History HeyArnold / TropesQToZ

24th Jan '16 10:42:37 PM Upgrader
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* SliceOfLife: The show is purely this, with very few ventures into the more fantasy stuff. * SlidingScaleOfContinuity: Level 3. While most episodes are stand-alone, there are callbacks and nods to previous episodes every so often. Plus, there are some episodes that are pretty much mandatory watch, since they introduce a new characters that become regulars. ("New Teacher", "Ms. Perfect")

** The episode "24 Hours to Live" features the headline "Arnold to Die Today". ** Arnold's HumiliationConga in "Arnold Betrays Iggy" includes getting filmed by the news. Question: why is a ''kid wearing bunny pajamas'' making it to television?!

* YouLookFamiliar: When the original voice of Arnold, Toran Caudell, started getting older, they switched him to the voice of Wolfgang while Phillip Van Dyke took over the voice of Arnold. Later on, Spencer Klein would replace Phillip. This all ended up being subtly referenced in the episode "New Bully on the Block", where Wolfgang, Ludwig (voiced by Phillip). and Arnold get in a war over who should own the vacant lot.
11th Jan '16 12:36:49 PM ThorfinnRowle
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* UnreliableNarrator: Grandpa Phil becomes this at times. In one episode even he was confused about whether or not a story he told was made up or not.

* WritersCannotDoMath: ** Grandpa once said his grandfather lived 1830-1921. He also said his grandfather participated in the tomato incident which took place in the 1770s-1780s (making him about 150 years older than Phil at least!) and in another episode we see a flashback of Phil's childhood in the mid-late 1920s where his grandfather is shown to be alive and well and only looking about as old as Phil does now. ** The writers seem to flip-flop between having Harold a few years older, or the same age as Arnold and his friends.
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* WritersCannotDoMath: WritersCannotDoMath: Of course many of these examples may be due to Phil's poor memory, exaggerations, or math skills. ** Grandpa once said his grandfather lived 1830-1921. He also said his grandfather participated in the tomato incident which took place in the 1770s-1780s (making him about 150 years older than Phil at least!) and in another episode we see a flashback of Phil's childhood in the mid-late 1920s where his grandfather is shown to be alive and well and only looking about as old as Phil does now. now. We are also given a reference to a barbecue he attended in 1926, five years after his alleged death. *** In the movie Phil claims that his father won the boarding house in a card game during the 1890s. Assuming he was at least in his 20s when he won said card game, this would make him in his early forties (if not older) when he had Phil who was born in the mid-late 1910s. We see Phil's father in multiple flashbacks of when Phil was Arnold's age and frankly he looks no older than 45 or so. ** The writers seem to flip-flop between having Harold a few years older, or the same age as Arnold and his friends. For one thing he went to pre-school with the rest of the characters and didn't look any older than them (he should've been around 8-9).
9th Jan '16 10:14:34 PM Upgrader
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** Harold twice in the episode "Hey Harold", first to Sid and Stinky then later to his overbearing parents.
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** Harold twice in the episode "Hey Harold", Harold!", first to Sid and Stinky then later to his overbearing parents.

* ShipperOnDeck: Most people who knew about Helga's feelings for Arnold were supportive of a potential relationship, especially Phoebe and Grandpa Phil. Even Lila, her [[UnknownRival supposed arch-rival]], agreed to step aside for her since she actually has no romantic feelings for Arnold.
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* ShipperOnDeck: Most Despite her fear of being mocked for her feelings, the people who knew know about Helga's feelings for crush on Arnold were supportive of a potential relationship, especially relationship. Phoebe is definitely this, and Grandpa Phil. Even Lila, Phil might believe Arnold and Helga will end up like him and Pookie. Lila is debatably this as well, since she agreed to step aside for Helga, her [[UnknownRival supposed arch-rival]], agreed to step aside for her kiss Arnold in the school play since she actually has no romantic feelings for Arnold.Arnold. ** According to Craig Bartlett, Brainy is a combination of this and IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy.

* {{Snapback}}
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* {{Snapback}}{{Snapback}}: At the end of ''Hey Arnold! The Movie'', the streets are filled with debris, there's damage from an underground explosion, and the overpass behind the boarding house was blown up. The two episodes that take place after the movie (''April Fool's Day'' & ''The Journal'') have no sign of any damage anywhere in the neighborhood.

** Principal Warts also gained a tendency to become an cranky and sometimes unreasonable [[SadistTeacher Sadist Principal]] (with a bit of a HairTriggerTemper to boot) in later seasons as well.
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** Principal Warts Wartz also gained a tendency to become an cranky and sometimes unreasonable [[SadistTeacher Sadist Principal]] (with a bit of a HairTriggerTemper to boot) in later seasons as well.well. The episode "Principal Simmons" deals with Wartz's explosive behavior.

* [LogicalFallacies You Fail Logic Forever]]: [[DrillSergeantNasty Lieutenant Major]] [[SadistTeacher Goose]] gives us this gem: "YOUR HAIR'S NOT CURLY! WHAT IS YOUR ''REAL'' NAME?" Granted, [[TheCuckoolanderWasRight he was]] ''[[TheCuckoolanderWasRight right]]'' about it not being Curly's real name (his real name's Thaddeus), but that doesn't make it any less ridiculous. [[RuleOfFunny Just a lot funnier.]]
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* [LogicalFallacies [[LogicalFallacies You Fail Logic Forever]]: [[DrillSergeantNasty Lieutenant Major]] [[SadistTeacher Goose]] gives us this gem: "YOUR HAIR'S NOT CURLY! WHAT IS YOUR ''REAL'' NAME?" Granted, [[TheCuckoolanderWasRight he was]] ''[[TheCuckoolanderWasRight right]]'' about it not being Curly's real name (his real name's Thaddeus), but that doesn't make it any less ridiculous. [[RuleOfFunny Just a lot funnier.]]
30th Dec '15 10:52:39 AM kablammin45
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* ScreamsLikeALittleGirl: Sid.
18th Dec '15 2:56:40 PM Upgrader
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* VinylShatters: Seen in the movie during the block party, when Suzie and Grandpa Phil are the DJs, Phil is annoyed with Suzie's vinyl-spinning techniques, and grabs the LP record she was playing and smashes it easily.
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* VerySpecialEpisode: For a kids' cartoon, the show had quite a few episodes with serious stories that featured mature subjects. For example: ** "Helga on the Couch" touched on ParentalFavoritism and the reason some kids become bullies as part of Helga's backstory. ** "Chocolate Boy" deals with addictions. [[GRatedDrug Only with chocolate.]] ** "Arnold's Christmas" shows the harsh life and difficult choices civilians went through during the Vietnam War. * VinylShatters: Seen in the movie during the block party, when Suzie and Grandpa Phil are the DJs, [=DJs=], Phil is annoyed with Suzie's vinyl-spinning techniques, and grabs the LP record she was playing and smashes it easily.

** Arnold. ** Helga counts, too, due to her impressive vocabulary.
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** Arnold. Arnold. He's more mature than most adults. ** Helga counts, counts too, due to her impressive vocabulary.

* WorkOffTheDebt
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* WorkOffTheDebtWorkOffTheDebt: The end of "Dinner for Four".
18th Dec '15 9:56:58 AM RayAP9
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** Lila repeatedly uses the phrase "oh so" or "ever so" whenever talking about how much she likes something. She's certain that she just adores this trope, just ever so much. ** Mr. Simmons often describes things as being "special" (Helga {{lampshade| hanging}}s the trope when she does an impersonation of him, air-quoting the word "special" every time she uses it)
18th Dec '15 9:16:03 AM kablammin45
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* TookALevelInJerkass: This happened to Phoebe when she became hall monitor. She got better though.
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* TookALevelInJerkass: TookALevelInJerkass: ** This happened to Phoebe when she became hall monitor. She got better though.

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* TookALevelInJerkass: This happened ** Principal Warts also gained a tendency to Phoebe when she became hall monitor. She got better though.become an cranky and sometimes unreasonable [[SadistTeacher Sadist Principal]] (with a bit of a HairTriggerTemper to boot) in later seasons as well.
22nd Nov '15 10:57:10 AM Upgrader
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---> '''Helga:''' Look, Brainy, this is just ''weird.'' How is it that you're standing behind me again? How'd you get in this little arch? Were you waiting for me to come to this alley? ''What's your deal?'' ** Every time Arnold hits a baseball, someone is going to get hit by it. There was even an entire episode dealing with the idea. ** Whenever someone belts out a BigNo or SayMyName, it's loud enough to set off car alarms. ** Helga's parents can never remember her age usually guessing six, seven, or eight and then being surprised when she says she's nine.
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---> --> '''Helga:''' Look, Brainy, this is just ''weird.'' How is it that you're standing behind me again? How'd you get in this little arch? Were you waiting for me to come to this alley? ''What's your deal?'' ** It's pretty common for an episode to feature a GilliganCut. ** Every time Arnold hits a baseball, someone is going to get hit by it. (See: "24 Hours to Live" and "Beaned") There was is even an entire episode dealing with the idea. ** Whenever someone belts out a BigNo or SayMyName, it's loud enough to set off car alarms. idea. ("Dangerous Lumber") ** Helga's parents (Bob, especially) can never remember her age age; usually guessing six, seven, or eight and then being surprised when she says she's nine.nine. ** Whenever Helga lets out a screams out (or sometimes yells out Arnold's name), one of three things will happen: *** One, another loud sound will play while she screams. *** Two, there will be a DistantReactionShot of Arnold asking Gerald "Did you hear something just now?" *** Three, the scream will set off car alarms.
21st Nov '15 10:49:16 AM Upgrader
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* RecycledPremise: A fair amount of the later episodes are retreads down the paths of older ones - for example "Helga's Parrot", "Helga's Locket" and "Helga Blabs It All" are all revisitations of the early episode "The Little Pink Book". In an example of TropesAreNotBad, most of these recycled plots allowed the writers to explore the storylines in unique and still entertaining ways. ** The most prominent example, however, is "Love and Cheese," which ''is'' "Operation Ruthless," just with Lila replacing Ruth while showing off the deeper development the characters had been given in the years between the episodes. Fully cognizant of this, the episode is full of references to ''Ruthless'' - several lines from the first episode are repeated and/or referenced, Ruth herself cameos on several occasions in the background (despite not appearing at all in the show for quite a while), and Phoebe and Gerald are shown walking past scenes together - a reference to [[BetaCouple how they hooked up in the background during the plot of]] ''Ruthless.'' ** A more subtle example is "Arnold Visits Arnie." "Weird Cousin" involves Arnold's cousin Arnie visiting the boarding house and the girl Arnold loves falls in love with Arnie. In "Arnold Visits Arnie" Arnold visits Arnie out in the country and Arnie's girlfriend falls in love with Arnold. It doesn't stick out as much as other examples because there's no subplot where the girl who likes Arnie tries to make the other girl jealous and "Weird Cousin" didn't have Dopplegangers, Arnie aside.
8th Nov '15 10:11:24 AM Upgrader
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* RecycledPremise: A fair amount of the later episodes are retreads down the paths of older ones - for example "Helga's Parrot" is a mix of "Helga's Locket" and "Helga Blabs It All," all of which are revisitations of the early episode "Little Pink Book." In an example of TropesAreNotBad, most of these recycled plots allowed the writers to explore the storylines in unique and still entertaining ways.
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* RecycledPremise: A fair amount of the later episodes are retreads down the paths of older ones - for example "Helga's Parrot" is a mix of Parrot", "Helga's Locket" and "Helga Blabs It All," All" are all of which are revisitations of the early episode "Little "The Little Pink Book." Book". In an example of TropesAreNotBad, most of these recycled plots allowed the writers to explore the storylines in unique and still entertaining ways.

* {{Sleepwalking}}
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* {{Sleepwalking}}{{Sleepwalking}}: Pork rinds cause this, apparently.

* SpiritualSuccessor: Sky Rat will be this(Craig Bartlett's second Nicktoon) when it premieres. * StalkerShrine: Famously, Helga had a shrine in her closet made out of Arnold's used chewing gum that was shaped like Arnold's head.
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* SpiritualSuccessor: Sky Rat will be this(Craig (Craig Bartlett's second Nicktoon) will be this when it premieres. * StalkerShrine: Famously, Over the course of the series, Helga had a shrine has several different Arnold shrines in her closet closet, the most famous being the one made out of Arnold's used chewing gum that was shaped like Arnold's head.bubblegum.
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