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"The Spectacular Gargoyles" is a [[JournalRoleplay roleplaying community]] composed of anonymous fans of the shows of GregWeisman. Previously located on {{Twitter}}, the [[UsefulNotes/{{Roleplaying}} Roleplay]] expanded rapidly after migrating to question-asking site Formspring.

"The Spectacular Gargoyles," as the name implies, takes place in a SharedUniverse created by combining the casts/settings of WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}} and [[WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan The Spectacular Spider-Man]], a {{Crossover}} first explored by Weisman himself in the [[RadioDrama radio play]] [[http://www.s8.org/gargoyles/askgreg/search.php?rid=843 Religious]] [[http://www.s8.org/gargoyles/askgreg/search.php?rid=844 Studies 101:]] [[http://www.s8.org/gargoyles/askgreg/search.php?rid=845 A Handful]] [[http://www.s8.org/gargoyles/askgreg/search.php?rid=846 of Thorns]].

The group is composed of a wide variety of characters from both series, with a number of additions from [[AllMythsAreTrue world mythology]], ClassicLiterature, and the wider MarvelUniverse ([[TheChroniclesOfNarnia plus]] [[Film/{{Labyrinth}} a]] [[Disney/SleepingBeauty few]] [[Disney/AtlantisTheLostEmpire others]] [[ThrowItIn thrown in]] JustForFun. Some of these suggest relationship with the {{Franchise/Buildingverse}}[[note]]Namely Goblin King Jareth being the son of [[Webcomic/GirlsNextDoor Jadis]] and the [[{{Webcomic/Roommates}} Erlkönig]] is right out of it.[[/note]].) to round out the cast. A list of all the characters involved can be found [[Characters/TheSpectacularGargoyles here]].

The Roleplay is notable in at least two regards: first, that it takes place entirely in RealTime, and second that there have been no incidences thusfar of [[Analysis/BreakingCharacter Breaking Character]] on the part of the still-anonymous players. It's not perfect, but the amount of effort put in by the group has clearly been monumental, and if you have the patience necessary it's truly an engrossing read.

Now has a [[Recap/TheSpectacularGargoyles Recap page]] summarizing the major [[StoryArc Story Arcs]] that have occurred so far.

More recently, the Roleplay has also gained a spin-off group that explores a number of [[AlternateUniverse Alternate Universes]], as introduced through [[CaptainAtom Thomeheb's]] [[CoolGate Gateway]]. For more details, see [[Roleplay/TheSpectacularOmniverse The Spectacular Omniverse]].

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!!Provides Examples Of [[YMMV/TheSpectacularGargoyles (YMMV tropes here)]]:

* AbortedArc: What ever happened to Artemis's oath of revenge on Aphrodite for her betrayal, or of the Oberati's hunt for Typhon, the one remaining Mab supporter?
* ActionGirl: Oh so many, Angela, Elisa, Fox, and Demona of course, as well as Katana, Coco, Angelique, Hunter, and even bits of Una and Lunette.
* ActorAllusion: The characters never resist a chance to take a shot at their original voice actors, or {{lampshade}} certain qualities that they share.
* ActingForTwo: Considering the sheer number of characters that have shown up, (Around 250 from both SpecSpidey, Gargoyles, and beyond) several roles are clearly being played by the same people.
* AdaptiveArmor: The New Olympian Armor that that Demona sold (And Fleur and LTC Stacy stole from) HYDRA. It can adapt to any species and any environment.
* AffablyEvil: Peredur, who, when the world was threatened by Mab, handed the Spear of Destiny over to Arthur hoping that it could be used to destroy her. [[spoiler: It did]]
* AllGuysWantCheerleaders: Subverted. Rand breaks up with Sally Avril because she wants him to join the Quarrymen and he thinks they're "full of crap".
* AllMythsAreTrue: Duh...It's a crossover between Gargoyles and Spider-Man.
* AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs On New Years Eve, 2011/2012 Falstaff's gang took control of New Camelot.
* TheAloner: Demona, as in the show.
* AlphaBitch: Sally Avril.
* AmbiguouslyGay: Lexington and Staghart. However they have been much less subtle about Staghart.
* AnyoneCanDie: Just ask George Stacy, Ned Lee, Poseidon, Mandy, Behemoth, Monparnasse, Gwen Stacy, Norman Osborn, Natsilane, and Beth Maza.
* TheAtoner: Dingo, Robyn Canmore, Yama, Fang, Sandman
* AttractiveBentGender: Loki spent much of his time in the form of an attractive female.
* BadassBoast: "I am Baron Wolfgang von Strucker, one of the Führer's hand chosen and Leader of HYDRA!" Countered with "I am Arthur Pendragon, the Once and Future King."
* BalefulPolymorph: Mab's preferred method of dealing with someone who fails her. She turned Aphrodite into a vulture and Balor into a skin full of [[FateWorseThanDeath wine]].
* BecauseDestinySaysSo: Literally, the Stone of Destiny is a talking rock.
* BigBadEnsemble: Demona, Queen Mab, David Xanatos, Thailog, Norman Osborn, Dr. Octopus, Morgana le Fay.
* BiggerBad: The Illuminati Society as a whole.
* BilingualBonus: Mysterio's latin spells. Merlin even comments on them when he fights him, but does not actually translate them.
* BoldInflation: J. Jonah Jameson. Just J. Jonah Jameson.
* CallBack: Often, to the shows that they were based on, and to events that have occurred since, in-story
* CardCarryingVillain: Proteus, Green Goblin, and Mab. She comes up a lot.
* CastAsAMask: Spider-Man and Peter Parker have separate accounts, ditto Green Goblin and Norman Osborn, and Owen and Puck. Hobgoblin and Roderick Kingsley seemed to be separate accounts, with the Kingsley account being his true identity, but "Kingsley" turned out to be Daniel (most of the time) and Hobgoblin was always Roderick Kingsley.
* CharacterDevelopment: All the characters appear to grow and change, as their canon counterparts do.
* ChekhovsGun: Too many to count. They do this a lot. The Crown of Thorns and the Spear of Destiny from the Radio Play become this in Grail Arc, then the Spear becomes this in the Mab arc. Then there is the throwaway scene when Lacunae first meets Thomeheb, and we see Tinkerer is working on something large underneath a tarp...a MONTH later we find out it's Thomeheb's Gateway to other Universes.
* TheChessmaster: Osborn, Thailog, Xanatos, Thomeheb, Coldsteel, Dracula, and Doctor Octopus all have this.
* ContinuityNod: Frequently.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Xanatos, of course. But also Thailog, Norman Osborn, Thomeheb, Roderick Kingsley, L. Thompson Lincoln, Dominique Destine, for some reason they love this.
* {{Crossover}}: Thanks to Thomeheb's little gate, we've seen glimpses at Series/BabylonFive, Literature/{{Animorphs}}, Series/StargateAtlantis, KimPossible, TheHeroesOfOlympus, Literature/{{Discworld}}, TheDresdenFiles, and {{Inuyasha}}, just to name a few. And of course, the RP is itself a crossover. Not just with {{The Spectacular Spider-man}} but it's also implied that AtlantisTheLostEmpire, Film/{{Labyrinth}}, and the "real world" portions of TheChroniclesOfNarnia take place in this Universe as well.
* CrossoverCosmology: Especially prevalent during the Mab arc, most of the Children of Oberon have quieted down lately, but we saw tons and tons of mythological figures fighting side by side...Many of whom weren't yet covered in the original Gargoyles.
* {{Cult}}: The Demon's Talon
* CuteMonsterGirl: Played straight and averted with Constance.
* DeadpanSnarker: Spidey, of course. But also Brooklyn, Nashville, and Staghart.
* DirtyOldMan: The Vulture.
* DisproportionateRetribution: Lacunae Rahdan gets mutated into a gargoyle-mutate named Raksha and attempts to do the same to lots and lots of other humans. She also desperately wants to meet and please Demona. When she and Demona do finally meet, Demona smacks Raksha in the face with the steel butt of her bazooka, kicks her onto her stomach and rips her wings right off, tears out her tail, rips her horns right off her skull, and is briefly tempted to rip her glowing eyes out too, but tosses her off a building instead to slowly bleed out and watch the world fade as she dies. Demona does this not because Raksha ate a human being, not because she was making gargoyles look bad, no Demona did this because Raksha did nothing other than offend Demona's gargoyle supremacist ideology by merely existing.
* DownerEnding: Occasionally, due to the fact that the RP largely takes place in real time. The Halloween Mini-arc was a definite downer, as [[spoiler: Dracula turned the London Clan's only human friend (besides King Arthur) into a vampire, forcing Griff and Arthur to kill her, which was Dracula's plan all along, as he wants them all dead and she was the only one passionate enough to get a pro-gargoyle movement going. Worse yet, there are gargoyle claw marks on her mutilated vampire corpse.]]
* TheDragon: The Erlking was this to Mab. And a damn scary one too. Also Coldsteel had become this for Demona.
* EveryoneJoinTheParty: This happens twice. The first time during the Grail Arc when Duval uses the Spear of Destiny and Crown of Thorns to literally subjugate every human being on the planet. Just about every active player had a cameo when this happened when every human dropped to their knees (some to hilarious results) results and chanted "Amen" and we all saw them again when Duval's control was broken. This happened again during the climax of the Mab arc. Every single character put in an appearance whether they were aiding in the fight against Mab, or narrowly avoiding collateral damage.
* EvilCannotComprehendGood: Oberon, in response to Mab: It's why you lost the first time, Mother. What you continuously fail to understand.My power does not come from my magic. Nor Avalon. But from my true friends and allies. Something you'll never understand.*An army of Oberon's Children suddenly materialize on the buildings surrounding the Empire State Building.**A moment later, Brooklyn and Goliath Come charging in, leading two waves of gargoyles from the Manhattan, Avalon, and London Clans, and Spider-Man too* Triples as a {{Callback}} to the episode "The Mirror" and as a BigDamnHeroes moment.
* EvilSorcerer: Prospero
* EvilutionaryBiologist: Sevarius
* EvilScientist: Tinkerer
* TheFairFolk
* FanDisservice: Demona has Goliath chained in a dungeon (uh oh), strips down naked (so far, so good), sits on his lap and carresses him (admit it, fanboys, you wish it was you), and then she stabs him and proceeds to brutally torture him... Squick.
* FantasyKitchenSink
* FantasticRacism: Quarrymen to Gargoyles. Gargoyles to Humans. New Olympians to Humans. Jove to the Gargoyles of New Olympus.
* FateWorseThanDeath: What happened to Loki after the Mab Arc.
* FiveBadBand
** The Sinister Six
*** The BigBad: Doctor Octopus, the leader of the bunch and perhaps the most competent.
*** TheDragon: Electro wields more raw power than anyone else on the team, and is also the most loyal to Doc Ock.
*** The EvilGenius: Vulture, a GadgeteerGenius.
*** TheBrute: Rhino.
*** The DarkChick: Mysterio. The closest thing to an ordinary guy on the team. And he's a drama queen.
*** The SixthRangerTraitor: Black Cat, and Proteus.
** The Ultra-Pack
*** The BigBad: Coyote.
*** TheDragon: Tazmanian Tiger.
*** The EvilGenius: Jackal
*** The DarkChick: Hyena
*** TheBrute: Wolf
*** The SixthRanger: Kraven the Hunter
*** The SixthRangerTraitor: Black Cat
*** TheManBehindTheMan: David Xanatos
** Clan Nightstone
*** The BigBad: Demona
*** TheDragon: Coldsteel
*** The EvilGenius: Erichthonius (well, he's book smart. Very book smart. But not really a diabolical genius.)
*** The DarkChick: Cordelia
*** TheBrute: Demona's Fu-Dog
* FiveManBand
** The Manhattan Clan.
*** TheHero: Goliath
*** TheLancer: Brooklyn (originally Hudson)
*** TheMentor: Hudson (who was originally the leader of the clan before he passed it onto Goliath and "Mentor" was even his actual title back in the day)
*** TheSmartGuy: Lexington
*** TheBigGuy: Broadway
*** TheChick: Elisa and later Angela
*** TeamPet: Bronx, Fu-Dog, and Boudicca.
*** SixthRanger: Coldstone and Coldfire, as well as Katana, Nashville, Tachi, Amp, and Lunette.
** The Redemption Squad:
*** TheHero: Hunter
*** TheLancer: Dingo
*** TheSmartGuy: Matrix
*** TheBigGuy: Yama
*** TheChick: Fang (much to his chagrin)
*** SixthRanger: Sandman, Silver Sable, and Victoria Hand
*** TheManBehindTheMan: The Director
** The Knights of New Camelot
*** TheHero: King Arthur Pendragon
*** TheLancer: Sir Griff
*** TheSmartGuy: Natsilane
*** TheBigGuy: Rory Dugan aka Cu Chullain
*** TheChick: Blanchefleur and Beth Maza.
*** TheMentor: Merlin
*** TheSixthRanger: William Stacy.
* GenreSavvy: A lot of characters, both good and bad are this...This is both, good and bad.
* TheIlluminati
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: Demona on the Green Goblin's glider. She got better.
* ItsAlwaysMardiGrasInNewOrleans Justified, because the arc and battle for the "Call of the Wendigo" arc DID take place on Mardis Gras.
* TheMissusAndTheEx: Brooklyn, Katana, and Tamora. But averted, the moment Tamora appeared back in Brooklyn's life, he went to Katana and told her everything.
* MsFanService: Demona. While very much in character, she has had more gratuitous nude scenes than any other character except for Raksha who went naked all the time after her mutation.
* MyGirlIsASlut: It has been very heavily implied that Xanatos and Fox are swingers. It has also been implied that Roderick Kingsley and his arm candy of the week are regular partners. It has also been implied that the Osborns are no longer welcome at such parties the Xanatoses host.
* MythologyGag All the Oberon's Children ''love'' to do this. Like with Set and lettuce. Or with or Ares's "Little-miss-turns-rape-victims-into-horrifying-monsters" epithet for Athena.
* NightmareFuel: Mab is this In-Universe. Casting a spell that causes ''every'' character to have nonstop nightmares for weeks on end.
* [[ScrewedByTheNetwork Screwed by Formspring]]: The announcement that formspring was going to shut down grinded things to a halt for several weeks. Before that some dead characters had their accounts deleted due to inactivity.
* SecretIdentity: Spider-Man is Peter Parker; Dominique Destine is Demona; the Green Goblin is Norman Osborn; John Castaway is Jon Canmore; Hunter is Robyn Canmore; Cu Chullain is Rory Dugan; Owen is Puck, the Hobgoblin is Roderick Kingsley.
* SharedUniverse: It appears that Greg X's fanfic, Rhapsody, is set in the same universe, albeit 43 years down the road. A descendant of Cordelia appears in the Labyrinth in his 2198 fics, too.
* ShoutOut: Often. To Greg Weisman's other works, and anything else that is appropriate for the situation. For example, Griff was wounded by HYDRA, but he brushes it off as "Merely a flesh wound."
* ShownTheirWork: The players for the Leader of the New Olympian Clan and Jove have very clearly done their research on Egyptian and Greco-Roman civilization.
* ShowWithinAShow: As in "Gargoyles," The Pack were once a popular TV show, and both WITCH and WesternAnimation/YoungJustice currently are popular TV shows.
* TheStoryteller: Shari.
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: Thailog does NOT watch MyLittlePony
* TailorMadePrison: The Vault and the Raft.
* TakeThat: The supremacist, violent, PETA-like PIT was an obvious shot at the cardboard cutout hippie PIT Crew from "The Goliath Chronicles" which has also imbibed its way into many "Gargoyles" fanfics, even those written by TGC haters.
* ThisJustIn: The RP just stopped in place when, in Real Life, it was announced that OsamaBinLaden had been killed. The characters then celebrated, in character, in their own way. Even some of the [[EvenEvilHasStandards villains were at Ground Zero in civilian identities celebrating]]. Demona, of course, was probably the only one who didn't care either way.
* ThoseWackyNazis: Baron Strucker and HYDRA.
* TokenEvilTeammate: Despite being a sociopathic, self professed Lord of Chaos reviled by most members of the Third Race, Set sided with Oberon in both wars against Mab, solely because his archenemy Apophis was supporting Mab.
* TheUnfairSex: Betty Brant gets upset when Ned is nice to a waitress he's tipping. She cheats on him with Flash Thompson.
* ValentinesDayEpisodes: Just about every couple got in on Valentine's Day. Some had quiet dates, some went out, some hooked up, some had epic sex, some struck out, and some relationships were shown to be teetering on the edge of collapse. Throw in a marriage proposal too.
* VanHelsingHateCrime: The Quarrymen's murder of Montparnasse during the London Clan Exposed arc being a prominant example.
* TheVoiceless: Averted with Emily Osborn. She speaks and she's a cast-iron bitch. Played straight with Nought, Pistol (who both "speak" entirely in ellipses), and Claw (who uses emoticons). Hammerhead's chauffeur and Debra Whitman also have yet to speak.
* TheWildHunt
* XanatosGambit: Well [[TropeNamer DUH!]] Way, way, WAY too many to count.
* YearOutsideHourInside: Interestingly done...since everything takes place more or less in real time, when the characters go to Avalon, they spend a lot of time there. The sun rises there, and the gargoyles spend two weeks (from a real world perspective) in stone sleep. Spidey is there too, and when he get's back he ends up in trouble with Aunt May ''and'' Gwen due to it being almost a month later.

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