Welcome to this week’s installment of Geek Girl Authority Crush of the Week, wherein we shine a spotlight on strong women who inspire us. Now, this not only includes fictional female characters in geeky media, but creators as well. These ladies are a prime example of female empowerment and how crucial it is for kids to have said example to follow.
DISCLAIMER: The following is rife with spoilers for Netflix’s The Umbrella Academy. You’ve been warned. Proceed at your own peril.
Allison Hargreeves (Emmy Raver-Lampman) was born on October 1st, 1989. She was raised by Sir Reginald Hargreeves (Colm Feore) after he adopted Allison and six other children — also born on the same day. Allison was imbued with special powers, as were the rest of her adopted siblings. She could “rumor” someone into doing whatever she desired. Reginald rigorously trained Allison and the other Hargreeves children to be superheroes in The Umbrella Academy. He assigned his children numbers and only referred to them by their respective numbers. Allison was known as Number Three.
While growing up, Allison developed a special bond with Number One — Luther (Tom Hopper). It definitely skewed more toward the romantic side. However, Allison left The Umbrella Academy when she was of age to pursue acting. She curated a successful acting career and gave birth to a daughter named Claire. After Reginald passed away under peculiar circumstances, Allison returned home and reunited with her siblings. She grew particularly invested regarding the cause of her father’s death alongside Luther. Old feelings resurfaced between the two.
Later, Allison was attempting to warn her sister Vanya a.k.a. Number Seven (Ellen Page) about the latter’s dangerous boyfriend. Vanya’s long suppressed powers surged uncontrollably. Vanya, in anger, sliced Allison’s throat. Thankfully, Allison was revived at Luther’s express behest.
Next, Allison and her siblings time traveled to the 1960s to save the world from an impending apocalypse. However, Number Five (Aidan Gallagher), the sibling with time traveling abilities, inadvertently scattered them in different time periods. Allison wound up in 1961 Dallas, faced with a turbulent time wherein racism was still blatantly rampant. She married Raymond Chestnut (Yusuf Gatewood) and the pair endeavored to bring the Civil Rights Movement to fruition. They even staged a sit-in at a “whites only” restaurant, which quickly turned violent. Raymond was beaten by a police officer and subsequently arrested.
Now, Luther already found Allison in 1963, as all the siblings were finally in Dallas. Additionally, Allison reunited with Number Four a.k.a. Klaus (Robert Sheehan) and the pair formed a close bond. Allison finally confessed to her husband all the dark Hargreeves secrets in her closet, including her special abilities. After reuniting with the rest of her siblings, Allison joined them in attempting to avert the apocalypse again. Apparently, said apocalypse followed them from 2019 to 1963. Once again, Vanya was the source. Thankfully, Vanya’s explosive powers were kept in check and the world was saved.
Later, the Hargreeves tried to travel back to their time. Unfortunately, Allison had to leave her husband behind which resulted in a tearful goodbye. They successfully landed in 2019, but it was an alternate timeline — one wherein their long deceased brother Number Six a.k.a. Ben (Justin Min) is still alive.
The Real Deal:
Now, Allison is the real deal. She’s immensely compassionate, which is more than evident from her work with the Civil Rights Movement. Allison is also intelligent and a skillful fighter. She strives to use her power responsibly as it can have devastating consequences.
Additionally, Allison is loyal almost to a fault. While she did leave out details of her past from her husband Raymond for quite some time, it was for his protection. She had the purest intentions in mind. Allison possesses a levelheadedness that’s quite admirable. She genuinely cares about her loved ones and wants what’s best for them. Initially, she did ask Raymond to join her in 2019. However, he knew his place was in his own time, as did she. She was willing to let him go so he could flourish along with the burgeoning Civil Rights Movement. That takes a super power all on its own to leave your love behind in a wholly different time period.
Why She Matters:
Why does she matter? Allison is a multifaceted Black woman and a superhero to boot. Little girls everywhere can find inspiration in Allison’s story and see themselves represented on screen. Representation is so very crucial, especially in our media. Allison also wears her heart on her sleeve which is inspiring all on its own. She’s proof positive that strong doesn’t mean devoid of emotion. Her work in the Civil Rights Movement is beyond heroic and timely/relevant to our current societal standing.
So, be like Allison. Stand up for what’s right, even if the repercussions are dire. Never lose your ability to find compassion for those around you. Love wholly and completely. And never turn down an opportunity to dance like no one’s watching.
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