The following fan theories are about Claude Rains.
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|Claude was part of a former generation of heroes from the seventies and eighties. Because of this, he has trained or been trained by members of the last generation.||None|| + His comment "Oh, one of those" may indicate that he has experience hunting down and training someone who has empathic power absorption - and as a possible former hunter, knows what's at stake if Peter doesn't control his power.|
|Claude trained the Haitian in how to use his abilities better.||None|| + It appears Claude may have trained other evolved humans in how to use their powers.|
+ Claude's history with the Company is confirmed in Company Man.
|Claude removed the tissue containing the tracking mechanism that was planted in his back by the Company.||None|| + Claude may have had an "old school" device rather than a radioactive isotope. Technology has bound to have changed. The radioactive isotope used to track could be a relatively new method adopted after Claude dropped off the grid.|
+ His scar looked like a crater, as if something had been burned out of his body.
+ Ian Michaels is listed as having been implanted with a GPS microchip in 2004. If the 1988 tracking gun, which predates that, used something along those lines, Claude would have had something to remove.
|Claude was protecting a young Sylar.||Claude was shot for allegedly protecting an evolved human. (Company Man)|| - It seems unlikely that Gabriel Gray's initial ability would have been detected so early, especially when Chandra could not detect it using modern medical equipment that can detect telepathy (such as the equipment measuring the resting rates of Matt Parkman).|
- Sylar appears to have been oblivious to other evolved humans until Chandra's arrival in Six Months Ago. Had Claude been protecting him, he would have most likely been informed of the situation.
|Claude was protecting Meredith.||None|| + Tim Kring said Claude and Meredith would have a connection, and it's possible that he found her later after the fire or was even him who suggested Meredith to create the fire and play dead.|
+ It has been stated by the writers that the person he was protecting is "...someone we know".
|Claude trained Maury Parkman.||None|| + We know Claude trained someone who he considered dangerous.|
- Maury was in the group of twelve, and likely honed his powers before Claude.
|Claude Rains was protecting Claire Bennet.||None|| + When Noah Bennet asks Claude the identity of the person he is protecting, Claude says, "What if it is your little girl?", implying that the child is the one he is protecting.|
+ Bennet tells the Haitian to shoot him in one specific spot so it wouldn't kill him; he shoots Claude Rains in the same spot, right after Claude tells Mr. Bennet he might be protecting his daughter.
+ Claude could have been protecting a future Claire that time traveled into the past.
|Claude was protecting Rollo Fusor's accomplice.||None|| - The accomplice died in 1990. Claude is ordered to be killed in 1999 for protecting an evolved human.|
- Claude was one of the woman's victims and has no perceivable reason for protecting her.
|Claude is going to be killed by Sylar at some point and have his power taken.||After Peter became invisible in .07%, Sylar said that he "couldn't wait to try that one". Sylar usually goes after the people with powers he wants.|| - Sylar was referring to the fact that he planned to shortly kill Peter and take all his powers.|
- Sylar is yet unaware of Claude's existence, and Claude is reported to be dead.
|Claude was protecting Victoria Pratt.||Pratt was in hiding and Angela kept Pratt's whereabouts a secret. (Cautionary Tales)|| • This would imply further that Pratt had an ability.|
|Peter was the first empathic mimic that Claude had met, but he mistook Peter's empathic mimicry for another ability that allows the copying of powers.||Claude says to Peter, "Fantastic, one of those." (The Fix)|| + Claude tried to convince Peter that he needed to forget his benefactors instead of remembering them to access their individual powers.|
+ It is likely that Linda's ability was to steal the abilities of others. This may be the ability referred to.
|Claude survived the fall and the gunshot wounds he received in Company Man because he had a needle and a supply of either Adam's or Claire's blood.||None|| + It seems impossible that anyone who's only power is invisibility could survive two bullets to the chest and a 40 foot fall by normal means.|
+ We've seen that the Company keeps their prisoners on special drugs to disable their powers, which would likely disable his bloods healing power. If they were doing this to Adam, they may not have wanted to take him off the drug just to get at his blood for fear of his escape.
|Claude once knew Linda Tavara.||None|| + When Peter explained to Claude how his ability works, Claude said "one of those" as if he'd met someone with a similar ability. Linda's ability is probably to steal the abilities of others, making her similar to Peter.|
• Although this theory may prove to be true, power theft and empathy are not the same thing. Peter just has to meet someone to absorb their powers, whereas Linda had to physically touch someone to gain their power.
|Claude's ability is actually a limited form of illusion, which he can use to hide himself and the objects he touches.||None.|| + Claude obviously can see himself invisible, and so could Peter see him. This suggests the power is less than complete invisiblity.|
- His ability may allow him to see through the molecular reconstruction that causes him to become invisible.
|Claude is Abigail's father.||The introduction in Rebellion|| + Claude appeared to be very concerned of her well being while being attacked by the government. He also silenced her just before she finished the sentence "He's my..."|
+ They are both very protective of one another. (Rebellion, Part 3 and Sum Quod Sum, Part 2)
|Abigail was the evolved human Claude was protecting when he was an agent.||None|| + If Claude is Abigail's dad, then this would seem likely.|
+ If Claude is Abigail's older brother or uncle this could also be likely.
|Claude will be back in future episodes.||Shadowboxing|| + Noah was talking about Claude in Shadowboxing, so the writers didn't forget about him.|
|Claude and Sylvia are the parents of Abigail, who is the "it" that Thompson was looking for.||From the Files of Primatech, Part 5|| + Sylvia and Abigail resemble each other.|
+ Sylvia seems surprised that Claude is working with Thompson. She seems more concerned with the danger represented by Thompson to Claude rather than the danger represented by Thomson and Claude.
+ Claude says he once "shagged" a woman named Sylvia.
- The "it" Thompson was looking for is the pneumatic needle used to "tag" specials, as revealed in From the Files of Primatech, Part 6.
|See Also: 9 • Red • Time travel • Claude Rains|