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->''"You have brought shame upon your family! Have a happy robot cat!"''
-->--'''[[http://shaenon.livejournal.com/25234.html Shaenon Garrity's]]''' summary of the "quintessentially Japanese" premise

Doraemon is one of the [[LongRunners longest running]] {{anime}} series. The title character, Doraemon, is the quintessential example of the RobotBuddy; he is a robotic cat from the future sent back to help the socially inept Nobita Nobi through the use of futuristic technology (known as "Dogu" [Japanese for "tools"]) produced from his [[HammerSpace Fourth Dimensional pocket.]] Typically, the devices are used to impress his love interest Shizuka Minamoto or humiliate the street bully, Takeshi "Gian" (Or ''"[[SpellMyNameWithAnS Giant]]"'' at some translations) Goda. Inevitably, there is some form of PhlebotinumBreakdown, and Nobita must sort through the root problem himself. The overused story arc is somewhat of [[TheArtifact an artifact]] of the series' origin during the 1970s, criticizing Japanese culture's increasing over-reliance on superfluous technology.

Besides the short episodic comedy manga and anime, the cast of Doraemon often get involved in epic adventures in the semi annual special volume mangas and [[FilmOfTheBook movies based on them]], that are, surprisingly, often very well written, well thought-out, and well animated. The adventures can range from time travel adventures, to epic fantasy quests with knights and dragons, to space operas, and mecha battles.

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* ''Doraemon: Nobita's Dinosaur'' — The cast are stuck in the past and dodging dinosaur poachers as they're trying to get back to the present. Got a 2006 remake as ''Nobita's Dinosaur 2006''.
* ''Doraemon: The Record of Nobita: Spaceblazer'' — A SpaceWestern-ish adventure concerning hostile takeover of a planet. Got a 2009 remake as ''The New Record of Nobita: Spaceblazer''.
* ''Doraemon: Nobita and the Haunts of Evil'' — Missing civilization of dog people and ''Franchise/IndianaJones'' styled adventure in Africa.
* ''Doraemon: Nobita's Monstrous Underwater Castle'' — Remnants of Atlantis, the still existing Mu, and the Bermuda Triangle.
* ''Doraemon: Nobita's Great Adventure into the Underworld''— Parallel world where magic flourished instead of science. Got a 2007 remake as ''Nobita's New Great Adventure into the Underworld - The Seven Magic Users''.
* ''Doraemon: Nobita's Little Star Wars'' — Space battle with remote controlled toy tanks.
* ''Doraemon: Nobita and the Steel Troops'' — The only thing that stands between Earth and a massive mech army are the cast of Doraemon and a HumongousMecha. Got a 2011 remake as ''Nobita and the New Steel Troops ~Angel Wings~''.
* ''Doraemon: Nobita and the Knights of Dinosaurs'' — [[LizardFolk Underworld reptilian people]] descended from dinosaurs are plotting to take over the above world because they believe their (almost) extinction was caused by primitive mammals which were ancestors to human.
* ''Doraemon: Nobita's Parallel "Journey to the West"'' — The historical Literature/JourneyToTheWest, with sci-fi elements.
* ''Doraemon: Nobita at the Birth of Japan'' — The kids' desire to create a prehistoric Utopia interferes with a villain from the future's plan to rule it.
* ''Doraemon: Nobita and the Animal Planet'' — A dimensional portal to the planet of Animals is found, and they're being attacked by [[HumansAreBastards mysterious evil aliens]].
* ''Doraemon: Nobita in Dorabian Nights'' — The Literature/ArabianNights tales, with sci-fi elements.
* ''Doraemon: Nobita and the Kingdom of Clouds'' — The kids' desire to create a sky-bound Utopia interferes with the sky people's plan to cleanse the Earth of human, [[Literature/TheBible Biblical]] style.
* ''Doraemon: Nobita and Tin-Plate Labyrinth'' — The cast must save humans from robots TurnedAgainstTheirMasters, led by an evil MadScientist robot king, for those humans relied on robots too long and are too weak to save themselves.
* ''Doraemon: Nobita and Fantastic Three Musketeers'' — Nobita uses the dream machine to have a good dream, unleashes evil in the DreamLand, and must return to save it.
* ''Doraemon: Nobita's Genesis Diary'' — Nobita played God, created a shitty world, interfered in favor of humans, angered primitive bees, and must go save humanity from the wrath of the evolved bee people.
* ''Doraemon: Nobita and Galactic Express'' — The kids go on a [[RecycledInSPACE space]] Mystery Train bound for a space theme park, when a race of alien [[TheVirus virus]] strikes, wanting to take them as host bodies.
* ''Doraemon: Nobita's Adventure in Clockwork City'' — Last work of Fujiko F. Fujio.
* ''Doraemon: Nobita's South Sea Adventure'' - a movie focusing mostly focusing on a {{Pirate}} adventure.
* ''Doraemon: Nobita's Adventure: Drifts in the Universe''
* ''Doraemon: Nobita and the Legend of the Sun King'' - [[PrinceAndPauper Nobita swaps roles with a Mayan prince who looks just like him]]
* ''Doraemon: Nobita and the Winged Braves''
* ''Doraemon: Nobita and the Robot Kingdom''
* ''Doraemon: Nobita and the Wind Wizard''
* ''Doraemon: Nobita's Wannyan Space-Time Odyssey'' - The 25th movie in the franchise, concerning a StableTimeLoop involving a civilisation formed from abandoned cats and dogs. Contains many {{Shout Out}}s to gadgets and scenes in the other movies.
* ''Doraemon: Nobita and the Green Giant Legend''
* ''Doraemon: Nobita's Great Merman Sea Battle'' - A loose adaptation of Creator/HansChristianAndersen's TearJerker FairyTale, "Literature/TheLittleMermaid".
* ''Doraemon: Nobita and the Island of Miracle ~Animal Adventure~''
* ''Doraemon: Nobita's Secret Gadget Museum ~Museum Adventure~''
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Even though it's not really popular in the west, Doraemon is a very influential series in the east. For example, in 2002, Doraemon was featured along Aung San Suu Kyi and Hamid Karzai as one of the 22 heroes featured in a special edition of Time Magazine on Asian Heroes. In a truly surreal moment, Doraemon has been designated by the RealLife Prime Minister of Japan as the Ambassador between the cartoon world and Japan, with the ceremony including a to-scale model of Doraemon.

In 2014, it was announced that DisneyXD would air an English dub of Doraemon five days a week as part of a block for elementary aged children. It looks like Doraemon will finally be making an American premiere after over four decades.

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!!This series is an example of:
* TheAce: Dekisugi. Not only he is the smartest kid in the school, he is also relatively athletic, a NiceGuy, and is a ChickMagnet.
* AdaptationDyeJob: In the anime, Shizuka's hair was brown, even though the manga cover shows her hair as black. Changed back to black in the 2005 anime.
* AdaptationalAttractiveness: One of the 2005 anime's notable features. Example is that Nobita starts off as plain(when he compared himself to Dekisugi). In 2005? [[http://doraemon.wikia.com/wiki/File:Nobitaeyes.png He's revealed to have]] [[WhatBeautifulEyes quite nice eyes]] under that glass.
** Shizuka starts off as quite cute and becomes much cuter.
** The remake episode of the Lying Mirror makes this more pronounced.
** Noramyako, Doraemon's former girlfriend used to look like this in the [[http://img4.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20090809155054/doraemon/en/images/4/4e/Noramyako.jpg original]] and in the remake she now look like [[http://img4.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20130321124355/doraemon/en/images/a/ae/Noramyakoremake.jpg this]] and also become AscendedExtra andd TookALevelInKindness too.
* AesopAmnesia: It takes a ''long'' time for any lessons to stick to Nobita (and of course, he often jumps to the wrong conclusion as well).
* AppliedPhlebotinum: Doraemon's dimensional pocket full of "Dogu".
* AnimatedAdaptation: Three of them, in fact -- one that is one of the longest running shows in history, and an immediate reboot after it ended that will probably go on to match it. And a 1970s anime that we don't talk about. And 30+ movies (the listing at the top is incomplete).
* ArtEvolution: Oh god yes. Amusingly, one of the reasons they rebooted the anime series in 2005 was to give the character designs a quick makeover. (And to let some of the voice actors retire after ''30 years'' of the same roles.)
** In the sound department, the dubbing quality has improved a lot in the Malaysian version. Early dubs mute the background effects and music completely when the characters talk, presumably because they were unable to secure a minus-one version of the audio track to work with and didn't want to go the VoiceoverTranslation route back then. More recent dubs and redubs have the [=VAs=] record over a minus-one of the audio track and thus the BGM and sound effects doesn't fade out when the characters talk anymore.
* BadFuture: While not as extreme as some examples, if Nobita continues to live his life the way he does now, his life will fall apart so badly that he will end up a penniless laughing-stock, in so much debt that he will need to work for a ''century'' to pay it off, and married to [[{{Gonk}} Gian's sister.]]. It's also also a bad future to Jaiko too, as in the better future, she would have become a successful manga artist instead.
* BadassAdorable: All of the Doraemons. But particularly Wangdora and Dora The Kid.
* BagOfHolding: Doraemon owns one - Other robots similar to Doraemon also seem to have one as well.
* BambooTechnology: "Hai! Takekoputaa!" The iconic ''take-copter'' literally means a "bamboo helicopter".
* BarbieDollAnatomy: Averted quite a bit -- Nobita's penis is even visible in earlier Fujiko Fujio manga [[ValuesDissonance Despite being for children.]] It is, however, important to note that the manga is completely lacking in {{Fanservice}} outside of ParentalBonus -- all nudity is PlayedForLaughs. Of course, this is ValuesDissonance.
** Played straight in the later adaptation though.
* TheBermudaTriangle: In one NonSerialMovie, the heroes discover that the anomalies in this region are because of the Triangle being part of an ancient force-field, home to an AI gone insane.
* Literature/TheBible: Referenced surprisingly a lot for a sci-fi title. Most of them revolve around [[MagicFromTechnology creating Biblical miracles with future technology]]. And [[SufficientlyAdvancedAlien playing God]].
* BigGuyLittleGuy: Guess who? [[spoiler: Gian and Suneo, of course]].
* BookDumb: Nobita can be pretty smart at times, just look at the creative ways he uses Doraemon's tools!
* BruiserWithASoftCenter: Gian, especially later movies where little [[TenderTears touching moments can make him cry more than anybody else.]]
* ButtMonkey: Nobita.
** In the movies, if something embarrassing or painful is happening to somebody, you can bet that it's Suneo.
** Doraemon himself is a ButtMonkey from times to times, especially around the time the series started.
* CasualTimeTravel: Time travel is extremely commonplace in Doraemon's universe. Apparently everyone can afford a Time Machine in the future. As a result, many lunatics have the idea of using future tech to exploit and alter the past, which calls for the existence of Time Police.
* CensorSteam: In a twist from the manga's BarbieDollAnatomy subverting roots, recent episodes do this with Shizuka whenever she's taking a shower. This has not escaped the notice of the series' long time (40+ years) fans.
* ChickMagnet: Doraemon who managed to capture many cats' hearts, Dekisugi, Nobita in the movie for Creme, Miyoko and possibly Riruru. Doranichov and finally Wang Dora who tends to get beat up by Mimiko.
* CloudCuckooLander: Nobita. He sincerely believes in outlandish things such as that Heaven exists and the dinosaurs are still alive. Of course, he is right "every" time...somewhat.
* ComicBookTime: The series has outlived one of its creators, and yet poor Nobita is still in the fourth grade.
* ConsummateLiar: Lying is second nature to Suneo. He literally cannot go a day without lying about something, which bites him in the ass when he was given a device that makes all his lies true.
* ContinuityNod: 40 years of chapters leads to quite a few of these.
* CowardlyLion: Despite being generally considered a coward among his friends, Nobita is shown to be quite brave in dangerous situations, mostly in the movies. The DirtyCoward role is given to Suneo instead.
* CulturalTranslation: The English dub being aired in Disney XD will replace most of the Japanese cultural icons and items with objects that are more familiar to American young viewers. For example, yen notes are replaced with dollar bills, chopsticks will be replaced with forks, Japanese text will be replaced with English text, and Doraemon's TrademarkFavoriteFood, dorayaki, will be referred as "yummy buns."[[note]]Oddly enough, the actual dub's first episode and the website bring up the name actually being dorayaki, but default to calling them yummy buns otherwise.[[/note]] These edits are somewhat justifiable, since many American elementary school children may not be familiar with some of the Japanese cultural items (such as a dorayaki).
** The Korean and Vietnamese versions are this as well.
** Several (probably bootleg) Chinese translations go as far as localizing Nobita's home country as Taiwan (without changing any of the aerial shots that clearly show them living in Japan).
* CutAndPasteTranslation: The English dub for Doraemon for the U.S. broadcast is already showing some elements of this. While most [[CulturalTranslation of the edits were more or less justifiable]], some of the edits are rather erroneous due to strict U.S. broadcasting standards. A first-aid kit is replaced with pizza, Nobita's stream of tears being removed, some instances of sweet snacks being replaced with fruits [[note]]Broadcasting standards nowadays encourage healthy eating in an attempt to dissuade childhood obesity, this is another reason that dorayaki are referred to as yummy buns. This editing isn't applied consistently though; "Battle of Dueling Nobys" and "Memory Bread" feature egregious examples of overeating, complete with BalloonBelly, that [[MediaWatchdog Standards and Practices]] didn't have any issue with[[/note]], and a doll replaced with a book, causing a rush to judgement among American otaku. It's worth noting that unlike the now-defunct Creator/FourKidsEntertainment, these edits are being done by the Japanese side of things, so rest assured, they're trying their best to translate their baby to an American audience.
** The animation edits however are done in South Korea in order to keep costs down; The animation edits are done by StudioMir ([[WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra yes, that Studio Mir]]). Mir also did the edits for the Korean dub of Doraemon as well.
** Oddly enough, the English dub doesn't censor names like Matsushiba or even '''''guns.'''''
* DancingTheme: One of the renditions of "Doraemon no Uta", the opening theme.
* DarkerAndEdgier: TheMovie titled ''Doraemon: Nobita and Galactic Express''. It is much darker and serious than the whole series overall, with the kids on an adventure quite dangerous and almost lose their lives twice.
** The 2005 remake series has its moments. Best illustrated with "The Girl Who Loved Nobita", an at first simple story, but it's full of [[spoiler:villains who sent Lulli to kill Nobita for indirectly foiling his ancestor's attempt to hack the military. When she overcome their control, they tried to bomb her along with Nobita, which caused her to sacrifice herself to put them down.]]
* DemonicPossession: Happened to Suneo twice in two movies, first [[spoiler:possessed by one of the Yadori Alien]] and latter by the [[spoiler:BigBad evil sorcerer Uranda]].
* {{Disneyfication}}: The whole Doraemon series mellowed down most of the fairy tales and famous stories they adapted, most notably in "Doraemon: Nobita's Mermaid Legend" movie. The plot was closer to the source than the Disney movie, but in the end, Sophia and the entire mermaid tribe live happily ever after anyway.
* DreadfulMusician: Gian has horrible, devastating singing ability. Shizuka plays a violin as bad as Gian's singing.
** Heck, one episode even has Suneo make up a conspiracy theory about a guy ''using Gian's voice for assassinating people''. And in the movies, his singing drove away a group of sirens, an accompanying whale monster, and, in another unrelated occassion, knocks out two battling giant monsters.
** And in the 2005 remakes, one of the special episode involves combining both of their "talents" to defeat the Dracula Robot in the future where they play/sing for the ENTIRE earth!
* {{Expy}}: Some of Doraemon's gadgets are very similar to gadgets from other series, either in function or in appearance. For example, the Moshimo Box is a [[Series/DoctorWho red telephone booth]] that can essentially jump dimensions.
* FairyTaleMotifs: All over the place, Most notably "Doraemon: Nobita's Mermaid Legend" follows the basic plot/theme of "Literature/TheLittleMermaid" in Sophia's arc to a HappilyEverAfter.
* FanService: Shizuka in the bath, and the boys get naked from time to time. Never played as actual FanService, however, since the series is for children.
* {{Fartillery}}: One manga episode deals with Nobita trying to come up with a neat trick for a New Year's talent show. Doraemon gave him a bunch of sweet potatoes that, when eaten, produces melodic 'gas'. Unfortunately, Doraemon forgot to tell him not to eat more than one at a time...
** Another episode deals with the "Strengthening Gas", a gas that when sprayed on a body part, strengthens said body part. When Giant heard about this, he demanded Nobita spray it all over his body. Unfortunately, after one spray on the butt, the gas ran out. As Giant was about to beat Nobita, he farted, and said fart launched him to the sky.
* FatBastard: Gian, who else? He does get some CharacterDevelopment over the series' run, however, turning into a [[TheBigGuy big guy with]] [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold a temper]], especially in the movies. In some episodes, Bochako counts too.
* TheFederation: The Space/Time Patrol Squad. The Space division generally concerns itself with intergalactic matters in its relative present, while the Time division acts as TimePolice.
* FiveManBand: The typical casting in many of Fujiko Fujio's series.
** TheHero - Nobita, but is debatable with the title.
** TheLancer - Doraemon, but Gian also fits this role as he argues with Nobita the most.
** TheBigGuy - Gian
** TheSmartGuy - Suneo, although he mostly has the smaller role than Shizuka in the movies.
** TheChick - Shizuka, but is also [[TheSmartGuy the smart girl]].
** SixthRanger - Dorami, from time to time. Also Dekisugi, occasionally.
*** And in the Doraemons:
** TheHero - Doraemon
** TheLancer - Dora The Kid and Dora Nichov
** TheBigGuy - Matadora, the strongest and Doramed-III, the largest.
** TheSmartGuy - Wandora, the smartest.
** TheChick - Dora Ninyo
** SixthRanger - Nobita and Dorami
* FleetingDemographic: Young children, though adults can still get a good laugh out of it.
* ForgottenPhlebotinum: One of the most {{Egregious}} examples. Especially the movies.
** ForgotAboutHisPowers: Said movies will always have a big war towards the end. And yet despite the overabundance of useful gadgets, Doraemon only remembers the rather weak Air Cannon. Cue a CurbStompBattle delivered by the enemies until the protagonists have to rely on DeusExMachina or HeroicSacrifice.
* GenerationXerox: Every single one of Nobita's ancestors (including his father) is a loser with no backbone who is constantly bullied by Gians and Suneos. This gets swapped with Nobisuke (Nobita's son), though, as ''he'' is the one who bullies Gian and Suneo's sons. Also, it seems that they all have Nobi somewhere in their names.
* GirlNextDoor: Shizuka, to all three boys - but especially Nobita.
* GirlOfTheWeek: The movies, especially later ones, where there will be a token girl even though the main focus isn't on her at all...most of the time.
* TheGlassesGottaGo: Nobita eventually has eye surgery and fixes his eyesight.
* {{Gonk}}: Suneo and Jaian. Their designs are substantially different from the designs of the other main and background characters, and other characters have often described them as being quite ugly. However, due to the art style of the show, they don't really look all that ugly and may even be cute to some.
* GreenAesop: Used frequently in the movies. In most stories, and especially in movies, humans destroying the environment won't result in a disaster on its own; that would take too long. Chances are, alien civilization will plot to intervene and destroy humans first to prevent said environmental disaster from happening.
* HumansAreBastards: Almost every civilization Nobita and his friends run across in the movies has some sort of grudge against humans. Usually paired with GreenAesop above.
* IAmNotWeasel: A running gag: when someone first meets Doraemon, they think he's a tanuki. This makes Doraemon [[BerserkButton really mad]] since he's a robotic cat without ears.
* IdenticalGrandson: Taken to ridiculous extremes. All of the main cast has ''almost-look-exactly-the-same parents, siblings, relatives, ancestors and descendants''.
* InSpiteOfANail: Nobita's still going to have the same son even though he's marrying someone else. Unless it's a StableTimeLoop.
** Though some may speculate that Nobisuke doesn't have to be the son of Nobita and his wife.
** Then again, it may just be that Nobisuke in all timelines takes strongly after his father.
* IngestingKnowledge: In one chapter, Nobita eats a special kind of bread that lets him remember anything printed on it...until he poops it back out...
* InterspeciesRomance: In the 25th movie Doraemon has his love interest Sharmee. Sure they're both cats, but let's not forget Doraemon is also a robot. So this is technically played straight.
** Doraemon has a neighbor cat named Michan as his girlfriend during the normal time.
** Also in The Doraemons Special series, in a few story arcs, being robot cats doesn't stop the Doraemons from getting human love interests. Examples are:
*** Dorarinho had Uno during the Dinosauroid arc and in a limelight chapter of his, he had [[DudeLooksLikeALady Izami]] who even [[UnsettlingGenderReveal turned out to be a guy no less.]]
*** Also, Matadora had Iris during the Medusa arc and also ShipTease with Carmen, his boss's daughter.
* JerkAss: Some adult characters are downright assholes. For example, when Nobita comes across a box full of abandoned kittens, a mean-looking man nearby accuses Nobita of bringing the little ones there, then chases the boy and forces him to bring the box away.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Nobita (defaults to selfish and lazy), Gian (defaults to mean and bullying). And Suneo (condescending and a liar) to a certain degree.
* KarmaHoudini: One episode has Nobita using Microphone Interviewer Gadget to find out about a relationship between two actors which cause mayhem but ultimately brought the two of them closer and avoided a scold from Doraemon because of this.
* TheKiddieRide: Unavoidable. All made by NamcoBandai under the Banpresto brand, there's a Doraemon time machine ride with an interactive screen and buttons, a Giant Doraemon that fits two kids and move in a spinning motion (also having an interactive screen and buttons), and a fire engine with Doraemon on it. Again, sadly, officially they're NoExportForYou and can only be found in Japan, although like other arcade machines that they've been unofficially exported to other Asian countries via grey-market imports.
* LandingInSomeonesBathtub: A RunningGag is that Shizuka never gets a bath without Nobita accidentally entering with the Everywhere Door or other like gadgets.
* LaserGuidedKarma: Nobita is force-fed future pills that make the consumer unable to resist helping anyone in need. After he spends the entire episode helping other people and running out of time to finish his homework, [[spoiler:[[CrowningMomentOfHeartWarming Shizuka responds to all the good deeds she saw him perform by offering to help him with his work.]]]]
** Pretty much every episode that anyone misuses Doraemon's gadgets.
* LateForSchool: Nobita, frequently.
* LethalChef: Gian's cooking is just as bad as his singing. Or may be worse. The most common result is food-poisoning. He even accidentally poisoned himself in one episode, much to the relief of his friends.
** Annie, the daughter of the sheriff of the planet where Dora the Kid protected is also one.
* LicensedGame: Unavoidable, but were surprisingly good.
* LiteralGenie: The Anywhere Door can be a bit of this when requesting locations (for example, "I want to go camping somewhere high" will result in you stepping out into the air). Several other tools are similar, including one that "makes the listener believe anything".
* LongRunners: The manga ran for 45 volumes from December 1969 until 1996, while the anime has run for more than 2100 episodes from 1979 until the present day (plus an unpopular and now-lost series in 1973).
** On March 25, 2005, the 1979 series ended after 1,787 episodes. Not even a month later, on April 15, a new updated Doraemon anime began broadcasting and has been broadcasting ever since.
* MagicFromTechnology: Teleportation doors, talking boxes, etc.
* MaleFrontalNudity: All three lead boys. It's natural for boys of their age though, and not sexualized in any way.
* MissingMom: In the 1973 series Gian's mom is dead even though in the manga and the later series, his mom is still alive.
* MonsterRoommate
* NakedPeopleAreFunny: All nudity of the boys, Shizuka's constant bath scenes, and her numerous [[PantyShot panty shots]]... technically not FanService, instead they're PlayedForLaughs. After all, they're just kids.
* NegativeContinuity: The comics never bother to keep track what sort of gadgets Doraemon has pulled out of his [[BagOfHolding Fourth Dimensional Pocket]] (except for the most popular recurring ones), just how good friends Nobita is with everyone, or how good Nobita's grades are (they're pretty much almost always abysmal, bar the once-in-a-blue-moon anomaly).
* NoEnding: Quite possibly, which ends up with the fans creating their own endings in doujin comics. One [[HappilyEverAfter happy ending]][[note]] Doraemon's battery fails, and without his ears, they can't swap it out without wiping his brain. Not only that, the time police have placed an absolute embargo on anyone interfering in any way with Nobita and the now-unconscious Doraemon. Rather than swap his battery, which would effectively kill him, Nobita spends the next ''35 years'' becoming the world's foremost expert in robotics in order to save him, marrying Shizuka on the way. But as his friends figure out, it was all a StableTimeLoop -- the technology that Doraemon was bringing back was way, way too advanced unless something remarkable happens to jumpstart the technology -- like Dr. Nobita Nobi reverse engineering Doraemon enough to fix him.[[/note]] (which was legendarily {{Jossed}} [[http://web.archive.org/web/20111127095837/http://zepy.momotato.com/2007/05/29/author-to-pay-settlement-for-doraemon-doujinshi/ from orbit, with nuclear fire]] by the publishers due to the art being picture perfect to the original series and the ending being more or less beloved by the entire fanbase) and two {{Downer Ending}}s, one of which was lifted from StElsewhere.
** The Fujiko duo did try to end the series when it appeared that the franchise was losing popularity in the early 70s, resulting in the final story in Volume 6 of the manga. When the franchise suddenly picked up in popularity again shortly after the release of the said volume, they were forced to RetCon that particular story in the first story of Volume 7 of the manga.
** The 1973 series did have an ending, where Doraemon returned to the future and Nobita promised him to grow up to be successful.
** The two {{Downer Ending}}s have been written into fanfiction [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3274425/1/Calling_Across_Time/ here]] and [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4973354/1/In_His_Own_World/ here]]. At least the former is not as downing as the other, because Doraemon actually came back.
* NoHuggingNoKissing: Averted, even if you cut out the comedic one there are still [[spoiler:Theo kissing Kuku]] in Legend of Sun King and [[spoiler:Nobita(as Antonius) kissing Cleopatra]].
* NonSerialMovie: See the list above.
* NostalgiaFilter: Considering Nobita has a time machine in his desk, this gets occasionally brought up.
** Once, he reminisced on how much he missed the fun childhood playtimes with his now deceased grandmother, and travelled back in time to see her again. Turns out he was quite a brat as a kid and frequently threw tantrums at the poor lady.
* OcularGushers: Nobita's kind of a crybaby, so when he sheds tears, they result in this trope.
* OurMermaidsAreDifferent: Sophia and the whole mermaid and merman tribe from the 2010 movie, "Doraemon: Nobita's Mermaid Legend".
* PantyShot: A RunningGag with Shizuka. Not played for FanService...most of the time.
* PapaWolf: Gian is ''very'' protective of his little sister. If you even think about messing up with Jaiko, [[BerserkButton you're dead]].
** Doraemon is shown to be this to Nobita in early stories. However, as time went on, the robot got increasingly more annoyed with Nobita's tendency to depend too much on his tools. This results in him becoming more apathetic to Nobita and only helping him when it is really necessary.
** Nobita can act like this towards the young creatures he "adopts."
* PaperThinDisguise: One of Doraemon's gadgets takes this to the extreme. It's literally just a board that you write someone's name on. Then you hang the board around your neck and anyone who sees it thinks you're the name you wrote. You can even write something generic like "servant" and have it work.
* ParentalBonus: Let's just say that 40 years later, a ''lot'' of Japanese authors and artists have thought up [[{{Ecchi}} more risquι]] uses for the tools in ''Doraemon'' or other similar gadgets. In fact, the MagicalGirlfriend subgenre could have taken its roots from the idea of Doraemon, a non-human being with special powers suddenly showing up and shaking up some loser kid's life, and spinning it in a different light.
* PortalDoor: The Anywhere Door.
* PrinceAndPauper: More like prince and commoner with Theo and Nobita.
* ProfessionalButtKisser: Suneo, mostly in relationship with Gian.
* TheRemake: For newer audiences and to keep the series alive - with ArtEvolution (and, unfortunately, more censorship).
** Also several of the movies.
* RidiculouslyCuteCritter: Doraemon himself, of course.
* RobotBuddy: The Japanese TropeCodifier.
* RunningGag: Lots due to the series' long running status. The most well known is Shizuka's inability to have any privacy in the tub, but there are others.
** In the manga, Nobita used the Anywhere Door to go to Shizuka's house and once again found her in the tub. Instead of Shizuka getting outraged as usual, Nobita got annoyed and [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] why Shizuka always has to take a bath all the time.
** Nobita constantly trying to hide the school reports from his mom, with predictable results.
** Gian getting beaten up by his mother.
** Suneo being extremely sensitive about his height.
* SanDimasTime: while never explicitly mentioned, some of the episodes with Time Travelling tend to use this which often leads to some FridgeLogic moments.
* SchrodingersButterfly: "The Reality Pillow"
* SeriousBusiness: Parodied in a chapter when Nobita changed reality so that playing with strings became the SeriousBusiness of the world. There are even world wide tournaments on who can make the the best string figures, which is more popular than any sport. Of course, since Doraemon has no fingers, he doesn't enjoy it.
* SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong: Doraemon's purpose for coming to the present time is to change Nobita's attitude, which will lead to the BadFuture mentioned above.
* ShoutOut: Lots, to its contemporaries and classics alike, and some even to Western pop culture. One notable one is to ''GalaxyExpress999'', whose CoolTrain has been outmoded by the Anywhere Door.
** Another medium-length story has Nobita and Doraemon fight the bad guys from StarWars, including a Darth Vader parody. A good thing that those space races are much smaller than humans.
** Zanda Cross is a copy of MSN-100 Hyaku Shiki of ''Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam''.
* ShowerScene: As a running gag, poor Shizuka never gets to finish a bath or shower, and takes them ''all the time''. Literally so, as she's tried in other ''time periods'', just to be interrupted by Nobita and Doraemon. Due to changing broadcast standards in Japan, said {{Shower Scene}}s are now [[CensorSteam censored.]] [[ExecutiveMeddling Ineptly.]] Despite them being completely nonsexual in the original manga and anime.
* SidekickExMachina
* SmallNameBigEgo: Suneo fancies himself the most good-looking, intelligent and talented of the gang. Well, at least he's kind of right about the last two things...
* SmugSnake: Suneo, mostly played for laughs.
* StableTimeLoop: ''Doraemon'' is fond of this. Many times the titular character and Nobita time-travel to fix an event in the past, only to end up being responsible for whatever they are trying to fix in the first place.
* StrictlyFormula: 90% of the TV episodes involve Nobita suffering a predicament, begging Doraemon for a gadget, Nobita abusing said gadget/getting the gadget stolen by Gian and Suneo, then suffering the consequences. The fun is in seeing what the gadget is.
* SufficientlyAdvancedAlien: Nobita became one in ''Nobita's Genesis Diary'' when he decides to create his own world.
* TenderTears: Loads and loads in the movies after year 2000.
* ThoseTwoGuys: Suneo and Gian.
* TimeIsDangerous: TimeTravel is achieved by going through a tunnel-like space on your TimeMachine. Should one get knocked out of the machine and into the tunnel, one will be stranded in time. The problem is, Doraemon's time machine is basically just some futuristic devices bolted to a ''tatami'', so the risk of being thrown overboard is always there. Dorami's is safe, because it's a flower-shaped capsule. Have we mentioned that some bad guys have their own time machine, [[PimpMyRide so you can have a chase in time while you chase in time?]]
* TimeParadox: Again, with the casual use of time travel, there are quite a lot of episodes dealing with time paradoxes.
* TimePolice: The Time Patrol, the setting's TimePolice, often act as TheCavalry. With the cast's casual use of time travel, it wouldn't be surprising if The Time Patrol actually put the cast on close watch.
* TimeTravel: One of the only continuously-used gadgets.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Doraemon and [[NamesTheSame Dora]]yaki
* {{Tsundere}}: Doremi, Dora the Kid, Pippo, Theo, Ichi, Fey and more.
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: Why doesn't anyone in Nobita's neighborhood find it strange that he is constantly hanging out with a blue [[IAmNotWeasel tanuki]] with no ears again?
* UselessSuperpowers: Not really useless, but not really useful in the setting. Even though he's bad at almost everything, Nobita is really talented at shooting and Ayatori (a traditional Japanese game). He sometimes says that he's supposed to be born in the old west. There is even an episode where he was stuck in the old west, and became a sherrif's deputy. The talent is obviously more useful in the movies.
* TheVerse: Surprisingly, a lot of Fujiko Fujio's works seem to share the same universe. For example, Doraemon and Nobita once saved a hotel from bankruptcy. The hotel owners are clearly the ancestors of ''21Emon'''s main character. Sumire Hoshino, an artist that often appears in the series, is the grown up version of [=PaMan=] 3, one of [=PaMan=]'s protagonist. There's even an episode dealing with Sumire telling Doraemon and Nobita about her faraway lover. Sumire never tells the name of his lover, but there is a picture of Mitsuo Suwa, the original [=PaMan=] and its main protagonist, on her liontin. Mitsuo was sent to Birdman's headquarter to be a full fledged member of the galactic peacekeeping organization at the end of [=PaMan=].
* VileVillainSaccharineShow: Most of the main villains of the movies are shown to be outright malicious and evil, to the point where they try to kill the main cast as means of eliminating those who oppose them. Keep in mind the main cast mostly consists of [[WouldHurtAChild children]].
* TheVirus: The space alien in ''Nobita's Galactic Express'' wants to take over a human body.
* VitriolicBestBuds: Much as [[ThoseTwoGuys Gian and Suneo]] like being jerks to Nobita, they are still his best friends.
* TheWatson: In The Doraemons Special series, Nobita's personality can almost be entirely summed up to be this.
* WhatIf: Several times through Moshimo-box, which is basically a "What if machine".
** Played with in the Magic World movie. Nobita wishes for a world where magic exists, and he gets to travel there and have adventures. However, things quickly spiral down fast, and Nobita wants to use the What-If Box again to go back to his real world. However, he realizes that that would mean that his new magical friends will be stuck in certain terrible situations, so he relents and decides to solve things the difficult way. AnAesop was had!
* [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes Why Did It Have To Be Mice?]]: Doraemon, despite being a robotic cat, is scared to death of mice ever since a robotic mouse bit his ears off and caused him to turn blue prior to the series.
** Dorami, Doraemon's little sister, is afraid of cockroaches.
* YouCantFightFate: There is an extremely depressing explanation about why Nobita is so afraid of Giant and Suneo. An episode traces this back to kindergarten times, when Nobita was first bullied by Giant and Suneo. His fearfulness was born and stuck at that moment because he failed to fight them. In order to eliminate this mentality, Nobita returned to the past and managed to bully them back. However, while he bullied them, he was watched by little Shizuka, the girl he liked since he was a kid and his future bride, and as a result he earned her hatred. In the end Nobita has to choose: be immune from Giant and Suneo's bullying, or earn Shizuka's forgiveness? He chooses Shizuka's forgiveness, and that restores his fearfulness of Giant and Suneo for life.
* YoungGun: Nobita whenever the cast travel to a Western-y age/planet/dimension/whatever. Boy might be a total loser in other aspects of life, but when the plot requires that someone be shot, he does the shooting competently.
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