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==Upchuck in Fanfiction== * For a long time, Upchuck was portrayed as slime in ''Daria'' fanfics, exaggerating his canon persona. (See the first [[The Look-Alike Series]] story, where Upchuck being physically assaulted is cheered by other characters and meant to be cheered by the reader) And in many, he still is! Upchuck as comedically perverted foil is still the most common portrayal. However, since the show ended, he's been increasingly given different portrayals. * Some stories give him a positive portrayal, often focusing more on on his native intelligence and wide range of interests. Two of the earliest fics to do this are "[[Blast from the Past]]" by [[Nemo Blank]], where Chuck becomes an ally trying to assist Daria; and "[[A Midsummer Nightmare's Daria]]" by [[The Angst Guy]] (2002), where he's a romantic and caring boyfriend. * Some stories have Chuck putting on an act, either to fake confidence he doesn't have, or (as in "[http://thepaperpusher.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=43575 Children of the Scorn]" by [[Kristen Bealer]]) because he wants people to make fun of a fake him rather than the real him, or simply out of youthful idiocy he grows out of ([[TAG]]'s "[[Darkness]]" has Daria depressed to learn he'd joined the army after 9/11 and died in battle). Bealer also presented a [[pre-canon]] seventh grader Chuck Ruttheimer, still a shy unpopular boy, in "[http://web.archive.org/web/20110928180544/http://www.outpost-daria.com/fanfic/its_like_the_beginning_of_an_era.html It's Like the Beginning of an Era]". Zetor's "[http://thepaperpusher.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=46174&start=50#p773629 Enough]" has the 'act' started as mockery of his playboy father and he hates being stuck with it, and drinks when depressed. [[Image:Daria_ultrasuave.jpg|right|frame|??!!]] * Some fan works have presented the theme of Charles having a crush on [[Daria Morgendorffer|Daria]], based on Upchuck's web page in ''[[The Daria Diaries]]'' and its "Gallery of Feisty Babes" including a silhouetted "Mystery Lady" whose profile is obviously Daria. ("I fear she'd kill me if I revealed her identity.") This has been played both innocently and romantically (e.g. [[Identity Crisis]] by [[Yui Daoren]]) and with darker tones ([[Falling Into College]] serial, by [[Richard Lobinske]]) ** The other two common love interests for him are Stacy (due to their interaction in [[Life in the Past Lane]]) and [[Andrea]]. * Upchuck's antics are usually played upon for laughs in fanfiction; however, the [[Falling Into College]] found Upchuck's activities crossing over into criminal affairs, as the character was found to be a long-time stalker of Daria's, with many videotapes and photographs of her during her last year at [[Lawndale High]] and of her return visits during her first two years at [[Raft University]]. After being arrested for his activities, Upchuck was finally incarcerated after attempting to 'jump bail' and travel to Boston to find Daria; he did this after breaking into [[Schloss Morgendorffer]] and finding that Daria had not returned for Thanksgiving break. Later episodes have shown Upchuck having found some measure of peace for himself, as well as attempting to work past his fixation upon Daria. *Some fanfiction has presented the hypothesis that [[Tom Sloane]] and Charles know each other, either because Charles had frequented [[Fielding Preparatory Academy]] or because their respective families had met, assuming the Ruttheimers to be on the same social level as the Sloanes (and a step or two higher on the social scale than Daria and most of their classmates). * In the [[Legion of Lawndale Heroes]] universe, Charles Ruttheimer (who is only rarely referred to as 'Upchuck' anymore) has developed into one of the more well-rounded versions of the character in the [[Daria Multiverse]]. He is considered one of the more intelligent Legionnaires, and the physical and academic training that he has received as a Legionnaire (as well as the positive influence of [[Kyle Armalin]]) has helped him evolve beyond his high-school personality. This Charles still enjoys all of the things he was involved in before his Legion life (his infatuation with all things Three Stooges and James Bond, his fast-food merchandise collectibles, and his interest in online role-playing games), but also has allowed himself to expand his horizons. As he has become more well-rounded, he has also finally had his 'growth spurt,' and now stands at six feet in height. He has an unusual quality that (to the dismay and utter disbelief of the female Legionnaires) makes him quite interesting to many young women, including [[Langston Chambers]] (who he is currently dating), [[Tainn Reynolds]], [[Chandni Kaur]], and [[Elsie Sloane]]. * Charles appeared twice in an artwork by [[Wouter]] in the first one Jane confronts him if he actually is aware of how he comes across towards girls and if he has any grasp of what actually BEING a woman is like. Charles responds by asking Jane the opposite question, did she any harbor any desires to be a man, Jane's reply leaves him in tears, knowing that Jane would have made a far more masculine man than he could ever be. Charles' second appearance is in the Halloween 2010 comic where he's seen puking after drinking the punch at Brittany's party (which Kevin had put olives in after the grapes had run out) Andrea is there to comfort him while Daria remarks that he finally "lives up to his nickname."
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