* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation:
** The entire show is this due to the fact that it is a narrative of events through the eyes of one kid writing about these events into his journal. As a result, his opinions on a person will affect how they are portrayed in each episode.
** One theory is that Doug is [[http://dougfunniesjournal.tumblr.com/ crazy]].
*** Said blog also speculates that Roger has [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rickets rickets]] and really just wants to be friends (at the very least) with Doug, but doesn't know how to make friends.
** Alternately, Roger is secretly/obliviously gay and has feelings for Doug. [[LovingBully He bullies Doug to compensate for this.]] See HoYay below for details.
*** It would make re-watching the show very interesting if you interpret Roger having secretly/obliviously gay feelings for Doug.
* BigLippedAlligatorMoment:
** Doug's Quailman fantasy in ''Doug's 1st Movie''. Then again, it's a ''Doug'' movie, and it wouldn't be complete without Quailman.
** Mr. Bone talking on the phone in "Doug Goes Hollywood" and BreakingTheFourthWall to tell the viewer to mind their own business.
* BrokenBase:
** ''Disney's Doug''. It caused the fanbase to break into separate camps (not counting the ones who have seen one version, but not the other): the ones who loved the Nickelodeon version and despised Disney's version due to Disney retooling the series to be "hip and cool", the ones who thought Disney's version was okay but preferred Nickelodeon's version, and the ones who thought the Disney version was no different than the Nickelodeon version and actually admit to liking both.
** Same with the movie. Some like it, some ''really'' don't like it.
* ClicheStorm: ''Doug's 1st Movie'' is a slight example.
* DesignatedVillain:
** Often Guy from Disney's ''Doug''. While he may be egotistical, Guy's actually a fairly nice...well, guy, it's Doug's feelings for Patti and chronic insecurity that lead him to see Guy as a jerk. Subverted in the movie, where he actually ''is'' flat-out antagonistic towards the group.
** In the Nickelodeon run, the villain in his (solo) Quailman fantasies is either Roger or Mr. Bone.
** Roger is usually the villain of Doug's fantasies by default whether or not he has any antagonistic notions in the episode.
*** Doug is quick to blame Roger for pretty much anything that goes wrong, even if it's incredibly unlikely. The other characters ''will'' call Doug out on this, though.
** Anyone that hates Patti or Patti dislikes becomes this for Doug (Muffy Silverson and the Junior Daughters club by extension; Cassandra Bleem and her click of older popular kids are examples of this). Also anyone Doug thinks is trying to go after Patti gets upgraded to this (which is why Guy is usually this).
* EarWorm:
** "Bangin' on a trash can, drummin' on a street light..."
** You've been humming the theme song (either the Nickelodeon version or the Disney one) since the page finished loading. Admit it.
*** That or Quailman's theme.
** AAEEOOO KILLER TOFU
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NGFKaMsigok ''I need more allowence! Yodel-aeeEE-hooo!"]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Ubyp5vkj1Q&feature=related Gotta SHOOO~OOUT ya lungs out!]]
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Mr. Dink, Roger, and Judy are considered some of the funniest characters in the series.
** If we go by ChadRocco... Connie Benge is this. There are even fans who are aware of the sad WordOfGod info that want to ship Connie with Doug, helps she hinted having a crush on him in the Nickelodeon series.
*** Ned Cauphee and Boomer Bledsoe have fans and art on Deviantart and tumblr!
* FandomBerserkButton: You may get a pass if you say that you like both the Nickelodeon and Disney iterations of the series equally or say that Disney's Doug was good in its own right. It's when you say that you think the Disney's ''Doug'' was better than Nickelodeon's ''Doug'' that you get slapped upside the head by the fanbase.
* FanonDiscontinuity: The Disney's Doug episodes don't exist in the eyes of the Nickelodeon Doug fans.
* GeniusBonus: Doug's sister, Judith "Judy" Funny, has been established as a huge [[Creator/WilliamShakespeare Shakespeare]] nut in several episodes. Which is why she's named after Sheakespeare's daughter, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Judith_Quiney Judith Quiney]] (née Shakespeare). Just to drive the point home, her mother always insists on calling her "Judith".
* HarsherInHindsight: "Doug Gets Busted" is this, since it consists of Doug thinking he destroyed the science lab with his volcano project. This episode probably wouldn't be made today with bomb threats and school shootings becoming more rampant.
** Every interaction with Doug and Patti would be seen as this when you remember in 2016 WordOfGod announced the two never became a couple.
* HilariousInHindsight:
** Doug insisting that [[Literature/DiaryOfAWimpyKid "It's a journal, not a diary!"]]
** In one Nick episode, Patti worries she got her hair cut too short. (Actually, it really looks no different, so it's essentially an InformedFlaw.) Regardless, fast-forward to the Disney years and... well, Patti didn't seem to mind her short hair then.
** In the pilot episode, "Doug Can't Dance", one of the kids at the costume party is dressed like MickeyMouse, as well as Roger's cat, Stinky, in the episode "Doug Says Goodbye" at another costume party. Fast forward a few years, and the mouse owns ''Doug''.
** With him, the mouse acquires Skeeter's ''[[ShowWithinAShow Quailman]]'' alter ego Silver Skeeter. Fast forward another few years, and the mouse acquires Creator/MarvelComics and with them ''Comicbook/SilverSurfer''.
** The first episode involved a monster hunt in this case the Nematode/Neematoad of Stinsen's Pond... in the Disney series and movie there really is a monster in Lucky Duck Lake.
* HoYay: Roger seems almost...obsessed...with Doug.
** This is ALL from "Doug's on TV."
--->'''Roger''': "Oh, and Funnie, if I were you, I'd bring a saddle to school tomorrow... because the kids are gonna be RIDING YOU ALL DAY!!!"
*** Then there's this exchange between the two, sitting on the couch watching the burning of embarrassing tapes. Yeah, THAT has no subtext these days...
--->'''Doug''': "This bowl of popcorn ain't big enough for the both of us, "Rowdy Roger."
--->'''Roger''': "Watch it, 'Hoss!' I may have to rope and hogtie you. Don't forget, I've got the record!"
--->'''Doug''': "Well, rooty-toot-toot to you too!"
--->'''Roger''': "Well, yippie-ti-yo-ti-yay to you!"
*** And after an oh-so-appropriate pause, when Doug notes Roger is eating all the popcorn...
--->'''Roger''': "Look, 'Hoss,' don't make me ride you around the room."
** From another episode: "Looks like everybody's paired up but us, Funnie. Guess that means we're [[DoubleEntendre partners]]."
** Doug even seems to imagine this as a possibility. In his imagine spots, Roger has dressed as a girl and put a love note in Doug's locker, kissed Doug on the head, and said such things as "Ooo, I think I'm in loooove. Isn't he just ''darling''?"
** Roger was the one to organize an anniversary party for Doug, and when Doug is flattered, quickly proclaims, "Yeah, uh, well, it doesn't mean we're getting married or anything..!"
** After Roger gets over his rather short-lived crush on Judy, he promptly gives Doug the bunch of flowers he was carrying.
** "My Fair Lady" has Roger butting in to join Doug's group and pretty much adhering to his side. He even wants to sit next to Doug on the ferris wheel, and Doug has to try pretty hard to convince him not to.
** Female version: In "Doug's a Big Fat Liar", Patti goes to a dance with "Melvin", really Judy in drag. Seems innocent enough, but when the whole ruse is revealed, Patti isn't even upset! She even says "Melvin" is the best dancer at the hoedown and continues to dance with Judy throughout the rest of the episode. Also, they share Judy's room in an episode of the Disney series.
* HollywoodPudgy:
** Connie. While she was a bit thicker than the other girls in the Nick series, she wasn't the "wide load" she was hyped up to be. Averted in the Disney series, where she's skinny, having gone to weight loss camp.
** Played with in an episode about Doug himself: He comes back after a couple weeks eating junk food at his grandmother's and realizes he's gained a good amount of weight. He slims down to his previous weight to avoid embarrassment at an upcoming pool party with his friends, only to still see himself as pudgy. Fortunately Judy informs him (truthfully if insensitively) that's how he's always looked and to not worry about it. As it turns out, everyone else at the party has similar concerns about how they look in swimsuits, so initially ''nobody'' has any fun until Doug breaks the ice!
** In this same episode Skeeter has the [[HollywoodThin opposite concern]], worrying that he's too ''skinny'' to be seen at the pool party and gorging himself with creme-filled donuts, only to still see himself as too skinny on the day of the party.
* MemeticMutation:
** "There's a bomb in the lasagna!" [[labelnote:Note]]A line from "Doug's Sister Act" when Doug, posing as a 007-esque character, wants to spice things up in the roleplaying session by shouting these words.[[/labelnote]]
*** A bomb in the lasagna?? ''GREAT SCOTT!''[[labelnote:Note]]What Spy!Doug cries when Judy's date reads the note Doug slipped him before dramatically diving into the lasagna.[[/labelnote]]
** "You broke my grill!? You broke MY GRILL!? YOU BROKE MY GRILL!?" [[labelnote:Note]]A line from "Doug Needs Money" when Doug has a daydream about Mr. Dink going nuts [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jVkEd2FWxdk (and transforming into a hairy beast)]] after Doug confesses he was responsible.[[/labelnote]]
** ''Beeyoouuu'' [[labelnote:Note]]A frequent spoken sound effect in the show, often accompanying a camera pan to something embarrassing for Doug.[[/labelnote]]
** I didn't choose the Doug life, the Doug life chose me (in relation to "I didn't choose the thug life")
** "What does the 'Doug' button do?" "It Dougs." [[labelnote:Note]]Accompanied by a picture of the Doug LCD game, which has buttons for "Doug" and "Faster".[[/labelnote]]
*** Alternatively, "PRESS DOUG TO DOUG"
* MoralEventHorizon: Mr. Bluff crosses it in the Christmas Special. While his anger at Porkchop for biting his daughter is understandable, he ignores Doug's pleas and tells him that he hates dogs because they don't understand the concept of money.
* MostAnnoyingSound: The StockAudio of Roger's AnnoyingLaugh. (The one that sounds like "HUHHA! HAHAHAHA HAAAAA!")
* MisBlamed:
** There are a number of fans who whine about Disney's changes to the series. Actually, the only thing Disney did was buy the rights to the series (and Jumbo Pictures, the show's production company), produce it, and air it on ABC. Pretty much everyone who worked on the Nick series worked on Disney's series as well. And the setting/character changes were Jim Jinkins' own idea.
** Some fans criticize the Disney episodes for "replacing all the voice actors". Only Billy West's characters (Doug and Roger) were replaced; everyone else kept their voice (however in some international dubs; all or almost all of the voices were replaced).
* NightmareFuel:
** The camping episode featured a [[DerangedAnimation creepy, surreal imaginary sequence]] of monsters lurking in the woods.
** The "YOU BROKE MY GRILL?" scene, in which Mr Dink transforms into a monster.
** An in-universe example. The episode with the movie ''The Abnormal''. Of course it turned out to be NightmareRetardant at the end. However, some viewers may have found the episode troubling as well due to the atmosphere surrounding the movie and Doug's dreams of it.
** The Halloween episode of the Nick series.
** Doug's fantasy as a possibly-homeless sock peddler in "Doug's Lucky Hat" could be this to those viewers who were [[PeripheryDemographic mature enough to understand it.]]
** The [[VerySpecialEpisode eating-disorder episode]], particularly after Patti [[CompressedVice (for some damn reason)]] goes off the deep end.
** The opening fantasy sequence of "Doug Saves Roger" where Roger evades [[NothingIsScarier a terrifying presence coming closer and closer]], before begging and sobbing desperately at a conflicted Doug to save him.
* OlderThanTheyThink:
** Listen to the opening title song. Now listen to Music/JohnDenver's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VGVJVuTaea0 Dancing with the Mountains]] released in 1980. Just sayin'.
** Doug himself appeared in a couple commercials before getting his own show. He appeared as an unnamed character in a Florida Grapejuice ad in 1988, and he and Porkchop appeared in an ident for the Creator/USANetwork in 1990.
** Creator Jim Jinkins was involved with Nickelodeon before it was even known as Nickelodeon! He worked as a puppeteer, designer and occasional actor on ''Series/{{Pinwheel}}'' when the station was a channel that in turn was part of an interactive cable experiment known as QUBE in Columbus, Ohio (it was operated by Creator/WarnerBros, and not only developed Nick, but prototypes of Creator/{{MTV}}, The Movie Channel and things like pay-per-view).
* PeripheryDemographic: The show was pretty popular among adults, especially among parents who wanted their kids to watch it.
* TheProblemWithLicensedGames: A game based on the Disney show was released for GameBoyColor, and featured Doug and Porkchop searching for Patti while wandering around Bluffington and doing tasks for various characters (collecting stuff to beam to aliens for the Sleech brothers or running errands for Judy, for example). Unfortunately, the whole game was an extremely dull fetch-quest, and the only action - minigames featuring Quailman - left a lot to be desired.
* RetroactiveRecognition: People tend to forget that Creator/BillyWest originally voiced Doug and Roger. Likely has to do with the fact that [[WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow another show with West]] premiered at the same time and gained greater recognition.
** [[Series/OrangeIsTheNewBlack Yoga Jones]] is the girl of Doug's dreams.
* TheScrappy: Many fans didn't care for Ms. Newberry, the substitute teacher from "Doug's New Teacher" given her refusing to allow Doug a fair shake and believing ''Roger'' of all people when he told her Doug was a troublemaker. Even worse, when Doug came into the teacher's lounge and earnestly tried to talk to her to convince her that she was mistaken about him and he wished they could get along, what did he receive from her in response? '''A cold, silent stare.'''
* SeinfeldIsUnfunny: ''Doug'' was one of the very first SliceOfLife animated shows, and was influential enough to inspire several other shows of it's kind over the coming decades to the point that it's now seen as achingly squeaky-clean.
* SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped:
** "Doug Flies a Kite" is about the importance of the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KISS_principle KISS principle]], which can not only be applied to kite but any other kind of system.
--> ''Phil'': [[ArcWords A simple design flies just fine!]]
** "Doug Tips The Scale" has the message that everyone is a little self-conscious about their bodies, and worrying about it too much keeps you from enjoying simple pleasures like swimming in public.
** "Doug's On First" has two of equal importance: youth sports is for the enjoyment of the players, not the egos of their parents, and parents shouldn't try to make their children be something they clearly aren't.
** "Doug's Chubby Buddy" also makes a point about body image self-consciousness, but by way of showing how bad eating disorders can be.
* {{Squick}}: In "Doug Can't Dance", a girl at the party is dressed as a donut...with the hole right through her!
* SuspiciouslySimilarSong: Quite a few examples.
** The theme song itself is a SuspiciouslySimilarSong version of "Little Bitty Pretty One" by Thurston Harris
** The show often uses SuspiciouslySimilarSong versions of movie themes.
** The amusement park Funkytown is usually accompanied by an appropriate sound-alike version of the famous Lipps Inc. song.
** In one episode Skeeter plays a dangerously close soundalike of "U Can't Touch This."
** In "Doug's New School" during a fantasy with aliens there's a sound alike of ''Series/TheXFiles'' theme.
** In "Doug's Lost Weekend", the "game over" ditty in the ''Spacemunks'' video game is a parody of the Song of the Volga Boat Men.
** In one episode, {{Imagine Spot}}s of a ''Film/JamesBond''-esque character have a slightly off version of the James Bond theme being played.
* TearJerker:
** ''Doug's Christmas Story''. Especially the scene in which Doug imagines that Porkchop will be euthanized for biting Beebe and pictures having to visit his dog's grave. Doug wasn't the only one in tears at that point in the show.
** ''Patti's Dad Dilemma''.
** ''Doug Says Goodbye'': Doug and Skeeter's farewell/exchange of gifts the night before Skeeter is to "move," and the next morning Doug seeing the Valentine family car driving away and thinking he missed saying goodbye to his best friend, and then heading home in a deep funk only to run into... [[spoiler: Skeeter himself, as it turns out he was only moving his ''living quarters'' into the basement]].
** ''Doug on the Trail'': Played for laughs, but the scene in which Doug, Skeeter and Porkchop believe Mr. Dink has been eaten by a bear and start mourning the loss of their best adult friend (Skeeter even sobs aloud) is still rather touching.
** The scene in ''Judy's Big Admission'' where Judy's in tears because she thinks she didn't get admitted into Vole University. She really needs a hug, [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments which Doug gives her.]]
** Meta example: The deaths of both Alice Playten (Beebe) and Doris Belack (Mrs. Dink and Ms. Wingo) were this for many fans. To make matters worse, not only did they both die the same year (2011), but it also happened to be the same year ''Doug'' turned twenty.
*** Another Meta Example: WordOfGod claims Doug and Patti never became a couple.
** While ''Disney's Doug'' lasted three years, some fans were simply turned off by the change. Of course, others did enjoy it (especially those who didn't have cable, or had never heard of Nickelodeon's version).
** Ironically, the first episode of the Disney show had Doug suffering from this reaction to all the changes going on around him.
** The cast of the Mexican Spanish dub was changed for the Disney version, too. Well, [[RoleReprisal mostly]].
* ToyShip: Doug and Patti, both in sixth grade at the start of the series and only just finished seventh grade in the final episode. However that changed in 2016 when WordOfGod claims they never became a couple.
* UglyCute: Herman Melville, the Lucky Duck Lake monster from TheMovie.
* ValuesDissonance: In "Doug's Christmas Story," we see Al and Moo creating a smoke bomb that looks like a cupcake. After Columbine, the idea of kids creating state of the art weaponry probably wouldn't sit too well with audiences.
** Similarly, the Sleeches building [[EpicFail (what they think is)]] a DeathRay in their backyard, [[JustThinkOfThePotential even for a good cause]], would probably not have gone over as well had it aired in 2001 or later. ([[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taylor_Wilson Then again...]])
-->'''Skeeter:''' Hey, where did you get the plutonium?
-->'''Al and Moo:''' ''[exchange glances]'' [[BlatantLies ...Found it.]]
* VindicatedByHistory: Although never a bad cartoon by any means and the Nickelodeon series was well-loved by fans and parents, there are those who believe that (in comparison to ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'' and ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow'', anyway) [[QuietlyPerformingSisterShow it was underwhelming and overshadowed by the two.]] Over time and with both the Disney series [[FirstInstallmentWins making it look better in hindsight]] and with the fellow Nicktoons experiencing SeasonalRot and controversial changes, respectively, the show ends up looking better over time. It also helps that Creator/BillyWest admitted that this was his favorite show he ever worked on.