[[caption-width-right:350:The October 1980 strip.]]

Created in 1948 by Garry Cleveland Myers, "Goofus and Gallant" is a feature in ''Magazine/HighlightsForChildren'' where a RightWayWrongWayPair of boys named Gallant (good) and Goofus (bad) would teach examples of what is good and bad to do, such as "Goofus bosses his friends. Gallant asks them what they want to do."
!!Tropes present in this work include:
* AndThatsTerrible: Goofus's panels are often accompanied by nearby people shooting disapproving stares at him, if they're not outright glaring at him.
* AntiRoleModel: Goofus.
* ArtEvolution: There've been at least three illustrators over the years, and the first (Marion Hull Hammel) could give [[Webcomic/QuestionableContent Jeph Jacques]] lessons in self-conscious changing of drawing style. [[http://media.photobucket.com/image/goofus%20and%20gallant/kingpin623/Goofus%20and%20Gallant/GoofusXI_51.jpg?o=34 1951]], [[http://media.photobucket.com/image/goofus%20and%20gallant/kingpin623/Goofus%20and%20Gallant/GoofusJuneJuly59.jpg?o=35 1959]], [[http://media.photobucket.com/image/goofus%20and%20gallant/kingpin623/Goofus%20and%20Gallant/GoofusAug63.jpg?o=3 1963]], [[http://media.photobucket.com/image/goofus%20and%20gallant/kingpin623/Goofus%20and%20Gallant/GoofusIII_79.jpg?o=41 1979]], [[http://media.photobucket.com/image/goofus%20and%20gallant/kingpin623/Goofus%20and%20Gallant/Goofus_IX87.jpg?o=10 1987]], [[http://media.photobucket.com/image/goofus%20and%20gallant/kingpin623/Goofus%20and%20Gallant/GoofusVIII_94.jpg?o=25 1994]], [[http://media.photobucket.com/image/goofus%20and%20gallant/kingpin623/Goofus%20and%20Gallant/GoofusMarch2002.jpg?o=26 2002]], [[http://media.photobucket.com/image/goofus%20and%20gallant/kingpin623/Goofus%20and%20Gallant/GoofusSept_10.jpg?o=31 2010]].
* BrutalHonesty: Some of Goofus's mistakes involve being too forthcoming with his opinions, even when they hurt others' feelings.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Check out that 1951 image again. Yes, those are pointy elf ears.
** they originally appeared in another magazine called "Children's Activities" as "The G-Twins" in which they were elf brothers.
* DeliberatelyBadExample: Goofus always teaches children what not to do in a given situation.
* FelonyMisdemeanor: Some of Goofus's antics weren't all ''that'' naughty.
* LimitedWardrobe: At least in Leslie Harrington's illustrations. Goofus has worn the same green hoodie since 2006, while Gallant has worn the same ''red T-shirt over a white long-sleeve shirt'' since 2006.
* RightWayWrongWayPair: The TropeMaker.
* SpaceWhaleAesop: Could go in this direction from time to time, though it's almost inevitable for a LongRunner like this.
* StockParody: Putting them in teenage or grown-up situations is popular; while in the real thing Goofus is ''always'' on the left panel so that readers see the "wrong" and "right" way to handle a situation in that order, parodies often reverse this for better comic effect; Gallant's counterpart often displays the behavior a normal person would do, whereas Goofus's counterpart's behavior, running the gamut from inappropriate to outright insane, is meant to contrast.
* VagueAge: Depending on the illustrator and the situation they've appeared as everything from very early elementary age to almost-teenagers.
* WhoNamesTheirKidDude: At no point are their real names mentioned, leading readers to believe their names really ''are'' "Goofus" and "Gallant".