Goliath is one of the two main protagonists (alongside Elisa Maza) of Gargoyles.

He was the leader of the original Wyvern Clan, and is currently the leader of the Manhattan Clan. He is a strong and intelligent warrior, with a firm sense of morality coupled with a short temper. Goliath had been named after the Biblical giant Goliath by his human protectors, making him the only gargoyle to have a name before their 1000-year-long stone sleep (since Gargoyles themselves as a race never saw the point of having names).


Goliath was born in 938 A.D.

In 984, Goliath was second in command to his mentor (later called Hudson). When Prince Malcolm was poisoned by the Archmage, Goliath, his mentor and his mate (later called Demona) went after the Archmage to get the Grimorum back for the cure to the Prince's poison. Goliath was able to get the Grimorum back from the Archmage at his cave, who then attacked him with a stalagmite, but the gargoyle was able to dodge and let him fall[4] to his apparent death.[5] After Goliath, his mentor and his mate returned and the prince was cured, his mentor, having lost the use of an eye during the altercation, decided to step down as leader of the clan and name Goliath his successor.[4]

Goliath held the position as leader of his clan at Castle Wyvern, until 994. Like the rest of the clan he faced prejudice from the human residents of the castle, and members of Wyvern's court often compared him to his biblical namesake Goliath, especially the head of the castle herself, Princess Katharine.[1] Her father, Prince Malcolm had named him years before. [6]

In this time, he had mated with a female gargoyle that he called his "angel of the night" (later known as Demona).[5] During the Viking attack he was led away from the castle with his mentor (later called Hudson), on bad information by Demona and the Castle Captain of the Guard. This information was part of a greater plot conceived by Demona and the Captain of the Guard to evict the humans and leave the castle to him and the Gargoyles. When he returned, he believed that his love had been killed with the rest of his clan, and desired vengeance. He led the five surviving clan members in a raid on the Vikings, and personally chased the Viking leader Hakon when he fled with Princess Katharine as hostage. He rescued Katharine, but Hakon himself was tackled by Wyvern's Captain of the Guard and fell to their deaths (though they later returned as ghosts).

Things were only compounded when he returned to the main group of Wyvern's refugees to discover that the five remaining members of his clan had already been turned to stone by a grief stricken Magus, who believed that they had been responsible for killing Princess Katharine. Upon realizing his mistake, he followed through with Goliath's request that he join them in stone sleep, and, along with Princess Katherine, vowed to protect the rookery eggs. Goliath and his clan was to remain in stone forever until, as the spell stipulated, "the castle rose above the clouds".

In 1994, Goliath and his clan were reawakened by billionaire David Xanatos who moved Castle Wyvern and the clan to the top of his Manhattan skyscraper, effectively breaking the spell. Initially distrustful of Xanatos's intentions, after an attack on the castle by enemies of Xanatos, he agreed to work for Xanatos for a time. It was through the intervention of an NYPD detective, Elisa Maza, that he came to see Xanatos for the ruthless individual who had manipulated him,[1] and finally agreed to lead the clan away from their ancestral home.[7]

He also encountered his former love, his "angel of the night". Now called Demona, she had also survived through to modern times, and had been partially responsible for the Viking attack that wiped out the clan. Cruel and twisted, and spiteful of humans, Goliath nevertheless held out hope that she could be redeemed for a long while. Eventually, he came to realize that this could not happen, and his affections turned instead to the human, Elisa Maza, though for longer still neither of them would acknowledge the fact.

Later, Goliath discovered that the rookery eggs from Castle Wyvern had escaped to the mythical island of Avalon and was cared for by Princess Katherine and the Magus who had vowed to protect the eggs as atonement for freezing the clan in stone. On Avalon they formed a new clan, and among them was his own daughter, Angela. He was reluctant to accept parenting responsibilities, partly because of the Gargoyle tradition that the entire clan acts as a parent rather than one particular Gargoyle acting as a parent to his/her biological offspring and partly because he knew that Angela's mother was Demona, but was eventually convinced to treat her as a daughter. She became a part of the Manhattan Clan when they finally returned from Avalon. He also has an evil clone, Thailog, whom he has grudgingly accepted as a "son".[8]


Eventually, Goliath and Elisa would hold some sort of Commitment Ceremony (probably before 1999), and further down the road, even raise a child together, presumably by adoption. Greg Weisman confirmed at the 2004 Gathering that it is from this adopted child that Nicholas Natsilane Maza will be descended.

At some point between 2004 and 2188, Goliath would sacrifice his life for some unknown purpose. However, it is known that shortly after his death, and in no small part due to his great sacrifice, the United Nations would adopt the Gargoyle Minority Protection Act which granted gargoyles full "sentient rights", established the Gargoyle Nation and made hunting gargoyles a crime.


Physically, Goliath is an impressive figure, a tall and powerfully-built gargoyle with lavender skin and dark hair. He is one of the mightiest warriors alive, and even his most formidable opponents cannot easily defeat him. He is also a bold and fierce gargoyle, and his wrath is something that can be terrible to behold. While a level-headed figure in general, and a good leader, he can be very stubborn at times (such as in his refusal to abandon Castle Wyvern), or sometimes even become bitterly vengeful (as in his feud with the Hunters). But he is no mere savage, and his emotions can be held in check by his strong sense of justice and morality. He takes his role as a protector seriously, and will willingly put his life in danger to keep New York or his clan from harm.

In another way, Goliath has shown himself to be something more than a fierce gargoyle warrior. He is literate, having been taught how to read by Demona back in the 10th century, and has a particular fondness for the classics, such as Shakespeare[7] and Dostoyevsky.[9] Mingled in with his gargoyle instincts is a thoughtful, philosophical nature; he often ponders about the world and how it has changed since the time that he grew up in. He also eagerly learns all that he can about it from Elisa. His wisdom and sense of hope have helped him endure the fear and prejudice displayed by humans towards gargoyles, not yielding to it as Demona has done, as he continues to understand that humans treat gargoyles thus because they are afraid of them, and hopes that they will change for the better in the future, that someday, their races will be at peace.


Goliath is shown to have incredible strength and endurance even for his species. This is most likely due to his musculature. Although he usually fights his enemies unarmed, he is skilled in using a variety of weapons; from maces to scrape metal and even guns. He is fast and agile for a gargoyle of his size. He is able to strategize well. He always makes decisive planning. Being a clan leader, he is able to assign tasks that is best suited to each of his members. Even on his own, he is able to handle difficult situations. He has sufficient knowledge in using magical items such as the Phoenix Gate although he is reluctant to do so. On many occasions he is shown to be a skilled diplomat, such as the time he's able to break the Archmage's control over Demona and Macbeth temporary.[5]


Goliath's relationship with other members of his clan, other Gargoyles such as his former life partner Demona and his evil clone Thailog as well as humans such as his current love, Elisa Maza[10] and enemy, David Xanatos drove many stories in the series.

Elisa Maza

Goliath and Eliza

Goliath and Elisa

Elisa and Goliath's relationship did not start on the best terms. Elisa was unsure of whether or not to trust a mythological creature, and Goliath was still feeling betrayed by humanity. The first person who seems to notice the growing relationship between the two is Hudson after he chooses his name[1], though the two do not begin to openly trust each other until Elisa protects Goliath from being captured while he sleeps[1]. The romantic aspect of their relationship is completely ignored by the two until Demona (Goliath's ex-mate) attempts to kill them for not helping her to annihilate humanity. After that, however, the two refused to acknowledge their feelings until Elisa was turned into a gargoyle by Puck's spell. Though Goliath and Elisa do have a series of moments sprinkled throughout the series, it isn't until the Hunter's Moon that either one speaks of their feelings for one another. The relationship between Demona and Goliath, though kind in the beginning, quickly soured after Demona declared that she could not forgive humanity's transgression against their kind, though it is shown that, in truth, many of the pains she has suffered from others was due to her own cruelty and/or ignorance. She constantly finds herself jealous of his and Elisa's relationship, even going so far as to try to wish her out of existence[11], though it backfires when, instead of killing her, Puck changes her into a gargoyle.


Goliath's former mate and one of his greatest enemies.

1000 years ago, he and Demona were in love. However, he was unaware of her true nature, as even when they were together, she was secretly manipulating him, doing so to make him the clan leader.[12] When the massacre took place, he believed her to be a victim and desired revenge on those responsible. Unknown to him, she was alive and but felt guilt at having been apart of it, before becoming devastated when she found him under the Magus' curse.

Upon Goliath's awakening, he was greatly ecstatic to learn of her survival and happily embraced her. Demon initially hoped to convince him to help her destroy the human race but refused, while questioning what brought this out. In that moment, her love for Goliath turns suddenly and completely to murderous hate. Possibly, she can't believe that Goliath could ever forgive her for the massacre. She's sure he must hate her, and wants to hate him first and more to escape that pain.

In addition, Goliath's continued belief that humans and gargoyles can get along seems entirely irrational to her. She is determined to oppose him at every turn in the hope that he'll eventually see that she was right. Deep down, she still loves the Goliath of her imagination, but the real thing is a disappointment to her. Of all the adversaries Goliath has had to face, she's the deadliest.


Angela is his daughter.

He was very shocked to learn of her existence but relieved as she confirmed the eggs in the rookery survived.[5] Goliath was also unwilling to treat her as such for a long while (claiming that to a gargoyle the whole clan is its parents), until Diane Maza, Elisa's mother convinced him.[13] Overtime they begin to care for one another with Angela coming to respect and approve of Goliath.

Other characters


As his mentor, Hudson probably knows more about Goliath than any other character and the two are constantly leaning on each other emotionally. While Hudson has some issues with admitting that he is growing old, he always finds comfort in his old pupil; the incident in which the two look into their relationship[4], in which they both reminisce on the mission that led to Goliath taking over Hudson's command.


Goliath, after being attacked by the Pack, placed Brooklyn as his second in command following a mission where Brooklyn coordinated a plan to rescue Goliath and Hudson after they were captured by the upgraded Pack, creating a relationship between the two much like the one between Goliath and Hudson.[14] Although Brooklyn, as the most temperamental of the younger trio, found it hardest to forgive humanity, this issue was tackled when Demona used his remaining frustration to trick him into brainwashing Goliath, Goliath assuring Brooklyn after he was returned to normal that Demona's views was merely a half-truth that she had accepted as a whole one.[15]


As with the others in the trio, Broadway trusts Goliath completely, although Broadway generally seems to turn to Elisa for advice more than Goliath, particularly after [16] in which he shoots her in an accident.


Lexington, as the most intelligent or the trio, has the same relationship as the others. While he believes he can usually take care of himself and can make proper decisions, he is proven wrong[17], where Goliath explains to him that, though they do need to be careful with who they trust, they cannot hide from the world.

David Xanatos

Although Xanatos is the first human Goliath meets after awakening, the two quickly find themselves at odds with each other, Goliath furious at Xanatos's manipulation of him and the clan, and Xanatos at Goliath's refusal to help him.

Regardless, Goliath and the rest of the clan help protect his son, Alexander, from his mother-in-law, Titania first husband, Goliath having come to accept fatherhood, did not wish for even his greatest enemy to lose a child.[18] After successfully holding off Oberon, Xanatos thanked Goliath and promised to repay his debt, though Goliath was skeptical of this, he and Xanatos come to an understanding to a degree.[19]


  • In 994 Demona, Goliath and Othello were all the same age of 28 years old biologically. (or 56 years old chronologically) Until the night of the Wyvern Massacre in Awakening Part One. At that point, Othello died and thus stopped aging. Goliath went to sleep for a thousand years while Demona kept aging. Until she made her trade with Macbeth who was 35 at the time, so Demona became a permanent biological 35, while he aged to 51.

Character development

The Gargoyles concept began as a comedy series in the style of The Gummi Bears, although set in the modern day. When this proposal was rejected, a Disney producer Tad Stones suggested that the series be altered to include a tragic lead gargoyle, and the concept became an action-oriented series. This lead character developed into Goliath, and the rest of the series was reworked around this character.

The central character of the whole series, Goliath is the leader of the Gargoyle clan, a strong, intelligent character, with a firm sense of morality coupled with a short temper. Goliath had been named after the Biblical giant Goliath by his human protectors some time before the beginning of the series, making him the only gargoyle character to have a name before their 1000-year-long stone sleep (since Gargoyles themselves as a race never saw the point of having names).

  • Goliath was not part of the original comedy development of Gargoyles. He first appeared as the title character of "The Gargoyle", the first attempt at turning the show into an action-drama. In this proposed show, "the gargoyle" was the immortal magical creation of an evil wizard who becomes a hero in the modern world.
  • Goliath did not name himself (names are/were not a concept gargoyles fully understood); he was given the name by the people of Castle Wyvern.
  • Some of the names considered for Goliath included "Gar", "Griffin", "Lear", "Calaban", "Othello", "Atlas", "Stone", "Prometheus" and "Titan".


  • According to the Bible, Goliath's name is derived from the giant named Goliath, who was the leader of the Philistines and was defeated by David's slingshot. Ironically, as stated by Katherine, while his namesake was a savage brute, the Gargoyle named after him is a noble, benevolent individual.


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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 comics

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

Dynamite Entertainment comics
Here In Manhattan Quest Dark Ages - Alliance
Volume One
Gargoyles (2022) #1. Chapter One: A Little Crazy
Gargoyles (2022) #2. Chapter Two: Idyll or Nightmare
Gargoyles (2023) #3. Chapter Three: Miracle Child
Gargoyles (2023) #4. Chapter Four: Tale Old As Time
Gargoyles (2023) #5. Chapter Five: Render Unto Caesar
Gargoyles (2023) #6. Chapter Six: Underwater
Volume Two
Gargoyles (2023) #7. Chapter Seven: Everywhere
Gargoyles (2023) #8. Chapter Eight: Mayday
Gargoyles (2023) #9. Chapter Nine: Your Witness
Gargoyles (2023) Special. Trick-Or-Treat
Gargoyles (2023) #10. Chapter Ten: New Rules
Gargoyles (2023) #11. Chapter Eleven: Young At Heart
Gargoyles (2023) #12. Chapter Twelve: Cold Comfort
Gargoyles (2024) #1. Chapter One: Questions
Gargoyles (2024) #2. Chapter Two: Quo Vadis Cum Hoc?
Dark Ages #1. Chapter One: The Reach
Dark Ages #2. Alliance Chapter Two: The Draw
Dark Ages #3. Chapter Three: The Oath
Dark Ages #4. Alliance Chapter Four: The Promise
Dark Ages #5. Chapter Five: The Dream
Dark Ages #6. Chapter Six: The Pledge


Wyvern Clan
Known Members
Hudson • "Verity" • "Chomp" • "Chaw" • "Lefty" • "Second" • "Sacrific" • GoliathDemonaColdstoneColdfire" • Coldsteel • "Hyppolyta" • "Brooksbro" • "Antiope" • BrooklynBroadwayLexington • "Schnozz" • "True" • "Kermit" • Bronx
See also
Manhattan ClanDemona's ClanAvalon Clan

Manhattan Clan
Known Members
HudsonBrooklynKatanaFu-DogGoliathElisa MazaColdstoneColdfireAngelaBroadwayLexingtonNashvilleBronx
See also
Wyvern Clan

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