- "Are you not getting this? I'll say it in plain English: I am the perfect killer in every sense of the word BECAUSE I AM EVERY KILLER. I am the act of change possessed in a revolver. I am revolution packed into a suitcase bomb. I am every Mark David Chapman and every Charlotte Corday. I am every Luigi Lucheni slow-dancing with Balthasar to the tune of semi-automatics, while Gavrilo Princip masturbates in the corner with bathtub napalm. I am all of them and so much more... because I am going to live forever..."
- —Number Five to Allison Hargreeves[src]
Number Five (no other birth name known or used) was one of the forty-three children born at once, and one of the seven adopted by Sir Reginald Hargreeves. He is a member of the Umbrella Academy with the ability to travel through time. At the age of ten, Five traveled twenty years into the future and found himself in an apocalyptic wasteland, forcing him to spend decades trying to travel back to 1960, time which slowly drove him insane. When he finally traveled back, he was captured and "modified" by the surgeons of the Temps Aeternalis, who mixed strands of DNA of serial killers and Five's, making him the perfect killer with a 100% success rate, and taught him how to perform microjumps in time, thus making him incredibly fast.
When he rebelled against the Temps and finally returned to the past (albeit to just a few days before the apocalypse), Five regressed back from an old man to an unaging ten-year-old in transit. He assisted the newly reassembled Umbrella Academy in stopping the White Violin and the Orchestra Verdammten from ending the world before he was once again drafted by the Temps to assassinate President Kennedy in 1963 with the help of his sister. After the mission was completed and he was returned to 1980, Number Five left the Academy and became a gun-for-hire, although he did assist his siblings during the Hotel Oblivion breakout, and was present for the Sparrow Academy's reveal to his family.
Technically being a sixty-year-old in the body of his ten-year-old self, we see him drinking coffee, getting drunk watching a chimp in drag sing to him Marilyn Monroe's 'Happy Birthday', taking bets at the dog races, and driving a car. It is not explained how he is legally allowed to do those things.
The child that would become known simply as Number Five was born at the same time as forty-two other extraordinary children around 1950. As a baby, he was adopted by the world-famous scientist and entrepreneur Sir Reginald Hargreeves with the express intention of training them to save the world. Number Five lived at the special academy set up by Hargreeves to train the children. Designated as Number Five by Hargreeves, he had the ability to time travel. Using his abilities, Number Five traveled forward in time, disappearing several days before the Umbrella Academy's first mission in Paris to stop the rampaging Eiffel Tower. Sir Reginald indicated that his absence was no great loss.
Imprisonment in the Apocalypse
In 1980 of the original timeline, Number Five arrived to find a barren wasteland of death and destruction, with dead corpses all around. After a few days, he realized he was the only human left alive on the planet, so he played around, decapitating stuffed animals and statues with a sword. Soon, however, he realized how bad this was, and began calculating how to go home.
After a particular amount of research, he found Vanya's book Extra Ordinary: My Life as Number Seven. Sometime after, he began hallucinating that a statue of a woman could talk. He fell in love with her and named her Dolores. After fifty years in the apocalyptic wasteland, growing old and trying to calculate how to get himself back home, a realization, expressed through Dolores, came to him, that twelve years ago in his calculations, he forgot to subtract a two from a one. Giving Dolores one last huge hug, Five finally took his journey back through time and was finally going home to 1960, the day the Eiffel Tower went berserk all over Paris.
Assassin of the Temps Aeternalis
While skimming the timeline to return to when he left, Number Five was extracted from the timestream by the Temps Aeternalis. They agreed to return him home if he took up employment with them for five years, to which he agreed. Eager to utilize Five's time-travel abilities, the Temps performed extensive surgery on Number Five, enhancing his reflexes, strength, and agility, as well as, without Five's knowledge or consent, binding his DNA to that of some of history's most famous killers. They taught him to perform microjumps through time, making the old man incredibly fast and the greatest assassin in the history of the organization. For a few years, Five did what they ordered, and got into doing heavy narcotics and drugs, numbly soaking in his victories. However, when it came time for him to assassinate John F. Kennedy in 1963, he uncovered the truth of the Temps' tampering with his DNA. Furious, Five traveled to 1963 as planned, but shot all the backup Temps killers sent to kill Kennedy from the future when they discovered Five had disobeyed their orders. Five then left 1963 and finally made his journey to 1960, the time he was trying to get to in the first place.
Preventing the Apocalypse
Shortly after the death of the Monocle in 1980, Number Five returned to the Academy, seemingly having not aged a day since his disappearance. He revealed himself first to Phinneus Pogo, then to Spaceboy after his brother had returned from the Moon in the wake of their father's death.
Powers and Abilities
Number Five is capable of jumping forwards in time. He can simulate super-speed by making micro jumps. His DNA has also been fused with that of several of history's most dangerous killers. He does not age.
- The Umbrella Academy: Apocalypse Suite
- The Umbrella Academy: Dallas
- The Umbrella Academy: Hotel Oblivion