Scientific and Technological Advanced Research Labs or S.T.A.R. Labs for short is the organisation set up Harrison Wells to help Barry Allen/Flash amongst other things. Eobard Thawne used it as cover to help get The Flash to his maximum potential speed that would help him get back to his time. In addition to Harrison Wells is Cisco Ramon and Caitlin Snow.
Harrison is the brains behind the organisation with more degrees than a red hot thermometer. In the first series, Harrison Well is wheelchair bound but it turns out to be a ruse. Harrison Wells is not who he says he is, Harrison is actually Eobard Thawne, a criminal from the future who was responsible for the murder of Barry Allen's mother and the arrest of the dad. Eobard wanted to speed Barry Allen up so that he can do his master plan to take control.
When Eobard Thawne was unveiled as masquerading as Harrison Wells, the group at S.T.A.R. Labs started recruiting Harrisons Wells from other realms. The first one to come across was Harrison Wells from Earth-2. After Zoom was defeated, Harrison Wells went back with his daughter Jessie.
S.T.A.R. Labs recruited another Harrison Wells from another universe but he turned out to be a charlatan. The Harrison Wells stayed and ended up sacrificing himself to save Iris West from being killed by Savitar.
Harrison Wells from Earth-2 would later return and help out on this realm having reached an understanding with Jessie Wells who stayed in her home realm.
Cisco is a long time friend of Caitlin but they never got together. Cisco's interests have been with Jessie and then with Gypsy. Gypsy was a law enforcer from another realm. To get close to Gypsy, he also had to win over her father, played menancingly by Danny Trejo and it wasn't going to be easy.
Cisco is a friend of Barry Allens at S.T.A.R. Labs that is responsible for Leonard Snart becoming Captain Cold. Cisco created the freeze gun in case they ever needed to take on the Flash if he turned evil. The gun made its way into the hands of Leonard Snart. Cisco is an extremely intelligent character and is highly regarded amongst the employees.
When Cisco travelled to Earth-2, he met his alternative self, Reverb who worked for Zoom. Reverb wore glasses that gave him extra sight. It also allowed Cisco to discover he had his own powers which was to be able to see into the future and also into the alternate universe.
Cisco has the ability to create mini-wormholes between places and universes to provide help or get help. He jumped to another universe so that he could call on the help of Captain Cold who was friendly to help them. In addition to bringing Captain Cold through, he inadvertently brought back Siren X who then went on to cause problems in our realm.
Caitlin is the computer whizz at S.T.A.R. Labs, like Cisco, she has an alternative self in the parallel universe, her alternate character is Killer Snow. Killer is able to freeze people from her hands unlike Captain Snow who has to use a gun. When Zoom kills Reverb, Caitlin swaps sides to help Earth-1 team rescue Jessie and return to Earth-1.
Caitlin has the ability to turn into Killer Frost, although it did take some practice. Killer Frost unlike Captain Cold is able to use the power of frost without any tools or devices. There was a time when Caitlin was looking to become an antagonist but her friends rallied round and persuaded her to stay.
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