Isaac paints in a prophetic trance.
|Originally held by:||Isaac Mendez (deceased), |
|Absorbed by:||Peter Petrelli (lost), |
Gabriel Gray (exposed future),
Arthur Petrelli (deceased)
|Ability to:||Foresee future events|
|Examples of precognition|
- Isaac Mendez is the first character known to have this ability. (Genesis)
- Peter Petrelli has absorbed this ability from Isaac (Don't Look Back), but lost it when his father stole it from him (Dying of the Light).
- Sylar stole this ability from Isaac (.07%), but lost it to the Shanti virus (Kindred).
- Usutu had this ability. (One of Us, One of Them)
- Arthur Petrelli stole this ability from Peter. (It's Coming)
- According to NBC.com's interactive map, Byron Bevington possesses precognition. (Heroes Evolutions)
- According to Chandra's journal, a Brazilian teenager potentially had this ability. (Seven Minutes to Midnight)
When painting a prophetic image, Isaac entered a trance-like state and his eyes became completely white. He was largely unaware of his surroundings in this state (He did not enter such a trance when making prophetic sketches.).
Isaac was able to depict the past, the present, and the future. The 9th Wonders! graphic novel that Isaac created (namely, Issue #14) contains events from both the present and future timelines (see here for more information). Additionally, at least one of his series of eight paintings depicts a scene from 1671.
As of Distractions, Isaac could focus his precognitive abilities. He made numerous paintings in an effort to locate Peter Petrelli, but he did not realize that all of them were accurate until he realized that Peter was invisible in them.
It is not known if all the works Isaac created were prophetic or not.
It seems that Isaac could only know the future by painting it because he had to look at the finished work. Peter seems not to make any mention of what he saw in the future, so painting the future is the only way to "record" what one sees. (Distractions)
The events depicted in prophetic images are not completely inevitable. Isaac painted a mural depicting the the explosion happening at ground level, and he and Peter later created several images depicting the destruction it caused. Thanks to the actions of several characters, the explosion occurred at a very high altitude, where it apparently did no damage to the city.
Peter looks at a blank canvas and is able to see flashes of a painting from a distance. Once in front of the canvas, he appears to be locked into the precognitive trance until he finishes (Fight or Flight). He is also able to do a sketch of him hovering with Nathan nearby after going to help Isaac after a heroin overdose and later draws some pictures of the explosion future which he shows to Claire. He was also able to finish one of Issac's paintings when Issac couldn't do it due to a lack of heroin (Hiros). Peter also draws several prophetic drawings, including one of him and Claire meeting Ted and Noah in Kirby Plaza (The Hard Part).
It is unknown if painting is the only way for Sylar to manifest this ability, as Sylar was shown receiving quick flashes of the future after killing Isaac in his loft. Sylar lost this ability to the Shanti virus and didn't gain it back once he was cured.
Usutu has painted numerous images of Matt Parkman on rocks around his home. Usutu somehow knows when events have changed to invalidate one of his precognitive paintings, and he painted over one such obsolete image with a new image. (One of Us, One of Them) Usutu can apparently extend this ability to others by having them use his ritual paraphernalia (i.e., his walkman and his paste.).
In the exposed future Sylar, now going by Gabriel, has somehow regained his ability to paint the future. After he refused to give Peter his intuitive aptitude so he could correctly change the future, Peter had him paint the future to prove to him that the world would be destroyed if he didn't change how things went. Future Gabriel painted a picture of the world being destroyed and this convinced him to give Peter his ability.
"Look around you at all these paintings! Every one of them has come true."
"You really can paint the future, just like the professor said. Fantastic."
- In Distractions, Peter's eyes glazed over like Isaac's do when he entered a prophetic trance, and Peter again had visions of himself exploding. This was later confirmed to actually be a prophetic dream, an ability he had absorbed from Angela Petrelli. Why his eyes glazed over remains unknown.
- Despite having five present characters with access to the ability and at least two future ones, nobody in the Heroes Universe can still access it. Peter Petrelli lost the ability to his father (Eris Quod Sum); Sylar lost the ability to the Shanti virus (Four Months Later); Isaac Mendez was killed (.07%); Usutu was also killed (Villains); Arthur Petrelli was, likewise, killed (Dual). The future versions of Sylar and Peter Petrelli seen in I Am Become Death were able to paint the future. However, Future Peter was killed and Future Gabriel's fate was undetermined.
- 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."
- For the similar ability to dream the future, please see precognitive dreaming.
- For the artwork created by those who have seen the future, please see Arthur's drawings, Isaac's paintings, Peter's paintings, Sylar's paintings, Usutu's paintings or Matt's art.
- For the similar state that Usutu induced in Matt and Hiro with his paste, see spirit walk
Please refer to Theory:Precognition for fan-created theories and other speculation.