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  • The Danza: Marc Thompson shares the same last name as his character, Kevin Thompson.
  • Fan Nickname: Mack is also known as "Saint Mack," due to him being one of the few characters to be both nice and generally together.
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  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: The show's fate until it finally got a complete DVD release in 2010.
    • However, 99% of the music has been replaced on DVD and streaming. So, unless you don't mind the replaced music, you'll have to look for a bootleg DVD set or old episodes recorded on a VHS. Also, all modern releases of "Is It College Yet?" is the rerun version that had parts cut for time reasons (and maybe some content). Of particular note, the unedited version does a better job setting up Daria and Tom's breakup.
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  • Name's the Same: Almost. The character Brian Danielson's name is one letter off from that of professional wrestler Bryan Danielson. Doubles as Hilarious in Hindsight, since Danielson, better known as Daniel Bryan, would later appear on episodes of WWE SmackDown that also included a Daria, Daria Rae Berenato, known in WWE as Sonya DeVille.
  • No Export for You: Unlike Beavis And Butthead, the series was dubbed in very few languages (and all of them from Western countries). Other countries only showed a subbed version (like South Korea and Israel) or never bothered to broadcast the series in first place (like Japan).
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  • Real-Life Relative: In the Mexican Spanish dub, Helen Morgendorfer's first voice actress (Rocío Garcel) and Jake's VA (Jorge Roig Sr.) are married in Real Life.
  • Recycled Script: "Fair Enough", "Just Add Water", and (to a lesser extent) "Anti-Social Climbers" are just "The Daria Hunter" at a school-run Renaissance fair, a dingy casino cruise, and in the woods. There are some changes, but the following gags/scenes are the same for most or all the episodes:
    • "The Daria Hunter", "Fair Enough", and "Just Add Water" had Miss Barch making out with Mr. O'Neill ("Anti-Social Climbers" had a Fully Automatic Clip Show of the three times Barch and O'Neill made out when Ms. Barch thinks back to when she vowed never to pull another man's weight again).
    • "The Daria Hunter" and "Just Add Water" both had scenes of Jake and Helen fighting near the end of the episode.
    • "The Daria Hunter" and "Just Add Water" had scenes where it's established that Ms. Li and Helen hate each other.
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    • "The Daria Hunter" and "Anti-Social Climbers" took place during a field trip in the woods.
    • "The Daria Hunter", "Just Add Water", and "Fair Enough" had Daria and Jane trying to get out of whatever social function they were in (Daria and Jane skipped the paintballing trip to go to the Great White Shark museum in "The Daria Hunter", Daria and Jane were trying to get some sleep after staying up all night watching a marathon of ick Sad World on "Just Add Water"; and Daria and Jane tried to run from Upchuck by getting on a Ferris wheel, only to end up sharing the ride with a sobbing Stacy in "Fair Enough").
    • "The Daria Hunter" and "Anti-Social Climbers" ended with someone getting left behind (Sandi after she finally found a hidden bathroom and Jake and Helen after Ms. Li took their distributor cap in "The Daria Hunter", and Kevin got lost before finding Mr. O'Neill in "Anti-Social Climbers").
    • "Fair Enough" and "Just Add Water" both end with Kevin and Brittany stranded somewhere (Brittany continues driving despite that she is miles away from the school in "Fair Enough", while Kevin and Brittany are stuck on the casino cruise's only lifeboat in "Just Add Water").
    • "The Daria Hunter" and "Just Add Water" had scenes with Jake and Mr. DeMartino together (though in "Just Add Water", Jake doesn't remember Mr. DeMartino as the guy who shared his flask of whiskey with him and traded stories about their Hilariously Abusive Childhoods.
  • Screwed by the Network: Even though there were five seasons and two made-for-TV movies (and the creative team decided when the series was to end, as opposed to some MTV higher-up telling the creative team that they have to end itnote ), fans would argue that this still fits because the entire series wasn't released on DVD until 2010 (and, even then, some purists will argue that MTV should have kept the licensed music instead of redubbing it with generic production music), not to mention the reruns that aired on Noggin/The-N that edited out the more disturbing, sexual, and/or depressing contentnote , even though the reason the DVDs took so long was to get as much of the licensed music as possible and getting all of it had, clearly, become a legal impossibility.
    • Much of the impression of this came around the third season, when MTV was engaged in a lot of Executive Meddling and constantly changing the time slot and/or preempting episodes for arbitrary reasons, apparently in an attempt to quash the series. While the series was treated somewhat better in the last two seasons, it left a bad taste in many fans' mouths and led to a lot of fan paranoia later on.
  • Talking to Himself: Many of the regular characters are voiced by the same actors & actresses:
    • Wendy Hoopes played Helen, Quinn and Jane Lane—3/5 of the main cast. According to the Daria Wiki, Jane is the closest to her normal speaking voice.
    • Marc Thompson voiced Mr. Anthony DeMartino, Mr. Timothy O'Neill, Kevin Thompson, Jamie, and Charles "Upchuck" Ruttheimer III (during the first season only).
    • Janie Mertz voices Brittany Taylor, Sandi and Linda Griffin, and goth girl Andrea in her last two appearances ("Mart of Darkness" and "Is It College Yet?")
  • Trope Namers: For Hitler Ate Sugar
  • Unintentional Period Piece: In general, the technology, fashion, and music featured in the show were distinctively from the late 1990s/early 2000s, but a lot of the themes and situations aren't as dated. The fan wiki points out many specific examples of the show's datedness.
    • On a more specific note, the show's depiction of Gen X cynicism and of (suburban middle-class and largely white) American life is pretty firmly welded to the 90s. After The War on Terror, the 2008 Recession, increased political polarization, rise of fascist-flavored politics in the USA, and the proliferation of social media, the mentality of "ironic detachment" and cynicism can come off as privileged willful ignorance in the age of "New Sincerity".
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Glenn Eichler was offered, after season five, either a TV movie to wrap up the series or a half-season extension to keep Daria going. He chose the former (MTV at the time had started producing TV movies and Daria's first TV movie was a huge hit for the network), which is a good thing as shortly after Daria ended, MTV killed its animation division and the remaining animation shows on the network all got royally screwed over with them airing at random times and having episodes never air at all, which is why Clone High, 3 Southnote , and the later episodes of Celebrity Deathmatch (not the revival that was on MTV 2, the episodes after Stacy Cornbread died) all ended suddenly or were phased out in favor of other shows.
    • When the show began production, there were contingency plans conceived to have cameos by Beavis And Butthead as a Ratings Stunt in case the show did not take off right away. Luckily, the show was a hit from day one and kept this from ever happening.
      • Speaking of which, plans to have Daria cameo on the revived Beavis and Butthead were conceived but shelved due to MTV declaring her off-limits to Mike Judge (who gave up all claim to her when the character got her own show). MTV wanted to keep the option open to one day reviving Daria and Judge wanted to ignore the series. MTV won and Daria and her series were left untouched. (They did reference it in-show at one point; in one music video segment, Beavis thought Daria had killed herself, until Butt-Head tells him she just moved away.)
    • Jane went through a huge number of revisions to her character before the pilot was filmed. She was originally going to be a much angrier Riot Grrrl type (and thus even easier to mistake for a lesbian than the one they wound up with!) rather than the lugubrious, artsy stoner chick we all know and love. Her final character design is actually a younger version of the first draft of Principal Li of all people (which is probably why a lot of people think Jane sort of looks Asian), who incidentally was originally going to be an overly cheerful Misplaced Kindergarten Teacher.
    • At one point in time there were plans for a Mystik Spiral spin-off. The script was included as a bonus feature in the DVD.
    • There are also the earlier designs: a Fat Ms. Barch, a plainer and pudgy looking Daria wearing a Greenpeace shirt, Brittany wearing a flip (and not looking as slender as she is in the series), a perkier Principal Li, an ugly Jake and Helen, Arnie with glasses, and several designs for Quinn.
    • The unaired pilot depicted Daria, Jane and Kevin as much bigger jerks than they are in the series.
    • Several rumors exist for expanded stories with Mack, including him being the third corner of the Daria-Jane-Tom love triangle following a breakup with Jodie, but none of these came to fruition in part due to the VA issues.
    • In 2012, there were talks of a possible revival of the series, but this appears to have been scrapped.
  • The Wiki Rule: Miraheze's Daria Wiki and Wikia's Daria Wiki
  • Write Who You Know:
    • Daria's assignment in "Write Where It Hurts", where she must write a story using people in her life. She struggles pretty hard to think of anything besides Macbeth rip-offs and card games.
    • A few of the characters were based on people the staff worked with at MTV. Mostly backgrounders, but Brittany was based on then-VJ Jenny McCarthy and Jake was inspired by the legions of clueless business consultants that were attached to the MTV offices like barnacles on a humpback whale.


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