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Electric manipulation
Elle manipulates electricity.
Originally held by: Elle Bishop, Future DHS Agent
Absorbed by: Peter Petrelli (lost),
Arthur Petrelli,
As part of another ability: Edward,
Future Peter Petrelli
Ability to: is the ability to create and manipulate electrical arcs and/or levitate using electromagnetic repulsion.
Examples of electric manipulation

Electric Manipulation (also referred to as Lightning, and Electromagnetism) is the ability to generate and control electricity enabling:

  • creating and manipulating electrical arcs.
  • levitating via electromagnetic repulsion.



Users of this power can generate electricity between themselves and other people or objects. The potential difference of the electrical arcs is not known, though Caitlin has referred to it as "shooting a 1000 volts." Users of the power are not usually harmed by electrical currents that they create themselves, although they can shock themselves if they attempt to generate arcs under unfavorable circumstances. For instance, Elle shocked herself when she was wet and her feet were immersed in impure water in Mr. Muggles's metal doggy bath (Cautionary Tales). There is not yet any evidence that individuals with this ability are resistant to electricity from other sources.

Elle Bishop

Elle had extensive control over her power. She was able to adjust the strength and power of the electricity she generates, such as creating a small spark which causes a minor electric shock, a medium-level bolt which stuns or produces concussive force and a powerful surge which can kill. She does not need to use her hands to use her power, as seen when she zaps Peter with her mouth (Four Months Ago...) or when she uses her whole body to generate it (Cautionary Tales). It has been implied that Elle can manipulate existing sources of electricity, causing a major blackout (Four Months Ago...). Elle is not immune to the electricity she creates, and being wet can turn her power against her. Additionally, Elle does not seem to be able to absorb large amounts of electricity, if any at all (Cautionary Tales).

She can also create ball lightning. After creating it, Elle can immediately release it, charge it for more powerful bursts, or simply use it to intimidate. Elle can even levitate her ball lightning. Elle has been shown firing blasts of sheet lightning and ribbon lightning in battle. She is able to hone her finesse for sharpshooting, firing small, pinpoint but powerful lightning bolts that can shatter glass and cause objects to catch fire. (Cautionary Tales)

While being attacked by Sylar, Elle once releases a massive shockwave of electricity from her entire body, which shorts out the power grid on Level 5 of Primatech Research, effectively freeing all the prisoners. It also knocks Sylar unconscious (The Butterfly Effect). After this incident, Elle's control of her power has dropped dramatically. She is still able to use her powers, but she has lost her fine control over it, automatically electrocuting herself when she bathes or in the rain. (Sum Quod Sum, Part 1) Additionally, she almost crashed a plane because she lost control of her ability. (Eris Quod Sum)

During a tense encounter with Sylar at Pinehearst, Elle was able to produce enough electricity to disintegrate part of Sylar's clothes and severely injure him. After their talk, Elle has regained control of her ability. (It's Coming)

Noah states that the brain is not meant to handle the amount of electricity to which Elle was subjected during testing when she was first brought into the Company (Cautionary Tales). He implies that this is at least in part why Elle has some psychological issues.

Peter Petrelli

Peter can fire lightning bolts, but has not demonstrated the degree of fine control that Elle displays with her powers. The only levels that he has demonstrated is a powerful concussive blast (Four Months Later...), a stun effect (Lizards) and a bolt of electricity strong enough to leave charred and blackened flesh (Out of Time). Peter can also control the lightning by making it in a ball form (Truth & Consequences), or conduct it through a metal object (Powerless).

As time progressed, Peter learns to wield this ability more effectively. In Dying of the Light, Peter fires a constant stream of sheet lightning, having enough control to do nothing more than electrocute Sylar. When barging into Pineheast, Peter also summons two spheres of lightning in each hands, sustaining each one for minutes.

Aside from telekinesis, lightning is Peter's most commonly observed offensive ability.

Arthur Petrelli

After stealing Peter's powers, Arthur demonstrates his newfound power by creating and levitating ball lightning on his first try.

In Eris Quod Sum Arthur can be seen directing short bursts of lightning from his hands at Peter. His control seems to be good as he is able to control the blasts to a level that will not kill Peter.


After his talk with Elle, Sylar manifests her ability. Unlike with his other abilities, Sylar doesn't have an immediate mastery over this ability, prompting Elle to coach him, after which he is able to aim and shoot properly. (It's Coming)


Edward has this ability as a byproduct of his original ability of accelerated probability. He is capable of discharging lightning from both hands, and doing so in such a way as to create a large ball or sphere that can be directed at people. Charge from the lightning passes into the center of the ball and around edges of the ball, which has been shown capable of spanning about 1 to 2 feet in diameter. At the center of Edward's form of ball lightning, bolts of lightning combine at a single point forming an bright yellow glowing orb. (Destiny, Part 4)

Future DHS Agent

The agent who possesses this power can levitate himself at least a few inches above the ground. How high he can levitate and how fast he can propel himself are not known. He can throw electric arcs that incapacitate people they strike.

Future Peter Petrelli

Future Peter mimicked the agent's ability and used it to throw electrical arcs. He did not employ the levitation aspect of the agent's power.

Selected Examples


  • Peter describes the ability as "sparks" from his hand. However, the Assignment Tracker's map describes it, under Elle's entry, as generating electricity.

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 electric manipulation