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Back to the Future
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Like Hiro Nakamura, Marty McFly's forays into time travel were less than smooth.

First reference: Genesis
"Back to the Future" on Wikipedia

The Back to the Future trilogy is a set of popular movies involving the time-travel hijinks of Marty McFly (portrayed by Michael J. Fox) and Dr. Emmett Brown (portrayed by Christopher Lloyd).



Hiro exclaims that he has broken the "space-time continuum", a concept used frequently in the Back to the Future trilogy.

Better Halves

When D.L. and Micah are looking at comic books at the kitchen table, one of them is Tales From Space. This is the same comic as the one held by Sherman Peabody, the farmer's son in Back to the Future, who mistakes the DeLorean for a spaceship when Marty first arrives in 1955.


Future Hiro again references the space-time continuum.


A student at Union Wells High School reads Tales From Space.

Six Months Ago

Hiro attempts to phone Ando at work, and instead gets "himself" on the other end. Hanging up the phone, he exclaims, "Great-o Scott!", paraphrasing Doc Brown's memorable exclamation.


Nathan meets Hiro in Isaac's apartment. During their conversation, Nathan says "Look I can't believe I'm about to say this... you, you... teleported here, back from the future?"


Hiro uses a computer in Linderman's archives to find the Kensei sword. The computer indicates the sword's catalog number is CRM-114. In Back to the Future, the amplifier in Doc's garage is a CRM-114.

Four Months Later...

After the village of Otsu is burned, Hiro tells Takezo Kensei that himself, Ando and the world as he knows it may no longer exist in the future due to his actions. He exclaims, "Great-o Scott!"


Hiro dunks Kensei's head into a barrel of water, saying that he has already made a mess of the past, and that the space-time continuum cannot take any more.

Once Upon a Time in Texas

Hiro once again says "Great Scott" during his trip back in time to save Charlie.

Brother's Keeper

Hiro protects Mohinder with a Kevlar vest, the same way Marty McFly did in Back to the Future III.

Game Over

Ren says that the Midian location of the "Fortress" is at 88 Hill Valley Road. 88 miles per hour was the speed that the Delorean had to be driven so it would time travel. Hill Valley is the name of the town where the McFlys lived.

Heroes Evolutions


Hiro's blog

  • In one of Hiro's blog entries, Hiro wishes he could have his own personal Dr. Emmett Brown for guidance.
  • After riding in a limo, Hiro lists "a DeLorean going at 88 miles per hour" as one of the things he still needs to ride.

Saving Charlie

  • When Hiro talks to his past self on the phone, Hiro says, "Great Scott!" (Chapter 7)
  • Hiro believes that time is both circular and progressive, something he learned strictly from the Back to the Future movies. (Chapter 35)


  • Tales from Space is not a real comic book. It is a prop created specifically for Back to the Future by Andrew Probert, the movie's production illustrator.
  • The phrase "Great Scott" is a popular phrase used in many incantations; before Doc Brown said it in Back to the Future, it was notably used by Superman, C.S. Lewis, and many others. It is actually a corruption of the German exclamation, Grüß Gott; which means "Praise God".
  • In the Beeman Blog for Out of Time, Greg explains how he keeps all of the alternate-timelines in check by referring "to Back to the Future 2 where Doc Brown (complete with chalkboard) clearly lays out how alternate timelines work."
  • Hiro, in the past, uses the sword to send messages to Ando in the same way Doc uses Western Union to send a message to Marty. (Kindred)


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