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Character Overview

Monique is a former classmate, former bandmate, and on-again off-again love interest of Trent Lane.

Monique in the Seires

Monique appears in the series only twice. In Pierce Me we learn that she was in a band with Trent, and is currently in a band called the Harpies. In a later episode, Lane Miserables, we learn about her on-again/off-again romantic relationship with Trent. We also learn that their relationship is a rocky one.

In both episodes, her appearance is disturbing or annoying to Daria and her crush on Trent, thus explaining the way Monique in fan fiction has deviated substantially from how she is portrayed in the actual series.

Monique in Daria Fanfic

Though in her two appearances on the show Monique is shown as sweet natured and friendly, oblivious to Daria's discomfort at her presence around Trent, fanfics often present her as vicious and vengeful, jealous of Daria's presence and enraged if Trent begins to regard Daria as his new love interest. Daria/Trent shipper stories are, of course, especially prone to this. Diane Long produced a remarkably evil Monique in "Undone," for example. More recent authors like Richard Lobinske ("Monique's Subtraction" and the John Lane series), The Angst Guy ("A Knight to Remember" and "Smoking Mirror") and Brother Grimace (Legion of Lawndale Heroes) have shown her in a far more sympathetic light, without Daria's perception of Monique as a competitor for Trent's affections.

Fairly typical depictions of Monique in Daria fanfiction include the following.

More unusual depictions of Monique get away from the rivalry issues (Daria is, after all, underage in the series) and explore other areas in Monique's life, making her many-dimensioned and often presenting her with serious personal problems of her own that have nothing to do with Daria. Examples follow.

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