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Headscratchers: Doug
  • Who names a kid Cleopatra Dirtbike?
    • Doug's mom mistook Doug's Christmas wishlist (which included a dirtbike) for a list of baby names and Judy (Doug's melodramatic sister) wanted to name the baby Cleopatra.
    • Actually there was a contest where fans could name the new baby and that's the one that won.
    • Who names a kid "Mosquito?"
      • It's a family name.
      • That just brings up more questions. What kind of sick demented family has "Mosquito" as a family name passed down through multiple generations? Also, are names like "Leech", "Aphid", and "Ringworm" family names as well?
      • Perhaps Skeeter's family is of Native American descent — instead of African-American as commonly speculated — hence the insect-related family name. This could also explain his uncle's surname Freebird.

  • You're not the only one. Another thing that bugged me was a part of the series as a whole: Mr. Bone. Somehow as the plot goes, the assistant principal always seems to be keeping his eye on Doug and only Doug, for whatever odd reason. Not many others except Roger, the token bully. Why Doug? Did something happen on the first day of school to make him get singled out? Or are we listening to an Unreliable Narrator, since the episodes are all pretty much flashbacks from his journal? Never made sense much.
    • Well, Doug is the new kid. Unlike Roger (who knows what to say to keep himself out of the worst of trouble... most of the time) or the other kids Mr. Bone hardly knows him at all, so of course he doesn't trust him. He hasn't earned it yet.
      • Since Mr. Bone continues to antagonize Doug then that must mean Doug will never earn that trust? Downer ending much?
      • I'd chalk it up to Unreliable Narrator plus Doug being, well, eleven. At that age kids tend to be rather self-focused and paranoid, and from Doug's point of view it could actually seem like Mr. Bone has it out for him. It wouldn't be the first time he's thought "I'm the only one" about something. (Thinking he was the only one who covered his eyes during the monster movie, or the only one who didn't like how he looked in his bathing suit at the pool party, for instance.)
  • Why name the movie "Doug's First Movie?" They probably thought they'd have others, but it's never wise to name a movie such things no matter how popular the source-series is because it may backfire.
    • It worked for Pokemon. The creators of the Doug movie probably just thought the film would be more popular and that they'd get to make others. Guess they just overestimated the popularity of the source material. The movie was originally going to be direct-to-video, but that changed. When a direct-to-theaters movie doesn't do well, it's less likely to get a sequel. Direct-to-video, though, it doesn't take that much to be considered successful enough for another.
      • The first Pokemon movie only had "First" in the informal English title because the second one had already premiered in Japanese theaters before the first even came out in the U.S. (The Japanese name of the first movie was simply Mewtwo's Counterattack, and the official English title was Mewtwo Strikes Back.) The localization crew knew there would be more movies, so long as the movies kept being dubbed into English. With Doug, on the other hand, that first movie was the only one in existence, so it wasn't a great idea.

  • So in "Doug's First Movie," how it possible at Mr. Bluff has his own private army who can just break into random people's houses... without a warrant?
    • Maybe the movie takes place in Indiana in mid to late 2011.

  • The final episode of the Nickelodeon run has Doug realizing he's never met the school principal. However in one of the earliest episodes Doug Gets Busted, Doug DOES go to the principal's office (to get an award for his science project). Who did he meet if not Principal Buttsavitch? Or did the writers just forget Doug had previously been to the Principal?
    • It's established in the second season Doug's lived in Bluffington for over a year when they hold his anniversary party. It's possible the school got a new principal in the time span.

  • Whenever Doug has one of those daydreams that involves him as Quailman/ Race Canyon/ Smash Adams and it involves the antagonist of his real life being the antagonist in that dream (mostly Roger) I wonder what does goes on in the real world when Doug has those dreams, does he just stand there staring into space? That would be awkward if he did this and the people around him notices this.
    • This is brought up in the movie. Skeeter says just stands there staring.
    • I think it was also commented on a few times in the show. One of the other characters would notice he had randomly stopped moving and was staring off into space; so they would start waving their hand in front of his face while speaking to him to snap him out of it.

  • What is it with everyone LITERALLY having different colors?
    • I heard that it's a spoof on how ethnically diverse cartoons were at the time. That, or some kind of artistic statement.
    • It's an artistic choice. The creator of the show based it off his drawings he made when he was a kid when he didn't always have flesh-colored crayons/pencils/whatever and had to use other colors.

  • Was it ever explained what happened to Rodger's dad? Why did they feel the need to have this episode?
    • In the Disney episode "Doug in Debt", Mr. Klotz divorced his wife, moved to Bloatsburg and took his plastic cow with him, this explains why Roger always wanted a plastic cow ever since he was a infant.

  • The episode where Doug accidentally knocks down Patti's old childhood home. He does this by throwing a rock at it. Um, how the hell was that possible? Assuming we're not in the Dragon Ball universe, or in another universe of super-humans, how could an ordinary kid like Doug bring down an entire house by throwing a rock at it?!
    • It's a rickety old house, probably rotted away on the inside. A strong breeze could have knocked it over.
      • Doug's rock-throwing started a domino effect, much like Rube Goldberg's contraptions.

  • Does Doug have Autism, because this Troper assumes so as he showed signs of it in "Doug's Lost Weekend"... come to think of it his constant daydreams might also be a sign.
    • This troper is a big introvert and daydreams all the time, but he is not autistic. I think if Doug were autistic, Word of God would've told us by now, or it would have been mentioned by Doug or one of the other characters by now.
    • You'd also think he'd do worse in school if he were an undiagnosed autistic or even Asperger's, but it's stated that his grades are perfectly fine.

  • According to the episode "Doug's Cartoon", Principal Buttsavitch took a vacation during the school year... HOW THE (bleep) IS THIS POSSIBLE!?! And the worst part is Doug claims he's never seen what he looks like so he must've been gone for almost the entire year. Now this is a School Principal who doesn't seem to give a flying rat's (bleep) about his job. If anything they should make Vice Principal Bone the new Principal since he seems to call all the shots while Buttsavitch is away but for some reason they didn't.

  • Who broke Mr. Dink's brand new grill and ruined his big barbecue?
    • Arguably Doug and Skeeter, but they did everything they could to try and get him a new one. Although in the end, they made it up to him and his big barbecue wasn't ruined at all.

  • Could Mr. Valentine be suffering from early senility? His verbal tic of fumbling for words suggests an advanced case of a condition known as lethologica (a psychological disorder that inhibits an individual's ability to articulate thoughts by temporarily forgetting key words, phrases or names in conversation).

  • In "Doug's Lost Weekend", Doug wins a brand-new video game system that's the equivalent of a SNES, which makes sense, as this episode aired in 1992. When he and Skeeter are setting it up, however, they have to use a screwdriver and actually screw some of the components into the back of their TV. That's the way one would set up something like an Atari 2600, which is about 15 years older than the system Doug and Skeeter have. Systems of the early 1990s often connected to a TV via component cables or an RF switch, the latter of which you'd have to attach it to your TV the way you would with a coaxial cable, but it isn't complicated and wouldn't require a screwdriver. Is the thing supposed to be an oddly-designed new retro system of some sort?
  • Either that or the writers weren't familiar with video games.

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