History YMMV / CalvinAndHobbes

24th Apr '17 11:46:49 AM KizunaTallis
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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 especially in an early Valentines Valentine's Day strip.strip as well as WordOfGod confirming Calvin does have a mild crush on her but doesn't know how to process that. 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.



** Calvin's parents can sometimes have moments of coming off like this. They're almost always seen interacting with Calvin in a negative way, even when he's not up to something, and don't seem to care much for trying to understand him. Calvin's mom is at least a hair better in that regard, as she at least wanted to have a kid and puts forth some effort. Calvin's dad repeatedly insisted he would rather have raised a dog and is more direct in his criticisms for Calvin, best exemplified by his "I don't give a crap" reaction to when Hobbes was left in the woods during Calvin's failed attempt to move to the Yukon. Strips like [[http://www.gocomics.com/calvinandhobbes/2016/05/02?comments=visible#comments this one]] in particular have gained responses such as "with parents like that, no wonder Calvin's the way he is!" Bill Watterson himself has also expressed regret in a commentary about how he often had Calvin's parents always seem to be in a bad mood and have most of their appearances center around them reacting to Calvin's latest shenanigan (though he has also said that "they did better than [he] would've" with regards to the kid).

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** Calvin's parents can sometimes have moments of coming off this too. While Calvin ''is'' undeniably a handful and would certainly test anyone's patience, strips like this. They're [[http://www.gocomics.com/calvinandhobbes/2016/05/02?comments=visible#comments this one]] and the way they're almost always seen interacting with Calvin in a negative way, even when he's not up to something, and don't seem to care much for trying to understand him.him certainly doesn't help their cases. Calvin's mom is at least a hair better in that regard, as she at least wanted to have a kid and puts forth some effort. Calvin's dad repeatedly insisted he would rather have raised a dog and is more direct in his criticisms for Calvin, best exemplified by his "I don't give a crap" reaction to when Hobbes was left in the woods during Calvin's failed attempt to move to the Yukon. Strips like [[http://www.gocomics.com/calvinandhobbes/2016/05/02?comments=visible#comments this one]] in particular have The aforementioned strip has gained responses such as "with parents like that, no wonder Calvin's the way he is!" such a brat!" Bill Watterson himself has also expressed regret in a commentary about how he often had Calvin's parents always seem to be in a bad mood and have most of their appearances center around them reacting to Calvin's latest shenanigan (though he has also said that "they did better than [he] would've" with regards to the kid).
22nd Apr '17 1:29:27 PM KizunaTallis
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** Calvin's parents aren't much better in that regard. They're almost always seen interacting with Calvin in a negative way, even when he's not up to something, and don't seem to care much to trying to bond with him. Calvin's mom is at least a hair better in that regard, as she at least wanted to have a kid and puts forth some effort. Calvin's dad repeatedly insisted he would rather have raised a dog and is more direct in his criticisms for Calvin, best exemplified by his "I don't give a crap" reaction to when Hobbes was left in woods during Calvin's failed attempt to move to the Yukon.

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** Calvin's parents aren't much better in that regard. can sometimes have moments of coming off like this. They're almost always seen interacting with Calvin in a negative way, even when he's not up to something, and don't seem to care much to for trying to bond with understand him. Calvin's mom is at least a hair better in that regard, as she at least wanted to have a kid and puts forth some effort. Calvin's dad repeatedly insisted he would rather have raised a dog and is more direct in his criticisms for Calvin, best exemplified by his "I don't give a crap" reaction to when Hobbes was left in the woods during Calvin's failed attempt to move to the Yukon.Yukon. Strips like [[http://www.gocomics.com/calvinandhobbes/2016/05/02?comments=visible#comments this one]] in particular have gained responses such as "with parents like that, no wonder Calvin's the way he is!" Bill Watterson himself has also expressed regret in a commentary about how he often had Calvin's parents always seem to be in a bad mood and have most of their appearances center around them reacting to Calvin's latest shenanigan (though he has also said that "they did better than [he] would've" with regards to the kid).
22nd Apr '17 11:51:49 AM KizunaTallis
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** In one Sunday, Calvin and Hobbes play a war game and shoot each other at the same time with dart guns. Calvin then remarks that it's a "pretty stupid game".

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** In one Sunday, Sunday strip, Calvin and Hobbes play a war game and shoot each other at the same time with dart guns. Calvin then remarks that it's a "pretty stupid game".
20th Apr '17 7:24:06 AM Jacob175
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* UnintentionallyUnsympathetic: Rosalyn can sometimes come off as this. 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 also sends Calvin off to bed as soon as she's arrived 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. It's remedied by her last appearance, where she and Calvin play the Calvinball game together and ultimately come to appreciate and bond with each other

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Rosalyn can sometimes come off as this. 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 also sends Calvin off to bed as soon as she's arrived 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. It's remedied by her last appearance, where she and Calvin play the Calvinball game together and ultimately come to appreciate and bond with each otherother.
** Calvin's parents aren't much better in that regard. They're almost always seen interacting with Calvin in a negative way, even when he's not up to something, and don't seem to care much to trying to bond with him. Calvin's mom is at least a hair better in that regard, as she at least wanted to have a kid and puts forth some effort. Calvin's dad repeatedly insisted he would rather have raised a dog and is more direct in his criticisms for Calvin, best exemplified by his "I don't give a crap" reaction to when Hobbes was left in woods during Calvin's failed attempt to move to the Yukon.
14th Apr '17 9:53:04 AM CapFox
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17th Mar '17 9:07:30 AM KizunaTallis
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* 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 also sends Calvin off to bed as soon as she's arrived 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. It's remedied by her last appearance, where she and Calvin play the Calvinball game together and ultimately come to appreciate and bond with each other

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* UnintentionallyUnsympathetic:
** Rosalyn.
UnintentionallyUnsympathetic: Rosalyn can sometimes come off as this. 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 also sends Calvin off to bed as soon as she's arrived 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. It's remedied by her last appearance, where she and Calvin play the Calvinball game together and ultimately come to appreciate and bond with each other
17th Mar '17 8:48:28 AM DivineDeath
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** Calvin himself also has his moments. In between his [[SpoiledBrat selfishness]], his [[SmallNameBigEgo arrogance]], and [[BrilliantButLazy laziness]] and utter refusal to apply himself, not to mention the grief he constantly causes Susie and the adults in his life, the reactions of Susie, Calvin's parents, Miss Wormwood and Rosalyn and the punishments they give Calvin are all quite justified. Watterson himself, when criticized about Calvin's cruel parents, answered that they did better than he would have.
13th Mar '17 10:01:10 PM KizunaTallis
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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, war and humanity human nature 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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** In one Sunday, Calvin and Hobbes play a war game and shoot each other at the same time with dart guns. Calvin then remarks that it's a "pretty stupid game".
10th Mar '17 11:42:20 AM KizunaTallis
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** 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 also 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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** 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 also sends Calvin off to bed way too early as soon as she's arrived 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 It's remedied by her last appearance, where she and Calvin play the other hand, what's "too early" for a six-year-old's bedtime?)Calvinball game together and ultimately come to appreciate and bond with each other



** Despite being capable of great {{Jerkass}}ery, Calvin can come across as quite sympathetic when he's getting picked on by Moe or when things are going badly for him.

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** Despite being capable of great {{Jerkass}}ery, Calvin can come across as quite be very sympathetic when he's getting picked on by Moe or when things are going badly for him.
10th Mar '17 2:57:49 AM Spinosegnosaurus77
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*** Alternately, Calvin tendency to be an incredibly selfish, arrogant SmallNameBigEgo SpoiledBrat can make everything that happens to him well deserved (except for being beaten up by Moe). If anything, his parents may be ''too'' lenient with him, and he could probably benefit from a few more spankings. We're not the ones who have to try and cope with the fallout of Calvin's antics and selfishness, so it's easy for us to judge his parents as somehow unloving, when in fact Mom's MamaBear tendencies show that it's quite the opposite.

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*** Alternately, Calvin Calvin's tendency to be an incredibly selfish, arrogant SmallNameBigEgo SpoiledBrat can make everything that happens to him well deserved (except for being beaten up by Moe). If anything, his parents may be ''too'' lenient with him, and he could probably benefit from a few more spankings. We're not the ones who have to try and cope with the fallout of Calvin's antics and selfishness, so it's easy for us to judge his parents as somehow unloving, when in fact Mom's MamaBear tendencies show that it's quite the opposite.
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