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William Shakespeare
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The "Chandos portrait" depicts the great poet and playwright, William Shakespeare.

First reference: Sum Quod Sum, Part 2
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William Shakespeare was British playwright and poet who is sometimes referenced on Heroes.


William Shakespeare is one of the most widely known and popular playwrights ever. The "Bard of Avon" wrote at least 38 plays and 154 sonnets.

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Graphic Novel:Sum Quod Sum, Part 2

In London, Claude takes Elle to the Globe Theatre to see Shakespeare's Hamlet, comparing that Elle's daddy issues to Hamlet's.


Arthur tells Linderman to read his Shakespeare. He says that Shakespeare has taught us that when "the son challenges the father, only one is left standing."

Heroes Evolutions

On his blog, Brian makes a post that quotes Shakespeare's 29th Sonnet, leaving out a few words and letters as a clue:

When, in disgrace with Fortune and men's eyes,
I all alone beweep my outcast state,
And trouble deaf heaven with my bootless cries,
And look upon myself and curse my fate,
Wishing me like to one more rich in hope,
Featured like him, like him with friends possessed,
Desiring this man's art, and that man's scope,
With what I most enjoy contented least,
Yet in these thoughts myself almost despising,
Haply I think on thee, and then my state,
Like to the lark at break of day arising
From sullen earth, sings hymns at heaven's gate
For thy sweet love remembered such wealth brings,
That then I scorn to change my state with kings.


  • The subtitle of the graphic novel Rebellion, Part 2 is Providence in the Fall of a Sparrow. This is a line from Shakespeare's play Hamlet.

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Charles DarwinDuvaliersBob DylanAlbert EinsteinSigmund FreudFriedrich NietzscheWilliam Shakespeare

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