17 Times Barry Allen Had Absolutely Zero Superhero Chill

In a sea of angsty TV and film superheroes, Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) stands as a beacon of lovable superhero awkwardness. One only has to watch five minutes of “The Flash” to realize that the CW speedster has the Adorkable Heroism Angle on lockdown and that it makes for great television.

Barry is never afraid to reveal just how unsure he is about the world, his place in it, or what the heck he’s supposed to be doing with his newfound powers…


And, guys? In a television landscape full of hyper-masculine anti-hero-types, it is gloriously refreshing. Because, yeah, some of the time Barry is doing awesome stuff like this…


But much of the fun — and heart — of “The Flash” comes not from watching Barry catch missiles with his bare hands, but from working through these questions of identity in the most confused ways.

Here are 17 examples of Barry Allen being the most adorably awkward superhero ever…

  1. camera

    Oh, you’re supposed to play it cool about working in a super secretive lab/prison full of metahumans? Yeah, Barry didn’t get that memo. He was too busy being extremely proud and supportive of his work and co-workers.

  2. helmet

    Not even Oliver Queen could make this helmet-and-unitard number look intimidating, but Barry doesn’t seem to mind looking nerdy. After all, it’s for science.

  3. selife

    Does your super speed even exist if you don’t Instagram about it? #MetaAboutMetas

  4. crouch

    “To the outside world, I’m just an ordinary forensic scientist…” Still not sure what that means, Barry, but we have to admit that your efforts to maintain a job as a forensic scientist while moonlighting as a superhero are admirable.

  5. flossing

    Flossing is SUPER important.

  6. spin

    You can take the actor out of the “Glee,” but you can’t take the “Glee” out of the actor.

  7. ouch

    The life of a superhero is not all glitz and glamour, you know. Sometimes, it involves running into General Eiling, a man who seems to gather weapon design inspiration from viewings of “Homeward Bound.”

  8. “My social life consists of running at super human speed and Netflix.” We can relate to half of those things.

  9. secret_identity

    Whoops. Barry can’t help but be excited about his friend’s awesomeness. To be fair, we get REALLY excited about Felicity Smoak’s awesomeness, too.

  10. einstein

    Sometimes, Barry’s adorable awkwardness cycles back around so that it’s cool again. This was not one of those times.

  11. rolling-around

    If you’re looking for an example of how not to act after you’ve accidentally traveled backwards in time and can’t tell any of your friends or family about it, Barry is your man. Because it turned out he didn’t have knowledge of the future. Just knowledge of one possible eventuality. That he acted on. Awkwardly.

  12. lightning-psychosis

    Desperate times call for desperate measures — like pretending you have a made-up medical condition to avoid the awkwardness of having declared your undying love to your best friend.

  13. gideon

    Spoiler alert: this totally worked. Barry Allen understands the superpower that is asking politely.

  14. dig-barry

    … And was wrong about it. Seriously, for a superhero, Barry is kind of the worst at keeping secrets.

  15. clothes

    Barry is a lover, not a fighter. Why punch a guy in the face when you can distract him by stealing his clothes (and gun)? The Barry Allen Story.

  16. pizza

    When Victor Garber asks for pizza, you get Victor Garber pizza.

  17. real-dungeon

    Focus, Barry. You have a season finale to save.

Yep, Barry Allen is a totally awkward superhero, but we wouldn’t change him for anything in the world(s). Because, in the immortal words of Joe West…


Article source: http://www.mtv.com/news/2283589/barry-allen-the-flash-adorable-nerd/

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