Spider-Man: The Animated Series

Season 1 Episode 11

The Hobgoblin (1)

Aired Saturday 10:00 AM May 20, 1995 on FOX
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The Hobgoblin (1)
Norman Osborn hires hitman and thief, the Hobgoblin, to take out Osborn's "silent" partner, Wilson Fisk (the Kingpin). When he fails in the attempt, the Hobgoblin changes sides, kidnapping Norman's son, Harry. Can Spider-Man save his friend from the clutches of the Hobgoblin, or will he become the innocent victim of a grudge match between Norman and the Kingpin?moreless

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  • The Hobgoblin is introduced, and with a bang!

    Numerous Spidey fans consider it a mistake to bring the Hobgoblin on the stage before the original and badder Green Goblin. It is too late to change things now, but no matter if it was a mistake or not, it was one of the best things that could have happened to this show.

    First of all, the Hobgoblin's design was awesome, and the great animation the first few episodes had was back. With an impressive arsenal of weapons, a brilliant voice actor and a design this good, the Hobgoblin was probably the best animated villain on the show. Plus, his appearance on the show will lead to numerous sub plots, including the long-awaited appearance of the Green Goblin on the show, much later, as well as a fantastic Goblin War.

    This episode was a good one, both animation wise and story wise. Having the Kingpin involved with the Hobgoblin and his conflict with Osborn was a brilliant move. All this will lead to most of the major events which will occur all throughout the show. The sub plot of the Peter saving Wilson Fisk (the Kingpin, but Peter doesn't know that yet) will be re-visited much later on the show. Almost everything that happened in this episode will be useful for later stories. The fight between Spidey and the Hobgoblin was simply outstanding. The animation once again shined, as it used to. All the explosions featured in this episode were breath taking. Having Aunt May in a coma because of the Hobgoblin's attack was a nice move, as it helped develop Peter's character. If the Hobgoblin wasn't after Spidey, his Aunt May wouldn't have been in danger now. He is determined to stop the Hobgoblin, and finds him at OsCorp, plotting with Osborn how to double-cross Fisk.

    The episode ends with a cliffhanger, but the next episode seems promising enough. After a prologue like this one, the next episode will feature the fight between Spidey and the Hobgoblin. Overall, this episode had it all. The animation was good, the voice acting was great, and the story was brilliant.moreless
Rodney Saulsberry

Rodney Saulsberry

Joseph "Robbie" Robertson

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Linda Gary

Linda Gary

Aunt May Reilly-Parker

Recurring Role

Mark Hamill

Mark Hamill


Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • While Fisk is making his speech, a scene is shown of the Hobgoblin with his gun ready to fire. When Fisk continues talking, the Hobgoblin is shown pulling the gun from his belt.

    • The man in the Hobgoblin costume looks completely different in this episode than he does in later episodes. In the beginning of the episode, he is seen dark skinned and bald. But, in Goblin War, he has brown hair and lighter skin.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Peter: You gotta let me see Mr. Osborn. I'm his son's roommate.
      Guard: Wouldn't matter if you were his mother. He is not to be disturb.

    • Hobgoblin: If I'm going back then, I need that other weapon.
      Norman Osborn: I've already given you what I have.
      Hobgoblin: Come on, Norm. You geniuses always make one thing and have a better one in one of the drawing boards.

    • Hobgoblin: Osborn! We need to talk.
      Norman Osborn: Talk? You kidnapped my son! (tries to grab Hobgoblin but misses)
      Hobgoblin: The Kingpin's a double-crossing snake.
      Norman Osborn: You're a lying opportunist! (grabs a gun and points it to the Hobgoblin)
      : Naturally, but this time, I'm telling the truth. And I got a plan. We can get Fisk together.
      Norman Osborn: What are you suggesting?
      Hobgoblin: You have your company and your son.
      Norman Osborn: What's in it for you?
      Hobgoblin: I want the Kingpin. (Smythe smiles upon seeing the deal)

    • Kingpin: Ah, Norman. Glad to see you at work.
      Norman Osborn: What is it, Fisk? I'm a busy man.
      Kingpin: Too busy to talk about your son? (reveals Harry as hostage)
      Norman Osborn: Harry! What is this, Fisk?

    • Smythe: (About Hobgoblin) He'll be the end of us. He's devious, a liar, and entirely too ambitious!
      Kingpin: Exactly! Those are precisely the qualities one needs to succeed in this business!

  • NOTES (5)

    • This was adapted into comic book format in Spider-Man Adventures #11. It was later reprinted in Giant-Sized Amazing Spider-Man #1 (Reprint comic), Spectacular Spider-Man (UK Magazine) #6 and Spider-Man UK Annual 1998.

    • This episode, as well as "The Hobgoblin Part 2" were released on VHS in 2002. Morningstar Entertainment released a Limited Edition DVD version of the same in July 2008.

    • The Hobgoblin originally appeared in Amazing Spider-Man#238.

    • This marks Hobgoblin's first animated appearance in a Spider-Man cartoon.

    • In the comics, the Green Goblin was the first goblin, not the Hobgoblin. In the comics the Hobgoblin was a master crook who discovered one of the Green Goblin's hideouts after his death. He then used the equipment in the hideout to become the Hobgoblin.


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