Josh Nichols
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General Information
Gender: Male
Age: 15-16 (season 1 & 2)
17-18 (season 3 & 4)
19-20 (Merry Christmas, Drake & Josh)
Hair Color: Black
Eye Color: Blue
Birthday: November 10, 1986
Height: 6'0"
Occupation(s): Student
Worker at The Premiere
Aliases: Albert Einstein (for his students)

Alvin Yakitori (fake ID)
Antoine (Hippie disguise)
Boob/Boober (by Megan)
Chives (as Drake's driver)
Dr. Vichyssoise (doctor disguise)
Juice (by Lulu)
Pontiac (Jewish disguise)
Theatre Thug (acting role)

Family & Friends
Family: Walter Nichols (father)
Jonnah Nichols (mother)
Audrey Parker-Nichols (step-mother)
Drake Parker (step-brother)
Megan Parker (step-sister)
Grammy Nichols (grandmother)
Papa Nichols (great-grandfather)
Catherine Nichols (great-aunt)
Friends: Trevor
Craig Ramirez
Eric Blonowitz
Drake Parker
Helen Dubois (sometimes)
Megan Parker (sometimes)
Crazy Steve
Relationships: Mindy Crenshaw (girlfriend)
Many ex-crushes
Enemies: Helen Dubois (sometimes)
Mindy Crenshaw (formerly)
Ashley Blake
Megan Parker (sometimes)
Drake Parker (sometimes)
Thornton Locke
Other Information
Interests: Getting good grades at school, Hanging out with Drake, Watching The Oprah Winfrey Show
Talent: Education
How to Play Video Games
Able to do Magic Tricks
Series Information
First appearance: Pilot
Last appearance: Merry Christmas, Drake & Josh
Portrayed By: Josh Peck
"Hug me, brother!"
―Josh's catchphrase to Drake

Joshua "Josh" Nichols (portrayed by Josh Peck) is one of the main protagonists in the show, Drake & Josh. He is portrayed to be a fun and caring step-brother to Drake, and is often Drake's scapegoat when it comes to getting into trouble. Although he is often known as the 'responsible' part of the relationship, Drake unintentionally pulls Josh into trouble, which Josh does not like.


Josh is also portrayed to be smart, often getting straight A's in his class, and is often competition with his worst rival, but later girlfriend, Mindy Crenshaw. Their constant rivalry during the first season fuels Drake's scapegoat when it comes to getting out of trouble. During the middle of season 2, Josh finds a job working at The Premiere, making a reasonable amount of money, while Drake temporarily worked there.

As a stereotypical 'nerd' of the school, Josh finds his social life awkward. He is unable to fluently and smoothly talk to girls around the school, and as Drake's step-brother, Drake fears his humiliation being involved with Josh. However, he later overcomes this fear when he went out with Mindy, even if he is still unable to fluently talk to girls. Josh is also constantly reminding Drake to be more responsible, rather than to go out with another girl, and this is shown to be extremely impacting to his grades.

Josh is in constant war with his step-sister Megan, often being the victim of her childish pranks. Especially pivotal in the second season, Josh also has a dark side. His constant victimization is influential to how he responds to Megan, and he is often oblivious to her surroundings, which allows Megan to pick off Josh easily. One such prank included the superglue chair prank, which was one of Megan's signature pranks throughout season 2.

However, Josh has grown accustomed to how Megan behaves, and his attitude towards Megan has significantly changed by season 4. An example of this is the episode, Megan's Revenge. After stunning Megan's hamster, Josh fears the snap might have killed the hamster, rather than merely stun it. As a result of this, Josh fears that she might seek revenge as she "has a reason" to, and as a result of this fear, is on constant unrest and alert. In the end, however, Megan's revenge was to watch Josh suffer through endless stress and anxiety.

Josh has a knack for dancing and music, although he doesn't tend to embrace it. His rendition of Soul Man for the Belleview Talent Show at the Premiere, along with Drake and his band, won the Talent Show, highlights his talent for dancing, shown in the episode, Blues Brothers. Another key moment in his embrace for dance and music comes in season 4, Dance Contest. Josh's initial dancing performance comes when he shows off his dance moves in the Premiere Theatre, which then his co-workers suggest that he try out the local dance contest. However, the key performance comes in his final dance with Drake, in a desperation to perform, where his talented dance moves come into play, eventually winning first prize.

In the end, Josh lives in a pretty ordinary world with a cool step-brother and an 'evil' step-sister. He has grown to love the family, including Megan.


Early life

Josh comes in a well-educated family, and this is reflected in the upbringing of Josh as a person. His attitude towards studies and family are reflective of a normal person. He enjoys the company of his family.


After Josh's father and Drake's mother got engaged, Josh decided to move in with Drake in order to start one big family. Drake, reluctant about Josh moving in, decides to let Josh stay in his room, and by sharing one big room with Josh, the relationship the two have had during the moving phase slowly dissipate. An example of this is Drake's reluctance to Josh hugging him during Pilot. However, it is shown that Drake begins to grow accustomed to Josh's temperament, and his reluctance becomes voluntary.

Relationships with Other Characters

Drake Parker

Drake doesn’t like Josh at all he got very angry at his mother when she told him that Josh would be his new stepbrother. He then said to his mom that he was goofy and clumsy. But he likes him and says sorry for stealing his mail and Josh says sorry that he said that he called him a evil stepbrother to which he says I know you didn’t mean that so Josh says friends? To which Drake says friends? No way We’re stepbrothers ! They hug each other to make up for what they did to each other and Josh tries to hug Drake but he says that he’s uncomfortable with that so he says Hug me Brother!

Megan Parker


Mindy Crenshaw


Audrey Parker-Nichols


Walter Nichols


Grammy Nichols



  • The only episode where Josh was a minor character was "The Storm" when he only appeared in the opening comment and the first scene. After that, he went to the stage, Drake would be performing at and didn't appear for the rest of the episode.
  • He only had one girlfriend, Mindy, but he said that he had many crushes.
  • It is a recurring gag that many people say he has a big head, or it's "bigger than average".
  • Though Drake is much more liked by others, Grammy, Mrs. Hayfer, Mindy and Sammy are the ones who like Josh more.
  • He is smarter than Drake and does well in the Regent Park Community.
  • He is constantly tortured by his little step-sister, Megan.
  • He is a good student.
  • He's lost a lot of weight after season 1 and 2.
  • like Drake, Josh's hairstyles changed every season in both Seasons 1 and 2, he had same Season 1 hairstyle, in Season 3 he had longer version of late Season 2 hairstyle, in Season 4 he had shorter version of Season 1 and 2 hairstyle.
  • He is friends with Trevor, Craig Ramirez, Drew, and Eric Blonowitz
  • He's a terrible liar, as shown on many occasions, and almost always gets caught when lying.
  • He works at The Premiere throughout the whole series. He got to work there since the Season 2 episode, "Movie Job".
  • He has a crush on Oprah Winfrey.
  • His actor, Josh Peck shares the same first name with him.
  • He is Drake's band manager.
  • He has lumbar problems.
  • It is revealed that he is allergic to cheese balls in "The Bet".
  • He got arrested seven times in the episode "Theater Thug".
  • He has allergies as shown in the episode "Steered Straight".
  • Around Season 3, he lost some weight and he was officially skinny in season 4, but no one noticed his incredible weight loss until Merry Christmas, Drake & Josh.
  • Josh is always referring to Megan as Little Girl in almost all episodes.