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!!Main Characters

[[caption-width-right:300:This picture is as big as his imagination. And ego.]]

-->''Nothing spoils fun like finding out it builds character.''

The star of the strip named after 16th Century theologian John Calvin, he's a 6 year old with an unusually large vocabulary and grown-up sense of humor.
* ABoyAndHisX: A Boy And His Tiger Which May Or May Not Be Imaginary.
* AllergicToRoutine: To the point where he [[NakedPeopleAreFunny rejects wearing clothes]]. Calvinball operates on this principle, as well.
* AnimeHair: Constantly [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]], though he also got the front part matted down and Hobbes suggested curling the back once. Another time, he made his hair a giant swirl with Crisco, his mom made him wash it out, but there was still some that Hobbes used to style his hair like ''Manga/AstroBoy'', which made it hair from an actual anime.
* AnnoyingPatient: Provides the trope page image. He hates going to the doctor for checkups, and always tries to make those visits as difficult as possible. However, on one occasion, he was so sick that he didn't even have the energy to annoy the doctor, who commented that Calvin was a good patient that time.
* AttentionDeficitOohShiny: He's ''very'' easily distracted, especially from things that don't interest him much in the first place (like school, homework and chores.) Most often, as part of his {{Cloudcuckoolander}} nature, it's his own mind that provides the distractions -- but he has been known to suddenly get distracted by external things as well.
* AttentionWhore: Provides ''that'' trope page image, too.
* BerserkButton:
** Anytime Hobbes implies that he has a crush on Susie. He also gets angry when Hobbes explains or mentions the NoodleIncident and, in one strip, asks him why he's wearing short pants.
** At one point, he also throws a fussy fit when Hobbes beats him at checkers. Heck, said "fussy fit" is the page quote for SoreLoser!
-->''"You win? Aaugghh! You won last time! I hate it when you win! Aarrggh! Mff! Gnnk! I hate this game! I hate the whole world! Aghhh! What a stupid game! You must have cheated! You must have used some sneaky, underhanded mindmeld to make me lose! I hate you! I didn't want to play this idiotic game in the first place! I knew you'd cheat! I knew you'd win! Oh! Oh! Aaaargh!"''
* BookDumb: He's not stupid by any means -- he especially seems to have a gift for philosophy and social commentary -- but he's terrible wherever school is concerned, especially math.
* BrattyHalfPint: Calvin knows he's often a jerk, especially to his parents, but he does it anyway.
* BrilliantButLazy: He's unusually cultured in vocabulary and philosophy, is very knowledgeable about dinosaurs, and has an advanced sense of irony. But since school often teaches things he doesn't like to learn, he just doesn't bother. Calvin could easily succeed in school if he applied himself -- in one strip, he gets a good grade, but feels that it isn't worth the effort. On the other hand, he is impossibly bad at basic math. More than one strip suggested that his grades at math are bad simply because he finds the subject incomprehensibly boring.
** It's also indicated that he doesn't like learning things that don't interest him. In one strip, when his dad asks him why he isn't doing better, since he likes to read, he says "We don't read about dinosaurs." In another Sunday strip, he becomes fascinated by a snake and decides to learn more about it, but briefly hesitates upon realizing that he's learning something until Hobbes says no one is making him do it.
* BullyingADragon: One single-panel strip showed him taping a note to [[TheBully Moe's]] back that said, "Heave a Rock at Me".
* ButtMonkey: Although it's usually justified because of his general attitude, sometimes he gets treated unfairly; in the baseball arc, he signs up because people look down on him for not participating, gets berated for accidentally catching the ball for the other team, and gets called a "quitter" when he quits the team under the pressure.
* ByronicHero: Despite being a 6-year-old kid in a newspaper strip, he qualifies for this sub-type. Calvin is passionate about what he believes in, quite intelligent for his age, and unusually witty. But he's also bratty, spiteful, and willfully ignorant of anything that doesn't concern him or his interests.
* BratsWithSlingshots: [[http://www.gocomics.com/calvinandhobbes/1985/12/13 Sometimes]].
* CatchPhrase: "I'M HOME!"
* CantGetAwayWithNuthin: Can never seem to avoid punishment for anything he does.
* TheChewToy: Quite literally to Hobbes at times. Plus... Well, let's just say that he's not physically strong.
* ChildrenAreInnocent: Despite his cynicism, he can be naïve at times.
* ChildProdigy: Somewhat -- he has a larger vocabulary than most adults, and has seriously deep philosophical and existential discussions with Hobbes, but doesn't know (or perhaps care) what 11 + 7 is.
* ClassClown: When he's not daydreaming or trying to stay awake, he'll act up for the heck of it or ask odd questions (sincerely or otherwise). His classmates always seem to find his antics more bizarre or annoying than funny.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Spends a lot of time wrapped up in his imagination.
--> "You know why birds don't write their memoirs? Because birds don't lead epic lives, that's why! Who'd want to read what a bird does? Nobody, that's who! ''(beat)'' [[HypocriticalHumor This is changing the subject, but have you ever noticed how somebody can say something totally loony and not be aware of it? What are you supposed to do, just let it slide??]]"
* CoolLoser: How hapless he is is why we love him so much.
* CreepyChild: Some strips (such as the ones featuring his snowmen) cast him in this light, though played for laughs rather than horror.
** The one where he imagines himself as a vengeful God applies too.
* CriticalResearchFailure: [[invoked]] The infamous 'report on bats' was an in-universe example. In addition to claiming that bats are bugs when they're actually mammals... Then again, he was none too willing to do the research.
-->'''Calvin:''' [Mrs. Wormwood] says I obviously did no research whatsoever on bats and that my scientific illustration just looks like I traced the Franchise/{{Batman}} logo and added fangs!
-->'''Hobbes:''' She's pretty perceptive.
* CuriousAsAMonkey: Falling off in later strips, when it was harder to pass him off as childishly naïve.
* DeadpanSnarker: It's clear that he got this from his father.
* DependingOnTheWriter: Quite a few strips depict Calvin as incapable of suppressing his natural exuberance and being willing to ditch "boring" tasks for the chance to play outside, but there are just as many strips that make a punchline out of him being a complete vegetable who hates doing anything but loafing in front of the TV.
* DidntThinkThisThrough: He always seems to act without thinking it through first.
* DitzyGenius: He has his moments of brilliance despite being not very good in school.
* DubNameChange: Is called ''Tommy'' in UsefulNotes/{{Norway}} and ''Steen'' in UsefulNotes/{{Denmark}}.
%%* EnfantTerrible: Sometimes.
* EverybodyHatesMathematics: As referenced above, although he's not fond of any school subject, he almost treats math like it's a supervillain.
* EveryoneHasStandards:
** Calvin may enjoy tormenting Susie, but he always feels guilt whenever it becomes clear his antics really hurt her. He actually apologized on one occasion when he thought he had knocked out her eye with a snowball.
** Despite his love for violent comic books, he was visibly shocked when he read a page where a woman shot a supervillain in the chest with a blaster powerful enough to shatter his spine.
* GirlsHaveCooties: Calvin's primary attitude when it comes to the opposite sex. The G.R.O.S.S. club has its name for a reason.
* GoofyPrintUnderwear: "What's the point of wearing your favorite rocket ship underpants if nobody ever asks to see 'em?"
* GoshDangItToHeck: He uses minced oaths, because he doesn't know any swearing words.
* HatesBaths: A few week-long arcs and several individual strips are dedicated to his attempts to get out of baths.
* HotBlooded: He can get really riled up a lot of the time.
* HypocriticalHumor: Quite a few gags involve Calvin complaining about the state of the world in which he lives, only to have Hobbes point out that Calvin doesn't apply the same standards to himself.
* InnocentProdigy: He can use "evanescence," "ichthyoid," and "visceral" in the proper context, yet still throws tantrums over losing checkers games and adamantly resists doing his homework like any other 6-year-old.
* ItsAllAboutMe: Claims that the purpose of history was to produce him. Also, as much as he complains about the state of things, he seems to think he's above it all, or that the universe should just bend to his whims.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Underneath all his curmudgeonly layers is someone who really does care about fairness and all the ugliness in the world.
* KidsAreCruel: He alternates between being a victim and an instigator of this trope.
* KidsPreferBoxes: The Propeller Beanie arc concluded this way. Despite his disappointment that his long-awaited propeller beanie couldnt fly, he's happy it came in a cardboard box he and Hobbes could play with.
* LackOfEmpathy: He expects everyone to bend over backward to accommodate his whims, yet refuses to do any work that doesn't have immediate benefits for himself. Moreover, he deliberately annoys people around him yet is incensed when someone else deliberately slights him. This isn't just hypocrisy; he genuinely believes that he is the most important person in the world, and that different standards of behavior apply to him. This is all pretty standard for a small child, the difference being that Calvin has the ability to cleverly articulate his worldview without ever seeing the inconsistencies within it.
* LargeHam: Especially when his imagination runs wild. He was born to live in pulp fiction.
* LastSecondShowoff: Parodied. Calvin is supposed to write a story for school, but he tells Hobbes that first he needs to be in the right mood - last-minute panic.
* LazyBum: Always acts incredibly put-upon when asked to do chores or roped into something that "builds character."
** It should be noted that all of the "builds character" moments are basically anything that Calvin's dad deems to be as such, like going camping in horrendous weather and enduring mosquito bites. The point being that life both sucks and doesn't suck and you have to take all of these moments in hand.
* LimitedWardrobe: He always wears the same shirt and pants combo. He does have other clothes, as seen in one strip when the clothes in his wardrobe came alive and forced him to wear an incredibly gaudy set.
* LiteralMinded: When he feels extra rebellious.
* TheMasochismTango: With Susie.
-->'''Calvin:''' It's shameless the way we flirt.
* TheMcCoy: To Hobbes' TheSpock.
* MeaningfulName: He's named after theologian John Calvin, who believed that humanity was not inherently good, human salvation was preordained, and only the "elect" were good enough to get into Heaven. Watterson suggests that this explains Calvin's misanthropy and his attitude that nothing is ever his responsibility.
* TheMillstone:
** In any sort of group activity, Calvin drags down everyone else. He significantly slowed down his troop of Boy Scouts during his imagination running away with him. Also, in an arc where Calvin tried to learn how to play baseball, he not only didn't realize that his team had switched from defense to offense, but he caught a flyball, getting his own teammate out.
** In a report he wrote with Suzie about Mercury -- both the planet and the Roman god -- Calvin barely did any research, and ended up significantly lowering their grade.
* MouthyKid: In certain comics, he just seems to go on and on about certain subjects.
* MrImagination: Calvin provides the page image. A good half of all strips involve his weird imagination in some way.
* MrViceGuy: Sloth and Pride. The former because he's BrilliantButLazy and unwilling to do anything to better himself, and the latter because he thinks he's the most important person in the world.
* TheNapoleon: Tends to become insecure about his height whenever it gets too obvious, such as in comparison to Hobbes, Moe, or his parents. One strip makes a punchline out of the fact that because he's so short, short pants touch his feet the way long pants would.
* NeverMyFault:
** Calvin's biggest character flaw. This is a kid who will invent entirely new realities rather than admit he made a mistake in this one.
** While appropriately concerned about environmental issues, he also fails to realize that his behavior might be contributing to them. After a spiel about how adults are causing global warming, which his generation will have to live with, his mom wryly says that this is from a kid who wants to be chauffeured more than a block away. The Mars arc has him realize the error of his ways when he ends up littering.
* NiceHat: He wears a beanie in the winter strips.
* NightmareFetishist: Thoroughly enjoys violent comic books.
-->'''Calvin:''' Captain Steroid is getting his kidneys punched out with an I-beam!
** His snowman gallery. It is downright horrifying [[CreepyChild that this six-year-old relishes such horror]]. To list a few - the [[AxeCrazy gleeful snowchicken beheading/executing a snowman]] - the snowman who suffered a death by hanging - the [[{{Kaiju}} tentacled monster who devoured many innocent snowmen]] - [[CosmicHorrorStory the snowmen who predicted impending and inevitable doom for their race and were]] ''[[CosmicHorrorStory right]]''.
** The only thing that can make him eat his moms cooking is telling him it's something horrifying, disgusting, or dangerous like toxic waste, spider pie, or shrunken heads.
* NoIndoorVoice: The volume of his yelling is inversely proportional to his height.
-->"If you can't win by reason, go for volume."
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Shamelessly used to try to get away with stuff.
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: If he's not his bratty self, something is usually wrong. When he got sick with the flu, and didnt even make a fuss about being sick on a weekend, his mom ''ran'' to call the doctor. Other notable OOC moments include the injured racoon storyline, and the burglary storyline.
* PainPoweredLeap: Has done this on more than one occasion when stung by a bee (or, in one case, a hornet).
* ThePigPen: Hobbes will occasionally drop hints that he doesn't smell so good, probably because he HatesBaths. In one strip, Calvin bribed Susie with a quarter to go to the front door of his house and yell, "I'm home!" Hobbes didn't pounce on her, she walked away with the quarter, and a frustrated Calvin came up to the door, only for Hobbes to pounce him.
-->'''Calvin:''' Never, never, never, ''NEVER'' trust a tiger.
-->'''Hobbes:''' I can always tell when it's you by the bad smell! Hoo hoo hoo!
* PingPongNaivete: Especially in the first year of the strip. He watches a trashy soap opera about two adulterous - and murderous - lovers and buys a violent and sexually explicit HeavyMetal album just to anger his parents... but also thinks that [[NoOntologicalInertia when you put bread in a toaster, the bread disappears and toast replaces it]].
* PintSizedKid: Lampshaded in one strip where he looks up at his parents and realizes he only comes up to their knees, and constructs a tiny two-ball snowman so that ''he'' can have someone to look down on.
* RedOniBlueOni: Red Oni to Hobbes' Blue.
* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: A running gag. The author liked how he could precisely articulate stupid ideas.
* SlasherSmile: Sports this in several strips or whenever he's feeling particularly devious.
* SmallNameBigEgo: He likes to go on about what a talented genius he is. On one occasion when he got an A on a paper, the rest of the strip was devoted to his fantasy of a huge "Calvin Day" celebration being held in his honor, with a massive "Boy Genius" statue of him being built and jubilant crowds cheering him on as he rode through in a limousine carrying the key to the city.
* SoreLoser: He doesn't handle losing very well. When Hobbes once defeated him in a game of checkers, Calvin through a huge tantrum, and accused him of cheating, before an annoyed Hobbes finally said, "Look, it's just a game." Calvin responded: I know, you should see me when I lose in real life." Later, when Calvin entered in a safety poster contest and lost to Susie, he claimed the whole contest was rigged and wanted his dad to call the school and declare fraud.
-->'''Hobbes:''' Well, the important thing is that we tried our best.\\
'''Calvin:''' The ''important'' thing is that we ''lost!''
* SpikyHair: Lampshaded by Hobbes.
* SweetTooth: He loves candy, popsicles, cookies, and, of course, his ChocolateFrostedSugarBombs, but he doesn't enjoy [[PickyEater his mom's cooking]] in the slightest. Once, he even made a bunch of sickened snowmen to signal his dislike of some eggplant casserole.
* TooDumbToLive: He has his moments, like throwing a rock at a bee's nest or sticking an insulting note to Moe's back. After getting roughed up by Hobbes for jump-scaring him when he was about to pounce, he commented, "I've got to start listening to these quiet, nagging doubts."
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: TropeNamer for ChocolateFrostedSugarBombs, and cookies.
* TraumaticHaircut: Played for laughs in a series of strips when he asks Hobbes to cut his hair, and ends up getting his head shaved bald.
'''[[DeadpanSnarker Hobbes:]]''' Nothing a little tonic and combing can't fix.
* UnreliableNarrator: Of his own imagination.
* UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist: He's a lazy, mischievous delinquent, and it's hard not to like him.
* WalkingDisasterArea: There goes the resale value of that house.
* WarriorPoet: With snowball fights. This backfired on him once when, after giving a speech about the importance of craftsmanship while meticulously assembling a single snowball from just the right kinds of snow (and signing it), he was creamed by Susie, who had used the same time had to amass a massive snowball arsenal. Another time, he stated that he only throws ''consecrated'' snowballs. To wit:
-->Oh lovely snowball, packed with care,\\
Smack a head that's unaware!\\
Then with freezing ice to spare,\\
Melt and soak through underwear!\\
Fly straight and true, hit hard and square!\\
This, oh snowball, is my prayer.
* WouldHitAGirl: One of his favorite hobbies is tormenting Susie with water balloons and snowballs, and he'll often threaten her when angry. He also wrestled Rosalyn as Stupendous Man, and put up a pretty good fight.
* WiseBeyondTheirYears: Zigzagged. He's amazingly articulate for a six-year-old kid, and has a pretty firm grasp of philosophizing what he wants. However, most of what he wants or thinks about are the things normally desired by six-year-old kids, like wanting the whole universe to acknowledge that he's amazing.
* YankTheDogsChain: In one Sunday strip, he received a letter from Santa Claus encouraging him to be as naughty as he wanted, because the naughty-nice laws were being reversed and presents were now being given to bad children instead of good children. [[AllJustADream And then he woke up.]]
-->I hate being good\\
(or trying to fake it).\\
Six days 'til Christmas!\\
I don't think I'll make it.\\


-->''Live and don't learn, that's us.''

Calvin's stuffed tiger doll... Or maybe his NotSoImaginaryFriend. Named after Creator/ThomasHobbes, he's usually seen through Calvin's eyes as an actual tiger while everyone else sees a doll. He's a proud tiger nonetheless and ultimately Calvin's best friend.
* ArtEvolution: In his initial design, he had pads on his paws and was only about a head taller than Calvin in his "animate" form. As the strip went on, he became taller and the pads were removed.
* BadassBoast: [[BlatantLies My snowballs go faster than the speed of sound!]]
** [[ItMakesSenseInContext I'm going so slow]], [[BadLiar I'm going backwards!]]
* BerserkButton: Do ''not'' interrupt his naps. He's beaten up Calvin several times for doing so.
-->'''Calvin:''' ''(after Hobbes shreds him for waking him up by popping a gum bubble)'' A little high-strung, are we?
-->'''Hobbes:''' We tigers have lightning-quick reflexes.
* BigEater: He's always hungry and will eat pretty much anything, though salmon and canned tuna are the clear favorites.
* BigOlUnibrow: Has a stripe above his eyes that looks like a unibrow.
* BookDumb: Not much better at math than Calvin is. Not that he'll admit it.
* CasanovaWannabe: Mostly towards Susie.
* CatsAreMean: Played with. Hobbes has much stronger moral integrity than Calvin, [[WhatTheHellHero calls him out on various misdeeds]], and often tries to convince him to seek happiness from virtue instead of playing pranks, but he also greatly enjoys roughhousing at Calvin's expense, getting under his skin, or freaking him out.
** Also, he only tries to talk Calvin out of pranks half the time (usually when they're ''obviously'' going to explode in his face,) the other half of the time, he's a willing accomplice.
* CatsAreSnarkers: Calvin's straight man.
* CatsAreSuperior: Frequently invoked when quibbling with Calvin.
* CharacterizationMarchesOn: In the early years, Hobbes really wasn't all that much of a snarker, and was frequently just as immature as Calvin. In later years he also became a lot more feline -- not only in looks and movement, but in behavior and outlook.
* TheConscience: Although he won't try ''too'' hard, Calvin's the one who'll have to suffer the consequences after all.
* ComedicSociopathy: Sometimes.
* CompanionCube: Seen as [[http://68.media.tumblr.com/843092de90cd9818daba9bb4fd603d87/tumblr_inline_mx7i1x6ytC1qa7k0a.jpg this]] by everyone else.
* DeadpanSnarker: Especially in the later years.
* DependingOnTheWriter: Just how mature, active, and friendly he is tends to vary depending on the individual strip ([[CharacterizationMarchesOn or the era of the strip as a whole]]). In particular, he can range from being Calvin's absolute best buddy to being little better than Moe.
* {{Deuteragonist}}: Hobbes qualifies as this, since there are many strips and even story arcs where he doesn't appear at all or only plays a minor role.
* DubNameChange: to [[ADogNamedDog ''Tigern'' ("The Tiger")]] in Norway.
* FoodAsBribe: The only surefire way of getting him to agree on coming along on whatever wacky adventure you've got planned, is to tell him you've brought snacks. Calvin exploits this on occasion.
* FromACertainPointOfView: Hobbes' true nature. Watterson was deliberately as vague as possible about whether Hobbes' interactions with Calvin were in his head, or if he actually did come to life when only Calvin was around. This is the reason for why Watterson regretted the first few strips, which showed that Calvin had found Hobbes in the woods using tuna fish as bait for a snare. He felt this undermined the ambiguous nature of Hobbes too much.
-->'''Watterson:''' Calvin and Hobbes is more about the subjective nature of reality than about dolls coming to life.
* FurryReminder: We get various reminders that he ''is'' a tiger: He sleeps a lot, chases his tail and enjoys pouncing, among other things.
* TheGadfly: He never passes up a chance to annoy, frustrate or freak out Calvin, purely for his own amusement. Most of the fights or arguments between the two seem to ultimately be started by Hobbes pouncing, teasing or pranking Calvin in some way (though Calvin is by no means innocent and often gives as good as he gets.)
* TheGlomp: A RunningGag, where he pounces Calvin at full speed when Calvin comes home from school.
* HandsomeLech: While Calvin believes GirlsHaveCooties, Hobbes has a thing for "babes."
** And yet, he's a proud member of '''G'''et '''R'''id '''O'''f '''S'''limy girl'''S'''
*** *in a list of what girls are good for* "Number four, they're good for smooching!"
*** A ''lot'' of G.R.O.S.S.'s plans fail because of Hobbes. One story arc ends with Calvin yelling at Hobbes "GOOD GRAVY, WHICH SIDE ARE YOU ON?!?"
* ImprobableAimingSkills: Ever notice how he always hits Calvin?
** FridgeBrilliance. He's a CAT. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=friOZYOdfpk Cats are known to have good aim]].
*** Further FridgeBrilliance: He's a cat. [[http://www.gocomics.com/calvinandhobbes/1993/05/09 The one time he actually MISSES]], [[IMeantToDoThat it was "intentional."]]
* IntellectualAnimal: Heavy on the Intellectual.
* InvisibleToNormals: Everyone but Calvin sees him as just a stuffed animal.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: He does really care about Calvin despite how he messes with him a lot.
* KarmaHoudini: He constantly beats Calvin up without being provoked (and he enjoys it) and always gets away with it. Also, when some things, which are partially or wholly Hobbes' fault, get blamed on Calvin due to being InvisibleToNormals.
** To be fair, Hobbes' pouncing is not very injurious and is a display of affection, and it is implied that Calvin realizes this deep down (one Sunday strip from 1990 shows Calvin, having gone through a very bad day, comment that it's getting better when being pounced by Hobbes); some strips, such as this [[http://www.gocomics.com/calvinandhobbes/1993/01/07 one]], show him rather miffed when he ''doesn't'' get pounced.
* KnightInSourArmor: Hobbes is apparently quite cynical, but often does good deeds he doesn't expect to be rewarded for. (i.e. Trying to preach virtue to Calvin. You know, the same guy who tries to pin things on Hobbes when caught.)
* KnowNothingKnowItAll: When it comes to math, at any rate.
* TheLancer: To Calvin.
* LazyBum: He loves to take naps and lounge around in the sun. When Calvin asked him about the latter, he said, "Tigers' tummies are solar cells."
* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: The widely popular debate about him being either a figment of Calvin's imagination or a real character who pretends to be stuffed whenever anyone else than Calvin is present. WordOfGod himself believes it's up to the reader's interpretation and refuses to give a straight answer.
** Then there's the fact that Calvin has no objections to his mom putting Hobbes in the washing machine. Watterson admits this is "one of the stranger blurrings of what Hobbes is."
* MeaningfulName: He's named after Thomas Hobbes, a philosopher who at times had a poor outlook on life and human nature, which explains his cynicism rather well.
* NotSoAboveItAll: Even though he usually acts as an OnlySaneMan to Calvin, he sometimes takes part of mischief caused by Calvin.
* NotSoImaginaryFriend: [[ShrugOfGod Or is he?]]
* NoSympathy: Quite often to Calvin. In his defense, he's more aware than anyone that Calvin causes a lot of his own problems and will advise him against doing things that will obviously blow up in his face. When he's inevitably ignored, Hobbes' will switch toward instigating things and making Calvin suffer, though he ''does'' offer affection when Calvin's clearly upset (and again, if it's not something that's his own fault).
* TheObiWannabe: While he gives good advice most of the time, some of it doesn't take into account the fact that Calvin is not a tiger.
* OlderSidekick: Some comics hint that he was around before Calvin was born.
-->'''Calvin''': No fair. Mom always takes your side!
-->'''Hobbes:''' That's because she wanted another tiger, not you!
* OnlySaneMan: Somewhat more calm than Calvin, and acts as a voice of reason at times. [[NotSoAboveItAll However, half the time he joins in on Calvin's antics.]]
* PantheraAwesome: As a tiger, he's the epitome of grace, power, and beauty--according to himself, at least.
* ProudWarriorRaceGuy: Well, replace "Warrior Race" with "Tiger." He's very proud of being a tiger, and Calvin pokes fun at him when he displays qualities more commonly associated with housecats such as lounging in the sun or being lazy.
* RedOniBlueOni: Blue Oni to Calvin's Red.
* RightHandCat: For Calvin. Or rather, a "Right Hand Tiger".
* RunningGag: Pouncing on Calvin as soon as he walks in the door and yells, '''"I'M HOME!"'''
* SanityBall: When he's not encouraging Calvin to be even worse.
* ShipperOnDeck: For Calvin/Susie, much to Calvin's annoyance.
* TheSpock: A bit less emotional than Calvin.
* StraightMan: He usually displays more common sense than Calvin, [[HangingALampshade lampshades]] some of the sillier points of Calvin's schemes, and [[JustEatGilligan notes the obvious solution]] only to be shot down by Calvin's ego.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Tuna fish. He switched to salmon in later strips, then went back to tuna.
* TricksterMentor: Sometimes he comes across as this, his pranks and snide remarks seeming intended to teach Calvin a lesson. Of course, it never works.
* UndyingLoyalty: Towards Calvin.
* VictoryIsBoring: "The thrill of the chase is so diminished when one's prey has little legs." (Calvin: "OH, I'M ''REAL SORRY!''")
* VitriolicBestBuds: With Calvin, meaning that despite fighting over the silliest of reasons they are the best of friends.
* TheWatson: Although not from ignorance, but out of curiosity.

!!Secondary Characters
[[folder:Susie Derkins]]
-->''I'd ask you to play House, but you'd be a weird example for our kids.''

The neighbor girl and one of the few people Calvin actually interacts with his age. She's a constant target of Calvin's pranks but seems to handle her own quite well.
* BadassAdorable: She can be a badass if Calvin gets her angry enough.
* BerserkButton: Don't throw a snowball at her, do ''not'' throw a water balloon at her, don't try to gross her out with whatever you have for lunch, and ''' [[ItMakesSenseInContext never]]''' [[ItMakesSenseInContext call her fat.]]
-->'''Calvin:''' I'm still learning [my lines]. Being an onion is difficult, you know? What are you?
-->'''Susie:''' I'm 'Fat.'
-->'''Calvin:''' No, I mean in the play.
-->''(brief moment of between-panel violence: ends with Calvin lying on his back and surrounded by stars of pain)''
-->'''Susie''': '''Anyone ''ELSE'' want to say it?!'''
-->'''Calvin''': Aacccckk! Understudy! Understudy!
* BewareTheNiceOnes: She has a sweet demeanor overall, but she can be ruthless if you get on her bad side -- which Calvin tends to do more often than not.
* BelligerentSexualTension: Seemingly with Calvin.
* BoyishShortHair: She sports a neat bob cut and can easily match Calvin in a fight blow for blow.
* BrainyBrunette: Though not smart enough to realize that cheating off of Calvin during a test [[FridgeLogic is a pretty stupid idea...]]
* BullyingADragon: Regularly sends Calvin's ass to the cleaners in a fight. Word of God says this [[LoveMartyr just encourages Calvin]] to be even more annoying.
* ButtMonkey: A frequent target of Calvin's pranks and insults, though she gives as good as she receives.
** She does have a limit, though. Calvin once called her a "booger-brain", which sent her home crying, and made Calvin feel bad. He actually has to chase her down to apologize.
* CatchPhrase: Whenever Calvin grosses her out with disgusting descriptions of his lunch, her reaction is nearly always a big, ''"MISS WORMWOOD!!!"''
* ChildProdigy: While not shown as often as Calvin's, her vocabulary is well above that of a real-life first grader. Example: "stupidity produces antibodies."
* CuteBruiser: Most prominent during the wintertime. Whenever Calvin hits her with a snowball, she basically goes "all-out" on him. Calvin is often seen all beaten afterwards.
* FilleFatale: She repeatedly "charms" Hobbes into helping her or at least not harming her, despite all of Calvin's urgings.
* GeniusBruiser: She's a good student, but she isn't afraid to get her hands dirty when Calvin deserves it.
* GirlsLoveStuffedAnimals: She's occasionally seen with a stuffed bunny named [[ADogNamedDog Mr. Bun]], and fawns over Hobbes on more than one occasion.
--> '''Susie:''' Look at your stuffed tiger! He's wearing a ''tie!'' That's so ''cute!''
* GoGetterGirl: Susie exemplifies this, making her the perfect foil for BrilliantButLazy Calvin.
* HairDecorations: She once wore a bow in her hair for class picture day.
* HeroAntagonist: Especially if you look at things from Calvin's perspective.
* {{Housewife}}: Occasionally what she likes to act as when playing house with Calvin when she isn't "the high-powered executive wife."
* LittleMissBadass: She can put up a fight pretty good for somebody who's only Calvin's age.
* LittleMissSnarker: She often gives as good as she gets when she and Calvin meet. After Calvin smugly notes how boys are superior to girls, and asks what would make it worth living as one, Susie says they'll be asking her for dates to the prom when they're 17.
%%* NiceGirl
* NotSoAboveItAll: Susie was genuinely impressed with Calvin's idea to style his hair with Crisco for School Picture Day, even admitting out loud that she wished ''she'' had some Crisco.
* PintsizedPowerhouse: Calvin fails to learn that no matter how big a water balloon, pine cone, or snowball he ambushes Susie with, it won't stop her from immediately popping up and kicking the stuffing out of him.
* TheRival: To Calvin.
* SilkHidingSteel: Quite capable of being as diabolical as Calvin. Led to more than one HoistByHisOwnPetard moment.
* SimilarSquad: Herself and Mr. Bun.
** However, Hobbes comments that Mr. Bun appears "comatose." Whether this is due to Susie not having as vivid an imagination as Calvin, or because Mr. Bun is a NotSoImaginaryFriend, of course, depends on what Hobbes actually is.
* TeachersPet: Or at least, an extremely committed student.
* {{Tsundere}}: WordOfGod says she and Calvin sort of have a love/hate relationship.
* VitriolicBestBuds: She and Calvin spend an awful lot of time together, even if they can't stand one another.
** It's also implied that she doesn't have many friends outside of Calvin.
%%* WiseBeyondTheirYears

[[folder:Calvin's Mom]]
-->''I haven't seen Calvin for about 15 minutes now. That probably means he's getting in trouble.''

[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Calvin's mom.]]
* DeadpanSnarker: She has her moments.
-->'''Calvin:''' ''(pointing happily to three grotesque melted snowmen holding signs that read "Repent Sinners," "The End is Near," and "Spring is Coming")'' They're snowmen prophets of doom.
-->'''Mom:''' You certainly take the pleasure out of waiting for daffodils.
* FormerTeenRebel: Along with her husband.
* GenerationXerox: It's implied that she was a problem child herself.
* HappilyMarried: Until Calvin strained the relationship. WordOfGod is that he couldn't picture a family that wouldn't have ''some'' moments of ambivalence about a kid like Calvin, and concludes, "They do a better job [raising Calvin] than I would."
* {{Housewife}}: Though Calvin doesn't make her job easy.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: She can appear unsympathetic when she is stressed but she clearly loves Calvin with all her heart. While her relationship with her husband can be somewhat strained when it comes to raising their son, they are HappilyMarried
* LethalChef: Calvin thinks she is, to the point where he imagines her putting weed killer, gasoline, {{Shrunken Head}}s, paint and a live octopus into one meal.
* MamaBear: When his father's teasing about a Christmas without presents or a tree goes too far and genuinely upsets Calvin, she makes it clear to him that he'll be paying ''dearly'' for it.
* NoNameGiven: Since her purpose in the story is just to be Calvin's Mom, Watterson made a point of never naming her.
* NotSoDifferent: It's mentioned in one comic that Calvin's mother was apparently as bad as him as a child. In addition to this, on two occasions, she's even interacted with Hobbes -- or at least attempted to speak to him as if he wasn't a stuffed toy!
-->'''Mom:''' ''(after a disastrous doctor appointment)'' Someday I hope you have a kid that puts you what I've gone through.
-->'''Calvin:''' Yeah, that's what Grandma says she used to tell ''you''.
* PetTheDog: Many moments. She constantly has to put up with Calvin but ultimately cares for his well being, showing genuine concern for him at times and sometimes just acting nice to him.
-->'''Calvin:''' "Mom is '''awesome'''."
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Although she's the disciplinarian of the family more often than not.
* {{Tsundere}}: Type B over Calvin's dad.
* ToughLove: Calvin once asked his mom if he could smoke cigarettes. [[TheOnlyWayTheyWillLearn She gave him some his grandfather left over]], surprisingly enough. He threw a huge whooping cough, causing his mom to walk over and say: "I guess we learned a little lesson here."
-->'''Calvin:''' [[CompletelyMissingThePoint Trusting parents can be hazardous to your health]].
* UnnamedParent: She is known only as "Mom".
* WomenAreWiser: Inverted on a few occasions when dealing with Hobbes. She once confessed some of her fears to him when Calvin wasn't around, and on another occasion she called out for him when she and Dad were in the woods looking for him at night.
** Then again, depending on how you interpret Hobbes' reality and with a little dash of WildMassGuessing, this could be played straight.

[[folder:Calvin's Dad]]

-->''[[TheNewTens It's going to be]] [[JustBeforeTheEnd a grim day]] [[HarsherInHindsight when the world is run by a generation that doesn't know anything but what it's seen on TV]].''

[[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment Calvin's dad.]]
* ADayInTheLimelight: His cycling strips usually don't feature Calvin.
* {{Angrish}}: [[GoshDangItToHeck "Slippin-rippin-dang-fang-rotten-zarg-barg-a-ding-dong!"]]
* AuthorAvatar: Played with, he's actually based on Watterson's own father, right down to the profession, but Watterson relates more to him than he does to Calvin.
** InkSuitActor: Basically Bill Watterson without a mustache. Note that Calvin's uncle Max ''does'' have a mustache (but is missing Watterson's glasses).
* BerserkButton: Don't break his stuff.
* BornInTheWrongCentury: Dislikes modern technology and other recent developments, like the gradual decline of people's manners.
* BourgeoisBohemian: Dad eventually became a walking AuthorTract, making speeches about commercialism and materialism and the horror of our age and the fulfillment that comes only with being miserable in the great outdoors. For all that, though, he still enjoys Boomer pop culture - much to Calvin's chagrin.
* {{Catchphrase}}: "(insert something unpleasant) builds character!"
* CompositeCharacter: Calvin's Dad combines traits of both Bill Watterson's father, and Watterson himself.
* DeadpanSnarker: Obvious where Calvin got this from.
* DeathGlare: In one strip, when Calvin tries to go outside without doing his homework, his dad gives him "the evil eye," and is transformed into a giant eyeball.
* TheGadfly: Not generally, but something about Calvin's earnest questions sets off this side of his dad's nature.
-->'''Calvin:''' Dad, what causes the wind?
-->'''Dad:''' Trees sneezing.
* FormerTeenRebel: While he seems borderline reactionary in the strip's present, he apparently partied quite a bit in his youth, and proves himself to be quite knowledgeable regarding '60s hippie slang in one strip.
--> '''Calvin:''' ''(while looking through an old yearbook)'' Is this you with the keg and the "Party Naked" t-shirt?
--> '''Dad:''' ''(snatching the yearbook)'' Give me that!
* HappilyMarried: Calvin strains the relationship. He does love his wife, however, and they go out for evenings alone often.
* IncrediblyLameFun: A perfect morning for him is a long hike in the falling snow, followed by a big bowl of oatmeal, and doesn't understand why the rest of his family doesn't share his enthusiasm for {{Horrible Camping Trip}}s. May cross over to MachoMasochism.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: He can be rather unsympathetic to Calvin, stating that MiseryBuildsCharacter. However, he does have his moments.
* KnowNothingKnowItAll: He doesn't know nearly as much as he wants Calvin to think he does. He gave up trying to explain how things work to Calvin, [[LiesToChildren instead coming up with lies]].
** Some have pointed out, however, that in at least one early strip, he gave Calvin the right answer, only to be rebuffed. Perhaps that explains it...
* LiesToChildren: [[RunningGag Constantly.]] In commentary on one such strip, Watterson simply observed, "I suspect it must be a great temptation to abuse one's parental authority for private jokes."
* LuddWasRight: Many strips show that he looks down on modern technology. He views most television as "preachy" and encouraging consumerism, and when Calvin asked him why they don't have an Internet connection, he replied "Because it's bad enough that we have a telephone." In one strip, he got in trouble when he started complaining loudly about the wide variety of peanut butter at the grocery store, and it's hinted that this has happened before. There's also his yearly camping trips, which imply that he believes "building character" during a vacation is more important than actually enjoying it.
* MadLibsCatchPhrase: [[MiseryBuildsCharacter "X builds character."]]
* MiseryBuildsCharacter: TropeNamer. He'll often give Calvin some menial task to do, such as shoveling snow off the driveway, and rebuff Calvin's objections with something along the lines of "Hard work builds character." Not helped by the fact that his hobbies, things he does for ''fun'', like jogging, biking and camping, are miserable for Mom and Calvin.
* NoNameGiven: His real name is never stated, since his in-story purpose is just to be Calvin's Dad.
* OneNoteCook: If you could even call him that, prior to marrying Calvin's Mom, he lived on his on for two years, where according to Mom, he ate nothing but canned soup and frozen waffles three meals a day.
* PetTheDog: Stopped working to play with Calvin until his bed time, causing Calvin to actually [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming give him a kiss]]. Then he had to work into the night.
** He also takes the time to read Calvin a bedtime story every night. Even if it's ''Hamster Huey and the Gooey Kablooie,'' which he hates. Or at least hates as the same one every single night.
* TheScrooge: Not directly, but teases Calvin by pretending to be this. Notably by suggesting getting a Christmas Tree sometime after New Year's, so they can just grab a tree off the street, possibly with tinsel still on it, to save time and money. If Mom's reaction is anything to go by, he may be paying for it ''dearly''.
* StandardFiftiesFather: Well, he ''tries'' to fit the archetype, but Calvin, being anything but a sitcom kid, makes it difficult. He's also not afraid to show a mischievous side, [[FormerTeenRebel and it's implied he wasn't always so straight and narrow]]. Of course, unlike the original version of this trope, Dad was actually a Boomer, and thus had a somewhat different experience growing up.
* UnnamedParent: He is known only as "Dad" to Calvin.
* VolumetricMouth: Occasionally in older strips while yelling at Calvin.

[[folder:Miss Wormwood]]
--> ''It's not enough that we have to be disciplinarians, now we need to be psychologists.''

Calvin's first-grade teacher. Miss Wormwood struggles mightily to be patient with Calvin and yearns for retirement. Watterson named her, [[GeniusBonus somewhat obscurely]], after a low-ranking demon in ''Literature/TheScrewtapeLetters''.
%%* BeleagueredBureaucrat
%%* BrawnHilda
* DesignatedVillain: In-universe, from Calvin's point of view.
* INeedAFreakingDrink: Non-alcoholic example. If Calvin says something really inane, she'll drink Maalox straight from the bottle.
* NeverMessWithGranny: Calvin doesn't consider her one of his sworn archenemies for nothing.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure; She acted like this when Calvin suffered a FreakOut about being trapped inside on a beautiful day, as opposed to simply misbehaving:
-->'''Miss Wormwood''': Next time, take a drink of water and a few deep breaths.
* SadistTeacher: Again, Calvin views her as this. In truth, she isn't one, she's just very boring, which makes her classes hard for {{C|loudcuckoolander}}alvin to sit through.
* SternTeacher: In reality.
** Then again, she seems to give much harder questions than a first grader is expected to know. An especially egregious example (besides the insect collection) involves a word problem that requires knowledge of multiplication and algebra!
*** Not to mention, the class projects she gives include having to collect FIFTY different leaves/insects and labeling them with their scientific Latin names over the course of two weeks. No wonder Calvin views school as comparable to forced labor.
*** She even has her students read about the UsefulNotes/{{Byzantine Empire}}, which is a subject most kids won't be taught about until high school, if even then!
* SitcomArchNemesis: Until he learned otherwise, Calvin 'sort of assumed' that his teacher slept in a coffin all summer.
* ShoutOut: WordOfGod has confirmed that her name is a reference to the apprentice demon in ''Literature/TheScrewtapeLetters''.
* SoProudOfYou: Downplayed, but in one Sunday strip, she seems genuinely impressed for a moment when Calvin gets an A.
* SurvivalMantra: "Five years until retirement, five years until retirement, five years until retirement..."
* WouldHurtAChild: She has no problem scraping and dragging Calvin after he comes in the classroom as Stupendous Man.


The class bully who got held back in school multiple times and often takes Calvin's money. He's the only kid Calvin knows that shaves.
* BlindingBangs: His hairdo grows right over his eyes.
* TheBrute: Big, mean, strong, and stupid. Yep, we've got TheBrute.
* TheBully: [[Toys/{{Bionicle}} 100% explosive, 0% fuse]].
* TheDitz: Gets quite a few moments of this, especially when Calvin says things that go over his head.
* DumbMuscle: Big an brawny as a six-year-old can be, but he has serious trouble understanding words with more than two or three syllables.
* DumbassHasAPoint / JerkassHasAPoint: Says he doesn't pick on people his own size because they hit back.
-->'''Calvin:''' I guess that has a certain unethical logic to it...
** After Calvin tells him that to get his kicks in while he can because when he's an adult he can't go beating people up for no reason, Moe agrees and [[NiceJobBreakingItHero decides to beat up Calvin]] ''[[NiceJobBreakingItHero more]]''.
* FatBastard: Described as such by Hobbes, and he is noticeably heftier than the other six-year-olds.
* FlatCharacter: Unlike most other characters in the series, who have sympathetic sides and are open to various interpretations, Moe solely exists just to be a jerk to Calvin.
* HateSink: See FlatCharacter. Moe's only characterization is to be as unpleasant as humanly possible.
* {{Jerkass}}: No denying it. He's nothing more than a complete and total hoodlum.
* JerkJock: The thug never ceases to intimidate Calvin when it comes to sports in gym class.
* KarmaHoudini: Torments and beats up Calvin without provocation, and never really receives any punishment or payback. Though Calvin did appear to get the better of him when he introduced him to Hobbes, an act that confused Moe so much that he practically ''begged'' that Calvin leave ''him'' alone. (Calvin assumed he was scared of Hobbes, but Moe saw only a stuffed toy and assumed Calvin was trying to frame him by inviting him to play with the "teddy" and then claiming he stole it.)
* TheNicknamer: He calls Calvin "Twinky".
* PaintingTheMedium: He is the only character who speaks in mixed caps instead of all caps, and his speech appears to have been written with a pencil.
* VocalDissonance: From how his dialogue is done via grade-school-style handwriting instead of the neat letters of everyone else. presumably he sounds like a big, mean bully in Bill Watterson's imagination. [[note]]His voice most likely sounds like Francis from ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents''.[[/note]]
* YoungerThanTheyLook: How Calvin saw him in the first strip that features him. It's more likely that he is much older than Calvin and got held back multiple times.
-->'''Calvin:''' Never argue with a six-year-old who shaves.


-->''For eight bucks a night, I don't put up with much.''

Calvin's babysitter. She's often the only one in the neighborhood willing to babysit Calvin for his parents, provided she gets paid extra of course.
* {{Archenemy}}: WordOfGod says that she's the only person Calvin truly fears.
* AscendedExtra: Watterson created her for just one story arc, but quickly realized having a character Calvin was actually intimidated by could provide a lot of material, so she appeared several more times.
* BabysitterFromHell: Calvin certainly views her as such.
* BadlyBatteredBabysitter: Usually is on the receiving end of Calvin's mischief.
* BatmanGambit: In her final appearance in the strip, Rosalyn uses this to get Calvin to behave. She makes him ''want'' to do his homework and clean his room by offering to play Calvinball with him, and then actually has fun with the game and wins when they play it, having learned about the (lack of) rules in the course of it.
* BlackmailIsSuchAnUglyWord: As the ''only'' babysitter in town who will agree to babysit Calvin, she's in a primo bargaining position. College tuition, y'know.
* ChildHater: From Calvin's point of view.
-->'''Calvin:''' She'll probably stick my head on a stake as a warning to ''other'' kids she babysits!!
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Disappeared for a few years, but ultimately subverted this in the final months of the strip [[BackForTheFinale where she came back for one final story arc]].
* CrazyPrepared: One one occasion Calvin tried to sneak out of the house again. As he's sprinting across the backyard, she jumps out the window behind him, and, well...
-->'''Calvin:''' Aw man! She's wearing CLEATS!!!
-->'''Hobbes:''' Outta my WAY! Outta my WAY!
* DesignatedVillain: In-universe; In Calvin's perspective.
** Although in her final appearance towards the end of the strip she finally figures out how to deal with Calvin in a way no one else does and the two of them reach an understanding.
** Rosalyn's first night with Calvin goes relatively smoothly. It's only after Calvin chafes at the enforced bedtimes and her continued presence that he starts causing trouble.
* TheDreaded: Not a lot of people can strike fear into Calvin's heart quite like Rosalyn. Even Hobbes is terrified of her.
* GuileHero: In her final story arc, Rosalyn figures out how to deal with Calvin. By playing Calvinball with him, she engages with Calvin on his own terms. Not only does she get Calvin to behave, she gets him to ''do his homework''.
-->'''Mom''': How was Calvin?
-->'''Rosalyn''': Pretty good. Calvin did his homework, we played a game, and Calvin went to bed.
-->'''Dad''': It's way too late for jokes, Rosalyn.
* HairTriggerTemper: It doesn't take much for Calvin to annoy her. Once she sent him to bed early [[DisproportionateRetribution because he threw two Nerf darts at her.]]
* HeroAntagonist: Portrayed as a hero in actuality, but she does occasionally resort to violence to deal with Calvin.
* HeyYou: When talking to Calvin, she will sometimes derisively refer to him as something along the lines of [[http://www.gocomics.com/calvinandhobbes/1989/02/11 "you little creep"]], or [[http://www.gocomics.com/calvinandhobbes/1989/09/27 simply "you."]]
* InvisibleParents: Charlie, actually an Invisible Boyfriend. Although her parents are never mentioned either.
* NotSoDifferent: In her last appearance, she bonds with Calvin in a game of Calvinball. And learns how to exploit its "make-it-up-as-you-along" nature very quickly.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: She's usually pretty fair until Calvin antagonizes her.
* SerialEscalation: Watterson commented that every Rosalyn arc had to be more extreme than the last one, at one point causing him to resort to involving Stupendous Man.
* SitcomArchNemesis: To Calvin.
* TeensAreMonsters: At least, Calvin thinks so.

!!Minor Characters
[[folder:Calvin's Good Side]]

'''Hobbes:''' ''The ethicator must've done some deep digging to extract'' him.

A duplicate Calvin made of himself, who only has Calvin's good qualities and none of his bad ones.
* AIIsACrapshoot: He was created by Calvin to do his chores and schoolwork, but quickly started opposing him in everything, [[FridgeBrilliance likely due to being the embodiment of essentially everything Calvin rejects about himself.]]
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Too bad he [[spoiler:vanished because of it]].
* GoneHorriblyRight: It was all working out nicely until the good duplicate decided to apologize to Susie with flowers.
* HeroicBSOD: But he gets better fairly quickly.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: [[spoiler:Because he IS Calvin, he'll do something bad eventually.]]
* IncorruptiblePurePureness: To the point where [[spoiler:he will spontaneously cease to exist the instant he gives in to corruption]].
* NeverHeardThatOneBefore: See PhraseCatcher.
* NiceGuy: It comes with being the entire personification of Calvin's kindness.
* PhraseCatcher: "If you're Calvin's good side, you should be a ''lot'' smaller."
* PuffOfLogic: He [[spoiler:disappears]] after he thinks [[spoiler:an evil thought]].
* TheReveal: Calvin's mother initially thinks Calvin has turned over a new leaf, but when he leaves for school, Calvin and Hobbes are seen hiding under the bed, commenting on their success.
* ShadowArchetype: Contains many qualities Calvin would like to ignore, such as helpfulness, diligence, and a crush on Susie.

[[folder:Uncle Max]]

Calvin's uncle, on his father's side, who lives far enough away that he hardly ever sees Calvin and his family.

* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Essentially the reverse Rosalyn; he was intended to be a recurring character, but after the arc Watterson realized he didn't have much personality, didn't bring out anything new in Calvin, and also required some awkward writing to avoid having him call his brother and sister-in-law by their names.
* DeadpanSnarker: He has his moments, like when Calvin admits to going through his suitcase.
* FriendlessBackground: He's of the opinion that all of his friends have been imaginary, and not in the ImaginaryFriend way.
* PornStache: It was TheEighties, after all. (He also wears a ''MiamiVice''-style dress shirt, [[UnintentionalPeriodPiece as if to date the strip even more]].)
* PutOnABus: Or rather, a plane.
* TotallyRadical: He sometimes talks more like a teenager than like a man pushing 30.

[[folder:Galaxoid and Nebular]]


A couple of aliens who [[WhatAnIdiot think they bought the world from Calvin.]]
* BackForTheFinale: They're set up as oneshot characters like Calvin's good side or the Snow Goons, but they reappear one more time pretty close to the end of the strip's run, in the last story arc.
* DitzyGenius: They are more intelligent than most humans, but think that Calvin is ruler of the Earth.
* ThoseTwoGuys: They are never seen apart.
* StarfishAliens: They can barely pass for humanoid squids.
* YouGetWhatYouPayFor: They bought the Earth for 50 alien leaves, which were worthless to them. They got a planet that annually tilts away from the sun and gets cold during the winter. ("Let the buyer beware," Calvin snaps at them.)

!!Calvin's Alter Egos

[[folder:In General]]

There are several of these, due to Calvin's rampant imagination, including Wonga-Taa, King of Jungle (an obvious CaptainErsatz of Tarzan) and an unnamed, enormous carnosaur known to science only as the Calvinosaur. The most common personae, however, have their own folders below.

* AffectionateParody: Of quite a lot of things. Tracer Bullet, for instance, is this for the FilmNoir genre, whereas Spaceman Spiff parodies the space heroes of the RaygunGothic era.
* PowerFantasy: For Calvin. They're his way to pretend to fight back effectively against people and things he dislikes.
* ThirdPersonPerson: All of them except for Tracer Bullet, for whom the PrivateEyeMonologue is employed.

[[folder:Stupendous Man]]


Calvin as a superhero; an {{Expy}} of Franchise/{{Superman}} with the LargeHam qualities turned UpToEleven.
* TheAdjectivalMan: The Stupendous one, to be precise.
* CharacterizationMarchesOn: He first appears in a one-off strip roughly a year before Calvin begins wearing a cape and hood to "disguise" himself, and his original appearance in Calvin's fantasy simply consists of a DominoMask and a cape as opposed to the full superhero costume Calvin imagines himself wearing later on. He also apparently cannot fly in his first appearance, as it shows him worried about getting off a high building (in real life, Calvin is on a slide at the playground and is reluctant to go down it.)
* ClarkKenting: Calvin's imaginary superhero self.
* ExpressiveMask: During his fantasy sequences.
* FailureHero: Lampshaded when Hobbes asks if Stupendous Man has ''ever'' won a battle.
-->"Well, [[DamnedByFaintPraise they're moral victories]]."
* FlyingBrick: He has the classic combo of flight and super strength in a normal human body.
* FunWithAcronyms: [[ShapedLikeItself "S" for Stupendous!]] "T" for Tiger, ferocity of! "U" for Underwear, red! Unfortunately, despite his immense vocabulary, Calvin isn't good at actually spelling things, so he never finishes the acronym.
* LargeHam: Like you wouldn't ''believe''. Nearly everything he says is some form of hammy bragging about how awesome he is.
* MinimalistCast: Stupendous Man is the ''only'' visible character in these daydreams. Other characters are alluded to (Mom Lady, Babysitter Girl, Crab Teacher,) but we only see them when the POV switches back to the real world.
* NoGuyWantsAnAmazon: Mom Lady, Babysitter Girl, and Crab Teacher are all bigger than him - and he hates them for it.
* PaperThinDisguise: Subverted. Calvin ''thinks'' his hood and cape hide his identity, when they actually don't.
* PoliticallyIncorrectHero: Heavily implied, as ''all'' the "supervillains" he fights are women.
* SuperheroesWearCapes: A flowing red one longer than he's tall.
* SuperIntelligence: In one story arc, Calvin bought his costume to school in order to use Stupendous Man's intelligence to pass a test. He flunks it anyway.
* SuperStrength: Such so that one strip, he returns the planet to a previous point in its orbit to basically extend the year by one day.

[[folder:Spaceman Spiff]]


-->"It never fails. I just washed and waxed this thing..."

A space adventurer and hero who explores strange planets and unknown parts of space, and fights all kinds of alien monsters (who tend to want to kill him, or capture and interrogate him.)
* APlanetNamedZok: Most planets Spiff visits are named something like Zorg, Bog, Quorg, Zortak, or, yes, Zok.
* ArtShift: The Spiff fantasies have more realistic landscapes. The fact that Calvin sees real life as cartoonish by comparison really says something about how he thinks.
* BatmanCanBreatheInSpace: One short shows him exiting his ship to fix it, with no ExplosiveDecompression or air being sucked out of him.
* BoldExplorer: Spiff is a bold interstellar explorer, who constantly gets captured by bizarre alien life forms (usually Calvin's parents or his teacher.)
* CaptainCrash: Many Spaceman Spiff episodes involve his ship getting hit by alien death ray fire and crash-landing on some unknown alien planet.
** '''''"SPACEMAN SPIFF IS GOING DOWN!!!"''''' is practically his CatchPhrase.
* CaptainSpaceDefenderOfEarth: An obvious send up of this archetype, Spiff is an intrepid space explorer.
* DefiantToTheEnd: Spiff never breaks... except once.
-->'''Torturer Dad:''' "Let's see how you withstand [[AnythingButThat a calm discussion of wholesome principles!]]\\
'''Spiff:''' '''''[[TheScream AAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHH!!]]'''''
* ExpressiveMask: His goggles change shape to reflect his facial expressions.
* FailureHero: Most of his stories start with him crashing his spaceship onto APlanetNamedZok and end with him captured by aliens.
* FantasticRacism: Many of Spiff's adventures show him preparing to kill aliens - ''even ones who haven't attacked him or don't even know he's there''. At one point, he prepared to execute a lower life-form InTheBack because [[CondescendingCompassion it was so stupid he felt pity for it]].
* GunsAreWorthless: You could probably count the number of times his gun ''hasn't'' backfired on him or proven ineffective against his target on your one hand. Then again, considering Calvin's WeaponOfChoice in reality is a ''suction dart pistol'', and the aliens often represent his real life enemies, it's clear that his imaginary weapon's effectiveness is equivalent to his real weapon's.
* LargeHam: Hams it up a lot, an example being LargeHamTitle.
* LargeHamTitle: ''Interplanetary Explorer Extraordinaire!''
* NoIndoorVoice: At times, he is pretty loud. One comic consisted of him doing nothing but screaming.
* PlanetOfHats: Where he frequently travels to. Generally, the hat seems to be that of an evil alien conqueror.
* ShoutOut: Watterson has said that Spiff's narration is a spoof on ComicStrip/FlashGordon.
* SingleBiomePlanet: More like [[UpToEleven Single Biome Galaxy.]] Every single planet that Spiff visits (with only two exceptions) is a rocky desert based on the deserts of Utah.
* YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle: After Calvin escapes from school, Spaceman Spiff escapes from his dungeon, but when Calvin's mother finds out, Spiff's ship comes under attack.

[[folder:Tracer Bullet]]

-->"I got eight slugs in me. One's lead, and the rest are bourbon..."

A [[HardBoiledDetective hard-boiled private investigator]] in an unnamed big city.

* AwesomeMcCoolname: ''Tracer Bullet.''
* ArtShift: Noir art, which is almost completely black with some white so you know what's going on. Watterson mentions he did it purposely to make it harder to look at, as the eye, being lazy, favors blank white spaces.
* ButtMonkey: Gets beaten up near the end of both of his arcs.
* CityNoir: The unnamed city where his adventures take place: it seems to be entirely made of alleys and overbearing skyscrapers, it's always raining, and the strips it appears in are drawn in a photo-realistic style that emphasizes shadows.
* ComplexityAddiction: Tracer Bullet in the first arc results in this. Calvin is asked to solve a basic math problem, but Bullet "solves" the case as though the numbers are people (that is, that he was solving a "numbers racket" a la gangster movies). He ends up blaming it on "Mr. Billion" and answering the problem as "1,000,000,000."
* CrapsackWorld: From what little we see of it, Tracer's world ain't a friendly or happy place. Pretty par for the course for noir, really.
* DeadpanSnarker: He stays calm a lot, even when he snarks.
* TheFaceless: Everybody except Tracer was like this in his strips.
* FamilyFriendlyFirearms: Averted. He has an actual gun that shoots actual bullets on-panel.
** Then again, he is shown [[ATeamFiring missing all of his shots]].
* AFriendInNeed: The ending of the second arc, where he doesn't admit the truth to the authorities because the culprit is a friend of his, i.e. Hobbes.
* FunctionalAddict: He's a heavy drinker and smoker, but it doesn't seam to affect his ability to solve cases.
--> "I have two magnums in my desk, one's a gun and I keep it loaded. The other's a bottle and it keeps ''me'' loaded."
* GoryDiscretionShot: Both times he gets beaten up. His shooting the dame in the second arc.
* HardboiledDetective: Or an exaggeration/parody thereof.
* NiceHat: No special powers, but definitely appropriate. And hey, it helps protect him from rain! Score! In fact, his hat is the entire reason why the character was created, Calvin first donned the fedora in an arc where Hobbes gave him a terrible haircut.
* NoirEpisode: Although Watterson admitted he wasn't a big fan of noir, he actually got the look and feel of the genre down surprisingly well.
* NotSoBadassLongcoat: Though he ''definitely'' sees himself as a {{badass|longcoat}}.
* PerpetualFrowner: Never cracks a smile. His face is set in a perpetual, hard-boiled grimace.
* PrivateEyeMonologue: The only actual text in his strips is his lengthy internal monologues, which Calvin is shown thinking "aloud" when the strip switches back to the real world.
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: Watterson says that the main reason Tracer made so few appearances was simply because the Noir-ish art took too long to finish. If it hadn't, we might've been given more Tracer Bullet cases to enjoy.
** In-universe, Calvin is first seen using the Tracer Bullet fantasy when he is covering up a bad haircut with a fedora.
* SmokingIsCool: Constantly puffing cigarettes, and is a hero (or at least in Calvin's imagination he is).
* TalksLikeASimile
-->''I didn't like the way this story was shaping up, so I decided to write a new ending with my .45 automatic as co-author... My friend made three profound arguments while I excused myself. I always leave when the talk gets philosophical. Just as I finished putting all the puzzle pieces together, the dame's hired goon jumped out of nowhere and practiced for his chiropractic degree."
* ThisIsGonnaSuck: What he thinks when something bad is about to happen, or when he gets a case when he had something else planned at the time.
* UnwittingPawn: The second arc, where Tracer Bullet is hired to investigate a broken lamp. Calvin's mom thinks he did it when it was actually Hobbes, so Bullet's POV depicts it as "the dame" just getting him at the crime scene so she could blame the crime on him.
** DetectivePatsy: As stated above, he was hired solely for "the Dame" to have someone to pin her crime on.
* WouldHitAGirl: In the second arc, after Tracer realizes that the dame that hired him just wanted to pin the crime on him, he has no problem taking out his gun and shooting at her.