|Portrayed by||Robert Knepper, |
Julian De La Celle (young Samuel)
Evil Butterfly Man,
|Date of birth||March 5, 1961|
|Place of birth||Coyote Sands, AZ|
|Home||formerly Coyote Sands, AZ, |
formerly New York, NY
|Residences||Sullivan Bros. Carnival, |
formerly Coyote Sands,
formerly a carriage house in New York City, NY
|Significant other||formerly Vanessa Wheeler|
|Parents||Unnamed father, |
|Sibling||Joseph Sullivan (deceased)|
Samuel Sullivan is the head of a carnival ring, working with other evolved humans. He refers to his carnival as his family and has recently decided to come out of hiding after killing his older brother. Having lived an early life of service, Samuel feels liberated by the world of abilities and the family he has made. With the goal to create a new home for everyone with abilities, Samuel's actual intentions were to create the fantasy life that his true love Vanessa Wheeler always wanted. Upon being rejected by Vanessa, Samuel made the decision that he will no longer hide or live by the outside world's rules. Samuel is an evolved human with the ability to manipulate geological materials such as dirt and rocks. Samuel is also able to amplify his power when surrounded by other people with abilities. After being defeated by Peter, he has now been arrested.
For an episode-by-episode summary, see Samuel Sullivan: Season Four History.
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Samuel has the ability to move earth and manipulate minerals with the power of his mind. He has shown that he has a mental influence over the earth, as well as a form of ink. In addition, Chandra Suresh postulated that the presence of large numbers of evolved humans in a single area produces a phenomenon similar to magnetism, which has the effect of amplifying Samuel's abilities. As a consequence of this, he can also sense when powerful evolved humans are near (Slow Burn). It has been shown that with as few as four other evolved humans around, his power is nearly useless. (Brave New World)
- Ability: terrakinesis
- A carnival leader with a terrible temper, Samuel has powers over earth. (Strange Attractors)
- Convinced his brother Joseph is keeping him down, Samuel slays him. (Thanksgiving)
- Seeking ever-greater power, Samuel pursues geneticist Chandra Suresh's secrets. (Brother's Keeper)
- An incensed Samuel banishes Claire Bennet and her dad to die underground. (The Wall)
- On the night of his planned massacre, Samuel faces a rebellion like no other. (Brave New World)
"This is my favorite part of the day. It's full of possibility. Before the inevitable monkey wrenches come looking for us. But more than anything... it's about being with all of you. I know grace is a supper thing, but every morning I thank Heaven and Earth for our family."
- - Samuel (to the Carnival members) (Hysterical Blindness)
"Tonight we welcome a new brother into our family. He will live and work among us. And will be welcome here all the rest of our days."
"I've got my own butterflies that need crushing."
"You are the devil."
"No, Hiro, I am your savior. You just don't know it yet."
"Love what you've done to the place, there are a lot more people in here. It's going to make me a lot more powerful."
"No, it makes me more powerful!"
"I'm a carny. I live for games of chance."
"I see you got my power."
"Funny how that happens."
- According to the casting call, Samuel the "carnival barker" is 40 to 60 years old. He is a "charming character with an evil sense of humor", like Eddie Izzard or "The Joker without his makeup".
- Tim Kring said "Samuel has no power unless he is surrounded by other people. So in some ways it's about getting people away from him as opposed to bringing people towards him."
- When Samuel brings a lawsuit against Peter he uses the alias "William Hooper" (Ink). Bill Hooper is a prominent member of the Heroes crew.
- Samuel speaks some Japanese, and possesses some skill in sign language.
- In an interview, Tim Kring said about Samuel: "This one charismatic leader of the carnival has now decided that it is time to stop hiding in shadows and to present themselves to the world, and in order to do that he feels in a kind of misguided way that they have to be as strong as they can be."
- Samuel told a woman that his mother was a maid and his father was a butler. (Ink)
- Samuel is the youngest person ever known to manifest an ability. He caused great seismic activity on the day of his birth, even while in utero.
- According to chapter 1 of Purpose, Samuel's phone number is 203-635-4314.
- Samuel appeared in every episode of Volume Five.
- For other uses of Samuel, see Samuel (disambig).
- For other uses of Sullivan, see Sullivan (disambig).
- For images of Samuel, see images of Samuel Sullivan.
- For a list of Samuel's victims, see Samuel's victims.
Please refer to Theory:Samuel Sullivan for fan-created theories and other speculation.