Goths have been a source of curiosity, outrage, self-expression, and fear since the 1970s. Inspired by the New Romantic fashions and Edwardian era, the goth umbrella is wide but cohesive, with various genres reaching beyond the traditional modern subculture represented by some of the best goths in movies today.
Goth representation began long before this concrete subculture developed. Gothic literature has existed since the late 18th century, and some of the media's most beloved goths made their first appearance on the silver screen. From 1915 to today, the best goth characters - including a fair number of comic-book goths - have sent our cultural environment to darker and more romantic depths, and the best goth characters in movies prove that.
Type of goth: Wizard.
Aesthetic: Dark academia.
Signature quote: "You have your mother’s eyes."
General outlook on life: Love manifests in curious, disturbing ways.
At first, Severus Snape (Alan Rickman) may not seem like a true goth. He comes from a franchise with an overall uplifting message and appears to be a stickler for the rules. Plus, no self-respecting goth would wear a robe so magnificent without whiting out their face. Snape’s single-minded focus on challenging and protecting the child of his departed, unrequited love is both deranged yet romantic; and for this reason he is considered a prime goth.397253Are they so dark?
Dracula From 'Bram Stoker's Dracula'
Type of goth: Scorned soldier turned seductive vampire.
Aesthetic: "A** Bum Head," according to Syfy Wire.
Signature quote: "I renounce God! I renounce him! I shall rise from my own [demise] to avenge hers with all the powers of darkness."
General outlook on life: If your wife perishes, surround yourself with blood-thirsty Transylvanian women who are also called brides, and who will protect you as you seduce the reincarnation of your late wife.
Dracula (Gary Oldman) is undeniably the face of the vampire genre. If that’s not goth enough, his way of expressing his heartbreak is renouncing God and taking up hypnotic seduction. The 1992 adaptation of Dracula also solidifies the canon of Winona Ryder’s ongoing love affair with the undead.244197Are they so dark?
- Photo: Batman Returns/Warner Bros.
Type of goth: The Black Cat.
Aesthetic: Leather-clad anti-hero.
Signature quote: "As I was saying, I'm a woman and can't be taken for granted. Life's a b*tch, now so am I."
General outlook on life: You can live fully and recklessly when you have nine lives to spare.
Selina Kyle (Michelle Pfeiffer) turned into her sultry goth alter ego, Catwoman, out of pure spite. A troubled woman who has a touch-and-go relationship with reality, Catwoman turns from a meek, downtrodden secretary into a menace and a force to be reckoned with when she dons her leather suit.225250Are they so dark?
Type of goth: Mattel-core.
Aesthetic: Bride of Frankenstein Cabbage Patch Kid.
Signature quote: "Barbie, eat your heart out."
General outlook on life: It's better to be dead than wed.
Tiffany's (Jennifer Tilly) transformation into a doll at the beginning of the Bride of Chucky is a direct result of her immutable predilection for serial slayers and otherwise unsavory people. Despite having her soul sealed away inside of a doll and being taken out by Chucky multiple times, she continues to rise with bigger hair and a bigger attitude.187245Are they so dark?