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Just wondering, where did this guy's name come from? -- Tristan0709 talk 21:36, 2 January 2009 (EST)

His Power

Saying that Alex has Lung Adaptation at this point is very speculative. We know for sure that he can breathe underwater. Nothing else. His power should be currently known as "Underwater breathing" or any variation of this name. --Ikkian 22:09, 16 February 2009 (EST)

  • I would think that Lung Adaptation would be his power, given that was Bianca's power. Maybe this is a mild form of the power like Peter's new power? --TrueBlueBrooklynite 22:50, 16 February 2009 (EST)
    • For now, Alex has stated himself that he can breathe underwater. Nothing more, nothing less. It might be a lesser version of Bianca's ability, but it still ain't it. It deserves a new page.--Ikkian 22:54, 16 February 2009 (EST)
      • I would think that would be true. Heck, Peter's ability is basically a lesser form of his original one and it has it's own page. --TrueBlueBrooklynite 22:55, 16 February 2009 (EST)
        • "Breathing underwater" and "holding your breath for hours" are two completely different things. I vote seperate pages.--Skullman1392 23:09, 16 February 2009 (EST)
        • Peter's ability is similar to empathic mimicry, but it's not a "lesser" form of it. Aside from the power-absorbing part, it's completely different. And Bianca can breathe underwater as well. -Sincerely, Thrashmeister » talk- 23:16, 16 February 2009 (EST)
        • True. I would think that the next graphic novel would be about Alex. --TrueBlueBrooklynite 23:34, 16 February 2009 (EST)
          • Until his power is shown in the show it isn't supposed to get it's own page. So we'll just treat it as an "unconfirmed" power and not link to it. --Piemanmoo 02:30, 17 February 2009 (EST)
          • Spot on, and in the GN we did get to see his power. It's listed as a GN power for now, for obvious reasons. I can't help but wonder, however, why he got "Woolsley" as a last name. Awkward to spell, awkward to look at. --Radicell 09:52, 17 February 2009 (EST)
            • I'm just hoping they upgrade his power to having having super speed or enhance strength when he's under water. --Datnymonster 12:33, 17 February 2009 (EST)
            • That sounds familiar of having both super speed and enhance strength or either of them while underwater. Perhaps this could be their version of Aquaman? --TrueBlueBrooklynite 16:10, 17 February 2009 (EST)
              • I hope they don't do it, after Matt got the white eyes, I don't feel like seeing other characters with multiple abilities, exception being if their abilities allow them to acquire more, such as Peter and Sylar. Intuitive Empath - Talk - Contributions 16:36, 17 February 2009 (EST)
                • I think Alex didn't fully explain to Claire about his ability, why would he tell a complete strangers about his biggest secret. Datnymonster 21:57, 17 February 2009 (EST)
                  • Because that complete stranger already revealed to him her biggest secret. -Sincerely, Thrashmeister » talk- 21:59, 17 February 2009 (EST)
                    • It's possible he has actually full lung adaptation, and simply has never had the chance to apply it to anything other than underwater breathing. In saying that, I think we should view his power as simply "underwater breathing" until he demonstrates another use of lung adaptation.--Falrinn 22:38, 20 February 2009 (EST)

Woolsley vs. Woolsly

I'm adding this because I'm sure people will ask, and with good reason. The intro to The Swimmer names Alex's last name "Woolsley" (with an e). This is good information...but it should be pointed out that the writers may or may not write the introductions (and in several cases they definitely don't). However, D.J. Doyle (the writer) definitely wrote the main body of the graphic novel, including the caption in the very first panel, which spells Alex's last name "Woolsly" (without any es). Hence, Woolsly "beats" Woolsley, though one will redirect to the other. -- RyanGibsonStewart (talk) 23:19, 20 February 2009 (EST)

  • Wasn't Alex's name used in an e-mail by Rebel in the last episode? If that's so, it would rank higher than the graphic novel, right?--MiamiVolts (talk) 23:40, 20 February 2009 (EST)
    • Which email? I remember only the text message, and there it said to warn Alex, no last name. Is there an email I missed? Intuitive Empath - Talk - Contributions 10:31, 21 February 2009 (EST)
      • It wasn't an email, it was a text message, you're right IE. And all it said was Alex's first name. The only time we learned Alex's last name in an episode was when Noah said it, but we never saw it written. -- RyanGibsonStewart (talk) 10:34, 21 February 2009 (EST)
        • Ah, thanks for checking that. So his last name isn't in the credits or the on-screen assignment trackers either?--MiamiVolts (talk) 15:28, 22 February 2009 (EST)
          • The closed captioning in the episode spelled it "Woolsley", if that counts. But no, his name wasn't in the credits. It's also spelled "Woolsley" on NBC's website, so "Woolsly" is more likely the typo. Wanderer32 20:38, 22 February 2009 (EST)
            • No, closed captioning doesn't "count". It's done by an independent company that often has nothing to do with the creative team of Heroes, as far as I understand. I think they once captioned Jessica saying "Boo" to Mr. Linderman as "Bill", which of course sparked much debate. NBC's site, although it may seem counter-intuitive, is actually not a canon or near-canon source. It is often reliable, but sometimes unreliable. In the past, they have miscredited actors, ascribed very incorrect power names to certain abilities, and I believe they still have the wrong episode titles listed on some photographs. Now, Alex's last name very well may be "Woolsley" with an e, but the highest level of canonicity we have to go on right now is a near-canon source--the caption in the first panel of The Swimmer. It may be a typo, but it'll have to do for now. Hopefully we'll get something more definitive later on, like we did with Hana Gitelman's last name. -- RyanGibsonStewart (talk) 21:53, 22 February 2009 (EST)
              • Don't know how this affects things, but in the latest iStory (chapter 404), it was spelled Woolsley. --Radicell 07:03, 3 March 2009 (EST)
                • I noticed that, I think we can now say it is spelt Woolsley. --posted by Laughingdevilboy

Talk 14:06, 3 March 2009 (EST)

                  • I think the graphic novel and this iStory have the same near-canon status, so I guess the question is which is more accurate. I'm not opposed to changing it or leaving it as-is for now; but if the next reference also uses Woolsley with an e, it should probably get changed.--MiamiVolts (talk) 15:22, 3 March 2009 (EST)
                    • So that's only one source spelling it "Woolsly" vs. several other sources spelling it "Woolsley". I think it's obvious which one is the typo here. Wanderer32 17:34, 3 March 2009 (EST)
  • Yet somebody still calls him Woolsly and even creates a theory page with this last name.

...So is that it?

...Is he seriously gone for good? Because I was rather fond of the notion of a nerdy swimmer getting with Hayden Panettiere... -Sincerely, Thrashmeister » talk- 22:12, 2 March 2009 (EST)

  • dude.. i know i was hope for him to stay intill the end of season 3 or even season 4 Skyeatsout 22:23, 2 March 2009
    • I hope not: he was a good charchter and a good love interest for Claire, much better than West ever was.--WarGrowlmon18 23:43, 2 March 2009 (EST)
      • Well, he didn't get killed off so he could come back. Perhaps he'll be in this week's iStory or next week's graphic novel.--MiamiVolts (talk) 23:48, 2 March 2009 (EST)

"...and you're not Helen Keller."

Helen Keller was a deaf and blind political activist. Harriett Tubman ran the Underground Railroad. ebrown2112 07:00, 3 March 2009 (EST)

...I'm pretty sure he said Harriet Tubman. -Sincerely, Thrashmeister » talk- 07:34, 3 March 2009 (EST)
I know he did. Whoever wrote the first synopsis for "Exposed" on this page wrote "Helen Keller." ebrown2112 06:13, 4 March 2009 (EST)
I was mistaken: I rewatched the episode and it was Harriet Tubman.--WarGrowlmon18 13:41, 4 March 2009 (EST)


Should his alias be listed as Lyle Bennet or Butler? When they moved to CA they changed their names, or did they changed back to Bennet after the Company shut down? Does someone has a screencap on the fake ID? Intuitive Empath - Talk - Contributions 13:37, 4 March 2009 (EST)

  • In The Eclipse, part 2, Sandra was called by 'Butler' in the hospital. I guess there were no changes.
    • Lyle's drivers license lists his last name as Bennet, there's a link on his article. Intuitive Empath - Talk - Contributions 10:27, 5 March 2009 (EST)
      • Now that's a plothole. Noah couldn't let his family members leave a document with the old surname. Canon is canon, but... you understand.--Altes 11:57, 11 March 2009 (EDT)

Once Again

So Woolsley or Woolsly? I see Woolsly everywhere in this Wiki, but no clear confirmation...--Altes 04:55, 11 March 2009 (EDT)


is this an alias of Alex "Waterbreak" in alex mentioned this as his codename, but this could be a different Alex but it is unlikely.

Dark Matters, Part 2

Is Alex the "boy back home who can breathe underwater"? Or is that something interesting to put in the trivia? ~~IHHTalk 20:16, 27 July 2015 (EDT)