Star City: Team Arrow (Oliver Queen / Dinah Laurel Lance) | Family Members | Citizens | Criminal Groups (Malcolm Merlyn / Slade Wilson / Prometheus) | Independent Criminals
Central City: West-Allen Family (Barry Allen / Iris West-Allen) | Team Flash (Caitlin Snow & (Killer) Frost) | Citizens | Criminal Groups (Rogues) | Independent Criminals
National City: Citizens (Kara Zor-El / James Olsen) | Luthor Family & Associates | Criminals
Freeland: Pierce Family | Citizens | Criminals
Gotham City: Bat-Family | Citizens | Criminals
Smallville & Metropolis: Smallville Citizens | Metropolis Citizens | Metropolis Criminals
The Legends: The Team | Current Members (Sara Lance / Mick Rory / John Constantine) | Former Members (Ray Palmer / Leonard Snart)
Organizations: U.S. Government | U.S. Military | A.R.G.U.S. | The D.E.O. | The J.S.A. | The League of Assassins | Criminal Groups (H.I.V.E. / Savage & His Followers)
Time Travel: Time Travelers (The Legion / Eobard Thawne / Damien Darhk / Savitar) | The Past | The Future
Miscellaneous: Other Locales | Metahumans (Firestorm / The Hawks / Grodd) | Aliens | Mystics | Other Entities
The Multiverse (Pre-Crisis): Other Earths | Earth-2 (Hunter Zolomon) | Earth-38 | Earth-90 | Earth-X
A group of people helping Barry Allen in his work as The Flash.
- Action Survivor: Well, all of them are. They are not highly-skilled combatants like most of Team Arrow, though that is due to not having the experience and training they have.
- All-Loving Hero: For the most part, they are all willing to grant second chances, and in general try to see the good in people.
- Awesomeness by Analysis: They study the Monster of the Week thoroughly so Barry can fight them effectively.
- Badass Family: Half of the members are from the West-Allen family. Most of them sans the Happily Adopted hero are also Badass Normals, one is even a Badass Driver (Wally, though he has become an Empowered Badass Normal as of Season 3).
- Badass Normal: Joe, Iris, Eddie Thawne, and Harry Wells are non-powered but great fighters. Caitlin was an Action Survivor until Barry's Cosmic Retcon turned her into a Metahuman.
- The Beautiful Elite: The members are the Nerds Are Sexy variant.
- Beware the Nice Ones: They are all, with a few notable exceptionsnote , generally kind and considerate people. That doesn't mean they can't and won't kick ass if you threaten them, an innocent civilian, someone they care about or especially another member of The Team.
- Brains and Brawn: The Brains to Team Arrow's Brawn. They are Science Heroes contrasting the other, more action-packed team. Oliver even refers to them as the "geek squad" during the 2015 crossover.
- Chronic Hero Syndrome: The Team is about helping people.
- Damsel in Distress: Individually they have been kidnapped a lot. Even lampshaded by Cisco in season 3 who in the post-Flashpoint timeline created a panic button app on their phones that alerts S.T.A.R Labs of their location. Barry states that the only good thing about the current timeline so far.
- Empowered Badass Normal: Cisco and Caitlin were Action Survivors, while Wally was a Badass Driver when they first join The Team. All three became Metahumans at different points in the story.
- The Engineer: The Team had three engineers in their roster throughout their tenure; Cisco, Ronnie, and Wally. Cisco does most of the work, however.
- Gadgeteer Genius: They are the Arrowverse's main source of awesome gadgets, apps and power-up medicines.
- Good Feels Good: Let's just say that they're happy with having Chronic Hero Syndrome.
- Love Hurts: Their love lives do not go smoothly. Two of them actually being in love with each other, even, yet neither being brave enough to make the first move, or really know how to act upon it for that matter. Seems to be averted by Barry and Iris finally at a point where the two have admitted their feelings to each other and entering wedded bliss.
- The Medic: Mainly Caitlin, but Henry also fills the job if he's present. Barry is also capable of filling the role.
- Mission Control: Everyone's main purpose is to be Barry's support while he's out on the field. As of season 4 Iris has taken over the mantle for the entire team.
- Nerds Are Sexy: For starters, The Hero is a Tall, Dark, and Handsome forensic scientist. There's also the Tall, Dark, and Snarky Jerkass, the pretty and perky journalist, the cute doctor and the cheerful engineer.
- The Pollyanna: The Team always find ways to pick themselves up and retain their positive outlooks in spite of a major loss or/and defeat.
- Science Hero: Most of them are scientists, Barry and Nora are forensic investigators, Harry is an astrophysicist, Cisco's a mechanical engineer, Caitlin is a doctor and a bioengineer, Jesse is majoring in five different fields, even Iris earned her graduate degree in criminal psychology before falling into journalism, and Wally is taking classes in automotive sciences. Seems the only member of the team who doesn't have some experience in scientific studies is their Friend on the Force Joe.
- Secret Keeper: Them, Team Arrow, Kara and the Legends are all mutually this for each other.
- Similar Squad: While not a perfect replica of Team Arrow, Team Flash do share a lot of similar roles.
- Both teams begin with a core Power Trio of two guys and a girl (Barry, Cisco, Caitlin) (Oliver, Diggle, Felicity). With one of them being The Hero (Barry and Oliver) and another being The Smart Guy (Cisco and Felicity).
- A Friend on the Force (Joe and Quentin) who so happens to be the father of the Hero's love interest joins the team as a gunner and Team Dad.
- The Hero's main love interest (Iris and Laurel) joins as a late addition.
- The Hero's younger sibling or surrogate sibling joins as the Hero's sidekick (Wally, Roy, and Thea).
- A member with a crooked past and sometimes causes trouble for the team joins as The Big Guy (Ralph and Renee).
- At some point in time the Big Bad of Season 1 is a member of the team (Eobard Thawne and Malcolm Merlin) and a de facto Team Dad.
- Two short-term members of the team end up joining the Legends (Martin Stein, Jax, Ray Palmer, and Sara Lance).
- Eventually the Hero's Kid from the Future (Nora, William, Mia) join the team from a Bad Future where their father is dead.
- Sixth Ranger: Team Arrow, Ronnie Raymond, Prof. Stein, Ray Palmer and Eddie Thawne all fill the role in Season 1, with Iris being the 11th-Hour Ranger. Jay Garrick, Jefferson Jackson, Earth-2 Harrison Wells, Linda Park, Henry Allen, Kendra Saunders, Carter Hall and Jesse Wells fill the role in Season 2, with Wally being the 11th-Hour Ranger. Barry's Cosmic Retcon of the second half of Season 1 causes Hartley Rathaway to pull a HeelFace Turn, making him another ally of The Team.
- Socially Awkward Hero: Most if not all of them are this to some extent. Probably comes with the territory considering most of them are science nerds.
- Superhero Speciation: Aside from the high amount of speedsters (Barry, Wally, Jesse, Jay Garrick, Eobard Thawne, Hunter Zolomon, Nora II) on the team, there is a fair bit of speciation.
- Cisco is the only viber, although Gypsy is sometimes a Guest-Star Party Member.
- Caitlin/Killer Frost is the only member with ice based powers, unless one counts occasional ally Leonard Snart/Captain Cold.
- Firestorm briefly provided fire based powers before he moved over to The Legends.
- Harry Wells acquired Super Intelligence thanks to his Thinking Cap.
- Ralph is the only member with elasticity as a superpower.
- Cecile, note is the only member with latent "temporary" psychic Meta-powers, being a telepath.
- Allegra and Hartley both have unique power-sets of Light 'em Up and Make Me Wanna Shout respectively.
- The Team: Obviously. They have a much healthier relationship with each other than both Team Arrow and the Legends.
- Team Dad: Eobard Thawne, Harry Wells, Joe West, and Prof. Martin Stein filled the role at one point or another.
- Team Member in the Adaptation: Team Flash is quite different from the Flash Family, having Vibe, Killer Frost, Joe West, Firestorm, and Pariah, as well as several of the Rogues Gallery members either being the Big Bad Friend or undergoing a HeelFace Turn such as Reverse-Flash, Zoom, Dr. Alchemy, and Pied Piper.
- Theme Initials: There's a few throughout The Team's run:
- Six people addressed with the letter H ("Harrison", Harry, Henry, H.R., the part-time/external member Hartley, and the fake Jay Garrick whose real first name is Hunter. Also, Harry, H.R., and technically "Harrison" are the same person)
- Five with the letter J (Joe, "Jay", Jesse, Julian, and the part-time member the real Jay. Also, the real Jay and Henry are the same person)
- Four with the letter W (Wally, his father and the Harrison Wellses who are all frequently addressed in Last-Name Basis).
- Three with the letters C (Caitlin, Cisco and Cecile),
- Two with the letter E ("Harrison" whose real name is Eobard, and Eddie. The latter is the former's distant ancestor), R (Ronnie and Ralph), and M (Martin and Matthew), two with the letter N (Nash and Nora).
- True Companions: They gradually become close throughout Season 1. By Season 2, they're basically family.Barry: We're more than just friends... We're family!
Iris: Guys, we are a family here, and families forgive.
Cisco: I'm not embarrassed of [Ralph], I'm not embarrassed of any of Team Flash. You guys are my family.
Ralph: What [Sherloque] you don't understand is we're a family, we make these decisions together.
- Two Girls to a Team: Caitlin was initially The Smurfette Principle, but Felicity's occasional Sixth Ranger stints did this. Iris becomes a late addition near the end of Season 1, thus playing this trope straight starting Season 2. The addition of on-off member Jesse Wells threw off this dynamic. The trope comes into play again when Caitlin departs the team when Killer Frost takes over, while Tracy Brand gets introduced as a new female member, thus restoring it to two girls on the team. By Season 4 Tracy has departed and Caitlin has returned rejoining Iris as the other half of this trope, with Cecile tentatively assisting from time to time before becoming a steadfast member and ally. Season 5 raised the female members to four with he addition of Nora, though she gets retgonned at the end of the season. In Season 6, Kamilla occasionally assists the team when the other members are busy on their own.
- Unwitting Pawns: They spent the entire first season unknowingly helping the evil Eobard Thawne who is actually the season's Big Bad posing as their Evil Mentor. Unfortunately, Season 2 is no different, despite their best efforts, as "Jay Garrick" is also that season's Big Bad, Zoom.
- Villains Act, Heroes React: Generally Team Flash waits around for threats to occur before getting to the scene, whether this is the Villain of the Week or the Big Bad. Savitar and DeVoe are a noticeable departure from this where Team Flash actively work all season to thwart their plans.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Despite eventually forgiving him, all of Barry's supporters still give him this slightly, after they learn about Flashpoint, and how Barry screwed up the timeline.
- White-and-Grey Morality: They are the White to Team Arrow's Grey, with them being led by the Arrowverse's resident All-Loving Hero to boot.
- Women Are Wiser: All female members can effectively play the role of The Heart in case a member or the entire team falls into a state of funk. It's a stark contrast to the male members, who have a tendency to fall into conflict with each other.
Played By: Kayla Compton
First Appearance: "A Flash of the Lightning" (The Flash 6x2)
Appearances: The Flash
An ex-con with ultraviolet Meta powers, she's framed for a murder and later befriends Team Flash. She serves as back-up for the team and becomes an intern at Iris' newspaper.
- Adaptational Heroism: In the comics, Allegra stayed a criminal. This version of Allegra wanted to lead a normal life and stopped being a criminal after her imprisonment.
- Ascended Fanboy: She was a fan of Iris and her blog, and she later got to work for her.
- The Big Gal: Her main contribution to the team is her Light 'em Up powers.
- Birds of a Feather: With Frost, both being former criminals who want to become better people.
- Clashing Cousins: With Esperanza.
- Doppelgänger Gets Same Sentiment: Nash Wells treats her more kindly than other person because he was close to her doppelganger of another Earth. Allegra is disgusted to learn about that. Cisco and someone else encourage Nash to befriend Allegra for what she is.
- Frame-Up: She is framed by her cousin for a murder and subsequent murder of the eye witness too.
- Hand Blast: She's capable of shooting waves of UV radiation from her palm that are able to burn even Ralph.
- Light 'em Up: She can fire ultraviolet Hand Blasts.
- Locked Out of the Loop: She expresses annoyance when, upon discovering her boss' husband is The Flash, learns that fellow employee Kamilla already knew and that her boyfriend was Vibe.
- Power Incontinence: She constantly sees microwaves, gamma waves and radio waves and can't shut it off.
- Morality Pet: Nash Wells is much kinder to her than to the Team Flash members. It has been hinted that in his Earth, Nash was a father figure for a doppelganger of Allegra.
- Reformed Criminal: She has been in and out of prison since she was 13 years old, but later decided to go straight. Then she is framed by her cousin, but Cecile helps clear her name.
- Related in the Adaptation: Esperanza Garcia was her adoptive mother in the comics, while here they are cousins.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: She is the Morality Pet of a doppelganger of Harrison Wells, similarly to how Jesse Quick was Harry's Morality Pet.
- Token Super: When she joins Central City Citizen, she is the only metahuman of the group until Cecile offers some legal assistance.
Chester P. Runk
Known Aliases: "John Boyega"
Played By: Brandon Mc Knight
First Appearance: "Into the Void" (The Flash 6x1)
Appearances: The Flash
A scientist turned online streamer in Central City, who accidentally gives himself destructive powers when his newest device malfunctions. After being stabilized, he quickly ends up joining Team Flash with his brilliant mind and quirky personality.
- Adaptational Attractiveness: His comic book counterpart is morbidly obese, rather than being handsome.
- Adaptational Heroism: While his comic counterpart was an Anti-Villain who had a HeelFace Turn very quickly, he was still a thief and held people prisoner. In the show, he's completely innocent and any harm he does is accidental.
- Adaptational Intelligence: In the comics, Chester started off as a Manchild who only started to learn any sort of practical skills after Wally helped him learn to use his powers in a productive way. Here he's a genius.
- Ascended Fanboy: He is a huge fan of the Flash and getting to meet his hero for real is a dream come true. Then later, he even joins Team Flash!
- Black and Nerdy: He's brilliant enough to build working machines out of salvaged scrap, and socially awkward enough to make excuses to hold off asking out a barista he's crushing on.
- Breakout Character: He only appeared in a handful of season 6 episodes, but was popular enough to be given a lead role the following season.
- Cuckoosnarker: He's loopy, but also a wisecracker like the rest of the team.
- A Day in the Limelight: "The One With The Nineties" gives him more focus than any episode he was in before, delving a bit into his past.
- Disappeared Dad: His father died in 1998, with the time loop from the Still Force allowing him to get closure and find out how much he cared about him.
- Dumpster Dive: Is known to scrounge through garbage for spare parts.
- Expy: Team Flash's version of Curtis Holt, sharing his excited personality, a tech expert, and Black and Nerdy.
- Gadgeteer Genius: To the point that Cisco is impressed, as he was able to build a gravitational wave emitter powered by a modulated neutrino charger in his garage, out of junkyard material.
- Genius Loci: While he is comatose, part of his consciousness inhabits a black hole.
- Graceful Loser: He accepts being turned down by his crush Natalie and claims to have said yes to himself.
- Grail in the Garbage: He always finds a way to create technology out of junk. A trip back in time reveals his father taught him to see treasure in trash.
- Incoming Ham: If his introduction via recorded stream was anything to go by.
- Motor Mouth: Chester babbles whenever he's excited or nervous. This happens often, since he's always one or the other.
- Mike Nelson, Destroyer of Worlds: Chester manages to threaten Central City with his black holes, all while in a coma.
- Nice Guy: A jovial and easy-going man.
- Noodle Incident: Chester attempted to build a hovercraft when he was eleven, and only succeeded in sinking his grandmother's car.
- Out of Focus: Mostly disappears near the end of Season 6.
- Promoted to Opening Titles: As of Season 7.
- Reluctant Mad Scientist: He checks the boxes of being a former scientist who performs incredibly dangerous experiments using stolen equipment, but he really means no harm.
- Scavenged Punk: How he makes his inventions.
- The Smart Guy: Sometimes fills in for Cisco for Team Flash.
- Starter Villain: Subverted, as he is the first threat Team Flash has to deal with in Season 6, but it's totally accidental and he isn't malicious at all.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Post-Crisis he seems to be filling in for Cisco as the Gadgeteer Genius.
- Totally Radical: His manner of talking.
- Unrealistic Black Hole: His powers manifest in this form.
- Villain of the Week: He's a subversion of the usual meta-of-the-week formula as the threat posed by his powers is totally accidental.
Species: Human note
Known Aliases: Vibe, Mecha-Vibe
Played By: Carlos Valdes
First Appearance: "The Man Under the Hood" (Arrow 2x19)
Appearances: Arrow | The Flash | Flash vs. Arrow!note | Vixen | Heroes Join Forcesnote | Invasion!note | Crisis on Earth-X note | Freedom Fighters: The Ray | Elseworlds note | Crisis on Infinite Earths note
A mechanical engineering genius who helps the Flash. He first appears in an episode of Arrow set before Barry wakes up from his coma. By Season 2, he has developed metahuman powers and adopted the nickname Vibe.
- Action Survivor: Even before the show started, he and Caitlin encountered Deathstroke on Arrow and survived.
- Adaptational Curves: Inverted. The comic Vibe is depicted having a toned body and has a sleeveless attire to show it. Here, he is depicted having a more average build.
- Adaptational Intelligence: Comics Cisco was pretty average in terms of intelligence and did not have any technological skill. This version depicts him as a top-notch engineer and Gadgeteer Genius, in addition to being a TV Genius and The Movie Buff. He is also depicted as the show's resident Smart Guy despite most of Team Flash sans Joe being established as highly intellectual people.
- Adaptation Name Change: His original comic name was "Paco" (a different shortening of his first name)
- Adaptation Origin Connection: In the comics, Cisco had no ties to S.T.A.R. Labs or Team Flash.
- Adaptational Wimp: Ultimately subverted. At first he is presented as the show's Plucky Comic Relief despite being a superhero in the comics. It is later revealed that he has combat training as shown in his fight with Hartley. He also simply didn't realize he had superpowers at first and gradually gets better at controlling them.
- Always Need What You Gave Up: After the Crisis, he wonders if he should have given up his powers, since he could have vibed the destruction of Earths and saved Harry, Jesse and some other people from other Earths that may be Ret-Gone post-Crisis.
- Amazon Chaser: He becomes smitten with Laurel when he finds out she's the Black Canary. He displays much the same earlier with Plastique (such that his behavior is actually creepy). There's also the Foe Romantic Subtext with Lisa Snart and Gypsy, which gives off the feeling of a gender-inverted All Girls Want Bad Boys.
- Ambiguously Bi: Could be. Cisco has an official tumblr blog where he called Leonard Snart cute and Ray Palmer beautiful. Also it has this gem: "Don't go after the bad girl (or boy.) It ain't worth it." Though it could also be that the "No matter how cute they are" bit was a slipped-in nod to Lisa (implied by adding "Say hi to your sis." in parentheses at the end) and the "or boy" is simply him recognizing that some of his viewers may be attracted to males. In the series, he says Joe has a sexy goatee.
- Appropriated Appellation:
- Ascended Fanboy: Cisco is the resident fanboy of superheroes for Team Flash, and it is eventually revealed to have latent Metahuman powers himself.
- Audience Surrogate: For the fans in the audience, certainly. He is the one who's the most excited by Barry's powers, and came up with the idea of Barry wearing a special suit. The lightning bolt logo was also his idea. He also gives the metahuman criminals their super-villain names.
- Being Good Sucks:
- Invoked by Cisco in "Rogue Air", where after Thawne had been spending several episodes toying with them and they also had moving the metahumans out of the pipeline to deal with. He also gets caught in the predicament of being crushed on by Lisa Snart who he has tried to give the cold shoulder to ever since she used him.Cisco: Really not enjoying being one of the good guys this week.
- It really comes into play in Season 3, where Cisco is distraught over losing his brother Dante, and is bitter over Barry not willing to travel back in time to save his life. He finally has a Heel Realization when he accidentally messes up time himself and understands why Barry has been refusing.
- He initially doubts to be truthful to Breacher about losing his vibing skills due to old age, but after he jumps to face Crucifer, he decides to do so. Cisco didn't want to tell him the truth because Breacher initially promised him to allow meet Gypsy more if he found a cure to his weakening power.
- Invoked by Cisco in "Rogue Air", where after Thawne had been spending several episodes toying with them and they also had moving the metahumans out of the pipeline to deal with. He also gets caught in the predicament of being crushed on by Lisa Snart who he has tried to give the cold shoulder to ever since she used him.
- Berserk Button:
- Destroying his tech. He was downright furious when he heard Bette had blown up (accidentally) Barry's suit, or at least until he saw how attractive Bette was.
- Saying Han shot second.
- Birds of a Feather: With Ray Palmer.
- Blessed with Suck: His metahuman power at first. Initially Cisco could barely control it and he saw things he wished he hadn't. It was triggered by dopamine, which meant the best way to get his powers to manifest was to scare the crap out of him. Earth-2 Wells is fully willing to take advantage of this. Ultimately averted, as he gets better at controlling it during season 2.
- Borrowed Catchphrase: In "Luck Be a Lady", he uses Oliver's "You have failed this city!"
- Brainy Brunette: The Arrowverse's resident Gadgeteer Genius.
- Break the Cutie: Besides his death at the hands of Thawne he is captured by the Rogues and forced to build weapons for them or else Captain Cold would kill his brother.
- Broken Bird:
- In Season 3, Dante's death post-Flashpoint was really hard on him. The once eternally cheerful, Ascended Fanboy, geeky best friend to Barry Allen, became very melancholic and brooding; especially when he learns Barry was indirectly responsible. He does get better though.
- His breakup with Gypsy after the end of season 4 also hits him hard, though in a much more comedic sense.
- Broken Pedestal: He was Eobard Thawne's "Well Done, Son!" Guy, viewing him more like a father than a mere boss especially given his rocky ties to his own family. Until he discovered that the man he believed to be the good doctor was actually the Reverse-Flash all along.
- Brought Down to Normal: He wants to stop being a Metahuman. It culminates with him taking the cure and stop being Vibe.
- Brought Down to Badass: Despite no longer being Vibe at the moment, he defeats the murderer of "Kiss Kiss Breach Breach" with his fighting skills and his smarts.
- But Now I Must Go: He leaves midway through season 6 to keep a record of all the changes that have occurred post-Crisis.
- Clark Kenting: His vigilante outfit only consists of his Vibe glasses and a suit, which doesn't hide his identity in the slightest. But then again, not much point since countless villains already know his civilian identity and that he works with The Flash.
- Composite Character: He takes Hartley's place as the Gadgeteer Genius best friend of The Flash.
- Crazy-Prepared: After the explosion at S.T.A.R Labs, he's become this by nature and necessity. Once he developed a perfect suit to handle Barry's capabilities, he made three. Regardless of how much sense his over-preparedness makes sense, it's gotten him in trouble with Thawne, who is angered that Cisco created a weapon to counter Barry's capabilitiesnote out of worry that Barry may turn against them one day.
- Zigzagged all around. Cisco is great about building things he needs - a Flash suit, an anti-Flash gun (that they actually could have used when Barry got hit with a Hate Plague), a sonic device to control Hartley, putting a defibrillator in the Flash suit, he even came up with the idea to hold metahumans in the reactor. But he's extremely careless with his tech meaning that it often gets used against him.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Despite being mostly the Plucky Comic Relief, he shows some really flashy moves when he fights Hartley Rathaway in Season 1, and later becomes a powerful Metahuman.
- Cynicism Catalyst: The death of his big brother, Dante, and Barry refusing to go back in time and save him.
- Death-Activated Superpower: Played With. Minutes after Eobard kills him, Barry unknowingly pushes the Reset Button by accidentally Time Traveling back to the previous day. For unknown reasons, this Cosmic Retcon causes Cisco's metahuman powers to be awakened and he gains a Ripple-Proof Memory where he recollects said incident.
- Defense Mechanism Superpower: A rush of adrenaline and dopamine triggers his abilities, which can be triggered by fear. Harry later modifies Cisco's visor, so it can stimulate the fear receptors in his brain, which helps him to reliably vibe.
- Dimensional Traveler: His power allows him to create portals that serves as Extra Dimensional Shortcuts to any part of The Multiverse.
- Distracted by the Sexy: Although he's initially enraged by Plastique destroying Barry's suit he drops it immediately when he gets a look at her.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Guest starred on Arrow before The Flash (2014) aired.
- The Engineer: The main source of Team Flash's fancy technology, though other tech experts like Wells, Ray Palmer, and both halves of Firestorm help out from time to time.
- Even Nerds Have Standards: A deleted scene from the season one finale reveals that he didn't have a fun time in high school as he was such a nerd that even the other nerds hated him.
- Everyone Has Standards: Draws the line at Caitlin's suggestion of "Rainbow Raider".
- Evil Me Scares Me: For a time he is afraid of being superpowered, and seeing his Evil Twin Reverb accentuates those fears.
- Face Death with Dignity: He manages to stand his ground calmly as Thawne prepares to punch a hole through him, despite still reeling from learning the truth.
- Faking the Dead: Cisco is pretending that Vibe was really killed by Cicada to fool the latter.
- Fingerless Gloves: Part of his Vibe costume.
- Foe Romantic Subtext: He and Lisa Snart have a mutual attraction to one another. Also with Gypsy, who tried to kill him.
- Fun T-Shirt: He wears a lot of these.
- Gadgeteer Genius:
- Designs the Flash's suit, and outright admits his job at S.T.A.R Labs is to "make the toys", which includes anti-Flash weaponry as "Going Rogue" shows.
- At Laurel Lance's request he also modified Sara's sonic device and then dubbed it the "Canary Cry".
- Game-Breaking Injury: After Cicada slashes his palms with his dagger, it leaves trace amounts of aluminum-beryllium alloy in them. Every time he uses his powers from that point on, dark matter is affecting his central nervous system, causing him great pain.
- Goggles Do Something Unusual: He created goggles that would help him use his then unknown Metahuman powers to help Barry confirm that Thawne is the Reverse-Flash. Harry Wells upgraded them in Season 2.
- Good Counterpart: To his other two Pre-Crisis doppelgängers, Reverb and Echo.
- Has a Type: All the girls he's been involved with know how to kick ass.
- He Knows Too Much: Why Thawne kills him in a now Alternate Timeline.
- Heroic BSoD:
- Cisco suffers from one after his brother, Dante, dies in a car accident in the new timeline after Flashpoint. He begged Barry to go back in time and save Dante but Barry refused.
- A more comical variant, though still taken seriously at moments, is his moping in season 5 after breaking up with Gypsy.
- Hero-Worshipper: Partially fills this role, given his status as the Plucky Comic Relief and the Ascended Fanboy who is living the dream working with a superhero.
- He's Back: After taking the Metahuman cure in The Flash Season 5 finale, the Monitor restores his powers during the Crisis. Then loses them again after being restored in the new multiverse.
- Hot Scientist: While often overlooked due to being surrounded by variable Adonis' like Barry, Ray, Eddie, "Jay" and so on, Cisco is attractive enough to gain the attention of lovely ladies like Lisa Snart, Kendra Saunders and Gypsy. Even more so his Tall, Dark, and Handsome older brother Dante once lied to a girl they liked that Cisco wanted to become a priest to get her attentions onto him, when she had expressed interest in Cisco.
- How Do I Shot Web?: Takes some time to actually figure out how to use his powers. Even after discovering from Reverb he has the ability to use his powers offensively, he only manages a brief blast against Black Siren on impulse but can't repeat it for a while. It isn't until he prepares to fight Gypsy that he gets a good hold on his powers.
- I Let Gwen Stacy Die: He blames himself for Harry and Jesse's death in Crisis and their current unknown status, since he thinks that being Vibe would have allowed him to make them escape from Earth-2. He calms down a bit on this one when he learns Harry lives in Nash's mind.
- Iconic Sequel Character: Introduced to the Arrowverse during its second year before becoming a main character on his own show during the third.
- Idiot Ball:
- He built a freeze ray to counter Barry's speed if he ever went rogue, which is not an unreasonable suspicion considering what the other meta-humans are like. The only problem is he didn't tell anyone else about it, and carelessly put it in a cheap locker, which was easy to break in to. It then gets stolen by Captain Cold's paid-off janitor at S.T.A.R. Labs, which Wells calls him out on.
- Cisco gets handed the ball a lot. He also let Hartley out of his cell, enabling his escape.
- Impersonating the Evil Twin: He makes a Dead Person Impersonation of Reverb to distract Black Siren from stopping Team Flash on incapacitating the Earth-2 metahumans using the sound frequency device.
- Impossible Genius: Cisco is able casually put together high-tech inventions decades ahead of its time, having created;, the speedster suits, a gun that can withhold absolute zero, a high-tech flamethrower allegedly capable of reaching Planck's constant, a quantum splicer (with Thawne's help), working force fields designed to withstand speedsters, holograms, protein bars and alcohol designed for speedsters, temperature resistant shields, his prototype vibe glasses, drones, and heaps of other neat things.
- In Another Man's Shoes: Cisco compares his relationship with H.R to this with the other Wellses. Eobard Thawne and Harry Wells were both geniuses who Team Flash depended on, while with H.R it's the opposite as he depends on Team Flash.
- Instant Expert: Double Subverted. He could not control his powers properly at first, but after some brief training when confronting another similarly powered meta, he manages with ease.
- Jerkass Realization: After changing time in "Invasion" he realizes that he's Not So Different from Barry, and that he's been way too hard on Barry.
- Jumped at the Call: The first of the S.T.A.R. Labs team to help Barry with his heroics, including the ones not involving meta-humans.
- Kavorka Man: Downplayed. He isn't unattractive, but he is nowhere near as good-looking or as tall as the likes of Oliver Queen or Ray Palmer. Still, he has had a string of luck with women. Among these women are Kendra Saunders and Lisa Snart.
- Keet: He's known for being very quickly to fly of the handle, especially in comical moments. Even Barry is calm and collected by comparison.
- Killed to Uphold the Masquerade: Poor Cisco gets Thawne's hand through his chest after he discovers the good doctor's true identity. Fortunately, Barry inadvertently travelling back though time keeps it from sticking.
- The Lancer: He gradually becomes Barry's most trusted friend and Foil as the show progresses. He even becomes a Metahuman like him. Notably, Barry always entrusts Team Flash's leadership to Cisco every time he has to go away and believes he's never gonna come back.
- Like Brother and Sister: He directly states that he's pretty much Caitlin's brother. While the two are incredibly close, the feelings seem purely platonic.
- Logging onto the Fourth Wall: Cisco runs a real life Chronicles of Cisco blog on tumblr which gives additional information on episodes.
- Meaningful Name: Probably unintentional, but it's quite fitting that a Gadgeteer Genius has the same name as that of one of the real world's most prominent tech companies.
- Minored in Ass-Kicking: Mostly works as the team's Gadgeteer Genius, but if need be he can still hold his own in a fist fight. His fight with Hartley Rathaway in Season 1 or much later Eobard Thawne (in Nash's body) shows he's quite formidable in his own right. He becomes more active when he has more access to his Vibe powers.
- Morality Pet: For Lisa Snart. Captain Cold's sister and a criminal she might be, but she's genuinely fond of him, especially after he saved her life in Season 2.
- Motor Mouth: When he is talking about something he likes, he tends to go into vivid and extensive detail.
- The Movie Buff: If a Shout-Out to a movie is going to be made, it's usually him who does it.
- My God, What Have I Done?: In "Invasion", once he realizes that he put Earth in the Dominator's crosshairs by interfering with time, the very thing he chewed out Barry for doing earlier.
- Mythology Gag: Prior to Cisco becoming Vibe, their were teases at his alter-ego from the comics.
- Cisco Ramon is the name of the superhero Vibe. He later tells Hartley "You're not the only one who understands vibrations", while using a sound-based weapon against him.
- In his first appearance on Arrow, he says, "You getting bad vibes off this guy?"
- New Powers as the Plot Demands: Due to how poorly defined Cisco's Vibe powers are, it's common for some arbitrary new application to be tacked on. First it was a form of extrasensory perception, then he could teleport himself and others, then he could generate Hand Blasts, then he could cross dimensions. In "Duet" he suddenly gains the ability to teleport Iris and Mon-El physically into a psychic induced coma dream.
- Nice Guy:
- Out of all the S.T.A.R. Lab team, he's the one who was most interested in helping Barry adjust to his new life initially instead of treating him as walking lab experiment when he awoke from his coma.
- He also unknowingly gives Laurel a much needed morale boost, with his fanboying over her being the Black Canary (since Team Arrow isn't exactly thrilled with the idea of her taking Sara's place).
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: He was the one who designed Leonard Snart's cold gun, and kept it in a rinkydink little locker where it inevitably got stolen.
- The Nicknamer:
- He comes up with the names for the metahumans Flash fights, and is very territorial about it. Although he is willing to share that honor with Ray Palmer, since they have an uncanny ability to think up the same names at the same time.Hartley: I was thinking of calling myself Pied Piper.
Cisco: Hey, I assign the nicknames around here! ...Although that one's not bad.
- By the end of season 1, his habit of doing this makes some of the super-villains they encounter ask him for a nickname and they stick with it, such as the Golden Glider and even the Big Bad himself, Reverse-Flash.
- When "Jay Garrick" is telling the team about Sand Demon in S2:E2, Cisco is annoyed that Sand Demon already has a nickname. But he lets it slide because he finds the name cool.
- He comes up with the names for the metahumans Flash fights, and is very territorial about it. Although he is willing to share that honor with Ray Palmer, since they have an uncanny ability to think up the same names at the same time.
- No One Gets Left Behind: Shows this attitude, and was very reluctant to leave Ronnie behind in the particle accelerator as well as leaving Thawne to deal with Farooq.
- No Ontological Inertia: His existence is heavily tied to Eobard Thawne as well. If Thawne gets prematurely defeated, Cisco might be Ret Goned.
- Oh, Crap!: When he remembers when Thawne killed him.
- Also when he vibes the destruction of Earth-2.
- Other Me Annoys Me: He (rightfully) thinks that his Earth-2 counterpart is a dick.
- Out of Focus: Season 5 sees him MIA for many episode due to him at first recovering from a near fatal attack from Cicada, and second working with Caitlin's Mother Doctor Tanhauser in formulating a Meta-Cure.
- Parental Substitute: Has this in Thawne, due to his estrangement from his family. Then he investigates too deeply into the containment field's failure to stop the Reverse-Flash, and it all goes downhill from there.
- Person as Verb: A specially modified treadmill is "Ciscoed"; coined by himself.
- Platonic Life-Partners: With Caitlin. When Ronnie first appears to her he is the first person she tells about it. He is immediately supportive despite not being completely sure she actually saw him.
- Plucky Comic Relief: The resident clown of the series.
- Pop-Cultured Badass: The resident TV Genius and movie buff of the Arrowverse who regularly Speaks in Shout-Outs. Also a powerful metahuman with precognition and powers that could cross The Multiverse.
- Powered Armor: After having his Meta powers removed, he later uses a suit capable of replicating his vibe blasts and is known in the future as "Mecha-Vibe".
- Pragmatic Hero: He salvaged all of Thawne's survillance cameras, refusing to waste perfectly good tech.
- Precision F-Strike: Not literally, but his tendency to frequently call Hartley Rathaway "a dick" is still the saltiest language the show uses. He also uses the phrase "I shit you not" on his official Tumblr.
- Primary-Color Champion: As Vibe, he wears a red-and-black jacket with gold highlights as well as a pair of shades with blue lenses.
- Properly Paranoid: He is at least well justified to doubt Harry Wells' judgment with the thinking cap.
- Put on a Bus: He leaves Team Flash for a job at A.R.G.U.S. in Star City, alongside with Kamilla in "Good Vibrations".
- Reality Ensues: While he still is a source of fun, after facing many near apocalypses, losing several friends and his brother, and being placed in multiple life threatening situations, the once most gung-ho member of the team is much more wary about the superhero business.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: With his cheery and enthusiastic demeanor, he's red to Caitlin's blue.
- Reluctant Warrior: Cisco has great control of his powers in the post-Flashpoint timeline, but he rarely goes out in the field with Barry or/and Wally.
- Ripple-Proof Memory: Somehow Cisco is able to remember that he found out "Wells" is the Reverse-Flash and that "Wells" killed him for it. This is despite Barry's Cosmic Retcon of the timeline which should make it impossible for him to remember those events. It comes to him in his dreams and if someone uses the right trigger phrase when he's awake. This turns out to be a metahuman ability he got from the explosion.
- Screams Like a Little Girl: When Harry Wells sneaks up behind him while wearing Thawne's Reverse Flash outfit.
- Secret Keeper:
- As one of the Flash's inner circle. However, he tells Captain Cold when presented with a Sadistic Choice.
- Even though he had a falling out with Joe since the latter correctly accused Thawne of having been involved in Nora Allen's murder, Cisco still runs the blood tests and calls Joe about the results, making sure Thawne is out of earshot first.
- After he risked his life to save Ray from a surprise bee-bot attack, he and Caitlin were let in on the others' suspicions about the Reverse-Flash.
- Seer: He has visions of things.
- Shipper on Deck:
- He pressured Caitlin and "Jay" to kiss when they grew more attracted to each other. Then they later discover he's Hunter Zolomon, aka Zoom.
- He learns that Joe is taking Cecile to see The Shining at a movie festival, and agrees to go so Joe won't be alone, despite Barry mentioning he never got past the twins.
- For Barry and Iris, most notably in "Elseworld, Part 2," when he openly boasts that Iris was able to note that something was up with Barry, after he and Oliver switch lives, a fact which Cisco deems as "lover's intuition," going on to elaborate that that's how everyone knows Barry and Iris are soulmates. He does this, while failing to realize the sensitivity of the situation, as Felicity becomes hurt that she was not able to figure out that something was up with Oliver.
- Ship Tease:
- With Caitlin
- The biggest reason Cisco was worried about revealing to Caitlin he sealed Ronnie in the tube, was that she would hate him, which she assures him she understands.
- "Revenge of the Rogues," Cisco is the one who leads the search for the kidnapped Caitlin.
- When flashing back to Cisco's first day at S.T.A.R. Labs in "The Sound and the Fury," when first meeting Caitlin, he is clearly dazed and wide eyed as he mentions "She seems nice," to Hartley with a goofy grin.
- After coming too after Hartley knocked him out, the first person he questions Barry about is Caitlin, who comes to his side, placing a comforting hand on him.
- In "The Man That Saved Central City" Cisco is the one that reaches out to Caitlin.
- In the "King Shark," he is the one most worried that her behavior is inductive of her turning into Killer Frost.
- "Trajectory," sees Cisco asking Caitlin to dance with him during Team Flashes night out, which they do erratically but having fun all the same.
- During "Vs. Zoom", when Zoom makes off with Caitlin, it's Cisco that screams after her.
- "Invincible," when Caitlin is in the midst of her PTSD, it's Cisco who comforts her.
- Later in Invincible, when the two are cornered by Black Siren, Cisco instinctively pushes Caitlin behind him.
- Cisco is able to reach out and partially get through to Caitlin underneath her Killer Frost guise, when the two are trying to return Barry/Savitar's memory.
- While he is quick to snark and snap at Savitar even to the point that the Speedster seems to threaten to kill him, he is quick to comply with the psychopath after he corrects Cisco saying he won't kill him but will kill Caitlin.
- With Lisa
- The entirety of "Family of Rogues" is one long episode of this.
- With Caitlin
- Slobs vs. Snobs: His conflict with Hartley. Hartley couldn't believe someone like Cisco could be a mechanical genius.
- The Smart Guy: His role in Team Flash, being the resident Gadgeteer Genius. It's worth mentioning that the entire team sans Joe (who isn't stupid, he's just not in their intellectual "league") is this, with them being Science Heroes and all.
- Speaks in Shout-Outs: He lets everyone know that he's the resident movie buff by casually making pop-culture references.
- Stepford Smiler: Despite his cheerful and goofy demeanor Cisco does have his scars:
- He harbors deep feelings of guilt for locking Ronnie in the particle accelerator (at Ronnie's own insistence, to channel the impending explosion and protect as many people as possible).
- He's also estranged from his family, which is why he relies on the rest of Team Flash for emotional support and craved Thawne's approval like a son would his father's.
- Suddenly SHOUTING!: He often has such moments under stress.Cisco: [to Ralph regarding an abducted Caitlin] Of course, she wouldn't have been in Jitters in the first place if you hadn't acted like such a jackass today. But in true Ralph Dibny fashion, you drove her away with your FAT MOUTH!!
- Supporting Leader: In the Season 3 finale, Barry leaves the leadership of Team Flash to Cisco before he goes to the Speed Force. However, Barry passes The Hero mantle to Wally.
- Survivor's Guilt: Dude has some serious issues and insecurities left from locking Ronnie in the particle accelerator. Which is why, when Ronnie comes back, Cisco is so adamant on finding him.
- Sweet Tooth: He's constantly snacking on candy and other sugary foods.
- Taking the Bullet: He takes one of the Bug-Eyed Bandit's bees to save Ray, of which he was deathly afraid of.
- They Killed Kenny Again: He has been killed three times thus far - first by Eobard Thawne, then by Vandal Savage, and then by the Anti-Monitor erasing all of existence - the first two were negated by Barry's Time Travel with the third being undone by the multiverse being rebooted.
- Thinking Up Portals: This is one of his abilities. It was first introduced as a way to open breaches to Earth-2, but since then has extended to other Earths and even places within the same universe.
- Tomato in the Mirror: Much to his horror, he was turned into a metahuman by the Particle Accelerator.
- Totally Radical: Likes to talk jive. Caitlin lampshades this in Arrow.Cisco: I hereby christen this building the bomb.
Caitlin: Nobody says that anymore.
- Traumatic Superpower Awakening: Being killed by Thawne in Out of Time triggers his inherent metahuman abilities to connect with the vibrations of the multiverse in the timeline Barry corrected.
- Troll: when Barry travels back in time, he rickrolls Hartley after they capture him.
- True Companions: With Barry, demonstrated best when even after the falling out he had with Barry, when his brother, Dante, died, he still comes to his rescue when going against Clariss.Cisco: (after shooting shockwaves, and knocking Alchemy on his ass) Stay away from my friend!
- TV Genius: If a Shout-Out to a TV show is going to be made, it's usually him who does it.
- Two First Names: Being a DC Comics based character, he has a last name that is traditionally used as a first name.
- Undying Loyalty: He's still working for S.T.A.R. Labs after the explosion. He even originally built what became the Flash suit for firefighters, in the hopes the city would stop hating Thawne. That is until he learns about the Reverse-Flash.
- The Unfavorite: Despite his mechanical genius, his parents treat his older brother Dante (a concert pianist) with more love and attention.
- Unskilled, but Strong: Gypsy comments during their Trial by Combat that his powers are strong but lacks the training and experience to use them in their full potential.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: He and Iris, the two are the most likely to snark and clash with one another, but make no mistake, the two are family.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Less of a father-son way and more of a hero-employee way. Cisco craves Thawne's approval, as pointed out by Pied Piper. Ironically enough Thawne says he considers Cisco to be the son he never had... before killing him.
- Where Does He Get All Those Wonderful Toys?: For Team Arrow, they get their body armour from him. The Rogues get their ray guns from him. Even CCPD gets a weapon, "The Boot" from him. He does mention he recycles electronics they capture from enemies, but the real question is where he gets the raw material when it looks like S.T.A.R. labs hasn't been operating as a business in over almost two years.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: As revealed in episode 18, Cisco cannot stand bees.
- You Are in Command Now:
- In the Season 3 finale, Barry leaves the leadership of Team Flash to Cisco before he goes to the Speed Force.
- In Season 6 Barry is training Cisco to become a leader when he possibly dies at the Crisis.
Prof. Eobard Thawne / Dr. "Harrison Wells" / The Reverse-Flash
A psychotic Ascended Fanboy who himself became a speedster and killed Barry's mother. He is also Eddie's descendant from the distant future, impersonating Dr. Harrison Wells, whom he killed and stole his identity. He became the founder of S.T.A.R. Labs who mentors the Flash, helping him understand his powers.
Hunter Zolomon / Zoom aka "Jay Garrick" / "The Flash"
A psychotic Serial Killer from an Alternate Universe, later dubbed Earth-2, who claims to be that universe's Flash and warning the team from an impending threat named Zoom. In reality, he is impersonating Jay Garrick, The Flash from yet another Alternate Universe later dubbed Earth-3, and he himself is actually the threat he warned the team about, and fought himself as the Flash on Earth-2 for fun.
Jesse "Quick" Chambers Wells
Known Aliases: Jesse Quick
Played By: Violett Beane
First Appearance: "The Darkness and the Light" (The Flash 2x5)
Appearances: The Flash
The daughter of Harrison Wells from Earth-2. Jesse is a teenage genius having studied five courses at once in college. Zoom keeps her hostage for the first half of Season 2. After she is rescued by Team Flash and her father, she and "Harry" Wells take refugee on Earth-1. Towards the end of Season 2, she and Wally West were hit with dark matter as a result of an experiment to recreate the events of how Barry got his powers. As such, Jesse herself becomes a speedster in Season 3.
- Adaptational Backstory Change: In the comics, she's a Legacy Character and child of two Golden Age superheroes who inherited her father's Super Speed (and later her mother's Super Strength), who became one of Wally West's crime fighting partners and proteges during his tenure as The Flash. In the show, she's Teen Genius Tag Along Kid from an alternate universe who after being kidnapped by the villainous Speedster Zoom, was caught in a mini-particle accelerator blast that granted her Super Speed and was briefly trained by Barry Allen before helping him train Wally West, her boyfriend for a time.
- Adaptational Early Appearance: Usually, she is introduced during the Wally West era. Here, she debuts way ahead of him.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: She's blonde in the comics. Here, she has auburn hair.
- Adaptation Name Change: In the comics, her name is Jesse Chambers. Word of God confirmed that her full name in the show is Jesse Chambers Wells.
- Adaptation Personality Change: Jesse Quick in the comics was an insecure, tomboyish workaholic who struggled with feeling less than the other speedsters, had a short temperament, and while nerdy, it was more in the sociak life sense. Show Jesse is a more confident, feminine Cutie who's also a Teen Genius, doesn't appear to hold any insecurity about her power (in fact she inspires it in Wally), and is evidently socially affable enough to find a roommate while in another world relatively easily and apparently gather together her own support team.
- Adaptational Superpower Change: Jesse was a speedster in the comics, but her powers worked differently; because of how she'd been trained, she had to use a spoken 'Speed formula' to mentally put herself in position to use her powers. As an extra, she had the unique ability to generate short bursts of flight with her speed, and as her mother was a super-hero with super strength that followed similar rules, she learnt to harness this as well. Here, she seems to have pretty much the same speed powers as Barry.
- Adaptation Relationship Overhaul: About the only canon relationship that stayed more-or-less the same was Jesse's relationship with Jay Garrick, and even that isn't quite as close. Specifics:
- Her father; Johnny Chambers was a loving father to Jesse and she was an utter Daddy's Girl, though his sport coach-like parenting left her with some issues with earning approval. Here, she's repeatedly Calling the Old Man Out over his dysfunctional personality and terrible people skills, and while he loves her, he struggles to show it. Also, her mom is a case of Deceased Parents Are the Best when in the comics, Libby Lawrence was a smothering, somewhat overbearing mother who survived her ex-husband by many years, and Jesse had a troubled relationship with her. In many ways, the dynamic between them switched.
- Wally West; in the comics, Jesse was one of Wally's partners in crime-fighting but outside of All Love Is Unrequited on her side, they were Just Friends, with Wally seemingly seeing them as Like Brother and Sister. Wally was also much more powerful and far more experienced than Jesse, causing her to often feel like she Can't Catch Up, while Wally had a Big Brother Instinct and constantly went out of his way to help the otherwise friendless and constantly overworked Jesse socialise more. The show, obviously, made them a Beta Couple and had Jesse be the one who got powers first, helped train Wally, and caused him to feel insecure about his abilities next to hers, especially as she was a Teen Genius from a rich family.
- Barry Allen; Jesse in the comics had almost no relationship with Barry Allen, introduced while he was dead and being Demoted to Extra alongside most of the Flash Family shortly after he came Back from the Dead, and in general she was more a friend-of-a-friend. While they're still not particularly close in the show, Barry helped train her and seemed to take over Wally's role of being Jesse's Big Brother Mentor, and Jesse is now in-universe Barry's counterpart as the Flash of Earth 2.
- Affectionate Nickname: Her dad calls her Jesse Quick because of how smart she is.
- Amicable Exes: Breaks up with Wally due to the complexities of their situations, she lives in another universe and is busy protecting her Earth, not because she doesn't still care for him.
- Boobs of Steel: A hard-hitting speedster who is notably well-endowed.
- Broken Pedestal: For her father, when she learned he caused the meta-humans. And again when she inadvertently learns that in order to save her from Zoom, he'd killed a man. Having finally had enough of Harry's domineering personality she kicks him off Team Quick, and out of Earth-2, but she has not quite disowned him.
- Bus Crash: Like her father, she is disintegrated alongside her entire Earth by the Anti-Monitor, as confirmed in "Crisis on Infinite Earths: Part Three". Her current fate is unknown.
- Calling the Old Man Out: Jesse doesn't hesitate to call her father out on his mistakes.
- Commuting on a Bus: She leaves Central City in "Trajectory" in order to explore Earth-1 and discourage her father from giving into his darker urges. She returns in "Back To Normal", and leaves at the end of Season 2, making five appearances in Season 3 and one in Season 4.
- Cute Bruiser: Jesse is a cute, young woman and a badass speedster.
- Damsel in Distress: Zoom keeps her hostage. She was eventually rescued by her father and a group of good people (sans Killer Frost).
- Dimensional Traveler: Depending on the Writer, her Super Speed allows her to cross The Multiverse at will.
- Domino Mask: She wears one as part of her Jesse Quick Persona. It originally belonged to Trajectory.
- Fiery Redhead: She has reddish-brown hair and is very opinionated.
- Foregone Conclusion: As with Wally West, the reason why there the announcement of her powers had no spoiler tags.
- Fragile Speedster: She's faster than Barry when he first got his powers but she's far more vulnerable.
- Gender-Blender Name: "Jesse" is typically a given name for males, whereas "Jessie" is usually the female spelling.
- Girliness Upgrade: Inverted. Once she goes to Earth-1, she starts acting and dressing more like a Shorttank.
- Good Counterpart: To Trajectory the first female speedster (who was evil). Bonus points for using the same costume (with some slight modifications).
- Hero of Another Story: Since Season 3, she's essentially The Flash of Earth-2 and temporarily of Earth-3.
- Hidden Buxom: Since her actress is well-endowed and the show wants to portray her as the Tagalong Kid, the wardrobe department always gives her either slightly thicker clothing or clothes that are tight enough to suppress them which are often also accompanied by plaid shirts or/and jackets for better concealment. That or they just avoid using shots that clearly displays her figure as much as possible. This is evident when she returns in Season 3 where she's wearing a plunging tanktop. The moment she takes her jacket off she's only seen either from the back or in distant shots.
- Iconic Sequel Character: Does not appear until The Flash Season 2, which was during the Arrowverse's fourth year.
- I Have Your Wife: Zoom keeps her hostage as a leverage against her father. She was eventually rescued.
- In Name Only: Note the number of 'Adaptational Change' tropes at the top. Though the show played fast and loose with a lot of characters, the only thing connecting Jesse from the comics and Jesse from the show is they're both female speedsters nicknamed Jesse Quick. They're so different that you could have both interacting and it'd look like two completely different characters.
- Jumped at the Call: When her powers kick in she's very eager to become a hero like Barry.
- Missing Mom: Her mother is nowhere to be seen, but is then confirmed to have been long dead in "Back to Normal". Whether or not she's also the Earth-2 Tess Morgan remains to be seen.
- Morality Pet: For her father, Harrison Wells. Sadly, it doesn't mean that their relationship is healthy.
- The Ojou: She's the daughter of her world's greatest Science Hero and founder of a top-notch science laboratory.
- Punny Name: She uses her Affectionate Nickname "Jesse Quick" as her superhero name after gaining Super Speed.
- Put on a Bus: She takes an extended leave in "Into the Speed Force" to perform Jay Garrick's duty as protector of Earth-3 while he assists Team Flash to defeat Savitar. She returns for one episode in Season 4, after which she leaves the team for good.note
- Real Name as an Alias: Her superhero name is also her father's Affectionate Nickname for her.
- Red Is Heroic: Her costume, which ironically was originally worn by a villain (and an evil female speedster at that).
- Redeeming Replacement: She is a genuinely heroic speedster in Earth-2, unlike Hunter Zolomon, who was purely evil and had a heroic facade to make the people feel hope to then steal it away. She also wears Trajectory's costume, who was also an evil speedster.
- Related in the Adaptation: This version of Jesse Quick is the daughter of the S.T.A.R. Labs founder.
- Ret-Gone: It's implied she no longer exists after the multiverse was recreated.
- Ship Tease: She checks out Wally when at a bar with Team Flash. Kisses him before going back to Earth-2.
- Significant Green-Eyed Redhead: She has auburn hair and green eyes and is Harrison Wells' daughter.
- Silk Hiding Steel: At first glance she appears merely as The Cutie, but she has no qualms on calling her father out on his mistakes and (at least initially) doesn't falter at Zoom's presence even though the latter is keeping her hostage. This trope practically applies literally too, as she's mostly wearing a 1950s styled silk dress.
- Sixth Ranger: She joins Team Flash after being rescued from Zoom's prison.
- Skewed Priorities: She didn't want to leave Earth-2 despite the fact that she had just been rescued from an Ax-Crazy speedster who is now on her and her father's trail. Harry calls her out on it.
- The Smart Girl: Easily the smartest member of Team Flash, which is The Smart Guy team of the Arrowverse. She's said to be even smarter than her father.
- Tagalong Kid: The youngest member of Team Flash to date.
- Tears of Fear: Whatever Zoom did to her, the moment she's briefly reunited with her father, she breaks down to the point of tears, begging not to go back.
- Teen Genius: Expected, given who her father is. She graduated high school at age of 15, and is currently a college student. With five majors.
- Uncertain Doom: While she died due to the Anti-Monitor's attacks on the Multiverse, her status following the recreation of the multiverse are unknown.
- You Don't Look Like You: Jesse Quick of the comics was a blonde-haired all-American looking girl with a revealing outfit. The show practices Adaptation Modesty and Adaptation Dye-Job.
Julian Albert Desmond
Known Aliases: (Doctor) Alchemy
Played By: Tom Felton, Tobin Bell (voice of Alchemy)
First Appearance: "Paradox" (The Flash 3x2)
Appearances: The Flash
Introduced right after Barry Allen undoes the "Flashpoint" timeline. A crime-scene investigator at the Central City Police Department and colleague of Barry's, he investigates all of the metahuman related crimes, and is quite adamant that Barry not be allowed near them. Later revealed to be "Alchemy", the unwilling minion of the evil speedster Savitar, who turned him into a mysterious cult leader wielding a strange stone with the ability to turn other humans into meta-humans.
- Actor Allusion: Julian is excited by Barry visiting Gorilla City and asks if he's "going to the Planet of the Empire."
- Adaptational Heroism: This Alchemy was Brainwashed and Crazy and ended up as an Unwitting Pawn to the real villain. He even pulls a HeelFace Turn and joins the heroes.
- Adaptation Name Change: None of the three incarnations of Doctor Alchemy from the comics were named Julian Albert, though his surname serves as a Mythology Gag to the first holder of the title, Albert Desmond. Ultimately played with, as in a case of Freeze-Frame Bonus, one can see his full name given as Julian Albert Desmond on an academic paper he wrote some years prior to Season Three.
- Adaptation Origin Connection: In the comics, Dr. Alchemy had no connection with Savitar, and most certainly didn't serve as his underling.
- Adaptational Superpower Change: Instead of transmuting substances like in the comics, his Philosopher's Stone can give people the powers they had in the Flashpoint timeline and fire energy blasts.
- Adaptational Wimp: In the comics, Alchemy's one of the few Rogues that Flash can rarely fight directly. Here, he's forced to rely on underlings and is revealed to be a servant to a greater evil.
- Ambiguous Disorder: He displays several symptoms of high-functioning Autism, such as his Brutal Honesty, lack of social skills, obsessive interest in his work, and rude behavior that seems not to be malicious.
- And Starring: Always billed with "Special Guest Star".
- The Atoner: It seems at least part of the reason he takes up Caitlin's offer to join Team Flash in the back half of season 3 is to try and make up for what he feels responsible for doing as Dr. Alchemy, despite them constantly reminding him that Alchemy isn't him.
- Badass Longcoat: His Alchemy costume is a long dark coat/cloak that conceals his appearance and makes him all the more ominous.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: Julian really wanted to be a metahuman, but being Savitar's Dragon probably isn't what he had in mind.
- Black Cloak: Dark green, actually, but Alchemy wears one.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: He's only Alchemy because of Savitar's corruption. He wasn't even aware of it until Barry got him to connect the dots with the blackouts he'd been having since finding the Philosopher's Stone.
- Canon Character All Along: At first it seemed he was an original character, but the Freeze-Frame Bonus in "The Present" reveals his full name is Julian Albert Desmond. Albert Desmond was the first Doctor Alchemy's real name.
- Casting Gag: Looks like Draco Malfoy is still The Rival to a hero associated with a lightning bolt scar and has his debut appearance featuring a a Philosopher's Stone.
- Celebrity Paradox:
- Comic-Book Movies Don't Use Codenames: Played with. Although Cisco calls him Dr. Alchemy, he only refers to himself as Alchemy.
- Composite Character: He has elements from all three users of the "Dr. Alchemy" identity in the comics; namely, Albert Desmond's scientific background (and name), Curtis Engstrom's connections with S.T.A.R Labs, and Alexander Petrov's career in a crime lab.
- Contrasting Sequel Antagonist: Alchemy is the first major antagonist in The Flash who isn't a speedster, nor did he apparently get his powers from any dark matter. He also has no interest in the Flash or his speed, seeing him only as a threat to be destroyed, and does not know the Flash's real name. This continues on once he's revealed to be Julian Albert, as he wasn't the main villain pretending to be someone close to Barry, but was actually under the control of the real Big Bad Savitar. He's also the only major antagonist on Team Flash who is a former villain rather than the inverse, and doesn't mentor Barry like Thawne and "Jay" did.
- Cult: Alchemy leads one that worships Savitar.
- Dark Is Evil: As Alchemy, he wears a black and dark green outfit and is incredibly sinister.
- Deadpan Snarker: Julian has this down to an art, and even in his Alchemy persona, he has his moments. When Magenta shows up in his lair complaining that he didn't help her silence Frankie's voice in her head, he dryly comments that he granted her powers from the other timeline, but he never said he would silence her Split Personality.
- Decoy Antagonist: Played with. He was made to look like the Big Bad of the season, but turns out he's only The Dragon to the real villain.....but then again, the "Alchemy" persona is Savitar speaking through Julian.
- Demonic Possession: Alchemy appears to have the ability to possess potential Flashpoint targets, with victims hearing his voice in their mind and seeing his name scratched on a nearby glass surface. Later it's revealed that Alchemy himself is possessed by Savitar, with his real identity being Julian Albert, who has no recollection of what happens when Savitar takes over.
- Did Not Get the Girl: He fell in love with Caitlin when he worked with Team Flash, but she decided to do a journey to find herself and he transferred to London.
- Disc-One Final Boss: For Season 3, as the defeat of Alchemy wasn't the end, it was only the beginning as Team Flash now has to deal with Savitar.
- The Dragon: For Savitar. As Dr. Alchemy, he does most of the up-front manipulation and control over the Cult, whereas Savitar is more hands-on. Subverted in that "Alchemy" is just Savitar speaking through him, and Julian himself is completely unaware that it's happening. Cisco even calls him "the Big Bad's little bad".
- Evil Sounds Raspy: In his Alchemy persona, as expected from Jigsaw. It's actually just Savitar talking through him.
- Expy: A Malevolent Masked Man who leads a cult dedicated to giving superpowers to individuals, who is under the command of the real Big Bad. Sounds a lot like Brother Blood from Arrow.
- Fire-Forged Friends: He initially dislikes Barry and the feeling is very mutual, but after it's revealed that Alchemy is actually Savitar using Julian as a mouthpiece without Julian's knowledge, he comes to trust Barry a bit more and even goes out of his way to get Barry's job back after previously forcing Barry to resign.
- Not to mention the fact that he helped out Caitlin when her Restraining Bolt bracelets began to stop working, causing her powers to return. Initially, he turns her away because he investigates metas and doesn't cure them; by the end of the same episode, he reveals at Barry's housewarming that he had a change of heart sometime during the episode, and worked with Cisco to develop a snowflake-shaped Power Nullifier necklace rechargeable by sunlight.
- Good Is Not Nice: He's technically one of the good guys when he's not being Alchemy, but he's a major jerk who condescends to everybody, especially Barry.
- Hand Blast: Alchemy holds the Philosopher's Stone in his palm to fire concussive energy beams that give even the Flash a hard time.
- Heel Realization: Has one in "Monster". The Villain of the Week turns out to be hologram controlled by a kid, who he every nearly shoots. Then, the Flash (who Julian had previously antagonized like all metahumans) manages to keep Julian from performing an act he would regret. After which, he warms up to Barry, saying that since he was wrong about the Flash, he may have been wrong about Barry too.
- In his earlier appearances he was adamant that Barry should stick to rules, but is okay with blackmailing Barry in "Killer Frost". He forces Barry to resign from the CCPD to shut up about Caitlin as Killer Frost, but with the rationale that Barry's morals are off.
- A minor subversion. He gives the impression of being hypocritical with his initial attitude to Killer Frost, but he does feel guilt for what Alchemy did in his body.
- For all his "holier than thou" ramblings on Barry's selfishness, when Caitlin is dying, he goes against her wishes, removing her suppressors, and turns her into the dangerous Killer Frost.
- Iconic Sequel Character: Doesn't appear in the Arrowverse until its fifth year.
- I Just Want to Be Special: The real reason he hates metahumans so much is because he's angry that most of them use their powers to commit crimes, and wishes he could have them to make the world a better place. Dramatic Irony comes into play here.
- Insistent Terminology: While he always calls himself just "Alchemy", Cisco insists on calling him "Doctor Alchemy".
- Insufferable Genius: He's in charge of investigating all metahuman crime scenes and refuses to let Barry investigate with him. He also talks down to detectives and is willing to risk lives to prove himself right.
- In the Hood: Alchemy wears a dark green hood over his head.
- Jerkass Has a Point: While he's very aggressive about it, he does have a valid point in chastising Barry for being late and breaking regulations, and he's understandably annoyed when Captain Singh lets him off with just a warning. Of course, this ignores how he almost got everyone killed before and wasn't blamed for it.
- He's also absolutely correct that Barry shouldn't be working for the police while simultaneously shielding a criminal who kidnapped and assaulted several people from justice. Of course, he probably shouldn't be telling Barry that his moral compass is too flawed for police work when he is simultaneously blackmailing him.
- Legacy Character: Julian is not the first Alchemy, and there have been many before him who took on the mantle as Savitar's herald.
- Leitmotif: Alchemy has a creepy mystical sounding theme.
- Light Is Not Good: Despite his dark gruesome appearance, Alchemy's powers emit white energy that follows the light motif.
- Malevolent Masked Men: He wears a metallic mask resembling that of a plague doctor. Except he is not malevolent, just possessed.
- Mean Brit: He uses his actor's natural accent, and is constantly a dick to Barry. It's confirmed in-universe that he comes from a British family. His Alchemy voice sports no such accent, which, along with the mask, helps to conceal his identity.
- Mouth of Sauron: Speaks for Savitar and serves as the leader of his cult, speaking to and empowering the believers for Savitar's sake.
- Movie Superheroes Wear Black: While Alchemy's cloak and hood are still green, it's a much darker green than in the comics, and the main body of his outfit is black leather.
- Mythology Gag: Alchemy doesn't wear a mask in comics. The one he wears on the show is from his comic persona's previous identity, Mr. Element.
- Non-Idle Rich: He was actually the heir to an aristocratic family in England, but he was more interested in becoming a scientist and helping people.
- No Social Skills: His social skills leave something to be desired. Even when he's trying to be helpful, he tends to come off as a Jerkass anyway due to being extremely brusque and rude.
- Not So Above It All: After joining Team Flash, he occasionally shows he's not as uptight as he appears to be. It is shown when he uses a stereotypical Adventurer Archaeologist attire to go to Gorilla City in Earth-2.
- Obviously Evil: Alchemy rivals Zoom in this regard, given that he resembles a plague doctor.
- Perma-Stubble: He is always seen with a short beard.
- Power Crystal: Implied to be the source of much of his power as he's regularly seen kneeling to an altar where it sits on top, and he always has it in hand whenever he fights, allowing him to fire concussive energy beams. Plus, physical contact with it is how people gain their Flashpoint powers.
- Psychic Powers: From Savitar's Philosopher's Stone, Alchemy can access Telepathy, memory manipulation, a Ripple Effect-Proof Memory, and implied scrying.
- Put on a Bus: After Caitlin's refusal to be with him and Barry's imprisonment in the Speed Force, Julian eventually returns to London before Season 4.
- Reality Warper: Downplayed, but there. Whatever Alchemy's power is, it definitely doesn't comply by any one theme, and verges far more into the supernatural than any Flash villain we've seen before. His abilities include but are not limited to: Granting post-Flashpoint people their Flashpoint powers and memories, a handful of different Psychic Powers, Hand Blasts, and carving his name into glass to summon his targets. Then it's revealed it wasn't him doing it, but Savitar doing all that through him.
- Red Herring: It seemed he was the Big Bad for Season Three when he was really just The Dragon. Or kind of zig-zagged because Alchemy is Savitar speaking through him. They are even noted by Barry to have the same voice.
- Remember the New Guy?: Justified as his appearance as Barry's colleague in the CCPD is directly caused by Barry "fixing" the Flashpoint timeline.
- The Rival: He is Barry's professional rival; he's Barry's senior lab partner and they have a spotty relationship because Julian doesn't trust Barry.
- Schedule Fanatic: At the beginning of "Magenta", he scolds Barry for daring to leave work two minutes early.
- Second Episode Introduction: Officially debuts in the second episode of The Flash Season Three.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: Julian is always formally dressed.
- Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: Julian and Barry had this relationship at the beginning, it gets better later on following Julian's Character Development.
- Split Personality: His Alchemy persona is this of a sort. When caught and confronted, he admits to having suffered periodic blackouts ever since he found the Philosopher's Stone. However, it's revealed to be because Savitar is possessing him; "Alchemy" doesn't truly exist.
- Stealth Hi/Bye: In his first appearance to the Flash, Alchemy abruptly disappears after delivering a few blasts to Barry and doing a subdued Motive Rant. However, given the ultimate outcome of the battle with the Rival, it was probably justified.
- Survivor Guilt: In the episode "Borrowing Problems from the Future", while conversing with Caitlin, Julian directly states that he believes he should've died instead of the CCPD task force members.
- The Stoic: Alchemy's a very calm and composed individual for the most part.
- Token Evil Teammate: Evil may be pushing it, but given that the group is of the White Morality, when Julian joins the team he begins to introduce certain shades of gray to their thinking.
- Tomato in the Mirror: Until Team Flash discovered it and told him, he had no idea that his body was being used as Savitar's host (as Doctor Alchemy) from time to time.
- Took a Level in Kindness: Seemed to open up a bit more to Barry as of "Monster", but subverted when he forced Barry to quit or have Caitlin arrested, then played straight after Barry reveals himself as the Flash, convinces Julian that he's been Alchemy all along, and gets his help in defeating Savitar for now; Julian subsequently relents and gets Barry his job back.
- Trapped in Villainy: He's only Savitar's Dragon because he's forced to; he'd rather be just a CSI tech.
- Two First Names: Per the DC Comics norm. Three come The Reveal of his full name, which counts as a Mythology Gag.
- Voices Are Not Mental: He uses Savitar's voice when the latter speaks though him. That said, Savitar can drop his usual metallic tone while doing so.
- Wrong Genre Savvy: He assumes that Barry is a Bitch in Sheep's Clothing who manipulates people into thinking he's a hero.
- You, Get Me Coffee: He makes Barry type up all the reports while he does all of the lab tests.
- You Remind Me of X: Cisco mentions that Julian reminded him of Hartley. The fact that both Julian and Hartley were Insufferable Genius supervillains pre-HeelFace Turn does not help.
Played By: Anne Dudek
First Appearance: "I Know Who You Are" (The Flash 3x20)
Appearances: The Flash
A former student of Central City University's theoretical physics program instrumental in locking away the speedster Savitar in the Speed Force in a possible future.
- 11th-Hour Ranger: She's introduced (and then promptly joins Team Flash) very late in the season.
- Canon Foreigner: She has no counterpart in the comics.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Future Barry tells his main timeline counterpart to look for her since her invention is instrumental in locking away Savitar.
- The Chosen One: She's the only one who's able to come up with the technology to defeat Savitar. In an unusual example of this trope, she is most certainly not the protagonist but rather strictly a supporting character.
- Christmas Cake: She's clearly nearing fortynote and is still unmarried due to devoting her life to her studies. Alas, she's pleasantly surprised when H.R. takes a liking on her.
- The Ghost: She's mentioned a lot in The Flash Season 4, but never appears on-screen.
- Hot Scientist: A pleasant-looking physicist. H.R. certainly thinks so.
- Nerds Are Sexy: She's a physicist and H.R. outright calls her sexy.
- Put on a Bus: Has left S.T.A.R. Labs by Season 4 but remains in contact as a consultant to Team Flash.
- Refusal of the Call: She's initially very reluctant to work with the people who claim to know her future, but thanks to H.R. as well as repeated attacks by Killer Frost and Savitar, she eventually agrees to join them.
- Secret Keeper: Tracy knows Barry Allen is The Flash, although H.R. didn't want her to know.
- Shorttank: She's tomboyish but not really. She is notably much older than the usual examples of this character type.
- Statuesque Stunner: A Hot Scientist standing at 5'10, making her the second tallest woman on Earth-1 and the third in the entire Arrowversenote .
- Wrench Wench: She's seen personally creating the Speed Force bazooka.
- Young Future Famous People: She's a renowned physicist in the 2020s.
Played By: Hartley Sawyer (Season 4-6), Unknown (Season 7)
First Appearance: "Elongated Journey Into Night" (The Flash 4x4)
Appearances: The Flash | Elseworlds note | Crisis on Infinite Earths note
A morally ambiguous former detective for the CCPD turned sleazy private investigator who holds a mutual grudge with Barry. Pre-Flashpoint, Ralph is one of the casualties of the particle accelerator incident. He is alive in the post-Flashpoint timeline and is one of the bus passengers affected by Barry's escape from the Speed Force, granting him the power to shapeshift and stretch his body. He joins Team Flash in Season 4.
- Adaptational Badass: In addition to his traditional Rubber Man powers, he's also given Plastic Man's shape-shifting and his almost nigh invulnerability.
- Adaptational Jerkass: Due to being a Composite Character with Plastic Man. He was made an asshole because the writers wanted to try something funny and new, and Harry Wells was not as mean as he was.
- Adaptation Personality Change: Once again due to having aspects of Plastic Man integrated into him, Ralph is far less serious and a whole great deal more goofier than traditional depictions.
- Adaptational Comic Relief: Traditionally Elongated Man is a very serious realist character, however the show turned him into a Plucky Comic Relief more in-line with Plastic Man.
- Aesop Amnesia: Nearly every other episode has him decide he doesn't want to be a hero any more either because he's afraid of the risks or ashamed of his screw ups, and then having to talked back into being a hero.
- A Day in the Limelight: "The Elongated Knight Rises" is centered around Ralph stepping up to the call of being a hero. Similarly the "Stretched Scene" shorts all focus on him.
- Ambiguous Disorder: His impulsive nature, his distracted nature and his out of place comments suggest that he has ADHD.
- Ambiguous Situation: It's never confirmed if the man he framed for murdering his wife was actually guilty.
- Arch-Enemy: To DeVoe. If it wasn't personal before, it certainly became personal after DeVoe started hunting down and killing all of the bus metas by hijacking their bodies or draining their powers, with Ralph on the list. Ralph spends large portions of the season terrified of DeVoe and when given the chance Ralph very nearly kills him, before being talked out of it by Barry... which almost costs him his life. Ralph is only spared from this by a Fate Worse than Death, being trapped in his own mind and being constantly tormented by DeVoe.
- Ascended Fanboy: A fan, well "former" fan of the Flash is offered a chance to be mentored by him.
- Asshole Victim: Initially, it's not hard to see why Barry hates the guy and feel no sympathy for him since most of his problems are the result of his own doing. However, one can still feel sympathy for him, so this trope is more from Barry's perspective.
- Completely averted when he "dies". Barry and the rest of Team Flash are deeply affected, especially Barry who blames himself for failing to protect him.
- Atrocious Alias: Ralph has no love for the name Elongated Man, which the public got from a slip of his tongue. The only reason he's not calling himself by another name is because he can't think of one, let alone one that's better.
- Back from the Dead:
- Seemingly. He was one of the people who Thawne said the Particle Accelerator explosion killed, but he appears in the post-Flashpoint timeline in Season Four. Word of God states Flashpoint was what brought him back to life.
- After having his body overtaken by DeVoe it was believed he was permanently dead, which was further affirmed by Word of God statements. However he proves them wrong and returns to life, managing to wrestle control of his body back from DeVoe.
- Being Good Sucks: Ralph admits it was easier just being the detached douchey dick, both in occupation and personality. After starting his training, he admits he has a hard time dealing with the guilt when things go wrong in the field. Barry admits it's one of the drawbacks of being a hero.
- Beta Outfit: Cisco provides him with an embarrassing suit that more closely resembles pajamas or long-johns. He later gets an upgraded super suit in "The Elongated Knight Rises".
- The Big Guy: His main contribution to the team is brute force out on the field thanks to his Rubber Man powers.
- Blackmail: Tries to extort the Mayor with incriminating evidence, it doesn't help him out in the long run.
- Body Horror: Downplayed as he's not in any pain, but before his power is stabilized he's grotesquely stretched out across the room and even sneezes his face off. This is what finally causes Joe to throw up after three years of dealing with metas.
- Broken Ace: A smart, clever, respected and handsome detective who let his own hubris get in the way of his ethics, manipulating a case to ensure the suspect he believed to be guilty was convicted of the crime. After being held accountable by a brilliant rookie CSI, his grudge against said individual destroyed his personal reputation and his body.
- Brutal Honesty: Ralph is willing to lie about a lot of things, but when it comes to Barry he has no compunctions about expressing his utter distaste for him.
- Building Swing: He does this in "All Doll'd Up" using his arms with Iris desperately clinging to his back. He states he was inspired by a comic book (implied to be Spider-Man).
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: He tends to do out of place comments and is often distracted, but is still a clever detective.
- In his first episode alone, he is slapped across the face, hung off the side of a building, experiences horrifying side effects from his newly discovered powers, has his office blown sky high in an attempt on his life, learns his rival is astronomically successful in both his personal and professional life, is held at gunpoint, convicted of a crime by a frightening man that he didn't commit, messes up his pants out of fear and to top it all off Barry recreates his destroyed office, canceling out his hopes for money from an insurance claim.
- In "Honey, I Shrunk Team Flash", Iris accidentally steps on him while he's shrunk and he has to be peeled off her shoe sole◊ like a used piece of gum.
- Casual Danger Dialogue: As a Sad Clown, Ralph sometimes starts talking about random trivial things during the heat of battle.
- Catchphrase: "I smell a mystery!" complete with his trademark nose-wiggle.
- Character Development:
- "Trial of the Flash" shows Ralph going through huge growth, where he talks Joe out of planting evidence to frame Marlize, using himself as an example on how his life was destroyed for doing the same thing.
- However it's "The Elongated Knight Rises" which has Ralph becoming a whole new person. After being pep-talked by Barry, he is now unhesitant about stepping up to the call of being a hero and puts himself in harm's way to protect Cisco and Caitlin. Cisco also notes that Ralph didn't try to hit on Nora and was even showing self-awareness of his flaws.
- Chekhov's Gunman: His name was first mentioned by Eobard Thawne as one of the many individuals who were killed by the Particle Accelarator explosion. A few seasons later, he appears as a bus metahuman. Word of God confirmed that he was revived due to Flashpoint.
- Chivalrous Pervert: Ralph's a Casanova Wannabe who flirts with any unattached women he comes across, but he undoubtedly wishes to protect them when the time comes.
- Composite Character: He has the name and occupation of Ralph Dibny/Elongated Man as well as being an ally of The Flash. However his crooked past, sleazy nature, love of money, and being a goofball all come from Plastic Man. Barry even suggests this as a codename, but Ralph turns it down. This also holds true for his powers, which can alter his appearance to impersonate someone rather than merely stretching, which is something Plastic Man is better known for.
- Contain the Kaboom: In "The Elongated Knight Rises" he deals with one of Trickster's bombs by wrapping his torso in it, having his elastic body completely insulating the explosion from everyone else.
- Deadpan Snarker: Almost every other phrase he utters is dripping with sarcasm.
- Dirty Cop: He planted a knife to implicate a man he believed was responsible for his wife's murder.
- Ditzy Genius: He's a brilliant Private Investigator... and that's about it. When it comes to science he doesn't know the first thing about what his teammates are talking about and plays Dr. Watson even more than Joe does. Though this changes as of Season Five where he is a Dumbass No More and becomes far more competent at his job, as it was him who discovered Thawne's real plan.
- Domino Mask: His upgraded suit comes with one of these.
- Dumbass No More: As of Season 5 he stops being Plucky Comic Relief Dumb Muscle and instead becomes more serious and a competent investigator.
- Dumb Muscle: In Season 4, he gives the least intellectual contribution to the team, mainly there because of his elasticity making him useful on the battlefield. From Season 5 on, it is averted as his detective skills are more evident.
- Establishing Character Moment: The first thing the viewers see is that someone has vandalized his office door by crossing out the "Investigator" and replacing it with "Dick". During his proper introduction, he reveals to one his clients that her husband faked his death and started an entirely new life with a new wife and kids, hits on her while she's crying, and promptly gets slapped.
- Embarrassing Nickname: Sherloque Wells takes to calling Ralph "Baby Giraffe" after comparing his gait to said animal.
- Evil Makes You Ugly: Downplayed; he didn't become evil, but after compromising his morals and the law, he goes from a Hunky Detective, to an Overweight Loafing PI.
- Extendable Arms: He wouldn't be Elongated Man if he didn't have this. His arms and legs can stretch to incredible lengths.
- Face Death with Dignity: In "Crisis on Infinite Earths: Part Three", he is among the six remaining non-Paragon survivors of the Multiverse, alongside Iris, Clark, Nash, Diggle and Jefferson, and stands with them in defiance of the Anti-Monitor, before being erased by the Anti-Matter.
- Fair Cop: Used to be, was once a member of the CCPD and according to Iris and Caitlin could've given Oliver a run for his money, before simultaneously losing his job and his build.
- Fallen Hero: The respect and prestige he earned for his solving a case was stripped away, along with his job, after Barry uncovered his deceit in planting evidence. His arc over Season Four is to find a way to redeem himself and become a good man again.
- Fallen-on-Hard-Times Job: Having been kicked off the police force, he makes his debut working as a cheap PI.
- Fatal Flaw: His pride cost him everything, skewering his morality into believing his acts of evidence tampering and perjury were warranted as long as he got the man, who may or may not have been guilty, he believed a killer off the street. Even today it prevents him from taken any responsibility, choosing to blame Barry for his undoing.
- Fat Bastard: Downplayed; he has a beer belly and is not a nice guy at first, both get fixed soon after.
- To Hartley Rathaway. Much like Pied Piper, he's a Fallen Hero who's jealous of the success that Barry Allen/The Flash has gotten and has turned to morally unquestionable means. However, at worst Ralph was only a Dirty Cop and never become a supervillain or had any intention of harming others. He also comes around far easier than Hartley ever did.
- To Julian Albert. Both were Sitcom Arch-Nemesis to Barry at the CCPD before becoming members of Team Flash. However, Julian is a By-the-Book Cop who refuses to bend the rules even for a friend, while Ralph had a history of being a Dirty Cop who is more than willing to walk the dark side if it means getting some money. Also Julian despised both Barry and The Flash, while Ralph idolized The Flash and was disappointed to discover it was Barry under the mask. Further contrasts can be seen in their attitude towards Caitlin, Julian was initially disgusted by Killer Frost and spent a vast amount of his time trying to help Caitlin trying to help her cure it, while Ralph openly stated he thought Killer Frost was a better person than Caitlin due to her attractiveness, although he does later apologize to her.
- To H.R. Wells. Both are The Friend Nobody Likes on Team Flash, lacking in intelligence compared to their teammates, and often serving as The Load. But at the same time despite their constant slip-ups are an invaluable member of the team. However the contrast comes that H.R. is The Muse who brings out the potential in others, while Ralph needs the help of others to become a better person himself. Along with the fact H.R. is a Non-Action Guy and a Replacement Goldfish for the past Harrison Wells, while Ralph is a metahuman and The Big Guy who was incidentally recruited onto the team.
- Fire-Forged Friends: He and Barry initially despised each other because of Barry exposing him for forging evidence at a crime scene a few years back. However, his time at S.T.A.R. Labs has them get along and by Season 5, they're close friends with one another.
- Formerly Fat: He lifts his shirt and shapes his body to a slimmer, more muscular figure.
- Formerly Fit: After his banishment from the police he gains a beer belly. He later temporarily restores his fatness while dressing up as Santa Claus.
- Friendly Enemy: He accepts the offer of his nemesis, Barry, to help train his powers to be a crime fighter.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: Once he joined Team Flash. To the point that one has to wonder if they consider him a friend at all. That changes after they finally get to know him, and they all are genuinely torn up by his seemingly death at DeVoe's hands.
- Freudian Excuse: He's had a less than ideal childhood. His father walked out on him and his mother when he was 10, forcing him to put on a jokey exterior to hide how broken he was.
- Full-Frontal Assault: When he's unhappy with the embarrassing Beta Outfit Cisco makes him, Cisco sarcastically tells him it was either this or he fight crime naked. Ralph seems to genuinely consider this option, before Cisco tells otherwise.
- Girly Scream: Can give off a high-pitched squeal when the time calls for it.
- Great Detective: He's no Batman, but he's still a decent private investigator in his own right. He can read people quite skillfully, track down targets with little queues, and he can instantly determine the three measurements of any woman he sees.
- Green-Eyed Monster: In his debut episode, it becomes increasingly obvious that he's jealous of how great Barry's life has turned out.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: After a year of learning what it means to have friends from Team Flash, come season 5, his heart finally matches his blonde locks.
- Handsome Lech:
- Openly hits on his more attractive clients. His intro scene even has him hit on one such client — right after he revealed to her that her husband was cheating on her.
- He frequents one strip joint so much that they have a plaque with his face on it denoting him as their #1 customer. All the strippers and even other regulars know him by name too.
- A drunk Ralph is still capable of determining the measurements of any woman he sees at the drop of a hat.
- Hates My Secret Identity:
- Was a huge fan of the Flash, before learning it was Barry under the mask. He liked the Flash so much that he even started lamenting the fact he would have to hate him.
- In a more downplayed example, he seems to prefer Killer Frost to Caitlin, though he loves her civilian identity too. He later apologizes to Caitlin for making such a remark and tells her she's better than Killer Frost.
- He Cleans Up Nicely: Put him in a tuxedo, and Hoo-Boy!
- Hidden Depths:
- Ralph is often treated like a simpleton by the rest of his friends, but without anyone having to explain it to him, or having any idea, Ralph is able to quickly formulate both Time Paradox's and the Mulit, (or has he calls it) Manyverse theory, all on his own. The fact that he never paid attention to any of the rest of the Teams conversations on the subjects, or that he took that all the references to Harry being from Earth-2 meaning that he was from Earth Too, yeah he's still rather dim.
- Likewise he proves many times he is a capable PI, such as investigating and turning up evidence that Caitlin's late father just might be alive, after all.
- How the Mighty Have Fallen: Ralph used to be a well-respected detective of the CCPD. Years later, after Barry busted him for tampering with evidence, he's a down-on-his-luck private investigator that has let himself go immensely. He's so poor that he had to give an I.O.U. for bus fare.
- Hypocrite: In "Run, Iris, Run" he berates Iris for allegedly not going to risk her life, but during all the episode he kept hidden in S.T.A.R. Labs and shamelessly says he doesn't care at all about the remaining Bus metahumans.
- Iconic Sequel Character: One of the newest members of Team Flash, he joined the group in 2017, the Year Six of the Arrowverse.
- I Did What I Had to Do: How he defends himself when the subject of his Frame-Up attempt comes up. Though he does admit in "Trial of the Flash" that this had more of a negative impact on him than he let on and warns Joe against trying something similar.
- Immune to Bullets: Bullets harmlessly bounce off his elastic body, or sometimes get lodged in him which he can quite easily remove.
- Improv Fu: Ralph's specialty is not sticking to a thought out plan but improvising a creative method on the spot with his elastic powers.
- In Touch with His Feminine Side: Surprising for a man prone to the worst traits of his gender, Ralph wears his heart on his sleeve, and enjoys activities like makeovers and watching chick flick movies. Growing up without a male role model may have something to do with this.
- Irony: Ralph blames Barry for ruining his life. Per Word of God, he was killed in the Particle Accelerator Explosion in the original timeline and was revived thanks to Flashpoint. He actually owes Barry his life.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Plays the Dirty Cop and is at first Only in It for the Money, but is still willing to do the right thing if given sufficient motivation. In the end he does have the ability to empathize and show compassion to others, he just never was in a position where he had to. Come season 5 the first half no longer applies.
- Jerkass Realization: Has one in "Don't Run" where he realizes it was his dickish attitude that drove Caitlin off and got her kidnapped. He admits his wrongs to Cisco and does what he can to atone for it.
- Knight Templar: He was so thoroughly convinced that one suspect was guilty for his wife's murder that went as far as to fabricate evidence to get him convicted. Barry was the one who analyzed the knife and busted him, which got him kicked off the force.
- Kryptonite Factor: Trickster's Axid is one of the few things capable of hurting him.
- Limited Wardrobe: Downplayed; Ralph is always seen wearing a dark two-piece suit with a colourfully printed shirt. "Blocked" reveals he has a personal stylist who picks out all his clothes.
- Momma's Boy: Ralph deeply loves and respects his mother, who raised him on her own after his father walked out on them.
- Movie Superheroes Wear Black: His bright purple suit in the comics is much darker and almost black in color.
- Mr. Fanservice: Handsome, dimpled face, and with a plus side of his powers is being able to regain his well-toned physique.
- Mundane Utility: Uses his ability to lose weight. He also once used his elasticity to shake hands with Barry and to steal cash.
- Never My Fault: Blames all of his screw-ups on Barry. He eventually realizes that he's responsible for all his failures.
- Nice Guy: After a seasons worth of Character Development, come season 5 the guy may still have his quirks, but overall is a friendly, supportive member of The Team who wouldn't hesitate to lay down his life to protect them or any other innocent in danger.
- Nigh-Invulnerable: His elastic powers means that as long as his powers are active there is very few things that can deal serious, if any damage to him.
- Devoe left him alone till the very end of his Power Parasite Body Surf campaign since his body would protect Devoe from Superpower Meltdown (and his shapeshifting powers allows Devoe to look like himself when needed)
- The best example would him surving a shot from the Mirror Gun, a weapon capable of disintegrating objects at a molecular level and even remaining conscious, though horribly mangled.
- He survives something that left his body set to 500 degrees, albeit with severe melting damage.
- No Social Skills: As he point out to Cisco, it's been so long since he last had friends, he still rather rusty at being one.
- Not So Invincible After All: He appeared to be completely indestructible, until he comes into contact with Trickster's Acid and melts right through his skin.
- Only in It for the Money: His debut has most of his actions motivated by scraping some cash, though Barry inspires him to be better than this.
- Out of Focus:
- For some reason Ralph is completely absent during Crisis on Earth-X. No one even thinks of calling him for help when S.T.A.R. Labs gets invaded by Oliver-X and Nazis, which is odd considering he would have been very useful since he's bulletproof. Barry later explained it was because he wasn't ready to take on such a threat.
- In Season 6, he is absent or has a minor role in a lot of episodes, primarily due to his off-screen search of Sue Dearbon.
- Pride: Caitlin unintentionally appeals to his by telling him that he can be whatever he wants to be when he has control of his powers. The first thing he does is make himself not fat.
- Private Detective: After losing his job, he became a private investigator.
- Promoted to Opening Credits: As of Season 5.
- Psychic Block Defense: After noticing DeVoe displayed Combat Clairvoyance while fighting him and Barry, Ralph comes up with the idea to block out their thoughts by focusing on something they love, in his case shrimp.
- Put on a Bus: Due to Hartley Sawyer's firing, Ralph's role was mostly cut for the remainder of the Eva McCulloch arc, save for her defeat, where he was played by a different actor to tie up lose ends with Sue followed by his character departing the series for the forseeable future.
- Real Life Writes the Plot: Due to his actor's dismissal, Eric Wallace has his role in Season 7 mostly cut save for a single episode appearance, where he was played by a different actor, to wrap up Sue's plot before writing him off.
- Remember the New Guy?: Aside from an Easter Egg name drop, he has never appeared on the show prior to Season Four. However he has actually had a long history with Barry and the CCPD to the point they were Sitcom Arch Nemesises. Justified, as Word of God states he was originally killed in the Particle Accelerator Explosion and was revived by Flashpoint. The earliest Barry would have had any reason to bring him up is Season Three, while Ralph didn't become a metahuman until Season Four.
- The Resenter: To Barry, which is a major factor in their ongoing animosity. Barry was the one to cost Ralph his job, so obviously Ralph is not happy to find out when they meet again years later that Barry has a gorgeous fiancee, a fancy lab, and money while his social life is in shambles and he's barely scraping by these days. Not to mention Barry's in perfect shape while he's growing increasingly fat.
- Rubber Man: He possesses the ability to stretch and shapeshift his body in a similar manner to silly putty.
- Sacrificial Lion: Played with. Gets seemingly killed and his body taken over by DeVoe in episode 18. Later he's revealed to be alive within Devoe's mind.
- Sad Clown: Barry finds that Ralph cracks jokes even in dire times when his life is on the line. While at first Barry gets angry at Ralph for not taking things seriously, he comes to realize it's Ralph's way of coping during hard times.
- Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: Legitimately believes his actions were justified as long as he was getting a dangerous killer off the streets.
- Self-Serving Memory: Claims he paid the bus fare for Edwin Gauss when in reality is was Gauss who payed his fare while Ralph stole the money that had just been payed.
- Serious Business: When a patron breaks his "#1 Customer" plaque, he calls the guy a monster and tackles him, starting a bar fight.
- Shipper on Deck:
- Tries to help in his own way to advance Cisco's relationship with Kamilla Hwang. Unfortunately, said help tends to make things worse for Cisco.
- As revealed in "Snow Pack", Ralph thinks that Barry and Iris are "the Meghan and Harry of superhero royalty".
- Ship Tease:
- Shows an attraction to Caitlin, who, despite her dislike towards him, is not exactly adverse to what she sees. Even moreso Word of God has confirmed, that before they decided against it, he was meant to be Caitlin's new love interest during Season 4.
- In the same vein he shows a lot of interest in Killer Frost.
- Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: Initially had a very sour relationship with Barry. Even when they do come to an understanding, Ralph admits to still hating him. That being said, their mutual loathing is nowhere near as visceral as Barry's relationships with his actual arch-enemies and is largely Played for Laughs.
- Skewed Priorities: In "Elongated Journey Into Night", after Barry informs Ralph of his office blowing up, he's more delighted about the insurance claim he'll get rather than the fact someone attempted to murder him. When Barry then tells Ralph that he and "[his] fiancee" were nearly killed, what Ralph is more concerned with is Barry scoring Joe West's daughter.
- Sole Survivor: He ends up being the only one of DeVoe's dark matter bus meta victims who lives to tell the tale, as he was lucky enough for DeVoe to continue using his body until the end, meaning his consciousness was still in his body.
- Spanner in the Works: He becomes this for DeVoe's plan to frame Barry for his own murder. He uses his newfound shapeshifting abilities to impersonate DeVoe's first body and "exonerate" Barry, knowing full well that Marlize can't call him an imposter without revealing that her husband has been stealing bodies.
- Spin Attack: He and Barry pull off a combo attack involving this, that has Barry grabbing onto Ralph and spinning him around at high speeds so that his elasticity stretches him out and knocks down all surrounding enemies.
- Spotlight-Stealing Squad: He gets a lot of focus in Season 4, mainly because as a bus meta DeVoe has some plan for him and Barry spends a lot time training him as his new partner ... which often involves a lot of convincing for him to be a hero. In fact he's get a lot more focus than the other members of Team Flash, who don't really have any meaningful arcs: Barry has matured considerably and is no longer as impulsive as he once was, Iris gave up journalism to be the leader of Team Flash, Joe's detective work takes place offscreen, Caitlin is more at less at peace with Killer Frost, and Cisco's main concern is his relationship with Gypsy. So Ralph effectively gets all the attention.
- Stating the Simple Solution: In "Subject 9" when asked by Cisco on how to track Izzy Bowin, Ralph suggests checking her website. Cisco scoffs confident they had already checked her website, only to receive Blank Stares around the room informing him that no one had checked her website.
- Sticky Fingers: As a result of his relative poverty, Ralph has a tendency to grab cash whenever it's out in the open.
- Super Strength: A side effect of his elasticity.
- He was strong enough to keep a helicopter from flying off and hold it in place while Barry runs up his elongated arm.
- He was also able to keep a car from driving off using one arm to anchor himself and the other to hold the car.
- Super Toughness: The elasticity of his cellular structure makes him near indestructible; bullets bounce off him, punches get lodged in his face, and he can contain explosions by wrapping his body round it.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: His attitude is quite similar to Hartley Rathaway, being envious at Barry for succeeding where he has fallen from. Him being Barry's Sitcom Arch-Nemesis from work also evokes Julian Albert.
- Tall, Dark, and Snarky: He's taller than Barry, almost as dark as Harry and snarkier than Cisco.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: In his debut episode, he and Barry prove that time does not heal all wounds. They need each other, but their shameless hatred of one another proves to be a detriment; they even come to blows at one point, and the only reason it didn't turn into a full-out fight is because Barry's fist was absorbed by Ralph's face. At the end of the episode they come to enough of an understanding that Ralph agrees to Barry's tutelage — right after bluntly admitting that he still hates him right to his face.
- Thou Shalt Not Kill:
- Clashes with Barry over this point in "Lose Yourself", as he considers killing DeVoe the only viable option in the face of his growing power and constant success. Ultimately chooses to follow Barry's advice to take the moral high ground when he gains the upper hand against DeVoe. Of course, DeVoe hijacks his body soon after. In the end, Ralph is proven right, that Devoe is too dangerous to be kept alive. It was also more or less unavoidable.
- He convinced Sue Dearbon not to make a Vigilante Execution with Carver.
- Too Clever by Half: He was able to get a murder suspect arrested by planting a fake murder weapon with his fingerprints on it, but he wasn't prepared for Barry digging into his Frame-Up on account of having experienced a similar case in his youth.
- Took a Level in Kindness: He can still snark with the rest of them, but he has become much friendlier and more outgoing with the team, and more noble and valiant as a hero.
- Toxic Friend Influence: Shanghais the guys into having Barry's bachelor party at a strip club he frequents.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Ralph's seems to be shrimp. He tries to pick up women by asking if they like shrimp, and when he has to distract his mind with something that makes him happy to fight the multiple DeVoes in The Thinker's mindscape, Ralph shouts a list of shrimp dishes.
- Tragic Keepsake: Izzy Bowin's demo CD. After DeVoe hijacks her body, Ralph retreats to his office to blare it.
- True Companions: Starting off as a Sitcom Arch-Nemesis to Barry, then sifting to teeth clenched Friendly Enemies, and then as the The Friend Nobody Likes. However, after going through Character Development he and Barry come to see each other as true friends. Barry is heartbroken when it was believed that Ralph was dead, while Ralph used his Last Words to tell Barry how grateful he was for everything he did. Ultimately, when Barry finds Ralph still alive and trapped in DeVoe's mind, the two of them share an emotional hug.
- Unhand Them, Villain!: On the receiving end in his debut episode. A few of Bellows' cronies dangle him over the edge of a building. Ralph tells them to "put me down", with the goons chuckling as Ralph retracts his statement.
- Visual Pun: In "Honey, I Shrunk Team Flash", a shrunken down Ralph gets stepped on by Iris.Tiny Ralph: I'm a gumshoe, not gum on a shoe!
- Vitriolic Best Buds: The two will still snark at each other like crazy, but he and Barry finally come to a point where their past grudges have been buried. When Ralph apparently dies in "Lose Yourself", Barry is, to put it mildly, upset. Their reunion in "We Are the Flash" is very emotionally charged.
- Worthy Opponent: Axel Walker becomes fascinated with him and obsessed with killing the Stretchy Man in order to prove himself.
- You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Despite all his faults, Barry, who unabashedly hates Ralph, still sees the potential makings of both a superhero and a good man, and agrees to train him.
Played By: Victoria Park
First Appearance: "Memorabilia" (The Flash 5x12)
Appearances: The Flash
A bartender and aspiring photographer who soon starts a relationship with Cisco, and begins working for Iris as her photographer.
- He Knows Too Much: After she sees the photo of Mirror Iris and the latter reveals not to be Iris, she is sent to the Mirrorverse.
- Intrepid Reporter: Iris hires her as the Photographer for "The Citizen."
- Locked Out of the Loop: Doesn't know anything about Cisco being a part of Team Flash, and he doesn't want her to, as he thinks that she deserves a normal life. Cisco decides to come clean, and she becomes aware of Barry being The Flash.
- Love Interest: For Cisco, as of The Flash Season 5.
- Nice Girl: A very nice and supportive woman.
- Put on a Bus: Leaves Central City for Star City alongside Cisco in "Good Vibrations"
- Secret Keeper: For Team Flash, she's often times is even seen hanging out with Cisco at S.T.A.R Labs.
- Second Love: After Cisco's romance with Gypsy turned out to be unwieldy and Cisco weeps the break-up, Cisco eventually dates her.
- Token Minority: She's the first full-fledged Asian member of Team Flash, as Matthew Kim had been killed before officially joining.
- Understanding Boyfriend: She is not mad at Cisco for hiding his life as Vibe. She even allows him to grieve for his ex, Cynthia, when they learn of her death.
Dr. Harrison Wells
Species: Human (Empowered as of 2020)
Played By: Tom Cavanagh
First Appearance: "Tricksters" (The Flash 1x17)
Appearances: The Flash
The real Harrison Wells of the main Earth (Earth-1), killed in the year 2000 by Eobard Thawne, who took his place. Had Thawne not messed with the timeline, Wells and his wife would have built the Particle Accelerator in 2020.
- Adaptational Angst Upgrade: Nothing is known about the canonical founder of S.T.A.R. Labs, but this one's reputation was unfairly tarnished for crimes made by his killer.
- Adaptation Name Change: In the comics, the name of S.T.A.R. Labs' founder is either Dr. Robert Meersman (Silver Age) or Dr. Garrison Slate (New Earth).
- And Starring: Technically, since it is his actor's name in the OBB.
- Ascended Extra: In the comics, the founder of S.T.A.R. Labs was never a big character and isn't integral to any Story Arc. Here, he's vital to the plot.
- Big Good: According to Eobard Thawne, he and his wife successfully launched the Particle Accelerator and "radically changed the course of humanity" in the original timeline.
- Brainy Brunette: An esteemed scientist who has brown hair. Given that members of the Thawne family are blonde, it should've been a big clue that there was more to Thawne's disguise than a name.
- Dead Alternate Counterpart:
- One of the few Wellses in The Multiverse that is known to be dead. Harry is the only Wells shown putting an effort to get to know him, even displaying a subtle disdain for (a younger) Eobard Thawne when the latter (in his point in time) visited the past for the first time.
- Inverted as of Season 7 where he gets brought Back from the Dead and is the Sole Survivor for all the Wellses in The Multiverse.
- Hot Scientist: A brilliant scientist played by Tom Cavanagh.
- Impersonation-Exclusive Character: While his impersonator is one of the main antagonists of the series, almost nothing is known about the real Wells besides what's shown of him (and what Thawne says about the original timeline) in "Tricksters", which is the only episode he appears in. Subverted as of Season 7 when the real Wells comes Back from the Dead.
- Ironic Name: His name sounds very similar to H.G. Wells. He was killed by a time traveler.
- Nice Guy: He envisioned S.T.A.R. Labs as a research laboratory that would be free from government or corporate influence that could benefit mankind and be right in the heart of the city.
- His return in season 7 cements this, rivaling H.R. in terms of the nicest Wells we've seen.
- Race Lift: Dr. Wells was Caucasian, while Dr. Garrison Slate is either Black and Nerdy or Ambiguously Brown. Nothing is known about Dr. Robert Meersman.
- Smart People Wear Glasses: Unlike the fake Wells we know, he seems to actually need them; he favored the cleared-frame style.
- Walking Spoiler: His status in season 1, not so much afterward. Until he returns in season 7.
- Back from the Dead: Thanks to Barry going back in time to save his mother in the Season 2 finale, Wells is subsequently saved from being killed and replaced by Eobard Thawne. This gets negated when Barry had to travel back to undo it again.
- Body Horror: Thawne's identity theft involves him transforming himself into a genetic copy of Wells while the real Wells' body turns into a desiccated husk.
- Clear My Name: Sadly averted. The S.T.A.R. Labs crew hasn't done anything so far to rectify the horrible things Eobard Thawne did while using his name and identity despite their knowledge of the latter's Dead Person Impersonation, which the world will probably believe since they're now being exposed and aware of several scientific breakthroughs (meaning that things such as Time Travel no longer sounds ridiculous). Since Dr. McGee finally meets his Earth-2 counterpart late into Season 2, it is safe to assume that Harry told her about the truth regarding what happened to him and Tess.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: He has his skin ripped off by a futuristic device Thawne carried and is left an nearly unidentifiable corpse.
- Dead All Along: The "Harrison Wells" we know is actually Eobard Thawne. Thawne killed him and took his place fifteen years ago.
- Death by Adaptation: Doctors Meersman and Slate apparently didn't die in their respective versions, unlike Dr. Wells who is Dead All Along.
- Dies Wide Open: He died with an agonized look on his face (what's left of it, that is).
- From Bad to Worse: If Eobard Thawne killing him isn't bad enough, the bastard ultimately tarnished his name and reputation on purpose just so he could shave a few years off on the wait to get back home. Even after his impersonator was long outed, everyone associated his name in all the evil things that the latter has done.
- Happily Married: He planned to run S.T.A.R. Labs and build the Particle Accelerator with Tess Morgan at his side. He hadn't even thought of his welfare when Tess died in the car crash caused by Thawne.
- Hero of Another Story: Or rather of another timeline. Had Eobard not messed up the timeline, he and his wife, Dr. Morgan, would have successfully launched the Particle Accelerator in 2020 and radically altered the course of humanity.
- Hero with Bad Publicity: He was a kindhearted man with good intentions for the world. Unfortunately, his impersonator did several monstrosity before and after he killed and replaced him that ultimately tarnished his reputation. But the real kicker is probably when the impostor made a posthumous video confessing a crime he made using his name.
- Kick the Dog: He was given a Cruel and Unusual Death all because Thawne needed to take his identity.
- Kill and Replace: The Reverse-Flash uses some sort of futuristic device to drain his body, transforming himself into Wells while turning Wells into a desiccated corpse.
- Make It Look Like an Accident: How Eobard Thawne dispatched his wife Tess so he can easily Kill and Replace him.
- Never Found the Body: After the Kill and Replace, Eobard somehow dispatched his corpse. It was buried not far from the "accident" site which was then discovered by Joe, Cisco and Quentin fifteen years later.
- Platonic Life-Partners: Was this to Dr. Tina McGee. Sadly, Thawne did something(s) after he took his identity that strained "their relationship".
- Posthumous Character: Died around the same time Nora Allen did, which was around the beginning of the Turn of the Millennium.
- Small Role, Big Impact: We only see the real Wells in the moments before his death, but his work on the particle accelerator is what causes Thawne to come in and steal his identity, resulting in the series' current timeline, rather than the one that would have existed had he survived.
- Too Good for This Sinful Earth: He wanted to benefit mankind with S.T.A.R. Labs. Sadly, he and his good name were killed by Thawne.
- Together in Death: A variant. His wife died first, but he was killed and replaced by Eobard Thawne just moments later.
Post-CrisisPost-Crisis, all of the Wellses ended up in the mind of the only surviving Wells, Nash. However when Nash gave his life, the remaining multiversal particles had to go somewhere else, and ended up going into the corpse of the original Earth-1/Prime Harrison Wells, reconstituting him and bringing him Back from the Dead with the memories and knowledge of all the Wellses that came before him.
- Back from the Dead: Season 7 shows he was killed and replaced by Thawne just like he was Pre-Crisis, but at some point after he was buried, he rose from the grave and acquired the ability to travel across time.
- But Now I Must Go: He leaves to go back and uses the remainder of his natural lifespan, which Thawne took from him, to relive the time he had with his wife before her demise.
- Composite Character: In-universe example. He has all the memories and expertise of each Wells that Team Flash has befriended while retaining his original body and personality.
- The Constant: Harrison Wells is revealed to be one, with The Multiverse restoring this version via temporal coalescence to act as a balancing agent. The result is a Wells who shares aspects from every Wells ever to exist.
- Emerald Power: The multiversal particles that resurrected him are green in color. The same green effect is also present whenever he travels through time.
- Empowered Badass Normal: Once a normal human scientist who was killed, later resurrected with Time Master powers.
- Guest-Star Party Member: He give assistance to Team Flash for an episode before departing elsewhere in the timeline.
- Time Master: Has been given these powers after his resurrection, able to travel to any point in his personal lifetime of the natural 92 year span of his natural life.
- Walking Spoiler: It goes without saying, as of the end of "Reflections and Lies".
Dr. Harrison "Harry" Wells
Played By: Tom Cavanagh
First Appearance: "Flash of Two Worlds" (The Flash 2x2)
Appearances: The Flash | Heroes Join Forcesnote | Crisis on Earth-X note
The Harrison Wells from Zoom's Earth (dubbed "Earth-2"), who is still alive and founded S.T.A.R. Labs in 1991.
- Action Dad: If the situation calls for it, he will rely on fighting.
- Adaptational Intelligence: In the comics, Jesse Quick's father is merely a photographer. Here, he is a genius scientist and the founder of Earth-2's S.T.A.R. Labs.
- Adaptational Species Change: In the comics, Jesse Quick's father is also a metahuman like her. Here, he is a Badass Normal.
- Adaptational Wimp: Downplayed. In the comics, Jesse Quick's father is also a speedster. Here, while he doesn't have Super Speed, he is a Badass Normal Science Hero.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: In the comics, Jesse Quick's father is blonde. Here, he's a textbook Brainy Brunette.
- Adaptation Name Change: The name of Jesse Quick's father in the comics is Johnny Chambers aka Johnny Quick.
- Ambiguous Disorder: Harry is blunt, rude, prone to angry outbursts, and tends to lose most of his social skills (which he doesn't exactly have in abundance anyway) when stressed. He also fidgets a lot, and falls back on things like familiar foods and wearing the same clothes all the time as a way of dealing with uncertainty. Add to that his general lack of interest in things other than science and occasionally movies, and he gives the impression of perhaps being somewhere on the autism spectrum. Additionally, he admits to being largely unable to sleep and exhibits quite a few of the symptoms of PTSD.
- Anti-Hero: While he is firmly on the side of good, he's not a very pleasant person and can be very rude at times, though does get better over time. This is especially prevalent at first when he was blackmailed into helping Zoom, making him The Mole inside Team Flash, albeit unwillingly.
- Appropriated Appellation: Cisco starts calling him "Harry" to distinguish him from "their" "Harrison Wells". He goes along with it.
- Zoom, for kidnapping his daughter Jesse. He dedicates himself to keeping her safe and getting her back through any means necessary, which includes being forced to work for Zoom against his will.
- DeVoe becomes a very personal enemy for Harry, perhaps even more so than Zoom, due to the fact that DeVoe's power is intelligence which is supposed to be Harry's specialty, making DeVoe his Evil Counterpart. Part of Harry's arc throughout Season Four is his struggle with feeling powerless and outsmarted by DeVoe when he had previously held himself as an unrivaled, esteemed scientist.
- Ascended Extra: As a result of his Earth-1 counterpart being a more important character here than in the comics, he was given an Earth-2 counterpart.
- Backup Twin: Zig-Zagged. He is introduced a season after his Earth-1 counterpart's impostor. However, he ended up filling his role as the Team Dad of Team Flash anyway. He resumes his role on Earth-1 S.T.A.R. Labs when H. R. did his Thanatos Gambit.
- Badass Bookworm: A genius scientist who blasts shark-men with laser guns and is capable of holding his own in a fistfight against a supposedly powerless Hunter Zolomon.
- Badass Normal: He doesn't have powers, just a big ass pulse rifle which he is unafraid to engage Metas with.
- Berserk Button: Does not like people referring to Eobard Thawne as "Wells". Having to say "I'm not him" multiple times a day when first dealing with the team has that effect.
- BFG: Uses a pulse rifle to take out King Shark. It eventually becomes his Weapon of Choice.
- Big Damn Heroes: Saves Barry from King Shark with a pulse rifle.
- Big "NO!": When Zoom escapes in "Enter Zoom", depriving Wells of a chance to rescue his daughter.
- Big Good: Apparently for the scientific community on Earth-2.
- Brainy Brunette: Much like his Earth-1 counterpart.
- Break the Haughty: He was more or less indifferent to the meta-humans' havoc until Zoom kidnapped Jesse.
- Broken Ace: He is a talented scientist and is easy on the eyes, but is moved by his insecurities and his inability to save his late wife.
- Brutal Honesty: He's not afraid to say his honest opinion regarding other people.
- Bus Crash: The Anti-Monitor destroys Earth-2 in the Season 8 premiere episode of Arrow. However, we don't learn about his fate until "Crisis on Infinite Earths: Part Three", where it's confirmed that he didn't make it. He is revealed to be living in Nash's mind.
- But Now I Must Go: Although tempted to stay, he decides to go home to Earth-2 with his daughter at the ending of season 2.
- Career-Ending Injury: After Season 4, it is safe to assume his career as a scientist is over. The brain damage he got from asking Thawne's Gideon to add dark matter to the thinking cap he wore was mostly reversed by Marlize, but he still loses his scientific knowledge, which makes impossible that Harry does electronical devices again, which is not helped by Harry being a fifty-something man. His brain damage also bars him from being useful to Team Flash, since unlike Iris, Joe or H.R. he lacks other skills to compensate for his scientific ignorance. It later turns out that he had been working on a way to restore his intelligence, saying in a message to S.T.A.R. Labs that it was going well. Unfortunately, this is only revealed after the Anti-Monitor crisis.
- Cassandra Truth: He was trying to warn Nash about Thawne possessing him for hiding his trauma with Maya, but he ignores him.
- Character Tics:
- He almost invariably stands with his hand on his hips or in the pockets of his trousers.
- As Cisco points out, he has a tendency to throw things when he's frustrated.
- Civvie Spandex: Wears something of a costume during his debut and action scenes, an all black outfit comprised of a hoodie and black coat. Accessorized with a BFG.
- Clark Kent Outfit: He is very silm, but the rare times his physique was shown and whenever he wears tight shirts leave clear he is fit.
- The Comically Serious: Most of his comedy comes from his serious personality and his anger.
- Commuting on a Bus: Leaves Earth-1 at the end of Season 2, made six appearances Season 3 and returned as a full member in Season 4, but left since he no longer has scientific knowledge. Not even dying in the Anti-Monitor crisis has stopped him from reappearing, as he is somehow trapped in Nash's mind.
- Composite Character: He's the Earth-2 version of the S.T.A.R. Labs founder, but the Earth-2 Wells has elements of Earth-3 Lex Luthor as the only Science Hero fighting his world's supervillains. Also, he holds similarities with Johnny Quick, with his daughter being Jesse Quick, as well as having created a Speed equation.
- Conscience Makes You Go Back: Ultimately he can't go through with helping Zoom steal Barry's speed and ends up confessing out of guilt after only taking a small amount.
- Consummate Liar: He is a very good liar. He could conceal his accidental explosion to Jesse and other inhabitants of Earth-2.
- Crazy-Prepared: In a deleted scene of Crisis on Earth-X, it is revealed that he filled his body with nanites to prevent evil speedsters like Thawne from vibrating their hands inside them.
- Create Your Own Villain: He created Zoom and the other Metahumans in Earth-2 by accident.
- Crusading Widower: Turns out his wife had passed away when Jesse was still young.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Like Eobard Thawne, this Wells wears all black. Unlike Thawne, Wells is a Jerkass, but he's more or less one of the good guys.
- Deal with the Devil: Wells is working with Zoom to steal the Flash's speed in order to get the villain to give back his daughter.
- Defrosting Ice King: He finally warms up to Barry and co. after Grodd returns and starts a rampage.
- Disability Superpower: Harry's intelligence loss brought him the ability to profile people by figuring out their emotions rather than facts.
- Easily Forgiven: After he reveals his alliance with Zoom, Barry forgives him at the end of that episode. Subverted in that this is mainly out of recognition that he did it in an attempt to save his completely innocent daughter, and actually getting everyone's trust back is a thing he ends up earning with time.
- Empowered Badass Normal: In Season Four he creates his own version of DeVoe's Thinking Cap and can momentarily gain Super Intelligence.
- Enemy Mine: In a rather twisted form of this trope, Zoom is partnering up with Wells secretly against the Flash. In exchange, Zoom gets the hero's speed and Wells receives Jesse.
- Evil Twin: Played with. He's described as the "dickish but not evil Wells" to Eobard's "evil Wells". Though of course, he's actually the more jerkass version of his real Earth-1 counterpart who was a Nice Guy.
- Exact Words: He pulls a Wounded Gazelle Gambit on Wally, implying he was terminally ill, in order to guilt him into leaving Jesse. When Jesse calls him out on pretending he was dying, Wells awkwardly states what he actually said was "I don't know how much time I have left" as technically nobody knows how much time they have left.
- Expy: His flashback relationship with "Jay Garrick", as a publicly beloved inventor at odds with an idealistic hero, makes him one for Lex Luthor. With the discovery that "Jay" is actually Hunter Zolomon's time remnant, this is turned on its head, into an expy of DC Comics Earth-3 Lex Luthor as the lone hero of Earth-2 surrounded by a bunch of villains.
- Fire-Forged Friends: The reason he joins up with Team Flash in the first place is for their united war against Zoom, but they all remain friends long after Zoom's defeat.
- Forced into Evil: Zoom uses Wells's daughter as leverage to force him to assist in taking Barry's speed. As opposed to Eobard who wouldn't even bat an eye at betraying Team Flash, this Wells clearly hates having to do it.
- Freudian Excuse: His wife's death caused him to be more aloof. He hasn't recovered from it for a long time.
- Gadgeteer Genius: Aside from creating the Particle Accelerator, he also created the Metahuman detector devices and his powerful BFG. He also made the needle guns that were supposed to depower Zoom in the fight that got Barry's back broken. Later, he made a spare pulse rifle for Joe when they were planning on taking down Zoom with a tachyon-powered Barry.
- Gone Horribly Wrong: His intended empowerment with dark matter did not make him smarter, it made him lose his scientific knowledge.
- Good All Along: Early on the team didn't trust Wells, due to the history with the Reverse Flash. "Jay Garrick" shedding doubt on him didn't help either, and then there was the revelation he was working with Zoom. But in the end, he turns out to be a good guy.
- Good Is Dumb: Played with. The original Insufferable Genius Harry was a bit of a jerk to everyone around him. However, after the Thinking Cap destroyed his intellect and he began to lose his intelligence, he also became far more empathetic than before and was able to think with his heart. After Cisco and Marlize partially restore his intelligence, he remarks that he likes this balance far more than when he was only smart.
- Good Is Not Nice: In contrast to the Faux Affably Evil Reverse Flash, he's on Barry's side, but is extremely prickly and quick to go into Drill Sergeant Nasty mode when someone doesn't listen to him.
- Happily Married: He was happy with his wife and loved her. Like Earth-1 Tess Morgan, she saw her Harrison Wells as her star in the sky.
- Hates Being Touched: Shows some signs of this in "Enter Zoom", although that may just be because he doesn't want Cisco to vibe him.
- Heroic BSoD: He spends pretty much his entire time on Earth-1 slowly breaking down because Zoom has his daughter, and he didn't even know if she was still alive until Cisco vibed him. After Zoom attacks him and offers him a dealJesse in exchange for stealing the Flash's speedhe is so obviously losing it that Team Flash start noticing how unhappy he is.
- Hot Scientist: He exhibits nearly unparalleled brilliance and smoldering good looks.
- I Am Not Him: Finds himself saying this a lot when he starts working with the S.T.A.R. Labs team.
- Iconic Sequel Character: Does not appear until The Flash Season 2, which was during the Arrowverse's fourth year.
- In-Series Nickname: Cisco dubs him Harry to differentiate him from both his Earth-1 counterpart and his counterpart's impersonator.
- I Just Want to Be Special: Goes through this in Season Four. Harry is revealed to being insecure on a team full of heroes with powers, as his only contribution to the team was his intellect. With the arrival of DeVoe who easily outsmarted him, Harry felt he didn't even have that anymore which led him to build the Thinking Cap to try and keep up with him. But that still wasn't enough which led Harry to use dark matter, which had been rigged by DeVoe and ends up damaging his intelligence altogether.
- Inferiority Superiority Complex: All his hostility to his Alternate Selves comes from a deep internal hatred as he sees in them traits he hates about himself.
- Innocently Insensitive: Even at his nicest he has a hard time showing sympathy and some of his rude acts are not out of malice.
- Insufferable Genius: He's brilliant, and he knows it. In season 3 he is rude to H.R. for lacking his intelligence and calls him stupid.
- In the Hood: Part of his "costume," coupled with a black coat.
- Ever single Metahuman from his world who wanted to Kill and Replace their Earth-1 counterparts all failed, and only wanted to do it to escape a powerful speedster (Zoom). Wells' actual counterpart was successfully impersonated by a Metahuman from another world (or time in this case) to create a powerful speedster (Barry/The Flash).
- Wells attempts to convince Grodd he's the Reverse-Flash, performing a Dead Person Impersonation of the man who performed one of his own Earth-1 counterpart.
- Jerkass: In contrast with Eobard, who was demanding but fatherly, Earth-2 Wells is extremely cold and distant. Cisco puts it best.Cisco: Our Dr. Wells may have been evil, but you're just a diiiiiick.
- Jerkass Has a Point: As much of a jerk as he is, Wells is the smartest member on Team Flash since he provides useful information on how to deal with the Earth-2 metahumans. He even calls out "Jay" for being too much of a coward to defeat Zoom when he had the chance.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Harry is rude, abrasive, dismissive, egotistical. But he's a good guy at heart, who's only interested in helping people. He loves his daughter, Jesse and is a staunch ally to Team Flash (the one time he seemingly turned on them was actually to protect Jesse).
- Last-Name Basis: How he addresses Team Flash. He finally goes First-Name Basis on them (or at least Cisco) in the Season 2 finale. He himself is often addressed as Dr. Wells.
- Let No Crisis Go to Waste: He profited off the meta-humans' havoc by creating anti-metahuman technology to sell to ordinary scared humans, something which enraged "Jay Garrick". Though the moral outrage on "Jay's" part was probably just an act, it's clear Hunter was concerned enough about Wells' genius and at the same time saw Harry's profit motive as an opening to use his "heroic" persona against the man.
- Love Epiphany: A non-romantic example. He developed genuine fondness for the members of Team Flash during his stay on Earth-1 but does not realize it until Jesse calls him out on it.
- Love Makes You Evil: If his daughter is in danger, Wells will do anything, going far as treachery and murder, to save her. One of his reminisces about getting separated in a planetarium when Jesse was eight implies that he has always been a Well-Intentioned Extremist when it came to Jesse's safety.
- Love Redeems: Eventually, both his friendship with Team Flash and his love for his daughter (after calling him out of her becoming the reason for him doing the reverse trope) began making positive effects on his character. When he and Jesse say goodbye to Team Flash, he admits they made him a better man.
- Master Actor: Not even counting how he managed to keep his role in the metahuman crisis secret from the entirety of Earth-2 for years, when he's forced to act, he does a very good job. He managed to keep the fact that he was betraying the team secret from them for at least a few weeks until the stress got to him. While he was not originally comfortable pretending to be Eobard in order to fool Grodd, after trying again, Cisco gets noticeably nervous in his presence and Grodd is actually fooled until Harry slips up.
- Mean Boss: He's pretty demanding of his employees and expects all of them to be as smart as he is. In Earth-2 he organizes a heroic team but his bossy attitude alienates its members including Jesse and all of them expel him of said team.
- Messy Hair: It seems he left his comb behind on Earth-2. His general untidiness adds to the impression that his entire focus is his mission, to the detriment of everything else.
- Minored in Ass-Kicking: He's very competent both in hand-to-hand combat and with projectile weapons, in addition to his more scientific skill set. But he is no match for the metahumans, so he is more of a Mission Control.
- Misblamed: In-Universe. When he first joins Team Flash, the whole group initially distrusts him because of their previous conflict with the "other Wells." This is despite the fact that Eobard Thawne was the true villain they fought and the Earth-1 Wells was never their enemy.
- The Mole: For Zoom. He wants Wells to help him take Barry's speed from him in order for Jesse to be returned.
- Mr. Exposition: Aside from his scientific prowess, Harry's main asset to the team is his unrivaled expertise of The Multiverse.
- My God, What Have I Done?:
- His own culpability in the metahuman situation hits him like a ton of bricks when Zoom kidnaps Jesse. It worsens when he is kidnapped by a metahuman altered by Thawne's particle accelerator explosion.
- It's subtle, but he looks horrified after Barry is defeated by Zoom.
- Never My Fault:
- He holds no responsibility for what he's done. Until now, when Zoom kidnapped his daughter to get to him and "Jay". He blames the remnant for not doing enough to stop Zoom and the other metahumans in their world.
- Subverted after Barry is defeated by Zoom. Wells is horrified, admitting that he made a mistake.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: He wants to be a good father to Jesse, but he ends up doing the things wrongly and alienating her.
- No Social Skills: His social skills are pretty questionable to begin with, and they only get worse the more upset he gets. He has a hard time showing empathy and apologizing.
- No Sympathy: For anyone his "counterpart" has hurt. As far as this Wells is concerned, he didn't do it, so it doesn't really matter. Except he seems to be sympathetic of his real Earth-1 counterpart and it gets downplayed after one of the metas kidnaps him and makes him seen how much he has done (albeit in a misguided way).
- Not So Different:
- From (Thawne), according to "Jay".
- Like H.R. he has a boastful attitude that conceals self-hatred and insecurity.
- He is similar to DeVoe in his insufferable attitude and his willingness to get whatever he wants regardless of the consequence. He pays for this by losing his intelligence for a while.
- Not Quite Dead: He was sent to Nash's mind alongside other Wells doppelgangers.
- Omnidisciplinary Scientist: Averted. He may be a tech wizard, but he's subpar at biochemistry, which is why his attempts at creating the Velocity drug fizzled out until Caitlin gave him a helping hand.
- Other Me Annoys Me: When searching for his Backup Twin for Team Flash across The Multiverse, Harry gave low opinion on every single one of his doppelganger who responded to their call. This is especially true with H.R., who he considers to be an annoying idiot.
- Overprotective Dad: One of his defining traits is his overwhelming desire to keep his daughter safe, which even means doing morally wrong things like killing a man.
- Papa Wolf: He is very protective of his daughter Jesse. He goes against Zoom since the latter kidnaps her. After Harry's wife died, he vowed in her tombstone to protect their daughter.
- Parental Substitute: He replaces Thawne in this regard. Once he guides Cisco on ideas to date Gypsy and tells him that he would be the son-in-law every father (except him, her daughter is off-limits) would wish.
- Percussive Therapy: Harry often vents by throwing and/or kicking things.
- Proud Beauty: Occasionally praises his good looks.
- Put on a Bus: Returns to Earth-2 at the end of Season 4. He briefly appears in an episode of Season 5, but his role is otherwise taken by his counterparts from other Earths.
- Recognition Failure: He failed to notice "Jay"'s resemblance to Serial Killer Hunter Zolomon, though justified in that he was assumed dead and had a beard.
- Interestingly enough, this also applies to the entirety of Earth-2.
- Redeeming Replacement: Despite his flaws, he becomes a much better and genuine Team Dad than Eobard Thawne during the time when he's impersonating Harry's Earth-1 counterpart. He is genuinely good if a bit morally ambiguous and is fond of the team. Even at his worst, Barry wasn't scolding him repeatedly for manipulating people for his own gain.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: With H.R. Wells. H.R. is outgoing and cheerful while Harry is cynical and grumpy.
- Reformed, but Not Tamed: Even after he genuinely warms up to Team Flash, he still verbally destroys them.
- Related in the Adaptation: This version of the S.T.A.R. Labs' founder becomes the father of Jesse Quick.
- Role-Ending Misdemeanor: In-universe. Harry Wells was so bossy and domineering in Jesse Quick's team that they kicked him off the team.
- Science Hero: He can throw down with "Jay" and has an affinity for BFGs, but his main strength is his scientific acumen, and putting it to use.
- Second Episode Introduction: Debuted in the second episode of The Flash Season 2.
- Selective Obliviousness: The trip to Earth-2 reveals that he really knows who Cisco, Caitlin, and Ronnie are because they are the alternate selves of three of Zoom's closest allies who are also notorious evil metahumans on his Earth. His Accidental Misnaming of them early on was actually an effort so he will not be attached to them.
- Smart People Wear Glasses: While he was introduced without these to distinguish him from Thawne, as of late Season 3 onwards he begins wearing these too.
- Spanner in the Works: Showing up on Earth-1 to help Team Flash really put a wrench in Zoom's plans for Barry since Harry was the only man smart enough to figure out how to defeat him.
- Stern Teacher: Roughly teaches Cisco on how to use his Metahuman powers.
- Tall, Dark, and Snarky: Unlike his fake Earth-1 counterpart, he doesn't sit on a wheelchair which allows him to showcase his height (he stands 6 feet). Unlike his real counterpart, he is a huge Jerkass. Even after some Character Development, he remains able to go toe-to-toe with Cisco in Snark-to-Snark Combat.
- Taught by Experience: A deleted scene from "Crisis on Earth-X" reveals that, after his experiences with Zoom and Savitar, he inserted nanites into his body and programmed them to attack any cells speeding into his body.
- Team Dad: He takes over from his dead Earth-1 counterpart's imposter, and while a lot more rude than he is, he is able to play the mature voice of reason while giving the team support through his scientific genius. He even gives Barry a talk on why Drugs Are Bad. His relationship with fellow members of Team Flash is far healthier than the one with his daughter.
- Token Evil Teammate: To Team Flash at first. He's revealed to be working with Zoom in a twisted Deal with the Devil, though "evil" in this case would be an exaggeration, since he's doing it under duress. Zoom threatened to kill his daughter if he didn't agree to help, so he had little choice. He eventually doesn't go with the deal and chooses to side with the heroes.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: It is implied Harry was as polite as his Earth-1 counterpart but was so devastated by the death of his wife that he acted like a jerk to avoid connecting with people and reliving those feelings of loss.
- Took a Level in Kindness: After being mostly a Jerkass to them, he finally warms up to Barry and co. after Grodd returns and started a rampage and even risks his life to save Caitlin. At the Season 2 finale, he begins to openly show his affections to Team Flash and thanked each and every one of them for changing him before returning to Earth-2. He becomes much nicer when he gets a balance between mind and heart after Season 4 finale.
- Took a Level in Dumbass: Not just on a meta level, but as an actual In-Universe plot. Harry's attempts to use the Thinking Cap with Dark Matter damages his intelligence and he begins losing all of his superior intellect. While Marlize does a program to restore his memories, he still is left ignorant in science. However, he was working to restore his intelligence before dying in the Anti-Monitor Crisis.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Just like the guy who stole the identity of his Earth-1 counterpart, the man loves Big Belly Burger.
- Unscrupulous Hero: In contrast to Barry's Ideal Hero and Joe's Pragmatic Hero. While he ultimately shares the same goal as Team Flash, he has no problem with using lethal force against villains, exposing his allies' secrets against their will, denigrating his world's Flash, and doing whatever else he feels is necessary to get the desired result.
- Villain with Good Publicity: Implied at first, as the menacing nature of his initial scenes indicates that he may be one of the bad guys of his world, yet is revered as the man who saved them from the other side of the black hole that Barry opened. Subverted as he comes to Earth-1 chasing after King Shark from his Earth and prevents him from killing Barry. In truth he's closer to a Hero with an F in Good.
- Walking Spoiler: His actions regarding Zoom. He's also the first prominent Alternate Self of an Arrowverse character (well, disguise of a previous character).
- We ARE Struggling Together: Turns out that he and "Jay Garrick" intensely dislike each other, to the point where they start beating each other up in "The Darkness and the Light", with the speedster slamming Wells for creating the metahumans while Wells dismissed him as a coward. Subverted with the reveal that "Jay" is actually Hunter Zolomon's time remnant, as it becomes clear that Hunter was using that trick all along to pretend to be "struggling together" with Wells in order to build up his own image as well as discredit the only man smart enough to find a way to stop him.
- With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: Cisco is worried that the Thinking Cap would corrupt Harry like it corrupted DeVoe, who was a much nicer person before.
- You Can't Go Home Again: After the Pre-Crisis Earth-2 is disintegrated and the multiverse is recreated, he is sent to the mind of a doppelganger of his. That is not to mention that his original world was replaced entirely.
Harrison "H.R." Wells
Known Aliases: H.R. Randolf, "Iris West"
Played By: Tom Cavanagh, Adam Bergquist (as "H.R. Randolf"), Candice Patton (as "Iris West")
First Appearance: "The New Rogues" (The Flash 3x4)
Harrison Wells' doppelganger from Earth 19, called in as a replacement when Harry leaves for his home in Earth 2. He's revealed to actually be a novelist, not a scientist and steps up to mentor and train Wally in using his speed.
- And Starring: It is his actor's name in the OBB.
- Arc Words: The words "Fraud" or/and "Pretender" are frequently mentioned when he's around, either by other characters or H.R. himself. His entire Story Arc has him wanting to prove his worth because he did not earn the merits and fame he received on his Earth. His story culminates with him pulling a Heroic Sacrifice by switching places with Iris during her supposed death using his body changing device
- The Atoner: In the penultimate episode, H.R. blames himself for Savitar finding Iris's location, so he performs a Heroic Sacrifice and uses his transmogrification device to pose as Iris and die in her place.
- Awesomeness by Analysis: He demonstrates his mental agility by assimilating the information in the team's records and quickly suggesting how to find Caitlin by using the same method they used previously to locate Captain Cold, and by pointing out Cisco could use vibe an intra-dimensional jump to carry himself and Caitlin to save Barry from Savitar.
- Backup Twin: Deliberately invoked by Harry, suggesting that the team find an Alternate Self of him in The Multiverse while he's away.
- Brainy Brunette: He is dark-haired as their alternate counterparts and quite intelligent, albeit in a different way. He lacks scientific knowledge, but is very perceptive and creative, which comes in handy against Savitar.
- Canon Foreigner: He is the first Harrison Wells with no corresponding counterpart from the comics.
- Whenever someone says something, he immediately chimes in with a "I agree with X, we should..." whatever they said. Becomes increasingly hilarious when they're already agreeing with something he suggested in the first place.
- He also says "Nah" a lot to the point it's close to a catch phrase.
- Character Tics: He has a tendency to raise his hand everytime he's having an idea. He also loves to play around with a pair of drumsticks.
- Chekhov's Boomerang: His body changing device becomes a major factor throughout The Flash Season 3. First it serves H.R. a disguise on Earth-1, then Barry uses it to infiltrate A.R.G.U.S. so he could steal the Dominators' device to complete the Speedforce Bazooka. And finally, he uses it so he and Iris could switch places which saves her life at the cost of his own.
- Cloud Cuckoolander: Decidedly more eccentric than Earth-2 Wells (though his introduction also shows there are still other Wells out there that make him look normal).
- Dead Alternate Counterpart: For Harry, who is saddened by his death which directly leads him to rejoining Team Flash in his honor. By extension, he is also this to all the surviving Wells in The Multiverse.
- Death by Irony:
- His late Earth-1 counterpart was killed by an evil speedster using a body changing device right after said evil speedster killed an important woman in Barry Allen's life. H.R. dies performing a Heroic Sacrifice by switching places with an important woman in Barry Allen's life using his own body changing device minutes before an evil speedster kills her.
- His main Story Arc is him no longer wanting to be a Fake Ultimate Hero. He dies in a very noble Heroic Sacrifice by pretending to be someone else.
- Death Faked for You: After Cisco defeats Gypsy in a Trial by Combat for H.R.'s life and custody, Gypsy makes a deal with Team Flash that she'll tell her superiors that she "killed" H.R. so she won't be punished.
- Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: He sees himself as a fraud on his Earth and came to Earth-1 seeking a fresh start.
- Dramatic Irony: His penchant for using a face impersonating device, considering a similar gadget was used to ruin the reputation of his late Earth-1 counterpart (which is directly why it necessitates him on using it in the first place).
- Eccentric Mentor: Becomes one to Wally when the latter asks him to properly teach him to use his Super Speed.
- Evil Sounds Deep: He invokes this as a joke upon his arrival on Earth-1, saying "Greetings, Earthlings" in a very low, growling voice before laughing and admitting he just always wanted to say that.
- H.R. Wells shares some similarities with DC Comics supervillain Abra Kadabra (or at least the comics version; Abra in the show acts a bit differently), using a drumming stick as if it was a magic wand (even replicating Abra's signature bowing pose in "Killer Frost") and putting a grandiose presentation before Team Flash when arriving to Earth One, all the while hiding his true intentions. Also, in the "Trial of the Flash" comic arc, Abra Kadabra used his futuristic technology to impersonate Eobard Thawne, whom Tom Cavanagh has also portrayed on The Flash; similarly, H.R. Wells used futuristic technology to appear in the guise of Randolf Morgan. Additionally, Joe West noticed that H.R. has a "psychotic need to make other people like him no matter what", which is very reminiscent of Abra Kadabra's constant thirst for approval, applause and adoration. Notably, H.R.'s main target for fishing out approval ended up being Wally West, whom Abra Kadabra is obsessed about as the greatest Flash, whose defeat would earn Abra unimaginable fame.
- His given name using initials and his status as a science fiction author also take after H.G. Wells.
- Face Death with Dignity: Calmly switches place with Iris minutes before Savitar kills her.
- Fake Ultimate Hero: Projects himself as a genius scientist, except he's not really a scientist.
- Famous Last Words: "Tell Cisco, this took strength and he gave it to me. Will you tell him for me? Good. Now go stop Savitar."
- The Friend Nobody Likes: Is this to Team Flash. Partially because he was revealed to be a Fake Ultimate Hero, but mainly because they just find him extremely annoying.
- Fun Personified: Unlike Harry and their fake Earth-1 counterpart, H.R. is very giddy.
- Glory Seeker: All he wants is recognition and fame. Maybe starting to be subverted with his training of Wally. As he points out when Joe confronts him about this, the training isn't going to help his standing at all, but he still does it because he wants to see Wally reach his potential.
- Heart Is an Awesome Power: Despite getting on everyone's nerves, H.R. keeps delivering great suggestions to The Team which (usually) move the plot forward. He truly has the greatest superpower of them all: common sense.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Switches place with Iris using his body changing device before minutes before her supposed death at Savitar's hands.
- Hidden Depths: Beneath the Fun Personified exterior lies a man who is very good at strategy and is Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life.
- Iconic Sequel Character: Doesn't appear in the Arrowverse until its fifth year.
- Identical Twin ID Tag: You can differentiate him from both Harry and his fake Earth-1 counterpart by three things: his more styled hair, his preferred wearing of a Nice Hat, and the fact that he never wears glasses.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Savitar fatally stabs him with his sword.
- In Spite of a Nail: Much like his late Earth-1 counterpart, his death involves an evil speedster, an important woman in Barry Allen's life, and a body changing device.
- Inferiority Superiority Complex: He keeps boasting about his good looks and his talent, but he goes to Earth-1 to stop feeling useless.
- Intergenerational Friendship: He gets especially close with Wally.
- Jumped at the Call: He's absolutely thrilled when out of the blue he gets a puzzle from another universe that turns out to be a job offer.
- Kill the Cutie: The most cheerful and positive of the Harrison Wellses, he dies performing a noble Heroic Sacrifice.
- Large Ham: He overacts almost everything.
- Lighter and Softer: He's very jolly compared to his Earth-2 counterpart and his Earth-1 counterpart's impersonator.
- The Load: Subverted; most of Team Flash thinks he is this due to his lack of scientific knowledge, but he's very good at strategy and getting Team Flash to work together.
- Meaningful Name: His moniker appears to be a reference to real life science fiction author H.G. Wells.
- Most Writers Are Writers: He is a novelist.
- Motor Mouth: He rarely shuts up.
- The Muse: He's not actually a scientist, he's a writer. He styles himself as an "idea man", who comes up with ideas for others to put into action. To his credit, his knowledge does occasionally become useful, such as his knowledge of Shade.
- Never Got to Say Goodbye: To his friends and family on Earth-19 since he was banned from returning to Earth-19 and he dies on Earth-1.
- Nice Guy: Annoying though he can be, he never takes offense at the team's insults, is always pleasant to them, and even offers to help Wally with his speed.
- Nice Hat: He's frequently seen wearing a fedora.
- Non-Action Guy: He's not combat proficient, even if he is somewhat muscular.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: He is strongly based on renowned novelist H.G. Wells.
- No Sense of Personal Space: He loves sticking into other people's business.
- Not That Kind of Doctor: Given his admission that he's not really a scientist, it's not clear what kind of doctor, if any, he actually is.
- Open Mouth, Insert Foot: His Motor Mouth tendencies leads him to saying things that have a habit of being well meant, but not in a way that this well-meaning comes across.
- Percussive Therapy: He hits objects whenever he is angry like Harry, but is less notable because he is more cheerful and nice.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: With Harry Wells. H.R. is outgoing and cheerful while Harry is cynical and grumpy.
- Rogues Gallery: Besides being an idea man, another thing that makes him useful is that the Flash of his world has already defeated all of his enemies. So H.R knows many of Barry's rogues gallery (including their powers and weaknesses), even the ones who hadn't made appearances yet.
- Shipper on Deck: Encourages Jesse to stay on Earth-1 to have a relationship with Wally.
- Simple-Minded Wisdom: He is not a super-scientist like his Earths 1 and 2 alternate versions or Eobard Thawne, but his comments were well founded and helpful for the most part.
- The So-Called Coward: He hates being called a coward, and he proves everyone wrong in the most noble way possible by pulling a Heroic Sacrifice for Iris to survive.
- Small Role, Big Impact: He has much less screentime and personality than Eobard or Harry, but he was a key character to defeat Savitar.
- Spanner in the Works: He ultimately causes Savitar's Origin Story to be mess up, which directly leads to the villain's death.
- The Strategist: Since he lacks scientific knowledge, his primary role in Team Flash is to suggest and devise plans against their enemies.
- Tempting Fate: In the Bad Future shown in 'The Once and Future Flash', H.R. was the only one who had a good time in 2024. Of course, in the present timeline, he is the one who actually dies.
- Too Much Information: When Cisco suspects him of taking a pair of power-dampening handcuffs, he goes on a tangent about his sex life that absolutely nobody needed to hear.
- Totally Radical: In fairness, his various bizarre bits of slang may just be how everyone on his Earth talks.
- Touché: He complains that Team Flash left out the part that the Wells on this Earth is known as both a murderer and dead, they point out he lied about being a scientist. He concedes and drops it right away.
- Trademark Favorite Food: So far like every other Wells, he loves Big Belly Burgers. He also loves coffee as on his earth, coffee plants are gone.
- Two First Names: Invoked by using his business partner's first name as a surname for his Earth-1 alias.
- You Can't Go Home Again: Gypsy, a Bounty Hunter from Earth-19, comes for his head as dimension-hopping is illegal on their universe. After Cisco challenges and defeats her for his custody, Gypsy makes a deal with Team Flash that she'll fake killing H.R. so she won't be punished, which also means that he can never go back home.
Harrison Sherloque Wells
Played By: Tom Cavanagh
First Appearance: "The Death of Vibe" (The Flash 5x3)
Appearances: The Flash | Elseworlds note
The Harrison Wells from Earth-221 cited as the greatest detective of The Multiverse.
- Alternate Universe Reed Richards Is Awesome: The best detective rather than a scientist leading a lab to benefit mankind.
- And Starring: It is his actor's name in the OBB.
- Anti-Hero Substitute: He steps in to help Team Flash after Harry's departure much like H.R. did. He even wears a Nice Hat in his introduction. Unlike H.R., however, he helps Team Flash for profit and is an unpleasant person.
- Awesome by Analysis: To an absolutely insane degree. He often just needs two clues at most to deduce something.
- Backup Twin: Replaced Harry as the team's new Harrison Wells and is H.R.'s Anti-Hero Substitute.
- Brainy Brunette: He is dark-haired as their alternate counterparts and quite an intelligent detective.
- Brilliant, but Lazy:
- He soon establishes his deductive brilliance through small observations of Team Flash when he's first introduced and to justify his enormous hiring fee, however when first put to the problem of catching Cicada he immediately leads the team into catching the wrong man simply because he assumed Earth-1's Cicada would be the same version as the previous 37 alternatives he's caught rather than on any real evidence. He apparently did the same for the last 36 of the other versions as well.
- When finally cracks the code to Nora's journal he skips the "boring stuff" only caring about the identity of her mysterious partner. Had he actually bothered to read it, he would've found out that despite working with Thawne, Nora has no malevolent motives.
- Bus Crash: He was one of the victims of the Anti-Monitor Crisis.
- But Now I Must Go: Leaves the team to be with Renee Adler at the end of Season 5.
- Canon Foreigner: Like all versions of Harrison Wells he is a character original to the show, though this one doesn't appear to have inspiration from any DC characters either, instead being a Sherlock Homage.
- Defective Detective: He has terrible relationships with women, if having five ex-wives and being divorced seven times is an indication; it's taken Up to Eleven when the audience finds outs that his exes are doppelgängers of the same woman — Renee Adler.
- Faking the Dead: Tried to pull this on Team Flash, after his attempt to stop Cicada immediately ends up catching the wrong men, and having already spent the money he was paid. However, some deductive observations by Cisco sees through the charade, and he's quickly caught by Barry. He also used this tactic to get out of his fourth and sixth marriage. Both of which was to the same woman.
- Fatal Flaw: Sherloque suffers the same as the Wellses of other Earths; He never considers he might not know better. His first marriage, much less the following marriages, wouldn't have fallen through if he just communicated with his wife instead of deducing what she wanted.
- French Jerk: The third french-themed Wells by now, and he is quite full of himself. The way he ousts Nora's relationship with Thawne to the team is just cruel.
- Great Detective: Move over Batman, Sherloque Wells is The Multiverse's Greatest Detective.
- The Grinch: For Thanksgiving instead of Christmas. Being from another country, as well as a different Earth, he struggles to understand the significance of the holiday. When Cisco and Caitlin attempt to explain it, he's dismissive of the idea of being thankful for anything due to his troubles, and readily drags the former two into a similar funk by pointing out theirs as well. Killer Frost - of all people - has to point out how things aren't really that bad to snap them out of it.
- Insufferable Genius: Mocks Ralph and subtly indicates he is not that skilled on detective work. Later on, he openly gives Ralph the credit for a good idea.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Not even close to Harry or even early Ralph Dibny-levels, but he is still quite full of himself at times and only helps the team out against a fee. His heart still seems to be in the right place though.
- Never My Fault: Always believes himself justified in the many times he lies and holds back the truth from Team Flash, and always tries to find a way to deflect the blame back at them when they inevitably call him out for it.
- Nice Hat: Introduced wearing a black pork pie hat like H.R..
- Odd Name Out: Played With. He is the first Harrison Wells member of Team Flash who's addressed in a name that doesn't start with the letter H, but his real first name is still Harrison.
- Pet the Dog: Though he's often arrogant and dismissive of others, especially Ralph and his detective skills, he does give heartfelt praise when they contribute something important. He gives Ralph full credit for his insistence that Cicada's mask was an important clue to discovering his identity, and for being the first one to figure out Reverse Flashes' scheme to send Nora back in the past to erase Cicada's dagger from existance, which was being used to dampen his powers in the future. By the end of Season 5, he goes back to his Earth assuring Ralph that Team Flash is in good hands, because he's a great detective in his own right.
- Properly Paranoid: Becomes highly suspicious of the whole circumstances and motives surrounding Nora's traveling back in time to see her parents and intervening to help Barry destroy the falling S.T.A.R. Labs satellite, and attempts to covertly investigate her and her book of coded symbols. His suspicions are revealed to be completely justified when it's shown Nora is secretly working with Eobard Thawne for unknown reasons, and hiding this from everyone else.
- Punch-Clock Hero: He only works for Team Flash for a fee.
- Put on a Bus: Returns back to his Earth at the end of Season 5 to be together with Renee.
- Right for the Wrong Reasons: He is right that Nora is working with Thawne. But he assumes there's some malevolent motivation behind it — Nora honestly wants to save her dad, and she's left in the dark about Thawne's dark past.
- Running Gag: People calling him "Sherlock" instead of "Sherloque", much to his frustration.
- Serial Spouse: He's been married to five women, and divorced seven times — all of them doppelgängers of the same woman, Renee Adler.
- Sherlock Homage: His name is clearly inspired by Sherlock Holmes, is a detective who uses Sherlock Scan, has a beard resembling that of Robert Downey Jr. (who portrayed Sherlock Holmes in two films by Guy Ritchie). Cisco even calls him Cumberbatch soon in his introduction, who portrayed Sherlock Holmes in Sherlock. His personality however is more akin to Hercule Poirot, especially with the accent and insistence of the French spelling and pronunciation of his name.
- Sherlock Scan: Comes with being a Great Detective who is a Sherlock Homage. He is able to deduce many things by just glancing at them.
- Single-Target Sexuality: He married the same woman on 5 different Earths. Naturally, he's smitten with her Earth-1 counterpart.
- Spanner in the Works: Invoked. Nora notes how in her original timeline Cicada was never captured, so to try and Screw Destiny they want to try something different, which includes bringing in yet another Alternate Universe Wells.
- Spell My Name with an "S": He is adamant that his name is written "Sherloque" rather than "Sherlock", and that his name is French.
- Tall, Dark, and Snarky: He can be as unpleasant as Harry.
- Took a Level in Kindness: He eventually warms up to the team, referring to them as his family.
- Uncertain Doom: His status as per Post-Crisis is unclear, though Cisco mentions that Nash is the last surviving Wells. He is revealed to be inside Nash's mind.
- Workaholic: His devotion to his work is heavily implied to be the reason why all his seven marriages didn't worked out.
Harrison Nash Wells
Species: Human note
Known Aliases: Pariah
Played By: Tom Cavanagh
First Appearance: "Dead Man Running" (The Flash 6x3)
Appearances: The Flash | Batwoman | Supergirl | Arrow | Crisis On Infinite Earths note
Yet another Harrison Wells, where he's an adventurer and career "myth-buster" who goes around debunking the existence of various deities. One such figure is known as "the Monitor", who once warned of an impending Crisis. However, in attempting to prove the Monitor is simply a mortal of extraordinary power, he ends up unearthing the Monitor's greatest adversary and bringing about the end of the multiverse as we know it...
- Action Dad: He was a father figure to Maya, doppelganger of Allegra Garcia.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: Brunette instead of purple haired.
- Adaptation Name Change: Due to a case of Composite Character, the comics Pariah's real name is Kell Mossa.
- Adaptational Wimp: As Pariah, he does not have the immunity to antimatter of his comics counterpart.
- Ascended Extra: While Comics Pariah was a crucial character in Crisis on Infinite Earths, he mostly went into obscurity afterwards aside from a few other Crisis events. Whereas Nash remains around as a main cast long after the Crisis is over.
- To Mar Novu the Monitor. He made it his life goal to killing the Monitor. This led to him releasing the one being capable of doing so, the Anti-Monitor, who became a new and far worse archenemy. Which led to..
- To Mobius the Anti-Monitor. He was tricked by this Cosmic Entity into freeing him and starting the Crisis, whereby as a cruel punishment, the Anti-Monitor cursed him with powers that forced him to bear witness to each Earth getting destroyed and being unable to do anything to prevent it. He remains The Atoner for the rest of the Crisis in a bid to make up for his actions.
- The Atoner: It's implied he wants to make amends for his actions that triggered Crisis, first helping the heroes take down the Anti-Monitor and then continuing to stay with Team Flash despite having no need for his services anymore.
- Badass Normal: Has no powers, but is a formidable opponent with his gadgets and pure skill. Though of course that changes later.
- Blessed with Suck: As Pariah, he was given a limited version of the Anti-Monitor's powers as a cruel taunt, forcing him to appear at the site of each of the Anti-Monitor's impending victories and bear witness to them, knowing his attempts to stop them will be twisted into furthering the Anti-Monitor's agenda.
- Brought Down to Normal: Post-Crisis he no longer has his Pariah powers, which given he was Blessed with Suck that may have been a good thing.
- Borrowed Catchphrase: That "Easy-peasy" Nash likes to use? He got it from Maya.
- Canon Character All Along: Overlapping with Composite Character. Nash Wells becomes the Arrowverse version of Pariah.
- Composite Character:
- Harrison Wells is a combination of Canon Foreigner and mix of various characters from across DC media intermingled, but none of them had any relation to the Pariah of the comics, whose civilian name was Kell Mossa.
- He also seems to be an amalgamation of all the previous Wellses.
- Like Thawne, he set off on a quest to discredit a hero (The Flash and the Monitor) and ended up gaining powers in the process. Bonus points that Thawne himself ended up stealing Nash's body in a similar way he did with the Wells of Earth-1. Albeit in a different way, being via Grand Theft Me rather than Dead Person Impersonation..
- Like Harry, he's a jerkass Gadgeteer Genius with a young female Morality Pet. He also takes his disgust for being touched, his hatred for his doppelgangers and his accidental empowerment of a villain that wants to destroy the multiverse (Zoom and Anti-Monitor). He also has a figure in his past that he saw die and that their death affected them greatly (Harry's wife and Maya).
- Like H.R. he's The Friend Nobody Likes who Team Flash are sick of, as well as both ending up as The Atoner after inadvertently helping the villain (Savitar and the Anti-Monitor).
- Like Sherloque, he scours The Multiverse investigating and was more motivated by self-interest rather than noble goals and he is called by his middle name.
- Like Earth-1 Harrison Wells, his body is taken by Thawne, although as a demonic possession instead of a DNA theft. He was also impersonated by him, although to a much lesser extent.
- Also quite literally, since all the spirits of the deceased Wells doppelgangers are inhabiting his body.
- Death Amnesia: Since he's technically a reincarnation of the pre-Crisis Nash, he doesn't remember his role in the Crisis until J'onn restores his memories.
- Despair Event Horizon: He's well past it once he returns as Pariah, having seen countless Earths be wiped out due to his hubris.
- Empowered Badass Normal: Once an ordinary Badass Normal, he become a cosmic empowered hero, self-dubbed Pariah.
- Face Death with Dignity: His final actions as one of the last survivors of the Multiverse is to ensure the Paragons survive erasure, and standing alongside the other five final survivors, Iris, Clark, Ralph, Diggle and Jefferson, in defiance of the Anti-Monitor before being erased by the Anti-Matter.
- Subverted in season 7, at first.
- Fate Worse than Death: Instead of being killed, the Anti-Monitor subjected him to witnessing the multiverse gradually be obliterated.
- Foil: To Harbinger. Both are heroes with cosmic powers who were created directly in relation to the Crisis and consider their human identities to be no more, but otherwise are near opposite characters. Harbinger was created by the Monitor as the ultimate weapon in surviving the Crisis, while Pariah was created by the Anti-Monitor and inadvertently caused Crisis. Harbinger ended up being possessed by the Anti-Monitor and allowed him to carry out the final stage of destroying The Multiverse, while Pariah atoned and was crucial in saving the multiverse by teleporting the Paragons away from the antimatter. Both ended up returning to their civilian lives post-Crisis, but while Lyla was able to return to a life of peace with a now completed family, Nash became shunned as an outcast who stayed with Team Flash due to having nowhere else to go.
- Forced to Watch: He has to see every destroyed Earth during the Crisis on Infinite Earths.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: Post-Crisis, he tries to stay around with Team Flash, even though nobody wants him around.Cisco: An infinite number of Harrison Wells. And we're stuck with the one who killed the multiverse.
- Gadgeteer Genius: He's a technological expert in his own right, having made countless gadgets for himself as well as assisting other engineers like Ray Palmer and Ryan Choi in making a device to stop the Anti-Monitor. He even has devices to teleport.
- Grand Theft Me: His body gets hijacked by Eobard Thawne, who got reduced to an astral being with no body as the result of Crisis.
- Hates Being Touched: Similarly to Harry, he detests being touched. He asks Cisco not to touch him ever again in "There Will be Blood".
- Heroic Sacrifice: In Season Seven, he lets himself be destroyed in order to restore Barry's speed, in turn allowing Barry to go save the city.
- I Let Gwen Stacy Die: The death of Maya has devastated him, since he blames himself for her death for teaching her about spelunking.
- Jerkass: Cisco immediately notes that this is another angry Wells, but tries to dig deep to find the Jerk with a Heart of Gold that he's uncovered in two other previous Wellses.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: His memories of his time as Nash are blocked.
- Last of His Kind: Unless a doppelganger or two manage to come to Earth-Prime through dimensional wormholes (like Beth Kane or multiple Brainies), he's the only known Wells to have survived the Crisis. The other Wells doppelgangers are now in his mind.
- Leitmotif: Has an almost Indiana Jones sounding piece that accompanies him.
- Middle Name Basis: Referred to as "Nash" by other characters.
- Morality Chain: In Iris's absence, he decided to keep Barry from trading Carver's life for her with Eva McCulloch.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Collapses in horror and grief upon learning what J'onn is chewing him out for.
- My Greatest Failure:
- Nash is haunted by the loss of his adopted daughter, Maya, because following his policy of "the prize is everything" drove her to fall to her death while trying to salvage a relic.
- After the Crisis this is magnified, as his existence becomes defined by his terrible mistake of freeing the Anti-Monitor and dooming the Infinite Earths.
- Nay-Theist: Although supernatural entities, including those worshipped as gods, do exist in the multiverse, he believes they are not gods, but meta-humans, aliens, or false gods.
- Other Me Annoys Me: He refers to the Council of Wells as idiots. Reveals in his last episode that he feels insecure around the other Wells because he sees them as "good men".
- Outliving One's Offspring: He lost his adoptive daughter Maya in a spelunking mission after she tried to value getting a device over saving her life.
- Parental Substitute: He essentially adopts and raises Maya.
- Right for the Wrong Reasons: Nash was a Nay-Theist who believed Mar Novu is a false god with a God Guise and set out to prove this. It turns out he's right in that Mar Novu Was Once a Man but he did end up becoming a true Cosmic Entity through no fault of his own.
- Same Character, but Different: As Pariah, he considers himself a different person to Nash as his memories of the time when he was still human are no longer accessible to him. Nash was an ordinary human Nay-Theist, while Pariah is a cosmic empowered human, cursed to bear witness to every world ending and doing nothing to be able to prevent it.
- Sharing a Body: Post-Crisis, the consciousness of every Wells in the multiverse got dumped into his mind.
- Sole Survivor: The only known Wells to have survived the Crisis. Later subverted when it's revealed all of the Wellses survived by ended up in Nash's mind. Subverted again in Season Seven, when Nash ends up dying anyway.
- Tall, Dark, and Snarky: He is as arrogant as Harry and Sherloque.
- That Man Is Dead: When reappearing in Crisis on Infinite Earths, he states that he is no longer Nash and now takes the name Pariah.
- The Thing That Would Not Leave: Even after Crisis and the fact that nobody wants him around, he insists on staying with Team Flash.
- Trauma Button: Being reminded that he might be the cause of his doppelgangers possibly being dead is traumatizing to him.
- Treasure Hunter: He scours The Multiverse looking for valuable items.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: He was the one who released the Anti-Monitor and ends up having to atone for it.
- Walking Spoiler: His transformation into Pariah was kept in the dark and came as a big surprise.
- You Can't Go Home Again: He is implied to have lost his home before the Crisis proper started, which may be gone forever Post-Crisis.
Species: Artificial intelligence program
Voiced By: Morena Baccarin
First Appearance: "Power Outage" (The Flash 1x7)
Appearances: The Flash
An AI that assists Eobard Thawne. In the pre-Flashpoint timeline, possibly even the one from before Thawne killed Nora Allen, Barry is her creator but it's uncertain if said events will still unfold. In the future, this AI becomes more commonplace.
- Ambiguous Situation: Barry asks her to keep Team Flash's incursion to Thawne's hidden room a secret, a promise she seems to keep, except the revelation that Thawne has been keeping tabs on Team Flash anyway puts such a "secret" in a questionable light.
- Artificial Intelligence: One that works for Eobard Thawne.
- Bald Woman: Has this appearance as a hologram.
- The Bus Came Back: She finally comes back late in The Flash Season 4, after being dormant for over a thousand days, and becomes a recurring character in Season 5 thanks to Nora West-Allen.
- Canon Foreigner: Gideon is an original character created for the show, although she shares some traits with Skeets, who is also an AI companion of a time traveler, Booster Gold.
- Contralto of Danger: In stark contrast to the one in Legends of Tomorrow, this Gideon has a deep voice.
- Flat Character: Unlike her snarky "Legends" counterpart she doesn't get much of a personality beyond being a helpful AI.
- Gender-Blender Name: Though it technically has no gender since it's an AI, it has a traditionally male name but a female voice. In "The Trap" its full holographic avatar is shown, and its body is clearly female.
- Good Colours, Evil Colours: When DeVoe activates her to execute the Enlightenment, she has Kilg%re's purple hue to indicate she's under DeVoe's control.
- Inexplicably Identical Individuals: Apparently, there are different versions of her. The one shown in Legends of Tomorrow has a slightly different design and has a completely different voice.
- Literal-Minded: She's an AI so she only responds to direct orders.
- Luke, You Are My Father: Not biologically, but technically Barry is her creator.
- Non-Human Sidekick: For Thawne.
- Noodle Incident: Barry created her, yet somehow she ended up in the possession of Eobard Thawne.
- Punch-Clock Villain: She follows Eobard and Barry's orders with equal compliance, even when it involves one going against the other.
- The Omniscient: Knows information regarding what's happening in the future despite being stuck in the past with Eobard Thawne.
- Small Role, Big Impact: She provides Team Flash with clues on "Dr. Wells'" true identity and goals.
- Turned Against Their Masters: Zig-zagged. She always obeys a direct order from Barry, yet she is still assisting Thawne with his plans against the Flash - although it's implied she's just following her programming and she's not 100% sentient.
- Undying Loyalty: Towards Barry, since he created her.
- The Voice:
- Until we saw her holographic avatar.
- She goes back to being the voice again in "A Flash of the Lightning" after the Monitor destroys the plinth containing her hard drive. Barry manages to salvage some of it, which communicates with him through an earpiece.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: After "The Trap", Gideon is deactivated by Eobard, presumably to prevent Team Flash from getting information about his past from her, unaware that they already did. She ends up disappearing from the plot until "Potential Energy" nearly a year later, when Harry, whom she mistakenly thinks is Eobard, briefly reactivates her. After "The Reverse-Flash Returns", she once again disappears, this time for over two years and missing out Season 3 completely, before returning in "Null and Annoyed" to help Harry build a Thinking Cap.
Known Aliases: Pied Piper
Played By: Andy Mientus
First Appearance: "The Sound and the Fury" (The Flash 1x11)
Appearances: The Flash
The disowned son of a wealthy industrial family, former scientist at S.T.A.R. Labs and protégé of Eobard Thawne until he was fired and lost his hearing due to the Particle Accelerator explosion.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: Comic Hartley is blonde, but here he's a brunette.
- Adaptation Personality Change: In the comics, Piper was, at worst, a Well-Intentioned Extremist, often shown to give most of his share of the takings from the Rogues' crimes away to various charities. He was also a passionate socialist and detested the sort of snobbery this version displayed towards Cisco, having rebelled against it for most of his life. Most striking, though, is that this version of Piper suffers from Lack of Empathy where the original was, if anything, often too nice for his own good. After Barry time-travels, he becomes one of Team Flash's friends, similar to him helping the Flash out in the comics. Post-Crisis first undoes this but then reverts back after they help him.
- Adaptational Superpower Change: In the comics he was a capable of creating Magic Music that hypnotises people. Here he fires off sonic blasts and has Super Senses.
- Adaptational Villainy:
- His original counterpart was the Token Good Teammate in his villainous time. Here, he is outright evil and just becomes good because of Barry's time travel.
- Subverted Post-Crisis where while he has redemption undone, he (at least mostly) reforms and assists Barry as an ally to his team.
- Adaptation Relationship Overhaul: His comics counterpart is one of Wally West's best friends. They haven't even met yet in the Arrowverse.
- Alliterative Name: Starts calling himself the Pied Piper.
- Aloof Ally: Before the Particle Accelerator exploded, none of his colleagues like him. After Barry's third Cosmic Retcon, however, he was steered into the right path. Still, he becomes the external member of the team, which limits his physical interactions with them.
- Batman Gambit: A favorite of his. Out-gambits pretty much the entire Team Flash in his debut episode. And in the following one, he plays Cisco and manages to escape... but not before he helps lead Cisco to learn the truth about Ronnie Raymond.
- Black Cloak: Part of his supervillain outfit.
- Blessed with Suck: The particle accelerator explosion gave him superhuman hearing, but this made him extremely sensitive to sounds which caused him excruciating pain. However, he still manages to use his powers in just the right moments to help either himself or Team Flash.
- Brains and Bondage: He alludes to being into bondage, mostly as a form of sarcasm at least.
- Broken Ace: A brilliant mind, but he's had little in the way of emotional security for a long time: his wealthy parents disowned him for his sexuality, then he was essentially the protege of Eobard Thawne who booted him out when he discovered the high probability of the Particle Accelerator malfunctioning, and to top it all off his hearing was damaged by the explosion. Anti-social jerk that he is, it's hard not to pity him given his potential that he's now channeling for destructive purposes.
- The Bus Came Back: He returns from a four season long absence in "Grodd Friended Me", robbing a jewelry store and one of the Flash's regular enemies.
- Chekhov's Gunman: He's mentioned in "Revenge of the Rogues" but first appears in "The Sound and the Fury."
- Chess Motifs: He loves making chess metaphors and used to play with "Wells".
- The Chessmaster: In his debut episode he's several steps ahead, engineering his capture in order to gain information on how to kill Barry, and nearly succeeding in doing so.
- Cosmic Retcon:
- Cunning Linguist: In addition to his native English, he speaks fluent Spanish, Japanese, French and Latin. According to Cisco, he knows at least one more language.
- Deal with the Devil: Offers one to Cisco at the end of "The Sound and The Fury": if freed, he will reveal where Ronnie is and help turn him back to normal. He succeeds.
- Decomposite Character: In the comics Hartley, not Cisco, is the Flash's tech-savvy best friend, and a Canon Foreigner supplants him as the lover of Barry's superior officer.
- Demoted to Extra: He was one of the main characters of the modern age pre-Flashpoint Flash comics, but he's only appeared in two episodes as of halfway through Season 4.
- Emerald Power: The lights on his stunners glow green.
- Empowered Badass Normal: Initially he Fights Like a Normal as his metahuman power (superhuman hearing) doesn't really help him in combat. What makes him dangerous is that he's a chessmaster with killer sonic technology who was almost able to kill Barry. As of Post-Crisis, he can now produce sonic blasts on his own with his sonic gloves merely being his Emergency Weapon.
- Everyone Has Standards: While being a major dick back in the day, he drew the line at letting the particle accelerator run when there was a great risk it could explode and kill innocent people.
- Expy: With the change of his weapon to gloves, he actually bears quite a resemblance to Shriek from Batman Beyond; especially because, just like Shriek, Rathaway gets severe auditory problems because of an accident, unlike the comics where he's deaf since birth.
- FaceHeel Turn: In his backstory. Sure, he was a jerk, but he still tried to warn Thawne that the Particle Accelerator had a severe chance of blowing up. Of course, Thawne already knew and fired him. Then his hearing became too sensitive after the explosion and went off the deep end.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: Was once this to everyone at S.T.A.R Labs because, as Cisco puts it, "mostly, he was a jerk. But sometimes... he could be a dick".
- The Glasses Gotta Go: He no longer uses glasses as of 2020 in the post-Crisis timeline.
- Good Is Not Nice: He was a major dick back in the day, but he was determined to stop the accelerator because he had figured out it could blow and he was entirely unwilling to let that happen. "Wells" fired him and coerced him into staying silent. Of course, he also provided information on Ronnie Raymond and Firestorm.
- Guest-Star Party Member: All his times aiding Team Flash tend to be one-offs every other season.
- Handicapped Badass: Suffered major damage to his ears and requires special hearing aid, but is still a genius and a competent fighter.
- Happy Ending Override: His reconciliation with Team Flash and his family is undone after the multiverse is recreated in Crisis.
- HeelFace Return: From Barry's point of view at the end of Flash Back and the viewers, his alteration to the timeline has a now good and friendly Hartley save him from the Speed Wraith.
- HeelFace Revolving Door: Initially just an unfriendly member of the S.T.A.R. Labs team, he turns into a villain after the particle accelerator explosion. Barry changing the timeline causes him to reconcile with the team, but Crisis undoes that, but then he reconciles with the team again after they save his boyfriend.
- HeelFace Turn: Due to Barry's messing with the past, he has become a friend to Team Flash, or at least since Thawne is gone.
- He Knows Too Much: Thawne fired Hartley because he found out about "a chance" that the accelerator would explode, and threatened to ruin his credibility if he exposed this fact for good measure.
- Ignored Expert: Knowledge on the particle accelerator's failure that led to his getting sacked by "Wells".
- I Have No Son!: His estranged father's reaction when Hartley tries to contact him. Turns out he was disowned for being gay (as Caitlin puts it "old money, old values"). Something he was not happy about. After Barry changed the past during his debut, they've started reconnecting with him.
- In the Hood: As part of his supervillain outfit.
- Insufferable Genius: He makes Eobard Thawne look humble in comparison.
- I Surrender, Suckers: Twice. The first time he gets captured on purpose in order to steal all of S.T.A.R Labs' data regarding Barry. The second time, he allows Barry to disarm him, so that the failsafe in his gauntlets would activate and melt Barry's brain. (He even calls Barry out on falling for it twice)
- Jerkass: Comes with the above. Everyone hates him, and for a good reason.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: As much of a Jerkass as Hartley may be, he still cared enough to try and fix the Particle Accelerator and was unwilling to risk the lives of everyone in the building and possibly the city and was perfectly willing to admit to the public that there was a mistake. Unfortunately, he got worse after the accident...
- On the other hand, he also led Cisco to learn of Ronnie Raymond's whereabouts.
- Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: Comes off at this at his worst, ESPECIALLY during his debut episode. As Cisco explains, "Mostly, he was a jerk, but sometimes... he could be a dick."
- Kick the Dog: After being captured by Barry, he tells Caitlin he didn't get his wedding invite. Also tends to attack people when they can't fight back such as sucker punching Caitlin or kicking Cisco when he is disabled by a sonic device, even though not doing so would be more pragmatic.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: It's really hard to fault him for wanting to damage his parents' business, since they disowned him for his sexuality. It also isn't hard to understand why he has a vendetta against "Wells".
- Lack of Empathy: Cited as a major reason for his fall from grace. Subverted when he told Thawne about the particle accelerator and the possibility of it blowing a hole in Central City.
- Leatherman: He tells Barry that being captured by a guy wearing leather is a long time fantasy of his. This is partly him messing around and trying to make the others feel uncomfortable.
- Manipulative Bastard: He's pretty good at this, as proven by how he convinced Cisco to let him out of his cell. Honestly, if he weren't such a Smug Snake, he'd probably qualify as a Magnificent Bastard.
- Movie Superheroes Wear Black: His attire is fully black with the only green found on his weaponized gloves (which are also mainly black). In the comics, at least the cloak is usually green.
- My Greatest Failure: He caused his boyfriend Roderick Smith to enter in a critical situation by putting him in a life of crime.
- Nerd Glasses: Wears a pair. Not that it makes him any less of a badass.
- No Social Skills: Thawne states that, in exchange for being brilliant, he has no skills with people.
- Not So Above It All: Mocks Cisco for liking Star Wars, but in Flash Back he makes a Harry Potter reference.
- Number Two: He was Eobard's deputy and protégé prior to him being fired after discovering that the Particle Accelerator was flawed.
- Pragmatic Adaptation: Playing a pipe like in the comics would have been nifty, but it's not a practical thing to convey so the change in his manner of weaponry does make sense in that regard.
- Punny Name: Rathaway sounds so suspicious for a guy whose Code Name is the Pied Piper.
- A Pupil of Mine Until He Turned to Evil: A former colleague of Thawne until Thawne fired and threatened him to keep him from telling the press about the Particle Accelerator. Barry messing with the timeline causes him to pull a HeelFace Turn by the time of Season 2. Thawne on the other hand, is acknowledged to have suffered the same fate.
- Reformed Criminal:
- One of the positive effects of Barry messing with the timeline. Since Barry arrived during his and Hartley's first encounter (which has the latter attacking his parents' company), his criminal past sticks. Still, Hartley has pulled a HeelFace Turn by the time Barry returns.
- Post-Crisis had him being bitter at Barry for putting his boyfriend in a coma, but he pulls a HeelFace Turn after assisting the Flash and later makes amends when they restore his partner.
- Revenge: Hartley's goal is to make "Wells" pay for betraying him and ruining his career to conceal that the particle accelerator had a "flaw".
- Rival Turned Evil: He and Cisco started as a typical Sitcom Arch-Nemesis, but him becoming a criminal just made their already sour relationship much worse.
- Sensory Overload: He has the metahuman power of superhuman hearing, but his sensitivity to sounds causes him pain and facilitates the need of hearing aids to reduce the auditory input.
- Sixth Ranger: Barry messing with the timeline has made him into an ally of Team Flash by Season Two. History repeats with his post-Crisis self coming around in season 6.
- Slobs vs. Snobs: His conflict with Cisco. Hartley couldn't believe someone like Cisco could be a mechanical genius. This is, notably, a complete divergence from his comics portrayal.
- Smart People Know Latin: He and "Wells" would often converse in Latin.
- Smug Snake: For all of his cunning plans, he's so arrogant and obnoxious and petty that he doesn't have much success as a villain, especially not compared to Eobard Thawne.
- Sonic Stunner: His weapon of choice.
- Spanner in the Works: Surprisingly, gets incredibly close to being one to Thawne. He tries to fix the Particle Accelerator. Had he succeeded, Thawne's plan to create the Flash would've failed. His failed attack on Thawne's also reignited Joe's suspicions about the man, as Thawne's claims and the evidence didn't quite match up.
- Straight Gay: Aside from a brief moment where he taunts Barry, he comes off as this.
- Sudden Sequel Heel Syndrome: Post-Crisis, he's remained a villain which Flash was unaware of until confronting him.
- Super Senses: Possesses superhuman hearing as the result of the particle accelerator explosion.
- Technobabble: Even more prone to this than Cisco or Wells.
- Took a Level in Badass: His meta powers post-Crisis are far more potent than before, even allowing him to fly with sound.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Goes from obnoxious (yet considerate enough to try to fix the Accelerator) genius to terrorist and would-be murderer.
- Took a Level in Kindness:
- After the past was altered and he helped Team Flash with the Speed Wraith, he is friendly with them all...except for the deceased Thawne.
- Post-Crisis after his first redemption was undone, he manages to pull another HeelFace Turn and once again becomes an ally for Team Flash.
- Troll: When being captured by the Flash, he takes the opportunity to troll the Flash about his costume and Caitlin about losing her fiance to the accident.
- Villain Has a Point: His motive is to get revenge on Thawne due to being betrayed by him, but Thawne makes everyone think that it was due to his obstinate personality. In truth, Hartley was callously fired by his father figure for even knowing about the chance that the accelerator would explode, also threatening him to ruin his credibility so that he would never get any other job.
- Villains Never Lie: He did keep his end of the bargain with Cisco, before kicking him to the ground.
- We Used to Be Friends: In Pre-Crisis timeline, he was an ally to Team Flash, but his reconciliation with the team was undone after the multiverse was recreated in Crisis. They reconcile later.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Since he was disowned from his parents, Thawne became a father figure to him.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: He disappears after assisting to deal with the Time Wraith. A season 3 episode reveals he's still difficult to work with, suggesting his coming to help was a one-time thing. He eventually returns post-crisis, their relationship initially undone.
- Would Hit a Girl: Slaps Caitlin so hard he knocks her out.
Other Aliases: January Galore
Played by: Natalie Dreyfuss, Rebecca Roberts (as January)
First Appearance: "License to Elongate" (The Flash 6x6, as January), "A Girl Named Sue" (The Flash 6x12, as herself)
Appearances: The Flash
A former socialite who was reported missing by her family and whose whereabouts lead to Ralph's biggest case yet. Turns out she is now a criminal connected to the enigmatic Black Hole.
- Adaptational Badass: The Sue of the comics was a skilled detective but otherwise had little to no combat abilities. This Sue is a Badass Normal who can handle trained assassin Ultraviolet in a fight.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: She's a brunette in the comics, while here her hair is black.
- Action Girl: Is able to match Ultraviolet in hand-to-hand combat.
- Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Dark-haired, beautiful, and generally unattached.
- Badass Normal: Having no powers doesn't stop her from being able to kick ass.
- Being Evil Sucks: She didn't feel good after manipulating Ralph's feelings.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Combined with Master Actress. Sue's act was so convincing that Ralph never saw it coming, and even Cecile, the resident empath, never reads her true intentions.
- Composite Character: While she has her comic counterpart's name, her profession and dynamic with Ralph mirrors that of Batman and Catwoman.
- Expy: Her January persona is based off Bond girls, primarily Pussy Galore.
- Fake Brit: In-Universe, as January Galore.
- Frame-Up: Eva McCulloch (AKA Mirror Monarch) frames Sue for her own killing of Joseph Carver, forcing her to go into hiding until she returns to help stop her.
- Good All Along: She wants to protect her parents from the extortion from Black Hole.
- Guest-Star Party Member: She returns at the end of the "Reflections and Lies" arc to assist Team Flash before leaving once more.
- Master of Disguise: Sue could easily create a persona named January Galore without anyone suspecting.
- Ms. Fanservice: Her Spy Catsuit accentuates her curves well.
- The Nicknamer: She calls Ralph "Slick".
- That One Case: For Ralph. Turns out that she engineered her own disappearance.
- Parents in Distress: She is trying to find a way to save her parents from being blackmailed by Joseph Carver.
- The Reveal: She is working to undermine Black Hole for blackmailing her parents. At the start of season 7, she returns to help Team Flash defeat the Mirror Monarch, before departing Central City with Ralph to find any other organizations with ties to them and shut them down.
- Unseen No More: Mentioned since Season 5 and throughout the first half of Season 6 of The Flash until Ralph finally tracks her down. She appeared as January Galore before showing up in the flesh.
Species: Extra-dimensional energy source
Other Aliases: "Nora Allen"
Played by: Michelle Harrison
First Appearance: "Fear Me" (The Flash 7x5, as human form)
Appearances: The Flash
The Speed Force in human form. After being resurrected from being a casualty of Crisis, they come to Team Flash for assistance after becoming under attack from new Forces that appear in Central City.
- A Form You Are Comfortable With: They most frequently appeared as Nora to help Barry cope with dealings under stress, so this is the form they took when entering the physical world.
- Big Bad: Of the first half of Season Seven.
- Genki Girl: As Nora, they often act very chipper, particularly when helping their ward.
- God in Human Form: As Barry's late mother, no less.
- The Omniscient: In a sense. They don't know much about the new Forces, but know much about the workings of the universe and are able to detect human emotions on some level.
- Spider-Sense: They can detect when Barry is feeling stressed and will come to his aid when possible.
- Super Speed: Being the source of the Flash's power, they're even faster than he is.
- Unwanted Assistance: They frequently offer aid to Barry, whether he asks to or not, but begins to give him space when they learn about what bothers him.