Emo Charlie

From Life of Onion
Revision as of 16:57, 20 April 2016 by Admin (Talk | contribs)

(diff) ← Older revision | Latest revision (diff) | Newer revision → (diff)
Jump to: navigation, search
Emo Charlie
Emo Charlie is a video character Greg has been using since 2008. He is a fan favorite and is even occasionally cosplayed by fans.


Emo Charlie wears dark eye makeup and black lipstick. He has black hair (most of the time it's a wig, but sometimes Greg uses his hair) which is usually mostly covered in a black beanie. He normally wears an all black outfit made up of black pants and a black tee shirt.

Early on, some fans complained that Emo Charlie actually fit the goth stereotype more than emo in terms of personality and style. (Source) Especially at the time of the character's creation, the stereotype for an emo guy would have been a soft-spoken wimpy guy, where as Emo Charlie was always confident and had an aggressive personality, which is usually how goths are portrayed in pop culture. As for style, the black lipstick is almost always associated with the gothic style and it was a bit unheard of at the time for emo guys to wear lipstick at all. Even down to the way Greg wore the Emo Charlie beanie did not fit the emo stereotype of the time. Wearing a beanie slouched on the mid to back of your head would be considered "emo style", but Emo Charlie wears it the way most people wear beanies (although a bit low).

This goth influence in the character was most likely due to the fact that when Greg was a teenager, the goth subculture was alive in most American high schools as well as in pop culture. Greg even says that in high school his style would have been considered goth. (Source) The emo fashion and subculture most would recognize today ("myspace emo") didn't really come around until Greg was already in his 20's.

Fans today don't seem to mind Emo Charlie's goth roots. The reason early fans felt compelled to complain about the details of the character was probably because when Greg first began using Charlie in 2008, "myspace emo" was still rampant on the internet. The "myspace emo" style and subculture is said to have died out by 2010.


Greg seems to have two personalities for Emo Charlie depending on how he is using him in a video. Sometimes he is calm, monotone and the voice of reason. Other times he is emotional and irrational. Greg usually uses this version of Emo Charlie when mocking self-harmers.