List of Heroes characters
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- 1 Main characters
- 2 Other characters with special abilities
- 2.1 Introduced in Season One
- 2.1.1 Charlie Andrews
- 2.1.2 Charles Deveaux
- 2.1.3 Hana Gitelman
- 2.1.4 Meredith Gordon
- 2.1.5 The Haitian
- 2.1.6 Paulette Hawkins
- 2.1.7 Sanjog Iyer
- 2.1.8 Daniel Linderman
- 2.1.9 Eden McCain
- 2.1.10 Kaito Nakamura
- 2.1.11 Claude Rains
- 2.1.12 Ted Sprague
- 2.1.13 Brian Davis
- 2.1.14 Zane Taylor
- 2.1.15 Molly Walker
- 2.1.16 Dale Smither
- 2.1.17 Candice Wilmer
- 2.2 Introduced in Season Two
- 2.3 Introduced in Season Three
- 2.3.1 Bridget Bailey
- 2.3.2 Luke Campbell
- 2.3.3 Eric Doyle
- 2.3.4 The German
- 2.3.5 Flint Gordon, Jr.
- 2.3.6 Samson Gray
- 2.3.7 Knox
- 2.3.8 James Martin
- 2.3.9 Daphne Millbrook
- 2.3.10 Jesse Murphy
- 2.3.11 Ishi Nakamura
- 2.3.12 Matt Parkman, Jr.
- 2.3.13 Arthur Petrelli
- 2.3.14 Daniel Pine
- 2.3.15 Baron Samedi
- 2.3.16 Scott
- 2.3.17 Alice Shaw
- 2.3.18 Usutu
- 2.3.19 Alex Woolsley
- 2.4 Introduced in Season Four
- 2.5 Introduced in graphic novels
- 2.6 Introduced in webisodes
- 2.1 Introduced in Season One
- 3 Additional family of the main characters
- 4 Additional Season One characters
- 5 Additional Season Two characters
- 6 Additional Season Three characters
- 7 Additional Season Four characters
- 8 Webisode characters
- 9 Graphic novel characters
- 10 References
- 11 External links
Characters are listed by order of appearance then by their duration on the show.
In its inaugural season, Heroes featured an ensemble cast of twelve main characters. During the first season, the NBC Heroes cast page listed ten characters among the cast; Leonard Roberts arrived later, and Jack Coleman was promoted to series regular as of the eleventh episode.
For the second season of the show, Santiago Cabrera, Tawny Cypress, and Leonard Roberts left the main cast. Zachary Quinto and James Kyson Lee, who were recurring characters in the first season, were added to the main cast, and were joined by new cast members David Anders, Kristen Bell, Dania Ramirez, and Dana Davis. Anders was originally to be a recurring character, but was promoted to a series regular prior to the start of the season. He is credited as a guest star for the first four episodes of season two.
For the third season, Cristine Rose, recurring in the first two seasons, was promoted to series regular. Kristen Bell, David Anders, and Noah Gray-Cabey were no longer regulars and became guest cast. Additionally, Dana Davis was no longer part of the main cast, with scenes involving her in the third season cut.
Other characters with special abilities
Introduced in Season One
Charlene "Charlie" Andrews, portrayed by Jayma Mays (with K Callan playing an elderly Charlie in one episode), is a waitress at the Burnt Toast Diner in Midland, Texas, where Hiro Nakamura and Ando Masahashi stop to eat on their road trip to New York. After she reveals to Hiro that she had recently developed the ability to quickly memorize and recall any information with great accuracy in a seemingly unlimited volume, Sylar murders her in the diner's storeroom, removing her brain in the same manner as his other victims. Charlie and Hiro's relationship is the subject of the novel Heroes: Saving Charlie.
Charles Deveaux, portrayed by Richard Roundtree, is the wealthy father of Simone Deveaux, and one of the founding members of the Company. He owns the Deveaux Society, which opened with the goal to "fund causes that bettered the world", and the Deveaux Building, the rooftop of which is a frequently visited location in the series. At the beginning of the series, he is under Peter Petrelli's care due to his failing health, and he has recently lapsed into a coma. Simone believes that Peter is "like a son" to him, and Charles believes that Peter's love and compassion can change the world, as opposed to his former partners' methods. In "Nothing to Hide", Charles and Peter telepathically share a dream in which they fly. After he awakens, he tells Simone about the dream and dies soon after.
Hana Gitelman (Hebrew: חנה גיטלמן) is introduced in a four-part arc of the Heroes graphic novels. She made small, on-screen appearances in the series (played by Stana Katic) during "Unexpected" and "Five Years Gone", but has primarily featured in supplemental material. Hana has the ability to act as a living electronic transmitter and receiver, capable of intercepting and interpreting virtually any form of electronic signal and transmitting coherent signals of any type through thought alone. E-mail, text messages, and phone calls are all simple for her to receive and reproduce if necessary.
Meredith Gordon, portrayed by Jessalyn Gilsig, is the biological mother of Claire Bennet and the older sister of Flint Gordon. Like her younger brother, Meredith has pyrokinetic abilities, which both enable her to create fire from her body and grant her immunity to the effects of it.
The Haitian, portrayed by Jimmy Jean-Louis, has the ability to erase peoples' memories as well as suppress the abilities of others' around him within a certain radius/area of himself. Noah Bennett uses his powers to his advantage as the Haitian works for him. For instances, in season one, Noah directs the Haitian to remove everyone's memories that are aware of his daughter, Claire's ability to spontaneously regenerate.
Paulette Hawkins, portrayed by Tina Lifford, is the mother of D.L. Hawkins, and Micah's grandmother. Her relationship to Niki is tense, questioning her ability to raise Micah. In "One Giant Leap", she defends D.L. in front of Niki. Paulette is convinced that D.L. was framed for killing his crew. She is not seen again until "The Kill Squad, Part 3" where it is revealed that she has the power to enhance other people´s abilities and had become a thorn in the Company's side and was locked in one of the five levels.
Sanjog Iyer, portrayed by Javin Reid, is an Indian boy whom Chandra Suresh had been observing prior to leaving for New York. Chandra's notes described Iyer as having a genetic marker allowing the boy to enter people's dreams, where he acts as a "spirit guide" of sorts. He appears in visions that Mohinder Suresh experiences after returning to India with his father's ashes. After Mohinder finds Sanjog, he explains to Mohinder that he does not enter the dreams of others, but that they instead come to him. Sanjog subsequently appears in several Heroes graphic novels, showing visions of the past to various individuals. In an interview with Joe Pokaski and Aron Coleite, they state that Sanjog's character was considered for the storyline involving Molly and her nightmare man, Maury Parkman. However, the idea was scrapped for reasons they did not reveal.
Daniel Linderman, portrayed by Malcolm McDowell, has the ability to heal the injuries and illnesses of living organisms; this includes healing the "scars" created by mental manipulation, thereby allowing him to restore lost memories and remove implanted thoughts. He served in the U.S. Army with Arthur Petrelli, whom he ended up healing from the brink of death, in the Vietnam War under the code name "Austin". After the war, Daniel found himself living a nomadic, solitary existence. Though he occasionally drowned his sorrows in alcohol, nothing eased the pain of his war memories. Then he met Linda Tavara, whom he thought he could trust his secret with, but he ended up killing her in self-defense; Linda's list led him to reunite with Arthur. He eventually became a reputed mobster, and founder of Linderman Corporation under the guidance of Adam Monroe.
Eden McCain, portrayed by Nora Zehetner, is a Company operative with the power of persuasion, to control others through verbal communication. Born "Sarah Ellis", her father left her to live with her stepmother at an early age, which caused her stepmother to blame her for her father's actions and to abuse her for it. She discovered her power after saying "I wish you'd just die!" to her, which caused her heart to instantly stop beating. She headed west, adopted her new name, and began living selfishly until being taken in by Noah Bennet and the Haitian, who persuaded her to work with them. On Noah's orders, she moved in near Chandra Suresh and befriended him in order to remove Claire Bennet's name from the list of posthumans.
Kaito Nakamura, portrayed by George Takei and Eijiro Ozaki (in a flashback), is a stern and powerful businessman in Japan and the father of Hiro Nakamura. He is the CEO of Yamagato Industries, and he is described as a man with "real power" by his underlings. He is initially very disappointed with Hiro, who does not show any sort of drive, though he eventually comes to respect his son as he develops into a hero. He is one of the founders of the Company. It is revealed in a deleted scene (in the season two DVD boxset) that he has the power of studying a situation and predicting its outcomes, though in the series he never uses this ability.
Claude Rains 
Claude Rains, portrayed by Christopher Eccleston, is a former employee of the Company. His real name is unknown, as he went by the aforementioned alias while working for the Company. A posthuman, he has the ability to turn himself, any personal objects he touches, and other people invisible. Claude's power is limited to the visible spectrum; it does not make him inaudible, nor does it mask his body heat or other such emissions, allowing him to be tracked through thermal imaging or similar methods.
Theodore "Ted" Sprague, portrayed by Matthew John Armstrong, has the ability to generate and manipulate radiation, which he only discovers after being abducted by the Haitian. At first, he has very little control over his power and is extremely destructive, causing such harmful side-effects as radiation poisoning, which ends up killing his wife. When he gains better control over his ability, Ted realizes he is also able to produce an EMP when necessary. He dies at the end of season 1 .
Brian Davis, portrayed by David Berman, is an evolved human who has the ability to move things by the use of his mind. Sylar, who stole Davis's contact information from Chandra Suresh, called up Davis and gave him an alias, choosing "Sylar" from the brand name of a watch that he was working on, telling him he can fix his problem. When he revealed his telekinetic ability to Sylar, Davis asked Sylar if he could remove it. Sylar, driven by his aggression and hunger for power killed and stole his ability, making him the first of several victims.
Zane Taylor, portrayed by Ethan Cohn, is the first person to respond to Mohinder's calls when Mohinder resumes his father's research. Zane leaves a phone message on Mohinder's answering machine, inviting him to Virginia Beach to talk; however, Sylar arrives first and impersonates Mohinder. After an anxious Zane displays his ability to liquefy objects, Sylar kills him. When Mohinder arrives later on, Sylar impersonates Zane and demonstrates Zane's power to liquefy the toaster instantly. According to the article reporting his death, Zane is a musician; he is even seen wearing a Ramones T-shirt, which Sylar then wears while impersonating him.
Molly Walker, portrayed by Adair Tishler, possesses the ability to locate any person in the world using a pin and a map just by thinking of them. She first appears in episode 2. Molly returns in season 2, having been adopted by Parkman and Suresh; as a favor to Matt, she locates his father Maury, despite fearing him as the "Nightmare Man" who torments her. In the season 2 finale, she is menaced by Sylar, but escapes unharmed; she makes a few brief appearances in season 3, but eventually disappears from the series without explanation. In the graphic novels, she is shown as having been sent to live with Mohinder's mother in India, hopefully out of harm's way.
Dale Smither, portrayed by Rusty Schwimmer, is an auto mechanic with the ability of enhanced hearing; she constantly listens to rap music in order to drown out all the sounds which she is exposed to. In "Unexpected", she is contacted by Mohinder and Sylar (posing as Zane Taylor), and is subsequently murdered by Sylar.
Candice Wilmer, portrayed by Missy Peregrym, is an agent of the Company who has the ability to create illusions. She appears in the first two volumes, Genesis and Generations. She can manipulate her own body and a large area around herself, effectively trapping someone if she wishes, and change any detail instantly. Originally known as Betty, she is a very obese woman, so she constantly maintains the illusion that she is thin. She is originally paired with Noah Bennet and is seen using her powers to taunt multiple characters. After Noah's betrayal of the Company is revealed at Candice's hands, she is seen operating on her own. She aides Mr. Linderman in the kidnapping of Micah Sanders in ".07%", and watches after Micah in "Landslide." In "How to Stop an Exploding Man", Candice is confronted and knocked out by Niki Sanders who, with D.L., came to New York for Micah. She is seen hinting at her true obese self in the episode "Landslide".
Introduced in Season Two
Robert Bishop, portrayed by Stephen Tobolowsky, has the ability of alchemy, allowing him to change the atomic properties of objects into materials such as gold. This can also be used as an offensive weapon; in one instance he turns a man's arm into gold, not only rendering it useless but also causing great pain. Known as Bob to his colleagues, he is one of the twelve members of the group established by Adam Monroe thirty years prior to the events of Kirby Plaza. He directs much of the tracking and capture of targets of the Company and he is their financial source, using his ability to create unlimited amounts of gold and other "resources." Following the death of Linderman at the end of Volume One, he takes over as head of the Company. He is also Elle's father, and though she was trained to work for the Company from birth, he constantly criticizes her actions. Bob is killed by Sylar at the beginning of Volume Three. It is revealed in "1961" that he met Angela Petrelli, Daniel Linderman, and Charles Deveaux while a "prisoner" at Coyote Sands.
Alejandro Herrera, portrayed by Shalim Ortiz, is the twin brother of Maya Herrera. Alejandro has the ability to absorb and neutralize his sister's poison emission; to do so, he must make physical contact with Maya and calm her down. He is very protective of her even after the initial manifestation of Maya's power kills their friends and his new wife in his native Dominican Republic. When she runs away, he tracks her down and discovers his ability to stop the progression of the poison she emits. They flee the police through Mexico, trying to get to New York in the hope that Mohinder can cure her. Along the way they meet Sylar, who joins them. Maya trusts Sylar, but Alejandro does not, and when Alejandro reveals his intention to force Maya to leave with him, Sylar kills him.
Maury Parkman, portrayed by Alan Blumenfeld, is Matt Parkman's father, having abandoned Matt when he was thirteen. He is one of the twelve founders of the Company and, like his son, Maury is a telepath; however, his powers are much more developed than Matt's. Instead of just reading surface thoughts, he can read people's memories and manipulate their perceptions of reality, allowing him to trap people in nightmares based on their deepest fears and insecurities.
Victoria Pratt, portrayed by Joanna Cassidy and Jaime Ray Newman, was a founding member of the Company and biological engineer. In 1977, she met Shanti Suresh and began to do research on the Shanti virus. On Company orders, she experimented on the virus, and weaponized it, creating Strain 138, which is capable of killing 93% of the world's population, including both humans and posthumans. When Monroe attempted to steal the strain, Pratt insisted that the program on the virus be stopped, and the strain destroyed. Kaito Nakamura and the other founders did not agree and locked the virus away at Primatech Paper in Odessa, Texas. Pratt was not happy about the decision.
West Rosen, portrayed by Nicholas D'Agosto, has the ability to fly. He was abducted by Mr. Bennet and the Haitian for examination prior to the start of the series, though he tried to escape. He saw Mr. Bennet before being recaptured and having his memory wiped, though he still remembers Bennet's glasses. Years later, he and Claire become classmates at Costa Verde High School.
Introduced in Season Three
Bridget Bailey, portrayed by Tehmina Sunny, has the ability of psychometry, introduced by the BBC in its mirror of Heroes 360 information. Her exchanges with Mohinder Suresh were later included on NBC.com as part of Heroes Evolutions. Her first message, entitled "I need some advice", began on July 11, 2007.
Luke Campbell, portrayed by Dan Byrd, is a teenage boy with the ability to project microwave beams from his hands. The effects of his power vary from object to object. He is able to melt a figurine, boil liquid from a distance without damaging the mug, and burn a person to death from the inside out.
Eric Doyle, portrayed by David H. Lawrence XVII, has the ability of "puppet mastery", which allows him to control the actions of others by manipulating them like a puppeteer. In the webseries "Nowhere Man" he displays control over inanimate objects by closing a door without touching it. He is initially captured by the Company after causing people to seemingly commit suicide with his ability. He later escapes during the confrontation between Elle and Sylar, and returns to running "Doyle's Marionette Theater". He has obsessive romantic feelings for Meredith Gordon, which are renewed after she goes to him fearing that Claire is going to attempt to capture him. Doyle is eventually recaptured after forcing Meredith, Claire and Sandra Bennet to play a variation of Russian roulette, not knowing about Claire's ability. In "Dual", he is freed by Noah Bennet along with two others and offered freedom for killing Sylar. He attempts to save Meredith, but Sylar breaks free of his control and incapacitates him.
The German, portrayed by Ken Lally, has the ability of magnetism manipulation, allowing him to control ferrous objects and materials. He is originally introduced in the graphic novel "Berlin, Part 1", where he is captured by the Company. He subsequently escapes Level 5 in "The Butterfly Effect" along with a dozen other prisoners, and joins a group of them in robbing a bank. In "One of Us, One of Them", he is killed by Knox after disagreeing with his plan.
Flint Gordon, Jr.
Flint Gordon Jr., portrayed by Blake Shields, is Meredith Gordon's younger brother, who also possesses the power of pyrokinesis. He produces extremely hot blue flames as opposed to Meredith's orange flames. He is slow-witted, causing him to be more of a lackey than a leader, especially when around Meredith. He and Meredith were separated as children after Meredith accidentally used her ability to burn down their abusive father's house.
Samson Gray, portrayed by John Glover, is the biological father of Sylar (Gabriel Gray). Like his son, he possesses the ability of intuitive aptitude, allowing him to steal the abilities of other super-powered humans. He is responsible for the death of Gabriel's mother back in 1980. Appearing in "Shades of Gray', he is old and dying of terminal cancer, hiding from Nathan's agents in an old trailer in the woods of Newark, New Jersey.
Benjamin "Knox" Washington, portrayed by Jamie Hector, gains enhanced strength when others around him are frightened. He often uses the threat of becoming stronger to fuel the fears of others. His past was going to be featured in a dropped storyline in "Villains" where he attempts to get out of gang life with the help of Matt Parkman, returning to his old ways after his power manifests; it was later released as the webseries Hard Knox. He is initially a Level 5 prisoner who escapes after the conflict between Sylar and Elle. He joins with the others to hunt down Noah Bennet, though he eventually ends up working for Arthur Petrelli.
James Martin possesses the ability to shapeshift into the form of anyone he touches. He is responsible for killing three of Danko's agents, who were hunting him. Using his ability, he makes his way into Danko's office to touch him in order to "borrow" his form.
Daphne Millbrook, portrayed by Brea Grant, is a thief with the power of enhanced speed. She can move herself at speeds fast enough to just barely outrun a nuclear explosion, move fast enough to be at normal speed when Hiro Nakamura slows down time to the point where time appears to have stopped, and can extend her ability to those she is in contact with. She suffers from cerebral palsy and relied on crutches and braces to walk before gaining her powers. She first becomes acquainted with Hiro Nakamura, who refers to her as "nemesis", after she steals his half of a chemical formula that gives ordinary people super powers. She works for the Pinehearst Company under the direction of Maury Parkman (who appears to her as Mr. Linderman), charged with recruiting members.
Jesse Murphy, portrayed by Francis Capra, is a former prisoner of Level 5 with the ability to produce powerful sonic waves with his voice. According to executive producer Greg Beeman, Jesse's power was originally "Earthquake-stomp", but was changed due to budget constraints. He is described by Knox as having no friends. He and Knox were captured by Noah Bennet and the Haitian after the two used their powers in an attempt to take over a neighborhood.
Ishi Nakamura, portrayed by Tamlyn Tomita, was the wife of Kaito Nakamura and mother to Kimiko and Hiro. She was shown as deceased when Hiro was eight years old when he went back in time with his father in an attempt to convince him to escape his death. It was revealed that she had an ability in an interview with Aron Coleite and Joe Pokaski, which is shown to be the ability to heal living organisms through kisses in "Our Father". She revives Hiro's sick bird and restores the future Hiro's lost memories.
Matt Parkman, Jr.
Matthew "Matty" Parkman, Jr. is the infant son of Matt Parkman and his ex-wife Janice Parkman, and the grandson of Maury Parkman. He has the ability to activate and deactivate objects, whether they are electronic, mechanical, or even human, earning him the nickname "Toddler Touch-And-Go" from Hiro. He is first mentioned in the episode "Five Years Gone", his father working to capture other posthumans in exchange for the protection of him. Matt Parkman, Jr. later appears in the main timeline, living in California with his mother. Matt Senior divorces his wife because they initially believe Matt Junior is the son of the man she cheated on him with, but it turns out they were wrong.
Arthur Petrelli, portrayed by Robert Forster, is the husband of Angela Petrelli, the father of Nathan Petrelli and Peter Petrelli, and the biological grandfather of Claire Bennet. Angela has stated that she and Arthur have gone through "great lengths" to protect Claire. He has the power to take the abilities of other posthumans through physical contact. Once he takes an ability, he cannot return it. The powers he has taken are telepathy from an unknown source, though hinted at being Charles Deveaux; the regenerative abilities of Adam Monroe; Peter's empathic mimicry and the powers he absorbed as a result, including the Haitian's mental manipulation; Maya Herrera's poison emission; and Hiro Nakamura's time manipulation. Arthur's range of powers is such that he can overcome the Haitian's dampening powers after a short period, though not without significant effort.
Daniel Pine, portrayed by Franc Ross, is a Vietnam veteran with the ability to transform parts of his body into metal. He is introduced in "Villains", being captured by Agent Thompson and Meredith Gordon as the latter's first assignment in the Company. He is placed in Level 5, but escapes when Elle Bishop accidentally sets all the Level 5 prisoners free. From there, he returns to his old home, and ends up killing his ex-wife. He is then recaptured by Meredith and Noah Bennet.
Baron Samedi, portrayed by Demetrius Grosse, is a powerful warlord in the jungles of Haiti, and is the half-brother of the Haitian. He possesses impenetrable skin, which grants him a degree of invulnerability from trauma such as fire, knives, and bullets. He shares a name with a loa.
Scott, portrayed by Chad Faust, is a Marine recruited by the Pinehearst Company. Wanting to be more than human so that he can make up for his fellow Marines that died, he is the first person to try the newly perfected formula, which grants him the ability of enhanced strength. However, as he is about to stop Flint Gordon and Peter Petrelli from destroying the lab and the formula in "Dual", his neck is snapped by Knox.
Alice Shaw, played by Laura Marano in flashbacks and by Diana Scarwid in the present, is the estranged younger sister of Angela Petrelli, the aunt of Nathan Petrelli and Peter Petrelli, and the great-aunt of Claire Bennet. She has the ability of weather manipulation. Her powers are seemingly linked to her emotions as she is able to summon gale force winds when frightened, or generate lightning bolts or hailstones when angered. She first appears in the flashback in episode "1961".
Usutu, portrayed by Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine, makes himself known to Matt after he is teleported to Africa by the future Peter Petrelli. He had painted an image of the earth exploding on a nearby rock. This image appears several times in the episodes "The Second Coming" and "The Butterfly Effect", painted on various objects in various places. He also seems to have an extensive knowledge of Matt's life, having painted the major events of Matt's story arc in Volume One when he was just a child. Like the precognition demonstrated by Isaac Mendez (which is also why Hiro refers to him as "Mr. African Isaac"), this skill can be activated at will, though Usutu prefers to listen to music while he works. In a discussion with Parkman, Usutu reveals that he is aware of various changes in the timeline, specifically events that change his earlier predictions. As Hiro finishes his own spirit journey, Usutu is decapitated by Arthur Petrelli, but appears in Suresh's Loft with Ando, Hiro, Matt, and Daphne in "Dual".
Alex Woolsley, portrayed by Justin Baldoni, is an employee at Sam's Comic Book Shop with the ability to breathe underwater. He first discovered his ability while on his high school's swim team. He is rescued by Claire Bennet on orders of the mysterious Rebel, and secretly took up residence within the Bennet household. Eventually Claire's mother finds out about his hiding in their house and she helps him change his identity to protect him. During his stay at the Bennet household, Claire and him develop a mutual romantic interest, culminating in a kiss while they hide from government agents underwater in a pool (thus also allowing Alex to transfer air to her thanks to his ability, removing the need for them to surface to breathe). In the graphic novel "The Scenic Route", he is rescued again, this time by Noah Bennet and Claire's ex-boyfriend West Rosen, and both boys are advised to lie low.
Introduced in Season Four
Arnold, portrayed by Jack Wallace, has the ability of space-time manipulation. Introduced in "Orientation", he is shown as a member of the "Sullivan Bros. Carnival", and as any member, is considered family. He is asked by Samuel Sullivan to send him 14 years back in time so he can meet the adult Hiro Nakamura, which he is capable of doing despite his bad health. He is shown as an old and dying man, and it is implied that Samuel intends to replace him with Hiro. In "Once Upon a Time in Texas", Arnold once again sends Samuel back in time to find Hiro; after Hiro saves Charlie from Sylar and her aneurysm, Samuel orders Arnold to take her to the carnival in present and then to hide her somewhere in time away from Hiro so he will stay with them. This final effort killed Arnold. In the graphic Novel "Smoke and Mirrors", an altar is seen in honor of Arnold as the carnies discuss about Samuel forcing Arnold to use his ability without any concern about his health.
The Bowman Family consists of Chris Bowman, portrayed by Daryl Crittenden, with his wife Gail and daughter Jenny, who are workers at the "Sullivan Bros. Carnival" as part of the fire-breathing family. The three of them exhibit the ability to breathe fire; Chris and Gail exhibit orange flames, but little Jenny exhibits blue ones (in main series she exhibits orange flames as well). Although seen in background as member of the "family" since "Orientation", they are shown mainly in iStories (Faction Zero and Slow Burn). In "Strange Attractors" (Slow Burn iStory chapter 5) they are told by Samuel Sullivan to show their ability to Tracy so she will feel comfortable at the carnival, but she felt the other way around so they stop. In the graphic novel "Smoke and Mirrors", Amanda watches as the Bowman family practices their fire-breathing act making her want to be a Bowman herself.
Emma Coolidge, portrayed by Deanne Bray, is a deaf woman working in the same hospital as Peter. Dialogue indicates that she is trained as a physician, but prefers to work archiving patients' data instead of treating them. In the episode "Ink", she discovers that she can perceive sound as a form of colored light; the louder the sound, the more intense and colorful the light. Her doctor (also her mother) suggests that this is a form of synesthesia (mixed signals from the different senses). At the park, she sees the music a cello player produces, and then starts playing it herself, producing beautiful music. She constantly uses headphones in public to avoid being asked anything, so people will not notice that she is deaf. In the episode "Hysterical Blindness", Emma discovers that she is able to convert sound into physical force after damaging her apartment walls while playing a cello once more; the cello was in a box with the "Sullivan Bros. Carnival" label on it. In "Tabula Rasa", she is afraid of her power and seeks Peter to help her stop it, but ultimately Hiro helps her understand that her ability is a gift, and once she knows what she can do, she can use it to do good things. As Peter and Emma learn that Hiro is dying, Emma makes him promise he will stay in bed, although he constantly tells Emma he feels alive when he uses his ability and he will die with dignity like Charlie intended to do.
Damien, portrayed by Harry Perry, is a carnival worker at "Sullivan Bros. Carnival", introduced in "Tabula Rasa", with the ability to restore, heal and distort other people's memories. By orders of Samuel, he takes Sylar to the center chamber of the Hall of Mirrors and touches his head using his ability on him. Then, he leaves Sylar alone while he sees his real memories reflecting in every mirror. In "Thanksgiving", he is present during Thanksgiving dinner; after Edgar's escape, he surprises Hiro while talking to Samuel, disrupting his memories, but apparently in a way he did not expect (which is also seen in the graphic novel "The Trip, Part 1"). In "The Art of Deception", he helps Samuel to walk over the dying Lydia.
Edgar Sullivan, portrayed by Ray Park, has the ability of enhanced speed and works at the "Sullivan Bros. Carnival". Introduced in "Orientation", he is sent by Samuel Sullivan to kill Emile Danko in order to retrieve a mysterious compass. At first he refuses, stating that he does not kill unless absolutely necessary. Samuel chokes him (with a tattoo hand controlled by his power), but releases him with a promise to not force Edgar again after he does this task. Edgar fails once, as Danko does not have the artifact with him and Tracy manages to freeze his knife and arm; he fails again when Peter Petrelli mimics his ability. He goes after Noah Bennet and finally takes the compass to Samuel, leaving Noah badly wounded.
Eli, portrayed by Todd Stashwick, is a thief and diamond-mine owner who is found by Tracy Strauss (following orders from Samuel Sullivan) in a cruise in the southwestern coast of Africa in the graphic novel "Prodigals, Part 1: Immersed". Tracy interrupts his way into a girl and accidentally reveals the money he has stolen from a tourist, and then Eli takes out a gun. When Tracy recognizes Eli, he gets angry and distrustful to hear she knows his real name, and creates many clones to surround Tracy. Unknowing what she meant about the carnival, "they" shoot Tracy, also unaware that her abilities will allow her to survive and fight back. The original Eli is already in a boat escaping, and Tracy knows she must follow him to the open sea. In "Prodigals, Part 2: Witch Hunt", Tracy is tracking down the root Eli at Cape Town and in the process ends up killing many of his clones. After understanding how Eli and clones move around, Eli surprises her at his diamond mine where his clones work. Instead of killing her when having a chance, he decides to receive her and show her the place. In "Prodigals, Part 3: Parched", Tracy is seen fighting against a horde of clones while the root Eli stands quietly. After learning Samuel is the actual leader of the carnival, he agrees to return, as it was Joseph who exiled him but always was loyal to Samuel.
Ian Michaels, portrayed by Adam Lazarre-White, is a homeless man introduced in "Upon This Rock" who has the ability to control, manipulate, and accelerate plant growth. Originally, he was terrified by his ability and opted to hide in seclusion in Central Park. He was soon found by Samuel Sullivan and Emma Coolidge and shown the benefits of having an ability. He is now part of the "Sullivan Bros. Carnival".
Jeremy Greer, portrayed by Mark L. Young, is an evolved human introduced in "Tabula Rasa", a teenager with the ability to control the life force of living creatures, so he can either heal them or kill them.
Lydia, portrayed by Dawn Olivieri, introduced in "Orientation" as a member of the "Sullivan Bros. Carnival", where she is known as the "Painted Lady" for having several tattoos over her body. She demonstrates the complex ability to connect with people and knowing their description and whereabouts, achieved mainly when Samuel Sullivan draws their faces in her skin with ink, probably a type of clairvoyance. She is able to find Emile Danko's current location, and even find that Hiro Nakamura had visited the carnival fourteen years prior, and then she is told by Samuel to locate other characters (Claire, Sylar and Peter) so he can find a new member of the "family", who turns out to be Sylar (Hysterical Blindness). When she shakes hands with Sylar, it triggers Nathan's memories of shaking hands as a politician. In the graphic novel "Stolen Fate", she said to have the ability to show people's desires and hopes. In the graphic novel "The Painted Lady", her ability is shown as backfiring by making her susceptible to anyone else's desires, such as running away like her boyfriend wanted her to, and Carol's desire for Amanda to be hers, which led Lydia to abandon her baby with Carol. Lydia serves as the main antagonist, but not villain, of the Webseries: Slow Burns.
Joseph Sullivan, portrayed by Andrew Connolly, was the leader of the "Sullivan Bros. Carnival", until his mysterious death. Seeing his burial in "Orientation" and being mentioned so many times, mainly by his brother Samuel, Lydia and Edgar, he is referred to as a kind and fair leader, with visions of family and peace far from Samuel's. As his rightful successor, Samuel tries to fill his void by adding new members to the family, although Lydia and Edgar say it was not Joseph's will (Acceptance). In the episode "Ink", Samuel reveals he and Joseph once lived and served at a mansion while kids. In the episode "Hysterical Blindness", Samuel chooses Sylar from a list of evolved humans as the one who will fill the void left by Joseph's death, although is unknown what ability Joseph held. In "Shadowboxing", Samuel states Danko is the one who killed Joseph and that's why he kept a compass hidden, Joseph's.
Rebecca "Becky" Taylor, portrayed by Tessa Thompson, possesses the power of invisibility. She is first introduced in "Hysterical Blindness" as a pledge master for a sorority on Claire Bennet's college campus. She is connected to the Sullivan Bros. Carnival by way of her "Uncle Samuel". It is revealed that she is the one responsible for the death of Claire's first roommate, Annie, and for fueling Claire's suspicion of Gretchen. When Claire and Gretchen are exploring the slaughterhouse as part of the hazing process, an invisible Becky attempts to kill Gretchen twice, but is thwarted by Claire at both turns. Becky exhibits her power in front of all four girls being hazed and is forced to flee after Claire hits her. It's revealed in "Shadowboxing" that Becky has an unpleasant past with Noah Bennet as he killed her father during a bag and tag mission for the Company; her fear towards Noah activating her invisibility.
Introduced in graphic novels
Bianca Karina is an agent of the Company who can adapt her lungs to enable her to breathe in any environment, including underwater. She is partnered with Devin Patterson and engaged to Gael Cruz. She is first seen in "Root and Branch, Part 1" when she and Patterson capture one of Julien Dumont's rogue clones. She is next seen in "Berlin", where she, Gael, and Devin are sent to capture the German. After Gael is incapacitated and Devin is killed, Bianca uses her ability to knock him out. With the help of Paul Harding and Ahlrich Dekker, they get the German to headquarters. At the end of the Evs Dropper arc, she defends Donna Dunlap from Gael, locking him in a cell. After Donna and Eric Thompson, identify Connie Logan as Evs Dropper, she is leads those sent to fight her. Once the majority of agents are killed, Bianca shoots the root Julien Dumont and all clones are killed. In "The Butterfly Effect" and "Dreams Until Death", she and Gael confront Sylar outside the Bennet house after he leaves having taken Claire Bennet's ability, and she is killed by Sylar after she and Gael attempt to capture him. However, Gael identifies himself as "special", so Bianca gets a quick death and her power is not taken.
Introduced in webisodes
Caleb, portrayed by Dusty Sorg, is a worker at the "Sullivan Bros. Carnival" and loyal lackey of Samuel Sullivan who seems to monitor the activities within the "family", as he is seen spying and informing Samuel in webisodes and iStories (and even to Joseph in Bloodlines, Part 1). He is introduced in Slow Burn webisodes as he spies on Edgar and Lydia. Later, he befriends Lydia's daughter, Amanda, once she gets to the carnival.
Echo DeMille, portrayed by Kiko Ellsworth, is a prisoner of Level 5 with the ability to manipulate sound. He was almost captured by the Constrictor and Howard, but used his power to escape. When the Constrictor later took his girlfriend hostage, Echo was forced to kill him. He took out another pair of agents making his escape. When trying to meet with his girlfriend, Echo used the brown note to avoid two more Company agents. He arranged to meet her thirteen weeks later at his family's cabin only to be ambushed by Penny and Connie Logan, Elle Bishop, and several other paired agents. Using his ability, he incapacitated all but one - a posthuman with the ability to absorb sound. The agent captured him, and Echo was detained to Level 5, where Angela Petrelli implied a former connection to him.
He also appeared in the TV series at the episode "Dual", wherein Sylar later puts the Company facility into lockdown, Noah releases Echo and the other recaptured prisoners, offering them freedom if they can kill Sylar. Echo is subsequently killed by Sylar, his throat slashed open.
Rachel Mills, portrayed by Taylor Cole, is the daughter of Leona Mills and a father with the ability to teleport. Rachel, as time goes on, goes on a journey of self-exploration and is gradually drawn into the secret world of people with special powers, all beginning with the trauma of her mother's apparent suicide, which she never recovered from and eventually drove her to join the United States Marine Corps. After an experience in an unusual biological experimentation lab while serving as a USMC Corporal in Iraq, Rachel found her career at an end, and so was recruited by Pinehearst as part of their "super-soldier" program, agreeing to accept injections of Mohinder Suresh's experimental formula to fight a war against dangerous specials. It is at this time that Rachel discovers she already has a power, having unknowingly developed her teleportation ability that she inherited from her father.
Amanda Strazzulla, portrayed by Sasha Pieterse, is the daughter of Lydia who abandoned her because she was too young to raise her. She lives in New England with Lydia's sister Carol Strazzulla, and months ago manifested spontaneous combustion, the ability to explode things with the power of her mind, which caused her aunt to fear her, and also lured Noah Bennet and Meredith Gordon while they worked together for the Company during the Villains' arc (Boom). She is introduced in the main series in the episode "Thanksgiving" as part of the carnival family during the Thanksgiving dinner.
Additional family of the main characters
This list includes every non-powered relative of the main characters.
Kate Bennet, portrayed by Sherri Saum, was Noah's first wife in 1985, seen in "The Wall", introduced as she revealed Noah she was pregnant. That night both were assaulted by a telekinetic man named Richard who ended up killing Kate. This event triggered Noah's psychotic depression, paranoia and having investigations about posthumans and finally put him in the Company's way.
Lyle Bennet, portrayed by Randall Bentley, is Claire Bennet's younger brother and the son of Noah and Sandra Bennet. Lyle finds out about his sister's healing powers by watching a videotape showing her quickly recovering from such otherwise deadly experiences as being hit by a car and falling nearly thirty feet. He confirms his realization by stapling Claire's hand and watching it heal, though Claire convinces him to keep the secret and to hand her the tape. After Claire tells her father that Lyle knows about her powers, Mr. Bennet has the Haitian remove Lyle's memories about her healing abilities. but later he becomes aware of her powers again.
Sandra Bennet, portrayed by Ashley Crow, is Claire Bennet's adoptive mother and the ex-wife of Noah Bennet. She has great affection for her pet pomeranian, Mr. Muggles. She is at first unaware of her husband's activities or her daughter's powers, and the Haitian has wiped her memories several times on her husband's orders. However, after Claire meets Hank and Lisa, Sandra tells Claire that she and Mr. Bennet had tried unsuccessfully to find her biological parents when she was a baby because they thought she might have a rare chromosomal disorder.
Martin Gray, portrayed by Ned Schmidtke, is Sylar's adoptive father and biological uncle. He abandoned Sylar and his mother, Virginia, when Sylar was very young. In the third volume, Sylar learns that Martin is not his biological father, prompting him to track Martin down in "A Clear and Present Danger". Martin reveals that his brother, Samson Gray, is his real father, and that he adopted Sylar to appease Virginia and their marital problems. Samson sold Sylar to Martin for an undisclosed amount of money.
Virginia Gray, portrayed by Ellen Greene, is Sylar's mother. When Sylar visits Virginia, she constantly pushes Sylar to "be special," even saying that he could become President if he wanted to. Sylar reveals his powers, accidentally injuring her, and confesses his guilt since he thinks he will be the exploding man and kill many people. Both instances only alienate the two, and Virginia demands that Sylar leave her house and give back her son Gabriel. She brandishes a pair of scissors at Sylar, but is accidentally stabbed in the heart when they struggle for the scissors.
Kimiko Nakamura, portrayed by Saemi Nakamura, is the daughter of Kaito and older sister of Hiro. She is very intelligent and motivated, and wishes to advance in her father's company, Yamagato Industries. She accompanies her father to New York to retrieve Hiro. She gets along with her brother, in comparison to his and their father's strained relationship, as evidenced by the way Kimiko's pleas and reasoning get much further than Kaito's authoritative tactics (up to and including kidnapping). Hiro convinced his father that Yamagato has a successor in Kimiko. It is unknown if Kimiko has any abilities.
Janice Parkman, portrayed by Lisa Lackey, is the ex-wife of telepathic police officer Matt Parkman. Their marriage has been troubled for some time, with both becoming increasingly distant. Janice blames their problems on his jealousy of her prospering career while his has been stalling. However, when Matt disappears for a day, she is truly worried about him. Matt then tries to fulfill her every need by reading her thoughts to improve their marriage. Matt discovers that she had had an affair with his ex-partner. Two weeks later, after Matt tells Janice of his ability to read minds, the pair's marriage and relationship begins to mend. When Matt gets a six-month suspension for his rogue actions at work, she provides him with emotional support and reveals that she is pregnant. Four months later Matt and Janice are divorced, and Matt later reveals to Nathan Petrelli that the child his wife bore is not his, but rather the man's with whom his wife cheated. It is later revealed that the child, named Matt Parkman, Jr, was in fact his. In the episode 'Cold Snap', the infant displayed the ability to control energy (turning on a TV and activating several electronic toys), which also allowed him to jump-start/reactivate an evolved human's ability (by touching Hiro, baby Matt immediately restored Hiro's lost ability to "stop time" and eventually his teleporting and time-travel abilities). 
Heidi Petrelli, portrayed by Rena Sofer, is Nathan Petrelli's wife and is involved with his strategies for his bid for congressional office. She uses a wheelchair for mobility after being paralyzed in a car crash in the episode "Six Months Ago" caused by Linderman's accomplices under the orders of Arthur Petrelli while Nathan was driving. Nathan, while trying to control the car, suddenly found himself flying for the first time. She is able to walk in the episode "Landslide" after being healed by Mr.Linderman.
Simon & Monty Petrelli
Simon and Monty Petrelli, portrayed by Justin Evans and Jackson Wurth, are the juvenile sons of Nathan and Heidi Petrelli, seen participating in the Petrelli campaign during the 2006 election. Following the presumed death of their uncle, Peter, Nathan's depression and heavy drinking caused Heidi to leave Nathan, taking their sons with her. As of the second season episode "Kindred", they live and attend a private school in Washington, D.C.
Chandra Suresh, portrayed by Erick Avari, was born in Chennai and is Mohinder's late father, as well as the author of Activating Evolution, a book which appears to explain the reason so many people with powers are suddenly appearing. He found a means of tracking and locating potential powered people. He was also connected with Sylar, whom he referred to as "Patient Zero". On a taped telephone conversation from shortly before Chandra's death, however, he said he wanted nothing to do with Sylar, and insisted the man stop calling him. Before his death, Chandra kept a male lizard named Mohinder.
Shanti Suresh is Chandra Suresh's daughter, also born in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. In the episode "Seven Minutes to Midnight", Mohinder Suresh's mother tells him that she had died at the age of five, two years after he was born. But in the later episode, "The Hard Part", he states that he never got to see her because she died before he was born. His blood actually possessed the antibodies she needed to survive, but he was born just a few months too late. Chandra Suresh said she had a genetic abnormality. Her death, along with several other factors, prompted Chandra Suresh to begin his investigations into people with special powers.
Damon Dawson, portrayed by Carlon Jeffery, is Monica's younger brother. When Micah comes to live with the Dawsons, Damon initially bullies him. But when Micah uses his power to tune in pay-per-view television, Damon starts to accept his cousin. He gets Micah's backpack stolen, which eventually leads to Niki Sanders' death.
"Nana" Dawson, portrayed by Nichelle Nichols, is Micah Sanders' Great Aunt and grandmother of Monica and Damon Dawson. She lives with her grandchildren in New Orleans after her daughter, Monica and Damon's mother, is killed during Hurricane Katrina. Niki Sanders leaves Micah in Nana's care when she leaves to join the Company.
Additional Season One characters
This list includes every character not listed above, that appeared in three episodes or more of the first season.
Hank and Lisa
Hank and Lisa, portrayed by Colby French and Karri Turner, claim to be a former couple and Claire Bennet's biological parents in "Better Halves". Mr. Bennet tells Claire that he has arranged through an adoption agency for Hank and his former girlfriend, Lisa, to meet Claire and answer her questions. Hank and Lisa tell Claire that they were high school sweethearts who split up before her birth. Hank wanted to keep Claire, while Lisa wanted to give her up for adoption. Hank tells Claire that he has a family history of heart disease and cancer, while Lisa tells her that she has diabetes, but neither tell Claire anything that explains how she got her healing powers.
Audrey Hanson, portrayed by Clea DuVall, is an FBI agent pursuing Sylar. Three months after Sylar begins his murder spree, Audrey catches sight of him in Chicago, but he eludes her by escaping on a subway after giving his cap and trenchcoat to an elderly man, whom Audrey shoots, mistaking him for Sylar.
While investigating the murder of Molly Walker's family in Los Angeles three months later, Audrey initially gets to know Officer Matt Parkman. He reveals to her his ability to read people's minds and she asks him to help the FBI find Sylar. Later, Sylar unsuccessfully attempts to seize Molly from FBI custody. During his escape, Audrey is almost forced to shoot herself because of the man's telekinetic abilities but is saved when Parkman intervenes.
Audrey again requests the aid of Officer Parkman when she suspects that Sylar has killed again. She takes Parkman to the morgue, where they examine the body of a dead oncologist who was burned alive. Audrey is exposed to a dangerously high amount of radiation while investigating the house of Theodore Sprague, whom she believes to be Sylar. She and Parkman find Sprague in the hospital with his dying wife, but Parkman persuades him to surrender. However, Sprague escapes after being taken into custody by Homeland Security, and she again enlists Parkman's aid in hunting him down. Audrey begins to bond with Matt, to the extent of giving him advice on his relationship with his wife, and she looks to become attracted to him. Two weeks later, Audrey and Matt have the FBI raid Primatech Paper Company. However, they find nothing. Audrey's superior then threatens her position with the bureau. Disheartened, Audrey harshly tells Matt their partnership is over. Audrey re-appears in the penultimate episode for the season and arrests Sprague on a tip from Sylar (posing as Isaac Mendez). After Sprague is killed by Sylar, she is seen at the accident site. When a police officer remarks on how the top of someone's head falls off, she walks by and replies, "You don't want to know."
Aron Malsky, portrayed by Kevin Chamberlin, is a lawyer formerly under the employ of Mr. Linderman. He is first seen visiting D.L. Hawkins to retrieve the case of money stolen by Niki/Jessica. He later visits Niki in the psych ward to notify her of her release, due to someone else supposedly confessing to her crimes. Matt Parkman becomes his personal bodyguard for the day while he's in California. Malsky then uses the two million dollars he retrieved from D.L. to buy diamonds for himself. He is finally murdered by Jessica who was sent by Mr. Linderman.
Brody Mitchum, portrayed by Matt Lanter, is a classmate of Claire Bennet and quarterback on the football team at the fictional Union Wells High School. During a celebratory bonfire Brody and Claire wander off to the bleachers, where he attempts to rape her. He accidentally throws her onto a tree branch and considers her dead when a branch impales the back of her head. In "Collision" he is shaken to see her alive again. After Claire discovers that Brody has raped at least one other girl, she convinces him to let her drive them both home in his car, but then, in an attempt to scare him, rams the car headfirst into a brick wall. She drags his unconscious body from the car when it catches fire and ultimately explodes. When he wakes up and sees Claire unharmed, he realizes that she is not a normal human being. After learning of the attempted rape of his daughter, an enraged Mr. Bennet has his associate, the Haitian, wipe out all of Brody's memory. Brody, severely injured, is later seen in a wheelchair attending Homecoming.
Mira Shenoy, portrayed by Kavi Ladnier, is a geneticist and love interest of Mohinder Suresh, first seen in "Seven Minutes to Midnight", during the funeral of Chandra Suresh in India. Mira offers Mohinder a job in her company so he could return to Madras and forget about his father's research, but he ultimately refuses and returns to New York. In "Brother's Keeper" is shown that Mohinder returned to Madras and lived together with Mira until he was drawn by Project Icarus and left following the compass. In the graphic novel "Second Chances", Mira is abducted by someone interested in Mohinder´s research. With the help of Molly, Mohinder finds Mira and saves her, and they end up sharing a kiss.
Elisa Thayer, portrayed by Stacy Haiduk, is an FBI agent investigating Sylar-related murders who appears in several first-season episodes beginning with "Don't Look Back." The character also appears in the unbroadcast version of the pilot episode.
Eric Thompson, Sr.
Eric Thompson, Sr. or commonly referred as Agent Thompson or simply Thompson, portrayed by Eric Roberts, is an associate of Noah Bennet at Primatech, which is a cover for his position as Bennet's superior in The Company. The character is first mentioned in "Wireless, Part Two", and introduced in the graphic novel "How Do You Stop an Exploding Man?, Part Two" tracking down Ted Sprague. He is also seen recruiting a young Haitian ("It Takes A Village, Part 4"), and in a failed attempt to recruit Daphne Millbrook ("The Caged Bird"), prior to "Genesis".
In the episode "Company Man", he is mostly seen in flashbacks of Bennet's past dealings with The Company, but he also gets a brief cameo at the end of the episode where he is seen shooting Ted Sprague in the shoulder, causing him to lose control of his radioactive powers, and expressing interest in Claire Bennet's complete recovery from her exposure to Ted's overload. Due to Bennet's betrayal of The Company, Thompson informs him that he is on death row and that he is just waiting for the order to kill him. His later appearances show him recruiting Mohinder Suresh into the Company, and informing Mohinder of Molly Walker's condition. In the Primatech building, he dies when he is shot twice by Noah Bennet while attempting to kill Matt Parkman.
Thompson is portrayed as a man who plays by the rules and takes his orders very seriously. He gets his orders from Linderman. During a conversation with Nathan Petrelli, Thompson reveals that he knows and approves of the plans to blow up New York. When Nathan implies that Linderman does not have the situation under control, Thompson reassures him that Linderman does.
In the Volume Three episode "Villains", a flashback is shown revealing that Thompson had wanted to train Meredith and Flint Gordon Jr. to be agents for the Company. However, Meredith betrays the Company and tries to escape with her brother. After a heated battle on a train, he captures Meredith and asks her why she hates the Company. Meredith replies that the Company killed her daughter, Claire. Upon hearing this, Thompson lets Meredith go, hinting that Claire is still alive.
In the episode "The Wall", seen in flashbacks, Eric approaches Noah in 1987 to recruit him into the Company after seeing what he is capable of. He later informs Noah the will of the Company for him to get married, suggesting the waitress (Sandra).
In the graphic novel From the Files of Primatech: 1988, Thompson is assigned a mission in East Berlin, Germany during the Cold War along with Claude Rains, in which they must catch or terminate a KGB agent named Sylvia with the ability of mass manipulation. Sylvia ultimately turns into a giant defeating both agents, leaving Claude near death; meanwhile Thompson completes the real mission. Once Claude wakes up at the Company, Angela Petrelli reveals the real target; Eric brought a tracking device (isotope pneumatic injection) from Germany which will allow them to track posthumans, starting with Claude.
- His full name is revealed in the graphic novel From the Files of Primatech, Part 5: 1988 as Eric Thompson Sr.
- It is revealed in the graphic novels that he has a son also named Eric Thompson, and referred to as "Thompson Jr.," who also works for The Company. He sees in Noah Bennet the face of treason as he killed his father. He also appears in Faction Zero iStory.
"Texas" Tina, portrayed by Deirdre Quinn, is the romance-novel-loving confidante of Niki Sanders who frequently takes care of Niki's son, Micah, and attends Alcoholics Anonymous meetings with Niki. When Niki confides in Tina about having blackouts and possibly an alternate personality, Tina tells her that her troubles stem from psychological damage as a result of her dealings with the mob. In "Nothing to Hide", Tina finally meets and flees from Niki's alternate personality, Jessica, after Micah is taken away by D.L. Hawkins.
Jacqueline "Jackie" Wilcox, portrayed by Danielle Savre, is a cheerleader and high school classmate of Claire Bennet. Although she claimed to be "BFF" (best friends forever) with Claire and once revealed plans to run for class president with "good deeds" as her platform, Jackie is an obnoxious rival and dramatic foil for Claire. Jackie repeatedly taunts Zach about his sexual orientation. She is also apparently jealous of Claire and Brody Mitchum, who described Jackie as a gossip. Jackie is eager to be the center of attention and takes credit for a fire rescue Claire performed in "Genesis." Sylar mistakes Jackie for Claire after having read of Jackie's faked heroism and kills her by telekinetically slicing open her skull. Jackie's last word to Claire is "run." She appears again in "Once Upon a Time in Texas", as Hiro travels back in time before Sylar gets to Charlie; Jackie is seen along with Claire and other cheerleaders celebrating the outcome of the homecoming football match. Ultimately, Hiro teleports Sylar to Odessa so he will not harm Charlie, but it is hinted that Jackie and later victims will have the same fate they once had. She appears again in "Pass/Fail" in Hiro's mental trial as the main Sylar's victim Hiro could save besides Charlie.
Zach, portrayed by Thomas Dekker, is a high school classmate of Claire Bennet and one of the first people to know of her powers. He videotapes Claire using her abilities. He tells Claire that he helped her win the Homecoming Queen election by campaigning for her amongst the "unpopular" crowd. He also gives her a book written by Chandra Suresh, which he says details information on her power and others.
Additional Season Two characters
Caitlin, portrayed by Katie Carr, is Ricky's sister and a love interest of Peter Petrelli.
Kyle Dilman, played by Brian Kimmet, was Noah Bennet's manager at Copy Kingdom. Dilman returns as the main antagonist of the Webseries: Nowhere Man, where he has been promoted to a corporate position at Copy Kingdom Headquarters.
Detective Bryan Fuller, portrayed by Barry Shabaka Henley, is Matt Parkman's partner in the NYPD.
Deborah "Debbie" Marshall, portrayed by Dianna Agron, is the head cheerleader/captain of the cheer squad at Costa Verde High School.
Ricky, portrayed by Holt McCallany, is an Irish mobster, first appearing in the season premiere while searching for a shipping container with his partners Tuko and Will.
Whitebeard, portrayed by Kurando Mitsutake, was a warlord in 17th century Japan. He first appeared in "Four Months Later...".
Will and Tuko
Will and Tuko, portrayed by Dominic Keating and Adetokumboh M'Cormack, are two associates of Ricky's. They reside in Cork, Ireland. They work with Ricky in some of his illegal ventures. Will betrays Ricky but is stopped by Peter.
Yaeko, portrayed by Eriko Tamura, is the swordsmith's daughter in the legend of Takezo Kensei. She lives in Feudal Japan, 1671.
Additional Season Three characters
Emile Danko, portrayed by Željko Ivanek, also referred to as "The Hunter", is a senior agent of the Department of Homeland Security who served as the leader of a team of soldiers hunting and imprisoning people with abilities on behalf of his superior, Senator Nathan Petrelli. He is the central antagonists during Volume 4: Fugitives.
Hesam, portrayed by Assaf Cohen, is a paramedic in New York City, friend and co-worker of Peter Petrelli, introduced in "A Clear and Present Danger". He is of middle-eastern descent, and so he is at first concerned about Nathan's speech about minorities, not knowing that he was talking about posthumans instead.
Robert Malden, portrayed by Bruce Boxleitner, is the governor of the state of New York by the time Nathan Petrelli was shot during a press conference in Odessa, Texas. He is introduced in "The Second Coming".
Dr. Jonas Zimmerman
Dr. Jonas Zimmerman, portrayed by Ronald Guttman, is a former employee of the Company. He helped create the formula that grants synthetic abilities. Under Company orders, he delivered Niki Sanders and Tracy Strauss, as well as their third sister Barbara, and gave them their abilities. After his tenure with the Company was over, however, many of his memories of employment there were erased. It is later revealed in the episode "1961" that he was working with Chandra Suresh at Coyote Sands, conducting research on posthumans for the government, Project Icarus.
Additional Season Four characters
Gretchen Berg, portrayed by Madeline Zima, is a college student of Arlington University who befriends Claire Bennet in "Orientation". She recognizes Claire as the survivor of the cheerleader massacre in Odessa, Texas ("Homecoming"), and ultimately becomes friends with her, which makes Claire's roommate Annie jealous.
Lauren Gilmore, portrayed by Elisabeth Röhm, is a CIA agent who previously worked as Noah Bennet's closest co-worker. She is introduced in "Once Upon a Time in Texas" working with Noah at Primatech Paper as the events of Volume One "Genesis" unfold, more as a confidant outside of the home when Noah cannot tell his family about what his job really entails.
Vanessa Wheeler, portrayed by Kate Vernon, is a cellist living in LA and old flame of Samuel Sullivan, who constantly draws her picture using his ability. Although mentioned before, she is first seen in the episode "Close to You", when Noah Bennet and Matt Parkman track her down and telepathically convince her to talk about Samuel.
Characters with special abilities who only appear in the webisodes.
In Part 1, Matt Parkman tries to convince Knox to leave the gang Bartell is running. They part ways, and later the gang are planning a job and selecting guns. When Knox mentions he wants to "sit this one out", Bartell does not comply. Bartell does a "confidence check" on each member (by holding a gun to their throats), except Knox, who begins sensing their fear, which allows the surprised Knox to effectively bend a steel crowbar into a pretzel. When no other gang member asks to skip out on the heist, Knox reluctantly agrees to participate.
In Part 3, Bartell confronts Knox about talking to a cop. Bartell begins punching him, and then threatens him with a gun. He then prepares to beat Knox up with a baseball bat, but Knox, empowered by the fear of the other gang members present, breaks the bat in half. Knox proceeds to throw Bartell around the room, before punching a hole through his chest; killing him. One of the gang members, in shock, tells him that he killed Bartell, with Knox answering that he is "the main man" now.
In Part 4, When Matt asks what happened to Bartell, Knox merely replies that he heard he "got eaten by a shark". This may imply that they threw Bartell's remains in the ocean.
The Constrictor, portrayed by Mark Steger, served as the main antagonist of The Webseries: Going Postal, and has the power of constriction. He is sent with Howard to capture Echo DeMille. After their first attempt fails, leaving Howard dying on the ground and bleeding from his ears, the Constrictor finishes Howard off and goes after Echo himself. However, he is killed by Echo after using his ability on Echo's girlfriend in an attempt to force him to surrender.
David Sullivan, portrayed by Brian T. Skala, is a Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps recruited by Pinehearst as part of their super soldier program. The goal of the program is to inject the marines with an experimental serum to aid in the apprehension of people with special abilities by granting them abilities themselves. He is shown working at a Pinehearst facility alongside Pvt. Rachel Mills and Ryan Hanover. During the explosive disaster there, he is severely injured by falling debris. In an attempt to save him, Rachel injects him with a vial of the serum. The serum augments his strength and speed, makes his eyes glow red-orange, and also causes him to behave in a violent, animalistic fashion. After attacking and killing Ryan, he also turns on Rachel. However, she stabs him to death with a pair of scissors.
Edward, portrayed by Jose Yenque, is the father of Santiago and the husband of Iris, and is a former agent of the Company. He has the abilities of both accelerated probability - allowing him to slow time, determine which action to take, and do so at a superhuman speed - and electricity manipulation. With his family threatened, he was forced to work as an assassin for the Company, but eventually faked his death to leave that life. Upon learning that the Company is going after his family, he returns and attempts to kill the character listed in the credits as Serious Looking Woman (S.L.W.) by electrocution.
Elisa, portrayed by Lina Esco, is a Company agent with the ability to turn her body into water. She is partnered with S.L.W., and the duo is assigned to capture Santiago and convince him to be an agent. However, Elisa develops feelings for him, and releases him so that he will not end up like her.
Leona Mills/Linda Niles
Leona Mills is the long-lost mother of Rachel Mills. Leona is a childhood friend of Angela Petrelli (affectionately referring to her as "Angie"). Leona is also an evolved human with the ability to absorb life-force from both living and in-animate objects (such as the ground around her); with such a degree of control Leona can age herself to make herself look extremely old or relatively young at will.
S. L. W.
Santiago, portrayed by Roberto Urbina, is a posthuman living in Peru with the ability of accelerated probability, which allows him to slow down time, analyze which action to take, and then do so at a superhuman speed. He believed for years that his father was dead, but finds out the truth after being captured by S.L.W. and Elisa that his father was an assassin for the Company. He refuses to follow in his father's footsteps, and eventually escapes with Elisa, to whom he is mutually attracted.
Graphic novel characters
This list includes every character not listed above, that has appeared in a graphic novel, and has a superhuman ability.
Julien Dumont was an agent of the company who was able to duplicate himself, supposedly monitoring a bag and tag mission of several of his duplicates who had gone rogue in Antarctica, Australia and the Congo (though a holding room filled with more indicates that there were even more).
Donna Dunlap was merely an everyday dental receptionist who happened to have telescopic, microscopic, and nocturnal vision.
Sabine Hazel is a medical professional (specifically a biologist) in the employ of the Company who was selected by Bob Bishop to become an agent and partner of whom she believed was the real (or "Root") Julien Dumont. Initially only together to protect him, eventually Sabine succumbed to her desires and became his lover. Secretly, Sabine had been contacted by the mysterious Evs Dropper, who claimed Dumont was an imposter. Sabine, however, did not believe the warning.
It is revealed in "Rebellion, Part 5: Wanted", in a conversation between Micah Sanders and Eric Thompson Jr. that her baby is already been born, and is considered to be as dangerous as his posthuman father, Julien Dumont, although is never revealed if he has any ability.
Sparrow Redhouse was on Chandra's list, as well as the Gabriel Gray's list. In 2011, in the possible future in which the destruction of New York City in 2006 is not stopped, Future Hiro rescues Sparrow from police. When he scolds her for not obeying her curfew, Sparrow criticizes the government. The graphic novels reveal that she was the prisoner who was sucked out of Flight 195 in "A Clear and Present Danger", and survived by breaking her fall using her power of terrakinesis.
Linda Tavara, originally seen on Chandra Suresh's list of posthumans, had the ability to see and absorb the auras of other people by touching them.
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