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Heroes star dreams up movie while playing World of Warcraft - Destructoid
Heroes star Masi Oka is the cutest thing ever (and I'm not saying that just because I have a hardcore case of nerd crush here). Honestly, if he told me he had dreamed up some movie idea about the real life of a firefly or something I'd likely sit there...
Company of Heroes Patch 2.600 Released - Shacknews
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Class of Heroes - Destructoid
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Heroes (TV series)

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Heroes is an American science fiction television drama series created by Tim Kring, which premiered on NBC on September 25, 2006. The series tells the stories of ordinary individuals from around the world who inexplicably develop superhuman abilities, and their roles in preventing disasters, usually foreseen in images produced by precognitive painters. The series emulates the aesthetic style and storytelling of American comic books, using short, multi-episode story arcs that build upon a larger, more encompassing arc. The series is produced by Universal Media Studios in association with Tailwind Productions, and it is filmed primarily in Los Angeles, California. The executive producers are Allan Arkush, Dennis Hammer, Greg Beeman and Tim Kring.

The critically acclaimed first season's run of 23 episodes garnered an average of 14.3 million viewers in the United States, receiving the highest rating for any NBC drama premiere in five years. The second season of Heroes attracted an average of 13.1 million viewers in the U.S., and marked NBC's sole series among the top 20 ranked programs in total viewership for the 2007-2008 season. A total of 24 episodes were ordered for the second season, but only eleven episodes were broadcast, due to the 100-day strike by the Writers Guild of America. The dispute led to the initial postponement and eventual cancellation of a six episode spin-off titled Heroes: Origins. Heroes returned with its third season on September 22, 2008.

A digital-internet extension of the series, Heroes 360 Experience, later rebranded as Heroes Evolutions, was created to explore the Heroes universe and provides insight into the show's mythology. Other official Heroes media include magazines, action figures, tie-in and interactive websites, a mobile game, a novel, clothing and other merchandise. NBC Universal announced on April 2, 2008, that NBC Digital Entertainment would release a series of online content for the summer and fall of 2008, including more original web content, wireless iTV interactivity, graphic novels available for mobile viewing and webisodes.

Heroes has garnered a number of awards and nominations. The series was nominated in eight categories at the 2007 Primetime Emmy awards, including Outstanding Drama Series, and was also nominated for Best Television Series-Drama at the 2007 Golden Globes. The series won a People's Choice Award in 2007 in the category of Best New Drama, and was named Program of the Year in 2007 by the Television Critics Association and Best International Program at the 2008 BAFTA Awards.

NBC plans to produce a fourth season of Heroes, as Heroes is one of NBC's best performers in the 18-49 demographic, as well as having strong international appeal and viewership. The network plans to order 18-20 episodes.

The plot of Heroes is designed to be similar to the stories of comic books with small story arcs built into the series' overall large story arc plot. Each season of Heroes is designed to involve ordinary people who discover extraordinary powers, and how these abilities take effect in the character's lives.

Season one featured 23 episodes, which aired on Mondays at 9:00 pm in the United States, beginning on September 23, 2006. Season one consisted of Volume One, known as "Genesis". The series went on hiatus twice; first from December 4, 2006 to January 22, 2007, and again from March 5 to April 23, 2007, with the season finale airing on May 21, 2007. The volume begins as a seemingly ordinary group of people gradually become aware that they have special abilities. Events illustrate their reactions to these powers, and how the discovery affects their personal and professional lives. At the same time, several ordinary individuals are investigating the origins and extent of these abilities. Mohinder Suresh, a geneticist, continues his late father's research into the biological source of the change, while Noah Bennet represents a secret organization known only as the "Company". While coping with these new abilities, each of the characters is drawn, willingly or unwillingly, into the Company's conspiracy to control superpowered people and into a race to stop an explosion from destroying New York City.

Season three opened with two one-hour episodes, airing on Monday, September 22, 2008 in the United States. The premiere of the third volume, "Villains", was preceded by a one-hour broadcast of the red carpet premiere, with clips from the past seasons and previews of the upcoming season, along with interviews with the series cast and crew. Volume Three began with the assassination attempt on Nathan Petrelli, and the consequences it has in the future. In addition, several villains escape from the confines of Level 5, and the Company attempts to recapture them. Arthur Petrelli heals from systemic nerve damage with the help of Adam Monroe's healing abilities and eventually gains a few of the villains (Flint Gordon Jr., Knox, and Daphne Millbrook) while later luring in Mohinder Suresh, Nathan, Tracy Strauss , Elle Bishop, and Sylar. Their objective is to create a formula to give people abilities but after many failures they soon realize they need to find the catalyst. Claire and Hiro go back in time with Hiro being given the catalyst by his mother. This is short-lived when Arthur intervenes and grabs the catalyst. Afterwards, Peter Petrelli, The Haitian face off Arthur at Pinehearst where they fight for control of the formula. In the end, Arthur is shot dead by Peter's bullet through Sylar's telekinesis ability, saying he is the killer not Peter. Peter injects himself with the formula in order to save Nathan, who was on his fathers side. Ando is given the ability to charge other peoples abilities (which helped him grab Hiro from the past with the help of Daphne's super-speed ability); Claire, Noah Bennet, and Angela Petrelli fight off Sylar at Primatech in which Meredith's ability goes awry burning the building to the ground with Sylar presumably dead.

Volume Four begins with Nathan Petrelli telling the president about the existence of individuals who possess superhuman abilities. The president authorizes Nathan to capture heroes, and the majority of the main characters are rounded up, with the exception of Sylar, who escapes Nathan's agents while attempting to locate his biological father.

The name of Volume Four was revealed by Tim Kring at the 2008 Edinburgh TV Festival. "Fugitives" will make up the last 12 episodes of Season 3 and air from February 2 to April 20, 2009.

Tim Molloy from TV Guide has reported that Heroes will return to its roots with "Fugitives" in an effort to attract new viewers and regain those who gave up on the show due to too many characters and plotlines. Tim Kring had said in a statement: "This volume starts us pretty much from scratch. There is almost nothing that the audience needs to know from the previous volume in order to follow the storyline." Molloy hopes the reboot will save the show from the declining ratings. Angela Bromstead, president of primetime entertainment at NBC, said the series was "very secure", but had not renewed it like The Office, 30 Rock, and The Biggest Loser. Bromstead had expressed her concern about whether the producers had strayed too far from its original focus: "ordinary people with extraordinary abilities," saying "They may have taken on too much in terms of characters and multiple storylines." The "Fugitives" story begins with the heroes trying to lead normal lives, until Claire discovers Nathan's plot to hunt down and capture everyone with abilities, while Sylar begins searching for his biological parents.

Emmy Award-winning Damages actor Željko Ivanek will appear in 10 episodes of Volume 4 as a character called "The Hunter".

On July 14, 2008, the first Heroes webseries, Going Postal, was released. The trilogy of online-only videos introduces Echo DeMille, a seemingly ordinary mailman with an extraordinary ability. The three-part series is written and directed by the same creative team behind the main series. On November 10, 2008, the second Heroes webseries, Destiny, was released. This is the first of many more webisodes sponsored by Sprint. This series is a tetralogy. Destiny introduces Santiago, chosen by the fans. Santiago wonders if his newfound abilities are either a miracle or something else. On the streets of Lima, Peru, he discovers his powers. On December 15, 2008, the third Heroes webseries, The Recruit, was released. The Recruit introduces Rachel Mills, a marine who survives the explosion at Pinehearst. This follows the finale of Volume Three. On December 22, 2008, the fourth Heroes webseries, Hard Knox, was released. Hard Knox flashes back to 18 months ago, to a time when Matt Parkman knew the villain Knox before his abilities began to manifest. It was originally part of the episode "Villains", but was cut due to time constraints.

A new Heroes webseries is in the works that will pick up where the show leaves off in April on the life of Eric Doyle, the Heroes marionette character. The series will be released in mid-to-late April.

NBC plans to renew Heroes for a fourth season as Heroes is one of NBC's best performers in the 18-49 demographic, as well as having strong international appeal. The network plans to order 18-20 episodes. The last scene of Volume Four will give us an insight on the direction the fifth volume will take. It is to be called "Redemption" according to the most recent interviews.

Originally, Kring designed the series to have an ever-shifting cast. However, his motivation changed when he realized how popular the original cast was with audiences; therefore he brought back most of the first season cast for the second season, with a few additions who received star billing. In its first season, the show features an ensemble cast of twelve main characters making it the third largest cast in American primetime television behind Desperate Housewives and Lost. Although NBC's first season cast page listed only ten characters, Leonard Roberts (D.L. Hawkins), who first appeared in the series' fifth episode, was an additional member of the original full-time cast. In episode eleven of the first season, Jack Coleman (Noah Bennet) was upgraded from a recurring role to become the twelfth full-time cast member.

The initial season had 12 major roles getting star billing. Hayden Panettiere portrayed high school cheerleader Claire Bennet who has the ability to spontaneously regenerate. Jack Coleman played her father Noah Bennet, an agent for The Company. Santiago Cabrera played the troubled addict Isaac Mendez who could paint the future. Tawny Cypress portrayed Simone Deveaux, an art dealer and skeptic. Greg Grunberg played LAPD police officer Matt Parkman who could read people's minds. Ali Larter played Niki Sanders, an internet stripper with a severe dissociative disorder and super strength. Leonard Roberts played Niki's husband D.L. Hawkins, an ex-convict who could pass through solid matter. Noah Gray-Cabey played Micah Sanders, Niki and D.L.'s young son who could communicate with and control digital technology. Masi Oka portrayed time manipulator Hiro Nakamura. Adrian Pasdar played Nathan Petrelli, a congressional candidate with the ability to fly. Sendhil Ramamurthy played geneticist Mohinder Suresh. Milo Ventimiglia portrayed hospice nurse Peter Petrelli, with the ability to mimic abilities of other posthumans.

During the first two seasons, some characters were written out to make room for new characters with new stories. Simone was the first major character to be written out, dying near the end of season one. DL became a guest star after the events of the first season's finale, making two appearances throughout season two. Isaac Mendez was also written out, dying at the hands of Sylar, which was shown during Hiro Nakamura's time travelling expedition to New York earlier in season one. New characters added during season two included Maya Herrera, played by Dania Ramirez, a fugitive with the ability to emit a deadly virus; Adam Monroe, a 400-year-old Englishman and legendary warrior Takezo Kensei with the ability to regenerate, portrayed by David Anders; Monica Dawson, portrayed by Dana Davis, a restaurant worker with the ability to mimic any physical movements she sees; and Elle Bishop a sadistic sociopath with the ability to generate electricity portrayed by Kristen Bell. Two recurring characters from season one, Sylar, portrayed by Zachary Quinto, and Ando Masahashi, portrayed by James Kyson Lee, were upgraded to main characters in season two.

Starting in season three, recurring character Angela Petrelli, portrayed by Cristine Rose, was promoted to a main character. Elle, Adam and Micah were removed from the main cast. Monica Dawson did not appear after scenes including her were cut. Niki was also written out but actress Ali Larter remained on the show portraying a new character Tracy Strauss, Niki's triplet sister with the power to freeze objects with a touch.

Heroes began development during pilot season in 2006, when Tim Kring, then creator of NBC's Crossing Jordan, came up with the show's concept. Kring wanted to create a "large ensemble saga" that would connect with the audience. He began thinking about how big, scary and complicated he felt the world is, and wanted to create a character-driven series about people who could do something about it. Kring felt that a cop, medical, or Lost-type drama did not have characters that were big enough to save the world. He came up with the thought of superheroes; ordinary people who would discover extraordinary abilities, while still rooted in the real world and in reality. Milo Ventimiglia described the pilot as a "character drama about everyday people with a heightened reality." Kring wanted the series to have touchstones that involved the characters and the world they lived in.

Before he began putting his ideas together, he spoke with Lost executive producer Damon Lindelof, with whom he had worked for three years on Crossing Jordan. Kring credits Lindelof for giving him ideas on how to pitch the series to the network and advice on the lessons he (Lindelof) learned about working on a serialized drama. The two still speak and support each other's projects. When Kring pitched the idea for Heroes to the NBC network, he described the network's reaction as "excited...very supportive." He comments that he has been partners with NBC for some time based on his six year run as showrunner for Crossing Jordan. When he pitched the pilot, he described every detail, including the cliffhanger ending. When NBC executives asked him what was going to happen next, Kring responded, "Well, you’ll just have to wait and find out." After the project was greenlit, a special 73-minute version of the pilot was first screened to a large audience at the 2006 Comic Con in San Diego. It was initially reported that this unaired pilot would not be released, however it was included on the first season DVD set.

When the writing team works on an episode, each writer takes a character and writes the individual scenes surrounding them. These stories are then combined and given to the episode writer. This system allows every writer to contribute to every episode. and enables the writing team to finish scripts sooner, so the filming crew can shoot more scenes at a location. Tim Kring describes the writing process as a collaborative one and states that the collaboration process is important because production needs to shoot several scenes at a single location. In order to do this, several scripts have to be ready. Jesse Alexander, co-producer and writer, explains that this process is important in a serialized drama because one has to know where each character's development is heading.

Episodes have a distinct structure: following a recap of relevant events, each show begins with a cold open, which is sometimes the beginning of a scene that was introduced in the previous week's episode. Most then provide a philosophical voiceover by character Mohinder Suresh, occasionally relating to the title or theme of the episode. At a dramatic juncture, the screen cuts to the title graphic, which shows the Earth turning into a solar eclipse, with the Heroes logo and a musical interlude. The episode title is usually introduced after the title scene, which is followed by a commercial break. The episode title is usually presented on a mundane object within the scene following the first commercial break. The title is presented as a chapter, with each episode receiving a chapter number, which correlates to the episode number within the season. The opening credits generally appear alphabetically by last name over the scenes that immediately follow. Several characters' stories are shown throughout the episode. Sometimes these stories are stand alone events, while at other times character stories intertwine and cross over. At this point, a closing voiceover is provided by Suresh, and most episodes end with a suspenseful twist or cliffhanger, revealed just seconds before a smash cut to a "to be continued" graphic.

In November 2008, NBC fired Jesse Alexander and Jeph Loeb from the production staff of Heroes due to creative differences and budget problems. As a result, Tim Kring will refocus the series on character development and simple storytelling. However, a high-ranking insider told TV Guide that rather than pressure from NBC or Universal Media responding to recent plummeting ratings, it was Kring himself who fired Alexander and Loeb because the duo refused to continue character-driven stories that made the first season popular from the start. In December 2008, Bryan Fuller has signed a 2-year deal with Universal Media Studios after the cancellation of his ABC series Pushing Daisies. He will rejoin the writing staff of Heroes starting with the 20th episode of Season Three and will have a "key role in the writing and direction" of the series.

Bryan Fuller, who was involved with the first season and wrote two episodes, returned to the series starting with the 20th episode of the third season, since his series Pushing Daisies had been cancelled. Fuller had recently written a part for Pushing Daisies actress Swoosie Kurtz as a woman named Millie, a one-time character who might be promoted to recurring character on Heroes.

Music from the first season is composed by Wendy Melvoin and Lisa Coleman, with music engineer Michael Perfitt and vocals provided by Shankar. Each episode averages thirty to thirty-five minutes of music, played entirely by Melvoin and Coleman themselves and is produced on three Intel Macs and a hard drive RAID system. Melvoin and Coleman became involved with Heroes from their previous work with executive producer Allan Arkush. Tim Kring gave general instructions to the pair, including the emotion and direction for each character. Kring wanted incredibly unusual music and gave Wendy and Lisa a lot of freedom and permission to experiment. In the pilot episode, Kring suggested that a "dreamy" cue be used in the scene involving Claire Bennet running into a burning train. The "dreamy" cue has since become a signature piece of the show.

Melvoin and Coleman developed specific musical cues for each character. Claude's theme involved wind and voices to create the feeling of a ghost-like presence. Hiro Nakamura's involves marimbas and bassoons with staccato to re-create the sound of clocks ticking in reference to the character's power. Matt Parkman's theme involves voices being played backwards when he uses his power of telepathy. Peter Petrelli's theme involves marcato strings. Niki Sanders's theme was based on her character's alter-ego named Jessica and involved winds and Indian voices chanting in an underscore to give a feeling that she was possessed. Mohinder Suresh's theme is the piano composition that plays at the end of some episodes, and Sylar's theme is the sound of a clock or an old piano.

In 2007, the ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards gave Wendy and Lisa the "Top Television Series" award for their work on Heroes. In France, the theme music of Heroes is composed by Victoria Petrosillo. Her song, "Le Héros d'un autre", is used by television network TF1 to replace the show's original incidental music. The network created a new opening credit sequence in order to play Petrosillo's theme song. The Rogue Wave song "Eyes" from the Just Friends soundtrack is featured in the first season episodes "Genesis" and "Collision".

The official Heroes soundtrack was released on March 18, 2008 by The NBC Universal Television, DVD, Music & Consumer Products Group. It contains new recordings from Wendy and Lisa, and contributions from Panic at the Disco, Wilco, Imogen Heap, Bob Dylan, Nada Surf and David Bowie, among other artist and bands. The disc also includes the Heroes theme. The disk does not contain, however, "Eyes" by Rogue Wave, which was featured in the first and fourth episode. The B-side features 45 minutes of nonstop narrative by Mohinder Suresh. On February 29, 2008, NBC Universal Television, DVD, Music & Consumer Products Group released five music videos created by Heroes producer/director Allan Arkush, each combining show footage with songs from the soundtrack. The music videos were released on Zune and MSN.

In September 2008, Wendy and Lisa announced that they will be releasing an album consisting entirely of the score from Heroes. No release date has been set.

Eric Grenaudier and John Han of Stargate Digital are the visual effects supervisors and Mark Spatny is the visual effects producer for Heroes. They work with visual effects animators Anthony Ocampo and Ryan Wieber, who are also from Stargate. The series visual effects consist of blue screens and 2D and 3D animation. The visual effects for the series are created after the scene is shot in post-production, unlike special effects, which are incorporated into the scenes during filming. Notable visual effects include radioactive Ted in "Company Man", Nathan flying from Mr. Bennet and The Haitian in "Hiros", and Hiro's time freezing encounter with the schoolgirl in the red bow in "One Giant Leap". The special effects are coordinated by Gary D'Amico. Stunts are coordinated by Ian Ouinn, who also uses blue screens to accomplish some of the stunts in the series, such as Nathan Petrelli flying away from Heidi during the car accident scene in "Six Months Ago". Principal filming for Heroes takes place in Los Angeles and Santa Clarita, California. The Stargate Digital team are also responsible for making Los Angeles look like international locations, such as India and Ukraine, using blue screens and set designs by Ruth Ammon, production designer for the series. The series is filmed using a single-camera setup.

In keeping with the comic book thematic elements used on Heroes, professional comic book artist Tim Sale was brought in to provide the artwork used within the series, including the artwork of Isaac Mendez, and Mendez metafictional comic book series, the 9th Wonders!. Additionally, the font used in captions and credits for the show is reminiscent of traditional hand-rendered comic book lettering. It was created by Sale and is based on his handwriting style.

The first DVD release of Heroes was a sampler disc, containing only the first episode, and was released in the UK and the Republic of Ireland on September 3, 2007. UK Region 2 split Heroes into two halves on its initial release; part one being released on October 1, 2007 and part two on December 10, 2007. When the second part was released, a complete first season boxset was also released on the same day on both DVD and HD DVD formats The complete first season was released in USA and Canada on August 28, 2007. It was released in Australia and New Zealand on September 17, 2007.

On May 14, 2007, NBC announced that during the 2007-2008 season, the network would air a six-episode Heroes spin-off called Heroes: Origins. The show was to introduce a new character each week, and viewers were to select which one would stay for the following season of the regular series. The reason given for the spin-off was to remove the mid-season hiatus, which caused the ratings to falter when Heroes returned in the first season. NBC's chief, Kevin Reilly, told reporters on May 14, 2007, "We've got something I call the 'bulk-up challenge' for next year, which is trying to stay more consistent in our scheduling for the audience. We asked Tim Kring to come up with an idea, and what I love is not only did we bulk up with 30 hours next season, but also a whole new idea which I think is going to take the show to the next level." The show was supposed to air after the completion of the second season of Heroes in April 2008, as announced at the 2007 Comic-Con International. The second season of Heroes and the first season of Heroes: Origins would have included a total of 30 episodes. However, on October 31, 2007, reports in Variety and The Hollywood Reporter indicated that Origins had been postponed because of a strike by the Writers Guild of America.

Among the show's mythological elements are the Company, the legend of Takezo Kensei, paintings of the future, superpowers and their origins, the Shanti virus, 9th Wonders! comic book and numerous other elements and mythological themes.

By the time Heroes completed the first half of the first season, the show had already collected an assortment of honors and accolades. On December 10, 2006, the American Film Institute named Heroes one of the ten "best television programs of the year." On December 13, 2006, the Writers Guild of America nominated the program for "best new series" of 2007. On December 14, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association nominated the program for a Golden Globe Award for "best television drama", and nominated Masi Oka (Hiro Nakamura) for Best Supporting Actor on a TV Series. On January 9, 2007, Heroes won the award for Favorite New TV Drama at the 33rd People's Choice Awards. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People nominated Heroes on January 9, 2007 for an Image Award in the "Outstanding Drama Series" category. On February 21, 2007, it was announced that Heroes was nominated for five Saturn Awards. The nominations included "Best Network Television Series", "Best Supporting Actor in a Television Series" for both Greg Grunberg and Masi Oka, and "Best Supporting Actress in a Television Series" for Hayden Panettiere and Ali Larter. On February 22, 2008, it was announced that Heroes was again nominated for five Saturn Awards. The nominations for 2008 include "Best Network Television Series," "Best Supporting Actor in a Television Series" for both Greg Grunberg and Masi Oka, "Best Supporting Actress in a Television Series" for Hayden Panettiere, and "Best Television Series on DVD." The 2008 nominations are similar to the 2007 nominations, except Ali Larter was not nominated this year; instead the Heroes Season one DVD was nominated, in a different category.

On July 19, 2007, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced their nominations for the 2007 Primetime Emmy awards. Heroes was nominated in eight categories, including Outstanding Drama Series. The first episode, "Genesis", earned six nominations: Outstanding Directing (David Semel), Outstanding Art Direction for a Single-Camera Series, Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Drama Series, Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series, and Outstanding Stunt Coordination. The episode "Five Years Gone" also received a nomination for Outstanding Visual Effects for a Series. Masi Oka was nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. On September 16, 2007, the 59th Primetime Emmy Awards were held and Heroes failed to win a single Emmy award despite the eight nominations. On July 21, 2007, the Television Critics Association awarded Heroes with the prestigious Outstanding Program of the Year title during their 23rd Annual TCA Awards ceremony. The cast of Heroes was named in the 2006 Time Magazine's Person of the Year issue under "People Who Mattered".

Doug Elfman of the Chicago Sun-Times stated, "The show's super strengths are its well-developed filmmaking, smooth pacing and a perfect cast. It views like the first hour of a fun, thoughtful movie." Barry Garron at the The Hollywood Reporter also stated, ""Heroes" is one of TV's most imaginative creations and might, with luck, become this year's Lost." Less favorable reviews included the Philadelphia Inquirer, who commented that although the show had lots of "cool effects," it "lands, splat, in a pile of nonsense and dim dialogue." In response to the first pod of season one episodes, The Chicago Tribune went as far as saying, "You could watch the first few episodes of “Heroes,” or you could repeatedly hit yourself on the head with a brick. The effect is surprisingly similar." At Metacritic, the Heroes pilot received a 67/100, with generally favorable reviews from critics.

The pilot episode generated 14.3 million viewers, with the season high topping out at 16.03 million viewers for episode 9. When the series returned from hiatus on January 22, 2007, the ratings averaged about the same as the pilot with 14.9 million viewers. When the show went on a second hiatus during the first season, from March 4, 2007 to April 23, 2007 (7 weeks), ratings hit an all time low; the lowest being 11.14 million viewers during part one of the three part finale, "The Hard Part." In season two, the opener was consistent in the ratings, however, week-by-week, the ratings continued to dive, reaching an all time low for the series on episode seven, "Out of Time", with only 9.87 million viewers. Although the ratings were lower than average, this episode was considered to be a turning point for the declining season, as a major plot twist was introduced and the volume's "big picture storyline" was presented. The season two/volume 2 finale generated 11.06 million viewers in the ratings, down more than 3 million viewers from the season opener and series pilot.

On February 7, 2007, Jeph Loeb, co-executive producer of Heroes and the other creators compared Heroes to 24, stating, that like 24, each season would conclude and the next season would introduce a new plotline. In the same interview, Tim Kring compared Heroes to Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and The Incredibles, stating the characters in Eternal Sunshine were "ordinary...and unexpected," but well responded to; and the characters in Disney/Pixar's The Incredibles were superpowered people who had to deal with the stresses and problems that arose when they attempted to live a normal life.

Bob Smithouser at pluggedinonline.com, reviewed the Heroes pilot and compared it as a combination of elements from The 4400, Lost, X-Men, and Stephen King's The Stand. Aron Coliete and Joe Pakaski have stated that "comics have a huge influence on us." Watchmen, "Days of Future Past", Y: The Last Man, The Dark Knight Returns, and The Long Halloween are a few examples that they gave. Other non-comicbook examples included the 9/11 documentary Loose Change and the novel The Fourth K by Mario Puzo.

On October 2, 2006, Emerson Electric Company, an appliance market competitor of NBC's owner General Electric, filed suit in federal court against NBC. The suit was in regard to a scene that appeared in "Genesis", the first episode of season one, when Claire Bennet reached into an active garbage disposal unit—labeled "InSinkErator"—to retrieve a ring and severely disfigured her hand. Emerson claimed the scene "casts the disposer in an unsavory light, irreparably tarnishing the product" by suggesting serious injuries would result "in the event consumers were to accidentally insert their hand into one." Emerson had asked for a ruling barring future broadcasts of the pilot, which was previously available on NBC's website and had already aired on NBC Universal-owned cable networks USA Network and The Sci Fi Channel. It also sought to block NBC from using any Emerson trademarks in the future.

On February 23, 2007, the case against NBC was dropped. NBC Universal and Emerson Electric reached an agreement to settle the lawsuit outside of court. The episode in question was briefly unavailable in the iTunes Store, but an edited version was soon made available for download. A non-edited version of the episode was shown in the BBC Two premiere on July 25, 2007. The DVD and HD DVD releases contain an edited version where the "InSinkErator" label has been removed from the scene.

On March 19, 2007, Clifton Mallery and Amnau Karam Eele, artist and writers for the NBC series Crossing Jordan, filed suit against NBC and Tim Kring claiming that the idea for an artist who can paint the future was stolen from a short story, painting and short film that they had produced. The lawsuit is centered around the character of Isaac Mendez. NBC called the suit without merit and defended their case. On December 11, 2007, the New York Law Journal reported on Mallery v. NBC Universal, quoting from Southern District Judge Denise Cote's opinion that "the line between mere 'ideas' and protected 'expression' is 'famously difficult to fix precisely'", and stating that Heroes was not close to infringing.

Following the debut of Heroes in 2006, the tagline Save the Cheerleader, Save the World was recognized within the television industry as an effective marketing device. The series has since been referenced and parodied in several other series and movies including Ugly Betty, Shaq's Big Challenge, Family Guy, The Simpsons, The Batman, One Tree Hill, Kyle XY, Meet the Spartans, MadTV. Other mentions include a promotional campaign on Comedy Central for the film Joe Dirt, a promotional campaign on Epic Movie by Regency Enterprises, issue 39 of Marvel Comic's Cable and Deadpool series, along with references to Sylar and Matt Parkman in the webcomic series Ctrl+Alt+Del and 2PSTART respectively. In 2006, NBC also created a Heroes parody entitled Zeroes. Zeroes, which was released as a viral video on sites including YouTube, features parodies including four chapters and an open audition. Development and production of the project was kept secret from Heroes creator Tim Kring. NBC has also cross promoted the show on several of its series, including 30 Rock, Bionic Woman, Chuck, ER, My Name Is Earl, The Office, Scrubs, and Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip.

NBC hosted panels at the 2006, 2007, and 2008 Comic-Cons in San Diego to promote the series. Major announcements have been made during the panel, along with sneak peaks of forthcoming seasons. In 2006, the Heroes panel presented the entire season one 72-minute pilot. In 2007, major announcements were made about Heroes: Origins. In 2008 the first half of the season three premiere was shown, with some footage being leaked onto YouTube by a fan viewers camera phone. Comic-Con also allows the cast and crew to answer questions from the press and from fans.

On July 21, 2007, Tim Kring announced that cast and crew members of Heroes would travel the world for the Heroes World Tour to promote the season one DVD release and the forthcoming season two. The tour took place in North America (New York and Toronto), Asia (Singapore, Tokyo, and Hong Kong) and Europe (Munich, Paris and London). The tour began on August 26, and ended on September 1, 2007. Most principal cast members attended in three groups; one group for each country. Tim Sale, Jeph Loeb, and Dennis Hammer attended from the production crew. Principal cast members who did not attend were David Anders, Kristen Bell, Dana Davis, Leonard Roberts and Tawny Cypress.

On November 12, 2007, the "Create Your Own Hero" promotion was unveiled. Heroes fans can go online on their computer or mobile phone and select characteristics for a new "hero", who will be built based on the most-picked traits. Each week, the character will evolve based on the fans' input, and he or she will be shown on air every Monday during the series airing.

On February 1, 2009, the show aired a Super Bowl Commericial feature the cast playing a football game vs. NFL Legends such as Warren Sapp and John Elway (who also has super powers, leading Matt to say "I knew it. I knew he was one of us) to tie into the premiere of Volume 4: Fugitives.

Heroes Unmasked is a series on BBC that goes behind-the-scenes of the production of Heroes. Many details of Heroes are revealed, including set design, props, special effects and costuming, as well as blue and green screen animation. The first two series of this show were narrated by Anthony Head, the third is voiced by Santiago Cabrera. U.S. network G4 began airing Heroes episodes on November 3, 2007, along with an American version of Heroes Unmasked entitled The Post Show. The series, which will air following Heroes, includes interviews, live viewer commentary, interactive polls, behind-the-scenes footage and other Heroes content. U.S. Network MOJO HD also airs Heroes episodes in High Definition.However, that network left the air at the start of December 2008, and it is unknown if the HD rights will move to either a new channel (such as NBCU's Universal HD), or to G4, which will launch a high definition simulcast of their network in the same month.

In November 2007, the BBC made four short '2 Dimensional' films where actors from the series look through a '2' shaped hole into a room which reflects the character they play in Heroes. A new short was revealed just before Episode 1 of season 3 aired on BBC2, featuring Masi Oka staring into an anime-styled montage of Hiro.

BBC7 radio broadcast "Heroes—The Official Radio Show" with Jon Holmes, every Saturday at 7:30 on BBC7 DAB digital radio. The program is also available as a podcast.

The Heroes production team also has official series content on the internet. Writers Joe Pokaski and Aron Coleite hold a weekly "Question and Answer" column hosted by Comicbookresources.com entitled "Behind the Eclipse". Every week, since October 23, 2006, Joe Pokaski and Aron Coleite have answered questions regarding the previous weeks episodes, before the airing of the Monday night episode. Questions are submitted by fans and CBR editors. Show producer and director Greg Beeman also posts weekly on his blog where he discusses how the episode is filmed and gives spoilers for the upcoming episode. This is usually posted on Mondays, prior to the airing of Heroes on NBC. The Beeman blog began on August 4, 2006.

Heroes Evolutions is a digital extension of the series released on January 19, 2007 which explores the Heroes universe and provides clues to the show's mythology. It was entitled Heroes 360 Experience throughout the first season and rebranded for the second season. Heroes Interactive, is an interactive website which began operation on January 29, 2007, during the airing of "The Fix". Hosted at NBC.com, it offers behind the scenes information, polls, trivia, and quizzes, as well as recent posts by Hana Gitelman. The features air once a week, and are designed to be viewed concurrently with that week's episode. NBC's website also hosts a number of official online media including episode commentaries, features with producers, cast and crew members, behind-the-scene webisodes, and interactive media. Portals include Inside Heroes and Heroes episode commentary.

Complete episodes of Heroes are available online, to US residents only, along with downloads through the "NBC Direct" service. Episodes are also available on iTunes in 720p High Definition, although they were unavailable for a few months when NBC and Apple Inc. were unable to come to a renewal deal. Series 1 and 2 are currently available for streaming on Netflix, which requires a paid subscription.

NBC Universal announced on April 2, 2008, that NBC Digital Entertainment would release a series on online content for the summer and fall of 2008, including more original web content and webisodes. Heroes webisode are expected to air through an extension of the Heroes Evolutions in July. Other media and digital extensions announced include an online manhunts for the villains, the addition of more micro sites that allow the users to uncover more of the Heroes universe, wireless iTV interactivity and the ability to view the graphic novel on mobile platforms.

Create Your Hero is a fan-based, interactive promotion on NBC.com, which calls upon Heroes fans to vote on various personality and physical attributes for the creation of a new hero. The new hero " to life" in an original, live-action series run exclusively on NBC.com. The promotion is sponsored by Sprint. The first hero created by this process, Santiago, has the dual powers of enhanced probability and superhuman speed. He began appearing in the live-action web series, Heroes Destiny, on November 10, 2008 (sweeps week).

Heroes Versus is the first official Heroes MySpace application. It invites Heroes fans to create and vote on VS match-ups between characters, abilities and other using photos and videos from the show. It officially launched on September 22, 2008 with the premiere of Season 3.

On October 18, 2008, Heroes Wiki announced that it had officially partnered with NBC. NBC now directs those interested in a wiki on Heroes to Heroes Wiki, and directly funds the site in exchange for the site running advertisements for the network.

As of January 26, 2009, the social networking site Habbo also began a partnership with NBC related to Heroes. A new Heroes Evolutions character named Syn Anders began participating in Habbo's virtual world and a Heroes Group was added to the site.

Ubisoft had announced that they had licensed the rights to produce an as yet untitled Heroes video game. The game was expected to be released for PC, Xbox 360, PS3, PSP and Nintendo DS. However, on November 6, 2008, Ubisoft announced it will no longer produce the game and the rights transferred back to NBC Universal. Gameloft released the first Heroes mobile game on October 5, 2007. It consists of 8 levels and playable characters include Hiro Nakamura, Niki Sanders and Peter Petrelli. All three characters are played in their present and future forms as shown in "Five Years Gone". The mobile game has released the names of several members of the Company founders, including Arthur Petrelli and Maury Parkman.

Each week, NBC releases a Heroes webcomic. The comics give additional character background and plot information not shown in the television episodes. The graphic novels continued on a weekly basis during the show's 2007 summer hiatus. Wildstorm, a subsidiary of DC Comics, released them in published form on November 7, 2007. The collected volume included novels 1-34, and featured two different covers by Alex Ross and Jim Lee as well as an introduction by Masi Oka and artwork by Tim Sale.

On December 26, 2007, the first Heroes novel was published, entitled Saving Charlie. Written by Aury Wallington, who wrote the book with the full cooperation of the Heroes writing staff, the novel revolves around the relationship of Hiro Nakamura and Charlie Andrews, when Hiro went back in time six months to attempt to save her.

Titan Magazines released the first issue of Heroes Magazine on November 20, 2007. It is the first of a series of six, slated to be released bi-monthly. The first issue is a 100 page premiere issue. Feature articles include a cast group interview, a secret origins featurette, and a season one episode guide. Greg Beeman, executive producer of Heroes has confirmed that this is an official Heroes release, with the full support and cooperation of Tim Kring and the rest of the Heroes production team.

Mezco announced at Toy Fair 2007 that they will be producing a line of action figures based on the television show Heroes. The figures will have at least 8 points of articulation, and feature central accessories. Along with action figures, Mezco announced a collection of screen grabs, non-articulated 3 3/4" figures on a display recreating a pivotal scene of the series. The action figures are featured on the cover of the March 2008 (issue #127) of ToyFare magazine. The first series, Series I, includes Peter Petrelli, Claire Bennet, Hiro Nakamura, Sylar and Mohinder Suresh, with exclusive figures of "flying" Peter Petrelli, "fire-rescue" Claire Bennet, "Times Square teleportation" Hiro Nakamura, "painting" Sylar only available at the 2008 Comic Con in San Diego, "invisible" Peter Petrelli limited to 1000, "vanishing" Peter Petrelli limited to 500 both exclusive to wizardworld.com. The second series, Series II, includes Niki Sanders/Jessica Sanders, Mr. Bennet, Daniel Linderman, Matt Parkman (with Molly Walker) and Claude, with exclusive "vanishing" Claude, Future Peter and Future Hiro to be released in September 2008.

Other series will feature the following characters if approved: Hiro Nakamura in Feudal armor, The Haitian, Nathan Petrelli, Elle Bishop and Adam Monroe, and would reach the shelves in either late 2008 or early 2009. Pictures of the prototypes can be viewed as well.

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List of characters in Heroes

Candice, changing back from her illusion of Niki Sanders

This is a list of fictional characters in the television series Heroes, the Heroes graphic novels, and the Heroes webisodes.

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 for the second season, and were joined by new cast members David Anders, Kristen Bell, Dania Ramírez, 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, as scenes involving her in the third season were cut.

Unlike most series, each main cast member is only credited for the episode he/she appears in.

Charlene "Charlie" Andrews, portrayed by Jayma Mays, 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. Hiro tries to prevent her murder by going back in time one day to warn her, but he accidentally goes back six months, to April 24 (Charlie's birthday). He convinces Charlie that both he and she have special powers by stopping time to make one thousand origami cranes. After taking a job at the diner and dating Charlie, Hiro buys two tickets to take her to Tokyo. Charlie ponders her feelings and tells Hiro that while she does not usually let people get close to her due to a blood clot and aneurism in her brain that is killing her, he makes her feel happy and she loves him. However, when Hiro and Charlie are about to kiss, he inadvertently teleports back to present day Japan and is unable to return.

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'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.

Meredith Gordon, portrayed by Jessalyn Gilsig, is the biological mother of Claire Bennet and the older sister of Flint Gordon. She does her best to watch over him, leading their abusive father to tell Flint, "God gave you an older sister instead of a brain." 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 two were separated after she accidentally burned down her father's house with their father inside it, though after years of effort Meredith tracked down and reunited with him. She eventually began a relationship with Nathan Petrelli, and the two conceived a baby, Claire. Meredith was later attacked by Company Agents Noah Bennet and Claude Rains, and her powers created a large explosion that consumed the building. The Company was led to believe that Meredith perished, while Meredith herself believed Claire had died. Years later, Meredith was captured by Agent Eric Thompson, Sr., while robbing a convenience store with Flint. Rather than be a prisoner for the rest of her life, she agreed to train to become an agent. However, after she learned that Flint was also captured and was to become an agent, she felt that the Company was just using the two of them, and broke Flint out. The siblings were separated after Thompson tracked them down, and she was recaptured. However, Thompson lets her go after learning that Claire was her daughter.

Claire manages to track her down after many years, though the two only meet briefly before separating. Meredith blackmails Claire's biological father, Nathan Petrelli, for $100,000 before leaving, and hides his identity from Claire. She later returns at the request of Noah to help protect Claire from the escaped Level Five villains. She helps Claire to admit that, contrary to her claims that she wants to be trained so that she can help people, she actually wants to learn how to fight so that she can get revenge on Sylar. Meredith later confronts Eric Doyle, with whom she has past connections, believing Claire may have gone there. However, she is rescued by Claire and Sandra Bennet, and later accepts Noah's request to rejoin the Company as his partner. When Sylar later takes over Primatech and holds Meredith, Claire, Noah, and Angela hostage, he injects Meredith with high adrenaline, eliminating her control over her pyrokinetic abilities. She and Noah are then placed in a Level 5 cell, where her lack of control threatens to burn Noah alive. Claire manages to break them free and tries to save Meredith, but Noah pulls her away. They make their escape as Meredith loses total control, destroying the Primatech facility. It is currently unknown if she survived or not.

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 enchance other people´s abilities and had become a thorn in the Company's side and she was locked in one of the five levels. She is brought out by the Kill Squad to augment the powers of Brenden Lewis so a crater created by a Guyanan local could be covered in forestry. She performs her duty under the impression that she will be taken to her grandson, Micah, afterward. Against the Company's orders, she is shot upon finishing.

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.

In "Seven Minutes to Midnight", the name on the file's label included a comma as a typo. On the NBC website, Suresh's map spells the name Sanjop Iyer. The episode "Homecoming" confirms the boy's name is Sanjog Iyer.

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. 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. He eventually became a reputed mobster, and founder of Linderman Corporation under the guidance of Adam Monroe. In person, he is persuasive, gentle, and unfailingly polite, though he has no qualms about extortion or assassination. During the first season, he manipulates various events in order to ensure that the Company controls the United States, including talking Nathan Petrelli into wanting to become president, manipulating the lives of D. L. Hawkins and Niki Sanders, kidnapping Micah Sanders to alter election polls, and planning on letting the explosion kill six million people. He is later killed by D.L. during a standoff.

During the third season, McDowell returns as an illusion created by Maury Parkman in the minds of Nathan Petrelli and Daphne Millbrook. He tells Nathan to become a politician again, and tells Daphne to recruit others for the Pinehearst Company. McDowell also plays the real Linderman in a flashback in "Villains".

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 into working 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. She also becomes close to Chandra's son, Mohinder, who continues his father's research after his death. Eden later assists the Haitian in capturing Sylar, and insists to Noah that Sylar be killed. When the Company refuses to allow this, she tries to take matters into her own hands by forcing Sylar to commit suicide. However, Sylar stops her before she can do so, and she takes her own life to prevent him from gaining her power.

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.

She carried the Catalyst, also referred to as "the light". Prior to her death, she originally transferred it to baby Claire, but the future Hiro intervenes and convinces her to transfer it to him instead. Then she dies but not before telling Hiro that she is very proud of him.

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, and he has an unknown power. The season two DVD boxset features a deleted scene, which shows his ability as being able to analyze the probabilities of a situation and determine the outcome, though the scene is not part of the official storyline.

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 known powers he has taken are telepathy from an unknown source; the regenerative abilities of Adam Monroe; Peter’s empathic mimicry and the powers he absorbed as a result, including the Haitian’s mental manipulation and Hiro Nakamura’s time and space manipulation ; Maya Herrera's poison emission. Arthur’s range of powers is such that he can overload the Haitian’s dampening powers after a short period, though not without significant effort.

Arthur fought in the Vietnam War under the code name “Dallas” alongside Linderman. After the war, Petrelli and Linderman “were brought together” into a group of twelve by Adam Monroe, with a mission to help save the world. Linderman tells Nathan that Arthur became disillusioned and gave up trying to save the world, resulting in his alleged suicide. It is revealed in the third season that Angela actually poisoned Arthur because of his attempt on Nathan’s life. He secretly survived, but was left paralyzed due to nerve damage from the poison.

He is the primary antagonist of the third volume, “Villains,” where he is first revealed to be alive. He is in charge of the Pinehearst Company, recruiting various posthumans to assemble a new group of villains, as well as arranging for Adam Monroe to be brought to him in order to absorb his powers, healing Arthur’s paralysis and killing Adam. He is shown to be ruthless in this endeavor, killing any who oppose him. For example, he snaps Maury Parkman’s neck without hesitation when he protests the order to kill Matt. Arthur is killed during a confrontation with Sylar, Peter, and the Haitian in “Our Father.” As the Haitian suppresses Arthur’s powers, Peter tries to shoot Arthur in the head, but Sylar stops the bullet. After Sylar uses his ability of lie detection to discover that Arthur is not really his father, Sylar drives the bullet into Arthur’s head, killing him and destroying the catalyst.

Claude Rains, portrayed by Christopher Eccleston, is a former employee of the Company, who 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. He leaves the Company after his partner, Noah Bennet, is ordered to kill him for hiding another powered human, who according to a flashback later in the series is Meredith. He spends many years hiding before meeting Peter Petrelli, who can see Claude after absorbing his ability, and he attempts to help Peter control his power. However, Noah and the Haitian track him and Peter down, and almost capture them. Though Peter manages to get him to safety, Claude refuses to help him anymore and flees to London.

In "Villains (Heroes)", an invisible man is said to have captured Flint Gordon. Producers Aron Coliete and Joe Pokaski have confirmed that this is a mistaken reference to Claude, who was hiding from the Company at that time.

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. First arrested under the assumption that he is Sylar, he later escapes prison. He eventually comes to believe that the Company is responsible for giving him his power, so he seeks to get revenge. He teams up with Matt Parkman and Noah Bennet to take down the Company, and they go to New York. However, Sylar reports Ted's whereabouts to the FBI, and Ted is taken into custody. Sylar later tracks down the van transporting him and attacks it, slices Ted's skull open and acquires his ability.

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.

Candice Wilmer, portrayed by Missy Peregrym, is an agent of the Company who has the ability to create illusions. 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, however, 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.

Because the persona of Candice became too well known, she takes on the form of Michelle, portrayed by Rachel Kimsey, in the second season. On Company orders, she took the wounded Sylar to a remote area in South America, and cares for him there until she is eventually killed by him.

Missy Peregrym formerly worked with executive producers Greg Beeman and Jeph Loeb on Smallville and was excited to be able to audition for the role because of it. However, she felt her first audition was "one of worst performances" and was surprised to get another reading the following Monday, after which she felt she did "a little better." While filming, Peregrym stayed around set while the other actors played the illusions Candice cast in the show. The visual effects necessitated her to follow the other actors' exact actions as they filmed: from the parts where the viewer would see the illusion, to the parts where the viewer would see Candice or vice versa.

For Season 2, however, it became more difficult for Candice's character to be involved in the show. Peregrym was never contractually bound to Heroes for the second season, and after being cast in the show Reaper as a series regular, scheduling interfered with her availability to shoot her remaining scenes as Candice. This resulted in the writers' original plan for Candice and Sylar to have a multi-episode story arc being scrapped and the character getting killed off in her next episode. The producers attempted to collaborate with the producers of Reaper on shooting dates for the final episode in which Peregrym would appear, but although she agreed to work on a weekend, schedule changes for Reaper made this impossible. Rachel Kimsey then came in and her performance made a strong enough impression on writers and producers that they attempted to keep Candice, but couldn't.

Robert Bishop, portrayed by Stephen Tobolowsky, has the ability of alchemy, allowing him to change the chemical properties of objects into material such as gold. 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 berates her actions. Bob is killed by Sylar at the beginning of Volume Three.

Alejandro Herrera, portrayed by Shalim Ortiz, is the brother of Maya Herrera. He is very protective of her, even after the initial discovery of Maya's power, which kills their friends and his new wife. When she runs away, he tracks her down and discovers his ability to stop the progression of the poison she emits. Afterward, they try to escape from Mexico in order to go to New York, picking up Sylar along the way. While Maya trusts Sylar, he does not, and soon after, when he 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. He can either render a person unconscious and manipulate their dreams, or he can induce "waking nightmares" that allow the person's real body to move. He is also able to detect Molly Walker, who calls him "the Nightmare Man" attempting to locate him using her power, and he does not require close proximity to affect a person's mind. He is one of several people swayed into believing that those with abilities are superior to humans by Adam Monroe, whom he loyally served. Maury subsequently works for Arthur Petrelli after Adam's imprisonment, having pledged to do so to save his son's life. When this arrangement became inconvenient, Arthur snapped his neck, presumably killing him.

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.

In the present, Matt Parkman begins to investigate the remaining Company founders. After discovering that most of them are dead, he uses his abilities on Angela to persuade her to give him information on who Pratt is. Angela resists, stating that Pratt was in hiding and wanted to be left alone. Matt is however able to get her name. Pratt is discovered in the present, hiding in Maine, by Adam Monroe and Peter Petrelli. Fearing that she will be the next to die after hearing about the death of Kaito, she attempts to kill Monroe to no avail. After Peter uses his telepathy to find out where Strain 138 is hidden, Monroe and Petrelli attempt to release Pratt and set her free. However, after she attempts to shoot Peter in the head, Monroe kills her and leaves a death-threat photo on her body.

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 Claire 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. West has a philosophy that people are either "Aliens" or "Robots", "Robots" being those who act normal, question nothing, and never "look up", while "Aliens" are unafraid to be different. West notices that Claire makes a point of not being noticed, so he becomes intrigued to figure out where she stands. He uses his ability to spy on Claire through her window, and eventually sees her regrowing a toe. When Claire discovers this, he shows her that he can fly. They share a kiss at the beach and start going out. When West later finds out that Claire's father is the man who abducted him, he thinks that she has been working with Noah, though Noah later tells him the truth. Later, West helps in rescuing Claire from Bob Bishop. When Noah is killed in the altercation, Claire decides to go public with her powers and expects West to help her. When West refuses to, telling her that he likes having his secrets, Claire breaks up with him.

Bridget Bailey, portrayed by Tehmina Sunny, is an evolved human with the power to perceive the history of any object she touches, 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.

The Heroes Evolutions site, Assignment Tracker 2.0, was updated on August 5, 2008 to include a new interactive map which revealed Bridget to be a Company agent paired with Berk Donahue. On the Evs Dropper blog, Bailey expressed regret that she was unable to aid in the war against Evs alongside her partner. In "Into the Wild, Part 3", Sean Fallon asks Gael Cruz about the "Bailey case", implying that he was assigned to aid her. Gael told him to forget it. Angela sends Bridget to meet Sylar in "One of Us, One of Them", where she is killed as soon as Angela leaves the room and her ability is absorbed.

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. After he and his mother are captured by Sylar, he finds himself sympathizing with the killer and ultimately abandons his old life to follow him and become his sidekick. He has information on the current whereabouts of Sylar's father, so Sylar reluctantly allows Luke to accompany him. When they stop in a diner, the Hunter´s men arrive and take Luke while Sylar escapes, but he returns to get a laptop with information about their operations and in the process rescues Luke.

Stephen Canfield, portrayed by Andre Royo, is an escapee from Level 5 who can open gravitational vacuums, or "vortexes". These temporary holes in the fabric of space-time act much like miniature black holes, drawing in all nearby matter, though the destination is unknown. He was captured by the Company after accidentally killing his neighbor, his ability having manifested while arguing. After his escape, he is confronted by Claire and later Noah Bennet and Sylar. He later attempts to find and reunite with his family, but they now fear him and don't show up. The Bennets find him again, and Noah offers him freedom if he sucks Sylar into a vortex. Refusing to become a "monster", and believing he has nothing left to live for, Stephen instead casts himself into one of his own vortices and disappears, greatly upsetting Claire, who was the only one willing to help him.

Eric Doyle, portrayed by David H. Lawrence XVII, has the ability of "puppet mastery", which allows him to control the actions of other by manipulating them like a puppeteer. He is initially captured by the Company after causing people to 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. At the end of "Exposed", Doyle, revealed to have survived the Primatech disaster, gets a message from someone calling themselves "Rebel" with message that Claire will save him. He appears in the Bennet kitchen confronting Claire. He claims to want a normal, regular life and leaves Claire after she refuses to help him. He is soon chased by the two agents (that were also chasing Claire), Claire comes in (after a admonition from "Rebel") and helps Doyle escape. After Doyle is out of harm's way, Claire removes his old identity and gives him a new life. Claire asks him if he was telling the truth about changing his ways, and he smirks and walks away.

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. He is seen in a picture at Dr. Zimmerman´s home along with Barbara, Niki and Tracy´s sister.

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 more conventional 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. After being sent to different foster homes, Flint discovered his power, and Meredith later united with him until they were both captured by the Company. They were offered positions as agents, though Meredith forced them to flee to avoid being manipulated. Flint was recaptured and placed into Level 5. He ends up being released during the conflict between Sylar and Elle, and he later joins Arthur Petrelli. However, he later turns on Pinehearst Company, feeling that he won't be needed after the formula is distributed, and ends up destroying the building.

Samson Gray, portrayed by John Glover, is the 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. He apparently was a friend to Luke Campbell, going bird-watching with Luke despite his own jaded and pessimistic nature. Still practicing taxidermy in his old age, he realizes that he and his son have the same ability and tries to tell his son how to use his life for something worthwhile, not the repetitive and boring task of collecting abilities from "helpless" prey. He demonstrates several abilities while talking to Gabriel, namely telekinesis and induced sedation (expressed through whistling), restraining Gabriel when Samson realizes he can heal himself. Desperate to escape death, he attempts to steal Gabriel's ability of rapid cellular regeneration, but Gabriel fools his father, restraining him with his own oxygen tube and leaving him to die of his cancer, alone and helpless like his old victims.

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. However, he later turns against Pinehearst Company, feeling that he won't be useful once the formula is distributed, but is frozen and shattered by Tracy Strauss as he is about to kill Nathan Petrelli.

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, 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 stealing 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. One of the people she is to recruit is Matt Parkman, to whom she is married in "I Am Become Death". Parkman, having seen this future, tries to convince her to quit instead, since it will eventually get her killed. She sees that he is actually a good person and reveals to Parkman that although she is very conflicted about her work and the people she works for, she doesn't have a choice. In "It's Coming", she tells Matt she loves him and defects to Primatech, becoming one of the Heroes. She subsequently helps in retrieving Isaac Mendez's sketchbook of prophetic drawings, and in obtaining a sample of the formula to grant Ando an ability. She then couples her speed with Ando's power amplification to travel back in time to rescue the stranded Hiro, and afterward takes Hiro to Pinehearst to steal back the formula. In "Trust and Blood", she tries to save Hiro and Matt, but she is badly wounded when shot by government agents. She survived and is being both tranquilized and medically treated in a medical facility.

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.

Years later, an alternate, future version of Peter Petrelli puts the present-day Peter in Jesse's body to keep him safe. However, present-day Peter is forced to leave with the other Level 5 prisoners when Elle Bishop accidentally releases them. Peter accompanies a group of them on a bank robbery to make sure that no innocents are hurt. However, Knox figures out the truth and attacks, causing Peter to trigger Jesse's ability. Before Peter can stop the villains, though, the future Peter releases him and takes him to the future. Jesse, now free, attempts to kill Noah Bennet with Flint and Knox, but Sylar incapacitates them and takes Jesse's power, killing him.

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.

When Sylar later puts the Company facility into lockdown, Noah releases Pine and the other recaptured prisoners, offering them freedom if they can kill Sylar. Pine is subsequently killed by Sylar, his twitching severed arm found in a corridor by Meredith.

Baron Samedi, portrayed by Demetrius Grosse, is a powerful warlord in the jungles of Haiti, and is the half-brother of the Haitian. He is a posthuman who 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 and an assassin from 1973 James Bond film Live and Let Die. After escaping Level 5, he returns to Haiti and retakes control, though the Haitian follows after him. When Nathan and Peter Petrelli fly to Haiti to find the Haitian, Baron Samedi is warned of their presence by Arthur Petrelli, and he manages to capture Nathan. Due to the effects of the eclipse, Baron Samedi temporarily loses his powers, and is knocked unconscious by Peter and the Haitian as he is about to rape a girl. However, he later confronts them after regaining his ability, but is mind-wiped by the Haitian.

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 go stop Flint Gordon and Peter Petrelli from destroying the lab and the formula in "Dual", his neck is snapped by Knox.

Tracy Strauss, portrayed by Ali Larter, has the ability to freeze anything that she touches. Introduced in the third season, she is an adviser to the governor of New York who recruits Nathan Petrelli as a senator. She is the triplet sister of Niki Sanders and Barbara, all three having been genetically modified by Dr. Zimmerman and separated at birth. According to writers Joe Pokaski and Aron Coleite, Niki was written out of the series and replaced with Tracy so that Larter could play a different role, as they realized that they could not go further with the character. The change also allowed them to tell an origin story, where the character discovers that she has powers.

Tracy has no knowledge of her origins and ability until Nathan mistakes her for Niki and a reporter shows her evidence of Niki's sexual endeavors. Her emotional reaction to the reporter causes her to inadvertently freeze and kill him. Tracy eventually visits Niki's funeral in New Orleans, and meets Niki's orphaned son, Micah Sanders, who helps her discover that she and Niki were born on the same day to the same mother, Kelly Sullivan, and delivered by the same doctor, Dr. Zimmerman. After visiting Dr. Zimmerman, who tells her that there is no way to remove her ability, Tracy returns to New York where she tries to commit suicide, only to be saved by Nathan. The two visit Angela Petrelli, where they learn more about the Company's experiments, and Mohinder Suresh, who captures them as part of his experimental research. In "It's Coming", Tracy accompanies Nathan to Pinehearst, and watches as he confronts his father. After Nathan then heads to Primatech, Tracy goes back into Pinehearst and tells Arthur that she thinks she can get Nathan to side with him. Nathan eventually comes around, and Tracy introduces him to the team of Marines they intend to use the formula on. In "Dual", she saves Nathan's life by freezing Knox, who was about to kill him. With Peter and Flint destroying the lab and formula, she tells Nathan that they can get the formula and start over, but Nathan fires her. She tries to take the formula from the safe in Arthur's office, but Hiro and Daphne steal it from her. She is last seen picking up Mohinder, cured of his mutations by the completed formula, as he stumbles along the side of the road. In the Heroes graphic novel "What We Have Wrought", during the car ride Tracy reveals that she salvaged a vial of the formula under her dress. She asks Mohinder if he can reproduce another batch of formula, he responds by running out of the car and crushing the vial. He walks off in the distance, leaving an angry and upset Tracy. Two months after this, Tracy is back working for the government. However, she is soon captured by one of Nathan's teams, and is later loaded onto the plane with the other captured posthumans. Whilst the flight is in progress, Claire frees her, and Peter absorbs her ability without knowing. He touches the wall of the aircraft, and it freezes, creating a large hole that causes the plane to go down. After the crash, she is found by Peter, whom she offers to Nathan in exchange for her freedom. However, Nathan double-crosses her, and she is recaptured. In "Building 26", she is chained to a chair under large heaters to prevent her from using her abilities. When her old friend from the government comes to examine Nathan's plans and sees Tracy, she immediately goes off to stop his funding. The Hunter, however, secretly loosens Tracy's chains and leaves the door unlocked. Falling into his trap, Tracy escapes and takes a man hostage, eventually killing him when she realizes that she can't escape. Her friend, seeing this, promises all the funding that Nathan needs. Believing Nathan to be responsible for her allowed escape, Tracy tells him that she knows what he did. In "Shades of Gray", Tracy gets a message from "Rebel" telling her help is on the way. Nathan, afraid of Tracy outing to Danko about his ability, reminds her that he his only chance of help and survival. Trusting Nathan, she lies to Danko for him.

Usutu, portrayed by Ntare 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, 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".

After his death, Matt Parkman experiences as of yet unexplained visions of Usutu in "It's Coming" and "Dual", although they do not speak to him, and he is unaware that Usutu is dead.

In addition to his powers, Usutu is able to make a traditional food paste from tree roots and hyena dung which temporarily allows others to engage in a "spirit walk." In practice, this spirit walk roughly translates into a series of precognitive visions of future events or postcognitive visions of significant past events that are personally relevant to whomever consumes the paste. It is unknown whether or not this works on everyone. What is clear is that this paste has worked on two other characters with powers, though their powers did not involve precognition. Usutu freely shares the paste with Matt Parkman and Hiro Nakamura, despite being a family tradition, and the two lapse into trances shortly thereafter.

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.

Trevor Zeitlan, portrayed by Jeff Staron, is Sylar's second victim, who possesses the power to project kinetic energy by "shooting" at objects with his thumb and forefinger. Sylar learns of him through Chandra Suresh's list of posthumans, but resists the temptation to go after him. However, on Noah Bennet's orders, Elle has the two of them meet so that the Company can have footage of him acquiring an ability. Trevor reveals his power by shattering several glasses, and astonishes both Gabriel and Elle.

When Elle keeps commenting on how "special" Trevor is, Gabriel becomes overwhelmed and cannot control his hunger, so he starts to attack Trevor. Elle tries to stop him, but is forced to flee to safety, leaving Trevor to get killed by Gabriel.

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.

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.

When 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 being slashed open.

Pvt. Rachel Mills, portrayed by Taylor Cole, is a Private 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. However, it's revealed that she has already developed the ability of teleportation on her own. After surviving the explosive disaster at the Pinehearst facility, she is detained and interrogated by Angela Petrelli and a subordinate named Carlos to obtain the location of a vial of the serum left intact after the incident. She ultimately claims to have destroyed the vial herself and is eventually released. Later in a public bathroom, she reveals that she hid the remaining vial in a bullet wound to her left shoulder inflicted by a fellow recruit during the disaster at Pinehearst. Angela and Carlos are waiting for her outside the bathroom, and after confiscating the vial, they abduct her as well.

In the main series, Mills has been shown working for Nathan Petrelli's team, imprisoning Tracy Strauss in the episode "Trust and Blood", and performing surveillance on Claire Bennet in "Exposed". The series has yet to reveal what became of Mills after her abduction and how she became part of Nathan's operation.

There is a series of Evolutions iStories that detail Rachel's path from serving the Army in Irag, meeting a representative for a job, and then her point of view at the crash site incident from Season 3's pilot episode. Danko appoints her in charge of some special investigation. She was tasked with searching three websites (Nathan Petrelli's Campaign site, Nikki's Las Vegas site, and Hana Gitelman's Blog) for anything that could explain the breaches within their computer systems. Between Chapter 2 and 3 of the Agent Story, Rachel saves Eric Doyle's life by teleporting into his theater after Danko set it on fire. She cut his ropes and allowed him to leave, not knowing he would visit Claire Bennett next.

The iStory Agent is still ongoing.

This list includes every non-powered relative of the main characters to have been seen either in the TV series or in the graphic novels.

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. Four months later he began a new life with the surname 'Butler', along with the rest of the family.

Sandra Bennet, portrayed by Ashley Crow, is Claire Bennet's adoptive mother and the 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.

Sylar tries to murder her, but she is saved by Mr. Bennet and the Haitian. They also, once again, erase her memory of the event, which becomes evident to Claire when Sandra does not recall allowing her to skip school. After this erasure, her memory continues to degrade, as demonstrated by an event where she does not recognize Mr. Muggles or Claire, and then a few minutes later has no recollection of the episode. She complains of headaches and sees a neurologist. She collapses and is taken to the hospital, where she is diagnosed with a subdural hematoma. Upon her return to the house, she is held hostage with the rest of her family by Matt Parkman and Ted Sprague, and witnesses her daughter's regenerative powers.

After the hostage stand-off, she and her family stay at a hotel. She reveals to Bennet that he had told her everything the previous day, including what happened to Claire. Under her husband's orders, she only pretends that she has lost her memory. However, the illusion-casting Candice Wilmer impersonated her shortly afterwards in order to trick Mr. Bennet into revealing that he'd sent Claire away, and it is not clear at which point the impersonation actually began.

She wasn't seen again until "Four Months Later…", in which she has begun a new life with the surname 'Butler', along with the rest of the family.

In the alternate future portrayed in the episode "Five Years Gone", it is revealed that she leaves Mr. Bennet. Claire also used the name "Sandra" as an alias in this episode.

When Meredith Gordon is called in to watch over the family in "The Butterfly Effect", Sandra finds her position in the house threatened and would often clash with Meredith over raising Claire, especially when Meredith acts like the "cool" mom and allows Claire to skip school so that they could train together.

When Claire later goes after Eric Doyle in "Dying of the Light", Sandra doesn't object and in fact goes as her partner. Their plan fails but during a twisted game of Russian Roullette, Claire has Sandra shoot and apparently kill her tricking Doyle and allowing Claire to knock him out freeing Sandra and Meredith. Noah arrests Doyle and takes him back to Level 5 later.

Sandra learns the truth about Noah's job from Claire in "Building 26" and, after a heated argument, kicks Noah out of the house. She then discovers Alex Woolsley hiding in Claire's closet in "Exposed", and after expressing her disappointment over the situation, decides to help. She created a fake ID using Lyle's driver's license to help Alex start over, and she and Claire successfully hide him from Rachel Mills and her partner, who have been performing surveillance on the Bennets ever since Claire brought Alex back with her.

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.

Virginia Gray, portrayed by Ellen Greene, is Sylar's adoptive 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.

Kimiko is present with Ando and Hiro at Kaito's funeral.

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 over 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 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 with whom his wife cheated. Matt Parkman saw a vision of his wife in a dream sequence or illusion created by his father (Maury Parkman), in which he was a holding a baby and saying that Matt left his son just like his father left him.

In the future of "Five Years Gone", it is revealed Janice and Matt bore a son whom they named Matthew and who presumably also has special powers. In the alternate future, Mr. Bennet had been running a relocation program for people with special powers, and had been in contact with Janice and Matthew Jr., as part of some arrangement with Matt Sr.

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. Tragically, he couldn't figure out how to get back down to his car and the car crashed into a highway barrier. During a brunch set up by her mother-in-law, an invited journalist implies that Nathan may have cheated on her with a blonde during his trip to Las Vegas to see Mr. Linderman. She doubts Peter's story with an innocent explanation of the woman, but when Nathan confirms it in private, she tells him she believes him. Heidi says that she is determined to recover but only if Nathan is true to her. Heidi remained unseen for most of the season. She did, however, return to the Petrelli mansion in Manhattan with her and Nathan's two sons, Monty and Simon.. Heidi has yet to meet Claire and is currently unaware that she exists and that she is Nathan's illegitimate daughter. Even though his men reportedly put her in this condition, Linderman heals Heidi, who now can walk again.

When Nathan drives Heidi away, she moves to Washington D.C.

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.

Hal Sanders, portrayed by Graham Beckel, is the estranged adoptive father of Niki Sanders. When Niki and her adoptive sister Jessica were younger, Hal was an abusive alcoholic. While both of them were beaten, Jessica took the brunt of Hal's abuse to protect Niki. When Jessica was ten or eleven years old, Hal strangled her to death. Niki somehow lost recollection of her childhood and only remembered that Hal eventually left her. Years later, Hal attempted to reconnect with his only remaining daughter, who was now a wife and mother. He offered much of the money he had made in the stock market to help Niki and her husband, D.L. Hawkins, raise their son, Micah Sanders. However, after finding Micah taking apart the laptop that he had given him, Hal showed himself to be the same short-tempered man he had always been and was not accepted into the family's life. Niki's alternate personality, calling itself "Jessica", later beat Hal up, giving him back the money he offered and telling him never to come back.

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.

According to a dream Mohinder had, Chandra was killed while sitting in the driver's seat of his cab by a man wearing a watch, which was stopped at 11:53, a watch which Sylar is often seen wearing. Eden McCain, Chandra's one-time neighbor, claimed Sylar was his murderer. Sylar later claimed that Chandra became very close to him at one time and shared things he felt Mohinder was too "fragile" to know, including information on his sister.

Mrs. Suresh, portrayed by Sakina Jaffrey, was born in Chennai and is Mohinder's mother and Chandra Suresh's widow. Following Chandra's funeral, she told Mohinder of his sister Shanti, who died prior to his birth. She expresses wishes that Mohinder would give up his father's research and return home to India to reunite with his former girlfriend Mira.

Shanti Suresh is Chandra Suresh's daughter, also born in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. In the episode Seven Minutes until 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. Sylar also knows about Shanti from his time working with Chandra. Mohinder was not aware of her existence until his mother told him.

This list includes every character not listed above, that appeared in three episodes or more of the first season. The characters are listed in the order they first appeared on the show.

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. Claire is overwhelmed and later punches Jackie when she makes homophobic comments towards Zach. After Claire is grounded, Zach enters her bedroom using a ladder and convinces her to come to the Homecoming game.

After Claire tells her father that Zach knows about her powers, Mr. Bennet has the Haitian make him forget about his relationship with Claire and her powers. When Claire approaches him the following day, Zach doesn't remember having even spoken to her since sixth grade. Nevertheless, Claire convinces Zach to videotape her again and is able to rekindle their friendship. Zach subsequently helps Claire track down her biological parents while also helping to keep her actions secret from her adoptive parents.

There was an unfortunate miscommunication and when the script arrived that had the line in it, 'I would take you to homecoming but you have to know that I don't like girls that way.' The actor Thomas Dekker's, manager threatened to pull him from the show because he was up for the John Connor role in The Sarah Connor Chronicles and she didn't want him playing a gay character because it might affect Fox's interest in hiring him. It got really ugly.

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.

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.

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".

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 head on a tree branch and considers her dead. 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 isn't 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.

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 that she has diabetes, but neither tell Claire anything that explains how she got her healing powers.

It is revealed that Hank is actually a doctor working with Mr. Bennet, who later performs tests on Sylar. Hank is killed by Sylar, who then escapes from containment at Primatech.

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.

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". 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 Kirby Plaza, 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 doesn't 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 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.

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. They believed it to contain iPods, but instead found a half-naked Peter Petrelli handcuffed inside the empty container. Subsequently, Peter became both Ricky's prisoner and part of his team, including a romantic liaison with Ricky's sister Caitlin. Ricky was murdered by Elle after refusing to tell her where to find Peter.

Detective Bryan Fuller, portrayed by Barry Shabaka Henley, is Matt Parkman's partner in the NYPD. He and Matt are currently investigating the murder of Kaito Nakamura and the attack on Angela Petrelli. He is also Parkman's superior, as he promoted Parkman and made him detective after a successful training session. He arrested Angela Petrelli after her false confession to Kaito Nakamura's death. He is named after the writer/producer Bryan Fuller who worked on Heroes during season 1.

Yaeko, portrayed by Eriko Tamura, is the swordsmith's daughter in the legend of Takezo Kensei. She lives in Feudal Japan, 1671. In the stories, she is the love interest of Takezo Kensei, though Hiro Nakamura's time travelling reveals that it is actually Hiro whom she loves. Initially, Hiro enamors Yaeko to Kensei by posing as him and rescuing her. This led to Yaeko eventually falling in love with Kensei, but upon discovering that it was actually Hiro who saved her in the first place, she concludes that she was actually in love with Hiro the entire time. Upon witnessing Hiro and Yaeko kiss, Kensei feels betrayed and turns Yaeko, her father (the swordsmith) and Hiro over to Whitebeard and his army. After they escape and Hiro scatters Whitebeard's army, Yaeko spreads his tale under Kensei's name.

In historical context (Heroes Evolutions), Yaeko was known as the Princess. She asked Kensei to protect Japan from Whitebeard, and Kensei did. This eventually led to their wedding, which was interrupted by the "Dragon of Kiso Mountain." The Dragon was looking to take Kensei's love, the Princess. As a response to the Dragon's demands, Kensei cut out his own heart and gave it to the Dragon. What happens next is a bit of a mystery. Legend says that Kensei may have died, or that he was brought back to life by the Dragon, and he and the Princess went away together. However, according to legend, Yaeko is said to be the princess in question, and also the creator of the Takezo tapestries.

In the graphic novel "The Ten Brides of Takezo Kensei", it is revealed that Yaeko had a granddaughter named Yumi, who married Adam Monroe. Adam became bored with her and faked his death by drowning.

Deborah "Debbie" Marshall, portrayed by Dianna Agron, is the head cheerleader/captain of the cheer squad at Costa Verde High School. She has had negative interactions with both Claire and Martha. She does not want Claire on the squad. She also sees West in disguise come from the sky and seemingly kill Claire but when Claire is proved to be alive, the police think that she is seeing alcohol-induced hallucinations. She was suspended from school and cheerleading after having a blood alcohol of .19.

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. Will later reveals information to Elle about the whereabouts of Peter Petrelli. Tuko was on scene at the Wandering Rock Pub when Caitlin arrived to view the destroyed body of her brother.

Caitlin, portrayed by Katie Carr, is Ricky's sister and a love interest of Peter Petrelli. As a worker at the Wandering Rock Pub in Cork, Ireland, she watches over Peter when he is taken captive by her brother. After Peter uses Isaac's ability to paint a picture of Caitlin and Peter standing outside of a cathedral in Montreal, she goes with him to Montreal, her motivation being that she wants to avenge her brother's death by killing Elle in return. At the end of "The Line", she and Peter accidentally travel one year into the future to find New York evacuated due to a deadly virus, and the country under martial law. In "Out Of Time", Peter returns to the present alone, accidentally leaving her stranded in the future being deported to Ireland. By eventually preventing the release of the virus, Peter stops that future from coming to pass.

Caitlin's fate was originally intended to be revealed in the cancelled volume "Exodus", but due to the writers' strike, it may never be known.

Danko, portrayed by Željko Ivanek, also referred to as "the Hunter", is a senior agent of the Department of Homeland Security, who currently serves as the leader of a team of soldiers hunting and imprisoning people with abilities on behalf of his superior, Senator Nathan Petrelli. He often denies Nathan's orders by shooting to kill instead of to incapacitate; a favorite target of his was Claire even when Nathan explicitly said not to even touch her. He also saved the operation when they were about to get shut down. He loosened Tracy's chains and left the door unlocked, because he knew she'd get recaptured and end up killing an officer. When the auditor saw this happening, she decided that the operation was necessary and gave them the funding they needed. Danko's tactics are different from Nathan's and Noah Bennet's in that Danko, who is heavily prejudiced against superpowered posthumans, prefers to take it to the extreme. Danko even strapped a bomb onto Parkman and let him out in front of the Capital Building to "prove" super beings are terrorists. After the President removes Danko from his position for what he did, he starts investigating Nathan's past to prove that he can fly. After getting nowhere, he eventually pushes Nathan out a window and saw him fly away. When he gets home, he sees a stuffed rabbit on his table (not knowing it belongs to Sylar) and Sylar is waiting behind a corner for him. It is also revealed that Danko was part of some unsuccessful mission in Angola and was one of few who survived. His first name has not yet been confirmed.

Rebel is an unknown source of help to Heroes fighting against the government capture and control of posthumans. S/he provides technological assistance to Heroes, hacking computers, pulling files, and sending text messages. S/he first appears in the episode Trust and Blood, text messaging Claire Bennet.

Characters with special abilities who only appear in the webisodes.

The Constrictor, portrayed by Mark Steger, has the power of crushing somebody by squeezing them in a hug. 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.

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 electric 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 won't end up like her.

Iris, portrayed by Norma Maldonado, is the wife of Edward and mother of Santiago. She has the ability of pyrokinesis.

Leona Mills is the mother of Pvt. Rachel Mills and a childhood friend of Angela Petrelli. Rachel believes that her mother died by means of suicide. This belief is perpetuated when Angela explains to Rachel that her mother took her own life because she was unable to accept her own abilities. Later, Angela makes a call on her cell phone to a woman facing away from the camera who she addresses as "Leona". Leona has an unspecified ability.

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.

David Sullivan, portrayed by Brian T. Skala, is a Private 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.

This list includes every character not listed above, that has appeared in a graphic novel, and has a superhuman ability.

When Claude meets his first partner Haram he also learns about Rollo Fusor, a criminal whom the Company believes is killing people by dehydrating them. Haram considers Fusor his first failed case, and bears a solid hate against him.

In 1990 the Company sends Claude and Haram to France to catch Rollo. However, when they are to arrest him, Rollo himself is dehydrated, and the real criminal is revealed to be his partner, Anya. While Haram and Claude are to arrest the unnamed woman, she attacks Haram, nearly killing him. Claude manages to stop her, and she is killed by Haram.

Abu Aswan is a descendant of the Egyptian pharaoh Khufu who, after discovering that he can manipulate the weight of objects, suspects that his ancestors used similar abilities to build the pyramids. Visiting him in a dream, Sanjog Iyer tells him that the pharaoh had one of his kin stoned for publicly demonstrating the same ability, and persuades him to keep his ancestors' secret. His name was originally seen in the list by Chandra Suresh.

Felicia Brooks is a Company agent who was trained by Noah Bennet. She vigorously trains Donna Dunlap to be an agent herself, and is not seen with a partner. She rises up against Gael when she overhears him talking about the posthuman agents, and fights Penny Logan until Eric Thompson knocks everyone out with tear gas. She comments annoyance at other agents who blast discussions without questioning their importance first, and is extremely angered at Connie Logan's betrayal. She, Penny, and Connie had trained together, and it was implied that they were friends. She is among those sent to deal with Evs Dropper, and is killed in the process.

Au Co was a Vietnamese girl killed by Arthur Petrelli on a mission during the Vietnam War. Arthur Petrelli and Daniel Linderman were on a mission to locate an airplane. They found it too late and there were no survivors, but "Dallas" decided to carry on with the airplane's mission to destroy Au Co. They presumed that it was a nearby farming village, but later realized that it was a young girl with the ability to make plants grow at a rapid rate. She was shot and killed by Arthur despite Daniel's efforts to stop him. This event, and those leading up to it, eventually resulted in a close bond between Linderman and Petrelli.

Perrin Crocker is a man who was arrested for murdering his wife. On a prison transport bus, in a fit of anger, he suddenly protrudes large spikes from his body, impaling almost everyone on the bus and causing it to crash, leaving a guard named Donald Essex as the only survivor.

Leonard Cushing is an agent of the Company who can secrete a highly potent corrosive from his hands. Cushing is Eric Thompson's partner until one mission where they are trying to find Evs Dropper. Thompson finds Cushing in a room with a fellow agent's dead, acid-burnt body. Thompson believes that Cushing is responsible. However, when Cushing is about to reveal something about Evs Dropper, Devin Patterson comes in and shoots him. With his final breath, he warns Thompson that Evs Dropper is always watching.

Dennis is a Level 5 prisoner who, along with fellow escapees Michael Fitzgerald and Tina Ramierez, goes to his girlfriend's house after Elle Bishop accidentally frees everyone in Level 5. The Company sends agents to deal with them, but the trio kills them. Sylar, who had been doing surveillance, intervenes, and kills Dennis.

Richard Drucker was an evolved human recorded by the Company. He is described in Evolutions as having hatred towards the founding members of the Company. He also attended college with Charles Deveaux, and they were friends before the start of the Company. They were both associated with an unidentified group, described as "like-minded individuals", but Drucker left the group in 1977 and moved to Bangalore. His physical body was destroyed in Bangalore in a plane crash. He is a distant relative of Hana Gitelman. The Company has extensive information on Drucker in its files.

He continued to exist within computers, like Hana, until they were both deleted while trapped in the Company's mainframe.

Julien Dumont was an agent of the company 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). While the duplicates in Antarctica and Australia are captured, the third jumps from a cliff and dies. When his partner and girlfriend, Sabine Hazel, reports back, Julien says he can still sense the third one alive, making her suspicious.

Following a tip from someone known only as Evs Dropper, Sabine realizes that the Julien she knows is really another duplicate, and demands to know what's happened to the real Julien. The duplicate claims that she's never met the real Julien, it's been him all along. Infuriated, she kills the duplicate and takes his keycard, using to access a Company holding cell where she finds the original Julien, kept in a coma and hooked up to machinery that activates his cloning powers involuntarily. The Company had been using him as an agent factory for years, producing an endless supply of clones to recruit while keeping the original alive and protected, as it is believed that if he dies, all his clones would die as well. Sabine proceeds to disconnect and extract Julien, even understanding he's not the Julien she loved, and the two flee from the Company. They are rescued by another Julien, who takes them to a safe house where Sabine finally meets Evs Dropper in person.

She is told by Evs (Connie Logan) that they were married and that Penny is their daughter. Gael asked for Julien to be tested but tells her he was killed two years later. At the end of the battle, Bianca shoots Julien to kill the oncoming clones.

Donna Dunlap was merely an everyday dental receptionist who happened to have telescopic, microscopic, and nocturnal vision. She went on a date with a disguised Eric Thompson. After receiving a mysterious warning from someone known as Evs Dropper, she left and stayed at her apartment. She later found out she was being watched by Thompson and Elle Bishop. As she tried to escape, she was stunned by Elle and taken into captivity. She is taken to the Company infirmary where she recovers next to Noah. Bob sees her exposure to Bennett as a risk and orders her memory of that day erased with hopes of later convincing her to help The Company. Evs Dropper reveals the erased events to her as proof of what was done and convinces her to fight against the Company. She is trained by Felicia Brooks and sees a picture of her death painted by Isaac Mendez. She becomes suspicious of Evs and renounces her allegiance, uncovering the truth of Cushing's murder in the process. She and Eric capture a rogue Julien clone and soon after try to stop an escaping Sabine and Julien. She and Eric are later dispatched to recapture Brenden Lewis, but both are knocked out and the support must capture him. She is interrogated by Gael later on, who thinks she is still working with Evs so she escapes with Eric (with Bianca's help) to a hotel where she is incapacitated and replaced by Penny Logan. She is captured by Connie, who nails her feet to a board and binds and gags her to a chair strapped with enough explosives to destroy a metal bridge. Eric tries to save her, but she pushes him over and falls into the painting's position as the bomb detonates.

Donald Essex is a prison guard who is left the sole survivor of a bus crash, unharmed due to his power to transform his body into water. While under observation at a hospital, he is approached by Nathan Petrelli, who offers him a position in his government task force. After turning him down, Donald returns home and is attacked by Nathan's agents, who spray him with a gas that makes him dissolve into a puddle. His current status remains unknown.

During the Revolutionary War, Adam Monroe, working as a mercenary for the British Empire, learned of a man who destroyed an entire town single-handedly, and claimed he could not be killed. Adam initially assumed the man had the same regenerative ability as he did, but upon meeting this man, Evan, Adam killed him on the spot. His crew was immediately attacked by an unseen army, and Adam soon found himself fighting another Evan... and another, and another. It turned out Evan had the ability to duplicate himself, effectively making him a one-man army. Adam attempted to track down and kill the original Evan, believing this would stop all the duplicates; however, this proved futile when he found that the duplicates can also duplicate themselves, and Adam was hopelessly outmatched.

Michael Fitzgerald is a Level 5 prisoner with the ability of enhanced strength and durability. He goes along with fellow escapees Tina Ramierez and Dennis to the apartment of Dennis' girlfriend after Elle Bishop accidentally frees everyone in Level 5. The Company sends agents to deal with them, but the trio kills them. Sylar, who had been doing surveillance, intervenes, and kills Dennis with a sonic scream. He prepares to kill Tina and Michael, but Dennis' girlfriend convinces him to spare their lives.

Benjamin Franklin conducted experiments on electricity and held a kite with a key out during a storm where he was struck by lightning. He is not electrocuted but discharges the electricity harmlessly through his cat. He writes this in his diary which Joseph Priestley thinks must stay hidden.

Manuel Garcia had connections to Evs Dropper, and with her help, he managed to evade the Company by teleporting. He was eventually captured by Connie and Penn Logan while acting as agents and not as Evs Dropper. They managed to get close enough to him by Penny impersonating his girlfriend with Connie's ability. His name was revealed on the Assignment Tracker's interactive map. He was recruited into the Company after his capture and was killed while fighting Evs Dropper.

Howard Grigsby is a man with the ability to emit blinding amounts of light. He thinks he is the light of God, and is the reason that Noah Bennet had to get his famed glasses. After he was captured, he was sent to a Level 5 detention cell. However, he later escapes after Elle Bishop accidentally releases all the Level 5 prisoners.

Guillame is the Haitian's father and a leader in their village in Haiti. He is known as the Houngan, the Priest, and his power to manipulate people's emotions has been able to protect his village from attack. He dies when jumping off a mountain.

Paul Harding was listed on the assignment tracker map. Before the map was created, it was mentioned that he and his partner helped Bianca and Gael bring the German to Primatech Research. He left a discussion on Evs Dropper's blog about mysterious blue water, traveled with his partner, Ahlrich Dekker, to Calgary to capture an unidentified posthuman and angrily commented on being ordered back from the battle with Connie Logan by Bob Bishop while Dekker was sent on his own. He eventually arrived by himself and was killed in the subsequent battle.

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.

After a bag and tag mission of several rogue Dumont duplicates, Sabine goes after the one in the Congo alone, and claims he escaped. In actuality, the third clone jumped from a cliff and died. When Sabine reports back, Dumont claims he can still sense the third one alive. Suspicious, Sabine is able to lure Dumont out into the forest, where she forces him at gunpoint to confess that, not only is he really another duplicate, but that Sabine has never met the real Dumont. Upon demanding to learn what has happened to the real Dumont, an infuriated Sabine kills the Dumont clone, and takes his keycard, using it to access the detention facility at Primatech Research. Sabine finds the original Dumont, kept in an induced coma and hooked up to machinery that activates his cloning powers against his will. The Company had been using him as an agent factory for years, producing an endless supply of clones to recruit while keeping the original alive and protected, as it is believed that if he dies, all his clones would die as well. Sabine proceeds to disconnect and extract Dumont, even understanding that he's not the Dumont she loved, and the two flee from the Company.

The two are then rescued by another Dumont clone, and Sabine is taken to a safe house where Sabine meets Evs Dropper, whom is revealed to be the original Dumont's wife, Connie Logan. Sabine is told by Connie of how Dumont submitted himself for testing, only for the Company to fake his death. Sabine agrees to aid Connie's plan to destroy the Company. Soon afterwards, Sabine keeps the original Dumont safe as a pitched battle ensues, where Connie, Penny and many clones are killed in battle with the Kill Squad. After the dying Connie tells Sabine to escape with Dumont, the two are captured by Gael Cruz and Bianca Karina. Initially, Sabine assumes they intend to keep harvesting Dumont, but is instead shocked when Bianca kills Dumont to wipe out the clone army. Instead, "The Package" they have been seeking is Sabine herself, as they know (before Sabine herself) that she is pregnant with Dumont's clones' son, who will be an evolved human. Sabine is then returned to Primatech and incarcerated.

Anna Korolenko is a teenage girl from Russia with the power to shut down people's higher brain functions. After she had used her power on her family, she had sworn never to use it again. However, she was kidnapped by Ricardo "Red Eye" Silva, who believed that her ability could be used in conjunction with his own as a weapon. After a confrontation with the Kill Squad in which they are forced to use their powers to make them kill one another, Anna flees and starts a new life in Ithaca, New York. She later meets Claire Bennet at college, when Ricardo returns and uses his power to make two security guards attack Claire, believing her to be a Primatech agent. Anna stuns the guards with her power, and Claire helps her realize that Ricardo has come to care about her. She decides to hear him out over dinner.

Brendan Lewis was captured by the Company, and it was suspected that his ability to control plants would mutate. When it does, granting him further plant-like abilities such as rapid cellular regeneration and UV energy absorption, he escapes and knocks a partnership unconscious and kills most of a support team before being recaptured. He is sent to a crater the size of a village in Guyana caused by a local manifesting his ability. Paulette Hawkins augments his power to cover the crater with forestry, and he is killed in the process.

A man with the power to transform his own body mass into a water-like liquid, who was apprehended by Ivan, Maarten, and Noah Bennet when they trapped him in a train's freezer car.

Connie Logan is an agent of the Company, who was considered an invaluable asset for her ability to mold and reshape other people's faces as if they were made of clay, and to change their hair and eye colors as well as their vocal cords to precisely mimic the appearance and voice of another person, creating perfect disguises. The effect only lasts 24 hours, and she could not change her own appearance. She often worked with her non-powered daughter, Penny Logan.

The graphic novel Into the Wild reveals that she is the mysterious "Evs Dropper", and is working to bring down the Company alongside an army of Julien Dumont clones. She is also married to the original Julien. She and her daughter are killed by the Kill Squad in the ensuing battle along with the rest of her forces, though the Company suffered heavy casualties.

Penny Logan is an agent of the Company, and the daughter of Connie and the original Julien Dumont. Unlike her parents, Penny does not possess any abilities. Nevertheless, Penny dedicated herself to Company service and soon became a highly-decorated field agent. Unbeknownst to most, Penny is secretly aiding her mother (who she publicly detested, but privately bonded with) to destroy the Company in revenge for taking Julien from them. Penny helps lure Eric Thompson into an ambush, with Penny poised to kill him (as Penny thirsted for revenge towards Eric as he seduced and had sex with her solely for his pleasure, at a time when she admired him). Eric is saved at the last moment, as the Kill Squad arrives and opens fire. One of their bullets hits Penny in the face, and blowing her head apart.

Maarten was Ivan's partner at the time when Noah Bennet was Ivan's protégé.

While en route from Texas to California, Noah Bennet learns of a couple of murder victims whose bodies were unnaturally bent out of shape. Realizing the killer must be one of his early cases – Marcus, a man with the power to alter the plasticity of any object his fingers are touching, allowing him to easily bend or crumple them – he takes it upon himself to apprehend the man and turns him over to the Company.

Samir Mellouk worked with Daphne Millbrook to steal rare artifacts from around the world. He is captured by Julien Dumont and Sabine Hazel.

Michael is a Company agent who can fire powerful laser beams from his fingertips. He befriends the incarcerated Eric Doyle, in whom he confides that he hates working for the Company but does so in order to be on their good side. During the escape from Level 5, Eric Doyle uses his ability to force him to kill himself with his own power.

Matt Neuenberg was a high school student who had difficulty fitting in and making friends, feeling that people are only ever interested in him for his ability to quickly memorize and recall vast amounts of information with great accuracy. After demonstrating his ability at a talent show, he encountered Elle and was taken to the Company, where he was subjected to painful experiments. Later, Elle told him that this was for his own protection, and that he and she want the same things.

Matt was eventually used by the Company to guard their computer from hackers. Through his efforts, an attempt to hack the Company computer by Hana Gitelman and Richard Drucker is stopped by downloading the information to his head before destroying the computer. However, he died when the Company downloaded the information from him.

Piper is a girl with the ability to bend her joints to superhuman limits.

Piper keeps having haunting dreams, causing her to not sleep. One night when she does fall asleep, Sanjog Iyer shows her a vision of the past where she was supposedly abducted by aliens. She finds herself on an examination table, but she uses her powers to escape. A girl named Debbie shows Piper to a window, through which Piper leaves the building. Debbie reveals she is Piper's sister who was separated from her at birth and taken by the Company. The "aliens" that abducted Piper long ago were actually Mr. Bennet and the Haitian. Piper wakes up and screams out Debbie's name. Piper's mother calls the doctor about Piper's "delusions of having a sister". The "doctor" is really Mr. Bennet who says he'll be right over.

Tina Ramierez is a Level 5 prisoner with the ability of chlorine gas exhalation who goes along with fellow escapees Michael Fitzgerald and Dennis to the apartment of Dennis' girlfriend after Elle Bishop accidentally frees everyone in Level 5. The Company sends agents to deal with them, but the trio kills them. Sylar, who had been doing surveillance, intervenes, and kills Dennis with a sonic scream. He prepares to kill Tina and Michael, but Dennis' girlfriend convinces him to spare their lives.

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 isn't stopped, Future Hiro rescues Sparrow from police. When he scolds her for not obeying her curfew, Sparrow criticizes the government.

The Russian was a wanted con artist, thief, and killer. Originally thought to be a family of men of different ages, a confrontation with Noah Bennet, Claude Rains, and Ivan Spektor in December of 1998 revealed him as an "age shifter", able to alter his own biological age at will.

Sebastian Shell was on the assignment tracker map. He was partnered with Julia Ryan and both were killed in the battle against Connie Logan and the other members of the Evs Dropper persona. In Evs Dropper's blog, he questioned the intentions of tracking agents (Bianca Karina), helped Ahlrich Dekker identify Calgary, helped crack a code as a training exercise and commented on Connie Logan's identification as Evs Dropper.

Ricardo Silva, a.k.a. "Red Eye", was a former biochemist, researcher, and part-time professor with the ability to induce a "primal rage" in others. Seeking revenge against Primatech and the Kill Squad, he kidnaps a young girl named Anna Korolenko, hoping to use her ability in conjunction with his own as a weapon. Over time, however, he comes to care for Anna as more than a hostage. As the two are caught by the Kill Squad, they use their powers together to turn them into raging, mindless beasts who proceed to kill each other. Horrified at what they've done, Anna flees. Weeks later, Ricardo finds Anna talking to Claire Bennet, who he mistakes for a Primatech agent. He uses his power to make two security guards attack Claire, forcing Anna to stun them with her power. Claire sees that Ricardo truly does care for Anna and wants only to protect her, and convinces her to hear him out over dinner.

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. Her hand glowed with a blue light when she did this. If she absorbed the life force of another posthuman, she also gained their power. Linda first discovered her ability in her teens, during the 1960s. It is implied that her parents knew of it, too, and fearfully took measures to keep her isolated. Despite this, Linda was enthralled by her power, and went out into the city to fully experience it. After some time, she spotted Ida Walker, an elderly woman whose aura glowed brighter than most people's. Though she seemed to understand right and wrong, she continually felt to urge to steal life forces. Thus, she absorbed Walker's aura and obtained the woman's ability to see the dead.

In her adulthood, she worked as a private investigator and possibly bounty hunter. However, she would routinely continue stealing the life forces of powered people, even if she was assigned to bring them to authorities. This led to suspicions from others, and these misgivings forced her employer to fire her. Afterward, she was approached by a mysterious woman who hired her to locate certain individuals for her, all implied to have powers. After turning in two such people, Linda was tasked to find a man named Jason Welkes, but she instead absorbed his life force and disposed of the body. When asked, she repeated her previous habit of claiming she was unable to find the person. This led the informant to question her competence, and threaten to take away her next assignment. In response, Linda absorbed the informant's life force, and stole a notepad regarding the next targets, which included Daniel Linderman and Arthur Petrelli. Linda introduced herself to Linderman at a gas station, and he traveled with her while she gained his trust. After Linderman demonstrated to her his ability to heal others, Linda attempted to absorb his power. However, Linderman killed her with a stick before she successfully did so.

Traveler answers a call from Hana Gitelman and is asked to deliver a message to Richard Drucker in Bhutan. He enters the country and easily adapts to his surroundings thanks to his command of languages. While traveling on foot, he falls down an incline and injures himself. He shouts for help before passing out. When Traveler awakens he is in a Bhutanese temple, being tended to by Buddhist monks. A man who appears to be Drucker asks for his message. Traveler informs him that his message is from Hana Gitelman, to whom Drucker is related.

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Heroes of the Lance

The Heroes of the Lance are a group of fictional Heroes who appear in the Dragonlance series of novels. They are pivotal in the fighting and ending of the War of the Lance. They all have a great effect on Ansalon, and indeed all of Krynn. Some appear in many other novels aside from the Dragonlance Chronicles, which is where all the Heroes are introduced.

Sturm Brightblade is, at the beginning of the Chronicles, a squire to the Knights of Solamnia. He bears the sword Brightblade, a two-handed sword that is said never to break unless its owner breaks first. He wears his father's armor, that of a Knight of the Rose, and has a large mustache, a symbol of where his allegiances are. He is honorable to a fault, and his greatest wish is to restore the honor of the Knighthood, which has fallen into disgrace since the Cataclysm. He is later accepted into the Order of the Crown and placed as commander of the Knights of the Crown at the High Clerist's Tower. He sacrifices himself to buy time for Laurana and the other Knights, being killed by Kitiara Uth Matar.

Tasslehoff Burrfoot, often called "Tas", is a jolly, merry, kender who often "acquires" objects through various means, such as "falling into his pouches" or "just taking it to be cleaned". He carries a mass of pouches at all times. He talks very much, and most people get annoyed by this. He has found himself in jail, mistakenly, of course, many times. He is a "close, personal friend" of Paladine, or Fizban. Tas's best friend is Flint, even though it seems like the exact opposite. Tas has found himself in situations that require immense bravery several times, and he has always performed fantastically, such as the time he broke the dragon orb to prevent a great war from breaking out.

Flint Fireforge is a gruff hill dwarf, he is Tanis's oldest friend. He often complains, often mentioning he is too old for this, and that he should have stayed home. Though he appears unkind and uncaring, he has a father-like affection for all the Companions, and he is especially close to Tas, even though this relationship often seems exactly the opposite. He has a fear of boats and travelling by water due to a "boating incident" which occurred ten years prior to the events of Dragons of Autumn Twilight.

Goldmoon is a beautiful barbarian from the Que-Shu tribe. She is the Chieftain's Daughter, and was revered as a goddess by her people for this, with the exception of Riverwind, her future husband, who refused to worship her. She was the bearer of the Blue Crystal Staff until Mishakal reclaimed it, afterwards becoming the first cleric of Mishakal, playing a great part in restoring the worship of the True Gods. She has a beautiful singing voice, ironically when she sings she commonly incites riot.

Tanis Half-Elven is the leader of the Companions during the War of the Lance. He is functionally a ranger. He is the son of an elf maiden and a human brigand. He is good friends with all of the companions, though Flint is his oldest friend among the companions. He is torn between his two loves; Laurana and Kitiara Uth Matar. He was born and lived out his early years in Qualinost, but he later moves to Solace, which becomes closer to him than Qualinost ever was. He was often the target of bullies in Qualinesti because of his human heritage. He is one of the two characters to survive the Silvanesti dream (see Dragons of Winter Night), along with Raistlin.

Laurana Kanan was a beautiful elf maiden who grew up with Tanis Half-Elven, proclaiming her love for him at an early age. She was childish and immature at the start of the War, but she would soon become hardened and courageous, becoming a central figure, especially to the people of Kalaman who she saved. Laurana is known as the "Golden General" for her exploits in the defense of the High Clerist's Tower and for the many victories she won in the Vingaard Campaign.

Caramon is the twin brother of Raistlin Majere, and his polar opposite. He is a giant of a man, extremely strong, and very attractive. He and his brother served as mercenaries for a time, before joining up with the rest of the Companions for the War of the Lance. He later marries Tika. He is jovial, friendly, and sometimes appears slow witted, although it is later revealed that he in fact is intelligent, but he examines every problem from all angles, making him appear stupid sometimes.

Raistlin is a frail mage of the Red Robes and twin brother of Caramon. He is often bitter, cynical, and sarcastic, always having a biting comment on his lips. His Test shattered his health, giving him golden skin to protect him from the attacks of a powerful lich, Fistandantilus. He later turns to the Black Robes, embracing evil. He has hourglass pupils that see time as it affects all things. He is distant from the rest of the Companions, and he later reveals that he only fights and travels with the Companions because it serves him.

Riverwind is the Grandfather of the Wanderer. He fell in love with Goldmoon, but refused to pay her homage as a goddess and was sentenced to find an object of power of the True Gods. He was not expected to succeed, but against all odds he did, and was therefore to be stoned to death. At the last second, he and Goldmoon were teleported away by the power of the Blue Crystal Staff. He is distrusting of non-humans, however he comes to treat Tanis as a brother. He is large and a good fighter. He is not very social, rarely speaking. This side of him changes after affronting Sturm (see Dragons of Autumn Twilight).

Tika Waylan Majere was the barmaid and future owner of the Inn of the Last Home in Solace. She was fiery haired with a temper to match and beautiful. She was the adopted daughter of Otik Sandath, and would later marry Caramon Majere and have five children with him.

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