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->''Well her clothes are blacker than the blackest cloth\\
And her face is whiter than the snows of [[Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack Hoth]]\\
She wears Doctor Martens and a heavy cross\\
But on the inside, she's a happy goth.''
-->-- The Divine Comedy, ''"The Happy Goth"''

The stereotypical {{Goth}} character, especially in teen shows, is frequently a SnarkKnight or a DeadpanSnarker, someone whose dark clothes and grooming reflect a pessimistic mentality. Contrariwise, the Perky Goth, who is almost always female, operates on the principle that [[DarkIsNotEvil dark does not always]] mean [[EmoTeen depressing.]] Sometimes a singular Goth takes on both personalities.

She wears the clothes, but [[FreakyFashionMildMind her personality is always cheerful and amiable]] (occasionally approaching GenkiGirl territory). Appropriately, this is a SisterTrope to ElegantGothicLolita (referring to an actual subculture mainly popular in UsefulNotes/{{Japan}}), as well as a subversion of the WomanInBlack. If she's supposed to be attractive, she has a strong chance of being RavenHairIvorySkin.

While the trope is sufficient to cover both, a character who is to {{Emo}} as this trope is to {{Goth}} would essentially be a "scene or cupcake emo", which are notable for their pink/black stripes. This is technically a different subculture than emo, but they're closely related and scene can be summarized as "Perky Emo with a little bit of rave culture".

And to emphasize: perky goth ''is'' an acknowledged part of the goth subculture, not just something made up by media.
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[[folder:Advertising]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t5Dny-s27Dk Irn Bru makes gloomy goths perky!]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b7KXjM7VfSM What is it with goths and beaches?]]
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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Keep in mind that goth culture is reversed on this point just as in some countries the gothic color is white.
* Misa Amane from ''Manga/DeathNote'', who wears lots of black, crosses, etc but is always upbeat and cheery. There's also the cheery shinigami Ryuk.
* Yugi, the eponymous character of ''Anime/YuGiOh'', dresses either in all black or in absurdly cute outfits, has wild hair (that's ''natural'') and wears chains, LOTS of leather and dog-collars... Yeah, collars. His monster theme is [[DarkIsNotEvil darkness and black magic]] and he is regularly possessed by a spirit that's at the very least EXTREMELY ruthless. None of this stops him from being a pacifist, unbearably cute, friendship-obsessed and a real sweetheart. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:YugiMutou.PNG And cute.]]
* [[TheGrimReaper Death]] in the anime ''{{Kamichu}}'' has a short scene with the god of poverty. She's a bit beyond perky and well into [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/kamichudeath.jpg total bonkers]]. Or maybe she just knows something we don't. That's one hell of a SlasherSmile she has got there...
* Yamie from ''[[LightNovel/{{Kurenai}} Kure-nai]]'', who is at her perkiest when interacting with Murasaki.
* Another male example: Nekozawa from ''OuranHighSchoolHostClub''. He's the president of the Black Magic Club, is obsessed with curses, and has plenty of fun being generally creepy. Not even the fact that he's ''allergic to light'' seems to bother him all that much. Having an adoring younger sister helps.
** Also a girl from Ouran named Reiko, [[spoiler: who marries Hunny.]]
* The disturbingly cheerful Undertaker in ''Manga/BlackButler''.
* Perona from OnePiece and sometimes Nico Robin.
* Riho Yamazaki, Detective Shido's ditzy secretary, becomes this in ''{{Nightwalker}}''. Being a NightmareFetishist helps too.
* Nana Ohsaki from ''{{Nana}}''.
* A [[NightmareFuel disturbing]] [[FanDisservice example]] can be found in Konuma Ryuuko from ''WolfGuyWolfenCrest''.
* Road Kamelot of ''DGrayMan''.
* Cirucci Sanderwicci of ''Manga/{{Bleach}}''.
* ''DNAngel'': Towa looks like an ElegantGothicLolita, but has the personality of a hyperactive GenkiGirl.
* Reiko, the first ''DevilHunterYohko'' villain. In spite of her dark nature, she seems to smile a lot.
* Sawyer the Cleaner, from ''Manga/BlackLagoon'', qualifies. In one scene, [[spoiler: when she's explaining that the bad smell in a hotel room is from the ooze from rotting corpses she had to clean up in there earlier,]] she smiles happily, glad to have made things clear, while everybody around her is busy losing their lunch.
* Mirajane from ''Manga/FairyTail'' isn't quite "perky" in her youth - she's HotBlooded. She basically had the same personality as [[IdiotHero Natsu]]. However, after [[spoiler: she loses her sister Lisanna]] she becomes a ProperLady.
** Juvia Lockser easily breaks her gloomy facade, [[SugarandIcePersonality only to become perky and the complete opposite to her usual personality]](but mostly to Gray though).
* Stocking from ''Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt'', particularly when [[SweetTooth eating sweets]].
* Saki Hanajima from ''FruitsBasket''. She looks rather scary, with wearing black to signify that she is a "sinner" and occasionally threatening people who try to hurt Tohru, but she's awfully nice.
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[[folder:Comics]]
* Gilly Woods from John Kovalic's gamer comic ''DorkTower'' is the quintessential Perky Goth and TropeNamer; along with all of the typical goth mannerisms, she smiles all the time, collects plush animals, enjoys cookies and ice cream, and is [[WideEyedIdealist perpetually optimistic]]. This greatly annoys her brother Walden, who is a stereotypical Mopey {{Goth}}.
* [[TheGrimReaper Death]] of the Endless, from ''ComicBook/TheSandman'' by Creator/NeilGaiman, is described by her author as a Perky Goth. She is not just responsible for Death, though; she also gives the breath of life when someone is born. She's pretty much the person you'd most want to see at a stressful moment like that. Her brother, Dream, fills the Mopey Goth niche.
** Although in stories taking place in earlier eras (read: billions of years ago), Death was a bit of a wet blanket herself before she started spending a few days each century with mortals.
* Nico Minoru, a.k.a. Sister Grimm, in ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}''. In the beginning, at least.
* Lex from ''ComicBook/GloomCookie'', on occasion.
* The Bride of Nine Spiders from ''ComicBook/ImmortalIronFist'' is sometimes like this.
* Betty Cooper of ''{{Archie}}'' actually went goth in one issue (really!), and was still generally rather cheerful. Her two goth friends were even more cheerful than she was.
* ''Franchise/EmilyTheStrange'' routinely dresses in black clothing and likes scary things, but she also [[KindHeartedCatLover loves cats]] and [[GenkiGirl communicates her excitement through exclamation points.]]
* ''{{Nemi}}'' is also a snarky, Sarky Goth. Sort of a Garfield Goth, in fact.
* Lex Luthor's [[DaddysLittleVillain niece]] Nastalathia in ''ComicBook/AllStarSuperman''. Not exactly ''perky'' so much as very laid-back and quite fine with her life of villainy as opposed to depressed or moody.
* Death from the old Joe Kelly run of ''{{Deadpool}}'' was pretty much a Perky Goth. That or just a plain old death obsessed, somehow corporeal, skeleton of some sort.
* Dethany Dendrobia of ''OnTheFastrack''.
* Black Betty from ''StormwatchPHD''.
* The goddess Persephone (formerly Kore) as portrayed by George [=O'Connor=] in ''Olympians: Hades, Lord of the Dead''.
* The Ghoulunatics from ''ECComics'' are dark and morbid, but in a fun and gleeful way.
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[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In ''FanFic/TheReturn'' conversion into a succubus seems to be synonymous with becoming a Perky Goth. ThoseTwoGuys Sam and Naoko choose to dress as perky goth too.
** Especially Yuki/Nabiki the "cute" succubus.
* Played very weirdly on ''MyImmortal'', where the main characters are mostly depressed but have pretty much the personality of the preps they hate so much.
* ''FanFic/TravelsThroughAzerothAndOutland'' has the narrator meet a draenei named Vasalyan, who loves looking at dark and gloomy landscapes. Nonetheless, he's still as joyous as most every other draenei.
** [[CreatorCameo Felya]], a cheery Forsaken priestess, is perhaps another example.
* [[http://www.fanfiction.net/~mrevil Mr. Evil's]] OriginalCharacter "Bloody" Mary Rogers is described as "''The most energetic goth girl you would ever meet''".
* Saga in the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fic ''FanFic/UnderTheNorthernLights'' is an example, though she claims that "Goths are posers!", so she presumably wouldn't use the phrase herself. She differs from most of the examples on this page by being a [[CivilizedAnimal reindeer]].
* Thor fan Savu0211 portrays [[http://savu0211.deviantart.com/art/Hel-comission-376143884 Hel]], the Norse goddess of death, as being one of the perkiest members of her family in stark contrast to her pessimistic father, Loki.
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[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Jack Skellington from ''WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas'' -- although he could also get pretty moody.
** "... Why does nothing ever turn out like it should?/Well, what the heck, I went and did my best./And by God, I really tasted something swell..."
* Elsa of ''Film/{{Frankenweenie}}''.
* Mavis in ''WesternAnimation/HotelTransylvania'', particularly when presented with the opportunity to leave her stifling castle and also whenever spending time around Jonathan.
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[[folder:Films -- Live Action]]
* 'Film/TheWorldsEnd'' has a male example in the form of Gary King, a cheerful, lively middle-aged fan of classic Goth band TheSistersOfMercy who wears a black trenchcoat and fingerless gloves. The character of GaryKing is actually a parody of the way an older PerkyGoth would be perceived by the rest of the world outside of the Goth subculture: as irresponsible and immature, with an adolescent attitude well into adulthood.
* Nora, from ''Film/WeAreTheNight''. A happy vampire chick, enjoying her powers.
* Almost any goth character on ''{{Gap}}''.
* Raven in ''CecilBDemented'' combines Perky Goth, BadassAdorable, and {{Cloudcuckoolander}} in a most intoxicating way.
* Angela in the ''NightOfTheDemons'' series. She remains pretty perky even after going all evil and demonic.
* Morgana from ''Film/{{Wishmaster}} 2: Evil Never Dies'' was presumably this, until her boyfriend died in the intro.
* Due to the apparent fetishes/artistic style of the directors, most every character from ''Film/TheMatrix'' dress in a goth-like manner, but none act the part.
* Jill from ''TheDeadMatter'', who loves nothing more than a good seance, and calls dead spirits with a smile! She's also the most level-headed of the entire group when it comes to logically dealing with the ZombieApocalypse.
* A 1950s example: the title character in ''Film/{{Cry-Baby}}'', who has a tattoo of a black teardrop dripping from his eye. He's not exactly "perky," but he's generally optimistic despite his surly attitude.
* In ''GodBlessAmerica'' It's exaggerated in both how Roxy is Gothic to the point of being psycho and how she's perky to the point of Genki Girl. She's always talking and smiling while planning to kill people. Her clothes and hair are normal though.
* Alice in ''Literature/ThePerksOfBeingAWallflower'' counts as such with her clothes and liking for zombies.
* Hellabent from [[Film/OttoOrUpWithDeadPeople Otto; or up with dead people]] She is calmer than your average perky goth, but definitely has a good and happy attitude; her girlfriend Medea is more serious, but still likes to play as a little girl with her lover.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* ''Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'': Violet's character design changes from a rather innocent 50's girl style to a lolita-style goth.
* Eve Rosser from MorganvilleVampires. She dresses Goth to the hilt, but is almost always cheerful and, when excited, jumps about 'like a demented, goth bunny'.
* In the ChristopherMoore novels ''[[Literature/BloodsuckingFiends You Suck]]'' and ''Bite Me'', Abby Normal is determined not to show her perky side to the vampires she meets or to other Goths, but she does let the reader in on her secret.
* Steven Brust's ''{{Dragaera}}'' series has two examples:
** Telnan, introduced in ''Dzur'', thinks like most Dzur warriors (as Vlad sarcastically notes) that black-on-black is a wonderful color combination, but acts like TheDitz.
** Sethra Lavode might be a better example, dressing all in black and having an unsettling pallor (she is an eons old undead), but being surprisingly friendly. She also has a disturbingly silly sense of humor. In one book, she passes sentence on one of her apprentices for attempting to kill several of her friends, influence the succession of the House of the Dragon, and start a war. The sentence is to strand her in an alternate, desert dimension with shelter, plenty of food and water and a stick, and instruct her to write "I will not interfere with the Dragon Council" in the sand 83,521 times.
*** Wherein hangs the tale: Sethra IS [[TimeAbyss eons old]]. Having seen so much, there's really only two ways to go, and the other way would either have destroyed her or the world, one way or the other. If there's anyone entitled to live and advocate the sentiment of "Live Here Now", it is certainly Sethra Lavode!
* Molly Carpenter from ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' has shades of perky goth, 80's Brit-punk, and BDSM fetish going.
* Raven Madison from ''VampireKisses'' is a mixure of highly sterotyped goth who listens to Him, Marilyn Manson, and strangly enough The Cruxshadows (Strange not because she's goth, but because most music references were ones that are what people think goths listen to), wears mostly black, is obsessive over vampires, and is disliked by most people, but besides that she acts like any other teenager.
* ''[[Franchise/FridayThe13th Friday the 13th: Carnival Of Maniacs]]'' had an odd example. Pamela Voorhees possesses a teenage goth named Gloria Sowici (nicknamed Glo). So we end up with a woman with a borderline TastesLikeDiabetes attitude inhabiting the body of a girl described as pretty dour and unpleasant to look at. Suffice to say, characters, such as the guy who picks up the hitchhiking Pam-Glo, remark on the contrast.
** On a related note, Bella Morte (real surname Morrison) from ''JasonXPlanetOfTheBeast'' is a Perky Goth [[RecycledInSpace IN SPACE!]].
* Jez from ''KingdomKeepers'' has pale skin and dresses like a stereotypical goth, yet acts more flirty than you'd expect. This could be because [[spoiler: she's really being {{brainwashed}} by Maleficent to spy on Finn]].
* Zanna from the [[Literature/{{Dragons}} The Last Dragon Chronicles]] has pale skin, and wears black make-up and black clothes, but is relatively happy and has fun a lot more than normal stereotypical goths. Though she has reformed into more {{Hipster}} territory by the time The Fire Eternal kicks off.
* Sephie Beller from ''TransformersShatteredGlass'' is often depicted as being into Gothy clothing, hairstyle, and music, but she's not typically gloomy or depressed in the slightest (or at least no more often than a typical 20-something would be), and seems to be a pretty cheerful technophile. Of course, since this is a MirrorUniverse, it's entirely possible that it's the Perky Goth stereotype that's the "norm", and it's gloomy Goths that would be unusual.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* The (never actually SEEN) Perky Goths from ''Main/OnceAThief'', Episode 10, would seem to be the [[TropeNamer Trope Namer]].
* Abby Sciuto, TheLabRat on ''Series/{{NCIS}}''. As Tony [=DiNozzo=] put it, she's "A paradox wrapped in an oxymoron, smothered in contradictions in terms. Sleeps in a coffin. Really, the happiest goth you'll ever meet." [[BewareTheNiceOnes Unless you try something funny on her or her team.]] Or sneak a pantie peep.
* Coreen Fennel on ''Series/BloodTies''. Vicki Nelson, the acerbic heroine, comments, "No one likes a perky goth."
* One of the teams on ''Series/TheAmazingRace'''s 12th season was a pair of dating, incredibly Perky Goths. [[spoiler:They got 5th place.]]
* The entire [[Series/TheAddamsFamily Addams Family]] are perky goths. However, the perkiest character by far (in the film and television versions at least) is Gomez Addams, possibly the first male Perky Goth in popular culture -- if you equate "manic" with "perky".
** Wednesday Addams averts this; while she does take pleasure in certain activities, her ThousandYardStare and DramaticDeadpan are pretty much traditional goth.
** Morticia is also not particularly perky, though she's not the depressed sort of goth, being more refined and elegant.
* Merton Dingle from ''BigWolfOnCampus'', a chess club nerd turned Perky Goth.
* {{God}} would sometimes appear in the form of a male Perky Goth in the TV series ''JoanOfArcadia''.
* Richmond from ''TheITCrowd'', who listens to Cradle of Filth and is mistaken for a vampire on his first appearance, but who is generally cheery despite being severely demoted and spending most of his time supervising equipment he can't even identify.
** Although he almost seems completely [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AKH0Ic-vOQ8 oblivious]] to the fact that he is a Goth... or at least [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JMZ0L409lzw oblivious]] to other people's reaction to him or the stereotype associated with being a Goth. [[IgnoranceIsBliss I guess it makes sense for him to be happy]].
* ''WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'' has Miranda, who is never seen not smiling, yet is constantly referred to as "scary" and says such gems as "I hate corporate America!" (really, Disney? REALLY!?). The perky part is probably to keep her safe and acceptable (also a result of bad writing).
*** [[PrettyLittleLiars Aria Montgomery]], also played by LucyHale, appears to have been there before the series.
** In recent episodes, Alex actually qualifies except for having a fashion plate taste in wardrobe.
-->'''Harper:''' ''(after having had her mind fused with Alex's)'' You've got some scary thoughts in there.\\
'''Alex:''' Thank you. ''(giggles)''
* Tina on ''Series/{{Glee}}''. "Even though I'm painfully shy and obsessed with death, I'm a really effervescent person!"
* Male example: Ryan from ''KidsIncorporated'' (only seasons 2-4).
* Jethro from the episode "Midnight" from ''Series/DoctorWho''.
** A couple of incarnations of the Doctor have slipped into this too; particularly the {{Retcon}}nned-out [[WebAnimation/ScreamOfTheShalka Ninth Doctor]] played by Richard E Grant. The Fourth Doctor also fits, but it's a played-with example - he doesn't really dress the part (or at least his garish, oversized scarf ruins the effect of his dark Victorian coats, red ascots and poet shirts), but his character was inspired by [[PerpetualPoverty starving]] Victorian gothic poets and he acted like a GothicHorror hero - albeit the cheeriest, cutest one you could ever imagine. In other words, he's a "goth" in the Victorian sense.
* Kenzi from ''Series/LostGirl'', who doubles as a DeadpanSnarker and acts as the protagonist's sidekick and best friend.
* ''Series/YoureSkittingMe'' features a rare male example in a set of sketches that features a trio of emo kids, and a fourth one who doesn't quite get it and irritates the others by being continually upbeat.
* Tomoko Nozama from ''[[Series/KamenRiderFourze Kamen Rider Fourze]]'', after joining Kamen Rider Club.
* Although he's technically a punk [[Series/OrphanBlack Felix]] otherwise fits this trope perfectly.
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[[folder:Music]]
* Many early-2000's {{post-hardcore}} and {{emo}} bands had this aesthetic, such as Music/MyChemicalRomance, Music/{{AFI}}, and Music/TheUsed.
* The subject of Kate Nash's ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WPvLFDRufGk Mariella]]'' is a misunderstood loner who likes to wear black, but she's also a cheerful little girl who always gets the crossword puzzle right.
** "She marched to her wardrobe and threw away the colour, because wearing black looks mysterious, but it didn't impress her mother...But Mariella just smiled as she skipped down the road because she knew all the secrets in her world."
* Music/TheBirthdayMassacre. They even have a song, "Horror Show", that pokes fun at the other kind of goth.
-->''They're getting ugly;\\
They're a horror show.\\
And now we're laughing\\
Because they'll never know\\
That they have everything.\\
We give them all of our own\\
And they tell us they're sick and they're all alone.''
* Canadian singer Music/{{Lights}}, Her appearance and love for metal music would make up the 'Goth' part of this trope, while her own music and personality make up the 'Perky' part. Go figure.
* Music/CreatureFeature. They only ''sound'' dark and depressing, but take one listen to any of their songs and tell me they're not having a grand old time trying to top themselves on the What-the-Fuck-o-meter.
* Music/EmilieAutumn's music tends towards melancholic and angsty, but there's also a great deal of caprice and whimsy which reflects her perky side. The trope is more evident still in her live shows and interviews.
* Jennifer Parkin of {{Ayria}} is pretty much this, and it shows through her music. Well, except for the sadder songs.
** Ditto for Helalyn Flowers, also on the Alfa Matrix label. They dress gothically, and often have gothic subjects in their lyrics such as psychic {{lesbian vampire}}s and tentacle hentai, but their musical style is mainly upbeat synth-rock.
* Music/TheDivineMadness
* Creator/AmyLee of Music/{{Evanescence}}. Cheerful and brooding, [[FourTemperamentEnsemble sanguine and melancholic]], she is darkness ''and'' light personified.
* Music/TypeONegative. They look extremely intimidating and popularized a "doom" sound in music, and they sing tunes about having sweet girlfriends and about silly goth girls with too much black hair dye. Although they do have quite a few sad songs.
* Wednesday 13.
* Natalia Kills.
* The Welsh {{synthpop}} / {{darkwave}} group Future Perfect. Along with singer Rebecca Morgan's gothic dress style, they can be angsty and depressing in some songs (e.g. "Poisoned Love", "Not in Control", and "Complicated Machine"), but other times they're peppy and upbeat ("Paradise", "Light", and "Saint Perfect").
* The Break Up, another goth-influenced Nu-Wave band, has their share of depressing songs, often about [[BreakupSong failed relationships]] as their name suggests, but also a good number of perky songs such as "Ninja", "Lightning", "Trapeze", and "Synthesis".
* Music/{{Kerli}}, who has dubbed her style "bubblegum goth". As time progressed, she has become more "perky" than "goth".
* {{Music/Voltaire}} who is possibly the most successful gothic comedian in history.
* Donna Lynch and Steven Archer of Music/EgoLikeness are this in person. However, their music certainly [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters isn't]].
* The Crüxshadows.
* John Entwistle of TheWho. Famously TheQuietOne in the band, he put his lighter side on display via Halloween-like imagery, such as the skull costume he often wore and his self-penned, darkly comedic StepUpToTheMicrophone moments like "Boris the Spider".
* AliceCooper.
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[[folder:Mythology]]
* Baron Samedi from {{Voudoun}}. God of death, dresses like an undertaker (the person around corpses, not the wrestler), wanders the graveyards as a skeleton, and enjoys his "life" to the fullest. His wife Maman Brigitte also counts.
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[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* Lio from, well ''{{Lio}}''. He's mute, but his joyous grins and gleeful attitude speak for themselves. He frequently breaks out into hysterical laughter, usually at the outcome of a prank he just pulled. As for the "Goth" part of the equation ... read the comic, but [[http://lio-comic.livejournal.com/294909.html this is a pretty good demonstration.]]
* Dethany Dendrobia, in ''OnTheFastrack'', is a classic example. She's as Goth as it gets, but cheerful, friendly and a real asset to the company---which is how she gets away with seriously non-corporate clothing and accessories under the reign of Ms. Trellis.
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[[folder:Puppet Shows]]
* The Count from ''Series/SesameStreet''. ("Ahh ah ah ah ah ah!")
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[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* Former {{WCW}} and now Wrestling/{{TNA}} wrestler Wrestling/{{Sting}} is essentially this, as he kept the costume inspired by ''Film/TheCrow'' he adopted during the Wrestling/{{nWo}} angle, but has gone back to his former upbeat showman persona.
* Wrestling/JeffHardy, too, has played up this angle in both Wrestling/{{WWE}} and [=TNA=]. He wears [[LooksLikeCesare corpse paint]] and his fans are known as "Creatures of the Night," but he's otherwise fun-loving and full of spirit.
* Wrestling/DaffneyUnger, from both WCW and TNA, was known for deliriously screaming and laughing during her own matches and those of her friends.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* It's implied a ''lot'' of [[TabletopGame/GeistTheSinEaters Sin-Eaters]] are like this. They were given the chance to come back from the dead and gladly accepted, so why ''shouldn't'' they be happy? Their general culture is one of celebrations and gatherings in the vein of the Day of the Dead and New Orleans funerals.
* Penny Dreadful from ''TabletopGame/MageTheAscension'' lives and breathes this trope. It's also implied that just as many of the Hollow Ones are perky goths as are traditional ones.
* ''TabletopGame/EclipsePhase'' has the newscaster Momo von Satan, the host of a comedy news program. Imagine ''Series/TheDailyShow'' if Creator/JonStewart was a tiny Japanese woman who continually argued with a giant grey CGI penis wearing a horned Viking helmet about journalistic ethics, and who filled the show with cracked-out one-frame {{Easter Egg}}s, and you'll pretty much have the idea.
* The PerkyGoth card from the ''ChezGeek'' expansion ''Chez Goth''.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Lash from ''AdvanceWars'' is a Perky Goth villain. In the "defeat" conversation at one point in the third game, she even growls, "No more miss nice perky goth!"
* Jennifer "Jen" Tate, [[http://www.womengamers.com/articles/digital-women/jen-primal/ main character]] of {{Primal}}.
* [[TheDragon Misery]] from ''VideoGame/CaveStory'' -- most of the time.
* Luste Teuber from ''{{Rosenkreuzstilette}}''; she also gets {{Stripperific}} and TokenMiniMoe bonus points.
* Sigrun from ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOriginsAwakening'' is a member of the Legion of the Dead, dwarves who have symbolically died and consider themselves dead to the world. Their normal mindset is quite gloomy, but Sigrun manages to subvert the expectations despite of her dark, tattooed exterior. This is even {{lampshaded|Trope}} by Nathaniel who thinks she ought to be a bit more grim to suit the image.
* [[RobotGirl Ashlotte]] from ''SoulCalibur 4''.
* Nina Cortex from ''Franchise/CrashBandicoot''. She's paler than the Addams Family, Darker and More Cynical than Marvel's Death, Yet loves animals and laughs, she has times when she's moody and agressive, but that's because of her Evil scientist uncle.
* Deconstructed by Morinth from ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'', She seems like one of these but is obsessed with dominance, violence and death.
* Cube from ''JetSetRadio'' counts, though only since the localization of the first game. The Japanese original had her in more traditional skater-punk style.
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* The main character of ''ButtercupFestival'' is a perky goth, and embodies perhaps the more whimsical side of the trope.
* Miho from ''Webcomic/MegaTokyo'' has been defined by Fred Gallagher as a "perky goth", though she's more of a LittleMissBadass.
* Crystal from ''ZebraGirl''. She starts out completely bubbly from the get-go, and one day decides to go goth on a lark, without actually changing her personality in any way.
* Blossom from ''{{Rhapsodies}}'' (though she's more Industrial Punk than most examples).
* Amy Fang from ''[[http://deadmetaphor.comicdish.com/ Dead Metaphor]]'' is a good example. Though she wears death-metal shirts and seems to have an obsession with horror/zombies, she is perpetually perky, energetic and somewhat childish.
* Dora from ''QuestionableContent''. Her transition from "mopey" to "perky" allegedly came before her first appearance, and she's called out on it in an early strip by a member of her former "coven". This same member (Raven) shows up a few weeks later with a job application as a non-gothic GenkiGirl.
* [[spoiler:Death]] in the webcomic ''FindersKeepers'' seems to be this.
* Subversion: On the outside, Alisin in ''{{Fans}}!'' is cheerful, fun-loving, and free-spirited, and it's only when you look closely that it's revealed that [[StepfordSmiler underneath the perky exterior]] she's a neurotic, self-loathing and nihilistic mess.
** In more recent arcs, Aly([[ThatManIsDead she's no longer Alisin]]) was able to shed her self-loathing, due in large part to the unconditional love of her husband Rikk, and later Rumy when she joined them in a [[MarryThemAll triad marriage]], plus finding fulfillment in her job as a nurse in a juvenile cancer ward. She also grew her hair out and dropped most of her goth fashions. In one recent arc, she was held hostage by Keith Feddyg, who told the young patients about her past life, and then killed one [[LittlestCancerPatient 8-year-old who defended her]]. Aly, bolstered by Rikk and Rumy, was able to say the one thing Keith couldn't bear to hear; "I forgive you."
* Happy Goth from ''TheDevilsPanties''.
* [[http://www.collectedcurios.com/sequentialart.php?s=406 Vanity Thorn]] from the webcomic ''Webcomic/SequentialArt''.
* Esther from ''ScaryGoRound.'' Her friend Sarah has also become much perkier throughout the comic.
** ''SGR'' actually plays with Goth stereotypes quite a bit overall -- Sarah goes a bit {{Tsundere}} for and winds up dating the much older Ryan, while Esther and Sarah's friend Big Lindsay is less goth and more of a Class 3 TheBigGuy (who is eventually PutOnABus by getting pregnant). And then there's the odd case of Roxy Postlethwaite, who is supernaturally Changed into a "White Goth" -- part banshee, CloudCuckooLander, all NightmareFuel.
* Marius, Mordred, and Sarah from ''MyLifeInBlue''.
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'''s Tsukiko. Evil mystic theurge, but she loves what she does.
** [[GhostShipping Literally!]]
* Cassie from ''TheWotch'' is a goth and proud of it. Oh, and she always wanted to see a unicorn. Despite her dark fashion sense and outlook, she can almost always be seen fawning over her crush, Robin.
* Angelica from ''Webcomic/BloodyUrban'' has somewhat morbid interests and usually wears punky black clothes and black makeup, despite being TheDitz.
* Katie and Abby from ''{{Weregeek}}'', especially [[GenkiGirl Abby]].
* Silverblue from ''Webcomic/{{Jack|DavidHopkins}}'', based on the character of a friend of the author (who herself is a PerkyGoth in real life), is very much this by the time [[spoiler: she realizes that everything that happens to her in hell is her own self punishment, and no, she does NOT have to [[GroundhogDayLoop watch the same round of musical holes every day]] if she really doesn't want to.]]
* The Dark Lordess [[MyNaymeIs Tyfnee]] from ''Dumnestor's Heroes'', as exemplified by [[http://www.moderntales.com//comics/dumnestor.php?view=archive&chapter=14714#strip5 this strip]].
* Cherri Creeper, the protagonist of ''SchoolBites''.
* [[AllTrollsAreDifferent Kanaya]] from ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' is an inversion. On her home planet, most residents stay indoors during the day for fear of the blistering sun (and the undead who rise in the morning), and wear nothing but black and gray. Kanaya, on the other hand, comes out during the day (and keeps actual plants in her home) and wears a variety of bright colors... so, for all intents and purposes, she's the goth of her planet.
** [[spoiler:Aradia]], post-resurrection, is a more straight example. While she ''also'' doesn't wear black or grey, she's an extreme NightmareFetishist who is ''incredibly'' cheery and enthusiastic about the chance to throw someone a "[[TheFunInFuneral corpse party]]". She somehow manages to be so sweet and likeable about it that it ''almost'' isn't creepy.
* Elliot from ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' has a goth female form with its own personality as a part of his cover identity spell. [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2010-12-15 When he assumed it the first time]], he was [[DistractedByMyOwnSexy too impressed to be angsty]]: [[spoiler:though later still morphed into its imitation without enforced supernatural angst attached]]
-->'''goth female Elliot''' (ogling the mirror): The world is cold, but this form is ''hot''.
* [[http://www.200-20.com/ Runie]] from 200:20 could be considered an excellent example of this as well. The many, many outfits in which she is seen wearing normally involve black colors or fishnets (she is most often seen wearing a something that looks a cross of a Chinese dress with panty hose and knee high boots). Although her attitude might also qualify her to be considered as TheCutie as well.
* ''L.A.W.L.S.'' has Autumn [[TheHunter The Furry Slayer]], who's ''not'' of the "[[http://lawlscomic.com/bigmouth-strikes-again/ slitting her wrist to Morrisey's Morosity or something]]" sort. She's rather kind of fun, in her own [[GenkiGirl loudly and violently crazy way]].
* In ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'' Parley's [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=952 classmate]] Lily Cooke (or "Cookie Monster") fits the type, between her love of dark colours, visible ex-[[TheFairFolk fairies]]' influences and CatSmile.
* Vicious Whisper from SerenityRose is a textbook example, with bright pink hair, a very positive (and vocal) outlook on life and all while following strong Goth Aesthetics.
* ''Webcomic/{{Matchu}}'' has Famine, who, despite the evil sounding name, is rather cheerful in her [[CloudCuckooLander own weird way]].
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* The websites [[http://suicidegirls.com/ Suicide Girls]] (NSFW!) and [[http://www.godsgirls.com/ Gods Girls]] (NSFW!) (as well as their Tumblr pages, just google either one with the word tumblr also, Tumblr sites as NSFW!) exist to document these women in their natural habitat. And naked.
* "1-800-Tech support" has Erica who, while into black makeup, mummifying her dead cats and so on, is generally fairly chirpy...unless it's [[AllPeriodsArePMS that time of the month]].
* At least one of the hosts from the podcast ''Lime and Violet'' alludes to having been one of these in the past, after a teenage stint as a more typical Mopey Goth.
* Moria from ''GaiaOnline'' kind of drifts between this and Regular Punk depending on her characterization. (Though she was a vampire for about a week once, which ranks pretty high on the goth scale.)
* The writer of [[http://www.agonybooth.com/recaps/Repo__The_Genetic_Opera_2008.aspx?Page=7 this]] [[Website/TheAgonyBooth Agony Booth]] recap declares that most Goths actually are like this, and that ''RepoTheGeneticOpera'' gives them a bad name for this reason.
* ''SurvivalOfTheFittest'' has Anna Chase of v4 and Keira [=MacDonald=] of the spinoff Evolution. Anna's a little more downplayed on the perky part, and while not a ShrinkingViolet, can come off as seemingly rather meek at times. However, she still definitely fits the description. Keira, however, is played completely straight; her "power" is that she coughs up smoke at irregular intervals, for crying out loud!
* Sara Waite of WhateleyUniverse appears to be a goth due to her natural coloring, and, as a lust demon, she's rather perky.
* [[http://asquidcalledzelda.deviantart.com/ A Squid Called Zelda]], especially since she started wearing black makeup in [[http://www.youtube.com/user/ASCZPictures?feature=mhum her movie reviews]].
* [[http://www.youtube.com/user/WaysideCreations#p/c/5/_BwOyK38FN0 Ralis Kahn]] of Wayside Creation's "Mad Monster Lab".
* Bones Cloud from EquestriaChronicles. Your friendly neighborhood mortician pony.
* Youtube vlogger Miss Hannah Minx is probably the most gratuitously perky goth in the whole world, especially in her Jinx and Elvira personas. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NfQfhfLHlDg Example.]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/user/OrderoftheGoodDeath Ask A Mortician]], a Youtube webseries where a licensed mortician cheerfully answers people's questions about death, burial, cremation, and other such things.
** She has a CrowningMomentOfFunny when, to answer someone's question if it's possible to bake someone's cremated remains into a chocolate cake (no, really, that was the question), she does precisely that with some fake remains (with "Sorry U Died" written in icing). The cake was apparently quite disgusting, and the whole thing was [[HilarityEnsues hilariously absurd]].
* ''{{WebAnimation/RWBY}}'' has Ruby Rose, whose [[http://images.wikia.com/rwby/images/4/4d/Ruby_Rose_-_Full_Portrait4.jpg character design]] can be described as "goth meets LittleRedFightingHood". Some fans upon seeing the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pYW2GmHB5xs "Red" trailer]] presumed that she would have a more muted personality. As more material about the series came out (including her brief appearance at the end of the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QCw_aAS7vWI "Yellow" trailer]]) and once it officially started, however, it [[https://twitter.com/montyoum/status/285275420872560642/photo/1 became clear]] that she was a [[{{Adorkable}} bit]] [[WideEyedIdealist more]] [[{{Fangirl}} upbeat]].
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* Lydia, from the AnimatedAdaptation of ''WesternAnimation/{{Beetlejuice}}''. (''Not'' the near-suicidal {{emo}} kid from [[Film/{{Beetlejuice}} the movie]], although she ''did'' lighten up at the end of the movie, and new wardrobes are expensive.)
* Jinx from ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans''.
** Perfectly opposite to the darker Raven. [[spoiler:And given Jinx's HeelFaceTurn at the end of the series, one wonders if they manage to get along now.]]
*** Although, in the [[WesternAnimation/TeenTitansGo newer series]], Raven's perked up a bit.
* Vanessa Doofenshmirtz of ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb''...whenever her dad's not around to embarrass her.
** Actually addressed in one episode, where Vanessa informed her father that she and her friends were [[InsistentTerminology "Punks, not Goths."]]
* Ditto Triana Orpheus in ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'', in sharp contrast to the unrelenting weirdness surrounding her home life.
* Creepie Creecher from ''WesternAnimation/GrowingUpCreepie''.
* Debbie of ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' seems to have an obsession with death and the dark side, but for the most part seems very friendly and well-adjusted.
* Shareena from animated series ''WesternAnimation/{{Detention}}''.
* ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'': As mentioned above, Sam Manson is very clearly one of these. By outward appearance, she's your stereotypical Goth girl. But she's actually quite happy with the way life is! It generally appears as though Sam considers herself a Goth because she likes the style... or because she wanted to rebel against her parents.
* ''WesternAnimation/CarlSquared'': Ironically not Carl Crashman's sister, Chloe, but her boyfriend Damien.
* The 1999 direct-to-video ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo'' movie, ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooAndTheWitchsGhost'', features "The Hex Girls", a rock-band trio of friendly Goth girls. They identify themselves as "Eco-Goths", are deeply involved with environmental causes, and the lead singer's Wiccan background becomes key in dealing with the titular Witch's Ghost.
* ''WesternAnimation/CountDuckula'', on his own show at least.
** He's mostly this in ''WesternAnimation/DangerMouse'' as well, being a HarmlessVillain who only wants to make it big in show business rather than a genuine threat.
* In ''WesternAnimation/XiaolinShowdown'', Jack Spicer is this role.
* Serena from ''WesternAnimation/{{Downtown}}'' is definitely this.
* Miko Nakadai from ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'' is totally this.
** Though she's more punk than goth.
* Practically everyone in ''WesternAnimation/RubyGloom'' aside from the appropriately named "Misery".
* Ingrid Third in ''WesternAnimation/{{Fillmore}}'' is pale, raven-haired, dresses only in black most of the time, and cracks wise ''all the time''.
* Julian from ''WesternAnimation/RandyCunninghamNinthGradeNinja'' definitely fits this trope. Despite being fascinated with creepy, dark places, and instruments of torture, Julian is actually rather perky.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* Cassandra "[[Creator/ElviraMistressOfTheDark Elvira]]" Peterson built an entire career out of being cheerful, sexy and dark. The character she was an {{Expy}} for, Vampira, was also sexy, but otherwise a more "traditional" style of {{Goth}}.
* As one website owner maintained, Salvador Dalí.
* Photophobia didn't bother the late Church of Satan founder Anton Le Vey, either. After he got rolling, the witty religious rebel played off and played jokes on, off, and with his own image and reputation to a level you'd expect out of (irony noted) the Devil. This was even noted in a interview with him prior to his death undertaken by the pornographic publication High Society magazine.
* ''Music/{{Voltaire}}''. No, no, not the [[Creator/{{Voltaire}} eighteenth century French author]]; Voltaire ''Hernandez'', the twenty-first century songwriter, author of humorous perspectives on being a Goth, and occasional stand-up comedian. ''That'' Voltaire. He also does music for the Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy, so that makes him doubly cool.
* Creator/TimBurton and his girlfriend, HelenaBonhamCarter.
* The Lady of the Manners, webmistress of the [[http://www.gothic-charm-school.com/ Gothic Charm School]].
** Who, although she'll probably never admit to it, has shown some distinctly [[SnarkKnight mopeygoth]] leanings in the past.
** She's also the real life inspiration for [[DorkTower Gilly]].
* [[http://www.zazzle.com/goth_girly_skull_tshirt-235082362946970820 This t-shirt]].
* [[http://www.leepresson.com/ Lee Presson and the Nails]], a Gothic Swing band.
* GreyDeLisle (the voice of [[WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom Sam Manson]]) abuses this trope, going into "Are you sure she's really goth?" territory.
* NoelFielding.
* Creator/ChristinaHendricks in high school.
* TaylorMomsen
* AvrilLavigne is more punk than goth but definitely fits the perky part.
* NeilGaiman.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S_NqVd5Wqv0 Whitby Gothic Style!]]
* Heather Brewer, writer of ''TheChroniclesOfVladimirTod'' and ''TheSlayerChronicles.'' She wears purple-highlighted hair and black dresses, and she calls her fans "Minions" (the fans call her "[[FanNickname Auntie Heather]]").
* Creator/ChristinaRicci has this reputation after playing [[Film/TheAddamsFamily Wednesday Addams]], [[CreatorBacklash much to her chagrin]].
* And just like her NCIS character, so is Pauley Perrette (see page image, in her mid-40s, no less).
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[[folder:Other]]
* In the MonsterHigh toy line, young vampiress Draculaura fits this trope to a T. Her friend Frankie Stein really belongs here too.
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