A list of tropes found within the GothicHorror genre. While you don't need all of them to write a gothic horror novel, the more you have the better. {{Horror}} has some things that are universal to all genres of horror but not everything on that page is used in gothic horror.

Other genres that might employ heavy use of these tropes:

+ CosmicHorrorStory
+ DarkFantasy
+ GaslampFantasy
+ GhostFiction
+ FairyTale
+ MysteryFiction - depends on the subgenre
+ PunkPunk
++ GothicPunk
++ MythPunk
++ SteamPunk
+ [[RomanceNovel Romance]] - depends on the subgenre
+ SupernaturalFiction
+ UrbanFantasy
+ VampireFiction
+ WeirdWest
+ WerewolfWorks

Note:Zombies didn't start appearing until the 1920s, but many older creatures were absorbed into the zombie mythos. So use caution when adding zombie examples.
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* ArchangelGabriel
* Literature/{{Carmilla}}
* {{Dracula}}
* {{Faust}}
* FrankensteinsMonster
* TheGrimReaper
* HeadlessHorseman
* JackTheRipper
* {{Mummy}}
* {{Satan}}
* {{Sweeney Todd}}
* WolfMan

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[[folder: Characterization Tropes/Stock Characters ]]

* ByronicHero
* CorruptChurch
* CreepyHousekeeper
* {{Dhampyr}}
* EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette
* TheEvilPrince
* EvilSorcerer
* FemmeFatale
* GrandeDame
* TheGrotesque
* TheHighwayman
* TheIgor
* TheIngenue
** DamselInDistress
** FriendToAllLivingThings
** HairOfGoldHeartOfGold
** IncorruptiblePurePureness
** NaiveNewcomer
** RagsToRiches
* JekyllAndHyde
* LesbianVampire
* {{Lunacy}}
* LooksLikeOrlok
* MadScientist
* MadwomanInTheAttic
* NunTooHoly
* {{Pirate}}
* ReligionOfEvil
* {{Servile Snarker}}s
* {{Sexy Priest}}s and {{Naughty Nun}}s
* SinisterMinister
* StalkerWithACrush
* UndeathlyPallor
* WomanScorned
* WickedWitch

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[[folder: Cultural Tropes ]]

* UsefulNotes/{{Alchemy}}
* AllWomenArePrudes[=/=]AllWomenAreLustful
* ArrangedMarriage
* BrainFever
* DeathByChildbirth
* GorgeousPeriodDress
* HighClassGlass
* OfCorsetsSexy
* OperaGloves
* ParasolOfPrettiness
* ParentalMarriageVeto
* {{Romanticism}}
* RomanticismVersusEnlightenment
* RoyaltyAndNobilityTropes
* VictorianNovelDisease

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[[folder: Fictional Species ]]

* [[OurAngelsAreDifferent Angels]]
* [[OurBansheesAreLouder Banshees]]
* [[OurDemonsAreDifferent Demons]]
* [[OurDragonsAreDifferent Dragons]]
* {{Eldritch Abomination}}s
* TheFairFolk
* [[OurGargoylesRock Gargoyles]]
* [[OurGhostsAreDifferent Ghosts]]
* [[OurGhoulsAreCreepier Ghouls]]
* [[OurGodsAreGreater Gods]]
* {{Hellhound}}s
* [[OurHomunculiAreDifferent Homunculi]]
* {{Necromancer}}s
* [[OurZombiesAreDifferent Revenants]]
* [[DemBones Skeletons]]
* [[HornyDevils Succubi]]
* TheUndead
* [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Vampires]]
* [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent Werewolves]]
* [[GhostLights Will-O-Wisps]]
* [[WitchSpecies Witches]]

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[[folder: Location ]]

* {{Ruritania}}
* SouthernGothic
* {{Uberwald}}

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[[folder: Magic ]]

* AlchemyIsMagic
* FauxFlame
* HermeticMagic
* Literature/ArsGoetia
* PsychicPowers

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[[folder: Settings ]]

* AfterlifeExpress
* AncientTomb
* BedlamHouse
* BigFancyHouse
* BoardingSchoolOfHorrors
* CreepyCathedral
* CreepyCemetery
* DancesAndBalls
* DontGoInTheWoods
* EldritchLocation
* EvilTowerOfOminousness
* GhostShip
* HauntedCastle
* HauntedHouse
* ItWasADarkAndStormyNight
* MadScientistLaboratory
* OldDarkHouse
* YouAllMeetInAnInn

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[[folder: Plot Elements ]]

* AllGirlsWantBadBoys
* AllHallowsEve
* AlwaysNight
* AnachronicOrder
** {{Flashback}}s
** HowWeGotHere
** IShouldWriteABookAboutThis
** InMediasRes
** ScrapbookStory
* BasedOnADream
* {{Bizarrchitecture}}
* BloodBath
* BookCasePassage (and variants)
* BurnTheWitch
* ChessWithDeath
* TheDarkArts
* DealWithTheDevil
* DemonicPossession
* DramaticThunder
* EmpathicEnvironment
* EvilIsSexy
* [[HollywoodExorcism Exorcism]]
* FreakLabAccident
* GhostStory
* GhostlyChill
* HauntedFetter
* HeelRealization
* IfICantHaveYou
* IncestIsRelative
* LetThePastBurn
* LetsSplitUpGang
* LoveAtFirstSight
* LukeIAmYourFather
* MalevolentArchitecture
* MelancholyMoon
* NotQuiteDead
* OminousFog
* PortraitPaintingPeephole
* PsychologicalHorror
* RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil
* RealAfterAll
* RedSkyTakeWarning
* ScarpiaUltimatum
* SecretUndergroundPassage
* SupernaturalAid
* AStormIsComing
* StrappedToAnOperatingTable
* TorchesAndPitchforks
* TheTragicRose
* VillainousCrush
* WeirdMoon

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[[folder: Soundtrack/Music ]]

* ForDoomTheBellTolls
* OminousLatinChanting
* OminousPipeOrgan

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[[folder: Themes ]]

* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor
* FreudWasRight
* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane
* ThePowerOfLove
* ScienceIsBad
* SexIsEvil
* TheseAreThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow

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[[folder: Time Period ]]

* TheCavalierYears - the first gothic horror story came out towards the end of this era
* TheEdwardianEra - the genre was on its death bed by then but there were still authors willing to write in it
* TheGayNineties
* TheMiddleAges - used to be a popular setting for gothic fiction authors but nowadays is associated with [[StandardFantasySetting "Tolkienesque"]] [[MedievalEuropeanFantasy elements]].
* RegencyEngland
* UsefulNotes/TheSpanishInquisition
* VictorianBritain
** VictorianLondon

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