Hero Complex


WARNING: The following contains spoilers for The Umbrella Academy Season 2, streaming now on Netflix.

In the first season of The Umbrella Academy, one of the most unique characters was the Hargreeves children's mother, Grace. Her acting as a nurturing figure to the family was heartwarming, but it also made her eventual fate all that more tragic.

Viewers saw Grace was not human but a robot that helped raise the children with love and care, something they never received from their father, Sir Reginald Hargreeves. The one member of the Umbrella Academy that seemed to love her above all else was Diego, a troubled child with a speech impediment who grew into a troubled adult with a hero complex.

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It was Diego in the first season that ended Grace's life when he disconnected his mom in what he considered a mercy killing. Of course, this was a robot, so it wasn't a real murder, but for Diego, it was heartbreaking. Unfortunately, Diego had to relive that pain when he traveled back in time.

The members of the Umbrella Academy were taken back in time by Number Five to different periods between 1961 and 1963. Diego spent a short time in a mental asylum after police arrested him for trying to take out Lee Harvey Oswald before he could assassinate President Kennedy. This attempt was part of his hero complex, something his psychiatrist said was based on daddy issues. However, while he certainly has daddy issues, his mother's love is what helped him become a man.


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When he went with Number Five to try to find his father to stop the upcoming nuclear apocalypse, he stumbled upon something that opened up old wounds. After mercy killing the robot version of his mom in 2019, he now realized that, at one time, Grace was a real woman, a doctor that worked with Reginald. Diego, once again, felt the need to protect his mother at all costs.

After seeing Grace at the party Sir Reginald, he spoke to her briefly. Later, Diego sought out Grace and told her Reginald had something to do with the upcoming assassination attempt on President Kennedy He suggested she look into Reginald's operations with the Majestic 12. By putting this in her mind, she went looking and found a hidden room with evidence that the man she loved might be involved with something nefarious.


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When he caught her in the room, Reginald asked Grace to trust him. Sadly, she said she could not and walked out on the man who loved her. Throughout the first season, it was impossible to see Reginald as someone who knew love, but at one time, at least in the '60s, he was in love, and now it's possible he has lost his Grace.

When the Umbrella Academy averts the apocalypse and heads back to their own time in 2019, they find out that they never existed in this world as a team or as brothers and sisters. Instead, Reginald started a group called the Sparrow Academy, led by Ben. What was interesting was that Ben seemed like a jerk, while Sir Reginald said that he was waiting for the Umbrella Academy's return.


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Some believe that the Umbrella Academy showing Sir Reginald how they were all dysfunctional individuals as adults, he went with a different batch of kids. What is troubling, though, is that this new team seems less than heroic. If Sir Reginald lost the love of his life in the '60s, there is likely to be no robot version of Grace in this timeline. Without Grace there, there is the absence of the love and heart she brought to the team. Suffice to say, Grace and Pogo are who made these kids heroic -- not Reginald. Without them, all that was left was for the Sparrow Academy to become warriors for Reginald.


When Reginald realized the Majestic 12 murdered Kennedy, he took off his human mask and slaughtered the entire group. This slaughter was also likely pushed on by his heartbreak at losing Grace. With blood on his hands, it is clear Reginald wanted vengeance. The Umbrella Academy -- specifically, Diego -- may have cost him the love of his life. He waited years for revenge, and his Sparrow Academy might be the supervillain team the Hargreeves siblings trained their entire lives to fight.

Streaming now on Netflix, The Umbrella Academy Season 2 stars Ellen Page, Tom Hopper, David Castañeda, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Robert Sheehan, Aidan Gallagher and Justin H. Min, with Ritu Arya, Yusuf Gatewood, Marin Ireland, Jordan Claire Robbins, Kate Walsh and Colm Feore.


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Shawn S. Lealos is a freelance writer who received his Bachelor's degree in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma with a minor in Film Studies. He has worked as a journalist for 25 years, starting in newspapers and magazines before moving to online media as the world changed. Shawn is a former member of the Society of Professional Journalists and a current voting member of the Oklahoma Film Critics Circle. He has work published on websites like The Huffington Post, Time Warner Cable, Yahoo Movies, The Movie Network, Chud, Renegade Cinema, 411mania, and Monsters & Critics. Shawn is also a published author, with a non-fiction book about the Stephen King Dollar Baby Filmmakers and has begun work on a new fiction series as well. Visit Shawn Lealos' website to learn more about his novel writing and follow him on Twitter @sslealos.

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