Goblin (Marvel Comics)

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Template:Infobox comics set index Goblins are goblin-themed fictional characters appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. They are usually depicted as supervillains and enemies of Spider-Man.


They all started with the Green Goblin (Norman Osborn). They are usually people in a goblin costume terrorizing New York City with pumpkin bombs and a goblin glider, or who have been transformed by using the Goblin Formula developed by Osborn and his former professor and business partner Mendel Stromm.

Known Goblins


In a retcon, it was revealed that after Norman Osborn had Mendel Stromm arrested for embezzlement, he had found only a portion of the notes detailing his partner's formula. Norman tests the incomplete version of the formula on Oscorp employee Nels van Adder, driving van Adder insane and causing him to transform into a red, demon-like being known as the "Proto-Goblin". Killing several people and blaming Norman for his condition, van Adder harasses and later attempts to kill him before being knocked out an Oscorp window by Chief of Security Arthur Stacy and his brother Detective George Stacy. In order to escape conviction for what he had done to van Adder, Norman convinces the police that van Adder had been experimenting on himself and that he had been trying to help him. Van Adder was last seen fleeing into the wilderness and his current fate is unknown.[1] As well as endowing van Adder with super strength and agility, the prototypical Goblin Formula gave him claws, talons, fangs, glowing green eyes, and near-impenetrable red skin that is capable of withstanding several close range bullet shots.

Green Goblin






Grey Goblin

The Grey Goblin is the alias of two fictional characters that appears in comic books published by Marvel Comics that are enemies of Spider-Man. The overall persona's concept resembles the Green Goblin.

Gabriel Stacy, the twin brother of Sarah Stacy and son of Norman Osborn and Gwen Stacy, appeared as the first Grey Goblin in The Amazing Spider-Man. He also appeared in The Spectacular Spider-Man and Amazing Spider-Man Presents: American Son.

Lily Hollister, Harry Osborn's ex-fiancé, first appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man #545 and had her first appearance as Menace (Grey Goblin) is in The Amazing Spider-Man #549.

Red Goblin

The Red Goblin was Norman Osborn as Green Goblin using the Carnage symbiote. When the Carnage symbiote was bonded to Norman Osborn, it got mixed with the Goblin Formula, making it stronger and purging its weaknesses. Normie Harold Osborn, Norman’s grandson, became the second Red Goblin when he bonded with Carnage and became known as the Goblin Childe.[2]

Goblin King

The Goblin King was the name of the leader of the Goblin Underground.

  • Norman Osborn, under the alias of Mason Banks, was the first person to go by the name the Goblin King at the time when he fought the Superior Spider-Man (Doctor Octopus' mind in Peter Parker's body). When Peter Parker's consciousness was restored to his body, he defeated the Goblin King.
  • Former Hobgoblin and Goblin Knight Phil Urich later became the second Goblin King.


Template:Main After being abducted by Menace, Carlie Cooper was exposed to the Goblin Formula by Goblin King which turned her into Monster.

War Goblins

General Mwenye of Nadua allied with Norman Osborn who provided Pumpkin Bombs, Razor Bats, and Goblin Gliders to General Mwenye, which he used to equip his soldiers who were dubbed War Goblins. When the War Goblins attacked a Naduan village, Spider-Man fought them off.[3]

Characters exposed to the Goblin Formula

Mendel Stromm


The creator of the Goblin Formula, Mendel Stromm subjected himself to the earliest known version of it. While Stromm's concoction failed to imbue him with overt superhuman abilities, it did cause him to enter a recuperative state of suspended animation after his apparent death at the hands of Norman Osborn, who later revived Stromm as Gaunt.[4]

Lefty Donovan

Lefty Donovan was used as a test subject to Roderick Kingsley as the Hobgoblin to test out the goblin formula. Kingsley later killed him after figuring out the formula.


An Oscorp employee named Doctor David Patrick Lowell worked in the Osborn Chemical Company division, where his main project was a "super fertilizer" that could increase the solar absorption and growth rate of flora. After being passed over for a promotion, an irritated Lowell showed Osborn his work, and Osborn, noticing Lowell's chemical was uncannily similar to the Goblin Formula, immediately fired him and ordered all his work terminated. As his life's work was being destroyed by Oscorp employees, an enraged Lowell tried to fight them off, only to become drenched in his formula, and knocked into a wall of solar lamps. The combination of the Goblin Serum-esque chemical and the electricity caused Lowell to mutate into a light-based being dubbed "Sundown". After going on a rampage through New York, Sundown was defeated and imprisoned by Spider-Man and several other heroes. After being incarcerated for ten years, Sundown was released from prison, but was blackmailed back into supervillainy shortly afterward by mob boss Lucky Lobo. Eventually turning against Lobo, Sundown, with Spider-Man's help, was able to expose his crimes. Afterward, Sundown declined Spider-Man's offer of becoming a superhero in favor of a normal life.[5]

Albert Moon

Albert Moon, brother of Silk, got infected with the Goblin Formula and is a member of the Goblin Nation.[6]

Goblins (species)

Goblins of Asgard

The Goblins of Asgard are one of the archetype of Asgard's Ten Realms alongside the Angels, Asgardian Gods, Dwarves, Elves, Giants, and Men.[7]

Goblins of Weirdworld

A race of Goblins reside in Weirdworld and are known to devour the flesh of Dwarves, Elves, Gnomes, and other humanoid creatures. Many of them were in the services of a wizard named Lord Raven where some of them would be transformed to make the pillars in his castle.[8]

Goblins of Limbo

A race of Goblins are a type of demon that reside in Limbo.[9]

In other media


  • The Green Goblin and Hobgoblin appeared in the 1994 Spider-Man TV series, voiced by Neil Ross and Mark Hamill respectively.
  • Both versions of Green Goblin appear in Ultimate Spider-Man vs. The Sinister Six. In addition to the two different Green Goblins, the two-part episode "HYDRA Attacks" featured the HYDRA Goblins that were created by Doctor Octopus where he used the Goblin Formula on some HYDRA Agents.
  • The Goblins of Asgard appear in the Avengers: Secret Wars. In the episode "The Most Dangerous Hunt", they make their way to Asgard while evading Executioner, Black Panther and the Hulk had to cross a mountain range where they were attacked by Goblins. Black Panther and Bruce Banner were able to fend them off by collapsing some rock structures with one of Ulik's pounders.


Video games

  • The Ultimate Marvel version of Green Goblin and a variation of Proto-Goblin appear as bosses in Spider-Man: Battle for New York. The video game had Green Goblin using the OZ formula to create an army of Goblins.
  • The Noir version of Green Goblin and a 2099 version of Hobgoblin appear in Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions.


  1. Peter Parker: Spider-Man #-1
  2. Amazing Spider-Man #797-800
  3. The Amazing Spider-Man vol. 4 #4
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  5. Untold Tales of Spider-Man 1997 Annual
  6. Amazing Spider-Man Vol 4 #1
  7. Mighty Thor Vol. 2 #23
  8. Marvel Fanfare #25
  9. X-Terminators #1
  10. "'Amazing Spider-Man' Website Is Crawling With Plot Details". TheWrap.com. December 15, 2011. http://www.thewrap.com/movies/article/new-amazing-spider-man-website-crawling-plot-details-33670. Retrieved June 26, 2015. 
  11. Kit, Borys (June 6, 2015). "EXCLUSIVE: Spider-Man Gets a Set of Parents and Another Villain". The Hollywood Reporter (Nielsen Company). http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/blogs/heat-vision/spider-man-set-parents-villain-56039. Retrieved December 6, 2010. 

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