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* AlternateCharacterInterpretation:
** The Dover boys, in spite of their upstanding nature and heroic antics, are bland, self-righteous, and [[LastSecondWordSwap almost]] called "jerks" by the LemonyNarrator. Conversely, Dan Backslide is an IneffectualSympatheticVillain you can't help but [[JerkassWoobie feel sorry for]]. Of course, [[GreyAndGrayMorality this is encouraged]] [[IntendedAudienceReaction by the cartoon itself]], [[RuleOfFunny for humor]].
** Was Dora really too dumb to understand the door was locked on ''her'' side, or was she hoping for the Dover Boys to show up and "rescue" her as a demonstration of how much they cared about her, and decided to leave with the bathing suit guy, unhappy that they took too long to "save" her.
* FountainOfMemes: Dan Backslide, coward-bully-cad-and-thief. AND NO ONE WILL EVER KNOW!
* FridgeBrilliance:
** Dora's kidnapping shows that both her and Dan are strong enough to carry a tree, and that they're dumb enough to not notice at first. Between that and Dan being a coward-bully-cad and thief, it makes sense that he wouldn't know how to handle Dora at the cabin and was thrown around like he was.
** Why does Dora run off with the Old Sailor? Because she was still behind the door when the Dover boys knocked it open, and that was her way of getting them back.
* GenreTurningPoint
* GrowingTheBeard: This, along with "The Draft Horse", was a major turning point in Jones's career, when he decided to abandon his Creator/{{Disney}}-esque roots in favor of making funny cartoons.
* MemeticMutation: The page quote.
-->'''Dan Backslide''': A runabout... '''I'LL STEAL IT! ''NO-ONE WILL EVER KNOW!'''''
** The above lines has evolved into: "A(n) (noun)... '''I'LL STEAL IT! ''NO-ONE WILL EVER KNOW!'''''
** In an odd example, Dan Backslide's line "Confound those Dover Boys! ... They drive me to drink!" has become half the source for, of all things, a ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' meme. Someone took an out-of-context screencap of Twilight Sparkle with what looks like a bottle of liquor, tossed in Dan Backslide's line with "Ponies" replacing "Dover Boys," and just like that, the Dover Boys had made yet another lasting contribution to internet lore. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FoxNyfdb_hE Also a YouTube video]].
** To viewers of the MLP streaming site Bronystate, the cartoon will forever be linked with the mashup-remix "1000 PEOPLE CLICKED ON THE SUBSCRIBE BUTTON BY ACCIDENT", which features clips of Backslide and even uses "Confound those ponies!" during the intro. It got to the point where an alternate version of the video was made especially for Bronystate, which started off as ''The Dover Boys'' but cut to the mashup when Backslide was about to say "Confound those Dover Boys!" specifically to fool viewers who were seeing it for the first time via the stream.
--->''They drive me to UNPROTECTED [[WesternAnimation/PoundPuppies2010 BUTT FUN!]]''
** "A meme about the Dover Boys! THEN DORA MUST BE '''ALONE AND ''UN-PRO-TEC-TED!!!!'''''"
** In the first half of 2016, the cartoon '''exploded''' in popularity on Tumblr. Just search for it there, and count how many memes you find.
** [[OverlyLongGag UNHAND HER DAN BACKSLIDE!]]
*** [[LampshadeHanging Hey, we're getting in a rut!]]
* WatchItForTheMeme: Confound these memes, they drive me to watch!
* WeirdAlEffect: Seriously, would you have heard of the Rover Boys at all except for this 'toon?
* TheWoobie: It's hard not to feel bad for Dan Backslide near the end. Sure, he's a coward-bully-cad-and-thief, but he's [[spoiler: long since given up his dastardly intentions by the time the Dover Boys arrive to beat him senseless, as Dora's already beaten him within an inch of his life.]]

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