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"Induced Radioactivity" is explicitly named in the Genesis Files.

This page needs some references. --Ted C 16:23, 8 December 2006 (EST)

Ted's Escape

Do we know that Ted blew up the transport car to escape custody? I had a strong hunch Mr. Bennet snatched him. -- Xanen 14:31, 5 January 2007 (EST)

Yes, Audrey tells Matt in Seven Minutes to Midnight about Ted's escape. Also, in an interview, Tim Kring talks about his escape. - RyanGibsonStewart (talk) 14:37, 5 January 2007 (EST)

Power name

I find that as time passes, I like "induced radioactivity" less and less. It makes it sound like someone caused him to be radioactive, rather than it being an inherent property of Ted himself. I'm having trouble coming up with an alternative that rolls well off the tongue, though. "Radioactive emission" sounds a bit lewd, "radiation generation" is too much of a mouthful, and "radiation control" implies abilities we haven't seen. Any other ideas? --Ted C 16:48, 9 April 2007 (EDT)

  • How about just "radioactivity"? — RyanGibsonStewart (talk) 17:40, 9 April 2007 (EDT)
    • I believe the name is derived from the Genesis Files, such as Rapid Cell Regeneration. It's just terminology used in the show already, and applied accordingly. --Bob 17:45, 9 April 2007 (EDT)
      • If that's the case, then it I'll just get used to it. --Ted C 17:55, 9 April 2007 (EDT)
        • Ditto. I hate it, too, but we're stuck with it.--Hardvice (talk) 18:03, 9 April 2007 (EDT)
          • In the Genesis Files Page, the Parapsychology link goes to Telepathy. If Telepathy is not subject to what the GF's call it, then why should Induced Radioactivity (and for all we know, induced radioactivity means something else, like causing objects to become radioactive). Why then cannot we change the name of Induced Radioactivity? (maybe to: Nucleokinesis?)--The Ninth Doctor
            • You bring up a good point--"parapsychology" should not redirect to telepathy anymore, since we have more than one power that could be under the umbrella of parapsychology. I'll go ahead and fix that now. However, we've named telepathy, I believe, based on what creators/writers have said in interviews. -- RyanGibsonStewart (talk) 17:02, 27 July 2007 (EDT)
  • Radiokinesis seems the 'right' one :D


What about his new use of his power in .07% ? It's the first he create an EMP true ? How shoud we deal with this ? -- FrenchFlo (talk)        09:08, 25 April 2007 (EDT)

  • It's in the third paragraph under Limits. --Ted C 09:44, 25 April 2007 (EDT)
    • Yeah but it is considered as Induced Radioactivity since it's on that page, but it's not, it's EMP no ? It's two different things. One way he induce radioactive waves, in the other way, he create an electromagnetic pulse... Should we keep this two things merged ? -- FrenchFlo (talk)        09:48, 25 April 2007 (EDT)
      • EMP is a radioactive phenomenon. Hard radiation interacts with matter to release electrons, causing surges that disable electronic systems. That's what Ted achieved, and it's well within the scope of his power to emit radiation. What this incident shows is that he can choose to emit radiation in specific wavelengths. --Ted C 11:44, 25 April 2007 (EDT)
        • Good explanation, Ted. It's hardly a new power, just a new extension of his power--kind of a new little trick he can do now. Still induced radioactivity. — RyanGibsonStewart (talk) 15:56, 29 April 2007 (EDT)


  • How come when Ted and Peter exhibit this power, it is a red ball of radioactivity, but when Sylar does it, it's yellow?--  Lost Soul   talk  contribs  16:41, 5 December 2007 (EST)
    • I think they are probably just be creative differences. Both Peter's and Ted's induced radioactivity have been many different colors. Yellow- Ted, Peter; green- Ted; purple (and a whole bunch of crazy colors)- Ted; and blue (if you count the EMP)- Ted. I think I may have missed some though.--Ice Vision 18:25, 5 December 2007 (EST)

Radioactive decay

I'm certainly not an expert on radioactive decay, but the content that was recently added about neutron radiation, beta-negative radiation, and alpha particles seems quite speculative to me. I can't find a mention of these types of radiation anywhere in the episode, and I would much rather stick to what we actually know. Is there something I'm missing? Also, I don't know if "Alpha particles" should be capitalized or not. -- RyanGibsonStewart (talk) 02:15, 18 January 2008 (EST)

  • I would guess that it's a bit of original research. -- Lulu (talk) 09:06, 18 January 2008 (EST)
    • It probably doesn't belong, then. -- RyanGibsonStewart (talk) 11:23, 18 January 2008 (EST)
      • Agreed. -- Lulu (talk) 17:11, 18 January 2008 (EST)
    • I just wanted to clarify in case this comes up in the future that original research isn't necessarily a bad thing (and we do it on a number of articles), but generally it should be restricted to the notes section as well as be clear that the information is coming from some kind of logical deduction rather than something explicitly stated in the episode. That whole section about types of radiation is a form of original research. Personally I don't like all the original research on some of the power articles that tries to explain the power in real terms. Instead I just prefer an analysis of how it's been demonstrated within the world of Heroes. (Admin 17:54, 18 January 2008 (EST))
  • I don't think Ted's ability would even cover that. Radioactive decay is caused by a force, while Ted manipulates a spectrum. Of course, I might just be babbling, but at least that;s my understanding of it. --Hero!(talk)(contribs) 17:21, 18 January 2008 (EST)
    • In defense of what I added, if it was just waves, how could he start the car? You need electricity to start a car. Electricity is electron flow. Normally the car battery gives you this. You can also get electrons from radioactivity by beta-negative decay. Ted used his power to start the car. So, to make the shortest logical leap, he used electrons from something similar to beta-negative decay to start the car.--SacValleyDweller (talk) 18:29, 18 January 2008 (EST)
      • If Ted alone was the one who started the car, then some of that might apply (though we often walk on dangerous ground when we try to explain paranormal experiences with real-world science). But I'm not convinced that Ted was solely responsible for the car starting. I mean, Bennet was in the driver's seat, and Ted looked at him before using his power. Then it seems to me that Bennet starts the car as Ted simply heats it up. Afterall, that makes a lot more sense to me--the car wouldn't start because it was cold, so Ted just applied some heat. -- RyanGibsonStewart (talk) 18:46, 18 January 2008 (EST)
        • That's a very good point. I don't recall seeing any sparks of electricity or anything. I had originally assumed he provided some kind of power, but now that you mention it it does seem more in line with his ability if what he did was warm it up. (Admin 19:11, 18 January 2008 (EST))
          • Hmmm... you may be right, all he might have done was to warm the battery. However I still say that he used an aspect of his power that enables beta-negative decay like emissions because the visual effects used was different from that used with his "Bright" and "Hot" energies, and I do remember something sparking and sparkling during that scene. --SacValleyDweller (talk) 20:45, 18 January 2008 (EST)
            • Looks like a jumpstart to me. I took a screencap for your review.Click Me


Although is at first implied that without Claire's healing ability, this power would kill Peter, his hands are never harmed, nor are Ted or Sylar's, even without RCR. When Ted goes psyco in the Bennet house, it is drugs that calm him and the bullet that causes him to lose control- even that level of power still he does not harm himself.

In the alternate future, despite claire being alive, sylar survives the kirby incident. is this because he had the radioactivity power, or was it some kind of telekinetic shield? freezing around himself? pffft. my brain itches.--Jjcripps (talk) 16:37, 19 February 2008 (EST)

  • In the alternate future, Peter saved Claire and caused the Kirby incident, not Sylar. In the current timeline, I think Sylar was able to survive being stabbed by Hiro due to his telekinetic ability and cause someone in the Company stitched him up in time.--MiamiVolts (talk) 17:19, 19 February 2008 (EST)
  • i really dont think they did the timeline very well lol. too many loopholes, or they should have explained more about what actually happened to claire. i know sylar never caused the kirby incident, but surely to some degree the explosion would have got him?

Amid Halebi

  • Amid Halebi has this ability and only appeared in the unaired pilot. Over the course of this article he has been added in as an evolved human who has this ability. He has also been listed under the "notes" section as having this ability as well. Are we considering the unaired pilot as canon or near-canon and thus part of the article? Or should it be considered not canon and thus only mentioned in the notes? --  PinkKeith (talk) 17:36, 22 October 2008 (EDT)
    • Unaired content is not canon or near-canon, and should only be used for notes.--MiamiVolts (talk) 17:41, 22 October 2008 (EDT)
      • Amid is a tricky one because his name appeared on the list in a canon source, so he's a legitimate character in Heroes, and he is confirmed to have a power. But we know he was a cut character from the unaired pilot, so his power really isn't confirmed. Miami's right, it should probably stay down in the notes. -- RyanGibsonStewart (talk) 18:03, 22 October 2008 (EDT)

Expulsion of Energy, Not Explosion.

After discussing this power in depth with my English teacher we have come to the conclusion that when the user loses control and, "goes nuclear," they don't EXPLODE. The radioactive energy is released. They don't get torn into pieces, they are fine. This explains why peter could catch Nathan because he wasn't blown to pieces, he was fine. It also explains the "self immunity theory." I know this kind of makes Future Hero's idea, save the cheerleader save the world, wrong but it makes sense. Why would Hiro know what happens to an exploding man. It also doesn't make sense for a person to have a power that kills them. --BlueRavenBoy 23:12, 29 October 2008 (EDT)

  • Technically, I'd agree. However in Heroes they call it exploding so we call it what they call it. The writers determine "truth" for us. :) (Admin 23:15, 29 October 2008 (EDT))
    • Regarding it not making sense for a person to have an ability that kills them, I'd add that many of the abilities themselves appear to be new on the evolutionary scene, so that's probably why ability immunity is not present for all of them. Besides induced radioactivity, we've seen other abilities such as gravitational manipulation and laser emission, where the user is presumed dead due to the effects of their ability.--MiamiVolts (talk) 23:24, 29 October 2008 (EDT)
      • It can still be an explosion, just an explosion outward, not inwards. The energy explodes out from him, it just doesn't blow him to pieces. --BlueRavenBoy 23:26, 29 October 2008 (EDT)
        • We don't speculate on the technicalities of how his explosions work, it could be both outward and inwards for all we know. However, you're welcome to add your theories to Theory:Ted Sprague or create a page for Theory:Induced radioactivity if you'd like to list them.--MiamiVolts (talk) 00:04, 30 October 2008 (EDT)
      • BRB, exploding is always outward, hence the prefix of Ex(o)-. an "inward explosion" you implied was normal would be an Implosion. --Max21:58, 20 December 2008 (EST)

Related Abilities

Induced Radioactivity is somehow related to the ability, Microwave Emission.

Image request

I think this is a good image because it shoes the effectiveness of the ability.-- Catalyst · Talk · HL 17:00, 24 March 2009 (EDT)

  • It does, but there's too much going on in this image, the one currently used is simpler. Intuitive Empath - Talk - Contributions 19:33, 24 March 2009 (EDT)
    • What about this one. I think the one we have now looks as though he has some sort of luminescence type ability, but this one we can see that it bright but also the radiation coming off of his hand. --mc_hammark 08:04, 27 October 2009 (EDT)