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===Canon-based changes=== [[Image:JohnLane.jpg|thumb|right|150px|[[John Lane]] by [[RLobinske]] - a male version of Jane.]] In the first, the change is made only to events that happened in ''Daria'' (or ''Beavis and Butt-head''). An AU in which Daria never goes to [[Lawndale High]] but instead attends [[Grove Hills]] ("[[Grove Hell on Earth]]") or [[Fielding]] for instance; the wider world is still the same but her parents chose a different school when they moved. An AU in which an event happens later in the series, like where Daria chose to go to Grove Hills at the end of "[[Gifted]]" ("[[Regifted]]") or Daria fell pregnant during Season 5 ("[[The Longest Year]]"), would be similar but would be able to draw on specific canon events in its backstory as well. A great change could happen to Lawndale, like the town never being founded ("[[Anywhere But Here]]") but this would not impact on the 'real world': the show's characters are the only ones affected. An alteration to the family dynamic of a character can also cause an AU: a family member may be absent entirely ("[[Malice of Absence]]" by [[Renfield]]), have a different job or social circumstance ("[http://thepaperpusher.net/forum/viewtopic.php?p=367528#p367528 Jacob Morgendorffer, Esq]" by [[CAP]]), or simply have turned out different due to a small change. Three particular points in the series are often used as the diverging point in this AU. The first episode, "[[Esteemsters]]", has been re-written many times. (See [[Esteemsters and Daria Fanfic|"Esteemsters" and ''Daria'' Fanfic]] - examples are "[[Victory Lane]]" by [[Brother Grimace]], [http://thepaperpusher.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=29897&start=0 Iron Chef: Real Esteem].) The circumstances and fallout of [[The Kiss]] have also had great attention, being a significant (and divisive) moment in canon (see [[Dye! Dye! My Darling#Dye! Dye! My Darling and Fanfic|Dye! Dye! My Darling and Fanfic]]). Daria/Trent [[shipper]] tales that strengthen the crush into mature love and the entire Daria-Tom-Jane triangle have also been revisited on a regular basis, though the former less often of late - examples of this include "[[Vengeance]]" and "[[Out of the Slushpile]]" by [[Nemo Blank]]. A popular subdivision of this AU are stories in which [[genderswap|the sex of a major character is reversed]]; the [[John Lane series]], [[Finn Morgendorffer]] series, [[The James Lane Chronicles]] and "[[Darius]]" are examples, but earlier tales along this line have been told, such as [[MMan]]'s "[[Brother, I Asked for It]]," in which Daria [[dream world|dreams]] Quinn had turned out as Quint. It's most common to see a male version of Jane - there've been John, Jake, James and Zane Lanes - in order to see how the Daria/Jane dynamic would be with Jane as a male (and thus a potential love interest). Notably, when Daria or Quinn's gender is switched, the siblings are usually shown to have a ''better'' relationship than in canon, under the assumption that they'd be less 'in competition'; the Finn Morgendorffer series is a notable exception, with the relationship being far ''more'' vicious and ugly. A specifically targeted version of this AU is the [[Alternate Ending]], where an author will often rewrite the ending of an episode to show what they'd have preferred to have happened. One of the earliest, "[[A Desperately Needed Ending (to "Depth Takes a Holiday")]]" by Kara Wild, was to make the then-recent "[[Depth Takes a Holiday]]" fit into the show's semi-realistic tone.
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