hobnoblinhotmailcom 10 Oct 2006 I believe that Sylar is actually Nathan Petrelli. The exact moment I suspected this was during the "fight" between Sylar and Matt. At the end of the confrontation, Sylar disappears after LEVITATING to a standing position. After Matt no longer sees Sylar, he begins to look up....UP being the only possible manner of escape from that dead-end hallway. Now, being a 36 year-old comic geek, I'm fully aware that Sylar could've teleported, walked through the wall, etc. However, in spite of Hiro's time AND space abilities, most of the heroes only have one power. My guess is that everything Sylar did was based upon ONE power. We already know he has telekinesis, so telekinesis is what he used to escape. And the only way he could've done that was to USE HIS TELEKINESIS TO FLY. (Flying telekinetics are nothing new to the comics world. Jean Grey of the X-Men, and PETER(!!!!!!) Stanchek of the comic "Harbinger" are two examples.) Peter wants to fly, but he can't get it to work. Perhaps because he doesn't understand the mechanics. He keeps thinking it's going to happen if he falls, but maybe what he should really be trying to do is concentrate upon lifting himself up, instead. "But Hob, Sylar is obviously bullet-proof!!!" Not necessarily. As I said before, the show seems to be limiting the number of powers each person possesses. I can't see them giving Sylar telekinesis AND invulnerability AND another power to explain his disappearance. It's all TK, Baby!! In addition to flying, the comics also show that telekinetics can produce "telekinetic force fields". Both Jean Grey and PETER Stanchek have done it before. If this sounds implausible, think of it this way: If you can control the movement of objects, you can also demand that they stay away (bounce off of) you. FACTS: 1. Peter has to be able to do more than just fly. Flying would be a really cool power to have, but in terms of TV, it's kind of weak. Unless he spends seven seasons (yeah, right) rescuing kittens from trees, being the team's official kidnap victim, and being the first member of the team to get "taken out of play" during a fight, Peter HAS to be given more power. TK would solve this dilemma. 2. Nathan is desperate to keep his powers a secret. I know he's trying to get elected, and he's afraid of the press labeling him a freak, but maybe he's equally afraid of the police linking him to his activities as Sylar. By labeling his brother as suicidal, he has masterfully robbed Peter of all his credibility. Who will believe anything Peter says now? 3. Nathan comes from a family with a predisposition toward mental illness. 4. We've never seen Sylar's face. Why not, unless he's someone we know? 5. Comics love the ironic twist of having friends and/or relatives become bitter enemies. Examples: Charles Xavier and Magneto, Reed Richards and Doctor Doom, Spider-Man and Green Goblin 2 (Harry Osborn), Banshee and "Black" Tom Cassidy, Terra and the Teen Titans, etc. The most famous case is the childhood friendship between Lex Luthor and Superboy (later, it was "retconned" away in the comies, although the Smallville TV show decided to use it). This tendency was even featured in the movie "Unbreakable". Imagine this: "Heroes Season Finale: The Heroes vs. Sylar in a fight for the fate of New York. It's brother vs. brother in a showdown to the death! But will their unleashed telekinetic fury cause the very explosion the Heroes were formed to prevent? Tune in tonight for the startling answer! Yeah......I can picture that. I'm guessing that Nathan was approached by Mohinder's father, who told Nathan about his powers. Nathan had a breakdown and created the identity of Sylar to separate himself from his freakishness. Sylar is murderous because Nathan's psyche demands that Sylar, and his freakish powers, be something completely separate and different from Nathan. The penitent writings in Sylar's apartment are due to the periods when Sylar/Nathan realizes that he is only fooling himself. My theory also introduces an interesting question: Maybe Peter can't fly. We only have Nathan's word that Peter flew when Nathan accidentally dropped him. Also, when Peter was flying, maybe Nathan was really levitating him. I hope this isn't the case. One of the things I hated most about the Heroes pilot was how Peter appeared to be powerless, and his brother was the one who had the gift. It was depressing. If Peter can't fly, or isn't telekinetic, I hope he at least gets SOME kind of power. One final comment: I really hope Mohinder's neighbor doesn't turn out to be evil. It's just too damn predictable, and such an overused plot device. I welcome all civil responses. Trolls will be ignored, as they should be.