Born Harold Jenkins, Leonard Peabody is a love interest of Vanya Hargreeves and the main antagonist of the Netflix adaptation's first season. The character is an adaptation of the Conductor from the comics, and is played by John Magaro in the show.
Biography[edit | edit source]
History[edit | edit source]
Leonard was born on the same day as the Umbrella Academy siblings, but only by coincidence as his birth was a completely normal birth. His mother died during childbirth, causing his father to become an abusive alcoholic. Because of this, Leonard ran away to try and join the Umbrella Academy, but was turned away by Sir Reginald Hargreeves, and laughed at by the crowd.
Later, his father would make fun of him for his outfits and send Leonard to fetch his beers. On one occasion, when Leonard took too long, his father physically hurt him. Fed up by the abuse at his father's hand, Leonard murdered his father with a hammer and was sentenced to 12 years in prison for the crime.
Seeking out Vanya[edit | edit source]
During his time at the Temps Commission, Five finds Leonard's name on an order meant for Cha Cha. It is implied that Jenkins is the person responsible for the apocalypse, and the note reads "Protect Harold Jenkins". When Five returns, Diego gets his criminal file and they find out that Leonard's real name is Harold, validating Allison's initial concern about him.
Leonard takes Vanya to his grandmother's house to convince Vanya to use her powers. Allison comes to find Vanya and tells her the truth about Leonard, but Vanya is upset about Allison getting involved with her love life. When Allison feels that she needs to resort to using her power to stop Vanya's rage, Vanya ends up nearly killing Allison, by slitting her throat with her violin bow. Leonard returns to see what he thinks is Allison's dead body so Vanya and him run away. Leonard urges her to get revenge on her family but when Vanya refuses, he begins to mock her, constantly hitting a book and calling her ordinary and weak, resulting in her using her powers to kill him violently.
Season 2[edit | edit source]
Klaus mentions how Vanya's current love interest is an improvement on her previous love interest the serial killer, an obvious reference to Leonard.
Relationships[edit | edit source]
Vanya Hargreeves[edit | edit source]
Leonard had a romantic relationship with Vanya Hargreeves after becoming her violin student. To Vanya, Leonard was the only person who truly cared and loved her for who she was. He seemingly understood what she was going through, having experienced what it was like to be excluded and mocked for being ordinary. However, he never truly cared for Vanya and was only using her for her powers to get back at the Umbrella Academy. When Vanya discovers his true nature, he goes as far as to verbally abuse and belittle her. When Vanya retaliates by using her powers and murdering him, he seems surprised because he believed that Vanya still cared for him and wouldn't harm him.
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- It is implied he murdered the first chair violin, as seen at the end of Number Five, when we see Helen Cho's body wrapped in a plastic tarp in Leonard's attic.
- After getting stabbed in the eye, he receives a glass eye that Five discovered in Luther's hand during the apocalypse.
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See More[edit | edit source]
|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|