Harrison Wells is the name of several fictional characters portrayed by Tom Cavanagh in the CW's television series The Flash. Created by Geoff Johns, Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg, the character is an original creation for the series, and not based on any existing character appearing in comics published by DC Comics. Most versions are scientists from parallel universes, each being the founder and director of S.T.A.R. Labs on their respective Earths. This differs from the comics, where Garrison Slate was the founder of S.T.A.R. Labs.

Harrison Wells
Arrowverse characters
Harrison Wells.jpg
Clockwise from top left: Eobard Thawne, Harry Wells, H. R. Wells and Sherloque Wells
Created by
Portrayed byTom Cavanagh
Years2014–present

Cavanagh has played a different version of Wells in each season; he has played Eobard Thawne (in the form of Earth-1's Wells) since season one, Harry Wells of Earth-2 since season two, writer H. R. Wells of Earth-19 in season three, the Council of Wells and Council of Harrisons (which consist of various doppelgängers) in season four, and detective Sherloque Wells in season five.

Cavanagh has been praised by critics and fans for his performances as various versions of the character, particularly for Thawne and for Harry, although some criticized H. R. The Council of Wells and Council of Harrisons received a divided reception among critics; some praised their humor and Cavanagh's versatility in portraying them while others criticized their skit nature.

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Fictional character biographiesEdit

Harrison Wells / Eobard ThawneEdit

Harrison Wells / Eobard Thawne
Arrowverse character
First appearance
Information
Occupation
AffiliationTeam Flash

In season one, Harrison Wells is introduced as the director of S.T.A.R. Labs, Central City on Earth-1. He activates a particle accelerator which explodes, and the dark matter energy released transforms various individuals into metahumans, including Barry Allen. Months later, Wells has become a paraplegic recluse and pariah in Central City. Wells, Cisco Ramon, and Caitlin Snow help Barry as the Flash; Wells pushes Barry to run faster to increase his protege's abilities as a speedster by taking down metahuman criminals. Unknown to the rest of the team, Wells is faking paralysis and has a hidden futuristic time vault within S.T.A.R. Labs, from which he conducts surveillance on his co-workers.[1][2] He demonstrates a desire to keep Barry safe from harm, and even murders corrupt CEO Simon Stagg for seeking to exploit the Flash's powers.[3] Wells soon causes both Joe West and Barry to become suspicious of him, given his inconsistent statements[4][5] and dubious actions.[6][7] He ultimately appears as a tachyon-enhanced speedster who is later dubbed the "Reverse-Flash", and bests Barry in combat.[8][9]

"Wells" is later revealed to be Eobard Thawne, the Flash's archenemy from the 22nd century and a descendant of Central City police officer Eddie Thawne.[8][10] Traveling to the 21st century to erase the Flash from history by fracturing the Allen family (murdering Nora and framing Henry), Thawne, left stranded with his Speed Force connection severed and desperate to return to his time, killed the Wells of Earth-1 and assumed his identity.[7] As Wells, he then founded S.T.A.R. Labs and created the particle accelerator to turn Barry into the Flash, hoping to use his protege's pure Speed Force connection to return home.[11] Once exposed, Thawne is captured by Barry, Firestorm and Oliver Queen.[12] Thawne then offers Barry a chance to travel back in time to save the Allen family in exchange for a time machine to return to his own time once the Speed Force portal is open. Barry makes the trip, but ultimately chooses not to save Nora and returns to destroy Thawne's machine. The two speedsters then fight, with Thawne prevailing until Eddie shoots himself, seemingly erasing Thawne from existence.[11]

In subsequent seasons, Thawne's various actions using Wells's identity make it difficult for doppelgängers of Wells to be in the general public.[13][14] Thawne makes sporadic appearances in season two. A flash drive containing Thawne's will bequeathes S.T.A.R. Labs to Barry and a video-recorded confession to Nora's murder, allowing for Henry's exoneration.[15][16] Barry later travels back in time to season one's timeframe to obtain Thawne's help with tachyon equipment.[17] Thawne returns in season four during the "Crisis on Earth-X" crossover as an ally of the Nazi-dominated Earth-X leaders Dark Arrow and Overgirl.[18] Claiming to have resumed the appearance of Wells "for old times' sake", Thawne implies to Barry that he survived his erasure from existence due to time travel vagaries.[19][20] He assists Dark Arrow in saving Overgirl's life, along with their intent to invade Earth-1. During the final battle, Barry defeats Thawne but spares his life, and Thawne departs while his allies are killed.[21][22] In season five, Thawne is revealed to be the secret mentor of Nora West-Allen, Barry's future daughter. Imprisoned in Iron Heights in 2049, he has been orchestrating season five's events by convincing Nora to go back in time to meet Team Flash.[23] He professes to Nora that he helps to ensure he will have a better legacy than simply being known as an evil speedster.[24]

Harrison Wells (Earth-1)Edit

Harrison Wells
Arrowverse character
First appearance
Last appearance
Information
Occupation
  • Scientist
SpouseTess Morgan

The true Harrison Wells of Earth-1 appears briefly in season one in flashbacks as a victim of Thawne. He was an intelligent and soft-spoken man who was devoted to his wife Tess Morgan, whom he met when they worked as research partners in Maryland. The couple relocated to Starling City at some point after they married.[4] Harrison is first seen at a beach with Tess in 2000, while being spied on by Thawne. The couple discussed a plan for a chain of independent research laboratories unconnected to government or big business. After drawing an initial design sketch on a paper napkin, Harrison wanted to name his concept T.E.S.S. ("Technological Engineering Scientific Studies") but Tess opted for S.T.A.R. Labs ("Scientific and Technological Advanced Research Laboratories"). Thawne caused their car to crash later that night, killing Tess. He told the injured Harrison that his particle accelerator would have been hugely successful in 2020 of Thawne's timeline, and change the course of history. Thawne then murdered Harrison with a futuristic transmuting device that allowed Thawne to assume his likeness.[25][7] Years later, Harrison's colleague Tina McGee tells Barry of always suspecting something was off after Tess died.[26] An investigation into Tess's death eventually leads to Team Flash's discovery of Harrison's corpse and Thawne's masquerade.[5]

Harry WellsEdit

Harry Wells
Arrowverse character
First appearance
Last appearance
Information
Occupation
  • Scientist
  • Owner and director of Earth-2's S.T.A.R. Labs
Affiliation
  • Team Flash
  • Council of Wells
  • Council of Harrisons
SpouseUnnamed wife (deceased)
ChildrenJesse Wells

Harrison "Harry" Wells of Earth-2 is introduced in season two as the founder and director of the Earth-2 S.T.A.R Labs.[27] He is a widower and the father of Jesse Wells.[28] Like Eobard Thawne, he was responsible for using a particle accelerator that exploded and created the metahumans on Earth-2,[29] including transforming serial killer Hunter Zolomon into the speedster Zoom.[30] When Zoom kidnaps Jesse, Wells travels to Earth-1 to assist with Barry Allen's fight against Zoom's extorted metahumans and to keep Jesse safe.[29][31] Wells, nicknamed "Harry" by Cisco, is initially distrusted by Team Flash due to Thawne's prior betrayal.[29] Because Thawne's actions tainted his Earth-1 doppelgänger's name, Harry's safety is often threatened because others mistake him for Thawne/Wells. Both Joe West and Patty Spivot shoot at and nearly kill him because of this.[29][32] Tina McGee also initially mistakes Harry for Thawne.[33] Harry later helps with Cisco's transition as the superhero Vibe,[29][34] and Caitlin Snow with the speed-enhancing Velocity serums.[32] Zoom ultimately extorts Harry into developing a Speed Force transmitting device to steal Barry's speed in exchange for his daughter's life. But when Harry cannot go through with the plan, he confesses his collaboration with Zoom and the reason for it.[35] Barry, Cisco and Harry then travel to Earth-2 to rescue Jesse.[36] With their mission successful, Harry and Jesse seek refuge on Earth-1 from Zoom's pursuit.[37] After Barry's speed is sacrificed to Zoom for Wally West's safety,[30] Harry tries to recreate the particle accelerator accident to help restore Barry's powers; Barry is seemingly disintegrated in the process, and dark matter energy bathes both Wally and Jesse, rendering Jesse comatose.[38] Harry eventually locates Barry inside the Speed Force and is able to bring Barry back with Cisco and Iris West's help, and Barry revives Jesse.[39] Harry and Cisco then collaborate on a device to incapacitate Zoom's invading metahuman army.[40] After Zoom's defeat, Harry and Jesse return to Earth-2.[41]

Harry makes occasional appearances in season three. He approaches Team Flash to dissuade Jesse (now a speedster) from becoming a superhero, but eventually comes to accept his daughter's intentions.[42] He soon returns to Earth-2 after helping the team recruit his replacement.[43] Team Flash rescues Harry after he is captured and imprisoned by Gorilla City's denizens.[44] Harry later assists the team against a corrupted future time remnant of Barry,[45] and he remains on Earth-1 as a favor when Barry goes into the Speed Force to stabilize it.[46]

Harry has a supporting role once again in season four. He returned to Earth-2 for undisclosed reasons, but is mentioned as one of the scientists who aided Cisco in developing a way behind Barry's retrieval from the Speed Force.[47] He returns to live on Earth-1 after a falling out with Jesse,[48] but later reconciles with his daughter.[49] Harry also assists with Team Flash's fight against Clifford DeVoe / The Thinker.[50][51] Harry struggles with his frustration at being unable to anticipate the Thinker and his belief that he is just not smart enough.[52] He decides to emulate the Thinker's methods by creating his own intelligence-enhancing "Thinking Cap",[53] and, with additional equipment provided by the AI Gideon,[54] nearly becomes addicted to its effects until Joe persuades him to forgo overusage. But when Harry pushes the device past its safety limits during one of the Thinker's assaults, his brain gets damaged;[55] now the more he uses his intellect, the faster he loses it.[56] He soon begins forgetting even rudimentary elements of everyday life and is eventually reduced to babbling.[57][58] Following the Thinker's demise, Team Flash uses a device provided by Marlize DeVoe to repair Harry's brain and restore his mind which succeeds to an extent: Harry recovers his normal mental functions, but not his genius or his higher education and knowledge. Undeterred, he is grateful for the insight into other aspects of his personality, and leaves for Earth-2 after bidding Team Flash a heartfelt farewell.[59][60]

Harry makes a cameo appearance in season five when Barry time travels to season two's timeframe in order to collect Harry's Speed Force transmitter to build a weapon to use against Cicada.[23]

H. R. WellsEdit

H. R. Wells
Arrowverse character
First appearance
Last appearance
Information
Occupation
  • Co-founder of Earth-19's S.T.A.R. Labs
  • Writer
Affiliation
  • Team Flash
Significant otherTracy Brand

Team Flash selects Harrison "H. R." Wells of Earth-19 as a replacement for Harry Wells in season three—over Harry's objections—after he seemingly solved a complicated mathematical equation.[61][43] The team later discovers that the overbearingly good-natured H. R. is not really a scientist, despite his professed credentials. Although he did help found S.T.A.R. Labs on Earth-19, his partner Randolph Morgan solved the equation meant for him. H. R. professes to be the "idea man" who creates the plans for others to execute. Over everyone's protests, Barry suggests letting H. R. stay for a few more weeks to see if they can still work together. If not, they will send him back to Earth-19.[62] H. R. strives to prove his worth to the team. He is generally intelligent and intuitive, which helps the team make plans and battle metahuman criminals.[63] He recognizes the potential worth in everything he encounters, leading him to begin training newly-minted speedster Wally as Kid Flash.[64] Despite Thawne's tainted name as the Earth-1 Wells, H. R. is able to venture into public using an invention of Morgan's that disguises his appearance holographically; while Team Flash's members see the normal H. R., others see a projected image of a different face under the name H. R. Randolf.[14] He also transforms S.T.A.R. Labs into a museum open to the public to generate income for the team.[65]

An aspiring novelist, H. R. begins transmitting fictionalized versions of Team Flash's exploits across the interdimensional barrier, with himself as the protagonist. This allows Earth-19 enforcer Gypsy to locate him. Gypsy arrives to return him to Earth-19 as a wanted felon, since interdimensional travel is a capital offense there. Thwarted by Vibe, Gypsy spares H. R. and decides to claim falsely to have killed him, leaving him unable to return home.[66] In an alternate future, Barry discovers that H. R. became a successful novelist on Earth-1.[67] H. R. later meets and falls in love with Tracy Brand, a scientist Team Flash enlists to help build a device to imprison Savitar, Barry's future time remnant who is fated to murder Iris.[68] Although the West family seek refuge on Earth-2 with Harry, H. R. inadvertently gives away their location when Savitar poses as Barry. Savitar abducts Iris back to Earth-1 and forces Barry to watch her be killed.[45] However, "Iris" turns out to be H. R. in disguise. Guilt-stricken over endangering Iris, he had managed to find and free her. But when the pair were pursued by Killer Frost (Caitlin's split personality), H. R. used Morgan's invention to disguise himself as Iris and be killed by Savitar instead. H. R.'s sacrifice earns him Harry's respect, and his death is avenged when Iris kills Savitar. At his funeral, Iris eulogizes H. R. saying that although he had his limits, "when we needed him the most, he was a hero. He was my hero."[46]

Sherloque WellsEdit

Sherloque Wells
Arrowverse character
First appearance
Information
Occupation
  • Detective
Affiliation
  • Team Flash
SpouseRenee Adler doppelgängers of 5 different Earths (all divorced)

Harrison Sherloque Wells, a detective from an unspecified Earth, arrives on Earth-1 in season five to help Team Flash track down Cicada. He is an intelligent and highly knowledgeable investigator, skilled in the use of abductive reasoning, i.e. taking specific details and reasoning out general conclusions; for instance, during his first meeting with the team, he is able to determine from small physical clues that Cisco recently broke up with Gypsy, both Barry and Nora are speedsters, and Iris had a tattoo removed.[69] Sherloque frequently carries a magnifying lens on a chain to help with his work, which has a voice recorder built into its frame for taking notes. He is a connoisseur of fine tea, often brewing his own, and favors wearing a pork pie hat.[69] Although he claims to have no family of his own, the French-accented Sherloque has been married seven times to five different women,[70] one of whom lives on Earth-38.[71] Unlike his other doppelgängers, Sherloque charges for his services, an unspecified but exorbitant fee, which he immediately spends on back alimony payments to his ex-wives.[69] Sherloque once worked with a partner named Watsune, an association that ended after Sherloque discovered Watsune was having an affair with Sherloque's fourth wife. Watsune later died when he went up against Jervis Tetch of Earth-221 without Sherloque's help.[72]

Sherloque's initial efforts lead the team to career criminal David Hersch. However, forensic evidence and police reports soon prove that Hersch is not Cicada. Sherloque then confesses that he had tracked down thirty-seven alternate doppelgängers of Cicada on various Earths, and it always turned out to be Hersch. He had merely chosen to simplify matters by naming Hersch as the culprit without confirmation, unaware that Earth-1's timeline had been altered due to Nora's interference in helping Barry stop the Thinker. After attempting to evade refunding his already-spent fee by faking his death, Team Flash compels Sherloque to remain on Earth-1 and work off his debt by actually helping them locate Cicada.[69] Sherloque soon makes important contributions to the search, developing a mild rivalry with fellow detective Ralph Dibny, whom he dismisses as inept. He makes a breakthrough in determining Cicada's civilian life by following Ralph's original hunch, for which he properly credits Ralph in front of the team, along with apologizing for his prior attitude.[73] Finally, just after Thanksgiving, using all their gathered information, Sherloque announces Cicada's true identity: Orlin Dwyer.[70] During this period, he also aids Cisco and Ralph's efforts to help Caitlin locate Thomas Snow.[74]

Sherloque becomes dubious about Nora over the fact that she only chose to act during the Thinker's satellite emergency, despite having visited the others at different times during season four.[69] Nora's atypical ingenuity in creating a plan to stop Cicada by using elements from the past further raises Sherloque's suspicions. He later discovers Nora's journal filled with the same mysterious symbols utilized after Barry's return from the Speed Force.[a] Intrigued by the mystery, he copies the pages and manages to translate one sentence: "The timeline is malleable." However, Nora's unsatisfactory claim of creating the code herself leads Sherloque to investigate in secret.[23] During his inquiries, he finds that Nora has permanently erased all records of herself from Gideon,[24] and discovers that the journal contains two different handwriting styles, concluding that Nora has a secret partner in the future.[75] He gets the opportunity to expose Nora's secret to Team Flash, but instead chooses not to for his own reasons.[72] Following Thawne's suggestion, Nora tries to distract Sherloque by introducing him to Renee Adler, the Earth-1 doppelgänger of Sherloque's five ex-wives.[76] Despite Nora's initial success, Sherloque renews his investigation after he obtains new symbol meanings from Nora's journal that Nora needed to reveal in order for Team Flash to escape a time loop.[77]

Other variants of WellsEdit

Throughout the series, many versions of Wells from across the multiverse have made brief appearances.

In season three, Harry suggests that Team Flash recruit a replacement for him after he announces his intention to return home to Earth-2. To find a suitable candidate, they transmit a message asking for help across the Earths, hidden inside a complex mathematical equation. Several versions of Wells do solve the puzzle and transmit responses which Cisco, Caitlin and Harry review before recruiting H. R. over Harry's objections.[61][78] The variants of Wells considered before H. R. were a cowboy from an unspecified Earth calling himself "Hell's Wells"; Wells of Earth-17, a British-accented steampunk scientist; and a French-speaking mime artist from another unspecified Earth.[78][79]

Council of WellsEdit

In season four, Harry reveals he has a circle of "friends", astonishing Team Flash's members. But when Harry introduces them to Cisco, they are actually other versions of Wells from other Earths.[80] The group, nicknamed the "Council of Wells" by Cisco, initially consists of Harry, Harrison Wolfgang Wells, a German author and scientist from Earth-12 who is known as Herr Wells; H. Lothario Wells, a wealthy playboy-scientist from Earth-47; and Wells 2.0, a cyborg from Earth-22.[80][79] During Cisco's first meeting with the Council, a wizard named Wells the Grey appears, but is quickly rejected.[b] As the group brainstorms possible identities of the Thinker, they start bickering because of their egos and clashing personalities. This irritates Harry to the point of abandoning the idea of the Council until Cisco notes that Harry shares many of the same traits as the others; what Harry hates about them is what he hates about himself. Harry then adopts a more balanced approach to the Council, which allows them eventually to discern the Thinker's identity: Clifford DeVoe.[80] Lothario Wells and Harry are later expelled from the Council separately, the latter because of his deteriorating intelligence.[83]

In season five, the normally arrogant and condescending Herr Wells treats Barry and Iris with courtesy and respect. When they ask for his help, Herr Wells instead recommends Sherloque's detective services to assist with their investigation of Cicada.[69]

Council of HarrisonsEdit

In season four, a new group of Wells, termed the "Council of Harrisons" by Cisco, is formed.[83] Along with Harry, this Council includes Lothario Wells; Sonny Wells of Earth-24; and H. P. Wells, a French poet from Earth-25.[84] More sensitive and empathetic than the Council of Wells, the other Harrisons consider the problem of the Thinker using more of a group therapy approach. When they leave, they seem to have provided no real help. Harry is angered by this until realizing, even in his befuddled state, that they have indeed helped by advising him to determine the Thinker's underlying psychology and emotions in order to defeat him.[83]

DevelopmentEdit

Executive producers Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg, and DC Comics CCO Geoff Johns, created the character of Harrison Wells for The CW series The Flash,[85] although he is first mentioned in the Arrow season 2 episode "Three Ghosts".[86] While a character named "Dr. Wells" had appeared in "Elevator To Nowhere", a 1980 episode of the ABC animated series Super Friends,[87] and another namesake character in Flash TV Special #1, a January 1991 tie-in comic book with the CBS live-action series The Flash (1990),[88] Johns has said that Harrison Wells is an original creation for the CW series.[89] On February 10, 2014, Tom Cavanagh was cast in the role, described as "a rock star in the world of physics and the mind and money behind Central City's S.T.A.R. Labs Particle Accelerator".[90] This differed from the comics where Garrison Slate founded S.T.A.R. Labs.[91] Cavanagh described Apple founder Steve Jobs as an inspiration for the character.[92] It was eventually revealed that "Wells" was actually Eobard Thawne, who assumed the real Wells' identity after murdering him.[93]

Since season 2, Cavanagh has portrayed other versions of Wells, primarily "Harry" of Earth-2.[94][95] He differentiated each version based on character mannerisms, voice, and origin story.[96] Cavanagh has described Thawne/Wells as someone who "seems good but he's bad" with Harry the opposite.[97] Grant Gustin, who portrays Barry Allen, described Harry as a "douchebag". Cavanagh said it was his own idea to portray the character as egotistical, though he was not written that way.[98] He also described Harry as "socially awkward", but ultimately "a good guy at heart".[99] While Kriesberg described Thawne/Wells as "deadly and scary", he differentiated Harry from him by calling him "a tortured man who's beset with guilt" who loves his daughter. He added, "[Harry is] a jerk, but he's doing everything he's doing because he loves his daughter more than anything in the world."[100] He also insisted that Thawne/Wells was not evil because his affection for Cisco was genuine, and "he has a reason for doing what he's doing and he has an agenda and he thinks of himself as the hero ... bad people are capable of incredible amounts of kindness and generosity".[101]

Cavanagh described H. R. as "a bit of a con man ... But I didn't want to repeat myself from last year, so what I thought I would try [to do is play him as] a guy who fills it up with comedy."[97] He said the character was created to bring more "comedic power" to the series in a way that would not undermine its serious narrative.[102] Regarding the relationship between Harry and H. R., he said, "Harry hated [H. R.] because he thought he was an idiot. H. R. thought Harry was the best thing ever."[103] The fictional detective Sherlock Holmes was the inspiration for Sherloque.[104] Similarly, Sherloque's partner was named Watsune (a play on the name of Holmes' partner Dr. Watson)[105] and Sherloque's ex-wives named Renee Adler (a play on another Sherlock Holmes character Irene Adler).[106] Cavanagh described Sherloque as "a very intelligent human being who is maybe not to be trusted",[107] and as being filled with "intrigue and deceit, fun, humor, intensity, and very loud".[95] He called the character a combination of Harry's intelligence and H. R.'s comedic personality.[103] The Flash season four and five showrunner Todd Helbing described Sherloque as "a master detective".[108][109]

Regarding the creation of the Council of Wells, Cavanagh recalled:

"We had a sprinkling of it when they were on their quest for H. R. Wells last year where we had Hells Wells, Mime Wells, and Steampunk Wells, and so that was just a one-off, but that got everybody's juices flowing like, 'If we were to do that, what would that look like with there being a Council of Wells that could convene?' [...] We thought, 'Oh, this is going to be completely obnoxious and shameless when I get a hold of it,' and it is proving to be super obnoxious and ultra-shameless in hopefully the most appealing way."[110]

Helbing described the Council of Wells as being "all about intelligence and being the smartest people in the universe", and the Council of Harrisons as its "emo version".[111] Cavanagh described Herr Wells as someone who thinks "everything that is not German is not good" and Wells 2.0 as a "bad ass from the Outback, who doesn't like anybody".[99] Gandalf, a character in J. R. R. Tolkien's Middle-earth stories, was the model for Wells the Grey, and Hugh Hefner was the inspiration for H. Lothario Wells.[112][113]

ReceptionEdit

Critical responseEdit

In her review of the episode "The New Rogues", which features Cavanagh portraying multiple versions of Wells, Angelica Jade Bastién of Vulture said that the different Wells "let Tom Cavanagh stretch himself even more as an actor".[61] She criticized his portrayal of H. R. in the episode "Untouchable". Bastién felt he was an "annoying character" who was "just another symbol of the show's inability to grow", with his only purpose being to "continue the Harrison Wells mythos."[114] Irina Curovic of Comic Book Resources described Cavanagh's portrayal of the versions of Wells introduced to that point as "flawless", noting that "Harry was the best fit for team Flash. Not only did he contribute to the team, but he also established meaningful relationships with the members of the team."[115] Writing for the same website, Stephanie Holland criticized H. R., describing him as a "hipster Wells, who carries around drumsticks, wears a stupid hat and skinny jeans". She felt he was included only to "keep Tom Cavanagh around in a new role". Holland added that while Cavanagh was "fantastic at making every Wells different, HR just didn't fit on the show."[116] Digital Spy's Morgan Jeffrey felt H. R. did not contribute much to Team Flash except for "plenty of enthusiasm", and was "a tad annoying", but wrote that, by sacrificing his life to save Iris, H. R. "eventually proved his worth".[117]

Adam Holmes of Cinema Blend ranked Harry sixth on his list of 10 Best TV Characters DC Introduced in 2015.[118] Allison Keene of Collider named Cavanagh TV Performer of the Week for his portrayal of Eobard Thawne impersonating Wells. She noted that, "while there are several of the show's stars who could, and should, be singled out for their performances [...] it's Tom Cavanagh as the mysterious villain Dr. Harrison Wells who really helped make The Flash become something special".[119] Forbes' Erik Kain said in a review of "The Trap" that Cavanagh was "uncanny, a perfect fit for the ominous yet likable villain".[120] Reviewing Cavanagh's performance as Harry in the episode "The Darkness and the Light", Eric Walters of Paste said, "Having Tom Cavanagh back is wonderful, and he has brought a renewed energy with him. When Harrison 2 referred to Cisco as 'Crisco,' I knew this episode was going to be hot fire."[121]

The Council of Wells and the Council of Harrisons received a divided reception among critics; some praised their humor and Cavanagh's versatility in portraying them, while others criticized the skit nature of both Councils.[122][123][124][125] In his review of "When Harry Met Harry..." IGN's Jesse Schedeen felt the Council of Wells was "basically an excuse for Cavanagh to put on funny wigs and ridiculous accents".[126] He had similar feelings for the episode "Harry and the Harrisons" where Harry joined the Council of Harrisons.[127] Scott Von Doviak of The A.V. Club said this Council did not "make a whole lot of sense, even from a comic-book multiverse perspective", and that its members felt like "community theater skit characters".[125] In his review of the season 4 penultimate episode "Think Fast", which shows Harry's declining intelligence because of the effects of the Thinking Cap, Schedeen felt that "Cavanagh is doing a fine job of depicting Harry's deteriorating mental state, playing it both for laughs and tragedy as the situation demands."[128]

AccoladesEdit

The Eobard Thawne version of Wells was ranked number 35 on Rolling Stone's list of the 40 Greatest TV Villains of All Time.[129] He also topped Entertainment Weekly's list of 20 "best" villains on superhero TV in 2015,[130] and was included on Collider's list of Best TV Villains of 2015.[131] Cavanagh received an IGN Awards nomination for Best TV Villain for his portrayal of the character in The Flash.[132] He was also nominated for Choice TV Villain at the 2015 Teen Choice Awards.[133] Screen Rant's Jason Berman ranked Cavanagh fifth on his 2016 list 20 Best Actors in the Arrowverse.[134]

Other appearancesEdit

Cavanagh reprised his roles of Harry and Thawne/Wells in Supergirl, Arrow,[135] and Legends of Tomorrow, each set in the Arrowverse with The Flash.[136] He reprised the latter role in The CW's Superhero Fight Club promotional video.[137] Thawne/Wells appears in the episode "Ants on a Hamburger" of the non-Arrowverse animated series Robot Chicken, voiced by Cavanagh.[138][139] The Earth-27 version of Wells appears in The Flash: Johnny Quick, a tie-in novel to The Flash.[140]

NotesEdit

  1. ^ As depicted in "The Flash Reborn".[47]
  2. ^ While Wells the Grey's Earth is not mentioned onscreen,[80][81] it has been identified as Earth-13 on The Chronicles of Cisco, an official website companion of The Flash.[82]

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