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asagi-s-garden:

You know when I was younger I used to hate Olga because we really only saw her from Helga’s perspective, and ofcourse, someone who’s seen with such a horrible point of veiw can’t usually help but to be seen horribly, but I think more than anything now I just feel sorry for her, she didn’t grow up in a different home from Helga, her parents were the same, the difference is that Bob and Miriam don’t expect anything from Helga so they don’t care much about her (or rather, don’t care much about how they act around her) where as with Olga they had very, smotheringly high expectations for her, yes they gave her attention, but that isn’t always a good thing, they gave Olga the WRONG kind of attention, the pressuring kind, just seeing Bob’s reaction anytime Olga did something less than perfect (not winning ONE trophy or ONE spelling contest and coming in second, despite all the things she DID win for example) shows that Olga most likely learned very young that the only way to get any approval or attention from her parents was to be as perfect as she could be, and happy all the time too apparently, so Olga molded to follow the example they were setting: perfection is the only way to be good, where as Helga is, unconciously, following the example in front of her too: don’t care about anyone or anything and yelling always proves your point, I’m sure whenever Olga did poorly at something, unbeknownst to Helga who was likely too young to remember (or rather, wasn’t around at the time, both before she was born and when she wasn’t home) she likely was given the same negative attention that Helga recieves now, onto what really made me think of all this, Olga really, genuienly does love Helga I think, I think she sees Helga as a clean slate of sorts, the one person in her life who doesn’t expect anything of her, yet Helga hates her and she doesn’t know why so she keeps modeling the behaviour of a “perfect” sister that she sees in media or in school, they have a pretty big age gap, atleast ten years, since Helga mentions “every year” she comes home from college and Helga is only nine, at the youngest Olga has to be I’d think nineteen but she’s more likely 22 or so, that means that when Helga was four, around the time of her earliet memories, Olga was already in high school and about to graduate, not leaving much time for them to connect at all, or for Helga to ever really witness any failures Olga may have had, additionally, we’ve seen that Helga suffers from pretty bad emotional issues, I’m sure Olga does too, but unlike Helga who expresses this with anger, Olga presents us with depression and most likely some type of anxiety, thus why she can be bawling at the drop of a hat, and why she’s so easily swayed (alot of people with anxiety tend to follow whatever they’re asked for fear of upsetting someone they deem important) and I really wish we could have had just one episode where Olga’s perspective was seen, atleast for a few minutes

This is a great assessment! I especially like that you included the possibility of Olga intentionally putting on the perfection act around Helga because she honestly believes that’s the only way to please people, without realizing that it is exactly what is turning Helga off of reaching out to her. I totally agree with everything you’ve written here. I’ve always thought that Helga and Olga were sitting on opposite sides of the spectrum of bad parenting (and emotional abuse as the very least), and that the impact of it manifested itself differently in them. Like you said, Olga has really intense reactions to stress and pretty debilitating instances of depression, which we see through Helga’s eyes as weakness and/or being a drama queen because she’s not old enough to understand the seriousness of it or the connection between it and their parents. I like to think that once they are both old enough to be completely on their own and not reliant on their parents, they will be able to get together, stop acting a part, and really bond as friends and sisters. Right now, Helga’s just not old enough to realize that she’s seeing the wrong person as the enemy. The Patakis make me so unbelievably sad. 

hikikomerri:

THERE IT IS the Hey Arnold episode I always wanted ahaha

I couldn’t get that scene from Kamikaze Girls out of my head so I had to draw this because it felt just ever so perfect

idk I always saw Lila as more than just a sweet innocent rival to Helga, and I’m pretty disappointed she never got a chance to prove that

or to do something more for Helga than just giving her the lead in the school play or teaching her how to act sophisticated

tbh all my best headcanons involve Lila

asagi-s-garden:

You know when I was younger I used to hate Olga because we really only saw her from Helga’s perspective, and ofcourse, someone who’s seen with such a horrible point of veiw can’t usually help but to be seen horribly, but I think more than anything now I just feel sorry for her, she didn’t grow up in a different home from Helga, her parents were the same, the difference is that Bob and Miriam don’t expect anything from Helga so they don’t care much about her (or rather, don’t care much about how they act around her) where as with Olga they had very, smotheringly high expectations for her, yes they gave her attention, but that isn’t always a good thing, they gave Olga the WRONG kind of attention, the pressuring kind, just seeing Bob’s reaction anytime Olga did something less than perfect (not winning ONE trophy or ONE spelling contest and coming in second, despite all the things she DID win for example) shows that Olga most likely learned very young that the only way to get any approval or attention from her parents was to be as perfect as she could be, and happy all the time too apparently, so Olga molded to follow the example they were setting: perfection is the only way to be good, where as Helga is, unconciously, following the example in front of her too: don’t care about anyone or anything and yelling always proves your point, I’m sure whenever Olga did poorly at something, unbeknownst to Helga who was likely too young to remember (or rather, wasn’t around at the time, both before she was born and when she wasn’t home) she likely was given the same negative attention that Helga recieves now, onto what really made me think of all this, Olga really, genuienly does love Helga I think, I think she sees Helga as a clean slate of sorts, the one person in her life who doesn’t expect anything of her, yet Helga hates her and she doesn’t know why so she keeps modeling the behaviour of a “perfect” sister that she sees in media or in school, they have a pretty big age gap, atleast ten years, since Helga mentions “every year” she comes home from college and Helga is only nine, at the youngest Olga has to be I’d think nineteen but she’s more likely 22 or so, that means that when Helga was four, around the time of her earliet memories, Olga was already in high school and about to graduate, not leaving much time for them to connect at all, or for Helga to ever really witness any failures Olga may have had, additionally, we’ve seen that Helga suffers from pretty bad emotional issues, I’m sure Olga does too, but unlike Helga who expresses this with anger, Olga presents us with depression and most likely some type of anxiety, thus why she can be bawling at the drop of a hat, and why she’s so easily swayed (alot of people with anxiety tend to follow whatever they’re asked for fear of upsetting someone they deem important) and I really wish we could have had just one episode where Olga’s perspective was seen, atleast for a few minutes

hikikomerri:

i’m like

really hesitant to post this for some reason because i feel like i could have done better

but i did a sorta revisiting of this for the heck of it, cause it’s been nearly a year since i drew the original and i still like it

my art has changed some i think!! it was a weird year for me art-wise ahahaha (i didn’t improve as much as i hoped to though…)

been a while since more HA! and i missed it a bit :>

sleepingbeauty1996:

Arnold: Why are you doing this?! Look, I know you’re not this lazy and cold and uncaring! You may act like that, but, deep down, I know you’re smart and you have feelings, and if we have to be married to each other, then I want you to start showing it!

Helga

I… I don’t know what you’re talking about…

Arnold

Yes, you do, Helga! Why can’t you just admit it? You’re not this mean!

Helga

Yes, I am!

Arnold

No, you’re not! You’re not!

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