|First appearance||War Buddies, Part 7|
|Known ability||Aura absorption |
Known abilities absorbed:
|Age||21 (at death)|
|Date of birth||1951|
|Date of death||1972|
|Occupation||former private investigator|
|Parents||Mr. Tavara, |
The next morning, they decide to go hiking and come across a wounded deer. After Linderman heals it, she attempts to take his ability from him, but is killed by him instead. Linderman then burns her body.
In 1972, Linda is fired from her job working for a private investigator due to the mysterious disappearances of several of her "marks." She is approached by a woman who offers her a job--to track down a list of individuals in a notebook. After she turns in two of her targets, she kills a third, a bartender named Jason Welkes.
Four weeks later, Linda contacts her informant and claims that the bartender could not be found. Thinking Linda incompetent, the informant refuses to give her any more assignments. Linda responds by killing the informant with her ability and stealing the dossier of her next target, Daniel Linderman. Linda flies to Centennial Airport to find him.
One night in 1967, Linda sits in her room writing in her diary and looking at the withered remains of animals that she has killed with her ability. Her parents timidly ask her if she needs anything, to which she replies that she doesn't. Later that night, she dreams of absorbing the auras of both people and her animal prey.
Later, she slips out of her home to wander the streets. She observes the many colored auras of the people she sees. She walks by a retirement home and sees the bright aura of a Ida May Walker there. She infiltrates the home and lures Ida to her room, claiming that Ida has a phone call in her room. Linda tells Ida she is an angel, and absorbs her aura, killing her. As she leaves, she realizes she can now see Ida's angels.
Linda possesses the ability to see and absorb people's "auras" through physical contact, an act which leaves the bodies of her victims withered. Her applied hand and forearm glow blue while doing this. She also absorbs the abilities of evolved humans.
- In an interview, R.D. Hall said that the Linda Tavara storyline was purposely told backwards. War Buddies, Part 7 is the end of that story. The middle of Linda's story is told in Bounty Hunter. The beginning of the story can be found in Moonlight Serenade.
- The script for Moonlight Serenade specifies that Linda was 16 years old in 1967, placing her birth at about 1951.
- Linda is on the list.
- Although her origin is unspecified in Heroes, Linda's last name "Tavara" literally means "stuff" in Finnish. "Tavara" is also a city in the Black Sea region of Turkey, a small village in Spain, a river in Peru, and one of the Solomon Islands (northeast of Australia). In Trabzon/Turkish folklore, "Tavara" is a tormenting night-demon, or nightmare.
- For other uses of Linda, see Linda (disambig).
- For other uses of Tavara, see Tavara (disambig).
- For a list of her victims, see Linda's victims.
Please refer to Theory:Linda Tavara for fan-created theories and other speculation.