Character sheet for Dot and the Kangaroo
DotThe 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.
- A minor example in the original film leads to her iconic Kangaroo Pouch Ride.
- 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.
- Bound and Gagged: After rescuing Whyka in Dot in Space, she crash-lands on the wrong planet and is tied up and silenced by alien soldiers for not being round.
- Butt-Monkey: Most notably in Dot and Keeto and Dot in Space.
- Chronic Hero Syndrome: Such is her desire to save and protect all animals.
- 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. However, it almost becomes her undoing when she steps on poisonous coral in the same film.
- Averted with her live-action appearance in Around the World with Dot.
- Earthy Barefoot Character: Because she doesn't like to wear shoes, Dot is more connected to nature and wild life.
- 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.
- Guile Hero: She has her moments in the sequels.
- Hard Head: When she falls off the wall of the zoo Gumley is taken to in Dot Goes to Hollywood.
- Magic Pants: Her clothes are torn in the first movie but they appear intact in the sequels, even after visible damage, not to mention shrinking in Dot and Keeto.
- Magic Skirt: The most notable exceptions being Dot and Keeto and Dot and the Whale.
- Nature Hero: As of films after the original.
- Nice Girl: One of the kindest, empathetic little girls you'll ever meet.
- Off-Model: She doesn't always have a nose or the right number of fingers and toes, especially in the sequels.
- Oh, Crap!: She gets plenty of these moments, given the nature of her adventures.
- Panty Shot: Most notably in Dot and Keeto when she's sucked into her mother's vacuum cleaner while insect-sized.
- Several times in Dot and the Whale.
- 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.
- Same Character, but Different: In the first film. she acts as an innocent toddler, while in the sequels. she becomes more couragous and sometimes braver.
- 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.
- With My Hands Tied: She does this to the Roundies in Dot in Space.
MotherDot's mother, appears in the original film and Dot and Keeto
- Captain Oblivious: In Dot and Keeto, she spends most of the film unaware of Dot's absence, even after Simon tells her she's run away.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Doesn't appear in the last four sequels.
- Not Now, Kid: Her general attitude towards Simon in Dot and Keeto.
- Put on a Bus: From Around the World with Dot to Dot and the Koala.
- Retcon: In her second appearance.
- The Bus Came Back:
FatherDot's father, appears in the original film.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Doesn't appear in the sequels but mentioned in Dot and the Bunny.
- Incurable Cough of Death: Averted though given how rapidly he becomes ill while searching for Dot, he gave up at the right time.
BenDot's brother in Around the World with Dot.
- Retcon: Replaced by Simon in Dot and Keeto.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: He doesn't appear after the Ingenuity song sequence.
SimonDot's brother in Dot and Keeto.
- Bratty Half-Pint: Gives both Dot and their mother a hard time because of his antics.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome:
- It's All About Me: He whines incessantly after Dot pushes him over for tormenting bugs.
- The Un-Favourite: Because of his tendency to cause trouble, his mother tends to ignore him and doesn't take him seriously, not even when he tries tell her Dot's run away.
KangarooThe 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.
- No Name Given
- Put on a Bus: She's absent in most of the sequels.
- The Bus Came Back: She returns in "Dot and the Bunny," "Dot and Keeto," and "Dot and the Smugglers."
Dozey-Face and Grumble-BonesA supposed Kangaroo couple who are tasked with pulling the sleigh in Around the World with Dot
- Deadpan Snarker: Grumble-Bones.
- Grumpy Bear: Or in this case, Grumpy Kangaroo in Grumble-Bones' case.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Grumble-Bones.
- Like an Old Married Couple:
- Mama Bear: Dozey-Face to Dot, especially in the last two sequels.
- Meaningful Name: Two of them, Dozey-Face is lazy and Grumble-Bones is grumpy.
- Nice Girl: Dozey-Face.
- Only Sane Man: Grumble-Bones, given the goals Dot sets herself in his appearances.
- Papa Wolf: Grumble-Bones
- Perpetual Frowner: Grumble-Bones.
- Put on a Bus
- The Bus Came Back: They return in Dot Goes to Hollywood and Dot in Space.
- The Determinator: Dozey-Face if it means helping Dot to achieve her goals and Grumble-Bones in Around the World with Dot.
- Took a Level in Badass: Grumble-Bones when he fights a green dragon to protect Dot, it turns out to be a kite but still...
Santa Claus/Danny the SwagmanHe 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-BunnyDot's rabbit friend from Dot and the Bunny. He tries numerous times to fool Dot into thinking he's a joey, a baby kangaroo.
- Badass Adorable: He is able to weave a fake pouch, tie up his ears and tie a broom to his tail, Dot's dream sequence depicts him playing a banjo.
- Bratty Half-Pint: Seeing as he's a young child, he can be pretty bratty at times, and he 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.
- Butt-Monkey: He suffers numerous misfortunes over the course of the movie but for the most part, he brings it on himself due to repeatedly trying to imitate a joey.
- Even in the Kangaroo That Never Grew sequence in Dot's dream, he gets jumped on by a kangaroo.
- Happily Adopted: By Kangaroo at the end of the film.
- 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.
- Oh, Crap!: He becomes prone to this the more he gets into trouble, the most prominent instance is when faced with being left on Crab Island if he doesn't join Dot on the sea-turtle.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: A non-villainous example though he does get annoyed easily and actively eggs on a pair of fighting kangaroos.
- Replacement Goldfish: For the kangaroo's missing joey.
- Sole Survivor: Hunters killed his parents, leaving him orphaned.
BruceThe titular koala from Dot and the Koala, who wants to stop a dam from being built in his hometown.
- Put on a Bus:
- The Bus Came Back: He returns (sort of) in Dot and the Smugglers.
- The Determinator: He'll do anything to save his hometown, even turning to Dot for help as a last resort.
SheilaA kangaroo who is Bruce's closest ally in Dot and the Koala
- Kick the Dog: She actually kicks the doghouse but she is tasked with distracting Dot's dog while Bruce and the other animals try to wake Dot.
KeetoThe happy go-lucky mosquito from Dot and Keeto.
- Punny Name:
- Shown Their Work: Being a male mosquito, he quickly reassures Dot that he sucks sap, not blood.
ButterwalkA wise caterpillar from Dot and Keeto.
NelsonDot'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.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Averted, after returning Dot to Australia, he doesn't appear again until Tonga is rescued and temporarily placed with him in the aquarium
TongaA depressed female whale who washes herself up on the beach waiting to die.
- Accidental Misnaming: The Air Freight Company director repeatedly calls her Bongo.
- 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.
- Sole Survivor: Of her immediate family, that is.
- Where Are They Now: The ending narration mentions she returned to her surviving relatives.
The BunyipMentioned in the first film, but makes its physical debut in Dot and the Smugglers.
- Non-Malicious Monster: The song from the first film implied it was a vicious monster that terrorized humans and animals alike. Turns out its actually a peaceful creature.
GumleyDot'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.
WhykaA Russian dog whom Dot decides to rescue in Dot in Space
- Four Legs Good, Two Legs Better: During her astronaut training, she chased an annoying brown cat, running on her hind legs.
- Loyal Animal Companion: Becomes this to Dot after they crash-land on Pie-Arr-Squared, she doesn't run away for her own safety once and is only separated from Dot when she is given to Roley.
- Prehensile Tail: She can hold up an umbrella with her tail while balancing on a tightrope.
PoleyAn alien prisoner in Dot in Space.
- Bound and Gagged: She and the rest of her kind were just bound but they had it worse than Dot as they were each tied to a heavy iron ball.
- Bring the Anchor Along: A forced example, as explained above.
- Disappeared Dad:
- Foreshadowing: She warns of the dangers that Dot later encounters.
- Plucky Girl: Becomes this with encouragement from Dot.
- Punny Name: With Roley.
- Small Role, Big Impact: She doesn't appear much outside of the prison scenes but her explanation of Papa Drop's rise to power inspires Dot to devise an elaborate plan to escape.
- The Cassandra: She refuses to run away because she's aware of the dangers she'd likely encounter (hostile trees, volcanoes, quicksand etc), this doesn't deter Dot from escaping.
- 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.
RoleyPapa Drop's good-natured son in Dot in Space.
- Calling the Old Man Out: He knows what his father's doing is wrong and it is only through Dot and being disguised as The Party that he is able to eventually convince the rest of his species.
- Clark Kenting: He goes behind his father's back disguised as The Party in an attempt to overthrow him.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He is a stuttering Extreme Doormat in his normal appearance, as The Party, he is capable of taming monsters, knocking down his father's statues and rallying the rest of his species in order to overthrow his father with Dot's help.
- Friend to All Living Things: He respects all of Pie-Arr-Squared's inhabitants, regardless of shape and he also allies with Whyka (a dog), Dot (a human child) and Gorgo (an alien dinosaur) and collectively, they lead a rebellion against his tyrannical father.
- Missing Mom:
- One-Man Army: As The Party.
- Only Sane Man: Of his species, his first couple of lines prove as much."She (Dot) can't talk with that thing on!"Papa Drop: "Roley, you keep out of this!""But Father, we'll never find out who she is if she can't talk! Be reasonable!" (Is met with an instant refusal and can only look apologetically at Whyka as Dot is taken away for interrogation.)
- Pet the Dog: He looks after Whyka after his father has her confiscated from Dot
- Punny Name: With Poley.
GorgoAn alien dinosaur in Dot in Space.
- Anti-Villain: He is The Dreaded to the inhabitants of Pie-Arr-Squared and destroys their homes but is a Gentle Giant.
- Bait-and-Switch: The Roundies recapture Dot then run away when they see him coming, leaving the little girl at his mercy, he closes in on her and eats ...her gag!
- Meaningful Name: Played with, he is an alien dinosaur whose name is derived from Gorgosaurus.
- Non-Malicious Monster: Being an alien dinosaur, he is very large, ferocious and intimidating and destroys homes and villages but all he eats is Dot's gag.
- One-Man Army: His mere presence is enough to scare off the Roundies.
- Undying Loyalty: To The Party (Roley) and also to Dot after he refuses to eat her.
- Wouldn't Hurt a Child: He advances on Dot as if he's going to eat her and the poor girl can't defend herself as she's been recaptured, so what does he do? He listens to her screaming through her gag briefly then licks it off and eats it!
DingosA pack of dingoes belonging to a tribe of aboriginals and the main antagonists of the original film.
- Disney Villain Death: One of them falls to his death after the mother kangaroo kicks him over a cliff.
CrocodilesRecurring antagonists, most notably in the first and third films.
- "I Am" Song: In Dot and the Bunny, though this helps them to lure Dot into their clutches.
- Never Smile at a Crocodile: The frogs in the original film narrowly avoid getting eaten by one at the end of their "I Am" Song.
- Dot reprimands them when one of them tries to eat Funny-Bunny but this puts her in danger as well until the Flying Fox arrives.
- Would Hurt a Child: They would have eaten Dot and Funny-Bunny if the Flying Fox hadn't rescued them.
Mayor PercyAn anthropomorphic pig who serves as the mayor of Dot's hometown in Dot and the Koala.
- Help, I'm Stuck!: He gets stuck in the underground tunnel that Dot's animal friends dug in attempt to destroy the dam, it takes the collapse of said dam and the ensuing rush of water to free him despite Sherlock, Dot and Bruce coming to help him.
- What Have I Done: He has this after Dot points out the environmental damage he could have done to their hometown had the dam been completed.
Sherlock Bones and Doctor Watson:A mouse detective and his cat assistant in Dot and the Koala
- Butt-Monkey: Doctor Watson.
- Dirty Coward: When a riot breaks out between the bush animals and the townspeople, Sherlock chooses to cower under a table and for good measure, he pulls Watson out from said table and throws him into the riot!
- Mistaken Identity: Sherlock nearly shoots one of Dot's animal friends after the disguised Watson is captured.
- Punny Name: Sherlock Bones.
- Shout-Out: Two of them.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Watson after Dot and her animal friends capture him, having seen through his disguise.
- Would Hurt a Child: Their interactions with Dot come at times when they are in no position to harm her and they don't believe she is masterminding the plot to destroy the dam but Sherlock is revealed to have a gun and he does lead a raid on a family of wombats and has them all tied up, including the children.
Nasty:A scheming wasp in Dot and Keeto
- Mama Bear: She's trying to feed her larvae, hence why she tricks the insect-sized Dot into becoming her prisoner.
- Meaningful Name:
Fish restaurant owners:Owners of the local fish restaurant in Dot and the Whale
- Butt-Monkey: Their attempts to seize Tonga for themselves are always foiled by the kids helping Dot.
- Occasionally, they bring it on themselves.
- Disguised in Drag: How they trick Dot and the other kids into surrendering the money needed to rescue Tonga.
- Fat and Skinny:
- Humiliation Conga: Repeatedly foiled and chased off by the kids helping Dot, crashing their van into the Air Freight company manager's vehicle, his secretary chasing them off and finally fleeing out to sea on a rowboat.
- Near-Villain Victory: Their being Disguised in Drag successfully fools Dot and the other kids into surrendering the money required to rescue Tonga to them and they drive away, only to be foiled when they crash into the airfreight company director and his secretary.
- The Determinator: They'll try anything to get their hands on Tonga, even stealing the money needed to rescue her.
- Villain Song: I know all about the Whales.
Papa DropThe bubble-shaped dictator of the Planet Pie-Arr-Squared in Dot in Space
- Abusive Parents: He is this to his son Roley whom he threatens to imprison for opposing him.
- Ambition Is Evil: He intends to use Dot's rocket to go into Space and conquer the Universe.
- Bad Boss: As soon as he's introduced, he hits his advisor Professor Globus with his sceptre for PRAISING HIM!
- Berserk Button: Anything that isn't round and being insulted, the latter usually causes him to deflate and his servant Inflato has to re-inflate him.
- Disproportionate Retribution: He has anyone who isn't round or dares to oppose him imprisoned in a slave labor camp where they are overworked, beaten and starved.
- Drunk with Power:
- Evil Overlord: A downplayed example but he is the evil ruler of all civilized life on Pie-Arr-Squared with a desire to imprison anyone not round for life.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: He was the one member of his species who despised anyone who wasn't round (probably because his son's in love in one of such people as well as Fantastic Racism) enough to influence the rest of his species to adopt his views thus instigating his rise to power and becoming Pie-Arr-Squared's dictator.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: His tendency to deflate when he loses his temper becomes his downfall as when Dot and Roley expose him as a fraud, he deflates and Inflato pumps him up enough to cause him to float up into space.
- Hypocrite: He deflates when insulted yet he insults everybody else, even his own advisors and servants.
- It's All About Me: He really doesn't care about anyone else and is prepared to arrest an entire army and his own son just to get his way.
- Karmic Death: He gets pumped up enough to float up into Space where he's likely to suffocate or starve.
- Moral Event Horizon: In-Universe. His plan to use Dot's rocket to conquer the Universe is this in his son Roley's eyes though he may have already crossed it by turning Pie-Arr-Squared into a dictatorship that revolves around the persecution of anyone who isn't round.
- A Nazi by Any Other Name: His idea of a perfect society is one in which everyone is round.
- Obstructive Bureaucrat: Those who aren't round aren't even allowed to tread the same ground as those who are under his rule.
- He even refuses to remove Dot's gag when he's trying to interrogate her.
- Parental Neglect: He ignores Roley unless he's ordering him around, berating or abusing him and threatens to imprison him.
- Perpetual Frowner: Even when things are going his way, he's always grumpy about something.
- Tyrant Takes the Helm: He rose to power by spreading his own Fantastic Racism amongst his species.
- Would Hurt a Child: He'd hurt anybody whether they're round or square, regardless of age. He even draws out a laser gun with the attention of arresting Dot as well as his own son and army. Luckily, Professor Globus beats him to it and disarms him.
- Under his rule, children like Dot are verbally and physically abused, enslaved and starved.
The RoundiesThe dominant species of the planet Pie-Arr-Squared and Papa Drop's loyal subjects.
- Blatant Lies: After Dot tries to rescue her rocket herself, one of the Roundy soldiers tries to blame rabbits which aren't native to Pie-Arr-Squared.
- Butt-Monkey: The Roundy Sergeant and Professor Globus particularly so.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Professor Globus takes Papa Drop's abuse and insults in his stride but when his Bad Boss draws out a laser gun, he quickly disarms him with his own gun.
- Crowd Chant: "Round is Good! Square is Bad!"
- Fantastic Racism: Thanks to Papa Drop, the Roundies persecute anyone who isn't round.
- Jerkass: A whole race of them, except Roley of course.
- Karma Houdini: They reform almost immediately once Papa Drop is exposed and overthrown and are Easily Forgiven with No Comeuppance for their past actions.
- Meaningful Name: Papa Drop's servant Inflato, he always carries an air pump for when Papa Drop loses his temper.
- Punny Name: Professor Globus for instance.
- Rage Against the Reflection: The Roundy Seargent has one after Dot pulls a House of Broken Mirrors trick on him.
- Reality Ensues: The impression made by their attitude towards anyone who isn't round is all too clear as a Roundy child in the stands is clearly disturbed at the way they treat Dot.
- Would Hit a Girl: They are shown whipping Dot, throwing her to the ground, restraining her by the arms and pulling her hair over the course of the film.
- Of course, they already do this to female prisoners native to their planet, Dot has it worse because she escapes and is recaptured.
- Would Hurt a Child: Let's see, tying up and gagging an innocent little girl, verbally and physically abusing her, enslaving and starving her and leaving her at the mercy of an alien dinosaur, all under the influence of Fantastic Racism. That's what they do to Dot. The Roundy Sergeant even hopes Dot gets eaten!
- It's implied they've done most of the above to children native to their planet under Papa Drop's rule.
- They are also shown to carry laser guns. Professor Globus fires one in the presence of Dot to disarm Papa Drop.