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This page is for the man on Earth-1 known as Barry Allen. For his Earth-2 counterpart, see Barry Allen (Earth-2). For the man who also used "The Flash" as an alias on Earth-2 see Hunter Zolomon. For the Flash on Earth-3 see Jay Garrick.

Things aren't always what they seem. Our fears can play tricks on us, making us afraid to change course. Afraid to move on. But usually hidden behind our fears are second chances, waiting to be seized. Second chances at life. At glory. At family. At love. And these opportunities don't come around every day. So when they do we have to be brave, take a chance and grab them while we can.
Barry's narration at the beginning of the episode,The Fury of Firestorm[src]
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Bartholomew "Barry" Allenalso known as The Flash (born March 14, 1989)[2] is a forensic scientist for the Central City Police Department and best friends with Iris West. His mother was murdered by the Reverse-Flash when he was 11, and his father was sent to jail for the crime. He was then raised by Detective Joe West. After being struck by lightning during the particle accelerator explosion, he became the Flash, a meta-human with superhuman speed. 

Biography

Childhood

Barry Allen was born on March 14, 1989 to Henry and Nora Allen as an only child. At some point in his childhood he met Iris West who he became best friends with, and soon after formed a crush on her. Her father Joe as well as Henry and Nora were aware of his crush. However, Barry was also being bullied by a boy named Tony Woodward and came to resent him because of it. In 1995, Barry had begged his parents to take him to a science expo out of town, but on the way they hit a flat tire. Their car had to be towed to the garage in a small town with a single street and they were stuck there all day. They passed the time at the local diner where they had ice cream and french fries with gravy, and spent the night watching the local fireworks. Barry had considered this to be one of the happiest memories he has ever had with his parents, despite the fact it wasn't his intention to do so in the first place. In 1999, Barry and his mother watched Singing in the Rain together. On March 18, 2000 when Barry was eleven years old, he ran home from school after getting into a fight. Though not being fast enough, his mother promised that he had a good heart, and his father was proud of him for winning the fight. Later that night Barry was comforted by his mother when he admitted he was afraid of the dark but she convinced him he wasn't afraid of darkness itself, just being alone in the dark and wished him sweet dreams.

Nora's death and Henry's imprisonment

Becoming the Flash

When he woke up from his coma 9 months later, Barry met Dr. Wells, Cisco Ramon and Caitlin Snow. He learned of his coma and how it had been caused by the particle accelerator explosion. Much to their annoyance, Barry chose to leave, claiming that he felt normal. Barry went to meet Iris at her work, where the two embraced, Iris incredibly thrilled to see Barry awake and walking. As they talked, Barry noticed time slow down, then speed back up again. Iris grabbed her jacket, then they went to visit Joe at the police department. Joe was more than happy to see Barry, though he was called to a robbery at Gold City Bank. Detective Thawne followed West, also expressing his happiness at Barry's return. As they left, Barry noticed a rough detainee, who quickly reached for a police officer's gun. Before he could grab it, Barry sped over to him and back, stopping him from doing anything.

Freaked out by the incident, Barry promised to call Iris that night and left. Once outside, Barry noticed his hand shaking at an unbelievable speed, shortly followed by him accidentally almost running into a bin at super speed, then breaking the back window of a cop car. Realizing the gifts he had, Barry went off running, testing out his super speed. Before long, he accidentally ran through the back of a van. Sometime later at an airfield, Barry met with Cisco, Caitlin and Wells. He put on a tight suit and got ready to run. Dr. Wells cautioned restraint, whereupon Barry began to run at full pelt.

Partway through his test run, he began to remember the night of his mother's murder, specifically a ball of lightning with a man seemingly inside it surrounding his mother, and he crashed, fracturing his wrist. Back at S.T.A.R. Labs, they discovered that Barry's wrist had healed in under three hours, much to their amazement. Dr. Wells inquired as to what happened, and Barry explained what he'd remembered: a man somehow inside a ball of lightning. Barry raised the question that perhaps there were more people like him, but Harrison rejected the idea, claiming that Barry was unequivocally one of a kind. Following that, Barry went to meet Iris at Jitters. He looked upon Iris and Eddie kissing, and they soon took a walk as Iris explained to Barry how the two of them had met, asking him to promise not to tell her father. As they talked, a police car involved in a car chase slammed on the brakes, leading to Barry pulling Iris out of the way as the car hit the wall under the bridge. As the other car raced by, Barry recognized its driver: the seemingly dead Clyde Mardon. Barry ran after the car, crashing through the side and entering. Before Mardon could get his gun out, Barry grabbed the steering wheel, making the car tumble on its side and onto its roof. Mardon exited the vehicle, relatively unscathed and Barry quickly followed.

He called out to catch Mardon's attention, but soon the area was flooded with fog, apparently made by Mardon himself, causing a car to run into the already overturned car, forcing Barry to speed to a nearby patch of grass for safety. Paramedics soon arrived, along with the police, including Joe. Joe scolded Barry for having Iris out in the open and Iris for having followed the danger. Barry took Joe aside, telling him of his belief that the car was driven by Clyde Mardon, who had apparently survived a plane explosion, also somehow gaining the ability to control the weather. Despite various pieces of apparent evidence, Joe didn't believe him. Frustrated with Barry's apparent fantasies, Joe explained how his claims were impossible, including the ball of lightning with the man inside; he knew Barry's father was the murderer, as did numerous others. Having never asked for anything from Barry, Joe asked Barry to for once be realistic, to which Barry simply walked off, disappointed.

He returned to S.T.A.R. Labs, angry at Wells for lying to him about being the only one affected by the particle accelerator's explosion. Dr. Wells claimed to not be entirely sure, as there had been numerous amounts of radiation including anti-matter, dark energy and x-elements, all apparently theoretical prior to the event. Despite them only being theory up to that point, Wells claimed that Barry was proof otherwise. He went into more detail, explaining that they'd been looking for more "meta-humans", a term they'd coined for people like Barry. Barry brought up Clyde Mardon, whom they had to stop before he hurt anyone again. Wells cautioned Barry to keep himself safe, as Barry had the potential to unlock previously undiscovered vaccines, medicines and breakthroughs in science, yet he wished to put himself on the line and "play hero". Dr. Wells saw him as nothing special, just a boy who'd been struck by lightning.[5] Upset by Harrison's statement, Barry called Oliver Queen, hoping to get some advice.[16] He visited Oliver in Starling City, where he expressed that he believed Barry could save people, though in an entirely different way to The Arrow. As opposed to The Arrow's tough vigilantism, Barry could be a guardian angel to the people of his city, saving them "in a flash". As he speeds away, Oliver expressed his awe at Barry's powers. Barry headed back to Central City, to S.T.A.R. Labs. He apologized to Caitlin and Cisco, understanding that they'd lost things in the explosion, but there had been an increase in crime, presumably occurring because of the creation of meta-humans. They agreed to help, and Cisco even suggested the use of a suit he'd made, initially for a firefighter, but believed it suited Barry well. He put on the suit and raced to Mardon's farm, where they'd noticed an acute change in the weather. He saved Joe and Eddie, who'd come to investigate, after a piece of debris flew at them. With Mardon's tornado heading towards the city, with an increasing wind speed, Barry suggested that he run around the tornado in reverse in order to unravel it. Despite Caitlin and Cisco's belief that Barry might not hold up, he proceeded to run around it. Before he could run fast enough, Mardon knocked him away. Believing him to be too strong, Barry didn't think he could beat Clyde. However, as he was about to give up, Dr. Wells began communicating with him. Despite acting selfishly, Wells expressed that he truly, deeply believed that Barry was special, that he could help stop the havoc he'd created. With the confidence boost, Barry was able to run fast enough, clocking just over 700 mph, ultimately unraveling the tornado. After being knocked to the ground, both Clyde and Barry stood up. Clyde proceeded to point a gun at him, claiming them to be the same, though Barry strongly disagreed. Before he could shoot Barry, Joe intervened. The following morning, still at the crime scene, Joe and Barry discussed Barry's powers and Joe apologized, for not believing him and for also believing his father a murderer. Barry also promised not to reveal anything to Iris so as to keep her safe. Not long after, Barry visited his father in Iron Heights Prison, assuring him that he still believed in him, that he was incredibly proud to be his son. After that, with a lightning bolt symbol added to his suit, Barry ran through the streets of Central City, saving a man from crashing on his bicycle

Making Central City a safer place

Barry, after realizing he could make a difference by saving people, decided to use his speed for good. At first Wells and Caitlin were against it, but after many encounters with meta-humans and villains like PlastiqueRainbow RaiderWeather Wizard and Captain Cold made it clear that Central City needed the Flash. To be extended

The man in the yellow suit (Reverse-Flash)

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Enter Zoom

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Saving his mom

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Quotes

Appearances

Season One

Every episode

Season Two

Every episode

Season Three

To be added

Trivia

  • Barry Allen was first introduced to the CW's DC universe on Season 2 of Arrow in the episode The Scientist.
  • In most comic book stories, Wally West is Barry's nephew- not his adoptive brother.

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