This article contains spoilers from The Flash Season 3, Episode 19 "The Once and Future Flash."
Without a clue as to how to stop Savitar, Barry Allen turned to the one person he thought could provide him with some answers — his future self. Hoping to find the future Flash, Barry came across something he didn't expect.
With long dark hair, an extremely pale face and a broody attitude that would make Oliver Queen proud, future Barry was a broken down, defeated shell of the Scarlet Speedster he once was. But that didn't stop fans falling in love with the character, whom they have since affectionately dubbed "Emo Barry".
"Emo Barry" sent the internet into a frenzy as fans of the show freaked out about the character's extreme change on social media. Some of them thought the long hair made Grant Gustin even more dashing than usual while others weren't quite as sold. Check out some of their best reactions below:
So it's safe to say that "Emo Barry" definitely made an impression on fans of the TV show. But how does he compare to all the previous iterations of Barry Allen that have shown up in Central City? Let's take a look back at all the different versions of Barry Allen that Grant Gustin has portrayed on The Flash.
Barry Allen/The Flash
The Flash just wouldn't be the awesome show it is without the fastest protagonist alive. Grant Gustin has been portraying Barry Allen since 2013 when the character first appeared in #Arrow's second season. And since that moment, Gustin won us all over. The character has headlined his own show for the past three years and singlehandedly made sure that The Flash became the CW's biggest hit ever.
Barry Allen is nerdy, lovable, kind-hearted and determined to use his powers to make everyone's lives better. And that's exactly what he has done over the past three seasons. However, one of the most appealing things about the character is that he's far from perfect — and perhaps a little too fond of meddling with timelines — and this makes him all the more relatable.
The Flash needs Barry Allen, and Grant Gustin does a fantastic job in every single episode. He may not be perfect, but Barry will always be our hero!
Uptight, highly-strung and a complete and utter scaredy-cat, Earth-2 Barry was everything that his superheroic Earth-1 doppelgänger was not. Much like the Flash himself, the character still worked for the CCPD, but from his posh dress sense to his nerdiness, this was a very different Barry Allen.
However, after meeting his Earth-1 doppelgänger, Earth-2 Barry eventually found the courage within and helped Team Flash escape Zoom's clutches — even though he was terrified of the monstrous speedster. And he was never afraid to unleash his own brand of sassy humor whenever called upon. Believe me, I would have loved to see him give Earth-1 Barry a piece of his mind.
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'Flash Back' Barry
Back in Season 2, when Barry was in the midst of messing up timelines, he thought it would be a great idea to return to early 2015 to obtain some knowledge from the Reverse-Flash. But in doing so, he had to temporarily remove his Season 1 self from the timeline. And so, he knocked himself out — literally — and switched emblems.
However, things didn't work out like he planned, and his younger self ended up returning to the scene and questioning the time-traveler's existence. Despite being warned not to, Barry explained time travel to them — even though they had to learn it at this point in history. Oh Barry.
As far as differences are concerned, there's not much to say. Obviously this Barry is younger, somewhat more naive and completely ignorant to the crazy future that awaits him. But if you really want to get to know "Flash Back" Barry, just rewatch Season 1.
When Barry traveled to the future in search of answers, he encountered his future self. But unlike the clean cut, toothy-grinned, life-loving Flash we know and love, this Barry Allen was a broken down, depressed, miserable, shell of himself who looked like he listened to one too many My Chemical Romance albums. With an eerily pale complexion and long dark hair, future Barry had abandoned everyone he cared about after losing the woman he loved.
With Team Flash ripped apart, 2024 Barry Allen remained in the run-down S.T.A.R. Labs and was determined to live out the rest of his days without Iris miserable and alone. The Scarlet Speedster was no more, and Central City had fallen into the hands of Mirror Master and Top. However, the broody Barry eventually rediscovered some hope after learning a thing or two from his past self — and just like that, Emo Flash was born.
So "Emo Barry" is the latest of Grant Gustin's multiple Barry Allen portrayals on The Flash. Each one of them is their own brand of unique and they certainly added a great deal to the episodes they featured were in. But even more than that, they highlighted just how great an actor Gustin truly is.
With an entire multiverse out there, hopefully we'll get the chance to see many more unique Barry Allens show up on The Flash in the future.
The Flash airs Tuesdays at 8/7c on The CW.
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