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‘The Flash’: Happy Dad’s Day to Barry’s three dads

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There is a quote that reads, “any man can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a dad”. Well,  the fathers from The Flash seem to have crafted their own brand of special because they’ve managed to successfully tackle being awesome dads. So, to them we say …

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There are three dads in particular that deserve commendation for their service to their children. The funnest fact about all three is that each can be considered a father figure to Barry Allen in addition to the role they play in their own children’s lives.  The most fatherly of the three is, in my humble opinion, Joe West.

Daddy Joe West

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The CW/The Flash

Joe took Barry in after he lost his mother, and his real father was shipped off to Iron Heights.  Joe never tried to take Henry Allen’s place. He was always willing to talk to Barry about his dad and supported Barry’s desire to prove Henry’s innocence.  Joe accepted the responsibility of being a surrogate father to Barry,  and raised him with the same love and support he showed for his own daughter, Iris. Joe never made Barry feel like anything less than a true member of his family.

When Iris found out her dad had lied about her mother’s death, she didn’t hate Joe for it—not even for a second. She forgave him, and she eventually forgave her mother for walking out on their family because that’s what family does. They forgive because in the end love for family trumps all else. Iris learned that from Joe.

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The CW/The Flash

When Joe found out he had a son of his own blood, he welcomed Wally West with open arms. With Wally in the fold, Joe didn’t push Barry away, but actually looked to him for counsel on how to make Wally feel at home. When Wally was kidnapped by Zoom, he refused to ask Barry to give up his speed to save Wally’s life because he wasn’t able to put the love for one son up against the love for the other. Barry ultimately made the choice on his own to do what he had to to save Wally because that is what family does. They go to the ends of the earth to save each other. Barry learned that from Joe.

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The CW/The Flash

Daddy Henry Allen

Henry Allen never got to be a father to Barry.. He spent Barry’s formative years behind bars for being wrongfully accused of killing his wife. Imprisonment, however, did not keep him from loving and supporting his son.

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Barry had many conversations with his dad from behind plexiglass and iron bars, but that never stopped Henry Allen from always encouraging his son to live his life to the fullest. He didn’t want Barry to spend the best years of his life obsessing over having his dad exonerated.

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The CW/The Flash

Of course, Barry didn’t listen. Most kids don’t, and it ultimately worked in his favor. When Henry was released, he spent a brief moment getting reacquainted with his son before telling him he had to leave Central City. I never really understood that. The important thing to remember, though, is that when Barry needed his Dad, Henry was always there for him. He stood by his side when Barry lost his speed, when he disappeared into the speed force, and when he went up against Zoom. Henry’s last words to Barry before Zoom ripped out his heart were of love and pride for his son.

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The CW/The Flash

Daddy Harry Wells

I love Harrison Wells, every version of him from every version of earth. His character is fascinating. The Earth 2 version of Harry is, in addition to being fascinating, a fabulous father.

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The CW/The Flash

Earth 2 Wells, came to Earth 1 because he wanted to save his daughter from Zoom. His sole motivation was, and will always be, protecting his daughter. Harry was so consumed with his quest to rescue Jesse that he was willing to do whatever it took, even if that meant killing someone, to advance his agenda. He put the lives of Barry and the rest of the folks at Star Labs at risk for the sake of satiating Zoom’s need for speed in an effort to get the nasty villain to release his daughter from captivity. Nasty, right? If he had stayed on that path, the answer to the preceding question would have been a resounding yes. But he didn’t. Harry couldn’t live with the consequences of his actions, so he fessed up. He wanted to save his daughter, but he was building friendships with Barry and Cisco, and the rest of the crew and couldn’t stand the thought of risking their lives in order to save his daughter’s.

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The CW/The Flash

By coming clean, Harry was able to work with Team Flash and rescue Jess without anyone else having to die for her. When Jess decided she needed some space because she just couldn’t accept that her dad killed a man to save her, Harry let her go. Temporarily. When he knew she was walking around unprotected with a target on her back for every one of Zoom’s metas to find, he went in search of her on his own and risked his own life to bring her back.  After Zoom had presumably been defeated, Jess wanted to return to Earth 2 because that is where her life is, where her friends are. She was willing to let him stay behind on Earth 1 to continue working at Star Labs, but Harry wanted to be with his daughter, so he returned to Earth 2 with her.

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The CW/The Flash

Personal sacrifice, undying love, and Barry Allen are three things these dads have in common. At some point in his life, each of these men have raised, mentored, and/or counseled Barry in addition to being loving and supportive of their own children. They have sacrificed much and lost more, but they’ve always stayed true to family. For that, dads of The Flash, we salute you!

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Nikki Reid

Hi! I'm Nikki. I am a shameless TV addict! My dearest friends are Netflix and DVR. I am a former journalist with experience in both print and broadcast media, but my passion is creative writing. Combining my love for writing with my obsession for all things TV, places me smack dab in the middle of the best of both worlds.

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