Main characters on Nickelodeon's "Dora the Explorer" include Dora, Boots, Backpack and Map. Other characters such as Swiper the Fox, Tico, Benny, Isa and The Fiesta Trio appear regularly on the children's television show.
Dora, a 7-year-old girl, speaks English and Spanish. The heroine tells a story through her adventures when she goes from one place to another following a magical map. Dora serves as a leader to her friends Boots, Benny, Tico and Isa. The girl always carries her trusty backpack that contains her adventuring supplies such as a map. Dora implores young viewers to follow along and help her as she tries to reach her destination.
Boots, a 5-year-old monkey, is Dora's best friend and constant companion. Boots may get discouraged on Dora's adventures, but his best friend always cheers him up. The monkey gets his name from the large, red boots he wears on his feet. Boots, along with Dora, dress up in costumes when the pair go on special adventures together.
Map and Backpack help Dora on her explorations. Map gives her instructions on how to proceed through various obstacles such as a forest, bridge or meadow. Backpack contains everything Dora needs to complete her journeys successfully. Both objects sing their own theme songs and talk to Dora during the show.
Swiper the Fox serves as a goofy antagonist to Dora. Swiper likes to steal things, and the fox gets caught when viewers say "Swiper, no swiping!" three times in a row.