Popular Characters from Dora the Explorer

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Popular Characters from Dora the Explorer

Popular characters from ten years of Dora the Explorer
Dora the Explorer has had lots of characters visit her over the past ten years. Here are some of the more popular ones. Nickelodeon

Dora the Explorer, the animated preschooler with a big heart and even bigger briefcase first came on the air on August 14, 2000. And in that decade, she's met a lot of interesting characters along the way.

The character key above details some of the most popular characters to appear on the show.

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Boots

Boots the Monkey is Dora's best friend.
Boots the Monkey is Dora's best friend. Nickelodeon

Boots
"We created Boots as a stand-in for the viewer. We wanted to represent the veiwer with someone who is younger than Dora, eager to go on the advetnure and help out as much as he can." -- Valerie Walsh Valdes, creator and executive producer, Dora the Explorer.

"So many great fictional heroes have had sidekicks. Dora and Boot are wonderful partners who are loyal, funny and able to bring out the best in each other. The love between them is an important part of the show's appeal and their hug has become an iconic image." -- Chris Gifford, creator and executive producer, Dora the Explorer.

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Backpack

Backpack holds everything Dora the Explorer needs when she goes on her adventures.
Backpack holds everything Dora the Explorer needs when she goes on her adventures. Nickelodeon

Backpack
"We liked the connection between being an explorer and having a backpack, so it's that idea of preparedness. It's comforting to know that in my backpack, I have everything I could possibly need." -- Valerie Walsh Valdes, creator and executive producer, Dora the Explorer.

"Because almost every kid has a backpack, we though it would be great to give Dora a backpack filled with problem-solving tools to help her overcome obstacles." -- Chris Gifford, creator and executive producer, Dora the Explorer.

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Map

If it wasn't for Map, Dora the Explorer wouldn't know where to go!
If it wasn't for Map, Dora the Explorer wouldn't know where to go!. Nickelodeon

Map
"We've heard stories about kids creating their own maps to organize their day. Parents also use maps to help get their kids excited to go to the supermarket or post office, because they know, in the end, they will get to go to the playground." -- Valerie Walsh Valdes, creator and executive producer, Dora the Explorer.

"Three is a magic number used throughout the series because preschoolers can digest and remember information in threes. There are three locations on the Map, and we say 'Swiper, no swiping' three times." -- Chris Gifford, creator and executive producer, Dora the Explorer.

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Swiper

Dora the Explorer's
Dora the Explorer's "foil," Swiper provides a little bit of conflict and is part of the problem-solving process. Nickelodeon

Swiper
"We wanted a villain to up the stakes because one of the important pieces to the success of the interaction was to put our heroes on a high-stakes adventure where the kids are asked to interact in an important way." -- Valerie Walsh Valdes, creator and executive producer, Dora the Explorer.

"I hear kids saying Swiper's 'Oh mannn!' all the time. It's something we all say and can relate to. It's a kid response, and it's funny." -- Chris Gifford, creator and executive producer, Dora the Explorer.

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