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"Scared yet? You will be."
—Psych[src]

Bashir Adil "Bash" Malik, nicknamed Psych by Cisco Ramon, is a resident of Central City and the host of the Sage Force.

Biography

Early life

On March 5, 2007, Bashir's adoptive parents abandoned him while leaving the country for tax evasion, only to die in a plane crash. Left with nothing, Bashir turned to his friends for help. When the most shameless of his friends, Naomi LaSalle, heartlessly rejected helping Bashir, he convinced himself that all his friends were of the same nature. This affected Bashir's life and he started isolating himself from society, eventually generating hate against his friends for not helping him.

In 2008, Bashir graduated from college.[1]

One of four

Before causing chaos in Central City, Bashir attacked the Speed Force, showing it its greatest fear, after Fuerza attacked it first, causing it to seek Team Flash's help.

Bashir attacks the Flash.

When the Flash was recovering from his battle with Fuerza, he encountered Bashir, that created similar seismic activity to Fuerza. When the Flash arrived, Bashir was manipulating two agents of Crows Security by having them see a monster eating civilians. Bashir felt insulted by the Flash's attitude that he had bigger problems, so the villain had the Flash see himself attacked by Reverse-Flash and Savitar, allowing the villain to escape.

Bashir battles Team Flash.

Dubbed Psych by Cisco Ramon, Bashir made the stock brokers believe that they had lost trillions of dollars, their worst fear. As Bashir laughed, the Flash, Frost, and Mecha-Vibe arrived, all wearing mental inhibitors. Bashir used his power nonetheless and the heroes were stuck in fear as they mentally saw nightmare scenarios. This time the Flash generated energy to fire a bolt. Bashir absorbed the bolt and intensified its efforts against the Flash, allowing Bashir to escape again.

Bashir attacks Central City.

After his multiple battles with Bashir, Barry's fear was manipulated to the point where Barry couldn't fight back. Then, Cecile Horton used Clifford DeVoe's hoverchair to fight off Bashir. That night, Bashir decided that it wanted all of Central City to fear it so it made a bubble of fear. As this bubble grew, citizens had nightmares and screamed. Bashir then disappeared after being hit by Cecile's psychic wave.[2]

After returning from the past where he battled Deon Owens, Cisco realized that the meta he dubbed as Psych was the host of the Sage Force. Meanwhile, the battle with Bashir had adversely affected the Flash, causing him to retire to a healing chamber.[3] The next day, the Speed Force hoped that Barry was feeling better.[4]

Meeting his "mother"

Bashir stayed in the Allen house until Iris West-Allen, Allegra Garcia, and Kamilla Hwang arrived, looking for the Speed Force,[5] because it had killed Alexa Rivera and wanted to kill the other Forces.[6] Bashir greeted Iris as his "mother", learned why she was there, and attacked Allegra and Kamilla by showing them their fears. Iris attempted to talk with Psych civilly, but he was not receptive. When Bashir showed Iris her fear, Iris was able to resist and exit the dream state, impressing Bashir as only she ever did that.

Psych in pain.

Suddenly, Bashir felt pain and began to fade from existence, giving the women time to flee. Later, Bashir reappeared.[5]

Attacking the League of Lions

Bashir learned to harness the power of the Sage Force to emit tentacles that could move objects, as well as the ability to move quickly if needed. Bashir went to three billionaires, who once were his friends in the League of Lions and scared them into a coma. As Caleb Fairweather was practicing golf in his home-office, Bashir appeared to him and scared him until he fell into a coma. Later, Bashir approached Naomi LaSalle as she was conversing with Team Citizen. Naomi screamed as Bashir showed her her fears. Suddenly, Team Citizen disappeared, as the Flash whisked them to safety away from Bashir. Annoyed by the Flash's presence, Bashir manifested his energy tentacles and threw "his father" into a nearby police car before exiting.

Bashir searched for Lucas Sharpe and found him on I-95, planning to leave the city. Bashir stood in front of Lucas' path, causing Lucas to swerve his car to avoid hitting him. Bashir rapped on the window as Lucas looked to see if he had hit Bashir. Lucas exited the car and talked with his old friend.

Bashir is approached by the Flash and Alexa.

Suddenly, Lucas was whisked away from Bashir. The Flash arrives with Alexa Rivera and the two talked with him. The Flash tried to convince Bashir that the League of Lions, except Naomi, tried to help him, but Bashir did not know. Bashir did not believe this information and attacked the Flash with the energy tentacles. Alexa transformed into Fuerza and joined the fight. Fuerza grabbed Bashir and made him listen to Barry who realized that most of his friends did care about him and did not abandon him. So he agreed to help Team Flash.[7]

Helping Team Flash

Bashir then went to S.T.A.R. Labs with the Flash Theme. Suddenly, Deon Owens and the Speed Force appeared. Barry Allen was frozen in time as the Speed Force hit Bashir, Iris and Alexa with energy tendrils, causing the three to fall before the duo teleported away and leaving Barry distraught.[1]

Bashir, Barry, Alexa, and Deon inside the Speed ​​Force.

However, it was soon revealed that it was an illusion orchestrated by Bashir to confuse the Speed Force as he, Alexa, and Iris came back to life. He and Alexa returned to S.T.A.R. Labs and agreed with Barry to defeat the Speed ​​Force once and for all. Upon reaching the location where Nora was, Bashir and the others were sent to the Speed ​​Force. Bashir and the others faced the Speed ​​Force, but Bashir would end up being the second to be defeated; Nora then knocked them out of the Speed ​​Force. After reforming the Speed ​​Force, they helped Barry to be fast enough and successfully stop the storm. Bashir decided to stay inside the Speed ​​Force with Nora, Alexa, and Deon to expand the place, mentioning to Barry and Iris that he always wanted a family.[7]

Godspeed War

According to a conversation between Deon Owens and Barry Allen, Alexa and Bashir was helping the Speed Force fighting Godspeed clones in Speed Force Dimension when Deon is helping Iris to get rid of a force.


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Personality

"I'm direct, sis."
—Bashir Malik to Alexa Rivera[src]


After being betrayed by his friends and becoming a host of the Sage Force, Bashir became vengeful and appeared not to care about the destruction his powers caused. After being convinced to give up the life of crime and help Team Flash, he returned to a neutral personality.

Powers and abilities

Powers

  • Sage Force connection/Meta-human phisiology: As a host to the Sage Force, Bashir is directly linked to it and draws all of his power from it.
    • Psionics: By tapping into the Sage Force, Bashir can augment his mind, allowing to access a range of different psionic abilities.
      • Telepathy: Bashir is able to use his powers to read minds and talk to others like when he spoke to Alexa without Iris hearing.[7]
      • Empathy: Bashir is able to use his powers of empathy to make other individuals feel what he wants them to feel.[2]
      • Fear inducement: Bashir can manipulate the fears of other individuals including the members of Team Flash.[2]
        • Hallucination inducement: Bashir could trap other individuals within hallucinations with their fears and could cause physical harm to those individuals if hurt inside a hallucination.[2]
      • Illusion inducement: Bashir is able to create realistic illusions. He primarily uses this in a defensive manner to avoid certain danger or escape, and are so real that it makes recipients think they even performed actions into the illusion out of their own free will when in reality, it all just occurred within their minds as seen when he made both Deon and Nora thought they killed Bashir, Alexa and Iris at STAR Labs in an action that saw the two hostile Force-hosts to use their powers on their perceived helpless victims, showing that Bashir's illusions even include covering some knowledge on the recipient's own capabilities. However, this facet of the Sage Force is relatively new to its respective host with Bashir even soon admitting that he wasn't certain it would succeed, seeing that it was his first time employing such an otherworldly farce.
    • Bioluminescence: Bashir's eyes change colour to glow purple when he uses his powers.
    • Voice masking: Bashir can mask his voice to make it sound like a very deep growl as way of displaying intimidation. He can also use this ability to make his voice echo.
    • Energy absorption: Bashir absorbed the lightning thrown by the Flash, a power shared with Fuerza.[2] This only works to a certain extent however, as he felt discomfort when the fully-repowered Speed Force showered him with lightning, but otherwise he was still unharmed.
    • Telekinesis: Bashir could move objects with his mind, such as when he closed a door in the Allen house without using his hands.[5]. He is also able generate tendrils of pure sage force energy for offensive attacks, as when he used them to knock Barry into a police car. As well as when he used them to lift Barry into the air and fight Fuerza.
    • Teleportation: Bashir has some form of teleportation as shown when he instantaneously appeared out of nowhere in the Allen house and surprised Team Citizen. However there is a chance that it could be invisibility, but this has never been stated.
    • Enhanced speed: Bashir’s connection to the Sage Force grants him some degree of enhanced speed, as shown when he was able to create partial speed mirages of himself.
    • Connection to other forces of nature: Bashir as a force has a connection to his siblings, and as such can communicate with them telepathically.

Weaknesses

  • Indomitable will: As Bashir primarily uses fear to subdue other individuals' courage. Cecile Horton amplified Barry Allen's courage around Central City, causing him to disappear.[2]
  • Geothermic isotopes: Similar to Alexa Rivera and Deon Owens, Bashir gives off traces of geothermic isotopes, allowing him to be easily tracked.
  • Other forces of nature: Despite how powerful Bashir is, he could still be overpowered by the other forces such as the Strength Force, Still Force and Speed Force in all of their encounters.

Equipment

  • Psych mask: As Psych, Bashir wears a mask to hide his identity.[2]

Appearances

The Flash


Trivia

  • Bashir's powers are similar to Gayle Marsh/Psi's.
  • Bashir's glowing eyes (which are purple) do not match any of the lightning bolts released upon the Speed Force's rebirth (yellow; the Speed Force, blue; the Strength Force, green; the Still Force; meaning that his Sage Force energy should be red, as that's what manifested upon the birth of the Forces of Nature) however, it's possible his mask has lenses that obscure the true color of his glowing eyes.
    • Despite this, Bashir has been able to manifest purple energy in other ways aside from his glowing eyes; such as when he produces energy "tentacles" to grab things.[1]
  • Bashir may have the power to create a psychic projection of himself or can disperse himself as a form of teleportation, given he faded away (as opposed to running or obviously teleporting) after getting a blast of courage from Cecile.
  • The symbol on Bashir's mask is the symbol of the Sage Force in the DC comics.[2]
  • Bashir is somewhat responsible for Cisco leaving StarLabs and joining A.R.G.U.S, by showing him a nightmarish vision of his future.

Behind the scenes

References

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