#WallyWest has been in comics for longer than most fans have been alive. Premiering in Flash Vol. 1 # 110, He is the nephew of Iris West and #BarryAllen. He grew up in an abusive home until he gained super powers and then became Kid Flash, heir to the title, "The Fastest Man Alive"!
(Note: This article focuses on the ginger version of the character. The show focuses on his New52 look, the storylines are influenced heavily by the older version of the character.)
He's Iris West's Nephew
Wally West is the son of Rudolph and Mary West. Iris is Mary's adopted sister.
He's a literal red headed stepchild
Rudolph was a very abusive man towards his wife and especially his son Wallace. Wally would love going to his Aunt Iris house for visits. The only downside was her square boyfriend, Barry Allen.
After the exact same accident that gave Barry his powers, Wally became Kid Flash
Wally became the teen sidekick to the fastest man alive! He even took over the mantle when Barry died sacrificing himself. It was later revealed that when Barry died, he went back in time and became the lightning bolt that gave wally his powers.
His father was a super villain
During the Millennium event, it is revealed the Rudolph West was a spy for the Manhunters, sentient robots created by the Guardians of OA before the #GreenLanterns.
He's the first sidekick to graduate to the big leagues
Wally West is the first of the teen sidekicks from the #TeenTitans to actually graduate from teen sidekick to full fledged hero. Certainly, #DickGrayson became #Nightwing but long before he donned the cowl of the #CapedCrusader and decades before Cyborg was retconned into the #JusticeLeague
He's the fastest Flash alive
Once Barry Allen died, Wally took up the mantle of the Flash. Originally much slower than Barry, Wally overcame several mental blocks in order to become several times faster than Barry. He's even much faster than #Superman!
He's the most powerful flash alive
In addition to being faster than Barry, Wally is also more powerful. While #BarryAllen created the speed force, Wally has a much stronger connection to it. That connection allows him to lend and steal speed, charging mass with kinetic energy that causes them to explode when he phases through them and even create constructs from the speed force itself, like his costume.
Wally once broke his legs and used the speed force until he healed
After a severe setback, Wally used the #speedforce to construct an armor of sorts until his legs were fully healed.
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He's been a blue-collar hero
Wally has had several day jobs during his superhero career. He has transported organs in order to save lives and been a mechanic for the Keystone city police.
He's been a super rich hero
Wally has been financially stable once due to winning the lottery. After losing that, he got rich again, thanks to one of his super villains willing it to him after his demise.
He idolizes Barry Allen
#WallyWest idolized Barry Allen so much that when he died, Wally put up several mental barriers for fear of replacing him as the #scarletspeedster. It wasn't until The #ReverseFlash impersonated Barry that Wally realized he could be his own Flash while still honoring Barry.
Television Barry Allen Idolizes comic Wally
Barry Allen has been on #television twice, first in the 90s and the current iteration. Both versions relied on Wally West's stories from the comics.
Every big bad from the show has been influenced by Wally West
Hunter Zolomon was a profiler for the police who blamed Wally West for not changing the timeline and saving his family. #Savitar was a Cold War pilot who gained super speed and a god complex. He was obsessed with Wally West because of his connection to the speed force.
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Even Eobard Thawne's arc on the show is inspired by a Wally West storyline
The Reverse Flash is by and large a Barry Allen villain. However, coming back in time and impersonating someone else to further his own goals was a Wally West Storyline called The Return of Barry Allen.
He would be perfect for a Teen Titans spinoff series
Just like Flash spun out of Arrow, Kid Flash could spin off from the Flash. #WarnerBros. have been trying to get a Teen Titans show off the air for awhile. They could start off as the team helping Wally ala Star Labs and the Flash.
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The Flash has a thing for reporters
Barry Allen married #IrisWest who constantly covered the exploits of the Flash. Wally married Linda Park, another reporter who did the same. She has already appeared on the show and could spin out with Wally.
Are you up to speed on DC's fan-favorite speedster? See more of him in action when Kid Flash returns on April 25, 2017 on the Flash, only on the CW. 8/7ct! here's a teaser!
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