Helga is something of a tomboy, as evidenced by her interest in playing contact sports alongside her male classmates, blatant lack of femininity, and disregard, to near dislike, for stereotypical female behavior, as seen in the episode "Helga's Makeover". She can also be very cynical and bossy (possibly a personality trait she mainly picked up from her father), bullying her fourth-grade classmates with an iron fist, and often taking advantage of her best friend, Phoebe. However, Helga also has a much softer side, which becomes apparent mostly when she is alone and in her school work. She is heavily emotional, and as such, able to comprehend spectrum emotions such as love and hate. This emotional extremity is a running joke throughout the series, although Helga is seen as a tough girl by her classmates, she is frequently the first to go into hysterics in times of crisis. Her personality fits that of a tsundere. She's also Angelica's cousin.