|Portrayed by||Masi Oka, |
Sekai Murashige (in 1990),
Garrett Masuda (in 1992),
Mikey Kawata (in 1995)
|Known ability||Space-time manipulation (lost)|
|Formal name||中村広, Nakamura Hiro|
|Aliases||Takezo Kensei, |
Hiro the Magnificent,
The Chinese guy,
The Japanese guy,
The Master of Time and Space,
The Former Master of Time and Space
|Place of birth||Osaka, Japan|
|Home||Odessa, TX, |
formerly Tokyo, Japan,
formerly New York, NY
|Residences||A home in Odessa, |
formerly a penthouse apartment at the top of the Deveaux building,
formerly a home in Tokyo,
formerly a small apartment in Tokyo,
formerly a very small apartment in Midland
|Occupations||former CEO of Yamagato Industries, |
part time magician,
former Agent of Pinehearst Company,
former Yamagato computer programmer
|Significant others||Anne Clark, |
formerly Charlie Andrews,
|Parents||Kaito Nakamura (deceased), |
Ishi Nakamura (deceased)
|Grandparents||Hiro's grandmother, |
|Child||Tommy Clark (adopted)|
|Sibling||Kimiko Nakamura (older sister)|
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Hiro Nakamura (中村広, Nakamura Hiro) is the CEO of Yamagato Industries and the former managing partner of Erica Kravid. Hiro was initially a lowly office drone, but when his ability manifested in 2006 he embarked on a quest to save the world with his friend and co-worker, Ando. During his adventures Hiro discovered that there were others like him with powers, his own father Kaito and childhood hero Takezo Kensei included. Over the years, Hiro learned from his successes and mistakes and decided to step up to the role of CEO, abandoning the use of his powers in favor of the more grounded duty of managing his late father's company. When Hiro rejected Hachiro Otomo's plea to send things into the future for him, Hiro was trapped in a videogame, but was later freed by Miko Otomo. Hiro has since decided to use his powers to help Noah Bennet in the fight against his former partner Erica Kravid. After losing his ability a second time, Hiro raised Tommy Clark himself before apparently sacrificing himself to hold off M. F. Harris. Hiro is an evolved human with the ability to bend time and space.
- 1 About
- 2 Character History
- 3 Heroes Evolutions
- 4 Evolved Human Abilities
- 5 Heroes Reborn App
- 6 Equipment
- 7 Memorable Quotes
- 8 Notes
- 9 Trivia
- 10 See Also
- 11 Fan Theories
Bored with the monotony and conformity of his job as a salaried employee, Hiro Nakamura turns to his love of science fiction and fantasy as an escape. A bit of a dreamer, Hiro loves the idea of possessing powers, but the reality of it all becomes more than what he expected. Initially a happy-go-lucky fellow with an innocent view of adventure, Hiro's experiences force him to become more serious and determined. Hiro possesses a very strong sense of purpose and a solid moral foundation, and the events of the series only strengthen them. Dying from a brain tumor, Hiro has decided to use his restored time travel power to fix past mistakes and make life better for others around him.
For an episode-by-episode summary, see Hiro Nakamura: Season One History.
Hiro works at Yamagato Industries when his power manifests. He tries convincing his friend, Ando, but fails. Growing tired of Japan, he teleports to New York, only to be five weeks in the future. Collecting 9th Wonders! and seeing Isaac's dead body, he escapes an explosion and returns to the present. He convinces Ando of his ability, and they travel to Las Vegas. After cheating at gambling, the friends part ways after an argument, and Hiro meets Nathan in a diner, telling him about the future. Returning to Las Vegas and meeting with Ando, they end up helping the high roller they cheated until he is killed. They then help D.L. save a woman, and reach the Burnt Toast Diner, where Hiro hits it off with a waitress. She is soon killed, and Hiro time travels to save her.
He arrives six months in the past, and continually tries to tell Charlie of her impending fate. However, he falls in love with her, and visa versa, and Hiro proves his power by folding 1,000 origami cranes. They prepare to leave for Japan, when they lean in for a kiss - only for Hiro to appear on the rooftop of Yamagato Industries.
He returns to the Diner, and thinks he has failed in his task when the cheerleader Peter told him about is believed to have been killed. They meet with Isaac, and he paints Hiro facing a dinosaur. Hiro vows to get the sword, and goes to the Museum of Natural History with Ando. Finding his power rapidly diminishing over two weeks, Hiro finds the sword is owned by the Linderman Group and gets help from both Nathan and Simone to find it.
However, his father and sister try to stop him, but Hiro overcomes this. He and Ando reach Las Vegas once more, where they are further sidetracked when Ando decides to help Hope--a criminal who is using them. Afterward, Hiro tells Ando to return to Japan, and goes to the Corinthian Casino himself. Tricking the curator, he gets the sword with a returning Ando's help, and travel to the future, where they meet with Hiro's future self. He is caught by Future Matt, and is consistently attacked for information. He is almost killed, but Future Mohinder saves him, and he meets with Ando, Future Hiro and Future Peter. Hiro and Ando return to the present day.
Returning to Isaac's loft, they find Isaac's body, as Sylar hears them. They escape, and continue following him, watching his home life and his visit with his mother. Hiro almost kills him, but escapes when Sylar gets the upper hand by breaking Hiro's sword. Hiro and Ando go to Jittetsu Arms, where Hiro trains with his father - only to find that Ando has left to fight Sylar. Hiro saves Ando from Sylar, and drops him off at Japan. He returns to Kirby Plaza, and stabs Sylar. Before he can kill Peter, Sylar throws Hiro at a building--causing him to appear outside Kyoto, Japan in 1671 between Whitebeard and Kensei as an eclipse occurs.
For an episode-by-episode summary, see Hiro Nakamura: Season Two History.
Hiro lands in feudal Japan in between a battle between Whitebeard and his men against Takezo Kensei. He freezes time and teleports Kensei away from arrows, only to find the man is not Kensei. After the man runs away, Hiro his held at crossbow-point by the real Kensei, who is a white, Englishman. Hiro finds that Kensei is special, and can heal his wounds. Hiro attempts to make Kensei into the legend he was told as a child, but finds the task challenging. The two help Yaeko find her father and battle Whitebeard.
During their adventures, Hiro writes on scrolls and stores them in the hilt of Kensei's sword. Hiro falls in love with Yaeko, and she loves Hiro when disguised as Kensei. Conflict brews between Hiro and Kensei when he sees Yaeko kiss Hiro after they save the swordsmith. Hiro and Yaeko are kidnapped by Kensei, who turns them over to Whitebeard so he can lead Whitebeard's army to conquer Japan. Hiro escapes and tries to destroy Whitebeard's cache of guns, which would make conquering Japan easy. While trying to destroy the guns, Kensei fights Hiro, and the tent explodes just after Hiro teleports away. Hiro later finds a charred body, then teleports to the present, when Ando tells him that Kaito was murdered.
At Kaito's funeral, Hiro refuses to eulogize his father, and teleports to the day Kaito was killed. On a rooftop, Hiro tells his father that he is going to be killed, but Kaito accepts his death. Disappointed, Hiro takes his father back in time to when his mother was buried, but while there, Hiro realizes that he cannot prevent death. Instead, he teleports his father back to the rooftop and waits to see who kills him. While time is frozen, he sees that Kensei killed his father.
Hiro and Ando go through Company files and Hiro finds a picture from 1977 with his father and Kensei, who goes by the name Adam Monroe. Hiro teleports in time to find that Adam tried to release the Shanti virus to wipe out humanity. Hiro teleports to the present, only to tell Ando he is going to Texas to stop Adam. Hiro stops time and finds Adam with Peter, who isn't frozen with everyone else. Hiro tells Peter he will avenge Kaito's death, and draws his sword. Peter, however, threatens Hiro and shocks him, unfreezing time. Adam sees Hiro and comments that they must move fast. Hiro, defeated, walks outside, but finds Nathan and Matt. Together, they go to stop Peter and Adam before they can get the virus, but Peter stops Hiro again. While Matt and Nathan deal with Peter, Hiro goes into the Company vault to stop Adam. Hiro teleports Adam away, where he is buried in a coffin in Japan. Hiro returns to Yamagato Industries, where he joins Ando.
For an episode-by-episode summary, see Hiro Nakamura: Season Three History.
Now CEO of Yamagato Industries, Hiro and Ando view a video message left behind by Kaito. Kaito informs Hiro of a sacred duty to protect the formula, but Hiro quickly fails this task when Daphne Millbrook steals it from him by using her super speed. Hiro travels to the future to see the consequences of his failure and learns that Ando is a villain. This causes tension between the two friends and ultimately leads them to be captured by The Haitian while attempting to recover the formula.
Instead of being held prisoner, they are recruited by Angela Petrelli, who gets them to dig up Hiro's arch enemy, Adam Monroe. Adam takes Hiro and Ando to a "special's" bar, where the pair lose him. Suffering yet another defeat, Hiro and Ando are approached by Daphne and Knox, who offer them jobs at Pinehearst. Hiro "fake kills" Ando and when the coast is clear, the two of them teleport to Africa to find the precog. They meet with Usutu, who gets Hiro to go on a spirit walk to learn how to stop Pinehearst. After awakening from his dream, Hiro is attacked by Arthur Petrelli, who makes him believe he is ten.
Under the supervision of Ando, Hiro relearns how to use his powers and the two of them meet up with Matt Parkman and Daphne to try and restore his memories. Hiro, after reading a 9th Wonders! comic, teleports back in time to meet with his mother, Ishi, who restores his memories and gives him the Catalyst. Unfortunately, Hiro's powers are stolen and he is trapped in the past. Through the combined efforts of Daphne and Ando, Hiro is rescued and destroys the formula.
Two months later, Hiro tries to get Ando to embrace a life as a super hero. He is quickly captured by the American government and becomes a fugitive. After seeing a precognitive painting made by Matt, Hiro and Ando travel to India, where Hiro learns that he does not need powers to be a hero. The two friends are contacted by Rebel, who gives them the mission to save Matt Parkman. Hiro and Ando soon discover that the Matt they have to save is in fact Matt Parkman Jr., the infant child of Matt Parkman Sr. During an attack from the government, baby Matt partially restores Hiro's powers.
Hiro and Ando rescue the baby from being captured by agents and begin a cross country journey to return him to his father. After doing so, Hiro and Ando team up to bring down Building 26. Before doing so, the friends discover that stopping time has several ill effects on Hiro's health. The two of them try to overcome this and manage to free all of the prisoners within the building. Working together, they capture all of the agents and successfully sedate Danko. While at the funeral of "Sylar", Hiro confesses to Ando that he is not okay and needs help with his powers.
After the fall of Building 26, Hiro and Ando are searching for guidance. They go to Claire and meet Rachel Mills. Together, Hiro, Ando and Rachel help Claire save Alethea Thorn and Magdalena Muller, making Hiro discover that helping people with his powers is his new path.
For an episode-by-episode summary, see Hiro Nakamura: Season Four History.
Back in Japan, Hiro and Ando have started a new business called "Dial-A-Hero", with the purpose of helping local people in need. After Hiro uses his ability to save a falling Ando, it backfires, freezing him instead of everything else. When Hiro wakes up, he reveals to Ando that he is dying. He then accidentally teleports back fourteen years to when he, Ando and Kimiko visited the Sullivan Bros. Carnival in Tokyo. There, he meets Samuel, who convinces Hiro that he can use his powers to change small events in the timeline without negative consequences. To demonstrate this, Samuel pushes the adult Hiro in front of a slushy that originally landed on Kimiko, meaning that, because Kimiko never had a reason to dislike Ando, the two would fall in love and get engaged. Hiro becomes convinced that it is his mission to fix all the mistakes he has made in his life before he dies. After returning to the present and saving Tadashi, Hiro unexpectedly teleports to Peter's apartment in Manhattan and collapses. Hiro spends the next few days in a hospital, but vanishes back to the past again when he realizes that he has left Charlie off his bucket list.
On October 10, 2006, the Hiro from 2009 tries a new approach to saving Charlie. He meets with Sylar, and tells him that he will tell him what happens to him in the future if he uses intuitive aptitude and telekinesis to remove the aneurysm in Charlie's brain. Sylar agrees and saves the dying Charlie, so Hiro tells Sylar that he will die alone and leaves him to continue on his journey. However, before Hiro can bring Charlie to the present, she is taken away by Arnold and hidden somewhere in time. Samuel uses the knowledge of Charlie's whereabouts to blackmail Hiro into working for him. Hiro's first errand for Samuel is saving a Coyote Sands film from destruction and Mohinder Suresh from death eight weeks prior. Hiro completes his task, gives the film to Samuel, and puts Mohinder in a psychiatric hospital. When Lydia comes to Hiro to seek his help in finding out what really happened to Joseph, Hiro teleports them both back in time, where they witness Joseph's death firsthand. Returning to the present, Hiro threatens Samuel with the truth, so Samuel has Damien scramble Hiro's mind into a sort of "fanboy soup".
The mind-scrambled Hiro returns to Japan, where he tells Ando that they must rescue "Dr. Watson". Ando works out what he means, and the two rescue Mohinder from the hospital. Seeing Hiro's confused state, Mohinder recommends that Ando uses his ability on Hiro as a form of electroshock therapy. It is a success, and Hiro begins to speak coherently. Unfortunately, his brain tumor is still worsening, and he is rushed into surgery to have the tumor removed. The operation is a success, and Hiro is cured. Before leaving the hospital, he meets an older Charlie, who he discovers has led a full life of her own since Arnold took her to 1944. They say their farewells, and Hiro teleports himself and Ando to the Sullivan Bros. Carnival at Noah's request. Once there, Ando supercharges Hiro, enabling him to teleport all of Samuel's carnies away, removing the source of his power. Hiro and Ando return to the carnival after Samuel's arrest, where they walk away and decide that it is time go to home.
When Noah forces Norris to show him security footage of himself at the hospital on June 13th, he sees that time keeps skipping back and forth in one room he was in. He assumes that the temporal anomaly was caused by Hiro. When Noah tells Quentin what he saw in the footage, Quentin comes to the same conclusion.
Noah eventually gets Harris to lead him to the facility where Hiro is trapped in the video game Evernow. Noah and Ren learn that Miko Otomo can only release Hiro by sacrificing herself. Hiro is eventually rescued by Miko using the Kensei sword as a key. Hiro emerges from Evernow in time to freeze time around Noah and save his life as he's about to be shot. Hiro greets Noah, who asks Hiro to take him back to June 13th, 2014 to change history. Hiro is reluctant, but decides that Erica Kravid used him to bend time to her own purposes when she imprisoned him, so he agrees. Hiro teleports away with Noah, asking him not to step on any butterflies.
At the Odessa Summit, Hiro and Noah appear and walk towards the building.
At the Odessa Unity Summit on June 13th, 2014, Noah tells Hiro what is about to happen, including the bombing of the summit and the death of Claire. Hiro insists that they must find the smallest thread to pull that will result in a more positive outcome without changing too much of established history. Meanwhile in Tokyo, the 2014 version of Hiro is visited in his office at Yamagato Tower by Hachiro Otomo. Hachiro asks Hiro to use his ability to help Renautas with their plans to send things to the future, but when Hiro refuses, Hachiro traps him in Evernow and leaves.
Back at the summit, 2015 Hiro and Noah hide behind a bookcase and hear Erica order Noah's past self locked away. When they leave, Hiro and Noah are approached by Angela Petrelli, who tells them that Claire has been admitted to St. Jude's Hospital. Hiro tells Noah that they should split up; Noah should go to find Claire while he stays behind and stop the bombs. Noah agrees, and Hiro teleports to the summit's underground car park in search of the bombs. There he finds a Harris clone taunting the restrained Mohinder. Hiro kills the clone and frees Mohinder, but they soon discover that there are many more. Hiro briefly fights two of the other clones, but decides to teleport to several alternate futures mid-battle to see what the various outcomes of the battle would be. Hiro discovers that if he stops the bombing, something worse would always happen in the future as a result. He teleports to St. Jude's Hospital to tell Noah what he has learned. Noah agrees to be taken back to the present, but Hiro finds that his power is being disrupted and that they cannot leave. Moments later, the bombs are detonated and the summit is destroyed.
Hiro and Noah return to Angela, and Noah tries to persuade Hiro to go back in time and try again. Hiro refuses, saying that "fate is fate". Instead, Noah and Angela come up with a plan to hide Claire's newborn children Nathan and Malina fifteen years in the past, so that they will have time to grow and develop their abilities to prevent the coming H.E.L.E. event. Hiro is initially unsure, but Angela persuades him by telling him that her prophetic dreams are fate. Hiro gives in and takes Nathan, Malina, and Angela to 1999, but not before telling Noah that he will be back.
Meanwhile, Hachiro Otomo watches a news report that states that Hiro Nakamura is dead. Hachiro is confused, since he was sure that he trapped Hiro in the Eternal Fortress.
Hiro arrives in 1999 with Angela, Nathan and Malina, however he took them to Odessa instead of Angela's chateau in Geneva as he was supposed to. Hiro attempts to teleport them there, but finds his power doesn't work. Angela realizes that like his great-grandfather and uncle, Nathan has the ability to steal powers and has taken Claire's, resulting in her death and Hiro's, stranding him in the past. Angela realizes that they need to keep the children separate to keep Nathan from taking his sister's powers and she goes off on her own, warning Hiro not to encounter his past or future selves.
In 2014, Noah goes looking for Hiro with the help of Molly Walker who is able to detect his power in Odessa, but not Hiro himself. Molly leads Noah to a house where an aged Hiro greets them and introduces Noah to his grandson, having married Anne Clark and raised Nathan himself. Hiro explains that Nathan's power is to take the abilities of other evos, but he can only keep one at a time. He still possesses Hiro's power so Nathan can return Noah to his own time, having been trained in the use of his powers by Hiro. M. F. Harris interrupts them and takes Nathan hostage, but Nathan teleports Harris across the room, allowing Noah to kill him. Nathan then takes Noah to see Angela and Malina.
Upon Noah and Nathan's return, Hiro coaches Nathan in using his power to return Noah to his own time. After Nathan succeeds, several Harris clones arrive. Seeing them, Hiro orders his son to take Anne and Caspar to safety while he holds off Harris. Nathan reluctantly teleports away with the other two after Hiro says goodbye to his wife and gives Nathan the 9th Wonders! comic that helped Hiro learn his destiny in hopes it can help Nathan too someday. Hiro then draws two swords, tells the Harris clones he has been waiting for this for a long time and attacks them.
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When discussing how Tommy can save the world, Anne tells him that Hiro was amazed by Tommy's abilities and said that Tommy was capable of much more than he was. Anne also tells Tommy about Hiro telling her that there are many possible futures.
After escaping Evernow with Ren Shimosawa's help, Tommy realizes he can split himself in two despite Erica Kravid telling him that not even Hiro could do that. Tommy tells Erica that Hiro trained him all his life to stop the H.E.L.E. and he freezes time and successfully splits himself in two.
After rescuing Noah Bennet, Tommy tells Noah that he tried to stop the H.E.L.E. "a thousand times" but failed so he did what Hiro taught him and followed the "tinniest thread, the smallest butterfly" which led him to Noah who he realized held the key to stopping the H.E.L.E.
Immediately after Claire exposes the existence of evos to the world, Noah approaches Hiro and Ando and tells them that they have to leave the carnival. Hiro agrees, but tells him that not all of the carnies he teleported away will keep quiet about how they escaped. Realizing that there is nothing they can do to stop Claire's actions, Hiro joins hands with Ando, Noah, Lauren, Peter, and Sylar, and teleports them away.
Hiro discovers he has the ability to actually affect the space-time continuum, slowing time down to such a point it seems as if it is stopped with sheer power of will. The first noted occurrence is when Hiro supposedly made a subway train late using this power. This is especially notable because a Japanese train being late at all is an extremely unlikely event. Later, he theorizes that he may soon be able to teleport by bending the space part of the continuum. Although this isn't seen, he does seem to teleport from the seating area of a Karaoke bar to a ladies' bathroom on a dare (said in jest) by Ando. While he is on a train he stares at a poster of New York, accidentally teleporting himself to Times Square. However, at the same time he unintentionally moves five weeks into the future. Later, when an explosion threatens his life, he is able to teleport back to Japan, landing at the exact time and place of his original departure.
Although being able to teleport and time travel great lengths at once, Hiro apparently had little control over how much time elapses when he teleports. This shows that, without further honing of his powers, he may not be able to teleport great distances without also traveling in time. He has also frozen time relative to himself. He was able to keep time frozen long enough to fold one thousand paper cranes. (Six Months Ago)
Hiro's rules of time travel haven't yet been explicitly defined. Whether he changes time just by traveling, or whether it's more of a ripple effect is not known.
It should be noted that it appears Hiro's time-traveling powers may not supersede the principles of the self-consistency theory. This essentially states that a time traveler cannot alter history in such a way that he would cause a paradox to occur; rather, the events would self-correct. However, it seems Hiro's powers are controlled by "fate", as not only were his powers disabled at one point, but he traveled in both time and space against his will. This appears to be contradictory to Future Hiro's statement that he risked creating a "rift", as well as his existence being proof that he is trying to prevent the catastrophe.
Hiro's ability was stolen by Arthur Petrelli in 1991, who had time traveled back from 2007 using the same power gained by his son. Arthur died after his return to 2007; leaving present-day Hiro trapped in the past before he was rescued by Ando and Daphne.
Hiro claimed his trip to India was the key to regaining his lost powers, however, it turned out that his destiny was to be a hero without powers.
Hiro has regained his ability thanks to Matt Parkman Jr.'s ability. He used his restored time-stopping abilities to escape Danko's team as they were trying to capture him, Ando and the baby. During the escape, he tried to use the teleportation aspect of his ability, but could not. He later stated that he could not time travel. Hiro had also demonstrated that using his ability too much caused some kind of adverse effect. He had a terrible headache and his nose began to bleed after stopping time at least four times in less than five hours. Hiro also discovered the ability to keep others "unfrozen" with him by touching them as he freezes time. (I Am Sylar). Mohinder Suresh, after examining Hiro, said he thought that Hiro's body was rejecting his ability like a virus, and further use of it could be extremely dangerous. Hiro was diagnosed with a brain tumor that was causing him to die. He has since demonstrated the time travel and teleportation aspects of his ability accidentally (Orientation). He did not possess control over these restored parts of his ability, using them just on reflex (Orientation, Jump, Push, Fall). Hiro said that destiny is doing this and that time and space are now the master of him (Tabula Rasa). In addition to headaches and nosebleeds, Hiro also sometimes remained frozen in time while the rest of the world stays unfrozen. He also saw the past in this condition once, and then traveled there accidentally (Orientation).
After a lot of effort, Hiro was able to time travel and teleport at will, but couldn't control it completely. He was able to teleport to the carnival with Samuel in anger, but later needed a couple of tries to get back to the right time to save Mohinder: the first time he tried he landed ten minutes too late but got it right the second time. He also seemed to have displayed at will teleportation as he trapped Mohinder in a mental hospital in Florida (Once Upon a Time in Texas, Brother's Keeper). After having his brain scrambled by Damian, Hiro was incapable of willfully using his powers. Once his mind was fixed by Ando, Hiro was instantly able to teleport at will with no apparent problems, taking Ando and Mohinder Suresh with him to Noah Bennet's apartment. This was also the first time since regaining his ability that he has taken more than one person with him. (Close to You)
After Hiro's brain tumor was removed, he regained full control over his powers and tested it out by rewinding time for himself by ten seconds. He is later able to teleport himself and Ando to the Carnival in Central Park with no problems or health issues. At the Carnival, Hiro is able to teleport all of the carnies an unknown distance despite there being dozens of them by having everyone hold hands with each other and Ando supercharging him at the same time, giving Hiro the boost he needed to teleport that many people. (Brave New World)
At the Odessa Unity Summit, Hiro freezes time to find out what will happen if he stops M. F. Harris bombing the summit. Hiro is shown teleporting within close proximity within seconds of each other before finally stopping and teleporting away for good. He later tells Noah that he discovered he can't change this event as there are too many bombs and has seen that any attempt to do so will result in a worse future, indicating that he is now able to reverse the changes he makes to the timeline. Hiro tells Noah that he can't change fate, even with his abilities. (June 13th, Part One)
After arriving in 1999, Hiro loses his powers for a second time to Tommy Clark. Even without his abilities, he was able to train Tommy in the use of them to the point that Tommy could send Noah through time and space without sending himself with Hiro's direction, indicating Hiro may have learned that aspect of his ability himself before losing it. (June 13th, Part Two)
In 9972, Erica Kravid tells Tommy Clark that even Hiro himself couldn't split himself in two with his powers. Despite having Hiro's exact powers, Tommy is able to perform this feat, something he attributes to Hiro training him all of his life with his powers and "an eternity" in the Eternal Fortress to practice. (Project Reborn)
When changing the H.E.L.E., Tommy tells Noah Bennet that Hiro taught him that when using Hiro's powers to change time, one must follow "the tinniest thread, the smallest butterfly" to find the key to successfully changing events. (Project Reborn) Hiro told Noah something similar at the Odessa Unity Summit, telling him that they had to find "the smallest thread to pull", the one that would unravel the least. (June 13th, Part One)
- Ability: space-time manipulation
- As if a character in one of his beloved comic books, Hiro discovers he can bend space and time. (Genesis)
- Hiro and his best friend Ando save a schoolgirl, as foretold in one of Isaac Mendez's paintings. (One Giant Leap)
- Hiro pursues his destiny as a superhero. (Nothing to Hide)
- Future Hiro visits Peter Petrelli with an important message about young Claire Bennet. (Hiros)
- Hiro is charmed by Charlie, a waitress whose super-memory makes her a target for serial killer Sylar. (Seven Minutes to Midnight)
- A hopeless romantic, Hiro will do anything for Charlie. (Six Months Ago)
- But Charlie has a deep secret to share with Hiro. (Six Months Ago)
- Hiro's father, Kaito Nakamura, trains his son for his place in history. (Landslide)
- Hiro channels his inner warrior to stop Sylar at Kirby Plaza. (How to Stop an Exploding Man)
- Hiro's next quest takes him to Japan in 1671. (Four Months Later...)
- Hiro encounters the legendary warrior Takezo Kensei, also known as Adam Monroe. (Four Months Later...)
- Looking to uphold Kensei's legend, Hiro steps in to defend a princess. (Lizards)
- Tempting the hand of fate, Hiro kisses his princess. (The Line)
- Driven by love, Hiro betrays Kensei, altering the course of history. (The Line)
- A showdown with Kensei becomes inevitable. (Out of Time)
- Back in modern times, Hiro teleports to the scene of his father's death. (Cautionary Tales)
- Learning of Adam's plans to wipe out humanity with a deadly virus, Hiro again rises to the challenge. (Powerless)
- Looking to prevent Adam from hurting anyone else, Hiro banishes him indefinitely. (Powerless)
- Hiro receives a message from his departed father. (The Second Coming)
- Hiro sees a terrible future, a world where powers are everywhere and his friend Ando betrays him. (The Second Coming)
- As she lies dying, Hiro's mother gives an eternal gift to her son. (Our Father)
- Sensing the disaster of powers run amok, Hiro time travels to destroy the formula. (Dual)
- Hiro needs to bring Ando into the time-traveler's club. (I Am Sylar)
- Hiro discovers that his time-traveling quests are taking a toll. (An Invisible Thread)
- Hoping to save Charlie, Hiro enlists an unlikely ally, serial killer Sylar. (Once Upon a Time in Texas)
- Evil carnival master Samuel Sullivan disrupts Hiro and Charlie's love affair. (Once Upon a Time in Texas)
- Hiro and Ando rescue Suresh from a mental hospital. (Close to You)
- Hiro discovers what happened to his beloved Charlie. (Brave New World)
- Like a true superhero, Hiro arrives at the carnival just in time to help avert a disaster. (Brave New World)
- Entire 9th Wonders! comic series--bought at Sam's Comics in Lawrence, KS.
- 9th Wonders!, Issue #1--bought at Sam's Comics in Lawrence, KS, used to show Claire the conversation between Bennet and Kaito.
- 9th Wonders!, Issue #14--brought back from the future.
- 9th Wonders!, Issue #16--bought at Sam's Comics in Tokyo.
- 9th Wonders!, Final Issue--given to him by Mohinder five years in the future.
- Ando's sword--used to stab Sylar
- Charlie's name tag--all that was left from Charlie in Sullivan Bros. Carnival.
- Genetic modification formula--half inherited from Kaito, other half taken to destroy both halves
- Hiro and the Dinosaur painting--delivered to Mr. Linderman to gain access to Linderman's archives
- Nissan Versa--rented by Hiro and Ando at LAX
- Takezo Kensei's armor--used to impersonate Kensei
- Takezo Kensei's sword--once believed by Hiro to focus his powers; stolen from the Linderman archives
"Fine. Stay here. Be just like everyone else. I wanna boldly go where no man has gone before."
"Yatta! Hello, New York!"
- - Hiro (Genesis)
"I know. You have shown me what bravery is."
- - Hiro, Ando (How to Stop an Exploding Man)
"We have changed. We are bad-asses now!"
"Pigeon, help me."
"Sorry, I got plans for this little piece of paper, Pikachu."
"Pikachu?! Excuse me!"
"Don't worry, baby Matt Parkman! We will make you big again."
"Pay back is very bitchy."
"It's good to be back."
"What? Surprised to see me?"
"I've been waiting fifteen years to finish this."
- Hiro is named after Hiroshima, so that his family will always remember the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki (The Crane). Tim Kring has been quoted as saying, "It's no coincidence we named him Hiro... he truly is on a hero's quest." To this end, his name is often used as a pun. His co-worker Ando once called him "Super-Hiro" in jest, which is actually similar to the Japanese word for superhero: スーパーヒーロー (sūpāhīrō), and the fifth episode is entitled Hiros.
- Hiro's wallet contains a membership card for the Merry Marvel Marching Society, a Marvel Comics fan club which has not distributed membership cards since the 1970s. (Don't Look Back)
- Hiro is on the list.
- When explaining to Ando where he got the idea of time not being an straight line, Hiro mistakenly cites X-Men, Issue #143 as the issue where Kitty Pryde travels back in time from a dark future. In fact, it happened in Uncanny X-Men, Issue #141, in the famous "Days of Future Past" storyline. However, Issue #143 does focus on Kitty Pryde's evolution as a super-hero. (Genesis)
- Hiro is a big fan of the Japanese anime and manga JoJo's Bizarre Adventure. In his blog, he states that he wants to "be like JoJo and Vaan and go on adventures". One of his powers includes time manipulation, a gift shared with JoJo characters Jotaro Kujo and Dio Brando. Vaan is the character the player takes the role of in Final Fantasy XII.
- His favorite video games are Chrono Trigger and Final Fantasy (games that dealt with the manipulation of time), according to his blog.
- As confessed in his blog, Hiro is also a fan of Mirai Trunks, a time traveler from the manga and anime Dragon Ball Z. When "Future Hiro" visits Peter, it is a very similar encounter to the first encounter of Future Trunks with Son Goku, including Hiro's sword and Trunks's sword. (Hiros)
- Takezo Kensei's nickname for Hiro is "carp," a reference to the fact Hiro's face "looks like a fish" when he speaks.
- According to his family's Pinehearst file, Hiro weighs 145 lbs.
- There is some discrepancy to Hiro's age. According to a 2006 post on Hiro's blog, he is 24, making him born in 1982. In 2007, Hiro thinks he is ten years old, and Ando tells him he is 28, making him born in 1979 (It's Coming).
- Hiro can speak Japanese (Genesis), English (Nothing to Hide), and at least a few words of Spanish (Upon This Rock).
- Hiro has no brothers. ("My Father" post on Hiro's blog)
- Hiro is a programmer with a level 3 security clearance. His ID number is 651283461132, and he is referred to as "a lowly office drone". (The Crane)
- Hiro's blog refers to Charlie saying, "Charlie wasn't my Marle, she was my Gwen Stacy." Marle refers to the character from a video game called Chrono Trigger, which follows a group of adventurers who are accidentally propelled through time. Gwen Stacy is the first true love of Spider-Man; she was killed by the Green Goblin, and was pivotal (and controversial) to the Spider-Man stories.
- According to the novel Saving Charlie, Hiro was still a virgin at age 24. (Chapter 2)
- According to the novel Saving Charlie, Hiro doesn't drive. (Chapter 2)
- The senior vice president of the design division at Nissan Motor Co. is named Shiro Nakamura. Nissan is a prominent sponsor of Heroes.
- Prior to The Kindness of Strangers, Hiro had appeared in every episode. (It should be noted that in Company Man, he was played by Garrett Masuda; Masi Oka did not appear.)
- Hiro's given name in kanji is probably 広, coming from the kanji for Hiroshima, 広島. His family name in kanji is the common form of Nakamura, 中村 as seen in Cautionary Tales.
- In early versions of the script, Hiro's name was originally Hiro Tanaka.
- According to the official site for the Season One DVD, Hiro's AIM screen name is yattaimhiro.
- Hiro Nakamura is the name of a game and map designer for various Pokémon games, starting with Red and Blue.
- In Genesis, Ando jokingly asks Hiro if he will join the circus with his new-found powers. In Season Four, Samuel forced Hiro to join the carnival for a time.
- According to Hiro's Pinehearst file found at the Quarry, Hiro's Social Security number starts with 656-01-XXXX.
- For other uses of Hiro, see Hiro (disambig).
- For Hiro Nakamura's history in the "explosion future", see Hiro Nakamura (explosion future).
- For Hiro Nakamura's history in the "exposed future", see Hiro Nakamura (exposed future).
- For images of Hiro, see Images of Hiro Nakamura.
- For articles related to Hiro, see Related Articles:Hiro.
- For information about Hiro's weblog, see Hiro's blog.
Please refer to Theory:Hiro Nakamura for fan-created theories and other speculation.