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A future Peter removes his past self from inside Jesse Murphy.
|Originally held by:||Harold Esposito|
|Absorbed by:||Peter Petrelli (exposed future, deceased)|
|Ability to:||Insert a person or oneself into another's body|
Possession is the ability to insert oneself or another person into someone else's body.
- A future Peter Petrelli was the first character to demonstrate this ability; he acquired it from an unknown source. (The Second Coming)
- Harold Esposito has demonstrated this ability. (Save the Cheerleader, Destroy the World)
Future Peter claims to have hid his present self inside Jesse Murphy, who claims to be Peter Petrelli during Sylar's attack on Level 5. Future Peter said that he was keeping his present day self safe by doing this, and that he planned to undo this action when it was safe. Future Peter later retrieved his younger self from Jesse's body, by physically pushing him out of Jesse's body. Present-day Peter's entire body and mind then appeared from inside Jesse. (One of Us, One of Them)
Jesse's appearance did not change while Peter was inside his body and Peter maintained full control of Jesse's actions while he has resided within him. Peter did not appear capable of using his own abilities (e.g. - was frozen in time by Future Peter), but was able to use those of the body he was inhabiting.
After Peter is removed from him, Jesse seems to be aware of Peter's presence, or lack thereof.
Harold Esposito can "possess" people by moving inside his victims' bodies, assuming direct control of their actions and movements from a first-person perspective. While Esposito is in control, his victims remain fully conscious and are aware of what Esposito is doing, much like Jesse was when Peter was in control of his body. Esposito also has access to his victims' abilities when possessing them, as evidenced when he used Peter's telekinesis to throw a fire extinguisher. His physical body reappears close by when leaving a host. Known characters Harold has possessed are Nick Arbucci, Claire Bennet, and Peter Petrelli.
...and does so by forcibly pushing his hand through Jesse's chest.
(One of Us, One of Them)
- On December 4, 2011, Harold Esposito possesses the body of Secret Service agent Nick Arbucci. Esposito maintains control of Arbucci throughout the morning so he can get to Claire. (Save the Cheerleader, Destroy the World, Chapter 15)
- On board a plane, Harold Esposito disappears from Claire's peripheral vision, possesses her body, and makes her walk and talk. (Save the Cheerleader, Destroy the World, Chapter 15)
- On December 24, 2011, on board the aircraft carrier Charles Darwin, Harold Esposito possesses Peter Petrelli's body and makes him use his telekinetic abilities. (Save the Cheerleader, Destroy the World, Chapter 16)
- Every time Claire tries to escape from the Charles Darwin, Esposito possesses her body to make her return. (Save the Cheerleader, Destroy the World, Chapter 17)
- Because Future Peter was never seen possessing someone himself, his only demonstration of this ability may have been a form of ability extension. However, his arm did disappear into Jesse's body to push out Present Peter, who he had earlier trapped inside Jesse.
- Conversely, Harold has not demonstrated the ability to insert people other than himself into other people's bodies.
- For the ability to pass through solid matter, see phasing.
- For the ability to alter and transform one's own body, voice, appearance, all physical traits anyway the user wishes, see shape shifting.
- For the ability to take control of other people's bodies and motor functions against their will, as well as the functions of objects, see puppet master.
- For the ability to teleport anything from person to person, and phase between and merge two people, see shifting.
- For the ability to force others to obey one's spoken imperatives, see persuasion.
- For the ability to control a person by manipulating their nerves, see nerve manipulation.
- For the ability to remotely control other people and things, see telekinesis.
- For the ability to sometimes control the minds of others, see telepathy.
Please refer to Theory:Possession for fan-created theories and other speculation.