Elegant Gothic Lolita
aka: Gothic Lolita
Elegant Gothic Lolita wears an outfit that makes her look like a Victorian doll: puffy skirts, lots of frills, bonnets, huge ribbons, mostly black. There's also shades of Alice in Wonderland (though it is beginning to fall out of favor), with the aforementioned dark motif. On occasion, her hair may be in Regal Ringlets or Ojou Ringlets. Gothic lolita is actually a sub-style of the "lolita" subculture in Japan based on dressing in EGL as fashion, not costume. The specific Trope Namer is Mana, a Visual Kei artist, who uses "Elegant Gothic Lolita" to refer to his own brand of clothing, Moi-Męme-Moitié. So referring to lolita clothing as Elegant Gothic Lolita is like saying "I'm going to play Nintendo" when referring to video games. "Gothic Lolita" is also referred to as "gothic and lolita", "GothLoli" (gosurori), or "loligoth." Western goth fashion is referred to as "goth punk" in Japan. Keep in mind that although creators might draw inspiration from lolita fashion or intend to show lolita outfits, they might not necessarily make accurate representations or real-life lolitas — who are almost always adults or teenagers dressing in the style for fashion and would be highly offended at any implication of encouraging or endorsing pedophilia. For a general overview on the Lolita style of dress, as well as other styles, the Useful Notes page about Lolita Fashion has you covered. Can overlap with a Parasol of Prettiness, Fairytale Wedding Dress.
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Anime & Manga
- This style did originate in Japan, so as you may imagine, it's common in anime.
- Natalia/Belarus from Axis Powers Hetalia. Russia gave her a dress of this style (which may or may not be inspired both in EGL and in the schoolgirl uniforms worn in the Soviet Union◊) and she tries to wear it as much as possible.
- Hildagarde from Beelzebub dresses like this, as does Lucifer.
- Black Lagoon An extremely disturbing example in Creepy Twins Hansel and Gretel.
- Riruka Dokugamine's dress in Bleach also evokes the Gothic lolita looks.
- Chobits features several characters with "gothloli" looks, though mostly notably are Chii, with the dresses Chitose gives her. Freya is a better example, as Chii is more sweet-lolita than goth-lolita.
- The SISTERs of Coyote Ragtime Show.
- Lala the doll in a few chapters of D.Gray-Man. The sadistic Road not only dresses up like this, but in her introduction she also dresses a kidnapped and paralyzed Lenalee as one too, mostly to tick off Allen.
- Misa Amane in Death Note was a Perky Goth, though her looks became more mainstream after the Time Skip to indicate her maturity and fame. In the anime, Misa wears outfits like this twice: once as she sings about her devotion to Light in the streets, and later in the Grand Finale... as she quietly stands atop of a rooftop, after Light's death — and it's strongly implied that she threw herself off it. As a matter of fact, it's possible that her original montage actually takes place directly before her scene in the finale, which may be why she, in the montage, is seen on a rooftop looking forlornly at the horizon. The outfit may have been so distinct specifically to draw us to this conclusion.
- The manga Doll by Mitsukazu Mihara is filled with tons of characters wearing lolita, specifically the Dolls (androids) of the story. Mihara also did the first covers of the Gothic Lolita Bible.
- In the second season of Genshiken, the males discuss what Ogiue would be like as an ero-game character. The answer: she would be a shy girl in a Gothic Lolita dress who would nevertheless be sexually aggressive even if it was her first time.
- Merriweather from the manga Godchild.
- Pii-chan in Gokinjo Monogatari.
- Kanako from Love Hina Again; she even persuades Keitaro to dress in a goth-like manner briefly. Check out the credits for that episode of the miniseries, which have the other characters, save Haruka, similarly... modified. The cover of volume 11, in which Kanako first appears, has all the characters except Keitaro dressed in this style. Keitaro's not on the cover because he happens to be away until the last three pages of the book.
- Cosette d'Auvergne from Le Portrait de Petite Cosette.
- Anju Maaka from Karin.
- The outfits worn by the girls of K-On! in "Fuwa Fuwa Time" are "Goth-Loli-inspired".
- Kyouran Kazoku Nikki.
- Before changing families Senko Himemiya's (later known as Chika Midarezaki) standard outfit was of this variety.
- There is also the random shots at the end of the opening video where the female family members are seen wearing EGL.
- Everyone and everything from Black Butler. (With, of course, the guys tending more toward Elegant Gothic Aristocrat.) Even grim and steely little Ciel Phantomhive wears tiers of lace and roses spilling off his top hats.
- In Loveless, Nagisa's outfits are all traditional gothic lolita. Yes, even when she's at home or eating lunch.
- Vita of Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's.
- Mahou Sensei Negima!.
- Evangeline A.K. MacDowell (on the picture above together with Chachamaru), who dresses like this all the time when not wearing her school uniform. In one chapter of the manga, Evangeline takes on Asuna as an apprentice and demands that she dress only in gothic lolita style. In another, she dresses those still at school campus during the holidays in cosplay/Goth Loli, because she's bored. The fanboys were entertained, at least.
- Another example would be Tsukuyomi and her victorian-stylized outfits she wears into combat (never seen without one). She rarely leaves battle with the outfit intact.
- Moyashimon. Kei Yuuki, Tadayasu's childhood friend has a distinct love for this style of dress apparently.
- In Tsukuyomi Moon Phase, Hazuki/Luna when we first meet her in her castle/home/prison.
- One Piece has Perona as one of the Co-Dragons in the Thriller Bark arc, Oda's tribute to the horror genre.
- In the shoujo manga Othello the main character Yaya's secret hobby is dressing in EGL as cosplay for her favorite Visual Kei band (the manga has nothing to do with William Shakespeare's Othello).
- Paradise Kiss.
- The three "princesses" from Princess Princess are forced to dress up in an Elegant Gothic Lolita style because that year's costume designer is a gothic lolita fan.
- Princess Resurrection: Hime, with heavy emphasis on elegant and Gothic, as well as her younger sister Sherwood.
- Quon from RahXephon certainly qualifies, cute umbrella and all. One of the DVD covers has her dress in a more traditional Gothic Lolita outfit.
- The lead trio in Saint October. They even call themselves the GothLoli Detectives.
- Chikage from Sister Princess is borderline EGL. Although Aria from the same series may be a better example — in clothing style, anyway. Chikage is more 19th century male dress, for the most part.
- Emily from Soukou no Strain is dressed that way by Sara.
- Silky from Tenshi Ni Narumon, especially in the first season, where she poses for a doll.
- Sakura during the Infinity arc in Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle.
- Guilt-Na from Vampire Doll is often one, much to her chagrin.
- Venus Versus Virus has Lucia, and she also has a clothes' store that sells dresses in the same style. The twins Layla and Lola also dress in gothic lolita fashion, and many of Sumire's outfits have gothic lolita overtones.
- In The Wallflower (Or Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge), there's the "GothLoli Sisters" who are rather less than elegant, not very lolita-ish, and also not very gothic... but that's what they call themselves, and often chant "Goth Goth Loli Loli".
- Tsukiyo Kujou from The World God Only Knows counts as this, even while still wearing her school uniform.
- The Ame-Warashi in Xxx HO Li C.
- Kiku of Yoki Koto Kiku.
- Ashley of Uragiri wa Boku no Namae wo Shitteiru.
- Kuroneko from Oreimo.
- Stocking of Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt embodies a few traits of the stereotypical lolita including a fondness for Gothic decor and sweets.
- Sunako of Shiki has outfits inspired by EGL. Megumi wears Elegant Gothic outfits as well after rising from the dead.
- Cat Street has a lolita character who couldn't fit into a normal public school because of her unusual fashion choices.
- The Embalmer, created by Mihara Mitsukaz who has done illustrations for lolita magazines, has two secondary characters who dress in EGL and a short story about a gothic lolita.
- Just as real Vivienne Westwood clothes appear in Nana, at least some of Misato's clothing are actual lolita designs.
- Perrier La Mer from Amuri in Star Ocean has this kind of fashion sense but in white. While under the influence of her darker persona, Vernier, she wears black.
- Jeanette of Zero no Tsukaima.
- Victorique from Gosick. To be fair, it's a period piece... but not Victorian.
- Rikka in Chuunibyou Demo Koi ga Shitai! suits herself up as one whenever her delusion is in full swing.
- Anna Kushina in K is 11 years old, has very doll-like skin and white hair and wears a frilly red dress and matching ribbons on her hair. She really stands out since the rest of the members of HOMRAnote are dressed like gangsters or thugs.
- In one episode of Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, Judai had an opponent named Alice who dressed like this.
- Cathy dresses this way in Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL (but only when she duels; other times, she wears a more modest schoolgirl outfit).
- In Detective Conan, a whole case features a lolita fangirl, Mihiro Kuze, as the murder victim. At the very start we get to see her wardrobe and she's in possession of quite a bit of EGL clothes and jewelry, which borders as a case of Costume Porn in the animated version. Later she's found dead in a public restroom and since Conan, Kogoro, Ran and Sonoko were among those who saw her alive last, they now have to testify and help investigate her death. The fact that she's a lolita fangirl is vital in the resolution, as her black and red gown is one of the proofs against her killer: her former best friend Yuika, who had actually worn it before the murder to create an alibi... and she also had it on while she was killing Mihiro.
- The trope also gets lampshaded when the victim is seen in the tea parlor for the first time. Or so we think. Kogoro is weirded out and speaks about "that eerie witch costume" she's wearing, but Ran and Sonoko go all "GOTH LOLI, SO CUUUUUUTE ~ !" Of all people, Conan explains to him what Goth-Loli is, and then he thinks that Ai would fit in the subculture fairly well (complete with a Imagine Spot of Ai in a black gothloli dress). Later Megure is also surprised at the sight of Mihiro's lavishly-dressed corpse and snarks at Takagi when he explains what Gothloli is.
- Additionally, during said case the two girls go into a EGL boutique (specifically, the one where Mihiro purchased the black and red gown) to put on matching frilly and pink sweet lolita dresses. Conan/Shinichi is getting ready to snark at them and specially at Ran for their Skewed Priorities, but is left starstruck once he sees Ran on it.
- Nonon Jakuzure and Nui Harime of Kill la Kill wear a Casual and Sweet Lolita style respectively.
- Madoka Kaname from Puella Magi Madoka Magica. She dresses rather normally most of the time, but her Magical Girl outfit looks like it's straight-up taken from the wardrobe of a Sweet Lolita fan — has a puffy skirt, lots of frills, huge ribbons and super cute shoes with frilly knee-length socks. The Gothic aesthetic fits as well, as Puellae inevitably mutate into Germanic or Victorian-themed Eldritch Abomination Witches.
** Mami Tomoe's outfit, save for the Magic Skirt, would fit in pretty well in Casual Lolita.
- Kyoko Sakura's outfit has elements of this and Showgirl Skirt.
- Many of the outfits in Il Sole penetra le Illusioni. Etia and Ariel are full-on gothic lolita, and Akari and Luna have some gothic lolita inspiration in their normal clothes.
- Mother in Mother Keeper is always seen dressed like this.
- Marvel's Livewires miniseries featured a character actually ONLY named Gothic Lolita, who served as the Cute Bruiser of the title Five-Man Band. To be fair, she is a self-named Robot Girl, and her teammates have equally odd monikers.
- Also from Marvel, Runaways leader, Nico Minoru, is referenced as such in the comics first script.
- Kim Pine during the gig in Scott Pilgrim and the Infinite Sadness.
- Used in Gloom Cookie, naturally, as it satirizes a lot of goth tropes.
- Kyon Big Damn Hero
- Tsuruya gets one of these made for her by Mikuru. It doesn't match her cheerful demeanor at all.
- Mikuru later makes a second custom EGL outfit for Yuki, who pulls off the attitude rather better. (And Haruhi raises the ante by Instant Cosplay Surprise-ing Kyon into rather snappy Victorian suits to match.)
- In Tokyo Mew Mew No Hope Left it's mentioned when the main character wears "Gothic Lolita." It does not match the guidelines for the style at all, though, so it's kind of subverted.
- Amy wore this in one issue of Sonic the Comic – Online!, which isn't surprising considering her Unlimited Wardrobe.
- In a Chipmunks Go to the Movies fanfic that spoofs the film version of Dragnet, Brittany is the owner of an Elegant Gothic Lolita clothing emporium that was robbed; Jeanette was a sales representative.
Films — Live-Action
- The lead killer in Ulli Lommel's Black Dahlia.
- The child-vampire Claudia in Anne Rice' Interview with the Vampire dresses this way during the Victorian era.
- Clothing designer Novala Takemoto's novels, the most well known being Kamikaze Girls and its adaptations.
- The title character of Shakugan no Shana dresses like this in some promo art for the light novel.
- Momoko from Kamikaze Girls is a Sweet Lolita, her admiration for the real life brand "Baby the Stars Shine Bright" designs is one of her biggest character traits.
- Some Dorama will purchase actual lolita clothes for lolita characters.
- Toku example: Mahou Sentai Magiranger's Nai and Mea dress in dolly-goth style.
- Another Toku example with Maen from Tomica Hero Rescue Force.
- Speaking of Toku, the Three Priestesses in GARO, a.k.a. the Eastern Watchdogs.
- For a fourth Toku example, there's the Grasshopper Woman in Kamen Rider Double.
- Sometimes Live-Action Adaptations of manga and anime buy actual lolita clothing for the actors to wear so the live-action characters look more like real lolitas than the original characters.
- Lilo I, the main character of China's popular Bloodline series.
- Mana of "Malice Mizer" and now "Moi dix Mois" is the Ur Example, Trope Maker and Trope Namer, as well as the owner of one of the major brands, "Moi Meme Moitie". Also counts the the Trope Namer, as the term Elegant Gothic Lolita was coined by him to describe his own style.
- Yui Itsuki of Yousei Teikoku is inspired by Gothic Lolita.
- In the music video for "Black Heart Inertia" by Incubus, Gothic Lolitas (mainly Sweet Lolitas) are seen in the video, especially toward the end.
- Emilie Autumn.
- Kerli, who calls her style "bubble goth".
- Kanon Wakeshima
- Nana Kitade
- Luna Haruna
- Ever After High features this heavily, for obvious reasons. Can't sell plain looking characters as dolls, now, can you? But... It does not match the guidelines for the style very much, though, so it's more of a downplayed version, although the general silhouette and certain accessories and decorations of some characters look very lolitesque, the clothing of the girls looks like a fairy tale/fantasy reinterpretation of Lolita.
- Draculaura from Monster High shows elements of this
- In Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin, the two vampire sisters are this. Interestingly, we find out they dressed the same way before they became vampires.
- Super Robot Wars Original Generation
- Little Miss Badass Latooni Subota finds herself turning into this. First by accident, second in order to match her with the Princess she was assigned to guard, and finally ordered into it by one of her superior officers because frankly, she looks so damn cute in it. To be fair, however, every time she wore that dress, she ended up with a fair amount of Character Development, and the officer giving the order actually says as much.
- And don't get us started on her giant robot. There's a reason the game's development staff nicknamed it the Gothlolion.
- Irui Guneden, is also this in her child form.
- Soul Calibur
- Amy from Soul Calibur 3 is influenced by Gothloli. In the arcade version, at least. Soul Calibur IV even more so. She's "erotic" at best; most lolitas value modesty.
- Soul Calibur IV also includes a victorian robotic in bonus character Ashlotte.
- And if that's somehow not enough for you, the game's character creator has more than enough frilly, lacy clothing for you to make your own.
- Tabitha from Advance Wars: Days Of Ruin. She's more of the Alpha Bitch in personality, however.
- Chidori in Persona 3 has both a gothic dress, an icy personality (except when she's busy cutting herself), and a supernatural power.
- Yurika Kirishima of the Rival Schools sequel Project Justice dresses in this style (and her profile even lists a like of frilly and lacy clothing) but the colors of her clothing (light blue dress and a bright red ribbon) contrast to the typical dark colors associated with this trope.
- Ninon Beart of The King of Fighters Maximum Impact 2. And in the Days of Memories Dating Sim, if she's the chosen love interest, she will rope the lead guy into dressing up as a gothloli to please her◊.
- In the Tales of Ash saga, a girl from Those Of The Past dresses like this. She's a very creepy-looking Emotionless Girl named Rimelo, never seen without her partner Shroom. In XI they attack the Ikari Warriors to steal Magaki's body, stealing Heidern's Eyepatch of Power in the meantime; in XIII they ambush Kyo Kusanagi to give him his KOF invitation, in the Story mode she stands by Shroom's side as he speaks to Ash Crimson, and she's also there when Shion returns to this world in the ending.
- The "Dark Beauty" dress Cordelia can acquire in Shadow Hearts: Covenant is, appropriately enough, in this style. In From The New World, Hilda is the fashionista.
- In The World Ends with You, Lapin Angelique, the store in A-East, carries Gothic And Lolita attire as its main stock.
- Mountain Of Faith's second boss, Hina Kagiyama, Undefined Fantastic Object's sixth boss, Byakuren Hijiri, and Phantasmagoria of Flower View's Medicine Melancholy are actually some of the few who fully represent this trope.
- Also, series protagonist Reimu herself started as a rather traditional Miko whose outfit was progressively wa-lolified.
- Cave has two Shoot 'em Up series, Ibara and Death Smiles, with gothic lolita elements. The latter is more heavily centered on them.
- The generic female mage characters in Disgaea all dress this way.
- No More Heroes, and its sequel, No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle: Margaret rocks this style to a T. The look of her outfit seems to be a Shout-Out to Suigintou, along with the hair color and all.
- Bad Girl's design in the original was more similar to Sweet Lolita or... Little Bo Peep.
- Growlanser V has a mute gothic loli. Being designed by Satoshi Urushihara, emphasis on "insane detail".
- Len in Tsukihime, although she's only given a proper model in the sequel, Kagetsu Tohya.
- Lady Rachel Alucard, a centuries-old vampire, and one of the most powerful (and snarky) characters in BlazBlue.
- The video for Oblivion in DJMAX. The opening text calls it "The Gothic Lolita Metamorphosis".
- Lieselotte Achenbach in Arcana Heart is Gothic-lolita inspired.
- Feli from Puyo Puyo. She's even an astrologer with frickin' dowsing rods.
- Agitha from The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess is dressed this way, and the clothes are decorated with figures of butterflies to denote her apparent status as the "princess of the Insect Kingdom".
- The "Arsenic Candy" gang in the Spider-Man 3 video game.
- Queen Bella in NiGHTS: Journey of Dreams is a Giant Spider dressed like one.
- The pilot of the Final Boss craft in Otomedius Excellent is a young female expy for Castlevania's Dracula wearing this style.
- Rock Band has a handful of frilly, lacy articles of clothing, thus allowing you to dress a female custom character like this if you want. There are also a few items suitable for an Elegant Gothic Aristocrat.
- In Immortal Souls, all of the women in one of the vampire gangs dress in a style like this. Which leads to the rather quirky visual of the buff, trenchcoat-clad main character getting his ass kicked by girls wearing corsets, frilly skirts, and Parasols of Prettiness.
- Every female character in Death Smiles dresses like this, most likely because they're in a world reminiscent of early 20th century Europe - in the endings, any girl who returns to the real world is generally seen wearing more mundane clothes.
- Dolce in Rune Factory 4. Just look at her picture.
- In Style Savvy: Trendsetters, the brand "Raven Candle" exclusively specializes this type of clothing. The "Marble Lily" brand mostly specializes in frilly princess fashions, but their darker-coloured clothing occasionally strays into this territory as well. There are a lot of customers who have or want outfits in this style, and you can dress your character in them as well.
- In Little Busters!, Komari's casual outfit is a cute gothic lolita outfit. Which is probably great evidence of the sheer extent to which gothic lolita has overtaken every other kind of lolita in Japanese media, because while Riki notes correctly that the innocent doll-like aspects of the fashion suit Komari perfectly, the gothic part very much doesn't, while in contrast the sweet lolita subgenre, with its colorful sweets, stars, and fairytale themes, would fit both Komari's general personality and the themes of her route almost impossibly perfectly.
- When They Cry:
- Rika and Hanyuu from Higurashi: When They Cry dress this way quite a lot in promo art for Kai and Rei.
- Umineko: When They Cry:
- Bernkastel, Eriko Furudo, and Virgilia are the best examples.
- Maria, Lambdadelta, and Zepar can also count, though Lambda, with her pink-overload, would be more of a Sweet Lolita.
- Natsuhi and Beatrice, who, due to the drawing styles of Natsumi Kei and Jiro Suzuki, are heavily styled like this in the manga.
- The spirit Iyaritikki in Shinkyoku Soukai Polyphonica is almost doll-like in her appearance, including very impressive ringlets.
- Celestia "Super Highschool Level Gambler" Ludenberg from Danganronpa, who is only seen dressed in this style. Including some really, REALLY huge Mega Twintails.
- Ashe, the heroine of the 18+ otome game Under The Moon, favors frilly black dresses.
- Male-to-Female Transsexual Charlie's style of choice in Khaos Komix. Her mother is a tailor.
- Francine in Rhapsodies (though she doesn't pull it off very well)
- Cute Bruiser Nova from Overlord Academy favors this style.
- In Drowtales, Naal dressed this way when she was younger.
- In Pacificators, Commander Breanne Geothe is infamous for her outfit.
Daryl: Breanne Geothe? The midget in the gothic outfit who likes some witch stuff?
- Hwa Ryun from Tower of God in Viole's flash back. Yes, that includes her Eyepatch of Power.
- Chimera, from the 3rd season of Winx Club, is a GothLoli. It has been criticized that Stella should know this (especially since it's a well-known fashion style), but she doesn't act that way, calling her look "pre-teen meets goth".
- As part of her Unlimited Wardrobe, Ilana wears an outfit like this in the "Elephant Logic" episode of Sym-Bionic Titan.