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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: He acts like this in the first two seasons, where he's not nearly as enthusiastic about having a brother as Josh is. Josh is always dying to spend time with his cool new brother, and Drake is constantly trying to get Josh to leave him alone because he's not cool enough. Post-Character Development, he switches to constantly dragging a reluctant Josh along as a sidekick in his schemes.
  • Ask a Stupid Question...:
    Drake: Wait, there's a NEW Jersey?
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: He always gets distracted by stuff while assisting Josh. Often when involves either food or girls.
  • 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: Played With. 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.
  • Born Lucky: Discussed at length in "Blues Brothers," where he dedicates his time in The Teaser to describing how a bunch of random good things happening to him throughout his life led to his mom saying he was "born under a lucky star." This continues to manifest in the present with all the audacious stuff he gets away with and all the times he avoids getting in trouble through either his charm or just plain sheer luck.
  • Brainless Beauty: Sometimes.
    Drake: It says here they're only available in South A-mar-ee-ka.
    Josh: South America!
  • Break the Haughty: He has his moments in both "Pool Shark" and "Josh Is Done", where his ego gets damaged. In the latter episode, it's not Played for Laughs.
  • 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: He constantly lies to his mother.
  • Cool Kid-and-Loser Friendship: The cool to Josh's loser
  • Deadpan Snarker: Less so than Josh, but still has his moments, especially in the first two seasons.
  • Disappeared Dad: It's never revealed who his and Megan's biological father is—all we can gather is that Audrey was apparently raising him and Megan as a single parent before marrying Josh's dad, Walter.
  • The Ditz: He's never heard of New Jersey or South America, and once dropped his phone in soup. Not by accident, but to see if it could float.
  • Dumbass Teenage Son: He's teenager whose Book Dumb traits are played up and flanderized over the years.
  • Flanderization: His stupidity. He just got dumber and dumber as the show progressed.
  • Fat and Skinny: At first the Skinny to Josh, then Josh Peck lost a lot of weight by the end of the series, especially in Merry Christmas Drake and Josh.
  • Flung Clothing: By Josh in the Christmas movie.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: The Foolish (Book Dumb and reckless) to Josh's Responsible (reasonable and and a good student).
  • Girls Like Musicians: One of the reason Drake is so popular with girls is that he's a talented guitarist with his own band, and thus he's able to woo with his music in addition to his looks and charm.
  • 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.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: He invokes a more mundane take on this trope in episodes like "Movie Job" and "Little Sibling."
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Josh. Step-brothers who also happen to be inseparable friends, even if they couldn't be more different.
  • Hypocrite: In "Believe Me, Brother", when Drake accuses Josh of hitting on his girlfriend Susan, he tells Josh that "brothers don't try to steal each other's girlfriend." However, in other episodes, Drake himself has knowingly hit on girls who already have a boyfriend.
  • Insane Troll Logic: He often uses nonsense to explain his actions.
    Drake: I'm not gonna touch a dog's infected ear. Gross.
    Josh: Gross? On the way here, you ate a peanut off the car floor.
    Drake: It was honey roasted.
  • It's All About Me: He's self-centered.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: While it was a jerk move of him to hide Josh's Miss Nancy dress from him, but he does rightfully point that Josh did not need the Miss Nancy dress to give good advice. Josh even comes to understand this.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: On many occasions, Drake has shown that he cares about the people surrounding him, especially Josh.
  • Karma Houdini: Nowhere near as often as Megan, but he does get away with his selfishness sometimes. Lampshaded in "Dune Buggy".
  • Kidanova: 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.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: In the episode "Josh Is Done", Josh lets go of Drake and cuts him out of his life after he is fed with how Drake treats him. Drake's life starts to fall apart without Josh and he realizes how much he needed Josh in his life as well as seeing how toxic he was to Josh's life.
  • Lethally Stupid: He sometimes inadvertently causes troubles and physical pain to Josh due to his carelessness. Lampshaded in "Josh Runs Into Oprah".
  • 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.
  • Narcissist: He's very vain, selfish, and self-centered.
  • 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.
  • Out-of-Character Moment:
    • In "Grammy", he's uncomfortable with going to the Rock Shock concert when his parents and Josh's grandmother told him he couldn't go, and had to be pressured by some of his bandmates to go there. This comes off as rather odd considering how Drake's shown himself to be absolutely fine with disobeying his parents behind their backs, both before and after the episode.
    • At the end of "Believe Me, Brother", after Drake's girlfriend, Susan, was exposed flirting with Josh via videotape for a school project, Drake and Josh confront Megan, and the former even scolds Megan for almost ruining their grade. Drake cares very little about grades, and he would be the last person to get on anyone's case about his own grade.
  • Pride: He's one vain individual.
  • 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.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Played with. Drake does things without thinking (red), but is cool, calm, and collected (blue), while Josh plans things (blue), but is clumsy, overemotional, and often loud (red).
  • 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.
  • Rude Hero, Nice Sidekick: The Rude Hero to Josh's Nice Sidekick. He's a self-centered, narcissistic ladies' man, in contrast to Josh who is more considerate as an individual.
  • 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. After all, Drake is the only one who's capable of possessing Casanova charm, while Josh only got it once. That aside, the latter is more sensible, openly watches The Oprah Winfrey Show, and is prone to emotional outbursts.
  • 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 lives in.
  • Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: At his most self-centered and jerkish, Drake can become very hard to root for. Though, despite this, he's clearly meant to be entertaining.
  • With Friends Like These...: With Josh. It's his fault if Josh gets in trouble in some episodes.

    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.

  • Acrofatic: He pulls off a couple of impressive flips in his and Drake's "Blue's Brothers" routine during the talent show.
  • Afraid of Doctors: He says the exact words in "Paging Dr. Drake" when asked why he neglected to tell his parents about his swollen foot.
    Walter: Why didn't you tell us?!
    Josh: Because... I'm afraid of hospitals!
  • Always Second Best: To Mindy, his academic rival. Josh always loses to Mindy at the Science Fair, a fact that she loves to remind him.
  • Bad Liar: As shown in "Dune Buggy", Josh has difficulty hiding the truth when Drake convinces him to lie.
  • Berserk Button: People (especially Drake) have learned multiple times not to judge Oprah in front of him.
    Drake: I hope they cancel Oprah.
    Josh: Take that back!
  • Beware the Nice Ones: He has a moral compass, but Drake has been tackled by him multiple times when pushing his limits. Special mention goes to when Drake gets him in trouble by making him miss his chemistry exam:
    Josh: (points at Drake) You!
    Drake: What?
    Josh: Raaaaaaaaaaah! Come here! Come here, you wanna tussle!
  • Beware the Silly Ones: Josh is a clumsy Butt-Monkey, but as seen in "Josh Is Done", he can get rather vicious when pushed too far.
  • Book Smart: He often gets straight A's in his class.
  • Born Unlucky: The universe is out to cause him as much pain and suffering and humiliation as possible, even though he's not the one responsible for the Zany Schemes that lead to it. The only way he can apparently escape it is by avoiding Drake.
  • Boss's Unfavorite Employee: Helen does not care for him — despite that he's the most hardworking employee of the Premiere.
  • Butt-Monkey: He has horrible luck, gets taken advantage of by Drake quite a lot, and is the butt of many jokes, and on some occasions Megan or Helen will say that he has a huge head — when in actuality there's nothing wrong with his head at all. Also, his boss Helen hates him for no reason. In one episode, he's literally assaulted in the streets several times. He has been arrested several times, in fact. If he were to stop hanging around with Drake, the universe would practically smile his way all the time.
  • Character Development: Initially, he was a weird and awkward fat kid. As the show progressed and his career took off, his character became much more down-to-earth.
  • Chick Magnet: In "Who's Got Game?" thanks to Audrey's advice. Not that it's ever mentioned again...
  • The Chew Toy: His status as a Butt-Monkey is clearly meant to amuse the audience.
  • Cool Kid-and-Loser Friendship: The loser to Drake's cool, but the cool to Eric's and Craig's loser.
  • Cool Loser: Especially towards the end of the series, when he loses weight and becomes better looking, on top of maintaining a steady relationship with a pretty girlfriend, a consistent circle of friends, and a prosperous academic career. Even when he's more attractive, charismatic, and successful, he's still treated like a loser by the rest of the cast.
  • Cosmic Plaything: It seems the entire world hates his very existence.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Especially towards Drake, but will snark at other people too. Although, the "deadpan" part is downplayed for the most part.
    Josh: (actually deadpan) Drake...
    Drake: ...what?
    Josh: Where's the doorhole?
    Drake: It goes right there, see I... drew it with a magic marker.
    Josh: were supposed to cut it out with the power saw.
    Drake: Dude, I'm gonna.
    Josh: Oh, really?
    Drake: Yes!
    Josh: So go get the power saw.
    Drake: Ok, I will. (he tries to walk through where the doorhole was supposed to be, and hits the wooden wall, then looks around himself panicked) ...I see the problem.
    Josh: (with no more patience to spare) OH, DO YA!
  • Didn't Think This Through: In "Movie Job", he decides to hold a contest at the Premiere by hiding a golden ball in several popcorn buckets and promised the customers free movies for a month if they happen to find it. Of course, he failed to see beforehand that their eagerness for the golden ball can start a ruckus.
    Josh: So much trouble from such little golden balls.
  • The Dog Bites Back: He has plenty of moments where he retaliates against Drake for exploiting him. Best shown in "Josh Is Done", when he cuts Drake out of his life after making him miss an important chemistry exam.
  • Even Nerds Have Standards: Even Josh finds his father's weather pun completely terrible as shown in "The Storm".
  • Fanboy: Of Oprah! And Henry Doheney.
  • Fat Comic Relief: He notably becomes more of the straight man after losing a significant amount of weight.
  • Fat and Skinny: At first the Fat to Drake's Skinny, then Josh Peck lost a lot of weight by the end of the series, especially in Merry Christmas Drake and Josh.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: The Responsible (reasonable and a good student) to Drake's Foolish (Book Dumb and reckless).
  • Formerly Fat: Josh has noticeably lost weight by the third season and became slightly skinnier by the fourth season.
  • Geek: As a stereotypical 'nerd' of the school.
  • Generation Xerox: Walter is an awkward and usually clumsy man, clearly inherited by his son Josh.
  • Heavy Sleeper: Josh claims he's not a heavy sleeper, but a video shows he really is. Megan and her friend take advantage of this and host a web show featuring them "Doing Stuff To Josh While He Sleeps".
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Drake. Step-brothers who also happen to be inseparable friends, even if they couldn't be more different.
  • Hot-Blooded: Josh is known for being quite temperamental and frantic, especially when he gets screwed over by Drake.
  • Inelegant Blubbering: Tends to pulls these a lot due to being Prone to Tears.
  • In Touch with His Feminine Side: Watches The Oprah Winfrey Show.
  • Jerkass Ball: Grabs it in "Megan's New Teacher". While acting as a student-teacher for Megan's 5th grade class, Josh forces the kids to learn from a college-level textbook and refuses to ease up on them once it's clear that the material is too difficult for them to grasp.
  • Keet: Sure, Josh is smart and reasonable, but he's often very excitable, neurotic, loud and overemotional.
  • Large Ham: Definitely. He always acts so dramatic and over-the-top and is prone to a lot of unnecessary yelling.
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy: In The Movie.
  • Loser Protagonist: He's one of the main characters, yes, but he's also nerdy, hated and treated horribly by several, and has horrendous luck.
  • Missing Mom: It's never revealed who Josh's biological mother is — all we can gather is that Walter was apparently raising Josh as a single parent before marrying Drake and Megan's mom, Audrey.
  • Morality Pet: Josh turns out to be the only person who knows how to calm Crazy Steve down on a Monday.
  • Nerds Are Sexy: There are plenty of fangirls who feel this way about Josh.
  • Nice Guy: He's more sensible than Drake and usually has a good moral-compass.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Particularly at his job.
  • No Indoor Voice: Josh is very obsessed with emphasis on his delivery.
  • No Respect Guy: Neither Drake nor Megan give him any sort of respect.
  • Not So Above It All: He may be the most responsible, but he isn't above doing crazy and immature stuff along with Drake.
  • Official Couple: With Mindy.
  • Only Sane Man: Downplayed due to his Large Ham tendencies (and awkwardness in early seasons), but he's the most reasonable character compared to Drake and Megan.
  • Periphery Demographic: In-Universe, he is obsessed with The Oprah Winfrey Show, which is targeted towards a female audience.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: He's the stable of the show's humor for being both clumsy and a Large Ham.
  • Prone to Tears: He tends to cry a lot, often Played for Laughs.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Played with. Drake does things without thinking (red), but is cool, calm, and collected (blue), while Josh plans things (blue), but is clumsy, overemotional, and often loud (red).
  • Revenge Before Reason: He'll sometimes start a fight with whoever pisses him off in the last place he should be doing so. He once threatened to fight an inconsiderate woman in the middle of a roller coaster line and threatened to tackle Drake while in a classroom.
  • Rude Hero, Nice Sidekick: The Nice Sidekick to Drake's Rude Hero. He's a considerate individual, in contrast to Drake, the self-centered, narcissistic ladies' man.
  • Screams Like a Little Girl: Both him and Drake, when they were stranded in Mrs. Hayfer's bathroom by her Rottweiler.
  • Selective Enforcement: In "Dune Buggy", Drake just does whatever we wants without consequence while he gets reprimanded for every slight he causes.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Sensitive Guy to Drake's Manly Man. After all, Drake is the only one capable of Casanova charm, while Josh only got it once. That aside, the latter is more sensible, openly watches The Oprah Winfrey Show, and is prone to emotional outbursts.
  • Suddenly SHOUTING!: He tends to do this a lot.
    Josh: A little louder. I don't think they heard you in AUSTRALIA!
  • Temporarily a Villain: In Megan's New Teacher.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: Unlike Drake, Josh actually managed to settle with a healthy relationship with Mindy, unlike Drake's constant switching on girls.
  • Verbal Tic: Repeating things for emphasis. EMPHASIS!
  • Wardrobe Malfunction: His pants zipper has a hard time staying up.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: A mundane take on this trope in "Megan's New Teacher." He assigns a 5th grade classroom work that's geared toward college level students because he genuinely believed that the challenge would've been good for them, had they applied themselves, and refuses to believe the work could actually be too difficult for them to grasp. Not to mention ignoring whatever their current curriculum was, something that would get a real teacher fired.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: In Pilot, Josh wears a woman's dress as "Miss Nancy" in order to give sound advice in a school paper column.
  • With Friends Like These...: With Drake. Drake is mostly responsible for him getting him into trouble.
  • Would Hit a Girl: In "The Demonator", he was willing to fight a woman who was being inconsiderate towards him.

    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.

  • Affably Evil: She can be legitimately casual to her brothers when not planning any malicious pranks against them.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Taken Up to Eleven. She's not just annoying to her two titular brothers, she's evil!
  • Aw, 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 at-the-time 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. Technically speaking, she's prone to exhibiting the mannerisms of an innocent little girl to give her parents a good impression.
  • 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.
  • Cain and Abel: In a twisted example, she's Cain to Drake and Josh's Abel.
  • Cain and Abel and Seth: Played with, since Drake and Josh aren't antagonistic to each other. Megan's Cain role still applies.
  • 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!
  • Depending on the Writer: It varies on whether she just plays typical pranks on her brothers, trying to get them killed or maimed, or gets them into trouble for no reason.
  • Devil in Plain Sight: It's amazing really how oblivious her parents are to her evilness.
  • Disappeared Dad: As mentioned in Drake's bio, it's never revealed who her and Drake's biological father is — all we can gather is that Audrey was raising her kids as a single parent before marrying Josh's dad, Walter.
  • 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 and Josh were arrested for stealing MP 3 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 noticeable look of concern on her face when she realized that they really were in jail, and helped the FBI arrest the real thieves.
    • There's another time in "Number 1 Fan", after Drake-idolizing girl Wendy gets angrily told off by Drake to stay away from him and one of the boys Pete jokes "So, when's the wedding?"causing the Campfire Kids (sans Megan) to laugh at her. This in turn, makes Wendy run off devastated causing Megan to call him out.
    Megan (disgusted): You know, that wasn't nice.
    Pete (nonchalant): Who said I was nice?
    (Megan shrugs as though to say "true")
    • In the same episode after locking Josh in a tent, Megan tells the kids that they're gonna have a real camp out and organizes the kids to make some s'mores, break out some movies and video games and order pizzas. Once they disperse, Megan notices the still-heartbroken Wendy sitting at the table. Rather than ignore her or make a snarky comeback (which wouldn't be too Out of Character), Megan approaches Wendy gently asking if she wants to help make s'mores and saying Drake didn't mean what he said. When Wendy says she wants to be left alone, Megan bummed that she didn't cheer Wendy up, walks away.
    • 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.
    • In "Josh is Done", she quickly sees how much Drake has hurt Josh by making him late for his exam (due to ping-pong and his Girl of the Week), and constantly tells Drake how much better Josh seems without him.
  • Evil Genius: She even has a hidden high-tech lair in her bedroom disguised as girly toys and pictures. Seriously.
  • 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.
    • As mentioned above she can't stand seeing Drake sad, scared, and upset...unless she causes it.
    • Also this:
    Megan: And if it makes you feel any better, I hate Mindy just as much as you do.
    Josh: Why?
    Megan: Because she makes your life miserable. (Josh smiles) And that's my job.
  • Hypocrite: As stated in "Megan's Revenge", Megan forbids Drake and Josh from entering her room. However, she repeatedly enters their room without permission (usually to take their stuff) even though Drake and Josh keep telling her she can't.
  • Identical Stranger: An intentional example of this trope in Miranda Cosgrove's case as she would later play Carly on iCarly, a series of which Megan appears in though she only appears through the use of archive footage from a Drake and Josh episode that Carly is watching.
  • 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: She is a massive jerkass, but she always gets away with it, because she tends to pull Wounded Gazelle Gambits.
  • Jerkass to One: She acts sweet and adorable to everyone... except Drake and Josh.
  • 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.
  • Laughably Evil: A Troll little girl who is always outsmarting her older brothers and is proud of all her evil plans. Her antics and her brothers' reactions to her are Played for Laughs.
  • Little Miss Badass: She is stronger than both of her brothers, flipping them easily in one episode.
  • Little Miss Con Artist: One of her many horrible talents is manipulating people out of their money or other things she wants.
  • Little Miss Snarker: Easily the snarkiest of them all (after Josh, of course).
  • Manipulative Bitch:
  • Moral Myopia: She often plays cruel pranks on her brothers, but when they end up returning the favor by doing the same to her, she'll play the victim and swear to get revenge on them. In one episode, she gets mad when the two have her blamed for their neighbor's treehouse blowing up, ignoring that she often gets the two blamed for her mishaps.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Sometimes, the only reason she decides to help her brothers out is because she believes that she's the only one allowed to cause them suffering.
  • 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:
  • Playing the Victim Card: Whenever Drake and Josh do rightfully get back at her for all the stuff she puts them through, she'll act like an innocent victim while ignoring the fact that she started it.
  • 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).
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Drake's red.
  • Sadist: She loves seeing her older brothers suffer.
  • Token Evil Teammate: Of the family. While Drake is a bit of a douche, he's more compassionate and malice-free for the most part; Megan, on the other hand, is a sadistic Creepy Child.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: The early seasons had her just pull more harmless pranks on Drake and Josh. The later seasons have her do stuff that could outright kill them (such as "Tree House", "Peruvian Puff Pepper", "Vicious Tiberius", and "Helicopter").

    Audrey Parker-Nichols 
Portrayed by: Nancy Sullivan

Drake and Megan's mom and Josh's stepmother.

  • All There in the Manual: Her name is given on the official website, as well as in the scripts, credits, and closed captioning.
  • Flat Character: Both parents are this to an extent, but while Walter is often portrayed as a Bumbling Dad and Butt-Monkey, Audrey seems just a generic mother. We don't even know her job and her first name is never mentioned.
  • Happily Married: With Walter.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: When it comes to Megan. She always believes Megan instead of Drake and Josh.
  • Housewife: Possibly, since the scene revealing her job was cut and no other mention of her work is made throughout the entire series.
  • Morality Pet: Downplayed, but she's the only family member Megan seems to respect. That said, Megan was not above embarrassing her along with the rest of the family by making her dye her hair pink.
  • Never My Fault: Played With. In the end of Steered Straight, she does not seem apologetic for having Drake and Josh arrested and getting them involved with real criminals. On the other hand, she rightfully points out that she and Walter never expected them to have been roped in by criminals in the first place when the boys were just supposed to be in a Scare 'Em Straight program.
  • 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.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: She's more conventionally attractive than Walter.
  • The Unreveal: Her name and job were never revealed in the series. Actually invoked in the final episode; a scene revealing that her name was Audrey and she owned a catering business was filmed, but Dan Schneider ultimately cut it in editing, deciding that it would be funnier to "keep the bit going for eternity".
  • Unnamed Parent: She's never addressed by name once in the entire series. It's understandable that Drake, Josh, and Megan would call her "mom", but it's rather odd that her husband Walter never says her name once in the entire series.
  • Women Are Wiser: Compared to her husband Walter, though she is also naïve 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.
  • Chew Toy: He makes Josh look like a winner in comparison.
  • First-Name Basis: Both Drake and Megan call him Walter.
  • 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.
  • Like Father, Like Son: Like Josh, Walter is an awkward and clumsy man, and they both like magic tricks.
  • Mistaken for Cheating: 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.
  • No Respect Guy: To the point that even Josh, his own biological son doesn't respect him much in the later season.
  • Parental Obliviousness: Along with Audrey. It's amazing how oblivious they are to Megan's evilness.
  • Took a Level in Dumbass: At first Walter was a normal every day father but by the end of the show, he's a complete idiot. Easy to tell how hard he fell in intelligence when you compare the respect his family gave him in the first season compared to later episodes when his stupidity is constantly taken advantage of by his children.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Audrey is more conventionally attractive than him.


Recurring Characters

    Helen Dubois 
Portrayed by: Yvette Nicole Brown (most episodes), Frances Callier (episode Little Diva)

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.

  • Benevolent Boss: She's fairly dismissive of Josh, but otherwise she's a pretty good boss to all of her employees (including him).
  • Big Fun: Heavyset and easy to get along with... unless you're Josh.
  • Black Boss Lady: African-American and Josh's boss at the movie theater.
  • Crossover: She would eventually show up in another Schneider show, Victorious, in the episode "Helen Back Again", in which she (briefly) took over as the new principal of Hollywood Arts. She also appears in the 2015 show Game Shakers as the host of her own talk show, "Helen" (an Affectionate Parody of The Ellen DeGeneres Show).
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Downplayed, as she still harbors some resentment towards Josh, but she remains on better terms with him as the series goes on.
  • Ephebophile: Very heavily implied with Drake.
  • Former Child Star: Became famous for a catchphrase ("That is not my job!")
  • Jerkass to One: She's a fun-loving woman, though she is often rude to Josh.
  • Mama Bear: Is quick to protect both the boys (but mostly Drake) when they're in trouble.
  • Mrs. Robinson: She's an adult woman and is openly attracted to Kid-anova Drake.
  • Pointy-Haired Boss: She'll often bend the rules for Drake.
  • The Primadonna: Though her love for fashion and other luxuries is usually downplayed, she never accepts backtalk and expects everyone to do as she says without question.
  • Sassy Black Woman: Best illustrated in Girl Power, after some Jerk Jocks are hassling Drake, Josh and Drake's Girl of the Week.
    Jock: This isn't over!
    Helen: [brandishing a baseball bat] I beg to differ. Now you and your little hoodlum friends better get out of my movie theater before I pop you like a zit!

    Mrs. Alice/Linda Hayfer 
Portrayed by: Julia Duffy

An English teacher. Generally stern but reasonable. Unless your name is Drake, in which case she would like you to know that she hates you.

  • Dating What Daddy Hates: She hates Drake, yes, but doesn't butt in Kelly's relationship with him.
  • Everyone Has Standards: She apologizes to Drake at the end of "Honor Council" and admits that she was wrong to assume that Drake was the one who put her car in her classroom. But she still hates him.
  • Foil: To Helen, interestingly—Helen is heavy-set, strict but generally fun-loving and favors Drake while dismissing Josh. Mrs. Hayfer is thin, strict and harsh and favors Josh while hating Drake.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Even though she dislikes Drake, she's willing to let Kelly date him if it makes her happy.
  • I Was Quite a Looker: At one point Drake comments how hot a girl looks in a picture at her home. Turns out, it was Mrs. Hayfer, when she was younger.
  • Jerkass: Primarily towards Drake.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: While a teacher has no right to openly hate and mistreat a student, no matter how bad he is, her main problem with Drake, being a terrible student who doesn't bother putting in any effort, is rather understandable.
  • Jerkass to One: She's generally strict but reasonable... except to Drake.
  • Lean and Mean: Quite skinny, and a massive Sadist Teacher to Drake.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: Revealed to be Kelly's mother.
    Mrs. Hayfer: Wait, you're the boy who's been dating my daughter?
    Drake: You're Kelly's mom?!
    Mrs. Hayfer: I think I'm gonna be sick...
    Drake: I'm right there with you...
  • Pet the Dog: When Drake is cleared of putting her car in the classroom, she does (reluctantly) admit to him that she was wrong and apologizes.
  • Running Gag: Mentioning her utter dislike of Drake in almost every appearance.
    Mrs. Hayfer: I hate you.
    Drake: I know.
    • And when she's not around to do it herself, her husband is happy to do it instead.
    Gerald Hayfer: I'm Gerald Hayfer; my wife is your English teacher.
    Drake: Right.
    Gerald Hayfer: She hates you.
    Drake: ...I know.
  • Sadist Teacher: Mainly to Drake. She tells him he's wrong when he answers what his personal favorite book is.
    • And even when he answers a question correctly, she still tells him he's wrong.
    Mrs. Hayfer: The Iliad and the Odyssey were originally written in what language? Drake.
    Drake: Uh, Greek.
    Mrs. Hayfer: Wrong! Mark.
    Mark: Greek?
    Mrs. Hayfer Correct.
  • Shout-Out: Her last name is based from Steve Hoefer, also one of the show's directors.

    Mindy Crenshaw 
Portrayed by: Allison Scagliotti

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.
  • Birds of a Feather: Despite having very little one-on-one screentime with her, Mindy is this with Megan in a non-romantic way. Both girls are Brainy Brunettes and Insufferable Geniuses , they both have a fondness for science and inventing, they both have (or had in Mindy's case) a rivalry with both brothers, and one a minor note both their first names start with an "M". However, this becomes downplayed (almost becoming a Foil) later in the series as while Mindy retains her love of science and inventing and still isn't very fond of Drake, she Took a Level in Kindness, prefers to use her inventing skills for school assignments and possibly for the good of humanity to a degree (like the time she cloned her dog) and her dislike for Drake very rarely extends to Volleying Insults with him with dashes of Flowery Insults (with the exception of the time she happily approved to Megan trying to do something bad to Drake). Whereas Megan Took a Level in Jerkass, and while she still invents things, she prefers to use her brains to torture Drake and Josh. However, Mindy and Megan still get along well in spite of this.
  • Book Smart: Even more than Josh, since she always beats him at the Science Fair.
  • 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: Mindy is extremely snarky, especially before she Took a Level in Kindness.
  • 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: Introduced as an Academic Alpha Bitch, but shows a nice side when she and Josh become an Official Couple.
  • Loving Bully: She gives Drake and Josh hell in her first few appearances. While she does legitimately hate Drake, she teases Josh because she likes him. The two become a couple after that, and a pretty stable one at that.
  • Not So Different: From Megan. Both are smart, cunning, snarky girls who like to pick on Drake and Josh.
  • 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 
Portrayed by: Alec Medlock (Craig) and Scott Halberstadt (Eric)

  • 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.
  • Butt-Monkey: Anytime they try to talk with Drake, he rudely shuts the door in their face and tells them that are lots of reasons why they don't have girlfriends
  • The Cameo: They both appeared in the iCarly special "iStart A Fanwar"
  • 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.
  • Informed Judaism: They are explicitly Jewish, and the only element regarding their adherence is that they don't eat ham (which was brought up from Drake misunderstanding what Ham Radio is).
  • Running Gag: Drake always mistook them for the other.
  • Straw Loser: Two wimpy, scrawny nerds who do nothing on the show besides make Josh look cool and Drake look even cooler.
  • Those Two Guys: They're considered those two nerds by the others.

    "Crazy" Steve Upshaw 
Portrayed by: Jerry Trainor

  • Ax-Crazy: Toned-down. He isn't violent, but he does have a fiery temper.
  • Berserk Button: Believe it or not, making him work on a Monday makes him go crazier than usual.
  • Breakout Character: Received a bigger role in the series as it went on.
  • The Cameo: Seen in a mental hospital in a Sam & Cat episode, wearing a Hannibal Lector mask so Sam wouldn't mistake him for Spencer.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Up to Eleven in Merry Christmas, Drake & Josh.
  • Companion Cube: His wood chipper, Sally.
  • Cool Car: He has a DeLorean modeled after the one from Back to the Future.
  • Establishing Character Moment: He seems like a normal person until...
    Josh: The only thing you might want to check out is the cup holder in seat 34-C. It's a little wobbly.
    Crazy Steve: Well, I'll get my tool kit and have a look at that just as soon as the next movie lets out.
    Josh: Great!
    Crazy Steve: Because, with all the pain, hunger, and disease in the world, there's really no better use of my time than to make sure that every blessed cup holder IS ROCK-SOLID STEADY!! So that little whiny punk-holes like you don't have to worry about your precious little LEMONADE being a teeny-bit unBALANCED!!
    Josh: (horrified) ...I had fruit punch...
    Crazy Steve: WELL, FRUITY DO DEE DO! I QUIT!
  • Expy: Of Dick Shawn's hair-triggered Large Ham character Sylvester Marcus from the classic 1963 comedy It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World.
  • Freudian Excuse: One episode implies he has Daddy Issues.
  • Insistent Terminology: His wood chipper is a she, not an it.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: When you get passed his general craziness he can be a pretty pleasant guy.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Almost everything is a Berserk Button to him.
  • The Mentally Disturbed: His...whatever-it-is is always portrayed as something comedic, even when it seems dangerous to others and himself.
  • Mood-Swinger: Steve's psychiatrist actually set up a schedule as an attempt to control his emotions.
  • Nervous Wreck: Given, Crazy Steve hardly handles anything well, but he's still an absolute mess when he gets nervous. He really just gets louder and more chaotic than usual.
  • No Indoor Voice: He tops Josh in lung capacity.
  • Noodle Incident: Why Helen gave him his job in the first place:
    Josh: Why did you hire him again?
    Helen: I had to. Long story. Ain't pretty.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: He has a bad habit of really getting into people's faces, even as he screams at the top of his lungs.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: A non-villainous example.
  • Ultimate Job Security: Apparently Helen has a damn good reason to keep him around.


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