In high school, Barry had a reputation for being slow and easy-going. His date had wanted to put a little motion in his life, and they went on the roller-coaster first thing.
Because of this, he developed a fear of roller-coasters, a fear that he didn't get rid of until much later in his life.
Barry Allen and a twin brother were born two weeks late, to Henry and Nora Allen in the small midwestern town of Fallville, Iowa. The lateness of Barry's birth only foreshadowed his bad habit of always being late.
Barry grew up reading the adventures of his favorite superhero, Jay Garrick, the original Flash and acted many of his hero's adventures out with his friend and future actress, Daphne Dean.
Later still, he discovered that Jay Garrick was real, and became friends with him as well.
During one summer, Iris's nephew Wally came to visit her in Central City.
All of a sudden, a bolt of lightning streaked through a window, shattered a chemical cabinet and covered Barry in the electrified chemicals. However, the taxi started to pull away without noticing him.
Barry sprinted after it, only to run straight past it as if it had been standing still.Eager to be in the sister city of his childhood hero's home, Keystone City, he accepted the offer.After moving to Central City and getting an apartment with a laboratory in the back, Barry began dating Picture News reporter Iris West, whom he met while examining an apparent murder that she was reporting. That night during an electrical storm, Barry returned to an experiment after a short break.Henry and Nora Allen (parents, deceased), Malcolm Thawne (brother), Iris Allen (wife), Don and Dawn Allen (children), Bart Allen (grandson) and Jenni Ognats (granddaughter), Wally West (nephew) - see Allen Family for complete family tree Barry Allen is The Flash, the fastest man alive.Using his super-speed powers, he taps into the Speed Force and becomes a costumed crime-fighter.He decided to sit down and recollect his thoughts at a diner.