In Season One of Heroes, M. Bennett and The Haitian guy trap Nathan Petrelli (in the morning after he slept with Niki/Jessica), but he [Nathan] just flies away...

It is later revealed that the Haitian guy can neutralize powers. Why wouldn't he do that to Nathan if they want to take him?

  • Where are you in the series/do you care about spoilers?
    – Izkata
    Dec 14, 2013 at 19:59
  • I'm currently watching the season 3
    – Kalissar
    Dec 16, 2013 at 9:52
  • real question is where the smoke comes from when he flies....
    – thang
    Mar 25, 2019 at 16:41

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I don't think it is ever answered in the series, I think we do know that the Haitian's abilities aren't automatic, he has to want to take away the person's powers.

The Haitian knows that Nathan is Claire's real father, and he (the Haitian) has his own agenda concerning Claire (he later refuses to wipe her memories). Also, he may have recognized Nathan as the son of Angela Petrelli, one of the founders of the secret organization and he let Nathan escape, believing Angela wouldn't want him exposed.


In the season three episode (S3E12) Our Father we see that the Haitian must put forth effort to stop someone's powers. In fact, he can barely hold on to


long enough for someone to kill him, and in the process is very clearly struggling to retain control.

I got the impression that Nathan simply took the Haitian and Noah by surprise, and the Haitian did not have time to stop Nathan before Nathan was out of range.


As Geoff said, it is never answered in the series. However, if you note, Bennett comments something along the lines of "I didn't realize your powers had developed that much". I can think of the following possibilities based on this:

  • Nathan might be having more control than the Haitian
  • There might been a small gap in the Haitian's ability which Nathan was able to realize and instinctively fly off.

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