List of Drake & Josh characters
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- 1 Main characters
- 2 Recurring characters
- 3 Minor characters
- 4 Drake's girlfriends
- 5 Drake's band
- 6 References
Drake Parker (Drake Bell) is depicted as an easygoing, immature, confident, and womanizing teenage slacker. Although he often appears unintelligent, his under-achievement seems to be caused by apathy and he has been known to make impulsive decisions. Drake has great interest in music, playing the electric guitar in a band throughout the series and liking all forms, his favorite being rock and sometimes country. He can also play drums and the bongos. He can easily manipulate Josh to get what he wants. He has a lot of success with girls and much of the comedy is his effortless ability to get dates. Drake feels embarrassed about his new stepbrother at first, but grows to accept Josh. Despite his narcissism and selfishness, Drake still redeems himself by doing the right thing. He becomes more mature as the series progresses.
Josh Nichols (Josh Peck) is Drake and Megan's stepbrother. Unlike Drake, Josh is knowledgeable, diligent, caring, and does well in school, although he is socially awkward. In the pilot episode, he had a job for the school newspaper in which he wrote advice for students under the name Miss Nancy. In season two, he begins working for Helen at the fictional Premiere movie theatre. Unlike Drake, Josh often tries his best in challenging situations and uses his common sense, often repeating things for emphasis when anxious. Despite his logical mind and hard-working nature, Josh is prone to bad luck, especially with girls. However, later, he begins to date Mindy Crenshaw, who is his academic rival. He has various hobbies, including cooking and performing magic tricks. Later in the series, Josh becomes more popular and has better luck. He is obsessed with Oprah Winfrey and accidentally runs her over with his car in "Josh Runs into Oprah", leading her to get a restraining order against him. Peck described his character as having a Jackie Gleason quality, and said, "Not only can Josh do the physical comedy and the pratfalls, but he can also sell a sophisticated joke and a touching moment."
Audrey Parker-Nichols (Nancy Sullivan) is Drake and Megan's mother, Josh's stepmother and Walter's wife. Her first name is never mentioned in the series, although a deleted scene from the series finale would have revealed it as Audrey. The scene would also specify her profession as a catering business.
She is usually telling the boys to not be so immature. She upsets her husband Walter because of her preference to Bruce Winchill, his rival weatherman. Because Walter lacks respect from the boys, she usually has to punish them although these punishments are usually unfair because most are Megan's fault. As stepmother and stepson, Audrey and Josh have a very close-relationship, and he affectionately calls her "Mom" or "Mama". She is a very nurturing and supportive mother however a bit gullible when it comes to her daughter Megan, especially when it is Megan's word against Drake and Josh.
Walter (Jonathan Goldstein) is Josh's father and Drake and Megan's stepfather. He is a meteorologist for a local TV news program in San Diego, but he is often wrong about the weather. Walter is often slow-witted, awkward, out-of-touch, and old-fashioned. As a result, he lacks the respect of his stepchildren, who refer to him by his first name. When Megan calls him by his first name, he always asks "When did she start calling me Walter?" and Audrey replies "I don't know." He is also oblivious and cynical in regards to Megan's pranks which have caused the boys a lot of punishments, although starting in the episode "The Demonator", Walter slowly begins to notice Megan's evil ways. A running gag involves a rivalry between him and Bruce Winchill, an unseen weatherman from another station. He hates that Winchill is so popular, as he is always right with his predictions, and even forbids the use of Winchill's name in the family home.
Megan Parker (Miranda Cosgrove) is the younger sister of Drake and stepsister of Josh. Megan often references a best friend named Janie and often refers to her older brothers as "boobs." She is essentially the main antagonist of the series, usually bullies her brothers, although sometimes Megan helps them. It has also been shown that she is very perceptive and intelligent; she can pull off very severe, torturous and sometimes complicated (or even potentially dangerous) pranks on her brothers all while ensuring that her parents think of her as being a harmless and innocent little girl. However, in one episode, Megan calls Drake a "boob" and Josh "gross" in front of her mother, who does not react. Another episode shows that she has a hidden computerized monitor in her room, giving her surveillance of the house to aid in her pranks against Drake and Josh. Most of the time throughout the series, Megan is mean-spirited, argumentative, spiteful, and cruel to her brothers. However, despite her mistreatment to them, Megan actually loves her brothers deep down and has shown them genuine love and support when they uncovered that her boyfriend Corey (Christian Vandal) had been cheating on her.
Craig Ramirez and Eric BlonowitzEdit
Craig (Alec Medlock) and Eric (Scott Halberstadt) are two stereotypical "nerdy" honor students that are always being exploited by Drake, mostly due to his hare-brained schemes. Drake often mistakes Eric for Craig. Craig corrected him one time, and Drake sarcastically said "It matters", suggesting that he has no interest in correcting his mistakes. Eric first appeared in the pilot episode as an extra and along with his best friend, Craig, a few times in Season 2 and 3, but they appear more frequently in Season 4, and also appear in the series finale Really Big Shrimp. They usually are good friends and good in nature, but not free of a selfish side. Drake is so unkind to them that anytime they try to talk with him he rudely shuts the door in their faces and tells them that there are lots of reasons why they do not have girlfriends. Eric left for Puerto Rico in the final episode, "Dance Contest." Craig and Eric appear with another Drake & Josh character, Gavin, in the 2010 iCarly episode "iStart a Fan War", implying that the two series take place within the same universe. It is revealed in the episode "Who's Got Game" that Craig and Eric do not consider themselves to be friends with Drake because of the bad things he has done to them.
Mindy (Allison Scagliotti) is a clever but arrogant girl at school who is always trying to be better than Drake and Josh, especially Josh, who is her rival. She also shows an intense dislike for Drake. For example in "Honor Council", she took apart Mrs. Hayfer's car and rebuilt it in the middle of her classroom to frame Drake for the prank and have him suspended. For this misdeed, Mindy was sent to a mental hospital, causing a temporary departure from the series, but she eventually reappeared in "Mindy's Back" to compete in the school science fair. Later on, she became Josh's on-again off-again girlfriend, and the two enjoy each others company. One of Mindy's well-known character traits is her genius-level intellect and scientific talents. She defeats Josh yearly in the science fair with the exception of one year after they started to date where she let him win, which she enjoys rubbing in his face at times. She also cloned her pet Cockapoo, and has a love of sharks.
Helen Ophelia Dubois (Yvette Nicole Brown) is the manager of the Premiere Theater, connected to the Premiere Galleria mall. She is Josh's boss at the theater, and is known for her intimidating demeanor, loud voice, and demanding attitude towards employees. She adores Drake, but dislikes Josh despite the hard work he puts in at the theater. She starred in a hit television sitcom as a child, called Happy Times (a parody of the classic 1970s TV sitcoms Happy Days and Good Times). She married Buzz Baxter in "Drake & Josh: Really Big Shrimp", but divorced him some time before Merry Christmas, Drake & Josh after 5 weeks. Yvette Nicole Brown plays Helen throughout the series, but Frances Callier filled in for her in the season two episode "Little Diva".
Helen appears in a 2011 episode of Victorious in which she becomes the principal of Hollywood Arts High School. She later appears in a 2015 episode of Game Shakers, in which she hosts her own talk show titled The Helen Show.
Steve (Jerry Trainor) is an employee at the Premiere movie theater who is noted for his emotional and mental instability, lashing out at co-workers, strangers, and passersby over little things. Incredibly sensitive, Steve takes offense at the slightest of subjects or even the most thoroughly minor hints at insults, hollering at others for interrupting him or denying his questions, desires, or offers. Steve's utter lack of sanity has earned him a dangerously unpredictable reputation amongst colleagues, to the extent where he finds immense frustration in following along with episodes of Dora the Explorer, screaming at the animated characters on the screen. In seasons 2 and 3, he had a lot of hair but in season 4 his head was shaved. He appears in the program's 2008 Christmas special, most notably towards its conclusion, where he shreds hunks of cheese in a wood chipper in order to grant his friends' wish for a white Christmas. He later appeared in an episode of the series Sam and Cat where he is revealed to have been placed at a mental institution for the sick with a restrictive mask over his face.
Gavin (Jake Farrow) works with Josh at the Premiere and he has a mullet-like haircut similar in fashion to Rod Stewart (in "Who's Got Game" he got a perm). A running gag throughout the series involved Helen asking him to tell Josh to clean something unusual in the theater. He normally declines doing it himself when Josh asks if he would do it. He then cleans up the mess himself - telling Josh "I got it". He also has a crush on Audrey. He can apparently get away with anything at work, like taking a nap on the roof. He first appeared in "Driver's License" and made an appearance in Merry Christmas, Drake & Josh. Gavin appears in iCarly in Season 4 episode "iStart a Fan War" with Craig and Eric.
Mrs. Hayfer (Julia Duffy) is the boys' English teacher who adores Josh due to his hard-working personality, but hates Drake because of his consistently poor performance in school; likewise, as noted by his doodles of her in his notebook, as seen in "Honor Council", Drake hates her in return. In the episode "Mean Teacher", Mrs. Hayfer is shown to hate Drake for no apparent reason as it is shown that when he answered a question correctly, she dubbed it incorrect and appointed the same question correct to another student right next to him as well as grading a flawless report he did with a "D-" again for no logical reason. In fact, her catchphrase is "I hate you, Drake", with Drake responding, "I know". She also always says "To the nurse!", which is her own way of telling people to leave her classroom. In "Little Sibling", Mrs. Hayfer says it to Josh when she wanted to have a private talk with Drake. Mrs. Hayfer has a daughter named Kelly, who Drake briefly dates, much to her discontent. In "Honor Council", she comes into the classroom to find her car parked where the boys' seats are originally and accuses Drake of putting the car there, but her star student, Mindy, is the real culprit. Drake apparently hates Mrs. Hayfer so much that he wishes she would die, as seen in the episode, "Megan's First Kiss", in which Josh says "You're not gonna believe this!" and Drake asks in an anxious and excited tone, "Mrs. Hayfer died?!"
Mrs. Hayfer has a Rottweiler named Tiberius, who appears in the season 4 episode "Vicious Tiberius" and is violent towards Drake and Josh, who had agreed to house sit for her.
She has a brief appearance in Merry Christmas, Drake & Josh, where Drake accidentally hits a fire hydrant while driving, resulting in water getting sprayed all over her. She then points out and yells her famous line: "I hate you, Drake Parker!" Meaning that even though Drake and Josh have graduated from Bellview High, Mrs. Hayfer still hates Drake.
In the season 2 finale "Honor Council", Josh mentions her full name as being Alice Hayfer. However, in "Vicious Tiberious", a video shows her full name as being Linda Hayfer.
Dr. Jeff GlazerEdit
Dr. Glazer (Roark Critchlow) is a doctor who lives across the street from the boys. He is always called on whenever a serious emergency happens at their house. Although he always seems kind while performing medical procedures for the boys, he always leaves them with a ridiculously high bill for his services (he once charged $100 for diagnosing a sheep as pregnant after it had already given birth and an extra $50 not to tell Audrey and Walter, and charged $300 for diagnosing Drake's facial rash). He first appeared in "The Bet" and he last appeared in "Sheep Thrills".
Although Bruce Winchill is never seen in Drake & Josh, he is mentioned throughout the series. Megan and Audrey have a crush on him because he has good hair. He is a rival weatherman of Walter, and he always gets the weather right.
Grammy (Randee Heller) is Josh's grandmother and Walter's mother. She loves Josh and Megan, but she hates Drake. In her only appearance in "Grammy", she expresses anger towards Drake when he decides to go to a concert even though Audrey and Walter said that he could not. At the end of the episode, Grammy shows affection toward Drake when he attempts to tell his parents the truth. She is later mentioned frequently. She sent gifts to Josh many times. She is last mentioned in "Merry Christmas, Drake and Josh".
Papa Nichols (Vernon Roberts) is Josh's great-grandfather and Walter's grandfather who appears only in the episode "The Demonator", in which he has had surgery and is resting at the family's house. While their parents go out, Drake, Josh and Megan sneak out of the house to ride a roller coaster called The Demonator. They have Craig and Eric watch Papa Nichols. When Papa Nichols wakes up disoriented, he thinks he is back in World War II and attacks Craig and Eric, believing they are "German nerds". At the end of "The Demonator", Walter tries to wake Papa Nichols up, but is punched by him. Papa Nichols then calls Walter a "German." He is later mentioned once by Josh in "The Wedding".
Catherine is Drake and Josh's great-aunt. She is mentioned in the episode "The Wedding", where it is revealed that she is getting married and she collects hair from people she does not know. Although she is never seen, she is described as being mean, and is apparently hated by her family, including Josh. She also owns a beach-house, which the family wants to receive. According to Drake, she is "old and gross".
Jackie (Robin Sydney) is obsessed with Drake and appeared in a total of four episodes. She would come into the scene randomly (usually at the end, specifically when something positive happens to Drake), and shout hysterically, "I love you! Bye!" In response, Drake would ask, "Who are you?"
"Wendy" (Alyson Stoner) is a girl that had an obsessive crush on Drake in the episode "Number 1 Fan", her sole appearance. She is approximately the same age as Megan, and is in a camp club with Megan and some other children. She reveals that her real name is actually Marissa, although she does not like the name and goes by Wendy.
Sammy (Jordan Wright) is a young child that Drake needed to take care of as part of a Big Sibling program because he got in trouble for lying to Mrs. Hayfer about being in class on time. Drake proceeds to take care of Sammy, although Sammy wants Josh to be his big sibling. Sammy considers Josh to be the coolest guy ever, something that most characters think about Drake.
Trevor (Taran Killam) is Drake's absent-minded friend and Scottie's older brother. Even though he only appeared in "Dune Buggy", he is mentioned several times in the series, and his voice is heard over the phone in "Josh Runs into Oprah". Trevor gets a brain scan every month, due to his unintelligence as found out in "Dune Buggy". In "The Wedding", the boys use his old car (a Chevrolet El Camino) to get to their great aunt Catherine's wedding, but it breaks down and later catches fire.
Clayton (Josh Sussman) is one of the nerdy children at school. He has speech problems since he mumbles and no one can understand what he is saying. Even Craig and Eric call him a "nerd," considering that they are nerds themselves. He appears only in "Josh is Done" and "Eric Punches Drake". In "Eric Punches Drake," he begins to dislike Drake when Drake spits blue mouthwash into his bottled water, and he even goes as far as to find out where Drake and Josh live just so he could repeat "Why?" However, fans have speculated that since "Eric Punches Drake" took place after "Josh is Done" then Drake spitting mouthwash into his bottle would be considered revenge for the chemistry incident that Clayton caused on Drake.
Megan's best friend (Jasmine McNeal). She is mentioned in several episodes of Season 4 and appears in "Megan's Revenge" and "Megan's First Kiss".
Vince (D. Elliot Woods) is a helicopter pilot who appears in "Helicopter". He gives Drake a lesson about skydiving and he takes him and Josh on a ride in his helicopter. However, he becomes unconscious after hitting his head on a fire extinguisher. When the boys try to wake him up, Josh accidentally sprays him out of the helicopter with the fire extinguisher. When Drake and Josh get home, Vince comes in angrily and gives Walter a $400,000 bill for the damaged helicopter. Drake and Josh, knowing the consequences, ground themselves for two weeks.
Karate instructor and coffee shop ownerEdit
Played by Toshi Toda. He first appears in the pilot as Josh's karate instructor. He is later seen in "First Crush" saying that his karate place burnt down. Since then he has become the owner of a coffee shop where he held auditions for a band. He banned Drake from entering the shop because Drake had a snake in his backpack which was put there by Megan. However Cathy, Josh's crush at the time, spoke to him about giving them another chance.
Drew and JerryEdit
Drew (James Immekus) and Jerry (Stephen Markarian) are two boys who look and act like Drake and Josh. They appeared only in the episode "Drew & Jerry". Drew plays the saxophone and flirts with girls while Jerry likes pool, video games and magic tricks. Josh began hanging out with Drew, making Drake jealous, which led to the friendship between him and Jerry. Aside from being a good comedian, Jerry also plays a lot of pool at the Premiere. Josh and Drew then attend a movie premiere that Drake and Josh were going to see originally, so Drake angrily gets back at Josh by spending the day with Jerry fishing. However, during an argument, Drake has Jerry do a magic trick which involved cutting a girl's ponytail and then putting it back clear in position. Josh then tells Drew to entertain everyone in the Premiere by playing his saxophone. A talent agent sees them and decides to give them their own TV show, a comedy about two brothers. Drake and Josh then watch the show themselves.
Henry Doheny (Steve Tom) is a formerly famous magician who moves in with the family in the episode "The Great Doheny". Josh, Walter and Megan idolize him while Drake hates him. Doheny does magic wherever he goes, such as interfering with random people and doing magic tricks for them and even puts a sandwich inside his stomach without eating it. When Drake could no longer stand Doheny being in the house, he tried to harm him with a baseball bat but Josh decided to help him become famous again instead. Megan came up with a trick called "The Box of Impalement", which backfired due to putting Doheny in a large box and sticking swords into his body, killing him. However at the funeral Henry came back to life and regained his career and went off to Las Vegas to perform there for four years.
Drake has several girlfriends throughout the series.
Susan (Ashley Drane) is Drake's girlfriend in the episode "Believe Me, Brother", in which she secretly flirts with Josh. She is later exposed, and as revenge, Drake and Josh plant purple paint in her locker and it is splattered all over her when she opens the door.
Kelly Hayfer (Chelsea Brummet) is Mrs. Hayfer's daughter. She appears only in the episode "Mean Teacher", in which she dates Drake. She has a laughing problem throughout the episode, which secretly annoys Drake. However, he does not break up with her, fearing retaliation from Mrs. Hayfer. Although Kelly loves Drake, she ends the relationship – much to his excitement – because she does not believe it is working out.
Tori (Torrey DeVitto) is Drake's girlfriend in the episode "Playing the Field", in which he breaks up with her. When Tori quickly begins dating other boys, Drake dates Liza Tupper – who he has nicknamed Hot Liza – to make Tori jealous. In the episode "Dr. Phyllis Show", it is mentioned that Liza is the daughter of Dr. Phyllis, the host of a television talk program.
Lucy (Gabrielle Christian) is introduced in the episode "Girl Power," in which she physically defends Drake against a football player. Drake then considers ending their relationship, as he does not want to be with someone stronger than him. Later in the episode, Drake and Lucy wrestle to determine who is stronger, although Drake is hesitant about wrestling a girl.
Carly (Brittany Curran) becomes Drake's girlfriend in the episode "Who's Got Game", in which Josh challenges Drake on who can get the most dates. Drake meets her at the CD shop where she works and he falls in love with her at first sight. Carly grows fond of Drake too after meeting him, but dumps him when she finds out about the bet, thinking Drake is just using her. He then proves to her that he can be honest and they continue dating.
Lucy and another girl, Christine (Sarah Christine Smith), appear as ex-girlfriends of Drake in the episode "The Storm". They become friends with Carly, who is still dating Drake. The episode marks their final appearance on the series. Drake flirts with other girls, including Grant Widner, in subsequent episodes such as "Tree House".
Drake has a band in which he is the frontman.
Scottie (Johnny Lewis) is the drummer of Drake's band and is Trevor's younger brother. He is considered to be unintelligent, according to Drake and the other band members. Rina (Molly Orr) is the bassist of Drake's band, while Paul (Jeremy Ray Valdez) is the rhythm guitarist. They only appeared in four episodes in Season 1. Drake and the three band members are detained at a concert because Scottie photocopied their tickets in the episode "Grammy", the final appearance of the three.
In the episode "Megan's New Teacher", Drake has 5th grader Neil Kramer (Ridge Canipe) play in his band after his original drummer leaves. Neil initially fails a pop quiz by Josh, who is serving temporarily as a student teacher. Neil's mother then forbids him from playing in the band, so Drake and Megan get Josh fired, leading to Neil playing for Drake's band at the Premiere's third anniversary. Neil does not appear in any subsequent episodes.
Three bandmembers, Gary (Dan Mott) Julio (Shiloh Fernandez), and an unnamed guitarist appear in "The Storm". Gary is the goofy and self-absorbed drummer. He has a tattoo of a foot on his chest and likes to wear girls shirts, including his sister's blouse and Megan's panda shirt. Julio is the bassist of the band, and he is later mentioned in the episode "Josh Runs Into Oprah".
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