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Characters that appeared in ''Series/{{Heroes}}''. Be warned Main/LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters here. Also unmarked spoilers


Characters that appeared in ''Series/{{Heroes}}''. Be warned Main/LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters here. Also unmarked spoilersspoilers.

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[[folder:The Heroes]]

!!'''Peter Petrelli'''

A (fairly {{Emo}}) hospice nurse who starts to feel that he's meant to do something special in life, which leads him on a journey to understand his developing superpowers, and ultimately use them to try and make a positive difference in the world (although he spends most of Volume Two actually doing the exact opposite, thanks to being a GenreBlind UnwittingPawn with the IdiotBall superglued to his face). A [[InformedAbility highly]] [[TheEmpath empathic]] [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation person]], with the ability to passively absorb the superpowers of others around him through their emotional connection, which (according to his own mother) makes him potentially the most powerful of all supers. After his Volume Two UnwittingPawn tenure, his DramaPreservingHandicap ineffectiveness continues in Volume Three where he goes on an evil kick for a few episodes after absorbing Sylar's ability of understanding (and its corresponding compulsion towards killing) in order to understand the show's plot so he can prevent yet another prophesied apocalyptic future. He finally gets BroughtDownToNormal when his BigBad EvilOverlord father steals all of his abilities and becomes a PhysicalGod (NiceJobBreakingItHero), forcing him to spend the rest of the Volume opposing his father's master plan without any powers. In Volume Four, he returns with a {{Nerf}}ed version of his powers courtesy of a stolen batch of his dad's SuperSerum; now he can only copy one power at a time and must absorb it through touch. Though in a writing trade-off, he appears to have started getting smarter.

!!!Associated Tropes:
* AddedAlliterativeAppeal
* BackFromTheDead: Several times in Volume One.
* BadassLongcoat
* BeatThemAtTheirOwnGame: In Volume 5, thanks to his DiscardAndDraw ability, Peter now mainly fights by copying an enemy's power then fighting them with it one-on-one. Including a superspeed knife fight with Edgar early in the season, and his climactic Earthbender vs. Earthbender battle with Samuel Sullivan in the season finale.
** He also does this to Sylar during the Volume 4 finale, with even quicker success: since Sylar has so many powers, it was totally unexpected that he'd use [[HeartIsAnAwesomePower shapeshifting]] to beat him.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: As Isaac [[spoiler: and Simone]] find out the hard way.
** Sylar learns this too.
* BlackSheep / WhiteSheep: The Petrelli family are ruthless, corrupt, scheming, and ambitious. Peter is sweet, idealistic and GenreBlind. He chose to become a nurse (and later, a paramedic) because he'd rather help people instead. However, Peter is also not above using the same manipulative tactics if he has to, judging by his future self's actions and his behavior towards Isaac Mendez.
* BoringFailureHero
* BoringInvincibleHero / GodModeSue: Subverted, because when he had such powers [[StupidityIsTheOnlyOption stupidity was the only option.]]
* BroughtDownToNormal: In volume three, in the most contrived way possible.
* CallToAdventure: "Be the one we need."
* CriminalAmnesiac: That brief {{Oireland}} subplot with the Irish mob.
* ContractualGenreBlindness
* DePower
* DiscardAndDraw: His new power runs on this principle.
* DramaPreservingHandicap
* DullSurprise: Occasionally.
* TheDragon: [[spoiler:Unwitting one to Adam in season 2.]]
* TheDulcineaEffect
* ForgotICouldFly
* ForgottenFallenFriend: Poor Caitlin. [[CartwrightCurse He's probably not coming back for Simone either.]]
* FutureBadass
* HandBehindHead
* HospitalHottie
* HotBlooded
* HowDoIShotWeb
* IDidWhatIHadToDo: Covers most of the crap he pulls in Volume 3, which would otherwise come off as MoralDissonance. [[EarthShatteringKaboom Otherwise the Earth was going to go boom.]]
* IJustWantToBeSpecial
* IdiotHero: Is there such a thing as Dangerously GenreBlind? Because the best way to describe him is "a wet match in a dark cave"
* ImmortalLifeIsCheap
* JumpedAtTheCall
* LongLostRelative: Turns out that [[SaveThisPersonSaveTheWorld "cheerleader"]] is his [[spoiler: niece]].
* TheMcCoy: He genuinely cares about the people he takes care of and saves and will do just about anything to help someone, putting him in stark contrast with his more selfish family.
* MeaningfulName: [[AlliterativeName Alliterative]], Biblical, and both his first and the last name mean "Rock"
** Also, Peter shares his first name with a certain [[PeterPan boy who can fly]] (also known as [[ManChild "The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up"]]). This is especially significant in the first episode, where we are led to believe that flight is Peter's primary ability.
* TheMessiah: In Volume 5, Peter finally seems to have gotten over his various {{Emo}}, IdiotHero, and DarkerAndEdgier kicks, and has finally become the empathetic idealist that he was originally envisioned as. Hell, he even manages to redeem ''[[BigBad Sylar]]'', for crying out loud.
* MoralityPet: For Nathan.
* [[MrFanservice Mr. Fanservice]]
* NiceGuy: Before his {{Flanderisation}}, Peter was depicted as the kind-hearted young man from a (mostly) ambitious family that just wanted to make the world a better place. He was a ''hospice nurse'', for God's sake, and he first risked his life for Clair just because he wanted to. [[SarcasmMode Thanks so much for the attempts at darker and edgier that made him a moron, Kring]]. Finally brought back full circle in Season 5 (see TheMessiah).
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: He was tricked into giving his evil father all of his powers.
** This trope is basically a lifestyle choice for Peter. In Volume Two, he released Adam Monroe from the Company's prison. In Volume Three, his assassination attempt on Nathan changes history and puts the planet on track for an EarthShatteringKaboom. And in Volume Five, [[spoiler:he undoes the measures taken by his mother to get rid of Sylar...by doing what he was explicitly told ''not'' to do by the Haitian]].
* [[TheNotLoveInterest The Not-Love Interest]]: For Nathan.
* NotSoDifferent: [[spoiler: In Volume Three, after absorbing Sylar's ability (and [[HorrorHunger Hunger]]). Nice going, Pete]].
** Sylar explicitly says Peter is just like him. So he tries to cut Peter's head open.
--> '''Sylar''': "You're just like me, aren't you?"
* EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette
* PeekABangs: In Volume 1. He ditched them in Volume 2, but they're back with a vengeance in Volume 5.
* PermaStubble: Grew this in Volume 4, but maintained an off and off presence throughout the show.
* PlotInducedStupidity
* PowerIncontinence
* PowerParasite: More specifically, a [[UpToEleven Power Sponge]], where stealing abilities was his default power.
** AllYourPowersCombined: Potentially.
** ComboPlatterPowers
** DreamingOfThingsToCome: From Ma Petrelli
** {{Flight}}: From Nathan
** HealingFactor: From Claire
** IntangibleMan: From D.L.
** {{Invisibility}}: From Claude. It works like a [[UnusuallyUninterestingSight Somebody Else's Problem Field]].
** MasterOfDisguise: From Sylar
** MegaManning: Has to study their powers in order to copy them.
** MindOverMatter: From Sylar
** PersonalityPowers: His personality seems to shift a bit whenever he takes on a new power. He becomes notably DarkerAndEdgier whenever he plays around with powers he acquired from resident villains Sylar and Elle.
** PersonOfMassDestruction: From Ted
** PlayingWithFire: From Flint, possibly from Meredith in the 5 Years Gone future
** PoweredByAForsakenChild: His brief [[DarkerAndEdgier dark period]] playing with [[HorrorHunger Intuitive aptitude]]. For about a week. Still it CouldHaveBeenMessy if he had [[MoralDissonance killed anyone in the present]] [[RetGone instead of a future time-space that]] [[AllTheMyriadWays doesn't exist anymore.]]
** ShockAndAwe: From Elle
** SuperStrength: From Niki. SuperpoweredEvilSide not included.
** {{Telepathy}}: From Matt
** TeleportersAndTransporters: From Hiro
** WalkingWasteland: From Ted
* [[RedOniBlueOni Red Oni]]: To Nathan's blue. Also to Sylar's.
* RepetitiveName
* SamaritanSyndrome
* SpoiledSweet: While his jerkass parents seemed to largely ignore him when he was growing up, Peter still grew up with luxury and is he arguably the nicest most compassionate person in the series.
* StupidGood: "Adam's my friend! I won't let you hurt him!" and StupidEvil when playing with intuitive aptitude for two episodes.
* SuperpowerLottery
* SuperpowerMeltdown: [[spoiler: Literally, at the end of Volume 1]].
* ThisIsYourBrainOnEvil: [[spoiler: Apparently, the ability to "understand how things work" also comes with an uncontrollable addiction to cutting open peoples' heads to eat...err..."study" their brains.]]
* TookALevelInBadass
* TookALevelInJerkass: In "Unexpected", possibly justified as it appeared to him that Simone eventually chose Isaac and he's feeling bitter.
* TrainingFromHell
--> '''Peter:''' I don't have to do anything!
--> '''Claude:''' ...except fly. * throws him off a skyscraper*
* WhatHaveIBecome: [[spoiler: A guy who was briefly addicted to cutting open peoples' heads.]]
* WhyCouldntYouBeDifferent: The BlackSheep of the family who rebelled and became a nurse instead of a lawyer.
* WideEyedIdealist: Much to the chagrin of his family, who take many shots at his profession.
* {{Workaholic}}: By Season 4, Peter becomes extremely devoted to his job, ignoring his mother who's been telling him he works too much, and only takes powers that he would find useful at work such as speed or super strength. He even attempts to pull another double shift after getting off of one, but is dissuaded by his partner and told to go home instead.
* YouAreGrounded: [[spoiler:What Arthur says after taking away Peter's powers. He shouldn't have done that, [[WhyDontYouJustShootHim his kids have guns now.]]]]

!!'''Nathan Petrelli'''

A highly ambitious politician, self-described "shark", and Peter's brother. Nathan has the ability to fly, but has absolutely no interest in his superpowers, instead wishing to gain power via the political process. Something of a ManipulativeBastard, he finds himself torn between his ruthless political ambitions and his genuine affection for his idealistic brother. He reluctantly joins The Company's plan to unite mankind by destroying New York City, but at the last moment ThePowerOfLove motivates him to perform a HeroicSacrifice at the end of Volume One to save everyone instead. He spends most of Volume Two acting as TheAtoner... then spends most of Volume Three back to being a JerkAss again, first siding with his BigBad EvilOverlord father in the hopes of helping mankind by giving everyone superpowers, then when ''that'' plan goes down the crapper he cooks up his own scheme to ''round up and render comatose'' all existing supers to "protect" normals from them... before finally becoming TheAtoner yet again when his own status as a super is exposed and he's ultimately hunted and finally forced to confront his own hubris and self-hatred. ''Damn'' this guy gets around.... Tends to get assassinated [[OnceAnEpisode Once A Season]].

!!!Associated Tropes:
* AloofBigBrother
* AntiHero: Type IV
* ArbitrarySkepticism: For a man who can fly under his own power, he sure is quick to dismiss Hiro's and Isaac's abilities in Volume One.
* TheAtoner: Twice!
* BackFromTheDead: [[spoiler: Repeatedly! Honestly, two bullets and a sibling nuclear bomb didn't kill this guy. And he doesn't even have regeneration!]]
** [[spoiler: Once he returned while ''being dead''.]]
* BeardOfSorrow: In the first couple of episodes of Season 2. Its ugliness was lampshaded in-universe, as his ''kids'' tell him they don't like it and he should shave. Ouch.
* BigOlEyebrows
* CharacterizationMarchesOn: He was a pretty big {{Jerkass}} in Season 1. He grew out of it, though he does have some jerkass tendencies occasionally.
* DroppedABridgeOnHim
* DeathGlare: Deployed a lot, especially against [[IdiotHero his little brother Peter]], Danko (... all the damn time), Ma Petrelli, Parkman, even Noah Bennet (to no effect).
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Not only did he not know that Tracey Strauss's escape was orchestrated to manipulate a government official into keeping the division up and running instead of shutting it down, but as soon as he found out about it, he told off the guy who orchestrated it, Danko.
* {{Flight}}: His ability, and unlike other flying characters, he's able to do it at super-speed. Ironically, the most stick-in-the-mud character gets one of the most fun powers.
* HandsomeLech
* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: Good God.
* [[HeroWithanFinGood Hero with an F in Good]]
* HeroicSacrifice
* ISeeDeadPeople: Well, one dead person (Linderman). Who ''[[NotSoImaginaryFriend just wouldn't go away during Volume 2]]''.
* [[InSeriesNickname In-Series Nickname]]: [[RunningGag FLYING-MAN!!!]]
* ItsAllAboutMe: He had a lot of trouble with this but mostly grows out of it by the end.
* JerkWithAHeartOfJerk: Season 1, until the finale.
** JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Every subsequent season.
* [[LukeYouAreMyFather Luke, You Are My Father]]: [[spoiler: Claire]]
* ManipulativeBastard: Again, mostly in Season 1. Then subverted as he gets manipulated to hell and back by everyone in subsequent seasons.
* NoPartyGiven: Enforced to the extent that, when we see the ballot for his congressional election in Volume One, no parties are listed for ''any'' of the candidates.
* [[TheNotLoveInterest The Not-Love Interest]]: For Peter.
* PapaWolf: He ''tries'' to be this with regards to Claire Bennet but... kind of fails miserably and manages to screw everything up. [[RunningGag As he tends to do]]. [[SarcasmMode Not exactly the poster boy for fatherhood, our Nathan]].
* ParentalFavoritism: His parents both heap praise on him and ignore or insult Peter. His dad all but openly prefers him.
* ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything: He's the Senator who never votes or attends committee meetings!
* PromotionToParent: It's implied that Nathan became this as their parents seemed to have decided to neglect Peter in favor of Nathan's career ambitions.
* PuppyDogEyes: Uses them on everyone - Peter, Heidi, Claire, even Noah in a couple of scenes.
* PutOnABus: Not him, but his family: his wife Heidi and his two sons disappeared and were never mentioned again after Season 2.
** Justified since they divorced and she moved OutOfFocus with the kids, but they're briefly glimpsed [[spoiler: at Nathan's funeral, sitting next to Angela and Peter.]]
* RageAgainstTheReflection: In Volume 2.
* [[RedOniBlueOni Blue Oni]]: To Peter's red.
* OnlySaneMan: Starts out as this (throughout most of Volume 1), in contrast to his characterisation in subsequent seasons.
* TheStoic
* TheStraightMan: To Peter. Also to Hiro.
* UnwittingPawn: Especially from the end of Season 1 onwards. Seriously, it gets depressing.
* WaistcoatOfStyle
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Season 3.

!!'''Claire Bennet'''

An "invincible" teenage cheerleader with the ability to regenerate from all injuries, meaning she essentially can't die. (She also has the ability to appear in more episodes than any other character with superpowers - and, along with her adoptive dad, more episodes than any other character period. Which may not be unconnected to her being played by HaydenPanettiere, who has [[EveryoneLovesBlondes a few]] [[MsFanService superpowers]] of her own.) She's quite disturbed by her powers at first, fearing that they make her a freak, and spends quite a good amount of time angsting about this. It doesn't help matters that her manifesting powers make her family life incredibly unstable, thanks to her dad turning out to be a Secret Agent Guy doing everything possible to hide her existence from the [[AncientConspiracy Company]] (which he works for). It's clear she inherited her uncle's Angst genes. Thankfully TookALevelInBadass in Volume Three where she (eventually) stops wangsting, takes an active role in the fight against the Level 5 {{Supervillain}}s and later Pinehearst Industries, culminating in a showdown against arch-villain Sylar where she helps save her father and grandmother. This continues in Volume Four where she aides the resistance against the Government's superhuman roundup.

!!!Associated Tropes:
* ActionGirl: She has problems against more powerful villains, but she can be very dangerous with a weapon, including a car.
* BadassAdorable
* BackFromTheDead
* [[BewareTheNiceOnes Beware The Cute Blond]]:Just ask Brody Mitchum. Hell, ask ''[[BigBad Sylar]]!''
* [[spoiler:BiTheWay: Is officially with Gretchen]]
* [[BookEnds Bookends]]: Her first and last on-screen scenes[[hottip:*:the latter being the final scene of the ''series'']] both involve her demonstrating her power.
* BreakTheCutie: Volume Three
* CarFu: Does a variation to Brody. Knowing that she can't be hurt, she crashes Brody's car directly into a wall does a real number to him.
* CatFight: With Elle.
* CuteBruiser: Once she starts acting more proactive in Volumes Two and Three.
* DaddysGirl: Noah and to a lesser extent, Nathan, will do anything to protect her. Zigzagged as their actions tend to strain their relationships with her.
* DeathGlare: Renders her immune to psychological warfare, and can cause Noah to undergo a HeelFaceTurn.
* DeathSeeker
* FaceHeelTurn or KnightTemplar: In Dark Future version 3.0 & 4.0, depending on how you look at it.
* FallenPrincess
* FanDisservice: How can anyone played by HaydenPanettiere provide this, you ask? Well, reviving when cut open in a morgue will do that to you.
* FanService: Oh yeah.
* FeelNoPain: Volume Three.
* FromASingleCell
* FutureBadass: Volume Three, Dark Future version 3.0 & 4.0
* GoodThingYouCanHeal: Especially bad in Season 1, where she had to have been the most fatally accident-prone teenager ever.
* GirlsLoveStuffedAnimals: A large collection of teddy bears can be seen in her room and she brings a teddy bear with her when she goes off to college.
* HappilyAdopted
* HairOfGold: In the first season, Claire's hair was styled with ringlets to emphasize her youth and innocent personality. As the seasons progressed, the ringlets were ditched for a more manageable hairstyle as she began to cope having an ability.
* HealingFactor
* IHaveBoobsYouMustObey: How Claire gets into the drinking contest in "Into Asylum."
* IJustWantToBeNormal
* IdiotBall: Mainly in Volume Two
* ImmortalLifeIsCheap
* LongLostRelative: [[spoiler: Peter]].
* [[LukeIAmYourFather Luke, I Am Your Father]]: [[spoiler: Nathan]]
* MadeOfPlasticine
* MuggleFosterParents
* [[TheNotLoveInterest The Not-Love Interest]]: For HRG. Also for Peter at times (the whole [[SaveThisPersonSaveTheWorld "Save the cheerleader..."]] thing).
* SuddenlySexuality: Arguably one of the reasons why Volume 5/Season 4 ended up being [[FranchiseKiller the last Heroes-related thing ever, nevermind its last season]], was due to this. In prior seasons, Claire, in regards to orientation, was at best implied to be heterosexual, only interested in the opposite sex. With Volume 5/Season 4, however, for some reason, they decided to change her orientation to either become a lesbian or bisexual, a move that was controversial at best.
** Actually it was more a problem with Gretchen than anything else.
** Also, it's not entirely unrealistic for someone to go away to college and then discover that they're gay or bi. Trust me, this happens quite frequently.
* SweepsWeekLesbianKiss
* TeensAreShort: At 5'1", Claire is the shortest character on the show throughout its entire run. (Micah and Molly are the only exceptions, as they are still below the age of puberty.)
* TookALevelInBadass: Defusing a SadisticChoice scenario and taking out one of Volume Three's first genuinely menacing villains. And to top it off, in the Volume Finale she's the one who gets to have the big final showdown with Sylar (after coming ''thisclose'' to killing him in the season opener, as Sylar himself admits [[spoiler:in the course of duplicating her power]]). Her actions in Volume Four continue this.

!!'''Noah Bennet'''

A.k.a. HRG (Horned-Rimmed Glasses) for his iconic spectacles. Initially (and falsely) identified as the BigBad in the first few episodes, before the plot really got rolling. A BadassNormal agent of the [[AncientConspiracy Company]], whose job is to track down and tag superpowered individuals. This is complicated by his own daughter being just such a "person of interest", a fact which he is hiding from his superiors. After being pushed too far, he ultimately decides to screw his job and take down the entire Company himself (it doesn't turn out too well). In the 3rd season he's revealed to have been the Company's number one operative in the fight against supercriminals and directly responsible for the capture of most of the Level 5 Supervillains, making him something of the ''Heroes'' universe's version of Batman. He's reinstated by the Company in Volume 3 to help re-capture the escaped villains (including a very awkward brief partnership with a seemingly reformed Sylar that quickly degenerates into the two attempting to off each other), and later in Volume 4 is hired to help co-head Unit 26 in it's crusade against all supers (although it quickly turns out he's acting as a ReverseMole loyal (in his own roundabout way) to the interests of supers, particularly daughter Claire and his real boss Ma Petrelli).

!!!Associated Tropes:
* AffablyEvil: Very much. Even before his turn, he seems like a pretty pleasant guy. He also treats the supers he works with with the utmost respect.
* AscendedExtra: Kind of. He was originally only supposed to be in a few episodes in the first season, but he proved so popular they wrote him in full-time. In the original pilot, he wasn't even identified as Claire's adopted father
* AntiHero: Type IV
* TheAtoner: In volume five, especially regarding Jeremy Greer.
* BackFromTheDead: As if he wasn't hard to kill already, the one time it was successful they used Claire's blood to revive him.
* BadassBookworm
* BadassInANiceSuit: He mostly dresses like this.
* BadassNormal: Oh yeah. It's like his special ability.
** BatterUp
** ClickHello
** CombatPragmatist
** {{Handguns}}
** ImprovisedWeaponUser
** InstantSedation
** RevolversAreJustBetter
** ShortRangeShotgun
** SniperRifle
* BatmanGambit
* ByronicHero
* TheCaptain: "Do as I say."
* TheChessmaster: He doesn't just control the pieces, he practically built the board.
* CombatPragmatist
* CoolOldGuy: More of a cool middle-aged guy but still.
* CulturedBadass: He can kick Your ass and recite Shakespeare perfectly.
* CrazyPrepared
* DeadpanSnarker
* EyeScream: [[spoiler: One of the [[FamilyUnfriendlyDeath most graphic prime-time TV deaths]].]].
* FourEyesZeroSoul
* GenreSavvy
* GoodIsNotSoft: Witty, friendly, impeccably polite and will slit Your throat if You hurt his family.
* GuileHero
* HeelFaceTurn: Though by Volume Four, it's more of a HeelFaceRevolvingDoor
* HeroicSacrifice
* HeroPackingHeat
* IconicItem: His horn-rimmed Glasses.
* IDidWhatIHadToDo
* InHarmsWay: [[spoiler:Bennet attempts to retire after the fall of the Company. It didn't take.]]
* JumpedAtTheCall
* JustFollowingOrders
* KnightTemplarParent
* ManipulativeBastard
* [[MuggleFosterParents Muggle Foster Parent]]: Of Claire.
* MeaningfulName: Possibly. He shares his first name with [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noah an ark-building Biblical character]], and also with [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noah_Webster a famous dictionary-compiler]]. What do they have in common? They all collect things.
* MoralMyopia
* [[TheNotLoveInterest The Not-Love Interest]]: For Claire.
* OffstageVillainy
* PapaWolf: Try to hurt Claire. See how long you last. Which made many fans wonder whether he'd been lobotomised during the Volume 4 season finale.
* ProperlyParanoid
* PunchClockVillain
* ScaryShinyGlasses
* TookALevelInBadass: Now he was always badass but it really kicked into overdrive when the eclipse came and took everyone's powers. He even beats up and kills Sylar fairly easily.
** Actually he took it when his pregnant wife Kate was killed by a telekinetic. Before that he was just a used car salesman.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Quite often. All of his actions are built on a solid foundation of genuinely good intentions (Helping people with powers and stopping Them, protecting Claire). He can simply be very ruthless with how he does it.
* WouldHurtAChild: He's willing to shoot eight-year-old [[LittlestCancerPatient Littlest Shanti Virus Patient]] Molly Walker.

!!'''Niki Sanders'''

A financially distressed single mother, who owes a considerable amount of money to the mob. Further complicated by her super-strong SuperpoweredEvilSide Jessica, a ruthless split personality who has absolutely no qualms about slaughtering everyone in her path (including her estranged husband) that threatens the well-being of her and her son. She ultimately manages to gain control over her split personality, but joins the (kinder, friendlier) [[AncientConspiracy Company]] to try and set things right, and ends up seemingly being StuffedIntoTheFridge by the end of Volume two. Later confirmed to be dead in Volume 3.

!!!Associated Tropes:
* ActionMom
* ButtMonkey
* FanService
* HeroicSacrifice
* IDidWhatIHadToDo: Jessica "I did what had to be done."
* [[spoiler: KilledOffForReal]]: Although [[spoiler: her actor stays on as a different character]]
* TheKillerInMe
* LadyOfWar
* LoveMakesYouEvil: It was implied that the Jessica personality came about as Niki willing to [[KnightTemplarParent do whatever it takes]] to protect Micah.
* MamaBear
* MirrorScare
* [[TheNotLoveInterest The Not-Love Interest]]: For Micah.
* PsychoForHire: The "Jessica" personality
* SendInTheClones: Turns out she had two sisters she didn't know about...
* SingleMomStripper
* SplitPersonality
* StrongAsTheyNeedToBe: Her level of strength constantly varies from above human strength to bending reinforced metal like wet paper.
* SuperpoweredEvilSide
* SuperStrength

!!'''Micah Sanders'''

Niki and D.L.'s son. A child prodigy and comic book fan, with the ability to communicate with technology. From comic books he's gotten the notion that he and his family should be using their powers to help people, but mostly he's just caught in the tug-of-war between his flighty ex-con father and his mother's possessive psychopathic split-personallity. He finally finds a kindred spirit in his superpowered cousin, but their first attempt to [[TheyFightCrime fight crime]] goes horribly wrong. [[spoiler:In Volume Four, he succeeds in orchestrating a resistance against Building 26 and the Government's crusade against evolved humans, using the codename "Rebel", which in the on-line comics is revealed to actually be the name of a super team he's formed with fellow evolved humans West, Abigail and Sparrow Redhouse]]

!!!Associated Tropes:
* TheCastShowoff: Noah Grey-Cabey is an accomplished pianist. Guess what we see Micah doing in Volume Two?
* TheChessmaster
* KidHero
* TheMessiah: Arguably one of the most selfless heroes on the show.
* {{Technopath}}
* ''Pre''-TeenGenius
* TookALevelInBadass: As "Rebel"
** And his actions on the show are nothing compared to the Graphic Novel. He forms a team of bad asses (Including former Scrappy Wes) and proceed to lead them into battle where they kick the ass of every single one of Danko's agents, rescue people from Building 26 and, in the most recent graphic novel when Micah is tied up and at the mercy of Thompson Jr (Son of Bennet's old boss), manages to destroy the entire building with a remote control crane, summon his super team to beat Thompson senseless and then put Thompson's name on the top ten most wanted lists...all while TIED TO A CHAIR. Yes it IS a huge CrowningMomentOfAwesome.
* TrueCompanions: Micah forms these when his wish to form a Super-Team comes true.

!!'''D.L. Hawkins'''

A former thief with the ability to phase (become intangible), which he uses to escape imprisonment for a murder he didn't commit. He mostly just wants to have a normal life and be a good father to his son, which isn't easy considering his wife's SuperpoweredEvilSide wants him dead, and the leader of the [[AncientConspiracy Company]]/mob boss is gunning for him due to a misunderstanding over a buttload of money.

!!!Associated Tropes:
* BaldOfAwesome
* DroppedABridgeOnHim: In the stupidest way imaginable, and just as the fans were starting to really like him.
* IntangibleMan
* TragicHero
* ReformedButRejected: As Jessica points out, life is tough for a Black ex-con, even without a psycho assassin trying to kill him.
* ScaryBlackMan: A total subversion of the trope. Initially described as a bloodthirsty felon, he turns out to be a cuddly, devoted, hardworking dad.

!!'''Hiro Nakamura'''

A Japanese Salaryman and geeky Otaku who discovers he has the ability to bend time and space (which includes stopping/rewinding time, teleporting, and time-travel). Unlike all the other heroes, who spend several episodes just trying to figure out what the hell is going on, thanks to years of [[GenreSavvy learning from comic books]], Hiro ''knows'' he's got superpowers, and almost immediately and eagerly sets out on a quest to use his powers to SaveTheWorld from the impending nuclear destruction of New York City, dragging his non-powered [[HeterosexualLifePartners lifelong buddy]] Ando along for the ride. After learning of his destiny to help save New York by stopping arch-villain Sylar, Hiro ultimately succeeds in his quest but in the process sends himself back to [[JidaiGeki Feudal Japan]]. Here he meets his childhood idol, legendary hero Takezo Kensei, only to discover the man is a cynical, drunken, and rather goofy British mercenary more concerned with gold than helping to free the populace from the resident EvilOverlord. Hiro spends Volume Two attempting to tutor him into becoming the great hero of legends, but the two have a falling out over a girl, leading to Kensei's transformation into the Volume's immortal, humanity-hating MisanthropeSupreme BigBad ([[NiceJobBreakingItHero Nice Job Breaking It, Hiro]]). After returning to the present Hiro learns of Kensei's(read: Adam's) scheme and stops him too. Hiro spends Volume Three attempting to prevent the prophecized destruction of the world caused by Pinehearst Industry's distribution of SuperSerum, only to have his abilities stolen during his first confrontation with PhysicalGod BigBad EvilOverlord Arthur Petrelli. He spends Volume Four coping with the loss of his powers while trying to stop Building 26's crusade against evolved humans; he ultimately recovers a partial version of his original powers back (which he ultimately uses to pwn Danko and Building 26 once and for all), but it seems to take a major toll on his health as the new version forces him to CastFromHitPoints.

!!!Associated Tropes:
* AdjustingYourGlasses: he has the character tic of pushing his glasses up by the bridge of the nose in a way that straddles the line between the western '[[NerdGlasses dork glasses]]' and eastern '[[LetsGetDangerous serious moment.]]' This is also {{lampshaded}} from time to time, like when Hiro meets his younger self, and they both adjust their glasses at the same time.
* Adorkable
* AscendedFanboy
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Defeats the ''immortal'' Adam Monroe by burying him alive!
** Hiro already ''was'' a MasterSwordsman. Future!Hiro didn't have to train for anything.
* CastFromHitPoints: Hiro gets a weakened version of his power back from Matt Parkman Jr.'s power, only to find out that every time he uses it takes a toll on his body and brain and is slowly killing him.
* CatchPhrase: [[BigYes "Yatta!"]]
* CoolSword / KatanasAreJustBetter
* CrimefightingWithCash: [[spoiler:When Hiro loses his powers he tries to do this with Ando.]]
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass
* DePower
* DidNotGetTheGirl: Happens early in Volume One with [[spoiler: Charlie]]. [[spoiler: Happens again in Volume Two with Yaeko]], and [[spoiler: in Volume Five where he manages to save Charlie from Sylar, but still loses her when she is sent back in time and builds another life without him.]]
** Hiro just can't get the girl.
* DiscardAndDraw
* TheDitz
* DramaPreservingHandicap
* TheDulcineaEffect: Though he eventually gives up.
* FutureBadass
* FutureMeScaresMe: The TropeNamer.
* GenreSavvy: And since he is about the ''only'' Genre Savvy character, it gives him a pretty big advantage
* IJustWantToBeSpecial
* IdiotHero
* ImprovisedWeapon: The baguette.
* JapanesePronouns: "Boku" for regular Hiro, "Ore" for his future self. It's another major show of the differences between them when they first meet (aside from the shiny ponytail, pitch black wardrobe, broody exterior, and tiny beard, of course).
* JumpedAtTheCall
* KidSamurai
* MasterSwordsman: It's revealed Future!Hiro didn't train to become this, regular Hiro already ''is'' one.
* MetaGuy
* NiceGuy
* TheNicknamer
* [[TheNotLoveInterest The Not-Love Interest]]: For Ando.
* {{Otaku}}
* PlotInducedStupidity
* PluckyComicRelief
* PsychicNosebleed: As of Volume four, it appears using his partially restored powers is causing Hiro some sort of brain trauma
* RebelPrince: He doesn't want to take over Yamagato Industries and pointedly tells his father that Kimiko would be a better fit.
* StevenUlyssesPerhero: His first name is a homophone for "Hero", and he's named after the city of (''Hiro''shima), which was destroyed in a nuclear explosion, calling back to his Volume One quest to stop New York from being destroyed by a nuclear explosion.
* StupidGood or LawfulStupid: "I can't kill someone begging for forgiveness. It's not part of the bushido code."
* SuperDickery: [[ShootYourMate Killing Ando in Volume Three]] [[IfYoureSoEvilEatThisKitten to infiltrate Pinehearst. (but not really)]]
** LikeYouWouldReallyDoIt
* SuperpowerLottery: The ability to bend the fabric of space and time to your will...
* TimeMaster
** BulletTime
** TeleportersAndTransporters
** TimeStandsStill
** TimeTravel
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: For the waffles!
* WhyCouldntYouBeDifferent: His father was disappointed that Hiro didn't want to conform to traditional roles as heir to Yamagato. [[HeirClubForMen Hiro points out to him that he already has an ideal heir in his sister Kimiko]].
* WideEyedIdealist
* WrongGenreSavvy: Sadly, Hiro's behavior towards Daphne and Ando seems to show Volume Three is his turn to hold the IdiotBall). (He bounces back to GenreSavvy pretty quickly, though, so props to him.)

!!'''Matt Parkman'''

A put-upon L.A. beat cop who discovers he has the ability to read minds. His powers put considerable strain on his family life when he learns his wife cheated on him with his partner. His life is further complicated after he's briefly kidnapped by the [[AncientConspiracy Company]], and later he is recruited by the FBI to help track down superpowered serial killer Sylar. In Volume Two, he ends up divorced from his wife, adopting Molly alongside Dr. Suresh, discovering his deadbeat dad is a founder of the Company, and ultimately developing the ability to control people's minds. Volume Three saw him on a "Spirit Walk" where he gains prophetic powers which lead him to fall in (puppy) love with speedster thief Daphne(His vision of the future shows the two of them were married). He spends the rest of the Volume attempting to reform her away from Pinehearst Industries (to his credit, at least he manages to avoid the evil/dick phase that all the other characters save Hiro were going through at the time). He instead goes dark in Volume Four, where he goes on a revenge kick against Danko after the Building 26 leader denies Daphne medical treatment, leading to her death. He gets saved at the last minute by Hiro, who helps him reconcile with his estranged family from Volume One(now including his new son, Matt Parkman, Jr.). The season finale sees him arriving in Washington D.C. just minutes too late for either final showdown (vs. Building 26 or vs. Sylar), although he does play a role in the finale as a walking Main/DeusExMachina thanks to his ability to reshape minds. Even so, he is still a fan favorite.

!!!Associated Tropes:
* BerserkButton[=/=]BewareTheNiceOnes: He ''loses it'' in Volume Four when Daphne gets killed. He starts using his powers to kill and torture people to get revenge.
** Just ask Sylar. He certainly learns his lesson about messing with Parkman and his family.
* BookDumb: Sometimes. In Volume Three, he is able to lecture the other characters on how the Theory of Relativity posits that Daphne should be able to TimeTravel if she can go fast enough.
* ButtMonkey: Especially in Volume One, but he can never quite catch a break at any point in the show.
* ByTheBookCop: Until his powers cost him his job.
* CallingTheOldManOut
* TheChosenOne: In Volume Four, he learns that he has been "chosen" to be a prophet, although who or what chose him is never quite explained.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Say what you want about his personality, at least he knows what to do when the bullets start flying...
* DatingCatwoman: His (attempt) at romancing Daphne.
* DirtyMindReading: How he learned he was being cuckolded.
* DisappearedDad: Played straight with his own father, then Parkman himself towards Baby Matt until Volume 4.
* DoggedNiceGuy: To Daphne.
* LIsForDyslexia
* LeftHanging: The subplot about his sudden development of precognitive powers is completely dropped in Volume Five and the powers themselves are never mentioned.
* NewPowersAsThePlotDemands: After Volume Three, they needed a new precognitive artist, so he suddenly developed the power. Even though he can't even draw. Which gets lampshaded.
** Both WordOfGod and the show itself have stated that he controls every aspect of the mind. Full mind control over himself and others. [[GameBreaker The implication being that he can potentially develop every possible psychic power that exists.]]
* PapaWolf: Against Maury, in order to rescue Molly from her nightmare. It's badass.
** Threaten Janice and Baby Matt, get trapped inside a nightmare in your own head. Matt even goes as far as to build a brick cell around Sylar's comatose body.
* PermaStubble
* PsychicNosebleed
* PsychicPowers:
** CharmPerson
** TheEmpath
** JediMindTrick
** LaserGuidedAmnesia
** LivingLieDetector
** LotusEaterMachine
** MasterOfIllusion
** MindProbe
** {{Seers}}
** {{Telepathy}}
** [[NewPowersAsThePlotDemands Potentially anything else you can stick "Psychic" in front of]]
* SuperpowerLottery: Excepting Sylar, Peter, and Papa Petrelli, he's probably won it.

!!'''Mohinder Suresh'''

Professor Suresh is the series' narrator, an Indian geneticist whose father theorized the evolution of superpowered humans in response to impending global and environmental crisis. After his father's murder, Suresh travels to America to follow in his father's footsteps and investigate his theory of superpowered humans. Although he early on discovers he has an enemy called "Sylar" (the murderer of his father), he mostly ends up running face-first into dead ends, being the ChewToy of the [[AncientConspiracy Company]], falling in love with TheMole, and ultimately ending up as an UnwittingPawn for Sylar himself. In Volume Two he helps Mr. Bennet infiltrate the Company with the intention of bringing it down, only to be seduced by their "kinder, gentler" new image and ultimately joining them in earnest, killing Mr. Bennet for them (he gets better) and ending up as their UnwittingPawn. Volume Three saw him crossing the MoralEventHorizon by engineering his own superserum for the BigBad and experimenting on himself. Volume Four saw him trying to atone for this.

!!!Associated Tropes:
* TheAtoner: Credit where credit is due -- Mohinder's every bit as hard on himself as the fans are. He spends most of Volume 4 feeling rotten about Volume 3, for instance.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: In Volumes Two & Three, his allies often remark that Suresh is absolutely trustworthy and completely harmless, just a few minutes before he shoots them in the face, cocoons them in spiderwebs, or simply beats them up.
* BollywoodNerd
* BoringFailureHero
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: A rare non-{{Magnificent Bastard}} example. Suresh's constant betrayals towards his allies are more out of confusion and desperation rather than any master plan, and the only reason he keeps getting away with it seems to be the show's unusually high Main/IdiotBall quotient.
* DisappearedDad
* EvenTheGuysWantHim: He is a sexy beast...
* ForScience: The cause of many a poor move in Volume 3. Lampshaded by himself in Volume 4
* GeniusBruiser: The superserum results in him gaining super strength and agility, but...
* GoingNative: Mohinder works with Mr. Bennet to take down the Company from within, but eventually becomes convinced that the Company is really the heroic organization and Bennet was misleading him.
* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: He changes sides and trusts the ''wrong'' people far too often
* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: Oh dear God. Where to even begin?!
* HotScientist
* IdiotBall: He loves playing with it in Volume Two
* IgnoredExpert: For the ''extremely'' brief moment at the beginning of Season 2 when he holds the SmartBall, Mohinder is the first person to warn about the Shanti Virus. He's regarded as a crackpot.
* TheImmune: In the first season, his blood contains the cure for the Shanti Virus which killed his sister.
* ImprobableWeaponUser: He has attacked people with tuning forks, syringes, microscopes, rolling chalk boards, elephant sculptures, and ''taxi doors'' with an astonishing rate of success.
* LovecraftianSuperpower
** SuperStrength: Enough to rip the door off a car with no apparent problem.
** WallCrawl
*** Though it's reduced to SuperStrength after he takes the catalyst.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: In Volume Five, he is directly responsible for Samuel discovering the true nature of his powers, thus triggering the A-plot of the season.
* OpeningNarration: Almost every episode of Season 1 and 2, although at this point he's toned it down to a couple per season
* PapaWolf: Whatever else you can say for Mohinder, at the end of Season 1 he does manage to single-handedly take down Matt Parkman and holds HRG off at gunpoint in order to protect Molly Walker.
* ProfessorGuineaPig: In Volume 3. HilarityEnsues (if you think BodyHorror is hilarious)
* ThePhilosopher
* TheProfessor
* PutOnABus: He's largely absent from Volume 5, due to having been [[spoiler: murdered by Samuel Sullivan 3 months earlier, then saved by a time-traveling Hiro only to get put into an insane asylum]]. In his last appearance, he waves goodbye to everybody and walks off, stating that he can't participate in the upcoming final battle against Samuel because he has to go home and patch things up with his girlfriend (although he is good enough to build them a compass to locate Samuel with).
* TooDumbToLive: The number of instances is painful. Mohinder is not alone in this category by any means, but he stands out the most and warrants mention.
* WellDoneSonGuy
* WhatHaveIBecome: A side-effect of the serum includes ''scales'' and gradual mutation (in one of the future timelines)
* WhatTheHellIsThatAccent: He's Indian, yet for some reason has a British accent.
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!!'''Sylar/Gabriel Gray'''

"[[ArchEnemy The Face of Evil]]", Sylar is a manipulative serial killer who hunts down and kills other superhumans to steal their abilities, due to a drive to be "special". Formerly a New York watchmaker named Gabriel Gray, his initial ability to "understand how things work" allows him to steal superpowers by extracting the brains of his victims and study "what makes them ''tick''". He ultimately attempts to destroy New York City in a complicated bid to become President of the United States ([[ItMakesSenseInContext it actually does make sense]]), leading to a climactic showdown with the Heroes. In Volume Two, he's been stripped of his powers by [[AncientConspiracy the Company]], and spends most of his time attempting to get them back, while manipulating the twins Maya and Alejandro to achieve his goal. After getting his powers back, Angela manipulates him so that he spent Volume Three as TheAtoner (with foot stuck in the HeelFaceRevolvingDoor) partnered with Noah Bennet and protecting his "family" (believing [[ParentalSubstitute Angela]] to be his mother, and [[WorthyOpponent Peter]] to be his brother). [[RetGone He is shown reformed with a family in a possible future.]] We learn from a flashback episode that before he became Sylar he was dating Elle and that the Company [[GoneHorriblyRight pushed him to become Sylar]]. He rekindled his romance with Elle only to kill her afterwards when he realized that it was all based on a lie. He then proceeds to give BigBad EvilOverlord Papa Petrelli a fatal case of cranial intrusion (granted, Peter and The Haitian were about to kill the guy anyway), then goes after Mama Petrelli, leading to a final showdown against Claire, Mr. Bennet, Meredith Gordon, and the remaining Level 5 Supervillains. He spends Volume Four searching for his biological family on a search for self that only leads to disappointment when he learns [[GenerationXerox that he really takes after his real dad, a once feared power-stealing supervillain]] who's now a broken old man dying of lung cancer. Determined not to end up like his old man, he joins forces with Danko in order to capture and consume all evolved humans, which leads to him taking on a shapeshifting power that he tries to use to achieve WorldDomination but which ultimately leads to him losing his sense of self...

!!!Associated Tropes:
* AbusiveParent: His adoptive father neglected him a few times, and his mother seemed to be domineering towards him, wanting him to be perfect, even ascending to the Presidency (which evidently contributed a lot to his character). In addition, when she discovers his powers [[ShoutOut she reacts like]] Carrie's mother in ''{{Carrie}}'' and tries to kill him, but Sylar inadvertently does so by embracing her.
** They were pretty bad, but they had nothing on his biological father, who sold him to them for pocket money and then murdered his biological mother right in front of him.
* {{Adorkable}}: Arguably, Gabriel before he became Sylar. Just look at those [[PurelyAestheticGlasses glasses]]...
* AlliterativeName
* AmnesiacDissonance: In Volume Five.
* AngryEyebrows: He does this thing with his eyebrows when he's particularly pissed off. Combine with the KubrickStare for an especially angry DeathGlare.
* AntiHero: [[SlidingScaleOfAntiHeroes Type V]], season 3 onwards, [[spoiler: until his permanent HeelFaceTurn]].
* ArchEnemy: To pretty much every main character on the show.
* AxCrazy: He even says as much: "I really do want to change. But I'm insane, remember?"
* AntiVillain: In season 3.
* BadassBookworm: In Volume One, his apartment is shown filled from floor to ceiling in books. In Volume Five, his "living space" in his mental prison was shown to have piles and piles of books and clocks.
* BadassLongcoat: Especially in Volume One.
* BerserkButton: Do not tell him that he's not special, let him find out you're manipulating his mental and emotional issues for your own gain or lie to him. That's just asking for it.
* BetaTestBaddie: Sylar's desire to know how everything worked and his need for validation as special influenced his every decision. However, since he received nothing but constant rejection, it eventually drove him from mentally unstable to homicidally insane.
* BigBad: Volume One, along with Linderman. [[HijackedByGanon Steals the spotlight from Danko]] towards the end of Volume Four.
* BigDamnVillains
* BigEater: He's often seen snacking on something and [[SweetTooth once ate an entire pie by himself.]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3fJ2hWAyhrU This video]] even rounds up how often he's around food or mentions it. His desire for more abilities is explicitly described as a "hunger".
* BigOlEyebrows: It's his most distinctive characteristic. Aside from the psychotic serial killer thing.
* BodyHorror: Never mind the lobotomies. It seems Sylar's new shapeshifting power has a few side-effects... like extra teeth, uncontrollable shifting, and mental instability because TheMindIsAPlaythingOfTheBody.
* BoredWithInsanity: He goes off the deep-end before trying to reform, several times.
* BrainFood: Heavily implied in the first season. Debunked in a later season.
* BrainwashingforTheGreaterGood: Applied to him by Parkman on Angela's orders. He manages to break through it, albeit at the price of being thoroughly confused about himself by the end of the series.
* BreakoutVillain: Thanks to a strong showing in Volume One, he's become the Face of Evil for the show.
* BrooklynRage
* BroughtDownToNormal: Throughout Volume Two.
* CardCarryingVillain: He's very upfront about being an unrepentant, sadistic monster.
* ChangelingFantasy
* TheChessmaster
* ChewingTheScenery: Occasionally.
* ChronicVillainy: "Rehabilitation doesn't happen overnight. I AM trying."
* ColdBloodedTorture: To {{Mook}} Daniel Simmons, [[ImprovisedWeapon screwdrivers]] [[ComedicSociopathy through the hand]]. [[PunctuatedPounding "Someone... isn't... paying... attention!"]]
* CreepyMonotone
* DarkIsEvil: He has a head of jet black hair and dresses almost exclusively in Dark clothing.
* DeadpanSnarker: The more evil he gets, the sharper and dryer his wit becomes. It really kicks into overdrive when he is in Matt's head and his every line is dripped in sarcasm.
* DeadPersonImpersonation: Through most of the last few episodes in Volume Four. And then we get to the final episode and...
* TheDeterminator: With copious amounts of Badass and [[HeroicWillpower Villainous Willpower]]; he won't stay dead and he just keeps coming.
* DistractedByTheSexy: Pointedly strips off his shirt when speaking to Maya to hide the fact that he's [[spoiler: just murdered her brother.]] It works.
* DoNotCallMePaul: Calling him Gabriel is a good way to shorten Your life expectancy dramatically.
* TheDreaded: The very mention of his name makes even the most hardened individual scared.
* EasilyForgiven: [[spoiler: by Elle, also by Peter ([[LockedInARoom however]] [[YearInsideHourOutside though it seems like it was instantaneous by everyone else, it was years for them)]]]]
* MrFanservice
* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: [[MyBelovedSmother Twice!]]
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Sylar is horrified when he learns he might be the one to blow up New York. [[NeverHurtAnInnocent "They're innocent.]] There's no gain. So why would I do it?" He gets over it pretty quickly after his mom dies though.
** Also around the time he decides he doesn't want to work with Danko anymore because killing a scared, lonely orphan is low even by his standards.
* EvilCounterpart: To Peter. Explicit in Volume Three.
* EvilEyebrows
* EvilMentor: To Maya in Volume Two, as well as Luke in Volume Four (although that one doesn't last too long).
* EvilIsNotAToy: Every BigBad who has ever tried to use Sylar to fulfill their own agenda has had it blow up in their faces. Often with fatal results.
* EvilSoundsDeep: Occasionally in Volume One.
* EvilTastesGood: It's no wonder people thought he ate brains.
* ExactWords: When Sylar meets the person who uses Telekinesis, he offers to help him get rid of the power he has. He certainly meant it when he said that he'd help him get rid of it. What he doesn't tell him is that the way he's going to help him is by bludgeoning his head with a crystalline paperweight.
* FascinatingEyebrow
* FauxAffablyEvil: He's a psychopathic serial killer who delights in stealing abilities, but he likes pretending to be nice.
* FingerPokeOfDoom: He loves this trope to pieces.
* ForTheEvulz: Quite a few of his actions have no logic aside from pure sadism.
* FriendlyEnemy: Much to Peter's annoyance since Volume Three. He's also this to Mohinder, Bennet, Parkman, and Angela.
* FromNobodyToNightmare: {{Lampshaded}}: "I could've been a nobody."
* GenderBender: The first thing he does when he gets the ability to shapeshift.
* TheGift: Rapidly masters all acquired powers, whereas most original owners (including our intrepid heroes) have to go through a long period of HowDoIShotWeb and PowerIncontinence.
** Could be justified because Sylar's original ability was to understand how things work.
* [[spoiler:GoodFeelsGood]]
* GoodThingYouCanHeal: When he took Claire's abilities, he basically stops trying to avoid getting hurt. [[NeckSnap Snap his neck?]] He sets it right back. Go ahead, shoot him, he'll get right back up. And when Elle blasts him full of all the electricity she can muster, all that gets destroyed are [[ShirtlessScene his clothes]]. This got especially glaring since up until he had her power he was a very good fighter and deflected bullets with ease so he never got hit in the first place. Jamming a shard of glass into the back of skull would've never happened to pre-regeneration Sylar. Now he treats his body like a meat shield.
* HeelFaceBrainwashing: [[spoiler:Twice: when he's turned into Nathan, and after being stuck for five mental years in a nightmare.]]
* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: He switches sides every other episode in Volume Three, before finally settling down back to his old villainous self. [[spoiler:At the end of Volume Five, his latest HeelFaceTurn seems to actually stick.]]
* HeroKiller: Has by far racked up the show's highest count of both main character and supporting character kills. Every hero knows that when Sylar shows up, they're in for the fight of their lives. It's a credit to the heroes that by Volume Five most of them have become powerful enough in their own right to successfully fight against him.
** At this point it's less that they have become more powerful (though they have), and more that it seems Sylar has Fallen A Level In Badass, especially because he doesn't quite know what he wants, and either can't or doesn't want to kill.
* [[HijackedByGanon Hijacked By Sylar]]: Has a habit of backstabbing the season's BigBad then taking over right at the beginning of the season finale. EvilIsNotAToy, after all.
* HollywoodNerd: As Gabriel Gray.
* HorrorHunger
* TheHunter
* IJustWantToBeLoved: Its shown quite often that Sylar really just wants a real family, which is why he seems willing to believe that Peter is his brother.
* IJustWantToBeSpecial: This is the foundation of Sylar's entire characterization. No matter how erratic he is, it's all because of his pathological need to be genuinely acknowledged as special.
* IdentityAmnesia: In Volume Five.
* ImmortalLifeIsCheap
* ImprobableWeaponUser: He likes nailing people to walls and ceilings with common household objects.
* InTheBlood: Looks like the Hunger runs in the family.
* InformedFlaw: For all the show's talk about "the Hunger", Sylar seems perfectly capable of interacting with other supers ''without'' the uncontrollable urge to kill them and eat...err..."study" their brains. Notably, he has spared both Luke and Micah, and also refrained from snacking on Doyle despite dragging him across the country for more than a day.
* ItsAllAboutMe: He normally couldn't care less about the intentions behind blowing up New York or the rounding up of specials to lock them away; it's when his severely disturbed mental issues are exploited as tools that he gets really pissed.
* JokerImmunity: Sylar was supposed to die in Volume One but had become far too popular by the end. The writers have been trying, with increasing desperation, to justify his role on the show ever since. Volume Four briefly continued the trend by introducing yet another villainous father figure in his biological father, Samson Gray.
* JumpedAtTheCall: A big part of his fanbase comes from his absolute joy at having superpowers, especially when compared to someone like Claire who does nothing but complain about it.
* JustBetweenYouAndMe: Sylar tells Alejandro that he plans on using Maya as a toy after he gets her to harness her plague power. It's justified in this case, as he is perfectly aware that Alejandro won't understand a thing he says anyways, as Alejandro does not speak nor understand English.
* KubrickStare: See the picture of him above? That's his default expression. It's especially creepy with his BigOlEyebrows.
* LaserGuidedAmnesia[=/=]FateWorseThanDeath: In the Volume Four finale, Matt mind wipes him ([[SealedEvilInACan overwriting his memories/personality]] with FakeMemories) [[IdentityAmnesia into believing he's Nathan.]]
* TheLawOfDiminishingDefensiveEffort
* LeanAndMean
* LighterAndSofter: In the future, he is a happy suburban dad who genuinely loves his son Noah and Peter whom he believes to be his brother.
* LineOfSightName: He got the name Sylar off the watch he was fixing when he killed his first victim.
* LonelyAtTheTop: In Volume Five, after receiving a kickass TheReasonYouSuckSpeech from Hiro and being haunted by the absorbed memories of family, love, and brotherhood from Matt and Nathan, Sylar finally realizes that being the Ultimate Evil may have allowed him to become the most powerful man on the planet, but it's also completely cut him off from all human connections, making him destined to spend eternity alone. [[spoiler:This eventual prompts a complete VillainousBreakdown and finally a seemingly genuine HeelFaceTurn.]]
** TheAloner: Spends 3 years alone in a world where he is the only person alive, and an additional several years alone with only Peter Petrelli to keep him company, all thanks to being trapped in his worst nightmare by Matt Parkman.
* LoveMartyr: He let's Elle [[GoodThingYouCanHeal kill him repeatedly]] because he loved her.
* MagicPants: When he's locked up in a cell with Elle, she blasts him with enough electricity to rip him into pieces but his pants stays on while the rest of his clothing is destroyed.
* ManipulativeBastard: Is currently taking it to new extremes while he's [[spoiler:sealed up inside Matt Parkman's head]]. It bordered on MindRape eventually.
* MeaningfulName: Gabriel Gray: [[AlliterativeName Alliterative]], Biblical, and "Gray" can mean boring, neither good nor evil, or even "[[BrainFood gray matter]]". Don't forget that the color gray is what you get when you mix all the colors of the spectrum.
* MisappliedPhlebotinum: Has the ability to "understand how things work," which could potentially be used to crank out Nobel Prizes on a weekly basis, and all he can think to do with it is steal brains.
** Justified by "The Hunger," which for some reason forces him to want to eat brains (or whatever it is he does).
*** "The Hunger" is his need to know more. Humans are naturally curious creatures and Sylar is still human, if he understands how everything works except for abilites, it makes sense that he would have "hunger" to figure them out.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Briefly during Volume Three, in a flashback to his days as Gabriel Gray, shortly after his murder of Brian Davis when a horrified Gabriel tried to hang himself.
** And again in Volume Five, when he suffers from amnesia and begins to relearn his memories.
* MyHeroZero: He was Chandra Suresh's "patient zero."
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast
* NeatFreak: A mild case prior to his StartOfDarkness. His home was shown to be eerily clean and organized, with plastic covering the furniture. Once he completely snaps and starts murdering people, he has no qualms about getting bloody and dirty.
* EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette
* PapaWolf: In one alternate future, Future!Sylar has reformed, apparently, and is trying to be good. And then they kill his kid. [[SuperpowerMeltdown BOOM!]]
* PaperThinDisguise: Done several times.
* ParentalAbandonment
* PermaStubble
* PoweredByAForsakenChild: The slice and dice method of power acquisition.
* PowerParasite: Another Power Sponge-type. Throughout the series, he has collected the following powers (several of which were lost after Volume One when he was infected with [[PowerNullifier the Shanti virus]]):
** {{Alchemy}}: From Bob Bishop.
** AllYourPowersCombined
** AwesomenessByAnalysis: His original power. Good for stealing superpowers, fixing watches, and gathering material for {{Hannibal Lecture}}s.
** ComboPlatterPowers
** DisintegratorRay: From Tom Miller.
** TheEmpath: From Lydia.
** FauxDeath: In Volume One, when captured by the Company, he tricks them into taking off his restraints by stopping all of his vital signs.
** {{Flight}}: From Nathan.
** FromASingleCell: From Claire.
** AnIcePerson: From James Walker.
** LivingLieDetector: From Sue Landers.
** MakeMeWannaShout: From Jesse Murphy.
** MasterOfIllusion: From Candice, but only in "Five Years Gone."
** MegaManning: He uses his power of "intuitive aptitude" to study the powers of others, which allows him to steal them. Initially, he does this by cutting open their heads and actually physically examining their brains (and [[{{Jossed}} not]], as was previously believed, [[CannibalismSuperpower by eating them]]). Later, he learned how to do it without the slicing and dicing, but [[ForTheEvulz he still prefers that method anyway]].
** MindOverMatter: Favorite / most used power and first acquired through the slice and dice method from Brian Davis.
** PeoplePuppets: Possibly from Eric Doyle, possibly just an application of MindOverMatter.
** PersonalityPowers: Like Peter, his personality seems to shift a bit whenever he takes on a new power. [[{{WordOfSaintPaul}} The actor]] has said that this is intentional on his part and that Sylar has been absorbing parts of his victims' personalities when he steals a new power
** PersonOfMassDestruction: From Ted.
** PhotographicMemory: From Charlie, but only until Hiro changed the timeline to prevent it.
** PsychicPowers: Psychometry, from Bridget Bailey.
** PsychoElectro: From Elle.
** {{Seers}}/ProphetEyes: From Isaac.
** SuperSenses: Super hearing from Dale Smither.
** VoluntaryShapeshifting: From James Martin.
** WalkingWasteland: From Ted.
** YouWillBeAssimilated
* PresidentEvil: In "Five Years Gone." And he is narrowly prevented from becoming one in the main timeline in the Volume Four finale.
* PsychopathicManchild: Type C. Sylar is extremely powerful and is more than capable of holding his own in a fight. He also loves messing with people using toys and other typically mundane objects, and has a tendency to alternate between being childishly polite or murderously insane. Sylar is shown to treat abilities like a toy collection and has referred to Maya and other specials as new toys. All of this emphasizes how deeply messed up and extremely dangerous he actually is.
* PsychoticSmirk
* ReallyGetsAround: Hooked up with Elle, Maya, and ostensibly Lydia, and has kissed Claire and Angela. Except that he later kills Elle, shoots Maya, Claire jams a pencil in his eye as retaliation, and he kissed Angela just to mess with her. (Lydia managed to escape his wrath, but she ends up being killed by Samuel and Eli.)
* RedOniBlueOni: Red to Mohinder's blue and blue to Peter's red.
* RedemptionDemotion: [[spoiler:Seen in Volume Five during the process of his HeelFaceTurn. Having lost his "killer instinct," Sylar is quite a bit less effective now that he's unable to kill (to the point of being taken captive by Doyle, a man who had previously been his ButtMonkey on at least three separate occasions). Although he was apparently still powerful enough to pwn Eli the Replicating Man. On the other hand, he did manage to easily deal with Doyle shortly after being taken captive without killing him (by wiring him like a puppet and tying him up)]]
* ReformedButRejected: For ten minutes.
* ReplacementGoldfish: Mind wiped Sylar becomes one for [[ReplacementSibling Nathan]].
* SerialKiller
* SealedEvilInACan: At the end of Volume Four, where Nathan, or at least Nathan's identity, is the can.
* SelfMadeOrphan: Albeit by accident. [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation (Maybe.)]]
* SignatureMove: Using his telekinesis to slice through a victim's forehead. Originally, he did this in order to get at the brain. Eventually, he started doing it to everyone, powered or otherwise. In Volume Four, he uncovers a repressed memory and learns that he picked it up from his biological father, who used it to murder his mother.
* SlouchOfVillainy: Done in Volume Five, as he torments Parkman at home and at work.
* SocialDarwinist: His initial justification for snacking on supers, although unlike most examples of this trope he doesn't seem to have any ill will towards normal, un-evolved humans... as long as they don't get in his way.
* SociopathicHero: In between [[VillainousBreakdown Villainous Breakdowns]].
** TheSociopath
* StalkerWithACrush: For Claire.
** Sort of makes sense, since they're both immortal and he'll essentially be forever alone without her there...
** The [[spoiler: tattoo of her face]] doesn't really help.
* StayingAlive: He's Sylar, for crying out loud. Of course he always survives.
* StupidEvil: In Volume Three, when he [[DrunkOnTheDarkSide falls off the wagon and kills again]], HilarityEnsues when he goes out and does it in broad daylight, not even trying to hide [[BloodierAndGorier all that blood.]] (''...cake?'') Particularly glaring considering how stealthy he was back in Volume One.
* StealthHiBye: Does this almost as much as Jason Voorhees.
** He even manages to do it from ''sitting in the back seat of an occupied car.'' The most ridiculous part is none of this has ever been explained by any of his abilities either.
** A case of nensha-based [[SuperDickery Super Dickery]] which is [[AllThereInTheManual All There In The Webcomics]].
** In Volume One, it was heavily implied that he could levitate using telekinesis, which could explain most of his stealthy appearances and disappearances.
* SuperpowerMeltdown: In an alternative future.
* SweetTooth: Every time Sylar is seen eating, it's always something sweet or some kind of junk food. He lights up at the sight of a cake, except for the fact that his hands were soaked in blood. Sylar loves pie so much that he ate an entire one by himself.
* TallDarkAndSnarky: He can take a scene where he's holding a mother and son hostage in front of a tortured soldier...[[HeroicComedicSociopath and make you LAUGH during it]]. That's talent, boys and girls.
* TerribleTicking: The ticking clock sound effect that plays whenever Sylar's up to his old tricks evokes this trope. Even though it's not literally a ticking he can hear, it symbolizes that he can see how everything works in a way no one else can, which drives him insane.
* ThisIsYourBrainOnEvil
* VillainousBSOD: Sylar suffered from it thrice: Once was when he learned about his potential role in destroying New York City. The second is shortly after he gains his chameleon abilities, where it becomes apparent that he is losing touch with his memories and especially his sanity, where he is forced to write "I Am Sylar" in such a way that would potentially expose his survival just to ensure he held onto his sense of identity. The third (and presumably [[HeelFaceTurn final]]) time he experienced this was when he is sealed off. Sylar also was implied to have suffered one after Hiro meddled the timeline.
* TheWatchmaker
* WhyCouldntYouBeDifferent: Where that [[FreudianExcuse need to be special comes from]].
* WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity: Apparently, "understanding how things work" also comes with an uncontrollable drive to poke around inside people's brains. Okaaaaay, then.
* WouldntHurtAChild: Sylar didn't kill Molly Walker, spares Luke's life, and outright saves Micah from Danko. He ''did'' messily kill the AlphaBitch and made a good-faith effort to snack on Claire's brain, though.
** He couldn't kill Molly. He certainly tried, but the first time she hid and the second time he was prevented from doing so.

!!'''Mr. Daniel Linderman'''

A Las Vegas businessman/mob boss, Linderman is in fact a ruthless puppetmaster and the leader of the [[AncientConspiracy Company]] during Volume One. An affable old man with the ability to heal via touch, Linderman is sick and tired of human suffering, and after realizing that healing one person at a time simply isn't doing the job, wants to unify the world and create a utopia by... staging a massive national tragedy. Namely destroying New York City with an exploding superhuman. He spends much of Volume One attempting to seduce Nathan to his cause and harassing the Sanders family to play their part in his scheme, which ultimately backfires on him when the Sanders family tracks him down and caves his head in. Returns in Volume Three as a ghost, [[spoiler:initially. It turned out that Linderman is simply a mental image planted into Nathan Petrelli and new Volume Three character Daphne Millbrook by Maury Parkman.]]

!!!Associated Tropes:
* AntiVillain: Given what he was like in the War Buddies chapter, as well as his implied guilt about causing the Petrelli's accident and attempting to make amends by healing Heidi, its hinted by Volume 3 that he was this.
* AffablyEvil
* BeardOfEvil
* BigBad: Split between him and Sylar in Volume One
* BigEater: He's a man of incredible means but seems to enjoy cooking most, believing that people are at Their happiest when eating.
* TheChessmaster
* CoolOldGuy
* DarkMessiah
* EvenEvilHasStandards: [[spoiler: Linderman gets sick of having to watch Arthur routinely brainwash Angela.]]
** He also began to have doubts about doing a second assassination attempt on Nathan from Arthur.
** Linderman also did not like it when his accountant took the money from DL Hawkins and made it seem as though he wasn't closing the deal and stole the money to buy diamonds for himself.
*** It was Linderman's money that was stolen. That's not standards, that's just punishing betrayal.
** He was also horrified that Arthur was planning on murdering Nathan to begin with, appalled that anyone could be so heartless about Their own children.
* EvilBrit: Kind of. Linderman was portrayed by Scottish actor MalcolmMcDowell, but the character's last name as well as his reference to concentration camps in Volume 4's flashback implies that he hailed from Germany or at least was descended from Jewish Germans.
* EvilOldFolks
* FriendToAllChildren: He takes a real liking to Micah and helps him use his gifts for what he believes to be the greater good.
* FreudianExcuse: Malcolm McDowell implies that Lindermann's motivations stemmed from a bad childhood in an interview. Given what was shown in Volume 4, its likely that his "bad childhood" was being placed in Warehouse 8 (the former Warehouse 8 from the 1950s), and given his reaction and deduction about what the camp actually was, its also likely that he may have spent some time in a Concentration Camp, or at least was descended from people who were put in the Concentration Camps.
* GoodPowersBadPeople
* HealingHands
* LargeHam
* LoanShark
* ManipulativeBastard
* [[SaveTheVillain Save The Enemy]]: Subverted, He intended to heal a Vietnamese girl who could manipulate plants after Arthur Petrelli shot her, but Arthur stopped him before he could.
* VisionaryVillain
* WellIntentionedExtremist
* YouSaidYouWouldLetThemGo: Subverted: When DL Hawkins gives Lindermann's AmoralAttorney Lindermann's fees, the AmoralAttorney implies that Lindermann was backing out on the deal. However, the next episode has Jessica killing the AmoralAttorney for stealing the funds to buy diamonds for himself, implying that Lindermann actually intended to keep his word.

!!'''Elle Bishop'''

A young, self-described sociopathic thrill killer and agent of the [[AncientConspiracy Company]] with the ability to generate lethal bolts of electricity from her hands. She's the daughter of Bob Bishop, the new leader of the AncientConspiracy following the death of Mr. Linderman. At the end of Volume Two, she starts showing doubts about her path in life after Mr. Bennet reveals to her that her screwed-up personality is largely due to painful experiments conducted on her by her father throughout her entire childhood, and ends the Volume saving Mohinder, Molly, and Maya from Sylar, for which they call her a "hero". After her father is murdered by Sylar at the beginning of Volume Three, Elle is fired from The Company and spends some time searching for a purpose in life (even briefly teaming up and bonding with Claire over their mutual SuperpowerIncontinence) before finally falling back into bad habits alongside the other supervillains over at Pinehearst Industries. Has a PetTheDog moment when its revealed that she indulged in a pie eating/soul saving session with proto-serial killer Gabriel Gray and then later does an EvilIsSexy turn when she gets it on with Sylar. Beforehand she gives him advice: do what ''he'' wants for himself, which ultimately leads to her getting Sylared.

!!!Associated Tropes:
* AdultChild
* AntiHero: [[SlidingScaleOfAntiHeroes Type V]], in season 3.
* AntiVillain: [[SlidingScaleOfAntiVillains Type II]]
* AxeCrazy
* BigDamnVillains
* BreakTheCutie: If Mr. Bennet is to be believed, Elle's entire childhood was one, long cutie-breaking.
* BrokenBird: Especially her monologue in 2x08.
* DaddysLittleVillain
* DarkAndTroubledPast
* [[OedipusComplex Electra Complex]]: She does it all for daddy.
* ElectricTorture
* ElementalPowers
* EvenEvilHasStandards: [[spoiler: Elle is disgusted that the Company pushed Gabriel to kill again.]]
* EvilCounterpart: To Claire
* FreudianExcuse: Most, if not all of her sociopathic tendencies were the result of her father [[AbusiveParents subjecting her to very painful experiments while she was very young]].
* HoneyTrap: Ordered under Company orders to get close to Gabriel[=/=] Sylar and find out about his powers. She ends up developing feelings for him, but when he finds out she was lying to him, her mission gets scrapped. He was definitely not happy to see her pop in Mohinder's lab and stopping him from killing Mohinder.
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: Elle is 5"1" and was in a relationship with 6"2" Sylar.
* LoveMartyr: [[spoiler:with Gabriel[=/=]Sylar [[StuffedIntoTheFridge ...and then he killed her]].]]
* PerkyFemaleMinion
* PintSizedPowerhouse: She's only about five feet tall.
* PsychoElectro
* PsychoForHire
* PsychopathicWomanchild: "He's not a toy, Elle."
* ShockAndAwe
* TheSociopath
* StupidEvil: [[ForTheEvulz ''I'm bored... I know, let's kill a rental car guy!'']]
* SuperpowerLottery: Has anyone realised that she never has to pay the electricity bill?
* SweetTooth: She has a fondness for Slushos and pie and the comics depict her as being a lover of junk food.
* {{Tykebomb}}: Raised/tortured/experimented on by the Company from an early age
* WellDoneSonGuy: Rare female version
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds

!!'''Adam Monroe/Takezo Kensei'''

The oldest, first known superpowered human. Adam Monroe was a British mercenary fighting in Feudal Japan under the identity of Takezo Kensei (a legendary hero and childhood idol of Hiro's) who discovered he had the ability to regenerate from all wounds, effectively making him immortal. Although initially a rudderless drunk, he was inspired by a time-traveling Hiro to become a legendary hero. However, the two had a falling out over a girl, leading to Adam Monroe pulling a FaceHeelTurn, spending the ages fighting in constant wars and growing to hate mankind more and more. He ultimately comes to think of himself as a god, founded the [[AncientConspiracy Company]] by seeking out 12 like-minded disciples(Most superpowered), and ultimately attempts to wipe out 99% of the human race with a super-virus to end hunger, poverty, and war and allow him to rule over the remaining survivors as their "hero". Adam returns in Volume Three when Hiro needs information about the Company's superserum. He makes a break for it and is ultimately caught by Arthur Petrelli's LegionofDoom and has his immortality stolen by Arthur, "aging" him to death.

!!!Associated Tropes:
* AGodAmI
* AndIMustScream:Once again, do not horribly betray Hiro.
* ArchEnemy:To Hiro; made especially clear in Volume Five when he returns to serve as the prosecutor in Hiro's trial at the gate to the afterlife.
* BackForTheDead:Volume 3.
* BigBad:Of Volume Two
* BlondGuysAreEvil
* BrokenPedestal: On, oh, so many levels.
* ByronicHero
* CombatPragmatist
----> '''Hiro:''' ...but that's fighting ''dirty!''
---->'''Kensei:''' That's fighting ''smart.''
* ConMan:What he was before Hiro came along.
* ConsummateLiar:Hoo boy, yes
* CursedWithAwesome:How he feels when he first discovers his regenerative abilities. He gets over it quick.
* DarkMessiah:Especially his backstory founding the Company with the original 12 as his "disciples"
* DisproportionateRetribution:His best friend seduced the woman he loved. So he decides to wipe out most of humanity.
** That and living through a few hundred years of war.
* DroppedABridgeOnHim:Poor guy
* EvilMentor:He plays this for Peter Petrelli
* FakeBrit: David Anders.
* FallenHero
* FromASingleCell
* HumiliationConga: He has his plan foiled, is buried alive, is brought back, captured and murdered by his old colleague. Thats a frakkin' Humiliation parade.
* IHaveManyNames:In the graphic novels he claims 'a few dozen names,' one of which is an alias with the same last name as one of the main characters
* ImmortalityBeginsAtTwenty
* ImmortalLifeIsCheap
* ImplausibleFencingPowers:Seen all too briefly in the last episode of Volume Two, where he and Peter go on a FoeTossingCharge through Primatech Paper
* InTheHood:He wears this so the audience will not recognize him when he kills Hiro's father.
* KnightTemplar
* TheLancer:Briefly to Hiro's "TheHero"
* LightIsNotGood:Light seems to be a theme with him, due to his KnightTemplar motivation and his FallenHero status, so much so that the episode where he is killed is called ''Dying of the Light''
* ManOfWealthAndTaste:Arthur Petrelli ''wishes'' he could make a suit look that good
* ManipulativeBastard:and how!
* McLeaned:Will probably never be confirmed, but it would certainly explain the rather spiteful way in which David Anders' character was killed off
* MightyWhitey: Deconstructed, because everything that makes him one causes him to [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope jump off the slippery slope]]; thereby resulting in his StartOfDarkness.
* MisanthropeSupreme
* MissedTheCall: DoubleSubverted. He ignored the call until Hiro put him on the road to it, then pulled a FaceHeelTurn and lost it.
* MisterDanger
* NietzscheWannabe: A rare combination of this and KnightTemplar.
* NotSoHarmless:Over the course of Season Two, he goes from Hiro's goofy sidekick to the Season's main Main/BigBad.
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech:See his monologue in 'Powerless'
* RivalTurnedEvil
* SealedEvilInACan
* SeenItAll
* SerialKiller:He was systematically offing his 12 former disciples, leaving the [[ArcWords "Godsend" / RNA symbol]] behind written in his blood.
* SinsOfOurFathers:His quote to Peter Petrelli: "Parents sin, children suffer."
* TrainingFromHell
----> '''Hiro:''' [[SuperDickery Those are the 90 Angry Ronin.]]
----> '''Kensei:''' ...just how angry?
----> '''Hiro:''' Good luck, Kensei.
* WhoWantsToLiveForever

!!'''Angela Petrelli'''

The mother of Peter and Nathan Petrelli, revealed to be one of the 12 leaders of the [[AncientConspiracy Company]]. A ruthless pragmatist who was highly involved in Linderman's plan to make the world a better place, even if it meant killing off 0.07% of the human population. Has the superpower of precognitive dreams, which was the first superpower her son Peter absorbed. Is also extremely adept at manipulating people to do what she wants. As of Volume Three and Four, while she isn't exactly a good guy, it's harder to call her a straight-up villain.

!!!Associated Tropes:
* AntiHero: [[SlidingScaleOfAntiHeroes Type V]].
* BatmanGambit
* BigGood:In Volume 3.
* TheCassandra
* ConsummateLiar: with a large helping of FromACertainPointOfView and DidntMentionIt.
* CrypticConversation: Whatever "Pandora's Box" was.
* DeadLittleSister:Her StartOfDarkness motivation. [[spoiler: Said sister turns out to be alive.]]
* DreamingOfThingsToCome:Her power
* EvilMatriarch
* EvilOldFolks: [[FaceHeelRevolvingDoor Sometimes.]]
* HumiliationConga:The start of Volume Two, where she's apparently hit financial tough times after her plan to destroy New York went bust. She got better after assuming control of The Company after Bob's untimely Sylarfication, though.
* IDidWhatIHadToDo
* KickTheDog:At Least
* KnightTemplar:She justifies all kinds of evilness by saying that its for the greater good or to save the world.
* LoveMakesYouEvil
* LukeIAmYourFather:She revealed to be Sylar's mother, [[ParentalSubstitute but was lying]].
* MamaBear:She poisons her husband to stop him from killing Nathan. But also subverted in Volume 2 when Peter is being manipulated by Adam, she tells Matt [[IDidWhatIHadToDo to put a bullet in Peter's brain if he has to.]]
* ManipulativeBastard: Sylar all but tells her that he is in awe of her level of manipulation and lying and even he would love to aspire to that level of evil.
* MeaningfulName: This may be a coincidence, but Mama Petrelli shares her first name with the actress who plays Raymond Shaw's mother in ''TheManchurianCandidate''. You know, the mother who [[spoiler:is willing to sacrifice her son and let him become a killer in order to get another male relative elected president, so that through him she and her shadowy syndicate can take over the U.S. government under the pretext of hunting down undesirables, even though she and her friends are in fact members of said undesirable groups themselves.]] Sound familiar?
* ParentalSubstitute:[[spoiler:She keeps trying to adopt Sylar, with [[ReplacementGoldfish mixed results]].]]
* PowerHair
* StepfordSmiler

!!'''Arthur Petrelli'''

One of the twelve founding members of the Company, Angela's estranged husband, and father to Peter, Nathan, and [[spoiler: NOT Sylar]]. Believed to have committed suicide prior to Volume One, Arthur reemerged in Volume Three as the head of Pinehearst, an organization acting in opposition to the Company, seeking the secret to creating artificial superhumans... a secret which the show's clairvoyants all agree will lead to horrible disaster.

!!!Associated Tropes:
* AllYourPowersCombined[=/=]ComboPlatterPowers[=/=]MegaManning: Much like Rogue of the XMen, he can steal powers with a touch. Unlike Rogue, his thefts are always permanent. He uses this ability to steal Adam's power, as well as all of Peter's accumulated powers up to that point, giving him:
** DreamingOfThingsToCome
** {{Flight}}
** FromASingleCell
** IntangibleMan
** {{Invisibility}}
** MindOverMatter
** PersonOfMassDestruction
** PlayingWithFire
** ShockAndAwe
** SuperStrength
** TeleportersAndTransporters
** TimeMaster
** WalkingWasteland
*** He also had {{Telepathy}} dating back to before his first appearance. It is unclear if this is his own naturally occurring power or if he stole it from someone else. He is shown to be able to use it to activate a CompellingVoice, create LaserGuidedAmnesia, and administer a PokeInTheThirdEye.
* AmoralAttorney: For Linderman, before the events of Volume One.
* BigBad: Of Volume Three.
* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: About the only good thing about him.
* DeadpanSnarker
* EvilOldFolks
* EvilOverlord: Fits pretty much every item on the checklist.
* EvilerThanThou: In the two episodes following his introduction, he sucked the life out of Adam Monroe, killed Maury Parkman with a gesture, and overpowered Sylar without breaking a sweat. He's defeated more villains than any of the actual good guys!
** [[spoiler: And as of ''Our Father'', he got his own Eviler-ing at the hands of Sylar.]]
* EvilutionaryBiologist: He's not a biologist, but this is his motivation.
* FakingTheDead
* FauxAffablyEvil: He's polite and charming but he's an utterly ruthless, cold-hearted monster beneath it.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: His plan might have succeeded had he not made the mistake of pissing off Sylar.
* ItsAllAboutMe: Everyone is expendable to Arthur if it can help him in his goals.
* Jerkass: He was already a complete dick long before becoming a villain.
* LukeIAmYourFather: [[spoiler:NOT]] Sylar.
* ManipulativeBastard
* OffingTheOffspring: He doesn't hesitate to try and kill Peter and Nathan at the first sign of trouble.
* OrcusOnHisThrone: When he bothered to act, he accomplished his goal immediately. But he didn't do it very often, instead deligating most tasks to an increasingly incompetent series of superpowered minions.
* TheOtherDarrin: In the famous group photo of the Company founders, his face is kept obscured from the camera, but the man identified as Arthur Petrelli is clearly not Robert Forster.
* PhysicalGod: Thanks to effective power stealing, including Peter's copying power, Arthur can basically do anything at this point. Go read the list of PhysicalGod traits. He has most of them.
** He has [[TimeMaster at least one power that is deemed too broken for most Physical Gods to possess, too]]
** Clearly he is the AnthropomorphicPersonification of KickTheDog
* ScrewDestiny: He knows that all of the show's precogs and time travelers are predicting that his plan will end in an EarthShatteringKaboom, but he believes he can avert it. Which is not entirely unreasonable for a TimeMaster.
* SmugSnake
* TheSociopath
* TheStoic: No [[EvilLaugh evil laughter]] for this one, folks.
* TooPowerfulToLive: With all of Peter's former powers, most notably Hiro's ability, he pretty much ''had'' to die for the show to continue.
* SuperpowerLottery: Like Sylar, but he doesn't have to kill people. And now he has all of Peter's powers too... and unlike [[HowDoIShotWeb Pete]], he seems to have perfect control over all of them.
* TemptingFate: He tells Peter he doesn't have the guts to shoot him. Needless to say, he was wrong.
* VillanousBreakdown: When he realizes that his powers no longer work and Peter doesn't share Nathan's loyalty, he looks visibly panicked and tries to taunt and guilt Peter into not killing him.
* VisionaryVillain
* WeCanRuleTogether: To Peter and Nathan. Peter doesn't fall for it. Nathan, on the other hand...
* WellIntentionedExtremist: He believes that he can use the SuperSerum to grant good powers to the best people and thus make the world a better place. Unfortunately, in the ''Heroes'' 'verse, NeverBeAHero is the order of the day.
** Also, it is hinted that, had Arthur succeeded with his plans, it would have resulted in someone blowing up the planet (its unknown who, although Volume 5 heavily implies that it is Samuel Sullivan, whose power exponentially grows based on how many super powered people he is around).
* WhyCouldntYouBeDifferent: Treats Peter like this long before he shows up as a villain.

!!'''Emile Danko a.k.a. "The Hunter"'''

The veteran leader of Nathan's government Black Ops team tasked with hunting down and capturing all evolved humans. A single-minded, ruthless, and somewhat unstable hardliner, he regards the supers as targets rather than people, and repeatedly expresses deep fear and hatred of them, seeming to believe that they should be killed off instead of merely detained. This attitude frequently leads him into conflict with Nathan and Noah Bennet, who advocate a more "humane approach" towards the superhuman roundup. His drive to be proven right and vindicated no matter what the cost leads him to attempt to fake a suicide bombing of Washington D.C. by a superpowered individual to turn public opinion in his favor. When that fails, leading to him being fired, he ends up shoving his boss Nathan out a window and taking total control of the operation himself. From there he gets crazier and crazier as the series progresses, to the point where he ends up secretly teaming up with ''Sylar'', thinking that it's a good idea and he's got the situation completely under control. [[Main/EvilIsNotAToy Sure, good luck with that...]]

!!!Associated Tropes:
* BadassNormal
* BadBoss:Especially in the online comics and mini-series, where he's shown pushing his men to the brink and also sending them into potentially hazardous situations blind with poor intel. Plus it's implied that he's fed two of his men to Sylar so Sylar could assume their identities, as well as setting things up so that one of the personnel would end up killed by Tracey Strauss in an escape orchestrated by him to prevent an implied shutdown of the division by the government.
** It should be noted that when push came to shove, Danko's men were completely prepared to believe that he'd cracked and shot his own men, rather than believing Danko's story of shapeshifting killers, despite knowing that such things are entirely possible. Apparently that's the sort of reputation you get amongst your co-workers when you enlist them to fake attacks on your own citizens by the enemy.
* BaldOfEvil
* BigBad:All set to be Volume Four's, although Sylar made a last minute steal.
* CapeBusters
* TheDragon:To Nathan. [[TheStarscream At first...]]
* [[spoiler: DroppedABridgeOnHim:During the ''first episode'' of Volume Five.]]
* EnemyMine: Danko was implied to have been called by Samuel Sullivan's brother to arrest Samuel. Considering the fact that he actually accepted an offer from someone who is implied to be a well known evolved human, its implied that things with Samuel are as bad as they are gonna get if he actually wishes to work with the very thing he hates just to get rid of another one.
* AFatherToHisMen:Although he sometimes treats his men like dirt, he does seem to genuinely care about their lives. This is seemingly the only attribute of his that is in any way remotely positive... However, he ''did'' feed two of his men to Sylar so Sylar could assume their identities.
* HumiliationConga:[[spoiler: Sylar frames Danko for murdering his own mooks so that they detain him at Building 26.]]
* KnightsTemplar:And ''HOW''.
* ManipulativeBastard: In the earliest point of the season, he deliberately set things up so that Tracey Strauss would escape and eventually kill a guard who tried to restrain her so as to give a reason why the division shouldn't be shut down, an action that was not only something Nathan disapproved of, but was also implied to have been done behind Nathan Petrelli's back without Nathan's knowledge.
* MoralityPet:His secret girlfriend, although since he was deceiving her and using her to fulfill his emotional needs, even ''that'' aspect of his life was pretty dickish.
* MugglePower:Pretty much his entire reason for existing.
* PerpetualFrowner:His two main emotions seem to be deeply upset or completely pissed.
* SmugSnake:Especially in "I Am Sylar", where he thinks he has Sylar completely under control. When he realizes this has been, in fact, a fatal mistake, [[OhCrap the look on his face is priceless]].
* TheStarscream:When he says he intends to take down all evolved humans, he means it, even if its towards his own boss.
* TheUnfettered:Will [[Main/ShootTheDog shoot whatever dogs]] and cross whatever {{Moral Event Horizon}}s he has to in order to accomplish whatever objective he's given.
* VillainousBreakdown:You can just ''see'' all the little psychological cracks in his brain get bigger and bigger as the season progresses. Not that it makes him any less dangerous, though.
* YouKillItYouBoughtIt: Seizes control of the government operation after ''throwing his boss out a window.''
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: Subverted: Danko attempts to kill Sylar once his usefulness is at an end by stabbing his sweet spot. It backfires horribly after it became apparent that said "sweet spot" moved as a result of his enhanced chameleon abilities.

!!'''Samuel Sullivan'''
The owner of a carnival, Samuel is the new villain on the scene, but his motives are, for now, shrouded in mystery. [[spoiler: Though it seems that his primary motivation is a huge thirst for power...]]

!!!Associated Tropes:
* AlliterativeName
* AmbitionIsEvil
* BadassLongcoat
* BerserkButton: Hurting one of the "[[{{Mutants}} family]]" members (although he himself has no qualms of doing so if it means framing a normal human, as evidenced by when he had one of his mutants kill another mutant and frame Noah Bennet for the deed).
* NamesToRunAwayFrom/BiblicalNames[=/=]MeaningfulName: In the Old Testament, Samuel was the prophet who drove the Philistines from the Holy Land, formed the Kingdom of Israel, and anointed Saul as its first king.
* CainAndAbel: He murdered his brother Joseph in a rage after the latter refused to tell him the truth about his power.
* DarkMessiah: With more than a hint of TheAntiChrist.
* DeathByChildbirth: It's implied that his mother died in the massive earthquake that coincided with his birth. Might also fall under SelfMadeOrphan, as it is also implied that the massive earthquake happened ''because'' of his birth.
* DevilInPlainSight: He looks and acts fairly sinister, but the only character who immediately sees his evil upon meeting him is [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy Noah Bennet]].
* DishingOutDirt: With a twist. He apparently utilizes some sort of unseen energy that connects Powered Humans to each other. The more that are close to him, the greater the magnitude of his powers. And thus his single-minded determination to [[MagneticHero gather]] specials to him.
* DisproportionateRetribution: After being turned down by his long-time crush, he ''wipes out an entire town'' and goes on to ''try and destroy New York City''. This guy does ''not'' take rejection well.
** Heck, in the second episode, he creates a giant sinkhole under the house where he was born, killing and maiming a dozen people (and maybe more). Why? Because the owner of the house gave him the brush off when he asked to have a look around.
* FauxAffablyEvil: He makes a big show of being a wise and caring FatherToHisMen, but inside he's a cold and manipulative {{Jerkass}} who cares only about satisfying his own selfish desires.
* FetusTerrible: He nearly destroyed Coyote Sands when he was still in the womb.
* FromNobodyToNightmare: He used to be a drunk-off-his-rocker useless layabout assistant to his brother Joseph, a rather upright ring leader. It was only after accidentally killing his brother and learning more about his powers did he hijack the carnival, reinvent himself as a idealistic, charismatic messiah offering sanctuary, and claw his way towards [[MagnificentBastard Magnificent Bastardry]].
* GenreSavvy: Maybe he reads some X-men comics on the side, but the whole "sanctuary for people like us" schtick ''was'' something he had to come up with as a lure on his own. And it worked about as well as it does in the comics.
* GottaCatchThemAll: He'll recruit as many "specials" as he can get, by hook or by crook.
* JumpedAtTheCall: Possibly. He mentions something to the effect of, "I was free when I found I could move the very earth beneath my feet."
* KickTheSonOfABitch: His takedown of the police station and the cops who killed Jeremy.
* LargeHam
* LoveMakesYouEvil: Subverted. Although it is implied shortly after Vanessa breaks off the relationship with him that he decided to eliminate all of humanity because of her breakup, he later admits that his wanting to eliminate normal people's only relation to Vanessa was when she expressed fear of his powers, something he actually liked, meaning that her breakup had barely anything, if at all, to do with his next actions.
* [[MagneticHero Magnetic Villain]]
* ManipulativeBastard
* MonsterClown: Technically speaking, as he runs a carnival that more often than not would have people you'd expect from the circus, he qualifies as a clown. And boy, is he monstrous.
* NewEraSpeech: He ''really'' loves to give these to his "family," especially over their communal dinner table.
* {{Omniglot}}: Despite having no formal education whatsoever, he is fluent in at least three languages (English, Japanese, and American Sign Language), which just happen to be the three languages he needs to converse with every one of the season's major characters.
* PersonOfMassDestruction: Without a notable power-up that he eventually intends to gain, he's able to level entire towns with a little concentration. If he gathers enough people around him, he'd probably rival [[ActionBomb Ted]] in sheer power, except Samuel would actually [[OhCrap be able to control it]]. Supported by the many Volume 3 prophecies in which the earth is cracking open in a world full of specials.
* PopularityPower: An in-universe example. The more "specials" he gathers around himself, the more powerful he becomes.
* SelfMadeOrphan: Sort of... His parents are never mentioned, but the closest to a parent is his brother, and he essentially murdered him after learning his brother called Danko to arrest him.
** Also, as noted by the DeathByChildbirth trope, his mom died while giving birth to him during an earthquake, and it is implied that the earthquake was caused by his birth.
* StalkerWithACrush: To Vanessa.
* [[spoiler:VillainousBreakdown: Starting when his "family" turns away from him; completely and utterly once Hiro teleports his former coworkers away from the carnival, [[BroughtDownToNormal effectively leaving him powerless.]]]]
* VisionaryVillain
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Subverted. His stated goal of creating a sanctuary where "specials" can be protected from FantasticRacism ''would'' be a laudable one...but it's only a cover for gathering together enough "specials" to boost his power to godlike levels.
* WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity
* YouKillItYouBoughtIt: Despite the name, the Sullivan Bros. Carnival was really run by his brother Joseph...until he killed Joseph and took it over.
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!!'''Ando Masahashi'''
Hiro's best friend and a fellow coworker at the same company. Despite his DeadpanSnarker personality, he is loyal to Hiro and is his almost-constant companion, though occasional feuds (such as the one caused when Hiro saw Ando kill him in an alternate future) do happen. More worldly than Hiro, often tries to rein his friend in, but he secretly enjoys their adventures sometimes. Recently gained some powers of his own from a SuperSerum. Most of his dialogue with Hiro is [[TranslationConvention in Japanese]] (though he speaks English better than Hiro.)

!!!Associated Tropes:
* BadassNormal: Until volume three.
* CharacterizationMarchesOn: Back in Season 1 he was portrayed as Nikki's StalkerWithACrush who knows that TheInternetIsForPorn
* CoolBike: The Ando-cycle
* DeadpanSnarker
* FakeNationality: Ando's actor is a Korean-American who doesn't speak any Japanese.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Hiro
* KamehameHadoken
* NiceGuy
* NonActionGuy
* TheNotLoveInterest: For Hiro.
* OnlySaneMan: he tries to keep Hiro out of full StupidGood mode.
* PowerupLetdown
* SecretKeeper
* {{Sidekick}}
* TheStraightMan
* SuperEmpowering
* TranslatorBuddy: He becomes this to Hiro in Volume 3 when [[spoiler:[[BackFromTheDead Arthur Petrelli]] uses his powers to alter Hiro's memory and makes him think he is a kid. Hiro therefore knows only a few English words until he gets better.]]

!!'''Molly Walker'''
A young girl with the ability to locate anyone. She was orphaned after her powered parents had a run-in with Sylar. She was adopted by Matt and Mohinder, then unceremoniously Main/PutOnABus.

!!!Associated Tropes:
* [[HasTwoMommies Has Two Daddies]]: Mohinder and Matt raise her together in Volume Two
* LittlestCancerPatient: When we first meet her.
* TheLittleDetecto: She has the ability to locate anyone who is alive.. Bennet referred to her as The Company's new tracking system until she was put in the care of Matt and Mohinder.
* TokenMiniMoe
* WaifProphet
* PutOnABus: In Volume Three

!!'''Alejandro and Maya Herrera'''
Win the no-prize for being the most loathed new characters in Volume Two (and generally considered [[TheScrappy the most loathed characters of the series]], though some campaign hard for Mohinder, Claire and anyone played by Ali Larter). Fans call them the BlessedWithSuck Twins, which says it all.

!!!Associated Tropes:
* BadPowersGoodPeople: Maya.
* BlackEyesOfEvil: Maya has these when her power activates.
* [[HealingHands Cure Poison Hands]]: Alejandro
* HonorBeforeReason: Alejandro
* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: Maya
* KilledOffForReal: Alejandro
* PersonOfMassDestruction: Maya with her anthrax tears.
* PutOnABus: Maya, after her power is removed. Especially because the loss of her power is exactly what she wanted and once that was done, she peaced out.
* WalkingWasteland: Maya again.

!!'''Monica Dawson'''
Micah's cousin who is able to mimic the (non-superpowered) abilities of anyone she sees. She was also introduced in Volume Two, but was much more well-liked by the fandom. She has also been unceremoniously Main/PutOnABus.

!!!Associated Tropes:
* AwesomenessByAnalysis
* IJustWantToBeSpecial
* IKnowMortalKombat / TaughtByTelevision Her power of adoptive muscle mimicry; she learns to do things by watchingn.
* InTheHood: as St. Joan.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse

!!'''Isaac Mendez'''
A painter and comic book illustrator. He also had precognitive abilities -- the catch was that [[BlessedWithSuck his ability was dependent on heroin]]. He was killed by Sylar about halfway through Volume one. That hasn't stopped him from being a fairly important supporting character though...

!!!Associated Tropes:
* AddictionPowered: Although eventually he does manage to use his power while clean.
* BecauseDestinySaysSo
* CommutingOnABus: A subversion: His paintings/comics are a recurrent plot device until Volume Four.
* DrugsAreBad
* HeroicSacrifice
* PsychicPowers
* ProphecyTwist

!! '''Charlie Andrews'''
Waitress with an enhanced memory, which becomes Hiro's love [[TimeTravelTenseTrouble after she dies]].

!!!Associated Tropes:
* AlwaysSaveTheGirl
* DeadStarWalking: When she returned in Season 4, Jayma Mays had been cast as a regular in {{Glee}}. This pretty much guaranteed that she and Hiro would have no future.
* DiabolusExMachina: If she wasn't killed by Sylar, she would have died of a brain clot. [[spoiler:[[TrickedOutTime Originally, at least.]]]]
* FamilyVersusCareer: [[spoiler:After being placed in 1944, she just lives in the past.]]
* FirstGirlWins
* ForgottenFallenFriend: For three seasons, Hiro forgot she existed.
* HeroesWantRedheads
* ILetGwenStacyDie: Hiro even compares her to Gwen.
* KillTheCutie
* PhotographicMemory
* ServiceSectorStereotypes
* ShaggyDogStory
* StuffedIntoTheFridge: ''Twice.''

!!'''Claude Rains'''
A cynical fellow with the ability to make normal people not notice him, essentially making him invisible. He became a TricksterMentor to Peter and is one of the most popular minor characters.

!!!Associated Tropes:
* ActorAllusion: One of the first things he says is "fantastic" in a very sarcastic tone. This was the catch phrase of another of Christopher Eccleston's [[Series/DoctorWho characters.]]
* BadAss
* BadassBeard
* CharacterNameAlias
* CynicalMentor
* DeadpanSnarker
* GoodIsNotNice: It really isn't.
* HomelessPigeonPerson
* {{Invisibility}}
* MeaningfulName: He is named after Claude Rains who played the role of "The Invisible Man".
* LovableRogue
* NoOneCouldSurviveThat: The flashback sequence where Bennet shoots him and he seems to fall to his death. (Though he obviously did survive that since he's around to teach Peter.)
* TheObiWan
* PutOnABus (Granted, it was an ''invisible'' bus.)
** He's been [[IncrediblyLamePun appearing]] lately in the Graphic Novels.
* TrainingFromHell
* TricksterMentor
* TrivialPursuit
* ZenSurvivor

!!'''Sandra Bennet'''

!!!Associated Tropes:
* [[KindheartedCatLover Kindhearted Dog Lover]]
* LaserGuidedAmnesia
* MamaBear:She drives out some Company agents threatening her family at gunpoint.
* [[MuggleFosterParents Muggle Foster Parent]]: Of Claire.
* TeamMom
* SuddenlyAlwaysKnewThat:[[YouDidntAsk She knows how to make convincing fake I.D.s (from sneaking into Def Leppard concerts.)]]

!!'''Lyle Bennet'''
Claire's little brother with the uncanny ability to be ignored by everyone.

!!!Associated Tropes:
* AnnoyingYoungerSibling
* BadassBystander: attacks [[WalkingWasteland Ted Sprague]] with a baseball bat when he breaks into their home.
* BatterUp
* LaserGuidedAmnesia
* [[MuggleFosterParents Muggle Foster Sibling]]: Of Claire.
* MyNameIsNotDurwood "What was it... Larry?"
* UnfazedEveryman

Claire's friend, [[PutOnABus currently being chased]] [[TheSarahConnorChronicles by Terminators.]]

!!!Associated Tropes:
* DeadpanSnarker
* LaserGuidedAmnesia
* NiceGuy: Despite his limited role, he's one of the more likeable characters in the series.
* NonActionGuy
* PlatonicLifePartners: He is Claire's best friend and no romance is ever hinted between Them (Though it initially had been written as such), mostly due to the below trope.
* SecretKeeper
* StraightGay
* WordOfGay

!!'''Ted Sprague'''
Some poor guy who just happened to have Radioactive powers, [[PowerIncontinence accidentally killed his wife]], [[ClearMyName is hunted by the F.B.I. for crimes he didn't commit]], and takes on the AncientConspiracy with Matt Parkman, Noah Bennet, and Hana Gitelman. He gets off his revenge kick just in time to be de-brained by Sylar.

!!!Associated Tropes:
* AcquittedTooLate
* ClearMyName
* IhaveYourWife
* ItsPersonal
* PersonOfMassDestruction
* PowerIncontinence
* RedemptionEqualsDeath
* {{Revenge}}
* WalkingWasteland

!!'''The Haitian'''
A walking, not-talking Deus Ex Machina.

!!!Associated Tropes:
* EnigmaticMinion: To Angela Petrelli.
* LaserGuidedAmnesia: His power allows him to do that.
* NoNameGiven [[spoiler: until Volume Five. "Rene", if you're wondering.]]
* PowerNullifier
* ScaryBlackMan
* SuperPowerLottery: Not the most useful power for everyday life, but definitely the most useful for dealing with other superpowered people.
* TheVoiceless: For a while

!!'''Eden [=McCain=]'''
a.k.a. Sarah Ellis, TheMole for [[AncientConspiracy the Company]] that lived next door to Chandra Suresh. Temporary love interest for Mohinder.

!!!Associated Tropes:
* AbusiveParents
* BetterToDieThanBeKilled
* CompellingVoice
* HeroicSuicide
* JediMindTrick
* TheMole
* StuffedIntoTheFridge
* TemporaryLoveInterest

!!'''Hana Gitelman'''
Israeli soldier and technopath who was seeking revenge against the Company with Matt and Ted.

!!!Associated Tropes:
* ActionGirl
* BadassBiker
* BadassFamily: Comes from one.
* [[spoiler: BrainUploading]]
* CyberPunk
* FemmeFatale
* FriendOrIdolDecision: Save a child or get revenge...
* HellBentForLeather
* [[spoiler:HeroicSacrifice]] (twice)
* HollywoodHacking
* {{Revenge}}
* SpyCatsuit
* {{Technopath}}

!!'''Sparrow Redhouse'''
Member of Micah's super-team REBEL and [[DishingOutDirt Terrakinetic (She controls the earth)]].

!!!Associated Tropes:
* ActionGirl: FINALLY Heroes shows that the ladies can kick ass just as much as the guys!
* BadassFamily: Not a biological family perhaps but it's how she and Micah view the team they've put together.
* DishingOutDirt
* EarlyBirdCameo: She made a brief cameo in a season one graphic novel about two years before her proper debut in the "Rebellion" arc.
* MagicalNativeAmerican: Averted. Despite being a Native American the only stereotypical facet to the character is her "One with the Earth" powers and they don't make a big deal out of it.

[[{{Oireland}} Oirish]] chick who is, as far as we know, still stranded in Main/BadFuture Version 2.0.

!!!Associated Tropes:
* ForgottenFallenFriend
* TemporaryLoveInterest
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse

!!'''Daphne Millbrook'''
A speedy thief character introduced as a love interest for Matt Parkman. Unceremoniously [[DroppedABridgeOnHim squashed by a falling bridge]].

!!!Associated Tropes:
* ActionMom: In the exposed future.
* FragileSpeedster
* HeelFaceTurn:After meeting Matt.
* LovableRogue
* OutrunTheFireball: Subverted: even she can't
* [[spoiler:StuffedIntoTheFridge]]
* SuperSpeed

!!'''Bob Bishop'''
One of the twelve founders of the Company, who takes it over in Volume 2 after the death of Mr. Linderman. Killed by Sylar off-screen as part of the great season 2 character purge.

!!!Associated Tropes:
* AbusiveParents: To Elle.
* {{Alchemy}}: He has the power to turn anything into gold.
* AffablyEvil
* BoringButPractical: Both his power and the man himself (unlike his MagnificentBastard predecessor, Bob's sole motivation seemed to be to just keep the Company running smoothly and doing what it was created to do, instead of using it for his own utopian schemes).
* DroppedABridgeOnHim
** RealLifeWritesThePlot: One reason for the above was that Stephen Toblowsky was injured in an accident and had to wear a neck brace.
* EvilCounterpart: To Noah, just as Elle is Claire's EvilCounterpart.
* FirstNameBasis: He insists that everyone call him Bob.
* HollywoodNerd

!!'''Charles Deveaux'''
Peter's last hospice client, Simone Deveaux's father, and one of the twelve founders of the Company. He succumbed to cancer early in Volume One.

!!!Associated Tropes:
* CoolOldGuy
* KilledOffForReal
* MagicalNegro: His character basically exists to give Peter sage advice...even from beyond the grave.
* PosthumousCharacter: He appears to Peter in a dream after succumbing to his cancer and later shows up in flashbacks in Volume Four.
* PsychicPowers:
** CharmPerson
** {{Telepathy}}
* RetiredBadass
* ScrewDestiny: The other founders believe that the destruction of New York is inevitable, but he thinks Peter can avert it through ThePowerOfLove.

!!'''Kaito Nakamura'''
Hiro Nakamura's father, CEO of Yamagoto Industries, and one of the twelve founders of the Company. He was killed by Adam Monroe at the beginning of Volume Two.

!!!Associated Tropes:
* TheAtoner
* AwesomenessByAnalysis: A deleted scene shows that this is his power.
* BadassInANiceSuit
* CorruptCorporateExecutive
* FaceDeathWithDignity: He refuses to let Hiro save him and instead meets Adam with fists raised.
* KilledOffForReal
* MundaneUtility: In the aforementioned deleted scene, he mentions that he made his money by playing the stock market with his power.
* OldMaster
* PosthumousCharacter: Thanks to the magic of TimeTravel, flashbacks, and video wills, he's made more appearances after his death than he did before.
* RetiredBadass
* WellDoneSonGuy: To both of his children. He withholds his approval from Hiro because he sees him as weak and from Kimiko [[HeirClubForMen because she's a woman]]. He finally does give Hiro his approval, and then is killed either shortly before or shortly thereafter, [[TimeTravelTenseTrouble depending on how you look at it]].
* WithGreatPowerComesGreatResponsibility: He does his best to drill this into his son's head, so he won't become like [[AGodAmI some of his old friends]].

!!'''Maury Parkman'''
Matt Parkman's father and one of the twelve founders of the Company. He acted as a minion for both Adam Monroe and Arthur Petrelli, until the latter killed him.

!!!Associated Tropes:
* ArchnemesisDad
* ConMan: Apparently, he was one before joining the Company.
* DisappearedDad: He walked out on his family some time in TheSeventies and never looked back.
* DroppedABridgeOnHim
* EvenMooksHaveLovedOnes: He was a terrible father, but he only worked for Arthur Petrelli on the condition that his son would be protected, and his objection to Arthur reneging on that promise is what gets him killed.
* EvilOldFolks
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: In Volume Two, Matt traps him in the nightmare he conjured up to hold Molly.
* InSeriesNickname: The Nightmare Man.
* KilledOffForReal
* ManipulativeBastard
* NeckSnap: His cause of death.
* PsychicPowers:
** CharmPerson
** LotusEaterMachine
** MasterOfIllusion
** MindProbe
** {{Telepathy}}


!!!Associated Tropes:
* AscendedExtra: His character is a brutal subversion of this trope
* MugglePower: His discussion with Nathan
* NeckSnap: The disappointingly anticlimactic way he was killed off. At the hands of ''Knox'', no less...
* SacrificialLion
* SuperSoldier: All set up in ''Our Father'' to become this
* SuperStrength
* SurvivorGuilt: His motivation for joining the Pinehearst super-soldier program
* WeHardlyKnewYe: Poor guy
* WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity: Another subversion

!!'''Rachel Mills'''

!!!Associated Tropes:
* DeepCoverAgent: Infiltrated Building 26.
* SuperSoldier: [[spoiler: Subverted, it turns out she had powers to begin with...]]
* IJustWantToBeNormal
* TeleportersAndTransporters

!!'''Ryan Hanover'''

!!!Associated Tropes:
* NoOneCouldSurviveThat
* StayInTheKitchen: His attitude towards Rachel Mills

!!'''Tracy Strauss'''

!!!Associated Tropes:
* BigDamnHeroine: In the Season 5 finale [[spoiler: when she rescues Noah and Claire]]
* BlondeRepublicanSexKitten
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder
* DefrostingIceQueen: Literally
* HeroicSacrifice
* AnIcePerson
* [[spoiler: MakingASplash]]
* RewardedAsATraitorDeserves
* SendInTheClones
* [[spoiler: (Former) SerialKiller: After a RoaringRampageOfRevenge]]
* TheVamp

!!'''Meredith Gordon'''
[[spoiler:Claire's biological mother.]]

!!!Associated Tropes:
* AbusiveParents
* PlayingWithFire
* RunForTheBorder: She hid out in Mexico for a while.
* [[spoiler:SuperpowerMeltdown]]


!!!Associated Tropes:
* AbusiveParents
* AttemptedRape
* AxeCrazy
* BaldOfEvil
* BigDamnVillains
* CardCarryingVillain
* TheDitz
* EliteMook
* PlayingWithFire
* ThoseTwoBadGuys: With Knox, with [[spoiler: Meredith]] (knocking over a liquor store) in a flashback. Whoever he works with he's [[BrainsandBrawn obviously not the brains of the duo.]]
* TooDumbToLive: He makes [[IdiotHero Peter Petrelli]] look like a genius. It even gets a LampshadeHanging!
--> ''Meredith:'' God gave you a big sister instead of a brain.


!!!Associated Tropes:
* BigDamnVillains
* CardCarryingVillain: Mainly because his backstory was cut from the show proper. Though it is available in webisode format.
* DisneyDeath: Possibly: [[spoiler:Despite being shown to have been frozen and shattered in the final Volume 3 episode, he was shown on a wanted billboard at the warehouse, implying that he was at large.]]
* EliteMook
* EnigmaticMinion
* EvenEvilHasStandards: He did not like the idea of Arthur Petrelli trying to mass-produce supers (which also acted as the reason why he intended to destroy the serum).
* LuckilyMyPowersWillProtectMe
* ScaryBlackMan
* SuperStrength
* ThoseTwoBadGuys:with Flint.

!!'''Luke Campbell'''
Luke [[FanNickname the Nuke]] is Sylar's sidekick that he picked up in Volume 4 who was helping him find his father. Luke hero-worships Sylar and considers him to be his bestest friend ever.

!!!Associated Tropes:
* CreepyChild: [[NoodleIncident "You should see what it does to pacemakers."]]
* HeroWorshipper: Or rather Villain Worshipper
* IrritationIsTheSincerestFormOfFlattery
* KidSidekick
* TheLoad
* MoralityPet: [[IWasJustPassingThrough Sylar saves him]] and [[YouWillBeSpared later spares his life]].
** Kind of a big deal for him.
* PureEnergy: He microwaves stuff
* SycophanticServant
* VitriolicBestBuds: With Sylar, of the annoying type 1 variety.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: [[SequelHook Sylar abandons him in the middle of the desert and tells him to go home to his mother.]] He may be showing up later in the Graphic Novels with some character development.]]
* WhyCouldntYouBeDifferent:Luke runs off with Sylar to get away from his domineering mother.

!!'''Eric Doyle'''

!!!Associated Tropes:
* BadPowersBadPeople
* MyNameIsNotDurwood : In the online series.
* PeoplePuppets
* ReformedButRejected
* TermsOfEndangerment "Hello Barbie."

An evolved human that Claire hides from the government mooks.

!!!Associated Tropes:
* HollywoodNerd
* PutOnABus
* TemporaryLoveInterest: For Claire.
* ThisLooksLikeAJobForAquaman

!!'''Alice Shaw'''
[[spoiler:Angela Petrelli's long lost little sister.]]

!!!Associated Tropes:
* CrazySurvivalist
* ElementalPowers: PowerOfTheStorm
** AnIcePerson
** BlowYouAway
** MakingASplash
** ShockAndAwe
* LeftForDead
* LongLostSibling
* [[DaddyHadAGoodReasonForAbandoningYou Sis Had a Good Reason For Abandoning You]]
* SuperpowerLottery

!!'''Samson Gray'''
Sylar's biological father.

!!!Associated Tropes:
* AddictionDisplacement: His work as a taxidermist, which he took up to give him something to keep his hands busy.
* AllYourPowersCombined: He doesn't even remember all of what he has anymore.
* AxeCrazy
* AwesomenessByAnalysis
* BadassBiker: The photos at his place seem to suggest he was when he was younger.
* BeardOfEvil
* BoredWithInsanity: He quit being a villain when he realized that all the killing and power-stealing was meaningless and without purpose.
* ChronicVillainy: He really did mean to quit being a villain and die in peace. And then along came Sylar and his HealingFactor...
* DyingAlone: Sylar's punishment for what he did.
* EvilMentor: Very, very briefly.
* TheGift
* GoodSmokingEvilSmoking: Evil, obviously.
* HorrorHunger
* TheHunter
* HuntingTheMostDangerousGame: He loves his hunting metaphors.
* HypnoRay: [[InstantSedation The sedation ability]] kind of looks like this.
* InTheBlood
* LukeYouAreMyFather
* MindOverMatter
* NietzscheWannabe
* RetiredMonster
* SerialKiller
* SmokingIsCool: Subverted ''heavily'' as he is dying of lung cancer.
* TheSociopath: Why did he kill Sylar's mother and sell him to his brother? He doesn't even remember, because it didn't matter to him.
* ThisIsYourBrainOnEvil
* WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity
* YouWillBeAssimilated

!!'''Stephen Canfield'''
A guy with the power to create miniature black holes, who accidentally killed his neighbour and got locked up by the Company in Level 5 for it.

!!!Associated Tropes:
* BadPowersBadPeople: Subverted, almost to the point of being a deconstruction. Despite what the Company (and Claire, at first) think, and despite his having the perfect power for a legitimately threatening villain, he isn't a bad guy. He's very desperate to subvert this image, to the point of [[spoiler:killing himself rather than take another life, even if it is the life of a serial killer.]]
* [[spoiler:DrivenToSuicide]]

Samuel's right-hand man.

!!!Associated Tropes:
* AxCrazy: From what we've seen of him, this appears to be the case.
* {{Badass}}
* HitmanWithAHeart: He wants out. [[spoiler:He gets his wish when HRG and Claire re-appear at the carnival and he helps them get the rest of the carnies away from Samuel.]]
* KnifeNut
* OnlyOneName
* SuperSpeed

A woman who works at the carnival with Samuel and Edgar.

!!!Associated Tropes:
* TheEmpath
* Main/MeaningfulName: Her power works through [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n4zRe_wvJw8 her tattoos]].
* MsFanservice
* OnlyOneName
* ShipTease: With both Samuel and Edgar. And possibly Sylar...
* SingleMomStripper: Kind of. She has a teenage daughter named Amanda and a job taking off most of her clothes.
* [[spoiler: StuffedInTheFridge: She's murdered by Eli in a setup by Samuel to gain back the support of the carnival as part of his final endgame. Though it's less a "fridging" than Samuel taking out his most powerful obstacle within the Carnival.]]
* TeenPregnancy: She had Amanda as a teenager.
* ToplessnessFromTheBack: When she shows the others her tattoos.
* WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway

Samuel's new right-hand man after Edgar [[spoiler:discovers that he murdered his own brother and quits]].

!!!Associated Tropes:
* TheDragon
* DumbMuscle
* {{Jerkass}}
* MesACrowd
* OnlyOneName

!!'''Rebecca Taylor'''

!!!Associated Tropes:
* {{Invisibility}}
* StepfordSmiler
* RevengeByProxy
* YouKilledMyFather: To [[spoiler: HRG/Noah Bennet]]

!!'''Gretchen Berg'''
Claire's roomate at college [[spoiler:and now girlfriend]].
* BiTheWay
* [[DoggedNiceGuy Dogged Nice Girl]]: To Claire
* IJustWantToBeSpecial: At least part of her attraction to Claire seems to be Claire's own specialness. Plus there was her desire to play Nancy Drew when [[spoiler: Claire's first roomate died.]]
* [[ItsNotYouItsMyEnemies Its Not You Its Your Enemies]]: [[spoiler: Why she left]]
* RapunzelHair

!!'''Emma Coolidge'''
A deaf woman who works at a hospital office with a power of her own.

!!!Associated Tropes:
* DeadpanSnarker
* DisabilitySuperpower: She's deaf, but can "see" sounds as intense colors.
** [[spoiler: LethalHarmlessPowers: And when she channels her emotions into them, she can create incredibly powerful effects such as drawing people in like a siren, or slicing/smashing things like a telekinetic.]]
* OfficeLady, to the point of being a {{Workaholic}}.
* ShipTease: With [[spoiler: Peter, and a bit with Sylar.]]

!!'''Mr. Muggles'''
!!!Associated Tropes:
* EvilDetectingDog:Subverted as [[PetTheDog he's happy getting pets from Sylar and Revenge!Ted]]
* FormallyNamedPet
* MeaningfulName: "{{Muggles}}" pretty well describes the [[MuggleFosterParents Bennet family]].
* MrMuffykins
* [[RightHandCat Right Hand Dog]]: [[spoiler:He becomes Sylar's dog in one future.]]
* TeamPet
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* GoodIsNotSoft: He's a very polite, friendly gentleman who is willing to commit shocking acts of violence.


* GoodIsNotSoft: He's a very polite, friendly gentleman who is willing to commit shocking acts of violence.Witty, friendly, impeccably polite and will slit Your throat if You hurt his family.

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* JumpedAtTheCall
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* AntiHero: [[SlidingScaleOfAntiHeroes Type V]].
9th Oct '12 5:08:00 PM TMS28
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* AntiVillain: [[SlidingScaleOfAntiVillains Type II]]


* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds
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* AntiHero: [[SlidingScaleOfAntiHeroes Type V]], in season 3.
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* AntiHero: [[SlidingScaleOfAntiHeroes Type V]], season 3 onwards, [[spoiler: until his permanent HeelFaceTurn]].
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**Could be justified because Sylar's original ability was to understand how things work.
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