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(II) (2006–2010)


The license plate on Kaito Nakamura's car is NCC-1701. George Takei, who plays Kaito, was Mr. Sulu in the original incarnation of Star Trek (1966) and NCC-1701 is the registry number of the USS Enterprise.
Mr. Bennett's business card has no name, no phone number, and no other contact information. All it says is "www.primatechpaper.com". If you go to the URL, you'll find a rudimentary website for the Primatech Paper company, including a brief company history, a phone number (1-800-PRIMA-16), and an online job application, complete with personality test. As of June 2014 the URL goes to NBC's official Heroes page on NBC.com.
Emma Stone auditioned for the role of Claire Bennet.
The number featured on Primatech Paper's website (1-800-PRIMA16) leads to a rudimentary voice menu for Primatech Paper, including allowing the caller to enter an access number. The option for career info, as well as the corresponding option on the website, states that they are not accepting applications for employment, however.
The casino that Hiro, Ando, Niki and Nathan visit in the early episodes of season one is the Montecito, the fictional casino featured in the NBC TV series Las Vegas (2003). The scene where Hiro and Ando are seen coming down an escalator, having used betting profits from the casino to suit up, pays a very strong homage to a similar scene in the movie Rain Man (1988).
The rotating earth featured in the series logo shows a bright spot just off the Yucatan peninsula of Mexico. That is the site of an asteroid impact widely believed to have caused the extinction of the dinosaurs, which opened the way for the rise of mammals, thus the spot could be a subtle reference to the show's theme of a new evolutionary leap.
A character who has the power of invisibility is named Claude Rains. Actor Claude Rains starred in The Invisible Man (1933).
According to Heroes' creator, Tim Kring, Mr. Bennett has a distinct pair of glasses due to the fact he had very few lines in the beginning of the series, and needed to be recognizable by the audience. Also, Kring said the horn-rimmed glasses were chosen because they had a distinct "early days of the CIA" look.
This series' premise (normal humans begin developing superpowers due to a new genetic mutation) is remarkably similar to that of Marvel Comics' long-running series "X-Men". Stan Lee, co-creator of "X-Men", makes a cameo in season 1, and Ray Park, who played Toad in X-Men (2000), plays season 4 recurring character Edgar. Also, in one episode, the character of Micah receives a set of classic Marvel comics (Silver Surfer, Incredible Hulk, etc); in another, Hiro and Ando visit a comics store and Hiro mentions several Marvel characters such as Spider-Man.
Artist Tim Sale is colorblind.
It was originally intended for Claire's friend Zach eventually to be revealed as gay, and to have his coming out serve as a parallel to Claire's coming to terms with her secret abilities. However, when the manager for Thomas Dekker (the actor who played Zach) discovered that this development was in store for the character, she first insisted that a line identifying Zach as gay be deleted from a script, and then pulled Dekker from the show altogether. Producer and writer Bryan Fuller gave an interview in April 2007 in which he explained that Dekker "was up for the John Connor role in Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (2008) and [the manager] didn't want him playing a gay character because it might affect Fox's interest in hiring him. It got really ugly." Fuller also said that through Zach's last appearances on the show, "in all of our minds, the character was still gay but we couldn't say it explicitly." Several lines remain in the series in which other characters refer to Zach as gay, but it remains ambiguous as to whether they know something the audience doesn't, or are simply making derogatory insinuations.
The characters have biblical names surprisingly often: Peter, Nathan, Gabriel, Adam, Isaac, Noah, Eden, Matt (Matthew), Micah, Lydia, Benjamin, Daniel, Tom (Thomas), Martha, Eli, Simon, Stephen, Ezekiel, Joseph, Rebecca, Samuel, and Luke.
Although no one appears in all 78 episodes, Hayden Panettiere appears in more episodes than any other performer (72, plus in "Villains" briefly through stock footage for a total of 73) and is the only cast member to appear in every episode of more than one season - she appears in every show of season one and season four). The only other regulars to appear throughout one whole season are Sendhil Ramamurthy (in season two) and Robert Knepper (in season four).
The series shares a remarkable number of actors with the "Star Trek" franchise: Cristine Rose (Angela Petrelli / TNG - Gi'rai), Zachary Quinto (Sylar / Star Trek [2009] - Spock), George Takei (Kaito Nakamura / Star Trek - Sulu), Malcolm McDowell (Daniel Linderman / Star Trek Generations - Dr Tolian Soran), Nichelle Nichols (Nana Dawson / Star Trek - Uhura), Michael Dorn (U.S. President / TNG & DS9 - Worf), Dominic Keating (Will / Enterprise - Malcolm Reed), Erick Avari (Chandra Suresh / Enterprise - Jamin, DS9 - Vedek Yarka, TNG - B'ljik), Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa (The Swordsmith / TNG - Bailiff), Thomas Dekker (Zach / Voyager - Henry Burleigh), Colby French (Hank / DS9 - Ensign Weldon), Mark Colson (Mr Zern / Voyager - Dream Alien), Franc Ross (Danny Pine / Enterprise - human), John Prosky (Principal / DS9 - Brathaw), Ronald Guttman (Dr Zimmerman / Voyager - Gath), Ken Lally (The German / Enterprise - Security Officer), Joanna Cassidy (Victoria Pratt / Enterprise - T'Les), Clint Howard (Tom Miller / TOS - Balok, DS9 - Grady, Enterprise - Muk), and Louise Fletcher (Dr. Coolidge / DS9 - Kai Winn). In addition, Roxann Dawson (Voyager - B'Elanna Torres) directed 3 episodes of Heroes.
Adrian Pasdar, who plays Milo Ventimiglia's brother, auditioned to play his father in the proposed Gilmore Girls (2000) spin off. The casting director at the time made the comment that Adrian could pass for Milo's brother because of their strong resemblance.
Artist Tim Sale provides the artwork for Isaac's paintings. He is best known for his work on DC Comics' popular "Batman: The Long Halloween" series, which was used as an inspiration for Batman Begins (2005).
"Kirby Plaza Building" is a tribute to the famous comic book artist, Jack Kirby.
James Kyson originally auditioned for Hiro (Masi Oka's character), but instead got the role of Ando.
Mohinder Suresh is shown to come from (or near) Chennai, which is southern part of India. The name Mohinder is common in Punjab, in the northern part of India. It would be extremely rare for someone from southern India to have this name.
Greg Grunberg (Matt) originally auditioned for the part of Peter Petrelli.
The Pinehurst Company, introduced in season 3 as a rival to Primatech Paper ("The Company"), has a fake website at www.pinehearstresearch.com.
The premiere episode on NBC attracted 14.3 million viewers overall and received the highest rating for any NBC drama premiere in five years.
The Haitian's motivation behind helping Angela Petrelli, he claims stems from her aid which she gave him years prior. Throughout the show, it is never revealed what exactly Angela did for him.
In a recent interview (july 2013), Bryan Fuller revealed that the writers' room worked with independent story lines, meaning that particular writers wrote for specific characters and not the usual way with the whole room writing for each character. For example, Fuller said he wrote for Claire and Noah Bennet.
Hayden Panettiere (Claire Bennet) and Danielle Savre (Jackie Wilcox) previously appeared together as cheerleaders in Bring It On: All or Nothing (2006).
Each bilingual character that tried to speak with the Haitian in his native language spoke to him in French. The common language in Haïti is Creole, which is based on the French language. However, all educated Haitians speak French, and the language is used in the business sector, in ceremonial events, and for education.
The algorithm in Dr. Chandra Suresh's computer, as it scrolls horizontally, presents gaps in the shape of the helix symbol that appears throughout the series (the tattoo on the shoulder of Niki Sanders [when possessed by Jessica], the pendant that the Haitian wears, on the hilt of the sword used by Kinsei/Adam and Hiro, etc).
Angela Petrelli is named after Angela Lansbury. The character was inspired by Lansbury's role as Mrs. Iselin in The Manchurian Candidate (1962).
Mr. Muggle's (the dog's) real name is Lestat.
Tawny Cypress (Simone) originally auditioned for the role of Ali Larter's character (Niki).
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Major sponsors for the show include Sprint (all cellphones in the show, several prominent logo placements, and a direct mention by prophet Usutu ["bad coverage... should have gone with Sprint"]) and Nissan (numerous vehicles, including one that Hiro and Ando repeatedly point out is a Nissan Versa).
The box holding the Kensei sword has the number CRM-114. In Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964), the CRM-114 was the machine used to decode messages.
In the German dubbed version the passages where a foreign language is spoken (i.e. Hiro and Ando speaking Japanese, Maya and Alejandro speaking Spanish) were not subtitled (as in the original version) but instead dubbed, too.
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The type of watch Hiro has is "the Connect" made by Nixon Watches.
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William Katt, who starred as a reluctant superhero in The Greatest American Hero (1981), has done voiceover work for several superhero animated shows, and has his own comics imprint, appears as a reporter in season 3.
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In the third season the Luigi Bormioli produced drinking glass "Strauss" are used for bourbon and whiskey in several scenes. In one scene a character demonstrates her ability by freezing one of these glasses with content. The character that does this is called "Tracy Strauss".
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The Bennets' address is 9 Juniper Lane.
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Former Miss Universe Riyo Mori auditioned for the role of Yaeko.
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