Goblin Mode, Goblin Town, Goblin Hands and Goblins are all slang terms used to describe goblin-like behavior and people. Mainstream, social media and Crypto Twitter (CT) communities have all embraced and adopted many usages for these terms. Below we’ll define, examine and provide examples for each one.
First, let’s explore the traditional definition of goblin from which all these terms derive.
A goblin is a type of fairy originally from European folklore. The word “goblin” is originally derived from the Greek word “Kobalos,” which translates into English as “Rogue” or “Evil Spirit.” Historically they have been ascribed various abilities, temperaments and appearances depending on the story. Traditional characteristics are diminutive, ugly fairies that are either mischievous or malevolent.
This was primarily the perception of goblins until J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit in 1937. Tolkien described the goblins as an ugly, monstrous, intrinsically-evil humanoid race of beings. In 1964 Marvel Comics introduced the super villain The Green Goblin. The Green Goblin drank a green serum which gave him superhero abilities but also had the side effect of causing him to lose his sanity, forcing wild mood swings and hallucinations. In yet another goblin interpretation, J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books described goblins as a highly intelligent race of small magical humanoid beings with long fingers and feet that coexisted with the wizarding world.
Goblin Mode, Goblin Town, Goblin Hands and Goblins are all terms whose best interpretation applies to the more traditional definition of goblins. However, as we’ll show below social media continues to be creative and is inclusive of all interpretations of goblins.
Goblin Town is a reference to the song “Down Down to Goblin Town” from the 1977 movie The Hobbit. In crypto terms, going to Goblin Town means the market (or specific coins) are going down significantly and liquidity, buy volume and speculation have dried up. Going Down to Goblin Town is a journey to the center of the earth and the opposite of going to the moon.
Goblins stay on the sidelines, aka underground, by changing crypto holdings to fiat or stablecoins and wait for a better price to buy back. This can be known as having goblin hands as well.
Goblin Hands is similar to Goblins, a person who stays on the sideline in stablecoins or USD waiting for the market to go down to Goblin Town.
“The market is super volatile right now so I have Goblin Hands to buy the dip.”
Goblin Slayer refers to market conditions or Whales that push the market up thereby slaying the Goblins who stayed on the sideline while cryptocurrency prices rose.
Goblin Mode has several simultaneous slang meanings that have grown more and more prevalent especially with Crypto Twitter but also beyond. There is no clear-cut definition of what goblin mode actually is but here are several explanations and examples.
Goblin Mode 1: A state of human existence when an individual starts acting like a goblin e.g. mischievous, chaotic, and /or malicious behavior. This may include making weird noises, reclusive or animalistic behaviors, and/or having a disheveled appearance.
Goblin Mode 2: A particular format of the ‘cowgirl’ sex pose, where the topmost participant puts their knees up. Demonstrated below by none other the Spiderman villain The Green Goblin. Goblin mode is different than cowgirl.
Goblin Mode 3: Can be described as a full-on rejection of self-betterment or a person who is generally messy, likely unshowered and acting “feral” due to laziness or an aversion to going outside. The term encompasses the comforts of depravity. The opposite of #ThatGirl or #Cottagecore influence of early pandemic days. More succinctly they have resorted to becoming a goblin or goblin-like.
“I no longer care about what anyone thinks about how I look or what I say.”
““Can you explain this gap in your resume?” Yes, that was my goblin mode era.”
Examples Goblin Mode Include:
- Mindlessly watching TV shows while scrolling social media and eating snacks
- Leaving the house in pajamas, outfits that do not match, or without makeup
- Making a strange snack at 2 am
The language of Goblins. This started when the NFT project goblintown.wtf was launched and the creators starting speaking Goblish on Twitter and then eventually goblintown.wtf hosted a Twitter Spaces where everyone spoke in Goblish. The Spaces was just people making various goblin sounds the whole time. Here is the 3 hour long Twitter Spaces full link. We have just one word to say about this “ₐₐₐₐₐₐₐᵤᵤᵤᵤᵤGGGₕₕₕₕₕ”.
Goblia, Goblinacci, Goblinomics, etc.
Crypto Twitter is always creative but these terms are just derivatives of the previously defined terms above.
Goblin Themed Cryptocurrency, NFTs & Projects
Here is a selection of some of the crypto projects:
Goblin (GOBLIN) Coin
GOBLIN Coin is an NFT based game Initial DEX Offering (IDO) platform on Binance Smart Chain. The token allows game developers to raise money by pre-selling unique in-game assets in NFT format. GOBLIN Coin GameFi Labs is a standalone game incubator in the WEB3.0 era. It provides game developers complete GameFi game design system and technical support to help game developers finish blockchain game development more easily. P2EGA is a Play-Win game guild alliance. The plans are to help millions of low-income people earn more profits through “Play-to-Earn” games and bring more users to the game.
Goblin Grlz NFT
A collection of 2,200 girl goblins.
Goblin Goons NFT
Goblin Goons is a collection of 8500 unique digital art collectibles built on the Ethereum blockchain. Goblin Goons combine deflationary utility with decentralized governance to give members influence in the community.
The Goblin Laboratory is a first of its kind project that enables users to continually customize, update, and merge their experiments to create their own unique Goblin Experiments inside the the laboratory. Within the Goblin universe, users have access to Sentinels, a cyber-punk inspired collection of female avatars, as well as Pixel Goblins and Pixel Ratmen, who will serve as playable characters in the upcoming Goblin Coliseum game.
goblintown.wtf is a collection of 10,000 ugly goblins NFTs but also has some dragons, trolls, wizards, mosquitoes, and even Kevin from Pixelmon. Exactly the kind of creatures you’d expect to find in Goblin Town. Originally these NFTs were given away for free and then went viral.
Gossip Goblin NFT
Gossip Goblins are original, handmade claymation NFTs. Each Goblin from the Benevolent Goblin Friendship Society boasts an array of peculiar attributes that make it not only magnificently beautiful, but one of a kind, too. Each Goblin is .08 ETH, and only 1,000 Goblins will ever exist at most.
Pixel goblintown NFT
Pixel goblintown NFTs is a collection of 1,400 pixelated goblins similar to the Cryptopunks design.
More Goblin and Closely Related Goblin Projects
- Banksy goblintown
- Bored Goblin Yacht Club
- Goblintown 3D
- goblintown.wtf punks
- The Official Not Goblin Town
- Pixel goblintown
- True Plebs in Goblin Town
- Zen Goblin
Note: Listing these projects is not an endorsement. DYOR!