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STORM
Earth-652975

Real Name: Ororo Munroe

Identity/Class: Alternate reality (Earth-652975) human mutant

Occupation: Adventurer, African princess

Group Membership: X-Men (Colossus, Cyclops, Dazzler, Nightcrawler, Professor X, Wolverine)

Affiliations: Lockheed, Kitty Pryde

Enemies: Brotherhood of Mutant Terrorists (Blob, Magneto, Juggernaut, Pyro, Toad, White Queen), Living Monolith, Mystique, Reavers, Sentinels, Wendigo

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters, Westchester County, New York

First Appearance: Pryde of the X-Men cartoon special (September 16, 1989)

Powers/Abilities: Storm rides the wind, creates deadly lightning, brings pounding rain, and controls the elements with a thought. Though possessing power capable of leveling a city, Storm remains sensitive, gentle, and caring. Storm is a trained hand-to-hand combatant and prefers to use knifes.

Height: 5'9"
Weight: 127 lbs.
Eyes: Blue (white when activating her power)
Hair: White

History:
(X-Men Arcade Game (fb) - BTS) - Storm was a mysterious African princess.

(Pryde of the X-Men cartoon special - BTS) - Storm was recruited by Professor Charles Xavier to join the X-Men, a team of mutants working towards Xavier's dream of mutant and human coexistence.

(Pryde of the X-Men cartoon special (fb) - BTS) - When X-Men adversary Magneto learned that the comet Scorpio would pass by Earth he planned to let it impact Earth to wipe out humankind, leaving mutants to rule the planet. To do so Magneto planned to steal the X-Men's mutant-power circuit of Cerebro with whom he could change the comet's course. Magneto sent Blob and Pyro to retrieve the comet's coordinates from a space satellite to lure the X-Men away from their mansion.

(Pryde of the X-Men cartoon special) - Storm and the X-Men trained in the Danger Room when Xavier's newest student, Kitty Pryde arrived. However, when Nightcrawler teleported out of the Danger Room to greet the young girl, Pryde panicked and accidentally phased through the Danger Room control console, disrupting the circuits. This caused Storm's weather-training sequence to spin wildly out of control. With lightning and rain all around her, Kitty was lowered to safety by a large gust of wind and fell into Colossus' arms.

   After introductions were made, an alarm sounded through the Mansion, signaling a mutant alert. Leaving Kitty Pryde and Professor Xavier behind, Storm and her fellow X-Men boarded the Blackbird jet and flew to a deep-space observatory to face Blob and Pyro. The duo had taken hostages and just finished downloading the coordinates when Storm and the X-Men arrived. However, Pyro easily created a large wall of fire which allowed Blob and himself to flee away and return to Asteroid M. Storm then used her abilities to douse Pyro's fire to rescue the hostages.

   The X-Men subsequently arrived back at the Mansion to discover Kitty Pryde and Professor X had been attacked by Magneto and Juggernaut, who'd successfully stolen the Mutant Power Circuit of the mutant-tracking Cerebro computer. Learning that Magneto planned to use the Circuit to amplify his own magnetic abilities and move the Scorpio comet into the path of Earth, Storm and the the X-Men set course for Magneto's space-based headquarters, Asteroid M.

(Pryde of the X-Men cartoon special) - Soon the X-Men breached Asteroid M as Storm was tasked with creating a breathable atmosphere inside the asteroid after Cyclops blew an airlock. She then stayed behind as the other X-Men faced Magneto's Brotherhood of Mutant Terrorists. In the end it was the combined efforts of Nightcrawler and Kitty Pryde that held Magneto off long enough to steer the comet away from Earth. Realizing he was defeated, Magneto fled away after which Asteroid M broke apart due to the comet's vicinity. Victorious, Storm and the X-Men returned home.

(X-Men Arcade Game) - When Magneto had appeared again, he wielded an army of magnetically-controlled Sentinels with whom he once again aimed to destroy the world. Professor X sent Storm and the X-Men to stop Magneto from destroying the city while he and Kitty Pryde stayed behind, unbeknownst to them Magneto actually wanted to lure the X-Men away from the school so he could abduct Xavier and Pryde.

(X-Men Arcade Game) - Arriving in the city, the X-Men faced off against Magneto's forces, including Sentinels, Pyro and a mace wielding Blob. Having defeated them, the X-Men received a telepathic warning from Xavier that he and Pryde had been abducted by Magneto and had retreated to Island M, his ocean-based headquarters.

(X-Men Arcade Game) - Making their way to Island M, the X-Men faced seemingly endless waves of enemies, including Sentinels, alligator-men, mutated flower creatures, toxic hornets, sand creatures and even the white-haired Wendigo guarding the entrance to Magneto's base. In the underground passageway the X-Men faced off against Nimrod after which they successfully rescued Kitty Pryde who urged them to rescue the Professor as well. Now making their way even deeper into Magneto's Island M complex, the X-Men were opposed by the White Queen, the Reavers and the unstoppable Juggernaut after which "Professor X" appeared ordering them to follow him to Magneto. Unaware he was impersonated by mutant shapeshifter Mystique, the X-Men followed him only to be dropped near the lava-core of the island. There the X-Men made their way through chambers with Egyptian markings which led them to face the Living Monolith. Upon defeating him the X-Men received a telepathic message from the real Xavier, informing them Magneto had taken him to his asteroid base, Asteroid M, from where he would attack Earth.

(X-Men Arcade Game) - Following Xavier's orders, the X-Men followed a giant Sentinel into space to locate Asteroid M. The X-Men once more engaged Magneto's gauntlet of villains, having defeated Mystique the X-Men freed the real Professor X after which they finally faced off against Magneto himself. The X-Men returned to Earth victorious just as Asteroid M was destroyed, always vigilant should Magneto and his evil mutants return to threaten mankind again.

Comments: Created by Larry Parr and Marvel Productions (see Appearances list for full list of artists involved).

Storm was voiced by Andi Chapman.

In 2020, Producer/director Larry Houston was a guest in the Generations of X podcast where he revealed that Storm's classic black costume proved to be problematic while creating Pryde of the X-Men, having to add a glow around her so she wouldn't disappear against a dark backdrop. This is also the reason Storm would later wear a white costume in X-Men: The Animated Series as it worked better against a dark backdrop

Pryde of the X-Men was Marvel's first and failed attempt at creating an actual X-Men animation series. The project started in 1987 with Marvel Productions President Margaret Loesch deciding to invest $300,000 in a pilot episode she could pitch to TV executives in hopes of convincing them there was merit in an X-Men cartoon series. The result was Pryde of the X-Men, which failed to get picked up by any of the networks at the time. In their book X-Men the art and making of the animated series writers Eric and Julia Lewald blame this commercial flop on too many corporate "cooks" spoiling the proverbial broth with notes and suggestions the creative team had to incorporate. They list examples like: "Crocodile Dundee is popular - let's make Wolverine Australian!" "Let's put twenty extra Marvel characters in it so we can sell toys!". As a result, Pryde of the X-Men didn't work, both as a story and a showcase for a series despite having faithful character design and sharp animation. In 1992, Margaret Loesch, now head of children's programming at FOX, pitched the idea for X-Men again along with members of the original creative team. The result was X-Men: The Animated Series which went on for five seasons and delivered definite proof that the X-Men would work as an animated series.

Storm's height/weight/eyes/hair stats come from a stat sheet printed on the front of the 6-player X-Men arcade cabinet. Special thanks to Justin Peek at Nashville, TN's Game Galaxy Arcade for providing close-up shots of the character bios on the X-Men arcade game!

The Pryde of the X-Men was adapted into a comic book in December 1990, using stills from the cartoon, called the X-Men Animation Special GN (adapted by Danny Fingeroth and edited by Bob Budiansky). Quite a bit of dialogue was altered in this special, including the name of the Brotherhood calling them the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants instead of Brotherhood of Mutant Terrorist in the cartoon. While some dialogue is different, the overall story and plot are exactly the same.

Pryde of the X-Men takes place on Earth-652975 and their storyline continued in the X-Men Arcade Game. Although its the only example we know of from any Marvel animated series we've seen this same principle applied between movies and games. For example Ang Lee's 2003 Hulk movie and game.

Profile by MarvellousLuke

CLARIFICATIONS:
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Pryde of the X-Men cartoon special, Storm model sheet (main image)
Pryde of the X-Men cartoon special (creating lightning)
Pryde of the X-Men cartoon special (in the Blackbird)
X-Men Arcade Game (facing Magneto)


Appearances:
Pryde of the X-Men cartoon special (September 16, 1989) - Larry Parr (writer, story editor), Russ Heath, Carol Lundberg (models), E.R. Cruz (background layouts), Will Meugniot, Larry Houston, Rick Hoberg (story editors, storyboard editors), Neal Warner, Rudy Cataldi, Tom Ray, Eileen Dunn, Charlie Downs, Margaret Nichols, Stan Phillips (animation directors)
X-Men Arcade Game (1992) - K. Hattori, Captain Oe (visual design), Y. Asano (design works), Lee (chief producer, director)


First Posted: 01/07/2021
Last Updated: 01/07/2021

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