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  • Recommended by: powerespect
  • A fantastic author and one of the best for Arnold x Helga fics. A few oneshots and quite a few multi-chapter fics. They do get quite long though, with the longest one being over 800,000 words!

Estrelle Buscador

  • Recommended by: fruitstripegum
  • A wonderful author who writes some of the best Arnold x Helga fics I have ever read. They're full of sweet moments, and every single character remains in character.

Stories focused on the family and the friendly relationships of the cast. Plot-focused stories or light day-in-the-life stories. Pretty much anything that isn't focused on romance.

Dear Arnold: Letters from Hillwood by Perhapsormaybe

  • Recommended by: Masterbow
  • Status: Complete
  • It's a simple high school extra credit project - write a letter to Arnold. His friends in Hillwood are all having some hard times...but letters to their old friend seem to make it feel better. Some Helga/Arnold eventually.
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  • Notes: A story carrying on from the planned end of the show that captures the essence of the show.

A Little Kindness Goes a Long Way by Cybra

  • Recommended by: fruitstripegum
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Someone reflects upon the kindness he's shown them while she listens to his own problem.

Night Bus by dramatic owl

  • Recommended by: fruitstripegum
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Of all people for her to run into during her escape from Hillwood, of course it had to be Helga Pataki. But maybe it would work in her favor.

Weird Sisters by RedgrenGrumboldt (can also be found here)

  • Recommended by: fruitstripegum
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: Helga Pataki, mistress of flame and frost! Rhonda Lloyd, the living dynamo! Phoebe Heyerdahl, a girl with a truly magnetic personality! And Lila Sawyer, queen of sound! Together, they are the Weird Sisters. Evildoers beware!

Hey Arnold Season 6 Project by Cre8ivelybankrupt87

  • Recommended by: McMarbles
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: Spanning over a dozen "episodes" so far with many more to come, this is an ambitious project that captures the feel of the Hey Arnold series, but with deeper characterization and an overarcing story.

Stories focused on the romantic relationships between the cast.

Breathing Air by NERD-AVENGER

  • Helga/Brainy
  • recommended by: Charsi
  • Status: Dead
  • Synopsis: The story focuses on the progress of Brainy's feelings for Helga.

Never Too Late by kitkatbar17

  • recommended by: thecarolinabull01
  • Status: Complete
  • Helga/Arnold
  • Synopsis Helga has made a lot of mistakes in her lifetime. Finally, things are starting to look up again, but her past still comes back to haunt her. When her daughter befriends an old classmate, she is certain the relationship is yet another dead end. But as fate would have it, Helga learns it is never too late for love.
  • Comments: The story moves at a rather quick pace, but other than that it's a great look into the futures of Arnold and Helga.

Sour Apple and Valentines by Mouse9

  • Recommended by: fruitstripegum
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing: Helga/Arnold
  • Synopsis: There's a basket on Helga's desk. And nobody seems to know who it's from.

All Our Secrets Laid Bare by Reinamy

  • Recommended by: The Lucky Cat
  • Status: Dormant (last updated February 2017)
  • Pairing: Helga/Arnold
  • Synopsis: They're best friends, but he wishes they could be so much more than that.

A Rainy December by pottergal

  • Recommended by: fruitstripegum
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing: Helga/Arnold
  • Synopsis: It's December and people start getting sick left and right. What's all this got to do with Helga and Arnold? Well, you'll just have to read and find out!

Touchy-Feely Sister by YahooSounding

  • Recommended by CuteKatKat
  • Status: Complete (although it ends on a "To be continued...")
  • Synopsis: What if, instead of Arnie visiting Arnold in the episode "Weird Cousin", it was Lulu instead, and she's Lila's twin sister? Sounds like a typical Hey Arnold story at first... but then things start to get dark once Lulu shows deep intentions for Arnold. And what of poor Helga?
  • Comments: I will say that this story is pretty dark for what it offers. Not only does it present Arnold in a moral dilemma choice between right and wrong, but Lulu, in and of herself, is an interesting take on a concept that had been mentioned in an episode of the show that had her as a one-off character, but shows what would happen if she tries to get her way. Not only that, but Helga goes through quite a bit of psychological drama of her own as well, with her arc, and Gerald and Phoebe are just as important as well, trying to piece together on what is going on in this town. It's a wild ride that I would say just gets crazier as it goes on...

Pataki Magi Helga Magica by Mokichan 2

  • recommended by: The Otaku Ninja, Rob Has
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: *CONCLUDED 15-01-14* Helga encounters a creature that offers to grant her one wish. But looks can be deceiving - she soon learns that wishes come at a terrible price, and friendships are pushed to the breaking point...
  • Comments: A crossover that works surprisingly well, with twists and turns that make it feel like the original Madoka Magica. Also, the fic has an interesting take on Lila that makes her a lot more interesting as a character...
    • For maximum sensation, try reading this fanfiction while listening to Madoka Magica OST during certain moments.

When Blondes Collide by acosta perez jose ramiro

  • Recommended by FoxBluereaver
  • Status: Complete
  • Crossover with: All Grown Up!
  • Synopsis: The gang is at Junior High School, and they have a new classmate. She is as vain and fashion crazy as Rhonda. She is as tricky and short-tempered as Helga. She is not an OC.
  • Comments: In a nutshell, this story is What if Angelica Pickes moves out of town and attends the same school as the Hey Arnold gang?. Angelica actually manages to mesh quite nicely in her new environment, save for the fact that Helga obviously won't let her into her turf that easily, so expect plenty of funny moments and Character Development around the corner.

Sailor Helga by shameonpretzel