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This article is about the Number Five from the Netflix series. You may be looking for the Number Five from the comic series.
"You know what's funny? I'm going through puberty.. twice."
—Number Five[src]

Number Five 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. Number Five has the ability to time travel, and ended up trapped in the future as a boy, where he discovered that the world was in ruins. He eventually returned to The Umbrella Academy years later with a message that the world was due to end in eight days. Number Five is played by Aidan Gallagher in the Netflix adaptation of The Umbrella Academy.

His ability is space-time manipulation. It allows him to travel through space and time and teleport objects without physical contact.

Biography

As the rest of the Umbrella Academy members, "Number Five" was born on October 1st, 1989 and was adopted by Sir Reginald Hargreeves, who, along with Grace, raised Number Five.

Personality

At age 13, Number Five became trapped in the apocalyptic future for more than 60 years. When he found a way back, his body regressed to that of his 13-year-old self, while his mind stayed the same. As a result, he has the personality of a 60-year-old and is frustrated at being trapped in the body of a child. He is shown to have a genius intellect, often dismissing others, including his family, as stupid or inferior, and expressing disinterest in their personal affairs. He is also shown to be sarcastic, pragmatic, and incredibly prideful. He also exhibits impulsive behavior due to his prideful nature, which is seen when he brazenly uses his time-traveling powers as a boy despite Reginald Hargreeves' warnings that he was not fully prepared to wield them.

Number Five is also shown to be a ruthless and incredibly efficient killer. While he does not enjoy killing, he seems to have no qualms about the people he has killed and is more than willing to eliminate anyone, even innocent people, whose deaths may stop the apocalypse from happening and even displays nonchalance when making plans to murder them. He gained fame in his times as an agent of the Temps Commission for his success in killing countless individuals on missions, which he did as part of his contract in order to get back home to the present. Overall, Number Five has shown to be perfectly willing to eliminate anyone who stands in the way of his goals.

Despite his antisocial behavior, he does have compassion and cares for his family deeply. He works tirelessly both in the past and future to prevent the apocalypse and is seemingly the most devoted member of the family in stopping it. He even refuses to involve his family most of the time out of fear they would die. When he "renegotiates" his contract with the Temps Commission, he demands that his family be saved as well.

Powers

  • Spatial jumps
    Number Five has shown to be extremely gifted and one of the most powerful of his siblings. Number Five has the ability to teleport both short and long distances, which he used frequently to evade Hazel, Cha-Cha and the Temps Commission. Despite being able to travel at will, multiple travels within a short time exhausted Five frequently, and the Handler noted that "even you [Five] have limits". In addition to teleporting himself, he is able to teleport objects without physical contact, which is shown in a flashback in We Only See Each Other at Weddings and Funerals, where he replaces a robber's gun with a stapler.
  • Space-Time Manipulation
    Also an extension of his ability to travel spatially, Five is able to jump through time at will. Five, however, had not mastered this ability, and the first time he used it, he accidentally traveled to the end of the world and was unsuccessful in traveling back. Despite being less adept at time travel, Five is a quick study and in The White Violin, he was able to travel through time and take his siblings with him; something he had never done before.

Relationships

Dolores

Number Five was in a "relationship" with a mannequin called Dolores, who kept him company during his time in the future, as well as in the present time after he found her in the department store during his fight with Hazel (Netflix) and Cha Cha (Netflix). He is shown to be deeply caring and protective of Dolores and treats her like a real person, even going so far as to have conversations with her as if she were talking to him. Despite his affection, Five ends up returning Dolores to the department store and saying his goodbyes. On his way out, he asks an employee to give her something new to wear, because "she likes sequins."

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References


The Umbrella Academy Characters on Netflix
The Academy Luther Diego Allison Klaus Number 5 Ben Vanya
Villains Hazel Cha Cha The Handler Leonard Peabody
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