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Dora Márquez (most often just "Dora") 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 countless adventures in every episode in order to find something or help somebody in need.


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. Additionally, though rarely seen, Dora wears little gold earrings on her ears.


Dora is kind to 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 helped him save his beloved red boots from being swiped by Swiper the Fox (This was revealed in "Dora's First Trip").


Dora enjoys sports, especially soccer. 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’s indicated to be 7 years of age until the Season 5 episode "Dora's Big Birthday Adventure", in which she turns 8. She’s 10 years old in Dora and Friends: Into the City!. In Dora and the Lost City of Gold she’s 16 years old.


She's stated as being the cousin of Diego, Alicia, and Daisy which makes her the niece of Diego's mother and father. She's also the older sister of Guillermo and Isabella. She is also the daughter of Elena Márquez and Cole Márquez.

Voice of Dora

Dora the Explorer

The character was voiced by Kathleen Herles for the first four seasons, then replaced by Caitlin Sanchez for Seasons 5 and 6, later replaced with voice actress, Fátima Ptacek who snagged the role for the last episodes of Season 6 and for all of Seasons 7 and 8.

Dora and Friends: Into the City!

Fátima Ptacek retains her voice role as Dora in this new spin off series. While Ptacek speaks in a higher pitch for Dora the Explorer, the new series allows her a more natural voice, as the character is 10 to Ptacek's real life age at the start of production, 12.

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 perky 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 sex, 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.

Usual Phrases

  • "Hi, I'm Dora!"
  • "Hola, soy Dora!"
  • "I need your help."
  • "You have to say, "Map"/"Backpack"."
  • "Do you see (location)? (Where?)"
  • "Donde esta? Where is/Do you see (location)?"
  • "Si, ali esta!"
  • "Vamonos!"
  • "So, next comes..."
  • "Where do we go next?"


  • 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 friend she meets which is revealed in Dora's First Trip.
  • Dora's last name was mentioned twice in Dora the Explorer, Grandma's House and Surprise!, when Boots addressed Mami as "Señora Márquez".
  • Whenever Dora and Boots travel anywhere, they sing the Travel Song but when they're done with their 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 most double-length episodes, Dora gets a new outfit or form, either by retrieval or a magical transformation. The only double-length episodes where this does not happen are Dora's Christmas Carol Adventure and Dora's Big Birthday Adventure.
  • In Sammy's Valentine, Dora doesn't make her appearance herself, her picture is only seen on Diego's Valentine card.
  • Dora was only seen crying in the Nick Jr Babies Flash game (as a baby) and never 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.
  • In Go, Diego, Go!, whenever she makes an appearance in an episode, she usually appears alongside Alicia during the Let's Review segment, but since Alicia is absent in Diego and Dora Save the Giant Tortoises, she replaces Alicia.


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".

Her middle name actually being Explorer is revealed in a poster advertising Dora and the Lost City of Gold.


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.

In Go, Diego, Go!, she appeared in:

Dora even made an appearance alongside the other ViacomCBS characters & stars for a short 30-second video of Dora and the others climbing the Paramount Mountain for the relaunch of Paramount+ coming in March 4

Additional pages

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