This question comes from my years just hanging out on fantasy, sci-fi and anime forums, And it seems like every time a character (most times a main character) shows any hint of uncertainty or just general sadness over what's happened to them in the story, the guys on forums cry out "oh he's so emo!" or "what a whiny little bitch!" etc....why is it that people feel that way? I know when see/read the character's situations I can usually feel for them, or like that they can pick themselves up later and fight on. But the people on forums just keep saying that they're emo or whatever. I know it isn't an age thing, cause I know some people on forums were about the same age. So what is it? BTW I couldn't figure out in what section to put this in. Good examples I guess would be Anakin Skywalker Harry Potter Frodo Shinji (Neo Genesis Evangelion) Sasuke (Naruto) Spider-Man and plenty others but can't think of anymore. So thoughts?