List of Kenan & Kel characters

The following is a list of characters from the Nickelodeon sitcom, Kenan & Kel.

Main characters [1]

Kenan Rockmore (Kenan Thompson)

Kenan is the oldest child of Roger Rockmore and Sheryl Rockmore. He is Kyra's older brother and Kel's best friend. Kenan is relatively intelligent, but he hardly does any schoolwork. Instead, he spends his time getting in trouble and plotting schemes (such as transforming the grocery store at which he works into a nightclub, trying to get a car, or telling everybody that Kel has extra-sensory perception). Though good natured, he frequently angers his parents and boss. A trait that Kenan shares with Kel is that when someone uttered a nonsense word, the duo would repeat the word confusingly. In one episode, Kenan said the word huckleberry. This prompted Kenan's boss Chris and Kel to repeat the word confusingly. Kel also taught their adopted chimpanzee from the local zoo to do the same thing. His catchphrase is "WHYYYYYY?!" and he usually yells it when Kel does something wrong or he'll angrily say, "Kel!". He also passes out when something good or bad happens to him due to being overwhelmed. He is shown to be very physically strong, being able to break an iron handcuff, destroy a block of cement punching it, and even removing a steel bars of a concrete wall with his will. Kenan also has a habit of yelling from across the room.

Age:15-16 (Season 1), 16-17 (Season 2), 17-18 (Season 3) and 18-19 (Season 4)

Kel Kimble (Kel Mitchell)

Kel is the slightly dim-witted and clumsy best friend of Kenan Rockmore. In fact, his impulsive, usually lack of attention, naïvety and awkward behavior, make Kel to be accident-prone, might being able to create the biggest disaster with the most ordinary things and actions. But despite this, Kel is actually quite intelligent as witnessed by his SAT score, but this does not show in his everyday life. He loves orange soda (which he professes by talking in the third person: "Who loves orange soda? Kelllll loves orange soda. Is it true? Mm-hmm! I do, I do, I do-ooooh!") and never pays for the soda he drinks at Kenan's place of business, Rigby's. Since Kel's parents (who have never appeared on the show, though mentioned several times) are rich, busy scientists, he often visits and stays in Kenan's home to keep him company. Kel also tries to avoid Kenan's little sister, Kyra, who has a crush on him, but later on in the series, Kel feels more comfortable around Kyra. Kel also manages to get on Kenan's dad's bad side with his clumsy behavior and is always forced to go home. He might resist following Kenan's schemes at first, but ultimately he is included anyway and Kel somehow usually ruins them, although there are a few episodes that end on a high note. Despite being clumsy, Kel is also an incredible painter, an excellent violinist, and a rapper and does very well in school (unlike Kenan). He is always wearing a hat during the course of the series. He is scared of pancakes, butterflies, brassieres, flying, Berlin and monkeys. His catchphrase is "AWWWW, HERE IT GOES!" which he says right before the start of the show, and right at the end of the show. At the end of the first part of a 2-part episode, Kel would say, "AWWW, TO BE CONTINUED...", as the words, "TO BE CONTINUED...", would appear on the screen.

Age:15-16 (Season 1), 16-17 (Season 2), 17-18 (Season 3) and 18-19 (Season 4)

Roger Rockmore (Ken Foree)

Roger is Kenan and Kyra's father. Roger is a very tall, stern intimidating man with a big bald head, with a deep bass like voice. He works at O'Hare Airport as an air traffic controller, and is the only Rockmore who doesn't seem to like Kel. This is mostly due to the fact that Kel often makes a sarcastic remark about Roger's baldness and short-tempered attitude and tends to injure him and damage the Rockmore house during his visits. He usually tolerates Kel's presence, due to his friendship with Kenan, but he has been prone to get mad with Kel when he goes too far in his stupid actions. In the episode, Get the Kel Out of Here, Roger bans Kel for good from his house after Kel almost killed him, refusing to listen or forgive him (In the finale of the same episode, Kenan added that the only reason that Roger allows Kel to come back to his house is because he jumped out of the bedroom window, hit a tree with force, and forgot all that happened). Though he is a caring father, Roger has little to no patience with Kenan's schemes and punished his oldest child multiple times as a result of his troublemaking. In addition, Roger usually ends up having to pay for Kenan and Kel's mishaps, such as fixing the Crams' house or repairing the glass display at the jewelry store. He hates spending money and is also short-tempered, especially with Kenan's schemes and Kel's accidents. He's also been shown to be a sore-loser because he hardly ever wins any games.

Sheryl Rockmore (Teal Marchande)

Sheryl is Kenan and Kyra's mother. Sheryl is kind and always seems to know what schemes Kenan and Kel are up to. She is also much more patient with Kel than her husband. Sheryl is much more of a listener than a punisher; she'd rather talk out problems with Kenan than punish him, though she has demonstrated her anger in several episodes.

Kyra Rockmore (Vanessa Baden)

Kyra is Kenan's younger sister. Kyra's biggest mission is telling on her brother Kenan, but she has devoted herself to Kel, having a major crush on him. Kel being aware of Kyra's crush on him, tries to get far away as possible from her. But this helps Kenan, so Kel convinces her to help them. For most of seasons three and four, Kyra did not appear, even in scenes showing the whole family; she did, however, appear in the series' finale TV movie. She often interrupts Kenan by saying "I was talking to Kel!".

Age:9-10 (Season 1), 10 (Season 2), 11-12 (Season 3), and 12-13 (Season 4)

Christopher "Chris" Potter (Dan Frischman)

Chris is Kenan's boss and the owner of the local grocery store, Rigby's. He lives with his unseen mother, (or the other way around) and most of his personal life involves taking care of her as she's an extremely unhealthy woman. Chris is dedicated to his store, but becomes annoyed when Kel takes so many things (mostly orange soda) without paying. This once prompted Chris to put a chain lock on the orange soda cooler until Kel began paying for orange soda. He also has frequent nightmares of being chased by a giant rabbit, as well as an irrational phobia of sandwiches. Chris is sometimes caught in the middle of some of Kenan's schemes and may sometimes get hurt. One of his catchphrases is "I have a radio in my car!" Chris usually uses nonsense words, and in earlier seasons, had a quirk of adding the "be" sound before certain words in his sentences, such as telling Kel, "You be-bruised my bananas!", usually leaving Kenan and Kel confused but the quirk was phased out as the series progressed. Chris had a mullet in the first few episodes of the series, but kept a much shorter hairstyle for the rest of the series.

Sharla Morrison (Alexis Fields)

Sharla was introduced as a new employee at Rigby's at the start of season three. In the show, Chris hired her because he felt Kenan needed more help around the store. A recurring joke in episodes featuring her is her criticizing, mocking, insulting, or just plain annoying Kenan (and sometimes, but not always, Kel), who would do the same back at her. While there, Sharla started to develop a crush on Kenan, and he developed a crush on her. Her teacher, Miss Horn was portrayed by her real-life sister, Kim Fields.

Marc Cram (Biagio Messina)

Marc was introduced in season three as a new neighbor of Kenan. Kenan finds him annoying while Kel is buddies with him, much to Kenan's greater annoyance. After a few episodes, Kenan becomes friends with him once he got to know him. Marc is characterized as a stereotypical geek, He was an avid collector of watches, and excelled at spelling, at times during conversation never mentioning a word by its name, but spelling it out (one such line is, "It looks G-R-E-A-T!"). His name is also a palindrome. In stark contrast to his "geek" personality, he isn't socially awkward, in fact everyone else seems to like Marc with the exception of the principal and many of the other teachers who, like Kenan, seem irritated by his cheerfulness. In addition Marc always calls Chris Mr. Potter.

Recurring characters [2]

Mrs. Quagmire (Doreen Weese)

Mrs. Ethyl Quagmire was introduced in season one as a British elderly customer at Rigby's. The character provided some light relief to the show during serious events, and has also "beaten up" Chris Potter on several occasions. In a season one episode Diamonds Are For Roger, Chris thought that Quagmire stole a tin of peanuts; following this, she "sucker-punched" him and called him a "Weasel". In the season two episode The Lottery, she entered the store hoping to purchase a lottery ticket, but Potter said the store was closing. She then held him against the door, again calling him a "Weasel". The character disappeared in season three, but she returned in season four.

Principal Dimly (Hersha Parady)

Principal Dimly was the principal at Kenan & Kel's high school. She appeared in three episodes, notably in seasons 2 and 3. The first episode she appeared in she called Kenan and his parents to her office to discuss his school work, not knowing that she was meeting with actors posing as his parents. The next episode she appeared in she caught Kel cutting class. In her third and final appearance, Kenan drew a funny picture of her which says "Principal Dimwit" which she gave Kenan a warning in an unseen scene after when Kel accidentally revealed it to her.

Dave (Tim Powell)

Dave was the surly delivery man at Rigbys. He appeared in several episodes, mainly in the first season. He was always seen wearing a uniform, and often responded with dry sarcastic barbs to any comment made by Chris.

Minor characters [2]

Brianna (Jill Burgess Noelsaint)

Brianna was a girl that Kenan had a crush on during season one. She first appeared in the episode Doing Things the Hemingway, where Kenan hung a banner declaring his love for her. She later appeared in Mo' Sweater Blues, where Kel accidentally ruined her special sweater while Kenan was on a date with her.

Miss Horn (Kim Fields)

Miss Horn was a substitute teacher (and later principal) at Kenan & Kel's high-school. She appeared in 2 episodes, the first one being the season 2 episode The Crush, where Kel thought she had a crush on Kenan. She later reappeared in the Season 4 episode The Graduates as the principal of Capone High, where she banned Kenan from the graduation ceremony after a senior prank went wrong. She has a boyfriend named Kevin, who looks similar to Kenan (even Kel thinks so). Her student, Sharla was portrayed by her real-life sister, Alexis Fields.

Eric (Mysto Clark)

Eric is Kenan and Kyra's cousin, and Roger and Sheryl's nephew. He was first introduced in the season 4 episode, The Honeymoons Over, where Kenan went to his house to get some privacy from his parents. He later appeared in the episode Girl Watchers, where Kenan & Kel were supposed to pick up his girlfriend from the airport. However, they ended up picking up the wrong girl.

The Old Lady (Loretta Jean)

The Old Lady, who was never named, was a recurring customer at Rigby's, introduced in season 3 as a replacement for Doreen Weese's character Mrs. Quagmire. She would often come in and ask Kenan ridiculous questions such as "Excuse me young man, is it cold outside?" (when she had just come in from outside) or make him explain simple details about apples that were already displayed. Her catchphrase is "I (pronounced "ah") see!" She is also revealed to be Kel's secret admirer in one episode (after sending him several gifts such as a huge bottle of orange soda).

Guest stars [2]


  1. Brooks, Tim; Marsh, Earle (2003). The complete directory to prime time network and cable TV shows 1946-present (8. ed.). New York: Ballantine Books. p. 635. ISBN 0-345-45542-8.
  2. 1 2 3 "Kenan & Kel (TV Series 1996–2000) Complete Cast Credits". IMDb. Retrieved 5 January 2016.

See also

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