- For the time-traveling speedster who stole his identity, see Eobard Thawne.
In the original Earth-1 timeline, he would found S.T.A.R. Labs with his wife and launched his particle accelerator by 2020, and is implied that he was the reason behind Barry Allen's powers as the Flash. However, Thawne would learn of this knowledge, and would travel back to April 16, 2000 and murder both Harrison and Tess. His murderer used a device to steal the former's appearance and identity, right down to matching DNA and lived the next 15 years stealing his idea as S.T.A.R. Labs' founder and revealing the particle accelerator in 2013 and causing an explosion responsible for various metahumans' powers. As Team Flash became more and more suspicious, Joe West and Cisco Ramon discovered the body of the real Harrison, answering suspicions.
In the Earth-Prime timeline, Harrison's life played out the same and was still murdered, but he was resurrected through particles left behind after his other doppelgängers' sacrifice. He later assists Team Flash before traveling back in time to relive the moments he had with his late wife before his time comes for good.
- 1 Biography
- 2 Legacy
- 3 Personality
- 4 Powers and abilities
- 5 Appearances
- 6 Trivia
- 7 Behind the scenes
- 8 References
- "Research laboratories unconnected to the government, unconnected to any business interests or any of that kind of stuff. And then we build right downtown in the heart of the city, in the epicenter, and we become the heart of the city. We become the heart of the nation. We change the way you think about the sciences, and then..."
- —Dr. Harrison Wells to Tess Morgan on his ultimate dream[src]
Harrison originally lived in Starling City and became a well-respected yet eccentric scientist. He was good friends with equally devoted scientists Tina McGee and Tess Morgan, the latter of which he fell in love with and eventually married. In 2000, Harrison had an idea for a laboratory and discussed this concept with Tess while on a date at the beach, which made Tess smile. Harrison wanted to name the laboratory after Tess but she suggested the name "S.T.A.R Labs".
In 2000, while driving home after their date on the beach, Harrison unknowingly drove into spike strips set by Eobard Thawne, causing an accident which totaled their vehicle, killed Tess instantly, and injured Harrison. In shock, Harrison is pulled from the car and told of his apparent future success by Thawne. Claiming a need to do these actions much sooner, Thawne used a futuristic device, completely dissolving Harrison into a decayed, featureless corpse in a matter of seconds as his murderer took on his likeness. Afterward, Thawne buried Harrison's body nearby and pretended to crawl out from the wrecked vehicle as first responders arrived, with Thawne identifying himself as Wells.
According to Eobard, Harrison and Tess went on to build S.T.A.R. Labs and successfully unleashed the particle accelerator in 2020 which changed the course of history. Harrison was somehow connected to the famous superhero known as the Flash, and whose legacy would inspire Thawne in the 22nd century to replicate these powers as the Reverse-Flash.
In the Earth-Prime timeline that resulted from the Anti-Monitor Crisis, Harrison's life seems to have played out the same. Around 1996, he got together with Tess and were married sometime after. Presumably, he was planning to build and found S.T.A.R. Labs.
Death and Resurrection
He and Tess were still murdered by Eobard Thawne on April 16, 2000, but he was resurrected a few moments afterward by particles left behind by Harrison Nash Wells's sacrifice for the artificial Speed Force's creation. He would theorize that his existence was to cover the general existence of Harrison Wells in the timeline as a sort-of balancing act by the universe.
Assisting Team Flash
After his resurrection, Harrison discovered he had an imprint of all of his other doppelgängers' memories, such as memories of Cisco Ramon and Allegra Garcia and memories involving Barry Allen/The Flash. He also discovered he could time travel to any point within his 92 year long lifespan, but could not change his past. He used his newfound powers and knowledge to travel to 2020 to help Team Flash in defeating Eva McCulloch/Mirror Monarch. He first meets Barry and greets Team Flash. He assists Team Flash in restoring the Speed Force with Iris West-Allen which enables Barry and Team Flash to defeat Eva.
Returning to the past
After Eva returned to the Mirrorverse, he said his goodbyes to Team Flash and notably Allegra and Cisco before he traveled back in time to relive the 4 years he had with his late wife over and over again before his time comes for good.
In 2014, Thawne used Harrison's emotions of Tess's death as a cover story when speaking to Joe West, moving away from Starling City because of too many reminders of Tess. Unknown to Thawne, Tina somehow knew something wasn't right after Tess's death, as Harrison and Tina were good friends, revealing this to Barry in 2015. Joe and Cisco went to Starling City to do research on the car accident, ultimately discovering the real Harrison's corpse. Joe kept this a secret for the safety of Iris and others, though the discovery was shared with Barry and Caitlin Snow, with Harrison's corpse being brought to Central City. Thawne also later revealed to Joe that Harrison's thoughts, memories, and love for Tess would occasionally cause Thawne to sometimes be teary-eyed despite never knowing Tess.
Harrison would occasionally be mentioned in comparison to his doppelgängers who would subsequently be on Earth-1. When Team Flash initially met Harry Wells of Earth-2, Cisco and Joe unfortunately compared Harry to Thawne, while Caitlin remembered Harry would actually be Harrison's doppelgänger. Harry later suspected the Reverse-Flash's first time-travel trip to 2016 and interactions would factor into Harrison's murder. In 2017, H.R. Wells of Earth-19 trying to bond with Harry had H.R. wondering about their Earth-1 doppelgänger; H.R. could've been referring to Harrison but Harry thought about Thawne. Thawne jokingly referred to Harrison's face as "handsome" when taunting the Flash during Earth-X's invasion of Earth-1. Thawne also remembered Harrison's love for Tess when suggesting in 2049 to Nora West-Allen to help Harrison Sherloque Wells fall in love in 2019 as a distraction.
Unlike most of Harrison's other doppelgangers, as well as his murderer/impersonator, Eobard Thawne, he is a very kind and open-minded individual with a cheerful nature. An optimistic scientist and loving husband, he showed and spoke of his dreams for the future while also being romantic with Tess Morgan, who he wanted S.T.A.R. Labs to be named after.
Despite having far-reaching visions for the future, Harrison is also humble, not knowing exactly how to react when Tess complimented him. Harrison is clearly very much in love with Tess; he expressed only concern for her and none for himself after Eobard's crash. After his resurrection, Harrison showed to quickly adjust to his new existence, desiring only to help other individuals as he joined Team Flash. Afterwards, despite his new-found powers, Harrison's modesty chose a simple life of spending a constant loop of the four years he had with his wife in the past until he finally passes on naturally.
Powers and abilities
- Meta-human physiology: After all the other Wells of the multiverse sacrificed themselves to power the artificial Speed Force machine, their remaining particles were harnessed to resurrect Harrison. He theorizes that reality used temporal coalescence from Crisis as a means to restore balance for the general existence of Harrison Wells in all the multiverse. His resurrection also came with heightened capacities.
- Chronological manipulation: Harrison became able to simultaneously perceive every moment of his life from when he was born and to when he was biologically destined to die (92 years old). Likewise, he can instantly immerse himself into any point of time between those moments. However, he notes that he cannot go past either point. Also, regardless of what point in time he enters, his lifespan will continue as normal until finally reaching his end.
- Imprinted memories: Harrison was granted the various memories of all the other Wells; letting Harrison know everything about each of them as if he lived their respective lives and likewise is able to differentiate between each of them.
- Genius-level intellect/Master scientist: Harrison's intelligence proved instrumental in helping Team Flash to revive the Speed Force.
The Chronicles of Cisco
- Harrison wore translucent-framed glasses, while Eobard wore dark-framed glasses when impersonating him.
- Harrison is the third character in the Arrowverse to have an episode ("") named after him in a civilian sense, after Sara Lance ("Sara") and Felicity Smoak ("The Secret Origin of Felicity Smoak").
- Like Eddie Thawne, Harrison's fate is largely unknown during the Flashpoint timeline but it can be presumed that he and Tess Morgan were still alive since Eobard was prevented from committing the murder.
- Harrison was one of three individuals who have an encounter with Eobard Thawne involving identity theft. The other two are Martin Stein and John Swigert.
- Despite the fact that Eobard's disguise tarnished Harrison's reputation, it seems to have been reconsidered, as Eobard's prison guard, Trevor Shinick, called him "Thawne" despite his still wearing Harrison's face. This implies that from 2034 to 2049, Central City knew the truth behind Wells' sudden change thanks to the Flash Museum or the CCPD.
Behind the scenes
- Harrison Wells uses elements of several DC comics characters:
- A character only known as "Dr. Wells", who briefly appeared in the tie-in DC comic book of the 1990s TV series titled, "" (January, 1991).
- Even before that, a villainous character also known as Dr. Wells, sporting similar looks, appeared in the 1973-1985 animated series Super Friends episode "Elevator to Nowhere".
- Harrison's overall characterization resembles Garrison Slate, the creator of S.T.A.R. Labs. Both wanted a government-free network of laboratories.
- When asked about which Wells he would play in Season 3 of and if he would be this version, Tom Cavanagh said "This guy won't be that guy. If the show has strengths, I would argue that we're not repeating ourselves generally, and specifically I'm trying not to repeat myself."
- Grant Gustin has stated this version of Harrison Wells is "arguably — and I personally say without a doubt — the most epic and iconic character [Tom Cavanagh]’s played on the show". He also stated this is "a character that I know Tom loves to portray, but as usual it’s going to be Harrison Wells with a twist, and we will get to see Tom do something brand new again with this character."
- In "", Joe West looks at a photograph from the night of the car wreck dated 2000-04-16.
- "" deleted scene
- "Spoiler Room: Scoop on Vampire Diaries, The Flash, Hawaii Five-0 and more" - EW
- "The Flash: Grant Gustin Breaks Down the New Iris Situation and the Surprise Revival of an 'Epic' Character" - TVLine
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