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Everyone changes the world. Everyone. And it’s scary, but that’s kinda the deal.
~ Diego Hargreeves

Diego Hargreeves, formerly known as Number Two, is one of the deuteragonists of the comic book series The Umbrella Academy and it's TV Series. He is one of 43 Children who were born of unnatural pregnancy. He got adopted by Sir. Reginald Hargreeves alongside his adoptive siblings, Luther, Allison, Klaus, Number Five, Ben, and Vanya Hargreeves.

In the TV series, he was portrayed by David Castañeda.

Biography

Comics

The child that would become Diego Hargreeves was born at the same time as forty-two other extraordinary children. As a baby, he was adopted by the world-famous scientist and entrepreneur Sir Reginald Hargreeves with the express intention of training them to save the world. Diego lived at the special academy set up by Hargreeves to train the children. Designated as Number Two by Hargreeves, Diego had the ability to hold his breath for an indefinite amount of time. Sir Reginald questioned whether this ability was of any use. Diego displayed a proficiency with knives from a young age, and Sir Reginald found him to be predictably reckless.

The Umbrella Academy

Ten years after their adoption, the Umbrella Academy made their public debut to counter the threat posed by the Zombie-Robot Gustave Eiffel and the rampaging Eiffel Tower in Paris. Diego was part of the team during the battle. Upon the discovery of Eiffel, Diego killed him by throwing a knife into his forehead which cause the Eiffel Tower to launch into space. After the mission, Diego joined the others having celebratory ice cream.

TV Series

Season 1

Like the rest of the Umbrella Academy members, Diego was born on October 1st, 1989 and was adopted by Sir Reginald Hargreeves.

Season 2

After his siblings fail to prevent the apocalypse and Five transports them through time, Diego finds himself in Dallas, 1963. Diego becomes obsessed with preventing the assassination of JFK, and is institutionalized as a result.

In the institution, Diego meets Lila Pitts, a fellow patient at the institution, and the two become friends and plot an escape together. Five foils the plan on numeorous occassions, but the two are eventually able to escape and reunite with Number Five on the outside; it is here that Lila becomes privy to the mystery behind the Umbrella Academy and their plans to save the world.

Diego is betrayed by Lila, however, when he finds out that she has been planted into Diego's life by the Handler, and is actually aligned with the Temps Commission. Diego tells Lila that the two are done with eachother, however Lila drugs him and brings him into the Commission to work for them, much to his dismay.

Inside the Commission, Diego becomes fascinated when he learns of the Infinite Switchboard, a room where the Commission oversees the entire timeline. He finds out that Vanya is the trigger for the apocalypse in 1963, and further realises that Vanya "is the bomb, and will always be the bomb". He escapes the Commission with the help of Herb, and reveals to Five and the other members of the Umbrella Academy the details of the apocalypse.

Diego and the other members of the Umbrella Academy are able to manage the threat of Vanya and, along with Ben, are able to prevent the apocalypse. They are, however, faced with the issue of Harlan Cooper, and Diego accompanies the rest of the Academy to the Cooper farm where they try to save Harlan.

They are able to save Harlan but are forced to fight off with the Handler and the other agents of the Commission. They are successful, and Diego is able to convince Lila that the Academy is her family, and he reveals to Luther that he loves Lila.

Personality

Luther followed his father's orders unquestioningly and stubbornly believed that everything Reginald did was for a good reason. However, it becomes clear that it's just his way of coping with the abuse he endured along with his siblings, as well as the genetic mutation that he didn't consent to. When he finds his letters to his father unopened, Luther realizes that his four year mission to the moon was just a wild goose chase. The knowledge that everything he did for his father's sake was completely meaningless causes him to have a breakdown.

In general, Luther is actually good-natured, polite and gentle but he's not above resorting to using violence on occasion, especially on his family members.

After their father's death, however, their reunion brings them closer again. When Allison finds Luther distraught over his recent discovery surrounding his father and the pointlessness of his mission, she comforts him. The two later dance and in the midst of the moment, share a kiss. Allison invites Luther to catch the flight home to California with her to meet her daughter Claire, and he accepts.

Trivia

  • Fans may agree that Diego is somewhat a combination of both Batman in DC comics and Hawkeye in Marvel comics.
  • Similarities between Diego and Batman:
    • Both have had financial backing from their parents to get the best training money can buy.
    • Both regularly go on patrols in their city.
    • Both fancy themselves as detectives who believe in being thorough.
  • Differences between Diego and Batman:
    • Diego has superpowers, especially trajectory manipulation (not superhuman lung capacity; in the comics), which gives Diego the upper hand of defeating Batman in battle.
    • Diego is Hispanic, whereas Batman is white.
    • Batman uses various tools and equipment while Diego simply uses knives and a staff.
  • Similarities between Diego and Hawkeye:
    • Both are famous for their deadly aim.
  • Differences between Diego and Hawkeye:
    • Diego's aim is a superpower while Clint's aim is the result of years of training.

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