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"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]


Dr. Harrison Wells (died April 16, 2000)[1] was a brilliant scientist, the husband of Tess Morgan, a close friend of Tina McGee, and an identity theft victim of Eobard Thawne/Reverse-Flash.

Biography

Early life

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Harrison and Tess.

Harrison originally lived in Starling City and became a well-respected yet eccentric scientist. He was good friends with equally devoted scientists Tina McGee[2] 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".[3]

Death

Eobard kills Wells

Harrison killed by Eobard

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 Eobard. Claiming a need to do these actions much sooner, Eobard used a futuristic device, completely dissolving Harrison into a decayed, featureless corpse in a matter of seconds as his murderer took on his likeness.[3] Afterward, Eobard buried Harrison's body nearby[4][5] and pretended to crawl out from the wrecked vehicle as first responders arrived, with Eobard identifying himself as Wells.[3]

Original timeline

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 creating famous superhero known as the Flash, and whose legacy would inspire Eobard in the 22nd century to replicate these powers as the Reverse-Flash.[3]

Legacy

The device that Eobard used to kill Harrison also gave him Harrison's thoughts, memories, and love for Tess, causing him to sometimes become teary-eyed over her despite never knowing her.[6]

With everyone remaining unaware of Harrison's death, Eobard would pose as Wells for fifteen years with Harrison's reputation and later legacy suffering greatly thanks to Eobard's various actions. See here for more information on Eobard's legacy as Wells.

Eobard meets Barry

Eobard used Harrison's identity and ambitions as part of his own plans for fifteen years.

Unknown to Eobard, Tina somehow knew something wasn't right after Tess's death, as Harrison and Tina were good friends.[2] Eobard used Tess's death as a cover story when speaking to Joe West and presumably others before that, saying he moved away from Starling City because of too many reminders of Tess.[5][7]

In 2015, Joe and Cisco Ramon 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 West and others, though the discovery was shared with Barry Allen and Caitlin Snow, with Harrison's corpse being brought to Central City.[5]

When Team Flash initially met Harrison Wells of Earth-2, later known as Harry Wells, Cisco and Joe unfortunately compared Harry to Eobard, while Caitlin remembered Harry would actually be Harrison's doppelgänger.[8] Harry later suspected the Reverse-Flash's first time-travel trip to 2016 and interactions with Harry would factor into Harrison's murder.[9] 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 Eobard.[10]

Eobard taunting Barry

Eobard acknowledging Harrison's face.

Eobard referred to Harrison's face as "handsome" when taunting the Flash during Earth-X's invasion of Earth-1.[11]

Eobard also remembered Harrison's love for Tess, along with knowledge of other Wells doppelgängers, and suggested in 2049 to Nora West-Allen to help Harrison Sherloque Wells fall in love (as a distraction) in 2019.[12]

After the new multiverse's creation, Harrison Nash Wells was fused with various Wells doppelgängers with Eobard included, to which Barry acknowledged Harrison's murder and genetic identity theft.[13]

Personality

Unlike his murderer/impersonator Eobard Thawne, Harrison was a very kind and humble man with a cheerful nature.[2] 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, he was also humble, not knowing exactly how to react when Tess complimented him. Harrison was clearly very much in love with Tess; he expressed only concern for her and none for himself after Eobard's crash.[3]

Abilities

  • Genius-level intellect/Master scientist/Business acumen: Harrison was a famous scientist who (in one timeline) successfully opened and operated his own scientific company, possibly similar to his various doppelgängers. Even more, his brilliance as a scientist was proven as the only known variation of Harrison Wells to successfully create the particle accelerator without negative results.[3]

Appearances

The Flash

Season 1

Season 2

Season 3

Season 4

Season 5

Season 6


Arrow

Season 6

The Chronicles of Cisco

Trivia

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 The Flash TV series titled, "The Quick and the Dead" (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.

References

  1. In "Who is Harrison Wells?", Joe West looks at a photograph from the night of the car wreck dated 2000-04-16.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "All Star Team Up"
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 "Tricksters"
  4. "The Flash is Born"
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 "Who is Harrison Wells?"
  6. "Fast Enough" deleted scene
  7. "The Flash is Born"
  8. "The Darkness and the Light"
  9. "The Reverse-Flash Returns"
  10. "Attack on Central City"
  11. "Crisis on Earth-X, Part 2"
  12. "Goldfaced"
  13. "The Exorcism of Nash Wells"
  14. "The Chicago Way"
  15. "Moonshot"


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