- 20% More Awesome: The very name of the episode "62 Percent More Evil".
- 555: Calvin's parents' phone number, as shown in "Birth of a Friendship", is 555-7186, but "Help Wanted" presents it as 555-6846.
- Absentee Actor: Only Calvin and Hobbes are present in "Roughin' It".
- Abusive Parents: "Have You Seen This Tiger?" has Calvin's mom beating him with a broom for ruining her laundry, much like Tom and Jerry - the shift from pet owner to mother ends up making things a lot less amusing.
- Accidental Hero: Calvin, having prevented an Alien Invasion via one of his fireworks in "Naughty Fireworks!".
- Acid Reflux Nightmare: Discussed when the duo talk about Hobbes Dreaming of Things to Come in "The Black Turning Funnel Part 2".
- Acid Trip Dimension: The Hypercube's interior.
- Actionized Sequel: To the original strip.
- Actually a Doombot: The clones in "Electronic Invasion".
- Adaptational Badass: Calvin.
- Adaptation Expansion:
- Aside from the expansion shared with the rest of The Verse, the first episode ("Birth of a Friendship") is partly adapted from the first two strips of the original comic.
- The former example was lampshaded in one of the marathon framing segments:
Socrates: In fact, we weren't even in the comic strip, so we probably shouldn't even be here.
- A Dog Named Dog: Monkey, from "Monkey See, Monkey Mayhem".
- Adult Fear: The final story, "Black Rain", has Socrates almost being kidnapped by a strange man in a masknote who'd invaded his mansion. Things only get worse when it's revealed he had a knife the whole time and is still in his house. Then Socrates points out that he could still be around when Elliot (his owner, a young boy) and his family return...
- Adults Are Useless: At the very least, they're really unobservant.
- Affectionate Parody: "Tracer Bullet in Color!" is this to the Film Noir genre.
- Agent Mulder: "Full Moon: Full Baloney!" has Calvin assuming this role. Hobbes also becomes this after it turns out Calvin was right.
- Agent Scully: In the same episode as above, Hobbes assumes this role. Subverted at the end of the episode, when it turns out Calvin was right.
- Agony of the Feet: Calvin does this in "The Case of the Rogue Water Balloon" after failing to kick a door down.
- Air Vent Escape: Inverted: Andy and Sherman are actually captured this way in "The Night of the Living Television II".
- Alien Invasion:
- Calvin accidentally stops one in "Naughty Fireworks!"
- "Invasion" revolves around aliens invading another alien planet.
- Alliterative Name:
- The Monster Maze. Lampshaded:
Hobbes: Nice touch.
- Most of the things Calvin sells at his stand in "Help Wanted" as well.
- All That Glitters: Subverted in "Help Wanted" - after failing to get the Videonow, Hobbes tells Calvin that there's more to life than just that. Calvin realizes that he's right; there are bathtub TV's now!
- All There in the Manual: Season Two's bonus chapter reveals Andy is homeschooled, and that both he and Klein are [[The Danza named for their voice actors (Andrew Lawrence and Robert Klein, respectively).
- All There in the Script: In the Netflix parody commercial in the first season's bonus chapter, the generic man is actually named "Some Guy".
- Always Someone Better: Robin serves as this to Calvin when the former confronts Two-Face's minions.
- Amusing Injuries:
- Among others, Calvin runs into a closed door head-first in "Help Wanted".
- His later No-Holds-Barred Beatdown, delivered onto Socrates, exaggerates this.
- Anachronism Stew: In the earlier episodes, several (relatively) modern conveniences are referenced alongside Garfield and Friends in the same timeframe.
- An Aesop: The series loves playing with aesops. For starters, "That's MISTER Sherman to You!" hangs a lampshade on its aesop:
Calvin: Eh, we gotta have a few every once in a while.
- And I Must Scream:
- Hobbes being captured by robots in "The Electronic Invasion".
- Happens to Socrates during "Invasion" when his transmitter chip in his brain malfunctions, causing him to collapse to the floor in agony, much to Calvin and Hobbes' shock.
- And the Adventure Continues: The exact phrasing is used in the final story's epilogue.
- Angry Guard Dog: Spike from "Eggs for Calvin!".
- Answer Cut: From "Help Wanted":
Hobbes: How do many six-year-old kids get money?
Calvin: Lemonade stand, why?
Woman at Calvin's stand: And what do we have here?
- Anti-Climax: Subverted in "The Black Turning Funnel Part 2": the tornado appears to simply have been sucked back up into the clouds, but Hobbes points out that it merely touched down elsewhere.
- Anti-Villain: Dr. Brainstorm is a Type I. Discussed in "Thunderstorm":
Dr. Brainstorm: Because I want to be the heroic villain, okay? There's got to be at least one time where I'm the one who has a victory!
- Apocalypse How: In "The Yellowstone Monster", Calvin fears Old Faithful would blot out the sun for more than 50 years and maybe make a new ice age (causing a Class 2 and eventually a Class 3b to Class 6).
- Apocalyptic Log: Dr. Brainstorm records something similar to one while trapped in his flaming lab in "Robot's Day Out".
- Apologizes a Lot: Inverted in "Have You Seen This Tiger?", wherein Socrates flat out refuses to apologize for creating virtually all the conflict of the episode.
- April Fools' Plot: "Let Us Prank the Fool", which revolves around Calvin trying to prank Socrates before April 1st.
- A Rare Sentence: From Earl in "The Yellowstone Monster Part 2":
"Thanks, Earth Potentate!"
"Boy, there's three words I never thought I'd say in a row."
- Arc Villain: Holographic Retro in Season 4.
- Arc Welding/Offstage Villainy: Holographic Retro orchestrated some of the events during Season Four.
- Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking:
- From "Confessions of a Prank-Loving Tiger":
Calvin: WHAT IF HE'S A MURDERER! WHAT IF HE'S A WEREWOLF! WHAT IF HE'S A VAMPIRE! WHAT IF HE'S A ROBBER! WHAT IF HE'S A GOBLIN! WHAT IF HE'S A MIME!
- This bit from "Dr. BrainChill":
Lenny: Uh, bad news, boss! It would appear that Dave blew up the navigation console, and Biff knocked off the steering wheel. And Jeff just broke a window!
- From "Pranking the Ghosts":
Andy: Where do you suppose that (a door) leads to?
Sherman: I dunno. Dungeon, torture room, bloodthirsty zombie, the mansion's balcony.
- And from "SHEILA'S BACK!":
Sherman: (translating hieroglyphics) Let me see here, curse... curse... another curse... insurance guarantee... ah, here we go.
- Artistic License – Geography: Lampshaded in regards to time zones in "Eggs for Calvin!" (among other possibilities):
It was Easter Morning in the town that Calvin and Hobbes live in.
Is it Easter Morning where you are?
Probably not, but go ahead and watch the show anyway.
- Ash Face: Calvin and Andy after yet another one of Sherman's experiments fails.
- Ask a Stupid Question...: From "The Yellowstone Monster Part 2":
Rupert: IS THIS THE LAVA?
Jack: No, it's cotton candy.
- As You Know: Used when Calvin describes Planet Zok's weird alien biology in "The Yellowstone Monster Part 2".
- Attack Pattern Alpha:
- In "Electronic Invasion":
- And from "The Genius Hamster":
Calvin: MTM, initiate emergency protocol number 2235!
- Back from the Dead:
- Everyone but Hobbes in "RIP Calvin" through Time Travel.
- The MTM gets this a lot, being a machine.
- Badass Boast: Calvin tries to do one in "Calvin's Batman Adventure".
"I am Batboy! Defeater of all evil and evil like things. The new form of bat super hero mutant things! The new form of humans who have bat DNA! And you can not possibly..."
- Bad Liar: Socrates, as "Mission: Socrates" shows.
- Badly Battered Babysitter:
- The main cast takes on this role in "Two Loons and a Kid", climaxing in a water park.
- Also happens to Rosalyn in "Attack of the Vampire Babysitter" when she goes for an involuntary ride with Calvin and Hobbes in their wagon.
- Bad News, Irrelevant News: The former Trope Namer (GEICO) is referenced in one of the fake commercials in Season 1's bonus chapter.
Calvin: ARGH! Land hoe! Throw out the anchor! Hobbes:
We don't have an anchor. (beat) Calvin:
ARGH! There be a man here who destroyed me anchor! Sniff out the culprit 'n' make 'em walk the plank! Hobbes:
We don't have a plank. Calvin:
There be mutiny on me ship! This be really bad news, matey! Hobbes: Uh-huh. Calvin:
However, there be some good news! Hobbes:
And what might that be? Calvin:
I just saved a ton of money on me car insurance by switching to Geico! (another beat) Hobbes: Is this some kind of pathetic attempt at humor? (yet another beat) Narrator:
Geico. Fifteen minutes can save you fifteen percent or more on car insurance.
- Bag of Holding: The Hypercube.
- Bag of Kidnapping: Calvin and Hobbes are on the receiving end of this trope from Dr. Brainstorm in "An MTM Episode".
- Bait-and-Switch Comment: After Socrates pretends to have given up his pranking ways in "Eggs for Calvin!":
Calvin: Well, all I can say to that is ... you already tried that one last week. Nice try.
- Bald of Evil: Electro.
- Baleful Polymorph: Calvin transmogrifies Hobbes into a rabbit in order to get Sherman to his house safely in "The Genius Hamster".
- Balloon Belly: "Forecast for Disaster" shows Mother Brainstorm demolishing an entire buffet, resulting in one of these.
- Batman Cold Open: Shortly after getting in their costumes in "Calvin's Batman Adventure", the duo (fittingly) find themselves in this situation.
- Batman Gambit: In "It Will Build Character", Dad gets Calvin to get in the canoe by hooking Hobbes on his fishing pole, knowing that he'd instantly go after him.
- Batter Up:
- One of the two aliens in "Naughty Fireworks!" does this to their partner.
- Calvin also uses one against Electro in his first appearance.
- Beachcombing: Done by Calvin to get the final egg in "Eggs for Calvin!".
- Beardness Protection Program: Mentioned in "Calvin's Batman Adventure"
- Bears Are Bad News: "Have You Seen This Tiger?" and "Camp Blues".
- Beat: One is mentioned by name in one episode.
- Beauty Equals Goodness: Inverted with Electro, who is explicitly described as ugly (which is odd, as the other villains are never described as bad-looking).
- Bedsheet Ladder: Used in "Naughty Fireworks!" and "Camp Blues".
- Better Than a Bare Bulb: A good amount of tropes are lampshaded.
- Be Yourself: Subverted: Calvin seems to be headed in this direction... until he proclaims that millions of people's suffering was completely justified by his own existence.
- Big Damn Heroes: The characters tend to become rather sarcastic versions of this trope.
- Big Eater:
- Sheila and her mother.
- And Socrates, if "That's MISTER Sherman to You!" is any indication.
- Bigfoot, Sasquatch and Yeti: A Yeti attacks Socrates and Stupendous Man in "The Five Calvins".
- Big "NO!":
- When Electro is defeated in his first appearance.
- Also, Calvin does one upon learning that Rosalyn is coming.
- "Camping on a Deserted Rock is FUN!" starts with one.
- Big Red Button: One in Dr. Brainstorm's ship fires bombs in "SHEILA'S BACK!".
- Big "Shut Up!":
- From Socrates, of all people, to Calvin in "Personality Test".
- And another one from Jack to the alien crew in "Dr. Brain Chill".
- And one more from almost all the main cast to Socrates in "That's MISTER Sherman to You!".
- And yet another one from Hobbes and Socrates to Sherman in "Pharaoh Andrew".
- And from Socrates again during "Remember" when even he can't stand Hobbes and Sherman's arguing anymore.
- Big "WHAT?!": A very common reaction from Calvin.
- Bill... Bill... Junk... Bill...: "Chains"
- Black Comedy Burst: From "Thunderstorm":
Dr. Brainstorm: Now if you'll excuse me, I have an idiot to kill!
- Blackmail Is Such an Ugly Word: Nilvac and Sebboh react this way to being called "evil" (they prefer "dark").
- Blah Blah Blah:
- During Calvin's epic rant against the We Will Meet Again trope in "Night of the Living Television".
- And justified in "Personality Test":
Andy: Dear Andy, thank you for purchasing my test, blah blah blah... That's what it says. "Thank you for purchasing my test, blah, blah, blah".
- Blatant Lies: From "Mission: Socrates":
Socrates: (upon being questioned as to why Hobbes can't go inside his house) Uh... we're... stinky.
- Blood Sport: The Death Zone in "The Five Calvins" functions something like this.
- Body Horror: Calvin uses the Transmogrifier Gun to fuse The Riddler's hands and feet together in "Calvin's Batman Adventure".
- Bottle Episode:
- Among others, "Confessions of a Prank-Loving Tiger" and "Gasping for Air" are rather short on characters.
- "Hypercube" has a handful of characters and about two locations, tops.
- "Roughin' It" only has two characters, and seems rather shorter than the other episodes.
- Bound and Gagged:
- Dr. Brainstorm in "The Yellowstone Monster".
- Calvin's parents in "The Return of Dr. Brainstorm", though they were asleep the whole time.
- A Boy and His Tiger: As in the original strip.
- Bragging Theme Tune:
WHO HAS THE GRAND SENSE OF AD-VEN-TUUUURRE? (CAL-VIN AND HOBBES!)
WITH A CARDBOARD BOX WITH A TIME SEN-SOR? (CAL-VIN AND HOBBES!)
- Brain in a Jar: The true nature of Future Calvin.
- Electro tries it on Calvin in his debut appearance, which the latter refuses.
- Several people in "The Alien Huntress": see Mass Hypnosis for more details.
- Calvin eventually falls for it in "The Five Calvins".
- Bread, Eggs, Breaded Eggs:
- From "The Yellowstone Monster Part 1":
That's a dumb name. Why not something interesting? Like Doctor Doom
, or Doctor Chaos, or Doctor Chaotic Doom?
- Also, this line from "Gasping for Air":
Dad: Oh no! A gray hair! Oh no! A wrinkle! OH NO! A WRINKLED GRAY HAIR!note
- Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick:
- Calvin describing the "lady things" his mom would shop for:
"You know, makeup, lipstick, whips; that sort of thing."
- And from "A Day in Your Shoes":
Hobbes: Yep, the sun is shining, the grass is soft, the birds are singing, Dr Brainstorm and Sheila have a giant pile of inventions at either end of the field…
- Breather Episode:
- "Roughin' It", given the insanity that goes on in the next episode note .
- Same with "Robot's Day Out".
- Brick Joke:
- Checkerless Checkers in "Have You Seen This Tiger?"
- The lady with the clipboard recording anything related to Brainstorm in "Robot's Day Out".
- Brilliant but Lazy: Calvin - he can create a large plethora of inventions, and yet he'd rather complain than just do his homework.
- British Accents: The MTM gains one in Season 3.
- Broken Aesop: "RIP Calvin", according to Word of God, was supposed to teach that "no one is immortal." However, the characters come Back from the Dead through time travel.
- Broken Pedestal: Hobbes initially idolized Socrates, but after suffering through a Humiliation Conga at his hands in "Have You Seen This Tiger?" this is no longer the case.
- Buffy Speak: The Book Transporter gains a paint job and the words "bat-thingy" written on it in "Calvin's Batman Adventure".
- Burping Contest: Between Calvin and Klein in "The Insane Road Trip".
- But He Sounds Handsome: Played With - Calvin thinks his robotic duplicate isn't bad looking.
- Call Back:
- "The Mighty School Escape" references two other instances where Calvin has tried to escape school.
- The series as a whole tends to reference the original strips.
- Within Swing123's canon, "A Calvin and Hobbes Christmas!" has an error message similar to the one in Calvin and Hobbes III: Double Trouble.
- "Have You Seen This Tiger?" has Socrates taunting the bears in a very similar manner as Hobbes did in "The Night of the Living Television".
- Calvinball: Given that the original strip was the Trope Namer, it's obviously included here as well.
- Can't Stand Them, Can't Live Without Them: Calvin's relationship with Socrates.
- Captivity Harmonica: Socrates does this while jailed in "Time Terror".
- Casanova Wannabe: Andy's first appearance shows him like this. This is never mentioned again (aside from "Insanity is In The Air").
- Cassandra Truth:
- Calvin's parents react this way whenever Calvin describes his previous escapades.
- So does Miss Wormwood when grading Calvin's report on Egypt (which he completed by going there himself).
- Casual Danger Dialogue: From "Pharaoh Andrew":
Calvin: How many people are in this pyramid?
- Catapult Nightmare: Calvin's nightmare about being stranded on an island during "Camping Trip Part 2".
- Cat Scare: Done with a rat in "Home UnAlone".
- Cats Have Nine Lives: Referenced in "Attack of the Vampire Babysitter":
Hobbes: Yeah, I already lost five of my nine lives on that trip.
- Cerebus Syndrome: Downplayed - the series gets a bit more adventurous, but nothing quite drastic.
- Chain Letter: "Chains" revolves around Calvin and Susie receiving these. Susie rips hers up, causing her to have bad luck for the rest of the episode.
- Chainsaw Good:
- Sheila's murder attempt on Calvin has her using this.
- Calvin also uses the MTM as one in "Electronic Invasion".
- Character Development: Outright lampshaded in Season 3's bonus chapter.
- Calvin... well, the fic says it best: "When the series started, Calvin was essentially the same intensely immature little weirdo he was in the comic strip. Between the middle of season one and the beginning of season two, he began calming down. In the middle of season two he had begun making more inventions and he became a lot more mature. His IQ seemed to raise a bit also, and he began handling dangerous situations more responsibly. In the upcoming season, he will become a little more darker and manipulative, making things just slightly more difficult for his enemies." And boy, they aren't lying.
- Hobbes loses his cowardly nature through an Awesome Moment from Calvin in "Thunderstorm".
- Socrates, notably, is the only Static Character of the bunch.
- Andy has the second most prominent example - he starts out with zero personality, but gradually becomes the Only Sane Man.
- Sherman merely strikes up a friendship with Calvin by Season 3.
- Character Exaggeration: Calvin's inventiveness and Hobbes' tendency to avoid danger have been upped significantly here. The latter gets toned down during Season Four, though.
- Chekhov's Gag: In "The Falling Sky", Calvin at one point uses the MTM to absorb some lightning in an attempt to stop a storm from doing any further damage. He later uses it for revenge on Socrates.
- Chekhov's Gun:
- Calvin's poker winnings from "The Night of the Living Television II".
- And the 10th Anniversary Double-Length Special Edition Captain Napalm issue in "Hypercube".
- And Jack's auto-repair system in "Robot's Day Out".
- Then during "Part Three", the episode starts with the characters mocking a B-Movie. When the same movie begins playing the next day with their made-up dialogue playing over it, it's a sign that an old villain has returned.
- Chekhov's Skill: Jack's ability to memorize fingerprints on things to distinguish them from similar things helps him put out a fire at Dr. Brainstorm's lab in "Robot's Day Out".
- Cheshire Cat Grin: Calvin had been wearing one for a good while around the time of "The Time Pauser".
- Christmas Episode: "A Calvin and Hobbes Christmas!"
- Circling Birdies:
- Clear My Name: "The Case of the Rogue Water Balloon". The titular attack(s) was perpetuated by Hobbes.
- Cliché Storm:
- "The Black Turning Funnel Part 1" ends with the tornado headed straight for the duo.
- The first part of "Calvin's Batman Adventure" ends with the man himself bursting in.
- Cloudcuckooland: Calvin's hometown has seen a Mad Scientist and his robot exit their Yellowstone Park lair, had its citizens replaced by Creepy Monotone clones, attacked by a monster...
- Cloud Cuckoolander: Socrates, who listens to heavy metal music to get to sleep and can spend several days at a time planning his next prank.
- Close-Call Haircut: Played With in "Calvin's Batman Adventure": Calvin's cape gets shredded by Joker's metal card, and the former lampshades it:
- Cobweb of Disuse: In Thunderstorm's ice cave.
- Comically Missing the Point:
- After returning home and finding the house almost perfect after an alien attack at the end "The Insane Road Trip":
Calvin: What have you done? You scratched some paint off of the house! Do you have any idea how long it took Dad to paint this place?
- Upon discovering an arm in a tree in "Tracer Bullet in Color!":
Tiger Eye: (glancing at its watch) Wow! It's later than I thought..
- Contemplate Our Navels:
- Despite being more action-packed than the comic strip, it still maintains a slight philosophical tone.
- Bits like the beginning of "Wild Movie" definitely fit this tone.
- Continuation: Of both the authors' previous fan fics and the original strip.
- Continuity Nod:
- Whenever a new invention comes up, Hobbes will usually reference the previous inventions from both the strip and fic.
- In-series, Calvin references the evil doll incident and Checkerless Checkers in "Eggs for Calvin!"
- Also, when Andy lists all the bad things that have happened to Socrates in "Personality Test":
"Well, let's see. Your voice has been switched into that of a duck's, you've been electrocuted by the MTM, you've been trapped in the hypercube, a transmitter has been inserted into you, you've been ejected into the clou..."
- Continuity Snarl: See the Analysis page for details.
- Conversational Troping: Lots of it in "Hypercube". Among the subjects discussed include some Fridge Logic about the Borgs, the origin of scotch tape's name, and a restaurant in Los Angeles advertising both doughnuts and chinese food in the same sentence.
- Cool and Unusual Punishment: Socrates considers living with Calvin's dad this.
- Cool Starship: Plucked straight from the future in "RIP Calvin".
It was sort of roundish ship with red and blue wires running all across it. It had circular windows all around the front, and it had one of those escalators that futuristic ships have.
- Courtroom Episode: "A Day at the Office": Calvin sneaks into a courtroom with his dad and ends up solving a case.
- Covered in Gunge:
- Played for Laughs with Calvin dropping food glops on every student's head with the Time Pauser in its eponymous episode.
- Sherman ends up covered in baby food in "Two Loons and a Kid".
- Crazy Enough to Work:
- Subverted pointedly in "The Yellowstone Monster Part 2":
"I can use the kid's inventions to control the volcano, and when it erupts, I'll have the lava destroy all the capitals in the world, and then I'll take over!"
Jack stared some more.
"That plan…may just be crazy enough…," he said.
There was a pause.
"Well…?" asked Dr Brainstorm.
"Aren't you going to say that it's crazy enough to work?"
"No, I just mean that it's crazy enough."
Mom: Well, that's nice, but you don't need to broadcast it coast to coast! Just look for him (Hobbes) quietly.
Calvin: Of course! If I continue to shout for him to show up, he'll know where I am and get farther away from me! On the other hand, absolute silence means absolute secrecy! It's so crazy it just might work!
- Miss Wormwood has every encyclopedia ever published just in case Calvin tries to cheat.
- Calvin himself also counts, especially as Batboy:
Hobbes: He has everything in there except for the Kitchen sink.
Calvin: Actually I have the kitchen sink in the third pocket to the left of the right glove by spike number two in category five in subcategory ten in subsubcategory thirteen in compartment six.
Hobbes: Where's the bathroom sink?
Calvin: I stuffed it in bat ear number one.
- Create Your Own Villain: Calvin's attempt to upgrade the TV ends up summoning Electro.
- Creepy Monotone: The clones in "Electronic Invasion".
- Critical Psychoanalysis Failure: As revealed in "Calvin Gets Professional Help", Calvin once drove his school psychiatrist mad.
- Crossover: "Calvin's Batman Adventure"
- Darker and Edgier: Certain episodes, like "Dark Laughter" and especially "Black Rain", certainly fit this.
- Dark Horse Victory: Elliot is elected class president in "CALVIN FOR PRESIDENT!"
- A Day in the Limelight:
- Deadly Upgrade: The titular "Super Calvin" will die if he uses his powers too much.
- Death Glare: Lampshaded by the narrator:
"My goodness, that face Miss Wormwood had would've made trees burst into flame."
- Deconstructed Trope:
- "Have You Seen This Tiger?" deconstructs The Prankster - when Calvin finally gets revenge on Socrates for his pranks, he's not at all amused by this and eventually runs away from home.
- "White Noise" deconstructs Make Me Wanna Shout: Calvin has to shout constantly to record for the Scream Horn's new power settings, and it results in laryngitis.
- Deflector Shields:
- Department of Redundancy Department:
- This gem from "Wild Movie":
Hobbes: (acting in a Stupendous Man movie) Stupendous Man, we need to stop The Evil And-EE from sucking out all the drinking drinkable drinking water that people drink!
- Also, from "Personality Test":
Socrates: Greetings, citizen! Can I interest you in a personality test that will perhaps test your very personality?
- Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: Hobbes does this against Electro:
- Lampshaded in "The Photo Man":
Hobbes: Calvin, let's put this into perspective. One book with about 50 pages is light. Fifteen thousand books, each with 50 pages, are impossible to pick up. It took a lot of snowflakes to build those four snowmen.
Calvin: You're comparing my snowmen to books? You're crazy. Go get the wagon.
Hmmm, a Hall of Mirrors
. This is kind of like one of those things they have in fun houses. If fun houses had pieces of broken jagged glass all around and forcefully bring you to them, then sure. A fun house.
- Dinner with the Boss: It's never shown, but Calvin's mom does this with her husband's boss in "It Will Build Character".
- Distaff Counterpart: Jacqueline to Jack.
- Distressed Damsel/Distressed Dude:
- Calvin's parents in "The Return of Dr. Brainstorm", though they were asleep the whole time.
- Calvin and Hobbes themselves fit the latter in "An MTM Episode".
- Socrates. Especially in Season 5 when everything seems to get thrown at him.
- Do Not Call Me Paul: IT'S DOCTOR BRAINSTORM!
- Lampshaded in "The Return of Dr. Brainstorm":
Dr. Brainstorm: DOCTOR BRAINSTORM! WHY CAN'T YOU PEOPLE JUST CALL ME THAT?
Calvin: Well, where's the humor in that?
- Do Not Touch the Funnel Cloud: Averted in "The Black Turning Funnel" and "The Falling Sky", played straight in "The Five Calvins".
- Donut Mess with a Cop: Referenced in "The Genius Hamster":
Klein: (in a standup act) Another car goes sliding into the ditch, "WE'RE GONNA NEED MORE DONUTS!"
- Doom It Yourself: Implied in "The Genius Hamster":
MTM: And yet, this isn't half as dangerous as the time your Dad tried to fix the toaster.
- Doomy Dooms of Doom:
- The Doom Satellite in "Thunderstorm".
- Also, Step 1 of Calvin's play in "Attack of the Vampire Babysitter" is "TV doom".
- Door Stopper: Over 700,000 words and 100 episodes (counting the Made-For-TV Movies as one episode, though they usually have 4 to 5 chapters).
- Dope Slap: Calvin gives one to his dad in "Gasping for Air" for getting himself in trouble.
- Double Meaning Title: "RIP Calvin". At first it appears that Future Calvin is dead... but he's alive, albeit as a Brain in a Jar. Then, later, their future selves start attacking them. Guess who's the first to die?
- Dramatic Shattering: Done with a cup of coffee when Shadow is freed in "Thunderstorm".
- Dreaming of Things to Come: Played for Laughs with Hobbes dreaming about tornadoes in "The Black Turning Funnel Part 1".
- Drill Sergeant Nasty: Mother Brainstorm. She commands Sheila to "give her 20" and berates her when she finishes in a mere 27 seconds.
- Drop-In Character:
- Lampshaded in "The Night of the Living Television II":
Socrates: I've gotta start locking that thing.
- The very next episode also lampshaded it:
Andy: I wish you guys would knock before you barge into here to hide.
- Drop the Hammer: The Joker wields one against Calvin in "Calvin's Batman Adventure".
- Drowning My Sorrows: In "New Year, New Disasters":
Mom: Come on, dear. You can drown your sorrows in the cider.
- Drunk with Power: Hobbes gets this after realizing he has control of the house in "Tonsil Terror".
"It's beautiful! IT'S ALL MINE! ALL THIS STUFF IS MINE! THAT'S MINE, THIS IS MINE, IT'S ALL MINE! I HAVE COMPLETE POWER! IT'S ALL MINE!"
- Duct Tape for Everything: Calvin duct tapes his tent shut in "Camping on a Deserted Rock is FUN!" and "It Will Build Character", in lieu of a zipper.
- Early Installment Weirdness: During Season 1, Calvin was a lot more immature like in the comic. By the next season, he was a bit less bashful and inventive, and by Season 4 he actually becomes The Chessmaster.
- Edible Ammunition: The possessed fridge attacks with this, unsurprisingly.
- Elaborate Underground Base: Brainstorm's old lab, reactivated by Holographic Retro in "Electric Invasion".
- Elite Mooks: The Cybermen in "The Five Calvins".
- Emotion Eater: Dr. Brainstorm's Fear Detector collects fear and uses it to power a fear-making machine.
- Enemy Mine: Dr. Brainstorm attempts defy this in "62 Percent More Evil", trapping Calvin and Hobbes in a cage so he alone can stop Evil Jack. It ends up getting played straight later on.
- Engineered Public Confession: "Home UnAlone" ends with a recording of Calvin admitting he likes Barbie being broadcast on his school's PA system.
- Everybody Laughs Ending: "That's MISTER Sherman to You!"
- Everyone Has Standards: One of the few limits Socrates has in pranks is serious injury (as in, broken bones and such).
- Everyone Hates Mimes: From "Confessions of a Prank-Loving Tiger":
Calvin: WHAT IF HE'S A MURDERER! WHAT IF HE'S A WEREWOLF! WHAT IF HE'S A VAMPIRE! WHAT IF HE'S A ROBBER! WHAT IF HE'S A GOBLIN! WHAT IF HE'S A MIME!
- Everyone Meets Everyone: "Birth of a Friendship" is a two-person variant.
- Evil Laugh: Pretty much every villain gets their fill of this at some point.
- Exactly What It Says on the Tin:
- Exorcist Head: Done by Evil Jack shortly after fully face heel turning in "62 Percent More Evil".
- Explain, Explain... Oh, Crap!: From "Calvin's Batman Adventure":
Well, Laughing Moron
, it's just you, me, and that weirdo over there dressed in red and black. (Calvin spins around) Calvin:
Oh good grief, I forgot about her!
- Eyepatch After Timeskip: Future Andy.
- Face Death with Dignity: Calvin manages to do this at the end of "Our Solemn Hour".
- The Faceless: Elliot.
- Face Palm: Hobbes in "62 Percent More Evil".
- Fantastic Comedy
- Fantastic Racism: Lions have this, according to Hobbes and Socrates. Caesar from "That's MISTER Sherman to You!" thinks rather high of his species.
- Fantasy Axis of Evil:
- Savage: Jark ("Attack of the Monsters")
- Eldritch: The poltergeist girl ("Dark Laughter") and the Super Smoke being ("Nocturnals")
- Humanoid: Most of the Brainstorm family and their robots
- Fallen: Holographic Retro (may overlap with Humanoid as well)
- Crafty: Thunderstorm
- Fat Bastard: Future Socrates is a jerk, along with the other future protagonists
- Felony Misdemeanor:
Calvin had arrested three old ladies for "illegal poodle ownership", bagged four bull dogs saying that they broke the fire hydrant law of America, and turned in ten shocked people who had "illegally thrown candy wrappers into a trash can".
- Film Noir: Happens whenever Tracer Bullet turns up.
- First-Person Smartass:
- Hobbes narrates like this in "The Time Pauser".
- Calvin also fits for the first part of "The Transmitter Conspiracy".
- Flashback: Lampshaded in "Thunderstorm":
- Flashback Cut: How the Critical Psychoanalysis Failure situation is revealed in "Calvin Gets Professional Help".
- Flat Joy: From "The Case of the Rogue Water Balloon":
Hobbes: I said, Oh joy. Wonder. Uncontrollable excitement.
- Flying Broomstick: Referenced as Calvin is attacked by a woman with a broom in "Two Loons and a Kid":
"OW! HEY! YEEK! HEY GET AWAY! YOU SHOULD BE RIDING THAT THING INSTEAD OF SWINGING IT!"
- Food as Bribe: Calvin often uses this to get Hobbes to follow along with his plans.
- Food Fight: Done in "Camp Blues", and mentioned to be one tactic Calvin uses to try and get out of school in "Chaos to My Ears".
- In "Eggs for Calvin!", the villains' brown Chevy shows up before their debut.
- One of the largest hints in "The Case of the Rogue Water Balloon" to the identity of the perpetrator is that Hobbes always shows up right after a water balloon attack.
- Lampshaded in "The Return of Dr. Brainstorm":
- There's also a pretty blatant example in "The Night of the Living Television II":
Socrates: (after finding out that two villains had teamed up) Who teamed up? Rupert Chill and Dr. Brainstorm?
- When the protagonists escape Socrates' mind in "Socratesland", they find a locked door that stays where it is even as everything else around it crumbles. A number of episodes around that timeframe also make mention of Socrates' lack of animal behavior (in comparison to Hobbes, who nigh always pounces on Calvin as a greeting). Both of these things get resolved later in The Collective, as Socrates performs a Split Personality Merge with his darker self and starts acting like an actual tiger.
- For Halloween, I Am Going as Myself:
- Played with in "Full Moon: Full Baloney!", as a Call Back to the original strip.
Adult: Where's your costume? What are you supposed to be?
Calvin: I'm yet another resource-consuming kid in an overpopulated planet, raised to an alarming extent by Madison Avenue and Hollywood, poised with my ironic and alienated peers to take over the world when you're old and weak!
- Also done in "New Year, New Disasters":
Calvin: Aren't people going to freak out when they see a robot here?
Someone at the party: Hey dude! Great costume!
- For Science!: The reason Dr. Brainstorm lets Jack swap places with Jacqueline in "A Day in Your Shoes".
- Freak Lab Accident: Calvin's attempt to combine all his inventions ends up giving him their powers.
- From Beyond The Fourth Wall: Hobbes tries to invoke this at the end of "The Time Pauser".
- Future Loser: Future Socrates.
- Futureshadowing: "Time Terror" shows statues of Calvin, Hobbes, Socrates, Andy, and Sherman labeled "Our World's Heroes".