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Dot

The heroine of the series, who appears in all the films.
  • The Ageless: The passage of time doesn't seem to affect Dot, as she remains the same age throughout the film series.
  • Agony of the Feet: Averted in Dot and the Bunny when she almost steps on an echidna with her bare foot without realizing it, a numbat warns her at the last minute.
    • Almost leads to her demise in Dot and the Whale when she steps on poison live coral.
  • Big Sister Instinct: Towards her young koala friend, Gumley, in Dot Goes to Hollywood. She has this towards most animals, but she goes to great lengths to help cure Gumley of his eye disease.
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  • Bound and Gagged: This happens to her a lot in Dot in Space.
  • Deadpan Snarker: She develops a bit of a sharp tongue in the sequels.
  • Demoted to Extra: In Dot and the Koala.
  • Determinator: Whenever she sets her mind to something, she'll pull out all the stops and never give up.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Dot never wears shoes, period. In Dot and the Whale, she'll even go barefoot in the freaking ANTARCTIC, and for some strange reason, be totally fine. Although, it almost becomes her undoing when she steps on a poison coral in the same film.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Whether its woodland creatures from the bush, marine life, insects, monsters, or even space aliens, Dot can pretty much make friends with anyone. She even has a song about it in Dot and the Smugglers, where she sings about how she loves the animals and the animals love her.
  • Nature Hero: As of films after the original.
  • Nice Girl: One of the kindest, empathetic little girls you'll ever meet.
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  • Off-Model: She doesn't always have a nose or the right number of fingers and toes in the sequels.
  • Plucky Girl: Most of her adventures are quite life threatening, almost dying of poison at one point, but in the end, she still remains cheerful and empathetic.
  • Speaks Fluent Animal: Thanks to a root (or berries in the book) given to her by the Kangaroo, Dot has the ability to speak with and understand animals. Some of the other films do offer other explanations for how she can talk to animals, and some don't.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: No one seems to comment on a little girl wandering around barefoot everywhere she goes, especially in the wilderness of Australia. Particularly in Dot Goes to Hollywood, which takes place in the titular city, where everyone else she meets and dances with, on or off stage, have shoes, and no one notices or says a thing.
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Dot's Family

Mother

Dot's mother, appears in the original film and Dot and Keeto

Father

Dot's father, appears in the original film.

Ben

Dot's brother in Around the World with Dot.
  • Retcon: Replaced by Simon in Dot and Keeto.

Simon

Dot's brother in Dot and Keeto.

Dot's Friends

Kangaroo

The titular character from book and movie. After losing her joey, she finds Dot lost in the bush and offers to help her find her way.
  • But Now I Must Go: After their adventure in the book and first film, she leaves Dot with her family, and goes back to the wilderness without so much as a goodbye. She returns in Dot and the Bunny and Dot and Keeto.
  • Mama Bear: She becomes this to Dot when she fights off the dingoes. In Dot and Keeto She also rescues Dot from a spider attempting to eat her and Keeto the Mosquito.
  • Nice Girl: Despite not really trusting humans herself, she willingly helped the lost and frightened Dot. She was also willing to take in Funny-Bunny at the end of Dot and the Bunny.

Santa Claus/Danny the Swagman

He appears in Around the World With Dot, taking Dot to different locations around the world to see the different ways everyone celebrates Christmas.
  • Surprise Santa Encounter: He shows up initially as Danny the Swagman, before revealing himself to be the jolly elf in red.

Funny-Bunny

Dot's rabbit friend from Dot and the Bunny. He tries numerous times to fool Dot into thinking he's a joey, a baby kangaroo.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: Seeing as he's a young child, he can be pretty bratty at times, and it even tests the limits of Dot's patience with his antics as the film goes on. Of course, he has a pretty sad reason for this behavior.
  • Imposter Forgot One Detail: Actually, many details, but the most prominent one is that he's rabbit, and he looks nothing like a baby kangaroo, no matter what adjustments he makes.
  • Happily Adopted: By Kangaroo at the end of the film.
  • Sole Survivor: Hunters killed his parents, leaving him orphaned.

Bruce

The titular koala from Dot and the Koala, who wants to stop a dam from being built in his hometown.

Keeto

The happy go-lucky mosquito from Dot and Keeto.

Butterwalk

A wise caterpillar from Dot and Keeto.

Nelson

Dot's dolphin friend from Dot and the Whale. He accompanies Dot on her journey to help Tonga the whale.
  • Papa Wolf: He takes on three sharks to protect Dot.

Tonga

A depressed female whale who washes herself up on the beach waiting the die.
  • Death Seeker: She lost her will to live after her family was killed by whalers. Thankfully, the kindness of Dot and a handful of human children encourage her to live again.

The Bunyip

Mentioned in the first film, but makes its physical debut in Dot and the Smugglers.

Gumley

Dot's sick baby koala friend who appears in Dot Goes to Hollywood.
  • Ill Boy: He has an eye disease that's spreading around the koalas. If not treated, he'll go blind and die. Thankfully, Dot's raising money in her acting career saves his life.

Whyka

A Russian dog whom Dot decides to rescue in Dot in Space
  • Loyal Animal Companion: Becomes this to Dot after they crash-land on Pie-Arr-Squared, she doesn't even run away for her own safety despite Dot saying to do so just before being Bound and Gagged by the Roundies.

Poley

An alien prisoner in Dot in Space.
  • Plucky Girl: Becomes this with encouragement from Dot.
  • The Woobie: She has suffered more than most as a result of Papa Drop imprisoning anyone who isn't round as she was betrothed to his son Roley.

Roley

Papa Drop's good-natured son in Dot in Space.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: He knows what his father's doing is wrong and only through his disguise as The Party and Dot is he able to eventually convince the rest of his species.
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