Bartholomew Henry "Barry" Allen (born March 14, 1989) is a scientist in the Criminal and Forensic Science Division of Central City Police Department. Barry is the son of the late Henry Allen and the late Nora Allen, the foster son of Joe West, and the fiancé of Iris West. Barry's mother was murdered when he was a child and the blame was wrongfully placed on his father. He was taken in by Joe West and he dedicated his life to proving his father's innocence. After the S.T.A.R. Labs particle accelerator exploded, it caused a giant thundercloud to form and Barry was struck by lightning, falling comatose for nine months. When he woke up from his coma, he discovered that he had developed superhuman speed and various other abilities derived from it. Using these super powers, he began acting as a meta-human vigilante and superhero known as Red Streak or The Streak. Soon after, the public recognized him as The Flash (after Iris renamed her blog title), stylized as the "Scarlet Speedster"