A poster on an Internet forum, (particularly 4chan) who expresses opinions which are either stronglynihilistic
, ("life has no meaning," orTyler Durden's special snowflake
speech from the film Fight Club being probably the two main examples) or contain references to Hitler, Nazism, fascism, or other taboo topics which are deliberately intended to shock or offend readers.
The term "edgelord," is a noun, which came from the previous adjective, "edgy," which described the above behaviour.
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Someone, especially posting on the internet, who usesshocking
speech and opinions that they themselves may or may not actually believe to gain attention and come across as a more dangerous and unique person. Most Edgelords are teenagers trying to seem overly cool and/or over-casuallyapathetic
"The human race
upon the world, what's wrong with all you people? Honestly I'm just waiting for the nextplague
to happen," -Johnny Edge
" Oh shut the hell up you whiny edgelord" -Johnny Everyone
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Tries (and fails) to randomly insert edgy shock value content (often in the forms of extreme nihilism, feigned sociopathy, and all-around pisspoor attempts to look cool and brooding when he wants attention) into conversations either edgy content or he himself has no part in, or otherwise does so randomly because he feels the conversation is dead and he wants attention to be focused on him for a change.
Talks a big game and tries very hard to one-up anyone who (rightly) gives him grief for acting like an idiot, but seems to fail at it every single time because he lacks the spine and stomach to uphold or otherwise back up any of the crap he spews.
Probably does all of this in an ongoing and vain attempt to make others miserable with shock value, so as to bring them down to whatever level of misery he likely deals with. If he can successfully do this, then someone's as equally miserable as he seems to be AND he'll have the "superiority" at having brought them down there all on his own. Ergo, it all looks to be an attempt to feed into his ego so that he can feel a bit better about himself.
Would probably be a swell dude if he wasn't trying way too hard to be a Nietzsche wannabe, but he doesn't seem willing or able to examine whatever personal flaws he has in his system and overcome them despite having the exact problems explained to him on multiple occasions. Really a shame, all things considered.
Goteph is atryhard edgelord
who really needs to get it through his head thatnobody's
impressed or shocked at his antics.
November 05, 2017
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Commonly describesa person on the internet
who seemingly goes out of their way to be aspolarizing
as possible without adding any substance or reason. For example, people who frequently share "offensive" memes and intentionally use racial slurs outside of their own race (read: white people). Usually, this behavior can be explained as a psychological need for attention in a place where they can remain anonymous and not be personally held accountable for their activities. Such activities can be more innocent in nature, but most edgelords rely on shock value and pretentiousness to satisfy an unbalanced ego or past neglect. Attempts to "go against the grain
" or appear "non-conformist" are universal criteria. As such, feelings of cringe may be experienced.
Edgelords can also be found outside of the internet, albeit with much more public scrutiny.
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Someone very insecure about who they are that they must at all times appear to be 'edgy' with shock value in order to stay relevant. This often means someone who thinks excessive violence and guns are cool, plays way too much GTA and goes out of their way to be an annoyinghipster douchebag
, often excusing their pretty disgusting selfish behaviour and toxic conceited attitudes by quoting "Beyond Good and Evil
" by Neitzsche. They will also find other Edgelords to create cliques with in order to maintain their comfortableGroupthink
dynamics and will malign those who do not share their miserable hipster world view.
The most toxic of all Edgelords is an Edgelord Boss. This is someone fortunate enough to have significant power in an organisation due to their Edgelordliness, meaning that any possibility of introspection or change is zero. Working for an Edgelord Boss is the most soul destroying thing you can do in life, and they can often be found sucking the life out of the music, film and videogame industries. It is advised to seek alternative employment if you find yourself working for an Edgelord, or cabal of Edgelords.
The key difference between an Edgelord and Punk is sincerity. Many Edgelords are Faux-Punk because it's a way to make a lot of money selling offensive counter-culture products to young naive adults.
The videogame character Shadow The Hedgehog is the best example of the redundant Edgelord mentality.
"I play videogames like School Shooter and GTA, obsessed with gunsand I quote
Nietzsche but deep down I'm a cynicalcorporate pawn
. I am an insufferable Edgelord."
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