Alice Hayes

The second character introduced in Metamorphosis is clearly Alice Hernandez, portrayed by Carmen Serano. In Runaways, the Hernandezes have been dead for a while, possibly murdered by Tina Minoru, but we got to see them in a flashback picturing the first Blood Rite of The Pride, an experience that apparently led Alice and her husband to rebel to the mysterious Jonah, paying the consequences. In the comics, Alice Hayes, not Hernandez, would have never rebelled to the Pride, being on the opposite one of the most enthusiast participants to the Rite of Blood. Let’s see together.

Alice Hayes was born a mutant, and she developed telepathy when she was still very young. Possibly, Gene was her brother, and the two got married in order to maintain their blood “pure”. She studied medicine and became a speech therapist, and she lived in Los Angeles with her husband. Unlike Gene, Alice at first believed it was possible to live with humans despite their differences, but as the racial tensions were made unbearable by the discussion on the Mutant Registration Act, the Hayeses’ very neighbors attacked them just because they were mutants. Alice begged them to stop, reminding them they used to be good neighbors, but nobody listened. Just before Gene could retaliate on the crowd, the two mutants were teleported to a lost city by the Gibborim, ancient deities who required their service. Together with other five summoned couples, the Hayeses would have killed one person per year to strengthen the Gibborim and allow their return, and in exchange they would have had power and wealth for twenty-five years, and six thrones in Utopia, the new immortal world the Gibborim would have founded after destroying the old one. Still hurt and increasingly angry for what had happened at her home, Alice accepted, and so did Gene. The Gibborim, true to their word, made them two of the most powerful telepaths on Earth, even more powerful when they combined their powers. Their ability was enough to attract the attention of the Hellfire Club, that invited them to join the Inner Circle, but they refused: they were members of The Pride, and they were committed to destroy the world, not to change it.

With her power boosted, Alice and Gene acted as the enforcers of The Pride, slaughtering a number of enemies (humans, of course) who dared to trespass in The Pride’s territory. They were even tasked with keeping the victims of the Blood Rite sedated during the ritual, and to erase the memory of unkillable witnesses. When Janet Stein got pregnant, the members of The Pride decided to have a child each, in order to leave the places in Utopia to them. Alice tried for years, but she seemed unable to conceive a child; finally, some six-seven years after all the others, she had a baby girl, Molly. She deeply and truly cared for her daughter, and she even moved to make a secret deal with Frank and Leslie Dean, the two aliens of the group, to kill the human members of The Pride and let the two couples, with their daughters Molly and Katerina, inherit Utopia. As present and caring as Alice was, however, she failed to recognize in Molly’s cramps, that she took for signs of her puberty, the signals of her X-Gene kicking in, as she didn’t suspect her daughter to be a mutant as well. The moment Molly tried to tell her about her super-strength, Alice used her telepathy to induce sleep in her, believing her daughter wanted to speak of her first menstrual cycle: she had more urgent matters, as some of the kids had witnessed the last Blood Rite and had been stealing equipment and weapons from their parents’ houses. Alice had agreed to use Molly as bait to lure them out, but when they did The Pride was caught off-guard by the young ones’ talents, and Alice herself was knocked out by Nico Minoru and her Staff of One. Ironically, being senseless prevented Alice to witness her daughter’s first display of power against The Pride…something that would have truly made her proud.

Alice Hayes is a strong and caring mother for Molly and a faithful and supportive wife for Gene…but she’s also a mutant supremacist and a genocidal maniac, a cruel assassin who doesn’t hesitate in taking a human life, man, woman or child. She’s a remarkably powerful telepath, who gladly uses her abilities to torture her enemies before killing them. Made even more committed in her racial war by the sufferings she had to endure when she still believed in a peaceful coexistence, Alice Hayes is a dangerous mutant terrorist, a mass-murderer who will gladly see the world in ashes just to punish the hated humanity…


Gene Hayes

Finally, in the last episode of Runaways we first saw the two last members of the original Pride. In Metamorphosis, a flashback takes us back to the Pride’s first ritual murder, when Gene and Alice Hernandez were still alive. The first one, portrayed by Vladimir Caamano, appears as one of the many people the mysterious Jonah has been granting favors to, and who’s forced to cooperate in blood rites as a result. We know he doesn’t get along with this, resulting in his death. In the comics, Gene is named Hayes rather than Hernandez, and he most surely doesn’t mind killing somebody, quite the opposite. Let’s see together.

The story of Gene Hayes is made quite complicated by one disturbing element, revolving around his wife: considering the exact same powers and the similar looks they shared, many remarked that the two could have very well been brother and sister, besides husband and wife, an incestuous couple maybe united to preserve the purity of their bloodline. Gene, in fact, was a mutant, and a proud one. He was a doctor, and lived in Los Angeles with his wife Alice peacefully practicing his profession, but when his neighbors discovered their true nature, with the Mutant Registration Act becoming a law in those days, they attacked the Hayeses and threw stones at them. Gene, quite belligerent, was about to use his psionic powers on the crowd, but both he and his wife were teleported away in the Vivarium, a lost temple in honor of the Gibborim, the ancient deities who had summoned them along with five other couples. The Gibborim offered the twelve people in front of them power and wealth, and even immortality for six among them as they would have been admitted to the new world they would have created after destroying the old one; in exchange, those people, who would have formed The Pride, would have killed one person per year in a special ritual to strengthen them and allow them to return to Earth. Gene and Alice, furious at humans for the way they were treating their people, accepted the offer. The Gibborim boosted their telepathy in quite a remarkable way, to the point that the two, combining their powers together, were later able to stand their ground in a psychic confrontation on the Astral Plane with Charles Xavier, the planet’s most powerful telepath.

Gene Hayes used his newfound power to exact revenge on humans, whom he saw as collectively responsible of mutants’ sufferings. He and his wife murdered and tortured a great deal of people, while they got rich thanks to The Pride’s activities; brutal and efficient, Gene was usually employed by The Pride to take care of the ones challenging the group’s supremacy. Such a power didn’t go unnoticed, and the Black King from the Hellfire Club sent an invitation to the couple to join his Inner Circle, but they refused, being already committed with The Pride. During the annual Blood Rite, Gene used his telepathy to sedate the intended victim, in order to avoid problems during the sacrifice. He also erased from time to time memory to people who weren’t supposed to know about The Pride, but were too visible to be killed off. When all the other couples had a child, Gene and Alice were the ones who took the most time to manage to conceive one, but eventually Alice gave birth to Molly, a lively girl who adored her parents. When in front of her, Gene acted as a gentle, kind and somewhat clumsy man, deeply in love with “his little princess”. Because of Molly, the Hayeses devised a treason against the human members of the Pride: they conspired with Frank and Leslie Dean, two aliens, to kill off the others as soon as the last Rite of Blood was completed, so that the six places in the new world would have been assigned to them and to their daughters, Molly and Karolina. Gene took care of ripping off from all copies of The Abstract, the book containing all past and future deeds of The Pride, the pages about the treason, but doing so he was unwittingly spotted by Alex Wilder: the consequences of this would have been unimaginable…

Gene Hayes is a mutant supremacist, a firm supporter of mutants’ superiority over humans, and also a vengeful crusader ready to wipe out an entire race to avenge his own. He is an incredibly powerful telepath, who enjoys using his abilities to torture his enemies before killing them. Despite his clumsy and awkward appearance, the sweet and caring Doctor Hayes is a murderous monster, one of the most dangerous mutant maniacs of recent times.


And here we are, finally catching up with Runaways. In episode 4, Fifteen, we meet the last (for now) new character introduced by the show. During a flashback, in fact, we learn that Nico Minoru tried to call an ambulance for her suicidal (?) sister Amy, but her mother Tina prevented her from doing it, and she called a police detective she knew to cover everything up. The detective in question is Flores, portrayed by Alex Fernandez, the same one who prevents Robert Minoru and Victor Stein to be arrested after trying to kidnap a hobo, and whose presence convinces Nico of the uselessness of asking help to the police. In the comics, Flores has more or less the same function, but his main ties with The Pride are not the Minorus. Let’s see together.

Not much is known about young Lieutenant Flores, not even his first name. Born in Los Angeles, he joined LAPD and became a police officer, but it’s more than likely that he was dirty from the beginning, and that he owed his career to the crimelords of the West Coast: Geoffrey and Catherine Wilder. The deal between them was simple: he covered their illicit operations up, while they used their remarkable power and influence to make him advance in the food chain within LAPD. The tasks the Wilders demanded of him were pretty simple, usually, and they mostly involved closing an eye if some runaway or prostitute disappeared without leaving trace, and Flores earned quite a lot of easy money just not doing anything. Then, of course, things became more complicated, as they always do. The Wilders contacted him to find someone, rather than to make them disappear, a group of kids that included also their son, Alex. The kids had run away from home, and their parents wanted them back at all costs. Problem was, Flores had no idea where to start his researches, as the kids seemed to have inherited their parents’ skills and connections, as they had apparently vanished. Believing he was doing the best interest of his employers, Flores contacted two heroes from the East Coast who were somewhat specialized in runaways and street kids: Cloak and Dagger, who arrived in L.A. in a matter of seconds, and joined Lt. Flores’ task force.

Hiring superheroes is not exactly a bright idea when you’re working for supervillains, and Catherine Wilder made that point clear when she shot Flores to the leg, destroying his kneecap: The Pride didn’t like to have vigilantes in their turf. This wound obviously took Flores away from the scenes for a while, recovering in a hospital. It was there that he received an anonymous call, that informed him of where the hideout of the Runaways was: a building sunk underneath the city they called The Hostel. Finally having a chance to redeem himself, Flores left the hospital, and personally led a SWAT team to The Hostel, where he had all the intentions of apprehending the kids for his employers. Unfortunately, he once again underestimated the kids’ resources, and one of them, Nico Minoru, destroyed the building by making the cave around it collapse. While all the cops in the SWAT unit were killed in the collapse, Lt. Flores barely escaped with his life, despite his plastered leg. Troubles weren’t over, however: he had to face his employer to report yet another failure. This time, he met Geoffrey Wilder, and when he pulled out a gun, he was sure he would have lost also the other kneecap. He was wrong. Tired of a resource that was becoming more and more a liability, Geoffrey quickly put an end to Flores’ life, unable to stand his failures anymore. So much for money and glory.

Lt. Flores is an overly ambitious and greedy man, who renounced to any form of honesty and integrity for money and career. Allegedly pretty smart when it comes to regular investigations, it turns out that most of his successes were a gift from The Pride, and that he actually isn’t as brilliant as he lets his colleagues believe him to be. An amateur like Flores, however, should be careful while playing with the grown-ups…

Old Lace

Still trying to catch up with Runaways, we meet one of the most expected (and loved) characters in the comics, and probably in the series also. In episode 3, Destiny, we get our first proper look at the “monster in the basement” that terrifies Molly: the genetically-engineered dinosaur Old Lace. In the show, Old Lace has been created by Dale and Stacey Yorkes to be the family’s “guard dog”, in their plan to rebel to The Pride and escape. Apparently, she obeys to Gertrude…just like in the comics, albeit there this is not an “unexpected side effect”, but the dinosaur’s main purpose. Let’s see together.

This genetically-engineered Deinonychus (though at first she was mistaken for a Velociraptor) was created in the 87th Century in a secret, most likely illegal lab, commissioned by the time-traveling criminals Dale and Stacey Yorkes. The dinosaur was implanted with some specific characteristics, such as the instinct to protect (and obviously never harm) any member of the Yorkes family, and an empathic, quasi-telepathic bond with Gertrude, the Yorkes’ daughter. The Deinonychus, in fact, was designed to be Gert’s bodyguard after her parents died, and she was brought back to the 21st Century with the 4-D Time Portico, and hidden in the Yorkes’ basement, where she was nurtured up to maturity. She was supposed to be given to Gert only when she reached 18 years old, but the girl found the dinosaur while she was looking in her parents’ basement for the body of a girl she had seen her parents murder. Understandably scared by the dinosaur, Gert and her friends left her in the basement and ran away, but the Deinonychus followed them to the Steins‘ home, and right on time, as she saved her mistress by the members of The Pride who were about to kill her. Finally understanding the bond she had with the dinosaur, Gert named her Old Lace (being a couple with her own nick, “Arsenic“), and she decided to keep her. From that moment, Old Lace accompanied Gert and the Runaways in all their adventures.

Old Lace’s bond with Arsenic grew with time, and the dinosaur only obeyed Gert, with her actions depending on her mistress’ emotions (she attacked when Gert was scared or angry, she felt pain when Gert did, and so on). Albeit she came to like also the other Runaways, Old Lace didn’t listen to their commands, with only one exception: during the final battle between the Runaways and the Pride, in the Marine Vivarium, Arsenic was knocked out by Alice Hayes, but before passing out she ordered Old Lace to follow Alex Wilder‘s orders. This didn’t prove to be a good idea, actually, as Alex turned out to be a mole working with The Pride. As the Gibborim arrived to claim their prize, however, Gert came back to her senses, took control of Old Lace again, and escaped with her before the gods destroyed the Vivarium, killing Alex and The Pride. As soon as they escaped, the Runaways were found and stopped by Captain America, who put them in foster care: Old Lace was entrusted to a S.H.I.E.L.D. facility and separated from Gert. Depressed and alone, the dinosaur resumed all her usual vitality when her mistress came to “save” her, and they resumed their life together. They shared many adventures again, and Old Lace was even transformed into a small dog (“Old Yeller“) by Nico Minoru to disguise her during a mission with Cloak. Everything changed for the dinosaur when a younger version of Geoffrey Wilder stabbed Gertrude to the chest, killing her: Arsenic successfully transferred her telepathic link with OL to Chase Stein, but the dinosaur felt all her pain and her fear while she was dying. Bonding with Chase, Old Lace found her own grief and anger mirrored by the boy’s ones: they would have made quite a couple together…

Old Lace is a loyal, brave and determined she-dinosaur, a genetically-engineered Deinonychus who’d give her life for her mistress (or master, later). As all Deinonychus, she’s extremely strong, durable, fast and agile, and she possesses sharp fangs and claws; she also possesses a telepathic link with Gert, first, and Chase, after, that allows her to feel all the emotions of her fellow human. Despite being theoretically compelled to follow her master’s orders, Old Lace has got quite a character, and also acts on her own (she attacked the vampire Topher despite being told not to, and refused to attack Karolina and Nico when ordered to). Despite being just a huge lizard, Old Lace is definitely a big part of the Runaways’ family, a friend who literally shared feelings and emotions with many of them.

Destiny Gonzales

Back to Runaways, we can finally start to examine the series episode per episode. In the first one, Reunion, we meet Destiny Gonzalez, portrayed by Nicole Wolf. She is a runaway girl found by the Church of Gibborim on the streets, and taken in as a new member of the cult. Destiny is cleaned and “saved” by Leslie Dean, but the woman acts with quite a creepy second end, as she’s supposed to be the last sacrifice in a mysterious ceremony. She’s allegedly killed just before she left the Church to join her baby girl back home…unfortunately, Victor Stein‘s teleporting pod doesn’t work: the girl doesn’t disappear, and Victor is forced to kill her in person, later dumping her body into the sea. In the comics, Destiny surely is just as short-lived, but her story is a little bit different, as well as her end. Let’s see together.

We don’t know much about Destiny Gonzales (with a final “s”, not a “z” like her live action counterpart), but her story mirrors the one of many other girls her age. We don’t know pretty much anything of her original family, apart from the fact that she didn’t like them much, and that there were many tensions regarding her lifestyle. Eventually, Destiny decided to run away from home, looking for freedom and for a better place to live in…but this wasn’t exactly what she found. She crossed the country up and down, and she ended up in Los Angeles, California, but there weren’t many things to do for a girl her age with no connections nor will to be found. Eventually, she became a prostitute, and she lived on the streets with what her clients paid her. Her life became a neverending succession of nights and days that looked all the same, until one night, when she was approached by someone looking quite different from her usual clients. They were Geoffrey and Catherine Wilder, two clearly rich people, and apparently her pimp knew them pretty well, as he sent her to them without questioning. Destiny was brought by the pair to a huge mansion in Malibu: whatever was there, it couldn’t be worse than the life she had been living up to that point. She was wrong.

From the first moment she arrived in the villa, Destiny knew something was very wrong: she stepped into a huge room, entering from a secret passage behind a bookcase. There was a dozen of people, some dressed in fancy costumes, who promised nothing good. Before she could ask for explanations, two of them (Gene and Alice Hayes) blocked her by simply looking at her, while another one (Victor Stein) activated a weird machine and another one yet (Robert Minoru) started reading incomprehensible words from an old book. While she was still blocked in mid-air, Geoffrey came close to her, and thanked her for her sacrifice, that would have built a better future for the group’s children…then stabbed her in the chest with a huge ceremonial knife. Albeit dead, the horror wasn’t over for the poor girl: her soul was trapped in a “jar”, actually the machine activated by Victor Stein, and was kept locked, waiting to be consumed by ancient deities the world had blissfully forgotten. In the meanwhile, the children of Destiny’s killers had witnessed her murder, and that was the breaking point that led them to rebel to their parents…unfortunately, they were framed by Geoffrey Wilder for Destiny’s murder, becoming fugitives. From inside her mystic-technological prison, Destiny could do nothing but to wait for an end much more definitive than the first one.

Destiny Gonzales is a girl who experienced much more than her age would suggest, and who bit on something much bigger than she could chew in her life. Lost in a freedom she cannot manage, she’s a desperate runaway who lives by the day, trapped in a life that cannot lead her anywhere good. What she doesn’t know, however, is how bad her future will become.

Leslie Dean

We finally arrived at the last member of The Pride (since the two mutant ones have been killed off-screen, thanks Fox), a character that apparently will be pivotal in future developments of Runaways. In the very first episode we meet Leslie Dean, portrayed by Annie Wesching: Leslie is the head of the mysterious cult known as the Church of Gibborim, a curious mix of Scientology and a Satanist sect. It looks like the Church’s main goal is to keep alive Leslie’s father, the allegedly deceased David Ellerh, with human sacrifices taken from the Church’s pious and faithful believers, but this remains to be confirmed. In the comics, Leslie’s origins are much more spectacular, and her goals even shadier: let’s see together.

Not much is known about Leslie Dean, actually not even her true name, since “Leslie Dean” is just an alias she adopted on Earth. She was born on a remote planet, Majesdane, a wealthy world hidden by a white dwarf star, and there she became quite a renowned individual because of the illicit activities she ran with her husband. Both of them, in fact, were arms dealers, and worst of all they sold weapons to the Skrulls, who had been attempting to conquer Majesdane for centuries. Caught and arrested, the couple was exiled from the planet, and they ended up on Earth, where they landed near Los Angeles. They took their new names from a James Dean memorial, and decided to call themselves Leslie and Frank Dean. They used a special metal to suppress their powers, so that their translucent body looked like a human one, but they bought a house on an isolated hill, so that they could move freely without their restricting bracelets without anyone seeing them. Leslie soon found out that Earth’s people were easily fooled by appearance, and she suggested to her husband that, due to their remarkable looks on Earth, they became actors. The idea proved to be successful, as they became the stars of General Hospital, a popular tv series. In a matter of a few years, they had everything they could possibly want: rich and popular, considered eccentric vegans and solitude-lovers by their fans, they had achieved quite a good position on the new world…but they wanted more. And more they were offered when they were abruptly teleported to a lost city by some Elder Gods, the Gibborim, who wanted to come to Earth but needed help to break the dimensional barrier separating them from it. In exchange of an annual human sacrifice, the Gibborim offered to six couples, Deans included, wealth and power beyond imagination, and six places in the new world they would have created. Leslie and her husband accepted without thinking of it twice.

Leslie’s natural alien powers received quite a boost, and so did her popularity as an actress. Everything was simply perfect, until the other members of The Pride, following an unexpected pregnancy, decided they would have had a child each to leave the promised kingdom to. Leslie wasn’t happy at all, as she didn’t want any heir, but she ultimately realized that the presence of a baby would have increased even more her popularity, so she convinced Frank promising him an appearance on People‘s cover. Leslie gave birth to a daughter, Karolina, but she decided to keep her true heritage hidden from her. Since she was born, she put to her wrist a bracelet made from the same metal that negated her own powers, and when the baby was old enough, she told her it was a sign of her allergy to penicillin, and that she was forbidden to ever take it away, unless she wanted to die. This way, Karolina grew up believing she was a normal human, oblivious to her alien nature, and Leslie could manipulate her as she wanted, turning her into her and Frank’s ticket to an even greater celebrity, introducing also her daughter to the show biz since she was little. Of course, Leslie and Frank also did their best to hide their true nature, both biological and moral, from their daughter, but being professional actors it took little effort to them to pretend to be good people. Away from highlights, they participated every year to the Rite of Blood, killing along with the other members of The Pride some runaway nobody would have ever looked for. Leslie also helped Frank repel a Skrull invasion of Earth, since it would have messed with her plans, and they managed to buy Prince De’zean‘s surrender with the coordinates of Majesdane and the hand of Karolina, promised in marriage to the Prince’s son. In the meanwhile, Leslie and Frank had also made an alliance with the mutant members of The Pride, Gene and Alice Hayes, planning with them to kill all the others to win the promised utopia with them and the respective daughters. The day of the Gibborim’s arrival was approaching fast…

Leslie Dean is a cruel and brutal woman, a fierce criminal who has no consideration whatsoever for other people’s lives, barely caring for her own daughter. As a Majesdanian, she can absorb solar energy, using it to augment her own strength and durability, to fly, to shoot powerful energy blasts, to create force fields and much more. Deceiving and manipulative, Leslie is a wolf disguised as a sheep, a ruthless murderer who’s ready to sacrifice an entire universe to her own ambition.

Frank Dean

Back to Runaways, we meet another member of The Pride: Frank Dean, portrayed by Kip Pardue. In the show, Frank is a former teen star, an actor who’s now on the descendant side of the parable of his success. Interestingly enough, he seems to be oblivious to everything going on with his wife and The Pride, while in the comics he certainly isn’t. Looking for a way to keep himself afloat, he’s now trying to join the inner circle of his wife’s Church of Gibborim, but where this will lead him remains to be seen… In the comics, Frank’s motivations go far beyond simple vanity, that’s a feeling far too human for someone like him…who’s not human at all. Let’s see together.

Frank Dean wasn’t born in Los Angeles, not even on Earth, and “Frank Dean” wasn’t even his real name: he was born on a distant planet called Majesdane, where a race of translucent beings able to absorb solar energy lived. It was on the planet that he met and married his partner in crime, the one that on Earth would have been known as Leslie. The couple became famous on Majesdane for making business with the Skrulls, Majesdanians‘ enemies, dealing in weapons with them. As they were discovered, the two were exiled, and eventually they arrived on Earth. Once on the new planet, they adopted human names: Frank and Leslie, while they chose they surname taking inspiration from a Jimmy Dean memorial close to where they landed. Extremely beautiful for human standards, the two Majdesdanians easily won Los Angeles’ heart, and they became the stars of a famous tv series, General Hospital. They hid their alien appearance thanks to a special device made of a unknown metal, that could negate their abilities, making them look just like humans. They posed as a vegan, green and progressive couple, hiding their true nature from their fans. One day, however, everything changed: while on the set of General Hospital, they were teleported away by an unknown force, and they found themselves in a submerged lost city, with other five couples, facing the Gibborim, Elder Gods from another dimension who had a deal to propose to them. They would have increased their powers and wealth, in exchange of their service, and they would have granted six seats for them in the new world they would have created destroying the old one. The Deans accepted without thinking it twice.

Frank saw immediate benefits coming from the deal, as his powers received quite a boost, as well as his fame. The only thing he had to do in return was to sacrifice along with the others one human per year, to strengthen the Gibborim. Everything was simply perfect, until Janet Stein got pregnant: the other members of The Pride decided to have a child each, to have them inherit the new world in their place, but Frank and Leslie didn’t want any child at all. It was Leslie who convinced Frank to have one, believing a baby would have boosted their popularity even more. The two had a daughter, and they named her Karolina. Soon after, a group of Skrulls led by Prince De’zean arrived on Earth, meaning to conquer it. Frank faced them, and managed to stop the prince by giving him the coordinates of Majesdane, hidden behind a star; to guarantee the truth of the information, Frank promised to De’zean he would have given his daughter’s hand to his son, Xavin, believing that the Skrulls would have all died in the war with Majesdane, and that there wouldn’t have been need to keep his promise. In the meanwhile, both he and Leslie devised another plan with Gene and Alice Hayes: similar to the mutant couple in the disdain for the other human families, the Deans agreed with them that they would have eventually killed the other four couples of The Pride, so that the promised land would have belonged to the Deans, the Hayes’ and their daughters Karolina and Molly. Not that Frank truly cared if Karolina or anybody else but Leslie survived with him to the approaching apocalypse…

Frank Dean is a brutal and warmongering criminal, a deceiving monster who hides his true nature behind a facade of progressive and caring philanthropist actor. As a Majesdanian, he can absorb solar energy and focus it in powerful energy blasts and impenetrable force fields, he can fly and survive in the void of space, and he possesses superhuman strength and durability. One of the most dangerous members of The Pride, Frank Dean is wicked enough to fake love even for his daughter, and there’s no living being apart from his wife he’d have any problem killing.