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For his original self, see Barry Allen.
"Like I told you from the beginning... I am the Future Flash."
—Savitar to Barry Allen[src]

Bartholomew Henry "Barry" Allen (March 14, 1989 - May 24, 2017) was a time remnant of the original Barry Allen from an erased potential future who became a powerful armored speedster known as Savitar. Savitar's existence is the result of a causal loop that involved Iris West's death, as after he was created the time remnant was shunned by the members of Team Flash. Broken and utterly alone, the remnant desired to end his pain by becoming a god. Renaming himself after the Hindu God of Motion, he has proclaimed himself to be the "God of Speed", the fastest known speedster in the Multiverse; additionally he is known as the "Dark Lord" within his own cult. When battling a younger version of his original self, Savitar subtly refers to himself as the "Future Flash". When controlling Julian Albert to be the high priest of his own cult, he was known as "Alchemy.

Desiring to kill his original self, Savitar was defeated and trapped in the Speed Force. Spending an eternity inside the Speed Force, he planned his escape by tricking Wally West/Kid Flash into taking his place in the Speed Force prison, allowing him to resume his war with the Flash and kill Iris to ensure his existence. Savitar later forms an alliance with Caitlin Snow/Killer Frost during which his identity and the origin of his existence become known to Team Flash. Savitar then murders H.R. Wells (disguised as Iris), thus causing him to slowly be erased from existence. He ultimately continues his ascension towards godhood by having Cisco Ramon/Vibe modify the Speed Force bazooka in order to split himself through time and exist through every moment of history but his plan fails and after a brief battle he was killed by Iris before being erased from existence.

Biography

Origins

Savitar's existence is the result of a causal loop in which he has no beginning or end but only an endless series of events that lead to his creation. Beginning in a post-Flashpoint timeline after Iris West's death by Savitar, Barry Allen at some point in 2020 or 2021 created time remnants to help stop Savitar, however, Savitar slaughters most of them but spared only one time remnant to live as this time remnant was to become Savitar at some point in the future. After his creation, the time remnant was shunned by Team Flash because he was an aberration and not the real Barry. Alone and overwhelmed by his painful memories, he became desperate to end his pain eventually coming to a realization that "God" feels no pain and he eventually decided to become one himself.[1]

Savitar wields the Philosopher's Stone as a man

Barry's time remnant creating the myth that he's the first and most powerful speedster in the Multiverse.

At some point, the time remnant found the Philosopher's Stone and made himself a mechanical suit of armor, both which became a part of his power and eventually named himself Savitar, the "God of Speed". Worshipped and revered for his power, Savitar had a cult founded around him. Savitar spread his legend throughout the Multiverse and across time.[1] With the lie of his power being the first speedster to ever be granted power to the Speed Force, eventually becoming the fastest out of all of them who desired to challenge other powerful speedsters who threatened his power to battle before taking over their Earths. Before each encounter, Savitar would use the Philosopher's Stone's power to possess a person to use a medium under the "Alchemy" alias to prepare for arrival by creating meta-humans for him to command.[2] At some point, Savitar learns about Hunter Zolomon/Zoom's transformation into the Black Flash, a hunter of speedsters who mess with time so Savitar began searching for a method of dealing with it should the need arise.[3]

Imprisoned in the Speed Force

Desiring revenge on Flash for shunning him for being an aberration, Savitar traveled to 2020 or 2021 where the two fought during which the Flash created his time remnants including his own younger self. Savitar killed all the time remnants but spared his younger self so that he would eventually become him thus continuing the loop of his existence. But to his surprise, Flash was able to defeat Savitar by imprisoning him inside the Speed Force, during which Savitar was stuck in a time loop in which he relived the most painful moment of his life driving him further into insanity, thus wanting him to destroy his original self's life even further.[4][5]

Preparation for freedom from the Speed Force

Julian Albert is possessed by Savitar

Savitar possessing Julian.

While he was imprisoned in the Speed Force, Savitar sensed a dramatic shift in the timeline that resulted from the past version of Barry from 2016 creating the Flashpoint timeline. Realizing that he could use the situation to his advantage, Savitar waited until the timeline was restored to a similar previous form and began to enact his plan. After Flashpoint had been erased due to his original self's and Eobard Thawne/Reverse-Flash's actions, he telepathically appeared to Julian Albert in the form of the man's deceased sister Emma, telling Julian of the Philosopher's Stone which could bring Emma back. Julian spent years searching for the Philosopher's Stone and funded an exhibition in India in 2012 and found the container the object was sealed within. After Julian opened the container, Savitar gets released and possessed Julian and killed the other members of the exhibition. While Julian tried to escape Savitar by fleeing to America, he continually possessed Julian and his host unwillingly became the newest version of Alchemy. For the next few years, Savitar (as Alchemy) sought out followers for his cult, seeking to slay a younger, less powerful version of Flash.[2] He also somehow became aware of all the meta-humans from the Flashpoint timeline which unintentionally provided him the means for his return.

Alchemy

Alchemy seeking out individuals who were meta-humans in Flashpoint.

Under his Alchemy guise, Savitar began seeking out individuals who were meta-humans in Flashpoint and restored these individuals' memories and extorted them into find him. Once they did, Savitar promised to restore their power in exchange for their loyalty. He did this to Shade and Clive Yorkin. Savitar then sought out Frankie Kane, a teenage girl with dissociative identity disorder due to the restored Flashpoint memories, and where to find him. Once Frankie did, Alchemy offered to restore these powers in exchange for services. While Frankie was reluctant, the alternate personality Magenta agreed and Alchemy restored these powers.

Alchemy and Rival vs Barry

Alchemy and The Rival confronting The Flash.

Savitar then communicated with Edward Clariss and restored the man's Flashpoint life and memories as a speedster named The Rival and told where to find him.[6] Once Clariss arrived, Alchemy is begged upon to make the visions stop but Alchemy asked if Clariss really wanted the visions to stop, or if Edward wanted them to come true and to have speed once more. Clariss confessed wanting the speed and Alchemy promised to restore this power, in exchange for loyalty and using the Philosopher's Stone on Clariss to become The Rival once more.

Savitar attacking Edward Clariss

Savitar killing Edward.

Alchemy observed as The Rival fought The Flash which ended in a draw, though Flash is unaware Alchemy was watching them. Later when Flash confronted The Rival at the Prescott Sawmill, Alchemy attacked Flash. Upon being asked what he wanted, he claimed to be helping people achieve their potential because he was preparing the world. The Rival then fought Flash again but The Rival is defeated by the combined power of Flash and Cisco Ramon. When Clariss was incarcerated in Iron Heights Prison, Savitar scolded Clariss for failure and Clariss begged for a second chance, but Savitar appeared inside his cell and attacked Edward.[7] After tossing Clariss around, he struck a fatal blow that killed Clariss before hitting the ground.

Alchemy and Magenta

Alchemy manipulating Magenta.

Alchemy is later confronted by Magenta being angry that Frankie continued to resurface as Alchemy promised freedom from Frankie and the girl's foster father. Alchemy told Magenta if Magenta wanted Frankie gone, Magenta would have to show who was in control, and this led to Magenta almost destroying a hospital full of innocent people to get revenge on Frankie's foster father. However, Frankie is talked out of this by the Flash and left Central City as a result.[8]

Alchemy and Wally

Alchemy attacking The Flash after failing to persuade Wally.

Alchemy then sought out restore Wally West's Flashpoint memories and meta-human powers. Knowing Barry would do all to prevent Wally from finding him, he sent Shade as a distraction, while he communicated with Wally and urged to seek him out. When Wally locked himself in the Pipeline, Savitar began torturing the youth to persuade to no avail. When Shade gets captured, Savitar simply began torturing Wally more intensely until the youth eventually sought him out.

First encounter with the Flash

Wally approaches Alchemy

Alchemy approached by Wally.

In an effort to lure Alchemy into a trap, Team Flash and a CCPD strike team followed secretly as Wally is approached Alchemy about Wally's visions of Flashpoint. Wally stalled Alchemy long enough to allow the police and the Flash to storm the hideout. Alchemy and his cohorts were subsequently surrounded and shackled. Flash triumphantly stood before Alchemy and went to unmask him. Just as Flash was about to do so, an earthquake shook the hideout and suddenly a small blip of light began racing around the hideout, killing all of the cops and freeing Alchemy's followers. Realizing the blip of light was a speedster, Flash attempted to pursue but the speed was far beyond anything, and Flash was brought down instead. As Wally became trapped in a cocoon-like container, the mysterious speedster pinned Flash to a wall, revealing itself to be clad entirely in metallic armour. As Flash finally beheld the armored foe, Savitar responded that he's the god of speed. Savitar then produced a long curved blade from his gauntlet and prepared to finish off Flash.[9]

Savitar tossing Barry out of a breach he's using

Savitar battling Barry.

Luckily, the Flash was saved at the last second by Joe West's timely intervention by managing to shake off the cult followers and opened fire on Savitar even though Joe couldn't actually see the speedster. The bullets, however, deflected harmlessly off Savitar's armor. Ignoring the interruption, Savitar raced out of the lair with Flash in hand and proceeded to drag, pummel and throw his opponent all across Central City like a rag-doll by somehow using his speed to open up dimensional breaches to various locations around Central City, finally coming to a stop at the waterfront, whereupon Savitar began to savagely beat down his quarry. As Flash lay broken and bleeding at his feet, Savitar declared Flash to be beneath him and announced that he (Savitar) was the future while his original self was the past. Having said this, he grabbed Flash by the throat and prepared to once again skewer the speedster with his gauntlet-blade. Before he could do so, however, Flash gets saved by Vibe's sudden arrival of Vibe with Caitlin Snow's ice-powers freezing Savitar in place and reveal him at the same time but inadvertently harming Flash too. The ice though did not last long and Savitar soon burst out of his ice-prison and sped off.

Later Savitar sought out Julian while Julian was in the hospital. Julian told Savitar to stay away but Savitar confronted anyway, telling his host that only together could his return be achieved. Savitar then possessed Julian and at the C.C.P.D. took retrieved the Alchemy outfit to continue his plan.[10]

Fighting the Flashes

Jay Garrick vs Savitar

Savitar fighting Jay.

With Julian resuming the Alchemy persona, Savitar prepared once again to target the Flash. He ordered Alchemy to use a specially designed building in Central City to refract the energies from the Philosopher's Stone and bestow powers on all the metahumans in Central City from the Flashpoint timeline at once. Their efforts were interrupted once again by the arrival of two Flashes; Barry having joined forces with Jay Garrick/The Flash. Before the two Flashes could do anything to Alchemy, Savitar appeared out of nowhere. While Alchemy dealt with Barry, Savitar squared off against Garrick. Savitar completely outmatched by Jay, viciously pummeling and and beating down the elder speedster all across Central City, finally coming to a stop in an alley. The metallic speedster angrily pointed out that this isn't Garrick's fight and unsheathed his gauntlet blade to kill the Earth Three veteran speedster. Garrick gets saved, however, when Barry sealed the Philosopher's Stone back in its chest, causing Savitar to disappear into thin air. 

Savitar vs Barry and Wally

Savitar preparing to kill Barry and Wally.

Looking to continue the fight, Savitar chose to bide his time in order to figure out a way back. He began telepathically manipulating Cisco using Dante Ramon's likeness and memory to convince Cisco that the Philosopher's Stone could bring Dante back to life. Entranced by the Philosopher's Stone's power, Cisco opened the chest, releasing Savitar once again just as Flash arrived in Cisco's lab. Savitar then seized Flash to the S.T.A.R. Labs' speed lab whereupon he began to mercilessly beat up the Earth One speedster yet again. As he did so, he was stalled by Wally's sudden arrival who went to attack him but is merely seized by the throat by Savitar and thrown across the room into Flash. As the two speedsters lay defeated on the ground, Savitar unsheathed both of his wrist blades and moved to kill them both. However, this gets prevented at the last second when Caitlin convinces Cisco to accept Dante's death and close the chest containing the Philosopher's Stone, sealing Savitar away again.

Savitar posesses Julian

Savitar speaking through Julian to Team Flash.

Fuming from his latest defeat and Alchemy's constant failures, Savitar suddenly felt Julian's consciousness connected to the Philosopher's Stone, established a psychic connection through Julian and found himself face-to-face with Team Flash. He berated them for not bowing to him only to be derided for his claims to be a god. Seeking to rattle them, Savitar revealed intimate knowledge of each of the group's members as well as a chilling warning about their future; one would betray them, one would die and one would suffer a fate worse than death. Barry demanded to know who Savitar really was and what he wanted to which Savitar responded that he wanted to take back everything that the Flash had taken from him before he would destroy him. Confused, Barry angrily asked why Savitar didn't follow through with his threats right away before realizing that without the Philosopher's Stone, he literally couldn't. Enraged, Savitar revealed the reason for his vendetta; that it was in fact a future version of Flash who had trapped him 'in eternity' and vowed that he would rise again. Disconcerted, Barry disconnected Julian from Savitar.[2]

Escaping the Speed Force

Savitar attacks Wally West

Savitar attacking Kid Flash.

Having regained possession of most of the Philosopher's Stone after being thrown into the Speed Force by his original self, Savitar put the next phase of his escape plan into action. He began telepathically haunting Wally to wear down,[11] which came to a head while the Flash and Kid Flash were out on a run and one of Kid Flash's hallucinations actually attack. Desperate for answers, Team Flash opened up a line of communication to Savitar through Julian once more. Savitar sardonically greeted Barry's comrades but Barry quickly rebuffed him when Barry argued that they were essentially the same, claiming that to him, Barry was the villain of their story. He revealed yet more intimate knowledge of the team such as Cisco being as powerful as Reverb and H.R. Wells surviving his future rampage. Team Flash interrogated Savitar extensively about his plans and his past but got only cryptic answers and half-statements in response; Barry questioned about their feud's origin but Savitar arrogantly derided both the Reverse-Flash and Zoom, claiming that he was the Flash's ultimate foe. He did however reveal that he had taken back the Philosopher's Stone and declared that no matter what they did, they could not stop his return. As he rose to his feet, Savitar reaffirmed his intention to escape, kill Iris and destroy his original self, mockingly bringing up Barry's deceased parents. Fed up, Barry disconnected Julian from Savitar.

Savitar as Francine West

Savitar taking the form of Francine West.

Satisfied that almost everything in place, Savitar focused on getting the broken piece of the Philosopher's Stone. He telepathically linked to Wally once again by taking Francine West's form this time to torment and pressured Wally into stealing the piece of the Philosopher's Stone. Kid Flash stole the piece from S.T.A.R. Labs and raced to an abandoned factory and manically tried to open a portal to the Speed Force but was held back by the power of the Philosopher's Stone. Savitar mocked Kid Flash's efforts, reminding Kid Flash that he would eventually kill everyone West loved. Incensed by Savitar's words, West successfully opened a Speed Force portal and threw the piece of the Philosopher's Stone into the portal.

The Flash vs

Savitar battling his younger self, The Flash, after being set free.

As Flash arrived on the scene, tendrils of white lightning seized and pulled Kid Flash into the Speed Force while breaking its hold on Savitar, bursting out of the portal roaring in triumph. Pacing around Flash, Savitar revealed his full escape plan and declared that saving Wally is now impossible. Enraged, Flash charged Savitar and chased him into an alley. Though Flash angrily promised to kill him, Savitar mocked these threats, reminding that Barry is the hero who would never take a life, and unworthy of the life Barry had been given and vowed to destroy Central City like he did in the future and attacked. This time, though Savitar remained dominant, the fight was more even-sided with both speedsters landing solid blows on the other, culminating in Flash seizing Savitar in a headlock, demanding he show his face. Savitar instead pivoted out of it and stabbed Flash through the shoulder with his gauntlet-blade, shattering his clavicle. Stating his intent to kill Flash, Savitar promised to let his original self live long enough to watch Iris die. Flash unexpectedly struck back by slicing off Savitar's blade with his vibrating hand. Roaring with anger, Savitar raced away.[4]

Savitar choking Jesse Quick

Savitar fighting Jesse Quick.

Savitar remained silent and out of sight for the time being, while Team Flash frantically searched for a way to rescue Wally from the Speed Force, in order to work on repairing his damaged armor. When he finished, he stepped back and observed from afar as Barry went back into the Speed Force to free Wally from Savitar's former prison. While doing so, he suddenly felt the lost piece of his armor being reactivated and homing in on him. Racing to the piece, he found himself confronted by Jesse Quick. He knew that Jesse would come for him, reprimanding Quick for claiming of not being afraid of him. Angered, Quick recklessly attacked with a lightning bolt but Savitar inexplicably absorbed the bolt and fired right back at Quick, sending Jesse flying several feet. Savitar demanded the return of his severed gauntlet-blade and began telekinetically summoning the piece to him which Quick clung on to and too was dragged towards him. Thinking quickly, HR instructed Quick to find and attack a weak spot in Savitar's armor. As Savitar seized Jesse by the neck and held before him, he declared that he had plans for the Earth Two speedster, his arrogance blinding him to the fact that Quick was still holding his gauntlet-blade. Retorting that she had plans too, Quick viciously plunged the blade into Savitar's shoulder through a gap in his armor. Bellowing in agony, Savitar dropped Jesse and raced away. Realizing that Savitar could feel pain, HR later informed Team Flash that Savitar was not a God after all but an armoured man with super speed.[5]

Identity revealed

Savitar reveals his identity to Killer Frost

Barry revealing his identity to Killer Frost.

Savitar steered clear of Team Flash while recuperating from the various injuries dealt to him. When this was over, he sensed Killer Frost's resurgence and went to meet in a forest on the outskirts of Central City. When they meet up, Savitar greeted amicably and promised that he would ensure that Caitlin would never return, though Killer Frost was hesitant to believe him. To gain trust, Savitar knelt down, removed his armor and revealed his true identity.[12]

Savitar talking to Killer Frost

Savitar ordering Killer Frost to kill Tracy.

Anticipating that his younger self would try to build the Speed Force trap sooner than was destined, Savitar ordered Killer Frost to find and kill Tracy Brand, the physicist who would go on to build the trap technology in the first place, though Killer Frost was thwarted by the Flash and Vibe. When Killer Frost returned to him having failed, Savitar chastised Killer Frost for not living up to the title and mused aloud if there was still a part of the old Caitlin having an influence on but Killer Frost quickly rebuffed him. Rethinking his plan, Savitar next ordered to kidnap Cecile Horton (Joe's girlfriend) in order to force Team Flash's hand and trade Tracy. Knowing what the team would try to do instead, Savitar warned Killer Frost ahead of time of what Barry would say to try and sway back as well as the trap that they planned. When the team managed to subdue Killer Frost anyway, Savitar sped in as Vibe was taking a blood sample and swatted him away. Proclaiming that his ascension was almost complete, Savitar concluded with a reminder to Barry that before long, Flash would fall. Having said this, Savitar picked up Killer Frost and raced away.

Savitar reveals himself to The Flash

Barry stepping free of his armor to be face to face with his younger self

With this latest encounter, Savitar knew it wouldn't be long before Flash figured out his true identity and raced to meet Flash on the outskirts of Central City as Barry searched for him. Standing before his enemy, Barry figured out who Savitar really was; that his ability to flawlessly predict Team Flash's moves, his intimate knowledge of its members, were all because he had already lived this all himself. Declaring his relief, Savitar knelt down, removed his armor and revealed himself as none other than a future version of his nemesis with a pale and scarred face. Grinning ghoulishly at his younger self, Savitar reiterated his infamous catchphrase, that he was the Future Flash.[13]

The Flash and Savitar firing massive bolts of lightning at each other

Savitar and The Flash firing massive bolts of lightning at each other.

Savitar paced around his younger self with a ghoulish smile on his face as he laid everything out in the open; that he was a time remnant created by the Flash's future self in the 2020s whom Savitar had allowed to live before being sealed away. The remnant was rejected and shunned by Barry's family and friends as a "fake", leaving him bitter and broken. Desperate to make the pain go away, the remnant was driven insane and strove to become a god, for which he went back in time to reinvent himself as the original known speedster, creating a perpetual cause and effect temporal loop. All that was left to complete the loop again is for Iris to die and a second element that Savitar didn't reveal. Barry threatened to kill himself, but Savitar is undaunted, citing Reverse-Flash's survival despite Eddie Thawne's sacrifice as an example of how such action was futile and declaring his ascension nearly complete. Enraged, his younger self charged Savitar and attempted to kill him, but gets stopped by Savitar's self-operating armor which engaged the Flash in a brief struggle. As Flash punched the armor away, Savitar sped back into his armor and began charging up for a lightning attack as his original self did the same. The two fired massive bolts of lightning at each other which caused a huge explosion, hurling the speedsters away from each other and allowing Savitar to escape.

Savitar attacks Killer Frost

Savitar loses his memories and attacks Killer Frost.

While preparing for his next move, Savitar was inexplicably stripped of all his memories as a result of Team Flash accidentally wiping all of Barry's memories, causing him to randomly attack Killer Frost when his enforcer tried to talk to him. He remained in seclusion for a time until Team Flash undid the damage by restoring Barry's memories and Savitar's by extension.[1]

Killing "Iris"

Savitar and Killer Frost

Barry talking to Killer Frost while repairing his armor.

Savitar remained in his hideout in an abandoned warehouse and passed the time by repairing his suit of armor. As he was doing so, Killer Frost approached him, admiring the armor and remarking on them teaming up like they used to as Barry and Caitlin though Savitar was quick to remind his enforcer that neither of them were who they used to be. Killer Frost pressed Savitar about his motivations for killing Iris to which Savitar reiterated that Iris has to die otherwise he would never exist. Unconvinced, Killer Frost spoke of his upbringing with Iris, citing it as possibly deterring him from ultimately killing Iris. Rising to his feet with an expression and voice full of rage and pain, Savitar coldly recounted being created as a disposable asset of his original self, nothing more than a cheap copy to be thrown away when no longer needed. He reasoned that if none of Team Flash cared about him, he shouldn't care about any of them. Disturbed, Savitar asked Killer Frost to reiterate the commitment to the cause and re-prepare herself for her own actions. Suddenly, Savitar was hit by a fresh wave of new memories in which the Flash meets with Leonard Snart/Captain Cold in the past to steal a power source from A.R.G.U.S. for Tracy's weapon. When Killer Frost inquired about it, Savitar waved it off as irrelevant and decided to let them take it, declaring a speed-gun to be no match for him.

Savitar fooling Team Flash

Barry tricking H.R. into revealing Iris's location.

As he prepared for the final confrontation, Savitar's plan was thrown off briefly when he suddenly realized that he did not know where Iris was since his younger self had not been told either. Determined to get things back on track, Savitar disguised himself in his old Flash uniform and raced into S.T.A.R. Labs were he met Cisco, H.R. and Tracey. He told the group of obtaining had the Dominator power source and asked where Iris was. Without thinking, H.R. lets slip that Iris has been on Earth Two and too late to see Savitar turn to face them, revealing his scarred face and his true identity. As the team looked on in horror, H.R. could only choke out a single word before Savitar raced off to Earth Two.

Savitar breaks Wally's leg

Savitar breaking Wally's leg.

As Joe, Wally and Harry Wells stood ready, Savitar burst out of the breach in the S.T.A.R. Labs of Earth Two in full armor. Immediately, Kid Flash charged him and landed a number of blows against the armored speedster before Savitar threw Kid Flash against the ceiling, caught while falling and brutally broke Kid Flash's leg with one stomp and then tossed the young speedster aside. As Joe and Harry fired, Savitar silently exited his armor and appeared behind Joe, Harry and Iris. Looking into Savitar's maddened eyes, Joe attempted to reason with Savitar by apologizing for disregarding him in the future, referring to him as Barry. Unmoved, Savitar angrily stating that Barry was not his name. Iris promised to go with him but begged him not to kill the others, though Savitar claimed that he would only do so after they all watched Iris die. Joe begged Iris not to go but Savitar interrupted, remarking that Iris had accepted this fate and that Joe should do the same. As Harry brandished a hidden gun, Savitar grabbed Iris and raced back to Earth One. He then chained up Iris in his lair and making a few adjustments on his suit until H.R. uses Savitar's blade piece to find Iris tied up until the blade flew from H.R.'s hand and fix itself back to his suit to which Savitar saw H.R. and Iris running towards the exit in which he ordered Killer Frost to get Iris.[3]

The Speed Force Bazooka fails to work on Savitar

The Speed Force Bazooka failing to trap Savitar.

Savitar brought the individual he believed to be Iris to Infantino Street, where Flash as well as Joe and Tracy were lying in wait. Savitar challenged Flash to try and be a "hero" and dropped Iris to the ground. When he did, Flash went and used the Speed Force bazooka on him. After avoiding a few shots, Savitar let himself be hit, making everyone believe for a moment that it was going to work. Then Savitar burst free of the energy and revealed that he had the Philosopher's Stone, which was made of "calcified" Speed Force energy that shielded him from the trap, taunting Barry over having given the stone to him when they initially discarded it into the Speed Force. Savitar then grabbed Iris and told Flash that his future self had sentenced him to an eternity of hell so Savitar was giving the same, proclaimed that he is finally free of the original Barry and then brought out the spear from his armor. Barry tried to run to him and stop Savitar but he quickly stabbed Iris through the back and to be killed before speeding away, leaving Flash to cradle Iris's dead body in his arms while thought that it was the woman Barry loved dies in his arms only to be revealed that it was H.R. who took the fall.[14]

Ceasing to exist

Savitar stops Killer Frost from killing Vibe

Savitar stopping Killer Frost from killing Vibe.

After stealing the Speed Force bazooka, Savitar raced and found Killer Frost preparing to finish off Vibe and ordered Killer Frost not to as he needed Vibe for the next phase of his plan. At that moment, Savitar was hit by fresh memories of Iris alive and in horror realized that he had been tricked and had instead killed H.R. instead, which will change the future to one in which Savitar was never created. Enraged, Savitar pointed out that Vibe's own future had now changed too.

Savitar threatens to kill Killer Frost

Barry intimidating Vibe by threatening to kill Killer Frost.

Upon returning to his lair in Mount Buccelato with Killer Frost and Vibe, Savitar ordered Vibe to convert the Speed Force bazooka into an Interdimensional Quantum Splicer, which he would use in combination with a Speed Force portal to fragment himself throughout all of time, making it impossible for the upcoming paradox to erase him from existence, thus allowing him to exist and rule as a god in every moment of time from the Big Bang to the end of the world. All he needed was for Tracy to build the Speed Force bazooka earlier than was intended which was why he allowed the Team Flash members to live. When Vibe refused to help him, Savitar threatened to kill Killer Frost and taunted Vibe with the revelation that Julian had developed a cure for Caitlin, leaving Vibe with no choice and relented.

Iris touches Savitar's face

Barry letting Iris touch his face.

While he waited for Vibe to finish, Savitar flashed a new memory of his younger self waiting for him in a warehouse. Realizing that this would give him the opportunity he needed, Savitar met with Barry. Barry implored Savitar to let him save him, citing a fond memory of their parents to get through to Savitar. Savitar allowed Barry to lead him back to S.T.A.R. Labs. Once there, he was confronted by Team Flash being highly reluctant to help him, especially Tracy. Barry and Iris took Savitar aside where Savitar questioned them over what kind of life he would have if they saved him though they could not give any definitive answers. Eventually, Savitar decided he could not endure living in a world where nobody treats him like Barry. Giving up on redemption, Savitar took the Philosopher's Stone into the basement to be set to overload. As Barry and Wally got everyone out, the Philosopher's Stone exploded and obliterated the interior of the complex, giving Savitar the chance to escape. He returned to his lair as Vibe completed the Interdimensional Quantum Splicer and orders Killer Frost to kill but Vibe gets saved by Gypsy at the last second. Declaring what just happened unimportant, Savitar picked up the Interdimensional Quantum Splicer and left to enact his master plan.

Black Flash speeds at Savitar

Black Flash trying to erase Savitar.

Knowing that the Speed Force will try to kill him because of the paradox, Savitar went to a park on Central City's outskirts with Killer Frost and the Speed Force Cannon in hand. Savitar opened a Speed Force portal filled with bursts of orange lightning and explained to Killer Frost that the reason he had brought his enforcer along was because of how the Speed Force deals with speedsters who mess with time. As Savitar expected, the Speed Force unleashed the Black Flash which appeared out of the portal. Killer Frost fired off several shots at Black Flash but missed. As the spectral speedster raced to them and lunged at Savitar, Killer Frost fired again, hitting and shattering Black Flash. With Black Flash out of the way, Savitar stood in front of the portal and ordered Killer Frost to shoot him with the Interdimensional Quantum Splicer, where multiple versions of himself formed in a line leading into the Speed Force, appearing to work. Suddenly as the beam turned red, the clones disappeared and Savitar became whole again as the beam from the Interdimensional Quantum Splicer instead went straight through him and into the Speed Force portal instead. As they looked on, Jay burst out of the portal and swatted Savitar away. Horrified, Savitar turned to see Team Flash's powered members Vibe revealing that the Speed Force bazooka had been turned into a Skeleton Key which freed Jay from Savitar's prison.

Barry defeats Savitar

Barry daring his younger self to kill him, so that he will become Savitar instead.

Seething with rage that he had been tricked, Savitar raced away with both Flashes and Kid Flash in close pursuit while Vibe and Gypsy took on Killer Frost. Realizing he could not outrun the trio for long, Savitar first tried to block their path by chopping down a pair of trees which failed. He then leaped high into the air, turned and fired a bolt of lightning at the three speedsters, which knocked them all down. Savitar returned to Killer Frost just in time to see Vibe standing over victorious. Swatting Gypsy away, he seized Vibe by the throat and prepared to kill Vibe (similar to how Reverse-Flash killed Cisco in an previous timeline and how Zoom killed Reverb in Earth Two). At that moment, Caitlin turned on Savitar and blasted him away. Rising to his feet, Savitar reprimanded Caitlin before bringing down Barry trying to flank Savitar. Admitting that his time is almost up, Savitar declared that he would take down Barry with him by killing Barry's foster family. As his back was turned, Barry defiantly charged Savitar and phased into the suit of armor, expelling the time remnant out of the armor. As he lay on the ground, Barry taunted Savitar. Amazed and confused, Savitar attacks without his armor but is no match for Barry and ended up on his knees.

Savitar being erased from existence

Barry ceasing to exist.

As the Flash stood before Savitar with his gauntlet blade drawn, Savitar in despair dared Barry to finish him off, reminding Barry that if he killed him, Savitar would still exist. It was all for naught, however; Barry instead spared Savitar, destroyed the suit of armor and laid out his aghast opponent with a vicious speed punch. As Barry walked back towards his friends, Savitar rose to his feet again and charged at Barry roaring with rage, determined to take him down with him one way or the other, but only to end up being shot in the back by Iris, instantly killing him. As his body lay lifeless, the paradox had caught up and completely erased Savitar from existence.[3]

Erased future

In the original timeline where Savitar succeeded in killing Iris, the causal loop of his existence continued, and he and the Flash continued their war. Sometime after Iris' death, Wally sought out Savitar for revenge but Savitar defeated Wally which left Wally with a shattered spine. Through unknown means, he also caused Wally to become catatonic and would remain so by early 2024. At some point around 2020, Savitar was trapped in the Speed Force by Flash with help from renowned scientist Tracy Brand. He would later interact with the events in 2016-17 and begin the time-loop which resulted in his erasure.

In 2056, the original Barry sends a message to Rip Hunter which is later heard about from the members of Team Flash, Team Arrow, and the Legends; not to trust his younger self.[15] Cisco later realizes that this message was to warn his allies against trusting Savitar and not his younger self.[1]

According to Abra Kadabra, Savitar is regarded as one of the Flash's greatest enemies even more so than the Reverse-Flash, Zoom and DeVoe. Kadabra mentions that he was always somewhat jealous of Savitar as he was the only one who ever truly broke Barry.[16] Since Team Flash managed to prevent Iris's death, this future can no longer occur due to Barry never going through that emotional trauma.

Personality

As a time remnant of Barry Allen, Savitar possessed his original self's morals and value but also his painful memories and darkness within, as evidenced when Barry brought him back to S.T.A.R Labs. However, after the death of Iris West, Savitar was shunned for being an aberration as he was not the true Barry, just someone to be disposed of. Broken and utterly alone, he wanted his pain to end but eventually came to the realization that "God" feels no pain; thus causing to aspire to be one in order to escape his torment but becoming a twisted individual as a result of this aspiration.[1]

Since then, Savitar had a developed a god-complex to the point that he demands that all other bow down and worship him because of it. He was also arrogant to the point of being delusional as that the only thing that required him to become a god was to make enough people believe in him as one.[2] To those who do view him as a god such as his cult of followers, Savitar seemed appreciative of them enough to aid them in time of need.[9] Savitar is also egotistical, as he reveled in his status as the fastest speedster in the multiverse but at the same time he had a measure of insecurity related to other powerful speedsters to the point that he supposedly challenged so that they could no longer pose a threat to his power.[2]

Savitar was also ruthless in his actions to the point of cruelty, as evidenced by his murders of the CCPD officers and his treatment of the members of Team Flash. Savitar's treatment as an aberration had caused him to hate them for abandoning him; which caused him to become who is now in the first place.[14] Savitar, in particular, hated his original-self, going so far as to state that Barry is the villain; he initially never sought conflict with Barry but was the only one to ever truly lose anything as a result of their conflict with one another. Savitar also feels that his original-self had everything yet deserved none of it, indicating that on some level he desired his original self's life for himself.[4]

While not wearing his suit of armor, Savitar is shown to have a somewhat calm demeanor and even shown to make jokes, albeit in an attempt to mock his opponents. One example of such is when Barry discovered his true identity, Savitar made a comment about, how it's almost like looking in a mirror, and that how he had outgrown Red (his former suit's color). Another such example is when Caitlin points out that his suit really makes him look like a God, who responded with a smile and said to dress for the job you want.

In spite of his hatred for his original-self, Savitar does seem to have a degree of empathy left inside him. He empathizes with Barry for all the suffering Barry has endured so far from losing his parents. Additionally, he showed empathy toward killing Iris, due to memories of love he has for her but ultimately chose to try and kill her to ensure his own existence. Additionally, Savitar firmly states he has always been with Barry from the very beginning, as he refers to himself as Barry's own worst enemy and his innermost demon; something Barry admits to being true.[4]

Powers and abilities

Powers

For full list of his known powers, see Barry Allen

Savitar emitting white lightning

Savitar's superhuman speed is emphasized by white lightning while running.

  • Speed Force connection/Meta-human physiology: As a time remnant of Barry Allen, Savitar possessed a powerful connection to the Speed Force. Savitar potency to draw power from the Speed Force apparently greatly exceeded all other known users to the point that he claimed to be the "ruler" of the Speed Force.[10] However, it was later revealed that he was that fast, only because he was trapped in the Speed Force, as he was seen to be around the same speed as his original self, when he got out. Savitar's powers could be used when exposed to meta-human power dampeners, however it is possible that he was only able to do so, because he was trapped in the Speed Force at the time.[7]
    • Accelerated healing factor: Savitar like all other speedsters had a healing factor that allowed him to regenerate and repair damage to his body at great speeds. If Savitar didn't travel through time to spread his reputation as the Hindu God of Motion then he was alive for thousands of years and remained as youthful as ever. However, it's adversely possible that his "eternity" in the Speed Force Prison was what slowed his aging, and his ability to break through the prison was what allowed him to spread his myth.
    • Electrokinesis: When running at superhuman speeds, Savitar generates yellow lightning but once inside his armor he generates white lightning; as he is the only known speedster in the multiverse whose lightning is this color. Like Barry, Savitar is capable of projecting electrical arcs for attacks when moving at super speed. Savitar also had the unique ability to absorb and redirect any electrical arcs launched at him.[5]
    • Superhuman agility: Barry possessed superhuman bodily coordination, balance, equilibrium, and dexterity. He is able to change direction immediately, thus allowing him to make sharp turns and easily maneuver while moving at immense speed.[9]
    • Superhuman speed: Savitar was unfathomably fast despite the huge suit of armor he wears, his astronomical speed allowed him race around Alchemy's lair and instantly kill multiple cops by running past them.[9] Upon their first encounter, despite Barry's own speed exceeding his other speedster enemies, his own movements were still slow-motion in comparison to Savitar, who effortlessly countered and outmaneuvered the original Barry. He later showed equal dominance against the veteran speedster Jay Garrick and simultaneously against Barry and Wally. Even after being freed from his prison, Savitar continued to dominate speedsters like the original Barry and Jesse Quick, who were only able to fend him off by outsmarting him for a decent enough hit, but the combined efforts of Barry, Jay, and Wally together were still not enough to overwhelm him.[3] The only known speedster that was able to defeat Savitar was the Barry from after Flashpoint. In their last fight, Barry was able to reach a speed higher than that of Savitar.
      • Bodily vibration: Even when wearing his suit, Savitar can still use his ability to vibrate his body for various effects, such as to transfer extreme amounts of friction and kinetic energy through physical contact or to phase through objects. When encased in sub-zero ice, he was able to almost instantly break free from his confinement and when trying to kill Cisco Ramon, he attempted to do so with his vibrating hand to mirror Cisco's erased death at the hands of Eobard Thawne.[9][3]
      • Time travel: Also like Barry, Savitar can willingly traverse the time stream in order to increase his influence and create his following. Having traveled back to past era's of history searching for and infusing his power into the Philosopher's Stone and founding his own Cult of followers who fanatically serve him.
      • Interdimensional travel: Savitar like Barry could run so fast that with enough speed he could open dimensional breaches to travel the multiverse. Savitar's ability to use dimensional breaches, allowed him to use sudden movement allowing him to shift and warp about and appear out of nowhere to new locations. Combined with his raw speed, his actions could allow him to appear as if he was at multiple places at once and rapidly switch the terrain to his preference.[10] Savitar's unique ability for near teleporting like speed, may have been due to the unique circumstances of his imprisonment as has never shown this ability again once he was freed from the Speed Force.[4] He was, however, able to effortlessly open a breach that led precisely inside Earth Two's S.T.A.R. Labs.
      • Energy absorption: Using his suit, Savitar was able to absorb copious amounts of energy and redirect it from his suit, as white energy. This was demonstrated when Jesse Quick threw a lightning bolt at him, and Savitar merely absorbed it and redirected it back at her.
      • Geokinesis: Savitar is somehow capable of generating earthquakes.[9] This ability is likely linked to the absurd amount of kinetic energy he transfers into the ground with every step he takes, or it could be a function of his armor.
      • Superhuman momentum: Savitar can generate great amounts of physical force through the kinetic energy his immense speed generates. This allowed him to kill several cops and knock them into the air by merely running past them when he first encountered the younger Barry.[9]He was also able to jump several feet into the air due to running so fast.
    • Superhuman perception: Savitar is easily capable of keeping up with and perceiving the movements and actions of speedsters.
    • Superhuman stamina: Savitar's body can handle the stresses of superhuman racing without noticeable distress.[9]
    • Superhuman strength: Savitar possessed peak strength and once inside his armor his strength is further augmented by his armor. Savitar was able to lift and drag a fully-grown man off the ground by their throat, all with a single hand.[6][9] Savitar was able to pummel and toss around Barry, Wally West and Jay Garrick with one hand and, with one punch, he was able to send Jay Garrick flying over a building. [2]
  • Mental link: Because Savitar is a time remnant of a future version of Barry Allen, any new experiences that happen to Barry up to the point of before Savitar's creation will affect him as well. Because of this Savitar is able to remember virtually anything Barry does even if Savitar does not remember it originally; because of this mental link, Savitar is able to use and counter any tactic Barry forms because Savitar will remember it.[1] Savitar's ability to experience new memories does, however, appear to take several minutes after the original Barry forms and experiences it; rendering it useless during immediate battle.[14]
  • Philosopher's Stone connection: Savitar traveled back in time to locate the Philosopher's Stone, a powerful artifact made of calcified speed force energy and established a connection to the Philosopher's Stone It is yet unknown as to how he managed to establish his connection to the Philosopher Stone.
    • Speedster weapons immunity: The Philosopher Stone, while connected to Savitar, immunized him from weapons that can affect speedsters who draw power from the Speed Force. While wielding it, Savitar was protected from being trapped in the Speed Force itself. The Stone also protects him from being re-imprisoned in the Speed Force a second time.
    • Possession: Once establishing a strong enough connection to a person's mind, Savitar is able to completely overshadow their actions, turning them into his unwitting pawn, and possess them, as he did with Julian Albert to turn him into "Alchemy", and enabling them to wield the power of the Philosopher's Stone.
    • Telepathy: With his connection to the Philosopher's Stone, Savitar is able to manipulate others' minds. He can telepathically communicate with them and project illusions that only they can see. This power can still be used even while sealed away in the box. However, it is considerably weakened, as he can only prey on a person's insecurities, such as creating illusions of their lost loved ones, to con them into releasing him.
    • Power bestowal through recognition: The Philosopher's Stone can even return the powers of individuals who have been wielding them during the Flashpoint Timeline. While in Flashpoint, he was unaware of some metahumans, like Magenta and Shade, but somehow gained knowledge of them. It would appear that the Stone bestows metahuman powers to those who had powers in alternate timelines.

Former powers

  • Invisibility: Due to Savitar being imprisoned in the Speed Force and the Philosopher's Stone, he was unable to be perceived by anyone who was not also connected to the Speed Force. Cisco Ramon was able to see him in one of his vibes, due to Savitar having already escaped from the Speed Force. However, after the rest of the Philosopher's Stone was thrown in the Speed Force which then led to him being freed from the Speed Force, Savitar was no longer invisible to Team Flash, as evidenced when he showed up on Team Flash's surveillance camera.

Abilities

For full list of his known abilities, see Barry Allen

  • Master manipulator: In his avatar as Alchemy, Savitar convinced Edward Clariss and other reborn meta-humans to become agents of his will. He was also able to advise and keep in line the rebellious Magenta. As Alchemy, he spoke to his cult members, leading them together to believe that he is a deity.[2] Barry himself manipulated Julian Albert and later Cisco Ramon to release him, using their own feelings against them. He was also able to trick Team Flash into getting the Philosopher's Stone into the Speed Force and get Wally West to take his place as a prisoner of the Speed Force to free himself.
  • Skilled hand-to-hand combatant: Savitar is a capable fighter as evidenced by his rapid victory over other speedsters like the original Barry. His style is not as refined as Eobard Thawne's but is as savage as Zoom's; he uses his extraordinary speed to land powerful blows and throw his opponents around with his inhuman momentum.[2] While he was still trapped in the Speed Force, he often incorporated intradimensional breaching to switch the terrain to his preference in an instant, keeping his opponent disoriented and off guard, though he apparently lost this ability after being freed from the Speed Force.

Weaknesses

For full list of his known weaknesses, see Barry Allen

  • Armor reliance (Potentially): As speculated by Tracy Brand, Savitar's greatest strength is also his greatest weakness. Because he draws an excessive amount of power from the Speed Force, he has become so fast that when he uses his superhuman speed at his highest levels, the charge he builds up around himself is so volatile (due to the massive buildup of heat energy), he must wear the suit of armor to shield himself from it otherwise it would kill him. The high velocity and charge he builds up could also be used against him to trap him in the Speed Force, as discovered by Tracy Brand, who used this weakness to create the device that imprisoned him in the first place. However, Savitar has run for an extended period of time without his armor with no ill effects.
  • Cold temperatures: Much like other speedsters, Savitar seems to be weakened or at least momentarily stunned when exposed to an extremely cold environment. This was proven when Caitlin Snow used her meta-human freezing powers on an invisible Savitar. However, either his armor, imprisonment in the Speed Force, or higher level of power allowed him to shortly afterward break free and recover enough to escape.
  • Limited healing powers: Despite his increased connection to the Speed Force likewise powers, the efficiency of his healing powers appears to have been reduced. He was not able to heal from the scars on the right side of his face, though whatever burned him may simply be too damaging for even him to heal.
  • Mental link: As Savitar is a future time remnant and his memories are linked to Barry's, if Barry forgets anything, so will Savitar.

Former weaknesses

  • Philosopher's Stone connection: At some point, Savitar was defeated by the original Barry when the stone was sealed away in its box. Savitar can only maintain his presence in the world while the Philosopher's Stone is in contact with the world outside of its containment vessel. However, now that Savitar is free from the Speed Force, with Jay Garrick taking his place in the Speed Force, the stone is no longer a weakness to him.

Equipment

Savitar getting out of his armor

Barry removing his armor.

  • Armor: Upon gaining his remarkable speed, Savitar also gained a full-bodied suit of armor that is massive in size and demon-like in form and generates white lightning when he uses his speed.[2] Acting as a mechanized battle-suit, it opens from the backside. It possesses a thick, retractable spike mounted on each wrist and seemingly is able to disguise his voice. While in the suit, Savitar's normal yellow lightning turns white.
    • Cold resistance: The armor protected him from Caitlin Snow freezing him solid, as he was able to instantly burst out of it unfazed and ran away.
    • Hidden blades: Savitar's armor possesses retractable blades in its wrists as melee weapons.
    • Armor retraction: Should any part of his armor be broken off, it can immediately be drawn back to him from any distance, to the point where any broken off pieces can be telekinetically summoned back to the rest of the suit if it is close enough.
    • Voice filtering: Savitar is able to disguise his voice so as to not be identified as a megalomaniacal version of his past self. It is unknown if this filter is exclusive to the armor, as the same voice was used when he spoke through the people he possessed.
    • Advanced durability: The armor itself is extremely resilient and enormous durability, enough that Joe West's bullets and shots from the Mercury Labs Energy Rifle ricocheted off him harmlessly. He also takes nearly no damage when The Flash or Wally West attacked him, although he was shown to feel pain when The Flash severed his arm blade with his vibrating hand and Jesse Quick stabbed the armor with the severed arm blade. However, as his suit has been shown to be removable, it's possible that was a reaction to discomfort. So far, he has only been damaged by weapons made from its own material.
    • Advanced strength: The armor's size, mechanized parts and material give it great strength, allowing him to effortlessly lift, drag and send people flying through the air with one hand. Even when his briefly lost his memories and, therefore, forgot his powers along with the original Barry, he retained his strength due to his suit, allowing him to lift Caitlin Snow against a wall with one hand. While operating without Savitar being inside it, the suit managed to throw Barry several feet and briefly pin him down with its foot before the speedster forced it off him.
    • Static charge displacement (Potentially): Tracy Brand theorized that due to the fact that Savitar draws a lot of power from the Speed Force, whenever his speed is at his highest, the static and heat energy around him is extremely volatile. To counter this, the armor's primary function is to shield him from the highly dangerous levels of static charge and heat energy built up whenever he uses his advanced speed. However, he has run for an extended period of time without this armor with no ill effects.
    • Mental connection: To a certain degree, the armor can move and attack on its own, should Savitar be attacked out of his suit, though it is unable to use his speed.
  • Philosopher's Stone: Barry went back in time and discovered this artifact long ago, using it to hire new meta-humans, and also to further enhance his power. He used this artifact up to the point of being defeated and trapped in the Speed Force within it by his original self until he was able to use it to escape his imprisonment. Barry was able to use the stone preventing from the speed force bazooka from trapping him in the speed force again.
  • The Flash suit: Barry still has his old Flash suit, which he used as a disguise to trick Team Flash into telling him that Iris was on Earth Two.

Appearances

The Flash

Season 3

Season 4


Trivia

  • As a trick on the characters and the audience, Savitar often said "I am the Future Flash", flatly saying he is a future version of Barry Allen. However, it was spoken as if to say "I am the future, Flash.", mean he was telling Barry (The Flash) that he represented the next step in evolution, the one to lead the world into the future, or simply from the future.
  • Savitar did not exist until after Flashpoint, as evidenced by Eobard Thawne's future newspaper changing only after the event was over.
  • Savitar is the first speedster that can become invisible but only because he was trapped in the speed force. This is an ability found in the comics, where conduits of the speed-force can move so fast that they are invisible to normal humans. Only other speedsters could see him, even while he is standing still, appearing invisible to humans and through cameras, but after being freed, he became visible to everyone else.
  • Savitar is, so far, the only main antagonist of The Flash who didn't make his debut on the first episode of the season he appears in. His voice is heard in "Flashpoint", and made a cameo appearance in "Paradox", but didn't make his first full appearance until "Shade".
  • Savitar is the only speedster thus far to have defeated three rival speedsters in a single episode; his younger self, Jay and Wally.
  • Savitar made a prophecy to his younger self about the destinies of Team Flash. However, each part of the prophecy was eventually altered. In the episode "The Once and Future Flash", which features a possible version of the future (of the year 2024), more details about his prophecy are revealed:
    • "One shall betray you" - Caitlin Snow is the one who betrays the Flash. She initially kept a piece of the Philosopher's stone, without team's knowledge, with the hope that it might help her somehow, lose her powers. However, after she transforms and embraces her Killer Frost personality, it is revealed that she learns Savitar's true identity like a future version of Barry and allies herself with him. In 2024, Caitlin, who is still a villain, is kept as a prisoner in the Pipeline, and still refuses to reveal Savitar's secret to her former allies. After Barry time travels, however, Cisco manages to convince Caitlin to betray Savitar, and she decides to leave her evil persona behind.
    • "One shall fall" - Iris West is the one who dies. Savitar impaled her with his wrist blade while he made The Flash watch. In 2024, Iris' death has greatly affected her friends and family; his original self from 2024 quits being the Flash and isolated himself from everyone, Joe and Barry are not in touch anymore and Team Flash has been disbanded. After Barry time travels, however, HR Wells is inspired to take her place as Savitar's victim, and Savitar ends up killing him instead.
    • "One will suffer a fate far worse than death" - Wally West suffers a fate far worse than death, as does Jay Garrick. He is initially imprisoned into the Speed Force and is forced to relive the moment of his mother's death in an endless loop until Barry and Jay save him, with Jay taking Wally's place, living in his own personal hell until he is freed from the Speed Force. In 2024, Wally is revealed to have been left paralyzed and mentally catatonic for the rest of his life, after a confrontation with Savitar. It is explained that he was so enraged by Iris's death that he decided to go after his sister's killer alone, but Savitar managed to crush Wally's spine and expose him to incredible yet unknown horrors that left him in that state. It's presumed Barry revealed himself to Wally and he was unable to cope with that. After Barry time travels, however, it is Barry himself who ends up being seemingly imprisoned for eternity in the Speed Force after Jay is freed, though it claimed Barry would not experience what Savitar, Wally, and Jay went through.
  • Savitar told Jesse Quick that he "had such plans" for her in the future, however, due to his early death, it's never revealed what that future would look like.
  • In a possible future in 2024, H.R. is an author of a book titled "The Streak Vs Mister Reflecto" that is presumed based on the real life vendetta between the Flash and Savitar, though it may also be a reference to Mirror Master, who was free and terrorizing the city at the time.
  • Savitar is very similar to the supervillain from the Smallville series Bizarro in which they are both the evil corrupted versions of the main protagonists Barry Allen/The Flash and Clark Kent/Superman.
  • He is right-handed, since present-day Barry is right-handed as revealed in the episode "Who is Harrison Wells?".
  • Savitar is the only main antagonist on The Flash that doesn't appear on Legends of Tomorrow, although it could be argued that him being a future Barry Allen means he showed up in a way when Barry took part in the Invasion crossover.

Behind the scenes

  • In the DC comics, Savitar was an enemy of Wally West as the Flash, an ex-pilot from Eastern Europe who was empowered during a test flight, after which he named himself after the Hindu god of motion, and dedicated his life to unlocking and mastering the secrets of the Speed Force. He discovered creative ways of using the Speed Force and tried to kill every other speedster on Earth, transferring their Speed Force connections onto himself. He formed a cult but was eventually trapped in the Speed Force by Max Mercury. After decades he was freed, finding his cult had only grown awaiting his return, and he led them to war against Wally, Max, and the other heroic speedsters. Wally eventually used his friends' speed to boost himself and Savitar to the point where Savitar was sealed in the Speed Force. Later, after Barry Allen came back to life, Savitar escaped again and Barry chased him down, not knowing that he had become the new Black Flash since his revival "beat death", and upon touching Savitar, Savitar died and disintegrated like he did on the show.
    • Similarly to how it's depicted in The Flash TV series, Savitar was able to use the Speed Force to make himself invisible to non-speedsters in the comics.
  • This portrayal of Savitar is an amalgamation of the DC Comics' Savitar and the Future Flash. In the comics, Future Flash travels back in time to kill his younger self, for he blames himself for the death of Wally West twenty years into the future. Future Flash wears a metallic silver suit that is covered with several glowing cyan etches and he emits white lightning. Similarly, The Flash portrays this version of Future Flash traveling through time to ruin his younger self's life by killing Iris West, and then his loved ones, and finally Barry himself, in order to continue the causal loop of existence and punish Team Flash for their treatment to him as an aberration.
  • Savitar's metallic appearance and title of "God of Speed" is also similar to the DC comics character Godspeed.
  • Up until his appearance in "The Wrath of Savitar", all of Savitar's appearances were all CGI, although the scene where he killed H.R. also rendered him in CGI. This could be explained by the fact that up until that episode, Savitar had been trapped in the Speed Force, besides the scene where he kills Iris/H.R. and his appearances in Wally's visions.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 "Cause and Effect"
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 "The Present"
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 "Finish Line"
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 "The Wrath of Savitar"
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 "Into the Speed Force"
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Flashpoint"
  7. 7.0 7.1 "Paradox"
  8. "Magenta"
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 9.5 9.6 9.7 9.8 "Shade"
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 "Killer Frost"
  11. "Attack on Central City"
  12. "The Once and Future Flash"
  13. "I Know Who You Are"
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 "Infantino Street"
  15. "Invasion!"
  16. "Abra Kadabra"