|First appearance:||Don't Look Back|
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A frequently appearing helix symbol is somehow linked to evolved humans.
- 1 Gallery of Appearances
- 2 Various Explanations
- 3 Notes
- 4 Trivia
- 5 Fan Theories
Gallery of Appearances
The Symbol is found:
Twice on the cover of 9th Wonders!, Issue #14.
(Don't Look Back)
In the wooden wreckage of the smashed bookcase.
As Peter's tattoo fades away.
In Angela's eye.
In Peter's drawing of the Pinehearst logo.
In the title card for the episode Villains.
In a collection of pushpins.
In the sand, as drawn by Guillame.
(It Takes a Village, Part 3)
In an arrangement of rocks.
In the first Pinehearst, looks like deers antler.
In the arrangement of the black boxes in the crossword puzzle on Hiro's blog.
During its opening credits of the documentary Sword Saint.
On lanterns at Kensei's wedding.
In waves in the sky on a picture found in Linderman's archives of corinthianlasvegas.com.
In a double helix shape in the sky of a Diaspora photo.
In the logo for Pinehearst Company.
In iStory's "Friend or Foe" logo.
Great Talent and Godsend
When Hiro locates his katana in a New York City museum, Ando believes that the Symbol is actually a combination of two Japanese characters — sai (才), which translates to great talent, and yo (与), which translates to godsend. (Godsend)
The Kanji dictionary defines yo as "bestow; participate in; give; award; impart; provide; cause; gift; godsend" and sai as "genius; years old" leading to a broader definition of the symbol under Ando's explanation, possibly as "bestowing talent/genius" or "providing/imparting ability".
The Serpent and the Crane
While sketching the symbol in the sand, Guillame tells his son the story of the serpent and the crane. The serpent was a creature of ambition, tired of crawling on its belly and eating grubs and mice. One day, he spotted the crane. The crane was carefree and stupid, but could fly. The sun shone on her always; she slept in the clouds and drank from the rainbows. The serpent found the crane at her watering hole, swallowed her whole, and was able to fly using her wings. The serpent flew around the sun and to the moon; he ate the clouds and played in the rain. However, Guillame notes, "What good is it to fly, if you have nowhere to go?" He says that the serpent lost touch with the ground. Guillame then scratches through his sketch. (It Takes a Village, Part 3)
In March, 2007, the adult Haitian returns to the crossroads where his father died. He summons the Loa and imagines he sees a serpent with wings, from whom the Haitian asks a blessing. (The Crossroads)
- Ando tells Detective Matt Parkman that the symbol on Kaito's death threat is the crest of Takezo Kensei. (Lizards)
- Angela tells Detective Parkman that the symbol was the logo of her husband's law firm. (Lizards)
- An unaired scene of Genesis shows the symbol in a notebook on a desk at Chandra's apartment in Brooklyn.
- Another deleted scene from Genesis shows the symbol, seemingly carved or cut into D.L.'s arm as he lies outside of his cell at the Moab Federal Penitentiary, as guards swoop in on him.
- The Symbol strongly resembles a stylized RNA strand.
- In an interview, writers Joe Pokaski and Aron Coleite call Isaac's paintings of the symbol "helix paintings".
- In the Company Man episode commentary, the Symbol is referred to as the "single helix".
- In an interview concerning the Symbol, Tim Kring says, "I would just say that part of the fun of watching the show is seeing how certain things crop up. And if you look at that symbol carefully, you might be able to figure it out. By the way, the symbol also shows up in places viewers can't see: On the door of a room in the soundstage where Heroes shoots, the sign reads 'PROPS' — with that special S as the symbol."
- In an interview, Joe Kelly said he made up the story of the serpent and the crane (It Takes a Village, Part 3) so it would be "in the terms of the Haitian's culture, and since the symbol looks a little like a snake with wings or feet."
- It seems that the symbol of Pinehearst Company is two of these symbols overlapping to form a representation of DNA.
- When the shot zooms in on the symbol on the hilt of the replica sword in the Museum, the symbol is reversed. (Godsend) This may be due to the reverse side of the hilt being a mirror image of the other side.
- Counting repeat appearances like Jessica's tattoo, the Haitian's necklace, the algorithm, and the covers of 9th Wonders! and Activating Evolution, the Symbol has appeared in every episode from Don't Look Back to Dual. However, the symbol did appear on Chandra's desk in a promotional image for Genesis.
- Issue 14 of 9th Wonders! shows the Symbol twice. Both times it has been rotated 180 degrees.
Please refer to Theory:The Symbol for fan-created theories and other speculation.
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