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"Awakening", titled Gargoyles the Movie: The Heroes Awaken on VHS, is the five-part series premiere of Gargoyles. It aired on October 24-28, 1994.


Part 1

In the year 994, a medieval castle in Scotland is attacked by a band of Vikings led by Hakkon. One of his men expresses misgivings about attacking a castle full of gargoyles this close to sunset but Hakkon angrily silences him. When the sun goes down, the gargoyles come to life and drive the Vikings off. Afterwards, the captain presents Golaith to be honored by Princes Katherine, the ruler of Castle Wyvern. It's revealed that the human habitants dislike the gargoyles, except the captain, due to regarding them as "unnatural creatures" and instead of paying Goliath respect, the Princess insults Goliath, to the ire of both Goliath's mate and the captain. Goliath is shown to be tolerant of this attitude. The next day, a hooded man rides to the Vikings' camp and offers Hakkon a bargain that will deliver Castle Wyvern into his hands. That night, the captain and Goliath's mate urge him to go after the Vikings with the entire gargoyle clan to finish them off. Goliath refuses and instead intends to bring the clan's previous leader with him to finish the job. Meanwhile, the clan's watchdog and three of its younger member meet a boy named Tom who likes the gargoyles. This meeting causes a fight between the four gargoyles and the humans which is broken up by Goliath, who banishes the four gargoyles to the rookery. Goliath then leaves with his mentor. Meanwhile, the traitor cuts the strings of the castle's bows. Goliath and his mentor find the Vikings and realize too late they were led away from the castle when the sun comes up. Hakkon orders his men to attack. The castle guards try to stop them but their bows' strings snap as was intended by the traitor, who opens the castle gates and lets the Vikings in. Princess Katherine appeals to the captain, who is revealed to be the traitor. Castle Wyvern falls to the Vikings. Hakkon asks him why he betrayed his own kind, the captain retorts "They're not my kind." Hakkon decides to smash the gargoyles. The captain tries to stop him, but Hakkon won't listen. When Goliath and his mentor arrive back at the castle, they find it has fallen and their clan has been massacred.

Part 2

Goliath and his mentor return to the castle and find their clan has been smashed during the day. Finding three of their younger surviving comrades, they plan vengeance on Hakkon, his Vikings and the castle's Captain of the Guard who had betrayed them. Believing the princess was killed in the attack, the Magus curses the Gargoyles into their stone sleep until the castle rises above the clouds. He cannot be reversed it as the page of counter-spells  has been burned. Goliath reunites Princess Catherine and the Magus and, unwilling to live without his family, asks him to cast his spell on him.

Part 3

Having been awakened in Manhattan in the year 1994 by industrialist David Xanatos, a furious battle breaks out causing detective Elisa Maza to investigate and discovers then befriends Goliath. Xanatos informs Goliath that three important computer disks had been stolen during the raid and implores their help to retrieve them.

Part 4

Goliath and Elisa name the former leader Hudson after the Hudson River before going to explore the city. In Central Park, Goliath and Elisa are ambushed by the men who had attacked the castle. Goliath turns to stone and Elisa saves his life by drawing the guards away from him. It is revealed that Goliath's mate had survived the attack on the castle as well, and in thanks agrees to retrieve the data disks.

Part 5

The clan goes to retrieve the data disks, Hudson goes to an underground bunker with Bronx. Brooklyn, Broadway and Lexington attack a Cyberbiotics tower on land while Demona and Goliath take their airship, which Demona mercilessly sets to crash before they escape. After Elisa discovers and tells Goliath about Xanatos' deception, he reveals robotic Gargoyles to kill the group. Demona also reveals her name and her allegiances both with the Captain at Wyvern and with Xanatos. When both she and Elisa are put in danger, Goliath must make a choice of who to save.

Movie version

Gargoyles the Movie: The Heroes Awaken was the direct-to-video animated movie recut of the five episodes, edited into one long feature film, approximately 90 minutes in length. As a result, numerous scenes were cut from the original broadcast episodes due to time constraints. In addition, a number of scenes were also moved around and some dialogue was changed. This version of the pilot was released to Laserdisc and VHS on January 31, 1995, and featured an interactive VHS/LD board game.

As the full-length episodic version of "Awakening" was released to DVD as part of the Gargoyles: The Complete First Season DVD set, the condensed movie version is unlikely to be released independently again.



  • Debut of the Castle Wyvern and Manhattan Clan
  • Residents of Castle Wyvern debut
  • Demona's debut
  • Because the direct-to-video version of the first five episodes were released as a full-length film, we don't hear Xanatos say in the film, "Pay a man well enough, he'll walk barefoot into Hell."


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