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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip)

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Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_mobile_ad_1'); })What happens when you take the unpredictable panel layouts and surreal nature of George Herriman's Krazy Kat and Winsor McCay's Little Nemo, add the childhood fantasy elements of Crockett Johnson's Barnaby and Fujiko Fujio's Doraemon, throw in the lush art, adventure, distinct characterizations and biting satire of Walt Kelly's Pogo and the gently comedic look at the hard truths of life from Charles M. Schulz's Peanuts, include a dash of classic cartoon slapstick, and fuse them all together into one comic?You get one of the most (maybe the most) beloved Newspaper Comics of all time, that influenced, changed and thrilled an entire generation, all drawn and written by one man — Bill Watterson. It came at a time when the comics medium needed it the most; almost everyone before Watterson attempted to copy the success of Peanuts by imitating the deceptively simple style and focusing on the funny animals like Snoopy that would bring in the money. Unfortunately, comic creators missed the mark on the aspects of Schulz's strip that actually should have been followed, mainly the philosophical themes and the down-to-earthiness. As a result, comics once again became gag-a-day strips rather than an artistic medium, and there was a shift from children characters to teenagers and adults.Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_mobile_ad_2'); })Watterson reminded us that newspaper comics don't have to be bland, crude drawings, funny animals can have deeper personalities and insights in life, and that it was still possible for a strip to successfully explore philosophical themes without feeling tacked on. And yes, comics about children can still be great. It was so successful that even Charles M. Schulz gave his approval in a foreword to one of the book collections.Calvin is a precocious 6-year-old who lives in a slightly different, more exciting reality than everybody around him, full of alien visitors, dinosaurs, and parental cooking so awful that occasionally it tries to eat him. Hobbes is his best friend; to Calvin, he's a walking, talking tiger. Surprisingly, to everyone else he's not only an inanimate plush toy, but looks different when he's immobile than he does when he's alive, despite the fact that in Real Life there are lifelike stuffed animals that look nothing like their real counterpart.Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_mobile_ad_3'); })As if Calvin's life wasn't exciting enough, he also often imagines himself to be someone more glamorous, like sci-fi adventurer Spaceman Spiff, world-weary private eye Tracer Bullet, Super Hero Stupendous Man, or a Tyrannosaurus rex. Calvin's non-dinosaur-and-alien-related moments are often much more philosophical than a six-year-old generally appears, and Watterson directly acknowledges this in several anthologies and interviews. To Watterson, Calvin is a tool to subtly mock the modern age in its myriad forms — Calvin creates snowmen that resemble pretentious postmodern art sculptures, rails against the modern world's hyper-commercialized state while indulging in it like the worst six-year-old, and occasionally questions the justification for humanity's continuing existence while gazing at a piece of trash carelessly discarded in the woods. At the same time, Calvin perfectly portrays the realistic child genius- one moment casually articulating concepts he won't cover in vocabulary tests until high school, the next throwing a temper tantrum because they're out of his favorite cereal.One of the most important (or perhaps that should be least important) parts of the strip is that the reality of Hobbes' dual nature and the many adventures and misadventures he and Calvin share is frequently left ambiguous. Watterson has described the matter as being a non-question: This is not a strip about a young Reality Warper going on magical adventures with a stuffed animal that comes to life when no one else is looking, nor is it as simple as a boy with a stuffed tiger and an overactive imagination. This is a strip about the world seen through Calvin's eyes. To Calvin, Hobbes is a real tiger, a cardboard box is a cloning device, a wagon driven off a ramp can fly to Mars, and mutant snowmen can stage a rebellion against their creator. And that is all that matters.The strip was known for being fun to look at, due to Watterson's sheer artistic skill; for its ability to tell stories without dialogue; and for its varied and creative Sunday Strip layout. This in itself was a major controversy, as Watterson requested a fixed amount of square footage for his Sundays (as opposed to funny-page standards, which requires the cartoonist to fit the story into six or eight pre-sized panels that can be cut apart, reassembled or discarded as each individual newspaper sees fit.) Watterson argued that, since comic strips are a visual medium, it would be in everyone's best interests for him to have complete visual control over his work, regardless of resulting upheavals in comics-page layouts. He won, and similar fixed-layout concessions have gone out to comics such as FoxTrot and Over the Hedge in following years.Watterson consistently refused to license his characters for products or media other than the various compilations of the strip and even had a brutal fight with his syndicate over it. Though he won, this led to a booming market in unofficial merchandise, one of the more ubiquitous being window stickers of Calvin urinating on the logos of various American car manufacturers. At one point in time he considered an animated TV series featuring the characters, expressing a fondness for the medium, though this never came to fruition. note One of the main reasons being that by giving the characters voices, Watterson felt he would be robbing long-time readers of what the characters sounded like to them. Moreover, Watterson felt that by animating the series, he would have to sacrifice the satisfaction of the cartoon being created solely by him. This was part of the reason for his obstinate refusal to license; to him, approving someone else's work is not the same as doing it yourself.Calvin and Hobbes ran from November 18, 1985 to December 31, 1995, at which point Watterson retired for fear of the strip going stale. No new material has been released since then and Watterson, who changed careers from cartooning to oil painting, has become a notorious media recluse in the intervening years. In early 2011, he mailed an oil painting of a character from Cul de Sac to his syndicate as a donation for the Team Cul de Sac Parkinson's Research charity. This was the first piece of new art his syndicate had received from him in 16 years. Two years later, he produced a poster for the film Stripped, a documentary on the history of newspaper comics. A year after that, he collaborated with Stephen Pastis for three Pearls Before Swine strips (Pastis called this the cartoonist equivalent of getting "a glimpse of Bigfoot", and would later pay tribute to the iconic final strip of Calvin and Hobbes in the strip the day after Watterson's contributions). In a 2015 interview, he pointed out that he's not really "reclusive", but when you're trying to keep complete strangers from digging up your phone number and calling you, you have to build walls and maintain them.A documentary on the comic, called Dear Mr. Watterson, was released on Nov 13, 2013. It features interviews with cartoonists such as Bill Amend, Stephan Pastis, and Berkeley Breathed. It explores the impact of Calvin and Hobbes. The normally reclusive Watterson does a lengthy interview in the 2015 book Exploring Calvin and Hobbes. He also did an audio interview for the comic strip documentary Stripped.
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Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: No matter how often Calvin and Hobbes might be at each others' throats, or how often Calvin and his parents drive each other crazy, they all really do love each other, and there are numerous strips that confirm this. There are many strips which show that, despite the apparent tension and hatred between the two, Calvin and Susie really do care about one another.
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If I Wanted X, I Would Y: Calvin explains why he does not like organized sports:
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Anthropomorphic Zig-Zag: Hobbes' proportions are drawn differently depending on his role in a given panel. Sometimes he'll walk on two legs as a very cartoonish Funny Animal, with long arms and stubby legs. This stature is used mainly when he's doing something cerebral, like philosophizing or acting as Straight Man to Calvin's insanity, or else a task that requires manual dexterity, like throwing snowballs. At other times he'll go on all fours, usually for the purpose of pouncing on Calvin, and his body will take on realistic feline proportions.
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Cannot Tell a Joke: Calvin.
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Not Actually the Ultimate Question: Played straight in a few strips, but also inverted once; Calvin and Hobbes are sitting under a tree when Calvin asks why we're here. Hobbes replies with "because we walked here" before Calvin clarifies that he meant here on Earth. Hobbes continues giving mundane answers to the philosophical questions until Calvin gives up.
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Misanthrope Supreme: Calvin's fantasies often tend in this direction. At one point, Calvin fantasized about being an ancient god who brings whole worlds into existence and torments those who don't appease him. "The doomed writhe in agony!" The only thing keeping the strip from being mega-creepy is the fact that it ends with the reveal he's playing with Tinkertoys. Also, Calvin has no friends aside from Hobbes. He joined a boy scouts-like organization once and participated in one organized sport but quit both as soon as he could. His tendency to get lost in his imagination tends to weird out the other kids. Unintentionally invoked in a Sunday strip in which a daydreaming Calvin uses an F-15 to bomb his school off the face of the Earth. Watterson, upon receiving angry letters about how depicting such a thing was inexcusable, commented that some readers must have never been children themselves.
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Negated Moment of Awesome
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Negated Moment of Awesome: In the arc where Calvin plays baseball during recess, he catches a fly ball... only to discover too late that his team was actually batting (and boy do his teammates rip on him about that).
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Death Is a Sad Thing
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Death Is a Sad Thing: Calvin finds an injured raccoon and tries to nurse it back to health with his mother's help. Calvin cries as the raccoon dies and wonders why this raccoon had to die when he didn't do anything wrong.
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Hilarity Ensues
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Beautifully done in one arc's strip in which Calvin attempts to fix a leaky faucet, only to break it open. Hilarity Ensues.
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Totem Pole Trench: They try this to sneak into a movie theater on their own. With Hobbes as the head, leading the ticket lady to say "This is a new one."
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Hero Antagonist
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Hero Antagonist: Just about every single character other than Calvin has their moments. Only Moe is a straight-up villain.
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Chaos Architecture: For the most part, individual rooms within Calvin's house are portrayed consistently, but the arrangement of his bedroom is sometimes flipped around, and the position of his bed relative to the window sometimes changes. Also, whether his window opens over the side of the house or is on a dormer over the roof changes depending on the needs of the strip.
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Faking Amnesia: Calvin does this (unsuccessfully) in one story arc as an excuse for his bad grades:
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Calvinball
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Calvinball: The Trope Namer. The only two rules: never have the same rules twice, and no one's allowed to question the masks.
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Misplaced Wildlife: An early strip has hippos and crocodiles in the Amazon (it's caimans that live there, which are more like alligators.)
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Stuffed into a Locker
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Stuffed into a Locker: In one story arc, Calvin shuts himself into his own locker to change into his Stupendous Man costume, and manages to get stuck until his teacher lets him out (and is clearly surprised at his change of appearance).
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Unreliable Narrator
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Unreliable Narrator: Calvin usually portrays himself as being a victim when there are times he's not, Played for Laughs. It's possible that the Free-Range Children is a case of this; even though Calvin appears to live behind a forest, it looks practically like a national park.
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Do-It-Yourself Plumbing Project
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Do-It-Yourself Plumbing Project: "Check the following list of handy expletives, and see that you know how to use them." Beautifully done in one arc's strip in which Calvin attempts to fix a leaky faucet, only to break it open. Hilarity Ensues.
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Boys Like Creepy Critters
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Boys Like Creepy Critters: This strip:
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Artistic License – Biology
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Artistic License – Biology: In one strip, Calvin imagines himself drinking so much water, he goes from 80% water to 90% water and turns into a liquid. Not only can this not happen, but humans are less than 80% water anyway.
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Title Drop
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Title Drop: The anthology Yukon Ho! is named after a lyric from The Yukon Song which opens the book.
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Volumetric Mouth: Used a fair amount of times, in the vein of the Trope Codifier Peanuts. note Watterson even noted this when reviewing a biography of Schulz. Lampshaded when Hobbes asserts during a time travel arc that "Drawing Calvin is easy! You just make a big mouth and add some hair!"
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The Sociopath
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The Sociopath: Calvin sometimes feels like he may harbor such tendencies — see Black Comedy, above, as well as his casual discussion of the physical harm he plans to cause Susie via his individually crafted snowballs.
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Comic-Book Time
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Comic-Book Time: Despite the passage of summer holidays, Christmases, etc., Calvin and his classmates never age. Lampshaded by Calvin's father at one point: This might have actually been the creator trying to tell his readers that someday he would move on to other interests, as insane as it sounded at the time. Or that this is what most 6-year-olds think at the time.
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Gone Horribly Right
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Gone Horribly Right: In order to avoid doing his chores, Calvin clones himself using the newly-invented Duplicator. He succeeds in creating a perfect clone... who of course outright refuses to do the chores as well. Hilarity Ensues. Calvin's attempts to get out of writing a story for school by traveling into the future and picking it up from there. The scheme only succeeds because the future and present-day Hobbeses team up to write the story themselves...and make the story about how Calvin tried to get out of writing the story through his time-traveling shenanigans, portraying him as a complete idiot. Calvin managed to avoid doing his homework and even got a good grade for it, but became a laughingstock when he read it aloud to the class.
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The Hamster Huey gag is played on when his dad snaps from being forced to read it every single night and instead gives them a new take on the story.
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Fridge Horror
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Fridge Horror: Invoked. Calvin tells Rosalyn's boyfriend Charlie on two separate occasions that with her Hair-Trigger Temper and her unfair punishments against him, she would make a terrible mother later on in her life.
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Alt Text
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Alt Text: The anthologies usually contain alt text from Watterson, usually about what he had in mind when making something or real-life influences that bled into his work.
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Forgotten Phlebotinum
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Forgotten Phlebotinum: The transmogrifier, transmogrifier gun, time machine and duplicator only made one or two appearances after their initial debuts, despite how they could easily get Calvin out of his many situations. The Cerebral Enhance-O-Tron never appeared again after its debut, as well.
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The Ghost
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The Ghost: Calvin's grandparents are mentioned a few times, but never appear. From what little is known, they're apparently nearly, if not just as eccentric and snarky as Calvin and his parents. Rosalyn's boyfriend Charlie, who is often calling Rosalyn while she is busy babysitting Calvin, although twice Calvin attempted to break them up over the phone. Of course, Charlie's non-presence is justified, since he has no real relevance to Calvin.
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Visual Pun
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Visual Pun: In one strip, Calvin and Hobbes toast to their friendship... And then chow down on some toast.
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Everything's Better with Dinosaurs
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Everything's Better with Dinosaurs: Check the page image. His imagination would add dinosaurs to every situation.
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Ignoring by Singing
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Ignoring by Singing: In this strip, Hobbes starts mocking Calvin's height, telling him he'll get even shorter and that his parents are planning to sell him to a circus sideshow. Calvin shouts "I'm not listening!" then puts his hands over his ears and starts singing "The Star-Spangled Banner."
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Put Off Their Food
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Put Off Their Food: In one strip, Mom tells Calvin that the icky stuff on his plate is monkey brains in order to get him to eat it. But now Dad can't eat it because it Squicks him out. Mom uses this tactic on another occasion as well, telling Calvin his dinner is "spider pie." Calvin is momentarily shocked, then decides he likes it. Mom says she believes they're going to have a quiet dinner for once. Dad looks queasy and says he doesn't feel like opening his mouth. Mom brings home jelly doughnuts, and Calvin doesn't want one because he says jelly doughnuts gross him out: "They're like eating giant, squishy bugs. You bite into them and all their purple guts spill out the other end." He tells Mom she can eat the doughnuts instead, but she pushes the bag away, saying, "My friends ask me how I stay thin." There's a Running Gag about Calvin tormenting Susie at lunchtime by pretending his lunch is something unbelievibly gross, such as slugs or phelgm. "And my mom wonders why I'm so hungry after school."
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Scavengers Are Scum
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Scavengers Are Scum: Calvin once made a report that defended the carnivore-vs.-scavenger aspect of Tyrannosaurus rex while super-intelligent. While he intended at first to go into scientific detail ("to argue that tyrannosaurs were predators and not scavengers, we'll need to write a brief overview of carnosaur evolution. Then we'll delve into skeletal structure, skull design, arm strength, potential running speed, and environmental factors") to defend his theory, his brain shrank and his bedtime came up, and he ended up going with Rule of Cool as his sole argument.
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A Boy and His X
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A Boy and His X: The main characters are Calvin the boy and Hobbes, his stuffed tiger that is either alive or just an Imaginary Friend. Hobbes is technically Calvin's only real friend and generally acts the Straight Man to Calvin's more outlandish schemes and monologues.
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Reality Ensues
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Reality Ensues: Almost a Running Gag in this strip. One instance: Calvin actually gets an A on a paper for once. The (large) center panel is a huge, mid-city celebration, with confetti, cheering spectators, a gigantic Calvin statue and Calvin himself riding in a limo with the key to the city. Unfortunately, back in reality, Ms. Wormwood just moves along to more classwork, much to a deflated Calvin's chagrin. Another instance: Calvin is in the car with Mom and imagines that he is a daredevil pilot flying low over the Grand Canyon. He says this is where they'd go if he was driving. Mom spoils his fantasy by pointing out that he is not driving and that Arizona is not on the way to the grocery store. Lampshaded when Calvin makes the world's largest snowball, and is excited over plastering someone with it. Hobbes asks how he's going to pick it up. Played for Drama when Calvin joins the baseball team. In a more conventional strip, Calvin would've practiced until he was a champion, then scored for his team. Instead, he gets hit in the nose with a grounder when he tries playing with his dad, then, when he actually plays for the team, he ends up making them lose (due to them not bothering to tell him that they're switching places), causing them to harshly yell at him. Then, when an unrelenting stream of abuse makes him quit, the coach calls him a "quitter".
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Cool Shades
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A Sunday strip shows Calvin (wearing Cool Shades) and Hobbes dancing, while his parents wonder why classical music is playing at 78 RPM, at 2 AM.
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Angrish
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Angrish: "Slippin'-rippin'-dang-fang-rotten-zarg-barg-a-ding-dong!" The eloquent phrase screamed by Calvin's dad when he drops a huge Christmas present onto his foot.
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Humanoid Aliens
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Humanoid Aliens: Often encountered by Spaceman Spiff, although they're never too humanoid.
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Breaking the Fourth Wall
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Calvin exhibits this in one strip where Susie points out a cloud in the sky and asks what it looks like, with Calvin replying that it looks like "a mass of suspended water and ice particles". Calvin's comment in the last panel ("Everybody hates a literalist," while smiling to the reader), implies he was doing this on purpose.
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Out of Control Popcorn
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Out Of Control Popcorn: In one daily, the duo decides to see what happens when you pop a normal amount of corn with the lid off, and it fills up the entire kitchen.
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Take Our Word for It
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Take Our Word for It: Calvin's favorite bedtime story, "Hamster Huey and the Gooey Kablooie." As Bill Watterson explains in the comic's 10th anniversary book, "Hamster Huey and the Gooey Kablooie (like the Noodle Incident I've referred to in several strips) is left to the reader's imagination, where it's sure to be more outrageous." And taken to another level where Calvin's father is frustrated with Calvin wanting to hear the story every night despite having heard it enough to have the whole thing memorized, so he changes it a bit. The only clue we get is a terrified Hobbes asking Calvin "Do you think the townspeople will ever find Hamster Huey's head?" Maybe inspired by Emil, who's Calvin a hundred years earlier, and has been involved in one incident the narrator repeatedly informs us he or she "Has promised the parents not to talk about."
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Byronic Hero
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Byronic Hero: Poor integrity? Check. Lack of respect for authority? Check? Self-exile? Inasmuch as one can do so in suburbia, check. Cynicism? Check. Unspecified past crime? Noodle Incident. A rare instance, however, where his self-entitlement is played for laughs, rather than drama.
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Girls Have Cooties
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Girls Have Cooties: Why Calvin founds G.R.O.S.S. While he's verbose enough to come across as a He-Man Woman Hater, it's clear from the rest of the series that he's just acting on his six-year-old ignorance.
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Real Place Background
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Real-Place Background: Much of the art is based on the artist's home town, including the suburban atmosphere and the local trees, especially in this large graphic that appeared on the back of an early collection◊.
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Gentle Touch vs. Firm Hand
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Gentle Touch vs. Firm Hand: Just about everyone takes the old-fashioned disiplinarian approch to Calvin, admittedly not without reason, making it quite the surprise when Rosalyn finds a way to get Calvin to behave by simply agreeing to play his games.
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Parents as People
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Parents as People: Back in The Nineties, it was pretty shocking to show a father openly regretting having children unless he was a villainous character. What's more, Calvin goes to great lengths to instill this antipathy in his parents (hiding dead bugs in his own mother's shampoo, blockading his dad's driveway with snowmen so he'll be late to work). The pair can't even have a nice dinner out without Calvin destroying the house in their absence. Hence, when badgered with letters regarding Calvin's cruel parents, Watterson simply said, "They do a better job than I would." On the other hand, there are things that Calvin's parents could be criticized for that seem to be independent of the possible effects of his brattiness on them. Good examples are found mainly with Calvin's father, who drags his family on camping trips they hate and can be preachy, like all the times when he tells Calvin that doing things he hates builds character. Makes you wonder if Calvin's misbehavior is not at least in part a reaction to some of his parents' behaviors.
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Black Comedy
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Black Comedy: The infamous strip in which three deer hunt humans in an office building. Just think about it for a second: A man is shot to death for laughs in a comic that ran in the Sunday papers. Yes, it was gore-free and meant to be satirical, but still, Watterson was pushing the envelope as far as it could go with that one. In addition, many of Calvin's snowman creations reveal a rather macabre sense of humor. "Oh yeah? Define 'well adjusted!'" Said in defense of a snow sculpture depicting a snowman beheaded by a giant, cackling chicken. Another snowman one. A snowman eating a snow cone... followed by another snowman with an ice cream scoop in his back. Perhaps Calvin's most disturbing snow tableau comprises a group of snowman gathered around his dad's parked car wearing expressions of anguish, while another snowman lies prostrate on the floor. Calvin's Dad's only comment: I think we'd better get that kid to a psychologist. Perhaps the most disturbing strip of all time has Calvin imagining himself as a god and casting the entire human race into Hell simply because they "displease him." We then cut to what Calvin is actually doing — playing with his Tinkertoys — and the proud, unwitting smiles on the faces of Calvin's parents make the strip even creepier.note To be fair, his parents couldn't hear what he was saying, as they were in the next room. Their only comment is to marvel that he is "building worlds in there."
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Chekhov's Gun
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Chekhov's Gun: Lampshaded in a strip where Calvin finds his Transmogrifier gun during a mile-high plunge at the tail end of the Balloonacy arc. As Calvin himself puts it, "Boy, these things come in handy all the time!"
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Aborted Arc
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Aborted Arc: Watterson once wanted to run a whole month's worth of strips involving Calvin getting stuck on the ceiling due to his gravity polarity being reversed, and then growing larger and larger (to the point of the galaxy being the size of a hula-hoop, when proportionately compared) to see how the fans would react. Watterson feared the backlash and quickly pulled out, however. Here is the arc. Unlike some aborted arcs though, this one actually got a conclusion. He just didn't let it run as long as he originally planned.
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Ironic Hell
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Ironic Hell: After dozens of nights after having to read Hamster Huey over and over again, Calvin's dad muses:
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Spontaneous Human Combustion
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Spontaneous Human Combustion: Discussed in one strip, which has Calvin ask his dad whether this ever happens. When he says no, Calvin bursts a blown-up paper bag around the corner, asking whether he was fooled.
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Companion Cube
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Companion Cube: Hobbes, at least as seen by everyone other than Calvin.
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Know-Nothing Know-It-All
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Know-Nothing Know-It-All: Hobbes is always happy to help Calvin with his homework, but he resorts to feigning knowledge about the most basic things. In one strip, he "solves" a basic addition problem by calling the answer Y (as in "Y do we care?") guessing that Y might be a square number, drawing a square, and measuring the diagonal. When Calvin objects that the answer is too small, Hobbes draws a bigger square. Calvin himself in spades as well. He arrogantly thought he could fix a leaky faucet despite not knowing the first thing about plumbing (he actually considered using a hacksaw to take off the faucet head.) He also called Hobbes a moron for suggesting that he turn the water off BEFORE taking apart the faucet, then wound up breaking the faucet and flooding the bathroom.
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Counting to Potato
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Counting to Potato: The scoring system in Calvinball. A few scores we see are oogie to boogie, and Q to 12.
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In Medias Res
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In Medias Res: The second duplicator arc begins with three strips showing a well-groomed, well-behaved Calvin, but no indication of why he's acting that way. A few strips later, we find out that the Calvin from the beginning of the arc is actually a duplicate of Calvin's Good Side.
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Smite Me, O Mighty Smiter!
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Smite Me, O Mighty Smiter!: Calvin's religion, so much as he can be said to have one, is Santa Claus. He's been known to beg forgiveness at the sky when threatened with the "Naughty" list, though his arguments boil down to half-truths and legalese. He also attempted to overpower bad weather with the sheer force of his words. Twice.
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Anachronism Stew
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Anachronism Stew: A few minor elements of the comic, such as Calvin's house having an antennae television and a rotary phone, or Calvin occasionally being punished at school using a dunce cap, would have been long out of date even during the 1980s, but Watterson deliberately included them because he thought it added character.
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Generation Xerox
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Generation Xerox: Calvin's mom was apparently just as wild as he is when she was his age (according to his grandmother,) and his father clearly has a highly active imagination in his own right, and the same inclination to mess with heads, based on his parental trolling.
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Sick Episode
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Sick Episode: One strip had Calvin being told that it was Saturday and he doesn't have to go to school. Calvin says, "I know," which causes his mom to freak out and call the doctor. In one storyline, Calvin's mother is unwell.
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Spiritual Successor
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Spiritual Successor: Some readers have remarked that the current comic Frazz features a main character that looks and talks like a grown up Calvin would. In online chats the creator admitted to the similarities, but said that they were unintentional, although Watterson was a huge influence on his work. To some fans, Phoebe and Her Unicorn is seen as a Gender Flipped version of Calvin and Hobbes.
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Offing the Offspring
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Offing the Offspring: Never actually happens for obvious reasons, but Calvin has imagined his parents trying to kill him on two separate occasions — one where they serve him a plate of living green glop for dinner that eats him alive and burps out his bones, and another where they turn out to be aliens from Neptune and make him into "Earth boy waffles".
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Aliens and Monsters
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Aliens and Monsters: Calvin's vivid imagination and Bill Watterson's skills combine to create some really weird creatures, sometimes getting rather scary.
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Oblivious to Love
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Oblivious to Love: Calvin and Susie Derkins. Word Of God says that Calvin likely has a mild crush on Susie. Calvin apparently doesn't know how to deal with it, so he does his best to gross out and anger Susie, who then always gets mad at him. Strangely enough, in the strip it's Hobbes who is attracted to Susie and is always persuading Calvin to go play with her. Evidently, this romantic channel seems to work both ways, seeing how Susie even sent a Valentine's card addressed to Hobbes. It's not like Calvin never gives any indication of liking Susie himself. In fact, before you ever see her, the first strip to mention her features him comically blatantly bringing her up for no apparent reason and loudly protesting too much that he doesn't like her, with Hobbes teasing him about it. Perhaps the most obvious example of their mutual crush is when Calvin sends Susie a "hate-mail" valentine and a bouquet of dead flowers, to which she replies by yelling at him and hitting him with a snowball. As she's walking away, she smiles and thinks "A Valentine and flowers! He likes me!" while Calvin simultaneously thinks, "She noticed! She likes me." And another strip in which Susie and Calvin run into each other, do nothing but trade insults, and walk away. Calvin observes: "It's shameless the way we flirt."
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Unexpectedly Dark Episode
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Unexpectedly Dark Episode: One strip focuses on Calvin and Hobbes finding an injured racoon, who dies. Then, they wax philosophical about death.
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"Home Alone" Antics: One strip has Calvin's parents come home to find a house full of booby traps, because Calvin watched a scary movie while they were out and then rigged up defenses against a monster attack. (Amusingly, this was in 1986, four whole years before the Trope Namer.)
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I Meant to Do That
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In another strip, Calvin tries to use this mechanism to launch a giant snowball. The predictable result is that he gets a facefull of snow himself. The result is the current page image for I Meant to Do That.
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Prisoner Exchange
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Prisoner Exchange: When Calvin "kidnaps" Susie's doll, Binky Betsy, and holds it for ransom, Susie "kidnaps" Hobbes in retaliation. Calvin ends up paying the ransom by giving Susie both her doll and a quarter in exchange for Hobbes.
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Easter Egg
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Easter Egg: Watterson occasionally slips some into the comics; for example, on at least two occasions he altered his signature to fit an Art Shift. This page lists a few of them.
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One-Two Punchline
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One-Two Punchline: Bill Watterson was fond of these, with Hobbes adding another punchline on the far right of the last panel, often a mockery or lampshade hanging on what Calvin was saying.
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Lampshade Hanging
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There was that time Santa Claus watched him from the North Pole while deciding whether he was "good" or not but this seems to end up being Calvin's imagination. Calvin even hung a lampshade on it once by asking why Santa doesn't just reveal himself, and even compares it to God.
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Sadist Teacher
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Sadist Teacher: Calvin sees Miss Wormwood as being one of these. In truth, Miss Wormwood is a stern-but-decent teacher who's just too boring for a hyperactive kid like Calvin, which of course is what makes her classes so hard for him to sit through. Kids like Susie who study hard have no problem with her. As Bill Watterson puts it, she seriously believes in the value of a good education, so needless to say, she's an unhappy person when she has to put up with the likes of Calvin.
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Limited Wardrobe
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Limited Wardrobe: Calvin typically wears a red and black striped shirt with black pants and white and purple shoes, although a couple of colored strips have shown he owns many other clothes that we never see him wear. Moe usually wears a black shirt and white pants. Everyone else changes outfits regularly.
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A Planet Named Zok
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A Planet Named Zok: Several of the planets Spiff crash-landed on followed this structure.
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Auto-Doc
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Auto-Doc: One of Calvin's daydream sequences has him visiting a robot neurosurgeon who gives him a "knowledge implant"; it provides him with all the wisdom he'll ever need, so he'll never have to go to school again. Of course, Reality Ensues when the school bus arrives.
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Bland-Name Product
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Spaceman Spiff sometimes views aliens as this. One time he finds out that a certain planet's McZargald's has served over 75 million Earthlingburgers.
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Sickeningly Sweethearts
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Sickeningly Sweethearts: Susie attempts to enforce this when she and Calvin play house. Calvin's not having it.
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The Scrooge
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The Scrooge: Calvin's dad is a penny-pincher, particularly when it comes to heating the house. Once, when Calvin asks him to turn the heat up, he instead tells Calvin to go and stand outside for a few minutes so when he comes back in it will seem warm by comparison.
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Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant
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Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: Several times Calvin's built scenes of snowmen who suffered a horrible death, causing his parents to question his sanity.
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Awesome, but Impractical
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Awesome, but Impractical: After Calvin "invents" the Transmogrifier Gun, Hobbes questions the usefulness of a "handheld iguana maker."
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Potty Emergency
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In the school play story arc, Calvin gets his shirt stuck in his onion costume when he tries to take it off due to a Potty Emergency.
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Fratbro
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Fratbro: Calvin's Dad used to be one. Another strip has Calvin finding his dad's college yearbook.
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Sophisticated as Hell
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Sophisticated as Hell: Calvin is a soft-PG example.
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I Know You Know I Know
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I Know You Know I Know: Calvin wanted to trick Susie so he could soak her with water balloons. So he left an easily decipherable "secret code" note for her to find (in backwards letters,) hoping she would go behind his house. She caught on quickly and hid elsewhere to spray Calvin with the garden hose.
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Perp Sweating
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Perp Sweating: Calvin's parents can do this without even trying. Like when he broke Dad's binoculars.
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Dumb Dinos
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Dumb Dinos: In the dinosaur strips, the carnivores are savage, violent monsters while the herbivores are dim, helpless victims. Justified in that the strips reflect Calvin's imagination, not real life, and this is how he imagines dinosaurs to be.
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To the Batnoun!
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To the Batnoun!: In a memorable strip, Calvin wonders out loud why his heroes don't fight realistic villains. Hobbes suggests that the fights would involve writing letters to the editor and so forth. As Calvin says that he sees the problem, Hobbes ends the strip with the line "Quick! To the Bat-Fax!"
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Putting the Pee in Pool
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Putting the Pee in Pool: Heavily implied in this strip.
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Attack Backfire
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Attack Backfire: When Calvin and Hobbes fought the first Snow Goon, they tried throwing snowballs at it. Not only was it completely ineffective, but it gave the goon the idea to pack more snow onto itself to grow bigger. Calvin throws a pine cone at Susie, but she happens to be carrying her lacrosse stick, so she just whips it back at him even harder. Calvin saved a snowball in the freezer for the exact purpose of throwing a snowball at her in June. He misses, and while he's grousing about it, Susie takes the opportunity to make a new snowball from the remnants of the old one, which she then clobbers him with before he has a chance to realize what happened.
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In-Universe Factoid Failure
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In-Universe Factoid Failure: When giving a report on bats, Calvin does no research and repeatedly calls them bugs. Despite everyone telling him otherwise, he doesn't listen, and fails the assignment. Calvin and Susie are partners on a report on the planet Mercury. Calvin writes his portion the morning of, after having a week to prepare.
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Starfish Aliens
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Starfish Aliens: With Calvin's imagination? You bet. A lot of his aliens end up having rather human personalities, though.
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Arch-Enemy
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Arch-Enemy: Rosalyn the babysitter, whom Watterson says is the only person on Earth Calvin fears.
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Fashion Hurts
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Fashion Hurts: When Calvin complains about a choking necktie, his father reminds him that some people have to wear ties everyday.
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The Worf Barrage
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The Worf Barrage: As Spaceman Spiff, Calvin's Ray Gun is never effective as a weapon, because the people he's imagining are monsters aren't playing along. At best, he has a water pistol or dart gun in reality, and manages to annoy his "foe."
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Title Drop Anthology
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Title Drop Anthology: The majority of the non-"The [Adjectival] Calvin & Hobbes" collections are named after a particular line from a strip that's contained within the book. Something Under The Bed Is Drooling Weirdos From Another Planet The Revenge of the Baby-Sat Scientific Progress Goes "Boink" Attack of the Deranged Mutant Killer Monster Snow Goons is derived from Calvin calling his snowman a Deranged Mutant Killer Monster Snow Goon in this strip. The Days Are Just Packed Homicidal Psycho Jungle Cat There's Treasure Everywhere It's A Magical World
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Things That Go
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Things That Go "Bump" in the Night: Calvin often has to battle with the monsters under his bed.
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_34d7d9b
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_34df1e4b
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Critical Research Failure
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comment
Critical Research Failure: In-Universe, Calvin has no interest in school, so his assignments usually end up being full of these. Calvin's report on bats, in which he claims that bats are bugs, because they fly and are ugly. He is immediately refuted by his classmates (and provides the page image). Sadly, we never get to see the rest of the report. Apparently some readers didn't realize that this was an in-universe example. Bill Watterson commented in the tenth anniversary book on the ease of writing the story in that he only needed to know as much as "a lazy six-year-old", but after the story ran he "received more information on bats than he ever cared to know." Also admitted in Real Life regarding dinosaurs: Watterson had been drawing them based on half-remembered books from the 1960's (i.e. as tail-dragging, shambling behemoths) originally, but updated them as science had advanced. In another story arc, Calvin believes that the simple machines consist of the lever, the pulley, the inclined plane, and the internal combustion engine. In one story arc, Calvin and Susie are paired together to do a research project on Mercury (naturally they don't work well together). Calvin does absolutely no research, and in his presentation on the mythology of Mercury he claims that the planet was named after a Roman god with winged feet (true), that Mercury was the god of flowers and bouquets (nope), and is a registered trademark of florists (technically true, as an image of Mercury is used as the logo for Florists' Transworld Delivery [FTD], but its relevance to a school paper is dubious). He then says he has no idea why they named the planet after the god (it's actually because Mercury the planet moves around the sun very quickly, so they compared its movement to the god of messengers and travellers, Mercury)
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_34df1e4b
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_34e1ef45
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Unnamed Parent
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_34e1ef45
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Unnamed Parent: Calvin's parents are just Mom and Dad, or "dear" to each other. Word Of God says they have no names, because "as far as the strip is concerned, they are important simply as Calvin's mom and dad." This results in a near-total lack of "on-screen" relatives for Calvin (save one Uncle Max,) since they could never address Calvin's parents by name. As the strip went on Watterson broke his own rule, and fleshed Calvin's parents out more and more, sometimes writing strips where Calvin and Hobbes don't appear at all. See A Day in the Limelight. (They still didn't get names, though.)
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_34e1ef45
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_34e1ef45
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_352151a3
type
Recursive Reality
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_352151a3
comment
Recursive Reality: Calvin once grew to the size of a galaxy and found a door that led back to his own room.
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_352151a3
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_355007c3
type
Brilliant, but Lazy
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_355007c3
comment
Brilliant, but Lazy: Calvin, who generally refuses to put effort in to school work, but displays a very advanced vocabulary, has considerable artistic skills and has thoughts of those who are much older than six. He once explained himself to his father, however, when asked why he didn't do well in school despite being fantastically good at inhaling information about things he was interested in, such as dinosaurs. The answer? "We don't learn about dinosaurs." Another strip had our heroes finding a garter snake and then asking questions about snakes. Hobbes suggests that they get Calvin's Mom to get them a book from the library, but Calvin protests that he doesn't want to learn anything because it's summertime. Hobbes replies that "if no one makes you do it, it counts as fun," and with that revelation Calvin genuinely enjoys himself. Another example where Calvin actually enjoys learning: One strip had Calvin tell his dad that he and his mom went to the library. Calvin checked out a book about insects and proceeds to talk about how mother wasps lay their eggs inside spiders so their larvae will eat the spider once they hatch. Unfortunatley for Calvin's parents, he decides to tell them this with gross details at the dinner table. Lampshaded by Mrs. Wormwood. "Calvin, if you put half the energy of your protests into your schoolwork..."
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_355007c3
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_355007c3
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_35ae6a23
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Lethal Chef
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_35ae6a23
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Lethal Chef: Calvin's mom, in Calvin's mind. Though her cooking really is usually depicted as a formless mass of goo on a plate, it's Calvin who often imagines her dishes having lethal consequences or unspeakable ingredients. At one point, even Calvin's dad (after some comments by Calvin) demands to know what exactly it is he's eating, and that whatever it is, he's not eating it (it's supposed to be stuffed peppers). In this particular strip, Calvin refuses to eat his dinner, so his Mom mentions that it's monkey brains. Calvin, naturally, is eager to try it, but now Calvin's dad has apparently lost his appetite... Another strip had virtually the same thing happening, this time with rice. Yet another had a variation of the joke, in which it's Dad who tries the Reverse Psychology by whispering to Calvin in a confiding tone that he's right not to want to eat the food since it's actually toxic waste that will turn him into a mutant. Calvin gobbles it all up greedily in a fantastic flash. Mom remarks that there simply has to be a better way to make him eat. It also seems to run in the family. One story arc involves Mom getting sick and unable to cook dinner. Dad takes her place in one strip: And then there was the strip where Calvin tried to make breakfast in bed for his sick mom:
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 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_3684532f
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Never Heard That One Before
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_3684532f
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Never Heard That One Before: In the "Calvin's Good Side" story arc, Good Calvin say something similar.
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 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_36de2703
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Superheroes Wear Capes
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_36de2703
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Superheroes Wear Capes: Calvin and Hobbes presents: "This is a job for..." Outside of the above example, one of Calvin's alter-egos, Stupendous Man, also wears a cape.
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 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_37001209
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Annoying Patient
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_37001209
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Annoying Patient: Calvin, playing Spaceman Spiff in the doctor's office. Really, any time Calvin goes to the doctor's office.
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_37001209
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_37690091
type
Stable Time Loop
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_37690091
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Stable Time Loop: Shamelessly subverted: Calvin goes two hours forward to try to get an essay that he should have written assuming that he got it done, only to discover that his future self did the same thing two hours ago to no avail. Rather than giving up, they then decide to go back in time with the intention of beating up Calvin's self from somewhere in the middle for the same reason. While all this is worked out, past and future Hobbes both write a story about the whole time travel debacle, and it gets an A+.
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_37690091
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_378039e
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The Last of These Is Not Like the Others
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_378039e
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In another story arc, Calvin believes that the simple machines consist of the lever, the pulley, the inclined plane, and the internal combustion engine.
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_378039e
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_37ac98df
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 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_37ac98df
comment
"Burly Detective" Syndrome: When fantasizing himself to be private eye Tracer Bullet, Calvin refers to people he encounters by concise descriptions, such as "the brunette" for his mom.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_37ac98df
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_37ac98df
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_37c6c0f3
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William Telling
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_37c6c0f3
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William Telling: In one strip where Calvin tries to knock a snowball off a snowman's head. (He accuses the snowman of flinching when he misses.)
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 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_37ec36f7
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Not an Act
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_37ec36f7
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Not an Act: One arc begins with Calvin willingly leaving for school and acting disturbingly nice to his mother. She's left in complete confusion, while the reader learns that Calvin has used his cardboard box to make a pure good(y-two-shoes) clone of himself.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_37ec36f7
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 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_38b48685
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Born in the Wrong Century
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_38b48685
comment
Born in the Wrong Century: You can count the things Calvin's Dad likes about the modern-day world on one hand. As Calvin himself puts it, "I'm a 21st Century kid trapped in a 19th Century family."
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_38b48685
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_38b48685
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_38d02d44
type
Batman Gambit
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_38d02d44
comment
Batman Gambit: Susie pulls one off against Calvin during a story arc in which Calvin steals Susie's "Binky Betsy" doll and holds it for ransom, demanding $100 for her return (via an "anonymous" note signed "Sincerely, Calvin.") Susie puts an envelope by "the tree out front," as she was instructed to do, but hides behind the tree, out of Calvin's line of sight. Calvin sees the envelope and is overjoyed, thinking she caved and coughed up the money. However, just as Susie had planned, Calvin takes his eyes off of Hobbes for a few seconds to check the envelope, inside of which is no money, but a note that reads "Now we're even." Calvin is confused and has no idea what that means... until he turns to see Susie running off with Hobbes, whom SHE holds for ransom. Susie even comes out ahead, because in the ensuing toy exchange, Susie gets both "Binky Betsy" and a quarter in exchange for Hobbes.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_38d02d44
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_38d02d44
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_3ac583f4
type
SlidingScaleOfIdealismVsCynicism
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_3ac583f4
comment
Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism: For a story about a boy and his tiger friend, which sounds like something that could be horribly saccharine, it's very close to the middle, just barely leaning more towards the idealistic end. The world is full of wonders, but it's also unfair and sometimes cruel.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_3ac583f4
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 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_3b7250ea
type
Banging Pots and Pans
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_3b7250ea
comment
Banging Pots and Pans: Calvin does it in one strip to rile up his mother. When she yells at him to stop, he makes a check mark on a calendar and says, "...and a check mark for Tuesday!" Another time, Calvin says that he can't do any fun outdoor activities when it's raining, so "the only sport is driving Mom crazy." Then he picks up a pot and a wooden spoon.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_3b7250ea
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_3b7250ea
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_3be1cf38
type
Gag Haircut
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_3be1cf38
comment
Gag Haircut: In one arc, Calvin complained that barbers never got his hair the way he wanted and thought it would be a good idea to let Hobbes cut his hair. As the haircut was progressing, it became clear that Hobbes was botching the job (though Watterson did not show the progression, drawing Calvin's head the same during the cutting and leaving the final result as a surprise). In the end, Calvin's hair looked like it had been cut short with a weed eater. Neither this nor an attempt to fix the cut by drawing the hair back on amused Calvin's mom. In a later comic, Calvin showed up with a cowboy hat and a bushy mustache stuck on with tape. When Hobbes asked what he had used for the hair, Calvin took off the hat to reveal that he had cut off his bangs for the purpose.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_3be1cf38
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_3be1cf38
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_3c0a4666
type
Noodle Incident
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_3c0a4666
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Noodle Incident: Has its own page (which makes sense, considering it's the Trope Namer).
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_3c0a4666
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_3c0a4666
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_3c598f56
type
Conflict Ball
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_3c598f56
comment
Certain aspects of Calvin's personality are inconsistent. In particular, in some strips he only wants to play outside, while in others he can't imagine doing anything but watching TV, usually dependent on which one his parents least want him to do, or just for an opportunity to mock television.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_3c598f56
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_3c598f56
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_3cb6468e
type
Bad Liar
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_3cb6468e
comment
Bad Liar: Due to his tendency to live in his own reality, Calvin can't make a convincing lie to save his life. Calvin once hit Hobbes with a pillow that tore open and left feathers all over the room. When Dad asked him about the mess, he said that a herd of ducks flew in the window and molted. Dad's response was to say Calvin couldn't have dessert for a week.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_3cb6468e
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_3cb6468e
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_3d4d3dc9
type
Humans Are Bastards
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_3d4d3dc9
comment
Humans Are Bastards: Used repeatedly, and one arc has Calvin as so disgusted with humans that he resolves to become a tiger. It's driven home when he decides to go back to being a human only because he finds out tigers are endangered because of humans, and he doesn't want to be killed. There's also a strip in this vein satirizing hunting, in which a trio of deer walk into an office with hunting rifles and kill an employee. Calvin claims that they do this to curb human overpopulation, a popular justification for deer hunting. Though the Sunday strip where Calvin explains why he hangs out with Hobbes instead of human kids is a heartwarming moment. One memorable comic strip... Similarly, one strip has Calvin ask Hobbes if he'd like to visit the zoo, which Hobbes responds to by saying "Can we tour a prison afterward?"
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_3d4d3dc9
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_3dca808a
type
Babysitting Episode
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_3dca808a
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Babysitting Episode: Periodically, Calvin would be babysat by Rosalyn, whom Calvin fears very greatly.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_3dca808a
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_3dca808a
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_3e604618
type
Pluralses
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_3e604618
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Pluralses: "Thanks, Hobbeses! You guys are life savers!"
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_3e604618
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_3e604618
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_3e823033
type
Invisible Streaker
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_3e823033
comment
Invisible Streaker: In one strip, Calvin imagines he's become invisible, which results in his mother catching him trying to steal cookies while naked.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_3e823033
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_3e823033
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_3f1fa873
type
Ptero Soarer
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_3f1fa873
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Ptero Soarer: Averted with the various pterosaurs that appear in Calvin's fantasies, at least for their time.
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 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_3f7a958b
type
Secret Test of Character
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_3f7a958b
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Secret Test of Character: Calvin would be given chances to tell the truth, which he fails big time due to his insistence that everyone will be stupid enough to believe his obvious lies.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_3f7a958b
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_3f7a958b
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_403eac47
type
Pint-Sized Kid
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_403eac47
comment
Pint-Sized Kid: Calvin and his six-year-old peers aren't much taller than their parents' ankles.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_403eac47
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_403eac47
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_40bb59d0
type
Blatant Lies
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_40bb59d0
comment
Still another example: Calvin rapidly swims back and forth in the bathtub and then happily exclaims: "Tidal wave!" Cut to Mom standing in knee-deep water on the bathroom floor and Calvin saying he doesn't know how this happened, maybe the seal around the tub leaks.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_40bb59d0
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_40bb59d0
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_415b3315
type
Stylistic Suck
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_415b3315
comment
Stylistic Suck: The comics Calvin reads generally come off as ultraviolent shlock.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_415b3315
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_415b3315
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_41d50d81
type
Big Brother Bully
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_41d50d81
comment
Big Brother Bully: Calvin tells his mom that he wants a baby brother. She's on board with it until she hears that he wants "somebody small [he] could beat up." The next panel, Calvin's mom interrupts a meeting with a phone call asking her husband about having an operation (presumably a hysterectomy or something of the sort).
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_41d50d81
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_41d50d81
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_41f02f77
type
Tastes Better Than It Looks
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_41f02f77
comment
Tastes Better Than It Looks: In a strip: On some occasions, Calvin's mom jokes that she's made something over-the-top disgusting for dinner, like fried monkey heads or spider pie. Invariably, this intrigues Calvin enough that he tries it with an open mind and actually likes it, but Calvin's dad gets grossed out and can't finish his meal.
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 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_420081bf
type
Alien Sky
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_420081bf
comment
Alien Sky: Frequently seen in Calvin's imaginary worlds. Watterson would eventually claim that, ultimately, print was an insufficient medium to capture the sheer scope of Calvin's imagination. Alas. Which is saying something, given how incredibly well he usually seemed to capture it.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_420081bf
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_420081bf
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_42008602
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Story Arc
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_42008602
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Story Arc: One of the regular features of the strip, to the point where there were probably more of them during its run than there were one-shot gags.
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A.I. Is a Crapshoot
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_420c50b7
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A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Calvin's living creations have a marked tendency to turn against him. The Snow Goon. Its first act on being given life was to attack Calvin, followed by giving itself an extra head and arm, creating more Snow Goons, and besieging the house. The duplicates. Being exact copies of Calvin, they refused to do anything Calvin wouldn't do, like clean his room. In fact, for a while, they actually went out of their way to cause trouble, knowing Calvin would take all the blame. Heck, even the embodiment of his good side turned against him.
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 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_4276401c
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Shoot the Messenger
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_4276401c
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Shoot the Messenger: Lampshaded by Calvin when he is sent to the principal's office for shouting "BORING!" at one of Miss Wormwood's lectures.
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 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_43971f6f
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Everything's Better with Monkeys
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_43971f6f
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Everything's Better with Monkeys: Subverted, at least from Hobbes's point of view. Hobbes is apparently such a misanthrope that his dislike extends to non-human primates as well. In one part of the transmogrifier gun story arc, he considers being transformed into a chimpanzee more insulting than being turned into a mallard.
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 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_45554ca2
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 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_45554ca2
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"I Can't Look!" Gesture: In one strip, Calvin hides his face as he and Hobbes go plunging off a cliff in their wagon. In one story arc, Calvin tries to push the family car out of the garage by himself and the car rolls away from him. He and Hobbes cover their faces and scream "I can't watch!" just before the car winds up in a ditch.
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 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_4557702e
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The Conscience
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_4557702e
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The Conscience: Hobbes will sometimes serve as one to Calvin. And maybe if Calvin listened a little more, he probably wouldn't get in as much trouble as he does.
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_4557702e
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_45bc787c
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Mundane Wish
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_45bc787c
comment
Mundane Wish: In a Sunday strip, Calvin asks Hobbes what he'd wish for; Hobbes says he wants a sandwich. Calvin doesn't understand why and wishes for enormous wealth. Hobbes gets his wish, and Calvin obviously does not. Another strip had Calvin ask a similar question, to which Hobbes replies that he'd wish for "a big sunny field to lie in." Calvin is aghast at how mundane this is, but then observes Hobbes sleeping in the grass. "Actually, it's hard to argue with someone who looks so happy."
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 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_46118dc5
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Adult Fear
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_46118dc5
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As mentioned in Adult Fear above, when the family came home from vacation, Calvin was freaked out that Hobbes might have been taken from him.
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 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_469e3e2f
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In-Universe
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_469e3e2f
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It strikes Calvin's mother In-Universe when he's feeling sick at 2 AM.
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 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_46e7492b
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Comet of Doom
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_46e7492b
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Comet of Doom: Calvin tells Hobbes that the world will be ending soon because Halley's Comet is going to appear and comets are harbingers of doom. Hobbes says this is just a superstition, so Calvin decides he'd better write his book report after all.
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 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_4733b5a5
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Saying Too Much
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_4733b5a5
comment
Saying Too Much: Calvin accidentally makes his mother aware of the Noodle Incident when he panics and tries to explain what Miss Wormwood told her at the parent-teacher meeting.
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 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_474a2a5e
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Cultural Posturing
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_474a2a5e
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Cultural Posturing: Hobbes, when talking about tigers (although it's rather ethnocentrism since tigers are not known to possess any culture at all.)
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 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_4766ca14
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Volleying Insults
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_4766ca14
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Volleying Insults: Very frequently.
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 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_4781adbb
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Jerk with a Heart of Gold
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_4781adbb
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Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Calvin's heart is well hidden, but Hobbes being damaged or an injured animal can bring it out. He can also get genuinely remorseful if one of his pranks goes too far.
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 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_47f92c8c
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Giant Footprint Reveal
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_47f92c8c
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Giant Footprint Reveal: "Spaceman Spiff◊" exploring an alien landscape. Spiff is flying over some suspiciously formed canyons until it hits him that these are giant footprints so he hits the thrusters to get away.
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 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_48b9731f
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Paper-Thin Disguise
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_48b9731f
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Paper-Thin Disguise: Calvin, after breaking a vase and bringing bugs in the house — wearing a pair of Groucho glasses and his regular clothes: "Who ees thees Kählveen?"
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 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_48d6d0
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Grilling Pyrotechnics
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_48d6d0
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Grilling Pyrotechnics: Calvin once tried to talk his dad into invoking this. Natch, he concludes that he has the most boring dad in the world.
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 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_48d9e12d
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Funetik Aksent
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_48d9e12d
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Another strip has Spaceman Spiff about to be sacrificed to the evil god "Nollij" (in this case, Calvin getting called to the blackboard).
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 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_49d59be9
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Scenery Porn
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_49d59be9
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Scenery Porn: The Spaceman Spiff segues often include amazing arid alien landscapes. Bill Watterson admits that he didn't make them up on his own, but they're illustrations of the desert scenery of the United States, which he figures are as wonderfully alien a landscape as Mars. Also subverted in a strip where Calvin is Watching the Sunset, there is a great panoramic drawing of the scene, and he's complaining about the shows he's missing. The strips featuring Calvin's wagon typically exploit the liberty of the Sunday strip to give us some great visuals of the hilly forest, while Calvin and Hobbes discuss some philosophical matter.
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 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_49ef37e6
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Catch Your Death of Cold
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_49ef37e6
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In one strip, Calvin tries to invoke this by sticking his head out the window to catch a cold so that he'd not have to go to school and take a test he didn't study for.
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Cessation of Existence
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_4a0f839d
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Cessation of Existence: Calvin ponders this on a number of occasions, wondering what the point of human existence can possibly be if it's just going to end someday. In at least one case he concludes that since everyone is going to die and stay dead forever, there was no reason to abide by any rules, and he decides to lead a life of shameless hedonism. Hobbes is more accepting of this possibility, pointing out that life is quite wonderful even if it's finite, so we should be grateful. It's also very vague as to whether Hobbes experiences this when Calvin is not around or not looking at him. Evidence exists for both arguments.
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Animorphism
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_4aa3c552
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Animorphism: Using the transmogrifier, Calvin has turned himself into a variety of things, including a tiger and a pterodactyl. "I'll just point it at myself and transmogrify! I'm safe!" *ZAP!* (He's a safe.)
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I Never Said It Was Poison
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_4aaffbd5
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I Never Said It Was Poison: Occurs in the September 1989 arc where Calvin locks Rosalyn out of the house. The arc begins with Calvin hiding his mom's shoes so she can't leave the house, and the second strip has this exchange:
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 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_4ae690ca
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Laughing Mad
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_4ae690ca
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Laughing Mad: Calvin once got a little too excited when making a snowball, to the point where he freaked himself out and wondered if he hadn't "tapped into some primeval well of the human psyche."
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 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_4b86a724
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Getting Crap Past the Radar
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_4b86a724
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Getting Crap Past the Radar: When Calvin becomes terrified after accidentally breaking his father's binoculars, he wonders if he should run away, or commit hara-kiri, with Hobbes quipping that perhaps he should do both. A shockingly dark joke, that would never have been allowed to be published in newspapers, had it not been an obscure term for a suicide method involving disemboweling oneself.
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 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_4bfe435c
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Lobotomy
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_4bfe435c
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Lobotomy: When Susie tells Calvin she enjoys going to school to learn, Calvin stares closely at her before declaring: "Your bangs do a good job of covering up the lobotomy scars." After Hobbes cuts Calvin's hair and messes up, he tries to cover it up by tying a cloth around his head. While Hobbes thinks he looks like Lawrence of Arabia, Calvin thinks he looks more like a lobotomy patient. Calvin pretends to be giving one to a pumpkin while carving it into a jack-o-lantern. Susie abruptly ends a playdate in the snow with Calvin in disgust when Calvin begins sawing into the brain of the snowman the two built together.
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 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_4c1ecc68
type
Man-Made House Flood
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_4c1ecc68
comment
Man-Made House Flood: One strip has Calvin calling his dad at work, apparently to make small talk. The final panel reveals the real reason he's calling: He somehow managed to flood the house, and the waterline is high enough to reach the top of the ladder that Calvin is currently on. In another, Calvin manages to turn the stairs into a waterfall. Unlike the previous example, we see how the waterfall happened; Calvin was horsing around in the bathtub. Another time, Calvin calls Dad at work, but Dad is very busy and tells Calvin to hang up unless he's calling about something really important. Calvin hangs up, looks at the overflowing sink that is rapidly flooding the kitchen, and decides that this should qualify as "really important" in about 15 minutes. Still another example: Calvin rapidly swims back and forth in the bathtub and then happily exclaims: "Tidal wave!" Cut to Mom standing in knee-deep water on the bathroom floor and Calvin saying he doesn't know how this happened, maybe the seal around the tub leaks. Yet another example, Calvin gets caught in a giant bubble due to using too much bubble bath and it pops causing water to cover the floor.
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Historical Longevity Joke
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_4c2aa31
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Historical Longevity Joke: Calvin once asked his dad if dinosaurs were around when he was young. His dad confirms it before his mother tells him Calvin's grades are already bad enough.
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Artistic License – Paleontology
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_4c4bebf4
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Artistic License – Paleontology: Readily apparent in early strips where dinosaurs are concerned, which Watterson admits to drawing based on information he remembered from the '60s. After getting caught up on modern paleontology he was able to draw them much more accurately.
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Fan Myopia
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Fan Myopia: In-Universe. Calvin shows Susie some of his "Captain Napalm" bubblegum cards and offers to trade with her.
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Snowlems
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Snowlems: The Deranged Mutant Killer Monster Snow Goons.
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Workaholic
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Workaholic: A funny version. No thanks to Calvin's troublemaking, Calvin's Dad considers being at the office more relaxing than being at home. In some strips, he wishes aloud that his job would either ask him to work on weekends or travel for it.
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 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_4e7c4536
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Wham Line
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Wham Line: When Calvin and Hobbes find an injured raccoon, they get Calvin's mom to help. She muses to herself and Hobbes that it looks like the raccoon won't make it, but the family does what they can to keep it comfortable, warm and fed. After lying awake all night, Calvin rushes over the next day, hoping against hope, and asks Dad about the raccoon. Dad tells him, "I'm afraid he died." The infamous burglary storyline starts out seemingly just being about Calvin missing Hobbes when he forgets to being him along to a wedding. Then when the family returns from their trip... In the baseball storyline, after Calvin is cruelly yelled at by the other kids for making their team lose.
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Author Tract
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Author Tract: Half the things Calvin and Hobbes say sound way too educated and ideological for characters who are expected to have childlike mindsets. Sometimes, it's like listening to grumpy old philosophical men trapped in youthful bodies. Depending on the author's mood, it can go from simple boyhood innocence that is truly believable, to a mountain of bitterly cold logical rambling betraying an innocent setting.
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Early Installment Weirdness
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Early Installment Weirdness: Like The Simpsons or South Park, the strip trafficked quite a bit in shock value and dark humor during its first few years. The fantasies were more grotesque than fanciful, and one notorious 1986 strip even had references to terrorism and inhaling pesticide. Calvin started out as a member of a Boy Scouts-esque organization, which was quietly dropped after Watterson had more trouble coming up with material for them than he thought he would. Then he realized Calvin would never have joined such a group in the first place. Hobbes started out with pads on his hands. Watterson removed them later on the grounds that they were "visually distracting." Though Calvin was always unusually precocious for a six-year-old, the first few years of the strip are quite a bit lighter on the philosophical moments than the rest of the comic, even in the occasional dramatic storyline such as Calvin losing Hobbes or the well-known injured raccoon story arc. On a more mundane note, the very first strip is the only time Calvin refers to his father as "Pop" instead of "Dad". One early strip had Susie trying to cheat off of Calvin on a test. Later strips would characterize her as a diligent student who would never do that (not to mention being smarter than to trust any answer Calvin came up with). One strip implied the family owned two cars. Before kicking off another Rosalyn arc, Calvin thought his parents were going to leave him home alone while they went out for the evening. Calvin suggested to Hobbes that they "get in the other car and learn to drive." This "other car" is never seen or mentioned again in future strips and the little purple hatchback the family is usually in remains their sole vehicle.
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type
Rotten Robotic Replacement
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_4f68cad9
comment
Rotten Robotic Replacement: In one strip, Calvin is abducted by aliens and replaced with a bad-behaving robot, who proceeds to smash a lamp, raid that Tempting Cookie Jar, dump his textbooks in the garbage can, and more. His parents, of course, don't believe that this is what happened...
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_4f68cad9
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 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_4f68cad9
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1.0
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip)
hasFeature
Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_4f68cad9
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_4fc0aaa7
type
Makes Just as Much Sense in Context
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_4fc0aaa7
comment
Makes Just as Much Sense in Context: One strip involved Calvin's mom rushing in to stop him from hammering nails into their coffee table. When asked what he was doing, Calvin stared at the coffee table for a moment before responding "Is this a trick question or what?"
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_4fc0aaa7
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 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_4fc0aaa7
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1.0
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_4fc0aaa7
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_4ff08dc6
type
Excuse Boomerang
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_4ff08dc6
comment
Excuse Boomerang: Similar to the Zeno of Citium story, Calvin claims that he can't be held accountable for his actions because he was fated to do them. Hobbes trips him, claiming Calvin was fated to fall.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_4ff08dc6
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1.0
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_4ff08dc6
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1.0
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_4ff08dc6
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_4fff0dfe
type
Sarcasm-Blind
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_4fff0dfe
comment
Sarcasm-Blind: Calvin can't detect sarcasm sometimes.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_4fff0dfe
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1.0
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_4fff0dfe
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_4fff0dfe
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_5009999d
type
Painting the Medium
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_5009999d
comment
Painting the Medium: The aforementioned black-and-white, un-outlined strip led to a punchline of Calvin's dad telling him "The problem is, you see everything in terms of black and white." Actually, that's more like not painting the medium. Another example is Moe, who always speaks in mixed-case instead of all-caps.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_5009999d
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_5009999d
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_504a1991
type
Body Horror
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_504a1991
comment
Body Horror: In one strip, Calvin has a vision of inflating to unbelievably massive proportions from eating too much dinner. In response to a bubble of gum that popped and covered his entire head: "Good heavens! I think I blew my face inside out!" Played for Laughs when Calvin pours the school cafeteria's manicotti down his shirt. He then walks over to Susie, lifts his shirt (spilling the manicotti), and screaming "AAAGH MY INTESTINES ARE SPILLING OUT!" Susie screams and runs away.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_504a1991
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_504a1991
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_5080221
type
Faux Horrific
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_5080221
comment
Faux Horrific:
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_5080221
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_5080221
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_50ae8e55
type
Little Miss Snarker
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_50ae8e55
comment
Little Miss Snarker: Susie Derkins.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_50ae8e55
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_50ae8e55
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_50b05d30
type
Disproportionate Retribution
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_50b05d30
comment
Disproportionate Retribution: Hobbes has mauled Calvin for very petty reasons. Case in point.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_50b05d30
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_50b05d30
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_50be2cb4
type
Machine Worship
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_50be2cb4
comment
Machine Worship: Parodied once when Calvin pledges undying worship of . . . the television.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_50be2cb4
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_50be2cb4
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_5107bba4
type
May I Borrow a Cup of Sugar?
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_5107bba4
comment
May I Borrow a Cup of Sugar?: The usual order of events is inverted in the June 3, 1990 strip (with the joke coming first), in which Susie Derkins goes over to Calvin's house and finds him caught up in one of his "Stupendous Man" fantasies, deciding to just leave after he runs off to continue it. It's not until the last panel shows her coming home that we find out it's this trope, when her mother asks "Did they have an egg you could borrow?", and Susie claims nobody was home.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_5107bba4
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_5107bba4
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_5141fc93
type
Forgot to Pay the Bill
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_5141fc93
comment
Forgot to Pay the Bill: At one point, Calvin claims he didn't do his homework because his parents forgot to pay the gravity bill.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_5141fc93
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 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_5141fc93
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_5141fc93
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_51ede72
type
Shape Shifter Showdown
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_51ede72
comment
Shape Shifter Showdown: Calvin and Hobbes using the Transmogrifying Gun on each other.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_51ede72
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_51ede72
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_52748705
type
Bamboo Technology
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_52748705
comment
Cardboard Box Technology: Calvin used his box as the Transmogrifier (when upside down), Duplicator (when on its side) and a time machine (when right side up.)
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_52748705
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_52748705
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_53034c21
type
Great White Hunter
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_53034c21
comment
Great White Hunter: Calvin had a one-shot imaginary personality named Safari Al who was this trope. He got captured by a gorilla (his mom) inquiring why his room hadn't been cleaned.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_53034c21
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_53034c21
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_53136954
type
Book Dumb
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_53136954
comment
One early strip had Susie trying to cheat off of Calvin on a test. Later strips would characterize her as a diligent student who would never do that (not to mention being smarter than to trust any answer Calvin came up with).
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_53136954
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_53136954
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_533fd3f5
type
Wearing It All Wrong
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_533fd3f5
comment
Wearing It All Wrong: In one strip, Calvin attempts to head out for school with his shirt and pants swapped, so he's wearing his shirt as pants and has his pants on his arms. His mom is not amused, and makes him go change.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_533fd3f5
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 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_533fd3f5
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_533fd3f5
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_54367e5d
type
Mathematician's Answer
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_54367e5d
comment
Mathematician's Answer: One exchange between Calvin and Hobbes ends up running into difficulties due to the clash of Calvin's philosophical streak and Hobbes' extreme forthright prosaicness.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_54367e5d
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_54367e5d
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_555d6a8b
type
Locked in the Bathroom
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_555d6a8b
comment
Locked in the Bathroom: In one strip, Calvin takes Rosalyn's science notes when she is babysitting him and locks himself in the bathroom with them, threatening to flush them down the toilet. Rosalyn ignores Calvin for a while and, thinking she has gone to call the fire department to axe open the door, he comes out to see the fire trucks.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_555d6a8b
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_555d6a8b
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_5628a3
type
Vindicated by History
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_5628a3
comment
Vindicated by History: Invoked and name-dropped by Calvin's dad in this strip.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_5628a3
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 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_5628a3
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_5628a3
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_5642c768
type
Horrible Camping Trip
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_5642c768
comment
Horrible Camping Trip: Calvin and his family have been on a number of these. The worst would probably be the trip where it began raining the moment the trip began and cleared up the moment the trip ended. And then there's what Calvin's Mom had to say about the whole affair: The one where they go camping on an island: Calvin drops a bag of very expensive equipment in ten feet of very cold water, his dad accidentally stacks a tackle box and bags on his glasses, and apparently he'd left the car headlights on back at the canoe rental place.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_5642c768
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 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_5642c768
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_5642c768
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_565106b3
type
Women Are Wiser
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_565106b3
comment
Women Are Wiser: Susie includes this in her imaginings of what adult married life would be like. Then again, she imagines herself married to Calvin, so... Calvin's mom is also this, especially when dealing with her husband's obsessions such as camping and biking. However, the relationship between Calvin's parents is completely (and hilariously) inverted in one strip where Calvin leaves Hobbes in the woods:
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_565106b3
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 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_565106b3
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_565106b3
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_56572916
type
Bedtime Brainwashing
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_56572916
comment
Bedtime Brainwashing: Calvin does this to Hobbes with the use of a cookie.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_56572916
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 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_56572916
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_56572916
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_567e7c4d
type
Wounded Gazelle Gambit
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_567e7c4d
comment
Wounded Gazelle Gambit: Susie pulls this on Calvin after he hits her with a snowball by pretending that he knocked out her eyeball, in order to get him to drop his guard as he looks for it so that she can get back at him.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_567e7c4d
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 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_567e7c4d
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_567e7c4d
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_569f399b
type
Disproportionate Celebration
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_569f399b
comment
Disproportionate Celebration: In one comic, Calvin gets an A on an assignment. He pictures the entire city celebrating his achievement with a parade, with the mayor even presenting the key to the city to him. Justified, as Calvin usually performs horribly in school in subjects other than writing. In another strip, he sees the first robin of spring and excitedly tells his mom to call the paper while running around in circles, expecting a front page write up, a civic ceremony, and enough prize money for a trust fund. Unfortunately, not only does his mom tell him that it doesn't work that way, it turns out Hobbes already saw a robin the previous day!
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_569f399b
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 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_569f399b
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 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip)
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_569f399b
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_56b53152
type
Green Aesop
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_56b53152
comment
Green Aesop: Probably the most of any newspaper comic. Some are good, and actually quite funny, but others (mostly from the later run of the strip) descend to almost FernGully / Captain Planet levels (see the Anvilicious entry on the YMMV page.) The best such story arc started with Calvin and Hobbes surprised and enraged to learn that part of the forest they love to play in is in the process of being razed to be the site of "Shady Acres Condos." It gave us the wonderful Hobbes quote, "The only shade I see is from that bulldozer." Another gem is when Calvin asks how humans would feel if animals bulldozed the condos to put in new trees... cut to Hobbes in the bulldozer, saying it's no good, as the driver didn't leave the keys. Another famous line; while looking at a pile of garbage in the forest, Calvin sadly says: "Sometimes I think the surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us." Another iconic strip involves the duo encountering litter in the middle of the woods. After Calvin rails about the pointlessness of this kind of waste, Hobbes quips, "Sometimes it's a matter of personal pride not to be human." After a moment's thought, Calving takes off his clothes, saying "I'm with you."
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_56b53152
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 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip)
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_56b53152
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_57b80b45
type
Fantastic Racism
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_57b80b45
comment
Fantastic Racism: Hobbes seems very proud of a perceived superiority of tigers over the rest of Earth's species.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_57b80b45
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 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_57b80b45
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 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip)
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_57b80b45
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_582564f5
type
The Gadfly
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_582564f5
comment
The Gadfly: Calvin's dad. He's told Calvin that wind is caused by trees sneezing, that electricity is magic, that the world used to be black and white and changed to color in the 1930s (but photos were ''always'' in color), that Calvin came from a Blue Light special at Kmart, and that they were going to put the Christmas tree in the garage and not decorate it (and implied that Calvin wouldn't get a present). Most of these would result in him getting threatened by Calvin's mom, especially the Christmas one (after which he complains that the season gets less jolly every year.)
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_582564f5
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 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_582564f5
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 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip)
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_582564f5
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_583ec33e
type
Snark-to-Snark Combat
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_583ec33e
comment
Snark-to-Snark Combat: A lot of it, usually with Calvin on one side and his dad, Susie, or Hobbes on the other.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_583ec33e
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 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_583ec33e
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_583ec33e
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_58e43f17
type
Cats Are Mean
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_58e43f17
comment
Cats Are Mean: Hobbes has a few moments of this. He constantly beats Calvin up for no reason, mainly pouncing on him violently whenever he comes home from school.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_58e43f17
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_58e43f17
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_591a76c9
type
Broken Treasure
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_591a76c9
comment
Broken Treasure: The broken binoculars arc.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_591a76c9
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_591a76c9
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_5977de6c
type
Write What You Know
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_5977de6c
comment
Write What You Know:invoked In-universe, this is the reason Calvin gives a bemused Hobbes for his attempt to use "man who flicks through channels with a remote control" as a trope in a story he writes.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_5977de6c
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_5977de6c
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_597d7dad
type
Onion Tears
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_597d7dad
comment
Onion Tears: In one strip, Calvin mistakes the reason for his mother sobbing over an onion she's cutting:
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_597d7dad
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 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_597d7dad
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_597d7dad
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_59aa1ff8
type
Deface of the Moon
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_59aa1ff8
comment
Deface of the Moon: Calvin imagines himself doing this at one point.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_59aa1ff8
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 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_59aa1ff8
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_59aa1ff8
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_59cefb36
type
Water Guns and Balloons
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_59cefb36
comment
Water Guns and Balloons: A regular source of entertainment for Calvin and Hobbes. They regularly get into battles with each other using these weapons and anything else that can distribute water, including the hose, and a full kiddy pool on one occasion.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_59cefb36
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_59cefb36
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_59ef66e
type
Scale Model Destruction
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_59ef66e
comment
Scale Model Destruction: Several times Calvin makes sand box communities and then devastates them. Calvin gets frustrated trying to build a model airplane and smashes it to shrapnel with a hammer. Then he tells Hobbes that the plane "got hit by anti-aircraft guns."
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_59ef66e
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_59ef66e
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_5a22609e
type
Creator Thumbprint
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_5a22609e
comment
Creator Thumbprint: Bill Watterson cites Charles M. Schulz as one of his main creative influences, and it shows in his art style. A few of the stylistic twists Schulz used in his strip, such as profile shots of characters that show only their eyes and nose but not their mouths, or the use of the word "AUGH" when uttering a cry of surprise or dismay, were adopted by Watterson and later used in Calvin and Hobbes.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_5a22609e
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 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip)
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_5a22609e
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_5a28b615
type
Fuzz Therapy
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_5a28b615
comment
Fuzz Therapy: The Trope Namer. One time when Calvin was having a bad day, he sticks his face on Hobbes's stomach (who was sleeping at the time) and walks away in a better mood.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_5a28b615
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_5a28b615
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_5a71be2d
type
Bad Santa
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_5a71be2d
comment
Bad Santa: In one strip, Calvin ponders if Santa Claus has an Evil Counterpart who rewards bad kids with insane and outrageous presents that no sensible parent would allow their children to have and punishes good kids with socks and underwear.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_5a71be2d
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 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_5a71be2d
featureConfidence
1.0
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip)
hasFeature
Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_5a71be2d
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_5a7b4065
type
Bedsheet Ladder
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_5a7b4065
comment
Bedsheet Ladder: One strip had Calvin use one of these to sneak out of the house and phone his dad saying that it was three in the morning and asking whether he knew where Calvin was now. In one Rosalyn arc, Calvin and Hobbes climb out of the bedroom again with one of these.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_5a7b4065
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1.0
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_5a7b4065
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1.0
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip)
hasFeature
Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_5a7b4065
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_5ae63861
type
Kids Shouldn't Watch Horror Films
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_5ae63861
comment
Kids Shouldn't Watch Horror Films: Calvin, allowed to stay up one night without a babysitter, decides to rent a VCR and a bunch of scary movies. The aftermath: After reading a bunch of scary comics in A Nauseous Nocturne, Calvin fears a monster is coming to eat him. He's right. He also gets pretty traumatized after reading a superhero comic where the superhero gets his spine blown in half. He tries to cope by watching TV, but his mom responds "There's too much violence on TV. Why don't you go read something?"
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_5ae63861
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1.0
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_5ae63861
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1.0
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip)
hasFeature
Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_5ae63861
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_5b01a021
type
The Calls Are Coming from Inside the House
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_5b01a021
comment
The Calls Are Coming from Inside the House: A variant is played for laughs as Calvin is taunted by an anonymous prankster who sends him insulting letters in code. Only when his mother remarks on his habit of "writing to himself" and leaving letters out for the mailman every day does Calvin put two and two together and realize the culprit is actually Hobbes.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_5b01a021
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1.0
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_5b01a021
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1.0
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip)
hasFeature
Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_5b01a021
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_5cc25ed
type
Not-So-Imaginary Friend
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_5cc25ed
comment
Not-So-Imaginary Friend: Hobbes may or may not be one of these. Interestingly, Calvin seems not to know or care that other characters don't "see" Hobbes as he does.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_5cc25ed
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1.0
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_5cc25ed
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1.0
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip)
hasFeature
Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_5cc25ed
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_5ce7dbb9
type
Central Theme
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_5ce7dbb9
comment
Central Theme: The uncertainty and imagination of childhood.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_5ce7dbb9
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1.0
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_5ce7dbb9
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1.0
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip)
hasFeature
Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_5ce7dbb9
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_5d0dd7b3
type
Wasteful Wishing
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_5d0dd7b3
comment
Wasteful Wishing: Subverted. Calvin asks Hobbes what he'd wish for; Hobbes says he wants a sandwich. Calvin doesn't understand why and wishes for enormous wealth. Hobbes gets his wish, and Calvin obviously does not.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_5d0dd7b3
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 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_5d0dd7b3
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1.0
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip)
hasFeature
Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_5d0dd7b3
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_5e7163c9
type
Alternative Character Interpretation
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_5e7163c9
comment
Calvin may never live down the Noodle Incident (or possibly was innocent for a change and cannot prove it; even Santa isn't sure what exactly happened), and hates it when Hobbes teases him about it. He also doesn't like being reminded about his height (see The Napoleon below). He also explodes whenever Hobbes suggests that he likes Susie, and when his good duplicate starts sending Susie mushy notes.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_5e7163c9
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 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_5e7163c9
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1.0
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip)
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_5e7163c9
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_5eb7e838
type
Let's Meet the Meat
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_5eb7e838
comment
Let's Meet the Meat: In one strip, Calvin has to play an onion for the school play and talk about how nutritious onions are.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_5eb7e838
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1.0
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_5eb7e838
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1.0
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip)
hasFeature
Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_5eb7e838
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_5ed3ace2
type
Batman Can Breathe in Space
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_5ed3ace2
comment
Batman Can Breathe in Space: If we take the "sneezed himself into the atmosphere" strip at face value. The strip where he kept growing and growing until he outgrew the entire galaxy. In Weirdos from Another Planet, Calvin and Hobbes use the wagon to travel to Mars, land, and then come back, and never even bat an eyelash at the inability to breathe in space, nor in Mars' thin, carbon dioxide filled atmosphere.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_5ed3ace2
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1.0
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_5ed3ace2
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1.0
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip)
hasFeature
Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_5ed3ace2
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_5f251b1b
type
Poor Man's Porn
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_5f251b1b
comment
Poor Man's Porn: Parodied when Hobbes admits to checking out tigresses in National Geographic.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_5f251b1b
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1.0
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_5f251b1b
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1.0
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip)
hasFeature
Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_5f251b1b
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_5f930b19
type
Named After Somebody Famous
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_5f930b19
comment
Named After Somebody Famous: Calvin and... Hobbes. Following in this convention, in one strip Calvin invents a fake little brother named Melville to try to trick extra presents out of Santa. Fan works often follow this rule, several famously giving him a daughter with the Unfortunate Name of Bacon.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_5f930b19
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1.0
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_5f930b19
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1.0
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip)
hasFeature
Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_5f930b19
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_5ff56a1f
type
Long List
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_5ff56a1f
comment
Long List: Calvin's Christmas lists. They've been shown to be so long that he needs to divide them into two volumes (Volume One: "Atom Bomb" through "Grenade Launcher") and create cross-referencing indexes for accessory items, and that they cost him $2.50 worth of postage just to mail.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_5ff56a1f
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1.0
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_5ff56a1f
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1.0
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip)
hasFeature
Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_5ff56a1f
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_601a7577
type
Off the Chart
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_601a7577
comment
Off the Chart: Calvin gives his dad a talk about approval ratings that includes a chart like this.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_601a7577
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1.0
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_601a7577
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1.0
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip)
hasFeature
Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_601a7577
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_60200c6
type
Former Teen Rebel
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_60200c6
comment
Former Teen Rebel: Calvin's dad. ("Is this you with the keg and the "Party Naked" T-shirt?")
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_60200c6
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1.0
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_60200c6
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1.0
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip)
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_60200c6
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_602ac1f9
type
World's Shortest Book
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_602ac1f9
comment
World's Shortest Book:
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_602ac1f9
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1.0
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_602ac1f9
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1.0
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip)
hasFeature
Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_602ac1f9
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_60b21fa3
type
The Lancer
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_60b21fa3
comment
The Lancer: Hobbes sometimes acts as Calvin's sidekick.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_60b21fa3
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1.0
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_60b21fa3
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1.0
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip)
hasFeature
Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_60b21fa3
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_60c0d584
type
Objectshifting
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_60c0d584
comment
Objectshifting: One strip features a helium balloon carrying Calvin into the stratosphere, before abruptly popping and sending him plummeting back to the ground. Fortunately, Calvin finds his transmogrifier gun in his pocket on the way down, and transforms himself into a cast-iron safe to survive the impact.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_60c0d584
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1.0
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_60c0d584
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1.0
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip)
hasFeature
Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_60c0d584
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_60fa92ac
type
Names to Run Away From Really Fast
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_60fa92ac
comment
Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Doom Drop, Pallbearer's Peak, Dismemberment Gorge, Lookout Hill (which is not named for its view; rather, the name comes from Hobbes's tendency to yell "Look out!" while sledding down the hill) Mount Maim and Suicide Slope. These are the names Calvin gives to the various cliffs and hills he and Hobbes go down in the sled or the wagon, depending on the time of year. Presumably a joke on Watterson's hometown (and ambiguously the setting for the comic; see Where the Hell Is Springfield?) of Chagrin Falls, Ohio.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_60fa92ac
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1.0
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_60fa92ac
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1.0
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip)
hasFeature
Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_60fa92ac
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_62fd5552
type
Bavarian Fire Drill
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_62fd5552
comment
Bavarian Fire Drill: Calvin's attempt to score some cookies:
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_62fd5552
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1.0
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_62fd5552
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1.0
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip)
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_62fd5552
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_630203e3
type
Shrunken Head
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_630203e3
comment
Shrunken Head: Calvin has an interest in them. Among the ingredients Calvin's mom uses to make dinner, or so he thinks. He also makes snow scupltures of them. "A hundred shrunken heads of popular cartoon characters."
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_630203e3
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1.0
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_630203e3
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1.0
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip)
hasFeature
Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_630203e3
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_6306ceb6
type
Hat of Authority
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_6306ceb6
comment
Hat of Authority: The paper hats Calvin and Hobbes wear during G.R.O.S.S. meetings may count. The snazzy "commander helmet" Calvin dons for their Yukon expedition definitely counts — Calvin claims leadership by dint of the helmet, whereupon Hobbes promptly takes it.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_6306ceb6
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1.0
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_6306ceb6
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1.0
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip)
hasFeature
Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_6306ceb6
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_63389b0b
type
Kids Are Cruel
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_63389b0b
comment
Kids Are Cruel: Calvin has been both the instigator and the victim of such acts.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_63389b0b
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1.0
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_63389b0b
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1.0
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip)
hasFeature
Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_63389b0b
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_6363937b
type
Cyanide Pill
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_6363937b
comment
Cyanide Pill: When Calvin attempts to fix a dripping faucet without telling his parents, things naturally go awry, and he floods the bathroom by leaving the water on when he takes the sink apart. To avoid Mom and Dad's wrath, he looks for cyanide in the medicine cabinet.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_6363937b
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1.0
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_6363937b
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1.0
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip)
hasFeature
Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_6363937b
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_63b02752
type
Hair-Trigger Temper
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_63b02752
comment
Hair-Trigger Temper: It doesn't take much for Calvin to get on Rosalyn's nerves. In one strip, he gets sent to bed early just for firing two Nerf darts at her and in another, the mere mention of how he threatened to flush her science notes is enough to get him into trouble.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_63b02752
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1.0
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_63b02752
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1.0
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip)
hasFeature
Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_63b02752
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_63c9ebbe
type
Filthy Fun
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_63c9ebbe
comment
Filthy Fun: In one strip, Calvin and Hobbes are playing in the mud and Calvin calls themselves "asthetes". In another, Calvin sees a mud puddle and gets some on his face and fingers, all while saying, "Ewww" but smiling.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_63c9ebbe
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1.0
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_63c9ebbe
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1.0
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip)
hasFeature
Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_63c9ebbe
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_64536542
type
[Verb] This!
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_64536542
comment
[Verb] This!: In one of Calvin's comics, in response to a character's assertion that he is merely toying with her, Amazon Girl yells: "Toy with this!" and uses a hyper-phase distortion blaster to blast a spine-shattering hole through his torso.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_64536542
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1.0
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_64536542
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1.0
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip)
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_64536542
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_647fab91
type
Title: The Adaptation
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_647fab91
comment
Title: The Adaptation: Calvin is given a homework assignment in which he has to write a paragraph on what his father does. He titles it "Dad: The Paragraph."
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_647fab91
featureApplicability
1.0
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_647fab91
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1.0
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip)
hasFeature
Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_647fab91
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_64b42bc4
type
Christmas Creep
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_64b42bc4
comment
Christmas Creep: The first year of the strip features a short Halloween arc which ends the day after, with the duo deciding to go look at Christmas decorations. In 1985, Christmas decorations being available on November 1 was a joke rather than a sad reality. Calvin deliberately tries to spread Christmas Creep in one strip. He sings "Silver Bells" at the top of his lungs in mid-November. His parents respond by forcing him outside. Calvin shoots back, "Not thinking about it won't make it go away, you know!"
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_64b42bc4
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1.0
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_64b42bc4
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1.0
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip)
hasFeature
Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_64b42bc4
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_64fd1e63
type
Other Me Annoys Me
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_64fd1e63
comment
Other Me Annoys Me: Calvin's "Good Duplicate". The good one also thinks this of his original after realizing how much of a complete Jerkass he is.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_64fd1e63
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1.0
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_64fd1e63
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1.0
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip)
hasFeature
Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_64fd1e63
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_65561b0e
type
Declarative Finger
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_65561b0e
comment
Declarative Finger: Used frequently by at least Calvin and his dad, and by Hobbes, who provides the page image.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_65561b0e
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1.0
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_65561b0e
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1.0
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip)
hasFeature
Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_65561b0e
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_6581611a
type
I've Heard of That — What Is It?
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_6581611a
comment
I've Heard of That — What Is It?: When Calvin is told that he'll be having tortellini for dinner, he doesn't allow his ignorance of what it is to stand in the way of a loud tirade about his dislike for it.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_6581611a
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1.0
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_6581611a
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1.0
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip)
hasFeature
Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_6581611a
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_65b696be
type
Fille Fatale
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_65b696be
comment
Fille Fatale: A humorous variant occurs when Susie "charms" Hobbes into betraying Calvin during their water balloon fight. Hilarity Ensues. More generally, Hobbes's crush on Susie is the in-story explanation of why he never hurts her despite Calvin's urging, if you go for the Hobbes-is-real explanation. It also seems Calvin has a suppressed crush on her as well (which he may project onto Hobbes, if he's imaginary).
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_65b696be
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1.0
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_65b696be
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1.0
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip)
hasFeature
Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_65b696be
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_66755d29
type
Author Avatar
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_66755d29
comment
Author Avatar: Calvin, Hobbes and Calvin's father (who is physically based partly on Watterson himself) all serve as Watterson's voice on different issues. More rarely, Susie, Miss Wormwood and Calvin's mother occasionally highlight other issues, often in the context of a larger story. Susie especially is based, personality-wise, on Watterson's wife. A literal example occurs in a one-shot gag where Watterson drew himself as a frustrated cartoonist interacting with Calvin:
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_66755d29
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 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_66755d29
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1.0
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip)
hasFeature
Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_66755d29
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_66925086
type
Monochrome to Color
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_66925086
comment
Monochrome to Color: One Sunday strip was drawn in black-and-white (without lines even) as a visual metaphor for Black-and-White Morality, with only the last panel being colored after the metaphor ended.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_66925086
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1.0
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_66925086
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1.0
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip)
hasFeature
Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_66925086
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_66f59ad
type
Balloonacy
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_66f59ad
comment
Balloonacy: A story arc had Calvin be lifted into the stratosphere by a helium balloon. Attempted in an earlier strip, he jumps off a stepladder while holding a balloon, and promptly lands splat on his face causing the balloon to float away. The former example may have been Calvin imagining, however.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_66f59ad
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1.0
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_66f59ad
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1.0
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip)
hasFeature
Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_66f59ad
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_675569dd
type
Prone to Vomiting
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_675569dd
comment
Prone to Vomiting: Not now, but when he was a baby Calvin spat up most of his time, at least according to Hobbes.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_675569dd
featureApplicability
1.0
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_675569dd
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1.0
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip)
hasFeature
Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_675569dd
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_680f950
type
Gilligan Cut
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_680f950
comment
The best such story arc started with Calvin and Hobbes surprised and enraged to learn that part of the forest they love to play in is in the process of being razed to be the site of "Shady Acres Condos." It gave us the wonderful Hobbes quote, "The only shade I see is from that bulldozer." Another gem is when Calvin asks how humans would feel if animals bulldozed the condos to put in new trees... cut to Hobbes in the bulldozer, saying it's no good, as the driver didn't leave the keys.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_680f950
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1.0
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_680f950
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1.0
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip)
hasFeature
Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_680f950
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_68e9a98d
type
A Villain Named
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_68e9a98d
comment
A Villain Named "Z__rg": Evil aliens encountered by Spaceman Spiff include Zorgs, Zargs, Zorkons, Zogwargs, and Zogs.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_68e9a98d
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1.0
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_68e9a98d
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1.0
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip)
hasFeature
Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_68e9a98d
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_68f95429
type
That's No Moon!
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_68f95429
comment
That's No Moon!: Used in the Spaceman Spiff stories.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_68f95429
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_68f95429
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_695efde3
type
Raptor Attack
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_695efde3
comment
Raptor Attack: Calvin writes a report about Susie being attacked and killed by a pack of Deinonychus as a means of curbing overpopulation. Science hadn't marched on yet and the raptors lack feathers, but are definitely closer to real size than, say, Jurassic Park velociraptors (which, Watterson noted in commentary on the strip, caused him to put the dinosaur fantasies on hiatus because he didn't want to compete too much with cutting edge CGI).
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_695efde3
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_695efde3
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_69916bfa
type
Amusingly Short List
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_69916bfa
comment
Amusingly Short List: The title characters have a game called "Calvinball" that only has two permanent rules: you can't play the same way twice, and everyone has to wear a mask.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_69916bfa
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_69916bfa
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_69cce3dc
type
Explain, Explain... Oh, Crap!
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_69cce3dc
comment
Explain, Explain... Oh, Crap!: Calvin defeats a carnivorous leaf pile by attacking it with a rake and spreading it across the whole yard. Back in the house, Mom tells Dad that she thought he was going to rake the yard today.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_69cce3dc
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_69cce3dc
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_6a1cc0cd
type
Bad Mood as an Excuse
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_6a1cc0cd
comment
Bad Mood as an Excuse: Calvin sometimes uses this attitude.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_6a1cc0cd
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_6a1cc0cd
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_6add177d
type
Puff of Logic
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_6add177d
comment
Puff of Logic: When a good-side-only duplicate of Calvin desires to "tear [him] limb from —" at which point he instantly evaporates for desiring the "evil" of violence. Thereafter, with no small degree of wry humor, Hobbes points out that of everyone he knows, Calvin's the only one whose good side is prone to badness.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_6add177d
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_6add177d
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_6b35bdff
type
Serious Business
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_6b35bdff
comment
Serious Business: Chewing gum, which has as many as 12 consumer magazines dedicated to it.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_6b35bdff
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_6b35bdff
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_6bda9a30
type
Meaningful Name
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_6bda9a30
comment
Meaningful Name: Averted in early strips. The characters both share the names of philosophers, but a read through the early strips shows that any real significance once the strip itself got philosophical is a coincidence. (Calvin was, in fact, originally going to be named Marvin until a strip of the same name launched.) Later characterizations played this trope straight. John Calvin was a theologian who believed in predestination, similar to how Calvin often ponders destiny and blames his faults on other forces. Thomas Hobbes was a philosopher who after going through the English civil war wrote the book Leviathan, which advanced a very dim outlook on human nature. Likewise, Calvin's tiger often finds problems with humanity's stupidity, saying that tigers are superior. Other parallels exist, as well.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_6bda9a30
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_6bda9a30
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_6bfc52a3
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A Wizard Did It
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_6bfc52a3
comment
A Wizard Did It: Invoked by Calvin's dad when Calvin is curious about how vacuum cleaners and lightbulbs work; Dad tells him, "They're both magic." Calvin is unconvinced and replies, "You just don't KNOW how they work, I'll bet."
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_6bfc52a3
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_6bfc52a3
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_6c62b1a8
type
Covered in Gunge
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_6c62b1a8
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Covered in Gunge: A more family-friendly example occurs whenever our heroes have a sledding accident and end up covered in snow.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_6c62b1a8
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_6c62b1a8
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_6c81c95
type
TrueArtIsIncomprehensible
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_6c81c95
comment
True Art Is Incomprehensible: invoked One strip about "high" art versus "low" art is a logic train that borders on insanity. Watterson mentions that he once read an art book that was so packed with postmodern gibberish that he started underlining passages for later use. In-universe, Calvin himself sometimes applies this approach to his snow sculptures.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_6c81c95
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_6c81c95
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_6cb9eee2
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Talking Heads
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_6cb9eee2
comment
Talking Heads: in one strip, Watterson complains about the prevalence of this in Newspaper Comics. (Because it's Watterson, the strip's art is identical in all four panels, and the character who brings it up is Calvin's curmudgeonly grandfather.)
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_6cb9eee2
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_6cb9eee2
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_6cc2137b
type
The Scream
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_6cc2137b
comment
The Scream: Calvin, for five panels, upon learning Rosalyn is coming over. Calvin again, out of fear, as his dad attempts to teach him to ride a bike: Spaceman Spiff, faced with the ultimate weapon of interrogation: a calm discussion of wholesome principles!
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_6cc2137b
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_6cc2137b
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_6d00503a
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Rain Dance
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_6d00503a
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Rain Dance: Calvin attempts a "snow dance" to get school cancelled. It doesn't work.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_6d00503a
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_6d00503a
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_6d41b8da
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Fantastic Aesop
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_6d41b8da
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Fantastic Aesop: "Snow goons are bad news."
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_6d41b8da
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_6d41b8da
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_6d7026fa
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Punny Name
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_6d7026fa
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Punny Name: Mable Syrup, author of "Hamster Huey."
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_6d7026fa
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_6d7026fa
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_6e2163a3
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Crossword Puzzle
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_6e2163a3
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Crossword Puzzle:
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_6e2163a3
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_6e2163a3
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_6e92a631
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Four-Fingered Hands
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_6e92a631
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Four-Fingered Hands: Everybody has these sorts of hands.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_6e92a631
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_6e92a631
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_6e95f5c1
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Nutritional Nightmare
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_6e95f5c1
comment
Nutritional Nightmare: Chocolate-Frosted Sugar Bombs. In some strips, Calvin likes to add more sugar to the already super-sweet cereal. One shows the consequences of him doing so:
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_6e95f5c1
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_6e95f5c1
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_6f059863
type
Oddly Small Organization
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_6f059863
comment
Oddly Small Organization: Calvin and Hobbes are the only members of the Get Rid Of Slimy GirlS club. As such, the two have many high-ranking positions, including Dictator-for-Life, President, Top Scout, Strike Force Commander, Chief Strategist, cartographer, and Munitions Officer, among others.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_6f059863
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_6f059863
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_6f83b232
type
Wish Fulfillment
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_6f83b232
comment
Wish Fulfillment: If looked at in a certain context (and taking note of the numerous clues sprinkled throughout,) the strip is Bill Watterson wishing he was still a kid growing up in the Sixties.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_6f83b232
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_6f83b232
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_704d7e91
type
No Ontological Inertia
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_704d7e91
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It's also very vague as to whether Hobbes experiences this when Calvin is not around or not looking at him. Evidence exists for both arguments.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_704d7e91
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_704d7e91
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_70af5e15
type
Anthropic Principle
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_70af5e15
comment
Anthropic Principle: Calvin notices that his existence depends on everything that came before him, and deduces that the ultimate purpose of history must be to produce himself. Armed with this grandiose and self-affirming philosophy, he goes and watches TV.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_70af5e15
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_70af5e15
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_70ed9079
type
Creepy Centipedes
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_70ed9079
comment
Creepy Centipedes: Calvin seriously underestimates just how scary centipedes are in one strip when he tries to have Hobbes guess what he's holding in his hands.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_70ed9079
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_70ed9079
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_716c0b1b
type
And the Adventure Continues
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_716c0b1b
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And the Adventure Continues: "It's a magical world, Hobbes ol' buddy... Let's go exploring!"
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_716c0b1b
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_716c0b1b
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_71a223fc
type
Up to Eleven
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_71a223fc
comment
Heck, even the embodiment of his good side turned against him.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_71a223fc
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_71a223fc
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_720e28a4
type
Bread, Eggs, Breaded Eggs
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_720e28a4
comment
Bread, Eggs, Breaded Eggs: Calvin at first wanted to collect bugs. Then he wanted to collect stamps. He decides on stamped bugs.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_720e28a4
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_720e28a4
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_722c7fe5
type
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_722c7fe5
comment
"Where? Where?": In this strip.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_722c7fe5
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_722c7fe5
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_72b6d765
type
Impossible Shadow Puppets
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_72b6d765
comment
Impossible Shadow Puppets: Calvin makes a shadow puppet, which looks like, as Hobbes calls it: "A bug-eyed, tentacled thing." Turns out it's the real thing, to the duo's horror.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_72b6d765
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_72b6d765
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_72bafff5
type
Doomed Moral Victor
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_72bafff5
comment
Same with Stupendous Man; after yet another blunder, Hobbes asks Calvin if Stupendous Man ever won any battle. Calvin replies they are all "moral victories".
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_72bafff5
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_72bafff5
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_7335ffa9
type
Grey-and-Gray Morality
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_7335ffa9
comment
Grey-and-Gray Morality: Most nobody in the strip is completely good or bad. Calvin is a bratty child who enjoys ruining people's days. Hobbes, despite being Calvin's best friend, constantly torments him, says rude things just to annoy him, and makes snarky comments. On the other hand, most of Calvin's other antagonists, such as Susie, Rosalyn, and Miss Wormwood, are just reacting out of Calvin bothering them. The only character shown without any redeemable traits is Moe, not counting imaginary foes like the bike or the monsters under Calvin's bed.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_7335ffa9
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_7335ffa9
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_73a7d1b3
type
Radish Cure
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_73a7d1b3
comment
Radish Cure: Calvin's mom lets Calvin smoke a cigarette his grandpa left behind. He really doesn't enjoy it, but the Aesop he learns was not to trust his mother.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_73a7d1b3
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_73a7d1b3
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_744492d0
type
Secret Identity Change Trick
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_744492d0
comment
Secret Identity Change Trick: Deconstructed in an arc where Calvin become Stupendous Man to pass a history test, so he climbs into his locker to change into his costume. Unfortunately it's too dark to see anything, so he's trapped in the locker until Miss Wormwood lets him out.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_744492d0
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_744492d0
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_754df088
type
Put on a Bus
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_754df088
comment
Put on a Bus: One story arc features a visit by Calvin's Uncle Max, whom Watterson first intended to be a recurring character. But while writing the story he realized Max wasn't bringing out any new sides to Calvin, and also found it awkward to write around Max not addressing his brother and sister-in-law by name, so Uncle Max boarded a plane and went home, never to appear in the strip again. Rosalyn disappeared halfway through the strip's run but returned for one final story arc in September 1995.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_754df088
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_754df088
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_75d6bf40
type
Belligerent Sexual Tension
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_75d6bf40
comment
Belligerent Sexual Tension: Calvin and Susie, as much as their ages allow.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_75d6bf40
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_75d6bf40
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_762b9223
type
Played for Laughs
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_762b9223
comment
Played for Laughs with Calvin's imaginary alter ego Spaceman Spiff. He's constantly described as a tremendous pilot, superb marksman and all round brilliant space explorer, but pretty much every story about him begins as his ship is crashing and/or he's captured by aliens. His "Death-Ray Blaster" also tends to be utterly useless, because in real life it's actually a squirt gun. Spaceman Spiff's piloting is also lampshaded in one strip: "The intrepid Spaceman Spiff is stranded on a distant planet! ...our hero ruefully acknowledges that this happens fairly frequently."
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_762b9223
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_762b9223
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_768d59aa
type
Cool, but Stupid
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_768d59aa
comment
Cool, but Stupid: "Tyrannosaurs in F14's!"
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_768d59aa
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_768d59aa
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_777baed3
type
Out-of-Character Alert
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_777baed3
comment
Out-of-Character Alert: The second duplicator story arc begins with a seemingly well groomed Calvin announcing he'd better hurry up and take a bath if he wants to get to bed on time. Later, the bathroom is cleaned and Calvin is already in bed, and asks Mom to check his homework for him. Then the next morning, Calvin is up and out of bed without being called and eager for school. Mom is completely confused. Watterson admitted in the tenth anniversary book of deliberately invoking this trope, noting that he knew that fans of the strip would know right away that something is up.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_777baed3
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_777baed3
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_783ca338
type
Friendly War
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_783ca338
comment
Friendly War: Calvin and Hobbes are often at each other's throats, but it's usually only in good fun. The comic also gives us Calvin vs. Susie Derkins. After a shouting match, Calvin Breaks the fourth wall and says: "It's shameless the way we flirt!" Could be Belligerent Sexual Tension if they weren't 6 years old (Watterson has written that Calvin likely has a mild crush on Susie which he expresses by being obnoxious toward her.)
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_783ca338
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_783ca338
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_7868287b
type
Spraying Drink from Nose
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_7868287b
comment
Spraying Drink from Nose: Calvin attempts to explain why something that happened at school was so funny, before ultimately admitting it was because it caused milk to shoot out of a kid's nose.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_7868287b
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_7868287b
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_786e5cac
type
Circling Birdies
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_786e5cac
comment
Circling Stars: Often used whenever Calvin or, less commonly, someone else is hurt along with ringed planets and lightning bolts.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_786e5cac
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 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_786e5cac
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_786e5cac
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_78c895c8
type
Amusing Injuries
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_78c895c8
comment
Amusing Injuries: Whenever he's tackled by Hobbes, Calvin typically ends up scratched and bruised, but never seriously hurt. The same when he falls off a cliff or runs into a tree at the end of a wagonning or sledding sojourn.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_78c895c8
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_78c895c8
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_78d0ebcf
type
Crying Wolf
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_78d0ebcf
comment
Crying Wolf: In one series of strips, Calvin refuses to demonstrate a problem on the blackboard, but won't explain why, only saying it would cause "complete pandemonium." Mrs. Wormwood is used to such excuses, but on this occasion, Calvin has a huge hole in the back of his pants, causing him to moon the class, causing mass chaos as he predicted.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_78d0ebcf
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_78d0ebcf
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_7945278c
type
Wet Cement Gag
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_7945278c
comment
Wet Cement Gag: A strip had the duo find some freshly-poured cement and apparently sat in it offscreen, only to find out that it would dry very quickly.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_7945278c
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_7945278c
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_7960ab92
type
Sanity Ball
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_7960ab92
comment
Sanity Ball: When Calvin and Hobbes are interacting, Hobbes has the ball. When Calvin's parents, Miss Wormwood, or Rosalyn enter the scene, overly imaginative Calvin usually has the ball. When it's just Calvin's mom and dad, Mom has the ball. When Susie shows up, Calvin's typical reaction is throwing the Sanity Ball at her and running away.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_7960ab92
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_7960ab92
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_796f842b
type
Treehouse of Fun
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_796f842b
comment
Treehouse of Fun: Calvin and Hobbes hold their G.R.O.S.S. meetings in one.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_796f842b
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 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_796f842b
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_796f842b
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_79b5990c
type
Mr. Vice Guy
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_79b5990c
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Mr. Vice Guy: Calvin. While a bit bratty, he's a nice boy.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_79b5990c
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_79b5990c
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_79d3af43
type
Look Ma, No Plane!
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_79d3af43
comment
Look Ma, No Plane!: In one story line, Calvin thinks a motorized propeller beanie will let him fly, complete with fantasy sequence where he waves at a plane. Another Sunday fantasy has his parents letting him drive the car, and he drives so fast he breaks the speedometer, goes airborne and passes a jet. Another strip had Calvin pretending he was the plane complete with a fantasy of him flying through the air with his arms out like a plane's wings. According to his mom, he was just running around in circles with his arms out in the backyard until he got sick (at that point, he was pretending the plane was stuck in a holding pattern.)
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_79d3af43
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_79d3af43
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_7a12aabf
type
New Media Are Evil
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_7a12aabf
comment
New Media Are Evil: Sometimes used, sometimes criticized. The combination almost seems hypocritical on Bill Watterson's part. Generally speaking, Patterson tended to defend newspaper comics, which weren't necessarily less stupid at the time, but, at least in his view, had far more potential to convey deep meaning than the comics from The Dark Age of Comic Books, which was then the one in progress, that seemed to be in a competition to cram the highest possible death toll into twenty pages. Various remarks by Watterson in the Tenth Anniversary Book include: Yet from the same book... He refers to television as the "20th century drug of choice" as well. And then, in There's Treasure Everywhere, there's a strip where Calvin gets so shaken reading a violent comic book that he puts it down and turns on TV instead, and then in the last panel: And for that matter, There's Treasure Everywhere is the same comic collection that brought us: There's also a strip in which the TV appears to be broken, and Calvin and Hobbes are reading a book. Calvin reads Karl Marx's famous "religion is the opiate of the masses" quote and ponders the meaning; a thought bubble from the TV reads: "It means Karl Marx hadn't seen anything yet." See also this strip on "high" art vs. "low" art.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_7a12aabf
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_7a12aabf
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_7a1856ba
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I Reject Your Reality
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_7a1856ba
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I Reject Your Reality: Calvin can be quotes thus: "It's not denial. I'm just selective about the reality I accept."
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_7a1856ba
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_7a1856ba
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_7ad0e492
type
Imaginary Friend
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_7ad0e492
comment
The existence of Hobbes. Is he real, or an Imaginary Friend? Debate on this question rages on, though Watterson has said it misses the point and Hobbes' nature is a matter of perspective.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_7ad0e492
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_7ad0e492
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_7ade2167
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Mental Story
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_7ade2167
comment
Mental Story: Even leaving aside the question of whether or not Hobbes is real, a lot of stories take place in Calvin's imagination.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_7ade2167
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_7ade2167
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_7bc65f57
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Odd-Shaped Panel
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_7bc65f57
comment
Odd-Shaped Panel: Arguably one of the Trope Makers for newspaper comics.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_7bc65f57
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_7bc65f57
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_7ccd3698
type
Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_7ccd3698
comment
Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: A recurring theme. One strip has Calvin imagining he drinks a magic elixir and grows to over 300 feet. He proceeds to rampage through an imaginary town. His mom is not amused when Calvin asks for replacements for the toy cars that were lost in the rampage. He also built several castles in his sandbox and said they were downtown Tokyo. Then he stomped across them with a growl and said he was Godzilla. One winter day, he built about fifty tiny, foot-tall snowmen... at the base of a hill... and then went up the hill with his toboggan. And, of course, the many strips involving a rampaging carnosaur qualify. In one of Calvin's Imagine Spots, he becomes "the size of a bug to a bug" and a giant bug starts trying to step on him. The trope is then inverted when a giant frog saves his life by catching and eating the bug.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_7ccd3698
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_7ccd3698
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_7d04af5f
type
Completely Off-Topic Report
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_7d04af5f
comment
Completely Off-Topic Report: Downplayed. Calvin does produce reports on the given subject, but they're either less than half-assed (his collection of fifty bugs consisted of a drowned earthworm, a squashed fly, a live ant and a piece of lint that looks like a bug), nonsensical (he needed to find fifty different types of leaves, but sold the planet to invading aliens to get fifty of their leaves instead, which look like maple leaves cut in weird shapes) or simply not even researched (his report claiming that bats are bugs). The one time he actually worked on a report that he was actually excited about (dinosaurs), it started out quite ambitiously thanks to his brain-enlarging device but became three sentences about how T. rex was a predator instead of a scavenger because it's cooler that way.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_7d04af5f
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_7d04af5f
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_7d18b45b
type
Sound Defect
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_7d18b45b
comment
Sound Defect: "Scientific progress goes 'boink'?" This became the title of one of the anthologies.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_7d18b45b
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_7d18b45b
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_7d9f4e92
type
The Annotated Edition
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_7d9f4e92
comment
The Annotated Edition: The tenth anniversary best-of book has notes from Watterson, many of which go into more detail on his assorted Author Tracts or give artistic insight.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_7d9f4e92
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_7d9f4e92
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_7e38c1a7
type
Her Code Name Was
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_7e38c1a7
comment
Her Code Name Was "Mary Sue": Calvin's many alter-egos.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_7e38c1a7
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 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_7e38c1a7
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 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip)
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_7e38c1a7
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_7e3d50f8
type
Sneaking Snacks
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_7e3d50f8
comment
Sneaking Snacks: A Running Gag involves the many elaborate and often ill-conceived plans Calvin develops in his attempts to raid the cookie jar.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_7e3d50f8
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 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip)
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_7e3d50f8
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_7eb73553
type
Bullying a Dragon
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_7eb73553
comment
Bullying a Dragon: A mild case where in one Sunday strip, Calvin spots a bees' nest, and decides to heave a rock at it. What happens next needs no explanation.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_7eb73553
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_7eb73553
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_7ed1d007
type
Competition Coupon Madness
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_7ed1d007
comment
Competition Coupon Madness: Calvin wins a propeller beanie from Chocolate Frosted Sugar Bombs after sending in 4 proof of purchase seals.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_7ed1d007
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 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_7ed1d007
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_7ed1d007
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_7ef728b1
type
Tsundere
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_7ef728b1
comment
Tsundere: Word Of God attributes traits consistent with the two major subtypes to Calvin (tsun-tsun type) and Susie (dere-dere type.)
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_7ef728b1
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_7ef728b1
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_7ef7e1cd
type
Every Man Has His Price
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_7ef7e1cd
comment
Every Man Has His Price: Discussed by the duo during one wagon ride. Calvin claims his price is: "Two bucks cold cash up front."
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_7ef7e1cd
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 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_7ef7e1cd
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_7ef7e1cd
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_7f6a54f2
type
Miranda Rights
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_7f6a54f2
comment
Miranda Rights: Parodied. Mom sends Calvin to bed, but he comes right back downstairs to play with his toys. When Mom confronts him, he says, "You didn't read me my rights."
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_7f6a54f2
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_7f6a54f2
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_7f9bfc3f
type
Human Mail
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_7f9bfc3f
comment
Human Mail: Calvin sometimes attempts to run away by sitting in a box by the mailbox with a vague address written on it (for example, "To OS TRYLA"). It doesn't work.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_7f9bfc3f
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_7f9bfc3f
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_7fbe9a30
type
Freak Out
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_7fbe9a30
comment
Freak Out: Calvin had one of these in school when he realized he was trapped inside during a beautiful day. Miss Wormwood was surprisingly sympathetic, advising Calvin to "take a drink of water and a few deep breaths" as she took him back to his seat, alluding to a previous strip that establishes Wormwood as someone who consumes copious amounts of cigarettes in order to get through the day as she eagerly awaits retirement. Perhaps she may relate to Calvin in a shared dislike of school. As mentioned in Adult Fear above, when the family came home from vacation, Calvin was freaked out that Hobbes might have been taken from him. On one occasion when Calvin learns that Roslyn is coming to babysit, he has one ("AAAAUUUUUGH!") that stretches out over all four panels of the strip, prompting his exasperated mom to shout, "For goodness sake, Calvin! Take a breath before you pass out on the floor!".
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_7fbe9a30
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_7fbe9a30
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_7fecbc39
type
Marshmallow Dream
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_7fecbc39
comment
Marshmallow Dream: Hobbes and his "weasel dreams". Occasionally, it would be Calvin who gets torn up instead of the pillow.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_7fecbc39
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_7fecbc39
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_8042e814
type
Actually Pretty Funny
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_8042e814
comment
Actually Pretty Funny: In one strip Calvin combed his hair, put on his dad's glasses and in an obvious parody of his father said to his parents "Calvin, go do something you hate. Being miserable builds character." In the final frame, his mother is laughing so hard she's fallen out of her chair, and whilst his father disapproves of what a sarcastic child they're raising, he reluctantly concedes "the voice was a little funny". One time on school picture day, Calvin put shortening in his hair and with the help of Hobbes, got an Astro Boy hairdo. Susie actually wishes she had thought of that.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_8042e814
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_8042e814
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_804ebb91
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Anatomically Ignorant Healing
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_804ebb91
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Anatomically Ignorant Healing: The collection The Indispensable Calvin and Hobbes features a poem in which Calvin imagines his bones being found and erroneously reconstructed by aliens.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_804ebb91
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_804ebb91
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_808cbaeb
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Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_808cbaeb
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On a more mundane note, the very first strip is the only time Calvin refers to his father as "Pop" instead of "Dad".
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_808cbaeb
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_808cbaeb
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_80cd1f62
type
God of Evil
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_80cd1f62
comment
God of Evil: Calvin himself, in one of his fantasies. Another strip has Spaceman Spiff about to be sacrificed to the evil god "Nollij" (in this case, Calvin getting called to the blackboard).
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_80cd1f62
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_80cd1f62
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_80d2d71c
type
Air Quotes
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_80d2d71c
comment
Air Quotes: Calvin mentions "making a hand gesture for quotation marks" on a list of "A Hundred Things that Bug Me."
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_80d2d71c
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_80d2d71c
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_80eb641c
type
Straw Nihilist
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_80eb641c
comment
Straw Nihilist: Calvin has some moments like this: "The problem with people is that they don't look at the big picture. Eventually, we're each going to die, our species will go extinct, the Sun will explode, and the Universe will collapse. Existence isn't only temporary, it's pointless! We're all doomed, and worse, nothing matters!" Of course, he's using this as an excuse to not do his homework. Hobbes can usually be counted on to issue a retort to these grumblings:
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_80eb641c
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_80eb641c
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_80f4e386
type
Ignorant of Their Own Ignorance
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_80f4e386
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Ignorant of Their Own Ignorance: Calvin constantly overestimates himself.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_80f4e386
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_80f4e386
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_81a1960f
type
Silence Is Golden
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_81a1960f
comment
Silence Is Golden: Watterson said that the change to his Sunday Strip format allowed him to further explore the ability to tell a story without dialogue. (For an example, visit the trope page, which uses one such strip for its image).
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_81a1960f
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_81a1960f
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_81c8844
type
Push Polling
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_81c8844
comment
Push Polling: Calvin tends to employ this when discussing his dad's "approval ratings."
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_81c8844
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_81c8844
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_82b78473
type
Solar-Powered Magnifying Glass
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_82b78473
comment
Solar-Powered Magnifying Glass: Stupendous Man uses a giant magnifying glass from an observatory telescope in order to fry Calvin's school off the map. Calvin's mom doesn't believe him when he says that the school got fried, and still makes him do his math homework.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_82b78473
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 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_82b78473
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1.0
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip)
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_82b78473
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_83445b04
type
Pun
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_83445b04
comment
It should be noted that, in another strip, Miss Wormwood, to gauge whether Calvin is paying attention, asks "What state do you live in?" Calvin's answer? "Denial."
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_83445b04
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1.0
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_83445b04
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1.0
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip)
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_83445b04
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_83d3bf25
type
Anvilicious
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_83d3bf25
comment
Anvilicious: In-universe, when Dad says he's too busy to read Calvin a bedtime story and Calvin yells that he won't go to bed without one: Later, Calvin writes his own story "The Dad Who Lived to Regret Being Mean to His Kid" (in which the roles are reversed and the kid locks the father in the basement for the rest of this life), which he makes his father read to him.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_83d3bf25
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1.0
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hasFeature
Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_83d3bf25
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_8409a385
type
Exactly What It Says on the Tin
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_8409a385
comment
Exactly What It Says on the Tin: When Calvin gets assigned to give a report on a newspaper article, he chooses: "Space alien weds two-headed Elvis clone."
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_8409a385
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1.0
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_8409a385
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_8411ab92
type
Red Oni, Blue Oni
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_8411ab92
comment
Red Oni, Blue Oni: Calvin is red, Hobbes is blue.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_8411ab92
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 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_8411ab92
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1.0
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hasFeature
Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_8411ab92
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_8426d2ac
type
Inherently Funny Words
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_8426d2ac
comment
Inherently Funny Words: Hobbes likes the word "smock". He also likes the word "quark".
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_8426d2ac
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 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_8426d2ac
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_8426d2ac
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_845789b0
type
Superhero
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_845789b0
comment
Bill Watterson has used Calvin and Hobbes to mock modern art, art criticism, and superhero comic books. Either Calvin uses phrases copied verbatim from art journals to describe his snow men, or his breathless praises of comic books as an art form are interrupted by comments like: "Oh no, Captain Steroid's getting his kidneys punched out with an I-beam!" Watterson's career peaked during The Dark Age of Comic Books, which likely influenced his opinions quite a bit, but as to why he didn't seek out fellow "comics can be art" proponents such as Dave Sim and Scott McCloud and join up with the Graphic Novel movement is a mystery.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_845789b0
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_845789b0
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_8504b817
type
Where the Hell Is Springfield?
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_8504b817
comment
Where the Hell Is Springfield?: We're never told precisely where Calvin and co. reside, but it's presumably an outer suburb (with access to woods, fields, and other more rural areas) near some Midwestern U.S. city. And an hour and a half's drive away from the coast. However, this trope is Downplayed, because there is a lot of evidence to suggest it is Watterson's own hometown of Chagrin Falls, Ohio: In one strip, Calvin and Hobbes determine from an atlas that they live in a big, purple country and their house is right next to the giant letter "E" in the word "States."note Depending on how you orient the words on the map, this would put them either in the loose vicinity of Arkansas or West Virginia. More evidence of Ohio is the fact that Calvin's treehouse is in a buckeye tree. Ohio is the Buckeye State. One strip showed a news van from Cleveland's Channel 3 News, complete with logo. Bill Watterson has noted in commentaries about his fall strips that he did his best to capture the feel that Ohio gets during the season. It should be noted that, in another strip, Miss Wormwood, to gauge whether Calvin is paying attention, asks "What state do you live in?" Calvin's answer? "Denial."
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_8504b817
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_8504b817
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_85557b38
type
Reality Is Unrealistic
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_85557b38
comment
Watterson even comments that the real world is drawn cartoony while Calvin's fantasies are realistic, highlighting his perspective.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_85557b38
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_85557b38
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_855841f5
type
Comeback Tomorrow
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_855841f5
comment
Comeback Tomorrow: From Calvin in this strip: Lampshaded by Calvin in this strip:
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_855841f5
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 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_855841f5
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_855841f5
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_85abf836
type
Squirrels in My Pants
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_85abf836
comment
Squirrels in My Pants: Subverted: Calvin actually had a hole in his pocket that some pennies dropped through.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_85abf836
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 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_85abf836
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_85abf836
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_85bbb76c
type
Suckiness Is Painful
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_85bbb76c
comment
Suckiness Is Painful: At least in Calvin's mind, in which his parents' cooking is portrayed as inedible sludge at best and small-scale Eldritch Abominations at worst.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_85bbb76c
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_85bbb76c
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_85e7c12f
type
Puppy-Dog Eyes
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_85e7c12f
comment
Puppy-Dog Eyes: Calvin tries to use these to get a flamethrower. Doesn't work.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_85e7c12f
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 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_85e7c12f
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_85e7c12f
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_85f0f0fb
type
World of Snark
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_85f0f0fb
comment
World of Snark: Nearly every main character has many sarcastic moments, though some of them more so than others.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_85f0f0fb
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_85f0f0fb
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_863fa679
type
What Happened to the Mouse?
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_863fa679
comment
What Happened to the Mouse?: After the story arc in which there is a break-in to Calvin's house, nothing is ever said of it again. Although the family eventually get a new TV to replace the one that was stolen, it's never mentioned if the burglars were caught.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_863fa679
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 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_863fa679
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_863fa679
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_8658cd14
type
Agent Scully
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_8658cd14
comment
Agent Scully: Hobbes frequently dismisses Calvin's six-year-old notions about how the world works. Ironic, considering he (might) be a figment of one boy's imagination.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_8658cd14
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 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip)
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_8658cd14
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_86b21114
type
Badass Boast
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_86b21114
comment
Badass Boast: Combines with But for Me, It Was Tuesday when Calvin introduces himself with several grandiose titles based on a random day's activities.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_86b21114
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 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_86b21114
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_86b21114
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_86cffd8e
type
Action Insurance Gag
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_86cffd8e
comment
Action Insurance Gag: Several Spaceman Spiff strips have Spiff complaining that he just paid off/washed and waxed his spaceship as it goes down in flames, or regretting not taking a better insurance policy.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_86cffd8e
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_86cffd8e
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_86daf505
type
Parental Bonus
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_86daf505
comment
Parental Bonus: Has its own page.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_86daf505
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 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_86daf505
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_86daf505
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_8726af30
type
Tempting Cookie Jar
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_8726af30
comment
Tempting Cookie Jar: A natural Running Gag. One strip in particular depicted a giraffe using its tall frame to reach the tastiest leaves on the treetops... the scenario being an Imagine Spot and the punchline being Calvin using stilts to reach the cookie jar on top of the fridge.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_8726af30
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 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_8726af30
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_8726af30
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_875615dd
type
Truth in Television
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_875615dd
comment
Truth in Television: INFP personalities tend to be described as Calvin.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_875615dd
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 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_875615dd
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_875615dd
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_8774fb47
type
Eldritch Abomination
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_8774fb47
comment
Eldritch Abomination: Some of those snowmen would be head trips if they weren't made of snow.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_8774fb47
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 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_8774fb47
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_8774fb47
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_88a3842
type
Toilet Paper Prank
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_88a3842
comment
Toilet Paper Prank: Calvin remarks on his dad's enjoyment of Halloween. It turns out he likes to "sit in the bushes with the hose and drench potential tp'ers."
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_88a3842
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 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_88a3842
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_88a3842
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_88efd1f4
type
Classical Music Is Boring
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_88efd1f4
comment
Classical Music Is Boring: Calvin originally thinks so, but is, after hearing it, willing to admit he quite liked the 1812 Overture. When he finds out the piece is (in part) written for cannon, he even becomes quite excited, though mainly because he imagines the mayhem of fully-loaded cannons being fired in a concert hall. A Sunday strip shows Calvin (wearing Cool Shades) and Hobbes dancing, while his parents wonder why classical music is playing at 78 RPM, at 2 AM.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_88efd1f4
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 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_88efd1f4
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_88efd1f4
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_89897126
type
New Year Has Come
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_89897126
comment
New Year Has Come: Famously employed in the very last strip.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_89897126
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 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_89897126
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_89897126
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_89937faf
type
Watching the Sunset
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_89937faf
comment
Watching the Sunset: And missing lots of great shows. To be more specific; Dad loves this trope. Calvin does not.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_89937faf
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 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_89937faf
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 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip)
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_89937faf
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_89a17726
type
Spell My Name with an
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_89a17726
comment
Spell My Name with an "S": A rare non-translation example. It's Susie, not Suzie.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_89a17726
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 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_89a17726
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_89a17726
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_8a6d2168
type
Beat Them at Their Own Game
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_8a6d2168
comment
Beat Them at Their Own Game: Once Rosalyn grasps the (lack of) rules of Calvinball, she maneuvers Calvin into going to bed willingly when it's time (she hits him with the Babysitter Flag, which means he has to obey the babysitter).
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_8a6d2168
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 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_8a6d2168
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_8a6d2168
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_8a9bec8
type
The Dreaded Thank You Letter
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_8a9bec8
comment
The Dreaded Thank You Letter: In one strip, Calvin writes a thank you letter for Christmas, but only because a woman sent a snarky message saying that she was checking to see if the mail was still working.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_8a9bec8
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_8a9bec8
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_8af25294
type
Bullet Time
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_8af25294
comment
Bullet Time: One strip did this long before The Matrix was even conceived; showing Calvin's point of view as Hobbes pounces on him as he comes home from school, and how to Calvin, time slows to a crawl. Hobbes, for his part, reflects that it's the opposite for him.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_8af25294
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_8af25294
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_8ba9512b
type
Our Zombies Are Different
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_8ba9512b
comment
Our Zombies Are Different: In late April 1987, Calvin got bored with his homework and started walking around sticking his eyes and tongue out, pretending to be a zombie. Hobbes saw this and decided to follow along, thinking "When in Rome." The April 30th strip had them staring at each other pretending to be zombies until they started laughing at the sight of each other.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_8ba9512b
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_8ba9512b
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_8c681acc
type
Third-Person Person
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_8c681acc
comment
Third-Person Person: Most of Calvin's alter-egos would narrate their own adventures in the third person (and in present tense,) Tracer Bullet being the exception. "Also, Calvin the Bold will now refer to himself in the third person."
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_8c681acc
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_8c681acc
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_8ca20b69
type
Out-of-Character Moment
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_8ca20b69
comment
Out-of-Character Moment: In one strip, Calvin asks his dad why the sky is blue and how clouds stay in the air. His dad can't remember why, only being able to guess vaguely and can't answer his questions. Very strange considering his usual glee in deliberately giving Calvin the wrong facts. There is also a time when Susie asks Calvin for the answer on a test, versus the other way around, and Calvin supplies the correct answer, albeit accidentally.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_8ca20b69
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 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_8ca20b69
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_8ca20b69
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_8cf6aa
type
Literal Metaphor
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_8cf6aa
comment
And a more blatant example, after Calvin cannot find the marbles he'd been playing with:
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_8cf6aa
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_8cf6aa
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_8d0785d5
type
Didn't Think This Through
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_8d0785d5
comment
Didn't Think This Through: Calvin, oh so much. He doesn't think about where he's going to go after leaving Earth until Hobbes asks him, and one time when he time travels to pick up a school project when it was done, he forgets the little detail that since he didn't do it in the past, it was not done in the future. When he (and his 8:30 self) attempt to threaten his future (7:30) self to do the project, 7:30 Calvin points out something they forgot: since they were all the same person, the 6:30 (original time traveler) and 8:30 Calvins would have to suffer whatever they did to him. If the 6:30 and 8:30 Hobbeses hadn't decided to write the story on their own, he would have been in trouble. Hobbes, as in the above examples, serves as the voice of reason, but usually not in time to avoid getting pulled into insane antics.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_8d0785d5
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 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_8d0785d5
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 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip)
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_8d0785d5
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_8d1ec905
type
Nose Nuggets
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_8d1ec905
comment
Nose Nuggets: Calvin walks outside in the cold, then wrinkles his nose before making an Aside Glance and saying, "Don't you hate it when your boogers freeze?" Lampshaded in an anthology, where Bill Watterson wrote, "I hope some historian will confirm that I was the first cartoonist to use the word 'booger' in a newspaper comic strip."
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_8d1ec905
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 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_8d1ec905
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1.0
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip)
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_8d1ec905
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_8d4fcaa5
type
Self-Imposed Challenge
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_8d4fcaa5
comment
Self-Imposed Challenge:invoked Provides the page quote, despite it not being a video game:
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_8d4fcaa5
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 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_8d4fcaa5
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 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip)
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_8d4fcaa5
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_8e05350
type
Smart Animal, Average Human
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_8e05350
comment
Smart Animal, Average Human: Played with: Calvin is a reckless six-year-old boy, while his stuffed toy tiger Hobbes is more mature and has more common sense. On the other hand, Calvin has precocious grasp of vocabulary and artistic terminology, while Hobbes is lacking in certain basic areas of study, such as mathematics.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_8e05350
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 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_8e05350
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 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip)
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_8e05350
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_8e0ceaf5
type
Finger in the Mail
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_8e0ceaf5
comment
Finger in the Mail: When Calvin captures Susie's doll, he threatens to do this.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_8e0ceaf5
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 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_8e0ceaf5
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 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip)
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_8e0ceaf5
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_8e7ada2c
type
Technically a Smile
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_8e7ada2c
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Technically a Smile: Calvin does a grotesquely awful/hilarious one for a photograph.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_8e7ada2c
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_8e7ada2c
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_8f23f7e5
type
Horrorscope
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_8f23f7e5
comment
Horrorscope: There's a story arc involving horoscopes. While the first horoscope he reads, "Many of your key policies will be implemented" isn't bad (even though it doesn't come true), his second one, "Opposite sex finds you irresistible" is very much a Horrorscope. (That one doesn't come true either.)
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_8f23f7e5
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_8f23f7e5
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_8f36080d
type
Artistic License – Education
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_8f36080d
comment
Artistic License – Education: The classwork done in Calvin's class ranges from addition to knowing the state capitals, even though it's a first grade class.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_8f36080d
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_8f36080d
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_8f37640a
type
Lies to Children
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_8f37640a
comment
In one strip, Calvin asks his dad why the sky is blue and how clouds stay in the air. His dad can't remember why, only being able to guess vaguely and can't answer his questions. Very strange considering his usual glee in deliberately giving Calvin the wrong facts.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_8f37640a
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_8f37640a
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_906ee78c
type
Alternate Personality Punishment
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_906ee78c
comment
Alternate Personality Punishment: Played for Laughs in one arc where Calvin time-travels two hours into the future in order to pick up his completed homework from his future self at 8:30. Naturally, 8:30 doesn't have it because he went to the future to get it two hours ago, so 6:30 and 8:30 decide it's 7:30 Calvin's fault. They both go to 7:30 to confront that time's Calvin, threatening to beat him up... but 7:30 points out that hitting him means 8:30 Calvin will get hurt too. In the end, they both return to 8:30 to find that 6:30 and 8:30 Hobbeses have done the homework for them (a novelization of the evening's events narrated by Hobbes). Calvin says it made him the laughingstock of the class even if it did get him an A+.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_906ee78c
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_906ee78c
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_90c018ac
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Justified Trope
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_90c018ac
comment
In one comic, Calvin gets an A on an assignment. He pictures the entire city celebrating his achievement with a parade, with the mayor even presenting the key to the city to him. Justified, as Calvin usually performs horribly in school in subjects other than writing.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_90c018ac
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_90c018ac
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_90dd217f
type
Little Known Facts
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_90dd217f
comment
Little Known Facts: Calvin occasionally asks his dad to explain some natural phenomenon, and his dad will draw on his vast knowledge of the real world as a patent attorney... And come up with something completely ludicrous instead. Behold his wisdom! A typical example: Most of the time he just does this to screw with Calvin's head. Watterson has never been a parent, but he imagines parenthood would be filled with this temptation. Granted, he did choose to provide an interesting lecture on relativity, using a record player to illustrate his lesson. Calvin ended up unable to sleep, with his brow knitted from trying to understand that.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_90dd217f
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_90dd217f
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_912b24c4
type
Art Shift
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_912b24c4
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Art Shift: The usual simplistic style was occasionally replaced by a more detailed and realistic style for comedic effect. For example, this was used to create a Soap Opera strip atmosphere (imitating comics like Mary Worth or Apartment 3 G.) Literal-Minded: One Sunday strip was inked only in black and white with no in-between, one drawn with a lack of perspective. Both were lampshaded. Watterson even comments that the real world is drawn cartoony while Calvin's fantasies are realistic, highlighting his perspective.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_912b24c4
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_912b24c4
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_9154b147
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Trailer Park Tornado Magnet
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_9154b147
comment
Trailer Park Tornado Magnet: In one strip where Calvin pretends to be a tornado while messing up his room, the narration reads "The twister searches for a trailer park! Finding one, it touches down!"
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_9154b147
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_9154b147
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_91672d3e
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Children Are Innocent
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_91672d3e
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Children Are Innocent: One running gag is Calvin asking his dad a ludicrous question.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_91672d3e
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_91672d3e
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_92637c08
type
Morality Dial
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_92637c08
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Morality Dial: The "Ethicator" that Calvin added to his second Duplicator.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_92637c08
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_92637c08
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_927b2f11
type
The Bus Came Back
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_927b2f11
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Rosalyn disappeared halfway through the strip's run but returned for one final story arc in September 1995.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_927b2f11
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_927b2f11
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_92b9e234
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Accessory-Wearing Cartoon Animal
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_92b9e234
comment
Accessory-Wearing Cartoon Animal: Hobbes tends to wear scarves during winter... and nothing else. And if he's in the mood to dress up a little, he'll put on a necktie and nothing else. Maybe a sport coat too if it's a really special occasion.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_92b9e234
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_92b9e234
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_93168fb1
type
It's Quiet… Too Quiet
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_93168fb1
comment
It's Quiet… Too Quiet: Calvin's mom on a couple of occasions, has noted that if she doesn't hear from Calvin for a little while (one time she said in fifteen minutes, another time she said two), it means he's probably getting into trouble. She's always right with this assumption. Calvin also tends to go into panic mode when he doesn't see or hear Hobbes, knowing this usually means Hobbes is planning to pounce him.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_93168fb1
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_93168fb1
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_934c7e38
type
Paper Tiger
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_934c7e38
comment
Paper Tiger: Parodied. Calvin asks Hobbes what a paper tiger is. Despite being a tiger himself, Hobbes responds that a paper tiger delivers newspapers. Calvin is thus completely confused by his book that used the term.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_934c7e38
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_934c7e38
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_946a37a3
type
Ignored Aesop
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_946a37a3
comment
Ignored Aesop: Understandable, since Calvin's imagination doesn't really work in such a way as to promote obvious, learnable lessons.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_946a37a3
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_946a37a3
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_95ac8056
type
Wild Take
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_95ac8056
comment
Wild Take: Both Calvin and Hobbes are prone to these.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_95ac8056
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_95ac8056
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_95ef5b0d
type
Symbol Swearing
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_95ef5b0d
comment
Symbol Swearing: Used exactly once, when Calvin spells "be" in Scrabble and is frustrated that it's only worth two points.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_95ef5b0d
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_95ef5b0d
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_9600368d
type
Behind the Black
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_9600368d
comment
Behind the Black: When Calvin cajoles Hobbes into helping him push the car out of the garage and onto the driveway, the car starts sliding backwards, even though according to every single panel, the ground is completely horizontal. Hobbes even says, "The driveway must be slanted downhill!" This is Truth in Television; a subtle grade that people don't really notice can still be enough to cause an improperly braked car to roll.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_9600368d
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_9600368d
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_96b89043
type
Not So Above It All
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_96b89043
comment
Not So Above It All: While Susie is generally more well-behaved than Calvin, even she was impressed with his idea to style his hair with Crisco for Class Picture Day. She even muses out loud that she wished she had some Crisco.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_96b89043
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_96b89043
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_96dea090
type
D.I.Y. Disaster
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_96dea090
comment
D.I.Y. Disaster: Done in two strips: One where Calvin floods the kitchen, the other getting bad enough to where it floods the entire house. The next strip after even makes a Continuity Nod saying Calvin's dad didn't give him dessert because he flooded the house. There's also a story of Calvin's attempt to fix a dripping faucet in the bathroom.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_96dea090
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_96dea090
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_973d220f
type
Never My Fault
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_973d220f
comment
Never My Fault: Calvin will invent entirely new realities rather than admit he made a mistake in this one. He also tends to blame others for his getting in trouble. He's also a big fan of any philosophy that absolves him of responsibility for his actions, such as astrology and fatalism.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_973d220f
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_973d220f
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_9766cac3
type
Curious as a Monkey
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_9766cac3
comment
Curious as a Monkey: Calvin. He throws water on his dad to test his dad's reflexes and drops an expensive compass out of a tree to study gravity.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_9766cac3
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_9766cac3
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_98810274
type
Tree Cover
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_98810274
comment
Tree Cover: Calvin does this a lot, mostly to Susie.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_98810274
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_98810274
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_98bb5d19
type
Mistaken from Behind
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_98bb5d19
comment
Mistaken from Behind: In one strip, Calvin is following his mom around the zoo. When he tugs on her skirt to ask her a question, she turns around... and it's not his mom. In fact, the woman isn't even wearing the same blouse as his mom, only the same skirt.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_98bb5d19
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_98bb5d19
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_98d866ab
type
Ageless Birthday Episode
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_98d866ab
comment
Ageless Birthday Episode: There was an arc where Susie invites Calvin to her birthday party. Her age isn't mentioned, but they all appear to be perpetually 6.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_98d866ab
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_98d866ab
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_993cf18f
type
Not So Different
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_993cf18f
comment
Not So Different: Calvin has gotten this with both Ms. Wormwood (with whom he's been shown to share very similar feelings of frustration and weariness, though for very different reasons) and Rosalyn (who can relate to him and some of his interests surprisingly well, as in some ways she's still a "kid" herself). One strip even had him do this with his mom — she remarks that she hopes that someday, he has a bratty kid to put him through hell, and Calvin snaps back that his maternal grandmother wished the same thing for her.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_993cf18f
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_993cf18f
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_9a6fbae7
type
Hurt Foot Hop
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_9a6fbae7
comment
Hurt Foot Hop: There is a strip where the title characters hear a crashing noise on Christmas Eve and assume it's Santa. They listen to see if they can hear what he's saying. Cut to the living room:
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_9a6fbae7
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 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip)
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_9a6fbae7
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_9afa05c7
type
Family-Unfriendly Death
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_9afa05c7
comment
He also gets pretty traumatized after reading a superhero comic where the superhero gets his spine blown in half. He tries to cope by watching TV, but his mom responds "There's too much violence on TV. Why don't you go read something?"
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_9afa05c7
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_9afa05c7
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_9ba281f0
type
Knighting
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_9ba281f0
comment
Knighting: Parodied here by Calvin's father.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_9ba281f0
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_9ba281f0
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_9bb14eb1
type
Word-Salad Humor
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_9bb14eb1
comment
Word-Salad Humor: The September 1, 1992 strip: "Explain Newton's First Law of Motion in your own words." "Yakka foob mog. Grug pubbawup zink wattoom gazork. Chumble spuzz."
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_9bb14eb1
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_9bb14eb1
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_9bf3470e
type
Santa Claus
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_9bf3470e
comment
Santa Claus: Most Decembers Calvin spends a lot of time thinking about ways to convince Santa that he's been good all year, despite all the evidence to the contrary.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_9bf3470e
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_9bf3470e
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_9c055e85
type
Ghost in the Machine
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_9c055e85
comment
Ghost in the Machine: Several strips depict the inner workings of Calvin's mind and body as being operated by a bunch of miniature doppelgängers.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_9c055e85
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_9c055e85
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_9c47b23b
type
Dirty Communists
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_9c47b23b
comment
Dirty Communists: Parodied when Calvin calls his parents Communists for making him go to bed early, and when he had Hobbes play the part of the "Godless communist oppressor" in a game of war. After all, the strip first ran during the cold war.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_9c47b23b
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_9c47b23b
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_9c8701b5
type
A Day in the Limelight
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_9c8701b5
comment
As the strip went on Watterson broke his own rule, and fleshed Calvin's parents out more and more, sometimes writing strips where Calvin and Hobbes don't appear at all. See A Day in the Limelight. (They still didn't get names, though.)
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_9c8701b5
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_9c8701b5
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_9dab0a6e
type
Continuity Nod
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_9dab0a6e
comment
Done in two strips: One where Calvin floods the kitchen, the other getting bad enough to where it floods the entire house. The next strip after even makes a Continuity Nod saying Calvin's dad didn't give him dessert because he flooded the house.
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_9dab0a6e
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_9dab0a6e
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_9ddf598a
type
Mundane Object Amazement
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_9ddf598a
comment
Mundane Object Amazement: Calvin shares with Hobbes his bafflement at the workings of a toaster — where does the bread go? Calvin digs for buried treasure in the back yard and is thrilled to find rocks, a root, and some grubs: "There's treasure everywhere!"
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_9ddf598a
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_9ddf598a
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_9dfd7154
type
Fridge Logic
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_9dfd7154
comment
Fridge Logic: In-Universe when Calvin decides that he doesn't want to inherit Earth because it's polluted and is leaving. Hobbes asks him: "Really? Where to?"
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_9dfd7154
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Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_9dfd7154
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_9e439584
type
Derailed Fairy Tale
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Derailed Fairy Tale: When Dad is especially annoyed by Calvin's story-time demands, he'll alter the story. One notable example is when the cute Hamster Huey is unexpectedly decapitated.
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Laborious Laziness
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Laborious Laziness: Two examples: In one series, Calvin built a time machine to travel two hours into the future and get a copy of his homework from himself after it was already finished. Predictably, it doesn't work. In another series, Calvin didn't want to make his bed, so he and Hobbes spent all afternoon trying to build a robot to do it for him. They couldn't get the robot to work, but since they spent so long on it, the bed never got made. Mission accomplished!
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Not Now, Kiddo
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Another time, Calvin calls Dad at work, but Dad is very busy and tells Calvin to hang up unless he's calling about something really important. Calvin hangs up, looks at the overflowing sink that is rapidly flooding the kitchen, and decides that this should qualify as "really important" in about 15 minutes.
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Rogues Gallery
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Rogues Gallery: Calvin imagines many of the people he knows as Stupendous Man's enemies: Susie becomes Annoying Girl, Miss Wormwood is the Crab Teacher, Rosalyn mutates into Baby Sitter Girl, and Calvin's Mom is his Arch-Enemy Mom-Lady.
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Merchandise-Driven
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Merchandise-Driven: Defied, at the cost of such hostility that Watterson actually thought about quitting the strip. All those Calvin window stickers you see are infringement. According to this site, the only legal products ever sold (outside of the book collections of the original strips) were two calendars, a Museum of Modern Art t-shirt, and a speech/language textbook, "Teaching with Calvin and Hobbes."
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My God, What Have I Done?
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My God, What Have I Done?: There are times when Calvin realizes his shenanigans have gone too far and he genuinely feels bad about it.
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Afraid of Needles
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Afraid of Needles: When Calvin acts up at the doctor's office, it's usually because he wants to keep the doctor from giving him a shot. Although his behavior is way over the top, this is nonetheless realistic because many children Calvin's age are frightened of needles.
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A Fool for a Client
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A Fool for a Client: Referenced in one strip: after Calvin nearly hits Susie with a snowball, he defends himself by saying "I didn't do it! I never threw that! You can't prove I threw it! Besides, I missed, didn't I?" Cut to Calvin face down in the snow after Susie clobbers him with him saying "The defendant petitions the court for a new trial on the grounds that his lawyer is incompetent" (with Calvin, of course, having been his own "lawyer").
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Mood Whiplash
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Mood Whiplash: The poem "A Nauseous Nocturne" has Calvin, certain that a monster really will get him in the night this time, bidding a sad goodbye to a sleeping Hobbes...only to realize that, wait a second, he has a fearsome tiger in bed with him who he can use to get rid of the monster, whereupon he yells frustratedly at Hobbes to get up. "HEY! WAKE UP, YOU STUPID CRETIN! YOU GONNA SLEEP WHILE I GET EATEN?!" Hobbes wakes up and scares off the monster. Rosalyn's last appearance has her make Calvin an offer, but he's too busy screaming at her to pay attention until she mentions that he'll also be allowed to stay up half an hour past Calvin's bedtime. Cue Calvin instantly sitting down quietly.
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IWantMyJetPack
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I Want My Jet Pack: Occurs in a late-1989 strip when Calvin is vocally disappointed at the lack of technological progress in the new decade:
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EyeTwitch
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Eye Twitch: Farmer Brown experiences one◊ when he sees a train, an airliner, and a massive fissure all headed for his house — right as he (unknowingly) tries lighting a match right next to a gas leak.
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Naked People Are Funny
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Naked People Are Funny: The strip became notorious among some early on for showing Calvin completely in the nude (although usually just from the back.)
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Orifice Invasion
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Orifice Invasion: In one strip, Calvin imagines this is how he gets a 'frog in the throat:'
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Reduced to Dust
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Reduced to Dust: Calvin is playing with Dad's binoculars when he drops them and breaks them. When Hobbes asks how bad the damage was, Calvin reveals a box of dust.
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Rule of Funny
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Rule of Funny: There's no justification in-universe for Calvin's Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness or freakish intelligence in general, Hobbes' Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane nature is never explained, and his classroom curriculum spans the entire elementary school in difficulty. But so what? Certain aspects of Calvin's personality are inconsistent. In particular, in some strips he only wants to play outside, while in others he can't imagine doing anything but watching TV, usually dependent on which one his parents least want him to do, or just for an opportunity to mock television.
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Enfant Terrible
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Enfant Terrible: Calvin, though nowhere near as evil as some others, is still a terror.
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Scandalgate
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Scandalgate: In one strip, where Calvin pretends that his dad is an elected official, he mentions major scandals during his dad's administration, such as "Bedtimegate" and "Homeworkgate."
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Humble Goal
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Humble Goal: In one strip, Hobbes's wish is to have a sandwich. He achieves it. This is contrasted with Calvin, whose more extravagant wish for "a trillion billion dollars, my own space shuttle, and a private continent" goes unfulfilled. Another time, Calvin and Hobbes are outside and Calvin asks Hobbes what he would wish for if he could have anything. Hobbes wishes for "a big sunny field to be in." Calvin points out that Hobbes is already in a sunny field and says he should wish for something big like power or riches. Then he looks at Hobbes napping in the grass and admits that it's hard to argue with someone who looks so happy.
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Scrabble Babble
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Scrabble Babble:
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Large Ham Title
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Large Ham Title: Calvin briefly renames himself "Calvin, Boy of Destiny." Or as he puts it, "Calvin! Boy... of Dessssstiny!"
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Literally Prized Possession
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Literally Prized Possession: In one storyline, Calvin eats multiple boxes of Chocolate-Frosted Sugar Bombs so he can send away for a beanie hat. He then waits for what seems (at least to him) like forever and suffers through trying to assemble it (and the trauma of thinking he broke it), because, being an imaginative kid, he thinks the beanie will enable him to fly. When it doesn't, it comes as a major disappointment.
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Karma Houdini
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Karma Houdini: Everyone but Calvin, although Moe is the most egregious example. He constantly tortures Calvin, despite being the only character to whom Calvin never does anything that would warrant such behavior. Although at times Calvin insults Moe anyway, figuring that, if he's going to get beaten, he might as well get the most out of it.
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Imagine Spot
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Defied in an early strip actually depicts Calvin's parents setting out presents for him on Christmas. Some Imagine Spots depict Santa Claus, but there is never any proof given that Santa Claus might be real.
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Uncool Undies
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Uncool Undies: One storyline starts when Calvin rips the back of his pants open on the playground, exposing his underwear.
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Obfuscating Stupidity
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Obfuscating Stupidity: Possibly Calvin. His philosophical discussions imply that he's smarter than his grades indicate and he once told Susie that he found life easier the lower he kept everyone's expectations when she questioned why he was happy about getting a 'C' on a test. Lampshaded in one strip where Calvin (he's only 6 years old) explains to his mother the complicated notion that black holes create a depression in space so that other objects "roll" towards them... and then adds "Speaking of gravity, I dropped a pitcher of lemonade in the kitchen when my roller blades slipped." While grinding her teeth and cleaning up the mess, his mom wonders how he can be so smart and yet so dumb.
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RealLife
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Also admitted in Real Life regarding dinosaurs: Watterson had been drawing them based on half-remembered books from the 1960's (i.e. as tail-dragging, shambling behemoths) originally, but updated them as science had advanced.
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Adults Are Useless
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Adults Are Useless: In the arc when Calvin joins the school baseball team, the coach gives Calvin no instruction, is rather abrasive, and doesn't object in the slightest when Calvin wants to quit.
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Bee Afraid
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Bee Afraid: Calvin has a lot of painful encounters with bees and hornets and other stinging insects. Of course, he brings some of them upon himself by throwing rocks at their nests.
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Warrior Poet
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Warrior Poet: Parodied, as Calvin takes his snowball and water balloon fights very seriously. See quote above at Little Miss Snarker.
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Look Both Ways
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Look Both Ways: The exact theme in a road safety poster contest that Calvin enters, to which his slogan is "Be careful or be roadkill!" While his father's suggested slogan is just a full-sentence rant about something else entirely but still related to road safety, his mother's is something much more coherent and tamer:
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Forged Message
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Forged Message: Calvin attempts to leave school using a forged note signed by the President ("P.S.: Really."). Naturally, this fails.
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Tickertape Parade
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Tickertape Parade: In one comic, Calvin has an Imagine Spot where he's thrown a tickertape parade for getting an A.
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Lopsided Dichotomy
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Lopsided Dichotomy: From a Tracer Bullet story: Another earlier in the series:
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Fun with Flushing
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Fun with Flushing: Calvin has an elaborate strip where he flushes a toy boat down the toilet. In another one, he and Hobbes dip the dangling paper from the roll into the toilet and flush it. At one point, Calvin himself gets into the toilet bowl, flushes himself around in circles, and then informs his mother that he'd finished his "bath." There was also the time he threatened to flush Rosalyn's school notes.
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No-Sell
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No-Sell: While Calvin's parents — and especially his mom — will occasionally indulge in his fantasies and games, there are also times when they simply refuse to put up with his bad attitude and ignore him. In one strip, Calvin covers himself with a cardboard box and pretends to be a robot probe from Jupiter in an attempt to steal some chocolate from the pantry. Calvin's mom doesn't even look up from her coffee and tells him no, then remarks "Go back to Jupiter, X-3 whatever" when he threatens her with a dart gun. Calvin once claimed to have a stick of dynamite (really a hot dog with some string attached) and threatened to blow the house up if he didn't get cookies. His mom saw through the ruse, scolded him for wasting food without even acknowledging what he said, and threw him outside.
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Seesaw Catapult
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Seesaw Catapult: The trope's page image is from a comic in which Hobbes turns Calvin's improvised skateboard ramp into a catapult with expert timing. In another strip, Calvin tries to use this mechanism to launch a giant snowball. The predictable result is that he gets a facefull of snow himself. The result is the current page image for I Meant to Do That. In yet another strip, Calvin tries to use the same configuration to make a springboard so that he can jump into a pile of leaves. Predicably, the rock that he uses as a counterweight flies up and hits him in the head.
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Private Eye Monologue
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Private Eye Monologue: Tracer Bullet.
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Little Professor Dialog
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Little Professor Dialog: One of the prime examples of this trope, to the point where it almost becomes a Running Gag. Watterson explained in one author's foreword that his favorite thing about Calvin was "his ability to precisely articulate stupid ideas."
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Idiosyncratic Episode Naming
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Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: The three treasury volumes of the comic are, in order, The Essential, Authoritative, and Indispensable Calvin & Hobbes, each re-collecting two books apiece up to Scientific Progress Goes Boink.
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Halfway Plot Switch
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Halfway Plot Switch: A few story arcs did this... The "Yukon Ho" story arc from 1987 started out with Calvin and Hobbes attempting to secede from the family and strike out for the Yukon. But a while into the journey they fight, and Calvin heads back for home leaving Hobbes on his own. Then when it gets dark, Calvin realizes Hobbes is still out there and sets out to find him, and the plot is now about trying to find Hobbes in the woods. A spring 1989 story arc had Calvin and his parents go to a wedding, accidentally leaving Hobbes behind due to Calvin putting up a fuss about going, which Calvin keeps complaining about. When they return the next day, they find that their house was robbed, and the mood and plot suddenly changes, with the parents shaken up badly by the break-in, though once Calvin finds Hobbes (he was under the bed covers), he finds the whole robbery exciting... until he learns the television was stolen. The story arc after that (and the longest in the strip's run) had Calvin and Hobbes setting up their secret club G.R.O.S.S., but then when they decide to use the garage for their clubhouse, an attempt to push Calvin's mom's car out accidentally sends it rolling into ditch, and then Calvin and Hobbes attempt to run away from home after what they did to avoid getting in trouble. In a late 1989 story arc, Calvin is trying to do his homework when gravity reverses, causing him to get stuck on the ceiling. Just after everything reverts to normal (halfway into the arc), he starts to grow bigger and bigger until he falls off the Milky Way Galaxy. As he puts it, "this has been a very peculiar afternoon." The 10th anniversary book has Watterson admitting that the story was "weird for weirdness' sake".
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Know Your Vines
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Know Your Vines: After Calvin utterly fails a report on plants, he angrily asks what good it does to identify plants while holding a branch. Hobbes then replies "I believe that's poison sumac you're holding."
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Oh, Crap!
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In one of their "Time-Traveling Box" adventures, the duo encounter dinosaurs. Hobbes finds one, and asks what kind of dinosaur it is. Calvin turns around, then recognizes what type it is, and shouts "AN ALLOSAUR!" Hobbes doesn't get it.
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Trademark Favorite Food
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Trademark Favorite Food: Hobbes loves tuna note salmon in later strips, Calvin likes Chocolate Frosted Sugar Bombs. Mom loves coffee, and it's implied that Dad likes healthy food, if for its benefits if not its taste.
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Cut-and-Paste Note
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Cut-and-Paste Note: One story arc played it straight by having Hobbes cut up Calvin's Mom's magazines and send Calvin insults in the mail. Another gloriously subverts it when Calvin does the same... and the signs his note in the same manner, destroying the purpose of the anonymity.
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P.O.V. Cam
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P.O.V. Cam: Ever wonder what it would be like to go sledding with Calvin?
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Deadpan Snarker
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Deadpan Snarker: Calvin's dad and Hobbes, though virtually every character has their moments. Hobbes especially. Calvin's dad doesn't seem to be sarcastic as frequently. Nearly everyone gets some snark now and then. Even a freakin' Ouija Board gets its moment.
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Kids Prefer Boxes
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Kids Prefer Boxes: In addition to using cardboard boxes to make all sorts of devices, one time Calvin sent away for a motorized propeller beanie. When it finally arrives, he kicks it away after realizing that it doesn't let him fly around town as he had imagined and prefers to play with the cool cardboard box it came in instead.
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Informed Flaw
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Informed Flaw: In one comic, it's claimed Susie eats sandwiches by taking them apart and eating each ingredient separately. Not only is this never referenced again, several later comics show Susie eating her sandwich normally.
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Sneeze of Doom
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Sneeze of Doom: Done in one strip, where Calvin sneezes so hard that he launches himself into space, and then sends himself back with another sneeze. There's also this one strip where Calvin's head explodes from a particularly violent sneeze. Turns out, he was pretending.
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Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot
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Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: "Tyrannosaurs in F-14s!!" He once doodled in the margins of his new school textbook, creating an animated flip sequence in which "T-Rex drives the Batmobile and explodes."
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Unsound Effect
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Unsound Effect: Calvin's galoshes going "galosh galosh galosh", for one, which causes him to stop and look up in confusion. Inverted in another strip, where he and Hobbes go spelunking... That is, heaving rocks into a pond so they go "spelunk!"
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Film Noir
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Film Noir: Tracer Bullet's adventures are parodies of stock noir plots.
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Be Careful What You Wish For
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Be Careful What You Wish For: Bill Watterson experienced this trope once he was allowed to design his own formats for the Sunday strips. It turned out to be rather difficult, especially since the strip had to provide a logical path for the reader's eye. Watterson noted that Sunday strips with the new format took two or three times longer to draw than strips with the old format. It strikes Calvin's mother In-Universe when he's feeling sick at 2 AM. This trope also kicks off the "snow goons" story arc, when Calvin makes a snowman and commands it to come to life.
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I Ate WHAT?!
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I Ate WHAT?!: Some of the "dinner table" strips have an amusing variation on this trope, in which Calvin is more likely to eat his dinner if he is told it's made from some revolting ingredient (i.e., being told grains of rice are maggots, or that stuffed peppers are stewed monkey heads) and less likely if he finds out it isn't.
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Loophole Abuse
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Loophole Abuse: When asked to explain Newton's First Law of Motion in his own words, he answers the question by interpreting the requirement touse "his own words"... creatively: Another example: When Calvin's mother tells him to get in the tub, he does so — fully clothed, without running any water. She closes the loophole pretty quickly though.
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Retcon
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Retcon: A subtle one. In the comic's first strip we see Calvin captured Hobbes in a tiger-trap. Later comics would occasionally reference Hobbes having known Calvin since he was a baby, implying the two have been together for far longer. The reason is probably because Watterson later regretted showing Calvin and Hobbes meeting for the first time and thought the comic might've been stronger not showing it. That being said, it's also safe to assume Calvin "catching" Hobbes was just another one of their many role-plays.
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Intellectual Animal
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Intellectual Animal: Hobbes. "There are times when it's a source of great personal pride to not be human."
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Nightmarish Factory
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Nightmarish Factory: Calvin imagines his stomach to be like this, with gut flora wading waist-deep in a vat of acid set into a dungeon floor, breaking food down with sticks, and getting blown to pieces every time he belches.
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Flowery Elizabethan English
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Flowery Elizabethan English: Calvin begins imagining people talking like this after being forced to watch some Shakespeare on TV.
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Triangle Shades
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Another strip involves Calvin trying on Triangle Shades, only for his mom to refuse to buy them.
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Spoof Aesop
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Spoof Aesop: All over the place. The lesson Calvin learned about the snow goon incident was "Snow goons are bad news." He then lampshades that one with a comment to the effect that he prefers morals that don't actually suggest a change to his behavior.
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Colony Drop
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Colony Drop: Imaginary version during one of Calvin's daydreams. Spaceman Spiff uses his Flying Saucer's grappling hook to drag one uninhabited planet into another "For Science!!" (He's trying to add 5+6, It Makes Sense in Context.)
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Squick
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In one strip, Mom tells Calvin that the icky stuff on his plate is monkey brains in order to get him to eat it. But now Dad can't eat it because it Squicks him out.
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Everyone Has Standards
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Everyone Has Standards: Despite the rather minuscule nature of Calvin's good side, he never tries to actually hurt someone, and is always remorseful over any harm resulting.
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Tough Room
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Tough Room: With Calvin's outstanding, if grotesque, talent with snow sculptures, you would think some people would be interested in coming around to see what he's created that winter. Furthermore, perhaps some local reporter would have come around to take pictures, which perhaps could be circulated more widely to show a young boy showing such sophisticated creativity.
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Epic Fail
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Epic Fail: Calvin's report on bats, which he thought was excellently and professionally worked on, turned out to be this. As a matter of fact, the story arc ends with this exchange:
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Toon Physics
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Stupendous Man flew to a tree branch ten feet above the ground to drop a snowball witnesses state was the size of a bowling ball onto Susie Derkins. A cubic foot of well-packed snow weighs over twenty pounds. How could Calvin possibly have gotten it up a tree — much less dropped it onto Susie's head — without her noticing his presence in a red superhero costume with ground-trailing cape? Although skeptics could suggest that a combination of Toon Physics and Rule of Funny were at play.
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Added Alliterative Appeal
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Added Alliterative Appeal: Often found in the Spaceman Spiff and Stupendous Man storylines. Zorched by Zarches, Spaceman Spiff's crippled craft crashes on Planet Plootarg! Zounds! The zealous Zarches have followed Spiff to the planet's surface to finish him off! YES! It's... STUPENDOUS MAN! Friend of freedom! Opponent of oppression! Lover of liberty! With stupendous powers of reasoning, the caped combatant concludes there's no need for homework if there's no school tomorrow! STUPENDOUS MAN has the strength of a million mortal men! Give up! With muscles of magnitude, STUPENDOUS MAN fights with heroic resolve!
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Take That!
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Take That!: Bill Watterson has used Calvin and Hobbes to mock modern art, art criticism, and superhero comic books. Either Calvin uses phrases copied verbatim from art journals to describe his snow men, or his breathless praises of comic books as an art form are interrupted by comments like: "Oh no, Captain Steroid's getting his kidneys punched out with an I-beam!" Watterson's career peaked during The Dark Age of Comic Books, which likely influenced his opinions quite a bit, but as to why he didn't seek out fellow "comics can be art" proponents such as Dave Sim and Scott McCloud and join up with the Graphic Novel movement is a mystery. Watterson directed a few Take Thats at Garfield creator Jim Davis over the years. In a rare 1987 interview, he harshly condemned Davis' comic strip U.S. Acres, calling it stupid and badly done. In The Calvin and Hobbes Tenth Anniversary Book, Watterson extensively discusses why he hates merchandising, and how it robs a comic strip of its heart and soul. He even writes about how a cartoonist risks becoming a "factory foreman," remarking on how he went into cartooning "to draw cartoons, not to run a corporate empire." He disgustedly remarks on how he would have sold out his own creation if he'd done this. Given the context, it was pretty clear who he was talking about. Granted, since Jim Davis stated that he created Garfield for the purpose of making money, and probably didn't intend there to be much of that deeper significance in which Watterson puts so much stock, it's unlikely that Watterson would have liked it anyway. Bill Watterson's foreword to Bill Amend's first FoxTrot book is an extended take that against Jim Davis. For example, Watterson champions Quincy the Iguana for not thinking "the cute thoughts that quickly get most comic strip animals in the greeting card business." Watterson had Calvin reading from Chewing, a magazine that rated chewing gums in excruciating detail (e.g., "[T]he top five brands of chewing gum based on flavor retention, elasticity, bubble capacity, and chewing rebound,") offered advice for chewing it, and otherwise was a spot-on parody of every review mag. Specifically, Watterson based Chewing off a lot of bicycling magazines he'd read. Watterson made several strips with subtle jabs at his editors and the syndication people. There is a Take That related to Calvin and Hobbes, although not in the strip itself. For strips in Bloom County that parodied cartoon cats that featured characters such as Garfield and Hobbes, Bill Watterson retaliated hilariously with this comic◊. In response Berkeley Breathed said this: In one comic Calvin talks about wanting to be a talk radio host. It ends with him saying "Imagine getting paid to act like a six-year-old!" The strip in question was published in 1994, right around when Rush Limbaugh was first beginning to attract a wide audience. Watterson has very choice words about his disdain for "graphic novels" in the collection books. Given what Watterson says about the term "graphic novel" in the Tenth Anniversary Book, it's possible he had a very cynical viewpoint of the term and had his impressions of comic books too colored by the contemporary examples he had in front of him to listen to anyone talking about it being a legitimate art form. In one strip, he also took a jab at comic book collectors of the time, which eventually became vindicated by the comic industry crash of the mid-90's, which was in part caused by the oversaturation of the market with worthless "collectors" comics. Watterson makes it clear in the collection books that the appeal of sports is completely lost on him, which is also best summed up by the cruel treatment Calvin goes through during the baseball arc. In one comic, Watterson takes a jab at DEVO and their 'Easy-Listening Muzak.'
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Too Dumb to Live
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Too Dumb to Live: Day after day, Calvin would announce his return from school at the front door with a loud "I'M HO-OME!" ...Only to realize too late (if he remembered at all) that this was always the signal for Hobbes to violently pounce on him. (The few times he tried to change the outcome, his plan would either not work or would backfire in a horribly unexpected way.) Except for one time, Calvin yells "I'm home!" before opening the door. Hobbes instinctively jumps and crashes his head into the door. Calvin happily walks in without injury. That's light compared to Calvin's other bone-headed stunts. He once tried to fly with construction paper feathers taped to his arms and had Hobbes throw him off a cliff, where he crashed PAINFULLY. Next he jumped out of his bedroom window using a bed sheet as a make-shift parachute thinking he'll float down. He doesn't, and falls like a rock, right onto ROSE BUSHES.
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Author Filibuster
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Author Filibuster: Shows up in quite a few strips, particularly near the end of the comic's run, usually dealing with some issue Watterson had with corporate policy getting in the way of art, or how modern society couldn't appreciate nature or the power of the imagination.
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Cue the Rain
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Cue the Rain: A camping trip that no one but Calvin's dad is looking forward to and it starts raining upon arrival. Calvin's dad Comically Misses The Point. And it stops raining the exact moment they decide to leave. In another strip, Calvin has a very bad day at school that ends with him missing the bus and having to walk home. And that's when it starts raining.
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Dysfunctional Family
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Dysfunctional Family: Calvin's family qualifies as one. Dad gets enjoyment out of mundane activities, Mom is constantly driven to her wit's end by both her son and her husband, and let's not get started on Calvin.
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Hypocritical Humor
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Hypocritical Humor: Has its own page.
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Eleventy Zillion
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Eleventy Zillion: When Calvin is having trouble with his homework, Hobbes tells him that the problem requires calculus and imaginary numbers, such as "eleventeen" and "thirty-twelve." (Imaginary numbers are a real mathematical concept, but this isn't how they work.) And just to put the cherry on top, the question is eleven plus seven. In one strip, Calvin and Hobbes are discussing the value of nature and wildlife. When Hobbes suggests that "we need to start putting prices on the priceless," Calvin replies, "Yeah. If our woods are worth a zillion jillion bagillion, think what Alaska is worth."
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Scary Librarian
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Scary Librarian: Discussed in one strip, though it seems in reality, the worst they may have done is give a Death Glare.
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Glowing Eyes of Doom
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Hobbes occasionally has his eyes glow in the dark when hunting Calvin, crossing this over with Glowing Eyes of Doom.
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Wanting Is Better Than Having
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Wanting Is Better Than Having: Invoked by Hobbes when Calvin sent away for a motorized propeller beanie. While he restlessly waits the six weeks for the beanie to arrive, Calvin keeps dreaming about how he'll be able to use it to fly around the neighborhood. When it arrives, it turns out to be an ordinary beanie with a propeller. Another has the pair on one of their dangerous wagon-riding adventures while Calvin argues that having is much better than wanting, and he can't think of anything he would rather have later than right away. Hobbes says: "Death comes to mind" as the wagon careens off a cliff. In another strip, Calvin muses on the idea that when you get something it's new and exciting, but that when you have something it's old and boring, concluding that it's important to keep getting new things. Hobbes remarks: "I feel like I'm in some advertiser's dream." One Sunday strip had Dad try to instill this moral to Calvin while waiting for the charcoal in the grill to get hot. Calvin, being 6 years old and virtually incapable of patience, disagreed. The second-to-last Rosalyn arc sees Calvin locking her out of the house and getting the night to himself he always wanted... only to learn the hard way that ultimately wasn't worth the inevitable consequences.
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Thought-Aversion Failure
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Thought-Aversion Failure:
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Transformation Ray
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Transformation Ray: The various Transmogrifiers.
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I Can Explain
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I Can Explain: Calvin panics as he tries to explain to his mother what he thinks Miss Wormwood told her. He almost confesses to the Noodle Incident in doing so, which his mother didn't even know about. Averted in a strip where Calvin is hammering nails into the living room table. His mother freaks and demands to know what he's doing, to which he simply retorts: "Is this a trick question?"
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It's All About Me
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It's All About Me: Calvin, very much so. While he'll occasionally show concern for others, for animals (the little raccoon), or for the environment, the majority of strips show Calvin only thinking about himself.
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Cats Are Snarkers
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Cats Are Snarkers: Hobbes the tiger (whom according to Watterson is based on a gray tabby cat Watterson owned) is arguably the snarkiest character in the comic. And that's saying a lot.
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Splash of Color
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Splash of Color: The final strip places the brightly-colored title characters against a white snowscape.
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Bambification
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Bambification: Inverted in a strip where a pack of rifle-toting deer shoot a cubicle worker.
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 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_bc74ef27
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Berserk Button
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Berserk Button: Calvin may never live down the Noodle Incident (or possibly was innocent for a change and cannot prove it; even Santa isn't sure what exactly happened), and hates it when Hobbes teases him about it. He also doesn't like being reminded about his height (see The Napoleon below). He also explodes whenever Hobbes suggests that he likes Susie, and when his good duplicate starts sending Susie mushy notes. This trope also applies to Watterson himself. Let's just say that he really does not like other people making money off of his creation.
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UnfortunateName
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Fan works often follow this rule, several famously giving him a daughter with the Unfortunate Name of Bacon.
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Midair Motion Shot
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Midair Motion Shot: Both Calvin's wagon and the family car are often shown bouncing in the air to suggest motion (especially in earlier years.)
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Negative Continuity
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Negative Continuity Spaceman Spiff apparently suffocates to death in one of Calvin's daydreams, but still reappears later on. Then again, it is just a daydream...
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To Serve Man
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To Serve Man: Spaceman Spiff sometimes views aliens as this. One time he finds out that a certain planet's McZargald's has served over 75 million Earthlingburgers. "Goldilocks and the Three Tigers", a story Hobbes wrote, ends with the tigers eating Goldilocks.
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Brain with a Manual Control
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Brain with a Manual Control: Two strips portray Calvin as a giant robot run by tiny versions of himself, running around in a panic because he's falling or having no clue what his dreams are supposed to mean.
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Perfectly Cromulent Word
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Perfectly Cromulent Word: Calvin has a vocabulary that any adult would be proud of, but that doesn't stop him from making up words when the opportunity arises.
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Happily Married
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Happily Married: Calvin's parents. Most of the time, anyway...
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Aerial Canyon Chase
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Aerial Canyon Chase: One strip parodies this concept as Calvin imagining his mother as the alien battleship.
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Black Bead Eyes
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Black Bead Eyes: The normal state of the characters' eyes, although they can turn into normal eyes when a particular expression calls for them.
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Against My Religion
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Against My Religion: Calvin tries this when asked to add two to seven.
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The '80s
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The '80s: The strip began in this era, as you can guess by the occasional nods to the Cold War. It ran for a whole decade, and you'll occasionally see references to contemporary technology and social issues. Calvin often expresses frustration with his parents being behind the times.
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Snowball Fight
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Snowball Fight: A recurring trope, most often Calvin vs. Hobbes or Susie.
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Fun with Acronyms
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Fun with Acronyms: G.R.O.S.S.: Get Rid Of Slimy girlS, Calvin's no girls allowed club.
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By the Lights of Their Eyes
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By the Lights of Their Eyes: The monsters under Calvin's bed usually are only heard and not seen, but in a few strips their eyes were visible this way. On one occasion the monster's fingers also appear reaching out of the dark, overlapping with Nightmare Fuel. Hobbes occasionally has his eyes glow in the dark when hunting Calvin, crossing this over with Glowing Eyes of Doom.
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Big
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Big "NO!": In one strip, Calvin's dad says that he has just fixed up Calvin's bicycle, and asks if he wants to learn how to ride it. Cue Calvin shouting "NO-O-O-O-O-O!!" in letters so big that they take up nearly half of a double-width panel.
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Irony
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Irony: The very first mention of "Hamster Huey and the Gooey Kablooie," which becomes Calvin's favorite book.
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No, You
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No, You: On Calvin's photograph of Hobbes:
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Formally Named Pet
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Formally Named Pet: Susie's stuffed rabbit Mr. Bun.
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Felony Misdemeanor
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Felony Misdemeanor: Expulsion from G.R.O.S.S. can be done for such things as cavorting with the enemy (Susie)... or singing the anthem ahead of schedule.
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Insane Troll Logic
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Insane Troll Logic: Calvin loves this type of logic. When he's doing a report on bats, he classifies them as bugs because they fly, they're ugly, and they're hairy. He also says he'll get an A on his paper because he's using a "professional" clear plastic binder. Calvin also protests going to school because if ignorance is bliss, then his education is a violation of his right to the pursuit of happiness. He puts on a patriotic, American Revolution-esque shtick, and when his teacher chases him as he tries to leave the classroom, he yells "Monarchists!"
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Modern Stasis
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Modern Stasis: Spoofed in a strip from early 1990, which begins with Hobbes remarking that The '80s are over and The Nineties have begun. But Calvin is unimpressed, because there are still no flying cars or moon colonies, and humans still haven't learned how to control the weather. Hobbes notes that "The problem with the future is it keeps turning into the present."
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Enemy Without
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Enemy Without / Evil Twin: Subverted and inverted. In one arc, Calvin creates a duplicate of himself to do his chores, but the duplicate is too much like him and refuses to help. Then it gets him in a bunch of trouble, not because it's more evil than him, but because it knows it can have fun and the original Calvin will get all the blame. In a later arc, Calvin manages to duplicate only the good side of his personality, who then masquerades as Calvin while the real article gets to slack off. (Running Gag: "If you're Calvin's good side, you ought to be a lot smaller.") This goes better, until the good duplicate tries writing romantic poetry for Susie, to the original's horror. The good duplicate eventually gets so frustrated with the original that it stops being good and just self-destructs.
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Identical Panel Gag
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Identical Panel Gag: In one strip, Calvin tells Hobbes about his grandfather, who complains that modern comic strips are "nothing but a bunch of xeroxed talking heads." Every panel in the strip is the same two-shot of Calvin and Hobbes, with only the speech bubbles changing. (Although, on closer inspection, there are enough tiny differences to show that each "identical" panel was actually drawn separately.)
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Shout-Out
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Shout Out: Has its own page.
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Description Cut
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Description Cut: Here.
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Toxic Waste Can Do Anything
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Toxic Waste Can Do Anything: Referenced in a comic where Calvin's dad gets him to eat his Mom's cooking by telling him that it is "toxic waste that will turn [him] into a mutant".
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Informed Ability
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Informed Ability: Played for Laughs with Calvin's imaginary alter ego Spaceman Spiff. He's constantly described as a tremendous pilot, superb marksman and all round brilliant space explorer, but pretty much every story about him begins as his ship is crashing and/or he's captured by aliens. His "Death-Ray Blaster" also tends to be utterly useless, because in real life it's actually a squirt gun. Spaceman Spiff's piloting is also lampshaded in one strip: "The intrepid Spaceman Spiff is stranded on a distant planet! ...our hero ruefully acknowledges that this happens fairly frequently." Same with Stupendous Man; after yet another blunder, Hobbes asks Calvin if Stupendous Man ever won any battle. Calvin replies they are all "moral victories".
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Mammoths Mean Ice Age
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Mammoths Mean Ice Age: In one of Calvin's Imagine Spots, a sudden ice age hits the world overnight, covering it in ice and snow and providing excellent sledding opportunities. Calvin realizes what is going on when he sees, besides a glacier covering a large part of his town, a herd of woolly mammoths passing by his house.
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No Name Given
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No Name Given: Calvin's last name, and the names of his parents. Susie Derkins is the only major character with both a first and a last name. Several minor characters who don't appear but are only mentioned, and then usually just the once, have full names: This includes three of Calvin's classmates and the author of his favorite book. Watterson once commented that he invoked this with Calvin's parents because the strip is presented from Calvin's viewpoint, and as such his parents are only important as his parents. Part of the reason that Uncle Max never made any further appearances in the strip was that Watterson found it awkward that Max couldn't refer to Calvin's parents by their names.
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Cloudcuckoolander
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Cloudcuckoolander: Calvin. His vivid imagination makes him a bit of a goof.
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Lame Pun Reaction
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Lame Pun Reaction: Calvin explains to Hobbes that he's taking a toy telephone into the woods to "try some bird calls." The next thing we know, the receiver's been wedged into his mouth and the cord is wrapped around his head and body by Hobbes. In another strip: In yet another strip, Calvin tells this joke to Hobbes: "What do you get when you cross a cantaloupe with Lassie? A mellon-collie baby!" Hobbes is not amused. Calvin laments that he doesn't have anywhere to dock his toy boat. When Hobbes remarks that Calvin is "a friend without pier" and suggests that he's "under a lot of pier pressure," Calvin responds: "Is there something wrong with you?".
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Fake Rabies
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Fake Rabies: Calvin made an attempt to fool his mom into thinking he was rabid using toothpaste foam. She didn't fall for it; he leaves considering the possibility that "Maybe Dad will fall for it if I bite him first."
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Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane
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Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: The existence of Hobbes. Is he real, or an Imaginary Friend? Debate on this question rages on, though Watterson has said it misses the point and Hobbes' nature is a matter of perspective. Some of the more surreal events of the strip. Was Calvin actually abducted by aliens and replaced by a robot double? Did he truly hijack the spaceship of a shape-shifting alien who took his place? How about the Snow Goons? Or the monsters under his bed? They could all be credited to Calvin's imagination, but there's never any proof that they're not real. Hobbes once wrote a good story for Calvin's homework assignment, and Calvin honestly had no idea what it was about until he read it to his class, though critics use this as proof of Calvin being mentally ill. Stupendous Man flew to a tree branch ten feet above the ground to drop a snowball witnesses state was the size of a bowling ball onto Susie Derkins. A cubic foot of well-packed snow weighs over twenty pounds. How could Calvin possibly have gotten it up a tree — much less dropped it onto Susie's head — without her noticing his presence in a red superhero costume with ground-trailing cape? Although skeptics could suggest that a combination of Toon Physics and Rule of Funny were at play. The incident that most fans point to is the time that Calvin asks Hobbes to tie him to a chair so that he can break free. Calvin is tied so tight that his parents are stumped as to how he got himself into the situation, despite Calvin's insistence that Hobbes did it. There are several strange things that have little explanation other than that Hobbes is real. As in photographic evidence. When Calvin took a picture of Hobbes "pouncing" on him, it was indeed a picture of Hobbes flying through the air with seemingly no outside force (possibly a friend could have thrown him, but of course Calvin has no friends.) Hobbes once took a photo of Calvin while the boy was sneezing. There was no way Calvin could do this by himself — setting the time right would be nigh-impossible and we can see Calvin's hands in the photo. Heck, it makes Hobbes pretty impressive; catching someone mid-sneeze would be an impressive feat for a professional photographer. That said, no one else except Calvin and Hobbes sees the photo so one could still say the picture was imaginary. The one scene where Susie sees Calvin fighting Hobbes, and losing. Even she admits that she can't explain that one. There's the time that Hobbes was missing, and Susie found him, and decided to hold a tea party with him. Enter Calvin, asking Susie if she's seen Hobbes, and rushing over to thank her, kissing her hand. Now, Calvin was in front of Susie the whole time, in her line of sight. But when she turns back to her tea party? There's Calvin's bicycle. He's clearly terrified of it and convinced that it wants to kill him. An easy explanation is that he's creating malicious fantasies to justify his fear of falling off the bike, yet on one occasion, he actually found it "hiding" in his room in an apparent ambush. Could Calvin have overcome his fear enough to move his bike in order to set up an imaginary attack, and then seemingly repressed the memory of having done so, when he normally runs away from it as a matter of course? On the other hand, it's incredibly convenient that Calvin's fantastical escapades never line up with what anyone else is seeing or end just as someone else comes into the situation. When Calvin's been transmogrified his mom still sees him as a regular boy, occasionally Hobbes gets cleaned in the washing machine and stitched back up despite Calvin thinking of him as a real tiger, when he showed his dad pictures of dinosaurs he took when he went back in time to the Jurassic, they just looked like plastic toy dinosaurs to him, during the arc where his personal gravity is reversed, he suddenly and inexplicably reverts back to normal the moment his mom appears, in the arc where Stupendous Man supposedly "vaporized" Calvin's school still followed up with Calvin continuing to go to the same school afterwards, it goes on and on.
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