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Real Identity: Wallace "Wally" West
Nicknames: The Fastest Man Alive
Affiliation(s): Justice League/Unlimited
Appearances (STAS): Speed Demons
Appearances (JL/U): Secret Origins Part One, Part Two, Part Three, In Blackest Night Part One, Part Two, Paradise Lost Part One, Part Two, Injustice For All Part One, Part Two, Brave and the Bold Part One, Part Two, Fury Part One, Part Two, Legends Part One, Part Two, Knight of Shadows Part One, Part Two, Savage Time Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Tabula Rasa Part One, Part Two, Only a Dream Part One, Part Two, Maid of Honor Part Two, Hearts and Minds Part One, Part Two, A Better World Part One, Part Two, Eclipsed Part One, Part Two, Secret Society Part One, Part Two, Hereafter Part One, Part Two, Wild Cards Part One, Part Two, Comfort and Joy, Starcrossed Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Initiation, Fearful Symmetry, the Return, The Ties that Bind, Doomsday Sanction, The Balance, Clash, Question Authority, Flashpoint, Panic in the Sky, Divided We Fall, I am Legion, To Another Shore, Flash and Substance, the Great Brain Robbery and Destroyer
Appearances (SS): A League of Their Own Part One and Part Two
Voiced By: Charlie Schlatter and Michael Rosenbaum
Wally West lives in Central City in the American Mid-West. West works for the local Police Department's Forensics team. While toiling away one night, a lightning bolt struck West. The electro-chemical accident gifted West with super speed. He decided to use his power for good and became the superhero, the Flash. Flash nicknamed himself the "Fastest Man Alive," and put off most of Central City with his brash and impulsive attitude. But early on, the Flash worked with charitable organizations. The city of Metropolis organized the "Fastest Man Alive" charity race between the Flash and Superman. The first man to circle the planet 100 times would be declared the winner. Both would be tracked by electric clamps placed on themselves. One of Flash's enemies, Mardon (later the Weather Wizard) took advantage of the situation and exchanged the clamps for ones of his own. The race would generate enough power for the wizard to ransom the US government. The race was cancelled and both Superman and the Flash stopped Weather Wizard.
Aside from his juvenile attitude, the Flash had a reoccuring nightmare that he moved so fast, that everyone else was left virtually frozen. The Flash never solved the theme of the nightmare until years later when he was a founding member of the Justice League. Flash held the distinction of being the youngest member and flippant. His quick wit and over reliance on his powers often annoyed more serious teammates like Green Lantern.
The Flash briefly worked in advertising. The work caught the attention of talk show host, Glorious Godfrey. Godfrey took advantage of bashing the Justice League as a whole to boost his own ratings. Meanwhile, the Heart of Darkness began to exchange hands and weave a plan to plummet the planet in eternal darkness. The Flash met Mophir, guardian of the Heart, and realized he wasn't just another psychotic. Instead, Flash learned about the Heart and its inhabitants, the Ophidian race. Mophir allowed Flash to take his gem with him. With it, the Flash could generate pure light to drive the Ophidians back into the Heart. Hawkgirl quickly shattered it and the shards were embedded in everyone but the Flash. Alone and injured, he attempted to SOS Batman but failed. Flash lured everyone to the Watchtower's light source and defeated the Ophidians.
However, the Ophidians already launched the Anti-Fusion Device into the Sun. J'onn Jonzz deduced an Einstein-Rosen Bridge would be able to drain the anti-fusion matter. In the before-hand skirmish, the League's Javelin was badly damaged. The required wormhole generator was safe but in order to activate it, it had to be going at lightspeed. Green Lantern decided to initially propel the Flash and generate the path for him to run. Seven and a half minutes into the run, the Flash would have to activate the generator or risk further damaging the Sun. He survived the ordeal by a thread.
During the infant years of the newly formed, Justice League Unlimited, the Flash took pro-active measures of his own. He made Central City his priority and took an offensive stance at the growing crime rate plaguing the city. Eventually, the Flash succeeded and earned the love and respect of the city's populace.
While the founding members of the Justice League fought the combined effort of Lex Luthor and Brainiac, only the Flash was left standing. He tapped further into the Speed Force, the source of his powers. Flash used light speed vibrations to effectively destroy Brainiac and without harming Luthor. However, Flash lost control of his power and nearly merged with the Speed Force. J'onn Jonzz made telepathic contact and the six founders managed to form a human chain and pull Flash away from the Speed Force.
A year after the Brainiac incident, the Flash was recognized by Central City for his heroism in the Thanagarian invasion, his charitable works and his recent war on crime. In his honor, the Flash was awarded with the key to the city and his very own Flash Appreciation Day in which a public Flash Museum would be opened. The Museum contains various mannequins of his Rogues Gallery and various items such as a depiction of the "Fastest Man Alive Race" he participated in against Superman, the Kid Flash costume and a helmet that once belonged to Jay Garrick, the first Flash decades ago. The opening was crashed by three of Flash's enemies, Captain Boomerang, Captain Cold and Mirror Master. The mueseum was trashed in the aftermath but Flash was more concerned that no one was hurt in the process. The reporter covering the event, Linda Park made several advances in vain.
When a simple locator spell went wrong, the Flash found himself in Lex Luthor's body and vice versa. The Flash discovered he was at a crucial moment; Luthor was facing a mounting mutiny for focusing only on reconstituting Brainiac and leading a train robbery of Euro's heading to Kaznia. Luthor got ahold of a communication link and revealed the switch happened. Just in time, Luthor was caught and Dr. Fate rectified the situation.