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Candice morphs into Sandra.
Originally held by: Candice Willmer (deceased),
Crazy Tom,
Absorbed by: Sylar (explosion future),
Peter Petrelli (exposed future)
Ability to: Manipulate perceptions of reality
Examples of illusion

Illusion is the ability to manipulate how other people perceive reality.






Candice has the ability to disguise herself as another person with a nearly flawless illusion. Her ability can apparently fool all five senses: sight, sound, smell, touch, and taste. When she was impersonating Sandra Bennet, Mr. Bennet literally held her and kissed her without penetrating the disguise (Parasite).

Candice does not necessarily have to have met an individual she is impersonating. She was able to impersonate Simone Deveaux, although they apparently never met before Simone's death, and Candice had not seen Simone's dead body until after she appeared in her form. How she was able to accomplish this feat is unknown.

Candice can also create illusions in her vicinity. She was able to hide Simone Deveaux's body from police, and she kept Micah Sanders from escaping the Company's Kirby Plaza facility by making it seem that every path he took lead back to her. She can make people think she is two people at the same time. She claims that she can make a person see anything she wants them to see.

Future Sylar

Future Sylar extensively used this power to disguise himself as President Nathan Petrelli. His use of this power in a possible future demonstrates that illusions can fool electronic equipment like cameras, since he was able to disguise himself on national television.

Future Peter

After going back to the present from a possible future, future Peter Petrelli uses this ability to pose as his past self, altering his clothes and hiding his scar.

Crazy Tom

Crazy Tom has shown he is capable of casting illusions over anything he touches. He uses his ability to cast an illusion of himself instantaneously melting chains that are touching him into a pair of jeans and a T-shirt. (The Agent) He has also shown he is capable of changing his outfit into a straitjacket and tux. (The Agent)

He is also capable of at least temporarily changing other people's clothes. (The Agent)


Callum demonstrated this ability by creating an illusion of the man for whom Trevor Tanaka was looking, an illusion of the hallways and attic of a house, and an illusion of himself that interacted with others. (Faction Zero)

Selected Examples

Memorable Quotes

"Who are you? How did you do that?"

"I can make you see anything I want. Makes it kinda hard to get away, huh?"

- Micah, Candice (The Hard Part)

"I take comfort in my fantasy bloodbath scenarios. The power of negative thinking."

- Betty (Betty, Part 1)


  • In the episode commentary for Parasite, Allan Arkush and Christopher Zatta discuss Candice's power. Zatta says he believed it was important that Candice's ability be a mental one -- that is, to appear like other characters rather than to physically become other characters -- to be more in keeping with the other powers in the show.
  • Candice tells Mr. Bennet that she can "show you things that would make you want to tear your eyes out" (.07%). She makes a similar threat to Micah (The Hard Part). Candice finally proves this by summoning an illusion of a dead Micah to frighten Niki. (How to Stop an Exploding Man)
  • As of .07%, the special effect used to show Candice's power has changed. Previously, it was shown as a "shimmery" effect that impacted much of the area around her. Now, it is shown as a "morph" effect that affects only her.
  • Micah theorizes that Candice's ability stems from bending light (Landslide). While this would explain how the ability fools cameras, it does not explain how she maintains her disguises when physically interacting with other characters.
  • Regarding the redhead student's facial afflictions caused by Betty, Ryan Odagawa said in an email, "It is supposed to be boils, and her face is 'both rotting and peeling off her head'...It was supposed to be hanging off her face and rotting."
  • When knocked unconscious (How to Stop an Exploding Man), Candice reverts from her Jessica disguise to her usual young, female appearance; her illusion of Micah lying dead on the floor also disappears. It is not clear why she reverts to her "standard" disguise when knocked out instead of reverting to her true appearance (Betty, Part 2).
  • Illusion appears to be an aspect of telepathy. Using his ability, Maury Parkman created an illusion of D.L. that was visible to Niki, but not to Mohinder, who was also present at the time (Out of Time). On another occasion, Maury created an illusion that trapped both his son and Nathan in a dream-like state. Additionally, Matt used his power to create an illusion to escape Knox (Eris Quod Sum). It is unknown if the illusions created in this fashion can be extended to anyone viewing the scene or are specific to those being telepathically targeted.
  • It is unknown whether the unconfirmed ability "reality distortion" mentioned by the assignment tracker map refers to this ability.
  • In Chapter 9 of The Agent, Anna comments that the crazy grin man is in "fake clothes".
  • In Interview:iStory follow up, writer Tom Inkel clarified that Crazy Tom's ability works such that he can cast illusions over any object he touches. Physical transformation is not part of his ability.
  • The Heroes Reborn app refers to Candice's ability as "shapeshifting".

See Also

Evolved Human Abilities edit

Ability absorptionAbility replicationActivation and deactivationAdoptive muscle memoryAlchemyAlejandro's abilityAquatic breathingClairsentienceClairvoyanceCloakingCloningCyberpathyDisintegrationDream manipulationElectric manipulationElemental controlEmpathic mimicryEmpathyEnhanced hearingEnhanced memoryEnhanced strengthEnhanced strength and sensesEnhanced synesthesiaFire breathingFlightFreezingGravitational manipulationHachiro's abilityHealingHealing touchHeat generationIllusionImage projectionImpenetrable skinInduced radioactivityIntuitive aptitudeInvisibilityLie detectionLuke's abilityMagnetismMeltingMemory manipulationMemory storageMental manipulationMetal mimicryMicrowave emissionMiko's abilityMist mimicryPersuasionPhasingPlant growthPoison emissionPossessionPrecognitionPrecognitive dreamingPuppet masterPyrokinesisRapid cell regenerationSedationSeismic burstShape shiftingShatteringSound manipulationSpace-time manipulationSpontaneous combustionSuper speedSuperchargingTechnopathyTelekinesisTelepathyTerrakinesisUmbrakinesisWeather control

Evolutions Abilities

Accelerated probabilityAcidic bloodAge transferalAnimal controlBelief inductionCarbon isolation and formationConstrictionDanger sensingDavid's abilityDimension hoppingDimensional storageEmpathic manipulationEnhanced breathEnhanced teleportingExtraskeletal manipulationFireworks creationHealth optimizingInflammationLight absorptionLight manipulationNerve manipulationNon-biological duplicationPhoenix mimicryPlasmakinesisPrimal rageProbability computationRock formationShiftingTeleportationTemporal rewindWater generationWater mimicry

Graphic Novel Abilities

Ability augmentationAcid secretionAge shiftingAppearance alterationAura absorptionBliss and horrorBone spike protrusionChlorine gas exudationCrumplingDehydrationDisintegration touchElasticityElectrical absorptionEnergy absorption, transference, and redirectionFire castingForcefieldsFuture terrorist's abilityGold mimicryGranulationGreen energy blastImprintingLaser emissionLevitationLuminescenceLung adaptationMass manipulationMediumshipNerve gas emissionNeurocognitive deficitOil secretionOmnilingualismPlant manipulationSound absorptionSpider mimicryTelescopic visionWall crawling

See Also: Ability developmentAbility extensionAbility heredityAbility immunityAbility lossAbility theftBrain examinationBrain penetrationUnnamed abilitiesExamples of simultaneous ability useEye alterationList of abilitiesList of abilities with multiple usersParadoxProphecyRiftPowerExamples of illusion