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Daniel Linderman
Linderman face.jpg
Portrayed by Malcolm McDowell,
Casey Kringlen (in 1961)
First appearance Parasite
In-story stats
Known ability Healing
Alias Austin
Date of death November 7, 2006
Home Las Vegas, NV,
Denver, CO
Residence Two-story home (childhood residence)
Occupations Founding member and former chairman of the Company,
Founder of the Linderman Group,
former U.S. Army Corporal (served as a field medic)
Parents Unnamed father,
Unnamed mother

Daniel Linderman was a founding member of the Company, who went on to become its chairman. Linderman also founded the Linderman Group, ran several casinos and was a mafia overlord. He was an evolved human with the ability to heal any living thing with physical contact.


Outwardly, Linderman appeared as an eccentric and genial elderly businessman. Behind this mask he holds for others, however, Linderman is quite ruthless, cold-blooded and an expert on manipulation. Linderman was able to track down and re-connect with his old Army friend, Arthur Petrelli. Later, Linderman, Arthur and ten others, were brought together by Adam Monroe. Working together, Linderman and the group used their abilities to help mankind, until the group effectively fell apart. Linderman made his own plans to help "heal" the world, working with Angela Petrelli to put a plan into motion to destroy New York City. The plans were foiled at the last moment, however, and Linderman was killed.

Character History

Season One

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

Linderman helps Nathan Petrelli in his run for United States congressman, even making personal phone calls and loaning money to him. Meanwhile, Niki Sanders owes Linderman two million dollars, which she cannot repay. Linderman eventually hatches a plot, sending Miss Sakamoto to Niki, telling her that the debt is off if she can seduce Nathan, who is staying at Linderman's casino, with hopes to get more money for his campaign. Niki eventually succeeds, and Linderman records the encounter, using the tape to blackmail Nathan if the need arises.

Six months prior, it is revealed that Arthur Petrelli, Nathan's father, was Linderman's lawyer. Nathan is asked by the DA to prosecute Linderman, which would look bad for Arthur. Before Nathan can do it, however, he and his wife Heidi Petrelli are hit by a black SUV, paralyzing Heidi. Nathan thinks they were hit by Linderman's thugs, and it was an attempt to get him to stop the prosecution. Shortly after, Arthur is revealed to have died, supposedly from a heart attack. In the present, Linderman's representative Aron Malsky retrieves Niki's debt from D.L. Hawkins, Niki's husband. In return, Linderman sends Malsky to release Niki from prison, after she had turned herself in for murder to protect her family. Malsky steals the money he had gotten from D.L., so Linderman hires Jessica Sanders, Niki's violent alter-ego, to kill Malsky.

After she does so, he tells her to kill Nathan, who is about to meet with Linderman, but cooperating with the FBI in order to expose him and kill him. Niki fails to kill Nathan, and so his meeting with Linderman takes place. Linderman puts on a cultured facade, promising that Nathan will win the election, and even heals Heidi's paralysis. He has Candice Wilmer kidnap Niki's son, Micah Sanders, and uses his power to win Nathan the election. Linderman's plan, as he reveals to Nathan, is to let Nathan's brother Peter explode as foretold by Isaac Mendez, wiping out half of New York City. This would eventually cause the country to unite under Nathan, through grief and fear.

After the election, Niki and D.L. find Linderman alone in his office, wanting to find Micah and make Linderman pay for taking him. Linderman tries to bribe Niki to kill D.L., but Niki rejects the offer. Linderman pulls a gun and fires at Niki, but D.L. steps in front of her and takes the bullet. As Linderman prepares to fire at Niki again, D.L. phases his hand into the back of the man's head, killing him.

Four Months Later...

Kaito Nakamura names Mr. Linderman as a member of an elite group of twelve individuals.

Out of Time

Bob explains to Nathan that Adam Monroe is dangerous because he intends to bring holocausts and plagues against the rest of the world, to save it by "punishing humanity" and establishing a new power structure based around evolved humans. Nathan replies that it sounds a lot like Linderman's plans, and Bob confirms that he was Adam Monroe's "disciple."

Graphic Novel:Elle's First Assignment, Part 1

Bob tells Elle that Claire's blood could make her a major player in the Company, and compares her to Linderman.

Graphic Novel:Normal Lives

Noah thinks to himself that Linderman's death has the Company "running around like a chicken with its head cut off."

Graphic Novel:War Buddies, Part 7

After having become a Corporal in the U.S. Army, Linderman returns from the Vietnam War. He hitchhikes from place to place, having no real place to call home. Eventually, he meets Linda Tavara, who invites him to stay at her campsite. After the two spend the night together there, Linderman and Linda see an injured deer laying nearby. Linderman heals the deer in front of Linda and turns to tell her about his ability, but Linda tells him she already knows as she lunges toward him. She places her hand on his face in an attempt to absorb his ability, but he hits her in the face with a stick and knocks her out. After finding his name and ability in her notebook, he burns her body and gets another ride as far away as he can. While riding, he notices another name and location in Linda's notebook--Arthur Petrelli in New York City.

Graphic Novel:On the Lam

Mr. Linderman hires Brian and assigns him to design the Corinthian Hotel's website. Later, Linderman enlists him to rig an election in favor of candidate Nathan Petrelli using a "logic bomb". When it fails and Brian flees, Linderman is furious but is able to secure Nathan's victory using other means. After the election, Brian learns of the results and of Linderman's death.

Graphic Novel:Bounty Hunter

Linda Tavara receives a dossier from her informant with information about Linderman. Notebook in tow, she flies to Denver to meet Linderman at the airport.

Graphic Novel:The Kill Squad, Part 1

Linderman is with Bob Bishop in the Corinthian Casino kitchen when Sean Fallon arrives to become part of the Company support team.

The Second Coming

After Nathan Petrelli suffers an assassination attempt by Future Peter, he wakes up in a hospital to find Linderman standing before him. Nathan supposes it must have been Linderman who had healed him. He quotes Shakespeare and tells Nathan that the both of them are meant for great things.

The Butterfly Effect

Nathan is still in his hospital room. Tracy Strauss, a political advisor who looks exactly like Niki Sanders, speaks with him, offering him a job as a Senator for the state of New York. Nathan is confused, instantly recognizing the woman as Niki. Tracy denies any ties to her, claiming that she isn't Niki "in the slightest". Tracy leaves her card and cell number, and leaves the room. Linderman enters right as she leaves, causing Nathan to think that Linderman put Niki up to this. Linderman assures Nathan that Tracy was not Niki, but that it was fate that a woman so familiar-looking would offer Nathan "the chance of a lifetime". He urges Nathan to accept the offer, saying it's God's plan, and Nathan kicks him out of the room.

Later, Linderman plays chess with Nathan in his hospital room. Nathan tells Linderman that he won't let him manipulate him this time, Nathan's in control, and Linderman agrees. A nurse enters, telling Nathan to get some rest. He tells her he's in the middle of a game, and she asks if he's playing against himself, unable to see Linderman. Linderman informs Nathan that nobody can see him, except Nathan.

I Am Become Death

Nathan, now a Senator, is in his new office with Linderman. John Wellner, a staffer under Nathan, asks what type of desk he would like, since Tracy isn't answering her phone to make the decision for him. Linderman suggests one type of desk, but Nathan purposely chooses the type Wellner suggests instead. As Wellner leaves, Nathan confronts Linderman, not trusting him and finding it unusual that only he can see him. Linderman claims that Nathan's recovery and ability to fly are the work of angels, and claims that he only wants to help Nathan to eventually become president. He asks Nathan to trust him, saying that this is the path to salvation. Nathan remarks that it's not his own path, if Linderman's leading the way.

Later on, once Nathan has his new desk installed, Tracy meets with Nathan, giving him her resignation letter. She says sadly that after learning who she is, she knew what she had to do. After she leaves, Linderman tells Nathan that his path is to save Tracy, who is about to attempt suicide.

Angels and Monsters

After saving Tracy's life, Nathan begins to wonder how Linderman knew she was about to kill herself. Linderman continues to insist that he is helping Nathan follow God's plan. Nathan laments that he has a dead mobster instead of Moses's burning bush.

Linderman hires Daphne Millbrook, a woman with super speed, to recruit people such as Knox, Adam Monroe, even Hiro Nakamura and Matt Parkman, to their cause. Daphne notes how strange it is that she can never sneak up on Linderman, when her speed usually allows her to sneak up on anyone. She tries hitting him, but her hand goes right through him.

It is later revealed that Linderman's return is due to Maury Parkman, who has been using his ability to create illusions of the mobster and further Arthur Petrelli's plans.

Dying of the Light

Maury Parkman, appearing as Linderman, reinforces his order for Daphne to recruit Matt Parkman at JFK Airport.


Hiro Nakamura has a vision of the past, 18 months ago. In this vision, Arthur Petrelli throws a party for his family. Nathan Petrelli approaches Linderman, warning him that he will be arrested for all he's done. Linderman talks with Arthur alone, asking what to do, and reminding Arthur that Nathan will find evidence against them both if he digs too deep. Arthur calmly responds that he'll talk to Nathan, and if that doesn't work, he'll kill him.

Later, Nathan and Heidi are hit by a black SUV, paralyzing Heidi. Arthur had ordered Linderman to have this done. Arthur tells Linderman that Nathan survived the crash, and Linderman shows guilt and concern for paralyzing Heidi. He notes that another attempt on Nathan's life may seem suspicious. Angela overhears them talking, and she is furious at Arthur for wanting to kill their son.

After Arthur uses his telepathy to brainwash Angela into believing that Arthur's plans to kill Nathan was necessary, Linderman speaks with her privately, claiming he feels remorse for allowing Arthur to manipulate her so. He heals Angela's mind, freeing her from Arthur's control.


Linderman, as he appears in 1961

In 1961, Linderman was sent to Coyote Sands, an internment camp meant to hold people with abilities for Chandra Suresh to study. Linderman was often seen with his friends Charles Deveaux and Bobby Bishop. The three of them greet Angela Shaw and her sister Alice Shaw in their cabin shortly after the girls arrive at Coyote Sands. Charles introduces him as the one with the funny accent.

Later, the three of them are outside Angela's cabin as she tells her sister about her nightmares. When Angela steps out for air, Charles confronts her about their powers, but Angela doesn't believe them. Linderman then steps in and asks Angela about her scar. Angela watches as Linderman heals the scar. Charles compares the camps to the holocaust and convinces her to escape with them. As Angela heads back to her sister, she warns them about trusting Dr. Suresh.

They escape the camps and head to Coyote Sands Café. Angela tries to call the police, but they do not believe her. When she tries lecturing the others of the severity of this situation, Linderman calmly replies he's "enjoying the moment". Charles dances with Angela, prompting the chef to tell them that interracial dating isn't allowed. Charles reveals his ability and makes the diner pretend nothing happened. As they're heading out, the radio reports a severe storm and Angela urges them to get back to Alice immediately.

After observing the aftermath of the massacre at Coyote Sands, the trio and Angela are back at the cafe. Linderman is disturbed, but calm. Angela reveals she's had a dream where they form a company and hide the truth about their abilities, in order to prevent this from happening again. She tells them they do what they need to, even kill, and that it's a necessary evil.

Graphic Novel:From the Files of Primatech, Part 1

In 1963, Linderman sits and listens to Chris Coolidge's concert alongside Angela, Bobby and Charles. When Bob finds what they are doing confusing, Linderman tells Angela not to waste her time explaining it to him, as he will never get it. When Kaito Nakamura introduces himself and Charles explains that Kaito has "escaped his destiny", Linderman scoffs at the idea as he does not think anybody talks like that. While their friends are dancing, Linderman and Charles discuss Chris and Linderman wonders what it would have been like if they had had him at the Coyote Sands.

Graphic Novel:From the Files of Primatech, Part 2

In 1963, Chris Coolidge starts a riot with his ability. Linderman helps to heal the injured people with his ability. Then, he tries to stop Bobby from joining the riot. Later, he convinces Chris to try to stop what he had started using his power.

Graphic Novel:From the Files of Primatech, Part 6

In 1988, Angela, Charles, Bob, and Thompson visit Claude in this hospital after Claude and Thompson's attack during their mission. Angela tells Claude that he should thank Linderman and some of the Company's wonderful physicians for being awake.

Webisode:Dark Matters, Part 5

Linderman's name is included on the board that Quentin Frady creates.

Brave New World

A junior high school in Los Angeles is named after Daniel Linderman.

Heroes Evolutions

A Hero's Quest

In Hiro's ninth blog post, "Memories of Maury", Hiro looks through old paperwork from the Company. Hiro says that he believes Linderman brought Maury Parkman into the Company.

Evolved Human Abilities

Linderman has the ability to heal others, which he has used on several occasions, such as:

Heroes Reborn App

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

Memorable Quotes

"You see, I think there comes a time when a man has to ask himself whether he wants a life of happiness or a life of meaning."

"I'd like to have both."

"It can't be done. Two very different paths. I mean, to be truly happy a man must live absolutely in the present, and with no thought of what's gone before, and no thought of what lies ahead. But a life of meaning, a man is condemned to wallow in the past, and obsess about the future."

- Linderman, Nathan (Parasite)

"An explosion of that magnitude would destroy half the population of New York City like that (*snap*)."

"There's six and a half billion people on the planet. That's less than point-zero-seven percent. Come on, that's an acceptable loss by anyone's count."

- Nathan, Linderman (.07%)

"I said that people needed hope, but they trust fear... This tragedy will be a catalyst for good, for change. Out of the ashes, humanity will find a common goal, a united sense of hope, couched in a united sense of fear. And it is your destiny, Nathan, to be the leader who uses this event to rally a city, a nation, a world."

- Linderman (.07%)

"You should have taken the money."

- Linderman (to Niki) (Landslide)


  • According to James Clark, the role of Mr. Linderman was down to two actors: Malcolm McDowell and David Bowie.
  • It is unclear what role (if any) Mr. Linderman played in the death row inmate's confession to Jessica's crimes. (Distractions)
  • Mr. Linderman's Vietnam War history is recorded in a partially censored file found in the Pentagon. In it, his codename is listed as "Austin".
  • Mr. Linderman's exact age is unknown. However, Jason Badower says he remembers reading an email stating that Linderman was 18 years old in November 1968. This would make him about 56 years old in November 2006. It is more likely, however, that he was 18 in November 1961 (otherwise he would be 11 in 1961) making him 63 years old.
  • McDowell said on his character "The man is a healer. He has obviously got a wonderful side to him. He's wonderful with children, wonderful with pets. What more can I say about him? He's the life and soul of a party. He tells a good joke. He's a delightful man and the kind of person that would be a very fine uncle to your children. But having said that, there is a side to him which is a little bit dark, he has this power thing. And he feels that, and I'm not saying that I feel that which is what he feels obviously, is that the world is in such a state that the human race is so decadent and out of - is that me? No. Anyway that, he thinks the answer to that is starting again. And it's obviously a kind of strange way of going about things but there are other people on this planet at the moment I'd say that think the same unfortunately, and they are dangerous. And Linderman, I don't know. He must have had quite an unhappy childhood I think for him to have taken it that far." [1]
  • Tim Kring said, "I looked at Linderman almost as a Bond villain. The Bond movies always have someone new and interesting; Linderman was our first. He was our Dr. No."
  • In chapter 5 of the Takezo Kensei: Sword Saint videos by the Yamagato Fellowship, Mr. Linderman is called "Daniel Linderman." He is also mentioned by name on corinthianlasvegas.com, and confirmed by Joe Pokaski and Aron Coleite in this CBR Q&A discussion. He was first addressed as "Daniel" in the episode Villains.
  • Mr. Linderman is widely know to have the largest collection of Kensei artifacts in the world. Most guarded of these treasures is Kensei's sword, which Linderman never lends out and is visibly annoyed when Hiro steals it. He claimed to have received the sword in 1977. (Sword Saint)


  • According to the Oxford English Dictionary, a "linder" is "a woollen waistcoat or undershirt".
  • In French, the similar-sounding "lendemain" means "the next day" or "the immediate future".
  • Mr. Linderman's office in the Kirby Plaza building is on the fifty-first floor.
  • Even though Linderman is mentioned many times in Season One, the actor who portrays him, Malcolm McDowell, only acts in three episodes.
  • Linderman owns a casino, meaning that he is incredibly wealthy. Amusingly, the last word he ever says is "money".
  • In German, the dried flowers of the tree "Linde" ("Tilia" in English) have healing powers.
  • The German word "lindern" means to cure an illness or a wound.
  • Linderman has appeared in the show more times dead than alive.

See Also

Fan Theories

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

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