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Anansi is one of the Tricksters, a group of the Children of Oberon. His domain was in Nigeria.

History

Centuries ago, Anansi punished the Panther Queen for mocking him by turning her into a human. In order to reclaim her original form Anansi commanded that she should build Kara Digi, a great city, in his honor. In order to accomplish this, she married the Oba, the chief, of the Houka tribe. She, her husband, and children built the great city, and it when it was populated, its citizens hunted and brought food to Anansi. He grew fat and happy, and returned the Panther Queen to her original form. To her dismay, she realized that Anansi had tricked her. As a panther, she missed her family, and so begged Anansi to turn her children into panthers. Anansi said that he would only let her choose one child, so she chose her eldest son. Anansi, desiring to keep the boy in his service, tried to trick him into turning on his mother, but his plans backfired when the boy chose to become a panther with his mother. In his rage, he drove away the people of Kara Digi, leaving him without a food source.

Sometime shortly before 1996, Fara Maku found Anansi and struck up a deal with him. Fara Maku would hunt for Anansi as a panther at night, if Anansi would prevent Maku's love, Tea, from leaving for the city, by turning her into a panther. Anansi agreed, and the two became panthers. When Tea discovered what Fara Maku had done to her, she vowed to hunt him down and kill him. The Avalon Travelers arrived, however, and helped to defeat Anansi in the lost city of Kara Digi, resolving the conflict between the battling lovers.[1]

Anansi, however, was not dead, as he appeared at Oberon's Gathering.[2]


Characteristics

Anansi generally looks like a spider, of varying size (what size he is generally depends on how much he's had to eat lately). He is a trickster, and will eagerly bend any bargain that he makes with anyone to his own advantage, at the expense of the bargainer. He likes to eat and has an enormous appetite, but is also very lazy and prefers to let other people obtain his food for him.

Alongside the ability to turn humans into werepanthers, Anansi can command ordinary spiders. The spiders that lived in Kara Digi served him, bringing him messages and even dropping thick webs upon intruders.


Real-World Background

Anansi the Spider is a familiar figure in African legend. He is something of a "buffoon-trickster," always coming up with wily schemes to benefit himself at the expense of others, whether by obtaining more food for himself, or by some other way. As in Gargoyles, however, his schemes have a way of backfiring upon him, with comically humiliating results.

Trivia

  • Anansi is one of several characters played by a Star Trek cast member. In this case LeVar Burton, who portrayed Geordi La Forge.

Appearances


Season 1 Season 2 Season 3

  1. Awakening
  2. Awakening, Part Two
  3. Awakening, Part Three
  4. Awakening, Part Four
  5. Awakening, Part Five
  6. The Thrill of the Hunt
  7. Temptation
  8. Deadly Force
  9. Enter MacBeth
10. The Edge
11. Long Way to Morning
12. Her Brother's Keeper
13. Reawakening

  1. Leader of the Pack
  2. Metamorphosis
  3. Legion
  4. A Lighthouse in the Sea of Time
  5. The Mirror
  6. The Silver Falcon
  7. Eye of the Beholder
  8. Vows
  9. City of Stone, Part One
10. City of Stone, Part Two
11. City of Stone, Part Three
12. City of Stone, Part Four
13. High Noon

14. Outfoxed
15. The Price
16. Revelations
17. Double Jeopardy
18. Upgrade
19. Protection
20. The Cage
21. Avalon, Part One
22. Avalon, Part Two
23. Avalon, Part Three
24. Shadows of the Past
25. Heritage
26. Monsters

27. Golem
28. Sanctuary
29. M.I.A.
30. Grief
31. Kingdom
32. The Hound of Ulster
33. Walkabout
34. Mark of the Panther
35. Pendragon
36. Eye of the Storm
37. The New Olympians
38. The Green
39. Sentinel

40. Bushido
41. Cloud Fathers
42. Ill Met By Moonlight
43. Future Tense
44. The Gathering, Part One *
45. The Gathering, Part Two
46. Vendettas
47. Turf
48. The Reckoning
49. Possession
50. Hunter's Moon, Part One
51. Hunter's Moon, Part Two
52. Hunter's Moon, Part Three

  1. The Journey
  2. Ransom
  3. Runaways
  4. Broadway Goes Hollywood
  5. A Bronx Tail
  6. The Dying Of The Light
  7. And Justice For All
  8. Genesis Undone
  9. Generations
10. ...For It May Come True
11. To Serve Mankind
12. Seeing Isn't Believing
13. Angels In The Night

SLG comic books

Gargoyles #1. Clan Building Chapter One: Nightwatch
Gargoyles #2. Clan Building Chapter Two: The Journey
Gargoyles #3. Clan Building Chapter Three: Invitation Only
Gargoyles #4. Clan Building Chapter Four: Masque
Gargoyles #5. Clan Building Chapter Five: Bash
Gargoyles #6. Clan Building Chapter Six: Reunion
Gargoyles #7. Clan Building Chapter Seven: The Rock
Gargoyles #8. Clan Building Chapter Eight: Rock & Roll
Gargoyles #9. Clan Building Chapter Nine: Rock of Ages
Gargoyles #10. Clan Building Chapter Ten: The Gate
Gargoyles #11. Clan Building Chapter Eleven: Tyrants
Gargoyles #12. Clan Building Chapter Twelve: Phoenix

Bad Guys #1. Strangers
Bad Guys #2. The Lost
Bad Guys #3. Estranged
Bad Guys #4. Louse
Bad Guys #5. Strangled
Bad Guys #6. Losers

*The Gathering, Part One - cameo

References

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