Barry Allen The Super Villain?

I’m not the first one to ask this but another thread got me thinking about Barry Allen’s (potential) crimes. I am far from an expert in Flash so a true fan may be able to dismantle this thought easily, but Barry has done some very selfish things with catastrophic results and never seems to learn or be held accountable. I am specifically thinking about Flashpoint and the resulting New 52 but it seems like a pretty common storyline for him. He wanted to save his mother (understandably) so he messed with time and created a horrific timeline. He worked to correct that but while doing so caused the New 52 timeline. Lives were completely altered and many were even snuffed out. I know Dr. Manhattan retroactively played a part but it’s still on Barry.
Batman had secret files on colleagues and got ostracized but Barry wipes out an entire timeline and no one blinks? I hereby call for Barry Allen to be placed on trial for crimes against humanity!!

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Read Silver Age Flash. He was very law-abiding. I don’t want to provide spoilers, but Silver Age Flash is a great guy.

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So he really fell from grace. The actions of a madman!

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More like Crisis happened and his character changed (in simplistic terms).

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Changed to a madman!
Sorry, it’s schtick but I’m going all in.

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I think he is generally written as caring and compassionate but it seems odd that it’s kind of ignored that he has mucked with time a lot. I guess most characters are oblivious but more and more are learning about the timelines and you would think someone would be like “wait, so I had a family but you messed with time and now they don’t exist? Well at least you saved your mom. Oh, you had to let her get killed again to reverse a horrible future? So it was all for nothing. Gee thanks Barry.”

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If Modern Flash bothers you, stick with Silver Age. That doesn’t happen.

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This isn’t like an I’m angry bothered by it have to be told not to read it. Just a discussion I wondered about.

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But, you are looking at the Silver Age through the Modern lens. There almost two distinct Flashes.

If I somehow messed it up, I’m meaning current Flash stories when I talk about Flashpoint.

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So am I.

I’m confused then. How am I looking at Silver Age?

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Thank you for quoting me. I must’ve been distracted for not using the correct homophone. “There almost” should be they’re almost.

Grammar aside, you are upset that Flash isn’t being considerate, while I’m telling you there’s a version where he is.

I am not sure if you want to read a lawful Flash or if you just want to discuss Flashpoint Flash.

Just in case, my quoting you was in no way a dig on grammar. It’s because I can’t always remember what I’m responding to and I didn’t want to get confused. And I’m “upset” about nothing. The extra exclamation points were just for the sake of embellishment.
All I am saying is I’m surprised there hasn’t been a story where characters are upset with Barry. That’s all. Calling for a trial was a joke.

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Ah. I didn’t think you were on grammar patrol, but I am glad you mentioned my mistake (unintentionally). The current show shows that, but I don’t know about comics.

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I’m bothered that there were never any consequences for him going back in time and saving everybody in one of the crossovers with Arrow. Or did I miss any consequences from that action?

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I faded away from the Arrowverse but I think at one point people were at least mad at him.

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It’d be interesting to see a story where Barry goes rogue, and in so doing, becomes power-hungry, screws with time for his benefit and has no regrets about his actions.

Then the “real” Barry somehow splits from the above and the two have an epic showdown.

The overall concept of going bad and splitting from one’s self to defeat your dark mirror worked for Superman in Superman III, so why not the guy who’s faster than him?

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I was watching Red Son with my brother and he’s a Flash fan. He says that no matter the Elseworld or universe there’s never an evil Barry Allen or Flash.

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I haven’t read flash point or anything afterwards but I think what you are saying is wrong.

From my understanding Barry simply wanted to save his mother and went back in time to do it. It had unintended consequences and created a new timeline. so Barry saw what he had done and tried to undo it.

Now I could be completely wrong but that’s how I understand what happened. Barry simply tried to save a life, someone dear to him, everything that happened afterwards was a reaction to that and not Barry’s doing. Barry saw the wrong and saw that he had to undo what he did.

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