Ben and I, we thought it was just a game. A stupid role-playing game. But it's not. It's so much more. He's real. {...} The Gargoyle King.
Dilton Doiley[src]

The Gargoyle King was an anonymous character and one of the main antagonists of the third season of The CW's Riverdale.

Throughout Riverdale

Season 2

Sometime after Archie Andrews' arrest, a travelling salesman staying at the Pembrooke murdered a woman staying with him and offered her body to the Gargoyle King at an unknown location within Riverdale. His actions in moving the body from the Pembrooke to that location provoked suspicion from Jughead Jones, Betty Cooper, Veronica Lodge, and Archie, who observed his actions from the Lodge's home. However, their subsequent investigation ultimately led them to wrongly conclude that they were simply overreacting from the events of Archie's trial.[1]

Season 3


Ben and Dilton's ritual

Although, the Gargoyle King does not appear, he is however mentioned by Dilton Doiley, who shows up at Sunnyside Trailer Park to warn Jughead. Dilton and Ben were playing what they initially thought to be just a role-playing game. But Dilton now realizes it's much more. Dilton states that the Gargoyle King is real. Jughead doesn't know what to make of this and he certainly doesn't have the time to figure it out. So, he tells Dilton to take a seat and they can further discuss the matter when he returns from court. However, when Jughead returns, Dilton is gone and all he finds is a map leading him to Fox Forest. When Jughead arrives at the marked location, he finds Dilton and Ben, unconscious, stripped of their clothes, with markings etched into their backs. Also on site are candles and some kind of blue liquid. It would seem a ritual of some kind was taking place. Ben wakes up, but he is unresponsive and foaming from the mouth. So, Jughead screams out for help.[2]


The Gargoyle King encounters Betty and Jughead

The Gargoyle King has its first encounter with Betty and Jughead while in the woods of Fox Forest. It's a giant imposing creature with a bloody, snout-shaped face and branches for wings. It scares Betty and Jughead off as they were headed to meet up with Ethel.[3]

After a failed attempt on Ethel's part to ascend to the Kingdom, the Gargoyle King visits her at Riverdale General Hospital, where he learns from her that Jughead is indeed worthy of spreading his gospel after Jughead completed his quest in Gryphons and Gargoyles. Ethel then bows down before the Gargoyle King, whose gospel is spreading as they speak with copies of the scripture having been placed in the lockers of every student at Riverdale High School.[4]

Twenty-five years ago, the Gargoyle King surfaced at Riverdale High during an ascension party involving Fred Andrews, Alice Smith, FP Jones, Sierra Samuels, Hermione Gomez, Penelope Blossom, Hiram Lodge, Tom Keller, Marty Mantle and Darryl Doiley. However, Alice is the only one to have come in contact with it that night, running in the opposite direction after meeting its gaze.[5]

The Gargoyle King appears in the woods outside Dilton's bunker. He turns to Jughead, who bows before him.[6]

Jughead follows him and discovers that he has a gang of disciples. He shows up at the Cooper house and is revealed to have dug up Darryl's grave and used it to scare Betty and Alice.[7]

The Gargoyle King seemingly stands behind Sister Woodhouse as Betty is being tested, on how she responds to the silhouettes. This may be a hallucination, however, due to Betty being under the influence of Fizzle Rocks.[8]

The Gargoyle King appears in Hiram's study as he thanks the governor for quarantining Riverdale. Hiram then raises his glass to the Gargoyle King.[9]

Impressed by Fangs' Fizzle Rocks sales, the Gargoyle King seeks to invite him into his Inner Circle, but first Fangs must attend the ceremony in Fox Forest. As planned, Fangs attends the ceremony. The Gargoyle Gang, led by the Gargoyle King, surrounds a fiery pit as they await Fangs' arrival. Once Fangs arrive, they instruct him to kneel before the King, which Fangs does. It seems that part of the ceremony involves branding the mark of the Gargoyle onto Fangs. Moments away from being branded, Fangs is saved by the Serpents. While the Gargoyle Gang manage to escape, the Serpents do manage to capture the Gargoyle King. After the Gargoyle King is unmasked, it is revealed to be Tall Boy.[10]

Marcus Mason also assumed the identity of the Gargoyle King to get revenge on Tom and Sierra after they announced their marriage, as Marcus' feeling for Tom were rejected many years prior. Additionally, he hoped to scare Moose straight by taking him and Kevin hostage and forcing them to drink from the chalices. However, Marcus is stopped and arrested by FP.[11]

Physical Appearance

The Gargoyle King is a giant imposing creature.



Editor's Note: The list of suspects detailed below are of characters who have been suspected within the show of being the Gargoyle King. It should in no way list characters who fans have deemed as being potential suspects.



  • Warden Norton(by Betty Cooper and Jughead Jones)
  • Alice Cooper (attacked at her home by the Gargoyle King)
  • Darryl Doiley (disproved as the modern day Gargoyle King as Darryl is dead)
  • Hiram Lodge (disproved as Hiram was seen in the same room as the Gargoyle King)
  • FP Jones (disproved as FP was out of town with Jughead at the same time the Gargoyle King was seen with Hiram)
  • Fred Andrews (disproved as Fred was out of town with Archie at the same time the Gargoyle King was seen with Hiram)



Season 3


See also: Category:Images of Gargoyle King


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  2. Aguirre-Sacasa, Roberto (writer) & Sullivan, Kevin (director) (October 10, 2018). "Chapter Thirty-Six: Labor Day". Riverdale. Season 3. Episode 1. The CW.
  3. Grassi, Michael (writer) & Woolnough, Jeff (director) (October 17, 2018). "Chapter Thirty-Seven: Fortune and Men's Eyes". Riverdale. Season 3. Episode 2. The CW.
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