Goblins are small, ruthless, gremlin-like creatures that act as tricksters and street vandals, leaving a wake of destruction wherever they go.
The goblins usually work on their own terms, but they occasionally like follow the orders of the Gumm-Gumms and/or other evil creatures, like the Changelings, while they helped them rebuild the Killahead Bridge and carried out assignments for them.
Goblins move in large groups and if one of them is killed, the others will not rest until they take revenge for the murderer and whoever gets in their way. Unfortunately, they have no concept of logical cause-and-effect, at least concerning the circumstances of their brethren's demise, and will swear vengeance against the most apparent culprit of it.
For instance, one such goblin was killed by being run over by a delivery truck; rather than take their vengeance out on the driver of the truck, the goblins attacked and destroyed the truck itself. This can lead to total innocents being targetted of such a vendetta, such as when NotEnrique killed a goblin in Enrique's room. Other goblins discovered the killed goblin's remains and found a picture of Claire Nuñez in the mess. Despite there being no evidence that Claire had anything to do with the incident, the Goblin immediately targetted her for deadly vengeance (shown in "Claire and Present Danger").
Being ruthless vandals, they usually work for the Gumm-Gumms and/or operate by themselves. Goblins often steal human babies and replace them with Changelings. Despite their aggressive nature, they are quite nurturing and gentle while caring for the Changeling Familiars in the Darklands.
The Blood Goblin species are much more ferocious, voracious, and bloodthirsty than the other Goblins, chasing any scent of former inhabitants of the Darklands (like Jim, Nomura, and Gnome Chompsky) until they find it.
Goblins have usually have long arms and legs, feline-like ears, yellow and red eyes, large fangs, and sideburns.
Most of the common Goblins are usually blue or green.
However, the Blood Goblins (the ones that inhabit the Darklands) are white, despite their name, which Blinky once lampshaded to Toby when said race are first introduced in "Escape from the Darklands" when they tracked Jim's scent.
Powers & Abilities
Goblins are able to crawl up walls, trees, etc. and can eat through an entire truck. They are also particularly attracted to the terror pheromone, which they can trace if a being is scared.
Unlike Trolls, they are not invulnerable as a lot of Goblins get smashed into green goo.
|Appearances in the Trilogy|
- According to A Brief Recapitulation of Troll Lore Volume 48, the goblins' battle cry, "Waka Chaka!", means "He shall be avenged!" in Goblinspeak.