Was reading news on invasion in Crimea when this sentence jumped out at me: "The government itself is run by a shadowy Kremlin protege nicknamed the "goblin" who has reported links to criminal gangs."
I'm sorry, but my life choices meant that I immediately pictured Norman Osborn taking over Crimea. He has the right pathetic criminal background, carefully denied when he entered politics, and even has a group of extra-military with personal loyalty to him alone. He doesn't seem to favor a costume (in public), but nobody explains where the nickname came from..
Original news story link:
Confidence, Trepidation Ahead of Crimea Referendum (AP)
Background about the Crimean Goblin:
'Moscow's Puppet Goblin' (New Zealand Herald)