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Rebel Academia is an aesthetic that involves rebellion against the school system.

It could be descrived as a mix of Chaotic Academia, Bastardcore, Horror Academia and Darkest Academia, but set on the contemporary/modern era.

It is meant to show irregularity within a bad education system and to promote diversity within students, teachers and other people implicated in the USA, Japan, and the UK, however a common misconception is that rebel academia is against "learning" or education in general.


It uses several imagery, like students (or people in general) acting in rebellious ways, as well as parties, school classrooms and messy study places. It usually uses dark colors mixed with slightly more vibrant warm ones such as red. It has a slightly dark tone, centered on the problematic parts of education meant to cause a subtle feeling of distress. Other visuals include failed exams, boring classes, pessimistic teachers, the anxiety students feel or the general isssues of high school and college. There is also a more positive side to it, such as images of friendship, resilience, diverse people figting against the system and students doing things usually seen as "bad" or "rebellious", for example, dropping out of school to do what you want to do, partying, artistic studies or standing up for student rights.


The philosophy of Rebel Academia is quite simple. It centers itself around the belief that the education system is built in a wrong way and should be changed. Its main idea is to embrace rebellion against it in order to survive this issue and hopefully change it for the better.

It does not support criminal acts, however it does encourage acting up against bad teachers or the system in general. It does not have a specific political ideology, but diversity is one of its main battles; it fights for the right to be yourself and sentences both bullying and any school's intention to change who you are in any way.

It believes the right of the youth to live life to the max, and that studying and exams are not the most important thing in life.


List of common fashion items and/or styles in Rebel Academia:

  • White shirts (sometimes graffitied)
  • Uniforms worn in an "incorrect" way (broken uniform skirts, upturned shirt collars, defaced school badges, no jackets, colored trousers, a tie worn backwards, sneakers as shoes, etc.
  • Using bookie pens/bookie pencils from betting shops and gambling venues such as casinos and various stationary deemed against the school and associated with the outside real world
  • Bringing in betting slips to do work on
  • Any type of alternative clothing styles, such as goth, punk, emo, lolita; anything that stands out and/or against social norms
  • Black dresses
  • Chokers and chains
  • Messy hairstyles
  • Heavy makeup


The most common music found in Rebel Academia is various subgenres of rock, especially indie rock and other forms with emphasis on nonconformity and rebellion.


  • Indie rock
  • Punk rock
  • Post-punk
  • Hard rock
  • Garage rock
  • Metal
  • Alternative rock
  • Psychedelic rock
  • Pop-punk


  • Problems (Mother Mother)
  • Hayloft (Mother Mother)
  • Ho Hey (The Lumineers)
  • Alien Blues (Vundabar)
  • Bad Reputation (Joan Jett & the Blackhearts)
  • Fluorescent Adolescent (Arctic Monkeys)
  • Guilty Pleasures (Confetti)
  • Teenagers (My Chemical Romance)
  • Bad Child (Tones and I)
  • We're Not Gonna Take It (Twisted Sister)
  • Softcore (The Neighborhood)
  • Middle Finger (Bohnes)
  • Uprising (Muse)
  • Sex, Drugs, Etc. (Beach Weather)


Video Games[]

  • Misao
  • Bully
  • Sally Face
  • Corpse Party (1996)
  • Persona 5
  • Back to Skool
  • Grange Hill


  • Dead Poets Society
  • Welcome to the Dollhouse
  • Mean Girls
  • Carrie
  • Juno
  • A Silent Voice
  • If....
  • IT
  • Swing Kids (1993)


  • The End of the F***ing World
  • Elite
  • I Am Not Okay With This
  • Rebel Cheer Squad


  • Not accepting mistreatment from any teacher and talking back
  • Going to parties
  • Drawing during class (usually on boring schoolwork)
  • Listening to music during class
  • Bringing in newspapers into class and reading them amongst friends (anything from outside of the real world)
  • Not doing homework
  • Arriving late to class
  • Standing up against bullying
  • Not accepting stupid punishments
  • Being friends with only the good teachers
  • Being friends with the left out students
  • Debating with teachers and students
  • Going to restricted areas
  • Breaking any school rule that one finds to be foolish
  • Studying only when you feel like it and not whenever you have exams, only studying for important subjects
  • Decorating your locker
  • Decorating your uniform, particularly with anti-school logos, etc.
  • Sneaking out of school (sagging/bunking off)
  • Sitting incorrectly during class (Slouching off, etc.)
  • Going to demonstrations for students' rights
  • Booing teachers when something bad is imposed, such as cutting off break time much earlier than expected
  • Pulling harmless pranks on students and teachers
  • Skipping class
  • Causing controversy in school


Some people believe Rebel Academia might encourage bad marks and low productivity in school, along with that a common critique of the aesthetic is the assumption that it encourages violent acts, such as fighting, attacking school students and/or teachers.