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Eobard Thawne is Professor Zoom. The arch-nemesis of the Flash, he forced him to make a Flashpoint, and then survived to plague the newly created universe.

Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox

Eobard Thawne was a criminal from the future who recreated the accident that gave Barry Allen his superpowers as the Flash and became the criminal known as the Reverse Flash. In the original timeline, he had masterminded an evil plan to destroy the Flash by gathering members of his Rogues Gallery to infiltrate the Flash Museum and cause trouble in it all to capture the Flash and set up bombs that would destroy Flash, the Rogues Gallery members, and the Flash Museum along with them. Flash's allies from the Justice League, which included Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, Captain Atom, and Cyborg, showed up to help defuse the bombs before they went off, while Flash used his superspeed powers to defuse the last remaining bomb that would detonate in the museum and take out himself and Reverse Flash with him.

The Reverse Flash would be taken to jail by Superman, but somehow with the changing of the timeline by Barry Allen would escape and cause no end of trouble to Barry in the new alternate timeline, purposely giving Barry a Flash ring containing a Reverse Flash costume instead of his own as well as somehow helping to defend Lois Lane against Wonder Woman's army of Amazons on New Themyscira to attract his enemy's attention. When Barry regained his superpowers through the help of Thomas Wayne (Batman), he discovered that Reverse Flash was in this timeline as well, co-opting the Speed Force to prevent Barry from going into the timestream to change everything back, and went with Batman and Cyborg to New Themyscira to both stop the war between Aquaman and Wonder Woman, and to draw out the Reverse Flash. As the two speedsters fought with each other, the Reverse Flash revealed to the Flash that everything that was changed in the alternate timeline was Barry's fault, because he broke the time barrier with his super speed all to prevent his mother Nora from dying at the hands of an unknown murderer, and thus with the breaking of the time barrier everything was changed. As the Reverse Flash continued to beat the Flash unto submission, he further taunted the Flash by allowing the destructive wake of Aquaman's weapon, the harnessing of Captain Atom's quantum power, to obliterate everything in its path, saying that as long as he is alive, there isn't enough energy in the Speed Force for Barry to change everything back. However, in his taunting, the Reverse Flash stood long enough for Batman to shoot him through the head from behind, killing him and allowing the Flash to have the energy needed to restore everything back to the original timeline.

Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay

However, miraculously, in miliseconds before the bullet killed him, Zoom pulled in as much Speed Force energy as he could to keep himself alive, and as Flash traveled back in time and created a new timeline, Thawne synced his vibrations with this new universe, and thus survived his imminent death. Despite possessing a large hole in his head, Thawne retained his mental faculties. However, despite this, due to surviving purely off of the Speed Force, he could not utilize his super-speed fully, less he burn it out and thus die of his mortal wound. However, upon learning of a mystical artifact called the Get Out of Hell Free Card, which would allow the user access straight to Heaven upon death, bypassing Hell. Knowing he was hellbound due to his actions, Zoom made it his new goal to obtain the card. He allied himself with fellow supervillains Silver Banshee and Blockbuster to achieve this.

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.[1]
    • Accelerated Healing: By having a connection to the speed force, every speed force conduit has an incredibly fast healing factor and can heal from most injuries in seconds and devastating injuries in minutes.[2]
    • Enhanced Senses: The Speed Force enhances the speedster's senses, allowing them to perceive and process thoughts faster than the normal person.[3]
    • 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.[4]
    • 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.[5]
      • 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.[6]
    • 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.[3]
    • 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.[3]. 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.[3]
      • Superhuman Reflexes: In conjunction with their enhanced senses, The speedster's reflexes are heightened immesurably, allowing them to dodge or react faster than normal.[3]
    • 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.[7]

Abilities

Weaknesses

  • Power Limitation: After he was fatally shot by Batman in the head, Eobard used a Speed Force to extended a split second before his death to weeks. Side effects of that were that he no longer was as fast as he used to, and every time he used his powers he shorted the time of his inevitable death.


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