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Top 10 Fastest TV & Movie Characters

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Sonic the Hedgehog, one of the fastest characters in TV and movie history

Sonic the Hedgehog, one of the fastest characters in TV and movie history

Top 10 Fastest TV & Movie Characters

According to scientists, the maximum speed a human can run is 40 miles per hour. And this, has never been attained. So far, the fastest record is held by Usain Bolt who, at some point in his race, reached 27.33 miles per hour. Impressive huh! With such data, it’s safe to assume that anyone, fictional or real, who can run beyond 40 miles per hour is either superhuman, alien or an animal. The characters in this list completely destroy that speed so, of course, they’re all fictional. That being said, you’ll be surprised at what they can do with their speed capabilities. Let’s jump right in.

Dash (The Incredibles)

Dash (The Incredibles)

10. Dash

Dashiell Robert Parr aka Dash, is the firstborn son of Mr. Incredible and Elastigirl. The speedster was first introduced in Pixar’s The Incredibles (2004). Along with the film came an action/adventure game carrying the same title. In this game, the maximum speed attainable by Dash was 190 miles per hour.

Compared to the characters on this list, Dash’s maximum speed is laughable. However, you should not rule out the fact that this is an untrained 10-year-old speedster. And at 10 years, he’s able to run on water and effectively take out villains using his speed and agility. Imagine what he could do when older and at his full potential.

Daphne Millbrook (Heroes)

Daphne Millbrook (Heroes)

9. Daphne Millbrook

Daphne Millbrook was featured in the TV series Heroes, which aired on NBC from 2006 to 2010. The story revolved around a large number of people across the world who had superpowers. Some used these abilities to do good, while others, like Sylar, a power-hungry psychopath, used them to achieve their evil goals.

Although very different from Sylar, Daphne used her abilities to steal. This led to an encounter with Hiro from whom she steals a formula. As she’s about to escape, Hiro stops time. Everything comes to a standstill and he manages to see a frozen Daphne. To his surprise, the speedster, unlike everyone else, moves and begins to have a conversation with him. The fact that Daphne is able to move when time is stopped showcases her incredible speed.

Sonic the Hedgehog

Sonic the Hedgehog

8. Sonic the Hedgehog

Sonic the Hedgehog has been featured in comics, TV series, video games, and movies. The word "sonic" denotes anything related to sound. So, it’s no surprise that Sonic the Hedgehog is able to move at approximately 761 miles per hour. Of course, this speed varies greatly based on the medium in which he’s featured.

Here, we’ll be focusing on Paramount’s Sonic. In Sonic the Hedgehog (2020), the cop, Tom, unknowingly records the speed of Sonic first at 296 miles per hour, then at 300 miles per hour. This is just a little faster than Dash from The Incredibles, but Sonic has shown that he can surpass this a number of times. An example includes the time he caused an energy pulse that blacked out the entire continent.

Darla Dudley (Shazam)

Darla Dudley (Shazam)

7. Darla Dudley

Darla Dudley is one of the five foster siblings of Shazam. She possesses the speed of the Roman god Mercury, which is a part of the six abilities granted to Billy Batson by the Wizard.

Believe it or not, Darla Dudley appeared on-screen way before the Shazam movie came out. This was in the animated DC movie, Flashpoint: Paradox. In this alternate universe, Darla and her siblings are able to jointly transform into Captain Thunder who is a mirror of Shazam in their universe.

However, her most notable appearance still remains in the movie Shazam where she is portrayed by Faithe Herman and Meagan Good. As depicted by the adorable Faithe Herman, Darla is generally a loving and fun person. Character aside, Darla is extremely fast. In Shazam, she’s able to dodge an accidental lightning bolt from his brother, Eugenie, as well as get people out of harm’s way at speeds unnoticeable by anyone.

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Supergirl

Supergirl

6. Supergirl

You might be surprised by this addition, but given the fact that Supergirl has the same abilities as Clark, she has just as much right to be here. In Smallville, when Clark first encounters Kara, they strike each other at superspeed. While Clark is thrown by the blast, Kara is barely moved. This shows her great balance between strength and speed. (To be fair, at the time Kara had much more control over her abilities than Clark.)

Smallville aside, Kara has also proved to be a worthy speedster in CW’s Supergirl. Here, we see her race and nearly match The Flash. Supergirl is also just as fast while flying as can be seen in the animated movie, Batman/Superman: Apocalypse, where she was able to redirect Darkseid’s Omega beams back at him.

Superman

Superman

5. Superman

Superman is DC’s gem. Therefore, he’s made to be special in almost every aspect. The superhero was first featured in Superman #1 in 1938, making him the first DC hero. Ever since, he’s been at the forefront of several DC comics, games, movies, and TV series.

In most of his on-screen depictions, he’s been shown to be highly dependent on his super strength and flight abilities. However, in the hit TV series Smallville, Clark often used his speed. In many occasions, he was shown to be faster than a speeding bullet, which moves at approximately 1700 miles per hour.

His ability to move unnoticed helped him conceal his identity several times when saving people. Clark is not only fast when running, but also while flying. In Man of Steel for example, Superman was able to break the sound barrier while flying.

Shazam

Shazam

4. Shazam

After his encounter with the Wizard, Billy Batson was imbued with the wisdom of Solomon, the strength of Hercules, the stamina of Atlas, the power of Zeus, the courage of Achilles, and the speed of Mercury. These abilities combined makes Shazam one of the most powerful heroes in DC.

In Shazam (2019), he uses his hyper speed to strike a pepper-sprayed thug, then to save Mary from getting hit by a bus, and finally, to catch a falling bus. Like Superman, we don’t see Shazam run as much. However, this does not in any way discredit his speed capabilities.

Quicksilver (X-Men)

Quicksilver (X-Men)

3. Quicksilver

Unfortunately, Aaron Taylor-Johnson’s Quicksilver died before we could see his full potential. However, we still have X-Men’s Quicksilver who is simply breathtaking. Over the years, he’s become a fan favorite because he shows the fun side of being a speedster. Quicksilver is so fast that he’s able to effortlessly rearrange events that are taking place in a second or less. He has shown this ability while breaking out Magneto in X-Men: Days of Future Past and while evacuating everyone from the X-Mansion in X-Men: Apocalypse.

Makkari (The Eternals)

Makkari (The Eternals)

2. Makkari

Despite having a great cast, The Eternals did not receive the reception of most Marvel movies. Many thought the direction could have been better. However, we are not here to criticize the movie, but to talk about its spectacular speedster.

Portrayed by Lauren Ridloff, Makkari possesses hyper-speed, making her the fastest Eternal. Her speed is shown a couple of times in the movie, but none better than when Phastos sends her to locate the point of emergence. In seconds, she’s able to move between continents and trace the area.

In the comics, Makkari is just as fast and dons a red and white helmet equipped with a red visor. Unlike the movie, he’s able to telepathically communicate with a sleeping Celestial.

The Flash

The Flash

1. The Flash

This article would be incomplete without the inclusion of DC’s speedster. The Flash is considered the epitome of speed. While various people have taken the mantle of Flash at some point, we’ll focus on only two: Wally West and Barry Allen.

Wally West has appeared multiple times on TV. We’ve seen him on Teen Titans Go, Young Justice, CW’s Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, Superman: The Animated Series, Batman: The Brave And The Bold, and Justice League Unlimited. While he was fast in all of these shows, Justice League Unlimited, in particular, showed us just how fast he can be.

In the episode, "Divided We Fall," Wally West ran so fast he disappeared into the Speed Force. He moved across continents in a matter of seconds so as to generate enough power to take on a Braniac-powered Luthor. Barry Allen has also appeared in several films and movies. In Zack Snyder’s Justice league, we saw Barry enter the Speed Force and manage to manipulate time, saving not only the League, but the world. To do this, he had to run far beyond the speed of light.

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