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Awakening is the five part series premiere of the Gargoyles series. It was also released on VHS, in a condensed format, as Gargoyles: The Heros Awakening.


Part One

In 994, a band of Vikings attack castle Wyvern in Scotland, but are driven back by the gargoyles protecting it. While retreating, they vow revenge... and someone in the castle may just want to help them with that.

Part Two

Goliath returns to the castle to find all but a handful of his clan destroyed, and the humans abducted. The gargoyles defeat the Vikings and rescue the captives, but a tragic misunderstanding leaves them cursed to remain stone statues day and night... until a rich 20th century businessman takes an interest in them.

Part Three

Not satisfied with Xanatos' explanation, Detective Maza decides to take a look around the castle by herself. Xanatos wants the gargoyles help in retrieving the stolen data.

Part Four

Elisa and Goliath are ambushed in the park by a group of commandos. They try to escape, but dawn comes and Goliath turns to stone, leaving Elisa having to lead the pursuers away alone. Upon Goliath's return to the castle, Xanatos reunites him with an old 'friend'. The Gargoyles accept to help Xanatos retrieve his stolen disks from Cyberbiotics.

Part Five

The gargoyles attack the data storage facilities, and when they return successful, Xanatos decides they've outlived their usefulness.



  • In order to prevent spoilers for Part One, the theme song was played at the end of the episode.
  • Elisa's line: "What could put claw marks in solid stone?" would later be paraphrased in Hunter's Moon by Jason Canmore: "What could put claw marks in solid steel?
  • The writers retroactively decided the motorcycle driver and one of the guards aboard the Fortress were the same man who became Vinnie Grigori


  • Greg Weisman delivers a one-liner as a member of the Commando Squad. "Nice mask."
  • The Alice in Wonderland statues were a reference to how Elisa had entered a strange world she didn't understand.

Memorable Quotes

  • Elisa Maza: What could put claw marks in solid stone?

  • Hudson: Must you humans name everything? Nothing's real to you 'til you've named it, given it limits.
  • Elisa Maza: It's not like that. It's just that, well... uh... things need names.
  • Hudson: Does the sky need a name? Does the river?
  • Elisa Maza: The river's called the Hudson.
  • Hudson: Fine, lass. Then I will be the Hudson as well.

  • Brooklyn: We should choose names too. Names that suit our new lives here.
  • Goliath: Oh? And what might they be?
  • Brooklyn: MM. Brooklyn, I'm brooklyn.
  • Broadway: Broadway.
  • Lexington: Lexington. Do you like it?
  • Goliath: They're all fine names. I guess he'll need a one as well.
  • Brooklyn: Oh ho. I've got one for him too. From now on, you're Bronx!

  • Demona: I have a name, too, Goliath. The humans gave it to me long ago. You should know it before you die. I am... Demona.

  • Goliath: I've been denied everything... EVEN MY REVENGE!

  • David Xanatos: Start hiring crews, I want to begin as soon as possible.
  • Owen Burnett: It may prove difficult to find the necessary manpower. This castle has a bad reputation. The locals consider it haunted.
  • David Xanatos: You know the answer to that, Owen. Pay a man enough and he'll walk barefoot into Hell.

  • Brooklyn: If they think we're beasts and monsters...
  • Lexington: Then perhaps we better live up to the name.

  • Goliath: It is the nature of humans to fear what they do not understand. Their ways are not our ways.

  • Demona: We've dreamed for a thousand years Goliath. It's time for our dreams to come true.

  • Broadway: I wish I had time for a snack.
  • Lexington: You just ate.
  • Broadway: I know, Chinese food. It was good, too. But for some reason, an hour later I was hungry again.

  • Elisa Maza: Listen Goliath, we haven't know each other very long and I know you don't have any good reason to trust humans... But you've got to trust somebody in this world. And I think you'd be better off with me than with Xanatos... You won't regret it.

  • Elisa Maza: I wonder if this city's ready for you guys.


Episode Guide

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

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