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A goon is a personal bodyguard or a thug or ruffian employed by a person(s) as a personal enforcer. A goon typically intimidates, assaults, or batters people who oppose their employer.

Goon may also refer to:


The first goons appear to have been the inhabitants of Goon Island in Alice the Goon, a Popeye cartoon of 1933 by E. C. Segar, tall, muscular characters of identical appearance whose language is incomprehensible scribbles. British troops captured by Germans in and after 1940 adopted the word to identify the guards of Prisoner of War camps.[1] Thus known in England after 1945, the word was adopted by Spike Milligan and his colleagues to name their repertoire of comic characters.

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  1. ^ Eric Williams, The Wooden Horse (1950) etc.