The Umbrella Academy debuted earlier this month and took the world by storm. The premise of the show revolves around a billionaire, Sir Hargreeves who helps and trains seven ‘wonder kids’ to discover their extraordinary powers.
All the seven kids are poles apart from each other, be it in terms of powers or their general construction. And the way the showrunners have attached varied tropes to them is quite interesting.
Making everyone’s lives easier, we’ve compiled materials from both the comics and the show in order to give you a better and wholesome picture of the characters.
Spoiler warning: Read no further if you haven’t watched the show yet.
1. Luther (Spaceboy)
Dubbed as Number One, Luther is an astronaut with superhuman strength. He lived on the moon for four years as a mission from his father. He was the only one of his siblings who did not leave the team and during a mission was severely injured. To save his life, Reginald injected him with a serum that turned his upper body into that of an ape.
In the comics, Sir Hargreeves transplants Luther’s head on the body of an ape. While he acknowledges that he can’t live a normal life with his ape body, it doesn’t stop him walking around shirtless all the time.
2. Diego (The Kraken)
Diego works as a vigilante at night to continue his superhero days, despite the fact that the team had disbanded years before. Diego often finds himself at odds with the police because of this, although it has also allowed him to establish some connections within the force, especially Detective Patch who he falls in love with.
Diego has the ability to manipulate how he throws things and with near-perfect accuracy. In the comics, he can also hold his breath underwater for a long time. This hasn’t been shown in the show yet, but we might witness this in the next season.
While Diego’s love for women in his life is crucial to his character in the show, in the comics he is cruel to not only Vanya, but his robotic mother, Grace as well.
3. Allison (The Rumor)
Allison became a famous celebrity with the help of her powers. She is portrayed as soft, sad, and remorseful about using her powers. She hasn’t seen her family in a while after starting her career and getting married in Los Angeles. Due to this, she tries to lessen her distance with Vanya considering how much of a hard time she gave her when they were kids.
In the comics, Allison can reshape reality with a simple lie. She remains unashamed about her powers of manipulation and uses it to get a kiss from Luther.
In the show, Allison can only make people do whatever she wants by starting a sentence with the phrase, “I heard a rumour…”
4. Klaus (The Séance)
Klaus is a drug addict who is always looking for ways to get his high. This is mostly due to his ability to talk to the dead, which he can only do if he is sober. Due to his past, his siblings look at him as a liability. He seems to have a strong connection to his brother, Ben, even after his death.
Klaus in the comics has telekinetic abilities in addition to the power of talking to the dead. He’s severely overpowered to the point that he can fly and control objects using his telekinetic abilities.
In the show, however, his power is limited to talking and summoning the dead.
In comics, Klaus cannot die. God doesn’t like Klaus and ejects him from heaven. The cowboy-like-god also reveals that the Devil doesn’t like Klaus either. We’re not sure if that’s the case in the show too and we’ll have to wait for the second season to confirm this.
5. Number Five (The Boy)
Using his power of time and space travel, Number Five suddenly reappears after being stuck in a post-apocalyptic world for decades. He comes back in hopes of stopping the apocalypse and is on the run from The Commission, a time-traveling group of assassins that are set to keep the timeline in check no matter what.
Both the comics and series’ character of Number Five is fairly similar. Take his powers away and you are left with a 12-year-old boy who is a skilled tactician – he manages to turn Hazel and Cha-Cha against each other while sabotaging The Commission simultaneously.
6. Ben (The Horror)
Ben is revealed to be dead after a tragic accident when he was young. His powers enable him to unleash monsters from his body, usually an 8-legged squid-like creature. He also appears to be like the good angel, helping Klaus make better decisions.
Although he doesn’t make a ‘physical appearance’ in the entirety of the show, he helps his siblings stop the agents of The Commission and Vanya.
Ben has a strong connection with Klaus and often appears to him as a spirit who he talks to. However, he never appears in the comics as an adult the way he does alongside Klaus in the show.
7. Vanya (The White Violin)
Vanya is the estranged sister of the group who grew up thinking she had no powers. However, it is later revealed that she is actually the strongest of her siblings. Her powers were suppressed after Sir Hargreeves thought that it would be too dangerous to let her wield them. She is able to manipulate sound waves and use them as a weapon.
Her transformation in the show is heart-breaking and a build-up from a lifetime of resentment.
In the comics, she turns on her family on a whim. She is dissected and remade by an evil orchestra led by a creature called The Conductor.
8. Hazel and Cha-Cha
Hazel and Cha-Cha are time-travelling assassins whose sole mission is to eliminate anomalies which may disturb the pre-designed timeline. Hazel seems to be done with this life of crime and just wants to settle down with diner waitress Agnes. Cha-Cha on the other hand, likes her line of work and is in no way amused by the choices her long-time partner makes.
In the comics, however, they have nothing to do with the apocalypse suite. They are more ruthless and chaotic in the way they go about conducting their business.