Arnold Shortman | Helga G. Pataki | Students of P.S. 118: Mr. Simmons' Class, Other Students | The Adults: Part One, Part Two | Other Kids
WARNING: There are plenty of unmarked spoilers throughout (spoilers from Hey Arnold! The Jungle Movie WILL be marked as necessary), so read at your own risk.
Willie (aka. The Jolly Olly Man)
A mean, sadistic, downright crazy guy who works as an ice cream man.
- Abusive Parents: Implied, seeing as he's employed by his father who appears to be, at best, apathetic and at worst emotionally/verbally abusive. This is probably part of why he's so nuts.
- Aesop Amnesia: Subverted. In "Career Day", Arnold teaches him how to properly do his job and avoid getting fired. In subsequent appearances he flip-flops from being the same jerkass he always was, and actually doing his job well.
- When Grandpa Phil accidentally runs him off the road in "Grandpa's Packard", he goes as far as to dress up in drag, and trick Phil into giving his address, so he can steal the Packard from him. He apologizes after he gets arrested, though.
- He makes a small appearance in Hey Arnold! The Movie, though, where he seems to be good at his job again, but he's still an ass to the kids, gloating about the impending demolition of their neighborhood.
- Ambiguously Brown: Has tan skin.
- Bad Humor Truck: A downplayed example in that while he is an ice cream man, he's more of an asocial jerk than evil.
- Characterization Marches On: He didn't start out crazy, and in the early Season 1 episode "Heat," it was implied that his meanness was just a temporary bad mood caused by the unbearable heat wave. But it ended up sticking for the rest of the series, with craziness added on top of it.
- Child Hater: He hates children, and would sooner see them be completely miserable than happy.
- Cloudcuckoolander: He's apparently convinced in "Grandpa's Packard" that the start of his bad day was his dog laughing at him.
- Disguised in Drag: In "Grandpa's Packard", he stole Phil's car while disguised as a woman named Ivana Divancevic.
- Disproportionate Retribution: He stole Grandpa's Packard because Phil accidentally ran him off the road.
- Evil Laugh: He often lets out a quiet cackle.
- Freudian Excuse: In "Career Day", Arnold finds out he's been fired from every single job he's had, and his Bad Boss is none other than his own Dad, who treats him with utter contempt.
- Ironic Nickname: He's called the Jolly Olly Man when his attitude is anything but jolly.
- Jerkass: He'll drive off without giving kids their ice cream, not give them the right flavors, yell at them and treat them with no respect, or just outright ignore them, and once during a massive heatwave, he tried to charge $20 for ice cream, causing the kids to revolt. Another glaring moment of dickishness would be in "Weighing Harold", where he taunts Harold over his obesity and calls him "Tubby".
- Nice Hat: Mandatory because of his job.
- No Social Skills: He was not aware there was anything wrong with his attitude, and views the children he serves as frightening. When his boss/father shows up saying that his numbers are down, he says it's not his fault that kids these days don't want ice cream. There was also a moment in "Grandpa's Packard" where he says that he was having a terrible day, one of the reasons being that the expiration date on his milk was wrong. He's not wrong, the milk was wrong. It'd be somewhat believable if it wasn't preceded by his dog laughing at him, and followed by a maniacal Grandpa Phil running him off the road on purpose.
- Only Known By His Nickname: It isn't until "Career Day" that we find out that his first name is Willie.
- Only One Name: His first name is revealed to be Willie, yet his last name was not mentioned.
- Pet the Dog: He gives Arnold an 'A' at the end of "Career Day" and a free ice-cream, as thanks.
- Slasher Smile: Accidentally scares kids off with his smile when Arnold is trying to improve him.
- Through the Eyes of Madness:
- We occasionally see how he views the world. In "Career Day", he sees the city in black and white and nothing but slums, the kids as hyperactive creepy children, and his ice cream truck as a cage.
- "Grandpa's Packard" shows that he views Grandpa's running him off the road as a malicious act against him, and not a mistake, complete with an evil looking Packard spewing flames and Grandpa Phil laughing maniacally.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: In episodes like "Career Day", it's implied that beneath all that crazy is a deeply, deeply damaged man.
Harvey the Mailman
A local mailman who loves the blues.
- Badass Baritone: A deep, raspy voice befitting a blues singer.
- Demoted to Extra: He started appearing less and less after the third season, being reduced to a silent cameo in both movies (his last speaking role being in season 4 episode "Chocolate Turtles"). He was supposed to have a speaking role in the second movie, but that ended up not happening, likely due to Author Existence Failure.
- Inopportune Voice Cracking: In "Gerald's Tonsils", he had a similar situation as Gerald when his voice changed after a tonsillectomy, and right before a big choir concert. Like Gerald, he learned to like his new raspy voice.
- Mailman vs. Dog: Implied in "Heat". Harvey passes a dog on his way to the butcher shop. The dog starts growling at him, only for Harvey to say "Not today, Rufus, please. It's too darn hot."
- Only One Name: His last name is never revealed.
Mr. Marty Green
A local butcher that runs for councilman in "Mr. Green Runs"—and wins!
- Berserk Button: NEVER throw a board over a pothole and say it's fixed, especially after he's called you countless times requesting to get it fixed. Also, don't ever steal his precious meats, because he'll never forget it.
- Beware the Nice Ones: If Councilman Gladhand had bothered to actually fix the pot hole, he'd probably still have a job.
- Big Good: Despite being a butcher, he act as the vocal representative of Hillwood, speaking on behalf of the other citizens whether its in the movie when their neighborhood was in danger of being torn down, initially encouraging others to occupy a recently-founded baseball field until the kids tells them how their space meant to them before finally going on to run for councilman in protest against Councilman Gladhand's irresponsibilities and winning.
- Big Ol' Unibrow: A red one.
- Defrosting Ice King: When Harold steals a ham from his shop, Mr. Green punishes him under Harold's rabbi's request despite Mr. Green's reluctance by forcing him to work for free for a week. Harold grows to like the job, though Mr. Green sees him as trouble and absolutely hates him, still carrying a lasting grudge against Harold for the theft. Then at the end, Mr. Green warms up to him when he offers to help out during a busy hour.
- Depending on the Artist: Much like Sid, Mr. Green's hair never looks consistent when he is shown without his butcher hat, he's either completely bald on top or has hair, albeit receding.
- Expy: Of the title character from the movie, Marty.
- Jerkass Ball: Towards Harold after he pressed his Berserk Button by stealing his ham, causing him to constantly carry a grudge against him while he works at the butcher shop throughout the episode. He even vehemently refuses Harold's offer to work full time for him (however, Harold should considered himself lucky that Mr. Green has not issued a restraining order against him after pestering the front of his store and repeated the same theft in order to get rehired following finishing his punishment). For his cruelty due to being unable to let go of his obsessive grudge against Harold, Mr. Green in the episode was being Not So Different from Iggy, who infamously mistreated Arnold similarly for any injustice done to him. Mr. Green at the end finally forgives Harold and warms up to him when he offers to help out during a busy hour.
- Large Ham: When Arnold is looking for a musical act for a dance, Mr. Green offers his singing voice which really stands out to say the least.
- Nice Hat: His butcher hat.
- Real Men Eat Meat: Subverted. The movie reveals that Marty has a son who is ironically a vegetarian, and that the two haven't spoken in years. It's implied that the strained relationship is not so much about the son being vegetarian, but rather due to Marty wanting his son to follow in his footsteps and take over the butcher, as Marty had done with his own dad.
- This Is Unforgivable!: Initially towards Harold stealing his ham, which caused him to absolutely refusing to completely forgive him for it and let go of his personal grudge against him even when Harold is punished to work at his shop and started to show interest in his work that Mr. Green vehemently denies. He's doesn't completely forgive him and accept him as his apprentice until the end of the episode.
Michael Levin (singing)
A washed-up jazz singer who's struggling to stay relevant.
- Dead Artists Are Better: He tries to invoke this in "Dino Checks Out." He fakes his death believing that his album sales will skyrocket. Unfortunately, an impersonator comes along and overshadows him, forcing Dino to come clean.
- Dodgy Toupee: "Dino Checks Out" shows Dino combing his hair, then cutting to full screen and revealing that it's a toupee on a mannequin head.
- Elvis Impersonator: Gets one after his "death". Not only does the impersonator believe he is the real Dino, but he is more well-liked than the original, even hooking up with his most recent ex-wife.
- Faking the Dead: Does this in "Dino Checks Out" to boost his album sales. It doesn't work.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Once spent two nights in jail for punching a journalist. Upon his release, Aesop Amnesia he does the same thing to a camera man interning him.
- MayDecember Romance: His ex-wives Candy Maldonado and Bunny are decades younger than him. Justified since they're heavily implied to be Gold Diggers.
- Meaningful Name: Dino as in "dinosaur", a slang term for has-been.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: An Affectionate Parody of Frank Sinatra with a little Dean Martin thrown in. He's even shown to be a member of the Rat Pack and has a daughter named Nancy.
- Rags to Riches: Grew up in Arnold's Boarding House and returns there in "Partners" when he was in a slump. Also returned after faking his death, since he knew Arnold wouldn't rat him out.
- Serial Spouse: He has five ex-wives.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Don Reynolds. The two fight constantly, but it's clear that they need each other, especially since they both excel at what the other sucks at —
- Dino's great with music but terrible at writing lyrics.
- Don's great at writing lyrics but terrible at making tunes.
- We're Still Relevant, Dammit!: An In-Universe example. His backstory shows us that he was trying way too hard to roll with the times, such as creating a disco album in the '70s and a rap album in the '80s. He fared better when he went back to singing his '50s jazz-tunes.
Dino Spumoni's friend and lyricist.
- Speak Ill of the Dead: After Dino fakes his death in "Dino Checks Out", Don complains about what a jerk Dino was at his funeral, though he eventually bursts into tears and asks why Dino had to die.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: He and Dino constantly end up at each other's throats, but are ultimately good friends.
Coach Jack Wittenberg
A local coach who's forgetful in names and only has limited experience, often needing Arnold to help him out.
- Competition Freak: He and Tish practically live to one-up each other.
- Disproportionate Retribution: During a basketball game, he tells the kids that they have to pass the ball to his son Tucker so he can score. When Arnold ignores his advice, explaining that he wasn't open and had to make the shot himself, Coach Wittenburg benches him for the rest of the season.
- Drill Sergeant Nasty: His method of coaching involves screaming at the players, until Arnold comes in. Fact is that this trait has gotten him fired multiple times.
- A Father to His Men: He does care about the kids he's coaching as he really wants them to succeed. And when he tries to organize a Synchronized Swimming Team, he goes to Arnold and friends, knowing they've been there for him in the past.
- Hot-Blooded: His competitiveness with his wife, Tish can get pretty out of control sometimes.
- Ink-Suit Actor: Coach Wittenberg looks a lot like James Belushi.
- Large Ham: Much like your typical super-competitive coach.
- Malaproper: Constantly speaks in this manner as he often has no idea what the stuff he talks about means.
- The Nicknamer: To the kids, he constantly calls Arnold, Arnie.
- Slap-Slap-Kiss: He and Tish will spend an episode arguing, only to make up in the end.
- Stage Dad: Made his son Tucker the star player of the basketball team, even though he's not a very good player at first.
- Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: With Tish.
The highly competitive wife of Coach Wittenberg who often coaches the rival teams.
- Competition Freak: These two would probably die if they couldn't compete over something.
- Guttural Growler: For a woman, Tish has a rather deep and gravelly voice.
- Hot-Blooded: Her competitiveness with Jack can get pretty out of control sometimes.
- Loving Bully: According to Tish herself, she and Jack had a similar relationship to Arnold and Helga when they were kids.
- Malaproper: Like husband, like wife. She refers to synchronized swimming as things such as "sympathetic swimming" in "Synchronized Swimming". She also says "altercations" instead of "alterations" in "Best Man".
- Pink Means Feminine: Averted much like Helga, as Tish wears pink but is The Lad-ette.
- Slap-Slap-Kiss: She and Jack will spend an episode arguing, only to make up in the end.
- Tsundere: Much like Helga, she acts brash to hide her real feelings for Jack.
- Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: With Jack. She's definitely better looking than her husband.
- Vocal Dissonance: She's a pretty blond who has the deep, rough voice of a 50-year-old heavy smoker.
Rex Smythe-Higgins I
- Cheaters Never Prosper: He may cheat to win, but in the end, never gets away with it.
- Competition Freak: Loves competing with Phil, and is not above cheating.
- Did Not Do the Bloody Research: This exchange from "The Pig War":Rex Smythe-Higgins: You, minion, cut short this foul hemlock which hath so offended me!
British Kid: Pardon me, guv'ner, I do't understand you when you talk all fancy like that.
Rex Smythe-Higgins: Chop down the bloody tree, you idiot!
- Enforced Cold War: Downplayed. While Rex I and Phil definitely push their grandsons whenever the two are competing, both are also seemingly willing to allow them to have a Friendly Rivalry as opposed to the heated (and immature) competitveness they share.
- Evil Brit: Not evil, but he's a Jerkass and is British.
- The Ghost: Since his grandson is named Rex Smythe-Higgins III, that would logically mean that there is a Rex Smythe-Higgins II, but his son is never so much as mentioned.
- Jerkass: He's very stuffy and uptight. Even after Rex III reveals why he stopped his grandfather from cooking Abner, Rex doesn't care and thinks he should've let him do it anyway.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: He looks a lot like John Cleese.
- Not Me This Time: His known rivalry with Phil makes him an understandable suspect for stealing Phil's car in "Grandpa's Packard", but he states that he is innocent and gives the alibi that he was in London at the time.
- Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: Is this to Phil. The two both expect their grandsons to take up the rivalry, but neither boy is all that interested—while Rex III and Arnold aren't necessarily "friends," they're on noticeably better terms with each other than their grandfathers are.
Craig Bartlett (most appearances)
Andy Dick ("Monkeyman!")
Hillwood's local superhero.
- 10-Minute Retirement: He decides to stop being a superhero after he fails to save Sid (as he was out on the town) from being mugged. A talk from Arnold brought him back.
- Animal Motifs: Obviously, monkeys are his theme.
- Badass Normal: He's obviously not really a superhero, but he nevertheless saves Arnold from being mugged by scaring away his attackers.
- Basement-Dweller: He mentions living with his aunt and uncle.
- The Cameo: He got a very brief scene in the first Hey Arnold! movie, yelling his name as a Battle Cry.
- Catchphrase: "MONKEYMAN!!"
- Civvie Spandex: Wears a T-shirt and jeans with a cape.
- Cloudcuckoolander: He clearly has a few screws loose.
- Early-Bird Cameo: He makes a few cameos before his day in the limelight.
- Expy: When he cleans himself up, he looks and speaks exactly like Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka.
- Flanderization: In The Jungle Movie, his verbal tic has been exaggerated into Pokémon Speak, where his name is the only thing he says in the movie. Especially since he stopped doing that at the end of "Monkeyman!".
- Jabba Table Manners: Gobbles down his food with his bare hands and makes a mess every time.
- Nephewism: No mention is made of Monkeyman's parents, only that he lives with his aunt and uncle.
- No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: In The Jungle Movie, Arnold and Gerald decide to build him a river habitat out in the slums because Monkeyman frequents the area (or may have become a bum by this point), as their contribution to the contest to San Lorenzo. Unfortunately, all the junk they used to build his floating fortress was already laid claim to by the myriad of other vagrants living around the area. They quickly stormed the premises in a flash mob and dismantled the place, taking nearly all of their junk back. And then the base tore loose from its anchored rope and what was left of it floated downstream with Monkeyman on board and several other bums. Fortunately, they all made peace and ended up having a campfire on board the makeshift raft, spending some time bonding.
- No Name Given: His real name is unknown.
- No Social Skills: He doesn't even know how to use silverware.
- Secret Identity: He apparently has none. He wears no mask and no one knows his real name.
- Super Hero Origin: He became a superhero because he was bullied as a child for his love of monkeys and the bullies stole his stuffed monkey.
- Trademark Favorite Food: He likes to eat bananas, fittingly enough.
- Verbal Tic: He has been known to —Monkeyman— use his —Monkeyman— name in the middle of his —Monkeyman— sentences. He stops after Arnold manages to "re-civilize" him, and this is the only change he keeps after giving up said "re-civilization" to go back to fighting crime.
Vincent (aka. The Pigeon Man)
An outcast who lives atop an abandoned apartment block who prefers to be around pigeons more than humans.
- Ambiguous Disorder: While he's not exactly crazy like the urban legends claim, the fact that he relates better to birds than humans does make one wonder.
- Back for the Finale: He returns in The Jungle Movie.
- But Now I Must Go: In the ending, he leaves the city to live with his feathered friends.
- Gentle Giant: A giant to pigeons, anyway.
- Ink-Suit Actor: Vincent Schiavelli is known as "the man with the sad eyes," and it shows in Pigeon Man. They even share the same given name.
- Loners Are Freaks: He lives alone with only pigeons by his side. Subverted as he's legitimately friendly and surprisingly well adjusted (he's just not very social).
- Misunderstood Loner with a Heart of Gold: Some of the kids think he's some kind of bird-obsessed freak, when he's just a friendly old guy who's just really fascinated with birds.
- Nice Hat: Dresses like a pilot and has his own hat to go with it.
- Not Good with People: He understands birds, just not people.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Everyone that knows him calls him Pigeon Man.
- Unexpected Character: The announcement that revealed he'd be returning in The Jungle Movie was a pleasant surprise to many fans.
Bob's frequent business associate.
- Art Evolution: His character design is noticeably different between his first appearance in "Runaway Float" and his second appearance in "Save the Tree". His design changed yet again for Hey Arnold! The Movie.
- Big Ol' Unibrow: As usual, we've got yet another character who has a huge unibrow.
- The Dragon: Becomes Scheck's main lapdog in the movie, doing everything he can to ensure Scheck's plans go to fruition.
- Even Evil Has Standards: He's reluctant to blow up the overpass to stop the bus Arnold, Gerald, and Helga are on. Doesn't stop him from doing it, though.
- Gonk: Pre-Art Evolution, he looks more like an ape with a ponytail than a human. His redesign from The Movie makes him a little easier on the eyes, but amps up the nastiness.
- Hate Sink: His name includes the Italian word for "worm." He's a figuratively and literally greasy Smug Snake who cares about nothing other than making money and actually makes Bob look sympathetic by comparison (it doesn't help that he's implied to have Mafia connections). If he and Bob are together in an episode, chances are that the episode will end with Bob (temporarily) learning his lesson after watching Nick cross a line he isn't willing to, usually physically harming Helga or another child, and in The Movie he sells Bob out to Scheck and demonstrates he may even be okay with casual murder.
- Progressively Prettier: In "Runaway Float" he looks like an ape with a pencil-thin mustache and a ponytail. In "Save the Tree", he looks more human (albeit still very cartoon-y) but with a thicker mustache. In Hey Arnold! The Movie he has a more triangular-shaped head, back to the pencil mustache and aside from the unibrow, looks like a regular guy.
- The Starscream: He starts out as Bob's adviser, but by the movie, he betrays Bob and sells his business out to give Scheck 51% ownership. Bob does not take kindly to this.
A theater critic and director.
- Camp Straight: He is very interested in theater, but is also shown to have had feelings for a woman named Betty in "Eugene, Eugene".
- Caustic Critic: Downplayed. He is pretty passionate about savaging plays, but he does give the plays he reviews their due credit.
- Cynicism Catalyst: In "Eugene, Eugene", it turns out that he changed the ending of the musical Eugene, Eugene for his adaptation into a Downer Ending because he never got with a woman he loved named Betty. Fortunately, in addition to his play still being applauded when Eugene and Arnold restore the original ending against his wishes, he also reunites with Betty.
- Ink-Suit Actor: He resembles a clean-shaven Tim Curry.
- Tuckerization: He is named for one of the show's animators.
Elizabeth Ashley ("Arnold's Hat", "Part Time Friends" and The Movie)
Kath Soucie ("The Vacant Lot")
The owner of Hillwood's flower shop.
- A Day in the Limelight: Her most prominent role in the series is in the episode "Part Time Friends".
- Art Evolution: Her cameos in the later episodes considerably changed her facial features so they had less detail and her face was rounder, though she has her face back to how it was before in Hey Arnold: The Movie.
- The Ghost: In spite of being addressed as Mrs., her husband is never seen nor mentioned.
- Gonk: Her face is pretty weird-looking.
Steve Viksten ("Parents Day")
Carlos Alazraqui ("The Journal" and The Jungle Movie)
An anthropologist and longtime friend of Miles and Stella
- Ambiguously Evil: His behavior can seem a little shady at times in the original series. By The Jungle Movie, this turns out to be ultimately averted. At first, it seems like Eduardo and Lasombra were one in the same all along, but in the end it turns out Lasombra was only impersonating him. The real Eduardo shows up near the end to save the kids.
- Badass Mustache: Has one, and considering the things he and his friends have done, the badass is not just an adjective.
- Big Damn Heroes: He suddenly appears to save Arnold, Gerald, and Helga from failing to their deaths.
- Chekhov's Gun: Arnold and Gerald find his apartment ransacked and particular attention is paid to a photo of him with Miles and Stella being ripped apart. That's to keep Arnold from knowing what Eduardo really looks like, allowing Lasombra to pull off his trick.
- Evil All Along: Subverted. It initially appears that he was Lasombra all along, but then it turns out Lasombra had actually kidnapped him so he could impersonate him. Once he actually shows up, he really is the kind man and friend Miles wrote about in his journal.
- Gratuitous Spanish: Mixes Spanish words into his sentences, such as referring to Miles and Stella as "amigos" and shouting "Ay Dios Mio!" (oh my god) when the volcano erupts.
- Negated Moment of Awesome: He was behind the attack on Lasombra's boat. He was attempting to save Arnold and the others, but the pirates were able to fight them off, and Lasombra was able to steer the boat away.
- Offscreen Moment of Awesome: He was kidnapped and imprisoned by Lasombra, but managed to escape so he could save Arnold and his friends. All of this happens offscreen.
- Nice Hat: He wears a white cowboy hat.
- Small Role, Big Impact: Eduardo was Miles's guide through the jungle and took him past Stella's dig site, which led to their first meeting. He was the one who sought their help on the mission that led to their disappearance. "The Journal" also showed that he helped out during Arnold's birth.
- Tempting Fate: When Miles, a pregnant Stella, and Eduardo approach a smoking volcano, Eduardo says that volcanoes smoke all the time, and that's all it'll do. Said volcano proceeds to erupt.
- Translator Buddy: He acts as a translator for the San Lorenzo natives during Miles and Stella's adventures. Years later he helps Arnold communicate with the Green Eye children and figure out how to cure the sleeping sickness victims.
- True Companions: To Miles, Stella and the Green-eyes.
- Walking Spoiler: In The Jungle Movie because Lasombra impersonates him for the first half.
- You Don't Look Like You: When he appears as the tour guide for Arnold's group in The Jungle Movie, he both looks and sounds much older than he should be. Justified, as it is actually Lasombra in disguise.
Unknown ("The Journal")
Alfred Molina (The Jungle Movie)
An infamous river pirate who has been terrorizing San Lorenzo for years. He serves as the primary antagonist of The Jungle Movie.
- Actor Allusion: This is not he first time Alfred Molina had played a treacherous South American treasure hunter for a Paramount movie.
- Ascended Extra: In "The Journal", he only received a cameo, and his face was hidden behind a mask. In The Jungle Movie, he became the main antagonist.
- Ax-Crazy: Lasombra has a bit of a temper, but throughout most of the movie he remains in control. This changes shortly before his death, when he attacks Eduardo and company in a mad rage with a needle. Considering how fast it was acting, the poison likely ate away at his mind.
- Bad Boss: Lasombra is implied to murder minions who fail him, as one of his pirates begs not to be killed after a particularly bad screw up. Although he spares said pirate, he later sends him and many others to their deaths so he can bypass the Green Eyes' booby traps.
- Bait the Dog: When he first reveals himself as a villain, he keeps up the affable facade, cracks a lot of good jokes and spares a henchman who let prisoners escape since their escape was all part of a plan. Then he later uses that exact same henchman as a Human Shield against an arrow trap, kills all his men by using them as canon fodder for the Green Eyes' booby traps, and tries to flat-out kill the child protagonists.
- Bald of Evil: He has a bald spot, which is shown after he loses his cowboy hat.
- Big Bad: He is the main antagonist of The Jungle Movie.
- Bilingual Bonus: His name is a play on "la sombra" which is Spanish for "the shadow".
- Body Horror: The poison makes him look like a zombie during the Final Battle.
- Card-Carrying Villain: He identifies as a villain, admits he liked an aspect of his plan because it was an "evil touch," and takes pride in his criminal accomplishments. His Wi-fi password is even "You Monster!."
- Character Death: Notably the only named antagonist in the series to unambiguously die.
- Chekhov's Gunman: He has a brief appearance in "The Journal" before taking center stage in The Jungle Movie.
- The Chessmaster: Lasombra pretty much masterminds everything that happens in The Jungle Movie, and he remains in control basically up until his demise.
- Dark Is Evil: His title means "The Shadow," and he's the Big Bad of the film.
- Dead Hat Shot: After Lasombra plunges into the gorge the first time, his hat slowly floats down to the bottom. Subverted when Lasombra actually managed to survive the fall and claws his way back up the broken rope bridge.
- Death by Materialism: If he hadn't pushed Arnold out of the way of reclaiming the Corazón from its container, the treasure's last trap wouldn't have recognized him as a thief and shot him with the poison dart that ended up killing him.
- The Determinator: Despite being poisoned and falling into a ravine, Lasombra not only manages to claw himself back out, but fight off Eduardo, Arnold, Helga and Gerald all at once. It's only once the Corazón is lost that he succumbs to the poison.
- Disney Villain Death: Subverted. He appears to die by falling into a gorge after being struck by a poisoned dart, but later climbs out to fight Eduardo and Arnold. The poison finishes him off, and his corpse falls back into the gorge. All in all, double subverted.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Played for Laughs. He dismisses Curly as far too crazy and unpredictable to be a pirate.
- Evil Is Petty: Not only does he kidnap children, he refuses to give them the Wi-fi password. The monster. He also takes the time to turn Arnold's friends against him by making him sound like a traitor, for little reason other than to be a dick.
- Evil Poacher: In addition to stealing relics and treasures from Central America, he also poaches animals. Unfortunately for the men guarding his compound, Curly frees them.
- Exact Words: After telling the fat man who fell asleep guarding Arnold he wouldn't kill him, he lets a trap take care of that.
- Expy: His overall appearance, materialistic ambitions, and using a child to unwittingly lead him to his prize makes him appear rather like a Central American version of McLeach.
- False Friend: He pretends to be Arnold's friend to gain his trust. He does so by assuming the identity of Eduardo, the best friend of Arnold's parents. He later uses this "friendship" to sow distrust between Arnold and his friends.
- Faux Affably Evil: Despite a handful of comedic moments, he's incredibly ruthless and immoral, even more so than Scheck in the previous film. He actually amps up the jokes and chummy attitude once he reveals his villainous nature.
- Final Boss: Lasombra is the last opponent faced in the series.
- Five-Second Foreshadowing: Right after Lasombra falls off the rope bridge and the real Eduardo appears, there is an ominous foreground shot of one of the ropes on the bridge slowly being tugged on...
- Greed: His search for the Corazón is fueled by greed.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: The treasure he sought after for years ends up leading to his death, when one last booby trap poisons him as he tries to claim the Corazón.
- Human Shield: Intermixed with Black Comedy, Lasombra used the fat man guarding Arnold's cell to soak up three arrows. He gives his disapproving and appalled men a sheepish "what did you expect? I'm evil" sort of grin.
- Identical Stranger: Even without the disguise, Lasombra's facial structure and build make him a dead ringer for Eduardo, which makes the Paper-Thin Disguise a lot easier to pull off.
- Karmic Death: He's poisoned by the very relic he sought to steal from the Green Eyes.
- Knight of Cerebus: He's by far the darkest antagonist in the series, and ends up with a pretty impressive body count.
- Lack of Empathy: When told the Corazón can help cure the Green Eyes of the sleeping sickness plaguing the adults, he writes it off for the money he can make off of exploiting their hidden city.
- Laughably Evil: He's actually one of the darkest villains in the series, with actual on-screen murders, but he also gets some of the best zingers in the movie.
- Light Is Not Good: He wears a bright blue shirt and white hat, but is the most evil villain in the Hey Arnold! universe. Since he was impersonating Eduardo to gain Arnold's trust, it's unlikely that he normally dresses like that.
- Malevolent Masked Man: He wears a mask in the series, but abandons it by the time of the movie.
- Manipulative Bastard: Masquerades as Eduardo to manipulate Arnold.
- Nice Hat: He wears a white cowboy hat while disguised as Eduardo. He keeps it even after his real identity is revealed.
- Obviously Evil: He's perfectly self-aware about his own brand of villainy and loves it. Even while disguised as Eduardo he can barely lampshade his true nature.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: His real name is never stated.
- Paper-Thin Disguise: All he needs to successfully impersonate Eduardo is a fake mustache. He even lampshades it.Arnold: How could you?Lasombra: Easy. See? (puts on mustache) Eduardo, (removes it) Lasombra. (puts it on) Eduardo, (removes it) Lasombra. (makes it a beard) Abraham Lincoln, (makes it a unibrow) Frida Kahlo. Easy.
- The Red Baron: He's only ever referred to by his nickname, which means "The Shadow."
- Ruthless Modern Pirates: Lasombra is an infamous river pirate from Central America.
- Sir Not-Appearing-in-This-Trailer: Despite being the main villain, he's pointedly absent from all the trailers and advertising. Except not, since he's the "Eduardo" we're first introduced to. This trope would instead apply to the real Eduardo.
- Villainous Breakdown: He loses it after the Corazón falls into the gorge.
- Would Hurt a Child: He kidnaps a group of school children, tries to knife the little girl leading the Green Eyes after she attacks him, tries to kill Helga and Gerald when they pursue him, and tries throw Arnold into a ravine after the Corazón is lost.
- Walking Spoiler: As a result of posing as Eduardo for half of the movie.
- You Are Already Dead: His fate is sealed the moment the poisoned dart hits him; the Final Battle is mainly to prevent him from taking anyone else with him.
- You Monster!: Rhonda says this verbatim when he refuses to give her the Wi-fi password. Lasombra is shocked because "You Monster" actually is the password. He quickly tells one of his mooks to change it.
Alphonse Perrier du von Scheck
The CEO of Future Tech Industries, Scheck is a greedy and heartless businessman who wants to tear down Arnold's neighborhood to build a gigantic, immaculate shopping mall. Only appears in Hey Arnold! The Movie, where he is the Big Bad.
- Big Bad: He serves the main antagonist of the movie.
- Big "NO!": He hollers "No" after he sees that Arnold, Helga and Gerald have escaped - with the videotape that exposes him burning the document.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Not only is he not above burning a document declaring the neighborhood a national landmark, the whole reason he wants to build the mall in the first place is to get revenge after his family name was sullied over the "Tomato Incident" that happened in front of Sunset Arms.
- Evil Brit: He's a descendant of the British colonial governor Archibald Von Scheck and is the film's main villain.
- Evil Is Petty: His motivations to destroy Arnold's neighborhood go beyond greed — he's doing it to avenge the defeat his ancestors suffered during the Tomato Incident.
- Evil Overlooker: On the poster and DVD cover of The Movie, he appears as a being watching menacingly over the other characters.
- Faux Affably Evil: Appears to be well-mannered at first, but it fades over the course of the movie.
- Hate Sink: He is the land developing head of Future Tech Industries seeking to tear down the entire neighborhood where Arnold Shortman lives to make up for a major battle Scheck's British ancestor lost during the American Revolution. Scheck hides the document to keep the truth about the neighborhood's historic significance secret, later burning it too and then spitefully tries to kill the main characters before and after he's exposed. He's ultimately portrayed for the most part as nothing but a smug and dominating figure for most of the film.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Having dozens of security cameras that record everything that goes on his building bites Scheck right in the ass when Arnold manages to get a video of him burning the document from the security footage.
- Hypocrite: He talks like he only cares about the future and derides those who oppose his plans as people too stuck in the past but his actual goal is to avenge an ancestor who suffered a big defeat in the area he plans to demolish.
- Identical Grandson: His ancestor Archibald Von Scheck looks just like him, only with a powdered wig.
- Ink-Suit Actor: For the show's standards, Scheck does indeed bear a striking resemblance to Paul Sorvino.
- Knight of Cerebus: He's much more evil and played seriously than the other characters.
- Man of Wealth and Taste: A small running gag has Gerald voice admiration for Scheck's suit.
- Put on a Prison Bus: At the end of the film, the police arrest Scheck and place him in their transport vehicle before they drive away from the neighborhood.
- Slasher Smile: Gives a creepy-looking grin when he's burning the document declaring the neighborhood a national landmark.
- Smug Snake: This guy definitely thinks his shit doesn't stink.
- Soft-Spoken Sadist: His voice is pretty unassuming and somewhat soothing for a villain, but he tends to lose this when he gets mad.
- Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: He outright tries to kill children. Far darker than any of the antagonists from the show proper.
- Villain Ball: He finds a document that would prove Arnold's neighborhood is a historical landmark and therefore can't be torn down and he keeps it hidden in a filing cabinet instead of destroying it. The idea of destroying it doesn't occur to him until after he catches Arnold and Gerald with it, which leads to him being caught on a security camera burning the document..
- Villainous Breakdown: He starts out appearing as an affable but very weaselly businessman, but ends up as a raving madman who is perfectly willing to order the overpass a bus—with children in it— is driving on blown up and later run over several people, including children, with his car.
- The Von Trope Family: His full name contains "Von".
- Would Hurt a Child: Not only was he perfectly willing to run Arnold and Gerald over with his car to make his escape, but he looked pretty sadistically excited about the prospect.
- You Meddling Kids: After he's arrested for his crimes in the movie, he says "I would have gotten away with it, if it weren't for that meddling football head, that kid with the weird stack of hair, and that brat with the one eyebrow!"
Only appearing in The Movie, Bridget is a sort of spy girl/superheroine who helps Arnold and Gerald save the neighborhood by supplying them with equipment and providing them a VCR to play the security tape exposing Scheck.
- Head-Turning Beauty: Both Arnold and Gerald immediately fall for her as soon as they meet her, and Gerald even faints when she gives him a good luck kiss (albeit on the cheek).
- Ink-Suit Actor: She has a slight resemblance to Jennifer Jason Leigh.
- Ms. Fanservice: She's a curvaceous woman with a sultry voice who wears a form-fitting bodysuit.
- Nice Girl: She's more than happy to help Arnold and Gerald's cause free of charge.
- Pink Means Feminine: Her Utility Belt is colored pink. According to her, pink is the only color it comes in aside from black.
- True Blue Femininity: Her Spy Catsuit is blue.
A child psychologist who talks with Helga about her issues.
- Brainy Brunette: She has dark brown hair and can accurately pinpoint some of Helga's biggest problems.
- Friend to All Children: Implied — but she's a child psychologist, so in a sense, it's almost like a requirement. Helga rudely asked if the reason Dr. Bliss is a child psychologist was because she couldn't handle adults. Bliss replies that she chose child psychology because she wants to help children.
- Friend to All Living Things: Dr. Bliss mentioned at one point that she has a love for animals, especially when she was a child.
- Intergenerational Friendship: She (a woman in either her late 20s or early 30s) forms a bond with Helga (a fourth grader) by the end of "Helga on the Couch."
- Meaningful Name: "Bliss" is a state of happiness. And when Helga was with Dr. Bliss, she was happy.
- Nice Girl: A kind woman who genuinely wants to help kids.
- Non-Standard Character Design: She is drawn more realistically than most other characters.
- Not So Different: Part of the reason why Helga gradually warms up to Dr. Bliss. They share a love of fine art, they know the same jump rope songs, and Dr. Bliss reveals that she has an older sister who she didn't get along with that well when she was younger.
- One-Shot Character: She is never seen again after "Helga on the Couch," despite the fact that Helga is promised more sessions. She does, however, make a brief background cameo in The Movie.
- Secret Keeper: She promises Helga to not tell anyone about her crush on Arnold, as her professional confidentiality code forbids it.
- Shipper on Deck: Dr. Bliss advises Helga to express her true feelings to Arnold in a healthier, less violent manner.
- The Shrink: And an awesome one at that. She's the only adult in the series who actually takes time to listen to Helga's problems and rather than ignoring her (her parents), punishing/scolding her (Principal Wartz) or blaming everything on her (Inga); she offers Helga advice and encourages her to get better.
- There Are No Therapists: Well, they were all on holiday for four seasons, but she finally came along at the right time.
Bronson Pinchot (speaking)
Christian Mena ("singing")
A teen pop idol that Phoebe obsesses over.
- Accidental Misnaming: Calls Phoebe and Helga "Fo-bee" and "'Elga".
- Big Ol' Unibrow: He has a thin unibrow.
- Brainless Beauty: His mind is, interesting to say the least.
- Broken Pedestal: Is this to Phoebe once she finds out that he's a phony. Not that he seems too bothered by it. Inverted with Helga, who never thought much of the guy before, but was impressed with his success, which she considers "the perfect scam."
- Expy: If Balki from Perfect Strangers was a dopey, lip-synching pop idol instead of a good natured Funny Foreigner (as they are played by the same actor).
- Funny Foreigner: His heavy accent and comical ego could qualify.
- It's All About Me: He's very materialistic and arrogant.
- Nice Guy: Ronnie's egotistical and considers having heaps of money to be the greatest satisfaction there is, but he's also generous, warm, and friendly with Helga and Phoebe. He's also completely up-front with them about his lack of any discnerible talent.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: He's a one-man version of Milli Vanilli. Handsome dark-skinned guy? Check. Strong European accent that disappears when he "sings?" Check. Complete inability to write, play music and sing? Check, check and check. Unfortunately he wasn't caught doing it like Milli Vanilli were.
- Karma Houdini: He's never outed for lip-syncing to someone else's vocals like the group he's based on.
- One-Shot Character: Appears only in "Pre-Teen Scream."
- Teen Idol: His profession is a "singer" who is idolized by the young people.
- The Ahnold: He's rather obviously based on Arnold Schwarzenegger, especially considering he's a big muscular guy with an Austrian accent. According to the Word of God, the creators tried to get Arnold Schwarzenegger himself to voice the character, but he turned them down.
- Big Ol' Unibrow: Revealed to have a big unibrow out-of-costume.
- Broken Pedestal: Eugene lost all respect he had for the Abdicator when he saw that Maurice doesn't do his own stunts and was a far cry from the noble character he played on TV. Although it becomes Rebuilt when Maurice comes to help Eugene and a small kid.
- Catchphrase: "It's time to take you, out to lunch!"
- Jerkass Realization: He was haunted by Eugene's Reason Why You Suck Speech on how he was a disappointment. This is what lead to him being nicer and a better role model to the kids who watch his show, even saving Eugene from falling off the fire escape.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He is initially shown to be whiny and curt, but actually decides to be a better person after Eugene expresses his disgust at how he really is. He even ends up saving the lives of Eugene and another kid.
- Nice Character, Mean Actor: On TV, The Abdicator is the vigilante of justice. Off set, Maurice the actor is a spoiled, pampered jerk. Though he becomes a Nice Actor later.
- The Nicknamer: He calls Eugene "clumsy kid."
- One-Shot Character: He makes his only appearance in "Eugene Goes Bad".
- The Prima Donna: When the cameras aren't rolling, he's quite bossy towards his fellow actors and the staff.
- Rebuilt Pedestal: Eugene goes back to liking him after he learns to be a better person and saves his life.
- Trademark Favorite Food: He's fond of apricot juice.
James "Jimmy" Kafka
An old friend of Grandpa Phil's.
- Art Evolution: The flashback of him and Phil as children shown in "Part Time Friends" depicts him with a football-shaped head like Arnold's, while "Old Iron Man" shows him as having a normal-shaped head both as an old man and in photos of when he and Phil were kids.
- Competition Freak: "Old Iron Man" revealed that he and Phil had a falling out because they kept arguing over which of them won in their races and contests. Even after they reconcile, they still haven't quite gotten over this.
- The Ghost: Subverted. Phil often tells stories about him to Arnold and he is visually shown in flashbacks, but he only appears onscreen once in the present day in "Old Iron Man".
- Named After Somebody Famous: His name is likely a combination of disappeared Teamster Jimmy Hoffa and Czech novelist Franz Kafka.
A bitter and disillusioned ex-children's book author. She is Arnold's favorite writer.
- Broken Pedestal: Subverted. Despite her bitter, hateful, sarcastic attitude, Arnold tells her that she's still his favorite author. This inspires her to write a new book based on her experience with Arnold, who then completely views her a Rebuilt Pedestal.
- Child Hater: Despite her profession, she abhors children. Though that's likely just years of bitterness and disillusionment talking.
- Deadpan Snarker: Not deadpan at all, but she has a sarcastic streak a mile wide.
- Jade-Colored Glasses: At the time Arnold first found her, she has become completely disillusioned with her literary work and left as a bitter shadow of her former self.
- Jerkass: The nicest word that can describe her based on how she treats Arnold. She grows out of it by the end, however.
- Long Runner: In-universe, she had been writing books since 1946.
- Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Her moment to Took a Level in Kindness is never shown on-screen with her, only the publishing of her new book speaks for her alone.
- One-Shot Character: Appears in "Crabby Author", though she makes a brief cameo in "Summer Love".
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: She's based on Agatha Christie, J. D. Salinger and Dr. Seuss.
- Reclusive Artist: In-universe. She hasn't written a book in over ten years and lives on Elk Island completely alone.
- Took a Level in Kindness: Off-screen, through writing a new book after her experience with Arnold.
He was Olga's fiancé in the episode "Olga Gets Engaged"
- Foil: He's almost like Oskar in being a con-artist except for a few differences: Deep down, Oskar is a good person who really loves his Wife, would never commit infidelity and can feel great remorse if he's done something to deeply upset her or anyone else and is willing to fix those things. Meanwhile, Doug is willing to commit infidelity and/or bigamy and has no guilt in lying or hurting people.
- Both he and Arnold are blonde love interests to a daughter of the Pataki family. However, Doug is a philandering conman, while Arnold is kind and honest.
- Gold Digger: He reveals to Helga that the only reason he wanted to marry Olga was so that he could have "a cushy ride on the Pataki beeper train".
- Jerkass: He's greedy, dishonest, manipulative and arrogant.
- Meaningful Name: Doug's last name is LeSham. Interestingly enough, a "sham" is another word for a lie or façade, referring to Doug's role in Olga Gets Engaged.
- Pet the Dog: Even after Helga blackmails him into breaking off the engagement, he does admit that he did like Olga, even if he didn't love her.