Characters: The Calvinverse
This is a list of the characters that appear in more than one installment in the Calvinverse
. One-fic characters go on that story's characters page.
Stories with their own characters sheets:
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"Planet Earth is in trouble, and these guys have to protect it. They are…
Calvin, the leader and inventor...
Hobbes, his best friend and confidant...
Socrates, the one who plays the pranks...
Andy, the sarcastic reasonable one...
and Sherman, the genius hamster.
Plus me, the Mini-Time Machine, also known as the MTM, and also known as the Rock.
) No one ever calls me that, though."
—>— The MTM
in the trailer
for Calvin and Hobbes: The Series
Season 4 (scroll down)
- Big Damn Heroes: They have their moments, though it rarely goes by without comment.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: They all have their moments of badassery.
- Freudian Trio: A Freudian Sextet, really.
- Calvin and Socrates are the Ids, the latter more so.
- Hobbes and the MTM are the Egos.
- Andy and Sherman are the Superegos.
- Good Is Not Nice
- Insufferable Genius: Pretty much all of them, in their own ways.
- The only one who doesn't fit is Andy, tying into his role as the Only Sane Man.
- Kid Hero: Calvin and Andy, anyway.
- Ragtag Bunch of Misfits
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: From most red to most blue, they are as follows: Socrates, Calvin, the MTM, Hobbes, Sherman, and Andy.
- True Companions
- Weirdness Magnet: The group attracts all kinds of stuff to them. Calvin really enjoys it.
Voiced by: Pamela Segal
The leader of the group. He's invented many weapons and gadgets that are usually of some use. By Season 4 he becomes a lot
- Adaptational Badass
- All Love Is Unrequited: The focus of this for Maria, much to Andy's dismay.
- Anime Hair: Lampshaded by the narrator in the very first episode:
"No one knows why his hair does that. Is it static electricity? Is it hair gel? No, probably not.''
- Book Dumb: Lampshaded in "Pharaoh Andrew":
Hobbes: You know, if you actually studied, you'd get a few things done school-wise.
- Break the Cutie: "Trouble Island" has him breaking down when Retro tricks him into thinking Hobbes isn't real.
- Brilliant but Lazy: Taken Up to Eleven; he's invented several amazing objects, later turning into The Chessmaster, and yet still fails at school.
- Captain Crash: Invoked: he makes it a point that the wagon needs to be crashed at least twice each week.
- Captain Obvious: He keeps having to explain things to Hobbes in "The Pharaoh Andrew".
- Character Development: Along with Andy, he's the most blatant example.
- Character Exaggeration: His knack for inventing is much more prominent here.
- Cloud Cuckoolander: While not to an extent like his comic strip counterpart, he still lets his imagination run wild.
- The Chessmaster
- Deadpan Snarker
- Death Glare: Gives one in Nocturnals that the authors says "would've chilled a six-pack".
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: The Choleric.
- Gadgeteer Genius
- Genre Savvy: As shown here:
Hobbes: (to an evil voice)
Well, we're here now, so what do you want?
Calvin: Hobbes, don't ask questions like that! Don't you ever watch those science fiction movies?
- The Hero
- Jerkass—>Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Once he Took a Level in Kindness.
- The Leader: Type III.
- Limited Wardrobe: Parodied: his closet are entirely made of red shirts with black stripes and black pants.
- Mr. Exposition
- Mr. Imagination: Rather downplayed in comparison to his comic counterpart.
- Took a Level in Badass: Though he was already an Adaptational Badass, he becomes a lot more serious about dealing with bad guys during Season 4 (seen most prominently in the climax of "Our Solemn Hour").
- Took a Level in Kindness: While still something of a Jerkass, this iteration is more prone to doing the right thing.
Calvin's best friend. Though he's always harbored a reluctance for adventure, here he's gone to straight-up running away from danger
, at least until "Thunderstorm".
- Beware the Nice Ones: Gets pretty steamed up to the point of nearly killing Sherman, if it wasn't for Calvin's interference in "Remember." "R.I.P Calvin" and "Thunderstorm" also shows him in a Let's Get Dangerous mode.
- Character Development: His progression from Lovable Coward to Dirty Coward, and eventually reversed entirely.
- Character Exaggeration: His reluctance for adventure. This is eventually reversed.
- Cowardly Tiger
- Deadpan Snarker
- Fantastic Racism: He's not fond of lions because they apparently have this (Calvin at one point claimed that lions kicked him out of a club). It didn't help that the lion he met in "That's MISTER Sherman To You!" didn't think much of tigers.
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: The Phlegmatic, along with the MTM.
- Genre Savvy: He knows the outcome of Calvin's constant misadventures.
- Hypocrite: Calvin calls him out on this in "Thunderstorm".
- The Lancer
- Lovable Coward: He's usually this.
- He started to become more of a Dirty Coward. Word of God says that this was an unintentional Flanderization, as they inadvertently made Hobbes so cowardly he was almost unlikeable. To resolve this, they took Hobbes' cowardice Up to Eleven in the Season 3 finale, until Calvin finally calls him on it with a "The Reason You Suck" Speech, prompting Hobbes to subsequently make an effort that seems to have stuck in the seasons that followed.
- Not-So-Imaginary Friend
- Offscreen Teleportation: His preferred method of cowardice.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Constantly. Played for Drama and/or deconstructed, and downplayed thereafter, in "Thunderstorm".
A tiger who looks exactly like Hobbes,
except with red stripes on his tail. He's The Prankster
, and his Cloud Cuckoolander
personality fits perfectly with it. No one really likes him
, though they keep him around and he has his golden-hearted
- A Day in the Limelight: "Confessions of A Prank-Loving Tiger"
- Bad Liar: As "Mission: Socrates" shows.
- Beware the Silly Ones: While "Have You Seen This Tiger" sums this up to an extreme, there are other rare times where he handles things more seriously.
- Break the Cutie: After a tensionful moment "Black Rain". Subverted in "Have You Seen This Tiger" where it's more of a case of Deconstruction and, while he spends a good chunk of the first half as The Berserker, he still reverts back to his usual goofy mood at the end.
- Big Eater: He once made a real-life food pyramid and tried to eat it.
- The Big Guy: Something of a Boisterous Bruiser.
- The Chosen One: The aliens in "Prelude to a Season" heavily imply this.
"Well, my lord, the ancient texts say the one shall be marked. He or she will hold a unique distinction, setting them apart from the rest of their kind."
- Cloud Cuckoolander: For one, he listens to heavy metal music to fall asleep.
- Comedic Sociopathy: One of his defining character traits.
- Dissonant Serenity: As a part of his status as Cloud Cuckoolander, he handles most of the more dangerous situations with some of the most unusual upbeat cheeriness. This is even Lampshaded during "Pranking The Ghosts" where he immediately switches back to his odd self just mere minutes after being attacked by a ghost! Twice!
- While Rupert and Earl invaded Earth, took control of every living being there, and turned it into an army base, Socrates has been napping under rubble the whole time.
- Retro Chill has him calmly reading an alien field guide as Galixoid and Nebular's ship falls into the lava ocean and the two aliens and Bob are screaming in terror. Especially since he somehow knew the ships were lava proof.
- Distressed Dude: Has been held hostage by Dr. Brainstorm twice for ransom (even though Calvin shows no concern for him at all) and in "Nocturnals" the mist tells him that something is after him. "Black Rain" has him being kidnapped by Thunderstorm and Shadow.
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: The Sanguine.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: He's usually seen as this, though he has his redeeming moments.
- Identical Stranger: Looks exactly like Hobbes, save for the red stripes on his tail.
- In-Series Nickname: "Crateso" from Calvin.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Although he delights in the suffering of others, he does show concern when it seems his pranks may have injured someone.
- Karma Houdini: A Garfield-esque one, though it has been averted every so often.
- Living Macguffin: He has an alien transmitter in his head (implanted by Sherman as revenge for being pranked) that can only be activated when he says the number 98,562.
- The Load: Often.
- The Nicknamer
- Not-So-Imaginary Friend: He takes on a similar form to Hobbes when anybody other than Calvin, Andy or Elliot is around.
- Split Personality Merge: In The Collective, he fuses with his darker self, having finally realized that the key to controlling his more destructive side was not avoiding it but rather moderating it.
- Static Character: Especially notable, as he's the only main character to have not gone through some sort of change through the series' run. This changes in The Collective, where he performs a Split Personality Merge and becomes more like an actual tiger.
- The Prankster: Taken Up to Eleven.
- Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist
- Upper-Class Twit
- Wacky Guy
Voiced by: Andrew Lawrence
An eight-year-old boy (named after his voice actor) who starts out with no personality. It doesn't take long for Character Development
to kick in, making him the Only Sane Man
by the third season. He's also Sherman's owner.
Sherman J. Hamster
Voiced by: Colin MochrieThe Smart Guy
of the group, an egoistical
one at that. Because of this, his status as The Friend Nobody Likes
(save Andy, his owner) goes unchallenged until Season 3, where he becomes friends with Calvin. He's still not fond of Hobbes or Socrates, though.
- Afraid of Veterinarians: Thanks to Hobbes and Socrates' influence in "Sherman Goes to the Vet".
- Bungling Inventor
- Catch Phrase: "You know, when I was at the university..."
- Character Development: See Jerkass/Jerk with a Heart of Gold below.
- Deadpan Snarker: From "Pharaoh Andrew":
- Foil: To the other five members of the group, being a higher-class person surrounded by decidedly uncultured people.
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: The Melancholic.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: At the start of the series.
- Intellectual Animal: Due to working with Andy's dad at a university.
- Jerkass/Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Zig-zagged. He actually cares a great deal for Andy, and he and Calvin become friends later on. Still on bad terms with Hobbes and Socrates, though (partially due to his place in the food chain).
- The Load: During "The Genius Hamster".
- Mix-and-Match Critters: Briefly forced to become one in "Time Terror" to sell... something.
- Mysterious Middle Initial: What does the J stand for?
- Picky Eater: From "The Genius Hamster":
(asking Hobbes to make him a sandwich) "Now cut the turkey thin, but not too thin. Now put the mustard on the turkey in a clockwise motion, and then place a slab of cheese on top. Pour the mayonnaise on top of that, but in a counterclockwise motion. Add an extra slice of turkey on top, and then place the second slice of bread on top, and make sure the two slices of bread are even."
- Shorter Means Smarter
- Small Name, Big Ego
- Species Surname: According to "The Case of the Rogue Water Balloon".
- The Smart Guy
- Stuff Blowing Up: Often the cause of it.
- TV Genius
Voiced by: Norman Lovett
Arguably the most useful of Calvin's inventions, being a Do-Anything Robot
. Though he doesn't have much of a personality in Seasons 1 and 2, when he gains speech in "An MTM Episode"
, he finally becomes something of a proper character.
Franklin J. Brainstorm
Jack T. Robot
Rupert Chill and Earl
Two aliens out to get Calvin.
- Aliens Speaking English
- Bad Boss: Rupert is willing to go so far as to torture his own crew.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: In his earliest appearances, Rupert would disguise himself whenever he'd arrive on Earth as a human criminal of the same name. (The Season 3 episode "The Five Calvins" implies this was intentional on alien!Rupert's part.) This comes back to bite him at the end of the Season 5 premiere when Calvin arranges for Rupert to be arrested by police while wearing his human disguise.
- The Caligula: Rupert is the ruler of the planet Zok, yet seems to spend most of his time attempting to invade the Earth, trying to kill Calvin and his friends, yelling at his crew, or some combination thereof.
- Dragon Ascendant: With Rupert's arrest in the Season Five premiere, it looks like this may be happening to Earl.
- Sanity Slippage: Rupert loses a few screws after the Season Five premiere.
- They Just Dont Get It: The only reason they believe that Calvin is the Supreme Earth Potentate is because Galaxoid and Nebular told them. They steadfastly believe this to be true, despite all evidence to the contrary (including Calvin flat out telling them).
Rupert and Earl's Crew
A Mad Scientist
who kidnapped children sans Calvin and attempted to use their imagination to take over the world, but was defeated and taken to Galixoid and Nebular's planet as punishment.
Human Retro's harmless sidekick. Mainly the Chew Toy
Rupert Chill (The Human)
An insane convict who is the twin brother of John Chill and is a total moron.
Voiced by: Dakota Fannings
. She is his age and goes to school with him. She is constantly being annoyed by him.
- Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: When Calvin nearly drives himself insane trying to be good so that Karma won't hurt him, it's Susie who talks him down.
Susie: Calvin, you live by your own rules! You make things up! You create! You destroy! You tease temptation! You do all sorts of horrible things, most of them to me, yes, but then there are days you do good all on your own! You shouldn't let something like Karma run your life! You need to be rude and nasty and gross and weird, so that you can be good on your own accord.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: While it is still downplayed like it was in the comic strip, Calvin and Susie have had the odd quasi-romantic moment.
- Berserk Button: While she's harmless enough at face value, all it takes is Calvin throwing a water balloon or a snowball at her to unleash the wrath of hell upon him.
- Repeat What You Just Said: Sometimes Hobbes will go off on a hypothetical romantic tangent about Calvin's supposed secret feelings for Susie. While the comic strip's Calvin would've usually started fighting him, this version of Calvin prefers the more subtle approach: "I'm sorry. What did you say?" in a dangerously low voice. Hobbes tends to shut up after that.
- Tsundere: Type B.
Voiced by: Elizabeth DailyThe bully
who is constantly harassing Calvin.
- Dumb Muscle
- Gang Of Bullies: Moe has a gang sometimes.
- Jerkass: Constantly and purely.
- Karma Houdini: Frequently. Finally subverted on one occasion when Susie found out and tattled on him, and Miss Wormwood forced him to apologize to Calvin.
- Stealth Insult: Calvin usually manages to whip these out at Moe.
Calvin's teacher. She's constantly disciplining him.
- The Alcoholic: Calvin says to Mr Spittle she still drinks Maalox right from the bottle.
- Stern Teacher: She really seems to dislike imagination. Then again, Calvin's imagining stuff during class...
Calvin's babysitter still appears from time to time.
- Badly Battered Babysitter: In her first appearance, Rosalyn finds herself involuntarily riding with Calvin and Hobbes in their wagon all across town!
Galaxoid and Nebular
Some aliens who appeared towards the end of the original strip.
They keep in contact with Calvin and Hobbes during the series.
The Klein Family
A family of Inexplicably Identical Individuals
(named after their voice actor). They're the only adults Calvin considers "cool". They play a major role in The Collective
, where it's revealed that they're Human Aliens who came to guard the Earth, and have been reduced in number.
- Benevolent Alien Invasion: The reason they're here.
- Competence Zone: As mentioned above, they're an aversion.
- Inexplicably Identical Individuals: That's because they're aliens.
- Healing Factor: When Hobbes accidentally scratches one of them, the wounds heal quickly.
- Human Aliens: As revealed in The Collective.
- Motor Mouth: The Klein at the prank store listing the items the Prank Starter Kit contains in "Let Us Prank the Fool":
"Well, we have your standards. We got your whoopee cushions, we got your squirting flowers, we got your spinning bowties, we got regular ties that roll up like noise-makers, we got your trick wires, we got pies, we got joy buzzers, we got silly string, we got condiments, we got fake gum, water balloons, disguises and mustaches and roller skates and fake hands and fake thumbs and fake toes and a fake nose and wigs and exploding figs and bending twigs and fake wings and ding-a-lings and loads and tons of other things! We got yo-yo's with invisible strings! We got sunglasses with songs to sing! We got dental floss and balls to toss, action Diana Ross! We got magnets and fragments and flip flops and garden crops! We got worms in a bag! We got a suit with a tag! We have also a TV that doesn't change channels! Air conditioners stocked from air from our air conditioned air condition factory!"
- Tough Room: Averted with the Klein at the carnival; his jokes are apparently uproarious.
One of Calvin's three alter egos who travels around space and fights monsters.
- A Day In The Lime Light: Inverted since he's the only one of the three altar egos that doesn'tc get an episode based around his life.
- Affectionate Parody: Of space adventurers.
- Buffy Speak: Frequently. He even refers to Sherman as "small hamster person" when paired up with him in "The Five Calvins".
- Distressed Dude: Is taken under mind control along with the other alter egos in Double Trouble.
- Drives Like Crazy
- Hidden Depths: Was able to figure out the riddle before anyone else in "The Five Calvins".
One of Calvin's three alter egos who is a superhero.
One of Calvin's three alter egos who is a detective that solves crimes.