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For other uses of Trickster, see Trickster (disambiguation).
"How'd you get involved with, uh... Mandrake here?"
"Routine repo job. His name's James Jesse. Like Jesse James, only backwards and twisted. I followed him across state lines and he turns the tables and starts chasing me. I thought I lost him on the back roads, and then he set up a trap for me here. How was I supposed to know he was a homicidal maniac?
The Flash and Megan Lockhart

"The Trickster" is the twelfth episode of The Flash. It aired on February 7, 1991.


A crazed killer, who fancies himself a sort of evil magician called the Trickster, vows to defeat the Flash so he can have the Flash's/Barry's new girlfriend.



Guest starring



  • This episode, along with "The Trial of the Trickster", was aired following the cancellation of The Flash as the TV movie, The Flash II: Revenge of the Trickster.
  • This is the first episode of the show where the main antagonist is based on a character from the DC Comics.
  • After Barry Allen saves Megan Lockhart from James Jesse, he calls the latter "Mandrake", referring to his persona as a magician. This is either a reference to Leon Mandrake, a performer known worldwide as "Mandrake the Magician", or the comic strip character of the same name.
  • This episode features a few references to Looney Tunes:
    • When James says he was first defeated by the Flash, Williams says "Yeah, and I'm Bugs Bunny."
    • After Barry defeated James, he told everyone at the ball "That's all Folks!" which is the Looney_Tunes signature closing sequence.
  • This episode includes two references to Jay Garrick's Flash. His appearance being nodded to in James Jesse's statue, and in the Flash costumes at the costume party Jesse later crashes.
    • One of the other guests at the party dresses as Superman, a DC Comics hero known for working with the Flash.