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Information-silk Official Team Name
Pride
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New Pride
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The Pride was called together in 1984 by the Gibborim. The six members of the Pride who served them best would be allowed to rule over the paradise that Earth would become once the Gibborim achieved their goal. The remaining six members would perish with the rest of the human race. For 25 years the Gibborim had given The Pride wealth and power over the entire "city of angels".
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Underwater Vivarium
First appearance

The Pride when called together in 1984 by the Gibborim, learned the six members of the Pride who served them best would be allowed to rule over the paradise that Earth would become once the Gibborim achieved their goal. The remaining six members would perish with the rest of the human race. For 25 years the Gibborim had given The Pride wealth and power over the entire "city of angels".

Every year, the Pride gathered at the Wilder residence, ostensibly for an annual charity fundraiser, while in reality, they would perform the "Rite of Blood," a ritual sacrifice of an innocent victim; the spirit of the victim would then be fed to the Gibborim in the subsequent "Rite of Thunder." After Janet Stein became pregnant during their third year as the Pride, the Pride agreed to end its struggle against one another. Each couple would instead ensure their child would receive one of the six places in the coming paradise.[1]

Seventeen years later, the Pride's children saw "The Rite of Blood" and ran away.[2] With the help of LAPD Lieutenant Flores, their parents framed their children for the murder of the innocent girl who served as their most recent sacrifice. A note left at the Deans' house revealed that one of the Runaways, Alex Wilder, was secretly loyal to the Pride. Due to an attack on their children by the vampire Topher, the Pride tracked down and killed Topher's lackeys. In the process, the Pride learned that their children had defeated the vampire themselves. Alex tipped off the Pride to their children's involvement with Cloak and Dagger.

During a ceremony at the "Rite of Thunder", Alex Wilder manipulated his teammates into defeat and revealed himself as the mole. He learned of the Pride a year ago; he also discovered the Deans' and Hayes' betrayal. Molly Hayes' and Karolina Dean's parents plotted to betray the rest of the Pride and divide the Gibborim's reward between their two families. Alex manipulated the Runaways as a way to save his parents and rule paradise with Nico Minoru. Molly destroyed the "Sacrificial Offering", the Gibborim destroyed Alex, and the Pride's undersea lair collapsed. All members of The Pride were apparently killed by the Gibborim.

A new group calling themselves the Pride became active following the Pride's beliefs, made up of Alex's former friends on a Marvel Universe-based MMORPG he played. One of the members of the Alex's friends, Hunter, hacked into Alex's game account, and found his computer's journal, learning about the Pride. After Alex's death, the friends found certain items from the Pride in an attempt to bring back Alex, but ended up killing Oscar, and bringing back a younger version of Alex's father, Geoffrey, from a time period of one year after joining the Pride.[3] Geoffrey lied to the new Pride, acting as the "good guy" and saying that the Runaways had killed Alex.[4]

Geoffrey Wilder and the new Pride kidnapped Molly Hayes to use as bait for the sacrificial ritual, when the Runaways rescued Molly, Geoffrey killed Gertrude Yorkes, but he was captured and returned to his own time (with his memory erased in the process). The new Pride disbanded after the Runaways revealed Geoffrey Wilder's true goal.[5] Following Gert's death, Stretch checked himself into a mental health facility, and Hunter joined the Peace Corps to atone for the "blood" on his hands.

The Pride

Pride (Earth-616) from Runaways Vol 1 13 0001

The Gibborim appoints the members of the Pride.

The New Pride

Equipment: Decoder Ring, Abstract
Transportation: Leapfrog
Weapons: None known.

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