|Last appearance||Is It College Yet?|
|Voiced by||Ashley Albert |
|Episode count||41 (2 non-speaking) |
2 TV movies
|Occupation||Student at Lawndale High|
Tiffany Blum-Deckler is a member of the Fashion Club. She is largely known for her cluelessness.
Tiffany is a member of the Fashion Club of Lawndale High. She is portrayed to be clueless and terminally narcissistic. She speaks with a semi-Valley Girl drawl, and almost always speaks it veeeeerrrryyyyyy ssssslllloooowwwwllllyyyy.
She is in many of Quinn Morgendorffer's classes.
In "It Happened One Nut", during her second year at Lawndale, Tiffany was doing volunteer work: peer-to-peer social counselling. (She was rubbish.)
It is difficult to exaggerate this character's cluelessness. Many of her scenes in the show deal with this, and it is often used as the basis of the humor in her scenes. Tiffany's cluelessness defines the character and is critical to it.
For example, in the episode "It Happened One Nut," where Tiffany, volunteering as a career counselor "to help the socially challenged," is unable to get through what appears to be a simple, written speech that serves as an introduction to the counseling program.
In the Season Two episodes "The Daria Hunter" and "Fair Enough," Tiffany switches her loyalties from Sandi Griffin to Quinn at the drop of a hat. This led to speculation in the fan community that perhaps the character wasn't as clueless as she appeared to be, and perhaps was even attempting to take over the Fashion Club by using Quinn as a wedge against Sandi. However, subsequent episodes appear to have indicated that, yes, she really is that dumb. More excellent examples of her cluelessness are found in the episode "Fat Like Me" (though that one at least implies that she's smart enough to want Sandi out of the Fashion Club).
In "Lucky Strike," a substitute teacher even attempts to flirt with her, even going so far as to stroke her hair in class and this all still goes completely over Tiffany's head. Later on though, when thanks to Helen's meddling the said teacher is removed from the school due to "reasons" Tiffany remarked that she hoped that it wasn't his "Anguish acting up" And later in the episode when her class is told to write a 200 word essay on what they think "Romeo and Juliet" is about, Tiffany's horrified objection is "think?".
In her first few episodes in S1, Tiffany actually spoke at normal speed and her cluelessness was more in line with the bulk of characters. There is never an in-universe reason for the change. This is mocked by Daria and Jane in Look Back in Annoyance ("the not-yet-permanently-voiced Tiffany"). She resumes a normal singing speed in "Daria!," presumably just to avoid messing up the songs' rhythm and tempo.
In the shooting script for "The Invitation", she is simply called "Popular Girl Two" (Popular Girl being Popular Girl One and Sandi being named). Presumably, it was only later on that MTV decided to make her into a full character, and gave her one of the names the security guard mentioned to Daria and Jane.
Because of her last name, Tiffany is usually seen as Jewish. Nothing is ever done with this concept in the show, and Tiffany's entire religious side is summed up in the (unintentionally) ironic comment she makes in "Dye! Dye! My Darling": "I love philosophy."
Also because of her last name and her Asian appearance, she is usually depicted as an adopted child. Her ethnic origins are debated but usually boil down to Chinese, Japanese, or Vietnamese. Her biological mother is occasionally named as Angela Li, for obvious reasons.
Many fanfic authors have commented that because Tiffany is portrayed as so unintelligent and one-dimensional, it is difficult to elaborate on her character. This leads some authors to reveal that she is actually a robot, an alien, a super-hero, or has some other surprising twist in her background that no one knows about. But all we know she is just a mutated fugu fish: slow, quiet, brainless, deadly for human neurons and looks very similar ;)
"Smarter Than She Seems" Tiffany
For an alternate way to expand on her character, some depict Tiffany as only pretending to be dumb, which if nothing else helps explain her earlier characterization. Examples include the JoeMerl drabble "Watch the Carnage," which ships her with Luhrman, and the twist endings of Kristen Bealer's "Don't Sweat the Mall Stuff" and Jim North's "The Latest Fashion."
Some authors have depicted Tiffany settling down and getting married. In Wouter Jaegers' "Art-I-Fact" she hooks up with Kevin after he ran her over with his car. The accident actually erasing her memories. Kevin, being very remorseful had been there at her side in the hospital where the two of them bond and eventually fall in love, marry and have a son. Jim North's friends (more than) series also has her becoming a housewife after falling in love with Ted DeWitt-Clinton.
Tiffany in Fanart
As is with all Fashion club members, Tiffany appears in many fan art depicting the club although not often in speaking roles. Quinn, in "Party at Lindy's" is imagining what the sex lives of her fellow Fashion Club members would be like and describes Tiffany as somebody who'd need a partner with a lot of patience.
S.C. has depicted another very iconic Tiffany in his "Burger World" artwork where she sticks her head from the kitchen area which is on fire with a "I thiiiink theeree's sooomeethiiing wrooongg heeereee..." look on her face.
Tiffany's surname name was originally established in "The Invitation", as one of several people called Tiffany. It was only much later that it was revealed that was Tiffany Blum-Deckler.
- In the Latin American dubbing, she was voiced by Mayra Arellano.