Run Down 15 Things Reverse-Flash Can Do (That Flash Can’t)

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Eobard Thawne is a time traveler who doesn’t have to abide by any set of rules. His connection to the Negative Speed Force makes him different from all other speedsters, and nowhere is that more true than when it comes to time itself. The Reverse-Flash is able to exist out of time, as evidenced by the Flashpoint event series. There, Barry Allen created an alternate timeline where his mother had lived.

However, that single change led to a ripple effect that changed the history of the DC Universe. No one remembered the previous reality. Barry himself, who at first remembered his past as the Flash, was slowly beginning to fall in line with the history of this reality. Only Eobard Thawne was able to exist out of this reality, fully aware of what had led to its creation.


Eobard Thawne has a signature look all his own, and we aren’t just talking about his yellow costume. When the Reverse-Flash shows up, he instantly conveys fear and dread, thanks to his bright red eyes that light up whenever he feels like it. It seems that Eobard is able to concentrate the effects of his red lightning into his eyes to give himself a terrifying and threatening look.

While not the biggest power in his arsenal, this is something that the other Flashes don’t do. Yes, they have sometimes been drawn to have opaque yellow eyes when they run, but it’s comparatively rare. Eobard is the only one who seems to be able to use this feat as he pleases, in order to add to his menace. Surely even he knows that those bright red eyes are their own emissaries of fear.

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