Dora 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 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 has ears with little gold earrings.
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 Mami and Papi.
Voice of Dora
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.
Fátima Ptacek retains her voice role as Dora in this new spin off series.
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 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.
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: