The Commission, the villains of The Umbrella Academy, could well be working for a mysterious enemy who originates from the post-apocalyptic future. When Five arrived in the present day in The Umbrella Academy season 1, it didn't take long for him to be pursued by time traveling assassins. The show revealed that these agents worked for "The Commission," a mysterious group who were attempting to ensure time stayed on a predetermined course. Five had worked for them for a while, acting as an assassin who killed anyone who threatened the timeline.
The idea of the Commission is heavily adapted from Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá's original comics, in which Five had gotten caught up in the activities of a group called the Temps Aeternalis. In the comics, Hazel and Cha-Cha only appeared briefly, and they were two-dimensional at best; in fact, they unwittingly destroyed the entire planet when they stole a nuclear device, although that particular timeline was rewritten. In the Netflix series, however, they're series regulars who are as important to the overall plot as the Umbrella Academy students themselves. Their boss, the Handler, is a recurring threat throughout season 1.
For all they're loosely lifted from the comics and appear prominently in The Umbrella Academy season 1, the Commission remain enigmatic. They're sure to return in season 2, and if so it stands to reason some of their mysteries will finally be explained.
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The Commission's Goals In The Umbrella Academy Season 1
Operating from a base in 1955, the Commission use advanced technology and their knowledge of temporal calculations to ensure that the timeline happens as they believe it's supposed to. They monitor the entire timeline, and identify key moments in history when an individual's free will risks pushing history in a different direction. That individual is then assassinated by one of their field operatives. Five was one of their best assassins, even tasked with the murder of US President J.F. Kennedy, and Hazel and Cha-Cha are also numbered among their top field agents.
The Umbrella Academy revealed that the Commission's ultimate goal is to ensure the end of the world happens. They've been guiding human history towards the apocalypse: the moment when Vanya blasts a chunk of the Moon off and causes an extinction level event. The Commission justify this by insisting everything must happened as it is "supposed" to, but they don't explain why they believe history has to go down this particular course. The apocalypse certainly wasn't inevitable; after all, if that were the case they wouldn't have needed to assassinate people at all. So why are they so committed to the end of the human race?
Meanwhile, although the Commission seem to all be human beings - albeit people picked up from different points in the timeline - they're clearly using tech beyond anything humanity will ever develop. With the exception of Five, all their agents carry briefcases containing time travel technology. They have ways of communicating with their agents across time and space, and the Handler even possessed a means of stopping time. So not only are the Commission's motives still relatively unexplained, their technology is also impossibly advanced.