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  • Story Arc: Demona and Macbeth; the Weird Sisters
  • Characters: The Manhattan Clan, David Xanatos, Owen Burnett, Demona, Macbeth, The Weird Sisters, The Hunters
  • Enemy(ies) : Xanatos, Demona, Macbeth

Demona exploits Xanatos' fear of death to cast a spell on nearly everybody in Manhattan, turning them to stone by night; a mysterious Hunter wearing a red-and-black striped mask hunts for Demona, while the Manhattan Clan try to figure out what's going on and then make an uneasy truce with Xanatos to stop Demona (and ultimately also to stop the Hunter who ruthlessly pursues her).

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Interwoven with this story is the rise and fall of Macbeth of Scotland, from his adolescence in 1020 to his death in 1057 at the hands of the Hunter, Malcolm Canmore, and into the present day, as three mysterious women keep careful watch over him and the female gargoyle whom he had named Demona...

Demona, Macbeth, and the Weird Sisters return in High Noon. Xanatos and Fox make their next appearance in Outfoxed. The Hunters make their next appearance in Hunter's Moon.

This Episode contains the following Tropes:

  • A Form You Are Comfortable With: The Weird Sisters always appear to Demona as fellow gargoyles. To the Manhattan Clan, they appear as children.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: The Weird Sisters hit Macbeth and then Demona with these in order to get them to stand down; Macbeth is forced to realize that killing never solved his problems, and Demona is responsible for her own pain.
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  • Call-Back: Demona briefly references the last time she thought she killed Elisa before attempting to do so again.
  • Cycle of Revenge: The persistent theme, as Demona wants revenge against all humanity for the death of her clan, while Macbeth loathes her for her betrayal. When Goliath vows to stop Demona for what she's done to the city, the Weird Sisters advise him to abide by his code or else the cycle will continue.
  • Driven to Suicide: Macbeth doesn't want to kill Demona in order to exact revenge, but for his own sake.
    "I'm just so tired."
  • Enemy Mine: The Manhattan Clan teams up with Xanatos to break Demona's spell.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • When Demona petrifies and binds Owen, she makes reference to him being a 'tricky one'. Whether or not she actually knows that Owen is the same member of Oberon's Children she called in The Mirror is unknown, but that choice of words suggests she might.
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    • During the first flashback, Demona spies Princess Katharine and company loading up the rookery eggs for transport, which will be followed up on in another episode's flashback.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: Both Macbeth and especially Demona had good intentions in the beginning, but they became hardened by their experiences. The Weird Sisters also warn Goliath to beware this trope.
    "Take care not to become that which you fight against."
  • Ignored Epiphany: In the first flashback, Demona almost recognizes that she caused the clan's destruction and Goliath being left stone at night.
    Demona: What have I—what have they done to you?!
  • I "Uh" You, Too: After Elisa is restored, the Manhattan Clan happily hug her.
    Xanatos: [to Owen] I hope you don't mind if I just shake your hand.
  • Immortality Seeker: The cause of the modern day plotline is Xanatos' attempt to extend his life by centuries by stealing a minute from everyone who watched Demona's broadcast. Demona lied.
  • Last of His Kind: Bodhe, the father of Gruoch and also father-in-law of Macbeth, believes this of Demona's band of followers after the English have destroyed the last of the gargoyles in their land. Though later episodes show that Bodhe was incorrect, but it nonetheless serves as some foreshadowing to there being gargoyles living outside of Scotland.
  • Never My Fault: Demona remains constantly insistent that her pain was everyone's fault but hers. While under the haze of the Weird Sisters, she briefly acknowledges her own failings, but she goes back to denial when she snaps out of it.
  • Origins Episode: Here we learn the backstory of Demona and Macbeth; their partnership, their falling out, how Demona earned the name "Demona" etc.
  • Properly Paranoid: Xanatos wanted to believe Demona would make good on her claims, but he knew not to watch her broadcast.
  • Red Herring: Demona claimed to Xanatos that her broadcast would simply steal minutes from people's lives to prolong her own. This was a deliberate mislead on how she's lived for so long.
  • Shout-Out to Shakespeare: Arguably the show's definitive example, as it details the backstory of Macbeth.
  • We Will Meet Again: The Weird Sisters depart with Demona and Macbeth.
    Goliath: Who are you? What are you?
    Weird Sisters: That is a story for another day.
  • Wham Episode: The truth behind Demona and Macbeth's long lives and connection to each other are revealed. Xanatos and Demona's partnership is permanently dissolved.
  • Who Wants to Live Forever?: Macbeth can't stand being immortal and would welcome death. Demona doesn't seem particularly bothered by her own immortality, but she acknowledges the loneliness she feels deep down.
  • Whole Episode Flashback: Each part has extensive flashbacks set over many years—beginning the night before the fall of Castle Wyvern and ending with Macbeth saying goodbye to his wife.
  • You Fool!: Goliath's reaction when he learns of the deal Xanatos made with Demona.
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