->''"Gahdamnit Daria, your mother just suggested you get a piercing – ''suggested''!"''
-->--'''Jake [[JakeRoberts "The Snake"]] Morgendorffer'''

A wildly popular ''{{Daria}}'' fanfic series by Charles RB that grew out of a joke post in a discussion thread about what the show would be like if it were set in the present day instead of TheNineties.

For all her vaunted unconventionality, one thing about {{Daria}} that was very typical of teenagers in the 1990s was her parents: a pair of over-stressed working professionals who had, of course, been hippies in their youth before inevitably selling out.

What happens if you [[SettingUpdate move the setting about a decade and a half forward]], into TheNewTens? [[NewAgeRetroHippie New Age Retro Hippies]] aside, Jake and Helen are going to need a new counterculture phenomenon to dive headfirst into. That phenomenon: HardcorePunk.

Now what happens if you subtract the whole selling out thing?

''[[http://dariawiki.org/wiki/index.php?title=God_Save_The_Esteem God Save The Esteem]]'' happens, that's what.

This isn't the only thing that's changed, of course. Quinn is still just as cliquey and attention-whoring as ever, only now that she's been molded in "Jake The Snake" & "Hellion Wheels"' graven image she leads Lawndale High's resident gang of {{Delinquents}} and makes it her mission in life to stick it to The Man wherever he's found (as long as she can look cool doing it). Tom Sloane and his sister Elsie are attending Lawndale High as well, the family fortune not quite up to the task of paying for a fancy prep school amid the ongoing collapse of Western Civilization. [[EnsembleDarkhorse Aunt Amy]] is a tabloid TV reporter and object of a much more visibly bi-curious Jane Lane's nervous affections. Principal Li is even more insane and fascistic than before thanks to post-9/11 paranoia.

And Daria? She's still the same DeadpanSnarker we all know and [[{{PerverseSexualLust}} love]].

Between dating Tom Sloane, putting up with her family, and navigating the unholy new social order at Lawndale High, Daria's life is... interesting, in the "may you live" sense.

Has a prequel, ''[[http://dariawiki.org/wiki/index.php?title=Moving_Pictures Moving Pictures]]'', revolving around Helen and Amy's childhood. Later chapters are also punctuated by short "Meanwhile, Sideways in Time" segments, featuring an AlternateUniverse where "Dire Daria" is a punk but everyone else is normal.

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This ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}'' fanfic contains examples of:

* AdaptationNameChange: Aside from all the punk nicknames, Guy Fawkes Day becomes Bonfire Night. [[note]]Charles RB is British, so he substituted the British name for the name used by most Americans. This holds true for a lot of the slang and terminology in the series.[[/note]]
* AlphaBitch: Sandi and the other popular girls play this straighter than in canon, going after Daria instead of just bickering amongst each other.
* AlternateUniverse: To ''Daria'' itself, of course, but also the "Meanwhile, Sideways in Time" segments.
* AmicableExes: Jane and Tom, broken up before the series starts.
* ArtifactTitle: The title is a pun on the first episode of the TV series, ''Esteemsters'', but in this version Daria is never sent to the self-esteem class.
* TheAtoner: Granny Barksdale. Maybe.
** Daria herself after she realizes the full consequences of all the trouble she's caused for the school.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: The normally demure Stacy has one alter who's a violence-loving punk and another who's a crazed vigilante based on the Slasher villain of a different, horror-themed fanfic.
** [[spoiler:Brittany, of all people, who the other school athletics types had to keep distracted to prevent her from blowing the whistle on their first attempt on Daria's life is actually leading them in the second after the school gets closed down.]]
* BigBadWannabe: While this Sandi Griffin is considerably more vicious, bullying and even violent than her original series version, she's still just as incompetent as she ever was.
* BiTheWay: Aunt Amy.
** Despite some initial curiosity, however, [[spoiler:Jane]] learns the hard way that this most emphatically does ''not'' apply to her.
* BitterWeddingSpeech: Erin, at her own (ruined) wedding.
* BizarroEpisode: This was pretty much the first series rewrite to actually adapt "[[FanDiscontinuity Depth Takes a Holiday]]."
* BloodKnight: All the Morgendorffers, bar Daria love getting into violent drunken brawls, but Killer Quinn is particularly enthusiastic when it comes to fighting.
* BreadEggsBreadedEggs: "Quinn had watched some of Aunt Amy's movie collection and everything about this place screamed serial killers or aliens or ghosts or serial aliens that were ghosts would attack."
* BreakingTheFourthWall[=/=]MediumAwareness: PlayedForLaughs during "Punk Takes a Holiday."
* BrokenPedestal: You think Amy got it bad in "Aunt Nauseum" you aint seen nothing yet.
* CerebusSyndrome: Kicks in around episode 13 or thereabouts.
** Seen in particular with Stacy in "Epic F Word." After so long of her multiple personalities being played purely for laughs, it's quite jarring to see her reach the breaking point and suffer a nervous breakdown which is treated with dead seriousness.
* CharacterDevelopment: Daria's character arc gets some interesting tweaks from the original. While [=Canon!Daria=] gradually learns to let her hard-edged, cynical mask down a bit, many people complained [[{{Chickification}} it made her seem too vulnerable compared to the more unflappable persona from earlier episodes]] (though we do get plenty of hints she's hiding some pretty serious insecurities early on). Mr. RB takes full advantage of hindsight with this and makes Daria's issues a bit more explicit from the get-go so he can spend the rest of the series building her up into the kind of woman [=Season 1!Daria=] ''pretended'' to be.
* CharacterExaggeration: While [=Canon!Jane=] was only energetic and silly in comparison to Daria (and really, who isn't?), [=GStE!Jane=] is considerably more manic, often to the point of CloudCuckoolander-dom.
* CrossoverShip: Aunt Amy and Dallas from ''BeavisAndButthead [[TheMovie DoAmerica]]''.
* TheCutie: This role is given to Cindy Brolsma, a backgrounder from the show who looks somewhat like a slightly chubby, more serene-looking version of Daria. She eventually rises to become the most popular girl in school after the cheerleaders and girls sports' teams are laid low by the grade-fixing scandal and the Fashion and Glee clubs mutually destroy each other by spreading rumors about the other side having [=STD=]s.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Not to excess but the lack of network censors certainly ups the amount of transgressive subject matter that can be explored and the physical and emotional stakes are often higher than the original. One notable thing is that while the school jocks were merely unpleasant in canon, after Daria exposes the grade fixing scheme she becomes a target of actual violence and it's entirely possible they might have killed her and Jane on the rooftop if Quinn and the Maleficent Eleven hadn't intervened.
** HotterAndSexier. Unlike in the canon series, Daria and Tom actually do the deed...and on a regular basis too.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Oh, Amy...
** Any of Mad Dog's descendants qualify, really. Except for Killer Quinn.
* DeathByAdaptation: Ms. Li, who may or may not have met her end at the hands of Metalmouth.
** [[BeavisAndButthead Todd Ianuzzi]] also gets run over by a train while running from Jake and Helen when they try to collect the $300 he owes them.
* DespairEventHorizon: [[spoiler:Daria in Episode 40]].
* {{Dissimile}} / {{Metaphorgotten}}: Inverted often for comedic effect:
-->"...sang Jake and Angier as they left the club, as drunk as drunks."
* DistaffCounterpart: Monique's band, the Harpies, are clearly made up of female versions of Jesse, Max and Nick (named Jessie, Bex and Nico).
* DistantFinale: Aside from the WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue, the "Meanwhile, Sideways in Time" segments end centuries in the future to reveal that Dire Daria founded a massive punk empire.
* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler:Daria decides to end it all by walking right into the LocalHangout full of students who hated her for getting the school closed and for all the other shit-stirring she'd done and letting events unfold as they may. Fortunately(?), [[InterruptedSuicide Steve the security guard happened to walk by before they could finish her off]].]]
** Mr. O'Neill, upon learning how low Lawndale High's reputation (along with that of it's staff and students) had fallen, throws himself out of the window of his hotel room. [[spoiler:Since he was in a first floor room, he survives unharmed and spends the rest of the series in a psychiatric facility.]]
* DrowningMySorrows: Erin becomes a raging alky following the events of ''Wedding Hell''.
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: Quinn is ''shocked'' to find out that [[ReallyGetsAround Slutty Girl]] has a name {Jackie Wentworth}.
** Quinn comments early on that Burnout Girl's real name is unknown (later revealed to be Jennifer).
** Played straight with Shaggy. Daria sees his name while going through student files, but never reveals it.
* EvilCounterpart: ''Jodie'' to Daria.
* GeniusBruiser: Bob, the thinking man's punk/rival to Killer Quinn.
* GenreSavvy: Jane in ''Dance Noon''.
-->“You realise when this has a violent, chaos-filled resolution, we’ll be involved whether we want to or not,”
* GirlPosse: The Fashion Club, of course, this time with Tom's sister Elsie taking Quinn's place as Vice President and TheStarscream to Sandi's Megatron.
* GrievousHarmWithABody: "...failing that, [Quinn and Bob] resorted to using two metallers as weapons (the metallers were quite happy about this)."
** During the Lawndale Brawl, Andrea uses a downed hockey player as a weapon. Also, Spike is mentioned as being used for a BatteringRam.
** Let's not even try to count the number of head-butts that occur.
* HopeSpot: Pryzbylewski's intervention against Superintendent Pascal would have been enough to [[spoiler:save LHS had it not been for Brittany taking a minor throwaway gag from Daria and running with it...]]
* IntrepidReporter: Aunt Amy often finds herself in perilous, though mostly just disgusting, situations in her work for ''Sick, Sad World''.
* ImpoverishedPatrician: The Sloane family, though their fortunes begin to recover as time goes on.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: For all his boorishness, Tommy Sherman becomes surprisingly sympathetic here with his desire to help the kids of Lawndale high have a better future than he did.
** Likewise, [=DeMartino=] is shown to have a soft side for students like Daria who actively strive to learn. He subtly encourages her to [[spoiler:create Lawndale Leaks]] by revealing his past as a neo-hippie to her.
* KarmaHoudini: Amy never gets called out on the fact that she not only knew about Erin's disintegrating relationship with Brian (as well as her affair with Andrew), but in fact gave her advice on how to ensure that the affair would end profitably for Erin. When the relationship implodes (at the wedding, no less), Amy has the gall to lay all the blame on ''Daria'' because her teenage niece didn't do anything after seeing the warning signs.
* KavorkaMan: Cindy could be seen as a rare female example. Short, plump, slightly nerdy-looking (though intensely cute if you're into that sorta thing) and somehow nearly every boy in school is crazy about her. Cindy, for her part, is rather bemused by the whole thing.
* LoliCon: Creepy one-shot substitute English teacher Ken Edwards is upgraded to a major character after he takes over Mr. O'Neill's class when the latter is promoted to principal.
* MinorCrimeRevealsMajorPlot: Played with. While investigating the savage beating of Kevin Thompson, Daria and Cindy uncover [[spoiler:a ring of students stealing test answers from the teachers and selling them on the black market]]. However, it turns out Kevin had nothing to do with that; some jock from a rival team just jumped him for fooling around with his girlfriend.
* MistakenForCheating: Cindy sees Tom with Astrid and assumes he's cheating on Daria. Fortunately, Daria easily explains the truth...only for their conversation to be overheard and misunderstood, setting off the rumor mill.
* MoodWhiplash: The tone of the series can go from broad comedy to heart-wrenching angst so fast it'll make your head spin.
* MoralGuardians: To reflect the changes in the evil forces preying on modern teens, Val is updated from a vapid plastic surgery addict pretending to be a child to a cloying, hypocritical, pseudo-religious abstinence freak.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Daria's reaction to her shit-stirring [[spoiler:getting the school closed down]].
* MythologyGag: A particularly creepy one appears in ''Daria's High Score'' where we learn that Daria's terrifying SlasherSmile in the black and white pilot episode ''Sealed With A Kick'' is also her O-face.
* OCStandIn: As is ''de rigeur'' for Dariafic, numerous unnamed background characters gain names, personalities and some even become fairly major characters, most notably the members of Quinn's gang and Cindy Brolsma.
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: While [=Canon!Daria=] had this to some degree, the severity of the meltdowns she starts having during the Grandma Barksdale arc is a pretty shocking indicator of shit getting real.
** Stacy, having developed 5 separate personalities, has this almost everytime she appears in the story. Until she ends up playing Personality Russian Roulette and suffers a nervous breakdown.
* OneSteveLimit: Averted in the case of Stacy; ''all'' of her personalities are named Stacy.
* PetTheDog: The last time we see Sandi, she and the Maleficent Eleven are putting aside their differences to see Stacy in the hospital.
* PlayedForDrama: While [[spoiler:Jake's heart attack]] had an element of drama in canon, it was mostly PlayedForLaughs. Here it is treated much more seriously.
* ProfessionalsDoItOnDesks: Andrew Landon and Erin Chambers.
* TheQuincyPunk: Killer Quinn and the rest of The Maleficent Eleven actually seem to ''strive'' to be this.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Erin in ''Wedding Hell''... BY GOD, she dishes it out with both barrels.
* RecursiveFanfiction: The aforementioned ''Moving Pictures'' is a semi-example, as while it is written by a different author, it's accepted as part of the canon. There are several more straight examples, though.
* RippedFromTheHeadlines: "Occupational Hazard" (a parody of the Occupy Movement) is the most obvious example. The B-plot of "Dance Noon" was also inspired by an article about misogyny in the punk community.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Jodie, defecting from Sandi's council of popular girls. She and Daria aren't friends, but she finds their plans to destroy her pointless and annoying.
** Jodie and Daria both almost declare this concerning Lawndale High: Jodie in the wake of her parents divorce, and Daria when her grandmother tempts her with the chance to go to Fielding.
* SettingUpdate
* ShesBack: The triumphant conclusion to ''Bearing Gifts''.
* ShapedLikeItself: The narration often does this to demonstrate a point.
* ShipTease: One of the aforementioned recursive fanfics was a SlashFic that began with Jane subbing for Amy's cameraman. Guess what happens in the B-plot of ''Highland Lassie''?
* ShoutOut: Crawling with nods to other Daria fanworks. For instance, Jake's older sister (who never appears in the show at all but was mentioned by WordOfGod) has two sons named John and Finn, based on GenderFlipped version of Jane & Quinn from two other popular fanfic serials.
** Erin experiences a "dark night of the soul" after her coworkers at Buzzdome discover she doesn't know about ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''.
** "Is It Fun Yet?" features a cameo by [[TheWire Superintendent Rawls of the Maryland State Police.]]
* SlapSlapKiss: Instead of that wimp O'Neill, Janet Barch teams up with Mr. D for some good ol' fashioned angrysex.
* SlidingScaleOfSillinessVersusSeriousness: Plays it like that notorious loop de loop waterslide at Action Park.
* SparedByTheAdaptation: Tommy Sherman not only survives his encounter with Daria but later becomes the school's new gym teacher. Can't win 'em all, eh, Daria?
** For a time, Mad Dog Morgendorffer was alive, albiet kept so only by his anger and hatred.
* SplitPersonality: Stacy of the Fashion Club has about five or six of them[[note]]Normal Stacy, Death Rowe (a punk), a soccer player, a brain, and Goggle-Eyes (a mask-wearing vigilante armed with a paintball gun)...all of them named Stacy[[/note]], and in this series, to cope with all social situations. ''And counting.''
* SpringtimeForHitler: One of the "Meanwhile, Sideways in Time" segments involves Dire Daria's failed attempts to get fired from the Okay to Cry Corral.
* TheStoner: Shaggy and Burnout from the Maleficent Eleven.
* StrawmanPolitical: Played for laughs, natch, with both the Morgendorffer's ludicrously over the top anti-establishment bent and [=Evil!Jodie=]'s Teabaggery.
* StreisandEffect: Ms. Li's attempts to take down Daria's website about all the corruption at Lawndale High only serve to alert more students to its existence.
* SureWhyNot: Charles is not averse to including fan suggestions in his work.
* TokenGoodTeammate: Brittany among Sandi's council of popular girls, who's happy rather than angry that Daria and Tom are dating. Also Jodie, sort of, who [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere just doesn't care]].
* UnexpectedSuccessor: Once all the popular kids are disgraced by their own actions or each other, a random background character named Cindy turns out to be the most popular girl left in school.
* UnknownRival: Cindy to Sandi and the rest of the popular girls.
* TheUnreveal: Did Daria [[spoiler:get accepted to Fielding]]?
* WhamEpisode: Several, most recently ''Epic F Word'', featuring [[spoiler:Principal O'Neill attempting suicide and being replaced by DeMartino, Stacy suffering a complete nervous breakdown and Lawndale High finally being shut down for good by the state]].
* WhatTheHellHero: Amy calls out Daria for not saying anything after Daria notices (without talking to anyone ) that the relationship between Erin and Brian is going south.
** On that note, Amy herself knew that the relationship was doomed (Erin having sought out her advice) and, rather than try to help, gave Erin advice on how to sleep with your boss more effectively for both profit and pleasure.
* WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue: Like the show itself, the fanfic ends with "Future Egos" depicting the characters' possible fates.
* WhereDaWhiteWomenAt: Instead of Jodie, Mack starts off in a relationship with Brittany's friend and fellow blond cheerleader Angie, though he eventually dumps her when he learns of her involvement in Sandi's plans to bully Daria.
** And then there's Andrew Landon's affair with Erin.
* {{Yandere}}: Killer Quinn, in regards to Trent.
* YaoiGuys: "Punk Takes a Holiday" has Bonfire Night/St. Patrick's Day.
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