- For other uses of "The Flash suits", see The Flash suit (disambiguation).
The Flash suits are a series of protective suits designed and created by Cisco Ramon at S.T.A.R. Labs and Ryan Choi sometime in the future. Originally designed to replace the turnouts worn by firefighters, the Flash suits are now used by Barry Allen when he operates as the superhero known as the "Flash".
Essentially just a red leotard with padding and a reinforced helmet, Cisco Ramon, one of the last remaining employees at S.T.A.R. Labs, had the suit readied for Barry Allen so that he could test his new-found speed powers for the first time. It was used at the Ferris Air Testing Facility outside of Central City, and it got destroyed while Barry was wearing it. Due to his inexperience with his powers at the time, Barry lost focus while running at his top speed and crashed into a series of water barrels. The suit was damaged and never used after that getting stored in the starchives.
To aid Barry in facing new threats to the city following the particle accelerator explosion, from other meta-humans and outraged citizens alike, Cisco designed a new suit to allow Barry to act while keeping his identity hidden. It was a red skin-tight bodysuit originally meant to replace the turnouts the firefighters usually wear when in action. Cisco later re-purposed it and added an upgraded version of the new earpiece he previously installed in the prototype suit, he also added a red logo with a gold lightning bolt onto the chest. The suit became an incredibly helpful tool for Barry and when he decided to permanently be a protector of Central City as The Flash, using it on a regular basis.
Once Barry started working full-time as Red Streak/Streak (later dubbed the Flash) Cisco began to add new devices and made alterations to allow Barry to be better prepared for any situation, including a multi-link comm set. These modifications would also be included in later suits. Cisco also added thermo-threading, to heat the suit in case of an encounter with Captain Cold.
After General Wade Eiling attempted to injure the Flash by throwing acid on him, he was forced to run as fast as he could to wear it off. However, by the time he had, it had almost entirely burnt through the suit and was unusable. To this end, Cisco had another one handy and allowed Barry to use it.
This suit was (presumably) erased from time after the young Barry Allen vanished into thin air after his future self saved his mother. It was restored after Barry allowed Eobard to kill his mother, creating a new timeline.
Since Barry's newer suit was destroyed during the Enlightenment, Barry used another spare of this version of the suit for his first fight against Gridlock, although he complained about it feeling tighter than before. But after the Flash was struck by a powerful punch from Gridlock and launched to the sky, the suit was damaged, so Barry discarded it.
After Barry and his friends reformed the team to defeat the "Atom-Smasher" and have Henry Allen released from Iron Heights, Cisco took it upon himself to commend the team for their recent successes. He did so by upgrading Barry's suit, mimicking the design of the future suit's emblem from the digital future article of Barry that Gideon showed them when they first met her. While a simple alteration, it was a very noticeable and appreciated redesign to the suit, with the recoloring of the emblem's background from crimson to white. When going up against Griffin Grey, Dwarf Star Alloy was added to the suit to protect him but it was only added to the chest part of the suit and would only protect him once.
After regaining his speed from the Speed Force, Barry returned in a new suit presumably fabricated by the Speed Force itself, which was physically identical to his previous one in every detail, presumably also containing the upgrades that the previous suits had.
Several months after Barry went into the Speed Force, a samurai-like robot began terrorizing Central City, demanding that it face the Flash. Since Barry was still in the Speed Force at that time, Wally donned Barry's suit in an effort to trick the robot, although this attempt failed.
After Barry's newer suit was torn apart while stopping DeVoe, Barry would later use this suit again. However, he was unhappy with it, as he felt as if it had gotten smaller.
Sometime after the defeat of Savitar, Cisco designed a new suit in the hopes of Barry returning from the Speed Force, which coincidentally looks exactly like the one Barry's future-self wore when 2017 Barry ran to 2024. After Barry returned from the Speed Force, he began using this newer version of the suit, while his old one sat on its display.
Cisco added many new functions to the suit. While generally proving very useful for the several vigilante exploits of the Flash, it came at a crippling drawback; techno-paths like Ramsey Deacon (self-named "Kilg%re") could override the suit, turning it into a liability. After this, Cisco removed the more dangerous features of the suit; so they could not be used against Barry again.
This version of the suit was heavily damaged after Barry (aided by his daughter future, Nora West-Allen) supersonic-punched the S.T.A.R. Labs satellite, which DeVoe had knocked out of orbit after his efforts to bring about the "Enlightenment" were thwarted by Team Flash.
At some point after the defeat of Savitar, but before Grace Gibbons attack on Team Flash, Cisco designed this suit as either a precursor to or a replacement for Barry's fourth suit. The suit is identical to the fourth suit except for the emblem, which is red like the first suit instead of the standard white. However, the suit was left unused for unknown reasons and left in storage at the Starchives.
The fifth suit (though chronologically the sixth suit he's worn in the current timeline) is similar to the sixteenth suit, but with some minor differences. This suit has a new cowl with a chin strap. The suit also has new earpieces that deviate in design from the traditional lightning bolt earpieces of the previous suits, instead resembling wings similar to those on Jay Garrick's helmet and Kid Flash's suit. Cisco threaded gold wiring from Nora's gauntlet into the suit to help save Chester P. Runk's mind from being destroyed by a black hole. Sometime after initially failing to defeat Eva McCulloch, the suit was upgraded to have a nanotech cowl. This suit was later upgraded to include new gold boots created by Chester.
The sixteenth suit used by Barry (though chronologically the fifth suit he's worn in the current timeline) was created by Ryan Choi sometime between 2018-2024, it was then brought back to 2018 by Nora West-Allen for her father, Barry to use after he needed a suit to use when the fourth one was torn to shreds. Unlike the previous versions; this suit is a much brighter red color and is not a leather-like material, along with the lack of a chin strap. This change in design could be caused by Ryan designing and creating this iteration, and not Cisco Ramon. It is also stored within the Flash ring, for easy transportation and storage. While it wasn't made by Cisco, Cisco later modified it with all the same tech that the fourth suit had. The fact that it didn't disappear when Nora did indicates that despite Nora's timeline being erased, the suit is still created in the future.
Alternate future suits
In the original timeline that Eobard Thawne hails from, as seen in an article from April 25, 2024 that was owned by Eobard and stored in the Time Vault, Barry is seen to have a suit similar to his parallel past-self's suit, but this one has a much brighter shade of red and that the white symbol is similar to his third suit. Barry or Cisco of this presumed timeline created this suit; making Barry become the scarlet speedster superhero known as the Flash.
In the future in which Savitar was created, a new suit was created sometime between 2017-2024, either by Cisco or Barry. It has a a much brighter shade of red, has gold piping (in the shape of lightning bolts) a gold belt and there is thick gold lining on his forearms (similar to where his gloves would end) this suit was first seen after Barry from 2017 traveled to 2024 to find answers about Savitar. 2024 Barry helped 2017 Barry to fight future Mirror Master and future Top and both Flashes arrested them.
Savitar, a version of Barry from the future, wore a suit of armor that the present-day Barry also briefly wore along with his third suit when he phased inside of it. For more information see here.
In the future where Nora West-Allen discovered that her father, Barry was the Flash, the Time Vault shows compartments for several Flash suits, counting up to "Version 20". This means that by the time that Barry vanishes in the crisis, he will have worn 20 different versions of the Flash suit; at least one was built by Ryan Choi.
After Barry Allen's encounter with Clyde Mardon and failed attempt to apprehend him, he went through the Central City Police Department's files, Barry discovered that there are several meta-humans that were created by the particle accelerator explosion. He realizes that he cannot take on these said meta-humans all by himself, he went to Cisco Ramon and Caitlin Snow who have the knowledge of how to combat these new-found threats.
Cisco gave Barry a special suit that he had originally designed to replace the turnouts firefighters for the Central City Fire Department. Barry would use this suit to combat both meta-humans and non-meta-humans alike; as the superhero known as the "Flash".
The Flash suit was accidentally destroyed by Bette Sans Souci when Barry attempted to apprehend her. She touched the Flash suit to stop him and Barry had barely enough time to get out of it before it exploded, leaving him half-naked. Fortunately, Cisco had (apparently) made spares; as Cisco stated that he had two more; but he was still frustrated that the Flash suit had been blown up.
Over the next 7 years, Cisco would continue to make improvements to the Flash suit.
In another erased future, Ryan Choi created a new Flash suit for Barry, but unlike previous versions; this Flash suit was comprised of an unknown non-leather material. Ryan also (presumably) created the Flash ring to to store and summon Barry's suit.
In a possible future, Ryan Choi created a new Flash suit for Barry, but unlike previous versions; this Flash suit is comprised of an unknown non-leather material. Ryan also (presumably) created the Flash ring to to store and summon Barry's suit.
- Aerodynamics: The suit's form-fitting design and articulation allow Barry to maintain control of every step and movement that he takes. This is what allows him to dodge attacks and run as he would without it.
- Communications link/Earpieces: Cisco had installed two miniature earpieces shaped like lightning bolts attached to the ears of the suit. This grants Barry full communication with the team at S.T.A.R. Labs while in the field. The link can be routed to other people's phone and display it as if it was from his cell phone.
- Identity concealment: Barry uses a red mask to conceal his identity; to keep his friends and family safe from harm. His fourth suit had a heads-up display that could also conceal his eyes. His fifth suit has a nanotech cowl, for improved security and ease of masking and unmasking.
- Intense temperature and abrasion resistance/Extreme Force resistance: The suit was originally designed as a firefighter turnout, so its primary use is still intact. It's made of a reinforced tri-polymer, making it resistant to several thousand degrees of intense heat, whether it be around Barry or it is the friction generated from his body while running; as well as resistant to grazing bullets, knives, abrasions, or scars. It appears that Cisco has modified it to resist intense cold as well since Barry was able to walk off several blasts from Leonard Snart's Cold gun and Mick Rory's Heat gun quicker than in previous battles. It was also revealed that the suit was also designed using vulcanized Teflon which neutralizes any electron imbalances and prevents the friction of Barry's movements from generating a lethal dose of static charge.
- Mini-camera: The suit's chest piece has a miniature camera built into it. By pressing on it, Barry's team can see from his environment from his perspective and gain a better idea of his surroundings or situation.
- Sensor system: All versions of Barry's suit have had several health sensors built into work in real-time. The telemetry is sent to S.T.A.R. Labs so that they can identify Barry's condition and health. The suit has a GPS built into it so that S.T.A.R. Labs can keep track of where he is, see how much power he's generating, and determine how fast he's running.
- Thermal-threading: Due to Barry's weakness to extreme cold, Cisco added "thermal-threading" to the suit, which causes the suit to generate a large amount of heat, in case Barry gets hit by the Leonard Snart's Cold gun.
- Voice altered: After Barry lost his speed to Zoom, Cisco appeared to have equipped the suit with a voice filter to disguise Barry's voice, since, after losing his powers, Barry couldn't do it himself. It is unknown what happened to it after Barry got his powers back; it is presumed it was either removed or kept in the suit in case Barry loses his powers again.
- Flotation mode: If Barry was to get in trouble while on water, the suit can inflate itself like a balloon to keep him from drowning; something the rest of the team felt was unnecessary; Caitlin even suggested that the suit should instead be equipped with an oxygen tank, which Cisco agreed was a good idea. This function of the suit was not removed, even after Barry's first encounter with Ramsey Deacon, with Barry admitting that the suit's built-in raft was a good idea.
- Heads-up display (HUD): Appearing as yellow-colored lenses, these provide Barry analysis of his current area, such as maps, and recommended actions that include target lock-on. This function of the suit was not removed, even after Barry's first encounter with Ramsey Deacon, when Cisco activated the lenses.
- Performance enhancement/Tachyon unit: The newest addition to the suit, the tachyon unit, was able to fit inside the lightning bolt emblem to conceal the device from Zoom. Because of this, while wearing the suit, it will allow a speedster's vitals to remain at peak performances, including keeping their calorie burning rate at a normal level, and thereby able to continue moving at top speeds for much longer duration's unhindered from effects such as dizziness and fatigue. It was presumably destroyed after Barry was absorbed into the Speed Force and his suit was destroyed. However, it's possible that when the Speed Force generated a new suit for him, identical to the one he had before, it may have generated a new miniaturized tachyon unit as well.
- Nth Metal Gauntlets: Barry had a pair of insulated gloves coated in Nth metal that allow the user to grasp the Staff of Horus. The glove's had a magnetic shield that allows it to disable the staff's magnetic polarity. They were designed and created by Cisco Ramon to use against Vandal Savage in order to get the Staff of Horus from his possession. The gauntlets worked perfectly, due to Barry's knowledge of a prior timeline, and this allowed both the Flash and Green Arrowto get ahold of the staff and use it to defeat Savage.
- Defibrillator: One addition Cisco made to the suit is a magnetic-electrical charge that jump-starts Barry's heart. Though after two consecutive administrations, the device will be completely fried and take a while to repair, making it still a prototype. When Barry returned from the Speed Force, Cisco revealed a new version of the suit, equipped with many new functions including a new defibrillator, although it's unknown how many uses this newer defibrillator can handle. It seems that the suit Barry's daughter brought back from the future does not contain a defibrillator, since, when Barry's heart had stopped after blocking a bolt of lightning from Weather Witch's staff, Nora was told that she'd have to rub her hands together to generate lightning to restart Barry's heart.
- Dwarf Star alloy chest armor: After getting some of this highly durable material from Felicity, Cisco was able to fit the torso section of the suit with it, protecting the wearer from extreme blunt-force trauma to said area. However, enough force, such as from a meta-human with super-strength, can potentially destroy the armor even if the strike itself is blocked, leaving the wearer vulnerable again to any further blows until the armor itself is repaired.
- Babel protocol: A protocol that is known to trigger functions such as;
- Deadlock mode: Should Barry become helpless while in the presence of an enemy, the suit can lock itself upon and around the wearer's person to prevent removal, protecting his identity. Not even Barry can remove it by phasing himself; this function was likely removed after Barry's first encounter with Ramsey Deacon.
- Self-destruct: If the suit were to fall into enemy hands (specifically an evil version of Barry), it can be detonated remotely; this function was likely removed after Barry's first encounter with Ramsey Deacon.
- Pulse cannon: It's unknown currently exactly why Cisco added this offensive capability to the suit, but presumably it's a non-lethal alternative to Barry's lightning bolts and capable of knocking back and incapacitating targets a couple of meters away. Located on the palms of Barry's gloves, they can effortlessly appear and disappear when needed. This function was likely removed after Barry's first encounter with Ramsey Deacon.
- Self-repairing armor: If the suit were to become damaged, it will automatically repair itself. This function of the suit seems to be one of the many that were removed by Cisco after Barry's first encounter with Ramsey Deacon, as the suit was later seen to be destroyed beyond repair after the Enlightenment.
- Nano-liquid circuitry: In order to incorporate all the newer hardware found in the fourth suit, Cisco had built the circuitry to flow through the entirety of the suit as a liquid metal. Along with several most of the newer tech additions to the suit; it was removed after Barry's first encounter with Ramsey Deacon.
- Wally West/Kid Flash (briefly)
- Oliver Queen/The Flash (alternate reality)
- Gary Green (costume; briefly)
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- A running gag in the series is whenever the suit would be damaged or destroyed Cisco would either show anger or scold Barry as he would complain about how long it takes him to make the suits.
- The red emblem on the suit in season 1 could be a possible nod to the Flash from Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Strikes Again, a sequel to The Dark Knight Returns.
- Each time, the emblem has the lightning bolt protruding more from the upper side than the lower side, which has a shorter bolt as compared to the upper.
- After the encounter with Killg%re, Cisco removed some of the current suit's features. It's currently unknown what technical features the suit has at the moment.
- It's currently thought that the fifth suit has no technological functions besides the gold wiring from Nora West-Allen's gauntlet as he hasn't used any functions in the suit.
Behind the scenes
- In the first draft of the pilot script, the suit was made by Hartley Rathaway after he was dating a fireman named Chip.
- Each of the earlier suits has two different cowls in real life. When Barry is supposed to put on or take off his cowl, this is accomplished by having everyone on set stand still while someone unzips the front of Grant Gustin's suit and switches out one cowl for the other. As such, the camera almost always cuts away when Barry takes off his cowl.
- When the red logo was introduced into the TV series, the Flash in the New 52 Comics was also given a red logo.
- Flash's third TV suit in the video game LEGO DC Super-Villains was called the TV Heroes variant which can only be available as a downloadable character as part of the DC TV Heroes Pack.
- In the DC Comics, the creator of the Flash's sixteenth suit, Ryan Choi, is the successor of Ray Palmer, becoming the third Atom.
- "Grant Gustin: The Flash Panel with Kevin Smith | ACE Comic Con Seattle" - YouTube
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