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Sep. 25, 2006
60 min.
NBC TV Network

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Heroes is a serial saga about people all over the world discovering that they have superpowers and trying to deal with how this change affects their lives. It was one of the most watched shows on television in 2006.

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Adrian Pasdar (born April 30, 1965) in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, but at the age of 2, his father, a ...

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Senator Nathan Petrelli was the son of Arthur and Angela, older brother of Peter and biological father of Claire Bennet. He also had two sons, Simon and Monty by his ex-wife Heidi Petrelli. He had the ability of flight.

Nathan, ambitious, pragmatic and an aspiring politician inspired by his father, sought 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, Nathan resolved 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 attributed his healing to an act of God, and believed evolved humans to be God's servants to His will on Earth. To this end, Nathan accepted the position of Junior Senator of New York, with Tracy Strauss as his aide. After discovering that his parents had injected him with the formula at a young age, Nathan eventually pledged his allegiance to his father's plans to synthetically give people abilities, despite his father's previous attempts to kill Nathan. Unfortunately, these plans failed, so Nathan revealed the existence of evolved humans to the President, like he tried to at the press conference before he was shot. They both agreed to have the government capture them and place them in a facility where no harm could be done. Despite having turned against his own kind, he still tried his best to keep his family members safe, even if it meant risking his own secrets coming out. His biological body was killed by Sylar, who had alre

ady obtained Nathan's form and memories in order to meet and replace the President. However, at Angela's insistence, Matt Parkman questionably used both abilities against Sylar by transferring Nathan's memories and forcing Sylar to believe that he was Nathan. For months, Sylar was living Nathan's life, unaware of his true identity, but "Nathan's" conscience resurfaced, and it seemed that Nathan wasn't willing to go down without a fight.

The two battled for control over the body. After Peter used mental manipulation to help Nathan's conscience regain control one last time, Nathan discovered that Sylar was too powerful for him and tried to throw himself a roof. While hanging onto Peter's arm, he said his goodbyes to Peter before falling, appearing to finally "die", turning back into Sylar just before he crashed into a car below.

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01x20 - Five Years Gone
Season 1, Episode 20
04x10 - Brother's Keeper
Season 4, Episode 10
04x18 - The Wall
Season 4, Episode 18
02x09 - Cautionary Tales
Season 2, Episode 09
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