(WARNING)This is a list of experiences and encounters of emo kids that I have had. This isn’t a fact but a stereotype. But what is a stereotype but a basic description of someone or something. Again not all of these are a fact but hey you have to give things a label. If it walks like a duck and talks like a duck its an emo kid... j/k
Plus I am a Emo Kid so I can report about it. Straight from the horses mouth.

Yes I think we all know that there are many different types of Emo Kids just like every other label. Emo kids are not in a class all of there own. There will always be crossovers exceptions and tangential relations. My intent is to help categorize the effort.

How you can identity an Emo Kid:

1.) Different types of Music and Emo genres:

Emo is a broad title that covers a lot of different styles of emotionally-charged punk rock.

Screamo Kids (Bands like Hawthorne Heights, Sasoin, Rise Against, Senses Fail, Silverstein, Underoath, Atreyu, The Used) Along the lines of Postcore music.

Scene/Emo Kids (Bands like A Heartwell Ending) Similar to Scremo mostly local bands.

Pop-punk/Emo Kids (Bands like Anberlin, Armor for Sleep, Fall Out Boy, Good Charlotte, Story of the Year, Simple Plan, Yellowcard, Coheed & Cambria, Thursday)

Indie/Emo Kids (Bands like Motion City Soundtrack, Dashboard Confessional, The Early November, The Juliana Theory, Something Corporate, The Spill Canvas, Jimmy Eat World)

Gothic/Emo Kids....?(Avenged Sevenfold) More Gothic then Emo but they have been linked to Emo. I've never seen Gothic/Emo kids but I live in the Midwest plus Gothic and Emo are very different here.

The songs mostly consist of Depressing situations with Friends, Ex girl friends, Staying out late, Time spent with a loved one, Complaining, Heartbreak, Misfortunes, Death, Dying, and Suicide.

Some would say the music that they listen to is “whiny”. Well it is just read the lyrics.

Here is what the Dictionary says about “whiny”:
1. To utter a plaintive, high-pitched, protracted sound, as in pain, fear, supplication, or complaint.
2. To complain or protest in a childish fashion.

Clothing/Hair Style of Emo Kids:

Black Zip-up Hoodie (Maybe with a Band on it. My Chemical Romance "Revenge" hoodie I saw 10 different kids last week wearing them at a local show with emo/screamo/scene local bands. Gray and Brown zip-up hoodies are also known to be part of this subculture.

Definition of Subculture:
Meaning non main stream. People ask me what Emo is all the time. But everyone knows what a Geek or Freak or Jock or Prep is. So don’t take my terminology in a negative way.

Black, thick framed horn-rim glasses is popular.
Piercing/lip rings could have more then one. Mainly above the neck.
Borderline Indie Style clothing Retro.
An extra small t-shirt (black/band) some times wears girls t-shirts /random slogans
Scene/Emo Kids have been seen wearing Hollister and Abercrombie and Fitch Polo's
Pretty tight dark dark blue denim/black pants.
Girls pants on guys (they are pushing “The Scene” boarder)
Bandana in a pocket of the pants (they are pushing “The Scene” boarder)
Shoes black Converse All Star shoes/hightops/American Eagle low tops/ Adidas low tops.
Possibly a black studded belt or white/colorful (I personally have a brown leather belt but I want a black studded one.)
Rarely carrying around some notebook/poetry book/messenger bag but I hear they are out there.
They have dark brown or dyed-black hair to or past the ears covers their face or over one eye.
Boys with light natural blonde hair are more borderline Scene.
But emo girls can have light natural blonde hair.
Chaos Mohawk is another style.
The Emo Romulan look - short, thick, greasy, dyed-black hair with bangs cut straight across the forehead, and cut high over the ears.

Random Emo Characteristics:

Emo is not and never will be close to gothic. Gothic people poop bats.(well not really I just thought it sounded funny so j/k)
Emo = emotional
Not all emo style kids are emotional it is more of a trend to them less of a way of life.
True emo kids have serious emotional problems. ( I do)
Your typical emo kid maybe usually be depressed, sad, upset, maybe angry at the world. They always talk about heartbreak. Always-about misfortunes, and never see the upside of things.
Often skinny, anorexic thinness (I should know I am)
May play an instrument (example acoustic guitar)
Beer that synonymous with the Emo scene is Pabst Blue Ribbon.
Bi-sexual Emo Guys are are more Scene then Emo.
If they play video games They might play Ol' school Nintento or Sega DreamCast.
They do not jump around when they go to shows.

Online Emo Kids:

They have a Livejournal and or a Myspace account.
There screen names may consist of "x's" an example guy xxcollapseofmyheartxx example girl xxonethousandtearsxx (not real screen names)
Take photos of above or across the face but rarely a direct face shot is taken if so the hair is always in the way.

Personally I feel that Emo is no longer a style on its own anymore it has been taken on by other labels and new labels have spawned from them.
Something a Emo Kid might say: I feel so emo today.... Blah! I haven't eatin today and my LJ profile wont load and myspace is down. Im so lonley I don't know why girls don't like me.
by Emo Josh November 03, 2005

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An emo kid is an individual who listens to music that really is emotive and is actually proper music ie not pop or dance crap. We dont cry all the time, we cry inside because this world is an awful place and we dont fit in. We wear baggies, band tshirts or a tshirt over a sweater, converse basketball boots (odd pairs)and messenger bags. We dont all have to wear it, we can wear what we want because we dont care. We often get called posers- ok u call us that but the only thing we pose is real emotion. Oh and we can be happy, i'm smiling now.
"This won’t mean a thing come tomorrow
and that’s exactly how I’ll make it seem
Cause I'm still not sleeping,
thinking I’ve crawled home from worse than this"- Taking Back Sunday
by Emily December 11, 2004

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Emo kids.

There are many kinds of emo kids. there are Emo Kids who recognize themselves as emo kids. Although some are posers, some aren't. They just happen to realize that it would be easier for the other kids to label them like that. They feel for other people. They don't have to cut or do something totally rebellious to be an emo kid. They don't have to wear black or shop at hot topic.

All they have to do is be true to themselves. If the emo kid likes playing American Football, that doesn't mean he's a jock posing as an emo kid or the other way around.

Emo kids are people who are true to themselves. They call themselves what they want. They do what they want. They are polite, but honest. They are only very rude when the person they are talking to doesn't deserve respect. Emo kids tend to show what they feel to other people, whether that is love, hate, depression or sadness. that's why they're called EMO-tive KIDS.

NOT all emo kids have slashes on their wrists. NOT all emo kids have an ex they cry about and write poems about. NOT all emo kids have an lj, where they post sad stuff about. NOT all emo kids shop in hot topic. NOT all emo kids are gay. NOT all emo kids have floppy hair styles. NOT all emo kids are over dramatic about the smallest things in life. NOT all emo kids listen to just 'emo bands' or songs with meanings, although most love to.

What I'm trying to say is.. That an emo kid, is someone who is 'EMO' because that's who he is. Not because it is 'scene' or the hottest trend now. It is simply because that's who he is
Kid1: Hi. tell me about yourself
Emo kid: I'm an emo kid.
Kid2: yeah. he cuts his wrists and sings to dashboard confessional. He's gay too.
Emo Kid: I don't. I'm just in touch with my inner feelings...
Kid2: see. he is gay. I mean what kind of a guy is 'in touch with his inner feelings'???
Kid1: ...
Emo Kid: -__-'
by Jake Sinclair September 05, 2006

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There are several different types of Emo Kids.

1.The Baggie Emo- Wears baggie jeans (usually bootcut). Wears long T-shirts usually baught at Hot Topic. Wears colorful T-shirts on laundry day, but makes it a point to tell everyone how much they hate the shirt and why they are being forced to wear it. Usually tries to avoid these days by resorting to washing the black shirts themselves when one's mother refuses. Whieght varies. Hardly any 'Baggie Emos' are skinny. Wears ratty converse ( hight-top or low-top) or large boots. Lots of bracelets, a choker or long chain, multple peircings, the typical emo haircut, usually wears black nail polish. Carries messenger bag with pins, patches, and black marker graffiti. Just as many cutters as non-cutters. May have an eating disorder, but not extreme enough to show. Doesn't talk much. Chatters constanly around friends and laughs a lot only around friends. Appears depressed around outsiders and makes threats that they never attended to carry out to anyone who talks to them. A great friend when you get past the threats. Some maybe gay or bi, but just as many are straight. Usually female, but there are males. Listens to typical roack and metal. May sneak some Oldies or the like. Despises Preps and hates Rap, Hip-hop, Pop, etc. Can not STAND wiggas or 'gangstas.' May do drugs.

2.The Skinny Emo- Always extremely skinny. Not always due to eating disorder, but an eating disorder isn't unusual. Usually wears black band T-shirts that are as tight as possible. Usually has a white, thin long sleeved shirt underneath. Always wears old converse of varrying colors usually high-top. Multipe piercings. Usually plays an instrument. May carry drum sticks in back pocket. Typical emo haircut. Carries messenger bag with pins, patches, and black marker graffiti. Just as many cutters as non-cutters. Listens to all kinds of music. May be confused with a 'Punk.' Both genders wear eyeliner. May wear black nail polish. The Skinny Emo is rarely female. Some may be gay or bi, but just as many are straight. May do drugs.

3.The Wannabe Emo- Usually young. May see an older emo and can relate to them. Are positive they are Emo at heart, but not always true. Attempts the emo haircut, and wears too much emo jewelry and eyeliner. Wears too much black clothing. May slip up and forget to wear something. Draws on fake cuts or scratches themselves. Brags that they 'cut.' Boasts that they do drugs, but most do not actually do them. Most will pass this wannabe phase, but some will progress to full 'Emo-ness.'

These are just a few examples of emos. The following apply to all types of emos.

1.Some cut, some do not.
2.Some are gay or bi, some are not.
3.All hate preps, but may have some friends who are preps, but try to recruit them.
4.Most are happy with themselves and will fight any suggestions of phsychiatry.
5.Some really have attempted suicide.
6. Most do not call themsleves emo, but will to defend themselves when they are called Goth, Punk. etc.
7.DO NOT WEAR HORN RIMMED GALSSES!!!
8.Half do drugs, half do not.
9. All listen to rock-type music, and all relate to the lyrics. It's all about the lyrics!!!!
10.Seem depressed to everyone but their friends. Laugh a lot when around their friends. Some bottle up their feelings, which may cause random bursts of severe emotion, which may lead to suicide, cutting, or deppression.
11.Most have had people (teachers, parents, family, close friends) suggest or threaten with mental help.
12.Majority are into anime and manga.
13.Most don't like to talk.
14.Like to write, whether it be poems, songs, or stories.
15.Most are very intelligent.
16.Love the world, just not its inhabitants.
17.See the earth as a beatiful thing that is being ripped apart by humanity. Something needs to be done.
18.Use big words.
19.Trashes about the government and society's labels.
20.Hates authority.
Emo Kid: Dude, turn that rap down!!!!!!!!!!
"Normie": Goth!
Emo Kid: *Flushes angrily* I am not Goth! I'm...emo...
"Normie": *Laughs* Go slit your wrists emo!
Emo Kid: *Eyes flash with anger and punches the normie.* Idiot. *Picks up book, slings messenger bag over shoulder and walks away. Hands in pockets, head down, hair in eyes. Eyes smiling slyly.*
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i see all these people bag on emo kids and in truth if they ever get stuck in a hole then they can tell how it feels to be "emo" YES I AM EMO. the whole clothing thing is another way to show other emo people that they arent alone because inside every emo kid as much as life does suck and as much as some do cut (i dont myself) everyone wants to know they arent alone. alot of things can make someone emo and most have been pointed out but unlike most of the jerks who try to bring me down i know how to be a man and let other people live their lives accepting that we are all different. just because i want to wear make up and tight girls jeans why do i deserve all the hate that gets put on emo kids? i know this isnt much of a definition but to anyone who reads this try to understand that we cant help who we are inside.
EMO KID: im just sad thats all
GIRL: i want to hug you
EMO KID: eek get her off of me!
GIRL: you get me all excited then you shoot me down!
EMO KID: ok you can hug me.......but only for a second or two..

by lats September 18, 2005

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one that listens to emo but chooses not to use the spacebar.

probably has a livejournal.
wow look at that emokid cry!
by Peta June 27, 2004

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Music/Lifestyle that involves using emotions to express themselves. Poetry/Lyrics can be a popular way of expressing an "emo kid's" feelings. An "emo kid" is not always sad and depressed, contrary to beliefs. Music is usually a huge influence in an "emo kid's" life.
"Emo Kid" Bands: Dashboard Confessional, The Spill Canvas, The Used,Hawthorne Heights,Eve 6, Relient K
by Alyssa March 25, 2005

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First of all, anyone who calls themself "emo" is obviously a poseur. Emo kids are usually called that by other people, and they just don't fit in. They like Fugazi etc. or more modern post-emo music. Emo kids tend to wear really tight pants black-rimmed glasses, and hang out with either the druggies, or the straight edge ones hang out with themselves. Ultimately, an emo kid is a person, usually a teenager, who is still trying to find out who they are, so they want to be like the angry or sad music they listen to because they can relate to it.
the few kids who sit in the corner of the cafeteria alone, ignore everyone else unless they're making fun of them, and still have fun.
by Arielle May 16, 2004

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