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->''I stole some pins from the noticeboard and pressed them into my hand and they spelled "why?"''\\
''Why did they spell "why?"'' \\
''Because there weren't enough pins for "oblivion"''
-->--'''Music/BillBailey''', "The Song Written from the Perspective of a Young Man Who Works at Starbucks and Self-Harms"

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Teenagers who are whiny, self-important, and generally trying to work their way to self-identification. The character type based off the {{Emo}} persona.

The things that differentiate and identify Emo Teens are that they dress in black, listen to strange music (specifically, the "emo" genre, whence the term comes) and generally think that they are erudite (or, at least, surprisingly coherent). The slightly better-kept ones are usually political. If the character is female, she will tend to be extremely self-conscious about her appearance, but [[HollywoodHomely implausibly attractive]] all the same.

Since Emo Teens cultivate an out-of-the-mainstream image, sometimes writers get lazy and use them as a stand-in for any variety of geekishness that isn't considered "too [[HollywoodNerd nerdy]]".

Most shows with an Emo Teen do it semi-sympathetically, where the character is at worst whiny and judgmental, but fundamentally good. However, if any character is going to suffer from an overload of {{Wangst}}, it's them.

In RealLife, most definitions of "emo" require that you act like your life sucks when it ''doesn't'' to qualify. In fiction, however, ThereAreNoTherapists, and no matter how dark a BackStory a character has, acting even remotely unhappy is sufficient to be labelled "emo". Internet fanboards don't care if you [[Literature/HarryPotter spent the first decade of your life in a cupboard under the stairs only to discover your magical new world comes with a mortal enemy]], [[WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender your dad scarred your face with fire and kicked you out for valuing human life above military victory]], or [[Manga/{{Naruto}} you came home from school one day to find that your big brother killed your parents]]. [[NoSympathy Suck it up, emo boy]].

In days past, the Emo Teen would have been a {{Goth}} or -- more rarely -- PerkyGoth. (Except during TheNineties, when they would be wearing grunge flannel.)
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Mary Jane goes through an Emo stage in the miniseries ''ComicBook/SpiderManLovesMaryJane''. She's shaken out of it by seeing Peter Parker dealing with heavy emotional pain (his uncle dying) in a relatively dignified fashion.
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[[folder:Music]]
* "Emo Kid" by Adam and Andrew parodies the emo subculture, as well as outside reactions to it.
-->''I'm dark and sensitive with low self esteem\\
The way I dress makes everyday feel like Halloween''
%% * As does "Cheer Up, Emo Kid" by Patent Pending.
* MC Lars' song "Signing Emo" mocks the kind of music Emo teens likes by telling the story of the fictitious band Hearts That Hate and their One-Hit Wonder "Cry Tonight".
* The title of a Music/FooFighters song takes a jab at Emos: "Cheer Up, Boys (Your Make Up Is Running)". In an interview Dave Grohl mentioned how the Reagan administration engendered hardcore punk (which he was a part of) and the Bush admin. engendered Emo. Back then, kids were shouting about it, now they're crying about it.
* Parodied by the Music/PetShopBoys song "Miserablism".
-->''Just for the sake of it, make sure you're always frowning (Angst! Angst! Angst!) It shows the world that you've got substance and depth''
* Also parodied by Electronic's "Getting Away With It", as a TakeThat against Music/TheSmiths singer Morrissey and his fandom. The two bands shared a guitarist.
-->''I've been walking in the rain just to get wet on purpose I've been forcing myself not to forget just to feel worse''
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* The Maenads (stop giggling), a race introduced in the ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' Expanded Psionics Handbook. They're pale-skinned, black-haired and were wronged aeons ago by the gods. Their stoic, intense exterior belies their boiling internal rage, which they release by screaming. Also, [[Literature/{{Twilight}} they sparkle]].
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[[folder:Videogames]]
* Lampshaded in ''Videogame/TheWorldEndsWithYou'' when Neku plays Tin Pin to suppress his "Emo Urges" during Another Day.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
%% * Sarah from WebVideo/{{lonelygirl15}}, especially in the first series.
* ''Roleplay/SurvivalOfTheFittest'' version 1 had tons of these characters, even Hawley Faust had elements of the trope (including suicide attempts). Versions two and three dropped off this trope, but didn't abandon it entirely; Damien Carter-Madison and Eduardo Trinidad-Villa both stood out as this type of character.
* ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'' has Vilbert Von Vampire, who is an Emo Teen Vampire fond of poetry and [=LARPing=].
* Haley from ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' went through an Emo Teen period in her life. In fact, it was the memory of her Emo Teen self that tried the hardest, out of all of Haley's seen personality traits, to hook Haley up with Elan.
* "Hope is Emo", a video series by the same people that did ''WebVideo/AskANinja'', featured Hope, an incredibly stereotypical Emo girl, answering questions from viewers, and at least once each episode breaking out into tears about some minor thing (the first episode had her crying over words being killed when you erase them from the blackboard, go figure...).
* Wiki/SCPFoundation contains [[http://scp-wiki.wikidot.com/scp-531-D SCP-531]], an Emo Teen with reality-warping powers constantly in the verge of abolishing Humankind (which is why he's oh-so-very Keter), who unconsciously killed the entire staff at his containment site while mourning his mom's death. He eventually had to be killed by locking him in a glass cage in outer space and blowing it up.
* ''WebVideo/PotterPuppetPals'' had an episode called "Wizard Angst" with Harry going through a Wangsty period. "I'm feeling cranky and pubescent today and I don't know why!"
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[[folder:Wrestling]]
* Wrestling/JimmyJacobs, who ironically became much more "emo" after he was no longer a teen. When he was a teenager, his main complaints were wrestling the same guys over and over again, not being taken seriously by some promotions, not being paid and dropping out of college. But really, he was mainly [[{{Keet}} an energetic]] {{Sissy|Villain}} [[EvilIsCool who wanted to be like]] Wrestling/KevinSullivan, Wrestling/JohnNord and Wrestling/TheBarbarian, [[ObviouslyEvil a worrying trio]] but not exactly "emo". Then BJ Whitmer hit Lacey with Jimmy's rail road spike and he declared ''himself'' irredeemable for it, cranking the sissy elements UpToEleven by painting his nails and wearing excessive eye shadow. He then set out to hijack wrestling shows so he could rant about love, the world and the unfairness of the American healthcare system to the audiences, beginning the Age Of The Fall to help him in this quest.
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