"I didn't kill that teacher. I wouldn't take a life. You know, not every meta uses their powers to hurt people. Some use them to help, others to protect people. Our powers don't decide who we are. We do."
Barry Allen to Becky Sharpe
"True Colors" is the thirteenth episode of the fourth season of The Flash, and the eighty-second episode overall. It aired on February 6, 2018.


After hearing that Amunet has struck a deal to buy all of the meta-humans in Iron Heights, Barry must decide if he should expose his powers in order to save his cellmates. After a visit from an old friend, Ralph is reminded of his shady past and wonders if he's really a changed man.[src]




  • This title is a reference to the Cyndi Lauper song "True Colors".
    • It may also be a reference to Gregory Wolfe's secret willingness to try to sell meta-human inmates for profit coming to light, as well as Barry's belief that a meta-human's true self is defined by their choices, not powers.
  • When Ralph shape-shifts into Earl Cox, Iris refers to him as "Braveheart", referencing the 1995 film of the same name and its main character, William Wallace, in regards to Earl's Scottish accent.
  • Becky mentions that "Orange isn't the new anything", subtly referencing the TV series Orange Is the New Black.
  • Thanking Killer Frost for the pep talk, Ralph calls her a "frosty Oprah", referring to the famous talk show host.
  • Cecile mentions that in the past, Central City has had reports of people being dead, only for them to later emerge alive. Examples of these cases include Tony Woodward and Ronnie Raymond, who were both thought to have died in some way or another the night of the particle accelerator explosion, only to be found to be alive sometime afterwards.[1][2][3]
  • Ralph refers to Norvock as "Snakes on the Brain", possibly referring to the 2006 film Snakes on a Plane.
  • Cisco tells Ralph that his face looks like the painting that came back to life from the 2017 film It.
  • While disguised as Wolfe in the bar, Ralph asks for Gingold and is later seen drinking some in his office. In the comics, Gingold was a soft drink made from rare Gingo fruit, from which Ralph got his powers.
  • By this episode, Barry has been in prison for 20 days.


  • When Ralph arrives at S.T.A.R. Labs, he says he ran into an "old business partner" and starts describing him, but never mentions Earl's name. Shortly after, Caitlin refers to him by name as Earl.
  • While Ralph can shapeshift in a literal sense, nothing about his ability allows him to change his skin tone, so impersonating Wolfe would have been impossible.


  1. "The Flash is Born"
  2. "Pilot"
  3. "Flash vs. Arrow"
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