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David Xanatos
Background information
Feature films
Short films
Television programs Gargoyles
Video games
Park attractions
Portrayed by
Portrayed by
Voice Jonathan Frakes
Performance model
Designer Greg Weisman
Honors and awards
Character information
Full name
Other names
Personality (Originally): Calculating, ruthless, cunning
(Currently): Kind, caring, protective
Occupation Owner of Xanatos Industries
Fox's husband
Alex's father
Alignment Bad, later Good
Home Eyrie Building in New York City
Relatives Fox Xanatos (wife),
Alexander Fox Xanatos (son)
Minions Owen Burnett
Demona (briefly)
Enemies Goliath, Hudson, Brooklyn, Broadway, Lexington, Bronx, Angela, Elisa Maza (all formerly)
Likes Making a living, his family, his son safe
Dislikes The gargoyles (formerly), his son in danger
Powers and abilities Great wealth, influences, occasionally magic, cunning intellect
Weapons Battle-armor, robots, laser weaponry
Fate Reforms, becomes allie to the Gargoyles and allows them to return to live in the castle
Quote "Pay a man enough and he'll walk barefoot into hell."

David Xanatos is a character from Gargoyles. The former primary antagonist of the series, Xanatos is a master planner, even letting supposed failures further his various goals. He is voiced by Jonathan Frakes.


Physical Description

Xanatos normally dresses in a casual black suit, but in his early scuffles with the gargoyles, he would don a red exo-frame modeled after Goliath that was part of his robotic Steel Clan he used during battle against the gargoyles. He has a short beard and ties his brown hair in a loose ponytail.


Originally cunning and ruthless in the world of business, Xanatos' meeting with the gargoyles has changed him greatly. He at first tried teaming up with Demona to control them with his Steel Clan, but was forced to end their partnership when she double-crossed him. After marrying Fox, the leader of the Pack, Xanatos had become less interested in the gargoyles and more interested in finding immortality for himself and his wife. However, all his futile attempts ended in vain. He displays an odd sense of choice, given he would take a lifetime of servitude from Owen over a magic wish from his alter-ego Puck. After the birth of his son Alexander, Xanatos greatly reformed and gave the gargoyles back their ancestral home as a reward for saving his son from Oberon.

In the three-part episode "Hunter's Moon", when the Clock Tower was destroyed by the Hunters and the gargoyles subsequently trapped by the Gargoyle Taskforce at Saint Damien's Cathedral, Xanatos rescued Goliath's clan and offered them their old home in the castle, with "no catch, no plot, no strings." The feud was over.



  • Xanatos is one of several characters played by a Star Trek cast member - in this case, Jonathan Frakes, who portrayed William Riker.
  • During the show's development, Xanatos was originally known as Xavier and he was the descendant of the wizard that originally cursed the gargoyles to sleep for a thousand years. According to Greg Weisman, he was, "rich, powerful and petulant. Very Captain Hook."
    • This idea of a descendant of an ancient enemy was eventually used for Wolf and Hakon in "Vendettas."
  • The name Xavier was eventually dropped because of the similarity to Professor X (Charles Xavier) in Marvel Comics X-Men. Still, Greg Weisman wanted a name with a similar sound to it.
  • Thinking of Thanatos, the Ancient Greek God of Death, and since X and TH sounds are often interchanged, he tried the name Xanatos, which was quickly accepted by other crew members.
    • Sometime later, he checked the phone book and found that Xanatos was in fact a real name.
  • Weissman chose Xanatos' first name to be David as Goliath was his former enemy, a reference to the biblical story of David & Goliath except with the roles of hero and villain reversed.
  • Odysseus was also in Greg Weisman's mind when developing Xanatos into a human trickster, particularly when the character became Greek-American.
  • Coincidentally, Jonathan Frake's wife, Genie Francis, was expecting at the same time as Fox.

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