History YMMV / CalvinAndHobbes

13th Nov '17 6:26:40 AM Wuz
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* CriticalResearchFailure: Calvin has no interest in school, so his assignments usually end up being full of these. In one, he does a report on bats which states they're bugs, which is immediately refuted by his classmates (and provides the page image). 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).
9th Nov '17 4:03:52 PM BunnyStar
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** In one strip, Calvin complains about "the lack of sex education" because the English language doesn't have grammatical genders. When it was translated into Norwegian, which ''has'' grammatical genders, Calvin complained about grammatical genders being politically incorrect.

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** In one strip, Calvin complains about "the lack of sex education" because the English language doesn't have grammatical genders. When it was translated into Norwegian, which ''has'' grammatical genders, Calvin "Tommy" complained about grammatical genders being politically incorrect.
23rd Oct '17 6:35:45 PM MrMediaGuy2
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** Calvin's doctor is considered by many to be a very funny and sarcastic character (like when he tells Calvin his ear light is a cattle prod and that "it hurts a little less than a branding iron). Sadly, he disappeared after the chicken pox storyline, and never became as big a character as Rosalyn or Miss Wormwood.
20th Oct '17 6:00:01 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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** Who or what exactly Hobbes is tends to be a subject of debate. Many fans still believe that he's a figment of Calvin's (possibly demented) imagination, in spite of Watterson outright saying that wasn't it (backed up by things Calvin couldn't have done himself, such as getting tied to a chair.) It probably doesn't help that by Watterson's own admission, the comic goes out of its way to not explain it while at the same time raising more questions.

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** Who or what exactly Hobbes is tends to be a subject of debate. Many fans still believe that he's a figment of Calvin's (possibly demented) imagination, in spite of Watterson outright saying that wasn't it (backed up by things Calvin couldn't have done himself, such as getting tied to a chair.) It probably doesn't help that by Watterson's own admission, the comic goes out of its way to not explain it while at the same time raising more questions.questions. There appears to be an in-universe disparity in how people see Hobbes too, with Calvin viewing him as a real being and other people viewing him as Calvin's ImaginaryFriend.
20th Oct '17 5:53:37 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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** Calvin's general obliviousness to the world around him, intricate and vivid fantasies, and general inability to comprehend the motivations of other people are all consistent with descriptions of autism (or schizophrenia). He also has a short attention span and doesn't hold focus well, which is fairly consistent with [[AttentionDeficitOohShiny ADHD]] at the very least. Another possible thing to draw that supports at least one diagnosis is that Calvin is BookDumb but is also very knowledgeable about subjects that truly interest him, like dinosaurs and [[NightmareFetishist gross things]]. Many real life autistics are known to be highly skilled in at least one specialized area that can spark their interest.

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** Calvin's general obliviousness to the world around him, intricate and vivid fantasies, and general inability to comprehend the motivations of other people are all consistent with descriptions of autism (or schizophrenia).and schizophrenia. He also has a short attention span and doesn't hold focus well, which is fairly consistent with [[AttentionDeficitOohShiny ADHD]] at the very least. Another possible thing to draw that supports at least one diagnosis is that Calvin is BookDumb but is also very knowledgeable about subjects that truly interest him, like dinosaurs and [[NightmareFetishist gross things]]. Many real life autistics are known to be highly skilled in at least one specialized area that can spark their interest.
16th Oct '17 5:09:27 AM Spinosegnosaurus77
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** In one arc, Calvin gets Susie sent to the principal's office. He's relieved at first, but [[OhCrap quickly realizes that she's probably going to tell on him.]] The exact phrase he uses is "Suppose she fingers me!"

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** In one arc, Calvin gets Susie sent to the principal's office. He's relieved at first, but [[OhCrap quickly realizes that she's probably going to tell on him.]] The exact phrase he uses is "Suppose she fingers me!"me!".
16th Oct '17 12:51:14 AM BronyoftheOctaves
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*** In regards, there's three divisions in regards to merchandise: Either A) You're [[NoTrueScotsman not a true fan for wanting merch]], B) You don't want merch for respecting Bill's choice, or C) TakeTheThirdOption and while respect Bill's decision against ''official merch'', since fan merch is a ''whole'' different story.


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** By some extent, this question: [[FanworkBan "Should there be merchandise?"]]


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** The fake "final" strip of Calvin taking meds and ignoring Hobbes who becomes a stuffed plush again. Goes into this territory again if commentators mention Ritalin.
21st Sep '17 9:16:53 PM schoi30
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** [[http://i.imgur.com/PQoI18Q.jpg This strip]] has the "Calvinosaurus", a monstrous giant carnosaur who eats sauropods...which happens to bear resemblance to [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giganotosaurus a certain sauropod-hunting carnosaur discovered a few years later who is famous for usurping T. rex in size]]. [[note]]''Giganotosaurus'' is nowhere near as large as Calvinosaurus, though, not even that taller than ''Tyrannosaurus'' itself. The SquareCubeLaw prevents any theropod from growing to such an enormous size as Calvinosaurus.[[/note]]
21st Sep '17 9:11:11 PM schoi30
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** [[http://i.imgur.com/PQoI18Q.jpg This strip]] has the "Calvinosaurus", a monstrous giant carnosaur who eats sauropods...which happens to bear resemblance to [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giganotosaurus a certain sauropod-hunting carnosaur discovered a few years later who is famous for usurping T. rex in size]]. [[note]]''Giganotosaurus'' is nowhere near as large as Calvinosaurus, though, not even that taller than ''Tyrannosaurus'' itself. The SquareCubeLaw prevents any theropod from growing to such an enormous size as Calvinosaurus.[[/note]]
15th Sep '17 9:53:13 PM TotemicHero
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* AmericansHateTingle: More like ''Everyone Outside the English-speaking World Does Not Understand Calvin and Hobbes'': While still beloved in its native [[UsefulNotes/TheUnitedStates U.S.]] as well as in UsefulNotes/{{Canada}}, and the [[UsefulNotes/{{Britain}} UK]], outside those countries it never reached the same popularity. Calvin is most often remembered abroad as ''[[WeirdAlEffect that (American) kid who pisses in the tyres]]''. The fact it doesn't have an animated adaptation due to his creator's strict policy about marketing doesn't help.
** In UsefulNotes/{{Brazil}}, at least, Calvin and Hobbes' books are regularly sold, translated into Brazilian Portuguese, in bookstores and newspaper stands. While the strip is not super famous, it is well known here. Unfortunately, so are the stupid stickers of Calvin pissing on things.
** In UsefulNotes/{{Portugal}}, it is also well known and cherished, especially for those who were young adults, teenagers and kids in the '90s (to the point that the newspaper publishing it, which was still in its infant years, was bought ''solely'' for the comic strip.) And most people don't know about the stickers, which is a good thing.
** It's quite known in UsefulNotes/{{France}}, getting some fanarts from renowned comic writers and is regularly republished. Pissing stickers are completely unknown.
** UsefulNotes/{{Sweden}} is yet another country, where the strip got a huge fanbase.
** UsefulNotes/{{Norway}} as well; ''Calvin & Hobbes'' was the flagship series of the monthly comic anthology ''Tommy & Tigern'' ("Tommy and the Tiger", Calvin and Hobbes's Norwegian names), which started up as early as 1989 and kept going for over a decade past the strip's cancellation -- even if the later years the C&H part of the anthology purely consisted of reprints.
** In UsefulNotes/{{Belgium}}, in at least one newspaper the strip is still published daily, and is quite popular.
** Ditto for UsefulNotes/{{Denmark}}.
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