Cockroaches have long had a reputation for being hard to kill. In the Heroes TV show, it seems that the cockroach is being used in that context in relation to Sylar.

The reputation that cockroaches are hard to kill is repeated in Mohinder Suresh's lecture in the episode "Genesis". In that lecture Mohinder claims that cockroaches can live for months without food, weeks without a head, and are resistant to radiation.

In addition, in the few times that Sylar has been severely wounded, there always seems to be a cockroach hanging around somewhere.

Lastly, when examining the apartment of Chandra Suresh (also in "Genesis"), Mohinder squashes a cockroach, suggesting that Sylar might have been there moments before Noah Bennet arrived.

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