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Not to be confused with Doctor Arthur Light.


Linda Park is a former small-time thief who, after exposure to S.T.A.R. Labs particle accelerator, became a meta-human with the power of photokinesis and started acting as a supervillain known as Dr. Light.

Linda was forcibly brought to Earth-1 by Zoom and extorted into killing Barry Allen/The Flash. Linda instead tried to fake her death by killing her Earth-1 counterpart, then left Central City when this failed.

Biography

Early life

Little is known of Linda Park's early life, other than that she was a small-time thief in Central City.

Dr. Light's criminal activities in media on Earth-2

Dr. Light's criminal activities in media on Earth-2, provided by Harrison Wells' data.

When Harrison Wells' particle accelerator exploded underground sometime around December 2013, Linda was one of the many individuals in the city exposed to the dark matter, which transformed her into a meta-human with the power to utilize beams of starlight. She used these powers to further her own thievery and became a criminal under the name "Dr. Light". Linda had at least one encounter with "Jay Garrick/The Flash", but never killed anyone.[1]

Forced mission on Earth-1

In November 2015, Linda was brought over to Earth-1 by Zoom to kill The Flash of Earth-1. Linda was uninterested in carrying out this order, but nonetheless terrified of Zoom, so she began robbing banks to get enough money to flee into hiding. When Linda was robbing Central City National Bank, Cisco Ramon got a vibe and alerted Flash immediately. The Flash arrived, but Linda used her powers to create a sound wave, sending civilians flying through the bank and forcing Flash to save them, allowing her to escape. Linda proceeded to rob another bank, but the Flash arrived moments later and confronted her about Zoom. The Flash knew Zoom brought Linda to Earth-1 to kill him, and told her she didn't need to as they can help her. Linda scoffed at the idea and almost attacked Flash, but he managed to talk her out of it and tried to negotiate with her. Linda removed her mask and revealed herself. The Flash was shocked and addressed her by her name, startling her. In response, Linda shot out a large blast of light energy, temporarily blinding the Flash.

Linda Park and Linda Park

Linda tries to kill her Earth-1 counterpart.

Linda found out about her Earth-1 counterpart and stormed into Central City Picture News, blasting a van where Caitlin Snow and "Jay Garrick" were staking out the place. Inside, Linda confronted Earth-1 Linda and tried to blast her, but Eric Larkin intervened and Linda accidentally killed him instead. Iris West shot off Linda's mask, revealing her identity. When "Jay" attempted to intervene, she fled.
Dr. Light using her powers

Dr. Light using her powers.

Desperate, Linda attempted to flee the city at the South Plaza train station on Platform 15. The Flash arrived and Linda begged him to let her leave. The Flash refused because of Larkin's murder, but Linda professed it was an accident and killing her Earth-1 counterpart is the only way she can escape Zoom, unless she kills and fights The Flash. The Flash eventually began using speed mirages to distract Linda, though she initially she uses her powers to foil him. Eventually however, The Flash manages to sneak up on Linda and knocks her out with a punch. She was promptly detained in the Pipeline, to be used by Team Flash as bait to lure Zoom to S.T.A.R. Labs.[1]

Linda Park in the Pipeline

Linda in the pipeline.

Escape

The Flash talked to Linda in the pipeline, who told him that she didn't want to kill anyone under Zoom's orders and was only trying to kill her Earth-1 counterpart to fool Zoom into thinking she was dead. Upon persuasion from The Flash, Linda seemingly agreed to help Team Flash lure out and capture Zoom.

Later however, when Cisco came by to deliver some food to her, Linda used her ability to turned herself invisible and managed to trick him into thinking she had escaped, prompting Cisco to open her cell door. Using her powers, Linda overrode the security system at S.T.A.R. Labs and quickly fled, with only her helmet and suit remaining in the cell.[2]

Linda's whereabouts remain unknown after Zoom and his army's defeat. Given how she isn't known to be participating in any criminal activities though, it can be assumed Linda is living a new, low-profile life on Earth-1.

Personality

In stark contrast to her Earth-1 counterpart who is a strong-willed, hardworking, levelheaded, and kindhearted reporter, Linda is an extremely paranoid and easily startled lowlife thief. She exploits her gifts for personal gain, such as robbing banks. However, Linda does have a moral stance as she never killed anyone before her abduction and arrival to Earth-1, and didn't even want to kill The Flash when told to do so. During her acts of thievery, Linda never tried to harm civilians as leverage against the heroes.

However, Linda's fear of Zoom eventually made her snap and try to kill her Earth-1 doppelgänger in a desperate attempt to fake her death, which accidentally caused her to kill Eric Larkin. When the Flash tracked her down, Linda even resorted to her original orders to kill the speedster. Upon being arrested and calming down though, Linda still expressed regret over killing Larkin.

Above her greed and moral complex, Linda's first priority was self-preservation, as shown by her repeated attempts to escape Zoom's wrath; Linda even turned her back on Team Flash to flee the villainous speedster's line of fire at the first opportunity, despite the Flash offering her a second chance.

Linda seems to have a slight ego as upon meeting her Earth-1 doppelgänger, she referred to the latter as "gorgeous", meant as a compliment to herself.

Powers and abilities

Powers

  • Meta-human physiology: After Linda was struck by the energy of the S.T.A.R. Labs particle accelerator explosion on Earth-2, this altered her DNA and supercharged her cells, augmenting her physiology into beyond peak human condition.
    • Photokinesis: Linda has the power to shoot out extremely bright, high-energized blasts of light at 3,500 K, just as hot and luminous as a star. These blasts of light are able to blind someone temporarily, and possibly permanently, as well as cut through metal. Due to her light-based powers, it is possible Linda can hit something moving as fast as the Flash if she aims properly as her blasts would move at the speed of light.[1]
      • Hacking: Due to her powers, Linda can tap into any computer system with fiber-optic cables. This power seems fairly advanced since she was able to override the security systems at S.T.A.R. Labs, which is no small feat.[2]
      • Invisibility: Linda has the ability of turning herself invisible, probably by bending the visible light around herself and leaving her own body unseen. However, she can't turn any of her clothes invisible, forcing her to remove them to utilize this power effectively.[2]

Abilities

  • Expert thief: Linda was a successful small-time thief, even before she became a meta-human.

Equipment

Kill count

Appearances

The Flash

Season 2

Season 5

The Chronicles of Cisco

Gallery

Concept artwork

Trivia

  • Linda, Shay Lamden/King Shark, and Laurel Lance/Black Siren have two things in common:
    • All three used to work for Zoom, though in the cases of Shay and Linda, they were each brought to Earth-1 against their will by Zoom, who promised to return them home if they killed the Flash. On the other hand, Laurel willingly travelled to Earth-1 along with the rest of Zoom's army.
    • All three are among the few known surviving denizens of Earth-2 after it was destroyed by an antimatter wave; Laurel escaped to Earth-1 with the aid of Earth-1's John Diggle and Oliver Queen, while Linda and Shay never went back to Earth-2.

Behind the scenes

  • In the DC comics, Doctor Light is a Japanese scientist named Kimiyo Hoshi that The Monitor gave light powers to during Crisis on Infinite Earths. She realizes her selfishness and changes her ways once she sees Supergirl sacrifice herself to save Superman from the Anti-Monitor. She is crucial during the final battle with the Anti-Montor, using her powers to absorb an entire star he was using for power, which she forms into an energy blast that severely damages the Anti-Monitor.
  • Linda Park is the second case of gender-bending in The Flash​​​. The others are Brie Larvan, Rosa Dillon, Mina Chaytan, Izzy Bowin, Janet Petty, Spencer Young, Joslyn Jackam, and Raya Van Zandt.
    • She is also the first character to be a composite character with her comics counterpart.

References

  1. ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 "The Darkness and the Light"
  2. ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Enter Zoom"
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