Harrison Wells

Harrison Wells

    DC Extended Universe
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Character Analysis

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Living... in Central City, where he runs S.T.A.R. Labs. He works alongside his two young assistants Cisco Ramon and Caitlin Snow on his life’s ambition: a particle accelerator that produces clean energy.

Profession... disgraced scientist. Upon its first demonstration, Wells’ particle accelerator exploded, sending massive shockwaves throughout Central City. As he explains it, “The accelerator went active. We all felt like heroes and then it all went wrong.” In addition to putting him in a wheelchair, the incident caused certain people to transform into superpowered “metahumans.” Now Wells works alongside one of those metahumans, The Flash, to stop others from using their powers for evil.

Interests... eating Big Belly Burger, watching old movies, and spending time with his S.T.A.R. Labs “family.”

Relationship Status... single. Wells was once married to another brilliant scientist named Tess Morgan, but she was killed in a car accident. Now he’s too dedicated to his work to find any time for romance.

Challenge... mentoring The Flash. Having caused so much destruction in Central City, Wells sees The Flash – his one heroic creation – as a way to make amends. He helps The Flash (a.k.a. Barry Allen) push himself to be stronger, faster, and smarter while talking him through dangerous missions. But Wells might not quite be what he seems. When no one’s around, Wells forgoes his wheelchair and seems to have access to information from the future. Whatever he actually wants, Wells is adamant about one thing: “Barry Allen must have a future.”

Personality... brilliant, meticulous, and secretive. Wells is more analytical than effusive, although he does care deeply for his S.T.A.R. Labs team. He tends to take the long view when it comes to heroism, arguing that curing diseases and creating new energy sources are just as important as protecting people from bad guys. But though he can be opinionated and authoritative, Wells isn’t blindly stubborn; he’s willing to change his mind when he realizes a plan isn’t working.   


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