Emos, also 'Emo Kids', have very lonely, whiney personalities. Emo Kids have a strong tendency to cry even when the slightest mishap affects their daily lives. Sometimes, once in a blue moon, an Emo Kid may turn aggressive because of this. It is best to stay away from an Emo Kid, because one of these two things will happen if you don't:
a) The Emo Kid will rip you to shreds with it's vampiric teeth and it's Freddy Krouger claws. (This is extremely rare. Often, aggressive Emos are called Goth. It's a very common misconception that all emos are goths, but this is very untrue.)
b) This is the more common one. You too will dye your hair black, wear tight-fitting clothing, and listen to fake wannabe bands like My Chemical Romance.
Now, if you do want to stay away from Emo Kids, here is what to look out for:
. Snow White skin.
. Most Emos have either no eyes or only one eye. Look out for this the most.
. Black hair.
. Tight jeans.
. Tons of mascara and eyeliner. Sometimes, glitter and red eyeshadow may also be involved.
. A black shirt that says something faggish such as 'I don't love you.'
. Black boots.
. A tie. Most female Emos own one.
. Hm. Sometimes, Emos may be wearing arm socks, but telling you to stay away from people in arm socks is a little over the edge. I myself wear arm socks, but I hate Emo Kids. xD
. Lots of crying. Emo Kids are very emotional. Therefore, Emo Kids should cry almost every hour on the hour. Emo Kids cry at every single thing, even happy things that happen to them.
. The last and final thing. This would be: Cuts down the wrist and sometimes even on the legs. Most Emos hide such things, but if you are very sharp-eyed, you will notice such things right away. Emo Kids are horrible liars.
And always keep in mind that Emo Kids may think that their lives are horrible, but they probably live in nice houses with a pool and have a large family. Do not be fooled, and this subspecies will not tamper your normal life. =D
See also: The reason the world's future is going down the drain.
Normal person: Don't be such a wreck, it's 82 degrees outside.
1. Girls say they like "sensitive guys" (lie)
2. Guy finds out, so he listens to faggy emo music and dresses like a dork so chicks will see that he is sensitive and not afraid to express himself (lie). He dyes his hair black, wraps himself in a stupid looking scarf, develops an eating disorder, and rants about how "nobody understands".
3. Now an emo guy, he meets Emo chick and they start dating, talking about how their well-off suburban lifestyles are terrible and depressing (lie)
4. Emo guy is just too much of a pussy. His penis is too small, he's too depressed to bathe, and has more mood swings than emo chick, and he doesn't even have a menstrual cycle. Emo chick dumps him, saying "It's not you, it's me." (lie) as she drives off with Wayne, the school jock and captain of the football team.
5. Emo guy goes home and cries, proceeds to write a weak song and strum a single string on his acoustic guitar. Another emo chick sees how he is so in touch with his feelings, and the cycle continues.
This is the sad truth of the emo lifestyle/music, and now that I look at how pathetic it really is, maybe the emos DO have something to cry about!
boyfriend: I'm too sad to have sex.
girlfriend: I'm sad too; lets have sex and cry.
boyfriend: I'm already crying.
XxSlavetoAnguishxX: omg my gf just left me
acidburnedsoul: that sux man
XxSlavetoAnguishxX: i blame myself only i'm such an ass *cries*
acidburnedsoul: dude come over to my house and we can cut ourselves together
XxSlavetoAnguishxX: okay *cries*
acidburnedsoul: omg dashboard confessional has a new cd, i preordered it already
XxSlavetoAnguishxX: dude they're my favorite band to self-mutilate to
acidburnedsoul: i prefer to cut myself while watching Napoleon Dynamite on my bigscreen
XxSlavetoAnguishxX: dude that movie is so deep. i cry every time i see it
acidburnedsoul: me too. i hate myself
XxSlavetoAnguishxX: yeah we're such tortured souls, nobody understands how hard life is for us
acidburnedsoul: yeah we got it tough dude. pass the tissues
I just thought I'd clear that up after all of these "definitions" in which I have encountered an unbelievable amount of people who try to pass off their blatantly false pretenses as fact, and are slowly infecting others with their high-horse, holier-than-thou bullshit. Because honestly, with your ridiculous definitions, Beethoven, George Gershwin, and Britney Spears are/was "emo bands."
Now, onto the real definition.
In the early 90s there was a movement in the hardcore genre that came to be known as "Emotive Hardcore," spearheaded by Rites Of Spring. Harder-core-than-thou kids, who swore by Dischord Records a la Minor Threat, actually coined the term "Emo" as something of a put-down for the kids who really liked Rites Of Spring, Indian Summer and this new wave of "Emotive" Hardcore bands. That's right, "Emo" was once not something kids called themselves. The field exploded outwards from there - Level-Plane Records has always been the most famous Emo label. Acts like Yaphet Kotto, I Hate Myself, Saetia, Hot Cross, A Day In Black And White, Funeral Diner, I Would Set Myself On Fire For You, You And I, and hosts of others came in the next decade. Most emo bands have since broken up, but there's still the occasional hold-out (again, the majority of Level-Plane Records' roster has been a procession of emo acts). Like most DIY hardcore/punk of the time, a majority found its way onto vinyl and not much else. Some people consider bands like Fugazi, and later Sunny Day Real Estate, a progression of emo, but personally, I don't quite follow that philosophy.
Often, more recently, this gets intertwined with post-hardcore, and understandably so - that's nothing to make an issue of, since well shit, at least it's close.
Since the late 90s, though, bands have been emerging in the vein of Taking Back Sunday, Dashboard Confessional, and the thousands of their clones. As far as I can tell, some lazy journalist somewhere, writing an article about them, decided "Well, fuck, no one knows what emo is anyways, so I'll call these bands "emo" - sounds more appealing than bubblegum pop rock..." and the spiral continued downwards into the current amalgomation of bands MTV has told everyone is "emo."
Somehow, people decided that "emo" meant "emotional," which is obviously bullshit, as 99% of bands make music to illicit emotion, which would make "emotional" a completely all-encompassing genre from classical to opera to pop to rap.
Hope that helps.
Rites of Spring is emo.