‘The Umbrella Academy’: Here’s Why Number Five Doesn’t Have a Name

by Jeremy Spirogis
Aidan Gallagher

Fans of The Umbrella Academy have plenty of burning questions in regards to the Netflix collection and the comedian ebook supply materials. But one thriller that appears to eat away at plenty of followers is “Why doesn’t Number Five have a name?” 

Find out why “The Boy” — performed by Aidan Gallagher within the collection — doesn’t have an precise first title like the remainder of his siblings do inside The Umbrella Academy

Aidan Gallagher
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The remainder of the Hargreeves siblings selected their first names 

Netflix’s The Umbrella Academy is predicated on the Dark Horse Comics written by Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá. Number Five is the one sibling with out a given first title in each the collection and the supply materials.

Sir Reginald Hargreeves (Colm Feore) could have referred to his youngsters by quantity, however they every selected a reputation once they have been sufficiently old. Plus, every sibling has an alias based mostly on their superpower. 

  • Number One is Luther (Tom Hopper), also referred to as “Spaceboy.”  
  • Number Two is Diego (David Castañeda), also referred to as “The Kraken.”  
  • Number Three is Allison (Emmy Raver-Lampman), also referred to as “The Rumor.”  
  • Number Four is Klaus (Robert Sheehan), also referred to as “The Seance.”  
  • Number Six is Ben (Justin H. Min), also referred to as “The Horror.”  
  • Number Seven is Vanya (Ellen Page), also referred to as the “White Violin.”  

Number Five is, effectively — Five. Thanks to his bodily look, his alias is “The Boy.”

Gerard Way addressed Five not having a reputation 

In March 2019, Way spoke with Alternative Press Magazine about Five not having an precise title. 

All of the Hargreeves siblings battle with being numbered, largely as a result of it reminds them of their childhood traumas. In an try to flee these recollections and, finally, rankings, Diego left The Umbrella Academy for some time, as highlighted in season 1.

“Diego is on a journey of his own,” Way mentioned. “Diego had to leave the house so he could be Diego and not just ‘Number 2.’” 

Eventually, the remainder of the siblings realized that the rating their adopted father put them in meant nothing in any respect. “The only place being Number One got Luther at the end of the day was living alone on the moon,” Way identified. 

According to Way, Five is already lightyears forward of his siblings, who’ve but to study “the numbers don’t matter.” 

“[That’s] why I feel [Five] embraced his number as a name instead of a rank, and rejected an actual name,” Way defined. Still, he’s hopeful Five will someday get a reputation within the comedian books or Netflix collection. 

Steve Blackman defined why Number Five goes by ‘Five’ as an alternative of a reputation

Show creator Steve Blackman hosted an Ask-Me-Anything discussion board on Reddit. “Why wasn’t Five given a name?” one fan requested. According to Blackman, giving the kids names was Grace’s doing. 

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“Grace helped the kids choose names that were popular from their birth places,” Blackman defined. “However, Five couldn’t decide on one before getting lost in the apocalypse.” At the time he went lacking, Five was 10-years-old within the comedian books — 13-years-old within the Netflix adaptation. 

As seen within the collection, the remainder of the Hargreeves siblings and different characters tackle their brother as Five. Blackman says, “now, he just likes the name,” and that’s why he chooses to go by it. 

Many followers have been interested in whether or not or not Five will ever select a reputation for himself. At this level, solely time will inform! After all, Five has a lot greater issues than choosing out a reputation. 

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