Captain Cold and Heat Wave appear as regular enemies of the Flash in the 2014 TV show The Flash, and part of the team of time travelers in Legends of Tomorrow.

They are showed as strongly connected, forming a duo of partners in crime. It is even revealed in the 7th episode that

Heatwave was selected by Rip Hunter as a way to get Captain Cold into the team. This revelation pushes Heatwave to betray the team and Captain Cold to take care of him. Captain Cold then makes the difficult decision to kill his unstable friend.

In an earlier episode of Legends of Tomorrow (the one with Damian Darhk I think), when the plan of the team backfires and things turn to chaos, Heatwave says something along the lines that he is staying only to save his partner and what happened to the other doesn't matter to him.

However, this friendship seems artificial to me. They have completely opposite personalities: Captain Cold is brilliant, well-spoken, well-mannered, cold-blooded and relies on heavy preparation of his heist, whereas Heatwave is obsessive, hot-headed and presented (especially in Legends of Tomorrow) as quite thick. Although very different people can match and goes along well, it feels wrong to me. Especially considering that Captain Cold had been shown to have no problem with using other people, or killing partners that don't follow his finely crafted plans. He has a sense of honor and loyalty, but in specific circumstances (debt to the Flash, loyalty to his sister but not his terrible father).

I am leaded to think that I missed some background information that would explain their relationship. I am looking for information from the TV show, or in lack of it, from the comics.

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    "Hot and cold are so intense. Put 'em together, it just makes sense..."
    – Valorum
    Commented Mar 4, 2016 at 14:46
  • @Richard: that's the out-of-universe explanation. Having contrasted people is just great.
    – Taladris
    Commented Mar 4, 2016 at 17:10
  • I would be happy to hear about the reason of the downvote
    – Taladris
    Commented Mar 4, 2016 at 17:11
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    probably because it's quite opinion-y. Also, the whole hot'n'cold-duo is a pretty common trope
    – Valorum
    Commented Mar 4, 2016 at 17:17
  • @Richard: why opinion-based? It is pretty clear that Captain Cold is not really a sentimental, and has no problem manipulating other criminals and meta-humans. He can also kill anyone that doesn't follow his plans or is on his way without any afterthought. Having an impulsive buddy in crime doesn't fit.
    – Taladris
    Commented Mar 5, 2016 at 2:02

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The two were former criminals that worked together. First seen in the Flash episode "Going Rogue", Snart stole the cold gun from STAR Labs and recruited his pyromaniac friend Rory to use the also-experimental flamethrower from the same location. Their partnership falls under the "opposites attract" trope, with Snart being brilliant, plotting and insightful, while Rory is streetsmart, impulsive and quick on the trigger. Together they're a formidable opponent duo, because each of them has strengths the other doesn't.

Their story is they are both Captured by the Flash, with their signature weapons destroyed, then freed by Snart's Sister Lisa in the Season 1 finale. Later, in "Rogue Time" I believe, Lisa seduces then kidnaps Cisco Ramon, who is forced to recreate the signature weapons and creating a third one for her, the Midas Gun, and he dubs her the Golden Glider.

  • We’ve known that opposites attract for a very long time. Commented Mar 4, 2016 at 16:37
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    @pauld.waite - Well, it's a matter of fact.
    – Valorum
    Commented Mar 4, 2016 at 17:13

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