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October 24, 1994 – February 15, 1997

The series features a species of nocturnal creatures known as Gargoyles that turn to stone during the day, focusing on a clan led Goliath. The clan lives in the year 994 in a castle in medieval Scotland where they exist in an uneasy truce with humans until they are betrayed and cursed to remain frozen in stone until the castle "rises above the clouds." In 1994, billionaire David Xanatos purchases the Gargoyles' castle and has it reconstructed atop his New York skyscraper, awakening the six remaining Gargoyles. In trying to adjust to their new world they are aided by a sympathetic NYPD officer, Elisa Maza, and quickly come into conflict with the machiavellian Xanatos. In addition to dealing with the Gargoyles' attempts to adjust to modern New York, the series also incorporated various supernatural threats to their safety and to the world at large.

Main Characters



The clan leader; named for the Biblical giant by the people of Castle Wyvern.



Elder, and former leader of the Wyvern Clan; now advisor. Hudson is named for the river.



Overweight and good-natured; named for the street. Broadway has developed a strong dislike of guns and a great appreciation for old movies.



Smallest of the clan, and a technical wizard; named for the avenue. Lexington harbored bitter hatred against The Pack, but attempted to reconcile with Fox after moving back to the castle.



Dog-like gargoyle beast; named for the New York borough.



Daughter of Goliath and Demona, she was raised on Avalon and joined the Manhattan clan in the middle of the second season. Angela is so named because of her angelic nature.



Young second-in-command with a somewhat sarcastic and impetuous attitude but a knack for strategy. Named for the New York borough. He harbors bitter hatred against Demona after she tricked him. Forty seconds after being whisked away in time by The Phoenix Gate (but 40 years later, from Brooklyn's perspective), Brooklyn was returned to his correct time, older and with a family.



Goliath's former mate and Angela's biological mother; not frozen in stone like the others, she lived through the thousand years because of a magical pact with Macbeth and developed a hatred of all humans, making her an enemy of the clan. She was named by Macbeth, after her demonic fighting skills.

Elisa Maza


Elisa is a NYPD detective, friend of the Gargoyles, and later love interest for Goliath.



Macbeth, former King of Scotland, was loosely based on the Shakespearean character as well as the real historical figure. He is eternally bound to Demona and is forced to live in conflict with her forever; neither one can die until one kills the other. Initially an enemy of the gargoyles, he later becomes their ally.

David Xanatos


One of the primary antagonists in the series, Xanatos' behavior is often ruthless and amoral, although his personality is slightly softened later in the series by his affection for his wife Fox and their son Alex. His plans are often intricate and Machiavellian. However, he is notably not vindictive as he sees revenge as foolish and even tends to try to see the positive side of his defeats. In fact, his plans often work out beneficially to him in one way or another, despite the frequent intervention of Goliath, Xanatos' arch-rival, and his clan of Gargoyles. He is obsessed with obtaining immortality for himself and his family. His loyal right-hand man is Owen Burnett, a stoic man with extraordinary hidden talents Xanatos gained through equally remarkable circumstances.

Xanatos is a formidable fighter in his own right. In addition to advanced karate and judo skills, he also has a specialized red armored suit modeled on his Steel Clan that he wears frequently. He also has a highly advanced AI and cyborg clone modeled after himself, designed to do his bidding; it impersonates and represents him whenever he needs it to. This robot became the leader of the criminal group The Pack under the name of Coyote and there was a time where he actually used it to try to capture the actual Coyote spirit.

The Pack


The Pack—Wolf, Jackal, Hyena, Coyote, and formerly Fox and Dingo—are mercenaries organized by Xanatos first to be TV stars, then to hunt gargoyles. They were subsequently "upgraded" into more deadly forms through the use of genetic and cybernetic enhancements. Unlike the others, Coyote is a robot constructed in Xanatos' image, sent to infiltrate and lead the Pack. Lexington harbors a bitter hatred against them.

Tony Dracon


An organized crime figure in New York, Dracon knows about the Manhattan Clan that often foil his plans, and has a score to settle with Elisa. He often clashes with Goliath and Broadway. In his last appearance, he was imprisoned with Czech gangster Brod.
Even in my prepubescent youth, whenever I would hear "And we live again!", I would get a stiffy.