In Dungeons & Dragons, hobgoblins are an elite species of goblinoids, trained in military fighting techniques. Hobgoblins are bigger, stronger, and smarter than goblins; smaller and weaker than bugbears, but better organized. They often take on leadership roles in goblinoid armies. Hobgoblins are courageous and brutal in combat, renowned for their military skill.
Hobgoblins resemble large, muscled humans, their bodies covered in coarse fur with red-brown or gray skin and red or orange faces. Large males have blue or red noses, and may have beards and male-pattern baldness. Hobgoblin eyes are dark brown or yellowish, and their teeth tend to be yellow. They are lean and tall, averaging six and a half feet in height and weighing around 200 pounds. Their muscles are designed more for agility than brute strength, and they have been described as having almost feline dexterity.