Netflix’s new series Wednesday premieres November 23, offering a fresh take on iconic character Wednesday Addams from The Addams Family.
There have been several interpretations of this family since the 1930s cartoon clips in The New Yorker. Since that time, Wednesday has been portrayed in different ways. However, many audiences know her best from the film franchise. She is known as a dreary goth girl who is fascinated with death and has a dark personality. Although Wednesday is a unique character, these depictions of female gothic characters resemble her common portrayal.
The Craft (1996)
The Craft is one of the best witch movies according to many fans, capturing the dark nature often depicted in these storylines. Nancy Downs is one of the coven’s witches and eventually becomes the main antagonist of The Craft, using magic for dark deeds.
Wednesday would certainly not be considered a villain, but she would probably approve of the dark nature of Nancy’s decisions. Although Wednesday has a much calmer demeanor than Nancy, she also has a slightly unhinged personality that resembles the witch.
Beetle Juice (1988)
Lydia Deetz is a somewhat forgotten aspect of her parents’ life in Beetlejuice, allowing her to more easily connect with the ghosts of her household and help them fend off the evil titular character. She’s a unique character in the sense that she builds a stronger bond with the dead rather than the living.
Wednesday has a much more bleak personality than Lydia, but they still have a similar personality. Not only do they like darker styles, but they have antisocial personalities and seem to prefer being home alone rather than interacting with other people they can’t relate to.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997-2003)
Buffy always had good villains throughout the series, including Drusilla, who was one of the franchise’s darkest and most sadistic vampires. She had a disturbing personality and delighted in the violence and death she encouraged her followers to commit.
While Wednesday is certainly not a sadistic person who relishes the thought of murder, she does have a dark personality. Wednesday often sheds light or finds amusing acts of violence, which is similar to Drusilla’s work of the same dark deeds.
The Breakfast Club (1985)
Allison is considered the “weird” of the group in The Breakfast Club, an 80s teen classic. Throughout the film, she is quiet and withdrawn most of the time, and has trouble connecting emotionally with people. . She also has a difficult family life which also contributes to her negative behavior.
Wednesday doesn’t have a difficult family life — she actually has parents who adore her even though she does some nasty things (especially to her brother). However, this Addams would also be considered “strange”, along with the rest of his family, and is also not quick to share his emotions or connect with others.
Mean Girls (2004)
Janis Ian is portrayed as the typical “Goth Girl” in the teen movie Mean Girls. She loves art and has a punk demeanor. Her personality is quite bold and outspoken, and she’s not averse to doing such questionable things if she thinks it’s justifiable.
Wednesday also has a questionable moral compass. She is often seen in films as a sad character who does not fit in easily with “typical” people in society or her family. Janis resembles this iconic character in that she doesn’t care about fitting in and instead focuses on her own interests.
Hotel Transylvania Franchise
Mavis Dracula is one of the most likable characters in the Hotel Transylvania franchise. He is a vampire who lives with other monsters but doesn’t feel like he fits in with those around him. Mavis is a kind-hearted monster who is curious about the world around her.
Although Wednesday is not portrayed in later adaptations as a kind-hearted person, the original sitcom series portrayed her far happier than other portrayals. The Addams character who is more familiar to fans also resembles Mavis, however, in the way she’s curious about things and doesn’t quite fit in.
Underworld is one of the best gothic action movies to date. Selene, a vampire, is the main character of this franchise. Despite the passion audiences often see in Selene, she has a fairly stoic personality and rarely smiles or laughs.
Although Wednesday isn’t a centuries-lived vampire, she has a very similar personality to Underworld’s Selene. Both women do not openly share their emotions and have very serious personalities that leave little room for humor or cheerfulness.
Danny Ghost (2003-2007)
Sam Manson is one of the most entertaining characters in the Danny Phantom series. She’s a bit of a stereotypical goth character at first glance, but she also has underlying desires and emotions that drive her friendship with Danny.
Although Wednesday doesn’t openly share her emotions, it’s clear from her interesting comments and remarks that she has something to say. She’s like Sam in that she has desires that may not be obvious, but are hinted at in her subtle actions and remarks.
Child’s Play Franchise
Tiffany Valentine first appeared in the Child’s Play franchise as a woman and was later killed by Chucky and transported in a doll. Tiffany is a fairly sadistic character, like Chucky, but is more in touch with her emotions and life desires.
Wednesday shares a similar dark personality and sense of humor with Tiffany. Both characters have desires and emotions that are quirky and much darker than the others. Moreover, both don’t care about others’ opinions of their darker side and are true to themselves.
Negasonic teen warhead
Negasonic Teenage Warhead is a member of the X-Men who appears in the Deadpool franchise. She is portrayed as calm and often emotionless, but is also a very sarcastic character who isn’t afraid to hurl an insult when she sees fit.
Negasonic Teenage Warhead and Wednesday Addams have a lot in common. They may seem calm and carefree around others, but they also have a sarcastic side. Both are quick to launch a sarcastic comment, sharing their emotions and perception.