To begin, let’s first define motif for those of u who don’t know. A motif is a recurring subject, theme, idea, etc. It is clear to see that the toon has quite a few motifs surrounding the explosive relationship of Helga and Arnold. Whether of not u believe they are soul mates which u totally should because it’s true is totally up to you. However, allow me to shed some light on the motifs used for them.
1. Arnold Hears Helga
First started in the first episode on Nickelodeon, “Downtown as Fruits”, it has remained a quintessential gag. The first one went like this: