Top Ten False Emo Stereotypes


The Top Ten

1 They Self Harm

We don't do that. Some might because it let's out pain we feel but not all. I don't do that. I may be hiding certain feelings but I don't cut.

People who are depressed self harm. Being emo has nothing to do with it. - Catlover2004

My friend emo but doesn't cut

We don't - Hades_Child_Necromancer

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2 They Become Emo for Attention

I'm emo and attention is the opposite of what I want.

Nah, I'm not really emo or anything but I'm sure they become emo to get away from people. - CharismaticKat

What kind of emo wants attention!? Emo people don't decide to become emo, it's just who they are, people who like emo music, and are usually highly emotional. - Lanturnizer6

No one of us search for attention

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3 Emos Have Fake Cut Marks

I have no idea where this came from but not true.


Um, no - ThatEmoLoner

This is literallly the complete opposite of #1 lmao hahaa - AlphaQ

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4 They Whine a Lot

Well a lot of them do. - DarkBoi-X

We just want someone to listen to us. And then when yall want us to talk we don't because yall never wanted to hear it so then you call us mute...

Help me in doing stuff D:

I wouldn't say we whine… - ThatEmoLoner

5 The Poetry Is Bad

Clearly people never once read emo poetry - RustyNail

People say my poems are good by I think everything I do is trash. - ThatEmoLoner

Whoa awesome poem. I write poems.

Amazon poetry!

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6 They Are Depressed

Some are but again in not all. - CharismaticKat

You don't know what they live to at home..
Although sometimes it's a cry for help, it just could be attention seeking. Everybody wants to be heard, to be seen.
So just think before you say certain things..

I spent pretty much all of this year in extreme depression - Lanturnizer6

Not entirely true. The emos I know are some of the most bubbly, fun loving people I know.

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7 Emo Songs Are Bad

Ever seen Black Veil Bride music? It's SUPER inspirational "In the end as we fade into the night. Who will tell the story of your life and who will remember your last goodbye? 'Cause it's the end and I'm not afraid to die"

Listen to Black Veil Brides, My Chemical Romance, Fall Out Boy, etc

Yes it's awful. It's feels that they try to hard to sound depressing and just end up failing. - AlphaQ

Lies - BreakFastBeast2005

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8 Emos Wear Their Mom's Makeup

Where did this come from? I don't often wear makeup, but when I do, it's black and amazing.

Never wear makeup

I'm a boy. I don't wear any make up. - Lanturnizer6

I thought everyone did this

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9 They Have Every My Chemical Romance Song On Their Phone

First of all the music you listen to is pop-punk not emo (not saying My Chemical Romance isn't great). If you actually like the emo genre you would know emo is generally a very slow yet ruff unorthodox style of music often utilizing odd time signatures. Bands you would listen to would be Sunny Day Real Estate, American Football, and Christie Front Drive.

My Chemical Romance Sucks To Be Honest. - AlphaQ

Wow I follow at least 40% of these stereotypes sorry.

For me, it's true. Listening to them right now. AMBULANCE just finished playing and Vampire Money has just come on. - Lanturnizer6

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10 There Wear Black Clothing In 90 Degree Weather

Hasn't everyone at some point? - HappyMouse111

If they do, like me, they will at least wear short sleeves.

So, this ain't a stereotype this is something that everyone does on a weekly basis - RustyNail

I do that - ThatEmoLoner

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The Newcomers

? All Emos Become Transgender
? They Act Just Like the Kids from South Park

The Contenders

11 All Emos Are Gay

That's ridiculous. Not every emo is gay. There's also nothing wrong with being gay. At all. - ThatEmoLoner

This is one of the most ridiculous things I've ever heard! I'm a girl emo and I'm man hungry! It's just totally obscene and ignorant, it's almost laughable!

So they're gay even though they have girlfriends - Marine_Soldier

Wheres your logic numnuts - RustyNail

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12 Have Spiky Hair

I have straight blue hair

I just have my regular hair, not dyed at all. The last time I've had permanent hair dye was the 6th grade.

Nah its usually straight and black and covers one eye. - AlphaQ

My hair is brown & fluffy

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13 Their Hair Covers One Of Their Eyes

No, but I do have side bangs and they get in my eyes a lot. - Catacorn

My hair covers both my res and I'm not emo cause my hair is dreadlocks. - AlphaQ

Sometimes both lol. - AlphaQ

Mine does that… - ThatEmoLoner

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14 Have Fall Out Boy Clothing

Kinda want this some... who doesn't like Fall Out Boy?

*throws FOB shirt out window* totally a stereotype. - Straydogsick

Real emos prefer My Chemical Romance. Just saying.

I have a fob shirt. There's nothing wrong with that. - CharismaticKat

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15 They Only Listen to Emo

I listen to a little bit of emo. - Croy987

On my music playlist, it's only emo. - Catacorn

I listen to death metal,different kinds of rock, punk, and black metal. - ThatEmoLoner

Yea... no... that's just dumb

16 It's Self Pitying

How is it self pitying

Not true!?

17 Draw On Themselves

It's fun. I just go to the dollar store and buy washables because it can be easy to wash off if you just want to doodle. (I'm not emo by the way) - SansTheComic

Its fun to draw on your self

Everyone does that in my class. - mistyglow

I've tattooed myself and sort of regret it. - AlphaQ

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18 Emos Worship The Devil

HA! NOPE. Some of us are religious, and some of us are atheists ((because, let's be real, all you need to be a good person is Harry Potter)) but NONE OF US ARE SATANISTS. We look different, we listen to different music, we enjoy different pastimes. But just because we don't fit into society, or we don't look "normal", or most of us wear a lot of black, DOES NOT mean that we are all part of some evil devilish occult. *drops mic*

This is so stupid and untrue! I constantly have to put up with people at school calling me Satan and holding up crosses. It really pisses me off. I understand that some people who are emo may be Devil worshippers and that's completely their choice. - KilljoyWithAPen

Only Patrick Stump and Gerard Way

This is a weird list... - mistyglow

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19 It's an Imitation of Goth

Goth is actually a culture with its own alphabet. Easier than the Latin ABC too, hence both the original one and the one we follow nowadays. P.S when it comes to the subculture of being Goth is it NOT about stuff like how much of dark clothing you wear that matters. One person may look Goth, or even Emo or whatever but what if it has a persona pretty much like quite the opposite?

Goth I'm guessing came from gothic art.

They seem very similar. - AlphaQ

Both look somewhat similar bit are different.Goth and Emo fashion are different but sometimes they look similar.The music is even more different has goths usually listen to Gothic Rock,Post Punk,Industrial Rock(Depending on the band),Electro-Industrial(Depending on the band),Symphonic Metal,Dark Electro and even Nu Metal(Depending on the band) while Emos listen to Emo,Screamo,Post Hardcore(Depending on the band),Pop Punk(Depending on the band),Indie Rock(Depending on the band),Indie Pop(Depending on the band) and Metalcore(Depends on the band).-DarkBoi-X

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20 Shops at Hot Topic

In Australia, we don't even have hot topic - Lanturnizer6

This isn’t a stereotype. This is a fact.

I’d rather shop at Gucci or Luis Vuitton fam, oh wait I’m not emo GaH o_O - AlphaQ

21 Whine About Their Sad Life

You don't know what they've been through. I saw my mother beaten over the head with a hammer, by my stepfather, who actually came after me with it. There's a kid at school who thinks his the funniest thing in the world. They mock me for being scared of hammers and for being fascinated with death. what?

Most Emos don't want to talk about their feelings. - ThatEmoLoner

You don't know what happens at their house

Screw you!

22 An Emo Hates Pop

I am emo and I like some not all but some pop.

23 Once They Hear the "G Note", Every Emo Cries

This is very true anyone who says otherwise is lying

Nope, not at all. The G-Note joke is annoying as hell. It ruined Welcome To The Black Parade for me, it's overrated, and everybody flips out when there isn't a warning about an upcoming G-Note. - Catacorn

I just start to sing along and sometimes jump because the volume is up so loud - Straydogsick

To be honest, I don't really like the G note for some reason. - Hades_Child_Necromancer

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24 Hate Pink

I like pink.

I hate pink just because I don’t like it

25 Get In Trouble On Purpose

Emos have probably suffered enough in their lives, why would they want to get in trouble? - Lanturnizer6

I get in trouble, but not on purpose. - ThatEmoLoner

Not true.


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26 Don't Care About Education

I don't like school because of the people in it, not because I don't care about my education. I actually care a lot. - ThatEmoLoner

I'm emo and I love school and learning

I'm emo and I certainly care about my education and getting into a good, or decent, college. Stop judging and maybe ask us a few questions first. 😒

27 They Cut for Attention

People, anyone, no just emos, cut because they are struggling and see suicide as a way to end their suffering. People don't understand what it's like trying to actually go to school having to walk around crossing your arms all day simply because you don't want people to see that you have cut yourself. - Lanturnizer6

This is not true at all even people that aren’t one of us cut

I’m pretty sure very few people cut for attention.

28 They Fake Depression for Their Personal Benefit
29 Emos Always Cry for No Reason

This could be true for some, but not for all, you don't know what happens behind your backs

30 Have Depression

Not all Emos have depression. It just the way they are

31 They Hate Scene Kids

Not true have my friends are "scene"

32 They Hate Life

That the point of being Emo

I do - ThatEmoLoner

You only hear they're complaints. They say good things to. Maybe if school bitches and man whores soul leave us alone maybe instead of assuming about you'll actually know us.

33 They are All White Kids

Not trying to be rude, but if you're African American, it's a little hard to pull of the men style, hard but not impossible.

That's not true at all - ThatEmoLoner


34 They are Bisexual

Not all of us are bi. I mean, some might be, but I'm not.

True for me here, but not all of us are bi

35 Emo is Emocore

Emocore (emotive hardcore) is the first wave of emo (in the 80s) which consists of band like rites of spring, embrace, and arguably cap'n jazz while it lead to emotive post-hardcore (in the 90s) which then became shortened to simply emo. Bands in this genre are, early jimmy eat world, mineral, and sunny day real estate. Later on in the 2000 people in the industry noticed a difference in the new wave of pop punk and 90s pop punk (My Chemical Romance vs offspring) so they called bands with this new pop punk style emo, needless to say this angered the existing emo community, and lead to a lot tension between the two groups.

The false stereotype should be "Emo is scene" or "Emo is pop punk"

Emocore is a music style from the 90s.
Emo is a subculture from the 2000s and 2010s.
I hate when I talk about emo bands and then people say that I should listen to Jimmy Eat World for a good emo band. They are emocore and not emo. - Martin_Canine

36 Emo Started in the 2000s

Finally someone who knows their history. I feel like jack black in school of rock, trying to explain the history of this branch of rock to the ignorant masses.

Emo is a genre dating back to the 80s with rites of spring founding the genre.

37 My Chemical Romance is Emo

My Chemical Romance isn't emo when being compared to bands like Sunny Day Real Estate. - Catacorn

My Chemical Romance is pop punk. Emo is Sunny Day Real Estate, Braid, Empire Empiire, and mineral.
Listen to Sunny Day Real Estate (arguably the most important Emo band) and then listen to My Chemical romance, the two are nothing alike.

38 They Watch Anime

I, like many emo kids, watch anime. But there are some who don't watch or like anime.

39 Always on Tumblr
40 Have combat boots

I do but not all emos

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Top Remixes

1. They Self Harm
2. They Become Emo for Attention
3. They Whine a Lot
1. Emos Wear Their Mom's Makeup
2. Emos Have Fake Cut Marks
3. There Wear Black Clothing In 90 Degree Weather


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