PRIDE (Promoting Resilience, Independence, Dedication & Excellence) is a Los Angeles-based charity organization whose members are some of the most rich and prominent families in Los Angeles. However, it serves as a front for their true agenda, tied to the ceremonial sacrifices of the Church of Gibborim in order to restore Jonah, their benefactor. Despite that, they eventually chose to turn against Jonah due to his numerous threats towards the children of the members of PRIDE, the Runaways.
PRIDE was founded under the influence of Jonah. In exchange for vast resources he allocated, which enabled the different members of PRIDE to successfully launch their respective businesses, Jonah demanded that they performed rituals which would revive him once his condition would worsen. Thanks to Jonah's gifts, Geoffrey Wilder created a construction company, Victor Stein launched the company Nemo, Dale and Stacey Yorkes founded the biotech firm Synnergy, supported by the investments of Tina and Robert Minoru who also built the company Wizard. As for Leslie Dean, she oversaw the development of the Church of Gibborim.
All these organizations were connected to PRIDE, which appeared as a charity devoted to social work and improving the life of the inhabitants of Los Angeles, for example by building schools in poor neighborhoods.
Following Jonah's instructions, PRIDE perpetrated ritual sacrifices during which victims selected by Leslie Dean in the framework of the secret Ultra Project were put inside a Dematerialization Box by the members of PRIDE in ceremonial outfits. The ceremonies happened in a secret basement located under the Wilder Mansion. During these sacrifices, the victim's body was converted into pure energy which was then transmitted to another Dematerialization Box located in the Church of Gibborim Executive Offices and containing the decrepit body of Jonah. Shortly after, Jonah would be restored to his youth.
Before the sacrifice actually began, Frank Dean, who initially was a member of PRIDE, discovered that his wife Leslie had an affair with Jonah. As a result, PRIDE asked Dale Yorkes to inject Frank with a dose of Synnergy Serum, wiping out his memories. From this point, Frank was left out of PRIDE's activities, both legal and illegal.
Once they had performed the first sacrifice, some of the members of PRIDE were horrified by the deed as they had not fully understood what they were doing. However, they could not back out as their crime had been recorded on video, with the images being stored on the servers of Wizard to make sure that PRIDE would carry on the rituals and would not go to the police.
In parallel, PRIDE also erected a construction site in Los Angeles, where they pretended to build a community school. In fact, the members of PRIDE had been told by Jonah that they would dig out a source of clean and renewable energy, whereas Jonah actually intended to reach a mysterious creature living under the surface.
Gene and Alice Hernandez, two original members of PRIDE, collected rock samples from the PRIDE Construction Site. They analyzed it in their lab and quickly concluded that something did not fit with what Jonah had told PRIDE. Unsure about who they could trust, the Hernandezes reached out to fellow members of PRIDE Dale and Stacey Yorkes and hinted that they had discovered something strange. However, the Hernandezes' discovery was found by other members of PRIDE, including Leslie Dean and Tina Minoru. In order to keep the Hernandezes from jeopardizing the whole opeation, Dean murdered them by causing an explosion in their lab and making it seem like an accident.
At least some of the members of PRIDE did not believe to the official explanations. Geoffrey Wilder, for example, suspected that the Hernandezes had been murdered, although he thought Minoru was the culprit. Nonetheless, the members of PRIDE held a funeral for their fallen colleagues. The Hernandezes' daughter, Molly, was adopted by the Yorkeses.
Amy Minoru's Risk
In an act of rebellion against her mother Tina Minoru, Amy Minoru hacked into the servers of Wizard to uncover some of the company's secrets. However, her actions were ultimately discovered by PRIDE and Jonah. Out of fear that Amy might have found the video showing the first sacrifice perpetrated by PRIDE, Jonah decided to go to the Minoru Mansion, pretending to Leslie Dean that he would simply frighten her enough to persuade her not to disclose anything about what she had found. Dean did not believe him and anonymously warned Amy, but it was too late as Jonah arrived in Amy's home and murdered her before staging his crime to look like a suicide.
Destiny Gonzalez's Failed Sacrifice
In order to revive Jonah for the fifteenth time, Leslie Dean selected Destiny Gonzalez, a young member of the Church of Gibborim, as the next victim. PRIDE held the ritual as usual and sacrificed her, unaware that their children were actually witnessing the whole event. However, unbeknownst to them, the Dematerialization Box they had been using was experiencing malfunctions Victor Stein was not able to fix in time. While all the other members had left, Stein discovered, much to his horror, that Gonzalez was still alive inside the Box. Therefore, Stein murdered her to cover up for his mistakes and dropped her body in the ocean.
However, Gonzalez's corpse was ultimately stranded back on the beach and found by the Los Angeles Police Department, thus implying that PRIDE would need to perform another sacrifice. Stein attempted to kidnap someone else to be sacrificed, but the brain tumor he was suffering from made him hallucinating that he had indeed abducted someone whereas the van he drove to the Wilder Mansion was actually empty. The members of PRIDE still believed that Stein had the right idea and both Stein and Robert Minoru went to find another victim, although they failed to kidnap Murray, a homeless man who resisted them.
It was ultimately Geoffrey Wilder who found the final victim. Indeed, as the Crips had kidnapped his son Alex, one of them, Andre Compton, was heavily wounded in the confrontation between the Crips and the Wilders. Before he died from his wounds, Geoffrey brought back Compton to the Church of Gibborim Executive Offices where PRIDE performed the ritual instead of doing it the Wilder Mansion. This successfully restored Jonah.
The Fall of Victor Stein
PRIDE held a gala in Wizard Headquarters which was initially meant as a fundraising event for the school they pretended to build on the PRIDE Construction Site. However, the event soon went south when Victor Stein publicly revealed that he had discovered his wife Janet Stein had an affair with Robert Minoru. Moments later, a violent headache due to his brain tumor caused Victor to faint. He was taken to a quiet room where the other members of PRIDE learned about his condition he had kept secret until then. In order to cure him, Jonah injected Victor with a serum which significantly improved both his condition and his personality. The serum was secretly kept by Dale Yorkes.
In order to support her husband and to diminish the tension within PRIDE, Janet chose to end her relationship with Robert. However, Victor quickly returned to his violent and brutal behavior. This led him to attack his own son Chase with the Fistigons, nearly killing him before Janet shot Victor with a gun provided by Robert. Unable to go to the police, Janet contacted the other members of PRIDE, except Leslie Dean, as they did not want Jonah to learn about the incident. Despite their best efforts, Victor fell into a coma.
Leslie ultimately learned about the situation by spying on her daughter Karolina, who had been informed by Chase, and went to the Stein Mansion. Refusing as well to contact Jonah, Leslie called her husband Frank Dean, who had obtained healing gloves from Jonah. However, Frank was unable to save Victor, who became clinically dead, prompting Tina Minoru to inform Jonah of the situation. As a result, Jonah also arrived to the Stein Mansion.
Jonah, who needed Victor alive as he was the only one able to work on the Dematerialization Boxes used during PRIDE's rituals, explained that they had to sacrifice someone to revive him. Jonah ordered Janet to sacrifice herself as he held her accountable of the situation. Janet objected, claiming that she had tried to manage Victor's harsh personality for years without anyone actually helping her. As she suggested to sacrifice someone else, like Yorkes, an argument erupted within PRIDE, which annoyed Jonah who threatened to kill everyone of them as well as their children.
This worsened the situation as Yorkes, who refused that his children were put in harm's way, drew a gun and aimed it at PRIDE, suggesting that he would be in favor of sacrificing Tina, who he greatly disliked. Yorkes was ultimately disarmed by Geoffrey Wilder and Jonah decided to end the argument, once again ordering Janet to put herself into the Dematerialization Box; or instead Jonah would sacrifice her son Chase. Janet eventually complied, but Robert refused that she sacrificed herself and decided to give his life instead. Before he could do so, however, Tina destroyed one of the Boxes with the Staff of One, rendering the sacrifice impossible. Although he was upset by this, Jonah decided to keep Victor's body in the remaining Box while he would search for another solution.
Protecting Molly Hernandez
In parallel, Geoffrey Wilder suspected that Molly Hernandez might have known about PRIDE's sacrifices, having found her hairpin in his office, near the secret entrance to the hidden basement. He discussed his discovery with his wife Catherine, who considered using the Synnergy Serum on Hernandez, although Geoffrey advised her against it. Catherine managed to get to Hernandez alone and began interrogating her. However, Hernandez gave a plausible explanation regarding her presence in Geoffrey's office and Catherine chose to believe her, thus giving up on the idea of wiping out her memories.
Nevertheless, Catherine had the confirmation that Hernandez was indeed aware of PRIDE's illegal activities when she discussed with a troubled Hernandez during the PRIDE gala. In order to protect her from Jonah, the Wilders conspired with Dale and Stacey Yorkes to send Hernandez away from Los Angeles, forcing Hernandez to go and live with her cousin Graciela Aguirre in Montebello.
- "There are many difficult decisions ahead of us. If you question my leadership in any way, the consequences shall be severe."
- ―Jonah to PRIDE
Frank Dean was informed by her daughter Karolina, who trusted him as he was not a member of PRIDE, about the fact that the Runaways knew about PRIDE's secret activities. Instead of helping the Runaways, Frank reported this to Jonah, who therefore learned that his whole plans were in danger. This, combined with the other ordeals PRIDE had had to face in recent times, including ones they had created themselves, prompted Jonah to summon a PRIDE meeting in the Church of Gibborim Executive Offices.
During the meeting, the members of PRIDE were confronted about their recent choices: Leslie Dean choosing not to inform him when Victor Stein was dying, the Yorkeses and Wilders hiding Molly Hernandez from him, and Dale Yorkes keeping his serum for analysis. Jonah revealed that their children knew about the rituals and that they had to stop them.
The members of PRIDE quickly figured out that the Runaways were headed to the PRIDE Construction Site, where they found their children trying to sabotage the whole enterprise. Although they insisted that everything they had done was for their children's sake, the Runaways refused to listen to them and declared war upon them. On this occasion, PRIDE discovered that some of the Runaways had superhuman abilities: Hernandez displayed a superhuman strength, Gert Yorkes had a telepathic link with a dinosaur created by the Yorkeses and Karolina seemed to be one of the Being of Lights mentioned in the Book of Gibborim.
As the children refused to follow their parents, Jonah joined the confrontation and began attacking the Runaways, despite several members of PRIDE urging him not to. They watched helpless as most of the Runaways escaped, leaving only Karolina to fight against Jonah. Jonah won the confrontation and captured Karolina while the members of PRIDE unsuccessfully looked for their children.
Following the Infiltration into the PRIDE Construction Site, the members of PRIDE, except Leslie Dean, gathered in the Minoru Mansion to discuss the recent events. They all agreed on the fact that they had been fooled by Jonah and that their actions had put their children in grave danger. Tina Minoru also revealed that Leslie was the one to blame for the Assassination of Gene and Alice Hernandez.
PRIDE decided to conduct their own investigations: Dale and Stacey Yorkes returned to the PRIDE Construction Site where they, along with Leslie, found out that there was a living creature under the surface, while Geoffrey and Catherine Wilder unsuccessfully demanded from Jonah to see Karolina Dean, with Jonah's refusal prompting them to leave PRIDE.
Upon Leslie's request, the remaining members of PRIDE gathered in the Yorkes Residence's basement. Leslie decided to reveal that Jonah had murdered Amy Minoru and apologized to her fellows for her involvement in the deaths of Amy and the Hernandezes. Although Tina was ready to murder Leslie in revenge for her daughter's death, PRIDE agreed to collaborate for their common goal, for which they needed everyone: assassinating Jonah.
- Name: Leslie Dean
- Activity: 2000s-Present
- Description: Leslie Dean is the leader of the Church of Gibborim, which was founded by her father David Ellerh. In her childhood, Dean met Jonah, who had inspired Ellerh's religious work. Once she became an adult, and although she was married to Frank Dean, Dean had an affair with Jonah, which gave birth to a daughter Karolina. Once Jonah returned to his decrepit condition, Dean spearheaded the Ultra Project, selecting the victims for the Rite of Blood which periodically revived Jonah. Dean was also responsible for the death of Gene and Alice Hernandez. When Jonah was revived for the fifteenth time, however, Dean had to deal with several challenges among PRIDE, including the fact that her daughter, along with the other Runaways, had discovered PRIDE's true activities. When she realized that Jonah was dangerous and threatened the very life of her daughter, Dean decided to associate with the other members of PRIDE and plotted to kill Jonah.
- Name: Tina Minoru
- Activity: 2000s-Present
- Description: Tina Minoru is a prominent member of PRIDE. Using funds allocated by Jonah, she and her husband Robert Minoru started the company Wizard, who manufactured the Staff of One Tina wielded during the Rite of Blood ceremonies. Tina was deeply affected by the death of her daughter Amy, which caused her to distance herself from her husband and her second daughter Nico Minoru. Over time, Tina tried to repair both these relationships, for example by teaching Nico on how to use the Staff of One. However, she was devastated to learn that Robert had an affair with Janet Stein. She still loved him nonetheless and destroyed a Dematerialization Box to keep him from sacrificing himself to revive Victor Stein. Tina eventually learned that her daughter, along with the other Runaways, knew about PRIDE's illegal activities. During the Infiltration into the PRIDE Construction Site, Tina attempted to stop Jonah from harming her daughter. Tina later joined the other members of PRIDE to kill Jonah, who she had learned to be Amy's murderer.
- Name: Robert Minoru
- Activity: 2000s-Present
- Description: Robert Minoru is Tina Minoru's husband, who he started the company Wizard with. Following the death of his daughter Amy, Robert and Tina progressively grew apart, which caused Robert to start an affair with fellow member of PRIDE Janet Stein. When their relationship was publicly revealed by Victor Stein, Robert intended to leave the Minoru Mansion in order to live with Janet. However, Janet ended their relationship, prompting Robert to return to Tina and Nico Minoru. Robert surprised everyone else when he chose to sacrifice himself instead of Janet in order to revive Victor, but he was kept from doing so by Tina. This reconciled both of them who attempted to rebuild their relationship. Upon discovering that Jonah had kept PRIDE in the dark regarding his true motives and that he was responsible for the death of Amy, Robert joined his friends in the plot to kill Jonah.
- Name: Dale Yorkes
- Activity: 2000s-Present
- Description: Dale Yorkes is a brilliant scientist whose contributions to PRIDE resulted in the creation of the Synnergy Serum, which Dale used on Frank Dean when he discovered Leslie Dean's affair with Jonah. Along with his wife Stacey Yorkes, Dale was one of the most reluctant members of PRIDE, expressing real discomfort at the idea of sacrificing people and looking forward that the process was completed. He and Stacey also bioengineered a dinosaur to protect their daughters Gert Yorkes and Molly Hernandez, which they soon discovered. When the Wilders informed them that Hernandez knew about PRIDE's illegal activities, Dale and Stacey decided to send Hernandez to live with Graciela Aguirre in order to protect her from Jonah. Dale and Stacey were the first members of PRIDE to really uncover Jonah's true agenda after they inspected the PRIDE Construction Site and found signs of a living presence beneath the surface. Dale agreed to join the other members of PRIDE to kill Jonah.
- Name: Stacey Yorkes
- Activity: 2000s-Present
- Description: Stacey Yorkes joined PRIDE along her husband Dale Yorkes, with whom she created the company Synnergy. Just like her husband, Stacey felt really uncomfortable with the sacrifices demanded by Jonah. Fearing that PRIDE's illegal activities could one day endanger the lives of their daughters Gert Yorkes and Molly Hernandez, Stacey and Dale bioengineered a dinosaur to protect them. Despite being heartbroken by her decision, Stacey agreed with Dale to send Hernandez to live with Graciela Aguirre as the Wilders had discovered that Hernandez knew about PRIDE's rituals. Stacey progressively adopted a more defiant attitude towards Jonah than her husband Dale did. Together, they realized that Jonah was actually trying to reach a living creature beneath the surface of the PRIDE Construction Site and decided to join the other members of PRIDE in an attempt to kill Jonah.
- Name: Janet Stein
- Activity: 2000s-Present
- Description: Janet Stein is the wife of Victor Stein, with whom she gave birth to a son, Chase. Despite having a brilliant mind and ambitions of her own, Janet soon discovered that she would have to set them aside to fully support her husband's career within the Nemo company he founded. This led Janet to distance herself from her husband, although she still loved Chase unconditionally. Janet began having an affair with Robert Minoru, who gave her a gun to defend herself should Victor become violent. Once the relationship between Janet and Minoru was revealed, Janet struggled to keep her family together as she learned that Victor suffered from a brain tumor. She decided to remain with Victor to help him, but was forced to shoot him when he attacked Chase in a rage outburst. As Jonah needed Victor alive in PRIDE, he ordered Janet to sacrifice herself to revive him, although this request was rendered futile when Tina Minoru destroyed one of the Dematerialization Boxes. Janet was eventually disgusted by the fact that PRIDE's actions had gravely endangered their children's lives and joined her colleagues in a plot to murder Jonah.
- Name: Frank Dean
- Activity: 2000s
- Description: Frank Dean is a former actor who used to be a member of PRIDE along with his wife Leslie Dean. However, Frank discovered that Leslie had an affair with Jonah, forcing PRIDE to erase Frank's memories about all of it with the Synnergy Serum. With his acting career being slowly decreasing, Frank attempted to climb the ladder within the Church of Gibborim's hierarchy with mixed results. As he was not involved in PRIDE's sacrifices, his daughter Karolina Dean came to him to reveal what the Runaways had discovered about PRIDE. Although he promised to help them, Frank actually went to Jonah, even if he remembered about his relationship with Leslie, and told him the whole story in exchange for more power within the Church. Frank chose to collaborate with Jonah, believing it to be the best way to ensure that his daughter would not be harmed in any way.
- Name: Victor Stein
- Activity: 2000s-2017
- Description: Victor Stein is an engineering genius and the founder of the successful company Nemo. Despite his genius, however, Victor proved himself to be a ruthless husband to Janet Stein and unforgiving father to his son Chase. Victor was also the most valuable member of PRIDE to Jonah's eyes as he was the only one able to understand the functioning of the Dematerialization Boxes. However, Victor ended up suffering from a brain tumor which greatly affected him. When the sacrifice of Destiny Gonzalez failed, Victor tried to cover up for his mistakes and murdered the young girl. However, his life continued to shatter when he discovered his wife's affair with Robert Minoru. In order to cure him from his brain tumor, Victor was injected with Jonah's Serum, which momentarily significantly improved his relationship with both his wife and his son. However, he soon returned to his violent behavior and nearly killed his own son before being shot by Janet. Despite PRIDE's efforts to save him, Victor was clinically dead. Nevertheless, his body was kept intact from decaying by Jonah in a Dematerialization Box.
- Name: Geoffrey Wilder
- Activity: 2000s-2017
- Description: Geoffrey Wilder is the founder and CEO of Geoffrey Wilder Construction Inc. Formerly an inmate in the Los Angeles Penitentiary, Geoffrey was contacted by Jonah who wanted to purchase a land owned by Geoffrey. In order to make the deal, Geoffrey was released of prison after he convinced his friend Darius Davis to take responsibility for his own crime. Geoffrey and his wife Catherine were prominent members of PRIDE, hosting the ritual sacrifices in their mansion. A reluctant member of PRIDE who was uncomfortable at the idea of sacrificing people the same age of their children, Geoffrey was the first member of PRIDE to suspect that their children might have discovered their activities. Once these suspicions were confirmed, Geoffrey and Catherine arranged with Dale and Stacey Yorkes to send Molly Hernandez far from Los Angeles for her own safety. When PRIDE realized that they had been fooled by Jonah, Geoffrey and Catherine left the group, preferring to work on their own to ensure the safety of their son Alex.
- Name: Catherine Wilder
- Activity: 2000s-2017
- Description: Catherine Wilder is a successful lawyer who notably counseled the man who would become her husband, Geoffrey Wilder, while he was in prison. Catherine was not as uncomfortable as her husband regarding the sacrifices held by PRIDE to restore Jonah. When she learned that Molly Hernandez might have witnessed a sacrifice, Catherine considered wiping her memories with the Synnergy Serum, but gave up on the idea when Hernandez pretended to know nothing about it. However, Catherine later had the confirmation that Hernandez, and thus all the Runaways, knew about PRIDE's true activities. Therefore, she conspired with her husband and the Yorkeses to send Hernandez away for her safety, even though this was discovered by Jonah. When the children escaped after the Infiltration into the PRIDE Construction Site, Catherine and Geoffrey confronted Jonah about the recent events, but upon witnessing his disdain towards them, Catherine and Geoffrey decided to give up on PRIDE, relying on nobody but themselves to find their son Alex.
- Name: Gene Hernandez
- Activity: 2000s- 2007
- Description: Gene Hernandez was, along with his wife Alice, an initial member of PRIDE. However, upon analyzing rock samples taken from the PRIDE Construction Site, they figured out that something was wrong and that Jonah had lied to PRIDE. Although they tried to keep their discovery a secret, only sharing it with fellow scientists Dale and Stacey Yorkes, they were ultimately killed by Leslie Dean, who caused an explosion in the laboratory they were working in.
- Name: Alice Hernandez
- Activity: 2000s-2007
- Description: Alice Hernandez was, along with her husband Gene, an initial member of PRIDE. However, upon analyzing rock samples taken from the PRIDE Construction Site, they figured out that something was wrong and that Jonah had lied to PRIDE. Although they tried to keep their discovery a secret, only sharing it with fellow scientists Dale and Stacey Yorkes, they were ultimately killed by Leslie Dean, who caused an explosion in the laboratory they were working in.
|Appearances for PRIDE|
In chronological order:
- In the comics, the Pride is a Los Angeles-based crime syndicate comprising of six families with special abilities.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Runaways: 1.06: Metamorphosis
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 Runaways: 1.01: Reunion
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Runaways: 1.05: Kingdom
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 Runaways: 1.02: Rewind
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 Runaways: 1.09: Doomsday
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 6.2 Runaways: 1.10: Hostile
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 7.2 Runaways: 1.03: Destiny
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 Runaways: 1.08: Tsunami
- ↑ Runaways: 1.04: Fifteen
- ↑ Runaways: 1.07: Refraction