As Matt's telepathy evolves, it allows him to use precognition.
Examples of Ability Development
As a baby, Tommy Clark absorbed the powers on any evo he came into contact with with no control over it, taking both Claire Bennet and Hiro Nakamura's powers without intent and as such had to be raised separately from his twin sister. (June 13th, Part One, June 13th, Part Two) By 2008, Tommy had enough control to touch his sister without stealing her powers, something Angela Petrelli attributed to their abilities having "matured" as they grew older. (Project Reborn) Tommy was also later able to teleport both Molly Walker and Phoebe Frady without taking their abilities. (June 13th, Part Two, 11:53 to Odessa)
When he was sixteen, Tommy learned how to use his power to temporarily absorb his sister's power without actually stealing it from her, allowing them to effectively share the power. However, he was unable to control the effects of the combined power and had to learn of their need for a conduit to properly use this aspect of his ability. He retained his previously stolen power after disconnecting from Malina due to the nature of their connection as twins rather than lose space-time manipulation in favor of elemental control permanently as he had with Claire's power when he took Hiro's. (Project Reborn, June 13th, Part Two)
Both Edward and Santiago are able to predict probabilities and move at super speeds (Destiny, Part 1), but Edward was able to develop his ability over the years to produce a ball of electricity with it (Destiny, Part 4).
When she first discovered her ability, Bridget Bailey was having trouble controlling it. She would get a memory of any object she touched. After gaining control of her visions, became able to scan the "surface memories" of an object.
When Molly first exhibited this power, she could only find the living (Powerless) but later sees Claire Bennet's body when trying to locate her after being unaware of her death, meaning that she can now find both those who are living and those who are dead. (June 13th, Part One)
Both Elle and a Homeland Security agent could generate electrical arcs (Four Months Ago..., Walls, Part 1). In the explosion future timeline, the DHS agent had developed his ability and could levitate using it (Walls, Part 1). When attacked by Sylar, Elle was able to release a huge blast of electricity which knocked him out and disabled the power grid on Level 5 of Primatech Research (The Butterfly Effect).
When they were alive, both Richard Drucker (Assignment Tracker 2.0) and Hana Gitelman (Wireless, Part 2) were able to manipulate, generate and interpret electronic/digital communications. After the death of their physical bodies, they then transferred their consciousness' into the digital medium (The Death of Hana Gitelman, Part 2).
While unable to stop the H.E.L.E. by herself with her powers, Malina was able to use her powers to stop it when sharing her powers with her twin brother with her grandfather as a conduit. (Project Reborn)
When Peter Petrelli discovered his original ability, he could only mimic the abilities of those in his presence (Genesis) though he managed to access precognition without realizing it. (Don't Look Back) With the help of Claude Rains, Peter began attempting to access the abilities he absorbed without his "benefactors" being around. When Claude throws him off a roof, Peter is able to regenerate without Claire around, the first time he purposefully managed to call upon an ability he'd absorbed. The experience allowed Peter to figure out how to tap into his absorbed abilities without the person he absorbed them from being around. (Distractions) Under more training from Claude, Peter was able to call upon telekinesis, an ability he was exposed to but never mimicked, the first time he called upon an ability he had been exposed to but never used before. Afterwards, he was able to call upon space-time manipulation, flight and invisibility without help or effort and gained full control over his ability to call upon his currently absorbed powers. (Unexpected) After absorbing induced radioactivity, Peter had troubles controlling the power, resulting in him exploding (The Hard Part, How to Stop an Exploding Man) but had enough control over it four months later to safely destroy the Shanti virus. (Powerless) After having his memory erased, Peter lost his memory of how to access his abilities, but gained enough control over some of them to use telekinesis and electrical manipulation. (Volume Two) Before his father took his abilities (Dying of the Light), Peter had access to fifteen absorbed abilities.
Emma Coolidge could initially only see sound as colors with this ability, but when she channeled her frustration through it, she cracked her apartment wall (Hysterical Blindness). Later, Emma was able to learn to channel her ability to call people to her which she used to draw Ian Michaels to her while in Central Park (Upon This Rock), and Peter Petrelli from an unknown distance away in New York City (Close to You), as well as many people to the carnival. In order to defeat him, Emma was able to channel her anger into a blast that knocked Eric Doyle down. (Brave New World)
Originally, Tracy could only freeze objects through touch (The Butterfly Effect). However, after being held captive for some time she was able to build up a 'cold snap'. This 'cold snap', when unleashed (from her entire body), was able to freeze solid everything in a parking garage, even Tracy herself (although she was covered in water at the time) (Cold Snap). Tracy's frozen, shattered body was also able to blink, foreshadowing her return (Cold Snap). As shown in An Invisible Thread, Tracy's ability has evolved past just freezing things. She can now also mimic water. She has also frozen herself (Brother's Keeper).
When Jeremy Greer was 13 years old, he originally had a very powerful ability to heal others: he healed insects, small animals, and even a cut on Noah Bennet's arm. However, in the following few years, Jeremy's ability developed to the point where he would seemingly kill people and other living things just by touching them: he killed a bird, vegetation at his home, and even his father and mother. (Tabula Rasa)
Noah told Peter that there was a woman in China who had the same ability and the same development. He noted that she could "control the flow of life". (Tabula Rasa)
Ted Sprague was initially only able to "burn hot," heating his environment, explosively at times and passively emit radiation (Nothing to Hide). He was later able to "burn bright" and produce an electro-magnetic pulse with his ability to knock out the security systems in a Primatech holding facility, causing no apparent heat or radiation damage to the facility or the person near him (.07%).
Sylar was first only able to use his power to quickly diagnose failures in mechanical watches, making him a very successful watch repairman. After a visit from Chandra Suresh and talking about his research, Sylar surmised that he could use his ability to acquire abilities by studying his victim's brain (Six Months Ago). However, with the aid of Arthur Petrelli, Sylar discovered he could also obtain the ability of another evolved human by means of an empathic connection with the person (similar to empathic mimicry but not as passive) (It's Coming).
At first, this ability was uncontrollable to Luke Collins, (Under the Mask) but he eventually gained enough control over it to purposefully burn a list of evos (The Needs of the Many) and his old home down. (The Lion's Den) After encountering Malina, Luke gained enough control to shoot streams of fire at his enemies. (Sundae, Bloody Sundae, 11:53 to Odessa, Send in the Clones, Company Woman) By channeling the energy of a devastating solar flare, Luke was able to fly though it caused him intense pain to do so. He was also able to detonate himself and the energy he'd gathered in a powerful enough explosion to harmlessly dissipate a solar flare powerful enough to destroy North America at cost of his own life. (Project Reborn)
When she first discovered her ability, Maya needed Alejandro to deactivate her ability for her (Four Months Ago...). Later, with the help of Sylar, she becomes able to deactivate her ability at will (Truth & Consequences).
Both Angela and Peter have shown that this ability is mainly dreaming the future (Fallout). However, she was able to appear in Sylar's dream to convince him to wake up and escape from Level 5 (Eris Quod Sum) and Peter was able to interact with his dreams - by talking to someone in one (How to Stop an Exploding Man) and obtaining an object from another (Truth & Consequences). Peter was also later able to have the same dream twice with the second dream apparently being a continuation of the first and showing more detail. Also, with the first dream he had the same dream his mother had had. (Close to You, The Art of Deception)
Eric Doyle originally was able to control the movements of others (Angels and Monsters). Since then he has shown he can also control the motor functions of objects (Nowhere Man, Part 4). Doyle was also able to control Michael and made him kill himself with his ability. (Doyle)
Meredith is only able to produce an orange flame (The Fix). Her brother was able to increase the intensity of his pyrokinesis, making it "extra hot". His flames now burn blue (Playing with Fire). When injected with adrenaline by Sylar, Meredith exploded and caused a fire that destroyed a building.
For inexperienced shape shifters, taking the form of another person was very painful and required a couple of minutes to complete the transformation. Also, the clothes of the person did not change (Into Asylum). As Sylar became more adept at using the ability, he was able to shift appearances quickly and painlessly, as well as shift his clothes (I Am Sylar). Also, he was able to shift the "sweet spot" in his brain so the chances of killing him with brain penetration would be reduced. (I Am Sylar, An Invisible Thread).
- Mimic song melodies.
- Produce infrasounds.
- Mimic bird calls.
- Convert other forms of energy (eg. electricity) to sound. (Going Postal)
- While concentrating on New York City,Hiro accidentally transports himself there. (Genesis)
- After discovering that he is five weeks in the future and witnessing a nuclear explosion, Hiro is able to teleport himself back to his own time. (Don't Look Back)
- Hiro is able to time travel at will to save Charlie Andrews, but overshoots and goes back six months by accident. (Homecoming, Six Months Ago)
- While trying to avoid getting shot by Hope, Hiro inadvertently reverses time for just a bullet for about a second while not affecting the gun itself. However, he remained unaware of this feat. (Unexpected)
- After getting the Kensei sword, Hiro is able to teleport both himself and Ando out of Linderman's vault without intense concentration and finally being able to take a passenger with him. (Parasite)
- Hiro is able to return himself and Ando to their own time without the guidance of his future self. (Five Years Gone)
- After speaking to his father, Hiro is able to transport himself and later Ando without the aid of the Kensei sword which he learns had never helped him focus his powers as he'd believed. (Landslide)
- After regaining his powers due to Matt Parkman Jr.'s powers, Hiro freezes time around himself and baby Matt without freezing the baby as they were touching. He later replicates this feat by accident with Ando and discovers that when he touches someone, they remain unfrozen with him. (Cold Snap, I Am Sylar)
- Tommy Clark, believing himself to be a simple teleporter, discovers that when he touches something, it goes wherever he imagines it. (Odessa)
- After escaping Evernow, Hiro freezes time around Noah Bennet but leaves Noah unfrozen without having to make physical contact with him. He also freezes time before even fully emerging from Evernow. (Game Over)
- Guided by Hiro, Tommy is able to send Noah back to his own time with just a touch. (June 13th, Part Two)
- After Emily's life is in danger, Tommy discovers the ability to freeze time. (Sundae, Bloody Sundae)
- After freezing time, Tommy is able to unfreeze just his mother by touching her and concentrating. (Company Woman)
- After spending "an eternity" practicing in the Eternal Fortress of Evernow, Tommy is able to split himself into two distinctive Tommy Clark's, both with the same abilities and personality and linked to each other. Erica Kravid tells Tommy that not even Hiro could accomplish such a feat and seemed to believe it impossible to do. (Project Reborn)
When he first used his synthetic ability, Ando could only supercharge another's ability through touch (Dual). Ando has since been able to develop his ability and can now generate a concussive energy burst with his power (first seen in The Second Coming by his future self but was first shown in the present timeline in Cold Snap). Hiro describes Ando's ability as "red lightning" (Baby Power). Ando is also able to use the power to overload electronic door locks without frying them in order to bypass them and shock Hiro like electro-shock therapy to restore his scrambled brains. (Close to You)
Micah used to need physical contact with electronics to use his ability on them (Landslide). He has since developed the ability to reach out to electronics that are not in his immediate vicinity (Rebellion, Part 5).
- Enhanced strength - Sylar is able to pin people onto walls and ceilings, far beyond the capabilities of normal person. (Don't Look Back)
- Physical control - Sylar can control a person's physical actions using telekinesis. (One Giant Leap)
- Near invulnerability - Sylar is able to use his telekinesis to lessen physical impacts; like being shot or falling off a roof. (One Giant Leap)
- Limited self-levitation - Sylar is able to levitate himself to some extent. He has used so to perform high-jumps (One Giant Leap, Road Kill) and sneak up on victims (Unexpected, The Second Coming). After regaining telekinesis, Peter Petrelli was able to telekinetically fly across the Atlantic Ocean, though it required a greater amount of concentration than actually flying since he needed to constantly focus on staying in the air (Save the Cheerleader, Destroy the World).
Telekinetics can also use their ability like a knife. Sylar is able to gain access to the brains of his victims this way (Homecoming). Samson Gray also used this aspect of telekinesis, in order to kill his wife (Exposed). Peter Petrelli also displayed this aspect, attacking his brother in the future (I Am Become Death) and his mother (Angels and Monsters).
Well developed telepaths can perform the following:
- Illusion - Matt is able to implant scenarios into the heads of others and make them believe it is real. His father was the first to show this aspect of telepathy. (Fight or Flight)
- Persuasion - Matt is able to put a thought into a person's head and effectively make them do something (Fight or Flight). This differs from Eden's ability as she has to voice a command. However, Matt has also displayed that he can voice a command while using telepathy and make it work as well.
- Precognition - By using his telepathy to reach the state of consciousness akin to other precogs, Matt can paint prophetic images. (A Clear and Present Danger)
- Dream manipulation -- Matt is able to use his telepathy to create a dream in which he can fly among other things to create a happy ending for Daphne. Maury and Matt are both able to use this to trap people in nightmares. Arthur was able to use it to trap Angela in a comatose state while she was having a precognitive dream. (The Kindness of Strangers, Out of Time, The Art of Deception, Angels and Monsters, It's Coming)
- Mind Control - While infiltrating Building 26, Matt was able to telepathically control two guards to hold Danko's team off but his control was shattered when the noise of a fire alarm disrupted his concentration. (Exposed) Matt was able to use his telepathy to control the minds of the residents of Sunstone Manor. After enough exposure, Matt was capable of controlling the residents just by a recording of his voice. Under Matt's control, the residents hallucinated whatever made them happy, as directed by the recording of Matt's voice. Destroying the recording was enough to break Matt's mind control. (Sundae, Bloody Sundae, 11:53 to Odessa, Send in the Clones)
Peter Petrelli's use of telepathy evolved over time as well. Initially he could only read minds, but he gained the ability to use it as persuasion as well eventually. (Powerless, Exposed) When he replicated this power from Matt for a second time, he was able to use it to enter the nightmare Matt had trapped Sylar in and eventually free him. (The Art of Deception, The Wall)
Sparrow Redhouse, when a girl, could make the dirt move. She got older and discovered that she could move a lot more than dirt, but only when in contact with the ground. She was able to destroy an apartment. After being sucked out of Flight 195, she was able to control the earth while in the air to save herself (Rebellion, Part 2). She theorized that she could manipulate the ground from the air because of the adrenaline of falling from the plane.
Samuel Sullivan can also use his ability to control a special type of mineral-based ink. He can use it to form moving tattoos (as well as remove them), which can choke their possessors. (Orientation) He can also absorb it into his own body and later expel it, altering photo images. (Ink) Samuel's powers are also increased depending on how many evolved humans are nearby allowing him to create landslides and sinkholes. When Peter replicated this ability, he showed the same level of power as Samuel until all but three evolved humans in the area left which significantly weakened them. (Brave New World)
At first, Phoebe Frady was only able to move her shadow independently of herself (Dark Matters, Part 1) and steal light (Dark Matters, Part 2). She later developed the ability to form balls of shadow with her hands, and negate the use of others' abilities (Dark Matters, Part 3). Over a year after being captured by Renautas, Phoebe used her power to create solid tendrils made of shadow, which she used to negate Malina's power (The Lion's Den) and kill her brother (Game Over). When pushed to create as much darkness as possible, Phoebe created a massive cloud of darkness that blotted out the sky of Odessa, Texas, caused an eclipse and drained the powers of every evo in the city. (June 13th, Part One)
Other water mimics can only turn themselves and whatever they are holding into water. Donald Essex has shown that he is also able to create torrents of water using his ability. (Under the Bridge, Part 2)
Some abilities seem to become modified or altered in certain ways. This occurs when an ability's effects are limited or expanded from the evolved human's original capacity. This change can happen as a result of previous ability loss and reintroduction through various methods, or as a result of special manifestations brought on by spirit walks.
- Originally, Mohinder injected himself with an imperfect version of the formula, which granted him bug-like characteristics. Later, he was bathed in a pool of the correct formula, which promptly reversed the negative affects of his incomplete formula (Dual). After being exposed to the correct formula, he simply manifested enhanced strength, with no adverse effects. (A Clear and Present Danger)
- Before losing his power, Peter had the power of empathic mimicry, and could mimic the powers of others, and retain as many abilities as he gained. He injected himself with a sample of the formula; following Peter's injection, Peter touched Nathan and was able to fly (Dual). Subsequently, he found he was able to replicate one ability at a time, only after touching another evolved human. (A Clear and Present Danger)
- Originally, Hiro had the power of space-time manipulation: he could stop time, teleport, and time travel. Arthur Petrelli stole this ability from Hiro (Our Father). Later, Matt Parkman, Jr. touched Hiro and activated his power, granting him the ability to stop time, but not to teleport (Cold Snap). He has since been capable of reproducing all aspects of his original power. When he had a brain tumor, Hiro experiences headaches and nosebleeds when he uses his power too much and is strained, while before he could freeze time effortlessly and painlessly (I Am Sylar). After the tumor is removed, Hiro regains full control over his powers with no ill effects. (Brave New World)
Peter first recalls regeneration...
Echo converts electricity...
to sound. (Going Postal)
Please refer to Theory:Ability development for fan-created theories and other speculation.