Within the DC universe, it’s almost impossible to keep up with all the Flashes you see. From time traveling versions, speed mirage visions, speed force ghosts, or even the sidekick characters (i.e., Kid Flash) you can’t throw a rock without hitting a Flash. But during the 1960s, one man took the Flash name and used it for a much more villainous lifestyle. Do you know who this was?
Eobard Thawne, aka the Reverse-Flash, created by John Broome and Carmine Infantino, debuted in The Flash #139 (September 1963). After finding a time capsule in the 25th century which contained the Flash’s costume, Thawne used a Tachyon device to amplify the suit’s speed energy. Thus giving him the Flash’s abilities as long as he wore the suit, while simultaneously reversing the colors of the suit. Hence the name, Reverse-Flash. Using the suit and his newly gained speed powers, Thawne committed numerous crimes around town. Eventually, the Flash caught up to him and a destructive battle ensued.
After being defeated by the Flash, Thawne begins traveling back in time to take his revenge on the Flash. Over time, Thawne becomes obsessed with replacing Barry Allen, not only as the Flash, but as the husband to Iris West. Although Thawne's backstory has been rewritten countless times, one thing that has remained is his hatred for the Flash. In addition to his genius-level intellect, Thawne is a master manipulator and deceiver, skilled hand to hand combatant, and possesses age alteration and memory absorption. The speed force grants him time travel and chrono-kinesis, rapid cellular regeneration, intangibility, accelerated perception, speed mirage creation, and sonic shockwaves generation.