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Prof. Arnold Phillip Shortman

The main character of the original series, he is now an adult and a family man. Arnold has grown up a lot as is still as kind hearted and savvy as he has ever been. He is now married to Helga and is the father of Andy, Megan and Henry.


  • Family Man: And he loves every bit of it.
  • Good Parents: He is a very loving, devoted father to his three children.
  • Happily Married: With Helga.
  • Jock Dad, Nerd Son: Inverted, while Arnold was fairly athletic as a child, he now works as a professor, while his son Andy is very sporty and loves competing.

Helga G. Shortman

No longer the brash tomboy she once was, Helga has grown up to become a successful novelist and is much calmer and kinder compared to her youth. She is married to Arnold and is the mother of Andy, Megan and Henry. Her dream came true!

  • Good Parents: Unlike how her own parents were to her, Helga has grown to be a very loving, if somewhat overprotective mother to her three children.
  • Happily Married: With Arnold.
  • Mama Bear: She is very protective of her children, god children and her niece and nephew as well.

Andy P. Shortman

Arnold and Helga's 9 year old son and the eldest of their three kids. He is as nice as his dad and as tough as his mom, often getting in and out of trouble as a result.

  • Academic Athlete: One of the best athletes at his school and he also gets good grades.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: He is a very nice, well meaning child...but he also possesses a black belt at the age of 9 as well as his mother's temper, which only ever truly sets off when he sees someone trying to hurt his loved ones.
  • Big Brother Instinct: For all the grief that Megan gives him, Andy is fiercely protective of his little sister and won't hesitate to protect her.
  • Child Prodigy: He is a junior karate champion and is stated to get good grades at school.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: While he can be a little wild, Andy was raised right and is a very kind, if someone spirited child.
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  • Jock Dad, Nerd Son: Inverted, as Andy is much sportier and prone to force than Arnold is.
  • Strong Family Resemblance : He is stated to look a lot like Arnold, with only a few minor differences.

Megan G. Shortman

Arnold and Helga's 5 year old daughter and the middle child of the family. Very bright, sweet but a little spoiled, she and Andy sometimes butt heads together.

  • Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Sure, she and Andy fight and can get on each other's nerves, but they still love and care for each other as siblings.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Andy thinks she was put on this Earth just to pester him.
  • Adorably Precocious Child: Very young and very smart for her age. Must run in the family...
  • Child Prodigy: A downplayed example. She is stated to be a lot smarter and observant than the average five year old, being able to read and write two grades ahead of her current grade.
  • Companion Cube: She is almost always seen with her favorite doll called Mimi.
  • Daddy's Girl: It's not that she doesn't have a good relationship with her mother, but Megan is shown to be very close to her father Arnold and loves playing with him.
  • Deliberately Cute Child: She is considered to be very cute, knows it and uses it like a weapon.
  • Family Eye Resemblance: She has green eyes, just like her father Arnold.
  • Hair Decorations: Like her mother, she wears a pink bow in her hair.
  • Like Parent, Like Child: She seems to take after her mother Helga in both intelligence and mischief, although she is much tamer and openly friendlier to those around her.
  • Outnumbered Sibling: Megan is the only girl and middle child of three kids.
  • Pink Means Feminine: Like her mom, she seems to have a fondness for the color pink.
  • Spoiled Sweet: She can be pretty bratty at times, but can also have her sweet moments too.

Henry M. Shortman

Arnold and Helga's infant son and the youngest of the Shortman siblings. He is one year old in most of the stories he appears in.


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