* AcceptableLifestyleTargets: Helen Morgendorffer is the breadwinner of the family, and she's shown as being ''incredibly'' out of touch with her family (Though more in touch than [[CloudCuckoolander Jake]]) and microwaves frozen lasagna for the family to eat every night. Jake meanwhile is often the one who is shown cooking and acting like the traditional mother, and likewise has quite a few quirks.
** Averted in which Daria and Jane seem unbothered by not being considered "pretty" and "popular."
* AccidentalInnuendo: Quinn says "If you look your best when you blow someone off it makes it look like you care." She's referring to the three hours she spent getting ready to cancel a date due to schoolwork...
* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: Is Sandi a complete AlphaBitch who thinks Quinn is just another girl to socially dominate, or does she actually view the members of the fashion club as friends, despite being a domineering Libby? There's proof of both sides.
** It might be both; by the GrandFinale, she seems to be the latter, but for a lot of the series she was the former, with this slipping out.
** Tom's potentially ending the relationship between Daria and Jane, and effectively sealing the fate of the flirtation between Daria and Trent Lane, caused Tom to be a very controversial character and his portrayls are all over the map. The fact that what Tom represented shifted during the course of the ''show'' leads to him coming off as very different in works written before the show ended, and his status as hero, villain, or neither are entirely based on where the author fell during the show's run. And that's just regarding his relationship to Daria, which was largely his only storyline in the entire show.
*** Outside of his relationship with Daria, Tom's portrayal still varies. A number of writers show him being a good person and/or an ally of Daria's. One notable writer, The Angst Guy, has usually shown Tom as being weak, attempting to do the right thing but backing out or getting it wrong; on the Daria Fandom Blog, he also once remarked Tom had been punished for The Kiss by having to date Daria, which he viewed as being a source of pain and frustration for Tom.
** Daria, herself: OnlySaneWoman or a self-righteous {{hypocrit|e}}ical snob? The show ''itself'' makes her grapple with this and how her identity as a teenager may be hurting her as much as it helps her.
* BizarroEpisode: There are fans who refuse to consider "Depth Takes A Holiday" as a canon episode due to how "out there" it is. That episode is to ''Daria'' what "Saddlesore Galactica" and "The Computer Wore Menace Shoes" are to ''TheSimpsons''.
* CrowningMusicOfAwesome: "Freakin' Friends." It sounds ''just'' horrible enough for us to believe it's a Mystic Spiral song, and no more.
* EarWorm: The theme song, "You're Standing on My Neck," by Splendora.
* FridgeHorror: What if Ms. Li kept letting Kevin get passes on his exams to stay on the team because she knew he'd fail his final year and would have to repeat his senior year just to keep him on the football team?
* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: Daria has a large number of fans in Argentina, probably because of her resemblance to Argentine cultural icon {{ComicStrip/Mafalda}}. The show is also quite popular in Britain.
* GirlShowGhetto: This show managed ''[[AvertedTrope not]]'' to fall into it.
* HarsherInHindsight: In episode 4 or Season 4, Kevin and the football team (except Mack) are suspected of cheating, because they all got 100% on their test and teacher, Mr. [=DeMartino=], noticed his file cabinet was broken into the night before. When he asked Kevin to name the people responsible for the Teapot Dome Scandal - which was a question on the test - he first named the [[ScandalGate New Orleans Saints. When [=DeMartino=] didn't buy it, he named the New England Patriots]]. Both teams were found guilty of illegally surveilling their opponents in 2012 and 2007 respectively.
** On '' Arts n' Crass'' Helen mentions an essay by Daria about reintroducing torture, [[WarOnTerror "which was obviously a joke"]].
** In ''This years model'' Daria invites a recruiter of PrivateMilitaryContractors to the school, whose pitch is "Sad to say, America no longer engages in the kind of ground wars that made this country great!".
* HilariousInHindsight: During the final episode of Season 1, we find out that Mack's full name is Michael Jordan Mackenzie. He explains that his original name was Michael James, but after his father saw Michael Jordan in a playoff game, he changed James to Jordan. Of course, the episode was created over a decade before a Lebron ''James'' became a professional basketball player with the same super-stardom as Michael Jordan.
** Geoffrey Arend, the voice of Upchuck, the ultimate CasanovaWannabe who disgusts or even outright creeps out all the girls he's constantly hitting on? Married to Creator/ChristinaHendricks!
** In "The Invitation", Britanny asks if Daria's quote, "That which does not kill us makes us stronger", is from a song. Post-2011, [[Music/KellyClarkson it is]].
* JerkassWoobie: Mr. [=DeMartino=], Mr. O'Neill, and Ms. Barch (emphasis on the "{{Jerkass}}" part for Barch and [=DeMartino=]), but these three do have their moments where the viewer can't help but feel sorry for them.
** Mr. [=DeMartino=] grew up with a mother who sent him to live with his strange, twisted neighbors because she didn't want her dates to know she was a single mother (and later, his best friend married said mom and his best friend [Mr O'Neill] married another woman he hates: Ms. Barch). He lost his love of teaching because of idiot students like Brittany and Kevin, and has a crippling gambling addiction that cost him his car.
** Ms. Barch: Abandoned by her husband after 22 years of a bad marriage and now blames all males for being just as bad as her husband (until Mr. O'Neill comes along). Watch that scene in "The Daria Hunter" when she finds out that Mr. O'Neill actually cares about her plight. When she says, "You're sensitive, yet you're a male," she sounds like she's about to cry.
** Mr. O'Neill isn't as much of an overt {{Jerkass}} as the other two, but Daria's mom does consider him creepy and he does push his pie-eyed beliefs on others without thinking that others will disagree with what he believes. The Woobie parts are obvious: Mr. [=DeMartino=] is his friend, Ms. Barch roped him into a PitbullDatesPuppy relationship which scared O'Neill (at first), and, much like [=DeMartino=], he has to deal with students who aren't as bright as Daria.
** Also, Link from the episode "Is It Fall Yet?".
* MemeticMutation: [[http://memegenerator.net/Dark-Daria Dark Daria]]
* MisaimedFandom: A lot of fans view Daria is an appropriate role model because she thinks she's SurroundedByIdiots and views herself and Jane as being the only level-headed people in school, even though her anti-social tendencies get called out all the time. These same fans throw a fit whenever Daria dares to show insecurity about her appearance or have a dating life.
* MoralEventHorizon: Ms. Angela Li probably crossed this when forced Daria to sell anyway chocolate to a woman who had blood sugar issues, implying that she was not even interested in someone's physical well-being.
** Jake's father, despite never appearing on screen, the cruel treatment to his son until being somewhat neurotic as is the man of today, is enough to qualify.
* RecycledScript: "Fair Enough," "Just Add Water," and -- to a lesser extent, "Anti-Social Climbers" are just "The Daria Hunter" at a school-run Renaissance fair, a dingy casino cruise, and in the woods. There are some changes, but the following gags/scenes are the same for most or all the episodes:
** "The Daria Hunter," "Fair Enough," and "Just Add Water" had Miss Barch making out with Mr. O'Neill ("Anti-Social Climbers" had a FullyAutomaticClipShow of the three times Barch and O'Neill made out when Ms. Barch thinks back to when she vowed never to pull another man's weight again).
** "The Daria Hunter" and "Just Add Water" both had scenes of Jake and Helen fighting near the end of the episode.
** "The Daria Hunter" and "Just Add Water" had scenes where it's established that Ms. Li and Helen hate each other.
** "The Daria Hunter" and "Anti-Social Climbers" took place during a field trip in the woods.
** "The Daria Hunter," "Just Add Water," and "Fair Enough" had Daria and Jane trying to get out of whatever social function they were in (Daria and Jane skipped the paintballing trip to go to the Great White Shark museum in "The Daria Hunter," Daria and Jane were trying to get some sleep after staying up all night watching a marathon of "SickSadWorld" on "Just Add Water," and Daria and Jane tried to run from Upchuck by getting on a Ferris wheel, only to end up sharing the ride with a sobbing Stacy in "Fair Enough")
** "The Daria Hunter" and "Anti-Social Climbers" ended with someone getting left behind (Sandi after she finally found a hidden bathroom and Jake and Helen after Ms. Li took their distributor cap in "The Daria Hunter"/Kevin in "Anti-Social Climbers")
** "Fair Enough" and "Just Add Water" both end with Kevin and Brittany stranded somewhere (Brittany continues driving despite that she is miles away from the school in "Fair Enough"/Kevin and Brittany are stuck on the casino cruise's only lifeboat in "Just Add Water")
** "The Daria Hunter" and "Just Add Water" had scenes with Jake and Mr. [=DeMartino=] together (though in "Just Add Water," Jake doesn't remember Mr. [=DeMartino=] as the guy who shared his flask of whiskey with him and traded stories about their {{HilariouslyAbusiveChildhood}}s)
* SuspiciouslySimilarSong: The long-awaited DVD set occasionally opts for these in place of the more generic cues that comprise the majority of the music.
* TheProblemWithLicensedGames: ''Daria's Inferno'' was not well received, and ''Daria's Sick Sad Life Planner'' was criticized by the MoralGuardians for molding journal entries to Daria's viewpoint.
* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic: Quinn's transition from her smiley face tee to her butterfly shirt seemed to signify her personality transition. She wore the smiley face shirt during the earlier seasons where she was much more frequently shallow and vain, whereas she started wearing the butterfly shirt when she became more aware of her intellect and legitimate depth.
** Her first pink shirt also showed off her midsection and was the shade of a Baby Girl's hospital blanket; later the shirt grows longer yet still clings to her slender figure and the pink becomes a deeper shade. Quinn is realizing she has more going on than just her body.
* TheWoobie: Sometimes, Stacy. Despite being one of the minor characters, she's especially noticeable during the episode "Fat Like Me".
** Daria has also managed these moments, special mention deserves in episodes like "Boxing Daria", and some episodes focused on her relationship with Tom.
** For some in the fandom, Tom himself can be seen as this, agree to an alternative interpretation. Note that many think that Daria never appreciated him at all, and he seemed to get a genuine kick out in crawl in her, for love.
** One of the Js, if you pay attention, drops several hints that he's more familiar with the penal system than a kid his age really should be.