Who was Daria Morgendorffer? She was the abrasively sarcastic "realist" who starred in MTV's wildly popular animated series Daria and unintentionally became a cultural icon. But Daria never wanted to be "popular." In fact, she despised anything that even remotely pandered to the masses.
In 1993, Daria made a name for herself on Beavis and Butt-head as the sarcastic smart kid who hung around the boys at school because she found their stupidity entertaining. Viewers were immediately drawn to Daria's dry-witted comments and clamored for more from the sardonic loner.
In 1997, Daria spun off of Beavis and Butt-head into her own series, a biting social satire about popular culture's obsession with fashion and conformity, and fans quickly embraced the teen who was willing to take on the world.
To try to distance herself from lunkheads like Beavis and Butt-head, Daria moved to a new town with her stressed-out, career-fixated parents, Helen and Jake, and her relentlessly cute and popular little sister, Quinn. The girls attended Lawndale High School, where the students and faculty regarded Daria with a mixture of curiosity, confusion, scorn and, every now and then, respect.
For five seasons, Daria was surrounded by shallow and stupid people and brandished her razor sharp sarcasm in order to tolerate life among the "idiots" around her. Daria always wore big, round glasses; combat boots; and a blazer and pleated skirt. With her arms crossed, Daria would drone on about any and all observations she made about the world around her, usually to fellow outcast and best friend, Jane Lane.
With her sharp intellect -- and even sharper tongue -- Daria dissected anyone she deemed superficial, which was just about everyone. She never hesitated to let others know what was on her mind. But Daria's humor was often so deadpan that her opponents didn't even realize they were being burned. This was often exemplified by the sisterly spats between Daria and Quinn, who only cared about how adorable she looked in her outfits and when the next pep rally was taking place.
Daria did have a soft spot, though: dark, moody boys. For awhile, Daria was smitten with Jane's brother, Trent. A musician who would easily make the usually hard-shelled Daria melt from just one look, Trent was, according to Daria, a "total hottie." But Trent was less than enamored with Daria, and she eventually wound up dating her intellectual equal, Tom Sloane.
In 2002, Daria graduated from high school and went on to college, thus closing this particular chapter in her life. But Daria's sarcastic snipes and dry-witted jabs will always echo down the corridors of MTV.com for the whole world to hear.