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The Pride is a comic-book series, created by Joe Glass and Ryan Cody, and published by Queer Comix.

Frustrated by a lack of representation in the superhero big leagues, FabMan decides to assemble his own team, made up exclusively of gay and lesbian heroes, but in the process, draws the attention of the Deacon, a shadowy figure who sees them as an easy target for his sinister plans.

This series contains examples of:

  • Ambiguous Gender: According to Wolf, Venusian's people don't understand gender as humans do, and thus he's not entirely sure what Venusian's actual gender is.
  • Applied Phlebotinum: The Reverend utterly (and hilariously) refuses to explain how his evil mind-controlling machine works - "Can't we leave it at I made a super mind masher, y'all?"
  • Assimilation Plot: The Reverend's master plan is to take over the minds of everyone with an X-Cel gene.
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  • Attractive Bent-Gender: Angel is gorgeous when she's wearing her full makeup.
  • Badass Normal: Wolf has no powers of his own, but has trained extensively to become a hero.
  • The Beard: Back when he was still plain old Harvey Castro, the Bear was married to a woman, in a desperate attempt to convince himself that he was straight. Naturally, it didn't work, but it did produce a son.
  • Beary Friendly: Harvey is an actual bear.
  • The Big Guy: The Pride has The Bear. The Reverend has Basher.
  • Bury Your Gays: Thankfully averted; Harvey turns out to be alive at the end, and presumably recovers from his near death at Basher's hands.
  • Butch Lesbian: Muscle Mary, as her name suggests, is a tall, muscular woman.
  • Cure Your Gays: Played with; Owen's parents sent him away to be "cured" of his X-Cel gene.
  • Expy: Many of the characters are expies of characters from the Big Two:
  • Happily Married: Angel's alter ego, Kele Amos, has a wife back home.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: Wolf is very obviously attracted to Twink, whose normal form has red hair.
  • Heteronormative Crusader: Being a series with gay superheroes, naturally the Big Bad and his minions are all evil homophobes.
  • An Ice Person: Frost has the ability to generate ice.
  • Ice Queen: Frost, befitting her name, is quite chilly, even with her teammates.
  • I Just Want to Be Special:
    • Twink has wanted to be a superhero ever since he was a little kid. Luckily for him, he turned out to have an X-Cell gene.
    • Frost paid a lot of money to get endowed with superpowers.
  • Jumped at the Call: Many of the Pride's members have to have their arms twisted a little bit to get them to sign up, not wanting the kind of spotlight that comes with being on a team. Twink, on the other hand, eagerly volunteers.
  • Light 'em Up: Both FabMan and Morningstar have light-based powers.
  • Lipstick Lesbian: Frost is a very feminine lesbian.
  • Make Me Wanna Shout: Bluebird has super-screaming abilities.
  • Meaningful Name: Several of the Pride's members are named after gay icons. For instance, Wolf (Brian Wilde) is named for Oscar Wilde, FabMan (Stephen Wainwright) is named for Rufus Wainwright, and the Bear (Harvey Castro) is named for Harvey Milk and Castro Street.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Owen's parents were horrified with themselves when they realized what was done to Owen when they tried to cure his powers, especially because they genuinely believed they were helping him because they thought his powers might lead to his death. They eventually reconcile with him.
  • No Bisexuals: Barely averted; Angel is pansexual.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: The Reverend is basically a stand-in for notorious homophobe Fred Phelps. Even his name is similar - Franklin Philips.
  • Pals with Jesus: Morningstar, one of the Justice Division guys, derives his powers from the god Ahura Mazda.
  • Papa Wolf: The Bear is normally the nicest guy on the team, but when his son is kidnapped, he goes looking for blood.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: In one of the stories in The Pride Adventures, the team tracks down Outrage, a grieving gay man whose lover was killed by gay-bashers, and who now hunts down and kills homophobes.
  • Sex for Solace: In the wake of Harvey's apparent death, Wolf and Twink hook up. So do Frost and Muscle Mary.
  • Stripperific: Mighty Miss' costume leaves very little to the imagination.
  • Totally Radical: Superdude talks like this, dude.
  • Transgender: Frost was hinted to be thus and then later admits to Sapphire she's transgendered when they become a couple.
  • Where Everybody Knows Your Flame: The Pride gathers at Fabulosa, FabMan's upscale nightclub for the LGBT community.

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