Disney’s Gargoyles: A Breakdown of the Key Side Characters

A summary of various side characters/objects in Disney's Gargoyles, a show about a gargoyle clan who reawakens in the modern world after a thousand years.

As always, a spoiler warning is in effect from here on out.

  • Derek/Talon is Elisa’s brother, and they share a pretty good relationship. He accepts a job offer from Xanatos, and keeps it despite learning what Xanatos has done. He doesn’t break away until Xanatos’ hired scientist, Dr. Sevarius, turns him into a superpowered gargoyle. Initially, he’s hostile towards Goliath’s clan, blaming them for causing his transformation. But eventually, he ends up leading the other transformed humans, though it takes a mutiny from one of his own. He also ends up dating Brooklyn’s friend Maggie, who’s definitely the heart of his own clan
  • Demona is a blue gargoyle with a fringe of red around her black hair and a gold crown on her forehead. While she’s definitely an antagonist, she’s also one of the most complicated characters. She hates humans, consistently tries to get rid of them, and blames Goliath for stopping her. She’s done quite a lot over the past thousand years. She created the Hunter, who despises her, and has a magical bond with Macbeth where they can feel each other’s pain and can’t die unless the other does. However, while Macbeth moves on from his quest for vengeance, Demona doesn’t. After teaming up with Thailog, she largely disappears, except for a few critical episodes. In one, she turns against Thailog after he replaces her with a subservient clone. The second is during Season 3, where she tries to trick Angela into leaving the clan. By the end of that episode, though she regrets what she’s done, she’ll never stop wanting to destroy humans. Goliath says that she may be someone who tries to change, but may never reach that point
  • Coldstone is a gargoyle who’s half gargoyle, half machine. He’s one of Goliath’s clan who’s brought to life by Demona and Xanatos, back when the two are working together. But he has multiple personalities, and when the evil side is in control, he turns against his clan. After he’s revived, he disappears to try and get ahold of his multiple personalities. Eventually, Xanatos (with help from Puck) creates two other gargoyles, Coldsteel and Goldfire, to house the other personalities. Goldfire and Coldstone (who were the gargoyle equivalent of husband and wife) go off to subdue their evil counterpart. Though we don’t see what happens, they do promise to eventually rejoin the clan
  • Yep — this is the same Macbeth from Shakespeare’s play. Through a convoluted set of circumstances, he and Demona end up in a magical bond. Initially, he’s out for revenge against Demona for turning against him (he lost the love of his life, so it’s understandable). But thanks to interference from the Weird Sisters, he ends up working with Demona until the spell wears off. His only aim is to get revenge on her, and it almost costs him his life. Eventually, he ends up in Paris, and marries “Dominique”… until Demona reveals herself and they fight. However, thanks to Goliath, he ends up seeing that there’s more to life than revenge. At the end of the series, he’s a historian named Lennox Macduff, who defends the gargoyles in Season 3. Unlike his former partner, Demona, he’s able to move beyond his hatred, and begin a new life
Matt Bluestone
  • Matt Bluestone is a tall, red-haired cop with an obsession with conspiracy theories. He becomes Elisa’s partner, and proves to be smart and capable, especially in the episode with the Illuminati. Partway through Season 2, he learns about the gargoyle secret. Even when anti-gargoyle sentiment is on the rise, he still works with Elisa to keep the gargoyles safe. For a while, it’s implied that his and Elisa’s relationship might turn to romance, but it never does. Which is good — honestly, they function much better as friends.
The Weird Sisters
  • The Weird Sisters are … well, the same ones from Shakespeare’s play, Macbeth. Like the other Children of Oberon, their morality is … really weird. They help solve the stone humans problem by taking Demona and Macbeth out of the picture. (Although, enchanting them to get along probably wasn’t the best solution.) Later, they attack Avalon with the Archmage, as it’s the realm of their master, Oberon. They’re at his side when he tries to reconquer it, and don’t seem happy when the humans end up winning. The last time we see them is during The Gathering, when Oberon is calling back all his children. Following the end of the series, it’s likely they’re back with their master, doing his bidding as they always do
The Pack
  • The Pack is a group of TV stars, led by the woman Xanatos loves (Fox, who I talked about in the last post). Coyote (who’s actually robot Xanatos) eventually becomes their leader, but he’s destroyed when real Xanatos tries to capture the real Coyote for immortality reasons. Jackal and Hyena are brother and sister, who are basically twin forces of chaos. The gargoyles foil their plans again and again — first in Egypt, then in Guatemala, and finally in Hollywood, where they’re presumably in jail for good. Wolf disappears from the story until Hakon possesses him (a Viking who attacked Castle Wyvern and destroyed Goliath’s clan), and attacks Goliath’s clan one final time. Like Jackal and Hyena, he’s likely in jail for the rest of his life.
  • In contrast to the others (well, minus Fox), Dingo actually changes. He ends up in Australia, where he’s once again working for Xanatos by proxy (he’s actually working for his wife, Fox), helping to keep an advanced scientific thing called the Matrix contained. But naturally, the Matrix ends up going out of control, and he’s instrumental in stopping it. At the end of the episode, he joins with Matrix to teach him the meaning of law and order, and begins a new life as a hero of Australia
  • Thailog is Goliath’s clone, created by Xanatos and modeled after his own personality (before his own big change). Naturally, being Xanatos’ evil kid, he turns on him and begins his own life. He ends up teaming up with Demona in order to gain fabulous wealth (it’s a twisted romance that’s kinda the opposite of Elisa and Goliath’s), and apparently dies after he creates a subservient clone to replace her. His actual death is tragic, as Sevarius turns against he and the other clones, permanently turning them to stone. While he never completely turns, he does admit that he enjoyed fighting Goliath, which for him is basically the equivalent of saying he cared for him. But, since he was fundamentally evil, he’s not in a place of honor on the parapets like the other clones — they, at least, were just too naïve to know that they didn’t have to follow someone like Thailog
  • Owen is Xanatos’ blond-haired assistant. He’s extremely competent in many things and will go to any lengths to carry out his master’s wishes. It isn’t until the second season that we learn he’s actually Puck (yep — the one from A Midsummer Night’s Dream) — a trickster who, we saw before, helped Demona and then “blessed” her to be human by day. Basically, he used to work for Cyberbiotics, but then grew bored and started working for Xanatos and Fox instead. (In his words: “they’re many things, but never boring.”) However, since he rebelled, he must stay in the human world forever, and only use his magic when training or protecting Alex Xanatos. The last time we see him as Puck, he uses his magic to help Xanatos separate Coldstone’s personalities into three gargoyles. For the rest of the series, he stays Xanatos’ assistant, as loyal as ever (and, as we learned in “City of Stone”, someone Xanatos cared about long before his transformation)
The Magus (and company — Princess Katherine and Tom)
  • The Magus is the magician from Castle Wyvern. He accidentally cursed Goliath’s clan when he thought Princess Katherine was dead. He journeys to Avalon with Princess Katherine and Tom, a young boy who doesn’t fear gargoyles. Unfortunately, he has to watch from the shadows as Princess Katherine’s loyal servant while she and Tom raise the gargoyles together, eventually becoming husband and wife. In the end, he sacrifices his life to protect Avalon from the Weird Sisters. But his story isn’t just tragic because of that — it’s also tragic because of his unrequited love for Princess Katherine
The Captain + Hakon
  • The Captain is the Captain of the Guard at Castle Wyvern, who helped the Viking Hakon take over the castle due to his hatred for gargoyles. While Hakon is forced to move on after taking over Wolf’s body, the Captain shows true remorse for what he’s done. He lets go of his desire for revenge, and prevents Hakon from ever gaining form in the mortal world. In return, Goliath forgives him for what he did to his clan
Griff + King Arthur
  • King Arthur is the same King Arthur from the legends. Elise wakes him when the quest foursome is in Avalon, to help them defeat the incursion from the Archmagus. Griff, meanwhile, is a British gargoyle that Goliath saves from death during World War II. The two meet up when King Arthur breaks into a church in search of Excalibur
Odin’s Eye + the Phoenix Gate
  • Odin’s Eye and the Phoenix Gate are two magical artifacts that give the main characters a lot of trouble. Odin’s Eye initially shows up during the episode when Fox becomes Xanatos’ fiancée … and accidentally transforms her into a werewolf. That episode is important for two reasons: introducing the artifact in the first place (of course), and starting Xanatos’ redemption arc. The Phoenix Gate shows up during a time-travel episode, where we learn that Demona will never change, and that Xanatos past gave Xanatos future the key to his fortune. Odin’s Eye eventually ends up with Odin himself, but not before Goliath uses it and becomes a very creepy, overprotective version of himself. The Phoenix Gate ends up in Goliath’s hands (claws?) after the Archmage tries to use it to defeat the gargoyles in Avalon. He ends up sending it to drift through time after Puck tries to use it to take over Manhattan.
Oberon + Titania
  • They’re the rulers of … what’s basically fairyland (Avalon — yes, the same Avalon from Arthurian legends). They first appear in the very first Avalon episode, when Oberon is trying to take his realm back from the gargoyles, despite abandoning it for a thousand years. Initially, it seems like Titania is nothing more than a dutiful wife … until we see that she’s manipulating the strings behind Oberon’s back the entire time. During the first Avalon episode, she gives them the way to defeat Oberon (“sounding the knell of his defeat”), and in the magical reveals episode, we find out that she’s not mad that Alexander Xanatos will be staying in the mortal realm and taking magic lessons from Puck. Like all of their kind, they’re pretty amoral, although they do seem to have a somewhat functioning relationship.
The Quarrymen (specifically, Vinnie and Castaway)
  • The Quarrymen are a radical anti-gargoyle organization that forms in Season 3 after the gargoyles reveal themselves to the public. They’re the main antagonist throughout the third season, and come close to killing the main characters on multiple occasions. Vinnie is the perfect example of someone who’s sucked in by mistake, but still has a conscience. He’s a bit of a dimwit, but protects the gargoyles when his leader is about to kill them. In contrast, Castaway is the leader, and is incredibly charismatic, able to attract people to his side by arousing their fear and suspicion of gargoyles. He’s jailed in the final episode, where he’ll probably spend the rest of his life (since he tried to murder an innocent species).
  • Jeffrey is a blind African-American author who is Hudson’s friend. He appears in two episodes: one involving the Scrolls of Merlin where he meets Hudson, and another where Hudson has a disease in his eye and is too proud to tell anyone about it. He’s honest with him, and will always inform him when he’s making the wrong decision (which is exactly what such a stubborn gargoyle needs)

Your fairytale enthusiast,

Kirsten Hardin

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