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  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • 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 a mask so he can focus on his music? Or is he genuinely that stupid? Sometimes episodes provide cases for both.
  • Base-Breaking Character:
    • Drake. Fans either consider him a lovable Narcissist with his Jerk with a Heart of Gold moments in between or an unsympathetic Jerkass who uses Josh for his own self-benefit. A bit like Kel Kimble, him losing several levels in intelligence and being more of The Millstone towards Josh in later seasons certainly did not help matters.
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    • Megan. On the one hand, she gets a lot of flak due to her Karma Houdini 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 helps them out once in a while. There are also many fans who find her sneaky antics funny and like her in a Love to Hate way.
  • Creator's Pet: Megan. It's very obvious that Dan Schneider 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 Take That, Scrappy! moments are either subverted or just barely enough to satisfy the audience.
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: 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 (even when she only makes a cameo and has nothing to do with the rest of the plot) with no consequences whatsoever only exacerbates the situation.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: 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 iCarly as a main character.
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    • 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 The Ghost 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."
  • Fanfic Fuel: 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?
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  • Fountain of Memes: Let's not waste time. Half of the entire cast ever.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: 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 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 Jewish.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: 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...
    Drake: They have eight now?
    • This bit:
    Josh: I hope you go bald!
    Drake: I hope they cancel Oprah!
    Josh: TAKE THAT BACK!
  • Hollywood Homely: 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.
  • Jerkass Woobie: 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.
  • Les Yay: Surprising amount of shipping for Megan/Mindy.
  • Memetic Mutation:
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  • Retroactive Recognition:
  • The Scrappy: 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.
  • Second Verse Curse: The theme I Found A Way has a full version. The one in the opening credits is only the minute-long version.
  • Signature Scene: Stuck in a treehouse and Running over Oprah are tied for the show's most memorable scene.
  • Special Effects Failure:
    • 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.
  • What an Idiot!: Has its own page.
  • The Woobie: 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 started including other characters that serve no purpose other than to be laughed at for existing.

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