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Nobita's Family

    Tamako Nobi (Tammy) 
Voiced by: Noriko Ohara (1973), Sachiko Chijimatsu (1979 - March 2005), Kotono Mitsuishi (April 2005 -) (Japanese), Mari Devon (English)
Young Tamako is voiced by: Tomoko Kawakami

Nobita's mom. Tends to have bad mood because of her son's educational performance. She hates every sort of pet.

  • Abusive Parents: Of the Tough Love variety. She's known for being very strict, bad-tempered, and always scolding Nobita. Even though she means well and really does care for him, her temper can easily get the best of her. There is also the fact that she hates animals while Nobita is generally a Friend to All Living Things (except for Angry Guard Dog).
  • Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: No matter how much she scolds her son, she will always care about him and shows it many times.
  • Control Freak: She's the one who in charge of the family and is often very strict.
  • Education Mama: Although, it's fairly understandable since all her son does is bring home zeroes and shows no improvement.
  • The Glasses Gotta Go: 2005's anime show that in her younger days she looks very good when removing her glassess.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: As a result of her son's actions and bad grades.
  • Hard-Drinking Party Girl: She's shown getting drunk in one story where Doraemon's gadget turned water into sake and ends up singing on the rooftop.
  • Happily Married: To Nobisuke, they have a good relationship most of the time.
  • Housewife: Tamako is the one who cooks and cleans the house like a typical Japanese housewife.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Control freak as she is, she has every right to get mad at her son, usually.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Usually strict towards Nobita, but he really has it coming most of the time. She's actually a very caring mother.
  • Meganekko: Wears glasses like her son.
  • No Indoor Voice: A lot of her scenes involve her yelling at Nobita.
  • Not So Different: One episode has Nobita using one of Doraemon's gadgets to see how his mother was during her childhood. He finds out she wasn't very good at studies nor at sports (although not as bad as him), and was also slightly absent-minded. The main difference is that Tamako was not a quitter, she was actually an assertive child and a Determinator, and instead of being picked on by bullies, she was a brave Bully Hunter.
  • Parental Hypocrisy: Her being an Education Mama comes off as hypocritical in the episode where Nobita finds out she wasn't a good student either and was Not So Different from her son.
  • Parental Obliviousness: She is seemingly oblivious to the fact that her child is constantly victim of violence and bullying. Nobita never talks about that to his parents, just to Doraemon.
  • Pink Means Feminine: She usually wears pink, especially in the 1979 anime.
  • Scary Shiny Glasses: When she is very angry.
  • Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: Mrs. Nobi is much taller than her husband. Good thing Nobita takes his height after her.

    Nobisuke Nobi (Toby) 
Voiced by: Ichirou Murakoshi (1973), Masayuki Kato (1979 - October 1992), Yousuke Naka (October 1992 - March 2005), Yasunori Matsumoto (April 2005 -) (Japanese), Tony Oliver (English)
Young Nobisuke is voiced by: Noriko Ohara (1979 and 1987), Eiko Yamada (1984 - 1985), Yumiko Kobayashi (2005)

Nobita's dad, whose childhood somewhat resembles his son's. He is usually portrayed as Nobita's voices of reason and morality, as he seems to be nicer toward him compared to other adults.

  • Alliterative Name: Averted in the dub.
  • Bumbling Dad: Not as prominent as other examples, but still has shades of this.
  • Good Parents: Unlike his wife, Nobisuke is usually kinder and more reasonable toward his son.
  • Happily Married: To Tamako, they have a good relationship most of the time.
  • Henpecked Husband: He's more submissive compared to his short-tempered wife, who can be bossy with him as well.
  • Like Father, Like Son: When he was young, he had many similarities with Nobita.
  • Nice Guy: The nicest in the family.
  • Only Sane Man: Sometimes takes this role, when his wife and son get into petty fights.
  • Salaryman: The typical Japanese salary man: Working in a firm as a commoner, maintaining various hobbies and traits such as golfing, fishing, and smoking.
  • Tragic Dream: Dreamed to be an artist, and even had a chance to be successful via an Arranged Marriage, but he declined and never became what he wanted to be. He does not regret it, however.
  • Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: Compared to Tamako.

    Nobita's Grandmother 

Nobita's paternal grandmother.

    Nobita's Grandfather 

Nobita's paternal grandfather.

    Nobisuke (Jr.) Nobi 
Nobita and Shizuka's son in the future. A boy with extremely rebellious and naughty nature.
  • Book Dumb: One of the few things he has in common with his father.
  • The Bully: To Gian and Suneo's sons, ironically.
  • Like Father, Unlike Son: He is a popular and athletic kid, a far cry to the wimpy loser that is his father as a kid.
  • Muscles Are Meaningless: He is the same size as Nobita, but proves to be stronger than Gian (when he visits his father in the past).


Doraemon's Family

Voiced by: Keiko Yokozawa (1979 - March 2005), Chiaki Fujimoto (September 2006 -) Wendee Lee (English)

Doraemon's sister, who tends to be more sensible and strict compared to her brother. She loves melon buns and hates cockroaches. In the Doraemons series, she is portrayed as Dora the Kid's Tsundere girlfriend.

She also has her own Spin-Off Short Film series.

    Sewashi Nobi (Soby) 

Nobita's great-great-grandson who was Doraemon's former owner and currently lives with Dorami.

  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Usually black-haired, but in "Stand by Me Doraemon" his hair is ginger.
  • Childhood Friends: "2112: The Birth of Doraemon" reveals that he and Doraemon have been friends for a long time.
  • Nice Guy: Despite his occasional Brutal Honesty, he is very friendly, and gets along with both Nobita and Doraemon.
  • Not So Different: Seems like a better kid than Nobita, but they have a few things in common. They both don't like studying and are afraid of dentists, for example.
  • Odd Name Out: The only one who averts the Nobi family's Theme Naming.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: He doesn't appear very often, but he's the one who sends Doraemon back to the past to look after Nobita at the beginning of the story.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Looks a lot like Nobita.


Mini versions of Doraemon with different color variation.

  • The Cutie: They are seen this way even in-universe!
  • The Unintelligible: The "Mini-Dora" language, consisting of words like Dorara and speaking with gibberish accent.


Shizuka's Family

    Michiko and Yoshio Minamoto 
Michiko Minamoto voiced by: Keiko Yokozawa (1979 - 1981), Masako Matsubara (August 1981 - March 2005), Ai Orikasa (April 2005 -)
Yoshio Minamoto voiced by: Masayuki Kato (1979 - 1980), Masaru Ikeda (1981), Akira Kume (1999), Aruno Tahara (2005 -)

Shizuka's kind and caring parents. Michiko is a stay at home mother who takes care of Shizuka's grade and piano lesson. Yoshio is a business man.

  • A Day in the Limelight: Yoshio has a very prominent role in The Night Before Nobita's Wedding in confirming that her choice for Nobita to be her husband is the best one.
  • Education Mama: Applies to all main character's mother but mostly to Shizuka's. Michiko always scolds her daughter if her grade is anything but perfect.
  • Housewife: Michiko.
  • Invisible Parents: Yoshio appears very rarely.
  • Memento MacGuffin: Michiko has a pearl necklace given to her by her husband as a wedding gift, which she gives to Shizuka as a wedding present.
  • Out-of-Character Moment: Despite being an Education Mama, Shizuka's mom is usually shown to be a very kind woman and mother, but in one episode she locks Shizuka outside for coming home very late at night. The episode is weird in general, since the ending makes Shizuka a Butt-Monkey, something that usually never happens.

Suneo's Family

    Mrs. and Mr. Honekawa 
Mrs. Honekawa is voiced by: Kazue Takahashi (1973), Yoshino Otori (1979 - March 1991), Mari Yoko (April 1991 - March 2005), Minami Takayama (April 2005 -) (Japanese), Dorothy Elias Fahn (English)
Mr. Honekawa is voiced by: Osmau Katou (1979 - March 2005), Kaneta Kimotsuki (May 1989 - January 1990), Hideyuki Tanaka (June 2005 -)

Suneo's rich parents who spoiled their son with gifts and wealth. Mr.Honekawa is a company owner who has influences with many high-class people.

  • Doting Parent: Mostly Suneo's mother. It's the reason why Suneo is such a Spoiled Brat.
  • Education Mama: Suneo's mother, while normally a doting parent, doesn't tolerate if her son has bad grade.
  • Fiction 500: They're apparently one the richest family in Tokyo.
  • Generation Xerox: Suneo is similar to his mom, in both looks and personality (though being an adult, she's more mature than him).
  • House Wife: Suneo's mother.
  • Invisible Parents: Suneo's father appears very rarely.
  • Rich Bitch: Suneo's mother, who tend to shows off her jewelry to other three housewives. Like mother, like son...
  • Strong Family Resemblance: They all look like Suneo, even the family's cat.
  • Unnamed Parent: Their first names are not revealed.

    Sunetsugu Honekawa 
Suneo's younger brother who lives in New York City with his uncle.
  • Big Brother Worship: He respects Suneo a lot, but only because of Suneo's arrogant brags and lies in their correspondence.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: The Foolish to Suneo's Responsible.
  • Nice Guy: Unlike his brother (mostly), he's kind, polite, and well-meaning. Unfortunately this niceness also comes with naivety.

    Sunekichi Honekawa 
Suneo's college age cousin.

    Suneo's grandmother 
Suneo's extremely old grandmother who imparts him with wisdom and morality.

Gian's Family

    Mrs. and Mr. Goda 
Mrs. Goda voiced by: Kazuyo Aoki (1979 - March 2005), Miyako Takeuchi (April 2005 -) (Japanese), Jessica Gee (English)
Mr. Goda voiced by: Masayuki Kato (1979-1980), Yu Shimaka (1983, 1993), Daisuke Gori (November 1987) (Japanese), Kirk Thornton (English)

    Jaiko (Little G) 
Voiced by: Yoshiko Ota (1979), Kazuyo Aoki (1980 - March 2005), Vanilla Yamazaki (April 2005 - ) (Japanese), Minae Noji (English)

Giant's chubby little sister. Initially portrayed as the gong, but has more characterization as the show goes on. She is interested in arts and celebrities.

  • Ascended Extra: Was created as a foil of Shizuka and to show how miserable Nobita's life will become, but she gets more characterizations over time and become kind, caring and imaginative girl in her own right.
  • Bad Future: In a reverse effect and as revealed in a better future, if Nobita married her, she would never have become a professional manga artist and had to tolerate her husband's poverty.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: The Responsible to Gian's Foolish.
  • Gonk: Looks very similar to her brother (who is also considered a Gonk) with slightly longer hair.
  • Morality Pet: Of her brother Gian.
  • Nice Hat: Her beret cap.
  • Sequential Artist: Her hobby is making amateur manga, which Gian like to... aggressively publish despite its quality. Understandable as she's still in grade school, but some one-shot characters noted that she had potential.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Looks just like her brother in a dress.
  • Supreme Chef: In subversion to Gian's Lethal Chef status, Jaiko's cooking, while look inedible, is actually quite delicious.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: A lot. She even attempts to stop Ganko from sawing off Doraemon Voodoo Doll's head (which will saw off the real one's as well), opposed to suggest one in the original manga.

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