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Olga Pataki
OccupationCollege Student;
Student Teacher
FamilyFather Big Bob
Mother Miriam
Maternal grandmother Unknown
Younger sister Helga
Best friendsLila
RelationshipsDoug LeSham (Olga Gets Engaged)
Voiced byNika Futterman

Olga Pataki is a fictional character in the Hey Arnold! TV Series.

Her first appearance was in Season 1 episode special "Arnold's Christmas" making a cameo appearance playing on the piano and singing with her parents in the background.

Olga makes her first full appearance in "Olga Comes Home".   


Olga is Helga's older sister, but it's never said how far apart in age they are, but they're approximately 10 to 12 years apart in age. Olga's very intelligent (she hasn't received so much as an A-minus since third grade), beautiful, popular, talented and kind.

It is apparent that she suffers from perfectionism and is known to become easily depressed when she doesn't meet her own high expectations. At one time, she locked herself in her bedroom and cried for days when she thought she got a "B+" in the episode "Olga Comes Home". Unbeknownst to Olga, it was actually Helga who intercepted her college report card and changed the grade out of jealousy. It is near the end of the episode that Helga confesses to Olga what she did.

However for all her seeming perfection, Olga suffers just as much, if not more somunder her parents than her sister. While not neglected she feels overburdened by their constant praise and expectations of her. Describes herself as a 'wind up doll' and considers Helga lucky that they aren't breathing down her neck all the time, expecting nothing short of perfection.

Throughout the series, Olga, who has good intentions, and tries very much to bond with Helga. But it doesn't generally work because Helga deeply resents Olga. Helga is very jealous of the attention that Olga receives from their parents and of her perfectionism. From Helga's point of view, Olga is insincere. Helga also feels that Olga hogs all of the attention. Olga has a tendency to only pay attention to the good in life and ignores the negative as well as condescends to Helga. She does not really listen to Helga's bigger concerns about the family dynamics. Except for the episodes "Olga Comes Home" where Olga mentions the stressful demands put upon her from their parents and Student Teacher where Helga tells Olga that it would be better if Olga give her some space, only the surface is scratched. But the root of their problems are never really dealt with. Throughout the series, the sibling relationship is primarily through Helga's point of view.

There are a few instances where it's shown that Helga really does care about Olga. The episodes include as follows:

  1. Big Sis: Helga's initially delighted by the fact that Olga joined the Big Sisters, Big Brothers program because she knows that Olga will be busy entertaining someone else and will leave her alone. But when Helga finds out that Olga will be spending time with her classmate, Lila Sawyer, Helga becomes jealous and does everything she can think of to mess things up. Near the end of the episode, Helga admits to Olga that she's jealous of the relationship she and Lila have, thinking it's better than the relationship Olga has with her. Olga reassures Helga by telling her that she'll always be her "baby sis" and that they have a bond only real sisters can have and nobody will ever break.
  2. Olga Gets Engaged: Helga is amused by the idea of Olga marrying a seemingly sociopathic con man and pathological liar named Doug LeSham because that would mean that Olga would fall from grace with their parents. Doug very quickly wins over Bob and Miriam with his clever lying. But on the day of Olga's wedding, Helga catches Doug talking to another woman on the phone and knows that he is not faithful. Helga confronts Doug and begins intervening on Olga's behalf. She threatens to press the redial button to spill the news of his marriage to the other woman. Doug panics and Helga tells him to leave basically saying that she'll tie up the loose ends. Upon hearing that, Doug leaves. Helga then writes a note to Olga and signs it with Dougs name saying that he got called away on an emergency.
  3. Student Teacher: Olga comes home for spring break and surprises Helga when she shows up at her school, P.S. 118, and announces that she decided not to move to Alaska but to instead be the new student teacher for Helga's class. Throughout most of the episode, Helga tries to get Olga into trouble and at one point, gives Olga's car a flat tire. But Helga becomes angry when Olga meets her on the bus and tells her about her flat tire which she doesn't know was done by Helga. After Olga goes too far and reveals to the class that Helga was a bedwetter until the age of 7 and after Arnold persuades Helga to have a sit down with her sister, Helga confronts Olga. She tells a surprised and perplexed Olga that it is not working out. She persuades Olga to become a student teacher at a school in Alaska, claiming that the further apart in distance that they are, the closer they'll will---Olga complies. At the very end of the episode, Helga is writing a letter in response to the one that she received from Olga. Initially Helga signs it with the word "From" but then looks at a picture of Olga and crosses out from and signs "Love, Helga".

  • In one of the episode's, Helga says Olga attends Bennington College but It's revealed in Season 1 on Olga's report card that she goes to Wellington College. However, there is an existing Bennington College located within the United States in the state of Vermont and there is an existing Wellington College in the country of England.
  • Her tears are black because of her mascara. It is unknown if she wears any other makeup, however, in "Student Teacher", she did wear lipstick.
  • In the episode "Helga on the Couch", Olga is able to play Chopin's 'Minute Waltz' in exactly one minute. (An impossible feat in real life).
  • Olga and Lila Sawyer exhibit similar personalities in the episode "Big Sis". It was during that episode that Olga became Lila's "adopted big sister".
  • In the episode "Phoebe Takes the Fall" it was explained by Big Bob that Olga was unable to win the Trivia Question for the state bird of Maine, the chickadee. It stated that was the only trophy that Olga couldn't win.

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