Dora Márquez is the main character and protagonist of the Dora the Explorer television series. She’s a guest star in the show School Daze. She is an adorable, sweet, young and tomboyish yet very beautiful Latina heroine who embarks on a trip in every episode in order to find something or help somebody.
Dora has relationships with all of the characters she meets, failing even to hold a grudge against the mischievous fox, Swiper. Despite her cuteness, sweetness and beauty, she hates villains only when it seems that compromise is impossible, and even in these cases, fails to display actual anger. She gives others a chance to try their hands at tasks even when she herself might have an easier time with them. Dora values her family, whom she loves openly, though she spends little time indoors at home with them. She tries to introduce her traditions and customs, subtly and without compulsion, to those who are not familiar with them. Dora is fond of Boots, who became her best friend when she saved his beloved red boots from being swiped by Swiper.
Dora has dark peach skin, causing it to appear almost orange. She has brown eyes as well as brown hair. The character is often shown wearing a pink t-shirt, orange shorts, frilly yellow socks and white Velcro shoes with pink trim along with other outfits. She wears a yellow bracelet with a blue flower on it that she wears on her right wrist and it happened to be a birthday present when she was four. She also wears a talking purple backpack everywhere she goes.
In the winter, she wears a light blue jacket with gold trim, her pink shirt underneath her orange shorts, and black boots.
When swimming, she wears a pink, purple, or yellow one-pieced swimsuit with or without a floral pattern.
Dora's outfit in the Virtual Paradise consists of a pink sleeveless blouse underneath a purple vest, a long orange skirt, and pink sandals.
In Explorer Girls and Season 1 of Advanced Education, Dora has longer hair and wore a pink short-sleeved tunic with flowers on it, her original bracelet, orange capris, and pink ballet flats with white bows. She also briefly wears her purple backpack before handing it down to Boots.
In "Our First Concert" and "Concert Chronicles", She wore a pink short-sleeved dress with flowers similar to Explorer Girls and Dora and Friends, but with a purple stripe on the waist and bottom, a necklace with a sun-shaped bead, pink bracelets, and purple boots.
In Dora and Friends: Into the City and the rest of Advanced Education, She wears a hot pink dress with a flower design on the side, purple trim and sash, blue denim leggings, and pink converse sneakers. She also wears a silver, magical charm bracelet on her right wrist. She also keeps her living purple backpack, However, it becomes a little different after her bottom side got torn apart on the cliff but Kate was able to mend her. While mending her, Isa's flower, Bud became sewn into Backpack. It's color is now lavender with pink on the bottom.
She is stated as being the cousin of Diego, Alicia and Daisy, which would make her the niece of Diego's mother (possibly named Melanie) and dad (possibly named Mark). She is also the big sister of Guillermo and Isabella.
Dora enjoys sports. She played on a baseball team with Boots and her other partners and was coached by her father (who has never been depicted as having other employment). She loves and excels at soccer. Dora is also a musician, skilled at playing a wooden flute and the guitar.
Voice of Dora Edit
The character was voiced by Kathleen Herles for the 1st 4 seasons until she was replaced by Caitlin Sanchez for season 5 & season 6 and replaced with another voice actress Fátima Ptacek who snagged the role for a little bit of the season 6 episodes, for all of season 7 & season 8. In the Dora in Roblox series, she was voiced by Janet Parker. In Seasons 11-27 of the School Daze series, Dora was once again voiced by Kathleen Herles. In the Summer Era and Season 1 of Advanced Education, she is voiced by Caitlin Sanchez.
- Dora is a Latina. Early concepts of Dora had her as a blond girl of European ancestry. The character was originally based on a niece, Lilli, of Rick Velleu, one of the creators of the show.
- Dora was originally going to be a little bunny, Benjamin Bunny who went on adventures with his mom everyday, then they grew to a little girl named Tes, and then Nina.