Questions tagged [the-flash]

For questions about the DC Comics superhero "The Flash", a speedster superhero that spans different DC Comic universes and timelines. Always use in conjunction with the [dc] tag and add the relevant work tag where appropriate e.g. [arrowverse]. For questions about the TV shows see [the-flash-2014] and [the-flash-1990].

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Has an injured Flash ever used super-speed to walk on his hands?

While watching flashpoint-paradox the Flash—in the typical way speedsters are often rendered nigh-useless—suffers a leg injury, therefore preventing him from running. However, a bum leg doesn't mean ...
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Why doesn't The Flash's speed kill the people he saves?

This question is prompted by the new television show, but I'm open to any sources for explanation. With reference to this particular scene from the season's trailer, The Flash saves a person from ...
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Why isn't The Flash unstoppable?

I've recently gotten into The Flash (TV-Show) and so I've been reading about his powers. What I don't understand is why his typical rogues pose a threat - it seems like there should be very little ...
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Why did Superman hold back against The Flash in Justice League?

In the New 52 issue of Justice League, issue 2, Superman, Green Lantern, Batman and Flash all meet for the first time. Due to poor writing, they all start fighting Superman. Flash is shown to be much ...
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How does the Flash perceive time?

Under the assumption that Barry Allen can think as fast as he can run, how does he perceive things around him? Is everything else just moving at a minuscule rate to him? How does that not drive him ...
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Who's faster? Quicksilver or Flash?

We see a lot of information about both of them, but is there a specific speed that each one can reach? I'm trying to figure out the current speed of each one, in the current comics line.
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How do we know the Flash is faster than Superman?

I have heard from many people that the Flash is faster than Superman. But how do we know this? Can you give me the comic issue/continuity and the basic plot summary?
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Can the Flash run faster than light?

While trying to find out who was faster, Superman or the Flash (the answer is the Flash), I found out that the Flash can travel back and forth through time on occasion. Does that mean that the Flash ...
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In which comic is The Flash sent flying into space after slipping on an atomic banana peel?

Earlier today I was alerted to the existence of this scene from a Silver Age-era Flash story: (FYI, Flash: nothing is impossible in comic books.) This scene appears to be quite (in)famous, turning ...
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What is Barry Allen's aka The Flash's top speed?

Barry Allen, a forensic scientist for the Central City Police Department (C.C.P.D.) was struck by lightning and bathed in chemicals which later granted him super-speed and the power to tap into the ...
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Where to start if I want to get into certain DC comics?

I'm a Marvel boy to the core. Never really read anything outside of the Marvel Universe other than a few things here and there of DC. Now that some DC movies are getting made, I wanted to get into ...
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Can the Flash see the future now?

In Issue #2 of the Flash (Oct 2011) it shows Barry tapping into the Speed Force with just his brain and not his body. Through this he's able to see what will happen in the near future to all the ...
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What is the best scientific explanation for how The Flash moves so fast without issue, or is it just “magic?”

The Flash goes from zero to ??? in an eye blink. As he does not have a Saturn 5 rocket on his back, how do you explain the acceleration? How do you explain his ability to stop on a dime and turn ...
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Can the Flash run or walk on water?

OK, one the simplest of questions, can the Flash run or walk on water? The reason I ask is because no matter how fast he can move, he needs something to push against. I am assuming that he can as ...
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How does the Flash breathe while utilizing his super speed?

How do the Flashes breathe utilizing their super speed? The air pressure would be extreme. Do they run in a pressurized bubble?
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What is The Flash's suit made of?

At the high speeds The Flash travels at, he must be generating vast amounts of friction from the air around him. What is his suit made out of, that prevents it from instantly bursting into flames?
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What would the Flash's tracks look like in damp sand?

As one of the "speedster" superheroes, the Flash moves really fast. What does he do when he runs fast? For the sake of this question, "What would the Flash's tracks look like in damp sand?", let's say ...
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Does the Flash have use for a computer/programming and if so how does he deal with their slowness?

I have a question that no amount of Google-Fu will help. Searching for the flash, computers and programming only yields results in the computing realm. Given the following image: And a calculation ...
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Does Flash age slower because of his ability to run at relativistic speed?

Due to Time dilation, time is perceived differently at greater speed. Time dilation is an actual difference of elapsed time between two events as measured by observers either moving relative to ...
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Why did Captain Cold decide to call out Flash in public in “Revenge of the Rogues”?

In Season 1 Episode 10, "Revenge of the Rogues", for The Flash, Captain Cold teams up with Heat Wave to wreak havoc on Central City. There is a lot of conflict as Captain Cold is calling the shots ...
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Did Barry Allen reboot the DC continuity in 2011 creating the DC Universe known as “the New 52?”

This is a very basic question; yet, I don't know much about comics and I want to know: how did Flash (Barry Allen) create a whole new universe?
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Can speedsters phase through Kryptonians?

One of the well-known move of a speedster is phasing through solid materials. As mentioned here, Phasing is a term used to describe the ability of some characters to move through solid objects. ...
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Is Green Lantern faster than Flash and Superman?

I am having a dilemma... Flash and Superman are supposed to be fastest superheros in DC universe but I think Green Lantern should be faster than them, and I mean a lot faster. I did some digging and ...
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How does Barry keep from accidentally running through time?

As noted in this answer, Barry can run through time when he hits mach 2. Until recently, this was considered his top speed. In the episode Trajectory (S02E16), Barry is told that he needs to run mach ...
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Was Flash able to hear anything at super speed?

Was Flash able to hear gunshots or explosions at super speed or was he deaf to his surroundings?
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What actually happened when the flash got shot?

Warning: Spoilers ahead. I didn't actually get what happened in issue #3 of the flash in the new 52's in the part where he's over analyzing the situation and he just froze, letting the bullet hit him ...
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First instance in the comics of The Flash's trailing lightning as literal rather than a visual effect?

There are many ways to portray speed through illustration: speed lines, after-images, a blurred background, etc. Some of these are simply artistic license upon a visual effect, rather than something ...
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Can The Flash breathe in outer space?

I'm playing the new Lego Batman 3, and while everyone is outside of the Justice League Space Station, everyone is either wearing protective suits (Batman and Robin), or is already known to be able to ...
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Can The Flash think faster?

The Flash is a superhero whose power is super speed. In the TV shows (the current one and the one from the 90s portrayed by John Wesley Shipp), the super speed effect is often shown by slowing down/...
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How does Flash not end up in space?

When Flash runs at speeds of light and greater, how does he not end up in space and beyond. His horizontal velocity trajectory would be so huge that gravitational force would be meaningless. So when ...
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If Flash slows time, what is his perception of distance?

We all know that Flash moves so fast that time slows down, so to others it looks like he is running at superhuman speeds(because he is). However, how does that work? Does he feel like he is running ...
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The Flash healing factor (new TV series)

Is The Flash healing factor ultimate like Wolverine's, or is it limited to a tissue type and/or percentage of damage? In one of the episodes, Cisco says to Flash "(...) watch out for teeth, because ...
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Can Reverse Flash kill Flash?

Can Reverse Flash kill Flash? Does that mean they can kill each other at any time? Or is there some particular time point, before which they can't irreversibly damage one another. Is this time ...
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Are superheroes with super-speed saving people all the time?

Occasionally you'll see superheroes with super speed (Superman, The Flash) zoom around, fixing a whole bunch of potentially dangerous scenarios without anyone noticing. Can the Flash see the future ...
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What do The Flash's earpiece emblems do?

What did the Flash's costume emblem earpieces do to help the Flash Family while they ran? Were they more than BLING?
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Is The Flash's physiology faster than normal humans?

Can the Flash do things like build muscle faster than normal (do his muscles grow right after a work-out or meal)? Can he heal faster than normal? Does he have a faster immune system to stop all ...
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Differences between different incarnations of The Flash

As far as I know there are 4 characters who have taken the mantle of The Flash: Jay Garrick, Barry Allen, Wally West and Bart Allen. Why are there so many versions? Do they have any differences in ...
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Do the different versions of the Flash suggest that both universes will coexist in DCEU?

Since the speedsters on the CW series The Flash and in Batman vs. Superman are both named Barry Allen, what does their existence point to? Multiverses already exist in the CW series and with the ...
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What does the Speed Force govern?

Is the Speed Force, in the world of the Flash, the source of all movement and acceleration in the universe? In the same sense that I'm using the force of gravity to drop a ball, am I tapping into the ...
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How does the Flash move through space?

In The Flash #136 (1998), the Flash was challenged by Cosmic Gamblers to a race. He ends up winning the race by getting all of humanity to help him: He then wins the race and beats a teleporter: So ...
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In Flashpoint Paradox, how did Flash saving his mother cause multiple unrelated changes in the timeline?

In Flashpoint Paradox, we see an alternate timeline where Bruce Wayne is the one that was gunned down in the alleyway, and Thomas Wayne survived to become a darker, gun-toting Batman. Cyborg has ...
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Who are these Multiverse Flashes?

The Flash #52 (2018) opens with the panel below (minor spoilers for the Flash War arc). This "council of Flashes" seems to feature the Flashes of different universes. And a different angle right ...
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Looking for a comic with a Race to the End of Time?

I've been trying to remember which comic I saw this in. It was Superman and The Flash running through time till they got to this net-like thing at the end of time. I remember reading this in the 80s, ...
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Does the Flash slip on ice?

My question is inspired by a LEGO Justice League short, Batman: Be-Leagured. There's a scene where Flash is running towards Captain Cold, and Cold freezes the ground which causes Flash to slip. I get ...
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How did Flash take care of the bomb?

In the DC Animated Original Movie Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox, The Flash needs to dispose of a bomb early in the film. He accomplishes this by vibrating his hand and then hurling something ...
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How can Flash control where he time travels?

Both in the various comic book series and the 2014 TV Show, we have seen The Flash running so fast that he travels through time. How can he control the exact date and time he wants to arrive, when he ...
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What did Captain Cold initially request from Barry in The Flash S01E22?

Spoiler alert : What did Snart ask of Barry?
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In the Flash Comics, is the Speed Force sentient?

In Flash S02E20, the Speed Force takes the faces of Barry's friends and family to communicate with him while he is in the Speed Force. Is the Speed Force of the comics ever sentient like this? Does it ...
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Issue of the Flash where Max Mercury's love interest dies

I am looking for a scan, or at least the issue number for an issue of The Flash from the mid-late 90s. I recall it as possibly the conclusion to a story arc. Anyway, as the police are handcuffing ...
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Why didn't a time wraith attack Eobard-Wells?

In the CW series, the Flash, the concept of time wraiths is a little confusing. (I know it's kinda late to ask since Season 3 just finished), but I was wondering, why didn't a time wraith attack Wells-...