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 Australian rather than Canadian.
- Big Bad: As is the case with most media, Magneto is the main antagonist.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.