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This article is about Vanya Hargreeves from the Netflix series. You may be looking for the White Violin from Dark Horse comics, or the episode of the same name.

"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 12th hour of the first day of October 1989 to mothers without any previous signs of pregnancy. The baby was one of seven kids 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 Elliot Page in the Netflix adaptation of The Umbrella Academy.

Biography

Early life

"On the 12th hour of October 1st, 1989, 43 women around the world gave birth."

Tatiana gives birth to Vanya.

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]

Searching for a Nanny

"Hello, Number Seven. My name is Grace. I'm your new nanny."
—Grace to Vanya[src]

Vanya refuses to eat her oatmeal.

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.

Grace attempts to persuade Vanya to eat her 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.[3]

Vanya's Training

"I heard a rumor, you think you're just ordinary."
—Allison to Vanya[src]

Vanya struggles to break the wine glasses with her power

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.[4]

Vanya successfully uses her power.

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.[4]

Vanya being brought to a confinement cell.

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.[4] Eventually, he came to the conclusion that her powers could not be controlled and were too dangerous.

Vanya being locked away by Reginald.

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.

Vanya is brainwashed by Allison.

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."[4]

The Umbrella Academy

"We've been through this before Number Seven. I'm afraid there's just nothing special about you."
"Oh
"
Sir Reginald Hargreeves and Vanya.[src]

Reginald tells Vanya theres nothing "special" about her.

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.

Vanya is saddened by Reginalds comment.

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]

Vanya helps Reginald train the others.

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.

Vanya draws the Umbrella Academy emblem on her wrist.

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.[5]

Leaving the Academy

"Not after what you did."
—Diego to Vanya[src]

Vanya leaves the Umbrella 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.[6]

Vanya reading her book at a convention.

After the publication of the book, Vanya sent a copy to her father with the inscription: "Dad, I figured, why not. V."[1]

Return to The Academy.

Attending the funeral

"What is she doing here? You don't belong here."
—Diego Hargreeves to Allison and Vanya[src]

Vanya plays a song on her violin.

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.

Vanya learns of her fathers death.

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.

Vanya witnesses the return of Number Five.

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.

Vanya at Reginalds funeral.

[1]

Learning the truth

"The world ends in 8 days. And I have no idea how to stop it."
—Five to Vanya[src]

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]

Vanya getting ready to converse with Number Five.

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 learns of the apocalypse.

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.[7]

Meeting Leonard Peabody

"I'm Leonard. I'm your four'o clock."
"Oh my. I forgot..I am so sorry.
"
—Leonard and Vanya[src]

Vanya sees Allison in distress.

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 may be 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.

Vanya is snapped at by Allison.

[7] 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.

Vanya meets her new student.

[7]

Discussing Grace

"Mom was, well, designed to be a caretaker..but also a protector"
—Vanya to her family[src]

Vanya arrives late.

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.[6] Once the rehearsal is over, Vanya talks with the violin first chair, Helen Cho, complimenting her skills.

Vanya compliments Helen Cho.

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.[6] 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 and Leonard talk about their personal lives.

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.[6]

Vanya watches the footage of her fathers death.

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.[6]

Vanya enters the house in the midst of an attack.

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.[6]

Bond with Allison

"And listen...last night, what I said"
"No, no, don't...don't worry about it
"
—Allison and Vanya[src]

Vanya on Leonards couch.

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.[8]

Vanya talking with Allison.

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.[8]

Vanya takes Allison to her apartment

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.[8]

Vanya declines Allisons offer.

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.[9]

Vanya telling Leonard about Allison.

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.[9]

Vanya is confronted by Allison on the topic of Leonard.

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.[9]

Discovering Her Powers

Being Excluded

"And how could I presume to be worthy of their attention? Nothings ever big enough next to their holier-than-thou, weight of the world bullshit."
—Vanya to Leonard[src]

Vanya auditions for First Chair.

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.[9]

Vanya tells Leonard about her audition.

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.[9] 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.

Vanya finds that her family had a meeting without her.

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.[10]

Vanya causes the street lamps to bend.

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.[10]

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.[10]

Vanya finds Reginalds journal in Leonards home.

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.[10]

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.[10]

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.[11]

Leonard's Trick

"You know..we don't have to stay here. We can just get a shitty motel or something
"No. It's perfect for what we need to do."
"Which is what, exactly?"
"We need to find out what you're truly capable of
"
—Vanya and Leonard[src]

Vanya is brought to Leonard's Grandmother's cabin.

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.[11]

Vanya attempts to use her powers.

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.[11]

Vanya uses her powers to save Leonard.

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.[11]

Later, at the hospital, Vanya watches over Leonard as he recovers from the beating. He is badly wounded, including missing an eye.[11]

Vanya and Leonard prepare to leave the hospital.

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.[4]

Training with Leonard

"You have a power, Vanya. You have a gift."
"It's like with the boat. If I try to do it I can't. And if I don't try, people die.
"
—Leonard and Vanya[src]

Vanya feels guilty for killing the men.

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.[4]

Vanya practices her power in the woods.

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.[4]

Vanya tells Leonard her music is important.

Leonard tries to make Vanya understand that her accomplishments were extraordinary and that she has been special all along. Vanya mentions practicing, 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 practice.[4]

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.[4]

Allisons Arrival

"Look at me and tell me you're not threatened now"
—Vanya to Allison[src]

Vanya realizes the truth.

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.[4]

Vanya holds Allison while she bleeds.

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.[4]

Vanya crying over an injured Allison.

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.[4]

Becoming The Bomb

Assassination Of Leonard Peabody

"Your father was right. Not strong enough. He knew it. And now I know it. You're weak!"
"Stop it"
"You're pathetic"
"Please don't"
"Look at you, you're nothing"
"No!
"
—Leonard and Vanya[src]

Vanya finds Reginalds journal.

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.[3]

Vanya kills Leonard.

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.[3]

Vanya crying over Allisons message.

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.[3]

Confinement

"I'm sorry, but she's staying put. Just until we know what we're dealing with. She stays put."
—Luther to Allison[src]

Vanya is met by Luther.

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.[3]

Vanya locked away by her brother.

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.[3] 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, Vanya 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.

Vanya absorbs the sound of her own heartbeat.

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. [3]

The Apocalypse

"The apocalypse will always happen. And Vanya will always be the cause."
—Number Five[src]

Vanya prepares to face her siblings

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.[5]

Vanya leaves for her concert

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.[5]

Vanya plays at her concert.

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.

Vanya drains the life from her brothers.

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.[5] 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.

Vanyas beam of energy blows up the moon.

[5] 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.

The Umbrella Academy travels back in time.

[5]

New Timeline

Meeting Sissy

"Son of a biscuit."
—Sissy after running over Vanya[src]

Vanya gets run over.

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.

Living on the Ranch

"Still no memories"
"Well then, we just need to get busy making you some new ones!
"
—Vanya and Sissy[src]

Vanya listens to Carl.

A couple months after her arrival, Vanya interacts with Harlan, the son of Sissy and Carl. Sissy is delighted that Harlan and Vanya are bonding. She asks Vanya how she's feeling. Vanya says whilst her headaches have been getting better, she still has no memories of her past. Sissy remarks that they need to make her some new ones. Carl comes in and rants to Vanya about his booming business. He pronounces that he's put up advertisements everywhere, but has no takers for Vanya. Vanya says that maybe nobody wants her, and Sissy replies that she highly doubts that and if Vanya left they would miss her already. Carl leaves for "work," giving Vanya and Sissy some alone time.

Vanya finds Sissy smoking.

Vanya gets up in the middle of night to see Sissy smoking in the kitchen. They take some time alone to hang by the barn. Sissy comments that if her mother say her, she would die all over again. Vanya replies that she never knew Sissy was so rebellious. Sissy pronounces that men have sides, but women have secrets. Sissy then rants to Vanya about her "Escape Plan."

Sissy and Vanya bond some more.

She tells Vanya that she's been hiding the money she's earned in a jar under the sink, and when she has enough, she's taking her and Harlan away. Sissy tells Vanya that Carl isa good man, but good men still leave, and then it's every women for herself. Sissy tells Vanya that Carl means well, but she had silly dreams back then. They stay up staring at the stars.

Meeting Luther

"Vanya?"
"You know who I am?
"
—Luther and Vanya[src]

Vanya gets Carl.

The next morning Vanya sees Sissy rushing around the house looking for her keys. Sissy informs Vanya that Carl called her, drunk as a skunk, asking her to pick him up. Vanya assures Sissy that she doesn't need to worry, and she'll pick up Carl herself. Sissy thanks Vanya and remarks that she wish she'd ran her over years ago. Vanya picks up Carl at the same bar where Luther works. As Vanya and Carl drive away, Luther notices Vanya and decides to follow her.

Vanya sees Luther.

Vanya plays hide and seek with Harlan in the barn. She is about to find Harlan when Luther comes into the barn, ready to shoot. He calls out Vanya's name, and Vanya is elated to see that someone knows her. Luther tells Vanya to stay back. He then adds that it's not funny of Vanya to fake amnesia. Vanya persuades him that she's not faking it. She replies that if she hurt him, she's sorry, but soon realizes that he was the one who hurt her. Luther tells Vanya he felt as if he was in charge, and that he never wanted to be the bad guy. They are interrupted by Sissy, aiming a rifle at Luther. She threatens that if Luther doesn't leave instantly, she'll shoot him. Luther glances back at Vanya once more and leaves the barn.

Vanya receives a palm-reading.

Later that night, Sissy checks on Vanya, and insists that she should avoid Luther from now on. Vanya replies that she really wishes she could remember something. Sissy comforts her and tell her that she need not rush. Sissy offers to read Vanya's palms and Vanya obliges. Sissy strokes the creases on Vanya's hands and notices the callouses on her fingertips, wondering where they're from. Vanya and Sissy connect for a moment, but soon wish each other good night.

Learning The Truth

"What do you mean, the apocalypse?"
"I mean the end of the world as we know it.
"
—Vanya and Five[src]

Vanya is confused by the Swedes

On the highway, Vanya listens to the radio whilst driving late at night, but is forced to pull over when she finds the Swedes standing in the middle of the road. One of the Swedes waves at Vanya, feigning happiness. The Swedes begin to approach Vanya in a menacing manner, and Vanya is forced to duck once they fire their weapons and commence firing bullets. Vanya is forced to put the car on the rear setting and drive back, but ultimately, this does nothing. With thrust, she launches the car forward but inadvertently collides with a corn field, resulting in the in balance of the car.

Vanya's car loses its equilibrium.

Vanya exits the car and heads towards the corn field, in hopes that the extension, darkness, and height of the corn will lengthen the distance between her and the Swedes. The Swedes follow her into the corn field and she attempts to hide from them by ducking. One of the Swedes wanders through the field and eventually sees Vanya. Taking a chance, they attempt to eradicate her, but none of their bullets hit her as she runs the other way. Vanya unwittingly runs into Otto and Axil, who also attempt to shoot her. She is eventually surrounded by all of them, and they continue to shoot as they close in on her.

Vanya is trapped by the Swedes.

Fearing for her life, Vanya is able to let out a large sound blast that throws the Swedes back long enough for her to escape. The next morning Vanya sees a figure making its way through the corn field, and is ultimately surprised to see the figure is none other than her brother, Five. Five suggests that they head out. Vanya is bewildered, but follows him nonetheless. Both of them stop at a coffee shop where Five takes a go at explaining Vanya's past life. He divulges about Vanya's childhood, and her life in the Umbrella Academy. He mentions the Apocalypse.Vanya is dismayed by this, and asks him what causes it.

Vanya witnesses the aftermath of her powers.

Five wishes to tell her the truth, but is aware that it may bring harm to her and understands the toll she's been through, so he instead says it was the moon. Vanya contemplates on this new-found story. She calls Sissy, who attempted to provoke Harlan. Vanya offered compensation for not returning the car, but Sissy replied that she didn't care about the car. Vanya explains that she met her younger brother, and will return soon. Sissy and Vanya emotionally bond on the phone but the call is cut off by Five. Vanya, infuriated at Five, scolds him about what he did, divulging that Sissy is her friend and it was rude of him to interfere with her personal life. Five dusts that away.

Vanya informs Sissy of the most recent events

He remarks that there are more important matters at the moment, and that if they don't band together the Swedes will continue to come after them.

Crisis At The Farm

"The point is I can't stay here"
"Vanya"
"No, I can't risk anything happening to you or Harlan
"
—Vanya and Sissy[src]

Vanya learns that she was the one brought on the Apocalypse.

Vanya and Five manage to find Luther and witness his boxing match first-hand. Luther, meanwhile, allows himself to be beaten by his opponent citing that he wants to feel the pain, much to Five, Vanya and Jack’s surprise as he loses the fight. Vanya and Five visit the hostel where Luther is staying and, whilst Five waits with the car, Vanya goes to his room to talk with him. She asks him about the apocalypse, and it is here she learns that she caused the apocalypse indirectly. They’re interrupted before they can finish their conversation, however, by Jack who enters and demands to know why Luther threw the fight; the two are unable to reconcile their differences, however, and Jack tells Luther that they are done with one another. Luther asks Vanya to leave him alone and enforces that he cannot help her. Vanya is angry at Five for lying to her about the apocalypse and tells him that she is returning to the farm and cannot help him either, given he is keeping secrets from her. Vanya drives away leaving Five alone as he receives a smirk from Luther who witnessed the whole situation.

Vanya is enraged at Five for keeping the truth from her.

Vanya explains everything going on to Sissy, including the details about the Swedes coming after her, and how she fears that she is putting Harlan and her in danger by staying with them. Sissy tells her that they will go away for a little while and she will protect her, but Vanya is unwilling to take the risk. The two notice that Harlan slips out of the house and run after him, but are forced to split up when neither one of them is sure of which way he went. Vanya eventually comes across a lake and, believing that he could be at the bottom, uses her ability to part the water.

Vanya parts the water.

She finds Harlan at the bottom and attempts to give him CPR but he is unresponsive. As she is trying to resuscitate him, she uses her powers to transfer particles of energy into his body. Moments later, he is able to cough the water up and wakes up just as Sissy arrives and the two embrace.

Later that night, Vanya pours Sissy a drink and the two talk about Harlan. Sissy tells Vanya about how she feels small and invisible as Carl no longer sees her and Harlan is reluctant to communicate with her. Vanya expresses that she should leave, but is caught off guard when Sissy kisses her; the two of them begin to make out. They are unaware of Carl watching them from afar.

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.[12]

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 Academy 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 use 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.[13]

Personality

Vanya is a kind and bright women. During her childhood, she was neglected by her family, as well as Pogo due to being "normal." This neglection and abuse created a deep invisible scar, and gave her a lot of trauma. even when Vanya tried to fit in, she was ousted by Diego, or maybe another family member. She was very vulnerable and naive at that time. When she started dating Leonard, she thought of herself as special, as he always gave her special treatment and showered her with compliments. Despite her families warnings, she refuses to believe that Leonard was using her due to her desire to have someone who cared for her. Vanya still saw herself as an outcast, which gave her even more trauma. an item that makes her feel special about herself is her violin, which was a gift given to her by Mom. Playing her violin detaches her from the harsh reality, and puts her in a setting where she feels loved and at peace with herself. She cared very much for her music, as when Leonard said she should practice her powers and that it's important, she replied that her music is important as well. When Vanya was locked up, her true power was unlocked. She saw her young selves in the reflection, and all the abuse, abandonment, and trauma was reversed back to her, causing her to snap and lose control. In her true powerful state, Vanya is seen as stoic and unemotional. But this is not fully true, as when Allison saw her performing, Vanya gave her a smile. All Vanya really wanted to do was perform as first chair. When her brothers came in and ruined her opportunity, this caused her to attack them. In Season 2, Vanya lost all her memories she had of her family and life in the original timeline. She found a life with Sissy, and Harlan, and was very happy. Vanya's trauma was healed, and she felt safe and loved living with her new family. When she met Five, she felt as if her life had shattered. She was very aggravated with him when he lied to her about the original timeline, and took time to process that it was her that caused the Apocalypse. but soon, she found her way back to her family and accepted that this is who she is. She found comfort with her siblings Allison and Klaus. Soon she regained her memory and took control over her own powers.

Appearance

Vanya is a beautiful 31 year old woman, with a thin build and long brown hair. She has brown eyes and and a wide forehead. She has a square facial structure, with a sharp jawline, and thin lips. Vanya often wears outfits that match her tomboyish personality. The clothing she wears are usually trousers or jeans, and oversized shirts, plad shirts, and a jean jacket. For formal attire, she will dress in a white or black tuxedo.

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 will 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.[2] In an alternate 1963, after escaping from the FBI by blowing out a large portion of the floor she was on, she proceeded to rise into the air.[14]
      • 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.[5]
        • 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.[2] 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.

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Differences between Comics

  • In the show, Vanya has long brown hair and brown eyes (white; when powers active), while in the comics, Vanya has short white hair (formerly black) and blue eyes.

Trivia

  • Fans may agree that Vanya is somewhat a combination of Captain Marvel in marvel comics and Captain Atom in DC comics.
  • The similarities between Vanya and Captain Marvel.
    • Both are the most powerful of their team and have displayed similar energy absorption powers.
    • Both have caused massive destruction.
  • The differences between Vanya and Captain Marvel.
    • Captain Marvel is the cause of the destruction of aliens.
    • Vanya is the cause of the destruction of Earth.
  • The similarities between Vanya and Captain Atom.
    • Both are the most powerful and have the power to destroy the world.

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