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Recap / Gargoyles S 2 The Mirror

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  • Characters: the Manhattan Clan, Eliza Maza, Demona, Puck
  • Enemy(ies) : Demona and Puck

A magical mirror is stolen by Demona who frees the mischievous Puck from it; purposely re-interpreting Demona's wishes, he makes the Gargoyles human and the humans gargoyles. In the chaos Goliath and the others are able to detain him and send Demona fleeing, but as a gift for the fun he'd had, Puck grants Demona to become human during the day instead of her vulnerable stone sleep.

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Demona returns in the episode "Vows" and Puck's next appearance is in "Future Tense".


This Episode contains the following Tropes:
  • Animation Bump: The first episode in the second season to get an improvement in animation and the second over all after the Awakening five part pilot.
  • Batman Gambit: Her plan to steal the Mirror of Titania involved this. While Elisa Maza and Goliath pursued her, a pair of thieves, now free to take it by her luring the heroes away, swiftly wrapped up and removed the mirror from the Metropolitan Museum of Art and then dropped it off to her house at the appointed time.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: More or less the Aesop for this episode.
    Puck: "Did you say that human, or that human? Oh, never mind, I'll figure it out..."
  • Beautiful All Along: Goliath realizes this about Elisa after seeing her transformed into a gargoyle in "The Mirror":
    Goliath: "I never realized just how beautiful you are."
    Elisa: "*chuckle* Are you saying you thought I was ugly?"
    Goliath: "Uh, well, that—Careful, updraft!"
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  • Brick Joke: At least it is one from Puck's point of view. Near the start of the episode Demona offhandedly mentioned that she would like to once be able to walk out during the daytime instead of turning to stone. At the end when Puck is demanding she ask for some reward to repay her for the "fun time" she took him out to in the last few hours, she demanded him to leave in which the disgruntled Puck decided to grant her previously mentioned desire, though in a fashion she would not approve, as her "reward".
  • Bullying a Dragon: Demona in her case is not just mistreating any ordinary powerhouse, but a Reality Warper who could really make her life miserable if given the opportunity to be freed. Indeed, he would repay her by having her turn into that which she hates most during daytime.
    • Somehow her shoving him around and making threats throughout most of the episode doesn't faze Puck, but her weary, aggravated "Please leave" at the end offends him.
  • Cute Monster Girl: Elisa proves that she makes for a "beautiful gargoyle" during her small stint as one in this episode. Goliath certainly thought so but, technically, she's not a "monster" from his perspective.
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  • The Fair Folk: They are introduced into Gargoyles' cosmology, of they are known as the "Third Race" and the "Children of Oberon". The first of their number to be revealed is Puck who debuts in this episode. He has the classic traits of amorality, trickery, doing thing for the fun of it, and weakness to Cold Iron.
  • Foreshadowing: When Demona first summons Puck in "The Mirror", she says "You serve the human", referring to the fact that Owen and Puck are the same being. Other episodes would hint at the same thing, but this one was the first and most noticeable.
    • Also the fact that if you listen to Puck you can't help but feel you've heard his voice before. It's very similar to Owen's own, except Puck has none of the emotional restraint in it that Owen has.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: In "The Mirror," after Puck has turned all the humans in the city into Gargoyles, Lexington, Brooklyn, and Broadway look on in shock at what has happened, while doing so, a group of female Gargoyles wearing little clothing and their wings covering themselves walk by and smile at them rather flirtatiously. Judging by their expressions, no doubt Brooklyn and Broadway (though not Lexington) are thinking of one thing and one thing only right now. Lexington is busy summing up the situation as "kinda fun... but weird."
    • A deliberate effort by the creators to make sure they avoided getting into trouble is one involving the name of the trickster debuting in this episode. The creators were originally considering naming Puck instead as "Robin Goodfellow" (an alias that Puck used in the play) over concerns that his name might be misheard by some as a certain rhyming four letter word that starts with an "F". They ultimately chose to stay with Puck, but made sure the voice actors were careful in how they pronounced his name.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: The appearances the Manhattan Clan Gargoyles take when turned Human are based in large part on those of the voice actors who portray them, even having Goliath be Ambiguously Brown in reference to him being voiced by Black American actor Keith David. Though Greg Weisman has said that the in-story reason for Goliath's darker Human skin color is actually to match that of Elisa's.
  • Jackass Genie: Puck makes an effort to subvert this trope when he deliberately misconstrues Demona's wishes, not only to screw with her, but to avoid having to kill every human in the city. Though it is played straight at the end when Puck grants Demona's original wish of not turning to stone during the day by making her become human during the day instead. So it would be more accurate to say that Puck is indeed a Jackass Genie, but he's only being a jackass toward Demona, who really deserves it.
  • Knight Templar: This episode really shows how far Demona has fallen from her motivation of restoring the gargoyles- when Puck turns all humans in Manhattan into gargoyles, essentially granting that wish, she's just furious that they were given the "gift" of gargoylehood.
  • Literal Genie: Puck pulls this in "The Mirror" when he feels like jerking Demona around. I.E. "Don't worry, I will do exactly what you ask." Thus fulfilling the letter of her wish while deliberately ignoring the spirit.
  • Magic Mirror: Titania's Mirror (which is used throughout this episode) is one of two known ones (along with its twin, Oberon's Mirror) to exist in the Gargoyles universe. She uses it to summon Puck.
  • Meganekko: Elisa wears glasses posing as a security guard at the museum.
  • Off-Model: When Elisa is posing in front of the mirror and then swiftly responds to Demona's break-in, her reflection doesn't change at the moment she ran from it. The creators stated that this was done deliberately in order to hint at the supernatural nature of Titania's Mirror.
  • Shout-Out:
    • This episode features allusions To Shakespeare, more specifically to A Midsummer Night's Dream with the introduction of Puck and also a mention of Oberon (when one of the thieves hired by Demona uses as his code word "Oberon sent me" and also in form of the beings of the Third race named as "Oberon's Children") before he would appear physically later on. For that matter, the episode as a whole is somewhat of a loose recreation of the play with Fairies wrecking havoc by spinning spells on unsuspecting people for amusement at the latter's expense, some characters being turned into other species, and some romantic developments (e.g. Goliath and Elisa's budding relationship) occur.
    • Shortly after Demona has summoned Puck and starts shouting commands, the latter protests this treatment by pointing to Titania's Mirror saying that "What does this look like to you, Aladdin's lamp?". This line was confirmed by the creators to be an in-joke about Disney's Aladdin, of which Aladdin: The Series was also concurrently on-air at the time.
    • Goliath's appearance as a Human is strongly reminiscent of Conan the Barbarian.
  • Wham Episode: "The Mirror" established the Fair Folk as part of the setting, established a new attribute for Demona (the ability to turn Human during the day instead of stone), and started the transformation of Goliath and Elisa's relationship.
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