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Don't tell me not to dance, Dad!
- Jimmy Pesto, Jr.

James[2] "Jimmy" Pesto, Jr., or possibly legally Jimmy Popolopovich, Jr.,[Note 1] and more commonly Jimmy Jr. (J-Ju by Zeke),[Note 2] is the oldest son of Jimmy Pesto and the older brother of Andy and Ollie Pesto. He's an eighth-grader at Wagstaff School in the same classes as Tina Belcher, who's had the longest crush on him since he made his first appearance in "Sheesh! Cab, Bob?," but unfortunately for her, Jimmy Jr. cares more about dancing and his best friend, Zeke.

He is voiced by H. Jon Benjamin.



Jimmy has reddish-blond hair and a cleft chin similar to his father's. He wears a yellow shirt under a blue vest, black pants and white shoes. He is sometimes seen wearing red headphones. When he was in fifth grade, he wore dental headgear, which possibly contributed to his lisp.


Jimmy Junior has a severe, sometimes unintelligible, lisp due to a natural speech impediment ("The Unnatural"). In "Ex MachTina," he reveals that his father is taking him to speech therapy.

Jimmy's passion is "dancing his feelings." His dancing is always his first priority, even when it comes between him and Tina in "Presto Tina-o," and him and his father in "Ex MachTina." He even competes for Tina's hand in a dance battle in "Two for Tina."

He approved of her erotic friend fiction, starring himself, in "Bad Tina."


Main article: Jimmy Pesto, Jr./Story



Jimmy Pesto[]

Pesto seems to hate his son's dancing. In "The Belchies," when Jimmy Junior starts dancing he yells, "Don't tell me not to dance, dad!" This dynamic is reinforced when Jimmy Junior confesses to Tina-Bot that his dad is trying to keep him from dancing in "Ex MachTina."

Jimmy Pesto seems to be not a very affectionate parent, in one instance, causing his son to break character and marvel after simply being told "Great job!" by his father (as he left in the middle of the show), on his role in Working Girl the Musical in "Work Hard or Die Trying, Girl."

Jimmy Pesto says in front of his own three sons that he considers Trev the son he always wanted ("Family Fracas").

His mom[]

Andy and Ollie Pesto[]

They are Jimmy Jr.'s younger twin brothers. Jimmy Jr. seems to be jealous of their bond. He reveals how he always wanted a twin himself in "The Fresh Princ-ipal," and he also talks about how he used to trick his brothers by saying there's only one of them in "Bully-ieve It or Not."

Love interests[]

Tina Belcher[]

Jimmy Jr. is Tina's love interest, although Tina herself calls their relationship "on-again-off-again" in "Ain't Miss Debatin'." He doesn't always realize that she likes him, and he's not as 'developed' as Tina, who is a lot more precocious when it comes to boys and relationships. In "Burger War," Tina attempts to get him to notice her by slow dancing. They have kissed numerous times and have gone on a date, but he sometimes rejects Tina's advances. In "Ex MachTina," Jimmy Jr. and Tina truly connect while Tina is a robot. They talk for hours and kiss at the end of the episode.

His feelings for Tina are ever-changing, despite her affections often being obvious and obsessive. His interest in Tina is shown to fluctuate depending on the needs of each episode. Interested at times and unresponsive at others depending on the narrative, and in episodes like "V for Valentine-detta" and "Ain't Miss Debatin'," he can appear as an inconsiderate player. It could likely be him being more underdeveloped in romance—although he shows a definite interest in girls and dating—or he is far more interested in his hobbies and relationships with his friends. That complicates his relationship with Tina, who has a vastly more profound interest in boys and romance. While he often shows romantic interest in Tina and at times has even considered her his girlfriend, he often tends to forget they are dating in favor for time spent with best friend and wrestling buddy, Zeke, and dancing by himself.

He also exhibits wanting what he can't have. He shows the most interest in Tina when she is uninterested in him or in another relationship.

Regardless of their their odd relationship, Jimmy Jr. is consistently friendly to Tina and often enjoys spending time with her. Despite that, there are times where he or Tina get annoyed with the other or behave selfishly, but the two often work it out and come to an understanding of the other's feelings.


The other Belchers[]


Zeke is on the school's wrestling team with Jimmy Jr., and the two are shown to have an incredibly close friendship. Jimmy Jr. is often shown to put preference on his time with Zeke over Tina and everyone else. It’s shown that Jimmy Jr. really needs Zeke’s approval, especially in “Stand by Gene”, when Jimmy Jr. feels the need to compete with Gene for Zeke’s attention (unbeknownst to Gene).

Tammy Larsen[]



Other media


  1. In "Burger War," Mort reveals that Jimmy Pesto's real last name is "Poplopovich." It's unknown if he changed Jimmy Jr. or his other children's last names to "Pesto," or if they were born as a "Pesto."
  2. Zeke first calls Jimmy Jr. "J-Ju" in "The Belchies."


  1. s5e4 "Dawn of the Peck" Ollie reveals that they have an aunt whose house he tried shrimp at.
  2. s4e10 "Presto Tina-o" Zeke calls Jimmy Jr. "James."

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