Since her debut in the 90s, Daria grew to be the monotone misanthropist that a majority of us can relate to.
MTV has had a few animated series with memorable characters, but there was none like Daria Morgendorffer. She was first introduced as a recurring character on Beavis and Butt-Head, but she wasn’t always as monotone or sardonic as her final form. Her character grew overtime and led to her getting her own spinoff, when she transferred schools. Daria is best known for being highly intelligent and extremely sarcastic. She has a strong personality and is able to stand her ground and distance herself from conformist values, despite her stand-offish nature. Daria definitely has a mind of her own and is not easily influenced, which is 100% the main reason she deserves all the praise.
Someone who can definitely relate to Daria’s cynical ways is the one and only, Jane Lane. Being the best friend of Daria is not an easy task for the average being. Although they both share an edgy fashion sense and a despise for society’s ridiculous expectations and social climbing, Daria and Jane could not be more different. Jane is slightly more outgoing and better adjusted than Daria, and she seems to know what direction she’s heading in life. Differences of not, Jane is the number one person who loves and accepts Daria for who she is. Too bad we can’t quite say the same thing about her own parents, Helen and Jake, and especially her younger sister Quinn, who has even been ashamed to call Daria her sister.
“But the greatest burden on the home front is Daria’s terminally cute, popular little sister, Quinn. Quinn and her pals constitute Lawndale High’s Fashion Club (”Friends don’t let shortwaisted friends wear hip-huggers” is one of their mottos). Quinn tells people that Daria is her cousin or just an unrelated girl who lives with her.” – Anita Gates, TELEVISION / RADIO; In Praise of the Most Unpopular Girl at Lawndale, The New York Times, 1999.
Daria is a series that I highly recommend to the newer generation. With all of the pressure to wear specific clothes, have a specific body shape, and listen to a specific type of music to be considered “cool”, I truly think Daria will show them that it’s better to not follow a trend or social status. Daria didn’t give a damn about being popular, and in the 2010s that’s hard to accomplish with the obsession to be famous and have a high follower account. I feel besides the constant pessimism and lack of hope for the future, Daria’s lessons in life can be lessons in your own. Of course, Daria’s advice always comes with a heaping load of sarcasm, but that’s what we love about her.
When it comes to speaking the truth, Daria lays it on you straight forward and without hesitation. In fact, The name “Daria” is Greek and means “upholder of truth’. A very interesting coincidence and no surprise at all.
Being a teenager can come with a lot of fun and crazy memories, but it can also make you think of how those are your last years to really be responsibility-free and depend on your parents to solve all of your problems. The pressure of choosing a career path that teachers and counselors puts on students as soon as they start high school is not only unfair but can be damaging to someone’s future. Of course, I feel that Daria was totally knowledged on that spectrum. One memorable scene from the show centers around a speaker at Lawndale High School asking Daria about her career goals. Daria explains how her goal is to not have the realization and regret that she settled for a job that she hates because she was forced to decide in her teens. It’s one of those scenes that makes you go “BRAVO!” or “Finally someone said it.”
Out of all the things Daria wants you to know, the thing that definitely deserves 1000+ awards was her memorable ‘Misery Chick’ speech to Jane:
“Okay… but you know what I’ve been hearing? “You know how I feel Daria, you’re gloomy.” “I knew I could talk to you Daria, you’re always miserable.” Tragedy hits the school and everyone thinks of me. The popular guy died and now I’m popular, because I’m the misery chick. But I’m not miserable, I’m just not like them.”
Daria basically told everyone to don’t get it twisted. Her monotoned, sarcastic, cynical expressions should not be taken as a cry of misery. It all comes back to the lesson of individuality. Everyone is different and not every person you come across is going to be a jolly or optimistic, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re crying out for help. I say, if you’re lucky enough to meet someone like Daria, cherish their unique and intellectual way of thinking.