Heroes (TV)

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Name: Heroes
Creator: Tim Kring
Date(s): September 25, 2006 – February 8, 2010
Medium: Television
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.


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).


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.

Slash Pairings

At the end of 1st season, the three biggest pairings were Matt/Mohinder, Mohinder/Sylar (Mylar) and Nathan/Peter (Petrellicest). 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.


LJ Communities

Main Slash Comms

Message Boards


The official NBC site also shows fanart submissions:

Fannish Links

Canon Resources


  1. 'Heroes' Creator Apologizes to Fans
  2. Tim Kring apologizes for calling fans 'dips***s