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What are some fictional gothic female characters?

Asked by Mandeblind (425points) March 12th, 2012 from iPhone

What I found is Lisbeth Salander and Wednesday Addams.

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Berserker's avatar

Add Morticia Adams to the list. ^^

Lydia Deetz from Beetlejuice comes to mind, as does Elvira. All pretty classic. I guess Vampirella and Lady Death, although they’re comic book characters, but definitely set in some gothic appeal.
I can think of a few examples coming from novels too and other sources that involve gothic women who weren’t portrayed by actual women, as in actors, but not entirely sure that’s what you’re looking for?
Being familiar with the Goth scene, I pretty much shame myself for not being able to come up with a bigger list. Cool question though. :)

Mandeblind's avatar

thanks symbeline! novels would be great too.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

Morticia Adams was my first thought. The Adams Family was filmed in Ithaca. The house was abandoned years ago. It was sad.

SmashTheState's avatar

Catherine from Wuthering Heights. Fuchsia Groan, Countess Gertrude, and Irma Prunesquallor from Gormenghast. Christine from Le Fantôme de l’Opéra. Eleanor from The Haunting of Hill House. Carmilla from, well… Carmilla. Wilhelmina Murray and Lucy Westenra from Dracula. Esmerelda from the Hunchback of Notre Dame.

Those are the ones off the top of my head. There are probably hundreds.

Berserker's avatar

The Book of Shadows features two pretty gothic characters, who both are very different, allowing for a very good and fun exploration of the goth feel…but since it’s a gothic tale well…lol. Madeline, a ghost who committed suicide by impaling her own throat with one of em fireplace pike things, is broody and dark, and only hangs around until one of the characters can set her at peace. She always talks all weird, because of the wound to her throat. But you’d really have to read it…there’s also Sebastiana, a witch who serves as mentor for the protagonist. She’s one of those classic good witches you find in this kind of book, but the author really worked her out good.

Oh also, Katrina Van Tassel from Sleepy Hollow. You’re probably familiar with Tim Burton’s movie, but in the actual written story, Katrina has kind of a goth feel, although I’m not entirely sure how intentional that was.

And of course, the ever so famous lesbian vampire, Carmila, an old vampire story by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu.

El_Cadejo's avatar

Devi from I feel sick comics.
Abby on NCIS

Earthgirl's avatar

Jane Eyre, that is all I can come up with!

filmfann's avatar

There is Danae from the Non Sequitur comic

ragingloli's avatar

Kuroneko from Ore no Imouto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai

filmfann's avatar

the Winona Ryder character in Beetleguese.

WillWorkForChocolate's avatar

From the two characters you mentioned, I guess you’re leaning more towards “goth” instead of classic gothic heroines. =0)

The first one that springs to mind is Nancy Downs from The Craft.

mazingerz88's avatar

I guess, in Neil Gaiman’s Sandman series, Sandman’s gothic himself and his sister, Death.

Ok, and how about the Bride of Frankenstein?

dappled_leaves's avatar

Becca in Californication (though she’s losing the goth as she grows up, it seems).

filmfann's avatar

Mina Murray from Dracula?

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