Roleplay: The Spectacular Gargoyles
Yeah, it's kinda like that.
"The Spectacular Gargoyles" is a roleplaying community
composed of anonymous fans of the shows of Greg Weisman
. Previously located on Twitter
, the Roleplay
expanded rapidly after migrating to question-asking site Formspring.
"The Spectacular Gargoyles," as the name implies, takes place in a Shared Universe
created by combining the casts/settings of Gargoyles
and The Spectacular Spider-Man
, a Crossover
first explored by Weisman himself in the radio play Religious Studies 101: A Handful of Thorns
The group is composed of a wide variety of characters from both series, with a number of additions from world mythology
, Classic Literature
, and the wider Marvel Universe
(plus a few others thrown in Just for Fun
. Some of these suggest relationship with the Buildingversenote
.) to round out the cast. A list of all the characters involved can be found here
The Roleplay is notable in at least two regards: first, that it takes place entirely in Real Time
, and second that there have been no incidences thusfar of 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 page
summarizing the major Story Arcs
that have occurred so far.
More recently, the Roleplay has also gained a spin-off group that explores a number of Alternate Universes
, as introduced through Thomeheb's Gateway
. For more details, see The Spectacular Omniverse
- Aborted Arc: 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?
- Action Girl: Oh so many, Angela, Elisa, Fox, and Demona of course, as well as Katana, Coco, Angelique, Hunter, and even bits of Una and Lunette.
- Actor Allusion: The characters never resist a chance to take a shot at their original voice actors, or lampshade certain qualities that they share.
- Acting for Two: Considering the sheer number of characters that have shown up, (Around 250 from both Spec Spidey, Gargoyles, and beyond) several roles are clearly being played by the same people.
- Adaptive Armor: 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.
- Affably Evil: 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. It did
- All Guys Want Cheerleaders: Subverted. Rand breaks up with Sally Avril because she wants him to join the Quarrymen and he thinks they're "full of crap".
- All Myths Are True: Duh...It's a crossover between Gargoyles and Spider-Man.
- All Your Base Are Belong to Us On New Years Eve, 2011/2012 Falstaff's gang took control of New Camelot.
- The Aloner: Demona, as in the show.
- Alpha Bitch: Sally Avril.
- Ambiguously Gay: Lexington and Staghart. However they have been much less subtle about Staghart.
- Anyone Can Die: Just ask George Stacy, Ned Lee, Poseidon, Mandy, Behemoth, Monparnasse, Gwen Stacy, Norman Osborn, Natsilane, and Beth Maza.
- The Atoner: Dingo, Robyn Canmore, Yama, Fang, Sandman
- Attractive Bent-Gender: Loki spent much of his time in the form of an attractive female.
- Badass Boast: "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."
- Baleful Polymorph: Mab's preferred method of dealing with someone who fails her. She turned Aphrodite into a vulture and Balor into a skin full of wine.
- Because Destiny Says So: Literally, the Stone of Destiny is a talking rock.
- Big Bad Ensemble: Demona, Queen Mab, David Xanatos, Thailog, Norman Osborn, Dr. Octopus, Morgana le Fay.
- Bigger Bad: The Illuminati Society as a whole.
- Bilingual Bonus: Mysterio's latin spells. Merlin even comments on them when he fights him, but does not actually translate them.
- Bold Inflation: J. Jonah Jameson. Just J. Jonah Jameson.
- Call Back: Often, to the shows that they were based on, and to events that have occurred since, in-story
- Card-Carrying Villain: Proteus, Green Goblin, and Mab. She comes up a lot.
- Cast as a Mask: 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.
- Character Development: All the characters appear to grow and change, as their canon counterparts do.
- Chekhov's Gun: 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.
- The Chessmaster: Osborn, Thailog, Xanatos, Thomeheb, Coldsteel, Dracula, and Doctor Octopus all have this.
- Continuity Nod: Frequently.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: 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 Babylon 5, Animorphs, Stargate Atlantis, Kim Possible, The Heroes of Olympus, Discworld, The Dresden Files, 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 Atlantis The Lost Empire, Labyrinth, and the "real world" portions of The Chronicles of Narnia take place in this Universe as well.
- Crossover Cosmology: 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
- Cute Monster Girl: Played straight and averted with Constance.
- Deadpan Snarker: Spidey, of course. But also Brooklyn, Nashville, and Staghart.
- Dirty Old Man: The Vulture.
- Disproportionate Retribution: 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.
- Downer Ending: Occasionally, due to the fact that the RP largely takes place in real time. The Halloween Mini-arc was a definite downer, as 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.
- The Dragon: The Erlking was this to Mab. And a damn scary one too. Also Coldsteel had become this for Demona.
- Everyone Join The Party: 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.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: 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 Big Damn Heroes moment.
- Evil Sorcerer: Prospero
- Evilutionary Biologist: Sevarius
- Evil Scientist: Tinkerer
- The Fair Folk
- Fan Disservice: 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.
- Fantasy Kitchen Sink
- Fantastic Racism: Quarrymen to Gargoyles. Gargoyles to Humans. New Olympians to Humans. Jove to the Gargoyles of New Olympus.
- Fate Worse Than Death: What happened to Loki after the Mab Arc.
- Five-Bad Band
- The Sinister Six
- The Ultra-Pack
- Clan Nightstone
- Five-Man Band
- The Manhattan Clan.
- The Hero: Goliath
- The Lancer: Brooklyn (originally Hudson)
- The Mentor: 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)
- The Smart Guy: Lexington
- The Big Guy: Broadway
- The Chick: Elisa and later Angela
- Team Pet: Bronx, Fu-Dog, and Boudicca.
- Sixth Ranger: Coldstone and Coldfire, as well as Katana, Nashville, Tachi, Amp, and Lunette.
- The Redemption Squad:
- The Knights of New Camelot
- Genre Savvy: A lot of characters, both good and bad are this...This is both, good and bad.
- The Illuminati
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Demona on the Green Goblin's glider. She got better.
- It's Always Mardi Gras in New Orleans Justified, because the arc and battle for the "Call of the Wendigo" arc DID take place on Mardis Gras.
- The Missus and the Ex: Brooklyn, Katana, and Tamora. But averted, the moment Tamora appeared back in Brooklyn's life, he went to Katana and told her everything.
- Ms Fan Service: 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.
- My Girl Is a Slut: 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.
- Mythology Gag 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.
- Nightmare Fuel: Mab is this In-Universe. Casting a spell that causes every character to have nonstop nightmares for weeks on end.
- 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.
- Secret Identity: 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.
- Shared Universe: 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.
- Shout-Out: 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."
- Shown Their Work: The players for the Leader of the New Olympian Clan and Jove have very clearly done their research on Egyptian and Greco-Roman civilization.
- Show Within a Show: As in "Gargoyles," The Pack were once a popular TV show, and both WITCH and Young Justice currently are popular TV shows.
- The Storyteller: Shari.
- Suspiciously Specific Denial: Thailog does NOT watch My Little Pony
- Tailor-Made Prison: The Vault and the Raft.
- Take That: 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.
- This Just In: The RP just stopped in place when, in Real Life, it was announced that Osama bin Laden had been killed. The characters then celebrated, in character, in their own way. Even some of the villains were at Ground Zero in civilian identities celebrating. Demona, of course, was probably the only one who didn't care either way.
- Those Wacky Nazis: Baron Strucker and HYDRA.
- Token Evil Teammate: 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.
- The Unfair Sex: Betty Brant gets upset when Ned is nice to a waitress he's tipping. She cheats on him with Flash Thompson.
- Valentine's Day Episodes: 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.
- Van Helsing Hate Crime: The Quarrymen's murder of Montparnasse during the London Clan Exposed arc being a prominant example.
- The Voiceless: 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.
- The Wild Hunt
- Xanatos Gambit: Well DUH! Way, way, WAY too many to count.
- Year Outside, Hour Inside: 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.