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* BigBrotherBully: Downplayed. He isn't exactly a bully and he is teased by D.W. more often than the other way round, but he can be unfair or rude to her at times. Of course, he won't admit that though. For example, he has been known to cheat D.W. an hour out of television time by changing the clocks (knowing that she can't tell the time).

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* BigBrotherBully: Downplayed.{{Downplayed|Trope}}. He isn't exactly a bully and he is teased by D.W. more often than the other way round, but he can be unfair or rude to her at times. Of course, he won't admit that though. For example, he has been known to cheat D.W. an hour out of television time by changing the clocks (knowing that she can't tell the time).



** In "So Funny I Forgot To Laugh," wherein he repeatedly makes fun of Sue Ellen's sweater even after she told him to stop, and on top of that, he sent her a BackhandedApology letter. Thankfully, [[JerkassRealization he realizes that he was acting like a jerk]] when Sue Ellen tries to switch classes.

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** In "So Funny I Forgot To Laugh," Laugh", wherein he repeatedly makes fun of Sue Ellen's sweater even after she told him to stop, and on top of that, he sent her a BackhandedApology letter. Thankfully, [[JerkassRealization he realizes that he was acting like a jerk]] when Sue Ellen tries to switch classes.



* NeverMyFault: He does not like admitting his mistakes

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* %%* NeverMyFault: He does not like admitting his mistakesmistakes.



* PayEvilUntoEvil: Punching [[BrattyHalfPint D.W.]] for breaking his model airplane in "Arthur's Big Hit". While what Arthur did was wrong, it wasn't unjustified since he worked really hard on that model airplane and explicitly told D.W. ''not'' to touch it.



* TurnTheOtherCheek: Played With. While he does often get angry at D.W.'s behaviour, to the point of even punching her in "Arthur's Big Hit", and is forced to do favors for her by either herself or his parents, there are a few times when he does does favors for her willingly, despite having the least reason to do so given her LackOfEmpathy towards him. "Operation: D.W." is a notable example of this.

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* TurnTheOtherCheek: Played With.with. While he does often get angry at D.W.'s behaviour, to the point of even punching her in "Arthur's Big Hit", and is forced to do favors for her by either herself or his parents, there are a few times when he does does favors for her willingly, despite having the least reason to do so given her LackOfEmpathy towards him. him.
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"Operation: D.W." is a notable example of this. When D.W. is forced to go the the hospital for an ear operation, Arthur is actually nice to her of his own will and even shows her compassion.
** In "The Pageant Pickle", he agrees to perform in D.W.'s spring pageant because none of her friends would agree to. [[spoiler:However, turning the other cheek backfired on him that time, as D.W. was lying about none of her friends agreeing to perform and was merely using CrocodileTears to manipulate Arthur into humiliating himself in front of the pageant's audience]].



* DubNameChange: Ridia in the Japanese dub.



* DubNameChange:
** Kalle in the German dub.
** Garagara in the Japanese dub.

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DubNameChange: Kalle in the German dub.
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* TheEveryman: In sharp contrast to a group of widely varied friends with telling character traits. Lampshaded in S6's "Best of the Nest", when Arthur settles on "Just Plain Goose." This is extremely poignant when one considers that most of the later seasons' episodes focus on Arthur's friends more than Arthur himself.

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* TheEveryman: In sharp contrast to a group of widely varied friends with telling character traits. Lampshaded in S6's "Best of the Nest", when Arthur settles on "Just Plain Goose." Goose" as his player character for the titular game. This is extremely poignant when one considers that most of the later seasons' episodes focus on Arthur's friends more than Arthur himself.

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* CluelessDetective: As an AmateurSleuth, he's pretty terrible at it. He has no deductive skills and mostly makes wild, impossible theories, such as in "Arthur Accused!" where he initially declares the missing quarters to have been eaten by shapeshifting robots. He "solves" his cases mostly by stumbling upon the answer by the accident.


* AddedAlliterativeAppeal: A book in a bad dream that Francine has is entitled "Francine Frensky: Fraud!".


* TheEveryman: In sharp contrast to a group of widely varied friends with telling character traits. Lampshaded in S6's "Best of the Nest", when Arthur settles on "Just Plain Goose." This is extremely poignant when one considers that most of the later season's episodes focus on Arthur's friends more than Arthur himself.

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* TheEveryman: In sharp contrast to a group of widely varied friends with telling character traits. Lampshaded in S6's "Best of the Nest", when Arthur settles on "Just Plain Goose." This is extremely poignant when one considers that most of the later season's seasons' episodes focus on Arthur's friends more than Arthur himself.



* NiceMeanAndInBetween: The In-between to Kate's Nice and D.W.'s Mean. He is more mature and level-headed than D.W. and often has to put up with her behavior, but can have his moments where he is sometimes unfair to D.W.

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* NiceMeanAndInBetween: The In-between to Kate's Nice and D.W.'s Mean. He is more mature and level-headed than D.W. and often has to put up with her behavior, but can have his moments where he is sometimes unfair to D.W.


* CharacterTics: Frequently and consistently seen with their rollerblades and skateboards.

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* CharacterTics: Frequently and consistently seen with their rollerblades and skateboards.



* CharacterizationMarchesOn: They become less obvious bullies and just kids who can sometimes be thoughtless and mean. They also channel their energy more constructively, going from malicious bullying to consumer advocacy.

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* CharacterizationMarchesOn: They become less go from being obvious bullies and just to being kids who can sometimes be thoughtless and mean. They also channel their energy more constructively, going from malicious bullying to consumer advocacy.



* DiminishingVillainThreat: In early seasons, they're truly nasty and unkind to other students. By Season Eight, the worst they do is claim the jungle gym for themselves and bar everyone else from playing there, and occasionally throw water balloons at other students. [[spoiler:By S16's "The Last Tough Customer", they decide to abandon their tough act altogether.]]

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* DiminishingVillainThreat: In early seasons, they're truly nasty and unkind cruel to other students. By Season Eight, the worst they do is claim the jungle gym for themselves and bar everyone else from playing there, and they occasionally throw water balloons at other students. [[spoiler:By S16's "The Last Tough Customer", they decide to abandon their tough act altogether.]]



** Seasons 14 and 16 reveal that he also has a food allergy just like Binky, except in his case he's lactose intolerant.

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** Seasons 14 and 16 reveal that he also has a food allergy just sensitivity like Binky, except in his case he's lactose intolerant.



* PlatonicLifePartners: As of Seasons 8 and 9, Molly and Rattles are almost never seen apart, even for mundane activities such as walking the dog, or special occasions, such as dancing ballet together.

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* PlatonicLifePartners: As of Seasons 8 and 9, Molly and Rattles are almost never seen apart, even for when doing mundane activities such as walking the dog, or special occasions, such as dancing ballet together.



* PlotAllergy: Seasons 14 and 16 reveal that he's lactose intolerant.

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* PlotAllergy: Seasons Episodes in seasons 14 and 16 reveal indicate that he's lactose intolerant.



* RecurringExtra: He can often be seen in background scenes, more so than any of the other Tough Customers.

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* RecurringExtra: He can often be seen in the background scenes, of episodes prominently featuring other characters, more so than any of the other Tough Customers.

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* NeverMyFault: He does not like admitting his mistakes

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* TheLancer: She is this to Binky in the Tough Customers. As the series has gone on however, she seems to be the unofficial leader of the group in Binky's place.


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* LaserGuidedKarma: After an entire episode of belittling D.W. and accidentally causing the ring fiasco, Aunt Lucy crowns D.W. as the flower girl as her reward for having recovered the ring. Cora is aghast, but relents when Lucy quiets her.


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* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: Has absolutely no concern for the fact that Arthur is overcome with anxiety when he is serving as the ring bearer, and when she yells at him for not smiling, he panics and accidentally flings the ring into the organ. Once again, she doesn't accept any blame for an accident ''she'' caused.


* DubNameChange: Āsā in the Japanese dub.


* DubNameChange: Āsā in the Japanese dub.



* TheCuckoolanderWasRight: None of his friends take his aliens are real very seriously. However, the show does show that they do exist making him right.

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* TheCuckoolanderWasRight: None of his friends take his claims that aliens are real very seriously. However, the show does show that they do exist making him right.right.
* DubNameChange: Boris Beisel in the German dub.


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* DubNameChange: Her first name is Franziska in the German dub.


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* DubNameChange:
** Molly in the French dub.
** Melli Kauzmeier in the German dub.


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* DubNameChange:
** In the French dub, his first name is changed to Ala''i''n, with "Lumière" being the equivalent to "The Brain".
** In the German dub, he's known as "Schlaubi". It is a short form of the German word "Schlauberger", which translates to "smart-aleck".


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* DubNameChange:
** Suzie in the French dub.
** Sabine in the German dub.


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* DubNameChange:
** Flo in the French and German dubs.
** Shida in the Japanese dub.


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* DubNameChange: Jōji in the Japanese dub.


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** DubNameChange: Brunhilde in the German dub.


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* DubNameChange: Ridia in the Japanese dub.


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* DubNameChange: Nelie in the French dub.


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* DubNameChange:
** Kalle in the German dub.
** Garagara in the Japanese dub.


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* DubNameChange: Sigi in the German dub.


* LackOfEmpathy: Often have trouble seeing things from other people's perspectives.

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* LackOfEmpathy: Often have She often has trouble seeing things from other people's perspectives.


* LackOfEmpathy: Not to the same extent as the [[DependingOnTheWriter occasionally]] borderline sociopathic D.W., but she does often have trouble seeing things from other people's perspectives.

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* LackOfEmpathy: Not to the same extent as the [[DependingOnTheWriter occasionally]] borderline sociopathic D.W., but she does often Often have trouble seeing things from other people's perspectives.


** Do not mess with his model planes. [[LaserGuidedKarma D.W. learned this]] [[KickTheSonOfABitch one the hard way]].

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** Do not mess with his model planes. [[LaserGuidedKarma D.W. learned this]] [[KickTheSonOfABitch [[PayEvilUntoEvil one the hard way]].



* GameShowAppearance: Arthur winding up on in-universe ''Riddle Quest'' in S5's "Arthur and the Big Riddle."

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* GameShowAppearance: Arthur winding up on in-universe ''Riddle Quest'' in S5's "Arthur and the Big Riddle."Riddle".



* GuiltyPleasures: Arthur is secretly a fan of in-universe toddler's show "Love Ducks". He keeps it a secret because (per the title of the S4 episode) "That's a Baby Show."

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* GuiltyPleasures: Arthur is secretly a fan of in-universe toddler's show named "Love Ducks". He keeps it a secret because (per the title of the S4 episode) "That's a Baby Show."Show".



* NonIndicativeName: The name "Arthur" means "bear", but he's an aardvark.



* TurnTheOtherCheek: Played With. While he does often get angry at D.W.'s behaviour, to the point of even punching her in "Arthur's Big Hit", and is forced to do favors for her by either herself or his parents, there are a few times when he does does favors for her willingly, despite having the least reason to do so given her LackOfEmpathy towards him. "Operation: D.W." is a notable example of this.



* HandsGoDown: Subverted in "Sue Ellen Adds it Up."

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* HandsGoDown: Subverted in "Sue Ellen Adds it Up."Up".



* LackOfEmpathy: Not to the same extent as the [[DependingOnTheWriter occasionally]] borderline sociopathic D.W., but she does often have trouble seeing things from other people's perspectives.



* AmbiguousDisorder: His strong interest in scientific matters, his tendency to state things in a matter-of-fact way and his strong fear of hurricanes (to the point that he had to see a therapist when one struck Elwood City, which none of his friends had to) may indicate that he has Asperger's Syndrome, but unlike with Carl, this is never explicitly stated. It also helps that his uncle Keith ''is'' a confirmed Aspie.



* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: He was afraid to go to a pool party because of his aquaphobia, though later seasons remove it, implying that The Brain got over his fear.

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* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes:
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He was afraid to go to a pool party because of his aquaphobia, though later seasons remove it, implying that The Brain got over his fear.fear.
** S18's "Shelter from the Storm" reveals that he's scared of hurricanes to the point of being outright ''traumatized'' by them, and he has to see a therapist when one strikes Elwood City.



* KidsAreCruel: They are a [[GangOfBullies gang of elementary school bullies]], so this is self-explanatory. That being said, they aren't [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold completely heartless]].



** She's very kind to her brother, James, and is much more patient with him than Arthur is with DW.

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** She's very kind to her brother, James, and is much more patient with him than Arthur is with DW.D.W.



* KidsAreCruel: See {{Jerkass}}.


* TheCuckoolanderWasRight: Non of his friends take his aliens are real very seriously. However, the show does show that they do exist making him right.

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* TheCuckoolanderWasRight: Non None of his friends take his aliens are real very seriously. However, the show does show that they do exist making him right.


* EveryoneHasStandards: Binky picks on George on a regular basis, but in "The Last Tough Customer" he was disgusted when Molly [[KickTheDog reduced George to tears for making a cruel comment about his dyslexia]].

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* EveryoneHasStandards: Binky picks on George on a regular basis, but in "The Last Tough Customer" he was disgusted he's horrified when Molly [[KickTheDog reduced George to tears for cruelly making a cruel comment about fun of his dyslexia]].

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