YMMV / Gargoyles

  • Accidental Innuendo: Arthur's line about his sword to the Lady of the Lake sound like he was Compensating for Something.
    Arthur Pendragon: I need my sword, my Lady. I am not whole without Excalibur.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • 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?
      • Well, he did ruin a number of lives with no real regard for the people hurt in the crossfire so he is at least mildly evil.
      • Many of his deeds are understandable From a Certain Point of View, but what he arranged for his 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?
    • 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 mass murdering complete 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 For the Evulz and just Jackal testing what his power could do, or by not killing them like Coyote 3.0, was it a Pet the Dog moment where he removed them as an enemy but did so non-fatally?
    • Is Owen really only a persona to Puck or does he have his own individuality or sentience? It's notable that when Oberon sentenced Puck to be permanently in Owen's form unless for protection/teaching Puck is horrified at the idea, but Owen seems to be fine with it. Additionally it may just be a case of Becoming the Mask.
  • Animation Age Ghetto: 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. Cartoon Brew writer Neil Emmett, while discussing this trope disparaged the series as "juvenile mediocrities" in favor of overlooked indy adult animators such as Jan Švankmajer and Yuri Norstein. Some fans did not take that well.
  • Arc Fatigue: The World Tour, 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.
  • Awesome Music: 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 epic
  • Better on DVD: 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 "To Be Continued" at the end of some episodes...
  • Broken Base: Some fans didn't like that Brooklyn named his son "Nashville". Other fans are fine with it as it fits the American location theme.
  • Complete Monster: For the most part, this series has a well-deserved reputation for sympathetic and three-dimensional villains - Xanatos pets at least as many dogs as he kicks, while 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.
    • 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 because he can, even destroying an entire city before he is stopped.
    • Thailog is a clone of Goliath, created by Anton Sevarius on Xanatos's orders. An Evil Genius whose only drive is his ambition to dominate, enrich himself, and control what he could, Thailog is introduced enacting a plan to steal $20 million from Xanatos, then trying to murder his three "fathers", 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 flair for the dramatic, Thailog stands out as one of the Manhattan clan's most malevolent foes, a creature that even Xanatos regards as a monster.
    • Proteus of the New Olympians, from "The New Olympians" and "Seeing Isn't Believing", is a shape-shifting Serial Killer 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.
    • Coldsteel is the only villainous gargoyle without a Freudian Excuse. Demona is angry about the way humans treat gargoyles and Thailog was programmed to be evil, arguably, neither would have been evil if it wasn't for evil humans. Coldsteel seems to be evil for no reason at all. All of his actions are motivated by petty romantic jealousy. He is actually proof that gargoyles are just as capable of being good or evil as humans.
  • Crazy Awesome: 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. Which is why they make him a member.
    Matt: I'm funny that way.
    Mace: You are impressive that way.
  • Designated Hero / Designated Villain: The episode Pendragon arguably makes King Arthur and Macbeth of all people into this, 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 Character Shilling (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.
  • Draco in Leather Pants:
    • What's done to Demona in fanfiction... oh, poor Demona.
    • It's done a lot to Xanatos as well.
    • Also Thailog.
    • Macbeth is a fairly minor example — he's an Anti-Villain who's heavy on the "anti"- but a lot of his fans see him as a Hero Antagonist, which Word of God says he's definitely not, at least when first introduced (later in the series, this may have changed).
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • Although most of his scenes are with Lexington and Broadway, many fans love Brooklyn, especially the ladies.
    • Also Demona, who had many fans, especially males.
    • And The Weird Sisters.
  • Evil Is Cool: Xanatos.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Demona, Hyena, The Banshee, The Weird Sisters (at least while Seline/Fury is in control), Robyn Canmore, Shari, and Fox at least until her Heel–Face Turn, all qualify in spades for this. Xanatos easily counts as well, as does Thailog.
  • Fan-Disliked Explanation: 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 Technology Marches On, it is unlikely that it ever will be now.) What Titania whispered to Fox in "The Gathering" has also been left hanging; Word of God says that it wasn't very important anyway.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: Most fans of the show ignore Goliath Chronicles, and dismiss it as nonexistent. Hell, that was before Weisman himself not only made it clear he goes by that notion, but made it official as well.
  • Foe Yay:
    • Xanatos basically dresses up as Goliath every night.
    • Word of God 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.
    • Word of God 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.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: This exchange between Elisa and Xanatos in the third episode seems a lot less funny when 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 clans 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 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, and Xanatos helping the clan out of a trap set up by the Quarrymen.
  • Genius Bonus:
    • It is not essential to understanding the show, but familiarity with the myths, legends and Real Life 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 Othello in a robotic, Frankenstein's Monster-like nutshell.
    • Macbeth is based on the historical Macbeth, not the Shakespearean 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 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 Sally Hemings, the slave with whom Thomas Jefferson 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).
  • Growing the Beard: Many fans point to "City of Stone" as the point when Gargoyles made the jump from an above-average Action-Adventure cartoon to a true epic with multi-layered characters and complex story arcs. It introduced surprisingly detailed backstories for Macbeth and Demona (leading to major Character Development for both), but it also featured the first official alliance between David Xanatos and the gargoyles—firmly cementing Xanatos as the unpredictable Chessmaster that we know and love.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: 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.
    • From the same episode (though this could also be Hilarious in Hindsight), when Anansi declares his desire to turn the protagonists into Panthers, Elisa spites him retorting "Dream on Spider-Man!". Not just does Disney own Marvel Comics now, but also Weisman was the head writer of The Spectacular Spider-Man.
    • In "Future Tense", our heroes are in a Bad Future 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.
  • He Really Can Act: 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.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Demona, a gargoyle, flitting about Notre Dame... In a dark and serious feature by Disney, no less.
    • Brooklyn in Future Tense. Holy crap, what an asshole!
    • Goliath at one point uses the term "Forever alone." 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 Star Wars animated series with Star Wars: The Clone Wars' supervising director Dave Filoni.
    • This is not the last time David Warner voiced an evil wizard.
    • Fans disliked Preston Vogel for seeming like a rip-off of the more fleshed-out Owen. 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 "Mega 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 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 Flemeth, the witch of the wilds.
    • In Grief, Angela's line about "stopping the avatar".
      • On the subject regarding an unrelated work called 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 Green Aesop 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, but nowadays...
    • On youtube there is a compilation of cool lines said by Xanatos, concluding with a picture saying "Eat your heart out, Lex". Guess who Luthor is quoting at one point in Young Justice.
  • Idiot Plot: 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.
  • Inferred Holocaust: 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 murdering several people while they're turned to stone, plus that woman whose arms she shot off.
  • Informed Wrongness: Bodhe was intended to be a Dirty Coward 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.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Macbeth and Demona to a lesser degree.
  • Laughably Evil: Sevarius. Also Thailog, although the latter is more evil than laughable.
  • Magnificent Bastard:
    • Xanatos, of course. Brilliant and utterly devious? Check. Smooth operator? Double-check. Goal-oriented? Absolutely. Charismatic? AND HOW!
    • Thailog solidifies himself as another one when he gets the better of Xanatos in his first appearance. While Xanatos only saw the "I win no matter what" part of a Xanatos Gambit, Thailog realized that his experienced employees would take orders that made no sense because of them. He used the Xanatos Gambit as a weakness. Of course, he learned it from the best...
    • Even Owen Burnett, Xanatos' assistant, might qualify being actually Puck and all.
    • Magnificent Bitch: Fox, who ends up becoming Xanatos' wife for this very reason. Demona comes close to qualifying during her chessmaster moments.
    • Titania plays the far more powerful Oberon like a flute, and whenever she's on-screen, things go as she's planned.
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • Xanatos went over it for Elisa in "Metamorphosis". It's unlikely she'll ever forgive him completely.
    • Lexington 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", where she ends up breaking, and thus murdering, an untold number of humans turned to stone.
    • The Pack all get one, when they irreversibly change their bodies into stronger but more monstrous forms, with the exception of Anti-Villain 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.
  • Most Annoying Sound: The Banshee's wail, in and out of universe. Granted, 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 "Deadly Force", Elisa is hit with a bullet which, according to the doctor, gets her in the stomach, collarbone, heart, lung, and spine, in that order. In an episode that otherwise handles its gun control aesop pretty well, the ridiculous trajectory of the bullet is just plain laughable.
    • In "A Lighthouse In the Sea of Time", Robbins takes care to make sure that his delivery of the "Reading Is Cool" Aesop doesn't become preachy or narmy. Broadway, on the other hand, is a bit too 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.
  • Only the Creator Does It Right: Given the fandom's reaction to season 3, most people see Greg as the true storyteller of the series.
  • The Problem with Licensed Games: Averted. The Sega Genesis game is an all-around excellent, albeit Nintendo Hard, action-platformer.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Princess Katherine and the Magus once they Took a Level in Badass. And Kindness.
  • Ron the Death Eater: This is done a lot to Goliath in fanfiction. Usually in stories that give Demona the Draco in Leather Pants treatment. There was a period where it got so bad, that when it was being discussed on one of the forums, Greg Weisman himself had to comment: http://www.s8.org/gargoyles/askgreg/search.php?rid=262
  • The Scrappy: Matt Bluestone. Even after he got some Character Development he was still viewed as this by some.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped:
    • "Deadly Force." They wanted to push An Aesop 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.
  • Spiritual Adaptation: "The Hound of Ulster" is essentially an adaptation of the debut of The Mighty Thor in Journey into Mystery #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.
  • Strangled by the Red String: 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.
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: 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.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Weisman admits that he really should have done more with the Wyrd 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.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: One of the big reasons why The Goliath Chronicles is Fanon Discontinuity. 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 Heel–Face Turn. 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, and is never seen or heard from again. The fact that TGC was loaded with Filler didn't help matters either.
  • True Neutral: Anubis.
    The Emir: I demand reparation! My son was cruelly and unfairly taken from me!
    Anubis: On the contrary, death is the ultimate fairness. Rich and poor, young and old, all are equal in death. You would not like to see the jackal god play favorites.
  • Ugly Cute: A majority of the gargoyles, quite a few of whom actually aren't ugly at all.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: 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 Jerk Ass who happens to be Too Dumb to Live.
    • 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, he himself never really lived up to the lofty ideals he harped on Goliath about, 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 Jerk Ass God to begin with, very few people outright sympathize with him and/or want him to succeed no matter how right he may have been over Avalon's ownership or Alex needing proper Third Race guidance to be able to control his powers.
  • What an Idiot: 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 Bastards after they save you from the Vikings. Surely this won't cause problems later on when you need them the most.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.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: An all-adult cast, serious explorations on issues like prejudice and genocide from the first episode, and a Very Special Episode 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 (which does explain why Disney screwed it over. Something that deep, dark, action-packed, and intellectual doesn't fit into the cutesy, light-heartedness of Disney. Look what happened to The Black Cauldron).
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not Political?: 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.
  • The Woobie: 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.

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