She was voiced in both productions by Tracy Grandstaff. Mike Judge created the Daria character on advice of the network. Glenn Eichler , who created the Daria spin-off - sometimes incorrectly stated to be the character's creator as well- was, along with Peggy Nicoll , one of the main writers of the series; other writers were Neena Beber , Anne D. In Daria's first incarnation as a recurring character on Beavis and Butt-Head , she formed an intelligent female foil to the two main characters. She went through three different outfits, had a stockier figure, and initially was a more expressive character; her iconic monotone voice developed over time. While she later became more sardonic, she showed early on that she could hold her own against the two and could react quickly to their antics. In her debut episode, "Scientific Stuff", she was forced to do a science class presentation with Beavis and Butt-head and turned it to her advantage by using them as the presentation's experiment. In "Sign Here" she answered questions from David Van Driessen on furriers and their treatment of animals.
It is a spin-off of Mike Judge 's earlier animated series, Beavis and Butt-Head , in which Daria appeared as a recurring character. The network characterized the series as the first in multiple projected Daria animated spinoffs. The show is set in the fictional suburban American town of Lawndale and is a satire of high school life, full of allusions to and criticisms of popular culture and social classes. It is set during Daria's high-school years and ends with her graduation and acceptance into college. The principal location used for the show outside of the Morgendorffer home is Lawndale High School, a public-education institution filled with colorful and dysfunctional characters. The dynamics among the two lead characters changed during season four, when Jane began a relationship with Tom Sloane. Though Daria is hesitant to accept Tom at first, fearing she will lose her best friend, she and Tom find themselves becoming closer, culminating in a kiss in the season finale. In a interview, series co-creator Glenn Eichler described the otherwise unspecified locale as "a mid-Atlantic suburb, outside somewhere like Baltimore or Washington, D. They could have lived in Pennsylvania near the Main Line , though".
A large refrigerator box revives painful memories in Daria that suggest that she is a burden on her parents by being herself. Daria and Jane create an iconoclastic poster for a contest, only to find that the school demands it be altered against their wishes. After an obnoxious local celebrity dies on a visit to Lawndale High, everyone seeks counsel from Daria about being miserable while Jane is being strangely distant.
She is voiced by Tracy Grandstaff. Daria's best-known characteristic is her deadpan sarcasm; her usual reaction to almost anything and everyone being a dry, witty remark at their expense. Daria is naturally intelligent but also highly apathetic and somewhat lazy, showing no motivation to apply anything above the minimum required effort and never taking part in extracurricular activities by her own volition, entirely content to coast through high school with her inherent academic talents. Due to this lack of engagement with other students, in addition to her often bored or pessimistic expression and status as an outsider, she is commonly perceived as being very unhappy; while she considers herself realistic and in The Misery Chick she clarifies she's not nihilistic, she will occasionally appeal to nihilism and even consideration of suicide for the sake of an offhand joke. Another one of Daria's key traits is her staunchness, as she is often highly opinionated, sometimes harshly judgmental, and even smug at points. Although she is ultimately fair and will admit to being wrong after proven as such, she is typically opposed to or at least wary of generally accepted social norms and notions, as well as things such as superstition, and can be somewhat quick to anger in a divisive argument. Her sense of morality and unwillingness to conform often frustrates her family and the school faculty, but occasionally makes them proud when conformity would be unjust. She once confided to Jodie that she knows her unaccepting and uninclusive attitude isn't the perfect way to go about seeing the world, but it's simply her most comfortable form of interaction.