Misunderstood can relate to many things, although it mostly relates to people who are taken in the wrong way or if people don't understand them, the way they should be understood. Sometimes it is better to refer to emo, scene , or goth people as "misunderstood people" because most people stereotype will them. You don't have to have piercings, lipstick, or eyeliner to be misunderstood. Just looked at in a way you feel is not correct.