Superfan UU and I are filling out the dossiers on the background characters from Daria at a website coincidentally named Backgrounders. Some of these guys are pretty weird, like the black girl who can change into a blonde at a moment's notice, or the guy in the turquoise hoodie who teleports, and God forbid we even mention the psychic-wizard-superhero-mutant known as Shaggy.
But then there's the guy from Is It College Yet? that we nicknamed "Alien Victory," because of his T-shirt symbol. By pure chance, he turned out to be character #51 in our list (Area 51, get it?), but his main claim to fame might actually be more terrestrial and perverse in nature.
Alert fan Ranchoth recently e-mailed me about this guy and suggested that perhaps the Grey alien on his tee is not merely giving us a victory sign. As the link to Alien Victory explains (you will quickly see why I do not want to do so here), that gesture can be interpreted in a way that would startle the more innocent-minded fans among us (yes, both of them). Or perhaps this T-shirt emblem means something else entirely. Yeah, right.
Worse yet, the girl he's apparently dating is the one known as Winner, who might be based on a real live Daria fan. What kind of message is being sent here?
What do you think: naughty or not? Weigh in with your opinion in Comments. Let's get to the bottom of this mystery. We'll deal with the shapechangers and teleporters later.
SIDE NOTE: Two of the most active threads on PPMB lately are about the Legion of Lawndale Heroes (here and here). What I want to know is: why isn't Shaggy a member? Shaggy's practically the Doctor Strange of Lawndale High. An alternate-universe Shagster could blow the LLH away. Just a thought there, guys.
Newest DariaWiki page: "Rare Shots." I think I understand what this page is about, but it could use a little clarification.
Two new Iron Chefs have been posted by Greystar and Prince Charon (welcome back!). Check 'em out and start posting!
And we're almost up to 65,000 hits on this blog. Are people really reading this? Wow.
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