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Herb is an employee of the Temps Commission who specializes in analytics and later served as its temporary Chair.

Biography

Herb was assigned to be the Handler's supervisor following her demotion.

When the Handler later took over the Commission by eliminating the Board of Directors, he continued to secretly work with a group of other employees to resist her coup. He later found Diego Hargreeves and was forced to help him use the Infinite Switchboard to see how changes to the timeline would result in a nuclear apocalypse in 1963. Herb introduced him to the group and provided him the means to escape the Commission using a briefcase they had managed to salvage.

During a later meeting in the Handler's office, Herb got a message from Carmichael to find the file on the murder of the parents of the Handler's adoptive daughter Lila. He then ran into Lila who put a knife to his throat and threatened to kill him if he didn't tell her where Diego was. He then passed on the document to Lila, although Carmichael's plan backfired and the Handler killed him for his attempted treachery.

Herb and Dot at the Cooper farm.

When the Handler went off to face the Umbrella Academy and was killed, Herb was voted temporary Chair of the Commission until a new Board of Directors could be elected. He and Dot teleported to the scene of the battle to confirm that the Handler was indeed dead and to give Diego and Number Five the good news. In gratitude for the Academy's services, Herb granted their request to use a briefcase to go back to their own time, offering any one of those left by the Handler's agents.[1]

When Five traveled into the future to the Commission in an effort to understand the new Apocalypse, he found a recording of Herb stating that the timeline was collapsing and that everyone else was gone. Herb announces that "this is.. the end" right before he was sucked up by the Kugelblitz.[2]

In a flashback to 1953, following the Handler's death, Herb and Dot walked through the carnage of a number of dead agents killed by Lila who was watching her mother's betrayal on the Infinite Switchboard over and over. The new regime wanted Lila's head as punishment for her mother's actions, but Herb offered to drop Lila off in any time period that she wanted instead. Lila had the two take her to the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 where Lila retrieved a briefcase that her mother had hidden in the wall.[3]

Trivia

  • Ken Hall, who portrays Herb, also served as the motion capture performer for Pogo.
  • Herb formed a small resistance group against the Handler.

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