Having amassed over 500 million users worldwide, TikTok is easily one of the most frequented social media apps by kids, teens and young adults. On it, trends come and go, dying out just as quickly as they’re born. But here’s a TikTok phenomenon that, so far, seems likely to persist longer than most: the eboy. That said, you may be asking yourself, “What is an eboy on TikTok?”
Deriving from the term “egirl,” eboy can be simply defined as the male version of stylish, anime-inspired, semi-emo/goth TikTok egirl. A male who takes to the Internet to express themselves.
But there’s more to the definition of the term eboy than just the egirl’s male counterpart.
The first search result that appears for the term eboy on Urban Dictionary offers a somewhat greater specificity. According to the site’s top definition, posted in 2019, eboys are “basically goth, but they don’t get made fun of as much as someone who calls themself goth since they’re seen as cute by girls nowadays.”
Considering much of their fame can be owed to their good looks, it’s no surprise vanity may come off as the eboy’s chief concern.
What Does the Internet Have to Say About Them?
While egirls have been on the internet for much longer — marked by a history of being targeted by misogyny — eboys maintain a relatively new online presence.
But that doesn’t mean they also aren’t objects of online ridicule. Youtube comedians like Kurtis Conner and Cody Ko rely on poking fun at the eboy teen subculture as part of their material. Conner’s videos bashing eboys on TikTok have amassed about six million views. Ko’s video, in which he mocks eboys on TikTok with his girlfriend, has almost seven million views total.
Though eboys receive their share of online hate, their critics are nowhere near as vicious and as rampant as those of egirls. Videos like those of Conner and Ko are lighthearted in nature and do little, if any, harm to the eboy community.
The typical eboy look doesn’t stray far from its egirl origins. With graphic tees, striped long-sleeved shirts, and loose-legged pants being an eboy staple, eboys and egirls alike have cemented this layered look as the epitome of eperson fashion. To complete the outfit, a borderline excessive amount of chains, a fluffy middle part, a beanie, and hands accentuated with black, chipped nail polish are more than welcome, but not entirely necessary.
Just as their bold, goth-heavy style implies, eboys aren’t afraid to show off his signature accessories in a handful of Twitter selfies, a post on Instagram or in a carefully-crafted TikTok video.
As with egirls, it’s rare to spot an eboy in real life. Eboys don’t tend to advertise their online personas in person. This way, the eboy and girl subculture remains an online phenomenon only, independent from the nondigital world.