Regeneration (Power)

Definition for DC Comics

Regeneration is the body's ability to automatically repair injuries at a rate of speed that surpasses that of a normal human. As this is a power and not a skill, medical knowledge is not required for this to take effect. Super-speedsters develop this power as a function of super-speed and their connection to the Speed Force. In some cases, an individual may even possess the ability to regenerate missing limbs. This power is exclusive to an individual's own body and cannot be used on others


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Definition for Marvel Comics


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Definition for Wildstorm Comics (Heroes Continuity)

Rapid cell regeneration (also referred to as "rapid cellular regeneration", "spontaneous regeneration", "tissue regeneration", "epithelial cell regeneration", or simply "regeneration" or "healing") is the ability to regenerate cells at an increased rate, resulting in physical injuries healing in a matter of seconds or minutes.



  • Claire Bennet is the first character (by episode) to demonstrate this ability and has shown the "regeneration" and "healing" aspects. (Genesis)
  • Adam Monroe is the earliest character (chronologically) to demonstrate this ability and has shown the "regeneration," "healing," and "anti-aging" aspects (Lizards). He lost the ability when Arthur Petrelli stole it from him (Dying of the Light).
  • Peter Petrelli absorbed this ability from Claire (Homecoming), but lost it when Arthur Petrelli stole it from him (Dying of the Light). He later replicated it from Claire, but ultimately discarded it in favor of flight from West Rosen. (Let It Bleed)
  • Sylar has acquired this ability from Claire. (The Second Coming)
  • Arthur Petrelli has stolen this ability from Adam and Peter. (Dying of the Light)


A future incarnation of Sylar kills Claire and obtains her ability in an alternate timeline. (Five Years Gone)


According to Chandra's journal, a male individual potentially has the ability of "tissue regeneration". (Seven Minutes to Midnight)



This ability does not move displaced parts of the body back into the correct location. After filming the videotape Claire had to manually re-insert her displaced ribs before the flesh on her ribcage would heal (Genesis), and Peter Petrelli had to manually rotate his broken limbs to the correct orientation before it would heal when he used his empathic mimicry to mimic Claire's ability (Homecoming). However, Adam Monroe was able to completely heal from a massive explosion at Whitebeard's camp. Though not able to heal immediately after experiencing the explosion, as evidenced by his charred body in the ruins of the tents (Out of Time). In a similar circumstance Claire survived radioactive explosion twice healing immediately from severe burns after in both instances in the actual timeline as well as in the exposed future. Claire has also shown to be unaffected by Electrocution healing damage with ease.
Typically, Claire's blood does not return to its place in her body when an associated wound heals, although it can if the wound is small and her blood has not spread far from it (the only example being when her brother stapled her hand). She is consistently covered with blood following a serious injury.

As demonstrated for the first time in Lizards, Claire is able to regrow body parts that have been removed. She experimented with this for the first time by cutting off her little toe with a pair of scissors, then watching it grow back with much surprise. In Resistance, Future Claire's arm is blown off by a grenade and she re-grows it.

Claire certainly feels her injuries—she cried out from having a staple put into her hand and winced in pain at other times—but the pain does not incapacitate her in the way it would an ordinary person. She has stated that the pain she feels from injuries diminishes very rapidly (Kindred). However, since having her brain examined by Sylar (The Second Coming), Claire has stated that she no longer feels pain of any kind, although when demonstrating the power to Gretchen, she pretended she did for a second.

Peter has shown that this power has the capability to reverse memory damage caused by the Haitian. However, unlike most instances of the ability's usage, memory damage reversal requires active concentration (Four Months Ago...).

It's revealed that it can also heal nervous system damage. Arthur Petrelli was completely paralyzed and breathing through a tube having suffered permanent damage to his nervous system due to Angela poisoning him. He absorbed Adam Monroe's power, killing Adam, but healing all of the damage done to his body by the poison, reversing his paralysis.

This power also speeds the recovery from inebriation or cancels out its effects all together, as Claire briefly mentioned that her liver tissue is rapidly regenerating ([[Into Asylu]).

While the ability protects an individual from infections and other pathogens, it works independently from one's immune system: when Claire was shot while her ability wasn't working, her immune system was too weak to fight off infections, leading to a system wide critical condition that lead to her death. When her ability started working again, she came back to life. (The Eclipse, Part 2)

Regeneration does not work correctly if a foreign object obstructs the wound. This is especially true of foreign objects lodged in a particular spot in the brain. This limitation is presumably related to the importance of the brain in the nature of evolved humans, as theorized by Chandra Suresh (One Giant Leap). There are many examples of this limitation and knowledge thereof,

  • After Brody "killed" Claire, she did not begin to regenerate until the coroner removed the tree branch lodged in her brain.
  • Pete experienced a similar situation with a piece of glass in the back of his head (.07%).
  • A more graphic example of this is Future Claire's presumed death at the hands of Sylar (Five Years Gone), when Sylar presumably removes her brain after slicing her head open.
  • However, in The Second Coming, Sylar not only leaves her brain in place, but explains with his new understanding of her powers, apparently through his intuitive aptitude, he claims that he cannot kill her and she could never die.
  • Angela sent Peter and the Haitian to kill Arthur by shooting him through the back of the head otherwise he could regenerate. Ultimately the bullet Peter fired was telekinetically shoved all the way through Arthur's head by Sylar, presumably completely destroying the spot and killing him permanently. (Our Father)
  • Claire uses knowledge of this spot in the brain to incapacitate Sylar with a shard of glass (Dual).
  • Danko and his team also had this knowledge, claiming that a bullet to the spot fired at either Claire or Sylar would kill them (Trust and Blood).
  • Sylar claimed that this spot was microscopic, requiring one to either be a good shot or have intimate knowledge of where it's located. He also claimed that this spot could be moved, apparently doing so to avoid death by Danko by knife, when hit where the spot should have been. (I Am Sylar)
Despite this limitation, regenerators can expel small objects (such as a bullet) lodged in her body as long as they are not disrupting their brain functions (Company Man, Kindred).

In several episodes it has been stated or shown that an individual with the ability can be permanently killed. It is stated by Adam Monroe that if a person with the power is decapitated or the brain is severally damaged the ability to heal is canceled out and leaving the individual permanently dead (Out of Time)(Truth & Consequences).

In one instance Adam died due to aging rapidly, when his power was taken from him by Arthur. In another instance the power was canceled out by the Haitians ability to negate powers, which resulted in the death of Arthur when Peter went to shoot him in the head, but the bullet was subsequently stopped in mid-air by Sylar, who then allows the bullet to continue on its course, killing Arthur while he is in his momentarily depowered state (Our Father). A similar circumstance is seen when the Future Claire shoots Future Peter in the exposed future in partnership with the Future Haitian, using his ability negation to make sure Peter's abilities won't allow him to escape as well as allowing him to be seriously wounded from the bullet, as he is unable to regenerate (I Am Become Death).

Regenerators are not immune to being frozen (Brother's Keeper). However, should any of their limbs shatter, they will regenerate them as normal.


Adam Monroe lived for centuries without aging significantly. Angela Petrelli confirms that this is an effect of his ability (Cautionary Tales). She tells Matt Parkman that after a certain amount of regeneration, the body simply stops aging. After Arthur Petrelli removed this ability from him, Adam aged rapidly, crumbling to dust within a few seconds, demonstrating that without his power continually repairing age-related damage, he would quickly die.


Adam Monroe was the first to demonstrate that individuals with this ability can heal others by injecting them with their own blood. So far, five characters have been healed this way: Adam's seventh wife Diane (circa 1901), Nathan Petrelli, Noah Bennet, Maya Herrera, and Sylar.
Adam injected a small amount of his blood into Nathan's intravenous drip, causing Nathan to immediately start to heal from his radiation burns (Four Months Ago...). Adam did not show any worry about the possible adverse effects of mixing blood types.

In Out of Time, Bob suggests that Claire's blood could be used to make a new cure for the Shanti virus. Bob informs Claire that her blood could help a lot of people, and proceeds to take some of her blood. Later, Noah Bennet is resurrected using her blood after being shot by Mohinder (Cautionary Tales).

Mohinder Suresh is able to combine Claire's blood with the antibodies from his own to make a cure for the fortified Shanti Virus that Niki contracted (Truth & Consequences). The blood combination not only healed Maya of her gunshot wound, but also cured Sylar of the virus (Powerless).

Unlike Adam, a recipient of Adam's blood cannot halt the aging process indefinitely. Adam's blood cured his wife Diane of tuberculosis, but she still died "peacefully" twenty years later. (The Ten Brides of Takezo Kensei)

According to Noah, the regenerative properties of a blood transfusion would not heal tumors. Because they are living tissue, regeneration would cause them to grow larger. (Tabula Rasa)

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Regeneration was the process by which Time Lords renewed themselves, causing a complete physical and often psychological change. It could happen because of severe illness or injury. It could also be invoked by choice, whether voluntary or involuntary. Conversely, regeneration could be stopped by choice.


Different explanations were given for the process of regeneration.
One theory held that Cardinal Rassilon had been investigating a method of regenerating decayed and diseased tissue via a series of self-replicating, biogenic molecules. The cells of a Gallifreyan body would be repaired, restored and re-organised, resulting in a wholly new physical form. The brain cells would also be rearranged, though to a lesser extent; the new incarnation would retain the memories and personality of the former incarnation. Rassilon intended this mechanism only for the Gallifreyan elite. He also inputted a parameter of twelve regenerative cycles to avoid decaying biogenic molecules.
Another explanation stated that Time Lords had triple-helix DNA: the third strand was added by Rassilon to enable regeneration.
Exposure over billions of years to the Untempered Schism was implied to have contributed to the Time Lords' ability to regenerate.


Time Lords released massive amounts of a hormone called lindos in moments of extreme trauma, and it was this hormone which triggered regeneration. Newly regenerated Time Lords could be identified by elevated levels of lindos in their system.
Time Lords were also said to have "packets" of regeneration energy in their bodies, one for each life. These packets could be physically removed from a Time Lord's body, essentially robbing them of their regenerations.



During a regeneration, a Time Lord's body shone with milky white light, a swirl of rainbow colours, crackled with electricity or with a violent-seeming discharge of bio-energy that damaged anything close to it. In other cases, there was no visible energy discharge, just a fade away to the next incarnation.
ust before his regeneration, the Ninth Doctor warned Rose Tyler to keep away from him. The Tenth Doctor did likewise shortly before his aborted regeneration during the 2009 Dalek invasion of Earth. The damage to the TARDIS from the Tenth Doctor's regeneration into the Eleventh, enough to force a complete reconstruction into a different design, may have been an example of the dangers the regeneration energy could pose. However, other regenerations occurred with other individuals in close proximity. These are times when the energy from the Doctor's body wasn't as violent.


During regeneration, there were the genetic equivalent of 'bit errors' in the DNA of the regenerating cells. The Time Lord would change in appearance, height, mass or apparent age. The personality would also change; even the cells and chemistry of the brain regenerated. Although the aspects of their personality caused by "nurture," who they truly were, would not change, the "nature," how they displayed themselves, contribution to their personality would. One source stated that Time Lords of the Oldblood Houses, born with just one heart, grew a second heart on regeneration. This included the Doctor, who in his first incarnation had only one heart. According to the Eleventh Doctor, every regeneration was painful.
More extreme changes were possible. Cavisadoratrelundar regenerated a complete body after being decapitated; the process was cut short when he was stabbed through both hearts. The Eleventh Doctor feared he had become a woman, while the Ninth Doctor suggested two heads or none were possible. His eleventh incarnation stated clearly that he could become "anything". The Corsair was a Time Lord/Time Lady whom the Doctor had known in both sexes. Time Lords could also change their skin colour as seen in Melody Pond's case when she regenerated into her third incarantion.
In nearly all cases, Time Lord regenerations remained humanoid; one Time Lord, Lord Cardinal Zero, regenerated into an avian lifeform. Though a healthy body seems to be the default, the Doctor's eleventh incarnation made it a priority - even amidst serious damage to his TARDIS - to immediately conduct a physical inventory to make sure he still had two legs and sufficient fingers, eyes, ears, a nose, chin and hair.
The Doctor's ability to regrow a severed limb soon after regeneration suggests the possibility that had the eleventh incarnation, for example, discovered a deficiency - a missing leg, for example - he might have been able to rectify the situation.


During the first few hours of the regeneration, the Time Lord might suffer from confusion, erratic behaviour, extended periods of unconsciousness or memory loss. Motor control could be impaired, (the Eleventh Doctor expressed difficulty "steering" his new body), and a Time Lord could suffer random spasms as the regeneration settled. The Doctor, in particular, seemed extremely susceptible to side-effects from the regenerative process. His third incarnation was incapacitated for some time at Ashbridge Cottage Hospital). Likewise, the fourth incarnation of the Doctor suffered acute delirium and memory loss and was placed under bed rest at UNIT Headquarters. It took some time for his newly-regenerated fifth incarnation to remember his own identity. Following another regeneration, his sixth incarnation tried to strangle Peri to death before re-asserting control of himself, and in his following one, the Seventh Doctor was sufficiently weakened that the the Rani was able to effectively brainwash him. His seventh regeneration was particularly traumatic for the Eighth Doctor, combining amnesia and emotional instability. On two occasions the Doctor crashed the TARDIS following regeneration, first when the Tenth Doctor compulsively sped up the TARDIS and hit it against the wall of the Powell Estate, then when the Tenth Doctor's regeneration into the Eleventh damaged the TARDIS, causing it to crashland into a storage shed in Leadworth. After his tenth regeneration, the Eleventh Doctor experienced powerful, rapidly alternating food cravings, declaring a certain type of food his favourite one minute, and saying he hated it the next.
A Zero Room could help with the process, as it removed all outside distractions. After his first regeneration, the Second Doctor implied that the TARDIS itself helped the process along. For other species, a metamorphic symbiosis regenerator might offer help when regenerations failed, though whether this true of Time Lords is unknown.
Were a Time Lord knocked unconscious, the whole process might start all over again, but this was not a certainty.
After a while, the Time Lord's body would settle down, though they could regrow limbs within fifteen hours of the regeneration due to residual energy. Even after the physical transformation, changes might occur. The Doctor was excessively tired after his third regeneration, falling asleep in many odd locations. The Fifth Doctor's hair went from longer to shorter to longer in the space of a few days. For a short time after regenerating, a Time Lord displayed greater strength than usual; The Doctor's fourth incarnation was able to karate-chop a brick in half while recovering from his regeneration, his eighth incarnation broke down a steel door bare-handed immediately following his regeneration.  Melody Pond, following her final regeneration, not only used her regenerative energy to survive a hail of gunfire by Nazi soldiers, but channelled it into a focused blast of energy that knocked out the entire squad.
However, some Time Lords were able to regenerate with little or no overt complications, as in the case of Romana.


Though Time Lords could regenerate after severe injuries, regeneration was by no means guaranteed. Maxil implied that a fatal blast from a staser (an energy weapon used by the Chancellory Guard on Gallifrey) could prevent regeneration. Stabbing or shooting a Time Lord through both hearts at the same time, burning out both hearts or drowning, if it happened quickly enough could also end a Time Lord's life regardless of how many regenerations they had left. Acid could also destroy the ability to regenerate. Some illnesses, such as Chen-7, could preclude regeneration. Certain poisons could prevent the regeneration process, such as the poisoned lipstick River Song possessed. As well, the application of various medications, such as general anaesthetics from Earth, were known to disrupt or destroy the regenerative process.
Ideally, regeneration would be undergone within a low-grade telepathic field. The presence of another Time Lord was recommended to assist with any difficulties, and the newly-regenerated Time Lord best remained in a state of total tranquility for a time afterward to allow the mind and body to properly readjust.


Time Lords had a limited regenerative cycle of twelve regenerations, consisting of thirteen incarnations, after which they would suffer permanent death.  Time Lords could will themselves to die by regenerating when they had no more regenerations left to use, as Azmael chose to do.Rassilon apparently had physical reasons to impose this restriction.
As with most such "rules", there were occasionally exceptions to the twelve regeneration limit. The High Council offered the Master a new regenerative cycle if he rescued the various incarnations of the Doctor from the Death Zone. Although he did not receive this award on that occasion, during the Last Great Time War the Master was given the ability to regenerate at least once more.
In his Eleventh incarnation, the Doctor claimed he could regenerate five hundred and seven times. Whether the Doctor was speaking the truth is unknown. Though since the Time Lords are gone now, it is possible the limitations are moot.
Time Lords could be revived with regeneration energy. Doing this, Melody Pond (in her third incarnation) used up her remaining regenerations to save the Doctor's life and was hospitalised as a result. It is unknown if this act gave the Doctor all her remaining regenerations. The Doctor was later able to use this to heal River Song's broken wrist which angered her.


Generally, the regeneration process triggered itself when a Time Lord was too badly injured to survive; however, in some cases, Time Lords exercised control over the process. Romana seemed to regenerate on a whim, while Azmael began a thirteenth regeneration to end his life.
The degree of control that Time Lords had over their end appearance was unclear. The Master made his next regeneration as young as the Tenth Doctor appeared at the time, though, since most regenerations led to younger bodies, this may have been a coincidence. Melody Pond announced she was "focusing on a dress size" in her final regeneration. Romana seemed adept enough at the process to custom design her new form, trying several bodies before finally deciding on a copy of Princess Astra. The Doctor criticised In contrast to Romana, the Doctor did not seem to have much control over his post-regeneration appearance; after his fourth regeneration, he commented "That's the problem with regeneration, you never quite know what you're going to get."Romana for taking on the form of another person, suggesting such things were not unheard of. He would restate this sentiment immediately prior to his ninth regeneration.
However as the Doctor's regenerations have thus far either been forced on him or been triggered when an incarnation has been mortally wounded, it may be that the appearance of the next incarnation can be controlled if the regeneration is voluntarily triggered (as was Romana's).
Melody Pond commented, after her regeneration, that she could make herself gradually younger over her life. Whether this was part of the regenerative process or not is unknown.
While skilled Time Lords could choose their new form with a voluntarily induced regeneration, the process could go horribly wrong and leave the Time Lord in a severely misshapen body. This problem might be exacerbated by the Time Lord immediately starting another regeneration instead of obtaining medical assistance, amplifying the defects in the regeneration. The end result of these abortive regenerations was inevitably a mutated monstrosity that could only be put out of its misery by complete disintegration.
Some Time Lords were capable of momentarily regenerating, or partially regenerating. Though this could use up a lot of regenerative energy, it would give the Time Lord a new set of genes, allowing them to fool genetic sensors. The Seventh Doctor used this method on the planet Purgatory to fool the genetic scanner used by the Landsknechte.
The Time Lords were apparently capable of controlling the regeneration of individual Time Lords, either forcing a regeneration, influencing the new appearance, or removing later regenerations.
With effort, Time Lords could resist regeneration, effectively committing suicide. The Master did so after being shot, ostensibly to avoid becoming the Tenth Doctor's eternal prisoner. Similarly, the Fifth Doctor once threatened System with resisting regeneration to stop the device from learning the biological details of the act. This was not always an option, however, as the Doctor noted fearfully that while his companion could die only once, he might repeatedly regenerate and live out all of his lives when the TARDIS stalled in space. The Tenth Doctor was able to delay his regenerative process long enough to revisit each of his former companions of his own incarnation and his past selves as well.



While most regenerations seemed to cause moments of mental instability, with temporary amnesia often noted, some offered particularly profound instances of physical peril. The Fifth Doctor feared that his regeneration "was failing" when he found himself reverting to previous personas, and could only be righted with the use of the TARDIS Zero Room. Ambient complexity may also contribute to the failure of a regeneration. The Eighth Doctor claimed that anaesthesia had "nearly destroyed the regenerative process" during his seventh regeneration as an explanation for the particularly severe amnesia he suffered afterwards. During the Tenth Doctor's post regenerative state, he suffered an arrest in one of his hearts and began to exhale regenerative energy when Rose Tyler revived him too early. After this he slipped into a coma-like state for most of a day. When the Tenth Doctor underwent his own regeneration, the process was exceptionally violent and destructive to the TARDIS, likely a consequence of his delay of the procedure and/or the massive amounts of radiation he absorbed which caused the regeneration to start in the first place, though it hasn't been clear whether the severity of a regeneration-causing injury impacts the violence of the regeneration or not.
Regeneration, especially later ones, could be painful. Melody Pond screamed during one regeneration, as did the Master during his transition into his "Harold Saxon" incarnation. Both Ninth and Tenth Doctors also appeared to grimace in pain during the process.


There were many ways to reverse a regeneration. One way involved the sacrifice of another, causing the regeneration to reverse. One example of this was when the Third Doctor had an encounter with The Nurazh. As the Doctor battled the Nurazh's main host, the two fell off a building, killing the Doctor. As the Third Doctor regenerated into the Fourth, the Nurazh possessed the Time Lord's body, however, it found itself unable to cope with the two Time Lord minds within the body and it soon perished, restoring the Doctor to his previous incarnation in the process.
The regeneration process could also be delayed to allow healing. The Second Doctor was shot in the head when confronted by guards on Skybase, causing damage to his skull and frontal lobe; and the subsequent fall broke his nose, jaw, right femur, and collarbone, along with some spine damage. He began to regenerate, however, an injection of Shiner DNA delayed the regeneration and kept him alive long enough for his body to go into a six-month healing coma to recover on its own.
A Time Lord could prevent death and regeneration by focusing the regenerative energies into a severed appendage, like the Doctor's hand. His hand siphoned off the excess energy that would have changed his appearance while the Tenth Doctor used just enough to heal himself from the injury sustained from a Dalek Gunstick. This resulted in the appendage storing enough energy to actually grow an identical Time Lord when it came in contact with Donna Noble. As a consequence, the Doctor appeared to regenerate and heal but did not change.


I.M. Foreman, a Gallifreyan (but not a Time Lord), absorbed the DNA around him and underwent indescribable changes as a result of mutations, transcending sex, species and even physical existence itself. Romana, prior to her regeneration into her second incarnation, appeared to have taken on a near-human blue-skinned form. However, one account held that the TARDIS itself, rather than Romana, adopted this shape.


Occasionally, a regeneration would fail and the regeneration would abort. Though the Time Lord would have regenerated, they would be severely deformed. Though Time Lord technology could treat this, on some occasions the damage would be too severe to fix.
After being shot by the War Lords, the War Chief was barely able to survive. While being returned to the War Lords' planet, his body attempted to regenerate. Due to the massive injuries and the lack of medical care, this regeneration aborted. This resulted in two conjoined individual bodies, poorly fused together.


As noted above, regeneration was not guaranteed. The Doctor on numerous occasions believed he was at risk of actually dying. Even with regeneration a possibility, the Doctor came to feel such a change as being a "death". In recollecting the events surrounding the Master's attempt to steal the Eye of Harmony, the Eighth Doctor referred to his incarnations as "lives". In fact, the Doctor seemed to regard his previous incarnations as different individuals, capable of interacting and working with each other. Time Lords such as the War Chief were unconcerned about wasting regenerations, while others such as the Doctor warned not to waste them. Iris Wildthyme once confided in Samantha Jones that regeneration was treated on Gallifrey the same way sex was on Earth.
The Doctor's attitude towards regeneration seemed to change during his later incarnations, considering it more like true death. In his ninth incarnation, the Doctor bade farewell to his companion, ("I'm not gonna see you again. Not like this.") even though he was not actually dying. The Doctor's tenth incarnation was concerned about a prediction made regarding his own impending regeneration, saying "Even if I change, it feels like dying. Everything I am dies. Some new man goes sauntering away...and I'm dead."
Despite The Doctor's attitude toward regeneration, both Harriet Jones and Sarah Jane Smith felt the same way about The Doctor throughout his incarnations, with Harriet Jones stating that he was "absolutely the same man, still believing in this despite the Doctor threatening to destroy her government, after she ordered Torchwood to blow up the Sycorax spaceship.


On several occasions, individuals of other species (or even artificial life) were capable of regeneration. In most cases, this ability was copied from the Time Lords.
  • The crew of the Minyans' ship, the P7E, could regenerate indefinitely, likely as a result of the interference by the Time Lords in their early history. Over time, they wearied of life.
  • Mawdryn and his followers, who had stolen the Time Lords' regeneration technology, also had an apparently limitless number of incarnations, though they had no control over when it would happen and what form, often grotesque, they would change into. Consequently, they also longed for death, making their mutations a kind of de facto punishment by the Time Lords for stealing their technology.
  • Chris Cwej was regenerated by force to survive radiation poisoning.
  • K9 Mark I regenerated by use of a Regeneration unit after self-destructing to defeat a group of Jixen Warriors. He later regenerated again after exhausting his power core to defeat the Trojan.
  • The Cinder was a sentient spark which grew into a Phoenix made of living flame. When extinguished, it slowly regenerated from a single surviving spark back into its Phoenix form.