History YMMV / HeyArnold

12th Mar '17 7:07:46 AM thecarolinabull01
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** Helga. In the series she is a JerkassWoobie who is 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 and 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 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 and 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 [[ThisLoserIsYou a lot of viewers see themselves in her, her]], a sentiment amplified by her main character status.
10th Mar '17 7:13:48 PM thecarolinabull01
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* FanonDiscontinuity: The five episodes that most fans can't stand are "[[KarmaHoudini Girl Trouble]]", "[[MaliciousSlander Bag of Money]]", "[[TheBadGuyWins New Bully on the Block]]", "Curley's Girl" and "[[HumiliationConga Arnold Betrays Iggy]]", the last of which is almost unanimously considered to be the worst episode of the series.

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* FanonDiscontinuity: The five episodes that most fans can't stand are "[[KarmaHoudini Girl Trouble]]", "[[MaliciousSlander Bag of Money]]", "[[TheBadGuyWins New Bully on the Block]]", "Curley's "Curly's Girl" and "[[HumiliationConga Arnold Betrays Iggy]]", the last of which is almost unanimously considered to be the worst episode of the series.
10th Mar '17 1:50:06 PM DynamicFlyer
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* 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.

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* FanonDiscontinuity: The four five episodes that most fans can't stand are "[[KarmaHoudini Girl Trouble]]", "[[MaliciousSlander Bag of Money]]", "[[TheBadGuyWins New Bully on the Block]]", "Curley's Girl" and "[[HumiliationConga Arnold Betrays Iggy]]", the last of which is almost unanimously considered to be the worst episode of the series.
12th Feb '17 1:33:46 PM thecarolinabull01
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* ReplacementScrappy: Alex D. Linz, Arnold's last voice actor during the series, isn't well liked by the fanbase. One reason is that, while Arnold had many actors during the series, Toran Caudell, Philip Van Dyke, and Spencer Klein all had similar sounding voices while Linz's was noticeably higher than the others, making Arnold sound too young. Another reason is because he replaced Spencer Klein, who, as noted above, [[ToughActToFollow is considered by many fans to be ''the'' Arnold]]. Fortunately for them, Linz only voices Arnold in three episodes.


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* WTHCastingAgency: Alex D. Linz, Arnold's last voice actor during the series, isn't well liked by the fanbase. One reason is that, while Arnold had many actors during the series, Toran Caudell, Philip Van Dyke, and Spencer Klein all had similar sounding voices while Linz's was noticeably higher than the others, making Arnold sound too young. Another reason is because [[ReplacementScrappy he replaced Spencer Klein]], who, as noted above, [[ToughActToFollow is considered by many fans to be ''the'' Arnold]]. Fortunately for them, Linz only voices Arnold in the last three episodes.
12th Feb '17 12:07:53 PM Upgrader
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** The entirety of "The Big Scoop" is this now after the rise of fake news in America.

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** The entirety of "The Big Scoop" is *** There's also the fact that if Curly pulled something like this now after the rise 2010s, with the many controversial "Zero-Tolerance" policies and extreme rules in place at schools, this kind of fake news in America.behavior would likely have the police called.



** It was once implied that Helga's dysfunctional home life was the end result of her sister Olga moving out (as her parents favored Olga over Helga), leading her dad to push Helga to be more like her older sister while Miriam became a covert alcoholic (or "smoothie" drinker) just to cope with dealing with a {{Jerkass}} like Bob and a bratty daughter like Helga. The episode "Helga on the Couch" revealed that Helga's been neglected by her parents since she was preschool-aged and that her secret crush on Arnold was the first time anyone has given her any sort of affection in her life.

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** It was once implied that Helga's dysfunctional home life was the end result of her sister Olga moving out (as her parents favored Olga over Helga), leading her dad to push "The Big Scoop" is about Helga trying to be sell more like her older sister while Miriam became a covert alcoholic (or "smoothie" drinker) just to cope with dealing with a {{Jerkass}} like Bob and a bratty daughter like Helga. The episode "Helga on the Couch" revealed that Helga's been neglected by her parents since she was preschool-aged and that her secret crush on newspapers than Arnold was by coming up with fake/sensational news stories, instead of reporting facts. Two decades later, after the first time anyone has given her any sort rise of affection Internet, fake news and mainstream media manipulation are rampant, with journalists preferring to report outrage and get attention, just like Helga did back in her life.1997.
9th Feb '17 8:17:09 PM sjh4889
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** The entirety of "The Big Scoop" is this now after the rise of fake news in America.



** The entirety of "The Big Scoop" is this now after the rise of fake news in America.
9th Feb '17 8:14:53 PM sjh4889
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** The entirety of "The Big Scoop" is this now after the rise of fake news in America.
8th Feb '17 9:16:04 PM thecarolinabull01
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* AuthorsSavingThrow: Iggy being re-DemotedToExtra after ''Arnold Betrays Iggy'', mainly to erase said episode from memory.

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* AuthorsSavingThrow: Iggy being re-DemotedToExtra after ''Arnold "Arnold Betrays Iggy'', Iggy", mainly to erase said episode from memory.
7th Feb '17 3:09:01 PM Upgrader
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** Lila creates a lot of different interpretations. WordOfGod is that she has a repressed darker side (which was never shown in the series); however, this just adds fuel to the fire. There are enough elements to support her being either a BitchInSheepsClothing who manipulates everyone by using passive-aggressive sweetness or a StepfordSmiler trying to be as sweet and smart as can be while having a difficult life. Then there's the UnrequitedLoveSwitcheroo between her and Arnold and Lila being the MasterOfTheMixedMessage. Some suggest that she's intentionally leading Arnold on [[WomanScorned as a way to get back at him for breaking her heart in "Arnold Love Lila"]], others suggest that she still ''liked him'' liked him, but decided to stay out of the way for Helga's sake and turned Arnold's advances down despite still caring for him deeply.

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** Lila creates a lot of different interpretations. There are elements to support her being either a manipulative BitchInSheepsClothing hiding behind a mask of sweetness, or a StepfordSmiler trying to be as sweet and smart as can be while having a difficult life. WordOfGod is that she has a repressed darker side (which was never shown in the series); however, this just adds fuel to the fire. There are enough elements to support her being either a BitchInSheepsClothing who manipulates everyone by using passive-aggressive sweetness or a StepfordSmiler trying to be as sweet and smart as can be while having a difficult life. Then there's the UnrequitedLoveSwitcheroo between her and Arnold Arnold, and Lila being the MasterOfTheMixedMessage. Some suggest that she's she intentionally leading led Arnold on [[WomanScorned as a way to get back at and gave him for breaking her heart in "Arnold Love Lila"]], false hope (see: the end of "Love and Cheese"), while others suggest that she genuinely got over him while still ''liked him'' liked him, but decided caring for him deeply, and turned Arnold's advances down [[ShipperOnDeck to stay out of the way for Helga's sake and turned Arnold's advances down despite still caring for him deeply.sake]].



* AuthorsSavingThrow: Anytime Helga complains about someone the other kids always respond with "but they’re so nice" or "they’re an authority figure." Even when it involves her mother forgetting to pack her lunch they call Helga out for not going the extra mile in making her a Mother's Day card. While what she did to Inga was wrong, as stated below in UnintentionallyUnsympathetic, Inga was only hired because Bob forgot Helga’s age and Inga completely took away her independence. TheReasonYouSuckSpeech to Helga was needlessly cruel as it essentially blamed Helga for being the victim of abuse and neglect because she just didn’t smile and take it. Yet at the same time, the few instances that Bob and Miriam do make an attempt to be better parents (such as Bob trying to spend "quantity" time with her) Helga will respond in kind. However "Helga on the Couch" has Dr. Bliss flat out say that given Helga’s lot in life as long as she refrains from violence they way she acts is perfectly justified.
* AwesomeEgo: Ronnie Matthews is so full of himself that it's amusing.

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* AuthorsSavingThrow: Anytime Helga complains about someone the other kids always respond with "but they’re so nice" or "they’re an authority figure." Even when it involves her mother forgetting to pack her lunch they call Helga out for not going the extra mile in making her a Mother's Day card. While what she did to Inga was wrong, as stated below in UnintentionallyUnsympathetic, Inga was only hired because Bob forgot Helga’s age and Inga completely took away her independence. TheReasonYouSuckSpeech to Helga was needlessly cruel as it essentially blamed Helga for Iggy being the victim of abuse and neglect because she just didn’t smile and take it. Yet at the same time, the few instances that Bob and Miriam do make an attempt re-DemotedToExtra after ''Arnold Betrays Iggy'', mainly to be better parents (such as Bob trying to spend "quantity" time with her) Helga will respond in kind. However "Helga on the Couch" has Dr. Bliss flat out say that given Helga’s lot in life as long as she refrains erase said episode from violence they way she acts is perfectly justified.
* AwesomeEgo: Ronnie Matthews is so full of himself that it's amusing.
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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 this actually makes a bit of sense considering his age, and is intentional.

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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 this actually makes a bit of sense considering given his age, and is intentional.this might be intentionally PlayedForLaughs.



* FanonDiscontinuity: The four episodes that most fans can't stand are "Girl Trouble", "Bag of Money", "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 re-demoted Iggy to extra and never gave him another Day in the Limelight episode again).
* FriendlyFandoms: With fans of other SliceOfLife shows, particularly Nicktoons. The show's wiki has an [[http://heyarnold.wikia.com/wiki/Shows_similar_to_Hey_Arnold! entire article dedicated to shows with a similar premise.]]

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* FanonDiscontinuity: The four episodes that most fans can't stand are "Girl Trouble", "Bag "[[KarmaHoudini Girl Trouble]]", "[[MaliciousSlander Bag of Money", "New Money]]", "[[TheBadGuyWins 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 re-demoted Iggy to extra and never gave him another Day in the Limelight episode again).series.
* FriendlyFandoms: With fans of other SliceOfLife shows, and particularly Nicktoons. The show's wiki has an [[http://heyarnold.wikia.com/wiki/Shows_similar_to_Hey_Arnold! entire article dedicated to shows with a similar premise.]]90's Nicktoons.
26th Jan '17 11:05:20 PM thecarolinabull01
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** Helga crosses it in "Helga and the Nanny" when she gets her nanny Inga fired by framing her for theft. Sure, Inga may have been UnintentionallyUnsympathetic as noted below, but Helga's way of responding to it was too far. Even though Inga was innocent, a black mark like that would make it very difficult for Inga to get another job (something that's pointed out in Helga's guilt-ridden dream) and Inga never bothered telling anyone about it. Everyone turned on Helga after they found out about it (even Arnold and Phoebe) and after going to Inga to apologize and ask why she's allowing it to happen, Inga told Helga that because she won't let anyone help her out, she'll have to live with the consequences of her home life forever, both of which helped shift the sympathy back to Helga.

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** Helga crosses it in "Helga and the Nanny" when she gets her nanny Inga fired by framing her for theft. theft by hiding Bob's Beeper belt under Inga's bed. Sure, Inga may have been UnintentionallyUnsympathetic as noted below, but Helga's way of responding to it was going way too far. Even though Inga was innocent, a black mark like that would make it very difficult for Inga to get another job (something that's pointed out in Helga's guilt-ridden dream) and Inga never bothered telling anyone about it.the truth. Everyone turned on Helga after they found out about it (even Arnold and Phoebe) and after going to Inga to apologize and ask why she's allowing it to happen, Inga told Helga that because she won't let anyone help her out, she'll have to live with the consequences of her home life forever, both of which helped shift the sympathy back to Helga.



* NarmCharm: Helga's dream in "Married", especially the hilariously corny love talk. But it's also rather quite sweet at the same time.

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* NarmCharm: Helga's dream in "Married", especially the hilariously corny love talk. But it's also rather quite sweet at the same time.



* PopularityPolynomial: The show was quite popular among kids when it was airing, but due to a combination of the poor reception of the first Movie, and the cancellation of both ''The Jungle Movie'' (which was meant to serve as a GrandFinale for the series) and ''The Patakis'' spinoff show, the series quietly ended (with several shelved episodes being released sporadically for a few years) and its fanbase went mostly dormant. But in 2009, around the time when the kids who grew up with the show became adults, 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, but due to a combination of the poor reception of the first Movie, and the cancellation of both ''The Jungle Movie'' (which was meant to serve as a GrandFinale for the series) and ''The Patakis'' spinoff show, the series quietly ended (with several shelved episodes being released sporadically for a few years) and its fanbase went mostly dormant. But in 2009, around the time when the kids who grew up with the show became adults, 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.



** Pretty much every 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 to do so -- he forced her into being his girlfriend in the first place) and makes him depressed. However, no one bothers to ask for ''her'' side of the story (not even NiceGuy Arnold or her best friend Nadine) and they take Curly's side instead, despite the fact that Curly is clearly mentally unstable. Not to mention Curly pretty much TV-Y7 ''sexually harasses'' Rhonda by blackmailing her into kissing him, which she is clearly not comfortable with.

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** Pretty much every 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 to do so -- he forced blackmailed her into being his girlfriend in the first place) and makes him depressed. However, no one bothers to ask for ''her'' side of the story (not even NiceGuy Arnold or her best friend Nadine) and they take Curly's side instead, despite the fact that Curly is clearly mentally unstable. Not to mention Curly pretty much TV-Y7 ''sexually harasses'' Rhonda by blackmailing her into kissing him, which she is clearly not comfortable with.
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