Goblincore is an aesthetic which is a twist on Dragoncore. Goblincore celebrates aspects of nature that most would find "ugly" or dirty, ranging from animals such as frogs and snails, to materials such as moss and mud, and plants such as mushrooms. As a part of this beloved "ugliness" is the Goblin itself, a malevolent thieving creature in european folklore but in Goblincore a carefree representation of one's infatuation with nature's "ugliness" and general unpredictability.

A part of Goblincore is the desire to collect and hoard small, often shiny objects, affectionately named shinies by practicing Goblins. Many Goblins are closely involved in adjacent movements such as Cottagecore, Kitsch and Vulture Culture.


Goblincore fashion can consist of any clothing that is suitable for adventure, but most goblincore fans seem to like outfits with several clashing patterns/colors. Lots of the clothing is worn-out, thrifted, or second-hand for a more comfortable feel. Most goblincore fans enjoy getting dirty, so keeping their clothes fresh and clean isn't a top priority. Sweaters, worn-out or customized jeans/overalls, and unique socks are often staples of a goblincore wardrobe.




Goblincore has been accused of being anti-Semitic because goblins have sometimes been used as a harmful anti-Semitic stereotype. People have suggested calling it gremlincore instead of goblincore, or simply changing from goblincore to crowcore, dragoncore, or other aesthetics similar to goblincore. There have been some Jewish people who are against goblincore (ex. 1 ex.2 ex.3), but also those who are not against it.

Goblincore has also been accused of crosstagging too much in the witchblr community, which is something that is taken very seriously on Tumblr.


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