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The Pack

The Pack ate some of the most notable human antagonists in the "Gargoyle" animated series, alongside their benefactor and founder, David Xanatos of Xanatos Enterprises, up until the creation of the Quarrymen. Throughout the show's second season most of The Pack's individual members become recurring foes, often reviled by the Manhattan Clan and hated by Lexington, who originally idolized them as fellow warriors prior to them exposing themselves for the criminals they were.

History

Industrialist David Xanatos brought together five adapt martial artists and athletes without their knowledge of him doing so as part of a scheme of gaining equals who could help with his world conquering operations. At first, The Pack starred in their eponymous television show where they showed-off their athletic skills and martial arts training, avoiding traps and fighting the fictional evil ninjas. The show proved to be a massive success, each member garnering numerous admirers and a daily salary of half a million dollars. Despite being satisfied with money and the fame, both members Wolf and Dingo desired a proper challenge, Wolf out of a base desire for physical combat and Dingo in order to test his strength.

Thrill of the Hunt

Xanatos arranged for a meeting between the Manhattan Clan and The Pack, he had his personal attendant, Owen Burnett, transmit the show's broadcast on every channel the gargoyles were viewing every night for several weeks, while delivered a envelope containing gargoyle photographs, stirring one team's interest towards the other. After a live staged performance at Madison Square Garden, The Pack meet up with Lexington, who had been attending the show in secret along with close clansmen Broadway and Brooklyn. The diminutive gargoyle tries befriending The Pack since both sides were warriors who defended the innocent, but Wolf and Fox convince him to bring along the larger gargoyle, id est Goliath, unaware of their true intentions. Later that night, as well as the one after, Lexington convinces Goliath to meet The Pack in person, hoping to make an alliance between the two factions. The clan leader accepts after hearing that Lexington did not reveal their location nor their transformation to stone during the day.

That night, Goliath and Lexington arrive at the studio were The Pack's television series is usually filmed, where the titular fighting team set up an ambushed. The fight leads the gargoyles outside the building, atop the roofs of the neighborhood and back down to the streets after Jackal had electrocuted the two gargoyles. Down in an alleyway, a local family spots The Pack and are scarred to see the injured gargoyles. Wolf covers for his teammates, using his acting to convince the family that the gargoyles were monsters that had been sent by the evil ninjas, and that The Pack were going to 'protect them(the family)". At first, The Pack prove to be a match for the Manhattan clan, but Goliath overpowers Wolf and knocks out Hyena and Jackal with a fire hydrant. Lexington and Goliath use a nearby fire-escape to climb to the roof of a building, but they are followed soon after by their pursuers. The roof happens to be populated by grotesque statues which Goliath and Lexington use to their advantage, hiding among them, and one by one separating The Pack's members, starting with Hyena, then Dingo, and finally a scarred Jackal runs off, only to be grabbed by Goliath. Eventually, the two remaining members of The Pack are tackled by Goliath, whose force breaks throw a wall, causing the three of them to fall inside a studio where a swimsuit photo-shooting is taking place. Fox holds one of the women there hostage until she and Wolf can exit the building, but she is knocked unconscious. Wolf has one last fight with Goliath, mostly lashing at the Manhattan clan's leader, but he is easily overpowered and tossed against a wall. The gargoyles make their escape just as police car shows up, leaving Fox and Wolf behind to be arrested for holding hostage and endangering the life of the girl from before.

The following morning, Lexington is left greatly disappointed in his better judgement, however Goliath encourages him not to give up hope in people, saying that he was right to attempt communication with humans. At Riker's Isle prison Owen visits Xanatos to inform him that the arranged battle happened just as he had wanted it to, but nothing especial noteworthy came out of it. Xanatos, however, claims that the battle proved a success in evaluating both The Pack and Goliath's skills.

Her Brother's Keeper

At this point, The Pack is divided: Wolf and Fox are incarcerated at Riker's Isle, Dingo left for Europe, and the twins Hyena and Jackal are acting on their own, albeit under Fox's orders, who in turn is operating under instructions from Xanatos who had revealed to her his plans involving the team. Jackal and Hyena attend a diamond exchange, where they were ordered by Fox to steal the precious Coyote Diamond. Hyena wants to nonchalantly break the diamond's casing and then shoot her way out, but her brother prefers to tread lightly. Right before their eyes the diamond is bought by Xanatos, which, along with the appearance of fan The Pack's, causes Hyena to loose her temper and pull out a swith-blade. Jackal goes along and kicks Xanatos from behind, stealing the diamond right before everyone's eyes. The twins make their way to the roof of building, but are stopped from paragliding to safety by the arrival of a police helicopter, piloted by Derek Maza, along with his sister, Elisa. Jackal tries blowing up the helicopter with a rocket launcher, but he is tackled from the side by Xanatos, instead shooting the chopper's tail off. Despite the damage Derek successfully lands the helicopter, just in time for Elisa to point her gun at the twins, who were just about to kill Xanatos. Jackal and Hyena manage to escape by gliding to safety. Later that night, back at their gym, Jackal receives orders from Fox to assassinate Xanatos for interfering with the diamond robbery.

Jackal and Hyena follow Xanato's helicopter from the Eyrie Building inside their personal chopper, with Jackal piloting and Hyena operating the weaponry. Xanato's personally shoot at them with his laser-gun, but the beams simply bounce off. Just as Hyena is about to blast the helicopter with a rocket, the twin's are attacked by Trio, Broadway slams into the cockpit while Lexington and Broadway toss Jackal and Hyena, respectively, out of their seats. However, the twins manage to parachute to safety and begin plotting a second assassination attempt on Xanato at his upstate retreat, Xanadu. Unbeknownst to them, Fox informs Elisa Maza of the assassination attempt just so Xanatos can prove to Maza that she is not a threat to him, as well as reveal that the entire plan was meant to get Elisa's brother to officially work for him. Fox also expresses her profound admiration for David by calling him "the most brilliant man on the face on the face of the Earth!" At Xanadu, Jackal and Hyena try shooting Xanatos, but are interrupted by the arrival of the Trio, now piloting the twins' former helicopter, which Lexington had modified. Lexington blinds Jackal and Hyena (both of whom were wearing night vision goggles) with the chopper's lantern, causing them back away. He then shoots a net on them, but they cut their way out. Jackal is punched by Broadway unconscious, while Hyena tries desperately to shoot while still blinded. Although she managed to accidentally hit Brooklyn with a tree branch that had been shot down, her gun is destroyed by Lexington's laser cannon, and she is left surrounded by Broadway, Brooklyn, Goliath and Elisa. Both of the twins were subsequently arrested sent to Riker's prison.

Leader of the Pack

Coyote 1.0, with help from Dingo, breaks Wolf, Jackal and Hyena out of Riker's Isle prison, as ordered to by Xanatos. However, Fox stays behind, insisting that she finishes her sentence and even goes so far as to rescuing a guard from one of Hyena's killer outbursts. The Pack escape the island on board Coyote's all-terrain hoover-craft, flying off into the distance. While leaving, Wolf expresses his desire to be the new team leader by fighting Coyote, but he is easily knocked out by Coyote. The android pretends to be Xanatos, swaying The Pack to his side by reminding them that Fox along with the Manhattan Clan lead to their incarceration. The Pack accept the robot's offer at leadership and follow his plan to ambush the gargoyles at The Pack's former television studio. Only Lexington, Brooklyn and Bronx show up and they have a brief, but heated battle with The Pack. Dingo manages to electrocute Brooklyn, while Coyote knocks out both Bronx and Lexington. The three gargoyles are then kept hostage on an oil tanker off the coast of New York, the Otoshianu Maru.

The rest of the Manhattan clan arrive on board the oil tanker, and although The Pack were expecting them with loaded guns, Broadway successfully released the captured gargoyles out off the ship's holding bay. A large fight ensues resulting with the tanker being set ablaze after several barrels spill oil spill out and a fire is ignited by one of Coyote's stray lasers. Coyote is revealed to have been a robot after the left side of its face was bitten off by Bronx. All the men from The Pack are left flabbergasted at the realization, while Hyena finds the robot even more attractive than usual. Coyote is then shot throw the abdomen by Lexington and its head is ripped of its shoulders by a kick from Goliath. The Pack escape the tanker by means of Coyote's hoover-craft, while Coyote's head blasts itself into the air. The Manhattan clan decide the leave without pursuing The Pack. The following morning, the Riker's Isle prison board release Fox from prison early on account of her exemplary behavior and rescue of one of the guards. Xanatos waits for her outside the prison, inside his limousine. Together at last, Xanatos reveals that the jail break was staged solely to offer Fox an early parole, as well as to test the robot Coyote prototype. Fox asks if he is not upset at loosing his chance for vengeance, but Xanatos is merely happy to have her by his side.

Upgrade

The Pack return, now operating as bank robbers in order to make ends meat, with Wolf as the apparent leader and using the hoover-craft as their get-away ride. Dingo is openly upset with their current status, but Jackal and Coyote are complacent. While in the middle of a hist, they are attacked by the Manhattan Clan, who manage to best them yet again. The fight ends in a draw, while Jackal is left slashed across the chest and severely pummeled by Broadway, Goliath is electrocuted and knocked out by Dingo. The Pack escape with only the bag of money Dingo acquired, while Wolf is upset they did not stay and fight. Just then, they are visited by Coyote, now a hoovering head, who offers to assist them in taking out the gargoyles. Although Wolf and Jackal originally refuse, Dingo and Hyena hear the robot out as it proposes offer for the Pack to enhance themselves by means of either genetic engineering, mechanical prosthesis or cybernetic battle armor, courtesy of Xenatos Enterprises. They accept its offer, but Wolf and Jackal inquire as to why Xanatos himself didn't come himself, to which Coyote responds that his creator is very busy.

One month later The Pack lure the Manhattan Clan into a trap, atop a building in construction. Jackal and Hyena had had their arms and legs replaced with mechanical limbs, complete with built-in bladed weapons, Wolf had his DNA spliced with wolf DNA, effectively becoming a werewolf, Coyote now inhabits a larger, bulky robot body(named Coyote 3.0), while Dingo is wearing a suit of cyber-armor. In the ensuing battle, Hyena defeats Elisa, Jackal knocks-out Bronx, Wolf defeats Hudson, while Goliath is brought down by Coyote, making him the leader according to The Pack's agreement that whoever caught the biggest Gargoyle would lead. Although Wolf and Jackal refuse the robot, love-struck Hyena and disgusted Dingo follow up on the agreement. The captures gargoyles, and Elisa, are held captive in a train housing station, Coyote plans on releasing Bronx around 4:30 A.M. in order to lead The Pack to the Manhattan Clan's hideout and subsequently smash them at morning. Unknown to them, Fox tipped off the remaining Manhattan gargoyles as to their location, and as such Brooklyn organized a rescue. While Brooklyn and Broadway had separated The Pack, Lexington released their friends and a fight soon broke out. Hyena is defeated by the combined efforts of Lexington and Broadway, while Jackal is knocked out by Brooklyn. Wolf is indirectly defeated by Hudson after the latter's sword got stuck in the electrified rail, electrocuting Wolf as he tried picking it up. Elisa captures Dingo with the help of a magnetic crane attracting his armor. Coyote is destroyed after the entire clan gangs up on him, Goliath crushes its head, while the rest of the body is run over by a train. The Pack are left behind in chains to be picked-up by the police. Yet again, The Pack's loose if revealed to have been another one of Xanatos's elaborate scheme, namely to test Fox's cunning wit against his tactical planing. He boosts that he has finally found an equal.

Grief

As part of Xanatos' latest attempt at gaining immortality, he has The Pack (Coyote 3.0, Wolf, Hyena and Jackal) travel to Egypt in order to assist The Emir, one of his associates, in capturing the god of life and death, Anubis, and forcing him into giving the secret of eternal life. Beneath the Great Sphinx, inside a ritual chamber, the Emir begins to magically summon Anubis into his trap, but he is interrupted by the sudden appearance of Goliath, Bronx, Elisa and new clan member, Angela. The Pack subdue their enemies and chain them to the walls, just as the god of death makes his appearance. The Emir orders The Pack to leave him alone until he has managed to secure immortality. Wolf and Hyena desire to kill the gargoyles once and for all, but Coyote orders them not to, instead accepts Jackal's offer to spy on the Emir. Eventually, the Emir orders the gargoyles be disposed of and The Pack tries burying them inside a mastaba, but they escape after a brief fight. Unknown to his teammates, Jackal had become obsessed with Anubis ever since he arrived in Egypt, referring to the jackal god as being "the original model." As the Emir recites a spell that allows him to posses the god, thus gaining all of his powers, Jackal pushes him away and thus becomes infused with Anubis, becoming his avatar. Having acquired the power to control life and death, Jackal demonstrates them by transforming Coyote into a pile of rusted metal. He then turns his sister into an infant, Wolf into a literal wold cub, and the Gargoyles, plus Elisa, into elderly people. Using the Sphinx as a conduit and amplifier for his powers, Jackal sends out a wave of energy that kills any and all living being in its path, as he intends to kill all life on Earth. He is ultimately defeated after Goliath knocks him down and hands the Emir his magic scroll, using his previous spell to release Anubis from Jackal's thrall and he himself becoming the avatar. The Emir realizes that Anubis cannot revive the dead, nor can he grant eternal life, instead opting to return the gargoyles, Elisa, Wolf and Hyena back to their proper ages and destroys the ritual chamber so no one can ever try and capture the god. Wolf, Hyena and Jackal manage to escape the falling debris.

Walkabout

Dingo returns to his homeland of Australia after being completely disillusioned with The Pack having willfully perverted their bodies with Xanatos' modifications. Likewise, he had grown fond of his previous status as a hero and wanted to start over. To that end he was advised by an Aboriginal Shaman to go on a walkabout and find The Dreamtime. At the same time, Dingo had been hired by Fox to assist in keeping a local project in check. At a Xanatos Enterprises laboratory located in the Australian outback, Fox, along with her mother, Anastasia Renard, were experimenting on the artificial intelligence called The Matrix, a colony of nano-bots that were designed to reshape the planet to suit Fox and Xanatos' needs. Unknown to them The Matrix managed to escape its containment and begone consuming all matter around it, perpetually self-replicating itself, resulting into a grey goo scenario that threatened to consume the entire planet. As it turned out, Goliath, Elisa, Bronx and Angela where brought by Avalon to help prevent the upcoming apocalypse, begrudgingly allying themselves with Dingo. As the Matrix consumes the laboratory, Fox and Anastasia narrowly escape and enlist Goliath's help, telling him and Dingo to fly over the lab and deactivate the A.I. before it assimilates the laboratories nuclear power plant. Their plan fails as they cannot get clsoe enough without being assimilated themselves, so the Matrix those consume the plant and becomes unstoppable.

Members

1st line-up

2nd line-up

  • Coyote 1.0
  • Dingo
  • Wolf
  • Hyena
  • Jackal

3rd line-up

  • Coyote 2.0
  • Wolf
  • Hyena
  • Jackal
  • Dingo

4th line-up

  • Coyote 3.0
  • Wolf
  • Hyena
  • Jackal

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