Alias


(The) Top
Nick Name
|
Civilian ID

Top I

Roscoe Neyle Dillon


Top II

Dr. Henry Allen


Top III

Thomas O'Neill


Occupation

Top I

Criminal


Top II

Doctor


Top III

US Senator


Legal Status

Top I

Deceased citizen of the United States with a criminal record.


Top II

Citizen of the United States with no criminal record.


Top III

Citizen of the United States with a record or criminal insanity.


Nation or Planet of Origin

Top I

Central City, Missouri


Top II

Fallville, Iowa


Top III

United States


Group Affiliation

Top I

Flash's Rogues


Top II

None


Top III

None


Base of Operations

Top I

Central City, Missouri


Top II

Central City, Missouri


Top III

Central City, Missouri

Keystone City, Kansas


Height

Top I: 6'


Top II: ~6'


Top III: ~6'


Weight

Top I: 180 lbs.


Top II: ~200 lbs.


Top III: ~180 lbs.


Eye Color

Top II: Blue


Top II: Blue


Top III: Unknown


Hair Color

Top I: Brown


Top II: Grey


Top III: Brown


Known Powers

Normal human altered by repeated physical spinning - thus developing increased intelligence and limited telekinetic abilities to transmute matter.


Accessories

Various weapons built around the motif of spindle tops including: exploding tops, smoke and light bombs, illusion projectors, snares and wind vortexes.


Common Enemies

Top I

Flash II


Top II

Flash II


Top III

Flash III


Regularly Appearing
Flash Vol. 1 & 2
First Appearance
Flash Vol. 1 #122 (Aug. 1961)
Creator
John Broome & Carmine Infantino
Origin

Roscoe Dillon was fascinated with toy tops from childhood. Becoming a small-time criminal Dillon was incarcerated, time spent devising new and innovative means to commit crimes. Building a motif around his fascination with tops, Dillon created a costumed identity and learned to spin himself at unusual speeds. As a unusual side effect Dillon also discovered the spinning increased his intelligence enabling him to device a wide variety of weapons in the form of tops. He shortly thereafter launched a criminal career as the Top.


Committing spectacular crimes for years the Top partnered with other criminals to oppose the Flash. Eventually the Top's excessive spinning began to give him powers of mind over matter; although it made his brain vulnerable to the super-speed vibration of the Flash. This vulnerability soon killed the Top, but before his death he planted several powerful bombs in Central City. Before his final plot could see fruition the Flash and his adversaries the Rogues found and deactivated the bombs.


Although it could be assumed the Top was forever out of the life of the Flash, his spirit wandered waiting for an opportunity for revenge. That opportunity presented itself when the Flash's father Dr. Henry Allen was in a car accident during which his heart stopped leaving him clinically dead for 30 seconds. Dillon possessed Dr. Allen for a period of time once again assuming the identity of the Top.


Dillon was eventually fooled into leaving Dr. Allen's body and his spirit was cast into Hell. Eventually Dillon would escape Hell with the unwitting help of the hero known as the Hawk. This opportunity gave Dillon another opportunity to take possession of another, this time U.S. Senator and Presidential candidate Thomas O'Neill. Dillon's plan to take control of the government failed, and the souls of the damned reclaimed him, but the experience left O'Neill irreversibly insane and believing himself to be the Top.