History Comicstrip / CalvinAndHobbes

14th May '17 2:41:58 PM Maddoxsort
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* AuthorTract: Admit it- half the things Calvin and Hobbes say sound ''way'' too educated and ideological for childlike mindsets. Sometimes, it's like listening to grumpy old philosophical men trapped in youthful bodies.

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* AuthorTract: Admit it- 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.
14th May '17 2:36:35 PM Maddoxsort
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* AuthorTract: Admit it- half the things Calvin and Hobbes say sound ''way'' too educated and ideological for childlike mindsets. Sometimes, it's like listening to grumpy old philosophical men trapped in youthful bodies.
12th May '17 7:16:46 PM Fireblood
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* IRejectYourReality: Calvin can be quotes thus: "It's not denial. I'm just selective about the reality I accept."
29th Apr '17 2:18:27 AM MorganWick
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* WhamLine: The infamous burglary storyline, when the family returns from their trip.

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* WhamLine: The infamous burglary storyline, 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.trip...



''Calvin:''' The window's smashed! Look at the glass!\\

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''Calvin:''' '''Calvin:''' The window's smashed! Look at the glass!\\
28th Apr '17 10:23:56 AM KizunaTallis
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* ImaginaryFriend: Hobbes.
** Maybe. See NotSoImaginaryFriend below.

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* ImaginaryFriend: Hobbes.
** Maybe.
Hobbes. ''Maybe''. See NotSoImaginaryFriend below.



** One strip even had him do this with his mom--she remarks that he 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.

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** One strip even had him do this with his mom--she remarks that he 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.



** Possibly averted with Mr. Bun, Susie's rabbit doll, who Hobbes remarks on as being "comatose."

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** Possibly averted with Mr. Bun, Susie's rabbit doll, who Hobbes remarks on as being looking "comatose."



** Perhaps the most obvious example of their mutual crush is when Calvin sends Susie an offensive valentine, to which she replies by shouting and hitting him. 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."

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** Perhaps the most obvious example of their mutual crush is when Calvin sends Susie an offensive valentine, a "hate-mail" valentine and a bouquet of dead flowers, to which she replies by shouting yelling at him and hitting him. him with a snowball. As she's walking away, she smiles and thinks "A Valentine and flowers! He ''likes'' me," me!" while Calvin simultaneously thinks, "She noticed! She ''likes'' me."



* OtherMeAnnoysMe: Calvin's duplicator-plus-ethicator.

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* OtherMeAnnoysMe: Calvin's duplicator-plus-ethicator."Good Duplicate".



* OverlyLongScream: Calvin [[http://www.gocomics.com/calvinandhobbes/1990/03/28 does one upon learning that he is going to have Rosalyn as his baby sitter]].

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* OverlyLongScream: Calvin [[http://www.gocomics.com/calvinandhobbes/1990/03/28 does one upon learning that he is going to have Rosalyn as his baby sitter]].babysitter]].



* ParentsAsPeople: 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 snow 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 wilderness vacations 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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* ParentsAsPeople: 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 snow snowmen so he'll be late to work.) 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 wilderness vacations 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.



** To some fans, ''ComicStrip/PhoebeAndHerUnicorn'' is seen as a {{Gender Flip}}ped version of ''Calvin and Hobbes''.



-->'''Hobbes:''' Oh, what the heck. I'll take it anyway.

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-->'''Hobbes:''' [[TheAntiNihilist Oh, what the heck. I'll take it anyway.]]
27th Apr '17 1:44:34 PM NekoHybrid
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* SecretTestOfCharacter: 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.
-->'''Mom:''' While your dad is taking Rosalyn home, perhaps you can explain what happened tonight.
-->'''Calvin:''' Gee, Mom, I don't know what to tell you. At eight o'clock, I brushed my teeth, put on my pajamas, and went to bed. Nothing happened.
-->'''Mom:''' (pulls out written confession Rosalyn made him write of what he did) And ''this''?
-->'''Calvin:''' Uh... lies! All lies! She made me do that just to get me in trouble! None of that's true! I went straight to bed!
16th Apr '17 6:18:06 PM NightShade96
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* HypocriticalHumor: One of the staples of the comic's humor, and justified because Calvin is 6 and assumes the world revolves around him. Common jokes involve him attempting to attack Hobbes or Susie with snowballs or other devices, then becoming indignant when they retaliate or make a preemptive strike, or him refusing to do any chores for his mother yet expecting her to do all sorts of favors for him. Specific examples:
** "How did the dog learn to talk?" In other strips it's implied that Hobbes is the only tiger who can understand English let alone talk.
** Calvin complains about having to walk up hills before sledding down them and asks Hobbes to pull him up on the sled. Hobbes declines, prompting Calvin to grumpily say that "He's so lazy and selfish."
** Calvin steals Susie's doll to use to ransom her for $100 and laughs about it. Next part, Susie swipes Hobbes in revenge to use as leverage, and Calvin rants about how it wasn't fair and that Susie couldn't take a joke. Then angrily grunts that it was "all funny until she did it to him."
** Perhaps best exemplified when Calvin [[CharacterFilibuster ranted for three panels]] about people who complain too much. In the fourth panel, Hobbes says "Maybe they're not very self-aware," to which Calvin replies, "Boy, that's ''another'' thing that gets on my nerves!"
** A similar comic had Calvin making an out-of-the-blue comment to Hobbes: "Do you ever wonder why birds don't write their memoirs? Because birds don't lead epic lives, that's why! Who wants to read about what a bird does? Nobody!" Two panels later, he complains about [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} people who make bizarre comments out of nowhere]] and suggests the solution of punching them right there, to which Hobbes says: "If you wait, he might top himself." Watterson said that this is an exaggeration of his wife's own abrupt subject changes.
** Yet another one showed Calvin making a list called "One Million Things That Bug Me." After listing a half dozen random things, Hobbes pops his head in and says, "What about 'excessively negative people'?" to which Calvin responds, "Yeah, that's a good one... '''''HEY!'''''"
** Combined with LeaningOnTheFourthWall: a series of four visually identical panels of Calvin and Hobbes talking while facing each other. The subject? How newspaper comics have degenerated into talking heads with little artistry.
** Calvin announces to Hobbes that [[AboveGoodAndEvil he has outgrown morality]] and "the ends justify the means." After Hobbes shoves him into the mud (because "You were in my way, now you're not--the ends justify the means,") he stipulates that the rule only applies to ''him.''
** In the duplicator arc where clones of Calvin were made, they choose to go about their own thing not caring if they get in trouble or not since they would just be mistaken for the original anyway.
--->'''Calvin:''' What a bunch of devious little stinkers! Where'd they learn to misbehave like that!?
** After Hobbes [[ComicallyMissingThePoint misses the point of]] a TalkingAnimal joke Calvin tells him.
--->'''Hobbes:''' Where did the dog learn to talk? (this coming from a tiger who speaks English).
** Calvin complains that the house is too cold and says that Dad should get a better job so they can afford higher heating bills. Then he asks why the family can't move to Florida.
--->'''Mom:''' Calvin, pipe down and put on a sweater if you're cold.
--->'''Calvin:''' And go to all that trouble?!
** One Sunday strip punchline sums it up, as Calvin attempts to mail his massive Christmas wish list to Santa and has trouble reaching the mailbox, after refusing to ask for anything on Hobbes' behalf.
--->'''Calvin:''' Look, it's every man for himself in this world. Now give me a boost, will ya?

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* HypocriticalHumor: One of the staples of the comic's humor, and justified because Calvin is 6 and assumes the world revolves around him. Common jokes involve him attempting to attack Hobbes or Susie with snowballs or other devices, then becoming indignant when they retaliate or make a preemptive strike, or him refusing to do any chores for his mother yet expecting her to do all sorts of favors for him. Specific examples:
** "How did the dog learn to talk?" In other strips it's implied that Hobbes is the only tiger who can understand English let alone talk.
** Calvin complains about having to walk up hills before sledding down them and asks Hobbes to pull him up on the sled. Hobbes declines, prompting Calvin to grumpily say that "He's so lazy and selfish."
** Calvin steals Susie's doll to use to ransom her for $100 and laughs about it. Next part, Susie swipes Hobbes in revenge to use as leverage, and Calvin rants about how it wasn't fair and that Susie couldn't take a joke. Then angrily grunts that it was "all funny until she did it to him."
** Perhaps best exemplified when Calvin [[CharacterFilibuster ranted for three panels]] about people who complain too much. In the fourth panel, Hobbes says "Maybe they're not very self-aware," to which Calvin replies, "Boy, that's ''another'' thing that gets on my nerves!"
** A similar comic had Calvin making an out-of-the-blue comment to Hobbes: "Do you ever wonder why birds don't write their memoirs? Because birds don't lead epic lives, that's why! Who wants to read about what a bird does? Nobody!" Two panels later, he complains about [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} people who make bizarre comments out of nowhere]] and suggests the solution of punching them right there, to which Hobbes says: "If you wait, he might top himself." Watterson said that this is an exaggeration of his wife's
Has [[HypocriticalHumor/CalvinAndHobbes its own abrupt subject changes.
** Yet another one showed Calvin making a list called "One Million Things That Bug Me." After listing a half dozen random things, Hobbes pops his head in and says, "What about 'excessively negative people'?" to which Calvin responds, "Yeah, that's a good one... '''''HEY!'''''"
** Combined with LeaningOnTheFourthWall: a series of four visually identical panels of Calvin and Hobbes talking while facing each other. The subject? How newspaper comics have degenerated into talking heads with little artistry.
** Calvin announces to Hobbes that [[AboveGoodAndEvil he has outgrown morality]] and "the ends justify the means." After Hobbes shoves him into the mud (because "You were in my way, now you're not--the ends justify the means,") he stipulates that the rule only applies to ''him.''
** In the duplicator arc where clones of Calvin were made, they choose to go about their own thing not caring if they get in trouble or not since they would just be mistaken for the original anyway.
--->'''Calvin:''' What a bunch of devious little stinkers! Where'd they learn to misbehave like that!?
** After Hobbes [[ComicallyMissingThePoint misses the point of]] a TalkingAnimal joke Calvin tells him.
--->'''Hobbes:''' Where did the dog learn to talk? (this coming from a tiger who speaks English).
** Calvin complains that the house is too cold and says that Dad should get a better job so they can afford higher heating bills. Then he asks why the family can't move to Florida.
--->'''Mom:''' Calvin, pipe down and put on a sweater if you're cold.
--->'''Calvin:''' And go to all that trouble?!
** One Sunday strip punchline sums it up, as Calvin attempts to mail his massive Christmas wish list to Santa and has trouble reaching the mailbox, after refusing to ask for anything on Hobbes' behalf.
--->'''Calvin:''' Look, it's every man for himself in this world. Now give me a boost, will ya?
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* NoodleIncident:
** The mysterious "Noodle Incident" is the Trope Namer. The story is just as fragmented and impenetrable in-universe; not even Santa Claus can piece it together. Calvin himself claims he was framed (on the few occasions he can even think about the event without having a panic attack.)
** One early strip mentioned the equally ambiguous "Salamander Incident." Whether or not this was the Noodle Incident's working title or another incident entirely was never elaborated on. Again, Calvin claims all evidence against him is purely circumstantial.
** Calvin's favorite bedtime story, ''Hamster Huey and the Gooey Kablooie'', is another example. Watterson is on record as saying that he will never define what the story is actually like, because inevitably it would be funnier in the reader's head. There's also the sequel, ''Commander Coriander Salamander and 'Er Singlehander Bellylander'', which Dad has an even lower opinion of. Funnily enough, [[http://www.amazon.com/Hamster-Huey-Gooey-Kablooie-Adventure/dp/0974909009 there now is a children's book called that]], by one "Mable Barr" (the in-universe writer was [[PunnyName "Mable Syrup"]]).
** In another strip, Calvin tells Hobbes, "Boy, did I get in trouble at school today... I don't even want to talk about it." Hobbes asks, "Did it have anything to do with all those sirens around noon?" and Calvin replies, "I ''said'' I don't want to talk about it."
** In one storyline that involved Rosalyn, Calvin's mom says she called seven other people and none of them agreed to babysit. She then tells Calvin, "You remember Amy? She just laughed when I called her." It's anyone's guess as to how Amy's night with Calvin went.
** At the end of the arc where Calvin and Hobbes accidentally push the family car into a ditch, Calvin comments about how surprising it was that his parents didn't yell at him for this. Hobbes starts to say, "But try keeping live worms in your dad's..." Calvin snaps, "Let's not talk about that, ok?!"
** Calvin tells Dad it's amazing how many things you can take apart with just an ordinary screwdriver. Dad says, "Such as?" Calvin realizes he's [[SayingTooMuch said too much]] and stammers that he doesn't really know and was just speaking hypothetically. Then he walks away, telling himself that he needs to stop introducing topics of conversation. How many things ''did'' Calvin take apart with a screwdriver, and what were they?
** Calvin and Hobbes' sled rides usually end with them flying off a cliff or crashing into something. Calvin is quite the daredevil on his sled, so this isn't surprising, but one ride ends with the sled [[http://www.gocomics.com/calvinandhobbes/1990/12/01 catching on fire]] and there is no explanation for how the heck this happened.
** In another incident, Calvin tells his dad that it's possible to buy live squid at the supermarket. His dad half-registers this...then realizes what's going on and screams "CALVIN, WHAT ARE YOU DOING?"

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* NoodleIncident:
** The mysterious "Noodle Incident" is the Trope Namer. The story is just as fragmented and impenetrable in-universe; not even Santa Claus can piece it together. Calvin himself claims he was framed (on the few occasions he can even think about the event without having a panic attack.)
** One early strip mentioned the equally ambiguous "Salamander Incident." Whether or not this was the Noodle Incident's working title or another incident entirely was never elaborated on. Again, Calvin claims all evidence against him is purely circumstantial.
** Calvin's favorite bedtime story, ''Hamster Huey and the Gooey Kablooie'', is another example. Watterson is on record as saying that he will never define what the story is actually like, because inevitably it would be funnier in the reader's head. There's also the sequel, ''Commander Coriander Salamander and 'Er Singlehander Bellylander'', which Dad has an even lower opinion of. Funnily enough, [[http://www.amazon.com/Hamster-Huey-Gooey-Kablooie-Adventure/dp/0974909009 there now is a children's book called that]], by one "Mable Barr" (the in-universe writer was [[PunnyName "Mable Syrup"]]).
** In another strip, Calvin tells Hobbes, "Boy, did I get in trouble at school today... I don't even want to talk about it." Hobbes asks, "Did it have anything to do with all those sirens around noon?" and Calvin replies, "I ''said'' I don't want to talk about it."
** In one storyline that involved Rosalyn, Calvin's mom says she called seven other people and none of them agreed to babysit. She then tells Calvin, "You remember Amy? She just laughed when I called her." It's anyone's guess as to how Amy's night with Calvin went.
** At the end of the arc where Calvin and Hobbes accidentally push the family car into a ditch, Calvin comments about how surprising it was that his parents didn't yell at him for this. Hobbes starts to say, "But try keeping live worms in your dad's..." Calvin snaps, "Let's not talk about that, ok?!"
** Calvin tells Dad
NoodleIncident: Has [[NoodleIncident/CalvinAndHobbes its own page]] (which makes sense, considering it's amazing how many things you can take apart with just an ordinary screwdriver. Dad says, "Such as?" Calvin realizes he's [[SayingTooMuch said too much]] and stammers that he doesn't really know and was just speaking hypothetically. Then he walks away, telling himself that he needs to stop introducing topics of conversation. How many things ''did'' Calvin take apart with a screwdriver, and what were they?
** Calvin and Hobbes' sled rides usually end with them flying off a cliff or crashing into something. Calvin is quite
the daredevil on his sled, so this isn't surprising, but one ride ends with the sled [[http://www.gocomics.com/calvinandhobbes/1990/12/01 catching on fire]] and there is no explanation for how the heck this happened.
** In another incident, Calvin tells his dad that it's possible to buy live squid at the supermarket. His dad half-registers this...then realizes what's going on and screams "CALVIN, WHAT ARE YOU DOING?"
TropeNamer).
15th Apr '17 7:09:49 PM Demetrios
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* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys: Subverted, at least from Hobbes's point of view. Hobbes is apparently such a misanthrope that [[GuiltByAssociationGag his dislike extends to non-human primates as well]]. In one part of the [[BalefulPolymorph transmogrifier gun story arc]], he considers being transformed into a chimpanzee more insulting than being turned into a mallard.
29th Mar '17 3:53:09 PM eroock
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* DelayedReaction: Finding that his playing cards are not complete, Calvin remarks that he's "not playing with a full deck," to which Hobbes smiles and responds, "That's what everyone says!" Calvin mutters that they should buy a new deck; HOURS later in bed, he sits up in realization and yells, "HEY!" The next day's strip, Calvin mentions that he lost his marbles, to which Hobbes responds, "Everyone suspected as much;" again, Calvin doesn't get it until the middle of the night.


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* LateToThePunchline: Finding that his playing cards are not complete, Calvin remarks that he's "not playing with a full deck," to which Hobbes smiles and responds, "That's what everyone says!" Calvin mutters that they should buy a new deck; HOURS later in bed, he sits up in realization and yells, "HEY!" The next day's strip, Calvin mentions that he lost his marbles, to which Hobbes responds, "Everyone suspected as much;" again, Calvin doesn't get it until the middle of the night.
26th Mar '17 5:18:10 PM Ezclee4050
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** There's also the strip where Calvin's dad hints that Santa would rather have a beer left out for him than milk and cookies.
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