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Sylar (explosion future)

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Sylar Promo (Five Years Gone).jpg
Portrayed by Zachary Quinto,
Adrian Pasdar (as Nathan Petrelli)
First appearance Five Years Gone
In-story stats
Known abilities Intuitive aptitude
Known acquired abilities:
Enhanced memory,
Enhanced hearing,
Rapid cell regeneration
Formal name Gabriel Gray
Alias Nathan Petrelli
Home Washington, DC
Residence White House
Occupation President of the United States
Parents Biological parents:
Samson Gray,
Unnamed mother (deceased) Adoptive parents:
Martin Gray,
Virginia Gray

Sylar is an evolved human who is impersonating U.S. President Nathan Petrelli in 2011.

Character History

Five Years Gone

Believed to have died in the explosion as well as caused it (in truth, it was Peter Petrelli), Sylar actually survived, killed Nathan Petrelli at an unknown point and impersonated him using the power of illusion, acquired from Candice Willmer. Consequently, Sylar is the President of the United States in 2011. As President, he has enacted a policy strictly monitoring and controlling the activities of evolved humans and uses Homeland Security to enforce it.

Sylar, having acquired many powers over the years, no longer finds any point in getting new ones. Instead, he initiates a plan to eradicate all evolved humans with his power as president, wanting to eliminate the competition. However, there are two particular evolved humans that he wants to handle personally: Peter, and Claire Bennet. As Nathan, Sylar meets with Claire at the Petrelli Mansion. Claire, feeling spite for her father and his actions, tries to leave, but Sylar prevents her with his telekinesis. He proceeds to kill her and acquire her power, seeing hers as the last one he needs, and he expresses great pleasure in finally getting the chance after his failure at Homecoming.

During a ceremony commemorating the explosion, Sylar learns from Matt that Peter is trying to free Hiro so he can change the "past", and the Haitian is down. Sylar immediately flies to the Homeland Security holding facility, shocking all those at the ceremony. At the facility, Sylar phases through the door Peter was using to hold off his enemies, presumably having acquired the power from D.L. Hawkins. With Peter separated from the others as well as realizing that the Nathan before him is not his brother, Sylar reveals his true form. The two rivals then face each other in an epic showdown, the outcome of which is not known.

Evolved Human Abilities

Sylar's original power is intuitive aptitude — a superhuman ability to determine exactly how things work.

Sylar appears to have used his innate power to discover how to take the superpowers of other evolved humans. The exact mechanism by which Sylar gains these powers is not at present known; however, he believes that Chandra Suresh is correct that the abilities are based in the brain, and several of Sylar's victims have had their skulls opened and brains removed.

By this time Sylar has continuously fooled the world with his illusion power. He seems to like travelling by flight, or was merely showing off to the crowd. He easily phased Peter through a door. Despite his affinity for telekinesis he fights Peter with his cyrokinetic powers.

Sylar clearly demonstrates that he can use multiple abilities at the same time.

Known Acquired Powers

By 2011 in the "explosion future," Sylar has acquired additional powers. His known powers at this time are:

Memorable Quotes

"Let's be honest. I can fly. I'm hardly dangerous."

- Sylar (as Nathan, to Mohinder) (Five Years Gone)

"Sacrifice is something that we're all too familiar with. We've all lost. We've all mourned. And we've all had to become soldiers--heroes--protecting one another from the gravest of dangers. This is a battle that none of us wanted, one that we entered with a heavy heart, knowing that the enemy was ourselves. We've won battles the world over, not only against those that would do us harm, but against poverty, reclaiming the environment. But we do not forget the price that we've had to pay, the laws that we've had to pass to keep our citizens safe to preserve our way of life. Our hope has always been that a great peace is on the horizon, that one day wounds would be healed and salvation could be found. I'm here to tell you that that day is today. I'm proud to announce that we have developed a treatment, a method to reverse the genetic code. The first clinics will open next month across the world. And soon, we can begin lifting restrictions. Cities and families can be reunited. And we can finally live without fear. We've been vigilant. We have been uncompromising. And our efforts have paid off. The nightmare is over. The world is saved."

- Sylar (as Nathan, commemorating the five year anniversary of the explosion) (Five Years Gone)

"Brother versus brother. It's almost biblical."

- Sylar (as Nathan, to Peter) (Five Years Gone)

"My brother can't walk through walls. Who are you?"

"An old friend. The guy they blamed for blowing up New York, but you and I know the real story, don't we, Pete?"

- Peter, Sylar (Five Years Gone)

"When I killed Nathan, he had already turned against his own kind."

- Sylar (to Peter) (Five Years Gone)


Fan Theories

Please refer to Theory:Sylar (explosion future) for fan-created theories and other speculation.

See Also

  Season One Characters edit

Claire BennetNoah BennetSimone DeveauxD.L. HawkinsIsaac MendezHiro NakamuraMatt ParkmanNathan PetrelliPeter PetrelliMicah SandersNiki/Jessica SandersMohinder Suresh


Lyle BennetSandra BennetCampaign managerSheriff DavidsonFuture HiroThe HaitianAudrey HansonEden McCainAndo MasahashiBrody MitchumMr. MugglesKaito NakamuraJanice ParkmanAngela PetrelliHeidi PetrelliClaude RainsTed SpragueSylarEric Thompson, Sr.TinaMolly WalkerJackie WilcoxCandice WillmerZach


"Explosion": AndoAndyClaireCrane boyMr. CraneMrs. CraneDHS officerHanaHiroMarcoMattMatthew Jr.MohinderNikiNoahPeterRenéSylar
"Outbreak": AngelaCDC crew member (I)CDC crew member (II)Howard
"Exposed": AndoClaireDaniellaDaphneGabrielNoah GrayHiroKnoxMattMohinderMollyMr. MugglesNathanPeterRenéTracy

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