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    Joe West (Earth-1: Pre-Crisis)

    If I learned one thing being a cop, it's that you can't just protect the people you think are good. You have to protect everyone. That's what heroes do.
    I know that.
    Do you? A hero is not just in the name, Barry, or in a red suit. It's the choices we make that decide who and what we become.
    — Joe West to Barry Allen[src]

    Joseph "Joe" West is a former police captain of the Central City Police Department. West is also the ex-husband of the late Francine West and the father of Iris, Wally and Jenna West.

    After the death of Nora Allen and the arrest of Henry Allen, West adopted the orphaned Barry Allen and raised him as his own. They then developed a strong bond and worked together for the CCPD. Allen later gained powers and became the vigilante known as The Flash, with West being one of the very few people knowing his secret.

    Biography[edit | hide | hide all]

    Early Life[edit | hide]

    Joseph "Joe" West was born on September 9, 1968, in Central City.

    At some point, West had a daughter whom he named Iris with Francine West. Unbeknownst to West, they also had a son named Wally, who was hidden from West for decades.

    Reunions[edit | hide]

    Taking Care of Barry Allen[edit | hide]

    In 2000, West's old friend Henry Allen was wrongfully accused of his wife's murder. Allen was later incarcerated, while his son Barry was placed under West's care.[19]

    West and Thawne[edit | hide]

    After Fred Chyre's death, Eddie Thawne was assigned to replace Chyre as West's partner. Due to his grief for the death of his best friend, West did not enjoy Thawne's company. However, Thawne and Iris began dating, disappointing both West and Allen.[4]

    West stops the robbery
    On December 32, 2013, West was sent to stop a robbery at Harrison's Jewelers. During the confrontation, the robber accidentally dropped his gun on the ground, unintentionally firing a bullet at West. Thankfully, West's future grandchildren Bart West-Allen and Nora West-Allen moved the bullet from its original trajectory, saving West in the process.[4]

    Meeting His Son[edit | hide]

    In 2015, West finally met his son Wally, whom he never knew existed. However, Wally kept on getting caught in trouble and West attempted to build a relationship with him. Wally disliked the idea and West switched to giving him some space, which he disliked as he felt abandoned. Eventually, they became close and had a strong father-son relationship.[20]

    Reflections and Lies[edit | hide]

    Fighting Joseph Carver[edit | hide]

    In 2020, West discovered a mole in the department and started to investigate with David Singh, not knowing he was the mole. Later, they fought against Sunshine, who was sent to acquire the prismatic refractor during the transfer to A.R.G.U.S. As West and Singh got overwhelmed by Sunshine, Allen arrived and West tossed the refractor to him. Eventually, Allen locked Sunshine in his lab with no curtains, taking away her powers and arresting her.[21]

    A week later, West was nearly assassinated by Rag Doll in his own car but was able to escape from it seconds before its explosion. Singh and the rest of Team Flash arrives and suggested witness protection. West refused and returned to the precinct. As West offers Sunshine an early parole, Rag Doll jumped out of a box and attacked them. West fired at him, but Rag Doll deflected the bullets back at him. Allen arrived and tried to save West, though was unable to do so as the Speed Force's death caused him to temporarily lose his speed. West was slightly injured, but survived the bullet wounds. They later returned to S.T.A.R. Labs and argued about West's safety. West remained at the facility, but was frustrated and went to Joseph Carver. Eventually, West tried to threaten Carver with the plan backfiring as the latter deleted the audio and sent Rag Doll to attack Cecile Horton.[22]

    As West went to rescue Horton, he activated a pressure bomb and attempted to deactivate it according to Nash Wells' instructions. Since the instructions did not apply to the altered bomb, West pushed Horton away and took her place. Allen sped Horton away and returned to an already escaped West. West later admitted he should go into witness protection.[22]

    Return[edit | hide]

    After Eva McCulloch succeeded in her plan, West was allowed to return to Central City and rejoined the team.[23]

    Four weeks after his return from witness protection, West and Horton worked together on gathering information regarding Rosa Dillon's connection to Black Hole. He was then informed by Team Flash that Allen does not have enough speed to prevent a plane crash.[24]

    Later, West attended the opening of the Hall of Fallen Allies in S.T.A.R. Labs and talked to Allen about grief.[25]

    Truth, Liberty, Justice[edit | hide]

    Time Pocket[edit | hide]

    Trial of "Killer Frost"[edit | hide]

    I admit, under oath, that Frost hasn't always been on the right side of the law. But I can also say that she has put her life on the line countless times to save others. Frost has fought alongside Earth's greatest heroes to save the world, which means that she's saved every person in this room including those who want to lock her up for being who she was. Not for who she is today. And, Your Honor...I don't understand how this court can force Frost to take that cure without sacrificing what it stands for: Justice.
    — Captain West's statement[src]

    When Kristen Kramer arrived in Central City, West realized her grudge against Metahumans and quit the police department following Frost's trial.

    Unforgiving Storm Ravages[edit | hide]

    Investigation of Kristen Kramer[edit | hide]

    Working Together[edit | hide]

    Ambushed in Midway City[edit | hide]

    The Godspeed Imperative[edit | hide]

    Leveled Up[edit | hide]

    Heroic Choices[edit | hide]

    New Year, New Trouble[edit | hide]

    Reminiscing Henry Allen[edit | hide]

    Something Beyond Death[edit | hide]

    Survival Instinct[edit | hide]

    Reckless Actions[edit | hide]

    Memories in the Snow[edit | hide]

    Massacre[edit | hide]

    Apparitions[edit | hide]

    A Way to Mourn[edit | hide]

    New Life[edit | hide]

    Suspicious Rescue[edit | hide]

    Struggling to Retire[edit | hide]

    The Final Run[edit | hide]

    Uncertain About the Future[edit | hide]

    Choices[edit | hide]

    A Safe Environment[edit | hide]

    Leaving Central City[edit | hide]

    Believe in the Impossible[edit | hide]

    Alternate Versions[edit | hide]

    Reverse Flashpoint[edit | hide]

    Powers and Abilities[edit | hide]

    Powers[edit | hide]

    Former Powers[edit | hide]

    • Connection to the Negative Speed Force: In 2000, West came across a blue crystal containing a fragment of the Negative Speed Force. After coming into contact with the crystal, West became the vessel for the sentient Force of Nature and gained superhuman abilities for a brief amount of time.[6]
      • Accelerated Healing Factor/Superhuman Durability: Despite taking lightning bolt strikes from Barry Allen, West did not show any visible injuries.[6]
      • Electrokinesis: Reacting with Barry Allen's Speed Force lightning, West's body generated blue lightning bolts to protect the crystal.[6]
      • Energy Blasts: West had the ability to create and shoot blue energy blasts from the crystals attached to his hand.[6]

    Abilities[edit | hide]

    West with his firearm
    • Hand-to-Hand Combat: West is trained to be a skiled combatant, capable of defending himself from other criminals.[1]
      • Swordsmanship: West fought against the Samuroid with a sword.[26]
    • Investigation: As a long-time police officer, West became a skilled detective and often use his experiencing to speed up the completion of his cases.[1]
    • Leadership: West was proven to have strong leadership and was promoted to captain.[7]
    • Marksmanship: Trained in the police academy, West has proven to be an expert in firearms.[1][4]

    Equipment[edit | hide]

    Current Equipment[edit | hide]

    Former Equipment[edit | hide]

    Appearances[edit | hide]

    Pilot Appears
    Fastest Man Alive Appears
    Things You Can't Outrun Appears
    Going Rogue Appears
    Plastique Appears
    The Flash Is Born Appears
    Power Outage Appears
    Flash vs. Arrow Appears
    The Brave and the Bold Mentioned
    The Man in the Yellow Suit Appears
    Revenge of the Rogues Appears
    The Sound and the Fury Appears
    Crazy for You Appears
    The Nuclear Man Appears
    Fallout Appears
    Out of Time Appears
    Rogue Time Appears
    Tricksters Appears
    All-Star Team Up Appears
    Who Is Harrison Wells? Appears
    The Trap Appears
    Grodd Lives Appears
    Rogue Air Appears
    Fast Enough Appears
    The Man Who Saved Central City Appears
    Flash of Two Worlds Appears
    Family of Rogues Appears
    The Fury of Firestorm Appears
    The Darkness and the Light Appears
    Enter Zoom Appears
    Gorilla Warfare Appears
    Legends of Today Appears
    Running to Stand Still Appears
    Potential Energy Appears
    The Reverse-Flash Returns Appears
    Fast Lane Appears
    Welcome to Earth-2 Appears
    Escape from Earth-2 Appears
    King Shark Appears
    Trajectory Appears
    Flash Back Appears
    Versus Zoom Appears
    Back to Normal Appears
    Rupture Appears
    The Runaway Dinosaur Appears
    Invincible Appears
    The Race of His Life Appears
    Flashpoint Appears
    Paradox Appears
    Magenta Appears
    The New Rogues Appears
    Monster Appears
    Shade Appears
    Killer Frost Appears
    Invasion! Appears
    The Present Appears
    Borrowing Problems from the Future Appears
    Dead or Alive Appears
    Untouchable Appears
    Attack on Gorilla City Appears
    Attack on Central City Appears
    The Wrath of Savitar Appears
    Into the Speed Force Appears
    Duet Appears
    Abra Kadabra Appears
    The Once and Future Flash Appears
    I Know Who You Are Appears
    Cause and Effect Appears
    Infantino Street Appears
    Finish Line Appears
    The Flash Reborn Appears
    Mixed Signals Appears
    Luck Be a Lady Appears
    Elongated Journey Into Night Appears
    Girls Night Out Appears
    When Harry Met Harry... Appears
    Stretched Scene #2 Name Seen
    Therefore I Am Appears
    Crisis on Earth-X, Part 1 Appears
    Don't Run Appears
    The Trial of The Flash Appears
    The Elongated Knight Rises Appears
    Honey, I Shrunk Team Flash Appears
    True Colors Appears
    Subject 9 Mentioned
    Enter Flashtime Appears
    Amazing Grace Mentioned
    Run, Iris, Run Appears
    Null and Annoyed Appears
    Lose Yourself Appears
    Fury Rogue Appears
    Therefore She Is Appears
    Harry and the Harrisons Appears
    Think Fast Appears
    We Are The Flash Appears
    Nora Appears
    Blocked Appears
    The Death of Vibe Appears
    News Flash Appears
    All Doll'd Up Mentioned
    The Icicle Cometh Mentioned
    O Come, All Ye Thankful Mentioned
    What's Past Is Prologue Appears
    Elseworlds, Part 1 Mentioned
    The Flash & The Furious Mentioned
    Seeing Red Mentioned
    Memorabilia Mentioned
    Cause and XS Pictured
    King Shark vs. Gorilla Grodd Appears
    Failure Is an Orphan Appears
    Time Bomb Appears
    Godspeed Appears
    Snow Pack Appears
    Gone Rogue Appears
    The Girl with the Red Lightning Appears
    Legacy Appears
    Into the Void Appears
    A Flash of the Lightning Appears
    Dead Man Running Appears
    There Will Be Blood Appears
    Kiss Kiss Breach Breach Appears
    License to Elongate Appears
    The Last Temptation of Barry Allen, Part 1 Appears
    The Last Temptation of Barry Allen, Part 2 Appears
    Crisis on Infinite Earths: Part Three Mentioned
    Marathon Appears
    Love Is a Battlefield Appears
    A Girl Named Sue Appears
    Grodd Friended Me Appears
    Death of the Speed Force Appears
    The Exorcism of Nash Wells Appears
    So Long and Goodnight Appears
    Liberation Mentioned
    Pay the Piper Appears
    Success Is Assured Appears
    All's Wells That Ends Wells Appears
    The Speed of Thought Appears
    Mother Appears
    Central City Strong Appears
    Fear Me Appears
    The One with the Nineties Appears
    Growing Pains Appears
    The People v. Killer Frost Appears
    Timeless Appears
    Family Matters, Part 1 Appears
    Family Matters, Part 2 Appears
    Good-Bye Vibrations Appears
    Masquerade Appears
    Rayo de Luz Appears
    Enemy at the Gates Appears
    P.O.W. Appears
    Heart of the Matter, Part 1 Appears
    Heart of the Matter, Part 2 Appears
    Armageddon, Part 2 Pictured
    Armageddon, Part 3 Video Footage
    Armageddon, Part 4 Flashback
    Armageddon, Part 5 Appears
    Impulsive Excessive Disorder Appears
    Lockdown Appears
    The Fire Next Time Appears
    Phantoms Appears
    Reckless Appears
    Resurrection Appears
    Death Rises Appears
    Death Falls Appears
    Funeral for a Friend Appears
    Into the Still Force Appears
    The Curious Case of Bartholomew Allen Appears
    Keep It Dark Appears
    Negative, Part 1 Appears
    Negative, Part 2 Appears
    Wednesday Ever After Appears
    Hear No Evil Appears
    The Mask of the Red Death, Part 1 Appears
    The Mask of the Red Death, Part 2 Appears
    The Good, the Bad and the Lucky Phone Call
    Wildest Dreams Mentioned
    It's My Party and I'll Die If I Want To Flashback
    A New World, Part 1: Reunions Appears
    A New World, Part 2: The Blues Appears
    A New World, Part 3: Changes Flashback
    A New World, Part 4: Finale Appears

    Notes[edit | hide]

    • West's favorite singers are Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis, Johnny Hartman and Ella Fitzgerald.[30]
    • After his wife left him, West considers himself as a widower instead of a divorced man, which made him keep his wedding ring.[31]
    • As mentioned in Running to Stand Still, Joe West has been working in the CCPD with David Singh prior to 2005.
      • His time in the police department was also mentioned to have at least started before 2000 as a beat cop and was promoted to detective later on.
      • Additionally, the two busted a drug-related case and celebrated in a steak house where Joe sensed something is wrong with his daughter causing him to leave early to the hospital.

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    References[edit | hide]

    Other versions of Joe West
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