Maria Chavez

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Captain Chavez

Captain Maria Chavez is Elisa's boss, the Captain of Detectives in the 23rd precinct.


Peter Maza was once her boss. [1]

Maria Chavez rose to her rank as Captain of Detectives at a relatively young age. After Elisa survived a gunshot wound in 1994, Chavez insisted that she be assigned a partner – Detective Matt Bluestone – who previously worked with the Captain to shut down Tony Dracon's arms-dealing operation. After Dracon made bail, Chavez was later involved in several police operations to apprehend the crime lord, which culminated in her going undercover as an immigrant running a dry cleaners. Pal Joey, an associate of Dracon's, managed to ambush both her and officer Morgan with knockout gas. She and Morgan were unaware that the mobster attempted to blow them up in the shop only to be thwarted by the gargoyle Broadway. ("Deadly Force", "The Edge", "Protection")

Early on during the World Tour, Elisa called Chavez telling her boss she needed some personal time. [2] When Elisa returned, Chavez was less than thrilled with her long absence, but it worked out well in her favor as she had a cop that Tomas Brod was unfamiliar with to send undercover into his syndicate. [3]

In October 1996, Captain Chavez temporarily transferred Elisa to the day shift to show a new transfer, Jason Conover the ropes. Chavez's leg was broken when the Hunters later blew up the Clock Tower, but she quickly returned to work. ("Hunter's Moon" Part One, "Hunter's Moon" Part Three, "Nightwatch")

In May 1997, Captain Chavez was at the 23rd Precinct grand reopening with its newly rebuilt Clock Tower, where she cut the ribbon. ("Tale Old as Time")

After Goliath's arrest by the Gargoyle Taskforce, Chavez attended the gargoyle's nighttime hearing, and was in the gallery when Elisa was cross-examined by A.D.A. Margot Yale. From her testimony, the Captain finally learned of Elisa's secret cooperation with the Wyvern Clan and their involvement in the arrests of multiple criminals for the past three years. Following Goliath's release from custody, Chavez met Elisa and Matt back at the precinct, scolding both detectives for leaving her in the dark about the gargoyles. Ultimately, she considered Matt's idea to help save face with the public, press, and powers-that-be by extending an offer for Goliath to join the Gargoyle Taskforce, which he accepted. In exchange for the gargoyle's public participation with the NYPD, Captain Chavez merely suspended Elisa for four months without pay, which Elisa herself considered a "slap on the wrist". Captain Chavez and Detective Bluestone soon after introduced Goliath to the public as the GTF's newest member. ("New Rules", "Young At Heart", "Cold Comfort")


Captain Chavez is a tough and efficient leader, and good friend to Elisa and her family.

She is Roman Catholic and married, with one daughter, Sonia. [4][5][6]

"Future Tense"

A photo of Captain Chavez and her daughter, from "Future Tense".
Captain Chavez's daughter, from "Future Tense".

A daughter of Chavez’s appeared in Puck's illusion as one of the downtrodden humans living in the Xanatos-controlled New York City of 2036. ("Future Tense") Sonia Chavez does indeed exist in the Gargoyles Universe currently, most likely as a baby, although it is doubtful that her future will become quite so bleak. [7][8]



"Religious Studies 101: A Handful of Thorns"

Captain Maria Chavez welcomed Captain George Stacy to the 23rd precinct where he wanted to report that witnesses saw a gargoyle involved in the Ravencroft breakout. After Chavez mentioned that being a cop now required "working knowledge of The Twilight Zone," she directed Stacy to Matt Bluestone and the rest of the Gargoyle Taskforce.

The Goliath Chronicles

Appearance: "...For It May Come True"

In Goliath's dream (orchestrated by Titania), Captain Chavez told the 23rd precinct that the Mayor just declared gargoyles a public menace and called for volunteers to hunt them down. Detective Maza was one of the first to volunteer.

Production Background

Voice Actor: Rachel Ticotin; but Elisa Gabrielli in "Revelations"