History TearJerker / HeyArnold

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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26th Apr '16 3:46:29 AM ParkedCarAnne
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* Helga revealing how much her family life sucks on "Helga on the Couch." Earlier in the series, it was somewhat funny how Helga's family life was a mess... but when Helga reveals that she's been ignored since she was pre-school-aged in favor of Olga, any humor that could be mined from it [[CerebusRetcon evaporated]].

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* Helga revealing how much her family life sucks on "Helga on the Couch." Earlier in the series, it was somewhat funny how Helga's family life was a mess...mess (her father was a blowhard who cared more about his beeper store than his family, her mom gave up being a parent and has become a covert alcoholic, and her college-aged sister moved out so she can have a better life--despite that she's painfully naïve to the darker side of humanity)... but when Helga reveals that she's been ignored since she was pre-school-aged in favor of Olga, any humor that could be mined from it [[CerebusRetcon evaporated]].
8th Mar '16 9:42:47 AM Upgrader
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* The ending of "Pigeon Man". [[spoiler: Pigeon Man has to leave, because his home was destroyed by Harold and his friends, but he thanks Arnold for teaching him that some people ''can'' be trusted, and he hopes that there'll be another Arnold wherever he ends up]].

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* The ending BittersweetEnding of "Pigeon Man". [[spoiler: Pigeon Man has to leave, because his home was destroyed by Harold and his friends, but he thanks Arnold for teaching him that some people ''can'' be trusted, and he hopes that there'll be another Arnold wherever he ends up]].



* Helga revealing how much her family life sucks on "Helga on the Couch." At first, it was funny that Helga's family life was a mess because her sister moved out and the family just fell apart because Olga was gone (Bob became a jerk who tried to push Helga to be more like her older sister while Miriam became a covert alcoholic and just gave up being a parental figure). When Helga revealed that she's been ignored since she was pre-school-aged in favor of Olga, any humor that could be mined from it evaporated.
** Especially the running gag of Bob calling Helga by her sister's name by mistake, except this time she's just a confused little girl in preschool.

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* The flashback to The Fall of Saigon at the start of ''Arnold's Christmas''; where Mr. Hyunh gives up his daughter to a soldier in a helicopter so she can have a better life.
** When Arnold sits on a bench with Gerald, lamenting his failure at giving Mr. Hyunh his Christmas miracle.
** The end where Mr. Hyunh finally reunites with his long-lost daughter (and the fact that Helga gave up the Nancy Spumoni boots her parents got her for Christmas just to pay Mr. Bailey to find Mr. Hyunh's daughter and help Arnold believe in miracles again) is more tearjerking almost any other moment on this list.
* Helga revealing how much her family life sucks on "Helga on the Couch." At first, Earlier in the series, it was somewhat funny that how Helga's family life was a mess because her sister moved out and the family just fell apart because Olga was gone (Bob became a jerk who tried to push mess... but when Helga to be more like her older sister while Miriam became a covert alcoholic and just gave up being a parental figure). When Helga revealed reveals that she's been ignored since she was pre-school-aged in favor of Olga, any humor that could be mined from it evaporated.
[[CerebusRetcon evaporated]].
** Especially the The running gag of Bob calling Helga by her sister's name by mistake, mistake returns, except this time she's just a confused little 3-year-old girl in preschool.



---> '''Dr.Bliss''': So nobody ever notices you?

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---> '''Dr. Bliss''': So nobody ever notices noticed you?



* Lila may be [[TheScrappy widely disliked in a lot of fan circles]], but her situation in her first appearance (where she's living in a rundown apartment, her mom isn't around, and her father is unemployed and looking for a job to support his daughter) was heartwrenching.
** Add to that Helga, Phobe, Rhonda, Nadine and Sheena bullying her and making her cry. Really, Lila was a flat-out [[TheWoobie Woobie]] in her debut.
* The beginning of ''Arnold's Christmas'' where Mr. Hyunh gives up his daughter during the final days of the Vietnam War (the fall of Saigon) so she can have a better life.
** The end where Mr. Hyunh actually reunites with his long-lost daughter (and the fact that Helga gave up the Nancy Spumoni boots her parents got her for Christmas just to pay the city clerk to find Mr. Hyunh's daughter and help Arnold believe in miracles again) is more tearjerking than the previous moment.



** The scene at dinner, where Arnold, after overhearing Bob Pataki refer to him as "orphan boy", explains that he doesn't want to go back to the tournament, as it's only for children and their parents, and while he DOES love his grandparents, they aren't actually his parents. Even Arnold's grandma [[CloudCuckoolander stops acting insane]] when she realizes [[RealityEnsues how serious the situation has become]].
** Made even more heart-wrenching by the fact that Helga, [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness who rarely shows that she genuinely cares about anyone's feelings and is usually apathetic to Big Bob's jerkass tendencies]], ''immediately'' admonishes him for the "Orphan boy" comment ([[EvenEvilHasStandards the look on her face is also tear-jerking]]). 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. Bob also appears to realize that he may have gone too far; the heat of the competition probably got to him.

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** The scene at dinner, where Arnold, after overhearing Bob Pataki refer to him as "orphan boy", explains that he doesn't want to go back to the tournament, as it's only for children and their parents, and while he DOES love his grandparents, they aren't actually his parents. Even Arnold's grandma [[CloudCuckoolander Arnold's grandma]] [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness stops acting insane]] when she realizes [[RealityEnsues how serious the situation has become]].
** Made even more heart-wrenching by the fact that Helga, [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness [[JerkassFacade who rarely shows that she genuinely cares about anyone's feelings feelings]] and is usually apathetic to Big Bob's jerkass tendencies]], tendencies, [[EvenEvilHasStandards ''immediately'' admonishes him for the "Orphan boy" comment ([[EvenEvilHasStandards the look on her face is also tear-jerking]]). 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. Bob also appears to realize said.
* The beginning of "The Journal"; when Arnold is feeling down on the anniversary of his parents' disappearance, so much
that he may have gone too far; tries to give up any hope that they will ever return.
** The end also qualifies. Arnold's father wrote on
the heat last page of his journal that their trip to San Lorenzo would be "quick" and they "would be back soon". The way the family reacts as Phil reads the last page of the competition probably got journal. ''Dang.''
* Several moments involving Helga's family:
** In "Quantity Time," when Bob looks legitimately hurt after Helga tells him
to him.leave her alone after he took her out for a pony ride because he thought she liked it (and thought she was "Seven... eight?" years old).
** Miriam has a similar reaction in "Road Trip", when Helga tells her she's a lousy mom, and she should take her of her 9-year-old daughter.
** The most shining example is "Arnold's Thanksgiving," when Bob and Miriam are panicking, since they thought Helga had gone missing. After Helga walked in, they also expressed their thankfulness for Helga as a daughter, which made Helga smile (which she rarely does in her own house).
* Lila may be [[TheScrappy widely disliked in a lot of fan circles]], but her situation in her first appearance (where she's living in a rundown apartment, her mom isn't around, and her father is unemployed and desperately looking for a job to support his daughter) was heartwrenching.
** Add to that Helga, Phobe, Rhonda, Nadine and Sheena bullying her and making her cry. Really, Lila was a flat-out [[TheWoobie Woobie]] in her debut.



* Any moments during which Bob acts like an actual father to Helga, such as in "Quantity Time," when he looks legitimately hurt after Helga tells him to leave her alone after he took her out for a pony ride because he thought she liked it (and thought she was "Seven... eight?" years old). Also occurred in "Arnold's Thanksgiving," when he can be seen suiting up (vest, helmet and all) like he's going to war because he thought Helga (and he didn't mean Olga for once) was missing, and declaring that he wasn't coming back until he found her. After Helga walked in, Bob also expressed his thankfulness for Helga as a daughter, which made Helga smile (which she rarely does in her own house). Rare as they are, these moments are probably made more tearjerker-y by the fact that Bob is usually a [[ParentalNeglect neglectful]] {{Jerkass}} to Helga.



* The beginning of "The Journal" when Arnold is feeling down on the anniversary of his parents' disappearance, so much that he tries to give up any hope that they will ever return.
** The end also qualifies. Arnold's father wrote on the last page of his journal that their trip to San Lorenzo would be "quick" and they "would be back soon".
** The way the family reacts when Phil reaches the last page of the journal. ''Dang.''
13th Feb '16 10:08:00 PM Eddy1215
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* "The Flood"; Helga falling into the water when the class is trying to save Mr. Simmons is one thing. Hearing her ''scream'' Arnold's name and Arnold's [[BigNo reaction to seeing her fall]] is another thing entirely.

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* "The Flood"; Helga falling into the water when the class is trying to save Mr. Simmons is one thing. Hearing her ''scream'' Arnold's name and Arnold's [[BigNo reaction to seeing her fall]] is another thing entirely.entirely.
* 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]].
1st Feb '16 3:57:29 PM toongrrl1990
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** Worse this problem happens in real life, as some people who try to lose weight get mocked when they run in the park.
25th Jan '16 12:19:33 PM CJCroen1393
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-->'''Nanny:''' You're such an angry girl, Helga. And you won't let anyone help you. So you have to live with your unhappiness.

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-->'''Nanny:''' You're such an angry girl, Helga. And you won't let anyone help you. So you have to live with your unhappiness.unhappiness.
* "The Flood"; Helga falling into the water when the class is trying to save Mr. Simmons is one thing. Hearing her ''scream'' Arnold's name and Arnold's [[BigNo reaction to seeing her fall]] is another thing entirely.
14th Jan '16 5:42:02 PM CJCroen1393
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** The way the family reacts when Phil reaches the last page of the journal. ''Dang.''
13th Nov '15 10:25:54 PM RayAP9
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** The scene at dinner, where Arnold, after overhearing Bob Pataki refer to him as "orphan boy", explains that he doesn't want to go back to the tournament, as it's only for children and their parents, and while he DOES love his grandparents, they aren't actually his parents.
** Made even more heart-wrenching by the fact that Helga, [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness who rarely shows that she genuinely cares about anyone's feelings and is usually apathetic to Big Bob's jerkass tendencies]], ''immediately'' admonishes him for the "Orphan boy" comment (the look on her face is also tear-jerking). 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. Bob also appears to realize that he may have gone too far; the heat of the competition probably got to him.
** And then Helga manages to make the situation worse by trying to apologize on Bob's behalf when she ends up rambling about how "it's tough enough being all alone in the world" and that Arnold "knows [he] doesn't have parents." It's like they wanted to ensure that it's impossible to watch this episode for the first time and not cry.

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** The scene at dinner, where Arnold, after overhearing Bob Pataki refer to him as "orphan boy", explains that he doesn't want to go back to the tournament, as it's only for children and their parents, and while he DOES love his grandparents, they aren't actually his parents.
parents. Even Arnold's grandma [[CloudCuckoolander stops acting insane]] when she realizes [[RealityEnsues how serious the situation has become]].
** Made even more heart-wrenching by the fact that Helga, [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness who rarely shows that she genuinely cares about anyone's feelings and is usually apathetic to Big Bob's jerkass tendencies]], ''immediately'' admonishes him for the "Orphan boy" comment (the ([[EvenEvilHasStandards the look on her face is also tear-jerking).tear-jerking]]). 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. Bob also appears to realize that he may have gone too far; the heat of the competition probably got to him.
** And then Helga manages to make the situation worse by trying to apologize on Bob's behalf when she ends up rambling about how "it's tough enough being all alone in the world" and that Arnold "knows [he] doesn't have parents." It's like they wanted to ensure that it's impossible to watch this episode for the first time and not cry.
him.



* Any moments during which Bob acts like an actual father to Helga, such as in "Quantity Time," when he looks legitimately hurt after Helga tells him to leave her alone after he took her out for a pony ride because he thought she liked it (and thought she was "Seven... eight?" years old). Also occurred in "Arnold's Thanksgiving," when he can be seen suiting up (vest, helmet and all) like a soldier going to war because he thought Helga (and he didn't mean Olga for once) was missing, and declaring that he wasn't coming back until he found her. After Helga walked in, Bob also expressed his thankfulness for Helga as a daughter, which made Helga smile (which she rarely does in her own house). Rare as they are, these moments are probably made more tearjerker-y by the fact that Bob is usually a [[ParentalNeglect neglectful]] {{Jerkass}} to Helga.

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* Any moments during which Bob acts like an actual father to Helga, such as in "Quantity Time," when he looks legitimately hurt after Helga tells him to leave her alone after he took her out for a pony ride because he thought she liked it (and thought she was "Seven... eight?" years old). Also occurred in "Arnold's Thanksgiving," when he can be seen suiting up (vest, helmet and all) like a soldier he's going to war because he thought Helga (and he didn't mean Olga for once) was missing, and declaring that he wasn't coming back until he found her. After Helga walked in, Bob also expressed his thankfulness for Helga as a daughter, which made Helga smile (which she rarely does in her own house). Rare as they are, these moments are probably made more tearjerker-y by the fact that Bob is usually a [[ParentalNeglect neglectful]] {{Jerkass}} to Helga.
11th Nov '15 9:14:44 AM Upgrader
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* Despite how much of a jerk he can be, it's pretty sad seeing Sid's meltdown in "Monkeyman!" after two muggers stole his boots

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* Despite how much of a jerk he can be, it's pretty sad seeing Sid's meltdown in "Monkeyman!" after two muggers stole his bootsboots.
* The beginning of "The Journal" when Arnold is feeling down on the anniversary of his parents' disappearance, so much that he tries to give up any hope that they will ever return.
** The end also qualifies. Arnold's father wrote on the last page of his journal that their trip to San Lorenzo would be "quick" and they "would be back soon".
8th Nov '15 3:32:14 PM Upgrader
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** The life of Pigeon Man in general is sad. Heck, the original ending had the Pigeon Man kill himself by hurling himself off the building, but Nickelodeon said "No," as they felt it was too depressing (and didn't want to get blamed if a stupid or suicidal viewer actually thinks this is a good idea), so they replaced it with Pigeon Man [[spoiler:using his pigeons to carry him off into the horizon.]]
** Fridge Tear Jerker: He accomplishes that by having his pigeons grab onto rings on his outfit which are attached to thick tethers. He had those rings on his clothes from the start of the episode. From the beginning, he ''knew'' he would have to do this someday...

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** The life of Pigeon Man in general is sad. Heck, the original ending had the Pigeon Man kill himself by hurling himself off the building, but Nickelodeon said "No," as they felt it was too depressing (and didn't want to get blamed if a stupid or suicidal viewer actually thinks this is a good idea), so they replaced it with Pigeon Man [[spoiler:using rings on his pigeons to carry him off into the horizon.]]
** Fridge Tear Jerker: He accomplishes
outfit that by having his pigeons grab onto rings on his outfit which are attached to thick tethers. He had those rings on his clothes can be seen from the start of the episode. From the beginning, he ''knew'' he would have to do this someday...
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