Great Characters Wiki


"I think your heart... is more pure than you know." - Arnold’s sweet line to Helga in "Hey Arnold: The Jungle Movie"

Arnold Shortman is a fictional cartoon character and the titular main protagonist in Hey Arnold! created by Craig Barlett. He is a fourth-grader (fifth-grader in The Jungle Movie) boy who lives in a neighborhood. He is Gerald’s best friend and Helga’s love interest.

Why He Rocks

  1. He is an excellent role model for kids. He is one many kids should follow as an example.
  2. Arnold is a kind, passionate, brave, headstrong, determined, and with a forgiving demeanor.
  3. He is very helpful. He helped Grandpa Phil pass a college test and was worried when he became mean.
  4. Arnold learns from his mistakes. An example was that when he got humiliated for wearing bunny pajamas in the neighborhood, he didn’t want to be Iggy’s friend anymore.
  5. Arnold has a competitive demeanor. He is seen playing baseball with his friends many times and he along with his friends challenged fifth graders to a football match and did anything to win.
  6. Despite having some enemies, he tries his best not to hold a grudge on them.
  7. His romantic relationship with Helga G. Pataki.
  8. His friendship with Gerald Johanssen.
  9. Arnold would do anything to protect the ones he loved no matter what. He confronted Scheck many times to save the neighborhood. He even tried to see his parents when they were trapped in San Lorenzo, despite being dangerous and could get him killed.
  10. He isn’t oblivious to other’s feelings, as he knew (or at least suspected) that Helga secretly liked him.
  11. Even though Helga can be a jerk to Arnold, he once saved Helga from getting beaten up by a bully.

Bad Qualities

  1. He can be a Gary Stu a times, especially in the later seasons.
  2. He was OOC in "Egg Story" and "Timberly Loves Arnold."