The Umbrella Academy's Viktor Hargreeves, also known as Number Seven and the White Violin, is the most powerful sibling and can control sound waves.
Does Viktor have powers in The Umbrella Academy? Absolutely. Initially believed to be the only member of The Umbrella Academy without abilities, Viktor Hargreeves (Elliot Page) revealed himself to be the most powerful and dangerous of all. However, the Netflix show did not always make it clear what Viktor’s powers are or exactly how they worked.
It was revealed towards the end of The Umbrella Academy season 1 that, because Viktor’s powers are linked to his emotional state, Reginald Hargreeves had tried and failed to control Viktor’s powers; rather than risk losing control of Number Seven, he chose instead to keep his heavily medicated and to have Allison “rumor him” into believing he was ordinary. The truth remained hidden until Umbrella Academy super-fan Harold Jenkins (John Magaro), discovered what had happened and took it upon himself to unlock Viktor’s memories and power.
After getting close to him, Leonard orchestrated a number of high-stress situations to trigger Viktor’s abilities. However, Viktor's powers proved too strong for him to handle and turned deadly. He killed Leonard in anger after having almost killed Allison (Emmy Raver-Lampman). Ultimately, his powers grew so strong that he destroyed the Moon and brought about the apocalypse that Five was trying to prevent. In season 2, despite having lost his memories on his trip to 1963, Viktor demonstrates far better control of his powers than he had before, which is likely due to his stabilized emotional state. Here's how Viktor's powers work.
Viktor's Powers Explained
Viktor's powers allow him to manipulate sound waves as he wishes, converting them into energy that he can then use in any number of ways, from telekinesis to flight. Just like the powers of his Umbrella Academy siblings, Viktor shows there are many creative ways his unique skill can be applied. He can convert soundwaves into bright white, destructive energy, and can create protective barriers strong enough to stop bullets. While this may sound straightforward, Viktor also demonstrates other abilities that are not obviously related to the manipulation of sound waves in the Netflix series. He has super hearing and can manipulate the weather and matter in general, as seen when his clothes and eyes change color.
While in the Umbrella Academy comics, Viktor channels his power through his instrument (even going so far as to adopt the name White Violin, referenced by his outfit in the season 1 finale), his character in the Netflix series can use any sound, from the ring of glass to his own heartbeat, to unleash incredible force, though using his violin does focus his power. If there is a limit to Viktor’s power, it has not yet been explored: viewers have witnessed him tear apart buildings, stop missiles, and blow up the moon.
An interesting development occurs in the show's second season when Viktor is able to pass on his power to Sissy’s son Harlan (albeit unintentionally) and bring him back to life. This creates a telepathic bond between the two, which he is later able to remove, but which still left the boy with powers. It is difficult to define exactly how Viktor's power works, especially in scenes like this, but it does open up the possibility for Viktor Hargreeves' season 3 power increase, or at least new uses of the same ability.
Is Viktor Hargreeves Canon? How Season 3 Is Handling Elliot Page’s Transition
Viktor is unique to The Umbrella Academy's TV adaptation. The character Page portrays is named Vanya in the comics, and goes by the same names and pronouns in The Umbrella Academy seasons 1 and 2. However, like the rest of their Umbrella Academy siblings, Number 7 has been altered for the small screen. In the comic books, Vanya identifies with their assigned birth gender. Vanya is cisgender and doesn't question their gender identity or transition, using she/her pronouns throughout. Viktor, the Number 7 of The Umbrella Academy show, is trans. He identifies as male and uses he/him pronouns as of season 3. This is a detail unique to the show that both reflects the transition journey of Elliot Page and allows The Umbrella Academy to explore more LGBTQI+ stories. Elliot Page will still play “Vanya” for pre-transition Viktor scenes (likely flashbacks) in Umbrella Academy season 3.
Elliot Page publicly transitioned in 2020, after seasons 1 and 2 of The Umbrella Academy aired. When Page announced his transition, there was speculation about how the show would adapt. Asking him to continue playing a cis woman may have placed a huge burden on his mental health. Recasting his role was also out of the question, as his portrayal of Number 7 has been incredibly well received. The Umbrella Academy decided to take the best route for Page, his on-screen character, and the show itself – Vanya would canonically transition into Viktor. Number 7's arcs have always focused on discovering his identity, whether that's as the only “powerless” sibling in season 1 or waking up without memories in 1963 during season 2. Even though Viktor's season 3 transition was a narrative decision initially prompted by Page's own, it completely makes sense and is thematically in keeping with both The Umbrella Academy TV show and its version of Number 7.
The Umbrella Academy has been lauded for its portrayal of queer relationships and themes. A whole episode was dedicated to Klaus's time-hopping same-sex romance, and Page's own scenes in season 2 alongside Marin Ireland (as repressed housewife Sissy Cooper) were praised as a landmark moment for lesbian relationships in superhero-based visual media. In keeping with the show's proud history of LGBTQI+ representation, Elliot Page has confirmed that Viktor's transition will have an arc in season 3. Viktor will allow The Umbrella Academy to show audiences the struggles trans people face, and Page bringing his personal experience to the role will ensure season 3 is groundbreaking for trans representation in fictional media, superhero-based or otherwise.
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