Say what you want about mainstream Western culture, it isn't everyone's bag. Some people appreciate [[MistakenForSubculture things that skew differently than the cultural norm]]. Other people, like younger generations, can't seem to find a role in the [[GoodOldWays culture of past generations]], and so set out to [[ForcedMeme create their own]]. Still others latch on to a new development and try to build it into something big, something that may one day reshape the norm. This is how a subculture is created.

On the other hand, some people ''[[IJustWantToBeNormal want]]'' [[IJustWantToBeNormal to be normal]] and won't understand why others would pursue something else. [[FanHater They]] argue the problem can't be that it just doesn't work for those people; no, there must be something [[CityOfWeirdos weird]], [[SnarkBait laughable]], or even [[FreakyFashionMildMind dangerous]] about those people. This meme then gets reused by [[MoralGuardians the media]], in the form of [[YouCanPanicNow investigative reports]] and [[SubcultureOfTheWeek special episodes]].

As [[ screenwriter John Rogers]] paraphrases: "Anyone who decides to poke their head out of the cultural world of the CBS primetime line-up is a sad, basement-dwelling loner screaming into his ''Hello Kitty'' pillow as crackling dubs of the original ''Spider-Man'' cartoon flicker on his television." This may be corrected or subverted on occasion, but it's safe to say that any hobby or subgroup that is not understood by the mainstream media will be butchered, [[CowboyBebopAtHisComputer one way]] or [[TotallyRadical another]]. Just look at the number of news stories which cover comic book conventions, that include at least one photo of a fat man in an ill-fitting spandex costume.

Just look at how many times school shootings are [[NewMediaAreEvil linked]] to [[MurderSimulators violent video games]] or [[TheNewRockAndRoll music]], instead of the fact that the shooters were likely victims of [[TheBully bullying]]. The historical acceptance of [[WarForFunAndProfit war efforts]] and rejection of [[ActualPacifist peace]] [[UsefulNotes/CivilRightsMovement movements]] makes this even more ridiculous.

This page serves to both provide accurate info on subcultures while demonstrating the ways in which subcultures are portrayed in the media, both accurately and otherwise. Some subcultures have their own UsefulNotes topics to elaborate upon their histories, many aspects, and other things that are usually missed out on by the media. We won't list them all, because [[ human cultures nest fractally.]]

Perhaps the biggest irony of the above phenomena is that due to TwoDecadesBehind being the norm for many media, the "normal people" complaining about subcultures are themselves no longer in the mainstream, and thus can also be seen as [[BoomerangBigot subcultures]].

!!Some specific subcultures & their telltale tropes:

* AllBikersAreHellsAngels
* BadassBiker

* {{Dominatrix}}
* SafeWord
* TooKinkyToTorture

* {{Emo}}
* EmoTeen

* FurryFandom

'''[[UsefulNotes/{{Homosexual}} LG]][[UsefulNotes/{{Bisexual}} B]][[UsefulNotes/{{Transgender}} T]] Individuals'''
* DragQueen
* QueerAsTropes
* {{Transsexual}}
* {{Transvestite}}

'''Geeks and Nerds'''
* {{Geek}} & {{Nerd}}
* HollywoodNerd
* PacManFever

* {{Goth}}
* PerkyGoth

* HollywoodHacking
* PlayfulHacker
* TheCracker

* GranolaGirl
* NewAgeRetroHippie

'''Hipsters, Beatnicks, and Bohemians'''
* BourgeoisBohemian
* {{Beatnik}}
* {{Hipster}}

* AgeInappropriateDress
* AwesomeAnachronisticApparel
* CostumePorn
* ElegantGothicLolita
* FairytaleWeddingDress
* ImpracticallyFancyOutfit
* NiceHat
* OfCorsetsSexy
* PimpedOutDress

'''[[UsefulNotes/{{Nudism}} Nudists]]'''
* NakedPeopleAreFunny

* ChangelingTale
* OurMonstersAreDifferent
* OurVampiresAreDifferent

* TheQuincyPunk

* {{Angst}}, which is sometimes seen as {{Narm}} or {{Wangst}}
* AmbiguousGender
* AnimeHair
* {{Bifauxnen}}
* {{Bishonen}}
* {{Biseinen}}
* BiTheWay
* CampGay
* CampStraight
* DudeLooksLikeALady
* GroupieBrigade
* EightiesHair
* JapaneseDelinquents - some bosozoku and yankii helped begin the scene in TheEighties and they were a fixture until the middle of TheNineties
* LongHairedPrettyBoy
* OccidentalOtaku - there is enough overlap, some of it officially encouraged, that many non-Japanese Visual fans are assumed to be this - even if they ''aren't'' "weeaboo" and possibly even if they only like specific bands for their ideas or sound and would like the bands just the same if they weren't Japanese.
* OurVampiresAreDifferent - some people really do go for the vampire aesthetic, and outsiders bashing the scene have referred to ''everyone'' as "gay vampires"
* RefugeInAudacity
* SexDrugsAndRockAndRoll
* WholesomeCrossdresser
* {{Yakuza}} - because some people actually ''are'' affiliated, and at least one outsider bashing the scene extrapolated that to assuming ''everyone'' is
* YaoiFangirl / YaoiFanboy
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair
* WidgetSeries

* CoolBoard
* ImplausibleBoardingSkills
* SkateHeavenIsAPlaceOnEarth
* SurferDude

* BaldOfAwesome
* ImportantHaircut

'''Vegetarians and vegans'''
* AdjacentToThisCompleteBreakfast
* EvilVegetarian
* IfItTastesBadItMustBeGoodForYou
* MeatVersusVeggies
* StockYuck
* StrawVegetarian
* {{Veganopia}}

'''Video Gamers'''
* PacManFever
* UltraSuperDeathGoreFestChainsawer3000
* HollywoodGameDesign, in the case of {{Ascended Fanboy}}s

* GentlemanSnarker
* LonelyRichKid
* RichInDollarsPoorInSense
* UpperClassTwit

'''Subcultures in general'''
* MistakenForSubculture
* SubcultureOfTheWeek


'''Use of subculture as a theme in works:'''
* Many Doctors in ''Series/DoctorWho'' are based on some subculture in terms of costume design and interests, with the Classic ones being TheThemeParkVersion of historical subcultures and the revival ones being [[YoungerAndHipper 20th/21st Century ones]]:
** First Doctor: Edwardian university academic.
** Second: Depression-era "Cosmic {{Hobo}}", with a hefty scoop of 60s counterculture.
** Third: Dandy.
** Fourth: After some EarlyInstallmentWeirdness in his first season which pitched him as a 70s university student, he suddenly becomes a Victorian [[StarvingArtist bohemian]].
** Fifth: Edwardian public schoolboy.
** "The Ultimate Adventure" Doctor: the Green movement of the 80s.
** "Shalka" Doctor: a Goth.
** Ninth: 00s skinhead.
** Tenth: 90s "indie-kid".
** Eleventh: [[TheNewTens 10s]] {{Hipster}}.
** Twelfth: 60s skinhead.