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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 and the most successful work of Creator/FujikoFujio. 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"[[note]]Referred as ''"[[SpellMyNameWithAnS Giant]]"'' in some translations[[/note]] 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 [[BigDamnMovie 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.

After a brief and unpopular animated series in 1973 by Nippon Television, Doraemon remained fairly exclusive in manga form until 1979 when a newly formed animation studio, Shin-Ei Animation (Now owned by TV Asahi) produced an anime series of Doraemon. This series became incredibly popular, and ended with 1,787 episodes on March 25, 2005. Celebrating the anniversary of the franchise, a new Doraemon series began airing on TV Asahi on April 15, 2005 with new voice actors and staff, and updated character designs.

[[folder:The list of ''Doraemon'' Movies]]

* ''Doraemon: Nobita's Dinosaur'' (1980) The first movie of the franchise. The cast are stuck in the past and dodging dinosaur poachers as they're trying to get back to the present.
* ''Doraemon: The Record of Nobita: Spaceblazer'' (1981) A SpaceWestern-ish adventure concerning hostile takeover of a planet.
* ''Doraemon: Nobita and the Haunts of Evil'' (1982) Missing civilization of dog people and ''Franchise/IndianaJones'' styled adventure in Africa.
* ''Doraemon: Nobita and the Castle of the Undersea Devil'' (1983) Remnants of Atlantis, the still existing Mu, and the Bermuda Triangle.
* ''Doraemon: Nobita's Great Adventure into the Underworld'' (1984) Parallel world where magic flourished instead of science.
* ''Doraemon: Nobita's Little Space War''[[note]]Originally known as Nobita's Little Star Wars[[/note]] (1985) Space battle with remote controlled toy tanks.
* ''Doraemon: Nobita and the Steel Troops'' (1986) The only thing that stands between Earth and a massive mech army are the cast of Doraemon and a HumongousMecha.
* ''Doraemon: Nobita and the Knights of Dinosaurs'' (1987) [[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: The Record of Nobita's Parallel Visit to the West'' (1988) The historical ''Literature/JourneyToTheWest'', with sci-fi elements. Notable for being the first movie to not be written by Fujiko F. Fujio.
* ''Doraemon: Nobita and the Birth of Japan'' (1989) 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'' (1990) A dimensional portal to the planet of Animals is found, and they're being attacked by [[HumansAreBastards mysterious evil aliens]].
* ''Doraemon: Nobita's Dorabian Nights'' (1991) The ''Literature/ArabianNights'' tales, with sci-fi elements.
* ''Doraemon: Nobita and the Kingdom of Clouds'' (1992) 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 the Tin Labyrinth'' (1993) 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's Three Visionary Swordsmen'' (1994) Nobita uses the dream machine to have a good dream, unleashes evil in the DreamLand, and must return to save it.
* ''Doraemon: Nobita's Diary of the Creation of the World'' (1995) 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 the Galaxy Super-express'' (1996) 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 and the Spiral City'' (1997) Last work of Fujiko F. Fujio.
* ''Doraemon: Nobita's Great Adventure in the South Seas'' (1998) - A movie mostly focusing on a {{Pirate}} adventure.
* ''Doraemon: Nobita's Drifts in the Universe'' (1999) - The 20th film of the franchise. The gang space game turns real when they're forced to go on space adventure.
* ''Doraemon: Nobita's the Legend of the Sun King'' (2000) - [[PrinceAndPauper Nobita swaps roles with a Mayan prince who looks just like him]].
* ''[[Anime/DoraemonNobitaAndTheWingedBrave Doraemon: Nobita and the Winged Braves]]'' (2001) - The gang travels to Birdopia, the land of birdmen.
* ''[[Anime/DoraemonNobitaAndTheRobotKingdom Doraemon: Nobita in the Robot Kingdom]]'' (2002) - The gang goes on a journey to save the Robot Kingdom from its tyrannical queen, Jeanne.
* ''Doraemon: Nobita and the Windmasters'' (2003)
* ''Doraemon: Nobita in the Wan-Nyan Spacetime Odyssey'' (2004)- 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's Dinosaur 2006'' (2006) - First movie based on the 2005 anime's designs and cast. Mostly a remake of the 1980 movie, ''Nobita's Dinosaur''.
* ''Doraemon: Nobita's New Great Adventure into the Underworld'' (2007) - Remake of the 1984 film ''Doraemon: Nobita's Great Adventure into the Underworld''.
* ''Doraemon: Nobita and the Green Giant Legend'' (2008) - An expansion of two manga stories about Kibou (from volume 25 and 33), a young tree brought to life by Nobita and Doraemon.
* ''Doraemon: The New Record of Nobita's Spaceblazer'' (2009) - Remake of the 1981 movie ''Doraemon: The Record of Nobita: Spaceblazer''.
* ''Doraemon: Nobita's Great Battle of the Mermaid King'' (2010) - Film that celebrates the 30th anniversary of the film franchise and the 40th anniversary of the series. A loose adaptation of Creator/HansChristianAndersen's Tear Jerker FairyTale, "Literature/TheLittleMermaid".
* ''Doraemon: Nobita and the New Steel Troops: ~Winged Angels~'' (2011) - Remake of the 1986 film ''Doraemon: Nobita and the Steel Troops''.
* ''Doraemon: Nobita and the Island of Miracle ~Animal Adventure~'' (2012) - The gang goes on a journey along with the young Nobisuke to find the Golden Beetle.
* ''Doraemon: Nobita's Secret Gadget Museum'' (2013) - Doraemon's cat bell has been damaged by a famous 22nd century PhantomThief called Kaitou DX, with the only possible solution to repair it in the Gadget Museum.
* ''Doraemon: New Nobita's Great Demon ~Peko and the Exploration Party of Five~'' (2014) - Remake of the 1982 movie ''Doraemon: Nobita and the Haunts of Evil''.
* ''Stand By Me, Doraemon'' (2014) - The franchise's first CGI movie, that combines some of the most famous manga stories into a new complete (but Tear Jerker) story. It's the most successful (non-numbered) entry of the film franchise (earning nearly 1 billion yen in its first weekend).
* ''Doraemon: Nobita and the Space Heroes'' (2015) Film the commemorates not only the 35th anniversary of the film franchise, but also the 10th anniversary of the 2005 anime. The gang decides to make a movie based on space superheroes, until things get ''too'' real.
* ''Doraemon: Nobita and the Birth of Japan 2016'' (2016) - Remake of the 1989 movie.
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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 Creator/DisneyXD would air an English dub, made by Creator/BangZoomEntertainment, of Doraemon five days a week as part of a block for elementary aged children. And thus, ''Doraemon'' made an American premiere after three decades of trying so.

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!!This series is an example of:
* AbsenceOfEvidence: Sometimes there are an impossible cases that cannot be solved normally due to the usage of gadgets.
** Prime examples in the gold coin's robbery case [[spoiler:which the culprit is Doraemon who used Time Machine]] and later, Suneo's kidnapping case.
** A darker example appears in Gian's murder case in which Suneo creates a theory of Gian's voice being used to murder a music school's principal. According to him, it will be a perfect murder as killing with Gian's voice definitely wouldn't leaves any evidence behind.
* TheAce: Dekisugi. Not only he is the smartest kid in the school, he is also relatively athletic, a NiceGuy, and is a ChickMagnet. He's even ''called'' "[[MeaningfulName Ace]]" in [[DubNameChange the Disney XD dub]].
* AdaptationExpansion: Many episodes from the anime that are adapted from the manga are extended to reach conclusion or give good moral to the story. Notable one is "Mind Reading Helmet" which never reached conclusion in the original manga.
* AdaptationDyeJob: In the 1979 anime series, Shizuka's hair color is brown rather than black. It was changed back to black in the 2005 anime series. Similarly, Gian's skin tone is the same as everyone else in the original manga while all the adaptations have him tanned.
* 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 kinda cute in the original series, but later becomes much prettier (even more so in the 2005 anime).
** 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).
* AllMenArePerverts: Anytime that Shizuka is shown in {{stripperiffic}} outfit, you can expect that the boys will be quite eager to see it. Yes, including [[OnlySaneMan Doraemon and Dekisugi]].
* AlternativeContinuity: The 2005 anime's continuity may be truer to the original manga compared to the 1979 anime's continuity. For example, the circumstances of Doraemon's birth in the manga state that he was originally yellow, and until after an accident that involved a mouse eating his ears off ([[HumblePie then Noramyako laughed at him because he was earless]]), he fell depressed enough that his tears made the yellow paint to fade into blue. This was retold in the 2005 anime original intro and expanded in an entire episode; however, the 1995 movie-special changes some important details as such that Doraemon was originally blue, and that he was kicked off the assembly line and that it broke him.
* AlternativeForeignThemeSong: The English dub uses a different intro from the Japanese version in which Doraemon explains the premise of the show.
* AlphabeticalThemeNaming: You can tell if any characters is related to the main gang or not with Nobi-, Shizu-, Sune-, Jai- , and Deki-.
* 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:
** Early in the manga and the 1973 series Doraemon's proportion varies, especially concerning his head and eyes. It took a while for him to look like the Doraemon that fans are more familiar with.
** Initially the 1979 series barely look any different from the 1973 one art style-wise, but by the middle of the series the characters are redesigned to look chunkier as indicated by the image above. The 2005 series is closer to the later manga in style, but retains their height from the previous series.
** 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.
* BalloonBelly: In the reboot's take on the classic "Memory Bread" story, Nobi uses the Bread slices to copy the notes taken for homework. This backfires when he decides to have a snack in-between while studying with Shizuka, which makes him feel sick when he tries to eat another slice of Memory Bread. It doesn't help that Nobi's mom made a special dinner with a lot of shrimp, which Nobi eats anyway, and he ends up so stuffed that he's ready to explode.
* BambooTechnology: "Hai! Takekoputaa!" The iconic ''take-copter'' literally means a "bamboo helicopter". Averted in the English dub where this gadget's name is shortened to "Hopter."
** Not so much. The Take-copter's namesake is from the same named Japanese toy, which is a small bamboo stick with propeller blades and if you spin it in you hands, it will fly for a short while. The Doraemon version is not made from bamboo, it is so named because the propeller blades part look visually the same.
* 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.
** To specify; the aversion of this trope is in the original manga and 1979 anime from late 80s onward until late in the series when the censorship stricter.
* BeachEpisode: Several. Some which Suneo doesn't invite Nobita or Doraemon (but they find a way to join anyway.)
** In Doraemon: Nobita and the Castle of the Undersea Devil, the gang instead has undersea episode.
* 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.
* BerserkButton:
* 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]].
* BigFancyHouse: Suneo's house. He always brags about how large his house's yard is, so large that it has a pond.
* BigGuyLittleGuy: Guess who? [[spoiler: Gian and Suneo, of course]].
* {{Bowdlerise}}: Happened to any episodes or films except those during mid 1979 anime series.
** The english dub that airs on DisneyXD can also count.
* BookDumb: Nobita can be pretty smart at times, just look at the creative ways he uses Doraemon's tools!
* BlackBeadEyes: Usually reserved for fat characters like Giant and Nobita's father. Averted in the 1979 series. This returned in the 2005 series where the art style is (slightly) closer to that of the manga.
* BrokenAesop: The Woodcutter's Pond. The moral of the fable is that one should always be honest. A device that exploits this morality tale by allowing you to upgrade junk into good stuff by telling the truth...is about as far from honest as it gets.
* BruiserWithASoftCenter: Gian, especially later movies where little [[TenderTears touching moments can make him cry more than anybody else.]]
* ButtMonkey:
** Nobita. So much that one of his decendants has to send him his robot to help dealing with that. Not that it's getting any better.
*** IronButtMonkey: He is susprisingly durable.
** 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.
* TheCameo: In some anime episodes appear characters from other Fujo's works as ''Perman'' and ''Anime/EsperMami''.
* 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.
** In the Disney XD English dub, this is used in the episode "Transformade" (dub title) to cover up naked Noby (Nobita), both in his own form and when he accidentally transforms into naked Sue (Shizuka-chan).
* ChickMagnet: Doraemon who managed to capture many cats' hearts, Dekisugi, Nobita in the movie for Creme, Suneo during his (VERY) brief stint as a pop star (episode "The Rich Kid Mambo"), Miyoko and possibly Riruru. Doranichov and finally Wang Dora who tends to get beat up by Mimiko.
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Early in the manga's run, there was a character named Gachakko, a female robot duck that pestered Doraemon and Nobita. The character stopped appearing due to the creators' dislike towards her, and consequently none of the manga featuring the character was reprinted. Gachakko also appeared in the 1973 anime, but not in the 1979 and 2005 shows.
* CloudCuckooLander: Nobita. He sincerely believes in outlandish things such as that 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.
* CoolCar: Suneo's cousin has one and thanks to Doraemon's gadget, Inanimate Object-Hypnotizing Megaphone, it becomes a garbage truck.
* CoolShip: The [[TimePolice Time Patrol's]] ships, which not only could travel through different timelines, it could also phase through solid matter if need be.
* 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. FridgeBrilliance when you realize that his star sign is Leo.
* 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 setting has been changed to America as well.
** The Korean and Vietnamese versions are this as well.
** In an early Thai version of Doraemon, Dorayaki is referred as "Fried Flour". This get reverted back to Dorayaki in the later version.
** 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).
** The only thing done in the Tagalized dub of the 70's series is dorayaki being referred to as hopia (There are some hopia that resemble dorayaki), and at one episode, the Tokyo Tower being referred as ''the broadcast tower of GMA-7!'' (To be fair, it was a shout out to the said channel airing the 70's series in the Philippines, and never mentioned again afterwards.)
* 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.]]
** Most Doraemon movies tend to be this compared to the television series.
* 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]].
** Also happened to Nobita once in the same movie. [[spoiler:He, however, is prepared for it the second time and defeat the Yadori Emperor.]]
* {{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'' [[spoiler: which is fortunately, not true]]. 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!
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: This [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/doraemonarrowradar.jpg scene]] in the 2005 episode: Reversal Arrow.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness:
** In the first one year and six months of the 1979-2005 series' broadcast, It was originally a daily anime series (saved for Sunday), until it became weekly until first series ended. And the background of the title card was originally yellow before they changed it to a different color of the background with the animated Doraemon.
** Early on, Doraemon used to have the ability to turn invisible by pulling his tail. His tail later changes to function like a power switch after several gadgets that could turn the user invisible were introduced.
** And if you watched the VERY first episode of the 1979-2005 series, you'll see a random, unnamed tall guy that was friends with Gian and Suneo, and he never shown up again on the next episode until the said version's finale. He occasionally shows up in the manga along with a nameless fat guy to serve as random extras.
** Doraemon is more of a ButtMonkey in his earlier appearances. This is reflected on how he was drawn during that time period.
** Nobita's voice sounded much more different in the early episodes of the 2005 anime than how it is now. It was higher pitched and leveled. His hight also seemed shorter, where in later episodes, he's taller. He also didn't wear his usual yellow shirt. This also goes for characters who had slightly different designs, voices, and clothing.
* {{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.
** The character designs in the anime and manga shares a template with many of the Fujiko duo's other creations. Take for example, Manga/KiteretsuDaihyakka. From the character design perspective, ''they all look almost the same''. The only twist here is that Nobita's counterpart in ''Kitretsu'', Eiichi, is a ChildProdigy while Doraemon's counterpart, Korosuke, is bumbling and incompetent. The other characters are pretty much carbon copies of Gian, Suneo and Shizuka.
* 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, PantyShot and the boys get naked from time to time. Downplayed in the remake.
* FantasticVoyagePlot: An episode features the title character and Nobita going inside Shizuka's body to retrieve a diamond she accidentally swallowed.
** Somebody parodied this on 3D Movie Maker (with the Doraemon Expansion Pack) where Shizuka poops out Nobita, Doraemon, Gian and Suneo, along with green slime. (She didn't poop out the diamond, though.)
* {{Fartillery}}: Multiple times.
** 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.
* FleetingDemographic: Young children, though adults can still get a good laugh out of it.
* ForegoneConclusion: Every single episode concerning [[ButtMonkey Nobita]] and [[TheAce Dekisugi's]] rivalry will end up badly for the former.
* ForgotAboutHisPowers: The 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. Often, though, the trope is subverted because Doraemon usually has his gadgets in repair of out of power (makes sense due to the sheer number[over 4 digit] of them). He's only got multiple versions of the most common (and likely cheapest) gadgets in hand for most of the time. (Even the iconic takecopter are often lacking in battery power)
* ForgottenPhlebotinum: One of the most {{Egregious}} examples. There are several predicaments that Doraemon and co. face that one of his gadgets that have been mentioned in previous episodes could have easily get them out but for some reason Doraemon seems to have to use the gadget that was introduced in episode they were in. One the early [[MonsterOfTheWeek gadgets of the week]] (chapter 54, "Lies Become Truths") was a beak-like toy which one could wear, and anything uttered while using it will be spontaneously proven as fact. Nobita lied that his father can shatter a huge rock with his bare hand, and then he can do it with ease. Quite frankly this should have make any other gadget Doraemon had introduced, or will ever introduce, completely and utterly obsolete. It was never mentioned again ever since. Particularly frustrating in Doraemon feature films and volume-length comics, which featured life-threatening situations.
* FountainOfYouth: The NonSerialMovie ''Nobita in the Wan-Nyan Spacetime Odyssey'' follows the story of Ichi, an anthropomorphic dog who travels across time to find his ex-owner, Nobita, but the unstable time tunnel causes him to warp into another place and ended up being turned back into an infant. This also happens later with Gian and Suneo, but only temporarily.
* FuroScene: Shizuka spend much of her free time bathing. And almost every time she gets in the bath, Nobita ends up accidentally walking in thanks to Doraemon's gadgets.
* 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.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: As noted above under CensorSteam, the Disney XD broadcast dub managed to somehow get away with a naked Shizuka joke.
* GirlNextDoor: Shizuka, to all three boys -- but especially to 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. In 1979 anime however, he gets to keep his glass.
** 2005's anime show that in the young days Nobita's mom look very good when remove her glassess.
* {{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.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Nobita's attempts to solve his problems with the help of Doraemon's gadgets pretty much always end up making things worse.
* 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.
* IconicOutfit: A yellow shirt and black shorts for Nobita, a pink dress for Shizuka, and an orange shirt with the letter "G" on it for Giant. As a whole, the series typically averts the LimitedWardrobe trope though (without going into UnlimitedWardrobe territory).
* 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 grandson 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.
** There are also several plausible theories that Sewashi fabricated the photo album that he showed to Nobita in the first episode.
*** Notice they said this in the very first manga chapter that even if Nobita changes his wife, Sewashi will still be born and it is just like getting to the destination by different method of travel.
* IncredibleShrinkingMan: Doraemon has various gadget with this effect like the "Small Light", a lamp similar to a flashlight that can shrink objects and people to minuscule sizes. Another tool that is used in a similar capacity is the "Gulliver Tunnel", which causes a person to grow or shrink depending on which entrance he takes; however, its ratio of shrinking and enlarging is fixed.
* 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.
** Previously, Mii chan was a toy cat. Although ''mechanical'' at that, so not too much of an example if you think about it. [[spoiler: ended with the UnsettlingGenderReveal]].
** 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.]]
*** Doramed fell in love with [[DefrostingIceQueen Queen Supika]] of the Kouzai Kingdom [[spoiler:that results in very TearJerker scenario]].
*** Also, Matadora had Iris during the Medusa arc and also ShipTease with Carmen, his boss's daughter.
*** Doranichov fell in love with an IllGirl named Mari [[spoiler:who wanted to watch milkyway as her last wish before she die]], the Little Mermaid Princess [[spoiler:which he chose to give her happy ever after with the prince]], and his current girlfriend is Nina, a songstress.
* InvisibilityCloak: Some of Doraemon's pocket gadgets are capable of invisibility. Fujiko F. Fujio was mindful of why true invisibility and vision didn't mix, and so the ones that can be applied to humans mostly work on perception filters.
* 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.
** Once in a while Gian bullies Nobita and gets away with it.
** Again in "Victory Cheerleader Pompom". Nobita uses the gadget on Tamako to avoid the scold from Nobisuke. The gadget allows the user to win anything with the cheer from the wearer that is female.
** Believe it or not... there is a item from the future that creates Karma Houdinis called "The Devil Passport". Nobita would do something horrible and if it flashes it to the nearest person he gets away with it. Subverted as eventually Nobita does feel guilt for all the bad things he got away with and the guilt makes him make amends for it.
* TheKiddieRide: Unavoidable. All made by NamcoBandai under the Banpresto brand, there's a Doraemon time machine ride with an interactive screen and buttons (actually, there are two versions of the time machine ride- the one with the interactive screen mentioned, and a older, smaller version of the ride that lacks the screen), a Giant Doraemon that fits two kids and move in a spinning motion (also having an interactive screen and buttons), a Doraemon pirate ship (again, with an interactive screen and buttons), one with Doraemon sitting on a cloud with the rider, [[TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers and a fire engine with Doraemon on it]]. Again, sadly, officially they're NoExportForYou and can only be found in Japan, although like other Japanese arcade machines they've been unofficially exported to other Asian countries via grey-market imports. Aside from that, however, there's also dozens of Chinese-made unlicensed knockoffs which are sadly, much more prevalent.
* 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.
** Mrs.Goda is pretty much humanized of this trope for Gian.
* LateForSchool: Nobita, frequently. Some episodes have him finding a way to avert this with varying degrees of success.
* 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. In her case it's lethal FoodPorn.
* LicensedGame: Unavoidable, but were surprisingly good.
* EdutainmentGame: Several for the UsefulNotes/GameBoyColor, and several for the Sega Pico and Advanced Pico Beena.
* 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, with an entirely new voice cast (the 1979 series voice actors were now senior citizens), began broadcasting and has been broadcasting ever since.
* MagicFromTechnology: Teleportation doors, talking boxes, etc.
* MagicSkirt: Shizuka in the 2000s remake series to tone down the fanservice.
* MaleFrontalNudity: All three lead boys. It's natural for boys of their age though, and not sexualized in any way.
* MarilynManeuver: Several times to Shizuka with natural wind or often caused by Doraemon's gadget.
* MeaningfulName:
** Nobita's name means "to grow up and be strong". His chinese name uses the kanji for "big hero"
** Shizuka's name mean "quiet, silent". Her parents want to grow up and be a kind and caring girl.
** Gian's name come from "Giant", he's the largest of the main cast. His real name "Takeshi" means "warrior".
** Suneo's name contains the kanji of "lord". His chinese name uses the kanji for "little lord".
** Wangdora's name contains the kanji for "king". He's TheAce of Doraemons.
* MindControlDevice: Several gadget of Doraemon have this power. Every in different ways.
* MissingMom: In the 1973 series Gian's mom is dead even though in the manga and the later series, his mom is still alive.
* ModestyTowel: Shizuka sometimes after her usual bath. One occasion has also the towel fall down while she is on the phone with Nobita and Doraemon (that has added a [[PowerPerversionPotential video option to phone]]).
* MonsterRoommate: Doraemon lives in Nobita's closet.
* NakedPeopleAreFunny: All nudity of the boys and Shizuka's constant bath scenes... technically not FanService (most of time), instead they're PlayedForLaughs.
* 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).
* NippleAndDimed: A couple of episodes in the 80's series show Shizuka taking a bath naked with no use of BarbieDollAnatomy. There's absolutely nothing else sexual about the scenes (starting with the fact that Shizuka is an elementary schooler), but regardless, the remake series added in CensorSteam.
* 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 ''Series/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.
* NotAllowedToGrowUp: All the main cast (despite some episodes show them grow-up in the future).
* OcularGushers: Nobita's kind of a crybaby, so when he sheds tears, they result in this trope.
* OnlySixFaces: The kids and the adults can be seen as if they share a similar size, form of head, and even eyes. This is mostly noticeable when you look up at {{crossover}} pics from Fujiko F. Fujio's works, and then you look at the girls.
* OurMermaidsAreDifferent: Sophia and the whole mermaid and merman tribe from the 2010 movie, "Doraemon: Nobita's Mermaid Legend".
* PantyShot: A RunningGag with Shizuka. Averted in the 2005 remake.
** The Disney XD dub actually retains this in one episode, but at the same time directs attention away from it by having Sue (Shizuka) utter a long, disgusting burp in the same scene (when she would presumably have been shrieking in the original Japanese).
* 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 risqué]] 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.
* PlayboyBunny: In the Cheer-leading Pom Pom Episode, [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/mrshonekawabunnygirl.PNG Mrs.Honekawa is seen in such a costume]]. It is NOT edited out in dub.
** Another episode of 2005's anime has Shizuka and another girls wear this.
* PlayingGod: A lot of chapters involve Doraemon giving life to inanimate objects, usually with the intention of it just being temporary. The moral quandary of whether or not it's okay to give and take away life at a whim is never really explored. This can be a bit jarring, especially when it involves robots, which Doraemon is himself. This also extends to Doraemon creating entirely new universes with the What-If Box, but at least Doraemon says that the new universes continue to live on so at least they're not killing billions of people when it's time to go home.
* PortalDoor: The Anywhere Door.
* PottyEmergency: In "Amaze-ing Maze" [[note]] Nobita's family is in a big maze?[[/note]], Nobita has one. It is implied that he wet himself.
* PottyFailure: Mentioned above. Suneo is also a bed wetter.
* PowerPerversionPotential: There are several gadgets (dogu) with this potential. The major example has a RunningGag involving an "Anywhere Door", [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment which lets a person travel anywhere.]] There are many times Nobita uses it to get to a random place, only to land himself in [[LoveInterest Shizuka]]'s [[LandingInSomeonesBathtub bathroom.]]
* PrinceAndPauper: More like prince and commoner with Theo and Nobita.
* ProfessionalButtKisser: Suneo, mostly in relationship with Gian. Backfired when Gian manage to obtain "Mind-reading Helmet" from Nobita.
* TheRemake: For newer audiences and to keep the series alive - with ArtEvolution (and, unfortunately, more censorship).
** Also several of the movies.
* {{Retcon}}: How the Fujiko duo made Doraemon come back in volume 7 of the manga: [[spoiler:They revealed, via flashback, Doraemon giving Nobita a "desperation box" that will produce one and only one gadget that he will need at that time before he left. Nobita naturally gets a device that he would inevitably use to bring Doraemon back (albeit by mistake) at the end of the story.]]
* RidiculouslyCuteCritter: Doraemon himself, of course.
* RobotBuddy: The Japanese TropeCodifier.
* RoboRomance: A few instances, such as Dorami and Dora The Kid.
* 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.
* SaintBernardRescue: A strange case where it can be {{Justified|Trope}} happens in one of the movies. In that movie, Nobita and co time-travelled to the pre-historic era to stop a time-criminal who have established a personality cult of cavemen, and his temple is in a snowy mountain. A blizzard descended upon them and they fainted one by one (what where they thinking?). However, Nobita is rescued by a ''mammoth'' that dispenses a strange liquid that resuscitates him, via its flail, in the spirit of St. Bernard dogs. Later, it turns out that that mammoth is actually TimePolice robot in disguise, who has been tailing the fellowship to find out the criminal's hideout.
* 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"
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections: Suneo's father has high-powered connections that allows his son to meet celebrities, get early unpublished comic books, etc. He always brags about it.
** Averted when Gian asked Suneo to use his said connections to let him perform on TV.
* 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.
** The comic shop in the English dub is named [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Cyborg's Basement]].
** Zanda Cross is a copy of MSN-100 Hyaku Shiki of ''Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam'', with minimal cosmetic changes and a PaletteSwap.
* 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.
%%* 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.
* {{Stripperific}}: In a story, Suneo designs a costume for Shizuka and comes up with this. Shizuka doesn't take it well.
* SufficientlyAdvancedAlien: Nobita became one in ''Nobita's Genesis Diary'' when he decides to create his own world.
* SuperDrowningSkills: Nobita can drown in ''puddles''.
* TenderTears: Loads and loads in the movies, especially those that started to be done in the 2005 anime era.
* ThinlyVeiledDubCountryChange:
** Being a kids' series, many foreign dubs of ''Manga/{{Doraemon}}'' attempt to relocate the series to the dub's country of origin, despite none of the very Japanese background imagery being changed.
** Variation: a common thing that happens with European Portuguese dubs of anime is changing the currency used to a local currency, while still keeping it set in Japan. So people will refer to cents instead of yen, despite the coins and bills appearing clearly being yen coins and bills. ''Doraemon'' is one of the earliest examples.
** The English dub changes the setting to America, changing yen notes to dollar bills such as the above example, although they don't change things like kneeling on the floor to eat.
* 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 is a time machine that is inside Nobita's desk.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Doraemon's favorite food is dorayaki, while Dorami's favorite is melon pan.
* {{Tsundere}}:
** Amusingly enough, Shizuka is actually type B as she is seen jealous of Nobita with other girls from time to time.
** Dorami is also type B whose Tsun side is only shown to her boyfriend, Dora the Kid.
* 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 F. Fujio's works seem to share the same universe.
** Doraemon and Nobita once saved a hotel from bankruptcy. The hotel owners are clearly the ancestors of the main character from ''21Emon''.
** Sumire Hoshino, an artist that often appears in the series, is the grown up version of Perman 3, one of ''Perman'''s protagonists. 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 Perman 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 ''Perman''.
* 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:
** Doraemon, despite being a robotic cat, is scared to death of mice ever since a robotic mouse bit his ears off (by mistake) and caused him to turn blue prior to the series.
** Dorami, Doraemon's little sister, is afraid of cockroaches.
* YouFailBiologyForever: Sewashi plans at the start of the series about changing Nobita's life and "Transportation Logic" clearly is not possible. To elaborate; by changing the past and having Nobita marries Shizuka, Sewashi will cease to exist due to the fact that the Sewashi who is Jaiko's great-grand son and the one who is Shizuka's great-grand son are '''not''' the same person due to genetic differences. Unless of course, [[EpilepticTrees Nobita never married Jaiko in the first place]].
* 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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