Barry West was the son of Wally West, the Flash, who expected him to take on the mantle of the superhero just as he himself did. However, Barry chose not to use his powers for anything but for his own personal pleasure, preferring to take it easy and plant his rear end on the couch. Despite disappointing his father, Barry was still favored by him to the point where he chose Barry to deliver messages to Iris West, Barry's sister, instead of delivering them to her personally.