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A future Peter removes his past self from inside Jesse Murphy.
Originally held by: Harold Esposito
Absorbed by: Peter Petrelli (exposed future, deceased)
Ability to: Insert a person or oneself into another's body

Possession is the ability to insert oneself or another person into someone else's body.



Future Peter Petrelli

Future Peter claims to have hid his present self inside Jesse Murphy, who claims to be Peter Petrelli during Sylar's attack on Level 5. Future Peter said that he was keeping his present day self safe by doing this, and that he planned to undo this action when it was safe. Future Peter later retrieved his younger self from Jesse's body, by physically pushing him out of Jesse's body. Present-day Peter's entire body and mind then appeared from inside Jesse. (One of Us, One of Them)

Jesse's appearance did not change while Peter was inside his body and Peter maintained full control of Jesse's actions while he has resided within him. Peter did not appear capable of using his own abilities (e.g. - was frozen in time by Future Peter), but was able to use those of the body he was inhabiting.

After Peter is removed from him, Jesse seems to be aware of Peter's presence, or lack thereof.

Harold Esposito

Harold Esposito can "possess" people by moving inside his victims' bodies, assuming direct control of their actions and movements from a first-person perspective. While Esposito is in control, his victims remain fully conscious and are aware of what Esposito is doing, much like Jesse was when Peter was in control of his body. Esposito also has access to his victims' abilities when possessing them, as evidenced when he used Peter's telekinesis to throw a fire extinguisher. His physical body reappears close by when leaving a host. Known characters Harold has possessed are Nick Arbucci, Claire Bennet, and Peter Petrelli.


Other Examples


  • Because Future Peter was never seen possessing someone himself, his only demonstration of this ability may have been a form of ability extension. However, his arm did disappear into Jesse's body to push out Present Peter, who he had earlier trapped inside Jesse.
  • Conversely, Harold has not demonstrated the ability to insert people other than himself into other people's bodies.

See Also

  • For the ability to pass through solid matter, see phasing.
  • For the ability to alter and transform one's own body, voice, appearance, all physical traits anyway the user wishes, see shape shifting.
  • For the ability to take control of other people's bodies and motor functions against their will, as well as the functions of objects, see puppet master.
  • For the ability to teleport anything from person to person, and phase between and merge two people, see shifting.
  • For the ability to force others to obey one's spoken imperatives, see persuasion.
  • For the ability to control a person by manipulating their nerves, see nerve manipulation.
  • For the ability to remotely control other people and things, see telekinesis.
  • For the ability to sometimes control the minds of others, see telepathy.

Fan Theories

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

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 usersParadoxProphecyRiftPower