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Jacob Two-Two is the central character in an animated TV series produced by Nelvana and aired on YTV, which is loosely based on a series of children's books created by Mordecai Richler.

Jacob Two-Two is the youngest of five children and gets his nickname because he often says things twice since no one hears him the first time. The first book, Jacob Two-Two Meets the Hooded Fang has been filmed twice (pun not intended), and there are references to it in the animated series.

The animated series was put on hiatus in 2005, after running for 61 episodes; the show has been seen in America on Qubo (one of the series it launched with, actually).


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Jacob Two-Two provides examples of:

  • Adults Are Useless: Partly averted. Master Spy X. Barnaby Dinglebat is helpful, at least. And Jacob's parents are pretty sharp. Basically any antagonistic adult is useless.
  • Almighty Janitor: Leo Louse, Principal Greedyguts' omnipresent henchman.
  • Aloof Big Brother: Jacob's oldest brother, Daniel.
  • Alpha Bitch: Phoebe, who insulted and shoved Daniel after he accidentally knocked her into the lake despite apologizing
  • Alter Kocker: Jacob's grandfather.
  • The Ahnold: One-time Terminator parody Mr. D. Fender.
  • Basement-Dweller: Leo Louse actually lives in the school's basement with his mother.
  • Big Brother Bully: Noah and Emma are this to Jacob whenever they are around him.
  • Brother-Sister Team: The Fearless O'Toole and the Intrepid Shapiro (twins Noah and Emma) of "Kid Power".
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  • Butt-Monkey: The titular character.
  • Canada, Eh?: To make this series more Canadian than it already is, you'd have to dress up the entire cast in RCMP uniforms.
  • Character Development: In the first few episodes, Jacob and Renee had a mutual disliking for each other, but they became friends overtime.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Buford.
  • Cool Old Lady: Mrs. Sweetiepie.
  • Digging to China: The tunnel in the school's staff room.
  • Embarrassing First Name: Principal Greedyguts' first name is Ignatz.
  • Embarrassing Middle Name: Buford's full name is Buford Orville Gaylord Pugh.
  • Fat Bastard: Principal Greedyguts. It's even in the name. Also Fish
  • Four-Fingered Hands: The animation used does this with all of the characters.
  • Finger-Licking Poison: While it wasn't poison, one episode did have a plot based around this trope with newspapers that had brainwashing ink that convinced you to buy the products it advertised after you licked your fingers while turning the pages. Jacob and his friends were immune because they didn't lick their fingers.
  • "Freaky Friday" Flip: In Jacob Two Two and the Big Brain Exchange, Jacob accidentally switches brains with Principal Greedyguts. He uses his new position to try and make life better at Dreary Meadows School. And yes, their voices switch bodies too.
  • Freudian Trio: Buford is the Id, Jacob is the Ego and Renée is the Superego.
  • "Getting My Own Room" Plot: The first episode, "Jacob Two Two vs. the Hooded Fang", has this as a subplot; the family has just moved to their house in Montreal, and Jacob has to share a room here with his annoying brother Noah. He convinces his parents to give him the attic as his room, if he can prove he's able to spend a night there without getting scared. By the end of the episode, he succeeds, and the attic thus becomes his room for the remainder of the series.
  • Gentle Giant: Gary, the Hooded Fang's alter ego.
  • Gonk: Principal Greedyguts and Ms. Sourpickle.
  • Goofy Print Underwear: Jacob often wear polka dot boxers.
  • Gratuitous French: As you'd expect, Renée does this all the time.
    • Sometimes qualify as Poirot Speak, when she uses simple phrases like "oui?" in the place of "right?"
  • "Groundhog Day" Loop: "Jacob Two-Two's Time Trials", with the twist that Jacob himself uses a time machine to actively reset time in an attempt to stop himself from breaking his brother's Beatles record, and causing other disasters in the process.
  • Honest John's Dealership: Carl Fester King has a penchant for these kinds of schemes.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: Jacob is friends with Gary/The Hooded Fang and X. Barnaby Dinglebat, both of which are adults.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Jacob's siblings may bully Jacob and get him blamed for things he didn't do, but they truly and genuinely love him and wouldn't truly get him in serious trouble. And heaven help you if you try to hurt the kid.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: All the villains are completely irredeemable and unlikable.
  • Lean and Mean: Miss Sourpickle and Fowl.
  • Mad Scientist: "Old Man Leduc" looks the part (complete with Battle Butler), but he's really a veterinarian.
  • Magic Feather: Gummer Gormley's hockey card.
  • Massive Numbered Siblings: Jacob is the youngest of five.
  • Mean Character, Nice Actor: Gary is a gentle soul, and a bit of a chicken. However his wrestling persona, The Hooded Fang is scary and intimidating.
  • Meaningful Name: Lots of the adult supporting characters: I.M. Greedyguts, Miss Sour Pickle, Mrs. Darling Sweetiepie, Auntie Goodforyou, Sergeant Law and Corporal Order, Mrs. Bountiful.
  • Meganekko:
    • Renee
    • Jacob's mom.
  • Mundane Fantastic
  • Nice Guy: Jacob Two-Two.
  • Our Prime Ministers Are Different: Perry Pleaser.
  • Performance Anxiety: Jacob Two-Two shows signs of this. So of course he gets stuck with the task of selling chocolate bars to fix the school gymnasium and having to explain The Talk for a school project, twice.
  • Police are Useless: Jacob doesn't even try to call the cops on Greedyguts or Sour Pickle.
  • Punny Name: I.M Greedyguts.
  • Putting the "Pal" in Principal: Principal I.M. Greedyguts' twin brother Y.B. Greedyguts looks this way, giving out hot chocolate to students, having heated rooms, and just being an all round nice guy. It's totally subverted when it turns out he's a Bitch in Sheep's Clothing and is actually worse than his brother, and the nice facade is to trick students and teachers into applying for his school, which is barely a school, but actually a place where people are forced to run on hamster wheels to generate energy.
  • Sadist Teacher: Principal Greedyguts and Miss Sour Pickle, both of whom look and act like they're on loan from a Roald Dahl book.
    • However their science teacher Mr. Moleculus averts this, as he is a pretty decent guy.
  • Sadistic Choice: Jacob is face with this in one episode, either expose the evidence and risk a sea monster out of its home or delete the evidence and let people think he's a liar and his grandfather's crazy. He chooses the latter.
  • Stronger Sibling: In a way. Principal Greedyguts' identical twin Y. B. Greedyguts, who, despite his goody-two-shoes introduction, turns out to be even more evil.
  • Super-Sargasso Sea: Jacob discovers an Alternate Dimension that is limited version of this; all the missing socks end up there. The inhabitants use socks as currency, and there's even a black market for them.
  • Those Two Bad Guys: Fish and Fowl, whom are introduced later in the show.
  • ¡Three Amigos!: Jacob, Buford, and Renée.
  • Ultimate Job Security: I.M. Greedyguts has been caught faking an injury to defraud the school, stealing school funds for his own personal luxury, stealing fundraiser items, ripping off a guys donut recipe, and just generally being a Sadist Teacher yet somehow keeps his job
  • Unholy Matrimony: Fish and Fowl, a pair of crooks wanting to get rich.
  • Villain Team-Up: "Wooden Nickel Knuckleheads" had Greedyguts, Leo, Carl, Fish and Fowl teaming up to try to steal Jacob's wooden nickel that's valued around $100,000. The alliance doesn't last long though.
  • Vocal Evolution: By the end of the fifth season, Buford's voice actor has aged so much that his voice is pitched up to make him sound younger.
  • Welcomed to the Masquerade: Jacob is admitted into Library Ninjas after he starts doing mundane volunteer work there, partially because he's the only kid left who takes reading seriously.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: At the end of "...and the Pirated Pastry", Principal Greedyguts gets his comeuppance by having all his jelly donuts taken away. He stops crying just long enough to realize that there's still one more donut, in his hand, and tries to take a bite—only to have that one taken away from him too.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair - Daniel. He's just cool that way.

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