Ah, the widely controversial "goth" label. I say label because for most, that's all it is. A simple category for putting people into little, clearly-marked boxes. It can mean as little as a stereoptype or as much as a way of life. What any person's view is on the Gothic culture depends mostly on their experience with it, their past experiences in general, their susceptibility to outside influences, and their attitude on the strange and the unknown.

The term "Gothic" has had many definitions over the course of history. I believe other definitions have about covered the origins, so I'll instead focus on the most contemporary incarnation.

Common "Gothic" Myths:
1) All goths are suicidal: If you yourself believe this, give yourself a good slap upside the head with a dictionary. The majority of Goths are fun-loving, happy people who view suicidal people as somewhat disgusting and do not include them in their definition of what is goth.
2) All goths wear black: Again, slap yourself upside the head with a dictionary if you firmly believe this. Any true goth will admit that they like wearing color on occasion. In particular, cybergoths enjoy very much the brightest colors known to the human mind.
3) All goths listen to marilyn manson: Sigh. Look, kids. Whether manson is goth or not I don't care to discuss, as there are valid arguments on both sides, but the fact is, a good chunk of true goths don't even LIKE manson. Some goths don't even like rock/metal/hardcore music. GASP!

Moreover, Gothic cultue is simply a very deep connection to the darker side of life, an acknowledgement that everything is not "peachy," and that things like sadness and grief are very real and must be dealt with in order to maintain a healthy mind and body.
"I'm so goth, i cut myself all the time."

"I'm not goth."
by raven of roses December 05, 2005
A goth is a person who generally wears black clothing, and wears make-up regardless of gender.

A lot of goths listen to a range of music, not all necessarily even metal. (side note: I would like to point out that it is NOT SlipKnoT's fault they were included in this 'Nu-metal' idea, they are a heavy metal band, and that is that)

Anyway, most goths are intelligant. They do not start fights with Chavs, because they know there is no point at all.

Goths are not Satanists, a small amount of them may well be, but mostly they just LOOK intimidating, that's why Chav's tend to attack in packs of about 20, so there is no chance of Goths defending themselves, but I think if there was a 1 on 1, a Goth would win hands-down.

All goths have their own styles of clothing, all different in several ways, whereas all Chavs look the same, in their fake gold and fake burbery (if that is spelled right). Chavs also use the same old insults at goths, like 'Greeb''Greebo' etc..

Anyway, because I don't know what else to say, here is a list of metal bands than goths are likely to listen to:

13 Candles, 1349, 3 Inches Of Blood, 5000 BC, 9X Dead, Abigail's Mercy, AC/DC, Alice Cooper, Amon Amarth, Angra, Antaia, Anthrax, Apparition, Arcane Theory, Arch Enemy, As I Lay Dying, At The Gates, Atura, Avenged Sevenfold, Black Sabbath, Black Label Society, Bleeding Through, Bile, Cannibal Corpse, Carcass, Chaos Incarnated, Children Of Bodom, Chimaira, City In Ruins, Coal Chamber, Conquest Of Steel, Cradle Of Filth, Creed, Darkthrone, Daysend, Deathstars, Denied Faith, Destruction 412, DevilDriver, Dimmu Borgir, Dirty Little Child, Dissection, Disturbed, Dope, Dragonforce, Dream Evil, Drowning Pool, Drop Dead Evil, Dry Kill Logic, Enchained, Enlisted Menace, Ensiferum, Enslaved, Evanescence, Fear Factory, Fear My Thoughts, Finntroll, Flaw, God Forbid, Godsize, Godsmack, Graveworm, Habitual, Hammerfall, Hanzel und Gretyl, Hard8Eight, HIM, Holotype, Ill Nino, Immortal, In Flames, inTERRORGATE, Iron Maiden, Jimi Hendrix, Joe Satriani, Judas Priest, Kamelot, Killswitch Engage, Kittie, KoRn, Kreator, Lacuna Coil, Lamb Of God, Linkin Park, Lordi, Machine Head, Marilyn Manson, Mastodon, Megadeth, Megahurz, Meshuggah, Millencolin, Mother Earth, Motorhead, Mudvayne, Murderdolls, Mushroomhead, Napalm Death, Necrophagist, Nevermore, Nightwish, Nile, NIN, Nirvana, Obituary, Omnium Gatherum, One Minute Silence, Opeth, Orgy, Overlorde, Pantera, P.O.D, Primal Fear, Queen, Queensryche, Quiet Riot, Rage, Rage Against The Machine, Rammstein, Rhapsody, Riot, Ripped Speed, Roadrunner United, Satyricon, Screams for Tina, Sepultura, Severed, Six Feet Under, Skindred, Slayer, Slaves on Dope, SlipKnoT, Smokin' Tequila, Sonata Arctica, Soulfly, Staind, Static-X, Spineshank, Status Quo, Steel Dragon, Steve Vai, Stone Sour, Symphony In Peril, System Of A Down, Sub Dub Micromachine, Terror Rain, The Misfits, Trivium, Turisas, Unleash The Fury, Vader,Van Halen, Vehemence, Venom, Viking Skull, Violent Work of Art, Vital Remains, Winter Solstice, Within Temptation
Chav:"There's a greeb', let's go beat the crap outta him for no apparent reason"
Goth:"Well this isn't fair, there's like, 20 of them!"

Chav:"What would everyone like me to wear today?"
Goth:"What do I want to wear today?"
by Xeroth June 06, 2006
By reading all of the definitions of Goth below, I have concluded that, in addition to the traditional meanings of the word Gothic, the "goths" of today are people fixated on thinking they are somehow unique, admirable and special while ripping off a style popularized ~20 years ago. Kind of hard to be unique with seven BILLION people on the planet, but I bet yo mama thinks your black clothes, eye-liner and pierced brow r cute!
Didn't that Goth look die 20 years ago?
by Popular Girl February 16, 2006
How many goths seem to adhere to the mentality that they are the most intelligent, unique, intresting and creative poeople you will ever met(quoted with the spelling errors from a goth no less). That they are some how MORE unique and intelligent than the rest of us. Not only is this insulting, but blatantly false; testimony to this fact being all the poorly written definitions I read from "goths." Ironically, since most goths (and by "goths," I refer to their "culture" or "subculture" as they've defined it) seem to think that they are somehow more intelligent, interesting and/or creative than the rest of us, this alludes to another character trait entirely, or namely, arrogance. Boring, arrogant, uninteresting, un-innovative gothics. I believe this issue has been exhausted.

I propose that we build a giant cannon, gather up all the gothics, pack them into the cannon, and launch them into a brick wall.
SLAM.
No more goths. Maybe then they'd have a reason to be depressed. That is, if any of them lived. They're all so pale and weak that a mere launch into a brick wall might finish them off.

(all of this has been taken and slightly altered from www.thebestpageintheuniverse.com, http://www.thebestpageintheuniverse.n et/c.cgi?u=gothics, http://www.thebestpageintheuniver se.net/c.cgi?u=gothagain)

credits to maddox
Lets face it Goths blow and if i had the chance i wud kill u by giving u aids
by SomeChavFromEssexButWotYouGunnaDo? December 14, 2006
1 - Adj.
An art and architectural style often involving towers, gargoyles, and spires. May also describe people who lived in the time and places that these buildings and pieces were constructed or painted.

2 - N.
A type of person, divided into two sub-categories:
A) Emo (ee' - moe) Goth -
The original goth, someone who believes that their life is horrible or mediocre at best, and therefor writes poetry that often includes the word "nihilistic" and love songs. Using bands like Death Cab for Cutie and Brand New to think for them, Emo Goths dye their hair black or red, avoid all eye contact if possible, and flip their long, unkempt hair to the side every so often. They have a habit of staring at the floor and scratching the back of their head with their arms crossed.

B) Hot Topic Goth -
At first, 14-year-olds who enjoyed the Emo look (dyed black hair, old clothes), but did not understand the music (as if there was anything to understand). They were not typically accepted by the rest of the Emo crowd for one reason or another, and therefor shunned by the most shunned group of society. This group is typically ignored by most humans, except for other Hot Topic Goths, so they will stop at nothing to attract attention to themselves. Most Hot Topic goths are bisexual, have abnormal hair colors (green, red, purple), paint their faces black and white in patterns that would have you believe that they have been crying and have some form of depth, play Dance Dance Revolution, and watch Japanese Anime. Also, every hot topic goth must listen to strictly heavy metal, industrial, house, trance, techno, chemical/acid/breakbeat, J-rock, and J-pop. Most of which don't know the difference in the different electronic music genres of which they listen to, and simply incorrectly classify them all as "techno". Most Hot Topic goths, when asked as to why they dress the way they do, reply that they are "misunderstood" and have that other people will not get it, but it is well understood that it is for attemption, and the misunderstood defense is that of faux depth in a shallow goth's personality.
Look at that goth, he's so understandingly misunderstood.
by TheJew72 August 31, 2005
A sub-culture in high school and early college that have fallen out with popular modern culture. They are also known as non-conformists. Most Goths try to create a "unique" and "original" style by becoming the opposite of what they hate. In doing so, they come to a conformist state of their own and exclude those who aren't "hardcore" or cool enough.
Blake changed his name to Blaque because he's a freakin' Goth.
by Andrew M. Smith August 12, 2005
Another word for nerd. Often enjoys anime and dressing up to distract people from the fact that they're just another boring sissified suburbanite. Very often a confused 13 year old girl having trouble fitting in.
That unattractive girl tried to make herself sexier and more interesting by becoming a goth.
by djangoshootsfirst July 10, 2008
originally interesting original inspiring subculture inspired by the cure. has now sunk to a load of losers dresing in black and leather coats threatening anyone who goes near them with knuckledusters, or even more fatal, the smell that seems to radiate off them. think anybody that smiles is a chav.no-one understands or is good as them even tho they hate themselves. listen to slipknot and korn. clothes must be almost all black, hair must be dyed unless naturally black. goth girls show far much more flesh than wanted by anyone. has two offspring tribes-grungers(look for the nirvana hoodies) and emos(at least 10 piercings, stumbling around blindly due to hair covering eyes.
goth:look at those chavs, have to follow a fashion not like me in my leather coat and offspring hoodie,losers.im gona go cut miself now
by ed666 February 01, 2006
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