Claire Bennet

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Claire Bennet
Heroes character
First appearance"Genesis"
Last appearance"Brave New World"
Portrayed byHayden Panettiere
Alias"The Cheerleader"
"Claire Bear"
ChildrenTommy Clark
Malina Bennet
RelativesNathan Petrelli (father)
Meredith Gordon (mother)
Lyle Bennet (adoptive brother)
Noah Bennet (adoptive father)
Peter Petrelli (paternal uncle)
Angela Petrelli (paternal grandmother)
AbilityRapid cellular regeneration Logo.png Search Claire Bennet on Amazon.

Claire Bennet is a fictional character in the NBC psychological thriller superhero drama series Heroes. She is portrayed by Hayden Panettiere and first appeared on television in the pilot episode of the series, "Genesis", on September 25, 2006. She is a high school cheerleader with the power of rapid cellular regeneration. Claire appears in more episodes than any other character (72, plus a 73rd through stock footage). In Heroes Reborn, she dies while giving birth to Malina and Tommy.

Thanks to her power, she has an incredibly high pain tolerance; Claire states in "The Butterfly Effect" that, when injured, she feels pain just as severe as anyone else who was injured in such a way, but her power quickly deadens pain. When asked about this, series writers Joe Pokaski and Aron Coleite would only comment that she "feels pain, but not the way most of us do."[1] Claire, describing her response to pain to West, says "I feel pain; I just get over it quickly."[2] Between her tolerance for pain and seemingly unlimited healing potential, Hayden Panettiere compares her character to the X-Men character Wolverine, although she is "less hairy and without claws." Since having her brain examined by Sylar, Claire has stated that she no longer feels physical pain of any kind.


Marc Hirschfeld, executive vice president of casting for NBC Universal Television stated, "When they were trying to decide who the cheerleader should be, I literally picked up the phone and said to the producers, 'You've got to meet Hayden Panettiere.'"[3]

In an interview with Vanity Fair, Emma Stone revealed that she had auditioned for the role of Claire Bennet. She said it was her rock bottom Hollywood moment; She overheard "You are our pick ... On a scale of 1 to 10 you’re an 11" and then she realised the role had gone to Hayden Panettiere.[4]


Panettiere received very positive reviews for her work on the show all throughout the series run, constantly being referred to as a "breakout star". Claire is also arguably one of the most popular characters on the show. UGO Networks listed Claire as one of their best heroes of all time.[5]


  1. "Behind the Eclipse: Episode 7". Comic Book Resources. 2006-11-07. Retrieved 2006-12-04.
  2. "Kindred". Heroes. Season 2. Episode 3. 2007-10-08.
  3. How the 'Heroes' cheerleader got the part Archived October 1, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  4. "Emma Stone: Hollywood Is Her Oyster". Vanity Fair. 21 June 2011. Retrieved 25 October 2019.
  5. UGO Team (January 21, 2010). "Best Heroes of All Time". UGO Networks. Archived from the original on August 25, 2012. Retrieved April 3, 2011. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)

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