|Purpose:||To protect evolved humans|
|First appearance||Rebellion, Part 3|
|First mentioned:||Trust and Blood|
|Known members:||Abigail, |
They communicate using computers and other machines, and are known alternately as "Rebel" and "Libertad" sending messages to evolved humans. As of Cold Snap, Rebel's identity was shown as being Micah Sanders, who was in fact living in a double life; but later, in Rebellion, Part 3, the identity of Rebel was further revealed to be the group of four individuals working as one unit. These four are later called "members of The Rebellion.
After returning home from unfortunate events, Claire receives a text message. The sender pushes her to fight, and after she questions the senders identity, they reply with their name, Rebel.
Rebel is revealed to be a mysterious person directing evolved humans to the Angry Skunk bar, where the traffickers there help them find new IDs and give them safety. Libertad sends Simon Bolivar to deliver a message saying "Viva Libertad! Rebel & Be Saved" to Harmon, who takes the message and shows it to the traffickers. When the traffickers doubt the message's authenticity, Libertad makes the same message pop up on the bar's TV screen. That night, when Harmon, Angie, and Maya's meeting is interrupted by Danko's capture squad, Libertad helps Angie and Maya to escape by tipping them off via text.
Claire receives two messages when she is having her breakfast with the Bennet family and after she and Noah Bennet have an argument. Rebel needs her to warn Alex, an employee at Sam's Comics in Costa Verde, CA.
While Matt and Peter are in Isaac's loft, a computer mysteriously turns on with a message from Rebel, telling them the address of Building 26, where Daphne supposedly is, and telling them that Nathan's agents are about to enter the loft.
After breaking into Building 26, Rebel sends Peter a video of evolved humans in orange jumpsuits and hoods being loaded onto the plane. Peter saves this video to a flash drive for use as a bargaining chip. Rebel also prevents them from being blocked from computer access and somehow cuts the power to the building temporarily allowing them to escape.
Claire receives a message from Rebel that agents are closing in on Doyle nearby.
Claire and Eric mention that Rebel has deleted everything to do with "Eric Doyle", and that he is free to start over.
When being interrogated in his theater, Eric Doyle tells Emile Danko, Rachel Mills, and Jason Pierce that Rebel contacted him and told him that he could change after the explosion at Primatech. Doyle accuses them of being Rebel and tricking him, but they claim that there is no Rebel. Setting the building on fire, Danko, Rachel, and Jason leave Doyle for dead. However, Rachel gets a text message from Rebel telling her to save him. Without letting Jason or Danko notice, Rachel teleports into the building and frees Doyle. Handing him her cell phone, she tells him that Rebel wanted him to have it. After escaping from the building, Doyle receives a text message from Rebel telling him to find Claire Bennet because she will save him.
Rebel texts Rachel, telling her that she is acting as Angela Petrelli did to her. After Rachel comes to her senses and lets Howie go, Rebel again texts her, saying to go back and make something up so she won't be caught. Rebel tells her that would ruin everything they're trying to do.
While Micah guides them with technopathy, the rest of Rebel infiltrate Building 26 to rescue Micah's family at the same time that Matt and Peter infiltrate it to rescue Daphne. West and Abigail locate the room where the evolved humans are held prisoner and Sparrow cuts the power. The back-ups ultimately kick in while they are searching for Micah's family and members of Danko's team show up and start shooting at them. Abigail holds them off while West finds and rescues Nana Dawson and Damon Dawson. Unfortunately, Monica is not there as she was separated from them soon after their capture. Rebel, along with Nana and Damon escape on a column of sand summoned by Sparrow, but outside, unbeknownst to them, a sniper takes aim at Micah's head and prepares to shoot him.
Thompson Jr. reveals that he knows all about Micah and his little group. He calls Rebel "cute" and threatens to expose them if they do not help him find Sabine Hazel. Later, after Micah reaches out to a crane, the other members of Rebel arrive and use their powers to fight Thompson off. Micah informs him that they defeated him in twelve seconds and asks if he still thinks that they're cute.
Abigail, Micah, Sparrow and West travel to India to get Molly's help to find Monica, Lee and Claude. They go to Pittsburgh Train Station and Molly says that they're there, in a train that will leave in six minutes. A creepy agent man is guarding the train. While West gets rid of him and Sparrow covers, the rest get in the train. Abigail find Lee and Claude and Micah cuts the drugs, but they're both captured. Meanwhile, outside the train station, Agent Carmillo is taking Sparrow somewhere, just to be attacked by her terrakinesis. Agent Bowers is given orders to go, and turns the train on. West and Sparrow notice it and follow the train by the air. West leaves Sparrow in the front of the train and she summons a big amount of land to stop the train. Molly, who is inside the train, frees Micah, Abigail, Lee and Claude from the drugs. They ponder how they're going to get out of there, but Micah stops them and Molly says she knows where Monica is.
The team reunites outside of the train and Micah demands to know where Monica is from Molly. Molly, however, is scared as Sylar is close to Monica's position. Micah decides to go alone and Molly and the rest of Rebel realize he's just been using them to save his family. Agents attack, but Sparrow easily defeats them. Micah apologizes to Molly and she understands why he did it and gives him the address of where Monica is being held. The Rebellion, joined by Lee, decide to go and rescue Monica while Claude takes off with Molly. While West flies, the rest of Rebel and Lee use a trail of dirt to reach Washington, D.C. where Monica is being held in an abandoned hospital. While Micah sets up in an abandoned warehouse nearby, the rest of the team infiltrates the hospital. They are found by an agent, but West stops him. Reaching Monica's hospital room, Rebel finally locates her being experimented upon by a doctor who West beats up. Unfortunately, they lose all contact with Micah. Abagail frees Monica who is surprised at the rescue and demands to know who they are. They explain they are friends of Micah's and that they need to get out of there. Rebel, joined by the freed Monica, escape from the hospital, mission accomplished.
In chapter 2 of The Agent, Rebel contacts Rachel Mills via text messages after she discovers hidden messages from Rebel on various websites. Rebel sends Rachel a video file showing Rachel using her ability at Pinehearst, then warns Rachel not to tell Danko what she just discovered. In an additional text message, Rebel claims to need Rachel to do something.
In chapter 3 of The Agent, Rachel does something for Rebel the day before Peter Petrelli breaks into Danko's apartment. What she does causes her to be late to meet up with Danko and her partner, Jason Pierce.
A couple days later, while Danko informs Rachel and Jason of an upcoming mission in Costa Verde, Rachel again receives text messages she assumes are from Rebel. However, after Danko and Jason leave her by herself, she throws her cell phone into a trash can without reading them.
While waiting for a security camera footage to be streamed to Jason's cell phone in Costa Verde, Rachel gets a text message from Rebel on Jason's phone and deletes them after reading them. The message is "DONT DO THIS RACHEL.". Afterwards, Rebel deletes security camera footage showing Alex's car and a passenger that Rachel thinks might be Claire off Jason's phone. Rebel then texts "STOP NOW OR ILL HAVE TO TELL", and Rachel deletes that message just as Jason reaches and grabs his phone back. Jason then discovers that the video file has been deleted off both his phone and their organization's server as well.
Later, Rachel is in the front room of Liliane's house, and she spots Rebel scrolling a message in caps on the bottom of a TV screen in the living room while a kid's movie continues playing on it. The message contains the word "RACHEL" and it gradually begins scrolling faster. Rachel leaves before the family questions her about the message.
In Alex's apartment, Rachel finds a laptop that loads Alex's emails when Jason boots it up. However, Rebel begins deleting the messages. Rachel then spots what she thinks is a webcam on the laptop and says hello to Rebel. Rebel responds by sending a new email to the in box with the subject line "Leave now Rachel!". Jason then turns off the laptop and ejects the battery before Rebel can completely erase everything.
In chapter 4 of The Agent, Rebel replaces a message sent from headquarters to Rachel's and Jason's mission laptop with a different message asking for help and warning Rachel that a man might give away her secret. Jason then grabs the laptop before Rachel can stop him, but the message have been changed into a bunch of garbled text. After showing Rachel the garbled text as well, he gets the message resent. While the laptop is still pointed towards Rachel, new messages then appear at the bottom of the screen instructing Rachel to "BREAK EACH LINE AT 60 CHARACTERS" in order to read the latest message. When she does that, the garbled text becomes an ASCII photo of Eric Doyle. A second message, "GET TO HIM FIRST RACHEL", can be found by putting together the lowercase letters in the garbled text, but it is unknown as to whether Rachel realized it existed.
In chapter 7 of The Agent, Rachel finds a report on what happened at the restaurant in a daily intelligence briefing. She notes that location of the restaurant has been altered to show as Oregon and suspects that Rebel made that happen. Later, Anna is sent by Rebel to assist the fugitives threatened by the government operation on an abandoned office building in New York City. After Anna and Rachel encounter the leader of the fugitives in the building, Abe, Anna tells him that Rebel sent them. Abe replies that he has been waiting a long time, but that no one came. He then points to a crude symbol scratched on the wall that appears to be a hammer surrounded by four stars.
In chapter 8 of The Agent, Anna tells Rachel that REBEL always takes care of removing her from the government's records when. Later, Rachel sees the fugitives fleeing towards a truck bearing the same symbol she saw in the plant nursery. After Anna and Rachel successfully rescue the fugitives that were in the abandoned office building, Anna receives messages from Rebel. He sends her a huge list containing cries for help from fugitives in trouble. The message also contains status reports, email addresses, and links to websites. Subsequent messages from Rebel tell Anna that Ellen is in trouble, but that he wants their next priority to be helping someone in the circus.
In chapter 9 of The Agent, Rebel sends text messages to Rachel after she leaves her meeting with Danko at Building 26. He asks her to help him save a Building 26 prisoner, saying it is dangerous, and that the government is about to learn her secret. Rebel adds that if she helps him, he will tell her the truth about her mother. Meanwhile, Anna arrives at the circus after receiving an additional text from Rebel that agents are surrounding the place, and that she needs to find the man in the black hat. Rebel also tells her that the man will know what to do, and that this one is especially important. Anna talks with a man in a tall black hat and tells that their friend sent her to help him, but she has to do some extra convincing before he believes her.
In chapter 10 of The Agent, Rebel texts Rachel Mills, asking her to rescue Eric Doyle from Building 26. Meanwhile, Anna Korolenko is checking in with him hourly, following his instructions to take out her cell phone battery while she isn't using her phone so agents cannot use the signal to triangulate her location. Each hour, for several hours, Rebel tells Anna that she and circus staff need to hang on, and that it isn't clear yet.
After a short while, Linda Niles tells Anna about "Ellen", the underground railroad for evolved human fugitives. She explains that Ellen started as just her, LN, and that she used to run a shipping company. She continues that Rebel contacted her, and had knowledge about her past. Rebel asked Linda to hide fugitives in warehouses and trucks across the country. Linda adds that next, Rebel contacted Anna to be the "delivery girl"--a cute blonde that every frightened fugitive would trust. Then, she notes that he found Valerie and Victor and that their power made Linda's trucking operation practically obsolete. Linda also explains that Rachel Mills is the R in LAWR, and that Rebel recruited her.
When Anna asks why Rachel isn't coming to help them, Linda explains that it is part of their deal. Linda also adds that LAWR isn't Rebel's only crew, and that Anna might join the "varsity team" someday if she eats her Wheaties. Later, Anna contacts Rebel again, and he texts that Rachel is in a helicopter, that there are too many agents to attempt an escape, and that they need to just sit tight a little longer and trust him.
The next morning, Rebel provides Rachel directions to the location of the circus Anna was sent to, and notes that at least one person had been taken prisoner.
In chapter 11 of The Agent and chapter 12 of The Agent, Leona believes that Rebel has abandoned her and the other fugitives. Likewise, Anna and Rachel lose contact with Rebel and also believe that something bad has happened. After faking her death, Leona meets the leader of Rebel himself, Micah Sanders, who says that he will do one more favour for her. Leona turns and sees Rachel, who was told where to go by Micah. Mother and daughter finally reunite and Micah leaves.
In chapter 5 of Faction Zero, Rebel reunites and aids Claire and Rachel in their mission to find Thompson, Jr.. While Rachel and Claire search a building, Micah, Abigail, Sparrow and West search through his vans. After finding a bloody jacket, Abigail says that Thompson set it up to make it look like he had been killed. The Rebel team wonders if they will ever find Thompson.
- Libertad, another name used by Rebel, is Spanish for "Freedom".
- Micah Sanders hacked corinthianlasvegas.com and found a poster advertising Richard Drucker's political writings bearing the title Libertad.
- In Rebellion, Part 3, they reveal their mantra as being, "As families being torn apart, we became our own. Individuals working as one unit. Sworn to protect others like us. Together, we became... REBEL".
- While not named as an official member of Rebel, Claude Rains works with Rebel to help free Lee from Danko's team in Rebellion, Part 3.
- It is unknown if Alex is a member of REBEL as he was seen on the run with West and Sparrow.
- The group LAWR works as a team under the leadership of Rebel.
...then Rebel texts Maya...
Rebel sends messages to Eric Doyle that he can change, via computer...
...and later tells Rachel to help save Eric...
Rebel temporarily jams Danko's denotation device...
...then reassures Tracy...
...then tells Claire that she should help Eric...
...and finally warns Claire she is about to be ambushed.
(Shades of Gray)
Rebel causes Rachel to have a change of heart...
...then instructs her how to keep her cover.
(Hanging By a Thread)
- For other uses of Rebel, see Rebel (disambig).
- For other uses of Libertad, see Libertad (disambig).
- Rebel's messages