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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 2000) was a brilliant scientist, the husband of Tess Morgan, a close friend of Tina McGee, and a major victim of Eobard Thawne/Reverse-Flash.

Biography

Early life

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 fell in love with Tess Morgan whom he eventually married. In 2000 Harrison had an idea for a laboratory in and discussed this concept with Tess while on a date at the beach, which made her smile and even developed the name.

Original timeline

Harrison and Tess would go on to build S.T.A.R. Labs in Starling City and become and successfully unleashed the particle accelerator in 2020 which changed the course of history. Among those affected included Barry Allen who became the famous superhero "The Flash", and whose legacy would inspire Eobard Thawne in the 22nd century to replicate these powers into becoming "Reverse-Flash".

Current timeline

Eobard kills Wells

Harrison killed by Eobard

While driving home after their date on the beach, Harrison unknowingly drove into spike strips set by Eobard, causing an accident which totaled their vehicle, killed Tess instantly, and injuring Harrison. In shock, Harrison is pulled from the car and told of his apparent future success by Eobard in creating a particle accelerator. Claiming a need to do it 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. Afterwords, Eobard buried Harrison's body nearby and pretended to crawl out from the wrecked vehicle as first responders arrived, telling them his name was Harrison Wells.

Legacy

Eobard would pose as Wells for fifteen years while everyone remained unaware of Harrison's death (although Tina somehow knew that something wasn't right after Tess' death) with Harrison's reputation having suffered greatly thanks to Eobard's various actions. Harrison's body was finally discovered in mid-2015 near the crash site in Starling City during Team Flash's investigation. With the corpse now in Central City, the corpse in question was confirmed to be Harrison. Harrison's Earth Two counterpart would occasionally be annoyed whenever Harrison would mixed up with Eobard by Team Flash.

Personality

Similar to his Earth Nineteen counterpart, Harrison was a very kind and humble man. A driven scientist and loving husband, he showed spoke of his dreams for the future while also being romantic to Tess. To which, he wanted S.T.A.R. Labs to be named after Tess. Harrison was clearly very much in love with Tess; he expressed only concern for Tess and none for himself after Eobard's crash. 

Abilities

Genius-level intellect/Business acumen: Harrison was a famous scientist who (in one timeline) successfully opened and operated his own scientific company, possibly similar to his murder/impersonator Eobard Thawne and Earth-Two counterpart.

Appearances

The Flash

Season 1

Season 2

Trivia

  • Harrison Wells has five known Doppelgängers, making him the character with the most known Doppelgängers.
  • Apparently, he doesn't exist on Earth Thirty-Eight. But as shown by Jay Garrick being Henry's counterpart from Earth Three, same versions of people do not necessarily have the same name.
  • Harrison's fate is largely unknown during Flashpoint's events but it can be presumed that since Eobard was prevented from murdering him that he and Tess were still alive and created S.T.A.R. Labs. But for reasons unclear, S.T.A.R. Labs was sold by 2016 with Cisco Ramon as CEO of Ramon Industries.
  • In the original timeline, it's possible that he and Tess either had a daughter (that could be Jesse Quick's Earth One counterpart) or a son.

Behind the scenes

  • Harrison Wells does not originate from the DC comics, as he is an original character specifically created for the show. However, there has been another character, only known as "Dr. Wells", who briefly appeared in the tie-in DC comic book of the 1990s The Flash TV series titled, Flash TV Special #1 (January, 1991). Interestingly enough, the character was a wheelchair-bound villain who dressed in black and yellow and had the ability to be in two places at once, similarly to how Eobard Thawne (disguised as Harrison Wells) was introduced on the show.
    • 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". Like the CW version, Dr. Wells was associated with time travel, forcing Wonder Woman and the Atom to participate in his time machine experiment.
  • Harrison's overall characterization resembles Garrison Slate, the creator of S.T.A.R. Labs. Both wanted a government-free network of laboratories.

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