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  • This may be explained later or in the comics but, the commissions' time travel makes no sense. Did they develop it after the apocalypse? If so then how did they survive? If they were behind events like Hindenburg and JFK than they're clearly making the decision to change the timeline, because if those things happened on their own they can't just change on their own. The whole idea of "correcting the timeline" is nonsense unless there exists some unknown entity that is doing it, history can not just change on its own. Also separate question but, how does Number Five write numbers on a wall and come up with names?
  • The montage of Five shooting various targets throughout history includes a shot of what appears to be the Hindenburg. However, later, when he is recruited to be a case manager, his first assignment is the Hindenburg. From the Commission's perspective, isn't that case already closed?
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    • The first time, Five is working as an assassin. The second, he's a caseworker. Might Five have been sending instructions to his past self?
    • From what I understand, the Commission doesn't really operate with linear time. At any point, time can be altered because some rando decided to change their actions or moved back in time and altered things, therefore, people keep reviewing the same event to make sure that things have about the same outcome no matter what happens. Remember that there were about three different outcomes for the apocalypse.
      • Well the Commission does have some amount of linear time. Their agents are contracted for five years, after which they retire. Other than the Commission agents and Five himself (who only does it once), there's never anyone else established to be time traveling, so why would they have to address an issue more than once?
      • The nature of time in this verse seems particularly fickle, with Five mentioning that killing seemingly unrelated people could stop events unfolding as they do - alterations in one part of the time stream might change the course of events later down the line, the random decisions people make altered by even the slightest of ripples; they review the timeline constantly in order to ensure that events still play out as they're 'supposed' to.
  • What exactly did Klaus do in missions? Sure, he has powers, but in combat he'd be just as useless as Vanya.
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    • They were all physically trained for combat, so chances are he'd be useful to some extent. Vanya could've been used in the same capacity but having her in such stressful environments would risk triggering her powers, which is probably why Hargreeves wouldn't allow it.
    • Yeah, the show is very coy about what the hell he does. Judging by the fact that he's only able to speak to ghosts until the end of the first season, he was probably limited to gathering intelligence from ghosts before and after engagements.
    • He was the lookout.
  • The note Agnes leaves on the door of Griddy's Donuts reveals that she owns the shop. Did she really just lock the door and abandon it? With all the furniture and appliances still inside? With all the day's donuts still on the shelves? What happened to the other employees we see in some scenes? Did she even contact them to tell them that they've lost their jobs? She tells Hazel that she's been saving her money to go to the country, so why didn't she try to sell her business to augment her savings? Was Hazel's carpe diem speech really enough to persuade her to abandon everything in a snap?
    • She had already given Hazel the speech about how birds did everything that they wanted to do, as soon as they did it. Eat when hungry, screw when horny, etc. In fact, it seemed like that speech was what really inspired Hazel to have his change of heart, so it wasn't like it was a total change of attitude for Agnes; Hazel's affections for her was just the push she needed to pursue her impulsive dreams. She may have called the employees the night before leaving, and planned on taking care of selling the business later after a "honeymoon" with Hazel first.
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    • She wouldn't even have to wait. If she'd already hired a realtor, they could sell the business for her while she was on vacation.
  • If there were 43 babies born, and we only follow the stories of 7 of them, does that mean there are 36 other super-powered people running around in the world?
    • In the comics it was explained that a lot of them didn't survive past infancy so the same can be assumed for here as well. As for the ones who survived, a handful of them may have ended up with powers too niche to notice and never developed that far due to lack of training.
    • Another answer is the same one that people who make media have used since we had media, they are saving them for the next seasons.
  • Not sure if this runs in the comics too, but isn't killing people an awful way to correct the timeline? They'd have to find people who were pivotal to one event but completely irrelevant to the rest of history, and it's implied they've done this a lot of times.
    • That's why they dedicate so much time to calculating what the best approach is.
    • Maybe that's why they keep having to fix time, why certain events keep un-happening.
  • So Five spent decades in a post-apocalyptic wasteland because he couldn't go back in time... until he does? Why couldn't he go back in the first place? What allowed him to go back after all that time? This is all mentioned but not explained.
    • And why can't he jump a few hours back once the world starts to end?
    • When the Handler finds him, the walls of the library were covered in calculations. Given he pulls out a book also teeming with formulas, it is most likely that his time at the Commission gave him insights into time travel that allowed him to complete the formula and make the jump to 2019, albeit with one mistake that de-aged him.
    • ˆ That's definitely it.
  • Five doesn't have super-strength; how does a 13 year-old snap a man's neck with his bare hands?
    • The man was possibly too weak to put up any sort of resistance after already being mortally wounded, plus Five was trained to fight people twice his size.
  • Hazel doesn't have super-strength; how does he go toe-to-toe with Luther?
    • Hazel is, comparatively, smaller, faster, and lighter than Luther. Add in that, despite his strength, Luther hasn't been in a fight in at least 4 years while Hazel does this everyday, and Hazel actually has the advantage in their fight.
    • It's pretty clear by the end of the season that Hazel and Cha-Cha are *not* normal humans. They recover from numerous life-threatening injuries in hours or even minutes, so it's very possible that their strength is enhanced as well. At one point Cha-Cha is ejected from a speeding car and hits the pavement face first. She walks it off, with more than enough gas left in her tank for a hand-to-hand fight with Diego.
    • Have you forgotten? Sir Reginald got seven children. What happened to the others?
  • Why does Vanya seem so sociopathic as a child and so normal as an adult? Several of them were capable of killing annoying nannies, but only Vanya did it. A lot.
    • Because Vanya was given drugs to suppress her powers and personality, which was reinforced by years upon years of constant belittlement, she was also hypnotized by her sister Allison into believing she had no powers to curb her growing psychopathy.
    • Also, Reginald is a terrible parent and didn't bother correcting Vanya's bad behavior properly. Her killing her nannies is sort of analogous to children throwing blocks at you when they're throwing a tantrum; the difference is that obviously, Reginald reacted with a huff and just continued replacing the nanny instead of having a corrective conversation or something.
  • Why did anyone think locking Vanya in a soundproof room would contain her? Sound still happens inside the room.
    • The room was lined with material designed to absorb and dampen noise. These rooms can get so quiet people have reported hearing their blood flowing in their veins. The theory was likely that she couldn't muster up enough sound to do anything, since the sound waves would die out before she could manipulate them.
    • and then she uses the sound of her own heartbeat and bloodflow to blow the front wall off, it seems as long as she can hear something she can use her powers, more sound just makes it stronger.
    • Simply put, nobody knew that she could do that. Reginald successful locked her away down there in the past, and it always worked. The fact that she could use something as quiet as her own heartbeat was completely unprecedented. Plus, they're underestimating her, because that's what they've been conditioned to do.
  • Where did Daddy Hargreeves come from in the first place?
    • In the comics he's an Alien.
    • He's an alien in the Netflix series too, the Season 1 finale shows him in a flashback talking to a female member of his species on a planet with spacecraft taking off across an alien landscape. Possibly Human Aliens, since they look exactly the same on their own world as they do on earth.
  • How is it that Hargreeves can make an incredibly sophisticated android but no one ever invented cell phones or the internet?
    • The show hints that he's an Alien.
    • It's perfectly possible that phones and the internet exist, we just don't see them on the show for stylistic reasons, especially since the show seems to take place in a bit of a Retro Universe. Either way, it's definitely not something to read into too much. Willing Suspension of Disbelief , anyone?
      • The internet exists in the show. Diego got his fake badge off of eBay.
  • Is Diego's power really just throwing knives really well?
    • He can control any object he throws.
    • It is possible he is a very specific telekinetic, as in he can move things with his mind but only if he has touched it and it is going a certain speed, perhaps under a better mentor, he might have gained proper telekinesis, as with most of the siblings, their powers seem very underdeveloped, Take Five for example, he is shown to be a teleporter, but also a time traveler, but unlike his teleporting, his time jumping is very underdeveloped, because Dad never tried to teach him properly, again with a better and more supportive mentor he might have been a human TARDIS.
  • How is it that Five can be sane and rational in all respects, except that he's convinced he's in a relationship with half a mannequin?
    • Klaus put it best: Five is addicted to the apocalypse. His relationship with Dolores is a symptom of that addiction.
    • Isolation can break even the toughest egg. It's also perfectly reasonable that a person in a situation such as his would grow attached to an inanimate object to the point where it being inanimate becomes irrelevant. He might be aware (at least to some extent) that Dolores is a mannequin, and simply choose to ignore reason. She's a coping mechanism, after all.
  • Is everyone's secondary power immunity to bullets?
    • Or every bad guy has Storm Trooper aim.
    • They started getting trained for physical combat as children, and most likely were taught how to dodge bullets (and probably got plenty of experience on it in missions).
      • Luther must have been a poor student then.
  • Why was everyone so worried about Allison confronting Leonard/Harold on her own? Didn't she spend years fighting armed criminals alongside them?
    • This was the first time that Vanya had been in the crossfire. The unspoken concern was that Leonard/Harold could use Vanya as a hostage to gain the upper hand.
    • Also, Allison doesn't use her powers anymore, which were a big part of her combat style. Add in the possibility of Leonard/Harold being armed, setting up an ambush, or other ways he could gain an upper hand, they had reason to be concerned he could overtake her.
  • Why does the Commission only ever work to ensure that bad things happen? How do they decide what's fixed in time and shouldn't be changed? Where did they come from? Where did they get their technology, given that technological progress presumably stops after the apocalypse?
    • It is possible that the future we see is the "correct" future, but not the only future, so they got the tech from a "wrong" future,theoretically, they seem to be less Time Police and more a Time Doomsday Cult, maybe they only change things in such a way to make the world worse and their "corrections" seeing as most of the agents we see seem to be psychos, so their "correct" future is actually not the "correct" future, just the one they want, maybe their plan is to wipe out all life, then move to the future and populate it with themselves, creating their perfect society.
    • We only see the Commission's activity from the point of view of their hitmen, so it's possible they have other activities involving ensuring that events not involving someone dying happen or that - given the butterfly effect - the murders they commit are for (their vision of) the greater good. How the apocalypse could fit into any "greater good" short of their being a doomsday cult isn't clear. They could have gotten their technology that way or they could have developed their own technology over centuries - since they have access to time travel technology (a crude form of which could have been created at some point in the past), they could create remote research centers thousands of years ago or in the future after the apocalypse. It's also possible that civilization didn't actually get completely wiped out, since Five doesn't seem to have traveled very far while in the future (and while travel to other continents would be possible, it would be dangerous for him to do alone even with his powers), and eventually bounced back enough to create advanced technology.
    • It's weird. Two of the messages Hazel & Cha Cha got would have stopped the Apocalypse. If they had protected Harold like they were told, those drunks he'd hired to attack him would have been killed a lot sooner, and Vanya's powers wouldn't have triggered. And if they'd protected Vanya like they had been ordered, the Umbrella academy wouldn't have been able to attack her, and Allison would probably have calmed her down.
    • Regarding the first two questions, it's very possible that the Commission members aren't the only people who have ever gained access to time travel- they could primarily be working to counteract people who are trying to "improve" the timeline by preventing major tragedies. It would certainly explain why seemingly all of their field agents are called "assassins"- even if they find a way to fix the timeline that doesn't involve killing anyone new, there's always going to be a meddler that needs to be eliminated.
  • Why doesn't the Commission put trackers in their briefcases?
    • They do, they just don't give it to their agents.
    • That's how they knew Hazel and Cha-Cha's briefcase had jumped to the '60s.
  • Why did the briefcase Klaus stole put him specifically in an American military encampment in Vietnam in the middle of the war?
    • It was most likely related to Hazel and Cha-Cha's next assignment.
    • Or he randomly triggered a random time and place when he was cracking the locks.
  • Why did Vanya stop taking her pills in the first place? Couldn't she just go to a pharmacy and get the prescription refilled after Leonard threw them out?
    • Psych meds often require an authorization from the doctor/insurance, especially if a refill is before the scheduled date. Given that the show only covers 8 days, she probably was waiting for the refill to come in.
  • Why did they bring current Vanya back in time? Wouldn't fixing her be much easier by going back in time and fixing her as a child, before she has decades of suffering breaking her mind?
    • Possibly they are hoping that a Vanya in control of her powers will be of more help than a Vanya bumbling about with them. More likely, even after everything that happened, they just couldn't leave their sister to die.
  • Why doesn't Five have a name? In the episode where he runs away from home he calls Seven "Vanya" so they already had names by that point.
    • Even before that, on their first mission at the bank, they call Number Six "Ben". However, they say that Grace gave them names after Five vanished.
    • Word of God confirms that Grace actually named them before his disappearance, and that Five actually does have a name, but he just prefers to go by his number.
  • How did Leonard's eye end up in Luther's hand in the apocalypse Five saw? What was Leonard doing at the academy and why in the world would Luther rip his eye out?
    • Knowing Leonard's habit to pick fights with the wrong people, he might have gone over to the Academy and boast about how he's responsible and what he's done to Vanya, leading to Luther's response.
    • Keeping in mind that Five came upon them after the fact, there's no guarantee that Luther got into a fight with Leonard. Given that Five didn't find Leonard's body in the wreckage, it's possible that Vanya killed Leonard at the Academy and Luther picked up the eye afterwards.
    • There's still some tissue attached to the eye, though. So, is Luther really clumsy enough to remove the eye that violently post-mortem? And if he didn't kill Leonard, then why the hell would Luther be carrying around his eye? For all we know, the sight of Leonard's death might have been what finally made Vanya snap this time around - assuming he hadn't let the mask slip this time around.
    • My belief is that in the original time line, Leonard was there with Vanya when she brought down the academy. Then either Luthor attacked Leonard, yanked out his eye and Vanya killed them all in retaliation. Or Vanya attacked, and Luthor yanked out his eye during the combat.
  • How did Klaus not pick up any combat skills or proficiency with weapons during his time in Vietnam? Even without basic training and likely Dave looking out for him, you'd think he would be able to handle firearms or know what to do during gun battles after nine months in a war zone?
    • It's possible that he did, but given that none of the Hargreeves siblings will let Klaus within arms reach of any sort of weapon, we don't get to see it. He also was showing serious signs of PTSD when he came back, so he might not be able to react appropriately anymore when under fire.
    • Plus, he does seem a lot handier in a fight after his time in Vietnam - actually managing to score hits and dodge punches in the barroom brawl, and later going on to K.O. a Commission goon with a thrown birthday cake.
  • Allison said that she used her powers to get whatever she wanted from Reginald and had no issue in doing so as a child, so why didn't she use her powers to make him caring and supportive?
    • Hargreeves knew about their powers beforehand and knew how to train them individually for harnessing their powers; so it's likely he took preemptive measures to make sure their powers couldn't be used on himself, such as Allison's voice.
    • Also, Allison was a child. Asking her to have the foresight to say "I heard a rumor that you were a loving and caring father" is a bit much. By the time she realized all that, the damage was done and she decided to just leave instead.
  • Small but if the Hargreeves were so isolated, and raised by a British man and a Chimp with a British accent, why do they have American accents? Flashbacks show that even before Grace is created and they have nannies with completely different accents, Vanya still had an American accent.
    • Even people with English as a second language outside the US tend to develop American sounding accents thanks to its prominence in media. They may not leave the house that much but they probably still had access to televisions and such, or at least the vinyls Hargreeves plays. It's also highly likely that there was more staff working at the mansion, at least before Grace came along, and the kids probably had tutors and such. And at the end of the day Hargreeves is so controlling and anal, I wouldn't find it surprising if he went out of his way to get the children to have American accents (to sound more well adjusted once they reached fame or something).
  • Why didn't Mom even try to escape the house during the collapse, especially after being asked to? We know she was not allowed to go outside but she manages just fine in The Day That Never Was...
    • Given we never see her move faster than a casual walk, her frame may not be designed for running and evasive actions that would be needed in escape and evasion. It's possible she decided I Will Only Slow You Down and sacrificed herself so as not to be a hinderence to her kids.
    • I kind of assumed this was her accepting her role in the abuse the kids had suffered and chose to die alongside Pogo.
  • Allison, Klaus and arguably Diego are the more vocally adverse to the "Let's keep Vanya locked up without even talking to her" plan. Allison in particular only gives up because she can't overpower Luther. What keeps any of them from going back to talk to her once Luther's back is turned?
    • The door seems pretty heavy (and old probably), maybe the others wouldn't have the strength to open it?
    • Pogo could open and close it. Strength probably wasn't the issue.
    • Klaus and Diego both left the room on their own, so it seems like they may have accepted Luther's decision, albeit begrudgingly. As for Allison, Luther was with her the entire time after she left, so she never had the opportunity- it's quite likely that she would have snuck down and released Vanya if she hadn't broken out so quickly.
    • Klaus and Diego might have had a similar idea: since Luther is unyielding in his position and they cannot force him to move, they might have intended to feign giving up and come back later.
  • Why didn't Sir Reginald use Allison's powers on the other children more often? Hargreeves was a total control freak, so I wondered why he didn't order her to make Five less rebellious and more agreeable, easier to handle. But then I realised Hargreeves had access to future events and could have known Five running away was necessary. But what about Klaus? Why wouldn't he use her powers to get him to develop his? His diary entry on Klaus is clearly frustrated at how little progress he's made, so why not make him more compliant and less afraid in order to make him a more powerful weapon?
    • Similarly, couldn't Allison have stopped Klaus' drug addiction? If not out of genuine care and worry for her brother then because Hargreeves would've wanted to preserve the Academy's image or just make him "easier to deal with". I also find it strange that in the present day someone like Luther wouldn't even suggest this. I just find it 'such' a Luther thing to do, to just see it as a simple way to eliminate a problem (Klaus' erratic behavior) in order to keep the team focused, without realizing how insensitive it is to use these powers without consent.
    • The show hints that Allison's powers seem to have a temporary effect on the people she uses it on, such as her husband, and unless proper precautions are made they'll simply ware off. Just like they did with Vanya, when she stopped taking her medicine and started to become more self-assertive.
    • Being a control freak, he probably wasn't comfortable using such a blunt (and poorly understood) tool on such a complex system as the human mind. There were far too many variables and too few ways to course-correct in case there were unwanted side effects.
  • Why were all the corpses of Five's siblings so perfectly-preserved when he came across them in the future? We *saw* how the apocalypse happened: the whole city, along with the rest of the world, was utterly consumed by fiery impact. Any humans remains should be charred bones at best, scattered ash at worst.
    • Incorrect. We didn't see how the apocalypse happened: we saw how a different apocalypse happened. Quite apart from all the little indications that the final confrontation didn't happen the same way, Vanya only hit the moon by accident, so chances are, her powers didn't end the world in a meteor shower during the previous iteration, but kicked off a more internal cataclysm - earthquakes, tidal waves, volcanic activity, etc.
    • However the apocalypse happened, it was powerful enough to reduce every single building to charred rubble. That the corpses look like they've been gently laid down to sleep is still totally at odds with the state of the world.
    • A concussive/explosive blast would have had an effect similar to what Five saw. With all of the time traveling, changes have already been made to the timeline so that the end of the world is different than the one Five saw (Five found their bodies in the ruins of the Academy the first time but they were at the theater the second time). The nature of the apocalypse might have changed as well.
    • I believe he was ultimately only a day or two after the apocalypse so the bodies hadn't had time to decay.
  • How did Cha-Cha get from the motel bathroom to the hallway outside (seemingly) so quickly and quietly? I know the answer is probably “the vents, same as Klaus”, but that feels unreasonable given she doesn’t make a sound. It almost feels like she teleported, but while she and Hazel are evidently superhuman in some way, they can’t do that!
  • Why didn't Hargreeves have Allison tell Vanya, "I heard a rumor that you can control your powers" instead of, "I heard a rumor that you think you are ordinary?" It just seems a lot more efficient that way.
    • He might have believed her powers to be inherently uncontrollable. Alternatively, he might have been equally afraid of what she would intentionally do with her powers as of what she might accidentally do.
  • During The “Don’t Stop Me Now” fight in the second episode, Five takes a garden knife and slashes Cha Cha. There’s a blood splatter and she falls. And yet, in the next cut she’s in, she’s totally fine! It had dark lightning so maybe I’m confused but how did she get back up so quick, (on first viewing, I thought it was a neck slice) or at least, what was that splatter?
    • By the end of the series, it's pretty clear that Hazel and Cha Cha are Made of Iron at the very least, as Cha Cha is able to walk off being launched from a speeding car and crashing into the pavement face-first twenty or thirty feet away, something which should kill most people, or at least leave them in no shape to immediately walk off and get into a round of Good Old Fisticuffs with a vigilante superhero.
  • While Allison was thinking about all the way she cheated in life using her rumors, the first thing you hear is her child self forcing her way onto a soccer team. Which raises the question, when would she have the opportunity to even just be on a soccer team? Did Dad send them to school? Was Luther a mathlete? Was Klaus Queen Bee? I feel as though that wouldn’t exactly fit what their father tried to do for their childhood. And even if that was the case, I doubt Reginald would let them have extracurriculars. That’s too far.
    • A mission maybe?
      • Thats still very misleading and doesn’t fit the theme of the moment, which is cheating to get ahead in life, not a dangerous mission.
      • She might have Rumored her way onto the soccer team in a moment of being poorly supervised, before Reginald caught her and ordered her home.
  • Klaus is shown in rehab twice. And yes, he obviously relapses, he still. But in the show, he’s sober a mere few days, and suddenly he gets all these new powers. How come he never activated these powers in rehab? I’m pretty sure you have to stay more than a few days.
    • Presumably he somehow "cheated" rehab enough to never be entirely sober.
  • Why was Luther allowed to be a member of the Umbrella Academy if he had no powers prior to receiving his injection (which took place after all other members had quit/moved on)? While Hargreeves' treatment of Vanya's supposed powerlessness is shown to be due to other circumstances, it's explicitly stated in an Episode 10 flashback with Vanya speaking to her siblings that only kids with powers were allowed to go on missions. Did he have super strength before the injection and it just enhanced it?
    • Luther absolutely had super strength before his injection. In the first episode he is shown throwing fully grown men effortlessly at thirteen. And with all Vanya’s angst about being the ordinary one, of course he had actual powers as a child. Especially to be Number One.
    • Not only does he throw grown men around, he throws them an absurd distance. The serum has nothing to do with Luther's strength, and just changed his looks.
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