|Portrayed by||Željko Ivanek|
|First appearance||Under the Bridge, Part 2|
|Date of death||Post-March 2007|
|Residence||Apartment in Washington, DC|
|Occupation||formerly Senior Agent of Homeland Security|
|Significant other||formerly Alena|
Emile Danko, also referred to as "the Hunter", was a former senior agent of the Department of Homeland Security, who served as the leader of a team of soldiers hunting evolved humans. He was originally doing this on behalf of his superior, Senator Nathan Petrelli, but since Nathan's ability has been exposed, Danko was left in full charge of the operation. He was framed by Sylar, who took on Danko's identity and killed some of his agents. After being given a compass by Joseph Sullivan, Danko was killed by Edgar, whom Samuel Sullivan had ordered to murder Danko and retrieve the compass before Danko could take him in.
- 1 Character History
- 1.1 Graphic Novel:Under the Bridge, Part 2
- 1.2 A Clear and Present Danger
- 1.3 Trust and Blood
- 1.4 Building 26
- 1.5 Cold Wars
- 1.6 Exposed
- 1.7 Shades of Gray
- 1.8 Graphic Novel:Puppet with No Strings
- 1.9 Cold Snap
- 1.10 Into Asylum
- 1.11 Graphic Novel:Cog
- 1.12 Turn and Face the Strange
- 1.13 Graphic Novel:Exodus
- 1.14 I Am Sylar
- 1.15 An Invisible Thread
- 1.16 Graphic Novel:Ice Queen, Part 1
- 1.17 Orientation
- 1.18 Jump, Push, Fall
- 1.19 Shadowboxing
- 1.20 Thanksgiving
- 1.21 The Fifth Stage
- 1.22 Graphic Novel:Bloodlines, Part 2
- 1.23 Upon This Rock
- 1.24 Let It Bleed
- 2 Heroes Evolutions
- 3 Memorable Quotes
- 4 Trivia
- 5 See Also
- 6 Fan Theories
When two of Nathan's bodyguards try to apprehend Donald Essex, they are subdued by Donald's ability. Danko sprays an unknown spray into Donald's face, which causes Donald to lose consciousness. Soon after, Nathan arrives and asks if Donald is dead. Danko says that it is hard to tell, and Nathan says to wrap it up and head back to New York. When Danko asks what to do with all the water in the room (which is actually Donald's dissolved remains), Nathan says to pour it away into the Mississippi River.
Danko and his team capture Tracy at her home. He then tells Nathan that he has captured the first of them. Later, Danko gets into Mohinder's cab, right after Peter Petrelli leaves it and forces him to drive to a car park where Danko's team is waiting. Mohinder overpowers Danko and starts to run away, but is intercepted by Noah, who makes out like he is there to help but instead he brings Mohinder back to Danko. Danko delivers the posthumans to Nathan at an aircraft hanger and informs him of Sylar and Claire.
After the plane crash, Danko orders an air strike, much to Nathan's frustration. Danko and Nathan begin to argue, with Danko comparing the evolved humans to rabid dogs, and that they must be "put down". After Daphne is shot by Danko's team, Matt manages to control the mind of a soldier and escape. Danko manages to shoot the soldier, and capture Claire. He threatens Claire and blames her for the deaths of many soldiers, before pulling out his gun and almost shooting her in the back of the head. Nathan quickly stops Danko, and sends Claire home. Danko and Nathan argue again, and Danko continues to label the evolved humans as animals. When Nathan and Tracy meet out in the woods, Nathan secretly brings Danko and Noah; even though he promises to meet Tracy alone. When Peter reveals himself out in the open, Danko and Noah prepare to aim at Tracy and Peter. Noah is persistent in shooting Peter, and tells Danko that he doesn't have the proper shot on Peter. When Peter flies away and escapes, Danko is frustrated and stares at Nathan coldly before leaving. According to a file Angela read, he was linked to civilian deaths in a Angolan coup.
Danko is in the control center of Building 26, discussing surveillance efforts and the status of their operation. He stares at a wall of photographs of evolved humans, while telling his men that Claire is "on probation" — for now. Nathan comes in and clarifies he wants this operation to be as gentle as possible, which is the opposite to what Danko wants. There is palpable tension between the two men. Later, Danko and Nathan meet Abby Collins, who informs them that their operation is worrying the president's handlers, and Homeland Security are now overseeing their team. Danko resents the intrusion of yet another politician, while Nathan suggests a tour and talks to Abby alone. After Tracy kills Mark Leggett, Nathan talks to Danko revealing that he knows Danko let Tracy escape deliberately. Danko says he did it to protect the agency.
After Noah being drugged by Peter, Mohinder and Matt, Emile Danko becomes concerned that Noah hasn't checked in, and orders his team to find him. Nathan is surprised they are having Noah under surveillance, but Danko also reveals they are doing the same to him. Danko says Noah and Nathan's connections to Claire Bennet and Peter, who they have been somewhat partial to, compromises their decision making. At the storage unit, Peter begins procuring weapons and gear, all the while being watched by Nathan's agency due to a security camera. Danko has his men move in, but Peter manages to distract them with a flash grenade and flies off with the weapons.
Matt decides to discover more about Danko, and delves into Noah's mind once more. In a flashback one week prior, Noah is seen paying a visit to Danko's house. The two seem to be at odds, but Noah assures him he'll obey his orders. Peter flies off to confront Danko, while it is also shown Danko's men are mobilizing outside the hotel. Before Danko can give the order to move in, he is stopped by Peter. Danko tries to get Peter to shoot him to prove his point that people like him are dangerous, but Nathan arrives at the scene (Danko is surprised how he got there so quickly). Peter shoots Danko in the arm, but Nathan warns Peter that by killing Danko he will effectively be writing a kill order on all people with abilities. Nathan also informs Peter of the imminent raid on Matt and Suresh, causing Peter to fly off. Danko then orders his men to move in.
In Building 26's control room, Danko is informed of Parkman and Peter's intrusion into the building. Despite being warned by Noah not to go after them, he attempts to hunt them down. However, his hunt is cut short when he suddenly finds himself at gunpoint - two of the guards are being telepathically controlled by the intruders. Noah formulates a strategy to counter the telepaths, and Danko helps capture Parkman.
Later, Nathan makes a deal with his brother - all of the information that he stole in exchange for Parkman and Daphne, but Danko refuses to hand over the prisoners, saying that he takes his orders directly from the President. The exchange becomes a trap, and Danko looks on through the sights of a sniper rifle as Peter arrives at the agreed meeting place. He takes a shot at Peter, causing him to stumble over the edge of the roof. Danko and Noah watch in disbelief as Peter appears to fly off unharmed, seemingly unaware that it was Nathan who saved him.
The footage stolen by Peter is picked up by local news outlets. Danko watches from Building 26. After re-examining the paintings found by agents in Isaac's loft, Danko is inspired to make them come true, strapping an explosive vest to Parkman and dropping him off, dazed and drugged, before the Capitol building.
Danko's plan of strapping Matt with explosives is discovered by Nathan, who flies to the Capitol to help him. In Building 26, Danko and an analyst watch the events on screen and try to detonate the bomb, but Rebel hacks into the system to stop them. Danko manages to regain control, but not before Matt Parkman has disarmed the device. Later, Nathan tells Danko he will attempt to have him removed from the agency, but Danko responds by playing some video footage of Tracy Strauss shouting that Nathan is "one of us."
Danko brings Tracy in for questioning but Nathan meets with her first and urges her to not to divulge anything. When Danko enters her cell to ask if Nathan has an ability, she replies she has no idea, adding that Nathan was "lousy in bed". Later, Danko talks with Noah Bennet, who suggests confronting Angela Petrelli about Nathan. Noah then warns Angela that Danko has set his sights on her. Danko meets with Angela in a New York restaurant, and asks her about ability heredity, pointing out that Nathan's brother, parents, and daughter all have powers. Angela refuses to confirm Danko's theories, and says she has known many men like him: their lack of friends and family make them disposable. She also mentions Danko's involvement in an incident in Angola that resulted in many civilian deaths. At this, Danko is visibly stirred and leaves. Afterwards, Nathan tells Danko that he's been fired, after consultation with the President. Danko confronts Nathan with a gun, but instead of killing him, he shoots at the window behind Nathan and pushes him through it. Nathan activates his ability to stop his fall, but in clear view of Danko; Nathan then flies away, leaving a furious Danko to ask Noah if he knew about Nathan's power.
At Doyle's Marionette Theatre, Danko has Eric Doyle tied up and interrogates him about the Primatech Research explosion and who survived. When Doyle talks about Sylar and Rebel, Doyle tells him that there is no Rebel, and thanks him for the tip about Sylar. He then leaves, with Rachel Mills and Jason Pierce following him, and they Danko sets the theatre on fire. Outside, Danko tells Jason to follow up on a lead, and does not notice when Rachel teleports back into the theatre to save Doyle. After Rachel returns, Danko tells her to get back into the van, and they drive off.
Danko is shaving in the bathroom of his apartment when an alarm goes off, saying that his front door is open. He wipes his face, grabs his gun and goes to investigate. In front of the living-room window he finds Eric Doyle, hanging like a puppet on strings with curtains on either side of him and a big bow and gift tag attached. The gift tag says "My Gift To You."
In Building 26, Danko brings Mohinder to a room marked "Human Resources", which is full of drugged and unconscious evolved humans on hospital beds. Mohinder is shocked and asks why Danko doesn't do it the old fashioned way and dig a ditch. Danko calls it gun control; he sees everyone in the room as dangerous, including Mohinder. Mohinder asks why Daphne has been moved from the medical facility, but Danko says there was the American taxpayer to consider. Mohinder examines her and says she needs to be taken to the hospital because he can't help her here, but Danko explains that he doesn't want Mohinder to help her - he only brought him to this room so he wouldn't have to carry him. An operative tasers Mohinder and Danko says to hook him up to an IV and prepare a bed for Tracy.
Danko brings Noah Bennet to the same room, saying that it's important that they get along. He shows him Doyle's unconscious body, and says that he thought Noah might like to see the puppet master strung up, after what he did to Sandra and Claire. When Bennet asks how Doyle was captured, Danko takes the credit himself. Bennet asks to return the favor by bringing in Rebel, and suggests using Tracy Strauss as bait. Danko doesn't like the plan at first, pointing out that Tracy is a killer. Noah promises to kill Tracy himself if the plan goes wrong and chalk it up to self-defense. Danko agrees. Later, Noah tells Danko that the team lost Angela Petrelli. Danko believes someone tipped her off, but Noah points out that Angela can see things coming, and that she can still be tracked using her cellphone.
After Tracy's "cold snap" kills a squad of his agents, Danko walks up to her frozen body and shoots her point blank, making her fall to pieces on the ground. When Noah arrives, Danko asks if there was any sign of Rebel and HRG says no. As Danko walks away, the remains of Tracy's face wink.
Danko and Noah Bennet go to a house in Arlington, Virginia. Agent Jenkins tells Danko that his teammates were shot when they came to arrest James Martin, and throws up in shock. When Jenkins has gone, Danko tells Noah that James Martin's DNA is in the national database but they don't know what his ability is. Noah lectures Danko, saying that they should never go in blind and every ability requires a different tactic. Danko argues that his orders are to take in all evolved humans, and goes out to his car. He turns on the radio and is about to light a cigarette when Sylar suddenly appears in the back seat. He asks whether Danko received the "gifts" he left -- the stuffed rabbit and Doyle. He and Danko both want the same thing -- to kill evolved humans -- so he offers his help in tracking James Martin. Danko slowly reaches for a gun, but Sylar disappears before Danko can pull the weapon.
Back at Building 26, Danko delivers a speech about how the three agents' deaths will not be in vain, and places Martin's photograph at the top of his list of targets, swapping it with Sylar's picture. Danko tells Noah that the team badly needs a win and asks for ideas, and Noah suggests the "one of us, one of them" approach. When Danko asks how it's even possible to work with the enemy, Noah says that Danko has experience of exploiting the locals in his covert emergency operations in Cuba and Afghanistan. Danko denies any knowledge of this, but listens to Noah's reasoning that evolved humans can be viewed as assets; weapons to be mobilized. When Noah says that Sylar may be in D.C., Danko brushes off the idea of pursuing him, and gives Noah Angela Petrelli's file instead.
Agent Jenkins comes to Danko's office to thank him for his speech and shakes his hand. A cellphone rings on top of a cardboard box and Danko answers it. When he finds it's Sylar, he excuses Jenkins. Sylar tells Danko to look in the box, and he does so, finding the severed head of Agent Jenkins. Sylar reveals that James Martin is a shape shifter, and has replaced the real Jenkins. Danko looks up to see the fake Jenkins leaving the office, and Danko and several men go running after him. They pursue Martin through the parking lot, but Martin shape shifts into the form of a janitor and manages to get away, to Danko's annoyance.
That evening, Danko finds Sylar in James Martin's home. Danko has read Sylar's file and tells him that he's predictable: he wants James Martin's ability, because he's desperate to be anyone but himself. He also knows how to kill Sylar, and boasts that bringing him in would be an impressive achievement. Sylar reminds Danko that he's only one of a long list of targets, and offers him a deal -- he could help find all the other evolved humans, then Danko could kill him. Danko hesitates but lowers his gun. The two then search for clues to Martin's motives, and Sylar comments that Danko is a "shape shifter" too: he has nothing in his home that defines him. In Martin's closet, Sylar finds costumes for various professions, all men in positions of power. He hands Danko some photographs of different men with attractive women, and Danko works out that all the men are Martin. Finally Sylar and Danko both find matchboxes from a nightclub called Garden of Eden, so they go there and look around the crowd. To Sylar's amusement and Danko's shock, Martin has taken Danko's form and is embracing a woman. Danko doesn't understand why Martin would pretend to be him, but Sylar says that he must think Danko possesses power. Martin spots the real Danko through the crowd and runs off, with Sylar and Danko in pursuit.
Danko finds Sylar again and tells him that Martin has gone and they should leave. Sylar follows him to the door but suddenly pulls a gun. A trigger goes off, but it's Danko who has turned and shot James Martin, who is posing as Sylar. The real Sylar arrives, and Danko explains that Martin is still alive, so Sylar can take his ability, though Danko requests that he does it without leaving any marks. Sylar grins and Martin whimpers in fear.
Noah Bennet later finds Danko kneeling over a body bag. In the bag is Sylar, with a metal blade shoved into the back of his head. A female agent zips up the body bag, and then goes to Danko's car and gets in. Danko is sitting with the radio on, holding a cigarette, and asks the woman how it felt to zip up the body bag. The woman starts groaning in pain and shape shifts back into Sylar. Danko comments that if they go through with their plan, Sylar will be the only one left. He then starts the car, and the two drive away.
Danko awakens Agent Jenkins at 4:45 AM with a phone call, ordering him to get down to Building 26 immediately. Jenkins realizes that Danko had tried calling him three times prior, after sending text messages detailing his new work schedule and berating him for being late. Jenkins calls Danko to tell him that he's en route and has his cell phone. After hanging up, Jenkins comments that that Danko isn't going to like him arriving at work "looking scruffy".
Danko yells at Jenkins for being two hours late for work when Jenkins stopped to save a family from a home invasion. At 6:53 AM, Danko calls Jenkins to the briefing room, where he briefs his team on James Martin. He tells them they only have a photo to work with, they do not know his powers or his demeanor, but they have worked on less before. They will move out in one hour, pointing out that they will be on time.
Sylar, in Danko's form, enters a bathroom where the real Danko is. Danko tells him not to mess with his life but Sylar insists that he will not kill anyone and that he just wants to destroy Noah Bennet's life. Danko leaves the bathroom and, soon, the entire building. From a car, Matt implants some thoughts into Danko's head, making him believe that the one person he truly loves is in danger.
Danko goes to this person, Alena, and makes sure that everything is alright. He leaves and, unbeknownst to him, Matt tells Alena everything. In his apartment, Danko is visited by Alena. He is shocked and asks how she found him. She demands to know if the lies are true and Danko tries to explain himself. Matt enters and prepares to kill Alena. He claims that it is only fair as Danko killed the love of his life. Danko calls Matt's bluff and when he lowers his gun, Danko quickly pulls out his own gun. He shoots at Matt but time is frozen and Hiro Nakamura rescues Matt. Danko tries to explain himself but Alena leaves him.
While at Building 26, Danko is confronted by Noah who reveals that he knows Danko is working with Sylar. Danko plays along and gives Noah Sylar's current identity. When Sylar returns from a mission (under disguise) he is confronted by Noah and Danko. Danko turns on Noah when he states that Sylar is Donner. Noah shoots Sylar and flees after he realizes that he is not regenerating. Danko orders his men after Noah and waits for Sylar to heal. Sylar eventually heals and shape shifts back into his own body. He is angry at Danko but Danko tells him it was the only way. He then tells Sylar that he didn't know he could bleed so much and Sylar tells him it was just for show.
Later, Danko is still trying to reach Alena and make up for everything bad he has done to her.
Danko enters a shooting range at Building 26 with agents that grab Rachel. Danko shows her a message sent to Janey from her brother Jason Pierce explaining that if anything happened to him to report Rachel. As the agents prepare to take her away she teleports away.
Danko meets with Sylar in a park and demands to know why he refuses to stay as Agent Taub. Sylar reveals that his Shape shifting power is messing up and that he would prefer to stay as himself. Danko tells him that if he refuses to change into Taub, then he will be hunted down and killed. Danko and his team soon arrive at the home of Tom Miller, only to find the man dead with his head cut open. Danko eyes Sylar (who is once again in Taub's form) angrily. After returning to Building 26, Danko finds Sylar in his office. He is furious that Sylar is in his true form but Sylar asks for his help as he is having trouble holding on to who he is. Danko gives Sylar some advice and tells him to find something that will always remind himself of who he is. He shows him his father's watch and Sylar informs him that it is running slow. Danko asks who Sylar got that ability from and he states that it is his.
Danko goes to Taub's apartment and informs Sylar that they found Rebel and they need him to help them. Danko leads the assault on Rebel's warehouse and, when Micah Sanders runs, he orders his agents to open fire. Agent Harper is hesitant but Danko orders him and "Micah" is shot dead. While trying to find his body, Danko is visited by Sylar, who tells him that Micah can't regenerate and that he should just leave everything alone. Danko tells Sylar that they have hundreds of new targets that he wants him to go after; but only as Agent Taub.
Later, Sylar is about to kill Nathan when Danko arrives and tasers the Senator. Sylar demands to know why he did that and Danko tells him that he cannot kill Nathan. He orders Sylar to change into Taub and when he doesn't, Danko attacks him. He manages to stab the "sweet spot" and assumes that Sylar is dead. Sylar regenerates and says "That hurt".
After watching Sylar regenerate from his wounds and extract Danko's knife from the back of his head, Danko is telekinetically pinned to the wall. He warns Sylar that he has men on their way and that Sylar has to kill him, because he'll tell the world. Sylar changes into Danko, stating that nobody is going to believe him in a few minutes. Sylar steps out of the office to intercept Danko's team, shooting and presumably killing some members. He then steps back inside and transforms into Agent Taub. Danko is then released from his hold, but Sylar trains his gun on Danko and yells out to the rest of the team that he's "got him".
Danko is handcuffed and taken to Building 26, where Hiro Nakamura and Ando Masahashi watch him get led inside. He's taken to a cell, and roughly pushed in. Noah Bennet shares the cell, commenting about the situation. Bennet proceeds to berate Danko for teaming up with Sylar, which prompts Danko to admit his mistake. After this, Bennet gets softer in his criticism, admitting that if he didn't have a daughter to look after, he'd be in the same position Danko is. Wryly, Danko points out that he is in the same position. Bennet then agrees to teaming up.
As they're about to shake, Hiro stops time and releases the lock on the cell, leaving the door wide open. When time restarts, Noah finds the door suspicious. However, after leaving the cell and examining the unusually empty adjacent room, Noah tells Danko that the evolved humans are the cause of the strange events, and comments that Danko should have utilized their powers instead of trying to subdue them. Danko, meanwhile, finds some tranquilizer darts that are strong enough to "kill an elephant", plotting on using them against Sylar. As Bennet watches the security feed and shouts out to Danko a concern regarding getting close enough to their target in order to use the darts, Danko prepares one of the sedatives and sneaks up behind his new partner to use it on him; before he can, Hiro stops time, takes the dart, and instead injects Danko. Danko falls the floor, unconscious.
Tracy remembers when Danko shot and shattered her.
When Tracy Strauss attempts to drown Noah Bennet in his car, Danko shoots in the window, saving him. He proposes that Bennet and he team up to kill Tracy before she kills them and reveals that despite his operation being shut down, he's still hunting evolved humans. Later at an abandoned Building 26, Bennet attempts to save Tracy, himself and Danko by removing Danko's memories of Tracy. The Haitian erases his memories, but later Tracy approaches him in his apartment. Finding him with no memory of her she decides not to kill him. Danko then finds Edgar in his apartment who demands that he give him something. When Danko refuses, telling Edgar that he would never get it, Edgar kills him.
Tracy calls Noah over to Danko's apartment, and he finds her crouching over Danko's body. She explains she had decided not to kill Danko when he had no memory of her, but a man arrived and killed him before she left. Noah notices all the wounds are around the stomach, and reaches inside, pulling out a key. He tracks the key to a safety deposit box that contained a compass which Samuel sent Edgar to retrieve.
Samuel and Joseph go walking near the Carnival. Joseph explains to Samuel about his ability while Hiro and Lydia watch on. Joseph tells Samuel that he has given a compass to a man from the government and that he was coming to get him. Hearing this, Samuel kills Joseph. Later on, Samuel changes his story that it was not Danko that killed Joseph, but Edgar.
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Lydia uses her empathy to discover that Arnold's son Mel has been captured and killed by Danko. Later, Joseph meets with Danko and tells him about the carnival. Interested, Danko agrees to Joseph's deal and is given a compass. Joseph tells him that he will need one of them to use it and tells him that he must only take Samuel.
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In chapter 1 of The Agent, Rachel Mills learns about Danko and is compared to him while in training. The other recruits call him "the Hunter" for being lethal, focused, and instinctive. She meets Danko for the first time on her first mission at the Flight 195 crash site. Rachel is told to report to him for orders and finds him talking with Senator Petrelli. The senator is arguing with Danko that the detainees are going back into custody--that they are not assassins, but Danko says that the detainees should be killed. Danko also notes that the senator's daughter turned the transport flight into a National security emergency and points to her.
After a fast girl rescues Claire, Danko spots Rachel and approaches her while calling out her name. He tells Rachel to pick three men and follow the main search party. He adds that if that party gets into trouble, her squad is to ignore everything else and capture Claire by any means possible. Rachel asks what if they can't capture her, and he instructs her to shoot her in the back of the skull. He then leaves to make other preparations for the search.
Danko follows the main search party as well. When Gibson gets forced to shoot all the members of the main search party and the other members of Rachel's squad, Danko shoots and kills Gibson just before he can shoot Rachel. He then approaches Claire, pulls out a tie and takes her prisoner.
Rachel recalls that Danko has had her searching through some old websites, stuff that used to be run by people with abilities. They were just trying to understand more about how they think when Rachel found the first message. When Rachel reported it, Danko instructed Rachel to keep the project off the grid as he thinks there might be a security breach.
In chapter 3 of The Agent, the day prior to one of the fugitives breaking in to his apartment and almost killing him, Danko is driving a van carrying Jason Pierce in the back seat. Danko waits for Rachel Mills when she misses her check-in time. When she finally arrives and enters the van, Danko asks where she was and then hits gas, getting them out of the area before the cops arrive.
Some of the agents started looking at Danko differently after the incident when one of the fugitives broke into Danko's apartment, but Rachel Mills didn't, so he rewarded that loyalty with an assignment following day. Danko finds Rachel Mills and Jason at the shooting range and tells them to get their gear together--that they need to be on a plane to Costa Verde in fifteen minutes. When Rachel prompts him with questions, he explains that their mission is to find and capture Alex Woolsly. In addition, Danko informs Rachel they think that Alex had help escaping them before, and that the cheerleader is in the same town. Regarding the cheerleader, he instructs Rachel to inform him if they can find any evidence that the cheerleader is involved, and await further orders. He then leaves, walking out the door.
In chapter 6 of The Agent, Jason Pierce recalls delivering a message from Danko to Rachel Mills the first day he met her. Later, after witnessing Rachel use her ability, Jason tells Rachel that he promised Danko turning Rachel in would go smoothly. Rachel replies that is a lie and that if Danko knew he would be there with a SWAT team, hoping Rachel would make a break for it so he could kill her. Rachel adds that she thinks Danko will kill her after making her suffer. Jason says he thinks she is wrong, and Rachel responds that is cause he is not like Danko or her.
In chapter 7 of The Agent, the site commander for an operation targeting fugitives in an abandoned office building asks Rachel if she has talked with Danko about the mission. He also informs Rachel that Danko has gone off the grid, and that he is asking because he thinks Rachel is Danko's buddy or something.
In chapter 8 of The Agent, Rachel notes to herself that Commander Klassen is one of Danko's most trusted lieutenants. After the fugitives escape, Danko text messages Rachel instructions to report immediately to him.
In chapter 10 of The Agent, Danko enters a shooting range at Building 26 with agents that grab Rachel. Danko shows Rachel a video message on his cell phone that was sent to Janey from her brother Jason Pierce. He also tells her that ballistics matched the bullets in Jason's body to Rachel's gun. When Rachel then teleports away, Danko shouts that Rachel is one of them. Later, Rachel approaches and teleports through a massive metal door Danko added after the last time Rebel tried to break someone out. When Rachel meets Janey the next day, she assumes Janey is responsible for Danko getting Jason's message.
In chapter 11 of The Agent, Danko interrogates a captured Rachel Mills and calls her a monster. He then assigns her the task of killing Linda Niles before she can take down Building 2 6. Rachel initially refuses but Danko threatens to kill another prisoner, Anna Korolenko, if she does not agree. After Rachel agrees, Danko tells her that she can get to the location of Ellen from another monster they have.
"There are times in war when someone has to fall on a grenade."
- - Emile Danko (Building 26).
"You're a dime a dozen, and eleven of the twelve are unreliable."
"How did you catch him?"
"I'm smarter than the average bear."
- According to Bryan Fuller "There was some talk about making Danko gay," but "it was decided it was best to not have our first gay character be a villain." 
- After shape shifting into Danko, Sylar notes that Danko has a mole. (Turn and Face the Strange)
- Danko speaks six languages. (I Am Sylar)
- Danko's pocket watch has Russian writing on it, suggesting that Danko, or at least his father, was born in Soviet Russia.
- In the commentary for Turn and Face the Strange, Mark Verheiden said that he named Danko in Trust and Blood because it became increasingly frustrating to continue referring to the character as "The Hunter". He chose to name the character after Rick Danko, a member of The Band. Mark also felt that the name was fitting because he felt Danko's character had a European feel.
- According to a sticky note on Danko's computer, his passcode is 4289721. (Shades of Gray)
- For a list of his victims, see Danko's victims.
Please refer to Theory:Emile Danko for fan-created theories and other speculation.