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The Umbrella Academy Explained


Number 5

The prodigal space and time jumping son. Number Five can micro jump (only forward) through time, as well as through space.  When he was younger he travelled 20 years into the future and got stuck. In the future, he met an agency known as the Temps Aeternalis. They captured and surgically enhanced him turning him into the perfect assassin. They were able to help him return to the present to warn his family of the coming apocalypse. While his body aged normally during his time in the future, he’s been reverted back to his childhood form and has been stuck that way ever since.

Aidan Gallagher, who plays Five, stars in the Nickelodeon series Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn as one of the titular quadruplets.


Number 6: The Horror – Ben Hargreeves

We don’t know too much about Ben as he is dead by the time the series starts. He’s pretty deadly and was able to summon inter-dimensional monsters from underneath his skin. This usually comes in the form of tentacles that sprout from his chest area. He died during an early Umbrella Academy mission. The specifics of his demise remain a mystery, but Spaceboy does feel guilty for whatever went down.


Number 7: The White Violin – Vanya Hargreeves

Alone among her family, Vanya was led to believe that she had no apparent superpowers whatsoever. She was often ignored by her family and insulted by her father. This would cause her to later write a book describing all the details of her years of abuse as a member of The Umbrella Academy.

She did manage to become a bit of violin virtuoso through constant practising. As an adult, Vanya is recruited into the Orchestra Verdammten and transformed into the supervillain known as The White Violin. (This storyline is altered in the Umbrella Academy TV series.) It’s eventually revealed she’s actually the most powerful member of the Academy. The medication she was taking, along with her father’s bullying, were meant to keep her from unleashing her dangerous powers.

After becoming The White Violin, she became able to channel her powers through her violin playing. The music she created yields a destructive force that could slit someone’s throat all the way to being able to hurl a chunk of the Moon at the Earth.

Vanya is played by X-Men and Juno star Ellen Page.


Cha-Cha & Hazel

Cha-Cha and his partner Hazel are killers working for the Temps Aeternalis. They are originally sent to kill Five and the rest of the Umbrella Academy from preventing the apocalypse.

In the comics, Cha-Cha is a man but in the Netflix series, he’s played by Mary J. Blige. The ruthless hit woman who has gripes about how her bosses run things, but in the end, the job is her life. Hazel will be played by the recently Emmy-nominated Cameron Britton from Netflix’s Mindhunter. He and Cha-Cha are cued up for a bit of a workplace scuffle.

Cha-Cha and Hazel both love eating sugar and always carry out their missions while wearing brightly coloured cartoon character masks.


Supporting Cast

There’s a bunch of other great members of the cast out there. Including Pogo the genetically engineered talking chimpanzee played by Breaking Bad’s Adam GodleyJohn Magaro from The Big Short that will be playing a love interest of Vanyas. As well as Kate Walsh who will play a character known as The Handler – the leader of the Temps Aeternalis.


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