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The Umbrella Academy
00.01 (Luther Hargreeves/Spaceboy)
The leader of the Academy, blessed with super-strength. After a disastrous expedition to Mars, Hargreeves transplanted his head onto the body of a Martian gorilla. He moved to the Moon to station himself at the Anihilation Control outpost after he left the Academy.
- Big Good: The closest thing to one the series has at the beginning of the series. He considers himself the leader of the Umbrella Academy and goads his team the most to action. Taken literally when he was transplanted onto the gorilla. Subverted when in a fit of depression he becomes a fat gorilla stuck to his TV set because there's nothing heroic to do.
- Blessed with Suck: How he sees himself after the head transplant.
- Fat Slob: Becomes this in the Dallas arc thanks to depression.
- Jet Pack: Is seen always with one on his back, it allows him to fly and be somewhat of a Lightning Bruiser despite his bulk.
- The Leader: Before their disbanding, 00.01 was the de facto leader of his siblings, pushing them into action and formulating their plans.
- Not Blood Siblings: He's in love with Allison.
- Parental Favoritism: Luther was the Monocle's favorite child.
- Super Strength: Had this power when he was fully human and has retained it thanks to his gorilla body.
00.02 (Diego Hargreeves/The Kraken)
The reckless and rebellious member of the team. He is able to hold his breath indefinitely and seems to have a thing for knives.
- Charles Atlas Superpower: Despite lacking superhuman strength, Kraken is strong enough to impale a man with his fist.
- Expy: Of Batman and Wolverine.
- Eyepatch of Power: It's unclear how he's lost his right eye but he's had one even before Vanya left the Academy.
- Disproportionate Retribution: He once broke someone's jaw because the guy threw a drink at Vanya.
- Fights Like a Normal: Had to compensate for having a virtually useless superpower by learning how to fight.
- Jerkass: Diego's default demeanor is being a spiteful prick. He is usually very abrasive and is quick to throw insults and threaten his siblings with his knife. In fact one of his insults led to Vanya deciding to become a super-villain.
- Knife Nut: Kraken carries a knife he is quite good with. He can hit a fleeing man, for instance.
- The Lancer: His vigilante volatility against Luther's more level-headed mindset just adds to this trope.
- Love Hurts: This is why he and Vanya hate each other.
- In Anywhere But Here, Diego promised he would stay with Vanya when she was forced out of the Academy. He broke this promise several hours later, standing up a gig their band had to save his teammates.
- So, Vanya went overseas, neglecting to tell Diego that she was breaking up with him. Some time later, she would publish a scathing book that exposed the team's flaws.
- So, when Vanya sought comfort after the Conductor offered her an opportunity to end the world, Diego insulted her.
- So the White Violin tried to murder him.
- Love Martyr: He tells the White Violin that if she doesn't stand down, he'll kill her. At which point she laughs, twines herself around him, and says they both know that's not going to happen. Fortunately, Five is around to protect his brother.
- Rock Trio: Diego, Vanya, and Body were in a band called the The Prime-8's.
- The Southpaw: Is seen in Anywhere But Here playing a left-handed bass.
- Super Not-Drowning Skills: His power is the ability to hold his breath indefinitely.
00.03 (Allison Hargreeves/The Rumor)
Described as narcissistic, Allison was one of the most useful members of the group with her power to instantly warp reality just by telling lies, usually to divert the crowd. After the Academy, she married her boyfriend Patrick and had a daughter, Claire, who is now under her father's custody after their divorce.
- Artificial Limbs: Allison has a cybernetic left hand implanted after Dr. Terminal ate her real one. Come Dallas she seems to have had it replaced as well.
- Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Well, her face is saved from the apocalypse, but her throat...
- Compelling Voice: One of the more perverse side-effects of Allison's power is that she can persuade people if she talks about certain feelings. For instance, she has an ex-husband who she made fall in love with her. Out of her influence, said husband is very bitter about it and doesn't want to see her ever again.
- Cool Big Sis: She becomes one, patiently helping Vanya with physical therapy even though she almost killed her.
- Deadpan Snarker: Moreso when she's Talking with Signs.
- Infallible Babble: Anything she makes rumors about, comes true in a snap.
- Not Blood Siblings: She's in love with Luther.
- Reality Warper: When she begins a sentence with "I heard a rumor...", then whatever comes next is sure to come through even if they are physically impossible. For example, when a grocer informs her that some glue she wanted to buy isn't available anymore, she makes it appear in the grocer's very hand. It can be graver if she spreads the rumor that someone was assassinated.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Girly girl to Vanya's tomboy.
- Took a Level in Kindness: She doesn't show much narcissism in the time frame of Apocalypse Suite and shows genuine concern for Vanya in Dallas. Likely she had shed that trait over time.
- Weaksauce Weakness: Allison's powers only work when she speaks so if she is gagged or suffers some specific wounds, Allison is left powerless.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Has had bluish purple hair since childhood.
00.04 (Klaus Hargreeves/The Séance)
If you're looking for the most dysfunctional member of this junction, it's Klaus. Fretful and morbid, he takes drugs to suppress his clairvoyance. He is also telekinetic and can levitate, but is only powerful when sober.
- Asian Babymama: Sadly a Missing Mom; we only see the Asian baby and the grandmother he leaves it with.
- Camp Gay: Camp bi, apparently.
- Cunning Linguist: Learned Vietnamese during the time he ran a strip club in the country.
- Flight: Can levitate himself.
- Functional Addict: Klaus is a bit of a wreck with the drugs, but at least he's not haunted in that state, right?
- Psychic Powers: Klaus has psychic powers translating into many effects.
- I See Dead People: One of his powers is to channel the dead, talking to them so that he can extract informations from him.
- Mind over Matter: Klaus is also a powerful telekinesist. He can float through sheer thought, and at the end of the Apocalyptic Suite, manages to hold off a megaton of Moon chunk.
- Weaksauce Weakness: Seance can only use his powers while barefoot. (Doesn't mean he Does Not Like Shoes though, as he collects them.)
00.05 (Number Five)
Five had disappeared before he was given a name, and got stuck in the future for decades trying to figure out how to travel back in time. Once he did, he got stuck in his youth, showing no signs of cellular death or growth. In the meantime, worked with the Temps Aeternalis where he learned to microjump through time.
- Ax-Crazy: By his own admission, Number Five is a complete psychopath who has to focus hard to suppress his daily murderous impulses. Indeed, he was made an assassin and implanted with DNA from various murderers throughout history. Whenever he has a legitimate excuse to let go, he will murder his targets with utter glee.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: Is always in a suit even when gunning down hordes of mooks.
- Long-Lost Relative: Luther's long-lost twin brother.
- Nominal Hero: He's mostly motivated by self-preservation and doesn't really care about people that much.
- No Name Given: He is only referred to as "Number Five."
- Older Than They Look: Literally a 60 year-old man in a 10 year-old body.
- Pet the Dog: Quite literally. He adopts a puppy in Dallas and proceeds to dote on him whenever he gets the chance.
- Professional Killer: Is considered THE perfect assassin, thanks to having the DNA of various killers in history.
- Time Travel: His power. He uses it to simulate Super Speed by "micro jumping" through time.
00.06 (Ben Hargreeves/The Horror)
A person-shaped can of monsters from other dimensions which he can unleash from under his skin. Sadly we never get to know much of Ben apart from that as he's already dead by the timeframe of Apocalypse Suite.
- The Cape: Dressed and acted like a traditional superhero.
- Gratuitous Japanese: Is seen greeting "happy birthday" in Japanese to a pink serpentine monster that crawled out of his body.
- Lovecraftian Superpower: He could summon horrifying monsters through his body.
- Nice Guy: The Horror was one of the most well-adjusted and meek of the siblings, contrasting his monstrous power.
- Posthumous Character: He's long dead by the beginning of the series.
- Tentacle Rope: A usual Lovecraftian Superpower manifestation, he can summon and control tentacles coming from a portal on his stomach.
00.07 (Vanya Hargreeves/The White Violin)
The normal sheep of the family, Vanya is left out of missions to focus instead on practicing the violin. She leaves the Academy and writes a book, Extra Ordinary, detailing her estrangement from the rest of the Academy. Little does she or anyone know how much potential she actually had until she auditions for the Apocalypse Suite.
- Apocalypse Maiden: If you let the White Violin finish a symphony, you'll probably never live to hear it.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: In the final third of the Apocalypse Suite.
- Brutal Honesty: She held back nothing in her book, including her siblings' worst vices and insecurities.
- Identity Amnesia: Suffers a complete loss of memory after Five puts a bullet into her head.
- Amnesiacs Are Innocent: Early in the Dallas arc it's established that after the surgery on her brain she can neither move nor remember anything, prompting a disgruntled Allison to strap her to a wheelchair and leave her in a room full of horrible news breaks.
- Laser-Guided Karma: The White Violin is shot through the head, much like she did to Pogo (although she survives the injury and he didn't).
- Kick the Dog: She slaughters Pogo, one of the few people who comforted her when she was young.
- Mad Artist: Towards the end of her first character arc, it's unclear whether she has an identity outside of her music at all.
- Mind Rape: It's unclear what the Conductor did to Vanya, but it involved full-body restraints, awful pain, and the sound of blood (which is apparently like "angels suffocating", btw). By the end she's weakly begging to go home.
- Murder-Suicide: There is no indication that she would've survived her own music.
- Musical Assassin: One violin note can literally slice a person in half. A few more and she can trigger an earthquake.
- Mutual Envy: She was always jealous of Diego because he belonged. He was always jealous of her freedom, something he would never have under Hargreeves' control.
- Power Dyes Your Hair: In this case, an eerie bleached white.
- Power Hair: Averted. She wears her hair short all the time as an adult, but it's more about style than power.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: In her adolescence, Hargreeves sent her off to learn music overseas so she wouldn't "distract" the other kids. Diego promised to escape with her, but didn't, after which she left gladly.
Cab driver: Going somewhere important?
Vanya: Yeah... Anywhere but here.
Vanya: Yeah... Anywhere but here.
- Rock Trio: She, Diego, and Body were in a band called the Prime-8's. Vanya played guitar and sang.
- Technician vs. Performer: Performer; her art- being a conduit for her volatile emotions- is not skillful, but as raw and uncompromising as she is.
- The Dark Side Will Make You Forget: The smugly sadistic White Violin bears little resemblance to the fiery, insecure girl of years before.
- The Team Normal: Or so she thinks.
- 'Tis Only a Bullet in the Brain: She recovers from being headshot remarkably well, both her amnesia and paralysis being temporary.
Sir Reginald Hargreeves/The Monocle
Entrepreneur, Olympic fencer, Nobel prize-winning scientist, space alien. After the Bizarre Baby Boom, he came to adopt as many of the inexplicably born children as he could find, and could only manage to get seven.
- Abusive Parents: Hargreeves was a horrible person who had no business being a parent. Heck, he even hated being called "Dad"!
- For Science!: Apparently the reason he set out to find all the suddenly-born children.
- High-Class Glass: He gets his preferred moniker from the monocle he frequently wears.
- Human Disguise: Hargreeves was an alien passing as a human, but while it is revealed early, it doesn't impact on the plot at all.
- Pet the Dog: When a young Luther expresses his desire to be an astronaut, Hargreeves puts a hand on his shoulder as a possible sign of affection and assures the boy that he will go into space.
- Renaissance Man: Hargreeves was a renowned inventor and an Olympic-level fencer. However, he was also a major asshole.
- The Un-Reveal: While it is revealed that the Hargreeves is an alien disguising as a human being, we don't get to see what he actually looks like unmasked.
Dr. Phineas Pogo
A chimpanzee Hargreeves experimented on and made sapient.
A gynoid Hargreeves created to take care of the siblings.
- Do Androids Dream?:
- HeelFaith Turn: She tries to convert a post-amnesia Vanya to Christianity, on the basis that "nothing else has worked out for you".
- Parental Favoritism: In Hotel Oblivion, Grace implies that Vanya is her favorite.
- Ridiculously Human Robot: Downplayed. Personality-wise, Grace seems like a perfectly normal woman with the full range of human emotions. Physically, she resembles a cheap mannequin.
A doomsday cult disguised as an orchestra whose M.O. is to use Vanya, the White Violin, to destroy the world.
- Wicked Cultured: Well, they are a classical orchestra, right?
The leader of the Orchestra.
- Affably Evil: "May I interest you in destroying the world?"
Temp AlternalisAn organization dedicated to preserving the timeline by any means necessary.
A sentient goldfish who leads the organization.
Hazel and Cha-Cha
The Temp Alternalis' top assassins after Number Five.