|“||I’ve seen the future and the future is FTI. Change is good.||„|
|~ Scheck's famous quote.|
|“||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 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 to avenge his family. He is also Arnold's first 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.
Hey Arnold!: The Movie
|“||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 fifty-one percent of his beeper company to Scheck) and attacks Vermicelli. The fight ends with Vermicelli slamming the fridge door on Bob's face, knocking him out. As Vermicelli 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's 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 by incapacitating the guards, 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 witnesses 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, destroying the middle part of it. Luckily, the bus manages to jump the hole on the truck ramp and eventually skids to a stop in front of the neighborhood after crashing through the runaway bulldozer and overturning in process.
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 and demanding his workers to demolish the neighborhood, but they refuse and angrily pointing to the evidence on the screen. The angry crowd then marches at him, forcing Scheck to reenter his car for protection. 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, much to his shock. Arnold knocks on Scheck's car window and brought the police. Scheck is then arrested and sent to jail for his crimes. It's likely that he was dismissed from FTi after his arrest.
- He crossed the Moral Event Horizon (or at least tried to) when he attempted to run over Arnold and Gerald. However, his tires were stolen and he was unable to do so.
- 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 appears to be both British and German.
- Scheck is so far the only animated movie character to be voiced by Paul Sorvino.
- There were a number of hints earlier in the first Hey Arnold! movie which foreshadow Scheck's true nature and motives for tearing down Arnold's neighborhood:
- When the Mayor of Hillwood, Mayor Dixie, lets him give his speech about his corporation, Future Tech Industries' plan to build a mall that is located on that neighborhood, he first said that he is "delighted" that the Mayor herself supports said plan. This can imply that Scheck himself is very excited that his own true plans are starting to progress on their first stages.
- During his speech, he openly describes the numerous structures which were lived in, or owned by the residents of that neighborhood with various negative terms (such as "broken-down"), which shows his hateful views about that area.
- Also, on his final words in his speech, he said that his own corporation is "the future" of the neighborhood, indicating that he will eventually take over what he thinks is "rightfully" his.
- His own catchphrase, "Change is good.", is rather suspicious in its own context, especially when it was uttered repeatedly by his own pre-recorded self on the Scheckvision billboard screen, as he was saying it in a seemingly sinister tone.
- This one is possibly the most obvious, but when Grandpa Phil tells his grandson Arnold about the "Tomato Incident", the former shows the man who was the colonial governor of the area that they're living in today, Archibald von Scheck, whom he and his grandson question about the latter's relation with Alphonse himself, which turns out to be true.
- When Arnold and Gerald get help from a coroner (who is also a historian) in Hillwood's city morgue, thanks to Mr. Bailey, about any records regarding the significance of the "Tomato Incident", the coroner himself said that a document about the historical event itself is already sold through auction by a "private corporation". Given that this corporation has a recorded address, it's safe to say that the corporation itself is none other than Scheck's own Future Tech Industries.
- When Arnold and Gerald eventually arrived at the Future Tech Industries' headquarters, they both ask Scheck about a "Tomato Incident" document that was said to be stored in his building, to which the CEO himself reacts with silent shock in his eyes, hinting that he is very aware of the existence of that document.