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Quote1 Think about your best friend. It could be your wife, your father, someone you grew up with. It's the person you can't wait to talk to at the end of the day. The person who knows everything about you, who roots for you. Now imagine you discover your best friend has a secret - no, not a secret, a universe of secrets - would you confront him? Would you stay silent? Either way you know nothing will ever be the same again. Quote2
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Iris West is a journalist in Central City, as well as the best friend and later wife of Barry Allen, also known as the Flash. She is also a secondary leader of Team Flash and the boss of newspaper The Central City Citizen.


Iris is the daughter of Joe and Francine West. When she was a child, Francine abandoned her family, making Iris grow up with Joe alone. Iris met Barry Allen when his mother was murdered by a "man in yellow" and Joe adopted him to live with them. Years later, Barry was struck by lightning and fell into a coma; Iris was going to visit him every day. In the meantime, Iris started dating police detective Eddie Thawne, who was her father's partner. When Barry woke up, metahumans started to appear in the city, including Flash, which Iris would later discover was Barry.

Joining Team Flash

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Iris briefly becames the Flash.

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2049 Timeline

The Original Timeline

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Barry and Iris in the new 2049 Timeline.

At some point before 2024, Iris and Barry had a daughter, Nora, who inherited the same powers of Barry, and S.T.A.R. Labs was converted into the Flash Museum to honor the Flash's deeds. According to Eobard Thawne, Nora's name was Dawn in the original timeline, before he killed her grandmother Nora Allen.[3]

In 2024, the Crisis on Infinite Earths happened, and the Flash and several other heroes faced the Reverse-Flash and his army of Shadow Demons, while the skies turned red in all of the reality. In the end, the Flash and Reverse-Flash vanished in a flash of light and Green Arrow died in battle.

After this, Iris wrote an article at Central City Citizen about the Crisis and implanted a power-dampening chip into Nora's neck, in order to depower her as she was hurt by Barry's loss and afraid of the possibility of Nora following his father's superhero career. When Nora discovered this, she became against Iris, as she blamed her for lying to her for most of her life about his father and her powers. Estranging from her mother, Nora traveled to 2018 and became a superheroine called XS. Eventually, this timeline was erased when Thawne freed himself and ran to the past.[4][5][6]

New Timeline In the new timeline, Barry survived the Crisis, so the past events of the 2040s never hapened.[7]




  • Time Sickness (Formerly)


  • Pistols
  • B.O.O.T

  • Iris's birthday is June 24, 1989.[15]



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