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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 Story"), 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 dreamed of pursuing 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", and "Desperdiçou".
  • 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:
    Autumn is always the same, the leaves fall in the backyard
    But my love won't fall, because there's no use, it's immortal
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Celebrity Endorsement: For Yakult and Biotônico Fontoura.
  • Changed for the Video: The video version of "Enrosca" has a random break, early in the song, that consists of nothing but sound effects.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Cool Shades: Junior in the videos for "Enrosca", "Desperdiçou" and "Love Never Fails".
  • 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".
  • 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". 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.
  • Dream Team: They have collaborated with the likes of Ney Matogrosso, Xuxa, Toquinho, and even Enrique Iglesias.
  • 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.
  • '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 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 when promoting 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.
  • 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.
  • 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, 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.
    • See also: Junior in tight 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, one episode of the third season ends with a performance of "A Gente Dá Certo" in which he has a tight black shirt on. 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...!
    • One edition of the Identidade CD release came with two postcards, one of each sibling. Sandy's was a standard picture of her smiling, while Junior's looked like this.
  • 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 shameless 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".
  • "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!"
  • 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 doubting 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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".
    • "Não Dá Pra Não Pensar" is a funny variation in that it occurs right before the first chorus.
  • 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.
  • 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 Beth'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 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.
    • During Season 2, when Duda decides to enter a polyamorous relationship with both Talita and Glorinha after the two girls go head-to-head for his affections, this results in Glorinha becoming more involved in subsequent events.
    • Alvinho is first introduced in "A Garota dos Meus Sonhos" before going on to play a bigger role in the two subsequent seasons.
  • 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.
  • 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 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. 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!
  • 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.
  • 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 Beth 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 truck.
  • 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.
  • Embarrassing First Name: Boca's real name is Cleosvaldo Tartari. 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.
  • 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 senior 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 Beth 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".
  • 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".
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 being away most of the time.
  • Magic Realism: 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.
  • 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.
    • 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.
  • New Year Has Come: Most of the season finales take place during New Year's Eve.
  • 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":
    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.
  • Orbital Kiss: Happens with both Sandy and Gustavo and Junior and Clara during the Season 2 finale.
  • 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 few 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.
  • 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, the aforementioned Catarina, and an unnamed, ambiguously alien girl who kisses him in his sleep in the episode "A Noite Em Que Faremos Contato".
  • 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.
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes: Vampire!Junior (and, by extension, the rest of the vampires) in "Quem Tem Medo de Vampiro?".
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 Beth 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.

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