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|"The Hunger" is not an "ability" that comes prepackaged with intuitive aptitude. Rather, it is a natural condition that often occurs in people who are overwhelmed with responsibility, are pressured by their friends and loved ones, and have a deep-seated fear of failure. It may be simply megalomania, or a relative of megalomania. Several characters on the show have displayed this condition; Sylar merely decided to give it a name.||Sylar lost all of his abilities to the Shanti Virus during Season 2, including intuitive aptitude. However, the Hunger still encouraged him to try to take an ability from Candice Wilmer. He also planned to take abilities from Maya and Alejandro Herrera and possibly from Molly Walker. The Hunger is clearly not dependent on his intuitive aptitude.||- He could have just killed Candice Wilmer because that was the only way he knew how to take powers.|
+ Virginia Gray pressured Sylar to overachieve while Chandra Suresh presented a possibility of failure. The overwhelming responsibility came from his power, which is a far greater duty than most of the other abilities seen on the show. After all, to have intuitive aptitude is to have the power to fix or to break just about anything.
+ Peter Petrelli did not absorb the Hunger from Future Gabriel, but simply developed it on his own due to similar circumstances. Like Sylar, he was under pressure from his loved ones and he was deeply afraid of the consequences of failure.
+ Because someone with intuitive aptitude can know something, they may feel that they should. "The Hunger" may just be a natural realization rather than a side affect. This fits in with the line "with great power comes great responsibility" which is used frequently in super-hero stories.
|Sylar's intuitive aptitude is actually Heroes' version of "super intelligence".||None||+ Sylar is very intelligent and can find very quick solutions to seemingly difficult problems.|
+ Intelligence is literally the ability to understand. Sylar can do that pretty well...
|A person with intuitive aptitude may be a small-scale version of Laplace's Demon.||Laplace's Demon is a hypothetical intellect that would know the precise location and momentum of every atom in the universe. With this knowledge, it would know every event in the universe's past, present, and future.||+ One of the main criticisms of Laplace's Demon is that the intellect would have to be capable of computing the future states of the universe faster than they actually occur. However, this is not a problem with small-scale systems such as a watch or a human brain.|
+ Another criticism of Laplace's Demon is that the slightest uncertainty of a single electron would make its prediction impossible. But this is not a problem for a regular, mechanical system that performs the same functions repeatedly.
|If Sylar were to take Peter Petrelli's ability, he would also gain all of the abilities Peter has absorbed.||When he fought Peter in Mohinder's apartment, after Peter turned invisible, Sylar said "Interesting, I can't wait to try that one." (.07%)||+ With Sylar's ability he would understand how Peter's ability worked, and be able to gain access to his absorbed abilities as well.|
- Sylar could be mistaken about the nature of Peter's ability as he hasn't examined Peter's brain and could simply think he will get all Peter's powers when he kills him.
|If Sylar were to encounter another person with this ability, such as Peter Petrelli, he could understand how his own ability works and thus stop his hunger.||Gabriel seems to have suppressed his ability. (I Am Become Death)||• He may not understand his own ability.|
|Gabriel's ability of intuitive aptitude was mutated when Gabriel became Sylar; this transformation was what caused the "hunger" to come to life.||None||+ It is possible that intuitive aptitude never really was a "dark" power; it was Gabriel's obsessive longing to be special that caused him to commit his first murder, and he just went downhill from there.|
+ Peter attempts to cut open his own brother's skull, very much like Sylar. It is possible that some of Sylar's actions and characteristics carried over into Peter when he absorbed the ability.
- Sylar's father also displayed the "hunger". Samson Gray is, chronologically, the first known evolved human with this ability.
|Kaito's ability was a variation of intuitive aptitude.||Four Months Later... deleted scene and I Am Become Death.||+ Future Gabriel said that Peter would be able to understand "cause, effect, action, reaction, how to change the future". Kaito said that he takes the variables of a given situation and predicts the outcome.|
|Intuitive aptitude is a synthetic ability.||None||+ Intuitive aptitude has a side effect - the Hunger. Mohinder's ability has its flaws as well.|
• Side effects only happen when an imperfect formula is used.
- So far, every use of the imperfect formula have been shown to cause physical mutations of some sort.
|The "hunger" simply refers to the desire for answers and knowledge to satisfy the ability. It drives one to perceive and seek to reverse engineer any technical marvel. The brain, being a machine more amazing than any watch or manmade creation captures the fascination of someone with intuitive aptitude to the extent that he/she can no longer see it as anything other than a machine. The bearer is drawn to it's allure and seeks to analyze and decipher its inner workings.||"...You're broken..." - Sylar, to Brian Davis before killing him and analyzing his brain.
Sylar talks about nothing but how amazing brains are to Claire while analyzing hers.
|+ Sylar rips open Elle's head when he already has her power, so clearly it's not just about acquiring a power.|
- Sylar seems only interested in the brains of those with abilities.
- Arthur said that all Sylar wants is power, not knowledge (Eris Quod Sum).
|By taking powers Sylar improves the original evolved human's power.||Claire Bennet's power improves after Sylar takes it, she gains the ability to no longer feel pain.||- This hasn't happened to anyone other than Claire.|
+ It's all in the name, Sylar automatically knows how to fix things, or even improve them.
- Claire's ability just adapted to a trauma, in a way it made her unable to feel pain.
|It could be possible that with the understanding granted by this ability, it could be used to perform adoptive muscle memory.||None.||+ Due to the fact this ability is simply the concept of increased understanding, it is very possible that the possessor could mimic actions that are seen. Sylar can quickly understand the mechanics of a watch, or understand the psychology behind a person's actions via observation. Therefore it is an immense possibility that he could also perform a feat performed by someone he observes. Therefore acting just like adoptive muscle memory, within its limits.|
- Understanding how to perform a trick is only one step in the learning process. Sylar's powers would not automatically condition his muscles like Monica's; if he watched somebody do a split, he would still have to stretch his muscles out before beind able to copy them and would still have to practice it several times before his body would be used to the new motion.
|If someone with intuitive aptitude understands a mentally based ability, they can become resistant to it.||None||+ Future Gabriel was able to resist Peter's telepathy.|
+ Sylar eventually overpowered Doyle's ability.
|Intuitive aptitude is linked to adoptive muscle memory.||None||+ Intuitive aptitude allows the user to understand how things work without any special training or knowledge. Adoptive muscle memory allows the user to figure out how to replicate physical actions without any special training.|
|Intuitive aptitude involves some form of extra-sensory perception.||None||+ He was able to tell Charlie had an aneurysm, which could not be observed with any of the original five senses. Also, right before killing Brian Davis, Sylar appeared to realize that he could take Brian's ability, without any obvious explanation.|
- Sylar took a minute or two to analyze Charlie's head before removing the clot, heavily implying that he didn't have any instantaneous knowledge to its precise location. He had to take some time to scan for its exact location.
|Intuitive aptitude could be used to improve systems, in addition to understanding them.||None||+ Intuitive aptitude works by puzzling out the basic functions of each part of a system. In theory, the ability could be used to create more efficient versions of existing machines, such as more cost effective or more environmentally friendly processes.|
|The hunger eventually goes away.||None||+ Samson went years without suffering the hunger and it only came back when he saw Sylar regenerate.|
+ In the future, Gabriel was able to go Noah's entire life without the hunger affecting him.
|See Also: 9 • Red • Time travel • Intuitive aptitude|