- You're a hero, Barry. You couldn't kill me before. You won't kill me now.
- — Hunter Zolomon src
Hunter Zolomon was a serial killer from Earth-2, also known as the maniacal super-speedster known as Zoom. Having gotten tired of being the villain, Hunter decided to become "the hero" after capturing Jay Garrick, the Flash of Earth-3, masquerading as "Jay" to gain Barry Allen's trust. After his defeat, Time Wraiths turned Zolomon into the Black Flash, reduced to nothing but a slave to the will of the Speed Force.
When he was 11, Hunter saw his father kill his mother. Hunter's father ended up in jail and Hunter was raised in foster care since no relative wanted him. Hunter later became a convicted serial killer, and was going through electroshock therapy when Earth-2 Harrison Wells' particle accelerator exploded underground. This connected him to the Speed Force, and he escaped. Zolomon killed some police officers and left one to tell the story. The one police officer said he saw a man "zooming", giving Zolomon the alias of Zoom. Zoom later killed the police officer in his house.
Hateful of the world around him, Zoom later had an army of metahumans serving under him. Interested in further increasing his speed, Hunter Zolomon started to use the Velocity serums that he engineered with his knowledge of chemistry. The serums worked and with his new speed traveled to alternate worlds. Encountering Jay Garrick, he kept him prisoner and impersonated him. He acted as the Flash to give people hope and to be Zoom to take that hope away. He later discovered that the Velocity serums were killing him. He tried to take Jay's speed, but it didn't work. The Speed Force discovered what he did and took his power away from him. Without additional speed force in his body, he would die. An opportunity for restoration presented itself in form of breaches to Earth-1 opening after the confrontation between Barry Allen and Eobard Thawne. Zoom realized what he needed to do to save his life and started the invasion of the other Earth with his obedient meta-humans. While Zoom's "breachers" fought the Flash, forcing him to improve his abilities, especially his speed, Hunter Zolomon masqueraded as Jay Garrick to gain the trust of Barry Allen, becoming his mentor, as well Caitlin Snow, the creator of Velocity 9, with whom Hunter had fallen in love. His eventual goal was to destroy the entire Multiverse, save for Earth-1, because it was the center of the Multiverse. However, he was defeated by Barry, who created a Time Remnant which stopped Zoom's machine, killing himself in the process. Barry was about to kill him, but chose not to as two Time Wraiths appeared out of the Speed Force. The Time Wraiths then transformed Zoom into a hideous corpse-like creature, and dragged him into the Speed Force.
As the demonic Black Flash, Zolomon returned in the post-Flashpoint timeline as a mindless being bound to the will of the Speed Force for all eternity, while hunting down a time remnant of Eobard Thawne who existed in the new timeline due to Flashpoint, but was not supposed to exist because of ancestor Eddie Thawne's suicide. After the Legion of Doom assembled the Spear of Destiny and altered reality, Zolomon was held captive by Eobard in S.T.A.R. Labs. After the timeline was restored, Zolomon chased down a future version of Eobard who had traveled to 1916 to ensure the Legends wouldn't return the timeline to normal, and killed Eobard, also erasing all of Eobard's time remnants. The Black Flash was later sent after Savitar, who was the time remnant of Barry Allen, as he tried to send fragments of himself through time using the Speed Force, only to be frozen and shattered by Killer Frost.
Powers and Abilities
- Speed Force Conduit: While receiving electroshock treatment, Hunter was hit by a wave of dark matter from the S.T.A.R. Labs particle accelerator. This altered his DNA and supercharged his cells with electricity, granting him a connection to the Speed Force. After his defeat at the hands of the Flash, Zoom was taken by Time Wraiths and transformed into the Black Flash.
- Superhuman Speed: Zoom is capable of moving at superhuman speeds, appearing as only a blur to the naked eye. According to Harrison Wells, Zoom is at least three or four times faster than The Flash. Zoom can also generate great amounts of physical force through the kinetic energy he creates by moving at superhuman speed. His speed lets him channel the force he generates into powerful strikes.
- Superhuman Reflexes: Because of his immense speed, Zoom's reflexes are heightened to superhuman levels, allowing him to react to danger instantly. He was capable of easily reacting to and catching a bolt of lightning thrown by The Flash.
- Superhuman Durability: Zoom is capable of withstanding high levels of physical harm, and suffer no injury, such as when he fell hundreds of meters to the ground and got up quickly and unharmed.
- Superhuman Agility: Zoom's balance and bodily coordination are far superior to the finest human athlete. He is able to make sharp turns while moving at superhuman speed, without losing balance.
- Superhuman Stamina: Zoom possesses superhuman stamina, which allows him to handle the stress of running at superhuman speed, without getting tired or weak.
- Superhuman Strength: Zoom is capable of effortlessly exerting great strength and force without utilizing his speed. He is strong enough to lift fully grown humans above his head with one arm, showing no strain, and breaking a person's spine with one strike.
- Accelerated Healing: Zoom is capable of healing at a very fast rate and much more efficiently than regular humans.
- Dimensional Travel: Zoom is fast enough to break open holes in the fabric of time and space to create breaches between dimensions with his own speed. He was able to create a breach to Earth-2 with a simple punching motion.
- Electrokinesis: Zoom's body generates great amounts of electricity, even if he is not moving at super speed. Zoom can also manipulate electricity, as shown when Barry threw a lightning bolt at him, which Zoom was able to solidify through touch, allowing him to grab it as a tangible object, and throw back at him. It is likely Zoom is also capable of projecting lightning bolts himself, as he taught Barry how to do so. Zoom can also transfer electricity into people, as shown when he stabbed Harry with his claws and electrocuted him.
- Enhanced Mental Process: Zoom is able to process information much faster than a normal human being. He is capable of keeping up with and clearly perceiving the movements of other speedsters while they are moving at super speed, even when he himself is not.
- Enhanced Senses: Zoom's speed extends to his senses, allowing him to see and hear normally when moving at increased speed, even when moving at, or greatly above the speed of sound, where this would normally be impossible. As the Black Flash, he can sense speedsters near him, which is a benefit as it can be assumed he is blind.
- Molecular Acceleration: Zoom can vibrate his molecular structure at various levels to achieve various effects. He can accelerate the molecules in his throat to distort his vocal cords to disguise his voice.
- Fatal Touch: As the Black Flash, Zoom can kill any speedster he touches by phasing his hand into their chest, erasing them from existence.
- Intangibility: Zoom can vibrate his cells, making his body intangible. He frequently uses this power to vibrate his entire body to conceal his form from others.
- Phasing: Zoom can vibrate any part of his body so fast, that he can easily phase through people or objects.
- Time Travel: Zoom can move fast enough to break open holes in the fabric of time and space, allowing him to travel through time.
- Time Remnant Creation: Zoom is able to essentially "clone" himself by creating a time remnant, a version of himself from either his past or future. He can do this by time traveling back moments before his current self-time travels, producing a time remnant as a result, hailing from a future that no longer exists. This effectively allows for Zoom to be two places at once.
- Deception: Zoom was able to deceive the entire team at S.T.A.R. Labs into believing he was an entirely different person, and their friend.
- Genius Level Intellect (Formerly)
- Hand-to-Hand Combat (Basic): Zoom is a skilled hand-to-hand combatant and uses his speed and strength to his advantage while fighting. Zoom uses his powerful punches, accompanied by his claws for savage slashing movements while in combat.
- Intimidation: Due to his great power and demonic appearance, Zoom has to ability to instill great fear in others. Nearly all of the meta-humans from Earth-2 fearfully speak of Zoom.
- Leadership: Zoom was able to lead his group of meta-humans into the attacks on the city.
- Tactical Analysis: Zoom is very strategic at fighting and planning, and claims he is always one step ahead. He also thought of a complex plan that would allow him to steal The Flash's speed.
- Clawed Gloves: Zoom's suit contains sharp, clawed gloves, that Zoom can use for stabbing and slashing in combat.
- This version of the character is exclusive to the continuity of the television series The Flash and is an adaptation of Hunter Zolomon. The original character was created by Geoff Johns and Scott Kolins and first appeared in The Flash Secret Files and Origins #3.
- Hunter Zolomon is portrayed by Teddy Sears.
- 32 Appearances of Hunter Zolomon (Arrowverse: Earth-2)
- 9 Images featuring Hunter Zolomon (Arrowverse: Earth-2)
- 2 Quotations by or about Hunter Zolomon (Arrowverse: Earth-2)
- Character Gallery: Hunter Zolomon (Arrowverse: Earth-2)
- The Flash (2014 TV Series) Episode: The Man Who Saved Central City
- The Flash (2014 TV Series) Episode: Flash of Two Worlds
- As revealed in The Flash (2014 TV Series) Episode: King Shark
- The Flash (2014 TV Series) Episode: Godspeed
- "Enter Zoom"
- "The Flash (2014 TV Series) Episode: Invincible"
- "The Flash (2014 TV Series) Episode: Fast Lane"
- "Welcome to Earth-2"
- "The Flash (2014 TV Series) Episode: Versus Zoom"
- "The Flash (2014 TV Series) Episode: The Race of His Life"
- "Flash of Two Worlds"
- "Family of Rogues"
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