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  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • What was Sword Maiden's comment in Volume 2, that Goblin Slayer "will one day disappear", supposed to mean? Was it in reality just a reminder/warning for Priestess in case she gets too reliant on him, since Goblin Slayer is known for being a social loner? Did she say that so she could have Goblin Slayer to herself or was it a warning that if Goblin Slayer remains on his current path, he would no longer be himself?
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    • Is Goblin Slayer a Chaste Hero because of his hyper-focused personality, or has his exposure to goblins raping women (going all the way back to him witnessing it happen to his older sister) desensitized him entirely from forming a relationship with a woman at all? Speaking of his personality: is Goblin Slayer suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, or was he neuroatypical before that?
      • GS does show signs of untreated PTSD. Negative thoughts about the world? Check. Difficulty maintaining relationships? Check. Difficulty feeling positive emotions? Check. The ever-present need to be 'busy'? Check. Always on guard for danger? Double check with a helmet that it took a favor to remove. Aggressive behavior? Yep, all the boxes are checked here. What is one of the therapies for PTSD? Repeated exposure to the situation (called 'exposure therapy'). In effect, GS does suffer from PTSD, but he has been treating himself for several years. The party is just helping him to recover a normal life.
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  • Angst Aversion: The rape from the first episode onward has been enough for some to swear off the series, even as it later counterbalances it with more positive, optimistic elements.
  • Angst? What Angst?: Zigzagged
    • Women rescued from goblins after being raped have severe and realistic psychological fall-out (Fighter from the Greenhorn Team drops out of adventuring entirely, Sword Maiden is still unstable a full decade afterwards), but everything that goblins do to people short of that tends to be Hand Waved by their victims afterwards (High Elf Archer getting dog-piled and half-stripped, Priestess having her arm partly bitten off in Volume 2). The anime at least acknowledges it by having Elf Archer show a bit of fear the next time the party encounters goblins, but it's only a couple seconds and otherwise ignored.
    High Elf Archer: Ahh, that was fun!
    Dwarf Shaman: Being cornered and reduced to tears by goblins was fun, eh?
    High Elf Archer: We beat 'em and lived to tell about it, didn't we? It's fine.
  • Awesome Music:
    • Opening theme song "Rightfully" by Mili - not only does it encapsulate Goblin Slayer's crusade in a somber, melancholic tune (with lyrics in Surprisingly Good English), but references are made to the nature of Tabletop Role Playing Games, which this series is primarily inspired from.
    • The beautiful choral-and-organ song that ends Episode 7, "Though Our Paths May Diverge" from Mili, captures how lonely and tragic Goblin Slayer's life and crusade against goblins truly is, with few people knowing of the true significance of what he does. It also has a truly beautiful piano and orchestral cover on YouTube.
    • "Within", the special ending theme for the final episode, being a suitably triumphant and uplifting piece that sounds like it could've come out of the EXA_PICO universe.
    • "Encounters with the Goblin Slayer" is a badass intro for a badass protagonist.
    • When you hear the Main Theme start kicking in, prepare for Goblin Slayer to kick serious ass.
  • Best Known for the Fanservice: If the few but impactful scenes of goblin rape early in the story actually turn people on instead of off, then they make the series fall into this trope. Of course, there are also plenty of Ms. Fanservice characters like Cow Girl, Witch and Sword Maiden for their...generous assets.
  • Catharsis Factor: The narrative pulls no punches showing how reprehensible goblins are, making Goblin Slayer's creative and brutal goblin slaying all the more satisfying.
  • Complete Monster:
    • The Goblin Lord is the worst of his wicked kind encountered so far. A monstrous killer who thinks nothing of sacrificing his own goblins—or even killing them in a fit of pique—the Goblin Lord leads his forces to obliterate, torture and rape all they find, taking women as hostages to be violated and forced to bear goblin children to fuel his ranks. Intending on exterminating a village in his path and taking all the women as sex slaves, the Goblin Lord even uses the female captives he already has as human shields. When cornered, the Goblin Lord begs for his life, while remembering that every adventurer who ever took pity on him was raped and tortured to death by him, dying screaming and begging.
    • The Dark Elf is a member of the Evil Sect who has women butchered and vivisected as sacrifices while leading goblins in the sewers of Water Town to cause as much havoc as he can. Later resurfacing during the Harvest Festival arc, the Dark Elf intends to use his goblins to massacre and violate all in their path while he summons Hecantocheir, the hundred-armed giant, to obliterate the rest, and goes on a rampage to throw the world into chaos and devastation, intending on summoning many more monsters to kill as many people as possible.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Of the ill-fated party members from the Greenhorn Team, the bare-fisted Fighter has gotten the most attention and sympathy for her attempted Heroic Sacrifice, and for surviving the ordeal, but left completely broken. Even though she wasn't seen again after her departure, several fans have expressed their wish to see her return; taken to a point where some people Trolled fans with fake light novel spoilers about her being Driven to Suicide.
    • Amazon is able the gain a rather sizable fan base for obvious reasons, despite only being mentioned once so far in the light novel, appeared in just 1 episode of Season 1 in the anime, and had only few scenes in the manga. Many fans hope she would be given a larger role in a future story arc.
  • Fanon:
    • An early fan comic on Pixiv spurred the idea that Goblin Slayer's tutelage of Priestess will eventually develop into a full-on case of Take Up My Sword, grungy armor, broken psyche and all.
    • Because Heavy Warrior is an Expy of Guts, some fans playfully interpret him to be the very same "Black Swordsman", albeit one living it up as an adventurer from having avoided any traumatic events, such as the Eclipse or meeting Griffith.
    • One could only wonder if Chosen Heroine is actually Yuuki Konno reincarnated with her Luck Stat raised up to ridiculous amounts in response to her being Too Cool to Live in her own series; that Chosen Heroine resembles Yuuki in the light novel and manga illustrations isn't lost on fans.
    • Witch's langourous, drawn-out manner of speech is often speculated to be her method of preventing accidental spell-casting (despite explicitly using it on occasion to light up her pipe). However, due to her smoking habit, other fans joke that Witch must be stoned. Yet another theory is related to Dungeons & Dragons 5th ed. where the "Sage" character background material includes a personality trait where a Sage speaks... slowly... when talking... to idiots...
  • Friendly Fandoms:
    • Goblin Slayer and That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime: both feature goblin themes and their Animated Adaptations were airing in the same season with drastically different portrayals of the respective goblins bordering on polar opposite, leading into the creation of a friendly rivalry.
    • Players of Dark Souls and Darkest Dungeon, as well as traditional pen-and-paper Tabletop Games (including the /tg/ community), have expressed some fondness of this series because of the author's inspiration taken from the genre and medium, not to mention the former two especially for the series' bleak and depressive tone and constant death.
    • Doom fans took an immediate liking to Goblin Slayer thanks to similarities between the names, stoicism, personality, brutality, and pragmatism of both series' protagonists. The premise of a badass in armor slaying hordes of reprehensible creatures is what drives both series into what they are.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: The series already had an international audience before the Animated Adaptation aired; despite the R-Rated Opening of the pilot, Goblin Slayer absolutely dominates the anime selection in the United States for the fall of 2018. Likewise, Canadanote , parts of Central/South America, the United Kingdom, Ireland and the Nordic regions also enjoy Goblin Slayer.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: An /a/ thread in March 2016 had several anons brainstorm a theoretical fantasy anime, with the most popular suggestion being one where the main character is a silent knight wearing a full-concealing helmet (à la Dark Souls). Muteness aside, many of the story concepts considered (no-nonsense protagonist with Skewed Priorities, cute female partners at odds with him, etc.) come off as oddly prophetic given that Goblin Slayer as a Light Novel series barely started out in Japan at the time.
  • Like You Would Really Do It: Goblin Slayer seemingly dying after rescuing the party from the goblin champion in the midst of Volume 2. Even if it weren't Spoiled by the Format or from works ahead of the medium being viewed, having that actually happen is too absurd.
  • Memetic Badass: Goblin Slayer; because he vows to purge every one of the critters from existence, fans would pit him against other goblins, goblin slayers and goblin-related characters from other media, joking that he would win every time, ranging from Rou in Re:Monster (an over-powered character because he's still a goblin) to Mini-Gob (Goblin Mage) from Granblue Fantasy (although looking like a human child, she's still a goblin) and even the Green Goblin from Spider-Man. That being said, he's also been consistently presented as getting absolutely trounced by General Enri.
  • Memetic Molester: Among Western fans, Goblin Slayer's assertion of "being like a goblin to the goblins" is taken to its logical conclusion by showing him as contemplating/threatening revenge rape against female goblins from other series such as Haruna from Tensei Shitara Slime Datta Ken, Wasabi from Goblin Is Very Strong and Gobumi-chan from Dungeon Nursery. It's not helped by his occasional lack of people skills and unintentionally creepy behavior on occasion, like the notorious shot of him creeping up on High Elf Archer. Similarly, Eastern fans may have Priestess capture and rape young goblins in a disturbing amount of Fanart.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • Thanks to comparisons between them, some of the series' fans liken the titular character to Doomguy/Doom Slayer, complete with the Doom comic book parody and cracks about their similarities. When the promotional trailers were released, fan edits replacing the music with tracks from DOOM (2016) became abundant. Turns into Hilarious in Hindsight in Goblin Slayer Side Story: Year One, where Goblin Slayer does "rip and tear" into a goblin for "research purposes"; Hilarity Ensues when Goblin Slayer's Funimation voice actor did motion capture for the Doom Slayer.
    • "Did somebody say goblins?"Explanation 
    • Goblin Slayer's autism.Explanation 
    • Will she get gobbed?Explanation 
    • "Remind yourself that overconfidence is a slow and insidious killer."Explanation 
    • "You get used to it..." Explanation 
    • "Ew! I don’t like em! I don’t like goblins! Nawwwwwwww!"Explanation 
    • Crossover jokes about Goblin Slayer meeting the Goblinas and Hobgoblins of That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime and being completely baffled at their stark contrast to the goblins of his native series.
    • "I see"/"Yeah"/"Souka"Explanation 
  • Memetic Psychopath: On certain Imageboards, criticism of Guild Girl for not being insistent enough at trying to get the Greenhorn Team to drop their goblin quest or wait for Goblin Slayer to come and chaperone them has morphed into assertions she is actively sending new adventurers to die from sheer sadism. There's also a half-serious conspiracy theory the Adventurers Guild's quest system is deliberately designed to have a ridiculously high rookie mortality rate as a method of indirect population control/culling of battle-capable (thus potentially revolutionary) peasantry.
  • Moe: Priestess' innocence and cuteness makes her rather huggable-looking, and you're sure to want to give her a reassuring and comforting hug after all the trauma she experiences at the hands of the goblins.
  • Narm: A bizarre slip-up with the global simulcast of Episode 7 had the end credits sequence double in length - on television, the credits rolled during an new extended sequence with an Insert Song; online, however, the credits were missing, followed by the regular end credits. This resulted in an image of the party kneeling around Goblin Slayer's fallen body in mourning reflected in a canary's eye that remains on screen for over a minute, until the credits started rolling. The audience likely believed White Fox ran out of budget and resorted to Padding at the height of a scene that was meant to be Played for Drama.
  • Narm Charm:
    • Make no mistake, this series centers on a socially-awkward man who goes around killing only low-level mobs. When asked for his name, he proclaims himself as "Goblin Slayer" with no sense of Irony or self-awareness. That being said, it's precisely because of his quirky personality and motivations that makes him an endearing character to fans.
    • Because most characters in Goblin Slayer don't have names, but are rather designated by their Character Class and/or title instead, this adds to the Role-Playing Game element the setting is derived from.
    • Several characters, including Goblin Slayer, are references to other Japanese fantasy-based franchises and properties, including Berserk, Dragon's Crown, Dragon Quest and the Fate Series, which should feel like a mess of a Crossover fanfic. However, it's played straight with no Leaning on the Fourth Wall and thus loops back around to being cool, such as when "Guts" and "Cú Chulainn" charge into battle together.
    • At the climax of Volume 2, a man's promise to appear in somebody's dreams to slay goblins (because he is Goblin Slayer) reads like absurd cheese out of context, yet leave it to this series to make such a moment genuinely heartfelt and appropriate given the recipient and the audience's sympathy for the latter.
  • Never Live It Down:
  • No Such Thing as Bad Publicity: It first came on fans radar due to the controversy over its use of rape. Those who checked it out found it no worse about it than other successful, acclaimed works and had enough going for it to make it one of the most prominent, successful anime of the season.
  • Signature Scene: No one is able to forget the total and absolute slaughter of the Greenhorn Team.
  • Special Effects Failure: It can get pretty jarring whenever Goblin Slayer switches between 2D and 3D animation in the anime, as the 3D model is incredibly stiff in its movements.
  • Ugly Cute: With their chubby limbs and extreme natural skittishness, goblin juveniles are kind of cute in a piggish sort of way. Even the very youngest of them know full well how to exploit this to put an adventurer off-guard.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids?: In the days before the anime was released, previews on Crunchyroll and MyAnimeList gave the show a rating of PG or PG-13, respectively, under the assumption Goblin Slayer was another isekai-esque adventure. Following the pilot and violent content released to the wider audience, reactions led to the rating being appropriately changed to R or properly labeled to warn of the graphic material.
  • The Woobie: Fighter, a practitioner of her late father's martial art, is a member of the first adventuring party Priestess joined and a symbol of all women and unprepared adventurers that fall into goblin clutches. As the nicest member of the party, she was ready to lay down her life to try and ensure her surviving teammates escape. Once ambushed, she witnesses Wizard - one of her party members - get stabbed with a poisoned knife and Warrior - her childhood friend and another party member - get chopped to pieces. She then tries to fend off the goblins to allow Priestess to escape with Wizard, but is overpowered by a hobgoblin and then gang-raped. Although she and Priestess do survive thanks to Goblin Slayer, her experience left her traumatized and unable to continue fighting after being rescued.

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