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Faith and religion
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Various world religions are referenced frequently in Heroes.

There are several references to religion and faith by the narrators, the characters, names, episode titles, and places. Many characters believe that there is a God or that there are gods playing an active part in their lives. Religion is often an influence on moral choices.

Episodic Recurrences

Season One

For an episode-by-episode summary, see Faith and religion: Season One History.

Four Months Later...


  • The Haitian and Mohinder discuss at length whether or not God would allow the Shanti virus to exist.
  • Hiro tells Yaeko that his father once told him that deer are the messengers of God.
  • A curandera tells Maya that what she carries inside her is black, enough to kill the devil, and that Maya is cursed.


  • After discovering his ability, Takezo Kensei exclaims "Lazarus risen!" and claims Hiro is a devil who cursed him. Later, Kensei asks how he and Hiro can have abilities, and Hiro explains that some believe their abilities are gifts from God.

The Kindness of Strangers

  • Maya, Alejandro, and Derek find a half dead Sylar lying in the middle of a road. Sylar claims that he had been robbed, and the trio show compassion towards him. This parallels to the Parable of the Good Samaritan, which tells the story of a Jewish man who had been attacked and robbed, left to die on the road. A Samaritan comes across the beaten man, and shows compassion towards him, tending to his needs.
  • When Maya meets Sylar, he introduces himself as Gabriel Gray, and she replies, "Like the angel?" Also, she tells Alejandro that them meeting Sylar is a sign from God that they are on the right path.
  • Monica expresses guilt at praying for an escape from Katrina-ravaged New Orleans while everyone else was praying for the recovery of their community.

Fight or Flight

The Line

Out of Time

Four Months Ago...

Cautionary Tales

  • Kaito tells Hiro that they have the power of gods, but should not play God.
  • In Hiro's eulogy, he says his father taught him to understand that certain things are in God's hands, but for everything else, God has given us the gift of choice.

Truth & Consequences


  • Adam tells Hiro that God didn't like what became of the Earth, so he wiped out the inhabitants with a global flood that lasted 40 days and 40 nights. Hiro argues to Adam that he isn't God.
  • Angela says on the phone that a Pandora's box has opened.

Season Three

For an episode-by-episode summary, see Faith and religion: Season Three History.

Strange Attractors

  • After having sex with Janice, Sylar crunches an apple calling it "forbidden fruit" (though technically there was no specified forbidden fruit in the Bible).

Brother's Keeper


  • Sylar mocks Peter for his optimism asking if the latter has any speeches about hope or the triumph of the human spirit. Also, Sylar says that he is not a religious man, but there is something that he believes in--blood.
  • Hiro calls Samuel the devil. Samuel retorts saying that he is Hiro's savior.

The Fifth Stage

  • Peter crucifies Sylar to a piece of wood with a nail gun, putting nails in each of his palms like Jesus Christ.
  • While Nathan is losing his battle with Sylar, Sylar comes to the forefront to tell Peter that he wanted to crucify him in Times Square.

Upon This Rock

  • The title refers to Saint Peter, the rock, upon which the catholic church is built, and to Samuel's rock.
  • Lauren talks of Samuel as a "cult leader".


  • Trapped deep within the Primatech facility in Odessa, Luke suggests to his wife that they are in hell.
  • Carlos enters a confessional at St. Francis to talk to Father Mauricio. Carlos tells the priest that he is only on his knees so that he knows where to sit, but Mauricio replies that he is more concerned about Carlos's faith in himself than his faith in God.

Under the Mask

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The Needs of the Many

  • Farah Nazan, a Muslim, prays on a prayer mat while in the Arctic.
  • When Jose shows Father Mauricio his power of phasing, Mauricio crosses his chest, a ritual that some Christians perform in order to bless themselves after witnessing something that might be perceived as blasphemous.

Graphic Novel Recurrences

Names of Biblical Reference

Other references

  • "In His Own Image" is the title of the original, unbroadcasted version of the pilot, and refers to God creating man in His own image.
  • "Genesis" is the name of the first book of the Old Testament and Torah as well as the title of the first volume of Heroes and its first episode.
  • Theodore comes via French from the Greek name Theodōros, composed of the elements theos (god – in Greek, θεός) + dōron (gift – in Greek, δώρον), meaning "gift of God".
  • "Bennet" is a variant of Bennett, meaning "blessed."
  • Virginia Gray's first name may refer to the Virgin Mary, who was visited by the angel Gabriel and received the news that she would be the earthly mother of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
  • Chandra's name refers to the Hindu lunar deity Chandra.
  • Shanti's name can refer to inner peace or the Buddhist paramita Ksanti, meaning patience, forbearance, and forgiveness.
  • The graphic novels titled Our Lady of Blessed Acceleration could refer to the title "Our Lady of Blessed Sacrament", a title referring to the Virgin Mary in the Catholic faith.
  • Our Father is also the name of a Christian prayer.
  • When Santiago goes to church after first experiencing his ability as a miracle, Iris says that God watches over all of us, that there is a reason God saved him.
  • Exodus is the name of the second book of the Jewish Torah and of the Christian Old Testament.




See Also

Fan Theories

Please refer to Theory:Faith and religion for fan-created theories and other speculation.

Recurring Themes edit

Character connectionsChild vs. parentDeathFaith and religionFamilyFate vs. free willHeroismIronyLogic vs. emotionLonelinessLoyalty vs. treacheryMoral ambiguityOne punch knockoutPressure of responsibilityRevengeSacrificeSecrets and deceptionSpecialWomen in Refrigerators

See Also: References