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    Daria Morgendorffer
"I don't have low self-esteem. It's a mistake. I have low esteem for everyone else."

Voiced by: Tracy Grandstaff (original), Laura Torres (Latin-American Spanish)

The protagonist of the show, if you didn't figure that out from the name. Antisocial, intellectual, plainly dressed and snarks like nobody's business. Surrounded by living caricatures and all kinds of idiocy and insanity which she has no patience for, she mainly copes by alternately trying to stop things from getting out of control, or just watching and commenting on the madness.

For information about her portrayal on Beavis And Butthead, see that show's character sheet

  • Allergic to Love: In "Ill" note , she gets a rash that turns out to be a stress reaction to being around Trent.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: Daria displays a lot of ambiguous symptomsnote . Several episodes, however, just write her off as being unable to socialize with other kids (including the episode "Boxing Daria," which was all about viewers finding out about Daria's past).
  • Anti-Hero: Episodes make clear that she's not the most ideal role model and that even she doesn't necessarily see herself as one. Yet despite her apathy she still has a strong enough moral compass and standards to help others when people ask for it.
  • Ascended Extra: She was a Recurring Character in Beavis And Butthead before getting her own show. Word of God says that Beavis and Butthead would have appeared on Daria if the show wasn't a success.
  • Beautiful All Along: Happens a few different times. In "Quinn the Brain", she purposely dresses like how Quinn usually dresses to convince Quinn to dump her intellectual act and shows that she can be coquettish and reveals her hidden figure.
    • "Through a Lens Darkly" had various people react very positively to her appearance without glasses.
  • Big Sister Bully: To Quinn. Both sisters like to antagonize each other, but Daria is more open about it and likes to embarrass Quinn in front of other students.
  • Blind Without 'Em: Her vision is very poor, as shown in "Through a Lens Darkly".
  • Boots of Toughness: Those combat boots fit her unforgiving personality very well.
  • Brainy Brunette: An intelligent girl with long brown hair (especially in The Misery Chick when the palette is washed out and turns her usual chestnut to auburn color to light brown).
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: She easily gets good grades but is too apathetic to do any of the other activities people try to rope her into (until she is either forced or bribed, anyway).
  • Book Smart: Despite being seemingly apathetic, she's very good academically.
  • Broken Ace: She's insightful and actually respected by a fair amount of people, but she knows she's not the ideal role model.
  • Brutal Honesty: Honest to a fault, though thankfully for others they can't comprehend her brand of sarcasm. People who can, such as Jane or Mr. Demartino, think it's Actually Pretty Funny.
  • Burger Fool: In one episode, she worked at a mall stand called "It's A Nutty Nutty World". The uniform included a ridiculous hat meant to look like a squirrel's head, and a long rhyming greeting that the boss wanted to make mandatory to say when customers came up.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: Has done this a few times to Jake and Helen.
    • In "Quinn the Brain," she's quick to acknowledge the double standard of Jake giving Quinn a monetary reward for her single good grade, while Daria has consistently gotten excellent grades but has never been rewarded for them. Even Helen was aware that this was unfair.
    • In "Write Where It Hurts" she doesn't hesitate to skewer Helen when, after being forced to tell Helen what's wrong in-between calls to her boss, Helen starts comparing Daria's difficulty with a writing assignment to Quinn's "challenges" which are more or less coordinating shoe color with her dates' eyes.
      Daria: Quinn will never have this kind of challenge. It involves thinking. You make me tell you what's wrong in-between calls, and then you bring up Quinn? Don't you know me at all?
    • She gets annoyed at Helen and Jake for seemingly sucking up to Tom's parents in "Is It Fall Yet" and basically accuses them of openly groveling.
  • Captivity Harmonica: In one episode when she was grounded. Her parents lifted the grounding just so that they didn't have to hear it anymore.
  • Character Development: Comes to learn that being a self-isolating "misery chick" isn't always the best way to conduct herself.
  • Characterization Marches On: In Beavis And Butthead, Daria was originally a Teacher's Pet who had her self-esteem ruined by Beavis and Butt-head's constant taunting.
  • Child Hater: Invoked but then we see Daria does have the capacity to get along with children, such as the Gupty kids and Link.
  • The Comically Serious: Daria has just about enough dry humor to provide some laughs.
  • Cool Loser: As Brittany puts it: she's not popular, but she's not unpopular enough that she can't associate with popular people.
  • Creepy Monotone: Her normal voice intonation is very flat which some people find off-putting and making her sound deadpan even when she's not trying. This is specifically brought up in contrast to Brittany's bubbly, squeaky voice in "The Old and the Beautiful", where they get volunteered by Ms. Li to read to seniors in a nursing home.
  • Daddy's Girl: In a downplayed way. She clearly loves Jake and admits to being very shaken after his heart attack forced her to confront his mortality for the first time. However, she has a hard time expressing that love and admiration to him, and privately wishes she could be more open and tell him he's her hero.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Her dry wit and sarcasm are her defining traits. Her main role is snarking at the antics of the other students around her.
  • Everyone Has Standards:
    • For as willingly apathetic as she is when dealing with her insufferable classmates, Daria frequently steps forward to help them if she believes they're being exploited or objectified by people in a position of power, such as Cloud and Romonica in "This Year's Model," Val in "The Lost Girls," or Ms. Li and the Ultra Cola corporation in "Fizz Ed."
    • Daria insults the intelligence and personalities of people like Brittany, Kevin, and the Fashion Club on a regular basis due to how obnoxiously shallow and self-centered they can be, but she's absolutely appalled by the abusive attitude of Jerk Jock Tommy Sherman and tries to cut him down after seeing him proposition and insult people for an entire day. Especially considering because she witnessed Tommy sexually harassing Brittany, mocking Kevin to his face even after Kevin admitted he was Tommy's biggest fan, and making racist jokes against Mack.
    • She'd never sincerely wish for someone to die, but in Tommy Sherman's case she can show enough sympathy to admit it's messed up that he died but openly acknowledges his death doesn't invalidate what a horrible person he was. She won't, however, make fun of him for dying despite what Jane initially believed.
  • Foil: To several characters:
    • To Quinn, as both of them are attractive and intelligent, but Daria downplays her looks and focuses on her intellectual pursuits, as opposed to Quinn who does the exact opposite.
    • To Jane, who is an intellectual outcast but is much more willing to interact and show more emotion than Daria.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: The calm and intellectual Responsible to Quinn's shallow and bratty Foolish.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Melancholic. She is introverted, analytical, organized, elegant, practical, ethical to a deep fault, sensitive, moody, critical (of others and herself), and cynical.
  • Genre Blindness: Although she would joke about her plans after high school several times, it was obvious she planned on attending college. However, despite being advised several times that most colleges look for extracurricular activities in addition to grades, Daria fought tooth and nail to avoid extracurriculars whenever she could.
  • Girls Like Musicians: The mostly stoic Daria used to have a crush on Trent, the lead guitarist of an alternative band with a sort of rebel appeal. Even if the band is pretty bad and Trent is a flaky slacker, Daria remains smitten with him for a few years.
  • The Glorious War of Sisterly Rivalry: She's the Smart to Quinn's beautiful, though after witnessing their mother's variation of the trope with her sisters made them more willing to work this out.
  • Hair Color Dissonance: Her hair appears to be either brown or auburn.
  • Hates Everyone Equally: By her own admission, she has "low esteem for everyone else".
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Jane Lane. She's her only friend, they have a lot in common, and spend much time together at school.
  • Hidden Buxom: Seems to be this trope in "Quinn the Brain" where she showcases a developed (not as much as Brittany or her own mother) bosom and curves on her slender figure all in contrast to her normally flat and straight appearance in her clothing.
  • Hidden Depths: Later seasons show us a much more vulnerable, insecure Daria, who is being forced to reconcile her own personality with all the trials and tribulations of growing up. We (and Daria herself) learn she is not immune to the problems normal teens face (such as first love, concern for one's appearance, and loneliness), but because of her tendency to self-isolate and distance herself from "shallow" high school things, she's completely unprepared to face these problems once they arise.
  • Ice Queen: Well known for her dispassionate, aloof persona as well as her frostbitten wit.
  • Informed Loner: She considers herself a loner and prefers to distance herself from the school social circle, but most of her fellow students seem to be fine speaking with her. It's possible that this is because she's (normally) disassociated with the high school drama and is 'safe' for just about anyone to talk to. Considering when she is in the hospital in, "Ill," she is visited by the School President, the Captain of the school football team, the Quarterback and the Head Cheerleader of their free will. Any outside observer would surely conclude that Daria is among the elites of that school.
  • Intelligence Equals Isolation: Played for Drama from season three to the end, in which Daria's attitude is shown as something not worthy of being emulated.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: In spite of her cold nature and sarcasm, she has helped out other students if they ask, and has been shown to genuinely care about her family and friends.
    • Daria frequently has some biting comment in store for the moronic, self-serving, and ignorant people she finds herself surrounded by, yet these are usually reserved for the ridiculousness around her and never for outright malice or cruelty. She's openly appalled by exploitive people like Dr. Shar and genuinely disgusted by Tommy Sherman's horrible attitude towards people who are actually trying to be nice to him.
  • Knight in Sour Armor: Possesses a code of honor and will do the right thing, even if the thought of interacting with others makes her nauseous.
  • Meganekko: Daria wears glasses and is not bad looking but she is noted to look better without her glasses.
  • Morality Pet:
    • Daria seems to be this to some of the teachers at Lawndale High due to her intellect and sanity being a breath of fresh air in the quagmire of stupidity the school seems to be steeped in (with exceptions, of course).
    • Played straight with Mr. DeMartino, in a way, because she makes him "Want to kill himself a little less" than the rest of her classmates. He's also shown complimenting her work in class and congratulates her on winning an award during graduation.
    • She's equally liked by Mr. O'Neill, Ms. Barch, Mrs. Bennett, and Ms. DeFoe. The faculty members who hate Daria (Mrs. Manson, Ms. Morris, and Ms. Li) are the ones who're all openly corrupt.
  • Multi-Ethnic Name: The name "Daria" is of Russian origin (and is derived from "Darius", of Persian origin), while "Morgendorffer" is almost stereotypically German.
  • Not So Above It All: Coming to terms with this is central to her later character development. This is more evident in the episode "Through a Lens Darkly" where, after her eyes failed to take to contact lenses, she goes around with her glasses just because people responded positively to her appearance without them and she worries if she's as shallow as her peers.
  • Obfuscating Insanity: Often says random, insane things to strangers when she wants them to leave her alone, made hilarious by the fact that she says them in the exact same tone of voice as everything else.
  • Off-Model: The episode "The Misery Chick" shows her with light brown hair and the rest of her palette is washed out.
  • Only Sane Woman: She is one of the few teenagers that doesn't get overwhelmed by clique drama or do anything stupid.
  • OOC Is Serious Business:
    • If Daria drops her poker face for even a second, it's usually important.
    • After four seasons of having to threaten or bribe Daria to even vaguely listen to her suggestions, Helen realizes that things are bad when Daria shows up at her office for advice.
  • Perpetual Frowner: Rarely smiles, although she has more of a stoic "Resting Bitch Face" as opposed to frowning as her default setting.
  • Principles Zealot: In "Through a Lens Darkly," after a school day of bumping into things because she decided not to wear her glasses in a moment of vanity after she couldn't put on her contacts she was trying out, Daria eventually runs into the girls' bathroom in shame for being a hypocrite. It takes the combined persuasion of Jane, Jodie and Brittany to let Daria know that she has no need to be a martyr to principle on such a minor thing as a teenage girl.
  • Redhead In Green: She is auburn haired (reddish brown) and constantly wears green in-universe, even in the 1950s story in "Mart of Darkness".
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: Daria is just as pretty as Quinn, and can show off, but only when she has to, since it goes against her own principles, as seen in "Quinn the Brain".
  • The Snark Knight: Initially, this trope was actually called "The Daria". Formerly a minor character on Beavis and Butt-Head, her derisive comments on the stupidity of the title characters made her popular enough with the fans' own sense of teenage world-weariness that she got her own show.
  • Soapbox Sadie: A minor example. She sticks to her beliefs and lets people know about them, but she rarely takes a direct stand against issues unless they affect her or her friends, or if she feels people will get hurt. It became a plot point "Partner's Complaint" however, when she fought over Jodie about how she used her father's good name to get a bank loan for their project. At the end, Daria learns that she stands up for what she believes in, while Jodie is more pragmatic about her views, and neither of them are wrong.
  • Stepford Snarker: The mask starts to fall when around someone she has a crush on.
    Helen: Daria, the easiest thing in the world for you is being honest about what you observe.
    Daria: And...
    Helen: What's hard for you is being honest about your wishes. About the way you think things should be, not the way they are. You gloss over it with a cynical joke and nobody finds out what you really believe in.
    Daria: Aha! So my evil plan is working.
  • The Stoic: Always has the same Creepy Monotone and rarely shows emotions.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: Going waaay heavy on the "ice" side. She mostly seems a cold Emotionless Girl but has a hidden warm side that shows around her close ones, mainly Jane.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: The intro song has the repeated lyric, "You're standing on my neck," alluding to the title character feeling this way about her peers; their presence is so smothering that she can't function normally.
  • Teen Genius: Reads thick Russian novels regularly and she's not even 20.
  • Tranquil Fury: Daria never raises her voice unless she needs to yell to be heard. But when she gets angry you can practically feel her voice getting sharper.
  • The Trickster: Often to get her own way or to fool around with someone, this is even more evident in the first episode where she convinces her family to go to Pizza Forest and to an Alien Convention to toy with them.
  • The Un-Favourite: Early episodes sort of play Daria as this to Quinn; however, as the series goes on the dynamic changes a bit, with their parents not telling Daria to be like Quinn so much as they just want Daria to expand her horizons in general.
  • Unkempt Beauty: Aside from basic hair care, she uses no cosmetics during the early series (although she can be seen with different coloring on her lips once she starts dating Tom, implying that she starts wearing either lipstick or lip-gloss), her design is of a reasonably attractive young woman.
  • Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: Justified. She is incredibly rude to most people but the other characters in the series are exaggerated stereotypes of annoying things found in high school and suburban America.
  • When She Smiles: When you did something right or smart, it's one of the sincerest compliments she'll give you.

    Quinn Morgendorffer
"I'm an only child."

Voiced by: Wendy Hoopes (original), María Fernanda Morales (Latin-American Spanish)

Daria's younger sister (by a year), though she initially denied that she and Daria were sisters. Quinn is, quite deliberately, Daria's complete and total opposite. She's the vice president of the Fashion Club and prides herself on being shallow, vain and fashionable.

  • All Take and No Give: Quinn's idea of how a relationship between a pretty girl like her and a boy should be goes like this: the boy is supposed to take her wherever she wants to go, pay for anything she wants and worship the ground she walks on, and in return she will be pretty enough for him to appreciate.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: She acts air-headed and nags Daria about her "uncute" activities. Even about her eating habits.
  • Attention Whore: She loves the constant attention and panics when no one is paying any heed to her. Shows up prominently when she thinks that Jake and Helen, her and Daria's parents, are going to have another baby and dreads competing for attention from a baby.
  • Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: To Daria in later episodes. Being opposites, they both are resentful of each other for most of the show, but they have their bonding moments in the final season, with Quinn finally admitting Daria is her sister.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Her famous pink baby-tee in the first three seasons. It was changed to a regular shirt in later episodes.
  • Big Little Sister: A mild example. Despite being the younger sister, Quinn's slightly taller in height than Daria is.
  • Blatant Lies: Quinn acting upset when her male suitors physically assault each other in their competition for her, generally with a smile on her face. Any of her attempts at distancing herself from Daria (usually calling Daria her cousin or the weird neighbor girl who hangs out with her), the most extreme being that Daria is "Our cabana girl's adopted cousin", although that one occurred in a dream Daria was having in Murder She Snored.
  • The Bore: Her long winded rants about the Fashion Club and anything else going on in her life tend to either annoy or aggravate people, or put them to sleep.
  • Bratty Teenage Daughter: Shops a lot and asks her parents for allowance frequently. She also whines her Mom's name.
  • Broken Ace: Attractive, popular, and smarter than she lets on, Quinn's insecurity and fear of rejection by her peers fuel a shallow personality, a less than stellar academic performance, and a very toxic relationship with the rest of the Fashion Club, particularly Sandy. She believes fashion and shopping are all she's good at, and in the words of Daria, she's "afraid of looking inward and finding nothing." She starts to mature as the series goes on, and embraces her intelligence and starts setting proper boundaries in regards to Sandy's mistreatment.
  • Butt-Monkey: Often when dealing with Sandi, at the hands of Daria and whenever her own schemes backfire.
  • Casual Kink: She really likes it when boys fight over her.
  • Character Development: Particularly in her relationship with Daria, where the sisters try to understand one another a little more.
  • Cute, but Cacophonic: Very pretty, but has a high-pitched voice that sounds grating when she's frustrated.
  • Daddy's Girl: Takes Jake's heart attack very seriously and dabbles with medical research.
  • Dude Magnet: She is dating a different guy almost every episode, although she mostly limits herself to rotating between the same three guys, who are utterly smitten with her. Her Dude Magnet ability is taken to almost goddess levels easily winning over most adult men and little boys without trying. She's been declared Keg Queen at her parents' alma mater early in her first year at Lawndale and with some help from Daria, she charms a group of cowboys and rednecks into giving the girls enough money to bail their friends.
  • The Fashionista: Petite, thin, and always decked out in the latest teen trends and willing to give fashion advice.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: The bratty and shallow Foolish to Daria's calm and intellectual Responsible.
  • Foil: Daria's primary opposite in the series; a person who tends to pride herself on her appearance more than her intelligence (which she tries to hide), and visibly popular yet unable to form genuine relationships.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Sanguine. She's extroverted socially, an emotional teen girl, popular, cheerful, energetic, talkative, retains an ample about of passion and compassion for others and for her interests, fun, friendly, forgiving (maybe a bit much regarding Sandi), undisciplined, gullible, scatterbrained (one episode had her mix up dates with the boys she's dating and her babysitting commitments), shallow, self-absorbed, and frivolous.
  • The Gadfly: She likes manipulating boys into fighting amongst each other for giggles. The fights are bad enough to see all those involved knocked out.
  • Girly Girl: A popular pretty girl who is into fashion, boys and shopping.
  • The Glorious War of Sisterly Rivalry: Played straight to an extent in the first few seasons. But after seeing how their mom and maternal aunts always fight with each other, it made Quinn realize that might end up happening to her and Daria (and really seemed to disturb her). After that, Quinn started making an effort to get along with Daria better.
  • Heel Realization: Receives an easy to miss one in "The Lost Girls." Quinn is visibly saddened by Daria's deconstruction of the concept of "Edgy," because it makes Quinn realize everything she enjoys and everything that makes her popular makes her part of the same faceless teen crowd being manipulated and exploited by corporate America. Considering Quinn had expressed how she felt being attractive and popular were the only things she was good at, it hurts even more because she knows just how little those really mean in the grander scheme of things. One might argue this was one of the prods Quinn needed to start reexamining her life and begin expressing her intellect a bit more.
  • Head-Turning Beauty: Gets this reaction from high school boys (who'd fight over her) and even from bratty preteen boys. Just her presence is enough to get boys' attention.
  • Hidden Depths: A lot smarter and deeper than she seems at first. She could probably be as smart as Daria if she simply put forth the effort—likewise, Daria could be as attractive as Quinn if she cared more about her appearance. She acts dumb and shallow because that is what makes her popular, plus she seems to truly believe that being popular is the only thing she's good at, but by the final season she has begun to accept her hidden depths a bit more.
  • Hypocritical Humor: She's afraid to be associated with Daria because she thinks Daria's interests and studying makes her weird, but Quinn never considers the idea that her borderline obsessions with the most minute, pedantic details on clothing and make-up make her seem weird as well. Although Quinn can actually get away with it to a degree because the guys in Lawndale only care about how hot she is.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: What she confessed to Daria at one point, she feels that being outgoing, flirty, and pretty are all she's good at.
  • Informed Attractiveness: Her attractiveness is mentioned frequently throughout the series, and even the other highly popular girls of the Fashion Club can be jealous of the attention she gets.
  • Informed Attribute: Is meant to be The Fashionista but wears the same thing everyday.
  • In Love with Love: In one episode, Quinn is upset that Daria might be seen as more mature than her because Daria has a steady boyfriend, so Quinn spends most of the episode frantically trying to get one for herself—in the end, Helen tells Quinn that she should get a boyfriend (steady or not) because she likes the boy she's going out with and not just for the sake being in a relationship.
  • It Runs in the Family: 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.
  • It's All About Me: "Boxing Daria" provides a Freudian Excuse for this. Quinn loves to be the center of attention because when she and Daria were little, their parents were wrapped in Daria's issues at school. Though, Quinn seems to have always been like this and possibly inherits it from Jake.
  • Jerkass: For most of the show, she's vain, selfish, and doesn't want Daria as her sister for shallow reasons. Although she is more inclined to be a Jerk with a Heart of Gold, mainly in the final season.
  • Lovable Alpha Bitch: In contrast to the nastier Alpha Bitch, Quinn's "friend," Sandi Griffin. They often come to odds because Sandi's consciously grasping at power whereas Quinn's more than content with all the attention she gets.
  • Malaproper: Has a tendency to mangle words and phrases she's unfamiliar with.
    "Look, when you fall off a horse, you have to get back up and shoot it."
  • Manipulative Bitch: She enjoys using guys to get stuff and attention, and it's very clear she likes seeing guys fight over her.
  • Motor Mouth: She is almost always seen talking about her day, what her friends or other people at school are wearing, etc.
  • Not So Different: She's similar to Helen in that they both have a drive to be the absolute best in what they're interested in or at least to the point that they can outdo someone else, and she's similar to Jake in that she feels she absolutely needs to stay the center of attention while hiding behind a veneer of cluelessness. She's also similar to Daria in that both wear masks to not deal with things: Daria by being antisocial and Quinn by being vapid.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: She hides her intelligence to maintain her popularity, though she breaks out of it by the final season.
  • Pet the Dog:
    • It wasn't entirely altruistic, but she helps Sandi lose weight because Sandi got a bit chubby after breaking her leg. In the final season, Quinn proudly declares that Daria is her sister so it was right that she kept taking Daria's side when she was the class sub, and in another episode she retrieves the box that Daria was taking shelter in and placed it in her room - showing that she understands what her sister was going through.
    • In Is it College Yet?, she befriends an older girl with serious issues and is truly concerned about her sake.
  • Phoneaholic Teenager: As part of her "attractive and popular" angle, she was often tying up the house phone line to talk to boys or the Fashion Club.
  • Pink Means Feminine: Her shirt, and several of the other outfits she wears. Even when she wore black, in Quinn The Brain, the clothing was outlined in pink.
  • Pretty Freeloader: Basically the main reason she has a boy posse, the tie-in books reveal she has dated boys because they possess a yacht and her babysitting client chart highlights details like the decor of her clients' homes and even how much snacks and amenities they provide (pools, hot tubs, television).
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech:
    • Receives one from her tutor in Is It Fall Yet? He's blunt about the fact that Quinn's really only popular because of her looks, that she has nothing to offer beyond being shallow and pedantic, and that she shouldn't bother going to college if she has no interest in actually learning anything. All this represents the fears Quinn actually has about her self and her sense of self worth.
    • She gets a second devastating one from the same tutor when she asks him out for a date. He tells her it won't work, because they're from two completely different worlds. Despite how far she's improved, he notes that she's still shallow and even points out that her college of choice is just a party school. He does point out that she is improving and she is doing the right thing when she acknowledged she could be doing a lot better than her peers. Still Quinn takes the backhanded compliment hard.
  • Smarter Than You Look: She's a lot smarter than she shows and takes credit for, Daria even tells her that she isn't one of "the stupid."
  • Stepford Smiler: She admits that the only reason she acts shallow and self-obsessed with pedantic interests in fashion and popularity is because she doesn't think she's good at anything else. Daria observes that Quinn hides behind her shallowness because she's afraid there really is nothing else she has to offer.
  • The Starscream: To Sandi. In the earlier seasons Quinn was seen, especially in "The Daria Hunter" actively trying to take Sandi down, but as the show went on Quinn only reacted this way if Sandi provoked her.
  • Super OCD: Quinn takes being fashionable to a rather extreme level. She spends her time obsessing over such things as contrasting sock length, the type of material used to make shoe laces, and whether or not she can coordinate her eye shadow with the color of her date's car. She even plans ahead on who she'll be dating depending on what season it is and whether or not their family owns a boat (for summer) or a ski house (for winter).
  • Tritagonist: She is also another main character who gets plot points devoted to her.
  • Well, Excuse Me, Princess!: Very demanding with her dates and family members. This doesn't stop boys from trying to get a date from her.

    Helen Morgendorffer
"Listen, is this going to require a parent-teacher conference and if so is it something my assistant can handle?"

Voiced by: Wendy Hoopes (original), Rocío Garcel and Mónica Manjarrez (Latin-American Spanish)

Daria and Quinn's mother, a professional lawyer. Almost constantly on her phone and seemingly oblivious to life around her, but she's far more on the ball than she seems.

  • Adults Are Useless: Averted with Helen. A lot of episodes show that Helen can be useful in a crisis involving her children (when she's not talking to her boss Eric on the phone). Beyond "Arts 'n Crass" a decent example of this comes from "Lucky Strike" when, the moment Quinn mentions her substitute teacher was being inappropriate with Tiffany (not that Quinn noticed) Helen snaps into attention, calls the school, and has the guy fired.
  • Amoral Attorney: What we hear from her work life certainly qualifies her, and her firm, as such.
    Helen (on phone): No! No, absolutely not. It's unethical, it's immoral, it may well be illegal, I'll have no part of it. Okay, I'll do it.
  • Big Good: The closest thing the show has to one, especially in later seasons. She has a short fuse, she's quite a workaholic, and her law firm is apparently shady, but when it really counts she's there for her family and provides Daria with comfort and sage advice when she's in need of it, being one of the few characters besides Jane who can actually get past Daria's rough exterior and help her when she's really vulnerable.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Something Daria inherited. Helen uses this when dealing with teachers, her kids, husband, job, and family.
  • Education Mama: Helen has never had to worry about Daria's grades but she does a lot of pushing towards Daria taking up extracurricular activities that will look good on her college applications, either to the point of bribery or blackmail.
  • Fiery Redhead: Hot tempered, frustrated, and has hair that turn more scarlet as the show goes on.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Choleric. She's extroverted socially and professionally, task-oriented, a natural leader, hard-working, strong-willed, practical, determined, passionate, confident, hot-tempered, bossy, and self-righteous.
  • The Glorious War of Sisterly Rivalry: Rita's her usual target, though Amy's not immune. Which is ironic because she grew up to have two daughters, one like each of her sisters.
  • Hello, Attorney!: A very attractive-looking lawyer.
  • Mama Bear:
    • "Arts 'n Crass" shows that if you mess with her kids, you better have a good defense attorney to fight back against her. Jane later exploits this in one episode to get Daria out of a hated Burger Fool job when the latter fears being seen by Trent (who she had a crush on) and manages to convince Helen that the boss was sexist.
    • In "Lucky Strike", Helen gets a substitute teacher fired when Quinn mentions that he was "paying too much attention" to Tiffany, correctly deducing that he was a ephebophile.
  • Named After Somebody Famous: Her maiden name, Barksdale, comes from a Confederate general in The American Civil War.
  • Not So Different: Regarding Jake and his father issues, Helen is still very bitter about how her mother treated her when she was young and how she still favors Rita and Erin, along with her resentment towards Rita and Amy about how they grew up. The difference between them is that Jake's issues are mentioned in almost every episode which Helen responds to with mild annoyance or complete anger over how Jake won't stop blaming his dad for everything, whereas Jake becomes visibly scared any time Helen gets involved in something with her sisters or mother. In Aunt Nauseem he broke down in tears when Helen decided to help with Erin's divorce, then prepared and drank an entire pitcher of martinis when Rita showed up followed by his spending the rest of the week out of the house.
  • Parental Substitute: Helen treated Trent like her own son while he was staying with the Morgendorffers, going so far as to ground him when he came in late from a date.
  • Parents as People: Tries to be involved with her daughters but she's often clueless and busy with her work.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: She's a responsible mother who tries to give her daughters a good moral upbringing, but see Amoral Attorney above. Unusually for this trope, almost all her screen time is spend "off the clock".
  • Power Hair: Possesses a mid to late 90s version of this coiffure.
  • The Unfavorite: Has a bit of a complex about being this to her mother, although since we never see the two of them interact, it's unknown how bad it really was. Interestingly, which of her own daughters she prefers seems to shift as the series progresses. At first she's more proud of Quinn's superior social skills and encourages Daria to be more like her, while later on she finds Quinn's deliberate airheadedness irksome and is more quick to praise Daria's intelligence.
  • "Well Done, Daughter!" Girl: Helen apparently started working hard at school so that she would get attention from her mother, which has blossomed into full-blown workaholism by adulthood.
  • Well, Excuse Me, Princess!: Very frustrated with Jake and isn't afraid to lampshade how ridiculous he's acting; he in turn isn't afraid to snark at her or voice his frustration; they make out soon.
  • Where Did We Go Wrong?: Played with. In "Write Where It Hurts", Helen thoughtlessly commented "when Quinn has a challenge" in regards to Daria's difficulty completing an extra assignment. Daria angrily cuts into Helen for having the nerve to compare Quinn's "challenges" which amount to coordinating her shoes with the color of her dates' eyes to Daria having difficulty completing a writing assignment. The next day Helen tries to legitimately apologize for her words and manages to have a decent discussion about what Daria should do. However, this trope is ultimately averted in the long run, as Helen and Jake both recognize that Daria is a smart, perceptive, and talented young woman, and her antisocial tendencies are just part of who she is.
  • Women Are Wiser: Compared to Jake, though she's far from flawless herself. She's definitely smarter, but he's arguably more moral.
  • Workaholic: Works a lot and starts heading out for work at 5 in the morning.

    Jake Morgendorffer

Voiced by: Julian Rebolledo (original), Jorge Roig Sr. (Latin-American Spanish)

The girls' neurotic, well-meaning, long-suffering father. Has trouble understanding his teenage kids and is usually caught up in his own misadventures. Has an ongoing war against squirrels.

  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Helen (and Jane!) would sometimes use Jake's short attention span to head off his assorted rants. By the fifth season he was starting to get wise to this.
  • Bumbling Dad: Zigzagged. He tries not to let his screwed-up childhood and the neuroses born from it get in the way of being a father to Daria and Quinn. Sometimes it works; other times it doesn't.
  • Butt-Monkey: Things don't go easy for Jake.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: According to what Daria tells the psychologist in "Psycho-Therapy", we can infer that at least some of this behavior is an affectation to hide the fact that he's less ambitious and driven than Helen.
  • Flanderization: Jake started off a little clueless, but otherwise normal at the very beginning of the first season. By the end of the season, he became a crazy high strung man child who always ranted about his screwed-up childhood and remained that way for the rest of the series. On the one hand, it does provide for a lot of hilarity, especially in episodes that are more dramatic. On the other hand, the Flanderization makes Jake look like Homer Simpson from the days when Homer was dumb, impulsive, and a bit of a jerk, but not a full-blown Jerkass, and, for a show like Daria that's trying to be realistic, it's not a good fit.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Phlegmatic. He's pretty passive, yielding, stubborn, dense, thoughtful regarding his daughters, compassionate, and doting on his daughters.
  • Hidden Depths: Though Jake is mostly oblivious and somewhat immature, he is capable of reassuring and helping out his daughters in the brief moments of clarity he has throughout the series. He's not perceptive but the show makes it clear that, unlike his own father, he does try to understand and care for his daughters. Even against his wife too, when Daria and Jane's art entry is considered controversial, while Helen is trying to make a case against it as well, Jake actually defends Daria with a good argument, showing that he will defend his daughter against his wife when need be.
  • Hilariously Abusive Childhood: His dad, "Mad-Dog" Morgendorffer, was an abusive alcoholic who was emotionally distant, manipulative, and didn't care about the feelings of his wife (Jake's mother) or son (Jake). He also tried to mold Jake into a man (by sending him to military school, when Jake really wanted to go to tennis camp — though "The Daria Hunter" revealed that Jake was sent to military school after accidentally stepping on his dad's contact lens), but it really turned Jake into the man he is today.
  • It's All About Me: Truth be told, he seems to be where Quinn got it from. Daria made an astute observation that Jake's frequent complaining about his childhood and feelings of neglect are how he manages to stay the center of attention.
  • Manchild: When stressed, Jake generally does one of two things: reverts to a helpless childlike state, or rages against his strict, distant, and long-deceased father. The outbursts are frequently interjected into conversations that had nothing to do with his childhood, and appear to also function as a defense against criticism.
  • Mr. Vice Guy: Jake is a long-suffering, neurotic, hot-headed man but is portrayed as an overall good guy who loves his family and is an overall well-meaning person.
  • No Indoor Voice: He's almost always yelling, either out of excitement, exasperation, or desperation for attention.
  • Open-Minded Parent: As shown when he briefly mistook Trent's girlfriend for being there for Quinn. His reaction is one of mild surprise, but he's clearly not bothered by the idea of Quinn dating a girl.
    Wow! I really don't know my kids!
  • Parents as People: Good father and loves his daughters. But he's often wrapped up in his neurosis and frustrations to properly function as a parent.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Jake continues to be miserable about how little respect he got from his now-deceased father.

    Amy Barksdale
"When I was a kid, with Helen and Rita going at it all the time, all they left for me to do was to supply the color commentary. Then, one day, I found myself all grown up with my own point of view, and feeling no particular obligation to listen to anyone else's B.S.. Ever."

Voiced by: Barbara Shoesner (original), Alejandra de la Rosa and Rebeca Manríquez (Latin-American Spanish)

Helen's youngest sister and Daria's aunt, She's an adult version of Daria, both in personality and appearance.

  • Black Sheep: If nothing else she seems to view herself this way.
  • Cool Aunt: Her first appearance has her two up with her '77 Triump Spitfire convertible, hands the keys to the valet after warning him to never change the station on her radio (never mind any dings on the car), and she and Daria bond over their dysfunctional family dynamics and how one day Daria will grow up and leave the family to pursue her own life.
  • Cool Car: Her '77 Triumph Spitfire convertible.
  • Cool Old Lady: Though she's the youngest of Helen and her sisters. She listens to punk rock and the blues and discusses the dysfunction in their family with Daria.
  • Deadpan Snarker: You know how she looks like an older version of her middle niece? She even acts like her.
  • Generation Xerox: She and Daria look and act almost exactly alike, despite Daria being her niece.
  • Meganekko: Looks good, with or without her glasses.
  • Never My Fault: Invoked. Helen accused Amy of using her sisters as an excuse to get out of any household responsibility so she could do whatever she wanted.
  • Not So Above It All: She likes to think she's outside of Helen and Rita's Sibling Rivalry, but when they start going at it Amy has little problem jumping in. This is rather fitting because, as she is seen as an older version of Daria, Amy has her flaws just as Daria does.
  • Off-Model: She was curvier, bustier, and had a more rounded face in both "I Don't" and "Through A Lens Darkly". Later in "Aunt Nauseum", she was thinner, smaller-busted, and her face was more angular.
  • The Un-Favourite: Feels this way compared to both of her sisters, though she's a bit more forgiving towards Rita than she is Helen. Being shown when she expected that Helen and Jake would've divorced and congratulates him on having the strength to put up with Helen, whereas she's apologetic about mixing up one of Rita's boyfriends with another.

    Rita Barksdale 
Helen's older sister and the supposed favorite child of their parents. Rita is the main target of Helen's childhood bitterness and the one she often comes to blows with whenever she feels like complaining about her childhood. She's gone through many husbands and boyfriends and has at least one daughter, Erin, whose marriage and divorce are the plots of two separate episodes.

Voiced by: Barbara Soehner (original), Magda Giner (Latin-American Spanish)

  • Cool Big Sis: Downplayed, her arguments with Helen made Amy hide in her room as a kid but as adults they get along more cordially and seemed to have bonded due to their mother unfavorably comparing them to Helen's intense work ethic.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: The Foolish to Helen's Responsible. Word of God has it that, as a young adult Rita tended to get involved in every and any youth movements that were popular at the time while Helen tried to lead a more structured life. Although Helen is a former hippie.
  • Generation Xerox: If Daria takes after Amy, Quinn takes after Rita. Subverted in that Quinn and Daria are working to avoid the kind of tumultuous relationship their Aunts and Mother have, and that Quinn is more intelligent and active.
  • The Glorious War of Sisterly Rivalry: Her animosity with Helen over how they were raised.
  • Housewife: Is implied to be this whenever she's married, whether she does any housework is up to debate.
  • Lazy Bum: Claims she's too busy raising Erin to get a job, even though Erin's now in her 20s.
  • Mama Bear: For her daughter Erin's sake she tries to do everything she can to make sure Erin's asshole husband doesn't get anything in the divorce. Although all her efforts amount to making Helen feel guilty enough to help even though Helen repeatedly admits she doesn't have experience in matrimonial law.
  • Parental Favoritism: Rita was apparently the golden child of the Barksdales, causing no end of resentment from Helen and Amy. Even as an adult Rita is still getting preferential treatment from Mother Barksdale and it extends to Erin, though Rita claims the reason she gets along with her mom is because she's the only one who bothers to stay in contact with her, to which Amy retorts by asking why she and Helen should bother maintaining a relationship with their mother that would just be All Take and No Give.
  • Pretty Freeloader: Helen said she was "the prettiest" and Rita was a housewife and can't bother to hold a job because of Erin (who's an adult). She gets most of her money from husbands, boyfriends, and her mother.
  • Really Gets Around: She's had a few husbands and she's gone through a number of boyfriends. It hasn't been clarified as to who Erin's father is, and by her last appearance she'd just been dumped by a sculptor.
  • Spoiled Brat: As a child and even as an adult her parents gave her whatever she wanted. Helen mentions that for her first wedding, Rita got a $4,000 lighted dance floor. Rita justifies this extravagance just because "Disco was king!"
  • Successful Sibling Syndrome: Growing up Mother Barksdale used Helen to make Rita and Amy feel lazy and idiotic and Rita still seems to hold a grudge over the idea of her sister lording her career achievements and work ethic over her.
  • The Unfavorite: Even she has feelings of this, claiming that Helen's overachieving made both Rita and Amy look lazy, while Amy got out of doing anything for the family by locking herself in her room reading Russian novels.

    "Mad Dog" Morgendorffer 
Jake's sociopathic father, now deceased, who is largely responsible for Jake's fragile state of mind and neurosis as the result of an abusive upbringing. Despite never appearing onscreen, his influence is felt every time Jake goes off on a tangent about his childhood. It's stated that he was dead by the time he was Jake's age.
  • Abusive Parents: He treated Jake like crap and sent him to military school, after Jake mentioned he might've liked to go to tennis camp. Although Jake also says Mad Dog sent him after Jake accidentally stepped on one of his contact lenses.
  • Awful Wedded Life: Though this is entirely on Mad Dog's end due to the way he treated his wife Ruth. He emotionally abused both her and Jake, even giving Ruth fifty dollars a month for an allowance and expecting that would be enough to take care of the house and the children.
  • Dad the Veteran: According to Word of God he was in the U.S. Army because of the draft.
  • Domestic Abuse: Of the emotional sort, towards his wife Ruth, who tries to avoid admitting he's less than perfect until her son's rants drive her to bitterly complain about how stingy and mean he was.
    • In The Daria Diaries, Jake wrote a letter telling his mother he isn't angry at her because she could never stand up to Mad Dog.
  • The Ghost: Is always mentioned but never seen in person, even when Jake is having flashbacks.
  • Jerkass: He is certainly worse than any other jerkass character that has appeared on the show.
  • Kick the Dog: As implied in their actions. Although it could count possibly also have a Moral Event Horizon.
  • No Name Given: He's only referred to as Mad Dog or "Dad" by Jake and his mother.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: No formal birth name has been given, just his nickname.
  • Parental Neglect: Starved Jake and Ruth of love and affection. He refused to allow Jake to come home on holidays for flimsy excuses, and didn't even attend Jake's wedding on the grounds that "the dog needs his toenails clipped."
  • Posthumous Character: We only find this out in Jake of Hearts during the third season, but Mad Dog died. Jake attributes this to one of the reasons why he's a better man than his father, since apparently Mad Dog died at Jake's current age.
  • The Sociopath: No empathy towards his son (and presumably the whole family) and seemed hell-bent on making Jake miserable.
  • Sociopathic Soldier: Fought in WWII according to Word of God. For some reason it's popular in Fanon to have in the Korean War, too.
  • Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: It's a funny slice of life show, but the villainy of Mad Dog shows how a childhood of abuse has shaped Jake for the worse.
  • Why Couldn't You Be Different?: Towards Jake.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: His wife says he had a razor phobia, which is why he never taught Jake how to shave.

    Ruth Morgendorffer 

Mother of Jake and Daria's paternal grandmother. She still believes that it's a woman's role to be a housewife that pleases her man, pesters Helen about being a working mother and wife. She is revealed to be highly resentful of her late husband and leaves to travel the world,

Voiced by: ? (original), Magda Giner (Latin-American Spanish)

  • Awful Wedded Life: Mad Dog mistreated her and the kids; she was only given an allowance of $50.00 a month just for household purposes which could only buy a girdle.
  • Extreme Doormat: in "The Daria Diaries" Jake states that he doesn't blame her for him being sent to military academy because she could "Never stand up to Dad."
  • Feminine Women Can Cook: Her chilli is delicious yet not suited for Jake's heart condition.
  • Housewife: Obviously played this role and believes in it.
  • Hypocrite: After admitting that she was a miserable homemaker and going off to travel, she dares to scold Helen and Quinn about not molding their lives in a similar fashion to her's while she was still married.
  • Love Martyr: Put up with her husband a lot and only starts admitting what a scumbag he was when Jake lets out a rant about him.
  • Men Are Strong, Women Are Pretty: Tells Quinn not to read so much due to the risk of wrinkles and once offered money to Daria to change her hair.
  • Miniature Senior Citizens: Shorter than 5'2" Daria.
  • Never a Self-Made Woman: Invoked when she questions Quinn's desire to be a doctor, because she can "Marry one."
  • Obnoxious In-Laws: Pesters Helen about her cooking (which was a more heart healthy alternative) and about how she isn't a housewife.
  • Parental Favoritism: Grandparent variant. Clearly shows she prefers Quinn for being so pretty and feminine and is joyous to see her.
  • Parental Neglect: She and Mad Dog have avoided Jake's major life events and left him in military school during vacation, though it may not be of her own choice.
  • Selective Obliviousness: At first, regarding her husband's character.
  • Stay in the Kitchen: Lived by this and insists on her daughter in law and granddaughters abiding by it; she later admits she was miserable.
  • What Does She See in Him?: She soon admits how terrible her husband was.

    Mother Barksdale 

Mother of Helen, Rita, and Amy, and Daria's maternal grandmother. Her blatant favoritism over Rita is one of the reasons why Helen is such a workaholic, and also one of the reasons why Helen has some childhood bitterness issues of her own.

  • Abusive Parents: Emotionally abusive, but not to the same extent as Mad Dog Morgendorffer. Her doting on Rita put a lot of stress on Helen and led her to become the neurotic workaholic she is today, made Amy feel so alienated she spent most of her adolescence trying to avoid her sisters when she wasn't snarking at them, and is the main source of Rita's Spoiled Brat attitude.
  • Bit Character: She's not mentioned as frequently as Jake's father, and her only prominent influence appeared in "I Don't" and "Aunt Nauseem."
  • Doting Parent: To Rita and Erin. Helen's especially not pleased that her mother ignores Daria and Quinn as much as she ignores her.
    Helen: That's mom, always thinking of her grandchildren. One of them, anyway.
  • Foil: To Mad Dog. The two of them employed rather questionable parenting towards their respective offspring, but whereas Mad Dog was horrifyingly abusive and domineering, Mother Barksdale overly favored one child and was neglectful towards the others. There's also the matter that Mother Barksdale is still alive and she's still showing this favoritism to Rita as well as Rita's daughter Erin.
  • The Ghost: She's never appeared on screen, but she has more influence over the course of certain episodes due to the fact that she's still alive.
  • Parental Neglect: Towards Helen and Amy. Also doubles as being a neglectful grandmother, as the only time we know of her ever acknowledging Daria was when she offered her a hundred dollars if she changed her hairstyle. Other than that, it's clear she's never had much presence in Daria or Quinn's lives.
  • Potty Failure: Could be a bed wetter as implied when she is noted to visit the Morgendorffers in "The Daria Database" and Daria notes that one side of the bed is dry; Ruth Morgendorffer doesn't seem to be a bed wetter so it can likely be her.
  • Rich Bitch: Subverted. Word of God claims the Barksdales were not a wealthy family, but Mother Barksdale and her husband would never hesitate to give Rita whatever she wanted.
    Helen: Nothing but the best for her favorite daughter's darling offspring.
  • Satellite Character: She's only prominently discussed if Rita is involved in an episode.


Lawndale High students

    Jane Lane
"I like having low self-esteem. It makes me feel special."

Voiced by: Wendy Hoopes (original), Gisela Casillas and Alejandra de la Rosa (Latin-American Spanish)

Daria's best friend, also antisocial but in a more nonconformist way. Has a bit of a goth streak, at least in her tastes in art, and also some artistic talent that tends to go under-appreciated due to her tastes. Has rather...hands-off parents.

  • Beta Couple: With Tom before they break up.
  • Book Dumb: Insightful and artistic, Jane nevertheless has some frustration with her grades. She eventually vents to Daria that she's somewhat jealous that she and Tom can choose from some of the top schools while her only strong suit is her art. She states in one episode that she has a C average in math which can be dropped to a D by a single assignment. Her academic performance in other subjects is never specifically mentioned, but it's implied that she is less successful than Daria or Jodie. As she says in "Prize Fighters":
    Look, I'm good at the things I'm good at. Grades isn't one of them.
  • Brainy Brunette: Not academically, but she's very street smart, has an in-depth knowledge of art, and makes witty asides.
  • Cool Loser: A better example than Daria, since she's more outgoing and overall better adjusted.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Sometimes forms Those Two Girls with Daria, as they spend some episodes just standing back watching the madness.
  • Deuteragonist: Her friendship with Daria is one of the focal points of the show, and she gets a number of episodes in the spotlight.
  • Everybody Has Standards: The first incident of a falling out between Jane and Daria was the death of Tommy Sherman. Daria continued taking shots at Tommy after his death, something that otherwise equally cynical Jane found to be distasteful.
  • Everybody Hates Mathematics: She does not enjoy math at all.
  • Fatal Flaw: Jane is normally very well adjusted, but whenever she has a personal problem she tends to try to run from it or pretend it's not there.
  • Foil: Jane shows herself to be more sociable than Daria when she tries. Whereas Daria has been rather misanthropic since childhood (and not entirely happy with it), Jane's artistic sensibilities make her more of an outcast by choice. Their families are also contrasting, with Jane's relatively uninvolved parents versus Daria's driven and emotional ones.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: The Responsible one compared to Trent, but only because he's irresponsible compared to anyone.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Daria. She's her only friend, they have a lot in common, and spend much time together at school.
  • Hidden Depths: She's one of the fastest runners in the school and enjoys running outside, despite her and Daria's usual disdain of sports.
  • Honor Before Reason: In one episode, she was contracted to make copies of famous art pieces. She looked for ways to find out why this was bad, but the operation itself was perfectly legal, didn't really harm anyone, and made her lots of money. Her real issue was that she felt she was compromising her artistic integrity and not being true to her own art and style. She ultimately gives up the job at the end, though she admits that the job itself, outside of the massive workload, wasn't bad.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She can be just as cynical and sarcastic as Daria, but Jane is definitely much nicer, friendlier, likable, and more well-adjusted than she is. Jane is also a caring and supportive friend for Daria.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: Not nearly as bad or parasitic as most other examples, but Daria does not hold up well without Jane.
  • Massive Numbered Siblings: Just edging in: she's the youngest of five.
  • Morality Pet: One of the very few people Daria is nice to.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Has a somewhat subdued one of these after she wishes for Tommy Sherman's death and it happens. She knows it was just a crazy coincidence and she's not responsible, but it still disturbs her.
  • My Sister Is Off-Limits!: Hilariously subverted: Jane is not only aware and fine with Daria's crush on Trent, she tends to take great pleasure in teasing Daria about it.
  • Nightmare Fetishist: Her paintings are often morbid or disturbing, and she's an avid viewer of Sick, Sad World along with Daria.
  • Not So Above It All: Had a make out session in the laundry room of Brittany's house with a boy that she was sorta disdainful of (turned into full-out disdain after the guy's technique was sloppy and crude). Also when she was rebounding from Tom, she was willing to overlook warning signs when she went out with a nostalgia hipster/fetishist (in contrast Tom and Daria saw through the guy almost instantly).
  • The Not-Love Interest: Daria's friendship with Jane is easily her most significant relationship. By the finale, they even end up attending colleges with close proximity
  • Off-Model: Although Jane wears black tights, in many scenes from the first seasons her legs switch between actually being colored black and being skintone, sometimes between cuts in the same episode. In later seasons, the mistake was fixed, and she was consistently drawn with black tights.
  • Only Friend: Daria's best and only friend
  • Only Sane Woman: Along with Daria, she's more level-headed than most of the other students, and Jane and Daria spend quite a few episodes snarking at the insanity around them. Jane also tends to be this in her own family.
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: The gravelly stoner chick affect that Wendy Hoopes initially used for Jane was a pain to keep up and eventually she just reverted to using her normal speaking voice.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: Does a pretty good job of dressing conventionally (to the point where the cheerleaders think she's a new student and invite her to try out for the squad), which she finds upsetting because she was supposed to fail at it, as part of a bizarre assignment from Mr. O'Neill's class. She also looks pretty snazzy in her vintage dresses from "Life in the Past Lane", although she quickly gets annoyed with all the effort that goes into coordinating them.

    Kevin Thompson
"I'm the QB!"

Lawndale's star quarterback who constantly wears his football uniform, complete with pads, and makes a box of rocks look smart. Nevertheless he's quite friendly and good-natured, even if his stupidity usually makes him very annoying. In a constant on-off relationship with Brittany.

Voiced by: Marc Thompson (original), José Antonio Macías (Latin-American Spanish)

  • Brainless Beauty: A handsome and popular football player, and easily the dumbest character in the series. He's apparently good looking enough to score a modeling contract from the Amazon Modeling Agency...who were initially looking for a female model.
  • Casual Sports Jersey: Kevin wears his sports uniform in and out of his football practices.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Kevin is a lover, not a fighter and ended on the receiving end of a vicious one. In an episode were he sees the linebacker Robert making out with Brittany, he goes ballistic and jumps a surprised Robert. After the initial couple of hits, Robert easily takes control of the fight and mashes Kevin's face into a car multiple times. Kevin had to be carried out on a stretcher and had a broken jaw among other injuries.
  • The Ditz: He served as the show's "village idiot."
  • Dumb Jock: Kevin Thompson is easily a finalist for the dumbest living organism in Lawndale. While not a bully, he's a little narcissistic, dumb as a box of rocks, wears his uniform everywhere, and is in general bad at everything that isn't football.
  • Fragile Speedster: He's a skinny guy and was completely destroyed in a fight with his fellow player Robert. What makes Kevin the star quarterback is his great running speed and ability to see gaps in the opposition's defense. In the times that he's shown actually playing, he'll be running in the ball.
  • Genius Ditz: According to "A Tree Grows in Lawndale" Kevin is apparently the only talented quarterback in the school.
  • Glass Cannon: He's the head quarterback and looks fairly impressive in regards to strength. But on the outlandishly rare occasion you get to see him outside of his uniform, he's actually a particularly scrawny little guy.
  • Held Back in School: He flunked his senior year in the series finale.
  • Heroic BSoD: In "A Tree Grows in Lawndale", he tries to do a wheelie on his motorcycle, but crashes into the Tommy Sherman Memorial Tree and sprains his knee. Kevin is utterly distraught, as he as ruined the memorial to his hero, and on top of that he can't play football due to his injury. His whining reaches Wangst territory, Played for Laughs.
    Brittany: No! It can be like before! Let me bring you a Gatorade!
    Kevin: No, only sportsmen can drink sports drinks! From now on...I drink Yoo-hoo!
    Brittany: Noooooooo!!!
  • Informed Ability: You'd think the school would put up with his idiocy because he's a good football player, but we don't get solid indicators either way that he is until Season 4. The irony is that good quarterbacks are quick-thinkers so they can achieve multiple ways of getting a touchdown, and Kevin is, to put it politely, not a quick-thinker.
  • Innocently Insensitive: He insults Daria even as he attempts to compliment her. His jerkishness is usually the result of ignorance or stupidity rather than being mean.
  • Limited Wardrobe: He almost always wears his football uniform, from the pads to the cleats.It gets better: on the rare occasions he's seen out of uniform, he's usually wearing the exact same shirt, which features the text "Hi, kids!" and a children's character who appears to be an Expy of Elmo from Sesame Street.
  • Lovable Jock: He's sweet to his head cheerleader girlfriend, Brittany, genuinely friendly to his teammates, and amicable towards everyone else, including the students who are below him on the high-school popularity hierarchy; he's particularly fond of Daria and Jane, who he thinks of as close friends and is genuinely worried for whenever they have problems.
  • Make-Out Kids: With Brittany.
  • Nice Guy: He may be the popular idiot jock, but Kevin is actually a pretty decent, well-meaning person.
  • Odd Friendship: Despite annoying the hell out of Mack, the two of them are friends (and in the end credits of "Is It College Yet", the two of them have an ice cream company together). He'll also sometimes chat with Daria and Jane without having an agenda, who put up with him as harmless.
  • Official Couple: With Brittany, although, who knows if that will last according to 'Is It College Yet?'
  • Pair the Dumb Ones: With Dumb Blonde Brittany. Even if they often cheat on each other, they are in a relationship from the beginning to the end of the show.
  • Popular Is Dumb: Along with his equally vapid cheerleader girlfriend, they are textbook examples.
  • Really Gets Around: Neither Brittany nor Kevin are completely faithful to each other, although Kevin is far more faithful to her and later seasons hint that he's also vastly more in love with her than she is with him.
  • The Quarterback: "Played for laughs" variant.

    Brittany Taylor

Voiced by: Janey Mertz (original), Claudia Motta (Latin-American Spanish)

Kevin's girlfriend. Brittany is a peppy, bubbly cheerleader, and is definitely the smarter of the two (though not by much). Possibly they only get together because only they can put up with each other. Astoundingly, may be a real person who has found her true calling.

  • All-Cheering All the Time: Sometimes done with Brittany, such as in "Malled" when she tries to start a cheer on the bus ride to a field trip.
  • Batman Gambit: Brittany, of all people, pulls one on Kevin in "Fair Enough," using his idiocy against him (not that it was difficult to do, mind you).
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Brittany is surprisingly ruthless at paintball.
  • Brainless Beauty: As part of her "pretty but ditzy" cheerleader characterization.
  • Characterization Marches On: One episode had Brittany invite Daria to her party for simply helping her in art class and in spite of not being "cool" (not to mention Upchuck getting an invite for helping her dissect a frog). Later episodes make it hard to imagine that she'd be aware of social divisions present in high school, even though it's still an issue. Brittany's voice was also MUCH lower-pitched in episode two.
  • Character Tic: Tends to twirl her pigtails through her finger when trying to think (emphasis on trying).
  • The Cheerleader: Certainly the Brainless Beauty who Really Gets Around, but she's actually a mostly nice person (she only really loses her temper with Kevin, and even then, it's not that often); she's certainly on very friendly terms with Daria.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Woe to anyone she perceives as trying to get between her and Kevin.
  • Cute, but Cacophonic: With her high-pitched voice, it's very hard to understand her whenever she's hysterical. However, in "The Old and the Beautiful", residents at a retirement home take a liking to Brittany's voice.
  • Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: Brittany actually has a disturbing tendency to hit Kevin whenever he starts to annoy her, and she's never called on it because it's Played for Laughs.
  • Dumb Blonde: A quintessential example, and she fits (nearly) all the stereotypes associated with the trope: rich, pretty, popular, and obviously a blonde Brainless Beauty cheerleader. The only exception to the stereotype is that she is actally a fairly nice person.
  • Dysfunctional Family: Her step-mom is more of her friend than an actual mom and her dad spoils her and treats her little brother like crap.
  • Expy: According to Word of God, Brittany was intentionally based off of former MTV V.J. and star Jenny McCarthy as what they merely imagined how she was as a teenager (although in Real Life Jenny was a straight A student, fairly down to earth although still pretty funny).
  • Gag Boobs: "Um, Brittany, would you mind pointing those things in another direction?"
  • Genius Ditz:
    • Her tactical skills in "The Daria Hunter", a send-up of the original film version of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
    • She's a very talented cheerleader.
    • She attempts to reenact the balcony scene from Romeo and Juliet in "Café Disaffecto" and has the lines memorized until Kevin ruins the scene.
    • She managed to get into Great Prairie State University, let alone that she actually managed to graduate high school, whereas Kevin has to repeat his senior year.
    • She manages to come up with just the right thing to say to Daria in "Through a Lens Darkly".
  • Genki Girl: Usually a bubbly and energetic person.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Brittany sports blonde pigtails.
  • Hidden Depths: She shows alarming tactical knowledge and scheming ability when the situation calls for it or she's sufficiantly provoked.
  • Lovable Alpha Bitch: She and the other cheerleaders have shades of this. She's shallow, popular, and often Innocently Insensitive around the less-cool students, but still friendly and nice enough to avert the Alpha Bitch trope. Then again, Brittany is a rigid follower and enforcer of the popularity codes that rule, say, who can date who. Even when it makes her feel miserable.
  • Nice Girl: Often friendly, optimistic, and generous.
  • Odd Friendship:
    • For all their contrasting faults and flaws, she gets along surprisingly well with Daria.
    • With Jodie. Jodie is a straight-A hyperachieving and very academically driven girl who cares little for popularity and barely has a social life due to how much her parents expect her to do and yet whatever little time she has to socialize she actively chooses to spend with Brittany (Or Daria).
  • Official Couple: With Kevin, although, who knows if that will last according to 'Is it College yet?'
  • Pair the Dumb Ones: With Dumb Jock Kevin. Even if they often cheat on each other, they are in a relationship from the beginning to the end of the show.
  • Popular Is Dumb: Along with her equally vapid Dumb Jock boyfriend, they are textbook examples.
  • Really Gets Around: Neither Brittany nor Kevin are completely faithful to each other, but she tends to get spotlighted more in this regard.
  • She-Fu: Brittany's paintball game plan in "The Daria Hunter".
  • Simpleton Voice: Her high-pitched voice befits her lack of book smarts.
  • Smart Ball: Occasionally manages to say something that's actually helpful, if only by accident.
    Mr. DeMartino: Ah, Brittany. Sometimes, despite a complete lack of INSIGHT, you stumble upon an interesting answer.
  • White Sheep: Her dad may be a snob, her step-mom might be a gold digger, and her brother is a spoiled brat budding serial killer, but Brittany is filled to the brim with good intentions and happy thoughts. Unless of course she thinks someone is making a move on Kevin.
  • Women Are Wiser: Brittany is closer to Earth than Kevin, in the sense that Neptune is closer to Earth compared to Pluto (which isn't even considered a planet anymore). A Running Gag on the show is that Kevin is either frequently on academic probation because of his bad grades or relies on getting passes from tests because he's the school quarterback. Brittany, however, has never had to deal with any of that onscreen and is implied that she puts in just enough effort to skate by with the bare requirement for staying on the cheerleading team. Then in the series finale, she actually ends up getting accepted into college while Kevin has to repeat his senior year.
  • Your Makeup Is Running: Whenever she cries, expect a stream of mascara to run down her face.

    Jodie Landon
"At home, I'm Jodie. I can say or do whatever feels right. But at school, I'm the Queen of the Negroes. The perfect African-American teen. The role model for all of the other African-American teens at Lawndale. Oops! Where'd they go? Believe me, I'd like to be more like you."

Voiced by: Jessica Cyndee Jackson (original), Mónica Estrada and Liliana Barba (Latin-American Spanish)

One of the school's few black students, Jodie is a combo overacheiver and token black kid and knows both facts well, to the point that the demands both bring wear on her. She's also one of the few people in school who Daria and Jane talk to on a regular basis, and is often the one who calls Daria out on her behavior when she's being especially high-and-mighty.

  • Beta Couple: With Mack.
  • Black and Nerdy: Downplayed. She's black and sacrifices a social life in order to do better in school, but she is not necessarily nerdy. She's considered "cool" by the others.
  • Book Smart: Like Daria, she's very good academically compared to most of the other students.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Doesn't express it outwardly like Daria and Jane, but she mutters snarky replies regarding her idiotic peers and the adults.
  • Education Mama: Jodie's parents constantly push her to perform well academically, to the point of not allowing her vacation time if she could be attending an academic function instead.
  • Extracurricular Enthusiast: Though sometimes she may not necessarily want to do all those activities.
  • Foil:
    • An intellectual equal of Daria, Jodie is similarly cynical and frustrated, but still opts to be more active in the community, causing her no small amount of strife.
    • Her parents also serve as Foils for Jake and Helen, as they are both successful in their fields and have daughters, but while Jake and Helen allow Daria to be herself (even with her anti-social habits), Jodie's parents force her into school and social activities in an attempt to push Jodie to be her best.
    • The sharpest contrast has to be with Brittany. Both Jodie and Brittany are upper-middle-class teens with jock boyfriends and a high social presence, but Jodie is far smarter and despite having a more stable relationship with Mack isn't obnoxiously lovey-dovey; also while Brittany has a party thrown for her after getting a C minus by her father and stepmother, Jodie's parents hardly allow Jodie any opportunity to just relax.
  • Go-Getter Girl: This has something to do with the pressure of being one of the few black students at Lawndale High as well as her parents.
  • Like Goes with Like: Mack and Jodie, who are two of the few African American students at Lawndale High, are dating each other. While they do like each other, they also feel the social pressure to be good role models for the local black community. It is not clear how much of their relationship is due to one and how much to the other.
  • Nice Girl: Good natured, kind, patient, one of the nicest of the characters.
  • Only Sane Woman: One of the few level-headed students.
  • Positive Discrimination: The school elect Mack and Jodie as king and queen for the town parade every year to look more diverse and open minded. Jodie also induces this on herself as she is determined to be a good representative of the black community, and be a positive role model to the other black students, even though she points out that there are no other black students (all the other black students besides her and Mack are background characters).
  • Sassy Black Woman: Defied even though Jodie can be snarky when she feels like it. In fact, the one time someone uses the word "Sassy" to describe Jodie, it was used as an example of how said person (self absorbed magazine publisher Val) was not just a self-deluding moron but also racist.
  • Teen Genius: She was once selected along side Daria as possible candidates for a school for gifted intelligence. And along with Daria and Charles, she is one of the final contenders for a $10,000 scholarship whose entry was an essay.
  • Token Minority: And very aware of it, as is Mack. In the finale she decides to attend a historically black college so she can socially unwind.
  • Token Minority Couple: With Mack.

    Michael "Mack" MacKenzie
"Stop calling me Mack Daddy!"

Voiced by: Kevin Daniels and others (original), Benjamín Rivera and Gabriel Gama (Latin-American Spanish)

The other token black kid at Lawndale, Mack is Jodie's boyfriend and captain of the football team. As such, he's forced to interact with Kevin on a regular basis, much to his dismay. One of his few defining traits is that he's bad with money, and has been overdrawn on his allowance since elementary school.

  • Academic Athlete: He's the captain of the football team, and the only one who does well in school. It's noted in "Fizz Ed", he's the only one not on academic probation, as well as the only one who can count by halves. He is also noted as one of the Lawndale High athletes who not only doesn't get byes, he doesn't even get offered byes.
  • Awesome Mc Coolname: His real first and middle name is Michael Jordan. It used to be Michael James, but his dad went to a Bulls game when Mack was twelve and he got his name changed because of it.
  • Berserk Button: He hates Kevin's favored epithet of "Mack Daddy."
  • Deadpan Snarker: Usually at Kevin, who of course isn't smart enough to understand he's being snarked at.
  • The Generic Guy: While his girlfriend Jodie got development in Season 2, Mack didn't do much of anything beyond the incredibly annoyed Straight Man to Kevin.
  • Jack-of-All-Trades: He's the Captain of the football team and this is his role on it. Unfortunately for the team, he's at best a mediocre quarterback lacking speed and perception that a star qb should have, so when Kevin was off the team due to a knee injury, the Lions completely tanked.
  • Nice Guy: He may not have much development as his girlfriend, but for what we got, he seems to be a normal, easygoing kind of guy.
  • Only Sane Man: When dealing with Kevin and the other football players, he's the most levelheaded and the only one with common sense.
  • Out of Focus: Word of God says one reason he wasn't developed more was because of the voice acting issue (above), which kept them from ever finding a VA whose personal style they could work with.
  • Satellite Character: Mostly appears around Jodie and Kevin, and has no Character Development on his own.
  • Token Minority: One of the few black students and very aware of it, as is Jodie.
  • Token Minority Couple: With Jodie. The only black recurring characters who are also paired together as a couple.

    Charles "Upchuck" Ruttheimer III

Voiced by: Marc Thompson (original), Carlos Íñigo (Latin-American Spanish)

A freckled, breathy weirdo who appears mostly to hit on the girls and get shot down (though the only girl who actually accepted his advances was Andrea the goth as seen in the series finale movie, Is It College Yet?).

  • Casanova Wannabe: Notoriously unattractive but he uses his act on all girls equally, including Daria.
  • Catchphrase: (flirtatious purr) "Feisty!"
  • Extraverted Nerd: Pretty much no one gives him any respect, but that doesn't seem to get him down.
  • Hidden Depths:
    • While he never loses his hormone-driven slimy attitude towards anything female, later episodes show he's actually fairly competent as DJ, magician, anchor, and he's fairly knowledgeable about schoolwork too. If he'd quit sexually harassing the girls, he'd be second only to Jodie in terms of social, extracurricular and academic achievement (and would probably get a girlfriend much easier).
    • The Daria Diaries reveal he has his own website, that he's a comedy aficionado, and that he collects fast food toys.
    • He's one of three Lawndale students, the others being Daria and Jodie, to be competing for the Wizard Foundation scholarship prize in "Prize Fighters".
    • He apparently has some artistic talent, as his entry into the art contest in "Arts 'n Crass" was a rather detailed-looking (for comparison, look at Brittany's entry) painting of himself with a Cool Car and two luscious ladies as arm candy.
  • Hormone-Addled Teenager: A textbook example. As pointed below, the only things on his mind are sex, sex and more sex.
  • Hot-Blooded: The majority of his lines are over-the-top flirtations.
  • Odd Friendship: With Stacy Rowe, who agrees to work as his stage assistant for his magic act.
  • Meaningful Name: Guy named "Ruttheimer" is as obsessed with sex as a deer on the rut.
  • Pair the Spares: Gets together with Andrea who was also single in "Is it College Yet?"
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Appears sublimely convinced that he's the biggest stud to ever exist. He's not.

    Sandi Griffin
"Gee, Quinn..."

Voiced by: Janie Mertz (original), Patricia Acevedo and Dulce Guerrero (Latin-American Spanish)

Self-appointed President of the Fashion Club, and Quinn's main rival. Sandi rules the Fashion Club with an iron fist (albeit a well-accessorized one), making sure that none of the other girls outshine her in popularity. She is constantly browbeating Stacy and trying to undermine Quinn's authority, the latter of which she feels is her main competition.

  • Alpha Bitch: It should be noted that Sandi's bitchiness seems to be concentrated solely within the confines of the Fashion Club, as she spends more time trying to humiliate Quinn and belittle Stacey than she does anyone else. The one time she actually tried to be mean to Daria, she felt too intimidated to actually say anything to her.
  • Annoying Younger Siblings: She has two younger brothers, and like most boys they adore Quinn.
  • Bare Your Midriff: A few seasons had her wear a crop top that revealed her slender midriff.
  • Book Dumb: Though she's not a great student, Sandi is excellent at playing politics and manipulating others. She also has a surprisingly large vocabulary and correctly uses her terminology.
  • Characterization Marches On: She was actually pretty nice to Quinn in earlier episodes, as opposed to their heated rivalry throughout the rest of the series.
  • Control Freak:
    • Any opportunity to control the Fashion Club or her own social standing, she would take, even throwing a party on the night Quinn organizes a dance, for the popular boys.
    • Overall, the Fashion Club seems to exist solely for her to have a microcosm of popularity she can control and exploit by keeping people like Quinn (who could potentially usurp her standing), Tiffany (who will support the strongest personality in the room), and Stacy (who she can terrify into submission) close to her. When juxtaposed against girls like Daria, Sandi's nowhere near as smart or intimidating as she thinks, so she'd rather build herself up against girls she believes are truly beneath her instead of trying to bring down anyone else. It's implied she eventually disbanded the club after the rest of the girls quit because she was afraid she wouldn't be able to find anyone else willing to submit to her authority.
    • "Is It Fall Yet?" had revealed the entire Fashion Club was intending to get enrolled in the same college, and when Quinn reveals the scores on their practice tests weren't high enough to get in, Sandi responds "So we'll go somewhere else." It's pretty clear Sandi wanted to make sure she didn't lose her standing among Quinn and the others and would've probably made sure they all went to the same college to repeat the Fashion Club's hierarchy.
  • Dirty Coward: A non-physical example, but for all her obnoxious egotism Sandi doesn't have the nerve to try and intimidate anyone outside the Fashion Club. She planned to approach Daria about Quinn "Becoming a brain," but was too flustered to actually speak to her. Daria didn't say anything until Sandi left. Likewise, in "Lucky Strike" when Daria fills in as a teacher, Sandi tries to pressure Quinn to get Daria to give them good grades instead of daring to approach Daria in person.
  • The Fashionista: President of the Fashion Club, whose purpose is to critique the fashions of their peers.
  • Foil: Seems to embody a version of Quinn who uses her intelligence for vindictive ends, rather than doing better in school. She also would not be above giving fashion advice that would eliminate the competition while Quinn genuinely gives fashion advice to people to help flatter their appearance more (case in point, Daria in "Road Worrier" and the obese Mrs. Johannson in "Psycho Therapy").
  • For the Evulz: Sandi's at her worst in "Daria Dance Party" when she remembers a bad experience planning a dance in middle school, and ropes Quinn into heading the planning committee for a dance at Lawndale High. She then has the Fashion Club turn on Quinn and purposefully plans a party the same night as the dance all in an effort to screw with Quinn with no provocation at all.
  • Freudian Excuse: From the brief flashback seen in "Daria Dance Party" it's easier to believe that Sandi's controlling behavior stems from being raised by a perfectionist mother.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: It's pretty clear no one else in the Fashion Club or even the rest of Lawndale High seem to really like Sandi that much because of her horrible attitude. The boys only pay attention to her because she's attractive, while Quinn's frequently at odds with her, Stacy's terrified of her, and Tiffany has no particular allegiance to anyone unless it was worthwhile. When it looked like Sandi was leaving the Fashion Club in "Fat Like Me," Stacy and Tiffany were practically overjoyed at the thought of her being gone.
  • Hollywood Pudgy: Invoked in "Fat Like Me," when Sandi puts on a few pounds after breaking her leg, the rest of the Fashion Club is immediately horrified. Of course, Sandi brought it on herself by instituting a Fashion Club weight limit just before the accident.
    Quinn: Now swim, you cow! Swim!
  • Hypocritical Humor: During "Is It Fall Yet?" she gets frustrated when David refuses to let her continue their tutoring session at the mall, exclaiming "You academics aren't very understanding of the pressures facing NORMAL people." Sandi has little to no ability to tell her narcissistic attitude, her borderline rivalry with Quinn and seeming obsession with destroying Stacy's will, are far from normal.
  • It's All About Me: The Fashion Club exists solely so she can have a permanent position of power and rank among the other popular girls in Lawndale High outside of the cheerleaders and Jodie, and she frequently browbeats if not forces Quinn, Tiffany and Stacy to adhere to her standards under subtle and not-so-subtle threats and manipulation.
  • Jerkass: Sandi and her mother are the only main or recurring characters who are intentionally mean to those around without provocation who are smart enough to understand what they are doing and are given few if any redeeming characteristics throughout the show.
  • Kick the Dog: She goes out of her way to assert her dominance by being needlessly cruel to Quinn and Stacy through manipulative, backhanded compliments when she's not deliberately terrifying Stacy. She's especially nasty to Stacy during Stacy's birthday until Stacy finally wishes Sandi would shut up.
  • Like Mother, Like Daughter: Sandi and her mother Linda are almost exactly alike. Linda and Helen even have the same kind of antagonistic relationship that Sandi and Quinn do.
  • Lovable Alpha Bitch: In the show's Grand Finale, Sandi seems to change her ways (mostly) and become one of these.
  • Manipulative Bitch: Browbeats the whole Fashion Club to her bidding and often takes advantage of her looks and influence to get what she wants. As the seasons went on Sandi's control started to slip, especially regarding Quinn and Stacy.
  • Pet the Dog:
    • Seems to care a great deal about her cat Fluffy...enough to go to Daria for advice and pay her ten bucks, anyway. She does care about the safety of her friends.
    • In the Painball episode when the fashion club members accidentally shoot each other (cause they couldn't make out that it was Sandi due to the goggles), Sandi points out that the goggles, as stupid looking as they are, are for their safety.
    • In the episode wherein a bellhop is giving Quinn all sorts of handouts, Sandi points out how suspicious it was that the bellhop knows where Quinn is. It may seem like an act of jealousy, but she still is voicing her suspicions out of concern for Quinn.
  • Poisonous Friend: She clearly brings out the worst in Quinn, and Quinn's terrified of exhibiting her Hidden Depths thanks to Sandi expressing disapproval or threatening to humiliate Quinn should she ever act like a "Brain."
  • Popular Is Dumb: Book Dumb, at least, as she's certainly not getting on the honor roll but she knows the way to manipulate people.
  • The Rival: To Quinn, when it comes to popularity and authority in the fashion club.
  • Teens Are Monsters: Sandi really enjoys keeping Stacy under her thumb and destroying Quinn's reputation more than could be considered mentally healthy.
  • Token Evil Teammate: Of the fashion club, she's the most openly antagonistic. Quinn is not a saint either but shows her Lovable Alpha Bitch traits more often, and is not as mean as Sandy.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: At the beginning of the series, Sandi was actually a lot nicer to Quinn and the rest of the Fashion Club. Then came "Too Cute," and it seems the minute Sandi got the sense that the boys of Lawndale were more interested in Quinn than with her, Sandi immediately shifted gears and started finding ways to keep Quinn and any other potential threat to her popularity under her heel.
  • What the Hell Is That Accent?: She talks in a Valley Girl dialect with an accent that sort of sounds like an American trying to sound French but failing miserably. Almost sounds like a hint of Northeast Philadelphia mixed in with the bits of Southern California
  • With Friends Like These...: The main basis for Quinn and Sandi's relationship is to make sure the other doesn't become more popular. At least, it’s this on Sandi’s end.

    Tiffany Blum-Deckler
"I love philosophy..."

Voiced by: Ashley Albert (original), Isabel Romo (Latin-American Spanish)

A Fashion Club member who is as brain-dead as she is slimy—she plays both sides of any conflict between Sandi and Quinn so whoever wins, she'll be on the winning side. If not the dumbest character on the show, Tiffany is easily the most self-absorbed one.

  • Ascended Extra: Referred to as "Popular Girl #2" in early scripts. Her incongruous name is the result of the writers picking it for her out of the four different Tiffanies (the others being Duke, Hodges and Fairchild) the security guard mentions on the guest list of Brittany's party in The Invitation.
  • Asian Airhead: An Asian girl and quite possibly the dumbest person in the series, though Kevin gives her a run for her money.
  • Beta Bitch: She is usually there to back up Sandi's power-trips.
  • Brainless Beauty: The dumbest character of the Fashion Club; she, literally, agreed with whoever spoke last, lost her place on a piece of paper three sentences in, and just so you know, that isn't how fast she speaks, that's how fast she thinks.
  • Characterization Marches On: In the first season, her lethargic speech pattern didn't exist. She still spoke in that breathy voice, but it was at a normal pace.
    • During the second season, it seemed like Tiffany was working Sandi and Quinn against each other. This was dropped as her stupidity became more prominent.
  • The Ditz: The least intelligent of the group. She's always clueless and speaks very slowly.
  • Does This Make Me Look Fat?:
  • Dull Surprise: She has a very stoic and unexpressive look on her face, it's rare for her to express surprise, and when she does it's subdued.
  • Hidden Depths: Well, it counts as "depth" for her. In Fat Like Me, the Fashion Club invites boys to a meeting, and the girls talk about tank tops, while the boys think the conversation is about actual tanks. When the boys mention "the enemy" Tiffany accepts that as part of the conversation about clothes, not because of her usual stupidity, but because that's how she thinks of the whole grooming and beauty thing.
    Jeffy: I'm talking about war!
    Tiffany: So am I.
  • Narcissist: In "The Story of 'D'", we see that she has a poster of herself in her room.
  • Popular Is Dumb: She's jaw dropping gorgeous, and popular amongst her male peers for obvious reasons. But she has no actual personality, motivation or ability to form her own opinions: she just agrees with whatever her friends tell her to.
  • Simpleton Voice: She speaks as fast as she thinks: very slowly in her signature monotone voice.
  • The Ugly Guy's Hot Daughter: Her Mother is implied to be unnattractive (or simply not up to the standards of the Fashion Club or just pales in comparison to Helen, Linda Griffin, and Brittany's stepmom), so Tiffany hires a tall, thin, African American model to pose as her Mom for a fashion show asking "for the prettiest model".
  • Verbal Tic: It's nigh impossible for her to talk without pausing every two or three words and drawing out the last syllable of said two or three words.
  • With Friends Like These...: She'll turn on Sandi and Quinn without batting an eye. Probably because she's admiring how shiny the toaster is.
  • Yes-Man: "The Daria Hunter" and "Fair Enough" are great examples of this.

    Stacy Rowe
"Oh God! That's the look my mom always gives me when I say something stupid!"

Voiced by: Jessica Zaino and Sarah Drew (original), Mayra Arellano (Latin-American Spanish)

Fashion Club Secretary, and the most sympathetic of the group. A neurotic pushover, Stacy is constantly bullied and manipulated by Sandi, who threatens to kick her out of the club on a near-daily basis. Will burst into tears at the drop of a hat. Of all the club members, she seems to be closest to Quinn, who she looks up to.

  • Ascended Extra: A minor character during the course of the series, but she becomes more well-developed in season five, where she got an actual recurring subplot in several episodes.
  • Break the Cutie: Attempted multiple times due to her fragile emotional state. If Stacy thinks she's done something wrong she becomes hysteric.
  • Butt-Monkey: Usually verbally abused and bullied by Sandi.
  • Character Development: The last season seemed to have been dedicated to showing Stacy develop more of a backbone and personality, culminating in the finale of Is It College Yet? where she decides to take a sabbatical from the Fashion Club rather than demean herself once more to please Sandi.
  • The Cutie: Compared to her friends, she's very sweet and shy.
  • The Ditz: When she applies herself, she's probably the smartest of the group, next to Quinn, but has a lot of self esteem issues that hold her back from trying and keep her dumb.
  • The Dog Bites Back: A weird case in Is It College Yet? At her birthday party, Sandi kept talking and interrupting her, so for her birthday wish Stacy mentally wished that Sandi would shut up. Sandi pressures her about what she wished for, and Stacy says, "Oh, nothing, it didn't come true anyway." But a few days later Sandi contracts laryngitis and can't talk, which leads Stacy to believe she put some sort of curse on Sandi, and she's instantly filled with regret.
  • Extreme Doormat: She's submissive and takes a lot of verbal abuse from Sandy, though she started to grow a spine in the final season.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Stacy has braided pigtails.
  • Grew a Spine: Part of her Character Development in the final season.
  • Innocent Beta Bitch: She doesn't have a mean bone in her body and is also very insecure and emotional. Not only that, but Sandi constantly belittles her for every little thing which brings her to tears.
  • Nervous Wreck: Extremely insecure and neurotic, especially due to her fanatic paranoia of Sandi's wrath.
  • Nice Girl: She is easily the sweetest member of the Fashion Club. She has a kind-heart and speaks in a cute voice.
  • Odd Friendship: With Upchuck, when she agrees to be his stage assistant for his magic show.
  • Prone to Tears: Sandi sort of enforced this mentality on her, especially at the beginning of the series where it was incredibly easy to make her cry.
  • Shrinking Violet: Because of her low self esteem, she tends to be a shy pushover in contrast to Sandi's dominant personality.
  • Smarter Than You Look: Later episodes indicate that she's more intelligent than she lets on. In "Is It Fall Yet?" she is seen to have the second highest PSAT score of the entire Fashion Club, with only Quinn doing better.
  • Token Good Teammate: The nicest of the Fashion Club, and less narcissistic than her friends.

    Joey, Jeffy and Jamie 
"Hi, Quinn!"

Voiced by: Geoffrey Arend [Joey], Tim Novikoff [Jeffy], Marc Thompson [Jamie] (original); Gabriel Gama [Joey], Rubén León [Jeffy] and Eduardo Garza [Jamie] (Latin-American Spanish)

Collectively known as the Three J's, they are three boys who sycophantically seek Quinn's attention and approval, usually falling all over themselves to do or get whatever she even broadly hints that she wants. Joey, Jeffy and Jamie are all members of the school's football team.

  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: A rare male example: Jamie is blonde, Joey is brunette, and Jeffy is auburn redhead.
  • Cock Fight: The three occasionally have gotten into fistfights, with other boys and certainly amongst each other, for Quinn's attention.
  • The Dividual: They are also known as the "Three Js".
  • Dumb Jock: Though not as dumb as Kevin, they are not exactly book smart. Although in "Lucky Strike" they actually manage to learn enough about Romeo and Juliet that the three of them get good grades on the exam. This is taking into consideration that on Jeffy's test, he wrote about how he thought Mercutio "had a thing" for Romeo and Daria gave him a B because she felt he argued his point well enough even if she didn't agree with him. This is either an example that they aren't quite as dumb as they look, or Daria's just that good of a teacher.
  • Everyone Has Standards: There are at least two ways to break the love spell Quinn holds over these boys (and most others): Don't ask them to help plan a school dance ("Daria Dance Party"), and do not leave them to wait in a closed car, especially during the summer!! ("Legends of the Mall"). Presumably any attempt to make them quit the football team would be a third deal-breaker, but Quinn was at least smart enough to not even try doing that.
  • Only One Name: Joey and Jeffy. Jamie's last name is White, revealed in "Fair Enough."
  • Recurring Extra: They are very rarely seen apart, and are usually not seen without Quinn or the football team.
  • Running Gag: Early in the series, Jamie has been called other names that start with "J" such as Jimmy and Jeremy. On "Fair Enough," Jamie happily declares, "You got my name right!" just before Mr. DeMartino (as The Black Knight) knocks him down.
  • Too Dumb to Live: In "Antisocial Climbers", The Three J's bring Quinn's three bags worth of cute knick-knacks, leaving the survival gear at the buses.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: They are friends almost always seen together, despite their constant competition for Quinn's favors, which sometimes leads to fistfights.

    Andrea Haley
"Anybody home in that rotting bag of flesh?"

A goth girl (the only one at Lawndale, by the looks of things) and perpetual background character.

  • Ascended Extra: A minor example; near the end of the series (including "Is It College Yet?") she became slightly more important, likely because she was popular with the fanbase.
  • Burger Fool: In "Mart of Darkness", Andrea is found dressed up in full uniform for a wholesale club and tries to escape Daria's and Jane's snarky wrath (until Daria and Jane vowed to keep her embarrassing job a secret).
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: Her last name is only ever mentioned on an attendance chart.
  • Goth: Though she gets about three lines per season on average, she is unmistakably Lawndale High's token goth kid.
  • Hidden Depths: ''The Daria Database" features a Prince Valiant style comic by Andrea where her enemies consist of Principal Li, Upchuck, Mr. DeMartino, Mr. O'Neill, Brittany, Kevin, and Mack. It also reveals she admires Ms. Barch.
  • I Can't Believe a Guy Like You Would Notice Me: In Is It College Yet?, Andrea is very surprised when Upchuck hits on her. He is equally surprised when she accepts his offer.
  • The Quiet One: You would count her speaking parts on the fingers of your hands.
  • Recurring Extra: She is often seen showing up the background of the students and is one of the few to have lines and an actual name.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Gives it to Jane and Daria in "Mart of Darkness" about their snarkiness (while revealing she is humiliated by her job, they promise not to tell); gives it to Quinn in "Too Cute" when Quinn tries to use the concept of Sisterhood for support for her plastic surgery.
  • When She Smiles: She gives a rare smile in "Mart of Darkness" after Daria and Jane promise not to tell anyone about her "humiliating" job.

Lawndale High faculty

    Mr. Timothy O'Neill
"Look, just let me get through this part, okay? Then there'll be a video!"

Voiced by: Marc Thompson (original), Herman López (Latin-American Spanish)

Lawndale's English teacher. Mr. O'Neill is a very, very sensitive man, constantly trying to connect with his students and failing hilariously. Is often seen as Daria's writing mentor (as seen in "The Lost Girls" and "Write Where It Hurts"). Is in an Odd Friendship with the severely stressed-out Mr. DeMartino and in an odder sexual relationship with the man-hating Ms. Barch.

  • Berserk Button: O'Neill takes the theatre very seriously, and expects the same of those who sign up for school plays. Anything less, and you will have the rare privilege of seeing him get angry. One can only imagine the verbal lashings awaiting Kevin, Quinn and Jeffy after the fair locked up for the night.
  • Characterization Marches On: There was an early Running Gag where Mr. O'Neill, despite his endless concern for his students, could never remember any of their names. The writers seemed to realize that joke could only be funny so many times and dropped it after a couple of episodes.
  • Extreme Doormat: Especially around his friend, the high-strung history teacher, Mr. DeMartino, and his lover, the misandristic science teacher, Ms. Barch, who fell for him after O'Neill inadvertently comforted her when she went on yet another rant about being divorced.
  • Foil: Mr. O'Neil and Mr. DeMartino are both nice exaggerations of 90s-00s teachers. O'Neil is constantly happy, uses positive messages/encouragement and tries to sugar-coat everything so they wouldn't be offended or discouraged. DeMartino on the other hand, is constantly angry and is much stricter on the students.
  • Gosh Darn It to Heck!: He's not very comfortable with swearing. He once apologized for saying "darn" in front of the class.
  • It's All About Me: A more subtle example compared some of the more openly narcissistic characters on the show. Despite his spinelessness he has a tendency to refuse to listen to anyone else's point of view. He would often spin around something Daria was saying into something completely different, such as in Cafe Disaffecto. He would also try to force certain students, most notably Daria, into taking part in activities regardless of whether or not they want to, with or without their consent. In the end, what really matters is not what his students may or may not want... but what he wants for them.
  • Love Martyr: Zigzagged. Mr. O'Neill does have a problem with Mrs. Barch's aggressiveness (on "The F Word," he begs Janet to be more discreet about their secret relationship — just as he's being dragged away to the closet that Mrs. Barch jimmied the lock to so the two could make out in before the maids come in for work), but most of the time, he actually enjoys it.
  • Odd Friendship: With Mr. DeMartino.
  • Pitbull Dates Puppy: The timid puppy to Ms. Barch's snarling, rabid pitbull. Tried to be more assertive to break off his wedding to her (at the advice of Mr. DeMartino), only for Barch to fall for O'Neill's new assertive side along with the passive one (after she gave DeMartino a black eye).
  • Psychologist Teacher: He tries very hard to be this, but he's so out of touch with others, especially kids and teens, he fails miserably.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Constantly refers to himself as Daria's "mentor", when a lot of the time his guidance is either ignored or counter-productive.

    Mr. Anthony DeMartino
"Students, conserve your energy. Do as little as possible. PRETEND YOU'RE IN CLASS!"

Voiced by: Marc Thompson (original), Jesse Conde and Gabriel Chávez (Latin-American Spanish)

Lawndale's long-suffering history teacher. A bug-eyed, constantly stressed, somewhat unstable man who spends most of his time yelling at everything. He is in a constant state of anger, likely brought on by the ignorance of his students.

  • Ac CENT Upon The Wrong Syl LA Ble: He has a PARTICULAR way of TALKing, where he randomly EMPHASIZES words or syLLABles in this manner.
  • Badass Baritone: Despite his often-seen role as a Butt Monkey, when DeMartino yells with his deep, growling voice he can sound pretty intimidating, something which several of his students recognize.
  • Berserk Button: EVERYTHING. But usually people like Kevin and their unimpregnable ignorance. He actually seems to like the few students who seem to learn anything from him, such as Daria and post-Character Development Quinn. But yeah, Kevin and Brittany...not so much.
  • Butt-Monkey: 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?.
  • Characterization Marches On:
    • In his first appearance, he acted like a muggle version of Snape, berating the class for not answering his question, then berating Daria for trying to give the answer. While later episodes still have him snap at stupidity from his students, he shows a lot more respect to bright students, such as telling Daria how he's amused by her sarcastic attitude. The final movie has him loudly cheering "You go girlfriend!" when Daria wins the Outstanding Academic Achievement Award.
    • Is It Fall Yet had him lash out at the class on account of "most of you didn't learn a thing all year!", which can very much be a two-sided jab against both "you refused to take the class seriously" and "you knew all of the planned material in advance", either of which negates a teacher's purpose (his conflict for the film). Made particularly clear when Daria is the one who replies to this comment with "I learned to sleep sitting up."-implying that she grew so bored by his inability to teach anything that legitimately challenges her that she stopped paying attention (and yet still managed to pass).
  • Damned by Faint Praise: By his standards, telling Daria she "makes him want to kill himself a little less than the sausages that call themselves her classmates" actually is a compliment.
  • Enraged by Idiocy: He has absolutely no patience with the ignorance of any of his students, especially Brittany and Kevin.
  • Evil Laugh: The one time he actually laughs. He is on a gambling spree at the time, though. He actually gets another evil laugh early on at the beginning of the paintball episode after giving the implication that he's going to enjoy taking shots at his students.
  • Eye Scream:
    • One eye bulges constantly, especially when he's demonstrating his Verbal Tic. In one of the "bloopers" of "Is It Fall Yet?" it actually pops out of his socket.
    • In Is It College Yet?, Ms. Barch punches him in his good eye (read: the eye that doesn't bulge when he's stressed or demonstrating his Verbal Tic).
    • Upon overhearing about Mrs. Barch and Mr. O'Neil's engagement, his good eye bulges out as well.
  • Foil:
    • Mr. O'Neil and Mr. DeMartino are both nice exaggerations of 90s-00s teachers. O'Neil is constantly happy, uses positive messages/encouragement and tries to sugar-coat everything so they wouldn't be offended or discouraged. DeMartino on the other hand, is constantly angry and is much stricter on the students.
    • Is this to Daria as well. While both are continually frustrated by the stupidity of other students, their approaches to dealing with it are complete opposites (DeMartino's constant overreacting to Daria's snarking, which he even occasionally enjoys from her).
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: He has a severe lack of patience, especially towards Kevin.
  • Hilariously Abusive Childhood: According to "The Daria Hunter," DeMartino lived with his "strange, twisted" neighbors because his mom didn't want any of her dates to know she was a single mother, and like Daria's dad Jake, he was sent to military school. He also had a best friend who married his mother (according to the season four episode "Anti-Social Climbers").
  • Jerkass: Constantly assaulted verbally, and occasionally physically, his students. Especially Kevin.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Mainly towards his smarter students like Daria, and Mr. O'Neill with their Odd Friendship below.
  • Misplaced Kindergarten Teacher: In a weird sort of way. He doesn't fit the traditional trope description, but the young summer campers in "Is It Fall Yet?" latch onto him and declare him "cool", indicating that he would've fared better if he had been a kindergarten or elementary school teacher, getting to the kids when their minds are fresh, moldable, and eager to learn, rather than toward the end of their education and after years of taking blows to the head during football practice. Of course given his current, rapidly deteriorating mental state, it's probably far too late.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: His voice sounds very much like Al Pacino in Large Ham mode, and his strange inflections are reminiscent of Christopher Walken.
  • Odd Friendship: With Mr. O'Neill as seen in "Just Add Water," "Murder She Snored," and the movies "Is It Fall Yet?" and "Is It College Yet?"
  • Off-Model: In the first three seasons, Mr. DeMartino had one white stripe in his hair. In seasons four and five, he has two (on top of that, the shape of his face became smaller and the whites in his eyes looked purple in some episodes, though that could be from color bleeding).
  • Perpetual Frowner: He very rarely smiles.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: In "Is It Fall Yet?" he loses his cool and chews out a kid who mentions idolising football players, pointing out in detail his low opinion of football players that no doubt stemmed from dealing with Kevin.
  • Sadist Teacher: He regularly berates and insults his students, especially Kevin.
    • In the pilot episode, he forces Daria to answer a question about what the class was studying despite it being Daria's first day at Lawndale.
    • In "The Daria Hunter" and "Fair Enough", he relishes the opportunity to put physical pain on his students.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Manly Man to Mr. O'Neill's Sensitive Guy.
  • Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: A lot of his rants against Kevin and Brittany enter this territory. Of course, their lack of ability to understand what he's saying just causes him even further frustration.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: Some of his dialogue and his military background imply that he might have fought in Vietnam, which would certainly explain his temperamental imbalance.
  • Verbal Tic: Random emphasis on words and syllables, sometimes to the point of shouting them depending on how annoyed/angry he is at the time.

    Ms. Janet Barch
"22 years of my life — gone! And all I have to show for tending to your every need are the corns on my feet and a big, red rash on my chest!"

Voiced by: Ashley Albert (original), Magda Giner (Latin-American Spanish)

Lawndale's science teacher. The biggest man hater in existence who will compare any man with her ex-husband (who left her after 22 years, or as she called it, "Two decades of legal slavery...") but is attracted to Mr. O'Neill's sensitivity/spinelessness (after Mr. O'Neill let her vent her bitterness over being divorced) and definitely wears the pants in their relationship.

  • Characterization Marches On: Subverted. Ms. Barch stayed an embittered, man-hating divorcee throughout the series, but starting with "The Daria Hunter," she turned off her misandry around Mr. O'Neill. She seemed to have toned down after the two got together, if only because their relationship became her new shtick. Afterwards her sexism seems to become a lot less vicious unless she was specifically upset about something.
  • Does Not Like Men: With the exception of Mr. O'Neill as of season two's "The Daria Hunter." Justified as she was in a marriage with a man who most likely neglected her, cheated on her, and abandoned her. She really takes her misandrist frustrations out on Mr. DeMartino, who reminds her of ex-husband.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: As mentioned above in Characterization Marches On, Mrs. Barch was a lot meaner to men in the episodes prior to "The Daria Hunter." The later episodes, she was still mean, but since her schtick about hating men shifted to her being in a torrid sexual relationship with Mr. O'Neill, the jokes about her being a misandrist weren't that frequent. Also in the episodes prior to "Too Cute," Ms. Barch mostly ranted about being in a bad marriage and abandoned after 20+ years of marriage. From "Too Cute" on, Ms. Barch has punished her male students for little or no reason (made Kevin ugly for a science project, forced Mac to play a dragon at the school Renaissance fair so kids would beat him up, made Kevin and Mac write lines in study halll, and threatened to punish Upchuck by locking him in a closet [what she calls "Independent Study"]. Also, prior to "The Daria Hunter," Ms. Barch didn't beat up Mr. DeMartino.
  • The First Cut Is the Deepest: Her bitter divorce is the reason why she Does Not Like Men (except for Mr. O'Neill).
  • The Ghost: Ms. Barch's ex-husband has been mentioned a lot, but never seen, though this could be an Averted Trope if you believe that Rock 'n Roll Randy from "The Big House" was Ms. Barch's ex-husband, which would explain why Barch punched him in the stomach and yelled, "It's payback time now, Randy!" She couldn't have done it to defend Mr. DeMartino, as it would be out of character for her man-hating personality. Plus, later episodes reveal that she targets DeMartino for abuse as well. It's also entirely likely she was referring to the roller hockey game from the previous year.
  • Karma Houdini: Ms. Barch has gotten away with assaulting Mr. DeMartino several times, gender discrimination, fraternizing with a coworker (her fling with Mr. O'Neill. In "Is It College Yet?", Mr. DeMartino mentioned that Ms. Li has a rule against coworkers starting a sexual/romantic relationship and it's the only rule DeMartino supports), and getting Mr. DeMartino arrested (and almost deported) on a false charge. If the show followed real life, Barch would have been fired, arrested, and sued for all she had (if her divorced husband hadn't cleaned her out already).
  • Mama Bear: Surprisingly, she has some shades of this buried deeply under her psychotic misandry. In "The F Word," while attending a teacher's conference, Mr. O'Neill is recounting a speaker's lecture on "Planting the seeds of tomorrow into the students of today." Barch misconstrues this as something sexual regarding the students, and gets pissed off about the speaker in defense of her students.
    Ms. Barch: If he ever tried that around any of my kids they'd be the LAST DAMN SEEDS HE'D EVER PLANTED!
  • Never My Fault: Some scenes, particularly in her first appearance, and in the series finale seem to hint that she may have inadvertently driven her ex-husband away, but fails to realize it.
    Mrs. Barch: You didn't spend years of your life telling him again and again to get his grubby hands off of the remote, quit his damned coughing, stop behaving like an imbecile, only to be tossed into the trash like a broken record!
  • Off-Model: In the episodes from seasons 1 to 3, Ms. Barch's hair was dark brown, she had dots for eyes, wore a purple skirt and heels, and had ivory-white skin. When the show switched over to digital ink and paint (in seasons four and five and both movies), Ms. Barch's hair was lighter brown, she had whites in her eyes (similar to Mr. O'Neill and Brittany), has on a bluish-purple skirt and heels, and looks as if she had gotten a tan.
  • Politically Motivated Teacher: Ms. Barch's hatred of men tends to colour her teaching.
  • Sadist Teacher: Thanks to her bitter divorce making her hate all men note . Mack especially is afraid of her. She once threatens Charles with 'Independent Study', which apparently involves being locked in the supply closet.
  • Straw Feminist: Although she indeed acts exactly like you'd expect from this trope, it deserves mention that no one, including herself, ever claims her misandry is motivated by anything other than resentment of her ex-husband. She's a sexist, not a feminist, and knows it.

    Mrs. Diane Bennett 

Lawndale High's economics teacher and the person in charge of managing the school's budget, which Ms. Li makes into a nearly impossible task by skimming funds for lie detector equipment and satellite jamming equipment. Despite being somewhat childish and known for making incomprehensible chalkboard diagrams, she seems to be one of the saner teachers at the school next to Ms. DeFoe.

  • Characterization Marches On: In the first seasons episode "Malled" her field trip to the mall seems more like an excuse to get out of doing any actual teaching. But come "Partner's Complaint" she creates an assignment that does turn out to be pretty brilliant while being simple enough to understand that someone like Brittany had no trouble figuring out what to do. Kevin, on the other hand, is a different story. She also makes a good point when she explains to Daria that the reason she wanted everyone to work in pairs is because in adult life, economic transactions are rarely done without considering another's needs.
  • Glurge Addict: She collects "Fuzzy Wuzzy Wee Bits" along with her husband.
  • Manchild: Only slightly. Besides her bizarre chalkboard diagrams and toy collecting, she seems to like the sound chalk makes when you write on a blackboard with it.
  • Noodle Incident: She has an implied hatred of pennies.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: She is able to explain why a certain assignment is a group project rather than solo in a way that gets Daria to say "Damn, she got me".
  • Women Are Wiser: She's much more rational than the other Lawndale High faculty members and had once created an assignment that even Brittany was able to understand correctly. Compared to Mr. O'Neill, who is something of a Manchild himself, she makes more of an attempt to listen to her students and respond to them without turning the conversation into something else entirely. When Daria raises a question about the assignment in "Partner's Complaint," Diane's explanation is a sound one that Daria can't argue with.

     Ms. Claire Defoe 

Another one of the Lawndale High's teachers who is relatively sane, Ms. Defoe is the school's hippie-esque art teacher. Very relaxed and calm, she enjoys having creative students like Jane Lane, and conversely she seems to be one of the only teachers Jane and Daria seem to have any respect for. She also tends to get slightly frustrated with students like Brittany and Kevin, who don't seem to have any artistic ability at all.

  • The Cobbler's Children Have No Shoes: Despite being an art teacher the only time she's ever seen creating something is when she was knitting during a teaching conference, though "The Daria Diaries" mentions she's thinking of putting together a mail order business at some point.
  • Cool Teacher: As mentioned, Jane seems to actually respect her, and Daria doesn't seem to have any problem with her either. Claire enjoys having them in her class, and she's able to have a serious discussion about their submission for the art contest in "Arts n' Crass." When at first put off by the idea that they may have been mocking people with eating disorders, when Daria fully explains what the piece's actual intent was, to make people think about standards of beauty while supporting those who don't want to be judged by their looks, Claire thought it was brilliant.
  • Hippie Teacher: A subdued version of this trope, but the long simple dress and long hair, with the attention towards social issues is all there.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Willing to hear out the motivations behind Daria's poem and Jane's painting, recognizing the artistic potential.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: She has to endure a bunch of freeloading roommates she doesn't have the strength to kick out.
  • Women Are Wiser: Claire's sanity further stands out when comparing her to Mr. O'Neill. While both are somewhat hippieish and idealistic, Claire is capable of genuinely interacting with and understanding her students, whereas O'Neill only listens to what he wants to hear and is a more exaggerated portrayal of the Hippie Teacher trope.

    Mrs. Margaret Manson 

The school psychologist who, interestingly enough, is not an actual doctor. Gives rather insipid tests to potential students and doesn't like it when people like Daria give her smart answers. Ms. Li apparently uses her to spot "any potential clouds on the horizon" when new students enter Lawndale High.

  • Bit Character: Her only prominent role was in the first episode. After that she became a background character.
  • Child Hater: Subverted. She claims she loves her job, but has nightmares where the students turn into bloodsucking bats and attack her.
  • Dr. Jerk: Although she's not an actual doctor. She refers to Daria as "Dara," even after Daria clearly corrects her. In fact, Margaret gets pissed off at her and says "I'm sorry, DARIA," in an annoyed voice, as if she can't be bothered to actually remember it. She was the whole reason Daria ended up in the self-esteem class. "The Daria Diaries" showed her in a session with Stacey, but she's more concerned about lunch than Stacey's problems.
  • Jerkass: One of the meaner staff members of Lawndale High, in that she specifically has Daria "diagnosed" with low self esteem just because Daria was being snarky about her "Picture of two people talking" test.
  • My Name Is Not Durwood: Calls Daria "Dara." After being corrected the first time, she does it again anyway.

    Ms. Morris 

The gym teacher and coach of the Lawndale High Track Team. She has a sour history with the Lane Family and is supposedly the reason Penny Lane has been backpacking through third world countries. One of the more openly corrupt teachers at the school, blatantly favoring the cheerleaders and members of the track team.

  • Gym Class Hell: When she's not putting her students through physical hell, she's trying to sneak in cheerleading practice under the guise of "agility exercises."
  • Karma Houdini: After flat out threatening to fail Jane on purpose unless she rejoins the track team, the only punishment she gets is Jane threatening to call the local news studios about the grade changing scheme. Morris is then seen putting the girls through another cheerleading practice in class as payback.
  • Noodle Incident: Whatever she did to Penny Lane.
    Ms. Morris: I taught her a thing or two about the American competitive spirit.
    Jane: You sure did. That's why she's spent the last ten years out of the country.
  • Sadist Teacher: Her photo in "The Daria Diaries" has half her class in pain, to which she responds with a self satisfied smirk.

    Ms. Angela Li 

Ms. Angela Li
"Now, I want all of you to go out there and make me — make the school look good!"

Voiced by: Nora Laudani (original), Vicky Burgoa and Loretta Santini (Latin-American Spanish)

Lawndale's corrupt, dictatorial, self-aggrandizing principal. Ms. Li is completely obsessed with bringing prestige to the school (mainly so that she can take all the credit for it), and seems to view school administration (and just about everything, really) as some kind of bizarre contest—one she intends to win at all costs.

  • Asian Rudeness: "Li" is a common Asian surname, especially in China, and Ms. Li is a Jerkass towards the students and the faculty.
  • Bad Boss: Treats her employees very, very badly and isn't much better to the students.
  • Big Bad: One of the most frequent antagonists of the series, and a representation of the superficiality which Daria often faces (with her constant seeking of prestige).
  • The Caligula: In-Universe she is seen by Daria like this several times.
  • Dean Bitterman: She rules Lawndale High with an iron fist, with Daria and Helen practically being the only people to keep her in check.
  • Greed: For recognition as a Principal and for her school to look good; she also sold out her school and education standards for money from a soda company.
  • Hate Sink: She's by far one of the most unlikable characters on the show, having zero positive qualities and about as corrupt as one could get, with her only entertainment value coming from Daria making her look like a jackass.
  • It's All About Me: She frequently forces the students to participate in charitable programs via threats of detention and suspension she can personally reap the benefits the good press would provide. She mainly uses a cover of acting like her concern is for the image of Lawndale High, but you can see how that effects her since she runs Lawndale High.
  • Jerkass: She doesn't particularly care about her students or faculty and is very iron-fisted, with one tie-in book saying that "any mention of the ACLU will get on my nerves".
  • Karma Houdini: Unless you count ending up on the evening news after a mercenary group comes to school to recruit students ("This Year's Model"), Helen threatening to sue her for stealing and altering the content of Daria's poster in "Arts and Crass" and the cola-induced freak-out in "Fizz Ed," Ms. Li hasn't been punished for any of her unethical actions. Although the credits of "Is It College Yet?" shows her hiding out in a run-down motel, presumably from the cops.
  • Kick the Dog:
    • Throughout the entire series she puts the students through ridiculous, unethical and often illegal schemes to raise money so she can spend it on absurd security measures (and possibly embezzle some of it, as implied by certain episodes, such as "Fair Enough," when she used the money for maintenance and repairs on a polygraph machine, which she claims she won in a raffle).
    • A good case for this was when she forced Daria to sell chocolate to a woman who was hypoglycemic, implying that she was not even interested in others' well-being.
  • Off-Model: Ms. Li was curvier in the pre-digital ink and paint episodes and had a fatter face. After that, she slimmed down.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis:
    • To Daria's mom, Helen, as seen in such episodes as "Arts 'N Crass," "The Daria Hunter," and "Just Add Water."
    • Mr. DeMartino in so many episodes, especially in the Teacher strike episode.
  • Verbal Tic: She's almost incapable of saying "Lawndale High" without a tone of awe.


    Trent Lane
"I swear, Officer, it's not even my car!"

Voiced by: Alvero González (original), Alfonso Obregón Inclán (Latin-American Spanish)

Jane's brother, an incredibly laid-back lead singer in Mystik Spiral, a local band. Daria had quite a crush on him, though he seemed oblivious.

  • Cool Big Bro: Is a confidant to Jane and someone she trusts a lot and he takes her seriously and is welcoming of her friends. At one point he looks sad when Jane tells Wind that there isn't going to be another baby, as he seems to like being part of a big family and being a big brother.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He doesn't get to snark much as he tends to be very amiable and a bit lazy, but when he does he can dish it out as well as his younger sister and her friend.
    Nathan: (looking down at Trent's outfit) Do you dress like that everyday? I mean, the 60s are over.
    Trent: (commenting on Nathan's zoot suit and hat) The 40s were over first.
  • Dreadful Musician: He and the other members of Mystik Spiral are intended to be horrible musicians. Though if you exclude the silly lyrics, "Freakin' Friends" is actually rather competentnote . Seems to be a trend with Trent; he's actually not a half-bad guitarist or singer, but his lyrics are pure Word Salad.
  • Fake Band: Mystik Spiral (but they're thinking of changing their name)
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Foolish to Jane's Responsible. When the two of them had to get the "naming gazebo" fixed, Jane was the one earning the money while Trent's job was to hire a work crew and get them working on it. Jane earns more than the necessary amount and later find Trent and the workers napping; it took Jane threatening to withhold payment to get them working. Trent knows she's the responsible one and when Jane decides to go to college, he gets upset and calls her a sellout. He later reveals that he's worried she might completely abandon him like their other siblings and their house is kinda scary without her.
  • Giftedly Bad: As a musician Trent isn't that dreadful a guitarist (at least not by the standards of the average garage band) but as a lyricist he goes beyond awful.
  • Heavy Sleeper: He's often seen sleeping all day. And while driving.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: Trent's plan for coping with a stressful family reunion is to find a bar and get unconscious.
  • In Vino Veritas: According to Jane, when Trent drinks he gets honest with everyone.
  • Massive Numbered Siblings: The fourth out of five.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Is seen streaking in the intro for one of the movies, and wearing a sailor outfit at one point.
  • Nice Guy: Trent may be a real slacker but he is a generally nice guy who genuinely loves and cares for his sister, Jane. He also seems to care a lot about Daria.
  • Oblivious to Love: Averted as of "That was Then, This is Dumb" in the second season. He never brings it up to Daria, though, and she eventually outgrows her crush on him.
  • Odd Friendship: He's got similar parental abandonment issues (but not the hostility) with Jake and this leads to a pretty tight bond between the two of them. If Jake needs help finding the girls, Trent is his "go to" man.
  • Only Sane Man: As shown in 'Lane Miserables' he becomes this to his family when Jane isn't around. He's also the more smarter and savvy member of his band, as shown in "Speedtrapped".
  • Romantic False Lead: For Daria. Even she's aware that they're not right for each other.
  • Sad Clown: He's secretly worried he's wasting his life with his music career, working so hard for not much success. Daria, of all people, thinks he's brave for at least doing what makes him happy.
  • Secret Secret-Keeper: In "That was Then, This is Dumb", Jane cracks a joke about Daria's crush while Trent's dozing nearby. Unbeknownst to either of them, he opens his eyes and smiles...meaning that he spends the entire rest of the series aware of Daria's feelings and not saying a word.
  • The Slacker: What finally breaks Daria out of her infatuation for him is her realization that if she and Trent did get together, they probably wouldn't get a fairytale ending because Trent is so unmotivated that he'd likely not make anything of his life.
  • The Social Expert: Despite a personality so laid back that his communiques are seldom and brief, he's often able to identify moments of mounting tension between Jane and Daria. A few times throughout the series he tries to drop subtle (well, slightly subtle) hints that steer the girls towards peaceful resolution.
    Jane: What are you even doing here? I told Trent to tell people I was out running. I guess he forgot.
    Daria: No...he didn't.

    Tom Sloane
"Why don't you say what you're really afraid of? The idea that you might actually start caring about someone. 'Cause that would make you vulnerable."

Voiced by: Russel Hankin (original); Israel Magaña, Yamil Atala and Jorge Ornelas (Latin-American Spanish)

A rich young man, Tom first came into Daria's life when he started dating Jane, and at first Daria hated his guts. Eventually, however, the two gained a mutual respect for each other that turned into more, and after Jane came to peace with it, Daria and Tom started dating. One of the few characters who can match Daria and Jane in quipping speed, and is remarkably down-to-earth despite his privileged upbringing.

  • The Alleged Car: Two of them, actually. The first was an early-1970's Ford Pinto. From the first made-for-TV movie "Is It Fall Yet?" and every episode in Season 5, it was a 1967 Jaguar 420 G that was in better condition.
  • Celebrity Resemblance: On The-N's website when it aired Daria, they were convinced that Tom had an uncanny resemblance to Luke Skywalker.
  • Conflict Ball: Him and Daria have a lot of arguments, even after they started dating.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Like Daria, he's not afraid to show his dry wit.
  • Gentleman and a Scholar: One of the most clearest examples to this trope. He's intellectual, but unlike Daria and Jane, he is socially active and nice to anyone who interacts with him.
  • Knight of Cerebus: A rare example in that the character of Tom is most notably not a villain or even Anti-Hero. However, his introduction into the series signaled the beginning of when Daria's show would become more serious and plot-driven and Daria herself would be thrust into a relationship for the first time, something that never happened in previous seasons or even in Beavis and Butt-Head.
  • Nice Guy: He's an incredibly reasonable person, who tries hard to get along with everyone even if they're hostile toward him.
  • Not So Above It All: "One J At A Time" shows that for all his maturity and level-headedness, even he can't help but excitedly join in Jake's squirrel hunt, much to Daria's annoyance.
  • Only Sane Man: Especially in later seasons, he's one of the few characters who is both level-headed and pleasant, while most of the characters are either jerks or idiots.
  • Satellite Love Interest: Aside from the shipping-related hate, one common fan complaint is that Tom never had his own subplot separate from Daria and/or Jane, and thus remained comparably undeveloped as a character.
  • Spear Counterpart: In some ways a male version of Daria and Jane, being a snarky but level-headed observer of the things around him.
  • Straight Man: He's probably the least cartoonish character in the show and thus his interactions with other characters often take this form, even to Daria and Jane.
  • Tall, Dark, and Handsome: Tall, dark-haired, and attractive enough to date both Jane and Daria.
  • Tall, Dark, and Snarky: Tall, dark-haired, and shares with Daria some of her cynical and snarky humor.
  • Teen Genius: Like Daria, he's highly intelligent, cultured, and well-read.

    Tommy Sherman
"Hey, where are you going? Did someone flash the bimbo signal?"

The king of all Jerkasses and local hero, Tommy managed to tick off everyone he met but soon met his end in a most ironic way.

  • Deliberately Bad Example: While the popular kids like Kevin and Brittany weren't very bright, they were rarely malicious. Tommy Sherman, on the other hand spent most of his brief appearance antagonizing them.
  • Foil: To Kevin, while Kevin is a Dumb Jock who's constantly Innocently Insensitive he's generally a Nice Guy, whereas Tommy is a strait up Jerk Jock who embodies all the associated negative stereotypes.
  • Hard Head: Is said to have struck his head against goalposts numerous times, once so badly he cracked his helmet and was in a coma for days, yet shows little sign of brain damage. Not until that last time, of course.
  • It's All About Me: Literally struts around Lawndale High during his visit like he owns the place. Also, the reason he was constantly running into the goalposts was because he was showboating for the crowd and not watching where he was going.
  • Jerk Jock: He's made it an art form. He's absolutely full of himself, acting patronizing to Mack, insulting Kevin's physique compared to his own, and asking Brittany to come back to his hotel room and "get horizontal" literally 30 seconds after meeting her. He believes his achievements on the football field give him a right to do this.
  • Karmic Death: Killed by the collapsible goalpost being dedicated to him and his monstrous ego. Ironically, the collapsible goalpost was built as a safety measure. Sadly, it fell on him before it was installed. Or unpacked from the crate with the sharp edges.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: His brief interaction with Mack certainly has shades of this, as does his generally pervy and sexist comments towards the various female characters he comes across.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: He was a pretty good football player in high school, so obviously this makes him a paragon of manhood and God's gift to women. Nothing is said of his accomplishments post-high school, if any.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech:
    • He is on the receiving end of one from Daria, calling him out for his misogyny and generally contemptable character.
    • Tries to give one to Daria after she rightfully calls him out on being an insufferable jerkass misogynist, stating she's "a misery chick" who whines and moans so people don't notice she's a loser. Doesn't faze Daria that much until after he died and people started coming to her for advice, saying how Daria is always "thinking about gloomy stuff".
  • Unfinished Business: In later seasons, it was believed that his ghost was haunting the girl's bathroom, and the cheer squad held a seance to remove his spirit.

    The Lane Family 

Jane and Trent's immediate family, which includes their parents Vincent and Amanda, and their siblings Summer, Wind, and Penny. The latter three Lane children are further examples of Vincent and Amanda's Hands-Off Parenting, and as such they are rarely seen around (or wanting anything to do) with the Lane household. Penny roams around third world countries trying to launch economic revolutions, Wind's been divorced several times, and Summer is constantly raising money to pay private detectives to find her kids. Vincent and Amanda are rarely at home, leaving Jane and Trent a blank check book whenever they need money, and when they are at home, they're never seen.

  • Black Sheep: Their branch is only invited to Lane family reunions because hating them brings everyone else closer together.
  • In the Blood: Many Lanes shown or alluded to in the series (even the "normal" ones) seem to have a strong interest in art of one sort or another. Wind and Summer aren't shown to share this interest, but we don't see otherwise, either.
  • It's All About Me: Wind is a miserable example of this. Lane Miserables and Art Burn show off his need to be the center of attention by crying about everything.
  • Jerkass: Penny is the gruffest and coldest of the Lane siblings, with Summer somewhat behind her in terms of temperament. The one sibling Penny hasn't been rude to yet is Jane.
  • Know-Nothing Know-It-All: How Penny comes across. According to The Daria Diaries she's convinced she can save third world countries, but she doesn't even know if Honduras has a government nor does she even know how to speak Spanish.
  • Love Martyr: Wind can't stop crying about how he's failed all his ex-wives as a husband and how he'll never be able to make a marriage work.
  • Narcissist: It doesn't matter what the conversation is, but if Wind is involved he'll make it about his failed marriages. In the wake of a village being wiped out by a volcanic eruption, Penny is deeply concerned...about getting reimbursed for her craft stand being destroyed.
  • Noodle Incident
    • Somehow, Amanda and Helen appear to be old friends, but it's never explained when or how the two ever met.
    • Something happened between Penny and Ms. Morris when Penny was still going to Lawndale High. Whatever it was served as Penny's motivation to backpack across South America and poisoned Ms. Morris towards all Lanes from then on.
  • Not So Above It All: Amanda tries to act like a calm, collected, and mellow mother who gives her kids all the freedom they want, but she eventually starts begging Helen for help to get her adult children out of the house.
    Amanda: You know Helen if you try to hold a butterfly tightly in your hand, it will die. You have to let it go, and-YOU GOTTA HELP ME! I NEED MY HOUSE BACK!
  • Parents as People:
    • Vincent and Amanda aren't bad people, and while they do love their kids, it's clear their parenting skills leave something to be desired. Vincent is something of a pacifist and is constantly trying to get everyone to get along, while Amanda is fine with letting everyone do their own thing for the sake of not being My Beloved Smother. Unfortunately, what she considered Trent wanting to be on his own during those months when he lived in a tent was actually Trent waiting to be invited back in the house.
    • Summer has been spending a lot of money and time trying to find her four missing kids, but when she finally gets two of them back she's rather mean to them and demands to know, if they're gonna start crying about wanting to go home, why did they run away and drag her back to her parents' house in the first place?
  • The Runaway: Summer's four children, only two of whom, Courtney and Adrian, have appeared on screen.
  • Silver Vixen: Subverted because it's not that Amanda looks young for her age but that her daughter Summer had kids when she was young.
  • Squick: In-universe, something about Cousin Jimmy's modeling career makes Jane shudder when she mentions it.
  • Soapbox Sadie: Penny is convinced she can revitalize the economies of countries like Honduras and Costa Rica by selling handmade picture frames and coin purses, but it's clear her knowledge of said countries is shoddy at best.


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