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A store with a dark/alternative theme aimed at teenagers. Found in most local malls. They sell t-shirts, stickers, buttons, jewelry, and some other stuff.

99% of people are faggots about it, and like to assume that only wannabe emo/scene/goth/punk kids shop there. It's become a catch-all phrase to mean "poseur".

In reality, nobody ever walks into that store and sees nothing but clowns trying really hard to be emo/scene/goth/punk, but just normal people.

Half the people who make a big deal about Hot Topic being a poseur store have bought stuff from them in the past anyway, and a lot are probably poseur emo/scene/goth/punk kids trying really hard to convince everyone else they're for real.

In short, Hot Topic is just a store that sells some pretty neat stuff, and everybody who whines about it being for poseurs is a kneejerking dumbass. Oh, but Happy Bunny is really retarded and unfunny, fuck that shit.
Prima: I went to the mall today. I bought these earrings from Hot Topic---

Secunda: OMFG *DEFCON 1* THAT IS A STORE FOR POSEURS!!!!!!!!!! WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU???? YOU FUCKING FAKE GOTH!!!!!!!!

Prima: Uh, dude, it's just a fucking store. I'm not a fake goth or a regular goth. What are you talking about anyway, I met you in there last month.

Secunda: SHUT UP YOU FUCKING LOSER, I DO NOT SHOP AT STORES WHERE FAKE POSEURS LIKE YOU SHOP.

Prima: ...
by o_rly_factor September 02, 2005
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The dark hole in which one can buy jingling pants for too much.
However, also home to at least five witty tees.
"look at my massive, jingling bondage pants! I got them at Hot Topic for only $80!!"
by =^..^= February 20, 2005
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Just read this. actually listen to an opinion...Hot Topic. one of the best stores ever. but...I hate people who go there just to "fit in by standing out" it's a contradiction which is completely and udderly stupid. I, myself love hot topic and most of the clothes and accessories they carry. It's one of the only stores that actually carries band T-Shirts. I wear it because I want to, not becuase I want to fit in or be like everyone else. I shop at all kinds of stores, if i like it, i buy it, i don't try to be someone I'm not. Everyone should just try to be themselves, the world would be a lot less screwed up. I may sound mean, or judgemental but I don't like people who act a certain way with one group of people and a different way with different people. They're like sponges, they absorb the attitude around them when they should be able to be themselves around their "friends"

my advice: Dress how you want to dress. don't care what people think of you. be who you are, not what others want you to be.
(and i actually heard this conversation at the mall, i was like, go girl 2. rofl.)

girl 1: Did you see that girl shopping at hot topic?

girl 2: yeah, so...

girl 1: she's such a poser, she shops at american eagle and hot topic. she's just weird...

girl 2: and why can't she shop at both stores? do you even know that girl? she's really nice and down to earth. You don't know her or her style, she's herself, you should try that for once. just stop judging people for a minute and get a fricken life.
by MANDi_panda July 05, 2006
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the genious that invented it prolly made a lot of money- however, he made me emberassed to listen to slipknot.

He also killed the punk-goth scene and slowly bringing the hXc scene down as well.

watch in 3 years, the 12 year olds are gonna start wearing tight pants and hxc band shirts. their already selling Remembering Never shirts!
baggy pants- 50 dollars
slipknot shirt- 16 dollars
choker- 15 dollars
bracelets- 20 dollars
socks- 12.99

looking like a complete idiot and putting an end to the gothic culture. priceless
by mike September 28, 2004
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A store that supposedly sells identity to losers who say 'fuck the system!' and have no idea that by buying clothes to fashion their own 'identity' they are not only feeding the system through it's capitalist grips, but also buying into the system's ideology that states looks DO matter and personality and individuality can be bought in a store. Luckily there's bands that hot topic cannot sell patches and tshirts for because their politics are completely critical of the system hot topic thrives off of. Unfortunately, these bands are too underground for rich suburban rebels to know about, and if they did know about them, it wouldn't be about the politics, but the status of actually knowing the bands. Get some Crass you losers, with the grinding horrible sound, there's no way you can ignore the politics.
"lyke, HoT ToPiC rulez! i got an anarchy wristband from there which shows just how much i, lyke, hate the system!"

"yeah! nevermind the bollocks, anarchy in the UK...no wait, how does it go??"
by www.howtobepunk.com January 07, 2005
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A store where psuedo-punks/goths go buy their identity. I mean, clothes. Watch out, those kids that shop at Hot Topic sure are rebellious, I mean, what can be more rebellious than feeding a multi-million dollar company by buying a crapy overpriced Good Charlotte shirt to look different like everyone else? Buying a GG Allen shirt from some run down, fishy looking store owned by some shady looking dude? Nah.
You guys! I just bought this shirt with a pentagram on it! Isn't it cool! Daddy wouldn't let me buy it with his credit card, but since I'm so rebellious I stole it from him! Probation, here I come! I mean... The darkness that is my soul craved the dark energy emitted from this shirt showing my love for my dark lord. Yeah.
by Mike April 28, 2004
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A store People Shop at with overpriced but Interesting clothes. It is just a place to buy things, it does not define who you are. All shopping there means id that You have a Substantial amount of Money.
Sane Person: I bought this at Hot Topic.
Insane Person: OMG! You Poseur!
by Andie April 21, 2004
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