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Disclaimer: For the over-the-top rainbow anime edits, see Glitchcore. For the alternative fashion trend with bunny hats, see 2020s E-Kid. For the subgenre of Hyperpop known as "Scenecore", see Hyperpop.

Scene is a subculture that originated in the US Hardcore scene during the early 2000s, and mainly spread in popularity in the mid-2000s, It was mainly widespread from 2006 to 2013, but the subculture got revived in 2020, called "The Rawring 20s." Members of the original Scene subculture were nicknamed Scene Kids, Scenesters, or Trendies. Scene is often confused with or used interchangeably with Emo, its precursor subculture that formed from the music genre "Emotional Hardcore". Hardcore bands associated with scene were also known as Scenecore. In the 2020s, Scenecore has become a subgenre of Hyperpop based on the revival of Scene culture[1][2].



Scene spawned from the emo subculture in the early 2000s in the United States. Scene first emerged within the hardcore scene in 2002 through the term "scene queen" as a derogatory label for "posers" who care more about appearance than the actual music, generally preppy girls who started to dress alternative as a means of trying to attract band guys.[3]

Prior to scene's creation, "Fashioncore", an aesthetic created by Orange County metalcore band Eighteen Visions helped to influence scene, originating as a way of purposely being confrontational to the hypermasculinity of hardcore. Fashioncore used many aspects that would come to define scene fashion, such as eyeliner, tight jeans, collared shirts, straightened hair and white belts. It's possible that the quintessential scene haircut was invented by Eighteen Visions bassist Javier Van Huss which was inspired by seeing a poster of the band Orgy. Though the term began as pejorative against fashionable people in the hardcore scene, the style was eventually popularized in the early-2000s through the success of Eighteen Visions, Atreyu and From Autumn to Ashes.

Sasscore was also a notable influence to scene. Like fashioncore, sasscore was also a deliberate confrontation to hardcore's hypermasculinity, with sasscore bands doing so through their use of overt homoeroticism. The fashion of many sasscore musicians, notably Johnny Whitney, lead vocalist for the Blood Brothers, were influential.


  • Diamonds
  • Various patterns (checkers, polka dots, stripes, zebra stripes, plaid and leopard prints)
  • Dinosaurs
  • Zombies
  • Animals in general
  • Rainbows
  • Skulls
  • Neon colors
  • Glitter



An example of the Scene art style.

Another notable example of Scene visuals is the typical art style that they shared in common with the Emo subculture in the 2000s to early 2010s. The style is characterized by its often sketchy line art. This may be to mimic traditional pencil drawings, or to create a jagged, edgy feel to the artwork. The proportions of the characters were usually thin or stick figured bodies with caricature-like heads and large eyes, comparable to the likes of Tim Burton or the character L from Death Note. The large circular "blank" eyes are reminiscent of a particular "chibi" design style that was popular during the 2000s. The overall appearance of the characters is heavily based on on the popular trends of scene during its peak, meaning straightened opaque high-volume hair, black tees with splashes of bright colors, low waist bottoms, stripe pattern details, and sneakers.


In the mid-2000s scene kids would wear clothing that wasn't popular at the time, and as scene became more mainstream, the fashion and hairstyle became more popular. Scene boys would wear clothing that was considered feminine, such as tight clothing and eyeliner, and girls would wear clothing that was not seen as popular at the time. The clothing was commonly very striking with bright neon colors contrasting with solid black. Despite this, it's not necessary to put on more acessories; it could be as simple as having uneven hair and normal clothes. Popular items among scene kids include:

Hair and Make-Up[]

  • Asymmetric, choppy haircuts with long bangs
  • Teased or spiked hair styling
  • Colorful hair dye and streaks
  • Coon tail extensions
  • Thick black eyeliner
  • Occasionally black or neon eye shadow
  • Tinted chapstick


  • Bright, patterned clothing
  • Tight clothing
  • Skinny jeans
  • Piercings
  • Oversized and nerdy glasses/sunglasses
  • Studded belts
  • Bandana scarves
  • Fingerless gloves
  • Shutter shades
  • Converse, Vans, DC, and Osiris sneakers
  • Hair bows
  • Franchises and characters that were popular when scene was at its peak (for example, Gloomy Bear, Hello Kitty, Domo, Invader Zim, So So Happy and Skelanimals)
  • Plastic pearl necklaces
  • Band T-shirts and bracelets
  • Jewellery made out of Kandi
  • Tutus and tiaras
  • Jelly bracelets
  • Diamond shape necklaces
  • Tattoos and piercings


Scene music changed through the years and it's the most diverse part of the culture, ranging from Neon pop punk and comfy oriented pop music such as Hellogoodbye, Owl City, The Ready Set and Nevershoutnever, to the more intense acts like BrokeNCYDE, Suicide Silence, and Falling in Reverse, and to more queer and feminine ones, most notably Blood on the Dance Floor, Jeffrey Star, Millionaires and Geoffrey Paris. Scene bands take a lot of inspiration from screamo and second wave emo of the 90s. Bands like Orchid expanded on the more laid-back post-hardcore of the 70s and 80s with explosive instruments and vocals. In the early 2000s to around 2005, scene kids would listen to pop-punk and emo-pop. Acts like Fall Out Boy saw critical success in the early to mid-2000s under these genres. The success of releases from bands around the same time as Saosin who merged post-hardcore and metalcore skyrocketed the popularity of post-hardcore music, and from 2003 to 2007 scene kids listened to hardcore, metalcore, deathcore and post-hardcore. Crunkcore also increased in popularity, with acts such as JJ Bigga, Dot Dot Curve, and BrokeNCYDE.

Around this time, many metalcore, emo-pop and post-hardcore scene artists began incorporating electronic elements into their music and began popularizing electronicore and easycore, including bands like I See Stars, Sleeping with Sirens, Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! and Jamie's Elsewhere, among many others. Nintendocore and chiptune acts such as Shirobon, Karate High School, Sabrepulse and Horse the Band were also popular starting around 2007. Electro-industrial and synthpunk acts such as Mindless Self Indulgence and artists that were inspired by them such as Uncle Outrage, Raggedy Angry and Твоё нежное безумие, which mixed scene music with rivethead and cybergoth elements.

Progressive post-hardcore began to pick up steam near the 2010s with bands like Of Machines and Broadway incorporating trance and electronica into the emo-pop and post-hardcore compositions. In the early 2010s pop-punk and emo-pop had a small revival, and electronic post-hardcore became very popular with bands like Bring Me the Horizon seeing massive success. Scene music would see a gradual decline through the 2010s as it became less popular in the mainstream, but bands like Hands Like Houses still saw moderate success while expanding on the progressive post-hardcore sound.

In the late 2010s, notable figures like Jordan Sweeto and DAGames, who were part of the scene kid subculture, gained prominence in fandom spaces by creating music that blended elements of both nerdcore/fandom and typical scene music. Around 2019, there appeared hyperpop and indietronica, despise those not being scene music genres. Artists like 100 gecs and Underscores transformed the mid-2010s hyperpop into an abrasive internet aesthetic, influenced by older scene bands, in May of 2020, XO_Willow (aka h3artcrush, now known as Crucifyapril) combined elements of e-punk/Incelcore music with Pop Punk, Chiptune and Scene elements in his debut album Winter Suicide, inspiring acts like Wujek, h4rtbrkr, and EDGEMASTER42. In 2021, a collaborative project called Big Money Cybergrind emerged, featuring a mix of old and new scene kids, combining various music genres that used to be popular among scene kids over the time.


Bands and artists within the current scene and acts that were popular or obscure in the MySpace era of social media include the following:

  • 1-800-Zombie!
  • 3OH!3
  • 8-Bit Suicide
  • Abandon All Ships
  • A Day To Remember
  • AFI
  • Allstar Weekend
  • All Time Low
  • Amy Can Flyy
  • Andy Black
  • A Rocket To The Moon
  • Assasynths
  • Asking Alexandria
  • Attack Attack!
  • Attila
  • Atreyu
  • Avril Lavigne
  • Baby Giraffes
  • Black Veil Brides
  • Blind Equation
  • Blood On The Dance Floor
  • Bogusman
  • Boy Talks Trash (aka Garrett Ecstacy, former BOTDF member)
  • Breathe Carolina
  • Breathe Electric
  • Breathingsparks
  • Bring Me the Horizon
  • Broadway
  • BrokenCYDE
  • Bubblegum Octopus
  • Button*Masher
  • Cash Cash
  • CatchingYourClouds
  • CBZL
  • Charlize Rockmore
  • Chiodos
  • CindaBlock
  • Cobra Starship
  • Cookiebreed
  • Crazy Crazy Awesome Awesome
  • Cobra Starship
  • Crochetcatpause
  • Cute Is What We Aim For
  • dARI
  • Dart Darling
  • Design the Skyline
  • Disko Warp
  • DJ PixelNiko
  • Dot Dot Curve :)
  • Drop Dead Gorgeous
  • Dropping a Popped Locket
  • evenXodd
  • Electric Dragon
  • Electric Suicide Method
  • Elephants and Crayons
  • Emanuel
  • Ennaria
  • Enter Shikari
  • Escape the Fate
  • Fake Shark-Real Zombie!
  • Fall Out Boy
  • Falling in Reverse
  • Family Force 5
  • Fear, and Loathing in Las Vegas
  • Fizzy Dino Pop
  • Flyleaf
  • Forever the Sickest Kids
  • Four Year Strong
  • Frank Iero
  • From First To Last
  • Fucking Werewolf Asso
  • Gerard Way
  • Get Scared
  • Ghost Town
  • Go! with Fourteen O
  • Hands Like Houses
  • Hawthorne Heights (formerly A Day in the Life)
  • Heart Shaped Hate
  • Hello, Astronaut
  • Hellogoodbye
  • Hello Kitty Suicide Club
  • Her Rise My Demise
  • HeyHiHello!
  • Hollywood Undead
  • Horse the Band
  • I See Stars
  • I Set My Friends on Fire
  • Jamie's Elsewhere
  • Jarrod Alonge
  • J Bigga
  • Jeffree Star
  • Jordan Sweeto
  • JJ Demon
  • Job for a Cowboy
  • Karate High School
  • Kaj Strife
  • Kill Paradise
  • Lemon Demon
  • Lights
  • Little Bunny Fuck You
  • Maya Malice
  • Mayday Parade
  • MC Chris
  • MC Lars
  • Meg & Dia
  • Metro Station
  • Millionaires
  • Mindless Self Indulgence
  • Missing in Maryland
  • Motionless In White
  • My Chemical Romance
  • Nevershoutnever
  • nickasaur!
  • N!TRO
  • Of Machines
  • Ohemgee
  • Owl City
  • OMFG
  • Panic! At the Disco
  • Paramore
  • Pierce The Veil
  • PlayRadioPlay!
  • Prima Donna
  • Rainbow Jump Orchestra
  • Raggedy Angry
  • R*tard-O-Bot
  • Relient K
  • Richee From Switchee
  • RoMak & The Space Pirates
  • S3RL
  • Sabrepulse
  • Saosin
  • Scotty Vanity
  • Screaming Mechanical Brain
  • SeeYouSpaceCowboy
  • Shirobon
  • Skrillex
  • Simple Plan
  • Sleeping With Sirens
  • Snow White's Poison Bite
  • Spanky Cabooze
  • Sonny Moore
  • Stereo Skyline
  • Suicide Silence
  • Subscene
  • Talk to Animals
  • Твоё нежное безумие
  • The All-American Rejects
  • The Bigger Lights
  • The Cab
  • The Legend of Ed
  • The Maine
  • The Millionaires
  • The Medic Droid
  • The O/gONNA gET gOT
  • The Rip0phs
  • The Ready Set
  • The Various Endeavors?
  • Til Death Do We Part
  • Toxic Lipstick
  • Triceratopolis
  • Turmoil In Wonderland
  • Twenty One Pilots
  • Ultracutez
  • Uncle Outrage
  • Unicorns Killed My Girlfriend
  • Vampires Everywhere!
  • Vantana Row
  • Vyncent Flaw/Jasper Dorex Cyborg Esquire
  • We Are the In Crowd
  • We Are The Scene
  • We Came As Romans
  • We The Kings
  • Whitechapel
  • ZOMBIESHARK! (early)


Playlists, Albums, Mixes and Lists[]



This section describes the media that Scene Kids interact with, rather than there being this type of aesthetic within the media.



Scene (and to an extent, emo) kids were primarily associated with the fanbases of media featuring both color and humor in it rather than the typical edgy series, although some did have macabre elements.

For example, Homestuck was originally intended for adult male gamers who played RPGs like Ultima and Final Fantasy in their youths as a parody, but when it became more serious, scene subculture members came into the fanbase. Homestuck always had weird, macabre elements, even when it was a comedy, such as the character Jade Harley, who had death symbolism, but was primarily humorous in nature before her arcs started.

  • Fillerbunny (2005)
  • Homestuck (2009-2016)
  • I Feel Sick (1999-2000)
  • Johnny the Homicidal Maniac (1995-1997)
  • Pon and Zi (2004-present)
  • Squee! (1997-1998)
  • Warriors (2003-present)


  • Alternative Press
  • Kerrang!


  • Adventure Time (2010-2018)
  • Adventures With Domo (2014-2015)
  • Bloody Bunny (webseries) (2008-2015)
  • Dexter's Laboratory (1999-2003)
  • Fanboy and ChumChum (2009-2014)
  • Foster's Home For Imaginary Friends (2004-2009)
  • Gloomy the Naughty Grizzly (2021)
  • Growing Up Creepie (2006–2008)
  • Happy Tree Friends (1999-2016; 2023-present)
  • Invader Zim (2001-2006)
  • Johnny Test (2005-2014; 2021-2022)
  • Lenore, the Cute Little Dead Girl (2002)
  • Monster High (Webseries) (2010-2014)
  • My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic (2010-2019)
  • Regular Show (2009-2017)
  • School for Little Vampires (2006–2010)
  • Shugo Chara! (2007-2010)
  • Ruby Gloom (2006)
  • SpongeBob SquarePants (1999-present)
  • The Powerpuff Girls (1998-2006)
  • The Gothic World of Nyanpire (2011)
  • The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy (2003-2007)
  • Wow! Wow! Wubbzy! (2006-2010)
  • Viva Piñata (TV Series) (2006 - 2009)
  • Yo Gabba Gabba! (2007-2015)
  • Zombie Hotel (2005-2007)

Video Games[]

  • Animal Jam (2010-present)
  • Angry Birds (2009-present)
  • Club Penguin (2005-2017) (2018-2022)
  • Gaia Online (2003-present)
  • IMVU (2004-present)
  • LittleBigPlanet (2008-present)
  • MapleStory (2003-present)
  • Minecraft (2009-present)
  • MovieStarPlanet (2009-present)
  • Neopets (1999-present)
  • Pokémon (1996-present)
  • Roblox (2006-present)
  • Sonic the Hedgehog series (1991-present)
  • The Sims franchise, especially with the use of Custom Content (2000-present)
  • Viva Piñata (2006-2008)
  • Webkinz (2005-present)


  • A Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
  • Corpse Bride (2005)
  • Daddy I'm a Zombie / Mummy I'm a Zombie (2010 / 2014)
  • Frankenweenie (2012)
  • Monster High Movies (2010-2016)
  • Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus (2019)


The following list contains influencers (referred to as scene "queens" and "kings") that were popular with people in the Scene subculture during its peak.

  • Audrey Kitching
  • Airica Macabre
  • Amor Hilton
  • Brandon Killen
  • Cameron Ugh
  • Chris Dakota
  • Corey Patakos
  • Dani Gore
  • Emery Lane
  • Hanna Beth
  • Hannah Minx
  • Hilary Haywire
  • Izzy Hilton
  • Jac Vanek
  • James Cheal
  • Jeffree Star
  • Kat Von D
  • Kiki Kannibal
  • Lexi Lush
  • Matty Murder
  • Melissa Marie (aka vocalist and founder of Millionares)
  • Morten Vega
  • Ms. Hollywood XTC
  • Randy Romance
  • Vanna Venom
  • Vampires Everywhere!
  • Victoria Murder
  • yOyO suicide
  • Zui Suicide

Slang & Naming Conventions[]

The following list contains slang terms (known as "scene lingo") that were popular with people in the Scene subculture, and often crosses over with 1337 (leet) speak.

  • Abbreviations derived from internet lingo (eg: LOL, STFU, IDGAF, OMG, and WTF)
  • BR00T4L (Brutal but the u and a are replaced with 0 and 4)
  • Betch (Misspelling of "bitch")
  • Eff yuu (Supposed to sound like "fuck you")
  • Emoticons (such as XD, :3, :D etc)
  • hXc (Hardcore)
  • Rad and Fly (Both are slang terms for "cool")
  • Rawr (sometimes said as "'Rawr' means 'I love you" in dinosaur")
  • sXe (Straightedge)
  • the sx! (Sexy)

Band/Artist Names[]

  • Names with no spaces (BrokenCYDE, Nevershoutnever, Hellogoodbye to name a few)
  • The use of an exclamation mark ("!") (HeyHiHello!, Dot Dot Curve! :), Attack Attack!)


WARNING: This part of the article contains controversies regards some popular scene music artists, it mentions of sexual assault, pedophilia and general bigotry. If this triggers you or makes you extremely uncomfortable please skip this part.

While the style and the aesthetic in the scene subculture wasn't really controversial, the music, mainly crunkcore, was. Most crunkcore songs have sexual lyrics, those lyrics most time mentioned women as "sluts/whores" or were only mentioned in sexual contexts. This not just caused a contraversary about the lyrics possibly being misogynistic but also was considered weird in general since the main audience at the time was young girls and a lot of artists were aware of that. Not just that but some crunkcore and other scene music artists used slurs that they couldn't reclaim[4] (Like in No.5 by Hollywood Undead where they say the f word or how MSI would say the n word in a lot of songs along with having a song titled "N**gers") which at the time wasnt something that big but now days is considered very problematic, as the time changed people started to realize that, which was one of the main reasons why music styles like crunkcore died.

Another thing which was a big problem at the time scene and specially crunkcore were at their peak is the fact that Blood On The Dance Floor and Mindless Self Indulgence were some of the most popular artists of the genre. Dahive Vanity, one of the members, was accused of grooming and sexual assault of around 21 women, most of them being underage. Dahive was very misogynistic and that can be confirmed by some of his titles like "Revenge Porn" and "Sluts get Guts". This situation got so bad and popular that eventually BOTDF got taken off spotify.[5] (please be careful when checking the source article as it can be triggering.)

Mindless Self Indulgence is one of the most controversial yet active bands of the scene moviment. Jimmy Urine, the vocalist, composer and co-founder of MSI was used the n word mutiple times in his songs, as mentioned before. Another thing people pointed out about Jimmy is the sexualization of a little girl’s underwear in the 1997 album "Crappy Little Demo’s" song "Panty Shots". Although it may seem satirical at first but a woman ended up anonymously speaking about Jimmy grooming and sexually abusing her. [6] (same warning as above when checking the source article.)

Inspired & Related Subcultures[]

Subcultures around the globe who were inspired or share a lot of similarities to Scene.


Latin American[]


  • Truzzo (Italy)
  • Partille Johnny (Sweden)
  • Fruittari (Finland)
  • Spicers (Ireland)


External links to help get a better understanding of this vast subculture.








  1. The Definitive Scene-Era Music Compilation (2002 - 2015)
  2. Scenecore - Last FM
  3. From Hardcore to Harajuku: The Origins of Scene Subculture - PopMatters