* AccidentalInnuendo: Arthur's line about his sword to the Lady of the Lake sound like he was CompensatingForSomething.
-->'''Arthur Pendragon''': I need my sword, my Lady. I am not whole without Excalibur.
* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation:
** Just how evil is Xanatos exactly? Is he even truly evil, or just really, really, ''REALLY'' misguided and, in his own way, lacking for social skills?
*** Many of his deeds are understandable FromACertainPointOfView, but what he arranged for his [[PettingZooPeople trusting employee, Derek Maza]], is definitely villainous.
*** Xanatos is never cruel for cruelty's sake, but he can and will do terrible things to innocent people if it benefits him.
*** Is Xanatos truly redeemed or does he see that allying himself with the Gargoyles benefits him more than going against them? While ''The Goliath Chronicles'' went with the former interpretation, the canon comic books lean more towards the latter.
** Is Demona a tragic villain that deserves as much sympathy as her backstory provides or has her atrocities, City of Stone being a glaring example, destroyed any chance of being sympathetic and just made her a completely evil, mass murdering monster who'd blame her misfortunes on others instead of accepting the fact that she's also responsible for the misfortunes that was brought upon her.
** When he gains the power of Anubis, Jackal mocks his former teammates, Wolf and Hyena, before turning them into infants. Was this ForTheEvulz and just Jackal testing what his power could do, or by not killing them like Coyote 3.0, was it a PetTheDog moment where he removed them as an enemy but did so non-fatally?
** Is [[spoiler:Owen]] really only a persona to Puck or does he have his own individuality or sentience? It's notable that when Oberon [[spoiler:sentenced Puck to be permanently in Owen's form unless for protection/teaching]] Puck is horrified at the idea, but [[spoiler:Owen]] seems to be fine with it. Additionally it may just be a case of BecomingTheMask.
* AnimationAgeGhetto: Despite being darker than a typical Disney cartoon and trying to reach for a older audience than just children, the show still wound up a victim of this, especially due to the third season and the first volume of the season 2 DVD set underselling. Blog/CartoonBrew writer Neil Emmett, while discussing this trope [[http://www.cartoonbrew.com/ideas-commentary/how-can-we-make-adult-animation-truly-adult-86385.html disparaged the series as "juvenile mediocrities"]] in favor of overlooked indy adult animators such as Creator/JanSvankmajer and Yuri Norstein. Some fans did ''not'' take that well.
* ArcFatigue: The World Tour took a really long time to complete, though Greg Weisman insists to this day it would have been better received if the show didn't have to go on hiatus several times due to the episodes not being ready. He also admits he greatly underestimated the popularity of the Trio, and it was a mistake to remove them from the show for so long.
* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: Most of the music in the show qualifies for this, but the opening theme - with its heavy, ominous drums and Gothic fanfare - is a fan favorite.
** Becomes even more awesome when episode commentaries with the cast and crew reveal that their music budget was so low that almost every piece of music in the series was just a rearrangement of the opening theme. On a limited budget they managed to take one theme and create enough variations of it to fill a whole soundtrack. Somebody give the composer an award!
** The opening theme for "Chronicles" is also quite [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SUovZcwAVUc epic]]
* BetterOnDVD: Trust us, it truly is better on DVD. On the first run, season 1 episodes were shown ''once per week''. Season 2 had many reruns and some episodes were shown out of order, leading to confusion among fans. And there's those annoying "ToBeContinued" at the end of some episodes...
* BrokenBase:
** Some fans didn't like that [[spoiler:Brooklyn's son name is "Nashville", named after [[UsefulNotes/{{Nashville}} a city mostly known for country music]], which clash with the themes promoted in the series. Other fans are fine with it as it fits the [[LocationThemeNaming American location theme perfectly]]. Those fans argue that Brooklyn and Katana probably had a good reason to choose that name. We just don't know why yet, as the series and comic book came to a halt.]]
*** [[spoiler:Nashville wears a United States Navy t-shirt. Now think of Brooklyn's name. Think of Nashville's. The origins of Nashville's name are easy to figure out.]]
** While ''The Goliath Chronicles'' is usually met with FanonDiscontinuity (and was even declared [[CanonDiscontinuity non-canon]] by series creator Greg Weisman), there are some fans who prefer it to the canon comic book continuation by Slave Labor Graphics.
* CompleteMonster: For the most part, this series has a well-deserved reputation for sympathetic and three-dimensional villains - [[MagnificentBastard Xanatos]] pets at least as many dogs as he kicks, while [[JerkassWoobie Demona]] has an involved and tragic backstory that keeps her sympathetic despite the often extreme evil of her present appearances. There are, however, a few unrepentantly horrible ones.
** [[PsychoForHire Jackal]] is a sadistic and violent member of The Pack who gleefully participates in hunting the gargoyles for sport and abandons his humanity to become a cyborg killing machine, seeming only to take pleasure in violence and cruelty. While Jackal is often kept in check by his colleagues, season 2's "Grief" reveals what he is truly capable of. When the Egyptian God Anubis is captured by an Emir seeking to bring his dead son back to life, Jackal seizes power from the Jackal God and makes himself the god of death, torturing his enemies by aging them to the point they are almost too infirm to move and transforming his own teammates into children. Jackal proceeds to attempt to wipe out every living thing on the planet simply [[ForTheEvulz because he can]], even destroying an entire city before he is stopped.
** [[SdrawkcabName Thailog]] is a [[EvilTwin clone of Goliath]], created by [[MadScientist Anton Sevarius]] on Xanatos's orders. An EvilGenius whose only drive is his ambition to dominate, enrich himself, and control what he could, Thailog is [[EstablishingCharacterMoment introduced]] enacting a plan to steal $20 million from Xanatos, then trying to [[{{Patricide}} murder his three "fathers"]], [[ManOnFire by burning them alive]]. Later seducing Demona, Thailog attempted to trick her and Macbeth into killing one another so he could steal their fortunes and seize control of their assets for his own gain. Going on to clone the Manhattan clan as a prelude to killing them, Thailog betrays and tries to kill Demona when she stops him from killing her daughter, revealing that he had cloned Demona as well. Presumed dead for a time, Thailog later resurfaces, trying to force the clones to re-enter his service, then stabbing Goliath with a knife to collect his DNA and potentially murder him. Combining Goliath's brute strength with Xanatos's cunning and Sevarius's [[EvilIsHammy flair for the dramatic]], Thailog stands out as one of the Manhattan clan's [[CardCarryingVillain most malevolent foes]], a creature that [[EvenEvilHasStandards even Xanatos]] regards as [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone a monster]].
** Proteus of the New Olympians, from "The New Olympians" and "Seeing Isn't Believing", is a shape-shifting SerialKiller who was imprisoned after murdering the previous captain of the guard. He consistently assumes the form of his victim to mock the man's son Taurus. When he tricks his way to freedom, Proteus delights in sowing the seeds of chaos all through the city, using people's emotions against them with his powers for a sick thrill and even attempting to destroy his city and commit genocide on his own people.
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* CrazyAwesome: Matt. The seemingly all-powerful Illuminati repeatedly tried to foil his investigation, even damaging his career in the process, but he overcame every roadblock sent his way. He even turns a seeming dead end into a lead that cracks his case wide open. [[spoiler: Which is why they make him a member.]]
-->'''Matt:''' I'm funny that way.\\
'''Mace:''' You are impressive that way.
* DesignatedHero: The episode ''Pendragon'' arguably makes KingArthur and Macbeth of all people into one of these and DesignatedVillain, respectively.
** The episode concerns Arthur's quest to reclaim his lost sword, Excalibur, with Macbeth opposing him and wanting to claim the sword as his own. Problem is, Arthur essentially has no moral high ground on Macbeth: As Macbeth correctly points out, he is just as valid a candidate as Arthur as the destined wielder of Excalibur, since the prophecy surrounding it says it is to be claimed by a "timeless king". Arthur, however, spends a large part of the episode acting insulted and irritated by the sheer notion that he might have to prove his worthiness again after centuries of sleeping rather than being immediately granted the sword back, coming across as rather entitled and spoiled. When it briefly seems Macbeth has been granted the sword, Arthur's first instinct is to attack him and insist that a mistake has been made, whereas Macbeth gracefully accepts defeat upon seeing Arthur being granted the real sword. This is compounded by the fact that Arthur doesn't actually solve most of the riddles leading to the sword himself, leaving the gargoyles to do most of the brainwork and not making himself come across as much more worthy of having it than Macbeth. The episode does make a point to show that even when out of his element, Arthur is still a capable leader, but most of the things meant to demonstrate this come across as rather weak, bordering on CharacterShilling (the Lady of the Lake praises Arthur's leadership because he thought to yell at the gargoyles that they should shoot at a water monster with a lightning gun).
** Macbeth, on the other hand, does almost nothing really immoral in the whole episode, and comes off as a good deal more cunning than Arthur. His henchpeople do attempt to kill the gargoyles, but never in any scenes where Macbeth himself is present. In fact, at the start of the episode, the gargoyles actually attack Macbeth without any real provocation, pretty much an anomaly for them in the series. Although it's a bit justified in their case because Macbeth has still done villainous things (stealing the scrolls of Merlin in an attempt to siphon the magical power he thought was contained in them) even when he's not actively fighting the Gargoyles. So when the Gargoyles saw Macbeth standing on a rooftop with a bubbling cauldron they assumed based on past experience that this was bad news.
* DracoInLeatherPants:
** Macbeth is a fairly minor example -- he's an AntiVillain who's heavy on the "anti"- but a lot of his fans see him as a HeroAntagonist, which WordOfGod says he's definitely ''not'', at least when first introduced (later in the series, this may have changed).
%%%** What's done to Demona in fanfiction...
%%%** It's done a lot to Xanatos
%%%%** Thailog.
%%* EnsembleDarkhorse:
%%%** And [[HotWitch The Weird Sisters]].
* EvilIsCool:
** '''Xanatos'''! He's cunning, intelligent, charismatic enough to orcastrate masterful {{evil plan}}s, which are a major draw for this series.
** The Hunters are also cool with their [[MalevolentMaskedMen masks]] and [[WhereDoesHeGetAllThoseWonderfulToys weaponry]]. [[BadassNormal Their fighting skills are good enough to take on the gargoyles.]]
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%%%%%* EvilIsSexy: Demona, [[AxCrazy Hyena]], [[CuteGhostGirl The Banshee]], [[HotWitch The Weird Sisters]] (at least while Seline/Fury is in control), [[EveryoneLovesBlondes Robyn Canmore]], [[PerkyGoth Shari]], and [[ActionGirl Fox]] [[spoiler: at least until her HeelFaceTurn]], all qualify in spades for this. [[DracoInLeatherPants Xanatos]] easily counts as well, as does [[EvilTwin Thailog]].
* FanDislikedExplanation: Although the show is usually good at tying up loose ends, a few plot threads have been left hanging: The computer virus that Xanatos acquires in "Legion," for example, is never seen or heard of again. (Given how TechnologyMarchesOn, it is unlikely that it ever will be now.) What Titania whispered to Fox in "The Gathering" has also been left hanging; WordOfGod says that it wasn't very important anyway, and would now be a ridiculous anti-climax after so much speculation.
* FanonDiscontinuity: Most fans of the show ignore Goliath Chronicles, and dismiss it as nonexistent. Hell, that was ''before'' [[WordOfGod Weisman himself]] not only made it clear he goes by that notion, but [[CanonDiscontinuity made it official as well]].
* FoeYay:
** Xanatos basically ''[[ItMakesSenseInContext dresses up as Goliath every night.]]''
** WordOfGod is that the Banshee does have some feelings for Rory/Cu Chullain, and there was a possibility this would have been explored further had the series continued.
** WordOfGod says Demona was "a little bit in love" with Macbeth when they had their alliance in the tenth century, and that when she posed as human and hooked up with him they absolutely had sex. She also hates him more than she hates most humans. There's also "High Noon", where they are magicked to work together and snipe and snarl at one another the whole time, but also cooperate really well and act like they trust each other.
* FunnyAneurysmMoment:
** This exchange between Elisa and Xanatos in the third episode seems a lot less funny when [[spoiler: we see Xanatos ruling Manhattan as his own private nation in "Future Tense"]].
-->'''Xanatos''': The truth is that my men repelled an invasion by a rival corporation trying to steal some of our new technology.\\
'''Elisa''': "Repelled an invasion"? You're a private citizen, Xanatos, not a country!
** In a perhaps less "funny" and more ironic sense. Early on Xanatos warned Goliath that New Yorkers would soon start hunting Gargoyles, and that he would be the clan's only salvation. Skip ahead to the episode "Hunter's Moon"; a mob of angry New Yorkers are about to start a riot to kill the "monsters," and [[spoiler:Xanatos saves them by offering them a ride in his helicopter.]] Later still, in "Angels in the Night" you see that the Gargoyles are still hunted and persecuted by New Yorkers, [[spoiler: and Xanatos helping the clan out of a trap set up by the Quarrymen]].
* GeniusBonus:
** It is not essential to understanding the show, but familiarity with the myths, legends and RealLife history of some of the characters adds a whole new depth to some of the stories (on the other hand, there are some points where their inaccuracies can cause headaches amongst that same crowd).
** The 3 gargoyles who make up Coldstone are nicknamed Othello, Desdemona (Othello's mate), and Iago (Othello's enemy, who desires Desdemona). Othello was convinced Goliath tried to take Desdemona away from him. This is pretty much ''Theatre/{{Othello}}'' in a robotic, FrankensteinsMonster-like nutshell.
** Macbeth is based on the historical Macbeth, not the [[Creator/WilliamShakespeare Shakespearean]] [[{{Theatre/Macbeth}} one]]. This is off-handedly referenced in the comic, when he and Arthur commiserate on historical accuracy.
** One of the new characters introduced in the comic book continuation is an African-American butler named Quincy Hemings who works at the White House, and [[AlmightyJanitor turns out to be a high-ranking member of the Illuminati]]. If you know your American history, you might note that he has the same last name as [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sally_Hemings Sally Hemings]], the slave with whom UsefulNotes/ThomasJefferson fathered an illegitimate child. Though never explicitly spelled out, the apparent implication is that Quincy is a descendant of Thomas Jefferson, and he inherited his Illuminati membership through his ancestor's ties to the Founding Fathers (whose ranks included several prominent Freemasons).
* GrowingTheBeard: Many fans point to "City of Stone" as the point when ''Gargoyles'' made the jump from an above-average ActionAdventure cartoon to a true epic with multi-layered characters and complex story arcs. It introduced [[BelatedBackstory surprisingly detailed backstories]] for Macbeth and Demona (leading to major CharacterDevelopment for both), but it also featured the first official alliance between [[TheChessmaster David Xanatos]] and the gargoyles--firmly cementing Xanatos as the unpredictable [[TheChessmaster Chessmaster]] that we know and love.
* HarsherInHindsight:
** In the episode "Mark Of The Panther" Elisa's mother, Diana Maza, tells the story of the Panther Queen which gets a lot worse when you remember that her son Derek Maza was transformed into a panther mutate by Xanatos.
** In "Future Tense", our heroes are in a BadFuture and the WTC is missing in one scene. The episode aired in 1996 and Puck says it's a prophecy. Disturbing...
** In fact, since it's based mainly in Manhattan, the World Trade Center towers in general feature prominently in the background of a ''lot'' of scenes from this series, and sometimes in the foreground: Puck played some of his best pranks in "The Mirror" from atop those towers, for instance. This can get a bit awkward these days when showing the series to anyone too young to remember 9/11.
** Maggie Reed being so unhappy with life as a mutate that she's willing to take a potentially fatal cure in "The Cage" becomes even more tragic in retrospect in light of the ''ComicBook/BadGuys'' spin-off of the Slave Labor Graphics comic continuation, where the fourth issue had [[spoiler:a mutate named Tasha commit suicide after realizing that there's no cure for her condition]].
* HeReallyCanAct: Invoked with the creation of Thailog, as Weisman felt guilty that Keith David wasn't getting to display much of his acting range as Goliath.
* HilariousInHindsight:
** In the episode "Mark Of The Panther" [[GiantSpider Anansi]] declares his desire to turn the MaincCharacters into Panthers, Elisa spites him retorting "[[TakeThat Dream on]] Franchise/SpiderMan!". Not just does Disney own Marvel Comics now, but also Weisman was the head writer of ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan''.
** Demona, a gargoyle, flitting about [[Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame Notre Dame]]... In a dark and serious feature by Disney, no less.
** Brooklyn in Future Tense. ''Holy crap, what an asshole!''
** Goliath [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=faLvr1LyL5o at one point uses the term "Forever alone."]] [[MemeticMutation Several years later...]]
** In "Future Tense", the alternate universe Brooklyn mentions that Thailog died in the "Clone Wars". Greg Weisman is now working on a new ''Franchise/StarWars'' animated series with ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars''' supervising director Dave Filoni.
** This is not the last time Creator/DavidWarner voiced [[VideoGame/BaldursGate an evil wizard]].
** Fans disliked Preston Vogel for seeming like a rip-off of the more fleshed-out Owen. [[spoiler: Owen is an in-universe ripoff of Vogel, as he is styled after him by Puck, his true identity.]]
** In "A Bronx Tail", a child is shown reading a "[[CaptainErsatz Mega]] [[Franchise/XMen Mutants]]" Comic book near the start of the episode. It seems humorously prophetic now that Disney owns Marvel Comics.
** In "Walkabout," Anastasia Reynard, voiced by [[Series/StarTrekVoyager Kate Mulgrew]], remarks that they don't know enough about hive mind artificial intelligence. The episode originally premiered before the Borg made their debut on Voyager, where much more about the Borg was revealed then had been known previous.
*** While on the subject of Anastasia Reynard, the later reveal of her as Lady Titania, wife of Oberon, is rather amusing, considering Kate Mulgrew's later role as [[Franchise/DragonAge Flemeth, the witch of the wilds.]]
** In ''Grief'', Angela's line about "stopping the Franchise/{{avatar|TheLastAirbender}}".
*** On the subject regarding an unrelated work called Film/{{Avatar}}, one of the gargoyles that Elisa Maza, Goliath, and Angela meet in Guatemala in the episode "The Green" looks uncannily alike a Na'vi with wings. To add to that, the episode also happened to have a GreenAesop as well.
** The Hunter that Demona fights during the Renaissance uses a flying machine very similar to the type Leonardo Da Vinci designed. That wouldn't seem coincidental back then, [[VideoGame/AssassinsCreed2 but nowadays...]]
** On youtube there is a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qzu3IT590h4&ab_channel=GregXB3 compilation of cool lines said by Xanatos]], concluding with a picture saying "[[TakeThat Eat your heart out]], [[ComicBook/LexLuthor Lex]]". Guess who Luthor is quoting at one point in ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice''.
* IdiotPlot: ''Deadly Force'' requires Elisa, an experienced police officer, to be careless enough to leave her gun lying around out in the open in her apartment. Elisa herself admits after the fact that it was stupid of her not to properly secure her weapon.
* InferredHolocaust:
** Nothing is ever mentioned afterwards of the ''entire city'' which Jackal, mad with Anubis' powers, reduced to mere rubble, though the Emir/Anubis fusion mentions returning the stolen life energies we never actually see it happen.
** Demona murdered several people while they're turned to stone, plus that woman whose arms she shot off. Just how many people did she kill?
* InformedWrongness: Bodhe was intended to be a DirtyCoward and the devil on Macbeth's shoulder telling him to make the wrong decision. Creator Greg Weisman believed he slandered Bodhe worse than Shakespeare slandered Macbeth. While Bodhe's last suggestion that Macbeth break his alliance with Demona to appease the British was wrong, cowardly, and had terrible consequences, everything else he said was right.
** In the SLG comics Bodhe spends the entire battle running and hiding from Gillecomgain. This was supposed to be seen as the origin of Bodhe's cowardice, but Gillecomgain was twice his size and a raging psycho. Running and hiding was the smart move.
** When Duncan ordered Gruoch to marry Gillecomgain, Macbeth wanted to run away with her. Bodhe told Macbeth that defying Duncan would be treason and there would be no place they would be safe and if Macbeth truly loved her he would let her go. In fact, Duncan had been looking for an excuse to kill Macbeth, he probably would have killed Macbeth and Gruoch just out of spite.
** When Duncan's army was ready to attack Moray, Bodhe told Macbeth that Duncan would easily overpower Macbeth's loyal soldiers and slaughter his family and that Macbeth's only chance to save his wife and son was to surrender. Indeed, prior to Macbeth making an alliance with Demona, Duncan would have easily plowed through Macbeth's loyal soldiers and probably would have killed his wife and son.
** After Duncan's death, Bodhe advises Macbeth to kill Canmore, believing that Canmore would be trouble. This time he was proven right.
%%%%* JerkassWoobie: Macbeth and Demona to a lesser degree.
* LaughablyEvil: Sevarius. Also Thailog, although the latter is more evil than laughable.
* MagnificentBastard: David Xanatos is a charming, suave man who always thinks ten steps ahead. Having revived the Gargoyles in modern day, Xanatos befriends them while manipulating them into stealing technology for him while pretending to be an innocent party. After being defeated and sent to prison, Xanatos sets up further plans to make himself look like a model citizen while securing an early parole for his lover Fox, while constantly tricking the Gargoyles into handling problems for him. Even his own wedding shows Xanatos's endless capacity for maintaining an advantage: warping himself and all the wedding guests into the past, Xanatos ends the adventure by having a rare coin set aside to be sent to himself a thousand years in the future when it will be worth a fortune, allowing him to kick start his own career. Rarely at a loss for a contingency and never losing his smile, Xanatos is rarely ever one-upped in series and often proves his boast that nothing is beyond his capacity to control.
* MoralEventHorizon:
** Xanatos went over it for Elisa in "Metamorphosis". It's unlikely she'll ever forgive him completely.
** Lexington [[spoiler:was never really able to get over being duped by the Pack, though he eventually forgives Fox, if only for the sake of baby Alexander.]]
** Demona goes over it truly in "City of Stone", [[spoiler:where she ends up breaking, and thus murdering, an untold number of humans turned to stone]].
** The Pack all get one, [[spoiler:when they irreversibly change their bodies into stronger but more monstrous forms, with the exception of AntiVillain Dingo, who goes for a suit of powered armor that of course does nothing to change his actual body.]]
** Jon Canmore crosses it when he tries to kill Vinnie for disobeying him.
* MostAnnoyingSound: [[OurBansheesAreLouder The Banshee's wail]], in and out of universe. Granted, [[CaptainObvious that was the whole point]], but sitting through all her scenes was painful.
* {{Narm}}: Occasionally the series' trademark melodrama goes a bit too far.
** In "A Lighthouse In the Sea of Time", Robbins takes care to make sure that his delivery of the ReadingIsCoolAesop doesn't become preachy or narmy. Broadway, on the other hand, is a bit too [[LargeHam hammy]] when he pontificates on the magic of the written word.
** Demona's multitude of sultry poses while revealing her ability to turn human to Elisa in "High Noon." Weisman admits he has no idea what anyone was thinking with this one.
** There's a few episodes that try to build suspense over who a character in the shadows is, but the design and/or the voice makes it immediately obvious.
** The gargoyles learn about the curse of Demona and Macbeth being the only ones who can kill each other fairly early in Season 2, yet they ''repeatedly'' keep assuming Demona has been killed some other way. [[note]] Knowing something intellectually but having confidence in it are two different things. The only time she appeared to die after "City of Stone" was in "The Reckoning" and she wasn't declared dead, Goliath was just unsure. Angela had just gone through an emotional wringer. [[/note]]
%%%%** In "Deadly Force". (NOTE) bullets ricochet inside the body, off of bones, and can fragment depending on the bullet and caliber. Especially if the bullets are made of lead.
* OnlyTheCreatorDoesItRight: Given the fandom's reaction to [[FanonDiscontinuity season 3]], most people see Greg as the true storyteller of the series.
* PopularWithFurries: Several varieties of anthropomorphic beasts appear across the show's run, and several of them are {{Walking Shirtless Scene}}s.
* TheProblemWithLicensedGames: Averted. The Sega Genesis game is an all-around excellent, albeit NintendoHard, action-platformer.
* RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap: Princess Katherine and the Magus were initially seen as a soonty and ungrateful idiots but they are are much better received by the audience once they TookALevelInBadass and [[TookALevelInKindness Kindness]].
* RonTheDeathEater: This is done a lot to Goliath in fanfiction. It's isually in stories that give Demona the DracoInLeatherPants treatment. There was a period where it got so bad, that when it was being discussed on one of the forums, Creator/GregWeisman himself had to comment: http://www.s8.org/gargoyles/askgreg/search.php?rid=262
%%%%% How so?
%%%%* TheScrappy: Matt Bluestone. Even after he got some CharacterDevelopment he was still viewed as this by some.
* SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped:
** "Deadly Force." They wanted to push AnAesop about gun safety in there, and they pulled it off perfectly.
** ''City of Stone'' was anything but subtle in conveying the Aesop that killing never solves anything, but the scene in which the Weird Sisters and Goliath stop Macbeth from killing Demona wouldn't have been nearly as powerful otherwise.
* SpiritualAdaptation: "The Hound of Ulster" is essentially an adaptation of the debut of ComicBook/TheMightyThor in ComicBook/JourneyIntoMystery #83. A modern person discovers an old stick/cane underground which turns out to be the disguised weapon of a mythological god/hero, which transforms him into said god/hero. Greg regrets this similarity.
* StrangledByTheRedString: One episode involves Brooklyn, Broadway and Lexington competeing for Angela's affections, and the episode ends without her choosing anyone. A later episode has her hooking up with Broadway, but there's not very much development of their relationship before that happens.
* TastesLikeDiabetes: From the perspective of Anton Sevarius, Angela making fast friends with Nessie (the Nessie of Loch Ness, to be precise) falls under this trope.
-->'''Sevarius:''' If it gets any more saccharine in there, I'm going to put a finger down my throat.
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter: Weisman admits that he really should have done more with the Weird Sisters, after receiving many complaints that after their intriguing introduction in "City of Stone," they're ultimately revealed to just be cardboard evil henchmen for the Archmage.
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot: One of the big reasons why ''The Goliath Chronicles'' is FanonDiscontinuity is a waste of potential. The closure for the characters in the show could've been handled a lot better. A case can be made with Demona in ''Generations'', where she could've had a proper HeelFaceTurn. But instead, after being rejected by her daughter, Angela, for manipulating her to get Goliath killed in a plot to be welcomed back into the clan, she cries after watching Angela leave with the clan, [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome and is never seen or heard from again.]] The fact that TGC was loaded with {{Filler}} didn't help matters either.
* UglyCute: A majority of the gargoyles, quite a few of whom actually aren't ugly at all. Broadway, for instance, is hairless and chubby, but also huggable.
* UnintentionallyUnsympathetic: There are a few characters in the show who have good intentions and even seemingly sympathetic backstories but don't fully come off as sympathetic characters themselves due to their own character flaws and/or actions in the course of the series.
** Derek/Talon had every right to be angry/saddened at being turned into a Mutate with seemingly no chance at curing himself. However, the fact that he repeatedly didn't listen to Elisa about how bad of an influence Xanatos was and continuously blamed and attacked Goliath for his own condition makes him come off as less of a sympathetic victim and more of an unlikable JerkAss.
** Halcyon Renard may have been a man dedicated more or less to "integrity" and he also had a disease which confined him to a wheelchair, in addition to losing his wife because of his devotion to said integrity. Unfortunately, as all his morals went down the drain the moment he got a stronger and more powerful body in the Golem, causing wanton destruction and property damage all across Prague, making himself guilty of all the things he attacked Goliath over back when he lectured Goliath about causing damage to his own property.
** Oberon himself had every legal right to reclaim Avalon as his own, and he was never really an outright evil being. He also probably had a legitimate point about how he needed to take Alexander under his care due to his magical powers. However, because he behaved like such an insufferable and entitled [[JerkAssGods Jerk Ass God]] to begin with, very few people outright sympathize with him and/or want him to succeed no matter [[JerkAssHasAPoint how right he may have been]] over Avalon's ownership or Alex needing proper Third Race guidance to be able to control his powers.
** Jon Canmore's whole motivation for suddenly becoming hateful and vengeful toward gargoyles is solely because he believed they killed his brother, Jason. But when Jason turns up alive and tries to defuse the situation, Jon refuses to listen to him. He tries to shoot Goliath, and Jason ends up TakingTheBullet. Jon says "What have I - what have ''they'' done?" as a CallBack to Demona's StartOfDarkness, but it doesn't really work here since the gargoyles literally didn't do ''anything'' (unlike the humans who actually did smash Demona's clan in their stone forms) - Jon fired the weapon and Jason chose to jump in the line of fire. Jason doesn't even die from ''this'' either! All in all, Jon's motivation for becoming the leader of an anti-Gargoyle Ku Klux Klan {{Expy}} makes little sense and does not endear him to the audience at all.
* WhatAnIdiot: Oh, so many that it could have its own page. Let's start at the beginning.
** Yes, people of Castle Wyvern, treat the gargoyles -- half of your fighting force -- like crap and act like {{Ungrateful Bastard}}s after they save you from the Vikings. Surely this won't cause problems later on when you need them the most.[[note]]A stupid decision, but one remniscient of several incidents in actual history. Almost every class-based revolution starts from very similar seeds.[[/note]]
** Princess Katherine's father, Prince Malcolm, wasn't much smarter. Although he seemed to get along fairly well with the gargoyles, he had a bad habit of telling a young Katherine scary bedtime stories about them. Because telling your heir and future leader of the realm that your people's greatest allies are child-eating monsters can't possibly backfire. In fact, when Hudson calls him on it, he just laughs it off, saying Hudson is too sensitive.
** Brooklyn giving Demona the powerful grimoire despite the fact she tried to kill him the last time they met. Although the fact that she had just saved him from a pack of angry bikers might have made him a bit more willing to hear her out on the evils of humanity.
** Elisa being dumb enough to leave her gun lying around loaded for anyone to find in ''Deadly Force''. While she may have been a single woman who was accustomed to living alone and not having guests randomly show up out of nowhere, you would think that an experienced police officer like her would already know better than to just leave her gun lying around like that. She forgot that Broadway has a tenth-century education and only knows about guns from movies.
** Derek's desire for revenge against Goliath after his mutation included being highly aggressive towards his own sister, believing she was siding with Goliath and making it clear he wanted to kill Goliath and she couldn't prevent it forever. Never, not once, does he even consider the possibility that his own sister that he loves and who loves him and who grew up together with him, may actually be right about Xanatos being the one who caused Derek's mutation. Add to this the fact that she had been trying to warn him about Xanatos long before this and even gave him proof of Xanatos' misdeeds in a recorded tape, that he clearly never bothered to listen to, instead choosing to trust Xanatos more than his own sister, and not only does he fit this trope, but his ending up mutated was mostly his own fault.
* WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids: An all-adult cast, serious explorations on issues like prejudice and genocide from the first episode, and a VerySpecialEpisode about the consequences of gun usage (which isn't painted in black-and-white like other Aesops). Not something you'd really see in most Disney animation, much less Disney television in the time that it aired; the closest thing to even aesthetically match it during its runtime at the Disney Afternoon block would have been ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck''.
* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotPolitical: The episode "Deadly Force" was accused by the NRA and other Pro-Gun ownership groups of being intended to promote gun control. Weisman responded to these claims by stating that if he was intending to influence political thinking then he picked a very poor time to do so, that being on November 18, ten days after the 1994 midterm elections, when elections for Congress, State and most local offices would have concluded by then. He also clarified that the message of that episode is that guns were weapons that could harm people, thus they must be handled responsibly and that it contained no intended advocating for one side or the other.
* TheWoobie:
** Many characters take turns with this, but Goliath, Elisa, and Macbeth stand out the most. Just watch Macbeth's back story in "City Of Stone" and try not to feel pity towards him at the end.
** Poor Brooklyn just can't catch a break. Even the one good thing that does happen to him (being named Goliath's second) just makes his life ''that much worse.''