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Power-dampening cuffs, or power cuffs, are devices invented by Cisco Ramon to mitigate meta-human powers. Earth-X and Earth-203 are shown to possess similar devices in the form of collars.

On Earth-38 and Earth-Prime, the cuffs are used also on extraterrestrials.

History

The cuffs were stolen by Caitlin Snow after she and her mother couldn't find any way to reverse her developing powers. Cisco suspected H.R. had stolen them, but Caitlin later confessed and revealed her powers to Cisco. Caitlin kept them until the meta-human Shade attacked Hofherr Park, so she tossed them to The Flash, who used them to capture Shade.[1]

Caitlin continued to use them until Christmas of 2016 in the fears that her alter ego Killer Frost would be released. However, she was later given a pendant that acted as a more practical dampening device.

On Earth-X, the New Reichsmen would fit meta-human prisoners held in concentration camps with power-dampening collars.[2]

On Earth-Prime, the D.E.O. uses the cuffs to restrain its captives, such as a Dominator[3] and Rama Khan.[4]

Though Cisco was swift enough to place cuffs on Eobard Thawne before he could escape, the villain promised that the cuffs would not hold him if he took possession of the body of Harrison Nash Wells; however, Thawne was evicted before he could test his promise.[5]

Cecile Horton put cuffs on Barry when he failed the test provided by the Prismatic filter, making him look like a mirror clone and escorted him to the pipeline.[6]

Upgrades

A pendant was made for Caitlin by Julian Albert and Cisco Ramon to act as a power dampener as well as to collect solar energy to charge it on the go so that she wouldn't need to sit with the cuffs plugged in to charge in order to ensure that they continue to work properly.

In Nora's future the power-dampening cuffs are like slap bracelets which she use on Godspeed.[7]

Known users

Appearances

Birds of Prey

The Flash


Arrow

Season 6

Supergirl

Season 5

Trivia

References

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