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|Samuel will get killed off by someone from the carnival.||None|| + Nobody seems to like him.|
+ If the carnies find out that Samuel sees them as little more than glorified batteries, they might form a mob and lynch him.
|Samuel wants Peter to regain empathic mimicry.||None|| + Lydia said Samuel tries to fill the void of Joseph's death. It was implied that Samuel wants to fill it with Peter, whom he seems to be very interested in.|
+ It is unclear how the compass tattoo appeared on Peter's arm, but since Samuel was smiling, it may be because Peter somehow replicated his ability.
• Peter did lose his enhanced speed and gain terrakinesis when they shook hands, although when Peter grabbed Emma, he unintentionally replicated her ability. He could have replicated it passively because he could connect with her; it can be a sign that his empathy is returning.
• This might not be possible.
|Samuel's family got new members thanks to Rebel and Ellen.||None|| + Sabine Hazel is at the carnival and was helped by people.|
+ Having Micah helping people to safety by moving them to the carnival makes sense.
|Samuel is a John the Baptist/Christ figure.||None|| + He baptized Sylar to welcome him into his family.|
- This could just be symbolic of new carnival members being reborn into a new life.
|Samuel is the Heroes equivalent of Magneto.||None|| + Samuel Sullivan is an egomaniac evolved human with an extremely prejudiced view of humans and a penchant for destruction. That sounds a lot like Magneto.|
• We fear the unknown, as Albus Dumbledore said in Harry Potter 6. Humans were prejudiced as well. And in the first X-Men film, we see that Magneto was a Holocaust survivor. Hitler was scared of the Jews because he didn't understand. And remember in the episode 1961, "Nazis" were mentioned by Charles Deveaux.
|Samuel tried to travel back further in time to kill Mohinder, but failed.||None|| + Samuel wouldn't have any reason to kill Mohinder at the point he thought he did.|
- Samuel needed Chandra's film, not to kill Mohinder.
|Samuel will find Ando, who will supercharge his ability, causing the Earth to split in half.||None|| + It would be the ultimate evil action to do as a villain.|
+ This may occur as an unintended consequence of them encountering each other, rather than a master plan on Samuel's part.
|Samuel wants someone who can carry multiple abilities like Sylar or an empath so he will not have to recruit a new member every time he needs to use a certain ability.||None|| + Not every person with an ability will mesh with the rest of the carnival. Having a mimic (or someone with intuitive aptitude) would eliminate the need for such people.|
|Samuel and his family are somehow connected to Ricky (Caitlin's brother) and his crew.||None|| • Samuel said his and Joseph's first family "didn't work out too well".|
+ Ricky calls his crew his family. Samuel calls the carnival his family.
• Ricky's crew and members of the carnival all have circle-like tattoos on their arms.
|Samuel will split the earth in half because someone in the family/all of his family will be killed.||None|| + Hiro could trap the entire carnival to get information about Charlie's whereabouts, breaking Samuel's heart, making him break the earth.|
- Samuel is the only known living member of his family, and his carnival has been disbanded. He's got no one to lose.
|Samuel was responsible for the destruction of Tokyo that Hiro witnessed in "Villains".||None|| + Samuel's power is amplified by the presence of other ability users.|
+ Angela has seen three averted futures: the first one after the explosion, the second after Shanti virus outbreak, and the third with Samuel destroying New York (Consequences). There wasn't a fourth future with the planet exploding - maybe because Samuel was supposed to destroy it.
|Samuel will split the earth in half accidentally.||None|| + Peter lost control of his induced radioactivity because it was too much for him to handle. If Samuel is surrounded by too many evolved humans, supercharged, or both it may be too much for him to contain. This will cause him to lose control like Peter did, but on a much larger scale.|
|Samuel gets stronger with every ability around him, not every evolved human.||None|| + That may be the reason why Samuel wants someone with more abilities.|
+ It would make sense why he gets stronger only near people with abilities.
|Evolved humans with more potent abilities give Samuel more power then those average or mundane abilities.||None|| + Samuel goes out of his way to obtain powerful individuals, even when it is incredibly difficult to do so. For example, he went to great lengths to try and recruit Jeremy Greer, even though Jeremy was mentally unstable, dangerous and incarcerated. If every evolved human gave Samuel the same amount of power, it is doubtful that he would go after Jeremy as opposed to a less difficult target.|
+ This may also be why Samuel was interested in recruiting Peter and Sylar - they have multiple abilities and may be able to increase his power more than other evolved humans.
|Samuel wants Tracy to find Eli so he can make Eli clone himself, rapidly increasing evolved human numbers around him so he can make himself more powerful.||None|| + Samuel's ability gets stronger when there are more evolved humans around him.|
- Samuel sent Tracy to find Eli before learning that.
• It isn't known if Eli's clones can clone themselves, that is, if they also possess the ability. Julien's clones couldn't replicate, but Evan's could.
|Samuel will use his power to create a giant rock man, much like Uluru.||None||+ His ability would allow him to do this.|
+ It would be a good way for him to cause destruction if he wanted to, without putting himself in immediate danger.
|Samuel was more responsible than Alice Shaw or Angela in what happened in Coyote Sands.||Mr. Suresh had to have some way to know what Samuel was all about and everything was covered in sand quite easily, a sandstorm is way more than mere uncontrolled weather.|| + Samuel has made time controlling individuals help him travel.|
+ Samuel is probably the one that ends up splitting the world when artificial powers make him overcharged. What could have happened in Coyote Sands, where many powerful individuals were brought together?
|Samuel will not split the world in half.||None|| + It would be a horrible way to end the show.|
+ The Heroes always save the world.
|Samuel and Alice Shaw will meet up somehow, and use their abilities together to cause massive destruction.||None|| + Their abilities (terrakinesis and weather control) compliment each other, one controls the ground while the other controls the sky.|
+ Samuel and Alice both seem to bear some responsibility for the destruction of Coyote Sands. This may have been foreshadowing what is to come.
|Samuel Sullivan's mother is Kelly Sullivan, the adoptive mother of Niki Sanders.||None|| + They have the same last name.|
- They seem too distant.
|A side-effect of Samuel's ability allows him to manipulate the emotions of evolved humans.||None|| + Samuel managed to assume absolute, unquestioned leadership of the Carnival in a remarkably short time.|
+ Samuel convinced Claire to join the carnival, despite the fact that Becky (who murdered her first roommate and attempted to kill Gretchen) was working under his orders. Likewise, Gretchen (who has no ability) was able to see through Samuel's manipulations.
|Samuel will die at some point in the future.||None|| + Every villian on the show, with the exception of Sylar, has been killed off- Linderman, Adam, Arthur, Flint, Maury, Knox, and now Danko.|
+ Since Samuel cannot regenerate, he'll certainly die someday.
|Samuel can still use terrakinesis if there are no other evolved humans around.||After Jeremy's death, Samuel destroys the police station, with no specials around.|| + After being shunned at his childhood home, Samuel destroys it, with no specials around.|
+ Samuel doesn't need evolved humans within his immediate vicinity to enhance his power, he was able to pull a small town into the earth when the carnival was at least a mile away. Samuel was near Manhattan when he destroyed his childhood home, and there are bound to be several specials there.
+ Samuel may need a minimum of 5 evolved humans within a specific radius to use his ability at all.
|Samuel has autism or some other learning difficulty.||None|| + He is very self-centered (wanting to expand the Carnival to grow more powerful), doesn't think of others (orders Eli to shoot into the Carnival knowing that someone could be hit), obsessive (his obsession with Vanessa) and seems unable to cope when he doesn't get his way.|
- Autism's primary effects (reduced verbal communication, lack of socialization, difficulty interpreting social cues and body language) are completely absent in Samuel. He is well-spoken, a skilled manipulator, and quite capable of capitalizing on others' moments of weakness.
|See Also: 9 • Red • Time travel • Samuel Sullivan|