Barry Allen wakes up 9 months after he was struck by lightning and discovers that the bolt gave him the power of super speed. With his new team and powers, Barry becomes "The Flash" and fights crime in Central City.
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Detective Joe West ~ "Sometimes the best way to win a fight is not to start one, but if you do come up against somebody you know you can't beat, be smart, it's ok to run the other way".
Joe West is shown to hold Barry Allen in high regard. In "Pilot", he covered Barry's tardiness by saying he had him run an errand. It is revealed he is Barry's adoptive father, after Barry's biological father was wrongfully convicted of murdering Barry's mother and has always treated Barry like a son. He tried to talk Barry out of living the life of a superhero only out of concern for his safety and was deeply hurt when Barry told him he's not his father and has no right telling him what to do. So much so he fought to hold back his tears.
He later received encouragement from Harrison, who noted that doubt was what kept Barry from realizing his true potential; and Barry cannot believe in himself if Joe, the man who acted as his surrogate father, has no faith in him. This led to Joe acknowledging that there are things and limits to what everyone can do and that Barry is no longer the boy he groomed since childhood with.
As a police detective of the Central City Police Department, Joe has proven himself a highly skilled detective and has been in the line of duty for a number of years.
Joe was an old friend of the Allen family. On the night of Nora Allen's murder, Joe arrived with the Central City Police Department. He comforted her son, Barry, as his father Henry was taken away. He later took Barry in and raised him, as Barry was effectively orphaned after Nora's death and Henry's imprisonment.
After an attempt to run and see his father, Joe assured Barry that he had the power to stop him from going, sending him to his room.
After Barry was bullied by Tony Woodward several times, Joe briefly trained Barry where he taught him it's best to stay away from fights that can't be won.
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