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Professor Eobard Thawne, otherwise known as the Reverse-Flash and Professor Zoom (or simply Zoom), was the curator of the Flash Museum in the 25th Century who was obsessed with Barry Allen, the Flash. Having turned himself into a speedster, Thawne traveled through time in order to spend time with his idol, by ruining Barry's life until he learned to appreciate him.[1][2][3]

New 52 Origin

In the year 2463, when he was a child, Eobard Thawne had a tragic upbringing. He witnessed his father murder his mother. This traumatic and horrifying incident spawned a feeling of raw, everlasting hatred that made him grow resentful towards life and the world, turning him into a destructive and sadistic being. Later, he became connected to the Speed Force after being struck by a bolt of lightning and attempted to take over the Gem Cities, Central and Keystone City. However, it didn't work because the 21st Century superhero known as The Flash was revered as a legend, which caused the people to rebel against Thawne and fight in the Flash's name. Thawne found it unfair that despite their similar powers, Flash got a happy family life and that the people of the Gem Cities treated him like a god. He would then forcefully take over the cities and burn down the Flash Museum.[4]

Finding the lost journals of Rip Hunter, he created the Cosmic Treadmill over the course of several years and crafted a plan to go back in time and tarnish the Flash's history and legacy.[4] Jealous of how Barry's parents adored him and how much they loved each other, Thawne proceeded to destroy the Allen family exactly like his own one was, so that he'd have an "equal start" with the future Flash. He started his plan by destroying his father Henry and mother Nora's relationship. He would fund Henry's hematology lab with large sums of money, causing him to become more engrossed in his work to cure the deadliest blood-born diseases. This would put a strain on his marriage with Nora, leading to her having an extramarital affair with police officer Darryl Frye. On the day Henry received divorce papers from Nora and confronted her about them, Thawne murdered her and, with Henry's refusal to join him, threatened him with Barry's life unless he took the blame for the crime, leaving the boy who would one day become the Flash without his parents and in Darryl's care.[4]

Following the cosmic upheavals of the Rebirth period, this character's history was revised.

Current Origin

The Future Flash

From the 25th Century, Eobard Thawne was an only child when his parents were killed in an accident. In his loneliness, he became obsessed with the Flash, Barry Allen, a heroic speedster from the 21st Century. Eobard would dedicate his life to studying the Flash and researching his power source, the Speed Force. During his adulthood, Thawne miraculously received a time capsule containing the Flash's costume, from which he harnessed residual traces of the Speed Force to give himself access to its powers. Dissatisfied, Thawne sought to also become a hero like the Flash. However, due to the lack of opportunities for heroics in the future, Thawne instead created his own by endangering and then "saving" people to make himself look a hero.[2]

Thawne was awestruck when Barry arrived in his time and taught him new ways to use his powers, with the two also bonding over their shared belief that "every second is a gift". Unfortunately for Eobard, Barry became aware of the truth behind his "heroics", and would turn him in to the authorities after defeating the rogue speedster. Desperate to prove himself to his hero, Thawne vowed to better himself. In prison, he underwent electroshock therapy and shared his knowledge with other inmates. He convinced the authorities that society would be better if he was educating others as a professor instead of being behind bars, and worked hard from being a tour guide at the Flash Museum to becoming its curator,[2] considering the museum his own.[5]

Wanting to show Barry his rehabilitation and to be accepted again by his "best friend",[6] Thawne traveled back in time to the 21st Century. Deeming it arrogant to think he was ready to become the Flash, he changed his costume to yellow, because it was the color that all the hero's partners wore. However, after witnessing Barry give Wally West a watch with the same advice he gave Eobard years ago inscribed, an enraged Thawne realized that he wasn't as special to Barry as he thought. Running back to the 25th Century, to the Flash Museum, it was there that Thawne realized his destiny. Creating his own "negative" version of the Speed Force and switching his emblem, Thawne became the Reverse-Flash.[2] Believing that tormenting Barry is the only time that Barry will spend with him,[3] Thawne made it his life's mission to ensure that the Flash lived in pain like he did, until his idol learned to treat him specially and see him as his "real" friend.[2]


The Acolytes of Zoom

Having destroyed the Allen family's history, Thawne now desired to destroy the Flash's image. He would gather allies with distinct Speed Force-derived abilities throughout time by putting them in near death situations and then saving them. Once he gained their trust, he told them that they were "chosen" by the Speed Force and needed to kill a "demon" known as the Flash.[7] Thawne would also recruit William Selkirk, who was left paralysed after a battle with two Flashes.[8]

With his "acolytes" by his side, Thawne then began to put his plans in motion by arriving at a point in time when the Flash was an established hero, several years into his career. Finding ways to torment the Flash, Professor Zoom's first move in this time period was initiating for Henry to break out of jail,[9] while also framing him for killing a guard in the escape.[10] While the Flash was forced to deal with the police manhunt for his father, Thawne kidnapped Henry[11] and continued his plot to ruin the Flash's history by framing him for putting a bomb in the Central City Police Department headquarters.[12][13]

Flash vs Zoom

Face-to-face with the Flash, Thawne and his acolytes battled the scarlet speedster while he simultaneously attempted to use a power-stealing glove, which he had forced Henry to make, to take away the Flash's speed. However, his plan fell to pieces when his team betrayed him, having discovered their leader's true motives after Magali, his former acolyte whose age manipulation power he had previously stolen, exposed him.[13][14] Running faster than he'd ever run before, Barry learned he had the power to actually speed up time, allowing him to arrest Thawne and have him imprisoned at Iron Heights.[4]

Zoom was still in Iron Heights, now restrained, when Godspeed attempted to kill him and every other inmate.[15]



Reverse-Flash vs Paradox

When Paradox attempted to take over the 25th Century, Thawne and the Renegades fought him. While Paradox beat the Renegades, Thawne defeated him with the aid of his lightning rod weapon, which he used to ground Paradox and deplete him of his paradox energy. He then rescued the civilians trapped in the wreckage, repaired the Flash Museum and worked with the Renegades and the Time Institute to create a special prison for Paradox in Iron Heights. For once in his life, people saw Thawne as a worthy successor to the Flash.[16][5] Commander Cold called Thawne defeating Paradox his one good deed.[17]

Ruining Lives

Reverse-Flash about to kill Flash's mother

Sometime after defeating Paradox, Thawne traveled back in time and murdered Barry's mother Nora.[3] Barry's father Henry was falsely accused and sentenced for the crime, leaving the future Flash without his parents.[1] To create more speedster foes for the Flash Family, Thawne gave the The Clown the gun with which he killed Hunter Zolomon's father-in-law, leading to Zolomon eventually becoming Zoom. Thawne then killed Jorge Heart, the brother of Barry's future friend August Heart, who would as a result go on to become Godspeed.[18] Thawne also saved Barry and Iris West's children, the Tornado Twins Don Allen and Dawn Allen, from the Dominators,[19] and then used the Negative Speed Force to turn them against their father.[20] He trained the pair and later had them fight their father and lay waste to Central City.[21]

Years later, Thawne replicates his murder of Nora by killing his own ancestor Heather Macy in front of her son,[22] who claims a "monster" did it, drawing Barry's interest. Barry subsequently sees a vision of him killing Thawne, which he believes could've been caused by the case's similarity to his mother's. After Macy's husband confesses to the crime, Thawne briefly stops by the murder scene, before speeding away.[23] Barry later sees another vision of Thawne, who taunts Barry by telling him that his future is to run alone forever;[24] unknown to Barry, this vision was actually Thawne himself, sowing doubts into his mind.[25]

The Society

At one point, Thawne was a committee member of the The Society. After Deathstroke failed to appear before them, to be tried for "renouncing" evil and Deadline losing his hand, Thawne was sent to abduct him.[26][27]

Deathstroke seemingly escaped confinement and kills every member of The Society, including Thawne. However, this was revealed to simply be part of a a hallucinogenic test by Hector Hammond. After Riddler deemed Deathstroke to still be evil, The Society had a philosophical debate. Thawne aruged that murder not maximising good is irrelevant to those that only want a good outcome for themselves, and then denied being evil, instead declaring himself "efficient". Shortly afterwards, Doctor Ikon broke in and escaped with Deathstroke, and Chairman Vandal Savage adjourned the inquiry.[27]

The Button

Reverse-Flash attacking Batman

Thawne, imprisoned in Iron Heights, was mysteriously struck by a bolt of lightning that restored memories of his previous life, including the events of Flashpoint.[28] Fleeing Iron Heights, Thawne made his way to the Batcave, where he began beating and taunting Batman, explaining that he now remembered Flashpoint and his death at the hands of that timeline's Batman, Thomas Wayne. After beating Bruce to a pulp and shredding Thomas' letter, Thawne went to examine the mysterious button that Batman had been investigating and, interacting with the residual power, was teleported into the timestream, where he apparently discovered the button's true owner.[29]

Just as the Flashpoint timeline was about to be erased, Thawne brought Thomas to the main timeline. Having taken revenge on his killer by stranding him in the very world he despised, where his son is him, Thawne resumed his time-travels.[30] Shortly afterwards, he encountered the Flash and Batman, pursuing him on the Cosmic Treadmill.[31]

Thawne outran the two and eventually made his way to where the button's radiation had led him. He demands the button's true owner to reveal himself, and when he does, Thawne becomes frightened for his life. Thawne then starts to become disintegrated by this being,[31] and is teleported back into the batcave, burning in blue flames and claiming that he had seen "God." The Reverse-Flash then collapsed, seemingly dead.[29]

Running Scared

Reverse-Flash bests Flash

Thawne's corpse was later moved to the S.T.A.R. Labs morgue. However, the Negative Speed Force resurrected and regenerated him.[6] Thawne then returns to his home in the future, only to find it radically changed in light of his regained New Earth memories. Desiring to uncover the changes made to history, he then returns back to the past.[2] He is present at Iris' house when she arrives with her younger nephew, Wallace, following Multiplex's attack at Barry's birthday party, terrifying the pair.[6]

Thawne interrogated the clueless pair over the alterations to the timeline, mentioning New Earth events. Wallace attempted to fight him off, but was savagely beaten while Thawne told him he was not Kid Flash or even the real Wally West. Upon realizing that Iris wasn't aware of Barry's secret identity in this timeline, he kidnapped and took her to the 25th Century,[32] where he trapped Iris at the Flash Museum to lure Barry. After revealing his motives and taunting Barry over how he hurts everyone in his life, Thawne proceeded to savagely beat the Flash and unmasked him in front of Iris.[2]

Reverse-Flash dies again

He then showed Barry and Iris what had become of their children Dawn and Don, and blamed their descent into rogues on Barry for neglecting them in favour of being the Flash. After manipulating Flash over the pain and lies that followed him, he tricked him by making him run right into the Negative Speed Force alongside him, seemingly trapping his nemesis. He promptly returned back to the Flash Museum, where he immediately broke his 'promise' to leave Iris alone. However, before Thawne could do anything, a 'negative' Flash returned and attacked Thawne, who was amazed over how 'beautiful' his foe had become.[21]

They fought across the timeline, during which Thawne urged Barry to ditch the Flash Family and instead become his friend and partner - a proposition that Barry instantly rejected. Returning to the future, their battle culminated in Barry taking the Negative Speed Force from his foe. Thawne, undeterred, stated that he will return as he always had, over and over again. In response, Iris disintegrated him with a ray gun from a nearby exhibit, killing him.[3]

Flash War and Heroes in Crisis

Thawne's death at Iris' hands sowed the seed for a rift between Barry and Wally, and was exploited by Hunter Zolomon.[17] Furious over Thawne's several deaths,[33] Zolomon sent the Renegades to arrest Iris for his murder,[34] as part of a plan to engineer conflict between the Flashes, which ended with Wally going to Sanctuary.[35][36] Unknown to them all, Thawne himself had also manipulated Barry and Wally into conflict via his Negative Speed Force hypnosis abilities.[25]

After the Speed Force caused an explosion at Sanctuary in order to purge Savitar from it,[37] which killed the various residents in the process, Thawne hypnotised Wally (who mistakenly believed he had caused the massacre) into framing Harley Quinn and Booster Gold.[25] This led to a series of events that culminated in Wally giving himself up and being imprisoned.[38]

The Flash Age

To learn how to defeat a freed Paradox, Barry traveled back to the night of Nora's murder in order to find Thawne. Thawne was shocked to learn that Paradox escaped, and after a brief fight, proposed to Barry that they team up to defeat him.[39]

Barry and Thawne time traveled to the 25th Century Flash Museum, from where Thawne retrieved his lightning rod, and then traveled to the past, from before the scientist named Chris became Paradox. Thawne told Barry that they were here to kill Chris, arguing that it is the only way to stop Paradox. Barry refused, so Thawne attempted to kill Chris himself, only for Barry to intervene. Barry then attempted to send Thawne back to Nora's death, only for Thawne to reveal that he was aware of all of his own future history and deaths. However, their fight was interrupted by the arrival of Paradox and the captured Godspeed. Paradox proceeded to kill his past self, amassing a large amount of paradox energy. Thawne then attempted to defeat Paradox using his lightning rod once again, only for Paradox to subdue him, snap his rod in half and erase the timeline.[5]

Reverse-Flash kills Godspeed

Thawne, Barry and August then found themselves in Paradox's realm, where Thawne realized that reality could still be saved. Paradox then arrived and unleashed his energy on the trio. Thawne again insisted that they must kill Paradox, but Barry instead challenged him to use his time travel expertise to prevent Chris from becoming Paradox in the first place. Thawne then traveled back to Barry's duel with the Turtle and saved Chris from being hit by the fight's energy, erasing both Paradox and his realm. After the three speedsters returned to the restored timeline, August sought to learn from Thawne who killed his brother. Thawne then snapped August's neck as he revealed it was him. He remarked that no one would remember Godspeed in the future and quickly beaten an enraged Barry senseless before leaving, vowing to get his own "Reverse-Flash Family".[18]

Finish Line

Thawne gathered Dawn and Don along with Grodd, the Turtle, and Rogues from previous times to team up against the Flash as the Legion of Zoom.[40] Upon ambushing Barry and beating him, Thawne vibrated his body in order to possess Barry's.[22] After doing a few heroic acts, he takes Bart Allen and challenges him to a race. Thawne then nearly killed Trickster and tried to convince Bart to give up being a hero, but Bart easily sees through the ruse and attacks Thawne while he's with Iris, Wallace, and Avery.[41]

After Jay Garrick arrived to help protect Barry's family, Thawne runs off to Nora Allen's grave in order to steal the temporal energy in her body to keep his control over Barry. However, the Legion of Zoom soon has second thoughts over his plan and Trickster betrayed their location to the Flash Family, leading to an enraged Thawne sending him back to his time. Bart then freed Don and Dawn from Thawne's brainwashing and Barry is able to regain control of his body while also freeing Max Mercury and Jesse Quick from the Speed Force.[20]

In response, Thawne pulled even more of Barry's enemies from different times and wreaked havoc across Central City. The ensuing brawl began to slowly tear the city apart, and as Max brought more of the Flash's allies from over the years to help even the odds, Barry and Thawne fought once again. Thawne then revealed to Barry that he used his hypnotic abilities to negatively influence the Flashes multiple times so that they and their allies never had a future. Their fight was interrupted by a sudden blast of energy from Wally which managed to spook Thawne into running.[25]

Barry ran after Thawne and the two fought within the Speed Force; it was then during their fight that Barry did something he hadn't expected: he forgave Thawne, believing it was time to let go of his hatred of him. Enraged, Thawne blindly ran into Barry's trap of phasing through him, thus resetting his timeline to a harmless museum curator of the Flash Museum in the 25th Century and erasing the Reverse-Flash from existence, finally giving Thawne a peaceful life.[42]


  • Negative Speed Force Generation: Thawne created his own negative version of the Flash's Speed Force, with its own unique energy signature. He can tap into the energy as normal speedsters do with the positive Speed Force. The Negative Speed Force grants Thawne the power to move at incredible speeds, among many other abilities.[1]
    • Superhuman Speed: Thawne is capable of moving at vast superhuman speeds, fast enough to match Barry Allen.[31] However, due to his obsessive desperation to be like Barry, Thawne can never let himself be faster than the person he wants to be.[43] When fighting the Flash, Thawne raced around the Earth dozens of times and across space and time at incalculable speeds.[3] His immense speed allows him to generate superhuman force, allowing him to deal devastating blows to opponents.[29]
    • Superhuman Reflexes: Thawne possesses reflexes far greater than a normal human being. This allows him to easily react to danger and events, and perceive the world in slow motion.[29]
    • Superhuman Stamina: Thawne's body can handle the stress of moving at superhuman speeds for long periods of time without getting tired or weak.[29]
    • Superhuman Agility: Thawne's agility, balance, and bodily coordination are enhanced to superhuman levels. This allows him to easily maneuver while moving at superhuman speed.[29]
    • Superhuman Strength: Thawne can use his speed to amplify his natural strength. In a fight with Batman, Thawne was able to easily toss Bruce around with great force, and deliver deadly blows with his fists.[29] He has been shown capable of effortlessly lifting and dragging the Flash around at super-speed, using only hand.[2] He was also able to easily break Kid Flash's bones and tendons by applying pressure with his foot.[32]
    • Negative Speed Force Aura: The Negative Speed Force manifests a protective aura around Thawne's entire body that shields him from the negative effects of moving at super-speed, such as air friction and kinetic impacts.
      • Superhuman Durability: Thawne can resist tremendous kinetic impact forces with ease. He has been able to withstand hits from the Flash while moving at intense speeds, endure a point blank blast of lightning to the face,[39] and even withstand being pushed through time and pummeled into the ground of a prehistoric Earth.[3]
    • Dimensional Travel: Thawne can use his speed to travel in and out of the timestream, allowing him to travel to other planes of reality and traverse dimensions at will.[1] He is also able to instantly travel in and out of the Negative Speed Force.[21]
    • Electrokinesis: Thawne is able to generate and manipulate the electrical energy that he draws from the Negative Speed Force. This lightning emanates off of him as red electrical arcs from all around his body, and from his eyes as streaks, especially when he moves at super speed.[29]
      • Electro-Blast: Thawne can project powerful arcs and blasts of his Negative Speed Force lightning.[25]
      • Electromagnetism: Thawne's electrokinetic abilities allow him to disrupt and control the electromagnetic spectrum to some extent. He mainly uses this power to control his suit's armor. When he releases his suit from his ring, the pieces of it are conducted by his lightning to form the suit around him.[2] Thawne's lightning has also been shown to interfere with, and fry electronics.[1]
      • Power Absorption: By creating an electrical field around a person and focusing it, Thawne can use his negative energy to "steal years" from other's lifelines, adding to his power. This process rapidly ages the victim to death. [6][3]
    • Enhanced Senses: The Negative Speed Force grants Thawne enhanced senses that allow him to perceive the world at a rate attuned his reaction speed, as well as grants him extra temporal senses.
      • Cosmic Awareness: Thawne was able to "feel" the presence of Doctor Manhattan, "like a wave of static electricity", and was aware of his alterations to time and reality, despite no one else having knowledge of this at the time.[1]
    • Molecular Acceleration: Thawne can vibrate his own molecular structure at varying degrees for a number of purposes, by adjusting to different frequencies. Through contact, he can even use his vibrations to send someone back to their home dimension.[20]
      • Hypnosis: Thawne can speak at a hypnotic frequency that can push and pull others to do things they would never do, by subconsciously creating doubt in their minds. He has used this ability to manipulate the Flashes on multiple instances. Thawne can do this at a vibrational frequency that makes him imperceptible to other speedsters, leaving no trace that he was ever there.[25] He could even use this to completely brainwash people, as he did to Dawn and Don Allen.[20]
      • Intangibility: By vibrating his molecules on an atomic level, and by doing so at just the right frequency, Thawne can allow himself to become intangible, allowing people or objects to pass right through him.[29]
      • Phasing: By vibrating his molecules at just the right frequency, Thawne can allow himself to become momentarily intangible, and phase through objects.[29]
      • Possession: By vibrating at the right frequency, Thawne can possess the bodies of others. He was able to merge himself with Barry Allen, sending Barry's essence into the Speed Force, leaving Thawne with complete control over his body.[19]
    • Regeneration: Thawne can regenerate from injury much faster than any normal human, and is able to regrow entire body parts and organs.[6]
      • Resurrection: Even after being disintegrated by Doctor Manhattan, Thawne's ability to regenerate allowed him to be resurrected.[6][2]
    • Retrocognition: After being hit by lightning in his cell at Iron Heights, Thawne gained the memories of his life before the Flashpoint, including his death at the hands of Thomas Wayne, despite these memories being erased from his mind after the Flashpoint.[28][44][32][2][21][3] He also experiences every single one of his deaths, including those from prior timelines and versions of reality, at the same time.[39]
    • Shock Wave Projection: Thawne possess the ability to create very powerful sonic booms and shock waves with just the clap of his hands,[29] or a snap of his fingers.[44]
    • Time Travel: Thawne can use his speed to freely travel throughout time, and does not need assistance from the Cosmic Treadmill.[1] He is master of time travel and time manipulation.[18]
      • Reality Alteration: Thawne's ability to travel throughout the timestream allows him to manipulate events at will to satisfy his own needs.[1] By taking his time within the moment and jumping back into the timestream before time restarts, Thawne can change history without shattering the timeline (and thus, without causing any side-effects, such as a Flashpoint).[18]


  • Deception: Thawne organized each of his acolytes' origin stories, forcing them to trust him as he "saved" them at just the right time; a ploy he kept up for centuries.[7] He was also able to manipulate Barry into trusting him multiple times, only to subsequently betray him.[21][18]
  • Genius Level Intellect/Science: Thawne's brilliant mind and broad science acumen enabled him to harness residual energy traces off Flash's old costume and create a "negative" version of the Speed Force in order to fuel his own powers.[1]
  • Hand-to-Hand Combat (Advanced): Thawne's mastery over his speed has allowed him to become a dangerous and experienced fighter. Utilizing his powers, Thawne created an effective fighting style to combat all types of opponents.[14][4] He has even faced highly experienced fighters like Batman and won.[29] Due to him remembering everything about his past lives involving Earth-One, New Earth, Flashpoint, and Prime Earth. He's an expert and deadly combatant against anyone he faces in battle.[28][2][21][3] Thawne has lived and trained for centuries, allowing him to become not only a master of his powers, but become a dangerous and experienced opponent in the process.[45][46][47][48]
  • Historiography: Thawne is very knowledgeable on world history and culture, spanning all the way back to Magali's ancient times.[7] In addition to being an expert on the history of the Flash,[32][2] Thawne has also memorized every version of his own entire history, past and future, including all the changes and deaths.[39][5]
  • Intimidation: Thawne's intimidating presence can be attributed to his immense power and sociopathic mentality.
  • Leadership: Thawne led a team of his own "acolytes", dedicated to taking down the "demon" Flash.[7]
  • Mechanical Engineering: After discovering Rip Hunter's lost journals, Thawne was capable of building a Cosmic Treadmill, similar to the Flash's original one.[4]
  • Multilingualism: Thawne speaks English, Nahuatl, Spanish, and Zulu.[7]
  • Pedagogy: As a professor, Thawne shared his vast knowledge regarding the Flash and the Speed Force with others.[2] As the leader of his acolytes, Thawne was concerned with teaching them how to best use their metahuman abilities, as well as other knowledge they would need to combat the Flash.[7]
  • Tactical Analysis: Thawne had been teaching tactics to his acolytes for centuries, preparing them for the battle against the Flash.[14]
  • Temporal Mechanics: Thawne holds expertise in the study and theory of time, being aware of and able to identify the "strange" nature of alterations to the timeline. His unmatched understanding of this concept make Thawne a master of both time travel and time manipulation,[16][5] allowing him to alter the timeline in the way he wants without consequences, something that other speedsters cannot do.[18] He also possesses great knowledge and understanding of the Speed Force and Negative Speed Force.

Other Characteristics


  • Costume: Thawne's costume is a near-exact duplicate of Barry's, but with the colors and emblem reversed (red and yellow are swapped, white is black). Also, unlike Barry's, his mask does not usually cover his chin. The New 52 costume was black and yellow, with a diamond red and black emblem.
  • Costume Ring: Thawne possesses a ring, similar to (or the same as) the one owned by Flash, which he uses to store his costume in.
  • Lightning Rod (Formerly): Thawne used to own a lightning rod that could channel the Speed Force into a destructive force.[5]
  • Power-Theft Glove (Formerly): Thawne briefly held a glove, created by Henry Allen, to steal the powers of others connected to the Speed Force.

  • Reverse-Flash was created by John Broome and Carmine Infantino, first appearing in The Flash #139. However, in the Prime Earth continuity, Reverse-Flash first appeared as part of the New 52 DC Universe in The Flash (Volume 4) #40 by Robert Venditti, Van Jensen, and Brett Booth.
  • In the New 52, Thawne was an amalgam of both New Earth Zooms. Like the previous Eobard Thawne, he comes from the 25th Century, and like Hunter Zolomon, he was haunted by the trauma of his father killing his mother. His powers were also based on both his New Earth self's Speed Force connection and Zolomon's chronokinesis.
  • With DC Rebirth, Thawne is restored to his original status quo. His powers are once again superspeed derived from his Negative Speed Force[1] and his origin is revised to be closer to his Pre-Flashpoint one, albeit with some differences and a changed motive:
    • Rather than being a former fan of the Flash whose idolism of Barry turned into hatred after Barry defeated him and turned him in for engineering threats to people,[49][50] Thawne remains an obsessive fan who sought to rehabilitate himself after that[2] and only became the Reverse-Flash after later coming to believe that only by tormenting Barry will he spend time with him.[3]
    • Instead of already being the Flash Museum professor when he first managed to tap into the Speed Force,[49] he became a professor and the Flash Museum curator as part of his rehabilitation.[2]
    • Rather than his parents dying when he was an adult,[49] they died when he was a child.[2]
    • Instead of wanting to kill Barry,[50] Thawne seeks to ruin Barry's life until he starts to treat him specially and see him as his true friend.[2][3]
  • Thawne's electrokinesis allows him to glow his eyes red, with his sclera turned black.
  • Thawne had grey hair in the New 52 (similar to when New Earth Thawne was reintroduced), while DC Rebirth changes the color to red (the character's original hair colour).
  • In spite of the character's Rebirth revision, Thawne's New 52 history is shown to have still existed in-continuity, to some extent, and hasn't been entirely retconned.[15][2] This discrepancy has yet to be explained.



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