A goblin is typically an imaginary crabby, and mischievous though sometimes evil fae creature described as a grotesquely disfigured or gnome-like phantom, that may range in height from that of a dwarf to that of a human. They are attributed with various abilities, temperaments and appearances depending on the story and country of origin.
In most cases, goblins have been classified as constantly annoying little creatures. They enjoy playing malicious pranks on humans or other fae. Frequent pastimes for goblins include scaring children, pulling people's hair, leading travelers astray and causing poltergeist activity in the homes of people they dislike.
Goblins are often greedy and territorial as well with nasty tempers, they love playing tricks but are not fond of being tricked themselves and in many ways they share common traits with an Imp. Goblins tend to be annoying, obnoxious or mischievous rather than truly wicked and they rarely kill humans on purpose; although exceptions to the rule exist.
A Goblin impersonating WilderTiamat attempts to mug Nakajima's party, but he strikes him down, causing him to remove his disguise, but tells him that the shield belonging to Garu was thrown away so that the Minotaur couldn't get it.
Shin Megami Tensei
"Origin: England. Fairies that love malicious pranks. Though they are ugly and dreadful, some are highly skilled and will teach others. Originally, they lived together with humans. But shifts in the legends about them caused them to look as they do now."
—Shin Megami Tensei A-Mode DDS Dictionary
Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey
"A representative of the faeries, but compared to others of its kind such as elves, it is much more bestial and mischievous. They try to drag those who can see them to their homes. They are also often used as familiars."
—Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey compendium
Shin Megami Tensei IV
Goblin can be found in Shibuya. It can teach Flynn the Oni-Kagura, Tarukaja and Charge skills through its Demon Whisper.
Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse
The initial representative of the Fairy race can be found in the Kinshicho south exit shopping district. It offers access to the Gram Slice and Lunge skills upon learning all of its skils.
Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers
"A famous type of fairy. It is ugly and has a twisted personality, and is said to kidnap those who can see it. It is also common to see them as familiars of magicians, doing various tasks"
—Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers 3DS compendium
Goblin is a demon exclusive to the 3DS remake, available after Nemechi evolves into the snake form. He is unique for having a number of -kaja spells, making him useful in demon fusion.
Goblins are regular enemies that begin to appear in the Forest of Fairies. They drop bombs as they move through the level.