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"Looks like you were born to take a beating."
Tony taunting Barry

"The Flash is Born" is the sixth episode of the first season of The Flash, and the sixth episode overall. It aired on November 18, 2014.




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Iris is blogging about "The Streak" again. The Flash stops by and tells her once again to stop writing about him. When he says he does not like the name "The Streak," Iris asks what name he wants, and he responds "anything but The Streak." The Flash then saves a boy who is almost run over by a man in a Humvee. Eddie tries to shoot at the man but fails to stop him, and we see his face change into steel. The Flash tries to fight this new meta-human but is defeated, the man looks into Barry's eye before punching him. Barry is found on the floor of S.T.A.R. Labs, and has thirteen fractures and other symptoms (which is a new record). When asked what he ran into, Barry stated it was a man who can turn to steel, and that he sounded familiar.

The next day, Joe asks Barry what happened and he is told that Barry got beat up by a steel-plated sociopath, stating he is another meta-human. A meeting ensues in CCPD and the man from the day before is identified as Tony Woodward. Barry has a flashback in his eye during his younger school days and he reconizes Tony as the young bully picked on him for being the son of a murderer, noting that it happened after his father was arrested. At S.T.A.R. Labs, the team comes up with a steel dummy for him to practice his fighting skills. Barry dislocates his shoulder because of the steel dummy, and Caitlin fixes his shoulder painfully.

Tony visits Iris due to her blog and asks about knowing anything about The Flash. When he realizes he can't get any information, he crushes her phone and leaves her unable to contact Eddie. Caitlin unhappily tells Barry about Iris's new blog post of Iris recounting her visit with The Streak. Later, Barry tries to track down Tony but gets beaten up and his right eye look at by him again .

Back at S.T.A.R. Labs, Wells is angry with Barry for putting his life in danger. Barry is frustrated that he is helpless, powers or no powers. Cisco calculates the speed Barry needs to reach in order to bring down Tony, and states that it would be fun to be faster than the speed of sound. But Barry says he can't achieve that speed - but Wells implies "yet."

At the station, Eddie steps in after Barry tells Joe how bad he feels about Tony, and asks him to join him in blowing off some steam. After throwing some punches with Eddie on a punching bag, he punches a hole in the bag.

Joe and Wells have a conversation that doesn't end well, with Joe implying that Wells knows more about meta-humans than he is admitting. Meanwhile, Iris has been kidnapped by Tony and asks her to post about The Streak's death and to name Tony the "new man on campus". Iris breaks the emergency glass to notify the police. The Flash rushes to the scene but is unable to bring down Tony. Barry decides to try Cisco's theory and, with some inspiration by Joe, he runs out until he is 5.3 miles away. In the meantime, the team in the lab realizes what is going to happen, with Cisco happily cheering on Barry, and Caitlin obviously not happy with the idea. After the punch, both the Flash and Tony goes down, and Tony stands up again only to receive another punch in the face by Iris.

Later, Tony wakes up in the S.T.A.R. Labs prison and sees a shadowy figure outside his cell. Barry reveals himself to Tony and tells him that he can't hurt people anymore, but Tony vows to break out and get revenge. Cisco and Caitlin both congratulate Barry while the former then cheerfully asks, "Which childhood bully are we gonna take down next?" He volunteers his while Barry and Caitlin exchange looks and walk back to the lab. Cisco then follows, insisting it's not a joke.

Barry goes to visit Iris and makes amends with her. After Barry drops some hints naming the "The Streak" into "The Flash," we see Iris updating it on her blog and her viewer's counter increases. Meanwhile, Joe brings wine to Wells.

Joe is seen at home continuing his search for the real murderer on Barry's mother. Reverse-Flash pays a visit and takes most of the evidence and case-related items away, only leaving his notebook. Joe is shocked to see a picture of Iris with a warning for him to stop his search or his daughter will be hurt, symbolized by the knife through the photo.


  • Iris' voice-over at the beginning: "To understand what I'm about to tell you, you need to do something first. You need to believe in the impossible. Can you do that? Good." And at the end: "A friend [recently] gave me [the] an idea for a new name, and something tells me it's gonna catch on." These are nearly word for word the same as Barry's voice-over at the beginning and the end of "Pilot".
  • The title of this episode is a reference to the fact that The Flash is officially named as a superhero.
  • Dr. Wells refers to Girder as a "man of steel" upon hearing of his power. In DC Comics, the nickname largely refers to Superman, a superhero known for his great strength and durability.
  • Iris calls Tony as "Iron Fist", possibly a reference to Marvel comic and superhero of the same name.
  • Iris mentions getting posts about a man on fire who doesn't burn up. This foreshadows Ronnie Raymond, known in the DC Comics as Firestorm.
  • A sign can be seen on the brewery in Keystone City that says "Garrick's Wharf", a reference to the original Flash in the comics, Jay Garrick, who subsequently appears in The Flash's second season.
  • The police unit outside the West house is named Unit 52, which is a reference to The New 52 of DC comics.
  • This is the first appearance of the Reverse-Flash, in the present day.


  • To break through Tony's metal skin, Barry had to reach a velocity of Mach 1.1, which is faster than sound (Mach 1). But when Barry broke the sound barrier and created a sonic boom, the sound arrived to Tony's ears before the Flash did.
  • When Caitlin asked Cisco if he wanted Barry to run at 800 mph, Cisco corrected her and said Mach 1.1 is 837 mph. In actuality, Mach 1.1 is 844 mph.
  • When Joe West spoke to "Dr. Wells" about Tess Morgan, both Joe and Wells comment that Harrison Wells and Tess Morgan were research partners in Maryland, but in "Tricksters" it is shown that the two lived in Starling City, which was located in Washington.
    • Joe also stated that S.T.A.R. Labs was opened a month after Nora Allen's murder. However, "Tricksters" showed that Harrison and Tess still lived in Starling City after Nora's murder and that S.T.A.R. Labs was merely an idea at that point, so it's doubtful S.T.A.R. Labs could have been opened in Central City just a month later.