The Arrowverse has introduced a ton of new characters this season. Superheroes such as Vigilante, Citizen Steel, Obsidian, Hourman and Kid Flash have already appeared across all four CW shows. The Flash is destined to bring all of the ancillary Justice League members into the Arrrowverse — a fact that makes all hardcore DC fans weak at the knees. They have already brought Vibe to the forefront, turning a character who was considered a joke in the comics into a firm fan-favorite. Now, the show has brought another lesser-known hero into the spotlight with the inclusion of another Justice League member, Gypsy.
Gypsy is played by Jessica Camacho, and she is certainly a welcome addition to our growing roster of #superheroes; however, she's not really a well-known character. Given her connection with Vibe in the comics, she is bound to be an influential character in Cisco's evolution. So, just who is Gypsy, and why will she play a key role in the evolution of Cisco/Vibe?
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A Brief History Of Gypsy
Cynthia “Cindy” Reynolds lived a normal suburban life until the age of 14, when her abilities began to manifest (much like Rogue in X-Men). Hopeless and distraught, she ran away from her family and ended up in Detroit. During her years as a runaway, she practiced utilizing her ability to cast illusions, and also became extremely proficient in hand-to-hand combat. She would later assume the superhero persona of Gypsy — dressing like Stevie Nicks and adorning herself in traditional Romanian garb.
She was introduced in 'Justice League Annual' #2 in 1984, which took place during a time when the Justice League of America's headquarters were located in Detroit. Cindy became increasingly interested in the league, and began testing the defenses of their new headquarters. She became emboldened after a while and followed them on one of their missions to fight Overmaster. She helped defeat the villain, then soon after she received a formal offer to become a fully-fledged member of the #JusticeLeague.
Gypsy's powerset includes:
- Illusion Casting
- Camouflage (People and Objects)
Gypsy's abilities make her extremely valuable, but also potentially very dangerous. She uses a form of mind-trickery, which takes the form of illusion casting. She can essentially make anyone see anything that she wants them to see. This might not sound particularity dangerous; however, if her powers are used in a certain way, they can be extremely dangerous.
She can use her ability to camouflage herself and other people. She can project frightening images into peoples' minds, which usually manifest as what her target fears the most — much like Scarecrow's fear toxin. As stated before, Gypsy is also skilled in hand-to-hand combat in addition to her mental abilities. She is a quick study and can pick up skills with relative ease. She also shows quite an aptitude for technology and computers.
Gypsy Arrives On 'The Flash'
At the end of #TheFlash episode "Borrowing Problems From The Future," we witness Gypsy come through a breach, and she definitely has a reason to be on Earth Prime. When she exits the breach, the first thing she does is bring up a hologram picture of H.R., whom she seems to be hunting down.
We don't yet know why H.R. is being pursued by Gypsy, but we don't really know much about H.R. either. Having Gypsy on The Flash will hopefully bring some light to the H.R. mystery, as well as contributing to Vibe's future. At this point, we still know very little about Gypsy's role in the #Arrowverse, however, based on her comic book counterpart, we have some ideas of where her story could be going.
How Will She Fit In On 'The Flash'?
The news about Gypsy coming to The Flash was first brought up in an interview by Carlos Valdes a while ago. In his statement he said:
"There's gonna be a new visitor to our world named Gypsy. DC Comics fans will be familiar with Gypsy. She's gonna be coming into our world and Vibe will definitely get to learn some new skills as part of getting to know her."
This tiny bit of information actually tells us a lot more than you would think. The phrase "new visitor to our world" hints at a story line that will tie directly into Cisco Ramon and his path to becoming #Vibe. In the New 52 continuity, Cynthia is a refugee from another earth. She sought sanctuary on Earth-1 after being pursued by Rupture (Vibe's brother) on her earth. Once she arrived on Earth-1, she was imprisoned by Amanda Waller who was trying to build an army of meta-humans.
All of the elements needed for the New 52 story line have been introduced on The Flash (the multiverse, Rupture/Dante, Vibe, Amanda Waller). There is a very high likelihood that they will be taking elements from that story line, and that Gypsy is going to be an integral part of Cisco's development. If she has a previous connection with Rupture/Dante from her earth, she could become a pivotal part of Cisco's emotional journey as well, seeing as Cisco is still emotionally distraught over his brothers death post #Flashpoint.
How Will Her Appearance Affect The Evolution Of Vibe?
Cisco's journey has been a slow burn for fans of The Flash. He has not been able to completely control his abilities, nor does he know the full extent of his powers. We have seen glimpses of what he is truly capable of, but he seems to lack the confidence/skills to be able to tap into his powers regularly. This season we have seen him use his powers the most, although it is still mostly in the form visions or opening breaches.
Gypsy could help him finally realize the offensive abilities that his Earth-2 doppelganger Reverb displayed. Maybe Cisco is holding himself back from achieving his true potential. Gypsy's mental ability could give him the chance face his demons, which will allow him to achieve the level of power that him doppelganger once wielded. Once he is able to let go, accepting his power, he could potentially be an extremely powerful meta-human, much like Reverb who was feared by other meta-humans on Earth-2 - but he'd be on the light-side of the force.
Gypsy's addition certainly enriches an already amazing cast of characters. Even if Gypsy isn't a recurring cast member on The Flash, it seems likely that her impact will be felt by everyone on the show. If her role is to position Cisco to realize his potential, then the show will be better for it. It is about time we see Vibe front and center, kicking ass with the rest of Team Flash. Whether her role is to help Cisco, or something else entirely, we still get another kick-ass female superhero on the show, which is always appreciated.
Are you excited about the addition of Gypsy to the Arrowverse?