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    General 
  • Achilles' Heel: They're completely helpless while in stone sleep.
  • Badass Family
  • Fish out of Temporal Water: The gargoyles were all born in the 10th century, and were frozen in stone for 1000 years before waking up in 1990s-era Manhattan. All things considered, they've managed to adapt pretty well.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: Brooklyn even lampshades their "publicity problem" in "Hunter's Moon". Greg Weisman has alluded to that being only temporary. After saving the city a few times, the Clan becomes a branch of the NYPD and eventually, due to Goliath's sacrifice sometime in the future, the United Nations declares the Gargoyle Species a protected race, acknowledges its sentience, and creates a Nation for the Gargoyles to found.
  • Not Quite Flight: As they themselves state, they can't fly, only glide on wind currents.
  • The Power of the Sun: Anton Severus theorizes that their stone form is a means of absorbing solar energy because otherwise creatures as big and strong as them would need to consume a lot of calories every night.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Even discounting a gargoyle's naturally slow aging (half the rate of humans; they don't age while in stone sleep), all of the Manhattan Clan (except Elisa) qualify: Goliath, Hudson, Bronx, and the Trio were all frozen in stone sleep for 1000 years, and Angela was born on Avalon, where time flows much more slowly than in the outside world, making her chronologically about 940 (biologically, about 19).
  • Weakened by the Light: During the daytime, they turn to stone and are completely immobilized. However, it should be noted that unlike typical examples of the trope, the purpose of this is to sleep/recharge as they're powered by the sun.
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    Goliath 
Voiced by: Keith David
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It is the nature of mankind to fear what they do not understand. Their ways are not our ways.

Goliath is the leader of the Manhattan Clan, and the series' protagonist.


  • Action Dad: To his rookery children and biological daughter, he is a fierce defender.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: Goliath is recognized as the powerhouse of the Manhattan Clan in addition to being its leader. This is not a coincidence. Demona said during a flashback that his strength is why he should lead.
  • Badass Baritone: Keith David's timbre for Goliath is chilling, to say the least.
  • Badass in Charge: He's the leader of the Manhattan Clan. Xanatos has even stated that he considers Goliath the greatest warrior alive.
  • Beast and Beauty: To humans, certainly, he's a beast so he fits the trope next to Elisa. This was lampshaded in "eye of the beholder" when she cosplayed as Belle.
  • Beware the Nice Ones:
    • Once you earn his trust, he's as collected and patient as can be, and will protect you with his life. Betray that trust, or worse betray the trust of his clan members, and he won't let you forget it.
    • Harming any of Goliath's clan provokes a terrifying rage from the gargoyle leader; he was so frightening that even a Blood Knight like Hakon was reduced to cowardice when Goliath confronted him after the Wyvern massacre. In the present day, he nearly kills Tony Dracon after believing that he shot Elisa, punches a hole through Macbeth after he seemingly killed Hudson (it was neither the real Macbeth nor the real Hudson, but Goliath's wrath was a sight to behold), and when Angela is nearly killed by the Hunters, Goliath swears revenge and spends the better part of two episodes raging against them.
  • Big Good: The official leader of the Manhattan Clan and thus of Manhattan's defense against supervillains.
  • The Big Guy: Filled this role back when he was Hudson's Second In Command, and technically he still is the largest member of the Clan, though Broadway also fills this role.
  • Catchphrase:
    • "That is the gargoyle way."
    • "What sorcery is this?!"
    • "Let's go home."
    • "Jalapena."
  • Character Development: Goliath goes through some interesting character development from the Avalon World Tour as well. For example, back in "City of Stone" he said "Death is never the answer; life is!" But when the Emir took this statement to its logical conclusion in "Grief," and his imprisonment of Anubis meant that nobody could die (and if death really never is the answer, is that a bad thing?) Goliath realized that preventing anyone from dying is just as bad as killing them, and he fought to break the binding spell and free Anubis.
  • Cultured Badass: He's a big strong dude but he has a thing for libraries. See Genius Bruiser.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Once in a blue moon.
    Goliath: Your manipulations have failed, Xanatos. I don't suppose you have a Plan D?
  • Determinator: Goliath never gives up.
  • Driven to Suicide: A metaphorical suicide; after the Wyvern massacre and the curse on the other survivors, Goliath has two requests of Princess Katharine and the Magus: that they look over the eggs in the clan's rookery, and that the Magus place the sleeping spell on him as well, so that he could be with the last remnants of his clan. The spell wouldn't have killed Goliath, but he didn't expect to ever wake up. Greg Weisman even describes this act as a "suicide".
  • Evil Laugh:
    • In "Enter Macbeth," he lets out a pretty sinister laugh when he reveals the flaw in Macbeth's fundamentally flawed Batman Gambit.
    • In "Double Jeopardy," Hudson (who wasn't around for that scene in "Enter Macbeth") gets a line that's hilarious in context:
    Hudson: D'ye even know how to laugh maniacally?
  • The Fettered: He is doggedly devoted to the Gargoyle way (protection of those who cannot protect themselves). Though, when his anger gets the better of him, he quickly becomes The Unfettered and shows why it's such a good thing he keeps himself under check the way he does.
  • Genius Bruiser: He spends every spare moment in the library reading. He's got a lot to catch up on.
  • Gentle Giant: He's a very large and musclebound guy, but is content to leave other people alone so as long as they're not committing any evil deeds.
  • Heartbroken Badass: Due to the massacre of (most of) his clan and Demona's treachery, he's got a lot of emotional baggage that occasionally spills over into REVENGE!
  • The Hero: He's the main good guy in the show's cast, and insists on following "the Gargoyle Way", which is classically heroic in that it basically means "protect your clan, protect your home, and protect those who can't protect themselves".
  • Heroes Want Redheads: He was deeply in love with Demona, but the red hair is apparently not a dealbreaker because he moved on to the black haired Elisa.
  • Heroic Build: Goliath's a big dude, that's for sure, and it scares evil do-ers when he looms over them.
  • Heroic Resolve: Even after everything he's lost and all that he's suffered, Goliath remains devoted to doing the right thing.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: According to Word of God, Goliath will meet his end in a deadly sacrifice of some kind. Greg Weisman has, as of this writing, kept all other details to himself.
  • Heroic Spirit: Goliath allows nothing to corrupt his noble spirit.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: While Elisa is of average height for a human woman, she's small when compared with the huge Goliath.
  • Hurting Hero: Above all, Goliath's defining trait is that he goes on being good—setting his castle before his clan, his clan before himself. And he keeps getting hurt for it. The big one-two punch is losing his true love and his entire 10th-century world in the very first episode, yet he goes on to be repeatedly injured, exiled, betrayed, humiliated and/or robbed. The writers didn't sit down at the storyboarding session each week with the comment "How can we mess with the big guy this week?" but you'd never know it from watching the show.
  • If You Kill Him, You Will Be Just Like Him: More like "If You Kill Xanatos, You Will Be Just Like Demona", Elisa uses this argument to talk Goliath out of killing Xanatos at the climax of "Awakening, Part 5."
  • Interspecies Romance: Him (a gargoyle) and Elisa (a human). 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.
  • Knight Templar: Under the effects of the Eye of Odin or whenever a member of his clan is hurt, such as in "Deadly Force" when he believed the gangster Tony Dracon had nearly killed Elisa, he can be quite scary and ruthless in his pursuit of justice and protection. He only calmed down after Broadway admitted it was his fault because he was playing with Elisa's gun and it went off by accident (though Goliath still destroyed Dracon's stolen weapon shipment to keep them off the streets).
  • Knight Templar Parent: He becomes temporarily bloodthirsty after the Hunters nearly kill Angela.
  • Lantern Jaw of Justice: Adding to his chiseled good looks and heroic demeanor.
  • Large Ham: On a number of occasions, especially when he's angry.
    Goliath: I've been denied everything...even my REVENGE!
  • The Leader: He replaced Hudson pre-series and led the Manhattan Clan until he left for Avalon. At that point, he put Brooklyn in charge. While he values wisdom, the others follow him because they believe in him.
  • Love Hurts: Goliath loved Demona deeply, and when he believed she had been massacred along with most of the rest of the clan hurt him deeply. When she was revealed to be alive only to betray him, it hurt him even deeper. Being forced to watch his "Angel of the Night" hate him and go against everything the Gargoyles are supposed to believe only twists the knife ever deeper.
  • 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.
  • Named After Somebody Famous: After the biblical character Goliath, which is explained to be in-universe in the first episode.
  • Nice Guy: Goliath has a noble personality and unlike Demona, he continues to understand that humans treat gargoyles thus because they are afraid of them, and hopes that they will change for the better in the future, that someday, their races will be at peace.
  • Not So Stoic: He's usually a pretty low-key guy, but eating his first jalapeno both jolted him and became a minor catchphrase.
  • Papa Wolf: Do NOT EVER harm any member (human and gargoyle) of Goliath's clan. You'll be wishing you hadn't, especially if you nearly kill his daughter.
  • Parental Abandonment: While Goliath did abandon Angela, he also asked the Magus and Katharine to take care of her and the rest of the "eggs" in his stead. Demona also tacitly agreed to let the Magus and Katharine take care of her by not stopping them from "stealing" her. However, the Magus, Katharine, and Tom turned out to be better parents for her than Goliath or Demona would have been.
  • Post-Kiss Catatonia: At the end of the Hunter's Moon trilogy, Goliath is subjected to this by Eliza, then was frozen in stone by the sun before he could react.
  • Pride: Amazingly enough, this is probably his greatest flaw. Not the overt kind of arrogance, mind you, but a stubborn assured-ness in his decisions that occasionally overrides common sense. What makes Goliath the hero he is, is his ability to swallow his pride when necessary and admit when he was proven wrong.
  • Purple Is Powerful: Goliath is an impressive figure, a tall and powerfully-built gargoyle with lavender skin and dark hair.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Despite his noble personality, Goliath tends to forget that "death solves nothing" if it looks like one of his clan is dead.
  • Single Tear: Goliath sheds a single tear after he turns to stone when he thought Elisa died at the dam.
  • Strong as They Need to Be: Sometimes he can tangle with super-strong robots; other times, a single human can give him trouble.
  • Tall, Dark, and Handsome: From a gargoyle (and Elisa's) standpoint; his human form in "The Mirror" reflects this.
  • Team Dad: As is tradition in Gargoyle culture, he is the "father" of the entire clan, regardless of which members he sired himself.
  • 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.
  • Warrior Poet: A wise and philosophical gargoyle, as well as an immensely skilled warrior.
  • Working with the Ex: For a brief moment in "Hunter's Moon, Part 3," Goliath and Demona team up to escape the Hunters. It doubles as an Enemy Mine.
  • Worthy Opponent: He may not particularly LIKE Xanatos or the way he does things, he respects the man as an opponent, helping him rescue Fox from her Eye of Odin-induced transformations when the man finally broke down and asked for his help. He has a much less antagonistic type of relationship with Macbeth, even comforting the man after the woman he loved was revealed to be Demona under a curse from Puck to turn into a human every day.
  • You Have Got to Be Kidding Me!:
    • Goliath has this reaction when [[Archenemy Xanatos requests he be his best man]] for his wedding to Fox in "Vows".
    • In "Sanctuary", Goliath gets this when Demona starts flaunting her new relationship with Thailog, saying it was "love at first flight".
      Goliath: Love, Demona? You no longer know the meaning of the word! Hate is what you live for now!
  • You Make Me Sick: Goliath has always been disgusted by Demona due to her irrational hatred of the Clan and the human race, but then goes into this when she and Thailog created the clones of the Clan, dubbing them her "new Clan".
    Goliath: If you truly believe these poor creatures to be your clan, then you've sunk even lower than I could imagine.

    Elisa Maza 
Voiced by: Salli Richardson
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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.


  • Action Girl: She can hold her own just as well as any of the gargoyles. She's an NYPD detective, after all.
  • 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. Until she met Puck in "The Mirror," she didn't believe in elves or faeries either. Hudson lampshaded the latter, telling Elisa that the Third Race were "as real as I (a gargoyle) am, if the stories be true."
  • Awesome Mc Coolname: From the Hebrew "Elisheba", her first name can mean either "oath of God" or "God is satisfaction".
  • Back from the Dead: A very realistic example after Broadway accidentally shoots Elisa, she nearly dies and is clinically dead for a few moments when her heart temporarily stops. The doctors revive her with a defibrillator.
  • Badass Normal: In "Eye of the Beholder," 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. She can also confront Demona directly.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Her undercover work as a Dirty Cop in "Protection" as well as her time as a Gargoyle in "The Mirror". The former is for looking less professional than her standard and the latter appears to be standard among gargoyles.
  • Beast and Beauty: She's the beauty with Goliath. This is Lampshaded in "Eye of the Beholder," where she cosplays as Belle.
  • But Not Too Foreign: She's half-African American, half-Native American.
  • The Commissioner Gordon: Of the "Heroes are obscure and/or feared and their police friend isn't at the top of the police totem pole" variety.
  • Cute Monster Girl: During her small stint as a gargoyle in "The Mirror", she was quite pretty. Goliath certainly thought so, but the "monster" part wouldn't count in his case.
  • Damsel out of Distress: She gets in a lot of trouble, but usually gets back out without having to wait to be saved. The only distressing situation she can't rescue herself from is falling off tall buildings.
    Elisa: (slipping out of her shackles) You work with handcuffs as much as I do, you pick up a few things.
  • Deadpan Snarker: She's very quick-witted.
  • Deuteragonist: Elisa is the second main focus after Goliath.
  • Dude Magnet: She's attracted the attention of a lot of men over the series, from Goliath to Dracone.
  • Easy Amnesia: Suffered this in "Sentinel" due to an alien mistaking the gargoyles for an invasive alien race that filled her with false memories.
  • Enhanced Punch: In "The Mirror" when Elisa gets temporarily turned into a Gargoyle, she uses her newfound strength to sock Demona in the kisser to protect the humanized Clan from her.
  • Empowered Badass Normal: Was briefly turned into a gargoyle that not only included being able to glide under her power for once, but also the Super Strength to go with it.
  • Fair Cop: A very attractive police detective.
  • The Fettered: Even though she hates Xanatos, she wouldn't break the law to take him down.
  • Guile Heroine: What's made her an effective and respected member of the clan besides being The Face and their connection to the world is her ability to think quickly. Broadway once turned to stone in midair and she saved him by shooting down a pile of rugs to give him a soft landing. Goliath was both grateful and in awe at such ingenuity.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: While Elisa is of average height for a human woman, she's small when compared with the huge Goliath.
  • Identity Amnesia: Suffered this in "Sentinel"; Nokkar, assuming that the gargoyles are evil aliens who have brainwashed Elisa, wipes her memory to "save" her. Despite this, Elisa's instincts allow her to remember her friendship with the gargoyles, and the effect eventually wears off.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: Part of the reason she kept the gargoyles a secret, even in situations where they themselves suggested she tell certain individuals, is because she kind of liked being their only human confidante.
  • I'll Take That as a Compliment: Her response when Brooklyn in "Temptation" and Taurus in "The New Olympians" call her a credit to humans.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: Go look up a picture of Salli Richardson. We'll wait.
  • Interspecies Romance: Her (a human) and Goliath (a gargoyle). 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.
  • Irony: She's used to being both protector and liaison for the gargoyles in the wider world yet on New Olympus, she's seen as the freak for being human while the gargoyles can walk out in the open.
  • I Work Alone: Initially, she's very resentful at being assigned a partner in Matt, but eventually warms up to him.
  • Kindhearted Cat Lover: Owns a rescue-cat named Cagney.
  • Nice Girl: Elisa is kind-hearted, brave, and doesn't judge anyone based on physical appearances.
  • Reckless Gun Usage: As she lives alone, Elisa initially tended to simply leave her service weapon lying around. She gets a lot smarter about it after "Deadly Force", where Broadway accidentally shoots her while playing with the gun.
  • Red Is Heroic: Her trademark red jacket. Forgoing it for something black is part of her cover as a dirty cop.
  • Second Love: To Goliath, as his relationship with his first mate, Demona, is broken beyond repair.
  • Secret Keeper: Deconstructed; keeping the gargoyles a secret puts a severe strain on her relationship with her partner Matt (who hates secrets in general) 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.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: Her Belle costume proved this in "Eye of the Beholder." It was the golden-ball gown. This happens again in the comic with her Jasmine costume.
  • Shout-Out: As mentioned before, Elisa cosplays as Belle on Halloween. Later in the comic, she cosplays as Jasmine at a Halloween party.
  • Smoking Barrel Blowout: Does this with Demona's laser rifle after disarming and shooting said owner with it.
  • The Smurfette Principle: The only lead female character, at least until Angela shows up.
  • Strong as They Need to Be: More egregiously than Goliath for always being strong enough to wrestle Demona over her laser rifle for as long as the plot requires yet the aforementioned stint as a gargoyle was treated as a The Dog Bites Back Curb-Stomp Battle.
  • Team Mom: After she is de-facto adopted into the Manhattan Clan, she becomes the mother of the clan.
  • This Means War!: When she discovers what Xanatos did to her brother Derek, she snarls at him, "This is it. You're going down."
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Hot dogs.
  • Twofer Token Minority: Native American and African-American. Word of God states that her being this underlies her open-mindedness towards the gargoyles that wouldn't come as easily as being a white man.
  • 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.
    • Word of God is that Cpt. Chavez used to work under Elisa's father and is a friend of the family, so she tends to cut Elisa a bit more slack than normal. Also, Elisa apparently has a pretty solid arrest/conviction record, even before the gargoyles showed and started helping her.
  • Unfazed Everyman: After meeting the Gargoyles and everything else that followed, Elisa becomes this.
    Elisa: Matt, I don't care about U.F.O.s, Lochness monsters, or secret societies. Believe me, the world is strange enough as it is.
  • 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: No one ever comments on the blue highlights. Most likely a bit of artistic license - black hair would be visually confusing against a black background, and Gargoyles has a lot of night scenes. Plus hair that's dark enough is often said to look blue in certain lights.
  • You Have to Believe Me!: Her efforts to convince Derek that Xanatos is not a good guy boiled down to her word because she couldn't tell him about the gargoyles, and Derek wasn't convinced by the "Xanatos is evil because he's evil" argument.

    Brooklyn 
Voiced by: Jeff Bennett
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Long story, some of it even true.

Goliath's second-in-command. While once impetuous and a thrill seeker, Brooklyn soon grows into his reluctant role as the secondary leader and becomes more serious and a skilled tactician.


  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: With his mate Katana. Word of God says that their relationship, especially early on, would be akin to Sam Malone and Diane Chambers. When no one understood what he was talking about, he mentioned Benadick and Beatrice. Everyone cracked up.
  • Berserk Button: Mentioning Demona around him really riles him up. Aside from the whole "Goliath's genocidal ex-wife" thing, she manipulated and betrayed him specifically to obtain a spell to brainwash Goliath.
  • The Chains of Commanding: The stress of leadership is what initially causes him to withdraw from the role in "Kingdom." His Character Development for the episode sees him get over this, ending with Brooklyn stepping up as leader in Goliath's absence.
  • Character Development: Graduates from the youthful gargoyle trio to becoming second-in-command to Goliath.
  • A Day in the Limelight: "Temptations" was the first, although he's also the main character in "Kingdom". He receives an extended one during the TimeDancer arc in the comics.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He's the most likely of all the Manhattan Clan to be sarcastic or sour in his comments.
    Brooklyn: Yeah, use the Force, Lex.
  • Eyepatch After Time Skip: At some point during the adventures referred to in Time Dancer, Brooklyn loses the use of his left eye and starts wearing a patch over it.
  • Future Badass: Brooklyn returned from his travels through time older, wiser, and having taken a few levels in badass.
  • Guttural Growler: Brooklyn has a low, gravelly voice despite his young age.
  • Heartbroken Badass: Three or four times before finally finding a mate.
  • Hopeless Suitor: Maggie (got together with Talon), Angela (got together with Broadway), Delilah (got together with Malibu, his own clone)...the series wasn't kind to his love life.
    Brooklyn: (after seeing Delilah with Malibu) Oh you have GOT to be kidding me...
    • Word of God says that what he felt for them wasn't love, just physical attraction.
    • He eventually finds a love that requites his feelings toward him in Katana. They even have a son named Nashville.
  • Interspecies Romance: Subverted. Maggie, of the Mutates, never returned his affections.
  • Knight In Sour Armor: Brooklyn gets snarkier and snarkier as time goes on, but it doesn't mean that he doesn't care, and definitely doesn't mean that he stops doing the right thing.
  • The Lancer: Compared to Goliath, he is less confident, more hot-blooded, and leans more toward brains than brawn.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: After 'Temptation', he can't restrain himself from headlong assault whenever Demona turns up. Eventually, The Chains of Commanding teach him some restraint.
  • Red Is Heroic: Brooklyn has a red skin tone.
  • Shipper on Deck: For Goliath and Elisa. He is seen with a look of approval with Lexington and Broadway when they watch Goliath and Elisa dancing during Halloween.
  • Sword and Gun: After his time-dancing, he carries a longsword, katanas, and a gun.

    Broadway 
Voiced by: Bill Fagerbakke
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You made one mistake, Tony. You messed with my partner. And when someone messes with your partner, you're supposed to do something about it.

A Big Eater who develops a liking for detective movies.


  • Acrofatic: He's very quick and maneuverable for his pudgy size.
  • Badass Adorable: Broadway is a sweet and kind guy, but he is scary when provoked.
  • Bald of Awesome: No hair, but just as badass as any gargoyle.
  • Berserk Button: Guns, particularly when they're being used by people to hurt and terrorize people. However he's OK with Elisa using one, because he trusts her not to abuse it.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: It's hard to piss him off, but when it does happen...WATCH OUT!
  • Big Eater: His Establishing Character Moment in "Awakening" has him eat while fighting. He even knocks out a Viking with a drumstick.
  • Big Fun: Broadway loves a good time.
  • The Big Guy: His general role whenever he's teamed with Lexington and Brooklyn, or Elisa is to throw his weight around.
  • Blue Is Heroic: Broadway has a cyan (light-blue) skin tone.
  • Character Development: Broadway grows from being a gluttonous illiterate goof to a studious amateur detective. And don't forget the aforementioned episodes about firearms.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He's a lot more dangerous than his goofy demeanor implies.
  • Cultured Badass: Becomes one through Character Development. By the time of the comics, he is a big Shakespeare fan.
  • A Day in the Limelight: "Deadly Force." focuses on him and his gun problem. He and Elisa get a shared one in "The Silver Falcon."
  • Doesn't Like Guns: Following "Deadly Force," guns are one of the few things that'll make him mad.
  • Eye Scream: His future self in Puck's nightmare vision in "Future Tense" has lost both his eyes, leaving the sockets completely empty.
  • Fat Flex: He tries doing this in the very first episode when declaring that "all of nature trembles at my passing!" Lexington pokes his belly and undoes it.
  • Genius Ditz: Broadway is initially portrayed as being generally less intelligent, or at least less erudite, than the other gargoyles. For one thing, he started off illiterate; for another, he seems more susceptible to pop culture influences; Hudson had both of these qualities, but he was also a canny veteran warrior. He's also the Plucky Comic Relief Big Eater. However, he matures rapidly through the series, unleashing the soul of a poet, and becoming a skilled detective as well. And, naturally, a fine chef.
  • Gentle Giant: For such a big guy, you'll never find a sweeter soul than Broadway.
  • 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.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: First with Elisa (Cool Big Sis), and now also with Angela (eventually, his girlfriend). He's big and wide, while the two ladies are comparatively smaller than him.
  • I Just Shot Marvin in the Face: He was initially a big fan of guns (in movies, at least) until he accidentally shot Elisa. It terrified him and led directly to Doesn't Like Guns.
  • Improvised Weapon: He once used a turkey leg to knock out a soldier in a castle raid early in the series.
  • Never Learned to Read: He even brags about it, early in "Lighthouse in the Sea of Time". Hearing Macbeth eloquently relate the story of Merlin opens Broadway's eyes to the power of the written word, to the point that he starts seeing reading as it's own kind of magic. After that, he relishes reading and becomes a Shakespeare fanboy...who loves reading to his girlfriend.
  • Nice Guy: Broadway is a loyal, reliable, friendly and quite intelligent despite his appearance, and was the main focus of several of the show's more thought-provoking episodes. This is what actually allows him to win over Angela.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: He is the closest to Elisa of all the Manhattan Clan besides Goliath.
  • Reckless Gun Usage: Having not realized it was fully loaded and accidentally shot Elisa with it, he learned the hard way that guns are not toys. It's become a Berserk Button since.
  • Shipper on Deck: For Goliath and Elisa. He is seen with a look of approval with Brooklyn and Lexington when they watch Goliath and Elisa dancing during Halloween.
  • Stout Strength: Heavyset, and very strong.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Jalapenos.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Broadway isn't exactly ugly, but is certainly less attractive than the other members of his clan, to the point that he looks kinda goofy or buffoonish, which, combined with Angela's hotness qualifies them for this trope.

    Lexington 
Voiced by: Thom Adcox-Hernandez
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It's nice to know there are still some heroes left.

A gargoyle with a gift for technology.


  • Adorkable: With his big eyes, reedy voice, and love of technology, Lexington definitely qualifies as this.
  • Badass Adorable: While he's the smallest and youngest looking of the clan, Lexington is just as capable a warrior as his fellow gargoyles. His ability to utilize technology to his advantage makes it even better.
  • Badass Bookworm: Lexington's the technical brains of the clan, and his smarts are a force to be reckoned with.
  • Bald of Awesome: Not a hair on his head, and quite awesome.
  • Berserk Button: The Pack enrages him, due to a huge Broken Pedestal moment.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: As the first Coyote found out firsthand; Lex blew a hole through the robot's torso, and his anger towards the rest of the Pack shows that he may well have been willing to the same to any of them as well.
  • Big Brother Instinct: He's a surrogate brother for baby Alex Xanatos, and is the one most often seen taking care of him after the kid's own parents.
  • Character Development: Grows less naive and (unfortunately) more paranoid. Thankfully, the events of "Leader of the Pack" help him get his priorities straightened out, namely that the safety of his clan is more important than his personal vendetta against The Pack.
  • A Day in the Limelight: "The Thrill of the Hunt" gives him the focus for his fascination with the Pack, and the need for the clan to connect with people outside the clan. He also gets quite a bit of focus in the Stone of Destiny arc in the comics, along with Hudson.
  • Friend to All Children: He's great with Alex, and would do anything to keep him safe.
  • 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. Specifically, the gargoyles awaken in modern times in October 4; on November 7 he starts working on an old motorcycle and by November 11 has fully fixed it and customized its look. A couple of months later, when he manages to crash-land a helicopter, it takes him less than a day to fully fix it, customize its look and fly it as though he had been doing it his whole life.
  • Hero-Worshipper: He initially naively admires the Pack. Once he realizes their real natures, he takes a complete turnaround and spends the most of the series with a special hatred for them (though he at least comes to an uneasy truce with Fox due to his affection for the baby Alex).
  • 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, he is quite eager and energetic.
  • Nice Guy: One of the easiest members of the Clan you can talk with.
  • Older Than They Look: Despite his reedy voice and small stature, Lexington is the same age as Brooklyn and Broadway.
  • Shipper on Deck: For Goliath and Elisa. He is seen with a look of approval with Brooklyn and Broadway when they watch Goliath and Elisa dancing during Halloween. And he gives this line:
    " They should have Halloween more often."
  • Shorter Means Smarter: The smallest of the Manhattan clan, and also the one who can figure out computers and gasoline motors only a week after waking up in the 20th century.
  • The Smart Guy: He developed considerable tech-savvy in a very short time so the clan delegates tech stuff to him.
  • Straight Gay: According to Word of Gay, he is homosexual, but it never came up in the show because he wasn't stereotypical about it. There's also the fact that it was against Disney' Standards and Practices of the time.
  • Took a Level in Cynic: After having a Broken Pedestal moment with the Pack, Lexington decided to adopt a paranoid mindset. "I'm never trusting anyone again!"
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    Angela 
Voiced by: Brigitte Bako
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I was raised by humans. There's no reason we can't all live in harmony.

Born and raised on Avalon, she joins Goliath in order to see what the world outside is like and to better know her father, Goliath.


  • Absolute Cleavage: Her tunic in the cartoon series was simply cut and not revealing. The one in the comics, on the other hand, gave this effect.
  • Action Girl: She can handle herself in a fight.
  • Affirmative Action Girl: She was specifically introduced to address the lack of a positive female gargoyle in the main cast.
  • All-Loving Heroine: Angela truly believes that gargoyles and humans can co-exist peacefully together, a belief that she says came from the fact that she was raised by humans.
  • Badass Adorable: Cute, sweet, and naïve, but can kick ass with the best of them.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Angela is the sweetest and gentlest of the Clan, but she's as fierce a warrior as any of them.
  • Brainy Brunette: She's highly intelligent.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: In "The Reckoning", Angela is furious when Thailog reveals that Demona already knew she's her daughter and had attempted to try and sway Angela to her way of thinking. She does not accept Demona's Lame Excuse of "trying to make her understand", as all she sees is nothing more than a ploy to turn her against Goliath and the Clan for her own selfishness.
    Angela: You are capable of anything. I HATE you.
  • The Chick: Definitely the most naïve and least worldly of the cast, and also the most confident that humans and gargoyles can co-exist peacefully.
  • Cute Monster Girl: Very attractive, especially by gargoyle standards.
  • Dude Magnet: She's an attractive female Gargoyle, which is no wonder why Brooklyn, Broadway, and Lexington became more than infatuated by her. To be fair, Angela's the first female Gargoyle the three laid eyes on in a long time.
  • Happily Adopted: Like the Avalon Clan, she was raised by the Magus, Katharine, and Tom, and loves them all.
  • Hello, Nurse!: When you're the only female of their species within a few-thousand-mile radius (who isn't a genocidal ex-wife...) you're going to get a lot of appreciative looks.
  • In the Blood: Goliath's fears that Demona's hatred and paranoia will affect Angela's personality, but it is ultimately subverted.
  • Meaningful Name: Just happens to have a karmically opposite name to Demona. The Magus, Katharine, and Tom couldn't have known that Macbeth had given Demona her name eighteen years prior.
  • Morality Pet: Angela is the only character in the entire series that Demona wholeheartedly cares for; Goliath even lampshades that Demona's love for her only daughter is the first sign that Demona is capable of redemption.
  • Nice Girl: Angela is caring, brave, and open-minded.
  • Shipper on Deck: Word of God is she's rooting for Goliath and Elisa to hook up. Being raised by humans, she sees nothing wrong with it.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Angela ultimately chose Broadway, as he saw her as the person she was, rather than simply an object to be won.
  • Sixth Ranger: She joined the Manhattan clan well after the start of the series.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: She is clearly the child of Demona and Goliath — she is the spitting image of her mother (sans the perpetual expression of cynicism), and her hair and skin coloration match her father. Elisa notices this immediately, quickly deducing that Angela is Goliath and Demona's daughter.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Broadway isn't exactly ugly, but is certainly less attractive than the other members of his clan, to the point that he looks kinda goofy or buffoonish, which, combined with Angela's hotness qualifies them for this trope.
  • "Well Done, Daughter!" Girl: Goliath is her biological father (as much as he says it doesn't matter) and she really wants to make him proud of her.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: The exact opposite of her mother concerning views on humans. "I was raised by humans. There's no reason we can't all live in harmony."

    Hudson 
Voiced by: Ed Asner
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But I know something you don't. Something that only comes with age. I know how to wait.

Previous leader of the Wyvern clan. Now he spends most of his days watching television and enjoying his well-earned rest.


  • Acrofatic: While being much older than the rest and about as heavy-set as Broadway, he's still astoundingly agile.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: Before ceding his position to Goliath, he was the leader. Incidentally, it wasn't his strength that made him formidable but his wisdom.
  • Badass Baritone: Hudson sports a deep, rumbling voice that demonstrates his age and experience as a warrior.
  • Badass Beard: The only gargoyle warrior in the main cast to have such an impressive beard.
  • Badass in Charge: He led the clan's warriors in battle until 986, when a combination of encroaching age and his eye injury led him to hand leadership over to Goliath.
  • Cool Old Guy: His age hasn't slowed Hudson down in the badass department, and he shares interests with the younger, teenager, gargoyles such as shows like The Pack.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He's less prone to wry observations than the Trio, but he has his moments.
    Goliath: Surely you know I'm not in the habit of playing childish pranks and laughing maniacally in the dark.
    Hudson: Do ye even know how to laugh maniacally?
  • Eye Scream: A blast from the Archmage blinded one of his eyes.
  • Genius Bruiser: Though well-past his prime, he easily outsmarts Xanatos and Demona when forced to fight them alone. He's very insightful, as well, seeing past Xanatos' confidence to recognise his fear of death, becoming one of only two opponents (the other being Oberon) to actually rattle Xanatos.
  • Handicapped Badass: He can only see through one of his eyes but he can still track his foes through cunning.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: Word of God states he's the biological father of Broadway though neither knows this and due to gargoyle customs, it'd make little difference between them.
  • Mentor Archetype:
    • He was Goliath's teacher in the backstory. His title among Goliath's generation was even "Mentor".
    • When Goliath went missing and Brooklyn had to take the helm, Hudson was a Trickster Mentor, subtly poking and needling him until he finally stepped up and issued direct orders.
  • My Greatest Failure: Being unable to protect Prince Malcolm from being poisoned in 986 haunts him even in the present.
  • Never Learned to Read: Like Broadway, but he finds this inability greatly embarrassing. He eventually learns and seems to especially enjoy reading newspapers.
  • Old Master: A downplayed version, since he's not as formidable as Goliath or Demona. But he can still win fights, generally by trickery or a Batman Gambit.
  • Old Soldier: He's the oldest of the clan and, while he's not as physically fit as he used to be, he still holds his own. He's even addressed as such, particularly in the days before he was given a name. (Demona still tends to call him this.)
  • Retired Badass: He used to be The Leader of the clan, but stepped down in Goliath's favor. He currently enjoys spending time in his comfy armchair either reading the newspaper or watching television with Bronx (and Cagney while Goliath, Elisa, and Bronx were Walking the Earth). Though he can still prove why he was Goliath's predecessor as leader of the clan when the situation calls for it.
  • Talking the Monster to Death: He was captured by Xanatos in 'The Price', and after breaking out of his cage, actually reasoned with Xanatos and walked out freely.
  • Team Dad: As Goliath would say, he is the "grandfather" for the entire clan. His relationship with the Trio, and later Angela, is like that of a grandfather even though Word of God says he's Broadway's biological father. Word of God also says that his oldest child was a member of Goliath's generation, which means he likely has a biological grandchild in the Avalon clan. In gargoyle culture the Trio and Goliath would all be considered his "rookery children".
  • Weapon of Choice: His trademark sword. In fact, at the start of the series, he is the only member of the clan that regularly uses a handheld weapon, which underscores this trope.
  • Who Wants to Live Forever?: In 'The Price', Hudson points out the downside of immortality to Xanatos.
    Hudson: What you seek... demands a heavy price. I've lived eleven hundred years. Most of my clan is dead and dust. And I am a stranger in a strange land.

    Bronx 
Voiced by: Frank Welker
https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Bronx_3837.JPG

A quadrupedal creature, similar in general appearance to a bulky mastiff but with many gargoyle-like characteristics. Generally acts as their loyal hound (and gets more than his share of comedy relief moments.)


  • All Animals Are Dogs: Bronx acts like a dog, with a pinch or two of Amplified Animal Aptitude. 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.
  • Angry Guard Dog: His foes and enemies are greeted with barks and bites.
  • 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.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Every once in a while, he'll successfully pounce on an enemy after they attack one of the Main Characters.
  • Big, Friendly Dog: He's docile with friends and allies.
  • A Day in the Limelight: The episodes "The Hound of Ulster" and "A Bronx Tale" give him unusual focus.
  • Evil-Detecting Dog: If there's someone or something wicked, dangerous, and/or supernatural nearby, Bronx will probably bark and growl in its direction.
  • Friend to All Children: He loves Alex, and his kindness towards kids carries over into the Goliath Chronicles as well as the final issue of the Marvel comics run.
  • Gentle Giant: For a hulking gargbeast, Bronx is incredibly sweet to his friends.
  • Heroic Dog: At least, if we're prepared to relax the definition of 'dog', then he fills the role of a dog who assists in accomplishing heroic acts, such as Timmy in a Well plots.
  • Team Pet: He's basically the clan's pet dog.
  • Wall Crawl: The only clan member who can't glide, but he's strong enough to dig his claws into brick or concrete and haul himself up the sides of buildings.

Joined in the comic continuation

    Katana 
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Brooklyn's mate from Edo Period Ishimura.


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    Nashville 
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Brooklyn and Katana's son.


    Fu-Dog 
Brooklyn's gargoyle beast, picked up in ancient China.
  • Team Pet: He has the same role as Bronx in Brooklyn's family; pet dog.

    Egwardo 
Brooklyn and Katana's second child, still an egg.

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