|Portrayed by||Stephen Tobolowsky, |
H. Michael Croner (in 1961)
|First appearance||Four Months Later...|
|Formal name||Robert Bishop|
|Date of death||March 21, 2007|
|Occupations||Founding member and former chairman of the Company, |
Primatech Paper Co. regional sales manager
|Significant other||Elle's unnamed mother (deceased)|
|Child||Elle Bishop (deceased)|
Robert "Bob" Bishop was one of the Company's founders who, in the wake of the death of Daniel Linderman, ran the Company. He was an evolved human with the ability to turn anything he touched to solid gold and the father of Elle Bishop.
For an episode-by-episode summary, see Bob Bishop: Season Two History.
A mysterious man, Bob approaches Mohinder at a lecture about his research on the Shanti virus. When told that the funding would be extremely expensive, Bob transforms the spoon he is holding into gold, telling Mohinder that they have their "own private Fort Knox". Bob recruits Mohinder to join the Company to cure people ailing from the virus and helping research the virus further. Nathan Petrelli shows Matt Parkman a photo of a group of twelve that includes Bob. Nathan remarks that he does not know Bob's last name.
Mohinder brings Molly to the Company for treatment. Bob promises that he will care for her before giving Mohinder an assignment to find another evolved human and giving him a taser. Jessica breaks out of her confinement and attacks him only to be stopped when Mohinder electrocutes her. Niki is confined in a hospital bed. Bob tells her that multiple personality disorder is a serious problem and tries to reassure her. After Mohinder brings in Monica, he tells Mohinder he will test a variation of the Shanti virus on Monica. Mohinder explains that they could create an incurable version of the virus, and that it can spread, but Bob treats it as a risk they need to take. Mohinder tries to reason that Monica is a nice girl who loves her ability, but Bob is still willing to make Mohinder inject her. Later, Mohinder comes up to Bob and tells him that he will not inject the virus into Monica to take away her ability, throwing the syringe away. Bob tells him that they'll find someone else to do it, and there's plenty more of the virus left over. Mohinder throws a stool at a storage cabinet full of vials and tells Bob that he's taking Molly. Bob apologizes to Mohinder and explains that he has been with the Company for thirty years, and they have made many difficult decisions, some of which he still regrets. Bob explains that in dealing with a dangerous individual, he made a poor decision in forcing Mohinder to give Monica the virus. Mohinder remembers the file with Adam Monroe's name written on it, and Bob agrees. Bob explains that Mohinder is with the Company not just for his research or his blood, but to keep them in line. Mohinder notes that Molly is not ready to leave, and that he does not trust Bob at all, and Bob explains that he has someone who will help with Mohinder's trust issues.
Bob suggests that the Shanti virus be used on Maury, who has come to kill Bob. However, Maury uses his ability to put Niki in a dream and D.L. tells her to kill Bob. In order to stop herself, she injects the virus in herself. Mohinder tries to treat her with his antibodies, but finds that the virus has mutated and cannot be stopped by his blood. When he tells this to Bob, Bob decides to destroy all the vials of the virus they have, and that they must find Claire. Bob explains that her regenerative ability may help save Niki. Mohinder tells Bob that he has been working with Noah Bennet to take down the Company and he does not know what is right anymore. After Mohinder's confession, Bob gives Mohinder a Company issue gun. Bob also tells Nathan that Peter is still alive, and shows him video surveillance to prove it.
Bob plans a mission with Mohinder and Elle to capture Claire to get her blood. After Claire is captured and takes some of her blood, Bob receives a call from Noah that he has captured Elle and wants Claire back. Outside Costa Verde, Bob is present at the trade off with Elle and Claire being swapped. As soon as West flies Claire away, Elle shoots West and Claire, sending them plummeting to the ground, and Noah shoots Elle in the arm. Bob attends to Elle and Noah points the gun at his head. Just before he can pull the trigger, Mohinder shoots Noah. Bob visits the Bennets to pay his condolences, leaving a jar of ashes with them. Bob gets into his car with Elle and asks her if she can regain his trust. Later, Bob finds that Mohinder has found a cure for the new strain of the Shanti virus. After an argument, Mohinder tells Bob that he wants the Company to destroy all strains of the virus. After healing Noah, Bob tells him that Claire is trying to reveal the Company, and tells him that the Company will have to take drastic measures to keep Claire quiet.
Bob and Elle watch a security feed as Agents Cruz and Karina attempt to apprehend Sylar in Costa Verde and are killed. He blames Elle for allowing Sylar to get away, and expresses doubt in her competence.
In exam room 1 of the Pinehearst building, Elle seeks revenge for the murder of her father at the hands of Sylar. Sylar admits to killing Bob, but he says he will not insult Elle by apologizing for it.
In 1961, Angela Shaw arrives at Coyote Sands, where Bobby is playing catch with another child. Later, Bobby, Linderman, and Charles Deveaux visit the cabin that Angela Shaw and her sister share. Charles tells Angela that Bobby came to tell Angela how beautiful she was. Bob denies it, allowing for Charles to continue flirting.
Later, the same trio of boys meets Angela outside of her cabin. They had overheard her talking to her sister about her nightmares. Charles reveals that they all have powers and Linderman heals Angela's bicycle wreck scar to emphasize this. Angela believes that the doctors can make them go away, but Charles compares what the camp to the World War II camps and the Holocaust. Angela insists they're different. Bob comments that they're "freaks". Charles convinces them that they need to escape and Angela makes a plan. As she goes back to her sister, Angela warns them to not trust Chandra Suresh.
The trio sneak Angela out of the camp and into Coyote Sands Cafe, where she tries to tell the police about the camp. Discouraged because they don't believe her, Angela sits down at the table with the three boys and lectures them on the severity of the situation. Bob offers Angela a fry. Charles takes Angela to the dancefloor, where they dance closely until the chef tells them that interracial dating is not allowed. Charles uses his ability to make everyone pretend nothing happened. As they're leaving, the television reports a severe storm. Angela tells them they have to get back to her sister immediately.
After witnessing the aftermath of the massacre at Coyote Sands, the boys and Angela seek shelter back at the cafe. Bob is visibly shaken by the experience. Angela tells them that she's had another dream and that they're going to form a company. Bob comments that they're "just kids," but Angela tells him "not anymore." She tells them they're going to do what they need to in order to hide their abilities and keep it from happening again; that they will kill as well. She promises that it is a necessary evil.
Bob is remembered as one of Sylar's victims.
In 1963, Bob sits with Angela, Daniel and Charles, listening to Chris Coolidge's concert. Bob says that Chris is terrible and Angela wonders why everyone seems to be enjoying themselves. They talk about the possibility of Chris helping them and when Kaito Nakamura introduces himself, Bob takes the opportunity to go and dance with a woman. While they dance, Chris changes songs and several police officers enter. The woman Bob is dancing with is grabbed by a police officer and Bob tries to help her, but is smashed on the back of the head.
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Bob had the ability of alchemy, which allowed him to convert one element into another, albeit the full extent of his abilities had not been seen he was able to change Hampton Connolly into solid gold. He had only demonstrated the ability once in the show, changing a mundane spoon into solid gold. Bob claimed that this power gave the Company enormous financial resources.
"The Company was formed thirty years ago with a group of like-minded individuals, ordinary men and women who were gifted with extraordinary powers. They wanted to help their own -- to find them and to protect them. We find people, and we make sure they don't become dangerous. Now sometimes that can mean making sure they understand entirely what they're capable of and teaching them to use their abilities for the good of mankind ... and sometimes it can mean eliminating them."
"Bob is morally gray at best."
- Bob was introduced simply as a strange man in episode Four Months Later.... There was no use of his name in episodes or Heroes 360 until episode Lizards.
- According to the episode commentary on Fight or Flight and a Heroes two-screen event during the airing of Four Months Ago..., Bob's full name is Robert Bishop. This was confirmed in Cautionary Tales.
- Stephen Tobolowsky who plays Bob, suffered a broken neck during the hiatus between Season 2 and 3 causing him to film his final scenes in The Butterfly Effect by only looking straight.
- In his Tobolowsky Files the actor said he never knew information about his character's motives: "During the next episodes, I tried to engage Dr. Suresh in finding a cure for the deadly Shanti virus, then it was implied that I was using the virus as a weapon, then it was implied that I was trying to isolate the virus so it would not fall into the wrong hands, then it was implied that I was developing new strains of the virus in a secret lab — I could not keep up with it."
- Bob kept a cello in his office. Whether he was able to play it or not is unknown.
- Bob was with the Company for the past thirty years. (The Line)
- Bob's administrative Company password is "MIDAS," a reference to King Midas, a Greek mythology character who became cursed with the ability to turn objects into gold with a single touch. (Powerless)
Please refer to Theory:Bob Bishop for fan-created theories and other speculation.
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