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Dora Explorer Márquez is the main character and hostess of the Dora the Explorer and Dora and Friends: Into the City! television series. She is a heroic Latina girl who embarks on a trip in every episode in order to find something or help somebody.
Dora has dark peach skin causing it to appear almost orange. She has short brown hair as well as brown eyes. The character is often shown wearing a pink t-shirt, orange shorts, frilly yellow socks, and white Velcro shoes with a 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. Otherwise, if you see a Dora the Explorer kaleidoscope promo airing on Nick Jr, you see a partial portion of Dora's orange shorts as part of a picture of Dora going up, twirls around, and drops down under a video clip of Dora holding still in a kaleidoscope-styled nature.
Dora has relationships with all of the characters she meets, failing even to hold a grudge against the sneaky fox, Swiper. 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 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 before or since). She loves and excels at soccer. Dora is also a musician, skilled at playing a wooden flute and the guitar.
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 father (possibly named Mark). She is also the big sister of Guillermo and Isabella. She is also the daughter of Elena and Cole Márquez.
Voice of Dora
The character was voiced by Kathleen Herles for the first four seasons until she was replaced by Caitlin Sanchez for Seasons 5 and 6 and replaced with another voice actress Fátima Ptacek who snagged the role for the last episodes of Season 6 episodes and for all of Seasons 7 and 8.
Fátima Ptacek retains her voice role as Dora in this new spin off series.
Dora and the Lost City of Gold
- Main article: Dora and the Lost City of Gold
In Dora and the Lost City of Gold, Dora remains her intrepid spunky self. Even as she continues to address an imaginary audience to the bafflement of those around her, she comes across as eccentric and charming. Dora continues to act with enthusiasm and positivity despite her fellow teenage peers' attitude and it serves her well in later life-threatening adventures.
Dora is exceptionally knowledgeable in many aspects of the world, despite being socially stunted. She's clever and resourceful and can speak a number of other languages, notably Quechua. She also demonstrates compassion and diplomacy, and when confronted by the potentially hostile guards of Parapata, the City of Gold, she is able to peaceably convince them that she and her friends mean no harm.
Despite her initial difficulties dealing with her fellow teenagers in a modern high school, Dora does not shy away from the challenge. While it's a different kind of adventure, in the end, she chooses to return to school with her new friends and the cousin she's reconnected with.
- It's unknown what Dora's exact nationality is despite being Latina. The show never specifically mentioned her true nationality.
- Dora is a Latina. Early concepts of Dora had her as a blonde 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 Tess, and then Nina.
- Dora (along with Backpack) is the only one never to get Character Find at the end of each episode during the end credits.
- Boots to the Rescue is the only episode Dora doesn't travel with Boots because she's at school and he runs there right away to bring her song to her. It's also the only episode where she makes a minor appearance and doesn't appear as the first character to begin the episode like she always does. Boots is the first character and the host instead of her.
- Dora is also voiced by Kathleen Herles even as a doll or a toy.
- Dora has chosen Boots has her partner to go traveling with all the time because he's the first friends she meets which is revealed in Dora's First Trip.
- Whenever Dora and Boots travel anywhere, they sing the Travel Song but when they're done they're adventure, they sing We Did It!.
- Whenever Dora and Boots sing songs, sometimes they would cut the songs off during them singing and due to emergencies or sometimes they'd just cut them off for a timeout when the instrumentals are rolling and getting the viewer's attention of how they should sing them like if they wanted to in special ways.
- Dora doesn't always travel with Boots in every episode even though they're best friends and are meant to be together, she only travels with Isa once as his replacement in Isa's Unicorn Flowers and she sometimes travels with Swiper whenever he's on his good side or she sometimes travels with both Boots and Swiper with or without Boots, however, she also sometimes travels alone without Boots or anyone with her.
- Whenever Dora gets mad sometimes, she never seems to make any angry looks throughout the series, not even once.
- In Sammy's Valentine, Dora doesn't make her appearance herself, her picture is only seen on Diego's Valentine card.
- Dora is never seen crying throughout the series even though she sometimes gets a little mad.
- Dora was played by Madelyn Miranda (6) and Isabela Moner (16) in Dora and the Lost City of Gold.
Dora's surname being Márquez is not directly addressed in the series, it is uncovered in an episode in which Boots addresses her mother as "Señora Márquez".
Dora appears in every episode of Dora the Explorer and Dora and Friends: Into the City!. Dora also makes a major role on every episode of Dora the Explorer and Dora and Friends: Into the City!, however, for the exception of Boots to the Rescue. Her first appearance was in The Legend of the Big Red Chicken.
Within Go, Diego, Go!, she appeared in:
- Both parts of the episode Diego's Great Dinosaur Rescue
- Linda the Llama Saves Carnaval (First appearance with Boots)
- Chito and Rita the Spectacled Bears (First appearance alone)
- Diego's Wolf Pup Rescue
- Sammy's Valentine (a picture of Dora on a valentine card)
- Diego and Dora Help Baby Monarch Get to the Festival
- Diego and Dora Save the Giant Tortoises
- Part 2 of The Great Polar Bear Rescue
- Rainforest Rhapsody (cameo in the crowd)