René

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René
Thehaitian.jpg
Portrayed by Jimmy Jean-Louis,
Sheku Fofana (in 1992)
First appearance One Giant Leap
In-story stats
Known ability Mental manipulation
Nicknames The Haitian,
Boy,
Spooky Euro Dude
Gender
Home formerly a village in Haiti
Occupations Member of HeroTruther,
former Company agent
Parent Guillame (deceased)
Sibling Baron Samedi (half-brother)

René, commonly called "The Haitian", is a mysterious individual whom Thompson recruited to the Company from Haiti, who is partnered with Noah Bennet to aid in the investigation of evolved humans. In time, René and Noah became firm friends and later, due to emotional frustration and guilt over their actions on behalf of the Company, decide to rebel against their superiors and go on the run. Precious little is known about his past; however, René is religious and kept a necklace of the Symbol, which he later gave to Peter Petrelli. Five years after Claire Bennet's reveal as an evolved human, René reunited with his old friend Noah. However, Noah discovered that for unknown reasons, René had erased his memory after the events of the Odessa Unity Summit, and at the behest of Noah himself, René attempted to kill him. In defense, Noah shot René resulting in his death. He was later brought back when Noah went back in time with Hiro Nakamura and warned his past self not to use René, but Caspar instead. He is an evolved human with the ability to manipulate people's minds and is considered one of the Company's most valuable resources.

Character History

Season One

For an episode-by-episode summary, see René: Season One History.

The Haitian prepares to shoot Mr. Bennet for his own safety.

The Haitian works as a member of Mr. Bennet's team at Primatech Paper Co. Together, the Haitian and Mr. Bennet bring in Matt Parkman, whose special ability is almost completely blocked by the Haitian. They proceed to attempt a similar abduction routine on Nathan Petrelli, but Nathan escapes. The Haitian assists in many other abductions of people with special abilities, including Ted Sprague, on behalf of an organization known as the Company. With Eden's assistance, the Haitian is able to capture Sylar and bring him back to Primatech, although he eventually escapes. The Haitian uses his power to erase the memories of Mr. Bennet's wife and son and others. Bennet orders him to erase his adopted daughter's memory as well, but he instead takes her into his confidence. When the Company learns of Claire's ability, the Haitian shoots Mr. Bennet and erases his memory and takes Claire into hiding. Claire, however, eludes the Haitian and travels to New York City to find Peter Petrelli. The Haitian gets there first and is waiting for Claire at Peter Petrelli's apartment with Claire's biological grandmother.

The Haitian remembers a story about himself as a young boy in his village in Haiti living with his father, Guillame. He discovers his abilities for the first time when he suppresses his father's abilities just by being present. Furthermore, when Guillame attempts to redeem himself, the Haitian wipes clean the minds of many villagers, reducing them to a zombie-like state. Guillame accompanies the Haitian to the crossroads, seeking penance and planning to kill his son. The Haitian becomes one with his father's mind by touching him and causes him to recall the two of them being happy together, such that Guillame commits suicide instead of murder. Afterwards, the Haitian goes back to the village and meets Thompson for the first time.

Season Two

For an episode-by-episode summary, see René: Season Two History.

The Haitian passes his Symbol necklace to Peter.

Shortly after the explosion, the Haitian appears in Bob's office negating Peter's powers. Several months later, he is sent to the docks with Elle to capture Peter and Adam Monroe. He forces Peter into a shipping container to be shipped to Cork, Ireland and takes his memories, but not before revealing that he is on his side and giving Peter his necklace.

Mohinder Suresh is sent on an assignment, which turns out to be a mission to heal the Haitian, who believes the virus he's contracted is a punishment from God. Suresh persuades the Haitian to try the antivirus, which succeeds. When Mohinder explains that he is working for "a company," the Haitian appears to take Mohinder's memory of the entire incident and flees. The Haitian then manages to track down Noah Bennet at the copy shop, and the two men greet each other, smiling.

Noah and the Haitian track a series of eight paintings to Ukraine. The two go to the home of Noah's mentor Ivan to force him to reveal the location of the paintings. Noah threatens to strip Ivan of his family memories if he refuses. When Ivan refuses to cooperate, the Haitian removes Ivan's memories of his first meeting with his wife, and only then does Ivan begin to cooperate. After Ivan reveals the location of the paintings, the Haitian goes with Noah to recover them.

The Haitian blocks Arthur's ability, allowing Peter to kill him.

Season Three

For an episode-by-episode summary, see René: Season Three History.

Under the orders of Angela Petrelli, the Haitian travels to Berlin to secure her half of the formula. He is attacked by Hiro and Ando, who believe that he is out to steal it. While knocked out, his part of the formula is stolen by Daphne and he awakens to find Hiro and Ando completely shocked at what has happened. He takes them back to America and introduces them to Angela, who gives them the task to find Adam Monroe.

The Haitian is then sent to Haiti to find his brother, Baron Samedi, who escaped from Level 5. When the eclipse takes away his ability, the Haitian is joined by Peter and Nathan. Even with the Petrelli brothers helping him, the Haitian does not believe that he can stop Samedi without his powers. When Nathan is kidnapped, Peter convinces him that he can stop Samedi, so the two of them go to the camp to find Nathan. With his powers returned, the Haitian incapacitates Samedi and returns to America.

The Haitian becomes Peter's partner in his mission to kill Arthur Petrelli and when Peter has second thoughts about it, the Haitian tells him that it is for the greater good. He stops Arthur from using his powers but is unable to hold him long enough, allowing Arthur to attack Peter. Sylar intervenes kills Arthur. The Haitian rushes off to catch Sylar.

Season Four

For an episode-by-episode summary, see René: Season Four History.

Now working as part of the new Company, the Haitian is called by Noah to wipe all memories of Tracy Strauss from Danko's mind, helping her to start a new life. When Claire is attacked by an invisible assailant at college, Noah sends the Haitian to accompany Claire so that Becky will no longer be able to remain invisible around her. Claire is happy with this arrangement, and refers to the Haitian by his real name, René. However, Gretchen is not happy and decides to go home, so Claire tells René to keep Gretchen safe until she gets to the airport.

Later, Angela sends René to wipe the memories of "Nathan" and Peter, but René instead decides to give Peter the address to Nathan's corpse so that he can discover the truth about his brother himself. When Peter learns the truth, he replicates René's ability at Mercy Heights Hospital so that he can erase Sylar's memories and destroy his mind, thus returning Nathan to him. On Thanksgiving, René stands behind Noah as he threatens Gretchen with memory erasure unless she dissuades Claire from returning to the carnival.

Brave New World

Noah visits Lumiere Ophthalmology after finding a card with the name and "see more clearly" on it in his diary on the date of June 13th, 2014. When Dahlia pulls a gun on Noah, Rene appears from a back room to Noah's surprise and tells Dahlia that Noah is a friend. Rene asks Noah to meet him at a bench across the street. Later, Rene meets Noah on the bench and returns his horn-rimmed glasses which Noah had left with him when they last met. As Noah puts on his glasses, Rene pulls out a wire and starts strangling him. Noah manages to break free and they struggle over Noah's gun resulting in Rene being fatally shot. Noah begs to know why Rene tried to kill him and the dying Rene tells Noah he was following Noah's own orders. Noah realizes Rene wiped his memories which Rene confirms, stating that Noah came up with the perfect plan and had needed to forget. Noah asks what he needed to forget, but Rene just tells him "its coming" before dying without saying anymore. Upset by Rene's death, Noah leaves his body lying on the ground and takes off.

Odessa

Noah cleans Rene's blood off his hands in a bathroom and flashes back on Rene telling him that he needed to forget something and "its coming." Noah is shown to be distraught by the death of his friend.

Tommy Clark tells Emily Duval about how he was taken by Primatech when he was about seven and put into a room with "toys and stuff" but no windows. He mentions that his memory of it is hazy, indicating that Rene wiped part of his memory though not all of it for some reason.

Under the Mask

Noah discovers that part of what Rene erased was him in St. Jude's Hospital looking at Claire's body. Noah and Quentin are left wondering how Claire could've died due to the nature of her powers and why Noah would've had Rene erase his memories. Noah remembers that Rene stated that Noah wasn't supposed to remember the plan before he died and realizes that Claire's death must have something to do with it.

June 13th, Part One

After discovering the existence of Claire's children, Noah finally understands why he had Rene erase his memory: to protect them from Erica Kravid. As he had no knowledge of them, he couldn't tell Erica where to find them.

June 13th, Part Two

On June 13th, 2014, Noah realizes that he has to have his memories erased. He says that he will find René to do the job, but the Noah from 2015 tells him to use Caspar Abraham instead, knowing it will prevent Rene's death.

Sundae, Bloody Sundae

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11:53 to Odessa

René travels with Dahlia, Henry, Deirdre, Logue, and Taylor to Sunstone Manor to free Micah. While they ponder ways to get in, René tells Taylor that Renautas is using Micah's power to limit the flow of information about its activities, and that they don't have much time left to free him. René waits on the hill while Taylor and a shape shifted Henry enter the manor. Later, when Taylor escapes the manor with Carlos and Farah in tow, René and the others walk down to join them. An army of Harris clones appears behind them so the group splits up to evade the clones.

Send in the Clones

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Project Reborn

While in the Eternal Fortress of Evernow, Tommy Clark witnesses a memory from seven years before where Angela Petrelli had his and Malina's ability to combine their powers tested with Rene on hand to wipe their memory of it. Rene questions whether Noah should be there to witness it, but Angela tells him that for Noah's plan to work, he must remain unaware of everything. Tommy only ends up seeing part of the memory and later travels back in time to witness it for himself. Tommy witnesses as Angela orders Rene to pull the twins apart when the power proves too much for them and then how it works when a technician acts as their conduit. Tommy rescues Noah and takes him back to show Angela telling Rene that the twins need a conduit, someone willing to sacrifice themselves to channel their power so they can stop the H.E.L.E. Angela tells Rene that there was a third faceless person in her dreams, someone she now realizes is Tommy and Malina's conduit. Rene asks Angela who the person would be and Angela stares through the observation window, seemingly straight at the future Noah and tells Rene she has a good idea of who it will be.

Heroes Evolutions

Brave New World

In the prolog of the eBook Brave New World, the Haitian sits next to Noah at 10:33 am on June 13, 2014 outside the Odessa Summit. A trusted friend, Rene tells Noah that Claire is on her way, but wanted Rene to talk to Noah first in order to prepare him. Rene says that the rift between Claire and Noah isn't healthy. He also expresses some disdain at the summit itself, saying that its purpose is for other people to "decide how people like me are supposed to live our lives." Rene promises that Claire will be there, but doesn't tell Noah what she wanted Rene to prepare Noah for. Rene walks away, not going into the summit.

Later, after Rene is shot by Noah, he tells Noah that he needs to forget. Noah asks what he needed to forget, and Rene replies, "Not what. Who."

Evolved Human Abilities

René has the power to manipulate people's minds. He can selectively interfere with the use of special abilities and selectively erase memories. He uses his power in conjunction with hand-to-hand combat skills to subdue other evolved humans, as shown in Four Months Ago... when he defeated and restrained Peter Petrelli. He can render individuals unconscious by physical contact. While he can nullify powers out to some indeterminate range without physical contact, his other mental abilities seem to require touch (The Eclipse, Part 2, Our Father). His powers do require mental effort, and sufficient resistance by another evolved human of sufficient power and/or skill can cause him physical and mental strain (Our Father).

Heroes Reborn App

Prior to Heroes Reborn starting, an app was released with a video summary of the Haitian's history. The summary included:

Memorable Quotes

"He sent me here to make you forget. Like he sent me to your friend, and your brother, and your mother so many times. He'll be here soon, expecting that you won't remember anything, but it is very important that you do. Tell me Claire, can you keep a secret?"

- René (to Claire) (Fallout)


"What you can do, what I can do--that is God. Respect it accordingly."

- René (to Claire) (Godsend)


"Of course, there is always a company..."

- René (to Mohinder) (Lizards)


"Don't you need to write any of this down?"

"Memory is not an issue for me."

- Mohinder, René (The Crossroads)

Notes

  • René rarely speaks. In fact, Thompson was initially under the erroneous impression that he couldn't speak, as were Mr. Bennet and Eden McCain and presumably other agents of the Company until the events of Company Man. He finally broke his silence by speaking to Claire Bennet (Fallout). René also speaks French, as is customary in Haiti (Parasite).
  • René is most often referred to as "The Haitian". However, he has also been called "The Man at the Bar", "Mysterious Man", "Mystery Man", "Mysterious Black Guy", "MBG", "Mr. Mute", "Memory Wiper", "Mr. Bennet's Assistant", "Mr. Bennet's Cleaner", "Spooky Euro-Dude", and "SED".
  • He is also jokingly referred to as "The Haitian Sensation That's Sweeping the Nation" by Jack Coleman (Mr. Bennet) during cast commentaries.
  • In the commentary for Parasite, it was revealed that before the casting of Jimmy Jean-Louis, the Haitian was originally intended to be a Maori warrior from New Zealand. Jimmy said he supposed the switch was made because Jimmy himself is from Haiti.
  • Some fans--and even a photo caption on NBC.com--initially confused the Haitian with D.L. Hawkins because of their similar appearances.
  • Although René's last name is not known, seven different times his father Guillame addresses him as "Boy". (It Takes a Village Parts 1, 2, 3, 4), and (The Crossroads)
  • In The Eclipse, Part 1 it was revealed that René has a brother, Baron Samedi, which may suggest that they share a surname. However, Baron Samedi is also an alias and Samedi's real name is unknown.
  • René says that he is his father's only son (It Takes a Village, Part 4), though later he says that Baron Samedi is his brother (The Eclipse, Part 1). Writers Joe Pokaski and Aron Coleite explained that this issue was actually addressed in a line that was cut. "The Haitian only discovered his brother after he was recruited into the Company. Seems that Voodoo priest father liked to use his ability to sleep around. However, the line was cut because it was deemed 'confusing'."
  • René appears to be personally loyal to Angela Petrelli, although he has occasionally defied her. He has demonstrated loyalty to other members of the Petrelli family as well, including both Nathan and Peter.
  • Since his joining the Company, only one evolved human, Howard Grigsby, has been able to defeat René (excluding those characters with multiple abilities). Even then, we do not see how René was defeated.

Trivia

  • René's license plate number is 791 M72. (Parasite)
  • René's picture is on Nathan's gallery of targets.
  • René has never appeared in the last episode of a volume, but has appeared in at least one of the last four episodes of each of the first three volumes.
  • René did not appear in person in any episode during Volume Four, but his picture is visible on the fugitive board in Building 26.
  • Although René was introduced in the third episode of Season One, his name was not revealed until the eighth episode of Season Four, making "What is the Haitian's name?" one of the longest running mysteries ever on Heroes. It is confirmed in Thanksgiving as Peter and Angela call him René.
  • According to his Primatech ID card, René's personnel number is #001216.

See Also

Fan Theories

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


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