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    Arnold Shortman
    "You want my pencil?"
    Gender: Male
    Type: Wise Kid
    Age: 9-11
    Species: Human
    Portrayed by: Phillip Van Dyke
    Toran Caudell
    Spencer Klein
    Alex D. Linz
    Cotton Mason
    Status: Alive
    Media of origin: Hey Arnold!

    Arnold Phillip Shortman is a fictional cartoon character and the titular character in Hey Arnold!, created by Craig Bartlett. 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 Gives Out Good Advice

    1. He is an excellent role model to 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. Due to his compassionate and kind-hearted behavior, he seems to attract tons of ladies as a result. These include Helga (his arch-rival who becomes a stalker with a big crush on Arnold), Lila, Gerald's younger sister Timberly, Big Patty, and even the snobby Rhonda wasn't too repulsed by the idea of kissing him Romeo and Juliet style.
    5. 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.
    6. 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.
    7. Despite having some enemies, he tries his best not to hold a grudge on them.
    8. 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.
    9. He isn’t oblivious to other’s feelings, as he knew (or at least suspected) that Helga secretly liked him.
    10. Even though Helga can be a jerk to Arnold, he once saved Helga from getting killed by a bully.
    11. All of his voice actors did an excellent voice for him.
    12. He's an early kids version of Stewie Griffin from Family Guy and like Arnold here, Stewie Griffin was also the best character to be around.

    Bad Qualities Of Bad Advice

    1. He can be a Gary Stu a times, especially in the later seasons.
    2. He was out-of-character in "Egg Story" and "Timberly Loves Arnold".
    3. In "Full Moon" Arnold was placed under Principal Wartz' threat of receiving a black mark next to "FAILURE TO COOPERATE" on his permanent record if it wasn't for Harold, Sid and Stinky confessing the truth on the last day of his unfair punishment.
    4. Like much characters like Phineas Flynn, despite being a good character, his design is a bit questionable. No wonder Helga calls him football head.
    5. In the episode "New Bully on the Block" Arnold got punched in the face by getting a black eye from Wolfgang and Ludwig who later forced him and his friends to play football and get seriously hurt, before Arnold and his friends got 3 more rounds of a beating and pounding smackdown and was seen hung on a goalpost along with Gerald, Helga and Stinky brutally assaulted and bruised and even got his buddy Gerald kicked out of his own field by Ludwig and Wolfgang beating and pounding him all afternoon after Helga angrily complained to Arnold that they now have two bullies and no vacant lot. Fans regard that as the most biggest mistake Arnold had made.


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