• Daria at her deadpan best. (MTV)Source: MTV
Is “deadpanniest” a word? It is now.
Shane Cubis

11 Jul 2017 - 12:03 PM  UPDATED 11 Jul 2017 - 12:03 PM

For viewers who couldn’t take the endless huh-huh-huhing of Beavis and Butt-Head, their schoolmate Daria was a breath of fresh air. Today, you’ll find a generation of drily hilarious women who defined themselves by her lacerating deadpan wit and struggle against the fools surrounding her.

Here, in GIF form, are 15 of her finest moments. 


When she defined a generation’s dreams


When she neatly encapsulated vacuity


And what it meant to be a 90s slacker


Even if she went against that decade’s most popular body modification


When she summed up every morning for some of us


And refused to go along with the crowd


When she summed up life as a teenage girl


And pre-empted emo culture


As well as corporate culture


When words said what her face couldn’t


When she spoke tragic truths


And dealt out the pain without mercy


When she maintained a commitment to lifelong beliefs


When she showed a rare glimmer of positivity


And finally, when she used her platform to say something especially meaningful


Watch Daria on Saturday night at 6:40pm on SBS VICELAND. 

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