|“||Change is good.||„|
|~ Scheck's famous catchphrase.|
|“||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 up in its place will be revenge of the sweetest kind.||„|
|~ Scheck's true motives for tearing down Arnold's neighborhood and avenge his fallen ancestor Archibald von Scheck.|
|“||You take the high road, and I'll take the low road! (sinister laugh)||„|
|~ Scheck singing when planning on cutting off Murray's bus during the car chase.|
Alphonse Perrier du von Scheck, also simply known by his surname Scheck, is one of the two overarching antagonists of the Hey Arnold! franchise (the other being Lasombra), being the main antagonist of Nickelodeon's eighth feature film Hey Arnold!: The Movie.
He is the British-German-American CEO of Future Tech Industries, a corporation that bought up and attempted to tear down Arnold's neighborhood by avenge his family. He is also Arnold's archenemy.
Scheck is a tall, slender man with black hair and green eyes. He wears a blue suit, a white shirt, a purple tie, and plum shoes.
While Scheck originally appears to be a nice, if not somewhat treacherous developer, he is eventually revealed to be downright manipulative and cruel. He wants to tear down Arnold's neighborhood and build a shopping mall over it, and doesn't care if the citizens suffer from his actions. The whole reason he wants to demolish the neighborhood is because a historical incident occurred there that sullied his family name. He is extremely quarrelsome, argumentative, opprobrious and truculent, as he confronts Arnold and Gerald revealing his true intentions for bulldozing their neighborhood.
While Scheck is definitely dishonorable and corrupt, that is not really that bad in itself. But, stealing and later burning the document declaring the neighborhood a historical landmark, trying to stop a bus - with children on it - by ordering the overpass that they are driving on blown up, and willing to run down a crowd of people, including children, with his car, while getting sadistic about it, crosses the line.
Scheck was 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.
Role in the film
|“||Change is good.||„|
|~ Scheck's catchphrase|
Scheck is the head of development 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 a 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 learn to form a mysterious person known as "Deep Voice" that Scheck is lying and the document is located in a vault in his office—the key of which is currently in possession of Scheck's assistant Nick Vermicelli. After several close calls, Arnold and Gerald eventually manage to take the key off the sleeping Vermecelli's neck.
Shortly after the boys leave, Vermicelli is confronted by a furious Big Bob Pataki (having discovered that he tricked him into signing off 51% of his beeper company to Scheck) and attacks Vermicelli. The fight ends with Vermecilli slamming the fridge door on Bob's face, knocking him out. As Vermecelli goes to the sink to wash himself, he looks in the mirror and finally notices the key is gone, and he alerts Scheck.
Meanwhile, Arnold and Gerald infiltrate FTi, and eventually manage to locate the vault in Scheck's office, 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 Vermicelli to stop the children before taking the chase. Scheck orders Vermicelli to blow the overpass. Vermicelli nervously tells Scheck he could use 15 years of life sentences but he reluctantly gives in and detonates the overpass. Luckily, the bus manages to jump the hole and eventually skids to a stop in front of the neighborhood.
Arnold, Gerald, and Helga climb out of the overturned bus and Arnold shows the workers & residence the footage on the giant jumbo screen. 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 and sent to jail for his crimes.
- His physical appearance 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.
- John Goodman, Tommy Lee Jones, Jason Alexander, Alec Baldwin, Kelsey Grammar, Michael Keaton, Robert De Niro, James Woods, Gene Hackman, Vincent D'Onofrio, Jim Carrey, Henry Winkler and Bryan Cranston were all considered for the role of Scheck before Paul Sorvino was cast.
- Although he is the main antagonist of the first film of the series, he is much less evil than his successor Lasombra.
- When he was arrested, Sheck's final quote "I would've gotten away with, it if wasn't for that meddling footbal head, that kid with the weird stack of hair, and that brat with the one eyebrow!" is a reference from the iconic phrase of almost every villain when being unmasked in all Scooby-Doo media.
- Scheck has appeared to be both British and German.
- Scheck shares similarities with Marty Wolf from the live-action comedy film Big Fat Liar:
- Both of the films they respectively appear were released in 2002.
- Both are very wealthy men just before their defeats.
- Both of their primary rivals are still children, who are also the protagonists of their movies (Scheck to Arnold; Marty to Jason).
- Both share plans that has them trying to hide their true malicious natures to the public.
- Both willingly and carelessy stole and burnt important pieces of documents in front of the protagonists, who are in need of them. (Scheck: the Hillwood document; Marty: Jason's "Big Fat Liar" essay).
- He is so far the only animated movie character to be voiced by Paul Sorvino.