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"Who I am is not a disease."
—Vanya Hargreeves[src]

Vanya Hargreeves, originally designated as Number Seven, 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. Unlike her six adoptive siblings, Vanya seemingly has no superpowers. She had a talent for violin, and when she was an adult wrote an autobiography about her life as the ordinary member of The Umbrella Academy.

However, Vanya's life was a lie. She not only possessed powers but, ironically, was arguably the most powerful of the entire academy. Early on, Sir Reginald discovered that her emotions were linked to her ability to harness sound and convert it into energy. Despite trying to teach her to control them, he deemed Vanya's powers to be too great and destructive to ever be let out. As a result, Sir Reginald worked to cover them up and suppress them. She was placed on medication to suppress her emotional state, and Sir Reginald made her sister, Allison, convince her that she was ordinary by using her own power to subtly alter reality by lying.

Vanya learned the truth about her powers when Leonard Peabody came across Sir Reginald's journal and manipulated her to gain revenge on the Academy. After all the revelations and the way she was treated by her family, Vanya's powers became fully unleashed and, in her subsequent rampage, she incidentally triggered the apocalypse.

Despite being transported away from the apocalypse, Vanya finds her mind wiped after being hit by a car when she arrives in October 12, 1963 through the time jump. She is taken in by the family who drove the car in which she forms a unique bond with. She rediscovers her unique ability shortly after which allows Five to track her down and reunite her with the remainder of the Academy. While trying to stop an apocalyptic nuclear war, Diego learns that it was Vanya who once again triggered the apocalypse by blowing up an FBI building during the assassination of John F. Kennedy which was blamed on the Soviets, leading to World War III. Ben was able to talk Vanya out of this action and finally avert the apocalypse.

Vanya is played by Ellen Page in the Netflix adaptation of The Umbrella Academy.

Biography

Early life

Vanya Hargreeves is one of forty-three children born simultaneously to mothers with no previous signs of pregnancy on the twelfth hour of October 1st, 1989. She is adopted by Sir Reginald Hargreeves and designated as his "Number Seven."[1]

At the age of four, Vanya proves to be troublesome. She dislikes oatmeal and refuses to eat it. Sir Reginald hires a succession of nannies to try and get Vanya to cooperate, but Vanya harnesses the power of a whistling kettle to kill (most likely (not confirmed), but at the very least, severely injure) each one in turn, when they try to make her eat the oatmeal. Finally, Vanya is introduced to Grace. The same thing happens to Grace; Vanya's power throws her across the room and she hits her head with a sickening crack. However, Grace is unfazed and gets back up, her head having been knocked 180 degrees around. Vanya is disturbed and watches as Grace moves her head back to the right position and encourages her to eat her oatmeal. Vanya quickly begins eating her breakfast.[2]

Vanya's powers are tested by Sir Reginald. In a controlled environment, Sir Reginald has Vanya concentrate on the resonance of a tuning fork, harnessing it and using it to destroy a wine glass.[3]

Vanya's training under Sir Reginald continues for twelve days straight with success. However, during a thunderstorm, Vanya is unable to concentrate on the resonance of the tuning fork. Instead, she harnesses the sound of the storm around her, destroying all of the wine glasses without a shred of control. Sir Reginald begins to see just how powerful Vanya is and concludes her training for the time being.[3]

Sir Reginald takes Vanya to a special soundproof vault he has constructed in the basement, telling her that it is a special place just for her. Sir Reginald wants to further test Vanya's abilities to see if they can be regulated. With Pogo's help, he locks a scared Vanya into the chamber.[3]

Eventually, he came to the conclusion that her powers could not be controlled and were too dangerous. Any emotional turbulence or lack of focus caused the powers to be uncontrollably released, each time with massive destructive capability, even training her were too risky to attempt. 

As a result, he locks her in the soundproof box, telling the other children that Vanya is sick and had to be isolated. None of the children questioned it. Grace brought food and medicine for Vanya. One day, Sir Reginald brought Allison to the chamber and made her use her power on Vanya, telling her, "I heard a rumor, you think you're just ordinary."[3]

The Umbrella Academy

At the age of thirteen, the children of the Umbrella Academy make their first public appearance, stopping a robbery at the Capital West Bank. As the rest of the Academy deal with the thieves, Sir Reginald watches from above with Vanya. When Vanya asks why she cannot play with the rest of the children, Sir Reginald tells her it is because she is not special. Once the Academy has successfully stopped the robbery, Sir Reginald introduces the world to the inaugural class of the Umbrella Academy, but only mentions that he adopted six children, rather than seven.[1]

Despite not being part of the team, Vanya assisted Sir Reginald with training the other members of the Academy. Her brainwaves were monitored by her father while she slept. All of the children, except for Vanya, were given umbrella tattoos on their wrists. In an effort to feel included, Vanya drew one on her own wrist in marker.[1]

With her siblings off on a mission, Sir Reginald tells Vanya to be prepared to study alone. Vanya sees Sir Reginald's violin and asks to borrow it as her studies pertained to music. Sir Reginald agrees. Vanya promises Grace that she will learn to play it and be extraordinary.[4]

Leaving the Academy

In 2014, Vanya purchases a typewriter from a pawn shop. She writes a tell-all biography about her life as Number Seven entitled "Extra-Ordinary: My Life as Number Seven". The book is a moderate success; Vanya engages in a press tour reading excerpts from the book. Eventually, interest wanes in Vanya's book and it is offered at a 50% discount.[5] After the publication of the book, Vanya sent a copy to her father with the inscription: "Dad, I figured, why not. V."[1]

Events of The Umbrella Academy

Vanya plays a number of songs from The Phantom of the Opera at a violin audition. On the way home, she sees a news report on television that her father has died and takes a taxi to the Academy. Vanya's arrival is met with a mixed reception; Allison is pleased to see her, but Diego believes Vanya should not be there after writing her book about them. Vanya is welcomed by Pogo and asks if Sir Reginald ever read her book. Pogo tells her that he did not to the best of his knowledge.[1]

The reunion with the rest of the family is mixed. Luther suspects that their father was murdered and that one of them might be to blame. The return of Number Five through a temporal anomaly surprises all of the gathered siblings. They question him about his absence and then attend their father's memorial service in the courtyard. During the service, Luther and Diego get into a fight that ends when Diego draws blood. Vanya angrily tells him that he never knows when to stop, but Diego replies by asking if she has enough material for a sequel.[1]

Feeling unwelcome at the Academy, Vanya leaves. Pogo tells her that the Academy will always be her home and that is always welcome there. He also makes a point of telling her that Sir Reginald loved Vanya in his own way.[1]

When Vanya arrives home, she finds Number Five waiting for her. Because she is ordinary, Five believes that Vanya is the only one he can trust with the truth. He tells her that after he arrived in the future, he discovered that the human race had been destroyed in an apocalypse. Five has no idea what caused it, only that it occurs in eight days time.[1]

Number Five tells Vanya how he survived in the future. Vanya is understandably overwhelmed by Five's story and wonders if their father's warning that time travel can mess with the mind is the reason. Five brushes that off, believing Vanya is too young to understand or comprehend what he is trying to say. Vanya apologizes, telling him that she doesn't want to lose him again so soon after his return. She offers him the couch for the night and promises that they will talk again in the morning.[6]

When Vanya wakes, she finds the Five has left in the night. She goes in search of him and finds him in his old room at the Academy. Vanya apologizes for being dismissive, but Five assures her it is alright and maybe time travel is affecting his mind. Vanya offers to refer him to a therapist but Five tells her that he is going to try and get a good night's sleep instead. On her way out of the Academy, Vanya runs into an upset Allison who had recently had a heated conversation with her ex-husband, Patrick. Vanya tries to comfort her sister but her efforts fail when she infers that Allison is better off at the Academy, and not with her daughter. Allison gets angry with Vanya and tells her that she cannot blame all her problems on their father now she is an adult.[6]

Vanya returns to her apartment and her new student shows up, a man named Leonard Peabody. Her normal students are children so she is surprised that he wants violin lessons. Vanya and Leonard begin to bond and they have an obvious interest in each other but Vanya is reluctant to pursue it quickly.[6]

Running late, Vanya arrives at rehearsals after the practice has begun. Although she tries to take her seat and set up without disturbing anyone, her attempts fail and the orchestra is forced to stop until she is ready. Vanya apologizes for being late, but the conductor comments that he didn't even notice.[5]

Once the rehearsal is over, Vanya talks with the violin first chair, Helen Cho, complimenting her skills. When Vanya comments that she has been practicing work that Helen makes look so easy, Helen replies that sometimes skill is not enough. Helen questions whether or not Vanya is truly passionate about the violin.[5]

Dejected, Vanya heads to Bricktown to visit Leonard's woodworking shop. The pair talk and continue to bond while Vanya admires his work. Leonard presents her with a wooden violinist figure that he made for her. Outside, Vanya accepts Leonard's invitation to dinner. Vanya is surprised when Allison arrives, wanting her to come to the Academy since they need to have a family meeting about Grace. Leonard recognizes Allison since she is a famous actress and member of the Umbrella Academy, then asks if Vanya was involved. Vanya tells him no, then likens herself to the fifth member of the Beatles. She is pleased when Leonard reveals he was always more of a Rolling Stones fan. As Leonard leaves, Allison apologizes for the way she spoke to Vanya at their last meeting, telling her that she is not good at being a sister.[5]

Vanya, Luther, Allison, Diego, and Klaus gather at the Academy to discuss Grace. Luther plays the security footage of Grace not helping Sir Reginald on the night he died, and further examination shows Grace taking Sir Reginald's monocle. The discussion turns to the possibility of shutting Grace down since Luther is concerned that she is malfunctioning – Grace's programming was meant to offer assistance in the event of an emergency. They take a vote on it. Luther and Allison want to shut Grace down. Diego is in opposition and tries to deny Vanya since he still believes she doesn't belong with the family. He changes his mind when Vanya agrees with keeping Grace online. Klaus is also in opposition, but the vote is not final since Five is not there and they postpone the decision.[5]

Shortly after, the Academy is invaded by Hazel and Cha Cha. Vanya stumbles into the chaos and is attacked by Hazel, suffering a head wound. Luther saves Vanya from Hazel. In the aftermath of the battle, Diego angrily berates Vanya since her lack of powers or skills is a liability that could have gotten her or any of them killed. Allison tries to calm the situation but the inference is clear – Vanya is not like them. Leaving the Academy, Vanya heads to Leonard's house where he takes her inside, concerned that she is bleeding from a head wound.[5]

The next morning, Vanya wakes on Leonard's couch, having fallen asleep. She has to attend rehearsal and is worried since she did not bring her medication refill meaning she would have to play without her pills. Leonard convinces Vanya that she can go one day without her medication and walks her to rehearsal even though it is not on his way at all. As they talk about their respective relationships with their families, they are passed by Helen Cho as they arrive at the Icarus Theatre. Vanya explains the entire concept of the "first chair" position in an orchestra and how she has not be unseated in five years.[7]

Allison finds Vanya after rehearsal. She apologizes for yesterday and gives Vanya her apartment keys. When Vanya asks why Allison has her keys, she tells her its a long story and takes Vanya for a drink. In the bar, Allison tells Vanya about finding Leonard in her apartment earlier in the day, finding it a little suspicious. Vanya is sure there is a reasonable explanation though. They continue to talk and bond as sisters.[7]

Vanya takes Allison back to her apartment. Allison loves it, with Vanya comments that her apartment is probably smaller than one of Allison's rooms. Going into the bedroom, Vanya finds that Leonard left flowers for her. She calls Leonard to thank him and they arrange to have breakfast the following morning.[7]

The next morning, Allison arrives at Vanya's with breakfast. However, Vanya has to decline since she is meeting Leonard but is concerned that she has run out of medication. Allison admits that she has a bad feeling about Leonard, but Vanya does not think that Allison has the right to give her dating advice after not seeing her for twelve years. Vanya heads off to meet Leonard.[8]

At the coffee shop, Vanya talks with Leonard about Allison's attempts to be a sister, pointing out that they are all exactly the same age although sometimes it doesn't feel like it. Vanya tells Leonard that Helen has not been showing up to rehearsal lately, meaning that the first chair position is open. Vanya doesn't believe she has what it takes, but Leonard convinces her to audition.[8]

Allison tries to convince Vanya about her concerns surrounding Leonard, telling her that she tried to find information on him but there was nearly no records on him. Vanya is angry that Allison is checking up on her relationship, and believes that Allison doesn't trust her. Telling Allison that she is not her mother, Vanya asks her to leave and worry about her own daughter.[8]

At the Icarus Theatre, Vanya auditions for the position of first chair. At first, her playing is ordinary and does not inspire the conductor and others present. As Vanya plays, energy ripples out from her violin and captures the attention of the conductor and his staff. Enraptured, they listen to Vanya's playing.[8]

Vanya arrives at Leonard's house and excitedly tells him that she got the position of first chair. Leonard is ecstatic and Vanya is surprised about how well she played without her medication. Leonard tells her that she should play without it. Vanya and Leonard kiss and make love.[8]

Leonard convinces Vanya to invite her family to her first concert as first chair, telling her that they need to see how talented she is. Arriving at the Academy, Vanya finds Allison, Diego, and Klaus in a meeting. When asked what's going on, Allison looks at Leonard and mentions that it is a family matter. Vanya explodes since they did not bother to include her. Allison tries to calm her by telling her that she will fill her in when they are alone. Vanya reminds them that she has been left out of things all her life. She thought it was because of their father, but know she knows it was not just him, but the rest of the family. Vanya storms out, but Leonard claims that he left his coat and heads back.[9]

Outside, Vanya rages about her family and how she though they would be proud of her. As she angrily walks down the street, streetlights bend and cars are damaged. When Leonard points it out, telling her she caused it, she tells him that it is impossible. When the rain stops, Vanya claims it is a coincidence.[9]

Leonard tries to convince Vanya she has powers that have lain dormant. Vanya does not believe him and apologizes for being ordinary and disappointing him. Leonard tells her that nothing could be further from the truth.[9]

At Leonard's apartment, Vanya finds Sir Regianld's journal under his bed. Looking through it, she reads several entries about her confirming that Vanya does indeed have powers but that Sir Reginald covered them up and kept her controlled with medication because they were dangerous.[9]

The entire day is rewound as a result of Number Five altering the timeline by dropping into the family meeting at the Academy shortly after Vanya's argument with the family.[9]

As with the previous version of the day, Vanya rages about her family to Leonard and bends the street lights and damages the cars. Again, she brushes it off as a coincidence as she doesn't have powers.[10]

Leonard invites Vanya to his grandmothers' isolated cabin. While at the Academy, he had overheard Number Five talking about finding Harold Jenkins – his real name. Unknown to Vanya, Leonard is fully aware of her potential abilities, having found Sir Regiand's journal in a dumpster after it was thrown away by Klaus. He also had a grudge against the Academy, having been born on the same day but being in no way special.[10]

In the woods, Leonard tries to get Vanya to use her powers by trying to move a boat on the water. Vanya feels ridiculous even trying, and wonders how her siblings ever used theirs with a straight face. After Vanya makes no progress, they decided to go for dinner in the local town.[10]

After finishing dinner, Vanya and Leonard walk out into the parking lot. They find Leonard's vehicle surrounded by three drunk men. Leonard tries to get them to move, but they refuse. As they try to leave, Leonard confronts the men and one smacks Vanya's butt. The men start to assault Leonard while holding Vanya back. As they kick Leonard while he is laying on the ground, Vanya feels her anger rise and her latent power triggers. A shock wave bursts from her body and sends the three men flying across the parking lot.[10]

Later, at the hospital, Vanya watches over Leonard as he recovers from the beating. He is badly wounded, including missing an eye.[10]

At the hospital, Vanya is concerned when Leonard tells her that he is being discharged. Leonard lies and says they don't need him for observation, just to come back the following day to fit a prosthetic eye. A member of staff catches him before he leave and forces Leonard to sign voluntary discharge papers. As he does, Vanya inquires about the other three men from the parking lot. She learns that two are dead and the third is in critical condition.[3]

At the cabin, Leonard tries to convince Vanya that what happened the previous night was not her fault. Vanya knows otherwise, and is horrified that she killed the two men. Leonard points out that she was trying to defend him, and that her power is a gift. Vanya does not see it that way, seeing it as one more thing she could not do right. Leonard promises to help her try and control it.[3]

Leonard helps Vanya to figure out that her power is linked to her emotions, and she is able to focus on the sound around her and change it into energy. Vanya remembers focusing on the sound of a car engine the night before, and it was the trigger that allowed her powers to activate. Leonard secretly uses Sir Reginald's journal to guide her training, almost slipping up when he accurately describes how Vanya's powers work but managing to cover it by saying he was just putting it together. Vanya manages to repeat the feat on a less destructive scale than the previous night.[3]

Leonard tries to make Vanya understand that her accomplishments were extraordinary and that she has been special all along. Vanya mentions practising, but she means her violin because her concert is the following day. Leonard is put out because he wants to continue her power training, believing it to be important. Vanya tells him that her music is important as well. Leonard reluctantly agrees and leaves her to practise.[3]

Vanya practices her violin, then goes looking for Leonard but he has left the cabin. Vanya begins to have a panic attack and only calms down by remembering Leonard's help controlling her powers earlier and playing her violin. As she plays, Vanya's power are focused by the violin and cause things to move throughout the cabin.[3]

Vanya continues playing, and is surprised when Allison arrives. Allison sees all the weird things happening and wonders what is causing it. Vanya admits that it is her, and she has apparently had powers all along. Allison tells her that is great, but has other things on her mind. Vanya wants to know what, and Allison tells her that Leonard Peabody is actually Harold Jenkins, a convicted murderer. Vanya cannot believe it, even when Allison told her about being in Leonard's house and finding the macabre shrine to the Umbrella Academy. Vanya starts to sob, not knowing how to deal with all the new information.[3]

Allison suddenly remembers the incident from when they were four, and tells Vanya about using her power on her. Vanya is furious, accusing Allison of knowing about her powers all along and being responsible for keeping it a secret. Allison denies it, having not realized the significance of that day until Vanya's revelation about her powers. Vanya's rage grows, blaming Allison for everything that had happened in her life and accusing her of being threatened by Vanya. As Vanya's fury builds, threatening to tear the cabin apart, her skin begins to grow pale and grey. With no choice, Allison tries to stop her by using her power. Vanya instinctively slashes the air with her violin bow and the energy cuts Allison's throat.[3]

Clutching her bleeding throat, Allison drops to floor as Vanya suddenly realizes what she has done. Crying and sobbing, Vanya tells Allison that she is sorry and did not mean to hurt her. As Allison bleeds out on the cabin floor, Leonard arrives and pulls Vanya away, telling her that she did what she to and they have to go.[3]

At his home, Leonard tries to convince Vanya that they have to leave because her family will come after them for killing Allison. Still in shock, Vanya hopes that if she explains that she lost control they will forgive her. Leonard convinces her that he is the only one on her side and that she is special.[2]

As they get ready, Vanya knocks Leonard's bag off the side and finds Sir Reginald's journal inside. She begins to realize that Leonard has been manipulating her from the start and has known about her powers. Vanya begins to realize that Allison was right about Leonard all along. Leonard tries to convince her that her family does not care about her at all but Vanya realizes that she loves them. Leonard turns on her, calling her weak and pathetic and thumping Sir Reginald's journal. Emotionally shattered, Vanya's powers flare and she coldly kills Leonard by levitating him and sending multiple sharp objects flying into his chest.[2]

Going back to her apartment, Vanya listens to her telephone messages. The last one is from Allison, apologizing for the way they left things at the Academy and telling Vanya that she loves her. Vanya breaks down crying as she listens to her sister's message.[2]

Vanya decides to go the Umbrella Academy. She meets Luther in the atrium, who now knows all about Vanya's powers from Allison and Pogo. Vanya asks about Allison and is relieved to learn that she is alive. Breaking down, she tells Luther that she never meant to hurt Allison. Luther knows that she didn't and takes her in a hug. However, Luther now knows how dangerous she is and uses his strength to choke her into unconsciousness.[2]

Waking up in the secret soundproof chamber below the Academy, she panics and begs to be let out while Luther tells Diego and Klaus about her powers. They want to help her, but Luther refuses to open the door. Vanya watches Allison arrive and tries to tell her she is sorry. Even Allison wants to let Vanya go, telling Luther that it was her fault. Despite their objections, Luther refuses to let Vanya go until they know what they are dealing with.[2]

Left alone in the chamber, Vanya's reflection changes to her thirteen year old self and encourages her to embrace everything that the others are afraid she is. When accused of killing Leonard, Yanya dismisses it, recalling that he had lied to them. Young Vanya convinces her older self that her family are going to keep her locked up forever and that her siblings are no better than their father. In the sound proof room, Vanya focuses on her own heartbeat and harnesses it to create the energy she needs to break out of her cell. Vanya's powers turn her eyes white and goes into a sort of trance, becoming a cold, ruthless, and unstable version of herself. [2]

The newly unleashed Vanya she moves through the Academy. As she reaches rooms, she remembers incidents from her childhood that took place in them; catching Luther and Allison in a private moment, being told that she can't go on missions without a power, being left out of a family photograph. The memories cause Vanya to destroy each one in turn. Pogo confronts Vanya in order to give her siblings time to escape. He tells her that her brothers and sister are not to blame for what happened to her. Vanya's power subsides and she asks Pogo if he knew about her powers. When he admits he did, Vanya's powers reactivate and she kills Pogo by impaling him on mounted set of antlers. Vanya completes her destruction of the Academy.[4]

Vanya goes home and gets ready for her concert, then travels to the Icarus Theatre. The concert begins and Vanya plays beautifully. Unknown to Vanya, her siblings have come to stop her as they have realized that she is the cause of the apocalypse. As Vanya plays, she see Allison in the crowd. They see each other and smile. Allison wants to try talking to Vanya, but Luther and Diego use it as a distraction and charge Vanya. With a sweep of her violin bow, she unleashes a wave of energy that knocks them flying. The crowd flees and the orchestra try to do the same. Vanya uses her powers to keep them playing.[4]

Allison recognizes that Vanya's violin is her lightning rod, and they might have a chance if they get it away from her. Armed gunmen burst into the Theatre and try to kill the Umbrella Academy and stop them from preventing the apocalypse. The orchestra flees but Vanya keeps playing. The Academy fights back, with Klaus able to manifest Ben's spirit into the real world to deal with the gunmen. As Vanya continues to play, Luther, Diego, Klaus and Five decide that if they rush her one of them might get through to stop her. Their plan fails when Vanya uses her power to suspend them all in the air, connected to her by energy tendrils and draining the life from them.[4]

Behind Vanya, Allison aims a gun at her head. Instead of shooting her, Allison places the gun next to her ear and fires, disrupting her power. Vanya releases her brothers, and a lance of energy burst from her body and streaks through the roof of the Theatre, striking the moon. The moon begins to break apart.[4]

The apocalypse has not been averted. Five has a plan to use his time travel powers to transport them all away before the end so they can try and fix it. All of the Academy agree – even Ben, now that his siblings know he is around – and Vanya's unconscious body is gathered up by Luther. He questions the wisdom of bringing her, but Five tells him that Vanya will always be the cause of the apocalypse unless they fix her. Five succeeds in transporting them all away before the apocalypse can kill them.[4]

Ranch life

Five's ability to time travel is not perfect, however, and Vanya finds herself in Dallas, Texas during 1963. Shortly after arriving, she is hit by a car by Sissy Cooper, who takes her into her home and allows her to live with her family whilst she is suffering amnesia from the accident.

Vanya spends numerous months on the ranch trying to figure out who she is and where she came from, and Sissy's husband, Carl Cooper, puts numerous advertisements in the newspaper to try and get answers for Vanya; they are unsuccessful, however, and nobody comes looking for Vanya.

Whilst on the ranch, she grows closer and closer with Sissy, and the two develop romantic feelings for one another, and eventually begin having an affair behind Carl's back. The two dream of taking Harlan away and leaving the ranch for good, but Sissy is unable to pull herself away from Carl, much to Vanya's dismay. Carl eventually finds out about the relationship and threatens to put Harlan into a home if she doesn't leave the ranch — and Sissy — behind for good.

Growing close with Harlan

Vanya grows increasingly close with Sissy's son, Harlan, during her time staying with the Coopers. She becomes one of the only people that Harlan will communicate with, and eventually, Harlan begins to feel the tensions between Sissy and Vanya when they argue over Carl.

Vanya performs CPR on Harlan.

Feeling unnerved by the constant arguing, Harlan runs away from the ranch when Vanya and Sissy are arguing. Vanya chases after him and finds him at the bottom of a lake having drowned minutes earlier. She uses her abilities — of which she is unable to fully control, nor knows the full extent of — to part the water and rescue Harlan. She is distraught to see that he is not breathing, but is able to bring him back by transferring her energy into Harlan's body, much to her surprise.

Finding her family

Vanya is unaware that she has an extensive family somewhere, and is unaware of the part she plays in the family. Luther is the first to approach Vanya, but when he finds out that she is unable to recall anything, he leaves, citing that he was returning a wallett left at the bar by Carl, however it is clear that Vanya realises there is much more to the story.[11]

Five is the next to find Vanya, and explains her history, but alludes to tell her that she triggered the apocalypse in 2019 that ended the world. This revalation drives a wedge between Five and Vanya, who believes that everything Five has told her has been a lie. When Vanya meets the rest of the Umbrella Academy, she finally realises that she is a part of something bigger, and is forced to help Five on his attempts to avert the second apocalypse and return them to their righful place within the timeline.

Still without her memories, however, and believed to be a Russian spy, Vanya nearly triggers a second apocalypse whilst being interrogated by the FBI — Diego realises that Vanya is, and always will be, the bomb that triggers the apocalypse. Ben is able to save Vanya, however, and the Umbrella Acadmey prepare to face off against the Commission and to save Harlan.

Battling the Commission

After being saved herself, Vanya recieves visions of Harlan struggling in pain whilst screaming out her name, and she realises that she must save him before returning to 2019. She and the rest of the Umbrella Academy return to Sissy's farm, where Vanya finds Harlan experiencing strange, but familiar, outbursts of power; outbursts that have come as a result of Vanya transferring her energy to Harlan.

Vanya tries to save Harlan, but is caught off guard by an attack by the Temps Commission. She is forced to user her abilities to save her family and kills hundreds of Temps Commission agents in one blast. She returns to Harlan where she takes back the energy she had previously given him, allowing him to return back to a normal life.[12]

Powers and Abilities

Powers

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Vanya Hargreeves White Violin Powers

  • Sound Absorption: Vanya's abilities are reliant on her being in contact with sound, causing her to resonate with sound and energy similarly to a tuning fork. When absorbing enough sound and harnessing her energy to its fullest, her skin becomes pale and gray and her irises turn white, as her body with begin to generate blue and white light. Additionally, Vanya's demeanor would sometimes change into a cold, impassive state, ruthlessly harming or even killing those that have caused caused Vanya significant anger, irritation, stress. While in this trance of tranquil fury, Vanya was shown to hallucinate younger versions of herself, which encouraged her to take her anger and vengeance out on those that wronged her. Due to this mental instability, she was shown still be unpredictable in her behavior, as she looked out and smiled at Allison when she saw her at her concert, as part of her still recognized Allison as a sister and friend despite her having nearly killed Allison instinctually when the latter had revealed her role in the suppression of her power and had tried to incapacitate her with them again. Even after her mind wipe, Vanya is still capable of entering this dispassionate state, but has far more control over herself, likely influenced by her positive experiences with Sissy and Harlan Cooper. However, this control was not enough when she was again pushed to her breaking point turning FBI electroshock interrogation in an alternate 1963, in which she accidentally causing a shockwave that destroyed the floor she was on and proceeded to hover out into the city. This event was prevented by the ghost of Ben, who managed to help her escape before she reached that point.
    • Sound Manipulation: Vanya can manipulate sound to her desire, converting it into energy and physical force that she can utilize in various ways. Her abilities were heavily linked to her emotional state and often acted aggressively in response to Vanya's fear or anger. When her abilities became fully unleashed, Vanya was able to activate them with conscious effort.
      • Telekinesis: Through manipulating sound waves, Vanya can move and control objects, as well as generate force, with her mind. Offensively, she is able to immobilize, restrain, constrict and repel others with her energy. As a child, an irritated Vanya would cause several nannies to be sent flying across the room or, out of a window or down a staircase. When confronting Leonard, she projected and manipulated the sound waves around him, levitating him above the ground, holding him in a crushing grip and proceeding to telekinetically move various objects in the kitchen to impale him. As Pogo confirmed that he knew of her power and allowed her memory of it being erased, she proceeded to raise him into the air and hurl him across the Umbrella Academy living room and into the antlers of a mounted deer head. After her mind wipe due to time traveling back to 1963, she managed to empty an entire pond by causing the water to rise into the air, to the point where she managed to keep it suspended there while not actively focused on it, giving her more than enough time to carry Harlan from the pond and onto dry land before the water fell back down. When angered by an FBI interrogator in 1963, her powers activated and began to nearly choke him.
        • Flight: Vanya is able to lift and propel herself through the air using force she creates out of sound. In an alternate 1963, a levitating Vanya stopped a round fired by a Soviet tank by blasting it with her energy. In an alternate 1963, after escaping from the FBI by blowing out a large portion of the floor she was on, she proceed to rise into the air.
      • Sound Projection: Vanya is able to generate and control sound waves and vibrations to devastating effects, such as knocking people backwards or even destroying buildings. When she first began to experience her power in her adulthood, she would radiate sounds waves in the form of transparent ripples of force. When she became upset during a confrontation in a parking lot, she unleashed a multi-directional shockwave that sent three fully grown men flying across a parking lot, leaving two dead and one critically injured. Her sound waves caused the Umbrella Academy mansion to experience a powerful tremor that caused the building to collapse, as well as generate a blast of force that sent a car flying rapidly across several city blocks.
        • Energy Projection: Vanya can convert it into a bright white energy capable of applying destructive amounts of force, with its lowest intensity being enough to cut through flesh. This energy not only can manifest from Vanya's body, sometimes causing bright light to emanate from her chest, but can be channeled through her violin and bow, as well as through gestures. While battling her siblings in the Icarus Theater, she generated multiple tendrils of energy from her chest to suspend four of her siblings in the air, slowing draining them of life and nearly reducing them to desiccated corpses until her sister Allison fired a gun next to her ear, incapacitating her and returning them to normal. With enough absorbed sound, she generated a powerful beam of light and directed it to the sky where it hit the moon, causing pieces of it to break apart causing the end of the world.
        • Force-Field Generation: Vanya's sound-based energy can be shaped into protective barriers capable of absorbing intense amounts of force. During an alternate 1963, Vanya was able to shield herself from a Soviet tank round by projecting a barrier that was strong enough for the round to explode against harmlessly. She was additionally capable of causing a bullet to shatter harmlessly against a transparent barrier when she instinctively generated her energy due to one of the Swedes shooting at her at point blank range, which then burst out into a shockwave that repelled the assassin.
        • Matter Manipulation: During her concert and subsequent battle with her siblings, the energy Vanya generated also somehow altered the color of her clothing and her violin, turning them both white. She did the same to her civilian wear in an alternate 1963 after accidentally destroying the floor of a building she was being interrogated in by the FBI.
    • Enhanced Hearing: While training in the forest, Vanya was able to hear things which would usually be impossible for the average human hearing through concentration. For example, she was able to hear the chimes from the cabin. Vanya is also able to focus on a specific sound and block out the others, no matter how loud they are.
  • Atmokinesis: Vanya is able to manipulate the weather to a certain extent and is able to make it rain when she is sad or angry. While leaving the Hargreeves estate after argument with her family, her anger caused thunder and rainfall that was isolated to the street she was on. She seems to be able to generate wind when radiating her sound-based energy.
  • Power Distribution: Vanya can share her powers with others, as she did accidentally with her surrogate son, Harlan Cooper.
    • Telepathic Link: Vanya has a mental connection to whoever she shares her powers with.

Abilities

  • Expert Violinist: Vanya spent much of her childhood practicing with a violin that had previously belonged to Sir Hargreeves' deceased wife and, as an adult, had begun a career as a violin teacher and performer in an orchestra. With enough confidence, she managed to more prominent role in the concert she was due to play in.

Relationships

Sir Reginald Hargreeves

Vanya's relationship with her father was not a happy one. She was ranked last of the children as "Number Seven", and Sir Reginald bluntly told Vanya that she was not special.[1]

While she was allowed to participate to some degree with the team, such as helping in training exercises, Vanya was excluded in other areas. Notably, she was the only child to not have an Umbrella Academy tattoo on her wrist. In an effort to fit in, she drew the logo onto her wrist in pen.[1]

Pogo

Vanya and Pogo shared a genuine affection with each other. Pogo insisted that the Academy was and always would be her home even if she felt like she was not welcome. He also tried to reassure her that Sir Reginald did love her in his own way.[1] Vanya's love towards Pogo was later shattered after discovering that Reginald had suppressed her powers her whole life. In retaliation for Pogo's lies, Vanya murders him.

Luther Hargreeves

Luther has never truly liked Vanya, seeing her a liability and unimportant due to her lack of abilities. In episode 9, Vanya comes back, apologetic about almost killing Allison, but Luther suffocates her and traps her in the room she was forced to be in as a child, to contain her powers. She was fueled by this anger, and became a cold version of herself that is featured in episode 10. However, in 1963, Luther realizes he was in the wrong and apologizes, and the two begin to mend their relationship. In the second season, Luther is shown to be supporting Vanya and coming to her defense on numerous occasions.

Diego Hargreeves

Vanya and Diego's relationship was soured by the publication of her autobiography. Diego believed that Vanya had no right to return to the Academy in the wake of Sir Reginald's death and was generally cruel and cold to her.[1] After Hazel and Cha-Cha attacked the mansion looking for Five, he became enraged with her for being there and wanted her gone, as he saw her as a liability.[7] In episode 9, Luther locked up Vanya in the room that she was kept in as a child to contain her powers, Diego along with Klaus disapproved of this because she was still their sister and this wasn't right for her. In 1963, Diego remains paranoid of Vanya, but despite this, he still shows a softer side for his sister.

Allison Hargreeves

Allison was surprised but pleased to see Vanya arrive at the Academy after Sir Reginald's death. After Diego's comments that Vanya did not belong there, Allison told her to ignore him.[1] Vanya tried to comfort her sister after Allison had a heated phone conversation with her ex-husband Patrick, telling her that Patrick sounded like an asshole and she was better off at the Academy. Allison angrily tells her that her place is with her daughter and questions whether or not Vanya has even loved anyone so much that she would die for them and brings up Vanya's isolation from the rest of them. When Vanya points out that it was their father who kept them separate, Allison tells her that their father did not make her write that book about them and that she is an adult now and can no longer blame their father for her problems[6] In later episodes, they are shown to have a more sisterly relationship, though Allison remains skeptical of Leanord and Vanya's relationship with him. At the concert where Vanya was first chair, Vanya noticed Allison in the crowd and they smiled at each other, signaling that in the family, Vanya still trusted Allison the most and that Allison was proud of Vanya for her musical achievements. After Allison and Vanya reunite in 1963, Allison says that she missed her, to which Vanya replies "Thank god someone did," and they put their differences aside and go on have a genuine sisterly relationship.

Klaus Hargreeves

Klaus was drunk after he was when Vanya arrive at the Academy, Sir Reginald died for the month and he was talking to Luther about him. He was making a joke for drinking his water. The two often did not interact, as Klaus was often more interested in getting high and generally took nothing seriously. However, after discovering that Luther locked Vanya in the vault, Klaus pleads for her to be let out, citing that she was obviously struggling with the discovery of her new powers. In the second season, Klaus is shown to be very soft towards Vanya, and in episode 10, he's the first one to get in the car with her on her trip to Sissy's farm, citing that he "can't let her face the unknown alone."

Number Five

After Number Five's disappearance, Vanya actively looked out for his return. She kept a light on for him so he could find them and wouldn't leave thinking no one was home, and left his favorite snack, peanut butter and marshmallow sandwiches, out every night in case he returned.[1]

After returning to the present, Number Five believed that Vanya was the one he could trust with the truth about the coming apocalypse because she was ordinary.[1]

Ben Hargreeves

When Vanya was an Adult, he was so claimed to all that he would have been sword fighting yesterday when Number 5 came home for time-traveling experience. Ben is the one who helps Vanya control her powers to prevent her from causing the second apocalypse. However, this shows to be too much for Ben's ghostly form and Vanya hugs him one last time before he heads to the afterlife.

Grace

When Vanya was young, she went through multiple nannies who pressured her into eating oatmeal and other things that she didn't enjoy. When they pressured her too much, Vanya's powers would be triggered and kill them. Grace was invented to be a motherly figure and a nanny to Vanya and the other kids. When Grace pressured Vanya to do certain things, Vanya was unable to kill Grace and succumbed to what she was told to do. Grace was successful in being a mother figure to Vanya and Vanya cared deeply for Grace.

Leonard Peabody/Harold Jenkins

Vanya believed that her relationship with Leonard was genuine and that he was the only person to ever truly understand her and care for her despite her insecurities. However, after discovering his true nature and his manipulation towards her in order to unlock her powers for himself, Vanya retaliates by murdering him.

Sissy Cooper

After Vanya lands in 1963, she is hit by Sissy with her car and loses her memory. Sissy takes her in and she becomes a nanny to her eight-year-old son Harlan. Sissy and Vanya eventually fall in love and begin to have an affair behind Sissy's husband Carl's back. However, when it's time for Vanya to go back to 2019 with her siblings, Sissy can't go with her and the two tearfully part ways.

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