Heroes (TV)

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Name: Heroes
Abbreviation(s):
Creator: Tim Kring
Date(s): September 25, 2006 – February 8, 2010
Medium: Television, tie-in comics and webseries
Country of Origin: United States
External Links: Official NBC site, IMDb, Wikipedia, Heroes Wiki
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Heroes was an American science fiction ensemble show on NBC, set (mostly) in current time.

In September 2015, a spin-off and miniseries, Heroes Reborn began.

The Canon

Ordinary people around the world discover they have extraordinary powers.

Each season, there is a huge threat to (at least some part of) the world, and a group of people with supernatural powers try to find out more about it, and then attempt to stop it. Because some of the character's powers include time travel, (and some of the things they've stopped have been in the future), there are now multiple time-lines -- ones where devastation or horrible diseases happened, and ones where they didn't. There are also web episodes (webisodes), and official graphic novels, making deciding canon trickier in Heroes than in most other fandoms.

TPTB/fan interaction

Tim Kring has more than once written open letters to watchers of Heroes (for example, apologizing for many mistakes made in season 2[1] ), making him more accessible than many showrunners, though less so than the people writing SGA, Buffy, Supernatural and others. He also called some of the fans of the show "saps and dipshits"[2] and he apologized for that.

Fandom

There was enormous fan enthusiasm for the show first season. Since then, there's been a drop off in fannish interest, partially because of a perceived drop off in the quality of the writing (increasing retcons, plotholes and inconsistencies), partly because of the increased racial stereotyping (detailed below in Controversies) and partly because no sooner do fans become enthusiastic about a pairing then TPTB break the pairing up (detailed below in Slash Pairings).

Controversies

In first season, the multi-ethnic cast and story lines were fairly well thought through (though even then people noticed that The Haitian had no name, and the other black guy was, of course, an ex-con). In second and third season, ethnic stereotyping (Peter's Magical Irish Journey, Hiro stuck as a clown, rather than the hero the plot seems to require him to be, and many other examples) and magical negro plots, like Matt's Magical African Journey.

Shipping

Shipping was a large part of the fandom and had many different pairings due to vast amount of characters the series had as main and secondary characters. Slash dominates the fandom[3], although there is a large het following[4], with various pairings that appeared on the various Heroes sites and communities. Femslash is fairly rare[5] in the fandom and it wasn't really until the final two seasons that it started to appear within the fandom. There is also a large gen part of the fandom, with plenty of Fanworks dedicated to it[6].

While some of the earlier pairings had ship names and was predominately referred to as them, for example: Petrellicest for Nathan/Peter, Paire for Claire/Peter, or Mylar for Mohinder/Sylar, others often did not use ship names or have them created and simply used the "/" formula when stating which pairing the fanwork or discussion was about.

Slash Pairings

At the end of 1st season, the three biggest pairings were Matt/Mohinder, Mohinder/Sylar and Nathan/Peter. By the end of the second season, changes in the plot had crushed the appeal of Matt/Mohinder, and the constant changes of Sylar's character (first he's evil, then he's good then he's evil, then he's...) lessened the charm of Mohinder/Sylar (and other smaller Sylar-based pairings, though Sylar/Peter was fairly popular). Nathan/Peter and other Petrellicest pairings (Peter/Claire, etc.) were still going strong past the 3rd season.

Het Pairings

While slash shipping pretty much dominates the fandom, there is plenty of het shipping and pairings. While most of them are driven from canon, others are completely fanon. The largest het pairing in the first season, even before the characters met was Claire/Peter (which would later be jossed due them being revealed to be uncle and niece, despite this reveal, many fans kept shipping it). The other two largest het pairings are Claire/Sylar and Elle/Sylar. Some other het pairings that had a steady flow of fanworks and shipping for them throughout the series was Claire/Adam, Peter/Niki, Nathan/Niki, Elle/Nathan, Eden/Gabriel, Elle/Mohinder, Claire/Zach, Caitlin/Peter, Audrey/Matt, Adam/Elle, Heidi/Nathan and Heidi/Peter.

Femslash Pairings

Femslash started appearing in season 2 and 3 with the pairing of Claire/Elle and the pairing Claire/Gretchen appeared in Season 4. Due to type of relationship they had, Jessica/Niki often appeared since the first season. Other femslash pairings remained fairly rare throughout the fandom, with only a few others popping up here and there with more than one fanwork dedicated to them: Eden McCain/Candice Wilmer, Claire/May, Claire/Jessica, and Claire/Niki.

Common Tropes & Fanon

Examples Wanted: Editors are encouraged to add more examples or a wider variety of examples.

Archives

LJ Communities

See individual character and relationship pages for more.

Pairings

Slash

Het

Femslash

Threesomes & Moresomes

Characters

Message Boards & Forums

Fanart

The official NBC site also shows fanart submissions:

Fannish Links

Canon Resources

References

  1. 'Heroes' Creator Apologizes to Fans
  2. Tim Kring apologizes for calling fans 'dips***s
  3. As of April 24, 2017: Slash works have 1529 works out of 3125 Heroes works section of AO3
  4. As of April 24, 2017: Het works have 749 works out of 3125 Heroes works section of AO3
  5. As of April 24, 2017: Femslash works have 130 works out of 3125 Heroes works section of AO3
  6. As of April 24, 2017: Gen works have 904 works out of 3125 Heroes works section of AO3
  7. As of April 24, 2017: FFN's top five crossovers with Heroes. Some even had LJ communities dedicated to them: sv_heroes (Smallville) and xmen_heroes (X-Men)