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Real Identity: Wallace Rudolph "Wally" West
Affiliation(s): The Team
Appearance(s): Independence Day Part One, Part Two, Welcome to Happy Harbor, Drop Zone, Schooled, Infiltrator, Denial, Downtime, Bereft, Homefront, Alpha Male, Revelation, Humanity, Failsafe, Disordered, Secrets, Misplaced, Coldhearted, Image, Agendas, Insecurity, Performance, Usual Suspects, Auld Acquaintance, Salvage, Bloodlines, Depths, Satisfaction, Darkest, Summit, and Endgame
Appearances (Comics): Stopover, Haunted, Hack and You Shall Find, Face Your Fears, By Hook or By Web, What's The Story?, Fears, Rabbit Holes, Wonderland, Cold Case, Hot Case, The Pit..., The Pendulum, ...And The Penalty, Under The Surface..., Common Denominators, Uncommon Denominators, Monkey Business, Gorilla Warfare, and Players Chapter One
Appearances (Games): Legacy
Powers/Skills: Enhanced Speed, Intangibility, and Unarmed Combat
Voiced By: Jason Spizak
Wally West is the son of Rudy and Mary West and was born on November 11, 1994. Living in Central City, West became an avid fan of the area's local hero, the Flash. One day, West visited his Aunt Iris and Uncle Barry Allen, who was the Flash. While looking at Allen's journals, West discovered his secret identity and read about the accident that gifted the Flash with super speed. He tried to convince Allen to let him be his sidekick but was declined. West then recreated the laboratory accident with his chemistry set in the West family garage. A couple weeks later, West recovered from the subsequent explosion and discovered he did gain super speed, too. Out of guilt, perhaps, the Flash reluctantly made him his sidekick, Kid Flash.
The Flash taught his protege how to use his powers and how to be a hero. A year later, a second lightning bolt struck Kid Flash and changed his costume's color scheme to a dominant yellow pattern. Two years later, still not quite as fast as the Flash, he still has a lot to prove and master, including how to properly vibrate his molecules through solid objects. He also wears a pair of telescopic goggles that allows him to see in different light spectrums.
On July 4th, at 11:03 Central Daylight Time (CDT), Flash and Kid Flash defeated Captain Cold while the villain tried to steal diamonds in Central City. He eagerly anticipated the day's special event, all four sidekicks were to gather at the Hall of Justice and begin steps toward official membership in the Justice League. This was also to be Kid Flash's first visit to the Hall. Much to his dismay, the duo were the last to arrive. Nonetheless, the sidekicks were less than pleased with the results. Robin, Kid Flash, and Aqualad ventured alone and unsanctioned to Project Cadmus' headquarters to investigate a fire alert.
After saving a pair of scientists, Kid Flash stumbled upon a formation of Genomorphs, bioengineered living weapons. Despite being caught, Kid Flash retained his sense of humor and joined in trying to appeal to Superboy's nature. In the battle against Blockbuster, Kid Flash was given the task of diverting the villain's attention and drawing it to a specific spot designated by Robin. The remains of Cadmus were soon visited by the Justice League. After hearing the sidekicks' declarations, the Team was formed. While Batman deliberated, Kid Flash took Superboy home with him. Upset by their loafing, Mary West sent them outside on July 7th. Kid Flash inspected a message addressed to his civilian identity, from Batman. It was a prepaid charge card designated for expenses. Kid Flash and Superboy went to the Central City Mall to buy new clothes for Superboy and also ran into a pair of teenage villains named the Terror Twins.
On July 8th, they gathered at Mount Justice and met the Team's fifth member, Miss Martian, who Kid Flash was instantly smitten with. He was assigned the designation B-03, used when scanned by Justice League computers. On July 9th, he joined in on an unsanctioned mission to stake out the office of Selena Gonzalez in Central City. Kid Flash later agreed to incorporate new stealth technology to his costume. When he activates it via his belt, Kid Flash's costume shifts from red to black. Wally West began his first day as a high school sophmore on August 8th. After school, he hurried to Mount Justice for a beach day but arrived for a mission brief and found the Team had a new member. He was not instantly taken with Artemis. During their mission, Kid Flash was rendered unconscious by Cheshire and left to drown in the Happy Harbor High School's indoor swimming pool. Miss Martian found and resuscitated him. At the mission's end, Kid Flash begrudgingly welcomed Artemis to the Team.
Despite everything, Kid Flash maintained a close-minded belief that everything, even magic, could be explained by science. This was cemented by the fact that a Flash rogue named Abra Kadabra used advanced technology to simulate magic. Despite becoming a temporary human host to Nabu and turning into Dr. Fate, Kid Flash still won't admit otherwise. On September 7th, Flash asked Kid Flash to take a raw steak out of the family refrigerator and meet up with him in the city. They lured an escaped cheetah back to the Central City Zoo then saved bystanders and isolated other escaped animals. Flash noticed missing concentrated cobra venom and Kid Flash analyzed a large footprint. The results led the two to Minneapolis. On September 22nd, Kid Flash was unaware of Miss Martian and Superboy's romantic relationship and offered to help with fixing his motorcycle. During the project, they were attacked by two android invaders. Kid Flash and Superboy were bound into a makeshift constraint each. Luckily, Robin and Artemis appeared later on. During a confrontation, Robin deflected one of his weapons right next to Kid Flash's head. The weapon doubled as a communications device and he walked Robin through converting a X-Ray machine's vircator into an electromagnetic pulse emitter. Kid Flash and Superboy distracted the androids while Robin and Artemis tried to hook up the emitter to the Cave's main generator. Ultimately, Kid Flash's mission souvenir display saved the day. Artemis used the arrow on display to trigger the pulse.
During a mission to take out a central control system on October 1st, Kid Flash injured his right arm. After the mission was completed and ended, Kid Flash was outfitted with a cast. On October 10th, he was tasked with coming up with an illogical method of tracking down T.O. Morrow. Kid Flash advised the Team to interrogate Professor Ivo, a rival of sorts to Morrow. As he suspected, Ivo knew Morrow's location and was forced to give it up. Kid Flash then quickly instructed the Team to vent the pressure out of a supervolcano activated by Red Volcano then asked Red Tornado to divert the ash cloud into space. He took a spare android hand as a souvenir. After the failed training exercise, Kid Flash was in denial and did not acknowledge his extreme reaction to Artemis' death.
On November 11th, Wally West turned 16 years old and attended a surprise birthday party held in his honor at the Cave. During the party, West finally learned Miss Martian and Superboy were dating. Soon after, the Team was assigned their first joint mission with the Justice League. However, Kid Flash was given a solo mission. Since the ice storms neutralized the Zeta Tube Network, Kid Flash was assigned to run a donor heart 3000 miles from Bostom to Seattle for a heart transplant. While in South Dakota, 16:13 Mountain Standard Time (MST), he encountered Vandal Savage and fought him for 15 minutes before returning back to the mission. After arriving in Seattle, Kid Flash was conned and handed over the heart to one of Count Vertigo's men. He raced to the Seattle Medical Center's parking structure and took back the heart. However, he was forced to fight Count Vertigo without damaging the heart. Kid Flash managed to disarm Vertigo and raced the heart to the team of surgeons before he collapsed from exhaustion. The next day, he set a trap for Vertigo and had him convicted of high treason. As a souvenir, Kid Flash took the pack that carried Queen Perdita's heart.
On December 5th, sensing Artemis' concern over Red Arrow's induction into the Team, Kid Flash assured her she had nothing to prove and wasn't being replaced. However, Kid Flash's confidence waned when it was discovered that Artemis switched tracers and mislead the Team during a mission to track Sportsmaster in New Orleans. He took the tracer as a souvenir in place of one of Cheshire's Sais. At the end of Team Year Zero, Kid Flash and Artemis entered into a romantic relationship after the battle against the Light on the Watchtower. He relocated to Palo Alto to attend college with Artemis and moved in together at the start of their sophmore year. On February 17th, 21:31 EST, Team Year Five, Kid Flash and Artemis took a Zeta-Tube to Mount Justice. Kid Flash, in particular, was bored and was hoping for some major action. He was excited to hear Batman assign them to solve a kidnapping but was confused why Dr. Sandsmark, an archaeologist and single mother of modest means, was kidnapped in the first place. On February 18th, the Team was amiss with where to find Klarion. Kid Flash recalled the earthquakes generated by the Tiamat statue fragments and attempted to find an epicenter. However, upon bringing up a three dimensional map of Earth, Kid Flash found eight epicenters in Greece, Spain, Arizona, New Zealand, Haiti, Kenya, Bialya, and Russia. Alternatively, Nighting had Zatanna cast a spell to locate the locus of Klarion's sorcery.
Eventually, West retired from active duty to focus on college. At some point, he and Artemis came to own a pitbull dog. On February 13th, Team Year Six, West took part in an intervention for Red Arrow. On February 14th, 00:10 Pacific Standard Time (PST), he returned home and remembered he had a Vietnamese Literature paper due at 8 am. He learned Artemis fully stocked the refridgerator for Valentine's Day.
On February 28th, Nightwing called West for help in dealing with a time traveler named Impulse. West agreed and arrived at the Allen household. He later suited up as Kid Flash and joined the battle downtown along with the first Flash, Jay Garrick. West's scan determined Neutron was unstable without his containment suit but Flash also determined he had a micro-second to get close enough to Neutron and haul him out of the city. Although annoyed that Impulse was also faster than him, Kid Flash joined the others in taking Impulse back to Mount Justice. On March 19th, 08:21 PDT, West bid goodbye to Artemis as she left for a mission with the Team despite his objection. On March 20th, 04:00 EDT, West arrived at a secret meeting in Bludhaven with Nightwing, Kaldur'ahm, and Artemis to discuss the next phase of their plan to infiltrate the Light. Countering Nightwing's optimism, West believed the plan just got even more dangerous. On March 21st, West accompanied Paula Crock at Artemis' grave at the Gotham Cemetery.
On March 24th, 03:17 EDT, West arrived at the Hall of Justice and had words with Nightwing over Artemis, Mount Justice, and the kidnapped team mates. On June 19th, West donned the kid Flash costume once more for the Santa Prisca mission. During the battle, he was reunited with Artemis. He also revealed to Impulse he and Artemis were going back into retirement. West wanted Impulse to carry on the Kid Flash mantle. On June 20th, Kid Flash and Artemis comprised Omega Squad and were sent to Paris to disable the Magnetic Field Disrupter. However, amid news of one last Disrupter, Kid Flash took a Zeta-Tube from the Watchtower then ran to the North Magnetic Pole to join the Flash and Impulse in negating the chrysalis energy. Kid Flash's added kinetic energy provided the necessary amount needed but his slower speed made him an exit valve for the energy. After taking several jolts, Kid Flash began to fade away. He asked Flash to deliver a message to Artemis for him then ceased to be. Artemis soon went to the West household and mourned his death. West was added to the fallen honored aboard the Watchtower and Impulse took up the mantle of Kid Flash.