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Heroes Round 2: Hero or Villain?

I was a little concerned the 2nd episode of the new Heroes season would be disappointing, but I found it almost as awesome as the first!


But with so much hubbub around heroes and villains, I have to ask - is Sylar a hero or a villain... or both? Is the point of Heroes becoming that there's a hero and a villain in all of us (aka what our deep voiced narrator is telling us)? Or is Sylar meant to be the scary villain who cuts heads off and destroys heroes, but just happens to have a soft side for his rough childhood?


What do you think? Sylar= all villain? Turning hero? Neither? Both?


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Default avatar cat
Oct 6, 2008 1:04AM EDT
I think Peter may have abosrbed those powers, but he doesn't realize it yet.
Default avatar cat
Oct 4, 2008 9:10AM EDT
I think Sylar's just bored. With the power to never die, things that seemed important are no longer as. His world domination can stay on hold for a while.Also, I believe Sylar is becoming a bit soft, just to confuse us. He's building up towards a really evil act (not that murder isn't bad). Evil may be dormant for now, but within the next few episodes (or in the middle of the season perhaps) it'll come back with a bang.Has anyone else wondered why Peter hasn't absorbed Sylar's ability to 'view and absorb' powers, and with that ability his need to kill? I don't think Sylar's power is all about needing more abilities, it's an actual drive to take lives, which creates control.One more thing: telekinesis is really underplayed. They could do so much more with that.
Default avatar cat
Oct 2, 2008 7:41PM EDT
Well to be honest even Peter or Hiro wouldn't do that; killing a child? They're not anti-heroes like the punisher, deadpool, or wolverine who wouldn't hesitate to wipe out their nemesis for the greater good. Peter and Hiro, though both being able to easily go back in time to simply kill Sylar, wouldn't do it because like all heroes they'll typically have this small bit of them that says: "No. Maybe you can raise Sylar right, see to it that none of this happens." or something sappy to that extent, but then again would it really work? What if Sylar never changes at all? Or even if they killed him, who's to say nothing worse will happen right? That's the reason why Hiro let his father die - because you can't change history. If he hadn't kissed Yaeko, then I think that perhaps Adam/Kensei would have grown up to be the hero Hiro worshipped. It's like Angela Petrelli said; step on a butterfly today, three years from now a million people will die. Still, while watching the third season so far I keep expecting future Peter to go back into time and stop any of the current events from playing out but I don't think it would happen. To be honest, even though I'm worried now that Sylar couldn't possibly die, I still like the direction of how things are playing out. Is he redeemable? Even Quinto can't answer that question. I don't think so though because I think it would kill Sylar's character if he chose to do redeem himself. It's unlike him. But then again it's the fault of the writers; they're making Sylar so two dimensional like fudgefase said. When you hear his name you instantly think "villain" instead of "the guy who has some hope for his future". Who knows what might happen to him. Peronally I think something major will happen to him because the writer's wouldn't have given him Claire's abilities if it didn't come at a price. So far him being indestructable and unstoppable is just a red herring to prevent any of us from trying to figure out his fate. Sylar is my favourite villain, and I really think the writers should do Quinto's character more justice by developing his personality some more. I mean so far what it seems like is that he's your stock villain - incapable of love, and an insatiable appetite for power. His good points though is that he seems very desperate to prove himself worthy enough to be considered a hero, but maybe I'm just ready too much into his eagerness in the third episode. He certainly didn't seem to strike this impression in earlier chapters. I'd love to know Sylar better, and I think the writers should try and find a way to do this for all the Sylar fans.
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Oct 2, 2008 9:37AM EDT
I think, unfortunately, Sylar is becoming a rather boring character - 'here I am, baddie Sylar, cutting off heads and absorbing powers and no-one can really defeat me blah blah.' Seriously, it needs a good looking at - a villain is no use if he can't be beaten, otherwise it's just dull and depressing and people will not watch. Maybe he needs to fall in love and try to turn his life round or something, or only kill to protect people who try to steal his child's powers , something a bit more believable than just big, bad Sylar. I like the continued input into Claire's dad's character, and I am interested in the apocalypic future Hiro has seen - poor Ando must have been desperate to wear something a bit flasher! - but I suppose, the series gets a tentative thumbs up as a started episode. BUT they'll have to change Sylar and stop Peter still just coming over a bit confused. If he knew Sylar attacked Claire and took something valuable from her, why not teleport back to when he was a kid or a watchmaker and just do him in?
Default avatar cat
Oct 2, 2008 4:45AM EDT
Sylar is on a mission of his own and that is to get the abilities of the level 5 people in which was contained. I don't think he will change like someone stated above he will always be a villain with his own intentions which is something I think we began to understand in Episode 3. It's getting good this show.
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Oct 1, 2008 9:01PM EDT
watching the new episodes of hereos, i was on tnterhooks, not knowing where 2 look or what 2 do with my mind asking so many questionsi dont get what sylar is up 2 with angela petrelli but i cant wait 2 c dat.its gona be so coolsylar cud have heroism in him, if its 2 save himself, ii think. we just have 2 wait and c. and i sure cant wait.
Default avatar cat
Oct 1, 2008 7:25PM EDT
I think that in heroes, there's like two people with the same powerThe african--Issac Mandez (draw the future)Claire--Adam (Kensei) (can't die)Mlly's father--Tracy (freeze)Nathan--West (flying)Peter----Sylar (almost the same)Hiro-----the speedgirl (it's a power who involved time)Angela Petrelli*---the little Indien (see stuff in the dreams) *Peter's mom can see stuff in her dreams. that would explain the facts that Peter had those dreams in the first season, he tooked it from his momy
Default avatar cat
Oct 1, 2008 4:58PM EDT
i find it funny how in the second episode the guy who keeps talking about fear the one who absorbs it[forgot name] runs as fast as he can the very second sylar shows him his back and leaves the guy behind who gave him "hope"
Default avatar cat
Sep 30, 2008 11:15PM EDT
I'm not sure whether Sylar will turn good or not, but I'm really glad that he is getting a chance because he is definately one of my fav characters. Yeah, it would be pretty fun if he turned good guy and then Claire and Peter turned bad. That would twist the whole plot around ...
Default avatar cat
Sep 30, 2008 8:09PM EDT
Hmm, the only real villain for me is Sylar, lets see what Mrs Petrelli has in petto. Sad to see how a great and promissing show (first season) can be turned into something boring (2nd season) and is now really struggeling to get their punch back. I want to see evil, the dark side of people, I would love for Claire and Peter to turn bad, even if its just a struggle, a inner fight that they win at the end. If Sylar turns out to be a good guy, the show is dead.
Default avatar cat
Sep 30, 2008 6:20PM EDT
It seems weird to not think of Sylar as a villain, but he has shown a subdued side... helping catch the dangerous criminals that escaped. Honestly I like Sylar. He's so... villainous. Waiting to see if he can really be a "good" bad guy. And the Company... where do they stand now that Angela Petrelli's in charge? The line between good and evil is blurred, making the show soo much fun to watch. You never really know what's going to happen next. And of course, Claire is going to find out that her dad is working with Sylar, who recently traumatized her when he took off the top of her head and stole a piece of her brain. And she will lose another little piece of her innocence...
Default avatar cat
Sep 30, 2008 3:56PM EDT
i think that since he craves power he will always truly be evil. but he can be good.but angela petrelli is sort of forcing him to be bad by giving him people with powers to kill you know?
Default avatar cat
Sep 30, 2008 10:53AM EDT
Sylar I believe is just now finding his purpose. With in nature there's always controls, balance. A necessary evil lie within us all. Ok I'm full of it. But I'm liking this direction fo sho.
Default avatar cat
Sep 30, 2008 3:30AM EDT
I think every character has had a personality transplant to fit this convaluted villians theme. Its really ridiculous. I prefered season 2 to 3 so far. At least there was a reasonable character and plot continuation.If this was a brand new show i'd be loving it, so i'll give it a chance. Some of the ideas have potential. Hiro and speedster and Matt in africa are both pretty cool. Liking Tracy too.
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