History YMMV / CalvinAndHobbes

25th Nov '16 4:04:33 AM Spinosegnosaurus77
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* ToyShip: Calvin and Susie. It's not really central to the strip - primarily because Calvin's still at the GirlsHaveCooties stage of childhood -- but it is hinted at, for example in an early Valentines Day strip. A popular bit of {{Fanon}} is that Calvin and Susie end up getting married when they're older and having kids of their own with Hobbes befriending the next generation.

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* ToyShip: Calvin and Susie. It's not really central to the strip - primarily because Calvin's still at the GirlsHaveCooties stage of childhood -- but it is hinted at, for example in an early Valentines Day strip. A popular bit of {{Fanon}} is that Calvin and Susie end up getting married when they're older and having kids of their own with Hobbes befriending the next generation.
25th Nov '16 1:14:06 AM Furienna
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* ToyShip: Calvin and Susie. It's not really central to the strip -- primarily because Calvin's still at the GirlsHaveCooties stage of childhood -- but it is hinted at, for example in an early Valentines Day strip. A popular bit of {{Fanon}} is that Calvin and Susie end up getting married when they're older and having kids of their own with Hobbes befriending the next generation.
* UnintentionallyUnsympathetic: Rosalyn. While Calvin's pranks at her expense are unjustified, she is a terrible babysitter, going as far as threatening to kill Calvin when he steals her science notes. She sends Calvin off to bed way too early just so she can talk to her boyfriend on the phone. It's almost as if she's ''baiting'' Calvin to misbehave. However, his parents make it quite clear that she is the only one who can put up with Calvin long enough for his parents to go on a date. (On the other hand, what's "too early" for a six-year-old's bedtime?)

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* ToyShip: Calvin and Susie. It's not really central to the strip -- - primarily because Calvin's still at the GirlsHaveCooties stage of childhood -- but it is hinted at, for example in an early Valentines Day strip. A popular bit of {{Fanon}} is that Calvin and Susie end up getting married when they're older and having kids of their own with Hobbes befriending the next generation.
* UnintentionallyUnsympathetic: Rosalyn. While a few of Calvin's pranks at her expense are unjustified, she is a terrible babysitter, going as far as threatening to kill Calvin when he steals her science notes. She sends Calvin off to bed way too early just so she can talk to her boyfriend on the phone. It's almost as if she's ''baiting'' Calvin to misbehave. However, his parents make it quite clear that she is the only one who can put up with Calvin long enough for his parents to go on a date. (On the other hand, what's "too early" for a six-year-old's bedtime?)
25th Nov '16 12:06:04 AM Furienna
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** Calvin's mother can come off as harshly authoritarian at times. She rarely smiles at him, and has a knee-jerk reaction of trying to suppress whatever he's engaged in (whether she turns out to be right to do so or not), while his father tends to be more lenient. And when you consider that Calvin displays many symptoms of ADHD and/or Asperger's syndrome, and he never seems to get any help to cope with either condition, this will have overtones of neglect and abuse. Watterson himself lamented in one commentary that he regrets that the strips mostly showed her in a bad mood, since most of her appearances had her around to react to Calvin's latest misbehavior. There even was one strip where his mother puts Calvin (who yet again is only six years old and probably has undiagnosed ADHD and/or Asperger's syndrome) out to wait for the school bus two and a half hours before it arrived, only to give herself a morning free from having to take care of him!

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** Calvin's mother can come off as harshly authoritarian at times. She rarely smiles at him, and has a knee-jerk reaction of trying to suppress whatever he's engaged in (whether she turns out to be right to do so or not), while his father tends to be more lenient. And when you consider that Calvin displays many symptoms of ADHD and/or Asperger's syndrome, and he never seems to get any help to cope with either condition, this will have overtones of neglect and abuse. Watterson himself lamented in one commentary that he regrets that the strips mostly showed her in a bad mood, since most of her appearances had her around to react to Calvin's latest misbehavior. There even was one strip where his mother puts Calvin (who yet again is only six years old and probably has undiagnosed ADHD and/or Asperger's syndrome) out to wait for the school bus ''for two and a half hours before it arrived, arrived'', only to give herself a morning free from having to take care of him!him! Watterson himself lamented in one commentary that he regrets that the strips mostly showed her in a bad mood, since most of her appearances had her around to react to Calvin's latest misbehavior.
11th Nov '16 3:59:44 AM Spinosegnosaurus77
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* {{Anvilicious}}: Watterson's frequent broadsides against TV, advertising, comic books, deforestation, commercial culture, and humanity can get ham-fisted at times. He himself admitted to being too heavy-handed in an arc in which Calvin and Hobbes go to Mars to escape pollution, only to encounter a Martian who immediately flees (Hobbes:"Would you welcome in a dog that wasn't housebroken?") and realize that they have to take care of their own planet before going on to others.

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* {{Anvilicious}}: Watterson's frequent broadsides against TV, advertising, comic books, deforestation, commercial culture, culture and humanity can get ham-fisted at times. He himself admitted to being too heavy-handed in an arc in which Calvin and Hobbes go to Mars to escape pollution, only to encounter a Martian who immediately flees (Hobbes:"Would you welcome in a dog that wasn't housebroken?") and realize that they have to take care of their own planet before going on to others.
10th Nov '16 9:23:28 PM ElectroKraken
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** 12 May 1991: Calvin, disillusioned that the same generation that protested "The Man" has [[BecomeTheirOwnAntithesis become "The Man" themselves]], starts listening to easy-listening muzak to start his own protest. And ''start'' it, he very well may have: published nineteen years before Daniel Lopatin's 2010 release ''Chuck Person's Eccojams Vol. 1'', the strip seems to be the [[UrExample very first example]], at least as concept, of {{Vaporwave}}.

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** 12 May 1991: Calvin, disillusioned that the same generation that protested "The Man" has [[BecomeTheirOwnAntithesis [[BecameTheirOwnAntithesis become "The Man" themselves]], starts listening to easy-listening muzak to start his own protest. And ''start'' it, he very well may have: published nineteen years before Daniel Lopatin's 2010 release ''Chuck Person's Eccojams Vol. 1'', the strip seems to be the [[UrExample very first example]], at least as concept, of {{Vaporwave}}.
23rd Oct '16 2:13:09 PM GrantMK2
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* AlternateAesopInterpretation: One strip was clearly meant to criticize the idea of Mutually Assured Destruction by having Calvin claim that Hobbes wouldn't dare throw a water balloon at him because Calvin had even more. The problem is that Hobbes won by tossing his balloon at Calvin, making Calvin drop all his balloons on himself, leaving one with the impression that the best move is to strike first.
19th Oct '16 5:18:41 AM Spinosegnosaurus77
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** In one arc, Calvin gets Susie sent to the principal's office. She tells on him, and when Calvin finds out, one of the phrases he uses is "You fingered me!"

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** In one arc, Calvin gets Susie sent to the principal's office. She tells on him, and when Calvin finds out, one of the phrases he uses is "You fingered me!"me!".
18th Oct '16 6:37:11 PM SpaceHunterDrakeRedcrest
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** Calvin's calls to the library about books on making bombs or graffiti would have been dismissed as a joke in the 90s, but would result in a visit from the police or SWAT team nowadays. Same with his calls to hardware store.
2nd Oct '16 2:56:58 PM LadyYuki
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** In a similar vein, one story arc in 1990 had Calvin (in the midst of yet another Spaceman Spiff fantasy) running away from school after [[http://www.gocomics.com/calvinandhobbes/1990/05/23 threatening the class with a rubber band.]] Woe betide any kid who attempts this nowadays.
29th Sep '16 4:13:49 AM Spinosegnosaurus77
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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). He also has a short attention span and doesn't hold focus well, which is fairly consistent with [[AttentionDeficitOohShiny ADHD]] at the very least.
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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.



** Calvin's mother can come off as harshly authoritarian at times. She rarely smiles at him, and has a knee-jerk reaction of trying to suppress whatever he's engaged in (whether she turns out to be right to do so or not), while his father tends to be more lenient. And when you consider that Calvin displays many symptoms of ADHD and/or Asperger's syndrome, and he never seems to get any help to cope with either condition, this will have overtones of neglect and abuse. Watterson himself lamented in one commentary that he regrets that the strips mostly showed her in a bad mood, since most of her appearances had her around to react to Calvin's latest misbehavior.
*** There even was one strip, when his mother puts Calvin (who yet again is only six years old and probably has undiagnosed ADHD and/or Asperger's syndrome) out to wait for the school bus two and a half hours before it arrived, only to give herself a morning free from having to take care of him!
** Calvin, in his exuberant sled or wagon rides, frequently flies off what seem to be massive cliffs, falling heights likely to cause death or serious injury. Either CartoonPhysics are in charge, or the strip is an UnreliableNarrator and the cliffs shown are only his perception of smaller and less lethal cliffs. Similarly, his backyard may be less than the vast national park it seems to be, which would explain why his father treks the family hundreds of miles to go camping rather than do it out back.
*** In the story arc where he accidentally pushes his mom's car into a ditch, he reacts as if it was a cliff, indicating that he does exaggerate greatly, and his stunts are showing what he imagines around him, not what is actually there.

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** Calvin's mother can come off as harshly authoritarian at times. She rarely smiles at him, and has a knee-jerk reaction of trying to suppress whatever he's engaged in (whether she turns out to be right to do so or not), while his father tends to be more lenient. And when you consider that Calvin displays many symptoms of ADHD and/or Asperger's syndrome, and he never seems to get any help to cope with either condition, this will have overtones of neglect and abuse. Watterson himself lamented in one commentary that he regrets that the strips mostly showed her in a bad mood, since most of her appearances had her around to react to Calvin's latest misbehavior.
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misbehavior. There even was one strip, when strip where his mother puts Calvin (who yet again is only six years old and probably has undiagnosed ADHD and/or Asperger's syndrome) out to wait for the school bus two and a half hours before it arrived, only to give herself a morning free from having to take care of him!
** Calvin, in his exuberant sled or wagon rides, frequently flies off what seem to be massive cliffs, falling heights likely to cause death or serious injury. Either CartoonPhysics are in charge, or the strip is an UnreliableNarrator and the cliffs shown are only his perception of smaller and less lethal cliffs. Similarly, his backyard may be less than the vast national park it seems to be, which would explain why his father treks the family hundreds of miles to go camping rather than do it out back.
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back. In the story arc where he accidentally pushes his mom's car into a ditch, he reacts as if it was a cliff, indicating that he does exaggerate greatly, and his stunts are showing what he imagines around him, not what is actually there.
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