|Portrayed by||Ken Lally|
|First appearance||Berlin, Part 1|
|Date of death||After March 20, 2007|
|Residence||The German's apartment|
|Other relatives||Karl Lander (cousin)|
The German, while at a bank in Berlin, Germany, proceeds to rob it and murder the guards. In the process, he is approached by Evs Dropper, who warns him of Company agents that are in the city to capture him. To this end, Evs claims to have fed them false information about his plans, and then hands him pictures of Gael Cruz, Devin Patterson, and another person. The German assures Evs it won't be a problem killing them; he will make them crumble by taking out "the boss" (Gael) first.
Bianca and Devin arrive at the German's apartment, but as they storm it, they find the German has used the back entrance of the building to escape. The agents then find Gael's photo and location, and realizes the German, found to be possessing an automatic pistol, is coming for Gael.
The German arrives at the hotel room where Gael is staying before the agents do, and uses his ability to tie and hold Gael to the wall with metal support bars from the wall. As the German shoots Gael, non-fatally, in the stomach, Bianca and Devin arrive, with Devin distracting the German by shooting at him while Bianca frees Gael.
The German responds by using his ability to redirect all the bullets from Devin's gun, and then fire them simultaneously at Devin killing him instantly. The German is then knocked out and subdued by Bianca with a well placed gas grenade.
After a battle between Sylar and Elle, the German manages to escape Level 5 when the grid is knocked out by Elle's electrical blast. He flees the facility with other villains from the prison. Later, the group arrives at a gas station, where the German and the others take their time murdering the other patrons. The German beats a man to death, and when asked by Jesse Murphy (inhabited by Peter Petrelli) about why he and Flint killed an innocent couple, the German shrugs, "They are just having a little fun". The German then uses his ability to magnetically open the doors of a car, allowing the group to steal it and escape the area.
The German, along with Knox, Flint, and Peter Petrelli, under the guise of Jesse Murphy, attack a bank, staging a robbery. The German is able to open the safe using his powers and gather bags of money. He becomes angry when he discovers that Knox has called the police in order to lure Bennet to the bank, and pulls a gun on him. However, Knox, strengthened by fear of the hostages in the bank, punches a hole through the German's torso, killing him.
primatechpaper.com has an Assignment Tracker profile on the German (file: C014; password: TGmgx14r). Originally, the profile listed the German's last known location as New York, NY and information on his ability. However, no image of the German was included, and the German's personal history and psychological profile were missing from his entry.
After a mission to bag and tag the German in Berlin (Berlin, Part 1), the German's assignment tracker entry was updated to list the German's last known location as Berlin, Germany. The personal history was also updated to include an "Evidence" link. (See Devin's PDA.)
Clicking on the link open a new file entry with satellite telemetry data for Devin Patterson's PDA. The image zooms from outer space to a photo of the PDA. Upon entering the correct four character password, the PDA becomes accessible. The filesystem of the PDA displays a list of photo albums, of which "Ohne Titel" is the only album shown. That album contains 16 photographs, some of which appear to be annotated photos of locations in Berlin. There is also a list and a file written in German.
On July 11th, 2008, the file was updated. His personal history now reads:
The update also includes a psychological profile:
According to his assignment tracker file at primatechpaper.com, the German's control index is 70%. His data analysis shows his biological level at 35, cerebral at 25, elemental at 75, and temporal/spatial at 10.
"What are you doing?"
"Just having a little fun, that's all."
"I'm going to take my share and leave before the Company shows up!"
- The German (One of Us, One of Them)
- According to the German's assignment tracker profile, the German is 180 lbs., fair and medium build, 6 feet tall with blond hair, and Caucasian.
- The German could possibly be a reference to X-Men's Magneto, who controls magnetic fields. As well, Magneto was a Jewish Holocaust survivor, and the German's ethnicity might nod to that.
- According to the Official Heroes Magazine, in an interview with Ken Lally, he states that the German is Niki, Tracy and Barbara's brother.
Please refer to Theory:The German for fan-created theories and other speculation.