|Portrayed by||David Anders|
|First appearance||Four Months Later...|
|Known ability||Rapid cell regeneration |
|Aliases||Takezo Kensei, |
|Date of birth||1650|
|Dates of marriage||1672 (Helene) (deceased), |
1747 (Maria) (deceased),
1782 (Frederica) (deceased),
1784 (Yumi) (deceased),
1787 (Angelica) (deceased),
1864 (Maria) (deceased),
1901 (Diane) (deceased),
1926 (Louisa) (deceased),
1958 (Theresa) (deceased),
1977 (Trina) (deceased)
formerly Diedenshausen, Germany,
formerly Milan, Italy,
formerly Paris, France,
formerly Atlanta, GA,
formerly Montreal, Canada,
|Occupations||former plantation owner, |
former soldier in the Confederate Army,
former British mercenary commander,
former member of the "Queen's forces,"
former Ronin samurai swordsman
|Significant others||Yaeko, Helene, |
|Child||Two unnamed sons|
Adam Monroe (also known as Takezo Kensei) is an evolved human with the ability to heal from any injury. This has also made him immortal, and he is over 350 years old. He also founded The Company, and in recent years has learnt to develop a new power.
In the 1600s, under an unknown name he was born in England, but later moved to Japan as a skilled samurai warrior hoping to earn a living under the name Takezo Kenseu. Adam became consumed by alcohol until he met Hiro Nakamura who teleported back in time after an emergency. There he taught Kensei how to be a Hiro, but betrayed him by taking his princess Yaeko. After attempting to aid the warlord Whitebeard he disappeared in an explosion. He resurfaced under the name Adam Monroe and spent the next few centuries trying to find love, but failed nearly every time. One wife bore him two sons. While fighting a man who could replicate himself in the Revolutionary War he realised he needed his own followers. During the 1970s he founded the Company with other evolved humans, and tried to release the lethal Shanti virus to punish the world. He was imprisoned for 30 years but he was freed and tried to release the virus again, but was stopped and buried alive. He was released and taken to Pinehearst where Arthur Petrelli stole part of his power, but was made to believe Adam was dead.
After Hiro stops time to save a fake Kensei, the real Kensei emerges and argues with Hiro. The legendary swordsmith's daughter from Otsu takes Kensei's sword, stating that her father made the sword and blaming Kensei for allowing Otsu to burn. After Hiro disguises himself as Kensei in the Battle of Twelve Swords, Whitebeard and his men take revenge upon Kensei and shoot him with arrows. However, Hiro is shocked to see Kensei's wound heal right before his eyes. Kensei then ponders upon the possibilities of his new found powers and that it will make him "richer than the Pope". Hiro, still wanting Kensei to follow the stories that were read to him as a child, teleports them both to Whitebeard's Hidden Fortress, insisting he fights past the ninety angry ronin and claim the fire scroll. From there, Hiro pushes Kensei along the path of the legends told to him years ago, which includes Kensei's love for Yaeko. The three come upon Whitebeard's camp to save Yaeko's father, and find that Whitebeard is making guns. The four of them leave the tent and proceed away from Whitebeard's camp. On their leave, Yaeko gets shot at but Hiro teleports them away so she avoids getting hurt. Kensei goes to look for them, and finds them alone, kissing. Kensei betrays Hiro and Yaeko by helping Whitebeard. Hiro escapes and tries to destroy Whitebeard's arsenal, but Kensei finds him and tries to defeat him. Gunpowder kegs catch on fire, and Hiro escapes, leaving Kensei for dead.
In the present, Kaito Nakamura stays on the rooftop of the Deveaux Building after receiving a death threat. A mysterious hooded figure appears. The figure tackles Kaito and pushes him off the building, then disappears. When Hiro returns from the past, he teleports himself to the rooftop on the night of his father's death, and finds that the hooded figure is Kensei, who survived the hundreds of years.
Peter and Caitlin find a note (signed "Adam") in Montreal addressed to Peter, warning him about the Company. After Peter returns from the future, Adam greets Peter. Peter, having forgotten Adam, remembers what happened to him over the last four months, and his time spent with Adam. They go find Victoria Pratt, where Adam kills her. They find out the Shanti virus is held in Primatech Paper, and travel there. Hiro freezes time to kill Adam, but Peter stops him. The two travel to the vault, where Peter rips the door off. Peter and Adam are confronted by Hiro again, but Adam gets into the vault as Peter is distracted by Matt and Nathan. Inside the vault, Hiro tries to stop Adam, who has the vial containing the virus hidden behind his back. Adam tells him that God had the right idea in flooding the world, wiping out humanity and letting the few remaining people have a new start. Hiro grabs Adam's shoulder and the two teleport away, with Adam letting go of the vial with the virus. Later, Adam is seen screaming hysterically in an unmarked grave in the Aoyama Cemetery, where he has been buried alive.
Adam appears in Angela Petrelli's precognitive dream.
Hiro and Ando dig up a coffin and open it to find Adam Monroe sleeping inside. Hiro leans in as Adam suddenly awakens, calls Hiro's name and grabs him by the neck.
Hiro asks for Adam's help, but he refuses. Hiro teleports Adam back into the closed coffin, out, and in again. Hiro tells Adam that if he agrees to help them, he will give Adam a more spacious cell. Adam eventually agrees. Hiro explains the theft of the formula to Adam, who suggests Angela Petrelli as the culprit. When Hiro tells him that she was the one who sent them to find the formula, he claims to have a plan, and takes Hiro and Ando to "specials for hire" bar. The bartender, recognizing Adam as the man who previously had an affair with his wife, attacks him. Adam flees the bar, and evades Hiro and Ando only to be captured by Knox.
Knox brings Adam to meet his boss at Pinehearst while explaining to Adam about his own ability. When Adam discovers that Knox's boss is in fact the bed-ridden Arthur Petrelli, he becomes visibly frightened and tries to escape. Knox forces him back, and Adam begins screaming that he could be of use to Arthur before his hand is forced atop Arthur's. Arthur then uses his ability to steal part of Adam's. Maury Parkman however casts an illusion to make Arthur think Adam has turned to dust, while Adam escapes albeit slightly weakened and very angry.
Maury creates an illusion of Adam being killed by Arthur, and as Arthur is wheeled away on his bed Adam is told to run by Maury. Adam flees the room but runs into Dr. Livitz who he renders unconcious. Looking around Arthur's office he sees a gun which he steals. Realising he is slower at healing he uses blood from a wound to draw a death threat on the ground outside Pinehearst.
Adam manages to break into Pinehearst with his gun by shooting dead a security guard.
Scott stops Adam and attacks him, leaving him for dead. Adam slowly heals and then plays dead.
He then follows Tina Ramierez who has been recruited by Pinehearst and uses his self-trained enhanced memory to memorise the security code to enter the main area of the building. As he follows her through he is immediately attacked by Tina and Michael Fitzgerald. The latter uses his strength to lift Adam clean off the ground, while the former uses her ability to try and choke Adam. He warns them that Arthur is dead and tells them that Primatech have surrounded the building. He convinces them he's on their side by healing in front of them. Michael goes to check if agents are approaching by ripping the door off. He says he can't see anyone so Adam shoots him dead with his gun. He then puts Tina at gunpoint and demands answers.
Arriving at the office of Carla Klaus he says he wants to know what Pinehearst are planning and what Arthur was doing. Carla does not know so tells him so, but Adam makes Tina flood the office with chlorine gas. Having killed Carla he offers Tina the chance to escape by clearing the entire floor for him by flooding it with more gas. She does so but becomes weakened so Adam abandons her and continues to look around the building, and realises that he is healing quicker now.
Later, with Pinehearst blown up by Flint, Adam exits the exploding building severely injured. He immediately heals and smiles with satisfaction. He then watches the building collapse.
Danko asks Noah Bennet how the "Monroe case" is going, to which Noah replies that Adam has slipped away again, but he's been sighted in both Beverley Hills and California.
Having just had his power stolen by Arthur, Adam is forced to sleep rough on his own. He manages to steal bread, but is later attacked by a man who can turn his body metal. Adam is left with a shattered skeleton and internal damage which he does not recover from. Adam wakes up several hours later, partially healed and angered.
Adam later manages to stowaway on a bus to Los Angeles to escape a dangerous gang fight nearby. He then seeks refuge in a suburban street, and a woman with a baby opens the door stating karma has caught up with her.
The woman states she needs to do a good deed because she was granted too much money from a cash machine. Allowing Adam in, she notices his scar is clearing up slightly and notes he appears to be different like her husband who could read thoughts. This reminds Adam of Maury, who is Matt's father.
Having given Adam some food and a suit, Janice leaves the room to have a shower. While she is gone, Adam picks up Matt, remembering his own sons and wondering what happened to them. He notes he does not like children even now. He puts Matt down and notices that his cuts are cleaning up nicely, and decides to leave quickly.
After studying the corpses for any evidence of who sent them, Adam finds a file on himself which contains a picture of his known descendants; the German and his identical twin. Adam states that the team have done their research, but is dismayed to learn that the German's brother is unseen, and it confirms the death of his brother. Adam checks a piece of paper that says Zimmerman at the top.
Later he knocks on a door, and Dr. Zimmerman opens. He asks Adam who he is, but Adam simply states he is Harry Fletcher and has some business to finish.
Zimmerman tells Adam he has no idea what happened to either the German or his brother, and asks Adam why he wants to know. Adam says he is a distant relation, but Zimmerman calls in Barbara and tells Adam he knows Harry Fletcher; and he's dead. Barbara uses her ability to pin Adam down into an armchair, and begins to take information from him.
Zimmerman warns Adam that Barbara will kill Adam if need be, but Adam replies that he'll simply heal from the wounds. Barbara tells Zimmerman that Adam has developed new mental powers, so Zimmerman takes a blood sample from him.
Later, he analyses the sample and tells Barbara that Adam's brain capacity is beyond that of a regular evolved human. He states there are traces of four abilities inside Adam: rapid cell regeneration, enhanced memory, enhanced hearing and healing. Zimmerman gravely states that the German's brother may have a similar genetic make-up, and that they need to capture him.
Adam possessed the ability of rapid cell regeneration. Like Claire, Adam was sometimes unable to regenerate if an object was inside of his body until that object is removed (Lizards). Adam initially appeared in 1671 as a man in his late twenties to early thirties, and was able to survive for hundreds of years without apparent aging, as he had a similar appearance while active in 2007.
According to Angela Petrelli, after a certain amount of regeneration, a person with this ability stops physically aging (Cautionary Tales).
The burns Adam received from a lightning bolt at the end of Out of Time healed much faster than any other example of rapid cell regeneration in the series, indicating that Adam's regenerative ability may have improved over time. Adam's incredible resilience was also demonstrated in Revolutionary War, Part 2, where he appeared unfazed despite being stabbed repeatedly in the chest and heart by multiple opponents.
In Four Months Ago..., Adam revealed that introducing his blood into a wounded person's body will cause rapid healing of the injuries.
Without his powers, his body apparently ages to dust as his powers apparently keep his advanced age back according to Maury's illusion. Though his powers were weakened when they were partially absorbed, which decreases the accuracy and speed of healing, after meeting Matt Parkman, Jr. he manages to regain his power due to the effects of Activation and deactivation in Power Tricks, Part 2.
By Dual Adam has managed to obtain what appears to be enhanced memory as he remembers a security code from a distance away, perhaps suggesting enhanced vision as well. Adam appears to have trained himself to accomplish both these feats following his meeting with Matt.
"First you show me that I can be harmed by no weapon, and then you cut me deeper than any blade possibly could."
"As long as I have breath, anything you love I will lay to waste. I swear... You will suffer."
"Peter, what the hell was that?"
"In defeat the truth raged at me. I was alone... while gods should have disciples."
"I believe this is mine, Carp."
"I've lived for 400 years, who's to say I won't live 400 more?"
"Hiro, you son of a bi---"
- - Adam (to Hiro) (I Am Become Death)
- Adam's birth name is unknown. He has taken on "a few dozen names" (The Ten Brides of Takezo Kensei), most notably Takezo Kensei and Adam Monroe. The name given to him at birth--whether one of these or something else entirely--remains unknown.
- In Heroes: The Mobile Game, Niki notes that Adam Monroe is one of the founders of the Company. She mentions his name alongside Daniel Linderman, Angela Petrelli, Arthur Petrelli, Kaito Nakamura, and Maury Parkman.
- Adam has demonstrated great skill with a sword as early as 1671.
- According to early spoilers, Adam was originally going to be known as "Kane", and he was going to have the ability to control hordes of insects.
Adam hid under a hood when he killed Kaito.
Bob carries a file titled "Adam Monroe".
Adam during his time as "Takezo Kensei".
As soon as Arthur sucks his powers out...
- For other uses of Adam, see Adam (disambig).
- For articles related to Adam, see Related Articles:Adam.
- For images of Adam, see Images of Adam Monroe.