Get to know the colorful and crazy cast of the Nicktoon Kappa Mikey!
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.
- 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.
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.
- Bankruptcy Barrel: He does this during "The Karaoke Episode."
- 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!
- 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!
- Trademark Favorite Food: Gonard and Sandwiches, sittin' in a tree...
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: His hair is spikey and blue in a very stereotypical anime style.
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.
- Action Girl: On LilyMu, Lily's character is one of the main heroines and when she's not being a Damsel in Distress she's a pretty competent fighter.
- Bare Your Midriff: Her casual outfit and her character on LilyMu are this.
- Betty and Veronica: The Veronica to Mitsuki's Betty for Mikey's Archie.
- Chickification: In her LilyMu show...and occasionally off it.
- Colour-Coded for Your Convenience: If you're stumped at what to color any of Lily's possessions, just make it pink.
- Cute and Psycho: Very much describes her LilyMu role against her real personality.
- 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.
The other lead female of the show, Mitsuki is shy, polite, and totally has the hots for Mikey!
- Action Girl: On and off-camera. She can supposedly crush all ten major arteries of an opponent in under 15 seconds.
- Bare Your Midriff: Her character on the show has this, but off camera she's more modest.
- Betty and Veronica: The Betty to Lily's Veronica for Mikey's Archie.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Don't you EVER... press any of Mitsuki's buttons!
- Boobs of Steel: Being a children's show, they're never emphasized, but there they are.
- Cannot Spit It Out: Until The Musical.
- Gasshole: In "Live LilyMu". But she didn't enjoy it, and it wasn't her fault.
- Love Floats: Anytime Mikey does something that gives her special attention, Mitsuki will swoon and then float away.
- Mean Character, Nice Actor: Tough bad girl on set, fashionable one off.
- Morality Pet: She serves as one to Lily.
- My Friends... and Zoidberg: Mitsuki often gets the short end of the stick when trying to earn the other characters' respect. The other characters often forget her name.
- Nice Girl: Sweet and softspoken. Unfortunately this often gets taken advantage of by her more selfish costars.
- 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.
- Unrequited Love: Subverted in the last couple of episodes, where Mikey had started finally acknowledging Mitsuki's affections.
- White-Dwarf Starlet: What Mitsuki would've become if Mikey had never starred on LilyMu in the first place, shown in a parallel universe.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair
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.
- Phonýmon: He's a parody of Pikachu who, in the Show Within a Show, only speaks in Pokémon Speak.
- 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 Un-Reveal: 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.
The kung-fu-master-like executive producer.
- Catchphrase: "You're fired!" Yeah.
- Cool Old Guy: He knows kung fu, karate, and can negotiate the hell outta' rival companies to get his way.
- Drill Sergeant Nasty: He's the Japanese version of this.
- Eccentric Mentor: Ozu will occasionally try to teach Mikey a lesson about Japan, but it's often in some sort of hilarious, demeaning way that doesn't actually fix anything.
- Executive Meddling: In-Universe.Guano: But... but you said you'd never tamper with my creative vision.
Ozu: (Calmly) I didn't tamper... (angrily) I lit it on fire — and danced on the ashes!
- Funny Foreigner: He's the most stereotypical Japanese character on the show with a heavy accent and having hobbies like keeping a bonsai tree. He's also very wacky and amusing.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Ozu ends up Suddenly SHOUTING! at his cast all the time and threatening to fire them all/cancel LilyMu over the smallest infractions.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: Revealed in the Christmas episode that Guano is really his long-lost son.
- Meaningful Name: Ozu is named after the 1920's-1960's Japanese film director known for breaking traditional editing and cinematography rules set in that time.
- The Mentor: To Mikey in the earlier episodes as he tries to help him adjust to life in Japan. Once Mikey becomes acclimated and starts relying on his friends more Ozu starts acting more like a boss would.
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.
- Making a Spectacle of Yourself: Yes Man has quite the expressive, yellow glasses.
- 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.
- Alter Kocker: The Japanese red dragon in The Man Who Would Be Mikey has this personality.
- Crying Indian: The episode Mikey, Kappa.
- Expy: Gonard, and then there's Doctor Takashi Katashi◊... who wears his "doctor head thing" over his left eye.
- The Faceless: Mikey's parents, Gonard's mom.
- Humongous Mecha: They are sentient actors on Lily Mu, but aren't seen that often off-camera.
- One episode features Gonard facing off the Lily Mu Team with a pair of ''granny robots''.
- Large Ham: Most of the antagonists... all usually voiced by Sean Schemmel.
- Last Episode, New Character: Lawrence, a parody of Clarence from◊ It's a Wonderful Life, in the Season One finale, is Mikey's Bishōnen guardian angel. The sound engineers in the Season Two finale may count.
- Leitmotif: Various side characters, including Socky and Ozu's twin brother Brozu, who both have hip-hop tunes play whenever they're on-screen.
- Name McAdjective: Richie McMillions.
- 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.