Created By: JesseMB27 on May 18, 2013 Last Edited By: JesseMB27 on February 26, 2014

What do mean X Isn't Emo!?

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Sam Winchester: I never said that!
Dean Winchester: You're always saying pansy stuff like that.
from Seris/Supernatural who are Sensitive Guy and Manly Man respectively.

A common form of Misaimed Fandom in which certain brooding and/or introspective characters are assumed to be emo simply for being stoic and introspective, even without sufficient evidence in the story. Misinterpreting a character as supposedly being emo based on solely him or her being introspective and/or brooding without lacking any canonical evidence and/or Word of God statements that their personalities are intended to be as such can easily lead to a fandom berserk button. This can frequently occur due to people nitpicking about very selective traits they dislike in certain characters. See Emo for the official definition of emo rather than the reactions of "I dislike this character because he thinks too much" or "This character sucks because he's too emotional" as described in this article. If a character is canonically made to be Emo retroactively, then that would be Flanderization


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    Anime and Manga 

  • Goth subculture, despite some common fashions and some degree of introversion, is a distinct one from Emo subculture. Confusing the Goths as being Emo is one way to set off a Berserk Button you will regret.

    Video Games 
  • Dante from Dm C: Devil May Cry has been perceived by detractors of the Ninja Theory produced game as being emo. Though arguably this version of Dante was intended to be more like a British Rocker and/or Punk than emo. The character's smoking habit and moments of hotbloodedness did not help.
  • Iori Yagami and K' are both frequently mistaken as this by some fans. The latter gets some of this treatment in-universe in The King of Fighters XIII in pre-fight dialogs to his annoyance despite having proven his fighting skills in the past.
  • Vincent was never intended to be Emo in the original game, though recent games and other media related to Final Fantasty VII have made him emo retroactively. Though in contrast to many other examples on this page, it has only made him more popular rather than less so.
  • Samas Aran, depending what characterization she has in a specific game, gets this kind of reception from fans, especially if she has prolonged moments of reflection of her tragic losses.
  • Shadow the Hedgehog for some members of the Sonic fanbase is either regarded as one of the most badass characters in the series, or an emo who gets undeserving praise.

Community Feedback Replies: 6
  • May 18, 2013
  • May 18, 2013
    While some cases could be ACI (e.g. Shinji Ikari due to him possibly or not having avoidant personality disorder or other psychological disorder), but this more intended to be one that represents a frequent fallacy by haters of certain characters to assume that because a character is not an upbeat, never sad run of the mill overly cliche hero that they and anyone who likes brooding and introspective characters should be treated unjustly like trash for being "emo" when they don't qualify as being emo in the first place.
  • May 18, 2013
    I don't think this is a good idea for a trope or YMMV, it would most likely become another natter and complaining magnet. Also, What Do You Mean Its Not A Snowclone.
  • May 18, 2013
    This may not be perfect apples with apples comparison, but we have Ron The Death Eater in which fans perceive a character in a negative manner, of which this could be like only more specifically regarding certain characters being perceived as emo.
  • May 18, 2013
    Although I think there is a common complaint with characters who are lumped into the "emo" category for showing just a bit of emotion, this potentially seems like a character-based version of Complaining About People Not Liking The Show.
  • May 18, 2013
    I'm really not looking forward to anymore Audience Reactions. We have enough trouble with the ones we currently have. However like the above said it is a common complaint with characters. Especially male characters. Also Might want a different title. Everythings Worse With Snowclones and all that.