the really sad thing about cisco ramon is that he’s like the eternal support character. he’s always there for everyone, to play a pivotal part in everyone else’s story, but he rarely if ever gets a narrative of his own.
for barry he’s the Sidekick, the Smart Guy, the Techno Wizard who makes the gadgets that barry uses to save the day
for caitlin he’s the Best Friend, the Fellow Mourner, the Only One who can understand her pain, but his pain is always second to her own
for hartley he’s the Rival, the Replacement, the Competition for the affection of a mentor neither one of them should want to impress
for eobard he was the Pawn, the Morality Pet, the Means to an End that might end up being the Sacrifice if he wasn’t careful
for harry he’s the Tool, the Path to jesse, and his pain is the Annoyance that harry has to prove himself by just dealing with
for joe he’s the Stray, the Lost Child, the Surrogate joe can take in to make up for some perceived failure with barry
for kendra he was the Nice Guy, the Disposable Love Interest, and his love was the Cocoon from which she emerged as the person she was mean to be, ready for someone else to love her
for carter he was the Oracle, the Key, the Spanner in the Works of a 4,000 year cycle that carter himself lacked the power to break
cisco is a Fixer for all of them, giving them what they need to move forward, never asking for anything in return but to just be part of the story
none of them mean to do this to him (the heroes anyway, the villains are a different story), they don’t do it out of malice or because they don’t care. they do care, it’s just that they don’t notice that cisco’s hurting, that he’s in pain, that the only reason he’s holding it together is that they need him and cisco ramon is nothing if not a goddamn people pleaser.
what cisco needs more than anything though, more than support or kindness or even a mug of hot chocolate and a good snuggle, is his own damn story. he needs to be something besides the Eternal Support Character. he needs the chance to be a Hero.
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