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Matt Parkman
Portrayed by Greg Grunberg
First appearance Don't Look Back
In-story stats
Known ability Telepathy
Formal name Matthew Parkman
Alias Officer Ramsey
Nicknames Carnac,
Age 41
Date of birth June 10, 1968
Place of birth Los Angeles, CA
Home Los Angeles, CA,
formerly New York, NY
Residence Janice Parkman's home,
formerly Mohinder Suresh's apartment in Brooklyn, NY,
formerly a single-family home in Los Angeles, CA
Occupations LAPD detective,
formerly NYPD detective,
former private security guard,
former LAPD officer,
former pizza delivery boy
Significant others Janice Parkman
formerly Daphne Millbrook (deceased),
Parents Maury Parkman (deceased), Lillian Parkman
Grandparents Paternal grandparents:
Mr. Parczak,
Edith Parczak
Children Matt Parkman, Jr.
Ward formerly Molly Walker
Other relatives Unnamed brother-in-law

Matt Parkman is a detective of the Los Angeles Police Department, though he had immense trouble getting to his desired position because his dyslexia made it difficult for him to pass the entrance exam. After being hunted by Homeland Security, Matt has now decided to embrace his role as a father and protect his family at all costs. He is an evolved human with the ability of telepathy.

Character History

Season One

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

Matt is abducted by The Company.

Matt Parkman is an officer for the LAPD, busy securing a crime scene, when he discovers he has the power of hearing people's thoughts. This enables him to locate a missing girl. However, upon mentioning the name "Sylar", Matt is arrested, but proves to Audrey that his power is real, and goes to work for the FBI. Meanwhile, after a row with his wife, Matt goes to a Los Angeles bar, collapses, and wakes up strapped to a table in a medical facility. Mr. Bennet instructs a mysterious man to "clean Matt out". Later, he discovers he has two marks on his neck, something he shares in common with Ted Sprague, the FBI's newest target.

Obsessed with Mr. Bennet, Matt orders a SWAT raid on Primatech Paper Co., which ultimately proves to be a bust. He is suspended from his job, takes a job as a body guard, and steals some diamonds. Desperate, Matt joins with the fugitive Ted to confront Mr. Bennet in his own home. When things turn sour, Matt is apprehended by the Company, but quickly escapes his cell with Bennet's help. He joins with others to head to New York City and destroy the Walker System, and is horrified to learn that the system is actually Molly. Matt uses Molly's locating ability to hunt down Sylar at Kirby Plaza. However, just as he shoots the serial killer, Sylar telekinetically stops the bullets and flings them into Matt's abdomen, leaving him wounded.

Season Two

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

Matt hears one of Molly's nightmares.

Matt is now a detective with the NYPD and lives with Mohinder to take care of Molly. When picking up Molly from school, her teacher shows Matt frightening drawings that Molly made of eyes intertwined with the symbol and informs him that she thinks Molly is living in a bad environment due to his recent injuries and divorce from Janice. At their new residence, Matt and Molly eat, and Matt tried to talk to Molly about her drawings and her nightmares but she refuses. Later he uses his telepathy to listen to Molly's dream and discovers that she is dreaming about the someone who can see her. She awakens and tells him that the person in her dreams is extremely dangerous, and if Matt tries to go after him he will die.

Matt is assigned with the investigation of Kaito's death. Detective Fuller shows Matt a portion of a photograph of Kaito with the symbol drawn on top. He informs Matt that Ando was a witness and that he saw Kaito being pushed off the building despite there being only one body found. Fuller continues and tells Matt that the photo had Angela Petrelli's fingerprint on it. While interviewing Angela, Matt hears her thoughts, and finds out that someone is seeking revenge for something terrible they did. Matt meets Nathan when Angela starts screaming in the interrogation room, and Matt breaks through the glass in the adjacent room. Nathan holds her as Matt asks who did this. Matt finds Angela holding another picture fragment of her with the symbol also drawn across her face.

The next few days, Matt and Nathan try to figure out who killed Kaito and attacked Angela. Nathan recognizes the photos that the killer sent to Kaito and Angela and shows the original to Matt. Matt sees his father in the photo and tries to get Molly to find him. Molly uses her ability and becomes unconscious after revealing Matt's father's location. Matt and Nathan find Maury, and after finding that Maury is stronger than Matt with the same ability, Maury escapes using his ability. Nathan and Matt find a picture of Bob, and go to warn him. Working with Niki and Mohinder, Bob plans to capture Maury using Matt's ability. However, Maury outsmarts Niki and turns her against Bob, Nathan and Mohinder. After dealing with them, Maury finds himself in his old home where he is keeping Molly, and where Matt has found her. Matt argues with his father, then leaves the nightmare with Molly.

Angela tells Matt to kill Peter if he has to.

Matt discovers his ability allows for him to implant thoughts into other people's mind, and uses it to his advantage on Molly and Det. Fuller. Matt interrogates Angela Petrelli to find out who the last woman in the photo is, but is too late to save her. Later, Angela explains to Matt and Nathan that 30 years ago, Adam decided the world needed to be wiped clean, and so the founders locked him away. Matt and Nathan are told to put a bullet through Adam's head to stop him, and before leaving, Matt hears Angela's thoughts, telling him to kill Peter, too, if he must. Matt and Nathan go to Primatech Paper Co., and they run into Hiro. They go to the Company vault. Matt tries to use his telepathy to convince Peter to stop Adam, but Peter resists and starts pushing Matt back with telekinesis. Later, after Peter destroys Strain 138, Matt, Nathan, and Peter discuss how they will expose and take down the Company. With Matt's telepathic assistance, Nathan calls a press conference to expose the nature of the various evolved humans and the Company. During his speech, he is shot twice in the chest by an unknown assailant. Matt looks up at the crowd, and tries to catch a glimpse of the shooter before he exits the building.

Season Three

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

Matt rushes after Nathan Petrelli's assassin with Peter but arrives too late to catch him. Matt later finds "Peter" searching for the gun and demands some answers. Future Peter reveals himself and teleports him to Africa, where he meets Usutu. Matt travels with Usutu until they come to his camp, where numerous paintings of Matt are located. The paintings depict many different events in Matt's life and Usutu reveals that he can paint the future and that Matt has been one of his main subjects. Usutu proceeds to paint over an image of Matt in a happy family and instead paints Matt clutching the dead body of an unknown woman. After discovering that in the future, he is married to a woman named Daphne Millbrook, Matt goes home to America to find her. Daphne finds him instead and attempts to recruit him to Pinehearst. Matt tries to convince Daphne about the vision he had in Africa but she does not believe him until he mentions the name Daniella, which is the name of Daphne's grandmother. The two of them continue to talk and Matt tries to get Daphne to leave Pinehearst. Daphne tells him that she can't and runs away.

Matt and Daphne confess their love for each other.

While at home, Matt is once again approached by Daphne, who has been ordered to kill him. Matt convinces her that she can't do it as she is a good person and the two of them go to Primatech to speak with Angela Petrelli. While there, Matt uses his telepathy to get inside Angela's comatose. Matt is almost killed by Arthur Petrelli but Daphne manages to get inside and helps him. They rescue Angela but Daphne runs away, not wanting to be found by Arthur. Matt, Hiro and Ando go to Kansas to find her and after a new eclipse occurs, Matt discovers that Daphne is unable to walk without her powers. When their powers return, Matt convinces Daphne that she is not a villain and that he does love her. The two of them return to Ando, who informs them that Hiro is missing in time.

Matt, Daphne and Ando return to New York to find the final 9th Wonders! comic. After finding it, they learn that they need another time traveler to help Hiro, so Daphne steals an injection of the formula for Ando. Matt's ability is amplified by Ando's new power so Daphne and Ando use their combined powers to rescue Hiro.

Two months later, Matt and Daphne are trying to live normal lives but are finding it hard to do so with Daphne's need for speed. Matt begins having visions of Usutu and is told by him that he is destined to become a prophet. Matt gains the ability of precognition and is then captured by the government. After escaping from the crashed Flight 195, Matt teams up with Mohinder and Hiro to try and escape from them. The three of them meet up with Daphne, Ando and Claire and Daphne is shot by some agents, resulting in Matt going on a path of revenge.

Matt, Mohinder and Peter kidnap Noah Bennet and use Matt's telepathy to get information out of him. Matt manages to discover that Daphne is still alive and goes with Peter to try and get evidence to use against Building 26. Matt is captured and placed under sedation until he is freed by Tracy Strauss. Matt frees Daphne and takes her to the hospital, where he tries to give her a storybook ending. Daphne dies in his arms and Matt goes after Danko, seeking to kill the one person he truly loves. Matt is unable to kill Alena and is rescued by Hiro, seconds before Danko shoots him. Hiro and Ando introduce Matt to his infant son, baby Matt.

Matt is overjoyed to see his son.

Now a father, Matt seeks to protect Baby Matt by returning him to Janice. He faces many problems, as he does not know how much of a family they will be once they are all together once more. After returning Baby Matt to Janice, Matt goes to shut down Building 26 to ensure his son's safety. Before doing so, he is confronted by Angela Petrelli, who informs him that he is the only one that can save Nathan from being killed. The two of them go to Nathan's suite but arrive too late, as Nathan has been killed by Sylar. Noah and Angela quickly come up with a plan to kill Sylar and bring back Nathan, and they get Matt to carry it out. Matt uses his telepathy to wipe away every memory and thought that Sylar has and replaces them with the memories and thoughts of Nathan, causing Sylar to fully become Nathan. Matt, angry and guilty over what he has done, leaves them and returns to his son.


Matt is playing with Matt Jr. when his phone rings. He answers it and discovers that Angela Petrelli is on the other end. She asks Matt to erase Sylar's memories again but Matt denies her, stating that what he did was wrong and he has quit using his ability. Angels states there is no such thing but Matt tells her to deal with her own problem. He hangs up.

Matt goes to find Matt Jr. and almost trips on one of his toys. He discovers his son in the arms of Sylar, who calmly tells Matt that he wants his body back.

Jump, Push, Fall

Matt confronts Sylar, saying that he is not real. Sylar tells Matt that he is part of his mind now and will not leave without his body. He comments that Janice is coming home and Matt worries. Sylar chucks Baby Matt to Matt and disappears. When Janice arrives Matt discovers that Baby Matt is fast asleep in bed.

As Matt prepares for work, he discovers the water cooler guy, Roy, playing with Baby Matt. Matt isn't happy that he is on a first name basis with Janice and complains to her that he isn't sleeping well because he needs the name of this big drug lord but isn't using his ability just like he promised. Matt goes to an officer's recovery group and talks about his problems. Sylar appears and taunts Matt, causing him to flip out in the middle of the group. Matt's partner witnesses this. He and Matt begin to interrogate a suspect but find him unwilling to talk. Sylar appears yet again and taunts Matt, causing him to eventually throw a chair, narrowly missing the suspect. Out of fear, the suspect gives the name to Matt.

Returning home Matt finds Roy there yet again. Matt offers him $100 to stay away from his family and then mentally persuades him to obey. Sylar is pleased with this and tells Matt that he got him.


Matt goes to work again with his partner and the two enter a suspected drug dealer's home. Sylar appears to Matt and tells him that he doesn't want to be stuck in his mind. Sylar warns Matt of the drug dealer's actions and Matt listens, avoiding gun shots. Matt then captures the dealer and he and his partner begin searching for the drugs. Sylar teases Matt, stating he could find the location from the dealer but Matt refuses to listen. Sylar leads him into a bathroom and tells Matt that something isn't right. They both notice a stuffed rabbit and Matt goes on to find a ransom note.

Matt beats the suspect and demands to know where the child is. He uses his ability and discovers that the little girl is dead beneath the stairs. Matt, outraged and appalled begins to beat the dealer until his partner arrives, stating that there is no body. Matt is shocked to learn this and Sylar reveals that he used his own ability against him.

Matt's partner tries to figure a way out of the situation but doesn't find one and tells Matt to get a lawyer. Matt tells him this will ruin his life and telepathically alters his partner's memories, causing him to forget what he saw. Sylar congratulates him on using his ability.

Strange Attractors

Matt has a nightmare in which he is making love with Janice. Suddenly, Sylar takes over and continues making love with Janice. Matt awakens, believing it to be a dream. Janice hugs him and tells him that he was amazing. He then looks at Sylar, who is sitting and remarking that he enjoys "forbidden fruit". Matt soon finds Sylar, who continues to taunt him about the fact that he can take over his body. Matt warns Sylar that he will find a way to get rid of him.

Later, Matt is caught packing to leave by Janice. She asks him what he is doing and Matt explains that he has to leave to protect the family. Janice demands to know what has happened and Matt explains that he used his ability to make someone believe he was another person. He then says that the man he did this to is a killer and that he has somehow latched onto his mind and can take control of his body. Janice tells him to stay at home and deal with it while she and Matty leave for the night. After they leave, Matt sits alone and drinks. Sylar appears and talks about how Janice wishes that Matt were more like him. Matt then notices that every time he takes a sip of his alcohol, Sylar grimaces and groans in pain. Matt then drinks until Sylar disappears and he passes out.

"Matt" soon awakens and informs Janice and Mike that he is fine. Sylar then walks to the shower and Matt, now a telepathic projection, says that Sylar won't get away with this. Sylar laughs and asks if Matt would like his body back.


Sylar is an airport, intent on finding out the truth of how he was trapped in Matt's body. As he passes through the X-Ray, the guards arrest him for bringing a gun. Matt tells him that Sylar thought he packed socks earlier but was actually packing a gun. Matt tells Sylar that even though he's controlling his body, he won't let Sylar control his ability. The police aptly takes him away.

As they are on the road, Matt and Sylar stop when they get a flat tire. Matt mocks Sylar, and explains that he clouded Sylar's perceptions so that he failed to see a big chunk of metal in the road. A truck comes along and stops, and the driver steps out and offers to help. Intent on proving that the world is his hostage and that he is really in the "driver's seat," Sylar kills the man. Sylar demands no more sabotage in exchange for no more killings.

They arrive at the Burnt Toast Diner where Sylar tells that he almost killed a waitress there once. Sylar demands to know the truth from Matt. Matt eventually tells him that he, Angela Petrelli and Noah Bennet "changed" him into Nathan. Sylar resolves to kill everyone who was even "remotely involved" to what happened to him.

While Matt and Sylar are still at the Burnt Toast Diner, Matt makes Sylar subconsciously write down on a napkin that he has a gun. Sylar gives the napkin to Lynette. When they go outside, Sylar is surprised to see the police, but Matt has it all planned out. Matt forces Sylar into pretending to take out a gun from his jacket, thus prompting the police to shoot him.

In an ambulance, the paramedics try to resuscitate Matt.

Brother's Keeper

When "Nathan" touches his own corpse, he has a flashback that includes Matt Parkman. He and Peter are shown a report by Nathan's assistant, revealing that Matt tried to commit "suicide by cop" in Midland, TX and is now in critical condition. Peter explains that he can heal people now and suggests that they go and save him.

At the Midland Hospital, Peter and "Nathan" arrive and slip into Matt's room. "Nathan" shuts the blinds and Peter uses his replicated power to heal Matt. Matt revives and finds himself facing the mental image of Sylar. Sylar says that he only needs one touch to get his body back. Matt yells at him, puzzling the others, and insists that Sylar is in his head, and is planning to use Matt's telepathy to get his body back. When Peter protests that Sylar is dead, Matt explains that Nathan is the one who is dead and that he used his telepathy to put Nathan's memories in Sylar's body. Impatient, Sylar takes control of Matt. Sylar says that Nathan can take his hand and he'll make everything all right. "Nathan" starts to reach for the restrained Sylar, but then backs away. When Sylar continues to insist, Peter threatens to kill him, but "Nathan" uses his telekinesis to shove Peter aside. Sylar says that it's okay and that it's time to end it. As "Nathan" steps forward, a police officer comes in and pulls "Nathan" away. "Nathan"'s hand briefly brushes Sylar's hand as he telekinetically shoves the officer away. Matt finds himself back in his own body and wonders where Sylar is now.

At the hospital, Matt telepathically forces a police officer to take him to a closet and then forget what happened. He then has the officer remove all his clothing.

Matt, dressed in the officer's uniform, calls Janice and tries to explain what happened. He assures her that the craziness is finally over and that Sylar has returned to his own body. Matt believes that Sylar has gotten what he wanted.


When Peter confronts Angela about Nathan being Sylar, he mentions Matt, but before he can finish his sentence he gets interrupted by Angela, who asks what Matt said. Angela says that Officer Parkman is suicidal, and Peter replies saying that Sylar is in Matt's head.

Upon This Rock

Matt's name appears in Noah's files.

Let It Bleed

When Lydia uses her empathy on Sylar, she sees visions of great love, one of which includes Matt meeting his son for the first time.

Close to You

Now at home and reunited with his family, Matt is approached by Janice, who tells him about a job with her brother that has become available. Matt turns it down and Janice worries that Matt is wasting his life. Matt insists that he is taking care of his family. When Janice leaves, Noah Bennet enters and asks for his help. Matt refuses but Noah insists that one day Samuel may come for Baby Matt. Defeated, Matt agrees to help Bennet. The two of them find Vanessa Wheeler and Noah tries to talk to her about Samuel Sullivan. When she refuses to answer, Noah suggests that Matt uses his telepathy to force her. Matt reluctantly obeys and Vanessa tells them all about Samuel's obsession with her. She agrees to call them if he contacts her again.

Later that night, at Vanessa's house, Samuel comes to take her away. Noah and Matt try to save her but they are both attacked by Eli clones. After killing the clones, Noah chases after Samuel while Matt gets the car. When Matt speeds to Noah, he jumps in and the two of them race after Vanessa's signal. They come to an empty field and Noah finds a poster of the carnival. He tells Matt that the carnival can disappear and Matt wonders if Claire's compass could help. The two of them return to Matt's home and Noah tells him that they need to find Vanessa. Matt says that he won't go and Noah calls him a coward. Angry, Matt tells him to fix his home life before he saves the world.

Matt and his family sit down to dinner and Matt feeds his son. Janice comments on the good cooking and asks what he did all day. Matt wonders if he is a coward and admits that he has responsibilities to help people. He says that he doesn't want to have to leave and Janice stops him, saying that he is not a coward. She says that he is taking care of his family, and that nothing else matters. Matt agrees to this and the family continues to have a nice dinner.


Sylar goes to Matt's home and speaks with Janice, asking where Matt is.

The Art of Deception

Matt returns home and finds Sylar there waiting for him. He is convinced that Sylar is another mind trick but Sylar laughs and says that he is real. Janice comes in and tells Matt that "Gabriel", Matt's old partner from the force, has come over to catch up. Matt sees that Sylar has fooled Janice and plays alone to ensure her safety. While eating lunch, Matt offers to show "Gabe" his project in the basement. While down there, Matt demands to know what he wants and Sylar explains that in order for him to be human once more, he has to lose all of his powers. He tells Matt to get inside of his head and remove them but Matt says that Janice must leave first. Sylar agrees to this condition and Matt goes upstairs to ask her to leave.

Matt tries without success to strip Sylar of his powers and Sylar becomes aggravated. Janice comes home and, to Matt's horror, Sylar telekinetically pins her to the wall. Matt convinces Sylar to let her go and he takes Janice aside to explain what is happening. Janice tells him that they have to get rid of Sylar once and for all and Matt agrees. He goes inside and offers to try one more time to remove Sylar's powers. He puts his hand on Sylar's head and Sylar discovers that his powers are gone. He then learns the truth, that Matt has locked Sylar inside his own mind. In reality, Matt hides Sylar in the basement and builds a brick wall to hide his body. The doorbell rings and Matt opens it, letting Peter inside. Peter replicates Matt's ability and finds Sylar. Before Matt can stop him, Peter touches Sylar and is caught in the same trap that Sylar is.

The Wall

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Brave New World

Matt gets some food out of the fridge and turns round to find multiple copies of Eli. They tell him that they were sent by Samuel to stop Peter and Sylar and that they assume him as well. Matt tries to convince them to leave, but they reply saying that only one of them thinks enough to be manipulated. Matt goes to grab a knife, but they note that he is outnumbered.

Three clones hold Matt down on the counter as one kicks his knee, dislocating it. The three clones grab knives and raise them to kill Matt, but disappear before they can. Peter and Sylar come out of the basement, along with an unconscious Eli, having defeated him and several of his clones. Peter gets Matt a chair informs Matt that his knee has been dislocated. He asks Matt to find out where the carnival is. When Matt refuses, Peter does so himself, and he and Sylar begin to leave. Matt however, uses his ability to stop Sylar from leaving.

Peter and Sylar try to convince Matt that Sylar has repented, noting that they spent what felt like five years inside Sylar's mind. Sylar convinces Matt to look inside his head and see that he is genuinely telling the truth about wanting to help, and Matt lets them go. Matt then concentrates his ability on Eli, commanding him to do something, later revealed to be telling the truth to the other carnies.

Heroes Evolutions

Matt's case file (file: C002; password: MPggtn75x) at contains a personal history about Matt:

Assignment tracker photo

Apart from suffering from Dyslexia, Matt Parkman was about as "average" a person as they come until his ability to hear others' thoughts manifested while investigating the Walker crime scene, a family apparently murdered by Gabriel Gray (see case file C004).

Parkman was tagged by the Company and released to continue his work on the Walker case with the FBI. Later, he participated in the capture and interrogation of Theodore Sprague (see case file C003) and the continued investigation of Sylar's murder spree. However, internal reports indicate that the ability may have caused personal problems on the job--he punched a fellow officer in the precinct locker room when he learned he had been having an affair with his wife, Janice.

Sylar's attack at Union Wells High School led Parkman and FBI Agent Hanson to Odessa, Texas where they continued their investigation, during which Parkman became suspicious of Company activities. Parkman's surveillance and unsuccessful raid on Primatech Paper Company resulted in a six-month suspension from the LAPD and ruined his credibility with the FBI. He is currently divorced and working at the NYPD at detective rank.

Since his wife was pregnant by another man, his offspring no longer holds interest for The Company so any case note referring to the baby may be disregarded.

The subject's father (see psychological profile) is Company founder Maury Parkman. When last under Company care, Matt Parkman was still at the beginning of his ability's manifestation and close watch is recommended lest he manifest the more-dangerous abilities associated with his father.

The case file also contains a psychological profile:

Perhaps until recently, Matt Parkman saw himself as an "everyman," an average American suburbanite struggling to get ahead and kept down by authorities who saw him as more of a "worker bee" then as material for something more. Rather then accept his position in life as an average law officer, Matt internalized this to the point of extreme neuroses, jeopardizing his marriage in the process, as evidenced by marriage counseling records. In fact, his wife cheated on him with a fellow LAPD officer, further undoing an already damaged and fragile ego.

The manifestation of his ability gave him a renewed set of confidence, and also a new set of conflicts in his life as he learned to incorporate it into his day-to-day routine. He did so to a limited extant and succeeded more in further alienating those around him. Parkman also displays equal measures naiveté and world-weariness along with a sense that he always must strive to do right, even if what he considers "right" slides around due to others' influence on him.

It's recommended to keep close tabs, especially if he manifests additional abilities or falls under the sway of someone who may pose harmful to The Company and its work.

Evolved Human Abilities

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Cranial imaging

Matt has the ability of telepathy, an ability that he was originally only able to use to hear thoughts. In Fight or Flight, Matt is able to project his thoughts to another in a moment of crisis, though he cannot explain what happened afterward. In Out of Time, Matt's power grows as he is able to bring Maury into the "nightmare" that Maury places Molly into. Matt then overcomes his father's advanced use of telepathy to trap Maury the same way Maury trapped Molly. By Cautionary Tales, Matt has learned how to use his abilities to command others mentally.

Matt's mind reading abilities have improved, able to read Daphne's thoughts quickly with little effort and only needing to concentrate to read more complex thoughts. In Eris Quod Sum, Matt can implant telepathic illusions in another's head, making Knox think he killed Matt and Daphne when they were actually in the other room. The illusion was convincing enough to fool Knox's sense of touch, something his father Maury was seemingly unable to accomplish (Daphne was able to reach through Maury's projection of Linderman). Matt also implied that he can kill with his power, and forced Homeland Security agents to shoot at each other after they shot Daphne. Matt was able to use his power to enter Angela's mind and release her from her coma after Arthur "unbound" her mind, even managing to bring Daphne in with him.

Though Matt was initially unable to control his abilities and would often become overwhelmed, he has apparently overcome this obstacle. In fact, he has gained considerable control over various aspects of his ability. For instance, Matt was able to use his ability to discern Daphne's location when she was nearby, but hidden from view (The Eclipse, Part 2). The range of this aspect of Matt's ability is unknown.

Recently he has displayed the ability to scan people's memories as a form of interrogation, as shown when he used it on Noah Bennet. Attempting to resist Matt's telepathic interrogation causes the person pain. He sees these memories in the form of a flashback. (Cold Wars)

He has also displayed the ability to mentally control people, not just give them mental commands that they follow. He telepathically controlled two guards from a different room in Building 26 in order to keep Danko, Bennet and his men away. Later he managed to regain control of the two gunmen and immobilize Bennet, Nathan and Danko. (Exposed)

A weakness to his abilities has been displayed: according to Bennet, Matt's senses are extremely raw when he uses his powers so loud noises can disrupt his concentration and cause him pain. (Exposed)

Matt is able to use this ability to create dreams for people. He used this aspect of the ability to create a "storybook ending" for a dying Daphne; he was also able to enter her mind so he was in the dream with her too. (Cold Snap)

According to his assignment tracker file at, Matt's control index is 25%. His data analysis shows his biological level at 25, cerebral at 90, elemental at 45, and temporal/spatial at 20.

An illusion of Usutu appeared to Matt and told him he must become the prophet. Afterwards, Matt was able to access the same place of consciousness that other precognitives are able to (A Clear and Present Danger).

Matt has also attempted to use this ability to remove Sylar's powers by placing a mental block on them. Matt experienced feedback that prevented this, but was able to read Sylar's mind enough to know he was actually serious about his request. Matt ends up entering Sylar's mind when he's motivated enough, but instead of blocking his powers, he uses telepathy to trap Sylar in a nightmare where he has no powers and is all alone, similar to how Maury Parkman once trapped Molly in a nightmare (The Art of Deception). Anyone who enters it gets trapped as well, such as Peter when he replicated telepathy and entered the nightmare, but eventually Peter and Sylar were able to free themselves after considerable effort. (The Wall)


Memorable Quotes

"If you take this secret from me, you're not just like your father. You are him!"

- Angela (to Matt) (Cautionary Tales)

"No! I'm not scared of you anymore! I'm a good man; I'm a good cop. I'm a good father, which is something you know nothing about. You don't know what it's like to fight for someone that you love; you left. You left. All you have are your nightmares."

- Matt (to Maury) (Out of Time)

"With my ability, I could get promoted to chief. But I don't. I just want to be a normal guy."

- Matt (to Daphne Millbrook) (A Clear and Present Danger)

"You know, some days maybe you just can't save the whole world. Maybe you're better off getting your own house in order."

- Matt (to Noah) (Close to You)


  • Matt is on the List.
  • On the official NBC Heroes page for Matt Parkman, a link hidden in the monitor on the squad car displays a video clip of an unaired incident of Parkman using his powers to locate a man speaking in a foreign tongue under a grate in the floor. This scene is from the unaired 72 minute version of In His Own Image shown at SDCC 2006.
  • In an interview, Greg Grunberg insinuates that Matt is Jewish. This is also backed up by Future Matt's use of the Yiddish phrase "Mazel Tov". (Five Years Gone)
  • In a deleted scene from Seven Minutes to Midnight, it is revealed that Matt is allergic to avocados and hates coconuts.
  • In the Season 3 week 13 edition of Behind the Eclipse writers Aron Coleite and Joe Pokaski explained how Matt became precognitive: "Matt's ability is to access the mind--or at least that's how it started. But as he grew powerful and as Usutu opened it up more to the "dreamtime", he began to access that same plane of consciousness that Isaac and Usutu drew from to paint."


  • In an interview, Jason La Padura said that originally, the prototype for Matt's character was Ryan Phillippe in Crash.
  • Matt's NYPD detective badge is number 8954 (Four Months Later...). Matt's LAPD detective badge is number 2150 (I Am Sylar).
  • According to a Post-it note on Suresh's map, Matt lived in a home on Highwater Lane in Los Angeles, CA. The house number of his home was cut off, but it ended with 0, possibly with 10.
  • According to his case file (password: MPggtn75x) at, Matt weighs 190 pounds.
  • According to Matt's birth certificate, Matt was born in Los Angeles, CA on June 10, 1968. His mother was from Van Nuys, CA, was born in 1939, and was 26 when she had him. Of course this is impossible--if she was 26, she would have been born in 1942.
  • The LAPD squad car that Matt drives has California license plate number 1939871 (Six Months Ago). The red car that Matt (via Sylar) drives to Midland has California license plate number 6GDG994 (Shadowboxing).
  • The scene where Matt assists in drugging Noah in a bar and abducting him mirrors a similar scene from season one. Noah drugs Matt in a bar and abducts him. This is a common theme in Season Three as there have been many throwbacks to Season 1.
  • Another throwback is his most recent and most terrifying drawing yet: a mural of Washington D.C. being destroyed in a nuclear blast that is very similar to Isaac's of New York's destruction in the same manner and is painted in the exact same spot.
  • When Matt and Noah drive to track down Vanessa's homing device, Matt's license plate is California 3PCI324. (A Clear and Present Danger)

See Also

Fan Theories

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

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