La Sombra is a fictional character on Hey Arnold!, and the primary antagonist of Hey Arnold!: The Jungle Movie.


La Sombra in The Journal

La Sombra as seen in "The Journal".

La Sombra is a river pirate and treasure hunter in the jungles of San Lorenzo. As seen in the episode "The Journal", he stole a sacred relic from the Green-Eyed People called The Corazón (The Heart). However, Miles and Stella recovered it to pay back the Green Eyes for previously saving their lives. He vowed to get The Corazón back if it was the last thing he ever did.

In leaked storyboards, La Sombra is portrayed to be a character fluctuating between an approachable, yet volatile personality. He is seen trying to convince Arnold, unsuccessfully, to reveal the location of the Corazón. However, after saying he knows nothing of its whereabouts, La Sombra locks Arnold in a store cupboard and threatens to harm his friends.

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  • His name translated from Spanish to English is "The Shadow"
  • La Sombra's voice actor in "The Journal" and the test animation for The Jungle Movie was never credited, causing some minor debate on who voiced him. A number of sources over the years claimed that Brian Doyle-Murray (who's best known voiceover work includes voicing The Flying Dutchman in Spongebob Squarepants and Captain K'nuckles in The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack) voiced him in "The Journal", however it is extremely unlikely, considering that he sounds completely different and only has one line. A more likely presumption on who voiced La Sombra is Carlos Alazraqui, who also voiced Eduardo, due to some recognizable inflections.


  • "I'll get the Corazon back, if it's the last thing I ever do!"

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