Before “adorkable” was a word. Before New Girl on Fox, before you could easily find a ‘Weird is Rad’ tee on Esty, it wasn’t always easy to be a little girl who loved all things strange and bizarre.
So in time for All Hallows Eve, I made made a list of a few morbid girls who showed us all being weird wasn’t such a bad thing.
1. Marnie Piper from Halloweentown
Now in it was the great Aggie Cromwell who said the iconic line, “Being normal is vastly overrated,” (Rest in Awesome Debbie Reynolds) but it was Marnie who sold Halloweentown for me. That teen witch believed in magic when she had no proof of it. Was brave with and without the magic the back up the bravado. And even when her brother, mother, and those around her mocked her “appreciation for weird stuff” she stuck to her interests without apology. Marnie showed us all you’ve got to own who you are and what you like with or without your family’s validation.
2. Lilo Pelekai from Lilo and Stitch
Ah Lilo, I loved you and your quest to help every alien find their one true place. It didn’t hurt that I also went through a alien stage, but that’s beside the point. Lilo lost a lot, but that never crushed her will or her determination. She liked what she liked–zombies and creatures from other worlds–and no matter what anyone said or did, she stuck to that. Plus, she comes to understand something at a young age that it can take years for some people to learn: it’s better to have one friend who gets you than a group of friends you have to fake it with.
3. Topanga Lawrence from Boy Meets World
She communed with the dead during algebra, wore togas to school, and called Cory and Shawn out constantly. Was there a more feminist 6th grader than Topanga?
4. Wednesday Addams from The Addams Family
Can you even have a list of iconic weird girls without including Wednesday? My first into to Wednesday was on the cartoon version of The Addams Family on Cartoon Network in the early 2000s, but I’ve loved her in all her incarnations. She’s morbid, clever, pulled no punches, and put Peter Pan collars on the map. It’s totally valid to want to be a princess, but I personally still want to be Wednesday. To the this day I aspire to this girl’s casual morbidity.
5. Lydia Deetz from Beetlejuice
Lydia, Lydia, Lydia! This goth girl was the only human weird enough to go to the Neitherlands and hang with the ghost with the most (Beetlejuice). I remember the elementary school version of me loving that Lydia knew there was always more to people than meets the eye. And she inspired two decades of cartoon goth girls.
Honorable Mentions: The original Girl Gang from Scooby-Doo and the Ghoul School
I’m still salty these freaks didn’t get a series.
The Hex Girls
I would buy an entire album okay.