Cyprus Donovan
Portrayed By Raza Jaffery
Gender Male
Date of Birth December 29, 1977
Age 29
Zodiac Sign Capricorn
Aliases Mr. Donovan
Place of Birth Albany, New York, USA
Current Location New York City, New York, USA
Occupation Lawyer
Known Relatives Alexandra Donovan (Mother), Michael Donovan (Father, deceased), Corsica Donovan (Sister)
Significant Other None
Known Abilities Biomanipulation
First Appearance Freedom of Speech Your Father's Legacy

In the end, the one thing all persons must live with is their choices. It is not how one will be remembered, nor always what one intended. But in the vast permutations of existence, the one thing all people must own is their choices. This is the precept of law, and the very basis of society. Innocence and guilt is a matter of choices.


Cyprus Donovan was born the child of a travelling salesman and a Ukranian immigrant in downstate New York. His father died when he was young, leaving the care of Cyprus and his sister Corsica to their mother. Cyprus focused his life in college, and became a lawyer of no small ability. He caught the eye of the Petrelli law firm in New York City, and became an associate of the firm. Within a few years, he was made a junior partner of the firm. With the death of Arthur Petrelli, he has remained loyal to the firm, doing his best to salvage the clients, and prevent further hemorhaging of partners to the competition. He knows he has what it takes to be an excellent lawyer, and he has a trick up his sleeve that no one sees coming.



  • September 5th, 2007 - Your Father's Legacy - Cyprus meets with Nathan Petrelli. They find common ground in a matter of a mutual hero.
  • September 16th, 2007 - Insurance Policy - Cyprus meets with Ramon Gomez, to gain another key letter of retainer with the up and coming Evolution Software.
  • September 22nd, 2007 - It Could Have Been Worse - The list of Cyprus's clients grows to included another member of the Petrelli family.


Biomanipulation: Cyprus Donovan has demonstrated the ability to not only psychically sense the autonomic nervous systems of people around him, but also to control them to a certain extent. While he does not seem capable of causing direct sensations or the like, he has shown more than capable of rendering someone virtually helpless by having their stomachs going through severe trouble at the same time as their sneeze and coughing reflexes are firing. He's also shown himself capable of smaller alterations, such as waking someone with a small jolt of adrenaline, or keeping the reflex actions from pain in check, and allowing someone to think more freely. Theoretically, he might even be capable of stopping someone's heart dead, but if that is the case, he has yet to demonstrate it.


  • Nathan Petrelli: Acquired September 5th, 2007. The eldest son of Arthur Petrelli, and up and coming politician.
  • Peter Petrelli: Acquired September 22nd, 2007. The younger son of Arthur Petrelli. Hired to defend Peter in an assault case.
  • Evolution Software: Still in negotiations.


  • "It's just a music box, and it means everything in the world to my sister. She just can't stand to hear it."
  • "I don't offer excuses for tragedy. Only solutions."
  • "Did you know that it requires billions of tiny impulses for a human body to even pump blood to its vital organs? It's such a delicate‚Ķ and tenacious machine, really."


  • His business card has the infamous Symbol on it. It is, after all, the symbol used by the Petrelli law firm (see: Lizard, Ep. 2.02).
  • In the future, Cyprus is certainly much darker.
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