Graveyard Shift

The Goths Who Defined Gothdom, Ranked By How Goth They Are

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When someone hears the word "goth," they may only think of the common stereotype of a black-clad, sullen teenager who obsesses over unhappiness and all things beyond the grave, typified by Lydia Deetz in Beetlejuice and later mocked on South Park. But while there are some truths embedded in this stereotype, being goth is far more multifaceted than one might expect. The following figures from across literature, film, and music helped shape and define this rich and varied subculture.