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You can't lock up the darkness!
~ Zoom as he escapes.
I got my speed the same way Barry did. When I got struck by the dark matter and electricity I became Zoom - the fastest man alive. Wasn't long before I had this earth on its knees, but it wasn't enough, I wanted more! I wanted to be faster so I created a speed drug. It made me faster than I ever thought possible, fast enough to break the dimensional barrier, fast enough to run to other universes - other earths. And then one day, on one of those other earths, I discovered him. It was right about that time I discovered something else too. All the V-9 I had injected into my system had a little side effect. I searched for a cure, I tried everything. I even tried to manipulate the speed force but let me tell you, the speed force...the speed force does not like its rules being broken...
~ Zoom reveals his story to Joe West.
Look at your hero. This man is no God. He is nothing. The days of "The Flash" protecting this city are over. Now what will you do without your precious hero?
~ Zoom publicly humiliating The Flash.

Hunter Zolomon, also known as Zoom and by his alias Jay Garrick/The Flash, is the main antagonist in the second season of the CW TV series, The Flash. A citizen of Earth-2, after witnessing his father murder his mother as a child, Hunter grew up an embittered childhood at an orphanage and was left with an uncontrollable blood-lust and became a serial killer. After being convicted on 23 counts of murder, he was imprisoned at an asylum to cure him of his urges, only to be affected by Harrison Wells' particle accelerator and was granted the power of super speed. Using this speed, he became the meta-human terrorist Zoom, who brought not only Central City, but also the whole planet itself to it's knees in fear of him. Dissatisfied with his speed, Zoom also created the Velocity serum to increase his speed and became faster, fast enough to travel to other Earths in the Multiverse and learned how to make duplicates of himself through the use of "Time Remnants". 

However, Hunter soon discovered that the Velocity serum was killing him and he searched for a cure and even tried to manipulate the Speed Force, only to have the Speed Force send it's enforcers the Time Wraiths after him, though he managed to avoid them. He then searched the Multiverse for a cure and found Earth-3 where he encountered another speedster, Jay Garrick/The Flash, and forcibly brought him to Earth-2 to harness his speed for himself. Hunter was unsuccessful, but kept Jay imprisoned as a trophy. Eventually, Hunter grew tired of only being the villain and decided to be the hero too and stole Jay's name and identity and operated as The Flash of Earth-2, and acted as Zoom's archenemy while still terrorizing Central City as Zoom, using time remnants to maintain the appearance of both Flash and Zoom.

While searching for his cure, one day a singularity opened above Central City which lead to Earth-1, and upon investigating, Hunter discover another speedster, Barry Allen/The Flash, and decided to harness Barry's speed instead. After discovering his identity, he started sending over numerous Earth-2 metahuman criminals to push him to his limits and increase his speed further, while he also infiltrated the team posing as "Jay" to spy on them. While working with the team, he used the cover story that Zoom stole his speed and was dying as a result, aiming to gain sympathy from them, but also fell in love with Caitlin Snow, something he didn't expect. To physically harness Barry's speed, Hunter kidnapped Harry's daughter Jesse Quick to force him to seek out Barry and, after he was settled with the team, forced Harry to help him steal Barry's speed in exchange for Jesse. After Barry, Harry and Cisco succeeded in retrieving Jesse from Zoom, he created another time remnant as "Jay", and killed him before the final breach was closed to drive him enough to avenge his "old pal." When the breaches were re-opened, Zoom kidnapped Wally West, Barry's foster brother, and forced him to give up his speed in exchange for Wally. After succeeding, he planned to conquer Earth-1 with an army of Earth-2 metahumans and destroy every other planet in the Multiverse, ensuring he remains the only speedster in the Multiverse. He also sought to corrupt Caitlin's mind by traumatizing her into becoming like her Earth-2 counterpart Killer Frost with frequent displays of violence of terror in front of her, and manipulating her into believing she has the same darkness as her counterpart and to corrupt Barry's innocence by killing his father, trying to make his anger get the best of him, which also played into Hunter's plan to use a device that required two speedsters to power to destroy the Multiverse, but was also convinced they were the same because of their childhood tragedies. Hunter's plan was foiled, and after a climactic battle with Barry, Hunter was transformed by Time Wraiths into a demonic creature called the "Black Flash" and imprisoned in the Speed Force. Hunter is now forced to enforce the rules of the Speed Force for all eternity. 

Zoom is portrayed by Teddy Sears. When disguising his voice, he is voiced by Tony Todd.

The Flash

Origins

Hunter Zolomon (child)

Hunter as a child witnesses his mother's death.

Hunter Zolomon was born to James and Ashley Zolomon on Earth-2. When Hunter was 11, he saw his father abusing his mother for trying to leave him and after giving Hunter his soldier helmet, Hunter watched as James executed Ashley and James was arrested for the murder. With no other relatives (at least any who wanted him), Hunter was sent to the foster care system where he grew up an embittered and lonely child. He was also left deeply disturbed and with a bloodlust that would eventually get the better of him. As an adult Hunter apparently became a scientist/chemist with a respectable solo operation working to purify heavy water without residual radiation, though given his deceptive nature it’s unknown if this is true. However given his ability to create the Velocity serum later in life it's possible that he at least possessed some level of chemistry knowledge. What is known is that by 2010 Hunter became a serial killer who was eventually found guilty on 23 charges and was sent to the Saint Perez Mental Asylum for the Criminally Insane, receiving regular shock therapy to cure him of his urges. 

Becoming Zoom

Hunter's early killings

Hunter's arrest in the newspaper.

Around December 2013, whilst enduring another treatment of shock therapy, repeatedly yelling at his doctors the he's "not a monster!" Hunter was affected by dark matter released from Harrison Wells’ particle accelerator, giving him the power of super speed. Still afflicted by an incurable blood-lust, Hunter decided to use these powers to become a criminal. He designed a full black suit with a mask resembling a demonic creature, made from the mask he was forced to wear while enduring shock therapy, which he used to conceal his identity and use in his crusade. Soon after, Hunter began to terrorize Central City.

Hunter becomes Zoom

Hunter is affected by the accelerator, and gains super speed.

Despite being so fast, Hunter was dissatisfied with his speed and sought to increase it further and created his own version of the Velocity drug Harrison Wells had been creating to stop him, and his speed increased immensely and he was able to run fast enough to breach the Multiverse itself. The Velocity drug also caused his lightning to turn blue, though it's assumed given conflicting events if not, that Hunter can still change it back to yellow if he desires. However, he also discovered there were other speedsters in the Multiverse and became obsessed with ensuring that he was the only speedster in any reality. However, since the Multiverse contained an infinite amount of Earths, Hunter was forced to bid his time, and find a more effective way to destroy the rest of the Multiverse and leave at least one world for himself. In his first major act of terrorism, known to the media since obtaining blue lightning, Hunter lured in 15 police officers into a supposed hostage situation, only when they discovered no hostages Hunter appeared and slaughtered them all. To strike fear into the C.C.P.D. Hunter deliberately left one officer alive to tell them of his experience and that officer described the attack as blue lightning, zooming around the room. However, later that same night, Hunter went to that officer’s house and killed him too. This demonstration earned him the nickname “Zoom”. 

Zoom subsequently begun to terrorize the entire city and citizens quickly became terrified of him. Eventually, not just Central City came to fear him, but the entire world too. Zoom also forcefully employed other metahuman criminals under his rule to enforce his will in the city; these include Killer Frost, Reverb, Deathstorm (Ronnie Raymond + Martin Stein), King Shark, Atom-Smasher, Sand Demon , Rupture and Black Siren. However, other metahuman criminals such as Dr. Light were so terrified of Zoom they’d do anything to avoid him. He was also the prime target in a massive manhunt throughout the city by the police lead by Detective Iris West-Allen. 

Hunter as Flash

Hunter falsely operates as "Jay Garrick/The Flash"

Eventually, Hunter discovered that an overuse of the Velocity drugs afflicted him with an illness. The only way to replenish his health and save himself was by harnessing more Speed Force to flush the disease out of his systems, and begun searching for a way to heal himself. Hunter tried to manipulate the Speed Force, only to have it's Time Wraiths pursue him, though he managed to avoid them, but still feared them like most speedsters. To find the answer to his illness, Zoom begun searching other worlds and eventually found Earth-3, where he encountered another speedster named Jay Garrick/The Flash. Seeking to use Jay's Speed Force to replenish his own, Zoom abducted him and imprisoned him in his lair on Earth-2, forcing him to wear a mask with a chemical that prevented him from using his speed or speaking. However, on his own, Hunter was unable to harness Jay's speed but was inspired to not just be the villain, as he'd grown tired of being so, but to be the hero too to give the people of Central City false hope. Hunter then used Jay's name and mantle for himself, designed a suit based on Jay's and used his father's helmet, and operated as "Jay Garrick/The Flash". As "Jay", he was presented as an underdog hero against the threats of the metahumans and Zoom's archenemy, and was praised as Central City's hero and even had a statue built in his honor. As The Flash he encountered several foes, including several of his henchmen as Zoom, including Atom-Smasher, Sand Demon and Dr. Light. While operating as The Flash, he continued to operate as Zoom and maintained the image of both through the use of time remnant clones of himself, allowing him to be both hero and villain. However this new sense of hope was a misdirection which Hunter always intended to take away. 

Hunter confronts Harrison

Flash publicly accuses Harry for the existence of metahumans.

Eventually Hunter learned the source of his powers from Harrison Wells' particle accelerator and suspected he may have the key to curing him. When Harry was giving a demonstration to a new metahuman alert app at S.T.A.R. Labs Flash arrived and publicly accused him of being responsible for the existence of metahumans, though Harry quickly denied any involvement. However, Flash was disgusted to see Wells’ lack of responsibility for his actions, and pleaded for him to do what's right and help him stop Zoom. However, Wells’ coldly retorted that everyone would be safe if he would simply stop Zoom and Flash sped away in disgust.

Arrival on Earth-1

Jay vs Zoom

Flash fights Zoom, a time remnant, as the singularity emerges above Central City.

On May 19, 2015 Flash and Zoom fought each other, their biggest battle to date, but Zoom go the upper hand on Flash and was about to kill him. Suddenly, a singularity opened in the sky which pulled Flash into it and he was marooned in Central City on another Earth. While investigating Hunter discovered this Earth was Earth-1, the center Earth of the Multiverse from which all other Earths branch from. With this Hunter finally knew how to succeed in destroying all the other Earths in the Multiverse, and leave Earth-1 for himself to conquer. Furthermore he also discovered the existence of another Flash and knew his speed held the key to restoring his health. Hunter plotted to steal his speed but sought to increase it to ensure he'd have enough to cure himself, by bringing metahuman villains from Earth-2 to Earth-1 to fight him to push Flash to his limits, refusing them passage home unless they killed Flash. However Zoom never intended on letting anyone else kill Flash but himself. He also plotted to infiltrate the Flash's team by posing as Jay to gain their trust. Unable to do both Hunter had his time remnant remain on Earth-2 to pose as Zoom and bring the Earth-2 metahumans over to Earth-1 with the terms he'd made, while the real Hunter would infiltrate the team as "Jay". To physically steal Barry's speed Zoom attacked Central City College while also having a remnant as Flash fight him and kidnapped Jesse Wells, Harry's daughter, to force Harry to steal Flash's speed.  

Sending Earth-2 Metahumans / Aiding Team Flash 

Hunter confronts Barry

Hunter introduces himself to the team as "Jay Garrick"

In October 2015 Hunter discovered Barry's identity, as well as the other members of Team Flash which included the Earth-1 versions of Caitlin Snow, Cisco Ramon, Iris West, Iris' father Joe and Martin Stein, and brought Atom-Smasher over from Earth-2 to Earth-1 to kill Barry, promising him safe passage back if he succeeded. Hunter was present in the crowd when Atom-Smasher attacked Flash at the "Flash Day" festival. After Atom-Smasher’s defeat Hunter approached Team Flash, bypassing their newly installed security, and introduced himself as "Jay Garrick". To gain Barry’s trust Hunter told a tale himself and Zoom being archenemies on Earth-2 who the night of the singularity, was attacked and drained of his speed by Zoom before being marooned on Earth-1. Understandably, Barry was skeptical of Hunter’s claims but asked they let him run tests to see if he’s telling the truth and Hunter agreed. While Caitlin was testing him he told a story of himself being a scientist working on purifying heavy water without radiation, but was struck by lightning and became “The Flash” and Caitlin seemed to develop an attraction towards Hunter.

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Barry and Hunter team up.

Meanwhile in light of Atom-Smasher’s defeat a remnant of Zoom brought over Sand Demon and made him the same offer as Atom-Smasher to which the terrified Sand Demon accepted. For security reasons Hunter was placed into the pipeline by Barry but sometime later was released by Caitlin to run more tests on, including a full body scan. After Sand Demon’s first attack Hunter tried to offer aid but Barry refused and placed him back in the pipeline. Much later Barry eventually let Hunter out of his cell when his friend Patty Spivot was abducted by Sand Demon and Hunter revealed the key to Sand Demon’s defeat was lightning. To achieve this Hunter begun coaching Barry on how to hurl the lightning he creates when he runs, though with little result. Amidst his frustration however Barry admitted he didn’t trust Hunter because the last person who taught him these skills (Eobard Thawne/Reverse-Flash) was his idol and mentor, who he later discovered was also the same man who murdered his mother as a child. Hunter offered his sympathies but insisted that he wasn’t like his previous tutor. When Cisco and Professor Stein found Sand Demon’s location Barry came up with the plan to use Hunter as bait, posing as The Flash to distract Sand Demon while Barry finishes him with lightning. Hunter agreed to the plan as he did still have his suit, minus his helmet, to which Cisco picked up on and revealed he had his helmet, which came through the initial portal. After being shown the helmet the team was able to confirm his status as the Earth-2 Flash.

The Flash from Two Worlds

Both Flashes tend to Patty after defeating Sand Demon.

After suiting up Flash (Barry) sped Flash (Hunter) into the warehouse where Sand Demon was keeping Patty and physically engaged Sand Demon without his speed, but Sand Demon quickly caught on that Flash didn’t have his speed. However before he could finish him off the other Flash arrived and save Patty but not before Sand Demon’s concussive bomb knocked down both Flashes. As Sand Demon held Flash (Hunter) by his throat Flash (Barry) sped around Sand Demon and eventually hurled a lightning bolt towards him and crystallized him before both Flashes tended to Patty. Afterward Hunter was tended to by Caitlin and confessed that “losing his speed” was harder than he thought and Caitlin admitted that he lost something precious to her also (Earth-1 Ronnie), but after enough time it gets easier. Barry soon talked to Hunter and apologized for not trusting him and helping him defeat Sand Demon and Hunter accepted the apology, but also reminded him that fighting Zoom would be a much harder challenge. Hunter was present as Professor Stein informed the team of the discovery of the 52 breaches, but suddenly collapsed from a heart attack.

Hunter falls for Caitlin

Hunter starts to fall for Caitlin.

After Stein stabilized, Hunter begun working on the main breach inside the S.T.A.R. Labs building but was unable to fix it alone. Hunter admitted to Caitlin that he missed his speed, missed making a difference and the rush itself, but Caitlin told Hunter that he didn’t need his speed to be a hero and could aid in other ways. Hunter was seemingly moved by Caitlin’s words upon hearing this and asked Caitlin to work on the breach with him, and she (once Captain Cold was dealt with) agreed and together they fixed the breach. Hunter seemingly prepared to go home to find Zoom but Caitlin convinced him that he could help them on Earth-1, displaying obvious signs of having a crush on him which he noticed, and Hunter agreed. After leaving Zoom then brought over King Shark with the same terms he made his previous candidates. After King Shark’s defeat and imprisonment by A.R.G.U.S., Zoom adjusted his tactics and gathered personal details on Barry’s personal life including his previous romantic attachment to Linda Park, and brought over her Earth-2 doppelganger Linda Park/Dr. Light with the same terms. Zoom was confident that Barry would hesitate because of his previous romantic attachment to Linda’s Earth-1 counterpart despite Linda being a small time thief who’d never taken a life before.
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Hunter confronts Harry after arriving on Earth-1.

After Caitlin informed Hunter of Harry’s presence on Earth-1 he went to S.T.A.R. Labs and confronted him upon hearing of his plan to use Dr. Light as bait to lure out Zoom, though Hunter opposed his plan believing Barry wasn’t ready. Hunter and Harrison instantly resorted to bickering with each other over “his” disappearance and Harrison’s plan, but Hunter tried to plead to the team that they weren’t ready and didn’t even know why Zoom brought over Light as she’s never killed anyone before. After Dr. Light was found Hunter pleaded with Barry that Dr. Light wasn’t a killer and could be reasoned with, but upon Barry learning that Light was the Earth-2 version of his ex-girlfriend she became startled and blinded him.

Hunter and Caitlin nearly kiss

Hunter and Caitlin nearly share an intimate moment.

After Barry revealed that during their confrontation Barry accidentally clued Linda in on the existence of her Earth-1 counterpart, Hunter and Caitlin went to watch over Earth-1 Linda in case her Earth-2 double showed up to kill her like Atom-Smasher did his double. While staking out Linda’s work place Hunter and Caitlin discussed Earth-2 and their worlds differences but this discussion quickly turned intimate and they nearly kissed, only for Dr. Light to blast the van they were in. After waking up, Hunter confronted Earth-2 Linda as she was about to kill Earth-1 Linda and at the sight of “Flash”, Earth-2 Linda fled.

Hunter fights Harry

Hunter comes to blows with Harry.

While tended to by Caitlin, Hunter apologized to Barry for misleading him, believing Dr. Light could be reasoned with, but Harrison quickly scolds Hunter and blames him for Barry doubting himself as he believes he can stop Zoom. However Hunter claimed to have spent 2 years hunting Zoom but Harrison quickly retorted that he spent 2 years running from Zoom, and Hunter admitted that he “ran” from Zoom out of fear but knows that Barry will die if he goes after him now. However Harrison called Hunter a coward and the two came to physical blows which was only broken up by Barry. When confronting Dr. Light Hunter had little advice to offer Barry on how to defeat her but Harrison did, by using speed mirages, but Barry was unable to keep up but Hunter motivated him and told him that he’s a better Flash than he ever was, and could defeat Light and Barry did.

Zoom taunts Jesse

Zoom taunts Jesse.

However Barry decided to go ahead with his plan to lure out Zoom anyway but Hunter refused to be part of it, not wanting to see Barry die but before leaving warned them all that Harrison was not to be trusted due to never admitting his role in the Earth-2 metahumans' existence. Returning to Earth-2 Zoom returned to taunt Jesse that Harry had abandoned her but she still believed in him, and promised that he’d find her and kill him. However, Zoom simply scoffed at her beliefs and reminded her that the fates of her and her father were still undecided and sped off. Fearing Harry may have brought over the means to deeat him, Zoom later interrogated Jesse as to why Harrison had traveled to Earth-1 but she claimed to not know, though Zoom didn’t believe her, but complemented her loyalty before torturing her. 

Battle with the Flash

Zoom fights Flash

Zoom fights Flash.

Zoom’s plans took a surprise turn when Dr. Light contacted her and told him that she’d killed Flash and sent his emblem through the portal. However Zoom quickly realized that it was Earth-1 Linda posing as Earth-2 Linda as part Barry's plan to trap him and Zoom didn’t take the bait, instead choosing the bide his time. Zoom waited until Team Flash had dropped their guard then really did show up at Central City Picture News and kidnapped Linda, and took her to S.T.A.R. Labs to confront Flash, and to use Linda against them like Flash tried to use her against him.

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Zoom displays the broken Flash to Central City Picture News.

Flash confronted Zoom who mocked his attempt to catch him and employing his own tactic against him, and dropped Linda off the rooftop but Flash was able to catch her and Zoom raced to the S.T.A.R. Labs entrance where he waited for Flash to make his move. Flash attempted to use a thunderbolt against Zoom only for Zoom to grab the bolt itself and toss it back at Flash, then both speedsters ran around S.T.A.R. Labs. Flash attempted to even the playing field by forcing them to run into the air, cutting off both their speeds, but even powerless Zoom was the superior combatant gained the upper hand when they landed and obtained his speed dampening dart. Zoom proceeded to brutally beat Flash sped his fist into his back snapping his spine and paralyzing him from the waist down. Harrison attempted to intervene by shooting another dart at him but Zoom caught it, and used both darts on Flash and warned Harrison that he would die next and Zoom kidnapped Flash. 

Zoom defeats Flash

Zoom about to kill Barry.

Zoom took his broken body to Central City Picture News and displayed it in front of all the reporters there calling him a false god, then took it to Central City Police Department and declared the days of the Flash over. Captain Singh ordered his men to fire on Zoom but he caught every bullet fired at him and sped Flash back to S.T.A.R. Labs and mocked Harrison’s attempts to stop him, unmasking Barry in front of them and stabbed him in the chest. As Zoom declared his victory, he prepared to kill Barry only for Cisco to fire a dart at him and cause him to lose balance, but Zoom was able to speed away in time before the dart could take full effect. 

Falling in love with Caitlin / Extorting Wells 

Hunter after saving Harry

Hunter after saving Harry's life, reluctantly forced to use Velocity-6 to do so.

Hunter was called back to S.T.A.R. Labs when Harrison and Caitlin designed their own version of Velocity-6 but Hunter was appalled that Harrison wanted him to test it on him, and outright refused and begged Caitlin not to let Barry know about it, as this would give him the same illness that is killing him. Hunter later returned when Harry was accidentally shot by Patty and reluctantly agreed to use the Velocity-6 to get the bullet out of Harry’s chest, and succeeded, but worsened his condition. After Harrison woke up, he thanked Hunter but Hunter told Harry he’d never take the drug again, and that he could thank him by keeping Velocity-6 away from Barry.

Zoom chases Wells

Zoom chases after Harry.

Around Christmas, Zoom returned to S.T.A.R. Labs and attacked Harrison but rather than kill him he simply wished him “Marry Christmas”, and made him an offer. In exchange for stealing Barry’s speed he would return Jesse to him but Harrison needed time to decide and Zoom left. Hunter later discussed how to close the breaches with Caitlin and the two begun to flirt with each other, Hunter even jokingly asking what Christmas is and waited until Caitlin was finished with her very awkward response before admitting they did have Christmas on Earth-2.

Hunter flirts with Caitlin

Hunter flirts with Caitlin.

When Captain Cold, The Trickster and Weather Wizard broke out of prison, Hunter joined the team as they discussed how to defeat them, and Cisco admitted an idea to design a rod capable of literally sucking out the moisture in the air to cut off Weather Wizard’s powers. Hunter and Caitlin designed the rod and listened to Barry talk about his relationship troubles with Patty, and her grudge against Weather Wizard. Meanwhile a remnant of Zoom from Earth-2 briefly met with Harrison for an answer but Harrison didn’t have one and Zoom impatiently considered killing Harrison’s friends, but agreed to give him one more day and returned to Earth-2.
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Hunter and Caitlin share their first kiss.

Hunter later aided the team in disabling the Trickster’s bombs by using one of Cisco's drones to fly it through a breach, and have it emit a signal which would lure the other bombs to it and through the breach and prevent them from killing over 100 families. Hunter later attended Barry’s Christmas party and helped Caitlin pin up mistletoe, jokingly asking what's mistletoe which Caitlin save another awkward explanation only for Hunter to admit there is mistletoe on Earth-2. After pinning it up for her he mentioned a tradition they have too and kissed her under it, Caitlin revealing that was a tradition on Earth-1 too, and the two started a relationship.

Zoom forces Harry's co-operation

Zoom forces Harry to help him.

At the same time Zoom's remnant also meet with Harrison in secret near the docks for Harrison's answer but Harrison told Zoom he knew his plan to force Barry to increase his speed, and Zoom admitted the truth and told Wells he was going to help him. Harrison however refused to give an answer until he saw Jesse and Zoom brought Jesse to Earth-1 for a few moments to confirm her survival, but returned her back to Earth-2 in a matter of seconds. With little other choice, Harrison agreed to Zoom’s offer. Over the next few weeks Barry had nightmares of Zoom killing Patty forcing him to break up with her to ensure her safety.

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Hunter and Caitlin share a moment together.

After the emergence of the Turtle, Hunter begun to feel bad for not being able to help but Caitlin reminded him there were other ways to help, but also asked why they couldn’t just restored his speed but Hunter assured Caitlin that he’d tried everything already. Hunter aided the team in taking down Turtle by going to an art gallery party with the team, and managed to treat it like a date to Caitlin too, but Turtle was able to outsmart Barry by using Patty against him and stole the painting. When Barry was knocked out by a falling chandelier, Hunter carried him to safety.

Hunter admits he's dying

Hunter admits he's dying.

Later Hunter made up for the party’s interruption by pouring a drink for himself and Caitlin at S.T.A.R. Labs, but after they kissed Hunter went to aid Barry but Caitlin secretly studied the DNA Hunter left on his glass and learned he was dying. After Turtle was defeated Caitlin confronted Hunter about his illness and he claimed that Zoom stealing his speed caused it. Caitlin expresses anger towards him for not telling her, reminded him how she lost her husband Ronnie and how hard it was to move on and will now lose him too. Hunter however admitted he ever expected to develop feelings for her but Caitlin but there is no way to restore his speed, unless they capture Zoom.

Hunter and Caitlin meet Earth-1 Hunter

Hunter shows Caitlin his Earth-1 counterpart, to explain why there's no "Jay Garrick" on Earth-1.

The next day Hunter and Caitlin discovered that Turtle had been murdered and Hunter immediately implicated Harrison, but he denied his involvement in Turtle’s death but Hunter was unconvinced. He expressed his skepticism to Caitlin who also seemed to be somewhat believing of Hunter's claim. Hunter was later approached by Caitlin who told him that she had tried to find his Earth-1 counterpart to replace his dying cells with his healthy ones, but Hunter simply told her to meet him at the park and she'd understand. In an attempt to sway Caitlin away from trying to cure him and potentially exposing his identity the following day Hunter took Caitlin to the park and explained that upon his arrival he too tried to find his Earth-1 counterpart but couldn’t, until eventually he did and showed her the Earth-1 Hunter Zolomon. Hunter claimed that Hunter-1 had a different name than "Jay Garrick" because he was adopted by the Zolomons after his mother died in childbirth. Hunter also claimed that Hunter-1 would be unable to help him as his cells were mutated and are incompatible with Hunter-1's. 

Zoom steals Barry's speed

Zoom steals 2% of Barry's Speed Force.

Zoom met with Harrison in secret when Harrison obtained 2% of Barry’s Speed Force and Zoom injected it into himself and made himself even faster but Harrison demanded Zoom give him back Jesse before he gets the rest, trying to argue that if he or she were to die he’d never get what he want. Zoom however reminded Harrison that had no power to negotiate over him and phased his hand into Harry's shoulder, reminding him that he didn’t need to kill Jesse but could torture her for days instead. Zoom told Harrison to take the rest of Barry’s speed and sped off.

Earth-2 Arrivals / Fake Death

Hunter Zolomon Flash vs Geomancer

Flash fights Geomancer.

After Barry decided to travel to Earth-2 to rescue Jesse with Cisco and Harrison, Hunter helped them make the jump between dimensions but warned him not to get emotionally sucked in to what he sees. However after their departure, the Speed Cannon failed and the breach became unstable behind them. Meanwhile while trying to repair the breach Joe informed them of a metahuman attack and Hunter recognized him as Geomancer, his Earth-1 doppelganger but with no Flash there was no one to oppose him. Joe however pointed out the Velocity-6 worked but Hunter told Joe not to make him take it and admitted to Caitlin he has taken it before, and that was the true reason for the loss of his speed in a selfish attempt to make himself faster. However Caitlin promised to figure out how to stabilize it and was able to design another version, Velocity-7, which could last longer and Hunter agreed to take it sot stop Geomancer. Later as Geomancer attacked Joe and the cops Flash confronted Geomancer and used his helmet to repel one of his earthquakes but before he could defeat him the Velocity-7 wore off. Geomancer grabbed Flash and tried to crush his head in but Joe shot at him and scared him off and Flash was okay, minus his pride. Hunter was tended to by Caitlin who promised to make Velocity-8 better but was worried for Barry and Cisco’s safety, but Hunter assured her they still had 24 hours left.

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Zoom kills Reverb for his betrayal.

Meanwhile on Earth-2 a remnant of Zoom, expecting the trio's arrival set up a trap using Killer Frost, Deathstorm and Reverb as bait and observed as Iris-2, Floyd Lawton and Vibe approach them. However he also saw Reverb offer Vibe a place at his side to overthrow Zoom but Flash interfered and fought the three, but was overpowered and knocked out. However when knocked out Deathstorm and Reverb continued to impulsively attack Flash while Killer Frost tried to convince them to stop, reminding them of their orders.

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Zoom hesitates to kill Killer Frost, being in love with Caitlin.

Frost desperately tried to remind them what would happen if they disobeyed but as she finished speaking, Zoom finally showed himself and murdered Deathstorm, killing Ronnie-2 and Stein-2, simply saying in response to Killer Frost's words "That!" Zoom then Reverb and reminded him what his orders were if he encounters a speedster, to leave him unharmed. Zoom then viciously asks if Flash looks unharmed then phases his hand through Reverb's chest and kills him too. Zoom then grabs Frost and almost chocked her to death but pleased that she obeyed him, and because Zoom was in love with her Earth-1 counterpart, and let her go but took Flash back to his lair. Later Zoom returned when Barry woke up as he promised Jesse he’d rescue her but Zoom sadistically reminded Barry not to make promises he couldn’t make and that his lair is the last place he’d ever see. 

Zoom holds Barry captive

Zoom taunts a captive Barry.

Zoom then went on a rampage throughout Central City leaving a wave of explosions in his wake as he gave fliers of Harrison to every police officer he encountered reading “Bring me Wells”, and left those same words on every building in a blaze of flames. Zoom eventually stormed S.T.A.R. Labs and attacked scientist Henry Hewitt and demanded he tell them where Harry and his friends were. In search of Harry and found his secret room but couldn’t find any signs of Harrison and moved on; unaware he’d been fooled by a fake wall. Zoom returned to his lair to remind a fearful Jesse that she was only alive so he could kill her in front of Harrison, and only after he’s stolen Barry’s speed after which he would die also.

Hunter Zolomon Flash rescues people

Flash races to save people from collapsing hospital.

Back on Earth-1 the real Hunter was informed by Caitlin that she’d succeeded in creating Velocity-9 and was approached by Iris-1, asking for an interview to help calm people down and assure them there is a Flash protecting them. Though hesitant they were soon distracted by a city wide alarm and saw Geomancer on the news cause an earthquake at a nearby building, and immediately asked Caitlin to give him the V-9. After receiving it, Flash sped to the hospital without running out of Speed Force and saved it’s occupants. Returning to S.T.A.R. Labs proud of his achievement he agreed to Iris' interview, though she now claimed to have everything she needed.

Zoom vicously beats up Barry

Zoom angrily attacks Barry out of frustration after worsening his condition.

Hunter insisted on having a nap but in reality sped back to Earth-2 to take out his anger on Barry as Zoom, as injecting himself with the drug accelerated his condition. Zoom returned his lair in time to see Jay communicating via 5 by 5 tap code with Barry, but angrily reminded Jay not to speak to them then proceeded to brutally beat down Barry in a fit of rage. Planning to fake his death in order to motivate Barry to increase his speed further after closing the last breach Zoom had his time remnant take his place back on Earth-1 as "Jay", in order to be used as a sacrifice. Though it took some convincing the remnant eventually agreed to it after being told the full extent of his plan. This also prevented either Hunters from being present for Geomancer's attack on S.T.A.R. Labs, though Hunter probably let Geomancer into the building to distract them while away.

Team Flash waits for Barry's return

Team Flash awaits Barry's return.

On Earth-1 Hunter's remnant returned in time to hear Caitlin inform him that the effects of Velocity-9 were starting to heal him. Hunter was speechless and tried to thank Caitlin but was lost for words, so she simply embraced him in a kiss but they were distracted by the Speed Cannon malfunctioning. Hunter realized he needed to use his speed to stabilize the breach but couldn't rest the system at the same time. However Joe decided to aid him and while Flash sped around the portal to keep it open Joe rebooted the stabilizers on each ring. However Joe had trouble with the fourth ring and Flash almost ran out of Velocity-9, but Joe was able to activate the final reset switch and stabilize the breach before Flash ran of out Velocity-9.

Zoom tries to kill Jesse

Zoom tries to kill Jesse.

On Earth-2 the real Zoom was later contacted by Killer Frost who’d brought Harrison, Cisco, Iris-2 and Barry-2 to his lair as they were trying to rescued Jesse and Barry-1 and returned to confront them as Barry-1 escaped his cell. Zoom thanked Frost for her help but Barry-1 pleaded with Zoom to let everyone else go, and Harry further insisted that all he needed was himself and Barry-1. Zoom acknowledged that he couldn't kill the two of them yet, but also acknowledged that he could kill everyone else. Zoom then grabbed Jesse and prepared to execute her as planned only for Killer Frost to double cross Zoom and blast him with ice beams that kept him down long enough for the others to escape.

Zoom kills Jay

Zoom kills his time remnant.

As Cisco and Jesse escaped to Earth-1 through the breach, Zoom arrives at S.T.A.R. Labs and grabs Harrison, but he is able to stab Zoom with a dart as Flash takes Harrison back to Earth-1. After returning, Hunter's remnant throws a device to close the last breach at the S.T.A.R. Labs breach; however, before it closes for good, Zoom reaches through and drives his arm through his double’s body, and drags him back to Earth-2 making it appear as if Zoom murdered "Jay" in front of them. Zoom brings his double’s corpse back to his lair on Earth-2, and drops it to the ground, terrifying the real Jay. He then pulls off his mask and declares his double’s death as a complication. Now effectively trapped on Earth-2 until Cisco discovers how to open breaches, Zoom also abducted and imprisoned Killer Frost as a reminder of the Caitlin he is in love with. 

Obtaining Flash's speed

Flash vs Zoom round 2

Zoom's second fight with Flash.

When Cisco tries opening a portal to Earth-2 using his powers, Hunter senses it; he runs over to an abandoned hospital, where the breach was opening, but is disappointed when it shuts after a few seconds. Later on, Cisco re-opened the breach fully, and Zoom jumped out of it. Zoom remarks that Vibe is almost as strong as Reverb now but tells Flash he was unwise to reopen the breach. Flash tells Zoom he's done terrorizing Earths and fights him but, much to Zoom's surprise, is significantly faster than he is now and Flash and Zoom fight around Central City until ending up in S.T.A.R. Labs. Zoom is pleased to see Flash is faster than him now and they continue fighting in the S.T.A.R. Labs hanger. However as Zoom moves in on Flash he is caught off guard when cardboard cut outs of his father appear in front of him. Seeing his father causes him to flashback to the night his father murdered his mother, and Flash takes advantage and attacks him. Coming back to reality Zoom chases after him again but is caught off guard again, this time worse, when images of his mother appear causing him to flashback to her crying for mercy from his father and being shot in front of him. Zoom regained his grip on reality too late as Flash fired the B.O.O.T. at him rendering his powers useless and trapping him, where Flash tore his mask off.

Barry confronts Hunter

Hunter is confronted by Barry.

Surprised to see that Barry knew who he was asked how he figured it out and Barry explained that he made a mistake in telling Caitlin about his doppelganger, which Hunter admits was an attempt to get her to stop looking for a cure. As Zoom, Barry discovered the Velocity-9 when used too many times turns a speedster's lightning blue. Barry tells Hunter that he would've helped him get better had he simply asked and reminded Hunter that Caitlin already did find a cure, that it was temporary and that harnessing his Speed Force is the only way to save himself, remarking that he doesn't care how many people have to die to make it happen.

Hunter demon eyes

"You can't lock up the darkness!"

Hunter tries to convince Barry they're not so different because of what happened to them as kids, reasoning that Barry could have easily become him, which Barry refuses to believe. Hunter does, however, compliment Barry's thinking in using his parents against him since family is such a weakness and decides it's time to steal his speed. As Barry scoffs at his claims, convinced he's trapped, Hunter quietly says "you can't lock up the darkness". As Barry asks him to repeat Hunter's eyes turn black and he, in his demonic voice cries "YOU CAN'T LOCK UP THE DARKNESS!" and phases out of the B.O.O.T. and races away.

Hunter explains his plan

Hunter explains his use of time remnants, and posing as The Flash.

Zoom speeds into the West house and abducts Wally West, leaving the message carved into the walls; "YOUR SPEED FOR WALLY", and brings him to his hideout on Earth-2. As Wally cries for help Zoom tells the terrified Wally the only person she can save him is The Flash, as someone (Joe) he cares about cares about Wally. Zoom is later contacted by Vibe saying Barry will agree to his terms. At S.T.A.R. Labs Earth-1, Zoom brings Wally over and Flash agrees to Zoom's terms: his speed for Wally's life. After Cisco gets Wally to safety Zoom unmasks in front of them letting them finally see him in person for who he really is.

Hunter harnesses Barry's Speed Force

Hunter harnesses Barry's Speed Force.

As Harry, promising to kill him someday, works on a way to take Barry's speed they ask Hunter how he's still alive and Hunter explains that the "Jay" they knew was a "time remnant" of himself. The remnant served as a sacrifice in order to motivate Barry into increasing his speed further to avenge his "old pal". He is then asked by Barry about the man in the iron mask, and Hunter, not wanting to reveal the real Jay, says "you wouldn't believe me if I told you". When Joe asks why he masqueraded as The Flash on Earth-2 he replied it was the give people hope, to take away from them. As Caitlin calls him a monster Hunter flashes back to his childhood again but is interrupted when Harry is ready to harness Barry's speed. When Harry successfully does Hunter harnesses it and cures himself, and tries to kill Barry but is stopped by a heartbroken Caitlin pleading to whatever humanity he has left. Reluctantly and angrily Hunter does so but, after realizing he truly in love he is with Caitlin, abducts her. 

Hunter tells Caitlin he loves her

Hunter admits his love to Caitlin, much to her horror.

Hunter brings Caitlin back to his lair on Earth-2 admitting he loves her and acknowledges that shes upset with him for lying to her, but expresses hope that one day he'll start to love him again too. However Caitlin is unconvinced believing Hunter only cares about himself and when Hunter tries to reassure her she nudges away his attempt to touch her. Undaunted, Hunter allowed her to roam freely in the lair knowing that she couldn't escape while he attended to other business, presumably rounding up metahumans to recruit for his future invasion plan of Earth-1.

Zoom saves Caitlin

Zoom saves Caitlin from Killer Frost, before killing her.

However Zoom senses that Caitlin was in trouble and sped back in time to see Killer Frost trying to kill her, after Caitlin freed her hoping Frost would get her to safety. Wasting no time, Zoom literally ran in 'through' Caitlin (using his speed to become temporarily intangible), grabbed the icicle Frost had fired at Caitlin out of the air and ruthlessly stabbed Frost in the stomach with it, killing her instantly while sadistically remarking that he did not need her anymore. Turning to Caitlin, he warned her that if she tried to escape again, he would kill Jay too.

Hunter reasons with Caitlin

Hunter explains his plans to invade Earth-1.

Hunter subsequently chained Caitlin to a bed and tried again to reason with her but she would not listen, tearfully beginning him to let her leave. When she did Hunter experienced more visions back to his childhood. He was also surprised when Caitlin refused to express gratitude for saving her from Frost. However Hunter revealed his true planet to no longer count victories by victims but by conquered Earths and agreed to take her back to Earth-1, so she could watch him bring it to it's knees and took Caitlin back to Earth-1, sadistically laughing while he does so.

Assault on Earth-1

Hunter manipulates Caitlin

Hunter manipulates Caitlin into believing she has an inner darkness like Killer Frost.

Arriving back on Earth 1, Zoom went to CCPD, mocking Joe by greeting him as an "old friend" and declaring this city now under his control. When the cops were about to retaliate, he reminded them that their guns are useless against him. Caitlin managed to convince Zoom not to kill them and he agreed, warning that if they tried anything, they would all meet their end. Afterwards, he chained Caitlin to a desk within the Police department. When she questioned if his plan was to kill everyone, he said not everyone as he wants to spare Caitlin due to his love for her. When she asks why he needs her, he gets a flashback of his mother's death and everything that followed and states he needs her because he doesn't want to be alone ever again. Disturbed, Caitlin tells him she's never going to be with him but Hunter tries to convince her that she has an inner darkness just like Killer Frost did, and urges her to unlock it. 

Zoom and Rupture

Zoom sends Rupture to kill the Central City Police Department.

Zoom also sent Rupture to kill Vibe, lying to him by claiming that Vibe killed Reverb. Rupture failed but when he said would find him and get justice, Zoom told him to wait for now as he needed him to set an example and ordered him to go to Jitters and kill people. After he left, Hunter sensed Caitlin's disapproval with his plan and she then asked if he wore the mask to scare people. This prompted another flashback of his rehabilitation back on his Earth and his desperation to convince his doctors that he wasn't a monster. However, it appears he moved past that as he coldly reminded Caitlin in his demonic voice that she said he was "nothing but a monster", frightening Caitlin, then sped off.

Hunter angry with Caitlin

Hunter learns Caitlin tipped off police of Rupture's attack.

Caitlin managed to get a phone and warn Team Flash of what is to come at Jitters. Utilizing that information, they set up trap for Rupture, using the Flash hologram to distract him and then depowering him with the Boot. The victory was short lived as Hunter saw the news report of Rupture's failure and quickly deduced that Caitlin had betrayed him by telling Team Flash his plan. She reminded him that he didn't keep his promise of sparing lives, and Zoom declared darkly that they were even then and speed off to Jitters.

Zoom adresses city

Zoom after massacring dozens of police officers, addressing Central City

Once arriving there, he demonstrated his immense speed by snapping the neck of every camera man and cop in the vicinity in mere seconds, sparing only Joe and Captain Singh due to his affection to Caitlin. When Barry came in as Zoom throttled Singh for going against their agreement of not trying anything against him, Barry told him he proved enough. Hunter wasn't done however and after tossing Singh aside, he fatally stabbed Dante with his claws and declared him just as worthless as his brother. Taking a camera, he told everyone watching that there was no Flash, just a hologram and that nothing can save them now from him taking over the city. Having made his point, he speed off. 

Zoom mocks Harry for seemingly killing Barry

Zoom mocks Harry after seemingly killing Barry, attempting to restore his speed.

When Barry was trying to get his speed back by recreating the particle accelerator explosion, Hunter watched a bolt of lightning strike Star Labs and grew angry at the possibility his enemy would return. He quickly ran off to try to stop the return of The Flash. However, when he arrived, it appeared that Barry had died. He mocked Team Flash for trying to bring back their beloved hero, instead killing him. Satisfied, Hunter speed off. Shortly after this, he started bringing meta-humans from Earth-2 over to Earth-1 for his plans in conquering this world. He gathers them all up at the Central City Police Department, and talks to Caitlin, who is still angry with him. He gives her a choice; stay here and live, or run away to Team Flash, which would force him to kill them and would show her no mercy either. Zoom then gives a speech to the meta-humans, as this is now their world. He expressed satisfaction in hearing them chanting "Our world!" over and over. 

Hunter tells Barry he's just like him

Hunter points out to Barry the similarities between them.

Once the city was in the ‘Metapocalypse’ Zoom watched the chaos ensure. However he was surprised to see Flash return in the midst of the chaos, realizing he somehow pulled off his own resurrection. Seeking to obtain the prototype Magnatar Mercury Labs had been working on, Hunter sent Laurel Lance / Black Siren to destroy Mercury Labs and various other random buildings to distract Flash so he could convert the Magnatar to act as a Pulsar. This was also a taunting tactic as her Earth-1 double, Laurel Lance / Black Canary, was a friend of Barry's who'd recently died. With this Hunter will have what he needs to destroy every other planet in the Multiverse, once his speed and Barry's power it. Hunter left a sign for Barry to find on the Police department building, of his lightning bolt insignia. After Barry’s arrival, Hunter mentions how naive Barry is, not seeing his mother’s murder. He continues to point out the similarities between them, same tragic background, reason for running, reason for wanting to be better, but asked why he does save people and if it gets exhausting, admitting he found it tiresome playing "Jay". He told Barry that he won't beat him, because he had to save innocent people, and that was his weakness. To prove his point, Hunter has a building collapse across the street, and Barry goes to save all the people in the building.

Hunter talks to Laurel

Hunter speaks with Laurel on his plan.

Later, Hunter was visited by Laurel, who mentioned she saw and fought The Flash. Hunter urges her to knock down more building, as previously ordered but questioned why. Hunter explained that she was a distraction so Team Flash wouldn't see his real plan coming and when Laurel asked what he is planning, he replies "no good" leaving Laurel somewhat disturbed. After Team Flash turned on their Pulse weapon, Zoom, along with all his minions, felt the effects of it. However, Zoom was able to quickly make a portal in order to escape to Earth-2.

Hunter kills Henry

Hunter kills Henry

Shortly after, Zoom came back to Earth-1 and kidnapped Henry, though Barry quickly chased after him, bringing him to his childhood home. Despite Barry efforts to make him let Henry go, Hunter expressed annoyance that Barry still won't admit they're the same wishes for Barry to be "like him". Ignoring Barry's pleas Hunter kills Henry in front of Barry by driving his arm through Henry's back just like he did with his younger self, similar to how Reverse-Flash killed his mother. With Henry dead on the ground, Barry furiously attacks Hunter and encourages him to embrace his anger just like he did. Zoom then fled with Flash chasing after him but Zoom briefly outran him and created another time remnant which Flash chased after. Flash grabbed Hunter's remnant and came close to killing him but the real Zoom killed him instead as a display of force, telling Barry he could have two of him also if he is willing to kill himself and tells Barry he's "almost ready" and speeds off.

Caitlin pleads with Hunter

Hunter approached by Caitlin, trying to deceive him so he can be pushed back into Earth-2.

The next day, as everyone mourns Henry, Hunter confronts Barry and challenges him to a race to determine who's the fastest; Barry has to accept or else Zoom will kill more of Barry's friends. The next night Caitlin gets Zoom's attention as he tweaks around with the pulsar machine, and admits she was wrong for leaving him but Hunter declares that she's too late and phases his hand through her. However to his shock the Caitlin he was speaking to was a hologram and he was blasted by Harry, while Vibe opened a portal and Joe stabbed darts into him. As Harry leaps in front of the portal to blast Hunter through it he grabs Joe and pulls him back to Earth-2. Having Joe is chained-up in Hunter's lair back on Earth-2, as he patiently waits for Barry and Cisco to re-open the portal; though Joe laughed at the thought that Hunter was so confident in his plan to defeat Barry, Hunter insisted that he's stubborn enough to let him through now that Joe's here. 

Hunter explains Jay's story

Hunter reveals Jay is the man in the iron mask to Joe.

Joe asks him about his prisoner though Hunter states it would just confuse Joe but he still asks, and Hunter explains his backstory. After becoming Zoom he desired to be faster and created the Velocity serum and became fast enough to travel to other Earths, but discovered the serum was killing him and needed a cure. He initially tried to manipulate the Speed Force but only succeeded in drawing the attention of it's enforcers. Instead he searched the Multiverse and one day found another speedster, the iron mask who was The Flash of Earth-3, and tried to steal his speed with no luck, but instead kept him as a "trophy" and as an idea he had to inspire false hope by being the Flash of Earth-2 also and even borrowed his name: Jay Garrick. He also declares that when Barry loses he is going to be in a cage just like Jay and he'll have a Flash from two worlds to keep him company. Barry gets a message to Hunter through Cisco that he'll race him, and Hunter is pleased to hear it. Cisco re-opens the portal at the pulsar device, and Hunter and Joe come through it.

Zoom races Flash

Zoom races Flash trying to destroy the Multiverse.

Hunter explains the rules of the race they both run around it to power it up, if Barry wins he saves the Multiverse it not then Hunter destroys the Multiverse, save for Earth-1. However he warns him if at any point he decides not to race anymore than Joe and soon after his friends are all dead. When Flash and Zoom are ready they proceed to run around the pulsar device to power it up. During the fight Flash makes a time remnant of himself allowing Flash to fight Zoom, while the remnant disables the device at the cost of his own life, and the real Flash fights Zoom and eventually beats him harshly and tears his mask off.

Zoom becomes Black Flash

Zoom is turned into the Black Flash and imprisoned in the Speed Force.

As Flash has Hunter pinned down he tauntingly reminds him he wouldn't kill him before and won't kill him now. However two Time Wraiths appear arriving to apprehend Barry for creating a time remnant, but upon seeing Hunter they target him instead for his crimes against the timeline. Hunter yells in agony as they surround him and physically mutate him into a creature just like them, turning his blue lightning turned red and his costume becomes blacker, turning him into the Black Flash. He is taken by the Time Wraiths through the portal they came in from and is imprisoned in the Speed Force. As revealed by actor John Wesley Shipp (Henry Allen and Jay Garrick), Zoom has become the Black Flash and now has to spend eternity enforcing the rules he sought to break for so long. 

Personality

Zoom is known for his obsession with speed and unstable mind. The self-proclaimed fastest man alive, he will go to incredible lengths to advance his own speed, even hunt other speedsters down from different worlds to do so. He has been known to make anyone under his control do things that are out of character, as he was able to make a simple thief like Linda Park become a killer.

The most-notable feature about Zoom is his terrifying demeanor and effortlessly cruel personality, able to intimidate anyone with sheer presence, normally manipulating people into doing his bidding with "minimal" effort. His fear manipulation has allowed him to make meta-humans with powers who could defeat him (such as Atom-Smasher and aforementioned Linda Park) do what he tells them to, and because of this, Zoom was able to make them feel powerless before him. Despite this, Zoom has displayed charisma and isn't totally reliant on fear alone, he simply finds it a more effective motivator.

Zoom's personality is shown to be rather arrogant, egotistical and outright sadistic. He is jubilant in terrorizing innocent citizens and merciless prey. He enjoys boasting his superiority over his enemies, even defeated ones, displayed when after defeating Flash in combat, he proceeded to run around Central City with his helpless body in tow like a hunting trophy, showing him to the Central City Picture News and then the police department while making a speech about how Flash is nothing compared to him. While boasting, he arrogantly lets his guard down allowing himself open for attack, proving his own smug attitude and ego is his greatest weakness.

In a similar fashion to other notorious serial killers, Zoom has shown multiple signs of sadistic prowess, playing with his victims, reveling in their fear instead of outright killing them. For example he toyed with Harry by running around S.T.A.R. Labs and terrifying him instead of facing him instantly. The origin of his name was revealed when Harry told Cisco the story of how Zoom got his existence established, which was a situation where he faked a hostage situation, only to then mercilessly slaughter all the police officers at the scene except one, letting him go to tell everyone what happened just now. The next night, he murdered the cop.

Despite being the evil maniac that he is, Zoom is not without patience, as he carefully plans multiple situations well ahead of time without fault. He could long-term map out his plan to "fatten up" Barry until he's so fast that he can absorb his speed and become the fastest man in the multi-verse; to make sure it works, he gets together contingency plans, such as forcing Harry to help him in exchange for the safe return of his daughter Jesse.

It is later revealed that the only reason he is obsessed with speed is due to the fact that it can cure his dying body. He also pretends to be a hero like Flash, so as to "Give people hope.....so that i can rip it away from them."

Powers and abilities

Powers

  • Speed Force connection: Zoom has shown that he is incredibly-powerful. The full extent of his power has so far been shown during his battle with Barry in "Enter Zoom". He naturally has the same abilities as Barry, though with his usage of the Velocity drug, his powers have been artificially enhanced. Through the absorption of Barry's powers, his powers may have further enhanced as well, beyond his artificial enhancements. Unlike Barry, Jay and Eobard, whose speed is emphasized by red/yellow lightning coming off of them, Zoom's lightning is light-blue, which is visible even when he's not using his speed.
    • Superhuman Speed: Zoom is perhaps the fastest speedster in the Arrow-verse. Having been able to successfully avoid a loss from Jay Garrick and Barry Allen multiple times, he is stated to be capable of exceeding light-speed (299,792,458 m/s), which could explain why he can go through the breaches between Earth-2 and Earth-1. He even managed to overpower Barry's speed in their first encounter.
    • Superhuman Agility: Zoom possesses inhuman bodily coordination, balance, equilibrium and dexterity. He is able to change direction immediately, thus allows him to make sharp turns on city streets without sliding or losing his balance.
    • Superhuman Reflexes: Zoom's reaction time is augmented due to his powers, able to easily accomplish winning a battle with minimal effort. Even Barry Allen was unable to beat him despite all his powers and training he received from Eobard Thawne. His reaction time has also allowed him to catch numerous bullets fired at him by multiple cops all at the same time, then dropping them to the ground to emphasize his superiority.
    • Superhuman Stamina: While utilizing his speed-based abilities, he tires at an extremely slowed rate, even with his accelerated metabolism.
    • Superhuman Durability: Zoom is able to withstand much more damage than normal humans, as the Speed Force enhanced his durability to superhuman levels.
    • Superhuman Momentum: By building up enough physical force from any part of his body, Zoom is able to deal very punishing blows. This allowed him to exert inhuman physical strength with almost absolute ease. Even The Flash was quickly pummeled to the point he was unable to fight back despite his healing powers.
    • Electrokinesis: In "Enter Zoom", he was able to actually catch and solidify a bolt of lightning thrown by Barry in mid-air, then throw it back at him with greater force. His body produces so much electricity, that even when he is not utilizing his powers, electricity is still flowing all around his body. His electricity is blue due to his artificial enhancements to his natural super-speed powers.
    • Enhanced Strength: Due to the immense energies his body produces, Zoom has displayed a degree of low-level superhuman strength. He was able to lift Barry & carry him effortlessly throughout Central City. He was also able to paralyze Barry with just one well placed physical strike.
    • Enhanced Mind: Zoom's speed also extends to his mental capacities, allowing him to take in information and process it at much faster rates than a normal human. This ability allows Eobard to see the world as if it is in slow motion, which, combined with his physical speed, lets him perform thoughts and actions long before a normal human around him could even perceive them. 
    • Enhanced Senses: Zoom possesses enhanced senses that allow him to clearly see and hear when moving at superhuman speeds that would normally not allow this.
    • Energy Absorption: Zoom is capable of absorbing Speed Force energy that he injects himself with, for more power.
    • Dimensional Travel: Somehow, Zoom was able to go through breaches between Earth-1 and Earth-2, which are invisible unless he runs through them. He can also move his arm fast enough to break open the fabric of space and time to create a portal to another dimension.
    • Time Travel: Zoom is able to use his speed to travel through time. He has used this ability to retrieve his time remnant "Jay Garrick" in order to help him with his plans.
    • Regenerative Healing Factor: His natural super-speed powers allowed him the same healing rate as Barry's body. However, after injecting himself with the Velocity 9, his regenerative powers were enhanced to the point where it is remarkably faster than Barry's "Healing Factor". In "Enter Zoom", he and Barry wound up flung several hundred feet into the air and then fell back to the ground, but Zoom was apparently unharmed by this. After Absorbing Barry's super-speed based powers, it is likely that his "Healing Factor" has further enhanced to the point of curing his dying body.
    • Phasing: In "Escape from Earth-2", Zoom was able to walk through walls and glass with ease by vibrating his molecules to match the resonate frequency of these solid surfaces. He also phased his arm through Jay Garrick's back and made it protrude from his chest before pulling back through to Earth-2.

Abilities

  • Master tactician/Manipulator: Zoom was able to easily elude Jay Garrick for over two years outside of occasional battles, all while being able to plan events long-term. Always seeming to be one step ahead of his enemies, Zoom could easily tell a foe's movements without fault. He could successfully manipulate other meta-humans with superior powers to his to do his bidding, such as Al Rothstein and Linda Park (Earth-2).
  • Master hand-to-hand combatant: He is able to easily defeat his foes with his powers in conjunction with his impressive hand-to-hand combat skills. In "Enter Zoom", he fought Barry with minimal effort, easily beating him to near-death without any signs on slipping up or making a mistake. His claws also seem to help with his powers, able to slice into his enemies with their ferocity, sharpness and strength.

Weaknesses

  • Velocity 9 (Formerly): While he was empowered by the Velocity 9 in his system, he may have gained a significant increase in his powers, but at the cost of cellular degeneration. It is possible that this was slowed by his "Healing Factor", though he knew his healing was not able to hold it off for long. After gaining Barry's super-speed based powers, he no longer suffers from cellular degeneration, even though his body still has the Velocity 9's artificial enhancements.
  • Psychological Trauma: He suffers from severe PSTD, likely due to his rough upbringing in orphanages & watching his father kill his mother in front of him. Whenever Caitlin Snow calls him a "Monster", he suffers from a small episode of extreme psychological trauma. When Barry used his past to his advantage, Zoom not only suffered small episodes of extreme psychological trauma, but also lost his focus & tactical / rational thinking, which in turn made him easily predictable, momentarily stunned & more feral, thus allowing Barry to capitalize by trapping him.
  • Extreme Cold Temperatures: For every speedster low temperatures are a problem as it slows them down and can weaken their super-speed. It is proven Zoom possess this weakness when Killer Frost used her ice-based powers to stall him long enough for Team Flash to escape.

Appearances

The Flash

Season 2

  • "The Man Who Saved Central City"
  • "Flash of Two Worlds"
  • "Family of Rouges"
  • "The Darkness and the Light"
  • "Enter Zoom" (as Zoom)
  • "Gorilla Warfare" (flashback; as Zoom)
  • "Legends of Today"
  • "Running to Stand Still"
  • "Potential Energy"
  • "The Reverse-Flash Returns"
  • "Fast Lane" (as Zoom)
  • "Welcome to Earth-2"
  • "Escape from Earth-2"
  • "King Shark" 
  • "Trajectory" (vision)
  • "Versus Zoom" 
  • "Back to Normal"
  • "Rupture"
  • "The Runaway Dinosaur"
  • "Invincible"
  • "The Race of His Life"

Season 3

  • "Flashpoint" (Memory)
  • "Paradox" (mentioned)
  • "Magenta" (mentioned)

Quotes

Heroes die!
~ Zoom to Barry
Here's your Flash!
~ Zoom to the people that love Barry, after showing the latter brutally defeated
I will say, if anything Barry sure has an ample number of fathers to kill!
~ Zoom after capturing Joe West
Never forget, I'm the fastest man alive!
You shouldn't make promises you can't keep, Flash. Look around; this is the last place you will ever see.
~ Zoom to Flash after capturing him
I know you're here, Harrison Wells. And you did not come alone! You can try to hide. But I'm the fastest man alive! I will scour this city until I hunt you down and when I do all of you will feel...my...WRATH!
~ Zoom begins his hunt for Wells

Trivia

  • Zoom is very similar to Sylar in the science-fiction superhero TV series Heroes; they are both super-powered serial killers who have been stated to be the most-powerful character in their respective shows, and attain this reputation by stealing the powers of fellow super-powered people (though Zoom only targets those with Speed Force).
  • The apparent reason for casting Tony Todd to voice Zoom was that the show's creators wanted to do something different, as they simply had Tom Cavangh (Eobard Thawne) distort his voice. They even compared their portrayal of Zoom to the iconic Star Wars villain Darth Vader, who had an iconic voice but separate actor in the armor.
  • Zoom's blue lightning gives a similar impression to the DC comics character Malcolm Thawne/Cobalt Blue, Barry Allen's twin-brother who acquired a gem capable of stealing Barry's speed.
  • Zoom's eyes have been changed. In a previous version seen in trailers and in the Season 2 premiere when Cisco had a vision of him, his eyes were glowing blue. The current version has black eyes, presumably to prevent repetitiveness, as Eobard Thawne had glowing red eyes when he used his powers.
  • Zoom's supposed ability to steal the speed of other speedster has by now been proven false as he needs the help of the Earth-2 Wells to do so. This has been further backed up by his admittance that he lost his speed due to an over-reliance on the Velocity drugs.
  • Before "King Shark", Zoom was played by an Australian stunt man rather than Teddy Sears.
  • Though praised as a truly scary villain, Zoom's story has received some criticisms for it conflicting aspects as listed below
    • Zoom operating as The Flash without a mask as "Jay Garrick" then being showed to be a known serial killer named Hunter Zolomon instantly recognized to Earth-2 citizens, his face even been shown on the front page of a newspaper. This had lead to debate as to why no one recognized "Jay" as Hunter. Though since the photo of Hunter in the news showed him with significant more facial hair, which was also grey rather than blonde, it's possible people simply didn't make the connection. This seems to be confirmed by Caitlin not instantly recognizing "Jay" as Hunter in the same paper Harrison Wells shows her.
    • Zoom's use of time remnants, using younger versions of himself and then killing them without causing his present day self to be erased from the timeline, has confused audiences.
    • Harrison Wells claims that Zoom's first act of terrorism was murdering 15 police officers, leaving on alive to tell the tale before killing him too. The ill-fated officer described the attack as "blue lightning, zooming around the room". However Zoom himself has admitted that he didn't start using the Velocity drug until after he had Earth-2 quaking in hear of him, meaning he wouldn't have had blue lightning at the time of the massacre. However it is possible that the police massacre could have been Zoom's first known attack, after obtaining blue lightning.
    • While it has been chalked up that Zoom used time remnants to pose as The Flash his dialogue suggests that he was personally carrying out the "heroic deeds" as The Flash. However it has been shown that using the Velocity drug is what caused Zoom's lightning to turn blue which he did before becoming the Flash. Although it is possible he is capable of reverting his lightning back and forth. 
  • He is similar to Controller X from Godzilla: Final Wars, as they are youthful, mentally unstable and seek to conquer the world. They also dress in black.
  • Zoom is by far the most evil and darkest villain in "The Flash". He beats every villain in the show in cruelty even the other evil speedsters.
  • Zoom was the second evil speedster to appear in the show. The first was Eobard Thawne, followed by Trajectory, the Rival and Savitar.

Victims

  • Albert Rothstein (Indirectly Caused)

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The Flash
Alchemy | Atom-Smasher | Axel Walker | Brie Larvan | Clay Parker | Clyde Mardon | Danton Black | Deathstorm | Dominators | Dr. Light | Eobard Thawne | Everyman | Farooq Gibran | General Wade Eiling | Geomancer | Griffin Grey | Grodd | Henry Hewitt | Killer Frost | King Shark | Kyle Nimbus | Leonard Snart | Lewis Snart | Magenta | Mark Mardon | Mick Rory | Mirror Master | Pied Piper | Reverb | The Rival | Rogues | Roy Bivolo | Rupture | Sand Demon | Savitar | Shawna Baez | Simon Stagg | Tar Pit | Trickster | Top | Turtle | Tony Woodward | Trajectory | Vincent Santini | Zoom

Constantine
Felix Faust | Nergal

Legends of Tomorrow
Bud Ellison | Cassandra Savage | Chronos | Colonel | Damien Darhk | Dominators | Eobard Thawne | Grant Wilson | Hawk-Beasts | The Hunters | John Valor | Krieger | The Leviathan | Mr. Blake | Per Degaton | The Pilgrim | Quentin Turnbull | Samurai | Shogun | Stillwater Gang | Valentina Vostok | Vandal Savage | Zaman Druce

Supergirl
Astra | Black Mercy | Colonel James Harper | Cyborg Superman | Dirk Armstrong | Dominators | Ethan Knox | The Hellgrammite | Indigo | Jemm | Livewire | Lillian Luthor | Maxwell Lord | Metallo | Non | Parasite | Reactron | Red Tornado | Roulette | Siobhan Smythe | T.O. Morrow | Toyman | Vartox | Vril Dox

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