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NOTE: This article is about the incarnation of The Rival from the Arrowverse. The mainstream version can be found here: The Rival.
Rivals should know each others names
~ The Rival to Kid Flash

The Rival is a mysterious speedster and an enemy to the Flashpoint-Flash, Wally West. He is a supporting antagonist in the third season of the TV series The Flash.

He has a considerably-different costume from his comic-book counterpart, having an all-black costume with an exposed mouth and an orange lightning bolt on his chest, also leaving orange streaks of lightning as he runs, in contrast to the Flash's yellow lightning.

History

Flashpoint-Timeline

After traveling through time and saving his mother's life, Barry now lives in the Flashpoint timeline he created by doing so. While approaching Iris West to ask her out, Barry sees a news station reporting that the Flash is right now battling his speedster enemy only known as the Rival, who attained his speedster powers through unknown means. While Barry heads to the scene to see the new Flash (Wally West) in action, Flash mistakes him for a civilian in need and attempts to save him, giving the Rival the time to escape. At his job at the CCPD, Barry is one of the policemen tasked with investigating the Rival.

A few days later, the Flash and the Rival are fighting again, in an abandoned office building. The Rival is able to defeat the Flash and throw him out of a window, but Barry is able to save him by moving his arms fast enough to create wind, which catches Wally.

Together with Kid Flash and a newly founded team, Barry locates the Rival at a sawmill in Central City. When Flash and Kid Flash arrive, the rival removes his mask and even gives them his name, claiming that rivals should know each others name. Neither Barry nor Wally, however, give them their name in return. Wally then starts attacking the Rival and throws him to the ground but the Rival grabs a metal pipe from the ground and impales Wally with it. Barry then engages the Rival. During the battle, Barry experiences memory loss which allows the Rival to create tornadoes with his speed. Barry is able to dismantle the tornadoes and smashes the Rival to the ground. Dazzled, the Rival acknowledges that Barry indeed is the fastest man alive but, once Barry has turned his back, attempts to kill him by vibing through his body. Before he can do so, he is shot by detective Joe West.

Current timeline

After Barry has dissolved the Flashpoint-timeline and returned to his former timeline, present-day Clariss is woken up by a mysterious voice. He looks around to see that the word "Alchemy" is being driven into his mirror.

While Clariss is taking a bus ride, he is once more called by Alchemy who is scratching his name into the window. Clariss, seemingly led by Alchemy, reaches a underground temple where many cloaked men are kneeling. One of them gets up and turns around, revealing himself as Doctor Alchemy. He tells Clariss, who is having flashbacks of his Flashpoint identity Rival, that there is a way to get Clariss his speed back, asking him if he wants that. Clariss replies that he would indeed want that very much. Alchemy indeed succeeds and Clariss gets his powers back. He speeds through Central City, thus alerting the Flash's team. When Barry approaches him, Edward reveals that he is aware that Barry tampered with the timeline and thus ruined his life. Edward reveals once more that he is the Flash's rival. The two battle each other through the entire city and eventually, Barry knocks down Clariss who, due his speed, crashes somewhere in Central City where Barry cannot find him.

The next day Barry tracks down Clariss but is attacked by Doctor Alchemy. After Alchemy has weakened Barry, Clariss grabs him and starts beating him up. He is about to be impaled by Clariss when Cisco uses his vibe powers to thrust him away. In combined efforts, Cisco and Barry defeat Clariss and knock him unconscious. Clariss is imprisoned but, in his prison, once more woken by Alchemy's voice. Alchemy claims that Clariss has failed him and Clariss begs for another chance. He is shown no mercy as the "Dark Lord" Savitar, the most-powerful speedster of all time, appears in the cell, grabbing Clariss and flinging him against the walls. Only Clariss could see him, as footage recovered from the cell by Julian Albert (Alchemy's civilian ego) shows that the entity that killed him was invisible to the cameras.

Killed Victims

Flashpoint Timeline:

  • Wally West/Kid Flash (Presumed) 
  • Numerous unnamed people (Presumed)

Current Timeline:

  • Possibly a few people

Appearances

The Flash

Season 3

  • "Flashpoint"
  • "Paradox"
  • "Magenta" (video footage)
  • "The New Rogues" (video footage)

Gallery

Trivia

  • The Rival is the fourth evil speedster to appear in the show. The first was Eobard Thawne, followed by Zoom, Trajectory, and Savitar. After the Rival, the next villainous speedster to appear was Godspeed.
  • In the comics, Edward Clariss is the arch-nemesis of Jay Garrick, the first Flash, and gained his powers through the same means as him. However, he was driven crazy by his powers and began committing crimes. He later began using speed-enhancing drugs, which led to him being absorbed into the Speed Force (similarly to what would later happen to Zoom in The Flash's Season 2 finale), and returned as an entity made of pure Speed Force energy.
    • Interestingly, Zoom was Kid Flash's archenemy, who on this show is Jay's. Wally and Jay have switched archenemies.
  • Clariss had, in the Flashpoint timeline, shown traits that previous villains on The Flash had:
    • He was similar to Reverse-Flash due to having red lightning, and also being obsessed with proving his superiority to the Flash.
    • Like Zoom, Clariss made the police terrified at the mere mention of him, and had apparently killed many of them previously.
    • Like Clyde Mardon in the series' premiere, he spawned a tornado, forcing Barry, as the Flash, to run around it and take it apart. However, whereas Clyde used one, Clariss went as far as spawning two of them, making him more dangerous than Clyde. Also, like Clyde, he was also gunned down by Joe West.
  • Due to a lack of information about the villainous speedster known as Savitar, who appears later in the season, it was assumed at the time that the initial trailer was released that the Rival was actually Savitar.
  • The concept art of this character included a mask over his face, but this was changed to avoid confusion and comparisons to Zoom.

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Season 2: Zoom | Reverse-Flash | Captain Cold | Killer Frost (Earth-2) | Caitlin Snow | King Shark | Dr. Light | Geomancer | The Turtle | Time Wraiths | Tokamak | Heat Wave | Atom-Smasher | Anthony Bellows | Sand Demon | Lewis Snart | Gorilla Grodd | Vandal Savage | Dark Archer | Weather Wizard | The Trickster | Tar Pit | Reverb | Trajectory | Pied Piper | James Zolomon | Griffin Grey | Rupture | Girder | Black Siren
Season 3: Savitar | Dr. Alchemy | Killer Frost | Captain Cold | The Rival | Black Flash | King Shark | Mirror Master | Top | Plunder | Gorilla Grodd | Solovar | Reverse-Flash | Magenta | Shade | Dominators | Trickster (Earth-3) |Clive Yorkin | Time Wraiths | Music Meister | Abra Kadabra | Heat Monger
Season 4: The Thinker | Marlize DeVoe | Samuroid | Kilg%re | Gregory Wolfe | Amunet Black | Matthew Norvock | Killer Frost | Black Bison | Dwarfstar | King Shark | Anthony Bellows | Peek-a-Boo | Black Arrow | Overgirl | Reverse-Flash | Prometheus (Earth-X) | Quentin Lance (Earth-X) | Trickster II | Prank | Jones | Crucifer | Siren-X
Season 5: Cicada (Orlin Dwyer, Grace Gibbons, & David Hersch) | Reverse-Flash | Vanessa Ambres | Jones | Icicle | Weather Wizard | Killer Frost | Rag Doll | Monitor | Zoom | Savitar | The Thinker | Clyde Mardon | John Deegan | A.M.A.Z.O. | Psycho-Pirate | Matthew Norvock | Peek-a-Boo | Goldface | King Shark | Gorilla Grodd | Godspeed | Bug-Eyed Bandit
Season 6: Bloodwork | Anti-Monitor | Eva McCulloch | Black Hole (Joseph Carver, Ultraviolet, Kimiyo Hoshi, & Sunshine) | Reverse-Flash | Frost | Mirror Clones | Monitor | Matthew Norvock | Godspeed | Pied Piper | Lex Luthor | Amunet Black | Goldface | Gorilla Grodd | Solovar | Rag Doll

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