Peter Petrelli has been my favorite _Heroes_ characters since the very beginning. Hiro seems to have risen to the top as everyone else’s favorite, and there _is_ something to that. This happy, optimistic Japanese fellow is hard to dislike. Of all these folks with special abilities, the ones who have so recently begun to realize that they _are_ different from everyone else, Hiro was the first to realize who and what he was. While some have suggested that they _could_ be heroes, Hiro was the only one who immediately said, “I _am_ a hero.” His confidence, alongside his cheerful exuberance, has endeared him to so many.
The show, however, began with Peter, with a look into his dreams, and we saw a childlike wish come immediately to forefront – he dreamed he could fly, and it was so real that he almost believed even then that he could do it. And of course we found out that he could, but that came later.
We were provided hints early on that Peter was special, indeed, perhaps the most special of them all. Hiro’s appearance to him so early on suggested that, not only might he be the most potentially powerful of them all, but Peter might prove to be the rock, the foundation, the leader that will ultimately bind them all together as a team, as a unit, as a group that will venture forth and reshape the world as we know it.
It it this aspect, this facet of Peter’s personality that immediately set him up to be my favorite. His brother may be the ambitious politician, but in the end, I believe it will be Peter who truly becomes the mover of worlds and the shaper of destinies. And the more we see of his personality and abilities revealed, the more I believe that this will be true.
Who’s _your_ favorite hero and why?