Diego Hargreeves, known as The Kraken, was one of the founding members of The Umbrella Academy and the ultimate troublemaker at the heart of The Umbrella Academy comics series by Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá. A rebellious teenager with the mild telekinetic ability to curve the trajectory of anything, including knives and bullets, Diego’s jealousy of Luther for his father’s affections led to him becoming one of The Umbrella Academy’s greatest villains. Diego Hargreeves: The Ultimate Troublemaker
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When it comes to personality, Diego is practically an old man trapped in a teenager’s body. He’s got a gazillion years of anger and resentment toward everyone—his dad, his brother, himself, you name it—and he wants to hold onto all of it. But because he has trouble holding on to anything for too long (as we learned in The Umbrella Academy Volume 1), he has to come up with fun ways to fill that void. He gives away everything he owns (except his flamethrower), including his clothes and even things like his shampoos and soaps.
The Kraken looks like a man in his late twenties, but has lived for many centuries. He has black hair, green eyes and a golden-tanned complexion. He is 6 feet 3 inches (1.91 m) tall and weighs 210 pounds (95 kg). His clothing is usually a combination of costume and military gear with several pieces of jewelry that are worth large sums of money. Most notable is his gold watch, which was given to him by Decebel before he was killed by Lemuel Pigeon. In addition to watching over his siblings, David is also an accomplished guitar player and singer.
Number Two’s personality is displayed as a rebellious child who does what he wants and doesn’t care about anyone else. He describes himself as the most evil. He has no regard for authority or other people, and frequently disregards Luther’s orders when he feels like it (for example, when ordering him to stop fighting aliens in a non-training environment). He is also reckless and immature in his behavior, going as far as to throw firecrackers into an alien’s mouth while it was trying to eat him just for fun. Even though Diego claims that his favorite word is no, he has been known to enjoy doing things that are considered fun even though they are against his own interest.
Powers & Abilities
Diego (The Kraken) possesses pyrokinesis, which allows him to manipulate fire with his mind. This is channeled through a small orb that fits over his left hand. While he doesn’t seem to be able to create flames from nothing, he can bend or turn existing fires in any direction that he chooses. Additionally, it’s possible that Diego can somehow increase or decrease temperature. He has also demonstrated telekinetic powers of unknown extent while imprisoned under an asylum. In Flight of the Terror Birds, Diego learned how to fly and sprout wings out of his back when in possession of an artifact containing one of Phoebe’s feathers.
Diego was one of several sons and daughters born to Sir Reginald Hargreeves and his first wife, who died in childbirth. Having no interest in parenting, Sir Reginald sent all of his children away to live with other families and see how they get on, never seeing any of them again. After an unspecified period of time, Diego was returned to Hargreeves Manor by his adoptive family, claiming that he had killed both parents and siblings after discovering that they were all pedophiles. While he was away at school, Sir Reginald decided to continue raising Diego as if nothing had happened.
Number Two was one of a team of 108 clones that had been grown in a laboratory to serve as soldiers and strategic thinkers for an alien race called TheSphere. Number Two rebelled against his original mission, and alongside Number Five, he destroyed their creators, who they realized were actually using them to conquer Earth. He also saved Five’s life on more than one occasion. Upon escaping from his creators’ home planet as it self-destructed, he became stranded on Earth. Years later, when Vanya was about to shoot Luther (in order to protect him from himself), Hargreeves jumped in front of her bullet, dying in an act of heroic sacrifice. His death devastated Luther who ran away from home never to return again (other than a single call five years later).
Is Diego the same actor in Umbrella Academy?
David Castaneda is an actor and writer best known for his appearance as Diego in The Umbrella Academy. He has also appeared in other TV shows like Dexter, Crossing Jordan, and Without a Trace. David Castaneda was born on July 25, 1986 in Los Angeles, California. His ancestry is Spanish from Mexico and France. He studied theater at University of California Santa Barbara before landing roles in many TV shows like Dexter as Miguel Prado and Crossing Jordan as Alejandro Rivera.
Is Diego Hargreeves Hispanic?
Diego Hargreeves is an Hispanic name. It’s possible that Castaneda is a kind of Spanish last name, but it could also be a first name. If it’s his last name, then we have to assume that he was named after his father or grandfather. The fact that he never mentions or references a family member with that last name would make me lean towards assuming his parents are divorced and his father took on Hargreeves as his new last name. I know very little about Hispanic culture so I can’t speak more about what would be typical for divorcing parents, but I’d go ahead and give you my best guess on how all of that went down and how Diego might feel about it.
Why is Diego called the Kraken?
Diego is also known as the Kraken, a nickname given to him by Luther, who says he is as strong as an octopus and as hard to contain as any sea monster. He is portrayed in his early teens, with slate-gray eyes and light brown hair that was teased on top. His attire consists of a red leather jacket, fingerless gloves, blue jeans, black Converse shoes with white socks turned over at ankles, multiple earrings in both ears (though not shown in comic), and striped boxer shorts. He has a habit of chewing and popping his gum even when it isn’t sticking out of his mouth. Diego has psychokinetic abilities that allow him to manipulate objects with his mind; however he isn’t able to control them consistently because of anger issues.
Is Reginald Hargreeves an alien?
It’s hard to tell if it’s ever specifically mentioned in comic book lore, but it has been established in other adaptations that Reginald Hargreeves is an alien. In a 2007 television series called The Umbrella Academy, Diego and Luther remember their father showing them a room filled with sleeping pods. At some point after that traumatic event, their mother was killed, and then both of them were sent to live with strangers before joining up with Vanya and Number Five at Lacey Special School. As for how much of it all was real—and how much they imagined—only Diego knows for sure. In any case, there seems to be more to Reginald than meets the eye.