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AKA: Wallace Rudolph "Wally" West II
First appearance: The Flash vol. 1 #110 (December 1959)
Hair color: Red
Eye color: Green
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As a child, young Wally West was the biggest fan of the second Flash. One summer, he went to stay with his aunt Iris in Central City, who was dating Barry Allen at the time. Barry then "introduced" the Flash to him, and the Flash then told Wally how he got his powers by setting up a cupboard of chemicals the exact way they were when he got them. In a huge Contrived Coincidence, lightning suddenly struck the chemicals and Wally was bathed in them, giving him the same powers as the Flash. The Flash then taught Wally everything he knew about Super Speed and gave him the identity of Kid Flash. The Flash later revealed he was Barry to his nephew another summer. Wally would later become a member of the Teen Titans.

After Barry's death in Crisis on Infinite Earths, Wally took up the mantle of The Flash. Wally was initially a shameless womanizer and a jerk to most people, but some Character Development and his relationship with Linda Park made him a much more mature hero, even surpassing his mentor in ability. At the same time, he formed a sort of Flash Family, consisting of himself, Jay Garrick, Max Mercury, Jesse Chambers and his cousin Bart Allen.

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After Flashpoint, Wally was still the first Kid Flash, though he was forgotten by the world. This is revealed to be because of Abra Kadabra, who remembered the pre-Flashpoint timeline and wanted revenge. Wiping the world's memories of Wally, Kadabra banished Wally into the Speed Force. Managing to hold onto his identity, Wally also learned of the alterations to the DC Universe's timeline, seeing someone alter the universe to its current state after Barry fixed Flashpoint. This also led to him gaining some of his pre-Flashpoint memories and powers. However, Wally couldn't reconnect to the New 52 Universe until Darkseid's death. Reality was cracked for a moment as a result: and in DC Rebirth, he uses this opportunity to warn the world's heroes about a menace who stole ten years from their lives and changed the world into a Darker and Edgier place. Thanks to Barry's help, Wally is now completely back and determined to save the universe!

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     A-C 
  • 10-Minute Retirement: In the New Teen Titans series, he retired from his Kid Flash persona for several reasons. After Barry's death and Wally regaining his health at the end of Crisis on Infinite Earths, he came back to become The Flash. This part of his career is mostly ignored or modified Post-Crisis by linking it completely to his illness as this characterization of him clashes a lot with his overall personality.
    • He later retired again after his wife's miscarriage, but that was mostly because of the Spectre's Laser-Guided Amnesia and it was also short-lived as well.
    • After being left for dead by "Barry" during "The Return of Barry Allen", Wally also briefly considered retiring.
  • Abusive Parents: Modern interpretations of his character portray Rudy and Mary West as emotionally abusive parents. Depending on the Writer, Rudy West can be even physically abusive. The Flash: Rebirth origin reveals Wally is later taken into custody by Barry and Iris once his parents get a divorce. By the time he's an adult, Wally realizes why his parents acted the way they did, but refuses to bond with them any further.
  • Accidental Misnaming: Early in his run, people are still used to calling Wally Kid Flash even though he now goes by the Flash.
  • The Ace: Amongst Flashes, he has the best control of his powers with the only exception being his vibrational skills after Crisis. He just can't vibrate through solid objects without blowing them up. Depending on the Writer, he can manage it only if he focuses enough because it's not that he can't, his molecules are just charged with an immense power exceeding other speedsters, and it takes a lot of energy for him to control them.
    • Oh and yeah, he's considered to be the fastest of all the Flashes. Even in Rebirth, he stated that he has beaten Barry in a race before, and when Barry recalls it, this was when he was Kid Flash! Supermannote  later tells him that he's currently even faster than he was before. Later still, he manages to outpace Barry again, and Word of God even stated that Wally is the fastest speedster in the DCU.
  • Adaptational Comic Relief: Even though he is a Hot-Blooded Deadpan Snarker in comics, his fame as the "Fun Personified Flash" comes mainly from the DCAU version. It also helped that Kyle Rayner (who is more inexperienced than him) wasn't in the cartoons as a JL member and Wally was paired with the more serious John Stewart instead. His personality in the popular series influenced all speedster characters, such as Quicksilver from the X-Men movies and his mentor Barry Allen's modern interpretations.
  • Adorkable: Not to the extent of his cousin Bart or his mentor Barry, but he still managed to be an adorkable child as Kid Flash during the Silver Age. He carries over his kid sidekick silliness to his Flash persona later on.
    Wally: It worked!! Go Team Flash!
    Barry: And you call me a dork.
  • All-Loving Hero: His life motto. He cherishes every moment he lives in and he owes a lot to his uncle for this outlook in his life.
  • Aloof Big Brother: To Bart.
  • Always Someone Better: For a long time he considered Barry to be better than himself, to a degree that he mentally limited himself to the speed of sound for a while. It took him a lot of Character Development to consider himself as equal to him (or even surpass him).
  • Ambiguous Disorder: During the early parts of his time as the Flash, Wally regularly went to therapy, and while it was never stated, he showed signs of depression.
  • Anthropomorphic Personification: Of the Speed Force, in Kingdom Come.
  • Ascended Fanboy: The biggest fan of Flash II, he later became his sidekick, and later, the Flash III.
  • Attention Whore: Growing up with Parental Neglect, he was more than happy with gaining powers to seek popularity. He had all the media's attention on him, and winning the lottery at age 20 was the cherry on top. In the teams he was in, he sometimes clashed with younger heroes out of jealousy. After he fell in love with Linda, he grew out of his childish behaviors eventually.
  • Audience Surrogate: As an Ascended Fanboy he represents all fans who always wanted to be a superhero. Plays it completely straight in DC Rebirth for the fans who were unsatisfied with the New 52, including the writer Geoff Johns himself.
  • The Baby of the Bunch: As the first Titan to graduate into the Justice League, he is portrayed as the youngest member of the team. In the comic books, even the legendary superheroes like Superman admit Wally's Kid Sidekick and Titans career made him a throughly experienced superhero worthy of standing next to the likes of Wonder Woman and Batman.
  • Badass Boast: He loves giving these and uses it at every opportunity he gets.
    "Keystone is under the protection of a man who can throw haymakers like machine-gun fire...who can create cyclones with a wave of his arm...who can outrun gravity. Keystone is my city."
    To Vandal Savage: People told me I could be as fast as Barry! I just had to believe it! Well, I believe it now! Go on, shoot!
  • Befriending the Enemy: He befriends Pied Piper who later on becomes one of his closest allies. Same goes for Chunk as well, who was Blessed with Suck. Most the of the Rogues develop into Friendly Enemy territory after a while, and even though this was reverted for a while, Wally still admits he doesn't hate Rogues or even his Evil Former Friend Zoom for that matter. He usually seeks out to redeem his enemies and gives them a second chance.
  • Berserk Button: During his period with Justice League International, being compared to Barry, especially by Ralph.
    • In general Barry is a frequent berserk button of his, especially when he was dead. You want a low blow? Bring up Barry and watch how quick things get ugly.
  • Big Eater: During his early days as the Flash, he had to consume high levels of calories to keep going on. Once he became one with the Speed Force, this need was no longer in effect, but Wally just loved eating food, anyway.
    Linda: I thought you didn't need to eat like that any more?
    Wally: I don't need to. I want to.
  • Book Dumb: Played with mostly because this trait changes Depending on the Writer. Wally isn't a scientist like his mentor or the first Flash however he has enough smarts to get himself out of troubling situations. On the other hand, he is a college drop out and usually received as not being smart enough by the people around him.
  • Broken Ace: He is portrayed as one since DC Rebirth. His entire life as the Flash is erased and he's forgotten by his loved ones and yet he is also stated to be connected with Speed Force more than ever now.
  • Big Brother Mentor: Thanks to his Character Development over the years, he manages to be a better mentor to his other cousin, Wallace West.
  • Brains and Brawn: Brawn to Barry's brains.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: He's not really interested in science but he's a pretty damn fast thinker and a very fast learner thanks to his speed.
  • Breakout Character: And how. First created to be a temporary place holder, he managed to keep the Flash mantle for over 20 years. He's arguably the only (ex)sidekick whose popularity holds up equally against his mentor's. Before the 2014 Flash TV show, he was even more popular with the help of his acclaimed cartoon appearances. After his erasure from the DCU, some fans even actively boycotted Flash books and DC to the point where having a Flash discussion without mentioning Wally was impossible. When his initial introduction in the New 52 was received very poorly, DC not only decided to bring him back to continuity in all his glory but also made an entire event centred around his return. Right now he's co-leading Titans (a team he was barely a side character in before, once he became the Flash) with his best friend Dick Grayson to fix the fallout of Flashpoint, the story that wiped him from existence in the first place.
  • The Bus Came Back: DC Rebirth shows the original Wally is still around—and the New 52 Wally is a younger cousin, not a Race Lifted version of Wally.
  • Butt-Monkey: Big time. Wally's had it rough even worse than his predecessors; be it during his career as the main Flash or what comes after. It unfortunately doesn't help that he's been subject to huge Executive Meddling; he's still struggling as a character both in universe and out of universe.
  • The Call Knows Where You Live: This is how his backstory for becoming Flash plays out. Due to health issues, Wally leaves superheroics behind and decides to focus more on things like his college works and his girlfriend instead. Even though he even refuses to suit up for the Crisis, a woman named Harbinger comes to his house along with Jay to give him the news of Barry being kidnapped by the Anti-Monitor, and tells Wally that his powers are crucial to defeating the villain. Wally travels to the Anti-Matter universe with the hopes of finding Barry, but unfortunately for him, it's too late for his mentor...and thus the most iconic Taking Up the Mantle moment happens.
  • The Casanova: With regular women, but he was more a Casanova Wannabe (with Power Girl and Fire) in Justice League International.
  • Cast from Calories: He had to take in high levels of nutrition to recharge himself. He overcame this weakness later but since he was a Big Eater at heart, he didn't stop eating inhuman levels of food.
  • Catchphrase: "My name is Wally West. I'm the Fastest Man Alive."
  • Characterization Marches On: As stated in 10-Minute Retirement above, his overall personality and stable family life in the New Teen Titans series is mostly ignored or retconned Post-Crisis due to clashing with his jovial and friendly portrayal in general.
  • The Charmer: To a degree where his friends nicknamed it "The West Charm".
  • Chick Magnet: Especially right after becoming The Flash, he was considered to be very popular around women. Even after his marriage, women were shown to be attracted to him, like the villainess Cheetah in a Wonder Woman crossover.
  • Coming-of-Age Story: His transition from being Kid Flash into being the Flash played out like this, and his career as the Flash was his transition into full maturity (well, once he met Linda, anyway).

     D-H 
  • Dead Guy Junior: Retconned in Rebirth to be named after his great-grandfather.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Part of his trademark personality. He especially uses a lot of snark in his narration boxes.
  • Demoted to Extra: He was hit with this pretty hard. When Final Crisis brought Barry Allen Back from the Dead, he took the book back from Wally, and although they both remained active as the Flash, Wally only made two appearances in the Flash series after that point & was effectively reduced to appearing in crowd shots.
  • Depending on the Writer: How Wally got his powers, his overall intelligence and the exact reason he was around Barry and Iris so much changes depending on who's writing him.
    • For Powers: The two most common ones are that Barry took him to the Forensics Lab to teach Wally about what he did for a living and by pure chance fate made it so that Wally experienced the same exact accident Barry did, getting his powers as a result. An altered version of this is that the incident is the same, but Barry subconciously manipulated the Speed Force into giving Wally powers, which also accounts for why Wally is the most connected of the speedsters. The most accepted and referred to one from the 2000s onwards is that Barry manipulated the Speed Force into giving him his powers.
    • For his relationship with Barry and Iris: Either he simply lives close by and visits them often, is there for the summer, or was sent there for a time in hopes Iris could "correct" his behavior. Pre-Crisis, they were just his aunt and uncle, post-Crisis, he was adopted by them after his parents' divorce.
    • His intelligence is also the most inconsistent amongst Flashes. Writers like Geoff Johns and Mark Waid prefer to portray him as a college drop out Book Dumb with only his fast mind allowing him to keep up with more complex matters. Sometimes he's a clever boy, but he's not overly interested in a field of science. Some writers show him as an exceptional engineer with huge interest in physics.
  • Despair Event Horizon: The entirety of DC Universe: Rebirth is by far his darkest hour. Especially after Linda tells Wally that she doesn't remember him, he's devastated enough to just go find Barry and speak to him one last time before he's pulled back into the Speed Force.
  • Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: His backstory. Then out of a lightning bolt, everything changed.
  • Determinator: Very very persistent when it comes to fighting and a very stubborn individual in his private life. As long as his loved ones believe in him, he can even beat Death itself to come back home. Even being erased out of reality won't stop him if his loved ones are in danger. This is his driving force after Flashpoint; he refuses to fade into the Speed Force until he manages to bring his message to the world. And when Linda doesn't recognize him, he goes straight into Heroic BSoD until Barry saves him.
  • Dork Knight: More notably during his early career as The Flash.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: After going through sheer hell in finally remembering his true life in the pre-Flashpoint universe and being told he might never be reunited with his children, Wally was taken to Sanctuary to work out his trauma... and then was mercilessly shot to death alongside his childhood buddy Roy Harper off-panel in Heroes in Crisis.
  • Experienced Protagonist: When his Flash run started, he had been through several years of being Kid Flash and saving the world together with Teen Titans.
  • Face Death with Dignity: At the end of DC Universe: Rebirth, Wally loses all his hopes of reconnecting with the universe after finding out his one-time wife and lightning rod Linda Park no longer remembers him. He accepts his ultimate fate of fading into the Speed Force forever and uses his last willpower to give a farewell to Barry. Barry remembers his surrogate son and manages to pull him out of the Speed Force after hearing these words:
    Wally West: Every second was a gift. That's why I won't die in anguish, I'll go with love in my heart.
  • Farm Boy: He grew up in a small town named Blue Valley in Nebraska.
  • Female Gaze: Oh, but of course.
  • Fiery Redhead: Ginger, passionate, stubborn and the most impatient man alive. His biggest weakness is his terrible temper, as he also admits to himself.
    Wally: Superman has Kryptonite, Martian Manhunter has fire...me? I have a temper.
  • First Person Smart Ass: If you are reading a Flash comic starring him, expect his narrations to bring out his Smug Super side.
    Wally: [after throwing Mongul into a sewer pipe] So...do I call the cops or the sanitation department?
  • Friends Are Chosen, Family Aren't: He hates the Wests, with the exception of his Aunt Iris, who he considers the first person to ever love him. He builds a family of his own once he becomes a superhero and cuts all his connections with his parents after that. Before his wedding, he does everything in his power to prevent invitations from being sent to Mary and Rudy, but that doesn't work well for him unfortunately.
  • Fun Personified:
    • Also known as "The Funny Flash". He's always on the thrillseeking side of superheroics unlike Barry and Jay, and he is not afraid of showing how much he enjoys having super speed powers. His portrayal across all media and his youthful touch helped define the Flash in the modern day. If Jay Garrick defined Flash's powers and Barry Allen laid down the basic origin story and the setting, then to many Wally West defined the Flash's personality.
    • As stated by Mark Waid himself:
    Wally is one of the few guys in comics who gets up every morning and says, “My God, I have the greatest job on Earth. I can’t wait to be Flash today.” That is core to Wally’s personality.
  • Generation Xerox: He and Kyle Rayner are this to Barry and Hal Jordan.
  • Go-Karting with Bowser: A famous issue with him features Wally crashing into a Rogues party. Not that they invited him on purpose, but they had fun together neverthless.
  • Good Is Not Soft: A Fiery Red Head with terrible temper is the kind you wouldn't like to mess with. If you harm, or try to harm, any member of his family or True Companions, he will hunt you to the end of creation and thrash you. Very soundly. Examples:
  • Handsome Lech: Before settling down with Linda.
  • Happily Married: With Linda Park before Flashpoint.
  • Have We Met Yet?: In DC Rebirth, he approaches Linda to ground himself back into reality again. Unfortunately for him, Linda doesn't recognize him because she's never met him in this timeline before.
  • Headbutting Heroes: With Kyle Rayner when they were both on the JLA. Wally saw Kyle as a newcomer taking on a very prestigious name, whereas Kyle thought similar of Wally taking the Flash identity. That and they were kinda just jerks to each other. Didn't stop them working with each other pretty well, though.
  • The Heart: First for the Flash family. Later he takes the torch from Barry and grows into this role for the Justice League. Eventually, he becomes the heart for the entire DCU thanks to his brighter personality. During DC Rebirth, it's shown that the DCU became a Darker and Edgier place in the absence of Wally and his return is heavily promoted as the return of the "love, hope and legacy" to DC. In the follow-up Titans series, it's established that he was also this for the Titans, keeping the team together and helping each member with their personal problems.
  • He's Back: Does this several times as the Flash every time he's lost in the Speed Force. The first time, Max Mercury was adamant that nobody could return from the Speed Force, and Wally is the first to do so because of his love for Linda. The second time, he's able to connect to Linda despite her being removed from reality by Abra Kadabra. The third time, he and Linda disappeared and turned up on an alien planet, returning thanks to the Legion of Super-Heroes. DC Rebirth had him lost to the Speed Force thanks to Abra Kadabra once again, but in a meta-sense, he became the pre-Flashpoint Wally complete with his memories, and returned thanks to Barry.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: When he first became the Flash he was rife with this. Never being able to see himself living up to Barry's legacy, he was haunted by nightmares of Barry being ashamed of him and as a result, he mentally limited himself to the speed of sound for a long time. After the famous The Return of Barry Allen story, he was finally able to make peace with himself.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners:
    • With Dick Grayson.
    • His post-Rebirth relationship with Barry is also this. The two are now closer in age somewhat, so there's a general lack of seniority.
  • Hot-Blooded: Out of the 3 main Flashes (Jay, Barry and Wally), he is the one with the greatest passion. Especially when it comes to speed, his eyes see nothing else.
  • Humble Pie: His entire character arc from lottery winner billionnaire turning into blue collar All-Loving Hero is one big journey.

     I-N 
  • Iconic Sequel Character: See Breakout Character above.
  • Inner Monologue: He is the first Flash to use inner monologues. Mark Waid took them to a new level and made them an essential part of the Flash mythos. A huge part of DC Rebirth's critical success owes a lot to his narration as Audience Surrogate.
  • It's Personal: With Hunter Zolomon, the second Reverse-Flash.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: His Fiery Redhead personality usually makes him clash with people easily. After Iris and Barry's deaths, he grew more bitter and started acting out. However Wally is still a Nice Guy at heart and after receiving character development, he became one of the greatest heroes ever.
  • Jumped at the Call: He loved getting the chance to run with the Flash and later be his sidekick. Even looking back on his life, he's always said it's the greatest life he could've asked for.
  • Kid Hero All Grown-Up: One of the most iconic examples in comics today.
  • Kid Sidekick: Started as Kid Flash.
  • The Knights Who Say "Squee!": He's an Ascended Fanboy who got to be on par with Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman. Can you blame him?
  • Legacy Character: Arguably the most successful and the longest lasting one. He's referred as the embodiment of legacy in the DCU to a point that his return was used to mark an entirely new era for the universe that will re-establish legacies.
  • Legacy Immortality: Zig-zagged. He makes Barry's death public right after taking on the mantle, but his biggest reason to put on the costume is to prevent Barry's legacy from being forgotten.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: Linda Park and Barry Allen are his two crutches throughout his life. Only these two are capable of giving him a Heroic Second Wind or a full out Heroic BSoD.
    • Wally himself is one for Barry, to the point of grounding him even from outside of reality when Barry was racing the Black Racer during "The Darkseid War". Later on, Wally's departure for the Titans causes Barry to feel extremely lonely, enough for Barry to seek a Replacement Goldfish in the form of August Heart. Wally is probably the first person Barry shares his loneliness with so he will always be someone special to him.
  • Manic Pixie Dream Boy: A male version. He was this to Linda Park, as she had more fun with her life after meeting him. Though he does move out of this, since she taught him responsibility and how to be an adult.
  • The McCoy: Takes this role in Justice League and Titans when a Bat-characternote  is concerned. Wally is one of very few superheroes who can say What the Hell, Hero? against Batman's face without fear.
  • Morality Chain: He develops into one for Hunter Zolomon, who almost lost everything in his life until meeting Wally. But the chain gets broken irreparably when Hunter is paralyzed by Grodd and Wally refuses to undo it via time travel; thus Hunter takes the fall and becomes his Evil Counterpart.
  • Morality Pet:
    • He has three: the first person to ever love him and his life idol Iris West, his parental figure and mentor Barry Allen and the love of his life Linda Park. The last two also double as Living Emotional Crutches as well.
    • Wally is this for Dick before Flashpoint. Dick's biggest fear was becoming more like Batman and Wally made it his own mission as a friend to keep him in line since their childhood. He helps Dick to recruit the Titans again, even though he's too busy with his JLA duties, just so Dick can be in a more friendly environment.
    • He is also this for the reformed former Rogue, Pied Piper.
  • Mr. Fanservice: He really loves showing off his body a lot.
  • My Greatest Failure: He has two, both involving a Face–Heel Turn:
    • Ex-girlfriend Frances Kane, who he pushed to go into super-heroics but who would go on to become Magenta.
    • Police profiler Hunter Zolomon, because he refused to use Time Travel to help fix his lost ability to walk, and Zolomon would go on to become the second Zoom because of it.
  • Nephewism: After his parents' divorce, he was taken into custody by his Aunt Iris and Uncle Barry.
  • Nerf: During Crisis on Infinite Earths, a blast from the Anti-Monitor's antimatter cannon knocked down his speed from near-light to the speed of sound. However, he was able to regain his speed once Character Development set in.
  • Nice Guy: Par the course for Flashes, though at the beginning of his career as the Flash, Wally was more than a little bit of a dick. He comes around eventually, and was said to be one of the most approachable heroes in the DCU.

     O-S 
  • Opening Narration: "My name is Wally West. I'm The Fastest Man Alive. I'm The Flash."
  • Papa Wolf: To his kids Jai and Iris. When Gorilla Grodd seemingly killed his daughter, he nearly broke his no-killing rule. He also has shades of this to Bart.
    • It’s this trait that is the primary reason for “Flash War”. Wally is so desperate to save his kids from the speedforce that he is willing to potentially risk the timestream itself just to pull them out. More shockingly, when Barry tries to stop Wally, Wally threatens to take Barry’s ability to run away. Mind you, Wally practically worships the ground Barry walks on, and he just threatened to subject Barry to a Fate Worse than Death just to save his kids.
  • Parental Neglect: In the Lighter and Softer versions of his Post-Crisis origins, his parents are not downright abusive but instead too selfish to commit their parental duties.
  • Personality Powers: He is very hotheaded and impulsive.
  • Power of Friendship: A firm believer in this, making a stark difference between him and Barry's Socially Awkward Hero. During his Flash run, he works as a unit with other speedsters and always surrounds himself with his other superhero friends. After DC Universe: Rebirth, the first thing he does is to recruit his old Titans team to fight against the time thief who altered reality. It only makes sense that this guy's BFF is Dick Grayson.
  • The Power of Love: A reoccurring theme with Wally, Linda, and the Speed Force. Until it doesn't work in DC Rebirth. It's Barry's fatherly love for him that saves him this time.
  • Psychosomatic Superpower Outage: His Heroic Self-Deprecation caused him to mentally limit himself to the speed of sound for a while.
  • Really Gets Around: Before his marriage. Within the span of only first 10 issues of his Flash run, he slept with over 10 ladies!
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: When he is paired with Nightwing, he takes on the Red role. He is more sensitive, Hot-Blooded and prone to making emotional outbursts compared to Dick Grayson of all people, which should tell you a lot about his character.
  • RetGone: When it comes to the New 52, he's the one that was most often cited. That becomes a plot point in DC Rebirth, as he tries to come back into reality again.
  • The Reveal: DC Rebirth reveals that this Wally is still around and the New 52 Wally is in fact a younger cousin.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Following Bart's death, the first thing a heartbroken Wally does is to find the one responsible for his death, Inertia. Inertia realizes something is wrong when he turns around and sees a red tornado is chasing him. He goes from shock, thinking Bart's alive to horror when he figures out that he's being chased by the ANGRY Flash. Wally grabs him and just runs across the planet, almost splattering Inertia against a mountain and draining him of every ounce of potential speed in his body, leaving him a permanent statue. Then he places the said statue in the Flash Museum opposite Bart's memorial.
  • Shipper on Deck: Funnily enough, when he first met the Flash, he wanted Iris to dump that loser Barry Allen and get with the Flash.
  • Sidekick Graduations Stick: What you get when it works. When Barry came back, he still kept his identity as The Flash. He was erased out of reality to pull in this effect and it still didn't work - Wally still managed to come back and reclaim his title as the Flash.
  • Significant Green-Eyed Redhead: He's one of the more popular and stronger heroes of the DCU and the fastest of Flashes.
  • Smug Super: Wally absolutely loves having superspeed and can't imagine a life without it, which leads to him being very cocky about his powers in contrast to his mentor.
    His name is Wally West. He's the Flash, the fastest man alive. Unfortunately he knows it too.
  • So Proud of You: After improving himself as a hero and a man, he gets to hear this from all older members of the superhero community at least once, and hearing those words from Barry himself at the end of Blitz is what makes him the happiest.
    Barry: I just want you to know, son...just how proud I really am.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: He loses everything he shared with Linda after Flashpoint and Linda no longer recognizes him, but Wally is determined to win her back, even though it will take a lot of effort from his side.
  • Superior Successor: After letting go off his insecurities, Wally surpasses all the benchmarks Barry had built and evolves the Flash mantle with his discovery of Speed Force. Beyond that, he also attains powers that Barry never had, such as stealing and lending speed.
  • Surpassed the Teacher: After his Character Development, he officially surpassed Barry in speed and abilities; not only did he surpass Barry in speed (even Barry acknowledges this after his return in The Flash: Rebirth), but he gained the ability to steal and lend speed, powers Barry has never acquired (the closest being that Barry can steal Speed Force energy specifically), and was the first person to ever return from the Speed Force.
    • His Wally Kingdom Come incarnation is seemingly the fastest Flash ever, and will probably stay that way given how ridiculously fast he is in it; just how ridiculous you ask? He became fast enough to the point of being omnipresent in Keystone City!
  • Sympathy for the Devil: He frequently showcases sympathy for his enemies, unless the enemy is a complete monster like Eobard Thawne or Joker. However he openly admits understanding for The Rogues and for his friend Hunter Zolomon, who fell from grace by his pain of loss to follow Thawne's steps.

     T-Z 
  • Taking Up the Mantle: After Barry's death, he takes on the Flash mantle.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: Strongly believes in this. In his Kid Flash days, he even testified against Barry for his murder of Eobard Thawne. As an adult, he regrets it and also supports the death penalty, but he still absolutely refuses to kill any of his villains, even Hunter, who not only gave him a clear reason, was a threat only Wally could beat but was literally asking for it.
  • Time to Unlock More True Potential: He started out very slow as the Flash, so he had to work with Star Labs members Tina & Jerry McGee to improve himself. Then later during "The Return of Barry Allen", he met with Max Mercury who helped him understand and use Speed Force more effectively. In the same story, it's established that he could've always been faster than Barry if he wanted to, but he never wanted to one-up his mentor.
  • Time Travel Romance: After returning from being erased from existence, Wally learns the life he's supposed to share with Linda no longer exists. Right now Wally's had an entire life with her, but to Linda, he's nobody but a stranger.
  • Took a Level in Badass: He lost a lot of his speed during the Crisis on Infinite Earths, but he eventually surpassed his mentor in speed along with some Character Development.
    • A negative example of this is that Wally is so badass that upon one particular return to the main DC universe, the Speed Force which Bart had been encapsulating during his tenure as the Flash leaves him. Wally comes back as powerful as ever, Bart is reduced to being powerless at the worst moment possible.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Over the course of years he grows up a lot in many things compared to his time as Kid Flash, and even when he first became the Flash he was a bit of a jackass. He still keeps a little bit of Fiery Redhead in himself though.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Kyle Rayner while they were on the JLA. Wally had issues with Kyle calling himself Green Lantern, and Kyle had a problem with Wally's attitude. They tease each other, but they get along.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: He had it very bad for Barry. Over the course of his Flash tenure, Wally managed to be recognized as an exceptional hero by the entire superhero community and finally earned his So Proud of You by Barry several times. Not only that, Barry also stated that they were equals. D'aaw, indeed.
  • We Used to Be Friends: He was close friends with Hunter Zolomon before he became Zoom. Wally still considers Hunter's fall from grace his greatest failure.
  • What Would X Do?: "What would Barry do?" is a frequent question he asks during his hard times all the time.
  • White Sheep: He and Iris were this for the Wests. By all accounts, the Wests were not a nice family, and the two looked out for each other.
  • Working with the Ex:
    • He dated Magenta when he was Kid Flash, but things ended badly and Wally accepts it's pretty much entirely his fault. When she comes back, they work together for a bit before she reveals her true colours.
    • In Titans: Rebirth, it's revealed that he had a past with Lilith Clay (Omen). Now they are working on the same team together to find who stole time from the DCU.
  • Younger Than They Look: Due to a speed force related illness, teen Wally underwent rapid aging. Physically and mentally he's in his mid twenties. Fortunately the extended lifespan of a speedster means he's not going to have to worry about dying young.
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