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Dora Bianchi is the owner of Coffee of Doom, where Penelope, Cosette, Hannelore, and Dale work, and where Faye and Raven previously worked. She was Marten's girlfriend, but is now engaged to Tai Hubbert.

Dora is an ex-Goth[1] and computer enthusiast.[2] Despite her interest in computers, she does not have an AnthroPC, but instead owns a stuffed bunny named "Boo-Boo"[3] and one of the living pets in the comic, a cat named Mieville.



Dora is of Italian and Swedish ancestry, and is a native of Northampton[4]. Her parents are Peter Bianchi and Elssa Bianchi. She has an older brother named Sven who writes country songs, whose effortless successes she envies.[5] She does not have a sister.[6] She has an 8-year-old male cousin,[7] her only male cousin. She also has an aunt named Hilde, who Sven describes as "cantankerous".[8]

Dora's current beliefs have not been explicitly mentioned but Jeph Jacques has said "It's safe to assume that Dora was raised Catholic".[9] She was in a "coven" with Raven but dropped out of that early in the comic's timeline.[10][1] She does not identify as a witch (at least any longer).[11]

Dora went to St. Agnes's High School[12] with Agent Turing and attended college. Her major is unknown but her studies included at least one economics class.[13]

Her performance in school was undistinguished.[5] She states she was "never very good at algebra."[14]

Dora lives in an apartment in Amherst.[15] She has no roommate. Her apartment has two stories and an eastern exposure.[11]

Dora has been self-employed for a couple of years[16] and out of college for four. Her prior regular jobs were at coffee shops,[17] which led her to start and run her own, Coffee of Doom.


  • Dora explores alternatives to Goth culture[18]
  • Dora begins her relationship with Marten[19]

Dora had some doubts that Marten might still have feelings for Faye, and she asked Makeout Hobo for advice after Raven's suggestion.[20]


  • Dora moves in with Marten and Faye[21]
  • Dora ends her relationship with Marten[22]

After breaking up with Marten she moved in with her brother, Sven for a short period of time.[23] Dora moved to Amherst with help from Sven, Faye, and Tai,[24] much to dismay of her employees.[25]


After Sven told Faye that he's in love with her, Dora decided to cut him out of her life.[26]

Dora starts dating Tai.


After some convincing from Tai, Dora decided to make up with her brother.[27]

After Faye was fired from Coffee of Doom, Dora has been working more hours than usual.[28] After a frustrating conversation with Tai, Dora promoted Penny to assistant manager, gave Dale more hours, and hired Emily by accident.[29][30][31]

After a discussion of Dora's plans to move with Tai if she got a new job elsewhere, Tai proposed to Dora.[32] Dora said yes.[33]


Dora suggested to burn the bridal magazine in a ritual, after Tai realized that it made her plan for wedding paraphernalia what she didn't actually want.[34]

Dora was suspicious of Hannelore hugging her when Ms. Ellicott-Chatham returned from her travels.[35]


She says she is angsty[36] and has social anxiety,[37] but is outwardly one of the more confident characters.

Occasionally, in the context of relationships, she betrays deep insecurity. This repeatedly takes the form of lashing out at those close to her.[38]. She has, quite possibly related, control issues.[39]

This might stem from her turbulent teenage years, where she admits to having felt overshadowed by her brother in many aspects of life.[40]

Her brother has accused her of being routinely "all selfless to your own detriment".[41]

From the age of 26[42] to her current age in the 30s[43] she occasionally plays a maternal role to the others, both in caretaking[44] and in pushing them to develop.[45][46] At the same time, one of her ambitions is to be a flower girl.[47]

She has, however, said vehemently that she is currently not interested in having children,[48] referring to them as "awful mewling little poo-larvae."[49] She doesn't even think she would be a good mother.[50]

She has said she wouldn't want to work for someone else again,[51]and her entrepreneurial reactions are reflexive.[52]

She has sought out therapy, though she was somewhat coerced.[53] She's frustrated that it all seems to be about one thing, though.[54][55]

Sex and drugs and rock&roll[]


Dora is bisexual.[56] Most of her known relationships have been with men but she is currently engaged to Tai.

She has previously expressed a sexual interest in Faye,[57] and made the occasional move on her.[58][59][60] She has also fantasized about Hannelore.[61]

Dora initially expressed strong opposition to urolagnia[62] (sexual arousal from urination), even going so far as to subject Marten to a formal questionnaire to confirm it was not a kink of his, (in response to having it sprung on her from a previous relationship), but further into their relationship she seemed more receptive to the idea.[63] Of course, it's also possible that SHE was the one that sprung it on someone else, and the questionnaire was intended to see if Marten was okay with it.


Dora drinks caffeine and alcohol, though her alcohol tolerance is somewhat less than Faye's.[64] Despite (or because of) her parents's enthusiastic marijuana consumption, she is not an obsessive user but has been known to take part.

She is on birth control.[65]

Music preferences[]

Dora is a metal fan. Her favorite bands include Helmet,[66] Opeth, Isis, Slayer, Mastodon, the fictional Mythic Slaughter Beast,[67] and the Blood Brothers.[68]. She owns T-shirts from the Norwegian black metal bands Immortal,[69] and Gorgoroth,[70] the french progressive death metal band Gojira,[71] and the Californian experimental rock band Sleepytime Gorilla Museum (SGM).[72]

She considers Homework to be Daft Punk's best album.[73]

She plays The Cure in her coffee shop as a compromise between what the customers can take and what she enjoys. For intimate times, she plays Slayer.[74] She considers David Bowie's work sexy.[75]

Since the strip began, she has come to like the Flaming Lips, about the only taste she shares with Marten.[76]

She has an intense dislike for the band Toto,[77] foreshadowing her relationship problems with Marten. She seems to have a poor opinion of Colin Meloy.[78]


Dora is skinny and a thick-haired[79] natural blonde[80] who dyes her hair black (purple between strips Number 1670: She Gets A New One Every Three Months and Number 1837: Leave House). She has scars on her right butt cheek as a result of mooning a dog (on a dare from Sven).[81] She was distressed earlier in life by her small bust size.[82]

At various times, Jeph Jacques has posted pictures of live people he said looked like his mental picture of Dora. The first, long ago, looked like a spiky-haired Winona Ryder. The most recent was one of the servers at Rao's Coffee Roasting Company in Northampton, as seen in the gallery below.[83]

Dora has plug earrings, which are known to make her ears smell.[84]


  • "Dora Bianchi" is an anagram of "a hard bi icon", points out forum user Binary.
  • Formerly Jeph Jacques's favorite character,[85] in 2008 she was in third place.[86] * She has appeared in the third most strips among all characters, behind Faye and Marten.[87]
  • Dora is allergic to roses.[88]

Memorable quotes[]

Dora's reaction in Number 1754: Ia! Ia!

  • Reacting emphatically to the idea of a Sven/Hannelore date: "lbagudhslgbudhlg4w9~4h'vgruhglsebfhzkegualb" in Miskatonic Font[89]
  • "Shut your sarcasm hole, Indie McEmopants"[90]
  • "Stop making up lies or I'll hit you with the Malaysian Battle Spatula"[91]
  • "Tell them I overdosed on black hair dye and died. I came back from the dead to feast on the stupidity of the living."[1]
  • "Raven you have three seconds to put those away before I rip them off and smother you to death with them."[92]
  • "So do you just want some coffee or would you prefer a quick fuck on the counter?"[93]
  • "Oral sex and THEN cookies???"[94]
  • "Everything is ruined forever!"[95]
  • "BAD Hanners! NO murdering friends! BAD!!"[96]
  • "Remember the rules, Faye. No murdering customers in the store. The back alley exists for a reason."[97]
  • "Is it bad that while I feel really sorry for her, I also find her HILARIOUS?"[98]
  • "Marr!"[100]
  • "She feeds on the unhappiness of others. She's an Insult Vampire."[101]
  • "Jesus, Faye. I know everyone has their own little neuroses but you make Woody Allen looks like the Buddha by comparison."[102]
  • "I'm just wondering how many shifts you'd be willing to cover for me in exchange for me not telling Marten about what you do in the shower when he's not around."[103]
  • "I swear, you two aren't underachievers so much as ANTIachievers"[104]
  • "Oh, these [clothes] aren't mine. I've got an unconscious emo girl tied up in my closet wearing nothing but her underpants."[105]
  • "And, because I'm way too honest for my own good, I must inform you that my motives in giving you this advice may not be entirely altruistic."[106]
  • "I love a man who roots for the psychopath in the hockey mask"[107]
  • "What, doesn't being your friend grant me ass-grabbing privileges?"[108]
  • "Mrrph. I steal your warmth. I am warmth-vampire"[109]
  • "Man fuck Toto. Toto sucks. Lemme go back to sleep."[110]
  • 'I tell you, nobody throws tableware quite like an irate Quebecois. That was the best Thanksgiving ever."[111]
  • "Honey, when a girl is already angry, telling her she's being irrational probably isn't the best way to calm her down."[5]
  • "Share a bed with me, Faye, and there will be very little of your precious chastity left in the morning. Rowr."[112]
  • "Come ON, Marten, get in here and stick your cock in me already!"[113]
  • "Aww, are you all intimidated now? That's so cute!"[114]
  • "I'm amending your employment contracts to include fanning me and feeding me grapes as part of your duties."[73]
  • "Also we shout insults at the beans before we grind them up, so they'll suffer more."[115]
  • "I haven't seen that many tear-stained dollar bills since dad hired a stripper for my uncle's funeral"[116]
  • "We have kind of a weird group of friends"[117]
  • "Awful little mewling poo-larvae"[118]


Dora's backstory to date may not be enough to explain her insecurity and jealous rages. There may be more bad experiences in her past that will be revealed later, though she does attribute a lot of her personal conflicts to her lifelong rivalry with her older brother, often feeling overshadowed by his actions in many aspects of life.

This inferiority complex may have either been the root of her turn to the gothic lifestyle. She told Marten that she is was angsty and conflicted when becoming a Goth ("because people are retarded").[119] She is still just as angsty and conflicted as she was during the height of her involvement in the culture. This would theoretically explain quite a lot about Dora's history. For example, she once mentioned that Sven always got better grades in high school, and despite Dora owning her own business, a feat that not many young adults her age can boast, she still feels second best to Sven who makes money composing music , which supplies him with more money and more free time than Dora has. This suggests that while she "grew out of" the culture, her insecurities were not generated by the stereotype but rather genuine feelings of inferiority which drove her to act out in such a way during her youth.

She also mentions that she feared that many of her friends only hung out with her because they wanted attention from Sven.[5] This might explain her reaction to Faye dating Sven. This may have contributed to her accusations against Marten when he comforted Faye. Dora's insecurity, further fueled by the past situations concerning Marten and Faye, could explain her reaction, though not fully.

Dora's therapist has identified a pattern of excessive need for control.[120] That's also a pattern seen in adult children of alcoholics, who are trying to compensate for their parents's failure to provide order. If her mom and dad's drug use and adventuring interfered with her upbringing, she may be suffering the same kind of injury.



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Number 132: Interrogation
  2. Number 377: To Say Nothing Of Her Hentai Collection
  3. Number 763: Watership Downey Jr.
  4. Number 442: Wallet Photo
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Number 1107: And Justice For All
  6. Number 1033: Planning For The Future
  7. Number 1118: Friggin' Shelves
  8. Number 1656: A Genealogy Of Violence
  9. Number 645: Reverse Alcoholism
  10. Number 102: Curses
  11. 11.0 11.1 Number 1893: Rasputin McGuire, Warlock At Large
  12. Number 151: Smokin' Ain't Allowed In School
  13. Number 1188: Another True Story
  14. Number 1762: Theoretical Framework
  15. Number 1892: Back In The 19th Century
  16. Number 1217: Mercenary Chixxx
  17. Number 1956: Plans Within Plans
  18. Number 141: A Spoonful Weighs A Ton
  19. Number 564: If You Need Me I Can Always Be Found
  20. Number 594: He Has An Awesome Van
  21. Number 1577: Interrogatives
  22. Number 1799: Tracking Sounds Alone
  23. Number 1814: I Was A Lover
  24. Number 1913: Lift With Your LegsNumber 1915: Skyclad
  25. Number 1892: Back In The 19th Century
  26. 2776: Svenectomy
  27. Number 3024: Still With The Man Bun
  28. Number 3100: Do You Hear The People Sing
  29. Number 3102: CannabinerdsNumber 3107: Proper Delegation
  30. Number 3109: Whose Line Is It Anyway
  31. Number 3111: Backroom Shenanigans
  32. 3979: Will She?
  33. 3989: These Assholes
  34. 4045: Demonic Bride
  35. 4047: She's Baaaaaack
  36. Number 562: Post-Dinner Conversation
  37. Number 293: Lost In Translation
  38. Number 1095: Sauce Of The Hottest Variety
  39. Number 858: Dora Gets Panicky
  40. Number 1107: And Justice For All
  41. Number 335: I Used To Make Paintings Like Those
  42. Number 144: And Here's To You
  44. Number 1317: She's Very Tall For A Hamster
  45. Number 1439: Patronage
  46. Number 1725: Stunned: Lose 4 Turns
  47. Number 1612: She's Dead-Set On The Idea
  48. Number 1672: Unmanned Aerial Marten
  49. Number 1960: She's Learning
  50. Number 1317: She's Very Tall For A Hamster
  51. Number 1217: Mercenary Chixxx
  52. Number 1645: Unexpected Windfall
  53. Number 1808: Gloomy Planets
  54. Number 1878: Let's Talk A While
  55. Number 2170: Eureka Moment
  56. Number 1047: Much Too Much Too Much Information
  57. Number 708: Go Happy
  58. Number 747: Latin Humor
  59. Number 415: He Didn't Miss The Good Part
  60. Number 1228: Leadership Skills
  61. Number 1360: She's Be Fine In An Hour Or So
  62. Number 603: Really It's Just An Excuse To Make A Spreadsheet
  63. Number 1695: Dora Is VERY Open-Minded
  64. Number 646: Hemi Innit?
  65. Number 1209: Whose Bukkit?
  66. Number 245: Eclipsed By Their Own Sound
  67. Number 420: Best Band Ever
  68. Number 116: Hipster Sweeties
  69. Number 1750: The Great Destabilizers
  70. Number 1672: Unmanned Aerial Marten
  71. Number 2876: Never Do This
  72. Number 957: Very Suave, Marten
  73. 73.0 73.1 Number 452: We're Not Going To Mention Human After All
  74. Number 1199: Really More Of An Early Anthrax Fan, Anyway
  75. Number 637: There Is Probably An Emo Band Named FallDownStairs
  76. Number 578: He Swears It Was An Accident
  77. Number 1739: What About A Metal Cover Version?
  78. Number 586: An Unholy Union
  79. Number 370: So Slippery!
  80. Number 237: Frida Was Not Blonde
  81. Number 307: Crash Test Dummy
  82. Number 562: Post-Dinner Conversation
  84. Number 2553: Smoky Gouda
  85. Number 592: Terrifyingly Happy
  87. Count of character appearances
  88. Number 839: Kith Ob Deth
  89. Number 1754: Ia! Ia!
  90. Number 82: Manly Drinks
  91. Number 540: Utensils Of Doom
  92. Number 519: Merry Christmas
  93. Number 84: First Through The Dooor
  94. Number 1220: Cures What Ails Ya
  95. Number 879: Don't Think About Plaid Zebras
  96. Number 1576: Last Possible Resort
  97. Number 257: A Brief Chat
  98. Number 801: Like A Fainting Goat
  99. Number 1300: I Mean, Hypothetically Speaking
  100. Number 1282: What Does That Even Mean
  101. Number 656: Hosiery
  102. Number 453: She's Seriously Kinda Crazy
  103. Number 243: Hit The Showers
  104. Number 1649: Everyone's A Hypocrite
  105. Number 217: I Have That Sweater
  106. Number 227: Scheming
  107. Number 602: Sexy ER
  108. Number 228: Bras Are Hard To Draw
  109. Number 772: I Miss Sexy Losers
  110. Number 1739: What About A Metal Cover Version?
  111. Number 943: Nerrrrrds
  112. Number 117: Nighty Night
  113. Number 1669: They're Channeling Yelling Bird
  114. Number 116: Hipster Sweeties
  115. Number 711: I'd Eat One
  116. Number 655: In Her Element
  117. Number 1520: Taking Precautions
  118. Number 1960: She's Learning
  119. Number 279: This Is What I Keep Talking About
  120. Number 2171: Beware, Phineus