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Nerve manipulation

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Nerve manipulation
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Held by: The Watcher
Ability to: Manipulate the nerves of other people

Nerve manipulation is the ability to manipulate another person's nerves.





This ability allows The Watcher to stop nerve impulses and messages from reaching their intended destination. He appears to have great control over his ability, staying in a near constant state of virtual invisibility to others. During a battle with several other carnies, he blinded them all, however he could not make them deaf due to the large number of people he was already affecting. He can also cause a person to feel excruciating pain, although he might only be able to do this if they touch him. The Watcher states that by reading the electrical impulses around him he can find people.


  • The Watcher stops the nerve impulses to the eyes so people do not see him. (Slow Burn)
  • The Watcher likely used this ability to prevent Chris and Gail Bowman from seeing, hearing and feeling their daughter, Jennie.
  • The Watcher walks through a crowd of carnies and brushes against them. His ability stops the nerves of those he touches from reaching the brain, so they do not feel him. (Slow Burn)
  • The Watcher uses his ability to cause an evolved human to feel like a million needles are puncturing his spine. (Heroes: Survival)
  • The Watcher blinds John Mulligan and causes him severe pain. (Purpose)
  • The Watcher makes it so that Lauren and John cannot move their legs. (Purpose)



  • The Watcher may be able to take control of a person's body, judging by him thinking that he could "not control her physically over the phone" when talking to Morgan Harvey.

See Also

Evolved Human Abilities edit

Ability absorptionAbility replicationActivation and deactivationAdoptive muscle memoryAlchemyAlejandro's abilityBody insertionClairsentienceClairvoyanceCloakingCloningDisintegrationDream manipulationElectric manipulationElectronic communicationEmpathic mimicryEmpathyEnhanced hearingEnhanced memoryEnhanced strengthEnhanced synesthesiaFire breathingFlightFreezingGravitational manipulationHealingHealing touchHeat generationIllusionImpenetrable skinInduced radioactivityIntuitive aptitudeInvisibilityLie detectionMagnetismMeltingMemory manipulationMental manipulationMetal mimicryMicrowave emissionMohinder's abilityPersuasionPhasingPlant growthPoison emissionPrecognitionPrecognitive dreamingPuppet masterPyrokinesisRapid cell regenerationSedationSeismic burstShape shiftingShatteringSound manipulationSpace-time manipulationSpontaneous combustionSuper speedSuperchargingTechnopathyTelekinesisTelepathyTerrakinesisUnderwater breathingWeather control

Evolutions Abilities

Accelerated probabilityAcidic bloodAge transferalAnimal controlBelief inductionCarbon isolation and formationConstrictionDanger sensingDavid's abilityDimension hoppingDimensional storageEmpathic manipulationEnhanced teleportingExtraskeletal manipulationHealth optimizingInflammationLight absorptionNerve manipulationNon-biological duplicationPhoenix mimicryPrimal rageShiftingSize alterationTeleportationTemporal rewindWater generationWater mimicry

Graphic Novel Abilities

Ability augmentationAcid secretionAge shiftingAppearance alterationAura absorptionBliss and horrorBone spike protrusionChlorine gas exudationCrumplingDehydrationDisintegration touchElasticityElectrical absorptionEnergy absorption, transference, and redirectionForcefieldsFuture terrorist's abilityGold mimicryGranulationGreen energy blastImprintingLaser emissionLevitationLuminescenceLung adaptationMass manipulationMediumshipNerve gas emissionNeurocognitive deficitOil secretionOmnilingualismPlant manipulationSound absorptionSpider mimicryTelescopic visionWall crawling

See Also: Ability developmentAbility extensionAbility heredityAbility immunityAbility lossAbility theftBrain examinationBrain penetrationExamples of simultaneous ability useEye alterationList of abilitiesList of abilities with multiple usersParadoxProphecyRift