Quote1 Her hero, how noble. Oh wait. You didn't stop JFK from getting assassinated or make sure Hitler stayed in art school. You saved your mommy. You missed her. And in the supreme act of selfishness, shattered history like a rank amateur. Turned the world into a living hell moments away from destruction. And I'm the villain? Quote2
-- Professor Zoom src

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.


  • Speed Force Conduit: People who, for whatever reason, are connected to the Speed Force are sometimes called Speed Force Conduits. This means that they are connected to the Speed Force and are tethered to it.[1]
    • Accelerated Healing: The Speed Force connection allows the speedster's body recover from injury much faster than normal.[citation needed]
    • Enhanced Senses: The Speed Force enhances the speedster's senses, allowing them to perceive the world at a rate attuned how fast they can react.[2]
    • 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.[3]
    • Speed Force Aura: The Speed Force also manifests an aura around the speedster and whatever they are carrying, protecting them from adverse effects of their speed, such a friction with the air.[4]
      • 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.[5]
    • Superhuman Stamina: While not unlimited, the connection to the Speed Force does bolster the speedsters stamina well beyond the limits of a normal human.[2]
    • Superhuman Speed: The main effect of the connection is to allow a speedster to move at vast superhuman speeds[2]. This also confers:
    • 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.[6]



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