|Portrayed by||Todd Stashwick|
|First appearance||Prodigals, Part 1|
|Nicknames||The Amazing Replicating Man, |
|Home||Sullivan Bros. Carnival, |
Formerly Cape Town, South Africa
|Occupations||Diamond mine owner, |
Eli is a carny who was banished from the carnival by Joseph Sullivan. He decided to lead a new life but was found by Tracy Strauss. Upon hearing that Samuel took command of the carnival, Eli has returned to be his right hand man until Matt Parkman brainwashes him into turning on Samuel. Eli is an evolved human with the ability to clone himself.
Eli is spotted by Tracy flirting with another woman, who is obviously not interested. Tracy goes other to tell the man to leave the woman alone, and in doing so knocks off his backpack, which irritates him. A man in a green shirt says his wallet fell from Eli's backpack and attempts to confront him, and Eli pulls out a gun. Tracy then asks if he is Eli, to which he responds that she "has our attention", and shows his copies. She angers him further by saying that she is with the carnival, prompting them to open fire on her, causing her to liquefy and fall into a pool. Eli and his clones remark that she was cute, and are surprised when she rises up out of the water covered in ice. She kills one of his copies and he speeds off in a speedboat, giving her a vengeful look.
Tracy learns that Eli's clones are hollow and different inside and manages to track a clone down to Cape Town. The clone informs Tracy that the original, the "omega Eli", is somewhere in town and Tracy begins to do some research. She learns that clones run multiple taxis that go by the diamond district, which is also largely run by clones. She then realizes that the extremely cheap diamonds are actually real and are manufactured in a mine bought by an American man, Eli. Tracy meets the original Eli, who is surprised that she took so long to find him. He explains that, much to her disbelief, he is not a criminal. He shows her the hundreds of clones that are working on the mine and he says that he is a working man.
Eli turns up at Samuel's trailer, and asks him what he wants. He asks Eli to serve as his right-hand man and Eli multiples himself once over and agrees. Samuel tells him to go to Noah Bennet's apartment and get the contents of a box marked "Primatech". When Eli asks if he can use his "friends" and summons more of himself, Samuel says they'll do nicely.
Later, at Noah's apartment, Eli introduces himself as an emissary from the Sullivan Bros. Carnival. Another Eli appears behind Lauren, and more start appearing. They say that they don’t' want anyone to get hurt. Noah gives Lauren a signal and attacks one of the clones. He shoots one of the clones and tells Lauren to get to the bathroom, while another Eli disarms him. Noah and Lauren get to the bathroom where Noah removes another hidden gun. He explains that one of the Elis is the Prime, and shooting him will get rid of the rest. They go back out but Eli has left and taken the Primatech files with him.
As hundreds of clones run out of the mine, wielding pick axes and shovels, Tracy comments that "it's not the first time someone with a cute accent" has gotten her into trouble. She then turns her body into ice, and attacks the clones. She tells the "Prime Eli" that she only wants to talk to him and that his family sent her. The clones respond saying they are all the family they need. She tells them that she promised Samuel that she'd take him back to the carnival, surprising Eli, who didn't know that Samuel was in charge. He tells her that Joseph sent him to exile, but that him and Samuel usually saw eye to eye.
Joseph goes to find Eli, who messes with him by asking "which one?". Joseph tells him not to annoy him, as he knows how to tell them apart. He tells them that Caleb informed him that, Eli had been stealing from local farms. Eli responds that he was only looking out for the family, and that Samuel put him up to it. Joseph calls him a scrounger, stating that there's no place for scroungers at the carnival, he gives him a final warning, then repeats his question of where his brother is.
While Claire is admiring some posters about "The Enchanting Temptress" and "The Amazing Replicating Man", Eli watches her. Claire becomes uncomfortable with all the staring but Lydia reassures her that Eli is harmless. Later, after Claire speaks with Samuel, Eli is once again watching her. He creates a few clones and talks with Samuel, who orders him to make sure Claire doesn't leave. Eli then continues to watch Claire intently. He follows her to Samuel's trailer, where he and his clones tell her to get back to work on beautification duty.
Claire begins to notice that Eli is watching her every move, so she runs from him. Eli follows her to the House of Mirrors, where he orders his clones to stay and guard the exit. Eli enters the house, trying to find Claire, who is making multiple reflections of herself. Claire knocks Eli out and his clones disappear. Believing that Eli is gone, Claire tries to leave the carnival, but Eli returns and drags her away. The next day, as Eli is watching Claire, Samuel arrives and asks Eli to leave. Confused, Eli obeys.
Back at the carnival, Eli watches over Vanessa.
Eli overhears Claire and Lydia saying that Noah is coming to kill Samuel. When Samuel begins a speech about his recent actions, Eli shoots him in the shoulder from afar. Eli keeps shooting, and in the process he hits other people, among them Lauren, who was on her way to the Carnival, Claire, who was hit in the neck, but healed, and Lydia. Noah looks around and finds Eli shooting. He shots Eli, but it turns out to be a clone. Another Eli knocks Noah unconscious.
While taking Noah to the carnival, Eli narrowly misses Lauren, who tries to shoot him, but is unable to aim due to her injury. Samuel holds the dying Lydia in his arms, invites her to see what is in his heart, and kisses her. She gasps in horror and looks up at him, whispering that she knows he ordered Eli to do this. Lydia dies without saying anything further. Eli arrives with Noah, who says he found him on the hill. He shows everyone the rifle. Samuel tells Eli to take Noah to the House of Mirrors and tie him up, and then take Claire to Samuel's trailer.
Some of Eli's clones stay with Tracy at her specials training facility. One of the clones is used as a target by Ricky, who uses his power to destroy the clone. Both Tracy and the clone leader agree that Ricky is getting better at controlling his ability and Tracy thanks "Eli" for giving up one of the clones. Eli says that it is the least he can do and says that he will be returning to the Prime in a short while. He soon talks to Ricky and gives him the offer to join the carnival. Tracy finds out and demands to know what he is doing. Eli says that only Tracy and Noah are in Samuel's way, and that it has to stop.
Eli watches outside of Samuel's trailer, making sure that Claire does not escape. Later, after Samuel allowed Claire into the House of Mirrors, Eli reports that she did in fact escape. Samuel tells him to tell the other carnies to pack and also gives him the order to dispose of Lauren. Eli fails at this however, and later tells Samuel what happened. Samuel tells him not to worry about it and tells him to go after the people who Lydia said would try to stop them. Eli goes to the home of Matt Parkman and, when Sylar and Peter escape, he is there waiting for them.
One of Eli's clones watches as an invisible Becky Taylor approaches Tracy. When Becky is attacked, Eli manages to run into the hall, but Tracy follows. Eli randomly shoots behind him, hoping to hit Tracy. He instead hits a tap and water begins to pour everywhere. He confesses that he brought Becky there to kill Tracy and she says that doing so was his second mistake. When he asks what his first was, Tracy punches him and says that it was getting on his bad side. She then uses a flash freeze and freezes both Eli clones and Becky, killing them.
Eli and many of his clones appear in Matt's kichen, explaining that they are there so that Matt, Peter, and Sylar don't become a problem. Eli's clones also confront Sylar and Peter in the basement. In the kitchen, Matt tries to convince Eli that he doesn't want to do this, sensing that Eli's not entirely convinced of Samuel's plan, but Eli says that he has no choice. Matt grabs a knife and tries to use telepathy on the clones, but an Eli reveals that only the original has a mind to control. Matt lunges at one of them, but the rest overpower him, dislocating his leg. The Elis grab kitchen knives and prepare to kill Matt, but the Prime is defeated by Peter and Sylar who knock him out, causing his clones to disappear before they can kill Matt.
After Eli's defeat, Peter asks Matt to read his mind in order to find out Samuel's plans so they can stop them. Matt refuses as he doesn't want Sylar free so Peter decides to use his copy of Matt's power to read Eli's mind himself. After Sylar spins Eli to face him, Peter reads his mind and learns that the Carnival is in Central Park and Samuel is going to open the ground and kill thousands of people. After convincing Matt to let them go, Peter and Sylar leave Eli behind with Matt. Matt then turns his attention to Eli and begins telepathically giving him orders.
At the carnival, Noah sees Eli wandering around after Edgar asks him for a plan to defeat Samuel and smiles. Backstage, Noah, Claire and Edgar try to convince the carnies that Samuel murdered his brother which Lydia had told Edgar. Samuel tells them that Lydia can't confirm it as Noah killed her, but Noah tells the carnies that Samuel is lying and calls upon Eli to confirm it. Eli, brainwashed against Samuel by Matt, tells the carnies that he killed Lydia on Samuel's orders. Eli tells the carnies he knows he can't stay in their family after killing one of them but that Samuel has to be stopped. Eli turning on Samuel on top of what Noah, Edgar and Lydia already told them causes the carnies to abandon Samuel. As Peter holds off Samuel, Eli joins the carnies in trying to get as far away as possible and is teleported away with all the other carnies by Hiro.
In chapter 4 of Purpose, Lauren tells Mulligan that Eli has captured Noah, during their failed raid on the carnival. Later, Mulligan sees Eli leading a crowd surrounding Noah, and holding up Noah's sniper rifle as a trophy.
In chapter 5 of Purpose, John Mulligan and The Watcher arrive in the medical tent and find Eli and his clones standing over Lauren. John tries to attack the Prime, but he hits a clone instead. The true Eli then begins to punch John and manages to hit him hard in the stomach. However, he is unable to move after that, as he is affected by The Watcher's ability. John then knocks him out.
Eli has the ability to clone himself. Eli seems to be referred to by his clones as the "Omega" or the "Prime" and is able to produce hundreds of clones. All of Eli's clones are hollow on the inside and share a sort of collective mind. Eli's clones are able to travel vast distances away from the Prime, but they cannot stay away for long and feel the urge to return to him after a certain amount of time. Unlike other people with the ability such as Harris, Eli cannot maintain his clones if unconscious and knocking out the Prime takes out all of the clones. The clones are also fairly easy to destroy with something as simple as a taser blast being capable of destroying one. The clones possess no mind of their own, with one clone stating that they are "pretty well mindless." As a result, Eli's clones are immune to telepathic manipulation and mind reading. However, the real Eli, the only Eli with a mind of his own, is not immune to this power and can be both mind read and mind manipulated.
- Ability: self-cloning
- An evolved human working for Samuel Sullivan, Eli has the ability to replicate himself. (The Fifth Stage)
Please refer to Theory:Eli for fan-created theories and other speculation.