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"You're a rotten shot. I'm not."
—Francisco to Floyd Lawton[src]


Francisco Ramon (died February 9, 2016), known as Reverb, was a meta-human criminal from Earth-2 who gained powers in understanding and manipulating vibrations of reality after the S.T.A.R. Labs particle accelerator explosion. He was the right-hand man of Zoom and the brother of the late Dante Ramon/Rupture.

Biography

Early life

In late 2013, Francisco Ramon was among those affected by Harrison WellsS.T.A.R. Labs' particle accelerator, gaining the abilities of precognition, seeing changes in the timeline and events in other dimensions, creating sonic blasts, and opening breaches. He used these powers for his own personal gain under the name "Reverb". Francisco's older brother Dante was also affected, becoming a criminal known as "Rupture", and the two committed a number of crimes together.[1]

Francisco was eventually employed into the service of the meta-human criminal mastermind Zoom, becoming his right-hand man. Through Francisco, Zoom monitored other worlds, gaining more insight and knowledge of his targets. Francisco was placed in charge of Zoom's lesser minions such as Caitlin Snow/Killer Frost and Ronnie Raymond/Deathstorm. However, he secretly desired to eliminate Zoom and rule Central City himself.[2] Francisco was also associated with Laurel Lance/Black Siren, another high-ranking lieutenant of Zoom.[3]

Francisco soon learned of his Earth-1 doppelgänger Cisco Ramon/Vibe, but was disappointed to see that he wasted these powers on helping people rather than ruling over them and had not reached anywhere near full potential.[2]

Hunting The Flash and meeting his doppelgänger

Vibe meets Reverb

Reverb meets Vibe.

In early 2016, Francisco sensed the arrivals of Barry Allen/The Flash, Harry Wells, and his Earth-1 doppelgänger, and informed Killer Frost and Deathstorm. Later when Cisco, Iris West, and Floyd Lawton followed Killer Frost and Deathstorm to a warehouse, Francisco revealed himself and confronted his doppelgänger, offering Cisco a chance for the two of them to rule Central City side by side. Killer Frost was unamused by this idea but Francisco threatened to shatter her nervous system if she spoke to him like that again. Cisco rejected his offer and signaled for the Flash to attack. Francisco was knocked down by the speedster, but quickly recovered.

As Deathstorm fought the Flash, Francisco confronted Cisco once more, but he still rejected the offer. They were interrupted when Lawton tried, but failed miserably, to shoot Reverb, who hit him with a sonic blast. Cisco was shocked by this ability, which Francisco offered to teach him. When Deathstorm incapacitated the Flash, Francisco joined him in eliminating the speedster, knocking Cisco aside when he protested. Francisco and Deathstorm brutally blasted the Flash repeatedly, ignoring Killer Frost's warnings not to defy Zoom's orders to leave the speedster unharmed. Seconds later, Zoom arrived on the scene and immediately killed Deathstorm before confronting Francisco. Zoom reminded him of his orders not to kill the Flash and phased a hand through Francisco's chest, killing him.[2]

Legacy

Cisco took Francisco's glasses in the hopes of learning how to vibe while in other dimensions.[4] However, Cisco also feared these powers might corrupt him and cause him to become like his villainous doppelgänger.[5]

Though not really mourned nor truly remembered by anybody else, Dante was devastated over his brother's death and lied to by Zoom that Cisco killed him. Dante attacked both Cisco and his own Earth-1 doppelgänger to try and avenge Francisco's death, only to fail and also be killed by Zoom.[1]

Cisco briefly impersonated Francisco to fool Black Siren and keep her occupied, though she soon saw through his ruse.[3]

Savitar and Earth-1 Killer Frost both brought up Francisco in comparison to Cisco not embracing his powers, which they claimed would make him "a god".[6][7]

Personality

Unlike his Earth-1 doppelgänger, Francisco was a ruthless, power-hungry criminal mastermind, believing that he deserved to rule Central City more than Zoom due to his abilities. A calm, tactical, yet sinister and sociopathic individual, Francisco was inclined to kill whoever so much as spoke to him in a disrespectful manner. Francisco knew of the powers that his Earth-1 doppelgänger had and sought to have it on his side, repeatedly offering Cisco the chance to join him.

However, this didn't stop Francisco from brutally attacking his doppelgänger when Cisco tried to stop the former from attacking Barry Allen. Francisco was also very arrogant and reckless, as he and Deathstorm attacked and nearly killed Barry, disregarding Zoom's orders to leave him alive - an action which led to his death.

Despite these traits, Francisco appeared to be very close with his brother and partner-in-crime, Dante, unlike their Earth-1 doubles, who were estranged since childhood.[1]

Powers and abilities

Powers

  • Meta-human physiology: After Francisco was struck by the energy of the S.T.A.R. Labs particle accelerator explosion, this altered his DNA and supercharged his cells, augmenting his physiology and allowing him to access his new abilities.
    • Dimensional energy manipulation: Francisco has a psychic link to the natural energies of reality, allowing him to connect with various vibrations of the multiverse and manipulate them for various effects.
      • Interdimensional travel: Though never seen, it was implied by Barry Allen and Harrison Wells that Francisco could travel to different dimensions at will.
      • Dimensional awareness: Just like his Earth-1 counterpart, Francisco was able to see through the vibrations of different timelines and dimensions. He honed his meta-human perception to the point where he seemed able to freely spy through alternate realities with ease, rendering him nigh-omniscient.[2]
      • Vibrational blasts: Francisco was able to generate clear concussive blasts of vibrations from his hands, which he used to incapacitate the Flash and presumably kill Floyd Lawton with a single shot. He also had the ability to vibrate objects at various frequencies, which could kill both humans and fellow meta-humans slowly by vibrating important organs in their bodies. Francisco stated he could easily shatter Killer Frost's entire nervous system.[2]
      • Mental connection: As stated by Francisco himself, "vibers" are connected by their powers and are able to observe each other if they're skilled enough. He used this to track Cisco's progress with his powers from Earth-2.[2]

Abilities

  • High-level intellect/Master tactician/Leader: Francisco proved to be a quick study, gaining mastery of his powers in just three years on his own. As Zoom's right-hand man, Francisco was in charge of monitoring Central City and his army, able to command respect from the various meta-humans under the speedster's employment and use them to carry out his plans. Francisco was also an excellent tactician, which helped Zoom's army maintain control over the city. He is highly successful at anticipating his opponents' actions, as shown when he lured the Flash and Vibe into a trap.
    • Master of deception/Manipulator: Francisco maintained a loyal facade to Zoom whilst plotting to take the latter out so he could rule Central City himself. He is implied to have experience convincing others to join his side, as seen in his conversation with Cisco.
  • Skilled combatant: While the full extent of his combat abilities are unknown, Francisco was able to knock out Vibe with a single punch.[2]
  • Intimidation: Due to his powers and cold, ruthless demeanor, Francisco was a fearsome individual. With a calmly-spoken threat, he was able to make Killer Frost and Deathstorm fall back in line.

Equipment

  • Reverb suit: Francisco wore a protective suit as "Reverb".
  • Reverb glasses: Francisco wore a special pair of glasses which could help him see into other universes and timelines. They are similar to Cisco Ramon's glasses, but glowed blue at the lenses instead of green. By calibrating the glasses to the electromagnetic frequency of the dimensional plane they are located on, Cisco's powers increased.

Appearances

The Flash

Season 2

Season 3


The Chronicles of Cisco

Trivia

Behind the scenes

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Rupture"
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 "Welcome to Earth-2"
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "Invincible"
  4. "Escape from Earth-2"
  5. "Versus Zoom"
  6. "The Wrath of Savitar"
  7. 7.0 7.1 "Finish Line"
  8. "Out of Time"


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