Created By: JustinCognito on September 16, 2011 Last Edited By: shimaspawn on September 17, 2011
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Goth Girls Know Magic

Any teenage girl who dresses in dark clothing automatically knows the Dark Arts by proxy.

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A lot of comedies/dramas/urban fantasy movies need some way for magic to leak into an otherwise mundane world. Some times it's through a Gypsy Curse, or a magical wishing trinket, or the brain fart of a passing genie. But if you need a reliable human factor for this magical working, you can't go wrong with a Goth girl. After all, they wear black and occasionally have pentacles! That's what magic is all about, right?

This trope seems to be especially popular in films and other fiction since the release of The Craft, but its routes lie in real life teenage rebellion. If a teen girl wants to rebel against the status quo, it's likely they might a) go Goth, b) take up some form of paganism, or c) do both at the same time. Fiction tends to take this farther, with Goth girls automatically casting hexes and flushing the Rule of Three down the toilet.


Examples of this trope include:
  • The Craft, wherein teenage rebellion and dressing like Goths leads into magical terrorism.
  • The film version of Beastly has a Goth witch (played by Mary-Kate Olsen!) cursing the male lead to "Embrace the suck," effectively turning him into the most rad Beast ever.
  • The Dane Cook vehicle Good Luck Chuck has the titular Chuck cursed to have female troubles all his life because he turned down a Goth girl during a game of "Seven Minutes in Heaven" when he was a teenager.
Community Feedback Replies: 4
  • September 16, 2011
    suedenim
    A somewhat less surprising (and less "rebellious", as it's actually the "family business") example is Triana Orpheus of The Venture Brothers. The goth girl daughter of necromancer extraordinaire Dr. Byron Orpheus, she's studying magic with her mother, also an accomplished sorceress.
  • September 17, 2011
    Koveras
    The resident Perky Goth Ophelia from Brutal Legend shows aptitude for the heavy metal magic. Justified by the setting: goths seem to be a separate ethnicity descended from the members of the ill-fated Black Tear Rebellion, who drank from the Sea of Black Tears and were granted ancient powers.
  • September 17, 2011
    Merlo
    Scooby Doo And The Witch's Ghost had some Wiccan goth girls who are seen making a potion. However their version of magic appears to be mostly harmless/ineffective, and doesn't do a thing against the villain.
  • September 17, 2011
    Jordan
    Nico in Runaways is a goth girl who gains immense power in using Blood Magic and Black Magic. Tweaking things a bit, her Evil Sorceror parents, from whom she got the powers, were straitlaced devout Christians who disapproved of her being a goth.
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