Goth Pop Culture Icons: Everything You Need to Know
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There's no denying that goth culture is one of the most influential, expressive, and exhilarating subcultures in the world. Over the years, Gothic ideology has repeatedly infiltrated conventional culture, unleashing a host of dark artistic characters into the subconscious of the general public. Goths have helped create some of the world's edgiest pop culture icons, bringing a dose of goth spirit to those who don't know it. So, in celebration of all things goth, here are the top goth pop culture icons you should know about from TV, movies, and the occasional book.
1- Nancy Downs from The Craft
If you haven't seen the 1990s film The Craft, you need to. The Craft is gothic, but there really is one, and it's Nancy Downs. Nancy embodies the look in its '90s twist, with her charcoal gray hair and oxblood lipstick. When it comes to pop culture icons, we'd say Nancy Downs is the most goth of them all in the business.
2- Edward Scissorhands by Edward Scissorhands
Edward Scissorhands (the person) is an aesthetic masterpiece with a black buckled leather suit, high boots , wild gothic locks , a pale complexion and of course, scissors for hands. Edward is a true goth, although he is misunderstood by the audience throughout the film. His soul is tortured, the mainstream of society shuns him, and he dares to stand out from the crowd and be different.
3- Wednesday Addams from The Addams Family
Wednesday Addams is a true stroke of dark gothic genius in The Addams Family. She had these classic pigtails complete with a snow face, and she made everyone want to wear black tea dresses .
4- Lydia Deetz from Beetlejuice
Lydia Deetz was a little girl in this movie. She's the black-hearted queen of the alternative underworld and has crazy makeup but didn't need to wear a striped suit. Every time Lydia meets a certain Beetlejuice, she puts her morbid fascinations into action.
5- Lisbeth Salander from Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
You'll enjoy Lisbeth Salander's gothic style, whether you prefer Rooney Mara's or the original Swedish film. There was even an H&M clothing design that was inspired by her. If you haven't seen the movie, you're missing out. Watch it when you can.
6- Allison Reynolds from The Breakfast Club
Allison is great because she's one of the first goth teens on screen without really wanting to be. She thoroughly embodies the '80s underdog, who firmly exists as the "basket case" of the titular Breakfast Club.
7- Eric Draven from The Crow
The Raven was popularized by the 1994 cult film. The Raven as portrayed by Brandon Lee became an iconic goth look for goth fans of the era. Eric Draven's tragic tale is true Gothic poetry.
8- Last words
As goth continues to thrive, we expect to see more goth icons emerge in the years to come, giving young, creative and frustrated souls a way to express themselves in the best way possible.