought back the idea of the Flash, but gave him a new costume, origin, and secret identity, creating the first Super Hero Legacy Character. Sales took off, and not long thereafter, he gained his own series, The Flash, picking up numbering with #105 where the Golden Age series Flash Comics had left off.

Barry was a police scientist, one of the precursors to CSI-style forensics. On a dark and stormy night, he was working late in the lab. Just as he was standing against a rack of multicolored chemicals, a lightning bolt flew through the window, striking the chemicals and causing them to spill all over Barry, leaving him soaked but unharmed. As he left the lab, he found himself running at super-speed to catch up with a cab, and the Flash was born.

The Flash created many of the features of the Silver Age DCU. In 1961, the story "Flash Of Two Worlds" was published. It featured Barry accidentally crossing the "vibration barrier" between dimensions, and ending up in a world he dubbed "Earth-2", where Jay Garrick still lived, having retired from superheroing after marrying Joan. Thus, the first seeds of the Infinite Earths were planted. He was also a founding member of the Justice League of America.

Along the way, he developed an impressive Rogues Gallery of enemies who commanded incredible technology that always works through a particular theme. For example, Captain Cold had advanced freezing weapons, Heat Wave's fired extreme heat, Mirror Master's mirror-based technology could do a myriad of things and Weather Wizard could control weather itself. Yet, for all their powerful tech, it's a Running Gag that the vast majority of the gallery were really unambitious with them, considering they were content to merely commit simple robberies with them. Gorilla Grodd with his bigger fish, er...bananas, to fry, was an exception, as were Eobard Thawne/Professor Zoom, Cobalt Blue, and Abra Kadabra.

A few years into his tenure, Barry picked up Kid Sidekick Wally West. Wally, the nephew of Barry's fiancée and eventual wife Iris, was visiting Barry at the lab when, suddenly, the Freak Lab Accident repeated itself, showering Wally in electrified chemicals and giving him the same powers. Barry dubbed him "Kid Flash", taking him along on his adventures. (although Wally would never learn that Barry and the Flash are the same until much later)

Barry's career lasted into The Bronze Age of Comic Books, and took on the flavor of the era. Professor Zoom, Barry's Evil Counterpart, killed Iris. Barry grieved, but fell in love again with Fiona Webb; however, on their wedding day, Zoom attacked again, and after a pitched battle, Barry snapped his neck just before he was about to kill Fiona. This led into the The Trial of the Flash arc; at the end, Barry was acquitted, it was revealed that Iris was from the future and had been saved by Applied Phlebotinum, and they moved there together, giving the series a Happily Ever After ending. (Well, unless you're Fiona.)

Unfortunately, happy endings don't last long in comics, and soon, Barry returned, warning the heroes of the Crisis on Infinite Earths. He was kidnapped by the Anti-Monitor, the Crisis Big Bad, but sacrificed himself in order to save the universe from the Anti-Monitor's anti-matter cannon, running so fast that he disappeared from reality itself.

Now, not long before, Wally West had developed a disease that would kill him if he used his powers. During Crisis, he was cured by an energy blast, and after angsting about it for a while, decided to carry on Barry's legacy by becoming the new Flash, which led into the rebooted Flash series.

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    The Wally West Era 
A new volume of The Flash starring Wally began with issue #1 in June 1987. The early issues showed Wally as someone who was young, irresponsible, and not quite ready for the role of an A-list Super Hero. He was egotistical and a womanizer, though it was obvious that he used this to cover up emotional problems. This was the version that the DC Animated Universe Flash was based on.

Wally fought a mix of villains, both those who had antagonised the previous Flashes, such as Jay's enemies Vandal Savage, the Thinker and the Turtle, as well as Barry's enemies, the Reverse-Flash and Abra Kadabra, but also many new villains of his own. Kilg%re, Savitar, Cobalt Blue, Neron, Zoom, Blacksmith, Wally added several new villains to the Flash's enemies list, which somewhat compensated for the fact Wally's charismatic nature and more open-minded view of crime meant he often befriended villains to the point they quit villainy. The Rogues, his uncle's old enemies, all collectively retired, with Captain Cold and Golden Glider becoming loose allies for a bit, and the Pied Piper becoming one of his best friends. However, with the exception of Piper, many of the Rogues slowly drifted back into crime due to finding difficulty getting honest work.

Then Mark Waid came into the series, and things really took off. Wally was increasingly linked to the Flash legacy, and it to him. He started fighting Barry's old villains. Jay was brought back into present-day continuity and began appearing regularly as an elder mentor figure. Iris returned from the future, with a new speedster in tow: Bart Allen, a.k.a. Impulse, Barry's grandson, who had inherited his speed, but had no sense of personal danger or responsibility after being raised in virtual reality. (He originally could not slow down and could only interact with a world that worked at computer speeds; he was later taught to shift gears.) Barry seemed to return, but it was really a complex delusion of a time-travelling Professor Zoom.

Finally, the thing that would forever after define the Flash legacy showed up: the Speed Force. After a trip through time, Wally began to transform into energy. Max Mercury, a Golden Age speedster, explained that Wally had touched a quasi-mystical dimension, "beyond the speed of light", that was the source of all speedsters' powers. Max became the mentor to Wally and later, to Bart. Wally was eventually sucked in, but managed to come out the other side due to the power of his love for Linda.

About this time, other speedsters became regular guest stars, often en masse, forming Wally's "Cyclone Rangers" or "The Academy of Speed", including Wally, Jay, Bart, Max Mercury, and Jesse Quick. Bart spun off into his own, light-hearted series Impulse.

Meanwhile, Wally and Linda got ready to tie the knot. As had become de rigeur for a Flash wedding, something horrible happened, with Linda kidnapped by Abra Kadabra and apparently erased from existence. Without The Power of Love to anchor him, Wally apparently disappeared into the Speed Force after a fight with Cobalt Blue. He was replaced by a Darker and Edgier Flash, a mysterious figure who was trusted by the few people who knew his identity (initially he never took his mask off on-panel). "Dark Flash" was eventually revealed as an Alternate Universe Wally from a world in which Linda had been killed. Eventually, the "real" Wally and Linda returned, Linda having been trapped in Dark Flash's universe and The Power of Love having brought Wally there.

After Waid left the book, Geoff Johns took it in a new direction; Linda's unborn twins were killed by Wally's Evil Counterpart, the new Zoom, and Wally subsequently got the Spectre to wipe everyone's memory of the Flash's secret identity, including his own. Gradually, first Wally then other heroes, then Linda re-learned the truth. Eventually Wally was able to Set Right What Once Went Wrong and use Zoom's own Time Travel powers to restore the twins. Bart, meanwhile, moved from Impulse to becoming the new Kid Flash in the pages of Teen Titans.

In the Crisis Crossover Infinite Crisis, the speedsters attempted to trap Superboy-Prime in the Speed Force, and Wally took Linda and the twins to a peaceful planet the Flashes had been visiting since Jay's time.

One of the biggest features unique to Wally among the other Flashes was just how much he changed and evolved as a character, which stands out in an industry that prefers characters to remain largely the same for the sake of new readers. Not only did Wally shift from a Jerk with a Heart of Gold to a snarky Nice Guy, as well as grow in power, he also grew from an unemployed college drop-out into, eventually, a married father of twins, Irey and Jai. Until Executive Meddling interfered, he was also the best example of Sidekick Graduations Stick and aversions of the Sidekick Glass Ceiling, as Wally had arguably surpassed Barry in icon status. His run had lasted more individual issues (though not actual years of publication), and he was featured in adaptations and even referenced in POP Culture as the real name of the Flash. Between the 90s to the 2000s, if the Flash appeared outside of comics, it was almost always Wally West.

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    The Bart Allen Era 
In the wake of Infinite Crisis, the Speed Force was apparently inaccessible, with Jay as the only active holder of the mantle as one of the leaders of the Justice Society of America. One Year Later, Bart Allen managed to connect to the Speed Force again, and became the new main Flash. He had a brief career before being killed by a team-up of the Flash's rogues, under the orders of his Evil Twin, Inertia.

    The Wally West Era, again 
Wally West returned as the main protagonist of the series, this time with his children in tow. The twins had a Plot-Relevant Age-Up, Iris to around 10 years old and Jai to 8, and both had formed connections with the Speed Force that expressed in rudimentary and erratic ways, giving Iris the power of intangibility and Jai temporary bursts of super-strength. Wally and Linda were teaching the twins how to use and control their powers, in the knowledge that their unpredictable rapid ageing could cause them to have drastically shortened lifespans.

This era also saw Mark Waid return to the series as writer, although he left after just one story arc. The series subsequently changed writers on each new story until it ended with issue #247 in February 2009. The final story arc saw Iris and Jai's aging processes restored to normal as their connections to the Speed Force were finally stabilized.

    Barry and Bart Return 
Barry Allen returned from the Speed Force during Final Crisis. The cause of his return and his place in the DCU were explored in Geoff Johns's miniseries The Flash: Rebirthnote . The series is also noticeable for giving Barry a Darker and Edgier backstory, wherein his mother was killed by a time-travelling Eobard Thawne, and his father falsely imprisoned for her murder. This change has made it to all subsequent interpretations of his character.

Bart came back from the dead and got plot-relevant de-aged in Legion of 3 Worlds. He once again donned the identity of Kid Flash, and made it back to modern times.

As of the end of Blackest Night, the DC Universe was left with the unprecedented scenario of all four Flashes alive and well. Whilst the fandom hoped the writers would take full advantage of this, the opportunity was never capitalized on, with the Flash series focusing on Barry and barely featuring Wally (it was supposed to, but Schedule Slips prevented that), Bart or Jay during the 12 issues of the series. And then Flashpoint happened.

    Flashpoint/The New 52 
Flashpoint saw Barry waking up in a radically different world, and without his powers due to the Speed Force never being created. As the story went on, Barry managed to recreate the Speed Force and teamed up with this world's Batman to restore the damage to the timeline. At the end of the story, it seems that Barry merges three separate timelines (post-Crisis, WildStorm and Vertigo) to create a new multiverse — the New 52.

In the New 52, the franchise has basically undergone a hard reboot. Whilst Barry is still the Flash, he's no longer married to Iris and is now in a relationship with Patty Spivot; and whilst Kid Flash is still around and Bart is still in the suit, he's no longer related to Barry nor are his powers Speed Force-related. As for Jay Garrick, the event also re-established Earth 2, making Jay once again Barry's Alternate Universe counterpart, albeit one who's Younger and Hipper; in fact, he's younger than Barry. Wally West is still Iris West's nephew, but had been de-aged to 12 years old and is now biracial (as a result of The Flash (2014) giving a Race Lift to the West family).

The New 52 also introduced a new Reverse-Flash, seemingly the first — Daniel West, Iris' younger brother. In this universe, Barry never caught Eobard, and it was unclear whether Eobard even existed. He eventually resurfaced, going purely by Professor Zoom, and having an entirely different backstory. Though he is still the person who murdered Nora Allen.

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The Flashes are central to the DC Rebirth relaunch. Thanks to help from Barry Allen, the original Wally West manages to escape from the Speed Force, where he's been trapped ever since the Flashpoint. In the Speed Force, he saw the history of the DC Universe, including the events before Flashpoint and that someone else, not Barry, had merged the timelines and removed various legacies and relationships from the DCU, including Wally West and Linda Park's relationship. Barry and Wally determine to find out who is behind the timeline's changes, and Wally is once again called the Flash. While Barry stars in The Flash, Wally stars in Titans (Rebirth) with the original Teen Titans, now all adults.

The 12-year-old Wally seen in the New 52 is revealed to be a distant cousin of the original, with both of them named after their great grandfather. "NuWally" eventually takes up the Kid Flash identity and stars in Teen Titans (Rebirth).

Barry's book also saw "a Speed Force storm" in Central City empower a number of citizens. At the end of the story, all but one of them is depowered (unbeknownst to Barry) — Avery Ho, a Chinese-American woman who now serves as the Flash of China. See New Super-Man for more.

At the same time, the JSA is explicitly mentioned at the beginning of the relaunch, and the original Jay Garrick's helmet makes a cameo. Jay eventually returned in The Flash #22, the last part of a crossover between Batman and The Flash called The Button. He, like Wally, was trapped in the Speed Force and is aware of the changes to the DCU's timeline, and manages to help Bruce and Barry out. However, unlike Wally, he couldn't return...yet.

Eventually, Wally would return to the pages of The Flash, and a new Flash Family would form, consisting of Barry Allen, Wally West, Wallace West (the original's cousin), Avery Ho, August Heart and Meena Dhawan. At the same time, it is revealed that a villain is orchestrating a plan to destroy the Flash Family — Hunter Zolomon. For tropes relating to this story, see "Flash War".

At the end of that story, Bart Allen would return and go on to reunite with the rest of Young Justice. In the aftermath of the Heroes in Crisis event, Wally received a miniseries, Flash Forward. In the aftermath of Dark Nights: Death Metal, a brief line-wide crossover, DC Future State, featured a new Flash — the alternate dimension, non-binary speedster Jess Chambers.

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    Post-Death Metal 
After the events of the entire Rebirth saga, the multiverse was reborn. Barry Allen receives an invitation to join Justice Incarnate, the multidimensional Justice League. Before he goes, however, he wants to make sure that his universe will be safe, so he entrusts the role of main Flash to Wally West.

For the DC Infinite Frontier initiative, Wally takes over as the lead of the Flash ongoing, while Barry stars in Infinite Frontier, on an investigation through the multiverse. Wallace, now referred to as "Ace West", is a supporting character in Wally's series, as are Wally's children, with a repowered Jai now going by Surge, while Irey eventually became Thunderheart. Avery would star in Justice League Incarnate, where she would take up the mantle as the fifth Flash. Barry, Wally and Bart would be key players in the Dark Crisis event, which would also feature the restored Flash Family, consisting of Jay, Barry, Wally, Bart, Ace, Jesse Quick and Max Mercury. A new speedster would also be introduced to the Flash legacy, Jay and Joan Garrick's daughter from the Golden Age, forgotten by history alongside the rest of that era's sidekicks, Judy Garrick AKA the Boom.

The subsequent Dawn of DC relaunch sees two new titles launching. Wally stars in a new series that hearkens back to The Flash's sci-fi roots, but with a darker bent. A Titans series will also launch, featuring Wally and the rest of the adult Titans. They were later joined by two miniseries, Speed Force which focused on Avery and Ace's adventures, and Jay Garrick: The Flash which focuses on Jay Garrick reconnecting with Judy.

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    Other Versions 
  • Tangent Comics Flash was a young girl called Lia Nelson who was composed of light.
  • A re-imagining of the Flash exists in the Just Imagine... series. This version of the Flash is a college girl called Mary Maxwell who gains super speed after her father attempts to save her from a life-threatening disease that slowly drained her energy, by injecting her with hummingbird DNA.
  • DC even has two Funny Animal versions of the Flash:
    • The first was the Terrific Whatzit, a Golden Age comics character who's a turtle. TW had a power set similar to Johnny Quick's (super-speed, some flying ability) plus super-strength; he wore a costume similar to Jay Garrick's. Later stories showed he lived on the parallel world of Earth-C, and was the uncle of the Zoo Crew's speedster Fastback.
    • The second was the Crash, a member of the JLA (Just'a Lotta Animals) of Earth-C-Minus. The Crash was his world's version of the Flash (the Silver Age version), and thus had the same costume and powers as the Flash. In a variation on Barry Allen's backstory as well as the story "The Flash of Two Worlds," it's revealed that the Crash as a child had read his world's "fictional" comics about (Earth-C's) Terrific Whatzit.
  • The Flash: The Fastest Man Alive: A DC Extended Universe tie-in.

    Other Non-Comic Book Media 

The only times all four Flashes have been on-screen together are two episodes of Young Justice (2010). Episode six of season two, "Bloodlines," features Bart coming to the show's present from forty years in the future, and one by one, he, Wally, and Jay step in to help Barry fight off a villain targeting The Flash. The other episode is the second season finale, "Endgame," where Barry, Bart, Wally, and Jay are among the 40 heroes teaming up to thwart the Reach's attempt to destroy the Earth out of spite. While Jay only appears in a crowd shot, Barry, Bart, and Wally are forced to use their speed to create enough kinetic energy to counteract a "secret" bomb the heroes discovered too late to disarm.

For one of the major Flash fan-sites on the Internet, see Flash: Those Who Ride The Lightning.

Not to be confused with the Adobe Flash platform, or with the Flash Gordon franchise.

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  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Barry is blonde in the comics, but so far, all his Live Action Adaptations are brunettes.
  • Affirmative-Action Legacy
    • Iris "Irey" West, the half-Asian daughter of Wally and Linda Park-West, took over as the new Impulse before Flashpoint. In the alternate-reality series Kingdom Come, she'd also become the new Kid Flash.
    • In the Batman Beyond spin-off Justice League Beyond, the new Flash is a young black woman named Danica Williams.
    • The third and current Kid Flash is half black and half white.
    • Avery Ho, as mentioned above, is Chinese-American and works as a super-speedster for the Justice League of China.
    • Played with, Christina Alexandranova was once given Barry Allen's suit and tried to become the "Lady Flash", but this was on behalf of Vandal Savage, whom had her under his thrall thanks to extensively abusing her with drugs. When Wally West kicked Vandal's ass and freed of his servitude, she briefly became his partner but ultimately fell into villainy. She briefly became something of this to Savitar, starting off as his disciple only to later take over his cult after he betrayed her, effectively taking his place as "Lady Savitar".
    • It's often forgotten that Jesse Quick is effectively this for her father, Johnny Quick, as Jesse is much more well-known. Also, she was very briefly given the Flash mantle, but this was because Wally wanted Bart to take over and figured if he gave it to Jesse, Bart would take his training more seriously out of competitiveness. Neither were exactly happy when they realised this.
  • And I Must Scream: In a move that seems very unlike the easy-going Wally West we've come to know, he subjects Inertia (clone of Bart, a reverse-Impulse, if you will) to an eternal punishment. Rather than simply outright killing him, he uses the Speed Force to slow Inertia down physically to such a degree, that the simple act of blinking would take him hundreds of years. To make the punishment worse, Inertia could still think and see in real time, frozen in the middle of a sprint, and forced to stare endlessly at images of Bart Allen, whom he had previously killed. Wally describes it as being "forced to stare, with eyes that take a hundred years to the ghost of the man he could never be." Inertia had pretty much just killed Bart and was taunting Wally about it, so it wasn't like one could blame Wally for the move.
  • Animal-Themed Superbeing
    • Common reoccurring villains, Kobra and Gorilla Grodd.
    • There was a Silver-Age villain called The Turtle, and there was also a Golden Age villain with the same name, who used his slow and deliberate nature to counter Jay's speed.
  • Anime Hair: The character marker for Bart. Such voluminous hair simply cannot go unmentioned or unnoticed, and yet very few of his non-superhero friends drew the connection! (If they did, they didn't say anything.) It's so large that you can actually pull or pick up the poor kid by his hair alone, if you're strong enough. He's quite protective of it, too.
  • Arc Words: "Every second is a gift."
  • Artistic License – Geography: If the Mississippi River divides Central and Keystone City, Keystone should be in Illinois, not Kansas. It's supposed to be the Missouri River, but a lot of writers get it wrong.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: In one of Jay's first adventures where he fights something other than gangsters, he runs across giant gila monsters in Canada created by mad science and co-opted by gangsters to...rob banks. Never mind that they could have sold the formula that created the giant lizards or sold the lizards themselves.
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Somewhat fitting the nature of their powers, many the Flash Family demonstrate signs of ADHD, with Bart and Wally being the most apparent cases, though Barry and Jesse have signs too. Though it's probably not intentional on the writer's part, this even includes writing non-stereotypical symptoms of the condition, such as Barry's inability to keep track of time (when writers depict this as a genuine character flaw and not something he puts on for his secret identity), Jesse's constant need to be working to the point of overworking herself, their collective short tempers and tendency to both overthink situations and jump in without thinking, and how they were huge fans of their predecessors to the point of having encyclopaedic knowledge of their adventures, demonstrating the "hyper-focus on the things they like" aspect.
  • Author Appeal:
    • Geoff Johns has made it very clear that he hated the Rogues getting powers in the New 52, even mentioning on his Instagram that The Flash 2014's Rogues had weapons "as they should". In a case of Writer on Board, Johns would remove Captain Cold's powers in Forever Evil, and take him from the Flash comics for use in his Justice League run.
    • Mark Waid has gone on record that the main reason he made Abra Kadabra Wally's most recurring nemesis during his tenure was down to the fact Mark Waid just loves stage magicians.
  • Batman Gambit: During Waid's run, Abra Kadabra successfully takes Linda Park out of Time to the extent that literally nobody remembers her with the hope that this would result in Wally being lost in the Speed Force without Linda as his "lightning-rod". After Wally regains his memories of Linda during a trip to an alternate universe and Linda escapes, the two return to their home universe but find that everyone else is basically unable to see Linda. In order to force Abra Kadabra to undo his spell, Wally poses as Eobard Thawne and reinforces how he doesn't believe Kadabra's talk about Linda, anticipating that Kadabra's ego would drive him to undo the spell so that he can prove he scored such a decisive victory over his enemy.
  • Battle Tops: The weapon of choice for The Top, a villain.
  • Berserk Button: Do NOT harm innocents around the Rogues. Especially not if you're part of the team, as Captain Cold will not hesitate to kill you regardless of how loyal you've been to the Rogues.
  • Big Eater: Bart will eat anything and everything that won't hurt him, and maybe some things that would. Unless it's raw seafood. Before the introduction of the Speed Force, speedsters had to consume huge amounts of food to keep their metabolisms in check. Nowadays, they don't, but many writers tend to forget this. Lampshaded when Wally orders a gigantic burger and Linda points out that he doesn't have to eat like that anymore: "I don't have to; I want to".
  • Blessed with Suck: Many of the more modern Rogues have this, in all varieties.
  • Blue Means Cold:
    • Captain Cold has a blue and white outfit.
    • One iteration of Killer Frost and Icemaiden have blue clothes.
    • Tora "Ice" Olafsdotter wears blue.
  • Bread and Circuses: In "Planet of Sport" from All-Flash #31, Jay and Joan are kidnapped along with two Olympians and forced to fight in an alien arena. The leader of the planet invokes this very trope, hoping that his choice of combatants will keep the people satisfied for just a bit longer so they won't turn on him.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Jay would occasionally shill his own book to readers, both in his own comics and in All-Star. He also had the occasional speed records page in which he related then-current speed records and other facts to the reader. In a way, these were the original "Flash Facts".
  • Brought Down to Normal:
    • In his final solo Golden Age adventure, Jay Garrick was Brought Down to Normal by Dr. Clariss, a former college professor at Jay and Joan's old school who had discovered how the Flash got his speed. Clariss had not only worked out how to recreate a form of the hard water formula and gain speed himself (albeit temporary speed compared with Jay's permanent version), but also to reverse the process for Jay who became very slow as a result. Thankfully Jay was able to restore his speed by story's end and defeat the villain.
    • Wally West did this to himself in the early issues of his post-Crisis series. His eventual lack of any super-speed at all for several issues was due to his feeling guilty about how he used his speed and not living up to his idealized image of Barry Allen.
  • Bumbling Sidekick: Winky, Blinky, and Noddy ("The Three Dimwits"), for Jay Garrick.
  • The Bus Came Back:
    • After All-Star Comics ended in 1951, Jay Garrick's 11 year run as Flash ended. Thanks to "The Flash of Two Worlds", The Bus Came Back for Jay after ten years. The success of that story led to many return appearances, as well as the return of many other Golden Age DC characters.
    • After Flashpoint, Wally West was erased from the timeline, Barry Allen was the only Flash on the main DC Earth, and Jay Garrick was recreated as a much younger man on Earth 2. Thanks to Convergence, The Bus Came Back for Wally and his children, as well as pre-Crisis Barry Allen and Jay Garrick. This was only temporary, but it looks like DC Rebirth will permanently restore both to the main DC Universe.
  • Busman's Holiday:
    • Jay and Joan's honeymoon in Las Vegas involves half the JSA showing up to throw him a wedding celebration, and then Jay having to foil the plans of the Thinker, the Fiddler and the Shade. All the while Joan is waiting back in the hotel in her sexy lingerie, but poor Jay is so worn out that he falls asleep on the couch when he finally does make it back to the room for good.
    • Wally and Linda's own honeymoon keeps getting interrupted by Kobra. They eventually pull a Trojan Prisoner to finally stop Kobra from within, and then they learn that the reason Kobra was even able to track them was because their travel agent was actually Lady Flash, playing the Woman Scorned card. Wally eventually settles on a very small deserted island to get away from all the attention.
  • Canon Discontinuity: Great Gazoo Mopee, a "tenth-class Heavenly helpmate" who was introduced in the 1960s as being responsible for the lightning bolt that gave Barry his powers. Mopee was swiftly sent to Canon Discontinuity.
  • Captain Superhero: Some of the Rogues Gallery, namely Captain Cold.
  • Catchphrase
    • Barry, and sometimes Wally, have "Flash fact", said before or after explaining some Techno Babble (or genuine scientific) reason why they can use superspeed to defeat an enemy.
    • "My name is Barry Allen/Wally West/Bart Allen. I'm the fastest man alive. I'm the Flash."
  • Changing Clothes Is a Free Action
    • Simply because he's so damn fast. At one point after he's brought back to life, Green Arrow goes around collecting valuable possessions of his from their hiding spots and notes that the Flash gave all the Justice Leaguers special rings that could hold their costumes for swift changing, but also notes that he was the only one who could use it.
    • Wally would later make his outfit out of the speed force itselfnote . All he had to do was access his powers and it would come on.
  • Character Shilling: The authors admitted as much for Barry Allen upon his return. Since the current fans didn't know him anymore, they had the other characters all talk about how great he was during his reintroduction.
  • Chemistry Can Do Anything
  • Clap Your Hands If You Believe: In the August 1966 issue, Barry Allen starts to fade away from existence once a villain unleashes a ray that causes everyone to not believe he exists. Everyone except a little orphan girl he had helped before forgets that he really exists until he and the orphan girl start a massive letter writing campaign to force people to remember The Flash.
    • This issue is somewhat prescient considering that the DCU contains an actual comic book limbo where characters (often those who haven't appeared in books for quite some time in the real world) go to when people start to forget their stories.
  • Color Blind Confusion: The Rainbow Raider is a gifted painter who's also completely color blind, which hampered his success and eventually caused him to turn to crime.
  • Comic Books Are Real: Barry Allen's first appearance in Showcase has him reading Flash Comics with Jay Garrick on the cover, right before the lightning strike gives him his super speed. Later on of course he actually meets Jay, so what was real in Jay's world appeared in comic book form in Barry's world.
  • Comic-Book Time: Averted with Jay Garrick, who has generally aged in real time. His final Golden Age solo story has his girlfriend Joan musing about 8 years having passed since she found out that Jay was the Flash, which is about the amount of real world time that had passed since the publication of Jay's first issue. When Jay reappeared in "The Flash of Two Worlds", he has grey hair and muses about getting older. He's shown to be older as time passes, though he usually appears middle-aged rather than old, with the exception of Zero Hour where he is aged by Extant to his true age. He goes back to looking middle-aged after that though. In Flash: Rebirth, the Reverse-Flash mentions that he must be close to hitting the century mark. Close but no cigar. Assuming Jay graduated from college at the age of 21 in 1940, that would put his birth around 1919, and thus he'd be around 90 years old when the events of Flash: Rebirth occurred.
  • Coming-Out Story: There's something W.A.F.F. about how Pied Piper came out to Wally. Especially when Wally tried to play it cool and act like he knew the whole time.
  • Continuity Rebooter: Barry Allen is this for the entire DC Universe. His attempt to repair his own personal history caused the Flashpoint reality, and then his attempts to correct that and restore the original timeline led to the New 52 reality.
  • Contortionist: Rag Doll, who is named after a contortion art no less!
  • Contrasting Sequel Main Character: As this is a Legacy Character franchise, each time the Flash has passed the torch, there's been a serious change of pace.
    • Starting with Jay, he's a playful prankster-type in his original adventures. When Barry Allen follows, he contrasts Jay firstly with his This Is Reality introduction establishing Jay Garrick's stories as fiction, then by being a straight-laced, conservative police officer-type who relied more on science to solve his crimes.
    • Following Barry, Wally West was initially a Jerk with a Heart of Gold before maturing into a heroic idealist. He was a Deadpan Snarker who wore his emotions on his sleeve, didn't keep a secret identity, and was a Magnetic Hero who gathered close, loyal friends. He also had a more open mind towards Rogues, giving them a chance to go about their business if they're not hurting others and even help them out if they've got a problem.
    • Bart Allen, upon becoming the Flash, was something of a return-to-form to Barry's tenure, being a would-be police officer, and becoming a far more serious character; it wasn't just contrasting Wally, but also contrasting himself.
    • Wally's return had him now as a father, and though he retained his prior Deadpan Snarker characterisations, his story was now more about fatherhood than strictly just superheroics, and his book was co-lead by his kids, who were very different Kid Hero types than Bart was when he was Impulse.
    • Barry's return came with a completely revamped characterisation and backstory, turning Barry into an angstier figure, tortured by his mother's death. He put on a nerdy, adorkable front, but was still considerably more introverted and self-serious than Wally. He also became, as time went on, more of a damaged Byronic Hero who kept pushing others away and being called on his jerkassery by others.
  • Cool and Unusual Punishment: A hero-on-villain example. Jay would often resort to methods other than punching out the criminal. Once when a group of thugs from a protection racket were harassing a restaurant owner, Jay forced them to eat so much food at super-speed that they all sat around feeling stuffed and terrible and were no further trouble. In another instance he spun a criminal around and around and super-speed, threatening to let him go until the gangster agreed to surrender. Jay was fond of this method of dealing with opponents.
  • Cruel Mercy
  • The Dark Age of Comic Books: Mark Waid's run was highly popular for defying much of the trends of the Dark Age, being relatively lighthearted yet very emotional. The spinoff Impulse bucked the trends even more.
  • Dead Guy Junior
    • Barry and Bart share the same full name (Bartholomew Henry Allen), but it's hardly ever mentioned except in profiles or when Bart's in really big trouble.
    • Wally named his son and daughter after the Golden Age Flash and his aunt, respectively.
    • After Rebirth, classic Wally and new Wally became separate characters and were explained as both being this; Ira West's father was called Wallace, so both Daniel and Rudolph named their sons after him.
  • Deadpan Snarker: All the Flashes have been shown dipping into this at one point or another.
  • Death by Origin Story: This was one of the reasons that Barry Allen stayed dead once his former Kid Sidekick Wally West came into his own as his successor. That's been undone now, though.
    • "The Return of Barry Allen" storyline played with this by having Barry seemingly return to life, 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 a delusional Professor Zoom.
    • Similar to Wally, the death of Johnny Quick is what lead to his daughter Jesse going from hero-in-training to a full superhero, and ostensibly replacing him.
    • Upon returning to life, retcons now have Barry's mother suffer a particularly dark version of this, being brutally murdered by the Reverse-Flash as retroactive revenge against Barry, while framing Barry's father for the deed. Lip service tends to stress that it didn't drive Barry to become a superhero, ostensibly to avert this trope, but rather it's what lead to him becoming a police scientist (which is what lead to his superhero origin, so this is really splitting hairs). But, in practice, Barry has brought up his mother's death pretty regularly since the plot happened, it's what lead to Flashpoint, and solving her murder was given as his mission statement in stories about his early career, so in practice it's still this trope.
  • Death Is Cheap: Barry was the most well-known aversion in comic book history (23+ years)...and then DC Editorial resurrected him in 2008. Permanently, apparently.
  • Demoted to Extra: Wally West after Barry Allen's return. He went from THE Flash for almost 23 years to getting a few background cameos, if that.
  • Depending on the Writer: How the Super-Speed affects their body's health and metabolism, both in terms of their Big Eater status but also their ability to process drugs, poisons, infections, and alcohol. In the former, they either need the fuel, or it's an issue of them digesting food too quickly to the point of always being hungry, or they simply can eat lots of food and so often choose to. In the latter, either they are virtually immune to being drugged, poisoned, or sickened because their bodies process the chemicals and harmful contents super-quickly, making it impossible for them to be downed by this, or they are downed much quicker and harder because the effects hit them faster, but they'll also recover quicker; even moreso, some writers depict it as having the opposite effect and their bodies work much harder to fight it off, but are still going to eventually succumb to it.
  • Disposable Superhero Maker: The shelf of random chemicals that turned Barry Allen into the Flash...until Wally managed to fall victim to the exact same accident.
  • Dodge the Bullet: Nowadays, if a criminal even attempts to fire his gun to the Flash, he deserves to be disposed of really fast (pun intended).
  • Dysfunctional Family: The extended West family, aside from Iris and Wally. Wally says he can't stand any of them aside from Iris (this is prior to Wallace's introduction), while Iris herself talks about her immediate family very coldly, with no fondness for her criminal brother Daniel or scumbag brother Rudy. The West siblings' father, William, was also emotionally and physically abusive. The only Wests who turned out okay are Iris, Wally, Wallace, Irey and Jai.

  • Early-Installment Weirdness: In his origin story, Jay seems willing and able to kill, particularly when it comes to Sieur Satan, the leader of the Faultless Four. In fact, he seems to purposefully scare the villain and drive him to his death via a car wreck. This side of Jay is never seen again as he becomes much more of a playful, prankster type figure. In fact, years later when he tries to kill Malcolm Thawne, its treated as O.O.C. Is Serious Business, eventually revealing that he's been corrupted/possessed by Cobalt Blue's power.
  • Enhanced Punch: In Justice League of America, The Flash fights a speedster called Zum. Once Flash starts thinking of it as a fight rather than a race, he uses his speed to accelerate his body until his uppercut has sufficient force to propel Zum upwards at 25,000 mph. The Flash has the Speed Force to render himself immune to relativistic effects of approaching lightspeed as he runs. Zum lacks that same protection, and thus from his perspective Wally was punching him with infinite mass.
    The Flash: Maybe he is as tough as the Man of Steel. But packing the mass I mentioned—I'm sure he felt that. Wonder how fast he's traveling now. At least seven miles per second. That's escape velocity, by the way. Flash fact.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: While the Rogues are unambiguously villains, they get along well with each other (except for Captain Boomerang) and make a point not to harm innocents, especially women and children (which ends up sealing Owen Mercer's fate in Blackest Night).
  • Everybody Smokes:
    • In his Golden Age series, Jay Garrick is sometimes shown to smoke cigarettes. Given the era that the books were produced in, the 1940s, this would not be unusual. In his re-told origin story in All-Flash #1, Jay even takes a smoke break during the experiment that ultimately gives him his super-speed!
    • His girlfriend Joan also smokes. Jay once tracks down a car she's in because she threw a cigarette out the window. He found it and knew it was her by the rare European brand she favored.
  • Evil Counterpart: The many Reverse-Flashes:
    • Jay has The Rival, Dr. Clariss, a human, and the Golden Age Reverse-Flash, a rarely-seen robot.
    • Barry has Professor Zoom, Eobard Thawne.
    • Wally has Zoom, Hunter Zolomon.
    • Bart has Inertia.
    • Jesse Quick has Lady Savitar.
    • Max Mercury has Savitar (the Savitars are only sometimes included in the "Reverse-Flashes").
  • Evil Orphanage Lady: Miss Pritchard's orphanage in a Max Mercury story set in 1910s New York. Mrs. P hates children, but gets money from the city to raise them. She also gets a cut from child-hating toymaker Archimedes Schott, for supplying him with cheap labour. And then she takes the kids' wages as well. When Schott tells her he's going to burn down his factory, because Max has pressured him into giving the kids more rights, she decides to send them to work that day anyway. (And yes, Archimedes looks a lot like his presumed descendent, Winslow.)
  • Extradimensional Power Source: The Speed Force is an extradimensional energy field that exists outside space and time and grants all speedsters their abilities.
  • Fastest Thing Alive:
    • All of the various Flashes have this reputation—especially Wally West, who in later stories credited as having far surpassed all of his predecessors and any other speedster in the known DC Universe.
    • Technically speaking, Wally's nemesis Hunter Zolomon, (a.k.a. "Zoom") is faster than him, since Hunter manipulates time itself and thus can move himself or others through time on a scale even Wally can't keep up with.
    • The limits of the Black Flash's speed isn't really known, but the Black Flash is one aspect of Death, and it's stated that he'll eventually catch every speedster.
  • Feuding Families: Flash family and the Cobalt Blue line. Bart's a scion of both — and quite possibly the reason for said feud going wildly out of control — which brings this quote:
    Professor Zoom: You have no idea what kind of storm you created for my family. Your very existence disgusts me.
  • Freak Lab Accident: Accounts for Jay, Barry and Wally's powers. With Jay, it was inhaling and absorbing hard water fumes all night after an experiment went wrong. With Barry and Wally, lightning struck a combination of chemicals that splashed all over them.
  • Freeze Ray: Captain Cold
  • Friction Burn: An enemy of Jay Garrick who was capable of bringing fictional creations to life once tried to create someone faster than the Flash in order to defeat him. The poor fictional creation caught fire on the way to attack the Flash and ended up nothing but ashes. Jay explained that if any other man was able to move as fast as he could, the friction would burn them up, but the hard water fumes that had given Jay his speed had also changed his body chemistry and made him immune to that friction.
  • Friendly Enemy: Bart & Wally with Captain Cold and most of the Rogues.
  • Fun Personified: Bart especially as Impulse, and also later in his career.
  • The Gimmick: Just about all of the Rogues Gallery.
  • Grief-Induced Split: Hunter Zolomon and Ashley were a happily married couple who joined the FBI under Ashley's father, Derek, who had a tremendous fatherly relationship with his son-in-law. However, Hunter made an error in judgement on a case that resulted in the suspect crippling him then gunning down his father-in-law; in response, Ashley filed for divorce, and he was let go by the FBI. Heartbroken by both the death and the divorce, Hunter tried to move on by getting a job at Keystone City as the local metahuman profiler even though he still missed Ashley. After an attack by Gorilla Grodd renders Hunter paraplegic, he tries to use the time-traveling Cosmic Treadmill to prevent his injuries from occurring, but an accident occurs that gives him time-traveling powers and makes him insane, transforming him into supervillain Zoom. When Ashley learns that Hunter had transformed into Zoom, she doesn't hesitate to leave her entire FBI career behind to come to Keystone City to take over his former profiler position to help reform him. She makes it clear that she still loves Hunter, regrets leaving him, and swears that she'd help him and never leave him again.
  • Grin of Audacity: Worn often, at least by the DCAU version, who really enjoys his work and is an all-around merry fellow. Golden Age Jay Garrick is much the same, being something of a prankster who enjoys giving grief to the bad guys.
  • Harmful Healing: Impulse's accelerated healing caused him problems when he was shot in the kneecap by Deathstroke— the flesh quickly regrew over the bullet, requiring intensive and painful surgery.
  • Heel–Face Turn: The Flash was one of the first comics to attempt this seriously, and at some point, almost every Silver Age Rogue had attempted to go legit, to varying degrees of success. This was Retconned to be a Heel–Face Brainwashing by the Top, however, who gleefully undid it all during the Rogue War. It's implied that two of the Rogues, Pied Piper and the Trickster, legitimately went straight, though Top's meddling blinded Trickster to the fact that being on the right side of the law didn't mean he was in the right.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Common in the Flash mythos.
    • Barry Allen's classic sacrifice in Crisis on Infinite Earths. It even stuck for a while.
    • Wally West almost kills himself attempting to pull Superboy-Prime into the Speed Force, but certainly managed to finish off his tenure as the mainline Flash save for a brief interlude between Bart and Barry.
    • Jenni Ognats, Bart's cousin and Barry's other grandchild, was heavily insinuated by the Time Trapper in the Legends of the Dead Earth annuals to be destined to eventually follow Barry's example and sacrifice her own life to save the universe during a future crisis. Of course that was two or three reboots ago, now.
  • Hereditary Twinhood: Prior to his death in Crisis on Infinite Earths, Barry Allen fathered fraternal twins—Don and Dawn—with his wife, Iris. It was later revealed that Barry himself had a long-lost identical twin brother who had been Separated at Birth and had been raised by the Thawne family, eventually becoming the villain Cobalt Blue.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: They all have one.
    • Three out of the four are paired with a Green Lantern. Jay and Alan Scott, Barry and Hal Jordan, and Wally and Kyle Rayner are all Flash/Green Lantern Life Partners.
    • Bart has Tim Drake.
    • Wally is also closely linked to Dick Grayson, who was the best man at his wedding.
    • They also play these relationships for all the comedic value they can get, Barry and Green Arrow have a sort of rivalry over Hal, as do Bart and Superboy over Tim.
    • When she meets Kyle Rayner for the first time, Jenni Ognats mentions the enduring Flash-Lantern partnership and uses it as an excuse to flirt him up.
    • As a nod to this, The Multiversity features Red Racer, the Flash of Earth-36, who is gay and in a relationship with his reality's Green Lantern.
  • An Ice Suit: Captain Cold.
  • Impossibly-Compact Folding: The Flash's ring holds his entire outfit inside.
  • Hot-Blooded: Wally West is the most known for it, but this is a trait shared by all the Flashes, except Barry and Max (and even Barry has increasingly became more reckless and short-sighted since his return). Jesse is probably second after Wally, due to being so tightly wound she'd often explode at people when mad.
  • Invisibility: One of Jay's tricks in his early adventures is to use his speed to remain unseen so he can spy on the villains of the story. He's not technically invisible, he's just moving so fast that he's not even a blur any more. He's not in one spot long enough for the human eye to register his presence.
  • Irisless Eye Mask Of Mystery: The Flash is sometimes an extremely rare subversion — his eyes were originally drawn normally under that mask, and this has been mostly consistent between the various Legacy Characters who have taken up the Flash mantle, though Wally once commissioned a version of the suit that had them, after Vandal Savage destroyed all the originals he had left from Barry. He kept it for several years, until he figured out how to create a speed force-based version of the suit which lacked them. His design in the DC Animated Universe plays this trope straight the whole time.
  • Irony: Being the Fastest Man Alive somehow doesn't stop Barry Allen from repeatedly being late.
  • It Began with a Twist of Fate: Jay Garrick, the original Flash gets his superpowers when he falls asleep in a lab, accidentally drops a bottle to the floor, and inhales the vapors thus released. Barry Allen, the next Flash, originally got his powers from a similar lab accident, though this was later retconned so that the origin of his powers is his time-traveling future self.

  • Kid-Appeal Character: The Flash is pretty popular among children, both In-Universe and out.
  • Kid Sidekick: Kid Flash; Impulse was a subversion of this until Didio struck and he was turned into a pod person.
  • Legacy Character: And legacy characters for legacy characters of legacy characters...One of Mark Waid's last big story arcs called "Chain Lightning" revealed that there is a long line of Flashes after the ones we know about pass on. And just as many villains named Cobalt Blue.
  • Let's You and Him Fight: Averted with Barry and Jay's first meeting in "The Flash of Two Worlds". Barry looks up Jay's address in the phone book, goes to meet him, introduces himself, tells his life story, and the two get along famously. They then team up to capture the bad guys with no clash of egos at all.
  • The Lifestream: The Speed Force is often portrayed as this.
  • Living Memory
  • Living Statue:
    • Jay Garrick briefly becomes one thanks to a chemical formula invented by a fellow scientist and stolen by a criminal. And again later on thanks to a magic belt stolen by a criminal. On both occasions he manages to, of course, return to normal.
    • Masters of the Speed Force can do this to others, too, by draining them of their speed to such an extent they're left completely frozen. They're completely alive, but are moving so slowly that it takes a century to even blink.
  • The Load: Mary West, the mother of Wally West, became a particularly notable Load during his early years as the Flash. What are her Load bonafides? Start with the fact that she treats her twenty-something son (with years of superhero experience) like a fourteen-year-old. This leads her to beg Wally not to help people, and basically act unwilling to let Wally out the door at all. She also behaves like a shrill banshee regarding Wally's girlfriends, calling them gold-diggers - even when Wally is dirt poor! She manages to get herself into various dangers due to her own wanderlusts, and she also blindly sets up several dangerous situations by calling villains and giving up important information because "they seemed nice". Readers undoubtedly cheered when she married a European secret agent; you can have her, buddy.
  • Logical Weakness: As stated in the Story-Breaker Power section, Super-Speed of the type granted by the speed force to speedsters is absurdly broken, given just how fast they can move when they want to. Captain Cold maintains the ability to counter them however as his tech revolves around robbing atoms of energy (and thus, freezing them), so being hit by his blasts drains the Flash of their speed. Similarly, the Turtle develops a 'slow field' that slows down everything/everyone around him, including Speedsters, and later, Thawne's 'Negative Speed Force' is shown to have a similar effect.
  • The Masquerade Will Kill Your Dating Life:
    • Subverted with Jay Garrick. His girlfriend Joan knows he's the Flash from early on, and even helps him out from time to time.
    • Completely averted with Wally. When he became the Flash, he didn't hide his identity from the public so every girl he went out with knew who he was. Linda knew who he was long before they met, and it was their working together as superhero/reporter that lead to them developing a friendship and later romance.
  • Meet Your Early-Installment Weirdness: "The Flash of Two Worlds", where Silver Age Flash Barry meets Golden Age Flash Jay in an interdimensional mishap. The major success of this Silver Age story lead right into the annual JLA/JSA crossovers throughout the pre-Crisis era.
  • Meta Sequel: In Barry Allen's origin story, he knew of Jay Garrick's career as the Flash and adopted the Flash identity when he coincidentally acquired similar powers — the meta twist being that in Barry's universe Jay wasn't a historical figure but a fictional comic book character.
  • More Deadly Than the Male:
    • When it comes to female speedsters, though they're rarer than male ones they also seem to have some unique advantages. Christina Alexandrova (Lady Flash, later Lady Savitar), for instance, was also a deadly fighter without her speed, was willing to kill, and later showed greater ability with Savitar's teachings. Jesse Quick can fly with her speed like her father, but also has her mother's strength, and her peak speed is seemingly much higher than her father's (he was never as fast as Jay or Max, but Jesse seems to run at their speed).
    • Golden Glider was shown to be far eviller than her brother, Captain Cold; having less respect for any kind of moral code and much more willingness to hurt the Flash personally, at least when it was Barry. When Wally was the Flash, she also had a Heel–Face Turn, but was far more of a Wild Card than Lenny.
  • Mundane Utility: Well, if you had super-speed, you'd probably use it to get the shopping done too.
    • Averted in the '90s TV show, where Barry's attempt to clean his apartment at super-speed results in an even bigger mess being left in his wake.
  • Mutant: Jay Garrick is the only Flash capable of any Super-Speed without tapping into the Speed Force since he's a metahuman as well. Modern stories have set his "natural" top speed at only the speed of sound, with faster speeds requiring energy from the speed force. However, in his original Golden Age series and as recently as a 1991 Justice Society mini-series, Jay could hit the speed of light on his own. On at least one occasion he went faster than light in order to time travel.
    • This, however, is totally different to how the Speed Force originally worked (maybe due to the Infinite Crisis Cosmic Retcon); at first, everybody with a speed unnatural for his species note  was tapping on the Speed Force, no matter how different their origins were (that's why Jay lost his powers like anyone else when Savitar "stole" the Speed Force). In fact, Invasion!, where the meta-gene was originally introduced, showed Wally as a metahuman too.
  • Myth Arc: "The Flash is to time what Green Lantern is to space", says Geoff Johns. Probably an Aborted Arc now since Johns didn't stay with the Flash after the New 52 began.
  • Natural End of Time: In order to escape the Black Flash, Wally West runs further into the future until reaching this point. As death has no meaning at this point, the Black Flash vanishes.
  • Never Hurt an Innocent: Much of the Flash's Rogues Gallery is like this...most of the time.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero
    • Played with. Peek-a-Boo is an anti-villain, forced out of her job, and abandoned her education and her future to take care of her father. Her powers involve her unintentionally teleporting and accidentally destroying things. Her last ditch effort to save her father is to steal an organ he needs for a transplant, but the Flash stops her and she is arrested. After that she is labeled a rogue and ostracized forever, originally hoping to be a hero, but after all that ends up being a villain instead. In the end Wally was the one who pushed her down this path, but as Wolfe points out she broke the law, and the organ recipient would have died if it hadn't been for him.
    • The Flashpoint timeline, and subsequent New 52 reboot, can largely be attributed to Barry trying to save his mother from dying when he was a kid.
  • Noble Demon: The Rogues. They not only have a code of conduct, but don't allow people to take up another Rogue's identity if the current holder is still alive and don't grant membership just because you've taken up the mantle of a deceased Rogue. In fact, they've been shown to outright stop in the middle of a crime wave because of an unrelated death with ties to the superhero community, have walked away from at least one Villain Team-Up because they weren't interested in taking over the world, and will defend Central City alongside the Flash if need be.
    Captain Cold: Owen. The Rogues don't kill women & children.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: Eobard Thawne a.k.a. Professor Zoom was often seen as a relic of the Silver Age until he was revamped in The Flash: Rebirth and Flashpoint, which saw both his superpowers and his Ax-Craziness ramped up considerably to the point that he's now seen in the same standing as Lex Luthor and The Joker.
  • Older and Wiser: Max Mercury and Jay take this role in regards to the other speedsters.
  • One-Man Army: Jay Garrick was once asked by the tiny (fictional) nation of Kurtavia to help them repel an invasion from rival Nuralia. Jay fights off the entire invasion all by himself.
  • One-Steve Limit: A notable exception.
    • Since 1976, when Jay Garrick began being featured on a regular basis again, there's usually been two Flashes active at any one time, both of them using the Flash name. During the period following Final Crisis up to Flashpoint, this increased to three active Flashes, with two of them in similar costumes. Following the New 52 reboot, it became a lot easier to identify them — Whilst DC gradually reintroduced a second & third Flash, they weren't in the the primary DC Universe & can easily identified as the "Flash of Earth 2/Justice League 3000".
    • This, fittingly, extends to their Evil Counterparts too, but it's not as complicated — whilst there are three Reverse-Flashes, the first & second have the alternate names Professor Zoom & Zoom respectively.
    • Intentionally avoided by the Rogues. Though roughly half of them qualify as a Legacy Character, they make it a rule to never have two members with the same title. They still have Captains Cold & Boomerang, however.
  • Out-of-Genre Experience: Flash Comics #13, in which Jay is dropped straight into a Western.

  • Parents as People:
    • In the late 80s, Wally West's parents were reinvented as much more complex characters, both troubled and having a much more strained relationship with Wally. His father was someone who wanted to get rich as quickly as he could and had very shady morals, and no problem hitting Wally if he thought he needed to be hit (rarely did Wally warrant it), while his mother was emotionally needy and overly dependant on Wally, and would sabotage his relationships and had trouble seeing him as an adult even as she lived off of him. At-the-time it was an attempt at this, as they'd often stress that they do love Wally, but as society changes, a lot of their flaws actually look like outright abuse, his father especially.
    • Jesse Quick's parents are similar. Jack Chambers was very much a Sports Dad who wanted Jesse to become a superhero, putting her through extensive training even before her powers kicked in, that greatly affected her self esteem. Her mother was the opposite, pushing her to study rather and being overly critical of Jesse's choices and mistakes, giving her incredible anxiety. Unlike Wally's parents, neither were straight-up abusive, and it's made clear that they dearly love Jesse and she loves them, but she didn't have the happiest childhood because of it.
    • After Rebirth, Barry and Iris became this to both Wally and Wallace, with it being stressed that they love those two like they were their own sons, but Barry is now a flawed Byronic Hero who tends to undermine Wally and push him and others away, as well as tending to lie-on-instinct and forget about Wallace. Iris meanwhile is better, but she doesn't know how to connect with Wallace as well, or how to help Wally with what he's going through, resulting in this.
  • Personality Powers:
    • Subverted with Jay and Barry, who are generally slow and methodical. However, as a young man Jay was fun-loving and mischievous, often "having a little fun" with friends and villains alike with his super speed.
    • Played mostly straight with Wally, and taken right to the extreme with Impulse!Bart, who'd just run blindly into everything.
    • Barry, since coming back to life, has been significantly more like Bart and Wally, which is noted by Hal Jordan during Blackest Night.
    • In a different way then them, Jesse Quick is depicted as a workaholic who needs to constantly be busy, as well as very studious and an avid reader. All things that super-speed greatly help.
  • Plot Tumor: The Speed Force has so many applications and created so many allies and threats to the Flash that it has quickly become central to the Flash mythos.
  • Power Degeneration: Wally's powers were killing him for a while, bringing his powers down to more reasonable levels. You know, not exceeding the mass of the universe while running, stuff like that.
  • The Prankster: Golden Age Jay Garrick loves to fight the villains of any given story with super-speed pranks and a big grin on his face.
  • Psycho Ex-Girlfriend: Francis Kane, though it has more to do with how her magnetic powers affect her personality than anything else. She and Wally are dating when his series begins, but she leaves in the third issue. After that she shows up sporadically and causes trouble for Wally.
  • Put on a Bus: Has happened to every single Flash at one point or another, for varying reasons. Jay disappeared when super-hero comics fell out of favor at the end of the Golden Age. Barry was killed off during the Crisis. Wally vanished to make way for Bart, then came back when Bart's series failed to catch on, only to fade into the background when Barry Allen came back. The New 52 wrote Wally out entirely, made Barry the sole Flash, and recreated Jay as an alternate universe equivalent. And now Rebirth may change all of that yet again.
    • Most creative changes tend to do away with new supporting characters in favor of new ones. Mason Tollbridge, Chunk, Connie, and Wally's parents completely disappeared when Mark Waid took over from Messner-Loebs, with only Linda and Piper sticking around. When Geoff Johns left, Fred Chyre and Jared Morillo left too. When the New 52 happened, Irey, Jai, and the Flash family all disappeared. From New 52 to Rebirth, almost every supporting cast member disappeared when the creative team's changed, with only Williamson's run keeping any (Wallace, Iris, and Singh). Mark Waid's initial run is the only one that didn't lose anyone when other writers took over (albeit, with Jesse and Max getting something of a Demoted to Extra treatment).
  • Racing the Train: In one issue, Wally is fighting Dr. Alchemy while Linda Park, who had taken a new job in another city, was taking the train and leaving town after giving him a 2:00 deadline to commit to their relationship or not. Wally finally beats Alchemy, solves the case, then proceeds to run down the train, climb on board, and ask Linda to stay.
  • Rags to Riches: Early in his solo run, Wally West wins the lottery and is suddenly wealthy. He goes on a spending spree and takes steps to maintain his wealth, but made the mistake of letting his mom help manage the money. She manages to lose it all. At the beginning of Waid's run, Wally lampshades this by noting that he's been both filthy rich and dirt poor, but notes that currently he's 'somewhere in the middle'.
  • Rainbow Motif: Rainbow Raider
  • Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs: A fun and useful application of Super-Speed powers. The best example probably being in Justice League where Wally slams all the Brainiac out of Lex Luthor.
  • Red Is Heroic: All the Flashes' costumes are red. Even the sidekick Flashes tend to have some red in them, even if it isn't the main color.
  • Reflective Teleportation: Mirror Master uses a Ray Gun that turns any reflective surface it hits into a portal to any other reflective surface. He can also enter into a world of reflections and do a whole bunch of other weird stuff with mirrors.
  • Related in the Adaptation: Live Action Adaptations just love making Jay and Barry relatives. In The Flash (1990), they're brothers. In The Flash (2014), Jay is the Alternate Self of Barry's father from Earth-3. It remains to be seen if the DC Extended Universe will follow suit.
  • Required Secondary Powers: All the Flashes have an invisible aura around their bodies that protects them from air friction, inertia, etc, as they move at high speed. And that's just the beginning. Look at what they can do with the Speed Force, and try to figure out how their powers work.
  • Rogues Gallery: The main Rogues Gallery actually call themselves that. In some continuities, they even have dental.
  • Sci-Fi Writers Have No Sense of Scale: At "A hair's breadth short of the speed of light", Flash saves a population of 532,000 from a nuclear explosion by carrying them one or two at a time to a hill 35 miles away and does this all in 0.00001 microseconds. If you do the math, the result is much faster than the speed of light. Thirteen trillion times, to be precise.
  • Secret Compartment: Barry Allen's iconic ring can open and close to store his Flash costume. He's able to compress it to fit in the impossibly small space and expand it for use thanks to the Speed Force. His protégé and successor, Wally West used one until he learned to create one out of the Speed Force and Bart Allen keeps his with him at all times.
  • Secret Identity: played with from time to time. Wally's identity as the Flash goes public for a long time, something that eventually comes back to bite him. He has the Spectre erase everyone's knowledge of it. Jay Garrick doesn't wear a mask, but he's constantly vibrating his face to keep his features blurry, a fact established all the way back in the Silver Age. No wonder the crooks freak out when he appears.
  • Self-Made Orphan: Evan McCulloch, the second Mirror Master. He was an orphan and end up killing his father by accident in his job as a hitman. As a result, his mother committed suicide. Another Rogue, Captain Cold, confronted his abusive father but couldn't bring himself to kill the he had Heat Wave do it.
  • Serial Killer: Murmur, one of the unashamedly murderous rogues, hates the sound of speech and goes about cutting peoples' tongues out, including his own.
  • Series Continuity Error: In "The Flash of Two Worlds", Jay Garrick tells Barry that he retired as the Flash in 1948. However Jay continued to appear as a member of the Justice Society until 1951 when All-Star Comics abandoned the super-hero format.
  • Sharing a Body: In one issue, The Turtle's centrifugal booster caused The Flash and Kid Flash's molecules to merge, essentially sharing one body, when they ran into each other. Then Jay gets in on the act when all three Flashes willingly merge their molecules together to beat Gorrila Grodd.
  • Shoo Out the New Guy: All the characters introduced in New 52 were hit by this in one way or another.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Sidekick Graduations Stick: Wally is the most successful example. His run as the Flash lasted for over 20 years, he was a founding member of more than half-a-dozen teams, and a regular guest star in many other series. Until Barry came back, Wally was the Flash in the general mindset, something few post-Silver Age legacy characters can claim.
  • Snap to the Side: His rogues' gallery pretty much has to learn this to avoid whiplash.
  • Spectacular Spinning: This is the Top's theory about how to be a master criminal. Tops operate on the same principle as advanced gyroscopes, so they're an excellent way to commit crimes and rule the world, right? It helps that the Top is a metahuman with the power to spin, and completely loony.
  • Spider People: Jay gets accidentally taken to Mars when a friend of his tests out a spacecraft that he's built, and he encounters the giant, hostile Spider-Men (no relation) of Mars there.
  • Split Personality: Rose and Thorn, one of Jay's adversaries. The mild and sweet and blonde Rose transforms into the super-powered criminal the Thorn. Rose is aware of the Thorn, but believes her to be her sister rather than an alternate personality, though Thorn is fully aware of who she is. Alan Scott later marries Rose, believing her to be cured of her split personality, and she becomes the mother of Jade and Obsidian.
  • Story-Breaker Power: As his maximum speed climbs to the upper levels of insanity, Flash actually starts to run into a lot of the same problems as Superman. How does anything challenge someone who can think and react thousands of times faster than even the fastest person? Writers have repeatedly commented that an intelligently written speedster on the Flash's level should be completely unbeatable.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Bart gets a great deal of his mannerisms and appearance from his mother, right down to the crazy hairstyle!
  • Sudden Name Change:
    • Wally West's father was originally named Bob West in all of his Pre-Crisis appearances. Post-Crisis, he was suddenly renamed to Rudolph West.
    • A minor case, but at some point during rebirth Wally II starts going by 'Wallace', no doubt to avoid confusion with original Wally (something that many fans were doing already).
  • Sturdy and Steady Turtles: While not an actual turtle, one of the Flash's foes is a turtle-based villain, complete with super-slowness and a launchable shell.
  • Super Costume Clothier: Debuting in The Flash #141 in 1963, Paul Gambi was a criminal tailor who designed and maintained costumes for the Flash's Rogues Gallery and he may be the Trope Maker. His brother Peter who creates costumes for superheroes rather than villains was later introduced in Black Lightning.
  • Superheroes Stay Single: Averted with all the Flashes except Bart. Jay had a steady girlfriend for his entire solo series, and they got married while "off page" between the Golden and Silver Ages, though post-Crisis comics would set their wedding in 1947. They remained married for over 60 years. Barry married Iris West, and Wally eventually married Linda Park. The New 52 has erased all of those relationships, though as of Rebirth, Wally remembers his time with Linda even if she doesn't.
  • Superior Successor: Quite a few.
    • The Flash mantle seems to get more powerful with each user. If Barry was faster than Jay is Depending on the Writer (some go with him being considerably faster, others state they're about the same or that Jay's faster, but held back by his age and weaker stamina), but Wally is considerably more powerful than Barry. Bart was, during his brief tenure, even more powerful than Wally thanks to having the entire Speed Force in his system, but he lost this after he was killed.
    • The Quicks. Johnny Quick was about on-par with Jay, but Jesse surpasses her father not just in the fact she has more understanding of their powers, but she also has her mother's Super-Strength. In terms of general career notability, Johnny is largely forgotten outside of his role as Jesse's father.
    • Mirror Master are an interesting case. Sam Scudder is the genius who invented the technology, but he was never particularly imaginative with it. Evan McCulloch though never finished school, but what he lacks in scientific understanding he makes up for in imagination, and as it turns out the Mirror Tech is pretty much limited only by the user's imagination. Tl;dr, Evan was scary when he took full advantage of his powers. In New 52 and Rebirth, Evan no longer exists and Sam Scudder is the only Mirror Master...but he's now got Evan's imagination.
  • Super-Reflexes: They all have them, as an obvious requirement to traveling that fast. They also tend to lose them whenever the writers want a Flash to do something like, say, get stabbed by Deathstroke.
  • Super-Speed: Obviously. Flash-type speedsters are the fastest beings in the universe, full stop. Of course, running at superluminal speed doesn't come without risks; the faster you run, the higher the chance there is at being absorbed by/merging with the Speed Force, which is why they tend to keep to "normal" supersonic speeds (~Mach 10 or so).
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes:
    • A quirk of the Thawne bloodline, though not unique.
    • Again, 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.
  • Swiss-Army Superpower: The Speed Force grants Flash-type speedsters an amazing amount of powers...
    • Photographic Memory: Only Bart has the true, "permanent" form; the others can only retain it temporarily.
    • Healing Factor: Barry is nigh-unkillable at the peak of his powers, being able to remain conscious and deliberately reassemble himself molecule by molecule even if he's been disintegrated. In other words, he has "complete control over his molecules," as mentioned every third comic or so back in The Silver Age of Comic Books, and is thus capable of reversing pretty much any sort of attempt to induce Power Incontinence on him. Considering the things he can undo with this power, mere regeneration is simple. One has to assume that this same ability is what's kept Jay Garrick exceptionally hale and hearty for a man who's pushing 90 years old.
    • Super-Strength
      • Infinite Mass Punch: explained by the Theory of Relativity. Though a literal infinite mass punch is only possible for them due to the Speed Force and their aura's allowing them to ignore inertia and any nitpicky "Laws of Physics" that would get in the way. His target, on the other hand, had super speed that didn't derive from the Speed Force, and thus felt every bit of the effects of a ballistic path from South Dakota to the Serengeti.
      • In The Silver Age of Comic Books, Barry Allen occasionally karate-chopped his way through concrete and steel with a single blow. Being able to move his hand at near-light speed made it pretty easy; what was amazing was that the impact didn't shatter his own bones.
    • Speed Lend/Steal (from The Other Wiki): Perhaps his most versatile new power; because the Speed Force governed all motion, Wally could rob objects of their kinetic energy, motion, or momentum — for example, bullets in flight or turning a supervillain into a statue — and use the energy to accelerate himself even faster. He could similarly lend speed to inanimate objects or allies, enabling them to temporarily travel nearly as fast as himself. Bart Allen's future self is shown to also have this ability in the Teen Titans "Titans Tomorrow" story arc.
      • Speed control: if you think you can move that fast, you can.
    • Hammerspace Constructs
    • Time Travel: Barry Allen needed the "cosmic treadmill" to time travel. However, during the Golden Age, Jay Garrick was capable of doing this without the aid of technology by exceeding the speed of light.
      "By vibrating faster than 186,000 miles per second, the speed of light, the Flash is no longer subject to the scientific principles of this planet, no longer bound to the steady flow of time — he can move forward or backward through the time dimension!"
    • Shield
    • Flight: Johnny and Jesse Quick only.
      • DCAU!Flash tried that in the Justice League episode "I Am Legion". Good enough to not die from a high altitude fall, but maneuverability is less than stellar. Wally also used a similar method once in the regular comics to save a flight attendant who had — again — fallen from a plane. Interestingly, this story also indirectly pointed out why Flashes can't really use their abilities to fly like you'd expect - the Required Secondary Powers that prevents friction from affecting them means that they just can't get enough "purchase" on the air to do much more than slow themselves down.
      • An ability Bart would do anything to get. One would wonder why when his current abilities are much more useful; probably representative of his free-spirited personality.
      • Barry couldn't fly, exactly, but he could move his feet quickly enough to create a cushion of air, allowing him to fall from any height and land safely. He could also run straight up the side of a building. He doesn't seem to have ever thought of combining the two to launch himself on a ballistic trajectory (essentially flight of the "single bound" variety).
    • ESP
    • Speed scouts: Impulse gained the ability to create Speed Force clones of himself in the Dark Tomorrow story arc (#73-75); they have his personality, and he also absorbs their memories once they're done. One of them was killed during the Our Worlds at War crossover, and the psychic backlash sent him into a coma; he was eventually forced to use them again during World Without Young Justice. This ability is apparently now forgotten since we don't see it after that, or Bart is still reluctant to use them.
    • Negate Anti-Life Equation...somehow. That was probably more Power of Love than anything to do with the speed force. Considering what we learn later on (assuming it one of the things they selectively kept) about Piper's powers. it could partially be acquired immunity.
    • Self-molecular control
      • Generally used for intangibility and phasing.
      • The most dangerous use? Literal disintegration. As in, atoms scattered all over with no hope of reassembling them. Both Bart and Wally have threatened to use this, but haven't actually done so.
    • Oh yeah, and using itself as a Prison Dimension.
  • Taking Over the Town: This was Blacksmith's plan for taking over Central and Keystone Cities. She had Murmur and Mirror Master attack radio stations and reprogram their antennas to broadcast a mirror shield around the twin cities to prevent anyone from coming in or getting out.
  • Taking Up the Mantle: Wally West steps up and takes Barry's place as the Flash after Barry died during the Crisis.
  • Talking in Your Sleep: Iris finds out about Barry's dual identity this way on their wedding night, but keeps it to herself until Barry finally decides to 'fess up on their first anniversary.
  • Tangled Family Tree: Because of the whole time-travel schtick and Bart's ancestry.
  • Targeted to Hurt the Hero: Barry Allen's archnemesis, Eobard Thawne, goes back in time to kill Barry's mother and to frame his father for it just to torment him.
  • To Catch Heroes, Hire Villains: In a 2016 storyline, the hero's Rogues Gallery is recruited by Central City PD, who have decided the Flash is a menace. The twist is that CSI Barry Allen is assigned to the unit as well.
  • Tornado Move: The Flash does this all the time. He usually uses it to shield others from harm, but he once froze a battalion of demons just with the icy winds.
  • Trauma Conga Line: Poor Pied Piper goes through a lot, highlighted by the deaths of Impulse, Kid Zoom and Trickster. Borders on Bury Your Gays.
  • 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, barely visible.
  • Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny: The Flash vs. Superman races, which, most of the time, would end in a tie. Wally West, the then-current Flash, beat Superman by a slim margin in the first Post-Crisis race between the two, on the basis that Supes is unused to running much as compared to the easier flying option, while that's what Flash does all the time. As the writer pointed out, it would be kind of lame if Flash weren't the best at his only power.
    As of the Flash Rebirth mini-series, all of the races between the two are only close because the Flash let them be close. When Barry Allen really wants to outrun Superman, The Man of Steel might as well be standing still compared to The Fastest Man Alive.
    Barry: You can't stop me.
    Superman: I've raced you before, Barry. I even won some of those races.
    Barry: Those were for charity, Clark.
    (Barry runs off, leaving Superman standing in his wake)
It was necessary to do this due to all the retcons that had happened since the last time Barry and Superman raced. Pre-Crisis Superman really was nearly as fast as Barry and his superior stamina and strength gave him an edge (Barry was able to compensate by vibrating through obstacles Superman had to run around.) However, Post-Crisis, Superman has been considerably slower and with Barry's return they had to explain why the races were close.
  • Vibration Manipulation:
    • A common technique used by speedsters is vibrating one's molecules to become intangible.
    • Another, more deadly ability is vibrating all or part of your body into a Vibroweapon. Wally West has used this power to slice through objects rather than phasing through them and the Reverse-Flash infamously used this power to kill Iris West.
  • Villainous Lineage: Subversions below.
    • Bart happily embraces his Allen side and completely rejects the Thawne legacy (he's a descendant of the first Zoom), and shows zero angst over it. Zoom does not take kindly to this at all.
      Professor Zoom: Your mother may be a Thawne, but your father was an Allen. Your blood is polluted.
      Bart: Look on the bright side, Professor Plum. We're only half related!
    • Meloni (Bart's mother) is the "black sheep" of her family; as someone on Comicbloc said, He [Zoom] didn't factor on Meloni not being a bitch though.
  • Wham Episode: The Blitz storyline, which had two years of continuity behind it, leading to a disturbingly easy Death of a Child, and arguably the most shocking Face–Heel Turn since Terra in Teen Titans. Johns laid out every piece of evidence given out as proof that this was always coming. The introduction comic ends with Wally's close friend, Hunter Zolomon, realizing that he's also capable of moving at superspeed. This, coupled with his irrational belief that Wally wasn't being heroic enough, led him to scratch away a paper with his name on it, leaving only the name "Zoom".
  • What the Hell, Hero?: In the "Ignition" story arc, which takes place immediately after the "Blitz" storyline above, Batman pays Wally a visit to confront him about the mass-Laser-Guided Amnesia everyone has suffered through Wally making a deal with the Spectre to make everyone (including himself, inadvertently) forget his secret identity in the aftermath of Linda's miscarriage at Zoom's hands. However, once Wally gets his memories back (via Batman unmasking himself in front of him), he shows no remorse for what he did, pointing out that he'd suffered a tragedy not unlike Bruce's own issues.
    Wally: I just lost my children, Bruce. I would think you would know what that's like.
(Batman then flashes back to his own parents' murder)
  • Where Does He Get All Those Wonderful Toys?: The Rogues have their very own tailor, Paul Gambi.
  • Willfully Weak: An interesting example where Wally doesn't really realize that he's holding himself back. For years his speed would come and go, and he was limited to two or three times the speed of sound when as a kid he was just as fast as Barry or Jay. It turns out that even though he took Barry's costume and identity to honor him, he was afraid that if he was as good as Barry that he would genuinely replace him and Barry would be forgotten. Once this was pointed out to him by Max Mercury, Wally was able to work past his self-imposed limitations and regain his full speed again.
  • You Fight Like a Cow: Averted when Captain Cold faces his sister's murderer, who co-opted Cold's freeze guns as Chillblaine. Chillblaine tries to start the fight off with a witty pun, but Cold's there for revenge.

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