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Sylar face.jpg
Portrayed by Zachary Quinto,
Maurice LaMarche (voice for Sylar's message),
Joshua Rush (in 1980)
First appearance One Giant Leap
In-story stats
Known abilities Intuitive aptitude
Current acquired abilities:
Enhanced memory,
Rapid cell regeneration,
Alias Gabriel Sylar
Nicknames Boogeyman, Brain Man, Bad Man, Gabe
Place of birth Brooklyn, New York
Home New York, NY
Occupation Former clock/watch restorer
Parents Samson Gray (father, adoptive uncle),
unnamed mother (deceased)
Adoptive parents:
Martin Gray (adoptive father, biological uncle),
Virginia Gray (adoptive mother, deceased)

Season One


A shadowy figure stands in front of the trophy case at Union Wells High School, reading the newspaper clipping about Jackie Wilcox's award for supposedly rescuing the man from the train wreck. On his hand is a broken watch — it's Sylar.

Later, the lights in the locker room suddenly go out and a shadowy figure passes by. Jackie protests as Claire attempts to lead her to safety, and suddenly Sylar grabs Jackie by the neck, pins her against a locker, and lifts her up in the air. Claire jumps on Sylar, but he throws her off and sends her flying into a wall. Jackie screams. Sylar covers Jackie's mouth and puts his finger in the air near her forehead. Suddenly there's a slicing noise and Jackie's skull is sliced open spraying blood everywhere.

When Claire regenerates, Sylar realizes she's the one he's after, and slams her against he wall he had just threw her against. He started to slice her skull open but too slowly and her body began to repair itself. Sylar tried again faster and managed to take the top of Claire's skull off before it could regenerate, and immediately began to examine her brain. Minutes later Sylar had examined the brain and cut open his own arm using telekinesis, it regenerated within moments.

Sylar climbs a hill to escape. At the top of the hill, Eden is leaning against a tree. Upon seeing her he pauses momentarily before raising his hand. Surprised, he seems unable to use his powers. Using her ability, Eden tells Sylar that he doesn't want to hurt her and that they need to talk. She tells him to tell her all about himself, but first he needs to sleep. The Haitian catches Sylar off guard, and covers his eyes. Sylar then falls to the ground, unconscious.

Six Months Ago

Chandra Suresh approaches Gabriel Gray at his watch shop, Gray & Sons. Gabriel offers to fix Chandra's watch, even though Chandra hasn't realized it's broken. Gabriel explains he has a talent for knowing how things work. Chandra tells Gabriel he's special and gives him a copy of Activating Evolution.

Gabriel visits Chandra at Chandra's apartment. Chandra tells Gabriel he wants to run some noninvasive tests. Gabriel tells Chandra he always wanted to be special and always resented his family for being normal.

When Chandra's tests are unable to identify anything unusual about Gabriel, he's ready to give up. Gabriel becomes angry. Grabbing one of Chandra's files, he asks if Chandra plans to give up on that man, Brian Davis, too. Chandra asks him to leave.

Later, Brian Davis visits Gray & Sons. He tells Gabriel that someone called him. Gabriel glances at the watch he's been repairing and introduces himself as "Gabriel Sylar". After Brian demonstrates his telekinetic ability, he asks Gabriel if he can make it go away. Gabriel is surprised at first, but then tells Brian that he's broken and that he can fix him. Grabbing a large crystal, he bludgeons Brian to death.

Gabriel meets with Chandra again and demonstrates his newfound telekinetic power by moving a glass across the table. Gabriel apologizes for his behavior the other day and Chandra understands that he was angry. Gabriel tells him that he feels different now and that he feels he's been given a chance to start over with a new life and new purpose. Gabriel tells Chandra that all the others are waiting to be told of their importance and their true potential. He tells Chandra that they'll find them together.

Graphic Novel:Turning Point

Three months ago in Chicago, Sylar has killed a man. He sees Audrey Hanson, and their chase eventually brings him to a train station. He ends the chase by giving his jacket to an old man, whom Audrey mistakes for Sylar and kills.


At the Primatech Paper Co., Sylar is being held in a metal room within the secure medical facility; he is separated from an outer room by a glass security window. Mr. Bennet enters the outer secure room with The Haitian, and converses with Sylar. He tells Sylar that they fixed him up the best they could, and that his abilities will not work within the facility. He calls him Gabriel, and Sylar forcefully corrects him. Mr. Bennet notes that not long ago he was Gabriel Gray, an "insignificant watchmaker". Sylar tells him that he was so good at restoring "timepieces" because he could see how they work and what makes them tick. Mr. Bennet tells him that they're interested in how things work as well and that they're interested in him because he has multiple powers now instead of just one like all the others they've met. Sylar tells him that it's what makes him special and that being special is important to everyone. Mr. Bennet tells him that he thinks infusing so many changes to his DNA to absorb these powers has driven him insane. Sylar mocks him and asks if his daughter is well, Mr. Bennet orders him to stop and calls him Gabriel again. Sylar screams that his name is Sylar, not Gabriel.

Later, Mr. Bennet again enters the room just outside Sylar's cell. Sylar claims that they are actually alike, that Mr. Bennet abducts people with powers because it makes him feel powerful, that they both collect special people. Mr. Bennet tells him that they're going to take him apart like a watch and find out what makes him tick. He turns off the light and leaves.

Much later, Eden enters the room outside Sylar's cell. Sylar tells her that he knows her; she responds she lived next door to Chandra Suresh. Sylar marvels over her power of persuasion. Eden uses her power and states that she's going to give him a gun and that he's going to blow his brains out, and she moves to place the gun into the transfer bin. Before she can do so, Sylar telekinetically pulls her through the security glass, shattering it. He grabs her by the throat and tells her that he's going to consume her power. She points the gun at him and he tells her that she knows it won't hurt him. Instead, she points the gun at her head and pulls the trigger.

Graphic Novel:Fathers & Daughters

After Sylar's encounter with Eden, Mr. Bennet and the Haitian enter Sylar's cell. They tranquilize and recapture Sylar.


At Primatech Paper Co., Mr. Bennet and Hank discuss Sylar, who lies catatonic in his cell watching a cockroach. They have determined that Sylar has multiple powers, but they haven't been able to identify any other than telekinesis. Sylar's health has deteriorated during the experiments, and further invasive tests may kill him. Unfortunately (to Mr. Bennet), their superiors in the Company will not allow them to kill Sylar.

The Fix

Sylar lies motionless on a table in his cell. Hank tells Mr. Bennet that he is nearly dead; Mr. Bennet says that his superiors need him alive. Later, Hank informs Mr. Bennet that Sylar has died. Suddenly, Sylar opens his eyes. When Mr. Bennet enters the cell, he finds Hank's dead body on the table, as Sylar stands nearby.


Sylar escapes from Primatech, killing Hank, attacking Mr. Bennet, and leaving him trapped in the cell. He meets a brewery trucker and hitches a ride with him. When Sylar learns that the trucker's destination is four days off, Sylar persuades the trucker to change his destination. Sylar arrives in Virginia Beach, remembering the last name he saw from Chandra's research. Before leaving Sylar telekinetically causes beer bottles to ram into the trucker, killing him. Unaware of how he will find more evolved humans to steal from, he rings the bell of a house, and meets Zane Taylor. Sylar finds his next step when Zane answers, "Professor Suresh?"


Sylar arrives at Zane Taylor's home while Zane is waiting for Mohinder Suresh. He claims to be Suresh and asks Zane to demonstrate his ability. Later, when Suresh arrives, Sylar claims to be Zane and demonstrates the power himself. He suggests that he and Mohinder should work together to contact other special people.


Sylar and Mohinder travel to Bozeman, MT, to meet Dale Smither. He demonstrates his newest power to help convince Dale that undergoing testing would be a good idea. As she talks about her power, she hears Sylar's hearbeat quicken. That night, Sylar and Mohinder go to a motel, and they discuss the possibility of inhibiting the powers of evolved humans. Sylar asks Mohinder about the man who killed Chandra.

Later, Sylar silently enters Dale's shop and tells her he has murder in his heart. When Sylar and Mohinder arrive the next morning, they find Dale's brainless corpse. However, Sylar has difficulty concentrating because of his newly acquired headaches.

Company Man

Matt tells Claire that Peter told him to protect Claire from someone who is killing people with abilities, meaning Sylar.


In Mohinder's apartment, Sylar offers to help Mohinder with the list. Sylar has no luck contacting any evolved humans (when attempting to contact Isaac Mendez he says that he'll "get" him later). Mohinder drugs Sylar's chai, and when Sylar awakens he finds himself strapped to a chair and hooked to an IV that supposedly takes away his ability to control his powers. Mohinder explains to him that he has known Sylar's true identity, and pulls up Zane Taylor's obituary. Mohinder takes advantage of Sylar's newfound hearing power by torturing him with a tuning fork.

Mohinder and Sylar talk, and when Mohinder points a gun at Sylar's head, Sylar fends him off by explaining that he was more of a son of Chandra's than Mohinder. Mohinder finally tries to shoot him, but Sylar telekinetically stops the bullet and breaks out of his bonds. Later, when Peter visits Mohinder, Sylar pins Peter to the wall. Sylar says he wants to see how Peter's power works--he begins slicing his head open in order to steal Peter's power.

Evolved Human Abilities

Acquired Abilities