Recasting MTV's Daria With Real-Life Musicians

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There was once a brighter time in the history of MTV when the network occasionally played interesting animated series and occasionally even music videos. Now, instead of Daria, there's Snooki; instead of Beavis and Butt-Head, there's The Situation and Pauly D.

Growing up, Daria (1997-2002) was one of our favorite shows, even if we didn't understand all of the jokes. Rocks Off truly feels sorry for the youth who don't have an apathetic, caustic animated role model like Daria to help them question the culture and trivialities of high school and pop culture.

It's always been a pleasure of ours to compare real-life characters to Daria, so we've gathered up a list of musicians who closely represent each personality that made up our beloved show.

Daria Morgendorffer: Cynical, sardonic high-school outcast; star of the show.

Alanis Morissette: There are a few artists who could probably bear a strong resemblance to Daria - the obvious dark-haired, vision-impaired choice would've been Lisa Loeb - but Morissette embodies what we believe Daria could have grown up to be.

Jane Lane: Painter and Daria's well-adjusted best friend who often makes brief run-ins with mainstream culture and frequently hangs out with her older brother and his band.

Jana Hunter: Jana is a Houston native, ex-Star Pizza employee, and now lead singer of the Baltimore-based band Lower Dens. She's laid-back, has a low-pitched voice, and a good sense of humor; she could balance out Alanis pretty well.

Trent Lane: Jane's older brother, lead singer of Mystik Spiral and Generation X slacker.

Trent Reznor: It was always assumed that Trent's character was loosely based on the lead singer of Nine Inch Nails. In this 1994 interview, Reznor discusses his album The Downward Spiral. Coincidence? Probably not.

Quinn Morgendorffer: High-school diva and materialistic, selfish younger sister of Daria. She doesn't acknowledge her older sister while at school and is the Vice President of the "Fashion Club."

Miley Cyrus: She has good intentions and she loves her family, but her dad, like, totally gets in the way of her independence.

Sandi Griffin: Control freak and the president of the Lawndale High School Fashion Club. She is often jealous of Quinn's popularity and tends to bully her.

Selena Gomez: Gomez only looks sweet and innocent - that's how she got away with taking Miley's man, one of the Jonases. Don't ask us how we know that, either. We're unsure of their rivalry status at the moment, but like to imagine Gomez has taken a few passive-aggressive shots at Cyrus within the Disney Club circle.

Charles "Upchuck" Ruttheimer III: Obnoxious classmate of Daria and Jane's who hits on everything in sight with very little success

Mac Miller: Something about this strange-looking, young white rapper tells us that he probably mirrored Upchuck behavior when he was in high school. How come he can never keep his mouth closed? We picture him being that weird kid you don't want sitting next to you in class with the really bad allergy problems. That's why he's calling himself Donald Trump - to get back at the ladies who turned him down.

Joey, Jeffy, & Jamie (The Three J's): Groupies of Quinn's, who can never remember their names.

The Jonas Brothers: The modern-day, real-life Three J's. We can only ever remember one of their names - Joe, only because it's half of their stage name.

Mr. DeMartino: Apoplectic history teacher with perpetually bloodshot eyes.

Henry Rollins: In this interview, Rollins pulls a DeMartino and takes control of the microphone and interview and proceeds to make fun of the interviewer's choice of clothing and hair style.

Mr. O'Neill: Sensitive English teacher who tries to help students identify with their emotions and express themselves.

Elliott Smith: The late Smith was a sensitive, soft-spoken dude and wrote the definitive music for the most sympathetic, plagued, removed of men of today. We could have pictured him as an English teacher.

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