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    Chester P. Runk (Earth-1: Pre-Crisis)

    I don't believe in quitting.
    — Chester P. Runk[src]

    Chester Phineas Runk, often simply referred to as Chester P. Runk[6] and self-nicknamed Chunk, is a scientist and the technology consultant on Metahuman affairs to the Central City Police Department. Runk is also the son of the late inventor, Quincy P. Runk.

    Runk gained his abilities after his experiments failed, causing destruction in Central City. He was then placed in the MAC for weeks before finding himself in S.T.A.R. Labs. Runk soon joined The Flash's team and served as its technological support, working alongside and later succeeding Cisco Ramon.

    Biography[edit | hide | hide all]

    What's up, party people?
    — Runk's catchphrase[src]

    Early Life[edit | hide]

    Chester Phineas Runk was born to Quincy P. Runk on July 5, 1991, in Masonville.[6][2]

    In 1998, Runk was starting to build creative technology using trash. It was later revealed to him when he travelled back in time that his father was leaving parts he needed in the trash and teaching him lessons. However, his father died soon and left his own invention blueprints to Runk.[2]

    When Runk was 11, he tried to build a hovercraft out of her grandmother's car. However, it failed, and he sees it as his worst experience.[16]

    During Runk's sixth grade, he built a miniature copy of the Millennium Falcon for his school's science fair. Due to rust in the intake valve, the copy did not fly, and the teacher refused to let him fix the problem, saying people like him do not get second chances, which later became one of his greatest lessons.[16]

    After Runk graduated from high school, he moved to Central City with his grandmother.[2] Soon afterwards, he became a student at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he received a degree in mechanical engineering.[6]

    At some point, Runk became a believer of Rao and worshiped him.[16]

    After the particle accelerator explosion and Grodd's first appearance, Runk chose him to be his favorite villain.[16]

    Mad Scientist[edit | hide]

    Becoming a Metahuman[edit | hide]

    After one of his experiments went wrong, his body was infused with Dark Matter and became a Metahuman. He was then saved by Team Flash after creating a black hole in the city and was placed in the MAC where Barry Allen would visit and talk to him.[16][17]

    A Dead Man[edit | hide]

    Joining Team Flash[edit | hide]

    In 2020, Runk and Kamilla Hwang stood up as the mission control of Team Flash during Cisco Ramon's travel across the planet. They helped The Flash fight Hartley Rathaway, better known as Pied Piper. After the latter's escape, Allen returned to the facility to calculate the changes caused by the Crisis with the help of Gideon. Runk entered and saw Allen using his speed, which made him know his secret identity. Runk then tried to help, but was refused by Barry due to him not being a member of the team. Runk then went to CC Jitters after Allen hurt his feelings.[16]

    Soon after his upgrades to Gideon, it malfunctioned and sent Allen to Grodd's mind. Runk refused to help as he felt guilty about his mistake. Frost then talked to him and told him that mistakes are valuable lessons. Runk then worked with her and allowed Barry to return safely.[16]

    After the incident, Runk found Allen's parents, Henry and Nora's graves, which Allen struggled to find. Allen apologized for his anger and invited him to the team. Runk accepted and aided him later fight against Pied Piper soon after the latter's reappearance.[16]

    Assisting The Flash[edit | hide]

    Weeks later, Runk was in charge of mission control due to Cisco Ramon's leave of absence to Atlantis. He then woke Allen from the Cryo Pod as Eva McCulloch resurfaces.[1]

    Later, Runk assisted the construction of the Artificial Speed Force and was fascinated when all Harrison Wellses' brainwaves took over Barry's mind. He was then present when Nash Wells' sacrifice, who told him and Allegra Garcia to look out for each other.[1]

    Mirrorverse Invasion[edit | hide]

    Returning after visiting his grandmother,[18] Runk was attacked by one of McCulloch's Reflections. Runk was able to escape back to S.T.A.R. Labs and regroup with Team Flash. He later assisted the team in issuing a half-city blackout to prevent any more Reflections from entering Earth-Prime from the Mirrorverse.[19]

    God Complex[edit | hide]

    Central City Strong[edit | hide]

    A few weeks later, Runk and the other members of S.T.A.R. Labs helped rebuild the city and promoted the slogan "Central City Strong". He was then assigned his first case as a tech consultant to the CCPD after Abra Kadabra's murder. After his defeat, Runk played Fortnite with Ramon, who told him to stop beating him unless he wanted to leave the team.[20]

    Stuck in 1998[edit | hide]

    Runk and Ramon in 1998

    When Runk arrived back at S.T.A.R. Labs, he was fascinated by the Speed Force and introduced the Isotopic Signal Booster to the team, telling them that he could detect the Forces of Nature as well as which specific ones. Later that night, Runk and Ramon drove the van to Masonville, Runk's hometown. As they installed the booster, they were hit with a green energy wave of Temporal Energy and were unable to find their cell phones. They then walked to Masonville and attempted to find phones to dial S.T.A.R. Labs, only to find multiple stores and advertisements that are not from 2020. They then realized that they were sent back to 1998 by the energy wave. They soon investigated the person who sent them back after detecting the identical Isotopic Signal when they were sent back.[2]

    Runk and Ramon then went to Runk's former high school and interviewed several students. Their scanner then detected the same signal on Parker and quizzed him with movie references. However, he was able to respond to a reference to The Matrix, a film that was not yet released. They then accused him of sending them back in time, only to restart the day with a time loop and sent back to where they started.[2]

    With the loop resetting, Runk referenced Game of Thrones and fixed Ramon's mind, which reverted to his seven-year-old self. They then realized that Runk was shielded by the scanner and that it was damaged. Later, they went to the Tech Station and attempted to buy the X-67 Power Convertor. However, it was bought by Runk's father, and they returned the school. They then talked about the convertor, and Ramon motivated Runk to ask his father for the device.[2]

    So you don't care about your work more than your son? You care about your work because of him.
    I'm just a man trying to do the right thing. Make my son proud.
    — Runk and his father[src]

    Returned to his childhood home, Runk used the pseudonym of John Boyega and kindly asked for the convertor. Runk did not reveal any future information and talked to him about how he loved his son. Quincy was soon convinced by Runk and worked with him to rebuild the sensors of the booster.[2]

    Runk then met Ramon back at the auditorium after acquiring the convertor and was attacked by Deon Owens, who was able to control time. Runk attempted to convince Owens to stop, knowing they were not strong enough to fight him, with the latter teleporting away for a different way to restore his own past and future. Runk and Ramon were then sent back to 2020, with them telling the story to their teammates.[2]

    First Solo Case[edit | hide]

    When an imposter started framing Frost for murder, Runk was assigned his independent case as an advisor. Working with Allen and "Nora", Runk was able to give Allen a sample of the ice, later revealing that it had a different structure as that of Frost, proving her innocent. However, "Nora" gave Allen a rush of energy, and he accidentally deleted the files as he damaged the computer.[21]

    Return of Timeless Wells[edit | hide]

    Days later, Runk, Ramon and Allen discussed the methods to prevent the Forces of Nature from being created and stop the Speed Force. Allen then told them that they could go back in time and erase the Forces from existence. However, despite the method working, it would disrupt the timeline and Barry turned to Timeless Wells for assistance. With Wells' power to protect the timeline, Runk and Ramon started working on the Particle Harness Collector in order to collect Forces' particles from 10 days prior.[22]

    As they worked on the device, the team was surprised by Deon Owens. Runk and Ramon then attempted to calm him down by complimenting him, with him pausing time on Runk, Ramon and Wells while talking to Allen. Allen and Wells later returned to the creation of the Forces and activated the collector as Runk and Ramon monitored the percentages. However, Allen was affected by the creation and chose not to kill his "children". Runk and Ramon were surprised by the choice Barry made and agreed to work with him on another method.[22]

    Unforgiving Storm Ravages[edit | hide]

    Runk and Ramon brainstorms possible methods

    During the final showdown between the Forces of Nature, Runk finished his Temporal Isotope Sensors, allowing Barry to find Deon Owens through a wristband. With Allen unable to convince Owens, he returned to S.T.A.R. Labs and Runk and Ramon informed him that their brainstormed methods will not be able to contain "Nora". Later, Barry returned once more and asked if "Nora" claiming the storms were not her fault was accurate. Runk and Ramon confirmed her sayings and Allen changed his mind on fighting her, now choosing to talk her down.[23]

    When the storm started forming a cyclone, Runk and Ramon informed the team that at a critical point, it would create a reversed Big Bang, wiping out not just the city. Thankfully, Allen was able to stabilize the cyclone and prevent an apocalyptic event from happening. Runk, Garcia, Ramon and Hwang then went to CC Jitters, while gathering to share their recent events. Runk told them that he built an Electronic Sock Warmers for Grandma Runk with Garcia telling him that she finished the Chopped marathon. As Hwang talked to Ramon privately at his ear, Runk and Garcia were embarrassed and looked at each other, then quickly looked away.[23]

    Tech Support 2.0[edit | hide]

    Goodbye Cisco[edit | hide]

    With Ramon announcing his leave to A.R.G.U.S., Runk met him at the Starchives. He was then quickly fascinated by the inventory over the past 6 years. He took the Flash helmet and played with several gadgets as Ramon smiled at him. Ramon informed him that all those gadgets now were his after his leave, except a box of t-shirts that he would take with him.[24]

    Ramon later got "whammied" by Rainbow Raider 2.0's powers, and the team chose Runk to take care of him in case of danger. Runk and Ramon then stayed in the Starchives as they discussed as to why the Vibe Goggles were stored there. Ramon quickly answered and mistook Runk blocking the entrance as a method to prevent him from seeing a surprise party. Runk was unable to block him, and Ramon arrived in the Cortex, playing videos of cats on Allen's HUD.[24]

    Allen was then "whammied" as well and returned to the Cortex breaking dancing with Ramon, Runk entered the room and joined them, later using the Vibrational Filter and fixed their constant joy.[24]

    After The Flash and Mecha-Vibe completed their final mission together, Ramon returned to the Cortex for debriefing, only to be stalled by Runk. Ramon slowly realized that there was a surprise party at the loft. Before they left, Ramon gave Runk the key to S.T.A.R. Labs, officially handing over the torch to Runk and reminisced his past events with Team Flash over the past 6 years.[24]

    Psycho-Cecile[edit | hide]

    Ray of Light[edit | hide]

    The Godspeed Imperative[edit | hide]

    Rampage[edit | hide]

    Hunting Godspeeds[edit | hide]

    Nora and Bart[edit | hide]

    All Hands on Deck[edit | hide]

    Leveled Up[edit | hide]

    Heroic Choices[edit | hide]

    New Year, New Trouble[edit | hide]

    Something Beyond Death[edit | hide]

    Believe in the Impossible[edit | hide]

    Haunting Ghost[edit | hide]

    Reckless Actions[edit | hide]

    Memories in the Snow[edit | hide]

    Massacre[edit | hide]

    Apparitions[edit | hide]

    A Way to Mourn[edit | hide]

    Mystery Machine[edit | hide]

    Rapid Aging[edit | hide]

    In the Dark[edit | hide]

    Negative[edit | hide]

    New Speedster[edit | hide]

    Sacrifice[edit | hide]

    Bringing Back the Forces[edit | hide]

    Rogue War[edit | hide]

    Wednesday Time Loop[edit | hide]

    Choices[edit | hide]

    After the Kiss[edit | hide]

    Not the Right Time[edit | hide]

    True Justice[edit | hide]

    Hero of Central City[edit | hide]

    Luck[edit | hide]

    Fever Dream[edit | hide]

    Lovebirds[edit | hide]

    Bloodwork Returns[edit | hide]

    The Final Run[edit | hide]

    Cobalt[edit | hide]

    Out of Ideas[edit | hide]

    Believe in the Impossible[edit | hide]

    Alternate Versions[edit | hide]

    Possible Future[edit | hide]

    Runk marries Allegra

    Erased Timeline[edit | hide]

    Armageddon[edit | hide]
    Leveled Up[edit | hide]
    Despero's Prophecy[edit | hide]
    Finding The Flash[edit | hide]

    Reverse Flashpoint[edit | hide]

    Erased Future[edit | hide]

    In the distant future, Runk helped Bart West-Allen on his differentials of mathematics homework multiple times and improved Nora West-Allen's gauntlet efficiency by 2000%.[25]

    Powers and Abilities[edit | hide]

    Powers[edit | hide]

    Runk's cosmic energy
    • Superhuman Durability: Runk, despite cured of his black hole manifestation, is affected with a "Consciousness-Honed Universally Neutralized Kerr" (C.H.U.N.K.)-anomaly, making him more durable against Negative Speed Force lightning.[5]

    Former Powers[edit | hide]

    • Black Hole Manifestation: After being exposed to a Dark Matter-powered black hole, Runk gained powers to open black holes.[16][17]

    Abilities[edit | hide]

    • Genius-level Intellect: Runk has a high-level intellect and was able to understand complex concepts of physics and engineering.[1]
      • Physics: Runk was shown to be an expert physicist when reading a book on high-level physics.[1]
      • Engineering: Runk was proven to be a master engineer when he assisted on the construction of the Artificial Speed Force.[1]

    Weaknesses[edit | hide]

    • Power-Dampening Technology: Like all Metahumans, Runk is unable to use his powers when in range of Power-Dampening technology.

    Equipment[edit | hide]

    Current Equipment[edit | hide]

    List of Works[edit | hide]

    Erased Timeline[edit | hide]

    Appearances[edit | hide]

    Into the Void Appears
    A Flash of the Lightning Mentioned
    Dead Man Running Mentioned
    Kiss Kiss Breach Breach Mentioned
    License to Elongate Appears
    The Last Temptation of Barry Allen, Part 2 Mentioned
    Grodd Friended Me Appears
    Post 100 Mentioned
    All's Wells That Ends Wells Appears
    The Speed of Thought Mentioned
    Mother Appears
    Central City Strong Appears
    The One with the Nineties Appears
    Growing Pains Appears
    The People v. Killer Frost Mentioned
    Timeless Appears
    Family Matters, Part 1 Mentioned
    Family Matters, Part 2 Appears
    Good-Bye Vibrations Appears
    Masquerade Appears
    Rayo de Luz Appears
    Enemy at the Gates Appears
    P.O.W. Appears
    Heart of the Matter, Part 1 Appears
    Heart of the Matter, Part 2 Appears
    Armageddon, Part 1 Appears
    Armageddon, Part 2 Appears
    Armageddon, Part 3 Appears
    Armageddon, Part 4 Appears
    Armageddon, Part 5 Appears
    Impulsive Excessive Disorder Appears
    Lockdown Appears
    The Fire Next Time Appears
    Phantoms Appears
    Reckless Appears
    Resurrection Appears
    Death Rises Appears
    Death Falls Appears
    Funeral for a Friend Appears
    Into the Still Force Appears
    The Curious Case of Bartholomew Allen Appears
    Keep It Dark Appears
    The Man in the Yellow Tie Appears
    Savior Complex Appears
    Negative, Part 1 Appears
    Negative, Part 2 Appears
    Wednesday Ever After Appears
    Hear No Evil Appears
    Rogues of War Appears
    The Mask of the Red Death, Part 1 Appears
    The Mask of the Red Death, Part 2 Appears
    The Good, the Bad and the Lucky Appears
    Wildest Dreams Appears
    Partners in Time Appears
    It's My Party and I'll Die If I Want To Appears
    A New World, Part 1: Reunions Appears
    A New World, Part 2: The Blues Appears
    A New World, Part 3: Changes Appears
    A New World, Part 4: Finale Appears

    Notes[edit | hide]

    Gallery[edit | hide]

    Promotional Images[edit | hide]

    References[edit | hide]

    Other versions of Chester P. Runk
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