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Do what you have to... we must save the world. We must save the world...
~ The Flash
I can't run from it. If it's that important, I'm damned if I'm going to run from it.
~ The Flash
Life is locomotion... if you're not moving, you're not living. But there comes a time when you've got to stop running away from things... and you've got to start running towards something, you've got to forge ahead. Keep moving. Even if your path isn't lit... trust that you'll find your way.
~ The Flash

Bartholomew Henry "Barry" Allen is The Flash, a fictional character and superhero from the Silver Age and later the Modern Age of the DC comics.

He is the son of Henry and Nora Allen, the younger twin brother of the villain Cobalt Blue, and father of the Dawn and Don Allen (The Tornado Twins). He is and a superhero and a forensic scientist, who can channel the speed force, allowing him be the fastest man alive. Though there are many iterations of The Flash, Barry Allen is the second iteration, and is considered the most iconic iteration from DC comics. He is the main protagonist of The Flash franchise, and has appeared in numerous media since his first appearance.

He was created by the late Robert Kanigher, the late John Broome, and the late Carmine Infantino, and first appeared in Showcase #4 in October of 1956.


Silver Age

As a boy, Barry Allen idolized the Golden Age Flash, Jay Garrick, and was inspired by the Scarlet Speedster to do his part to enforce the law, becoming a police criminologist upon graduating college. One night, while preparing for his first date with reporter Iris West, Barry was struck by a bolt of lightning that his the chemicals he was working with.

He would later discover that the chemicals had given him the power of super speed, being able to move at velocities exceeding the speed of light. Taking inspiration from Jay, Barry put together his iconic scarlet and yellow uniform, becoming the new Flash.

After several years of protecting Central City, Barry died in Crisis on Infinite Earths when he sacrificed himself to save the Multiverse from the Anti-Monitor's anti-matter cannon...converting to electricity and becoming the very lightning that gave him his powers. During the Final Crisis, Barry returned from the dead, and is once more the Flash.


Upset over the murder of his mother when he was a child, Barry goes into the timestream and rescues her. When Barry returns, he realizes that the present has been drastically altered. Bruce Wayne is dead, Superman is a government specimen and Wonder Woman is at war with Aquaman. Barry gets Thomas Wayne, the Batman of that reality, Cyborg and Superman and they try to stop the conflict in order to find out who the real villain is.

Barry runs into the Reverse Flash, who tells him that although he's relishing this reality, Barry was the sole culprit. It turns out that any tampering with the timestream through use of the Speed Force will damage and alter the present, even in ways it won't be normally (ex. Barry saving his mom shouldn't have changed Superman's arrival on earth, Bruce's parents being gunned down, etc).

Barry decides to go back and stop his past self from saving his mother. The two Barrys get into a fight but the wiser Barry wins out in the end, creating the New 52 reality. When Barry tells Batman about all this, he confirms the events by giving Bruce a letter from his father. Moved by his father's words of comfort, Batman tells Barry he's one hell of a messenger.


Early Life

Bartholomew Henry "Barry" Allen was born in Fallville, Iowa to Henry and Nora Allen, and was born with a twin-brother two weeks late. Barry's twin-brother was pronounced stillborn by Dr. Gilmore, but he was actually born healthy, and was given to the Thawnes after they lost their child during birth. Barry and his twin-brother being born late was a foreshadowing of the former being always of being late. When Barry was a child, his mother was killed and his father was convicted to the crime, causing Barry to have a strong sense of justice, wanting to prove his father's innocence.

During his youth, Barry read the adventures of his favorite superhero Jay Garrick, who was the original Flash, and would act out his adventures with his friend Daphne Dean. In high school, Barry was known for being easy going, and gained a fear of roller-coasters after going on a date with a girl who put motion into his life. Barry later gained an interest in chemistry, which would help with his farming skills, and later helped him won first place in the Fallville County Fair Agricultural Competition.

The prize also included a scholarship to Sun City University, and Barry later graduated with a major in organic chemistry and a minor in criminology in three years. During his senior year, Barry helped the authorities apprehend a bank robber, and was offered a job at the Central City Police Department Scientific Detection Bureau. Barry accepted the offer and moved to Central City, and began dating news reporter Iris West.

Becoming The Flash

One night, Barry returned to an experiment during an electrical storm, and a bolt of lightning streaked through a window. The lighting streak shattered a chemical cabinet and covered Barry in the electrified chemicals, and Barry decided to return home in a taxi. He had to chase the taxi, and when doing so, he ran straight past it as if it was standing still. Wanting to collect his thoughts, Barry decided to go to a diner, where he caught the spilled items from a waitress. The next day, Barry saved Iris from a stray bullet, and he realized that the chemical accident gave him superhuman speed.

Barry decided to use his powers to help people, and designed a costume that would work with a battery powered ring that he wore on his finger. He decided to call himself The Flash, which was a tribute to Jay Garrick, and decided to conceal his identity by wearing a mask. Barry worked by defeating criminals, and one of the first villains he faced was the Turtle Man.

Later in his heroic career, Barry became a founding member of the Justice League of America, and befriended the Green Lantern Hal Jordan. Barry and Hal became best friends, and the two went on many adventures both with and without the Justice League. Later on, Barry discovered that Jay Garrick was a real superhero, and became friends with the original Flash. It was later revealed, however, that Barry was part of the conspiracy of wiping Doctor Light's memory as revealed in Identity Crisis.

While dating Iris, her nephew Wally West later became a speedster himself after Barry set up the chemicals that caused him to become one. Wally wished he could become like the Flash, and a thunderstorm came and caused Wally and the chemicals to make him a speedster, and was called Kid Flash by the public. Later on, Barry proposed to Iris, who accepted and the tow married despite Professor Zoom wanting to foil the ceremony. Barry hid his superhero identity from Iris, but she knew he was The Flash due to him speaking in his sleep during their honeymoon.

Barry feared that the accident had made him less human, and that he wouldn't be able to have children with Iris. After performing many tests on himself, it was determined that he could have children, and Barry revealed his identity to Iris. Despite this, Barry lost his wife from Professor Zoom at a masquerade party, and Barry chased him into the timestream and left him there. Later on, Zoom returned to kill Barry's new fiancé Fiona Webb, but the speedster killed the professor, and was charged with manslaughter.

Later on, Barry was brought to the 30th century where he found a reborn Iris, and the two had twins named Don and Dawn Allen. Barry made a stop in time to help Wally fight against Zoom, and since there were two of them, he sent his Zoom through the timestream. Afterward, Barry returned to the 30th century, and decided to retire from his life as a superhero.


Barry was brought out of retirement during The Crisis on Infinite Earths, as the 30th century was beginning to fall apart and reality starting to become fractured. Barry returned to the 20th century to warn his allies, but he was pulled into the Antimatter Universe by the Anti-Monitor, and he was mentally tortured by Psycho-Pirate. The Flash was able to use the Psycho-Pirate to turn all of Anti-Monitor's servants against him, and was able to destroy the Anti-Monitor's anti-matter cannon. However, as a result of doing so, Barry entered the Speed Force forever due to running beyond his speed.

There are several different accounts on what happened after Barry's death, as one showed him transforming into electricity as he went back in time, and struck his past self, explaining how he got his powers. In the Terminal Velocity storyline, it introduced the concept of the Speed Force, portraying the force as the Valhalla for speedsters. Barry was shown joining the ranks of legendary speedsters, and became the lighting bolt that struck him in the chemical accident. In the Marvel Universe, there was a character who had amnesia, who remembered that name was something like Buried Alien, and he adopted the alias Fastfoward.

Oliver Queen later met Barry when he visited an aspect of Heaven, and the speedster gave him advice on the afterlife. Thessaly also encountered him at the Dead Legends Café, and is portrayed as a amnesiac who doesn't remember his own name, but holds some of his heroic characteristics. During the Infinite Crisis, Barry aided his grandson, Bart Allen in dealing with Superboy-Prime, alongside Johnny Quick and Max Mercury.


Barry returned in Final Crisis, as he is seen chasing the bullet that killed Orion through time, and was being chased by the Black Racer. While running through time, he meets Wally West and Jay Garrick, telling them to run before accelerating one month into the future with Wally. The two found the world conquered by Darkseid, and discovered that Wonder Woman, Batwoman, Catwoman and Giganta have been corrupted by the Anti-Life. After breaking Iris free from the Anti-Life Equation's hold, Barry and Wally met with Jay, and Barry explained his plan to lead the Black Racer to Darkseid and let his soul claim him.

Barry and Wally managed to lead Black Racer to Darkseid's base, and the two managed to have the Black Racer remove Darkseid's essence from Dan Turpin by using his own Omega Beams against him. Afterward, though his family and friends were happy that he was back, Barry was uneasy, being unable to explain how he escaped the Speed Force. Barry met with Hal Jordan, and told him to inform the others that he wasn't going to the parties celebrating his return. Going on patrol, a rogue speedster named Savitar escaped the Speed Force through Barry, but disintegrated when Barry managed to catch him.

Powers and Abilities


  • Speed Force Conduit: Barry's powers come directly from the Speed Force, and he is able to generate from it as a conduit.
    • Limitless Speed: Barry has the potential to be the fastest of the Flash iterations, and as a result of being a conduit of the Speed Force, is considered one of fastest beings in all of existence. He was fast enough to outpace Superman, break dimensional barriers, and is fast enough to run on photons, molecules, clouds and energy blasts.
    • Superhuman Strength, Stamina, Agility, Reflexes, and Durability:
    • Molecular Vibration/Phasing: Barry is capable of phasing though objects as a result of his speed, and can cause molecules in objects to vibrate.
    • Electrokinesis: Barry can generate and project electricity.
    • Regenerative Healing Factor:
    • Velocity Sharpened Perceptions:
    • Time/Dimension Travel:
    • Frictionless Aura:
    • Speed Mind: Following the events of Flashpoint, Barry developed the Speed Force talent to use his brain to calculate multiple probable outcomes and predict the next probable chain of events.
    • Air Manipulation:
    • Nigh Omnipotence: Barry gets this power via the speed force. He is the only one that has a special connection and he eventually becomes the speed force by protecting it. He cannot die as long as he is the savior of the earth.


  • High Intelligence: Barry is highly intelligent, having majored in chemistry and minoring in criminology, making him a skilled chemist and investigator.
  • Criminology: Having minored in criminology at Sun City University, Barry is an expert investigator, as he wanted to prove his father's innocence after he was convicted of his mother's murder.
  • Hand-to-Hand Combatant: Barry is a master combatant, being considered an advanced hand-to-hand combatant, and knows boxing, kickboxing, krav maga, kung fu, karate and judo.


  • Iris West
  • Daphne Dean
  • Fiona Webb



  • In Justice League: The New Frontier, he was voiced by Neil Patrick Harris, who also played Barney Stinson in How I Met Your Mother, Patrick Winslow in The Smurfs films, and also voiced Lou in the Cats & Dogs films and Prince Gumball in Adventure Time.
  • In Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox, he was voiced by Justin Chambers.
  • In Justice League: War, he was voiced by Christopher Gorham.
    • Gorham reprised his voice for the character in Justice League: Throne of Atlantis and Justice League vs. Teen Titans.
  • In the DC Extended Universe, he is portrayed by Ezra Miller.
  • In Teen Titans: The Judas Contract, he was voiced by Jason Spisak, who also voiced Wally West and Beast Boy in Young Justice.
  • In The Lego Batman Movie, he was voiced by Adam DeVine.
  • In DC Super Heroes vs. Eagle Talon, he was voiced by Daisuke Namikawa.


  • In Legends of the Superheroes, he was portrayed by Rod Haase.
  • In Superfriends, he was voiced by the late Jack Angel.
  • In the titular 1990 tv series, he was portrayed by John Wesley Shipp, who later returned for the role in CW series.
  • In Justice League of America, he was portrayed by Kenny Johnston.
  • In Superman: The Animated Series, he was voiced by Charlie Schlatter, who also played Ferris Bueller in the tv series, and also voiced Kevin Levin in Ben 10, Timmy in Winx Club, and Kick Buttowski in the titular series.
    • Schlatter reprised his voice for the character in The Batman, Lego Batman: The Movie - DC Super Heroes Unite, Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes, Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, Lego Dimensions, Justice League Action and Scooby-Doo and Guess Who?
  • In the DC Animated Universe series Justice League and Justice League Unlimited, he was voiced by Michael Rosenbaum, who also voiced Kid Flash in Teen Titans.
    • Rosenbaum reprised his voice for the character in Justice League: Doom, Infinite Crisis, and Lego DC Super-Villains.
  • In Batman: The Brave and the Bold, he was voiced by Alan Tudyk, who also voiced Alistair Krei in Big Hero 6, Heihei in Moana, K-2SO in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Ludo in Star Vs. The Force of Evil.
  • In Young Justice, he was voiced by George Eads (who also voiced Captain Atom in the DC Animated Universe), and later by James Arnold Taylor (who also voiced Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars: Rebels, Plo Koon in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Ratchet in the Ratchet & Clank series, Johnny Test in the titular series, Happy in Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep, and Tidus in Final Fantasy X), in "Endgame".
    • Taylor reprised his voice for the character in the straight-to-dvd Lego series.
  • In the CW's Arrowverse, he is portrayed by Grant Gustin.
  • In DC Super Hero Girls, he was voiced by Josh Keaton, who also voiced Young Hercules in the titular Disney film, Spider-Man in The Spectacular Spider-Man, Jak in Jak & Daxter, Valerian Mengsk in the StarCraft series, and Nightwing in the Arkhamverse.
    • Keaton reprised his voice for the character in DC Super Hero Girls: Super Hero High.
  • In 2019s DC Super Hero Girls, he was voiced by Phil LaMarr, who voices Kotal Kahn in the Mortal Kombat series, Samurai Jack in the titular series, Bail Organa and Kit Fisto in Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels, Green Lantern in the DC Animated Universe, Wilt in Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends, Static in Static Shock, and Ethan "Bubblegum" Tate and Dwight Conrad in Futurama.
  • In Harley Quinn, he was voiced by Scott Porter, who also voiced Nightwing in Batman: Arkham Knight, Luke in Telltale's The Walking Dead, Lukas in Minecraft: Story Mode, and Scarlet Spider in the 2010 Marvel Animated Universe.

Video Games

  • In Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe, he was voiced by Taliesin Jaffe, who also voiced England in Hetalia, and Crazy Dave in Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2.
    • Jaffe reprised his voice for the character in Injustice 2.
  • In DC Universe Online, he was voiced by Dwight Schultz, who also played H.M. Murdock in The A-Team, and also voiced Helios in God of War: Chains of Olympus, Mung Daal in Chowder, Dingodile in Crash Nitro Kart, King Constantine in Barbie: Starlight Adventure, and Python in Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops.
  • In Injustice: Gods Among Us, he was voiced by Neal McDonough, who also played Damien Darhk in the Arrowverse.


We fight, like families do... but I love them all. No matter the mistakes they've made. And you're right... I've hurt them too many times already. I'm done with that. Never again.
~ Barry Allen about the Flash Family.
People in this city need help and I can help them.
~ Flash in the CW tv series
Got commit to being a hero
~ Flash in Injustice 2
Romantic comedies. Chocolate Cake.
~ Flash joking about his weakness


  • Ranked 49th greatest hero of all time by IGN.
  • Ranked 8th on IGN's "Top 20 Heroes of DC Comics" in 2013.
  • According to Wally West, Barry insists they be late for everything to protect their secret identities.


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