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Fanfic / Hey Arnold The Furnace

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A fan of the Hey Arnold! series, during a spout of nostalgia, discovers a lost episode of the series which was seemingly a draft of the episode "On the Lam," only he discovers that something more sinister is behind it. The story can be read here.

The Furnace provides examples of:

  • Adults Are Useless: Grandpa Phil at first believed that Arnold was playing a game with Harold and Sid, failing to realize that his grandson was in grave danger.
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  • Dark Fic: Blatantly so.
  • Downer Ending: Grandpa Phil ambiguously discovers Arnold's mutilated remains in the eponymous furnace.
  • Driven to Suicide: Sid commits suicide out of guilt for taking part in the murder of his two friends, and Harold himself also kills himself after realizing too late that it was all a misunderstanding.
  • Family-Unfriendly Death: As per usual for a Creepypasta. Stinky's head is repeatedly bashed in with a rock, Arnold is torn to pieces by Harold and Sid and his body parts disposed of in the furnace, Sid stabs himself out of remorse, Harold hangs himself, etc.
  • Gory Discretion Shot: The story leaves the exact way that Arnold is killed out, just going into the aftermath of it.
  • He Knows Too Much: Arnold is killed after Sid revealed that they murdered Stinky.
  • The Hero Dies: Arnold is killed by Harold and Sid as a means of covering their tracks.
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  • Lack of Empathy: At first, Harold was apathetic towards committing murder if it meant escaping from the consequences, but this changes towards the end.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Harold and Sid both commit suicide after murdering their two friends.
  • Oh, Crap!: Arnold has this realization prior to being killed.
  • Poor Communication Kills: Arnold and Stinky die shamefully because of a mistranslation on the building being scheduled for demolition.
  • Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: Harold is quick to suggest murdering Stinky and Arnold in order to avoid punishment.
  • Your Head Asplode: Stinky's head is destroyed by Sid continuously bashing his face in with a rock.
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