Emoji dictionary 👺 Goblin emoji Japanese Goblin emoji or Tengu emoji [ gob-lin ih-moh-jee ] Published May 23, 2018 What does 👺 Goblin emoji mean? The Goblin emoji 👺 depicts a tengu, or an arrogant character from Japanese folklore. It is portrayed as a red mask with menacing eyes and a frown. It has bushy black eyebrows and a mustache—and of course, the tengu’s signature long nose. People in the West commonly use it to suggest trolling, evil, anger, mischief, and naughtiness—including the sexy kind. Related words Kabuki theater, 🍆 Eggplant emoji, 🎎 Japanese Dolls emoji, 🍶 Sake Bottle and Cup emoji, 👿 Angry Face With Horns emoji, 😈 Smiling Face With Horns emoji, 🍱 Bento Box emoji Where does 👺 Goblin emoji come from? The tengu assumed emoji form as the Goblin emoji 👺 in 2010 under Unicode 6.0 and is officially called Japanese Goblin. Westerners unfamiliar with the tengu, however, often call the emoji a goblin or troll. Recorded in literature as early as 720 CE, tengu have deep roots in Japanese folklore, where they’re a type of minor Shinto god and yokai (a general monster, goblin, or demon). Wikimedia Commons Tengu are a type of anthropomorphic bird-dog creature, literally meaning “sky-dog” in the Japanese kanji 天狗. The tengu is a boastful trickster distinguished by its long nose, prominently featured on masks for tengu characters in Japanese kabuki and Noh theater. Wikipedia In January 2018, Unicode recommended against a distinct troll emoji due to similarities in form and use to the goblin and Ogre emoji 👹, which is based on another creature from Japanese folklore. Examples of 👺 Goblin emoji With a face only a mother could love...👺 @WilliamShatner, May 15, 2018 Promote what you LOVE ❤ instead of bashing what you HATE👺 Energy is a real thing whether it’s positive or negative. @TeamRHJAZ, May 16, 2018 you got the face of an angel and the personality of @mydarlingkylo, October 13, 2020 SEE MORE EXAMPLES Who uses 👺 Goblin emoji? Among Japanese users, the Goblin emoji 👺 can call someone out as conceited or arrogant, in line with the tengu’s role in their culture. Those unfamiliar with the tengu, however, often use the emoji to call out internet trolling. To all you Haters😡and Trolls👺out there-it's not gonna work: I'm loving my body🕺-owning my truth and ready to be the best me possible!😀🌈🌞🌻🦋💖😍 — Dana Carvey (@danacarvey) July 18, 2017 For others, the Goblin emoji 👺 looks like a devil, so it gets used to demonize something, both cruelly and humorously. Andrew Pudzer on MSNBC is demonstrating his partisanship by blaming Dems for resistance to Pompeo as Secretary of State. Thank God he didn't become a part of Trump's Crooked Cabinet.He is an arrogant entitled JERK.👿👺👿👹👺👿👹 — Beverly Jacob (@BeverlyJacob11) April 27, 2018 The Goblin emoji 👺 can also signify “mischief” or “naughtiness.” Thanks to its phallic nose, this naughtiness can be more sexual in nature—especially given that the tengu mask has been historically depicted as a strap-on dildo. Its long nose also is associated with lying, like an evil Pinocchio or red-faced take on the Lying Face emoji 🤥. That mean, red face of the Goblin emoji 👺 also lends to expressions of strong feelings of hate, frustration, and anger… When you're jacked you finally have cereal but there is no damn MILK! 😡👺#Angry — Sam Urban (@sammyurbz66) August 25, 2013 … or scary feelings, especially around Halloween and in conjunction with the Ogre emoji 👹 or devil-themed emoji. Just Added Dark Brandon, phrogging, I said what I said, quiet quitting, back to school necklace Note This is not meant to be a formal definition of 👺 Goblin emoji like most terms we define on Dictionary.com, but is rather an informal word summary that hopefully touches upon the key aspects of the meaning and usage of 👺 Goblin emoji that will help our users expand their word mastery.