List of Doraemon characters

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Statue of Nobita Nobi and Doraemon.

These are the characters in the anime and manga series Doraemon. Also listed are their original NTV voice actors (1973), followed by their TV Asahi voice actors (1979~). Part of the 22nd century characters are listed in The Doraemons.

Note: in some translations of Doraemon, the names of these characters are different.

Main characters[edit]

Fujiko's friends say that every main character represents elementary school student archetypes Fujiko noticed in his own school days. Doraemon and Nobita appear in every episode of the anime.

Doraemon[edit]

Voiced by: Kōsei Tomita (1973, 1 to episode 26), Masako Nozawa (1973, 27 to episode 52), Nobuyo Ōyama (1979- March 2005), Wasabi Mizuta (April 2005-present) (Japanese), Mona Marshall (2014) (English)
Yellow/Young Voiced by: Chisa Yokoyama

Doraemon (born on 3 September, Virgo), the titular character, is the main protagonist of the series. He is a cat-like robot created by the Matsushiba robot company, and is sent back in time by Sewashi to aid Nobita. He possesses a fourth-dimensional pocket from which he can acquire various kinds of futuristic tools, gadgets, and playthings from a future department store. He also has the tendency to panic during emergencies, characterized by him frantically trying to pull out a very much-needed tool from his pocket, only to produce a huge assortment of unrelated household items. Still, Doraemon is very friendly and intelligent, not to mention long-suffering because of Nobita's antics.

Doraemon's physical appearance changed as the manga progressed. At first, he was predominantly blue, with a blue tail, a white stomach, and flesh-coloured hands and feet. He also stooped, and had a body much larger than his head. In later issues, he sported a smaller body, white hands and feet, and a red tail--the appearance most identify him with today.

In "The Doraemons" story arc (and the 2112: The Birth of Doraemon short film), it is revealed that Doraemon's original paint color was yellow. After getting his ears gnawed off by a robot mouse, he slipped into depression on top of a tower, where he drank a potion labeled "sadness". As he wept, the yellow color washed off and his voice changed due to the potion. As a result, he developed a morbid fear of mice despite being a robotic cat, because he was suffering musophobia.

Doraemon weighs 129.3 kg (285 lb) and measures at 129.3 cm (4 ft 3 in) tall. He is able to run at 129.3 km/h (80.3 mph) when scared and jump 129.3 cm (4.242 ft) when threatened. His maximum power is 96.4 kW (129.3 bhp). His waist, head, and chest circumference are all 129.3 cm. His feet are 129.3 mm in diameter. He was manufactured on 3 September 2112 (12/9/3 in Japanese date format) at the Matsushiba Robot Factory (マツシバロボット工場?). Doraemon is considered a substandard product because many of his robotic features (ie. radar whiskers and cat-calling bell) malfunctioned after production. One can turn Doraemon off by pulling his balloon tail.

Due to this malfunction, Doraemon did not do well at the robot's school and during the final presentation show, he performed badly and nobody wanted to hire him, until baby Sewashi pushed the button. His parents were a bit reluctant, but since Sewashi liked him, they hired Doraemon, and he took care of him until Sewashi himself sent him to the past to take care of Nobita. Despite this, Doraemon shows lot of intelligence and common sense. Whenever he hangs out with his friend Mii-Chan, he calls it 'important and busy work' as excuses not to do work when Nobita or his mother ask him to do work when he will be going out with Mii.

Doraemon's favourite food is dorayaki (どら焼き?) (known as "fudgy pudgy pie" in the English version of the manga, and "yummy buns" in the English anime, though first referred to as dorayaki), a Japanese treat filled with red bean paste. Speculations led to dorayaki being the origin of his name. However, it was revealed in one of the manga chapters that his name originates from the Japanese word nora neko (のら猫?) for "stray cat", and the -emon (衛門?) ending which is part of traditional Japanese names, as seen also in, for example, Ishikawa Goemon.[1][2][3]

Doraemon usually uses the phrase "nanoda".

Nobita Nobi (野比 のび太 Nobi Nobita?) /Noby[edit]

Voiced by: Yoshiko Ōta (1973), Noriko Ohara (1979-March 2005), Hiroko Maruyama (Stand-in for Ohara), Megumi Ōhara (April 2005-present) (Japanese), Johnny Yong Bosch (2014) (English)
Teen: Voiced by: Makiko Ōmoto (2000), Mai Kadowaki (2005-2007)
Adult: Voiced by: Kōzō Shioya (1984), Shingo Hiromori (1987-1990), Noriko Ohara (2000~2004), Tōru Ōkawa (2005), Hideyuki Hori (2006)

Nobita (born on 7 August, Leo), is the other main character of most stories. He is a fourth grader (fifth grader in anime version) and is 10 years old[4] in Tokyo's Nerima Ward and an only child. He wears glasses, a red or yellow polo shirt with a white collar, and blue or black shorts. Nobita is dumb, uncoordinated, dim-witted, weak, frail, childish, unlucky and bad at sports. He sleeps from a standing position to a sleeping position in less then a second.

Nobita's typical day consists of arriving late to school, scoring zero in his tests, getting scolded by his teacher, being teased by his classmates Gian and Suneo, falling in the curbside rain gutters, dogs running after him as he step his foot by mistake on the dog's tail, getting grounded by his mom as she receives complaints against Nobita for not completing his homework, coming late to school or either his poor performance in his studies and sports, falls asleep during class, and does not have a good image between his friends except Shizuka, who remembers Nobita's kind heart and worries about him.

Some notable personality traits in Nobita are his cowardice (where he is scared of almost everything, especially ghosts) and his cry-baby (a running gag in the show has Nobita crying, mostly at the beginning of the episode) attitude.

Despite the above flaws,Nobita is usually portrayed as being courageous and he has often risked his life to help save others or even entire civilizations in full-length stories. Nobita can be very serious and responsible at times. In the original history which Doraemon doesn't interfere, Nobita would marry Jaiko (as long as he only wants to marry Shizuka), never find a good job and eventually go bankrupt. Despite everything, Doraemon succeeds on his mission, as seen in several episodes in which they travel to the future, Nobita eventually marries Shizuka and becomes an officer of Ministry of the Environment.

Shizuka Minamoto (源 静香 Minamoto Shizuka?)/Sue[edit]

Voiced by: Masako Ebisu (1973), Michiko Nomura (1979-March 2005), Rei Sakuma (2000), Yumi Kakazu (2005-present) (Japanese), Cassandra Morris (2014) (English)
Teen: Voiced by: Rei Sakuma (2000)

Shizuka (born on 8 May, Taurus), usually called Shizuka-chan (しずかちゃん?), is a smart, kind and pretty girl and Nobita's best friend. She takes baths several times a day. Nobita often disrupts her in her bath due to some misuse of Doraemon's gadgets, and Shizuka usually shouts out "Go away, pervert!" to Nobita. Her true passions are sweet potatoes, which she'd rather keep to herself out of the knowledge of others, and the violin, in which her playing is as horrendous as Gian's singing. She is also known for taking piano lessons unwillingly (as she loves violin more), which is sometimes a reason for declining to hang out with friends. Due to Doraemon's intervention, Shizuka will marry Nobita. At present, she doesn't have any crush on her close friends, but she fancies some handsome idols on TV.

Takeshi "Gian" Gouda (剛田 武 Gōda Takeshi?)/Big G[edit]

Voiced by: Kaneta Kimotsuki (1973), Kazuya Tatekabe (1979-March 2005), Subaru Kimura (2005-present) (Japanese), Kaiji Tang (2014) (English)
Teen: Voiced by: Kujira (2000)

Takeshi (born on 15 June, Gemini), usually known by the nickname "Gian" (ジャイアン Jaian?) (known as "Big G." in the English version of the manga, and "Damulag" in the Tagalog version) from English word "Giant", is the big, strong, and quick-tempered local bully. He also frequently steals other children's toys (especially Suneo) and books under the pretext of "borrowing" them, unless the toy is damaged. This is how most fans considered Gian to be the antagonist of this show. However, he does not hesitate to help Nobita and his friends when they are in real trouble, which often occurs in full-length stories.

He is known for his boastful confidence in his horrible singing voice, though he considers himself a great singer. But in some episodes when his voice is recorded and he hears it, he instantly denies it being his voice and threatens to beat up the person who sung his songs in a very bad way. Several of the stories revolve around Nobita and his friends' efforts to avoid Gian's concerts. Gian is also confident in cooking, but just like his singing, his hand-made food can be a nightmare for other people very easily.

Suneo Honekawa (骨川 スネ夫 Honekawa Suneo?)/Sneech[edit]

Voiced by: Shun Yashiro (1973), Kaneta Kimotsuki (1979- March 2005), Naoki Tatsuta (Stand-in for Kimotsuki), Tomokazu Seki (April 2005-present) (Japanese), Brian Beacock (2014) (English)

Suneo (born on 29 February, Pisces), is the fox-faced (inherited from his mother) rich kid who loves to flaunt his material wealth before everyone. Some of the stories start with Suneo showing off some new video game or toy which evokes Nobita's envy. He is often seen with Gian. He sometimes despises Nobita and often makes fun of Nobita, most often resulted in Nobita getting in trouble. He also often pushes Nobita aside with excuses while he invites Gian and Shizuka to his parties or resorts. He has an extensive knowledge of science, and is a talented artist and designer.

In some scenes, Suneo is seen as a narcissist who loves to stare at himself in the mirror while telling himself that he is the most handsome guy in the world. He is still a bed-wetter, despite being in the fourth/fifth grade. He considers this humiliating habit his secret weakness. Suneo is also very self-conscious about his height, being the shortest kid in his class. He likes steak and melon.

Dorami (ドラミ?)[edit]

Voiced by: Keiko Yokozawa (1980-2005), Chiaki Fujimoto (2006-present) (Japanese), Wendee Lee (2014) (English)

Dorami-chan (born on 2 December 2114) is the little sister of Doraemon. She is yellow and has ears that resemble a large red bow. She happens to be about 2 years younger than Doraemon. Strangely enough, they are siblings due to the fact that they shared half of the oil from a can. She lives in the 22nd-century Tokyo with Sewashi. She sometimes visits Nobita with a time machine when Doraemon is "off-duty" or to help Doraemon with something. She likes melonpan and is afraid of cockroaches. She is also shown to be a more advanced robot than Doraemon (Dorami is able to produce 10,000 horse power, in comparison to Doraemon's 129.3). Different from her malfunctioned brother, she's the smartest student during her school time, and has better skills in using gadgets. She also has her own spin-off manga. Her boyfriend is Dora-the-Kid of The Doraemons.

Jaiko (ジャイ子?)/Little G[edit]

Voiced by: Yoshiko Ōta (1979), Kazuyo Aoki (1980-March 2005), Vanilla Yamazaki (April 2005-present) (Japanese), Minae Noji (2014) (English)

Jaiko is Gian's younger sister, and also the only child Gian treats well in the whole story. In the early story of Fujiko, she shows to have bad tempers, but lately she's getting kinder. According to Doraemon's Future Album, she would had been Nobita's wife in the future if Doraemon doesn't intervened, which is why her first appearance is earlier than Suneo and Gian. However, in the late Doraemon series it's Dekisugi more often referred to be the factor of the future though no evidence shows Dekisugi could marry Shizuka. Her name Jaiko is usually considered a nickname same as her brother, but Fujiko never gave her a real name.

As an aspiring manga artist, Jaiko goes by her pen name Christine Goda (クリスチーネ 剛田 Kurisuchīne Gōda?), and sometimes submits her manga to publishing companies for prizes. She usually fails because her storytelling is still rough, although she has received much attention from editors. Sometimes when she almost decides to give up writing comic books, Gian's friends are forced to cheer her up.

Hidetoshi Dekisugi (出木杉 英才 Dekisugi Hidetoshi?)/Ace Goody[edit]

Voiced by: Sumiko Shirakawa (1980~March 2005), Shihoko Hagino (TV Asahi Announcer, May 2005-) (Japanese), Spike Spencer (2014) (English)
Voice actor (Adult): Shinya Ōtaki

Dekisugi is Nobita's classmate and friendly rival for Shizuka's affections. He always gets perfect scores on his tests, but never shows off his abilities. His name literally means "brilliant over-achiever", and his last name is a pun on dekisugiru, which means "over achieving".

Owing to that Shizuka sometimes prefer the company of Dekisugi, who is more of her intellectual equal, Nobita often feels jealous and concocts bizarre schemes (helped by Doraemon's gadgets) to keep them apart. However, Dekisugi never shows bad tempers to Nobita and even willingly helps Nobita whenever he has philosophical or scientific questions.

Mini-Doras (ミニドラ[たち]?)[edit]

Voiced by: Chie Kitagawa (1990), Rei Sakuma (1994~March 2005), Tomato Akai (October 2005~) (Japanese), Cristina Valenzuela (2014) (English)

Mini-Doras are actually gadgets of Doraemon. They are mini versions of Doraemon, each with a different color. They can think and feel for themselves, and communicate with Doraemon through the "Mini-Dora" language. They act as helpers for all sorts of tasks, such as repairing the internal mechanism of Doraemon.

Mini-Doras looks like identical Doraemon because it color is red and very little robots. He disturbs Nobita to aid his body.

Teacher (先生 Sensei?)/Mr. S[edit]

Voiced by: Osamu KatōMasashi Amenomori (1973), Ritsuo Sawa (1979), Osamu Katō→Kazuhiko Inoue (1980-September 1981), Ryōichi Tanaka (October 1981-March 2005), Wataru Takagi (April 2005-) (Japanese), Keith Silverstein (2014) (English)

Nobita's teacher is a strict taskmaster who often scolds Nobita for not completing his homework, and often gets fooled by Suneo's convincing acts of lying. The punishments range from standing in the hallway to sweeping the classroom after-school. He often pays unexpected visits to the Nobi’s in order to inform Mrs. Tamako about Nobita’s recent perfections on exams. He also usually sees Nobita on streets and often cheer him on to study hard to get higher scores during exams.

His real name is unknown and he is only referred to as "Sensei (Teacher)". In the NTV anime his name is given as Ganari (我成?). In the TV Asahi version, he was once named Eiichiro Senjou (先生 えいいちろう Senjō Eiichirō?), whose family name happens to mean "teacher" but read differently.

Nobi family[edit]

Tamako Nobi (野比 玉子 Nobi Tamako?) / Tammy
Voiced by: Noriko Ohara (1973), Sachiko Chijimatsu (1979-March 2005), Kotono Mitsuishi (April 2005-) (Japanese), Mari Devon (2014) (English)
Voice actor (Young): Tomoko Kawakami
Tamako Nobi (born on 16 February) is Nobita's stay-at-home mother and one of the main protagonist in short stories, and the one Nobita inherits his appearance from. She can be very strict, is usually seen scolding Nobita, grounding him, or sending him out of the house (a typical Japanese household punishment used by parents). Several episodes involve Nobita trying to avoid his mother’s scolding by using Doraemon’s gadgets. Despite her disappointment to Nobita's lazy attitude and academic failures, she is actually a good mother and cares about her son deeply. Her maiden last name is revealed to be Kataoka (片岡?). She has a tendency of stopping Nobita from going out to play and force him to study. However, on cold weather days, she always urges Nobita to go out and play. In a couple of episodes, Nobita sees her in the past, and she shows to be braver than Nobita.
Nobisuke Nobi (野比 のび助 Nobi Nobisuke?) / Toby
Voiced by: Ichirō Murakoshi (1973), Masayuki Katō (1979~October 1992), Yōsuke Naka (October 1992~March 2005), Yasunori Matsumoto (April 2005~) (Japanese), Tony Oliver (2014) (English)
Voice actors (Young): Noriko Ohara (1979), Eiko Yamada (1984~1985), Noriko Ohara (1987), Yumiko Kobayashi (2005)
Nobisuke (born on 12 March), is Nobita's father and laid-back salaryman. He is inconsiderate of Nobita, often seen arriving home from work to placate Tamako's pride towards Nobita. He has trouble quitting smoking and is self-conscious about his inability to pass the driving test. He also has a poor memory, is a borderline alcoholic, and sometimes arrives home drunk from nightly business meetings. He often goes to golf, which most Japanese businessmen and employees play. He had many unsimilar personalities with Nobita when he was young: got bad grades and scolded by his father. He has a talent of art, but didn't choose to be an artist due to many reasons.
Sewashi (セワシ?) / Soby
Voiced by: Keiko Yamamoto (1973), Yoshiko Ōta (1980~March 2005), Sachi Matsumoto (August 2005) (Japanese), Max Mittelman (2014) (English)
Nobita's great-great-grandson, he is the one who sends Doraemon back to the past to look after Nobita. Sewashi first bought Doraemon in 2112 when Doraemon still had ears and his original factory paint. He sent him because his pocket money was not much due to the debts the family inherited from Nobita. He shows to have more common sense and smarter than Nobita. Sewashi is also the owner of Doraemon's sister, Dorami.
Nobisuke Nobi (野比ノビスケ Nobi Nobisuke?)
Voice actors: Noriko Ohara (1979~March 2005), Yoshiko Kamei (April 2005~)
Nobita and Shizuka's son, named after Nobita's father. Though being as stupid as his father, he's a strong child and a good athlete, and brave enough to bully Gian and Suneo's sons. In the first time he met the present Nobita, he even beat up him because he regarded him as an impostor.
Nobirou Nobi (野比のび郎 Nobi Nobirou?)
Nobisuke's younger brother. He had been working overseas, and had many animal encounters in India. He adores his brother very much, and is welcomed the most by his nephew in New year, because of the money he gives him on that date.
Tamao Kataoka (片岡 玉夫 Kataoka Tamao?)
Tamako's younger brother and Nobita's uncle. He's a timid car salesman.
Nobisuke's Mother (Nobita's grandmother)
Nobita adored her but she died when he was in kindergarten, before the main storyline. When Nobita travels to the past, she always recognizes him as her grandson even if he has grown up. She appeared in a few episodes.
Nobiru Nobi (野比 のびる Nobi Nobiru?)
Nobisuke's father and Nobita's grandfather, who died before Nobita's birth. He was very strict and very rude to Nobisuke, though after all he loved him very much. His grandson only saw him when he traveled to the past. Despite being harsh to Nobisuke, he enjoys indulging Nobita. He was only shown in one episode.

Minamoto family[edit]

Shizuka's Mother
Voice actor(s): Keiko Yokozawa (1979~1981), Masako Matsubara (August 1981~March 2005), Ai Orikasa (April 2005~)
Shizuka's mother. She's kind, but can also be quite exigent on Shizuka sometimes.
Yoshio Minamoto (源 義雄 Minamoto Yoshio?)
Voice actor(s): Masayuki Katō (1979~1980), Masaru Ikeda (1981), Akira Kume (1999), Aruno Tahara (July 2005~)
Shizuka's father, a normal salaryman who often goes to movie with Shizuka. His best-known appearance in Fujiko's story is the night before Shizuka's wedding. He's also the only parent with official full name besides Nobita's parents.
Peeko (ピー子?)
Shizuka's lovely pet canary. It is yellow in color and sings sweetly. Peeko escapes from the cage very often.

Honekawa family[edit]

Suneo's Mother
Voiced by: Kazue Takahashi (1973), Yoshino Ōtori (1979~March 1991), Mari Yokō (April 1991~March 2005), Minami Takayama (April 2005~) (Japanese), Dorothy Elias-Fahn (2014) (English)
She sports curly hair and shares the fox-like face with her son and husband. She loves Suneo very much and spoils him rotten. She's generous to Suneo's friends, but just like her son, she likes to show off her jewellery or branded handbags and sometimes makes Nobita's mother jealous.
Suneo's Father
Voiced by: Voice actor(s): Unknown (1973), Osmau Katō (1979~March 2005), Kaneta Kimotsuki (Stand-in for Katō, May 1989~January 1990), Hideyuki Tanaka (June 2005~)
A successful businessman. He has lots of relationships with business elites, as a part of Suneo's showing off. He appears less frequently than his wife, mostly when going tours with family or inviting Suneo's friends to his party.
Sunetsugu Honekawa (骨川 スネツグ Honekawa Sunetsugu?)
Voiced by: Naoki Tatsuta (1985), Yuki Kaida (2006)
Suneo's younger brother who lives in New York with his uncle (who is single and raised him like a son). He has a good personality and a great respect for his older brother, but only because of Suneo's arrogant brags and lies in their correspondence.
Sunekichi (スネ吉?)/Stan
Voiced by: Issei Futamata (1984~March 2005), Takumi Yamazaki (December 2005~) (Japanese), Derek Stephen Prince (2014) (English)
Suneo's college age cousin. He is an expert in radio-controlled toys. He often takes Suneo and his friends on picnics and hikes.
Suneo's grandma (スネ夫の曾祖母?)
Suneo's great grandmother uses old wives' tales to impart values and good habits to Suneo, much to his displeasure.
Anna (アンナ?) /Chiruchiru (チルチル?)
Suneo's Persian cat. It appears sometimes and Suneo keeps showing him off.

Goda family[edit]

Gian's Mother
Voiced by: Kazuyo Aoki (1979~March 2005), Miyako Takeuchi (April 2005~) (Japanese), Jessica Gee (English)
She's the owner of a small but successful store "Goda Greengrocers" (Goda's Goods in the English anime), as well as the only character Gian is deathly afraid of. Gian always tries to flee from her when she orders him to help the store. Though being as strong as her son, she's a righteous person as she cruelly punishes her son whenever he bullies people.
Gian's Father
Voiced by: Masayuki Katō (1979~1980), Yū Shimaka (1987), Daisuke Gōri (November 1987), Yū Shimaka (1993) (Japanese), Kirk Thornton (English)
He mostly works outside to help his wife's store. Though being the parent who is the least recurring in Fujiko's story, he's known to be the strongest man in the town he lives.
Muku (ムク?)
Voiced by: Takeshi Goda (1981), Kazuyo AokiKazuya Tatekabe (~March 2005), Yasuhiro Takato (May 2007)
Gian's cowardly pet dog, who was a little stray dog and adopted by the Godas. Muku shows to be as brave as Gian, but in many emergencies he just runs away and enrages Gian. Sometimes Gian tries to get rid of him, but after he saved Gian, He warmed up to him.
Gian's uncle
Voice actor(s): Unknown
Gian's maternal uncle. He is a black belt in judo and uses this ability to help other people. He taught Gian to use his strength in helping the weak. He also began teaching his nephew judo.

Other characters[edit]

Mii Chan (ミイちゃん?) / Mimi
Voice actor(s): Unknown→Mari MashibaJunko AsamiKumiko WatanabeMidori NakazawaMotoko KumaiFujiko TakimotoSachi Matsumoto(1981~March 2005)
A regular female cat from Nobita's timeline, who either hangs out or goes on dates with Doraemon. She to Doraemon is similar with Shizuka to Nobita, however, besides Noramyako, Doraemon still often has new crush on other girls in the whole series.
Yasuo (安雄?)
One of Nobita's classmates. He is distinguishable by always wearing a baseball cap. Although he appears fairly often in the series as a background character, his name is very rarely mentioned. Yasuo is often considered a generic representative of Nobita's friends. He is often credited in the movies as "Boy A." (少年A) In one episode, he was also once called the last name, Tanaka (田中?).
Haruo (はる夫?)
One of Nobita's classmates who often appears with Yasuo. He is a thin boy and smaller in size than Gian. Much like Yasuo, he appears fairly often as a generic representative of Nobita's friends. He is often credited in the movies as "Boy B." (少年B)
Moteo Mote (茂手もて夫 Mote Moteo?)
A boy in the neighborhood whom Jaiko admires secretly. He's popular among girls and also a talented manga artist.
Po-Ponn (ポーポン Po-pon?)
Nobita's pet, which was scrapped by Fujiko and he decided on a mother who forbids house pets instead. It debuted in the 2013 movie as a museum professional's pet.

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