The people of Lawndale just don't get Daria Morgendorffer. She's cool with that. See, Daria was born alienated, and now she's just trying to make it through high school with as little human contact as possible. Popularity, friends, activities... whatever. Daria lacks enthusiasm, but she makes up for it with sarcasm. Daria is the spin-off of MTV's most sucessful cartoon, Beavis and Butt-Head.

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Type: Animation

Languages: English

Status: Ended

Runtime: 30 minutes

Premier: 1997-03-03

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Daria Morgendorffer is a fictional character from MTV's animated series Beavis and Butt-Head and its spin-off Daria. She was voiced in both incarnations by Tracy Grandstaff. In 2002, Daria placed at number 41 on the list of the Top 50 Greatest Cartoon Characters of all Time by TV Guide for her role in the two shows. She was also listed in AOL's 100 Most Memorable Female TV Characters.

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In the series Daria which followed Beavis and Butt-head, Daria remains bespectacled and plain. She is an unfashionably dressed, highly intellectual, entirely pessimistic about life altogether, cynical, and sarcastic teenage girl who is portrayed as an icon of sanity in an insane household in an equally insane upper middle class suburb. She resides with her vacuous, fashion-obsessed younger sister Quinn and career-obsessed parents Helen and Jake. John Allemang of The Globe and Mail said that Daria is “both the disappointment of her overachieving parents and an embarrassment to her boy-crazy sister Quinn.” She had moved to a new school, having transferred from the one in Beavis and Butt-Head. Glenn Eichler said, in relation to Daria the series, of which he was a co-creator, “I like to think that I've helped her come out of her shell.” David L. Coddon of the San Diego Union-Tribune described Daria as “the anti-cheerleader, the un-social climber, the jaundiced eye in a cartoon world of too much makeup and superficial crayon colors.” Coddon added that Daria “may look like a misfit, but the catch is that Daria's the only character on the show who 'gets it.' It's everyone else who's a misfit.” Daria states in the first episode that she does not have low self esteem: she has low esteem for everybody else. Anita Gates of The New York Times said “The secret of Daria's popularity (everywhere but in her own home and school) may be our collective alienation.” Gates says that “her tastes are a little dark.” As an example, Gates used the fact that she reads “Howl” by Allen Ginsberg at a reading to the elderly program. Eichler said, “Apparently everyone, with the exception of a very few people who were hit on the head when they were very young, felt like they were outsiders. You either identify with her as an outsider or you sort of envy her ability to navigate her life as an outsider and stay sane.” John J. O'Connor, a television critic for The New York Times, said “In short, Daria is the perfect anti-Barbie Doll. Merchants of fashion and cosmetics are beneath her contempt. Her refusal to be Miss Goody Consumer borders on the truly subversive.” He concludes that Daria “is every glorious misfit I ever knew.” Allemang said that in Daria, Daria “seems more tortured and neurotic, if only because it's more clear that the airheads have won.” Daria often talks to herself. Allemang adds “in a perky-teen world with its twisted values, soliloquies are the best hope of intelligent conversation.” In addition he said “There's nothing intrinsically wrong with Daria, just because she can't or won't hang out with the cool kids.” John J. O'Connor of The New York Times said that Daria has “a withering eye” towards her classmates. Emily Nussbaum for Slate would praise the show for both having a character that many disaffected teenagers could relate to and for showing “the flipside of her principled withdrawal from the world: her crippling terror of rejection, a streak of ugly self-righteousness”. Daria likes to watch the fictitious television show Sick, Sad World with her best friend Jane. Gates added that “Daria is the kind of girl who reads Heart of Darkness and Edgar Allan Poe's 'Telltale Heart' in class.”

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