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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 seeing 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 two living pets in the strip, a cat named Mieville.

Formerly Jeph Jacques's favorite character,[4] in 2008 she was in third place.[5] She has also appeared in the third most strips among all characters, behind Faye and Marten.[6]

BiographyEdit

Background and familyEdit

Dora is of Italian and Swedish ancestry, and is a native of Northampton[7]. Her parents are Peter Bianchi and Elssa Bianchi. She has an older brother named Sven who writes country songs, whose effortless successes she envies.[8] She does not have a sister.[9] She has an 8-year-old male cousin,[10] her only male cousin. She also has an aunt named Hilde, who Sven describes as "cantankerous".[11]

ReligionEdit

Dora's current beliefs have not been explicitly mentioned but Jeph Jacques has said "It's safe to assume that Dora was raised Catholic".[12] She was in a "coven" with Raven but dropped out of that early in the comic's timeline.[13][1] She does not identify as a witch (at least any longer).[14]

EducationEdit

Dora went to St. Agnes's High School[15] with Agent Turing and attended college. Her major is unknown but her studies included at least one economics class.[16]

Her performance in school was undistinguished.[8] She states she was "never very good at algebra."[17]

Medical issuesEdit

Dora is allergic to flowers.[18]

Living arrangementsEdit

Dora lives in an apartment in Amherst.[19] She has no roommate. Her apartment has two stories and an eastern exposure.[14]

EmploymentEdit

Dora has been self-employed for a couple of years[20] and out of college for four. Her prior regular jobs were at coffee shops,[21] which led her to start and run her own, Coffee of Doom.

RelationshipsEdit

Dora once came for relationship advice to Makeout Hobo.

Major eventsEdit

  • Dora explores alternatives to Goth culture[22]
  • Dora begins her relationship with Marten[23]
  • Dora moves in with Marten and Faye[24]
  • Dora ends her relationship with Marten[25]

PersonalityEdit

She says she is angsty[26] and has social anxiety,[27] 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.[28]. She has, quite possibly related, control issues.[29]

This might stem from her turbulent teenage years, where she admits to having felt overshadowed by her brother in many aspects of life.[30]

Her brother has accused her of being routinely "all selfless to your own detriment".[31]

Aged 26[32] she occasionally plays a maternal role to the others, both in caretaking[33] and in pushing them to develop.[34][35] At the same time, one of her ambitions is to be a flower girl.[36]

She has, however, said vehemently that she is currently not interested in having children,[37] referring to them as "awful mewling little poo-larvae."[38] She doesn't even think she would be a good mother.[39]

She has said she wouldn't want to work for someone else again,[40]and her entrepreneurial reactions are reflexive.[41]

She has sought out therapy, though she was somewhat coerced.[42] She's frustrated that it all seems to be about one thing, though.[43][44]

Sex and drugs and rock&rollEdit

SexualityEdit

Dora is bisexual.[45] Most of her known relationships have been with men but she is currently dating Tai.

She has previously expressed a sexual interest in Faye,[46] and made the occasional move on her.[47][48][49] She has also fantasized about Hannelore.[50]

Dora initially expressed strong opposition to urolagnia[51] (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.[52] 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.

DrugsEdit

Dora drinks caffeine and alcohol, though her alcohol tolerance is somewhat less than Faye's.[53] 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.[54]

Music preferencesEdit

Dora is a metal fan. Her favorite bands include Helmet,[55] Opeth, Isis, Slayer, Mastodon, the fictional Mythic Slaughter Beast,[56] and the Blood Brothers.[57]. She owns T-shirts from the Norwegian black metal bands Immortal,[58] and Gorgoroth,[59] the french progressive death metal band Gojira,[60] and the Californian experimental rock band Sleepytime Gorilla Museum (SGM).[61]

She considers Homework to be Daft Punk's best album.[62]

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.[63] She considers David Bowie's work sexy.[64]

Since the strip began, she has come to like the Flaming Lips, about the only taste she shares with Marten.[65]

She has an intense dislike for the band Toto,[66] foreshadowing her relationship problems with Marten. She seems to have a poor opinion of Colin Meloy.[67]

AppearanceEdit

Dora is skinny and a thick-haired[68] natural blonde[69] who dyes her hair black (purple between strips 1670 and 1837). She has scars on her right butt cheek as a result of mooning a dog (on a dare from Sven).[70] She was distressed earlier in life by her small bust size.[71]

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.[72]

Dora has plug earrings, which are known to make her ears smell.[73]

TriviaEdit

  • "Dora Bianchi" is an anagram of "a hard bi icon", points out forum user Binary.

Memorable quotesEdit

  • Dora quote

    Reacting emphatically to the idea of a Sven/Hannelore date

    [74]


  • "Shut your sarcasm hole, Indie McEmopants"[75]
  • "Stop making up lies or I'll hit you with the Malaysian Battle Spatula"[76]
  • "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."[77]
  • "So do you just want some coffee or would you prefer a quick fuck on the counter?"[78]
  • "Oral sex and THEN cookies???"[79]
  • "Everything is ruined forever!"[80]
  • "BAD Hanners! NO murdering friends! BAD!!"[81]
  • "Remember the rules, Faye. No murdering customers in the store. The back alley exists for a reason."[82]
  • "Is it bad that while I feel really sorry for her, I also find her HILARIOUS?"[83]
  • "I WILL NOT GROW A PENIS FOR YOU!"[84]
  • "Marr!"[85]
  • "She feeds on the unhappiness of others. She's an Insult Vampire."[86]
  • "Jesus, Faye. I know everyone has their own little neuroses but you make Woody Allen looks like the Buddha by comparison."[87]
  • "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."[88]
  • "I swear, you two aren't underachievers so much as ANTIachievers"[89]
  • "Oh, these [clothes] aren't mine. I've got an unconscious emo girl tied up in my closet wearing nothing but her underpants."[90]
  • "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."[91]
  • "I love a man who roots for the psychopath in the hockey mask"[92]
  • "What, doesn't being your friend grant me ass-grabbing privileges?"[93]
  • "Mrrph. I steal your warmth. I am warmth-vampire"[94]
  • "Man fuck Toto. Toto sucks. Lemme go back to sleep."[95]
  • 'I tell you, nobody throws tableware quite like an irate Quebecois. That was the best Thanksgiving ever."[96]
  • "Honey, when a girl is already angry, telling her she's being irrational probably isn't the best way to calm her down."[8]
  • "Share a bed with me, Faye, and there will be very little of your precious chastity left in the morning. Rowr."[97]
  • "Come ON, Marten, get in here and stick your cock in me already!"[98]
  • "Aww, are you all intimidated now? That's so cute!"[99]
  • "I'm amending your employment contracts to include fanning me and feeding me grapes as part of your duties."[62]
  • "Also we shout insults at the beans before we grind them up, so they'll suffer more."[100]
  • "I haven't seen that many tear-stained dollar bills since dad hired a stripper for my uncle's funeral"[101]
  • "We have kind of a weird group of friends"[102]
  • "Awful little mewling poo-larvae"[103]

SpeculationEdit

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").[104] 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.[8] 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.[105] 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.

GalleryEdit

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 132
  2. 377
  3. 763
  4. 592
  5. http://forums.questionablecontent.net/index.php/topic,9135.msg662552/topicseen.html#msg662552
  6. Count of character appearances
  7. 442
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 1107
  9. 1033
  10. 1118
  11. 1656
  12. 645
  13. 102
  14. 14.0 14.1 1893
  15. 151
  16. 1188
  17. 1762
  18. 839
  19. 1892
  20. 1217
  21. 1956
  22. 141
  23. 564
  24. 1577
  25. 1799
  26. 562
  27. 293
  28. 1095
  29. 858
  30. 1107
  31. 335
  32. 144
  33. 1317
  34. 1439
  35. 1725
  36. 1612
  37. 1672
  38. 1960
  39. 1317
  40. 1217
  41. 1645
  42. 1808
  43. 1878
  44. 2170
  45. 1047
  46. 708
  47. 747
  48. 415
  49. 1228
  50. 1360
  51. 603
  52. 1695
  53. 646
  54. 1209
  55. 245
  56. 420
  57. 116
  58. 1750
  59. 1672
  60. 2876
  61. 957
  62. 62.0 62.1 452
  63. 1199
  64. 637
  65. 578
  66. 1739
  67. 586
  68. 370
  69. 237
  70. 307
  71. 562
  72. https://twitter.com/jephjacques/status/250306292869107712
  73. 2553
  74. 1754
  75. 82
  76. 540
  77. 519
  78. 84
  79. 1220
  80. 879
  81. 1576
  82. 257
  83. 801
  84. 1300
  85. 1282
  86. 656
  87. 453
  88. 243
  89. 1649
  90. 217
  91. 227
  92. 602
  93. 228
  94. 772
  95. 1739
  96. 943
  97. 117
  98. 1669
  99. 116
  100. 711
  101. 655
  102. 1520
  103. 1960
  104. 279
  105. 2171