Claire Bennet, Heroes
Claire Bennet (Hayden Panettiere): On sci-fi drama Heroes, Claire Bennet was a high-school cheerleader who discovered that she was one of a number of seemingly ordinary people who had superhuman abilities. Nearly invulnerable due to her rapid healing power, Claire was a key part of the first series plot and appeared in more episodes than any other character in the original series. Claire had multiple male love interests in the main series and in the official digital and mini series follow up. In Season 2, Claire dated West, another high school student with the ability to fly, though she broke up with him at the end of the season over an argument about revealing their powers to the public. In Season 3 she shared a notable kiss in a pool with Alex, a comic book salesman with the ability to breathe underwater.
Claire met ordinary college student Gretchen in Season 4, when they were roommates and friends at university. Gretchen was a lesbian and developed feelings for Claire, and kissed Claire once after a heated fight. Claire was initially hesitant about her feelings, but eventually admitted she wanted to hold Gretchen’s hand. The original series was cancelled soon after, leaving Claire and Gretchen’s relationship in limbo.
In Heroes Evolutions, a digital extension of the show, it was revealed that their relationship had come to an end and Claire subsequently fell in love with a male character called Hammer, who also fathered her two children. In Heroes: Reborn, a mini series that follows Heroes’ story, it is revealed that Claire had died in the time between the series.
- 76 episodes.
Female love interests:
- Gretchen (Madeline Zima, recurring 11 episodes)
Relationship story arc with a woman: No
Male love interests:
- West Rosen (Nicholas D'Agosto, recurring, 9 episodes)
- Alex Woolsly (Justin Baldoni, guest, 2 episodes)
- Hammer (off-screen, introduced in Heroes Evolutions: Save the Cheerleader, Destroy the World, father of her children)
Relationship story arc with a man: Yes
Filter Relationship Arc:
Storyline during sweeps? No, Episode with kiss aired in October
 A relationship story arc is defined as explicit, developed on screen, and lasting more than 3 episodes. It is listed as questionable or subtext if romance is only implied, mentioned instead of shown on screen, part of a dream sequence, or otherwise not explicit for the viewer.
 Sweeps episodes air in February, May, July and November, the periods when advertising rates are set. A character is marked as "sweeps" when there is a very limited number of episodes that address their sexuality, all air during sweeps period, and the storyline is otherwise ignore/dropped.