Heroes is just so original

A blog, tv post by matt, posted on November 28, 2007 at 4:59 pm



I wrote in my post yesterday that big-evil-bad guy Adam Monroe / Takezo Kensei on this season of Heroes was little more than a Ra’s al Ghul ripoff. I thought today I’d put that theory to the test. And what better way to scientifically test a theory than with a big table and two wikipedia pages. Let’s see what we can find out:

Name Ra’s Al Ghul Adam Monroe
Alias The Demon’s Head Takezo Kensei
Born circa 1400 AD circa 1600 AD
Powers Immortality via his “Lazarus Pits” Immortality via regenerative abilities
Powers give way to madness? Yep Yep
Deposition Evil but fancies himself a noble god Evil but fancies himself a noble god
Primary motivation behind evil “Ra’s’ goal is a world in perfect environmental balance, a goal he will achieve at any cost. He believes that the best way to do so is to eliminate most of humanity.” Adam’s goal is to eliminate most of humanity because “something needs to be done about the endless cycle of destruction humanity seems to go through.”
Secondary motivation A rival attempts to steal his love, Sora A rival attempts to steal his fated love, Yaeko
Preferred method of mass depopulation “Ra’s usually tries to assault the world’s human populace with a biological weapon, such as a genetically-engineered virus.” Ditto. “When the Company begins research into the Shanti virus, [Adam] attempts to release a highly virulent strain”
Ancient warrior association “[O]ne of the League of Assassins’ leaders.” Samurai. Hangs out with White Beard and a bunch of his goons
Key Allies “Ra’s has allied himself with Bane, the man who once crippled and nearly killed Batman” “Adam once again befriends a now amnesiac Peter Petrelli, helping him to restore his memory through his absorbed regenerative abilities.”
Facial Hair Bad-ass Non-existent

So is it a ripoff? Homage? Too soon to tell?