Sensing an event in the past
Ability to:
sense past events

Postcognition, also termed retrocognition, is the ability to sense past events.



Ariana Crinamorte

Ariana could use the ability at will, to sense significant events about a day after they happened, and to sense information about the pasts of others. She would use this to learn more about the people she met and to keep in touch with events in the wider world. She would also use it to guide the actions of the Defining Coven. Usually, she would only gain the knowledge that an event had occured, the information appearing in her mind as if she had always known it, but she would sometimes also experience it in a vision, especially if the events were intense. The same limits remain true for the postcognitive aspect of her time sensing now.

Laila Bishop

Laila will automatically know of all significant past events, and will also sense any globally significant current events shortly after they occur. She can sense all of history, if she chooses to do so. She can choose to look into a specific person's past, or see a particular historic event. She can use this to gain information, see if a person is lying about their past, or locate a person by seeing where they've been recently.

Katherine Bishop

Katherine can give herself visions of any past event at will. It was once claimed that overuse of this ability gave her a brain tumour and killed her. However, it was later revealed that she hadn't died but was in a coma instead, and that she'd fallen into this coma after using her sacrificial healing to save her daughter Elle. It is unknown if she could actually overuse her postcognition.

Peter Petrelli

Peter has similar limits to Katherine, but is less likely to be able to overuse the ability because he has also mimicked rapid cellular regeneration and resistance.

Robert Max

Robert has similar limits to Peter and Katherine. He is unlikely to overuse the ability because of possessing resistance.

Jessica Sky Petrelli

Jess has similar limits to her father and uncle.

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