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Recap / Gargoyles S 2 Leader of the Pack

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  • Story Arc: Lexington and The Pack
  • Characters: The Manhattan Clan, the Pack, David Xanatos, Owen Burnett
  • Enemy(ies) : The Pack, Xanatos

Dingo, assisted by new Pack member Coyote, who wears a cybernetic suit of armor, break Jackal, Hyena and Wolf out of jail. Fox remains behind as the others escape to exact revenge on the Gargoyles though Coyote and Wolf vie for the leadership of the Pack, they are shocked to learn who lies behind the mask.

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The Pack (minus Fox) returns in "Upgrade" while Fox reappears in "Eye of the Beholder".


This Episode contains the following Tropes:
  • Battle Amongst the Flames: Happens at the climax of the episode as the Manhattan Clan is fighting the pack on the burning oil tanker.
  • Berserk Button: The mere sight or mention of the Pack is one for Lexington.
  • Continuity Nod: Brooklyn makes a reference to the events of Enter Macbeth when he mentions "How come whenever you and I take Bronx out, we wind up like this?"
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Fox gives this as the basis for her reason for refusing to join her comrades in breaking out of prison. It is subverted in that is only a ruse and her real reason was that the incident was engineered by her and Xanatos to get her an early parole. Though it is also double subverted in that Fox isn't evil, but rather amoral.
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  • Parental Bonus: Fox and Hyena are sitting in a prison cell, with Hyena flicking rubber bands at cockroaches and Fox reading a book by Sartre. Hyena asks her why she bothers with that, and Fox says, "Because Nietzsche's too butch, and Kafka reminds me of your little friends over there." Kafka's best-known work, of course, involves a man who one day wakes up as a giant cockroach.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: One of the defining characteristic's of Xanatos' philosophy. Particularly in regard as to why he never pursues any bids for retribution is best summed up with this quote: "Revenge, as they say, is a sucker's game."
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Lexington and Brooklyn have this dynamic in this episode in regard to their approaches to their respective targets of animosity. The former is the red with the ironically red colored Brooklyn being the blue. Brooklyn mentions to Lexington that while he is still bitter with Demona manipulating him in the past, he doesn't let his anger cloud his judgement and that Lexington can't lose sight of the well being of fellow Gargoyles and civilians to pursue a corrosive grudge.
  • Revenge Before Reason:
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    • Lexington's animosity for the Pack leads him to launch an uncharacteristic Leeroy Jenkins preemptive attack against the Pack. Though he does get better by the end of the episode when he lets go of his grudge to save Brooklyn falling off the edge of the sinking ship.
    • Averted and exploited by Xanatos. While Coyote (posing as Xanatos) claims that he wants pay back against the Manhattan clan for being sent to prison, it is all a ruse to bait the Pack into another fight against the gargoyles so that Xanatos could test his new creation's combat capabilities. Granted the Pack also have a pragmatic reason of their own to get back against the Manhattan Clan given that, as mercenaries who are paid to successfully fight and kill targets for the highest bidder, failing to succeed in taking out a prior target would downgrade their mercenary cred, but the Pack is certainly making it no secret that they also are primarily emotionally driven.
  • Robotic Reveal: During an epic fight on board an oil tanker, Bronx tears off half of his face, revealing that "Xanatos" is actually the robotic duplicate, Coyote. Of course, the whole point of the exercise was to get Xanatos' girlfriend Fox a shot at early parole for her actions during the jailbreak at the start of the episode.
  • Running Gag: The beginning of one in which Coyote would meet some cataclysmic accident which would destroy his current body.
  • Shout-Out: Coyote's partly exposed machine face is a tribute to the Terminator. Another influence for Coyote was the Looney Tunes character Wile E. Coyote in that it suffers from numerous cataclysmic misfortunes. In the case of its appearance in this episode it gets shot through its chest by Lexington.
  • Xanatos Gambit: In addition to providing an opportunity to test Coyote's abilities, the ultimate goal of Xanatos' plans in regards to the Pack in this episode was to achieve an early parole for Fox.
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