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Sandy e Junior (stylized as Sandy & Junior) were a Brazilian pop duo made up of siblings Sandy Leah and Junior Lima, the daughter and son of sertanejo musician Xororó, who himself is part of a duo with his brother Chitãozinho. Since the start of their career at 1989, at the ages of six and five respectively, Sandy & Junior have been one of the most successful musical acts to come out of Brazil, selling millions of records and even spawning their own TV homonymous TV show, which aired from 1999 to 2002.

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They also starred in O Noviço Rebelde, a parody of The Sound of Music that had the pair as the two oldest children of the Captain Von Trapp equivalent, as well as in the feature-length film Acquária, which, despite the duo's success, was a massive flop.

They disbanded in 2007, and since then, Sandy has launched her own solo career, while Junior also has his own solo projects as a musician in addition to being co-host of Youtube channel Pipocando Música, which focuses on fun facts about the music industry. In 2019, it was announced they'd reunited for a short comeback tour known as Nossa História ("Our History"), which is set to start in July, but has already sold out.

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Discography:

Studio albums

  • Aniversário do Tatu (1991)
  • Sábado à Noite (1992)
  • Tô Ligado em Você (1993)
  • Pra Dançar Com Você (1994)
  • Você é D+! (1995)
  • Dig-Dig-Joy (1996)
  • Sonho Azul (1997)
  • As Quatro Estações (1999)
  • Sandy & Junior (2001)
  • Internacional (2002)
  • Identidade (2003)
  • Sandy & Junior (2006) (not to be confused with the one from 2001)

Live albums

  • Era Uma Vez... Ao Vivo (1998)
  • Quatro Estações: O Show (2000)
  • Ao Vivo no Maracanã (2002)
  • Acústico MTV (2007)

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Tropes applied to Sandy & Junior include:

  • Adam Westing: Every fictional TV and movie role they've done throughout their career had music and/or singing incorporated in it somewhere, be it their characters in O Noviço Rebelde wanting to be singers, Junior's character in Acquária being a musician, or the logical extreme, the Sandy & Junior TV show, in which they essentially played themselves.
    • In the Rede Globo Soap Opera Estrela-Guia, Sandy played the main character Cristal, who sang mantras. Due to the duo's image of being inseparable, Junior was written in as minor character Zeca, a poor street juggler who eventually signs up for a music career.
  • Aerith and Bob: Played with. Sandy isn't exactly a common name in Brazil in itself, and Junior's real name is Durval, which is more common but considerably more old-fashioned (it is also their father's real name, after all).
  • Audience Participation Song: "VÂMO PULÁ! Vâmo pulá, vâmo pulá, vâmo puláááááá!!" And jump, the audience does.
    • It's also common for the audience to dance along during "Dig-Dig-Joy" and "Vai Ter Que Rebolar".
  • Band of Relatives: Siblings (with Junior being one year younger), and children of a famous recording artist.
    • Taken even further by Sandy's husband Lucas Lima, who's part of a Band of Relatives of his own, albeit a much more instrument-inclined one, known as Família Lima.
  • Audience Shift: Much like Britney Spears, their sound and lyrical content gradually became more mature and diverse as their audience grew up alongside them.
  • Band Toon: Their homonymous TV show is a rare live-action example. Its premise is also rare in that, while there's at least one musical performance per episode and it's common knowledge that they're popstars In-Universe, it's more focused on fictionalized Slice of Life school hijinks with the occasional fantastical element.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Sandy did this every so often, moreso during their live tours.
  • Beach Episode: The videos for "Beijo É Bom" (which also happens to be a Video Full of Film Clips from O Noviço Rebelde) and "Férias de Julho".
  • Bilingual Bonus: The headlines at the start and end of the music video for "Desperdiçou" read, respectively, "Jovem apaixonado" ("A youth in love") and "Final inesperado" ("Unexpected ending"), as written with the letters of the Greek alphabet (although not actually in Greek).
  • Brainy Brunette: Sandy, who was a straight-A student during her school days and has a degree in psychology.
  • Break Up Song: Became more prevalent from As Quatro Estações onwards, most notably "Imortal", "Bye Bye", "Na Boa, Sem Chorar", "Desperdiçou" and "Nada Vai Me Sufocar".
  • Call-and-Response Song: A whopping three - "Maria Chiquinha", "A Resposta de Mariquinha" ("Abre a porta, Mariquinha!" "Eu não abro, nããão..."), and "Vai Ter Que Rebolar".
  • Call-Back: The album As Quatro Estações opens on "Imortal", a Translated Cover Version of Céline Dion's "Immortality". Towards the end, we have the album's namesake song, which has a chorus with lyrics that translate to:
    It's all the same in autumn
    Leaves fall in my backyard
    But my love will never fade
    No matter what, it's immortal
    • During Season 2 of the TV series, Bebel becomes "engaged" to Basílio, and while their relationship doesn't seem to go the distance, the group chat skit that precedes "Eu Acho Que Pirei" on the Nossa História tour at one point reveals that they did, in fact, get married, with Basílio referring to her as his wife. It's also implied that Gustavo/Clara and Mau/Bete got married as well, and it's explicitly stated that Patty still has a crush on Gustavo even after all these years.
  • Camp Straight: Due to Junior's energetic personality and him visibly putting a little more effort into the choreographies than Sandy did, there were many back in the day who thought he was gay, which he has had to disprove time and time again. Now that he has a wife, any speculation about his sexuality has become a thing of the past.
  • Canon Discontinuity: As they grew and matured, so did their music, and with each album release and tour, their earlier, more childlike material was slowly but surely phased out in favor of their newer and more complex songs. However, the Nossa História reunion tour is set to avert this by including at least one song from each of their albums".
  • Captain Obvious: The central line from "Imortal", which translates to "What's immortal doesn't die in the end". It's still often made fun of to this day.
  • Cargo Envy: Played for Drama in "Você Pra Sempre (Inveja)", in a way that's not too dissimilar to (and seems to predict) the Labrinth song "Jealous".
    I envy the sun that can warm you up
    I envy the wind that touches you
  • Celebrity Endorsement: For Yakult and Biotônico Fontoura.
  • Changed for the Video: The video version of "Enrosca" has a random Mickey Mousing break of sorts, early in the song, that consists of nothing but sound effects going with Junior's rampant movements. It's usually carried on to the live performances.
  • Charity Motivation Song: "Vamos Construir", which is a collaboration with their father and uncle.
    • There's also "Criança Esperança", which shares its title with the annual telethon held by Rede Globo.
  • Child Popstar: Started out as this, growing up into Teen Idols from Dig-Dig-Joy onwards.
  • Child Prodigy: They did start their careers as kids, after all.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: "Olha O Que o Amor Me Faz" is about the narrator falling in love with someone whom she used to see as just a friend.
  • Choreography Porn: In the video for "Love Never Fails".
  • Concept Album: Internacional is Exactly What It Says on the Tin; their first international release, with the main tracklist made up entirely of songs in English, also including a slew of bonus tracks in Spanish and French. Could also qualify as Sequel Goes Foreign.
  • Continuity Porn: The Nossa História tour, being a Greatest Hits Reunion Tour, is chock full of references to the duo's career.
  • Cool Shades: Junior in the videos for "Enrosca", "Desperdiçou" and "Love Never Fails", and Sandy in the graphics for the performance of "Nada Vai Me Sufocar" on the Nossa História tour.
  • Cover Version: In addition to their many Translated Cover Versions, they have also done covers of certain songs in their original languages, as was the case with the likes of "Enrosca", "Love Never Fails", and "Words Are Not Enough".
  • Dance Sensation: "Dig-dig-joy, dig-joy-po-poy! Vem brincar comigo!"
    • Strangely, the song refers to it as a game (specifically a Follow the Leader-style game in which one player has to replicate what the other does) rather than a dance, but it still qualifies mainly due to the choreography, which is what people remember the most about the song.
    • There's also, arguably, a more grown-up example in "A Gente Dá Certo".
  • Deconfirmed Bachelor: For the longest time, Junior thought he'd remain single forever. Then he met Mônica Benini through a mutual friend at a party, they added each other on Facebook, and sometime later, began keeping in touch with each other. Long story short, they're now married and have a son.
  • Deliberately Monochrome: The video for "Imortal".
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: "A Gente Dá Certo" is supposedly about dancing, but the lyrics are vague enough to make people think that it could also be about trying out different sex positions.
  • Double Entendre: A slightly more wholesome example than usual. The title of "Vai Ter Que Rebolar" is slang that translates to "you're gonna have to work around this to make this happen given the circumstances" (or, according to the official English subtitles on the Quatro Estações tour DVD, "you'll have to try really hard"). However, "rebolar" is also a verb that refers to hip shaking (or, for the sake of consistency, working one's hips), so naturally a lot of it is involved in the song's performances. It did generate some controversy when it was originally released given they hadn't hit puberty at the time, but once they did, it became less uncomfortable to watch.
    • "Não Dá Pra Não Pensar" is a non-sexual example. It's about long-distance lovers reuniting and the eagerness that comes with it, but it has also been used to open three of their tours, and therefore could also be interpreted to be about the duo being eager to see their fans again.
      • The Nossa História tour gives it a triple meaning, in addition to the first two established ones; now it can also be interpreted as being about the duo's joy over performing together again, twelve years after they split up. And on top of all of that, it offers a nice little Title Drop for the tour itself: "vem que a nossa história tá começando"!
    • "Quando Você Passa (Turu Turu)" was also given a non-sexual double meaning for the Nossa História tour, being performed after a pre-recorded VT in which the duo look back at their career and express how thankful they are to have made something they loved to do into their careers and how much they appreciate their fans.
  • Dream Team: They have collaborated with the likes of Ney Matogrosso, Xuxa, Toquinho, Milton Nascimento, and even Enrique Iglesias and Taboo.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: Their first few albums have more obvious country influences to them, perhaps due to the influence of their famous father, and the lyrics were much more innocent and childlike... Well, for the most part (see Getting Crap Past the Radar).
    • The original Sandy & Junior TV special uses "Beijo É Bom" for its opening titles, when the series itself used "Eu Acho Que Pirei" as its opening theme for most of its run (being replaced with "Não Dá Pra Não Pensar" in the fourth season). The special also features several characters who don't appear in the series proper, most notably Vicky, played by Mariana Ximenes; in contrast, many characters who are part of the main cast in the series, such as Basílio and Dodô, only have brief cameos in the special, with the latter being played by an entirely different actor, and while Ritinha does appear, she instead goes by the name of Sheilla.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Before the release of the 2001 Self-Titled Album, an instrumental version of "Não Dá Pra Não Pensar" was used in the TV series as a leitmotif for Junior and Carol's relationship. The episode introducing Carol aired in April, while the album was released in October of the same year.
  • '80s Hair: As a child, Junior sported a mullet much like the one his father famously sports. Thankfully, he grew out of it, albeit not without going through a phase in which he sported floppy hair and, as seen in the video for "Imortal" and the first season of the TV show, curtains.
  • Embarrassing First Name: As you'd expect, Junior's real first name is the same as Xororó's: Durval.
  • Everything's Better with Sparkles: Sandy has had a few very sparkly stage outfits throughout the years. The ones from the Nossa História tour are some of her sparkliest yet, though, in particular the green and black striped jumpsuit embellished with over thirty thousand rhinestones.
  • Everything's Louder with Bagpipes: Subverted with "Aprender a Amar", which includes a bagpipe solo (for some reason) which, while noticeable, isn't particularly loud.
  • Face on the Cover: Done on both the 2001 self-titled album and on Identidade. The latter in particular has interchangeable covers featuring each of the two.
  • Fake-Out Opening: "Enrosca" starts out more slow and stripped back, much like the original song. 55 seconds in, the tempo cranks up, turning into full-on dance-pop.
  • Fangirl: Sandy is a huge fan of Mariah Carey (whom she got to see up close twice when Mariah visited Brazil to promote Charmbracelet), Whitney Houston and Elis Regina. Junior, on the other hand, has always been a huge fan of Michael Jackson growing up.
    • The two are also fans of the band Roupa Nova, and frequently attended their concerts. This is what led to the band writing "A Lenda" for them.
  • Fanservice Pack: Both of them as they got older, especially Junior, who used to be a short, bucktoothed little boy with '80s Hair and grew up into an absolute dreamboat (see Mr. Fanservice).
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: As stated in interviews, Junior is the Foolish Sibling while Sandy is the Responsible Sibling.
  • Former Child Star: Thankfully averted. Despite having been in the spotlight ever since they were kids, they have grown up into respectable adults. Sandy in particular is said to be an inspiration for many of Brazil's current female popstars, such as Anitta, who teared up when she got to sing with her for the first time, and IZA.
  • Fun Personified: Especially during their teen years.
  • Fun Size: Sandy, who's only 5'2''...
  • Genre Shift: From children-oriented pop with occasional country and throwback influences to a more straightforward teen pop.
  • Genre Throwback: A few of their earlier albums, especially Tô Ligado em Você, were influenced by the musical stylings of The '50s and The '60s.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: The song that launched them into stardom, "Maria Chiquinha", involves a countryside man named Genaro wondering what his wife, the titular Maria Chiquinha, was doing in the woods, with the ongoing implication that she was cheating on him and doesn't want him to know, coming up with excuse after excuse to throw him off. It culminates with Genaro telling Maria Chiquinha that he'll chop her head off and "make use" of the rest of her body. The fact that they were children at the time only makes it worse.
    • They also once did a cover of Chuck Berry's infamous "My Ding-A-Ling". Keeping the subtext. And this was also when they were kids. Yeah.
  • Give Him a Normal Life: Sandy prefers to raise her son Theo away from the spotlight.
  • Girl Next Door: Sandy had this reputation back in the day, and most likely still has, although she has made several (mostly unsuccessful) efforts to try and shake off her Chaste Heroine image.
  • The Glasses Come Off: Junior nowadays wears glasses, as seen on Pipocando Música, but seems to keep them off for the Nossa História reunion tour with Sandy.
  • Greatest Hits Album: Eighteen, with eight of them being endorsed by popular brands like the aforementioned Yakult.
  • Grief Song: "Marilyn", from Você é D+!, is about, and dedicated to, the duo's deceased pet dog.
  • Happy Rain / Romantic Rain: "Cai a Chuva", somewhat played for Rule of Sexy.
  • Heartbeat Soundtrack: Used on "Quando Você Passa (Turu Turu)". Justified, as the titular "Turu Turu" is how the narrator refers to their heartbeat when their crush walks by them.
  • Hidden Depths: Junior's vocal range isn't as big of a deal as Sandy's is, but "Com Você" demonstrates that, at least back in the day, he was able to reach higher notes than most people give him credit for.
  • Hotter and Sexier:
  • I Got Bigger: Sandy, being the older sister, used to be taller than Junior. Once Junior hit puberty, he went through a considerable growth spurt and became taller than her.
  • Important Haircut: During the Dig-Dig-Joy era, Junior dropped his initial mullet in favor of floppy '90s Hair, and by As Quatro Estações, he had it cut short and spiky, while Sandy stopped sporting the blunt bangs she had for most of her childhood and teen years. It was around this time, especially during the latter era, that their songs gradually became less childish and they started releasing more introspective material and Power Ballads.
    • Junior's change from floppy hair to short spiky hair also marked his transition from cute teenager to full-fledged heartthrob.
  • Incredibly Long Note: Sandy pulls off one at the end of "Imortal".
  • Legacy Character: The third generation of successful music duos in the same family, following on the example of their father and uncle as well as their maternal grandparents. Their TV show even had several episodes that touched upon their roots, one of which had said grandparents as Special Guests.
  • Lesser Star: Junior, who was usually more of a backing vocalist/musician to Sandy. They did, however, release tracks in which he got to Step Up to the Microphone, such as "Aprender a Amar", "Cai a Chuva" and their covers of "Enrosca" and "Superman (It's Not Easy)".
  • Long Runner: They spent 18 years singing together before they disbanded.
  • Love Makes You Crazy: A more benevolent, downplayed example with "Eu Acho Que Pirei".
    • Also implied on "Quando Você Passa (Turu Turu)", as the narrator claims their feelings for their crush are so intense that they're unable to sleep, go out with their friends, or even breathe.
    If only I could have you in my grasp, dominate your feelings
  • Lucky Charms Title: For the Nossa História comeback tour, to indicate that it'll be a temporary reunion, the & on "Sandy & Junior" is replaced with two overlapping triangles. According to Junior, these triangles are meant to represent that, even though they're no longer a double act, they're still siblings above all else.
  • Melismatic Vocals: "O que é imorta-a-aaaaaaaaaaaa-haaaaaal..."
  • Mr. Fanservice: After he hit puberty, Junior had a fair share of moments that justify his status as one of Brazil's biggest teen heartthrobs in the early 2000s. Exhibit A, the cover of Santana's "Smooth" that he performed, in full Latin Lover mode, during the Quatro Estações tour.
    • On the official tour DVD's multiple-angle option, at one point while Sandy is performing "Olha O Que o Amor Me Faz" solo, we get to see Junior backstage, lifting his shirt to expose his stomach while a stagehand fans him. Later, while Sandy is singing Villalobos' 5th Bachiana at the start of the winter section, we're shown what is essentially a brief Shirtless Scene as Junior changes from one shirt to the other. In comparison, Sandy isn't shown changing clothes so thoroughly during Junior's solos.
    • See also: Junior in form-fitting white tops in the videos for "Desperdiçou" (which ends with him sharing a Big Damn Kiss with the kidnapped bride character) and "Love Never Fails", as well as on the duo's photoshoot for Vogue Brazil in 2004.
    • The TV series had two different occasions in which Junior, under supernatural influence, seduced a few of the female characters. In addition to that, there were several instances of him wearing form-fitting shirts throughout the show, and of course, he did get his fair share of shirtless scenes. It was even lampshaded at one point:
    Sandy: There are so many girls in this school after you...!
  • Nature Spirit / Our Fairies Are Different: During the Quatro Estações tour, one of Sandy's stage costumes, worn during the Spring section of the show, included a crop top with a pair of tiny dragonfly wings attached to the back, making her look like a spring fairy.
  • New Sound Album: A few, but "As Quatro Estações" is the most notable one, seen by many as the turning point in which they started being seen as a legitimate pop act.
  • Non-Actor Vehicle: The homonymous TV show, the movie Acquária, and arguably their appearance on O Noviço Rebelde.
  • Non-Appearing Title: "As Quatro Estações"
  • Older Than They Look: Sandy is currently 36, and even released a solo song about the joys and woes of being a 30-something, but doesn't look a day past 25.
  • Orbital Shot: Certain scenes of the video for "As Quatro Estações" have the camera spinning around Sandy as she sings, even during the chorus, in which she's standing back-to-back with Junior. The live tour version mimics this by having them stand on a spinning platform.
  • Pinch Me: Mentioned in "Eu Acho Que Pirei":
    I even pinched myself, could this be an illusion?
  • Playing Hard to Get: The female character in the song "Vai Ter Que Rebolar". It actually plays with the trope by having her genuinely reject her admirer at first, only to realize, during the second half of the song, that she may actually be into him after all:
    Cheeky boy, I think he may be my type
    He's so nervy and silly, but he's cute
  • Power Ballad: "Com Você", "Inesquecível", "Imortal", "Olha O Que o Amor Me Faz", and especially "A Lenda". Examples from later albums include "O Amor Faz" and "Encanto".
  • Pretty in Mink: Sandy is shown wearing a fur coat in the winter variant of the Quatro Estações - O Show album cover, and wears a fur shawl at the start of the winter section of the show itself.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: "Desperdiçou" is an entire song about telling off an uncaring former lover and walking away from them for good.
  • Refrain from Assuming: There's frequent confusion involving their single "Imortal", due to another single taken from the same album (the Title Track "As Quatro Estações") that has that word in its chorus (see Call-Back).
  • Relationship Revolving Door: This was the nature of Sandy's relationship with her eventual husband Lucas before they got together for good in 2004.
  • Rhyming with Itself: Twice at the start of "Vai Ter Que Rebolar", which rhymes "faço" with "faço" and "bem" with "bem".
  • Remix Album: Todas as Estações - Remixes, which is this for the songs from As Quatro Estações.
  • Sampling: "Olha O Que o Amor Me Faz" samples Céline Dion's version of "All By Myself", while "As Quatro Estações" samples the percussion from "Housecall" by Shabba Ranks.
    • Whether it's a cover or a sample can be debated, but "Cai a Chuva" is definitely a more poppy reworking of the reggae track "Tease Me" by Chaka Demus and Pliers.
  • Seasonal Baggage: They have an entire song, the aptly-named "As Quatro Estações", which uses the four seasons as a lyrical motif.
    Sandy: This is a tradition! When the seasons change, you have to change the cover!
    Junior: Y'know, I always know when the seasons change because the fans change the covers around and tag me [on social media]. Then I'm like, "oh, fall's here!"
    • The Nossa História tour continues the motif by having the audience be handed cutouts of a flower, sun, autumn leaf and snowflake, meant to be held up during the performance of "As Quatro Estações".
  • Self-Titled Album: Two, one released in 2001 and the other released in 2006.
  • Serial Escalation: From 1996 to 2000, following the success of "Com Você" on Pra Dançar Com Você, each of their album releases featured a prominent Power Ballad, which each example being more grandiose than its predecessor. This started with "Não Ter" on Dig-Dig-Joy, followed up by "Inesquecível" on Sonho Azul, "Imortal" on As Quatro Estações, and culminating with "A Lenda" on Quatro Estações: O Show.
  • Sexophone: "Cai a Chuva", one of their more sexually-charged tracks, includes a saxophone solo.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Silly Love Songs: So, so many, especially in their earlier releases, which could also qualify under the Puppy Love trope.
  • Slap-Slap-Kiss: Quite literally, between Junior and the bride character in the video for "Desperdiçou".
  • Spoken Word in Music: "Desperdiçou" features a brief spoken part by Sandy at one point (oddly enough, the music video has Junior mouthing some of it, therefore causing a lot of confusion with listeners).
    "You've wasted [my love]... Your indifference silenced the passion... You're still gonna look for me... But I'm not coming back. Oh, I'm not coming back."
    • "Baby, Liga Pra Mim" features constant banter between the two as Sandy expresses concern over whether the boy she likes will call her or not, with Junior being skeptical and telling her to forget about it.
  • Special Guest: Rodrigo Santoro, one of Sandy's co-stars from Estrela-Guia, appears on "Baby, Liga Pra Mim" as the person on the other side of the line. Yes, that Rodrigo Santoro.
  • Starcrossed Lovers: "A Lenda" portrays the moon and the ocean (or at least, Anthropomorphic Personifications of them) like this.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Sandy bears a striking resemblance to the duo's mother Noely. It still shocks people to this day.
  • Step Up to the Microphone: Any song in which Junior is prominently in the lead vocals. These include "Aprender a Amar", "Enrosca", "Cai a Chuva", "A Gente Dá Certo", and "Libertar".
  • Surprisingly Happy Ending: The video for "Imortal", which starts with Sandy and her lover going their separate ways, keeps up with the bittersweet yet hopeful message of the song and ends with them happily reuniting.
  • Talky Bookends: The music video for "Estranho Jeito de Amar", which is inspired by All About My Mother, is a full-on short film, clocking in at 13 minutes and 31 seconds.
  • Teacher/Student Romance: The video for "Aprender a Amar" apparently centers around Junior having an unrequited crush on one of his teachers.
    • The TV series also has him briefly develop a crush on Ana, a teacher from the middle school division of CEMA, who looks and acts in a way that's not too dissimilar to Ms. Keane.
  • Telephone Song: "Baby, Liga Pra Mim", of course.
  • Textless Album Cover: The cover of their second self-titled studio album.
  • The Cover Changes the Gender: Their Bee Gees medley changes "More than a Woman" to the gender-neutral "More than a Shadow".
  • The Cover Changes the Meaning: "As Quatro Estações" was originally written about one of Sandy's teenage crushes, who, according to her, actually liked her back but was way too shy to admit it. The English version, "I Will Lift You Up", is about The Power of Friendship and being there for someone when they're feeling down.
    • Downplayed with their cover of "Superman (It's Not Easy)". While it's still about wanting to be seen as a normal person rather than being put on a pedestal, it becomes the lament of a celebrity rather than of a literal superhero.
    • "Dias e Noites", a cover of Bob Seger's "We've Got Tonite", turns a song about a one-night stand between two people who aren't right for each other into a song reaffirming the duo's fraternal bond.
    • The "Stayin' Alive" portion of the Bee Gees medley changes the original's surprisingly dark content, about survival in the streets of New York, into much lighter lyrics about dancing all over the world.
    • The original "Immortality" was written for the stage adaptation of Saturday Night Fever, and within the context of the show, it was sung by the disillusioned Tony after the death of Bobby C. "Imortal" turns it into a Break Up Song in which the narrator has to end the relationship in order to sort herself out and do some personal growth on her own, while admitting that she can't stop thinking about her significant other and believing that they could be together again someday.
  • The Power of Friendship: On both "I Will Lift You Up" and "When You Need Somebody".
  • Translated Cover Version: We'd be here all day if we had to list them all.
    • One of the most notable is their cover of "You're the One That I Want" from Grease, mainly because Sandy is named after the Sandy from the musical. They have also released a cover of "Hopelessly Devoted to You".
    • They were also responsible for the Brazilian versions of both end credit pop songs from Mulan (strangely, their version of "True to Your Heart" has Sandy singing the Stevie Wonder verses, probably because they matched her voice better).
    • The American release of Internacional included English covers of "A Lenda" and "As Quatro Estações".
  • Truck Driver's Gear Change: Repeat offenders. It can be found on "Inesquecível", "A Lenda" (which has two!), "Desperdiçou", and at the very end of "Love Never Fails". There's also "Não Dá Pra Não Pensar", which has a funny variation in that it occurs right before the first chorus. The Nossa História tour did away with pretty much all of them, though.
  • Turn of the Millennium: Heavily associated with this time period, which was when their TV show started airing. The first season's finale was even set during a New Year/Millennium party.
  • Unmoving Plaid: Used in the graphics for the performance of "Nada Vai Me Sufocar" from the Nossa História tour, with polka dot patterns on Sandy's sunglasses and Junior's shirt.
  • Vocal Evolution: It's bound to happen when you start your career as kids and keep going all the way into adulthood.
  • Wake Up, Go to School, Save the World: Growing up, they managed to conciliate their popstar careers with their studies. This is also true of their fictionalized counterparts in the TV show, which puts more emphasis on the "go to school" aspect.
  • Wedding Smashers: The music video for "Desperdiçou" has Junior breaking into a wedding and taking the bride away with him. Amidst the scandalized reactions of the wedding guests, we see the priest dropping the rings, implying that, due to Junior's interference, the wedding never really happened to begin with.
  • Youthful Freckles: Sandy has these, usually covered with make-up. They're most noticeable on Estrela-Guia, for which she usually wore very little make-up, and in the video for "Love Never Fails".

Tropes that apply specifically to the self-titled TV show include:

  • All Just a Dream: Some episodes, such as "Estrelas São Para Sempre" e "Quem Tem Medo de Vampiro?", end this way.
    • Or Was It a Dream?: Both of the mentioned episodes end this way. "Estrelas São Para Sempre" reveals that Boca did, in fact, have a former friend named Paulo Maraca who got kicked out of his band for being a terrible musician, much like what Pablito's backstory was in Bete's dream.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Bebel's brief infatuation with Boca, as seen in "A Rádio CEMA Está no Ar" and "Bebel Não Vai Pro Céu".
  • Amnesia Episode: The Season 3 episode "Nome: Sandy Leah Lima".
  • Answer Cut: In the episode "Fica Comigo Pra Sempre":
    Sandy: You know Junior would only break a promise if something truly extraordinary happened.
    [Cut to Catarina talking to Junior from within the movie in the projection room]
  • Ascended Extra: Basílio, Mau and Dodô become this in the transition from the TV special to the TV show, and Boca became this after proving popular with the public.
  • Bald Woman: The mysterious girl who kisses Junior in "A Noite Que Faremos Contato".
  • But Now I Must Go: Gabriel in the episode "Um Anjo Veio Aqui", and Catarina in "Fica Comigo Pra Sempre". In both cases, they're needed in their respective original worlds.
  • Bread, Eggs, Breaded Eggs: In the episode "Sua Majestade, O Bebê", when the teens find an abandoned baby in the school grounds, decide to raise him momentarily, and realize they should give him a name.
    Bebel: I like João.
    Clara: Well, I'd call him Victor. It's my father's name.
    Junior: It's settled then — João Victor.
  • Briefer Than They Think: Sandy and Gustavo's relationship. Due to the real-life romance between Sandy and Paulo Vilhena as well as the constant Will They or Won't They? throughout Season 2, many fans don't seem to realize that their romance was surprisingly short-lived, with Gustavo getting back together with Clara on the eighth episode of Season 3.
  • Cassandra Truth: In the episode "Gully, Um Viajante do Espaço", when the kids find out Gully, the mouse that's been roaming around the school, is actually an alien and can talk.
    Duda: The mouse can talk!
    Junior: Yeah, sure, and I can fly!
    Junior: Sandy, I swear I'm not going crazy! What do we do?
    Sandy: Get yourself a straitjacket, size 15.
  • Celebrity Paradox: Downplayed. While the events portrayed in the TV show are fictional and exist in their own universe, Sandy and Junior are still popstars much like they are in real life, and there are multiple moments throughout the show that reminds the viewers of this, such as the entirety of "Uma Canção Para Sandy", the duo being hounded by reporters and paparazzi at one point during "A Alma do Negócio", and Sandy mentioning fanmail in "Todos Por Todos".
    • In the episode "Azarar É Preciso", the group decides to host a pop culture icon-themed costume party to open their Flirt Club and try and flirt with other people outside their circle of friends. When it proves to be easier said than done...
    Junior: The competition's too stiff for me. There were at least fifteen Juniors!
    Mau: No need to worry, y'know? Because there were some pretty shoddy knock-offs there. It's like piracy!
    • If anything, the duo's celebrity status becomes more prominent within the show during Season 4, most notably in episodes such as "Agora Eu Sou Uma Estrela", in which Patty enters a Fake Relationship with Junior in order to bag a role on television and kickstart her budding acting career.
    Junior: I'm at a party, I'm supposed to have fun!
    Patty: Except I'm your fun tonight, Junior! We're dating!
    Junior: Patty, this is just pretend.
    [Patty plants a Big Damn Kiss on him while the paparazzi take pictures]
    Patty: Did you like my acting?
    Junior: ...Quite a lot. Now let's see if you like mine! [pulls her in for another Big Damn Kiss]
  • Clip Show: Entire batches of these, recapping the events of two episodes each, shown during the vacation intervals of Seasons 1-2 and 2-3.
  • Delinquents: Boca and his posse.
  • Did I Just Say That Out Loud?: Poor Bete is prone to slips of the tongue at the worst possible occasions.
  • Dreadful Musician: In stark contrast with Sandy & Junior themselves, many of the other characters are shown to be less gifted in music. The episode "Boa Romaria Faz Quem em Sua Casa Fica em Paz", for instance, has Bete at one point playing guitar and singing "My Heart Will Go On" so off-key that it drives away the customers from Basílio's food trailer.
  • Dress Hits Floor: "Mas Quem É Essa Garota?" treats the viewers to a quick glimpse at Junior's Modesty Towel hitting the floor as Dorinha spies on him getting dressed.
  • Eek, a Mouse!!: In the episode "Gully, Um Viajante do Espaço", during class, Patty reaches into her bag to lend Clara a pen, only for Gully the alien mouse to emerge from inside it. Cue Patty screaming hysterically and standing on top of her seat while the rest of the class scrambles to find the mouse.
    Patty: I'M GOING TO SUE THIS SCHOOL!!
    Junior: Patty, it's just a punky little mouse, cut it some slack!
  • Election Day Episode: "Cabeça x Coração", which involves Boca and Patty leading rival parties in the school election. The election itself ends in a tie, resulting in a truce, with the two becoming co-Student Council Presidents. There are also two more, one of which stems from Bebel overreacting after being hit on the head with a fallen tree branch.
  • Elevator School: CEMA encapsulates both middle school and high school. This is established with the introduction of the Tagalong Kid characters in Season 2.
  • Embarrassing First Name: Boca's real name is Cleoswaldo Tártare. When it's first revealed by Principal Camilo on "A Rádio CEMA Está No Ar", Sandy and Junior's group can't help but chuckle at it. Junior is also referred to as Durval a few times, usually by Boca.
  • Fast-Forward Gag: How Pablito is exposed as a fraud in "Estrelas São Para Sempre".
  • "Flowers for Algernon" Syndrome: Happens in "Armando e Efetuando", in which Mau becomes a math genius after being hit on the head with a frisbee.
  • Foreshadowing: At one point during "A Rádio CEMA Está no Ar", Boca and his group discuss the possibility of him repeating third year again, with Bebel pointing out that, if he does, they'll be in the same class. The Season 1 finale reveals that this is exactly what ends up happening to him.
  • Foreign Fanservice: Discussed, and ultimately averted, in "Galera Unida Jamais Será Vencida", in which Patty's butler Otacílio is sent off to work with her parents in Europe and a governess from Germany is sent in to replace him. The boys all jump to the conclusion that said governess could be a gorgeous buxom blonde, only to be disappointed when she turns out to be an authoritarian Brawn Hilda instead.
  • For Want of a Nail: The two-part Season 2 episode "A Galera e o Tempo" makes use of this trope when Bete steals a flower as the gang goes back to the present day, changing their original time period into a Bad Future.
  • "Freaky Friday" Flip: Happens between Sandy and Patty during the Season 2 episode "O Feitiço do Arco-Íris".
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: During the music video for "Eu Quero Mais" in the episode "O Dia do Caçador", the characters are seen using colorful paint to write and draw all sorts of positive messages on a blank white wall, including words like "Peace", "Joy", "Music" and "Art"... And then there's a random "Codfish" (presumably written by Basílio, as during that season he ran a food trailer that served Portuguese dishes such as codfish pastries) with a fish spine drawn alongside it. One cut later, the fish spine has apparently been turned into a phallus by someone else.
  • Give Geeks a Chance: Basílio, the nerd of the group, harbored an unspoken crush on Bebel for most of Season 1, which is eventually reciprocated from "Todos Por Todos" onwards.
  • Gossip Evolution: The episode "Na Boca do Povo" centers around Max and Ritinha staying up late at school to finish a group project, which generates a rumor about them dating. Said rumor gets out of hand pretty quickly, causing Mau's Big Brother Instinct to come out in full force.
    • This also happens in the episode "Nesta Data Querida", in which Junior and Gustavo speculate about the possibility of Irene and Elvira being long-lost twins due to the two women's birthdays falling on the same day. Patty overhears this, mistakes it for something legitimate, and starts spreading it around as a rumor, which is, again, blown out of proportion.
  • Green Aesop: Several episodes, in particular the Season 1 Missing Episode "Pelo Ar Que Respiramos".
  • Hardboiled Detective: Junior plays one in the Film Noir feature film that the main characters put together in the first two episodes of Season 3.
  • Hot Teacher:
    • Ludmila, who has the boys gawking at her during her classes. The fact that she teaches French may have something to do with it.
    • Arts teacher Miguel, from Season 2, is very pretty and a gentleman to boot, and it does not go unnoticed, in particular by Patty.
    • Miguel, in fact, is a Suspiciously Similar Substitute to a similar character, Marcão, a teacher whom Ritinha has a crush on during Season 1.
  • Human Mail: Dorinha, from the episode "Mas Quem É Essa Garota?", mails herself from Salvador to the CEMA school grounds in a crate so she can write a newspaper story about Sandy & Junior's daily lives.
  • Imposter Forgot One Detail: In the episode "Sandy e a Revolta das Máquinas", the school computer creates a clone of Sandy that starts making electrical appliances malfunction in order to bring about a machine revolution, and the real Sandy is blamed for the trouble she's causing. Junior and Basílio eventually are able to tell the clone apart from the real Sandy because the clone can't sing.
  • Irritation Is the Sincerest Form of Flattery: In the episode "Nem Tudo Que Brilha É Ouro", Talita and Duda decide to form a singing double act much like that of Sandy & Junior to take part in a televised Talent Show and become famous, and spend the entirety of the episode following them around and trying to be like them.
  • Isn't It Ironic?: Apparently some bright spark in the writing staff thought it would be a good idea to have Sandy and Junior sing "Imortal", a Break Up Song, at a wedding (see Weddings for Everyone).
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Patty and Boca.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: The last two episodes of the first vacation episode mini-arc end like this, with Sandy and Junior openly talking about "[staying] tuned for upcoming new surprises/adventures" while looking straight at the camera.
  • Lovable Alpha Bitch: Patty, a spoiled and confident rich girl who, while coming across as bratty and a Clingy Jealous Girl towards Gustavo most of the time, is also a Lonely Rich Kid who secretly suffers due to her parents constantly being away. Throughout the series, Characterization Marches On, and she slowly becomes less bratty.
  • Magic Realism / All Myths Are True: While the show is, for the most part, Slice of Life, the first three seasons include a wide range of supernatural occcurrences, such as the existence of ghosts, angels, aliens, virtual clones, and Time Travel.
  • Mars Needs Women: The episode "Alô, Alô, Saturno Está Chamando" plays with this trope in that, while its premise would qualify as an example of the trope, we don't get to see any actual aliens; it's just a brainwashed Junior doing all of the work.
  • Michael Jackson's "Thriller" Parody: The performance of "Vamo Pulá!" from "Brasilis, Um Fantasma Muito Vivo" includes choreography that definitely seems to be taking a page from the original Thriller choreography (although the period outfits seem to make it more reminiscent of "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)" than anything).
    • A different part of the video is referenced at the end of "Quem Tem Medo de Vampiro?", in which Junior commenting that listening to the biology teacher talking about blood is making him hungry (which parallels a similar biology class during his dream), at which point the iconic Vincent Price laugh is heard as Junior turns to the camera, his eyes having suddenly turned yellow.
  • My Sister Is Off-Limits!: Although they tend to clash most of the time, Mau proves to be protective of Ritinha on several occasions, mainly in "Na Boca do Povo" when the rumors about her and Max get out of hand.
    • In the Season 3 episode "Um Doce Perigo", Alvinho is furious when he finds out Junior's been seeing his sister Carol, to the point that Junior could've been beaten to a pulp if it hadn't been for Gully shapeshifting into Boca and stepping in to save his hide. Junior himself is similarly protective of Sandy whenever Alvinho (or, for that matter, any ill-intentioned guy) tries to make a move on her.
  • New Year Has Come: There's a New Year's Eve episode every season, usually as the season finale.
  • Once an Episode: Every episode includes at least one performance of one of Sandy & Junior's songs.
  • One Dialogue, Two Conversations: Two subsequent instances in the episode "É Primavera", as Junior and Clara become smitten with each other:
    Sandy: So, what do you think of Elvira's idea?
    Junior: [about Clara] She's beautiful.
    Sandy: Who? Elvira?
    • Then, on the next scene:
    Sandy: Is that idea of Principal Camilo's really going to work? What do you think, Clara?
    Clara: [about Junior] Could he be into me?
    Sandy: ...Camilo?
  • Only Sane Woman: Sandy usually had this role within the teenage cast.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: There have been at least two instances of Junior being concerned for Sandy when he notices she's not behaving as she usually does ("That's not my sister!"), once in "O Sortilégio do Amor" when she and the other girls fall in love with Miguel due to Madame Suli's spell, and again in "O Feitiço do Arco-Íris" after Sandy and Patty switch bodies.
    • Sandy is also deeply concerned for Junior when he starts acting out of himself in both "Alô, Alô, Saturno Está Chamando" and "Quem Tem Medo de Vampiro?".
  • Orbital Kiss: Happens with both Sandy and Gustavo and Junior and Clara during the Season 2 finale.
  • The Peeping Tom: There have been several instances of Basílio hiding in the girls' locker room to watch them change after P.E., and early on in the Season 3 episode "Mas Quem É Essa Garota?", Dorinha hides in the boys' locker room in order to sneak a peek at Junior stepping out of the shower and getting dressed.
  • Promoted to Love Interest: After breaking up at the end of Season 1, Gustavo and Clara end up dating Sandy and Junior, respectively, before getting back together in Season 3.
  • Pubescent Braces: Basílio wore subtle ones during the first two seasons.
  • Put on a Bus:
    • Max, towards the end of Season 1, who was written off as having moved away to Paris.
    • Otacílio, a recurring character, also had this done to him early on during Season 2.
    • Gustavo, Clara, Mau, Dodô and Teca after Season 3. In Gustavo's case, specifically, it was because his actor was cast in a primetime Soap Opera.
  • Rain Dance: Done in "O Feitiço do Arco-Íris" to undo the "Freaky Friday" Flip between Sandy and Patty.
  • Refugee from TV Land: The Season 2 episode "Fica Comigo Pra Sempre" centers around Junior falling in love with Catarina, the female lead of a period romance movie. It then turns out that not only does Catarina reciprocates his feelings, but can also come out of the movie into the real world to be with him.
  • Retool: The fourth season, which followed the duo's lives as university students after graduating high school, saw a massive shift in approach, putting several established characters on a bus and dropping most of the supernatural elements.
  • Running Gag: In the episodes that feature the ghost Brasílis, during Season 1, those who first encounter him always faint.
  • Satellite Character: Dodô and Teca barely got any focus in comparison with the rest of the main characters. Teca was hit with it especially hard, as she was the only one not to appear in the skit and graphics for the "Eu Acho Que Pirei" performance from the Nossa História tour.
  • School Play: Several, most notably the play based off the work of Machado de Assis in the Season 1 episode "Assis, Assis", and the staging of Romeo and Juliet from the Season 2 episode "Amar É..." (and on the latter, the writers actually get the meaning of "wherefore" right!).
  • Second Year Protagonist: Sandy, Junior, and most of their friends were second-year students when the show started.
  • Serial Romeo: Due to not really having a fixated love interest, Junior pursued, and was pursued by, several girls throughout the show's run, including Clara, Carol, Patty, Yoko, both of the Costa Bastos sisters, Catarina, and an unnamed, ambiguously alien girl who kisses him in his sleep in the episode "A Noite Em Que Faremos Contato". Clara even calls him out for having a "Romeo Complex" in the Season 3 episode "Um Doce Perigo", after finding out he's been seeing Carol behind her back.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: The usually rowdy, rebellious and scruffy Boca turns up in a tuxedo and with his hair combed back for the school dance in the episode "Quer Dançar Comigo?". The episode "A Garota dos Meus Sonhos" turns it up a notch by having him all dressed up, soft-shoeing and lipsynching Frank Sinatra's "Cheek to Cheek", in a bid to win a contest and join Sandy in posing for a magazine cover.
    • Season 4 also has this trope applied to Yoko, who is usually a tomboyish Wrench Wench and has been given glamorous makeovers by the other girls on a few occasions.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Season 3 sees both Sandy and Patty losing interest in Gustavo and harboring crushes on the virtuous and diligent Festa.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Bete's name is spelled as Beth on The Other Wiki and as Betty at one point in "O Ar Que Respiramos", but the group chat skit from the Nossa História tour reveals that her name is actually spelled Bete. Boca's real name is also spelled differently on The Other Wiki than it is on the skit.
  • Tagalong Kid: Talita, Duda, and Glorinha in Seasons 2 and 3.
  • The Mole: In the episode "A Rádio CEMA Está No Ar", Bebel takes a liking towards Boca, who decides to use her to hijack the radio elections in order to have his group win. When she finds out his true intentions, she does not take it well.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Season 3 sees Bebel, once a Shrinking Violet, become increasingly bossy and condescending, to the point that her friends have to call her out on it.
  • Token Minority: Dodô and Teca in the first three seasons, and Yoko in the fourth season. The first season also had Max as the Token Jew of the cast.
  • Training Montage: For both the students and the teachers in the episode "E o CEMA Faz 100 Anos" as they prepare for the school's 100th anniversary marathon.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: Gully is capable of this, usually to help others and be a hero.
  • Weddings for Everyone: Played with towards the end of the episode "O Casamento de Elvira". As Elvira and Otacílio's wedding takes place, several of the teen characters imagine themselves in wedding scenarios of their own. Some of the resulting Imagine Spots are genuinely sweet (such as the ones for Gustavo and Clara, Max and Ritinha, Dodô and Teca, and the one-sided ones in which Bebel and Bete imagine themselves marrying Basílio and Mau, respectively), while some are more on the humorous side (such as Basílio imagining himself as a sultan with a harem of wives, and Boca imagining himself crashing Sandy's wedding to steal her away from her unidentified groom).
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: In the episode "O Sortilégio do Amor", when a fortune teller at a carnival casts a spell on the girls that makes them all fall in love with Miguel at first sight, the boys decide to investigate by having Basílio pretend to be a girl and consult the fortune teller.
    • Gustavo also dresses as a girl to try and talk to Carol during the Season 3 episode "O Heroi de Papel".
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: Junior and Gustavo both spend a good chunk of their screentime in the "Perdidos na Selva" vacation episode mini-arc between Seasons 2 and 3 shirtless.
  • Witch with a Capital B: Implied in "Ciranda, Cirandinha" when Miguel casts Patty as the nymph Calypso in a staging of The Odyssey.
    Patty: I don't want to be Calypso. Why do I always have to play the witch?!
    Ritinha: [sarcastically] Oh, I wonder why!

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