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Hey, D.W.!
~ Arthur in the theme song.
I told you not to touch it!
~ Arthur's famous quote from "Arthur's Big Hit"
Francine is NOT my girlfriend!
~ "Arthur and The Square Dance"

Arthur Timothy Read (born May 25th, 1988) is the eldest child and only son of Jane and David Read, the older brother of D.W. and Kate and is titular protagonist in the Arthur television and book series.

He is an 8-year-old aardvark who lives with his family and friends in Elwood City.

Appearance

In the first book Arthur's Nose, Arthur resembles a real-life aardvark. In later books and the television series, Arthur lacks the long snout and instead has a flatter nose.

Arthur's main clothing consists of a pair of glasses, a white shirt under a yellow jumper with blue jeans, red and white trainers.

Personality and Skills

Arthur is a mediocre pianist, though he has shown that he can truly play when he is motivated. And yet, he can forget to practice the piano at times, where he might not play the right note at a recital. He was originally taught by Mrs. Cardigan, who retired in "Arthur Plays the Blues" and was transferred over to Dr. Fugue's, but was once temporarily expelled for not practicing enough.

Although he is average to well in school most of the time, he occasionally receives help from the Brain.

Arthur enjoys reading - his best friends were shocked after he left a book on the ground in "Arthur Goes Crosswire." Also, he remembers reading many exciting books in "The Short, Quick Summer."

At times, he helps out Buster, who has a general dislike in homework, and thus he feared was falling behind and could repeat the 3rd grade.

He is occasionally referred to by his full name when he gets into trouble, although his middle name Timothy wasn't actually mentioned until "Arthur's Big Hit" from Season 4.

Arthur is generally polite and friendly with everyone. Despite his politeness, Arthur sometimes has a tendency to break promises his parents have given him, such as to not touch the computer during his mother's tax season, to clean up his room like being told, and to practice the piano - which he does other things instead. He is also known to "play with his glasses" when he lies, which D.W. has caught him doing before.

However, despite being a generally nice character, he is seen to have a meaner side in the episode "So Funny I Forgot to Laugh", where in which he teased Sue Ellen about a coat she had got as a present, and the teasing turned into harassment, going as far as Arthur photoshopping a dog's head onto Sue Ellen's body and emailing it to her.

Arthur has the potential to be an intelligent person, but tends to be one who doesn't use common sense, much to the annoyance of his parents (especially his father). An example of this was in "Arthur's Knee," when he told D.W. to not tell Jane and David that he cut his knee from a lima bean can (D.W. wanted to explain to David why lima beans are "bad" for you).

Arthur competes on Lakewood's soccer, track, and baseball teams, as well as on a bowling team against Mighty Mountain He won the school Spell-a-thon, plays piano in thee band, and was one of the founding members of the Lakewood Pride Committee.

Trivia

  • He is right-handed (Is That Kosher)
  • His house has two living rooms and two kitchens
  • His Magic School Bus counterpart is Arnold Perlstein.
  • Arthur loves to read
  • Arthur's star sign is Gemini.
  • He is a fan of Bionic Bunny.
  • Arthur is an only son of David and Jane Read.
  • Michael Yarmush is the only voice of Arthur who is American.
  • He is a Christian. He and Francine are the only main characters in the show, revealed to be religious.
  • His middle name is Timothy ("Arthur's Big Hit").
  • His favorite color is Yellow.
  • His house has a swing.
  • Not counting Carl who isn't a main character, Arthur is the only character to wear glasses.
  • He and Buster are the only main characters to have their own tv shows.

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