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Secrets and deception
The Haitian asks Claire if she can keep a secret.

Many characters in the Heroes universe hold secrets.

Season One Recurrences


Don't Look Back


  • Brody does not tell anyone the events that happened at the bonfire.
  • Claire pretends not to remember what Brody did to her, and puts his life in danger seeking revenge.
  • Mr. Bennet and the Haitian kidnap and modify the minds of several evolved humans.
  • Hiro and Ando cheat in a Las Vegas casino


  • Miss Sakamoto reveals that Nathan and Niki's rendezvous was to obtain blackmail material.

Better Halves

  • Hank and Lisa pose as Claire's biological parents, at Mr. Bennet's request.
  • The reason D.L. Hawkins was sentenced to prison was for crimes Niki committed.

Nothing to Hide

  • Matt overhears that his wife Janice is having an affair.
  • Micah keeps his powers of technopathy secret from his dad.

Seven Minutes to Midnight

  • Mohinder learns that his mother and father were keeping the fact he has a deceased sister hidden from him.


  • Nathan destroys a painting that reveals Peter's future, to protect him.
  • Mr. Bennet grounds Claire from the Homecoming game, keeping his true motives hidden.
  • Sylar mistakes Jackie as an evolved human, for her lies about rescuing a man.

Six Months Ago

  • Nathan keeps his first flight, during his car accident, a secret.
  • Sylar lies to Brian Davis to lure him to his shop. He then steals his powers and lies to Chandra about how he obtained them.


  • Mr. Bennet reveals to Claire that he has known about her powers.
  • The Haitian asks Claire to keep an important secret from Mr. Bennet.


  • Claire lies to her father, saying she doesn't remember anything from Homecoming night.
  • Nathan implores Hiro to keep his power of flight a secret.
  • Mr. Bennet lies to Matt and the FBI that he is not holding Sylar prisoner.
  • Matt tells Janice that he has been keeping a secret for awhile now; he finally tells her the truth.
  • Claude lives a life of thievery and deception as an invisible man.

The Fix

  • Hiro and Ando are unaware of their captors' motives.
  • Niki keeps the details of her split personality a secret from Dr. Witherson.
  • Peter implores Claude to tell him the secrets of his powers.
  • Matt deceives his captains and doesn't tell them what really happened at Primatech.
  • Zach and Claire lie to Mr. Bennet about a manatee-related project.
  • Micah tells his father that he has a secret, just like his parents.


  • Meredith does not tell Claire the identity of her biological father.
  • Sylar tells numerous lies about his ersatz employment at Primatech Paper Co.
  • Aron Malsky does not tell Niki the details of her exoneration.


  • Jessica impersonates Niki.
  • Sylar impersonates Zane.
  • Hope cons Hiro and Ando.
  • Claire secretly listens outside Meredith's window to her biological parents' conversation.
  • Matt does not tell anyone that he knows the location of the diamonds.
  • Meredith tells Claire that Nathan only gave her $50 000.


  • Matt tries to keep the truth about the diamonds a secret from his wife.
  • Claude does not tell Peter the reason he distrusts others until being attacked by Mr. Bennet and the Haitian.
  • Sylar continues to steal Zane's identity.
  • Mr. Bennet keeps the true reason for his wife's illness secret.
  • Isaac keeps his mark a secret from Peter.

Company Man

  • Mr. Bennet keeps his professional life a secret for fifteen years.
  • Mr. Bennet thinks about a fake safe in the bedroom, knowing Matt would overhear, as a distraction so he could get the gun hidden in his fireplace.
  • Mr. Bennet secretly communicates with Matt and through thoughts, they lie to Ted.
  • Mr. Bennet and Matt trick Ted into thinking that Matt killed Claire in order to save Mrs. Bennet's life.
  • Claire's power manifestation is kept secret from the Company.
  • Claude allegedly abets an evolved human in secret.
  • Claire, the Haitian, and Mr. Bennet go to great lengths to trick Thompson and the Company so that Claire can escape them.
  • Mr. Bennet learns that the Haitian was not truly mute and hid his ability to speak from him.


  • Thompson has Matt read Mr. Bennet's thoughts behind a one-way mirror.
  • Nathan secretly continues his quest to investigate Linderman.
  • Sandra pretends to have forgotten about Claire.
  • The Haitian gives Claire a fake passport to sneak her undetected out of Texas.
  • Candice creates an illusion to cover-up Simone's death.
  • Ando dresses as a security guard in order to protect Hiro.
  • Sylar pretends to still be under Mohinder's control until after he is shot at.
  • Candice creates an illusion to get Mr. Bennet to admit his secret quest against the Company.
  • The Haitian has secretly been working with Angela Petrelli, who knew about Claire being Nathan's daughter.


  • Candice is instructed by Thompson to disguise herself as Claire to fool Mr. Bennet.
  • Mr. Linderman tells Nathan that he shields and hides his art and artifacts from a greedy and dangerous world.
  • Matt, guided by Bennet, secretly tries to escape and sneaks around Primatech.
  • Angela tells Claire that she kept Claire's existence a secret, from Peter and everyone else.
  • Isaac says "Never mind" when the courier fanboy asks him what he meant when he said that the comic was the last one.
  • Ted planned on leaving Bennet behind but Matt convinced him otherwise.
  • Angela tells Nathan that they should hide Peter's body until after the election.
  • Bennet wasn't aware that Linderman is his boss.
  • Candice uses her power to pose as Jessica to fool Micah.

Five Years Gone

  • Mr. Bennet turned in D.L. and Candice as potentially dangerous evolved humans.
  • Sylar killed Candice and used her power of illusion to impersonate Nathan Petrelli as president.
  • Sylar, under the guise of Nathan, and Mohinder hide that Nathan is an evolved human.
  • Bennet hides Hana, the Crane family, and Claire.
  • Matt thinks that Hiro is hiding something.
  • Instead of telling Future Hiro and Ando where Peter Petrelli is, Niki sends them to Bennet.
  • Claire tells her father that he brought her back to Midland only after her mother left.
  • Claire has been hiding for five years and works in Burnt Toast Diner, going by the name "Sandra".
  • Bennet reveals Future Hiro and Ando's location to Matt.
  • Future Hiro doesn't tell Ando that he died long ago.
  • After finding Hana lying dead on the floor, Bennet realizes that Matt has double-crossed him.
  • Matt kills Bennet after he learns of Claire's location from hearing his thoughts.
  • Nathan plans on lying by announcing that Mohinder developed a treatment to go against evolved humans.
  • Peter tells Niki that Nathan lied and told everyone that Sylar exploded to protect his brother.
  • Matt, accompanied by his team, waits to fire at whomever arrives in the elevator, but angrily realizes that they were fooled when they discover that elevator is empty.
  • Instead of injecting Hiro with a lethal injection, Mohinder injects the Haitian.
  • Both Peter and Sylar hide the fact that it was Peter who blew up New York, not Sylar.
  • Sylar tells Peter that when he killed Nathan, he had already turned against his own kind.

The Hard Part

  • When Sylar phones Mohinder for help, Mohinder dials 911 instead.
  • Mr. Bennet tells Matt that they need to act secretly to protect their loved ones.
  • D.L. plans on abandoning Niki/Jessica and taking Micah with him.
  • Candice uses her power of illusion to pose as Micah's mother and fool him.
  • Hiro and Ando continuously hide and move secretly to avoid being noticed by Sylar.
  • Hiro and Ando quickly deceive Sylar by teleporting away.
  • D.L. and Jessica learn that Linderman has been tracking their entire lives.
  • Instead of listening to Peter by phoning the FBI, Nathan secretly phones Mr. Linderman to inform them of Ted.
  • Micah secretly attempts to escape from the facility he is being held in. He gets lost in Candice's illusion.
  • Sylar tells his mother that there are many things she doesn't know about him.
  • Ando hides the drawing of dead body from Hiro until later.


How to Stop an Exploding Man

  • Bennet and Mohinder hide Thompson's dead body.
  • Candice uses an illusion to pose as Jessica and tries to fool Niki into believing Micah is dead.

Season Two Recurrences

Four Months Later...


  • Ricky has Peter's belongings in a box, and will not give it to Peter until he does a favor.
  • Mohinder heals the Haitian and allows him to escape to meet with Noah later.


  • Mohinder catches a glimpse of a painting while Bob is on the telephone.

The Kindness of Strangers

  • Noah is told he has to go to Ukraine to find another painting, and has to make up a story to tell his family.

The Line

Four Months Ago...

  • Bob and Elle keep Peter locked up under the premise of helping him get a cure for his abilities.
  • Angela tells Heidi that the Petrelli family has a dark secret, after Nathan tells her everything about his powers. Angela tells her the Petrelli family has a "dark secret" of genetic mental illness.
  • Adam withholds some information from Peter as to why he is being held by the Company.
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Season Three Recurrences

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A Clear and Present Danger

Building 26

Cold Snap

Into Asylum

  • Danko recruits Sylar, an evolved human and one of the main targets, to help him hunt others.
  • Having acquired the ability of shape shifting, Sylar leads everyone (except Danko) to believe he is dead.

Turn and Face the Strange


I Am Sylar

An Invisible Thread

Season Four Recurrences

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  • Edgar asks Samuel if what he had said at his brother's funeral about finding redemption was true. Samuel tells him that he left out a part about revenge.

Jump, Push, Fall


  • Samuel lies to Peter and makes him think that he was a victim on a bus crash.
  • Sylar tricks Matt into thinking that a drug dealer had killed a child.
  • Claire tries to deny her ability from Gretchen. Later, when she allows Gretchen to cut her hand, she pretends that it hurts.

Graphic Novel Recurrences

Recurring Themes edit

Character connectionsChild vs. parentDeathFaith and religionFamilyFate vs. free willHeroismIronyLogic vs. emotionLonelinessLoyalty vs. treacheryMoral ambiguityOne punch knockoutPressure of responsibilityRevengeSacrificeSecrets and deceptionSpecialWomen in Refrigerators

See Also: References