Goth girls. They like to wear black, fancy dresses, makeup that gives an eerie appearance, and religious imagery. There also tends to be the themes of supernatural and occult within the works of their subculture. So it's no surprise that they're often portrayed as wielding magic or other supernatural powers in fiction.
This prevalence of this trope lies in the origins of the goth subculture itself. Gothic literature has writers who have delved into horror and the supernatural like H. P. Lovecraft and Edgar Allan Poe, each of whom have influenced the subculture, and their literary works continue to remain highly popular among goths. Gothic artwork from the 18th and 19th centuries that have motifs of mysticism and morbidity influenced the visual taste of Gothic art. The same goes for cult supernatural horror films such as Dracula which appealed to early goths.
Since the release of The Craft, this trope can be tied to real life teenage rebellion. If a teen girl wants to rebel against the status quo of society, it's likely she'll either go Goth, take up some form of paganism, or do both at the same time. Fiction tends to take this farther, with Goth girls automatically casting hexes and flushing the Rule of Three down the toilet.
May overlap with Lady of Black Magic if she's composed and graceful enough. She'll often be a Hot Witch if portrayed as beautiful. If she's from a Magical Girl series, she'll most likely be the Dark Magical Girl.
- Hilda from Beelzebub. She's always dressed in black Elegant Gothic Lolita, and has vast magical powers as a demon maid who serves under the Demon King.
- Gordon Agrippa from Black Clover is a Rare Male Example. He has the look down with grey clothing, pale skin, and black makeup. It's also notable that, among the rest of the cast who are mages, he's an expert in Curse Magic, adding hexes to his Poison Magic.
- Naruto gives us a Rare Male Example in the form of Gaara. His fighting style is based entirely around manipulation of sand and he rarely moves his own body at all (beyond motioning with his hands to direct the sand), let alone engaging in any conventional martial arts or use of weapons, all of which makes him one of the most "wizard"-like ninjas in the series.
- One Piece: "Ghost Princess" Perona's Devil Fruit power is more "magical"-themed than average, letting her create ghosts and send an Astral Projection of herself. She wears gothic lolita and, to add to the gothiness, is very lonely, causing her to greatly desire companionship.
- Played With regarding Stocking in Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt. She dresses in Elegant Gothic Lolita style and displays goth tendencies, and as an angel she is inherently magical, she is every bit a Magical Girl Warrior who wields enchanted swords in battle, rather than the expected sorcery.
- Puella Magi Madoka Magica has this Played With regarding Homura Akemi. She has shades of being goth, what with her darker outfit in comparison to the others and her sardonic and lonely personality, but her Time Master powers as a Magical Girl Warrior aren't as overtly magical as is typical for this trope. However, in Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie: Rebellion she fits this to a T when she ascends to Homulilly and Akuma Homura, gaining very gothic appearances to match the surge in magical power.
- Sailor Saturn from Sailor Moon. She has a gothic physical appearance and usually dresses in purple and black. She's by far the most magically strong Sailor, able to destroy entire planets with the powers of silence and destruction. It's not so much that she's evil but that her role is to cleanse the dead and broken so that life can grow anew.
- Arachne from Soul Eater. A luxuriously gothic witch with eccentric tastes and lady-like mannerism. That and her spider-based magic adding a lovely dose of malevolence and creepiness to her true nature.
- Marion Phauna from Shaman King. She wears a black gothic lolita dress, and as the daughter of a fortune teller she could already manipulate puppets even as a child, long before she even got her powers to use a Spirit as a Shaman.
- Aki Izayoi of Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's, especially while she is the Black Rose Witch. She wears a Victorian-style dress, is lonely and angry at the world and her parents for shunning her, and has Psychic Powers that could turn her card's attacks into real fire and vines.
- Empowered has Sistah Spooky, a gothy superhero who made a Deal with the Devil to use black magic.
- Lucifer has Elaine Belloc, the half-human daughter of the Archangel Michael, who actually becomes God at one point.
- Runaways has Nico Minoru, a Goth girl who ends up wielding the sorcerous artifact known as the Staff of One, which is powered by Blood Magic. In a bit of a tweak on the trope, her parents—both dark sorcerers—adopted the guise of devout Christians and vocally disapproved of Nico's Goth trappings. She's now the trope's page image.
- The Sandman:
- Death of the Endless appears as a Perky Goth girl, but in reality, she is a immortal embodiment of the concept of death itself. Needless to say, she knows quite a bit of magic.
- Death's younger brother, Dream of the Endless, is a male example. He's the personification of dreams in the form of a pale man in a black trenchcoat with a black, untameable mop of hair a la Neil Gaiman.
- Black Alice from Secret Six is a Goth-styled anti-hero with the ability to effectively steal the powers of any magical being and temporarily use them as her own. She quit the team after refusing to join them in Hell, though.
- In Stormwatch PHD, Black Betty is a Perky Goth who also happens to be a powerful mystic.
- The Unbelievable Gwenpool side character The Terrible Eye (real name: Sarah) is a goth as shown by that chosen name alone. She is also the wizard of the group, first thanks to a magical headpiece which turned out to be an Amplifier Artifact when she actually got into a magic school to develop her own powers.
- Codex Equus has Princess Winter Opera. While she didn't start wearing gothic ball gowns until she became a professional musician in adulthood, she was already a talented user of dark magic, something she discovered when she was an angry teenage filly bent on giving her tormentors hell for bullying her. In fact, the fact that she was talented in dark magic worried a lot of people since her birth father, War Rock, was a villain who also used dark magic, and both feared and expected her to turn out like War Rock. Fortunately, Luminiferous and Blue Suede Heartstrings would intervene and help guide her onto a better path, influencing her to use dark magic for good and eventually Ascend as the Alicorn goddess of Dark Magic.
- In Avengers: Age of Ultron, Scarlet Witch's look plays this up, she's a pale-skinned, dark-haired girl who wears black dresses and nails, ripped-stockings, and ornamental rings. Her eerie Psychic Powers derived from the Mind Stone are, according to Word of God, magical in nature. After joining the Avengers, her appearances in Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War tone it down a bit. She still wears the dark dresses and jewelry, but it doesn't have quite the same edge.
- The film version of Beastly has a Goth witch (played by Mary-Kate Olsen) cursing the lead to "Embrace the suck," effectively turning him into the most rad Beast ever.
- Downplayed with Lydia in Beetlejuice. Apparently being a Goth is enough to get around ghosts' Invisible to Normals rule.
- Kim in Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2, a goth chick who turns out to have more genuine psychic powers than Erica, the actual Wiccan among the group.
- The Craft, as mentioned above, wherein teenage rebellion and Goth style leads to magical terrorism.
- Good Luck Chuck has the titular Chuck (played by Dane Cook) cursed to have female troubles all his life by a Goth chick he turned down for a round of "Seven Minutes in Heaven" during his youth.
- Bellatrix Lestrange (played by Helena Bonham Carter) wears distinctly Gothic clothing in the Harry Potter series along with black corsets and dark eyeliner and lipstick. And, like her literary counterpart, she's the Number Two of the Death Eaters as an extremely powerful witch well-versed in the Dark Arts and deadly in a duel. Her favorite curse also happens to be the Cruciatus curse.
- The Hot Chick: Downplayed. After the main character, a ditzy Alpha Bitch teenager, suddenly switches bodies with a local crook, she immediately suspects the goth chick in school to be responsible. She's not, though she does admit that she tried to curse her with dandruff, make her hair fall out and give her smaller boobs (which means that she attempted magic, but failed—most likely because the only known supernatural thing in this movie's universe are the earrings that transform the bodies of two people into the other person's appearance. Which is kind of ironic, due to how the main plot is caused by in-universe magic).
- The Rage: Carrie 2 is a particularly notable example of this, given that, in the original 1976 film (and in the book it was based on), not only was the telekinetic teen outcast Carrie White not a goth in the slightest, but her ultra-religious upbringing meant that, outside her prom dress during the finale (which is pink, at least before it gets covered in blood), she wore extremely modest, earth-colored clothes. Some of her tormentors wore far more black than she did, particularly the Greaser Delinquent Billy and his friends. By 1999, however, goths had become the stereotypical teen outcasts, often associated with witchcraft and Psychic Powers in the popular imagination, and so the new protagonist Rachel Lang was made a sexy goth chick.
- In The Witch Files, Jules is the goth girl who introduces the other girls to magic, and induces them to form a coven. She claims the women in her family have a history of spell casting stretching back to pre-Revolutionary times.
- Some of the young witches in Discworld especially the Tiffany Aching series try to look and act more gothic. Tiffany herself is an exception (she prefers to wear blue and green) but Annagramma's coven are obsessed with black clothes and occult jewelry, as was Diamanda's clique in Lords and Ladies. In this case the trope might actually be inverted; knowing magic (or wanting to learn it) makes you Goth.
- Molly from The Dresden Files. Played With in that she actually ditches more of the Goth trappings as she develops her magic more.
- Leonor from the Costa Rican children's novel of the same name. She knows a couple of spells even as an 11 year-old, though in her case it helps that her grandma is a witch, to her best friend Nazareth's dismay.
- Subverted in the Shivers novel Ghosts Of Camp Massacre. The goth girl claims to know white magic, and uses it to try and summon the ghosts that are haunting Camp Wil-He-Waha. While the ghosts do appear, it is made clear that they came on their own and were not summoned by the goth girl babbling nonsense and throwing some kind of sparkly dust around in the hope that something would happen (nothing does, since the ghosts were only capable of interacting with the protagonist).
- A self-described witch in an episode of First Wave looks like a typical goth. While her "powers" are initially only shown in the form of baking cookies that poison Gua but are harmless to humans. She claims to have found the recipe in an old book, which then gets destroyed by a Gua. However, during Cade's fight with the Gua, the girl and a few other girls use some sort of ritual that possibly causes the Gua to be split in half by a falling axe.
- In The Haunting Hour, there's a typical-looking goth girl in the episode "Wrong Number", but she actually has an uncle and grandmother who use magic and such. She knows of this, and uses their help to eventually delete a video that Steffani is trapped in, deleting Steffani forever.
- Subverted in The Librarians 2014; when dark magic breaks out during a STEM fair, the initial suspects are a bunch of goths who've been hanging around despite not having exhibits, but it later turns out that they're only there because their leader is secretly pursuing one of the participants.
- Gender-flipped in The Mighty Boosh episode "Nannageddon". Vince (excuse me, Obsidian Blackbird McNight) borrows some magic from Naboo in order to impress some goth girls and prove he's a real goth. He accidentally summons a formidable demon.
- ''Victorious: Jade is a Goth who shows some interest in the occult. Notably, she joins Cat and Tori on their trip to pay their last respects to a dead actress because she believes she'll be able to absorb the actress's essence.
- The Hollow Ones from Mage: The Ascension are often shorthanded as the "Goth Tradition." While their history is linked to subcultures reaching back to the flappers and Bright Young Things, and their magic style is basically chaos magic, they're tightly linked in with Goths in the present day.
- The Matriarch (Lilian Merle Corvus) from Sentinels of the Multiverse was a normal child going through a pretty normal teenage rebellious phase, and yes, was pretty much a goth. Until she found a feathered masquerade mask at a flea market, bought it, and gained Beast Master abilities related to Creepy Crows from it, and became one of the game's difficulty 4 villains, a honor she shares with The Chairman (an unaging mafia boss with an army of thugs, assassins, informants and crooked police officers from the wretched hive that is Rook City), and Iron Legacy, a Superman expy turned Knight Templar.
- BlazBlue: Rachel Alucard is dressed in black Elegant Gothic Lolita and has a snarky personality to boot. She's a master sorceress as well as one of the few people in The 'Verse to use actual magic.
- The resident Perky Goth Ophelia from Brütal Legend shows aptitude for the heavy metal magic. Justified by the setting, as goths seem to be a separate ethnicity descended from the members of the ill-fated Black Tear Rebellion, who drank from the Sea of Black Tears and were granted ancient powers.
- Final Fantasy X has Lulu, a cold Black Mage with an obviously gothic-inspired outfit who begins the game with elemental spells and goes on to learn many other black magic spells provided you stay on her Sphere Grid Path.
- Tharja is the darkest of the females in Fire Emblem Awakening and usually brooding and grim. She is a Dark Mage after all, and can cast dark magic along with standard elemental spells.
- Miranda, Morinth, and Jack are the gothier ladies of Mass Effect 2 and all have biotic powers. The gothiness is particularly evident in their Loyalty uniforms.
- In the interval between the two ObsCure games, Shannon, who was the Girl Next Door in the first game, gains both gothiness (including both a Hotter and Sexier makeover and a level in jerkass) and, due to her exposure to the mortifilia plant, magic powers allowing her to control her infection and suck away dark auras blocking her path.
- Persona 3 has Chidori, who's dressed in a white gothic dress and has a lonely and icy temperament to match. She has Psychic Powers to go along with the Persona summoning that the main cast possesses.
- Gothita, Gothorita and Gothitelle are a family of feminine-looking Psychic type Pokémon, with designs based on both goth fashion and fortune tellers. 25 percent of them are male though.
- The female "Hex Maniac" trainers in Pokémon X and Y might be one of these.
- Feli from Puyo Puyo. The series already features the characters doing magic spells a lot, but Feli is unique in that she specializes in divination and fortune telling.
- While Henrietta from South Park generally averts this besides some very occasional dabbling with her other goth friends, it's played straight in South Park: The Fractured but Whole when she's added as a party member in the DLC From Dusk to Casa Bonita. She uses Satanic magic to buff and heal her allies in various ways and burn her enemies with cigarette smoke (though it's uncertain if that particular ability is magical in nature), and her Limit Break has her summon Satan himself to steal her enemies' souls, damaging all enemies and healing all allies.
- Oka Ruto from the PC stealth sandbox game Yandere Simulator is a gothy-looking character, fascinated by the paranormal and leader of the Occult Club. In fact, one of her club's activities is trying to summon a demon. While she's certanly interested in it, whether or not she actually knows magic is unknown... but according to the Undertale-styled battle with her, she does.
- Cool Cat Studio features Liz, a Goth Girl who naturally has magical powers and knows everything about supernatural creatures.
- Critter Coven has Inkshadowblood, the high-strung teenager who dresses in black, red, and studs, and doesn't have the best grasp of what magic(k) actually entails.''
- In Gunnerkrigg Court, the Perky Goth Jenny is an apprentice witch who can use Geometric Magic to produce things like Tracking Spells... and land mines.
- Rose Lalonde, one of the main characters of Homestuck is a gothic young girl (though not to Elegant Gothic Lolita levels) who studies the lore of the Noble Circle of Horrorterrors in her spare time, and eventually comes around to actually channeling their power through a pair of wands.
- Scary Go Round: The trope is averted and somewhat deconstructed by Perky Goth Esther de Groot. She's not notably any more effective than anyone else at dealing with the Fantasy Kitchen Sink weirdness of the comic's stories, and when she and her boyfriend The Boy have a brief run-in with fairies on a trip to Wales, and he comments on her (lack of) response, she responds with embarrassment and irritation.
The Boy: I thought you were dark, Esther. Of the night and hip to spells.
Esther: Um... Fairies...
The Boy: Yes?
Esther:...are like wasps in camisoles.
- The Wotch: Cassie, whose earlier dabbling with magic often ended with Anne having to bail her and the others out of danger while trying to avoid being outed as The Wotch.
- Midnight Mares has Nightfall Nod, the local Nightmare Moon expy. She's an Emo Teen Nightmare Goddess with a dyed black mane with a pink Skunk Stripe, a calavera skull hairpin, and wears a glow-in-the-dark skeleton costume from the neck down.
- During the "Dark Nella" arc, The Nostalgia Chick invokes the trope (and uses it as an excuse to review The Craft) by picking up a random Goth girl off the street to try to fix Nella via magic.
- In a student-created CGI short film called The Colors of Evil, a goth girl named Vivian summons a demon in an attempt to get rid of the annoying Alpha Bitch bullying her.
- Whateley Universe: A number of Wizard studentsnote fit this to varying degrees, most notably Carmilla and Nacht (with Maledicta being more of a send-up of the character type). Several of the non-Wiz Goths want to learn magic, such as Screech, and are frustrated that the Mystic Arts department generally refuses to teach magic to anyone who doesn't have that mutant power and/or some other existing mystical ability.
- In one episode of Craig of the Creek the main trio meets Tabitha and Courtney, two teenage goth girls who hang around their stump at night. The kids see them lighting candles and reading tarot cards and jump to the conclusion they're witches. What's worse, one of the girls decides to mess with them and tells the kids they're cursed, which coincidentally proceeds the three of them having a chain of bad luck.
- Dylan from Golan the Insatiable was able to summon the titular creature because of this.
- Ming-Hua from The Legend of Korra. She wears a slate-gray outfit, has a scrawny build and long stringy hair that make her resemble an onryo, rarely displays any facial expression that's not either "glower" or "malicious grin," and is prone to bitter snark. She's also the most overtly temperamental and vicious of the Red Lotus. Easily one of the most powerful waterbenders in the series, she's also the only bender shown to not even need the use of armsjust as well, seeing as she was born without themand can create as many water whips and ice blades as she wants.
- Lost in Oz: Goths probably don't exist in Oz, but West, the group's resident witch, certainly ticks most of the boxes: dresses in black, in a style that is a mixture of old and modern; has violet hair worn in a punkish; pale skin; Deadpan Snarker...
- 'My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic has Queen Chrysalis. She has an eerie and broken appearance that sticks out like a sore thumb in a cheerful cartoon and is a capable magic caster, able to shapeshift and fire magic beams from her horn.
- Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja plays with this during season 2. Julian (who's a male example, mind you) wants to be a magician, but he kind of sucks at it. He eventually get his hands on the Sorcerer's magical orb that Randy and Howard had previously snagged, which does grant him legitimate mystical powers. He's brought back to normal, but in the process of this, an evil version of Julian is created, who has powers of his own.
- Subverted in Scooby-Doo! and the Witch's Ghost. The Hex Girls (an eco-goth rock band) "ritual" turns out to be for show and the "potion" they were seen making was just an herbal treatment for their vocal cords. Double Subverted when one of them turns out to be part Wiccan, which is treated like a Witch Species.
- Invoked and subverted in the The Simpsons episode "Rednecks and Broomsticks" where Lisa befriend three young wicca. When the three teen girls are arrested, suddenly, half the town becomes blind and the girls are blamed. Turn out that they are innocent; some of the hillbillies' moonshine mixed in with the water that goes into the reservoir the town uses and thus caused them to go blind.
- Teen Titans has two notable examples.
- Raven fits the typical traits of a Goth with her reclusiveness and taste in dark things in general, but there are circumstances that push her to act in a gothy way. As the Half-Human Hybrid daughter of Trigon she can use spells demonic and magical in nature.
- Jinx also has the general style of goth and a gloomy outlook on life in spite of her perkiness, and can use magical hexes that cause bad luck.
- A somewhat less surprising (and less "rebellious", as it's actually the "family business") example is Triana Orpheus of The Venture Bros.. The Goth girl daughter of necromancer extraordinaire Dr. Byron Orpheus, Triana is studying magic with her mother, also an accomplished sorceress.