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|Barbara is the one in Angela's dream.||None|| + Tracy seems too good to turn to a villain, Barbara on the other hand is still unaccounted for.|
- If the dream is just symbolic, the woman might not be a villain, but just the person who turns her son Nathan against her.
- Tracy worked for Pinehearst, like most of the other villains.
|Barbara has a mental ability, like telepathy or mental manipulation.||None|| • Her two birth sisters, Niki Sanders and Tracy Strauss, have very dissimilar abilities, with one being physical (enhanced strength) and the other being elemental/energy-based (freezing). There may have been an effort to keep the sisters' abilities different from each other, which would make sense if they were being used in an experiment, as it would allow Dr. Zimmerman and his colleagues to test more variations of "induced" abilities. In that case, a mind-based power would make sense for Barbara, as it would be quite different from both Niki's and Tracy's abilities.|
- There's already a villain who is a telepath. If Barbara is meant to be a villain, then it's unlikely that a new character would possess the ability of someone who is still alive and on the same side (Knox has a variant of Niki's ability because she's no longer around).
• Jesse was initially supposed to have earthquake generation as an ability, but the producers thought this would be too expensive to shoot, and so gave him an ability similar to Echo's at the last minute.
|Barbara is a Level 5 escapee.||None|| - There are said to be twelve Level 5 escapees. Twelve to fourteen of them have been shown.|
+ If her and the German know each other then it's possible that they committed a crime together that landed them in Level 5.
|Barbara has an ability that Future Peter has, but present Peter has not come into contact with yet, such as illusion or body insertion.||None|| + It is almost certain Barbara has an ability.|
+ Living in the exposed future, Future Peter has probably been exposed to have power in existence.
|Barbara's power is super speed.||Dr. Zimmerman, when talking about his power formula utters "Super strength, super speed, something like that?"|| - Most evolved humans don't gain their powers until they are teenagers, so chances are Dr. Zimmerman did not keep track of Barbara, Tracy or Niki for that long. He was most likely guessing.|
- Tracy and Niki didn't realize they had an ability until several years after their teenage years, so Dr. Zimmerman was most likely guessing.
|Barbara worked for the Pinehearst Company.||None|| + Every villain that appeared in Angela's dream was shown to be connected to the Pinehearst Company (Knox and Maury are working for them, and Adam was abducted by them). Assuming that the woman who looks like Tracy Strauss is Barbara, she could have been recruited.|
+ Ali Larter narrated the video on the Pinehearst website.
|Barbara's last name is Zimmerman. She was raised by Dr. Zimmerman and his wife. The German was also raised as her brother.||What appears to be a family photo on Dr. Zimmerman's desk. (I Am Become Death)|| + Dr. Zimmerman's reaction to Tracy and the use of only Barbara's first name implies that, unlike Tracy, he personally knows Barbara.|
|Barbara is dead.||We have not seen her as an alive character in the show.|| + Dr. Zimmerman seemed surprised to see her when he thought she was Barbara. This could possibly be because he knows her to be dead.|
|Barbara has the ability of weather manipulation.||None|| • Weather manipulation is usually portrayed as allowing characters to control the wind to enable themselves to fly, fitting the above theory about levitation.|
- There has not been a reported case of unusual behavior in the weather within the Heroes timeline that Barbara may have caused.
+ Bob said that a snow fall could have been a Tsunami, we know Barbara was in the company's care and could have done them a favour.
|Barbara has the ability of "reality distortion" or "projection".||None|| + If the triplet sisters have powers based on mental, physical and elemental, the writers will probably introduce Barbara with a mental ability we have not seen yet.|
+ This would fit in with the theory about her ability being illusion.
|Tracy, Barbara and Niki aren't actually triplets, but clones of the original.||None.|| • If that was so, it wouldn't explain how two of them have vastly different powers, considering powers have roots in blood chemistry.|
|Barbara was Niki's sister Jessica.||None|| + Both are said to be Niki's sister.|
+ Niki, Tracy and Barbara are triplets, so the latter might have been Jessica and changed her name after what their father did to her, and met Dr. Zimmerman.
|Barbara won't show up until her sister is killed.||None|| + Tracy didn't show up until Niki died.|
|Barbara is Syn Anders' mother.||Syn's mother is called Barbara.|| + Syn has a power; she could have inherited it from a parent.|
- Syn is a highly unknown character; she has had virtually no characterization in any canon media, such as the central series or the web comics. Until she receives this prevalence, there would be no point in setting up this story line.
|Barbara's ability is pyrokinesis.||None|| + Tracy's power is freezing and they hadn't shown a full fire vs. ice battle since FYG.|
- Pyrokinesis is one the abilities with most known users, the writers know better than to repeat abilities that often.
|Barbara's ability will be to manipulate others' abilities.||None|| + It could be how Tracy returns, and would make her ability different from both Niki's and Tracy's.|
|Barbara speaks German and may in fact live in Germany.||If the photo is in fact a family photo, then it should make Barbara family of Dr. Zimmerman and The German.|| + Dr. Zimmerman's accent explains this.|
+ The German must (obviously) speak German as well.
|Barbara will be romantically involved with Sylar/Nathan.||None|| + Both Niki and Tracy were involved with Nathan.|
|Barbara's last names will begin with S.||None|| + Both her sister's last names began with "S".|
|Barbara doesn't know that she has an ability.||None|| + Both Niki and Tracy did not know of their abilities.|
|Barbara has the Mark.||None|| + She has a synthetic ability and was under the Company's care.|
|We will never know any more about Barbara.||Heroes is over.|| + We saw her once. And she was a child, her powers were never shown and we know little to nothing about her.|
|Barbara has or will kill someone accidentally with her ability.||None.|| + Both Niki and Tracy did.|
|Barbara is Barbara (The Agent).||Both are called Barbara.|| + We have not seen Barbara yet.|
+ Both have abilities.
|See Also: 9 • Red • Time travel • Barbara|