Cleveland Brown, Jr.

Cleveland Brown, Jr.
Cleveland Brown, Jr.
Family Guy / The Cleveland Show character
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Cleveland Brown, Jr. as he appears as of 2009
First appearance "Love Thy Trophy" (Family Guy)
Created by Kelson Bernadin
Voiced by Mike Henry (2000-2009)
Kevin Michael Richardson (2009-present)
Information
Full name Cleveland Orenthal Brown, Jr.
Nickname(s) Junior
Relatives

Biological Family:
Cleveland Brown (father)
Loretta Brown (mother, deceased)

Step Family:
Donna Tubbs (stepmother)
Roberta Tubbs (stepsister)
Rallo Tubbs (stepbrother)

Cleveland Orenthal Brown, Jr. is a character from the animated television series Family Guy, and its spin-off series The Cleveland Show.[1] He is the son of Cleveland Brown and his late ex-wife Loretta. On Family Guy, he was depicted as slim and hyperactive; however, on The Cleveland Show he is shown to have undergone a marked transformation, both in terms of a significant increase in weight and a newly-subdued personality. He was voiced by Mike Henry on Family Guy and Kevin Michael Richardson on The Cleveland Show.

At fourteen years old, Junior is the only child of Cleveland and Loretta, and the step brother of Roberta and Rallo. Junior's most prominent character traits are his laziness, obesity, and low social intelligence (although there are occasional references to him being academically bright).

Since his parents' divorce, Loretta gave custody of Cleveland, Jr. back to Cleveland and forced him to move. Thus, the pair left for California. However, en route, they decided to live in Stoolbend, Virginia instead, where Cleveland married Donna Tubbs, and Rallo and Roberta became his step-siblings.

Contents

Role in The Cleveland Show

Cleveland Jr. is a frequent target of weight related jokes from a variety of characters in the series, in particular Rallo, his step-brother. When Rallo met Cleveland, Jr. and his father he would often call them "fat." In the second episode, Cleveland, Jr. served as a door in the bathroom so that he could earn his classmates' respect, which angered Cleveland. He also exudes a nervous and overly sensitive nature, and seems to have a fear of toasters as the toaster in his house scares and taunts him.

When it is revealed in "Birth of a Salesman" that he has repressed emotions from the divorce of his parents and has in fact never cried before, his new siblings help him to express his sadness and at the same time the three of them accepted one another as family. In a preview of the show, he says, "I can eat this and a salad," and Cleveland replies with, "A salad would be a good start," possibly meaning he's encouraging him to go on a diet. However, it could also simply be some sarcastic remark to Cleveland, Jr.'s obesity.

Junior's obesity and low self esteem makes it difficult for him to find friends. In "Da Doggone Daddy-Daughter Dinner Dance", he becomes friends with Laine and Kyle, although this is solely due to his agreeing to act as a replacement bathroom door. In "The One About Friends", Cleveland, Jr. creates an actual friendship with Lester Krinklesac's son, Ernie. He shared a kiss with Laura Davis at the Stoolbend Community Church's chastity ball.

While Cleveland, Jr. is not very active as he was in Family Guy, he has other hobbies; he enjoys doing chores and playing the tuba. Derek nominated him for student-council president as a joke, but, after saving Oliver Wilkerson's life, he won. Additionally, while he may not know much when it comes to social situations, he is quite academically talented; he apparently has the second highest calculus scores at his school. A gag in one episode shows him to have built an advanced battle suit with a gatling gun out of pots and pans, possibly making him as intelligent as Stewie Griffin. The same gag shows that Cleveland tallies points for and against whether or not Cleveland, Jr. is in fact intelligent, or very stupid.

Character

Creation

Cleveland, Jr. debuted in the season 2 episode 5 "Love Thy Trophy" of the animated TV show Family Guy, but only made a handful of appearances in this series. He was presumably taken into Loretta's custody after she divorced Cleveland in "The Cleveland-Loretta Quagmire," and has since undergone a major character reinvention upon becoming a leading character in The Cleveland Show. After Cleveland and Loretta's divorce was finalized in the pilot episode of The Cleveland Show, Junior was placed in Cleveland's custody, and moved out of Quahog, Rhode Island to Stoolbend, Virginia where Cleveland rekindled a relationship with his high school sweetheart and subsequently remarried.

Design

Cleveland, Jr. in Family Guy.

In Family Guy Cleveland, Jr. is an active child of normal size, but in The Cleveland Show he has aged, gained weight and appears mentally and socially slower. In Family Guy, he wears a purple T-shirt, blue jeans and white sneakers, but in The Cleveland Show, he wears a red T-shirt, blue shorts, sneakers and glasses.

Cleveland, Jr. was a minor character who had a short time with Peter in the episode, "Fore Father", where he showed a talent of playing golf. After that episode, he made short appearances later in the show, with his last on Family Guy at his father's supposed funeral, along with Loretta.

His new appearance and personality is extremely similar to Chris Griffin. In the animatic for the Family Guy episode "Love, Blactually", his new found obesity is mentioned as a side-effect of mood-stabilizing medication, though no mention of it has been made in the broadcast version of "Love, Blactually" or on The Cleveland Show.

Unusually, Cleveland, Jr. appears much older in The Cleveland Show than he was in Family Guy. In contrast, no other characters in Family Guy have been shown to age significantly.

Voice

Kevin Michael Richardson voices Junior in The Cleveland Show.

Cleveland, Jr.'s voice is provided by Kevin Michael Richardson, who voices other characters on The Cleveland Show, including Lester Krinklesac, Julius, and P-Hound. In Family Guy, Junior's voice is provided by Mike Henry.

Kevin Michael Richardson describes voicing Cleveland, Jr. as "a character he did on ER named Patrick, who was mentally impaired and wore a football helmet."[2] Before the show aired in 2009, the show's panel appeared at the 2009 Comic Con International, and held a discussion about the show. When describing Junior's change in physical appearance and age, Mike Henry said "Cleveland, Jr. really didn't have much to him and so he didn't appear for a while and so we sort of aged him up and made room for Rallo to be the younger one for a while."[3]

Personality

He is obsessive-compulsive when it comes to cleaning and keeping things orderly. Originally explained in Birth of a Salesman as his way of dealing with his parents' divorce, he uses it to his advantage in The Curious Case of Junior working at the Stool to secure a job at The Broken Stool. He moos when frightened, making people mistake him for a cow. Though Cleveland, Jr. is shy he can out-rap people with ease and isn't above threatening people. He is quite academically talented; he apparently has the second highest calculus scores at his school. It is revealed that Cleveland Jr. doesn't believe in God but he doesn't call himself an atheist (as he states, it is just another insufferable religious belief, therefore is an agnostic, secular humanist or Irreligious) when a hurricane strikes Stoolbend and refuses to take part in a prayer.

References

  1. ^ Family Guy episode "Love Thy Trophy," written by Mike Barker and Matt Weitzman, directed by Jack Dyer. Aired March 14, 2000.
  2. ^ "The Voices Behind 'Cleveland'". Entertainment Weekly. 2 October 2009. http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,20309493,00.html. Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
  3. ^ Cronan, Mark (5 August 2009). "CCI: The Cleveland Show". Comic Book Resources. http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=22408. Retrieved 24 January 2010. 

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