Hobgoblins are undead ghouls that inhabit Kero Sewers in the game Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars. They wear ragged clothing and carry lanterns, making them resemble the Lantern Ghosts from Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island. Hobgoblins also slightly resemble Scarecrows. These ghouls never fight by themselves; they always accompany other monsters in battle. These monsters include Rat Funk, The Big Boo, and Shadow (who only appears alongside The Big Boo). Hobgoblins also always fight in groups of three.
In battle, Hobgoblins attack by clawing their opponents. Additionally, Hobgoblins can use a number of magic spells that cause status ailments. One such attack is Dark Claw, which Poisons one of Mario's allies and causes 50% more damage than their normal claw attack. The other is Elegy, which Silences a party member, making them unable to perform special attacks. Since they are undead, Hobgoblins can be instantly destroyed with Pure Water. Conincidentally, Hobgoblins also randomly drop Pure Water when defeated and even turn into Pure Water when Mario uses a Yoshi Cookie on them, thus allowing the mustachioed plumber to easily destroy more of their kind.
Hobgoblins are considered the relatives of the Straw Heads from the Sunken Ship.
 Names in other Languages
- Hobgoblin is a term often applied in folktales as a friendly but troublesome creature.
- They look like Tonberry from Final Fantasy.
- ^ Super Mario RPG Battle Mechanics Guide by newmansage. "Enemy Skills" section.
- ^ The Mushroom Kingdom gives the English and Japanese names of characters and enemies. (Retrieved on 2011-6-24)