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Quote1 Look, I was just doing my laundry, you're the one that came and told me that I'm a superhero! And now you're saying that, what, y-you don't want me to be? Well, guess what!? It's too late! I am... the Flash. And I can save everyone! Nobody dies! Quote2
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The Flash (real name Barry Allen) was an excitable and obsessive speedster from an alternate timeline accidentally created by the prime timeline's Flash. Once a member of the Justice League, he became obsessed with saving those he cared about from death and became trapped in a time loop trying to save the lives of his friends.

Origins

Barry Allen was born in 1995 to Henry and Nora Allen and grew up in Central City, Ohio. He grew into a dimwitted and excitable young man who loved movies and TV shows, as well as idolizing his world's only superhero, Batman.[1]

Becoming the Flash

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Meeting his future self

On September 29, 2013, Barry met an older Barry, this one a superhero with various speed-based superpowers known as "The Flash", who explained that through altering the past of his universe, he'd accidentally created the younger Barry's world, an entirely new timeline with both a heavily altered future and past, which could mean catastrophic things for their entire multiverse.

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Barry gets his powers

Once he realized this was the day he got his powers, the older Barry took his younger self to the university where he received them, having been struck by lighting and doused in chemicals to give him a connection to the Speed Force. However, when they arrived and were preparing to go through with it, Barry panicked and struggled with his older self, afraid of being struck by lightning. In the struggle, the lightning bolt passed through both Barrys and doused them both with the chemicals, giving the younger Barry his powers and removing the older Barry's powers.

The older Barry then took the younger Barry to their apartment, and attempted to show him how to use his new abilities, but the younger Barry was too excitable and stubborn, and refused to listen, causing all sorts of chaos with his powers, irritating the older Barry. The new day, while allowing Barry to borrow his Flash suit, the older Barry realized that the invasion by the Kryptonian General Zod was set to happen in just a day, and, desperate to save this world, began searching for his friends and allies, the Justice League online, but the only one he could find who existed in this universe was Batman. The two Barrys then made their way to Wayne Manor, where the older Barry explained that the reclusive billionaire Bruce Wayne was actually Batman, and that they needed his help to save the world.

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Teaming up with Batman

The Barrys met with Bruce, an apathetic and weary man retired from crimefighting, and convinced him to help them locate Kal-El, a Kryptonian who hid among humanity in the older Barry's timeline, and the only one who could help them. They located a Kryptonian being held by the Russians in a complex in the Arctic Circle, and made their way there to rescue them, the younger Barry wearing the Flash suit to help them break in. However, they discovered it was actually Kara Zor-El, Kal-El's cousin, and rescued her from the Russians, Barry testing out his new powers to help her, albeit rather unsuccessfully, leaving most of the heavy lifting to Batman. When they returned to Wayne Manor and Kara had recovered, she flew off to face Zod, who had just arrived on Earth, leaving the others alone.[1]

The Endless Battle

After Kara left, the older Barry spoke with Bruce, and explained he'd gone back in time in the first place to save his mother from being murdered, and that he wasn't going to let the world where she lived be destroyed. The younger Barry overheard this and became infatuated with the idea that he could use his abilities of time travel to save anyone he cared about.

The older Barry insisted on getting his powers back, and with the help of Bruce and the returned Kara, was able to recreate the accident that gave him his abilities once again, restoring his connection to the Speed Force. Giving the older Barry back his suit, Barry crafted his own Flash suit out of one of Batman's costumes, and the four heroes, now all suited up as a makeshift Justice League, made their way out to a desert to stop Zod and save this world from destruction.

Arriving in the desert, the League engaged Zod's army in combat, resulting in a long and destructive battle that caused much bloodshed, and ended in Kara and Batman perishing in the fight. Devastated, the two Flashes went back in time to save them, but realized they still couldn't. The older Flash realized that this was what Bruce called an "inevitable intersection", a fixed point in the timeline that couldn't be changed, and tried to explain to the younger Barry that they had to stop.

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The Flash of the future

However, the younger Barry refused to let his friends go and continued to try and save them, repeatedly running back in time, over and over and over again, endlessly trying to save their lives, and slowly becoming obsessive and bitter. He spent so much time trying to save them that he aged into an elderly man, his suit covered in the debris of Kryptonian ships and equipment that had fused with his body over his long lifespan.

Eventually, the elderly Flash traversed the timeline through the Speed Force until he found his prime self, having just saved his mother and running back to his present. The elderly Flash pushed the prime Flash out of the Speed Force and into 2013, causing a paradox that would cause the events that would lead to Barry becoming this old, bitter, and obsessive Flash. He then returned to the battle with Zod, where he found his past self and the prime Barry debating whether to continue trying to save the League, or just let them go.

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Barry is killed by his future self

The future Flash explained who he was to the Barrys, allowing his past self to see what he would become if he kept on down this path, and became horrified with the results. The future Flash tried to convince his prime self he almost had it figured out, but as they were talking, the Speed Force began to split open, revealing a window into the wider multiverse. They realized that the future Flash's time loop was destabilizing the multiverse, causing nearby worlds to collide with each other and collapse on themselves. The elderly Barry had no care for this, however, and attempted to stab the prime Barry to stop him from getting in his way, but his younger self jumped in the way and was stabbed instead. By killing his younger self, the future Flash created a catastrophic paradox and both he and his younger self were erased from existence, ultimately saving the multiverse.[1]

Legacy

Barry Allen's sacrifice and subsequent erasure restabilized the entire multiverse and restored the collapsing worlds. Prime Barry's experiences with the younger Barry made him realize that he was rather annoying to be around, influencing him to talk less and make fewer jokes. While the elderly Flash left nearly destroyed all of existence and nearly killed the prime Flash, he did ultimately make the prime Flash realize it was wrong to change the past and that he needed to let go of his past, giving him the emotional strength to go back and undo the action that stopped his mother's murder, returning to a timeline much closer to Barry's original.[1]

Powers

  • Speed Force Conduit: Speed force conduits possess a connection to the Speed Force, a cosmic force that allows its users to push the boundaries that keep time and space. As a conduit of the Speed Force, all aspects of their physiology are accelerated and enhanced.[2]
    • Accelerated Healing: By having a connection to the speed force, every speed force conduit has an incredibly fast healing ability and can heal from most injuries in seconds and devastating injuries in minutes.[3]
    • Enhanced Senses: The Speed Force enhances the speedster's senses, allowing them to perceive and process thoughts faster than the normal person.[4]
    • Phasing: Speed Force conduits can tap into the Speed Force to vibrate their molecules in a way to achieve intangibility for short bursts, allowing them to phase through objects.[5]
    • Speed Force Aura: The Speed Force manifests an aura around the speedster and whatever they are carrying, protecting them from adverse effects of their speed, such as friction with the air.[6]
      • Superhuman Durability: The Speed Force Aura also protects speedsters from kinetic impacts, which in turn, makes them much more durable and resistant to injury than any normal human.[7]
    • Superhuman Stamina: The Speed Force grants its conduits with a great increase of stamina, allowing them to fight or run much longer than the average person. Although a great increase, it is not unlimited.[4]
    • Superhuman Speed: The universal factor of being a Speed Force conduit grants its user with imperceptible amounts of speed. All powers that conduits possess derives from their speed.[4]. This also confers:
      • Superhuman Agility: The speedster's agility, balance, and bodily coordination are enhanced to superhuman levels. This allows them to easily maneuver while moving at superhuman speed.[4]
      • Superhuman Reflexes: In conjunction with their enhanced senses, The speedster's reflexes are heightened immesurably, allowing them to dodge or react faster than normal.[4]
    • Vortex Creations: Speed Force conduits are able to create vortices of air by running in circles or rotating their extremities at super-speed. These vortices can be used for a number of effects.[8]

Abilities

Weaknesses

Other Characteristics

Equipment

Transportation


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Footnotes


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