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"Secrets only live in shadows. And there are no shadows in the light."
―Frank Dean[src]

Frank Dean is a former movie actor and a former leader of the Church of Gibborim. He is the husband of Leslie Dean and the legal father of Karolina Dean. Dean was also a member of PRIDE until he discovered that Leslie had an affair with Jonah. He had his memories of PRIDE erased with a serum developed by Dale and Stacey Yorkes. When Jonah returned, Dean began to remember his lost memories. He also began to collaborate with Jonah when he was promised the leadership of the church.

Frank became the de facto leader of the Church of Gibborim while his wife Leslie took a few steps back to focus on the search for their daughter Karolina. Frank came to discover the illegal Ultra Project Leslie had been managing with the Church and decided to help Leslie fight against Jonah, who had been the real beneficiary of the project. However, Frank eventually came into conflict with Leslie upon learning her intent to shut down the Church. Indeed, having become a fanatic zealot of the organization, he feared that Leslie would strip him from the power he had acquired within the Church. However, his plans to keep Leslie prisoner in the Crater were ultimately thwarted by the combined forces of Leslie, Karolina and Susan Ellerh, causing all the Church's parishioners to turn on Frank and call him an apostate.

Biography

Early Life

Film Career

"There was a moment there where your poster was on the wall of every teenaged girl across the whole country."
Phil to Frank Dean[src]

Frank Dean had a movie professional career as an actor. He hired Phil as a film agent, becoming one of his first clients. Dean was extremely popular with the female teenage audience at the height of his career.[1] He also made some action movies for the Chinese market.[2]

Joining the Church of Gibborim

Dean married Leslie Ellerh, the head of the Church of Gibborim. He also became a member of the church and his celebrity helped the organization to gain notoriety. However, Frank's dedication to his wife's church has also made his movie career begin to decrease.[1] He also was recruited into the PRIDE, a group led by his wife.[2]

When Leslie gave birth to a daughter named Karolina, Frank raised her as his own, unaware that she actually was Jonah's biological daughter.[3] One day, Frank witnessed Leslie and Jonah having sex in the meditation room at the Church of Gibborim Executive Office. His memories of Jonah were erased by a serum created by Dale and Stacey Yorkes. Frank was kicked out from PRIDE before the first human sacrifice of the organization.[4] In 2007, Dean attended the funeral of Gene and Alice Hernandez.[5]

Investigation

End of an Acting Career

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Dean with his daughter, Karolina

"I know in the past my acting has taken me away from my faith, but now, the only part that I want to play is your partner, both in life and the church. Let us pray."
"Your agent came by today. What did he have to say?"
"Forget Phil. I want to do something that matters."
"I can't have this conversation right now."
―Frank Dean and Leslie Dean[src]

While Leslie was speaking with followers after a Church of Gibborim ceremony, which Frank attended with Karolina, he left to go meet with Phil outside the Church of Gibborim Executive Office.[6] During the talk, Phil told Frank that he would no longer be his agent as Frank's career had been slowed down, much to Frank's disappointment. Frank returned to his home, where he found Leslie meditating. He joined her and declared that he wanted to be more involved in the Church's activities, claiming to be ready to become an Ultra member.

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Dean looks into his wife's schedule

Suspicious about all the time Leslie spent in the Church's office, Frank attempted to enter her private meditation room. However, he could not open the door and was found by Leslie's assistant Vaughn Kaye, who informed him that he was not allowed to see the room despite being Leslie's husband.[1]

Ultra Failure

"Our readings show that Ultra is still out of your reach."
"But I felt something."
"I'm sorry, Frank. I know that Leslie will be disappointed, too."
Frances, Frank Dean and Aura[src]

Frank returned to Leslie Dean's private meditation room, waiting outside for her to come out. Once she did, Frank openly voiced his suspicions that she was having an affair, but Leslie peacefully denied it, instead claiming that she had been praying for him. To add to Frank's surprise, he was told by his wife that she had made arrangements for him to undergo the ceremony so he could be an Ultra member of the Church of Gibborim. Overjoyed, Frank pasionately kissed his wife and thanked him, unaware that he was actually right about his wife cheating on him.

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Dean tries and fail to go Ultra

Frank was thus scheduled to spend the following night in the Crater. Before departing however, he returned to the Dean Mansion to share a celebration drink with his wife, with their daughter watching from afar.[7] Frank then went to the Crater and went through the Ultra ritual. However, when he woke up, Aura and Frances informed him that he had failed. Although Frank insisted that he had felt something and wanted to try again, he had to leave the Crater with this new setback in his life.[8]

In the next day, Frank went to see his daughter Karolina in her bedroom, offering to join him for a hiking session. Noticing that she reviewed a book of the Beings of Light painted by David Ellerh, Frank discussed their nature with Karolina, who suggested that they were not only metaphorical figured. Frank then told Karolina about his failure to go Ultra, and showed some humility by acknowledging he might have been following the wrong path. Frank also admitted that Leslie was involved in PRIDE on her own whereas all other members had joined in couples.

Frank then joined a gala held by PRIDE in Wizard Headquarters. Showing more discomfort than usual in front of the cameras, which was noticed by Leslie, Frank reiterated his belief that he wnted to explore his own passion rather than just following paths laid in front of him by others. They were then approached by Jonah, who introduced himself as an admirer and friend of Leslie. Frank watched the two of them leaving, and began experiencing flashes of memories in which he saw both Jonah and Leslie having sex.

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Dean meets Jonah

Frank kept Jonah under his eyes during the speech delivered by Tina Minoru as the gala went forward. By the time the party ended, he noticed that Jonah was talking to Karolina and immediately came to check on her. Once Karolina left to wait for him in the car, Frank remained with Jonah, who had learned about his trial in the Crater. However, Frank was told by Jonah that he had actually gone Ultra, but that he did not know it yet, before Jonah took Frank with him to discuss further.[9]

Working with Jonah

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Dean and his wife argue over the Healing Gloves

"I think the Church is going to thrive under your leadership, Frank."
Jonah to Frank Dean[src]

Discussing his involvement in the Church of Gibborim, Frank was given Healing Gloves by Jonah, and decided to immediately put them to good use by saving his dying friend Calvin. He arrived in the room as Leslie Dean recited prayers for Calvin's imminent death, and asked Calvin's son and daughter, as well as the doctor, to leave. Frank then used the gloves to heal Calvin, telling him that he had been given more time. Exiting the room, Frank was confronted by his wife about the consequences of his actions, but Frank retorted that he wanted everyone to know that he was a healer.

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Dean finds a disturbing picture

Thanks to Jonah, Frank gained importance in the Church of Gibborim and was appointed a new assistant: Vaughn Kaye. Frank and Kaye then went into a storage room of the Church of Gibborim to find more furniture for Frank's office, and they eventually found the desk used by David Ellerh to write the Book of Gibborim. Taking a liking at the desk, Frank began searching through its drawers, but was left puzzled when he found a picture displaying a child Leslie with an already adult Jonah. Frank was so surprised he did not hear Kaye repeatedly calling his name to make sure he was all right.

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Dean learns who Jonah is

Frank decided to figure out the situation and went to the Atlas Academy open house where his wife was. Immediately approached by a group of fans of his movie career, Frank briefly encountered his daughter Karolina before finally finding Leslie. He then demanded to know who Jonah truly was, and was told that Jonah was the Being mentioned in the Book of Gibborim. As Frank asked Leslie why she had not told him that sooner, he was shocked when Leslie admitted that she had an long-running affair with Jonah, which she had grew ashamed of.[10]

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Dean attempts to save Victor Stein

Frank was later called by his wife to the Stein Mansion, where Victor Stein had been shot by his wife Janet. When he arrived, he was asked by Leslie not to mention her relationship with Jonah to the other members of PRIDE who were present for Karolina's sake, although Frank insisted that he would do whatever he wanted. Frank then attempted to use the Healing Gloves to cure Stein from his coma, but although Stein presented signs of regaining vitality, he eventually died, much to Frank's horror.

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Dean learns the truth about PRIDE

Following this failure, Frank was sent to guard the door to prevent Stein's son Chase from finding out about Stein's death. Indeed, Frank soon had to deal with an extremely agitated Chase, who demanded that Frank let him in, violently putting him against the wall and threatening to hit him. The argument was ended when Karolina arrived much to Frank's surprise. Once Chase was convinced to return in his room, Frank remained with Karolina, who proceeded to tell Frank the truth about PRIDE's secret rituals to revive Jonah.[11]

In the next morning, Frank went to see Karolina in her bedroom, who told her that the Runaways had lost their only solid piece of evidence against PRIDE because of Chase. Frank complimented the Runaways' efforts against PRIDE, but insisted that Karolina let him handle the situation from this point as it was far too dangerous. However, instead of actually helping the Runaways, Frank asked for a meeting with Jonah, and told him everything his daughter had informed him about earlier.

Later, Frank was driving with Jonah when he received a call from Carl, who informed him that the Runawways were trying to enter the PRIDE Construction Site. Frank told Carl to let the teenagers in, thus enabling Jonah to find them.[12] Frank and Jonah arrived as the confrontation between the Runaways and PRIDE had already begun, and Frank watched helpless when Jonah attacked the Runaways, who all fled but Karolina, who had revealed her Gibborim powers and who was captured by Jonah and taken to Jonah's room in the Church of Gibborim Executive Office.

Remaining at Karolina's side with Leslie, Frank began arguing with his wife, blaming her for erasing his memories and for lying about Karolina's true ascendance, as she actually was Jonah's biological daughter. Still, Frank insisted that he was Karolina's father since he was the one who had raised her. Frank and Leslie were then asked by Jonah to leave him alone with Karolina, and Frank reluctantly agreed to go after asking Jonah to inform him once his daughter would have regained consciousness.

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Dean keeps working with Jonah

Despite all these events, Frank considered that continuing to collaborate with Jonah was still his best chance to preserve Karolina's safety. He thus met with Jonah later in a dark room where Jonah had taken Stein's body kept in a Dematerialization Box, and was told by Jonah that their cooperation would lead to great results eventually.[13]

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Church Leader: Rise and Fall

Taking the Reins

"I know what you're thinking. That I just stole the Church from you."
"Because that's what you did."
―Frank Dean and Leslie Dean[src]

To be added

The Truth behind Jonah

"I'd like to think that you recognized my natural abilities and found an opportunity that was beneficial for both of us, right?"
"I suppose that's one way to look at it, yes, but the time has come that I now need something from you."
―Frank Dean and Jonah[src]

To be added

Missed Ascension

"I just learned about the program myself. I've been gathering my own evidence. Maybe we can figure out what's going on together."
―Frank Dean to Oscar Gonzalez[src]

To be added

Leslie's Threat

"Aura, Frances, we have a problem. And its name is Leslie Ellerh Dean."
―Frank Dean to Aura and Frances[src]

To be added

Losing the Church

"That man is the real apostate. He tried to steal the Church from my daughter and my granddaughter."
"No, that is not what... Get off of me! I am Frank Dean! You will listen to me as I journey into the brightness!"
Susan Ellerh and Frank Dean[src]

To be added

Personality

"You are so consumed with self-doubt, so desperate for approval, that you miss what is right in front of you."
Leslie Dean to Frank Dean[src]

Despite appearing as a nice father and generally speaking as a friendly figure, which was often used as part of the Church of Gibborim's propaganda showing the perfect Dean family, one of Frank's main traits was his lack of self-confidence. Frank grew to blame his wife Leslie for it, claiming that she was the one who had convinced him that he was unsignificant. It is true, however, that Frank had to overcome many ordeals in his life that led him to lose trust in himself, such as the end of his acting career, the fact that he failed to ascend to the rank of Ultra in the Church's hierarchy, and the shocking reveal that Leslie had cheated on him with Jonah and that Karolina was not his biological daughter. Frank's desperate wish to gain value and importance even caused him to temporarily side with Jonah, even though he had been alerted by Karolina that Jonah had influenced PRIDE into the perpetration of ritual murders.

Upon finally gaining importance by taking the reins of the Church of Gibborim since Leslie took a few steps back from the cult to focus on her search for Karolina, Frank was convinced that he could be someone to guide others into what he believed to be the truth. As a result, his religious fervor was significantly increased, and he genuinely believed in the possibility of miracles, not considering that they could have rational explanations (like Karolina secretly using her powers during a religious ceremony). Having become some kind of zealot, Frank was extremely worried when Leslie announced her intent to shut down the Church and did everything he could to stop her, including sending her to the Crater to reindoctrinate her. While Frank used to be able to show some humility, such as after failing to go Ultra, he was ultimately devoured by his own ambition, claiming to be "the Light and the Truth" even though the Church's adepts turned on him upon witnessing Karolina's powers.

Powers and Abilities

Former Powers

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Dean using the Healing Gloves

  • Healing: While wearing his Healing Gloves, Dean was able to heal an old man from a near death like state.

Abilities

"Whoa, and I know you might've missed a string of action movies that I made in the early aughts for the Chinese market, but my martial arts training, it's very real. I don't want to have to hurt you."
―Frank Dean to Chase Stein[src]
  • Martial Artist: During the 2000s, Dean received training in Chinese martial arts in preparation for a series of action films. He was able to disarm Oscar Gonzalez of his sidearm, but he accidentally shot and killed him.

Equipment

  • Church of Gibborim Bracelet: Like every member of the Church of Gibborim, Dean had a bracelet signaling his membership to the religious organization.
  • Healing Gloves: Dean received these special gloves from Jonah.
  • SIG Sauer P228R: Dean was held at gunpoint by Oscar Gonzalez with this weapon. When Dean attempted to steal this weapon from Gonzalez a brawl ensued and Dean fatally shot Gonzalez.

Relationships

Family

Allies

Enemies

Appearances

Appearances for Frank Dean

In chronological order:

Trivia

  • In the comics, Frank Dean and his wife Leslie are Majesdanians criminals and one of the six founding couple of the PRIDE. They were killed by the Gibborim when their ritual for human extinction failed due to the Runaways intervent.

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