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|“||Looking for something? Well, here you are back again. After I patiently explained that your mission is completely hopeless. It still is, though I'm less inclined to entertain you after you broke into my building the second time. Did you think you could get away with this? There are cameras everywhere. I record everything that goes on day and night. Did you think I'd let you win, let you save your little neighborhood? Don't you realize who I am? I am Alphonse Perrier du von Scheck. I can trace my ancestry back to the founding fathers. Do you know when we lost control of this city? When that ridiculous Tomato Incident took place in your pathetic little neighborhood. Tearing it down and putting my name upon its place will be revenge of the sweetest kind.||„|
|~ Scheck's true motives for tearing down Arnold's neighborhood|
Alphonse Perrier du von Scheck (simply known as Scheck) is the main antagonist of Hey Arnold!: The Movie. He is the German American CEO of Future Tech Industries, a corporation that bought up and attempted to tear down Arnold's neighborhood.
He is the direct descendant of Archibald Von Scheck, the British colonial governor of Hillwood area during the Tomato Incident. Nick Vermicelli directly answers to him.
He was also mentioned in the chapter book, "Arnold for President", where Helga manages to get his help to build a skateboard ramp at PS 118.
Generally, Scheck is considered the most evil character in the series. While Scheck appears to be a nice if somewhat weaselly developer at first, he is eventually revealed to be downright cruel. He wants to tear down Arnold's neighborhood and build a shopping mall over it because a historical incident occurred there that sullied his family name.
While definitely corrupt, that's not really that bad in itself. But, stealing and later burning the document declaring the neighborhood a historic landmark, trying to stop a bus - with children on it - by ordering the overpass they are driving on blown up, and being completely willing to run down a crowd of people, including children, with his car crosses the line.
Role in the film
Scheck is the head of moving realtor company "Future Tech Industries" and wants to build a mall in Arnold's neighborhood and places a huge screen called the "Scheckivision" counting down the days till demolition. He keeps a document that declares it a landmark hide in filing cabinet.
When Arnold and Gerald confront Scheck of having the document that declares the neighborhood a landmark he denies having it and kicks the boys out of his office. The boys soon realize Scheck is lying and eventually manage to steal the key to the cabinet from Nick Vermicelli. When Vermicelli notices the key is gone, he alerts Scheck.
Arnold and Gerald infiltrate FTi and locate the vault, only to find the document missing.
Scheck appears from behind them with the document in his hand. He reveals that his ancestor, the leader of the British forces, was humiliated by the Tomato Incident, and that for years, Scheck has been planning to avenge his family by tearing down Arnold's neighborhood and replacing it with a hulking building carrying the Scheck name.
He then burns the document to ensure that his plans will proceed, before summoning his guards to get rid of Arnold and Gerald. They manage to get away, and are sure that they have failed, until Deep Voice (later revealed to be Helga) convinces Arnold to obtain FTI security-camera footage of Scheck burning the document, which Arnold does.
When Scheck sees the kids escaping with the footage of him burning the document and boarding Bus #13, he roars with rage and phones Nick to stop the children before taking the chase. Scheck orders Nick to blow the overpass but the bus manages to jump the hole. Arnold eventually shows the workers & residence the footage. Mayor Dixie declares it national to everyone's delight. Just then, Scheck arrives in his car demanding his workers to demolish the neighborhood, but they refuse, angrily pointing to the evidence on the screen.
The angry crowd then march at him, forcing Scheck to reenter his car. When Scheck sees Arnold and Gerald right in front of him, he tries to mow them down, only to discover that Arnold's Grandma Gertie has stripped his car of its tires. Scheck is then arrested for his crimes.
- Closeups reveal that he actually has green eyes.
- He is remarkably similar to Stan Smith from American Dad!. However, Hey Arnold!: The Movie is three years older than American Dad!.
- He crossed the Moral Event Horizon (or at least tried to) when he attempted to run over Arnold and Gerald; however, his tires where stolen and he was unable to do so.
- Although he is the main antagonist of the first movie of the series, he isn't more evil than his successor, La Sombra.