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Dark Jock is a joke aesthetic concept created by tumblr user @heedra. In a post, they say, "im adopting the ‘dark jock’ aesthetic. i’m going to lurk around crumbling old institute buildings in a black tanktop with a skull on it and a backwards ballcap and i’m going to get dark academia people to write my essays for me while i call them nerds and doofuses and prep for the big dark football game."

The aesthetic is the jock counterpart to Dark Academia, and would describe a hypothetical jock living in the same Gothic university environment. The goals of the "dark jock" would be to excel in athletics while still being in a prestigious university because of this prowess and possible bribery. Like a normal jock, they would antagonize the nerds and use them as a means to assert their social status, a good counterpart to the Dark Academics murdering each other for the sake of getting their peers' academic positions.

Because the joking tumblr post does not give too many descriptors, it could be anybody's interpretation.

Visuals

  • Admiring athletes from the classical periods. For example, "The Doryphoros is totally body goals"
  • Athletic uniforms from the 1890s-1950s
  • Becoming the CEO of your father's multimillion dollar company in the future
    • Alternatively, becoming a politician and getting caught up in a sex scandal
  • Bullying
  • Calling the male humanities students slurs
  • Casual sexism
  • Classical athletics such as the Olympics, discus throwing, and javelin
  • Contemporary jock aesthetics in a darker color palette
  • Glancing over at the Dark Academia cult before making a noncommittal shoulder shrug and saying, "Well fuck those guys."
  • Hard drugs
  • Hazing the freshie (homoerotic?)
  • Making an insensitive comment about the death of the student from the Dark Academic cult
  • Making out in the library and annoying the nerds
  • Murder, but being like, chill with it
  • Plagiarism
  • Preppy sports such as crew rowing, squash, and lacrosse
  • Stealing and eating an entire frozen cheesecake from the communal dorm fridge
  • Violence against fellow students


Media

Books

  • Bunny Corcoran from The Secret History.

TV Shows

  • The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
  • Whatever Archie Andrews has going on in Riverdale
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