Weirdcore (or oddcore) is an aesthetic that is based around bizarre imagery and objects. It heavily relies on nostalgic things, or places you feel you may have seen in the past. A large part of this aesthetic is based around Liminal Spaces, and the unnerving feelings that come with them. They are meant to be disturbing, off-putting, or confusing to the viewer. Cursed images are disturbing photos on the internet that make you question their existence.[1] They tend to be present in this aesthetic.

Visual

The aesthetic commonly features nostalgic characters and properties, usually popular in the early 2000s or '90s (ex. Hello Kitty, Care Bears, or Furbies). Lighting plays a huge aspect in weirdcore, for example, a bright and happy seeming place with a strange, uncomforting, undertone, or a slightly darkened place, representing memories. Weirdcore has broad overlap with Old Web, Kidcore, and Nostalgiacore as it often uses the same nostalgic motifs, just in a bizarre way. Weirdcore also uses low-quality images (Dithered, and in some cases old camcorder effects) to give the viewer a feeling of early 2000s photography.

Another visual in weirdcore is 'shadow people'. Shadow people can either be human looking or just black blurry blobs. They are the people in weirdcore, since real people in weirdcore ruins the mood.

Origins

Currently, the exact origins of weirdcore are undated, but may go as far back as the early 2010s or as late as 2019. The genre started to pick up popularity when a YouTuber by the name of DavidCrypt uploaded a video explaining the weirdcore aesthetic.

Music

Artists

  • Jack Stauber
  • Nero's Day At Disneyland
  • Pink Guy
  • Nelward
  • 100 Gecs

Playlists

Spotify

Games

  • LSD Dream Simulator
  • One Night at Flumpty's 1 & 2
  • Revenge of the Sunfish
  • Yume Nikki

TV Shows

  • Popee the Performer
  • Xavier: Renegade Angel
  • Don't Hug Me I'm Scared

Subgenres

Endcore

Endcore (sometimes called blisscore) is an aesthetic themed around dreams and childhood, focused around specific shared dream experience of exploring a seemingly endless field. In the dream, individuals will be exploring a wide, often empty field (some claim to see individual trees or flowers or even small animals, but sparsity of life is a core theme of the aesthetic). Individuals in the dream will usually take the form of themselves as a young child, usually around the ages of 4-9. The dream itself is also incredibly uneventful, with the only notable events happening being clouds moving incredibly quickly, interacting with flowers and small animals and climbing hills, yet despite it's mundane nature the dream is still memorable.

The name "endcore" comes from the field in the dream being seemingly endless, making the field itself feel like a purgatory. The aesthetic is also referred to as blisscore, coming from the Windows XP wallpaper 'Bliss'. Due to how specific the aesthetic is, many endcore images end up looking very similar, with large fields and blue skies.

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