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Background information
Feature films
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Television programs Gargoyles
Video games Gargoyles
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Portrayed by
Portrayed by
Voice Keith David
Performance model
Designer Greg Weisman
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Character information
Full name
Other names
Personality Brave, intelligent, strong, brooding, thoughtful, protective, chivalrous, occasionally stubborn
Appearance Lavender skin, long brown hair
Occupation Leader of the Manhattan Clan
Elisa's boyfriend
Alignment Good
Goal To protect the castle and his clan
Home Castle Wyvern (formerly)
New York (present)
Relatives Angela (daughter)
Elisa Maza
Allies Elisa Maza (girlfriend), Hudson, Brooklyn, Broadway, Lexington, Bronx, Angela, Demona (formerly)
Enemies David Xanatos (formerly), Demona, Macbeth (formerly), Archmage
Likes Reading, Elisa, his clan
Dislikes Most of his clan destroyed, his clan in danger, the trio causing trouble
Powers and abilities Super-strength, gliding, magic, healing factor
Weapons Claws
Fate He and Elisa become a couple and are accepted by humans along with the rest of the clan
Quote "What sorcery is this?"

Goliath is the leader of the Manhattan Clan, and the protagonist of the television series Gargoyles. He is also the love interest of Elisa Maza. He was voiced by Keith David.



Goliath has a great deal of pride and affection for his clan. He is willing to avenge the severe injury of his clan members and prove himself if he is accused of any crimes, the former in regards to those who threaten and harm his loved ones out of malice, the latter to prove to humans that they, the Gargoyles, respected the humans' law and order. He remains mostly serious, showing very little humor. Goliath also acts as a father figure to the younger gargoyles.

Originally having trouble adapting to the modern world, Goliath has quickly learned the new laws and technology of the world. He still maintains a firm belief in "protecting the castle", at first stubbornly claiming Castle Wyvern to be rightfully his and his clan's until they convinced him it was suicide to remain there. He later expressed to them that all of Manhattan was their "castle", their protectorate.

Upon meeting his biological daughter Angela, Goliath was initially uncomfortable by her interest in their biological connection, both because gargoyle children are traditionally regarded as belonging to the whole clan (being an actual parent was foreign to him) and because he feared how she might react if she discovered that Demona was her biological mother. However, after a talk with Elisa's mother Diane Maza, she helped him better understand the bond between parent and child, and he accepted Angela as his daughter.

Over the course of the series, Goliath has mutually fallen in love with Elisa Maza, feelings that have been uneasy between them because of their being of different species. Eventually, they get pass these doubts and confess their true feelings for each other in the three-part Season 2 finale and become a couple for the rest of the third and finale season of the show.

Physical appearance

Goliath is a gargoyle with lavender skin and long brown hair, brown eyes, also wearing a dark brown loincloth that is held up by a black belt. When idle, he keeps his wings folded cape-like, but will open them if angered or in flight. He has two horn-like structures on his forehead. Occasionally, he'll wear a microphone to communicate with others when out on patrol.

Disney Parks

According to this website, Goliath is, or was at one time, a meetable character at the Disney Parks.


  • Goliath appeared in all but three episodes of the series:
    • "The Silver Falcon", "Kingdom" and "Pendragon".
  • Goliath was the leader of the Wyvern Clan for just ten years before the Massacre.
  • 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.
  • Before leading the clan, he was Hudson's second-in-command.


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