Daria on DVD: In Praise of Misery Chicks

A smart, sarcastic teenage girl unhappily navigating her life in the suburbs, while quietly plotting her eventual escape. Back in the ’90s, we could have been talking about any number of fictional characters on TV, but in many ways, the queen of that archetype (and our personal hero at the time) was Daria Morgendoffer. To celebrate today’s release of Daria: The Complete Animated Series on DVD we’ve rounded up some of our favorite misery chicks from ’90s pop culture. Interestingly enough, they all seem to have something major in common with Daria.

Angela Chase
What they have in common: Just like Angela has ill-fated feelings for Jordan Catalano, Daria pines for Trent Lane, her best friend Jane’s older brother. Like Jordan, Trent is an attractive, deadbeat musician in a crappy garage band — Mystik Spiral — who drives around in a car that he has dubbed the “Trentmobile.” (Jordan called his car “Red.”) He totally does not deserve her. Eventually Daria realizes this when Trent fails to help her and Jane out on a class project in Season 3.