|Profession:||Scientist, Founder - Massive Dynamic||Portrayed by: |
|Also Known As:||Belly, Willam, Doctor Simon Paris (alias)|
|Connections:||Walter Bishop - former lab partner. Nina Sharp - Confidante.|
|Seen In:||9 of 100 episodes|
|Remarks:||His Last Will And Testament Was Read To Nina And Walter|
With his company's total wealth in excess of $50 billion, he is considered one of the wealthiest men in the universe. His great technical knowledge and expertise in all things scientific are highly renowned; Nina Sharp says her fully functional robotic arm was built by Bell himself. Since Bell shared a laboratory with Walter Bishop, it is likely he also has an in-depth knowledge of Fringe Science. Walter himself states that Bell was the only other person who really knew what their experiments were about.
Nina shares with Olivia (Ability) that Bell theorized the human mind, at birth, was infinitely capable. That every force it encounters; social, physical, intellectual... is the beginning of the diminishing of that potential. Bell's development of Cortexiphan in 1981 was meant to reduce, or negate that process, and prevent the natural shrinking of brain power. After Bell's allegedly harmless testing on children, he abandoned his research on Cortexiphan in 1983. One of the experimental subject for this drug is Olivia Dunham. A decade-old video cassette tape is viewed (Bad Dreams) where the voice of William Bell and Walter Bishop are heard.
William Bell also been suspected to be involved with the ZFT. In a taped video interview (Midnight), Dr. Nicholas Boone states he believes that the founder of Massive Dynamic, Bell, is the same man who funds ZFT. Another member of ZFT, David Robert Jones shows an interest of meeting with William Bell. (There's More Than One Of Everything)
Walter Bishop vehemently defends Bell (The Road Not Taken) reminding everyone that Bell was many things: ambitious, egotistical and temperamental - but that he wasn't a madman. Nina defends him as well to Broyles - William Bell is not a terrorist, and is not the enemy.
After a long search and wait, Olivia Dunham meets him. (There's More Than One Of Everything) She is pulled into the parallel universe and greeted warmly, but with ominous subtext. Olivia discovers that she is near the 100th floor of the World Trade Center. The conversation between Olivia and William continues (Momentum Deferred) and he briefs Olivia on the state of affairs between universes, and warns of the infiltration of the First Wave into her universe. She is then sent back to this universe and promptly ejected through the front windshield of the car she was driving and soars thirty feet across the pavement in front of her wrecked vehicle. (A New Day In The Old Town) A shape-shifting soldier is tasked to retrieve details of Olivia's meeting with William Bell, (A New Day In The Old Town), (Night Of Desirable Objects)
During a memory recall revelation (Grey Matters), Walter realizes that Bell uses a fake name - Doctor Simon Paris - during the period of duress that they felt it was essential to remove critical portions of Walter's brain in the grand scheme of their career long hubris. at the time, Bell appeared to be the chief culprit behind Walter's institutionalization. Later, Bell reminds Walter that it was Walter's decision to have him remove parts of his brain. (Over There, Part 2)
Nina Sharp is able to send messages to William Bell (Of Human Action) (Over There, Part 1), however, Bell never replies back to Nina's messages. He explains in (Over There, Part 2) that the Fringe Division of the alternate universe has a way to monitor all communication networks and possibly this is the reason why he never answer Nina's messages. In a fictional tale by Walter (Brown Betty), Bell communicates with Nina Sharp via a campy, film noire, viewing device.
In attempt to save Peter (Over There, Part 1)), Olivia was to meet Bell at Grayshot Bridge, in Central Park, in the alternate universe. He failed to show up on time and later met with Olivia outside of Bolivia's house. Bell joined Olivia and recovered Walter from the hospital (Over There, Part 2). He admitted that he helped Secretary Bishop in creating the shape-shifters and the Pulse weapons used by the Fringe Division. He tells Walter that he did not establish a Massive Dynamic in the alternate universe and that his counterpart died in a car accident when he was young. Despite being influential and having a tie to Secretary Bishop he is not recognized by Bolivia and Lincoln Lee. Later, he sacrifices himself to keep the door open long enough for Peter, Bolivia, and Walter to cross to the other side.
In accordance with Bell's Last Will & Testament (The Box), Nina Sharp receives an envelope and a ship's duty bell, as a remembrance of their time in Tuscany. Walter receives a note, saying DON'T BE AFRAID TO CROSS THE LINE - - along with the ownership of Massive Dynamic.
- Chairman and CEO of Massive Dynamic. Since founding Massive Dynamic in 1992, William Bell has played a key role in every aspect of the business, from R&D to marketing. His personal vision continues to guide the firm's progress, and his ongoing research constantly yields new innovations and product lines. A seven-time honoree in Business Leaders Journal's list of "America's Most Inspiring Corporate Leaders," Dr. Bell is also a Fellow of the National Scientific Progress Council and the only two-time recipient of the Macro Genius Award.
- He draws Olivia to his alternate universe office to brief her on the coming war (There's More Than One Of Everything).
- He appears in Olivia's vision (Fracture).
- He reveals the full gravity of the coming war to Olivia (Momentum Deferred).
- As Doctor Simon Paris, he prepares to remove portions of Walter's brain (Grey Matters).
- In a fictional story by Walter, his distorted image is visible in a viewing device (Brown Betty).
- He locates Olivia (Over There, Part 1) outside of Bolivia's apartment.
- He utilizes his molecular energy to send Walter, Peter and Bolivia to this universe (Over There, Part 2).
- Actor Leonard Nimoy's voice was heard (Bad Dreams) on an old VHS tape before his first appearance on the show, but he was not credited.
- Bell has been depicted in the Fringe Comics, as an understudy of Walter Bishop initially, and then as his lab partner in later issues.
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