[[folder:Kenan Rockmore]]
!!Kenan Rockmore
-->Portrayed by: Kenan Thompson
* AloofBigBrother: Towards Kyra.
* BigWhy: His CatchPhrase, naturally.
* BookDumb: He never focuses on school and uses his own school logic to analyze things. Examples include not remembering what George Washington did with the cherry tree, forgetting which author to influence his "graduation speech", and not even understanding how to spell "thief" ("T-H-E-A-F-E").
* BrilliantButLazy: He never uses his intelligence for his own responsibilities and instead only uses it during his schemes.
* BullyingADragon: In the April Fools episode, he taunts a "fake" ''police officer'' by ''pouring creamed corn in his hat'' and ''smearing shaving cream all over his face''. He unsurprisingly goes to jail for what he did.
--> '''Kenan:''' "[[HypocriticalHumor How was I supposed to know you were a real cop?]]"

--> '''Kenan:''' "If he ''was'' a real cop, then why was he giving me a ticket for chaining my bike to a fire hydrant? My bike wasn't even parked near a fire hydrant."
--> '''Kel:''' [[spoiler: "Yes it was. ''[[WhamLine I moved it.]]'' April Fools!"]]
* ButtMonkey: Not to his father's extent, but often whenever he fails his schemes, he'll end up being this. He also suffers through Kel's stupidity in later seasons ("Fenced In", "The Raffle", "Clothes Encounters", etc.).
* CatchPhrase: "WHHYY?!" and "Mind your business!"
* CloudCuckoolandersMinder: Towards Kel. Much to his frustration.
* DeadpanSnarker: Acts very sarcastic towards people.
* FatalFlaw: His tendency to live right in the moment as opposed to thinking about the future is often why several of his plans go awry.
* FoolishSiblingResponsibleSibling: The Foolish to Kyra's Responsible.
* GetRichQuickScheme: His fondness of these drives the main plot of the show.
* HighSchoolHustler as the theme tune says, you gotta watch Kenan, because Kenan be scheming! They usually backfire in the end, unless his scheme benefits others more than him.
* HumiliationConga: In "Clothes Encounters", he inadvertently insults the manager of the clothes store and gets himself locked out of his dressing room, in which Rudy, the manager, unknowingly takes his clothes and puts them back up on the hangers. He asks Kel to grab them for him, in which Kel continuously forgets to do so. Kids laugh at him for being in his underwear and a women accuses him of stealing her clothes when he actually was just holding them. He then rips his underwear, thus running home throughout town partially nude, and he finally makes it home unknowingly stepping into Sheryl's baby shower (with [[LiteralMinded Kel holding a hose and safety goggles on]]).
--> '''Kel:''' "Hey, Kenan! You're just in time to shower the baby!"
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: He's impulsive, lazy, and mischievous, but will do good moments at the right time.
* OnlySaneMan: Not to Sharla's extent, but is easily more normal than most of the other characters in the show, especially [[TheDitz Kel]].
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: Manly Man to Kel's Sensitive Guy.
* UltimateJobSecurity: Having [[ExtremeDoormat Chris]] as his manager easily has something to do with why he hasn't even gotten fired yet, despite constantly ditching work, goofing off, and allowing Kel to not pay for his orange sodas.
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: He's afraid of rats.
* YankTheDogsChain: Every time he has a solution in fixing his mistakes, [[LethallyStupid Kel]] often screws up his only chance of fixing it. ''The Raffle'' especially is one of those examples.

[[folder:Kel Kimble]]
!!Kel Kimble
-->Portrayed by: Kel Mitchell
* AnnoyingYoungerSibling: Is like a brother towards Kenan, but often annoys him with his careless decisions (especially in later seasons).
* ApologizesALot: Whenever Kel realizes he's insulted someone or caused trouble, he'll immediately apologize for it.
* BigEater: 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''
* BilingualBonus: Kel can speak English, French, Spanish, and Chinese (at least the Schniederverse version of Chinese)
* BreakTheCutie: In "The Tainting of the Screw", "Mental Kel-Epathy", "Who Loves Orange Soda?", "Get the Kel Outta Here", and "Bye, Bye Kenan: Part 1".
* BullyingADragon: Once taunted the Jackhammer (a wanted ''killer'') [[TooDumbToLive by repeatedly unlocking his prison door.]]
-->'''Kel:''' "Hey, everybody! Look what these keys do! Oh, look Mr. Jack-a-Hamma, the door's open! Oh, it's closed. Oh, wait, it's open. Oh, closed! Hey, wanna come out? (''Kel laughs as he shuts the door a few more times'')
* ButtMonkey: Whenever he participates in Kenan's schemes or during his TooDumbToLive moments.
* CaptainObvious: See quotes below.
--> '''Kel:''' "I bet that rat has something to do with all the bites in the food!"
--> '''Kel:''' "Wait a minute! I know what happened! We picked up the wrong girl from the airport."
* CatchPhrase: "AWWWW, HERE IT GOES!"
* ChildhoodBrainDamage: 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.
* CloudCuckoolander: Believing his ''stuffed hippopotamus'' was real is one proof that he is pretty scatterbrained in his own way.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: Has ''a lot'' of these moments. Even in the early seasons, he was quite prone to this.
--> '''Kenan:''' "[[AreYouPonderingWhatImPondering Are you all thinking of I'm thinking?]]"
--> '''Kel:''' "Yeah!"
--> '''Kenan:''' "Yeah!"
--> '''Kel:''' "Yeah!"
--> '''Kenan:''' "My boy!"
--> '''Kel:''' "We gotta find the other half of that frog!"
* TheDitz: Is easily not the sharpest knife in the drawer.
* DraggedIntoDrag: 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.
* DumbassHasAPoint: While Kel does make Kenan's problems worse, he also makes a good point that Kenan himself is the one that starts his own misfortunes in the first place. [[NeverMyFault Not that Kenan always wants to admit it though.]]
--> '''Kel:''' "Well, this wouldn't have happened if you hadn't been so nosy."
--> '''Kenan:''' "I'm sorry, did you say something?"
--> '''Kel:''' "No!"
* {{Flanderization}}: Turns from just a clumsy teen who lacks common sense to turning into literal sitcom version of [[WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants Patrick Star]] in seasons 3 and 4.
* FragileFlower: He often tends to be super emotional during even the ''littlest'' of problems.
* GRatedDrug: Kel's addiction to Orange Soda. There's even an episode dedicated to everyone trying to break his addiction, [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything and he suffers from obvious withdrawals.]]
* GeniusDitz: Kel scored a 98 (out of 100, on this show) on the IQ Test.
* IdiotHoudini: When everyone else gets emotionally/physically harmed because of him, don't expect him to ''not'' get off unscathed.
* InnocentlyInsensitive: A lot of the time he'll unknowingly insult people due to his general lack of thought.
* InTouchWithHisFeminineSide: Sometimes. He occasionally joins Sheryl and her friends during their activities (once even joined their book club, though not the way ''he'' interpreted it). He even doesn't seem to mind wearing dresses as disguises and he even ''wears a princess suit'' at a Comic-Con (as "Patty the Power Pixie").
* IWarnedYou: 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}}/{{Manchild}}: He often acts pretty childish for his age including getting super emotional and acting like a hyperactive kid in general. He particularly shows his childlike nature while at the pirate-themed restaraunt in "Freezer Burned".
--> '''Kel:''' "No such thing as pirates?! No such thing as pirates?! Listen up, everybody! This place is ''fake''! None of the pirates are real!"
* KindheartedSimpleton: Kel means well, despite his destructive stupidity/clumsiness.
* LargeHam: He dropped the screw in the tuna.
* LethallyStupid: He has injured and caused problems for people (particularly [[TheChewToy Roger]]) with his careless decisions.
* LiteralMinded: Takes everything that people tell him far too seriously.
--> '''Chris:''' "Oh, please call me Chris"
--> '''Kel:''' "[[BrickJoke Huh, I call him Sirhc Rettop]]."
--> '''Chris:''' "Kel, you make my head hurt."
--> '''Kel:''' "Really? This is what makes my head hurt." (''Grabs a jug of laundry detergent and hits himself in the head.'')
* TheMillstone: Many of Kenan's schemes fail due to him.
* SarcasmBlind: Often takes [[DeadpanSnarker Kenan's]] sarcasms literally.
--> '''Kel:''' [[AskAStupidQuestion "You want me to go get 'em?"]]
--> '''Kenan:''' [[SarcasmMode "No. Let's just sit here and wait for my clothes to magically reappear."]]
--> '''Kel:''' "Kenan, that'll never happen. I mean, we don't even have a magic wand or anything, andů"
--> '''Kenan:''' "Please go find my clothes!"
--> '''Kel:''' "See? Now that's a better idea, don't you think?"
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: Sensitive Guy to Kenan's Manly Man.
* TooDumbToLive: Particularly in later seasons.
* TookALevelInDumbass: Kel's intelligence just decreases ''rapidly'' over the course of the series.
* [[TrademarkFavoriteFood 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.
* WouldHitAGirl: Zigzagged. He unknowingly hurts Sheryl on a few occasions and even tackled a nun whom he mistook as the Jackhammer (a wanted criminal). He also was willing to hit Melissa (Kenan's cousin, Eric's [[spoiler:supposed]] girlfriend) in order to get her memory back and he poured stew and pushed Becky (a new student whom him and Kenan mistook as a witch) to the ground, but he does later apologize when it's revealed she was never a witch at all.

[[folder:Chris Potter]]
!!Chris Potter
-->Portrayed by: Dan Frischman
* ButtMonkey: Tons of examples, including the ChristmasSpecial where ''he was beat up by a [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot robotic Santa Claus]] while all the customers sat back and watched'' not even knowing it's a robotic dummy.
* CharacterTics: His eye twitches whenever there's trouble. Though it was only shown in the pilot episode.
* CloudCuckoolander: He is ''very'' eccentric and has constant dreams about stuff like animals and even being afraid of ''sandwiches'' and ''bunny rabbits''. He also jumps the conclusions a lot and he can be quite a hypocrite due to his scatterbrained and neurotic nature. Not to mentions he constantly gets easily fooled by Kenan's lies.
* ExtremeDoormat: Is such a pushover whenever it comes to Kenan slacking off and Kel basically ''stealing'' his orange sodas.
* {{Manchild}}: He isn't very mature for his age. Examples include him getting childishly excited for things and the fact that he rather enjoys spending time with his mother.
* MommasBoy:
** 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."
* NoodleIncident: He has a boatload of them, all involving his [[HeWhoMustNotBeSeen mother]].
-->'''Kenan:''' Lumberjack school?
* TerrifiedOfGerms: Shown in "The Cold War" when Kel has a cold, though justified as he runs a grocery store and that's where Kel was.
* TokenWhite: 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.
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: He's afraid of rabbits (big ones) and sandwiches. Though he no longer fears the latter.

[[folder:Roger Rockmore]]
!!Roger Rockmore
-->Portrayed by: Ken Foree.
* AmusingInjuries: Suffers these from [[LethallyStupid Kel]]. Kenan's mischief often tend to injure him too.
* BaldBlackLeaderGuy: Of the Rockmore family, anyway.
* ButtMonkey: Second only to Chris.
* TheChewToy: Poor Roger can never get a break.
* TheCynic: Often whenever it comes to [[LethallyStupid Kel]].
* {{Expy}}: Has similar traits with [[Series/DennisTheMenace George Wilson]] and [[WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants Squidward Tentacles]].
* JerkassHasAPoint: He may be harsh toward Kel, but since Kel frequently injures him and breaks his stuff during his visits, it's easy to understand why he hates him.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Roger tends to cranky, cynical and quite rude, but he cares deeply about his kids and will protect them whenever they're in danger, particularly Kenan.
* KickTheDog: Roger telling Kel "he was ''never'' his friend."
* LaserGuidedKarma: He taunts Kel along with Kenan for not being able to drink orange soda for a week, and Kel (though accidentally) throws a ''filled'' orange soda bottle ''at his head''.
** When he refuses to let Kyra have a turn finished "[[ManChild his]]" sugar cube whitehouse (even though it's ''Kyra's'' project), Kel imitates a move from an action movie and accidentally ''destroys'' "his" sugar house.
* MadeOfIron: And HOW!! This guy has been tumbled down the stairs, hit in traffic, smashed by a rock, shoved out a window, and even suffered a ''concussion'' while jumping out of the window to chase Kel in all ''one day'', and somehow this guy is ''still alive''.
* ScaryBlackMan: To Kel, anyway.
* SitcomArchNemesis: Kel is his.
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: He's afraid of ladybugs.

[[folder:Sheryl Rockmore]]
!!Sheryl Rockmore
-->Portrayed by: Teal Marchande
* NoodleIncident: When she was in college during TheSeventies, she once [[{{Streaking}} streaked]] in public.
* [[OnlySaneMan Only Sane Woman]]: Is one of the more reasonable and understanding characters along with Kenan and Sharla.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Is much more reasonable than her husband and rather reasons with Kenan than outright ground him, unlike Roger whom is ''extremely'' quick in punishing him.

[[folder: Kyra Rockmore]]
!!Kyra Rockmore
-->Portrayed by: Vanessa Baden
* AnnoyingYoungerSibling: Takes pleasure in seeing Kenan get grounded.
* BerserkButton: When some other girl takes an interest in Kel.
* BrattyHalfPint
* ClingyJealousGirl: Hates it whenever someone else is in love with Kel.
* DemotedToExtra: She is absent during the entirety of season 3, and only made a few appearances in season 4.
* FoolishSiblingResponsibleSibling: The Responsible to Kenan's Foolish.
* PrecociousCrush: She has one on Kel.
* StalkerWithACrush
* {{Tsundere}}

[[folder: Other Characters]]
!!Ethel Quagmire

* CoolOldLady: She has her moments.
* RecurringExtra


* DeadpanSnarker
* NotSoDifferent: With Kenan
* WillTheyOrWontThey


* AcademicAlphaBitch
* {{Expy}}: Mindy in the later show ''Series/DrakeAndJosh''.
* {{Meganekko}}
* NerdsLoveToughSchoolwork
* RecurringExtra
* StrawFeminist: She once gave a presentation on a book titled, ''Women, Better Than Men.'' It was [[WallOfText 45 minutes long]].


* CreepyMonotone
* DeadpanSnarker
* VerbalTic: "Delivery" and "Sign my thing."