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Publication Information
Publisher Pride Comics
First appearance Pride High #1
Created by Sissy Boy
Character Information
Alter ego Albert "Bert" Ash
Gender Hermaphroditic, identifies as male
Ethnicity Tla-o-qui-aht, Nuu-chah-nulth-aht (First Nations), Canadian
Place of birth Vancouver Island, British Colombia
Orientation Undecided
Age 15
Eyes Brown
Hair A mixture of deep black with stripes of intense red in three places
Height 5'10"
Weight 150 lbs
Team affiliation Poseidon Prep student
Notable aliases Barnacle
Powers Exoskeleton, hair control

Barn'cle is the heroic name of Bert Ash, student at Poseidon Prep.


Barn'cle grew up in a small First Nations Village in British Columbia, Canada. It was a coastal town and he spent a lot of time in the water as a child, but it was not until his 13th birthday that he realized he could stay underwater for long periods of time with his "gift". This news was well received by the people of his tribe and seen as a further sign of his uniqueness. The tribe had held him in high regard as a link between this world and the spiritual world due to his hermaphroditism. His genital presentation provided him with the opportunity to claim a number of different sociosexual roles and while he was not ready to choose one, he is considering his options.

Powers and abilitiesEdit

Barn'cle has a thick exo-skeleton that emerges when he is submerged in water. While he has no control over the exoskeleton's thickness or length (i.e., he can't use his exoskeleton to encompass another team member or members... yet), the exoskeleton covers his whole body and allows him to stay underwater for extended periods of time. The exoskeleton is hexagonally shaped as though it were made of six individual but connected plates (like an actual barnacle). The exoskeleton functions as both a defensive and offensive weapon, and aids Barn'cle's natural swimming talent. When underwater, Barn'cle has two other powers that emerge. One is that his back (from his shoulders to just below his buttocks) secretes a sticky substance that allows him to anchor himself to either a moving vehicle or a large acquatic animal. The second is that his hair becomes a weapon for him to control. At his will, Barnacles's hair extends itself, grabs and hurls objects, and helps him climb like the cirri of a barnacle.

In addition to his powers, Barn'cle is very smart and has a particular interest in biology. He is a trained fisher, but in most areas of combat and social life his skills are poor.


Barnacle is a dreamer. He is friendly and is able to make friends, but often finds himself alone - sitting quietly, thinking, and reading. He appears enigmatic, when, in fact, he is just a little withdrawn. He is fiercely loyal and interested in exploring his sexuality. He feels a bit removed from his culture and his family, but is interested in learning about where his fellow students come from.

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