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Portrayed by A butterfly; CGI
First appearance Brave New World
In-story stats
Known ability None

Butterflies are often symbolic of the cautions one must take with time travel. They are also symbolic of change and metamorphosis. Butterflies are also used to represent beauty.

Character History

The Butterfly Effect

Angela asks Peter if he has ever heard of "the butterfly effect". She explains that killing a butterfly today could wipe out a million people three years later.

I Am Become Death

Future Peter tells Present Peter that he (Future Peter) has stepped on too many butterflies.

Jump, Push, Fall

Hiro worries about the issues with time travel, and things that the butterfly effect will cause major problems.

Once Upon a Time in Texas

Hiro tells Samuel, "You told me I could right the wrongs of my life by stepping on the right butterflies. This is the biggest. It's Mothra."

Later, Samuel tells Hiro, "I've got my own butterflies that need crushing."

Brave New World

A monarch butterfly flutters by and lands next to Noah Bennet, who sits outside the Odessa Unity Summit on June 13, 2014. The butterfly enters the summit and flies past several reporters. It goes back outside and lands on an apple where Noah was sitting. It flies away just before a large explosion.

Later, a butterfly is in the Arctic, flying towards Malina, who is causing an aurora with what appears to be an eclipse in the center.

Under the Mask

A monarch butterfly in the Arctic flies near Malina and Farah.

The Needs of the Many

Malina comes across a monarch butterfly lying frozen in the snowy Arctic. She picks up the butterfly and uses her powers to revive the frozen insect until it flies off on its own. She then turns her attention to a large flock of butterflies lying dormant in the snow. She raises her hands, and they all flutter away.

Game Over

In order for Hiro to take Noah back in time, Noah has to first promise not to step on any butterflies.

Sundae, Bloody Sundae

After Quentin Frady turns out to be evil after Noah returned from the past, Noah comments that Quentin is the butterfly, referring to the fact that he inadvertently changed something he shouldn't have while time traveling.

In the year 9972, a butterfly lands on the hand of Miko Otomo for a moment before flying away.

Project Reborn

After traveling back in time to save Noah Bennet's life, Tommy Clark tells Noah that he couldn't stop the H.E.L.E. so he followed Hiro's instructions and followed "the tiniest thread, the smallest butterfly" to find a way to change the future. Tommy states that his doing this eventually led him to Noah who he saved as Tommy realized he held the key to saving the future.

Heroes Evolutions

Hiro's Blog

  • In one of Hiro's blog entries called "Where to Begin...", Hiro asks, "Do you believe in the Butterfly Effect?"
  • In an entry called "Bound by Death and Luck", Hiro says, "Many butterflies cause too much chaos."

  • During his metamorphosis to gain insect-like abilities, Mohinder blogs in Entry #5 that "My increased adrenaline has jump started my metabolism. My appetite is virtually insatiable. It is said that a butterfly can store twelve times its body weight before metamorphosis. At the rate I'm going I may have wings by this time next week."

Saving Charlie

A Hero's Quest

  • In a post called "Back on Track" on the blog A Hero's Quest, Hiro says, "We mustn't step on the butterflies."
  • In another post called "A Sign!", Hiro says he's "a little wary of time travel these days... Too many butterflies."
  • In a post titled "Blast from the Past", he says, "I promised Ando that I would NOT step on any butterflies."

Brave New World

In the prolog of the eBook Brave New World, the monarch butterfly flies around grass and trees and lands on a bench next to Noah Bennet.

In the epilog, the monarch butterfly that flies near Malina is able to survive the Arctic because the air is "incongruously warm". The butterfly is then "borne on a glorious thermal" as it flies near the aurora with the hole in the middle that resembles an eclipse.


See Also

  Heroes Reborn Characters edit

Noah BennetTommy ClarkJoanne CollinsLuke CollinsEmily DuvalQuentin FradyCarlos GutierrezErica KravidMalinaMiko Otomo


Caspar AbrahamClaire BennetBradMauricio ChavezAnne ClarkDennis CollinsCommanding officerFrancis CulpCole CutlerJames DearingPhoebe FradyJose GutierrezM. F. HarrisDahlia HaysJOWT reporterTaylor KravidLogueMick the Ice GuyHiro NakamuraFarah NazanHachiro OtomoHachiro Otomo (construct)Matt ParkmanAngela PetrelliRenéMicah SandersRichard SchwenkmanRen ShimosawaMolly Walker


ButterflyCockroachDeerDinosaurDoberman PinscherDoveDragon of Kiso MountainEmma's catMiss LovegoodManateeMohinderMuffin ManMr. Muggles (future)PigeonsRabbitScooterScorpionTurtle

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