His ability is called intuitive aptitude and basically is an analysis of complex systems, including human brain.
Intuitive aptitude is the ability to perfectly understand and utilize
anything from information, theories, skills, riddles, logic, and
puzzles, to the structure and operation of complex systems, codes
without special education or training....
The key to Peter's ability is that he must be empathetic to the person in order to access their ability. Hence the powers name of Empathic Mimicry
Seeing as Peter never had anything in common with Sylar and actually rued his existence, he could never be empathetic with him enough to absorb his ability.
It wasn't until Peter was desperate enough to need ...
Heroes had different writers and directors 'guesting' on each episode. Episode 4 was written by Tim Kring and Bryan Fuller and directed by Ernest Dickerson, whereas Episode 5 was written by Kring and Micheal Green and directed by Paul Shapiro.
Shapiro reshot his version of the scene in your example where future Hiro meets Peter for episode 5, as producer ...
It appears to be random. Two of the show's writers, Joe Pokaski and Aron Coleite, discussed this in an interview. Here are some of the interesting snippets:
Q: Now, also along this genetics line, shouldn't Nathan's other kids
(Claire's half-siblings) have powers? Or is that only guaranteed if
both parents are powered?
A: In genetics, nothing is ...
The complicated dynamics of who gets what powers is never fully explained. For example, Nathan was the son of two people with powers, but was born without powers, they were granted to him synthetically. Peter's powers, however, came to him naturally. Peter has a variation of his dad's powers.
Claire's powers are also interesting to note. Her mom (and we ...
It's been a while since I've seen it I believe the video was actually fine but her memory/interpretation of the video was at fault.
This was because her alternative personality removed the vision of the video in the same way as the memory - to protect her.
Isaac Mendez and Usutu could both paint the future.
Meredith Gordon and her brother Flint could both create and manipulate fire.
Daniel Linderman and Ishi Nakamura could both heal others through physical contact.
(Ishi Nakamura died in the early 1990s and is therefore only seen in flashbacks, which is why ...
Just to add to Peter's lack of empathetic connection to Sylar earlier in the show, Peter 'absorbs' a lot of his abilities that Sylar has in S1 since he gains precognitive painting from Isaac, flight from Nathan, healing from Claire, time travel from Hiro, telekinesis from (strangely) Sylar and most importantly for that series Radioactivity from Ted. Peter ...