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''Dear journal...''

One of the first three original Franchise/{{Nicktoons}}, featuring eleven-year-old Doug Funnie and his experiences with his friends, family and community. Creator Jim Jinkins developed the concept and drew inspiration from his own experiences growing up. Beginning with Doug's arrival in Bluffington, he dutifully writes about his every adventure in his journal, which frames almost every episode. Very early on, he gained a best friend in Mosquito "Skeeter" Valentine, a nemesis in school bully Roger Klotz, and a love interest in the [[ShortTank tomboyish]] Patti Mayonnaise. His dog Porkchop frequently steals the show with his antics, not unlike [[ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}} Snoopy]]. Many other colourful characters (both literally and figuratively) were featured.

In many episodes, Doug pretends to be one of his personal superheroes to solve the problem; the methods the hero uses are adapted to fit a real-life situation. For example, one episode has the vice principal Mr. Bone refusing to have a popular rock band play at their school; he considers it heathen entertainment. Doug pretends to be Quailman dealing with the strict alien robots called Robo-Bones. When Quailman couldn't overpower the robots, they turned on him with horrible yodeling (Mr. Bone was part of a yodeling quartet). Quailman ended up saving the day by suggesting that they sing in key and form a band, which made everyone happy. Doug learned that, instead of fighting Mr. Bone, they should make a compromise. He suggested Mr. Bone's yodeling group to open for the rock band, figuring that the student body suffering for five minutes was worth it.

Those imaginary characters were {{Homage}}s to other heroes in pop culture. Smash Adams was Film/JamesBond, Race Canyon was Franchise/IndianaJones, Quailman had some resemblence to {{Superman}}. Skeeter once revealed his personal superhero as Silver Skeeter, obviously based on [[Comicbook/FantasticFour the Silver Surfer]].

This show breaks away from the borderline-NegativeContinuity of other Nickelodeon shows, even getting a GrandFinale when the network prized being able to not pay attention to airing order.

After its initial run, the show was bought and {{Retool}}ed by Disney into ''[[TheNewAdventures Brand Spanking New Doug]]'' (Or ''Disney's Doug'' as it was later branded). It wound up changing a few things from the Nickelodeon version (the first episode even address this with the new changes of Doug's life) with many characters getting new looks and various supporting characters changing jobs and roles. Despite the changes, it was still a continuation of the original series, and ended up with a longer run than the original. Like the Nickelodeon version, it also concluded with a GrandFinale (something ''very'' few Disney cartoons have managed).

A theatrical film, accurately (and [[StillbornFranchise optimistically]]) titled ''WesternAnimation/DougsFirstMovie'' was released in 1999. It also got its own stage show in Disney-MGM Studios, ''Theatre/DougLive!'', which ran from 1999-2001.

Nickelodeon's ''Doug'' is now in reruns on TeenNick's "Series/The90sAreAllThat" block. You can also find the complete Nickelodeon series [[http://www.amazon.com/Doug-The-Complete-Nickelodeon-Series/dp/B00LBHOCHS/ref=pd_sim_mov_13?ie=UTF8&refRID=0BJYQVTW532717KFEXH8 here]], though there's no word of a DVD release for the Disney produced series.

Not to be confused with the Website/YouTube series WebVideo/DougDerky.

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!!This show provides examples of:

* TheAce: Chalky Studebaker was the star athlete of every athletic team, and ''was'' the swim team. Deconstructed when Doug learned that he has insecurities about having to be the best at everything due to constantly being compared to his even ''more'' overachieving older brother, including when Chalky cheated off of Doug during an exam..
** Silver Skeeter was this in his first appearance, much to the annoyance of Doug
** Patti has her moments.
* AccidentalAthlete: Doug becomes field goal kicker of the football team.
* AccidentalMisnaming: {{Subverted|Trope}} by Patti in the later Quailman comics who keeps pronouncing Guy Graham/Rupert Schmupert's last name the French way which he keeps correcting.
* {{Adorkable}}: Both Doug and Skeeter.
* AgelessBirthdayEpisode: Played straight in the Nickelodeon episode "Doug's Birthday Present," to the extent that the Disney series opened with an episode about him turning 12. Since he was 11½ when he moved to Bluffington and lived there during the Nickelodeon birthday episode, the only logical conclusion one could draw is that he had two 12th birthdays!
* AmbiguousDisorder: As outlined by [[http://www.cracked.com/article_20090_6-creepy-things-you-never-noticed-about-famous-kids-cartoons.html this article]] on Cracked, it is a strong possibility that Doug has schizophrenia.
* AnAesop: Most (if not all) of the episodes had one. The show got E/I branding during the Disney run.
* AesopAmnesia: One episode has Larry, due to a misunderstanding, starting a fight with Doug, which Doug surprisingly wins (after actually taking a punch). Doug's dad overhears Skeeter talking Doug up, then Dad scolds Doug and turns the episode into [[AnAesop "Physical Violence is for those who've run out of good ideas"]], even in self-defense.
** A word regarding the Doug vs. Larry fight, not only did Doug take the punch, he wasn't even very hurt by it showing that Larry was pretty weak to begin with, While Doug did hit back in retaliation it's easy to make him come off as the bad guy because he actually ''is'' bigger and stronger than Larry.
** In "Doug Saves Roger", Roger begs Doug to convince Mr. Bones' nephew Percy to stop bullying him, even saying that he'll never bully Doug again. Doug does so, but now Percy wants to beat up Doug, only for Roger to save Doug. In the end, while acting as a friend, Roger starts to go back on his promise to stop bullying Doug by putting a sign on Doug's back.
* AlliterativeName: Several characters, like Bebe Bluff.
* AllThereInTheManual: Connie apparently had a crush on Roger in the Disney series.
* AlmostKiss: Doug gets one with Patti.
* AmazingTechnicolorPopulation: White, blue, purple, green? (WordOfGod says it's been Jim Jinkins's art style ever since he liked to color in his coloring books as a kid.)
** Averted with Doug and Patti's families, who have more realistic skin tones. Roger's pale yellow skin, while not uncommon in animation, is still playing the trope straight.
* AmusementPark: Funkytown.
* AnimalThemedSuperbeing: Parodied with Quailman.
* AnythingButThat: When faced with liver and onions in one of his fantasies in "Doug's Dinner Date."
* ArcNumber: 47. It's on many street signs, it's Doug's locker number, etc.
* ArtEvolution: Relatively minor in mostly the animation style, in later episodes the characters are less rubbery.
** ''Brand Spanking New'' modifies the outfits but is otherwise ''almost'' identical. The biggest change is in the musical style, from acapella to more orchestrated.
** There is a quite noticeable evolution in the art between the first and second episodes, though. The pilot features a very wobbly style where the characters' outlines are constantly moving, making the show's world look more surreal and scribble-like. This effect was toned down severely by the second episode, and is gone entirely by the end of season one.
*** In addition to being a minor character at first (see below), Connie was purple like Beebe and the Dinks in the first season. In the second season, she becomes green like Chalky and Roger, coinciding with her increased prominence.
* AscendedExtra: The Sleech brothers in the Disney series.
** Connie only has minor roles in a handful of first season episodes ("Doug's New Shoes", "Doug Babysits") but becomes a major character in the second season.
* BabysittingEpisode: The episode "Doug Loses Dale" is about Doug babysitting Skeeter's younger brother, Dale.
* BadJobWorseUniform: When Doug ends up being a BurgerFool at the Honker Burger (usually it's Mr. Dink).
* BalloonBelly: Doug gets one in "Doug Tips the Scale".
* BaseballEpisode: Two, actually. "Doug Out in Left Field", where Patti forms her own baseball team for the kids who were rejected from the school's team, and "Doug's On First", where the parents of the kids on Patti's team think it's unfair about what position each player is playing.
* BeingGoodSucks: "Doug's in the Money." Doug returns the money to the old lady, gets a piece of gum for the reward, loses the respect of Roger and some other kids, but ''gains'' the respect of Judy, who from that moment on is less of a {{Cloudcuckoolander}} {{Jerkass}} towards him and more of a CoolBigSis.
* BerserkButton: Implying that Mr. Bone wears pink underwear, which earns the offender one of his harshest punishments. Doug and Roger both trick each other into running afoul of this.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Connie proves this when Roger knocks her hat off at Doug's party and exposes her bad haircut, causing her to [[MegatonPunch punch him in the stomach.]]
* BetaCouple: Skeeter and Beebe would become this to Patti and Doug eventually.
* BigDamnMovie
* BlackBeadEyes: Except for Skeeter, Porkchop, Stinky, Mrs. Dink, Mayor White, Larry, Coach Spitz, Bebe's mother, Muffy, Brian, and a variety of animals are pretty much the only characters to have normal eyes.
* BlackBestFriend: According to WordOfGod, Skeeter.
* BlindingCameraFlash: In the school photo episode, there's a RunningGag about people being blinded by the camera and wandering around dizzily.
* BookDumb: Doug was an average student and an average athlete, but part of the success of the show is that he is socially savvy enough to figure his way out of problems using a more natural intelligence rather than school learned.
* BoringYetPractical: "Doug Flies A Kite" centers around a kite-flying competition, with Doug ignoring his dad's advice to make a simple diamond-shaped one and trying to improve on it. When none of his improvements work, he eventually settles on the regular kite, which then outlasts everyone else's more elaborate designs.
* BrandX and BlandNameProduct: Several. One notable example would be that Bluffington has a Worst Eastern hotel. Also, the [[Creator/{{Nintendo}} Pretendo]] (also used in ''MuppetBabies''), and Beebe's laptop is a Beet... with an interface that looks suspiciously like it's copied from classic Mac OS.
** One comic from the Disney era (printed in ''DisneyAdventures'') had a literal Brand X, which was the discount version of cool jacket brand Brand A.
* BrattyTeenageDaughter: Judy the drama queen, who thinks that anything involving Doug is a cue to burst into nonsensical hysterics.
** And Beebe Bluff in ''Disney's Doug.''
* BrotherSisterTeam: Doug and Judy sometimes find themselves in this role, such as when they need to outsmart a strict and annoying babysitter.
* TheCameo: Doug shows up in the role of the Bloody Head Fairy in the ''[[TheRenAndStimpyShow Ren and Stimpy]]'' episode "Haunted House". This is particularly funny if you consider that Creator/BillyWest was at various times the voice of Doug, Stimpy and Ren.
* CannotSpitItOut: Doug.
* TheCastShowoff: In both versions of the show, Skeeter Valentine was voiced by Fred Newman, who, much like Skeeter, is highly talented at providing sound effects with his mouth. In addition, Newman did most of the music on the show with just his mouth sounds.
* {{Catchphrase}}: Mr. Dink is middle-class, just like Doug's family, but he has enough money to buy whatever he wants. So his favorite things are "very expensive".
** Roger uses the expression "Joey Cucamonga" to express shock in one episode of the Nickelodeon version, but in the Disney seasons this was elevated to a catch phrase.
** Disney also had the previously [[TheUnseen unseen]] Skunky using "torque" as an interjection.
* CatsAreMean: Stinky is, at least.
* CharacterTitle
* CharlieBrownBaldness: The title character. Oddly enough, there was an episode where Doug worried that he was going bald.
* ChickMagnet: Skeeter, so very much. He managed to win over Beebe Bluff, Loretta Laquigley, and many other girls along the way.
* ChristmasEpisode: Two. ''Doug's Christmas Story'' from the Nickelodeon run and ''Doug's Secret Christmas'' from the Disney run. The former is a WhamEpisode (and rather infamous among fans) while the latter is much more light-hearted and feels like a typical Christmas Special.
* CircleOfShame: Doug has a fantasy about this happening OnceAnEpisode.
* CompressedVice: Roger is particularly prone to this.
* CoolBigSis: Judy, when she wasn't being a {{Cloudcuckoolander}} and/or {{Jerkass}} to Doug.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Mr. Bluff.
** Moreso the Disney episodes and movie.
* CrazyCulturalComparison: Fentruck's holiday celebrations.
* CreditsJukebox: A unique aspect to the cartoon is that there was never a consistent credits theme; it was always different, and usually a piece of BGM recycled from the episodes that just played.
* CultOfPersonality: Bill Bluff supposedly is a descendant of Bluffington's founders, and thus owns most of the businesses and services in the city; also, Bluffington Middle School is in the shape of Beebe Bluff's head.
* DamselInDistress: Patti's role in the Quailman series well into the Disney episodes. Then, however, she becomes the reporter Miss Mayo who works for the Guy Graham stand-in Rupert Schmupert and who doesn't believe Quailman trying to explain to her that Schmupert is Golden Salmon, and that Golden Salmon is a supervillain. ''Then'' she becomes the superheroine Supersport who outclasses Quailman in just about everything he does.
* DeadpanSnarker: Mrs. Dink. Judy has her moments (despite being a LargeHam), and while Porkchop can't talk, many of his expressions suggest this.
** Mrs. Wingo also has plenty of moments.
** Doug can also be this on occasion (especially when he's interacting with Judy).
* DeanBitterman: Mr. Lamar Bone, "One second late and it goes on your ''permanent record!''"
* DepravedDentist: Subverted with Doug's dentist Dr. Kay, but played straight with the Smash Adams' villain Dr. Decay.
--->'''Doug:''' (''As Smash Adams in a fantasy sequence'') You'll never make me talk, Dr. Decay.\\
'''Dr. Decay:''' I don't want you to talk, Mr. Adams. [[ColdBloodedTorture I want you to suffer]]! (''[[ThisIsADrill gets a big drill]]'')
* DemotedToExtra: Chalky in the Disney series.
* DisappearedDad: Roger lives alone with is mom, but his dad is never seen in the series.
** Until the Disney series. A flashback shows that his parents divorced.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything / GRatedDrug: Nic-Nacs.
* DreamingOfAWhiteChristmas
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The pilot is animated with LineBoil and Doug calls his journal his diary.
** In the first season, Connie has purple skin and yellow hair, as opposed to green skin and black hair.
* EatTheCamera: Happens quite a bit when Doug screams, especially if it's at the end of a cold open (such as in "Doug's Math Problem.")
* EdibleThemeNaming: Patti Mayonnaise.
* EmbarrassingFirstName: [[spoiler:Walter]] "Skunky" Beaumont as revealed in one of the Disney episodes.
* EngineeredPublicConfession: Played with in "Doug Didn't Do It", in which Roger tells Doug he stole Mr. Bone's trophy while sitting with his legs across Mr. Bone's desk-- with his foot on the PA system button, and the "on-air" light flashing. It's played with, in that Doug was more than happy to accept the punishment for something he didn't do, had no intention of tattling on Roger, and had even tried to ''warn'' Roger about what he was doing. He's just that nice a guy. The school heard it, including Mr. Bone, and Roger will be polishing trophies 'til they put him in the grave.
* EpisodeTitleCard: Doug will walk through a door, offer up the title, and happily declare, "That's me!" before Pork Chop shows up, screws him into the ground, and turns the lights off. All of this is accompanied by a ThemeTuneCameo.
* EurekaMoment:
** In "Doug's Brainy Buddy", Doug just couldn't believe Skeeter is a genius, and gotten to the point where it nearly broke their friendship. When Judy asked what happened...
--->'''Doug:''' He got smart.\\
'''Judy:''' Oh.\\
'''Doug:''' What do you mean "oh"? I'm not jealous of him if that's what you think? ''(he laughs at this)'' *{{beat}}* I am jealous, am I, Porkchop?\\
''(Porkchop nods)''
** Doug gets another one in "Doug Graduates" when he finds out why he's unhappy about graduation, while talking to Roger who feels the same way.
** And another in "Doug's Disappearing Doug" when he realizes why Porkchop ran away, because he "treated him like a dog".
* TheEveryman: Doug is a mild-mannered, BookDumb student with a mostly unrequited crush on a girl, is only a moderate athlete, and can never stay ahead for long.
* EveryoneLovesBlondes: Doug for Patti.
* {{Expy}}:
** The Beets' name and Liverpool accents are obviously based on Music/TheBeatles (although singer Monroe Yoder looks more like [[Music/TheWho Roger Daltrey]]).
** Many of the characters are reminiscent of ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}} characters. Doug is kind of like Charlie Brown in personality and character design, Porkchop is Snoopy, Patty Mayonnaise is the Little Red Haired Girl, Skeeter is Linus, amongst many others. This is Lampshaded in the series premiere of the Disney series when Doug sees a computer simulation of possible haircuts and one is that of Charlie Brown. He even says good grief.
** Or it could be {{Archie}}: Doug=Archie, Skeeter=Jughead, Patty=Betty, Bebe=Veronica, Porkchop=Hot Dog (even though he's Jughead's dog)
* ExtremeDoormat: Doug had shades of this.
** Larry plays this totally straight.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: This is seen often with many of the incidents where those who target the titular character and his friends, mostly the bullies.
** In '''Doug Saves Roger''', Roger, a known bully, falls victim to the bullying of Percy Femur, Vice Principal Lamar Bone’s nephew and who’s bigger than Roger. [[spoiler: Doug stands up for Roger and almost pays for it. Roger tells Mr. Bone about his nephew's bullying, explaining to Doug that he ran out of ideas]].
** '''Doug Battles The Rulemeister''' – In The Quailman comic, Doug models Rulemeister after Bone when he finds a loophole. [[spoiler: When Bone seized the comics, Doug asks him if he’s immune to the same rules. When Bone states without exceptions, he realizes what he was doing.]] While Bone still enforces the rules, he knows he can be overruled by anyone either the same position as him, or higher like Buttsavitch, who’s the principal.
* FakeNationality:
** [[invoked]] A girl claiming to be from Yakistonia is called out on this by {{F|unnyForeigner}}entruck because [[TheWoobie she wants to be liked.]]
** At least some of her stories were true, as her Aunt (whom everyone is convinced is a lie) appears in person at the end of the episode.
* {{Fanservice}}: At the beginning of the episode ''Doug On His Own'', Judy wears a dress that shows her [[http://usera.ImageCave.com/KaBlammer4Life/judy%20back.jpg back]] and [[http://usera.imagecave.com/KaBlammer4Life/judy%20drss.jpg cleavage.]]
* FanservicePack: Happened to formerly pudgy Connie Benge between the Nick and the Disney shows. Explained with her and her mother having been to a beauty farm.
* ForcedToWatch: Doug {{invoke|dTrope}}s this on ''[[ItMakesSenseInContext himself]]'' in "Doug's Nightmare on Jumbo St."
* FreeRangeChildren: The eleven-year old cast behaves much more like older teenagers the way they run about their town.
* FirstKiss: The subject of an episode. It ends up being Doug and [[spoiler:Beebe.]]
* FiveManBand:
** TheHero: Doug
** TheLancer: Skeeter
** {{The Smart Guy}}s: Al and Moo.
** TheBigGuy: Chalky
** TheChick: Beebee
** TheHeart: Patti
** TeamPet: Porkchop
* FullHouseMusic: Played straight in many instances, such as when Roger steals Doug's "lucky hat" and when Doug walks home after apologizing to Patti's dad about destroying her old house.
* GangOfBullies: Roger is often seen with fellow delinquents Willie, Ned and Boomer.
* GeniusDitz: Skeeter's revealed to be this in one episode, though it was hidden because he's BookDumb. The only reason they found out was because Skeeter didn't realize the IQ test was a test, he mentions how he panics with tests. It took Doug the entire episode to accept it, reluctantly.
** It came up again in the Disney version, where Skeeter eventually made it onto a trivia bowl team but he choked when asked a question.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Has [[Radar/{{Doug}} its own page.]]
* TheGhost: Skunky Beaumont in the Nick episodes. Principal Buttsavitch from the Nick episodes. Also the Lucky Duck Lake monster before TheMovie.
* GiveGeeksAChance:
** [[ShortTank Patti]] with [[{{Adorkable}} Doug]].
** As well as [[LovableAlphaBitch Beebe]] and [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Skeeter]].
* GodModeSue: In-universe, Silver Skeeter, much to Doug's annoyance. Not to mention Skeeter doesn't get the criticism.
* GraduateFromTheStory: More or less. The last regular episode of the Nickelodeon version has the characters graduating from Bluffington School, though there was also a ChristmasEpisode that aired six-months later.
** The Christmas episode actually first ran along with the rest of season 4, in December of 1993.
* GreenAroundTheGills: This happens to Doug in "Doug's Fat Cat", after he tastes some not so appetizing cat food to show Stinky just how good it is. But he ends up feeling queasy and excuses himself to vomit.
* HatesBeingTouched: "He's touching me. Why is he touching me?"
* HaveAGayOldTime: Roger says "Yeah, what do you know, Skeet-Face?"
* HeldBackInSchool: Roger eventually reveals to Doug that he spent three years in the sixth grade.
* HeWhoMustNotBeSeen: Principal Buttsavitch.
* [[HerCodeNameWasMarySue His Code Name Was Marty Stu]]:
** Many of Doug's {{Imagine Spot}}s fill this role. There's also the episode where Doug and Skeeter collaborate on a comic, with both of them as superheroes.
** Quailman averted this, as he had [[WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway few real superpowers]], but solved most problems with cunning or diplomatic solutions. Silver Skeeter is a ''very'' straight example though, and is even criticized for using his abilities without considering the possible consequences.
* HollywoodToneDeaf: Patti, in the Disney version's episode about the town anthem contest. One can contrast this with her singing in "Doug's No Dummy", a Nickelodeon-era episode.
** In another episode, Doug and Skeeter hear Mr. Dink apparently moaning in agony. They ran to his house to see a video of Mr. Dink singing badly.
-->'''Mr. Dink:''' I made it this morning. Do you like it?\\
'''Skeeter:''' Like it? We thought you were dying!\\
'''Mr. Dink:''' ''(stops the tape)'' What was that, Skeeter?\\
'''Doug:''' Uh, he said we were dying to hear your song.\\
'''Mrs. Dink:''' Right you are the first time, boys.
* HypocriticalHumor: Roger and many of his male classmates at school teased Doug when Patti asked him on a date. After the date Roger and the others stopped him on his walk home, asking him what it was like. It was moments like these where their actual age was evident.
* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: Episode titles always start with "Doug" or "Doug's."
* IdiotBall
** The Nickelodeon-era Christmas episode has Pork Chop bite and injure Beebe to keep her away from thin ice/hole in the ice and is then taken away because he is believed to be dangerous. Out of context the logic can at least be followed if one didn't know of the thin ice, however; the thin ice was marked as such then a hole formed in the ice that she was heading straight for, he had never shown any signs of aggression at any point and during his "trial" Bebe was instructed to recreate the incident i.e. walk on ice towards a hole in but now in a cast with crutches and Pork Chop seems to be the only one who notices she is about to die and has to break free to save her again. Granted, ''everyone'' that wasn't Doug and his inner circle was holding the IdiotBall that episode. Bill Bluff, Beebe's father and owner of Bluffington, had gone to great lengths to paint Pork Chop as a monster and everyone believed him over Doug, no one gave a care about the dog come Christmas and it forced Doug to call everyone out at Pork Chop's trial.
* IHaveThisFriend: Practically Doug's catchphrase. He often follows it up with [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial "It's not me,"]] as well.
* InsanityDefense: In one episode, Roger is attempting to frame Doug for stealing Mr. Bone's trophy. Judy suggests attempting the Insanity Defense, only for Doug to say that the last person who tried it ''still'' got in trouble ''and'' had to go to the counselor.
* IronicName: In one episode, Doug orders a pizza from Speedy Pizza, and they arrived a few hours ago. One of the delivery guys said [[LampshadeHanging they should really change the name]].
* ItTastesLikeFeet: PlayedForLaughs in one episode, when Doug tried to sell chocolates door to door for charity, but couldn't make any sales because his neighbors complained that the chocolates "tasted like cement". In a bizarre twist, it turned out that there actually ''was'' cement in the chocolates because of an accident at the factory where they were made. Though how Doug's neighbors knew what cement tasted like is anyone's guess...
** Perhaps it was more of a commentary on the texture - an unbreakable hunk that performed well as a ''doorstop''.
* {{Jerkass}}: Roger.
** Doug, too, on occasion. Such as in "Doug's Brainy Buddy."
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Roger on other occasions. He even helped organize Doug's 1-year anniversary in Bluffington.
-->'''Roger:''' It doesn't mean that we're getting married or anything.
* KarmaHoudini: In ''Doug and Patti, P.I.'', [[spoiler: Roger]] steals supplies for the family wheelbarrell race [[spoiler: because he wanted to participate but couldn't because his father lives far away and his mother's feet were too sore for her to fill in.]] However, he doesn't get punished for his actions [[spoiler: and ends up participating anyway since Mr. Dink wanted to participate but didn't have any kids]].
* KickTheDog: Roger, occasionally. Especially when he made Doug throw a rock at Patti's old house, knowing Patti would walk by, and let Doug think she would be impressed. Then, after it was completely knocked down, he and his gang laugh when Patti was angry with Doug.
* KidCom
* KissingWarmUp: Doug practices kissing on a balloon.
* LastMinuteHookup: After seven seasons of crushing and "WillTheyOrWontThey", Doug and Patti finally get together in the last few minutes of the final episode.
* {{Leitmotif}}: Several characters have one, for example Judy, Roger, and Mr. Dink.
* LessEmbarrassingTerm: "It's a journal, not a diary!"
* LimitedWardrobe: {{Lampshaded}} and turned into an episode. Doug always wears brown khaki shorts with a green vest over a white shirt. When their favorite TV star wears the same outfit, everyone copies the style, and they think Doug has, too. He spends the entire episode trying to prove that he isn't a lemming, even showing everyone his entire wardrobe of identical clothes, but to his frustration everyone still thinks he's trying to be like the TV star. So he tries to dress differently, then eventually gives up, figuring that it's not worth the trouble... only to find everyone is now copying a different outfit the TV star wears, which looks the same as Skeeter's.
* LogoJoke: Skeeter has a poster of the Jumbo Pictures (Doug's production company) egg logo (minus the words) in his room. Doug also lives on 21 Jumbo Street, also having to do with the company.
* LovableAlphaBitch: Beebe.
* LoveAtFirstSight: Doug is lovestruck the second he sees Patti bike past outside the Honker Burger in the very first episode.
* LyricalDissonance: The song "Anybody Else at All" from the Disney World musical is a fun, bouncy tune...about Doug losing his self-confidence.
* MascotWithAttitude: Porkchop.
* MasterOfTheMixedMessage: Patti Mayonnaise. One episode she actually asks him out on a date, which ends kind of awkwardly. This back-and-forth behavior continues throughout the rest of the series. This is {{justified|Trope}} due to their ages—after all, most preteens are pretty nervous when it comes to dealing with matters of the heart for the first time.
* MeaningfulName:
** The name Dink comes from the acronym for "Double Income, No Kids."
** Doug's sister Judy, a Shakespeare buff and all-around drama queen, is likely named after Judith Shakespeare. To drive the point home, her mom always calls her Judith.
** Mr. Bone has a rather large nephew named Percy Femur, large enough to effectively bully Roger, which he does. The femur, (the thigh bone) is the largest bone in the human body.
** The Ponzi Puzzle Sweepstakes. The name itself says it's a scam.
* MerchandiseDriven: ''Disney's Doug'' had as much merchandise as say, ''HighSchoolMusical'' or ''HannahMontana''.
* [[HighSchoolRocks Middle School Rocks]]
* MissingMom:
** Patti's mother died in a car accident. This actually makes her the first character from a Nicktoon with a dead parent- Chuckie's mom being dead on ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'' wasn't confirmed until after ''Doug'' had left for ABC and during the time ''Doug'' was on Nickelodeon, the writers of ''Rugrats'' were keeping where she was ambiguous.
** To a lesser extent, the Sleech brothers have a father, but not a mother. What happened to her is never mentioned.
* MostWritersAreWriters: Doug enjoys writing in his journal as well as writing and drawing his own comics. According to other characters he's actually pretty good at the latter, and this is evident from his {{Imagine Spot}}s as part of the show's structure.
* TheMovie: Creatively titled ''Doug's 1st Movie''. (However, maybe a more accurate title would be ''Doug's'' Only ''Movie''.)
* TheMovingExperience: Doug actually thought Skeeter was moving in one Nickelodeon episode. Turns out, he was... to a new room in his house's basement.
* MrImagination
* TheMusical: ''Doug Live!'', a live stage-show that was preformed about five times daily in Walt Disney World from 1999-2001. One of Doug's songs, "Someone Like Me", ended up in the movie's end credits. Most of the story was created exclusively for the musical, but included elements from the episodes "Doug Rocks" and "Doug & Patti Sitting in a Tree" (oddly enough, both episodes mentioned were from the Nickelodeon series)
* MysteryMeat: Magic Mystery Meat was served to unwilling students. In a [[SubvertedTrope subversion of the trope]], in one episode Doug was [[FakeMemories being overly nostalgic]], and went so far as to believe that Magic Mystery Meat was not only edible, but tasty as well.
* MythArc: ''Disney's Doug'' had Doug and Skeeter occasionally visiting Lucky Duck Lake in an attempt to discover if a monster exists in there (a nod to the legendary Loch Ness Monster). The monster itself finally makes an appearance in TheMovie and plays an important role.
* NewPowersAsThePlotDemands: In-universe. Doug actually calls Skeeter out on this in one episode when the latter's superhero alter-ego, the Silver Skeeter, kept showing off new powers that came out of nowhere and were just what he needed to save the day.
* NewSeasonNewName
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Doug does this to Patti's old house which is falling apart. Later, after she apologized for calling him "terrible", Doug was relieved since he didn't know why Patti would be angry at him for knocking down "some cruddy old house", which caused Patti to be angry at him again, confusing him more.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Doug's favorite rock band was named The Beets in homage to The Beatles, who even split up much later in the shows run. They also had an Arnold Schwarzenegger parody. Mr. Bone is clearly based on Don Knotts.
* NotADate: The premise of "Doug and Patty Sitting in a Tree".
* NotSoDifferent: In "Doug Rocks the House", after Doug finds out he knocked down Patti's old house, he didn't understand why she was upset about it until he remembered how he felt when he first moved away from Bloatsburg.
* NothingIsScarier: In "Doug's Nightmare on Elm Street", Doug has nightmares of a shapeshifting monster from a scary movie, which he didn't even see what he looks like. Until he manage to face his fear by seeing the ending of the movie, which is a [[NightmareRetardant guy in a ridiculous-looking suit with his zipper showing]].
* NothingIsTheSameAnymore: The premise of the first episode of ''[[LampshadeHanging Disney's Doug]]'', where Doug finds the world he knows has changed -- the JerkJock bully got rich on a real estate deal, [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything his favorite movie character has been]] {{Retool}}ed, his favorite band has broken up, his favorite restaurant has gone up-scale, and his usual barber shop is under new management. Doug decides to change a bit himself (specifically, his haircut).
* OhCrap: After Doug appeared on a goofy Western-themed kid's show (which his aunt was the director for), Skeeter reassures him that at least no-one they know saw it. Cue Roger dramatically entering, wearing a cowboy hat and spurs. [[spoiler:When his aunt realises that Roger appeared on the show as a kid, Roger has the same reaction when Doug threatens to show everyone the footage of his OldShame unless he knocks it off]].
* OneJudgeToRuleThemAll: Bill Bluff in the contest to name the new school in "Doug's New School". He names it the "Beebe Bluff Middle School" after his daughter, making the whole contest (and conflict of the episode) pointless.
* OnlyOneName: Flounder of The Beets.
* OpposingSportsTeam: The school softball team and Bloatsburg in football.
* OurFounder: Thaddeus Bluff.
* PantyShot: Judy gets [[http://imgur.com/bgdCRiP one]] in ''"Doug Needs Money"'' when she falls over rollerskating. Notable in that her character model usually always wears black tights.
* ParallelParking: The plot point of "Doug's Behind the Wheel"; Judy can't parallel park, thus she can't pass her driver's test and can't drive Doug and Patty to Funkytown.
* ParentalBonus: Many.
* PetTheDog: Roger and Judy actually get some of these. Judy moreso, but that makes a lot of sense when you consider she ''is'' his sister.
* ProtagonistTitle
* PunnyName:
** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DINKY DINK (or DINKY)]] is slang for an affluent couple with no children.
** Mayor Robert "Bob" White. A bobwhite is a species of quail.
* PutMeInCoach: Doug goes in for the [[DownToTheLastPlay final play of the football game]] in ''Doug's Big Feat''.
* QuietlyPerformingSisterShow:
** In its original run, Doug was sort of this to [[WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow Ren & Stimpy]] and WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}. Doug didn't become the pop-culture smash and merchandising bonanza that its fellow Nicktoons did, but was popular enough to remain on Nick's schedule in reruns years after its cancellation.
** Nickelodeon did promote the show when it was still running, if for no other reason than the fact that they show ''was'' popular with kids and ''especially'' parents, who thought Ren and Stimpy and other shows like it were too obnoxious.
** Averted with the Disney series, it was promoted almost as much as ''HannahMontana''!
** In 1995-1997, Doug was Nickelodeon's second-highest rated show (behind Rugrats) and weekday evening airings regularly placed in the Top 10 for highest rated shows on cable. By the time it really started to take off, though, Disney had already bought Jumbo pictures, so Nickelodeon was only able to order more Rugrats episodes.
* RabbleRouser: In one episode of ''Brand Spankin' New Doug'' Ned Cauphee's house burns down, leaving him and his ten rambunctious siblings staying with various families in Bluffington, which quickly gets to be too much for them. Mayor Dink gives a fiery speech calling the townsfolk to action, then leads them on a march right to the Cauphee's...[[SubvertedTrope and start repairing their house]].
* RagtagBunchOfMisfits: Patti's Pulverizers in ''Doug Out in Left Field''.
* RagsToRiches: When Bill Bluff had the new school built on Fat Jack's trailer park, it turned out that the patch of land on which Edwina Klotz's trailer stood was her own property. She sold it to him for an enormous amount of money.
* RampageFromANail: In one episode, a giant monster created by Dr. Rubbersuit called Klotzilla is rampaging throughout the city. Quailman discovers that said monster has a thorn stuck in his foot and removes it, stopping the rampage.
* RashomonStyle: "Doug's Disappearing Dog". Doug lampshades how everyone remembers the previous day differently. This helps Doug realize why Pork Chop ran away.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Principal Buttsavich, too bad we never see him.
** Mrs. Dink as mayor.
* RecursiveCanon: In "Doug's Secret Christmas," we see Skeeter and his family at home watching "Doug's Christmas Story" on TV.
* TheRenaissanceAgeOfAnimation
* RoadTripEpisode: The Funnie family trip to see the Painted Gorge, which gets sidetracked by several stops to visit what turn out to be tourist traps, followed by the car getting stuck in the mud and requiring everyone to get out and push it free.
* RunningGag:
** Beets.
** Mr. Bone threatening that something Doug does will go on his permanent record.
* RichBitch: Beebe, though not nearly as bad as some examples (usually). Roger is a worse, male version in the {{retool}}.
* {{Ruritania}}: Yakistonia, homeland of the exchange student Fentruck.
* SadistTeacher: Doug had Mr. Bone & Mrs. Wingo in Doug's own nightmarish imagination.
* ScreamsLikeALittleGirl: Roger seems like a tough guy until he screams...
* ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules: Doug proves this when he returns an old lady's money to her instead of keeping it, despite all of the insults he received from most people about it.
* SecretDiary: Roger gets his hands on Doug's journal in "Doug's Runaway Journal". Turns out [[spoiler:he couldn't read any of it because Doug's handwriting is so bad]].
* SeriesContinuityError: In the first episode of the Disney series, Doug celebrates his twelfth birthday. In a flashback Judy says they were moving to Bluffington on his eleventh birthday although there was a Nickelodeon episode where he celebrated his birthday. In an earlier Nick episode Doug's friends had a party to celebrate his first anniversary of moving to Bluffington. Gets made even more complicated when Beebee mentions in a couple episodes after the Disney pilot that the Funnys have lived in Bluffington for three years.
* SeriousBusiness: Just about any school sponsored event is this. Willie White's campaign for Student Council Treasurer takes this UpToEleven. Mocked here: http://dougfunniesjournal.blogspot.com/2012/02/episode-46-part-1-doug-runs.html
* ShapedLikeItself: Dr. Rubbersuit, a Quail Man villain in the Disney episodes, is... an evil doctor in a gaudy rubber suit.
* ShockinglyExpensiveBill: Doug's free candy and soda bill in one of his fantasies from the episode "Doug Runs".
* ShoutOut:
** The "Spacemonks" game that Doug plays is a small tribute to ''VideoGame/WingCommander'', using several similar scenes from the game, including the infamous space funeral.
** "Silver Skeeter" (see SuperpowerLottery below) is a tribute to the ''ComicBook/SilverSurfer''.
** A rather blatant one to ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'' appears in the first episode of Disney's Doug.
** One episode has a sequence where Doug dreams he performs in a concert wearing [[Music/TalkingHeads a really big suit]].
** Doug lives on 21 Jumbo Street, a shout to the then-popular cop show ''Series/TwentyOneJumpStreet''.
** In one episode, Doug goes to see a Smash Adams movie that opens with an evil dentist about to torture the titular character with a dental drill while shouting [[Film/MarathonMan "Is it safe? Is it safe?!"]]
** In the episode where Doug has to get used to a new barber in his new hometown, his old barber's name was [[Theatre/SweeneyToddtheDemonBarberofFleetStreet Mr. Sweeney]]. Maybe Doug should be glad to have a new barber...
** When Doug, Skeeter and Roger visit Bloodstone Manor, notices can be seen that says [[Literature/TheDivineComedy "Abandon all beverages, ye who enter."]]
** One of Doug's imagine spots is a near duplicate scene from The movie of The Who's "Tommy", specifically, Elton John's character getting out of the limo at the start of "Pinball Wizard". Similar styled music is even used for the scene.
** In an episode where Doug's home alone for the first time, what's the first thing he does? [[Film/RiskyBusiness Slides across the floor in his underwear, jamming to rock music.]]
* SliceOfLife
* SlumberParty: Doug and Skeeter are forced to crash one when Doug fears an amateur music video is in Patti's hands. [[spoiler:Turns out it wasn't: it was in Mr. Bone's. And Mr. Bone has Doug's.]]
* SnipeHunt: Roger and his buddies offer to take Doug on one of these in the pilot.
* SoapBoxSadie: Judy, in one episode.
* SongParody: In "Doug's Babysitter", the second half of "According to the Rules" features different lyrics to "The 12 Days of Christmas":
--> '''Mrs. Stintson''': (singing) No telephone calling, no reading comics, no crazy outfits, my late husband ("YECH!"), dark glasses aren't worn inside the h-h-h-house, and a dinner made entirely of pruuunes!
* TheSouthpaw: Doug is left-handed. It was a plot point two episodes: One where Doug is on Patti's baseball team (never having played baseball before) and she realizes that he is left handed and tells him to stand on the ''right'' side of home plate so he could have an easier time swinging at the ball. He manages a hit almost instantly. In the other his journal goes missing and he start freaking out over the possibility of someone reading it, except they can't because of his left-handed writing is smeared and illegible.
* SpecialEffectFailure: An InUniverse example. The costume of a supposedly scary movie monster has a visible zipper.
* SpoiledSweet: Beebe Bluff's father owns most of the town, but she goes to a public school and is an alright person. She also saves them in TheMovie.
* StartMyOwn: After being rejected by the Honkers softball team because she's a girl, Patti forms the "Patti's Pulverizers" softball team.
* SternTeacher: Mrs. Wingo, "You're knocking on trouble's door"
* StockNessMonster: The Lucky Duck Lake Monster.
* StoryBreakerTeamUp: Done inside the show itself when Doug and Skeeter teamed up their imaginary heroes: Comicbook/{{Superman}} {{Expy}} Quailman and ComicBook/SilverSurfer Expy The Silver Skeeter.
* SuperpowerLottery: Skeeter's superhero Silver Skeeter has a superpower for any and all situations, which Doug finds annoying because it lacks any serious tension.
* SuperstitionEpisode: There was an episode that [[InvokedTrope invoked]] this. Doug seemed to have a lucky streak at winning games against his crush, Patti. After she gets ticked off about it, he tries to break his luck by breaking a mirror, running under ladders and doing his weird ritual involving mashed potatoes. Afterward, he is having all sorts of bad luck, but since he wants to lose a game against her, it would be good luck for him to lose, and his winning streak continues.
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: Judy gives one when Doug shows up at her school and her friends see him: "I don't know him, I've never seen him before, and he's ''definitely'' not my brother."
* SugarWiki/SweetDreamsFuel: Admit it, after watching an episode, you feel really good inside. It manages to be sweet and adorable without [[TastesLikeDiabetes tasting like diabetes]]
* TakeAThirdOption: Most of Doug's problems are solved through compromises between him and whoever he happens to be confronting.
* TakeTheWheel: A fantasy in which Doug and Skeeter are truck drivers. Skeeter's request to take the wheel ends up with Doug [[VisualPun giving it to him]].
* TheTalk: A RunningGag of ''Disney's Doug'' has his father trying to initiate the conversation, which is usually offset by Doug being concerned with something unrelated. It doesn't help that he keeps trying to segue using nonsensical metaphors ("The salmon swims upstream"). This was put to an end on the Christmas episode where Doug just tells his dad that he already knows about sex from school.
* TellHimImNotSpeakingToHim: The breakup of Music/TheBeatles homage band The Beets plays out like this, with all four members of the group facing away from the microphone and saying things like this ("I'm not telling them, YOU tell them!") before one finally has enough and very curtly says that they're splitting up.
* TemptingFate: After Doug's aunt gets him on a children's cowboy show, Skeeter tells him "At least no-one we know saw it." Cue Roger bursting through the door, wearing a cowboy hat and spurs...
* TheThemeParkVersion: Of middle school.
* ThoseTwoGuys: The FatAndSkinny guy.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Patti and Beebe
%% TooDumbToLive: Willie White, son of the (former) mayor of Bluffington.
%% ZeroContextExample - does his stupidity kill him? If so, how?
* TraumaticHaircut: Connie gets one before Doug is hosting a party, and reluctantly goes to the party, concealing it in a hat. Half her head is shaved and the other half is short.
* TravelingSalesmanMontage: Happens when Doug tries to sell chocolate bars door-to-door in one episode.
* TrialBalloonQuestion: See "IHaveThisFriend"
* TrueArtIsIncomprehensible: InUniverse, Porkchop (the dog) leaves footprints all over Doug's canvas, and it's hailed as an artistic masterpiece.
* TuxedoAndMartini: Smash Adams.
* TyrantTakesTheHelm: Mr. Dink temporarily appoints Roger the scoutmaster of Doug's Bluff Scout troop while he is away, and his abuses are such that even [[GangOfBullies his own cronies]] turn against him.
* UltimateAuthorityMayor: Mayor White. Unusually for this trope, he's eventually voted out and replaced by Doug's neighbor, Mrs. Dink.
* UmpteenthCustomer: Doug enters what looks like a video game store and looks around, only to discover that he's the one millionth customer and has won a [[BlandNameProduct Pretendo]]. This was the setup for the episode's Aesop.
* UnclePennybags: Mr Dink. [[{{Catchphrase}} Very expensive!]] WordOfGod says Dink stands for [[MeaningfulName Dual Income No Kids]]
* TheUnreveal: What Principal Buttsavich looks like. Despite it being the driving plot point in the second to last episode of the Nickelodeon series, Doug ''(and the audience)'' miss out on seeing him.
* VerbalTic:
** Skeeter's little honking noises he makes.
** Mayor White's "Vote for Me!"
** Willie White also has a verbal tic considering he starts most of his sentences with "Duhhhh".
** Mr. Dink's "Very expensive."
* VerySpecialEpisode:
** In the Disney version, there was an episode where Patti thinks she's fat after overhearing Doug comment on her weight (when he was referring to a homemade vehicle he was making to catch the Lucky Duck Lake monster), prompting Patti to become anorexic. (Also, at the end of that episode, there was Patti's spoken PublicServiceAnnouncement [[http://www.tv.com/shows/doug/dougs-chubby-buddy-74019/trivia/ on how to help out on eating disorders]] by locating or contacting institutes or places or medical centers, right before ToonDisney and the Disney Channel overdubbed her voice through ClumsyCopyrightCensorship.)
** The Nic-Nacs episode could count too, aside from the whole GRatedDrug business. Though it's very different from typical anti-drug/anti-smoking episodes, and just as much about being skeptical of marketing messages as it is about avoiding dangerous substances -- and openly hostile toward the company behind the product in ways that a program that relies on sponsorship from [[MegaCorp Philip Morris subsidiaries]] (they owned Kraft at the time) could never get away with had they not substituted a made-up product for cigarettes.
* WelcomeEpisode: The first episode of the series, which features Doug moving to Bluffington and meeting most of the main cast.
* WhamEpisode: ''Doug's Christmas Story''.
* WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway: Subverted. Quailman's main superpower is the hypnotic "Quail-Eye," but he rarely encounters a situation that he could fix through sheer force, forcing him to take a third option. This is a superhero whose main attributes are a belt on his forehead and wearing his underwear over his pants. He's Doug. [[NiceGuy He'll never purposely hurt anyone]].
* [[WhereTheHellIsSpringfield Where the Hell Is Bluffington?]]: Or Bloatsburg (where the Funnies came to Bluffington from), for that matter.
* WholeEpisodeFlashback: Most episodes are structured this way, as Doug writes about it in his journal.
* WriteWhoYouKnow: In-universe example: Doug writes and draws almost the whole cast of the show into his Quailman comics, sometimes multiple times.
* WithLyrics: The end credits for "Doug Graduates" features lyrics to "Pomp and Circumstance"... which consist of just [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin "Pomp and Circumstance" sung to the music.]]
* YourApprovalFillsMeWithShame: In the episode where Doug is accused of cheating on a test, Roger gains a new-found respect for him and attempts to recruit him to help cheat on further exams, much to Doug's annoyance.
* YourTomcatIsPregnant: Roger's cat Stinky fell into this trope.
* WebAnimation/YouTubePoop: A few ''Doug''-centered poops have been made. Among them are those of ''Disney's Doug''.
* ZettaiRyouiki: Connie wears Grade C after her [[FanservicePack beauty farm visit]].

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