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.
  • Beauty Is Bad: So very much. He may be good looking, but he's very self-centered, lazy, and jerkish.
  • Book Dumb: He doesn't do too well in school, mostly because he doesn't care.
  • 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.
  • Hidden Depths: In one episode, he mentions his favorite book is The Catcher in the Rye.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Ladykiller in Love: He gets a case of this in "Who's Got Game?". Unfortunately, even SHE doesn't seem to last.
  • 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 seems to hate 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.

  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Taken Up to Eleven. She's not just annoying, she's evil!
  • Anti-Hero: At best.
  • Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Megan is shown to genuinely care about Drake and Josh, a feeling that, for all the misery she causes them, is fully reciprocated. They were (rightly) pissed off when they found out that Megan's first boyfriend was cheating on her and resolved to get back at him for it.
  • Badass Adorable: She is very strong for her size, and she's portrayed by a preteen Miranda Cosgrove, so of course she's pretty darn adorable. On the outside, anyway.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Her swimsuit in "Go Hollywood".
  • Big Bad: She's often the main source of conflict for Drake and Josh.
  • Big Sister Bully: Inverted, because she's younger than Drake and Josh. She also is often able to make it look like they are bullying her by being a Bitch in Sheep's Clothing that her parents don't see past.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Lampshaded all. The. Time.
  • Brainy Brunette: Her schemes are pretty darn genius, and she's pretty tech savvy, too.
  • Bright Is Not Good: She tends to dress in bright, pastel colors, and her room is full of brightly colored and girly decorations, but she's rather twisted and demented.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: She prides herself on being evil.
    Drake: You are an evil, evil little girl!
    Megan: Hey, look who's catching on!
  • Cheshire Cat Grin: It's the only kind of smile she ever does, really.
    Drake: I like that smile. It's a smile full of evil.
    Megan: Is there any other reason to smile?
  • Creepy Child: Her behavior sometimes borders on sociopathic. Plus, some of the things she says to Drake and Josh are really creepy!
    Megan: You know what, Josh? I have dreams. And sometimes in those dreams, things happen to you.
  • Deadpan Snarker: She's as snarky as she is evil.
  • Deliberately Cute Child: Sometimes, especially to her parents.
    Megan: Look, Mommy, I knitted you a sweater!
    Megan: (fake crying) Mommy, they knocked my poster down!
  • Devil in Plain Sight: It's amazing really how oblivious her parents are to her evilness.
  • Disappeared Dad
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Especially in later seasons, when her hair gets darker. And she certainly is eerie.
  • Enfant Terrible: She is an evil, conniving brat (to almost kid supervillain levels) to the titular characters, but acts sweet and adorable to everyone else.
  • Even Evil Has Standards:
    • When Drake & Josh were arrested for stealing MP3 hybrids endorsed by Gary Coleman (They had merely been selling them, and had no idea the grills were stolen), they each got a phone call. When Drake made his call, he phoned home & told Megan he was in jail, who laughed it off as a prank, but when Josh phoned seconds later, there was a noticable look of concern on her face when she realized that they really were in jail, and helped the FBI arrest the real thieves.
    • The time when Mindy framed Drake for putting their teacher's car in her classroom. Drake was likely going to lose until Megan decided to help. She even said she couldn't stand to see him sad, scared and upset like he was unless she caused it.
    • In "Josh Runs into Oprah," she bakes Josh a birthday cake, which Josh believes is poisoned. Megan sincerely counters that she wouldn't give him something that would make him sick on his birthday. She didn't say it wouldn't explode.
    • She disapproves of eating orangutans.
  • Evil Genius: She even has a hidden high-tech lair in her bedroom disguised as girly toys and pictures. Seriously.
  • Expy: Of the Hayley Mills' mischievous prankster character Mary Clancy from The Trouble with Angels.
  • Flanderization: She went from just a typical mischievous younger sister occasionally pulling harmless pranks on her brothers, to a totally sadistic demon child who believes she was put on Earth to make their lives miserable. Her "pranks" also went from just simple antics like putting a bucket of water over an open door to having a full arsenal of high-tech gadgets and weapons that would make any CIA operative jealous. She also seemed to be willing to go to further extents to cause them misery; in one episode, the writers imply she was willing to put a whole crowd of people in danger of kidney failure, just so she could beat Drake and Josh in a salsa contest.
  • For the Evulz: She certainly doesn't let the lack of a proper motive get in the way of her fun.
  • Girly Bruiser: She's very strong for her age, but is still very girly.
  • Hypocritical Heartwarming: She harasses her brothers endlessly, but objects to anyone else doing it.
  • Insufferable Genius: All those threats she gives can be carried out...seriously.
  • Invincible Villain: Drake and Josh almost never get the upper hand on her.
  • Jerkass: And HOW!
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: On VERY rare occasions.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: Most of the time, she'll only help Drake and Josh, because she feels she should be the only one tormenting them.
  • Karma Houdini: One of the most blatant in television. In fact, the one time she gets punished by her parents, it's not even her fault and she ends up getting revenge anyway.
  • Karma Houdini Warranty: When Drake and Josh start working at the movie theater, she blackmails Drake into letting her and her friends see a PG-13 horror film called Monsters from the Drain. She winds up traumatized and scared of drains, much to the brothers' amusement.
  • Little Miss Badass: She is stronger than both of her brothers, flipping them easily in one episode.
  • Little Miss Con Artist
  • Little Miss Snarker: Easily the snarkiest of them all (after Josh, of course).
  • Manipulative Bitch:
  • Mean Character, Nice Actor: Megan is a evil and borderline sociopathic little girl who lives to make her brothers' lives miserable. Miranda Cosgrove, on the other hand, is a very nice and pleasant young actress.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You
  • Only Sane Woman: Surprisingly. She often uses this to scheme against her brothers.
  • Pet the Dog: A few times.
    • The Gary Grill: Got her brothers out of jail.
    • Honor Council: Helped Drake win against Mindy in the school's court.
    • Mindy's Back: Gives Josh a little advice when he's upset about Mindy.
    • Megan's First Kiss: The ending. Just see for yourself.
    • Drake & Josh Go to Hollywood: Megan is basically a hero in this one, as she saves her brothers from some criminals (and apparently, death because the criminals planned to kill them once they got away).
  • Phrase Catcher: "Megan!"
  • The Prankster: She pranks Drake and Josh all. The. Time.
  • Prince of Pranksters: Megan pulls pranks on her brothers every other week and Flanderization has turned them from harmless whoopee cushion style antics to freakily sociopathic pranks (she puts explosives in their room in one episode).
  • Token Evil Teammate: In the family.
  • Troll: Her defining characteristic.
  • Where Does He Get All Those Wonderful Toys?: In later seasons.
    Drake: How much allowance do mom and dad give you?
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: Let's be honest. Jerkass or not, some of her schemes are rather brilliant for a 7 and later 13 year old girl.

    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 Neglect: Downplayed. She's far from the worst mother ever, but doesn't ever seem to care too much about Drake doing absolutely awful in school. And something had to go wrong to end up with a child like Megan.
  • 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.
  • Your Cheating Heart: He was involved in an episode where his son and stepson believed he was doing this. Towards the end of the episode, it's revealed that the woman he was "seeing" was working with a weather channel, which could potentially pay him more than what he currently makes. The only reason why he refused to tell his family anything was because he didn't want to get their hopes up if he didn't get the job. Considering what happens in the end, he should have told his family.

    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 even when he does try.
  • 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. She tells him he's wrong when he answers what his personal favorite book is.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Insufferable Genius: Though to be fair it's more downplayed after she gets with Josh.
  • 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.
  • Teen Genius: She beats Josh in a previous science fair by cloning her own dog and frames Drake for driving Mrs. Hayfer's car into the classroom by taking it apart and putting it back together in said classroom.
  • 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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