Announcing the Villains of Disney’s Gargoyles

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Disney Gargoyles logo with Goliath

We are defenders of the night. We are gargoyles!


1000 years ago…

What was the most groundbreaking American animated series since Steamboat Mickey? Another Disney classic: GARGOYLES! I may be biased, as it’s my favorite series of all time, even now that I’m an adult. In fact, it’s even better now…

Consider these facts: Its writers treated the young viewers like adults, using tackling themes usually thought too serious for young viewers. It used a linear episode format, with an overarching story line. Shakespearean and Arthurian references riddle the series. The characters are complex and realistic in behavior, relationships, and personalities.

And most importantly, their villains are dynamic. Antagonists in Gargoyles change throughout the series, and not just because sometimes they work with one another and sometimes against. One villain lost a signature part of her nature. One of the main antagonists even got married (to another antag) and had a son.

The best part of Gargoyles’ villains? They win. A lot.

We’re one month away from October, the month Disney first aired Gargoyles. It was October 24th, 1994. October 31st is VLN Research’s birthday! After a year of visiting villains across the fictional world, from Middle Earth to the Labyrinth to London… And from all walks of life, from humans to gods to monsters, it’s time we settled down.

We’re landing in Scotland in 994 AD. Then we’re fast forwarding to New York City, New York, 1994. This is going to be a different run from the month themes you’ve been used to. This time, I’m parking the Mystery Machine and camping.

What’s the plan?

Episode reviews for every episode. Rest assured, though, these will give villains and antagonists their overdue, well deserved time in the spotlight. Villains and antagonists are what make Gargoyles so compelling, after all.

Don’t believe me? Let’s take a quick tour.

If you haven’t seen the show, stop before the spoilers hit in 3…2…1…


Demona

Demona from Disney's Gargoyles

When the eyes glow, look out!

Angel of the Night? More like Demon. Demona wants revenge on all humanity for deeds she had a hand in 1000 years ago.  By revenge I mean she wants to wipe us out. As Goliath’s ex, she’s got a hold on him. To make matters worse, she’s immortal, so good luck killing her off. In addition to being bat crazy, she’s wickedly intelligent. Don’t turn your back on her.


David Xanatos

The Edge David Xanatos Gargoyles image armor

David Xanatos, the Magnificent Bastard.

Responsible for waking the gargoyles from their stone sleep, he’s the quintessential Magnificent Bastard trickster-at-heart antagonist. He’s also genre savvy. He’s intelligent, charismatic, fearless, persistent, and amoral. What David Xanatos wants, he gets. Even if the gargoyle clan appears to foil his plots, he laughs it off and points out in the “tag ending” how he actually came out ahead. He’s a bored billionaire with new playmates, and you can be sure he’ll make the most of the opportunity. Did I mention he has an army of gargoyle robots and gargoyle-esque exoskeleton armor?


Macbeth

Macbeth from Disney's Gargoyles

The once and future king

Yes, that Macbeth. Shakespeare got his history mostly right, but he missed the bit where Macbeth makes a deal with the Weird Sisters, who are really fey, to join in immortality with Demona. Macbeth lost his throne and his family, but he gained the mother of all grudges. To him, Goliath’s gargoyle clan is only a stepping stone to offing Demona. Only if he kills her will he die. God help anyone who gets in the way of his 1000-year-long suicide attempt.


The Pack

The Pack Upgraded from Disney's Gargoyles

The Pack is on the hunt

They’re just stuntmen from a kid’s action show, right? Don’t believe everything you see on TV. Fox, Wolf, Dingo, Hyena, and Jackal are more than capable of wreaking death and destruction. After they try hunting the gargoyles but land on Riker’s Island, they should be history. Think again. Xanatos has plans for the Pack: genetic, cyborg, and armor upgrades. Their new leader is Coyote, a robot who began as an android double of Xanatos…before it lost its body and half its face to the Bronx.


Fox

Fox the Pack Armor from Disney's Gargoyles

Nobody outfoxes Fox

Intelligent, cunning, beautiful, deadly, and tenacious, Fox is the equal and at times superior of David Xanatos. She’d rather take the complicated route when achieving a goal, because it’s “fun.” Even her own father isn’t safe from her plots. To put the icing on the cake, she’s also half fey. By whom? Why, Titania, Queen of the Fey and mistress of manipulation, of course. Fox is her mother’s daughter in every way. Probably why Fox finds her trickster husband, Xanatos, so appealing.


Owen Burnett

Owen Burnett from Disney's Gargoyles

Keep calm and carry a .45

Never trust the blond, blue-eyed ones. Stoic, ruthless, and capable, Owen is loyal to a fault where his employer Xanatos is concerned. Don’t be fooled by the glasses and suit: he’ll drop you where you stand, shoot you in the face, call security to clean up the mess, then move to the next item on the agenda. All without wrinkling his Armani. Owen is also the tricky one. His alter ego is the Puck the trickster, jester to Father Oberon, Lord of the Fey.


Dr. Anton Sevarius

Anton Sevarius from Disney's Gargoyles

Never trust a character Tim Curry voices

Mild-mannered researcher at Gen-U-Tech, or mad scientist in love with creating mutations and monsters? Sevarius is usually Xanatos’s personal monster maker, but he’ll happily work for the highest bidder. He has no qualms about using human subjects, nor about killing off his projects. He may be low in common sense, but his mind represents infinite possibilities. (Tim Curry is is voice actor. Need I say more?)


Excited yet? I am!

What’s this mean to you? It means a hiatus/semi-hiatus until October. It’s only three weeks.


Want to help?

Do you have any thoughts on our favorite Gargoyles villains/antagonists? Do you have your own episode review? Use the tabs to the left to let us know.


Podcast?

Do you love Gargoyles villains, know all the trivia, read Ask Greg, enjoy discussing your favorite characters? Can you carry on a discussion? Let me know, because I’m considering a podcast.


Other thoughts?

Leave ’em in the comments!

Lead researcher at Villainous Life Natures Research. Writer, reader, snarker. Lover of all things Geek and Dark. INTJ.
Read my reports at vlnresearch.com and learn how understanding villains can help you succeed in life.
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I write fiction because the characters in my head have too much attitude to stay in my skull, I want to see the world through different eyes, and I want to live life through different souls.

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2 comments on “Announcing the Villains of Disney’s Gargoyles
  1. Jordan Toczek says:

    The villians of “Gargoyles” are multilayered and full of wickedness as well as mystery. They are half hated and half loved at the same time. You even feel compassion for some of them such as Demona and Macbeth. These villains steered great emotion inside of me when I was young and makes me wonder what happened to the bad guy to make him bad because of these villains. They’re all thought inducing characters just like the gargoyles and are not always bad like the rest of the Disney villains. Some even have redemption later in the show. They are great villains and deserve to be recognized as such. P. S. They forgot to mention Thailog, he’s very complex and broken Because of his upbringing by villains. He needs to be listed too.

    • LC Champlin says:

      Thanks for reading!
      Well put. That’s what VLN Research is all about: recognizing the complexity of villains and antagonists, and then improving ourselves by the lessons our “baddies” teach.
      I’ve always thought the antagonists were the most interesting part of the show. Gargoyles broke new ground in the American animation world by creating villains with depth. Their arcs continue through the series, leading them to permanent change. That’s not exactly common Disney fare.
      This post is just a teaser for the ep reviews that will come: Every villain of every episode, all given the time and respect they deserve. It starts in October and runs every Tuesday til we’re out of episodes.

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