troperville

tools

toys


main index

Narrative

Genre

Media

Topical Tropes

Other Categories

TV Tropes Org
random
Characters: Calvin and Hobbes
    open/close all folders 

Main Characters

    Calvin 
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.


  • Allergic to Routine: To the point where he rejects wearing clothes. Calvinball operates on this principle, as well.
  • Anime Hair: Constantly 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 Astro Boy, which made it hair from an actual anime.
  • Annoying Patient: Provides the trope page image.
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: 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.
  • Attention Whore: Also provides the trope page image.
  • Berserk Button: Anytime Hobbes implies that he has a crush on Susie. He also gets angry when Hobbes explains or mentions the Noodle Incident 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 Sore Loser!
    "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!"
  • A Boy and His Tiger
  • Bratty Half-Pint: Hoo boy. Calvin knows he's often a jerk, especially to his parents, but he does it anyway.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: 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.
    • Book Dumb
    • Ditzy Genius
    • More than one strip suggested that his grades at math were simply because he found the subject incomprehensibly boring.
  • Butt Monkey: 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.
  • Byronic Hero: Despite being a six-year-old kid in a newspaper strip, he qualifies for this sub-type.
  • Can't Get Away with Nuthin' : Always.
  • The Chew Toy: Quite literally to Hobbes at times. Plus... well, let's just say that he's not physically strong.
  • Child Prodigy: 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.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Spends a lot of time wrapped up in his imagination.
  • Creepy Child: Some strips (such as the ones featuring his snowmen) cast him in this light, though played for laughs rather than horror.
  • invokedCritical Research Failure: 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 Batman logo and added fangs!
    Hobbes: She's pretty perceptive.
  • Curious as a Monkey: Falling off in later strips, when it was harder to pass him off as childishly naive.
  • Didn't Think This Through: He always seems to act without thinking it through first.
  • Dub Name Change: Is called Tommy in Norway and Steen in Denmark.
  • Enfant Terrible: Sometimes.
  • Everybody Hates Mathematics: As referenced above, although he's not fond of any school subject, he almost treats math like it's a supervillain.
  • Girls Have Cooties: Calvin's primary attitude when it comes to the opposite sex. The G.R.O.S.S. club has its name for a reason.
  • Gosh Dang It to Heck!: He uses minced oaths, because he doesn't know any swearing words.
  • Hates Baths: A few week-long arcs and several individual strips are dedicated to his attempts to get out of baths.
  • Hot-Blooded: He can get really riled up a lot of the time.
  • Innocent Prodigy: 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.
  • It's All About Calvin: Calvin claims that the purpose of history was to produce him.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Underneath all his curmudgeonly layers is someone who really does care about fairness and all the ugliness in the world.
  • Kids Are Cruel: He alternated between being the victim and the instigator of this trope.
  • Large Ham: Especially when his imagination runs wild. He was born to live in pulp fiction.
  • Lazy Bum: 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.
  • Limited Wardrobe: He always wears the same shirt and pants combo.
  • Literal-Minded: When he feels extra rebellious.
  • The Masochism Tango: With Susie.
    Calvin: It's shameless the way we flirt.
  • The McCoy: To Hobbes' The Spock.
  • Meaningful Name: 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.
  • Mouthy Kid: In certain comics, he just seems to go on and on about certain subjects.
  • Mr. Imagination: Calvin provides the page image. A good half of all strips involve his weird imagination in some way.
  • Mr. Vice Guy: Sloth and Pride.
  • The Napoleon: 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.
  • Never My Fault: 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.
  • Nice Hat: He wears a beanie in the winter strips.
  • Nightmare Fetishist: Thoroughly enjoys violent comic books.
    Calvin: Captain Steroid is getting his kidneys punched out with an I-beam!
  • No Indoor Voice: "If you can't win by reason, go for volume."
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Shamelessly used to try to get away with stuff.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Red Oni to Hobbes' Blue.
  • Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: A running gag. The author liked how he could precisely articulate stupid ideas.
  • Slasher Smile: Sports this in several strips or whenever he's feeling particularly devious.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: He likes to go on about what a talented genius he is.
  • Sore Loser: Shown whenever he loses to Hobbes in checkers.
  • Spiky Hair: Lampshaded by Hobbes.
  • Sweet Tooth: He loves candy, popsicles, and of course, his Chocolate-Frosted Sugar Bombs. But he doesn't enjoy his mom's cooking in the slightest. Once, he even made a bunch of sickened snowmen to signal his dislike of some eggplant casserole.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Trope Namer for Chocolate-Frosted Sugar Bombs, and cookies.
  • Unreliable Narrator: Of his own imagination.
  • Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: He's a lazy, mischievous brat, and it's hard not to like him.
  • Villain Protagonist
  • Walking Disaster Area: There goes the resale value of that house.
  • Warrior Poet: With snowball fights.
  • Would Hit a Girl: 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.

    Hobbes 

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

Calvin's stuffed tiger doll...or maybe his Not-So-Imaginary Friend. Named after Thomas Hobbes, 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.

  • Badass Boast: My snowballs go faster than the speed of sound!
  • Big Eater: Fish and canned tuna especially.
  • Book Dumb: Not much better at math than Calvin is.
  • Casanova Wannabe: Mostly towards Susie.
  • Cats Are Mean: Played with. Hobbes has much stronger moral integrity than Calvin, 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, the other half of the time, he's a willing accomplice.
  • Cats Are Snarkers: Calvin's straight man.
  • Cats Are Superior: Frequently invoked when quibbling with Calvin.
  • Characterization Marches On: 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.
  • The Conscience: Although he won't try too hard; Calvin's the one who'll have to suffer the consequences, after all.
  • Comedic Sociopathy: Sometimes.
  • Companion Cube: Seen as this by everyone else.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Especially in the later years.
  • Dub Name Change: to Tigern ("the Tiger") in Norway.
  • From a Certain Point of View: 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.
  • Furry Reminder: We get various reminders that he is a tiger: He sleeps a lot, chases his tail and enjoys pouncing among other things.
  • The Gadfly: 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).
  • The Glomp: A Running Gag, where he pounces Calvin at full speed when Calvin comes home from school.
  • Handsome Lech: While Calvin believes Girls Have Cooties, Hobbes has a thing for "babes".
    • And yet, he's a proud member of Get Rid Of Slimy girlS
      • *in a list of what girls are good for* "Number four, they're good for smooching!"
      • A lot of GROSS's plans fail because of Hobbes. One story arc ends with Calvin yelling at Hobbes "GOOD GRAVY, WHICH SIDE ARE YOU ON?!?"
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: Ever notice how he always hits Calvin?
  • Intellectual Animal: Heavy on the Intellectual.
  • Invisible to Normals: Everyone but Calvin sees him as just a stuffed animal.
  • Karma Houdini: 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 Invisible to Normals.
    • 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 one, show him rather miffed when he doesn't get pounced.
  • Knight in Sour Armor: Hobbes is apparently quite cynical, but often does good deeds he doesn't expect to be rewarded for. (Ie. Trying to preach virtue to Calvin. You know, the same guy who tries to pin things on Hobbes when caught.)
  • Know-Nothing Know-It-All: When it comes to math, at any rate.
  • The Lancer: To Calvin.
  • Meaningful Name: 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.
  • Not so Above It All
  • Not-So-Imaginary Friend: Or is he?
  • The Obi-Wannabe: 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.
  • Only Sane Man
  • Panthera Awesome
  • Proud Warrior Race Guy: 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.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue Oni to Calvin's Red.
  • Right-Hand Cat
  • Running Gag: Pouncing on Calvin as soon as soon as he walks in the door and yells, "I'M HOME!"
  • Sanity Ball: When he's not encouraging Calvin to be even worse.
  • Shipper on Deck: For Calvin/Susie, much to Calvin's annoyance.
  • The Spock
  • Straight Man: He's the Brian to Calvin's Stewie.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Tuna fish (he switched to salmon in later strips, then went back to tuna).
  • Trickster Mentor: Sometimes he comes across as this, his pranks and snide remarks seeming intended to teach Calvin a lesson. Of course, it never works.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Type B with Calvin.
  • The Watson: Although not from ignorance, but out of curiosity.

Secondary Characters

    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.

  • Berserk Button: Don't throw a snowball at her, do not throw a water balloon at her, and '''never''' 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 prone and surrounded by stars of pain)
    Susie: Anyone ELSE want to say it?!
  • Beware the Nice Ones: 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.
  • Brainy Brunette
  • Bullying a Dragon: Regularly sends Calvin's ass to the cleaners in a fight. Word of God says this just encourages Calvin to be even more annoying.
  • The Chick
  • Cute Bruiser: 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.
  • Fille Fatale: She repeatedly "charms" Hobbes into helping her or at least not harming her, despite all of Calvin's urgings.
  • Genius Bruiser
  • Girls Love Stuffed Animals
  • Go-Getter Girl: She may be only six, but Suzie exemplifies this, making her the perfect foil for Brilliant, but Lazy Calvin.
  • Hero Antagonist: 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".
  • The Kirk
  • Little Miss Badass
  • Little Miss Snarker
  • Pintsized Powerhouse: 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.
  • The Rival
  • Silk Hiding Steel: Quite capable of being as diabolical as Calvin, if not moreso.
  • Similar Squad: 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 Not-So-Imaginary Friend, or course, depends on what Hobbes actually is.
  • Teacher's Pet: Or at least, an extremely committed student.
  • Tsundere: Word of God says they sort of have a love/hate relationship.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: 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.

    Calvin's Mom 

I haven't seen Calvin for about 15 minutes now. That probably means he's getting in trouble.

Calvin's mom.

  • Deadpan Snarker: 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.
  • Happily Married: Until Calvin strained the relationship. Word of God is that he didn't see the need to give Calvin loving parents.
  • Lethal Chef: Calvin thinks she is, to the point where he imagines her putting weed killer, gasoline, shrunken heads, paint and a live octopus into one meal.
  • Mama Bear: Will turn into this if her husband goes too far in his teasing Calvin.
  • No Name Given
  • Not So Different: 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: I hope one day you have a child that puts you what I've gone through.
    Calvin: Yeah, that's what Grandma says she used to tell you.
  • Pet the Dog: 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."
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Although she's the disciplinarian of the family more often than not.
  • Tsundere: Type B over Calvin's dad.
  • Tough Love: 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: Mom's can be hazardous to your health.
  • Unnamed Parent
  • Women Are Wiser: 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 Wild Mass Guessing, this could be played straight.

    Calvin's Dad 

Calvin's dad.

  • Abusive Parents: A mild example. While he loves his son, he enjoys feeding "facts" to Calvin, such as the origin of black and white photographs, and has often stated (to his wife, not to Calvin) that he suggested getting a dog instead.
  • A Day in the Limelight: His cycling strips usually don't feature Calvin.
  • Angrish: "Slippin-rippin-dang-fang-rotten-zarg-barg-a-ding-dong!"
  • Author Avatar: 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.
    • Ink-Suit Actor: Basically Bill Watterson without a mustache. Note that Calvin's uncle Max does have a mustache.
  • Berserk Button: Don't break his stuff.
  • Born in the Wrong Century: Dislikes modern technology and other recent developments, like the gradual decline of people's manners.
  • Bourgeois Bohemian: Dad eventually became a walking Author Tract, 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!"
  • Composite Character: Calvin's Dad combines traits of both Bill Watterson's father, and Watterson himself.
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • The Gadfly: 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.
  • Happily Married: Calvin strains the relationship. He does love his wife, however, and they go out for evenings alone often.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Like father, like son.
  • Know-Nothing Know-It-All: 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, 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...
  • Lies to Children: 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."
  • Misery Builds Character: Trope namer. 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."
  • No Name Given
  • Pet the Dog: Stopped working to play with Calvin until his bed time, causing Calvin to actually 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.
  • The Scrooge: 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.
  • Unnamed Parent

    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, somewhat obscurely, after a low-ranking demon in The Screwtape Letters.
  • The Alcoholic: Drinks Maalox straight from the bottle.
  • Beleaguered Bureaucrat
  • Brawn Hilda
  • Designated Villain: In-universe, from Calvin's point of view.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: She acted like this when Calvin suffered a Freak Out 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.
  • Sadist Teacher: Again, Calvin views her as this. In truth, she isn't one, she's just very boring, which makes her classes hard for Calvin to sit through.
    • Stern Teacher: 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.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: Until he learned otherwise, Calvin 'sort of assumed' that his teacher slept in a coffin all summer.
  • Shout-Out: Word of God has confirmed that her name is a reference to the apprentice demon in The Screwtape Letters.
  • Survival Mantra: "Five years until retirement, five years until retirement, five years until retirement..."

    Moe 

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

  • Blinding Bangs: His hairdo grows right over his eyes.
  • The Brute
  • The Bully: 100% explosive, 0% fuse.
  • The Ditz: Gets quite a few moments of this, especially when Calvin says things that go over his head.
  • Dumb Muscle
  • Dumbass Has a Point / Jerkass Has a Point: 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...
  • Fat Bastard: Described as such by Hobbes, and he is noticeably heftier than the other six-year-olds.
  • Flat Character: 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.
  • Jerkass: No denying it. He's nothing more than a complete and total hoodlum.
  • Jerk Jock: The thug never ceases to intimidate Calvin when it comes to sports in gym class.
  • Karma Houdini: 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.
  • Painting the Medium: 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.

    Rosalyn 

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: Word of God says that she's the only person Calvin truly fears.
  • Ascended Extra: 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.
  • Bad Ass
  • Batman Gambit: 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.
  • Blackmail Is Such an Ugly Word: As the only babysitter in town who will agree to babysit Calvin, she's in a primo bargaining position. College tuition, y'know.
  • Child Hater: From Calvin's point of view.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Disappeared for a few years, but ultimately subverted this in the final months of the strip where she came back for one final story arc.
  • Crazy-Prepared: 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!
  • Designated Villain: 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.
  • Invisible Boyfriend: Charlie.
  • Not So Different: In her last appearance, she bonds with Calvin in a game of Calvinball. And learns how to exploit it's "make-it-up-as-you-along" nature very quickly.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: She's usually pretty fair until Calvin antagonizes her.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis
  • Teens Are Monsters: At least, Calvin thinks so.

Minor Characters

    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.

    Uncle Max 

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

  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: 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.
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Put on a Bus: Or rather, a plane.

    Galaxoid and Nebular 

A couple of aliens who think they bought the world from Calvin.

  • Back for the Finale: 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.
  • Ditzy Genius: They are more intelligent than most humans, but think that Calvin is ruler of the Earth
  • Those Two Guys

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.


    Stupendous Man 

Calvin as a superhero; pretty much an Expy of Superman with the Large Ham qualities turned Up to Eleven.

    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).

    Tracer Bullet 

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

A hard-boiled private investigator in an unnamed big city.
The BoondocksCharacterSheets/Newspaper ComicsCul De Sac

random
TV Tropes by TV Tropes Foundation, LLC is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.
Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available from thestaff@tvtropes.org.
Privacy Policy
98932
8