Characters / Kappa Mikey

Get to know the colorful and crazy cast of the Nicktoon Kappa Mikey!

Mikey Simon

The main character of the show. An enthusiastic but naive and egotistical 19-year-old American actor from Cleveland, Ohio, who wins a contest to fly to Japan and is hired to play the hero, Kappa Mikey, on the anime Lily Mu.
  • Acquired Situational Narcissism: He reinvents his image as "Bad Boy Mikey", so he won't have to face the fate of winding up in a wimpy kiddy show. He's pretty narcissistic to begin with.
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: "Two hours? Aw man! But I got such a short attention spa-hey! Look at that bird!"
  • Betty and Veronica: The Archie for Mitsuki's Betty and Lily's Veronica.
  • Big "NO!": Has one when he misses the last copy of a video game at the last second.
  • Breakout Character: In-universe, he becomes the most popular character among the Japanese Audience, which is why he was made into the main character of Lilymu.
  • Catchphrase: "W'ever" and "chill'ax".
  • Character Title: Averted, in that the show is named after Mikey's SHOW name on LilyMu.
  • Comedic Hero: "I never wear a belt!"
  • Cool Bike: His character on LilyMu rides one, not unlike many Sentai heroes that LilyMu is loosely based on.
  • Eagle Land: He doesn't even try to convince his cast mates to drop the stereotype of Americans!
  • The Faceless: His parents. They are only heard over the telephone.
  • Fish out of Water: This is the reason his show name is Kappa Mikey, it's Ozu's reminder of this fact.
  • The Fool: "See you guys? I don't always screw up!" *one cut later* "I... may have locked the keys in the Tanuki-mobile."
  • Jerkass: In earlier episodes, particularly toward poor Mitsuki.
  • No Sense of Direction: In "Lost In Transportation" Mikey gets horribly lost in Tokyo, despite having lived there for several weeks by now.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: Mikey is drawn in an "American" cartoon style, with four fingers, huge black outlines around all his shapes, and black dots for eyes. His Lilymu costume is even styled after an American superhero's with a cape, trunks and mask. Just about everyone else follows anime art conventions. This is taken further as Mikey is unable to perform typical anime visual gags like Super-Deformed shock.
    "Showoffs."
  • Oblivious to Love: Until the end of the series. Probably. Maybe.
  • Over-Enthusiastic Parents: To the point where they feel the need to give his FRIENDS gifts! They both act sickeningly cheerful over the phone.
  • "Risky Business" Dance: Performs one in "Mikey Impossible" in a Cutaway Gag. It ends with him being chased by some dobermans who are also in their underwear.
  • The Rival: To Lily, but not all the time.
  • Shirtless Scene: Surprisingly lots of this with Mikey. In one episode, it's implied he'd take any and all opportunities for a strip.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: In America Mikey was a nobody, but in Japan he's a huge star. Regardless he always thinks that he is much more important than he actually is, which often gets him in trouble with his friends and coworkers. Best shown in the first episode when he wastes everyone's time by not bothering to rehearse for LilyMu and instead spends all of his time partying.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: In The Good, the Bad, and the Mikey.
  • Unknown Rival: He doesn't know about Lily's jealousy toward him, as he's in love with her.
  • Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: A majority of the problems that Mikey and his fellow cast members face are from him acting incredibly stupid and selfish. While he always finds a way to correct his mistakes and make up for them by the end of an episode, it gets a little hard to sympathize with Mikey when it seems like he never learns anything.
  • Wacky Guy: A rare case where the main protagonist is the wacky guy!
  • Whatever: Actually, "w'ever". First appears in The Good, The Bad, And The Mikey, where he uses it as a by-product of remodeling his image as a bad boy. It stays, and he uses it so often it becomes his Catchphrase, and the other characters start using it as well.

Gonard

Voiced by: Sean Schemmel

The Cell-like bad guy on-camera, but off-camera, he's just a large, pointy-eared, lovable, oafish moron, and Mikey's best pal.
  • Bag of Holding: His mouth, hair, pockets, hoodie, and butt.
  • Beware the Nice Ones/Beware the Silly Ones: Because of his naïveté and child-like personality off-camera he's very easy to upset or anger if you aren't careful, he's gone on a rampage at least once or twice.
  • Big Eater: And his mouth can fit it all.
  • Bishōnen: Although you'd be forgiven for forgetting it, considering all of the Wild Takes he constantly makes.
  • Book Dumb: "GAH! I'M READING!"
  • Card-Carrying Villain: His role on the show, both literally and figuratively as seen in the first episode. He plays an evil ham who's goals seem to just be to cause as much chaos as possible with no long term plans.
  • Cargo Ship: Gonard falls in love with a bucket of popcorn and he literally brings it to the beach to watch the sunset, shares a malt with it with two straws, and sleeps with it!invoked
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Gonard is...out there. Some things include challenging Guano to incredibly silly duels, the random things he says, his perception of reality and many, many more that would take all night to list.
  • The Ditz: "It's tough when no one understands you. Like when I speak my special Gonard language."
  • Dumb Muscle: He's basically all brawn and no brains.
  • Expy: If Dragonball Z's Goku were an actor in Tokyo and just a little bit dumber, he'd be Gonard.
  • Evil Is Hammy
    "SOON THE SKIES WILL MELT UNDER THE HEAT OF MY DOOOOM BEEEEEEEEEEEAM!!!"
  • Gasshole: A lot of Gonard's humors involve belching and farting.
  • Gentle Giant: Off-camera, Gonard is one of the nicest and sweetest members on the cast who loves his friends.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: His name looks like a portmanteau of "Gonad" and "Nard," both of which are slang terms for testicles.
  • Kindhearted Simpleton: Contrast to his stage persona, Gonard would never hurt anyone on purpose. He is also very dumb.
  • Large Ham: On and Off-Camera, though given he's an actor and his off-camera personality this is natch.
  • Mad Scientist: His villain role is somewhat like this.
  • Manchild: "I love the zoo! I wanna look at the penguins!"
  • Mean Character, Nice Actor: Main villain of the show, but in real life is Mikey's best friend.
  • Momma's Boy: Gonard lives with his mother in LilyMu Tower.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: As if his villain role isn't physically intimidating enough, he has red pupils on yellow whites!

Lily

Voiced by: Kether Donahue

The tempermental diva used to be the star of LilyMu and the biggest one in Japan, until Mikey dropped in and stole her thunder, which she totally hates him for.
  • Death Glare: Gives these to just about everyone, but especially Mikey whom she hates with a passion for his antics and for stealing her spot at LilyMu's star.
  • The Dulcinea Effect: Mikey has this for her.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: She is this due to Mikey stealing her thunder.
  • Jerkass/Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Depending on her mood.
  • Nice Character, Mean Actor: Acts as Mikey's love interest on set (he's in love with her in real life), but the real her is jealous of him stealing her thunder.
  • Oblivious to Love: She doesn't know that Mikey loves her in real life as well as on set.
  • Pet the Dog: Her friendship with Mitsuki which demonstrates that she is capable of caring about others underneath that hostile exterior. She occasionally gets moments like these with her other costars like when she was "dating" Gonard and had to break up with him by order of Ozu. Lily tries to let him down easy before being told to stay on script.
  • The Primadonna: Lily believes that everything, especially LilyMu needs to be about her. She doesn't take it well when Mikey shows up and steals the spotlight.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Lily delivers one at Mikey as soon as the pilot episode... calling back a similar speech he received from a casting director in Cleveland! He appears to have just forgotten about it and flirted with her anyway.
  • School Uniforms Are the New Black: As much as possible, she wears what appears to be a simplified-for-lazy-animators basic sailor uniform. It's even weirder when you remind yourself that she isn't in school!
  • Small Name, Big Ego: She considers herself to be the best part of LilyMu and over exaggerates her importance in general. Never mind the fact that the show was failing with her as the main star until Mikey was brought on board.
  • Secret Keeper: She finds out about Mistuki's crush on Mikey and decides to keep it to herself. Though she isn't happy about it.
  • Sour Supporter: She'll eventually end up helping her friends, but you can bet she'll complain about it the whole way.
  • Token Evil Teammate: "Evil" might be a stretch, but she's the meanest, most volatile member of the main cast and she revels in her chances to try and get Mikey fired so she can be the star again.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Alternates with Mitsuki.
    • On-camera: Girly Girl to Mitsuki's Tomboy.
    • Off-camera: Tomboy to Mitsuki's Girly Girl.
  • Tsundere: An extreme case of Type A. Lily is incredibly harsh towards everybody and her nicer spots very rarely show though.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: She reveals a bit more, in that her stockings do not go above her knees.

Mitsuki

Voiced by: Carrie Keranen

The other lead female of the show, Mitsuki is shy, polite, and totally has the hots for Mikey!
  • The Straight Woman: Mitsuki's the only member of the main cast that doesn't have any weird quirks or an outlandish personality and thus is the most stable. So long as she isn't pushed too far.
  • Take a Third Option: In her past life as a secret agent. "How about Option 3: I kick you!"
  • Team Mom: Mistuki does her best to keep the group together and stable. She's also seen gently assist Gonard in some of his dumber moments of understanding what's going on.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Alternates with Lily.
    • On-camera: Tomboy to Lily's Girly Girl.
    • Off-camera: Girly Girl to Lily's Tomboy.

Guano

Voiced by: Gary Mack

The Lily Mu mascot character and frazzled writer/director/actor.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Invoked in-universe, the American version of Lilymu was macekred to turn Guano into the main character.
  • Getting Guano Past The Radar: His name is Spanish for 'bat manure'.
  • Interspecies Romance; Guano falls in love with a human teenage girl who saw some of LilyMu. She admitted that she always thought he was a puppet.
  • Parody: of Pikachu from Pokémon
  • Pokémon Speak: On LilyMu his character can only say his name, "Guano".
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: He's a purple rat thing with a gem on his stomach that's meant to parody Pokémon.
  • Sidekick: his role on LilyMu
  • Talking Animal: Though it's very probable that he's a guy in a suit, Guano's costume is VERY expressive.
  • The Unreveal: Despite confirmation that he is in fact wearing a costume, we never see him without it.
    • Later episodes give credibility to the possibility the costume isn't exactly a costume at all, or that his body underneath the outfit is exactly the same as the suit, tail and all.
  • Worthless Foreign Degree: Guano has a Running Gag wherein he always fears getting fired because otherwise he'd have to go back to doing such-and-such random jobs like shampoo commercials, mining, or dancing in a kickline. Granted, Guano seems to be of the same ethnicity as his friends. He did go to film school, however.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Has a phobia for basically anything you can think of, and beyond.

Ozu

Voiced by: Stephen Moverly

The kung-fu-master-like executive producer.

Yes Man

Voiced by: Jesse Adams

Ozu's chimp-faced assistant.
  • Butt-Monkey: Often gets subjugated to a lot of punishment by Ozu, sometimes when he's angry and sometimes when he just feels like. At one point he even gets sent to a foreign country in place of Guano to save face. Though he ends up back in Japan in the next episode with no explanation.
  • Cartoon Physics: Everyone gets these but Yes Man displays it the most with his off the walls animations and insane hijinks like stuffing himself into a briefcase at the airport.
  • Catchphrase: "YES!"
  • Expy: He resembles one of the Osomatsu-kun sextuplets. He even shares some of their wacky eccentricities!
  • Hammerspace: He seems to LIVE by this method.
  • No Indoor Voice: He's always shouting like his volume knob is stuck on 11.
  • Professional Butt-Kisser: It's right in his name. Yes Man will do anything to please Ozu and enforce his will.
  • Sidekick: To Ozu. They are rarely seen apart.
  • Yes-Man: Both his name and his entire character amount to this, being Ozu's right hand that agrees with everything he says.

Others

  • Alter Kocker: The Japanese red dragon in The Man Who Would Be Mikey has this personality.
  • Yuppie Couple: At least a half-dozen of these, including a pirate, a little old lady, a delivery guy, a biker named Beef, and a janitor. Whether or not Yoshi the cameraman counts is debatable.

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