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Recap / Gargoyles S 2 Vendettas

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  • Story Arc: The Pack (loosely), Hakon's Vengeance
  • Characters: Goliath, Hudson, Vinnie
  • Enemy(ies): Wolf, Hakon

Wolf is back and badder than ever with his newfound toy, a Viking Battle-Axe with mystical properties... containing the spirit of his long dead ancestor... the Viking Hakon. The two old foes of the Gargoyles have teamed up to take them down hard.

Meanwhile, background character Vinnie lugs around a weapon of enormous size, determined to get his own vengeance against the Gargoyles for their constantly making a mess of his life.


This Episode contains the following Tropes:
  • Acting for Two: Wolf and Hakon share the same voice actor, the very awesome Clancy Brown. Explained In-Universe as Wolf being Hakon's descendant.
  • An Axe to Grind: Hakon bound his soul to an axe to escape the cave he was trapped in. Once it's destroyed, his soul is forced to depart. Possibly forever, as he never made another appearance in the series.
  • Battle Ax-Crazy: Tonight, Wolf makes it literal thanks to his ancestors weapon. And of course there's Hakon himself.
  • BFG: Vinnie's weapon could count as a Deconstruction of this, as its massive size makes it highly unwieldy and very heavy to lug around. And then there's the matter of its unusual choice of ammunition.
  • Bond One-Liner: Hudson delivers an epic one when he tricks Hakon into climbing into a car compressor with him while they are fighting, then having his axe lodged in the floor as its crushed into so much scrap. As it's the only thing tying him to the mortal realm, its destruction is equal to his own:
    Hudson: "Get an afterlife."
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  • Cloudcuckoolander: Vinnie's idea of revenge on Goliath was to hit him with a banana cream pie.
  • Demonic Possession: Done by Hakon to Wolf to get the latter out of a bind. Wolf didn't appreciate this intervention.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: At first it looks like Vinnie is about to pull off one of these, given the sheer size of his weapon and the determination to get even with the gargoyles. But in the end completely Averted, he considers a banana cream pie to the face a suitable way to 'make things even' with Goliath and the Gargoyles.
  • Foreshadowing: Near the start of the episode when Vinnie Grigori picks up his gun Mr. Carter, its creator, Mr. Acme, informs him that who ever is on the receiving end of this giant bazooka-like gun "is going to get creamed!" It would turn out that this would be quite literal.
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  • I Call It "Vera": Vinnie names his aforementioned weapon as "Mr. Carter".
  • Restrained Revenge: As payback for all of the misfortune the gargoyle's have caused him, Vinnie custom-orders a huge gun, tracks down Goliath, and SHOOTS HIM IN THE FACE... with a banana cream pie.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Vinnie's name, and Mr. Carter's, were both references to the television series Welcome Back, Kotter (1975-79): the characters of Mr. Kotter and Vinnie Barbarino.
    • The man who creates Vinnie's gun is named "Mr. Acme". Acme is the name of the company featured in numerous Looney Tunes shorts, especially those featuring Roadrunner and Wile E. Coyote.
    • When Hakon lectures his descendent on how to deal with Goliath and Hudson (of which includes having the disembodied Viking possess him), Wolf retorts to him "Dream on, Casper!"
  • Soul Jar: Hakon's battle axe functions as this, as he tethered his spirit to it in order to leave the confines of Castle Wyvern. Its destruction may have resulted in his own permanent banishment from the mortal realm.
  • Theme Tune Cameo: After Vinnie considers things are even with Goliath, he can be heard humming the show's main theme.
  • Unknown Rival: None of the gargoyles have any idea who Vinnie is, or why he's holding a grudge against them. This works to his advantage, as he's able to get in front of Goliath, pick up his hilariously oversized gun, aim it, and deliver a small rant about getting even before taking the shot, all because Goliath and Hudson are so utterly bewildered by his appearance that they don't take any action to defend themselves.


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