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"Punk is nothing but death and crime and the rage of a beast!"
Batman: Fortunate Son

Every youth subculture gets its moment to be The New Rock & Rollgreasers, mods, hippies, Skinheads, goths; hell, Mystery Science Theater 3000 proves that even the beatniks got a good round of it. And when the late '70s and early '80s came around, the punks got it with both barrels. The subculture relied on brilliant and strange hair and clothing styles, a growing feeling of societal discontent and marginalization, and simple, raw-sounding, angry music. It was like a license to sow moral panic.

But where the general societal backlash to a subculture tends to abate over time, there's still the idea that punk is violent and nihilistic. Maybe it's the pervasive nature of the imagery. Maybe it was the hardcore seeding of memetics that painted punks as people who wanted to tear the system down and piss on the ashes. Or maybe it was because Sid Vicious ruined it for everyone.


Hence, the Quincy Punk. The Quincy Punk looks for all the world like a stereotypical punk — mohawk in all the colors of the Kool-Aid rainbow, studded leather jacket, and very uncomfortable piercings. The music he listens to is distorted and raw, like hardcore on PCP, and often doesn't much resemble actual punk rock. He's an anarchist, but it's more about setting fire to a police station than any sort of rational opinion on Kropotkin's Mutual Aid. Oh. And he hates you. The Quincy Punk is most often used as a stock mugger, thug, or street tough for superheroes or other urban vigilantes to beat the shit out of, allowing for an intimidating image in an urban setting while avoiding the Unfortunate Implications of Batman (or some other Super Hero or Action Hero) beating up more “ethnic” or racially-oriented street criminals. Later works occasionally feature the "hardcore bro", who, while differing in attire (usually preferring band shirts or sports jerseys, snapback hats, skate shoes, buzzed hair, and gauged earlobes) acts largely the same: rude, obnoxious, aggressive, and prone to violent and destructive behavior for stupid, petty, and often nonsensical reasons. Portrayals of the latter are most likely influenced by the behavior of FSUs,note  who have become infamous for invading shows and starting fights, as well as for multi-man ambushes on disliked individuals.


For actual information on Punk rock, see Punk or the Punk Rock page. Nothing to do with President John Quincy Adams, unless some tell-all biography reveals his youthful radicalism. There's now a book out that's a field guide to these sorts of portrayals, paired with the rare cases where the creators actually knew what the hell they were doing.

Not to be confused with the actual clan of Quincies from Bleach. Or one of the first suburbs Southies escaped to.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • The mohawk-wearing, murderous kidnapping biker gangs of Fist of the North Star. No music though.
  • Parodied in the Excel Saga anime, in the episode that was a direct spoof of Fist of the North Star.
  • Liar Game subverts this —- a character who dresses and is initially assumed to be this way turns out to be one of the nicest people in the cast.
  • Bartolomeo from One Piece is like a mix of this and a good ol' Troll — he has the style and certainly seems to have some anarchistic tendencies, but also spends a lot of time provoking people for fun.
  • Bazz-B from Bleach fits the trope to a T, with his hot-pink mohawk, Punk Rock variation of the Wandenreich uniform, and bad attitude. And of course, he's a Quincy...which pretty much makes him a literal Quincy Punk.

    Comic Books 
  • As Linkara from Atop the Fourth Wall has covered, there was an infamous Batman graphic novel called "Fortunate Son" about Batman's strange relationship with rock and roll. In flashback, Bruce Wayne reveals that as an angry young man, he went to Europe and fell in with the punk scene — here represented by paper-thin Expies of Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen. You can probably guess how this ended.
  • The notoriously Darker and Edgier Doctor Who Magazine comic story "Ravens" features a gang of devil-worshipping Goth-punks attempting a human sacrifice. The story's writer, Andrew Cartmel, actually apologised for the subcultural stereotyping in the 2016 TPB that contained it.

    Fan Works 
  • The Sarutobi siblings and Molly in One Piece: Parallel Works.
  • Played for Laughs in the Daria fanfic "God Save The Esteem,'' where Jake, Helen and Quinn are all stereotypical punks while Daria remains more or less her usual self.
  • Scarface from The Dark Angel is a typical street punk:prominent dragon tattoo on his arm, spiked blonde hair with red and black streaks, and various punkish attire. Not to mention a violent streak.
  • From the Parody Fic Plan 7 of 9 from Outer Space
    Steampunks wielding clockwork-activated switchblades got into futile staring contests with cyberpunks in their surgically-implanted mirrorshades.

    Films — Live-Action 

  • Invoked and averted in Pax Britannia: Gods of Manhattan by Al Ewing, in which the introduction to Steampunk New York says that while the "Futureheads", with their dyed "Injun" haircuts, peculiar piercings, and cries of "No future for me, and no future for you!" might look scary, most of them will glare at you with contempt, maybe spit at you, and then move on. It's the gangs who look like ordinary kids on bicycles you have to watch out for...
  • Averted in Tony Robinson's Bad Kids: The Worst Behaved Children In History, which does a rundown of noted subcultures of 20th century Britain. Robinson ranks the punks as almost as harmless as the hippies, and says most of them were nice middle-class kids trying to make a statement.
  • Dan Brown's Digital Fortress has a particularly ridiculous case of this. The punks David comes across in Spain are almost a parody of the stereotype in both appearance and behaviour. This holds even though there's at least a hundred of them- as far as the reader can tell, they all have identical personalities. They also seem to be cast as uneducated and/or criminal drop outs, as they're somehow the first punks the university lecturer has ever met.
  • Invoked in Disco's Out...Murder's In!, which features tales of teenagers joining a punk rock gang in Los Angeles from the late 70's to the mid-80's, where they begin drinking and abusing drugs, fighting (and sometimes killing) random people and rival punk gang members, and getting into various shenanigans of questionable morality and legality. For bonus points, the Trope Namer is discussed by the gang, with one member bragging that his TV cop antics would have resulted in a potentially fatal assault had he applied them in real life. Ultimately, the portrayal is justified, as it's an autobiography from a former member of said punk gang who went straight and ultimately laments his role in shaping punk's reputation as an egregiously violent subculture and forcing people to "quit" punk out of fear of the violence his gang brought to the scene.

    Live-Action TV 
  • The Trope Namer is an infamous episode of Quincy, M.E. called "Next Stop, Nowhere," where the titular M.E. tries to save the youth of Los Angeles from the moral scourge that is punk rock. For years, "Quincy punk" came to be used in Southern California's scene to describe a punk who cares more about the rebellious image than anything else. The promo for the episode shows a good example of Quincy punk in its natural habitat.
  • There was an episode of CHIPS ("Battle of the Bands") about the rivalry between a violent band of punks called Pain, and Snow Pink, a peaceful band of new wave kids.
  • House, "Games". The gang treats an old, bitter "punk" musician whose music sounds like a rabid cougar humping a PA. This is put into contrast later in the episode with an earlier melodic folk recording he made, showing he can produce something of beauty (because we all know punk rock can not produce harmonious songs). It seems like he was supposed to be a shout-out to GG Allin, who created harsh, dissonant punk music; however, he also created touching country/folk music. Subverted somewhat, when the punk character was shown to be a Friend to All Children. As well as a possible GG Allin reference, the grinding noise recording may also be a reference to Lou Reed's infamous Metal Machine Music.
  • Power Ranger:
    • In a first-season episode of Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers, "Power Ranger Punks", the villains had a scheme to slip Billy and Kimberly some "punk potion" before unleashing the Monster of the Week on Angel Grove. Needless to say, the potion turned them into Quincy Punks who didn't give a damn about the monster.
    • Bulk and Skull had shades of this as well.
  • On NewsRadio, Matthew starts acting like a stereotypical British punk, accent and all, after turning thirty and having an identity crisis. However, he doesn't do much research and thinks '80s hair bands like Winger and Whitesnake classify as punk rock.
  • Vyvyan on The Young Ones. His main motivation is destroying things around the house. Not especially egregious, because the show paints all its characters in broad strokes.
  • On the same network as the infamous Quincy episode, Remington Steele had a episode with a brief scene where Stephanie Zimbalist and Pierce Brosnan walk into a punk rock night club, and one of the kids in the mosh pit gets up in Brosnan's character's face for no reason and shouts "YOU STINK!" at him.
  • The 80s sitcom Easy Street, starring Loni Anderson as heiress L. K. Maguire, featured an episode where a stereotypical punk rocker (played by Herman's Hermits singer Peter Noone, of all people) moves into the upscale neighborhood. L. K.'s stuffy sister-in-law (Dana Ivey) is alarmed and calls a neighborhood meeting. As testimony to his subversive nature, she reads them the lyrics to one of his songs ("the only ballad on the album"), called "Squash the Puppy." She then drives her point home by playing the song backward, then interpreting the total cacophany as, "Howdy-do, Satan, have a cup of tea."
  • An early episode of Charles in Charge featured the archetypal punk-rock boyfriend, a jerkass loser who played in a band called The Scuzz.
  • The Blake's 7 episode "Stardrive" has the Space Rats, a gang of far-future outlaw bikers IN SPACE who dress in leather and have gigantic mohawks, but match the costume and hair with Roy Wood-style glam-rock face paint.
  • Quinn from Glee adapted this look during her "bad girl" phase in the first half of the third season, but she succeeded only in looking like an outdated cliche.
  • On Night Court, these stereotypical punks can sometimes be seen as the crowd in the courtroom. In an early episode when Harry finds himself in a romance with a punk-rock star, the singer herself is shown to be have great hidden depths beneath the stereotypical punk facade, but her many fans which mob the courthouse are playing this trope straight.
  • An episode of WKRP in Cincinnati had the station book an on-air appearance by a "hoodlum rock" band named Scum of the Earth. When they appear, the band is obstreperous and uncooperative, refusing to perform until the staff bands together to give them a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown(!). Subverted in that the band dress in 3-piece suits and affect posh accents instead of punk gear and slang.
  • Star Trek: Voyager. In "Real Life", the Doctor decides to create his own holographic family, but they're so Tastes Like Diabetes that B'Elanna Torres reprograms them by randomizing their decisions. One of the changes involved turning the Doctor's son into a surly delinquent who hangs around Klingon friends who might as well be this trope Recycled In Space, right down to the Delinquent Hair, obsession with violence, and loud music.
  • Kali's gang in episode seven of Stranger Things, season 2. Most notably Axel and Kali herself, and El when they give her a makeover.

  • "Punk Rock Girl" by The Dead Milkmen describes antics closely resembling this trope, including causing a ruckus in a pizza place for not having hot tea, causing a ruckus in a record store for not having Mojo Nixon records, causing a ruckus in a shopping mall just to laugh at shoppers, and stealing a car.

    Pro Wrestling 
  • Bull Nakano combined violent punk with biker babe and inhumanly resilient monster.
  • Psycho Clown, often seen in AAA, though he wears much brighter colors than most other examples since he combines this trope with Circus of Fear.
  • "Jezebel" Eden Black, Christina Von Eerie and Heidie Lovelace in descending levels (Lovelace being the furthest from this trope), particularly in SHIMMER\SHINE, where their paths are most likely to cross.
  • The anarchist Arik Cannon applies the look of an eighties punk, especially regarding his mohawk and jacket. Amusingly enough, his tag team partner is a rich foreign banker.
  • Dave Crist of The Irish Airborne and Ohio Is For Killers has sported this look and attitude. His brother Jake and the other Oi4K members don't have the look or persona, but strive to live up to the "killer" reputation all the same.
  • The Devil himself, Derek Drexl, who has been seen in The North West Wrestling Alliance and Don't Own Anyone Pro Wrestling as part of the Clan and Illuminati stables (the Clan being a trio within the Illuminati including drunkard Wade Hess and Dr. Kliever)

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    Web Comics 
  • Generally averted by Nothing Nice to Say. While the comic does invoke stereotypes and/or archetypes such as the Goth, the Emo Teen, the Smug Straight Edge and the self-righteous activist punk, it tends to steer well clear of this trope. Both the main characters appear and behave more like realistic punk fans, as do most background and one-off characters, while Chris, the regular character who most matches the visual side of this trope, is established to be both a vegan and left-wing activist, in stark contrast with the "fuck the world" nihilism of the traditional Quincy Punk.
  • In Darwin Carmichael Is Going to Hell, Darwin and his girlfriend Mina sported the look as teens, with mohawks, black lipstick, and combat boots. They also had the attitude, as they didn't seem to care about following the rules and were neglectful babysitters.

    Western Animation 
  • The shortlived cartoon version of Teen Wolf had a subversion. The straitlaced main characters are freaked out by the appearance of some stereotypical-looking mohawked punks in their neighborhood, assuming the worst. But when they attend a punk club, the cast ends up having a huge amount of fun dancing, dressing up in punk gear, and rocking out with the punk crowd... to the point that the punks are the ones politely lecturing the main characters that the party eventually needs to be cut short, so that people can get home safely, do their homework, and get to school the next day.
  • Bebop and Rocksteady from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987) sported this look before (and to some extent after) being exposed to the mutagen.
  • Mad Dog from Rambo: The Force of Freedom is another villain with this look.
  • Birch Badboy in the Danger Mouse remake is a punk villain (the archenemy of "Danger K" back in The '80s — don't ask how that fits with the original series still being canon)... but the worst he does is make rude noises and insult people, and encourage others to do the same. Sometimes with Mind Control technology, admittedly.


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