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This article is about Allison Hargreeves from the Netflix series. You may be looking for the Rumor from the Dark Horse comics.

"When something seems too good to be true, it's usually anything but."
—Allison Hargreeves[src]

Allison Hargreeves, originally designated as Number Three, is one of the forty-three children born on the 12th hour of the first day of October 1989 to mothers without any previous signs of pregnancy. She was one of seven adopted as a baby by Sir Reginald Hargreeves whose intention was training them to save the world. Ranked by their individual usefulness, Allison was Hargreeves' Number Three with the ability to influence events by prefacing any statement with "I heard a rumor."

After Five failed to prevent the apocalypse half caused by Viktor , she found herself in Dallas, 1961 during the height of the American Civil Rights Movement. Separated from her siblings and coping with the loss of her voice, Allison navigated a segregated and racist southern society.

Biography

Early Life

As A Child

Allison Hargreeves is one of forty-three children born simultaneously to mothers with no previous signs of pregnancy on the twelfth hour of October 1st, 1989. She was adopted by Sir Reginald Hargreeves and designated as his "Number Three."[1] Her father treated her more as an experiment than a person. She started training, once she was old enough to wobble. As a child, she was used by her father for her powers. He forced her to use her ability to make Viktor forget he also had powers and placed a psychological block on his mind that made him believe he was only normal. The other students were told that Viktor was sick and in isolation. Sir Reginald took Allison to see him and told her to say "I heard a rumor you think you're just ordinary."

The Umbrella Academy

Soon, about five years after the run-in with the compelled Viktor, Allison and the others made their first public appearance at a local bank. Whilst the thieves lined up the hostages, Allison strolled into the bank casually. One robber, however, noticed her demeanor and told her to line up with the others. Whilst he shouted at her, she whispered into his ear "I heard a rumor, that you shot your friend in the foot." Due to her ability, the robber obeyed her order. Soon after most of the robbers were subdued, her and the others watched as Ben annihilated the remaining robbers. Sir Reginald introduced the world to the inaugural class of the Umbrella Academy, but only mentioned that he adopted six children, rather than seven. Later throughout the week, Allison exited a limousine outside of her home. He and his siblings were intruded on by Harold Jenkins, cosplaying their outfits. Leonard attempted to console with Reginald, divulging that he was born on the same day as Allison, and would like to ally with the Umbrella Academy. Allison watched as Reginald mortified and dragged out Harold in front of a crowd. But her and the others brushed the occurrence away and returned to their normal lives. The members, including Allison, of the Academy trained, and Sir Reginald monitored their sleep daily. All of the children, except for Viktor, were given umbrella tattoos on their wrists. Soon after, Luther and Allison snuck out of their rooms at night and met in a secluded section of the Academy. They had snacks, and Luther gave Allison a locket with A+L inscribed on it. Allison asked Luther to dance with her, but they were caught by Sir Reginald who forbade them from ever coming to the room again.

Leaving The Academy

Almost ten years later, the academy was estranged and the members, including Allison, went their seperate ways to strive on their own paths. Prior to the series, she married Patrick, on whom it is implied she used her powers to initiate their relationship: 'I heard a rumor that you love me'. She had a daughter named Claire with Patrick. Her marriage broke down after Patrick witnessed Allison using her powers on their daughter, after which he gained full custody of Claire. After the divorce, as well as being hired for several movies, Allison acquired Viktor's Autobiography Extra-Ordinary: My Life as Number Seven and was horrified by the pages within.

Return To The Academy

During her time in the spotlight at a Red-Carpet Event, one reporter inquired Allison about her father's death. Allison was startled by this comment and informed by a security guard of his death as well. Startled and heartbroken, Allison left the event. The remaining members of the Hargreeves family converged on the Academy in the wake of their father's death. The reunion was fraught with tension. While Allison and Pogo were pleased to see Viktor, Diego was not since Viktor wrote a tell-all autobiography about their childhood. At the Academy, Luther went into his childhood room and put on some music. As the music played, each member of the Hargreeves family began to dance in private, showing that although they were vastly different people, there was an underlying connection between them. The dancing was interrupted by a lightning storm. Heading into the courtyard, they watched as Number Five re-appeared through a temporal anomaly.

Number Five told them about his trip to the future and his return, revealing he was really a 58-year man trapped in his 13-year old body. The Hargreeves, Pogo, and Grace held a funeral for Sir Reginald in the Academy's courtyard. The proceedings were fraught, leading to Luther and Diego coming to blows. During the fight, Ben's memorial statue was destroyed and Diego cut Luther's arm with a knife, causing him to hide the wound and leave. At the Academy, Luther struggled to adapt to a routine on Earth after being on the Moon for four years. He talked with Allison who told him that she told her daughter Claire all about her superhero uncle who lived on the Moon. Allison talked with Patrick on the phone and conversation became heated. Viktor tried to comfort his sister but said the wrong thing, implying that the best place for her was away from her daughter. Allison got angry with Viktor and told him that he could not blame all his problems on their father now that he's an adult.

The Investigation Begins

The Recording

Pogo sought out Allison to make sure she's alright, having been alerted when Viktor called to check up on her. Allison admitted she said some rude things to Viktor. Pogo showed her some old security footage of when they were children, admitting that he spent a lot of time in there. He gave Allison the keys so she could watch the videos by herself. Choosing one on the shelf, Allison watched it and found something unexpected on the tape. At the Academy, Allison showed Luther the surveillance tape that appeared to show Grace being responsible for Sir Reginald's death. After she brought him tea, he collapsed and Grace left the room. Confused by what they were seeing, they decided to confront Grace. They questioned her in the kitchen, but she deflected their answers, telling them that she did not recall some of the events from the night Sir Reginald died. They asked Grace if she was ever angry with their father, and she told them he was a kind man who was very good to her. Luther and Allison discussed Grace's possible involvement in their father's death, and the conversation soon turned to Allison's family. Luther found out that the reason Patrick won custody was that Allison had used her power on Claire. As a result, Allison had to attend counseling sessions before being allowed visitation rights.

Civil Rights Movement

When Five transported all of the Umbrella Academy back in time to avert the apocalypse, Allison found herself in Dallas, 1961, at the height of the American Civil Rights Movement. She quickly stumbled upon Odessa's salon, where she began working shortly after.

She quickly became an integral part of the movement, and years later in 1963, Allison was an integral part of the sit-in before the arrival of JFK in an attempt to gauge the attention of the media. The sit in was initially a failure, and Allison, along with her husband, Raymond Chestnut, were escorted off the premises by the police.[2] Allison begins to misuse her powers again going too far physically punishing a racist man she had encountered before, Ray calls her out. They are attacked in their house by two men known as the Swedes sent by The Handler Allison rumors one to kill the other by saying "I heard a rumor you killed your brother" he painfully obeys Allison's order murdering his brother.

Allison, Klaus and Diego try to stop Viktor from ending the world again after he was tortured but fail, instead the ghost of Ben that had been living with Klaus stops him.

Allison ready to go back to her timeline back with Claire says goodbye to Ray.

Viktor struggles with Harlan Cooper a child he accidentally gave powers to, meanwhile they are interrupted by Lila Pitts, Diego's ex-girlfriend and adoptive daughter of The Handler, after Lila attacked Luther Allison fights her and tries to rumor her but Lila rumors her first to stop breathing, Luther helps her breathe again by giving her mouth to mouth breathing. Allison and the siblings realize Lila is one of the 43 children and can mirror all their powers. Diego manages to change Lila's mind but The Handler murders all of them except Five that with his last breaths goes back in time a few minutes before the Handler killed his siblings. The remaining Swede shows up and kills the Handler instead and spares Allison and her siblings.

Allison returns with her family to 2019, soon they discover Reginald Hargreeves is alive but claims not to be their father and they are attacked by the sparrow academy, 7 different children he adopted and replaced them with, except Ben who is now alive but doesn't remember them. After losing the fight the family finds a mysterious hotel to stay at suggested by Klaus.

Viktor, formerly Vanya comes out as trans to Allison, Allison is very supportive and tells him there's nothing that could make her love him less. Allison goes to see Claire only to find out a different family and a different child.

Allison deals with PTSD from the racism she faced in the 60s she becomes more angry and depressed that her daughter doesn't exist anymore in this timeline, she is upset that Five can't do anything to bring Claire back.

The umbrellas are again attacked by the Sparrows, this time a mysterious older man saves them, killing two members of the Sparrow academy. It's later revealed his name is Harlan, the child they met in Texas in the 60s. Allison tortures one of the Sparrows, Sloane using her mind controlling power until her nose bleeds. Both academies learn that the universe is ending, this time caused by a kuglebitz and demand they give them Harlan.

Diego notices Allison is unwell and offers her to get into a fight with local racists to blow off some steam, he is impressed by Allison's fighting skills, Luther finds out the next day and disapproves. He talks to Allison who noticed his relationship with Sloane, she sexually assaults him by saying I heard a rumor you wanted me, Luther begs her not to but she does it again, Allison changes her mind a moment later and gets him off her.


Later Viktor sets out to take away Harlan's power, during the day Allison has a vision of Ray that shows her support, when she comes back to reality she sees it's night she tries to intervene as Viktor is being hurt by Harlan's power, she is hurt in the process. Luther changes teams and becomes part of the Sparrow Academy and Allison reprimands him, Luther reminds her about her assault on him. Shortly after Allison begins to resent Viktor and blame him for her daughter disappearing, off screen she kills Harlan who accidentally killed their biological mothers and caused the kuglebitz to hurt Viktor. During a family reunion the two have a heated argument where Allison blames Viktor for all her misfortune and makes him choke, Five wonders how Allison can do it without saying I heard a rumor, Allison explains it's a residual gift from Harlan, Luther and Diego try to stop her before Allison tells Viktor they should've left him in the basement, Viktor slaps her and leaves. Afterwards Lila has a conversation with Allison seeking advice from her to get Diego to forgive her and comforting her about her losses, Allison explains Lila people don't want apologies they just want to hear your wrongs, unless it's Viktor, Lila with her knowledge of time traveling tells her that just because Ray and Claire are gone it doesn't mean they never existed. Later Luther tells Viktor to talk to Allison, when he asks for forgiveness Allison says she doesn't forgive him. Unknown to the family Allison makes a deal with Hargreeves to get her family back. Allison manipulates her family to agree with Hargreeves plan to save the world, he kills Luther and Klaus, Allison weeps but carries on with the lie. Hargreeves almost kills her remaining 5 adopted siblings Sloane and Lila as he needed 7, revealing his goal was never for them to save the world, but only to use their powers for a machine he built to reset the universe and get his deceased wife Abigail back. Allison kills him to save them and sees he was an alien and not human. The remaining 7 survive and tell Allison not to push the button to start the machine, Allison ignores them and before Viktor uses his powers to stop her she asks him if he trusts her, Viktor says yes and Allison pushes the button to reset the universe, she goes back home and sees Claire and Ray in the same timeline. Meanwhile Hargreeves has taken over the city reunited with Abigail, Allison's siblings no longer have powers and Sloane is missing.

Relationship with Raymond

Allison initially enjoyed a close and stable relationship with Raymond, who she met during her time at the civil rights movement. Things began to go south for the two when other members of the Umbrella Academy, particularly Luther began showing up in Dallas.

Raymond became confused over Allison's history and, when she was reluctant to explain, he left their house together and refused to talk with her. As a result, Allison realised that her only chance to salvage the relationship with Raymond was to explain about her past and her involvement with the Umbrella Academy. Raymond was initially reluctant to believe her, but when she showed him her abilities, he believed her.

Their relationship came to a head when Allison was ready to return to her rightful place within the timeline with the other members of the Umbrella Academy. Allison asked Raymond to return with her, but he was reluctant, citing that 2019 is not like 1963, and his duties were not finished. Nonetheless, Raymond told her that the years they had spent together had been the best of his life.[6] Allison betrayed her family to Reginald to get Ray back in the same timeline as Claire.

Personality

Allison is a determined woman with a kind heart and strong values. She has displayed her kind-heartedness on many occasions, particularly with Viktor. She welcomed Viktor home, despite the book he wrote and even stated that she was glad Viktor had come.

Allison is a thoughtful and reflective person, particularly since losing custody of her daughter. After being caught using her powers on her daughter, she seemed to swear off using it, refusing to do it even during a confrontation with Cha-Cha, a highly skilled assassin. She puts a lot of energy into her own personal growth and relationships, although she sometimes reverts to old patterns around her siblings.

Allison seemed to abuse her power of suggestion in her childhood and as a young adult, using it to advance her career, manipulate those around her, and even force someone to love her. This shows a deep insecurity in her, and her actions seem to haunt her consistently. She is strongly against using her power, even when her life is endangered. As seen where she shed tears when Viktor began to lose control, begging him not to make her use her power.

Despite everything, Allison has a deep love for her siblings. She goes especially out of her way to show love toward Viktor, seemingly as a way to make up for the cruel way she treated him as a child. She even forgives Viktor instantly after he almost kills her, and smiles warmly at him during her concert.

After arriving in the Sparrow Academy timeline, Allison has something of a psychotic break over the losses of Ray and Claire, blaming Viktor and killing Harlan Cooper just to get back at him. When Allison reveals the truth, she takes a sadistic glee in gloating about her murder and blaming Viktor for everything before cruelly telling Viktor that they should've left him in the basement. She also appears to lose all of her morals, using her powers to sexually assault Luther when he rejects her.

Powers and Abilities

Allison currently does not have any powers after the reset of the universe.[7][8]

Former powers

  • Vocal Reality Manipulation: Allison could control people and reality with the power of her voice by using the phrase "I heard a rumor", or simply as "Rumoring" someone. Those under the effects of her powers will have pure white eyes as transparent vocal rings enter their ears. Her powers seem to be reflected by mirrors, but she is unable to rumor herself. It would appear that Allison can choose when someone is removed from her control, as she can continue giving commands even without her catchphrase.
    • Mental Manipulation: By prefacing a statement with "I heard a rumor," Allison could compel people do whatever she desires. Although she initially abused her power by using it for personal gain, her ex-husband, Patrick caught her using the ability on her daughter, Claire and she realized her use had been exploitative and stopped using it unless she had to. However, in order for her power to have effect she must be close enough to a subject that they can hear her. After getting hit by Harlan Cooper's powers, Allison's powers seem to have amplified, which made her lose the need to start her statements with "I heard a rumor". Now whenever using her powers, her irises and vocal rings glow a golden color.
    • Reality Manipulation: As seen during her childhood, where her father had her use her powers to suppress her sibling, Viktor's own powers. Allison's ability to mentally affect others using her voice can also to a certain degree at the time, manipulate and influence reality. Later as seen during the second season, Allison could cause spontaneous phenomenon to happen to whenever she used her voice on others, as seen where she had caused the heads of three men to explode after she used her mental suggestion on them. The effects of her powers can cause extreme injury to her victims, especially when she's enraged, as Sloane's nose began to bleed and Viktor began to choke due to Allison's anger in her commands.

Abilities

  • Expert Combatant: Like many of her siblings, Allison possesses extensive physical and combative training, making her a capable athlete and martial artist.
  • Acting: Allison is known to have expert acting skills, due to being an actress in the Original Timeline.

Relationships

See also: Allison and Vanya and Luther and Allison

Family

Allies

Enemies

  • Cha-Cha † - attempted killer
  • The Handler † - killer (Handler Victorious timeline)
  • Hazel † - attempted killer (original timeline)
  • Soviet Armed Forces (1963 apocalypse timeline)
  • Dallas Police Department
  • The Swedes
    • Axel - attempted killer
    • Otto † - attempted killer
  • Lila Pitts - attempted killer

Differences Between Comics

  • In the show, Allison's powers can influence peoples thoughts, feelings and actions and thus chooses to (unlike the comics) become an actor. In the comics, she can slightly alter reality; when she visits a store that's out of a desired item, she uses her powers and it appears. However, like many of her siblings in the show, she has yet to discover the full potential of her abilities.
  • The show depicts Allison's romance with Luther as a long-standing legitimate attraction, while the comic implies she is using her powers to manipulate Luther in order to cope with her divorce. Contrary to the comics, she is portrayed in the show as much more compassionate and far less deliberately manipulative.
  • Allison's appearance also differs from her comic book counterpart. Allison is african american and has black hair and brown eyes, while in the comics, she has lighter skin, shoulder-length purple hair, and blue eyes.

Trivia

Appearances

Gallery

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 "We Only See Each Other at Weddings and Funerals"
  2. 2.0 2.1 "The Swedish Job"
  3. "Pocket Full of Lightning"
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Run Boy Run"
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 "Right Back Where We Started"
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 "The End of Something"
  7. "Oblivion"
  8. Chitwood, Adam (2022-06-24). "‘The Umbrella Academy’ Season 3 Ending Explained by Showrunner". TheWrap. Archived from the original on 2022-06-24. Retrieved on 2022-07-20.
  9. Nelson, Samantha (2022-06-28). "‘The Umbrella Academy’ Showrunner Talks Season 3’s Biggest Moments". Netflix Tudum. Archived from the original on 2022-06-29. Retrieved on 2022-07-20.

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