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Nathan Petrelli
Portrayed by Adrian Pasdar
Nickname Flying Man
Powers Flight
Sex Male
Home Petrelli Mansion
Favorite Heroes quote You Saved The Cheerleader,So We Could Save The World.
Favorite quote Your evil ma
Favorite color Black
Favorite episode Anyone With Nathan In So Most Of Them
Favorite actor Adrian Pasdar
Favorite actress Adriena Pasdara
Favorite Heroes actor Adrain Pasdar
Favorite Heroes actress Hayden Pannetiere
Favorite character Nathan Petrelli
Least favorite character Peter Petrelli
Favorite power Flight
I am from the
United Kingdom

Senator Nathan Petrelli is the son of Arthur and Angela, older brother of Peter and biological father of Claire Bennet. He is an evolved human with the synthetic ability to fly.


Nathan, ambitious, pragmatic and an aspiring politician inspired by his father, seeks to one day help the world by occupying a high position in the government. Nathan made many questionable choices and did or supported many bad things during his long and painful struggle for power. In the end, Nathan, upon succeeding in becoming New York State Congressman, realized how much his efforts had cost him when his beloved, yet somewhat estranged, younger brother detonated above the city. Resigning from office, Nathan went through a long period of depression, steadily driving his friends and family away, though with time, coupled with Peter's return, did Nathan resolve to make things right. To this end, he attempted to reveal the existence of evolved humans to the world, only to suffer an assassination attempt. Miraculously recovering, Nathan attributes his healing to an act of God, and believes evolved humans to be God's servants to His will on Earth. To this end, Nathan has since accepted the position of Junior Senator of New York, with Tracy Strauss as his aide. Nathan eventually pledges his allegiance to his father's plans to synthetically give people abilities, despite his father's previous attempts to kill Nathan. Unfortunately, these plans fail, so Nathan reveals the existence of evolved humans to the President, like he tried to before he was shot. They both agree to have the government capture them and place them in a facility where no harm can be done.

Character History

Season One

Nathan is busy with his campaign when his brother claims he can fly. Peter resorts to jumping from a building, but Nathan flies, yet fails to catch him. The next day, Nathan is forced to admit that he can fly. He tells the public that Peter is suicidal to keep the reporters away. Mohinder pesters him on the streets, which he gets away from, and he meets with Niki, whom he sleeps with. During his sleep, he is kidnapped by Bennet and the Haitian, whom he escapes from. Landing at a diner, he meets Hiro, and is warned of a dark future, but is told he will win the election.

Back at New York, he has brunch with his family, and buys a painting from Linderman at his brother's request. He brings it to Isaac's loft, and, upon seeing it, splashes it with paint, leaving Simone with the mess. He then gets Peter from jail after the homecoming incident, and witnesses him fall unconscious, after claiming he is the bomb. Nathan stays at his side for two weeks.

He visits Isaac and Simone about the paintings, meeting with Hiro again. They talk, and agree to stop the exploding man. Nathan finds Mohinder, and they unsuccessfully try to calm Peter down in his apartment. Afterwards, he finds out that his daughter, Claire, is still alive from Meredith. He visits her, and gives her money for her to be silent. He resumes his quest to bring Linderman down - only for Peter to appear and tell him Simone is dead. Nathan goes to the Corinthian Casino regardless, and finds Hiro. Helping Hiro get his sword, Nathan forcefully takes Niki's gun, and meets Linderman. Linderman offers Nathan a "life of meaning", which he accepts - a life of meaning being a life in the White House. Nathan discovers that his brother has been killed, and goes to the Petrelli mansion, only to see Claire, who revives Peter.

Nathan, Peter and Claire talk about the explosion, and Claire tells Nathan about Ted. Nathan warns Linderman about Ted, and gets a visit from Thompson, who assures Nathan that Ted is not a problem. Finally, Angela convinces Nathan to take the role of President once the catastrophe has occurred. Linderman also helps, telling him that his father was "one of us". After, he receives a visit from D.L. and Jessica while he wins the election, and tells them where Linderman is. He gives his victory speech. He convinces his mother he is ready for his role, and meets with Peter and Claire - only to take Claire away from Peter. He confirms to Claire that he is involved, and Claire escapes by jumping through the window. Finally, before Peter can explode, Nathan flies in, grabs Peter, and flies away, allowing the explosion to occur above the city.

Season Two

Nathan walks in Peter's apartment and finds Angela looking at a photograph of her sons. She tells Nathan that it's time to accept Peter's death, but Nathan refuses to believe it. Angela realizes that Nathan is drunk and tells him that she is happy his father isn't here to see him like that. At a bar, he catches his reflection and sees a horribly disfigured, scarred visage looking back at him. Nathan's wife left him, taking the children, and he lost his job and Congressman status.

Nathan is greeted by Matt while waiting to pickup Angela from the police station. Angela is attacked mysteriously in the station, and Matt and Nathan help her. Later, Nathan comes to visit her in hospital, and talks with Matt about the murder of Kaito. Matt tells Nathan that his mother confessed the murder of Kaito Nakamura, but Matt says he knows Angela is innocent. Nathan asks how he knows this, and Matt reveals that he has the ability to read minds, and he also knows that Nathan can fly. Angela is arrested for the murder, and Nathan meets with Matt to give him some information about a familiar photo.

Nathan and Matt travel to Maury's apartment, and question Maury. Soon after, using telepathy, Maury manages to lock Nathan and Matt in their own personal nightmares. Nathan is on top of the Deveaux Building, watching helplessly as New York burns in the aftermath of the explosion. A fight ensues between him and his disfigured self, which ends when Matt inserts a thought in Nathan's head, as they realize they are not having two separate fights but are, in fact, fighting each other. They then find another photo marked with the Symbol, this time of Bob.

Nathan and Matt arrive at the Company's facility to warn Bob that Maury is after him. Bob shows Nathan videos of Peter and tells Nathan they last knew Peter was in Ireland when Niki begins punching holes into the door of Bob's office. Niki breaks in and grabs Nathan, and he and Bob try to bring her to her senses, only to have her inject herself with the virus.

Angela tells Nathan and Matt that the strain of virus they are seeking is in Odessa, Texas, also where Peter and Adam will most likely be. Nathan flies himself and Matt there, and they spot Hiro at an entryway, excited to see them both. A little time later, they make their way down to where Adam and Peter are and Matt goes in first to try and stop Peter. After some fighting, Nathan sees Peter. He tells Peter that he is glad to see him and also tells him of what Adam almost did with the virus and what he plans to do. After telling Peter that he loves him, Peter runs to the vault and is able to catch the vial of Strain 138 before it shatters on the ground. Nathan, Matt and Peter decide they need to destroy the virus, which Peter does with his ability of Ted's induced radiation. Nathan wants to go public with their abilities, and trusts Matt to arrange this and to allow everyone to believe him. The trio arrives at the Odessa Police Station where the conference is about to go underway. The arrangements have been made and Matt informs Nathan that everyone will listen to what he has to say. Nathan takes the stand and starts telling explaining about his experiences. He braces himself to announce his ability, and as he is about to tell the world what he can do, he is shot twice in the chest by an unknown assailant. Nathan staggers back and is caught by Peter, who tries to keep him conscious.

The Second Coming

After being shot by his brother from the future, Nathan is rushed to the hospital by paramedics and is labeled to be in critical condition. The doctors' efforts to save him fail however, and Nathan dies. As future Peter, under the guise of present-day Peter, stands by Nathan's bedside, Nathan suddenly comes back to life and jolts upright.

Later, Nathan is sleeping on a hospital bed. He wakes up, confused. He sees a suit hanging on the door. A newsman is outside the hospital talking about Nathan Petrelli's miraculous recovery just as Nathan walks by. The newsman spots him and follows him into a chapel. Future Peter enters the chapel as well. Nathan stands before the crucifix. He turns to a Hispanic woman and tells her that he saw God today, that he was dead but that he's been given another chance. He also tells her now he knows he's here to do great things, to do God's bidding. The newsman approaches him and asks him about the message he had planned to deliver at the press conference. Future Peter cocks his gun in the shadows. Nathan says God has a message and it's a simple one: We're all connected. We are not alone. We hold in our collective hearts one noble goal, to save ourselves, to save the world. He turns back to the altar and kneels. Satisfied, Future Peter walks up to Nathan and catches him as he collapses.

Nathan is sleeping in his hospital bed again. He wakes and asks Future Peter if he's still here. Future Peter holds up a newspaper headline about Nathan saying he was touched by God. Nathan thought he dreamed it but now believes God saved him. Future Peter says Nathan has seen what people like them can do. Nathan asks, who's to say it isn't the hand of God, all of them with the powers? He wonders if Peter ever considered that they're angels here to do God's bidding. Future Peter says, what happened to telling the world? Nathan says they couldn't be angels if everyone knew, which satisfies Future Peter. As Nathan falls back asleep, Future Peter says he doesn't expect Nathan to understand what he did to him but hopes one day he can forgive him and walks out. Linderman comes to Nathan's bedside. Nathan comments that Linderman is the one who healed him. Linderman doesn't acknowledge his statement, and just says they are both destined for great things.

The Butterfly Effect

Nathan prays near a window in his hospital room, and Tracy Strauss enters. Nathan believes this to be Niki, and is confused, even though Tracy assures him that she is not Niki Sanders. She offers him a Senate position, which he says he'll think about, and she leaves. Linderman also says that Tracy is definetely not Niki, but that Nathan should take her offer.

Later, Nathan is still in his room, when Future Peter, still under the guise of Present Peter teleports into the room. Nathan tells him about Tracy's offer, and wonders if he can handle the job. Future Peter drops his disguise and tells Nathan about the future and how evolved humans are hunted, all because Nathan told the world about his power, and that is why Future Peter shot him, to stop him from revealing his power. Nathan asks Peter if he should take the offer, to which Peter tells him to make the right choice, and teleports away. Nathan later calls Tracy to accept the Senate position.

That night, Nathan plays chess with Linderman, but when a nurse enters the room, she is unable to see Linderman. Linderman claims that only Nathan is able to do so.

One of Us, One of Them

In Washington, DC, Nathan Petrelli asks a staffer if Tracy has arrived yet, to which he replies that she isn't answering her phone. Nathan closes the doors of his office. Future Peter teleports into Nathan's office. Nathan asks Future Peter where Peter is. Future Peter answers back by saying he doesn't know and that he is looking for Peter too. He also says that Nathan called him. Nathan says that Peter called him last night and says that it wasn't Peter's voice. Nathan plays the message on his phone. Peter, in Jesse Murphy's body, says that he is trapped in a body of a guy. He says that he just broke out of Level 5 with criminals. Peter says that he's trying to get back and says that he's afraid the Level 5 escapees will hurt somebody. Nathan shows up at Tracy's place wondering why she missed his swearing-in ceremony as the junior senator from New York. She asks him about Niki and the sex video she obtained, but Nathan claims that she should already know about that since she is Niki. Tracy tells Nathan again that she isn't Niki, but needs to find her. Tracy continues that she has an address for Niki in New Orleans, and is going there

I Am Become Death

Soon after, Tracy tells Nathan that she's resigning from her position. Linderman informs him that it's his destiny to help her, which is why he arrives just in time to save Tracy from jumping off a bridge to her doom. As shocked as she is to see a man that can fly, it does help her open up and show him her ability to Nathan. The two then share a kiss. In the future, the two are married, making Tracy the First Lady.

Angels and Monsters

After having rescued Tracy they share an intimate night together. Nathan wakes up in the middle of the night and decided to drink some milk. Linderman appears to him and continues his speech about angels and monstors. He disappears when Tracy walks up to Nathan and asks him who he was talking too. The following morning when Nathan and Tracy get dressed he asks her what she was doing on that bridge. Tracy comes clean and tells him she killed a man. She also mentions Dr. Zimmerman. Later Nathan, along with Tracy go to the Hartsdale facility, to Level 5, where they meet Angela who is keeping Peter in a medically enduced coma. Nathan learns that his brother has taken Sylar's ability, not telling him Sylar is his younger brother. Later when asked about Dr. Zimmerman Angela tells Nathan his ability was given to him by the formula. He is angered by his mother's past deeds, and does not believe her when she tells him the world is in danger. He drops the files about him and Tracy and storms out of her office.

Dying of the Light

Nathan and Tracy arrive at Mohinder's lab to reveal that their abilities were given to them by Dr. Zimmerman. Mohinder injects Tracy and Nathan with a knock-out drug, then straps them to tables in his hive. Daphne discovers them while attempting to recruit Mohinder for the Pinehearst Company, and escapes the lab using her super speed. Tracy attempts to reason with Mohinder, then uses her freezing power to subdue Mohinder and escape from her bonds. She releases Nathan, and Mohinder recovers and uses his ability to prevent them from escaping.

Eris Quod Sum

Mohinder tells Nathan and Tracy that they're not free yet. Tracy activates her freezing ability. Mohinder, outmatched, leaps over them and frees Maya from her cocoon. He jumps with her through the skylight.

Nathan has called the Company and while waiting, Tracy wonders if Mohinder's cocooned victims are alive. Tracy approches Mark Spatney and removes part of the cocoon. He wakes and tries to strangle Tracy, but Meredith and Noah arrive just in time and Noah tasers Spatney unconscious. Tracy gets acquainted with Noah and Meredith while the Company is removing Mohinder’s victims from his lab. Noah tells them that they need to come into the Company for testing to make sure they're still normal. Nathan takes a call, it's from Claire.

Nathan and Tracy arrive, Peter explains that he isn't healing because their dad took his powers. Nathan's skeptical as he says he was there at their father’s death, but Peter insists that his alive and must be stopped. Nathan insists on seeing Arthur and Claire gives him the company's name. Peter tells him not to go, and he agrees. Nathan leaves with Tracy and tells her that his going to see his father. She tells him that she takes a consulting fee from them and can get them in. Nathan insists that he doesn't need doors open, he plans on taking them down.


In 2006, Nathan is attending a dinner party hosted by his father. When he runs into Linderman, Nathan confirms his suspicions about intending to prosecute him. After receiving the order to kill Nathan, Linderman sends a car to drive him off the road. This however is not successful because of the manifestation of his ability. At the hospital, Nathan informs his family of Heidi's paralysis and tells his dad that he is going to make Linderman pay. He also warns that he will take Arthur out too if he is there when he brings Linderman down. After Angela poisons Arthur, Nathan walks in before she can dispose of the body. At the hospital, Dr. Livitz informs Nathan and Angela that Arthur has died.

It's Coming

Nathan goes to Pinehearst with Tracy. At Pinehearst, Nathan is shocked to discover that Arthur is still alive. When Arthur tells Nathan to hug him, Nathan cautiously keeps his distance. When Arthur elaborates on his plans to save the world, Nathan realizes it is similar to what Linderman said to him. As Nathan Leaves, he tells Tracy to go to Washington while he returns to Primatech to get some more answers. Nathan is present when Angela reveals that there is a catalyst required for the genetic modification formula

The Eclipse, Part 1

Nathan flies with Peter to Haiti to find the Haitian and the Haitian's brother. Seconds before he is about to land, Nathan's power fails, and he and Peter fall into a lake below. Uninjured, they trek into the jungle and find the Haitian, who tells them that his abilities are no longer working, either, and he too is looking for his brother. Later, they are discovered by a small group of Samedi's guerillas, who capture Nathan as Peter and the Haitian run.

The Eclipse, Part 2

Nathan is taken captive by Samedi and placed in a prison with Samedi's slaves. While chained to the wall, he tries to comfort a fellow prisoner. Nathan tells her that he will save her sister from being sold into slavery. After Peter and the Haitian incapacitate Samedi, they come to Nathan's aide and free him along with the other prisoner. When Peter surrenders to the guerrillas, Nathan and the Haitian come to his rescue. As they are about to leave, they are interrupted by Samedi. Nathan charges at Samedi and flies him into a car. After they leave, Nathan tells Peter that he respects his decisions but their father's plan is the only way to stop the atrocities of men like Samedi. He promises Peter a safe passage home before flying off to join Pinehearst.

Our Father

At Pinehearst, Tracy is talking to Arthur when Nathan comes into the office and wonders what Tracy is doing there. She says she’s there to do her job and find him opportunities. Arthur wonders what Nathan is doing there and he says he now agrees with Arthur's vision but he's going to take over Pinehearst and will work out of his office. When Arthur points out he made Nathan, Nathan says that Arthur wouldn't have gone to the trouble of setting him up if Nathan wasn't important to him. Tracy supports Nathan, saying Arthur wanted a legitimate face for Pinehearst. Arthur reluctantly agrees. As they talk in the corridor, Nathan says that he's angry at Tracy for going behind his back. She insists she's on her side and Arthur's vision will put Nathan in the White House with her as First Lady. As they walk away, Knox and Flint watch them. Nathan and Tracy go into a basement facility and explains that in the past powers have gone to people at random, but now they've chosen the best. She shows him the platoon of 50 Marines that she recruited assembled from Parris Island.

Nathan talks to one of the Marines and asks him what he knows about the program. The sergeant, Scott, doesn't know anything specific and Nathan explains that the drug they're developing will change his life in ways he can't imagine. Scott talks about his experiences in the Iraq War, and Nathan says that he understands.

After Nathan witnesses Arthur's releasing of the catalyst into the partially-completed formula, Tracy orders 50 doses but Nathan says they need to test one Marine. Mohinder prepares to give the sergeant the first injection and Nathan wonders where his father is. Tracy says that Nathan is in charge now and Nathan tells Mohinder to go ahead. The sergeant notices Mohinder's mutation and starts to panic, and Nathan tells him it's okay. Mohinder gives him the injection and Scott starts to shake. Mohinder isn't sure what's happening. Scott breaks free of his bonds with enhanced strength and manages to regain control of himself. Nathan asks how he feels. He stands up and yanks the chair out of the floor and throws it through the glass, embedding it in the opposite wall, then says he feels good.

Graphic Novel:Truths

Arthur is talking to Angela about his disappointment that the genetic markers for abilities are in the wrong son, and they discuss flying Dr. Zimmerman in to inject Nathan with the formula for synthetic abilities. Arthur recalls the events of the hunting trip which had disappointed him: Peter is holding a rifle with a deer in his sights. Arthur tells him to take the shot, but he begins to cry. Nathan grabs the gun, saying he'll do it, and shoots the deer as Peter cries out "No!".


Nathan has a talk with Peter over Arthur's body. They talk about the formula, and Peter refuses to help Nathan. Peter punches Nathan out, and leaves. Scott finds him and gets him up. Nathan orders him to get Peter, but before he can leave Knox arrives and snaps Scott's neck, killing him. Knox tells Nathan he is a hero now, Nathan tells him he is not afraid. When Knox is not watching he attacks him, but is soon overpowered. Tracy arrives and freezes Knox, killing him. Tracy tells Nathan they can take the formula and start over. Nathan tells Tracy he can't, and fires her. He goes to confront Peter, knocking out Flint in the same time. Nathan tells Peter broke his heart. Flint wakes up, and sends fire on the formula, making the whole room full of fire. Peter injects himself with the formula, and uses his flying ability to fly himself and Nathan out of there. When they land, Nathan yells at Peter because he injected himself with something he swore to destroy. Peter tells he had no choice, and tells Nathan he loves him. Nathan says he wouldn't have done it and uses his ability to leave.

Three weeks later, he talks to the President about the evolved humans. He tells the President that he wants to capture all of them and lock them away where they can't do any harm. The President agrees.

Graphic Novel:Stuck in the Middle

Tracy and Nathan discuss their upcoming injection session, and mention the first test subject and his response to the formula. Nathan dismisses Tracy, who points out that the marine soldiers don't know what they signed up for. Tracy claims that they're changing their DNA, while Nathan states they are making them better. After a short time, Nathan claims that no one will be surprised if any of the marines will die as a result of the test - after all, they're marines.

Heroes Evolutions

Operation Bad Blood

In chapter 2 of Operation Bad Blood in the iStory, the Pinehearst contracted player passes Senator Petrelli and Tracy Strauss as they leave Pinehearst Headquarters together and head towards the parking lot.

In chapter 5 of Operation Bad Blood in the iStory, Senator Petrelli talks to Priscilla Van Cleef in the Pinehearst warehouse containing their new recruits.

Evolved Human Abilities

Nathan has the ability to fly. It is currently unknown how he propels himself or what speeds or altitudes he is capable of achieving, but judging by the sound of his flight when escaping from Mr. Bennet and The Haitian (Hiros), he is probably supersonic. His power, according to Angela Petrelli, is synthetic, and created by the same formula that gave abilities to Niki, Tracy and Barbara. (Angels and Monsters)

Memorable Quotes

"Most of what we are is what people expect us to be. I mean, if you take them away, nothing means anything."

- Nathan (to Peter) (.07%)

"Our father always said that we had a responsibility: to use what God gave us, to help people, to make a real difference. Pap always made the hard choices for the greater good; he believed in that. And so do I. Our children deserve that. They deserve a better future, a future where they do not have to face their fears alone, but can look into the darkness and find hope. I challenge everyone inhere to inspire by example, to fight the battle, no matter the cost. Because the world is sick, it's spinning out of control. But we can help. With our help it can heal. With our love, with our compassion and with our strength we can heal. Let's put aside our differences, let's embrace our common goals. Let's do it for our children. Let's show them all exactly what we are capable of."

- Nathan, electoral speech (Landslide)

"God is the only one with the message. It's a message of hope and urgency, because he's not gonna wait much longer. His message is a simple one -- We're all connected. Our hopes, our dreams, our children's future, reflecting back in each others eyes. We fight our own personal battles, but we know we're not alone. Because only together can we make our short time on this planet mean something. Only together can we be the stewards of our own destiny. And we hold in our collective hearts one noble goal -- Save ourselves, save the world."

- Nathan, referring to the "Spiritus Mundi" in Yeat's poem (The Second Coming)

"Sooner or later, you're gonna have to pick a side."

- Nathan (to Peter) (Dual)