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->''"My life is a big, dead rose..."''
-->-- Seen as graffiti in an art school classroom

It can't be emphasized enough, the fact that Hollywood [[TotallyRadical really does not understand]] the myriad and various subcultures of young people (or these days, aging ''former'' young people) and the many subtleties to be found within. Hence, this trope, which refers to stereotyped Goths in popular culture.

There are, generally speaking, three major Goth stereotypes:
* The [[LonersAreFreaks Lone Psycho]] Goth: At best, this character may have an obnoxious level of {{Wangst}}. At worst, this character will be well off the deep end of LonersAreFreaks, a card-carrying NietzscheWannabe, and may even be AxCrazy. It's worth pointing out that this formerly obscure stereotype was [[TheNewRockAndRoll pounced upon and dragged into the spotlight]] after the UsefulNotes/{{Columbine}} tragedy, simply because the shooters wore black trenchcoats and were erroneously reported to have listened to MarilynManson(who is, contrary to popular misconceptions, not related to goth at all whatsoever).
* {{Perky Goth}}s: At the exact opposite of the spectrum from the Lone Psycho. They get their own entry.
* Gloomy Goth: We see these most often in fiction. They are usually [[EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette pale skinned]] with some [[VictorianNovelDisease Vague And Grave Affliction]]. Sometimes, this character is a DeadpanSnarker and/or the sympathetic version of TheSnarkKnight. S/he may have trace personality traits of the {{Wangst}}y type or the [[NietzscheWannabe more dedicated Nihilist]]. More often, s/he's TheEeyore. Almost guaranteed in either case to have some kind of [[ParentalAbandonment family-related drama]], usually used as a "justification" for their personality -- you will never see a fictional Goth who just happens to be the way they are without reasons. Unless, of course, it's played for laughs by making him the black sheep in a ''TheBradyBunch''-style family with no real psychological beef. In this case, they're generally "cosmetic" goths who are in it just to rebel against their parents, or as "posers" who only want in on the fashion statement. They usually grow out of their "existential depression" with the [[EpiphanyTherapy flip of a switch]], unless their being a goth is the entire premise of the show.

As it happens, real Goths are mostly harmless and tend to have a (frequently [[BlackComedy dark]] or [[SelfDeprecation self-deprecating]]) sense of humor and irony (the DeadpanSnarker without the Deadpan part), which their fictional counterparts largely lack.

Most goths in fiction will be presented as {{Eerie Pale Skinned Brunette}}s who wear [[ColorCodedForYourConvenience only black]], [[HellBentForLeather leather]] [[EvilCostumeSwitch getups]] and listen to loud depressing music. It's worth noting that goth is neither a skin tone nor a fashion statement, so most media tend to treat goth characters almost as if it were a fashion or fad for a darker [[TheCutie Cutie]] to go after. Of course, thanks to Hot Topic and its ilk, Goth ''has'' been hijacked by a large number of people who think it's nothing but a fashion statement, making for a sort of TruthInTelevision that [[BerserkButton utterly infuriates]] (or nihilistically amuses, see above) "true" Goths. There is also a tendency to equate Goths with [[VampireVannabe vampire wannabees and the vampire-obsessed]]. While, like BDSM, there is some overlap between the two subcultures, and the post-Victorian vampire can be considered a Goth icon, equating the two in the presence of a Goth can be [[BerserkButton hazardous to your health]].

Please note: Goth as a subculture dates to the late 70s. (Teenagers sometimes think they invented it.) And just to keep things clear, Goths are markedly different from [[{{Emo}} emo]] people. Woe betide the person who gets these cultures confused in real life.

Although there is a sort of Goth template, this template is built upon and changed dramatically to suit the individual's tastes. In order to be considered truly Goth, one must fulfill the majority of the following requirements (in order from least important to most important):
* The gothic subculture began with a certain genre of music, which we now recognize as {{Goth Rock}} but was originally considered no different than other {{Post Punk}}. As such, listening to both Goth Rock and some Post Punk are a basic requirement for participation within the subculture. Examples of Goth Rock bands include Bauhaus, The Sisters of Mercy, and The Cure. Post Punk bands popular with goths include Joy Division, Siouxsie and The Banshees (Siouxsie Sioux being a major fashion inspiration for Gothic women even now) and Killing Joke. Many other genres of music are popular in the goth scene as well, including Darkwave, Deathrock, Ethereal, New Wave, Synthpop, Horror Punk, Gothic Metal, Glam Rock, Dark Cabaret, Industrial (and sometimes Industrial Metal) and Classical music. Examples of bands from these other genres can be found on Last.FM or Google. Certain other groups are sometimes seen as being goth, such as Marilyn Manson or Evanescence, but these bands do not have a clear musical connection to the two essential genres and are therefore not goth.
* Goth is not a religious thing, but a secular youth culture based on a shared taste in music, books, and some fashion much like The Mods of the 1960s. However, one of the things that is very goth is open mindedness. Therefore, people such as Neopagans and yes, even Satanists found themselves drawn into the creation of the early scene as they often felt like outsiders in "normal" society, and are still prevalent today. This can lead to nasty stereotyping that all goths are 'devil worshippers'; however this is still a rather large minority of goths. Despite these people being a minority, their presence is one of the things that make the modern scene as distinct and colourful as it is. The 'open minded' part of being goth has also lead to the subculture having a higher than average number of LGBT individuals and BDSM enthusiasts. Being a bigot will not do you far in this scene.
* Goths are likely to be artistic; there are many who take an artful pride in their wardrobe, in making music related to their subculture, or any other creative field. Although it is very rare, however, non-artistic goths can still exist. Goths tend to value individuality and thinking differently, and this is where the distinctive wardrobe comes in. Black is the most popular colour of clothing in the scene, but many other colours are used, and back in 1978(the year goth was born) when people complained about the "depressing wardrobe" of Joy Division fans they were complaining about grey, not black. Spooky clothing is popular, as is Avant-Garde fashion, ElegantGothicLolita ([[LolitaFashion and related styles]]) and DIY punk rock clothing and haircuts. That being said, individuality is important, dressing to the nines 24/7 is not.
** Because of the emphasis on creativity, there are several clothing tropes commonly embodied by Gothic fashionistas. The most common are: ImpracticallyFancyOutfit, OfCorsetsSexy, and, of course, PimpedOutDress. Applies equally to male and female outfits.
* Since Gothic Rock and Post Punk are both musical genres that often explore pain, death, and suffering, many people with trauma in their lives can feel drawn to the music and the subculture.
** Goths have been shown scientifically to have a slightly higher level of mental illness than the general population; however this is still a minority of members of the subculture. No violent crime has ever been connected to the true, non Marilyn Manson goth scene.
* Goths may be seen as nerdy. This probably has something to do with liking a few somewhat obscure genres of music to the point of obsessively identifying themselves with those genres. There are likely many more goths in fandoms in relation to the total population than in "mainstream society"; however since goths are not space aliens the fandoms that they do enjoy are not likely to be different from ones popular outside of goth, except for maybe Tim Burton films.
* Goths are usually in it for the long haul; that is, they are generally not 'in a phase'. Individuality being valued means that many goths have a strong sense of self. Goths know who they are, what they listen to, what they read, and how they dress, and they aren't likely to change completely; they may simply 'bend the rules' and express themselves as they choose within set guidelines(Example: dressing in black clothing with an Ankh Pendant at work but still not violating the dress code).

Note that a majority of these are required- not all of them. Just because someone doesn't dress Goth doesn't mean they aren't- as long as they fulfill most of the other qualifiers on that list, they are indeed Goth (some people just don't like the style. In fact, Claire's markets to the "preppy Goth" niche, crossing what are usually opposing factions). Also, Goths are going to fluctuate as to what degree they display each trait.

There are a few other things that Goth is not:
* A fashion statement.
* An outdated trend, or DeaderThanDisco. (Many observers in RealLife mistake goth for a trend of TheNineties, and see its current fans as an example of DiscoDan type characters. The portrayal of adult goths in movies like ''Film/TheWorldsEnd'' don't help, nor do IWasQuiteAFashionVictim jokes about someone's past "goth phase".)
* A sign of immaturity, a Peter Pan complex, or a refusal to grow up
* AxCrazy
* {{Hikikomori}} (although some can be)
* [[GothGirlsKnowMagic A gateway to true mystical power]].

For the {{manga}} of the same name by Otsuichi, see ''Manga/{{Goth}}''. For the video game, see ''VideoGame/{{Gothic}}''. Being a fan of GothicLiterature[[note]]Its relationship to the modern goth community is starting the tradition of calling dark things gothic.[[/note]] doesn't make one a goth, but there are subcultures within the gothic community who draw inspiration from various GothicHorrorTropes. For those barbarians infamous for their RapePillageAndBurn ways originating largely from the area we now call Germany...you're out of luck, as the UsefulNotes page doesn't quite cover that period of Germanic history.

A handy guide to different (stereo)types of Goths can be found [[http://www.blackwaterfall.com/viewall.php here.]]

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[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]
* Legato Bluesummers from ''Manga/{{Trigun}}'' could very well be the personification of the The Lone Psycho Goth. Keep in mind, he wears a ''human skull'' as an accessory on his shoulder.
* Sunako in ''TheWallflower'' is an example of the Lone Psycho Goth and an example of playing with a trope. She does [[LonersAreFreaks Lone Psycho]], she occasionally tries to kill people [[{{Yandere}} she's attracted to]], she [[PerkyGoth can be really nice and happy]], she loves the [[NightmareFuelStationAttendant macabre]], she can be a {{badass}}, she can be [[{{Gonk}} ugly]], she can [[SheCleansUpNicely be beautiful]], [[{{Bifauxnen}} even to girls]], she [[SupremeChef cooks, cleans]] and she [[KnifeNut juliennes]].
* Stocking from ''Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt''.
* Misa Amane of ''Manga/DeathNote'' is a Gothic Lolita, which counts.
* Re-l Mayer, the heroine of ''Anime/ErgoProxy'', is something of the DeadpanSnarker gloomy goth, dressing in all black and wearing lots of eye liner.
* Mizho from ''KarakuridoujiUltimo'' is introduced as one. She dresses like a dead school girl, with bandages wrapped all around her body, along with an eyepatch.
* Sawyer the Cleaner of ''Manga/BlackLagoon'' dresses as a goth when not "on the job". She's basically the Lone Psycho Goth, although she's more lone, due to having her vocal cords cut, and psycho, because everyone in this series is, than because she is a goth.
** She does have her PerkyGoth moments, but even those are tempered by her usual deadpan expression.
* Gaara from ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' certainly looks the part, and he starts off as a Lone Psycho goth. Later, after his HeelFaceTurn, he's more like a Gloomy goth.
** [[DarthVaderClone Hanzo the Salamander]], from the same franchise, wears rather dull clothing mixing with an industrial theme which in turn symbolizes the very country he came from.
* Arguably Freya from ''Manga/{{Chobits}}'' is a goth... she has the Gothic Lolita look, and she is the morbid side of Chi's usually chirpy personality.
* ''Manga/DGrayMan'' can be considered a full-on goth shonen series, which is pretty awesome when you think about it.
* Gil of ''PandoraHearts'' frequently looks and acts the part.
* Gajeel Redfox from ''Manga/FairyTail'' mixes this with a few punk elements. For bonus points even his powers correspond to the many piercings that he has.
** Mystogan and Juvia both also count. Juvia starts as a Gloomy version but eventually gets [[SugarandIcePersonality Perky whenever Gray is around her]]. Mystogan wears darker and more torn clothing than his Earthland counterpart [[spoiler: Jellal]] and surprisingly possesses a [[ShrinkingViolet shy side, being reluctant to show his real self without a good reason]].
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[[folder:Comics]]
* Death of the Endless from ''Comicbook/TheSandman''; though she qualifies as a PerkyGoth, she's a favorite of the entire community. Her brother Dream is much more of a Gloomy Goth.
* [[PunnyName Anne Gwish]] from ''ComicBook/JohnnyTheHomicidalManiac'' is a parody of the "gother than thou" scene.
* The entire ''ComicBook/LenoreTheCuteLittleDeadGirl'' comic would come across as gothic, if there wasn't so much BlackComedy and {{Parody}} in it.
* Pretty much everyone from ''ComicBook/GloomCookie''. ''ComicBook/GloomCookie'' is, or at least started out as, a social {{Satire}} of the (mainly San Francisco) goth scene; written by someone who has a more than passing familiarity with it.
* In the ''ComicBook/FinalCrisis Sketchbook'', a tie-in for the 2008 CrisisCrossover showing some of the artist's concept sketches with notes from the author, Creator/GrantMorrison apparently redesigned the Forever People (a subset of the New Gods who were basically space hippies) as cynical goths thinking that that's more common of American youth today. He was arguably missing the point of the Forever People, since in their creator's original mythos they represented youthful idealism, which is still around in spades.
** [[spoiler:In the end, they didn't appear in the series, although Japanese heroes the Super Young Team are considered their spiritual successors.]]
* The '90s run of ''Titans'' where Damage becomes a big fan of a slasher star named... Goth. Yeah, Goth. Oh, and it turns out Goth is actually a demon who uses his fell powers to convince his fans to kill themselves and shoot up schools. Oh, and Goth also fronts as a Marilyn Manson-style singer, so all the late '90s hysteria bases are covered.
* Screamqueen from ''Comicbook/ScareTactics'' in Franchise/TheDCU.
* Cassie, the protagonist from ''ComicBook/HackSlash''. She's a Lone Psycho {{Stripperiffic}} Monster Slaying {{Goth}} {{Badass}} ActionGirl. [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot Yes, it's as awesome as it sounds.]] And apart from being ''very'' snarky, she's also TheLadette.
* Most of the cast of ''Wet Moon'', a GraphicNovel series by Ross Campbell. The author has considerable knowledge and experience with the scene, which helps.
* ''ComicBook/{{kimmie66}}'' is all about goth kids.
* Franchise/EmilyTheStrange, anyone?
* ComicBook/{{X23}}'s look in some of her appearances, particularly ''NYX''.
* Nico Minoru from ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}'' who [[GothGirlsKnowMagic also fits the stereotype]] by having magic-based powers.
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[[folder:Fan Fiction]]
* ''MyImmortal'' is written by either a brain-dead wannabe goff[sic] or an expert troll trying to make real goths foam at the mouth with rage.
** ...or make them fall out of their chairs laughing.
* In ''FanFic/TheReturn'' getting turned into a succubus seems to mean all your clothes turn goth-y. No one knows why. Generally it's on the PerkyGoth side, especially Yuki's new look.
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[[folder:Film]]
* [[EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette Lydia]] in ''Film/{{Beetlejuice}}''; her [[WesternAnimation/{{Beetlejuice}} animated counterpart]] was more of a PerkyGoth. "My life is a darkroom. [[PunctuatedForEmphasis One. Big. Dark. Room.]]"
** Though by the end of the movie, she also seems like more of a PerkyGoth.
** Hell, Creator/TimBurton in general.
* Film/GhostRider rescues a rather ample girl who is a stereotypical goth. She mostly accurately describes him as a really thin guy with his hair on fire, but since she looks like a loony nobody believes her. Right before the camera pans away from her, she makes a gesture which some have identified as a gesture from a vampire LARP.
* In the Hilary Duff film ''RaiseYourVoice'', a gloomy goth girl (Kat Dennings) and a HollywoodNerd (Johnny Lewis) were paired as the BetaCouple.
* Magenta from ''Film/SkyHigh'', possibly a PerkyGoth.
* The bi-polar Tosh from ''Film/UrbanLegend'', though her main characteristic is being [[ReallyGetsAround the Campus Bicycle]].
* Sinaed Laren from ''Film/ButImACheerleader'', including stereotyped speech and an obsession with self-inflicted pain.
* ''Series 7: The Contender'' has a [[StylisticSuck hilariously accurate]] {{Parody}} of [[LeFilmArtistique artsy-fartsy student films]], in this case a music video to "Love Will Tear Us Apart" by Joy Division. This establishes that two of the main characters, in their {{Backstory}} went through a goth phase together. The hilarious music video stands out as the CrowningMomentOfAwesome for the film.
* Harold from ''Harold And Maude'' dresses and acts not unlike a kind of proto-Gloomy Goth, though mostly during the earlier part of the film.
* ''Film/QueenOfTheDamned'' pretty much summarizes all the goth types, even the poser ones as the female protagonist dresses up in a rather obviously fake attire to attract the attention of Lestat the vampire.
* ''SonOfTheMask'': Loki, Norse Night God of Mischief, His gothic attire is mostly black. He also sports a [[BadassLongCoat Black Longcoat]]. His clothing is as black as the clear night sky itself.
* Fang from ''Film/MySoulToTake'' is a paradoxical Goth AlphaBitch, complete with GirlPosse.
* Kelly from ''Film/MysteryTeam'' is an ex-Goth; she hates shopping.
* Violet from ''Film/FridayThe13thPartVANewBeginning''.
* Lisbeth from the MillenniumTrilogy
* ''Film/MouthToMouth'': Sherry is a Gloomy Goth turned Crust Punk.
* ''Film/TheCraft'' is basically about a psychotic goth who, naturally, develops evil witchy powers. In fact the movie's primary antagonist is a walking, talking crystallization of the goth stereotype.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* One of the [[OlderThanTheyThink earlier literary examples]] of the Gloomy Goth as a social fad can be found in, of all places, ''WarAndPeace''. See Julia's thoughts on the smile of melancholy in Chapter V.
* Another early example is in ''AdventuresOfHuckleberryFinn''. See Huck's description of (the late) Emmeline Grangerford in Chapter XVII.
* In the Literature/{{Discworld}} novels, while Susan Sto Helit may be [[DeadpanSnarker sarcastic]] about "idiots who write poetry in their rooms and dress like vampires and are vegetarians really", she certainly fits elements of the trope herself. The young witches of Diamanda Tockley's coven in ''Lords and Ladies'' (referred to as "necro-nerds" in the ''Companion'') might count, although they seem to be more the "fashion statement" type.
** And let's not forget the young vampires in ''Carpe Jugulum'', who try to freak out their elders by wearing bright clothes, stay up 'til noon, and call themselves names like "Henry" or "Pam". They even pretend to drink... [[IDoNotDrinkWine wine]], although only "real weirdos who file their teeth blunt" actually do. They also spend their days dressing up as accountants...
* Similar to the above example, the rebellious kids of the vampire dimension in Robert Asprin's ''Literature/MythAdventures'' series express themselves by wearing bright colors and partying in brightly lit clubs. There's also a market for plastic-human teeth, if you want to scare somebody.
* Severus Snape in ''Literature/HarryPotter''. DeadpanSnarker? Check. Family drama (namely, abusive father and (possibly) negligent mother)? Check. Nihilist? Check... As a teenager. ([[AlternateCharacterInterpretation At least, he comes off as one at times.]]) Wears all black and is an EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette? Double-check; cosmetic though they may be, they certainly help qualify him. And if the sub-plot with [[spoiler: Lily being his lost love]] doesn't do it, nothing does.
** Lucius Malfoy could also fit this trope.
* Four of the five ''Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet'' novels by Black Flame featured them as main characters.
* The titular character of ''GothGirlRising'', Kyra Sellers, is one, but she doesn't believe in labels and considers calling herself "post-Goth" since {{Emo}} has pretty much replaced {{Goth}} in the minds of most.
* The "[[Theatre/{{Ruddigore}} murgatroyds]]" in ''Literature/AnnoDracula'' are a parody of fashion-Goths. And are seen as posers despite ''actually being vampires'', most of all by [[StopBeingStereotypical other vampires]].
* Lydia of ''Caught In The Act'' by Peter Moore.
* Raven of ''Literature/VampireKisses''.
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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]
* The main character of ''TheHauntingHour'' MadeForTVMovie. At one point in the movie, she sat in her room and listen to depressing music all day long. The reason? Well, she ''dropped food on herself at school''. Oh, the inanity!
** Later, when she's asked to take her brother trick or treating, she sulks while the soundtrack plays:
--->''Walking down the street alone.\\
Everything I've ever loved is gone gone gone...''
* Abby Sciuto, TheLabRat from ''Series/{{NCIS}}'', is the quintessential PerkyGoth. Just don't mess with her [[MustHaveCaffeine Caf-Pow]] supply.
* Merton J. Dingle from ''BigWolfOnCampus'' was a rather pathetic but strangely endearing simulacrum of a goth.
** Apparently, nobody told him that you ''can'' be a goth and a nerd at the same time.
* One episode of ''ThisIsWonderland'' had Elliot defending a goth man who had gotten into a fight with a car dealer who had made fun of him. The goth character was treated much more sympathetically than it sounds, and the judge eventually agreed that the provocation was sufficient. Along the way, they commented upon the unfair stereotypes associated therewith. Elliot even went goth for a few episodes.
* Parodied on ''TheMorganWatersShow'' with Trent, the badminton-playing Goth.
* The ''Series/BloodTies'' TV show has Coreen, a fairly well adjusted Goth, as assistant to the main character Vicki. She even has an episode where she gets Vicki to solve murders at her Goth club.
* Richmond from ''Series/TheITCrowd'' is either a parody of actual goths or (more likely, given his portrayal by pop culture barometer Noel Fielding) a parody of the goth stereotypes listed above.
* Parodied on ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'''s recurring "Goth Talk" sketch, starring Chris Kattan as Azrael Abyss, Prince of Sorrows, and Molly Shannon as Circe Nightshade. The show's sponsor was a store called "The Gloom Room"... "It's an orgy of the macabre... located right next to the Pizza Hut on Hibiscus Road."
* Nadine from ''GirlsInLove'' was normally a gloomy goth, although she would occasionally slip into PerkyGoth territory depending on what was happening in her private life.
* Willow's Halloween costume from ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''. And then Vampire Willow. And then Dark Willow. Presumably the writers just liked an opportunity for the normally bright Willow to dress in dark.
* On ''Series/ThirdRockFromTheSun'', Tommy once dated a gloomy goth named Lorna (played by Linda Cardellini) and read her poetry:
-->'''Tommy:''' "Death signed my yearbook. 'Have a good summer,' he wrote, 'see ya next year.' And then I noticed it wasn't my yearbook he signed, it was my tombstone."\\
'''Lorna:''' What d'you think?\\
'''Tommy:''' ''[lying]'' I like it. I especially like the surprise ending here.\\
'''Lorna:''' You're the first one to get the irony.
* Vivian Wu from ''NaturallySadie''.
* One episode of ''Series/{{Frasier}}'' showed that visiting teenage son Frederick had adopted the goth look. Frasier was annoyed that Lilith hadn't told him.
* ''Series/HomeImprovement''
** Mark, the youngest son, adopted a goth look during the seventh season, complete with all black clothes, a spikey haircut and (briefly) wearing black nail polish and lipstick. This was eventually done away with during the eighth and final season, however.
** There was an episode where the family's at a poetry reading for Wilson, and a goth girl goes up to read/recite her poetry:
--->'''Goth Girl:''' Die... Die... Go on, Die!
--->'''[[DeadpanSnarker Randy]]:''' You first.
* ''Series/CriminalMinds'' has a long and varied history with goths.
** Two main characters, Prentiss and Garcia, are former goths themselves.
** There is a season one episode, "The Popular Kids," in which the team suspects for a short time that a local group of goths are responsible for a double murder. [[spoiler: They're not]].
** In the season three premier, "Doubt," a troubled girl who fits many goth stereotypes develops an obsession with a serial killer, and tries to become his next victim. [[spoiler: She ends up killing herself, and him.]]
** In the season five episode "The Performer," several goth girls are murdered, and the team believes the killer may be a singer who caters to a largely goth crowd. [[spoiler: It's actually his completely non-goth manager, aided by a schizophrenic goth fan]].
** A suspicious goth was featured in "Risky Business", and he had good reason to be an EmoTeen [[spoiler: His chainlink choker was to hide the fact that he was constantly strangled to unconsciousness by his sadistic, Munchhausen-by-proxy/''paramedic'' dad, who also killed his mom.]]
* One of her flashback episodes portrays ''Series/{{Lost}}'''s Claire as a goth teen.
* Ellie Nash (until season 5), Ashley Kerwin (in season 2 only), Jane Vaughn, and Eli Goldsworthy from ''Series/{{Degrassi}}''.
* An ep of ''Two of a Kind'' sees one of the Olsen twins befriending a goth... played by [[HeyArnold Helga Pataki]]'s voice actress. Replete with dark hair, pale skin, black outfit, nose ring, and love of heavy metal (about a CD by her favorite band "Human Sacrifice": "Don't let the name fool you, they do a good thrash version of You Light Up My Life" [insert LaughTrack here]). And when the other Olsen twin offers to buy her a new backpack (long story), guess what color backpack she offers to buy her?
* One of the episodes of the Polish pseudo-docu-soap ''Tough Matters'' portrayed a family of Goths as death-obsessed vampire wannabes that dressed in typical gothic fashion only [[ItAmusedMe for their amusement]].
* Many of the vampires in ''TrueBlood'' fit the goth stereotype - not to mention the vampire bar "Fangtasia" is essentially a "goth-bar", with practically every single patron fitting this trope. The setting, theme and even the music playing at the bar further contribute to the gothic stereotyping in the show.
* ''{{Victorious}}'' has Jade West.
* Alex experiments with a Goth-influenced look under the brief influence of a Goth friend in the fourth-season ''Series/ModernFamily'' episode "Snip."
* ''Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'': Justin's first girlfriend, Miranda. Although, aside from the clothing, she seems relatively un-Gothic.
* ''Series/TheAddamsFamily'': Morticia and Wednesday were Goth before the scene existed.
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[[folder: Professional Wrestling]]
* And Wrestling/{{WCW}} unleashed upon the world Wrestling/DaffneyUnger. She does strive for creativity part, as far as dress as personal appearance go. Daffney is loving and open minded and perhaps most importantly, crazy. Sometimes harmlessly goofy, sometimes she shows great empathy, sometimes [[AxCrazy horrifically vindictive and violent]], sometimes she boasts in a voice grating like a strangled cat, sometimes her speech is clear and eerily calm, sometimes she simply screams for no reason. She's your self styled Goth goddess, hunger for Unger!
* Wrestling/{{WCW}}: Also gave use the glory that was Crow! Wrestling/{{Sting}}, hanging in the rafters. Crow Sting would make a reappearance in TNA but eventually be phased out for Joker! Sting, who was not an example.
* The WWF had the Brood, with the exception of [[Wrestling/DavidHeath Gangrel]], who was an outright vampire. [[Wrestling/{{Edge}} The]] [[Wrestling/JeffHardy rest]] [[Wrestling/MattHardy were]] just a bunch of black wearing goofs who hung out with him and [[CheapHeat mocked local sports teams]]. They started as part of the satanic Ministry of Darkness but turned on the larger group for mistreating [[Wrestling/{{Christian}} one of their own]].
* Shelly Martinez has had about 17 goth gimmicks of different flavors. Hardly any of them got so much as a raised eyebrow in places like Santa Ana California or Philadelphia Pennsylvania but while working for Ohio Valley Wrestling she said the locals would stare at her and then shy away as if she was a devil woman even though her character there was little more than a chatty tease who happened to dress outlandishly. She eventually just became outright vampire Ariel when called up to WWECW.
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[[folder: Tabletop Games]]
* The card game ''Gother Than Thou'' includes cards such as "Fun with eyeliner," "That wasted look," and "Crying yourself to sleep on the fresh grave of your lifelong love who died of consumption and being found the next morning unconscious, naked, and nearly frozen to death by the groundskeeper."
* ''TabletopGame/OldWorldOfDarkness'' was marketed more or less mainly at goths in the first place.
** The Sluagh from ''TabletopGame/ChangelingTheDreaming'' take pretty much every goth stereotype and roll them into one big slithery, whispering, spider-loving package.
** Even stronger than that were the Hollow Ones from ''TabletopGame/MageTheAscension''. One of the common critiques of the Hollowers was "Goth is not a paradigm." However, the "Tradition" as a whole had derived from urban subcultures since the days of the flappers, dealt heavily in the Goth subculture but was not defined by it in modern days, identified strongly with Romanticism, and had the guiding ethos of, "We don't have a belief system, really, [[ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve but if others believe in it, that means we can use it]]."
* The card game ''MunchkinBites'' is a parody of the World Of Darkness, and thus is gothy, but more perky gothy.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' has an ork clan (more of a subspecies/ideology than a group) known as the Goffs. They are grim and dour and dislike bright colors. Ghazghkull Mag Uruk Thraka is a member of this clan.
* ''Chez Goth'', a gothy version of ''ChezGeek''
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* Henry from the ''NancyDrew'' game ''Legend of the Crystal Skull'' seems like an attempt at a gloomy-but-harmless Goth character, but comes across as more fashion-Goth/[[EmoTeen emo]] than genuine.
* The entire faction of the Drowning Doom in ''BrutalLegend'', representing the Goth metal genre. Their basic infantry, the Grave Digger, LooksLikeCesare, and a unit called The Bride looks like the ghost of the woman in the page image.
* Violet from the ''VideoGame/MySims'' series is a gloomy, yet well-adjusted goth girl. [[SiblingYinYang In contrast to her sister]] Poppy, who loves cute things and lively flowers, Violet is drawn to spooky things and dead (or dying) flowers.
** Mention Violet, but not ''Goth'' Boy? For shame.
** All of the Spooky Sims as a matter of fact.
** Before Violet, there was the famous Goth family of ''VideoGame/TheSims''.
* While Asakim from ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsZ'' doesn't ''quite'' have the goth personality, he grabs hold of every goth-related trope and takes it UpToEleven. His "dark angel" themed mecha has attacks ranging from launching crows at the enemy to ''cutting itself'' and using the "blood" to create GeometricMagic that summons gothic artwork to MindRape the enemy. Not to mention that he's an [[WhoWantsToLiveForever immortal]] DeathSeeker who wears what fans refer to as "vampire bondage gear".
* Pandora of GuitarHero is the representation of the GothRock genre. She avoids most stereotypes, though one of her bios mentions that, as a child, she was expelled from ballet school and told a ghost story so scary she got kicked out of Girl Scouts.
* Ashei from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess''; her appearance gives a gloomy goth impression.
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* Gilly of ''DorkTower'' is a classic perky goth. Her brother is more gloomy.
* Subverted by Melanippe from ''WebComic/{{Amazoness}}!''; while she ''looks'' like a stereotypical goth, the comic takes place in ancient Greece, and she's really a Goth... as in, the tribe of barbarians who would go on to sack Rome.
* Lampshaded in ''Webcomic/OzyAndMillie'': Felicia, a trendy, sheep-like girl, has times when she'll break out the goth makeup in what everyone except the extremely gullible in the strip consider to be a very fake Goth style.
* Haley Starshine of ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' went through a Gloomy Goth phase in her teen years. She now regards the whole business as [[DorkAge kind of stupid]].
** Tsukiko is still in her Goth phase. Haley [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0518.html mocks her for it]].
* George Gothington, the gothest president of them all, in ''MandatoryRollerCoaster''.
* ''ZebraGirl'''s friend Crystal, formerly a GenkiGirl and bordering on TheDitz, has recently gone Goth in reaction to the strip's CerebusSyndrome.
* In ''Acorn Grove,'' the character Tota the Squirrel briefly becomes a goth, but only because she had identity issues. Later she becomes emo and later a lesbian.
* In ''QuestionableContent,'' Dora and Raven are both former goths from the same coven. Dora's reason for going goth in the first place was something along the lines of 'because people are retarded.' She eventually drifts away from the coven saying that while it was fun, it had started to feel 'shallow and pointless.' Raven is the classic sheep following whatever herd piques her interest (she tries to be emo at one point to attract 'cute emo boys'), though she may be smarter than she appears to be.
* [[http://pics.sluggy.com/daily.php?date=030903 Nana Avarre]], the "Angsty Dentist" from ''SluggyFreelance'', is a frightening combo of [[{{Goth}} gothiness]] with [[StalkerWithACrush stalking]] and dentistry..
-->'''Torg:''' Novocain please!\\
'''Nana:''' Nothing is real but pain. Would you rob yourself of that last grasp of truth? ''(Lunges at Torg with her dentist's drill)'' FEEL MY EMBRACE, TO FILL THE CAVITY OF YOUR HEART!
* ''[[http://www.gothybeans.com/beans/ Gothy Beans]]'' is a strip entirely devoted to PerkyGoth beans.
** And one DeadpanSnarker.
* ''[[http://www.clashingblack.com/alas Alas]]'' is all about Goths, and for once created by one. It alternates between [[PlayingWithATrope playing with]] and parodying the stereotypes, and doing the same with the real scene. A good antidote to most of the rather dire media portrayals.
* ''{{Rhapsodies}}'' has Blossom, Francine, Olive, Bian, Stefan and, presumably, Bert.
* [[http://www.writheandshine.com Writhe and Shine]] is a SliceOfLife comedy about the New Orleans goth scene, written by a (now former) New Orleans goth.
* ''{{Bobwhite}}''. [[http://www.bobwhitecomics.com/?webcomic_post=20080918 Here]] and the following page, Cleo and Ivy debate what is and isn't "goth". Marlene ends up resolving the debate for them: "It doesn't matter because actual gothic people stopped existing sometime in the early 2000's. Now there's just a lot of unhappy people who enjoy claymation."
* In ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', Elliot's [[SuperGenderBender Superheroine]] spell has a alter ego form that makes him [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2010-12-15 look and act]] like gloomy goth girl.
** Given the way certain events have unfolded [[spoiler: like Elliot's preference for the goth alter ego, as well as his and Susan's mutual attraction]], it's not surprising that [[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?id=1410 the "nurture" aspect of Susan's personality is also a goth.]]
* Victoria and Jax are 90's Goths, in the webcomic [[http://www.poseurpatrol.com Poseur Patrol]].

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* {{Nemi}}. She's pretty much every non-straight lifestyle rolled up together, and dressed in black, save for a sexual minority (she's very straight in that respect).
* Dethany Dendrobia, in OnTheFastrack, is almost a textbook PerkyGoth. This rather unsettles [[BadBoss Ms. Trellis]], but her immediate superior, Wendy Welding, is OK with it because Dethany's such a good worker.
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[[folder: Web Original ]]
* There are plenty of Goths at the SuperHeroSchool Whateley Academy in the ''WhateleyUniverse''. Some are that way for superpowered [[ComicBook/TeenTitans Raven-like]] reasons. Some are just magic wannabes who are trying to steal real magic from some of the wizards on campus. Some, like Bloodworm, are actively using Dark Magic to get boons [[spoiler:right up until he suffered a fate way worse than death.]]
* Being about high school students, there have been a fair amount of gothic characters in ''SurvivalOfTheFittest'' over the course of four versions. Most of them are of the "gloomy" variety. One of the examples that comes to most handlers' minds is Meredith Hemmings, who has nicknamed herself "Pandora Black" and is definitely a gloomy goth. This is explained as her not actually being a goth, but a poser who is only acting how she thinks goths act like.
* The Literature/ChaosTimeline has an equivalent of them. [[LipstickLesbian Tatjana]] is one of them.
* Wiki/{{Uncyclopedia}}'s article for Goths describes them as "[[IThoughtItMeant a violent East Germanic tribe of barbarians]] who proved to be a great nuisance for the Roman Empire from the 1970s to 1990s, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking primarily with their bad taste in music and dark eyeliner.]]" It comes complete with a photoshopped picture of American Gothic (as Goths) and lists the "Emoae tribe" as their chief enemies.
* [[DeadpanSnarker Persephone]] and Hades in ''ThaliasMusings''. Hades is, after all, [[IncrediblyLamePun the god of metal]].
* Grayvyn on ''WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick'' is a random goth Lindsay pulls off the street because she needs the magical powers all goths have to restrain [[SuperpoweredEvilSide Dark Nella.]]
* The first VideoGame/{{Pico}} flash, ''Pico's School'', a group of goths led by Cassandra grow tired of the conformist school system and start a Columbine-inspired massacre. Pico retaliates with an AK-47 to teach Cassandra and her lackeys what non-conformity truly means [[spoiler:only to find out that Cassandra is really a hermaphroditic alien monstrosity with "other plans"]].
* [[http://browse.deviantart.com/?qh=žion=&q=violetta+draculette#/d4y6nkx Violetta Draculette Tepes Inima Hemoragie]] by a DeviantArt user
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''; the Goth kids are always railing against the "conformists", while being [[HypocriticalHumor ridiculously similar in dress, speech, and action]].
** Further worked with the 2008 episode "The Ungroundable", where they railed against ... [[Literature/{{Twilight}} vamp]][[YourVampiresSuck ires]].
*** In that same episode they got pissed about being called emos and ended up burning down Hot Topic (complete with a song called "Burning down Hot Topic") to stop the Vampire-obsessed from copying them.
** And in the dance-off contest, they took non-conformism to absurd lengths, where three of the goths, trying to out-nonconform, refuse to join Stans' dance troupe, until the fourth out-nonconforms the rest and joins them, leading one of the three to observe that they "just got Goth-served."
** It's interesting to note that while most fictional portrayals of goths have them listening to some variety of heavy metal, the music the goth kids listen to is a pretty impressive and accurate parody of actual GothRock. They also mention several acts popular amongst Goths, such as {{Industrial}} band SkinnyPuppy.
** It should be noted that Parker and Stone have a significant renown for the quality of their musical (re-)interpretations - which is all the better since if you try to parody somebody you had better do your research...
*** Parker and Stone spoke through Kyle in the Mecha-Streissand episode: "Disintegration is the best album ever!" Both are huge fans of The Cure, who are held along with Siouxie and the Banshees as the origins of Goth Rock. Even if they jibe at the subculture, they likely are quite familiar with the musical genre on a personal level.
* Kylie Griffin from ''WesternAnimation/ExtremeGhostbusters'' exemplifies the Gloomy Goth sub-trope.
* Raven of the WesternAnimation/TeenTitans fits pretty much all the stereotypes, although there are [[BlessedWithSuck extenuating circumstances]] for why she has to be that way.
** Also, Honorary Titan Argent is depicted posing as interested in this sort of dark fashion style.
** Jinx seems to fit, or at least has the general style in mind. Of course, [[BadPowersBadPeople her outlook on life]] has a lot to do with it, too...
* Master Cyclonis, the BigBad from ''WesternAnimation/StormHawks'' fits the bill. Also Stork.
* Yin turning evil in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/YinYangYo'' is represented visually by her getting a Goth Girl makeover. The Lone Psycho Goth stereotype is alive and well.
* Ophelia from ''WesternAnimation/TheLifeAndTimesOfJuniperLee''. (One character comes right out and calls her a Goth; she doesn't deny it, simply responding with a cold glare.)
* As opposed to her comics persona (a perky Southern belle) Rogue in ''XMenEvolution'' was given this sort of personality because the creators thought it would fit a girl who was BlessedWithSuck.
** The same show's take on the Scarlet Witch has a very strong Hot Topic-Goth vibe.
* Another animated Gloomy Goth: Creepy Suzie of ''WesternAnimation/TheOblongs'', who seems to be a merciless parody of the stereotype.
** Funny, because that adult cartoon was actually based on gothic art.
* Triana Orpheus of ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' is a goth, replete with a skull on her T-shirt and heavy eyeliner. Her father is a necromancer (and her mother ran off with a younger one) so apparently it runs in the family.
** Oddly enough, she's arguably the most sane, level-headed character on the show.
** Hey, she was going for an Adam and the Ants kind of look. And it's not like she can get into her closet...
* Andrea from ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}'', though she gets about three lines per season on average, is unmistakably Lawndale High's token Goth kid.
-->'''Andrea:''' ''(Reciting her own poetry)'' I'm here. But where are you? Sure, I see your body. Anybody ''home'' in that rotting bag of flesh?
* Gwen from ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama'' is a sort of half-hearted portrayal. She was given a {{Goth}} character design, but her personality is really pretty average for a (slightly downbeat) teenage girl.
** Duncan seems to fit the Lone Psycho Goth more, although he's arguably considered to be a punk rather than a Goth.
*** Speaking of those two, there are many fans that [[FanPreferredCouple pair the two]]. [[spoiler: In the first few episodes of Total Drama Action, they start getting along really well because of their similarities. Enough to make Gwen's actual boyfriend Trent [[LoveMakesYouCrazy jealous and kinda nuts]].]]
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Sixteen}}'' had one of the characters dress up as a Goth to try to retain his girlfriend, who was on a Goth kick. In the same episode, the regular cast and a bunch of goths (most of whom were posers) were trapped together in the Mall after a power outage. While it had the typical Goth jokes, the episode had the two groups more or less accepting each other.
** Though ironically, the episode does end on an unusual gloomy note after the not-really-goth couple breaks up.
* Ingrid from ''{{Fillmore}}''. Although, unlike most examples, her goth-ness isn't some sort of defining characteristic. She just happens to like dressing in black and has black hair.
* Not quite a Lone Psycho Goth (she has a boyfriend and a small clique of Goth friends), Chloe Crashman from ''CarlSquared'' could be the poster girl for the Angry Goth.
* Creepie Creecher, from ''WesternAnimation/GrowingUpCreepie''. She also has a cadre of goth friends/acquaintances. None are really portrayed negatively.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Zevo3}}'': Angel Jones, Voiced by PamelaAdlon.
* Mai for ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' counts in the Gloomy Goth category. She's also a [[TheSnarkKnight Snark Knight]] and a DeadpanSnarker to boot.
** Desna and Eska from ''WesternAnimation/LegendOfKorra'' also count in the same category as Mai being TheStoic and CreepyTwins making even Bolin freak out.
** Book 3 gives us HandicappedBadass DarkActionGirl Ming-Hua, with her slate-gray outfit, [[DeadpanSnarker bitter snark]], hair worthy of a StringyHairedGhostGirl, and facial expressions that [[spoiler:(at least, until [[VillainousFriendship one of her friends]] dies in the finale)]] seem to be limited to "[[KubrickStare ominous glower]]" and "[[SlasherSmile malicious grin]]." (She's probably the most overtly [[AxCrazy temperamental]] and [[BloodKnight vicious]] of the antagonist group, too.)
* Sam from ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' is said to be goth and goes between Perky and Gloomy, but more often comes off as an activist hippie who wears black.
* German cartoon singer AnnaBlue is considered as a less then funny side of {{Jamster}}.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': In "Smart and Smarter", after realizing that she's no longer the smartest, Lisa attempts to gain new identities for herself, such as becoming a Goth.
-->'''Milhouse''': What are you now Lisa? An Oakland Raiders fan?
-->'''Lisa''': It's called "Goth", eternally clueless one. My new name is "[[DarknessVonGothickname Ravencrow Neversmiles]]."
-->'''Milhouse''': Cool. We could be Goth together.
-->[Milhouse gets off the Jungle Gym].
-->'''Milhouse''': We'll go to the cemetery and summon the dark Lord by kissing and junk.
-->'''Lisa''': Okay... but first you must apprentice, by kissing the Goddess Ironica. Who lives in this rock.
-->[Lisa picks up a rock. And hands it to Milhouse. Lisa sneaks away].
-->'''Lisa''': Do it for an hour, hour and a half.
-->'''Milhouse''': Yes, my mistress.
* Maud Pie from ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipisMagic'' is Pinkie Pie's older sister, who has a bland and very lifeless personality that is the total opposite of Pinkie Pie. Taking interest in nothing but rocks and her sister, her style has heavy influences of the Gloomy Goth.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* Jillian Venters, the [[http://gothic-charm-school.com/charm/?page_id=58 Lady of the Manners]], has an entire website devoted to clearing up misunderstandings and stereotypes between Goths and non-Goths, and encouraging civil and civilized behavior from both groups. Well-known for years as a prominent member of the Seattle Goth scene.
* PauleyPerrette, the actress who plays Abby Sciuto in {{NCIS}}, is very much a PerkyGoth herself, and much of her on-screen persona is based on her real-life persona.
* Goths often face discrimination in real life, based strongly on the negative media and popular stereotypes of Goths. Many have been subjected to verbal and physical attacks, particularly following the Columbine shooting, and some have even been killed because of their image. One of the most notorious cases is [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murder_of_Sophie_Lancaster the murder of Sophie Lancaster]].
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