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    Dora Winifred "D.W." Read 
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Voiced by: Helena McAnham (Living Books, Arthur's Teacher Trouble game, Arthur's Birthday game), Michael Caloz (first three seasons), Oliver Graigner (seasons four to six, Arthur's Perfect Christmas), Jason Szwimmer (seasons 7-10, It's Only Rock And Roll), Robert Naylor (seasons 11-15), Jake Beale (seasons 16-17), Andrew Dayton (seasons 18 to 19), Christian Destefano (seasons 20-21), Ethan Pugiotto (seasons 22-present)

Younger sister of Arthur and middle child of the Reads, and often the main character of episodes focusing on the younger cast.


  • Adaptational Jerkass: While she was still a brat in the books, she was just a typical annoying little sister whose worst act was lightly teasing Arthur. In the cartoon however, her actions towards him can often be downright cruel.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Her shirt and pantyhose were both white with pink stripes in the books. In the cartoon, the stripes were removed and her pantyhose were recoloured a light pink.
  • Aesop Amnesia:
    • She always comes back to create trouble for Arthur no matter how many times she sees the error of her ways.
    • In "More!", D.W. finally realizes how foolish she'd been to be chasing her friends and family for money... only to be caught again asking Grandma Thora at the end of the episode.
  • All Girls Like Ponies: D.W. adores them. Her favorite idea for a holiday is Pony Day. She loves unicorns too.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: D.W. has a massive Lack of Empathy even by the standards of someone her age, is very smart for a four-year-old and can sometimes be manipulative, but does show the typical naivety of her age at times, and is capable of caring about her friends and family when it really matters. She also tends to have short-lived obsessions with very specific things, such as her current ones, Mary Moo Cow and "Crazy Bus". The fact that the other characters often call her and the things she does "weird" doesn't help either.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: To annoyingly frustrating degrees. She constantly whines and snarks to Arthur, invading his privacy in the process.
  • Animal Lover: Although she is a Funny Animal herself, a few episodes show that she really likes non-anthropomorphic animals (save for octopi and mice). In "D.W.'s Deer Friend", she befriended a deer and cried over the death of a fish that Arthur and her dad caught. In "Pets and Pests", she also befriended Ladonna's pet rat General Higgings.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Teasing her about her full name, anything involving her snowball, or saying that unicorns and other fantasy creatures are not real.
    • In "D.W. The Picky Eater", being served spinach was a huge pet peeve of hers.
  • Big Sister Bully: Towards Kate at times; most notably when she threatens to pinch her for touching her toys, though unlike other times, she gets grounded for once. Inverted with Arthur, as she can be downright nasty to him at times, such as in "Arthur's Big Hit" when she broke his model plane and showed no remorse for it.
  • Big Sister Instinct: Although she was initially envious of Kate, she did come around to caring about her little sister when she realized that Kate would need her guidance when she gets older. Season 16's "Baby Steps" shows that D.W. is taking an active interest in Kate's development.
  • Boyish Short Hair: Has a bob-cut. Her Traumatic Haircut in "D.W. Queen of the Comeback" is even shorter.
  • Brainy Brunette: She has light-brown hair and is very smart for a kid her age.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: Whines when things don't go her way.
  • Bright Is Not Good: She may wear a primarily pink and white outfit, but she is far from a good girl. Most of the time, at least.
  • Call-Back: Upon hearing of Kate's birth in "Arthur's Baby", D.W. does a cartwheel, a skill she worked hard to master in "D.W. Flips".
  • Chekhov's Gunman: After an entire episode of getting in the way, D.W. saves her aunt Lucy's wedding in "D.W. Thinks Big".
  • Chromatic Arrangement: In one episode, the Tibble twins do this to her clothes.
  • Companion Cube: Her snowball. Until she lost it, that is.
  • Consolation Backfire: She manages two of these in "Sick as a Dog", first by trying to get Arthur to look on the bright side of Pal being sick by telling him that they can get "good dog" now. After she's scolded for her insensitive remark, she attempts to apologize to Arthur and tries to make him feel better by telling him she felt the same way when her pet parakeet Spanky died, which unintentionally makes Arthur afraid that Pal might have the same fate because of his illness.
  • Crocodile Tears: Has used these to get her way on at least three occasions.
    • In "Arthur's Big Hit", it is implied that her crying after Arthur punched her for destroying his model airplane was faked in order to play victim to her parents, since she at first only looked shocked and took a few seconds to start crying.
    • Likewise, in "Cast Away", it is implied that she was using these to make her parents take her to the science museum with her dad and Arthur, since she immediately stops crying when her mom asks if they should bring her along.
    • In "The Pageant Pickle", she pretends to be sad because none of her friends wanted to perform in her preschool spring pageant with her, which makes Arthur feel sorry for her and agree to perform in her friends' stead. Afterwards, Arthur finds out that she never even asked her friends to perform in the pageant in the first place, and was faking crying in order to take advantage of Arthur's sympathy for her and make him humiliate himself in front of an audience.
  • Creepy Child: The fact that she seems to outright take pleasure in making Arthur's life more difficult with no remorse makes her come off as this.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Has unfailing snark.
  • Depending on the Writer: Whether she actually cares about Arthur deep down or not. In some episodes she is shown to care for and be helpful to him, while in others she seems actively willing to make life hard for him or even outright get rid of him.
  • Does Not Like Spam: "I! HATE! SPINACH!!!" Cue Full-Name Ultimatum. She got over it, though.
  • Drama Queen: She tends to make a big production out of whatever is happening to her. Even her own mother admits this.
  • Dub Name Change:
    • In Sweden, her name is Lillemor. Almost all the other character's names are the same in the Swedish dub, but "D.W." doesn't flow very well in Swedish.
    • In France, her full name is Dominique Fanny Read, with "Diminou" being the equivalent to "D.W."
    • Dora-Wilma in Germany.
    • Marilù in Italy.
    • Hugica ("Sister") in Hungary.
    • Mala in Poland.
    • Geli in Hebrew.
    • Terezka in Czech.
  • Embarrassing First Name: Dora Winifred.
  • Enfante Terrible: While she's more bratty than outright evil for the most part, she does show shades of this at times. An example can already be found in just the show's third episode "D.W. All Wet", where she is shown to be smiling while having a dream about Arthur being drowned by an octopus!
  • Full-Name Ultimatum: Heard often due to the amount of trouble she gets in.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: The Foolish to Arthur's Responsible. D.W. is a bratty Mouthy Kid who constantly snarks and whines in Arthur's presence, who's clearly more level-headed and reserved.
  • From the Mouths of Babes: After overhearing an older boy swear, D.W. repeats it back to several of her friends to find out what it means. Not understanding the offensiveness of the word, she passes it along to Vicita before blurting it out to her own mother by mistake. Luckily after they set the record straight she moves quickly to stop her friends from repeating it to anybody else.
  • Girls Love Stuffed Animals: She has a large collection of stuffed animals and sometimes carries them around, though this seems to show up more often in the books. In the episode "Never, Never, Never", she is upset at the thought of getting rid of some.
  • Go to Your Room!: A frequent punishment of hers. Usually, the worst she gets.
  • Green-Eyed Monster:
    • D.W. was originally jealous of Kate, but saw how important her guidance as a big sister would be.
    • In "Arthur's Chicken Pox", she gets jealous of Arthur when he catches the chicken pox and is pampered by Grandma Thora as a result, and even fakes having the chicken pox herself in order to take advantage of her Grandma's sympathy. When she's found out, this gets her a scolding from Thora.
    • Season 20's "That's My Grandma!" sees D.W. getting jealous when Thora becomes the most popular babysitter in Elwood City.
    • A fair amount of episodes center on D.W. wanting something Emily has or has experienced, apparently not too fond of the idea of Emily upstaging her.
  • Here We Go Again!: The final scene in "D.W. Flips" has her begging for horseback riding lessons, after she narrowly avoided both quitting and breaking her neck in gymnastics. She caught Arthur's Chicken Pox.
  • I Meant to Do That: D.W. tries to do a cartwheel, and lands on her back partway through.
    D.W.: I was doing a half - sault.
  • Hypocrite: D.W. has a borderline contempt for the Tibble twins because of their naughty, boisterous and dishonest personalities. This is despite the fact that she can be quite the troublesome and dishonest kid herself. In "My Fair Tommy", she even tries to teach Tommy good manners, despite being quite a badly-behaved kid herself.
  • Idiotic Partner Confession: Usually something like, "Wow, Arthur. This person isn't as scary as you say." In "Arthur's Pet Business", she tells Mrs. Wood that Arthur lost Perky.
  • Inconsistent Coloring: In promotional images (such as the one above), her pantyhose are colored white, while they are a light pink in the show proper. They are errorneosly colored white in the show itself at times as well. This may be because they actually were white with pink stripes in the books. Her jumper dress is also a darker shade of pink in the show proper than in promo art.
  • Infant Sibling Jealousy: While initially excited at the arrival of Kate, D.W. quickly became annoyed at having a baby around. She went as far as to try and sell her. It takes a lecture from her grandmother for D.W. to come around to embracing her little sister.
  • Innocent Swearing: Occurs in "Bleep", where she overhears an older kid using a swear word and doesn't understand what it means. After being misled by the Tibbles, she tests it on the adults by telling Vicita about it, knowing she's utter it without a second thought. Unfortunately, not only does Vicita make a full confession when she actually says the word, but by then D.W. had also uttered it not so innocently against her mother. She is forgiven as she was unaware of what she was saying.
  • Instant Expert: Usually at things that Arthur failed at.
  • Ironic Name: The name "Dora" means "gift". Considering her personality, she certainly isn't a gift to Arthur.
  • It's All About Me: She can be extremely selfish, even by the standards of her age.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She's rude, bossy and is a right pain in the backside to Arthur, but deep down she is a good kid, and a couple of times it is shown that she actually loves and cares about her brother, although Depending on the Writer she can also be just a plain Jerkass who doesn't care about him at all and is in fact outright eager to get rid of him.
  • Karma Houdini: She's gotten away with her mischief many times.
  • Karma Houdini Warranty: There are some occasions in which she does get punished by her parents.
  • Lack of Empathy: One of her flaws. It's mostly expressed towards Arthur, but it's not limited to him: for example, "Arthur's Chicken Pox" has her take advantage of her grandma by faking chicken pox for her attention, not caring that it may hurt her feelings, and in "Prove It", she shamelessly cons her classmates out of their money just to make Arthur agree to take her to a museum. Granted, this may be partially justified by her being a toddler, but her lack of empathy seems to stand out even by the standards of her age.
  • Little Miss Snarker: Usually towards Arthur.
  • Manipulative Bitch: She has been shown to be very skilled at manipulating other people for her own benefit for her age. For a notable example, "Prove It" has her pull off a Zany Scheme to trick Arthur into taking her to a museum, which actually ends up working. "For Whom the Bell Tolls" implies that she was able to trick a licenced doctor into thinking she had laryngitis when she really didn't.
  • Middle Child Syndrome: As the middle child of the Read family, she is sometimes jealous of the attention her younger sister gets, while also envying the responsibilities and privileges that eldest child Arthur gets.
  • Mouthy Kid: D.W. can be rude, but sometimes she does have a point.
  • Never My Fault: Usually passes off the blame to Arthur or her friends when she does something wrong.
  • Nice, Mean, and In-Between: The Mean to Kate's Nice and Arthur's In-Between, but the In-Between to Emily's Nice and Timmy and Tommy's Mean. When she's around Arthur, she generally annoys and torments him, but she's also friends with Emily and is hardier than her when it comes to dealing with the Tibble Twins.
  • Only Known by Initials: Nobody calls D.W. "Dora" or "Dora Winifred" unless it's her parents issuing a Full-Name Ultimatum or they want to deal with a major tantrum. In S2's "D.W. Goes to Washington", Mr. Read actually didn't seem to remember her full name.
    Mr. Read: Her name is D.W.
    Secret Service member: That's it? Initials? You didn't give the kid a full name?
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Never called by her full name unless she's in trouble.
  • One Steve Limit: Averted. In "The Rhythm and Roots of Arthur" it's revealed that she's named after her deceased great-grand aunt, who was also named "Dora Winifred Read".
  • Pet the Dog:
  • Picky Eater: Covered in the episode D.W. The Picky Eater. D.W. has a long list of foods which she does not like, most of which are Stock "Yuck!" vegetables. However, she did learn to like spinach after being served a restaurant dish in which it was the secret ingredient. The teaser for "Kung Fool" also shows that she unexpectedly loved a very green, very foreign dish her dad made, so we can safely assume she's ditched at least some pickiness.
  • Ping-Pong Naïveté: On one hand, she's often rather intelligent for her age and can be very manipulative. On the other hand, she's convinced that unicorns and other fantasy creatures are real, is gullible enough to believe everything she sees on TV and get tricked by the Tibble twins on many occasions, and apparently didn't realize that Arthur's model plane wouldn't actually fly like a real one.
  • Pink Means Feminine: Wears a pink jumper dress and light pink pantyhose.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: Becomes best friends with Bud in Season 16.
  • Playing Sick: On two occasions, both times being in order to take advantage of other people's sympathy.
    • In "Arthur's Chicken Pox", she gets jealous of the attention Arthur gets from Grandma Thora because of having the chicken pox, and draws spots on herself with a marker to fake having the chicken pox herself for her attention.
    • In "For Whom the Bell Tolls", she does genuinely suffer from laryngitis at first, but pretends to still have it after her recovery to milk the other characters for sympathy.
  • Real Time: In "D.W. Gets Lost", Ed Crosswire asks for five minutes of Jane Read's time. This is how long she and D.W. are separated.
  • The Reveal: "The Rhythm and Roots of Arthur" reveals that she's named after her deceased great-grand aunt, Dora Winifred Read.
  • Reverse Arm-Fold: A common default pose of hers, to the point of being a Character Tic.
  • Sadist: Sometimes, she seems to like making things hard for Arthur just for her own amusement.
  • Security Blanket: She has one called "blankie" which was the focus of both the book and television story "D.W.'s Lost Blankie". One of the show's title cards depicts her wearing it as a superhero cape.
  • Self-Serving Memory: In "Go To Your Room, D.W.", when she gets sent to her room for being mean to Kate, she tells Nadine a bunch of falsified memories of how her parents abused her, like when they forced her to be Arthur's slave when he was sick and not allowing her to attend Aunt Lucy's wedding. Nadine doesn't buy a word of it.
  • Skirt over Slacks: Wears a pink jumper dress over white or light pink pantyhose.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: She's quite the little braggart when she wants to be, usually at Arthur's expense. In "Play It Again, D.W." Arthur recalls the one time D.W. beat Arthur at checkers, and then proceeded to rub his face into it for apparently months afterward.
  • The Stool Pigeon: "MOOOOOOM! Arthur broke a window!"
  • Tagalong Kid: Whenever she hangs out with Arthur's group.
  • Tiny Tyrannical Girl: She has a tendency to be very bossy, sometimes even to her friends.
  • Token Evil Teammate: Downplayed, as she isn't completely evil, but she does tend to be the most consistently mean of the five main members of the Read family. She's also this for Arthur's group of friends whenever she acts as their Tagalong Kid.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl:
    • Tomboy to Emily's Girly Girl. Emily tends to have more refined manners and much less of a tendency to be bossy or take a leadership role. D.W. also seems like the hardier of the two girls when it comes to roughhousing/generally dealing with the Tibble twins.
    • In "Best Enemies", she is the Girly Girl to W.D.'s Tomboy. She loves unicorns while W.D. likes race cars.
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: She will climb trees, play catch with Arthur and Dad, and do other tomboyish (for her age) things. That being said, she is also very into unicorns, ponies, and anything pink.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: D.W. becomes this in "D.W.'s Very Bad Mood".
  • Traumatic Haircut: In "D.W. Queen of the Comeback", her hairstylist cuts off a good chunk of her hair by accident, and D.W. gets teased by the Tibble twins for it.
  • Ungrateful Bitch: Has shown herself to be this several times.
    • Played for Laughs in "D.W.'s Perfect Wish". After Arthur has spent an entire afternoon convincing D.W. that she has had a very good year and that she's got many more happy times coming, D.W. actually wishes for Arthur to end up with cake in his face, which is exactly what happens at the dinner table a short time later.
    • In another episode, D.W.'s parents spend the afternoon assembling a playset she has been wanting, but has so much more fun playing with the box that when it's ready for her, she doesn't want to try it out. Her parents call her out on her lack of consideration, and when she still shows no enthusiasm, they walk off totally deflated.
    • In the episode "More!", D.W. is given her first allowance, and she spends the rest of the episode demanding more money when she fears the other kids in her class are getting more. She even gets sent to her room for it at least once when she's called out for being disrespectful.
    • In "Arthur's Perfect Christmas", D.W. throws a tantrum when she doesn't get the toy she wanted for Christmas, instead getting a knock-off version because the actual version was the hottest toy that season, and as a result, was sold out everywhere. Even worse is that Mrs. Read is seen comforting her, as if outright condoning her thanklessness. Fortunately, she does soon warm up to the toy she got and all is well.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: In "My Club Rules", when Arthur and his friends are in the treehouse discussing ideas for their parade float, D.W. barges in, wanting to hang out with them. Arthur, desperate to get rid of her, lies and says it's a "meeting" of the "Parade Float Club". D.W. immediately says she wants to "join". They have D.W. undergo "initiation rituals", such as kicking a bowling ball (which she refuses to do) and drawing a funny picture of Mr. Ratburn. They're so distracted from talking about the float that they're actually focused on making it a real club. A little while later, Muffy makes some snobby comments about how improvements can be made to Arthur's treehouse so it looks like a real clubhouse, and how club dues should be paid in order to implement the improvements. This leads to a fight amongst Arthur and his friends, causing them to form their own separate "clubs". They make up a few days later, of course, but still. It could be argued that if D.W. wouldn't have barged in to begin with, the argument wouldn't have happened and they'd still be discussing float ideas.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: You'd be hard-pressed to find a four-year-old girl as eloquent and crafty as D.W. in real life.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?:
    • Saw an octopus up close during a field trip to an aquarium. While recounting the trip to her family, however, she claimed to have punched it.
    • "Pets and Pests" shows that she's afraid of mice as well.
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     Kate Read 
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Voiced by: Tracy Braunstein

Arthur's and D.W.'s younger sister and the youngest Read child. As she's only a baby, she's only heard babbling to most of the cast, but is able to talk to Pal and other animals.


  • Baby Talk: Kate has appeared in episodes where she can speak with other babies and non-anthro animals.
  • Dub Name Change:
    • Kati in the Netherlands and Germany.
    • Katilyn in the Spanish dub.
  • Growing Up Sucks: In later seasons, she's been losing her ability to speak with pets, now that she's learning to talk and walk.
  • Living Prop: In the episodes that don't focus on her and Pal, although it's justified due to her being a baby.
  • Nice, Mean, and In-Between: The Nice to D.W.'s Mean and Arthur's In-Between. She's a sweet baby who hardly ever causes any trouble.
  • Speaks Fluent Animal: Kate can speak to dogs and cats. However, as of "Paradise Lost", it's revealed she will eventually lose this ability.
  • Sustained Misunderstanding: Episodes centered on her and Pal have her trying to make sense of the world of her elders, even as she grows into it.

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     Timmy and Tommy Tibble 
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Timmy voiced by: Ricky Mabe (seasons 1-5, "Arthur's Perfect Christmas"), Samuel Holden (seasons 6-9, "Arthur - It's Only Rock 'n' Roll"), Tyler Brody-Stein (seasons 10-11), Chris Lortie (seasons 12-13), Dakota Goyo (seasons 14-15), Jacob Ewaniuk (seasons 16-19), Samuel Faraci (seasons 20-present), Max Henry Wolf ("Arthur's Missing Pal")
Tommy voiced by: Jonathan Koensgen (seasons 1-6, "Arthur's Perfect Christmas"), Aaron Grunfeld (seasons 7-8, "Arthur - It's Only Rock 'n' Roll"), Tyler Brody-Stein (season 9), Ryan Tilson (seasons 10-11) Jake Roseman (seasons 12-13), Jake Sim (seasons 14-19), Devan Cohen (seasons 20-present), Madison Danielle ("Arthur's Missing Pal")

A pair of twin bear cub boys, they're often the other major characters in episode focusing on the younger cast. They have a reputation of being unruly.


  • Accidental Art: The teaser for "A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Tibble".
  • Adaptation Species Change: They were both humans in the early books, but are nowadays depicted as bears.
  • Alliterative Names: Timmy and Tommy Tibble.
  • Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better: Sometimes with each other, but usually with D.W. Their web page spells it out.
  • Bears Are Bad News: Downplayed. They are bears, but they aren't evil, just really annoying, and make D.W. look like a saint in comparison.
  • Bond One-Liner: D.W. calls to check on things in "Arthur Babysits", while the Tibbles are playing cowboy.
    Timmy: Arthur can't come to the phone right now. He's all tied up.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: Both of them, to the point where they make D.W. seem like a complete angel.
  • Color-Coded Characters: Tommy wearing a red scarf, Timmy wearing a blue scarf.
  • Deliberately Bad Example: They're involved in most episodes focusing on D.W. that give her a Sympathetic P.O.V., making her look less bratty by comparison.
  • The Dreaded: Nobody in town wants to be stuck with the task of babysitting them, and they have quite a bad reputation with anybody else who has witnessed their behavior firsthand.
  • Dub Name Change: In the Spanish dub, their last name is Melo. In the German dub, it's Knibble.
  • Episode Title Card: The boys use fake squid tentacles to scare D.W. off.
  • Everyone Has Standards: They were horrified upon hearing that D.W. got sent to the hospital because of them throwing a swing at her.
  • Hair Color Dissonance: According to official art (and the books) their fur is brown, but within the cartoon they're a greyish color, sometimes with a tint of green.
  • High Turnover Rate: Their babysitters, before Arthur.
  • Identical Twin ID Tag: Timmy wears a blue scarf. His brother Tommy wears a red scarf. That's the only way anyone can tell them apart.
  • I Know Your True Name: An "iron fist" approach will not work when babysitting the Tibbles. Tell them a story, however, and they're more likely to cooperate.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Despite their boisterous, pugnacious personalities, they do have a conscience and can recognize when they have done something wrong. For example, they're both in tears when they discover D.W. needs stitches after Timmy hits D.W. with a swing.
  • Lions and Tigers and Humans... Oh, My!: In the original books, the Tibble twins and their grandma were drawn as humans. They have since been anthropomorphized for the television series and latter books.
  • Nice, Mean, and In-Between: The Mean to Emily's Nice and D.W.'s In-Between. They play rough and generally cause trouble for the other students.
  • Raised by Grandparents: They've mainly been raised by their grandma, due to their parents traveling a lot.
  • Sibling Seniority Squabble: In "Whistling in the Wind", Tommy is said to be two minutes older, and it's confirmed in "Two Minutes". However, to stop their fussing over it, their grandmother backpedals, saying that they were born at the same time.
  • Spoiled Brat: Both of them were spoiled by their grandma, who continues to see them as her little angels, even though that kind of upbringing probably worserned their behavior. Their house appears quite large, and even has a suit of armor with an axe in the foyer.
  • Those Two Guys: They are preschool twins, so it's rare to see them not by each other's side.
  • Token Human: Were originally humans in the books, but got turned into bears in the animated series.
  • Trickster Twins: They cause plenty of mischief around, and currently provide the page image.
  • Twin Banter: It sometimes gets physical.
  • Twin Switch: When Ms. Morgan gives them time-outs in "My Fair Tommy", after Tommy has his time in the quiet corner, Timmy shouts "Look Behind You!" to Ms. Morgan and switches their scarves so Tommy has to take a time-out twice. Apparently Timmy always makes Tommy do both time outs because "you're better at it than me".
  • Unnecessary Roughness: They spend an episode basically imitating the Power Rangers, and D.W. ends up needing stitches. The boys do apologize, though.
    • Otherwise a running gag with them, as they'll often tussle with each other over petty arguments.
  • Whole Plot Reference: "My Fair Tommy", where D.W. tries to teach Tommy how to be better behaved much like how Henry Higgins tries to teach Eliza Doolittle to be a proper lady.

     Emily 
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Voiced by: Vanessa Lengies (seasons 1-7), Sally Taylor-Isherwood (seasons 8-present)

D.W.'s best friend and major character in D.W.-centric episodes. D.W. is sometimes jealous of her wealth. Her mother is a rabbit and her father is a monkey. She's implied to be of French descent, as her life is imbued with French culture; She's traveled to France a few times and has a French nanny named Marie-Héelene.


  • A Day in the Limelight: "Emily Swallows a Horse".
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Prior to season six, she had shorter hair. In the books she had her current length but it was the same color as her fur.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: Her debut in S1's "D.W. Flips", where she shows off into D.W.'s face how much of a novice D.W. is compared to her in gymnastics class. At the end of the episode, she mellows out, becoming D.W.'s best friend.
  • Bunnies for Cuteness: Part rabbit and cute.
  • Call-Back: Emily beats D.W. and James in a swim meet, in a nod to her initial antagonistic appearance.
  • Early Installment Character-Design Difference: In the first few seasons, she had shorter hair and wore a pink dress. After season 6, she redesigned to her current design.
  • Dub Name Change:
    • Known as Émilie in the French dub.
    • Emilie (without an accented "E") in the German dub.
  • Gender Equals Breed: Both Emily and her mother are rabbits, while Emily's father is an ape.
  • Gratuitous French: She tends to use random French words and phrases from time to time, thanks to the influence of her French nanny Marie-Helene.
  • Mix-and-Match Critters: After her post-season 6 redesign, the shape of her jaw also changed to make her look more like a mix of her parents' species.
  • Nice, Mean, and In-Between: The Nice to Timmy and Tommy's Mean and D.W.'s In-Between. She's generally one of the most polite and well-behaved students.
  • Only One Name: Unlike most of the other characters, her last name isn't really known.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Girly Girl to D.W.'s Tomboy. Emily tends to have more refined manners and much less of a tendency to be bossy or take a leadership role. D.W. also seems like the hardier of the two girls when it comes to roughhousing/generally dealing with the Tibble twins.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Is mean to D.W. for almost all of her first appearance in "D.W. Flips". Nowadays, they're shown to be generally excellent friends.
  • Toxic Friend Influence: A bit of a Downplayed example: In "The Good, The Bad and the Binky", Binky offered to babysit her for a night and he introduced her to wrestling. She took a short-lived interest in it due to it being similar to dance, but it kind of got out of hand, necessitating Binky to intervene. She also picked up a habit of burping loudly, but only in this episode.
  • UltimateGamer386: At the end of "Sue Ellen Gets Her Goose Cooked", it's revealed that she was FourHand451, the almost unbeatable Virtual Goose player.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: Somewhat Justified in that in addition to prekindergarten, she's also homeschooled by a tutor.

     James MacDonald 
Voiced by: Jesse Camacho (season 8), Nicholas Wheeler-Hughes (season 11), John Flemming (seasons 16 - 17), Christian Distefano (seasons 18-present)

A shy boy in D.W.'s preschool class, and Molly's younger brother.


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     Vicita Molina 
Voiced by: Alison Wener

Alberto's younger sister who is three and seven eighths years of age.


  • Cute Kitten: Well, she is a preschool-aged anthropomorphic cat who is cute, so...
  • Genki Girl: She's quite active, perhaps even more active then D.W.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Tied with green, almost turquoise hair ties.
  • Hair Decorations: She has green hair ties that hold up her Girlish Pigtails.
  • Innocent Swearing: She learned the swear word that D.W. learned in "Bleep". Needless to say, she got into deep trouble for it.
  • Picky Eater: Like Carl, she's been shown to be sensitive about different types of foods on her plate coming into contact with one another.

     Bud Tucker Compson 
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Voiced by: Julie Lemieux

Ladonna's younger brother, and D.W.'s newest classmate. The only kid in preschool who can actually cope with the Tibble Twins.


  • A Day in the Limelight: "Bud's Knotty Problem" is Bud's first episode which doesn't give equal or greater attention to D.W.
  • Bunnies for Cuteness: A rabbit who is a cute preschooler.
  • Companion Cube: He has a toy dinosaur named Rapty, who, bizarrely, doubles as an Imaginary Friend.
  • Death Glare: Normally done to frighten the Tibble twins, in response to their making trouble.
  • Full-Name Ultimatum: Bud sometimes gets this from Ladonna.
  • Mr. Imagination: Bud's presence augments D.W.'s creativity, inspiring her wildest ideas to date.
  • Never Bareheaded: Ninety-nine percent of the time, he keeps his hat on.
  • Never My Fault: Downplayed. When Ladonna accuses him of spying on her, Arthur and D.W.'s conservation in their debut episode, he claims that it was Rapty's idea, and therefore it's only "half [his] fault".
  • Platonic Life-Partners: Has been best friends with D.W. since his debut episode in Season 16.
  • Put on a Bus: In "A Duty Calls", he moves away from Elwood City because of his father's military service but he leaves behind Rapty for D.W.. We don't know if he'll be back.
  • Replacement Goldfish: We find out in "A Duty Calls" that his dinosaur plush, Rapty, is his second one. He left the first one behind when the Compsons moved from Guam.
  • Staring Contest: Bud is undefeated; he can beat all of his siblings and scare off the Tibble twins.
  • Tempting Fate: In the teaser for "Bud's Knotty Problem", Bud says that there is nothing that he and D.W. can't do together. It turns out that Bud can't tie shoelaces, and D.W. can't teach him how to do it.
  • Wanting Is Better Than Having: Bud's mom makes a deal with him, saying that she will buy him a new pair of boots with laces if he can learn how to tie them. Once Bud earns the boots, he tries them on and doesn't like them. Bud chooses a new pair of saddle shoes instead.

     Mei-Lin Barnes 
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Voiced by: Carrie Finlay

Binky's baby sister. A bear cub, she was adopted from China in season 11. She mostly appears in Kate-related episodes.


     Wilhelmina Dagmar "W.D." Merkle 
Voiced by: Raphael Cohen-Demers
A preschool-aged bear cub who only appears in the episode "Best Enemies". Despite having opposite personalities, she and D.W. end up becoming best friends.
  • Dub Name Change: Legi in the Hebrew dub.
  • Embarrassing First Name: One of the few things she does have in common with D.W. is that she hates her full first name, "Wilhelmina Dagmar", and prefers to be called by her initials instead.
  • Foil: To D.W. Both are preschoolers who dislike their full names and prefer to go by the initials of their double-barreled first name, both have an Imaginary Friend (W.D.'s being an elephant named Maxine), and both are portrayed by a male voice actor. However, W.D. is a full-on Tomboy as opposed to D.W., who is a Tomboy with a Girly Streak, is an only child while D.W. has two siblings, and likes broccoli, which D.W. hates.
  • Nice Hat: A red and blue baseball cap.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: The Tomboy to D.W.'s Girly Girl. W.D. likes racecars while D.W. likes unicorns.

     Amanda Hulser 
Voiced by: Amariah Faulkner (in Season 16)
An aardvark cub and one of D.W.'s schoolmates.
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     Maryann 
A dog who is one of D.W.'s schoolmates. She is a background character who first appeared in "D.W. All Wet".

     Sarah 
An aardvark cub who is one of D.W.'s schoolmates.
  • Hair Decorations: A lavender hairband and bow.
  • Only One Name: Her last name might be "Terrasini" since that's her grandmother's last name, but that's only assuming that she's from Sarah's father's side and not her mother's.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Possibly. "Double Tibble Trouble" has the name "Sara" appear on a postcard, which might be an alternative spelling of her name. However, it's also possible that there's another preschooler whose name is spelled without the "H".
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