Jesse Moreno

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Jesse Moreno
First appearance Road Worrier
Last appearance Art Burn
Voiced by Tom Borrillo
Episode count 12 episodes
Daria TV movie IIFY?
Gender Male
Age early 20s (?)
Occupation musician, guitarist in Mystik Spiral
Significant other(s)

Jesse Moreno is the closest friend and a former classmate of Trent Lane. He plays rhythm guitar in Mystik Spiral.

Jesse met Trent when they were twelve and they became best friends. Initially they played angst-driven power pop and “Weird Al” Yankovic covers on acoustic guitars given to them by Trent’s father. "They decide to turn electric when they realized that it would be louder." He met Max Tyler at Lawndale High School and Nick Campbell in 1996. The band is still called Mystik Spiral because Jesse wrote the name on his guitar case in metallic marker. ("Reburb")

As well as Mystik Spiral, he was in the goth/synth band Bats With Guns. One of their songs was Baby Shakes Her Death Rattle. ("The Daria Diaries") The band later splintered into Cats With Gats and Bats with Bats. ("Reburb")

In his first appearance, he remembered Trent owed him a new shirt - after Trent vomited on the old one. That appears to have been Jesse's only shirt and he never got a new one (or forgot to), as he's always been seen shirtless.


Jesse received almost no characterization during the series, mostly due to the lack of elaborate spoken lines. His most frequent uttered word (really a syllable) is a clueless-sounding "yeah!"

Another facet of his personality is that he's interested in appealing to the ladies. In the Mystik Spiral pilot episode (included on the Daria: The Complete Animated Series boxset), Jesse was shown to actually be a ladies man and capable of easily pulling chicks; it was not stated how he managed this.

Strangely, according to Mart of Darkness, Jesse is apparently unable to take a bath without scented candles, and as a result had not done so for a week as of the events presented in said episode. (Trent made him ride in the back on the way to Payday)

Though he is at one point described, by Jane Lane, as the "rhythm guitarist" for the band, he did take the solo for the Spiral's video Freaking Friends. He can also play a sitar, and defended its usage by saying the band needed to experiment more.

The Daria Database says he has a younger brother named Danny, who's a "recording secretary" for the band's fan club.


The laconic answers has prompted the theory that this character could be about as stupid as Tiffany Blum-Deckler.

A typical dialogue includes the following (from Is It Fall Yet?)

  • (The setting is the end of the first set at a Mystik Spiral concert.)
  • Trent: We'll be back later for our second set.
  • Jesse: This was the first set!
  • Trent: Ah....Yeah.

Jesse Moreno in FanFiction[edit]

Fanfic has occasionally known to have Jane hooking up with Jesse, presumably to make a double-couple with Trent and Daria Morgendorffer. (See Gang of Four.) This attraction to Jane was hinted in Daria's story which parodied Jane Austen's "Sense and Sensibility" ("Write Where It Hurts") in which Jesse was described as Jane's suitor (which was also when he was given his surname "Moreno").

  • Jesse appears in the Alternate Universe fanfiction Blessings of the Moon along with the rest of Mystik Spiral where he and the rest of the band try to capture and contain the possessed Stacy Rowe. He ends up succumbing to the power of the moon, despite it's not a full moon, and becomes a werewolf.

Jesse-centric fanfics[edit]

Summer Fling by GingerLove84