A reluctant hero, Nathan Petrelli seems to put his political career ahead of all else. But we know better.

This congressman from New York possesses the ability to fly, but had to be coaxed into accepting it by his brother Peter, portrayed by Milo Ventimiglia.

Nathan's complicated family life includes a wife named Heidi, who is stuck in a wheelchair as a result of a car accident he was behind the wheel for. He's also the biological father of Claire (Hayden Panettiere), a fact she learns late in season one.

Nathan is a former naval officer and lawyer. He had planned on making a case against mobster Austin Linderman and his very own father before the latter died of a heart attack.

Nathan Petrelli Quotes

Peter Petrelli: I keep having these amazing dreams... sometimes I'm falling, sometimes I'm flying! I woke up this morning and when I got out of bed my foot hovered off the ground. Just for a split second, like I was floating. I'm telling you, I think I can fly!
Nathan Petrelli: Tell you what, you think you can fly, why don't you jump off the Brooklyn Bridge? See what happens.
Peter Petrelli: Maybe I ought to start with something a little lower first. It's like learning to walk.

Peter Petrelli: I've been up here all night-thinking about this, thinking about my destiny.
Nathan Petrelli: What are you doing, Pete?
Peter Petrelli: It's my turn to be somebody now, Nathan!

Heroes Quotes

Mohinder Suresh: Evolution is an imperfect, and often violent process. Morality loses it's meaning. The question of good and evil, reduced to one simple choice: Survive? Or perish?

Claire: My dad lied to me about my entire life; my biological parents, my ability, you can’t just hide things like that! There’s got to be something on there.
Zack: If your dad’s the guy you’re describing I don’t think he’s gonna keep his secrets on the family computer.

Heroes Music

  Song Artist
Song Road to Joy Bright Eyes
Song Mustang Sally Wilson Pickett
Song I Want It That Way Backstreet Boys