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"You just follow instructions, and everybody here gets to live to see the sunshine tomorrow. Right? And I'd better not see the Flash, either."
—Sterling Brooks to Joe West[src]


Sterling Brooks is a robber at Central City who was stopped multiple times by the Elongated Man and the Flash, respectively.

Biography

In early 2018, Sterling organized a robbery at a jewelry store wearing a bomb vest and holding several hostages. However, Elongated Man arrived at there and rescued the hostages, causing Sterling's plan to fail. While Elongated Man removed his bomb vest, he activated the bomb and causing Elongated Man to hold the bomb to himself. Sterling was frightened and fainted on the ground, causing himself getting arrested.[1]

In late 2018, Sterling organized another robbery with a advanced rifle gun at the grocery store. Elongated Man arrives at the store and shape-shifted into a pear. While Sterling stepped forward checking out the object, Elongated Man punched him, causing Sterling to faint on the ground.[2]

In early 2020, Sterling appears robbing CC Jitters after its reopening. The waitress claimed they didn't have any money at the moment since they have just reopened the shop. Sterling later started blasting furniture and eating utensils. The Flash later arrived and wrapped Sterling in a banner.[3]

Personality

Brooks is not a typical criminal, while he threatened to detonate his bomb vest to hurt innocent individuals, he specifically demanded for an eco-friendly car as an escape vehicle, but also a private plane and a salad (because he was "counting calories")[1] when he attempted to rob a grocery store, he specified that his weapon was solar-powered with no carbon footprint, furthering his uncommon environmental consciousness, he even spent a week charging the gun and made the cashier put the money in the bags he brought himself. He accepted her apology when she apologized for almost not doing this.[2]

Brooks is oblivious to his surroundings, as he did not notice Elongated Man saving his hostages. He also threatened to blow up the whole city block of the jewelry store he was in.[1]

Brooks appears to dislike meta-humans, as he referred to Elongated Man as a "freak", he detonated his bomb vest when the hero disarmed him of it. He appeared to be scared of the explosion and he fainted when he survived.[1]

By 2020, Brooks has accepted when a hero show up, it's game over.

Abilities

  • Expert marksman: During Brooks' robberies, he appears to handle a advanced rifle gun with low effort.[3]

Equipment

  • Energy rifle gun: During Brooks' robberies, he carries a solar powered rifle gun. He also claimed the gun was charged in sunlight with UVA, UVB and UVC.[2]
  • Bag: During Brooks' robbery at the grocery store, he ordered the receptionist not to put the money in a plastic bag as he brought his own one.[2]

Former equipment

"I want you to back off, or I will detonate this thing."
—Sterling Brooks to Joe West[src]
  • Bomb vest: As Brooks' bomb vest was removed by Elongated Man, he no longer bring it to his robberies.[1]

Appearances

The Flash

Season 4

Season 5

Season 6

Behind the scenes

  • Eduard Witzke was credited as the Robber in "The Elongated Knight Rises", however, he was given the name Sterling Brooks and was credited as Sterling Brooks in "The Death of Vibe". This name was once credited again in "Marathon".
  • It is presumed that the name Sterling Brooks was named after the writer of multiple episodes of The Flash, Sterling Gates. However, it was not confirmed.
  • He is widely considered an idiot by fans, due the fact he constantly attempts robbing people in a city where there's superheroes.
    • His attempt to rob Jitters after re-opening is by far the greatest moment of his inability to plan well.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 "The Elongated Knight Rises"
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 "The Death of Vibe"
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Marathon"
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