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|Barry Allen: Joe, what I said to you about not being my father...
Detective Joe West: Barry, I know. I know I'm not your father.
Barry Allen: You're right, you're not. You're just the man who kept me fed and in clothes, who sat by my bed every night until I fell asleep because I was afraid of the dark, helped me with my homework. You taught me how to drive, and shave... and you dropped me off to college. Sounds a lot like a dad to me.
Detective Joe West, a cop who acts as a surrogate father to Barry and is the father of Iris West. Joe is one of the few who knows Barry's secrets and becomes his reluctant partner against metahuman criminals; Joe also offers Barry supports in both crimefighting and life issues. He is also helping Barry with trying to prove his father's innocence.