History TearJerker / HeyArnold

18th Jul '16 7:54:42 PM Kishou
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* In ''Stinky Goes Hollywood'', Stinky, among hundreds of kids (and Oskar) that applied, is picked as the Yahoo Soda kid and instantly gets famous. He's genuinely happy and believes he's found something that he's good at. Then he and Arnold overhear the managers saying they only picked Stinky because of how dopey he talks. Stinky's crushed, and ultimately decides to keep his integrity by refusing a million dollar contract, despite his family and peers dismayed and distraught of the decision. The only person who knows the truth and sympathizes with his choice is Arnold.
16th Jul '16 7:43:00 PM ironballs16
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** Made even more heart-wrenching by the fact that Helga, [[JerkassFacade who rarely shows that she genuinely cares about anyone's feelings]] and is usually apathetic to Big Bob's jerkass tendencies, ''immediately'' [[EvenEvilHasStandards admonishes him for the "Orphan boy" comment]]. Even the girl who tortures Arnold on a regular basis (albeit to hide the fact that she has feelings for him) was legitimately saddened and upset by what Bob said.

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** Made even more heart-wrenching by the fact that Helga, [[JerkassFacade who rarely shows that she genuinely cares about anyone's feelings]] and is usually apathetic to Big Bob's jerkass tendencies, ''immediately'' [[EvenEvilHasStandards admonishes him for the "Orphan boy" comment]]. Even the girl who tortures Arnold on a regular basis (albeit to hide the fact that she has feelings for him) was legitimately saddened and upset by what Bob said.said, and rushes to apologize to Arnold for her father's thoughtlessness.
16th Jul '16 7:41:51 PM ironballs16
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** Made even more heart-wrenching by the fact that Helga, [[JerkassFacade who rarely shows that she genuinely cares about anyone's feelings]] and is usually apathetic to Big Bob's jerkass tendencies, [[EvenEvilHasStandards ''immediately'' admonishes him for the "Orphan boy" comment]]. Even the girl who tortures Arnold on a regular basis (albeit to hide the fact that she has feelings for him) was legitimately saddened and upset by what Bob said.

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** Made even more heart-wrenching by the fact that Helga, [[JerkassFacade who rarely shows that she genuinely cares about anyone's feelings]] and is usually apathetic to Big Bob's jerkass tendencies, [[EvenEvilHasStandards ''immediately'' [[EvenEvilHasStandards admonishes him for the "Orphan boy" comment]]. Even the girl who tortures Arnold on a regular basis (albeit to hide the fact that she has feelings for him) was legitimately saddened and upset by what Bob said.
16th Jul '16 7:30:52 PM ironballs16
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---> '''Helga''' (tugging on her oblivious father's leg): I have to go to preschool!
---> '''Bob''': Huh? Oh... in a minute, Olga. (goes back to paying attention to Olga)

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---> '''Helga''' (tugging on her oblivious father's leg): I have Hey, who's taking me to go to preschool!
pwe-school?!
---> '''Bob''': Huh? Oh... Yeah, yeah, in a minute, Olga.[[MaliciousMisnaming Olga]]. (goes back to paying attention to Olga)
16th Jul '16 7:26:15 PM ironballs16
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** The running gag of Bob calling Helga by her sister's name by mistake returns, except this time she's just a confused 3-year-old girl in preschool.
---> '''Helga''' (tugging on her oblivious father's leg): "I have to go to preschool!"
---> '''Bob''': "Huh? Oh... in a minute, Olga." (goes back to paying attention to Olga)
---> '''Helga''' (in a horribly pleading voice): "No, I'm Helga, dad! Helga!"

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** The running gag of Bob calling Helga by her sister's name by mistake returns, [[HarsherInHindsight except this time she's just a confused 3-year-old girl in preschool.
preschool]].
---> '''Helga''' (tugging on her oblivious father's leg): "I I have to go to preschool!"
preschool!
---> '''Bob''': "Huh? Huh? Oh... in a minute, Olga." (goes back to paying attention to Olga)
---> '''Helga''' (in a horribly pleading voice): "No, No, I'm Helga, dad! Helga!"Helga!
12th Jul '16 10:06:37 PM CJCroen1393
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** When Helga finally gets the perfect present combined with the love and attention from her parents (instead of the usual jerkass filled home life), she realises that she has to give it up to [[spoiler: re-unite Mr Hyuh with his daughter]] and then she realises, after spending all that time trying to find the present that would make Arnold fall in love with her, that this would be the greatest thing she could do for them all and make them happiest. So she gives it all up and takes no credit for it, giving them [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming a proper Christmas miracle]] and [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption yet again]] ends up with her love for Arnold unrecognised, standing alone in the snow.

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** When Helga finally gets the perfect present combined with the love and attention from her parents (instead of the usual jerkass filled home life), she realises that she has to give it up to [[spoiler: re-unite Mr Hyuh with his daughter]] and then she realises, after spending all that time trying to find the present that would make Arnold fall in love with her, that this would be the greatest thing she could do for them all and make them happiest. So [[ActOfTrueLove she gives it all up and takes no credit for it, it]], giving them [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming a proper Christmas miracle]] and [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption yet again]] ends up with her love for Arnold unrecognised, standing alone in the snow.
19th Jun '16 3:14:05 PM toongrrl1990
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---> One of the MANY MANY MANY heart-breaking details about Helga is that she IS smart. Heck, she’s BRILLIANT! She’s well versed in the arts, she can and does read WELL beyond the fourth grade level and writes volumes and volumes of poetry. She could have won the spelling bee if she didn’t intentionally take a dive to stick it to her dad and do Arnold a solid. Her anonymous poem won the school wide poetry contest. She’s remarkably intelligent and talented!…But how many times do we hear her compare herself to her sister or to Lila as “Okay so maybe I’m not smart, pretty, funny, popular or nice like Lila/Olga?” Despite the fact that she IS just as smart if not smarter than the both of them? How many times do we hear her compare herself to her best friend Phoebe - who if we are honest, will admit is more STUDIOUS than intelligent. And how many times do we hear her say “Maybe if I was prettier/nicer/smarter Arnold would like-like me back?” Helga was raised being constantly compared to her older sister. She’s been told so many times, directly and indirectly that she’ll never be as good or worthy of attention and affection as Olga. And there’s a part of her that believes this. She’s a 9 year old girl - and she believes she’s never going to be smart enough to be noticed. That’s why she resorts to bullying tactics, because negative attention is better than no attention at all.
12th Jun '16 12:30:23 AM LucaEarlgrey
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* "The Longest Monday", an episode about the 4th graders trying to escape the 5th graders' trashing of them as part of an annual bullying tradition, ends with Arnold trying to talk sense into Wolfgang and his squad of [[TheBully bullies]] aboutt ending this cruel tradition...and [[ShaggyDogStory he gets tossed in the trash anyway]] like his classmates.

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* "The Longest Monday", an episode about the 4th graders trying to escape the 5th graders' trashing of them as part of an annual bullying tradition, ends with Arnold trying to talk sense into Wolfgang and his squad of [[TheBully bullies]] aboutt about ending this cruel tradition...and [[ShaggyDogStory he gets tossed in the trash anyway]] like his classmates.
12th Jun '16 12:30:13 AM LucaEarlgrey
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* "The Longest Monday", an episode about the 4th graders trying to escape the 5th graders' trashing of them as part of an annual bullying tradition, ends with Arnold trying to talk sense into Wolfgang and his squad of [[TheBully bullies]] aboutt ending this cruel tradition...and [[ShaggyDogStory he gets tossed in the trash anyway]] like his classmates.
8th May '16 5:39:58 PM nombretomado
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* The ending of "Helga's Parrot": [[spoiler:While it was necessary to preserve Helga's secret crush on Arnold, seeing the parrot get eaten by a monitor lizard was a combination of one of scariest and saddest moments in the series. The latter is easily shown with Arnold, who, having grown attached to the bird, had a heartbroken stare on his face while Lilah comforted him]].

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* The ending of "Helga's Parrot": [[spoiler:While it was necessary to preserve Helga's secret crush on Arnold, seeing the parrot get eaten by a monitor lizard was a combination of one of scariest and saddest moments in the series. The latter is easily shown with Arnold, who, having grown attached to the bird, had a heartbroken stare on his face while Lilah comforted him]].him]].
* The ChristmasEpisode. So many things to nominate, so little time... The ending may well require a box of tissues, depending on your constitution.
** Arnold's neighbor Mr. Hyunh, trying to escape the Vietnam War with his toddler daughter Mai, ran to the American embassy only to find one more person was allowed on the last helicopter going to America. After giving up Mai to the Americans, he came to Arnold's city to find her but couldn't do it. At the end, as everyone is exchanging Christmas gifts and Arnold feels terrible for not being able to find her, the doorbell rings...to reveal Mai, who was found by one of Arnold's friends. Ten years later and the tears come out every time it comes on TV.
** When Helga finally gets the perfect present combined with the love and attention from her parents (instead of the usual jerkass filled home life), she realises that she has to give it up to [[spoiler: re-unite Mr Hyuh with his daughter]] and then she realises, after spending all that time trying to find the present that would make Arnold fall in love with her, that this would be the greatest thing she could do for them all and make them happiest. So she gives it all up and takes no credit for it, giving them [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming a proper Christmas miracle]] and [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption yet again]] ends up with her love for Arnold unrecognised, standing alone in the snow.
-->'''Helga''' ''(smiling tearfully)'': Merry Christmas, Arnold.
-->'''Roll Credits'''.
* The episode where Olga is engaged and Helga finds out that the fiance is a JerkAss. Helga finding ''empathy'' for Olga, whom she's always envied and pushed away because of that, always gets me.
** She even called him out, then told him to just walk away. AND THEN she forged a note from him to prevent her sister's heart from breaking more than she knew it would...*[[SandInMyEyes ''sniff'']]* [[ManlyTears BE STRONG, BE STRONG]]!
* It's a bit dark, but Arnold attacking the guy looking for a bus stop in "Mugged". The poor guy was beaten and humiliated just for trying to ask for help and looking a little intimidating. Arnold's shame and embarrassment and the man's sadness and confusion are just so relatable.
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