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"Irmão do Jorel é o Irmão do JorelNote 
Que é irmão do Nico tambémNote 
e Jorel é irmão do Irmão do Jorel,Note 
do Jorel,Note 
do Jorel!Note 
Irmão do Jorel!"Note 

Jorel's Brother (Irmão do Jorel in the original Portuguese) is a Brazilian animated series. Created by Juliano Enrico and produced by Copa Studio, it premiered on Cartoon Network Brazil in 2014, with a second season premiering in 2016, a third season premiering in 2018, and a fourth season premiering in 2021.

The series takes place in an eccentric Brazilian city, and revolves around the youngest son of an equally eccentric family. This shy boy has always been overshadowed by the popularity of his older brother Jorel, so he is only known as "Jorel's brother". The family also includes: oldest son Nico, who is a slob and a rock star wannabe; athletic mother Danuza and arts enthusiast father Edson; the sweet Grandma Juju and the snarky Grandma Gigi.


Jorel's Brother provides examples of:

  • A Dog Ate My Homework: In "Zazazila", Zazá eats Jorel's brother's essay.
  • Aerith and Bob: Débora has a normal name, but her brother is called Déboro, which is literally her name with a male letter (o) instead of a female letter (a). Lampshaded in his debut episode:
    Perdigoto: From one side we have Dudu and his brother, against Débora and Débora's brother!
    Déboro: Déboro.
    Perdigoto: Huh?
    Déboro: My name is Déboro.
    Perdigoto: No, this name does not exist. And you are disclassified.
    • While "Perdigoto" is not even a real name either, his first name is Roberto. "Perdigoto" is actually a Brazilian Portuguese word for drops of saliva that fly when someone is speaking, which fits with the character's trait of spitting whenever he talks.
  • Art Evolution: In the second season, most characters got smoother lines, and the backgrounds changed from a simple, cartoonish style to a more realistic style. Just compare This picture from the school exterior in the first season, with the school exterior in the third season.
  • Action Mom: Mrs. Danuza, when chasing the school bus with her son in a motorcycle, after he missed it.
  • Amazing Technicolor Population: Samantha and Granny Juju are green-skinned, and Granny Gigi is pink-skinned.
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  • Animesque: Used a lot in the Season 2 finale.
  • Anachronism Stew: The show has an 80's feeling and is stated to be set in The 80's. However, there are many contradictions:
    • In "A Vida Secreta dos Belezitos", Débora has many pictures of Jorel from the yearbook; they are dated from 1988 to 1994, implying the episode takes place in 1995;
    • In "Aterrorizante Vida Adulta", Billy's test has the date of May 22, 1983, making Jorel's Brother's birth in May 22 1975. However, May 22, 1983 was a Sunday, so he shouldn't even be at school in that day in the first place.
    • In "Sucesso Interplanetário", there is a website parodying YouTube, called VocêTubo ("Você" means "You", and "Tubo" actually means pipe). In the same episode, a camera shows the episode takes place in 2010;
    • In "Jornal do Quintal", a calendar shows the date of December 2015.
    • As of the third season, the show is firmly estabilished to take place in The New '10s, even though the original idea was for it to take place in The '80s. Apparently, it takes place in the late 10's.
  • Animesque: Microwave Warriors, a Show Within a Show in the episode "Embarque nessa Onda". Its style resembles Saint Seiya, but features fighting food Mons.
  • Art Shift: When Jorel's Brother is going to tell a story, the animation turns sketchy, with a paper background (that also appears in the opening)
  • Baby Talk: Jorel's brother once met his grandmother Juju when she was a baby. The first thing she said was "avocado", and then kept babbling.
  • Big Brother Bully: Jorel and Nico are this to their younger brother, the latter doing so for being upset he is no longer the youngest. However, Jorel's brother has stated once he hates being their brother, and they clearly look sad.
  • Bilingual Bonus: Microwave Warriors; it's spelt the same way in the original dub.
  • Bizarre Taste in Food: Mrs. Danuza once made a vitamin of mortadella sandwich.
  • Black Comedy: Many episodes in early Season 1 had animals being (accidentally) killed.
  • Blinding Bangs: Nico has these, though he has pretty eyes.
  • Boyish Short Hair: Lara's hair reaches up to her neck only, and she's commonly mistoken for a male (with her skirt being the only female trait).
  • Bland-Name Product: Mrs. Danuza's motorcycle is labelled as a "Seamarra" rather than a Yamaha.
  • Brand X: Sprok Maçã (Apple Sprok) is a clear parody of Dolly Guaraná, the most known cheap brazilian soda, sprok even have their soda plastic bottle mascot Sprokinho (Little Sprok) as do Dolly have "Dollinho" (liitle dolly)
  • Bubblegum Popping: In "Adelino Adventure Park", Jorel's Brother tries to float with a bubble gum, but it just pops (though he does float for a moment).
  • Cast of Snowflakes: Just the family picture is enough to notice the wide variety of designs. The other characters are as unique and hardly any of them looks slighty similar to other.
  • Catchphrase: Mrs. Lola, the school principal, yells "NÃO PODE!" ("You can't do this!"). In spanish, it is "It's not possible!"
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Parody: "A Fantástica Fábrica de Refrigerantes". Jorel's Brother, his classmates and teacher visit a seemingly abandoned Sprok apple soda factory looking for help after their bus fell off a bridge. They meet Mr. Sprok and visit the magical room where the apples trees are and unicorns work. They then find out that the apples are fake, the unicorns are overworked and the soda is made of giant beetle milk.
  • City with No Name: The characters sometimes say they live in Brazil, but never specify their city.
  • Clown School: Rambozo owns one, which is also a military school. The only foods available there are cotton candy broth and lollipops. It has a ball pit where misbehaving clowns are thrown to stay permanently; one entered it when he was a kid and only escaped as an old man.
  • Cold Open: Season 3 has these.
  • Conspicuously Light Patch: The background is drawn with dirly lines and darker colors (in Season 1, people in mobs were part of the background too) Parodied in a short, where Perdigoto is hosting a show, where there are four doors and one has to be chosen. Out of the four, one is plain light green, while the other three are darker and have details on them. However, it is not the chosen door.
  • Continuity Creep: Season 3 has a heavy continuity. At first, the series was mostly episodic, and one could watch them in any given order. Nowadays, miss one episode, and you'll be asking where is Lara, why is an elderly clown in the classroom, or why is there a flat-screen TV in the house now.
  • Creator Cameo: Due to the series being based on Juliano Enrico (which was Jorel's brother in real life) and his family, live-action photos of them often appear.
  • Death of the Author: Juliano Enrico, the show creator, has stated that Jorel's Brother's name is not specifically Juliano, despite the character being loosely based on him. Almost everyone ignores that.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: The title theme, as quoted above.
  • Detention Episode: "O Mais Doidão da Escola", where Jorel's Brother and Billy Doidão compete to see who's the craziest (coolest, in the context), and the other classmates are the ones judging or watching it; they all got detention together for laughing while the principal was present. It should be noted that in real life in Brazil, detention is basically nonexistent.
  • Driving Question: Jorel's brother's real name.
  • Episode Title Card: The titles were initially shown in scenes at the beggining of episodes, but now there are title cards.
  • Expository Theme Tune: The first one shows Nico being gross, Jorel and Ana Catarina being attractive, and Granny Juju and Lara being nice.
  • First-Name Basis: As it is common in Brazil.
  • Fluffy the Terrible: Literally. There's Fluffy, the Murderer Dolphin... Who turns out to be a pony in disguise.
  • Foreign Exchange Student: Jorel's Brother's imaginary friend (or enemy) was a exchange student with a European accent.
  • Good Parents: While Jorel is obviously the pride of the family, Edson and Danuza are good parents to their three sons equally and do not treat any of them as The Un-Favourite.
  • Goth: A background character appears to be one.
  • Imaginary Enemy: Jorel's brother has one in an episode with the exact title (but in Portuguese, obviously). His name is Boris, he has an European accent and does bad things for him that are actually done by Jorel's brother himself.
  • Lethal Chef: Mrs. Danuza's food isn't very nice: she made a mortadella sandwich vitamin, and later a burned lasagna that nobody wanted to eat and made up excuses (Granny Juju actually wanted to eat it, but Danuza thought it was another excuse to not eat the food).
  • Inexplicably Identical Individuals: The business men of Shostners & Shostners.
  • Limited Wardrobe
  • Long Haired Prettyboy: Jorel, Jorel's Brother brother.
  • Master of Disguise: Grandma Juju's talking duck, Gesonel.
  • Medium Blending:
    • The backgrounds have a more crude and caricate style than the characters. This is specially noticeable in Season 2.
    • Shakespearito, an edutainment show host reminiscent of Sesame Street, is a live-action puppet.
  • Mega-Corp: Shostners & Shostners.
  • Middle Child Syndrome: Inverted. Jorel, the middle child, is considered the pride of the family.
  • Mr. Exposition: the magical coconut who explains some concepts (such as St. John's festival and matinees) to the kids. It's somewhat hard to tell if these sequences are for real or simply Played for Laughs.
  • Never Mess with Granny: Granny Gigi used to star in many action movies, with dangerous scenes without effects. She is still a cool grandma, and can throw her flip-flops like a boomerang.
  • New Job as the Plot Demands: Wonderlay works at loads of different places. It's shown in the Season 3 finale that there are, in fact, several Wonderlays, and one of them goes insane after noticing it.
  • No Name Given: The protagonist, Jorel's Brother.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Steve Magal is anExpy of Steven Seagal. Most scenes with him are parodies of Seagal's action movies. His last name, Magal, is a reference to Brazilian singer Sidney Magal. In the third season, it was revealed that he has a brother named Sidney Seagal.
  • Not Allowed to Grow Up: The show has been on since 2014, but Jorel's brother and his classmates are still in third grade. That said, the show had a very inconsistent timeline and it could entirely possibly run in Webcomic Time.
  • Only One Name: Most characters have no known surnames, including the main family.
  • Origins Episode: "Irmãozinho do Jorel" shows the day Jorel's brother and Lara met; he was walking around the beach with his iconic yellow boots he had then borrowed from Jorel, and found Lara. They proceed to collect things around the beach, sing a song about bananas with Carlos Felino and Reginaldo, get lifted to space by the self-flying kite and help Gesonel and the other ducks battle with Klong, and swim at the beach.
  • Panty Shot: Nearly all female characters get this at least once, including the old and unattractive ones.
  • Pushover Parents: Implied with Granny Gigi's father. According to her, the only present she ever got was an old shoe of him, and she had fun by throwing it at his head.
  • Recursive Reality: Jorel’s brother gets lice in "O Terrível Ataque dos Piolhos Mutantes", which build an entire civilization on his head. Also, the lice have lice as well, and the lice’s lice also have lice, but most importantly humanity is the lice of an alien dinosaur.
  • Serious Business: Walking with your backpack open.
  • Scenery Porn: The backgrounds from Season 2 onwards.
  • Talking Animal: Tosh, the family dog, and Granny Juju's ducks.
  • The Ahnold: Steve Magal, his brother Sidney Seagal and Jack Thompson, partner of films of Steve Magal.
  • Token Trio: Though it's almost always only Jorel's brother and Lara, in "Aterrorizante Vida Adulta", Marcinho teams up with them to help, so it's:
    • Jorel's brother is the male white friend.
    • Marcinho is the male black friend.
    • Lara is the female white friend.
  • The Silent Bob: Jorel has only had one actual line (his own name). Other than that, he only gives a deboxed laugh.
  • Two-Teacher School: The only staff members shown are a teacher, the principal, and a custodian. However, it's more likely there are more teachers, but they don't appear because they are not important. Many Brazilian elementary schools do have one teacher per class (except for a few subjects such as English).
  • Spoiled Brat: William Shostners, owner of Shostners & Shostners and classmate of Jorel's Brother.
  • Stomach of Holding: Zazá, Granny Gigi's chihuahua, eats everything she feels like eating.
  • Sudden Video-Game Moment: The scene where Jorel's Brother runs away from the dentist and his living tools in "Shostners Shopping". Given the escalators, elevators and doors, it's likely meant to be a Shout-Out to the arcade game, Elevator Action.
  • Talking Animal: Tosh the dog and the ducks are all able of normally speaking Portuguese.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Lara is a tomboy and Ana Catarina is a girly girl.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Grandma Juju and avocados.
  • Vocal Evolution: Granny Gigi's voice got screechier in Season 2.
  • Villainous Harlequin:
    • Rambozo, a Drill Sergeant Nasty clown who runs a school for aspiring clowns.
    • Instead of the real-life 1964-1985 military dictatorship of Brazil, Edson was a revolutionary (as an actor) against a military clown dictatorship in his youth.
  • World of No Grandparents: Granny Gigi and Juju's husbands don't live with them and never appeared on the show. However, Mr. Edson was largely based by Juliano Enrico's paternal grandfather, more than in his actual father.
  • When I Was Your Age...: Parodied; Mr. Edson once tells Jorel's brother that when he was his age, he was also eight.
  • Where the Hell Is Springfield?: The show takes place at the Brazilian Midwest, but it's unknown which city it is. It's most likely set in Goiás, according to the anti-close shown.
  • Who's on First?: The episode "Em Busca de Liberdade" (In Search of Freedom) has Granny Gigi and Granny Juju (and Jorel's Brother as the Tagalong Kid) traveling, according to them, in search of freedom. After being mistaken for armed criminals and chased by the police, it turns out that Freedom is a brand of porcelain polish, and it's cheaper at this remote supermarket they were driving to.
  • Youthful Freckles: Lara.

Alternative Title(s): Irmao Do Jorel


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