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1[[quoteright:350:https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/hob3.jpg]]''Hobgoblin'' is a 1981 Problem Novel by John Coyne which follows Scott Gardiner, a player of "Hobgoblin", an Irish-themed RolePlayingGame as he deals with the death of his father, his mother's new job documenting the history of Ballycastle, and dealing with a new school.-----!!Contains Examples Of:----* BigBad:[[spoiler:Fergus]].* TheBlacksmith: Conor's role at Ballycastle is to restore the items therein including the weaponry.* BrokenAesop: The epilogue of the story implies that Scott's obsession with Hobgoblin was a childish thing which he's since put aside upon starting college. On the other hand, it was skills associated with the game that let him [[spoiler:fend off Fergus when he returns and goes on a killing spree]].* TheDragon: Conor.* JerkJock: Borgus and his crew.* KnightInSourArmor: Scott doesn't so much want to save the high-schoolers as that he's less than sane at that point.* LonersAreFreaks: Played with to some degree. Scott wants little to do with the town of Flat Rock and it's portrayed as unhealthy. However, they wanted nothing to do with him either.* NotQuiteDead:[[spoiler:Fergus]]* RippedFromTheHeadlines: The book was put out at the same as ''Film/MazesAndMonsters'' to ride upon the Moral Panic of the Egbert incident.* ThereAreNoTherapists: Averted. Scott sees a therapist both after his father's death and after [[spoiler:killing the rampaging Fergus]].

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