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Sissy Cooper (maiden name unknown) was a Texas mom married to Carl Cooper. She met Viktor Hargreeves in 1963 after hitting him with her car. Viktor lived with the Coopers while he had memory loss and became romantically involved with Sissy during his stay with the family.


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Sissy met Carl Cooper after the two were set up by her sister. They were married for at least 8 years, but the actual length of their relationship is not specified.[citation needed]

Time with Viktor[]

Sissy took Viktor, who was female-presenting at the time, into the Cooper household after hitting him with her car, and Viktor became a nanny to Sissy's son Harlan. The two eventually grew closer and Sissy revealed to Viktor that she had feelings for him. Viktor returned the sentiment and the two began having an affair behind her husband's back. Carl eventually found out and threatened to send Harlan Cooper, their son, away to an institution if Viktor did not leave Sissy alone.[citation needed]

Viktor went back to the farm and Sissy got to the house as Viktor was packing his things for their escape. The two decided to make good on their fantasy of running away together. However, Sissy's note made Carl alert the police, accusing them of kidnapping Harlan. Viktor used his powers on two policemen before being knocked out by the gun of remaining policeman, who was revealed to be Carl's brother, Jerry. This shattered his dream of running away together as Viktor was taken away from Sissy's arms and given to the FBI.[citation needed]

Later, Sissy was seen sitting on a bed disgusted as her husband brushed her back while he told her Viktor was believed to be a Russian communist who used them for their own agenda.[citation needed]

When Harlan started showing signs of powers via his and Viktor's connection as he was tortured by the FBI, Sissy and Carl watched him. For the first time, Harlan uttered a word. He called out Viktor's name and his father roughly grabbed him, dragging him to his car.[citation needed]

He told her that he won't take into account her feelings; Sissy has had enough of her loveless and emotionally abusive marriage. As he decided to make good on his threat to take Harlan away, she threatened him with a rifle. Carl was able to steal the rifle from her and accidentally let the gun go off, almost hitting Harlan. Harlan deflected the bullet with his new abilities and instead hit Carl, killing him.[citation needed]

After Viktor seemingly drained all of the power he transferred into Harlan, he later found Sissy in Harlan's room. She watched over her son as he slept. Then when Viktor mentioned they should leave together and return back to Viktor's original place in 2019, Sissy was reluctant, and explained that she knew Viktor's power and status as a Hargreeves will bring danger into her and Harlan's life. She told Viktor her time with him had affected her greatly and she loved him. She mentioned going to California where she had a friend. The pair held each other and kissed until Viktor bid Sissy goodbye as he returned back to his original place within the timeline.[2]

As the final scenes approach we see Sissy driving past a 'New Mexico' sign with Harlan in the back seat.[2]

The scene cuts as Harlan is shown levitating a sparrow in his palm signaling that Viktor didn't drain all his power from him in the barn.[2]

Later Life and Death[]

Sissy subsequently ended up on the FBI's Most Wanted List for her alleged connections to the "Kennedy Six" and the murder of her husband.[3]

Due to Harlan's uncontrollable powers, Sissy often had to move around over the next 26 years, never losing hope that Viktor would one day return for them. On October 1, 1989, the same day that the Hargreeveses were born, Sissy died of cancer[1] in Oakland, Califorina under an assumed name.[3] Harlan's grief over his mother's death caused him to unleash a psychic blast that killed the mothers of the Umbrella Academy before they were born, causing a grandfather paradox.[4]

After arriving in 2019, Viktor looked Sissy up and was saddened by her death.[3] Viktor was later reunited with Harlan[5] who revealed the details behind Sissy's life and death after Viktor's departure, saddening Viktor who had only been gone from 1963 for three days by the time that he reunited with Harlan.[1][4]


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Sissy is a unique soul that had lost hope before Viktor came into her life. She has a rebellious side seen in the scene where Viktor finds her smoking a cigarette in her kitchen. She mentions that 'men have sides, women have secrets'. This shows that she is well aware of societies role for her. She is expected to be a heterosexual housewife to a man when she knows deep down that is not something she wants. Sissy seems to have progressive ideologies but is held back by feelings of responsibility for her son and herself. Sissy is married to a man named Carl, who does not make life easy for her and whom she does not love.

After Harlan's near death experience and Viktor's rescue of him, she confesses to Viktor that she has feelings for him. The two give in to their feelings and sleep with each other. In the morning after, Sissy is seen as calm and care-free. She is satisfied and knows that her feelings for Viktor are real. The two begin kissing again until her husband honks his car signaling his return. The two-part and get dressed, going back to a script of nanny and housewife.

Sissy and Viktor engage in a romantic relationship that they are forced to hide from the world. Sissy knows who she is but feels like she is forced to hide. She tells Viktor the world does not "abide women like us". Sissy desperately wants to be with Viktor but struggles with letting go of the role she was thrust into.

However, she is quite independent and has an extraordinary sense of wrong and right. She also has a calm, nurturing side to her as well. This shows in how she holds and kisses Viktor. When he are harmed she runs to him and makes sure he are alright. Sissy is also fiercely protective of her loved ones and would do anything to keep them from harm even by force if they are threatened.



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