- "Where has it gotten me? Nowhere. I can’t talk to the person I love. People still don’t take me seriously. I wanna be numb again."
- —Klaus Hargreeves[src]
Klaus Hargreeves, originally designated as Number Four, is one of the forty-three children who were all born on the 12th hour of the first day of October 1989 to mothers 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, Klaus was Hargreeves' Number Four with the ability to speak to the dead. His tendency to speak German, and his name, suggest he was possibly born to a woman in Germany.
Klaus finds himself transported to Dallas, February 11, 1960 when Five fails to avert the apocalypse. Klaus becomes the leader of a spiritual cult and despite the fame associated, he struggles more and more with his inner demons. He and Ben struggle with their relationship but begin experimenting more with their combined abilities.
- 1 Biography
- 2 Personality
- 3 Powers and Abilities
- 4 Relationships
- 5 Appearances
- 6 Gallery
- 7 References
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Klaus Hargreeves was born on 1 October 1989 at noon to a mother who had not been pregnant when the day began. He was adopted by the eccentric (yet reclusive) billionaire Sir Reginald Hargreeves. He started doing drugs at 13 after finding out they repress his powers shortly after being locked in a mausoleum as a child (this had occurred since he was at least 8; it is currently unknown how old he was when it started). He suffered much abuse in his childhood.
Klaus is a fun-loving person who enjoys a hedonistic lifestyle, and has rebelled against his father by refusing to be the hero he wanted him to be. As an unreliable, unrepentant drug addict, and leech, his opinion is often dismissed by his siblings. However, he is shown to have a deeper insight than assumed, and has even shown to be a voice of reason to his family's impulsive decisions. At the same time, he seems to have a better, healthier mindset of their childhood. He acknowledges and accepts that their childhood was traumatic and moves forward without dwelling on it too much. It is revealed that the primary reason for his addiction is because powers cause him to be plagued by horrific, frightening visions of dead people who constantly call out to him. The drugs and alcohol are the only things that are able to subdue his powers and make the visions stop. His loyalty to his siblings, especially Diego and Luther, is shown through his actions, though he does act like any sibling would by teasing and arguing with all six of the other Hargreeves children.
He is very sarcastic, making jokes to deal with his trauma, much to the annoyance of those around him.
Powers and Abilities
- Mediumship: Klaus (while sober) has the ability to communicate with spirits/ those who are in the afterlife. Ironically, he is afraid of the dead, so he uses alcohol and drugs to self-medicate and keep his powers dampened. Although, often throughout the series, Klaus is shown talking with his deceased brother, Ben, who seems to be the only spirit he is not afraid of. When speaking with Sir Reginald in the afterlife, Klaus was told that he has barely scratched the surface of his power's potential.
- Evocation: Klaus is also able to conjure spirits and manifest them into the real world. In his first attempt, when trying to summon Sir Reginald at the funeral, Klaus states he couldn't do it because he was high. Also because Reginald was too stubborn to get a hold of. With his newfound attempts to remain sober, Klaus was able to physically interact with Ben's spirit for the first time. This later further evolved where he was able to manifest Ben's spirit into the real world, though temporarily. In an alternate 1963, he was able to conjure deceased American soldiers into fighting Soviet soldiers. After he was blasted back by Lila's energy wave, Klaus was also able to conjure two ghosts into catching him in their arms just before he hit the ground.
- Immortality: In the episode ‘The Day That Was’ Klaus follows his drunken, desperate brother Luther in an attempt to stop him from getting high. He finds him at a rave high anyway and dancing with a woman which leaves an angry boyfriend. Klaus jumps on the mans back but gets thrown off and hits his head. He is shown to wake up to a girl/God apparently in the afterlife and she claims that ‘he doesn’t run her the right way’ and so she doesn’t like him. She tricks him into meeting Reginald where his dad then confirms that he’s ‘already dead’ but later on he wakes up on the dance floor after being sent back to life. Does this mean he is immortal if God keeps sending him back?
- Skilled Combatant: Like many of his siblings, Klaus possesses a level of physical and combative training, but is among the weakest in terms of fighting skills.
Klaus was once in a relationship with a man for three weeks, which was the longest Klaus had been with someone prior to Sir Reginald's death. Klaus claimed that was only because he was tired of looking for a place to sleep. According to Klaus, the man was skilled at making osso buco.
Klaus was in a relationship with a man named Dave when the former was transported via Hazel and Cha-Cha's briefcase to the Vietnam War. He only returned to the present after Dave's death. He was there for 10 months. He said Dave was "the only person I have ever truly loved more than myself". It is insinuated most of his other relationships were most likely about sex or finding somewhere to sleep, but this relationship was clearly much deeper. The only reason he actually attempted sobriety was to be able to conjure Dave.
- Season One
- Season Two
|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 • Marcus • Fei • Alphonso • Sloane • Jayme • Christopher|