In the series The Flash on CW, at the beginning of each episode's intro Barry Allen says "I'm the fastest man alive". But in each season, there was a much faster character in the show than Barry. Like Zoom, Savitar and even the Kid Flash.

Why are those other characters (mainly villains) faster than Barry? and How?

When there are other people faster than The Flash, then why is Barry called the Fastest Man Alive in that show?

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    Is he called that? From your question I gather he calls himself that.
    – BCdotWEB
    Commented Oct 26, 2017 at 8:44
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    Also, I think they stopped using that now.
    – Paulie_D
    Commented Oct 26, 2017 at 9:15
  • @BCdotWEB yes, he calls himself that.
    – Vishwa
    Commented Oct 26, 2017 at 13:56
  • @Paulie_D when did they stopped that? Is that " I'm the only one fast enoughto stop them" part is also removed?
    – Vishwa
    Commented Oct 26, 2017 at 13:57
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    @Vishwa But that wasn't my question. You claim that "Barry is called the Fastest Man Alive", but is that actually done in the show? Are other characters calling him that? I can call myself "the most handsome man alive", but that doesn't make it true. Only when others refer to me as "the most handsome man alive" you can claim that I'm called that.
    – BCdotWEB
    Commented Oct 26, 2017 at 14:16

1 Answer 1


Major Spoilers...

Barry Allen IS the fastest man (or meta-human) alive. He falsely claims so in the beginning, not knowing there are faster characters in the show later on. He has to train as hard as he can to increase speeds to match enemies and juggle life.

Now, let's talk about Zoom, Savitar and the Kid Flash.

  1. Zoom (Jay Garrick's alter ego) is from Earth-3

  2. Kid Flash is Wally West (just a newbie in the ways of speed). He has lost some races against Barry Allen, whilst Barry teaches him the ways of the "speed force".

  3. Last but not least, Savitar. If you're up to date on the latest episodes, you'll know that an alternate Barry Allen IS Savitar, ergo "the fastest man alive". If you argue that technically this isn't true, then that's another story...
  • I like your answer, but why "Zoom is from Earth" disqualifies him?
    – madmada
    Commented Oct 26, 2017 at 14:18
  • You said "Barry Allen IS the fastest man (or meta-human) alive." . but it's NOT, according to the show anyways
    – Vishwa
    Commented Oct 31, 2017 at 5:45
  • @madmada I've edited the answer to explain why Zoom's disqualified. He's not from the same dimension as Barry.
    – Dave
    Commented Apr 16, 2019 at 14:41

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