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Savitar
Savitar, as he appeared on a profile page of The Flash Secret Files & Origins #1 (November 1997).
Art by Kenny Martinez (pencils), Abigal Roddriguez (inks), and Patrick Martin (colors).
Publication information
PublisherDC Comics
First appearanceThe Flash (vol. 2) #108 (December 1995)
Created byMark Waid (writer)
Oscar Jimenez (artist)
In-story information
Alter egoBarry Allen
SpeciesMetahuman
Abilities
  • Superhuman speed, stamina, agility, reflexes, and senses
  • Electricity and lightning manipulation
  • Accelerated healing
  • Force field
  • Time travel

Savitar (/sævitɑːr/) is a supervillain appearing in comic books published by DC Comics. An immensely powerful speedster that leads a cult dedicated to the Speed Force, he has battled Wally West, Jay Garrick, and Barry Allen.[1]

A variation of the character appeared in The CW's live-action Arrowverse television series The Flash, voiced by Tobin Bell.

Publication history

Savitar first appeared in The Flash (vol. 2) #108 (December 1995), and was created by Mark Waid and Oscar Jimenez.[2][3]

Fictional character biography

Savitar was originally an unnamed pilot for a third-world nation that was to test a supersonic fighter jet during the Cold War. As he reached top speed, his plane was struck by what appeared to be lightning and he went down in hostile territory. Discovering he could defeat the enemy by moving at super-speed, he became obsessed, naming himself after the Hindu "god of motion" Savitar and dedicating his life to unlocking its secrets. As he studied, Savitar discovered new powers that no other living speedster has mastered. He can protect himself in a null-inertia force field, give speed and kinetic energy to objects or people, even those in a "rest state", and he could also heal his own injuries almost instantly.[4]

Savitar's obsession gained followers, and he became the leader of a cult. In search of more knowledge, he sought out the only super-speed hero operating at the time: Johnny Quick. This encounter became a battle, the tide of which was turned with Max Mercury's arrival leading Savitar toward the Speed Force, but causing him to bounce off, both speedsters being thrown forward in time. Emerging from the timestream before Savitar, Max Mercury became a mentor to the Flash family's various members and other speedsters, secretly preparing them against the day Savitar would exit the timestream.[4]

Reappearing decades later, Savitar found that his cult had grown in his absence, awaiting his return. He recruited former Blue Trinity member Lady Flash (Christina Alexandrova), and discovered a way to use the woman's speed to divert all energy from the Speed Force to his own army of ninjas. He then sought to eliminate the competition: The Flash (Wally West), Impulse, Golden Age Flash (Jay Garrick), Johnny Quick, Jesse Quick, XS and Max Mercury.[5]

Wally's direct Speed Force connection prevented Savitar from stealing Wally's speed, and a coalition of just about every speedster (except for Red Trinity) foiled his plans. Hell-bent on at least destroying the Flash's world in retribution, Savitar led Wally on a worldwide race of destruction, until the Flash chose to give Savitar what he wanted: union with the Speed Force. His earlier encounter had shown him that the others who had arrived before would deal with Savitar as they saw fit.[6]

In The Flash Rebirth mini-series, Savitar was able to escape from the Speed Force. He was run down by the Flash (Barry Allen) but Savitar disintegrates when the Flash touches him, leaving only a pile of bones.[7] It is revealed that Professor Zoom altered Barry's Speed Force connection to make the Flash shift in reverse, cursed to kill every Speed Force user with a single touch until a conflict between the Flash and Zoom.[8] Savitar, Lady Savitar (Christina Alexandrova) and Johnny Quick have been killed by this effect.[9][10]

In DC Rebirth, Troia (a version of Donna Troy from an alternate future) recalls that Wally was killed by either Savitar or Brother Blood from that time.[11]

A retcon following Infinite Frontier establishes that Savitar, escaping his imprisonment at Barry's hands in the Speed Force, was responsible for the deaths at Sanctuary in Heroes in Crisis, not Wally as originally believed. The explosion was caused as the Speed Force attempted to eject Savitar at various points along the timeline, succeeding at Sanctuary. Battling Wally during a frozen moment in time, Wally brings him back to the present, leaving recorded history untouched, before defeating Savitar and adding his power to his own.[12]

Powers and abilities

Savitar can move at super-speed, and is able to lend or steal speed from moving objects. He has accelerated healing due to increased metabolism and can generate a null Inertia force field.[citation needed]

In other media

Promotional image of the third season of The Flash
Gustin as Savitar
Savitar wearing his armor in a promotional image of The Flash (left) and Grant Gustin as the character's true identity (right)

References

  1. ^ Cowsill, Alan; Irvine, Alex; Manning, Matthew K.; McAvennie, Michael; Wallace, Daniel (2019). DC Comics Year By Year: A Visual Chronicle. DK Publishing. p. 321. ISBN 978-1-4654-8578-6.
  2. ^ Robinson, Ashley V. (22 November 2016). "The Flash: Secrets of Savitar". DC Comics. Retrieved 1 October 2017.
  3. ^ Allan, Scoot (21 November 2016). "The Flash: Who is Savitar, and is He the New Fastest Man Alive?". GeekExchange. Retrieved 1 October 2017.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ a b The Flash (vol. 2) #109 (January 1996). DC Comics.
  5. ^ The Flash (vol. 2) #108
  6. ^ The Flash (vol. 2) #111
  7. ^ The Flash: Rebirth #1 (April 2009)
  8. ^ The Flash: Rebirth #4 (August 2009)
  9. ^ The Flash: Rebirth #2 (May 2009)
  10. ^ The Flash: Rebirth #3 (June 2009). DC Comics.
  11. ^ Titans (vol. 3) #17. DC Comics.
  12. ^ The Flash 2021 Annual #1
  13. ^ The Flash (vol. 4) #30