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Exo-Frames are robotic suits or armor that give a wearer added strength, protection and/or offensive ability. Some also enable flight.

Construction Frame

One of the construction exo-frames.

The construction exo-frame was used by employees of Xanatos Construction to load pieces of Castle Wyvern for transport to Manhattan as it was being disassembled from Wyvern Hill. ("Awakening: Part Two")

David Xanatos

Xanatos in full armor.
Xanatos, turning the air pressure adjustment dial prior to removing the helmet.
Xanatos in flight.
The compact suit of armor.
The particle beam cannon.
The internal visor.
The shoulder weapon.
The iron armor.

David Xanatos owns and operates several exo-frames.

The first was modelled after his Steel Clan robots, themselves built to resemble Goliath. Unlike the Steel Clan, the Gargoyle Battle Armor is colored red and has four fingers as opposed to three. Beyond that it outwardly looks identical to a Steel Clan robot. The Manhattan Clan initially believed that it was a prototype advanced version of a Steel Clan robot.

Originally built by the Scarab Corporation, Xanatos debuted his battle armor when he stole the Eye of Odin from the Museum of Modern Art as part of a scheme to locate the Manhattan Clan's new home. Xanatos led the Steel Clan and fought the Manhattan Clan at the Statue of Liberty. Although he was thwarted, he did manage to fight Goliath to a stand still. ("The Edge")

Since then, Xanatos has made use of the armor on various occasions such as helping to break Demona's stone-by-night spell and trying to capture Coyote the Trickster. ("City of Stone" Part Four, "Cloud Fathers")

Xanatos's armor is equipped with rockets on the back and feet which allow him to fly at extremely high speeds, and he maneuvers with razor-sharp wings. There is a particle beam cannon located on the right arm and on one occasion he fired a device from his right shoulder designed to overload and destroy a Steel Clan robot.

Xanatos is able to operate the suit through a combination of an options scroll on his internal visor and internal sensors. He trained a long time to use the suit proficiently, and it's tailored to him specifically. [1]

Xanatos has the ability to disassemble his battle armor into a more compact suit of armor that he can conceal beneath an overcoat. [2] This suit still allows him enhanced strength, limited flight via a jet-pack on his back and armored talons on his hands. ("Eye of the Beholder", "Double Jeopardy")

Xanatos also had an Iron Clan variant of the armor made specifically to combat Oberon. ("The Gathering" Part Two)


Dingo's concussion blast.
Matrix merged with Dingo's armor.
Dingo stepping into the armor.
Matrix merged with Dingo's armor in flight.

After the Pack barely escaped the Manhattan Clan, they were approached by Coyote 2.0 on Xanatos's behalf and offered upgrades. Not wanting to lose his humanity, Dingo chose a robotic suit of armor, constructed by the Scarab Corporation. ("Upgrade")

Dingo's armor was capable of flight and featured concussion blasts from the hands; a particle beam that rose from the right forearm; and a built-in modem. It also increased his strength and durability. The armor could also be operated by Dingo via a remote control.

Eventually, Matrix merged with Dingo's armor, consuming it, and has since become Dingo's new exo-frame, bonding with Dingo's central nervous system when the two are merged. When acting as Dingo's exo-frame, Matrix still enables flight as well as new abilities (such as growing another set of arms out of the armor's back). Presumably, Matrix can duplicate all the previous exo-frame's abilities as well. ("Walkabout", "Strangers")


Demona wearing the stolen exo-frame.

While conducting thefts of high technology, in 1996, in order to lure out the Manhattan Clan, Demona stole an exo-frame from the Goldencup Bakery Building. Goliath, Angela, and Brooklyn were able to bring her down, destroying the suit in the process. ("The Reckoning") In 1997, Dino Dracon used four of these exo-frames, which were probably stolen as well, to lay a trap for the gargoyles. ("Young At Heart")

The armor possessed rockets on its back allowing it to fly, a cannon capable of firing a particle beam on its left arm, and a claw on its right. Additionally, the suit was able to generate electricity along its skin as a defense mechanism, giving anyone who came in physical contact with it a nasty shock. The exo-frame seemed to be vulnerable to rear attacks. Punching the back disabled one (which later exploded), and a laser blast at the rear hydraulics was enough to immobilize the others.


Two of the Hunters in full armor.

Both Jon Canmore and Robyn Canmore donned exo-frames when they attacked Demona at Saint Damien's Cathedral.

Their armor allowed them both enhanced strength and durability, as well as flight. Jon was protected in his armor from a direct attack from Hudson's Sword.

Jon's armor featured a large particle beam cannon on the right hand and a claw-like left hand. Robyn's did not sport these features. ("Hunter's Moon" Part Three)