, is a shy, extremely insecure, somewhat clumsy, 11 (12½ in the Disney version) year old boy with a big heart, a talent for television writing, and a love for music. Doug is an avid banjo player, and can often be found writing songs underneath trees about his secret affection for Patti Mayonnaise. At some point in every episode, Doug is seen writing (and dictating via voice-over) his thoughts in his personal journal, with "Dear Journal, It's me.
Doug." In some episodes, his naïveté
is expressed. He has several alter egos: a superhero named Quailman (parody of Superman
), secret agent Smash Adams (parody of James Bond
), explorer Race Canyon (parody ofIndiana Jones
), crime-stopper The Chameleon, cowboy Durango Doug (parody of John Wayne
and Clint Eastwood
cowboys), outlaw Jack Bandit (parody of Zorro
), and Wafflestomper (seemingly a parody of Steven Seagal). He is also one of a few cartoon characters to be left-handed.