|First appearance||The New Kid|
|Last appearance||Groped by an Angel|
|Episode count||5 episodes|
|Occupation||Student at Lawndale High; member of the Lawndale Lions|
Robert (surname unknown) is a student at Lawndale High. He was revealed to be a classmate of Daria and Jane in "Murder, She Snored." His one claim to fame is that, technically speaking, he was Daria's very first date ("The New Kid").
A minor character at best, Robert has brief speaking parts in "The New Kid", "Daria!", "Daria Dance Party", "Murder, She Snored and "I Loathe a Parade." He is a silent background character in "The Lawndale File"", "Mart of Darkness" and "Groped by an Angel."
Probably Robert's most significant appearance was in "The New Kid," when Quinn sets him up with Daria, hoping to get her in a good mood so that she will agree to give sports and clubs more pages in the yearbook. Robert brings a set of note cards with "smart" conversation topics along with him, but when he asks about the yearbook Daria gets angry and exits the car. Though they had barely driven into town, this arguably counts as Daria's first date. Later, Robert tries to hassle Daria and Ted at the arcade, though he can't remember why he thinks he needs to do this. When Ted beats him in a sword-fighting game the two wind up bonding and basically forget about Daria entirely.
Robert's other main role was in "Daria Dance Party," when Kevin and Brittany go through a temporary break-up. Kevin makes the other football players agree not to date her, but Robert had been on vacation and did not know this rule, so Brittany invites him in order to make Kevin jealous. The two have a bad time, though Robert tries to console her. However, when Kevin finally arrives Brittany begins kissing Robert, inflaming Kevin's jealousy and making him attack Robert. The latter seems to win the fight, as the episode ends with Kevin being taken to the hospital.
Personality and Interests
Robert plays football for the Lawndale Lions. He is one of Quinn's boy toys, doing whatever she asks of him. Polite and well behaved around women, he frequently addresses them as "ma'am." Around males, especially his friends, Robert likes to roughhouse. The cheerleaders think he is a bad dancer ("Daria Dance Party").
By nature Robert appears to be friendly, well mannered, chivalrous, and emotional. He is physically powerful (he broke Kevin's jaw in "Daria Dance Party"), but rarely goes looking for trouble. His incompetence at fulfilling even moderately complex tasks could presumably be traced to his dull intellect or hazy memory.
Fanfiction about Robert
Predictably, per the TV series, he often calls Daria "Darcy" and says "ma'am" to all women. His primary interests seem to be football, dating girls from the Fashion Club, and screwing up to provide comic relief.
As a number of fans assume that Ted is gay, and Robert is the most common male to pair him with, as in OverlordMikey's "One More Round." This trope has been subverted in The Excellent S's Lawndale Fighting Championship series where, teamed up as "Da Nice Guyz", they act comically friendly to each other. It is up to colour commentator Janet Barch to imply that there is more to their relationship.
- Character description at Backgrounders
- Character description at the Daria Character Database
- Character description at Sick, Sad World
- Posts about Robert at the Daria Fandom Blog II
- Transcript of "The New Kid" at Outpost Daria (via Wayback Machine)
- Transcript of "Daria Dance Party" at Outpost Daria (via Wayback Machine)
- Transcript of "I Loathe a Parade" at Outpost Daria (via Wayback Machine)
- "Planes, Trains & Automobiles: Transportation in Daria," by D.T. Dey, at Outpost Daria (via Wayback Machine)
- "Battle Royale: Beyond Blunderdome" by Canadibrit: Robert Waldman, despite being forced into a situation in which he is ordered to kill his fellow students, refuses to do this and instead helps the others, until he is accidentally shot by Tiffany (his girlfriend).
- "Bond, Jake's Bond" by John Berry: Quinn tries to get Robert to "rescue her" from being made to attend the country fair, but she accidentally belches in his face and he leaves. Later, Robert sees his mother at a dunking booth and dunks her.
- "The Dammitall Run!" by DJW: Racer Number 12 in this story is crewed by "The Yes Ma'am's": Robert and the Three Js in Robert's blue Ford Mustang convertible.
- "Darkness" by TAG: Robert Korleski is an FBI agent in this SF post-canon tale.
- "Electronic Alchemy: On This Night, A Star Is Born" by The Alchemist: "I went to Military School until I was thirteen," says Robert, explaining why he is so polite.
- "Falling into College 18: Prom Quinn" by Richard Lobinske: Sandi Griffin lets Robert take her to the senior prom.
- "Lawndale Living Conditions" by Thomas: Robert dates Quinn.
- "The Lawndale Tango" by The New Kids on the Cell Block: Robert "Lip" Schitz is murdered by Tiffany (again!), this time for failing to tell her that she wasn't fat.
- "Living Dead Girls 3: Baptism Of Fire" by Psychotol: Robert is turned into a vampire and (somehow) survives when most of the others are slain.
- "The Look-Alike Series: Display Model" by Canadibrit: Robert dates a fed-up Stacy.
- "Lord with the Ring!" by Bacner: Robert is made up as Haldir, an elf in a Lord of the Rings crossover parody.
- "Murder Was the Case" by Wouter Jaegers: Stacy tells everyone that both Sandi and Robert do drugs and have sex together.
- "Past Understanding" by Ennon: Robert goofs up while hunting for Quinn.
- "Season of Hope and Blight" by MeScribble: Robert sells Daria a Christmas tree with Kevin's help.
- "So I Dated an Axe-Murderer" by Invisigoth Gypsy: Trent Lane kidnaps Robert for saying that his date with Daria in "The New Kid" was the worst date he'd ever had.
- "Tomorrow Never Knows" by Kara Wild: Robert, accompanied by other football players, threatens Daria with trouble for causing a store to drop its sponsorship of the football team. (He still calls her "ma-am.") In return, Jane threatens to tell everyone that Robert is a cross-dresser (according to his ex-girlfriend), which causes Robert to run off.
- "Turnabout Confusion I: We All Fall Down, by Dennis: Daria dates Robert a second time as part of her change of persona.
- "Turnabout Confusion II: All the King's Horses" by Dennis: Robert gets semi-caught up in the Machiavellian intrigue at Lawndale High, but does nothing evil.
- "Week of Hell" by Thomas: Robert dates an exhausted Quinn.
- "Willow" by Bacner: Lawndale High's Filmmaking Club's first movie is a re-enactment of the 1988 fantasy movie Willow, with Robert (badly and comically) playing the part of General Kael.
- Finn Morgendorffer 18: Dance Fever: Robert goes on a double-date with Stacy while Finn Morgendorffer dates a different girl. Stacy breaks up with Robert, but calls him a gentleman, and he feels loved, even though it didn't work out.