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Enhanced memory

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Enhanced memory
Power eidetic memory.jpg
Charlie helps out with a crossword puzzle.
Originally held by: Charlie Andrews,
Matt Neuenberg (deceased)
Absorbed by: Sylar (lost)
Ability to: Quickly absorb and accurately retain great amounts of information
Examples of enhanced memory

Enhanced memory (also referred to as eidetic memory or enhanced thought processing) is the ability to quickly absorb and accurately retain great amounts of information.





The limits of what a character with this power may remember are not yet known. To date, all of the examples shown are based on information the user has read; whether other information can be recalled is unknown. However, Charlie did state that she was able to remember things whether she wanted to or not.

Charlie Andrews

Charlie was able to remember everything she read since she first manifested this power. She was also able to comprehend and use the knowledge gained almost immediately.

Charlie has the ability to remember everything that has happened in her entire life. She can memorize books word for word that she read in elementary school. She even remembers the night her parents died in a car crash when she was only six months old. (Saving Charlie)

When her aneurysm started to burst, Charlie started to absently recite random information about a Japanese city. (Once Upon a Time in Texas)


Sylar was able to read the owner's manual for a tractor-trailer and immediately use that knowledge to drive the vehicle.

Matt Neuenberg

According to the testing the Company has done on him, Matt Neuenberg has the capability of remembering great amounts of information. With the aid of a goggle device, Matt is able to store an entire mainframe computer's worth of data and have his brain be a makeshift backup drive. (Hana and Drucker's Plot Discovered)

Selected Examples

Memorable Quotes

"If you really want to test me, you oughta ask if I remember your credit-card numbers."

- Charlie (Seven Minutes to Midnight)

"Very! Good! Memory!"

"Yeah, I remember lots and lots. It's just something that my brain started doing lately, whether I want it to or not."

- Hiro, Charlie (Seven Minutes to Midnight)

"Lately, I've just been able to remember everything."

"You have power, big memory."

- Charlie, Hiro (Six Months Ago)

"Are you kidding, Einstein? You've got a mind like a search engine."

- Classmate (to Matt Neuenberg) (The Man with Too Much Brains)


  • In a blog entry, Hiro described Charlie's power as being "like Wikipedia, Google, my own Jeeves," referring to popular search engines and online encyclopedias.
  • Sylar says to Peter, "I remember you." It is unknown whether Sylar was using his newly acquired enhanced memory or if he was simply remembering Peter on his own. (Parasite)
  • In an interview, writer R.D. Hall said, "I'd say [Charlie's power] is more just her remembering anything--whatever she reads, whatever she sees. Matt's is all visual...Matt is more like a card reader. You put in an SD card, he'll read it." However, Elle states that Matt is also an audible learner (Hana and Drucker's Plot Discovered).
  • According to Heroes: Survival, Pacy McNeil has the ability of "photographic memory and reflexes". It is unknown if this ability refers to enhanced memory, adoptive muscle memory, or a different ability altogether.
  • Hiro has traveled in time and altered the timeline, so Sylar didn't kill Charlie and never acquired her ability. Instead, he used his own abilities to save Charlie as part of a deal with Hiro.

See Also

Fan Theories

Please refer to Theory:Enhanced memory for fan-created theories and other speculation.

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