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Episode:I Am Sylar

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I Am Sylar
Season: Three
Episode number: 324
First aired: April 20, 2009
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Written by: Adam Armus
Kay Foster
Directed by: Allan Arkush
Previous episode: 1961
Next episode: An Invisible Thread
Heroes Interactive transcript


Story Development

Tom Miller · Tom's ability · Agent Taub



Danko tells Sylar that in order to work with them, he needs him to take over the identity and life of Agent Taub.

Answering to Claire, Nathan says that he will go to Washington, take ownership with his mistakes and talk to the president. Just then Claire notices that he already has, as Nathan is giving a live press conference. Nathan is saying that when the president agrees to shake hands with him, real change would come and nothing would ever be the same. Noah says that the person on the TV is not Nathan, but Sylar appearing like him.

18 hours earlier, Sylar wakes up as Agent Taub in Washington. In front of the mirror he questions why this keeps happening, then shape shifts back to Sylar and removes an extra tooth from his mouth.

Matt, holding his son on his lap, speaks on a street phone with Janice. He tells her that little Matty is fine and that he's going to bring him as soon as he can. Janice thanks him and, after hanging off the phone, Ando asks him why he seems unhappy. He says it's because Janice was attacked and his son was about to be captured. Hiro tells Matt that their baby needs both a mother and a father. Then, Hiro and Ando try to convince Matt to take down Building 26 with them. Matt, on the other hand, is now concerned with his son says them that Danko is a killer and that it isn't a game. Hiro and Matt accept his decision and say goodbye to both of them as they take off.

Danko meets Sylar in the street, saying that his analyst spotted Sylar on his case street but Danko advised the analyst that Sylar is indeed dead. He says that the only way things can work is if he continues to work undercover has Agent Taub, so he can give him his freedom, which Sylar finds ironic. He explains how he went to sleep as himself and woke up as Agent Taub, without meaning to change, with an extra tooth on his mouth when he shifted back. He says that his DNA is reassembling the way it's not supposed to. Danko advises him to stay has agent Taub for a while but Sylar says that Taub's a nothing and he doesn't like being a nothing. Danko says that if he's Taub, he can do whatever he want, bue if he's Sylar, he has no choice but to hunt him down. Sylar then shifts to Taub as Danko leaves. He then writes on his arm the phrase "I Am Sylar".

In Richmond, Virginia, an old man, Tom Miller is making coffee at home when he gets a message from Rebel, telling him to leave immediately. Outside, Sylar (having shaping back from Taub), enters the apartment unnoticed and surprises Tom. He advises Sylar to not do that because he can hurt him. Sylar says that he knows he has an ability and that he's like him. Tom asks why they are hunting them and Sylar responds that they're afraid of them. He then asks Tom to show his ability. Tom then expresses dislike has he disintegrates a porcelain miniature figurine, much to Sylar's amusement. Sylar asks for him to choose a side and Tom chooses Sylar. Just after, Sylar begins to cut his skull and leaving the appartment again unnoticed just has the agents arrive, leaving the phrase "I Am Sylar" on the wall, written in blood, and his ability. Back with Danko (as Taub), inside the appartment, he comments on his ego. In Danko's office, as himself, Sylar expresses his desire to be himself. He explains how Tom received a text from Rebel and they learn that he is still in DC. Danko asks for his help but Sylar asks if it's his or Taub's help he needs. Danko tells him that he needs to play dead. Sylar says that the day before, one of his eyes stayed blue for over an hour, augmenting his crisis. Danko explains that for the past 5 years he has lived 8 different lives, had wives and girlfriends, spoke six different languages but that at the end of the day he knew who he was. He compares that fact with Sylar's, saying that he's undergoing an identity crisis and that he won't survive if he doesn't find an anchor, one identity to hang on to. Danko shows his father's watch, which he received 20 years ago. Sylar listens to it saying how it's not working well. Danko asks who did he kill to understand how things work and Sylar responds that that's the only one that was ever truly his.

Hiro and Ando go to Isaac's loft with a plan. Hiro wants for the both of them to go inside and wait for the agents to find them, so Hiro can stop time and Ando can be bait. Ando dislikes the idea, remarking the fact that Hiro still doesn't like it that now both of them have powers. Ando says that he should be like Batman, a powerful loner. Just has the agents arrive, Hiro stops time and falls to the ground with Ando. He says sorry on how Ando has to be bait, but Ando gets up, realizing he hasn't been stopped as well.

A police officer gives Sylar, as agent Taub in his apartment, the case boxes on his mother's unsolved murder. Sylar goes through his mother's stuff, including the scissors with her blood on it, reliving the moment he killed his mother. He angrily breaks one of his mother's snow globes and "sees" how Virginia appears and comments on how that one was her favourite. Sylar asks why did she lie to him and Virginia says that she never lied. He says he now knows the truth about his biological mother, that she was killed by his father and that Virginia saw it. Virginia says that she wanted to protect him and love him. She didn't think the truth mattered but Sylar says otherwise. He says he never felt fit in in his life. He comments on how pathetic his father was, saying that he took that power so that he wouldn't become his father. He says that now he can become whoever he wants but he still feels lost. Virginia says that she loved him although she didn't give birth to him, that she wanted him from the start and saw how special he was. A sobbing Sylar says that he killed her and she says that then there was no one to love him but that now, she is back. Danko knocks on the door, startling Sylar who realizes he has been shape shifting from his mother to him back and forth, having had another crisis. Sylar opens the door and Danko explains that they found Rebel and asks for agent Taub to join them.

In Isaac's apartment, Ando enjoys being frozen in time, but notices Hiro's dislike. He says that it's like he's Batman, visiting Superman's Fortress of Solitude. He compares Hiro to Superman has he is always just and honest but comments on his fascism. Hiro persuades Ando into the darts area of range without Ando realizing and reverts time back, sticking with his plan on Ando being bait. He stops time again, taking the uniform from one of the agents.

Danko and his team close in on the abandoned warehouse that Rebel is operating from. Danko orders the power to be cut to the building – no power means no machines. As the team moves in, Agent Harper goes back to get Taub, who was not there when he looked. In the warehouse, Micah realizes what's happening, and quickly packs his belongings into his backpack, but as he heads to the exit, Sylar steps in front of him. Sylar is surprised that Rebel is just a kid, but Micah says he knows who Sylar is, and what his problem is. Sylar doubts him, but Micah says that Sylar's forgotten who he really is, that people with powers are all connected and that Sylar doesn't have to be alone. He furthers that Sylar doesn't know how special he is and he can save them all.

In a black van heading down the Baltimore/Washington Parkway, Hiro is disguised as an agent and Ando is handcuffed and drugged. Hiro reaches out his foot to touch Ando's, then freezes time. He removed the drug shunt from Ando's nose, and Ando is furious that Hiro set him up as bait after all. Hiro tells him to play possum as he's turned off the drug feed and unfreezes time. One of the agents turns to him and asks him since when has he worn glasses, and Ando zaps them with his red lightning, saying the agent was just about to taser Hiro. As their cover is blown, they can't drive straight into Building 26, but Hiro takes a GPS unit from one of the agents, saying they can use that to find it.

Danko's agents chase Micah through the docks, and corner him on the waterfront. Danko orders them to take the shot, but Harper says he's just a kid. Danko orders him again, and Micah just smiles at them, as Harper opens fire on him. The real Micah watches from behind a crane, as Sylar disguised as him falls into the water. As Danko is looking for Micah's body, Sylar turns up in his own form. Danko knows he got to Micah before they did, and asks why he didn't kill him. Sylar replies that he didn't need Micah's power – that with all that's going on in his head, talking to machines would be too much to handle. Danko tells him they've gotten plenty of intel from Micah's systems, including the locations of dozens of specials. He orders Sylar to go after them, as soon as he changes back into Agent Taub.

Micah sleeps on the couch in Taub's apartment, and wakes up when he hears a female voice. He sees Virginia sitting at the table, then sees her morph into Sylar who appears to be having a conversation with himself as his mother. He sees Micah, who tells him that his mother Niki's power drove her crazy, but that she fought back and became a hero. Sylar angrily says he's not Micah's mother, and he shouldn't have brought him back here. Micah says that with his shape-shifting power, Sylar should impersonate someone who can make a real difference, such as Nathan Petrelli, and tell the President he's made a big mistake. Sylar tells him to get out, and that if he says Micah again, he'll kill him.

Sylar then goes through Nathan's stuff in his office finding a small comb with his hair on it and taking it. He notices Nathan's ribbons and medals and then begins morphing back and forth to Virginia again. Virginia says that they're all pretty and Sylar comments on how he was born with everything - money, school, family. Virginia says that Sylar on the other hand has a gift and he's special. She says he didn't need anyone to help him, that now he could become a senator and that she's very proud. Sylar tells her to stop, but Virginia says he's better than all of them. Sylar says he killed her but she says it was an accident. He says otherwise, stating that he wanted her to die. He says she looked at him like he was a monster and how he felt small. He also relives yet again the part where she came at him with the scissors and asks how he can be anything if he killed the only woman who ever loved him. Virginia realizes that that's how he lost himself and why he brought her back. She says she thinks of him. Sylar says he's sorry and Virginia says that now he can be anything, a senator or maybe even President of the United States. She takes the comb out of its box and Sylar picks it up, agreeing with her. He touches the hair on the comb, morphing into Nathan, saying he won't let her down.

Matt arrives with his son at Janice's apartment in which there's a note on the door. Matt comments to his son on how well mom's doing and how he and her didn't get along that well in the past. He says she didn't now he would take one look at him and fall in love. He says he shouldn't use his power on Janice to mend things. Janice then comes back hugging her son and thanking Matt for bringing him there. They both say it's good to see each other, just before Matt hears agents outside the apartment. he tells her they should get out of there and she says her parents have a house on the lake. Matt asks her to pack and Janice asks what's he going to do. Matt doesn't know for sure, but says that he wants to be a part of Matt, Jr.'s life. Janice says they have a lot to talk about.

As Nathan, Sylar gives a live press conference on how the government is ready to meet its challenges such as terrorism and global economics. He says that the President is "too busy as usual" to make a change and that once the President decides to meet with him and shake his hand, a change will come. Many people watch this including Hiro and Ando outside a hardware store, Danko on the set of the conference, Peter, Claire, Noah, Angela and of course Nathan himself, in horror at the Coyote Sands Café. Claire asks how he's doing this and Noah says he's a shape shifter and a step away from becoming the most powerful man on Earth. Claire says maybe the President won't meet with him but Nathan counters that. He says he's going to do this all by himself but everyone disagrees, saying that the last time that's happened everyone payed the price. He says he doesn't have to fight Sylar, he just has to make him not meet the President. Peter says he'll go with him but Nathan is not willing saying he started that. He then rushes out the Café with Peter following him.

Hiro and Ando arrive at the fron of Building 26. Ando says that if they truly are equal partners, the next time Hiro devises a plan he should consult Ando for an opinion and Hiro agrees. He says he enjoys being Batman (a lone fighter) but doesn't want to fight alone and that the Crimson Arc (Ando) needs a partner as he does to. They both realize that it changes everything but they agree on being partners again. When Hiro is about to freeze time with Ando, he almost falls to the ground and gets a massive nosebleed saying his head hurts bad.

Matt finds his rosette thinking about what Hiro said to him earlier and as Janice says she's ready to leave, Matt says he can't go with her. Janice asks why not and Matt responds that everything is perfect (the house, the son) but that he has to end the capturing of evolved humans or they can never have a life together. Janice asks about the last part but Matt says he wants a chance to know her again and he's going to fight to do it. Just then, agents surround the entire house. Janice gets scared but Matt calms her saying that everything will be ok.

Nathan arrives at his office and begins to look for his gun, which Sylar his holding as Nathan. Nathan tells him to get out of his body and Sylar comments that he loaths himself very much. He morphs back into his body and says he's going to take a toll on his life. He says that Nathan wants to destroy the only thing that makes himself special - his power. Nathan says he has no idea who Nathan is. Sylar says that his mother gave him an ability to know the history of any object he touches and begins to tell bad parts of his life. He also shows him the jacket he wore when he betrayed everyone. Nathan says he doesn't need to defend himself to Sylar. He says people like Sylar are the reason he went to the President in the first place and furthers that he will never be able to be him. Sylar says indeed he won't, but that he will be better. Sylar proceeds to remove his brain but Danko appears and shoots Nathan down. Sylar dislikes that and Danko says he needs to be agent Taub again so they can capture everyone.

For every being cursed with self awareness, there remains the unanswerable question. Who am I? We struggle to find meaningful connections to one another. We are the caring friend, the loving father, the doting mother, the protected child. We fight and we love in the hope that somehow, together, we can understand our significance in the universe. But in the end, no one can share our burden. Each of us alone, must ask the question. Who am I? What does it mean to be alive? And in the vast infinity of time, how do I matter?

As agents move across the country, they capture Mohinder who was examining Icarus files. Hiro and Ando are seen still in the same place, with Ando giving tissues to a devasted Hiro. Matt, Matt, Jr. and Janice are in the apartment with Matt making the agents believe there's no one there. Noah, Angela and Claire are on the road and as they pull over, agents also capture them.

Danko asks Sylar what he's doing when he's exiting the bathroom, supposingly having been told to be agent Taub again. He says he needs him to be Taub but Sylar says he's not interested in what Danko needs. Before Sylar can finish his sentence, Danko sticks a knife into his head and Sylar collapses. Danko proceeds in asking for a clean up crew but before he can finish, Sylar gets up and takes the knife out of his head, seemingly well, surprising Danko, stating that "that hurt".

Memorable Quotes

"Who are you?"

- Sylar (to himself in mirror, referring to Agent Taub)

"Maybe you should just stay as Agent Taub for a while."

"Agent Taub's a nothing. I don't like being a nothing."

- Danko, Sylar

"That looks fun."

- Sylar, referring to Tom's ability.

"Are you Rebel?"

"I'm a rebel."

- Tom Miller, Sylar

"You understand how things work. Who did you kill to get that power?"

"That's the only one that was ever truly mine."

- Danko, Sylar.

"That hurt."

- Sylar (to Danko, after having been stabbed in the brain by him)

"Get the hell out of my body."

- Nathan, (to Sylar in Nathan's form)

Character Appearances


  • The title card of this episode has the episode name written out in blood, instead of the conventional white text. This is the third episode to not have its episode title written out in the traditional white font, the first was Villains, whose title was written in large black letters in place of the Heroes title sequence, while the second was The Eclipse, Part 1, whose title was written out in black font.
  • This episode marks the first time Nathan and Sylar meet each other face to face. It also marks the first interaction between Sylar and Micah.
  • This episode marks the first time a scene has been shown during the "Previously On" section at the beginning of the episode, despite not having been previously seen on Heroes. According to the episode commentary, the scene (which shows Danko suggesting to Sylar that he shape shifts into Agent Taub) was purposely written to be part of the "Previously On" section. Writers Adam Armus and Kay Foster said they did this in order to give necessary background. It should be noted that frequently, the "Previously On" sections of episodes edit previously shown scenes in such a way that they are not shown the way they originally aired, often looping text from other scenes, or splicing multiple scenes into one. However, I Am Sylar marks the first time that a new scene was written expressly for the "Previously On" section.

See Also

previous: 1961 I Am Sylar next: An Invisible Thread
Season Three
Volume Three: Villains

The Second ComingThe Butterfly EffectOne of Us, One of ThemI Am Become DeathAngels and MonstersDying of the LightEris Quod SumVillainsIt's ComingThe Eclipse, Part 1The Eclipse, Part 2Our FatherDual

Volume Four: Fugitives

A Clear and Present DangerTrust and BloodBuilding 26Cold WarsExposedShades of GrayCold SnapInto AsylumTurn and Face the Strange1961I Am SylarAn Invisible Thread

See Also: Volume One EpisodesVolume Two EpisodesVolume Three EpisodesVolume Four EpisodesVolume Five EpisodesHeroes Reborn EpisodesAll Episodes