Goth Girls

Our favorite fictional ladies from the dark side

Goth girls, even fictional, come in many forms. A true goth knows that not all goths are the same. From the perky to the abysmally dark, these fictional female characters of goth media helped shape our understanding of gothic ways and entertained us in the process.

Peg, the guitarist from “Freaky Friday” (2003 version)

Peg was a member of Anna Coleman’s (Lindsay Lohan) band Pink Slip, which I assume was named so because they were always in detention. Edgy! Despite having a minimal presence in the movie, Peg stole the hearts of many with her short black bob, her skills on the guitar, and lines like, “Aren’t you like the maid of horror or something?”

Morticia and Wednesday Addams, “The Addams Family”

The original mother/daughter goth duo, these two had their share of macabre quirks. Wednesday buried a live cat and frequently tried to hurt or kill her brothers. Refusing to play Pocahontas in a play at summer camp, she set the camp on fire. Morticia, on the other hand, had a carnivorous plant for a pet and was always up for a good séance. Behind the iconic black braids and white face powder, Morticia and Wednesday had the goth attitude down.

Raven - Lizzie Goncharova

Raven | Illustrator: Lizzie Goncharova

Raven, “Teen Titans”

In true goth fashion, Raven rebelled from her (demon) father and joined the Teen Titans to stop him from taking over the world. Despite coming from the dark side, Raven stayed good. She had telekinetic abilities and rarely spoke unlike her fellow Titans, often reading a book on the occult instead of being, you know, joyful.

Sam, “Danny Phantom”

Sam | Illustrator: Lizzie Goncharova

Sam | Illustrator: Lizzie Goncharova

Did anyone watching this show not have a crush on Sam? Danny’s best friend and love interest rocked purple lipstick, black combat boots, and was an outspoken vegetarian and activist. She was interested in stuff that was otherworldly, which made her relationship with a literal ghost boy even cooler. Somewhat more of a perky goth (like Abby from “NCIS”), Sam showed that goth doesn’t always mean depressing.

Sam showed that goth doesn’t always mean depressing.

Lydia, “Beetlejuice”

Lydia | Illustrator: Lizzie Goncharova

Lydia | Illustrator: Lizzie Goncharova

Winona Ryder played dark, gothic, or just plain disinterested characters more than anyone in the ‘80s and ‘90s (see: “Heathers,” “Edward Scissorhands,” and “Girl, Interrupted”). Her role in “Beetlejuice” as the teenaged goth daughter likely has you enamored still today, with lines like “My whole life is a dark room,” and her classic spiked bangs. Also, the whole “I’m able to communicate with the dead” thing was badass.