Sylar is sometimes paralleled to Nosferatu.
Nosferatu is a 1922 silent horror film, formally called Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens ("Nosferatu, a Symphony of Horror" in German). It features Count Orlock, also known as Nosferatu, portrayed by Max Schreck.
The long coat, with felt-trimmed sleeves (as originally worn by Nosferatu), is shown in a painting of Sylar. This is very similar to the costume worn in the 1922 film. Sylar, using his newly-acquired power of precognition creates a painting of a long-clawed president who somewhat resembles Nosferatu.
A clock face adorning the front of Gray and Sons shop matches the styling of a clock shown in the 1922 Nosferatu film.
- In the first draft of the pilot, Sylar was supposed to appear in an Italian prison (In His Own Image). According to Greg Beeman's blog, this version of Sylar was supposed to have long claw-like nails and sharp teeth. He was also supposed to be "way weirder and more monstrous--like Nosferatu."
Sylar wears a long black coat...
Gabriel Gray and...
...Paul E. Sylar both seen with dark coat and black hat...
Sylar's painting features a man with long claws...
Sylar in this Helix Comic cover resembles the gnarly fingered pose...
The entry clock of Gray and Sons...
- Nosferatu on Wikipedia
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