"...Those purple-skinned guys. We call them hobgoblins. They were originally goblins, of course, but now they're bigger, stronger and much stupider. They aren't so good at thinking about things, but they make great shock troops. And we don't have to feel bad about sending them into battle on the front lines, because they have a life expectancy of only three years anyway."
Concept art vermeld als hobgoblin zijnde kan worden gevonden in Art of World of Warcraft. Andere artwork in Art of Warcraft schijnen ook "voor" en "na" afbeeldingen te omschrijven van goblins die in hobgoblins veranderen.