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Daniel Linderman
Linderman face.jpg
Portrayed by Malcolm McDowell,
Casey Kringlen (in 1961)
First appearance Parasite
In-story stats
Known ability Healing
Alias Austin
Date of death November 7, 2006
Home Las Vegas, NV,
Denver, CO
Residence Two-story home (childhood residence)
Occupations Founding member and former chairman of the Company,
Founder of the Linderman Group,
former U.S. Army Corporal (served as a field medic)
Parents Unnamed father,
Unnamed mother

Daniel Linderman was a founding member of the Company, who went on to become its chairman. Linderman also founded the Linderman Group, ran several casinos and was a mafia overlord. He was an evolved human with the ability to heal any living thing with physical contact.


Outwardly, Linderman appeared as an eccentric and genial elderly businessman. Behind this mask he holds for others, however, Linderman is quite ruthless, cold-blooded and an expert on manipulation. Linderman was able to track down and re-connect with his old Army friend, Arthur Petrelli. Later, Linderman, Arthur and ten others, were brought together by Adam Monroe. Working together, Linderman and the group used their abilities to help mankind, until the group effectively fell apart. Linderman made his own plans to help "heal" the world, working with Angela Petrelli to put a plan into motion to destroy New York City. The plans were foiled at the last moment, however, and Linderman was killed.

Character History

Season One

For an episode-by-episode summary, see Daniel Linderman: Season One History.

Linderman helps Nathan Petrelli in his run for United States congressman, even making personal phone calls and loaning money to him. Meanwhile, Niki Sanders owes Linderman two million dollars, which she cannot repay. Linderman eventually hatches a plot, sending Miss Sakamoto to Niki, telling her that the debt is off if she can seduce Nathan, who is staying at Linderman's casino, with hopes to get more money for his campaign. Niki eventually succeeds, and Linderman records the encounter, using the tape to blackmail Nathan if the need arises.

Six months prior, it is revealed that Arthur Petrelli, Nathan's father, was Linderman's lawyer. Nathan is asked by the DA to prosecute Linderman, which would look bad for Arthur. Before Nathan can do it, however, he and his wife Heidi Petrelli are hit by a black SUV, paralyzing Heidi. Nathan thinks they were hit by Linderman's thugs, and it was an attempt to get him to stop the prosecution. Shortly after, Arthur is revealed to have died, supposedly from a heart attack. In the present, Linderman's representative Aron Malsky retrieves Niki's debt from D.L. Hawkins, Niki's husband. In return, Linderman sends Malsky to release Niki from prison, after she had turned herself in for murder to protect her family. Malsky steals the money he had gotten from D.L., so Linderman hires Jessica Sanders, Niki's violent alter-ego, to kill Malsky.

After she does so, he tells her to kill Nathan, who is about to meet with Linderman, but cooperating with the FBI in order to expose him and kill him. Niki fails to kill Nathan, and so his meeting with Linderman takes place. Linderman puts on a cultured facade, promising that Nathan will win the election, and even heals Heidi's paralysis. He has Candice Wilmer kidnap Niki's son, Micah Sanders, and uses his power to win Nathan the election. Linderman's plan, as he reveals to Nathan, is to let Nathan's brother Peter explode as foretold by Isaac Mendez, wiping out half of New York City. This would eventually cause the country to unite under Nathan, through grief and fear.

After the election, Niki and D.L. find Linderman alone in his office, wanting to find Micah and make Linderman pay for taking him. Linderman tries to bribe Niki to kill D.L., but Niki rejects the offer. Linderman pulls a gun and fires at Niki, but D.L. steps in front of her and takes the bullet. As Linderman prepares to fire at Niki again, D.L. phases his hand into the back of the man's head, killing him.

Season Two

For an episode-by-episode summary, see Daniel Linderman: Season Two History.

Bob Bishop goes in great detail about Linderman's involvement with the Company, recalling on things that he said and times that he spent with Linderman. Bob explains that Linderman was one of Adam Monroe's "disciple" and that the attack on New York was essentially Adam's idea. Bob compares Claire Bennet's blood to Linderman's healing ability. Kaito Nakamura also explains Linderman's involvement with the Company, stating that he is one of the original founders of the Company.

Season Three

For an episode-by-episode summary, see Daniel Linderman: Season Three History.

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Graphic Novel:From the Files of Primatech, Part 1

In 1963, Linderman sits and listens to Chris Coolidge's concert alongside Angela, Bobby and Charles. When Bob finds what they are doing confusing, Linderman tells Angela not to waste her time explaining it to him, as he will never get it. When Kaito Nakamura introduces himself and Charles explains that Kaito has "escaped his destiny", Linderman scoffs at the idea as he does not think anybody talks like that. While their friends are dancing, Linderman and Charles discuss Chris and Linderman wonders what it would have been like if they had had him at the Coyote Sands.

Graphic Novel:From the Files of Primatech, Part 2

In 1963, Chris Coolidge starts a riot with his ability. Linderman helps to heal the injured people with his ability. Then, he tries to stop Bobby from joining the riot. Later, he convinces Chris to try to stop what he had started using his power.

Graphic Novel:From the Files of Primatech, Part 6

In 1988, Angela, Charles, Bob, and Thompson visit Claude in this hospital after Claude and Thompson's attack during their mission. Angela tells Claude that he should thank Linderman and some of the Company's wonderful physicians for being awake.

Webisode:Dark Matters, Part 5

Linderman's name is included on the board that Quentin Frady creates.

Brave New World

A junior high school in Los Angeles is named after Daniel Linderman.

Graphic Novel:Godsend, Part 2

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Graphic Novel:Godsend, Part 3

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Graphic Novel:Godsend, Part 5

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Heroes Evolutions

A Hero's Quest

In Hiro's ninth blog post, "Memories of Maury", Hiro looks through old paperwork from the Company. Hiro says that he believes Linderman brought Maury Parkman into the Company.

Evolved Human Abilities

Linderman has the ability to heal others, which he has used on several occasions, such as:

Heroes Reborn App

Prior to Heroes Reborn starting, an app was released with a video summary of Linderman's history. The summary included:

Memorable Quotes

"You see, I think there comes a time when a man has to ask himself whether he wants a life of happiness or a life of meaning."

"I'd like to have both."

"It can't be done. Two very different paths. I mean, to be truly happy a man must live absolutely in the present, and with no thought of what's gone before, and no thought of what lies ahead. But a life of meaning, a man is condemned to wallow in the past, and obsess about the future."

- Linderman, Nathan (Parasite)

"An explosion of that magnitude would destroy half the population of New York City like that (*snap*)."

"There's six and a half billion people on the planet. That's less than point-zero-seven percent. Come on, that's an acceptable loss by anyone's count."

- Nathan, Linderman (.07%)

"I said that people needed hope, but they trust fear... This tragedy will be a catalyst for good, for change. Out of the ashes, humanity will find a common goal, a united sense of hope, couched in a united sense of fear. And it is your destiny, Nathan, to be the leader who uses this event to rally a city, a nation, a world."

- Linderman (.07%)

"You should have taken the money."

- Linderman (to Niki) (Landslide)


  • According to James Clark, the role of Mr. Linderman was down to two actors: Malcolm McDowell and David Bowie.
  • It is unclear what role (if any) Mr. Linderman played in the death row inmate's confession to Jessica's crimes. (Distractions)
  • Mr. Linderman's Vietnam War history is recorded in a partially censored file found in the Pentagon. In it, his codename is listed as "Austin".
  • Mr. Linderman's exact age is unknown. However, Jason Badower says he remembers reading an email stating that Linderman was 18 years old in November 1968. This would make him about 56 years old in November 2006. It is more likely, however, that he was 18 in November 1961 (otherwise he would be 11 in 1961) making him 63 years old.
  • McDowell said on his character "The man is a healer. He has obviously got a wonderful side to him. He's wonderful with children, wonderful with pets. What more can I say about him? He's the life and soul of a party. He tells a good joke. He's a delightful man and the kind of person that would be a very fine uncle to your children. But having said that, there is a side to him which is a little bit dark, he has this power thing. And he feels that, and I'm not saying that I feel that which is what he feels obviously, is that the world is in such a state that the human race is so decadent and out of - is that me? No. Anyway that, he thinks the answer to that is starting again. And it's obviously a kind of strange way of going about things but there are other people on this planet at the moment I'd say that think the same unfortunately, and they are dangerous. And Linderman, I don't know. He must have had quite an unhappy childhood I think for him to have taken it that far." [1]
  • Tim Kring said, "I looked at Linderman almost as a Bond villain. The Bond movies always have someone new and interesting; Linderman was our first. He was our Dr. No."
  • In chapter 5 of the Takezo Kensei: Sword Saint videos by the Yamagato Fellowship, Mr. Linderman is called "Daniel Linderman." He is also mentioned by name on, and confirmed by Joe Pokaski and Aron Coleite in this CBR Q&A discussion. He was first addressed as "Daniel" in the episode Villains.
  • Mr. Linderman was widely known to have the largest collection of Kensei artifacts in the world. The most guarded of these treasures was Kensei's sword, which Linderman never lent out and was visibly annoyed when Hiro stole it. He claimed to have received the sword in 1977. (Sword Saint)


  • According to the Oxford English Dictionary, a "linder" is "a woollen waistcoat or undershirt".
  • In French, the similar-sounding "lendemain" means "the next day" or "the immediate future".
  • Mr. Linderman's office in the Kirby Plaza building is on the fifty-first floor.
  • Even though Linderman is mentioned many times in Season One, the actor who portrays him, Malcolm McDowell, only acts in three episodes.
  • Linderman owns a casino, meaning that he is incredibly wealthy. Amusingly, the last word he ever says is "money".
  • In German, the dried flowers of the tree "Linde" ("Tilia" in English) have healing powers.
  • The German word "lindern" means to cure an illness or a wound.
  • Linderman has appeared in the show more times dead than alive.

See Also

Fan Theories

Please refer to Theory:Daniel Linderman for fan-created theories and other speculation.

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Daniel Linderman Succeeded by
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