Characters / Drake & Josh

This is the cast of characters from the Nickelodeon series Drake and Josh.
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    Drake Parker 
Portrayed by: Drake Bell

Big brother to Megan and stepbrother to Josh. Drake is an expert musician and a ladies' man, but he fails academically and is pretty lazy outside doing his hobbies.

  • Aloof Big Brother: Towards Megan.
  • Anti-Hero
  • Ask a Stupid Question...
    Drake: Wait, there's a NEW Jersey?
    Josh: Yeah, they just opened it.
  • Bad Luck Charm: A human example...for Josh, as seen in Josh Is Done where Josh stops hanging around with Drake. Without Drake around, Josh has so much more luck in life at the cost of making Drake's life far more miserable than his.
  • Book Dumb: He doesn't do too well in school.
  • Brainless Beauty: Sometimes.
    Drake: It says here they're only available in South A-mar-ee-ka.
    Josh: South America!
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: Maybe.
    Josh: You really think we can ride the Demonator and be back before Mom and Dad get home?
    Drake: Okay, let's think this through, alright? It's been 17 minutes since we were at the sign that said "Two Hours From This Point." You'd figure 1 hour and 43 minutes for the line, six minutes to ride the Demonator, 13 minutes to find the car, and 20 minutes to drive home. That puts us at the front door at exactly 10:58, so that's two minutes before Mom and Dad said they'd be home.
    Josh: (beat) Okay, like if you could figure all that out, why're you failing math?
    Drake: Because this is important.
  • Butt Monkey: Not nearly as much as Josh, but he has his Butt Monkey moments too: his little sister is terrible, his teacher hates him for no reason, and has been through other crap as well.
  • Chick Magnet: Has ZERO problems with picking up girls.
  • Commitment Issues: Drake goes through a different Girl of the Week every episode (sometimes he'll go through multiple girls in the same episode). He's been shown to be afraid of being steady for too long and will often get bored with his current girlfriend very quickly (possibly the only exception is Carly, the record store worker, and even she disappears eventually).
  • Consummate Liar
  • Cool Kid And Loser Friendship: The cool to Josh's loser
  • Deadpan Snarker: Less so than Josh, but still has his moments.
  • Disappeared Dad
  • Dumbass Teenage Son: Very much so.
  • Expy: Of Oscar Madison from The Odd Couple, due to them acting as the easy-going slob to the neurotic neat freak (Josh for Drake, Felix for Oscar) of the pair.
    • Also of Tony Curtis' character Joe from Some Like It Hot, for acting as the Handsome Lech sleaze-bag to the bumbling, but well-meaning character (Jack Lemmon's Jerry for Joe, Josh for Drake).
  • Flanderization: His stupidity. He just got dumber and dumber as the show progressed.
  • Flung Clothing: By Josh in the Christmas movie.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: The Foolish to Josh's Responsible.
  • Handsome Lech: He's very flirty.
  • The Hedonist: A large part of his character is that he'd rather do something fun or pleasurable as opposed to the responsible or sensible thing.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Josh.
  • Hot Guys Are Bastards: So very much. He may be good looking, but he's very self-centered, lazy, and jerkish.
  • Insane Troll Logic: One of Drake's most definitive traits.
  • Jerkass: He takes advantage of Josh for his own selfish desires.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: On many occasions, Drake has shown that he cares about the people surrounding him, especially Josh.
  • Kid-anova: He's very good with the ladies.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Often, towards Josh.
  • Mean Character, Nice Actor: Drake Bell, while not explicitly mean or a villain, is far nicer and well grounded than his character on the show.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Why else would we see this in the Christmas movie?
  • The Millstone: "Josh Is Done" showed that Drake is really this in regards to Josh. Without having to worry about Drake's selfishness, Josh would be able to enjoy a very good life. Conversely, without Josh, Drake would fall apart. So really, Drake needs Josh more than Josh needs Drake.
  • No Guy Wants an Amazon: In "Girl Power," he almost dumped Lucy because he didn't want to date a girl that was stronger than he was. He only decides against dumping her when he decides that she's not at all tougher than he is, and when he tells Lucy this, Lucy challenges him to a wrestling match at his house.
  • Really Gets Around: Nearly every episode, he's seen with a new girl to his side, and they do always find him attractive. None of them last for long, though, even if they have a lot in common.
  • Reluctant Fanservice Girl: In a male version of this trope, he most certainly did not want to be stripped naked in the Christmas movie but couldn't escape.
  • Screams Like a Little Girl: In "Vicious Tiberius", the neighbors called pest control after he and Josh screamed because of Mrs. Hayfer's evil dog, and they thought a pest was frightening two little girls.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Manly Man to Josh's Sensitive Guy.
  • Shirtless Scene: Notably in the Christmas movie.
  • Took a Level in Dumbass: At the start of the series, he was a teenager who admittedly wasn't too bright, but wasn't too dumb either. Eventually, it got to the point where he couldn't pronounce the word 'America'. As in, the country he lived in.
  • Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: And HOW!
  • With Friends Like These...: With Josh.

    Josh Nichols 
Portrayed by: Josh Peck

Stepbrother to Drake and Megan. Josh is a very good student and a total geek, but his naive attitude in social regards and how nearly everyone doesn't like his guts (for whatever reason) drag him down many, many times.

    Megan Parker 
Portrayed by: Miranda Cosgrove

Younger sister to both Drake and Josh, and a mastermind of evil schemes who tortures her older brothers, and even her parents from time to time, whenever she gets a chance.

    Audrey Parker-Nichols 
Portrayed by: Nancy Sullivan

Drake and Megan's mother and Josh's stepmother.

  • Happily Married: With Walter.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: When it comes to Megan. She always believes Megan instead of Drake and Josh.
  • Housewife: Since her job is never mentioned, and we don't even know if she works, we can assume she is this.
  • Parental Obliviousness: Like Walter, it's amazing how oblivious she is to Megan's evilness.
  • The Unreveal: Her job is never specified in the series. Also, her real name is never mentioned in the series, but is revealed in most scripts as "Audrey".
  • Women Are Wiser: Compared to her husband Walter, though she is also naive about Megan's schemes.

    Walter Nichols 
Portrayed by: Jonathan Goldstein

Josh's father and Drake and Megan's stepfather.

  • Bumbling Dad: The typical goofy dad who is the butt of all jokes.
  • Butt Monkey: He's treated like crap by Drake, mocked by everyone, and his own step-daughter doesn't even acknowledge his existence as her father. To say nothing of the physical pain he endures in some episodes.
  • Happily Married: With Audrey.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: When it comes to Megan. He believes she is an innocent little girl and isn't aware of her pranks on Drake and Josh. He does however begin to notice her true personality in season 4.
  • Like Father, Like Son: Like Josh, Walter is an awkward and clumsy man, and they both like magic tricks.
  • Parental Obliviousness: Along with Audrey. It's amazing how oblivious they are to Megan's evilness. However in season 4 Walter does slowly begin to see Megan's true evil ways.

    Recurring Characters 

Helen Dubois

Owner of the cinema theater where Josh works at. She sees Josh as nothing more than an idiot not worth her time, but she's head-over-heels for Drake.

Mrs. Alice/Linda Hayfer

The teacher in High School for Drake and Josh. She likes Josh a bit, but she can't truly stand Drake's guts.

  • Dating What Daddy Hates: She hates Drake, yes, but doesn't butt in Kelly's relationship with him.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: Reveals to be Kelly's mother.
    Mrs. Hayfer: Wait, you're the boy who's been dating my daughter?
    Drake: You're Kelly's mom?!
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Even though she dislikes Drake, she's willing to make Kelly be happy with Drake.
  • Jerkass: Primarily towards Drake, and for explained reason.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Her main problem with Drake is that he's terrible at his studies, but she still treats him like he's hopeless.
  • Running Gag: Mentioning her utter dislike of Drake in almost every appearance.
    Mrs. Hayfer: I hate you.
    Drake: I know.
  • Sadist Teacher: Mainly to Drake.
  • Shout-Out: Her last name is based from Steve Hoefer, also one of the show's directors.

Mindy Crenshaw

A High School student who likes to compete a lot against Josh with their grades. She later on develops a crush on Josh until they start dating.

  • Academic Alpha Bitch: She eventually gets better from this.
  • Always Someone Better: To Josh.
  • The B Grade: The reason she pranked Mrs. Hayfer.
  • Badass: She beat Josh in a previous science fair by cloning her own dog and framed Drake for driving Mrs. Hayfer's car into the classroom by taking it apart and putting it back together in said classroom.
  • Brainy Brunette: She has a 4.0 GPA. Though she did have one B.
  • Broken Ace: She has a Freak Out once her plan to frame Drake fails, and it's revealed she actually really hated getting a B.
  • Dangerously Genre Savvy
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Expy: A loose one of Sandy Dennis' character Gwen Kellerman from The Out-of-Towners due to them being brunettes who each has a tendency to react with a Deadpan Snarker, though Mindy is more of a Tsundere then the simply mousy Gwen. It even hits home that she starts to date Josh, who himself is an expy of Dennis' said film's co-star Jack Lemmon's character Felix Ungar from The Odd Couple film.
  • Heel–Face Turn: She wasn't outright evil towards Josh except for when she tried blaming Drake for driving Mrs. Haifer's car in the classroom and let her competitiveness take the better of her. Much later on, the two start dating and become a couple, which is ironic considering Drake never gets a single girl to stay with him.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold
  • The Perfectionist To the point of having a Sanity Slippage over receiving The B Grade. She gets better.
  • The Rival: To Josh in her first appearances.
  • Slap-Slap-Kiss: How her relationship with Josh got started.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: She's painted in a much more positive light after receiving her Relationship Upgrade from Josh.
  • Tsundere: Type A and eventually type B to Josh.

Craig Ramirez and Eric Blonowitz

  • Acquired Situational Narcissism: Happens in "Eric Punches Drake," when a rumor that Eric punched Drake for insulting Eric's sister spreads around the school. Craig gets so upset by Eric's desertion of him that he helps Drake bring Eric back down the popularity ladder by squashing the rumor.
  • Adorkable
  • Butt Monkey
  • Expy:
    • They are basically the Gender Flip version of Cecily and Gwendolyn Pigeon from The Odd Couple, their names even get mixed up by the slob of the main protagonist pair (Drake/Oscar).
    • They are also considered to be this to the gas station attendant brothers Ray and Irwin from the madcap comedy It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World.
  • Even Nerds Have Standards: Both of them, as nerdy as they may be, look down on Clayton for his nerdiness.
    Craig: Clayton.
    Eric: Pfft. Nerd.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Craig and Eric have been friends since they were kids.
  • Those Two Guys: They're considered those two nerds by the others.

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