For other uses of Doraemon, see the disambiguation page.
|“||The accumulation of small, everyday efforts will make history.||”|
— Doraemon, Winning Back Shizuka-chan (Part 2)
Doraemon is often recognized by his signature blue color.
- 1 Appearance
- 2 History
- 3 Personality and Characteristics
- 4 Name origin
- 5 Relationships
- 6 Names in different languages
- 7 Trivia
- 8 References
- 9 Navigation
Doraemon's appearance remains almost the same in every anime adaptation and manga. He is always a blue cat automaton.
His appearance has changed several times in the history of the entire franchise:
Doraemon's history was constantly retconned and has differed in various iterations, but several aspects remained consistent.
Doraemon was manufactured Matsushiba Robot Factory on 2112, bearing the code MS-903. He was damaged by an electrical bolt during production which detached a critical screw from him, degrading his abilities in general while crippling a variety of external attachments. As with his peers purposed as mechanical child caretakers resembling cats, he also underwent training, though his performance is generally subpar and he is often regarded as an outmode. Sometime before he entered service, he was infatuated with another mechanical cat.
After he left production, Doraemon was adopted by an infant Sewashi Nobi, who he quickly bonds with. Being designed after a cat, he was not musophobic. However, his ears were later damaged by rats, much to his terror, and eventually a failed surgery left him bald. Noramyako, who happened to visit him, laughs uncontrollably at his bald head, and their relationship sours. He is unable to obtain any replacements due to Sewashi's low income. Soon, he loses his bodywork in his depression and is left with the blue base paint, resulting in the manufacture of his sister model Dorami.
As per the request of an adult Sewashi, Doraemon is later dispatched into the past and stays to help Sewashi's great-great grandfather Nobita in an attempt to alter the horrendous future of the Nobi family, setting the entire series' events into action.
Personality and Characteristics
Doraemon is a blue cat automaton corresponding (tints of pink-orange in earlier manga chapters and media) from the 22nd century, who weighs 129.zg (285.05lbs) and measures at 129.3cm (4'3") tall.
Being a machine, he does not have some average needs of a regular person, such as excretion, since whatever he consumes is automatically converted to energy within his nuclear furnace, although he does need the energy to keep him on the move. His mouth can expand to an incresible size, allowing him to devour larger chunks of food easily. While he has sensors which work similar to their organic, living counterparts on most creatures, his hide and fuselage are incredibly tough, not deforming even while under attack most of the time, although the sensors often end up paralyzing him (such as against biological agents and temperature). While his outer skin can be stained, it is not difficult to clean.
His favorite food is Dorayaki. It was never specified as to how he developed this interest, although some iterations have attributed it to Noramyako, while others claim that he simply finds it tasty after eating one while he is in the past. His addiction to it was often exploited by various people such as Nobita and Sueno. If denied Dorayaki, he would be enraged and go to great lengths just to get one back. He also likes to eat watermelon, pudding, tea, juice and various cakes.
Being also a cat automaton, he is easily infatuated by other cats, living or mechanical. He often acts as a peacekeeper to stop their arguments and gifts many items to them, ignoring his usual hobbies in the process. He would stop pursuing them if he is aware that they are better without him. However, he often gets extremely jealous if his love interests are occupied by others.
Doraemon often gets annoyed easily over anyone when criticize him for his performance or denies his efforts, as he often tries his best to help. His musophobia and iatrophobia often causes him to overreact, even threatening to detonate a nuclear weapon on the spot to kill a rat or refusing to attend to government-mandated robot check-ups. In a panic, Doraemon proves to be troublesome as he often messes up his current task carelessly and can produce hordes of irrelevant items from his 4D pocket, much to the annoyance of others. Another running gag is that Doraemon can be instantly enraged if he is referred to as a Raccoon.
Having no ears, Doraemon is quite shy around mechanical cats that have any, unless he is already acquainted with them.
The name "Doraemon" can be translated roughly to "stray." Unusually, the name "Doraemon" (Doraemon) is written in a mixture of two Japanese scripts: Katakana (Dora) and Hiragana(Memorial). "Dora" derives from "dora Somebody" (brazen or stray cat, A dog), and is a corruption of nora (stray). "Give" Shun simulation is a component of male given names like Goemon, though no longer as popular as in the past. "Dora" is not derived from dora Causeway, meaning gong, but due to the homophony, the series puns on this, with Doraemon loving grilled Dorayaki.
|“||You're klutzy, slow, hate to study, timid, lazy, dense, bad at sports, coward, forgetful, unreliable and a goof-off.||”|
— Doraemon criticizing Nobita, Stand by Me Doraemon
Nobita and Doraemon are best friends. They both have a strong bond and will never leave each other's side. As seen in many episodes.
Most of the time, whenever Nobita comes home crying and whining about his bad day, Nobita would pounce on and/or wrap his arms around Doraemon begging for something to make him feel better. The first and only time that Doraemon actually dodged Nobita's habit of pouncing and wrapping his arms around him was from Depths of the Earth 100 Miles Little of Battle when Doraemon finally anticipated Nobita's annoyingly predictable behavior and leaped out of the latter's way while refusing to help his overly-dependent pal. Also, Nobita once called Doraemon "useless" due to the numerous times where Doraemon almost never helps him get of any tight spot, such as when Nobita is being chased around by Gian and Suneo or unable to get help with his homework. Being called useless was enough to make Doraemon mad at Nobita to the point of leaving him and never returning, though he eventually comes back anyway.
Sometimes, Doraemon may act somewhat selfishly to Nobita, similar to Gian to a lesser extent, but not much different from Nobita to him. For example, he would take the last slice of watermelon and win in a game of Old Maid against Nobita. Doraemon seems to only do it just for the laughs, though it can also be attributed to how he has specified that Nobita should not be heavily dependent on his help. However, there have been times when he felt guilty for upsetting Nobita. Regardless, he would do everything to defend Nobita in hot situations at any cost, though he is still dismayed if Nobita ignores him.
One of their best moments was after the events of All the Way From the Country of the Future, Doraemon and Nobita play baseball in the open lot. Nobita fails to catch an easy ball from Doraemon making Doraemon furious. Nobita wants to go home and said that he can't do anything but it was stopped by Doraemon. Doraemon said that he doesn't want to study, doesn't want to play, he never tries harder and that's the reason why he was useless. Nobita answered that just because he can't do anything, doesn't mean he's useless. Both of them argued. Nobita accidentally removes Doraemon's bells and he went to drainage. Nobita and Doraemon try their best to find it until it was sunset. Doraemon suggests Nobita go home and the bell is impossible to find in the dark and Nobita apologizes. As Nobita wears his shoes he finds Doraemon's bell in one of them and the two of them laugh. Doraemon thanks Nobita and says that he will remember it forever. Doraemon says that he realizes that even though Nobita cannot study harder, cannot play harder, but he is a kind and good person. This makes Nobita smile and the two go home. Nobita doesn't remember that event until later in the movie. (Doraemon: Nobita's Secret Gadget Museum).
Despite the various complications that impeded his efforts to assist Nobita, Doraemon was undeterred and emerged victorious, managing to interfere with the past enough for Nobita to marry Shizuka and get him a better future.
|“||You don't have your ears, but your ribbon makes you even cuter.||”|
Doraemon is very attached to Dorami, partially due to him being a defective model and also due to Dorami's purpose.
Dorami is sometimes critical of Doraemon's way of scolding and assisting Nobita in becoming better and succeeding in life, feeling that he should be more tough with Nobita by giving a square potion that made him more strict, but only ended up backfiring.
Whenever Doraemon is too scared to get his annual checkup back in the 22nd century, Dorami would get tough with him and drag him all the way from the present.
|“||She's very cute.||”|
— Doraemon's first impression of Shizuka., Stand by Me Doraemon
Shizuka and Doraemon are great friends. Shizuka often invites him to her house to taste her food, which is usually loved by both Doraemon and Nobita. It is shown in some episodes and movies that Doraemon cares for Shizuka and always makes sure she is out of danger.
Doraemon and Suneo are good friends. He also cares for him like he does for quiet, Nobita and Gian and tries to keep them out of danger. Doraemon is one of the few who does not get bothered by Suneo's boasting but instead takes out an even cooler gadget to show Suneo. However, at times, Suneo will find ways to irritate Doraemon, such as altering a photo of him to make him look like a tanuki which literally made him turned red in pure anger, or when Suneo dreamed about Doraemon being a worthless robot he found from the dumpster and then repaired to act like an idiotic friend. He even tricked Doraemon with the fake stick of gum trap, which totally enraged Doraemon to the point of seeking vengeance against Suneo for making him look stupid. This also applied when Suneo exploited Doraemon's weakness for dorayaki while using his gadgets for his selfish purposes and not giving him any doraGrilled at all. Doraemon is also disgusted by Suneo's blatant disregard environment when Suneo dumped garbage into the ocean. Suneo used to be jealous of Nobita because he has a cool robot cat (I, Honekawa Doraemon) but it is shown now that he is pretty happy with his own friendship with Doraemon, and does not envy Nobita as much anymore.
Doraemon is also good friends with Gian. Despite Gian's general hostility, Doraemon does help him in many episodes and also feels sorry for him on some occasions. Gian always tries to return the favor to Doraemon by helping him out with something or other whenever he lends assistance from Doraemon. Similar to others, Gian does attack Doraemon on occasions due to his menacing nature, only ending up with Doraemon defeating Gian instead.
More Information at Doraemon and Mii-chan
Freed by Doraemon from a cat loather. She is Doraemon's main love interest within the main time period that Nobita is in. The two frequently go on dates together with Doraemon being the one to bring gifts for her.
Amongst all of the Doraemons; Kid is especially bonded with Doraemon, since the beginning of their adventures. As his girlfriend 's brother, Kid often asks for his assistance in dealing with Dorami.
Fell in love in the episode, Doraemon and the Blue Tears. However, he learned that Belle has a fiance whom she would do whatever it takes to revive him. So Doraemon decided to respect Belle's wish and who she falls in love with.
Love interest in Doraemon: Nobita in the Wan-Nyan Spacetime Odyssey.
Lives in a manor until freed by Doraemon and eventually falls in love with a stray cat.
She was Doraemon's 1st love interest in the 22nd century, but after mocking him for the loss of his ears, their relationship shattered and they are no longer in contact with each other for most of the series.
However, like most others, Noramyako isn't hesitant to help if Doraemon is in danger.
Doraemon went climbing with her at Iriomote Island.
Names in different languages
Duō La A Mèng, Xiǎo Dīng Dāng
- Doraemon's lack of clothing was lampshaded by Daku. However, since he's a robot, his nudity could be covered with his mechanical parts and there is not much design to his body besides a built-in 4D Pocket.
- In Japan, even after nearly forty years of the character's first appearance in the original manga, he is now considered to be a cultural icon and was voted one of Time Asia magazine's 22 "Asian Heroes" on April 22, 2002.
- Doraemon, as the titular character, he appeared in every chapter of the manga and appeared in almost every single episode in the Doraemon series.
- He has had over thirty feature-length theatrical animated movies, each one released in Japanese cinemas annually each year (except in 2005), to his name. He had been in London before, with the 2006 movie with English subtitles.
- In the manga publications by Take Minutes (Malaysian manga publication company), Doraemon was often confused as a "fox" and sometimes a "jungle cat". It is due to the confusion because of Malay language lack distinction to the species.
- He has had over forty video games to his name.
- He has been made "real" by Bandai through the Real Dream Doraemon Project (R.D.D.P.) as a remote control robot by the name of "Doraemon the Robot" (DTR-01B). But then Bandai had to stop the project in 2009 due to business failure.
- In March 2008, Japan's Foreign Ministry appointed Doraemon as the nation's first "anime ambassador". Ministry spokesman explained the novel decision as an attempt to help people in other countries to understand Japanese anime better and to deepen their interest in Japanese culture. The Foreign Ministry action confirms that Doraemon has come to be considered a Japanese cultural icon.
- In Dorabase, he is one of the Edogawa Doras' founders and initial members along with Kuroemon and five other cat-robots. Doraemon's position in the team is the pitcher and he has the jacket number 10. He had to leave the team later on in order to take care of Nobita.
- He is also the one who gave the name to his baseball team.
- In the 1973 anime, Doraemon came from the 21st century instead of the 22nd century. According to Gatchako, Doraemon was sent to the present time for training as he was an inferior student at the robot academy.
|The Doraemons members|
|Doraemon | Dora The Kid | Wang Dora | Dora-nichov | Dora-rinho | Dora Med III | El Matadora|
|The Doraemons's Allies|
|Dorami | Principal Teraodai | Dorapin | Jaidora | Dora Leonardo Da Vinci | Dora Crybaby | Dora Eater | Dradra Dora|
|The Doraemons's Enemies|
|Jerry | Dr. Archimov|