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 with speed, naming himself after Savitr, the Hindu “god of motion”, 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 could also heal his own injuries almost instantly.
First Appearance: Flash Vol. 2 #108
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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 the arrival of Max Mercury, who led Savitar toward the speed field, but caused him to bounce off.
Savitar reappeared decades later to find that his cult had grown in his absence, awaiting his return. He recruited former Blue Trinity member 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: Flash, Impulse, and the others—and especially Max. Fortunately, Wally’s direct line to the speed field prevented Savitar from stealing his speed, and a coalition of—well, just about everyone but the Kouriers—foiled his plans. Hell-bent on at least destroying Flash’s world in retribution, he led the Flash on a world-wide race of destruction, until Flash chose to give Savitar what he wanted: union with the speed field. His earlier encounter had shown him that the others who had arrived before would deal with Savitar as they saw fit.
Savitar, whose real name was never actually revealed in the comics, only had around a dozen appearances in the DC universe, which for comic characters might as well be nothing at all.
The Flash Vol. 2 #108-11
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Even with very little material to work with from the comics, the producers of The Flash TV series have introduced Savitar as yet another villain join the ranks of The Reverse Flash, Zoom, and the Rival in the Rogues Gallery plaguing Central City and it’s citizens.