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1* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: ** Do Walter and Audrey show signs of being responsible parents by grounding Drake and Josh when they do something terrible? Or are they just stupid based on how they never see Megan for what she really is or care about what the boys get put through?** Is Drake's stupidity merely [[ObfuscatingStupidity a mask]] so he can focus on his music? Or is he genuinely ''that stupid''? Sometimes episodes provide cases for both.* BaseBreakingCharacter: ** Drake. Fans either consider him a lovable {{Narcissist}} with his JerkWithAHeartOfGold moments in between or an unsympathetic {{Jerkass}} who uses [[ButtMonkey Josh]] for his own self-benefit. A bit like [[Series/KenanAndKel Kel Kimble]], him [[TookALevelInDumbass losing several levels in intelligence]] and being more of TheMillstone towards Josh in later seasons certainly did not help matters. ** Megan. On the one hand, she gets a lot of flak due to her KarmaHoudini record whenever she harasses Drake and Josh. On the other hand, there are plenty of fans who ''could'' tolerate her antics and appreciate it whenever she occasionally [[PetTheDog helps them out]] once in a while. There are also many fans who find her sneaky antics funny and like her in a LoveToHate way.* CreatorsPet: [[KarmaHoudini Megan]]. It's ''very'' obvious that Creator/DanSchneider enjoys the character and is completely ignorant of many fans's hatred towards the character. Mostly because Megan almost always has to end out on top, even in the episodes that don't really feature her at all. It also doesn't help that most of Megan's TakeThatScrappy moments are either subverted or just ''barely'' enough to satisfy the audience. * DarknessInducedAudienceApathy: For a Dan Schiender series, which have become well known these days as being heavy examples of this, The show itself doesn't generally suffer this, but the amount of crap the titular stepbrothers go through courtesy of Megan's gratuitous pranks often instills this. The fact that Megan, the negative force of the show, always comes up on top ([[CreatorsPet even when she only makes a cameo and has nothing to do with the rest of the plot]]) [[KarmaHoudini with no consequences whatsoever]] only exacerbates the situation.* EnsembleDarkhorse: Crazy Steve was meant as a one time gag, with the seemingly stoned (and mulletted) Gavin being the recurring weird buddy. Jerry Trainor hit that role so well that he was kept on and was brought on to ''Series/{{iCarly}}'' as a main character.** Mindy also appears to be a textbook example, as she returned some time after her initial appearance and took on a much larger recurring role ''dating'' Josh.** Trevor, Drake's dim-witted friend, who appeared in one early episode before becoming TheGhost for the rest of the series.** Rina, Paul and Scotty from the first season. Unlike most of Drake's later band members, they had established personalities and had roles in the plots.*** Gary, Drake's strange drummer in the last season is also well liked.* {{Fanon}}: Regarding Drake and Josh's father and mother respectively. General consensus is that Josh's mother passed away at some point, hence his discomfort with hospitals. Drake's father is believed to have left his family, and his bitterness over it is why he and Megan refuse to call Walter "Dad."* FanficFuel: As mentioned above, we never hear any word of Drake's biological father or Josh's biological mother. Who were they and how did Drake and Josh's respective parents wind up single?* FountainOfMemes: Let's not waste time. Half of the entire cast ever.* FunnyAneurysmMoment: Jokes about Drake's vanity becomes this when you realize that Drake Bell was involved in a car accident during production of the series, and had to have cosmetic surgery as a result of it.** The Dune Buggy episode, where most of the humor comes from Drake injuring himself in a bad wreck, becomes this for the same reason.*** As of 2016, he has gotten a DUI arrest. ''Ouch!''** Seeing Drake wrestle with his girlfriend Lucy (Gabrielle Christian) can be a little unsettling when you take her [[Series/SouthOfNowhere other role into context]].** In the football episode, Zeke's short-term memory loss as a result of a concussion is played for laughs. Watching it years later after the effects concussions have had on former NFL players have become common knowledge makes it not so funny. ** In the episode "The Demonator," Josh's crazy WWII vet of a grandpa mistakes Craig and Eric for Germans and repeatedly attacks them. The gag becomes considerably less funny a few episodes later, when a one-off line by Drake informs us that Craig and Eric are [[AmbiguouslyJewish Jewish]].* HarsherInHindsight: ** Pretty much anytime we saw Drake playing the guitar became this after Creator/DrakeBell had sustained a wrist injury back in November 2014, being told by doctors the following January that [[ he may have never been able to play the guitar again]]. Fortunately, the fact that he has been making a recovery has somewhat alleviated this since then.** Josh teaching Megan's class with those college textbooks, at the dismay of the students and along with an [[WhatTheHellHero unanimously certain but obvious reaction from many viewers who watched that episode.]] But when you think about it, the kids had a promising advantage to obtain some early head-start, college-advanced knowledge, as some of them heading into college years later would've been dumbfounded there's more to the four core main subjects than they were taught K-12. And yes, they'll probably get that old "High school nor middle school never taught you this" saying.** The entire series after the drama following Josh Peck [[ not inviting Drake Bell to his wedding]].[[note]]Don't worry; [[ they made up eventually.]][[/note]]* HilariousInHindsight: Watching the early episodes, where the characters laugh at the mere thought that someone would find Josh attractive over Drake becomes ''very'' funny when you remember how Josh Peck looked when the series ended...** Plus how he looked in his cameo at the very end of the ''Series/{{Victorious}}'' episode "Wok Star," too.** A gag early in the series had Megan having a web-show which featured her and her friend embarrassing Josh. [[Series/ICarly A show about a girl and her web-show starring Miranda Cosgrove?]] Naw, [[ItWillNeverCatchOn that would never catch on]].** Another early series gag: Drake enters a radio call-in contest and is asked to name the eighth planet from the sun.--> '''Drake:''' They have eight now?** This bit:--> '''Josh:''' I hope you go bald!--> '''Drake:''' I hope they cancel Oprah!--> '''Josh:''' TAKE THAT BACK!** At the start of everyone singing "We Will Rock You" (which was later replaced by a SuspiciouslySimilarSong therof, presumably due to licensing issues) in "The Storm", Helen (played by Yvette Nicole Brown) says "[[Series/{{Community}} That's nice]]."** This is not [[Series/Warehouse13 the only time]] Allison Scagliotti (Mindy) has [[ActorAllusion spent time in a mental institution]]** Wendy, the little girl with a crush on Drake from the episode "Number One Fan", is played by a young Alyson Stoner. She would go on to play [[WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb another member of a scout troop with an obsessive crush on the protagonist. Said protagonist also has a sister and a step brother!]] ** Drake Parker wasn't the last [[WesternAnimation/UltimateSpiderMan Parker]] Drake Bell would play.** The episode ''"Two Idiots and a Baby"'' had Josh babysit a baby named Max. In 2018, Creator/JoshPeck had a baby and he was named Max, and he didn't realise it until it was pointed out by fans!* HollywoodHomely: Throughout the show, Josh is constantly being compared to Drake in the looks department. Problem being that, over several years and losing baby fat, Josh looks like a perfectly fine young man, which can make the jokes either confusing or even funnier. * JerkassWoobie: Drake. While he might be neglectful, he's hated by his English teacher for no reason, his sister is terrible, and he's been through other crap as well.* [[HoYay Les Yay]]: Surprising amount of shipping for Megan/Mindy.* MemeticMutation:** The Gamesphere. "It's [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin spherical]]. [[SuddenlyShouting SPHERICAL!]]" ** This:--->'''Drake:''' Are you calling me a liar?--->'''Josh:''' ''Well I ain't callin' you a truther!''** Here's a game: Go to Josh Peck's Facebook and you will see this ''almost every time'':---> ''Megan!''** "[[ Don't tell me what to do.]]"** Drake grabbing Josh's 'boob' from the Pilot.---> '''WHOA, TAKE IT EASY MAN!'''** Pictures of Megan's smirk.** Just any line from Josh in general, to the point of ''DrinkingGame'' levels.** Drake's [[ "I love this album more than I love myself"]] statement about ''Music/AbbeyRoad'' has gained cult status as of late, with people Photoshopping in different albums.** [[ Editting Drake and Josh into various unlikely scenarios from other series]], and somehow Megan is at fault.** [[ Getting trapped in the treehouse.]] It has been transplanted into other situations, such as ''VideoGame/{{Minecraft}}'', ''Franchise/{{Kirby}}'', ''Franchise/{{Star Wars}}'', ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'', and other franchises. Screenshots of the boys from this episode are also the ones most often used for the meme directly above.---> '''Josh:''' OH DO YA?!** Crossing over with ''Series/UltramanRB'': Slapping the former show's logo on a picture of Drake & Josh, complete with a comment saying "You'll understand if you watched the show" with the show in question varying depending on which group is making the joke.** Blaming Megan for anything and everything. Including Josh [[TookALevelInBadass taking a level in badass]] in ''Film/RedDawn'' because he was getting tired of Megan's pranks.** "[[DidntThinkThisThrough Where's the door hole]]?"* NightmareFuel:** Megan can be this on a bad day. Not only is she, as Josh puts it, a "demon", but Creator/MirandaCosgrove can pull off an ''excellent'' SlasherSmile. --->'''Megan:''' You guys better get out of here or else you're both gonna wake up tomorrow morning '''''underwater.'''''** [[ Josh's foot in "Paging Dr. Drake"]].** If you're [[ cynophobic]], ''Vicious Tiberius'' (Season 4, episode 2) is definitely not for you (even though it is largely PlayedForLaughs, [[HellHound Tiberius]] is quite, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin like the title suggests]], ''vicious'').* RetroactiveRecognition:** Ashley Blake is played by Skyler Samuels, better known as Grace from ''Series/ScreamQueens2015''.** Megan's friend Wendy ([[ItMakesSenseInContext real name Melissa]]) is played by a young Creator/AlysonStoner.** Music/VanessaHudgens has a small role as Drake's girl of the week Becca.** The date that Drake famously found for the movies in less than two minutes is Lucy Hale of ''Series/PrettyLittleLiars'' fame.** Diana Agron of ''{{Series/Glee}}'' plays a girl who's able to fit her whole fist in her mouth.* TheScrappy: Mrs. Hayfer isn't very loved despite having her star in some of the best episodes of the series ("Mean Teacher", "Honor Council", "Little Sibling", and "Vicious Tiberius") due to her reasoning of hating Drake: Which is ''never explained at all''.* SecondVerseCurse: The theme ''I Found A Way'' has a full version. The one in the opening credits is only the minute-long version.* SignatureScene: [[ Stuck in a treehouse]] and [[ Running over Oprah]] are tied for the show's most memorable scene.* SpecialEffectsFailure:** The fire in "We're Married" during Drake and Yooka's wedding is quite clearly CGI. And not very convincing.** At the end of "The Bet", everyone is a victim of having to dye their hair pink. Except they're all obviously wearing wigs (Drake is wearing one in-universe, so he's off the hook). * {{Squick}}: Somewhat In- Universe in the episode "Helicopter". Josh asks Audrey what she's doing in the kitchen and she says she's boiling underwear that Walter bought second hand, because she thinks buying second-hand underwear is gross. A few minutes later turns into full-squick when they both leave and Walter comes in, thinking it's something Audrey's cooking and ''tastes it''.* WhatAnIdiot: [[WhatAnIdiot/DrakeAndJosh Has its own page.]]* TheWoobie: Josh. Drake takes advantage of him, Megan abuses him for her own amusement, and he generally has bad luck. Later seasons did not help at all.** Walter. You can't help but feel sorry for '''everything''' that happens to him: Megan constantly disrespects him, his ''own'' son and step-son treat him as inferior, and the world seems to just ''hate him''. The only one that seems to like him is Audrey, but even ''she treats him like crap at times''. He's constantly compared to Bruce Winchell, who's considered a better weatherman than he is (and is made fun of repeatedly by his children because of his vain attempts to be better than Bruce) and even Audrey shows more interest at Bruce as well. It doesn't also help that Dan Schneider has later on [[FollowTheLeader started including]] [[Series/{{iCarly}} other]] [[Series/{{Victorious}} characters]] that serve no purpose other than to be laughed at ''for existing''.----


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