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General Information
Real name:Barry Allen
Portrayed by:Grant Gustin



Barry Allen, also known as The Flash, is a forensic scientist from Central City who works for The Central City Police Department.

Powers and Abilities


  • Speed Force Connection: After being hit by the dark matter lightning from the particle accelerator explosion, Barry's physiology was altered, granting him access to The Speed Force.
    • Superhuman Speed: Barry is capable of moving at superhuman speeds, appearing as only a blur to the naked eye.
    • Superhuman Reflexes: Because of his great speed, Barry's reflexes are heightened to superhuman levels, allowing him to react to danger instantly. He is even capable of catching bullets.
    • Superhuman Agility: Barry's balance and bodily coordination are far superior to the finest human athlete. He is able to make sharp turns on streets without losing balance, and leap far and high in the air, while running.
    • Superhuman Stamina: Barry possesses superhuman stamina, which allows him handle the stress of running at superhuman speed, without getting tired or weak.
    • Accelerated Healing: Barry is capable of healing at a rate much quicker and efficiently than regular humans.
    • Accelerated Perception: Barry's brain is process information at an accelerated rate, which allows him to perceive events in slow motion.
    • Electrokinesis: Barry's body generates a powerful yellow electricity when he is moving at super speed. By generating enough friction on a specific part of his body, such as his hands, he is able to produce a strong shock, capable of reviving someone. Barry is also capable of electrifying water by rapidly running on it.
      • Electro Blast: After being trained by Jay Garrick, Barry learned to build up the electricity his body produces, and hurl bolts of lightning.
    • Phasing: By vibrating his molecules at the frequency of the air, Barry is capable of phasing through solid objects.
    • Time Travel: Barry can move fast enough to break open holes in the fabric of time and space, allowing him to travel through time. This power was formerly uncontrollable, as the first two of his time travels were achieved by accident, although Barry has since then gained partial control over this power.
    • Dimensional Travel: Barry is capable of moving fast enough to break open portals to alternate dimensions, although he has only done this once by accident, and needed assistance to return back to his earth.
    • Vortex Creations: By rotating his arms at super speed, Barry is capable of creating vortexes of wind and vacuums that are able to extinguish flames.
      • Flight: Barry can also rotate his arms so fast that he can propel him self through the air, creating a form of flight.


  • Chemistry
  • Criminology
  • Hand to Hand Combat (Basic)
  • Singing





See Also



Arrowverse: Oliver Queen and Barry Allen's 10 Best Friendship Moments

One of the greatest friendships in the Arrowverse has been the dynamic between Arrow’s Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) and The Flash’s Barry Allen (Grant Gustin), ever since the Central City-based hero made his way into the Emerald Archer’s second season. Following Barry’s 2-episode arc in the second season, the first spinoff was created the night Barry was struck by lightning. Since then, the two heroes have essentially been the front and center of The CW’s DC TV line-up, primarily leading the crossovers where a trinity was eventually created when Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) came into the picture.

As the Green Arrow drama came to an end this season and Oliver’s big act in Crisis on Infinite Earths, the friendship between him and Oliver is one of the biggest losses in the Arrowverse. While they only got to share the screen once a year, the two heroes have always been a pleasure to watch whenever it’s time for the crossovers. Even though Barry has plenty of incredible dynamics still going on, his time with Oliver was still one of a kind. As Oliver’s time with the Arrowverse has ended, these are 10 of his best moments with Barry.

10 The Day They Met

The moment fans learned that a Flash TV show was happening and Gustin was cast in the role, a lot of anticipation was built up towards Oliver meeting the future hero. Arrow season 2 did a 2-parter to establish Barry before he headed into his own series. Even before he got his powers, it was made clear that he would become a major deal in what became later known as the Arrowverse.

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Initially, Oliver was a bit apprehensive about Barry when he first visited Starling City. During the mysterious Mirakuru case, Barry was using this unusual case to explore the unexplained. With his mom having been mysteriously murdered by a man in yellow (Reverse-Flash): Barry was all about looking into special cases. While it didn’t start out on the best of notes, their first meeting was still a big moment. Barry being adorkable while Oliver, in his brooding way, was a bit taken back with this kid, was so enjoyable.

9 Oliver’s Mentorship Begins

Even before Barry suited up, he found a mentor in Oliver after having learned that he was the Arrow during his visit to Starling City. When The Flash first began, the pilot had a brief, but a powerful moment between Barry and Oliver as the soon-to-be Scarlet Speedster was trying to figure out what to do with his newly discovered powers. Oliver’s cameo in the series premiere was where his mentorship truly began as he gave Barry the inspirational speech he needed to officially use his speed for good.

8 Teaming Up Against Reverse-Flash

Despite having had a crossover earlier in the season, The Flash and Arrow fans got another mini-crossover between their respective seasons as the two heroes needed each other’s help. Towards the end of the spring season, the fastest man alive was in the midst of his battle with the Reverse-Flash (Tom Cavanagh) and got a few super-friends to help out.

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For their penultimate showdown in the first season, Barry got the help of Firestorm (Robbie Amell) as well as Oliver (who was going by Al Sah-him temporarily) to take down Eobard Thawne. The trio working together to stop the villainous speedster was a good reminder of how fun crossovers can be as the franchise was expanding.

7 Becoming A Trinity With Supergirl

While the two heroes being the brave and the bold duo that they were was a lot of fun, it became even better once Kara entered the Arrowverse properly. During the Invasion crossover, Kara officially visits Earth-1 following her show’s move from CBS to The CW. Towards the end of the 4-show event, the trio officially became the DC TV trinity as Oliver and Kara had finally found an understanding for each other.

6 Oliver Supporting Barry After Flashpoint

Flashpoint was certainly one of Barry’s more controversial actions that played a large role in The Flash’s third season. With the time-travel action he had performed, it affected several corners of the Arrowverse, including John Diggle (David Ramsey) as his daughter Sara was replaced with John Jr. During the Invasion crossover, once everyone found out, almost everyone distanced themselves from Barry temporarily.

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Oliver, however, didn’t as he, despite being new to the concept of time-travel, stood by Barry’s side. The speech he gives Barry in the time vault about how he’d have done the same for his dead parents if he had the power to change fate, was moving and incredibly human of him.

5 Reacting To Elseworlds

Elseworlds was Oliver’s penultimate, but perhaps craziest crossover he was ever put through, particularly with Barry. The event begins with Oliver and Barry swapping lives with Amell getting to play The Flash and Gustin playing the Green Arrow. To see the two actors swapping roles for this crossover was entertaining on several levels as were their characters’ reactions to the whole thing.

4 Training Each Other In Elseworlds

One of the funnier parts of Elseworlds was seeing Oliver and Barry having to train in how to be each other. With Barry being used to having powers, he had to learn some of Oliver’s more brutal methods.

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For Oliver, he had to try and understand the complicated art of phasing that is harder than it sounds. But regardless, it was entertaining to see happen on screen as viewers never knew this would ever come to fruition where they swapped lives.

3 Barry’s Gift To Oliver

Oliver’s costume went through several evolutions throughout Arrow's 8-year run. But something that was standing out in a bad way was his choice of a mask. The decision to have him use green greasepaint was an odd call that was, thankfully, abandoned thanks to Barry. Before returning to Central City, Barry left Oliver a simple, but useful gift that completed his Arrow look: a domino mask.

2 Flash Vs Arrow

Every dynamic duo has, at some point in their relationship, a showdown in one way or another. Barry and Oliver’s first crossover ended up having a battle as The Flash got temporarily affected by Rainbow Raider’s powers. While it’s certainly up for debate on who would have actually won, seeing them clashing demonstrated how The CW was fleshing out their DC Universe that now also included super-powers.

1 Their Final Scene Ever

One of the most tragic moments in the fourth hour of the Crisis crossover was Oliver’s second and final death. After he, as the powerful Spectre, had rebooted the universe, his final task in life was now complete. Even though his creation of Earth-Prime would bring back several deceased characters, Oliver’s death was permanent. Along with White Canary, Barry and Sara sit with Oliver in his final moments in life. Seeing Barry losing his mentor and closest friend, just like Sara, was devastating and pulled all the heartstrings in the most painful way.

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Barry Allen (Arrowverse)

Fictional character in the Arrowverse

Bartholomew Henry "Barry" Allen, also known by his alter ego The Flash, is a fictional character in The CW's Arrowverse franchise, first introduced in the 2013 episode "The Scientist" of the television series Arrow, and later starring in The Flash. The character is based on the DC Comics character of the same name, created by Robert Kanigher and Carmine Infantino and was adapted for television in 2013 by Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg and Geoff Johns. Barry Allen has been continually portrayed by Grant Gustin, with Logan Williams and Liam Hughes portraying younger versions.

In the series, Barry is 28 and portrayed as a smart, goofy and tardy character, who works at the Central City Police Department as a crime scene investigator. When he was younger he witnessed the murder of his mother by The Reverse Flash, which resulted in the false imprisonment of his father for the crime. Later in life, while working at the Central City Police Department he is struck by lightning created by the explosion of the S.T.A.R. Labs particle accelerator sending him to a nine-month coma. After waking up he finds himself in S.T.A.R. Labs and develops metahuman powers; the power of speed and he became friends with Cisco Ramon and Caitlin Snow. Throughout the series, he is constantly training to lead to him becoming the Fastest speedster across the multiverse. Barry uses his powers, along with his team's help, to fight criminals and other metahumans who have misused their powers. He is a friend and frequent ally of Star City-based vigilante archer Green Arrow and Kryptonian superheroine Supergirl.

Gustin has appeared as Barry Allen and his superhero persona in crossovers on the television series Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow, Supergirl, and the animated web series Vixen, all set within the Arrowverse. The character has also appeared in a digital comic book series. Gustin has won an IGN award for his performance.[2]



Barry Allen travels to Star City to investigate a superhuman-related crime in hopes that it is related to his mother's murder and to meet his vigilante idol, The Arrow (Oliver Queen). He helps Oliver and his team to begin uncover the Mirakuru plot orchestrated by Slade Wilson. After returning to Central City, he gets struck by lightning which puts him in a nine-month coma and becomes The Flash.[3][4]

In season three, Barry, as The Flash, and his own team helps Team Arrow against a rogue former ASIS agent Digger Harkness (nicknamed by Cisco as "Captain Boomerang"), who wields lethal boomerangs. He later assists Team Arrow of their escape from their captivity at Nanda Parbat.

In season seven, Allen is interviewed for the Emerald Archer documentary seen in the episode of the same name due to his friendship with Oliver Queen and his family is publicly known, but denies knowing that Queen is the Green Arrow.

The Flash[edit]

Season 1[edit]

Further information: The Flash (season 1)

Barry Allen's first appearance on The Flash is in the episode "Pilot".[5] Barry is introduced as quite a goofy and kind character, who is quite brilliant at his job as a crime scene investigator for the Central City Police department.[6] His obsession for the particle accelerator and interest in Harrison Wells began before his superhuman abilities. After the explosion that consequently led to Barry being struck by lightning, he wakes up and discovers that he has developed meta-human abilities, in particular the power of speed.[7] This season portrays Barry's development in his superpowers, he has his setbacks in the beginning, in "Fastest Man Alive" he begins fainting, which he only finds out later that it is because his body is burning more energy than he could intake.[6] Throughout the episode, Barry's character develops and he is able to better control his powers through training at the S.T.A.R Labs, with his team the STAR team: Caitlin Snow, Cisco Ramon and Harrison Wells. Barry's once platonic (at least to Iris West) relationship with Iris is turned complicated after all the episode "The Man in the Yellow Suit" when Barry confesses his love to her. In the episode "Crazy for You" however, Barry begins a relationship with Linda Park, who in the next episode suspects that Barry is still in love with Iris West. Over the course of the second half of the season, Barry begins to suspect and learns that Wells is actually the man in the yellow suit that killed his mother, otherwise known by his true name Eobard Thawne, who had been manipulating events since that night to turn Barry into The Flash in an effort to harness his speed and return to the future. Eobard ultimately fails and is erased from existence by his distant ancestor, Eddie Thawne when Eddie kills himself. This provides an effort to allow Barry to travel to the past and save his mother. However, doing so results in a singularity opening above Central City which Barry then has to stop.[6]

Season 2[edit]

Further information: The Flash (season 2)

Season two introduces a new villain, Hunter Zolomon who is from Earth-2 and is the enemy of the Earth-2 Flash, Jay Garrick. Jay becomes an important mentor for Barry, but in fact, he is Hunter Zolomon / Zoom an evil killer who had misused a drug that made him terminal, which meant his only chance of survival and to regain his speed was to befriend Barry and steal his speed.[8] Both sides of Hunter Zolomon had a great impact on Barry's character, Garrick, an older and experienced mentor and Zoom, the villain who made him choose between his speed and Wally West’s life.[8] This was a true test of character for Barry and depicted that his powers have not changed the kind-hearted person he was. This season featured both different and familiar chemistries, Barry begins first dating Patty Spivot but then after her departure, Barry returned to old flames. Iris reciprocates the feelings Barry has for her. Barry also briefly accidentally travels to Earth-38 and meets its hero Kara Zor-El/Supergirl with whom he assists against her own villains and befriends. After his father Henry's death by Zoom's hand and following Zoom's subsequent defeat by Barry when attempting to destroy every earth in the multiverse excluding Earth-1 with a magna-tar, Barry decides to alter history out of grief and consequently changing the storyline of Iris's love for him as well as all his friends' lives.[8]

Season 3[edit]

Further information: The Flash (season 3)

The third season begins with a new reality identified as Flashpoint, in this reality, Barry's mother was not murdered as Barry had run back in time to save her.[9] In this season Barry's character is faced with a vital moral dilemma, he has to choose either to save his friends who are not doing so well in this reality or to keep living in this timeline where his parents are alive.[9] He chooses to ask Eobard Thawne to go back and murder his mother again in the hopes of restoring his original timeline.[9] A new reality is created again due to Barry's changes in history and the timeline, this resulted in the death of Cisco's brother, seemingly Caitlin gaining frost powers (though it is later revealed a year later this wasn't a result of Flashpoint), Team Arrow's John Diggle/Spartan having a son instead of a daughter, and Barry's former rival at the CCPD turned disgraced private investigator Ralph Dibny not dying during the Particle Accelerator explosion. The team at first distrust Barry for these changes but forgives him after they have to team up to fight Savitar, who is revealed to be a broken and evil time remnant of Barry from the future that was released from a speed force prison Barry created with Flashpoint by Flashpoint and became destined to kill Iris in front of Barry which in turn would lead Barry to create time remnants to fight Savitar and inadvertently create him. During a final battle after having his plan foiled by the sacrifice of Earth-19's H.R. Wells, Savitar attempts to splice himself throughout history to ensure his survival though that plan is foiled as well and after being beaten in combat with Jay Garrick, Team Flash and Gypsy and having his armor destroyed by Barry, he is shot and killed by Iris.[10] The season ends with Barry sacrificing himself and places himself in the speed force prison to stop a speed force storm from destroying Central City as it becomes unstable without a prisoner.[10]

Season 4[edit]

Further information: The Flash (season 4)

Team Flash rescues Barry out of the speed force prison and Barry is given a new suit. Barry and Iris attend couples therapy in attempts to mend their relationship.[11] Barry along with Oliver, Kara, the Legends, and each of their respective teams repel a Nazi Invasion from Earth-X led by Thawne (who had returned from the dead due to being a living time paradox), and both Oliver and Kara's evil doppelgänger's after they attack during Barry and Iris wedding though the Invasion results in the death of Legends team member and Barry's old friend Martin Stein/Firestorm. Following the invasion, both couples Barry and Iris along with Oliver and Felicity are married together side-by-side by Diggle. Barry and Caitlin, now going by the codename “Killer Frost”, are kidnapped by two different people and the team has to choose whom to save, Barry ultimately escapes and the team are seen celebrating at the West House.[12] Barry, however, is then framed and arrested for the murder of Clifford DeVoe/The Thinker, he is then deemed guilty by the jury and sentenced to life in prison.[13] Barry and Iris are back together but Barry is still in Jail.[14] Barry is released from prison after his new teammate and friend as well as meta-human Ralph Dibny/Elongated Man shapeshifts into DeVoe and appeals Barry's case.[15] Over the course of the season, Barry and Team Flash consistently falter trying to prevent DeVoe from killing off 12 “Bus Metas” whom were created when Barry was released from the speed force and nearly lose Ralph as well but eventually finally defeat DeVoe by entering his mind and bringing Ralph's (whose body DeVoe's consciousness was currently inhabiting) consciousness out. Before DeVoe's death he activates a kill-switch which causes the massive S.T.A.R. labs satellite he was using to try and reset everyone in the world's brains to plummet to the earth to cause an extinction-level event though it is destroyed by both Barry and a mystery speedster together. The season ends when Barry and Iris discover that the mystery speedster who appeared throughout the series is, in fact, their daughter from the future.[16]

Season 5[edit]

Further information: The Flash (season 5)

Team Flash is introduced to Barry and Iris's daughter, Nora West-Allen.[17] Barry learns from Nora that in the future he did not return after a Universal Crisis in 2024 and she had only known Iris.[17] Barry is introduced to a new villain, Cicada, who is a meta human serial killer.[18] However, in an attempt to defeat Cicada in “What's Past Is Prologue”, Barry and Nora travel back to time and Nora learns that Eobard Thawne killed her grandmother. It is also revealed at the end of the episode that Nora works with Thawne and he sent her back to time to meet her father. Barry and Oliver wake up one day to find they've swapped lives with Oliver as The Flash and Barry as the Green Arrow. They recruit Kara to assist in figuring out the reality change and after defeating a super android known as A.M.A.Z.O. with the help of Kara's cousin Clark Kent/Superman, they realize with the help of Cisco's vibe powers that reality is being manipulated by an insane doctor at Arkham Asylum in Gotham City named Dr. John Deegan and a strange godlike individual known as Mar-Novu/The Monitor. After confronting Deegan at Arkham and stopping a prison break with the help of new ally Kate Kane/Batwoman and acquiring additional information from Barry Allen/The Flash of the recently decimated Earth-90, Deegan changes reality again making himself an evil Superman but a combined effort from Barry, Oliver, and Kara defeats him and resets reality back to normal, though Barry and Oliver are warned of a coming crisis by Novu and his decimation of Earths in the multiverse like Earth-90 was to prepare everyone and see who is worthy to fight the crisis. Later on, Barry and Iris eventually learn their future daughter's alignment with the Reverse-Flash through one of Harrison Wells' parallel universe doppelgängers Harrison "Sherloque" Wells' discovery; they feel betrayed by Nora and Barry bitterly imprisoned his daughter in the pipeline before sending her home now knowing that he cannot trust her. He is also glad to see that Thawne is serving capital punishment for his crimes in the future. After giving Dwyer a meta-human cure Cisco and Caitlin formulated on his own free will, a future version of his niece, Grace Gibbons, who is now using the Cicada mantle and is much more powerful than Dwyer and more psychotic arrives and begins giving Team Flash new problems (including murdering Dwyer when he tries to convince her off her path as well as the doctor overlooking her present-day self in her coma). This distracts them from Reverse-Flash and his secret escape plan, however, who is being held in Iron Heights prison and is on death row for his crimes. Cicada's dagger in the future is the item that is keeping him in prison, and if that is removed in the past he can escape freely. Cicada's dagger has a power-dampening ability. He convinces Nora during all those times she came to see him to try to get rid of the dagger so he can escape. Eventually, Nora wakes up past Grace and gives her the cure on her own free will though it doesn't fix anything and in a desperate effort to save Nora from Cicada II knowing the inevitable outcome of his actions, Barry destroys the dagger and erases future Grace from existence and in turn releases Eobard from his imprisonment and execution in the future to which Barry and Nora quickly head there to confront him. After an extended fight between Eobard and Team Flash to which he's defeated by the combined effort of each member, he escapes after Nora begins to fade from existence due to the massive timeline change Barry caused by destroying the dagger. Barry tries to save Nora but she refuses due to being connected with the negative speed force under Thawne's proper manipulation and not wanting to become like him after seeing the effects it has on her rage, forcing Barry and Iris to allow Nora to erase from existence in their arms and leave them devastated. The two later view a message left behind for them from Nora in the event of her death stating she wouldn't change a thing about her journey and for them not to grieve for her. Unaware to everyone, the timeline shift causes the 2024 Crisis that Mar Novu (Monitor) previously mentioned and had been seen in a newspaper article from the future in the time vault since the pilot to change drastically, resulting in the date of it to be moved up to December 2019.

Season 6[edit]

Further information: The Flash (season 6)

Moments after Nora's erasure from the timeline, her father's message from the future is also erased. The Monitor informs Barry and Iris that the Flash must die in the coming crisis. As Barry prepares for the team with a world without him, he attempts to travel into the future to see the Crisis after his apparent death, but an anti-matter barrier prevents him from doing so. This prompts him to seek help from Jay and his wife Joan Williams, a doppelganger of Barry's mother. To bypass the barrier, Jay uses a machine he built to use on Barry, who sees billions of possible future, one where he sees himself vanish. After, Barry is left weakened. Meanwhile, scientist and metahuman Ramsey Rosso discover his abilities allow him to bring back the dead to alive although instead of coming back as a human, they come back as zombies. When Ralph follows up on a lead to a person of interest – Sue Dearbon in Midway City, Barry asks to tag along with him as one of the preparations for a post-Crisis world without him. There, the two go undercover at a criminal gala where Barry learns that the host, Remington Meister, has allied himself with metahuman assassin Esperanza Garcia, aka Ultraviolet. After defeating Meister, Esperanza escapes and Barry and Ralph return to Central City where that night, Russo attacks and infects Ralph with his blood. After a brief battle, Cisco and Caitlin rescue Ralph and bring him back to S.T.A.R. Labs where Barry gives him a blood transfusion to save him. However, a trace of Russo's blood enters Barry's. The Speed Force, in form of Barry's mother Nora, inform Barry that he is infected by Russo's blood which allows Russo to gain access to Barry's mind. Eventually, Cisco and Caitlin revive Barry, although Russo's blood manages to successfully take over Barry's consciousness as well as taking over the city using his blood. Team Flash lure Barry back to the lab where they use a combination of the particle accelerator and Allegra Garcia's metahuman abilities to bring back Barry. The team then subvert Russo's plan. With his plan foiled, Barry uses a hologram of Russo's mother to make him surrender and is imprisoned at A.R.G.U.S. Minutes before the Crisis begins, the team spends their last moment as red skies loom over Central City.

Crisis on Infinite Earths[edit]

Further information: Crisis on Infinite Earths (Arrowverse)

During the Crisis, Barry is recruited by Lyla Michaels, now a "Harbinger of things to come", to Earth-38 among other heroes, to evacuate the world. After Earth-38 is erased by a wave of anti-matter, he is detected as a Paragon, one of the foretold heroes that will save the multiverse from the Anti-Monitor. Barry's fate during the Crisis is altered by the intervention of the Flash from Earth-90 (who is another doppelganger of Barry's father), who sacrifices himself in Barry's place. The Anti-Monitor ultimately erases the rest of the multiverse and proceeds with his scheme to replace it with his antimatter universe. Just before the heroes on the Waverider are erased, Pariah sends the seven Paragons to the Vanishing Point. There, the Paragons fail to find a way out until Oliver, now known as the Spectre, unlocks Barry's full potential to help the Paragons escape. Later, the Paragons travel to the dawn of time where they have their battle against the Anti-Monitor who is defeated when Oliver sacrifices himself. Following Oliver's sacrifice, a new world dubbed "Earth-Prime" is created and Barry leads a new group of heroes in memory of Oliver.

Season 7[edit]

Further information: The Flash (season 7)

Character development[edit]


Barry's suit is altered and upgraded every season. The suit is designed by Cisco Ramon and its original design was intended as a uniform for firefighters.[19] The suit was a modernised version of the traditional flash suit with a matching dark maroon colored helmet, which features the same maroon emblem and gold lightning symbol as the suit does.[20] The second season suit made minor changes to the suit, the alteration being the background color of the emblem is now white with a gold lightning symbol which is more true to the comics.[21] Besides the alteration of the emblem in season 2, there appears to only minor changes made throughout the three seasons.[22] The suit in season 4 appears to be a brighter red, with added leather paddings and golden accents.[23] The fifth season made one of the most significant changes, that is the removal of the chin strap and switching the fabric softer more body fitting look, created by Ryan Choi, in the future. The sixth season suit is fairly similar to the season 5 suit though now with gold piping along the torso and an entirely new cowl which features the return of the chinstrap as well as modified ear pieces designed to look more like the classic Hermes wings from the comics.[24]


Iris West[edit]

Barry and Iris's relationship has often been compared to Superman and Lois Lane, she is introduced as his one true love. Barry and Iris were close friends since they were 10 years old, this friendship escalates after Barry's mother is murdered and Barry was adopted by Iris's father Joe West, becoming her adoptive brother.[25] It is revealed in the first season that Barry is in love with Iris while Iris still sees him as a brother. It is later shown that a newspaper article is written by Iris West-Allen in 2024, thus indicating their future romance and marriage.[25] Iris and Barry's relationship changes due to alterations of the timeline when Barry time travels, however, their love seems to always prevail and they are eventually married, Barry says in his wedding vows "That's you. You’ve always been there, as a friend, as a partner, as the love of my life. You’re my home, Iris, and that's one thing that will never change.".[26] The end of season four reveals that, in one timeline, Iris and Barry have 2 children named Nora and Bart in the future.[17]

Linda Park[edit]

Barry dates Linda Park briefly in the first season, who is both friends and colleagues at the Central City Picture News with Iris West. Their relationship slowly dies out as she suspects him to still be in love with Iris, they eventually break up and decide that they are better off as friends.[25]

Patty Spivot[edit]

Barry and Patty Spivot begin dating in the second season, she was much like Barry with her quirky personality and sad past, which has caused them to dedicate their lives and careers to avenging and seeking the truth about their parents.[25] Patty made the decision to end the relationship because Barry was pushing her away emotionally, and she needed to attend Midway City University and study to become a CSI agent, which meant she had to leave Central City and consequently him.[27] Before leaving she had one final case with Barry, in which she tells Barry "I know you’re upset but I was hoping it wouldn't be like this between us".[27]

Other versions[edit]

Versions from other Earths[edit]


Gustin also portrays Savitar (voiced by Tobin Bell in his exosuit which is performed by stuntman Andre Tricoteux), an evil and scarred future version of his character who is season three's main antagonist.[30] Savitar is essentially Barry with no loved ones and embracing his dark side. Savitar's origins are a predestination paradox; he is a temporal duplicate of the Flash's future self using time travel in order to defeat Savitar. Although Savitar is ultimately defeated, the time remnant is spared but shunned by the rest of his friends and family for being an aberration. As a result, he goes back in time to set in motion the events that led to his own creation, including the death of Iris. Savitar's presence is "chronologically" the multiverse's first metahuman with speed. Naming himself after the Hindu god of motion, he is worshipped by his own cult. Long-held myths referenced Savitar throughout the multiverse with even Jay believing these stories, and with Savitar regarded as a worse nemesis than the Reverse-Flash, Zoom and the Thinker. From his prison, Savitar manipulates Julian Albert into acquiring the Philosopher's Stone, through which Doctor Alchemy can re-empower metahumans from the Flashpoint timeline. After manipulating Kid Flash into freeing him from his prison, Savitar next convinces Killer Frost to be his personal enforcer. When Savitar reveals his true identity to Barry, it forces his younger self to confront his own dark impulses and temptations that plagued him. Savitar's plan of Iris' murder before Barry (which would lead to his own creation), however, is ruined with the sacrifice of H.R. Wells (Earth-19) by impersonating Iris. To save himself, Savitar manipulates Vibe to fragment himself throughout all of time and then goad his original self to give in to dark impulses as Savitar himself. However, both efforts are foiled by Team Flash and Savitar is erased from existence after being shot by Iris. In season five, Savitar has a cameo appearance when Barry and Nora time travel to season three and observe his final battle.

In other media[edit]


Regarding Gustin's debut as Barry Allen in Arrow and the potential for a series, IGN's Jesse Schedeen stated his concern: "Gustin doesn't come across as leading man material. His awkward bumbling intertwining with Felicity's was cute, but rarely did I get the impression that this character could or should be given his own spinoff series."[32] Schedeen eventually warmed up to the character, however, once the "dorkiness and social awkwardness" were downplayed a bit and the emphasis was placed on "his keen scientific mind".[33]

Grant Gustin as Barry Allen has received positive reviews by both fans and critics, with The Flash being the most watched show in The CW history.[34] Since the premiere of The Flash, Gustin has been nominated for 20 awards for his role as Barry Allen and had won a total of 5 of them. In 2015, Gustin won the Teen Choice Award for "Breakout Star", in that same year he won the Saturn Award for "Breakthrough Performance" and was nominated for "Best Actor on Television".[35][36][37] In the following year Gustin won the Teen Choice Awards for "Choice TV Actor: Sci-fi/Fantasy" and in 2017 and 2018 he took home the Teen Choice Awards for "Choice TV Actor: Action".[38][39][40]

Gustin's Barry Allen has been said to be the better Flash, compared to Ezra Miller who starred in the Warner Bros.Justice League.[41] According to Nick Mangione from, "By the time Ezra Miller made his brief cameo appearance in Batman v. Superman, we had already seen the perfect Barry Allen". He goes on to say "More than heart, more than a perfect embodiment of the character from the comics, Grant Gustin is the one true Barry Allen because his show allows him to be. At least at this point, the same can't be said for Miller and the DCEU."[41]

While the first season received a large number of positive reviews, the latter seasons received more mixed reviews. Erik Kain a senior contributor on Forbes indicated that "The first season of 'The Flash' on the CW remains one of my very favourite seasons of a superhero show. I maintain that it's among the best ever made, with great characters and one of the most intriguing villains on TV.".[42] Kain, however, also states that the show has gone downhill and that "Miller's Barry Allen is better in almost every way than Gustin's, though that's largely because he's not weighed down by CW melodrama.".[42]


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Arrow - Barry Allen (The Flash) Cuts [PART 2.1: S2E09]

Arrowverse: Why Oliver And Barry Aren't Real Friends

Oliver Queen the Green Arrow and Barry Allen The Flash are two of the Arrowverse's most experienced heroes, each with over six seasons of action on the CW. Oliver acts as a mentor to Barry and often gives him solid advice when it comes to heroism and doing the right thing.

RELATED: Arrowverse: 10 Reasons Why Felicity And Barry Aren't Real Friends

The fact of the matter is that these two are completely different characters with very different personalities. Barry is younger, more optimistic and willing to help others. Oliver is the complete opposite, he's brash, blunt, and struggles to work with others. Somehow the shows led us to believe that these two are the best of friends, but we know they might not actually be. Here are 10 reasons why Oliver and Barry aren't real friends.

10 Oliver Shot Barry In The Back With An Arrow

Season 1 of The Flash marked the first official time the Green Arrow and The Flash teamed up and it was...not pretty. Barry had worked with Oliver before he got his powers and helped Team Arrow with a robbery, so he knew it would be tough to work with a grumpy Oliver.

What he didn't know was that Oliver was going to immediately become a superhero drill sergeant, throwing Barry into a training exercise and humiliating him with an arrow to his back. Barry sure did learn to look at his surroundings after that.

9 Barry Ignores Oliver's Advice

Speaking of Oliver barking orders, in their first meeting they faced a villain that manipulated minds and managed to hurt some people close to Barry. Season 1 Barry is still new to heroics and in turn is impulsive and a tad bit arrogant.

When Oliver tries to advise him against rushing and tries to encourage him to be more vigilant, Barry ignores him and tries to take on the villain by himself. Like most of his solo outings he almost gets killed and learns his lesson.

8 Oliver Downplays Barry's Heroics

Arrow is known for being a much grittier and darker show, often showing crazier villains and a lot of unfortunate character deaths. The Flash has a lighter tone and relies heavily on sci-fi elements.

In season 3 of The Flash, Barry asks Oliver for help yet again and while Oliver is overwhelmed with his own cities' troubles he reluctantly decides to help but not after calling Barry's heroic lifestyle more "sunshine and rainbows".

7 Barry Shot Oliver In The Back With An Arrow

In Elseworlds, Cw's 2018 Arrowverse crossover, we saw the two switching roles completely with only them knowing about the switch. We saw Barry as the Green Arrow and Oliver as The Flash with all of each other's abilities.

RELATED: 10 Best Guest Stars In The Arrowverse TV Series, Ranked

When they come to Earth-38 to get Supergirl's help and train each other, Barry saw it as an opportunity for payback. It may have been funny to Barry at the time but it was a joke played at the wrong time.

6 Oliver Kisses Iris (In Elseworlds)

Before Oliver realized he was living Barry's life, he woke up to a cheery Iris who gives him a loving kiss because to her, Oliver was her husband.

Although Oliver didn't intend to kiss Iris back and regretted it afterward, he did take his sweet time to correct her. And of course, Barry was rightfully mad after he found out.

5 They Both Point-Blank Refuse To Help Each Other Sometimes

Every once in a while, a huge crisis will bring the heroes together for one big fight against a common enemy, but that's usually once a year. When Oliver is dealing with his city being destroyed or a mad man killing his family, he usually deals with it on his own. For Barry, it's much of the same, only really needing help when the fate of the universe is at stake.

RELATED: Arrowverse: 10 TV Shows Fans Should Binge To Catch Up With DC TV

So why don't they help each other? Oliver could've been a huge help saving Iris from Savitar or protecting Ralph from The Thinker. Barry would've easily taken down Damien Dahrk or kept Moira Queen safe from Slade Wilson.

It's been addressed by both characters in their respective show and the answer is just that they're busy...too busy to help their friend.

4 Barry Never Tells Oliver About The Changes From Flashpoint

When Barry comes back from Flashpoint, he immediately goes to Felicity for advice on how to handle the matter. He refuses to tell his friends and family until he can't keep it in anymore, but the one person he forgot to tell is his pal, Oliver.

It can be argued that Barry didn't see a reason to since Oliver's life didn't change or maybe he assumed that Felicity would fill him in.

3 Barry Snitches On Oliver To Felicity

During their second crossover, Oliver asks Barry to run a secret DNA test on who he thought was his son with strict instructions to not tell anyone. What he didn't expect was that Felicity was going to follow him and corner Barry for the answer to what Oliver was really up to.

RELATED: 10 Character Inconsistencies In The Arrowverse 

Barry was put in an awkward position being forced to lie to Felicity, but he broke the bro code and got his buddy in trouble.

2 Barry Freaks Oliver Out By Telling Him About His Time Travel

In their second crossover, Barry and Oliver team up to protect the incarnation of Hawkman and Hawkgirl from an evil Vandal Savage. When it all goes horribly wrong, Barry accidentally runs back in time one day and saves the city from being annihilated.

When he runs back, he immediately tells Oliver and blames him for being distracted in their mission. Oliver, being new to time travel freaks out and has an even harder time dealing with the consequences of hiding his secret.

1 They Both Refuse To Take Each Other's Advice When Their Roles Are Switched

When Oliver and Barry switch places, they both realize that their job is harder than it looks. For Barry it's much more than just running fast, it's all about control, for Oliver his anger and emotions are a weakness on the battlefield and he must learn to control it to fight properly.

It took them a while and a lot of arguing to get it down, but for being so-called friends they should've trusted each other.

NEXT: Arrowverse: 10 People Barry Allen Should Have Been With (Other Than Iris West)


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Arrowverse: 10 Things That Make No Sense About Flash & Arrow's Relationship

The CW has found a niche that seems to work for them when it comes to bringing comic book favorite heroes to the televisions of millions of fans around the world. It shouldn't be that much of a surprise since the WB later known as CW is the creator of the Clark Kent saga in Smallville. Though, since the days of a fresh face Clark Kent breaking into Lex Luthor's mansion to tell him how nasty he was every episode, superhero shows have expanded and the Arrowverse that the Arrowand The Flash created has now expanded to six successful shows.

One thing that fans look forward to are crossovers and there is no better crossover event than the episodes where The Flash and Arrow cross paths for an epic adventure.Usually, these specials deal with the intricate friendship between the main heroes but theirs is a friendship that raises too many questions when you give it too much thought. Here are 10 of those questions, ranked from mildly confusing to downright baffling.

10 Why Did Oliver Remain Friends With Barry After He Changed The Timeline?

Barry Allen is not the kind of person anyone should go to after losing someone special in their life. This is simply because his answer to everything - and we mean everything - isn't to keep moving forward through the pain but to run backwards in time to change the timeline.

Barry has done this so many times that it is hard to keep count and it's become kind of a joke among fans. Each time he does this, it results in irreparable damage not just to the timeline but to those he cares about. Why is Oliver Queen friends with a man who is responsible for erasing Dig's daughter from existence?

9 Why Does Oliver Not Teach Barry How To Grieve?

If there is one thing that Oliver Queen knows it's grief. He has lost his parents, past girlfriends and close friends even before he was the Arrow. So, it would make sense for Barry to turn to him to help counsel him on how to let go of the past.

Yet, for some reason, this is a point of topic in their conversations that never seems to get brought up between the two. If they were real friends, Oliver would be there for Barry instead of letting him handle his grief on his own. Also, doing so could've stopped Barry from wrecking so many timelines.

8 Why Doesn't The Arrow Consider The Flash Too Dangerous To Live?

Since Oliver feels more comfortable being lax when it comes to his friend duty with Barry, then he should at least put on his suit and stop the Flash from wiping out millions of individuals with each time change. After all, Arrow is a hero, meaning it is in his job description to save peoples' lives.

RELATED: The Flash: 10 Things DC Fans Didn't Know The Speed Force Could Do

Oddly enough, it is never even hinted that Oliver has a problem with Barry playing God.  Only super villains commit mass genocide of that scale, technically making Barry the greatest threat the world has ever seen.

7 Why Doesn't The Arrow Call The Flash More For Help?

The Arrow and his team have faced some serious super villains that they barely find ways to defeat. Oliver Queen might know how to shoot some arrows and fight in some hand to hand combat, but he is still a superhero in name only.

There are countless times he could have used Barry to assist him taking down villains in his city. It isn't like it would take Barry a long time to get there. Even if they didn't want Barry to assist, Cisco could still prove useful by creating them some cool new gadgets.

6 Do Barry & Oliver Consider Themselves Equals?

Barry looks up to Oliver as a mentor but then still reminds him in the end that there is only one of them that has superpowers. To an extent, Barry has a point, as the Flash can create tornadoes and change the course of history and the future if he so chooses. In contrast, the Arrow can only use bad guys for target practice.

Their talents aren't even worth comparing because the simple truth is that they're not even close. So, exactly how do they consider themselves equals knowing just how one sided their relationship really is?

5 Why Does The Arrow Allow Team Flash To Imprison People Without A Trial?

One would think that a superhero would have a problem with another superhero locking up those they deem as threats whenever they so choose, for however long they so choose, without a fair trial. It basically is the equivalent of kidnapping supervillains and somehow justifying it by saying the justice system couldn't handle meta-humans.

RELATED: 10 Changes The Arrowverse Made To The DC Universe Which Could Work In The Comics

While Oliver Queen is known as a vigilante himself, it is hard to believe he doesn't have a problem with this clear obstruction of law and order. Even if it is his good buddy Barry Allen doing it.

4 Why Do They Trust Each Other So Easily?

Throughout Season 1 of The Flash, Barry went to great extremes to keep his secret identity hidden. Though as the seasons progressed, he become pretty liberal about the amount of people he was willing to tell. Meanwhile, Arrow doesn't even try to hide his secret identity, wearing nothing but some face paint around his eyes to mask his face.

So, with the sheer number of people that know who each superhero is, it is a bit naive that each superhero's team feels confident that someone on the other side won't spill the beans about the other's identity.

3 Why Would Arrow Be Fine With S.T.A.R. Labs Owning A Particle Accelerator?

The question of why the Arrow - or anyone for that matter - would be fine with S.T.A.R. Labs owning a particle accelerator is one that seriously needs to be addressed at some point. After all, the lab was responsible for the deaths of 17 people when their particle accelerator exploded, sending a blast of dark matter throughout the city that created 2,600 meta-humans in the process.

The very fact that S.T.A.R. Labs still has the generator in its possession is beyond negligent. It's a bit confusing when Oliver Queen turns a blind eye to the dangers that S.T.A.R. labs still pose on not just Central City but the world.

2 Why Isn't Oliver Jealous Of Barry's Past With Felicity?

Not very many people can say that they are best friends with their significant other's past main crush. Barry did turn down Felicity's advancements in the past but that doesn't mean Felicity is quite over Barry. None of this seems to bother Oliver in the least, as he continues his bromance with Barry like there was no past between Barry and Felicity at all.

It doesn't mean Oliver should dump Barry because of Felicity having a crush on him; it's just a little strange the strong connection he shares with Barry especially after getting with Felicity.

1 Why Is The Flash Cool With The Arrow's Murdering Ways?

Maybe Barry feels like he shouldn't throw stones in his glass house, especially after he did kind of erase thousands if not millions of people from existence. That said, early on, Arrow took his vigilante duties a little too seriously with all the murdering he committed during this period.

But probably because of his title as a superhero and being Barry's friend, he somehow gets a pass for his violent mistakes. Though it doesn't seem right that villains can't get away with a lot less than murder, Arrow noticeably never has to make amends for his past sins.

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8th episode of the second season of Arrow

"The Scientist" is the eighth episode of the second season of the American television series Arrow, based on the DC Comics character Green Arrow, revolving around billionaire playboy Oliver Queen as he returns to Starling City, after having been shipwrecked for five years, and becomes a bow-wielding, hooded vigilante who sets out to fight crime and corruption. It is set in the Arrowverse, sharing continuity with the other television series of the universe. The episode was written by Andrew Kreisberg and Geoff Johns from a story by Greg Berlanti and Kreisberg, and directed by Michael Schultz.

Stephen Amell stars as Oliver, alongside Katie Cassidy, David Ramsey, Willa Holland, Emily Bett Rickards, Colton Haynes, Manu Bennett, Susanna Thompson, and Paul Blackthorne. The episode introduces guest star Grant Gustin as Barry Allen, who arrives in Starling City to personally investigate a superhuman-related crime.

"The Scientist" originally aired on The CW on December 4, 2013, and was watched by 3.24 million viewers according to Nielsen Media Research. It had a season high viewership and a series high 18–34 rating. The episode received a positive critical response.


When a masked thief with superhuman strength steals a centrifuge from Queen Consolidated, Central City crime scene investigator Barry Allen arrives to help the investigation. Later, he reveals that he is searching for super-powered beings in the hope that he will find the murderer of his mother, and exonerate his father for the accusation. In addition, Barry is also a fan of the Arrow's exploits. Oliver realizes that the thief was enhanced using the same serum that Ivo was searching for. Roy starts helping Sin to find her missing friend, who was a failed subject of Blood's experiment. Oliver shoots Roy in the leg to prevent him getting further involved. Oliver tracks the thief, revealed to be Cyrus, but is injected with an unknown toxin. In order to save Oliver's life, Felicity reveals his identity to Barry to help find an antidote. Meanwhile, Merlyn puts pressure on Moira to tell the truth to Thea. Moira instead contacts Ra's, who wants to kill Merlyn for breaking the League's code by destroying the Glades. As a result, Merlyn leaves. In a flashback to the island, Oliver and Shado find the serum, but when they inject it to Slade without the required sedative, his heart stops, just as Ivo arrives with his men.


Preparation ran from September 19 until September 27, 2013. Shooting ran from September 30 until October 9, 2013. The episode also introduced Barry Allen to the Arrowverse, with Grant Gustin cast in the role.[3]


"The Scientist" was first aired in the United States on The CW on December 4, 2013.[4] It was aired alongside the U.S. broadcast in Canada on CTV,[5] while it was first aired in the United Kingdom on Sky 1 on December 9, 2013.[6] The episode, along with the rest of the second season, was released on Blu-ray and DVD on September 16, 2014,[7] and began streaming on Netflix in the United States on October 8, 2014.[8]



In the United States, the episode received a 1.2/3 percent share among adults between the ages of 18 and 49, meaning that it was seen by 1.2 percent of all households, and 3 percent of all of those watching television at the time of the broadcast. It was watched by 3.24 million viewers.[4] The episode was the most viewed of season two, and had the show's largest audience since February 2013, and a series high 18–34 rating (1.2/4). It also matched the show's season high 18–49 rating and matched its series high rating among men 18–34 (1.4/6) and men 18–49 (1.5/5).[9] The Canadian broadcast gained 1.87 million viewers, the second highest for that night and the eight highest for the week.[5]

Critical response[edit]

The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 90% approval rating for the episode, based on 10 reviews, with an average rating of 8.45/10.[10] Jesse Schedeen of IGN scored the episode an 8.5 out of 10, praising the emergence of super-powers and flashbacks but questioning Gustin's ability to hold his own.[11] Mike Cecchini for Den of Geek scored the episode 4.5 stars out of 5.[12] Caroline Preece, also for Den of Geek, gave a positive review as well.[13]

Collider's Dave Trumbore gave the episode an "A-" grade.[14] Morgan Jeffery at Digital Spy, gave the episode a perfect 5 star rating out of 5.[15] Alasdair Wilkins of The A.V. Club graded the episode a 'B'.[16] Mark Rozeman of Paste magazine gave a positive review of the episode.[17]


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