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Charlene "Charlie" Andrews
Charlie Andrews (Jayma Mays)
- Ability: Enhanced memory
- Always Save the Girl: Poor girl. In the first season Sylar kill her and when Hiro save her, she is kidnapped by Samuel and left in the 1944.
- Back from the Dead: She was killed by Sylar. However, when Hiro Nakamura traveled back in time and changed her fate, Charlie was healed by Sylar and fell in love with Hiro. Samuel Sullivan then had her abducted and left her in 1944.
- Dead Star Walking: 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.
- Diabolus ex Machina: If she wasn't killed by Sylar, she would have died of a brain clot. Originally, at least.
- Forgotten Fallen Friend: For three seasons, Hiro forgot she existed.
- I Let Gwen Stacy Die: Hiro even compares her to Gwen.
- Kill the Cutie
- Love Interest: To Hero.
- Nice Girl: One of most lovely and adorable character in the series.
- Photographic Memory: Charlie has the ability to remember and recall vast amounts of information. She is easily able to retain and recall what she reads. She learned minutiae, languages, and complex information quickly without the need for repetition.
- Service Sector Stereotypes: Charlie is a subversion of the diner waiter. She is charming and friendly, not to mention serving as Hiro Nakamura's first love interest... and she has a perfect memory.
- Shaggy Dog Story: Hiro witnesses her die brutally, so he goes back in time six months to prevent the whole thing. Several months take place as the two of them fall in love. When Hiro tries to tell her that she will die, she tells him that she has a blood clot in her brain and will die shortly anyway. Oops. Waste of six good months.
- In the last season, Hiro travel back in time and change her fate; Charlie was healed by Sylar and fell in love with Hiro. Samuel Sullivan then had her abducted and left her in 1944. When Hiro finally meet her, she's old and asks Hiro not to go back in time, because she's built a family during 65 years and doesn't want to lose that. Doubleyoo. Tee. Eff.
Claude Rains (Christopher Eccleston)
- Ability: Invisibility
- Badass Beard
- Character Name Alias: Christopher Eccleston's character introduces himself as Claude Rains, after the actor who played The Invisible Man. The line was actually improvised by Eccleston, but they decided to Throw It In, and eventually, it was decided that this might even be the character's real name.
- Cynical Mentor: He appears to despise Peter and uses their "training sessions" as chances to beat the crap out of him. He also has several other quotes about the general unreliability and undesirable qualities of humanity, and he pushed Peter Petrelli off a 30-story building.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Good Is Not Nice
- Homeless Pigeon Person: Claude Rains cares for pigeons on Charles Deveaux's rooftop.
- Invisibility: Claude has the ability to become invisible, and has been living with the power for at least 15 years. Upon contact, Claude's ability allows him to extend his invisibility to other objects.
- Meaningful Name: He is named after Claude Rains who played the role of "The Invisible Man".
- Lovable Rogue: He uses the power to his advantage, stealing from others.
- No-One Could Survive That: 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.
- The Obi-Wan
- Put on a Bus: After Noah and the Haitian attack him and Peter, he turns invisible and runs out of Peter's apartment and he hasn't been seen on screen since.
- He appeared in a lot of Graphic Novels and they've subtly alluded to him a few times onscreen, so his fans are pretty sure that the writers are bringing him back. Not happen.
- Seen It All: He has alluded to a hobby of randomly following people around, so he's seen a lot.
- Trickster Mentor
- Zen Survivor: His training of Peter is brief, brutal, but very helpful (though he gets some things wrong), and he definitely fits the backstory requirements.
Ted Sprague (Matthew John Armstrong)
- Ability: Induced radioactivity
- Acquitted Too Late
- Clear My Name
- Crusading Widower
- He Who Fights Monsters: His tactics to take revenge upon the Company involve threatening to shoot an innocent woman and going nuclear on a town.
- I Have Your Wife: Takes Sandra hostage to force Noah to give him and Matt answers.
- It's Personal: Blames the Company for his wife getting radiation poisoning when his powers activated after they captured him.
- Person of Mass Destruction: Ted's power was nuclear based. Despite the fears that he'd use those powers to detonate New York, turns out it wasn't Ted they had to worry about...
- Power Incontinence: He can't stop emiting radiation, and nearly blows up a few times.
- Race Lift: In the original pilot, there was a Middle-Eastern man with the same powers as Ted.
- Redemption Equals Death
- Tragic Villain
- Walking Wasteland
Hana Gitelman (Stana Katic)
- Ability: Digital communication
- Action Girl
- Badass Biker
- Badass Family: Comes from one, and worries about not living up to her mother and grandmother's heroism.
- Badass Israeli
- Brain Uploading: When destroying the Company's satellite she uploads her mind onto the internet, surviving the destruction of her body.
- Cyber Punk
- Femme Fatale
- Friend or Idol Decision: Save a child or get revenge: she choses to save the child.
- Hell-Bent for Leather
- Heroic Sacrifice: Twice.
- Hero of Another Story: People who only watch the show will likely wonder what happened to her. Hana's story is mostly told in the online graphic novels.
- Hollywood Hacking
- Missing Mom: She was killed in a bombing when Hana was six, an event that Hana herself barely survived.
- Refuge in Audacity: Her plan to destroy the Company's tracking satellite? Impersonate a scientist to get into a Chinese military base and go on a space mission to get close to it to hack.
- Revenge: After being manipulated into stealing files for the Company and then abandoned, she dedicates her life to bringing them down.
- Spy Catsuit
Meredith Gordon (Jessalyn Gilsig)
- Ability: Pyrokinesis
- Abusive Parents: When her father began to beat Flint, Meredith manifested her powers and killed him.
- Big Sister Instinct
- Finger Snap Lighter: Meredith does it so much that fans nicknamed her "Flamepalm".
- Killed Off for Real: In Season 3, when Sylar shoots her full of adrenaline and causes her powers to go into overdrive and burn down the building she was in.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: She is the real mother of Claire.
- Playing with Fire: Meredith has the ability to create fire. In addition to this, she seems to be resistant to some of the consequences of its use; her flames heated the walls of a shipping container enough to burn Claire's hands, and they consumed enough oxygen to nearly suffocate Claire, but Meredith showed no discomfort from the heat or lack of oxygen.
- Run for the Border: She hid out in Mexico for a while.
- Siblings in Crime: She and Flint robbed various stores before being captured by the Company.
- Superpower Meltdown: She is injected with a syringe full of adrenaline by Sylar. She goes into this mode, which sadly ends quite tragically for her and anyone else who might not have escaped the Company building.
Alejandro Herrera (Shalim Ortiz)
West Rosen (Nick D'Agosto)
- Ability: Flight
- Flight: West possesses the power of flight. He has shown a high degree of control over his flight ability, varying his speed and altitude without visual cues. He maneuvers with sufficient skill to avoid overt detection from both individuals on the ground and in aircraft, despite flying in broad daylight.
- Put on a Bus: "Powerless" is the last episode where he appears and "break" with Claire.
- Took a Level in Badass: In the online comics.
Daphne Millbrook (Brea Grant)
- Ability: Super Speed
- Action Mom: In the exposed future.
- Anti-Villain: She is professional thief who works for and with other villains, but is clearly disgusted by most of them, never kills anyone herself, and is eventually revealed to have been working with Pinehearst because its leader would otherwise take away her superspeed, which is the only thing stopping her from being crippled by cerebral palsy.
- Deadpan Snarker: She definitely has a hard time believing Matt about being together in the future.
- Fragile Speedster: She has Super Speed but she can go down very easily and she isn't faster than an nuclear explosion.
- Freudian Excuse: Most of her villainy seems to have been born of guilt and self-loathing for how she treated her father and (especially) her dying mother.
- Heel–Face Turn: After meeting Matt.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Daphne is shot trying to rescue Claire, Matt, and the others. She initially survived, but later dies from sepsis because Danko had her removed from the medical facility.
- Homeless Hero: Her origin in the Graphic Novel.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: With Matt. She (5'2") is also significantly shorter than her partner Knox (5'10") when they approach Hiro and Ando at the bar.
- Lovable Rogue
- Outrun the Fireball: Subverted. Even she can't outrun a nuclear blast in a Bad Future.
- Stuffed into the Fridge: Dies in the "exposed heroes" future. However that future is not exist anymore.
- Unfortunately in Volume 4, Daphne is shot while attempting to rescue specials kidnapped by Emile Danko, who later kills her by removing her from the medical facility, thus causing her wound to become septic. Useless say that Matt don't get well.
- Super Speed: To the point where Hiro stopping time only serves to bring her down to normal speed.
- Wild Card: When amplified by Ando's ability, Daphne was capable of running faster than the speed of light, allowing her to time travel. and rescue a powerless Hiro trapped in the past.
Usutu (Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine)
- Ability: Precognition
- Deadpan Snarker
- Hermit Guru: Although he's a bit upset that his cell phone reception sucks.
- Magical Negro: He was almost literally this — though he had a neat little subversion where what Matt assumed to be ancient African mumbo jumbo was a quote from Carl Jung.
- Milky White Eyes
- Trickster Mentor: To Matt and Hiro.
- Off with His Head!: At the hands of Arthur Petrelli.
- Only One Name
- Spirit Advisor: Appears a few times after his death to give advice to Matt.
Stephen Canfield (Andre Royo)
- Ability: Gravitational manipulation
- Bad Powers, Bad People: 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 killing himself rather than take another life, even if it is the life of a serial killer.
- Driven to Suicide
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Has a history of his temper getting the better of him. His accidental murder of his neighbor resulted from an argument over a broken lawnmower.
- Nice Guy: Despite his temper, he really is a nice normal guy.
- The Unfavourite: His parents preferred his older sister, who did better in school and became an administer in the Los Angelus school system.
- Ability: Terrakinesis
- Action Girl: FINALLY Heroes shows that the ladies can kick ass just as much as the guys!
- Badass Family: Not a biological family perhaps but it's how she and Micah view the team they've put together.
- Big Sister Instinct: Towards Micah.
- Dishing Out Dirt
- Early-Bird Cameo: She made a brief cameo in a season one graphic novel about two years before her proper debut in the "Rebellion" arc.
- Her name also pops up on early copies of Chandra's list and Word of God says that she's the hooded character on the plane of specials.
- Magical Native American: 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.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: The comics have her eyes glow when using her power. Sometimes at least.
- Ship Tease: With West.
Rachel Mills (Taylor Cole)
- Ability: Teleportation
- Action Girl
- Deadpan Snarker
- Deep Cover Agent: Infiltrated Building 26 for REBEL.
- Fair Cop
- Heel–Face Turn
- Hunter of Her Own Kind: When first joining Building 26, she does it because she legitimately believes that people like her are a danger to everyone else. After seeing how Danko operated and the anguish being caused by their actions, she changed her mind.
- I Just Want to Be Normal
- Super Soldier: Subverted, it turns out she had powers to begin with.
- Teleporters and Transporters
Ryan Hanover (Cole Williams)
Scott (Chad Faust)
- Ability: Enhanced strength (synthetic)
- Ascended Extra: His character is a subversion of this trope.
- Muggle Power: His discussion with Nathan.
- Neck Snap: The disappointingly anticlimactic way he was killed off. At the hands of Knox, no less...
- Sacrificial Lion
- Super Soldier: All set up in Our Father to become this.
- Super Strength
- Survivor Guilt: His motivation for joining the Pinehearst super-soldier program.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Poor guy.
- With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: Another subversion.
Alex Woolsly (Justin Baldoni)
- Ability: Underwater breathing
Alice Shaw (Diana Scarwid)
- Ability: Weather control
Emma Coolidge (Deanne Bray)
- Ability: See and Manipulate Soundwaves
- Deadpan Snarker: She can even snark with just her expression and in sign language.
- Deaf Composer: After embracing her power, she loves to play the cello to see the sound waves created by the music.
- Disability Superpower: She's deaf, but can "see" sounds as intense colors and manipulate them.
- Lethal Harmless Powers: 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.
- Mind-Control Music: The sounds she creates, particularly when using a musical instrument, can lure in other people.
- My Greatest Failure: Her young nephew drowned while she was babysitting him. Because she is deaf, she could not hear his cries for help. She subsequently dropped out of medical school as a result. When she saves the life of a little girl who collapsed in the hospital, Peter persuades her to return to medical school.
- Office Lady: To the point of being a Workaholic. It's revealed that because of the above My Greatest Failure, she dropped out of medical school and became this because she feared repeating her mistake with future patients. Her mother tries to nudge her out of this.
- Ship Tease: With Peter, and a bit with Sylar.
- Ability: Create Forcefields
Jeremy Greer (Mark L. Young)
- Ability: Healing
- Ability: Granulation
Flint Gordon, Jr. (Blake Shields)
- Ability: Pyrokinesis
- Abusive Parents
- Attempted Rape
- Axe Crazy
- Bald of Evil
- Big Damn Villains
- Boom, Headshot: Killed by Building 26 agents in the online graphic novels.
- The Brute: For Pinehearst.
- Card-Carrying Villain
- The Ditz
- Elite Mook
- Playing with Fire
- Those Two Bad Guys: With Knox, and with Meredith (knocking over a liquor store) in a flashback. Whoever he works with he's obviously not the brains of the duo.
- Too Dumb to Live: He makes Peter Petrelli look like a genius. It even gets a Lampshade Hanging!Meredith: God gave you a big sister instead of a brain.
- Taken to its logical conclusion in the graphic novels, where he tries to capture other Evolved Humans to hand over to Building 26, only to get shot in the head after being told they don't negotiate with the enemy.
Benjamin "Knox" Washington
Knox (Jamie Hector)
- Ability: Enhanced strength
- Big Damn Villains
- Card-Carrying Villain: Mainly because his backstory was cut from the show proper. Though it is available in webisode format.
- Disney Death: Possibly: Despite being shown to have been frozen and shattered in the final Volume 3 episode, he was shown on a wanted billboard at Building 26, implying that he was at large.
- Elite Mook
- Emotion Eater: Increases his strength by absorbing the fear of those around him. Without feeding on the fear of others, he is only as strong as a normal person.
- Enigmatic Minion
- Even Evil Has Standards: 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).
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: When he asked why Peter came with him, The German, and Flint when he got trapped in Jesse's body, Peter told him he couldn't let them hurt people. Knox thinks he is lying, refusing to believe anyone is that heroic.
- Luckily My Powers Will Protect Me
- Scary Black Man
- Super Strength
- Those Two Bad Guys: With Flint.
- Villainous Friendship: With Jesse.
Jesse Murphy (Francis Capra)
- Ability: Sound Manipulation
Eric Doyle (David H. Lawrence XVII)
- Ability: Puppet master
- Abusive Uncle: His uncle hated Doyle's obsession with puppets and constantly tried to force him to "man up" and enjoy the great outdoors. After his uncle tossed one of his puppets into the Pacific Ocean, Doyle made him go out for a swim and never come back.
- Bad Powers, Bad People
- Bald of Evil
- The Brute: To Samuel once he joins the Carnival.
- Chronic Villainy: He makes several attempts to be a good person, but each one inevitably fails and he returns to being a crazy killer.
- Fat Bastard
- Heel–Face Turn: Tried one, and succeeded for a while, but eventually he went back to his old ways.
- Parental Abandonment: His parents died in a car wreck when he was five.
- People Puppets
- Reformed, but Rejected
- Serial Killer
- Stalker with a Crush: Towards Meredith Gordon.
- Terms of Endangerment "Hello Barbie."
Candice Wilmer (Missy Peregrym, Rachel Kimsey)
- Ability: Illusion
The German (Ken Lally)
- Ability: Magnetism
"Baron Samedi" (Demetrius Grosse)
- Ability: Impenetrable Skin
Luke Campbell (Dan Byrd)
- Ability: Microwave Emission
- Abusive Parents: He mentioned that his dad was abusive and used to to burn him with cigarettes.
- Creepy Child: "You should see what it does to pacemakers."
- Hero-Worshipper: Or rather Villain Worshipper.
- Irritation Is the Sincerest Form of Flattery
- Kid Sidekick
- The Load
- Morality Pet: Sylar saves him and later spares his life.
- Kind of a big deal for him.
- Pure Energy: He microwaves stuff.
- The Sociopath: Shows several signs of being one, most notably the pacemaker comment and his worship of a serial killer!
- Sycophantic Servant
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Sylar, of the annoying type 1 variety.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Sylar abandons him in the middle of the desert and tells him to go home to his mother. He is never mentioned again.
- Why Couldn't You Be Different?: Luke runs off with Sylar to get away from his domineering mother.
Samson Gray (John Glover)
- Ability: Intuitive aptitude
- Addiction Displacement: His work as a taxidermist, which he took up to give him something to keep his hands busy.
- All Your Powers Combined: He doesn't even remember all of what he has anymore.
- Axe Crazy
- Awesomeness by Analysis
- Badass Biker: The photos at his place seem to suggest he was when he was younger.
- Beard of Evil
- Bored With Insanity: He quit being a villain when he realized that all the killing and power-stealing was meaningless and without purpose.
- Chronic Villainy: He really did mean to quit being a villain and die in peace. And then along came Sylar and his Healing Factor...
- Dying Alone: Sylar's punishment for what he did.
- Evil Mentor: Very, very briefly.
- The Gift
- Good Smoking, Evil Smoking: Evil, obviously.
- Horror Hunger
- The Hunter
- Hunting the Most Dangerous Game: He loves his hunting metaphors.
- Hypno Ray: The sedation ability kind of looks like this.
- In the Blood
- Luke, You Are My Father
- Mind over Matter
- Nietzsche Wannabe
- Retired Monster
- Serial Killer
- Smoking Is Cool: Subverted as he is dying of lung cancer.
- The Sociopath: 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.
- This Is Your Brain on Evil
- With Great Power Comes Great Insanity
- You Will Be Assimilated
James Martin (Bill Hooper)
- Ability: Shapeshifting