!!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 six year old with an unusually large vocabulary and grown-up sense of humor.

* 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.
* 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!"''
* [[ABoyAndHisX A Boy and His Tiger]]
* BrattyHalfPint: Hoo boy. Calvin knows he's often a jerk, especially to his parents, but he does it anyway.
* BrilliantButLazy: He's unusually cultured in vocabulary, philosophies, very knowledgeable about dinosaurs, and has an advanced sense of irony, but since school often teaches everything he doesn't like to learn, he just doesn't bother. He could easily succeed in school if he applied himself -- in one strip, he gets a good grade, but feels that it just isn't worth the effort. On the other hand, he is just impossibly bad at basic math.
** BookDumb
** DitzyGenius
** More than one strip suggested that his grades at math were simply because he found the subject incomprehensibly boring.
* 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 six-year-old kid in a newspaper strip, he qualifies for this sub-type.
* BratsWithSlingshots: [[http://www.gocomics.com/calvinandhobbes/1985/12/13 Sometimes]].
* CantGetAwayWithNuthin: Always.
* TheChewToy: Quite literally to Hobbes at times. Plus... Well, let's just say that he's not physically strong.
* 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.
* CoolLoser
* CreepyChild: Some strips (such as the ones featuring his snowmen) cast him in this light, though played for laughs rather than horror.
* 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 na´ve.
* DeadpanSnarker
* DidntThinkThisThrough: He always seems to act without thinking it through first.
* 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.
* 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.
* 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 six-year-old.
* [[ItsAllAboutMe It's All About Calvin]]: claims that the purpose of history was to produce him.
* 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.
* LargeHam: Especially when his imagination runs wild. He was born to live in pulp fiction.
* 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.
* 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.
* 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.
* 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.
* 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'']].
* 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.
* PainPoweredLeap: Has done this on more than one occasion when stung by a bee (or, in one case, a hornet).
* PintSizedKid: Lampshaded in one strip where he looks up at his parents and realizes he only comes up to their knees, constructs a tiny two-ball snowman, and says: "Shrimp."
* 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.
* SoreLoser: Shown whenever he loses to Hobbes in checkers.
* SpikyHair: Lampshaded by Hobbes.
* SweetTooth: He loves candy, popsicles, 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.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: TropeNamer for ChocolateFrostedSugarBombs, and cookies.
* 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.
* 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.


-->''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.

* BadassBoast: [[BlatantLies My snowballs go faster than the speed of sound!]]
** [[ItMakesSenseInContext I'm going so slow]], [[BadLiar I'm going backwards!]]
* BigEater: Fish and canned tuna especially.
* BookDumb: Not much better at math than Calvin is.
* 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 this by everyone else.
* DeadpanSnarker: Especially in the later years.
* DubNameChange: to [[ADogNamedDog ''Tigern'' ("The Tiger")]] in Norway.
* 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.
-->'''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.
* 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.
* 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.
* 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
* NotSoImaginaryFriend: [[ShrugOfGod Or is he?]]
* 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.
* OnlySaneMan
* PantheraAwesome
* 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
* 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
* 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.
* VictoryIsBoring: "The thrill of the chase is so diminished when one's prey has little legs." (Calvin: "OH, I'M ''REAL SORRY!''")
* VitriolicBestBuds: Type B 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.

* BerserkButton: Don't throw a snowball at her, do ''not'' throw a water balloon at her, 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.
* 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.
* 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: She may be only six, but Susie exemplifies this, making her the perfect foil for BrilliantButLazy Calvin.
* 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."
* TheKirk
* LittleMissBadass
* LittleMissSnarker
* PintsizedPowerhouse: Calvin fails to learn that no matter how big a water balloon or snowball he ambushes Susie with, it won't stop her from immediately popping up and kicking the stuffing out of him.
* TheRival
* 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 they 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.

[[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.
* 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."
* 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: Will turn into this if her husband goes too far in his teasing Calvin.
* NoNameGiven
* 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. 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
* 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}}: [[GoshDarnItToHeck "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.
* 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.
* {{Catchphrase}}: "(insert something unpleasant) builds character!"
* CompositeCharacter: Calvin's Dad combines traits of both Bill Watterson's father, and Watterson himself.
* DeadpanSnarker
* 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.
* HappilyMarried: Calvin strains the relationship. He does love his wife, however, and they go out for evenings alone often.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Like father, like son.
* 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."
* 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."
* NoNameGiven
* 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 bed time story every night.
* TheScrooge: Not directly, but teases Calvin by pretending to be this. Notably by 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.
* UnnamedParent
* 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.
* 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. No wonder Calvin views school as comparable to forced labor.
*** She even has her kids read about the {{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''.
* SurvivalMantra: "Five years until retirement, five years until retirement, five years until retirement..."


The class bully who often takes Calvin's money. He's the only kid Calvin knows that shaves.

* BlindingBangs: His hairdo grows right over his eyes.
* TheBrute
* TheBully: [[Franchise/{{Bionicle}} 100% explosive, 0% fuse]].
* TheDitz: Gets quite a few moments of this, especially when Calvin says things that go over his head.
* DumbMuscle
* 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...
* 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 pretty much 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.
* 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.



-->''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.
* {{Badass}}
* 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 wins the game 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.
* 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's 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.
* HeroAntagonist
* [[InvisibleParents Invisible Boyfriend]]: Charlie.
* 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.
* SitcomArchNemesis
* 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.

* [[spoiler:AIIsACrapshoot]]
* [[spoiler:BewareTheNiceOnes]]: Too bad he [[spoiler:vanished because of it]].
* GoneHorriblyWrong: It was all working out nicely until the good duplicate decided to apologize to Susie with flowers.
* [[spoiler:HeroicBSOD]]: But he gets better fairly quickly.
* [[spoiler: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.
* PhraseCatcher: "If you're Calvin's good side, you should be a ''lot'' smaller."
* [[spoiler: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
* FriendlessBackground: He's of the opinion that all of his friends have been imaginary, and not in the ImaginaryFriend way.
* PutOnABus: Or rather, a plane.

[[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.
* DitzyGenius: They are more intelligent than most humans, but think that Calvin is ruler of the Earth.
* ThoseTwoGuys
* 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.

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

* AffectionateParody
* PowerFantasy
* ThirdPersonPerson: All of them except for Tracer Bullet, for whom the PrivateEyeMonologue is employed.

[[folder:Stupendous Man]]


Calvin as a superhero; pretty much an {{Expy}} of Franchise/{{Superman}} with the LargeHam qualities turned UpToEleven.

* TheAdjectivalSuperhero
* 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
* 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
* FunWithAcronyms: "U" for Underwear, red!
** Unfortunately, despite his immense vocabulary, Calvin isn't good at actually spelling, so he never finishes the acronym.
* 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.
* LargeHam
* 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.
* PaperThinDisguise: Subverted. Calvin ''thinks'' his hood and cape hide his identity, when they actually don't.
* SuperheroesWearCapes
* 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.)

* ArtShift: Much more realistic landscapes. The fact that Calvin sees real life as cartoony by comparison really says something about how he thinks.
* 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.
* CaptainSpaceDefenderOfEarth
* 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
* 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
* LargeHamTitle: ''Interplanetary Explorer Extraordinaire!''
* NoIndoorVoice
* PlanetOfHats: Where he frequently travels to.
* ShoutOut: Watterson has said that Spiff's narration is a spoof on ComicStrip/FlashGordon.
* [[SingleBiomePlanet Single Biome Galaxy]]: Every single planet that Spiff visits (with only two exceptions) is a rocky desert based on the deserts of Utah.
* [[BatmanCanBreatheInSpace Spiff Can Breathe In Space]]: One short shows him exiting his ship to fix it, with no ExplosiveDecompression or air being sucked out of him.
* 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
* 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.
* 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. 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
* TheFaceless: Everybody except Tracer was like this in his strips.
* FamilyFriendlyFirearms: Averted.
** 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.
* GoryDiscretionShot: Both times he gets beaten up. His shooting the dame in the second arc.
* HardboiledDetective
* 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
* PrivateEyeMonologue
* 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
* 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
* 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
* [[WouldHitAGirl Would Shoot a Dame]]