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Heroes has a storytelling method that involves taking a number of separate unrelated storylines and slowly bringing them all together as time goes by. This creates a huge cast of supporting characters that can be difficult to keep track of.
This page lists all powered characters appearing on the main show and in webisodes, in person or in dialog, as well as every relative of the main characters to have appeared in person, and every other character seen in at least three episodes. The characters are sorted into three categories and arranged by number of episode appearances. It should be noted that only actual visual appearances are included in the episode count, and that episodes where a character only appear in re-used footage is not included in the count.
The list is complete as of Brave New World, the 78th episode and series finale.
|Claire Bennet||Hayden Panettiere||73||Rapid cell regeneration|
|Peter Petrelli||Milo Ventimiglia||69||Empathic mimicry|
|Hiro Nakamura||Masi Oka||661||Space-time manipulation|
|Sylar||Zachary Quinto||622||Intuitive aptitude|
|Ando Masahashi||James Kyson Lee||61||Ability supercharging S|
|Nathan Petrelli||Adrian Pasdar||593||Flight S|
|Matt Parkman||Greg Grunberg||574||Telepathy|
|Mohinder Suresh||Sendhil Ramamurthy||565||Super strengthS|
|Angela Petrelli||Cristine Rose||51||Precognitive dreaming|
|René||Jimmy Jean-Louis||306||Mental manipulation|
|Micah Sanders||Noah Gray-Cabey||28||Technopathy|
|Niki Sanders||Ali Larter||28||Super strength S, L|
|Tracy Strauss||Ali Larter||247||Freezing S|
|Samuel Sullivan||Robert Knepper||19||Terrakinesis|
|D.L. Hawkins||Leonard Roberts||16||Phasing|
|Daphne Millbrook||Brea Grant||16||Super speed|
|Molly Walker||Adair Tishler||16||Clairvoyance|
|Maya Herrera||Dania Ramirez||15||Deadly tears L|
|Isaac Mendez||Santiago Cabrera||158||Precognition|
|Adam Monroe||David Anders||159||Rapid cell regeneration L|
|Eric Doyle||David H. Lawrence XVII||1310||Puppet master|
|Kaito Nakamura||George Takei||1311||Unknown|
|Bob Bishop||Stephen Tobolowsky||1212||Alchemy|
|Elle Bishop||Kristen Bell||12||Lightning|
|Evan Davis||Ray Campbell||1113||Danger sensing|
|Flint Gordon||Blake Shields||1114||Pyrokinesis|
|Meredith Gordon||Jessalyn Gilsig||10||Pyrokinesis|
|Daniel Linderman||Malcolm McDowell||1015||Healing|
|Usutu||Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine||10||Precognition|
|Benjamin "Knox" Washington||Jamie Hector||10||Fear enhancement|
|Emma Coolidge||Deanne Bray||9||Enhanced synesthesia|
|Edgar||Ray Park||9||Super speed|
|Matty Parkman||Quin and Reed Baron||916||Touch and go|
|Arthur Petrelli||Robert Forster||9||Power absorption|
|West Rosen||Nicholas D'Agosto||9||Flight|
|Eden McCain||Nora Zehetner||8||Persuasion|
|Ted Sprague||Matthew John Armstrong||8||Induced radioactivity|
|Chris Bowman||Daryl Crittenden||7||Fire breathing|
|Alejandro Herrera||Shalim Ortiz||7||Deadly tears negation|
|Reginald Stanley||Brian Estwick||713||Super strength|
|Candice Wilmer||Missy Peregrym||717||Illusion|
|Charlie Andrews||Jayma Mays||618||Enhanced memory|
|Monica Dawson||Dana Davis||6||Adoptive muscle memory|
|Maury Parkman||Alan Blumenfeld||6||Telepathy|
|Damien||Harry Perry||5||Memory manipulation|
|Nana Dawson||Nichelle Nichols||5||Unknown|
|Claude Rains||Christopher Eccleston||5||Invisibility|
|Amanda Strazzulla||Sasha Pieterse||5||Spontaneous combustion|
|Arnold||Jack Wallace||419||Space-time manipulation|
|Charles Deveaux||Richard Roundtree||420||Telepathy|
|Rachel Mills||Taylor Cole||4||Teleportation|
|Gail Bowman||Erin O'Reilly||3||Fire breathing|
|Jennie Bowman||Kaleigh Ryan||3||Fire breathing|
|Luke Campbell||Dan Byrd||3||Microwave emission|
|James Martin||Bill Hooper||321||Shape shifting|
|Ian Michaels||Adam Lazarre-White||322||Plant growth|
|Jesse Murphy||Francis Capra||3||Sound manipulation|
|Danny Pine||Franc Ross||3||Metal mimicry|
|Baron Samedi||Demetrius Grosse||3||Impenetrable skin|
|Joseph Sullivan||Andrew Connolly||323||Emotion control|
|Becky Taylor||Tessa Thompson||3||Invisibility|
|Unnamed carny||Nick Ubaldi||325||Unknown|
|Stephen Canfield||Andre Royo||2||Gravitational manipulation|
|Mrs. Comey||Unknown||213||Heat generation|
|The German||Ken Lally||2||Magnetism|
|Hana Gitelman||Stana Katic||2||Digital communication|
|Samson Gray||John Glover||226||Intuitive aptitude|
|Jeremy Greer||Mark L. Young||2||Healing|
|Sanjog Iyer||Javin Reid||2||Dream manipulation|
|Ishi Nakamura||Tamlyn Tomita||227||Healing|
|Scott||Chad Faust||2||Super strength S|
|Alex Woolsley||Justin Baldoni||2||Underwater breathing|
|Game Operator||John Lee Ames||228||Telekinesis|
|Bridget Bailey||Tehmina Sunny||1||Clairsentience|
|Caleb||Dusty Sorg||1||Spider mimicry|
|Brian Davis||David Berman||1||Telekinesis|
|Echo DeMille||Kiko Ellsworth||1||Sound manipulation|
|Paulette Hawkins||Tina Lifford||1||Ability supercharging|
|Sue Landers||Elizabeth Ann Bennett||1||Lie detection|
|Tom Miller||Clint Howard||1||Shattering|
|Victoria Pratt||Joanna Cassidy||1||Unknown|
|Richard||Stephen Monroe Taylor||1||Telekinesis|
|Alice Shaw||Diana Scarwid||1||Weather control|
|Mr. Shaw||Zachary Knower||1||Seismic burst|
|Dale Smither||Rusty Schwimmer||1||Enhanced hearing|
|Mr. Taylor||Everett Kelsey||1||Seismic burst|
|Zane Taylor||Ethan Cohn||1||Melting|
|Trevor Zeitlan||Jeff Staron||1||Shattering|
|Repairman||Justin Dray||1||Seismic burst|
|The Constrictor||Mark Steger||Web||Constriction|
|Edward||Jose Yenque||Web||Accelerated probability|
|Elisa||Lina Esco||Web||Water mimicry|
|Santiago||Roberto Urbina||Web||Accelerated probability|
S These characters where given their abilities synthetically.
L These characters have, willingly or unwillingly, lost their abilities without regaining them.
1 Including 1 episode (1x17) in which Hiro Nakamura only appeared as a child, played by Garrett Masuda.
2 Including 1 episode (1x03, shot prior to the casting of Zachary Quinto), in which Sylar briefly appeared, played by an unknown extra, 1 episode (3x23) in which Sylar only appeared shapeshifted into Nathan, 3 episodes (4x02, 4x03 and 4x15) in which Sylar only appears in dreams and visions, and 1 episode (4x01) where he appears both shapeshifted into Nathan Petrelli and in dreams and visions, but not as himself.
3 Including 5 episodes (4x01, 4x06, 4x09, 4x11 and 4x12) in which "Nathan Petrelli" only appears as Sylar's new persona, and 1 episode (4x04) where Nathan appears only in flashbacks (played by Jayson Blair and Sam Cohen) and as as Sylar's new persona.
4Not including 1 episode (4x14) in which Matt Parkman (Greg Grunberg) was credited, but only appeared in reused footage.
5 Not including 6 episodes (1x07, 1x10, 2x08, 3x03, 3x19 and 4x13) in which Mohinder Suresh (Sendhil Ramamurthy) was credited, but only provided voice-over narration for, and did not visually appear.
6 Not including 1 episode (3x01) in which The Haitian (Jimmy Jean-Louis) was credited, but did not appear.
7 Not including 1 episode (4x12) in which Tracy Strauss (Ali Larter) was credited, but only appeared in reused footage.
8 Not including 1 episode (4x08) in which Isaac Mendez (Santiago Cabrera) was credited, but only appeared in reused footage.
9 Including 1 episode (4x16) in which Adam Monroe (David Anders) only appeared in a dream sequence.
10 Including 1 episode (4x12) in which Eric Doyle (David H. Lawrence XVII) appeared without being credited.
11 Including 1 episode (2x10) in which Kaito Nakamura only appeared as a young man, played by Eijiro Ozaki, and 1 episode (4x16) in which Kaito (George Takei) only appeared in a dream sequence.
12 Including 1 episode (3x23) in which Bob Bishop only appeared as a teen, played by H. Michael Croner.
13 Although appearing in multiple episodes, the actors playing these characters have never received official credit
14 Including 1 episode (3x01) in which Flint Gordon (Blake Shields) appeared without being credited.
15 Including 5 episodes (3x01, 3x02, 3x03, 3x05 and 3x06) in which Daniel Linderman (Malcolm McDowell) only appeared as an mental projection created by Maury Parkman, and 1 episode (3x23) in which he only appeared as a teen, played by Casey Kringlen.
16 Including 1 episode (3x01) in which Matty Parkman (Quin and Reed Baron) appeared without being credited, 2 episodes (4x01 and 4x02) in which Matty only appeared as played by an unknown extra, and 1 episode (2x05) in which Matty Parkman only appeared as a mental projection of Maury Parkman, played by an unknown extra.
17 Including 1 episode (2x03) in which Candice Wilmer only appeared as her new persona, Michelle, played by Rachel Kimsey.
18 Including 1 episode (4x06) in which Charlie Andrews only appeared played by an unknown extra, and 1 episode (4x19) in which Charlie only appeared as an old woman, played by K Callan.
19 Including 1 episode (3x23) in which Arnold only appeared as a young man, played by William Charlton, and 1 episode (4x08) in which Arnold only appeared partially seen, played by an unknown extra.
20 Including 1 episode (3x23) in which Charles Deveaux only appeared as a teen, played by Edwin Hodge.
21 Including 3 episodes (3x21, 3x22 and 3x25) where the flesh and blood James Martin was portrayed by Zachary Quinto. In addition Kevin Alejandro, Manuel Urrego, and Željko Ivanek all appeared as Martin in 3x21, this due to Martin's ability of shape shifting. Martin's original appearance (as portrayed by Bill Hooper) was only shown in photos in 2 of these episodes (3x21 and 3x22).
22 Including 1 episode (4x17) in which Ian Michaels (Adam Lazarre-White) appeared without being credited.
23 Including 1 episode (4x13) in which Joseph Sullivan only appeared as a teenager, played by Doug Haley.
24 Including 2 episodes (4x17 and 4x19) in which Teddy (Edward Gusts) appeared without being credited.
25 Including 2 episodes (4x09 and 4x17) in which this unnamed carny (Nick Ubaldi) appeared without being credited.
26 Including 1 episode (3x18) in which Samson Gray only appeared as a young man, played by an unknown extra.
27 Including 1 episode (4x16) in which Ishi Nakamura (Tamlyn Tomita) only appeared in a dream sequence.
28 Including 1 episode (4x17) in which the game operator (John Lee Ames) appeared without being credited.
29 Although never seen live in the series, these characters have appeared in photos.
|Noah Bennet||Jack Coleman||73||Claire's adoptive father.|
|Sandra Bennet||Ashley Crow||38||Claire's adoptive mother.|
|Mr. Muggles||Lestat||231||Claire's family pet.|
|Lyle Bennet||Randall Bentley||18||Claire's adoptive brother.|
|Janice Parkman||Lisa Lackey||172||Matt's ex-wife.|
|Kimiko Nakamura||Saemi Nakamura||73||Hiro's sister.|
|Heidi Petrelli||Rena Sofer||74||Nathan's ex-wife.|
|Monty Petrelli||Jackson Wurth||6||Nathan's youngest son.|
|Simon Petrelli||Justin Evans||6||Nathan's eldest son.|
|Virginia Gray||Ellen Greene||45||Sylar's adoptive mother.|
|Chandra Suresh||Erick Avari||46||Mohinder's father.|
|Damon Dawson||Carlon Jeffery||3||Monica's brother.|
|Martin Gray||Ned Schmidtke||27||Sylar's adoptive father.|
|Mrs. Suresh||Sakina Jaffrey||2||Mohinder's mother.|
|Kate Bennet||Sherri Saum||1||Noah's first wife.|
|Mrs. Gray||Natalie Salins||1||Sylar's biological mother.|
|Gloria Herrera||Sabrina Perez||1||Maya's sister-in-law.|
|Hal Sanders||Graham Beckel||1||Niki's adoptive father.|
|Mrs. Shaw||Ginger Pauley||18||Angela's mother.|
1 Including 1 episode (1x13) in which Mr. Muggles was played by a stand-in dog due to a schedule conflict. All of Mr. Muggles' appearances have been uncredited.
2 Including 1 episode (2x05) in which Janice Parkman (Lisa Lackey) only appeared as a mental projection of Maury Parkman.
3 Including 1 episode (4x16) in which Kimiko Nakamura only appeared in a dream sequence, as a child, played by Satomi Okuno.
4 Including 2 episode (4x13 and 4x14) in which Martin Gray only appeared as a background character, portrayed by an unknown extra.
5 Including 1 episode (3x18) in which Virginia Gray only appeared as a young woman, portrayed by an unknown extra, 1 episode (3x24) in which Ellen Greene (Virginia) only appeared as Sylar, shapeshifted into his mother, and 1 episode (4x06) in which Virginia only appeared as a fragment of Sylar's memory.
6 Including 1 episode (3x23) in which Chandra Suresh only appeared as a young man, played by Ravi Kapoor.
7 Including 1 episode (3x18) in which Martin Gray only appeared as a young man, portrayed by an unknown extra.
8 Including 1 episode (3x23) in which Ginger Pauley (Mrs. Shaw) appeared uncredited.
1 Not including 1 episode (1x05) in which Simone Deveaux (Tawny Cypress) was credited, but did not appear; Including 1 episode (1x18) in which Simone Deveaux (Tawny Cypress) only appeared as an illusion created by Candice Wilmer.
2 Including 1 episode (4x16) in which Jackie Wilcox (Danielle Savre) only appeared in a dream sequence.
3 Including 1 episode (4x16) in which Lynette (Sally Champlin) only appeared in a dream sequence.
4 Including 1 episode (4x12) in which Nurse Hammer (Carlease Burke) only appeared as Sylar in disguise, using shapeshifting.
5 Including 1 episode (3x23) in which Dr. Zimmerman only appeared as a young man, uncredited and played by Jon Donahue.