History YMMV / HeyArnold

22nd Sep '16 3:12:03 PM kablammin45
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*** Additionally, the final season episode "Big Sis" almost seems to be made with this alternate interpretation in mind, with Olga making her entrance opening the door right into Helga (though that likely was an accident) and the episode ends with Olga making Helga dress in an embarrassing outfit as she rows Olga and Lila around the lake in a boat. The end also seems to suggest that Helga has given up on Olga [[AesopAmnesia ever learning from her recent experiences with Helga]] and jumps ship (in more ways than one) on their relationship.
---> '''Helga''': ''What'' was I thinking?
14th Sep '16 9:33:11 AM ANewMan
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* TakeThatScrappy: In "Gerald's Game", Iggy is put in stockades during the big card game, and actually gets a speaking part (same VA as in "Arnold Betrays Iggy", in fact) shouting at Arnold "No, Arnold! Don't do it! You'll become a dungeon pawn!", at which point Big Gino tells him to shut up and throws a cloth over the stocks, completely covering Iggy's face.
10th Sep '16 1:31:14 PM CJCroen1393
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** It understandably never made it into the show, but an early idea by Craig Bartlett was that there was supposed to be an adult female border named Lana (she can be seen in the background of early episodes) who was supposed to be [[{{Shotacon}} constantly trying to seduce Arnold]] while Arnold is [[NoYay understandably uncomfortable with her advances]].


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** Poor Brainy never got a chance to really shine either, despite WordOfGod establishing that he and Helga [[HiddenDepths have more in common than we might think]].
23rd Aug '16 3:27:50 PM TheLuckyCat
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** Pretty much every other kid in "Curly's Girl". Everyone immediately hates Rhonda after she dumps Curly in public (which, admittedly, was cruel on her part, though she had a good reason for wanting do so) and makes him depressed. However, no one seems to bother to ask for ''her'' side of the story (not even NiceGuy Arnold or her best friend Nadine), nor does anyone seem to remember how unstable and twisted Curly can be (''False Alarm'', ''Ghost Bride'', ''Curly Snaps'').

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** Pretty much every other kid in "Curly's Girl". Everyone immediately hates Rhonda after she dumps Curly in public (which, admittedly, was cruel on her part, though she had a good reason for wanting do so) and makes him depressed. However, no one seems to bother to ask for ''her'' side of the story (not even NiceGuy Arnold or her best friend Nadine), nor does anyone seem to remember how unstable and twisted Curly can be (''False Alarm'', ''Ghost Bride'', ''Curly Snaps''). Not to mention Curly pretty much PG-13 ''sexually harasses'' Rhonda by blackmailing her into kissing him, which she is clearly not comfortable with.



** Olga is a ''master'' of this. In "Olga Comes Home", she spends ''days'' sobbing about it in her room, with dramatic music in the background and a serious case of YourMakeupIsRunning. Even Big Bob starts to get tired of her histrionics -- she only snaps out of it when Helga admits she changed her grades out of spite.

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** Olga is a ''master'' of this. In "Olga Comes Home", she spends ''days'' sobbing about it in her room, with dramatic music in the background and a serious case of YourMakeupIsRunning. [[EveryoneHasStandards Even Big Bob Bob]] starts to get tired of her histrionics -- she only snaps out of it when Helga admits she changed her grades out of spite.


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** Susie for [[WhyWouldAnyoneTakeHimBack continuously forgiving and returning to Oskar despite him being a lazy, whiny ManChild who never learns his lesson.]]
14th Aug '16 12:29:43 AM maxwellsilver
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* WordOfDante: Pigeon Man jumping to his death after finding his home destroyed in the original ending of "Pigeon Man", but being changed to him flying away because Nickelodeon felt it too depressing. Show creator Craig Bartlett repeatedly debunked this, stating they never intended Pigeon Man to commit suicide.

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* WordOfDante: Pigeon Man jumping to his death after finding his home destroyed in the original ending of "Pigeon Man", but being changed to him flying away because Nickelodeon felt it too depressing. Show creator Craig Bartlett repeatedly debunked this, stating they never intended Pigeon Man to commit suicide. Another rumour is that his flying away with his pigeons is still him committing suicide, just veiled to get past censors. This is likewise false as he was never intended to commit suicide and appears in the sequel film ''The Jungle Movie''.
13th Aug '16 11:53:43 PM maxwellsilver
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** Some of the other kids such as {{C|razyAwesome}}urly, Lorenzo, Nadine, Brainy, Sheena, and Patty are fairly popular with the fans as well.

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** Some of the other kids such as {{C|razyAwesome}}urly, Curly, Lorenzo, Nadine, Brainy, Sheena, and Patty are fairly popular with the fans as well.
13th Aug '16 11:52:49 PM maxwellsilver
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** In "Ghost Bride", when Gerald begins telling the legend, he says: "It all started 80 years ago, back in the Middle Age". Gerald clearly needs to do some fact-checking, since the Middle Age ''ended almost 500 years ago''. Though [[FridgeBrilliance this actually makes a bit of sense considering his age]].

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** In "Ghost Bride", when Gerald begins telling the legend, he says: "It all started 80 years ago, back in the Middle Age". Gerald clearly needs to do some fact-checking, since the Middle Age ''ended almost 500 years ago''. Though [[FridgeBrilliance this actually makes a bit of sense considering his age]].age.



** Helga. In the series she is a JerkassWoobie who is [[FreudianExcuse horribly neglected by her parents]], but who also can be mean, selfish, rude (and even cruel in some instances) does many things moved by jealousy, constantly bullies other kids (not only Arnold). However, despite that, many fanfics (especially romantic fanfics) portray her almost as a saint. This happens mostly because a lot of viewers see themselves in her, a sentiment amplified by her main character status.

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** Helga. In the series she is a JerkassWoobie who is [[FreudianExcuse horribly neglected by her parents]], parents, but who also can be mean, selfish, rude (and even cruel in some instances) does many things moved by jealousy, constantly bullies other kids (not only Arnold). However, despite that, many fanfics (especially romantic fanfics) portray her almost as a saint. This happens mostly because a lot of viewers see themselves in her, a sentiment amplified by her main character status.



** Arnold's parents, [[ActionDad Miles]] and [[ActionMom Stella]], are much more popular than you'd think, considering that they only appeared in ''two'' episodes for the longest time.

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** Arnold's parents, [[ActionDad Miles]] Miles and [[ActionMom Stella]], Stella, are much more popular than you'd think, considering that they only appeared in ''two'' episodes for the longest time.



** Some of the other kids such as {{C|razyAwesome}}urly, [[SpoiledSweet Lorenzo]], [[FriendToBugs Nadine]], [[StalkerWithACrush Brainy]], [[FragileFlower Sheena]], and [[HugeSchoolgirl Patty]] are fairly popular with the fans as well.

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** Some of the other kids such as {{C|razyAwesome}}urly, [[SpoiledSweet Lorenzo]], [[FriendToBugs Nadine]], [[StalkerWithACrush Brainy]], [[FragileFlower Sheena]], Lorenzo, Nadine, Brainy, Sheena, and [[HugeSchoolgirl Patty]] Patty are fairly popular with the fans as well.



* FanonDiscontinuity: The four episodes that most fans can't stand are "[[KarmaHoudini Girl Trouble]]", "[[MaliciousSlander Bag of Money]]", "[[TheBadGuyWins New Bully on the Block]]", and "[[HumiliationConga Arnold Betrays Iggy]]", the last of which is almost unanimously considered to be the worst episode of the series, so much so that there was a long-standing rumor that Craig Bartlett hated "Arnold Betrays Iggy" so much that he had it banned from reruns (when really, Bartlett just demoted Iggy to an extra and never gave him another [[ADayInTheLimelight Day in the Limelight]] episode again).

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* FanonDiscontinuity: The four episodes that most fans can't stand are "[[KarmaHoudini Girl Trouble]]", "[[MaliciousSlander Bag "Girl Trouble", "Bag of Money]]", "[[TheBadGuyWins New Money", "New Bully on the Block]]", Block", and "[[HumiliationConga Arnold Betrays Iggy]]", the last of which is almost unanimously considered to be the worst episode of the series, so much so that there was a long-standing rumor that Craig Bartlett hated "Arnold Betrays Iggy" so much that he had it banned from reruns (when really, Bartlett just demoted Iggy to an extra and never gave him another [[ADayInTheLimelight Day in the Limelight]] Limelight episode again).



** For the [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness first half of season 1]], the character designs weren't as detailed, and many characters such as Phoebe didn't have very defined personalities. By the second half of the season, [[ArtEvolution almost all characters had their "permanent" designs]], and the writing got better, with fan-favorite episodes like ''Pigeon Man'' and ''Arnold's Christmas''. By the end of Season 2, the series had decided [[EnsembleCast which characters to focus on]], and seemed to have a better idea of what it wanted to do.
** To an extent, the latter half of the series is an improvement over the first half, due to [[AnimationBump further improvements on the animation]], and delving into some {{darker|AndEdgier}} and more emotional stories, with episodes like ''Helga on the Couch'', ''Parents Day'', and ''Arnold's Thanksgiving''.

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** For the [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness first half of season 1]], 1, the character designs weren't as detailed, and many characters such as Phoebe didn't have very defined personalities. By the second half of the season, [[ArtEvolution almost all characters had their "permanent" designs]], designs, and the writing got better, with fan-favorite episodes like ''Pigeon Man'' and ''Arnold's Christmas''. By the end of Season 2, the series had decided [[EnsembleCast which characters to focus on]], on, and seemed to have a better idea of what it wanted to do.
** To an extent, the latter half of the series is an improvement over the first half, due to [[AnimationBump further improvements on the animation]], animation, and delving into some {{darker|AndEdgier}} darker and more emotional stories, with episodes like ''Helga on the Couch'', ''Parents Day'', and ''Arnold's Thanksgiving''.



** [[TheBully Harold]] has his moments too in some episodes such as "Weighing Harold", where he's ridiculed [[WithFriendsLikeThese by his own friends of all people]] [[KidsAreCruel for being overweight]].

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** [[TheBully Harold]] Harold has his moments too in some episodes such as "Weighing Harold", where he's ridiculed [[WithFriendsLikeThese by his own friends of all people]] [[KidsAreCruel people for being overweight]].overweight.



** When [[BigBad Scheck]] attempts to stop Arnold, Helga, and Gerald's bus in TheMovie by blowing up the overpass. Even Nick Vermicelli is reluctant to do this. Later, Scheck also tries to run over Arnold and Gerald with his car.

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** When [[BigBad Scheck]] Scheck attempts to stop Arnold, Helga, and Gerald's bus in TheMovie by blowing up the overpass. Even Nick Vermicelli is reluctant to do this. Later, Scheck also tries to run over Arnold and Gerald with his car.



*** Lane Toran (then known and credited as Toran Caudell) was the first Arnold on the show proper[[note]]J.D. Daniels voiced him in the pilot, which was only shown in theaters[[/note]] and only lasted one season in the part (though he [[NonSingingVoice subbed in for Philip Van Dyke]] in the season 2 MusicalEpisode "What's Opera, Arnold?" because Van Dyke wasn't a confident singer). Even after his voice broke, he remained with the show for its entirely as the bully Wolfgang, a role created specifically for him. Due to FirstInstallmentWins, he's often remembered as "the" Arnold by the media - in 2015, a widely-reported story (with pictures!) noted how "the voice of Arnold" was all grown up. Toran is also frequently invited to fan conventions and panels reminiscing about his time on the show, alongside Francesca Marie Smith.
*** Spencer Klein, unlike both Toran and Philip Van Dyke, appeared ''only'' as Arnold (he was replaced very late into the show's run, so Craig Bartlett didn't have time to recast him as somebody else, as he had done for the other two), and made the most appearances as the Football Head[[note]]He's Arnold for 37 of the show's 100 episodes plus TheMovie, as opposed to 34 for Van Dyke, 26 for Toran, and 3 for Alex Linz, the actor who replaced Spencer at the end[[/note]]. Each of the three voice actors portrayed Arnold slightly differently, but Klein's overtly romantic, serious, sensitive, and [[{{Flanderization}} somewhat exaggerated]] goody-goody take on the character is how he is usually depicted in {{fanon}}.

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*** Lane Toran (then known and credited as Toran Caudell) was the first Arnold on the show proper[[note]]J.D. Daniels voiced him in the pilot, which was only shown in theaters[[/note]] and only lasted one season in the part (though he [[NonSingingVoice subbed in for Philip Van Dyke]] Dyke in the season 2 MusicalEpisode "What's Opera, Arnold?" because Van Dyke wasn't a confident singer). Even after his voice broke, he remained with the show for its entirely as the bully Wolfgang, a role created specifically for him. Due to FirstInstallmentWins, he's often remembered as "the" Arnold by the media - in 2015, a widely-reported story (with pictures!) noted how "the voice of Arnold" was all grown up. Toran is also frequently invited to fan conventions and panels reminiscing about his time on the show, alongside Francesca Marie Smith.
*** Spencer Klein, unlike both Toran and Philip Van Dyke, appeared ''only'' as Arnold (he was replaced very late into the show's run, so Craig Bartlett didn't have time to recast him as somebody else, as he had done for the other two), and made the most appearances as the Football Head[[note]]He's Arnold for 37 of the show's 100 episodes plus TheMovie, as opposed to 34 for Van Dyke, 26 for Toran, and 3 for Alex Linz, the actor who replaced Spencer at the end[[/note]]. Each of the three voice actors portrayed Arnold slightly differently, but Klein's overtly romantic, serious, sensitive, and [[{{Flanderization}} somewhat exaggerated]] exaggerated goody-goody take on the character is how he is usually depicted in {{fanon}}.



* PopularityPolynomial: The show was quite popular among kids when it was airing, and its fanbase went mostly dormant after it ended. But in 2009, around the time when the kids who grew up with the show became adults, [[SendingStuffToSaveTheShow a fan effort]] to save the never-produced Jungle Movie was started. The launch of Series/The90sAreAllThat in 2011 further increased the interest in the series. By 2012, talk on social networks about the series had dramatically increased. Nowadays, the series is fondly remember as one of Nick's top 90s shows.
** Nickelodeon is very aware of the boost in popularity the series experienced in the early 2010s. This eventually led to them announcing that the long-awaited Jungle Movie would be finally made, in an attempt to WinBackTheCrowd after some ''rough'' years, while also introducing the show to a new generation of kids.

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* PopularityPolynomial: The show was quite popular among kids when it was airing, and its fanbase went mostly dormant after it ended. But in 2009, around the time when the kids who grew up with the show became adults, [[SendingStuffToSaveTheShow a fan effort]] effort to save the never-produced Jungle Movie ''Jungle Movie'' was started. The launch of Series/The90sAreAllThat in 2011 further increased the interest in the series. By 2012, talk on social networks about the series had dramatically increased. Nowadays, the series is fondly remember as one of Nick's top 90s shows.
** Nickelodeon is very aware of the boost in popularity the series experienced in the early 2010s. This eventually led to them announcing that the long-awaited Jungle Movie ''Jungle Movie'' would be finally made, in an attempt to WinBackTheCrowd after some ''rough'' years, while also introducing the show to a new generation of kids.



** Many of the more [[DarkFic grimdark fanfictions]] portray Big Bob as a physically abusive father, despite that in the series, he was horrified that he nearly hurt Helga in "Arnold's Halloween". Most of his redeeming moments, such as in "Arnold's Thanksgiving" and "Quantity Time" are also often ignored.

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** Many of the more [[DarkFic grimdark fanfictions]] fanfictions portray Big Bob as a physically abusive father, despite that in the series, he was horrified that he nearly hurt Helga in "Arnold's Halloween". Most of his redeeming moments, such as in "Arnold's Thanksgiving" and "Quantity Time" are also often ignored.



** A lot of the older kids (save for Patty and Torvald) from JerkJock Wolfgang to the Sixth Grade GirlPosse to BigBrotherBully Jamie O can be seen as this by fans for being almost complete and utter {{Jerkass}}es to Arnold and friends and getting little to no [[KarmaHoudini retribution]] for their actions.

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** A lot of the older kids (save for Patty and Torvald) from JerkJock Wolfgang to the Sixth Grade GirlPosse to BigBrotherBully Jamie O can be seen as this by fans for being almost complete and utter {{Jerkass}}es to Arnold and friends and getting little to no [[KarmaHoudini retribution]] comeuppance for their actions.



** Sid. He is a PoisonousFriend who betrays everyone at the drop of a hat, makes fun of Harold and Patty like a {{Jerkass}}, and ''everyone'' forgets he pulls the same crap over, and over, and over again. Whenever Sid gets ADayInTheLimelight, it highlights how [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} weird and off-kilter]] he is, and not in a likable way either. "Bag of Money" is the most notable example of why Sid is often disliked.

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** Sid. He is a PoisonousFriend who betrays everyone at the drop of a hat, makes fun of Harold and Patty like a {{Jerkass}}, and ''everyone'' forgets he pulls the same crap over, and over, and over again. Whenever Sid gets ADayInTheLimelight, it highlights how [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} weird and off-kilter]] off-kilter he is, and not in a likable way either. "Bag of Money" is the most notable example of why Sid is often disliked.



** Oskar Kokoshka to some fans for being outright lazy and being overall terrible and sexist towards his wife Suzie. And whenever he has a problem, he uses Arnold to do all the things for him. It went to the point when even {{A|llLovingHero}}rnold called him a loser. These antics also seem to make him an InUniverse Scrappy also. However, other fans find him pathetic enough to LoveToHate.
* SeasonalRot: Seasons 4 and 5 could count as this, due to Arnold [[{{Flanderization}} becoming]] an incorruptible moral beacon and the Arnold/Helga/Lila love triangle being [[RomanticPlotTumor overexposed]]. There were still many good episodes in them though, particularly "Veterans Day", "Helga on the Couch" and "The Journal." As far as seasonal rot goes, Hey Arnold! got off pretty easy. In fact, a lot of people agree that the show never really dropped on quality.

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** Oskar Kokoshka to some fans for being outright lazy and being overall terrible and sexist towards his wife Suzie. And whenever he has a problem, he uses Arnold to do all the things for him. It went to the point when even {{A|llLovingHero}}rnold Arnold called him a loser. These antics also seem to make him an InUniverse Scrappy also. However, other fans find him pathetic enough to LoveToHate.
* SeasonalRot: Seasons 4 and 5 could count as this, due to Arnold [[{{Flanderization}} becoming]] becoming an incorruptible moral beacon and the Arnold/Helga/Lila love triangle being [[RomanticPlotTumor overexposed]].overexposed. There were still many good episodes in them though, particularly "Veterans Day", "Helga on the Couch" and "The Journal." As far as seasonal rot goes, Hey Arnold! got off pretty easy. In fact, a lot of people agree that the show never really dropped on quality.



** The last line of "The Journal" ("Grandma! Grandpa! I found a map!") is remembered for the... [[CutShort wrong reasons]].
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** The last line of "The Journal" ("Grandma! Grandpa! I found a map!") is remembered for the... [[CutShort wrong reasons]].
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* ToyShip: ''Every shipping in the series.'' The most popular ones are [[BelligerentSexualTension Arnold/Helga]] and [[BetaCouple Gerald/Phoebe]]. Although they're canonically children in the show, fanfiction writers usually crank up their ages to make the story more appropriate.

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* ToyShip: ''Every shipping in the series.'' The most popular ones are [[BelligerentSexualTension Arnold/Helga]] Arnold/Helga and [[BetaCouple Gerald/Phoebe]].Gerald/Phoebe. Although they're canonically children in the show, fanfiction writers usually crank up their ages to make the story more appropriate.



** Arnold in "Egg Story". He immediately assumes Helga is going to start picking on him and lays down the law, even telling her she's the last person he'd like to be paired up with. This leads to both of them arguing until the end of the episode, where they admit they were both wrong. However, Arnold had no good reason for being so harsh on her, since Helga did ''nothing'' to him in the beginning of the episode, and at this point in the series, they've gotten along several times, and he already knows [[JerkassFacade she's not as bad as she acts]]. Not to mention it simply feels OutOfCharacter for Arnold to say those things to ''anyone'' at all.

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** Arnold in "Egg Story". He immediately assumes Helga is going to start picking on him and lays down the law, even telling her she's the last person he'd like to be paired up with. This leads to both of them arguing until the end of the episode, where they admit they were both wrong. However, Arnold had no good reason for being so harsh on her, since Helga did ''nothing'' to him in the beginning of the episode, and at this point in the series, they've gotten along several times, and he already knows [[JerkassFacade she's not as bad as she acts]].acts. Not to mention it simply feels OutOfCharacter for Arnold to say those things to ''anyone'' at all.



* UnpopularPopularCharacter: Eugene is an InUniverse scrappy; where his peers (bar Arnold) ostracize him for being a [[TheJinx jinx]] and being all around [[BornUnlucky unlucky]]. However, he has a lot of fans for his charming personality.

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* UnpopularPopularCharacter: Eugene is an InUniverse scrappy; where his Eugene's peers (bar Arnold) ostracize him for being a [[TheJinx jinx]] jinx and being all around [[BornUnlucky unlucky]].unlucky. However, he has a lot of fans for his charming personality.



** Helga probably could get Arnold's interest if she was nice, but she rarely gives it a try. [[JustifiedTrope She has a rep to maintain.]] Harold even made fun of her on day one (when Arnold first noticed her) in a flashback in the episode, "Helga on the Couch".

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** Helga probably could get Arnold's interest if she was nice, but she rarely gives it a try. [[JustifiedTrope She has a rep to maintain.]] maintain. Harold even made fun of her on day one (when Arnold first noticed her) in a flashback in the episode, "Helga on the Couch".
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* TheWoobie: Arnold is definitely this in "Parents Day" and "The Journal".

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** Olga is a ''master'' of this. In "Olga Comes Home", she spends ''days'' sobbing about it in her room, with dramatic music in the background and a serious case of YourMakeupIsRunning. Even Big Bob starts to get tired of her histrionics- she only snaps out of it when Helga admits she changed her grades out of spite.

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** Olga is a ''master'' of this. In "Olga Comes Home", she spends ''days'' sobbing about it in her room, with dramatic music in the background and a serious case of YourMakeupIsRunning. Even Big Bob starts to get tired of her histrionics- histrionics -- she only snaps out of it when Helga admits she changed her grades out of spite.


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* WordOfDante: Pigeon Man jumping to his death after finding his home destroyed in the original ending of "Pigeon Man", but being changed to him flying away because Nickelodeon felt it too depressing. Show creator Craig Bartlett repeatedly debunked this, stating they never intended Pigeon Man to commit suicide.
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** TheBully Harold has his moments too in some episodes such as "Weighing Harold", where he's ridiculed [[WithFriendsLikeThese by his own friends of all people]] [[KidsAreCruel for being overweight]].

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** TheBully Harold [[TheBully Harold]] has his moments too in some episodes such as "Weighing Harold", where he's ridiculed [[WithFriendsLikeThese by his own friends of all people]] [[KidsAreCruel for being overweight]].
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