Heroes' Character Changes: Love them of Hate them?


You've seen the show and you've heard the numbers. Heroes isn't doing as well as most fans had expected and it seems that all hope is lost after watching Monday night's Cold Wars. Still, we haven't seen Bryan Fuller's episodes, which basically promise to give the plot more direction and redeem the series from its troubled state, so until then, I'll try to remain optimistic as possible.


Ever since Fugitives started, however, I've noticed that almost all the main characters have drastically changed. Change isn't always a bad thing especially when it is well-executed. But sometimes it makes a disliked character even more detested, and I think this is something that amplifies the flaws of the show all the more. Having said that, I've decided to compare some of the characters' personality transformations so feel free to sound off on whether you like the old or the new version.


Claire Bennet (Hayden Panettiere)'


Old Claire: A high school cheerleader with the power of rapid cellular regeneration. Despite her power, she's still considered a damsel in distress who had a plot that glued all the other story arcs together. All she ever wanted was a normal life but has been through her share of harrowing experiences.


New Claire: She still can't die but has taken a new perspective on the normal teenage life she can't really have. As a result, she's more aggressive and defiant than ever before. She has also developed a questionably distracting hairstyle.


Peter Petrelli (Milo Ventimiglia)


Old Peter: A sensitive and compassionate nurse with empathic mimicry and multiple acquired abilities. He was quite gullible and was initially defined by his complex relationship with Nathan.


New Peter: He no longer has multiple acquired abilities. Instead, he can only trade the most recent power absorbed, replacing the previously acquired ability in the process. He's in a much hostile state of mind but, despite everything he endured, he's still determined to save lives and sees the greater good.


Nathan Petrelli (Adrian Pasdar)


Old Nathan: New York lawyer-turned-Congressman with the power of self-propelled flight. He was portrayed as a pragmatic anti-hero who valued family and brotherhood but had eventually become a power-hungry figure.


New Nathan: A Senator with unwavering convictions and a new mission to save the world by hunting down people with abilities while hiding his own. He's a force to be reckoned with as he is darker and more dominant than ever before.


Sylar (Zachary Quinto)


Old Sylar: A superpowered serial killer who targets other superhumans in order to steal their powers. He served as the primary villain of the series.


New Sylar: With a new mission to find his biological father, Sylar is shown in a more positive light this season. He has also found a new protégé in the form of Luke Campbell (Dan Byrd), who may even turn out to be his half-brother. Personally, I'm loving this new side of Sylar and I can't wait to find out how it will all play out.


Mohinder Suresh (Sendhil Ramamurthy)


Old Mohinder: A genetics professor who attempted to find truth behind the sudden death of his father and continue his father's research finding Heroes. He didn't have any powers but eventually developed increased strength, agility, balance, athletic ability, and heightened senses after injecting himself with a faulty formula.


New Mohinder: After being exposed to the perfected formula, the side-effects disappeared, leaving him with increased strength. And now, he's one of the most irritating characters on the show.


Are you pleased with all the personality changes on Heroes?


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Feb 27, 2009 4:30PM EST

I hate what they did to Peter's powers.

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Feb 28, 2009 12:03AM EST

ha "questionably distracting hairstyle." I agree. Sylar is really the only character im interested in right now.

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Feb 28, 2009 12:34AM EST

I think peter should just end up going and getting sylar's ability that way he can go back to having multiple powers again. I thought that was way more interesting.

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Feb 28, 2009 7:05AM EST

agreed, peter needs his powers back but even more important HIRO. HIRO needs his ability, hes the man, he has always been.

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Mar 2, 2009 12:40AM EST

Mohinder Suresh (Sendhil Ramamurthy)
Biggest pain in the arse ever!i have hated him from the start but now i hate him even more.. like they dont need an other person with m]powers like come on! It went downhill staright after that!And Give Hiro his powers back already ..and peter like FKK get all your powers bk i dont care how but just do it!

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Mar 2, 2009 2:05AM EST

Mostly, I approve of the changes. CLAIRE has gone from being unquestionably the most annoying character on the show to having an attitude and a level of complexity I can genuinely respect. PETER is finally doing things because he wants to and not mostly because he's being manipulated. NATHAN...hasn't really changed much. Mostly he's just angrier than before. I'm still on the fence about new SYLAR - I like that he's become multi-dimensional, but I feel like the psychosis (which is central to the character) is being left behind. As for MOHINDER...he was only tolerable before we realized what an annoying non-entity moron he is.
Some of these changes have made some of these characters (read: SURESH) incredibly annoying. But I feel like most of them are very natural and believable character evolutions. For example, while I sort of hate dick-politician Nathan, his questionable actions are one of the most fascinating aspects of the show.

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