The first season of The Flash certainly had its ups and downs, but overall, it’s now currently one of my favorite shows. And about halfway through the first season, The Flash did something amazing. It introduced Hartley Rathaway in what was quite possibly one of its better episodes. Hartley, also known as the Pied Piper, is one of Flash’s adversaries, a disabled metahuman with painfully strong super-hearing. Though initially deaf in the comics (something The Flash sadly doesn’t touch on), in both the show and the comics, he eventually gains super-powered hearing. In The Flash, this happens when the particle accelerator explodes and turns him into a metahuman. This ability causes Hartley great amounts of pain, so he creates hearing aids to help mitigate this. He’s also one of DC comic’s few openly gay characters.
Since he only appears for all of two episodes, naturally, fanfiction was my solution.