But there's one team that will not yield, the team that strikes like thunder!"
Pryde of the X-Men was a 1989 pilot for an X-Men animated series that was never picked up; the series would be reworked a few years later into its more successful counterpart. In a somewhat ironic twist, despite being largely forgotten it was the primary basis of the well-regarded X-Men arcade beat-em-up.
As the title may suggest, the short focuses on Kitty Pryde, a teenage girl who, upon discovering that she has mutant abilities, is recruited by the X-Men in order to learn how to use her powers properly. This is cut short by the machinations of their arch-enemies, the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants.
- Adaptational Nationality: As was done in Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends, Wolverine is depicted as an Awesome Aussie rather than a Canadian.
- Animesque: Courtesy of Toei Animation. The lighting and shading on Magneto's helmet makes him just as imposing as Raoh.
- Badass in Distress: The story starts with Magneto being held captive by the military, and the Brotherhood releasing him.
- Big Bad: As is the case with most of the X-Men adaptations, Magneto is the main antagonist.
- Big Good: And as always, Professor X is the heroes' mentor.
- Disney Death: Nightcrawler appears to die while plummeting to the Earth, but turns out to be still alive when he is revealed to have teleported into a closet at the last minute.
- Failed Pilot Episode: The show was never picked up.
- Intro Dump: When Kitty arrives, the X-Men are training in the Danger Room. A perfect chance to introduce each one and explain their powers.
- It's All My Fault: Kitty tries to help fight Magneto against the X-Men's wishes because she feels responsible for Magneto advancing his plan.
- Kick the Dog: Toad has gotten the machine in place, and asks for some approval from Magneto. He gave it... and then told him to do something useful for a change, and go to play in the air vents.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Wolverine, naturally. He spends most of the pilot being dismissive of Kitty, but hints near the end that he'll eventually accept her as part of the team once she's earned her stripes.
- Loads and Loads of Characters/Merchandise-Driven: The reason why the various members of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants were so prominently featured. The plan was to launch a TV show and an accompanying action figure line, and the execs wanted to make sure that as many characters with toy potential were in the pilot episode as possible.
- Naïve Newcomer: Kitty, a regular teenager who is suddenly thrust into the world of superheroes and super villains.
- Narrator: The pilot is narrated by Stan Lee.
- Ungrateful Bastard: The X-Men save a family from Pyro and the Blob, only for the father to immediately yell at them when Nightcrawler goes over to check on them.