Tricked ya! Look who's back. My tricks. My treat. But I'll give you something good to eat. Today's special: a city, in ashes. The Trickster proudly welcomes you all to the new... disorder
~ The new Trickster's message to Central City

Axel Walker, also called himself The Trickster, is an antagonist in the first season of The Flash, where he frees his father, the original Trickster, from prison.

He is portrayed by Devon Graye.



After having been imprisoned, the Trickster startet contacting his son Axel through letters, grooming him to be an ideal sidekick to him as The Trickster. For the next 10 years, they continued to talk and became close.

Fake Trickster

To fulfil his father's plan, Axel appears in Central City as the new Trickster. He appears on the roof of a skyscraper and releases bombs hidden inside parcels. The parcels parachute to the ground near a playground, exploding upon impact. The shocked parents quickly flee from the playground with their children but one child remains behind. The Flash arrives and saves the boy before he is blown up. The Trickster then sends a video to the media in which he claims that he has returned to destroy the city with his disorder.

Barry is told by Joe West that 20 years ago, James Jesse who called himself "The Trickster" caused havoc in Central City and is now serving multiple life sentences in Iron Heights. Barry and Joe go to Iron Heights to visit Jesse. There, Jesse tells them about his old hideout and that he had hidden a bomb destructive enough to annihilate Central City. Arriving there, Bary and Joe find the lair empty. Barry is then called and told that the new Trickster is adressing Cental City. Barry opens the video on his cellphone and shows it to Jesse, who, at first furious, breaks down crying upon seing that the new Trickster is wearing his mask.

While the police and the Flash are looking for the bomb, Walker breaks into Iron Heights. When Barry and his team find out, they realise that there never was a bomb and that Jesse is in league with the "New Trickster" and only acted like he wanted to get him caught. Walker frees Jesse from his cell and they escape from Iron Heights with Barry's father Henry as a hostage.


Axel is told that Jesse is his father

They then return to a hideout, where Jesse starts building new devices to terrorize the city. When Walker claims that he is glad that they are finally in the same room as he is Jesse's biggest fan, Henry claims that Jesse is only using Walker. Walker asks Jesse why they have to bring Henry along and Jesse tells him that having a cop's father as a hostage makes for an excellent bargaining chip. When asked by Walker what his new plans are, Jesse says that he had twenty years to come up with the perfect trick and that it will be his masterpiece.

Walker then claims that he always wanted to know why Jesse chose him to help him. Jesse reveals that he is Axel's father and that he wants Axel to continue his legacy.

The Trickster's masterpiece

Jesse and Walker then invade a fundraiser of Central City's mayor, disguised as waiters. After everyone inside has received a glass of poisoned champagne from them, Jesse walks onto the stage and adresses the crowd. He tells them that he has poisoned their drinks and that they will start to feel the effects in about one hour. At that moment, a guest falls to the ground and dies. Jesse claims that he remembers the man, he arrived an hour earlier and was the first one to receive a glass of champagne. Jesse then tells the crowd to call their bankers and transfer all their money to the bank account number which is written on the bottom of their glasses. He claims that if all the money is transfered, he will give them the antidote. One of the guests, Iris West, secretly calls her father Joe and so, Barry finds out where Jesse is. Arriving there, he grabs Jesse and smashes him against a wall but Axel approaches him from behind and places a bomb on his arm. Jesse then claims that, like in the movie Speed, the bomb will go off if Barry runs slower than 600 mph. He then activates the bomb, forcing Barry to run off.

However, Barry manages to get rid off the bomb and returns to the fundraiser, injecting every civilian there with the antidote. He then demands to know the location of Henry Allen, and Jesse tells him. Barry arrives in time to save Henry from the trap.


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