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Backpack (or Mochila in Spanish) is a friend and special helper to Dora who helps her on all of Dora's adventures. Just like Dora, Backpack can speak both Spanish and English. Backpack is a real go-getter with a can-do spirit. As Backpack says in her signature song, "Anything that you might need, I've got inside for you." From binoculars to sticky tape, Backpack's loaded up with everything Dora might need for her quest, though it is up to the viewer to pick out the item(s) that will solve the problem at hand. Just like Map, she opens her own segment (the helping segment, known as the backpack segment). He (Map) also lives in her side pocket.



  • Dora: (after Boots was desperate about losing something) No Boots! I put it in my backpack for safe keeping!
  • Dora: I need your help. Will you check my backpack to/and find (insert something here)? You have to say Backpack!
  • Boots (and other characters together): Say Backpack! (2x, sometimes once)
  • Dora: Louder!

During the Segment

  • (¡Hola! (Soy (Backpack/Mochila)!/I have lots of stuff,) but) Dora (and Boots) need(s) to (insert something here).
  • Will (this object) (rest of the description)?/Is this the (insert object here)?/Does (this object) (rest of description)?
  • No/Oops! That's (wrong object)!
  • (Sometimes) No/Oops! That's silly!
  • Do you see the (said object(s))?
  • Yes/Right! There it/they is/are! (Smart looking/thinking!) (¡Muy bien!)

At the end of the segment

  • Smart looking!
  • Yum-yum-yum-yum-yum, ¡delicioso!
  • If the correct item is a rope, and it got stuck: Oh, no! The rope got stuck! Rapido, I need your help. Put your hands out in front of you and pull the rope. Pull the rope! Pull, pull, pull, pull, pull, pull, pull! Good pulling! ¡Muy bien!


Dora's purple backpack (originally voiced by Sasha Toro, Alexandria Suarez and Sofia Lopez, and currently Breanna Lakatos beginning with "Return to the Rainforest") provides whatever Dora needs to complete her quests.

She is believed to be a magic satchel, which has been known to produce large items, including a ladder (as seen in Rescue, Rescue, Rescue!) or multiple ladders (as seen in A Crown for King Juan el Bobo), two complete space suits (one each for Dora and Boots) (as seen in Journey to the Purple Planet), a giant fishing pole (as seen in Big River, Grandma's House, and Dora's Got a Puppy) and other items that simply could not fit inside a backpack in real life.

Backpack seems to have a lot of extra space within her fabric to be held in such a small area. She was given to Dora as a present by her mother and father. To make the Backpack open up, Dora asks the viewers at home to say "Backpack". The Backpack then sings a little introduction and asks the viewers at home to choose what Dora needs from among the Backpack's contents. Afterwards, Backpack uses her flap to suck the remaining contents that don't work back in her, saying, "Yum-yum-yum-yum-yum, ¡delicioso!".

Backpack 2.0


Backpack is mostly purple. She has white eyes with black pupils and yellow eyebrows. The inside of her mouth is burgundy.

In Dora and Friends: Into the City!, Backpack's design became different when she got mended by Kate after being saved by Dora and others on the tallest mountain. Her color is now light purple with her bottom being pink with the flower patterns.

In Dora and the Lost City of Gold (live-action film), Backpack's design was completely different which gave her really unnecessary details such as the zipper for her mouth and front pocket. She also lost her ability to speak in reality along with Map except in Dora's imagination in the beginning and the hallucination scene.


Backpack appears in almost every episode of Dora the Explorer. Her first appearance was in "The Legend of the Big Red Chicken". She makes a non-speaking cameo appearance during the We Did It! song in "Dora's Christmas Carol Adventure".


  • Backpack suffered a broken strap in the episode "Sticky Tape," but Dora taped the strap back together with the use of the sticky tape. Due to cartoon logic, the yellow tape on the strap disappeared in the episode after it ("Bouncing Ball"), making Backpack's strap completely purple and all fixed.
  • Backpack has appeared in almost every episode of the first four seasons. Starting with season 5, her face doesn't appear as often.
  • In the episode "The Backpack Parade", they find out the reason Backpack was sneezing was because she kept sniffing confetti.
    • This proves Backpack was allergic to confetti.
  • When Backpack is asked for help on HD episodes, she becomes a computer-generated imagery character just like Map.
  • Backpack was swiped by Swiper twice, in Backpack and The Missing Piece.
    • Backpack was the second character to be swiped by Swiper after Little Star.
  • Backpack returns in the episode "Return to the Rainforest" from Dora and Friends: Into the City!. She becomes a little different after her bottom side got torn apart on the cliff, but Kate is able to mend her.
    • While mending her, Isa's flower, Bud becomes sewn into Backpack. However, Bud doesn't mind, as Bud wants to go on adventures with Dora, and Isa says it's okay. Following that episode, she joins the cast of Dora and Friends: Into the City! along with Bud, and once again accompanies Dora on her adventures.
    • When asked for help, Bud goes inside Backpack to help find what Dora needs. While mending her, Kate made some alterations to Backpack's design, which Bud became involved with, as well.
  • Backpack never does a Character Find. Apparently, there was a game of finding her online on the original Nick Jr. game website before it disappeared and was still shown in other websites.
  • Backpack can carry books in the episode with the same name. The episode also reveals how Dora first got her.
  • In the episode with the same name, Dora and Boots checked her six times, which is the most times she was called upon (in one whole episode) in the entire series.
  • In Go, Diego, Go!, Backpack was used in 4 episodes: Chito and Rita the Spectacled Bears, Diego's Wolf Pup Rescue, Diego and Dora Help Baby Monarch Get to the Festival, and The Great Polar Bear Rescue. Her face was also seen in Diego's Great Dinosaur Rescue, but she wasn't used in that episode.
  • Sasha Toro (Backpack's original voice actress) made a comeback for the 2019 movie.
  • Boots' Cuddly Dinosaur and Swiper the Explorer show a time where Backpack asked the viewers to say "Backpack!"
  • The Lost City is the first episode where Dora doesn’t check her backpack at all because she doesn‘t need anything from inside Backpack.
  • Beginning with Dora's World Adventure!, one of her side pockets was removed.
  • As seen in Meet Diego! and To the South Pole, if the correct item is a rope, the rope may sometimes get stuck.


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Major characters
Main Márquez family
Dora | Diego | Alicia | Mami | Papi | Abuela | Guillermo | Isabella
Swiper | Grumpy Old Troll | Bobo Brothers | Alejandro
Object helpers
Backpack | Map | Rescue Pack | Click
Forest friends
Boots | Tico | Benny | Isa | Big Red Chicken | Señor Tucán | Fiesta Trio | Baby Jaguar
City friends
Pablo | Alana | Emma | Kate | Naiya | Sammy | Randy