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"You have such a good heart, Barry, and it's better to have a good heart than have fast legs."
—Nora to Barry Allen[src]


Nora Allen (née Thompson[1]; 1959[2] – March 18, 2000[3]) was the mother of Barry Allen, the wife of the late Henry Allen, and a good friend of Joe West. She was killed by Eobard Thawne, aka the Reverse-Flash, and her husband, Henry was blamed for the murder and has been in jail ever since. However, 15 years later, Eobard had secretly recorded a confession for the murder of Nora, and subsequently Henry was released from prison. Barry eventually found who really murdered his mother, the speedster Eobard, the man who had been disguised as Harrison Wells.

Shortly after defeating Zoom, Barry travels back in time and prevents Eobard from murdering Nora, altering the timeline. However, after realizing he had made a mistake by saving her, Barry allowed Eobard to kill her to restore the timeline. However, due to the manner in which it was done, subtle changes in the previous timeline were caused, creating another, slightly altered, to the timeline.

Biography

Early life

Nora was born in 1959. In her adulthood, she became a real estate agent[4] and met and married Dr. Henry Allen. On March 14, 1989,[1] they had a son, Bartholomew or "Barry" for short.[3]

In 1995, Barry begged Nora and Henry to take him to a science expo in Midway City but on the way, they hit a flat tire. Their car was towed to a garage in Masonville and they were stuck there all day. However, the family ended up having a fun day in Masonville; they ate ice cream and french fries with gravy at a local diner and watched a fireworks display that night.[5]

Nora and Barry would watch Fred Astaire and Frank Sinatra musicals together on rainy nights.[6]

On March 18, 2000, Barry ran home from school after being bullied. Nora tended to his injuries and assured Barry that he had a good heart, which was worth much more than having fast legs. When Henry arrived home, Nora told him that Barry won a fight. Henry praised their son and after a stern glance from Nora, told him to not get into anymore fights.[7]

Original timeline

In the original timeline, Nora had never been killed by Reverse-Flash and presumably still lived until the timeline was altered. The Flash was known to exist in this timeline, however his origins are unknown, as the particle accelerator didn't go online until the year 2020.

Altered timeline

Late that night, on March 18 2000, a Barry Allen and Eobard Thawne from the future sped in to the home and fought, circling Nora, and waking her husband and son. Eobard tried to get a clear shot to kill the younger Barry, but was dogged by the Flash when he transported his past self twenty blocks away from his home. Enraged, Eobard stabbed Nora in the heart with a kitchen knife before fleeing the scene. Henry was blamed for Nora's death and sent to prison.[8][9]

Barry was sent back in time for a second chance to save Nora, but he was warned by his future self not to do it, considering the damage it would cause in the timeline. But this allowed Barry to have one last, heartfelt talk with his mother, confirming that her son and husband were safe in the future and that they loved her.[10]

Flashpoint timeline

Out of emotional wreckage, Barry traveled back in time to the moment where Eobard was about to stab Nora, he timely interfered with the attack and beat Eobard unconscious. After the Reverse-Flash's beating, Nora was terrified considering as to what she had just seen, however, Barry reassures her that she is fine. Flash forward 16 years later, the Barry who saved his mom's life is living at home with her and Henry, getting to experience a new timeline where both of his parents are alive. However, at the cost of not being able to save a dying Wally, Barry reluctantly allowed his mother's murder to take place by letting Eobard, who was imprisoned do the job. Thawne goes back in time enters the house just in time to hear Barry reassure Nora that she's fine. Thawne then taunts Barry by saying "Actually, she's not." Then the younger Eobard disappears following by the younger Barry. Nora still pleading for her life, gets stabbed by Thawne in the heart therefore restoring the timeline to very similar to the previous one. This reset the timeline to create a Post-Flashpoint timeline that had subtle differences within it.

Post-Flashpoint timeline

In the Post-Flashpoint timeline, Nora has once again been killed by Eobard Thawne on March 18, 2000. The main difference from the "Altered Timeline" mentioned above, is that she stayed alive for a few more seconds. This could be the cause of all the subtle differences from the "Altered Timeline", such as Cisco's brother having died in a car accident.

Legacy

Nora's death was incentive for her son, Barry, to join the forensics department of the Central City Police Department - inciting a need to both learn how to investigate crimes and to study cases with unexplained elements - all with the deep-rooted desire to prove the circumstances of her murder true (that she was not killed by her husband, but by a man in a yellow suit who could move as fast as lightning) and to ultimately prove his father, Henry's innocence. This quest was ultimately what led Barry down the path that would lead him to eventually become the superhero known as the Flash.

In 2015, Barry received a video message from Eobard Thawne after his "death" in which he confessed to the murder of Nora, allowing Barry to finally clear his father's name.

When Barry's powers were taken by Zoom[11] and he attempted to regain them by recreating the particle accelerator explosion,[12] he was briefly transported inside the Speed Force itself, which manifested as his friends and family to talk to him, culminating in a manifestation of his mother telling him that he needed to accept Nora's loss and move on. While talking to "Nora", this manifestation assured him that his mother would be proud of what he had become, the two reading Barry's favorite childhood book together to give Barry one last good memory of his mother before he regained his speed and returned home.[2]

However, after Henry Allen was murdered by Hunter Zolomon, also known as Zoom, Barry ran back in time and saved his mother, creating another, new timeline where she didn't die.

Following her death the second time at the hands of the Reverse-Flash, Barry resolved to still use his powers for good in the name of Nora and Henry.

At some point, Nora could gain a granddaughter via Barry who would be named after her.[13]

Personality

Nora was shown to be a caring, gentle, and kind woman. She was a loving mother and wife who dearly loved her husband and son.

She played a role on making Barry the kindhearted man he is today. She always congratulated him for his good heart and told him that his goodness was his main strength.

Appearances

Arrow

Season 2

Season 3

Season 6

Season 7

The Flash

Season 1

Season 2

Season 3

Season 4

Season 5


DC's Legends of Tomorrow

Season 2

Season 3

Supergirl

Season 3


Comics

The Flash: Season Zero

The Chronicles of Cisco

Trivia

  • Because Eobard Thawne was erased from existence when his ancestor Eddie Thawne committed suicide, there is an alternate timeline in which Nora is still alive.
  • In the DC comics, Barry actually went back in time to prevent Nora Allen's death at the hands of the Reverse-Flash. However, the results of his actions created a time ripple, leading to the events of Flashpoint.
    • Flashpoint is secretly referenced during "Fast Enough", when a future version of Barry prevents his alternate self from saving their mother. This is most likely a reference to Flashpoint and that the events of that have caused Barry to let Eobard kill Nora.
      • In the episode "The Race of His Life", Barry goes back in time and saved Nora in the aforementioned manner, and resulting in the timeline being altered as suggested prior.
  • She is the first character to die on The Flash, which was the catalyst event that kicked off Barry's journey and therefore the entire show.
  • Nora loved musicals, particularly Singin' in the Rain.[6]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Cause and Effect"
  2. 2.0 2.1 "The Runaway Dinosaur"
  3. 3.0 3.1 "The Man Who Saved Central City"
  4. The Flash: Hocus Pocus
  5. "Finish Line"
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Duet"
  7. "Pilot"
  8. "Tricksters"
  9. "The Scientist"
  10. "Fast Enough"
  11. "Versus Zoom"
  12. "Rupture"
  13. "Nora"