History Comicstrip / CalvinAndHobbes

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* CyanidePill: 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.''
13th Nov '17 6:31:18 AM Wuz
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** Another is on the planet Mercury (he's supposed to be partnered with Susie for that-naturally they don't work well together). He does it all last minute, saying Mercury is named after the god of florists and bouquets as an explanation for why it's used as the FTD logo. It's actually a sign of their fast delivery, since Mercury is really the god of messages, among other things (not including florists or bouquets).



** In one story arc, Calvin and Susie are paired together to do a research project on Mercury. 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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** In one story arc, Calvin and Susie are paired together to do a research project on Mercury.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)



* QualityOverQuantity: In a water balloon fight, Calvin brags to Hobbes how he has the overwhelming advantage because he's got three water balloons as opposed to Hobbes' one and taunts about how he will drench Hobbes thoroughly. Hobbes simply tosses his balloon to Calvin, who screams that his hands are full, resulting in him getting quadruple-drenched. Hobbes then taunts Calvin that rather than stocking on water balloons, he should'

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* QualityOverQuantity: In a water balloon fight, Calvin brags to Hobbes how he has the overwhelming advantage because he's got three water balloons as opposed to Hobbes' one and taunts about how he will drench Hobbes thoroughly. Hobbes simply tosses his balloon to Calvin, who screams that his hands are full, resulting in him getting quadruple-drenched. Hobbes then taunts Calvin that rather than stocking on water balloons, he should'should've stocked on brains instead.
* RadishCure: Calvin's mom lets Calvin smoke a cigarette his grandpa left behind. He really doesn't enjoy it, but the [[SpoofAesop Aesop]] he learns was ''not to trust his mother''.
* RainDance: Calvin attempts a "snow dance" to get school cancelled. It doesn't work.
* ReadingsBlewUpTheScale
* RealityEnsues: Almost a RunningGag 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.
---> '''Calvin:''' Reality continues to ruin my life.
---> '''Hobbes:''' Maybe you could put it someplace where someone will walk into it.
** 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 [[SoreLoser harshly yell at him]]. Then, when an unrelenting stream of abuse makes him quit, the coach calls him a "quitter".
* RealPlaceBackground: Much of the art is based on the artist's home town, including the suburban atmosphere and the local trees, especially in [[http://robot6.comicbookresources.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/essential.jpg this large graphic that appeared on the back of an early collection]].
* RecursiveReality: Calvin once grew to the size of a galaxy and found a door that led back to his own room.
* RefugeInAudacity: Several examples. Calvin would occasionally do this, often in an attempt to baffle Miss Wormwood and get out of doing actual schoolwork.
--> '''Calvin:''' Miss Wormwood, could we arrange our seats in a circle and have a little discussion? Specifically, I'd like to debate whether cannibalism ought to be grounds for leniency in murders, since it's less wasteful.
* ReligiousRussianRoulette: In a couple of strips.
* {{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.
* ReversePsychology:
** Calvin writes a letter to Santa saying that he doesn't want any gifts this year, he just wants love and peace for his fellow man. He tells Hobbes he's using ReversePsychology, but Hobbes thinks this is "kind of risky," so Calvin crumples up the letter.
** After repeatedly yelling "SNOW!" at the sky fails to bring any snow, Calvin tries a different approach:
--->'''Calvin:''' OK, then, DON'T snow! See what I care! I LIKE this weather! Let's have it forever!
* RightHandCat: Hobbes.
* RoguesGallery: 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 ArchEnemy [[ADogNamedDog Mom-Lady]].
* {{Rule 34}}: It's the example given in the common image illustrating the concept. And, yes, there really is. Badly drawn, to boot.
** [[UpToEleven Even worse, there's Rule34 of the image used to illustrate Rule 34 using Calvin and Hobbes]].
* RuleOfFunny: There's no justification in-universe for Calvin's SesquipedalianLoquaciousness or freakish intelligence in general, Hobbes' MaybeMagicMaybeMundane 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 [[ConflictBall least want him to do]], or just for an opportunity to mock television.
* RunningGag: ''Many''. The Transmogrifier, the bicycle, the NoodleIncident, Calvin's "snow art," and the recurring bedtime story ''Hamster Huey and the Gooey Kablooie'', to name a few.
** The ''Hamster Huey'' gag is played on when his dad snaps from being forced to read it ''[[RantInducingSlight every single night]]'' and instead gives them a [[DarkerAndEdgier new take]] on the story.
--->''(Calvin and Hobbes lying in bed, eyes wide open)''\\
'''Calvin:''' Wow, the story was different ''this'' time.\\
'''Hobbes:''' Do you think the townsfolk will ever find [[DerailedFairyTale Hamster Huey's head?]]
** Other notable running gags include Calvin's annual struggle to be "good" enough in December to avoid the wrath of Santa, Calvin being ambushed by Hobbes at moments when he least expects it, and of course Calvin's alter egos.
** Calvin's hatred of baths and his tendency to hide or throw tantrums at bath time.
*** And on the occasions when he does bathe, his tendency to flood the bathroom or otherwise cause trouble.
---->'''Calvin:''' The oil tanker crashed, Mom.\\
'''Mom:''' You poured ''ink'' in the bath water??
** Does Calvin's fictitious flamethrower count?
** Calvin performing various incantations and rituals that he hopes will bring snow.
** Additionally, a good number of running gags revolve around Calvin's dad:
*** Calvin's political polls on his dad.
*** Dad's camping trips, that always make Mom and Calvin miserable.
*** Calvin asking his dad a question, and Dad responding with an elaborate answer that is complete nonsense. For example, why do you close your eyes when you sneeze? Because otherwise the force of the explosion would blow your eyeballs out of their sockets, they'd dangle on your face by the optic nerve, and you'd have to aim them with your hands when you want to look at something.
** Calvin grossing Susie out at the school lunch table:
--->'''Calvin:''' Processed lunch meat is pretty scary. What are those little specks anyway? Lizard parts? Who knows? And this "skin." I heard it used to be made of intestine, but I think nowadays it's plastic. Of course, they dye and wax fruit so it looks better. It's like eating a candle. Yep, we'd probably be dead now if it wasn't for Twinkies.\\
'''Susie:''' And Mom wonders why I'm so hungry after school.
** Calvin annoying his parents to the point where they kick him out of the house (literally.)
** Spaceman Spiff's adventures often take him to the dangerous Planet Zog.
** Calvin ''always'' wakes his parents at a ridiculously early hour on Christmas morning.
--->'''Dad:''' ''(squinting at the alarm clock)'' Quarter to 6. He let us sleep in this year.
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* SadistTeacher: Calvin sees Miss Wormwood as being one of these. In truth, Miss Wormwood is a [[SternTeacher 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.
-->'''Calvin:''' I want a high-paying job when I get out of here! I want opportunity!\\
'''Miss Wormwood:''' In that case, young man, I suggest you start working harder. What you get out of school depends on what you put into it.\\
'''Calvin:''' Oh... Then forget it.
* SanityBall: 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, [[WomenAreWiser Mom has the ball]]. When Susie shows up, Calvin's typical reaction is throwing the SanityBall at her and running away.
* SantaClaus: 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.
* SarcasmBlind: Calvin can't detect sarcasm sometimes.
-->'''Calvin:''' This whole business of Santa rewarding ''good'' kids and neglecting ''bad'' kids really bugs me... Not that I have anything to worry about.
-->'''Hobbes:''' A paragon of virtue, that's you.
* SarcasticDevotee: Hobbes.
* SayingTooMuch: Calvin accidentally makes his mother aware of the NoodleIncident when he panics and tries to explain what Miss Wormwood told her at the parent-teacher meeting.
* ScaleModelDestruction:
** 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."
--->'''Hobbes:''' Your planes do tend to run into those, don't they?
* {{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."
* ScavengersAreScum: Calvin once made a report that defended the carnivore-vs.-scavenger aspect of TyrannosaurusRex 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 RuleOfCool as his sole argument.
* SceneryPorn: The Spaceman Spiff segues often include [[AddedAlliterativeAppeal 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 WatchingTheSunset, 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.
* ScrabbleBabble:
-->'''Calvin:''' Ha! I've got a great word and it's on a "Double word score" box!\\
'''Hobbes:''' "ZQFMGB" isn't a word! It doesn't even have a vowel!\\
'''Calvin:''' It is ''so'' a word! It's a worm found in New Guinea! Everyone knows that!\\
'''Hobbes:''' I'm looking it up.\\
'''Calvin:''' You do that, and I'll look up that 12-letter word ''you'' played with all the Xs and Js!\\
'''Hobbes:''' ...What's your score for ZQFMGB?\\
'''Calvin:''' [[RuleOfFunny 957.]]
* TheScream: Calvin, for five panels, upon learning Rosalyn is coming over.
-->'''Mom:''' Take a breath before you pass out on the floor!
** Calvin again, out of fear, as his dad attempts to teach him to ride a bike:
-->'''Dad:''' Think about how impressed your friends will be! Think about how much fun you'll have! ...Think about inhaling.
** Spaceman Spiff, faced with the ultimate weapon of interrogation: a '''calm discussion of wholesome principles'''!
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: In [[http://www.gocomics.com/calvinandhobbes/1990/04/02 this strip]], Calvin decides to go into Stupendous Man mode while Rosalyn is babysitting him. Hobbes leaves and comments "I'm going to get in bed now and avoid the rush."
* TheScrooge: 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.
-->'''Calvin (from outside):''' I'm telling the newspapers about you, dad!
* SecondPlaceIsForLosers: This is Calvin's attitude in regards to the school safety poster contest. His "Be careful or be roadkill!" poster loses out (for obvious reasons) to Susie's entry, leading him to rant to both Hobbes and his dad about this.
* 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!
* SecurityCling: UpToEleven after Hobbes [[JumpScare feigns a lethal pounce on Calvin]], scaring him half to death. Calvin holds onto Mom so tight that it looks like he's attached to her with velcro. His parents think the little guy is scared out of his mind because of the comic book he was reading at the time (bonus -- Hobbes, in "stuffed animal" form, is in pounce position in the last panel, just as he would be in "real tiger" form.)
* SeesawCatapult:
** 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 IMeantToDoThat.
** 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.
* SelfImposedChallenge: Provides the page quote, despite it not being a video game:
-->'''Calvin ([[TemptingFate cracking an egg above the stove with only one eye open]]):''' The secret to making life fun is making little challenges for yourself.\\
'''Hobbes:''' Like the challenge of explaining the stove and floor to your mom?\\
'''Calvin:''' Rats. See if there's another carton in the fridge, willya?
* SeriousBusiness: Chewing gum, which has as many as 12 consumer magazines dedicated to it.
* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: Frequent, such as to mess with Moe (see also StealthInsult). For just one example:
-->'''Moe:''' Gimme a quarter, Twinky.\\
'''Calvin:''' Your simian countenance suggests a heritage unusually rich in species diversity.\\
'''Moe:''' What?\\
'''Calvin:''' Here you go. (''tosses him a quarter'') That was worth 25 cents.
** Also (this is an earlier strip -- from Moe's first appearance, in fact):
-->'''Calvin:''' Moe, I was wondering something. Are your maladjusted antisocial tendencies the product of your berserk pituitary gland?\\
''(BeatPanel)''\\
'''Moe:''' What?\\
'''Calvin:''' (''looks out to the FourthWall'') Isn't he great, folks? Let's give him a big hand!
* SeveredHeadSports: Calvin builds a snowman that plays ten-pin bowling with another snowman's head.
* ShapeShifterShowdown: Calvin and Hobbes using the Transmogrifying Gun on each other.
* ShiftingTheBurdenOfProof: When the NoodleIncident is brought up, Calvin's usual response is "Nobody can prove that was me!"
* ShootTheMessenger: Lampshaded by Calvin when he is sent to the principal's office for shouting "BORING!" at one of Miss Wormwood's lectures.
* ShoutOut: [[ShoutOut/CalvinAndHobbes Has its own page]].
* ShrunkenHead:
** Calvin has an interest in them.
** [[http://www.gocomics.com/calvinandhobbes/2013/07/07 Among the ingredients]] Calvin's mom uses to make dinner, [[UnreliableNarrator or so he thinks]].
** He also makes [[http://www.gocomics.com/calvinandhobbes/2014/01/25 snow scupltures]] of them.
** "[[http://www.gocomics.com/calvinandhobbes/2012/06/30 A hundred shrunken heads of popular cartoon characters]]."
--->'''Mom:''' Eww, [[MouthStitchedShut you stitched their mouths shut]]?
* SickeninglySweethearts: Susie attempts to enforce this when she and Calvin play house. Calvin's not having it.
* SilenceIsGolden: Watterson said that the change to his SundayStrip format allowed him to further explore the ability to tell a story without dialogue.
* SkyFace: One episode has Calvin look at a cloud that forms into his head, and he sees to his shock that it's sticking its tongue out at him!
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVsCynicism: For a story about [[ABoyAndHisX a boy and his tiger friend]], which sounds like something that could be [[TastesLikeDiabetes horribly saccharine]], it's ''very'' close to the middle. The world is full of wonders, but it's also unfair and sometimes cruel.
* SmartAnimalAverageHuman: 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.
* SmiteMeOMightySmiter: 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.
-->"It's man against the elements! Conscious being versus insentient nature! My wits against your force! WE'LL see who triumphs!"
* SnarkToSnarkCombat: A lot of it, usually with Calvin on one side and his dad, Susie, or Hobbes on the other.
* SneakingSnacks: A RunningGag involves the many elaborate and often ill-conceived plans Calvin develops in his attempts to raid the cookie jar.
* SneezeOfDoom:
** 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 [[YourHeadASplode explodes]] from a particularly violent sneeze. Turns out, he was pretending.
* SnowballFight: A recurring trope, most often Calvin vs. Hobbes or Susie.
* SocietyIsToBlame: Calvin tries to pull this excuse on his dad, saying that he's a pawn of unfortunate influences and the culture is to blame. Calvin's dad responds that that means he needs to build more character and [[MiseryBuildsCharacter sends him to shovel the walk.]]
* {{Snowlems}}: The Deranged Mutant Killer Monster Snow Goons.
* TheSociopath: Calvin sometimes feels like he may harbor such tendencies -- see BlackComedy, above, as well as his casual discussion of the physical harm he plans to cause Susie via his individually crafted snowballs.
* SolarPoweredMagnifyingGlass: 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.
* SophisticatedAsHell: Calvin is a soft-PG example.
* SoundDefect: "Scientific progress goes 'boink'?"
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: A rare non-translation example. It's Susie, ''not'' Suzie.
* SpiritualSuccessor: Some readers have remarked that the current comic ''ComicStrip/{{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, ''ComicStrip/PhoebeAndHerUnicorn'' is seen as a {{Gender Flip}}ped version of ''Calvin and Hobbes''.
* SplashOfColor: The [[http://www.gocomics.com/calvinandhobbes/1995/12/31 final strip]] places the brightly-colored title characters against a white snowscape.
* SpontaneousHumanCombustion: {{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.
* SpoofAesop: 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.
* SprayingDrinkFromNose: 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.
* SquirrelsInMyPants: Subverted: Calvin actually had a hole in his pocket that some pennies dropped through.
* StableTimeLoop: 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+.
* StarfishAliens: With Calvin's imagination? You bet. A lot of his aliens end up having rather human personalities, though.
* StealthInsult:
** Hobbes gets in a lot of these. One example, from a strip where Calvin made wings for himself out of construction paper:
--->'''Hobbes:''' If paper feathers are all it takes to fly, don't you think we'd have heard about it before?\\
'''Calvin:''' It takes an uncommon mind to think of these things, Hobbes.\\
'''Hobbes:''' I'd agree with that.
** And a more blatant example, after Calvin [[LiteralMetaphor cannot find the marbles he'd been playing with]]:
--->'''Calvin:''' I've lost my marbles.\\
'''Hobbes:''' [with a huge grin] Everyone suspected as much.\\
'''Calvin:''' Well, I hope somebody finds them, then.\\
''(Cut to nighttime, when both are in bed and the [[LateToThePunchline realization suddenly dawns on Calvin]])''\\
'''Calvin:''' ''[angrily]'' HEY!
** The same joke, substituting an incomplete set of playing cards for marbles, is used in the next strip:
--->'''Calvin:''' "I'm not playing with a full deck!"
* StopCopyingMe: A few examples. When Calvin does it to Hobbes, he is stopped by Hobbes quoting from an incomprehensible philosophy text. (But first he tries insulting himself, and Calvin answers, "At least you have the courage to admit it.)
** When Calvin does it to his dad, his dad stops him by saying, "I forfeit all my desserts for a week." So Calvin accepts his dad's "forfeited" desserts.
* StoryArc: 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.
* StrawNihilist: 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:''' [[CessationOfExistence Suppose there's no afterlife.]] Suppose this life is all you get.
-->{{Beat}} as Hobbes looks around.
-->'''Hobbes:''' [[TheAntiNihilist Oh, what the heck. I'll take it anyway.]]
* SuckinessIsPainful: At least in Calvin's mind, in which his parents' cooking is portrayed as inedible sludge at best and small-scale {{Eldritch Abomination}}s at worst.
* SundayStrip: After doing normal Sunday strips for the first few years of the series ("normal" meaning in this case that they were designed so that the first two or three panels could be left off at the discretion of individual page editors without changing too much,) Watterson negotiated the right to lay out his Sunday strips however he wanted. This resulted in unique strips, such as some with only three panels (an inset in the top left, the joke itself as a panorama, and a small punchline in the bottom right, like the "Tyrannosaurs in F-14s" strip mentioned above and some strips with dozens of panels.
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: Calvin, on numerous occasions.
* SuperheroesWearCapes:
** ''Calvin and Hobbes'' presents: "'''''[[http://www.gocomics.com/calvinandhobbes/1987/06/04 This]]''''' is a job for..."
** Outside of the above example, one of Calvin's alter-egos, Stupendous Man, also wears a cape.
* SymbolSwearing: Used exactly once, when Calvin spells "be" in Scrabble and is frustrated that it's only worth two points.
* TakeOurWordForIt: 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 NoodleIncident 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 [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emil_i_Lönneberga 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."
* TakeThat: 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 [[UsefulNotes/TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks the Dark Age of western comics]], 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 Creator/DaveSim and Creator/ScottMcCloud and join up with the Graphic Novel movement is a mystery.
** Watterson directed a few Take Thats at ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'' creator Creator/JimDavis over the years. In a rare 1987 interview, he harshly condemned Davis' comic strip ''ComicStrip/USAcres'', 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 Creator/BillAmend's first ''ComicStrip/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 ComicStrip/BloomCounty that parodied cartoon cats that featured characters such as ComicStrip/{{Garfield}} and Hobbes, Bill Watterson retaliated hilariously with [[https://web.archive.org/web/20030516031339/http://ignatz.brinkster.net/cimages/cbreathedsketch.jpg this comic]]. In response Berkeley Breathed said this:
--> "I have committed other thefts with a clean and unfettered conscience. ''Garfield'' was too calculated and too successful not to freely raid for illicit character cameos. ''Calvin and Hobbes'' was too good not to. ''Calvin'' creator Bill Watterson took these thefts in stride and retaliated in private with devastatingly effective illustrated salvos, hitting me in my most vulnerable places. Bill's sketch is an editorial comment on my addiction to the expensive sport of power boating and the moral compromises needed to fund it. That's me doing the kicking. The chap on the dock represents my cartoon syndicate boss, which says it all, methinks."
** 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 Radio/RushLimbaugh 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 [[UsefulNotes/TheGreatComicsCrashOf1996 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.
* TalkingHeads: in one strip, Watterson complains about the prevalence of this in NewspaperComics. (Because it's Watterson, the [[LampshadeHanging strip's art is identical in all four panels]], and the character who brings it up is Calvin's curmudgeonly [[TheGhost grandfather]].)
* TalkingIsAFreeAction: All of Calvin's fantasies are narrated by himself out loud and no-one else in them notice or care.
* TeachersOutOfSchool: At one point Calvin's mom mentions seeing his teacher Ms. Wormwood at the supermarket. Calvin remarks that he just kind of assumed that teachers slept in coffins all summer.
* TechnicallyASmile: [[http://www.gocomics.com/calvinandhobbes/1988/12/16 Calvin does a grotesquely awful/hilarious one for a photograph.]]
* TellHimImNotSpeakingToHim: Calvin's mother drifts into this following a terrible camping holiday.
-->'''Calvin's Mother:''' Calvin, tell your father that any judge would take this trip as grounds for divorce.\\
'''Calvin:''' Dad, Mom says...
* ThoughtAversionFailure:
-->'''Hobbes:''' A bee landed on your back!
-->'''Calvin:''' A bee?! Acckk! Get it away!!
-->'''Hobbes:''' Don't move, and it won't sting you. Just stand still and try not to imagine that it might very well crawl down your shirt and into your pants!
-->''(Calvin jumps into the air, screaming)''
-->'''Hobbes:''' He imagined it.
* ThatCloudLooksLike:
** Calvin once saw a cloud that looked like himself sticking his tongue out.
** Another time, he saw one that did an "impression" of a duck.
** In yet another strip, Susie asks Calvin what a cloud looks like to him. He replies, "[[LiteralMinded a bunch of suspended water and ice particles]]."
* ThatsNoMoon: Used in the Spaceman Spiff stories.
* ThingsThatGoBumpInTheNight: Calvin often has to battle with the monsters under his bed.
* ThirdPersonPerson: Most of Calvin's alter-egos would narrate their own adventures in the third person (and in present tense,) Tracer Bullet [[PrivateEyeMonologue being the exception]].
** "Also, Calvin the Bold will now refer to himself in the third person."
* TickertapeParade: In one comic, Calvin has an ImagineSpot where he's thrown a tickertape parade for getting an A.
* TimeAndRelativeDimensionsInSpace: All of the 'time-travel' arcs.
* TitleDrop: Inverted. The collections were named after quotes from the strips (like "Revenge of the Baby Sat" and "Scientific Progress Goes 'Boink.'")
* TitleTheAdaptation: 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."
-->"What does my dad do? Mostly he gets on my nerves. The end."
* ToiletPaperPrank: 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."
* TooDumbToLive: Day after day, Calvin would announce his return from school at the front door with a loud [[CatchPhrase "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 [[WrongGenreSavvy 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.
* ToServeMan:
** Spaceman Spiff sometimes views aliens as this. One time he finds out that a certain planet's [[BlandNameProduct McZargald's]] has served over 75 million Earthlingburgers.
** "Goldilocks and the Three Tigers."
--->'''Dad''' (reading Hobbes' story): "The tigers quickly divided Goldilocks into big, medium, and small pieces and dunked them in the porridge--" I'm not finishing this, it's disgusting! ''Good night!''
--->'''Calvin:''' He didn't even look at our illustrations.
--->'''Hobbes:''' Now I'm all hungry.
* TotemPoleTrench: 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."
* ToTheBatnoun: 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!"
* ToxicWasteCanDoAnything: 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".
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Hobbes loves tuna [[note]]salmon in later strips[[/note]], 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.
* TrailerParkTornadoMagnet: 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!"
* TransformationRay: The various Transmogrifiers.
* TreeCover: Calvin does this a lot, mostly to Susie.
* TreehouseOfFun: Calvin and Hobbes hold their G.R.O.S.S. meetings in one.
* TrueArtIsIncomprehensible: [[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.
* TruthInTelevision: [[http://www.typelogic.com/infp.html INFP]] personalities tend to be described as Calvin.
-->INFP children often exhibit this in a 'Calvin and Hobbes' fashion, switching from reality to fantasy and back again. With few exceptions, it is the NF child who readily develops imaginary playmates...
* {{Tsundere}}: WordOfGod attributes traits consistent with the two major subtypes to Calvin (tsun-tsun type) and Susie (dere-dere type.)
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* UnnamedParent: Calvin's parents are just Mom and Dad, or "dear" to each other. WordOfGod 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 ADayInTheLimelight. (They still didn't get names, though.)
* UnreliableNarrator: Calvin usually portrays himself as being a victim when there are times he's not, PlayedForLaughs. It's possible that the FreeRangeChildren is a case of this; even though Calvin appears to live behind a forest, it looks practically like a national park.
* UnsoundEffect: Calvin's galoshes going "galosh galosh galosh," for one, which causes him to [[LampshadeHanging 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!"
* UnusualEuphemism: Calvin's dad, after dropping a Christmas present on his foot: "Slippin'-rippin'-dang-fang-rotten-zarg-barg-a-ding-dong!" However, this may be TranslationConvention from genuine swearing.
** Spaceman Spiff talks like a B-movie hero. "Zounds!"
** "Zounds" is actually a 16th century curse word, abbreviated from "God's wounds!" Much like saying "holy cow" instead of taking the Lord's name in vain, it was a curse that was changed to a less blasphemously offensive form.
* VerbThis: 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.
* ViewersAreGeniuses: Though there's quite enough childish humor to balance it out.
* AVillainNamedZrg: Evil aliens encountered by Spaceman Spiff include [[http://calvinandhobbes.wikia.com/wiki/Zorg Zorgs]], [[http://www.gocomics.com/calvinandhobbes/1986/04/10 Zargs]], [[http://calvinandhobbes.wikia.com/wiki/Zorkon Zorkons]], [[http://calvinandhobbes.wikia.com/wiki/Zogwarg Zogwargs]], and [[http://calvinandhobbes.wikia.com/wiki/Zog Zogs]].
* VisualPun: In one strip, Calvin and Hobbes toast to their friendship... And then chow down on some toast.
* VitriolicBestBuds: Our heroes sometimes come across this way, particularly with the number of fights they get into, the times Hobbes tackles or outright tries to prey on Calvin, the insults they often exchange, and so forth.
** Calvin and Susie are also this. Despite their cycle of Calvin being a smart-aleck or trying to pelt her with snowballs and ending with Susie KO'ing him, they still hang out together very often; for instance, when Calvin is forced outside by his dad after watching Saturday morning TV, he immediately goes to Susie's, who happily invites him in.
* VolleyingInsults: Very frequently.
* VolumetricMouth: Used a fair amount of times, in the vein of the TropeCodifier ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}''.
** Watterson even noted this when reviewing a biography of Schultz.
** Hobbes asserts during a time travel arc that "Drawing Calvin is easy! You just make a big mouth and add some hair!"
* WantingIsBetterThanHaving:
** 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.
* WantonCrueltyToTheCommonComma: In the story arc where Calvin pushes his mom's car out of the garage, Hobbes says: "I think ''you're'' mom's going to be bothered."
* WarriorPoet: Parodied, as Calvin takes his snowball and water balloon fights [[SeriousBusiness very seriously]]. See quote above at LittleMissSnarker.
* WastefulWishing: 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.
* WatchingTheSunset: And missing lots of great shows.
** To be more specific; Dad ''loves'' this trope. Calvin does not.
* WetCementGag: 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.
* WhamLine: 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...
---> '''Dad:''' Gosh, it's drafty in here...\\
'''Calvin:''' The window's smashed! Look at the glass!\\
'''Mom:''' ''SOMEBODY BROKE IN!!''
** In the baseball storyline, after Calvin is cruelly yelled at by the other kids for making their team lose.
---> '''Calvin:''' Mr. Lockjaw, I don't wanna play anymore. There's too much team spirit.\\
'''Mr. Lockjaw:''' [[KickTheDog OK, quitter!]] [[AdultsAreUseless Goodbye.]]
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: 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.
* WhenItAllBegan: The very first strips show how Calvin 'caught' Hobbes in a tiger trap baited with tuna fish. Watterson would mention regretting this in the 10th Anniversery collection, as he had felt the need to "explain" how Calvin met Hobbes when the strip started, but eventually felt it ruined the ambiguity.
* WhereTheHellIsSpringfield: 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.
** 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.[[/note]]
** It's [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calvin_and_Hobbes#Books Chagrin Falls, Ohio]]:
-->In ''The Essential Calvin and Hobbes'', which includes cartoons from the collections ''Calvin and Hobbes'' and ''Something Under the Bed is Drooling'', the back cover features a scene of a giant Calvin rampaging through a town. The scene is based on Watterson's home town of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chagrin_Falls,_Ohio Chagrin Falls, Ohio]], and Calvin is holding [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chagrin_Falls_Popcorn_Shop the Chagrin Falls Popcorn Shop]], an iconic candy and ice cream shop overlooking the town's namesake falls. 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 UsefulNotes/{{Cleveland}}'s [[http://www.wkyc.com/ Channel 3 News]], complete with logo.
** In another strip, Miss Wormwood, to gauge whether Calvin is paying attention, asks "What state do you live in?" Calvin's answer? "[[{{Pun}} Denial]]."
* WhereWhere: In [[http://www.gocomics.com/calvinandhobbes/1986/05/20 this strip]].
* WildTake: Both Calvin and Hobbes are prone to these.
* WilliamTelling: In one strip where Calvin tries to knock a snowball off a snowman's head. (He accuses the snowman of flinching when he misses.)
* WishFulfillment: 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.
* AWizardDidIt: 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."
* WomenAreWiser:
** Susie includes this in her imaginings of what adult married life would be like. Then again, she imagines herself married to [[{{Manchild}} Calvin]], [[ParentingTheHusband 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's Mom:''' Any luck?
--->'''Calvin's Dad:''' Of course not! How am I going to find a stuffed tiger in the woods at night? Why can't Calvin keep track of his toys? I must be crazy to be out here...
--->'''Calvin's Mom:''' ''(calling out loud)'' [[SayMyName HO-O-O-BBES!]]
--->''(realizing what she just did, with an extremely embarrassed look on her face)''
--->'''Calvin's Mom:''' Oops. Heh heh.
--->'''Calvin's Dad:''' I may be crazy, but I'm not as crazy as you.
* WordSaladHumor: The September 1, 1992 strip:
-->'''Calvin:''' Hey Dad. Know what I figured out? The meaning of words isn't a fixed thing! Any word can mean anything! By giving words new meanings, ordinary English can become an exclusionary code! Two generations can be divided by the same language! To that end, I'll be inventing new definitions for common words, so we'll be unable to communicate. Don't you think that's totally spam? It's lubricated! Well, I'm phasing.
-->'''Father:''' (Making the peace sign) Marvy. Fab. Far out.
** "Explain Newton's First Law of Motion in your own words." "Yakka foob mog. Grug pubbawup zink wattoom gazork. Chumble spuzz."
* TheWorfBarrage: As Spaceman Spiff, Calvin's RayGun 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."
* WorldOfSnark: Nearly every main character has many sarcastic moments, though some of them more so than others.
* WorldsShortestBook:
-->'''Calvin:''' On today's agenda, we'll make a list of what girls are ''good'' for. Obviously this will be a short meeting!
* WoundedGazelleGambit: Susie pulls this on Calvin after he hits her with a snowball:
-->'''Calvin:''' Ha ha! I gotcha, you dumb girl!!
-->'''Susie:''' AUGHH! MY EYEBALL! WHERE'S MY EYEBALL?!
-->'''Calvin:''' What are you talking about? I hit you in the back.
-->'''Susie:''' It knocked my eyeball out! Find it and pack it in snow so they can save it! Ow! Ow!
-->'''Calvin:''' ''(bends over to look for it)'' Gosh, did you really lose your eyeball? I didn't know they came out! Wow. I'm really sorry. I didn't mean to knock it out. Can I see the socket? Boy, where do you suppose it rolled.
-->'''Susie:''' ''(kicking him in the backside)'' SOMEWHERE OVER THERE, POOP HEAD!!
* WritersCannotDoMath: Hobbes cites a statistic that claims that by the age of six, the average child has seen a million murders on television. That's over 456 per day.
** That could just as easily be Hobbes being bad at math or [[LiesDamnLiesAndStatistics making up a statistic]].
* WriteWhatYouKnow:[[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.
* YesVirginia: Defied. An early strip actually depicts Calvin's parents setting out presents for him on Christmas. Some {{Imagine Spot}}s depict Santa Claus, but there is never any proof given that Santa Claus might be real.
** 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 [[LampshadeHanging hung a lampshade]] on it once by asking why Santa doesn't just reveal himself, and even [[HaveYouSeenMyGod compares it to God]].
** 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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* CriticalResearchFailure (InUniverse): Calvin's report on bats, in which he claims that bats are bugs, because they fly and are ugly. Sadly, we never get to see [[NoodleIncident the rest of the report]].

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* CriticalResearchFailure (InUniverse): CriticalResearchFailure: InUniverse, Calvin has no interest in school, so his assignments usually end up being full of these.
** Another is on the planet Mercury (he's supposed to be partnered with Susie for that-naturally they don't work well together). He does it all last minute, saying Mercury is named after the god of florists and bouquets as an explanation for why it's used as the FTD logo. It's actually a sign of their fast delivery, since Mercury is really the god of messages, among other things (not including florists or bouquets).
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Calvin's report on bats, in which he claims that bats are bugs, because they fly and are ugly.ugly. He is immediately refuted by his classmates (and provides the page image). Sadly, we never get to see [[NoodleIncident the rest of the report]].



* QualityOverQuantity: In a water balloon fight, Calvin brags to Hobbes how he has the overwhelming advantage because he's got three water balloons as opposed to Hobbes' one and taunts about how he will drench Hobbes thoroughly. Hobbes simply tosses his balloon to Calvin, who screams that his hands are full, resulting in him getting quadruple-drenched. Hobbes then taunts Calvin that rather than stocking on water balloons, he should've stocked on brains instead.
* RadishCure: Calvin's mom lets Calvin smoke a cigarette his grandpa left behind. He really doesn't enjoy it, but the [[SpoofAesop Aesop]] he learns was ''not to trust his mother''.
* RainDance: Calvin attempts a "snow dance" to get school cancelled. It doesn't work.
* ReadingsBlewUpTheScale
* RealityEnsues: Almost a RunningGag 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.
---> '''Calvin:''' Reality continues to ruin my life.
---> '''Hobbes:''' Maybe you could put it someplace where someone will walk into it.
** 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 [[SoreLoser harshly yell at him]]. Then, when an unrelenting stream of abuse makes him quit, the coach calls him a "quitter".
* RealPlaceBackground: Much of the art is based on the artist's home town, including the suburban atmosphere and the local trees, especially in [[http://robot6.comicbookresources.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/essential.jpg this large graphic that appeared on the back of an early collection]].
* RecursiveReality: Calvin once grew to the size of a galaxy and found a door that led back to his own room.
* RefugeInAudacity: Several examples. Calvin would occasionally do this, often in an attempt to baffle Miss Wormwood and get out of doing actual schoolwork.
--> '''Calvin:''' Miss Wormwood, could we arrange our seats in a circle and have a little discussion? Specifically, I'd like to debate whether cannibalism ought to be grounds for leniency in murders, since it's less wasteful.
* ReligiousRussianRoulette: In a couple of strips.
* {{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.
* ReversePsychology:
** Calvin writes a letter to Santa saying that he doesn't want any gifts this year, he just wants love and peace for his fellow man. He tells Hobbes he's using ReversePsychology, but Hobbes thinks this is "kind of risky," so Calvin crumples up the letter.
** After repeatedly yelling "SNOW!" at the sky fails to bring any snow, Calvin tries a different approach:
--->'''Calvin:''' OK, then, DON'T snow! See what I care! I LIKE this weather! Let's have it forever!
* RightHandCat: Hobbes.
* RoguesGallery: 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 ArchEnemy [[ADogNamedDog Mom-Lady]].
* {{Rule 34}}: It's the example given in the common image illustrating the concept. And, yes, there really is. Badly drawn, to boot.
** [[UpToEleven Even worse, there's Rule34 of the image used to illustrate Rule 34 using Calvin and Hobbes]].
* RuleOfFunny: There's no justification in-universe for Calvin's SesquipedalianLoquaciousness or freakish intelligence in general, Hobbes' MaybeMagicMaybeMundane 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 [[ConflictBall least want him to do]], or just for an opportunity to mock television.
* RunningGag: ''Many''. The Transmogrifier, the bicycle, the NoodleIncident, Calvin's "snow art," and the recurring bedtime story ''Hamster Huey and the Gooey Kablooie'', to name a few.
** The ''Hamster Huey'' gag is played on when his dad snaps from being forced to read it ''[[RantInducingSlight every single night]]'' and instead gives them a [[DarkerAndEdgier new take]] on the story.
--->''(Calvin and Hobbes lying in bed, eyes wide open)''\\
'''Calvin:''' Wow, the story was different ''this'' time.\\
'''Hobbes:''' Do you think the townsfolk will ever find [[DerailedFairyTale Hamster Huey's head?]]
** Other notable running gags include Calvin's annual struggle to be "good" enough in December to avoid the wrath of Santa, Calvin being ambushed by Hobbes at moments when he least expects it, and of course Calvin's alter egos.
** Calvin's hatred of baths and his tendency to hide or throw tantrums at bath time.
*** And on the occasions when he does bathe, his tendency to flood the bathroom or otherwise cause trouble.
---->'''Calvin:''' The oil tanker crashed, Mom.\\
'''Mom:''' You poured ''ink'' in the bath water??
** Does Calvin's fictitious flamethrower count?
** Calvin performing various incantations and rituals that he hopes will bring snow.
** Additionally, a good number of running gags revolve around Calvin's dad:
*** Calvin's political polls on his dad.
*** Dad's camping trips, that always make Mom and Calvin miserable.
*** Calvin asking his dad a question, and Dad responding with an elaborate answer that is complete nonsense. For example, why do you close your eyes when you sneeze? Because otherwise the force of the explosion would blow your eyeballs out of their sockets, they'd dangle on your face by the optic nerve, and you'd have to aim them with your hands when you want to look at something.
** Calvin grossing Susie out at the school lunch table:
--->'''Calvin:''' Processed lunch meat is pretty scary. What are those little specks anyway? Lizard parts? Who knows? And this "skin." I heard it used to be made of intestine, but I think nowadays it's plastic. Of course, they dye and wax fruit so it looks better. It's like eating a candle. Yep, we'd probably be dead now if it wasn't for Twinkies.\\
'''Susie:''' And Mom wonders why I'm so hungry after school.
** Calvin annoying his parents to the point where they kick him out of the house (literally.)
** Spaceman Spiff's adventures often take him to the dangerous Planet Zog.
** Calvin ''always'' wakes his parents at a ridiculously early hour on Christmas morning.
--->'''Dad:''' ''(squinting at the alarm clock)'' Quarter to 6. He let us sleep in this year.
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[[folder: S-T]]
* SadistTeacher: Calvin sees Miss Wormwood as being one of these. In truth, Miss Wormwood is a [[SternTeacher 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.
-->'''Calvin:''' I want a high-paying job when I get out of here! I want opportunity!\\
'''Miss Wormwood:''' In that case, young man, I suggest you start working harder. What you get out of school depends on what you put into it.\\
'''Calvin:''' Oh... Then forget it.
* SanityBall: 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, [[WomenAreWiser Mom has the ball]]. When Susie shows up, Calvin's typical reaction is throwing the SanityBall at her and running away.
* SantaClaus: 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.
* SarcasmBlind: Calvin can't detect sarcasm sometimes.
-->'''Calvin:''' This whole business of Santa rewarding ''good'' kids and neglecting ''bad'' kids really bugs me... Not that I have anything to worry about.
-->'''Hobbes:''' A paragon of virtue, that's you.
* SarcasticDevotee: Hobbes.
* SayingTooMuch: Calvin accidentally makes his mother aware of the NoodleIncident when he panics and tries to explain what Miss Wormwood told her at the parent-teacher meeting.
* ScaleModelDestruction:
** 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."
--->'''Hobbes:''' Your planes do tend to run into those, don't they?
* {{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."
* ScavengersAreScum: Calvin once made a report that defended the carnivore-vs.-scavenger aspect of TyrannosaurusRex 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 RuleOfCool as his sole argument.
* SceneryPorn: The Spaceman Spiff segues often include [[AddedAlliterativeAppeal 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 WatchingTheSunset, 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.
* ScrabbleBabble:
-->'''Calvin:''' Ha! I've got a great word and it's on a "Double word score" box!\\
'''Hobbes:''' "ZQFMGB" isn't a word! It doesn't even have a vowel!\\
'''Calvin:''' It is ''so'' a word! It's a worm found in New Guinea! Everyone knows that!\\
'''Hobbes:''' I'm looking it up.\\
'''Calvin:''' You do that, and I'll look up that 12-letter word ''you'' played with all the Xs and Js!\\
'''Hobbes:''' ...What's your score for ZQFMGB?\\
'''Calvin:''' [[RuleOfFunny 957.]]
* TheScream: Calvin, for five panels, upon learning Rosalyn is coming over.
-->'''Mom:''' Take a breath before you pass out on the floor!
** Calvin again, out of fear, as his dad attempts to teach him to ride a bike:
-->'''Dad:''' Think about how impressed your friends will be! Think about how much fun you'll have! ...Think about inhaling.
** Spaceman Spiff, faced with the ultimate weapon of interrogation: a '''calm discussion of wholesome principles'''!
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: In [[http://www.gocomics.com/calvinandhobbes/1990/04/02 this strip]], Calvin decides to go into Stupendous Man mode while Rosalyn is babysitting him. Hobbes leaves and comments "I'm going to get in bed now and avoid the rush."
* TheScrooge: 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.
-->'''Calvin (from outside):''' I'm telling the newspapers about you, dad!
* SecondPlaceIsForLosers: This is Calvin's attitude in regards to the school safety poster contest. His "Be careful or be roadkill!" poster loses out (for obvious reasons) to Susie's entry, leading him to rant to both Hobbes and his dad about this.
* 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!
* SecurityCling: UpToEleven after Hobbes [[JumpScare feigns a lethal pounce on Calvin]], scaring him half to death. Calvin holds onto Mom so tight that it looks like he's attached to her with velcro. His parents think the little guy is scared out of his mind because of the comic book he was reading at the time (bonus -- Hobbes, in "stuffed animal" form, is in pounce position in the last panel, just as he would be in "real tiger" form.)
* SeesawCatapult:
** 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 IMeantToDoThat.
** 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.
* SelfImposedChallenge: Provides the page quote, despite it not being a video game:
-->'''Calvin ([[TemptingFate cracking an egg above the stove with only one eye open]]):''' The secret to making life fun is making little challenges for yourself.\\
'''Hobbes:''' Like the challenge of explaining the stove and floor to your mom?\\
'''Calvin:''' Rats. See if there's another carton in the fridge, willya?
* SeriousBusiness: Chewing gum, which has as many as 12 consumer magazines dedicated to it.
* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: Frequent, such as to mess with Moe (see also StealthInsult). For just one example:
-->'''Moe:''' Gimme a quarter, Twinky.\\
'''Calvin:''' Your simian countenance suggests a heritage unusually rich in species diversity.\\
'''Moe:''' What?\\
'''Calvin:''' Here you go. (''tosses him a quarter'') That was worth 25 cents.
** Also (this is an earlier strip -- from Moe's first appearance, in fact):
-->'''Calvin:''' Moe, I was wondering something. Are your maladjusted antisocial tendencies the product of your berserk pituitary gland?\\
''(BeatPanel)''\\
'''Moe:''' What?\\
'''Calvin:''' (''looks out to the FourthWall'') Isn't he great, folks? Let's give him a big hand!
* SeveredHeadSports: Calvin builds a snowman that plays ten-pin bowling with another snowman's head.
* ShapeShifterShowdown: Calvin and Hobbes using the Transmogrifying Gun on each other.
* ShiftingTheBurdenOfProof: When the NoodleIncident is brought up, Calvin's usual response is "Nobody can prove that was me!"
* ShootTheMessenger: Lampshaded by Calvin when he is sent to the principal's office for shouting "BORING!" at one of Miss Wormwood's lectures.
* ShoutOut: [[ShoutOut/CalvinAndHobbes Has its own page]].
* ShrunkenHead:
** Calvin has an interest in them.
** [[http://www.gocomics.com/calvinandhobbes/2013/07/07 Among the ingredients]] Calvin's mom uses to make dinner, [[UnreliableNarrator or so he thinks]].
** He also makes [[http://www.gocomics.com/calvinandhobbes/2014/01/25 snow scupltures]] of them.
** "[[http://www.gocomics.com/calvinandhobbes/2012/06/30 A hundred shrunken heads of popular cartoon characters]]."
--->'''Mom:''' Eww, [[MouthStitchedShut you stitched their mouths shut]]?
* SickeninglySweethearts: Susie attempts to enforce this when she and Calvin play house. Calvin's not having it.
* SilenceIsGolden: Watterson said that the change to his SundayStrip format allowed him to further explore the ability to tell a story without dialogue.
* SkyFace: One episode has Calvin look at a cloud that forms into his head, and he sees to his shock that it's sticking its tongue out at him!
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVsCynicism: For a story about [[ABoyAndHisX a boy and his tiger friend]], which sounds like something that could be [[TastesLikeDiabetes horribly saccharine]], it's ''very'' close to the middle. The world is full of wonders, but it's also unfair and sometimes cruel.
* SmartAnimalAverageHuman: 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.
* SmiteMeOMightySmiter: 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.
-->"It's man against the elements! Conscious being versus insentient nature! My wits against your force! WE'LL see who triumphs!"
* SnarkToSnarkCombat: A lot of it, usually with Calvin on one side and his dad, Susie, or Hobbes on the other.
* SneakingSnacks: A RunningGag involves the many elaborate and often ill-conceived plans Calvin develops in his attempts to raid the cookie jar.
* SneezeOfDoom:
** 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 [[YourHeadASplode explodes]] from a particularly violent sneeze. Turns out, he was pretending.
* SnowballFight: A recurring trope, most often Calvin vs. Hobbes or Susie.
* SocietyIsToBlame: Calvin tries to pull this excuse on his dad, saying that he's a pawn of unfortunate influences and the culture is to blame. Calvin's dad responds that that means he needs to build more character and [[MiseryBuildsCharacter sends him to shovel the walk.]]
* {{Snowlems}}: The Deranged Mutant Killer Monster Snow Goons.
* TheSociopath: Calvin sometimes feels like he may harbor such tendencies -- see BlackComedy, above, as well as his casual discussion of the physical harm he plans to cause Susie via his individually crafted snowballs.
* SolarPoweredMagnifyingGlass: 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.
* SophisticatedAsHell: Calvin is a soft-PG example.
* SoundDefect: "Scientific progress goes 'boink'?"
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: A rare non-translation example. It's Susie, ''not'' Suzie.
* SpiritualSuccessor: Some readers have remarked that the current comic ''ComicStrip/{{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, ''ComicStrip/PhoebeAndHerUnicorn'' is seen as a {{Gender Flip}}ped version of ''Calvin and Hobbes''.
* SplashOfColor: The [[http://www.gocomics.com/calvinandhobbes/1995/12/31 final strip]] places the brightly-colored title characters against a white snowscape.
* SpontaneousHumanCombustion: {{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.
* SpoofAesop: 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.
* SprayingDrinkFromNose: 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.
* SquirrelsInMyPants: Subverted: Calvin actually had a hole in his pocket that some pennies dropped through.
* StableTimeLoop: 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+.
* StarfishAliens: With Calvin's imagination? You bet. A lot of his aliens end up having rather human personalities, though.
* StealthInsult:
** Hobbes gets in a lot of these. One example, from a strip where Calvin made wings for himself out of construction paper:
--->'''Hobbes:''' If paper feathers are all it takes to fly, don't you think we'd have heard about it before?\\
'''Calvin:''' It takes an uncommon mind to think of these things, Hobbes.\\
'''Hobbes:''' I'd agree with that.
** And a more blatant example, after Calvin [[LiteralMetaphor cannot find the marbles he'd been playing with]]:
--->'''Calvin:''' I've lost my marbles.\\
'''Hobbes:''' [with a huge grin] Everyone suspected as much.\\
'''Calvin:''' Well, I hope somebody finds them, then.\\
''(Cut to nighttime, when both are in bed and the [[LateToThePunchline realization suddenly dawns on Calvin]])''\\
'''Calvin:''' ''[angrily]'' HEY!
** The same joke, substituting an incomplete set of playing cards for marbles, is used in the next strip:
--->'''Calvin:''' "I'm not playing with a full deck!"
* StopCopyingMe: A few examples. When Calvin does it to Hobbes, he is stopped by Hobbes quoting from an incomprehensible philosophy text. (But first he tries insulting himself, and Calvin answers, "At least you have the courage to admit it.)
** When Calvin does it to his dad, his dad stops him by saying, "I forfeit all my desserts for a week." So Calvin accepts his dad's "forfeited" desserts.
* StoryArc: 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.
* StrawNihilist: 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:''' [[CessationOfExistence Suppose there's no afterlife.]] Suppose this life is all you get.
-->{{Beat}} as Hobbes looks around.
-->'''Hobbes:''' [[TheAntiNihilist Oh, what the heck. I'll take it anyway.]]
* SuckinessIsPainful: At least in Calvin's mind, in which his parents' cooking is portrayed as inedible sludge at best and small-scale {{Eldritch Abomination}}s at worst.
* SundayStrip: After doing normal Sunday strips for the first few years of the series ("normal" meaning in this case that they were designed so that the first two or three panels could be left off at the discretion of individual page editors without changing too much,) Watterson negotiated the right to lay out his Sunday strips however he wanted. This resulted in unique strips, such as some with only three panels (an inset in the top left, the joke itself as a panorama, and a small punchline in the bottom right, like the "Tyrannosaurs in F-14s" strip mentioned above and some strips with dozens of panels.
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: Calvin, on numerous occasions.
* SuperheroesWearCapes:
** ''Calvin and Hobbes'' presents: "'''''[[http://www.gocomics.com/calvinandhobbes/1987/06/04 This]]''''' is a job for..."
** Outside of the above example, one of Calvin's alter-egos, Stupendous Man, also wears a cape.
* SymbolSwearing: Used exactly once, when Calvin spells "be" in Scrabble and is frustrated that it's only worth two points.
* TakeOurWordForIt: 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 NoodleIncident 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 [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emil_i_Lönneberga 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."
* TakeThat: 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 [[UsefulNotes/TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks the Dark Age of western comics]], 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 Creator/DaveSim and Creator/ScottMcCloud and join up with the Graphic Novel movement is a mystery.
** Watterson directed a few Take Thats at ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'' creator Creator/JimDavis over the years. In a rare 1987 interview, he harshly condemned Davis' comic strip ''ComicStrip/USAcres'', 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 Creator/BillAmend's first ''ComicStrip/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 ComicStrip/BloomCounty that parodied cartoon cats that featured characters such as ComicStrip/{{Garfield}} and Hobbes, Bill Watterson retaliated hilariously with [[https://web.archive.org/web/20030516031339/http://ignatz.brinkster.net/cimages/cbreathedsketch.jpg this comic]]. In response Berkeley Breathed said this:
--> "I have committed other thefts with a clean and unfettered conscience. ''Garfield'' was too calculated and too successful not to freely raid for illicit character cameos. ''Calvin and Hobbes'' was too good not to. ''Calvin'' creator Bill Watterson took these thefts in stride and retaliated in private with devastatingly effective illustrated salvos, hitting me in my most vulnerable places. Bill's sketch is an editorial comment on my addiction to the expensive sport of power boating and the moral compromises needed to fund it. That's me doing the kicking. The chap on the dock represents my cartoon syndicate boss, which says it all, methinks."
** 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 Radio/RushLimbaugh 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 [[UsefulNotes/TheGreatComicsCrashOf1996 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.
* TalkingHeads: in one strip, Watterson complains about the prevalence of this in NewspaperComics. (Because it's Watterson, the [[LampshadeHanging strip's art is identical in all four panels]], and the character who brings it up is Calvin's curmudgeonly [[TheGhost grandfather]].)
* TalkingIsAFreeAction: All of Calvin's fantasies are narrated by himself out loud and no-one else in them notice or care.
* TeachersOutOfSchool: At one point Calvin's mom mentions seeing his teacher Ms. Wormwood at the supermarket. Calvin remarks that he just kind of assumed that teachers slept in coffins all summer.
* TechnicallyASmile: [[http://www.gocomics.com/calvinandhobbes/1988/12/16 Calvin does a grotesquely awful/hilarious one for a photograph.]]
* TellHimImNotSpeakingToHim: Calvin's mother drifts into this following a terrible camping holiday.
-->'''Calvin's Mother:''' Calvin, tell your father that any judge would take this trip as grounds for divorce.\\
'''Calvin:''' Dad, Mom says...
* ThoughtAversionFailure:
-->'''Hobbes:''' A bee landed on your back!
-->'''Calvin:''' A bee?! Acckk! Get it away!!
-->'''Hobbes:''' Don't move, and it won't sting you. Just stand still and try not to imagine that it might very well crawl down your shirt and into your pants!
-->''(Calvin jumps into the air, screaming)''
-->'''Hobbes:''' He imagined it.
* ThatCloudLooksLike:
** Calvin once saw a cloud that looked like himself sticking his tongue out.
** Another time, he saw one that did an "impression" of a duck.
** In yet another strip, Susie asks Calvin what a cloud looks like to him. He replies, "[[LiteralMinded a bunch of suspended water and ice particles]]."
* ThatsNoMoon: Used in the Spaceman Spiff stories.
* ThingsThatGoBumpInTheNight: Calvin often has to battle with the monsters under his bed.
* ThirdPersonPerson: Most of Calvin's alter-egos would narrate their own adventures in the third person (and in present tense,) Tracer Bullet [[PrivateEyeMonologue being the exception]].
** "Also, Calvin the Bold will now refer to himself in the third person."
* TickertapeParade: In one comic, Calvin has an ImagineSpot where he's thrown a tickertape parade for getting an A.
* TimeAndRelativeDimensionsInSpace: All of the 'time-travel' arcs.
* TitleDrop: Inverted. The collections were named after quotes from the strips (like "Revenge of the Baby Sat" and "Scientific Progress Goes 'Boink.'")
* TitleTheAdaptation: 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."
-->"What does my dad do? Mostly he gets on my nerves. The end."
* ToiletPaperPrank: 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."
* TooDumbToLive: Day after day, Calvin would announce his return from school at the front door with a loud [[CatchPhrase "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 [[WrongGenreSavvy 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.
* ToServeMan:
** Spaceman Spiff sometimes views aliens as this. One time he finds out that a certain planet's [[BlandNameProduct McZargald's]] has served over 75 million Earthlingburgers.
** "Goldilocks and the Three Tigers."
--->'''Dad''' (reading Hobbes' story): "The tigers quickly divided Goldilocks into big, medium, and small pieces and dunked them in the porridge--" I'm not finishing this, it's disgusting! ''Good night!''
--->'''Calvin:''' He didn't even look at our illustrations.
--->'''Hobbes:''' Now I'm all hungry.
* TotemPoleTrench: 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."
* ToTheBatnoun: 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!"
* ToxicWasteCanDoAnything: 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".
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Hobbes loves tuna [[note]]salmon in later strips[[/note]], 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.
* TrailerParkTornadoMagnet: 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!"
* TransformationRay: The various Transmogrifiers.
* TreeCover: Calvin does this a lot, mostly to Susie.
* TreehouseOfFun: Calvin and Hobbes hold their G.R.O.S.S. meetings in one.
* TrueArtIsIncomprehensible: [[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.
* TruthInTelevision: [[http://www.typelogic.com/infp.html INFP]] personalities tend to be described as Calvin.
-->INFP children often exhibit this in a 'Calvin and Hobbes' fashion, switching from reality to fantasy and back again. With few exceptions, it is the NF child who readily develops imaginary playmates...
* {{Tsundere}}: WordOfGod attributes traits consistent with the two major subtypes to Calvin (tsun-tsun type) and Susie (dere-dere type.)
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* UnnamedParent: Calvin's parents are just Mom and Dad, or "dear" to each other. WordOfGod 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 ADayInTheLimelight. (They still didn't get names, though.)
* UnreliableNarrator: Calvin usually portrays himself as being a victim when there are times he's not, PlayedForLaughs. It's possible that the FreeRangeChildren is a case of this; even though Calvin appears to live behind a forest, it looks practically like a national park.
* UnsoundEffect: Calvin's galoshes going "galosh galosh galosh," for one, which causes him to [[LampshadeHanging 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!"
* UnusualEuphemism: Calvin's dad, after dropping a Christmas present on his foot: "Slippin'-rippin'-dang-fang-rotten-zarg-barg-a-ding-dong!" However, this may be TranslationConvention from genuine swearing.
** Spaceman Spiff talks like a B-movie hero. "Zounds!"
** "Zounds" is actually a 16th century curse word, abbreviated from "God's wounds!" Much like saying "holy cow" instead of taking the Lord's name in vain, it was a curse that was changed to a less blasphemously offensive form.
* VerbThis: 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.
* ViewersAreGeniuses: Though there's quite enough childish humor to balance it out.
* AVillainNamedZrg: Evil aliens encountered by Spaceman Spiff include [[http://calvinandhobbes.wikia.com/wiki/Zorg Zorgs]], [[http://www.gocomics.com/calvinandhobbes/1986/04/10 Zargs]], [[http://calvinandhobbes.wikia.com/wiki/Zorkon Zorkons]], [[http://calvinandhobbes.wikia.com/wiki/Zogwarg Zogwargs]], and [[http://calvinandhobbes.wikia.com/wiki/Zog Zogs]].
* VisualPun: In one strip, Calvin and Hobbes toast to their friendship... And then chow down on some toast.
* VitriolicBestBuds: Our heroes sometimes come across this way, particularly with the number of fights they get into, the times Hobbes tackles or outright tries to prey on Calvin, the insults they often exchange, and so forth.
** Calvin and Susie are also this. Despite their cycle of Calvin being a smart-aleck or trying to pelt her with snowballs and ending with Susie KO'ing him, they still hang out together very often; for instance, when Calvin is forced outside by his dad after watching Saturday morning TV, he immediately goes to Susie's, who happily invites him in.
* VolleyingInsults: Very frequently.
* VolumetricMouth: Used a fair amount of times, in the vein of the TropeCodifier ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}''.
** Watterson even noted this when reviewing a biography of Schultz.
** Hobbes asserts during a time travel arc that "Drawing Calvin is easy! You just make a big mouth and add some hair!"
* WantingIsBetterThanHaving:
** 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.
* WantonCrueltyToTheCommonComma: In the story arc where Calvin pushes his mom's car out of the garage, Hobbes says: "I think ''you're'' mom's going to be bothered."
* WarriorPoet: Parodied, as Calvin takes his snowball and water balloon fights [[SeriousBusiness very seriously]]. See quote above at LittleMissSnarker.
* WastefulWishing: 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.
* WatchingTheSunset: And missing lots of great shows.
** To be more specific; Dad ''loves'' this trope. Calvin does not.
* WetCementGag: 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.
* WhamLine: 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...
---> '''Dad:''' Gosh, it's drafty in here...\\
'''Calvin:''' The window's smashed! Look at the glass!\\
'''Mom:''' ''SOMEBODY BROKE IN!!''
** In the baseball storyline, after Calvin is cruelly yelled at by the other kids for making their team lose.
---> '''Calvin:''' Mr. Lockjaw, I don't wanna play anymore. There's too much team spirit.\\
'''Mr. Lockjaw:''' [[KickTheDog OK, quitter!]] [[AdultsAreUseless Goodbye.]]
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: 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.
* WhenItAllBegan: The very first strips show how Calvin 'caught' Hobbes in a tiger trap baited with tuna fish. Watterson would mention regretting this in the 10th Anniversery collection, as he had felt the need to "explain" how Calvin met Hobbes when the strip started, but eventually felt it ruined the ambiguity.
* WhereTheHellIsSpringfield: 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.
** 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.[[/note]]
** It's [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calvin_and_Hobbes#Books Chagrin Falls, Ohio]]:
-->In ''The Essential Calvin and Hobbes'', which includes cartoons from the collections ''Calvin and Hobbes'' and ''Something Under the Bed is Drooling'', the back cover features a scene of a giant Calvin rampaging through a town. The scene is based on Watterson's home town of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chagrin_Falls,_Ohio Chagrin Falls, Ohio]], and Calvin is holding [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chagrin_Falls_Popcorn_Shop the Chagrin Falls Popcorn Shop]], an iconic candy and ice cream shop overlooking the town's namesake falls. 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 UsefulNotes/{{Cleveland}}'s [[http://www.wkyc.com/ Channel 3 News]], complete with logo.
** In another strip, Miss Wormwood, to gauge whether Calvin is paying attention, asks "What state do you live in?" Calvin's answer? "[[{{Pun}} Denial]]."
* WhereWhere: In [[http://www.gocomics.com/calvinandhobbes/1986/05/20 this strip]].
* WildTake: Both Calvin and Hobbes are prone to these.
* WilliamTelling: In one strip where Calvin tries to knock a snowball off a snowman's head. (He accuses the snowman of flinching when he misses.)
* WishFulfillment: 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.
* AWizardDidIt: 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."
* WomenAreWiser:
** Susie includes this in her imaginings of what adult married life would be like. Then again, she imagines herself married to [[{{Manchild}} Calvin]], [[ParentingTheHusband 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's Mom:''' Any luck?
--->'''Calvin's Dad:''' Of course not! How am I going to find a stuffed tiger in the woods at night? Why can't Calvin keep track of his toys? I must be crazy to be out here...
--->'''Calvin's Mom:''' ''(calling out loud)'' [[SayMyName HO-O-O-BBES!]]
--->''(realizing what she just did, with an extremely embarrassed look on her face)''
--->'''Calvin's Mom:''' Oops. Heh heh.
--->'''Calvin's Dad:''' I may be crazy, but I'm not as crazy as you.
* WordSaladHumor: The September 1, 1992 strip:
-->'''Calvin:''' Hey Dad. Know what I figured out? The meaning of words isn't a fixed thing! Any word can mean anything! By giving words new meanings, ordinary English can become an exclusionary code! Two generations can be divided by the same language! To that end, I'll be inventing new definitions for common words, so we'll be unable to communicate. Don't you think that's totally spam? It's lubricated! Well, I'm phasing.
-->'''Father:''' (Making the peace sign) Marvy. Fab. Far out.
** "Explain Newton's First Law of Motion in your own words." "Yakka foob mog. Grug pubbawup zink wattoom gazork. Chumble spuzz."
* TheWorfBarrage: As Spaceman Spiff, Calvin's RayGun 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."
* WorldOfSnark: Nearly every main character has many sarcastic moments, though some of them more so than others.
* WorldsShortestBook:
-->'''Calvin:''' On today's agenda, we'll make a list of what girls are ''good'' for. Obviously this will be a short meeting!
* WoundedGazelleGambit: Susie pulls this on Calvin after he hits her with a snowball:
-->'''Calvin:''' Ha ha! I gotcha, you dumb girl!!
-->'''Susie:''' AUGHH! MY EYEBALL! WHERE'S MY EYEBALL?!
-->'''Calvin:''' What are you talking about? I hit you in the back.
-->'''Susie:''' It knocked my eyeball out! Find it and pack it in snow so they can save it! Ow! Ow!
-->'''Calvin:''' ''(bends over to look for it)'' Gosh, did you really lose your eyeball? I didn't know they came out! Wow. I'm really sorry. I didn't mean to knock it out. Can I see the socket? Boy, where do you suppose it rolled.
-->'''Susie:''' ''(kicking him in the backside)'' SOMEWHERE OVER THERE, POOP HEAD!!
* WritersCannotDoMath: Hobbes cites a statistic that claims that by the age of six, the average child has seen a million murders on television. That's over 456 per day.
** That could just as easily be Hobbes being bad at math or [[LiesDamnLiesAndStatistics making up a statistic]].
* WriteWhatYouKnow:[[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.
* YesVirginia: Defied. An early strip actually depicts Calvin's parents setting out presents for him on Christmas. Some {{Imagine Spot}}s depict Santa Claus, but there is never any proof given that Santa Claus might be real.
** 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 [[LampshadeHanging hung a lampshade]] on it once by asking why Santa doesn't just reveal himself, and even [[HaveYouSeenMyGod compares it to God]].
** 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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* QualityOverQuantity: In a water balloon fight, Calvin brags to Hobbes how he has the overwhelming advantage because he's got three water balloons as opposed to Hobbes' one and taunts about how he will drench Hobbes thoroughly. Hobbes simply tosses his balloon to Calvin, who screams that his hands are full, resulting in him getting quadruple-drenched. Hobbes then taunts Calvin that rather than stocking on water balloons, he should've stocked on brains instead.
* RadishCure: Calvin's mom lets Calvin smoke a cigarette his grandpa left behind. He really doesn't enjoy it, but the [[SpoofAesop Aesop]] he learns was ''not to trust his mother''.
* RainDance: Calvin attempts a "snow dance" to get school cancelled. It doesn't work.
* ReadingsBlewUpTheScale
* RealityEnsues: Almost a RunningGag 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.
---> '''Calvin:''' Reality continues to ruin my life.
---> '''Hobbes:''' Maybe you could put it someplace where someone will walk into it.
** 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 [[SoreLoser harshly yell at him]]. Then, when an unrelenting stream of abuse makes him quit, the coach calls him a "quitter".
* RealPlaceBackground: Much of the art is based on the artist's home town, including the suburban atmosphere and the local trees, especially in [[http://robot6.comicbookresources.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/essential.jpg this large graphic that appeared on the back of an early collection]].
* RecursiveReality: Calvin once grew to the size of a galaxy and found a door that led back to his own room.
* RefugeInAudacity: Several examples. Calvin would occasionally do this, often in an attempt to baffle Miss Wormwood and get out of doing actual schoolwork.
--> '''Calvin:''' Miss Wormwood, could we arrange our seats in a circle and have a little discussion? Specifically, I'd like to debate whether cannibalism ought to be grounds for leniency in murders, since it's less wasteful.
* ReligiousRussianRoulette: In a couple of strips.
* {{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.
* ReversePsychology:
** Calvin writes a letter to Santa saying that he doesn't want any gifts this year, he just wants love and peace for his fellow man. He tells Hobbes he's using ReversePsychology, but Hobbes thinks this is "kind of risky," so Calvin crumples up the letter.
** After repeatedly yelling "SNOW!" at the sky fails to bring any snow, Calvin tries a different approach:
--->'''Calvin:''' OK, then, DON'T snow! See what I care! I LIKE this weather! Let's have it forever!
* RightHandCat: Hobbes.
* RoguesGallery: 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 ArchEnemy [[ADogNamedDog Mom-Lady]].
* {{Rule 34}}: It's the example given in the common image illustrating the concept. And, yes, there really is. Badly drawn, to boot.
** [[UpToEleven Even worse, there's Rule34 of the image used to illustrate Rule 34 using Calvin and Hobbes]].
* RuleOfFunny: There's no justification in-universe for Calvin's SesquipedalianLoquaciousness or freakish intelligence in general, Hobbes' MaybeMagicMaybeMundane 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 [[ConflictBall least want him to do]], or just for an opportunity to mock television.
* RunningGag: ''Many''. The Transmogrifier, the bicycle, the NoodleIncident, Calvin's "snow art," and the recurring bedtime story ''Hamster Huey and the Gooey Kablooie'', to name a few.
** The ''Hamster Huey'' gag is played on when his dad snaps from being forced to read it ''[[RantInducingSlight every single night]]'' and instead gives them a [[DarkerAndEdgier new take]] on the story.
--->''(Calvin and Hobbes lying in bed, eyes wide open)''\\
'''Calvin:''' Wow, the story was different ''this'' time.\\
'''Hobbes:''' Do you think the townsfolk will ever find [[DerailedFairyTale Hamster Huey's head?]]
** Other notable running gags include Calvin's annual struggle to be "good" enough in December to avoid the wrath of Santa, Calvin being ambushed by Hobbes at moments when he least expects it, and of course Calvin's alter egos.
** Calvin's hatred of baths and his tendency to hide or throw tantrums at bath time.
*** And on the occasions when he does bathe, his tendency to flood the bathroom or otherwise cause trouble.
---->'''Calvin:''' The oil tanker crashed, Mom.\\
'''Mom:''' You poured ''ink'' in the bath water??
** Does Calvin's fictitious flamethrower count?
** Calvin performing various incantations and rituals that he hopes will bring snow.
** Additionally, a good number of running gags revolve around Calvin's dad:
*** Calvin's political polls on his dad.
*** Dad's camping trips, that always make Mom and Calvin miserable.
*** Calvin asking his dad a question, and Dad responding with an elaborate answer that is complete nonsense. For example, why do you close your eyes when you sneeze? Because otherwise the force of the explosion would blow your eyeballs out of their sockets, they'd dangle on your face by the optic nerve, and you'd have to aim them with your hands when you want to look at something.
** Calvin grossing Susie out at the school lunch table:
--->'''Calvin:''' Processed lunch meat is pretty scary. What are those little specks anyway? Lizard parts? Who knows? And this "skin." I heard it used to be made of intestine, but I think nowadays it's plastic. Of course, they dye and wax fruit so it looks better. It's like eating a candle. Yep, we'd probably be dead now if it wasn't for Twinkies.\\
'''Susie:''' And Mom wonders why I'm so hungry after school.
** Calvin annoying his parents to the point where they kick him out of the house (literally.)
** Spaceman Spiff's adventures often take him to the dangerous Planet Zog.
** Calvin ''always'' wakes his parents at a ridiculously early hour on Christmas morning.
--->'''Dad:''' ''(squinting at the alarm clock)'' Quarter to 6. He let us sleep in this year.
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* SadistTeacher: Calvin sees Miss Wormwood as being one of these. In truth, Miss Wormwood is a [[SternTeacher 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.
-->'''Calvin:''' I want a high-paying job when I get out of here! I want opportunity!\\
'''Miss Wormwood:''' In that case, young man, I suggest you start working harder. What you get out of school depends on what you put into it.\\
'''Calvin:''' Oh... Then forget it.
* SanityBall: 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, [[WomenAreWiser Mom has the ball]]. When Susie shows up, Calvin's typical reaction is throwing the SanityBall at her and running away.
* SantaClaus: 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.
* SarcasmBlind: Calvin can't detect sarcasm sometimes.
-->'''Calvin:''' This whole business of Santa rewarding ''good'' kids and neglecting ''bad'' kids really bugs me... Not that I have anything to worry about.
-->'''Hobbes:''' A paragon of virtue, that's you.
* SarcasticDevotee: Hobbes.
* SayingTooMuch: Calvin accidentally makes his mother aware of the NoodleIncident when he panics and tries to explain what Miss Wormwood told her at the parent-teacher meeting.
* ScaleModelDestruction:
** 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."
--->'''Hobbes:''' Your planes do tend to run into those, don't they?
* {{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."
* ScavengersAreScum: Calvin once made a report that defended the carnivore-vs.-scavenger aspect of TyrannosaurusRex 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 RuleOfCool as his sole argument.
* SceneryPorn: The Spaceman Spiff segues often include [[AddedAlliterativeAppeal 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 WatchingTheSunset, 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.
* ScrabbleBabble:
-->'''Calvin:''' Ha! I've got a great word and it's on a "Double word score" box!\\
'''Hobbes:''' "ZQFMGB" isn't a word! It doesn't even have a vowel!\\
'''Calvin:''' It is ''so'' a word! It's a worm found in New Guinea! Everyone knows that!\\
'''Hobbes:''' I'm looking it up.\\
'''Calvin:''' You do that, and I'll look up that 12-letter word ''you'' played with all the Xs and Js!\\
'''Hobbes:''' ...What's your score for ZQFMGB?\\
'''Calvin:''' [[RuleOfFunny 957.]]
* TheScream: Calvin, for five panels, upon learning Rosalyn is coming over.
-->'''Mom:''' Take a breath before you pass out on the floor!
** Calvin again, out of fear, as his dad attempts to teach him to ride a bike:
-->'''Dad:''' Think about how impressed your friends will be! Think about how much fun you'll have! ...Think about inhaling.
** Spaceman Spiff, faced with the ultimate weapon of interrogation: a '''calm discussion of wholesome principles'''!
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: In [[http://www.gocomics.com/calvinandhobbes/1990/04/02 this strip]], Calvin decides to go into Stupendous Man mode while Rosalyn is babysitting him. Hobbes leaves and comments "I'm going to get in bed now and avoid the rush."
* TheScrooge: 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.
-->'''Calvin (from outside):''' I'm telling the newspapers about you, dad!
* SecondPlaceIsForLosers: This is Calvin's attitude in regards to the school safety poster contest. His "Be careful or be roadkill!" poster loses out (for obvious reasons) to Susie's entry, leading him to rant to both Hobbes and his dad about this.
* 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!
* SecurityCling: UpToEleven after Hobbes [[JumpScare feigns a lethal pounce on Calvin]], scaring him half to death. Calvin holds onto Mom so tight that it looks like he's attached to her with velcro. His parents think the little guy is scared out of his mind because of the comic book he was reading at the time (bonus -- Hobbes, in "stuffed animal" form, is in pounce position in the last panel, just as he would be in "real tiger" form.)
* SeesawCatapult:
** 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 IMeantToDoThat.
** 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.
* SelfImposedChallenge: Provides the page quote, despite it not being a video game:
-->'''Calvin ([[TemptingFate cracking an egg above the stove with only one eye open]]):''' The secret to making life fun is making little challenges for yourself.\\
'''Hobbes:''' Like the challenge of explaining the stove and floor to your mom?\\
'''Calvin:''' Rats. See if there's another carton in the fridge, willya?
* SeriousBusiness: Chewing gum, which has as many as 12 consumer magazines dedicated to it.
* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: Frequent, such as to mess with Moe (see also StealthInsult). For just one example:
-->'''Moe:''' Gimme a quarter, Twinky.\\
'''Calvin:''' Your simian countenance suggests a heritage unusually rich in species diversity.\\
'''Moe:''' What?\\
'''Calvin:''' Here you go. (''tosses him a quarter'') That was worth 25 cents.
** Also (this is an earlier strip -- from Moe's first appearance, in fact):
-->'''Calvin:''' Moe, I was wondering something. Are your maladjusted antisocial tendencies the product of your berserk pituitary gland?\\
''(BeatPanel)''\\
'''Moe:''' What?\\
'''Calvin:''' (''looks out to the FourthWall'') Isn't he great, folks? Let's give him a big hand!
* SeveredHeadSports: Calvin builds a snowman that plays ten-pin bowling with another snowman's head.
* ShapeShifterShowdown: Calvin and Hobbes using the Transmogrifying Gun on each other.
* ShiftingTheBurdenOfProof: When the NoodleIncident is brought up, Calvin's usual response is "Nobody can prove that was me!"
* ShootTheMessenger: Lampshaded by Calvin when he is sent to the principal's office for shouting "BORING!" at one of Miss Wormwood's lectures.
* ShoutOut: [[ShoutOut/CalvinAndHobbes Has its own page]].
* ShrunkenHead:
** Calvin has an interest in them.
** [[http://www.gocomics.com/calvinandhobbes/2013/07/07 Among the ingredients]] Calvin's mom uses to make dinner, [[UnreliableNarrator or so he thinks]].
** He also makes [[http://www.gocomics.com/calvinandhobbes/2014/01/25 snow scupltures]] of them.
** "[[http://www.gocomics.com/calvinandhobbes/2012/06/30 A hundred shrunken heads of popular cartoon characters]]."
--->'''Mom:''' Eww, [[MouthStitchedShut you stitched their mouths shut]]?
* SickeninglySweethearts: Susie attempts to enforce this when she and Calvin play house. Calvin's not having it.
* SilenceIsGolden: Watterson said that the change to his SundayStrip format allowed him to further explore the ability to tell a story without dialogue.
* SkyFace: One episode has Calvin look at a cloud that forms into his head, and he sees to his shock that it's sticking its tongue out at him!
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVsCynicism: For a story about [[ABoyAndHisX a boy and his tiger friend]], which sounds like something that could be [[TastesLikeDiabetes horribly saccharine]], it's ''very'' close to the middle. The world is full of wonders, but it's also unfair and sometimes cruel.
* SmartAnimalAverageHuman: 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.
* SmiteMeOMightySmiter: 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.
-->"It's man against the elements! Conscious being versus insentient nature! My wits against your force! WE'LL see who triumphs!"
* SnarkToSnarkCombat: A lot of it, usually with Calvin on one side and his dad, Susie, or Hobbes on the other.
* SneakingSnacks: A RunningGag involves the many elaborate and often ill-conceived plans Calvin develops in his attempts to raid the cookie jar.
* SneezeOfDoom:
** 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 [[YourHeadASplode explodes]] from a particularly violent sneeze. Turns out, he was pretending.
* SnowballFight: A recurring trope, most often Calvin vs. Hobbes or Susie.
* SocietyIsToBlame: Calvin tries to pull this excuse on his dad, saying that he's a pawn of unfortunate influences and the culture is to blame. Calvin's dad responds that that means he needs to build more character and [[MiseryBuildsCharacter sends him to shovel the walk.]]
* {{Snowlems}}: The Deranged Mutant Killer Monster Snow Goons.
* TheSociopath: Calvin sometimes feels like he may harbor such tendencies -- see BlackComedy, above, as well as his casual discussion of the physical harm he plans to cause Susie via his individually crafted snowballs.
* SolarPoweredMagnifyingGlass: 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.
* SophisticatedAsHell: Calvin is a soft-PG example.
* SoundDefect: "Scientific progress goes 'boink'?"
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: A rare non-translation example. It's Susie, ''not'' Suzie.
* SpiritualSuccessor: Some readers have remarked that the current comic ''ComicStrip/{{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, ''ComicStrip/PhoebeAndHerUnicorn'' is seen as a {{Gender Flip}}ped version of ''Calvin and Hobbes''.
* SplashOfColor: The [[http://www.gocomics.com/calvinandhobbes/1995/12/31 final strip]] places the brightly-colored title characters against a white snowscape.
* SpontaneousHumanCombustion: {{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.
* SpoofAesop: 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.
* SprayingDrinkFromNose: 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.
* SquirrelsInMyPants: Subverted: Calvin actually had a hole in his pocket that some pennies dropped through.
* StableTimeLoop: 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+.
* StarfishAliens: With Calvin's imagination? You bet. A lot of his aliens end up having rather human personalities, though.
* StealthInsult:
** Hobbes gets in a lot of these. One example, from a strip where Calvin made wings for himself out of construction paper:
--->'''Hobbes:''' If paper feathers are all it takes to fly, don't you think we'd have heard about it before?\\
'''Calvin:''' It takes an uncommon mind to think of these things, Hobbes.\\
'''Hobbes:''' I'd agree with that.
** And a more blatant example, after Calvin [[LiteralMetaphor cannot find the marbles he'd been playing with]]:
--->'''Calvin:''' I've lost my marbles.\\
'''Hobbes:''' [with a huge grin] Everyone suspected as much.\\
'''Calvin:''' Well, I hope somebody finds them, then.\\
''(Cut to nighttime, when both are in bed and the [[LateToThePunchline realization suddenly dawns on Calvin]])''\\
'''Calvin:''' ''[angrily]'' HEY!
** The same joke, substituting an incomplete set of playing cards for marbles, is used in the next strip:
--->'''Calvin:''' "I'm not playing with a full deck!"
* StopCopyingMe: A few examples. When Calvin does it to Hobbes, he is stopped by Hobbes quoting from an incomprehensible philosophy text. (But first he tries insulting himself, and Calvin answers, "At least you have the courage to admit it.)
** When Calvin does it to his dad, his dad stops him by saying, "I forfeit all my desserts for a week." So Calvin accepts his dad's "forfeited" desserts.
* StoryArc: 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.
* StrawNihilist: 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:''' [[CessationOfExistence Suppose there's no afterlife.]] Suppose this life is all you get.
-->{{Beat}} as Hobbes looks around.
-->'''Hobbes:''' [[TheAntiNihilist Oh, what the heck. I'll take it anyway.]]
* SuckinessIsPainful: At least in Calvin's mind, in which his parents' cooking is portrayed as inedible sludge at best and small-scale {{Eldritch Abomination}}s at worst.
* SundayStrip: After doing normal Sunday strips for the first few years of the series ("normal" meaning in this case that they were designed so that the first two or three panels could be left off at the discretion of individual page editors without changing too much,) Watterson negotiated the right to lay out his Sunday strips however he wanted. This resulted in unique strips, such as some with only three panels (an inset in the top left, the joke itself as a panorama, and a small punchline in the bottom right, like the "Tyrannosaurs in F-14s" strip mentioned above and some strips with dozens of panels.
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: Calvin, on numerous occasions.
* SuperheroesWearCapes:
** ''Calvin and Hobbes'' presents: "'''''[[http://www.gocomics.com/calvinandhobbes/1987/06/04 This]]''''' is a job for..."
** Outside of the above example, one of Calvin's alter-egos, Stupendous Man, also wears a cape.
* SymbolSwearing: Used exactly once, when Calvin spells "be" in Scrabble and is frustrated that it's only worth two points.
* TakeOurWordForIt: 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 NoodleIncident 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 [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emil_i_Lönneberga 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."
* TakeThat: 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 [[UsefulNotes/TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks the Dark Age of western comics]], 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 Creator/DaveSim and Creator/ScottMcCloud and join up with the Graphic Novel movement is a mystery.
** Watterson directed a few Take Thats at ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'' creator Creator/JimDavis over the years. In a rare 1987 interview, he harshly condemned Davis' comic strip ''ComicStrip/USAcres'', 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 Creator/BillAmend's first ''ComicStrip/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 ComicStrip/BloomCounty that parodied cartoon cats that featured characters such as ComicStrip/{{Garfield}} and Hobbes, Bill Watterson retaliated hilariously with [[https://web.archive.org/web/20030516031339/http://ignatz.brinkster.net/cimages/cbreathedsketch.jpg this comic]]. In response Berkeley Breathed said this:
--> "I have committed other thefts with a clean and unfettered conscience. ''Garfield'' was too calculated and too successful not to freely raid for illicit character cameos. ''Calvin and Hobbes'' was too good not to. ''Calvin'' creator Bill Watterson took these thefts in stride and retaliated in private with devastatingly effective illustrated salvos, hitting me in my most vulnerable places. Bill's sketch is an editorial comment on my addiction to the expensive sport of power boating and the moral compromises needed to fund it. That's me doing the kicking. The chap on the dock represents my cartoon syndicate boss, which says it all, methinks."
** 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 Radio/RushLimbaugh 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 [[UsefulNotes/TheGreatComicsCrashOf1996 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.
* TalkingHeads: in one strip, Watterson complains about the prevalence of this in NewspaperComics. (Because it's Watterson, the [[LampshadeHanging strip's art is identical in all four panels]], and the character who brings it up is Calvin's curmudgeonly [[TheGhost grandfather]].)
* TalkingIsAFreeAction: All of Calvin's fantasies are narrated by himself out loud and no-one else in them notice or care.
* TeachersOutOfSchool: At one point Calvin's mom mentions seeing his teacher Ms. Wormwood at the supermarket. Calvin remarks that he just kind of assumed that teachers slept in coffins all summer.
* TechnicallyASmile: [[http://www.gocomics.com/calvinandhobbes/1988/12/16 Calvin does a grotesquely awful/hilarious one for a photograph.]]
* TellHimImNotSpeakingToHim: Calvin's mother drifts into this following a terrible camping holiday.
-->'''Calvin's Mother:''' Calvin, tell your father that any judge would take this trip as grounds for divorce.\\
'''Calvin:''' Dad, Mom says...
* ThoughtAversionFailure:
-->'''Hobbes:''' A bee landed on your back!
-->'''Calvin:''' A bee?! Acckk! Get it away!!
-->'''Hobbes:''' Don't move, and it won't sting you. Just stand still and try not to imagine that it might very well crawl down your shirt and into your pants!
-->''(Calvin jumps into the air, screaming)''
-->'''Hobbes:''' He imagined it.
* ThatCloudLooksLike:
** Calvin once saw a cloud that looked like himself sticking his tongue out.
** Another time, he saw one that did an "impression" of a duck.
** In yet another strip, Susie asks Calvin what a cloud looks like to him. He replies, "[[LiteralMinded a bunch of suspended water and ice particles]]."
* ThatsNoMoon: Used in the Spaceman Spiff stories.
* ThingsThatGoBumpInTheNight: Calvin often has to battle with the monsters under his bed.
* ThirdPersonPerson: Most of Calvin's alter-egos would narrate their own adventures in the third person (and in present tense,) Tracer Bullet [[PrivateEyeMonologue being the exception]].
** "Also, Calvin the Bold will now refer to himself in the third person."
* TickertapeParade: In one comic, Calvin has an ImagineSpot where he's thrown a tickertape parade for getting an A.
* TimeAndRelativeDimensionsInSpace: All of the 'time-travel' arcs.
* TitleDrop: Inverted. The collections were named after quotes from the strips (like "Revenge of the Baby Sat" and "Scientific Progress Goes 'Boink.'")
* TitleTheAdaptation: 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."
-->"What does my dad do? Mostly he gets on my nerves. The end."
* ToiletPaperPrank: 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."
* TooDumbToLive: Day after day, Calvin would announce his return from school at the front door with a loud [[CatchPhrase "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 [[WrongGenreSavvy 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.
* ToServeMan:
** Spaceman Spiff sometimes views aliens as this. One time he finds out that a certain planet's [[BlandNameProduct McZargald's]] has served over 75 million Earthlingburgers.
** "Goldilocks and the Three Tigers."
--->'''Dad''' (reading Hobbes' story): "The tigers quickly divided Goldilocks into big, medium, and small pieces and dunked them in the porridge--" I'm not finishing this, it's disgusting! ''Good night!''
--->'''Calvin:''' He didn't even look at our illustrations.
--->'''Hobbes:''' Now I'm all hungry.
* TotemPoleTrench: 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."
* ToTheBatnoun: 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!"
* ToxicWasteCanDoAnything: 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".
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Hobbes loves tuna [[note]]salmon in later strips[[/note]], 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.
* TrailerParkTornadoMagnet: 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!"
* TransformationRay: The various Transmogrifiers.
* TreeCover: Calvin does this a lot, mostly to Susie.
* TreehouseOfFun: Calvin and Hobbes hold their G.R.O.S.S. meetings in one.
* TrueArtIsIncomprehensible: [[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.
* TruthInTelevision: [[http://www.typelogic.com/infp.html INFP]] personalities tend to be described as Calvin.
-->INFP children often exhibit this in a 'Calvin and Hobbes' fashion, switching from reality to fantasy and back again. With few exceptions, it is the NF child who readily develops imaginary playmates...
* {{Tsundere}}: WordOfGod attributes traits consistent with the two major subtypes to Calvin (tsun-tsun type) and Susie (dere-dere type.)
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* UnnamedParent: Calvin's parents are just Mom and Dad, or "dear" to each other. WordOfGod 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 ADayInTheLimelight. (They still didn't get names, though.)
* UnreliableNarrator: Calvin usually portrays himself as being a victim when there are times he's not, PlayedForLaughs. It's possible that the FreeRangeChildren is a case of this; even though Calvin appears to live behind a forest, it looks practically like a national park.
* UnsoundEffect: Calvin's galoshes going "galosh galosh galosh," for one, which causes him to [[LampshadeHanging 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!"
* UnusualEuphemism: Calvin's dad, after dropping a Christmas present on his foot: "Slippin'-rippin'-dang-fang-rotten-zarg-barg-a-ding-dong!" However, this may be TranslationConvention from genuine swearing.
** Spaceman Spiff talks like a B-movie hero. "Zounds!"
** "Zounds" is actually a 16th century curse word, abbreviated from "God's wounds!" Much like saying "holy cow" instead of taking the Lord's name in vain, it was a curse that was changed to a less blasphemously offensive form.
* VerbThis: 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.
* ViewersAreGeniuses: Though there's quite enough childish humor to balance it out.
* AVillainNamedZrg: Evil aliens encountered by Spaceman Spiff include [[http://calvinandhobbes.wikia.com/wiki/Zorg Zorgs]], [[http://www.gocomics.com/calvinandhobbes/1986/04/10 Zargs]], [[http://calvinandhobbes.wikia.com/wiki/Zorkon Zorkons]], [[http://calvinandhobbes.wikia.com/wiki/Zogwarg Zogwargs]], and [[http://calvinandhobbes.wikia.com/wiki/Zog Zogs]].
* VisualPun: In one strip, Calvin and Hobbes toast to their friendship... And then chow down on some toast.
* VitriolicBestBuds: Our heroes sometimes come across this way, particularly with the number of fights they get into, the times Hobbes tackles or outright tries to prey on Calvin, the insults they often exchange, and so forth.
** Calvin and Susie are also this. Despite their cycle of Calvin being a smart-aleck or trying to pelt her with snowballs and ending with Susie KO'ing him, they still hang out together very often; for instance, when Calvin is forced outside by his dad after watching Saturday morning TV, he immediately goes to Susie's, who happily invites him in.
* VolleyingInsults: Very frequently.
* VolumetricMouth: Used a fair amount of times, in the vein of the TropeCodifier ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}''.
** Watterson even noted this when reviewing a biography of Schultz.
** Hobbes asserts during a time travel arc that "Drawing Calvin is easy! You just make a big mouth and add some hair!"
* WantingIsBetterThanHaving:
** 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.
* WantonCrueltyToTheCommonComma: In the story arc where Calvin pushes his mom's car out of the garage, Hobbes says: "I think ''you're'' mom's going to be bothered."
* WarriorPoet: Parodied, as Calvin takes his snowball and water balloon fights [[SeriousBusiness very seriously]]. See quote above at LittleMissSnarker.
* WastefulWishing: 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.
* WatchingTheSunset: And missing lots of great shows.
** To be more specific; Dad ''loves'' this trope. Calvin does not.
* WetCementGag: 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.
* WhamLine: 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...
---> '''Dad:''' Gosh, it's drafty in here...\\
'''Calvin:''' The window's smashed! Look at the glass!\\
'''Mom:''' ''SOMEBODY BROKE IN!!''
** In the baseball storyline, after Calvin is cruelly yelled at by the other kids for making their team lose.
---> '''Calvin:''' Mr. Lockjaw, I don't wanna play anymore. There's too much team spirit.\\
'''Mr. Lockjaw:''' [[KickTheDog OK, quitter!]] [[AdultsAreUseless Goodbye.]]
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: 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.
* WhenItAllBegan: The very first strips show how Calvin 'caught' Hobbes in a tiger trap baited with tuna fish. Watterson would mention regretting this in the 10th Anniversery collection, as he had felt the need to "explain" how Calvin met Hobbes when the strip started, but eventually felt it ruined the ambiguity.
* WhereTheHellIsSpringfield: 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.
** 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.[[/note]]
** It's [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calvin_and_Hobbes#Books Chagrin Falls, Ohio]]:
-->In ''The Essential Calvin and Hobbes'', which includes cartoons from the collections ''Calvin and Hobbes'' and ''Something Under the Bed is Drooling'', the back cover features a scene of a giant Calvin rampaging through a town. The scene is based on Watterson's home town of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chagrin_Falls,_Ohio Chagrin Falls, Ohio]], and Calvin is holding [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chagrin_Falls_Popcorn_Shop the Chagrin Falls Popcorn Shop]], an iconic candy and ice cream shop overlooking the town's namesake falls. 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 UsefulNotes/{{Cleveland}}'s [[http://www.wkyc.com/ Channel 3 News]], complete with logo.
** In another strip, Miss Wormwood, to gauge whether Calvin is paying attention, asks "What state do you live in?" Calvin's answer? "[[{{Pun}} Denial]]."
* WhereWhere: In [[http://www.gocomics.com/calvinandhobbes/1986/05/20 this strip]].
* WildTake: Both Calvin and Hobbes are prone to these.
* WilliamTelling: In one strip where Calvin tries to knock a snowball off a snowman's head. (He accuses the snowman of flinching when he misses.)
* WishFulfillment: 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.
* AWizardDidIt: 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."
* WomenAreWiser:
** Susie includes this in her imaginings of what adult married life would be like. Then again, she imagines herself married to [[{{Manchild}} Calvin]], [[ParentingTheHusband 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's Mom:''' Any luck?
--->'''Calvin's Dad:''' Of course not! How am I going to find a stuffed tiger in the woods at night? Why can't Calvin keep track of his toys? I must be crazy to be out here...
--->'''Calvin's Mom:''' ''(calling out loud)'' [[SayMyName HO-O-O-BBES!]]
--->''(realizing what she just did, with an extremely embarrassed look on her face)''
--->'''Calvin's Mom:''' Oops. Heh heh.
--->'''Calvin's Dad:''' I may be crazy, but I'm not as crazy as you.
* WordSaladHumor: The September 1, 1992 strip:
-->'''Calvin:''' Hey Dad. Know what I figured out? The meaning of words isn't a fixed thing! Any word can mean anything! By giving words new meanings, ordinary English can become an exclusionary code! Two generations can be divided by the same language! To that end, I'll be inventing new definitions for common words, so we'll be unable to communicate. Don't you think that's totally spam? It's lubricated! Well, I'm phasing.
-->'''Father:''' (Making the peace sign) Marvy. Fab. Far out.
** "Explain Newton's First Law of Motion in your own words." "Yakka foob mog. Grug pubbawup zink wattoom gazork. Chumble spuzz."
* TheWorfBarrage: As Spaceman Spiff, Calvin's RayGun 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."
* WorldOfSnark: Nearly every main character has many sarcastic moments, though some of them more so than others.
* WorldsShortestBook:
-->'''Calvin:''' On today's agenda, we'll make a list of what girls are ''good'' for. Obviously this will be a short meeting!
* WoundedGazelleGambit: Susie pulls this on Calvin after he hits her with a snowball:
-->'''Calvin:''' Ha ha! I gotcha, you dumb girl!!
-->'''Susie:''' AUGHH! MY EYEBALL! WHERE'S MY EYEBALL?!
-->'''Calvin:''' What are you talking about? I hit you in the back.
-->'''Susie:''' It knocked my eyeball out! Find it and pack it in snow so they can save it! Ow! Ow!
-->'''Calvin:''' ''(bends over to look for it)'' Gosh, did you really lose your eyeball? I didn't know they came out! Wow. I'm really sorry. I didn't mean to knock it out. Can I see the socket? Boy, where do you suppose it rolled.
-->'''Susie:''' ''(kicking him in the backside)'' SOMEWHERE OVER THERE, POOP HEAD!!
* WritersCannotDoMath: Hobbes cites a statistic that claims that by the age of six, the average child has seen a million murders on television. That's over 456 per day.
** That could just as easily be Hobbes being bad at math or [[LiesDamnLiesAndStatistics making up a statistic]].
* WriteWhatYouKnow:[[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.
* YesVirginia: Defied. An early strip actually depicts Calvin's parents setting out presents for him on Christmas. Some {{Imagine Spot}}s depict Santa Claus, but there is never any proof given that Santa Claus might be real.
** 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 [[LampshadeHanging hung a lampshade]] on it once by asking why Santa doesn't just reveal himself, and even [[HaveYouSeenMyGod compares it to God]].
** 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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* FilthyFun: 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.
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** One early strip had Susy 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 [[BookDumb Calvin]] came up with).
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