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

First reference: The Second Coming
"William Shakespeare" on Wikipedia

William Shakespeare was British playwright and poet who is sometimes referenced on Heroes.


William Shakespeare (?-23 April 1616) is one of the most widely known and popular playwrights ever. The "Bard of Avon" wrote at least 38 plays and 154 sonnets. His works have been translated into every major language and have been preformed more than any other playwright's. He had three children with his wife Anne Hathaway. He was the partial owner of the Lord Chamberlain's Men, later known as the King's Men, as well as the Globe Theater. Little is known of his personal life, and many controversies surround him.


The Second Coming

Linderman quotes Shakespeare's Hamlet (Act V, Scene 2) to Nathan when he says, "There's a divinity that shapes our ends--rough hew them how we will."

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."

Once Upon a Time in Texas

Claire asks Noah, what he dreamed of when he was young. He wanted to teach high school english, Shakespeare. He then recites the first verses of King Theseus in A Misummer Night's Dream, who cannot wait to be married to Hippolyta. Claire first thought it was from Romeo and Juliet.

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.

Slow Burn

In chapter 2 of Slow Burn, "The Watcher" says, "Find out the cause of this effect, or rather say, the cause of this defect, for this effect defective comes by cause." He implores the reader to remember the quote and who said it. In fact, it was Shakespeare who wrote the lines, which were said by "Polonius" in the play Hamlet.

In chapter 3 of Slow Burn, The Watcher says to Gail Bowman, "The lady doth protest too much, methinks," quoting "Queen Gertrude" in the play Hamlet.

In chapter 4 of Slow Burn, The Watcher sends Chris a phone message and says, "Take all the swift advantage of the hours." "Lord Stanley" first said those lines in the play Richard III.

The title of a page from chapter 5 of Slow Burn is "Wherefore Art Thou, Amanda?" This line is paraphrased from Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet. "Juliet" really says, "Wherefore are thou, Romeo?" Also in chapter 5, The Watcher says to Chris, "How far that little candle throws its beams. So shines a good deed in a naughty world." "Portia" says this in Act 5, Scene I of The Merchant of Venice.


  • 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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