While many of those defined by this broad term are in fact, probably quite interesting, they would be the first to reject the term "emo" as one of the stupidest themes or labels to emerge among western youth today.
They will see through the desperation present in sub sects of "emo kids" to conform, yet pretend to rebel, demonstrated through their sudden invention of baffling social traditions such as the term "straight-edge", and are capable of making important decisions in their life such as those involving substance use or a vegan diet for themselves, not just because they feel superior by drawing a big 'X' on their hand for all the world to see.
Non-conformism is a strong theme upon such sub-groups labelled by this term, and perhaps it would be wise for those holding such themes close to heart to grow up a little and realise that it doesnt matter if someone labels you, it just matters whether or not you're happy with who you are.
Probably the most baffling part of the whole mess is their own definition of their favoured musical genres - That their music is "emotional". This is really a meaningless statement, for all real music is purely intended as a vessel to convey emotion in the first place.
Overall, and somewhat amusingly so, the label is beginning to describe more of a blind cult than actual culture.
ANNOYING EMO KID: those kids who regularly max out daddy's credit card at hot topic and tell everyone how depressed they are and that they cut their arms up every night wanting to die (ok...where are the scars?). they only listen to 'underground' bands adn immediately stop when someone they think is popular or preppy starts to listen to them, or they see them on mtv (which they claim never to watch, but they still do). they intentionally do stupid and rebellious things trying to make authority figures mad, thinking it's cool. these people are attention-craving, tasteless, abnoxious emo kids. anything popular is completely disregarded to them. they also tell ppl that they think drugs are sooooooooooo cool, but are scared to do them, but do them anyway because they think it'll make them cool
ANNOYING EMO KID: the guy who draws on a bruise to make ppl think his dad hits him and who only talks to other ANNOYING EMO KIDS
What is the point of my life?
I hate everything.
TRUE EMO KID was most likely emo before this was a stupid fad. May shop at hot topic, but only if they actually like the clothing, not because they think it will make them look cool. Probably classified by friends and others as "emo"...the label is often not self-professed in the case of the true emo kid. Doesn't give a shit whether music is mainstream or not...it just has to be artistic.
2) The style of clothing stereotypically worn by fans of emo music. This consists of, in general: tight band t-shirts or vintage 80's t-shirts, longer (messy) hair often died black, tight (usual girl's) pants, shoes by Vans or Converse, messenger bags, anything checkered (usually black-and-white or black-and-pink), studded belts, thick-framed glasses, neckties, etc.
(Note: girl emo kids often cut their hair short in the back and angled down in the front, less often died black)
3) The mood that stereotypically displays being an emo kid. They are generally considered the subculture of high-school, and while sometimes referred to as manic depressive or "cutters," are usually quite social. Very romantic, often downtrodden. More realistically, teenagers who listen to heavy music and have no qualms with displaying their emotions. (ie, don't feel the need to prove themselves as "bad-@$$," like many rock fans.)
See also: punk, emo