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Don Quixote
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First reference: Upon This Rock
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Heroes sometimes makes reference to the book Don Quixote. Specifically, "Sancho Panza", a character from the book, is the name which Hiro uses to refer to Ando following Hiro's mind scrambling.


Written by Miguel de Cervantes, the novel is fully titled The Ingenious Hidalgo Don Quixote of La Mancha. It was published in two volumes (one in 1605 and one in 1615), and is largely considered the most influential piece of literature to come out of the Spanish Golden Age, and even the entirety of all Spanish literary works. The story centers around Alonso Quixano, a retired man who has become obsessed with books of chivalry, and believes them to be true. In time, Quixano puts such belief in the stories he reads that he appears to others to have lost his mind. In love with Dulcinea, Quixano embarks upon a number of quests, calls himself Don Quixote, and meets Sancho Panza along the way.

Upon This Rock

In the Ikebukuro district of Tokyo, Hiro tells a ramen vendor that he seeks his "first officer, Sancho Panza." Hiro, whose mind has been scrambled, explains that he requires transport to Sancho Panza, who is his sidekick. Then, Hiro comes to the aid of a woman. He returns the woman's purse saying, "Your handbag, my Dulcinea."

Later, in Hiro's "danger room", he shows Ando a Spanish version of Don Quixote. Hiro explains that Sancho Panza is the sidekick of the great Don Quixote. Hiro then speaks fluent Spanish.

Graphic Novel:The Trip, Part 1

After having his brain "scrambled" into "fanboy soup", Hiro teleports to Baudelaire and sees Yabey y Albert's Quixote Café, which uses Don Quixote's face as its logo. Hiro then imagines himself dressed head to toe as Don Quixote, and says that his journey would be a lot easier if Sancho were with him. Hiro quotes Don Quixote, "But all this must be suffered by those who profess the stern order of chivalry." Later, he says, "God, who provides for all, will not desert us; especially being engaged, as we are, in his service." And finally, he quotes, "My judgment is now clear and unfettered, and that dark cloud of ignorance has disappeared, which the continual reading of those detestable books of knight-errantry had cast over my understanding.

Close to You

Hiro, whose "brain is [still] scrambled," continues referring to Ando as "Sancho Panza". Ando laments, "I wish I knew what any of this meant."

Graphic Novel:The Trip, Part 2

Hiro, laboring with a brain that has been scrambled up into "fanboy soup", imagines himself to be dressed as Don Quixote. He calls himself "Don Hiro", using the same honorific title Don Quixote uses. Hiro also refers to Ando as Sancho Panza.


References to Books & Authors edit

Alice in WonderlandRay BradburyDon QuixoteThe Lord of the RingsThe Pillars of the EarthSherlock HolmesA Tale of Two Cities

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