Interspecies Romance: With Elisa. It's done with much better timing and respect for the characters than usual. Despite their Superman-style initial meeting, they start out as Platonic Life Partners. Were it not for certain events brought about by Demona and Puck, they may have gone on that way: instead there was a sudden burst of UST, leading to a moving Better as Friends moment - after which they remained friends due to the considerable obstacles in the way of Interspecies Romance; for a while.
Luke, You Are My Father: To Angela. He knew; he just didn't think it was a huge deal because of the gargoyles' cultural attitude towards children, namely that they're the children of the entire community.
Thou Shalt Not Kill: He does not have a problem with killing enemies in the heat of battle, but does when it comes to executing helpless or subdued foes. He can, however, be pushed into disregarding this, notably in the second season finale after he comes to believe the Hunters killed Angela. But even then, he didn't take too much time to make sure that they were dead after he knocked them out.
Sure the city shows an ugly face sometimes, but there is more to it than that. There's beauty here; moms that sing to their kids, the way my mom used to.
A detective with the NYPD's 23rd precinct, Elisa is the first friend the gargoyles make after the curse is broken. As such, she takes it upon herself to introduce them to their new world. She becomes very close to them, particularly Goliath, and is later considered a part of the clan.
Arbitrary Skepticism: Is an honorary member of a gargoyle clan and has met wizards and spirits but doesn't believe in the Illuminati or common urban legends. And until she met Puck in "The Mirror," she didn't believe in elves or faeries either.
Back from the Dead/Not Quite Dead: A very realistic example after Broadway accidentally shoots Elisa, she nearly dies and is literally dead for a few moments when her heart temporarily stops. Luckily she is saved in time before the worst happened during her surgery to remove the bullet.
Badass Damsel: She can take care herself pretty well in most situations.
Badass Normal: With special emphasis on the Badass. In one episode, a feral, transformed Fox has Elisa cornered, is holding her up by the shoulder of her jacket, and seems to be about to sink her teeth into her. Elisa's response is to smack Fox in the face with a sack of flour.
Secret Keeper: Deconstructed; keeping the Gargoyles a secret puts a severe strain on her relationship with her partner Matt and her family, both of whom call her on it. Later she admits that her reasons for doing so were partly selfish, wanting to feel special as their only ally.
Ultimate Job Security: She remains a valued member of the police force, despite the unexplained loss of several guns and her six-month disappearance. The last one becomes justified in that the police decide to use her six-month disappearance as an excuse to have her go undercover into a gang that popped up during her absence.
What Could Have Been: Originally, she was going to be a Mulatta (half African-American, half Mexican-American) and her name was going to be Elisa Chavez.
Wrong Genre Savvy: After she confronts Oberon in "Ill Met by Moonlight," she admits that she had been bluffing with her gun, and she didn't have any bullets. Then she quips that, fighting the king of the faeries, she would probably need silver bullets anyway. Katharine corrects her; while silver is effective against vampires and weres, faeries are particularly vulnerable to cold iron. This scene is deleted from the reruns, for some reason.
You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Though given that no one ever comments on it it is most likely a quirk of the artstyle representing glossy black hair.
Character Development: Graduates from the youthful gargoyle trio to becoming second-in-command to Goliath
A Day in the Limelight: The TimeDancer arc. He gets a few in the series proper too, such as the episode where he's promoted to second-in-command, and the episode after Goliath and Elisa leave for Avalon where he finally shows some well-earned authority.
Deadpan Snarker: The worse his lovelife get the more bitter it becomes. To the point where it's really not funny anymore...
Guile Hero: After "Deadly Force," Broadway shifts his hero worship of police from action movies to detective stories, and his attitude follows suit. He's not the smartest of the clan, but he subtly becomes less violent than any of them, excepting perhaps Lexington.
Cyborg: In Puck‘s nightmare vision in Future Tense.
Gadgeteer Genius: This is a gargoyle who was born in the 10th century and yet learned how to re-assemble a motorcycle and use a computer (along with other gadgets) in the span of a few months.
Heel-Face Turn: He turns evil in Puck‘s nightmare future vision in Future Tense. This doesn‘t appear to happen in the show's real timeline, though perhaps as a reflection of this his clone Brentwood does end up siding with Thailog in the comics.
Hero-Worshipper: He initially naively admires the Pack. Once he realizes their real natures he takes a complete turn-around and spends the most of the series with a special hatred for them.
Instant Expert: He catches on to 20th century technology very quickly.
It's Personal: He feels this way towards the Pack and at several points has to remind himself that getting revenge on them is still less important than protecting his clan.
Keet: As described by his voice actor Thom Adcox-Hernandez.
Word of Gay: He seems like he hasn't figured it out. In the comic book continuation, he meets a stag-headed male gargoyle of the London Clan named Amp who looks to be set up as a future Love Interest. Greg Weisman confirmed at the 2011 CONVergence Gargoyles panel that Lex has a crush on Amp.
Voiced by Brigitte Bako
I was raised by humans. There's no reason we can't all live in harmony.
Born and raised in Avalon, she joins Goliath in order to see what the world outside is like and to better know her father, Goliath.
All Animals Are Dogs: We never get a straight answer on what exactly Bronx is, a non-sentient subspecies of Gargoyles or what, but he certainly acts like a dog. Word of God says he's a gargoyle beast; a species separate from but closely related to gargoyles. While they superficially resemble dogs, a better analogy for their relation to gargoyles would be the relation between humans and chimpanzees.
Ascended Extra: Prior to "Avalon," Bronx tended to have very little face time - an unfortunate side effect of having no wings and no ability to speak. Also, of course, a dog(-like creature) attacking any human is pretty tough to arrange on a family-oriented show without offending somebody. The World Tour increased his presence quite a bit.
Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue, black-haired gargoyle to Brooklyn's white-haired coloration. Given the nature of their relationship, it would be logical to assume the metaphore extended to their personalities as well, with Katana being cool and patient to Brooklyn's more hot-headedness.
Tsundere: Could be inferred from Word of God's description. Whether or not she could be described as a gargoyle Akane...less so.
The Voiceless: Only appeared in four or so panels, and not a single line of dialogue.
Humans in medieval Scotland
The Captain of the Guard
Voiced by Ed Gilbert
No, I cannot let this happen again.
The captain of the Wyvern Castle guard, at the start of the series he is sympathetic to the gargoyles and identifies with them more than with the human population of the castle. Trying to grant a better life to the clan, he betrays the castle to Hakon's band of vikings, expecting them to drive out the humans while leaving the castle to the gargoyles. The plan backfires when Hakon shatters all the gargoyles anyway and tries to put the blame on the captain. Both of them plummet to their deaths before Goliath can have revenge on either of them.
Finding Judas: He had sympathetic reasons for betraying Katharine, and even after the betrayal he did everything he could to keep her alive.
Heel-Face Revolving Door: Started out as a friend of the Gargoyles. Then he betrays the castle to the Vikings (albeit for sympathetic reasons) and then a thousand years later tries to get revenge on Goliath as a ghost. In the end though, he betrays Hakon
The ruler of Castle Wyvern. She initially fears the gargoyles and only begrudgingly allows them to stay and defend the castle. After Goliath saves her life from Hakon, she comes to see the error of her ways and does her best to defend the eggs from the gargoyle rookery, moving them to the magical island of Avalon and raising them as her own children.
Fantastic Racism: Initially hated gargoyles as much as any human. After the attack and spending some time on Avalon she inverts this trope and calls the newborns my eggs.
Tragic Bigot: She hated gargoyles because her father used them as boogeymen to scare her into obedience.
Harmful to Minors: One of the first instances she sees of the gargoyles as a young girl is Hudson failing to protect her father Prince Malcolm from being killed, which stresses this point even further.
Mama Bear: To the gargoyle hatchlings on Avalon, as a brainwashed Demona finds out the hard way.
What I did to the gargoyles a thousand years ago was unforgivable. I owed to Goliath to tend the eggs.
The castle mage of Wyvern and Princess Katharine's advisor. He is responsible for the Manhattan Clan living to the present day, cursing them to remain as statues for a thousand years in a fit of rage when he believes them to have caused Katharine's death. He tries to atone by raising the eggs from the Wyvern rookery on Avalon, When the Archmage attack the island he duels with the Weird Sisters though his age has left him severely weakened. He manages to achieve victory in the final moments but it costs him his life in the process...maybe.
Red Herring: The pilot blatantly tries to make the viewer suspect he will be a bad guy, going as far as to have the captain wear a white cloak and have Ed Gilbert do an impression of Jeff Bennet's voice when he is conspiring with Hakon.
Voiced by J. D. Daniels (as a boy), Gerrit Graham (as an adult)
A young boy who befriends the gargoyles at Castle Wyvern. After the Wyvern massacre he accompanies Princess Katharine and the Magus to the mystical island of Avalon to tend to the surviving gargoyle eggs.
Harmful to Minors: Witnessing the murder of Kenneth by Constantine when he was about 10 years old was a traumatic experience for him, although he seemed to get better during the escape from Edinburgh Castle.
Heroic BSOD: As a result of the abovementioned traumatic experience. "I found him curled among the eggs..."
Nice Guy: Both as a child and as an adult, in fact he's the only human during the medieval prologue in "Awakening" besides the Captain who is completely accepting and unprejudiced torwards the gargoyles.
Friend on the Force: He uses much more of his power as a policeman to help the Manhattan clan than Elisa does, such as pestering Xanatos to ensure their well-being once they move back into the castle. Once he becomes the head of the Gargoyle Taskforce, he actively uses his position as someone who is supposed to be hunting them to protect them, and he's none too shy about it.
In the Labyrinth justice prevails, even for those who don't believe in it.
Elisa's younger brother. He starts out as a pilot in the NY police force, but is manipulated into becoming Xanatos's helicopter pilot late in the first season. Xanatos and Anton Sevarius later use him as a test subject in their experiments to create their own gargoyle-like beings, resulting in Derek being mutated into a panther/bat/eel hybrid and renaming himself "Talon". He becomes the leader of the Labyrinth Clan, providing homes and protection for the homeless of New York.
Something Only They Would Say: After Derek is changed into Talon, he wants to hide his identity from Elisa to spare her the distress of knowing what happened to him. But this comes to naught when the unknowing Elisa is speaking to Talon, and Talon lets slip something that he and Elisa used to exchange with each other as brother and sister.
Elisa: "Cross your heart and hope to die?"
Talon: "Stick a needle in my e—"
After they parted from this encounter, Elisa had a breakdown and cried her eyes out.
Unwitting Pawn: Several times. Xanatos manages to turn him against both his sister and the gargoyles for a distressingly long time.
A young homeless woman who is duped by Sevarius into becoming a test subject for his mutate program. Out of the mutates she is initially the least accepting of her transformation and sees herself as a "monster" until Talon talks some sense into her.
Death Seeker: In "The Cage" she almost becomes one. When Sevarius prepares an "antidote" to the mutation, she is willing to risk drinking what is almost certainly poison because she doesn't think living as a monster is worth it.
Voiced by Michael Dorn (Coldstone), Xander Berkeley (Coldsteel) and CCH Pounder (Coldfire)
There are forces at war within me and until that battle is decided, no living gargoyle is safe... from Coldstone.
A gargoyle cyborg created by Xanatos and Demona from the remains of three of the lost in the Wyvern massacre, and animated by a combination of science and sorcery. Collectively known as just "Coldstone" until near the end of the series, when Xanatos created two additional robot bodies so each of the three had their own.
Artistic License - Biology: Even after relaxing the standards for an imaginary species and again for bionic support systems, a body with immune systems from three (four?) different sources should be suffering a lot of health problems. Possibly justified by the fact that Coldstone was created by a combination of Xanatos' science and Demona's magic, and the normal rules of gargoyle biology (such as stone sleep during the day) don't apply to Coldstone.
The more things change, the more they stay the same!
A gargoyle from London, Griff fought in the Battle of Britain and was brought to the year 1996 by a time-travelling Goliath. He later befriends the returned King Arthur and joins him in his quest to find Merlin, receiving a knighthood in the process.
Brainy Brunette: He's smart enough to help King Arthur figure out the riddle that leads him to Manhattan and Exalibur.
The Lancer: To King Arthur; a young and inexperienced buck accompanying the old veteran.
Heartbroken Badass: She is strongly implied and confirmed by Word of God to have been in love with Griff before his disappearance in the war, explaining her very strong reaction to Goliath's appearance in their store.
Voiced by Gregg Berger
Una's mate and one of the shopkeepers of Into the Mystic.
King Incognito: The comics show that when Robert the Bruce of Scotland fought against the English in the late 13th or early 14th century, Macbeth fought alongside him. Presumably, nobody knew that he was the Macbeth.
Magic Knight: He's primarily a straight-forward fighter, but has been shown to be a capable sorcerer on several occasions.
Noble Demon: Even more than Xanatos. He can be extremely ruthless when he feels it's called for, but he is also a firm believer in duty and honor. Goliath nearly breaks him out from under the Archmage's brainwashing by reminding him of this fact.
Who Wants to Live Forever?: His initial plans were all about goading Demona into killing him because he couldn't stand living forever. After "City of Stone" Goliath talks him out of it and he looks for things to occupy himself. While he never believes Living Forever Is Awesome, he doesn't want to die anymore.
Worthy Opponent: One of the only humans who can match Goliath in hand-to-hand combat without genetic enhancements, Powered Armor or the like, but also an opponent who share's the gargoyle leader's old-school warrior's values.
Younger Than He Looks / Older Than He Looks: He's legitimately been both — when he was 35, he traded his youth to Demona in exchange for an alliance, and aged to 52, thus looking older than he really was. However, said trade wound up making them both immortal at that age, so he has continued to look 52 even on reaching his present-day age of roughly one thousand.
I will prove my worthiness, though I have to pull Excalibur from a hundred stones!
Yes, THAT King Arthur. Per the Arthurian mythos, he is initially kept in a magical slumber on the island of Avalon, but is awakened by Elisa seeking assistance during the Archmage's attack on the Avalon clan. After the Archmage's defeat, he heads out into the world to seek his old sword Excalibur and his old friend Merlin.
Badass: He's a warrior king. Macbeth, no slouch himself, refers to him 'the best'.
Walking the Earth: What he proceeds to do after the Archmage's defeat. His search for Merlin was intended as the basis of its own spin-off, Pendragon, which unfortunately was never made (though the Stone of Destiny arc in the comics continuation is essentially a preview of it).
Goliath's former love and one of the co-conspirators in what became the Wyvern massacre. Blaming humans for her misfortunes, she has spent the last thousand years seeking to exterminate them.
The Aloner: Seeing nearly all of the Wyvern Clan slaughtered by the vikings, followed by decades of watching the remnants of her species being slaughtered by the Hunter and his human allies (often through her own fault, though she remains in denial about that), have left her completely, helplessly, maddeningly alone. Centuries of endless pursuit by the Canmore dynasty (See "The Hunters" below) have made her even more bitter.
Anti-Villain: Demona is not an example of this trope, but a big point is made about how she thinks she's a clear-cut Type III, when she isn't. If anything, she's a deconstructed type II (this tragic villain is tragic because of her own self-destructive tendencies more than anything, and being sympathetic does not excuse her crimes).
Arch-Enemy: She practically collects them. The Hunters, Macbeth, Goliath, Brooklyn, Elisa...
Be Careful What You Wish For: Puck grants her wish not to turn to stone during the day anymore... by making her become human during the day!
Big Bad: She's the second most recurring villain after Xanatos, and her plans tend to be the most dangerous and destructive, since she's out for Revenge on the whole human race. She's also the main villain of "Hunter's Moon," which is effectively the Grand Finale for the canon show.
Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: She has ultimately betrayed just about every group she has ever worked with. (Most notably the Wyvern Clan in the backstory of "Awakening," the Manhattan Clan in "Awakening" present time, Macbeth in the backstory of "City of Stone," Xanatos in "City of Stone" present time, and Thailog in "The Reckoning.")
Cursed with Awesome: Twice. First when she's linked to Macbeth so neither can die except at the hand of the other. There is a fairly hefty downside, but still IMMMORTALITY!. Then, Puck gives her a parting "gift" of human form during the day. She's angry at first, but it's a big help for her nefarious plans.
Debt Detester: After Macbeth helped her kill Gillecomgain (Demona herself having helped Macbeth twelve years prior), she was glad to be "even" with Macbeth.
Disney Death: Her link with Macbeth ensures that she "dies" if she's close enough to him when he "dies." As mentioned in Macbeth's section, this happened when Canmore stabbed Macbeth in "City of Stone," and when Elisa shot Demona herself in "Sanctuary."
Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Despite having been allies with Macbeth for nearly forty years, she had no trouble whatsoever believing that he would readily betray her and her clan for his own gain. The consequences of her reaction to this were, to say the least, devastating for all involved.
Hot Witch: She does have magical abilities after all.
Hypocrite: Demona sees herself as the self-proclaimed savior of her race, and that Goliath and those who stand with him will be the death of the race. Never mind the fact that she herself caused the birth of the Hunter, their generations, and indirectly the Quarrymen, whose sole purpose is to destroy all Gargoyles with extreme prejudice. And she had the gall to say Goliath would be the death of all of them? If anything, SHE was the one who nearly caused Gargoyle extinction.
Lady Macbeth: Shades of this in her relationships with Goliath, Macbeth and even Xanatos. Inverted with her relationship with Thailog, as he's far more straightforwardly evil and is really using her to advance his own ends.
Never My Fault: Employed in a very serious fashion. If there is one defining character flaw for Demona, this is it. Most of her troubles and emotional agonies are entirely her fault, and her refusal to admit any responsibility on her part is the basis for her bitterness AND her racism, all of which she formed mostly to avoid the overwhelming guilt she would feel.
Goliath: None of this would have happened if it weren't for you. Demona: Don't say that, Goliath!
Also Demona and Goliath when they both want revenge against the hunters for nearly killing Angela. And when presented with a choice to save an innocent life or pursue revenge, they both chose the former. (Goliath saving Katharine rather than killing Hakon and the Captain; Demona saving the young Macbeth rather than killing Gillecomgain.)
Pay a man enough and he'll walk barefoot into Hell.
Billionaire responsible for breaking the Magus' spell over the Gargoyles. Determined, practical and brilliant, he searches for eternal life and comfort, and finds something altogether different.
Affably Evil: Impeccably polite to his enemies. He seems to legitimately like Goliath most of the time, although the feeling is almost never mutual.
In the non-canon Goliath Chronicles, he's actually depicted as a benefactor and friend to the clan. In the comic continuation, Goliath and Brooklyn remark that they still don't consider Xanatos 100% trustworthy, but nonetheless trust him enough not to smash them during the day.
Anti-Hero: After his sort-of-Heel-Face Turn. He's still an amoral machiavellian bastard, but one who's willing to at least partially work with the gargoyles rather than always against them and whose Pet the Dog relationship with his family is much more pronounced.
Big Bad: Especially in the first half of the series, when he's the most recurring, most intelligent, and arguably most dangerous villain. By the end, while he doesn't quite make a Heel-Face Turn, he is edging more into dark Anti-Hero territory.
Break the Haughty: Seen in "The Gathering" All the technology and wisdom, aided by the Manhattan Clan, his father, and his father-in-law, could not stop Oberon from reaching his new born son.
Captain Ersatz: Considering the series' genesis as a Hellboy adaptation, he appears to be loosely modeled on Roderick Zinco, a billionaire who helped the main antagonists in the Wake the Devil story arc and despite being a bit of a sycophantic dupe is pretty damn devious, going so far as to sell sabotaged equipment to the BPRD, who never actually learn of his involvement even after he accidentally blows himself up. Gets a bit of a Recursive Adaptation in the B.P.R.D. comics with Zinco's successor Mr. Pope who has a much more active interest in the occult and wears a suit of Power Armor. Perhaps as a parody of Xanatos' renowned hyper-competence, he too ends up turning out to be an Unwitting Pawn of the real villains' cosmic schemes who is all too aware of what a mess he's made of things.
The Chessmaster: The original movie especially. He moves the heroes like they were pieces until the end.
Corrupt Corporate Executive: "A man's gotta make a living." We seldom see what that means but it usually it has to do with high-tech weaponry and medicine.
Fiction 500: He had an entire castle taken apart, shipped from Scotland to New York and reassembled on top of a skyscraper, just to see if the gargoyles on it would wake up. That takes serious discretionary cash.
Friendly Enemy: He rather likes the Manhattan Clan, although the feeling isn't mutual (although they eventually stop thinking of him as a pure evil, so that's worth something).
Explicitly averted. Xanatos spent enough money to build a skyscraper expressly to free the gargoyles, funds advanced robotics, cloning and bio-engineering facilities without showing any concern for the costs involved, and spends not a cent on revenge, ever. (He says it's "a sucker's game.")
Notably, Xanatos played this trope straight precisely once, in "Double Jeopardy," and as a result he suffered his first (arguably only) unqualified defeat.
Love Is a Weakness: When Fox is turned into a beast, he maintains a clinical view on the situation, expressing only that his inability to get her back was an unforeseen circumstance and his desire to get the jewel that turned her in the first place. He attempts several plans, all of which fail to get her back — it is only towards the end when she is nearing death that he reveals his desperation and gives up the jewel to have her back. Afterwards, he tells Goliath coolly that he now knows Xanatos' weakness.
Goliath: Only you would regard love as a weakness.
Non-Action Big Bad: First few episodes only; while a more-than-competent fighter by human standards, he just doesn't have what it takes to compete with the likes of Goliath. Being the consummate Magnificent Bastard, though, before the season is over, he's found a solution.
Self-Made Man: Via Stable Time Loop. His dad isn't impressed with it, though, and calls out his son for being more interested in money than honor.
Smart People Know Latin: If you regard the fact that the spell book of the Magus that Xanatos read (the Grimorum Arcanorum) was written in latin. The author was the chief advisor of Caesar Augustus. The only reason why he had to ask Owen for the translation of Demona's spell in "City of Stone" was that he had not heard the incantation himself, and Owen had.
Tranquil Fury: Even against Oberon, he stays calm, despite this being one of his most action-packed scenes.
Xanatos' right-hand man and confidant. Smart, capable and loyal — the perfect employee. He's actually Puck, a trickster spirit that became Owen for kicks, and because Xanatos is "many things, but never boring."
Meaningful Name: As pointed out in Cunning Like a Fox, it's a given, but her given name is also meaningful. "Renard" is the name given to the fox character in old French animal tales. There has been talk about the coincidence of Goliath having a nemesis named "David." When you consider that "Janine" is a feminine version of "Jonathon"...
A group of mercenaries-turned-TV stars organized and funded by Xanatos, though after their first encounter with the Manhattan Clan they were arrested and turned to crime for good when Xanatos broke them out of prison. The members are:
Fox (Laura San Giacomo): See above. Original team leader, but when the Pack broke out of prison she stayed behind to serve out her sentence. She ultimately got an early release for good behavior - just as Xanatos planned, of course.
Wolf (Clancy Brown): The biggest guy on the team and most likely to go straight to brute force. A descendant of Hakon, the viking that sacked Castle Wyvern.
Dingo (Jim Cummings): The tactical expert. He eventually got fed up with the Pack being reduced to common criminals, and found he missed being considered a hero like he was on TV; prompting him to leave the group as well. He eventually got picked up by the Redemption Squad (see below).
Jackal (Matt Frewer) and Hyena (Cree Summer): A brother/sister pair of twins, and probably the team's most depraved members - Word of God is that he's a sociopath, she's a psychopath.
Coyote (Jonathan Frakes): A new member who engineered the prison breakout, replacing Fox as team leader. At first thought to be Xanatos, but was soon revealed to be a robot in his likeness. Tends to get thrashed and rebuilt by Xanatos every time it appears, with the successive versions obviously not human.
Name's the Same: Xanatos pits Coyote 4.0 against Coyote the mythical American Indian trickster. The latter threatens to sue for copyright infringement. (Xanatos: "Think of it as a homage.")
No Sell: Coyote 4.0 was built with iron from the Cauldron of Life, making it immune to magic.
Only Known by Their Nickname: Wolf, Jackal, and Hyena. Of the others, Coyote doesn't have any other name, Fox had hers legally changed, and Dingo started using his real name more after he left (it's Harry Monmouth, by the way).
Only Sane Man: Fox and Dingo, which is why the latter eventually quit (Fox basically just got a better offer). Notably, during or after Dingo's Heel Face Turn, his first job is for Fox.
Punch Clock Villain: Dingo, definitely; he's just there for the paycheck, and gets increasingly disgusted with his teammates' craziness. Coyote might also count, since he's just following his programming.
Psycho for Hire: The core Pack covers the whole spectrum; Jackal and Hyena are clearly this; Dingo is a perfectly sane mercenary and Coyote is just doing what Xanatos programmed him to; Wolf is a vicious brute who falls somewhere in between.
Screw This, I'm Outta Here: After their first encounter with the Gargoyles, Fox and Wolf end up in prison, then Jackal and Hyena try to take revenge on Xanatos, and they end up in prison as well. Dingo, however, decided to flee to Europe rather than get stuck with the rest of them. Dingo did return with Coyote 1.0 to break them out eventually. When they fought the Gargoyles with their upgrades, Dingo decided to bail after seeing them lose and having lost faith in his comrades because of their desire to lose their humanity. This time he severed ties permanently, though he did take a job from Fox.
An evil wizard seeking ultimate power, defeated by Hudson and Goliath a thousand years ago, but later comes back with a vengeance.
Ascended Extra: The Archmage was originally as just a one-shot villain for "Long Way to Morning." Greg Weisman didn't think there was that much to the character... until David Warner recorded his lines. Based on Warner's performance, Weisman saw potential to bring the Archmage back and as a greater threat.
Evil Mentor: To the Magus, and to Demona in her youth. Word of God is that it was he who first gave her a taste for power, though she'd never admit it. His cruelty towards her can't have improved her attitude about humans, etiher...
And Ra's al Ghul. In fact, David Warner's incredibly sinister voice acting was what got the character promoted from a minor one-shot flashback villain to Big Bad of an epic three-parter.
Loophole Abuse: By literally eating the Grimorum, Archmage made its power a part of himself, allowing him to take outside magic into Avalon.
Motive Decay: A fairly minor example, but when first introduced the Archmage seems mostly interested in getting revenge on Prince Malcolm and doesn't appear to regard Goliath as much more than a pawn. During the Avalon arc Goliath has suddenly become the main target of his vengeance and he never mentions Malcolm (or for that matter Hudson, the actual leader of the gargoyles as far as he knew) although from his point of view it hasn't been very long since that vendetta took up most of his time.
Justified considering that Goliath was the one who took the Grimorum from him, and thus ended his plan to kill Prince Malcolm, along with the fact that Goliath dodging his final attack caused him to fall in the cliff nearly killing him.
Even more glaring: he could have killed the gargoyles during daytime in their own lair in NY. He could have travel in time and learn all of his enemies' secrets and weaknesses. Instead, he give our heroes some time to prepare themselves and then got his ass kicked.
Justified in that he was wearing the Eye of Odin, which, in addition to granting tremendous power, also makes the wearer "more like him/herself." The Archmage was already a petty, egomaniacal wizard obsessed with vengeance against all who slighted him...
Disproportionate Retribution: The original Hunter, Gillecomgain, devoted his life to kill Demona because she slashed his face. The next ones just did it because she didn't get along with Duncan and Canmore. After that, it became a cycle of You Killed My Father.
You Killed My Father: Most of the Hunters have had this as the reason for their grudge. Specifically, Gillecomgain's grudge against Findlaech, Malcolm Canmore's grudge against Macbeth, and Jason, Robyn, and Jon's grudge against Demona. Even Constantine is implied to hate gargoyles specifically because they killed his father.
Standard Hero Reward: Inverted, as he and Duncan are both villains. Nevertheless, Duncan did reward him with the stewardship of Clan Moray and later Gruoch's hand in marriage as a reward for assassinating Findlaech.
Teens Are Monsters: He is shown as already being a violent, revenge-obsessed lunatic as a young man in the SLG comics.
There will always be a Hunter, my son. And there will always be the hunted.
Macbeth's cousin and the King of Scotland during most of his life. The character here is depicted more closely to his historical counterpart than the character in Shakespeare's play and is decidedly less sympathetic. He is the actual forefather of the Hunters that came to follow.
Disney Villain Death: The writers consciously tried to avert this by having Macbeth defeat him by throwing a magic orb given to him by the Weird Sisters at him, but Duncan's electrocuted body then falls over a cliff anyway.
Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Ever paranoid that Macbeth would try to usurp his crown, Duncan could not believe that Macbeth was actually loyal to him. He is clearly surprised, for example, when Macbeth saves his life.
Jerkass: He seemed to revel in making Macbeth's life miserable.
Ungrateful Bastard: He lays siege to Macbeth's lands after hearing the Weird Sisters' prophecy that he would one day reign as kings despite the fact that Macbeth had just saved his life.
Xanatos Gambit: By telling Macbeth that Gillecomgain murdered Finlaech, Duncan ensured one of two results: either Macbeth will kill Gillecomgain, eliminating the assaassin that Duncan can no longer control, or Gillcomgain will kill Macbeth, eliminating a potential threat to Duncan's claim to the throne.
You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: He reveals Gillecomgain's identity as the Hunter to Macbeth after he becomes too hard to control, ensuring a fight to the death between the two.
Voiced by Neil Dickson
I am Canmore, son of Duncan. The true king of Scotland.
Duncan's son, better known as Malcolm. He took up the mantle of the Hunter to avenge his father's death on Macbeth's hands and take back what he saw as his rightful place on the throne.
Affably Evil: He does not harm Gruoch, Macbeth's wife, and treats her fairly courteously, claiming he has no quarrel with her.
We all suffered from my stubbornness, but I've finally come to my senses.
The oldest of the modern-day Canmore siblings and the leader of the modern-day Hunters. Under the guise of policeman Jason Conover he has a brief romantic relationship with Elisa before his identiry as a Hunter is revealed. Though he is initially the most fierce and outspoken of the modern-day Hunters, he comes to see the gargoyles as they really are at the conclusion of the "Hunter's Moon multiparter". Unfortunately, he is then accidentally shot by his brother Jon and left paralyzed from the waist down.
I have spent my life hunting gargoyles. Or rather, wasted my life hunting gargoyles.
The middle child of the modern-day Canmore siblings and Jason's second-in-command. After Jason's appearant death during the hunt, she comes to realize the pointlessness of the vendetta and eventually makes a full Heel-Face Turn. In the SLG comic spin-off Bad Guys she becomes the leader of the Redemption Squad (see bellow).
What have I done? What have I... what have they done! I will have my revenge, the hunt is not over!
The youngest of the modern-day Canmore siblings. Jon is initially by far the most reluctant and sympathetic to the gargoyles out of all the Hunters, but after being briefly convinced that Jason was murdered by Goliath he becomes convinced that the gargoyles must be destroyed, which only intensifies after he accidentally cripples the returned Jason and is unable to handle his guilt so he projects it on the gargoyles (the same way that Demona projects hers on humanity). He consequently adopts the identity of "John Castaway" and forms a new gargoyle-hunting organization called the Quarrymen.
Composite Character: Inverted. The writers of the Goliath Chronicles largely treated John Castaway as a separate character from Jon Canmore and only made extremely vague connections between the two. By the time of "Angels in the Night" their motives and personalities come across as drastically different.
Evil Counterpart: To be precise, an evil human counterpart to the already evil Demona.
A historical king of Scotland, portrayed here as an usurper to the throne and a cunning manipulator. He was the catalyst to Princess Katharine, the Magus and Tom fleeing to Avalon with the Wyvern gargoyle eggs. The comic continuation shows him forming a twisted sort of father-son relationship with young Gillecomgain and designing the emblem of the Hunters.
And Now You Must Marry Me: He tries to force Princess Katharine into marriage, prompting her to flee to the island of Avalon.
Bald of Evil: After shaving his head in "Tyrants". This was done to mimic history, as the real Constantine was known as "Constantine the Bald".
Manipulative Bastard: He dupes Finella, the woman who loves him, into luring King Kenneth to his demise under the pretense of wanting to tell him of their intentions to marry in private.
Predecessor Villain: To the Hunters, in that he tutored Gillecomgain in gargoyle-shattering and appears to have designed to Hunter emblem to be used as war paint.
The Illuminati are an ancient secret society said to secretly rule and manipulate the world. Initially the Illuminati are treated as just one of Matt Bluestone's many crackpot conspiracy theories, but as the series progresses they turn out to bequite real. Some of the central antagonists of the series are members, including Xanatos, who is a lower-echelon member. Ponder that.
Bigger Bad: The Illuminati Society as a whole; a group of chessmasters so skilled and influential that Xanatos is at the bottom of their hierarchy, but they're only directly involved in one episode and indirectly in a handful of others. The comic continuation indicates that they would have ended up in a more central role had the series continued.
Hidden Agenda Villain: Reinforced in the comic, where Martin Hacker gives three Illuminati operatives three contradictory statements on what the Illuminati wish to do with the gargoyles.
You Are Number Six: Illuminati must identify themselves to each other by rank, which each tier having an amount of members of the same number (one One, two Twos, etc.); the lowest rank is Thirty-Six. Xanatos, Thailog, Matt Bluestone, and John Castaway are all Thirty-Sixes. Peredur fab Ragnal, the Fisher King, is One. That gives them 666 members all in all, a fact not gone unnoticed by the fans.
Peredur fab Ragnal
Everything we planned... I must contact the upper echelons immediately!
The leader of the Illuminati, and presumably the same person as Sir Percival, a knight of King Arthur's round table. He resides in Castle Carbonek and appears to maintain immortality with the use of the Holy Grail.
Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Well, we don't know enough about him to properly classify him as "evil", but he's the head of a society that's morally dubious at best, and claims to love both Duval and Blanchefleur.
Orcus on His Throne: He has only made a very brief appearance in the SLG comic, but if Matt's theories about the Illuminati hold any ground he has to be one of the most powerful people in the Gargoyles universe.
The story is told — though who can say if it be true...
Introduced in the comic continuation, Shari is a mysterious girl with a high standing in the Illuminati (one of the nine Nines), who first appears in the Labyrinth, pretending to be one of the homeless who live there. When Thailog attacks, she volunteers to go warn Goliath, but never does. She currently aids Thailog as his assistant.
A New York gangster who has been kept alive beyond his normal lifespan by the Illuminati's life-rejuvinating drugs. He was one of the Illuminati's main links to the underworld. He was ranked "somewhere in the high twenties."
An FBI agent and Matt Bluestone's former partner. During Matt's FBI days, Hacker made sure he would stick to wild goose chases in his quest to expose the Illuminati. Later on he becomes the one to induct Matt into the Illuminati and the FBI liaison for the Gargoyle Taskforce. One of the 32 Thirty-Twos.
Big Bad Friend / False Friend: He was either of these to Matt, though it's unclear whether he truly considers Matt a friend. At the very least, it's implied that Hacker got Matt expelled from the FBI, so there's that.
When you've got the world's biggest henhouse... who else could possibly guard it...? Except an old fat fox!
The Illuminati's treasurer and the self-styled "King of Thieves". He was Dingo's mentor and father figure while growing up, after the unfortunate passing of Dingo's mother. Her death at Falstaff's hands, that is.
Affably Evil: Lovingly raising a child and teaching him how much fun a life of crime can be minutes after secretly murdering that child's mother? You don't get much more Affably Evil than that.
Expy: Weisman does so love his Shakespeare references... Falstaff is somewhat unique within the Gargoyles universe in that he and his band appear to have modelled themselves on Shakespeare's characters rather than being Shakespeare's in-universe inspirations for creating these characters like Oberon, Macbeth and the Weird Sisters.
Large Ham: He probably gets it from Sevarius, and similarly plays up his performances when he deems the scene appropriate for it. Described by Weisman as "a bit of a performer," the things he says can't necessarily be taken at face value. On the other hand, like Demona, he can be chillingly cold when he wants to be.
Laughably Evil: Unlike Xanatos, Thailog has no redeeming qualities, and yet still manages to be highly entertaining.
Sdrawkcab Name: Almost. (If the letter thorn were still in use, Þailog would be Goliaþ backwards.)
That Thing Is Not My Child!: Inverted. Goliath is disgusted at Xanatos' use of his DNA, but admits that Thailog isn't to blame and deserves freedom. In the same amount of time, however, Thailog decides that Goliath is too soft to admire.
Wicked Cultured: Took the first name "Alexander" when indirectly posing as a reclusive financial wizard after Alexander the Great, for whom he harbors admiration. In the comics continuation, he takes this a step further by lounging in a toga. According to Word of God, he also speaks many languages, French included.
A KKK-esque group of gargoyle hunters formed by John Castaway.
Card-Carrying Villain: In The Goliath Chronicles, the Quarrymen couldn't care less about public safety and were also apparently aware that the gargoyles were trying to protect people, which is odd given that when Castaway recruits them in the first episode, they are just normal, concerned citizens who genuinely believe the gargoyles are a menace to society.
Drop the Hammer: Their weapon of choice is a big-ass, electrified sledgehammer that can shatter a sleeping gargoyle in one hit, and badly injure a live one.
Diminishing Villain Threat: In his debut he and the team had the still adjusting Gargoyles on their toes. In Metamorphosis, he and another Guard still proved powerful foes. Eventually, he's being slapped around by his Boss's crazy and magically changed fiance, Tony Dracon, and easily subdued by Goliath in Monsters.
Mauve Shirt: Best evidenced in Monsters Where he is the only security guard not to drown
Mook Lieutenant: Leads the security team, responsible from mundane tasks like guarding things, to corporate espionage.
Put on a Bus: Of all of the Xanatos staff, he is the least seen, and after the first season episodes, he disappears until Monsters, and after that he doesn't appear again.
He reappears in the comics, still in his old job.
Word of God states he was assembling a new security team.
New York civilians
Margot Yale & Brendan Quarters
Voiced by Marina Sirtis and Par Fraley
The very cynical Assistant District Attorney and her husband.
Contagious Heroism: Working with the moral Renard, Halcyon and Goliath's good character has rubbed off on him.
Expy: At first glance, he's just a Palette Swap of Owen Burnett and, indeed, when he first appeared, he was negatively received by audiences who thought the writers only knew how to write one kind of executive. Subverted in that, in-universe, it's Owen who's an Expy of Vogel.
Yes-Man: Shows some signs of this. "You're a genius, sir," indeed.
Children of Oberon
Also called the Third Race, because they evolved after gargoyles and humans, emerging from the magical energies of the planet. The Children all have powerful magic and functional immortality, and are ruled by Lord Oberon and Queen Titania. All fairies, gods and great spirits from folklore and mythology are Children of Oberon. Their homeland is the magical island of Avalon. Note that they aren't Oberon's literal children; they're called that because he's their pater familias. Word of God is that Oberon and Titania have one son and one daughter together, and Oberon also has some children by human women (including Merlin).According to Word of God, the Third Race used to be known as the Children of Mab, Oberon's crazy mother who is now Sealed Evil in a Can. If the series had continued, the gargoyles would have had to help Oberon and Titania combat a freed Mab at some point.
Cold Iron: Their main weakness, their magic cannot directly effect any iron construct, but creative Oberon Children can use magic on the envolveriment to get rid of it (AKA: shockwave Iron robots with a mighty wind).
Broke Your Arm Punching Out Cthulhu: They do manage to do some pretty serious damage in "The Gathering" at one point by hitting him with an iron harpoon. It clearly hurts, but it also makes him really mad...
Immortal Immaturity: Word of God has stated that he was actually relatively humble compared to many of his people before banishing them from Avalon. Of course, by the time of the series, many of them learned greater humility. Believing that he had no lessons to learn, Oberon had remained largely the same.
Jedi Mind Trick: Oberon pulls this off, and pulls David's pistol out of his hands in almost the exact same manner in which Vader did to Han.
Remembered I Could Fly: When he initially tried to attack Xanatos' tower, he became enraged at the idea of them trying to keep him out (and succeeding with the help of a forcefield), causing him to become gigantic and attempt to just smash through. It isn't helped by interference from the Gargoyles and Halcyon Renard. It seems as though he'll fail when Renard manages to surround him in an energy cage, until Oberon calms down enough to realise he's not using good judgement, and simply shrinks down to pass through the bars, conjures freezing rain to keep the Gargoyles and Renard's robots and airship off his back, and simply phases through the ground around the tower (bypassing the forcefield completely).
It's heavily hinted that, if not outright stated, that between the events of ""Ill Met By Moonlight" and "The Gathering", Titania was telling all involved what they needed to hear in order to make the end justify the means. In the former, her influence arranges for the court of Princess Katharine to remain on Avalon, and in the latter, over the course of the prolonged battle with Oberon that she basically instigated, Fox's latent magical powers finally surface, which means that Alex can remain with her and David, while Puck (who doesn't want to go to the Gathering, anyway) can be left to stay, caring for and training Alex in magic from the get-go.
One of the Children of Oberon described in Shakespeare's "A Midsummer's Night's Dream," a prankster who relishes his independence.
Becoming the Mask: He loved being Owen so much he risked defying Oberon just so he could hang out with Xanatos and Fox for a few more centuries, or at least long enough for his employers to live out their lives. Later it gets Deconstructed when Oberon forces him to be Owen forever.
Mind Screw: His Bad Future plot during the Avalon arc. Also counts as a Batman Gambit to get the Phoenix Gate. Goliath figures him out at the crucial moment. Leading to a Big "NO!" followed by "I was sooo close!"
Three powerful Children of Oberon who interfere in the series from time to time, particularly where Demona and Macbeth are concerned, loosely adapted from the Three Witches of Macbeth as well as various Three Goddess myths. Their goals and motives are their own.
Evil Is Petty: Well they're not evil per-se, but they have a grudge against The Magus simply because he turned them into owls (a "parlor trick" as they call it). This was in response to an attack from them (unprovoked) when Magus's group simply wanted passage into Avalon and they pulled the "You're humans and we're powerful beings" card on them (The spell was even their own. The Mangus had just reflected it back at them). So much so that they even team with the Archmage just to settle the score with The Magus and he still gets the last laugh in the end despite dying from their battle. Okay yeah it was a part of the gambit to reclaim the island, but they targeted him regardless.
Gambit Roulette: Their plan to use Demona, Macbeth and the Archmage to regain control of Avalon would be one, except that the Sisters seem to have some ability to see the future and therefore could predict where their pawns would end up.
The Hecate Sisters: As a reference to the Maiden/Mother/Crone mythology, they appear in disguises of various ages. Demona sees them as three elderly female gargoyles, Macbeth sees them as three elderly human women, Goliath sees them as three little human girls, etc.
Word of God says that, depending on which sister is in ascendance at the moment, they are the three Graces, the three Fates, or the three Furies, but also that they always have aspects of all three identities.
Hijacked by Ganon: The Archmage takes over their plan to re-gain Avalon and uses it for his own purpoes. Also subverted, in that by doing so he was still helping them achieve their goals anyway.
Hive Mind: They're less three separate beings and more one being with three distinct aspects.
Death Takes a Holiday: While the Emir and the Pack imprison him, everyone on Earth is prevented from dying (though we never actually see the consequences of this).
Everybody Hates Hades: Refreshingly averted. Though he both looks and sound rather sinister, Anubis is not portrayed as a villain and the episode featuring him in fact has the moral that death is a natural part of life that must be accepted.
Word of God from Greg Weisman suggests that legends of the Morrigan refer to the Banshee, though this is only after a fan told him about the Morrigan and her love-hate relationship with Cu Chullain on Ask Greg, as he wasn't familiar with her.
Cool and Unusual Punishment: Oberon gags her mouth in "The Gathering, Part I" for disobeying his summons to Avalon, preventing her from using her siren voice.
Deal with the Devil: His stock in trade. He made both Fara Maku and Tea Gora were-panthers in exchange for them hunting for him, but as Elisa's mother Diane points out, his gifts always come at a price.
Poor Communication Kills: If he had just explained his intentions and who he was to Goliath, Goliath would most likely have given the Eye to him. Odin even admits at the end of his starring episode that he is out of practice dealing with mortals.
A team made out of people who previously fought the Manhattan Clan, organized by persons unknown and led by Robyn Canmore. The stars of comic-book Spin-OffBad Guys. The members are the Hunter (Robyn), ex-Pack member Dingo, artificial intelligence Matrix, Japanese gargoyle Yama, and the mutate Fang.