- "You know what the worst part of being dead is? You’re stuck. Nowhere to go. Nowhere to change."
- —Ben Hargreeves[src]
Ben Hargreeves, originally designated as Number Six, is one of the forty-three children who were all born on the same day in 1989 to a mother without any previous signs of pregnancy. The baby was one of seven adopted by Sir Reginald Hargreeves with the intention of training them to save the world. Ranked by their individual usefulness, Ben was Hargreeves' Number Six as a member of The Umbrella Academy. He possesses the ability to summon eldritch creatures through a portal to another dimension located in his body. Ben's death is one of the main reasons that the Academy disbanded.
Transported to February 11, 1960 with Klaus, Ben is determined to be seen by those he loves and vows to go further than ever before to make his presence known. It is Ben who ultimately saves the world by sacrificing himself to calm Vanya down. After stopping the apocalypse, Ben's ghost moves on to the afterlife.
Ben Hargreeves is one of forty-three children born simultaneously to mothers with no previous signs of pregnancy on October 1, 1989. His power is the ability to summon and control eldritch tentacle creatures from a portal in his stomach.
Ben is adopted by Sir Reginald Hargreeves and designated as "Number Six."
In 2002, the Umbrella Academy make their first public appearance, stopping a robbery at the Capital West Bank. Ben is part of the team that stops the robbery, reluctantly using his powers to kill several of the robbers. His power scares the hostages in the bank and they flee. Ben emerges covered in blood and dejectedly asks to go home. Once the Academy has successfully stopped the robbery, Sir Reginald introduces the world to the inaugural class of the Umbrella Academy, but only mentions that he adopted six children, rather than seven.
Death and legacy
In 2006, Ben died while on a mission, suffering a terrible fate. A statue of him was erected in the courtyard of the Umbrella Academy. However, Ben was not entirely gone. Klaus' power to communicate with the dead allowed him to see and talk to Ben when he was sober. Klaus first summons Ben after his funeral where Ben tells him that he needs to go back and he has been told to go into the light. Klaus blows this off, stating that Ben can go whenever he wants. After Klaus assures him that he knows as the expert on the dead, Ben agrees to stick around. Klaus does not tell his siblings he talks with Ben.
In 2014, Vanya wrote a tell-all biography about her life as Number Seven in the Umbrella Academy. Klaus read the book while in rehab, allowing Ben to read the book while standing over his shoulder. He could not believe what Vanya wrote.
Events of The Umbrella Academy
Klaus sobers up in an attempt to contact Sir Reginald. As a result, he is able to talk to Ben while in the back of Diego's car. Klaus is hungry and Ben agrees that he should have waffles.
At the Academy, Klaus sobers up after getting high the previous night. As he struggles to find some drugs, Ben tells him that he used them all and he should consider starting the day with eggs and orange juice rather than drugs. Pogo asks Klaus about some items that went missing from Sir Reginald's office. When Klaus denies any knowledge of the items, Ben tells him he is lying. Klaus tells him to drop dead, which Ben tells him is a low blow.
As Klaus searches the dumpster he threw Sir Reginald's effects into, Ben sits on the fire escape and watches him. Ben asks him if they can go to a movie, or to the ocean but Klaus wants to get Pogo off his case.
Later, Klaus joins Luther, Diego, and Allison in discussing whether or not to deactivate Grace. During the vote, Klaus votes to keep her active and tells the group that Ben would agree with him if he were there. Ben tells him that he would not agree.
When Klaus is captured and tortured by Hazel and Cha Cha, he is forced into sobriety. Ben helps him through it, trying to give Klaus the strength not to tell the two torturers anything. He is disappointed when Klaus gives up information on Number Five when they begin destroying his drugs, but is amused when Hazel and Cha Cha eat his "special" chocolate without realizing it is drugged.
With Klaus locked in the motel closet while Hazel and Cha Cha are gone, he starts to go into withdrawal. Ben tries to comfort Klaus through it but tells him that the worst part of being dead is watching someone have what he doesn't throw their life away.
As Klaus gets deeper into withdrawal, more spirits begin appearing to him. Ben notes that Klaus has not been this sober since he was a teenager and encourages him to use the spirits. Ben realizes that the spirits are all Hazel and Cha Cha's victims and advises Klaus to learn his captor's secrets and use it against them.
When Diego and Klaus go after Hazel and Cha Cha, they are forced to drive away with Luther. Ben is visibly pleased to be sitting in the front seat.
With the day repeating, Klaus goes after Luther after he realizes that the last four years of his life has been a lie. Klaus believes that Luther needs something to take the edge off and experience life, but Ben argues that he's not ready for it. He points out that if the situation was reversed, Klaus knows that Luther would stop at nothing to save him.
Klaus continues to search for Luther, finally finding him at a rave, drunk, and taking drugs. He tries to get Luther to stop, even throwing away a tablet, but the location threatens to overwhelm him. Ben tries to get him to stay strong but the temptation overwhelms him and he begins to crawl along the floor towards the tablet. As he does, he has flashbacks to his time in Vietnam.
Klaus calls a family meeting to tell them about his contact with Sir Reginald and to reveal the information that he intentionally killed himself to get the Academy back together. With some of the Academy elsewhere, only Luther, Five, and Ben learn the truth.
With the apocalypse quickly approaching and Allison badly injured, Klaus begins to look for something to take the edge off since no one is taking him seriously despite being sober and he still can't talk to the person he loves. Ben tries to talk him out of it, tell him he likes sober Klaus better. Telling him that bad thing happen and good people die, Klaus accuses Ben of playing the dead card again. Ben tells him he is referring to Dave and that he is better than this. Klaus apologizes and tells Ben he is right but is faking and swallows the pills. Ben turns and throws a punch at Klaus, and to both of their surprise it connects. Klaus spits out the pills. Klaus asks him how he did that, but Ben tells him he didn't and thinks that Klaus made it happen.
During Vanya's destructive rampage through the Academy, Klaus and Diego search for Grace. As they do, they are knocked over. Diego is unconscious, and Klaus tries to rouse him. Just before the ceiling falls on them, Ben grabs both of them and hauls them to safety. Outside, Diego thanks Klaus for saving his life and Ben is annoyed when Klaus takes credit for it.
Regrouping at Super Star Lanes, Klaus tries to convince his siblings that Ben is the true hero but they don't believe him. He tries to show that Ben is around by making him catch a bowling ball, but it doesn't work. The family still doesn't take Klaus seriously. When they head to the Icarus Theatre, Klaus is posted as the look out.
During the fight against the Temps Commission while trying to stop Vanya from triggering the apocalypse, Klaus taps into his powers in a way he never did before and manages to manifest Ben into the real world. Using his tentacles, Ben takes care of the Temps Commission assault team. His siblings are stunned to see Ben take form in front of them.
With Vanya stopped but the world ending, Five devises a plan to take all of them back in time to try and avert the apocalypse. All the Hargreeves agree to the plan; Luther, now aware his dead brother is around asks if Ben agrees to the plan. With a smile to Klaus, he indicates that he is.
Standing in a circle with hands joined, the Umbrella Academy are united once more, a family for the first time in years. Ben stays in contact with Klaus. Five transports them away just before the wall of fire devastates the building.
Ben travels with the other members of the Umbrella Academy and is scattered throughout the Dallas timeline alongisde Klaus. Ben desperately wants to return to San Fransisco, however, where he has fallen in love with Jill, one of Klaus's followers. Klaus is reluctant to return, however, and this causes large tensions between the two.
Eventually, Klaus agrees to allow Ben to temporarily possess him whilst he talks with Jill, and the two kiss before agreeing to have sex; this is eventually interrupted by Diego, however, who is relieved to see that Ben jumped to 1963 like the rest of them despite Klaus' remarks that he couldn't travel.
After the Umbrella Academy realises Vanya is in danger of destroying the FBI building and causing the apocalypse, Ben, the only one able to get through the shock waves created by her power, jumps into Vanya's body and locates his sister hiding in her mind, traumatized by the restoration of her memories. Ben recognizes that everything that's happened isn't Vanya's fault and comforts her, pointing out that after everything that Reginald did to her, it's no wonder she couldn't control her power. Ben comforts Vanya, remarking "it's a shitty world full of shitty people." Ben states that Vanya is not a monster but his sister and their siblings are risking everything to save her. Ben promises that Vanya isn't alone at the table anymore and can do this.
As Vanya smiles at Ben, he suddenly starts disintegrating. Ben sadly explains that he can't go back with her, and Vanya realizes that she's hurting him; Ben states it's not her fault. He's been holding on as long as he can inside of her, but he can't anymore. Ben reassures Vanya that it's alright as he's been dead for 17 years and calls all of his years with Klaus "gravy." Ben asks Vanya to hug him as he goes, having not been hugged in a long time which she immediately does. Ben whispers a message for Klaus to Vanya before disintegrating completely and finally going into the light, traveling to his long avoided afterlife. Ben's sacrifice calms Vanya down in the real world averting the apocalypse.
As Vanya goes to help Harlan, Klaus enters her car and asks if Ben is gone forever. Vanya confirms it, stating that Ben traded his life for hers and saved the world in the process. Vanya passes Ben's message onto Klaus: Ben was too scared to go into the light and it wasn't Klaus that made him stay. Klaus is comforted by Ben's final message, having thought for 17 years that it was all his fault that Ben never went to Heaven.
When the Umbrella Academy returns to 2019, Luther is surprised to find a painting of Ben hanging over the fireplace, signifying his role as Number One in the altered timeline. Ben enters the room, still alive in this timeline, and demands of his father who his siblings are, not recognizing them.
- Eldritch Tentacles: Ben can summon eldritch tentacles from a portal in his stomach.
- Possession (formerly): As a ghost, Ben discovered the power to possess people for brief periods of time. However, Klaus is able to eject him with some effort. Using this ability, Ben was able to enter Vanya's mind to communicate with her, but doing so caused him to cross over to the afterlife.
Ben had the closest relationship with his brother Klaus, as he was the only one able to see his brother after his death when they were younger. Ben tries numerous times to help Klaus get sober and to stop abusing drugs, but this fails on numeorus occasions.
After a while, Klaus is able to use his abilities to physically manifest Ben, enabling him to use his Eldritch Creature summoned attacks on the Commission. This is also demonstrated when Ben is shown to punch Klaus, as well as saving both Klaus and Diego from falling rubble. Ben later takes this further when he is able to possess Klaus with his permission to talk with Jill.
When Ben goes into the light, he asks Vanya to tell Klaus that he has been dead for seventeen years and all of the years he had with Klaus was extra. He asks Vanya to reassure Klaus that he shouldn't feel guilty for keeping Ben with him, as he was always afraid to go into the light.
|The Umbrella Academy Characters on Netflix|
|The Umbrella Academy||Luther • Diego • Allison • Klaus • Number 5 • Ben • Vanya • Sir Reginald Hargreeves • Grace • Pogo|
|Villains||Hazel • Cha Cha • The Handler • Leonard Peabody • The Swedes • A.J.|
|Other||Lila Pitts • Harlan Cooper • Sissy Cooper • Raymond Chestnut|