Characters: Heroes The Company
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Mr. Daniel Linderman
A Las Vegas businessman/mob boss, Linderman is in fact a ruthless puppetmaster and the leader of the 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, 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.
- Anti-Villain: It's hinted by Volume 3 that he was this, 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.
- Affably Evil: He is played by Malcolm McDowell, after all. Linderman acts more like a kindly grandfather then a mob boss. Hell, the first thing he does when he is confronted in Vegas was offer the person accosting him a pot pie.
- Beard of Evil
- Big Bad: Split between him and Sylar in Volume One.
- Big Eater: He's a man of incredible means but seems to enjoy cooking most, believing that people are at their happiest when eating.
- The Chessmaster
- Cool Old Guy
- Dark Messiah
- Even Evil Has Standards: Linderman gets sick of having to watch Arthur routinely brainwash Angela.
- He also began to have doubts about Arthur making a second assassination attempt against Nathan.
- 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.
- Evil Brit: Kind of. Linderman was portrayed by Scottish actor Malcolm McDowell, 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.
- Evil Old Folks
- Friend to All Children: He takes a real liking to Micah and helps him use his gifts for what he believes to be the greater good.
- Freudian Excuse: 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.
- Good Powers, Bad People
- Healing Hands
- Large Ham
- Loan Shark
- Manipulative Bastard
- 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.
- Visionary Villain
- Well-Intentioned Extremist
- You Said You Would Let Them Go: Subverted: When DL Hawkins gives Lindermann's Amoral Attorney Lindermann's fees, the Amoral Attorney implies that Linderman was backing out on the deal. However, the next episode has Jessica killing the Amoral Attorney for stealing the funds to buy diamonds for himself, implying that Linderman actually intended to keep his word.
One of the twelve founding members of the Company, Angela's estranged husband, and father to Peter, Nathan, and 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.
- All Your Powers Combined/Combo Platter Powers/Mega Manning: Much like Rogue of the X-Men, 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:
- Amoral Attorney: For Linderman, before the events of Volume One.
- Big Bad: Of Volume Three.
- Dangerously Genre Savvy: About the only good thing about him.
- Deadpan Snarker
- The Dreaded: The otherwise unflappable Adam Monroe has a full-blown panic attack when he sees that Arthur is alive. Unfortunately most of his scenes after that (besides stealing Peter and Hiro's powers) make one wonder why anyone was ever scared of him.
- Evil Old Folks
- Evil Overlord: Fits pretty much every item on the checklist.
- Eviler than Thou: 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!
- And as of Our Father, he got his own Eviler-ing at the hands of Sylar.
- Evilutionary Biologist: He's not a biologist, but this is his motivation.
- Faking the Dead
- Faux Affably Evil: He's polite and charming but he's an utterly ruthless, cold-hearted monster beneath it.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: His plan might have succeeded had he not made the mistake of pissing off Sylar.
- Invincible Villain: After stealing Peter's powers.
- It's All About Me: 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.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: NOT Sylar.
- Manipulative Bastard: The best case being trying to manipulate Sylar into believing he was the lost Petrelli son. Really smart move, Arthur.
- Offing the Offspring: He doesn't hesitate to try and kill Peter and Nathan at the first sign of trouble.
- Orcus on His Throne: 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.
- The Other Darrin: 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.
- Physical God: Thanks to effective power stealing, including Peter's copying power, Arthur can basically do anything at this point. Go read the list of Physical God traits. He has most of them.
- Pretty Little Headshots: Dies via a neat bullet to his head by Peter and Sylar. (Peter may have fired the gun, but Sylar dealt the killing blow.)
- Screw Destiny: He knows that all of the show's precogs and time travelers are predicting that his plan will end in an Earth-Shattering Kaboom, but he believes he can avert it. Which is not entirely unreasonable for a Time Master.
- Smug Snake: The man redefines smugness. Sadly he pissed off Sylar who redefines the term .
- The Sociopath
- The Stoic: No evil laughter for this one, folks.
- Too Powerful to Live: With all of Peter's former powers, most notably Hiro's ability, he pretty much had to die for the show to continue.
- Superpower Lottery: Like Sylar, but he doesn't have to kill people. And now he has all of Peter's powers too... and unlike Pete, he seems to have perfect control over all of them.
- Tempting Fate: He tells Peter he doesn't have the guts to shoot him. Needless to say, he was wrong.
- Villainous Breakdown: 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.
- Visionary Villain
- We Can Rule Together: To Peter and Nathan. Peter doesn't fall for it. Nathan, on the other hand...
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: He believes that he can use the Super Serum to grant good powers to the best people and thus make the world a better place. Unfortunately, in the Heroes 'verse, Never Be a Hero 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).
- Why Couldn't You Be Different?: Treats Peter like this long before he shows up as a villain.
Robert "Bob" Bishop
Bob Bishop (Stephen Toblowsky)
One of the twelve founders of the Company, who takes it over in Volume 2 after the death of Linderman
, claiming he wishes to return it to its original purpose of safeguarding Evolved Humans and killing or capturing the evil ones. He experimented on his own daughter, Elle, to test the limits of her abilities, leaving her a dangerous psychopath. Killed by Sylar off-screen during Volume 3.
- Abusive Parents: To Elle.
- Alchemy: He has the power to turn anything into gold.
- Affably Evil
- Black and Gray Morality: He seems to operate on this principal, going from a affable morally gray anti-hero to a outright villain, sometimes in the same episode.
- Boring, but Practical: Both his power and the man himself. Unlike his Magnificent Bastard 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.
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: A case of Real Life Writes the Plot: Stephen Toblowsky was injured in an accident and had to wear a neck brace, making it impractical for him to keep appearing.
- Evil Counterpart: To Noah, just as Elle is Claire's Evil Counterpart.
- First Name Basis: He insists that everyone call him Bob.
- Hollywood Nerd
- Jerkass: Mostly to Elle. He's pretty affable with everyone else.
- Manipulative Bastard
- The Sociopath: Possibly. He completely disregards dead agents, subjected his own daughter to torture to figure out the limits of her powers, erased her mind of some of the worst of those events, turned a man into gold, etc. all without a hint of regret.
- The Password Is Always Swordfish: He uses "Midas" as his password.
- Pet the Dog: His actions towards Monica Dawson.
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.
"We have the power of gods. That does not mean we can play God."
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.
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.
Evolved Human Agents
The Haitian / Rene
The Haitian (Jimmy Jean-Louis)
Ability: Mental Manipulation
A walking, not-talking Deus Ex Machina. He works alongside H.R.G., but also carries out tasks for Angela Petrelli. When he is not pursuing his own agenda of course.
Eden Mc Cain
Eden McCain (Nora Zehetner)
Born Sarah Ellis, Eden was a mole
for the Company
that lived next door to Chandra Suresh. She was a petty criminal before being recruited by the Company. She fell in love with Mohinder while spying on him, and swore to get revenge on Sylar for his fathers murder.
Candice Willmer (Missy Peregrym, Rachel Kimsey)
Ability: Create Illusions
Born Betty, Candice is an agent of the Company who works directly for Thompson and Linderman who has the ability to create illusions. Tormented as a child for the way she looked, she took revenge on her classmates by driving them insane. She was later recruited by the Company and became one of their top agents.
A former dentist assisstant recruited by the Company after discovering a painting by Isaac Mendez of her death. She became a mole for Evs Dropper after discovering the Company had erased some of her memory, but eventully broke off contact with them after falling in love with her partner, Eric Thompson Jr. and deciding that Evs Dropper was just as manipulative as the Company. She was killed in the final battle against Evs Droper, just as Isaac had painted.
Ability: Face Alteration
A former world renowned make-up artist, Connie was recruited into the Company and partnered with her daughter Penny, using her ability to transform a persons face and vocal cords for 24 hours to successfully carry out dozens of missions. Noted for her extreme narcissism and obsession with beauty. She is also one half of "Evs Dropper", seeking revenge with her daughter on the Company for using her husband as a lab rat to create hundreds of clones.
A former petty crime lord in Belgium, Dumont was captured by the Company and convinced to become an agent. He was killed in the line of duty, but numerous clones of his continue to exist and serve the Company. He is actually being kept in a coma inside a Level 5 cell in order to be farmed for new clones to serve the Company. His wife Connie is one-half of Evs Dropper alongside another clone.
Bianca Karina (Nancy McCrumb)
Ability: Adaptive Lungs
A Company agent whose lungs can adapt to breathe in any enviroment. She is engaged to Gael Cruz and partnered with Devin Patterson.
Ability: Disintegration Touch
Felicia is a trainer for the Company with the ability to disintegrate anything she touches.
Ability: Acid Secretion
- Frame-Up: Evs Dropper makes him look like he is behind the murder of five human agents, causing Gael, Thompson Jr., and Devin to hunt him down. Thompson wants to capture him, but Devin shoots him when he thinks Cushing is about to kill Thomson.
- I Work Alone: The Company had trouble finding a partner to work with him since he would drop off the grid for months at a time and disliked working with others. However, he and Thompson Jr. got along well and were eventually teamed up.
- Red Shirt
Eric Thompson, Sr.
Eric Thompson, Sr.
A high ranking Company operative and trainer, Thompson brought Noah into the Company and raised his son to be an agent. He served directly under Linderman and was involved in the plot to destroy New York City.
Lauren Gilmore (Elisabeth Rohm)
- Action Girl
- Badass Normal
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: When still working for the Company, Lauren had The Haitian erase her memories involving her attraction and flirtation with Noah since she did not want to be the cause of him cheating on his wife.
- Remember the New Guy: She was a Company Agent who worked with Noah and they were at the Burnt Toast Diner the day of Charlie's death.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: She looks a lot like Tracy and resumes working with Noah after Tracy with him. It's suspected that her story arc with Noah was originally intended for Tracy.
Gael Cruz (Kanin Howell)
Eric Thompson, Jr.
Eric Thompson, Jr.
The partner of Bianca and a friend of Thompson.