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  • Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Some of them are better at showing it than others, but despite all their issues there is still some familial affection left.
  • Big, Screwed-Up Family: Most of the show is dedicated to exploring just how screwed up the remains of the central family are as a result of living with Sir Reginald.
    Number Five: Our family is insane, it always has been.
  • Domino Mask: Worn in their youths when active as the Umbrella Academy. Diego still wears one in adulthood.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Although each member of the family gets its own, the entire family gets one to establish its dysfunctionality in episode one, in particular, when Luther puts on a song and everyone dances to it in different rooms. This is meant to show that this is a family that has things in common and that is capable of caring for each other, but is unable to reach out and communicate, being isolated from one another, which is a key issue between them.
  • Epic Fail: The siblings ultimately fail to save the world, twice, because their instabilities and dysfunctions prevent them from acting on their full potential as a team.
  • Failure Hero: As adults, the siblings have become a group of emotionally unstable screw-ups that are incapable of teamwork. With the threat of apocalypse looming over them, none of them are actually able to deal with it properly, either letting their own personal flaws get on the way, or preferring to deal with personal matters over saving the world. By the end of season one, they've failed to stop the apocalypse twice over, and they barely manage to save themselves.
  • Hilariously Abusive Childhood: While Reginald Hargreeves's worst mistreatments of his children are generally played humourlessly, there are quite a few jokes about how much all seven of them hated living with him.
    Reginald Hargreeves: Fun and games are restricted to Saturdays between the hours of noon and noon-thirty!
  • Kid Hero: The protagonists fought crime when they were still kids...
  • Kid Hero All Grown-Up: ...But are still reeling from their father figure's abuse and have grown into emotionally stunted adults as a result. For the bulk of the story, they're mostly 29, excluding time-travel shenanigans.
  • Massive Numbered Siblings: Seven siblings, all with divergent personalities and abilities.
  • Movie Superheroes Wear Black: They wore black in the comics, and this aspect is retained in the series, where their uniforms as children were black. Diego still wears a black uniform.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Most of the family had a part to play in causing the apocalypse, though by accident and due to their dysfunctions, and these mistakes all piles up and caused everything to hit the fan.
    • Luther locked Vanya up when she was already near a breakdown, causing her to fully snap and go on a rampage.
    • Klaus threw away a book with important information to pawn the box for drug money. The book ended up in Leonard's hands and was the basis for his entire Evil Plan and his manipulation of Vanya.
    • Five undid the day in which Vanya learned of Leonard's manipulations, Diego learned Grace's secrets and Klaus managed to sober up and meet with Dave again, which causes these things to become problems later on.
    • Allison, trying to talk to her, ends up getting scared by Vanya's barely-contained power and starts to use her Compelling Voice, and Vanya lashes out and accidentally slashes her throat, which temporarily convinces Vanya she killed her. This drives more of a wedge between the siblings, though they were both trying to connect.
    • Reginald's abusive upbringing messes up the kids and caused them to become unstable adults that were unable to work together to stop the apocalypse in the first place.
  • Not Blood Siblings: The Hargreeves kids consider each other family, but not so much so that Luther and Allison don't have a longstanding flirtation going on.
  • Poor Communication Kills: The kids are really Not So Different from each other, but have grown to be so distant from each other that they lack the ability to properly interact as a team and as a family. One of the most prominent scenes of the first episode features Luther playing "I Think We're Alone Now," and the first response of each and every one of the Academy members is to break out and dance to the beat. Thing is, they're all isolated in each of their rooms, and are completely unaware that their other family members are dancing to begin with.
    Look at the way we gotta hide what we're doin'
    'Cause what would they say
    If they ever knew
  • Raised by Robots: Their "mom" is a robot programmed by Hargreeves.
  • Sibling Team: A group of adoptive siblings who fought crime as kids.
  • The Smurfette Principle: As Vanya was not allowed to go on missions, Allison ended up being the only girl on the Umbrella Academy superhero team.
  • Superhero School: The Hargreeves' academy was created for the purpose of teaching gifted children in developing their superpowers.
  • Tattoo as Character Type: As children, Hargreeves made them all get tattoos of the Umbrella Academy symbol on their right arm to teach them to deal with pain. Vanya was the only one left out.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: In the present, the siblings only reluctantly work together, and their antagonism bleeds into their interactions with each other.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Downplayed with the Hargreeves sisters. Allison is a famous actress and is feminine; she had a pink bedroom growing up and wears fashionable clothing. Vanya, while not a straight tomboy, is portrayed as much plainer and more prosaic, and dresses dully and androgynously.
  • Two Girls to a Team: Two sisters (Vanya and Allison) and five brothers.
  • You Are Number 6: Sir Reginald never actually bothered to name any of his adopted children, simply referring to them as numbers One through Seven (it's implied they were numbered in order of either perceived competence or how much Reginald trusted them), and were known only by these numbers until Grace gave them proper names. In the present day, while mostly going by their proper names, they still make regular reference to their numbers. The exception is Number Five, who still goes by his number for some reason. For the rest of them, Luther is One, Diego is Two, Allison is Three, Klaus is Four, Ben was Six and Vanya is Seven.
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    Luther 

Luther Hargreeves (Number One)

Played by: Tom Hopper, Cameron Brodeur (young Luther)

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"I didn't really feel like a superhero up there, but those few moments when my whole world was glowing, I felt like maybe I was meant to be there."

The first child to be adopted into the Umbrella Academy, Luther was born with super strength. He has a hulking, gorilla-like torso after a mission gone wrong. At the start of the story, he returns from a four-year mission collecting data from the moon.


  • Adaptational Mundanity: In the comics, his huge physique was the result of his head getting transplanted onto the body of a Martian gorilla. Here, it's the result of being injected with a life-saving serum.
  • Adaptational Personality Change: Luther in the comics was arrogant and a bit of a boy scout, but in the end truly and deeply cared about saving the world, was capable of being a good leader, and level-headed, only deciding to let himself get a beer-belly when he figured his mission was over. Here, Luther's motivation to want to save the world and be the leader of the Academy is all but stated to be motivated by his intense desire to please his father, so a lot of his actions when it comes to taking charge of the family come off as more self-righteous than not. He also is much less sympathetic towards Vanya; in the comics, Luther seemed to want to help Vanya (despite her leaving the family), but was too preoccupied with the impending apocalypse to focus on other matters. Here, he locks Vanya in a cell after she slits Allison's throat in a fit of rage, though she expresses remorse over having done so, and he also isn't entirely comfortable with what he's done either.
  • Adaptational Jerkass: In the comic? Pretty much the closest thing the series has to a Big Good, despite all his flaws. In the show? Is one of the most direct causes of the Apocalypse, due to his mistreatment of Vanya, not to mention that unlike the rest of his siblings, he didn't seem to care that Vanya was with her boyfriend, who was revealed to have a murder record and a grudge against the Umbrella Academy, until he learned that Alison was involved as well.
  • Ape Man: In order to save his life, Sir Reginald injected him with a serum that caused him to regress into one of these. Pogo even comments at one point that Luther's blood is now more compatible with his own than with a human's.
  • Big Eater: He can get through ten hot dogs like they're nothing.
  • The Big Guy: He's by far the largest and physically strongest of the team.
  • Deconstructed Character Archetype: Groomed to be The Leader of his crew by Hargreeves, Luther desperately wants to prove himself as a capable Number One to the family. Unfortunately, he was so isolated from much of the world for most of his life that he lacks the social skills to properly lead. He can't read a room to save his life, easily gets flummoxed during confrontations, lacks the confidence to maintain morale, and quickly falls apart when under significant amounts of pressure.
  • Fatal Flaw: His belief that he is the leader of the family. Luther isn't actually a good leader, but often tries to get in the leader position, and because nobody wants it, he gets it. Sadly, he isn't a particularly good strategist, nor does he have any world experience. Worse, for all his interest in being a leader, he is the definition of a follower, having followed the orders of his father for his whole life without questioning. Diego confronts him about this at the end of the season. He also can't seem to recognize that none of his siblings even want to be led, let alone by him. He often cites him being Number One as proof of his leadership status, even though their number designations weren't ranks, and were assigned to them arbitrarily when Reginald bought them.
  • First Love: For Allison, who never quite got over him even after marrying and having a kid. On Luther's end, it's implied Allison is his only love so far.
  • It's All About Me: Downplayed. Luther's not overtly selfish, but demonstrates that he lacks the ability to see past himself more often than not. He constantly asserts that the moon has something to do with the impending apocalypse, reasoning that Hargreeves must have sent him up there for a reason, and in general tries to shove himself into the role of the leader at inappropriate times, coming off as attention-seeking even when he doesn't mean to be.
  • Manchild: Downplayed. While not overtly childish, he's considered this by some of his siblings. Although he tries to be mature and level-headed, Diego points out that Luther has never actually had to deal with adulthood. He never had bills to pay, keep a job, adult responsibilities, or even had a relationship. A flashback shows that as a fully grown up man and the last one in the academy, he did in fact spend his free time doing immature things by himself, such as cycling in the hall.
  • Mighty Glacier: Luther is big, immensely strong and incredibly resilient... but he's slower than a wet weekend, and smaller, faster opponents like Diego and Hazel are able to run rings around him.
  • Mythology Gag: In the comics his codename is Spaceboy, while here it seems to be just a name Allison made up for stories she told her daughter. Also, while his gorilla-body lacks the aqua hair his comic counterpart has, he often wears an aqua hoodie, which alludes to the look he has in the comics.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Rather than trying to help an emotionally vulnerable Vanya, Luther decides she's too dangerous to even exist and locks her in a cage, which causes Vanya to snap.
  • No Social Skills: Four years isolated on the moon really does a number on Luther's tact, sensibility, and communication skills.
  • Not Blood Siblings: Quick to pull this card whenever it comes to Allison.
  • Parental Favoritism: He clearly got a lot more quality time with Hargreeves than the other children (for example, he knows Hargreeves had a favorite spot in the courtyard because they used to sit there together when he was a kid), and as a result is the only one with any positive feelings about the man. (Note, however, that being Hargreeves's favorite child is still not a good thing, as it seems to mean he was just the most susceptible to being manipulated into a perfectly obedient Tyke Bomb.) All positive feelings get thrown out the window when he discovers Hargreeves only sent him to the moon to get rid of him after the serum fiasco.
  • The Paragon: Wants to be this, but he's got a long way to go. Not helping is his family's complete inability to respect him, as well as his desperate desire to still appease his father's wishes.
  • Reality Ensues: Spending four years alone on the moon, as well as being the only one with a good relationship to Hargreeves while the man was still alive, does a number on Luther's people skills as well as his ability to properly gauge why he's so faithful to Hargreeves despite the latter being a plainly Abusive Parent for all to see.
  • Right for the Wrong Reasons:
    • He was right that Reginald's death was not all that it seemed, but he was wrong to suspect foul play — Reginald killed himself.
    • Also, ironically enough, the moon turns out to have a role in the impending apocalypse, though not in the way Luther expected.
  • Shot to the Heart: Is on the receiving end of this after being near fatally wounded in a mission gone wrong.
  • Socially Awkward Hero: Luther. Making the claim that one of your siblings killed your father, whether directly or indirectly, won't go over so well with them, especially if it's on the day of said father's funeral.
  • Super Loser: Clumsy, stubborn, immature, and generally self-righteous, Luther clearly has a long way to go before he can truly call himself the leader of the team, let alone a hero.
  • Super Strength: Stronger than a normal person, able to lift and throw a grown man with ease when he was a child.
  • Top-Heavy Guy: A rare live-action, less exaggerated version. After his injection with the serum, he grows a hulking, hairy gorilla-like body.
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: With Allison. In their youth, they had a budding romance which was ultimately cut short due to Hargreeves' interventions. Even now, when Allison has a kid, she and Luther clearly never really got over each other.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Despite having Super Strength, he's not nearly as skilled in combat in comparison. This is shown when him and Diego fight in the first episode, where Luther is the clear underdog who can barely keep up despite being physically stronger.
  • Virgin-Shaming: He never had sex due to his dedication to be a hero well into adulthood and isolating himself. Both Diego and Klaus make minor jokes about this. Luther later loses his virginity after a angst and ecstasy fueled bender to a rave bunny.
    • Doubles as Virginity Makes You Stupid coming from Diego. To him, Luther's virginity is just one more piece of evidence that he has no real-world experience.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: It's clear that much of Luther's actions, especially his desire to be a hero and a leader, are motivated by an intense desire to be seen as a proper "Number One" in his father's eyes. Which is why he breaks down hard and goes off to a rave, even as the apocalypse looms over his head, when he discovers Hargreeves never once read any of his reports during his four-year stay on the moon.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Is on the receiving end of two notable ones, the first of which is when he accuses one of the siblings of killing Reginald, and the second of which is when he locks Vanya in the soundproof chamber and ignores her genuine remorse over hurting Alison as well as his siblings - Alison included - telling him to let her go.
  • White Male Lead: Subverted. He would be this in a more classical superhero story: he is the blond, conventionally handsome Hunk, at least before everything below the neck was replaced with the body of a gorilla, with Super Strength and Thou Shalt Not Kill principles. As Number One, he was destined to be the leader of the family by Reginald Hargreeves. However, he is actually a terrible leader, has deep insecurities and went to the moon because his father told him to, despite being his father's apparent favorite.

    Diego 

Diego Hargreeves (Number Two)

Played by: David Castañeda, Blake Talabis (young Diego)

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"Well, I shouldn't have to prove my innocence to you or anyone else in this family."

The second child to be adopted into the Umbrella Academy, now a vigilante/mercenary. He has superhuman control over his thrown knives.


  • 24-Hour Armor: Implied and joked about by Allison and Luther that Diego wears his vigilante attire pretty much everywhere he goes. Throughout the first season, Diego never takes off his suit. Although this is possibly justified by the fact that The End of the World as We Know It is happening in little over a week, and enough stuff happens to Diego in that time frame that he figures there's a lot more to prioritize than changing his clothes.
  • Adaptational Superpower Change: Unlike in the original comic, there's nothing hinting about the fact that he can hold his breath for longer than normal humans and his ability instead seems to be superhuman proficiency with thrown objects, with knives as his preference.
  • Adaptation Relationship Overhaul: In the comics, it's largely implied that he and Vanya had some mutual feelings towards each other. In the show, Diego treats Vanya only marginally better than how he treats Luther, indicating that he doesn't particularly see her as anyone special (though he becomes more protective of her as the show goes on). Plus, Diego has an on-and-off again relationship with Canon Foreigner Eudora Patch.
  • Afraid of Needles: To a hilarious extent. When Klaus' blood was considered "too polluted", Diego offers to do the transfusion. However, once Grace shows him the needle, one look causes Diego to faint on the spot.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Seems to have this in regards to Klaus, often driving him around and being the only sibling who tries to look after him. Also to Vanya when he quickly calls Five out on prioritizing the Apocalypse over her well-being and in episode nine, when he's adamant about letting her out of the chamber Luther locked her in.
  • Bromantic Foil: The brooding tough guy to Klaus’s happy-go-lucky junkie.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: An excerpt from Vanya's book mentioned that he once "cursed out the old man for good".
  • Corpsing: Comes very close to breaking character during Robert Sheehan's improvised rhino line.
  • The Cynic: Always the first to look at the negative side of things.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Given his jaded attitude he often makes a lot of wry remarks.
  • Fights Like a Normal: At close range he is merely a very well-trained martial artist. He can easily take out groups of Mooks and puts up a really good fight against the much bigger and superhumanly strong Luther. He also boxes for a living.
  • Foil: To Luther. Diego contrasts him in appearance, personality, fighting style, and attitude towards their father.
  • Great Detective: Diego is an excellent investigator but never made it into the police force because he didn't like to follow orders.
  • Hidden Depths: For all his moodiness and grim vigilante act, he shows himself to be a rather enthusiastic and skilled dancer in Episode 1.
  • Hell-Bent for Leather: The tough-guy of the siblings, who traipses around in leather and harnesses the entire story.
    Diego: It's not spandex, it's leather. And you used to like it. A lot, if I recall.
    Patch: God, please unremember that.
  • Hot-Blooded: The most likely out of the rest of his siblings to jump into a fight or situation with very little planning.
  • Hypocrite: Spends the entire first season making sure Vanya feels as unwelcome in the family as possible, refuses to let her have a vote until she says she was about to side with him, even puts her photo on his punching bag. When Luther wants to lock up an emotionally distraught Vanya, suddenly he gets his Big Brother Instinct towards her.
  • I Let Gwen Stacy Die: He blames himself for Eudora Patch's death for the rest of the season, and it's a major motivation for him to go up against the Commission.
  • Irony: The one most bitter and aloof about their father is the one who's actually active in acts of vigilante heroism that his father instilled in him.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: Can throw his knives in a curve and still manage to hit his targets. Justified, since this is his superpower.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Typically aloof, brusque, and rude even to his family members (especially Luther and Vanya - though he mellows out towards her as the season goes on), but it can't be said he doesn't care about his family members. Look at how disgusted he is at Luther when he locks Vanya in the soundproof chamber.
  • Knife Nut: Uses knives as his weapon of choice, due to his power of throwing things with precision. Has multiple knives hidden on his person.
  • The Lancer: Luther was designated leader, and Diego was designated Number Two. In the present, when the siblings are barely a team, he falls into this role as well. He and Luther contrast each other a lot and the two of them spend a lot of time disagreeing, Diego questioning Luther's leadership skills in particular. However, he also psychs Luther up when the brothers go to find Allison and follows his lead in the final confrontation.
  • Mistaken for Gay: A stranger misinterprets him and Klaus as Five's two dads when she invites Five to Kenny's party. Diego seems more insulted by the idea that he'd shack up with Klaus.
  • Momma's Boy: He has the closest relationship with Grace. It makes it worse when he secretly shuts her down after the attack on the Academy. A Blink-and-You-Miss-It look in his apartment at the gym even shows a piece of embroidery made by Grace framed up on the wall in clear view.
  • Never My Fault: He tends to shift the blame towards others (Luther, specifically) instead of himself.
  • Number Two: Quite literally. Diego was meant to be second-in-command to Luther, though he isn't too keen on following the latter's lead as an adult.
  • Race Lift: In the comics, Diego is a blond white man. Whereas in the show, he's a Latino played by Mexican-American actor David Castañeda.
  • The Snark Knight: Deconstructed, he's a very cynical and emotionally troubled man with authority problems. His hurtful remarks are less "playful ribbing" and stemming more from angrily pointing out other people's flaws.
  • Speech Impediment: Had a stutter when he was a child which occasionally shows up when he's stressed.
  • Stealth Pun: A Vigilante Man named Diego has an on-and-off again relationship with a cop named Eudora. Of all the things to make reference to.
  • Vigilante Man: Diego's the only one left out of the Academy still pursuing heroics in some fashion, albeit in an illegal manner.
  • Visual Development: In the beginning, Diego exclusively wears his vigilante uniform, representing his brooding lone hero mindset. As he reconnects with his family and becomes more of a team player, Diego starts wearing a much more casual jean jacket.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Diego doesn't have Super Strength but as the one most active in vigilantism, he's the most combat ready of the bunch besides Five. This is highlighted when him and Luther fight in the first episode — even though Diego doesn't have Super Strength like Luther, he's painted as the one who's winning by landing more hits, dodging more attacks, and ending the fight with a well-thrown knife.

    Allison 

Allison Hargreeves (Number Three)

Played by: Emmy Raver-Lampman, Eden Cupid (young Allison)

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"I've been around long enough to know that when something seems too perfect, it's usually anything but."

The third child to be adopted into the Umbrella Academy, now a renowned actress. She has the ability to control people using the Trigger Phrase "I heard a rumour".


  • Adaptational Wimp: Was a Reality Warper in the comics who could say anything following "I heard a rumor that..." and it would come true. In the show, her powers seem largely relegated to just a Compelling Voice.
  • Anguished Declaration of Love: Non-romantic example when she reveals that she was unwillingly complacent in surpressing Vanya's powers and Vanya understandably gets angry and starts losing control of her powers.
  • Big Sister Instinct:
    • After she meets Leonard she starts to get uncomfortable around him, making note of how he acts like a stalker towards her sister and tries to dissuade Vanya from starting a relationship with him because she has had experience with people like him before. Once she delves into further research on Leonard, she finds out he is not who he says he is, but by the time she tries to convince Vanya, it's too late.
    • Has bits of this towards Klaus, as in the first episode she asks if he was back in rehab again and during their group meeting if he was also high. They are also the only two siblings who genuinely greet each other warmly after their years apart.
  • Celebrity Superhero: She has superhero powers but pursued an acting career.
  • Cool Big Sister: Tries to be this to Vanya as a way to make up for neglecting her as a child.
  • Compelling Voice: Deconstructed. She has the power to brainwash people by saying "I heard a rumor that...", and she implies that because she was encouraged to use her powers as a child, she had a hard time adjusting to not using them to get her way. Her husband divorced her because she used her powers to control their daughter more than once, and she's not allowed to see her daughter until she learns how not to use her powers on her. A few lines in episode 8 imply that many of her relationships and accomplishments are due to her powers as well, which puts their validity into question. She later admits to Vanya that their father ordered her to use her powers on Vanya to make her forget about her abilities, which makes the schism between them even worse.
  • Fights Like a Normal: After losing custody of her daughter due to using her powers on her, Allison has sworn off her Compelling Voice entirely, even when in danger, and relies solely on her martial arts skills to protect herself.
    Diego: (When fighting Cha-Cha) You wanna rumor this psycho?
    Allison: I don't need to, because this bitch just pissed me off!
  • Logical Weakness: Allison activates her power through speech, so if something were to happen to her vocal cords, she is essentially powerless.
  • Mama Bear: The surest way to convince Allison to fight against the incoming apocalypse is to mention her daughter, Claire.
  • Missing Mom: Allison hasn't seen her daughter in months because of her divorce, and she desperately wants to see her child again.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Her abuse of her powers ended up costing her her marriage and custody of her child, so she decided prior to the series that she'd never use her powers again.
  • Never Give the Captain a Straight Answer: At least three times, she does a "Can I show you something/You need to see this" routine before revealing something to other characters.
  • Power Perversion Potential: Deconstructed. It is implied Allison may have used her powers on her ex-husband to make him love her, and, even if she didn't, her blatant abuse of her power (which include using it on their three-year-old daughter) ended up creating enough doubt on the validity of their relationship that he decided to divorce her.
  • Race Lift: In the comics, Allison/The Rumor is white. In this series she is played by African-American actress Emmy Raver-Lampman.
  • Refusal of the Call: After her husband divorces her and gets custody of their daughter, Allison refuses to use her powers again until forced to.
  • Slashed Throat: Inflicted by Vanya with her bow channeling her powers in a fit of rage. However, Vanya shows genuine horror at her actions and spends the next few episodes traumatized and thinking that she's killed Allison.
  • Stepford Smiler: Implied by her Establishing Character Moment. Because she is a famous actress, she projects a happy, confident facade to the world, but as soon as a reporter starts asking questions about her family she looks uncomfortable and leaves. She's also dealing with her marriage imploding.
  • Talking with Signs: Following her recovery from a Slashed Throat, her vocal cords are damaged, and she spends the last episodes communicating through a notebook.
  • Trigger Phrase: "I heard a rumor..."
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: With Luther. They're the Hargreeveses on the best terms with each other, and can be seen grabbing each others' hands when Five returns, as well as having an Imagine Spot Dance of Romance. She even has a locket that says A+L. They also kiss during Episode 6, but Five accidentally retcons that out of the timeline when he returns to the Academy. Even after Allison married and had a child, it's clear she and Luther are still not over each other.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: When she was very young, Reginald had her use her Compelling Voice on Vanya to make the latter forget that she had superpowers. Obviously, this had far-reaching consequences that nobody saw coming, and Allison makes it clear that she didn't realize the implications of said act.
  • Willfully Weak: Her Compelling Voice is so effective that she can convince people to fall asleep, fall in love with her, and forget their memories, but her abuse of this power ended up costing her her husband and child. As a result, she willingly abstains from using it.

    Klaus 

Klaus Hargreeves (Number Four)

Played by: Robert Sheehan, Dante Albidone (young Klaus)

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"Eternal peace is probably overrated."

The fourth child to be adopted into the Umbrella Academy. He can talk to the dead and turned to heavy substance abuse as a way of coping.


  • Acquainted with Emergency Services: As a part of his Establishing Character Moment in the pilot, after he overdoses, he high-fives the paramedic with him in the back of the ambulance, suggesting that this isn't the first time they've met.
  • Adaptational Wimp: In Apocalypse Suite, he's the most crucial component in stopping the White Violin. Likewise, in Dallas, he singlehandedly defeats Hazel and Cha-Cha. In the show, he doesn't do either, stays out of most fights, and outright lacks his powerful telekinetic abilities from the comic.
  • Addled Addict: At his lowest points of drug abuse, Klaus is barely functional. During one particularly important conversation towards the end of the series, all he can do is stare straight ahead and mumble that his skin's on fire; later, at the rave, he's reduced to crawling around on the floor in a desperate attempt to rescue a stray pill before one of the revelers accidentally steps on it. And then there's the fact that he's apparently overdosed so many times, local paramedics know him well enough to return his high-fives after resuscitating him, as his Establishing Character Moment demonstrates.
  • The Alcoholic: While drugs are his primary vice, he's also a very heavy drinker, and can often be seen helping himself to whatever booze he can find when pills aren't available.
  • Amusing Injuries:
    • At one point in childhood, Klaus getting his jaw wired shut for eight weeks after falling down a flight of stairs in Grace's heels was too. The memory of this is absurd for Diego not to crack up, especially because it kept him quiet for the next eight weeks.
    • In "Run Boy Run", Klaus breaks a snowglobe against his head in order to use his injuries to blackmail Grant into giving them information. The scene is played for humor.
  • Arbitrary Skepticism: Despite knowing that Klaus' powerset revolves around speaking with the dead, his siblings repeatedly refuse to believe him on such simple things as his talking to their deceased brother Ben, and later their father.
  • Backup from Otherworld: Later finds out he can channel spirits to take on semi-corporeal forms in the real world (when Ben smacks him in the face for his refusal to remain sober), and later summons Ben in the final confrontation between the Academy and the Commission; Ben makes short work of the mooks as a result.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: Klaus might seem to be a ridiculous, spaced-out junkie with Useless Superpowers and no interest in taking anything seriously... and in many ways, he is. However, Klaus still went through the same training as the rest of his siblings, and once he's sobered up he can actually be a pretty effective combatant: at one point, he manages to duck a punch from a much bigger man and knock him down with a headbutt. Later, he actually goes into battle wielding a stolen birthday cake against the Commission's henchmen - and actually manages to bring one of them down! Plus, in conjunction with Ben's ghost, his powers are able to effectively wipe out the remaining Commission troopers.
  • Bi the Way: Robert Sheehan states in an interview that Klaus is indeed pansexual and genderqueer. In the show he briefly flirts with a woman, and when traveling back in time he falls in love with a soldier named Dave.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Towards Vanya at the end of the series when Luther locks her up in her soundproof room saying that she has powers. Klaus understandably gets angry at Luther's actions and points out that Vanya must be scared out of her mind to find out she has powers when she was convinced she was normal her entire life and that they needed to be there to help her.
  • Blessed with Suck: All but stated that the reason Klaus keeps himself as high all the time is because it helps block out the constant stream of the voices of the dead.
  • Break the Cutie: Klaus was, as a child, very nurturing and caring. However, his Father's abuse led him to developing a drug addiction, which transformed him. Throughout the series, he is tortured by Hazel and Cha Cha, including being water boarded, strangled, and beaten for 10 hours straight, has his lover Dave die in his arms, suffers from PTSD flashbacks, forced withdrawal, and is killed. He almost breaks down twice, with the trope being averted both times.
    • The trope is Averted the first time when Diego realizes something is wrong with Klaus and prevents him from taking drugs and getting beaten up in the VFW.
    • It's Averted the second time when Klaus Took a Level in Badass and accidentally manifests Ben to punch the drugs from his mouth in a scene played for humor.
  • Camp Gay: He's very camp and during a trip to the past (long story) he falls in love with an American soldier during the Vietnam War named Dave.
  • The Cassandra: No one believes him about his conversations with Ben until he visibly manifests him in the finale, despite knowing he can talk to ghosts.
  • Casting Gag: Robert Sheehan has acknowledged Klaus's similarity to Nathan Young, being a hedonistic, wisecracking delinquent junkie who gets the superpower of talking to the dead, (working alongside a time traveler and a Game of Thrones star no less!).
  • Cloudcuckoolander: The drugs seem to have taken their toll on him; he's easily the kookiest of the siblings, and can often be found saying and doing things that make absolutely no sense even for someone who can speak to the dead.
  • Crisis Makes Perfect: His new ability of manifesting spirits into the real world only appears to happen in tense, life-threatening situations.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Seems to come off like this the most.
    Number Five: Get up, we're going.
    Klaus: Where?
    Number Five: To save the world.
    Klaus: (Beat) Oh, is that all?
  • Does Not Like Shoes: A nod to his comic book counterpart, Klaus seems to prefer to go barefoot as much as he can. Even promotional work has him lacking shoes.
  • Dumbass Has a Point: As silly, immature and inebriated as he is, Klaus can be remarkably insightful, and manages to successfully get under Five's skin by pointing out that he's an addict as well: he's fixated on stopping the apocalypse, he keeps pushing people away when they try to help him deal with it, he's in denial of his problems, and he doesn't know what to do with himself without the high. Despite his rage over this confrontation, Five seems to reluctantly concede that Klaus has a point.
  • Fatal Flaw: According to Reginald, cowardice. Klaus' powers are very great and he has barely scratched the surface of their true potential, but since he is afraid of what he might see, Klaus tries to keep himself inebriated so as to not have to deal with the powers.
  • Five-Finger Discount: Not above shoplifting in order to fuel his drug habit, and actually robs a pharmacy in the middle of a conversation between Luther and Five, much to their bemusement.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Klaus comes off like the Foolish Sibling the most, goofing off and getting high most of the time to the point where he tells Hazel and Cha-Cha that they kidnapped the wrong guy since his siblings wouldn't even realize he's missing. Even when he starts bringing Ben's body into the physical realm his siblings don't believe him. The Responsible Sibling role usually goes to Ben or Diego, to a lesser extent.
  • Four Is Death: Is the fourth member of the Academy, and his main power is the ability to commune with the dead.
  • Functional Addict: On his good days, Klaus can at least be partly useful so long as he gets his regular fix. All that goes out the window when he goes into withdrawal, though.
  • Guyliner: Wears this kind of makeup. Together with his wackiness Klaus seems to channel Captain Sparrow; for good measure, it's the one part of his old apparel he never gives up, even after his time in Vietnam.
  • Heroic BSoD: Completely breaks down after his time in the Vietnam War; after being transported back to the present, he barely manages to get off the bus before bursting into tears and smashing the briefcase in a fit of rage.
  • Hidden Depths: Despite seemingly being a no-account druggie, he shows that he's capable of a great deal of caring, both for his siblings and for his deceased lover, Dave. Notably, he's horrified to see Vanya locked away by Luther and is adamant about releasing her and helping her learn to control her powers, saying that she must be terrified to be shut away, especially after learning that she has such powers after a lifetime of thinking she was ordinary.
  • Human Notepad: Has the words "Hello" and "Goodbye" written on his right and left hand respectively.
  • I See Dead People: His superpower. Deconstructed, as it messes him up psychologically, leading to him becoming a drug addict. Eventually gains the power to summon spirits to do his bidding.
  • Improvised Weapon: In the season finale, he arms himself with a birthday cake against the Commission's assassins - and successfully K.O.s one of them with it.
  • In Touch with His Feminine Side: Steals Allison's skirt claiming that it's breathy around "the bits". When coming out of the shower, he wraps his hair up in a towel and covers his upper-body with another towel. Also, according to Diego, he once borrowed a pair of Grace's heels and went clowning around the Academy in them - only to make the mistake of running down the stairs while wearing them, resulting in a broken jaw and eight weeks of silence. Vanya's book briefly mentions that Allison would paint his nails when they were children. After he returns from Vietnam, he's seen passing the time by knitting. More generally, he's also the most outwardly emotional of the brothers.
  • Knuckle Tattoos: Well, palm tattoos which read "Hello" and "Goodbye".
  • Medicate the Medium: He does drugs to mitigate his ability to commune with the dead. It's mentioned that this hindered his powers significantly — indeed, after only a couple days of sobriety, he's able to summon Ben into the corporeal world.
  • Middle Child Syndrome: Not exactly the most traditional example, but could still be considered such, if the kids were numbered by the order of their birth (Like in the comics. By milliseconds). He’s constantly ignored and belittled, to the point his siblings go the entire season not knowing half the crap he goes through. (Being kidnapped and tortured, dead lover, literally fighting in Vietnam, dying) His father considers him a disappointment and it’s likely his siblings not taking what he deals with seriously is one of the reason why he’s so flamboyant and problematic.
  • Motor Mouth: Never seems to stop making quips or snarks throughout the season, and even when tortured is hard to shut up. One of the few times he remains quiet for any length of time is after he accidentally travels into the past, gets caught up in the Vietnam war, falls in love and and sees his lover die in his arms. Also, when he was younger he tripped down the staircase while wearing Graces' heels and as Diego put it, the family had "eight weeks of bliss".
  • Mr. Fanservice: Spends a decent amount of time shirtless. Episode two even has a lengthy scene of him in nothing but underwear.
  • Near-Death Experience: Klaus is killed during a fight at the rave after sustaining a serious head injury and speaks to both God and his late father, Reginald. He revives a short time later.
  • Nice Guy: Apart from his unusual behavior and his habit of stealing in order to fuel his addiction, Klaus is one of the nicest siblings in the entire family. A few notable examples being that Klaus was actually on pretty good terms with Allison after not seeing each other in years, going to comfort Luther even after the latter had just strangled him in a drunken rage moments before, and vehemently insisting that they should let Vanya out of the sound proof chamber, wanting to get her side of the story and help her process her newfound powers.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Diego immediately senses that something's wrong when Klaus goes quiet for an entire car trip in the wake of his Heroic BSoD. He's even more concerned when Klaus erupts with rage at the veteran's bar and - for the first time in the entire series - physically assaults someone.
  • Refuge in Audacity: If there's one thing that can be said for Klaus, he has an amazing gift for achieving his goals through sheer chutzpah. As if robbing the dead under the watchful eyes of Luther and using Reginald's funeral urn as a dance prop wasn't audacious enough, he successfully blackmails answers out of a Meritech employee by sucker-punching Five in the mouth and smashing a snow-globe against his face to make it look like the guy assaulted them.
  • Refusal of the Call: He hates his power for the most part. And unlike the others, his power is heavily implied to be impossible to turn off, leading to him heavily using drugs and alcohol so he doesn't have to use it.
  • Sad Clown: Often cracks jokes and acts out to cover up his traumas.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: In episode four, Klaus gets the briefcase from Cha-Cha and Hazel and ends up opening it. Episode five reveals he time-traveled back to the Vietnam War and was there for almost a year. It's made clear it heavily affected him.
  • Significant Wardrobe Shift: At the start of the series, Klaus wears flamboyant, darkly-colored outfits featuring such things as black longcoats, purple scarves, jackets with fur-lined collars and sleeves, midriff-exposing tops, black leather pants, and - of course - Allison's skirt. However, after returning from Vietnam, he spends most of his first episode back wearing a sleeveless camo-green military-style jacket, indicating just how much his time as a soldier has changed him; for good measure, he can also be seen wearing Dave's dog-tags under the jacket. However, the following episode, he also develops a habit of wearing luridly-colorful shirts alongside the military gear, mixed in with bits of his old attire, a sign that while he might have gained maturity he hasn't lost his old flamboyance.
  • Stepford Smiler: The trope is lampshaded when Luther tells him that he wants to be carefree like Klaus, prompting Klaus to try and dissuade Luther from that lifestyle.
    • Later, the trope is played straight, as Klaus opts to joke around instead of revealing that he was killed at the rave.
  • Sticky Fingers: Klaus will steal just about anything that's not nailed down if it can be pawned off for drug money. It's what ends up getting him sent back through time, thanks to the ill-advised purloining of Hazel and Cha-Cha's suitcase.
  • Straight Man and Wise Guy: The wise guy to Ben's straight man. Klaus is snarkier and more flamboyant.
  • Talking to the Dead: He can talk to the dead, but usually only while he's not stoned out of his mind.
  • Those Two Guys: Where ever Klaus is, Ben's ghost is probably nearby. Flashbacks imply that the two were close even before Ben died.
  • Thousand-Yard Stare: After returning to the present after time in the Vietnam War, he's got this look firmly stamped on his face.
  • Took a Level in Badass: When communicating with Sir Reginald he tells Klaus that he has only scratched the surface of what his powers are capable of and towards the end of the season he discovers that he can not just talk to the dead but physically manifest them in the world of the living, first shown when Ben's spirit punches him. At the end of season 1 Klaus channels the spirit of Ben enough to use his own powers to help fight off a Commission hit-squad.
  • Too Kinky to Torture: Ends up strangled by Cha-Cha. She stops because he's visibly aroused by the process.
  • Troubled Fetal Position: His response to his accidental journey through time, complete with Broken Tears.
  • Troubling Unchildhood Behavior: As young as thirteen, Klaus was setting things on fire, stealing sips of alcohol, and rolling joints at the breakfast table.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: In the first episode, Klaus steals an ornate pearl-inlaid box from Sir Reginald's study in the hopes of pawning it for drug money - but not before throwing the contents into a dumpster outside the Academy. It's later revealed that Harold Jenkins saw him do it, and found Reginald's journal among the discarded contents - thus forming the basis of his entire Evil Plan and from there, the apocalypse.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: According to Vanya's autobiography, Klaus began his descent into drug-addled eccentricity as a result of their father's experiments and has been on a downward spiral ever since. Flashbacks show that he was a kindly, supportive member of the family before the drug addiction took hold and transformed him into the wildly-eccentric petty criminal he is today; in one scene, he can even be seen tearfully hugging Alison in the aftermath of an extremely painful tattooing process.

    Number Five 

Number Five

Played by: Aidan Gallagher, Sean Sullivan (adult Five)

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"We're not kids anymore. There's no such thing as good guys or bad guys. There's just people, goin' about their lives. But when the world ends, all those people die, including our family."

The fifth child to be adopted into the Umbrella Academy. He can travel through time and space, but went missing when they were children. He returns to the mansion following Reginald's death, determined to stop the apocalypse.


  • Adaptational Heroism: His love for his siblings is much more pronounced in the adaptation, while his comicbook iteration was largely driven by self-interest.
  • Age Lift: His comics counterpart is physically 10, while he is physically 13 in the series, and played by then-14-year-old Aidan Gallagher.
  • The Alcoholic: Was apparently a very heavy drinker during his time spent trapped in the future; on top of stealing several cases of Bordeaux from the ruins of a mansion, he also indulged enough for 'Delores' to scold him. Even when Five returns to the past, he still carries around a few suspicious-looking bottles in his backpack, much to the mannequin's disapproval - though given that he's now in the body of an adolescent, he doesn't actually start drinking until it all goes horribly wrong.
  • The Aloner: Turns into one when he gets trapped After the End with Delores as his only companion.
  • The Baby of the Bunch: Played with. Although the siblings were all born at the same time, Five is chronologically the oldest yet physically the youngest. He lived for 40 years in the future, but upon returning to the present his body aged back to his 13-year-old self, thus he retains his child actor. He's not pleased with it, to say the least.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: While employed by the Commission, Five dressed in a conservative suit and tie, and was renowned as one of the group's deadliest killers. He's still wearing the suit when he jumps back in time... only to discover that, since he's regressed to about thirteen years of age, it doesn't properly fit him anymore.
  • Beard of Sorrow: During the decades spent in Earth's post-apocalyptic future, he managed to grow an extremely unkempt beard - either because he couldn't find a razor or simply couldn't be bothered with shaving. After being rescued and recruited by the Handler, he went on to shave everything but the mustache.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Five does not like being reminded of his current physical age, and has been known to physically assault people who call him "young man."
    • Played With regarding Delores the mannequin. Threatening, endangering, damaging or even belittling his relationship with her is a good way to make him lose his temper. While others see her as just a mannequin and don't understand why he gets so angry, it's clear that Five depends on her for emotional support after decades alone.
  • Broken Bird: Though he hides it well, it's clear that living alone for decades on a wasteland with nothing but a mannequin for company has taken its toll on him.
  • The Chessmaster: Manipulating details across the history was actually his job, which he used to proficiently perform on a regular basis in the commission.
  • Combat Pragmatist: He uses anything in his surroundings to his advantage, and his Teleport Spam has him kill people in creative and brutal ways. As he was a former assassin, this makes sense.
  • Companion Cube: Is in love with 'Delores', a mannequin who was his only form of company in the post-apocalyptic wasteland for 40 years. Even after being forced to abandon her following his recruitment, he eventually goes on to reconnect with her in the past... namely by stealing her from her original department store. Eventually, he decides that they should part ways, and returns her to the department store in an emotional farewell scene.
  • Consulting Mister Puppet: He frequently has one-sided conversations with Delores, even arguing with her on occasion.
  • Corpsing: He's supposed to be annoyed in the scene but you can see the actor holding back laughter at Klaus' chocolate pudding line.
  • Cursed with Awesome: He treats being returned to his adolescent body as nothing more than a mistake and annoyance, yet it does afford him with an extra 40 years of life and hides his true identity (delaying the assassin chase for several episodes).
  • Deadpan Snarker: Does snark from time to time.
    Number Five: (snarkily after watching his siblings bicker) It's nice to see nothing's changed.
  • Disaster Scavengers: In the post-apocalyptic future, he spent most of his days scavenging anything that wasn't nailed down just to survive, including the booze he needed to keep himself from completely losing it.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: Gets drunk as a skunk when Hazel and Cha-Cha destroy the last piece of evidence that could have helped him save the world. He's later found unconscious in a public library with an empty bottle of tequila in his hand and has to be carried home by Luther and Diego. And he pukes down the side of Luther's jacket.
  • Does Not Like Spam: Twinkies. He found out the hard way during the apocalypse that twinkies, like everything else, have an expiration date, and he's never touched one since.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": He doesn't seem to have his own name, so everyone refers to him by his number.
  • Fatal Flaw: Luther calls him out on his Pride. Even when they were kids, Five thinks he is better than his siblings, and in the present, this is much worse. His refusal to believe he needs or could use his siblings help to stop the apocalypse is actually extremely detrimental to his plans, but he refuses to admit.
  • Fish out of Temporal Water: He was trapped in the future for decades until the Handler came to recruit him for the Commission.
  • Go Mad from the Isolation: Five's sanity is distinctly frayed after decades spent trapped alone in the future, especially given that he treats Delores the mannequin as a real person, holds conversations with her, and even reacts violently to threats against her safety. Granted, he's a lot more stable than he used to be: when the Handler first appeared before him, Five lost composure and threatened to shoot her dead - even though she was the first person he'd met since he'd left his home time period.
  • How Do I Shot Web?: The whole reason he got stuck in the future is because he hadn't yet mastered time travel, yet got overconfident about using it.
  • Insufferable Genius: His intellect is never in doubt - because he'll remind you of it constantly and tell you all about how you pale in comparison.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Insufferable Genius aside, there are moments where he shows that he genuinely cares for his siblings, such as when he consistently demands that the Commission ensure their survival, when he states he wants to live long enough to meet Claire, and how he doesn't hesitate to say that they'll bring Vanya with them when they travel back in time and teach her to control her powers to avert the apocalypse.
  • Must Have Caffeine: Drinks as much coffee as he can get his hands on.
  • The Needs of the Many: He was a hitman that killed whoever was necessary to make sure events happened as needed. He is pretty cold about the fact that he will kill a bunch of innocents if it means saving many more. He is willing to kill a gardener because he thinks he might influence the apocalypse and kill a butcher to cause an accident, even though they had done nothing to anyone. He later admits that he sees this as necessary but not enjoyable in any way and that he was never happy about this job.
  • No Name Given: His name, if any, is never given. Everyone just calls him "Five".
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: His second escape from the Commission in Episode 6; though he does a perfectly good job of wrecking their base of operations, using a briefcase to send himself back to 2019 results in him undoing every good thing that's happened in the episode so far: Klaus doesn't sober himself up and see Dave again; Diego doesn't hear Grace's confession; Luther and Alison don't enjoy their big heartwarming dance number; and worst of all, Vanya doesn't find Reginald's journal hidden under Leonard's bed - meaning that his Evil Plan continues unopposed for the time being, bringing the world a step closer to the apocalypse.
  • Odd Name Out: In the company of Vanya, Luther, Allison, Diego and Klaus, he's just Number Five.
  • Older Than They Look: After getting stuck in the future he lived several decades and grew old, chronologically 58 to be exact. Upon returning to the past, he somehow regains his 13 year old body. His gives a technobabble explanation involving quantum states.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Physically thirteen years old, easily one of the smallest of the group, and among the most effective in combat. In one scene, he ends up mopping the floor with an entire roomful of assassins, finishing off the last one by snapping his neck.
  • Ripple Effect-Proof Memory: Retains memories of all his time traveling, despite effectively rendering those timelines moot when he jumps back.
  • School Uniforms Are the New Black: Justified. Since they're the only clothes in his wardrobe, he mostly wears his old Academy schoolboy clothes in 2019.
  • Teleport Spam: The primary function of his superpowers. However, it appears that he has limits on how many times he can teleport in a row before he has to stop and recharge, nearly getting him in serious trouble when cornered by Hazel and Cha-Cha.
  • Time Travel: Can travel through time and got himself stuck in the future. When he travels back, he uses it to try and prevent the apocalypse.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Seems to be a peanut-butter sandwich with marshmallows. Vanya made this for him every night when she was younger in case he ever came back home; true to form, the first thing he does when he arrives in 2019 is fix himself a sandwich.
  • Tragic Keepsake: Implied and downplayed. At some point in the future Five found a copy of Vanya's book about the Academy. While he snarks about it to her upon his return, he did notably hang on to it until he managed to jump back, implying he kept it as a reminder of his family.
  • Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: Though he's chronologically an old man, Five's regression to adolescence results in a great deal of shock from uninformed onlookers when he continues behaving like an adult - most prominently by casually killing, assaulting or just threatening people... and later getting drunk in public.
  • Who Shot JFK?: Subverted. During a flashback to his days as a hitman, it appears that he was the one that shot JFK, but he bails on the mission and someone else fires the killing shot, as in history.
  • You Can't Go Home Again: Once he reaches the apocalyptic future, Number Five realizes that he doesn't know how to go back in time, trapping him there.
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    Ben 

Ben Hargreeves (Number Six)

Played by: Justin H. Min, Ethan Hwang (young Ben)

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"Life isn't supposed to be easy. Life is hard. Bad things happen. Good people die."

The sixth child to be adopted into the Umbrella Academy. His ability is being able to possess monsters from other dimensions under his skin. He died prior to the beginning of the series, under unknown (yet horrific) circumstances. In the present day, he hangs around Klaus.


  • Ascended Extra: A corpse and a statue in the original comics, Ben is a fully-realized character in the series. He's still dead, though; he appears as a spirit who follows Klaus around, and since Klaus is the only one who can see him, he's the one Ben interacts with pretty much for the entire series until the final episode. Though he was a recurring character in Season 1, he's been confirmed to be moved up to a series regular in Season 2.
  • Backup from Otherworld: When Klaus discovers he can manifest spirits of the dead into the real world, the first one he conjures is Ben, who defends the rest of his family members by eviscerating the other Commission agents invading the opera house. Even prior to that, Ben punches Klaus in an attempt to keep him sober, and pulls Diego out of falling wreckage.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Since he's always by Klaus' side, he tries to get him to be sober and gives him advice on how to get out of situations. Ben often brings up the fact that Klaus shouldn't waste his life in drugs since he died so young, something Klaus says that Ben uses often in their arguments.
    • When Diego is temporarily unconscious and is about to be crushed by the falling rubble of the academy, Ben, now able to barely manifest himself in the physical realm grabs Diego and pulls him away just in time. However, Ben gets slightly offended when Diego thanks and hugs Klaus instead, believing he was the one who saved him.
  • Blessed with Suck: Appears to be the opinion he had of his powers while alive; despite being by far one of the most powerful members in the team, he clearly didn't enjoy the way it required using himself as a portal to summon Eldritch Abominations and left him covered in blood after battles.
  • Blood-Splattered Warrior: His powers don't have him coming out of a fight as cleanly as his siblings.
  • Bookworm: Flashbacks show him reading at the dinner table; meanwhile, his main hobby for when Klaus is passed out is to read whatever book he can get a hold of.
  • Combat Tentacles: He can summon eldritch beings, which manifest as tentacled monstrosities bursting out of him. Very useful for taking out multiple mooks.
  • The Conscience: To Klaus, who often tries to drown himself in drugs and booze and mostly has to be talked into getting sober by Ben.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: According to Vanya, the way he went out wasn't pretty at all. We still don't know what got him.
  • Dead Person Conversation: All his present-day conversations with Klaus are this by default, due to being deceased.
  • Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: Frequently pressures the self-destructive Klaus to remain sober and use his powers, not only to help others, but to help himself in tight situations.
  • The Heart: Implied to have been this. According to Vanya, the siblings all went their separate ways after Ben’s death since there was nothing really holding them together anymore.
  • In the Hood: In his first few appearances, he has his hood on. However, after Klaus begins to sober up, his hood falls down to reveal the rest of his face.
  • Lovecraftian Superpower: The tentacled monstrosities he commands are a textbook example of this. He can summon them from other dimensions, with his body as the medium.
  • Not So Above It All: For all his seriousness, Ben isn't above the occasional moment of levity. For example, when Klaus and Diego charge Hazel and Cha-Cha with a stolen ice-cream truck, Ben can be seen sitting on the dashboard with a popsicle in his hand, shouting "Wheeeeeee!"
    • He also spends most of his time around Klaus asking if they could go someplace to eat, or just to be somewhere else like the ocean.
  • Not-So-Imaginary Friend: The only ghost Klaus doesn't mind seeing, and it's implied they were best friends as kids.
  • Nice Guy: Implied to have been The Heart while alive, Vanya's autobiography even flat out calls him the kindest of her siblings, and ultimately seems like the most well-adjusted member of the Academy. Or, at least, he would have been, if he had remained alive. Death may have relieved certain stresses.
  • One-Man Army: Can take out multiple mooks at once thanks to his Lovecraftian Superpower.
  • Posthumous Character: Zig-zagged. Alive in the flashbacks, otherwise dead by the start of the series, but manages to be present due to Klaus's ability to commune with the dead.
  • Race Lift: White in the comics, and played by an Asian actor in the Netflix adaptation.
  • Refusal of the Call: While raised and trained as part of the Academy, Ben shows obvious reluctance to use his powers in the flashbacks and he left the academy at some point before his death.
  • Spirit Advisor: Ben is deceased and for the most part can only be seen by Klaus; his spirit accompanies Klaus and tries to give him advice and steer him in the right direction.
  • Straight Man and Wise Guy: The straight man to Klaus' wise guy. Ben is more sensible and levelheaded, and frequently acts as Klaus's Voice of Reason.
  • This Is Gonna Suck: As a child, he clearly doesn't like the idea of using his powers on the robbers and only meekly asks his siblings after killing them all if they could go home now.
    Ben: (hanging his head) I didn't sign up for this.
  • Those Two Guys: Since Klaus is the only one who can see him, they stay very close. Flashbacks to when they were kids implied that they were already best friends before he died.

    Vanya 

Vanya Hargreeves (Number Seven)

Played by: Ellen Page, T.J. McGibbon (young Vanya)

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"If you're raised to believe nothing about you is special, if the benchmark is extraordinary, what do you do if you're not?"

The seventh child to be adopted into the Umbrella Academy. Supposedly, unlike her adopted siblings, she has no special abilities of her own besides having a knack for playing the violin. Prior to the story, she wrote a tell-all autobiography on the Umbrella Academy that her surviving siblings still resent her for.


  • Adaptation Relationship Overhaul: In the comics, it's largely implied that she and Diego had some mutual feelings towards each other. In the show, Diego treats her only marginally better than how he treats Luther, indicating that he doesn't particularly see her as anyone special. Plus, Diego has an on-and-off again relationship with Canon Foreigner Eudora Patch.
  • Adaptational Heroism: In the comics, she joins Die Verdammten and helps conduct the Apocalypse Suite of her own accord. Here, she's manipulated into turning on her family members and faces a Trauma Conga Line of epic proportions due to their screwed-up family dynamics, so her Face–Heel Turn here definitely has more tragic overtones and her powers are essentially out of her control, with the apocalypse happening by an accidental discharge of her powers, not because she wanted (though she did want to destroy her house and killed Pogo and Grace). Furthermore, she also willfully slashes Allison's throat in the comic during her rampage in the comics, while in the series, she does so by accident because she was trying to stop her from using her powers and immediatly regrets doing so.
  • Adaptational Modesty: When she becomes the White Violin in the comics, she ends up eschewing clothes entirely for a Barbie Doll Anatomy. In the show, she wears a black suit-and-tie which turns white the stronger her powers become.
  • All-Loving Hero: Overall, Vanya is one of the gentlest members of the team, and doesn't even consider physical violence for most of the series - not even to defend herself. She doesn't even raise her voice in anger until pushed almost to the breaking point. Which is what makes her gradual descent into villainy all the more shocking.
    Klaus: This is Vanya we're talking about, our sister - the one who always cried when we stepped on ants as kids!
    Luther: I know, I know it's difficult to accept-
    Klaus: It's not difficult to accept, it's impossible to accept!
  • Anti-Villain: After losing control, Vanya just wants revenge against the family that isolated and abused her, seemingly more or less satisfied after destroying the house and killing Pogo and Grace. Bringing upon the apocalypse was seemingly an accident caused by the fight between her and her siblings.
  • Apocalypse Maiden: If left unchecked, Vanya's massive reserves of psychokinetic power could end the world. Ironically, Hargreeves's attempts at inhibiting her ultimately end up driving her to do just that. According to Five, Vanya is destined to cause the apocalypse no matter what unless she gets a handle on her powers.
  • Apologises a Lot: Vanya is extremely apologetic due to an inferiority complex she developed in her childhood. Towards the end of season one we learn more about it in a Troubled Backstory Flashback involving Allison.
  • The Baby of the Bunch: Even though it's just by milliseconds, she's the youngest of the Hargreeves siblings.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me:
    • Allison was the only sibling who treated her decently even after accidentally hurting her, so Vanya doesn't attack her in her rampage.
    • She bonds with Leonard on an emotional level because he's the only person who hasn't treated her like a weakling and a failure. Naturally, it all falls to pieces when she realizes that he's been manipulating her all along.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Vanya's a genuinely nice person who wants to reconnect with her siblings in some fashion, but their dysfunction as a family leads her down a dark path which ultimately ends with her triggering the end of the world.
  • Big Sister Instinct: Left the lights on in the kitchen and some food out for Number Five in case he came back home. Before Five leaves to prove Reginald wrong, during breakfast Vanya is the only sibling who tries to warn Five to back down from the argument, subtly shaking her head.
  • Broken Bird: As a result of believing she was the only normal one of her siblings, in addition to the usual Training from Hell Sir Reginald put them all through, Vanya grew up a severely anxious Nervous Wreck who's so distant and distrusting of her other family members that she falls in love with a stalker with obviously devious intentions.
  • Deconstructed Character Archetype: Of The Team Normal. Her family didn't care for her much and frequently put her down because she lacked powers, often treating her like a nuisance. This results in her developing severe insecurities and self-esteem issues well into her adult years, which enables her to be played by a fiddle by people who feign affection towards her to get what they want. This also sets her against her family when it's revealed that she indeed had powers all along, and all the mistreatment they've doled out onto her from past to present causes her to lash out in ways they could never have imagined.
  • Does Not Like Spam: She hated oatmeal as a child. She ended up killing three nannies after they attempted to get her to eat her breakfast, and only stopped when Grace was introduced.
  • Elegant Classical Musician: She plays the violin in a local orchestra, in addition to giving private music lessons on the side.
  • Emotionless Girl: She very rarely raises her voice and tends to speak in a monotone. Since her powers are activated by her emotions, Reginald had to keep her heavily medicated in order to prevent them from manifesting.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: Flashbacks to Vanya as a child in the Academy consistently show her with straight-cut bangs and longer hair; as an adult, she keeps her hair tied back. After getting into a relationship with Leonard and learning that she has powers, Vanya begins letting her hair down as a sign that she is slowly becoming more confident.
  • Eye Colour Change: As the raw destructive nature of powers "possesses" her in her rage, her irises change from brown to an unnerving, black-ringed white surrounding pinpoint pupils.
  • Final Boss: After Harold and The Handler are dealt with, Vanya becomes the final threat of season one, having been consumed by her powers and turning into a walking ticking time bomb ready to bring the world to destruction.
  • Gender-Blender Name: Vanya is both a common female name in Brazil (although in Portuguese it's spelled Vânia) and a male one in Russia.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: Her already unnaturally color-changed eyes glow as her destructive power increases.
  • Hard Work Hardly Works: Vanya is told this in a Brutal Honesty way, by a fellow Violinist who seems to be a prodigy. She makes it clear that practice only gets you so far, and if you don't master a discipline within a certain amount of time, you never will. This adds to her already heavy insecurities, especially since she started playing in hopes of standing out and becoming special to her adopted father.
  • Heroic BSoD: Goes completely catatonic after impulsively slashing Alison's throat. She spends the opening of "Changes" emotionally switched off, and barely has the will to do anything but follow Leonard around like a sleepwalker; by the time she's up to talking again, she's been reduced to sitting in the bathtub in a fetal position, and she can't even bring herself to make eye contact. Thanks to the discovery of "Leonard's" betrayal and Luther's ill-advised attempts to cage her, she never recovers from it, eventually forming the basis of her Face–Heel Turn.
  • Horrifying the Horror: When she was young, Vanya was quite the terror, especially to nannies who'd made the mistake of telling her to eat oatmeal at breakfast — to the point that she would psychokinetically murder them. However, the sight of Grace managing to survive having her neck twisted 180 degrees freaked Vanya out so much that she agreed to behave herself from then on.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: Combined with I Just Want to Be Loved, this has been Vanya's main goal in life and the reason she started playing the violin in the first place. All she wanted was to receive the same love and attention as her siblings. Being denied this too many times is one the main reasons for her Start of Darkness.
  • The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: Vanya is the last child to be adopted into the Academy, but lacks powers for some unknown reason. Turns out she did have powers, and they were suppressed by Hargreeves because of their massive potential for destruction. So this trope is played twofold; while her siblings are powerful, their powers are absolutely nothing compared to hers.
  • Light Is Not Good: Her attacks consist mostly of bursts of white light. During the confrontation between her and her siblings, as she gathered more and more power, her outfit and her violin became white as well.
  • Love Makes You Dumb: Her love for Leonard blinds her to the truth about his real intentions. She even rejects the evidence Allison brought with her.
  • Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: After years of being neglected and emotionally abused for being "ordinary", as an adult she wrote and published a tell-all book about the dysfunctional Hargreaves family. When she discovers she does have powers she tries to reconcile with her siblings, only for them to lock her in the same soundproof chamber her father used to contain her as a child. She has a massive panic attack and goes on a rampage through the Hargreaves Manor, turning it to rubble and killing Pogo and Grace in the process.
  • Musical Assassin: Once it's revealed that sounds are the fuel to her powers, her violin is used as a weapon in the confrontation with her family. While she plays, she can use the violin's bow to command her powers, which include direct shockwaves and cause slashes.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Her reaction when she accidentally uses her powers to slice Allison's throat in a fit of rage. She immediately rushes to the victim's side and profusely apologizes, and spends the entirety of the next episode traumatized and intensely remorseful.
  • No Medication for Me: She's off her meds in the latter half of the first season because Leonard flushed them down the sink in an attempt to draw out her power, and admits that she feels much better than she used to feel while taking them. It's a likely contributing factor to her fragile emotional state, which in turn causes the end of the world.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: Being the only one who could never use their supposed powers, she was this and The Un-Favourite.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: Vanya is the herald of the apocalypse.
  • Protagonist Journey to Villain: The first season composes this. Between being manipulated by her first boyfriend, traumatic memories coming on full force, the death of her father and being isolated by her siblings, she ends the season fully snapping and causing the apocalypse.
  • Psychoactive Powers: Her considerable powers are tied to her emotional state. Too bad she's had years of emotional abuse and neglect and Leonard prevents her from taking the medication that had suppressed her emotions for years...
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Goes on one upon fully awakening her powers, starting with destroying the mansion and killing Pogo and Grace.
  • The Runt at the End: For her entire life, Vanya had to deal with being the only "ordinary" child in a family of superheros. She received the lowest number in the family ranking system, was ostracized by her siblings, and overall was regarded as something of a nuisance. Because of this, she ended up having severe self-esteem issues and a strong desire to be special like her siblings. She's also physically smaller than all her siblings, even slightly shorter than Five in his 13 year old body. This is ultimately subverted when Vanya discovers she actually has the strongest powers of all her siblings.
  • Save the Villain: When given a chance to kill Vanya during the climax of the series, Allison instead opts to fire her gun right next to Vanya's head, using the noise to disrupt her powers and knock her unconscious. Minutes later, with the apocalypse closing in, the rest of the team takes Vanya with them as they teleport away.
  • Shower of Angst: Almost broken by the events of the previous episode, in "Changes," Vanya can only sit in the bathtub, huddle into a Troubled Fetal Position and let Leonard wash Alison's blood off her.
  • The Team Normal: Vanya is the only member of the Umbrella Academy to lack powers of any kind, and as such was ostracized by the rest of her siblings and mistreated by Hargreeves. It later turns out that she not only had power, but was the most powerful of all her siblings, and was both inhibited and manipulated by Hargreeves into believing she was just a completely normal girl. And while her siblings generally have powerful but relatively limited abilities like Super Strength and Teleportation Spam (Five's Time Travel notwithstanding), Vanya is more akin to a Physical God than anything else.
  • Tragic Villain: Vanya is a traumatized girl that was even more traumatized in her adult life, with an emotionally abusive boyfriend who gets her off her meds and is trying to turn her against her siblings, her siblings ostracizing her, an accident almost claiming her sister's life and finally, her siblings bringing up old wounds by locking her back in her old cage. It's no wonder she snapped.
  • Trauma Conga Line: Poor Vanya goes through hell throughout the series. It starts with years of abuse and ostracism by her family, and it only gets worse from there. First she accidentally kills two people when awakening her powers, then her boyfriend turns out to be manipulating her to get revenge on the rest of the Academy, she accidentally cuts Allison's throat during an argument just when the two were finally starting to get along, and when she goes to apologize for it, Luther just locks her away and leave her alone in the same cell Hargreeves kept her as a child, reawakening all of her childhood trauma. No wonder she ends up snapping.
  • Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: Young Vanya ended up impulsively murdering at least three of her nannies in a fit of pique - because she didn't like being told to eat her oatmeal. She only stopped because Sir Reginald was able to create Grace, a nanny she couldn't kill.
  • The Unfavorite: Growing up, she felt like she was this, since Reginald pointedly excluded her from participating in Academy superheroics and her siblings eventually followed suit.
  • Woman in White: She's clothed in a white tuxedo and carries a white violin after accumulating enough power to cause the apocalypse.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Being abused by her father, ostracized by her siblings, and emotionally manipulated by her boyfriend resulted in her creating the apocalypse.

    Sir Reginald Hargreeves 

Sir Reginald Hargreeves

Played by: Colm Feore

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"You were never just kids. You were meant to save the world."

The Hargreeves siblings' adopted father and founder of the Umbrella Academy. He was an adventurer billionaire who adopted them with the belief that they would eventually save the world. Unfortunately, he was a terrible father figure and his upbringing scarred them well into adulthood.


  • Abusive Parents: He was far from any good at parenting his adoptive children. At the best of times he was "only" neglectful, refusing to look up or even stop working when they wanted to say good night to him as children. Other incidents include locking Klaus in a mausoleum for hours at a time and locking Vanya up in a sound-proof chamber and then brainwashing her to forget she ever had powers. And that's just the tip of the iceberg.
    Diego: He was a bad person and a worse father. The world is better off without him.
  • Awesome Anachronistic Apparel: A flashback shows him disembarking a ship in New York in 1928, looking very out of place with his "Victorian Dandy"-esque clothes, complete with a top hat. He maintains this look throughout his life, adding a monocle in his older years.
  • The Barber: Reappears as a barber in the afterlife and gives Klaus a shave; true to the trope, he uses this as an opportunity to rant at length about his visitor's shortcomings while Klaus is having his face lathered up. Funnily enough, as frustrating as the discussion was, Klaus later admits that the shave itself was "fantastic."
  • British Stuffiness: Stuffy, by-the-book and strictly no-nonsense, his style of parenting left little room for emotion.
  • Create Your Own Villain:
    • His abuse and neglect of Vanya ends up causing the apocalypse he was trying to prevent.
    • He also played a pivotal role in Harold Jenkins' Start of Darkness by rejecting and publicly ridiculing him when he shows up claiming to have special powers too.
  • Deconstructed Character Archetype: Of the Sink-or-Swim Mentor. Not only do his abusive tactics fail to register with his children, but they end up making the Academy so maladjusted in their interactions with each other that they fail to stop The End of the World as We Know It twice. In fact, his abuse is the primary cause of it all.
  • Didn't Think This Through: He killed himself with the idea that the team would band together after all these years to solve his murder. This would have happened... if he was a loving father figure. However, he was such a terrible parent to the children that all except Luther were pretty fine with just writing off his death and moving on with their lives.
  • Eccentric Millionaire: Called as such by the opening exposition; indeed, adopting seven superpowered infants seemingly on a whim certainly made him come off as this.
  • Fatal Flaw: Hargreeve’s inability to treat people with any amount of compassion or empathy ends up creating the two people responsible for the apocalypse.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Unintentionally. Other than the actions of the Commission, everything bad that happens in the series can be traced back to Reginald: his cruelty triggered the Start of Darkness of both of the people responsible for the apocalypse, his bad decisions and awful parenting are ultimately responsible for all of the heroes' harmful quirks and dysfunctions, and his deceptions - both in life and death - lead to the family arguing and breaking up on more than one occasion.
  • High-Class Glass: Is almost never seen without his monocle (befitting a wealthy man), which briefly becomes a plot point when it goes missing following his death. It's a red herring, courtesy of Diego.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: He justifies his treatment of his children as necessary to prevent The End of the World as We Know It. This ends up causing it in the first place.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: For all his abusive tactics, his cold-heated demeanor, and his open dismissal of all invitations to bond with his adopted children, Reginald will occasionally have some semblance of a point. For one thing, he was exactly right when he told Five he wasn't ready to start time-travelling; he's also correct in his estimates of the true potential of Klaus.
  • Lack of Empathy: From the moment he's introduced, Sir Reginald shows little regard for the emotions of others - his first scene featuring him storming into the home of a woman who has just given birth after an extremely painful accelerated pregnancy, and asking her how much she wants for the child.
  • Lies to Children: He sent adolescent Luther to the moon for four years on false pretense.
  • The Lost Lenore: He had a wife whom he clearly cared for at some point in the past, but she passed away.
  • My Death Is Just the Beginning: His death is the first step in his plan to reunite the family in order to prevent the apocalypse.
  • Mysterious Past: Or, perhaps, mysterious future. A flashback depicts a younger Reginald comforting his dying wife in a strangely modern-looking bedroom...while outside the window, multiple rockets/missiles are blasting off in the distance. He is next seen disembarking a ship in America in 1928, looking to be at least in his late 30s, if not his 40s, meaning that he had to be quite old upon his death in 2019...
  • Never My Fault: When Klaus is able to communicate with him, he calls Reginald out on the fact that he is at fault if they are a bunch of messed up adults, but Reginald says he was just training them and that they keep blaming him for their dysfunction, despite him being a greatly abusive parent. The nearest he comes to any kind of acknowledgement of his failure is admitting that that his method of dealing with Luther was a mistake - not sending him to the moon on a fool's errand, but keeping the useless sample bags. Even Klaus seems a bit exasperated by this.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Because of the abuse Hargreeves inflicted on his children, they were simply too damaged and/or self-absorbed to succeed in preventing the Apocalypse. In fact, that very abuse is what causes the Apocalypse in the first place.
  • Pet the Dog: Though he was always so distant, especially with Vanya, he gives her his violin. This is the same violin his late wife told him to give to someone special. You even see a small smile from him when Vanya gushes about how beautiful it is.
  • Plot-Triggering Death: His death is the catalyst for the siblings returning home, kicking off the rest of the series.
  • Properly Paranoid: After it's apparently been established that sending Luther to the Moon was just Sir Reginald's way of sending him into exile, it turns out the apocalypse Sir Reginald feared so much did come from the Moon, specifically from Vanya using her powers to blow it up and bring the chunks tumbling down to the Earth. Whether Sir Reginald actually knew this, and whether Luther actually could've stopped it had he been there, remains unknown.
  • Stiff Upper Lip: Very little in life troubled Sir Reginald, and if it did, he didn't express it in any way other than stern disapproval. He treated Vanya's impulsive murder of her nannies with mild frustration at the most, as if she'd just broken a plate.
  • Snub by Omission: Frequently emphasized that he had adopted six superpowered children to the public, and pointedly left out Vanya in the family portrait.
  • Thanatos Gambit: He killed himself and set up everything so it was odd enough to look like a bizarre murder. His plan was for the academy to become a team again by investigating the supposed murder. This one failed as Luther and Allison were the only ones actually thinking about the possibility of murder and did not involve their siblings.
  • Tough Love: His parenting was cruel with the intention to steel his children for the challenges ahead of them. It led to them leading miserable lives as adults.

    Pogo 

Dr. Phineas Pogo

Played by: Adam Godley

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"In all regards, Sir Reginald Hargreeves made me what I am today. For that alone, I shall forever be in his debt."

A chimpanzee who was experimented on and rescued by Sir Reginald. He acts as his assistant and second father figure to the children.


  • Accomplice by Inaction: Although he did not approve of Reginald's abuse of the kids, Pogo did nothing to stop it, and even helped him with suppressing Vanya's power. Learning about this is the main reason why she kills him.
  • Broken Pedestal: Triple dose.
    • Luther is not happy when he learns that the most trustworthy figure at the academy collaborated in Reginald's attempts to pull the wool over his eyes.
    • Similarly, he's even more upset when he discovers that Pogo knew that Sir Reginald committed suicide all along and remained silent in order to motivate the team.
    • Judging by their first scene together, Pogo was the one member of the Academy that Vanya felt she could trust wholeheartedly.... but he also happens to have been complicit in Vanya's abuse, imprisonment, brainwashing and suppression. The sense of betrayal is what eventually inspires her to kill Pogo in cold blood.
  • Civilized Animal: He's the most well-spoken character in the show and wears clothes and everything.
  • Crucified Hero Shot: Vanya kills him by throwing him onto a deer head mounted on the wall, impaling him arms-spread on the antlers.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Stays behind to hold a rampaging Vanya, giving the others a chance to escape the collapsing mansion.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Vanya telekinetically impales him on decorative antlers, which kills him.
  • My Master, Right or Wrong: His belief that he owes complete loyalty to Hargreeves for uplifting him is what kept him from interfering in the man's abusive treatment of the siblings and is why he helped fake the murder mystery.
  • Old Retainer: Pogo remains a loyal manservant to Sir Reginald even after the latter's death, and continues to look after the house and the now-adult children, presumably unpaid, throughout the series.
  • Sacrificial Lion: The siblings' trusted caretaker is offed by Vanya, showing that she's careened into villainy.
  • Secret Keeper: After the group finds out many of their father's plans, he has no choice but admit that he was complicit in all of them, including sending Luther to the moon for no reason, assisting in his master's suicide, or keeping Vanya's powers locked.
  • Talking Animal: A talking chimpanzee.
  • Team Dad: Given that Sir Reginald couldn't be bothered to treat his children as anything other than pawns, Pogo had to take up the strain of actually interacting with them over the course of their time at the Academy. Following Reginald's death, he does his best to keep the peace, maintain day-to-day operations around the Academy and keep the team focused on a goal. Rather tellingly, when Pogo sternly reprimands Luther and Diego for arguing, their response is to hang their heads and mumble apologies.
  • Tranquil Fury: It takes a lot to anger Pogo and even then he very rarely raises his voice, but his anger and disappointment is audible in every single word he speaks.
  • Uplifted Animal: His human-like abilities seem to be a result of experiments done on him.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Sir Reginald. Even when the old man is dead, Pogo still keeps his secrets and obeys his orders, no matter the harm it may cause.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Lays into Luther and Diego in the wake of their latest argument in Episode 4.
    Pogo: This house was attacked! We barely got out with our lives. [...] Your brother is missing, and this is how you rise to the occasion? Take your nonsense elsewhere - now.

    Grace 

Grace Hargreeves

Played by: Jordan Claire Robbins

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"Now, now. Mr. Hargreeves was a great man. Industrialist, inventor, Olympic gold medalist. He made the world a better place."

A robot built by Hargreeves to take care of the children.


  • Androids Are People, Too: Sometimes it seems as if she's more than a perfect 50s-style mom robot, and sometimes not. The siblings are split—Luther is more willing to treat her like an appliance, while the others, particularly Diego, see her as their mother.
  • Badly Battered Babysitter: Grace was built because Vanya had a nasty habit of killing her human nannies when they tried to make her eat her oatmeal. Grace being able to get back up after Vanya twisted her neck around 180 degrees is what convinced the girl to eat.
  • Chekhov's Skill: After Reginald dies, Luther mentions that Grace is programmed to provide emergency medical care and wonders why she didn't help. Multiple siblings end up needing her help before the season is through.
  • Deceptively Human Robots: She looks human, but many of her mannerisms and speech patterns are a bit off, giving her a decidedly inhuman air.
  • Grew Beyond Their Programming: Diego believes that the affection she shows the kids, like helping him with his stutter, could only come from Grace developing it herself, as Reginald is much too callous and narcissistic to program it in. "The Day That Wasn't" implies that this is true when Grace chooses to tell Diego the truth about Reginald's death despite Reginald and Pogo instructing her not to.
  • The Heart: Her function. She was always loving and caring towards the children, and even now they're all very attached to her.
  • Head Turned Backwards: She can turn her head 180 degrees due to being a robot.
  • House Wife: Invoked. While he obviously wasn't married to her, Reginald modeled her after the classic loving 1950s homemaker, and her job was to do chores and provide maternal care towards the children.
  • Parental Substitute: She was designed to be a mother figure towards the children. It was evidently effective, since even in adulthood the Hargreeves consider her their mom.
  • Pinocchio Syndrome: Implied by one scene in which she tries to mimic the posture of a woman in a portrait.
  • Robot Maid: A robot who kept the house tidy and looked after the children.
  • Stepford Smiler: Seems to be programmed to only be able to say positive things about Reginald. However, when Luther and Allison are trying to surreptitiously investigate her and ask if she was ever angry at Reginald as she cooks, she goes silent and aggressively scrapes at the frying pan, then snaps abruptly back to smiling as she serves up breakfast. Bonus points for visually evoking a Stepford wife in her appearance.
  • Superpowered Robot Meter Maid: She was built to function as a nurturer, and if necessary a defender.
  • Team Mom: Specifically designed for this very purpose; in one montage, she repairs Allison's mask, helps Ben with the zipper on his jumpsuit, gently scolds Klaus for setting things on fire, compliments Vanya on her progress with the violin, and coaches Diego through his nervous stutter.
  • Textile Work Is Feminine: She's modeled after the classic House Wife and seen doing embroidery in one episode.
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The Commission

    General 
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: The commission's field hitmen go about their business in tailored suits, as seen with Cha-Cha, Hazel, and Five.
  • Time Police: The Commission is comprised of individuals out of time, performing missions to preserve the timeline.
  • White Collar Worker: Unlike the field agents, who wear tailored suits, the management-level employees are structured like and dress like office workers.

    The Handler 

The Handler

Played by: Kate Walsh

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"I must admit, Number Five, in all the time that I've been here, I've never met anyone quite like you."

A management-level member of The Commission and Five's former employer. She is cool, intelligent and dangerous.


  • Adaptational Species Change: Not a goldfish.
  • Adaptational Villainy: Worked to prevent the end of the world in Dallas, but is fine with the apocalypse occurring here.
  • Affably Evil: She's always friendly and cheerful and rarely ever loses her cool.
  • Big-Bad Ensemble: Along with Harold Jenkins. She is Hazel and Cha-Cha's boss and sent them to cause mayhem against the Umbrella Academy members in order to ensure the apocalypse.
  • Boom, Headshot!: Dies this way thanks to Hazel.
  • Good Smoking, Evil Smoking: Unlike Klaus and Allison, who smoke cigarettes, the Handler uses a cigarette holder to complete her "vintage" look. Fitting for a major villain.
  • Hoist by Their Own Petard: In direct contravention of Commission protocol, the Handler's in the habit of collecting a wide variety of weapons from across history - including M26 grenades from the Vietnam War. Five eventually goes on to steal some of those grenades for himself, badly wounding the Handler and destroying a sizable chunk of the Commission's headquarters.
  • Talking Is a Free Action: Subverted. She likes to go off on grandiose tangents, but Five doesn't have the patience for them, and Hazel shoots her in the head while she's in the middle of one.
  • Time Master: For the degree that others are shown to have, she has access to much more developed technology on time travel. She always shows up to others by freezing time around her.
  • Villain Respect: She respects Five's courage and determination, which is why she is willing to give him a promotion instead of killing him. She even hints at the fact that she wants him to succeed her.
  • Wall of Weapons: She keeps a collection of weapons from various different historical eras in her office. Her proudest acquisition is the pistol Adolf Hitler used to kill himself; she eventually arms herself with it when Five turns traitor. Unfortunately for her, Five isn't above borrowing parts of her collection for his own ends.
  • Yiddish as a Second Language: The Handler drops a few Yiddish words, including telling Five that he's got a lot of chutzpah. She also translates the expression "The eggs think that they're smarter than the chicken" from Yiddish for the benefit of Hazel and Cha-Cha.
  • You Can't Fight Fate: She deeply believes this, just like everyone in her organization. She considers Five's plan to fight against the apocalypse a mere fantasy.
  • You Remind Me of X: She tells Five that he reminds her of herself when she was younger.

    Cha-Cha 

Cha-Cha

Played by: Mary J. Blige

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"You know what happens to people who step out of line. We'd be hunted down like dogs. What's the matter with you?"

A professional killer and Hazel's partner. She is the more level headed and professional one of the duo.


  • Action Girl: She's a highly skilled assassin.
  • Adaptational Name Change: The pink dog headed assassin was called Hazel in the book.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: In the comic she was psychotic to the point where she and Hazel cut off a man's arms and legs just because the guy jokingly said they'd have to do so for him to give up his secret pie recipe. While she has still killed a lot of people and tortures the tow-truck driver to death, she comes across as a Consummate Professional instead of a deranged lunatic. Though she does become increasingly vicious and unstable as Hazel attempts to go legit.
  • Ambiguously Human: While there's nothing directly suggesting they aren't human, both she and Hazel seem capable of feats of strength and endurance far beyond what you could expect from a mere Badass Normal. Among other things, Cha-Cha survives being launched through the windshield of a car in a high-speed collision onto pavement, and while certainly injured is still in fighting shape after.
  • Badass Normal: Has no superpowers, but is able to take on most of the Umbrella Academy head-on and survive.
  • Butt-Monkey: As the series progresses, she suffers an increasing number of embarrassing beatdowns.
  • Consummate Professional: While she questions the necessity of some of her assignments, she never intentionally fails to complete them.
  • Made of Iron: While not to quite the same extent as Hazel, like him she's able to take a lot of punishment, including surviving being launched through the windshield of a car in a high-speed collision onto pavement, and then being able to get up and fight afterward.
  • Malevolent Masked Men: She and Hazel use to wear bear masks when going to kill targets.
  • Punch Clock Villains: Treats her assassinations as a day job but enjoys her job.
  • Tom the Dark Lord: She's a ruthless, lethally skilled hitwoman... named "Cha-Cha."
  • True Companions: With Hazel at first. They later turn on each other after Hazel tries to go legit.
  • Yandere: Heavily implied to be this for Hazel, with her increasingly emotional and obsessive behaviour after Hazel leaves the Commission and runs off with Agnes.

    Hazel 

Hazel

Played by: Cameron Britton

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"I guess I'm just tired of all this being told what to do, where to go."

One of the hitmen of the Commission and Cha-Cha's partner. He often wonders about their job and how exploited the working class is.


  • Adaptational Name Change: The blue bear headed assassin was called Cha-Cha in the book.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: In the comic he was psychotic to the point where he and Cha-Cha cut off a man's arms and legs just because the guy jokingly said they'd have to do so for him to give up his secret pie recipe. While he has still killed a lot of people and tortures the tow-truck driver to death, he starts to regret his life choices and reconsiders his position as a hitman. He also falls in love with Agnes the waitress, spurring his decision to quit. In the comic he simply beats her senseless.
  • Ambiguously Human: While there's nothing directly suggesting they aren't human, both he and Cha-Cha seem capable of feats of strength and endurance far beyond what you could expect from a mere Badass Normal. Hazel especially is Made of Iron, able to take hits from Luther without serious injury.
  • Badass Normal: Has no superpowers, but is able to take on most of the Umbrella Academy head-on and survive. Even outfights the super-strong Luther in single combat, though Luther was distracted.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: Of the villains, easily the silliest one to confront the heroes directly. He's an overweight man who whines constantly, finds any excuse to go to the donut shop both to chow down on donuts and flirt with the elderly proprietor of the donut shop, is easily the least motivated of the villains, but is shown to be able to go toe-to-toe with Luther and come out none the worse for wear, is utterly ruthless when torturing or killing people most of the time, and when he finally puts his mind to it, is more than a match for Cha Cha and The Handler, neither of whom get a chance to fight back against him in the final episode.
  • Catchphrase: "Elaborate."
  • Gender-Blender Name: Hazel is a man.
  • Hand Cannon: Carries a Desert Eagle as his sidearm of choice, in contrast to Cha-Cha's more sensibly proportioned pistol, until he turns both guns over to Five when he decides to retire.
  • Hidden Depths: Hazel is very perceptive about human nature and the world. He can see that he's being played by the Commission at the end of the season even though Cha-Cha believes they'll be forgiven.
  • Hitman with a Heart: From the pair, Hazel is the most compassionate, expressing remorse at some of their executions. When he gets the fake order to eliminate Cha-Cha, he can't bring himself to terminate his partner, opting to handcuff her to the radiator, despite Cha-Cha outright telling him that she wouldn't do the same for him.
  • Made of Iron: Can go head to head with Luther, and later after stabbed by Diego doesn't even acknowledge the wound.
  • Punch Clock Villains: Treat his assassinations as a day job. However, in contrast to Cha-Cha, he is just trying to get to retirement.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Hazel decides to just kill The Handler and skeedaddle with Agnes to some other time period in the penultimate episode.
  • Stout Strength: He's got a paunch on him and generally lacks muscle definition, but is strong enough to take on Luther.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: He grows attached to the jelly-filled doughnuts in Agnes's shop.
  • True Companions: With Cha-Cha at first. They later turn on each other after Hazel tries to go legit.

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    Leonard 

Leonard Peabody

Played by: John Magaro

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"You spend your whole life trying to forget about the crap you went through as a kid, y’know? And then the second you step back in, you feel just as insignificant."

A man with a crush on Vanya. He turns out to have more to do with the Umbrella Academy than is initially apparent.


  • Adaptational Badass: In the comics, his only roles were to provide Vanya with an orchestra with which she could perform the Apocalypse Suite, and draw out her immense reserves of power, even getting killed off immediately after giving her both. In the show, he's a much more manipulative and dangerous Evil Genius who manages to drive Vanya to cause the apocalypse all on his own, with less than half the resources he had in the comic.
  • Adaptational Villainy: In the comics, The Conductor never directly manipulated Vanya into dumping the Umbrella Academy; she chose to do so of her own will when she believed she had no place there. In the show, he takes on a much more hands-on approach, despite lacking much of the resources he had in the comics.
  • Big-Bad Ensemble: Shares the role as main villain with the Handler.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: Ultimately, his lack of any actual powers and temperament made him a threat only while he could keep himself hidden. After his secrets come to light, Vanya quickly disposes of him and becomes the Final Boss after snapping and becoming the cause of the apocalypse. As Five mentions, he is the fuse, but Vanya is the bomb.
  • Bullying the Dragon: After Vanya figures out what's going on, she tries to dump him, only for him to turn on her and start trying to use her triggers to force her to use her powers. He is promptly killed by her.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: He gets killed off in the middle of the penultimate episode, allowing Vanya to become the Final Boss.
  • Evil Genius: Carefully exploits Vanya's insecurities, her desire to be special, and her distrust of her family members all in an attempt to exact revenge upon the Umbrella Academy.
  • Eye Scream: Accidentally loses an eye in a confrontation. In the original timeline, this actually happened twice, as during the destruction of the Academy he apparently came with Vanya and Luther pulled his glass eye out, which is how Five gets ahold of it.
  • Foil: To Vanya. Both he and Vanya lived their childhoods under abusive parents, simply wanting to find comfort in the idea that somehow, they were special unto themselves despite having supposedly nothing remarkable about them. Vanya developed intense insecurity and self-esteem issues as a result, yet still cared for her family members in her own way. Leonard just decided to take revenge on those who he believed were born special. Ironically, it turns out Vanya was born special, and Leonard tries to set her against her family to fulfill his revenge.
  • Freudian Excuse: His mother died in childbirth and his father was abusive. His only source of comfort was the hope that he somehow had powers just like the Academy kids (having been born at the same day they were), but after being brutally humiliated by Hargreeves, he decided to seek revenge against them.
  • Gone Horribly Right: He tries to provoke Vanya in order to make her manifest her powers again and it works, as Vanya uses her powers to kill him.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: He was born normally, but on the same day as the other super heroes. He desperately hoped that he had powers too, but when this turned out to not be, he decided to take revenge on who were special.
  • The Heavy: It turns out that he's the one to have caused the apocalypse, by forcing Vanya to use her powers. The Commission is aware of this and actively tries to protect him to further it.
  • Manipulative Bastard: He preys on Vanya's insecurities to turn her against her own family.
  • Revenge by Proxy: Hargreeves' death forces Harold to dole out his vengeance upon the "special" children he raised.
  • Sadist: His reaction to finding Vanya panicking over slitting Allison's throat was to start laughing while Vanya was too busy hyperventilating to notice.
  • Self-Made Orphan: Murdered his abusive father as a child.
  • The Sociopath: Harold shows all the traits of one. He expresses no remorse in murdering numerous people to further his goals, and callously manipulates Vanya by preying on her insecurities, yet expresses no actual care or concern for Vanya or anyone but himself.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Aggravating an already-panicked and remorseful Vanya by triggering her insecurities into manifesting her powers, ends predictably: with Leonard getting gutted by a dozen knives.
  • The Unfought: The Academy never had to fight him because by the time they find him, Vanya had already killed him, but by then, she was already well on her way to snap and cause the apocalypse.
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: He pays a group of men to beat him up, to force Vanya to use her powers against them. This almost backfires due to the men being drunk and beating him to near death, which causes him to lose an eye.
  • Yandere: Besides stalking Vanya and dumping her meds, he killed the violinist in first chair so Vanya could audition for it.

    Agnes 

Agnes

Played by: Sheila McCarthy

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"I just I like how free they are, just completely in the moment."

A doughnut shop waitress.


  • Nice Girl: She's a very sweet and understanding lady, and is the catalyst for Hazel finally deciding to quit the Commission.
  • Pink Means Feminine: Her uniform is pink, and she's a very sweet lady.
  • Understanding Girlfriend: She understands something odd is going on with Hazel when she falls for him, but doesn't question it too much, especially when the opportunity to run away with him shows up. Even when she does learn how messed up his background is, she shrugs it off because "everyone's got a past."

    Detective Eudora Patch 

Eudora Patch

Played by: Ashley Madekwe

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"You show up and act like you can be a part of this, and you can't, not anymore."

A detective and former friend of Diego's with whom he has a strange relationship.


  • Fair Cop: An attractive policewoman. When questioned about why he likes her, Diego's first answer is her butt and legs (he's deflecting).
  • Friend on the Force: Downplayed. Diego often treats her as such (dropping by her office to discuss investigations and the like), but she's reluctant to let him use police resources and intel.
  • Gender Flip: Her closest analogue in the comics is Inspector Lupo, Diego's male Friend on the Force.
  • Informed Attribute: Diego says that she is a By-the-Book Cop. She actually turns out to be a Cowboy Cop as she is seen breaking police protocol several times which is also the cause of her death.
  • Sacrificial Lamb: Has to die in order to show that Hazel and Cha-Cha are a force to be reckoned with and give Diego a reason to be invested in Five's campaign against the Commission.
  • Stealth Pun: A cop named Eudora has an on-and-off again relationship with a Vigilante Man named Diego. Of all the things to make reference to.
  • Uptight Loves Wild: Downplayed, while they have an on-again off-again relationship, the (mostly) by-the-book cop Eudora is in love with the vigilante Diego.

    Dave 

Dave

Played by: Cody Ray Thompson

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"Yeah! You'll adjust."

A soldier that Klaus falls in love with during his time in the Vietnam War.


  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: Ten months after they met, Dave was shot in the war and died bleeding out while Klaus screamed for a medic to come and help.
  • Informed Judaism: Confirmed by his actor.
  • The Lost Lenore: Klaus's already flimsy mental state worsens when Dave, whom he describes as the only person he ever loved, dies. When Klaus comes back he tries everything to either ignore the pain, or communicate with him again.
  • Morality Chain: His kindness and affection is what motivates Klaus to clean up his act
  • Satellite Love Interest: Doesn't receive much characterization beyond being in a relationship with Klaus.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: He only has two or three lines but Dave serves as the catalyst for Klaus' character development.
  • Straight Gay

    God(?) 

God (?)

"To be blunt, I don't really like you all that much."

A little girl that Klaus meets in a post-mortem dream, who may or may not be God.


  • Age Lift: In the comics, when Klaus met God, he was an old cowboy; here she is a little girl.
  • Brutal Honesty: When Klaus meets her, she bluntly says she doesn't like him, or in fact most people.
  • Divine Race Lift: God being a little girl here is an unexpected revelation.
  • Gender Bender: The God that appeared in the comics was an old man that was dressed as a cowboy riding a horse, here they are a preteen girl riding a bicycle.
  • Jerkass God: She is quite rude to Klaus and gives only partial information to whatever he asks. She in fact appears to send him back to earth partially because she doesn't want to see him again.
  • Little Miss Almighty: As previously stated, she's a young girl.

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