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Savitar is a fictional supervillain published by DC Comics. He is an immensely powerful speedster that leads a cult dedicated to the Speed Force, and he has battled Wally West, Jay Garrick and Barry Allen.
Savitar in Flash (vol. 2) #111.
Art by Oscar Jimenez.
|First appearance||Flash (vol. 2) #108
|Created by||Mark Waid (writer)
Oscar Jimenez (artist)
|Abilities||Superspeed, accelerated healing, force field, time travel|
Fictional character biographyEdit
A Cold War pilot for a third-world nation, the man who would become known as Savitar was to test a supersonic fighter jet. 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" Savitr, and dedicating his life to unlocking its secrets. As Savitar studied, he 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.
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 caused him to bounce off, both speedsters being thrown forward in time. Emerging from the timestream before Savitar, Max Mercury became a mentor to the various members of the Flash family and other speedsters, secretly preparing them against the day Savitar would exit the timestream.
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 her speed to divert all energy from the Speed Force to his own army of ninjas. He then sought to eliminate the competition: Kid Flash (Wally West), Impulse, Golden Age Flash (Jay Garrick), Johnny Quick, Jesse Quick, XS, and especially Max Mercury.
Wally’s direct line to the Speed Force 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 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.
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 Barry touches him, leaving only a pile of bones. It is revealed that Professor Zoom altered the Speed Force and Barry to make the Flash shift in reverse, cursed to kill every Speed Force user with a single touch, though it seemed to be undone by Professor Zoom's defeat during the conflict between the two speedsters. Thus far, Savitar, Lady Flash (Lady Savitar at the time) and Johnny Quick have been killed by this effect.
In DC Rebirth, Troia, a version of Donna Troy from an alternate future, recalls that Wally West from that time was killed by either Savitar or Brother Blood.
Powers and abilitiesEdit
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 full Inertia force field.
In other mediaEdit
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A heavily adapted iteration of Savitar appears as season three's main antagonist of The CW's live-action television series The Flash. The character is voiced by Tobin Bell and portrayed by Grant Gustin, with stuntman Andre Tricoteux performing the character in its powered armor form.
The armored villain, who is really a time remnant (temporal duplicate) of Barry Allen/The Flash from a possible future, fights his original self's time remnant duplicates and killed all but one who reinvented himself as the self-proclaimed "God of Speed" due to feeling abandoned by Team Flash for being an aberration. After his imprisonment in the Speed Force, long-held myths referencing Savitar were spread throughout the multiverse with even Jay Garrick/The Flash believing these stories, and Abra Kadabra's timeline regarding Savitar as Barry's greatest enemy (even more so than the Reverse-Flash, Zoom and the Thinker). From the Speed Force, Savitar manipulates the present-day Julian Albert into acquiring the Philosopher's Stone, through which he, as Alchemy, re-empowers metahumans from the Flashpoint timeline, including Wally West/Kid Flash, whom Savitar manipulates into freeing him from the Speed Force. Savitar convinces Caitlin Snow/Killer Frost to join him as he plans to murder Iris West before Barry's eyes which would lead to the time remnant's creation. But Savitar's non-existence becomes imminent when H.R. Wells (Earth-19) sacrifices himself by impersonating Iris. Barry offers to find a way to save his time remnant, but Savitar rejects this plan and blows up S.T.A.R. Labs with the Philosopher's Stone. To save himself, Savitar tries to manipulate Cisco Ramon/Vibe to fragment himself throughout all of time and then goad his original self to give into dark impulses to become Savitar himself, but both of his efforts are foiled by Team Flash and Savitar is erased from existence after being shot by Iris.
- Robinson, Ashley V. (22 November 2016). "The Flash: Secrets of Savitar". DC Comics. Retrieved 1 October 2017.
- Allan, Scoot (21 November 2016). "The Flash: Who is Savitar, and is He the New Fastest Man Alive?". GeekExchange. Retrieved 1 October 2017.
- Flash vol. 2 #109 (Jan. 1996)
- The Flash: Rebirth #1 (April 2009)
- The Flash: Rebirth #4 (August 2009)
- The Flash: Rebirth #2 (May 2009)
- The Flash: Rebirth #3 (June 2009)
- Titans #17
- Savitar entry on DCDatabaseProject
- Arrowverse entry for Savitar