Book SeriesFrom the beginning, he was probably just an average Goblin that, like other members of his species, joined the Ogre out of fear. Wormrat probably assisted in destroying the Spiderwick Mansion with the rest of Mulgarath's Goblin Army in the search of the Arthur Spiderwick's Field Guide. However, he wasn't spotted by the Grace children when the giant Ogre and his servants gathered up the weapons the Dwarves had hidden for them in the Old Quarry. When Hogsqueal, Thimbletack, Byron and the three siblings went to rescue both the Field Guide and the childrens' mother, who had been kidnapped by Mulgarath. Hogsqueal, pretending to have captured Jared and Mallory, walked into the Junkyard palace, creating a distraction while Simon rode on Byron the griffin. Wormrat and his Goblins met them, with him ordering the children tied to a broken car while he reported to his master. However, the children escaped, fought off his Goblins, and made it into Mulgarath's palace. It's unknown what happened to Wormrat after Mulgarath's death, but he probably fled with the rest of the army.
During the film, Wormrat (also known as Red Cap) is portrayed as Mulgarath's second in command. He is first shown in the Goblin Camp after his Goblins captured Simon. Since they were supposed to capture Jared, Mulgarath angerly berates Red Cap, ordering him to find both Jared and the Field Guide, and then kill the humans. He and a small band of Goblins then chase Jared and Simon through the woods and to the SpiderWick mansion (with one of the Goblins managing to bite Simon in the calf). Red Cap engages in a brief duel with Mallory, with her managing to cut him across the left eye before Jared pulls her into the circle. Red Cap and the rest of the Goblin Army then surround the house, with him vowing to kill them once they leave the circle.
The Goblins then follow Jared and Mallory as they try to reach Lucinda and Red Cap succeeds in getting a few pages from the Field Guide. Unfortunately for him, most of the pages prove to be worthless, much to the anger of Mulgarath. However, before the Ogre can kill Red Cap, he discovers one of the pages reveals the charm for the protective circle, which allows them to break the circle. The Goblin Army swarms the house, however the humans are armed with tomato sauce bombs (which is fatal to Goblins) and are able to repel the attack. When Mulgarath arrives, the family is force to retreat into the kitchen. They then dump the remaining tomato bombs into the over and setting it to explode. Red Cap only discovers this right (and almost succeeds in saying "Oh sh*t") before the oven explodes, melting him and all the other Goblins.
Personality and traits
Red Cap was very intelligent for a Goblin. He wore clothes, could speak Human language with no apparent difficulties, and he walked on two legs. The books only describe him as "a large Goblin" with teeth made from bottle glass. However, in the film, he was nasty, vicious, grouchy, bossy and slightly arrogant, as he was often seen shouting out orders and pushing the other Goblins around.. He is shown to be vary annoyed with how stupid the other Goblins are, often insulting them.
Red Cap was often seen carrying a cutlass and seemed to be a very skilled swordsman, being able to hold his own against expert fencer Mallory.