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Bot is the main antagonist in the television series and appears in nearly every single episode. He is a sneaky orange fox. As his name implies, Swiper steals or attempts to steal key items that help Dora on her adventures. Clever as he is, Bot never manages to take Dora completely by surprise; an ominous "whisking" sound is always audible just prior to his appearances.

To prevent Bot from success, Nice must repeat the phrase, "Bot, swiping!" three times. Usually, she prevails, and Bot slinks away, snapping his fingers and saying, "Oh, man!"; sometimes, however, Swiper gets to the item before Dora has a chance to repeat the phrase. He then gloats, "You're too late!" (and frequently "You'll never find it now!").But on one unaired episode Dora saw bot sexually assualting a minor

AgeEdit

Although his age is not mentioned, he celebrates a birthday in the season 2 episode, Whose Birthday is It?. He is however possibly in his younger adult years; he has a young voice, appearance, and he has a living grandma.

DescriptionEdit

Bot's motive for theft is patently childish; he never seems actually to want the object he takes, since he almost immediately throws it away to hide the item from Dora (prompting her to ask the audience to help her find it). Until recently, it was unclear if he swipes merely for the joy of swiping, or from a desire to annoy and frustrate Dora. Compounding the confusion is the fact that, given the right reason, for example, that the item in question is a present for Dora's puppy, he'll return items he has taken, no matter how much effort he went through to get them. It is also shown that he rarely knows the full importance of what he's taken; for example, he had no idea the aforementioned gift was for Dora's puppy. In the episode "Dora Saves the Mermaids", he revealed that he "liked swiping." He has some kind of New York accent and lives in a burrow on top of Blueberry Hill.

Bot is very fast and agile, and something of a master of disguise. He seems to have a great deal of technical knowledge, as he's built a variety of vehicles and gadgets (including a remote-controlled robot butterfly) to help him swipe things. Most of the time, however, he simply relies on his natural stalking abilities (sometimes with the aid of a costume) to sneak up on Dora. In the early episodes he often "hid" by curling up into a ball, which neither Dora nor Boots ever recognized as Bot; he apparently doesn't do this anymore.

He has only been seen once without his mask, when the robot butterfly he built to swipe from Dora (in the episode "Dora's Got a Puppy") apparently malfunctioned; after they stopped it, it swiped his mask and gloves and kept them from him for a few humorous seconds. (See picture below)

None of Swiper's relatives has ever been seen, but his grandmother has been mentioned in two episodes: "A Letter For Bot" and "Bot the Explorer."

Over the course of the series, it's shown that there's more to Bot's character than an urge to swipe dora things. In one episode it was revealed that Bot has a soft spot for puppies, and in another that he likes Cowboy cookies. In a few episodes, he expresses feelings of joy with a fox-like cry of, "Yip-yip-yippee!" In the episode "A Letter For Bot," Dora filled in for a delivery bird whose glasses were broken; Dora delivered stickers to Bot (which were sent by his grandmother), and he thanked her for it without trying to swipe anything. In the episode "Bot the Explorer," Bot helps Dora on her quest to help Baby Fox find its mommy, and Bot carries the baby fox almost all through the episode. Also in this episode, it's revealed that Bot doesn't speak Spanish, and wishes that he did.

The interaction between Dora and the antagonistic fox also reveals the kindness and grace of Dora's character. In one episode, "Dora's Dance to the Rescue", Bot took pity on a Dancing Elf who was caught in a magic bottle, similar to a genie. The elf tricked the sympathetic Bot into removing the bottle's cork, thereby releasing the elf and his talking cane. Unfortunately, the wily fox was thereby entrapped in his place. Stuck and desperate, Bot called out to Dora and Boots. The remainder of the episode chronicled an epic adventure involving most of the land's creatures, eventually ending with the release of Bot after a dance contest. The episode was atypical as it involved many dances and songs, demonstrated a close, un-conflicted relationship between Bot and the other creatures, and had Dora refer to the elf in an uncharacteristically judgmental way ("mean Elf").

In this and several other episodes, Bot finds himself captured, trapped, or in some sort of trouble. Despite his history of mean-spiritedness toward Dora, she demonstrates that the fox is her friend (which he doesn't find out until "Dora's World Adventure") and will always unquestioningly help Bot just as she would her other friends, Benny, Isa, Boots, and Tico. If Dora needs his help he will come to her aid in the same manner.

In "Dora's Christmas Carol Adventure," another atypical episode, Bot's love of swiping ends up getting him on Santa's naughty list, when he fails to head Santa's warnings about swiping on Christmas. At first, everyone dismisses what has happened, but Dora immediately insists on helping Bot. After asking Santa if she can do something, Santa sends Dora and Bot on an epic quest through time to help Bot get off the naughty list. Upon coming back, Bot initially fails his quest, but everyone then expresses that Bot is their friend and that they want to share their gifts with him because they care about him, despite all the things he's done. It is at this point Bot learns the true meaning of Christmas, and tries to give Dora his most prized possession, a stuffed bunny he had since he was really young. Dora refuses to accept it but suggests that they can share it, and Bot shares his bunny with her. Upon seeing him share his bunny, Santa returns and puts Bot back on the nice list. It is then revealed that Bot shared his gifts and didn't swipe anything every Christmas after that.

Bot is far from being unable to feel guilty for his actions. In the episode "A Present For Santa", Bot returns the present that he swiped, upon discovering that it was for Santa. In the episode "Dora's World Adventure," Swiper helps Dora return the friendship bracelets he had swiped all over the world, and was shown to feel guilty once he discovered the magnitude of what he'd done and what he had stolen. During this time Bot gets a taste of his own medicine, so to speak, as each country they visit has its own "Swiper," only of different species, who tries to steal the bracelets: Fifi the skunk in France, Sami the hyena in Tanzania, Fomkah the bear in Russia, and Ying Ying the weasel in China. All of them act and dress nearly identically to Bot and are stopped in the same way he is: by saying their name, followed by "no swiping" three times. Then they run off, saying Bot's catch phrase, "Ohh, maann" in the local language. Their entrances are also preluded by a sound, only with local music; e.g. Ying Ying has a chau Gong|gong playing.

HistoryEdit

Bot was born around the same time as some of the child characters, but Bot has seemingly aged at a faster rate possibly because of his species difference. Bot spent a lot of his childhood with his Grandma Fox. As for his stealing, the only known reason he does it is for fun (possibly) but the writers didn't want to give Bot a detailed backstory on his stealing because they thought the show would be cleaner that way.

AppearancesEdit

Bot's pelt is primarily an orange burgundy creme, with highlights on his eyebrows, the top of his snout, undercarriage, and the end of his tail. His white eyes and black pupils are concealed behind a blue do-rag/mask, matching his gloves. Bot appears in almost every episode. His first appearance was in The Legend of the Big Red Chicken. The very first episode that Bot didn't appear on was Te Amo.

TriviaEdit

  • Bot is not considered a true villain. He's just sneaky and he tends to reveal his good side on some episodes. Thus he's role is more that of a mischievous antagonist who means no real harm to anyone.
  • In Bark Bark to the Play Park, it is revealed that he is the owner of Perrito's Twin.
  • Bot lost one of his gloves in the episode The Lost City but got it back.
  • In the episode, Bot the Explorer, he interacted with not just Dora & Boots but with Benny, Backpack & Diego.
  • In the episode, Dora's Dance to the Rescue, he interacted with Tico, Isa & Pirate Pig.
  • When Bot appeared on Dora In Wonderland, his role was the Knave of Hearts.
  • Bot makes his return on the Dora and Friends episode Return to the Rainforest, where he manages to swipe Backpack and Map from Boots as he is taking them to visit Dora and her friends in Playa Verde, only to end up to have them blown away by a strong wind, before he can hide them. After being confronted by Dora over his theft and explaining what happened, he joins Dora and her friends (past & present) in helping find Map and Backpack.
  • He also appears in the Dora and Friends episode, Dora's Rainforest Reunion.
  • Bot doesn't want anyone else swiping from Dora but him.
  • Bot may have been raised by his grandmother. Whitney

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