Characters / Kenan & Kel

Kenan Rockmore

Kel Kimble

  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Is like a brother towards Kenan, but often annoys him with his careless decisions (especially in later seasons).
  • Big Eater: Kel has eaten an entire Thanksgiving turkey in under a minute and ordered a hamburger, onion rings, corn, macaroni & cheese, and spaghetti & meatballs, at a Chinese restaurant
  • Bilingual Bonus: Kel can speak English, French, Spanish, and Chinese (at least the Schniederverse version of Chinese)
  • Break the Cutie: In "The Tainting of the Screw", "Mental Kel-Epathy", "Who Loves Orange Soda?", "Get the Kel Outta Here", and "Bye, Bye Kenan: Part 1".
  • Catch-Phrase: "AWWWW, HERE IT GOES!"
  • Childhood Brain Damage: Kenan once implies that Kel's lack of common sense (and otherwise intelligence) was the result of him being dropped on his head as a child.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander
  • The Ditz
  • Dragged into Drag: A couple of times, Kenan's plans require a girl, which means Kel has to dress up as one. People can't seem to see through the disguise, either (even when he pretended to be pregnant!).
    • Only Chris seems to noticed.
  • Fragile Flower: He often cries whenever things go wrong for him (In "The Tainting of the Screw" note  "The Lottery" note , and "The Raffle" note ).
  • G-Rated Drug: Kel's addiction to Orange Soda. There's even an episode dedicated to everyone trying to break his addiction, and he suffers from obvious withdrawals.
  • Genius Ditz: Kel scored a 98 (out of 100, on this show) on the IQ Test.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Especially in seasons 3 and 4, where he's completely thoughtless to causing everyone's problems, but never insults anyone on purpose.
  • In Touch with His Feminine Side: Sometimes. He joins Sheryl and her friends at their "book club" (though not the way he interpreted it), and he even wears a princess suit at a Comic-Con (as "Patty the Power Pixie").
  • I Warned You: He always tells Kenan his plans won't work, but Kenan never listens and doesn't want to hear of it even when his plans do fail.
  • Keet: He is very energetic and neurotic. Though the latter is often shown in earlier seasons. He even gets super excited over Crazy Betty's theme song.
  • Kiddie Kid: He's 14-18 years old throughout the series, but often acts like he's a 6 year old on sugar high.
  • Kindhearted Simpleton: Kel means well, despite his destructive stupidity/clumsiness.
  • Large Ham: He dropped the screw in the tuna.
  • Lethally Stupid: His careless decision often injure Roger (especially in "Get the Kel Outta Here").
  • The Millstone: Many of Kenan's schemes fail due to him.
  • Sarcasm-Blind: Often takes Kenan's sarcasms seriously.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Sensitive Guy to Kenan's Manly Man.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Particularly in later seasons.
  • Took a Level in Dumbass: Turns from just a clumsy teen who lacks common sense to turning into literal sitcom version of Patrick Star in seasons 3 and 4.
  • Trademark Favorite Drink: "Who loves orange soda? Kel loves orange soda! Is it truuuue? Mmmmmmhmmmm. I do I do I do I do-oo!"
    • It is implied in "The Tainting of the Screw" that his favorite food is ham.
    "I enjoy ham."
    • His female persona from "The Honeymoon's Over", Kelly, loves root beer.

Chris Potter

  • Butt-Monkey: Tons of examples, including the Christmas Special where he was beat up by a robotic Santa Claus while all the customers sat back and watched not even knowing it's a robotic dummy.
  • Character Tics: His eye twitches whenever there's trouble. Though it was only shown in the pilot episode.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: Is very eccentric and has constant dreams about stuff like animals and even being afraid of sandwiches and bunny rabbits.
  • Momma's Boy
    • On the other hand, there's literally no proof his mother actually exists beyond things Chris says. Kenan himself states that he's never met her and Chris's house contains no photos of her, despite them living together. Almost like a lampshade, Chris's fish is called "Norman" ala a certain famous serial killer who also imagined his mother's continued life..
    • There was one episode with some proof: he puts Kenan in charge of the store because he has to take his mother to get her feet scraped. He later shows up with the bag of "foot dust."
  • Noodle Incident: He has a boatload of them, all involving his mother.
    Kenan: Lumberjack school?
  • Terrified of Germs: Shown in "The Cold War" when Kel has a cold, though justified as he runs a grocery store and that's where Kel was.
  • Token White: Ever notice he's the only white guy in the show?
    • The only white main character at least. There are plenty of white extras and minor characters on the show.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: He's afraid of rabbits (big ones) and sandwiches. Though he no longer fears the latter.

Roger Rockmore

Cheryl Rockmore

Kyra Rockmore

Ethel Quagmire