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With a legacy that spans over 70 years (and that's just real-time), and practically drenched in Legacy Characters, it's no surprise the Flash family has a ton of major and supporting characters.

The Flashes

All Flashes (and by some extension, other speedsters) provide examples of the following tropes:

  • Badass Family: Wally is Barry's nephew-in-law, and Bart is Barry's grandson. Barry also has his other grandkid, XS, and Wally has his children Irey (Impulse II) and Jai. Jay and Max Mercury are often considered to be adoptive grandpas of the West/Allen family.
  • Chest Insignia: Always a lightning bolt, though Jay's has always looked different from Barry, Wally, and Bart's. On top of that, the Kid Flash insignia has alway been red, and since Rebirth, Wally's has changed to resemble his DCAU costume to help differentiate from Barry's costume.
  • Fragile Speedster/Glass Cannon: Very fast, and their punches can hurt thanks to special relativity (called the "infinite mass punch"), but their endurance is simply that of a normal peak-level athelete, but this is mitigated somewhat by their sped-up Healing Factor.
  • Legacy Character
  • Meta Origin: The Speed Force--the quasi-mystical energy source that powers all speedsters.
  • Nice Guy: All four generations of the The Flash (Jay, Barry, Wally and Bart) are easily some of the most decent persons in the DC Universe. Wally can sometimes come across Jerk with a Heart of Gold depending on who he interacts with, but compared to a great deal of other heroes in this universe, he's hands down a Nice Guy as well
  • Red Ones Go Faster: There's a reason The Flash is called the "Scarlet Speedster"
  • Super Speed: But of course, and it's not just limited to running; all Flashes and similar speedsters can move any part of them fast down to the molecular level, making their Super Speed a Swiss Army Superpower, which gives them the following abilities:
    • Blow You Away: Manifests either as them running in small circles very quickly to create a large vortex, or by spinning their arms quickly to create a smaller vortex.
    • Healing Factor: Their ability to heal is sped up. It explains why Barry was able to quickly recover from being doused in several harmful chemicals. However, this was detrimental to Bart during his Kneecapping at the hands of Deathstroke.
    • Intangible Man: In the Silver Age, by rapidly vibrating their molecules, they could be intangible for short bursts of time. Wally would later lose this ability, but his run into the Speed Force replaced it with the ability to disintegrate anything he vibrates through.
    • Invisibility: They can vibrate so fast that they can't be seen.
    • Megaton Punch: Taken Up to Eleven due to special relativity, as because the Flashes can punch past the speed of light, their fists attain infinite mass.
    • Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs
    • Super Intelligence: It's not used or noticed frequently by the Flashes, but their brain processes are also sped up. This notably allows them the ability of Super Speed Reading.
    • Super Senses/Super Reflexes: While running at Super Speed, they can see, hear, and smell anything as easily as they can as a normal human can at normal speed.

The Flash I

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

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

Like all Golden Age DC heroes, he was originally an inhabitant of Earth-2 in pre-Crisis on Infinite Earths continuity. In fact, he was the first Golden Age hero to meet his Earth-1 Silver Age counterpart, Barry Allen. After the Crisis, the history of his world was merged with that of Earth-1 to create New Earth, and his history was folded over into the new continuity. Since the New 52 reboot and the recreation of Earth-2 he is once again Barry's Alternate Universe counterpart.

The Flash II

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Do what you have to... we must save the world. We must save the world...
AKA: Bartholomew "Barry" Allen
First appearance: Showcase #4 (October 1956)
Hair color: Blond
Eye color: Blue

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

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

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

Barry's friends later learned, however, that his spirit had been absorbed into the Speed Force, the quasi-mystic source of all speedsters' powers. During Final Crisis, when Darkseid conquered the Earth, through sheer force of will[1], Barry re-incorporated his body to stop the evil god and rejoined the living. Today, Barry is running strong yet again as the living incarnation of the Speed Force. The Flash lives again!

  • Anthropomorphic Personification: Of the Speed Force, depending on how you interpret Rebirth #4.
  • Ascended Fanboy: He was a fan of the Flash (Jay Garrick) who became... the second Flash.
  • Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: His death in Crisis on Infinite Earths was eventually retconned into him merging with the Speed Force permanently. Word of God says that this was to set him up for coming Back from the Dead should DC want to do so. He later made a brief appearance in Infinite Crisis where he helped his grandson imprison Superboy-Prime in the Speed Force, and he permanently came back in Final Crisis.
  • Blue Eyes
  • Breakout Character: He's credited for kick starting the Silver Age.
  • Darker and Edgier: Not originally but when he came back from the dead, his past included his dad being falsely arrested for the death of his mother, which turned out to be a deliberate result of his greatest villain retconning his past.
  • Death Is Cheap: The textbook aversion... if you call 23 years an aversion. Oh well, it's as good as you're going to get for the vanguard of the Silver Age.
  • Dying Moment of Awesome: Saved the remainder of the Multiverse by turning taking using one villain to brainwash a bunch of other villains into attacking the Big Bad and destroying the Big Bad's greatest weapon.
  • Eagle-Eye Detection: Part of his job as a CSI. It's also how he figured out that Professor Zoom, not Clive Yorkin, was responsible for Iris's death (of course, she wasn't really dead, but that's another story).
  • From a Single Cell: Can reconstitute himself from such extreme fates as being turned into a puddle of tar or a cloud of water vapor.
  • Hair of Gold (please, lose the crewcut)
  • Happily Married: Until the "New 52" reboot got rid of Iris West entirely.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: This is why he was left dead for so long, because everyone feared that a resurrection would completely undo its emotional value.
  • Heterosexual Life Partners: With Hal "Green Lantern" Jordan.
  • Hot Dad: He's lookin' pretty good for a grandfather. (Of course, that's because of time travel...)
  • Insistent Terminology: Tells Bart to call him Barry instead of Grandpa, as it weirded him out.
  • Killed Off for Real: See above.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Him saving his mother from her death by Professor Zoom caused the DC timeline to collapse. He wasn't even able to entirely fix it, causing a Cosmic Retcon.
  • Personality Powers: Subversion, he's generally slow and methodical. You want an extreme example, go find Bart. That said, he does seem to be picking up some of Wally's and Bart's personality quirks since his resurrection. His new since of urgency comes from having died.
  • The Professor: By far the most overtly intelligent of the Flashes, and a forensic scientist by trade.
  • Silver Age: The reason it exists[2]
    • Which was part of the reason he was killed in Crisis. Since his arrival started the Silver Age, his death was to mark the end of it (though really it took place circa the end of the Bronze Age.)
  • Science Hero: He's a CSI scientist, and uses his speed in creative ways with his science knowledge.
  • Society Marches On: When created, he was intended to be something of an heroic nerd, in contrast to previous heroes, so they made him a police scientist. For nearly 30 years, he was basically treated like a lab geek by the rest of the police. When he was resurrected into a world that knows what the letters CSI stand for, however, he's retroactively seen more death than the Joker, leading to a slightly Darker and Edgier portrayal.

Kid Flash I / The Flash III

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Jay, I am no longer Kid Flash. From this day forth-- The Flash lives again!
AKA: Wallace "Wally" West
First appearance: The Flash vol. 1 #110 (December 1959)
Hair color: Red-gold
Eye color: Green

As a child, young Wally West was the biggest fan of The Flash II. 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 Crisis on Infinite Earths, Wally took up the mantle of The Flash. Wally was initially a shameless womanizer and a jerk to most everyone, but some Character Development and his marriage to Linda Park made him a much more mature hero and he even surpassed his mentor in ability.

In the New 52 continuity, Wally doesn't seem to have had any time as The Flash or Kid Flash, as Bart is officially the first Kid Flash in the reboot continuity.

Impulse I / Kid Flash II / The Flash IV

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AKA: Bartholomew "Bart" Allen II
First appearance: The Flash vol. 2 #92 (June 1994)
Hair color: Auburn
Eye color: Yellow

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

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

  • Anime Hair: it's so large that you can actually pull or pick him up by the hair alone, if you're strong enough. He's quite protective of it, too.

Farohji (on one particular artist's interpretation of said hair): ...seems Bart's been trying a new hair product or something as his hair goes inexplicably curly-wavy when this guy's[3] pencilling.

Bart: long as they[4] know I can do better, I don't really see any sense in overdoing it...right?

  • Chest Insignia: As Kid Flash (and Flash).
  • Cloudcuckoolander: his non-superhero friends often call him "Daredevil" Allen, in part because of this. Does it look exciting? Screw safety concerns, he'll do it! He will be deadly serious if the situation calls for it, it's just that most of the time, it doesn't.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: During his Impulse days.
  • Cute Shotaro Boy
  • Dead Guy, Junior: it's not obvious because both Bart and Barry go by nicknames, but there you go.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Low-key, since he prefers to be straightforward about what he says, but when it's there, you can't miss it.
  • Ditzy Genius
  • Eyes of Gold: along with fitting the "trickster" personality type, it also serves as a character marker. It's probably why Meloni calls him "sunshine", since he's bright and optimistic - kinda like the sun on a good day, and the eyes reflect that. Only rarely do they turn a fierce red-orange - if that happens, then you know he's not playing around anymore.
  • Fun Personified: Initially as Impulse through-and-through. When he became Kid Flash, he had some Angst added to his personality but still retained some of his fun factor. The fun factor disappeared entirely when he became the Flash, but when he was revived as Kid Flash, he regained all of his fun from his Impulse days.
  • First-Name Basis: With Barry, because being called "Grandpa" weirded him out.
  • Hair Color Dissonance: is it chocolate brown? Light brown? Auburn? Red? Did it get lighter with age? It does at least have an "autumn leaves" theme going for it...
  • Heroes Love Dogs: he has a pet Jack Russell Terrier named Dox, who unfortunately hasn't been seen since Impulse #89.
  • Hot-Blooded: He definitely wears his heart on his sleeve.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: When he was aged up and became the Flash. A total 180 from his "normal" portrayal, and it didn't stick.
  • It Makes Sense in Context: One villain's description of his encounter with Bart: "And then he caught all the grenades, and then he took them away, and then he brought me a fish, and then he pulled me into my pocket, and then he made me eat a bracelet, and then he..."
  • Keet
  • Kid From the Future
  • Kneecapping: A victim of it shortly after he joined the Teen Titans. The surgery to remove the bullet was the most painful experience in his life.
  • Legacy Character
  • Long Lost Sibling: To Captain Boomerang II.
  • Motor Mouth: again, this usually gets him into trouble, since he just blurts it out without thinking (obviously!)
    • How big of a Motor Mouth is he? He annoyed The Joker to frustration! That has to count for something.
  • Nice Guy: Bart is easily one of the nicest around. His kindness and good naturesness is completly genuine. Conbined with his Cloudcuckoolander and Ditzy Genius persona it makes him rather Adorkable
  • Personality Powers: Most definitely! Essentially, he's a complete 180° of his grandfather; where Barry tends to plan things before he acts (and very orderly), Bart will leap into a situation, barely thinking about anything (and very messy).
  • Photographic Memory / Ripple-Effect-Proof Memory
  • Power Incontinence: In the 2006 series, when using the Speed Force took a toll on his health. He got over it.
  • Rapid Aging: When he was born, his Speed Force connection did this to him. He was physically a teenager when he was chronologically two years old. His grandmother Iris later took him to the present day in order for Wally to "speed-steal" his Rapid Aging.
  • Ship Tease: With Ravager in the Teen Titans.
  • Sidekick: Actually defied by him. He initially laughs at the idea of becoming Kid Flash and Wally's sidekick, becoming the independent hero Impulse. When he did become Kid Flash, he still proclaimed that Wally would live in his shadow.
  • Sidekick Graduations Stick: What happens when it doesn't work - this was at least partially due to Executive Meddling, and both fans and creator were extremely displeased, to put it politely.
  • Sweet Home Alabama
  • Taking Up the Mantle: Initially defied at first when Wally offered Bart to become Kid Flash, as he became Impulse, and independent hero, instead. He eventually took up the Kid Flash mantle when he overheard Jay and Wally's concern that he wouldn't be able to live up to the legacy.
  • Tangled Family Tree: scion of the Feuding Families of the Flash mythos, and if Zoom's comments are anything to go by, the cause of said feud! I should note that Bart's the main reason people find the Flash family tree so confusing, mostly because of a) time travel and b) he's where most of the important bloodlines converge.
  • Theme Naming (skip to Inertia's entry for the full explanation)
  • Tyke Bomb: what he was supposed to be... thankfully, he fled before that could happen.
  • "Well Done, Son" Guy: Thinks the reason Barry is always busy is because he's uncomfortable around Bart, who just wants to have a relationship with his Grandpa.
    • He's like this to the other Flashes, Jay and Wally, as he took up the Kid Flash identity mainly because he overheard their conversation of Bart not being able to live up to the Flash legacy.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Since Infinite Crisis, Superboy-Prime has displayed a fear of speedsters, Bart especially.
  • Younger Than They Look: In a sense. Bart lived an accelerated pace with aging to match. Though he may only be a few years old, he has lived 15-16 years (though the first 12 were spent in a accelerated VR in the future). The trope was completely true once when he suddenly aged to 20 for his brief run as the Flash (he got better.)

Other Speedsters

Dark Flash

AKA: Walter West
First appearance: The Flash vol. 2 #150 (July 1999)
Hair color: Red
Eye color: Blue (it's what tipped people off this wasn't "our" Wally).

Impulse II


AKA: Iris "Irey" West II
First appearance: The Flash vol. 2 #225 (October 2005)
Hair color: Red
Eye color: Green

Wally and Linda's daughter. Iris and her twin brother Jai were miscarried when Zoom attacked Linda, but a time-travel incident resulted in their sudden "spontaneous re-conception" and birth; shortly afterwards, they and their parents were caught up in the Speed Force during the Flashes' assault on Superboy-Prime in Infinite Crisis, causing them to rapidly age ten years. Both twins inherited a connection to the Speed Force; in Iris's case, it manifested as the ability to vibrate through solid matter like her father. When Professor Zoom attacked the Flash family, Iris's powers stabilized and she gained super-speed just like her father. She is now the new Impulse (much to Bart's annoyance).

In another universe, Iris grew up to become the new Kid Flash. This version of Iris encountered "our" Wally once or twice.

Jesse Quick / Liberty Belle II

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AKA: Jesse Chambers Tyler
First appearance: Justice Society of America vol. 2 #1 (August 1992)
Hair color: Blonde
Eye color: Blue

The daughter of Golden Age super-heroes Johnny Quick and Liberty Belle, Jesse Chambers inherited both her parents' powers--flight, super-speed, and super-strength. All her life Jesse has felt pressure to live up to her parents' legacy. She was pressured into the role of superhero by her father, but soon proved her worth as Jesse Quick, balancing her costumed escapades with running her corporation, Quickstart Enterprises. She has been a member of the Titans, JSA, and JLA; she briefly dated Wally West, but is now married to Hourman of the JSA. She briefly operated under her mother's codename before returning to her original moniker.

Johnny Quick

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AKA: John Chambers
First appearance: More Fun Comics # 71 (September 1941)
Hair color: Blond
Eye color: Blue

The founder of a minor speedster legacy, Johnny Quick was a contemporary of Jay Garrick during World War Two and one of the core members of the All-Star Squadron. His learned a strange mathematical equation--"3X2(9YZ)4A"--from his mentor, a professor who translated it from a pharoah's tomb in Egypt. When recited aloud, this equation granted Johnny super-speed and flight. (He later learned that reciting the equation allowed him to tap into the Speed Force by way of his latent metagene.) Johnny married fellow superhero Liberty Belle and had a daughter, Jesse, who followed in their footsteps.

During a battle with the evil speedster Savitar, Johnny sacrificed himself to save his daughter and became one with the Speed Force. He remained within it, and was later killed there by Professor Zoom.

Max Mercury / Quicksilver


AKA: Max Crandall
First appearance: National Comics #5 (November 1940)
Hair color: White
Eye color: Blue

Bart: Yesterday, you said you had plans for my future. Now you won't tell me what they are. That's not fair, Max.
Max: Look at that. Eight in the morning, and already you've gotten today's life lesson.

  • Friendly Enemy: Develops this sort of relationship with one of his old foes.
  • I Have Many Names: Really, he does; Max Mercury is only the latest of them.
  • The Obi-Wan
  • Older and Wiser Mentor: specifically to the speedsters this time, especially Bart. You really have to admire him; it takes guts and unending patience (and I mean unending) to raise a hyperactive speedster who literally has no concept of that word.
  • Older Than He Looks
  • Parental Substitute: He's essentially Bart's father figure.
  • Remember the New Guy?: How he was introduced. Jay Garrick apparently knew him as a Golden Aged crimefighter but we don't meet him until the early nineties.
  • Time Travel: He was actually born in the 1700s and did this multiple times to get where he is today.

The Tornado Twins


AKA: Don and Dawn Allen
First appearance: Adventure Comics #373 (October 1968)
Hair color: Red-gold
Eye color: Blue


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AKA: Jenni Ognats
First appearance: Legionnaires #0 (October 1994)
Hair color: Dark brown
Eye color: Amber

The daughter of Dawn Allen of the Tornado Twins and granddaughter of Barry Allen, the Flash. Jenni was born in the 31st century and, unlike her cousin Bart, did not have super-powers. However, the alien Dominators captured her for their experiments and activated her latent metagene and connection to the Speed Force. Using her newfound powers to escape, Jenni joined the Legion of Super-Heroes as their resident speedster, XS.

XS has met the rest of the Flash family, including Bart and Barry, through time travel, and helped Wally in the fight against Savitar. She prefers living in the future, however, and remains a member of the Legion in good standing, helping them resurrect Bart after his death.

Supporting Characters

Ashley Zolomon

The estranged wife of Hunter Zolomon. They met in college and got married shortly before graduation, and both entered the FBI where Ashley's father was an instructor for new recruits. However, after a misjudgment on Hunter's part cost Ashley's father his life during a case, Ashley left Hunter (just one of the many unfortunate repercussions). She would later come to Keystone City and take over his former spot as the local meta-human profiler following his Face Heel Turn and transformation into Zoom.


AKA: Chester Runk

Chyre and Morillo

AKA: Fred Chyre and Jared Morillo

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

Gregory Wolfe

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

Iris West Allen


First appearance: Showcase #4 (October 1956)
Hair color: Brown
Eye color: Brown

Jai West

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

Wally and Linda's son, one of their twin children. While his sister Iris inherited their father's speed, Jai's connection to the Speed Force manifested as an ability to accelerate the growth of his muscle tissue, granting him temporary super-strength. He recently lost his powers, and Professor Zoom has indicated that he has dire plans for the boy.

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Linda Park-West


First appearance: The Flash vol. 2 #28 (July 1989)
Hair color: Black
Eye color: Brown

  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Wally before they hooked up.
  • Closer to Earth: She's generally played as more responsible and pragmatic than Wally... unless there's a story at stake.
  • Did You Just Have Tea With Cthulhu: Happens the first time she meets Magenta, who at the time is staying at Wally's house. She confronts Frances about whether she still has feelings for Wally (who meanwhile is reacting with alarm at what might happen if the two women should meet, given his ex's Ax Crazy tendencies), and Frances' magnetic abilities appear to start activating in response...but when the panicked Wally rushes through the front door, he's dumbfounded to find the two in the kitchen, laughing and joking together about some of his weirder personality quirks.
  • Happily Married
  • Hot Mom
  • Hot Scientist: After the twins were born, she became "by default, the world's leading authority on velocibiology", the science of how super-speed affects the human body.
  • Intrepid Reporter
  • The Missus and the Ex: She's the Missus in the Did You Just Have Tea With Cthulhu situation above.
  • The Power of Love
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: In Terminal Velocity, there's a point when Wally is apparently killed right in front of her by Kobra. Linda- who had no superpowers whatsoever- immediately told Piper to start making weapons, saying that the last thing Kobra was going to see before he died was "the look in my eyes when I send him straight to hell". She doesn't win- and it's her peril that ultimately brings Wally back from the Speed Force- but she's the last one from her group left standing, despite the fact that several of them had superpowers and/or superhero experience and she didn't.

Meloni Thawne


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

  • Hot Mom: One of Bart's friends immediately grows a crush on her at first sight.
  • Mama Bear
  • Star-Crossed Lovers
  • Strong Family Resemblance: If you wanted to know where Bart got his mannerisms and crazy hairstyle from, now you do... basically, she's best described as "female Impulse without superspeed".
  • White Sheep: Yeah, the rest of her family is...quite psychotic.


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

Pied Piper

AKA: Hartley Rathaway

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

Years later, Piper was framed for the murder of his parents by the second Mirror Master. This sent him unwillingly back into the criminal underworld as he tried to escape both the Rogues and the authorities. He appeared to join up with the Rogues again, but was working undercover to infiltrate them. Nonetheless, he was present when against his protests, they killed Bart Allen. He has been on the run ever since[6].


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

The Three Dimwits

AKA: Winky Moylan, Blinky Boylan, and Noddy Toylan

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

Tina and Jerry McGee

A pair of scientists working for STAR Labs in Keystone City, Tina and Jerry specialize in metahuman medicine and have helped the Flash Family for years.

  • Face Heel Turn: When Tina began having an affair with Wally (early into Wally's career as the Flash) while being estranged from her husband, Jerry used his super-speed research to turn himself into a hulking monstrosity, Speed Demon.
  • Happily Married: Though they were estranged at the time they were first introduced. They reconciled.
  • The Professor

Evil Speedsters

The Rival

AKA: Edward Clariss

The Reverse-Flash I / Professor Zoom


AKA: Eobard Thawne
First appearance: The Flash vol. 1 #139 (September 1963)
Hair color: Silver
Eye color: Yellow

A completely psychotic speedster from the 25th century out to destroy everything the Flash family stands for. He is a member of the psychotic Thawne family, who has feuded with the West/Allen family for centuries before his birth. Ironically enough, an ancestor of Impulse, a fact that he doesn't take kindly to.

The Reverse-Flash II / Zoom

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AKA: Hunter Zolomon

Originally an Keystone City profiler and a valuable ally to Wally, the Flash III, he was once paralyzed in an attack on Iron Heights by Gorilla Grodd. When Wally refused to go back in time to stop this from happening (because of the risk of timestream damage) Hunter tried to use the Cosmic Treadmill himself, but it exploded, giving him the ability to alter how time flows in relation to his inertial frame. Believing Wally didn't help him because he had never experienced personal tragedy, he went on to become Wally's Evil Counterpart and out to make him experience tragedy.

  • And I Must Scream: At the end of the "Blitz" story arc, when Wally forced him into one of the time-windows torn open as an initial side-effect of his then-newly-gained powers; this had the effect of freezing him in time, forcing him to watch the scene of his greatest failure over and over again.
  • Anti-Villain: In his mind anyway.
  • Ax Crazy: Arguably one of the most unstable individuals in the DCU.
  • Berserk Button: When given the opportunity to "improve" a hero, or try to fix his own timeline, Zoom tends to charge in blindly. This latter one is especially painful to him, as despite knowing exactly where to find a time machine, he's the only speedster on this page who can't use it...but tries anyway, usually leading to further disaster. It also leads to him further obsessing over Wally experiencing tragedy to get the point that tragedy makes better heroes.

Zoom: (during "Rogue War" arc) TELL ME YOU UNDERSTAND ME, WALLY!

    • His estranged wife Ashley is revealed to be another Berserk Button for him during the Rogue War storyline. The Rogues come to where she is, intending to kill her...Zoom's response is to deliver a thoroughly sound No-Holds-Barred Beatdown.
  • Blow You Away: A rare variant that's portrayed as deadly effective. Zoom's favored attack is to slow down time to a crawl, then snap his fingers. The resulting concussive wave creates a sonic boom, shatters glass, stuns speedsters, and nearly killed Linda West, leading to her miscarriage.
  • Blue and Orange Morality: Zoom truly believes he's making the world a better place, one crippled wife, dead child, mutilated hero, or resurrected archvillain at a time. He also gets violently upset when villains interfere with his plans, kill people he considers true heroes, and in one case, came on to him -- he still considers himself married.
  • Brought Down to Normal: Thanks to Inertia.
  • The Call Knows Where You Live: And he sees himself as The Call.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: His father was a Serial Killer who murdered Hunter's mother and then got gunned down by the police--on the same day Hunter was to leave for college.
    • His career in the FBI got cut short because he insisted backup was unnecessary and that the perp they were chasing would not be carrying a gun, leading to his (first) crippling and the death of his father-in-law.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Wally.
  • Face Heel Turn
  • If You Kill Him You Will Be Just Like Him: Subverted. Zoom intends to convince Wally that justifiable homicides exist, and that Zoom himself is a shining example.
  • Instant Costume Change: Despite the Flash comics long having explanations for where literally everyone's costumes come from (the Rogues even have a specialized tailor!), when Zolomon initially turns into Zoom, his costume simply manifests. As he is not connected to the Speed Force, he can't even use that as an explanation.
  • Knight Templar
  • Legacy Character: Inverted, technically. He is the first Zoom born chronologically, a fact that amuses his predecessor/successor Thawne to no end.

Thawne: (grinning) I've created a legacy five centuries before I'll even be born. It's backwards. It's in reverse.

  • Misery Builds Character: This was Zoom's rationale when he attempted to murder Wally West's wife, believing that West needed to suffer personal tragedy in order to become a better hero.
  • Motor Mouth
  • My Greatest Failure: Happened in his back-story, when he was in the FBI. He made a miscalculation that resulted in his father-in-law (the field leader) getting shot to death by the criminal they were hunting, and Hunter himself ending up with a limp after said criminal shot him in the knee. Following this, his wife left him and he got kicked out of the FBI.
  • The Profiler
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning
  • The Resenter: Even before his Face Heel Turn, he strongly believed in Misery Builds Character, and resented Wally for not having experienced personal tragedy to make him a better hero.
  • Stealth Mentor: Believes he is this by making heroes experience tragedy.
  • Stephen Ulysses Perhero: Hunter Zolomon.
    • Possibly used to avert Fan Dumb, which has a history of reacting poorly to FaceHeelTurns in comics, claiming it's done for shock value. By the time Zolomon becomes Zoom, it's clear the previous five years' comics had been building up to that moment.
  • Super-Powered Evil Side: As Zolomon, he's reasonably collected and not exactly a bad guy. As Zoom, he is completely fucking bonkers and has absolutely no qualms about performing heinous acts; in his mind, he's helping the heroes build strength and character.
  • Time Stands Still: Uses this to fake having Super Speed.
  • Timey-Wimey Ball: The red lightning that surrounds him occasionally shows brief scenes from his past or future timeline. People can be shoved through them, forcing them to mentally relive those few moments. Somehow.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: He views his relationship with Wally as this still, which troubles Wally all the more.
  • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: It's implied that Zoom's temporal powers are interfering with his synaptic relays, making him highly irrational. He nearly puzzles this out himself before deciding he is The Chosen One who would drive Wally to be the best hero possible. Now depowered, he has approached Professor Zoom for unknown reasons.

Inertia / Kid Zoom

He will never have what Impulse has; will never know their approval, their pride... their love.


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

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


AKA: Unknown

  • Cult: He led a cult devoted to the Speed Force.
  • Evil Counterpart: Arguably, to Max Mercury. Both have a quasi-mystical connection to the Speed Force that gives them powers beyond those of the Flashes.
    • Alternately, he was a counterpart to Wally and an Expy of Zoom: the most powerful of a "family" of speedsters, capable of tricks and power uses few others would consider (a la Flash facts), and both Wally and Savitar were immune to direct effects of each other's powers. Notably, Savitar's first encounter with the Speed Force drove him to adopt a new mask that bore Zoom's colors.

Speed Demon

AKA: Jerry "Speed" McGee

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

The Rogues

Abra Kadabra

AKA: Abhararakadhararbarakh / Citizen Abra

Captain Boomerang I

AKA: George "Digger" Harkness

Captain Boomerang II

AKA: Owen Mercer
First appearance: Identity Crisis #3 (October 2004)
Hair color: Red
Eye color: Blue

Captain Cold

AKA: Leonard "Len" Snart

Paul Gambi, running backstories past an amnesiac villain: Your name's Leonard Snart, which is two strikes against you right there...
Captain Cold himself, narrating: My name's... man, I hate it. My name's Leonard Snart. It's a bad name, I know, but my parents were bad people.

  • Even Evil Has Standards: He's practically the posterchild for this trope
  • Freeze Ray: Technically. It's really supposed to slow down molecules, the ice is a side effect. In his words, it's a cold gun, not an ice gun; his gun slows molecules to absolute zero, while Mister Freeze's just shoots ice.
  • Harmless Freezing: They are really just put in suspended animation.
    • Unless he's not feeling like it.
  • Hypocritical Humor: In "Flash and Substance"
  • I Have Your Wife: Subverted.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink
  • Literally Shattered Lives
  • Never Hurt an Innocent
  • Punch Clock Villain
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Against Chillblaine, the man who killed his sister; and, later, against Inertia, for tricking the Rogues into killing Bart Allen and making them the top public enemies.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: In the world of Flashpoint, Snart is Citizen Cold, Central City's star hero. He's adored by the public, but the police, the villain community, and hero community all know he's nothing but a complete asshole who uses the hero facade as an excuse to do whatever he wants. But this all depends on how much the citizens actually love him, because without their support he couldn't get away with half the crap he openly pulls. He's even willing to secretly set up his battles with supervillains by baiting them with misinformation.
  • Worthy Opponent: To Wally.

Doctor Alchemy / Mister Element

AKA: Albert Desmond

  • Alchemy Is Magic: He has the power to transmute any element into another.
  • Casanova Wannabe: His "psychic twin"/split personality Alvin, who among other things had a habit of transmuting Golden Glider's underwear.
  • Chest Insignia: The "A" on his hood.
  • Chronic Villainy: In the Silver Age, he was frequently portrayed as a good man subject to strange criminal compulsions.
  • The Collector: He collects books, from tomes of alchemy to modern novels.
  • Cut Lex Luthor a Check: Justified. He deliberately kept the secret of transmutation from other scientists because he believes other humans are too insignificant to deserve it.
  • Complete Monster: He's a psychotic bigoted piece of shit who views the entire human race as nothing more than potential experiments and who doesn't care how many people are maimed, killed or have their lives ruined by his sick experiments. Along with Grodd and Reverse Flash he's easily the worst of the rogues.
  • Enemy Without: During a period when he was reformed, the Philosopher's Stone created an Evil Twin named Alvin so that his repressed villainous side could act out.
  • Evil Redhead: The aforementioned "Alvin."
  • For Science!: Though originally a thug like most of the other Rogues, Alchemy's main motivation is to expand his knowledge and abilities, to the point where he refused to leave his cell during a prison break, killing his would-be rescuer, because he hadn't finished reading the books he already had. The second he was done, he left jail on his own.
  • Heel Face Revolving Door: From the mid-1960s to the 1990s; these days he's just pure evil.
  • Insufferable Genius
  • Morally-Ambiguous Doctorate
  • Philosopher's Stone
  • Redemption Demotion: At one point while he was reformed and holding down a generic white-collar job, Professor Zoom sought him out after reading about his noted chemical genius. He claimed that even if he wanted to help, he only had that knack for chemistry when his "evil side" was ascendant (not that he did all that much with it then, either). At another point post-Crisis, he had a job as a university professor but struggled with his research since "Alvin" had control of the Philosopher's Stone.

Double Down

AKA: Jeremy Tell

Golden Glider

AKA: Lisa Snart

Heat Wave

AKA: Mick Rory


AKA: Frances Kane

Mirror Master I

Mirror Master II

AKA: Evan McCulloch

  • Creator Provincialism: A Scottish rogue created by Grant Morrison.
  • Cut Lex Luthor a Check: Played with. When Lex cut McCulloch a check to join the Injustice Gang, Batman had a better offer in donations to McCulloch's old orphanage.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Originally. Not so much anymore.
    • Specifically, McCulloch draws the line at going after a target's family, and has a soft spot in his heart for orphans.
      • And he quits the Injustice Gang partly because Batman pays him more than Lex, but when Lex offers to double it the Mirror Master says that it's not really about money, and is visibly disgusted by the Joker
  • Green Lantern Ring: The things he can do with his "magic mirrors" seem almost unlimited, up to creating entire mirror universes.
  • Legacy Character
  • Magic Mirror
  • Palantir Ploy: Every reflective surface in existence is his spy camera.
  • Self-Made Orphan
  • Violent Glaswegian
  • Yandere: In one issue of the Waid run, he stalks an ex-girlfriend who went into the witness protection program and is eventually dragged away by the police while screaming that he loved her.


AKA: Tony Gambi

  • All Your Powers Combined: He has the ability to replicate the powers of any weapon he comes across. He has the abilities of most of the Rogues (specifically Captain Cold, Mirror Master, Captain Boomerang, the Weather Wizard, Heat Wave and Dr. Alchemy).
  • The Dragon: To Abra Kadabra, during the Dark Flash storyline.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: As a kid, when he looked up to the Rogues as role models.
  • Meaningful Name
  • Metamorphosis: After he receives his powers, he's told that the process can't be reversed and he'll never go back to looking like a normal human. However, since he's got the powers of his role models, he takes it in stride.
    • It helps that among these powers, he does have Kadabra's wand, so some level of shapeshifting would be possible with practice.

The Top

AKA: Roscoe Dillon

  • Back from the Dead
  • The Chessmaster: Remember when most of the Rogues went legit during the later years of Barry Allen's Silver Age career and throughout Wally West's career prior to the Rogue War arc? That was Top's doing via Mind Control.
    • Possibly averted -- Top's arrogant enough that he takes credit for all these examples, but Hartley resists once Wally shows his trust, and James Jesse quits his black ops anti-rogue government job, which had led him to give Captain Boomerang a Fate Worse Than Death. Though re-adopting his Trickster persona, James remained morally opposed to most of the Rogues' activities, implying the Top's attempt to push him back to Heel status actually resulted in a Deadly Change-of-Heart a little closer to the side of angels. Given that the only other Rogue to even flirt with heroism was the mentally unstable Heat Wave, who was reverting on his own before the Top removed the brainwashing, the Top may not have been as good as he claimed. While the other Rogues had their moments, they were so brief as to be unimportant, making the Top more a Smug Snake.
  • Everything's Better with Spinning
  • Evil Plan: In one Silver Age story, he set up one that took effect after his death: he hid five discs throughout Central City and then tasked five of his fellow Rogues to find the discs before Flash did, lest the discs explode and destroy the city; once found, the discs were then to be stacked on top of each other in a specific order to deactivate them. Turns out that stacking them this way set the trigger for the real bomb.
  • For the Evulz: "Do you want to know why I do this? ... It's for the thrill. The thrill of spinning your world upside down. Dragging your psyche through the mud and dirt that ours has gone through. We'll see what kind of hero you are then, Flash. We'll see..."
  • Freudian Excuse: His parents pushed him to be the best at everything, and when he couldn't, he lashed out to tear down those he thought were better than him, hence his arrogant demeanor.
  • Glass of Chianti: Was a wine connoisseur, which made him an outcast among the blue collar Rogues.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: His eyes glow green.
  • Manipulative Bastard
  • Not So Harmless
  • Outlaw Couple: With Golden Glider.
  • President Evil: Top died and possessed the body of a senator, carrying his powers with him back from the grave. He attempted to run for office but quickly reverted to type.
  • Pungeon Master: When he went mad, he made constant top-related puns. "Oh, tip-top!" "I'm on top of the world!" "Top of the morning to you, Flash!"
  • Psychic Powers: The source of his spinning power, a weird form of self-telekinesis. He could also induce vertigo in those around him, and his telepathic "essence" has possessed people after his death.

The Trickster I

AKA: Giovanni "James Jesse" Giuseppe

(while helping clean up rampaging musical notes) You mean your own notes got away from you? Tsk tsk, you should know better than that, Pipes... that's last-ditch-beat-the-villain-gambit number seven: "Give him more power than he can handle!"
(after punching out Grodd) Gee, maybe that new high-energy refined sugar diet is really working! Or maybe I've developed real super-powers and this is my origin!

The Trickster II

AKA: Axel Walker

Weather Wizard

AKA: Mark Mardon

Other Villains


AKA: Amunet Black

Brother Grimm

The prince of the magical dimension of Eastwind, Brother Grimm was a boy when Barry Allen and Wally West helped him and his brother overthrow his evil father. Grimm asked Wally for advice, and Wally told him to make his own choices; he gave the crown to his brother, but soon his brother proved just as evil as their father. Grimm killed his brother in battle and became king of Eastwind, blaming Wally for this tragedy. Years later, he came back to ruin Wally's life the same way he believed Wally ruined his: by destroying his home and family.


AKA: David Hersch

A cult leader who gained immortality from a lightning strike, and who thus considers the Flash as a sort of "brother of the lightning" who his followers worship. They prey on the lives of people who Flash has saved throughout his career, justifying their actions by rationalizing that without the speedster's intervention, those persons would have died anyway, so the cult can kill them with a clear conscience. Cicada equips his followers with special daggers that absorb the life-force out of people stabbed by them, and he intends to use that stolen life-force to resurrect his wife, who he killed in his back-story.

  • Aborted Arc: One of the police gets a hit off of Cicada's immortality, and Cicada is shown to briefly entrance him. Nothing more is ever made of it.
  • Ax Crazy: But he's a bit more low-key about it, compared to some other villains.
  • Badass Grandpa
  • Badass Longcoat
  • Beard of Evil
  • Contemplative Boss
  • Driven to Suicide: In his back-story, he attempted to do this after he murdered his wife. He wasn't successful; instead, a bolt of lightning that conveniently struck at that very moment gave him a sense of immortality.
  • Evil Old Folks
  • Knife Nut: His followers use special daggers that rob anyone stabbed with them of their life-force.
  • Mad Scientist: Cicada does what he does to resurrect his wife.
  • Religion of Evil: His cult dedicated to the Flash.

Cobalt Blue

AKA: Malcolm Thawne

Barry Allen's twin brother. The Allens and the Thawnes came to the same doctor for the same reason, because both wives were pregnant and about to deliver; however, the doctor accidentally killed the Thawnes' child, then out of guilt gave them one of the Allens' twins and told the Allens that that twin had died. When an adult Malcolm found out, he set out to destroy Barry for having everything he himself could have had but never did. He utilized a magical blue flame that could rob speed from anyone connected to the Flash legacy.

  • Abusive Parents: His adopted parents used him as a tool for their cons and treated him terribly; their knowledge that he wasn't their biological child only made it worse.
  • The Cain to Barry's Abel: Though Barry himself never knew it, as Malcolm never revealed himself to his brother.
  • Con Artist: Malcolm's adopted parents used a magical blue flame as a miracle healing agent (with temporary effects) to pull stunts like this. Of course, the flame itself was meant for greater purposes, which Malcolm learned and studied from his adopted grandmother.
  • Everything's Sparkly with Jewelry: He keeps the flame contained in a blue gem.
  • Evil Twin
  • Freudian Excuse: Being given away at birth to a bunch of abusive con artists, then later finding out you have a twin who got a relatively good upbringing by your real parents...can you really blame him for being angry?
  • In the Blood: He is the progenitor of the villainous Thawne family, whose bloodline includes Reverse-Flash/Professor Zoom I, Eobard.
  • Kill It with Fire: At least one of his descendants used the inherited Cobalt Blue flame to murder his Flash's wife this way.
  • Legacy Character: He's a distant ancestor of Professor Zoom, Impulse, Inertia, and Captain Boomerang II. As well, there are 1000 years' worth of Cobalt Blues that follow in his footsteps by fighting their respective Flashes (who are all of the Allen bloodline).
  • Mundane Utility: Malcolm's adopted father used the blue flame to pull cons. Malcolm's adopted grandmother was disgusted by this, and consequently was delighted to find an eager student in Malcolm, who would subvert the trope by using the flame to its maximum potential.
  • People Puppets: Turned several generations of Flashes into this through a Batman Gambit involving shards of his gem, infused with his own spirit.
  • The Resenter: Toward Barry, for having the wonderful life that Malcolm got cheated out of.


AKA: Neil Borman

A former power plant worker who got exposed to nuclear radiation and essentially became a living radiation battery. He was introduced during the Iron Heights storyline, being kept in a containment cell that used him to power the entire prison. After the Flash found out and confronted Gregory Wolfe about it, Fallout was eventually given improved living conditions where he now continues to power the prison, but the power is siphoned from him in a more humane manner.

The Fiddler

AKA: Isaac Bowin


AKA: Tony Woodward

Gorilla Grodd

A renegade from the hidden Gorilla City, Grodd is a mad genius and warlord who wants to destroy humanity and make Earth the dominion of apes. He was endowed with sentience by a radioactive meteor along with the other apes of Gorilla City, but also gained vast telepathic powers. Grodd has a formidable intellect offset by an animal's fury. He originally clashed with Barry Allen and has gone on to menace the entire Flash family.

The Griffin

AKA: Griff Grey

Bart Allen's roommate after Bart had been aged by the Speed Force, Griff was doused with chemicals and gained super-powers in a terrorist attack. At first he wanted to be a hero just for money and fame, but his resentment toward the Flash family and his out-of-control powers quickly turned into a true villain. While trying to boost his popularity, Griffin died in an accident he himself orchestrated.


Mota / Atom Smasher / Professor Fallout / Fusionn

AKA: Manfred Mota

A rogue physicist who stole research from Jay Garrick to create a battlesuit, Mota clashed with every Flash under a variety of aliases, upgrading his atomic-powered arsenal each time and eventually mutating into a being of pure energy. His estranged daughter, Valerie Perez, briefly dated Bart Allen when he became the Flash.


AKA: Dr. Michael Amar

A surgeon turned serial killer obsessed with silencing the voices of everyone around him, Michael Amar was incriminated by his inability to keep from talking. While in Iron Heights Penitentiary, he took the name Murmur, cut out his own tongue, and sewed his mouth shut so he'd never incriminate himself again. Years later, he hatched a plot to escape from prison by using a deadly engineered disease to kill the guards and the Flash, but Wally, Jay, and the Pied Piper put an end to it. He has since become a persistent and deadly thorn in Wally's side.

  • Ax Crazy
  • Calling Card: His is to cut out his victims' tongues and sew their mouths shut. Including his own.
  • Civvie Spandex: He wears a black leather outfit.
  • Deadly Doctor
  • Knife Nut
  • Lean and Mean
  • Perfect Poison: Aside from his knives, he uses a type of anthrax-like poison made from his own unusual blood chemistry to kill his victims. This poison turns the victims' lungs to mud unless the antidote can be administered in time, and it is HIGHLY contagious.
  • Serial Killer: Of the Visionary type; he hears voices and kills to silence them.
  • Tongue Trauma


AKA: (inapplicable)

A demon who is essentially the DC Universe's Expy of Satan. He has had interactions with most characters across the DCU due to his modus operandi, but he holds some particular ire toward Wally West for beating his hidden plan in the Hell to Pay storyline.

  • Blond Guys Are Evil
  • Deal with the Devil: His preferred method of operating. Whether you're a hero or a villain, he'll offer you anything you want, in exchange for either your soul or whatever other price he asks.
    • Chronic Villain Syndrome: He apparently cannot refuse the offer of a soul in trade if he truly wants it, even if it costs him more than he can afford to give up.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: In the Hell to Pay storyline. He orchestrates a plot to steal the love Wally and Linda have for each other, thus giving him a chance to gain ultimate power from the Speed Force, by forcing Wally to bargain for the Rogues' souls in exchange for giving up said love, and also claiming Linda's soul in exchange for sparing Wally's. Unfortunately for him, the couples' love corrupts him and he begs them to take it all back--but they refuse unless he undoes all the damage he's done to the city.


AKA: Lashawn Baez


AKA: Jared Morillo

A gun-toting villain from a mirror universe created by the Mirror Master, Plunder followed Wally back the real world when Wally made his escape. He joined up with Blacksmith's "New Rogues" and used the fact that he was Detective Morillo's mirror counterpart to keep the police out of the picture while her evil plan went into action. Much later, he was killed by Zoom during the "Rogue War" story arc.

President Thawne

Rainbow Raider

AKA: Roy G. Bivolo

Roy G. Bivolo believed he was destined to be a great artist, but his colorblindness made it impossible. His optometrist father created a pair of goggles that should have allowed him to see color, but instead gave him the power to shoot rainbow-colored beams of light, and presented them to Roy on his deathbed... which Roy then used to commit art theft as the Rainbow Raider. He was killed by Blacksmith for the offense of being obnoxious.


AKA: Unknown

A mercenary who first appeared in Flash #84 as part of a real estate blackmail plot.

The Shade

AKA: Richard Swift

Tar Pit

AKA: Joey Monteleone

The younger brother of a local crime boss, Joey Monteleone had the metahuman ability to project his consciousness outside of his own body. He then projected it into a vat of tar and was unable to return to his real body; however, he quickly took to his new form.

The Thinker

AKA: Clifford De Voe

The Turtle

AKA: Unknown

A criminal mastermind who, as his name suggests, talks and acts very slowly. Because of this, though, he's best known in stories where he's The Chessmaster.

Vandal Savage

AKA: Vandar Adg

The immortal caveman-turned-conqueror who has plagued Earth's heroes for millennia, Vandal Savage was the first villain Wally West faced in his career as the Flash, and has gone on to menace Wally and his family numerous times afterwards. See his own page for more.

  1. and the aid of Professor Zoom
  2. and by extension all superhero comics from that point onward
  3. Ethan Van Sciver
  4. the schoolteachers
  5. Constant exposure to Speed Force-powered people. Well, if you say so...
  6. and kinda blew up a planet along the way
  7. all other possible definitions I've found have positive connotations attached, something the poor kid severely lacks.
  8. they do.