From the moment he was introduced, the Hobgoblin has been one of my favorite Spidey villains. The mystery surrounding his true identity kept me spellbound for years! The return of the Green Goblin has lessened this villain’s place in the panetheon of Spidey’s archfoes, but he’s still deadly!

In terms of how he matches up with the Green Goblin, Hobby has all the same powers, but he’s not the same genius that Norman was — he didn’t create any of his own weaponry like Norman did, he’s merely coasting on Norman’s genius. This is not to say he’s not brilliant — he is — but he’s not the same scientist that Norman was.

Real Name: Roderick Kingsley
Base of Operations: New York City
Marital Status: Single
Race: Human

Advantages: Allies (the Rose, Sinister Six), Contacts (Business world), Intimidating Grin, Mechanical Aptitude, Observant, Preparedness, Speed Draw (pumpkin bombs), Wealth

Disadvantages: Arrogance, Delusions of Grandeur, Enemy (Spider-Man), Obsessive Tendencies

Reflexes: 2D (8D)
Acrobatics 3D (9D), brawling 4D (10D), dodge 3D (9D), melee weapons 3D (9D), piloting 3D (9D, Goblin Glider + 3D), sneak 3D (9D)
Coordination: 2D (8D)
Catch 3D (9D), marksmanship 3D (9D), missle weapons 3D (9D), thrown weapons 3D (9D, pumpkin bombs + 2D)
Physique: 2D (10D)
Resistance 3D (11D)
Knowledge: 4D (5D)
Computer ops 5D (6D), demolitions 5D (6D), forgery 5D (6D), research 6D (7D), scholar (fashion) 5D (6D), science 5D (6D), security 5D (6D)
Perception: 3D
Engineering 5D, invent 4D, repair 4D (goblin equipment + 2D) , shadowing 6D, streetwise 6D, surveillance 6D, survival 6D
Presence: 3D
Bluff 4D, command 4D, interrogation 5D, intimidation 5D, willpower 5D

PDV : 2 (5)
Unarmed BDV : 3D (5D)
P/l Bonus : + 1 (+ 5)
Villain Points: 18 Body Points: 68
Character Points: 190

Powers : Superattributes: Reflexes 6D, Coordination 6D, Physique 8D, Knowledge 1D, Healing (self-only) 10D

Equipment : The HobGoblin has a variety of equipment at his disposal, almost all of it stolen from the Green Goblin’s old cache. The most commonly used are:
Goblin Glider [BDV 5D, Body Points 150, Flight 9D, Flame Projection (exhaust) 6D]
Gloves [Lightning blast (electricity manipulation) 8D, the Hobgoblin sometimes fires small blasts from his fingertips]
Pumpkin bombs and explosives [The Hobgoblin has a wide variety of pumpkin bombs that he uses. Here are a few of them of them –
a. Concussion Grenade – 5Dx3 damage
b. Smoke Grenade – all characters in area of effect at -1D to all reflexes, coordination and sight based perception rolls
c. Knockout Gas – must make a difficult willpower check or knocked out for six hours
d. Spider-Sense Gas – Spider-Man must a make or a heroic willpower check or else this bomb will negate his Spider-Sense for two hours.

The mystery regarding the original Hobgoblin has haunted Spider-Man since the Hobgoblin’s debut. Peter Parker, his Aunt May and Nathan Lubinsky were nearly struck by a car leaving a robbery, one cold March afternoon. Peter then went after the thugs as Spider-Man, catching all but one of them. The thug fled into the sewer, and Spider-Man decided to let him go rather than having to run after him. The thug later stumbled upon a secret hideout belonging to Norman Osborn, The Green Goblin! The thug, Georgie, then told someone he felt would be interested by finding the Goblin garb, only to be later killed by the mysterious person. The mystery man then became…The Hobgoblin!

The Hobgoblin set off to finish what Osborn started, the destruction of Spider-Man, only to be handed a bitter defeat. After a short while during a fight between the Hobgoblin and Spider-Man, it appeared that the Hobgoblin had been defeated, as all Spider-Man found left of him was his mask. Hobgoblin survived and struck back at Spider-Man with a vengeance.

A while later Hobgoblin gained super strength, causing him to more of a threat. However the original Hobgoblin was apparently defeated as Peter Parker and Daily Bugle reporter Ned Leeds went to Berlin to pursue a story. It was there that Ned was brutally murdered and was revealed to be the Hobgoblin. Jason Macendale, the Jack O’ Lantern, donned the garb of the Hobgoblin after Leeds death to become the second Hobgoblin. The biggest trauma caused by Leeds death was that felt by his widow, Betty, who believed long after Ned’s death that he was still alive.

All seemed well with everyone as the mystery of the Hobgoblin had been revealed. But just as Macendale was being escorted to prison he admitted to a crowd of hundreds that Leeds was the Hobgoblin. However, that night Macendale was murdered by the original Hobgoblin, back from the dead! After killing industrialist George Vandergill, the Hobgoblin was revealed to be Roderick Kingsley. This news, and the clearing of Ned’s name left both Betty and Peter feeling better. Kingsley was held at the Iron Rock penitentiary, until his learning of Norman Osborn’s recent return. Kingsley then hatched a plan to have Osborn spring him from jail, claiming to have one of the apparently destroyed journals naming Osborn the Green Goblin. After a fight involoving Osborn, Kingsley, the new Green Goblin and Spider-Man, Kingsley fled to the island of Isla Suerte, after signing over Kingsley International to Osborn.

Published by Barry Reese

Professional author that has worked for publishers as diverse as Marvel Comics, Moonstone Books, Wild Cat Books, Airship 27 and Pro Se Press!

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