History WesternAnimation / Daria

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.
17th Apr '17 7:12:16 PM kraas
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** [[http://ew.com/tv/2017/04/03/daria-exclusive-see-what-daria-and-her-friends-look-like-today/ Another one]] was created in 2017 by Susie Lewis and Karen Disher, which gives details on what's going on with some of the characters twenty years after the show's premiere.
10th Apr '17 11:34:14 AM jccw227
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* UnreliableNarrator: In Speedtrapped, Mystik Spiral, while in jail, encounter a guy named Stan, who claims to have influenced, Music/JimiHendrix, Music/SidVicious, Music/{{KISS}}, and introduced rice to the Japanese. Trent ends up being the only one who realizes he's talking out of his ass.
7th Apr '17 10:33:27 PM C2
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** Another issue: in "Camp Fear" Daria and Quinn visit their old summer camp, which seems to be a fairly short drive from Lawndale (they don't have much problem getting rides from friends). But we know from ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButthead'' that they grew up in UsefulNotes/{{Texas}}, which is quite a distance from Maryland, Pennsylvania, or Oregon.

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** Another issue: in "Camp Fear" Daria and Quinn visit their old summer camp, which seems to be a fairly short drive from Lawndale (they don't have much problem getting rides from friends). But we know from ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButthead'' that they grew up in UsefulNotes/{{Texas}}, UsefulNotes/{{Texas}} (a fact that wasn't officially canon until that show's revival), which is quite a distance from Maryland, Pennsylvania, or Oregon.
5th Apr '17 7:48:00 AM ArcaneAzmadi
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* ArmorPiercingQuestion: It wasn't even a particularly pointed question, but when Jane was furious with Daria in "Dye! Dye! My Darling" over supposedly deliberately ruining her hair out of jealousy of her relationship with Tom, Trent patiently asked Jane to clarify the situation until Jane realised she was being completely ridiculous:
-->'''Jane:''' I could kill Daria.
-->'''Trent:''' Whoa. Why?
-->'''Jane:''' I'm telling you, she ''wanted'' to screw up my hair. Anyone with the ''least'' bit of painting experience couldn't possibly do ''that'' bad a job by accident.
-->'''Trent:''' I didn't know she paints.
-->'''Jane:''' Huh? Oh, she doesn't.
-->'''Trent:''' Then why'd she think she could do your hair?
-->'''Jane:''' Well, she didn't... [[OhCrap actually I kinda made her.]]
-->'''Trent:''' [[ArmorPiercingQuestion Why'd you do that?]]
-->'''Jane:''' ...
6th Jan '17 1:56:19 PM MarkLungo
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* AerithAndBob: The Lane. Two of them are named Summer and Wind, but then the next three are given the much more mundane names of Penny, Trent and Jane. Maybe after the first two kids the Lanes were all hippie-named out? (Although Penny was possibly named after a song by ''Music/TheBeatles''.)

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* AerithAndBob: The Lane. Two of them are named Summer and Wind, but then the next three are given the much more mundane names of Penny, Trent and Jane. Maybe after the first two kids the Lanes were all hippie-named out? (Although Penny was possibly named after a song by ''Music/TheBeatles''.Music/TheBeatles.)



* CurseCutShort: The ending of "Pinch Sitter"

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* CurseCutShort: The ending of "Pinch Sitter"Sitter".



* MagicRealism: Has quick brush with the genre in "Depth Takes a Holiday".

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* MagicRealism: Has a quick brush with the genre in "Depth Takes a Holiday".



* TheMan: Mentioned by name in one episode where Trent and Jane hire some contractors to repair their collapsed gazebo, but instead of working they're just sitting around drinking:
-->'''Trent:''' Um...what am I paying you for? Uh- get to work!
-->'''Contractor:''' Okay guys, back to work. You heard ''the Man.''
-->'''Trent:''' Whoa. That's just cruel.



* MisplacedKindergartenTeacher: Was hired as a scab teacher on "Lucky Strike". She even put star stickers on the tests; except for Kevin because of his bad posture.

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* MisplacedKindergartenTeacher: Was hired as a scab teacher on "Lucky Strike". She even put star stickers on the tests; tests, except for Kevin because of his bad posture.



* StepfordSmiler: The Guptie children from the babysitting episode. Even ''after'' Daria "deprograms" them.
* StrawFan: In ''Camp Fear'', Daria meets Amelia, a fellow camper and acquaintance who's very happy to hang out with Daria even though Daria can barely tolerate her. Seeing that two other campers were modeled after two fans as part of a contest, Amelia might have been a jab at some overly enthusiastic fans of Daria who gloss over the fact that Daria might not like them all that much.

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* StepfordSmiler: The Guptie children from the babysitting episode. Even "Pinch Sitter", even ''after'' Daria "deprograms" them.
* StrawFan: In ''Camp Fear'', "Camp Fear", Daria meets Amelia, a fellow camper and acquaintance who's very happy to hang out with Daria even though Daria can barely tolerate her. Seeing that two other campers were modeled after two fans as part of a contest, Amelia might have been a jab at some overly enthusiastic fans of Daria who gloss over the fact that Daria might not like them all that much.



* TheMan: Mentioned by name in one episode where Trent and Jane hire some contractors to repair their collapsed gazebo, but instead of working they're just sitting around drinking:
-->'''Trent:''' Um...what am I paying you for? Uh- get to work!
-->'''Contractor:''' Okay guys, back to work. You heard ''the Man.''
-->'''Trent:''' Whoa. That's just cruel.



* TotallyRadical: Val talks in ''nothing'' but these...in particular, she attaches the word "jiggy" to everything.

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* TitledAfterTheSong: In a variation, "This Year's Model" is named after [[Music/ThisYearsModel an album]] by Music/ElvisCostello.
* TotallyRadical: The way Val talks in ''nothing'' but these...in particular, she attaches the word "jiggy" to everything.



* TwoLinesNoWaiting: Notably in "Camp Fear", where a plot focused on the Camp coincided with Trent and Jane at an old-fashion country store. There's also many other examples.

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* TwoLinesNoWaiting: Notably in "Camp Fear", where a plot focused on the Camp camp coincided with Trent and Jane at an old-fashion old-fashioned country store. There's also many other examples.
29th Nov '16 5:41:06 PM MetalShadowX
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* WhamLine: Daria to Jane, in "Dye! Dye! My Darling": [[spoiler: "I kissed your boyfriend."]]
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