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Characters in the comic series The Umbrella Academy. For those in the the Live-Action Adaptation television series, see here.

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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.
  • Alliterative Name: Early concept art shows that his name was originally going to be "Dr Darwin".
  • 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.
  • Flying Brick: With his strength, durability and jet pack.
  • 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.
  • Killer Space Monkey: He had his head transferred onto the body of a martian gorilla.
  • 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.
  • Powers as Programs: Either the alien gorilla had Super Strength anyway or the powers came with the head.
  • Ray Gun: He carries a laser pistol.
  • 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.
  • 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. Then, when Vanya sought comfort after the Conductor offered her an opportunity to end the world, Diego insulted her, so 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.
  • 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...
  • Bound and Gagged: Dr Terminal captured her as a child and gagged her to stop her using her power.
  • 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.
  • Logical Weakness: Stopping her talking by gagging her or shooting her in the throat stops her using her power.
  • 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.
  • Saw a Woman in Half: A villain called the Murder Magician once killed her this way but it turned out to be a duplicate.
  • Self-Duplication: As a teenager she lied to Hargreeves about going to the library when she was actually on a date. Her power caused a duplicate of her to go to the library.
  • 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.
  • Astral Projection: Uses this to contact Luther after he's kidnapped by Hazel and Cha-Cha.
  • Barred from the Afterlife: God sends him back to Earth saying that the Devil won't want him either.
  • Camp Bi: Apparently.
  • Cunning Linguist: Learned Vietnamese during the time he ran a strip club in the country.
  • Demonic Possession: Can let ghosts possess him temporarily to use their skills, shuch as dancing.
  • Demon Slayer: Sets up shop as one at the end of You Look Like Death after defeating Vivian Clarke.
  • Desecrating the Dead: When summoning Pogo, he promises not to puke on his grave anymore.
  • Distressed Dude: Gets kidnapped by Hazel and Cha-Cha in hopes he can get them to Number 5.
  • Flat-Earth Atheist: Says that he's agnostic while talking to God of all people.
  • 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?
  • I See Dead People: One of his powers is to channel the dead, talking to them so that he can extract informations from him
  • Levitating Lotus Position: Concept art shows the gang walking in lines as adults and children. Both versions of Klaus are levitating in a cross legged position.
  • Magical Barefooter: His Psychic Powers don't work if he has shoes on.
  • New Powers as the Plot Demands: Starts off with telekinesis/levitation and the ability to see ghosts. Later has Astral Projection, the ability to transport his soul and body through televisions, can let ghosts possess him to use their skills and was able to transfer his vampirism to someone else after he was bitten.
  • Ouija Board: He uses one to contact Pogo.
  • Psychic Powers: Klaus has psychic powers ranging from telekinesis to communicating with the dead.
  • Ret-Canon: Some elements of the TV show made it into You Look Like Death such as Klaus letting spirits possess him and being kept by an old rich woman.
  • Splash of Color: When visiting Heaven, his red Hawaiian shirt is the only thing with any colour.
  • Telekinesis: 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.
  • Television Portal: Klaus astral projects through a TV at his end then appears in an ad that Luther's watching. He turns to goo and melts out of it into the room.
  • Tracking Chip: Luther can always find him because he slipped a nano-tracer into a bottle of barbiturates that Klaus drank years ago.
  • Walking Techbane: Blows up both TVs after sending his astral projection through them.
  • 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/The Boy)
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.
  • The Ageless: Pogo's testing in 5 show that he no longer ages. Later confirmed to have been done to him by the Temps Aeternalis.
  • 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.
  • Cast from Lifespan: Inverted in one of the side stories where he says he can't use his power any more incase he de-ages back into an infant.
  • Flight: Still wears a levitator belt that the gang wore as children.
  • Long-Lost Relative: Luther's long-lost twin brother who spent decades stranded in the future.
  • Face on a Milk Carton: His face appears on a carton at the end of issue #6. He went missing twenty years previous, so why would they still be using it?
  • Nominal Hero: He's mostly motivated by self-preservation and doesn't really care about people that much.
  • Never Given a Name: He is only referred to as "Number Five," as he disappeared before he was ever given a name.
  • 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.
  • Strapped to an Operating Table: The Temps Aeternalis had him like this while they operated. He's awake and in distress but claims it was painless.
  • 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.

    00.07 (Vanya Hargreeves/The White Violin)
Vanya in Anywhere But Here
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.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: 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.

    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"!
  • Fish People: When Klaus sees his ghost, one panel has him looking like the Gill Man from Creature from the Black Lagoon. This is presumably his true appearance.
  • For Science!: Apparently the reason he set out to find all the suddenly-born children.
  • Goggles Do Something Unusual: Number 5 tries on the monocle and sees Pogo getting his brain operated on, implying it has some recording and playback ability or lets you see the past.
  • 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 Unreveal: 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.

    Grace Hargreeves 
A gynoid Hargreeves created to take care of the siblings.
  • Armless Biped: She's supposed to wear arms but she finds them uncomfortable.
  • Heel–Faith 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.
  • Religious Robot: She apparently converts to Christianity in Hotel Oblivion with Vanya wondering why she'd do so when she knows everything about her existence being traced back to the Monocle, only for Grace to assert that there is an existence of a greater being who outranks Reginald in the universe.
  • 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.


Other characters

    Orchestra Verdammten 
A doomsday cult disguised as an orchestra whose M.O. is to use Vanya, the White Violin, to destroy the world.

    The Conductor 
The leader of the Orchestra.

  • Affably Evil: "May I interest you in destroying the world?"
  • Card-Carrying Villain: He becomes positively giddy at the notion of destroying the world, executes subordinates at the drop of a hat, and remarks it just wouldn’t be as much fun to only kill a few people.
  • Dying Smirk: He dies with a smile on his face. Presumably because everything's going to plan.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: Immediately after her transformation, Vanya bisects the conductor with a single note from her violin.
  • No Name Given: Referred to only as “The Conductor”.

Temps Aeternalis

An organization dedicated to preserving the timeline by any means necessary.
    Temps Aeternalis in general 
  • The Ageless: They were able to halt Five's aging process, so it's likely something they do to all agents.
  • Eye Scream: Five gouges the eyes of one of them with his thumbs.
  • Gas Mask Mooks: All the unnamed ones wear red gasmasks.
  • Join or Die: They give Five this choice.
  • Time Police: Their dedicated to the preservation of the time continuum by manipulating and removing anomalies from the time stream.

A sentient goldfish who leads the organization.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Number Five takes revenge on Carmichael by swallowing him whole.
  • Knight Templar: Murder and blackmail are his go-to for saving the timeline.
  • Meanwhile In The Past: Threatens Five by telling him he has two agents on standby to attack his mother two days before she gives birth.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Despite being a ruthless psychopath, Carmichael does seem to have the world's best interests at heart.

    Hazel and Cha-Cha 
The Temps Aeternalis' top assassins after Number Five.
  • Axe-Crazy: It really doesn't take much to set them off.
  • Bantering Baddie Buddies: They're a pair of super-effective assassins who are never seen apart, with basically the same personality. Their banter in partiular is of the childish variety.
  • Batter Up!: They knock Klaus out with a baseball bat when kidnapping him.
  • Decomposite Character: Concept art showed there was originally supposed to be one elite assassin called Bruno who wore a Mickey Mouse head. This version was scrapped for copyright reasons.
  • The Dreaded: After easily taking down an army of the Temps' Gas Mask Mooks, Five declares he's already dead when hearing that Hazel and Cha-Cha are coming next.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: For reasons only they know, Hazel and Cha-Cha are really psyched about ending the world once they obtain Hargreeves' nuclear bomb.
  • Psychic-Assisted Suicide: Klaus psychically makes Cha-Cha kill Hazel, then himself.
  • Psychopathic Man Child: Adults who act like 12-year-olds and enjoy mass-murder as a pastime.
  • Sweet Tooth: Their main priority after killing Five is finding candy and deserts.

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