Willow Yeager and her husband Coyote are old friends of Jake Morgendorffer and Helen Morgendorffer. The two couples were part of the same commune for an unspecified amount of time in the late '60s/early '70s. When Jake and Helen left the commune to "change the system from within," Coyote and Willow remained there for awhile before carving out an existence outside of society by making hand crafted items, such as hammocks. The families didn't meet again for around 25 years.
|First appearance||That Was Then, This Is Dumb|
|Last appearance||That Was Then, This Is Dumb|
|Family||Coyote Yeager (husband) |
Ethan Yeager (son)
Willow in Canon
Willow and the rest of the Yeagers are featured in the episode "That Was Then, This Is Dumb". The family arrives in a beat up yellow VW bug bringing their own supplies, many which were cooked or made by Willow. She says that Daria "has a very old soul". At first, she maintains the superiority of her simple life over Helen's materialism, but while she and Helen are making a compost pile, she tells Helen that she hates kneading bread. After both she and Helen fall into the compost, she stalks off angrily, berating Coyote complaining about missing bacon when she is covered in garbage. Later when she calms down, Helen gives her the Morgendorffers' bread maker to help her cut down on her cooking time and suggests frozen bagels as a way to further cut down on cooking time.
Willow in Fanfic
Willow and Coyote are often featured in fanfictions that focus on Helen and Jake's past. Examples include Fireworks by C.E. Forman and the All My Children series by Deref and Thea Zara. They also appear in several AU versions of "That Was Then, This Is Dumb", such as John Lane story A Time for Every Purpose. In 'present day' fanfics, Potential by The Angst Guy has them incarcerated for trying to deal pot.
A significant present-day appearance is in the AU Daria 2007: The Girl From Hope, where due to sliding timescale the Yeagers were inspired by President Carter's term (rather than being hippies) and run a youth residential treatment center that takes in Daria.
In the AU "punkverse", Willow and Coyote (renamed Dingo) were hardcore punks in the 1980s, and are in a band with fellow punks Helen and Jake in Moving Pictures. In the 2010-set God Save The Esteem, the Yeagers are the ones who have settled and adapted to a normal life, and Helen and Jake are the ones that are still punks.