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Lie detection
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Sue can tell that Sylar is lying by feeling a tingle.
Originally held by: Sue Landers (deceased)
Absorbed by: Sylar
Ability to: Detect when people are lying

Lie detection is the ability to detect if other people are telling lies.



This ability allows the user to sense when someone speaks a lie. Limits are unknown at this time. This seems to be a passive ability.

Sylar says to Luke that he knows that he isn't lying, and suggests that Luke only thinks that he knows where to find his father. This suggests that the ability can only detect deliberate lies, not false statements in general. It was also confirmed in an interview that the ability can detect lies based on physical cues, not mental ones.

The range of this ability is unclear; Sylar has been seen to detect lies from a distance of approximately 2 meters. It is currently unknown if the ability can be used to detect lies from multiple individuals.

Sue Landers

Sue is able to detect Sylar's lie immediately after she is told he's there to make a delivery. Sylar also remarks that her ability must be a burden to her, which suggests that Sue had no control over her ability.


Sylar states the user feels a tingling sensation when told a lie; he found this out shortly after killing Sue, when he asked a man on the elevator if there was any problem, to which the man said no (Sylar was covered in blood at the time). He is also able to detect a lie from Arthur Petrelli, realizing that Arthur was not his father. Sylar has also used this ability while questioning Agent Daniel Simmons. Sylar was questioning him about his father and was able to detect a lie when Agent Daniel Simmons said he was in prison (Trust and Blood) Sylar used this ability while questioning Luke about where his father is. (Building 26)


Memorable Quotes

"Sue Landers? Special delivery."

"You're lying... You're not here to make a delivery."

- Sylar, Sue Landers (Our Father)

"How does it work? When someone tells a lie, does it tingle?"

- Sylar (to Sue Landers) (Our Father)

"It's not going to hurt a bit... Got me... That's a lie."

- Sylar (to Sue Landers) (Our Father)

"Huh, it does kind of tingle."

- Sylar (Our Father)

Fan Theories

Please refer to Theory:Lie detection for fan-created theories and other speculation.

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