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3rd Sep '17 7:03:13 PM C2
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* HappyEnding: "Is It College Yet?" main story avoids the cynicism of the early seasons and ends on a happy note - Daria and Tom are okay with breaking up and going to different colleges, Jane is accepted to an art college near Daria's, Upchuck gets a girl and even the Fashion Club finally grows up. The only sourish note is Kevin having failed and needing to repeat a year at Lawndale. The end credits (whose canonicity is unclear) reveal an even happier future for all the cast that borders on HappilyEverAfter - Quinn becomes a successful CEO, Daria and Jane become the hosts of a show similar to Good Morning America, Upchuck becomes a stud, the chubby goth girl becomes a successful bikini model, Quinn's fan club become successful TV presenters, Mack and Kevin own a successful ice cream franchise and etc.

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* HappyEnding: "Is It College Yet?" Yet?"'s main story avoids the cynicism of the early seasons and ends on a happy note - Daria and Tom are okay with breaking up and going to different colleges, Jane is accepted to an art college near Daria's, Upchuck gets a girl and even the Fashion Club finally grows up. The only sourish note is Kevin having failed and needing to repeat a year at Lawndale. The end credits (whose canonicity is unclear) reveal an even happier future for all the cast that borders on HappilyEverAfter - Quinn becomes a successful CEO, Daria and Jane become the hosts of a show similar to Good Morning America, Upchuck becomes a stud, the chubby goth girl becomes a successful bikini model, Quinn's fan club become successful TV presenters, Mack and Kevin own a successful ice cream franchise and etc.



* ItRunsInTheFamily: The musical episode shows how Quinn and Helen are actually much more similar than they appear at first. Whether with fashion or with work, they both share a fiery unhealthy obsession with being the best (In the end credits for "Is it College now", Quinn may have even surpassed Helen. Helen is the partner at a law firm, while Quinn becomes the CEO of a company).

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* ItRunsInTheFamily: The musical episode shows how Quinn and Helen are actually much more similar than they appear at first. Whether with fashion or with work, they both share a fiery unhealthy obsession with being the best (In the end credits for "Is it College now", Yet?", Quinn may have even surpassed Helen. Helen is the partner at a law firm, while Quinn becomes the CEO of a company).
3rd Sep '17 7:02:12 PM C2
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* HappyEnding: "Is it College now?" main story avoids the cynicism of the early seasons and ends on a happy note - Daria and Tom are okay with breaking up and going to different colleges, Jane is accepted to an art college near Daria's, Upchuck gets a girl and even the Fashion Club finally grows up. The only sourish note is Kevin having failed and needing to repeat a year at Lawndale. The end credits reveal an even happier future for all the cast that borders on HappilyEverAfter - Quinn becomes a successful CEO, Daria and Jane become the hosts of a show similar to Good Morning America, Upchuck becomes a stud, the chubby goth girl becomes a successful bikini model, Quinn's fan club become successful tv presenters, Mack and Kevin own a successful ice cream franchise and etc.

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* HappyEnding: "Is it It College now?" Yet?" main story avoids the cynicism of the early seasons and ends on a happy note - Daria and Tom are okay with breaking up and going to different colleges, Jane is accepted to an art college near Daria's, Upchuck gets a girl and even the Fashion Club finally grows up. The only sourish note is Kevin having failed and needing to repeat a year at Lawndale. The end credits (whose canonicity is unclear) reveal an even happier future for all the cast that borders on HappilyEverAfter - Quinn becomes a successful CEO, Daria and Jane become the hosts of a show similar to Good Morning America, Upchuck becomes a stud, the chubby goth girl becomes a successful bikini model, Quinn's fan club become successful tv TV presenters, Mack and Kevin own a successful ice cream franchise and etc.
13th Aug '17 12:40:10 PM jccw227
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* AmazinglyEmbarrassingParents: Helen threatened to do this to Daria when she refused to give her the results of the aptitude test she took at school. Helen's threat involved going to her teacher to pick it up personally... during class... while giving Daria a sack lunch. Daria relented, [[{{Touche}} admitting that was very well played.]]
9th Aug '17 9:49:17 PM PaulA
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** Also, [=DeMartino=]'s throwing a sink through a window to escape in "Is It Fall Yet?" deliberately mirrors the fountain-throwing scene in ''Literature/OneFlewOverTheCuckoosNest''.

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** Also, [=DeMartino=]'s throwing a sink through a window to escape in "Is It Fall Yet?" deliberately mirrors the fountain-throwing scene in ''Literature/OneFlewOverTheCuckoosNest''.''Film/OneFlewOverTheCuckoosNest''.



* SoftGlass: While an epic [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMoments Awesome Moment]] (as well as a ShoutOut to ''Literature/OneFlewOverTheCuckoosNest''), [=DeMartino=] throwing a kitchen sink through a large window and then climbing through the opening with a dozen kids in tow should probably have caused at least half the kids lacerating their hands on the shards still stuck to the windowsill.

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* SoftGlass: While an epic [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMoments Awesome Moment]] (as well as a ShoutOut to ''Literature/OneFlewOverTheCuckoosNest''), [=DeMartino=] throwing a kitchen sink through a large window and then climbing through the opening with a dozen kids in tow should probably have caused at least half the kids lacerating their hands on the shards still stuck to the windowsill.
30th Jul '17 5:21:35 PM jccw227
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* TheQuietGame: In "Pinchsitter", when Daria gets roped into a babysitting gig, Jane gives her some tips, and tells her that if the kids start to drive her crazy, to tell them she knows a great game called "Cemetery". They would have to lie on the floor and pretend that they're dead. The first one to move or make a sound loses. Daria ends up taking her advice at some point in the night.
16th Jul '17 8:13:15 PM jccw227
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* IntelligenceEqualsIsolation: This was more prevalent in the first season, after that the show became much less about "Daria vs. the idiots around her". In fact, around season two, we see her getting called out on her antisocial behaviours as well as the isolation being partially her doing - and her CharacterDevelopment is her not pushing everybody away. The episode, "Boxing Daria" comments on this trope as her parents noted that when she started school, they knew that little girl with her intelligence would have a hard time getting along with other kids her age.
16th May '17 6:07:02 AM jccw227
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** It's also revealed in another episode that Helen may have lost her virginity to a stunt driver when she was in her teens.
24th Apr '17 12:05:05 PM jccw227
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* BookEnds: In the first episode "Esteemsters," Daria takes a psych test at school and is berated by her parents for the results (her being assigned to the Self-Esteem Class.) In the final episode "Boxing Daria" we see in a flashback that the same thing happened to Daria when she was a young child. Additionally, during the psych test she takes in the first episode, she tells the instructor that she sees "a herd of beautiful wild ponies running free across the plain." In the last episode, while the instructor from several years ago is explaining the Rorschach test, she says that "Another [child] might see a herd of beautiful wild ponies running free across the plain."

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In the first episode "Esteemsters," Daria takes a psych test at school and is berated by her parents for the results (her being assigned to the Self-Esteem Class.) In the final episode "Boxing Daria" we see in a flashback that the same thing happened to Daria when she was a young child. Additionally, during the psych test she takes in the first episode, she tells the instructor that she sees "a herd of beautiful wild ponies running free across the plain." In the last episode, while the instructor from several years ago is explaining the Rorschach test, she says that "Another [child] might see a herd of beautiful wild ponies running free across the plain.""
** Also in "Esteemers" Daria is successfully able to answer Mr. [=DeMartino's=] question about the meaning of "Manifest Destiny". In the season 4 finale, "Is It Fall Yet?", Quinn answers the exact same question (but with her own twist on it), showing her CharacterDevelopment of finally embracing her own intelligence.
21st Apr '17 12:52:01 PM LentilSandEater
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* BeautifulAllAlong: Daria, in "Quinn the Brain;" the scene where she dolls herself up like Quinn is a perfect example. Daria, all dressed up and posed in Quinn's doorway acting like she's doing some last minute primping to go out on a date, is beautiful enough to make Quinn worried that her usual suitors (in on the plan to make Quinn her normal self) might actually go for Daria.

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Daria, in "Quinn the Brain;" the scene where she dolls herself up like Quinn is a perfect example. Daria, all dressed up and posed in Quinn's doorway acting like she's doing some last minute primping to go out on a date, is beautiful enough to make Quinn worried that her usual suitors (in on the plan to make Quinn her normal self) might actually go for Daria.



* BookEnds: In the first episode "Esteemsters," Daria takes a psych test at school and is berated by her parents for the results (her being assigned to the Self-Esteem Class.) In the final episode "Boxing Daria" we see in a flashback that the same thing happened to Daria when she was a young child.
** Additionally, during the psych test she takes in the first episode, she tells the instructor that she sees "a herd of beautiful wild ponies running free across the plain." In the last episode, while the instructor from several years ago is explaining the Rorschach test, she says that "Another [child] might see a herd of beautiful wild ponies running free across the plain."

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* BookEnds: In the first episode "Esteemsters," Daria takes a psych test at school and is berated by her parents for the results (her being assigned to the Self-Esteem Class.) In the final episode "Boxing Daria" we see in a flashback that the same thing happened to Daria when she was a young child.
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child. Additionally, during the psych test she takes in the first episode, she tells the instructor that she sees "a herd of beautiful wild ponies running free across the plain." In the last episode, while the instructor from several years ago is explaining the Rorschach test, she says that "Another [child] might see a herd of beautiful wild ponies running free across the plain."



* ButtMonkey: Anthony [=DeMartino=]. Ms. Barch has beaten him up several times, a classic rock DJ gave him a heart attack and broke his knee during a school-sponsored roller hockey game, he's seen two of his friends (the unnamed childhood friend from "Anti-Social Climbers" and Mr. O'Neill) get married to women he loathes (his mom and Mrs. Barch respectively), he once had to teach a sewing class as part of a deal on his teacher's contract, he grew up with a negligent mom who cared more about the men she dated than her own son, he lost his car in a card game, he was forced to go on a casino cruise despite the fact that he's a recovering gambling addict, he has to deal with moronic students like Kevin and Brittany on a daily basis it's a wonder he was never committed to a mental hospital. The only times [=DeMartino=] ever had a Throw the Dog a Bone moment were when he forced Ms. Li to sign the new teacher's contract that promised a 10% raise in salary, and the events of "Is It Fall Yet?".

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Anthony [=DeMartino=]. Ms. Barch has beaten him up several times, a classic rock DJ gave him a heart attack and broke his knee during a school-sponsored roller hockey game, he's seen two of his friends (the unnamed childhood friend from "Anti-Social Climbers" and Mr. O'Neill) get married to women he loathes (his mom and Mrs. Barch respectively), he once had to teach a sewing class as part of a deal on his teacher's contract, he grew up with a negligent mom who cared more about the men she dated than her own son, he lost his car in a card game, he was forced to go on a casino cruise despite the fact that he's a recovering gambling addict, he has to deal with moronic students like Kevin and Brittany on a daily basis it's a wonder he was never committed to a mental hospital. The only times [=DeMartino=] ever had a Throw the Dog a Bone moment were when he forced Ms. Li to sign the new teacher's contract that promised a 10% raise in salary, and the events of "Is It Fall Yet?".
21st Apr '17 12:50:23 PM LentilSandEater
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* AbusiveParents: "Mad Dog" Morgendorffer, to Jake.

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"Mad Dog" Morgendorffer, to Jake.



* AdultsAreUseless: Played with. Most adults in the show, besides the principal, seem to have good intentions to say the least. But a lot of the times they are simply too out of the loop to be much use, or Daria is too cynical to initially take what they say seriously.
** Though Helen is useful when it counts. Her unwanted help to get Daria to partake in 'normal' activities is usually doomed to fail, but when Daria needs the help, Helen's advice does prove she understands her daughter pretty well.

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* AdultsAreUseless: Played with. Most adults in the show, besides the principal, seem to have good intentions to say the least. But a lot of the times they are simply too out of the loop to be much use, or Daria is too cynical to initially take what they say seriously.
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seriously. Though Helen is useful when it counts. Her unwanted help to get Daria to partake in 'normal' activities is usually doomed to fail, but when Daria needs the help, Helen's advice does prove she understands her daughter pretty well.



* TheAllegedCar: The Tank, Mystik Spiral's main mode of transportation. Also, Trent's car, and probably every other vehicle owned by a Lane. Also Tom's car. He explains that it's not a convertible, but the roof ''is'' rusting through.
** Tom's car is so terrible, he's forced to replace it when his parents ''tow it away in the middle of the night''.

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* TheAllegedCar: The Tank, Mystik Spiral's main mode of transportation. Also, Trent's car, and probably every other vehicle owned by a Lane. Also Tom's car. He explains that it's not a convertible, but the roof ''is'' rusting through.
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through. Tom's car is so terrible, he's forced to replace it when his parents ''tow it away in the middle of the night''.



* AllJustADream: Most of the episode "Murder She Snored." (Not that there was any doubt, since Daria going to sleep was shown.)

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Most of the episode "Murder She Snored." (Not that there was any doubt, since Daria going to sleep was shown.)



* AllWomenAreLustful: Attributed to ''all Barksdale women'' in the episode "I Don't," where Jake Morgendorffer and Rita Barksdale's (current) squeeze trade notes on how "all Barksdale women are tigers in the sack." It seems to be inverted with Quinn, who dates constantly but seems unwilling to even give a goodnight kiss; this has led to some... [[GirlOnGirlIsHot interesting suppositions]] about her.
** Alternatively it suggests that despite her boy crazy persona she's actually much shyer than she lets on (or she just likes to use men for little more than dinner, money, and transportation.)
** Early on, she drops hints that's she's not so chaste and definitely not innocent, but that was eventually dropped and she became more of an untouchable DefrostingIceQueen.
* AlphaBitch: Sandi and Quinn both qualify on some levels, though Sandi is generally much more deliberately nasty while Quinn rarely ''tries'' to be rude to other girls. [[note]]Both are frequently dismissive of their boyfriends, dates, and admirers, but that's another trope.[[/note]] Quinn eventually grows out of this phase over the course of Season 5 when she starts to take school seriously. Sandi in particular exploits the other three Fashion Club girls' insecurities for her own personal gain. The few times we see Sandi's mother, the elder Griffin is shown to be of similar temperament. Mrs. Griffin is equally good at manipulating Helen Morgendorffer's insecurities, with a hint that the same drama was played out in their High School days.

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* AllWomenAreLustful: Attributed to ''all Barksdale women'' in the episode "I Don't," where Jake Morgendorffer and Rita Barksdale's (current) squeeze trade notes on how "all Barksdale women are tigers in the sack." It seems to be inverted with Quinn, who dates constantly but seems unwilling to even give a goodnight kiss; this has led to some... [[GirlOnGirlIsHot interesting suppositions]] about her.
kiss.
* AlphaBitch:
** Alternatively it suggests that despite her boy crazy persona she's actually much shyer than she lets on (or she just likes to use men for little more than dinner, money, and transportation.)
** Early on, she drops hints that's she's not so chaste and definitely not innocent, but that was eventually dropped and she became more of an untouchable DefrostingIceQueen.
* AlphaBitch:
Sandi and Quinn both qualify on some levels, though Sandi is generally much more deliberately nasty while Quinn rarely ''tries'' to be rude to other girls. [[note]]Both are frequently dismissive of their boyfriends, dates, and admirers, but that's another trope.[[/note]] Quinn eventually grows out of this phase over the course of Season 5 when she starts to take school seriously. Sandi in particular exploits the other three Fashion Club girls' insecurities for her own personal gain. The few times we see Sandi's mother, the elder Griffin is shown to be of similar temperament. Mrs. Griffin is equally good at manipulating Helen Morgendorffer's insecurities, with a hint that the same drama was played out in their High School days.\\
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Sandi regularly attempts to find some way to find a weakness in Quinn to emotionally dominate her and naturally makes her seem like she cares very little for Quinn, especially given a few episodes where she seems to relish in spiting Quinn. However, a few episodes have her acting genuinely nice to her friends or even looking out for them. (Mostly shown in the GrandFinale, suggesting she might have been growing up.)



** Sandi regularly attempts to find some way to find a weakness in Quinn to emotionally dominate her and naturally makes her seem like she cares very little for Quinn, especially given a few episodes where she seems to relish in spiting Quinn. However, a few episodes have her acting genuinely nice to her friends or even looking out for them. (Mostly shown in the GrandFinale, suggesting she might have been growing up.)



* ArtEvolution: In the first few episodes of season one, they still seemed to be working on character designs for their art style, as several minor characters have faces that can vary between the usual somewhat cartoony look, and unsettlingly more realistic than usual.

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In the first few episodes of season one, they still seemed to be working on character designs for their art style, as several minor characters have faces that can vary between the usual somewhat cartoony look, and unsettlingly more realistic than usual.



* BareYourMidriff: Quinn; Kevin in a rare male example.

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* BareYourMidriff: Quinn; BareYourMidriff:
** Quinn nearly all the time, and it's notable since she changes wardrobes a bit.
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Kevin in a rare male example.
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