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Dora Márquez
¡Hola! Soy Dora!/Hi! I'm Dora!

Come on! ¡Vámonos!/Let's go!

Name Dora Márquez
Species Human
Gender Female
Occupation Explorer
Interests Exploring, discovering new things, playing with friends
Dislikes Her friends in danger, Swiper swiping their stuff
First Appearance Pilot (unaired)
The Legend of the Big Red Chicken (aired)
Last Appearance Shivers the Snowman
Friends Boots, Benny, Tico, Isa, Fiesta Trio, Swiper (occasionally), Map, Backpack, Baby Jaguar and other various characters
Relatives Elena (mother)
Cole (father)
Valerie (grandmother)
Diego, Daisy and Alicia (cousins)
Guillermo (brother)
Isabella (sister)
Nico (uncle)
Sabrina (aunt)
Enemies Swiper
Voiced By Kathleen Herles (Season 1-4)
Caitlin Sanchez (Season 5-6)
Fátima Ptacek (Season 6-8 and Dora and Friends: Into the City)

Dora Marquez is the main character and hostess of the Dora the Explorer television series. She is a heroic Latina girl who embarks on a trip in every episode in order to find something or help somebody.


She is indicated to be 7 years of age until the Season 5 episode Dora's Big Birthday Adventure, in which she turns 8.


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.


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 Marquez.


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

Dora the Explorer

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.

Dora and Friends: Into the City

Fátima Ptacek retains her voice role as Dora in this new spin off series.


  • 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 is the only one never to get Character Find at the end of each episode during the end credits.


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 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!. Her first appearance was in The Legend of the Big Red Chicken.

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

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