The Most Goth Comic Book Characters
Photo: The Crow / Gallery 13

The Most Goth Comic Book Characters

Over 400 Ranker voters have come together to rank this list of The Most Goth Comic Book Characters
Voting Rules
Vote up the characters who truly represent gothdom.

Move over, Superman. Don't listen to the purists and naysayers who think comic book heroes should be paragons of virtue. You don't have to be a strapping, clean-cut mama's boy to be a comic book hero. Many of them are rough around the edges, with unruly hair, and bedraggled, torn black clothing. Goths are an underappreciated demographic in the comic book world, and their myriad presentations and personalities expand what it means to be a hero. To be quite honest, some of them aren't heroes at all.

It turns out, morality is often of no consequence in the goth comic universe. Goths can only be judged on their dedication to their one true cause: The pursuit of gothness. This presents a pivotal question: Who is the most goth of them all?

  • Death ('Sandman')
    Photo: Vertigo
    196 VOTES

    Death ('Sandman')

    Aesthetic: New Age spectre of mortality.
    Goth moment: Her entire existence as death personified. 
    Yearbook quote: "For some folks death is release, and for others death is an abomination, a terrible thing. But in the end, I'm there for all of them."
    General outlook on life: The beginning is the end is the beginning.

    Despite being an anthropomorphic manifestation of death itself, she is a gentle, nurturing soul who simply wants to guide souls through the veil. What a spectacle it must be, to be guided from one world to the other by a leather-bound goth chick with an ankh.

    196 votes
  • Eric Draven ('The Crow')
    Photo: Gallery 13

    Aesthetic: Understated KISS reject.
    Goth moment: Seeking the psychic guidance of a spirit crow rather than seeking grief counseling. 
    Yearbook quote: "Life is just a dream on the way to death."
    General outlook on life: Forever is now. 

    Eric Draven is driven by romance, grief, and revenge in equal measure. His regeneration as the Crow is symbolic of heartache and loss, and becoming a sick crow is a satisfyingly goth way to solve such deep-seated emotional issues.

    212 votes
  • Raven ('Teen Titans')
    Photo: DC Comics
    204 VOTES

    Raven ('Teen Titans')

    Aesthetic: A cloak, and not much else.
    Goth moment: Astral projecting her soul-self, a bird made out of condensed black energy.
    Yearbook quote: "My mind is a battleground, whipped and ripped asunder, torn from the very fabric of reality."
    General outlook on life: Emotionality is a weapon - use it with caution, but use it. 

    DC Comics' Raven is possibly the most goth depiction of the young psychic. She dies and sublimates into new bodies, enduring a special brand of metaphysical suffering and distress in each iteration.

    204 votes
  • Batman ('Batman')
    Photo: DC Comics

    Aesthetic: He's a bat but he's also a man!
    Goth moment: Sublimating his grief into becoming a vigilante bat with an endless supply of sleek black vehicles and accessories.
    Yearbook quote: “If you kill a killer, the number of killers in the room remains the same.”
    General outlook on life: Do no harm, but take no sh*t.

    As a wealthy socialite industrialist, Bruce Wayne is decidedly not goth at all. However, donning a black cape and assuming an alter ego is a classic goth move, and that is why Batman is quite possibly the original comic book goth. Brooding, obsessive, and impeccably dressed, the Dark Knight's personal brand of justice and revenge is fit for a super goth.

    161 votes
  • 5
    95 VOTES

    Nemi ('Nemi')

    Aesthetic: Monochromatic metalhead.
    Goth moment: Getting fired from the record store because she beat up a customer who wanted a Christina Aguilera CD instead of Alice Cooper, her personal suggestion. 
    Yearbook quote: "But I have so much fun with the guys who are wrong for me!"
    General outlook on life: It's not easy being a self-identified hater, but someone's gotta do it.

    Nemi is almost a stereotypical goth - she dyes her hair black, avoids a tan like the plague, and lives and dies by her beliefs in vegetarianism and metal.

    95 votes
  • 6
    96 VOTES

    Lenore ('Lenore, the Cute Little Dead Girl')

    Aesthetic: Edwardian undead child. 
    Goth moment: Accidentally ending the Easter Bunny.
    Yearbook quote: "I've been embalmed!"
    General outlook on life: I'm here for a good time and a long time.

    Lenore adapts quite seamlessly to the deceased child lifestyle, as the macabre has always suited her. Despite her best intentions, she kills or otherwise maims most of the living (and undead) things that surround her.

    96 votes