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  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • The entire show is this due to the fact that it is a narrative of events through the eyes of one kid writing about these events into his journal. As a result, his opinions on a person will affect how they are portrayed in each episode.
    • One theory is that Doug is crazy.
      • Said blog also speculates that Roger has rickets and really just wants to be friends (at the very least) with Doug, but doesn't know how to make friends.
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    • Alternately, Roger is secretly/obliviously gay and has feelings for Doug. He bullies Doug to compensate for this. See Ho Yay below for details.
      • It would make re-watching the show very interesting if you interpret Roger having secretly/obliviously gay feelings for Doug.
      • It also really affects the interpretation of the episode in which Roger found Doug's journal, but claimed to be unable to read Doug's handwriting (but still returned the journal). It's possible he didn't want to invade the privacy of someone he cared about, did read it but didn't want to publicly embarrass Doug, or was hurt by how much Doug talked about Patty and didn't want to talk about that.
    • A popular interpretation regarding Mr. and Mrs. Dink is that they're unable to have children, which is why Mr. Dink gets so...attached to Doug (seeing Doug as a sort of child substitute) and why Mrs. Dink seems so apathetic, as well as why she so often seems to try and step in whenever Mr. Dink tries to show off to Doug (likely realizing that the whole thing isn't healthy). That said, there are also fans who view Mr. Dink's fondness for Doug as something else entirely...
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment:
    • Doug's Quailman fantasy in Doug's 1st Movie. Then again, it's a Doug movie, and it wouldn't be complete without Quailman.
    • Mr. Bone talking on the phone in "Doug Goes Hollywood" and Breaking the Fourth Wall to tell the viewer to mind their own business.
  • Broken Base:
    • Disney's Doug. It caused the fanbase to break into separate camps (not counting the ones who have seen one version, but not the other): the ones who loved the Nickelodeon version and despised Disney's version due to Disney retooling the series to be "hip and cool", the ones who thought Disney's version was okay but preferred Nickelodeon's version, the ones who loved the Disney version and despised the Nickelodeon version for its blandness in the episodes at times and its animation, and the ones who thought the Disney version was no different than the Nickelodeon version and actually admit to liking both.
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    • Same with the movie. Some like it, some really don't like it.
  • Cliché Storm: Doug's 1st Movie is a slight example.
  • Death of the Author: The fanbase almost unanimously rejected Jim Jenkin's confirmation that Doug and Patti canonically don't end up together in the future, despite Jim adding that Doug could (and would) find someone else even if his first crush didn't work out.
  • Designated Villain:
    • Often Guy from Disney's Doug. While he may be egotistical, Guy's actually a fairly nice...well, guy, it's Doug's feelings for Patti and chronic insecurity that lead him to see Guy as a jerk. Subverted in the movie, where he actually is flat-out antagonistic towards the group.
    • In the Nickelodeon run, the villain in his (solo) Quailman fantasies is either Roger or Mr. Bone.
    • Roger is usually the villain of Doug's fantasies by default whether or not he has any antagonistic notions in the episode.
      • Doug is quick to blame Roger for pretty much anything that goes wrong, even if it's incredibly unlikely. The other characters will call Doug out on this, though.
    • Anyone that hates Patti or Patti dislikes becomes this for Doug (Muffy Silverson and the Junior Daughters club by extension; Cassandra Bleem and her click of older popular kids are examples of this). Also anyone Doug thinks is trying to go after Patti gets upgraded to this (which is why Guy is usually this).
  • Ear Worm:
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Mr. Dink, Roger, and Judy are considered some of the funniest characters in the series.
    • If we go by Chad Rocco... Connie Benge is this. There are even fans who are aware of the sad Word of God info that want to ship Connie with Doug, helps she hinted having a crush on him in the Nickelodeon series.
      • Ned Cauphee and Boomer Bledsoe have fans and art on Deviantart and tumblr!
  • Fanon Discontinuity: The Disney's Doug episodes don't exist in the eyes of some Nickelodeon Doug fans.
  • Genius Bonus: Doug's sister, Judith "Judy" Funny, has been established as a huge Shakespeare nut in several episodes. Which is why she's named after Sheakespeare's daughter, Judith Quiney (née Shakespeare). Just to drive the point home, her mother always insists on calling her "Judith".
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • "Doug Gets Busted" is this, since it consists of Doug thinking he destroyed the science lab with his volcano project. This episode is definitely more then a little awkward to watch today with bomb threats and school shootings becoming more rampant.
    • Every interaction with Doug and Patti would be seen as this when you remember in 2016 Word of God announced the two never became a couple.
    • In "Doug's Marriage Madness", Doug's fear of change only worsens when he sees that a local toy store became a clothing store, Tux "R" Us. Real-life Toys "R" Us store closures would gradually become more common, with all the remaining ones finally shutting down in 2018, though it became less depressing later that same year when it was announced the stores would be re-opening.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Doug insisting that "It's a journal, not a diary!"
    • In one Nick episode, Patti worries she got her hair cut too short. (Actually, it really looks no different, so it's essentially an Informed Flaw.) Regardless, fast-forward to the Disney years and... well, Patti didn't seem to mind her short hair then.
    • In the pilot episode, "Doug Can't Dance", one of the kids at the costume party is dressed like Mickey Mouse, as well as Roger's cat, Stinky, in the episode "Doug Says Goodbye" at another costume party. Fast forward a few years, and the mouse owns Doug.
    • With him, the mouse acquires Skeeter's Quailman alter ego Silver Skeeter. Fast forward another few years, and the mouse acquires Marvel Comics and with them Silver Surfer.
    • The first episode involved a monster hunt in this case the Nematode/Neematoad of Stinsen's Pond... in the Disney series and movie there really is a monster in Lucky Duck Lake.
    • Doug imagining Patti losing to him due to a mix-up in The Most Wonderful Person in the World contest has shades of Steve Harvey 22 years prior.
    • In "Doug's Lucky Hat", after he loses the titular article of clothing, he has a fantasy about being a down-on-his-luck lucky socks salesman, and a rich Roger gets out of his Limousine and buys a pair. Roger became exactly that in the first episode of the Disney series.
  • Ho Yay: Roger seems almost...obsessed...with Doug.
    • This is ALL from "Doug's on TV."
      Roger: "Oh, and Funnie, if I were you, I'd bring a saddle to school tomorrow... because the kids are gonna be RIDING YOU ALL DAY!!!"
      • Then there's this exchange between the two, sitting on the couch watching the burning of embarrassing tapes. Yeah, THAT has no subtext these days...
      Doug: "This bowl of popcorn ain't big enough for the both of us, "Rowdy Roger."
      Roger: "Watch it, 'Hoss!' I may have to rope and hogtie you. Don't forget, I've got the record!"
      Doug: "Well, rooty-toot-toot to you too!"
      Roger: "Well, yippie-ti-yo-ti-yay to you!"
      • And after an oh-so-appropriate pause, when Doug notes Roger is eating all the popcorn...
      Roger: "Look, 'Hoss,' don't make me ride you around the room."
    • From another episode: "Looks like everybody's paired up but us, Funnie. Guess that means we're partners."
    • Doug even seems to imagine this as a possibility. In his imagine spots, Roger has dressed as a girl and put a love note in Doug's locker, kissed Doug on the head, and said such things as "Ooo, I think I'm in loooove. Isn't he just darling?"
    • Roger was the one to organize an anniversary party for Doug, and when Doug is flattered, quickly proclaims, "Yeah, uh, well, it doesn't mean we're getting married or anything..!"
    • After Roger gets over his rather short-lived crush on Judy, he promptly gives Doug the bunch of flowers he was carrying.
    • "My Fair Lady" has Roger butting in to join Doug's group and pretty much adhering to his side. He even wants to sit next to Doug on the ferris wheel, and Doug has to try pretty hard to convince him not to.
    • Female version: In "Doug's a Big Fat Liar", Patti goes to a dance with "Melvin", really Judy in drag. Seems innocent enough, but when the whole ruse is revealed, Patti isn't even upset! She even says "Melvin" is the best dancer at the hoedown and continues to dance with Judy throughout the rest of the episode. Also, they share Judy's room in an episode of the Disney series.
  • Hollywood Pudgy:
    • Connie. While she was a bit thicker than the other girls in the Nick series, she wasn't the "wide load" she was hyped up to be. Averted in the Disney series, where she's way more shapely, having gone to beauty camp.
    • Played with in an episode about Doug himself: He comes back after a couple weeks eating junk food at his grandmother's and realizes he's gained a good amount of weight. He slims down to his previous weight to avoid embarrassment at an upcoming pool party with his friends, only to still see himself as pudgy. Fortunately Judy informs him (truthfully if insensitively) that's how he's always looked and to not worry about it. As it turns out, everyone else at the party has similar concerns about how they look in swimsuits, so initially nobody has any fun until Doug breaks the ice!
    • In this same episode Skeeter has the opposite concern, worrying that he's too skinny to be seen at the pool party and gorging himself with creme-filled donuts, only to still see himself as too skinny on the day of the party.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • "There's a bomb in the lasagna!" Note 
      • A bomb in the lasagna?? GREAT SCOTT!Note 
    • "You broke my grill!? You broke MY GRILL!? YOU BROKE MY GRILL!?" Note 
    • Beeyoouuu Note 
    • I didn't choose the Doug life, the Doug life chose me (in relation to "I didn't choose the thug life")
    • "What does the 'Doug' button do?" "It Dougs." Note 
      • Alternatively, "PRESS DOUG TO DOUG"
    • This text post by Neil Cicierega talking about how Disney, er, "ruined" the show...
    • Vinny has turned Mr. Dink into a Fountain of Memes.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Mr. Bluff crosses it in the Christmas Special. While his anger at Porkchop for biting his daughter is understandable, he ignores Doug's pleas and tells him that he hates dogs because they don't understand the concept of money.
  • Mis-blamed:
    • There are a number of fans who whine about Disney's changes to the series. Actually, the only thing Disney did was buy the rights to the series (and Jumbo Pictures, the show's production company), produce it, and air it on ABC. Pretty much everyone who worked on the Nick series worked on Disney's series as well. And the setting/character changes were Jim Jinkins' own idea.
    • Some fans criticize the Disney episodes for "replacing all the voice actors". Only Billy West's characters (Doug and Roger) were replaced; everyone else kept their voice (however in some international dubs; all or almost all of the voices were replaced).
    • It's been claimed that after Disney bought the show, Nickelodeon wasn't allowed to air it anymore. Nick still held (and still holds) the airing and video rights to their episodes, and reruns continued to air on the main network until 2002 (and Nicktoons until 2005), and currently airs on NickSplat. Nick only took the reruns off to make room for newer shows.
  • Narm: In "Doug To The Rescue", after Doug accidentally punches Roger in the nose (when he was trying to tap him on the shoulder and tell him to leave Patti alone, with him running into his hand too fast), the latter then tells him as he looms over him, "Well, Funnie, it looks like I'm gonna have to cream ya! N'yeah, n'yeah!" He's supposed to be threatening, but it sounds more like he's doing a poor Bugs Bunny impersonation.
  • Never Live It Down: Just go to one video and/or online topic of this show and name just one in which no one brings up The Nostalgia Critic and his hatred towards the show in.
  • Nightmare Fuel: See here.
  • Older Than They Think:
    • Doug himself appeared in a couple commercials before getting his own show. He appeared as an unnamed character in a Florida Grapejuice ad in 1988, and he and Porkchop appeared in an ident for the USA Network in 1990.
    • Creator Jim Jinkins was involved with Nickelodeon before it was even known as Nickelodeon! He worked as a puppeteer, designer and occasional actor on Pinwheel when the station was a channel that in turn was part of an interactive cable experiment known as QUBE in Columbus, Ohio (it was operated by Warner Bros., and not only developed Nick, but prototypes of MTV, The Movie Channel and things like pay-per-view).
  • Periphery Demographic: The show was pretty popular among adults, especially among parents who wanted their kids to watch it.
  • The Problem with Licensed Games: A game based on the Disney show was released for Game Boy Color, and featured Doug and Porkchop searching for Patti while wandering around Bluffington and doing tasks for various characters (collecting stuff to beam to aliens for the Sleech brothers or running errands for Judy, for example). Unfortunately, the whole game was an extremely dull fetch-quest, and the only action - minigames featuring Quailman - left a lot to be desired.
  • Retroactive Recognition: People tend to forget that Billy West originally voiced Doug and Roger. Likely has to do with the fact that another show with West premiered at the same time and gained greater recognition.
  • The Scrappy: Many fans didn't care for Ms. Newberry, the substitute teacher from "Doug's New Teacher" given her refusing to allow Doug a fair shake and believing Roger of all people when he told her Doug was a troublemaker. Even worse, when Doug came into the teacher's lounge and earnestly tried to talk to her to convince her that she was mistaken about him and he wished they could get along, what did he receive from her in response? A cold, silent stare.
    • Not helped at all by what immediately follows. At first, we're led to assume that she'll change her mind and realize she's misjudged Doug. But nope, she's still convinced he's a rotten little troublemaker...she just thinks he's a rotten little troublemaker with a Hidden Heart of Gold. Despite ultimately warming up to him, the fact that she still thinks Doug's bad and Roger's good ends up cementing her as an irredeemably Horrible Judge of Character to the point that even Doug decides that there's no possible way to get her to see reason. The only consolation is that Roger gets some karmic retribution in the end.
  • "Seinfeld" Is Unfunny: Doug was one of the very first Slice of Life animated shows, and was influential enough to inspire several other shows of its kind over the coming decades to the point that it's now seen as achingly squeaky-clean.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped:
    • "Doug Flies a Kite" is about the importance of the KISS principle, which can not only be applied to kite but any other kind of system.
    • "Doug Tips The Scale" has the message that everyone is a little self-conscious about their bodies, and worrying about it too much keeps you from enjoying simple pleasures like swimming in public.
    • "Doug's On First" has two of equal importance: youth sports is for the enjoyment of the players, not the egos of their parents, and parents shouldn't try to make their children be something they clearly aren't.
    • "Doug's Chubby Buddy" also makes a point about body image self-consciousness, but by way of showing how bad eating disorders can be.
    • "Doug's In The Money" points out that doing the right thing won't always be paved with lavish rewards and praise, and ultimately it should come down to you wanting to make the honest decision.
  • Squick: In "Doug Can't Dance", a girl at the party is dressed as a donut...with the hole right through her!
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: Quite a few examples.
    • The theme song itself is a Suspiciously Similar Song version of "Little Bitty Pretty One" by Thurston Harris and of "Dancing with the Mountains" by John Denver.
    • The show often uses Suspiciously Similar Song versions of movie themes.
    • The amusement park Funkytown is usually accompanied by an appropriate sound-alike version of the famous Lipps Inc. song.
    • In one episode Skeeter plays a dangerously close soundalike of "U Can't Touch This."
    • In "Doug's New School" during a fantasy with aliens there's a sound alike of The X-Files theme.
    • In "Doug's Lost Weekend", the "game over" ditty in the Spacemunks video game is a parody of the Song of the Volga Boat Men.
    • In one episode, Imagine Spots of a James Bond-esque character have a slightly off version of the James Bond theme being played.
  • Tear Jerker:
    • Doug's Christmas Story. Especially the scene in which Doug imagines that Porkchop will be euthanized for biting Beebe and pictures having to visit his dog's grave. Doug wasn't the only one in tears at that point in the show.
    • Patti's Dad Dilemma.
    • Doug Says Goodbye: Doug and Skeeter's farewell/exchange of gifts the night before Skeeter is to "move," and the next morning Doug seeing the Valentine family car driving away and thinking he missed saying goodbye to his best friend, and then heading home in a deep funk only to run into... Skeeter himself, as it turns out he was only moving his living quarters into the basement.
    • Doug on the Trail: Played for laughs, but the scene in which Doug, Skeeter and Porkchop believe Mr. Dink has been eaten by a bear and start mourning the loss of their best adult friend (Skeeter even sobs aloud) is still rather touching.
    • The scene in Judy's Big Admission where Judy's in tears because she thinks she didn't get admitted into Vole University. She really needs a hug, which Doug gives her.
    • Meta example: The deaths of both Alice Playten (Beebe) and Doris Belack (Mrs. Dink and Ms. Wingo) were this for many fans. To make matters worse, not only did they both die the same year (2011), but it also happened to be the same year Doug turned twenty.
      • Another Meta Example: Word of God claims Doug and Patti never became a couple.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!:
    • While Disney's Doug lasted three years, some fans were simply turned off by the change. Of course, others did enjoy it (especially those who didn't have cable, or had never heard of Nickelodeon's version).
    • Ironically, the first episode of the Disney show had Doug suffering from this reaction to all the changes going on around him.
    • The cast of the Mexican Spanish dub was changed for the Disney version, too. Well, mostly.
  • Toy Ship: Doug and Patti, both in sixth grade at the start of the series and only just finished seventh grade in the final episode. However that changed in 2016 when Word of God claims they never became a couple.
  • Ugly Cute: Herman Melville, the Lucky Duck Lake monster from The Movie.
  • Values Dissonance: In "Doug's Christmas Story," we see Al and Moo creating a smoke bomb that looks like a cupcake. After Columbine, the idea of kids creating state of the art weaponry probably wouldn't sit too well with audiences.
    Skeeter: Hey, where did you get the plutonium?
    Al and Moo: [exchange glances] ...Found it.
  • Vindicated by History: Although never a bad cartoon by any means and the Nickelodeon series was well-loved by fans and parents, there are those who believe that (in comparison to Rugrats and The Ren & Stimpy Show, anyway) it was underwhelming and overshadowed by the two. Over time and with both the Disney series making it look better in hindsight and with the fellow Nicktoons experiencing Seasonal Rot and controversial changes, respectively, the show ends up looking better over time. It also helps that Billy West admitted that this was his favorite show he ever worked on.
    • The Disney series itself also saw a bit of this, the show was divisive when it was first airing, with some Nick fans not liking the changes. But after becoming aware that Jinkins and not Disney was responsible for the changes, people started giving it more of a chance and coming around to it a bit more, while many fans who grew up with the Nick show still prefer it, they were at least able to appreciate the Disney version as its own thing and did enjoy all the character development to some of the characters.

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