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21st May '16 6:01:05 PM TheLuckyCat
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* UnintentionallyUnsympathetic: In "Helga and the Nanny", Big Bob hires a new nanny to help around the house. Helga obviously finds this annoying since she's pretty much been taking care of herself since kindergarten, but the nanny goes down a hit with her parents and the kids at school like her and Helga is given the WhatTheHellHero treatment by getting her fired. But the thing is, Inga constantly embarrasses Helga and treats her like a dumb kid, like forcing her into a dress that gets her teased by the other kids, making her "show her father respect" when Bob constantly ignores and neglects Helga, so it's understandable Helga would want Inga out of her life.


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** Invoked in "Rhonda Goes Broke" when she spends most of her time crying when she has to live in the boarding house after her family lose all their money. Arnold eventually talks some sense into her and Rhonda gets a [[HesBack she's back]] moment.
19th May '16 5:28:04 AM TomPhanto
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** "Olga Gets Engaged" revolves around Olga falling in love with and getting engaged to a guy Helga disapproves of [[spoiler: and who happens to be a JerkAss]]. Disney/[[Frozen]] would do the exact same thing years later, only with the seniority of the sister reversed.

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** "Olga Gets Engaged" revolves around Olga falling in love with and getting engaged to a guy Helga disapproves of [[spoiler: and who happens to be a JerkAss]]. Disney/[[Frozen]] Disney/{{Frozen}} would do the exact same thing years later, only with the seniority of the sister reversed.
5th May '16 2:01:07 PM fruitstripegum
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** "Olga Gets Engaged" revolves around Olga falling in love with and getting engaged to a guy Helga disapproves of [[spoiler: and who happens to be a JerkAss]]. Disney/[[Frozen]] would do the exact same thing years later, only with the seniority of the sister reversed.
28th Apr '16 10:13:52 PM SheldonDinkleburg
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** 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.

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** 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.
26th Apr '16 4:02:39 AM ParkedCarAnne
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* BrokenBase: The Movie. Many fans genuinely like it and think it's underrated. But many either find it SoOkayItsAverage or dislike it. Aside from the obvious complaint of [[ItsTheSameNowItSucks being a TV movie]] [[ExecutiveMeddling put on the big screen]], some claim that the more action-oriented nature of the movie [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks clashed with the down-to-earth tone of the show]]. (The James Bond-like teaser trailer [[TaintedByThePreview didn't help matters either]].) Another common complaint is the [[OutOfFocus lack of focus on secondary characters]].

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* BrokenBase: The Movie. Many fans genuinely like it and think it's underrated. criminally underrated or only considered bad because of ExecutiveMeddling. But many either find it SoOkayItsAverage [[SoOkayItsAverage okay, but nothing spectacular]] or dislike it.think it sucks/could have been better. Aside from the obvious complaint of [[ItsTheSameNowItSucks being a TV movie]] [[ExecutiveMeddling put on the big screen]], some claim that the more action-oriented nature of the movie [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks clashed with the down-to-earth tone of the show]]. (The James Bond-like teaser trailer [[TaintedByThePreview didn't help matters either]].) Another common complaint is the [[OutOfFocus lack of focus on secondary characters]].



** Everyone (including Mr. Simmons) acts as though the LastKiss is the ''only'' and there's a lot of tension about it. Romeo and Juliet actually kissed ''multiple'' times in the play[[note]]and had sex, but this is a bunch of fourth graders performing the play, so Simmons likely removed that part to keep it age appropriate[[/note]]. Additionally, in an attempt to persuade the potential Romeo actors, Simmons claims that said last kiss is "just one small scene". If by "small" he means "pivotal and plot relevant" then he's right.
** Most glaringly, Lila claims that the moral of the play is [[ThePowerOfLove "true love conquers all"]]. This couldn't be further from the truth. If anything, it was ''the opposite''; Shakespeare made a point that Romeo and Juliet were simply two infatuated teenagers and their obsession with each other completely ruins both their and their families' lives. Heck, the mere fact that Romeo and Juliet ''die'' at the end should have probably been a tip off.

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** Everyone (including Mr. Simmons) acts as though the LastKiss is the ''only'' part that matters and there's a lot of tension about it. Romeo and Juliet actually kissed ''multiple'' times in the play[[note]]and had sex, but this is a bunch but, like most school productions of fourth graders performing the play, so Simmons controversial plays, that was most likely removed that part omitted to keep it age appropriate[[/note]].things family-friendly[[/note]]. Additionally, in an attempt to persuade the potential Romeo actors, Simmons claims that said last kiss is "just one small scene". If by "small" he means "pivotal and plot relevant" plot-relevant" then he's right.
** Most glaringly, Lila claims that the moral of the play is [[ThePowerOfLove "true love conquers all"]]. This couldn't be further from the truth. If anything, it was ''the opposite''; Shakespeare made a point that Romeo and Juliet were simply two infatuated teenagers whose love affair and their obsession with each other completely ruins suicides ruined both their and their families' lives. Heck, the mere fact that Romeo and Juliet ''die'' at the end should have probably been a tip off. families.



* 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]]", which is almost unanimously considered to be the worst episode of the series.

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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.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 DayInTheLimelight episode again).
18th Apr '16 8:17:57 PM SheldonDinkleburg
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* WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids: The show dealt with '''a lot''' of serious themes compared to other Nicktoons. The most notable examples being Helga's [[TheUnfavorite dysfunctional]] [[ParentalFavoritism family]] and Arnold's [[ParentalAbandonment missing parents]], though it also touched subjects like adult illiteracy ("Oskar Can't Read?"), addictions ("Chocolate Boy"), poverty ("Ms. Perfect") and war. In general, the show is a lot more emotional and mature than you'd expect a kids' show to be.
8th Apr '16 6:55:35 AM WarriorSparrow
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* FanficFuel: Craig Bartlett revealed enough details about the Jungle Movie and ''The Patakis'', that many fanfic writers have written their own versions.

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* FanficFuel: Craig Bartlett revealed enough details about the Jungle Movie and ''The Patakis'', that many fanfic writers have written their own versions. The Jungle Movie itself is finally happening, so it will be interesting to see how much the fanfic authors get right.
2nd Apr '16 7:03:16 PM kquinn0830
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** Grandpa Phil's embellished war story of him fighting Hitler and giving him a wedgie.
18th Mar '16 4:37:35 PM ThorfinnRowle
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* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter:
** Though many of Arnold's classmates have ADayInTheLimelight, Sheena never received her own episode.
** Nadine was pretty much ignored unless she was around Rhonda despite having an established personality in her few appearances.
** Many of the borders who appeared only in season 1 such as Lana Vail, Mr. Purdy, and Mr. Smith could've been good characters had they lasted the show's run. Later seasons imply that they all moved out.
** Ruth has this status with some fans, especially those who preferred her over Lila.
** Torvald only made two appearances despite apparently still being in Arnold's class (he isn't usually seen in classroom scenes).
** Susie never really played much of a role in the series other than as a SatelliteLoveInterest to Oskar.
14th Mar '16 9:56:32 PM Upgrader
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* JustHereForGodzilla: Nick tried to invoke this trope for the release of ''Hey Arnold! The Movie''. Basically, Helga's LoveConfession was supposed to be the big thing that would attract fans to watch the movie. Unfortunately, the trailer revealed a little too much.



* PopularityPolynomial: Sort of. The show was quite popular when it was airing, and managed to mantain a fanbase years after it ended; but sometime around 2012, there was a ''huge'' spike of interest in the series, particularly on the never-produced Jungle Movie. So much, that both Nickelodeon and Craig Bartlett took notice. And in 2015, when Nickelodeon announced it was looking to revive some of its classic Nicktoons, the Hey Arnold! TV movie revival was announced first, only a couple of months after the initial announcement. That definitely says something.

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* PopularityPolynomial: Sort of. The show was quite popular when it was airing, and managed to mantain a fanbase years after it ended; but sometime around 2012, there was a ''huge'' spike of interest in the series, particularly on 2009, [[SendingStuffToSaveTheShow a fan effort]] to save the never-produced Jungle Movie. So much, that both Movie was started, and 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.
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Nickelodeon and Craig Bartlett took notice. And in is very aware of this. In 2015, when Nickelodeon shortly after they announced it was looking their plans to revive some of its their classic Nicktoons, the Hey Arnold! TV movie revival was they announced first, only a couple of months that the long-awaited Jungle Movie was in production, in an attempt to WinBackTheCrowd after some ''rough'' years, while also introducing the initial announcement. That definitely says something.show to a new generation of kids.
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