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* ElaborateUndergroundBase: When the Academy gets destroyed at the end of volume one, the gang go on using its vast basement as their home base.


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* TheNeedless: The Murder Magician says that Scientific Man doesn't need to eat or breathe.


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* WildCard: Scientific Man's motivations are unclear. At first he's implied to be some kind of superhero who checks that no one escapes the Hotel Oblivion but when they all break out to Earth, he starts fighting the academy.

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* BedsheetGhost: One of the escaped criminals from the Hotel Oblivion is one.


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* CatPeople: Two of the Hotel's escaped inmates are anthropomorphic cat people.


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* EyeBeams: A prisoner from the Hotel whose head is a giant eye can do this, a member of [[spoiler:the Sparrow Academy]] does it shortly after.


* AlternateHistory: Aside from the superheroes, villains and Hargreeves' technology, John F. Kennedy originally lived in this universe until he got assassinated by time travellers.



* CityWithNoName: The one they live in is only ever referred to as The City.



* {{Teleportation}}: One of Hargreeves' famous inventions is the Televator. It seems to link up with normal elevators and is capable of reaching whatever planet or dimension the Hotel Oblivion is in.



* WeaponizedLandmark: The Academy's first public adventure is stopping the Eiffel Tower that's been converted into a laser-firing spaceship.

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The Academy's first public adventure is stopping the Eiffel Tower that's been converted into a laser-firing spaceship.spaceship.
** At the start of volume 2 the Academy are fighting an animated UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln statue. They defeat it by having The Rumor animate a John Wilkes Booth statue to shoot. The gang lampshade the trope by complaining that their fighting another weaponized landmark.

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* AbbeyRoadCrossing: Gerard Way had an idea to do two drawings of the group walking in a line (one of them as children, the other where they're adults). He likened to the image of apes evolving into men but everyone at ''Dark Horse'' thought it was more like The Beatles crossing Abbey Road.

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* UpliftedAnimal: Hargreeves invented a method for making chimpanzees smarter. There's usually a clothed chimp or two in every crowd scene.


%% * SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong: What Number Five travelled back in time to accomplish. Namely, preventing the Apocalypse.

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%% * SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong: What Number Five travelled back in time to accomplish. Namely, preventing the Apocalypse.



%% * StrappedToAnOperatingTable: In ''The Apocalypse Suite'' with [[spoiler:Vanya]] and ''Dallas'' with [[spoiler:Number 5]].

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%% * %%* StrappedToAnOperatingTable: In ''The Apocalypse Suite'' with [[spoiler:Vanya]] and ''Dallas'' with [[spoiler:Number 5]].


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* WeaponizedLandmark: The Academy's first public adventure is stopping the Eiffel Tower that's been converted into a laser-firing spaceship.

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A Website/{{Kickstarter}} campaign to fund ''The Umbrella Academy Game'' [[https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/umbrellaacademy/the-umbrella-academy-game was held in 2020]]


The main series takes place after Hargreeves's death where the team reunite at his funeral. Series include ''The Apocalypse Suite'', ''Dallas'' and ''Hotel Oblivion'' as well as a handful of one shot stories, all of which are now available on the internet.

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The main series takes place after Hargreeves's death where the team reunite at his funeral. Series include Comics include:
* "Mon Dieu!" (2006)
* "…But the Past Ain’t Through With You." (2007)
* "Safe & Sound" (2007)
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''The Umbrella Academy: Apocalypse Suite'', ''Dallas'' and ''Hotel Suite'' (2007-2008)
* "Anywhere But Here" (2008)
* ''The Umbrella Academy: Dallas'' (2008-2009)
* ''The Umbrella Academy: Hotel
Oblivion'' as well as a handful of one shot stories, all of which are now available on (2018-2019)
* ''Hazel and Cha Cha Save Christmas: Tales from
the internet.
Umbrella Academy'' (2019)
* ''You Look Like Death: Tales from The Umbrella Academy'' (2020-2021)


%% * TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt: Technically happens twice throughout the series.

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%% * TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt: Technically happens twice throughout the series.series. Five warns them of the first one when he time travels back, [[spoiler:which is prevented by Klaus using his telekinesis to stop a chunk of the moon from fully crashing into Earth.]] The second one is caused by [[spoiler:Hazel and Cha-Cha getting ahold of Reginald Hargreeves' secret stash of nuclear weapons to cause armageddon, but due to all of the Umbrella Academy members time travelling for various reasons before it happens, they only learn about it after Carmichael tells them they changed the timeline.]]



* EvilVegetarian: John Perseus.

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* %%* EvilVegetarian: John Perseus.


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* {{Foreshadowing}}: Allison uses her powers to reenact the assassination of a US president while they fight the giant statue of Abraham Lincoln in the first part of ''Dallas'' by summoning a statue of John Wilkes Booth. [[spoiler:She does it again for the final part of ''Dallas'' by rumoring JFK's head into exploding from a bullet wound.]]


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* HistoricalInJoke: [[spoiler:The reason given in the ''Dallas'' arc as to why Jacqueline Kennedy doesn't remember going to the back of the limousine during JFK's assassination is because she was swapped out for Allison who would cause the assassination with one of her rumors.]]


%% * BrickJoke: [[spoiler:The Eiffel Tower destroys the Umbrella Academy at the end of Apocalypse Suite]].

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%% * BrickJoke: [[spoiler:The The Eiffel Tower destroys is revealed to be a spaceship built by Gustave Eiffel, with the Umbrella Academy at siblings accidentally launching it to fly off to parts unknown in the very first issue. [[spoiler:At the end of Apocalypse Suite]].''Apocalypse Suite'', it crash-landed on the Hargreeves mansion, capping off a very rough time for the siblings.]]



* PrisonDimension: The ''Hotel Oblivion'' arc is focused the titular hotel, a prison residing in the mysterious Afterspace built by Reginald that he threw any rogue or criminal in, notably without any apparent external jurisdiction and very little governmental oversight. While Reginald intended it as a GildedCage by providing fine cuisine and other kinds of entertainment, it was regarded as a stagnant HellholePrison by most of its inmates because they had no chance of ever being let out and his death has resulted in even less oversight and it's become incredibly run-down by the present.



* PsychopathicManchild: Hazel and Cha Cha again.

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* PsychopathicManchild: Hazel and Cha Cha again.Cha, they love their sugary sweets as much as the next kid while still packing machine guns and saws to violently tear apart their enemy.



* SuperheroSchool: The titular institute, though its seven students are never shown in a classroom or studying.

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* SuperheroSchool: The titular institute, though its seven students are never actually shown together in a classroom or studying.studying. The closest it ever comes to actually serving as an educational facility is when Number Five is asked to demonstrate his scientific knowledge for physicists, which he chooses not to in order to spite Reginald.



%% * TrappedInThePast: [[spoiler:Seance, Spaceboy, and Kraken]] in ''Dallas''.

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%% * TrappedInThePast: [[spoiler:Seance, Spaceboy, and Kraken]] Kraken end up time travelling to three years before JFK's assassination and are dropped straight into the Vietnam War, to boot,]] in ''Dallas''.''Dallas''. [[spoiler:They end up taking a very downplayed version of TheSlowPath in Vietnam and only get back to the US with the help of a young Dr. Pogo.]]



* WeaksauceWeakness: Seance's powers only work when he's barefoot. [[FridgeBrilliance He apparently collects shoes]].

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* WeaksauceWeakness: UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: [[spoiler:Klaus giving his Vietnamese associates free access to a televator snowballs into the latter discovering Hotel Oblivion and Afterspace and that eventually leads into all of the Hotel's inmates being freed.]]
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Seance's powers only work when he's barefoot. [[FridgeBrilliance He apparently collects shoes]].

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* SignatureInstrument: Vanya's instrument of choice changes to reflect her age. When she was [[EmoTeen younger and angrier]], she played guitar; now that she's more solemn and honest about her feelings of alienation, she plays the violin. To cement her status as [[spoiler:a TragicVillain, it is a ''violin'' with which she plays the Apocalypse Suite- her sadness that ends the world, not her rage. Newspapers call Vanya "the White Violin".]] She actually feels more comfortable playing her Signature Instrument than talking, a trait which frustrates her siblings.


* ArtistsAreAttractive: In Hotel Oblivion, the image of Vanya in Diego's heart is of her playing the violin in a rundown apartment, eyes closed- completely oblivious to the grime and poverty surrounding her. It is one of the few panels in which she is truly content. (They used to be in a band together before things went to hell.)



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* ElegantClassicalMusician: In Hotel Oblivion, the image of Vanya in Diego's heart is of her playing the violin in a rundown apartment, eyes closed- completely oblivious to the grime and poverty surrounding her. It is one of the few panels in which she is truly content. (They [[IntimateArtistry used to be in a band together]] before things went to hell.)



* InformedFlaw: Alison, The Rumor, is described as being narcissistic. Now, we have never seen her being narcissistic on her adult ages, nor on her younger years. That she lost her narcissism growing up, could be acceptable.

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* InformedFlaw: Alison, The Rumor, is described as being narcissistic. Now, we have never seen her being narcissistic on her adult ages, nor on her younger years. That she lost her narcissism growing up, up could be acceptable.make sense.



* YouAreNumberSix: The seven adopted children who form The Umbrella Academy respond to their respective numbers up until they receive real names and proper superhero codes name, respectively. Number Six himself dies very, very early on in the series. What more, Hargreeves numbered the children from the most useful to the least useful, 00.01 being useful simply because he was zealously obedient.

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* YouAreNumberSix: The seven adopted children who form The Umbrella Academy respond to their respective numbers up until they receive real names and proper superhero codes name, codenames, respectively. Number Six himself dies very, very early on in the series. What more, Hargreeves numbered the children from the most useful to the least useful, 00.01 being useful simply because he was zealously obedient.

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* ArtistsAreAttractive: In Hotel Oblivion, the image of Vanya in Diego's heart is of her playing the violin in a rundown apartment, eyes closed- completely oblivious to the grime and poverty surrounding her. It is one of the few panels in which she is truly content. (They used to be in a band together before things went to hell.)


* DeusExMachina: [[spoiler: Klaus is able to negate White Violin's powers by playing ''Rite of Spring'' at the right tempo. This weaknesses was never alluded to prior.]]
* DoesNotLikeShoes: The Seance, but in an odd forgettable comment in the ''Dallas'' arc, it's because ''he can't use his powers when wearing them.'' Granted, this does come from a psychotic assassin in a dog head, but in that time, Seance doesn't really try to fight back, so his powers are probably at least inhibited.



* DoesNotLikeShoes: The Seance, but in an odd forgettable comment in the ''Dallas'' arc, it's because ''he can't use his powers when wearing them.'' Granted, this does come from a psychotic assassin in a dog head, but in that time, Seance doesn't really try to fight back, so his powers are probably at least inhibited.


* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys: One of Reginald Hargreeves' inventions was a way to give chimpanzees sentience. They show up everywhere as detectives, soldiers, hobos and even one hooker. One of these intellegient chimps is Hargreeves' assistant, Pogo. [[note]]No, really, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fnt__lyGIQ4 EVERYTHING'S]] Better With Monkeys in Gerard Way's mind[[/note]]

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* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys: One of Reginald Hargreeves' inventions was a way to give chimpanzees sentience. They show up everywhere as detectives, soldiers, hobos and even one hooker. One of these intellegient intelligent chimps is Hargreeves' assistant, Pogo. [[note]]No, really, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fnt__lyGIQ4 EVERYTHING'S]] Better With Monkeys in Gerard Way's mind[[/note]]

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