Calvin's weirdness is inherited from his father's side.Calvin's father, for all his stodgy seriousness, can be quite a troll when he wants to be, and was implied to party heavily in his younger days, which is how he apparently met Calvin's mother. His brother Uncle Max is one of the few adults in the strip who's shown to understand Calvin's sense of humor (even if he thinks Calvin should be playing with real friends rather than imaginary ones), and he indulges him by pretending that Hobbes is real in one strip. It's easy to see his nephew growing up to be like him.
Hobbes is a manifestation of Calvin's good-natured sideCalvin HATES being good. As a result, he shuns any desires he has to be good and applies those feelings to Hobbes' "personality." Think about the similarities between Hobbes and the "Good Calvin" that was created with the cloning device— they both are (borderline) in love with Susie, humble, they value hard work and discipline, and they believe in doing things on time and dressing nicely. They're also both prone to being provoked into out-of-character violence by Calvin. The real Calvin barely even considers Hobbes a tiger— in one strip, he says to Hobbes "I have to draw my pet for art class, but since I don't have one, I'll draw you." What else would you call an animal living with a person, if not a pet? Calvin looks at Hobbes more like a person than an animal, because he sees Hobbes as his own good side. Calvin is just the right balance of being smart enough to know that he needs some type of guidance and motivation to do the right thing and be a good person at least sometimes, but stubborn enough to never admit it to himself and instead subconsciously apply those feelings to a stuffed animal.
Calvin's power comes from a deal with the devil.It's not pure imagination. Calvin warps the world around him with the super-natural powers of an ex-arch-angel. When things don't really work out he stops the world and puts it back, which is why he's still alive despite several sledding/carting accidents (He may have set a time to hand over his soul). This constant resetting of the world is why his sixth year has lasted so long. The best part of this WMG? It's freaking CANON.
Calvin and Hobbes is actually a (younger) witches game (As in Umineko)The player/challenger has to continue to deny Hobbeses existence as anything more than a stuffed toy. Also, Susie is the witch/Gamemaster.
Calvin is cousins with Big Nate, but it's never mentioned because they hate each other.Think about it. Both of them are spiky-haired school haters who are rather unpopular and extremely imaginative. They never talk because Calvin's best friend is a cat, and Nate hates cats. And/or because Calvin's dad loves exercise, and Nate's dad/Calvin's dad's brother is a lazy bum.
Calvin eventually grows up to be Edward Norton's character in Fight Club. Hobbes is Tyler Durden.There are many pages devoted to this theory.
Calvin grows up to be Calvin O'Keefe from A Wrinkle in TimeFreckles, light hair, and a suspicious ability to believe in things no one else can see. It's obvious.
Calvin's last name is Klein.Self explanatory.
Calvin changes his name, dyes his hair, and moves when he is an adult.To be exact, he dyes his hair black, moves to Gotham, and becomes Harvey Dent. The split personality is already there.
Calvin runs away and joins the circus.He is adopted by the Grayson family, changes his first name to Dick and takes their last name.
All the characters suffer from a yearly Plot Relevant Age DownIn two separate strips, Calvin refers to the current year. In two non-consecutive years, he's six years old. Every year, after summer break, he returns to the same grade with the same classmates. It's possible that this loop has continued for longer than the series lets on, given Calvin's advanced vocabulary.
The whole world is suffering from a yearly "Groundhog Day" Loop.Occam's Razor, and no one is aging up. True Companions limited to Hobbes and Susie. Why bother trying to figure out the mystery of his horrible death when he can just get it over with and have another year of fun and adventure? Roz is the one who keeps killing him; hence, his utter fear of her despite her being normal 95% of the time.
Calvin's somewhat right about a parental conspiracy...In the C&H world, parents age down their kids yearly.
The events of the comic all take place during one or two years of Calvin's life.The comics simply jump around different parts of this time period constantly. So every Christmas-related strip, for example, takes place at the same time chronologically.
Hobbes is real and exactly what Calvin sees him asHe hides and replaces himself with a stuffed copy so adults don't deduce his existence and freak out.
Hobbes is Tigger.Tiger? Check. Sentient and friendly? Check. Stuffed with lovable fluff? Check. Calvin's just a conduit for the Hundred-Acre Wood.
Calvin is a god in training.He animated his stuffed tiger; he has created many, many realities; he even erased his "uncle" Max from existence. No sensible person would allow a being with all this power to do anything without learning how to control the power first, would they? Therefore, Calvin's (unnamed) town must be a training ground for him to learn to control his powers so that when the time comes, Calvin alone will be able to decide who lives and who dies. Considering that the one time Calvin imagined that he was a god, he demanded human sacrifices and smote those who disobeyed him, he has a long way to go.
Mr. Bun is the only real character.In case you've forgotten, Mr. Bun appears only once or twice in the entire run of the comic; he's Susie Derkin's stuffed rabbit. Unlike Hobbes, Mr. Bun shows no sign, within the comic, of ever being "real." ("Mr. Bun seems comatose," comments Hobbes, after attending a tea party with Susie and Mr. Bun.) Naturally, this is strong evidence that Mr. Bun is the only "real" character, and everything else is occurring in Mr. Bun's imagination. If Mr. Bun doesn't actively participate in his expansive fantasy world, it's only because he prefers to just sit back and admire his work.
Mr. Bun is Roosevelt.Coinciding with the directly above theory, Mr. Bun is how Roosevelt personifies himself in his own imaginary world; similarities: he has the appearance of a stuffed toy, he never moves, and the main characters know literally nothing about him. He projects his own ideologies (admittedly, in dumbed-down versions) of "everyone is either a loser, a fool or a corpse, except me" onto Calvin. In doing this, he is fantasising about how he thinks he would behave if he were a human child. Calvin's rants about consumerism and the stupidity of people are Roosevelt projecting onto Calvin.
Calvin is Frazz.You look at that hair and tell me they aren't the same person.
Calvin (age 6) moves to the country and becomes the Boy (~10) from Cow And Boy...then moves back to the suburbs and becomes Jeremy (15-16) or Jeremy's brother (15-19), and finally Frazz (20s). If he makes purely selfish decisions in life he becomes Slick and never grows physically/mentally/emotionally, although I think he's trying to get better emotionally at least. Hobbes is replaced by Cow because he got lost during the move, which Calvin/Boy rationalizes as Hobbes going feral.
Calvin is a closeted furry, and Hobbes is his fursona.Many furries will tell you that, even before they knew what a furry was, they had furry-esque traits as kids (such as an obsession with stuffed animals or exclusively animal-themed imaginary friends). Calvin definitely shows some of those traits in the form of his pal Hobbes. There are also his repeated fantasies of being a dinosaur. There's also the Story Arc where Calvin tests out what life would be like as a tiger like Hobbes, including dressing up in a costume (fursuiting); it supposedly turned out badly, but it could also be interpreted as Calvin's insecurities about "coming out" with his furriness overwhelming his furry pride. That also means Suzie is Mr. Bun, but that gets weird.
Calvin's parents eventually got fed up with him and sent him to a Japanese orphanage shortly after World War 3.Eventually, he changed his name and dyed his hair, internalized the Hobbes persona, and made friends with another orphan boy named Kaneda.
After a few more years of this, Calvin's parents decide to do something about Hobbes.With tragic consequences
Calvin is a Reality Warper.The justification for this is basically the same as for him being a god, but the results are slightly less fantastic.
Hobbes is an alien, a Fuzzy Tiger, who transforms into a plush toy when seen by humansCombine the above theory with the aliens from the episode "Blink" of Doctor Who. Clearly Hobbes' home planet is twinned with the home planet of the Weeping Angels. He can move when Calvin is looking at him because it's only triggered by non-timelord races. He can move in Calvin's eyes even when someone else is watching him for the same reason that the Weeping Angels couldn't move when nobody could see them but the lights were on.
Calvin grows up (or rather, doesn't grow up) and becomes Slick from SinfestThey share at least the same phenotype, so it wouldn't be impossible. Maybe arrogance and self-centeredness is the cause of Calvin's overdeveloped vocabulary...
Hobbes is the same species as the toys from Toy Story, but more powerful.
Bill Watterson is planning to kill you......for obsessively theorizing on the nature of Hobbes.
Hobbes is in fact Calvin's brother
Hobbes is a Shinigami
Hobbes is a Pooka
Calvin tricked Uncle Max into saying Candle Jack.
Galaxoid and Nebular are early Daleks.Nebular the navigator clearly has a rather bloated ego about his "amazing navigation skills"; it's more than likely that he is so bad at it that the two managed to travel, by accident and completely without noticing, several millions of years forward in time. After the appearances they had in the strip, they will return to their own time, and after they die, Daleks will have their usual evolution with the nuclear war and Davros and stuff we all know.
Calvin is a ChangelingLikely a Nocker, from his caustic personality and constant inventing. Hobbes is his Chimera companion. His parents are too Banal to see him.
Uncle Max was/is in jail for realCalvin's dad had not heard from him in ages because Max landed himself in jail for a few years. For whatever reason, Calvin's parents did not want him to know, so his mother tells him it's a stupid idea, but dad ends up hinting it. Max never showed up again because he committed another crime and landed himself in jail again.
Calvin is Lan from Mega Man Battle NetworkHobbes is Calvin's dead twin brother's soul possessing a tiger doll. When Calvin/Lan get a PET, Hub/Hobbes' soul transfers itself to the PET and becomes Megaman. Susie is Mayl.
Calvin and Hobbes are either Zim and Gir (set to 100% duty mode) or Keroro and KururuSelf explanatory.
Calvin is dead."Let's go exploring!" Soon after, the sled crashes for the final time. Calvin's obscene luck regarding said crashes runs out.
The MOST depressing WMG ever? I can top that!
TOO confusing? I can top that!
Hobbes is an Imaginary FriendCalvin subconsciously gave him the ability to appear like normal plush toy to others (alternately, he's a plush toy turned into an imaginary friend). Quite possibly his powerful imagination gives him abilities beyond ordinary kids, similar to Mac and Goo.
Calvin is insane.He's currently in a mental hospital and everything in the comic is just a giant hallucination. All his imaginations are 'real', mainly because nothing is real. Or, maybe he continually switches between reality and hallucinations. So, Hobbes and Spaceman Spiff and all those other things aren't his imagination, he actually perceives them as real.
Aliens killed Calvin at the end.To refresh your memory, Calvin and Hobbes ended on New Year's Eve 1995, and a week or two before, there was a Story Arc in which aliens were angry with Calvin for not telling them that Earth is tilted on its axis and has a cold winter every year. The Wild Mass Guess here is that they killed Calvin for his treachery. Hence that's the reason why the strip ended. There are a couple of weeks' worth of strips featuring Calvin and Hobbes appeasing them and then living their normal lives as if nothing happened. But those strips are an illusion created by the aliens, for the benefit of us the real-world readers. They made that illusion simply because they know that the strip's fans wouldn't have enjoyed this kind of Downer Ending.
Calvin has no idea how any of this works.Simple, really; Calvin is the only normal person living in a world without the rules of reality. To everyone else, turning into a tiger or growing so big you fall off the Earth is nothing out-of-the-ordinary; Calvin is just too simple-minded to see that the fantastic and the everyday are one and the same.
Calvin is an Awakened Mage, and Hobbes is his Avatar.Calvin is in fact a recently-Awakened OWoD Mage, with Hobbes as his manifested Avatar. All the silly escapades he has are due to his own growing knowledge of the Spheres; Initially, while he only can visit the Umbra in his Avatar form of Spaceman Spiff, he eventually gains the power to visit Umbra Mars physically. Also, his time in the (seemingly-endless) woods, where he is * always* accompanied by Hobbes, are actually Seekings, as his Avatar guides him toward enlightment. This also explains why Hobbes can physically harm him; It's his way of viewing the Paradox effect, which occurs when he tries something that's seen by too many Sleepers...Also explaining why Hobbes goes dormant in the presence of others. Going by this, Calvin currently has proficiency in the Time, Entropy and Spirit spheres- Which isn't impossible for a beginning Mage. Alternatively, he might be going Marauder.
Calvin is a Genius, and Hobbes is one of his Wonders....Hence the reason Calvin has never used any of his "Inventions" on anyone other than himself: doing so would risk Havoc. It's most likely Calvin was given a crash-course in Havoc and Mania, as well as being directed to the Axioms by a member of the Peerage shortly after "The Noodle Incident", (I.E. his breakthrough). His wonders include:
Calvin was Dead to Begin With when the strip started.And Hobbes is the animal-spirit appointed to guide him through the afterlife. All of his imagined battles as Spaceman Spiff, Stupendous Man, and so on(as well as his "real-world" showdowns with babysitters and "slimy girls") are really against his inner demons, representing his sins in life. In the last strip, when he sledded off into a glaring white snowfield, he was at last moving toward the light of Heaven.
Calvin is a preincarnate soul.As souls hang around before they are born, they develop personalities. Calvin's soul became truly evil, and the strip is about a supernatural being, Hobbes, trying to make sure that he was no longer evil by the time he got born.
Calvin killed another kid.In one of the early C&H strips, Calvin mentioned to his mom that a bully (named Tommy or something) had been picking on him, but that the situation was taken care of because "Hobbes ate him". Calvin would have likely buried the body somewhere, to help the illusion of Hobbes' devouring the body, and disposed any other incriminating evidence. Apparently this bully was quite the bad seed, considering Moe has picked on him for years and still lives.
the last strip took place shortly after Calvin killed his parentsHobbes : "Everything FAMILIAR has disappeared Calvin : "A fresh clean start"
In Calvinverse, people lose their imagination powers, and the memories of them, when whey grow up.That's why they can't believe Calvin, and other kids, like Susie, can make imagination real as well.
Hobbes knows others can't see himHe doesn't tell calvin becuase he would believe him. IN one strip, Hobbes is animated when susie is close by. His face is almost one of terror, and he quickly hands calvin a rotten aple before de-animating. He can move and talk while de-animated, but only calvin can see him and this is hard for him to do, so he generally de-animates when others are around.
Calvin's mother made Hobbes.We've seem Calvin's mother sewing in the strip, so it wouldn't be a stretch to assume she created him as well, when Calvin was only a baby. She also mends Hobbes himself when their adventures get a little TOO rough and tumble. If you believe the theories above...
Calvin's mother is also a God.If it's true she made Hobbes, the animate inanimate object, what's to say she isn't incredibly powerful as well? At one point in the strip, she tells Calvin "I hope you someday have a kid exactly like you," to which Calvin responds "Grandma says she used to say that to you." This tells us they were similar as children, both intelligent gods frustrated by those around them not being on their level. She just can't tell Calvin that they're the last of a line of gods, because he'd tell everyone. Also, it explains WHY she had a baby instead of getting a dog, and why she is the stay-at-home parent. In addition, Calvin's Mom is the only person in Calvin's fantasies to appear as themselves, and not a monster, thug, or in Tracer Bullet's case, client.
Bill Watterson is dead.That's the real reason we'll never see any more comic strips and why no one's put a stop to any bootleg merchandise. Obviously, the introduction to the complete collection was either written in advance or faked.
Hobbes's dual nature is best explained by quantum physicsCome on, a real-and-not-real-at-the-same-time feline? Hobbes is clearly a cousin of Schrodinger's Cat. (Theory stolen from an actual scientific magazine.)
Hobbes is a ghostHobbes's is the ghost of Calvin's twin brother, who died before birth, and manifests through Calvin's stuffed animal. This is why only Calvin can see and hear him, as Hobbes only manifests for his twin brother.
Calvin is a Vampire.And Hobbes is a Weretiger. ...just to round out the New World of Darkness theories.
Calvin's mum really does put on knee-high boots and a patriotic leotard......and may or may not fight crime.
Calvin is a Spark.He is able to create a variety of fantastic inventions, all of which work, and uses his appearance as a 6-year-old to throw people off when he's in melodrama mode as a result of his madness. Hobbes is a product of this insanity, who actually aids Calvin in the creation of his machines.
Hobbes doesn't have to turn stuffed when anyone other than Calvin looks at him — he just chooses to.Like the toys in Toy Story, he can move around in front of other people, but is afraid that he will be confiscated and treated as a freak or shut up in a lab.
Calvin's dad knows Hobbes and Calvin can interact, and the origin of Hobbes' capture in the first few strips is his doing.Calvin's dad used to own Hobbes, and still remembers talking to him, but knows that no one will believe him if he says so. He loves Hobbes and would never get rid of him, but can't play with him anymore, so he tied Hobbes up in a tree, planted the idea of capturing a tiger in Calvin's head, and then, while Obfuscating Stupidity, prodded Calvin into making Hobbes into a friend. Hobbes and Calvin's dad planned this out together and are keeping it a secret from Calvin until he's ready to give Hobbes up. Eventually, Calvin will do the same thing for his kid.◊
Calvin is related to Christopher Robin on one of his parents' side.
Toys like Hobbes die when their kid owners stop believing in them.Hobbes is aware of this, and subtly keeps attempting to defy all possibility of Calvin being able to brush his experiences with Hobbes off as "imagination" by creating paradoxes, like tying Calvin to chair, so Calvin will believe in him/keep him alive longer.
The identity of the famous Noodle Incident was...An Accidental Kiss via spaghetti (noodles) a la Lady and the Tramp. The recipient? Susie Derkins. That Didn't Happen, obviously. Or, if that's too squicky, she dropped her lunch and he shared his noodles with her... point being, it wasn't a prank. Calvin would be proud of that.
The noodle incident involved Calvin breaking into the cafeteria and placing explosives inside a vat of noodles, which threw noodles all over the cafeteria's kitchen.We all know that Calvin hates the food at his school's cafeteria, and Calvin has tried to obtain explosives so many times, it must have happened once. Think about it; nobody could prove that he did it if he set the explosives on a timer, and it is bad enough to invoke the wrath of Santa and for him to be scared of his teacher telling his parents about it. His teacher would tell his mom about it because of Calvin's bad reputation, but she would still not be able to prove Calvin did it.
The chain letter has something to do with Calvin's baldness arcThe letter said "A man broke the chain and went bald", and since he trashed the letter, fate went out of its way to cause Calvin to have his hair cut short enough to be bald sometime later.
Hobbes is a personification of Calvin's personality in several yearsHobbes' personality was created by Calvin long ago and embodies his latent maturity. In several years Calvin's personality will begin to resemble that of Hobbes (assuming that he ever ages).
The guy with the glasses is not Calvin's real father.He knows it, his mom knows it but is in denial, Calvin does not know for sure but has had suspicions from day one, and Hobbes may or may not be aware but is keeping quiet about it either way.
Going with the above theory, Calvin's real father is Rocky.His mom is Janet, and the other guy is Brad. The reason that Calvin came out the way he is has something to do with the fact that he is the offspring of an Artificial Human with half a brain.
Calvin has ADHDHeck, he's practically the poster child for ADHD.
Hobbes is Calvin's Stand.And yes, there is such a thing as a Stand User born with a Stand (the most notable examples being Avdol, Kakyoin, N'Doul, and the D'Arby brothers). It may just have been impossible for Hobbes to manifest until Calvin got the tiger plushie, which Hobbes was able to bind himself to. And yes, there are Stands which can act and think independently of their Users (q.v. Baby Face...or at least its homonculi...Echoes Act III, Dragon's Dream, Sex Pistols, Gold Experience Requiem).
Calvin and Hobbesis an allegory for Gnosticism.Calvin's father is Pleroma, Calvin's mother is Sophia, Calvin is Sammael, Hobbes is an Archon, and Calvin's fantasies represent the material world.
Calvin's parents die when he is 12, he is adopted by a rich couple, and he spends his teenhood with them, and changes his name to Cameron.He invents Ferris Bueller, and then grows up to be Jack, in Fight Club. Yeah, He hasn't had a great mental life. Poor him.
Hobbes used to belong to Calvin's Mom.As the above 'Calvin and his Mom are Gods' theory states, Calvin and his mom were most likely similar as children. And she does communicate with Hobbes twice (raccoon arc and Yukon arc anyone?). It's very possible that Hobbes was her old stuffed tiger and playmate from when she was a child, and when she lost the 'ability' to see and hear him like she used to she handed Hobbes down to Calvin.
Calvin never ages because he has psychic powers.Similar to that one Twilight Zone episode. Calvin uses his powers to prevent anyone in the town from ever aging, and no one ever suffers lasting consequences because Calvin is merciful. Praise to be Calvin.
We Have Entered an Endless Recursion of Time.And it ends, only to begin again...◊
Hobbes is actually a real person, the rest are just fantasy.Hobbes is really just imagining the whole thing since he doesn't get that much of a chance to be snarky as a imaginary tiger.
Calvin grows up to be Ellis.And of course, Hobbes is Keith. I'm not sure why, but this just fits for me, somehow. Ellis is simply Calvin's last name, and for whatever reason, he starts going by it when he grows up.
Calvin and Hobbes are actually John Calvin and Thomas HobbesAfter they died, they were each sent to an alternate universe to prevent them from getting into heaven (Calvin so that he wouldn't convert everyone in heaven to Calvinism and Hobbes so that he wouldn't try to declare himself supreme ruler of the universe). For some reason, Calvin had his age permanently reduced to 6 years old and Hobbes was transformed into a stuffed/occasionally non-stuffed tiger. Calvin eventually went crazy attempting to rationalize this during the approximately 100 years between his death and Hobbes's, while Hobbes just assumed that he had always been a tiger and had only dreamed he was a human. Of course, this would also imply that God has a big problem with Calvinism for some reason, and that writing Leviathan was part of a plot for World Domination...
Calvin is a Genius, as are both of his parents.Calvins parents are retired geniuses, his father perhaps disillusioned or frightened of becoming Illuminated. When they had Calvin his mother, also retired but with far less fear/concern gave Calvin a special mane bound into a toy tiger, possibly intended to be a guardian but instead it caused Calvin to manifest his genius. His mother is actually interested in this and is studying it as Calvins reality warping is much stronger and potentially more generally useful at his age than has ever been seen (this might also be why he tends to remain in his imaginary constructs around his mom but not so around his father). His parents don't mind that he's alone frequently as it avoids him accidentally creating Igors (they might even be quietly encouraging Calvin's behavior because it means that he won't accidentally awaken or break someone who sees him doing mad science) In addition, Calvins dads comments that Calvin's various miseries and frustrations are to 'build character' is actually literal. Given how young Calvin is he is terrified that Calvin would be easily consumed by mania and made illuminated, so he's trying to give Calvin a strong personality and background as fast as he can, and do it away from technology to avoid it backfiring, it still does, just for other reasons. Calvins various forays into dreamworlds are actually him wandering between realities, the spaceman spiff universe his favored destination, but sometimes he has found others as well, like when he found he was a test subject with alien creatures using a hand puppet shaped vaguely like his mother. The times where he has mentioned seeing his mother in a superheroic costume, or where he found a remote that led to his parents being crimefighters are actually true events, but they have manipulated things so as to him not realizing it, mostly for fear of him using it himself.
Calvin is Rosalyn's kid.Rosalyn got pregnant in high school, and gave her baby up for adoption so she could continue her pursuit of education. But she still cares about him so she keeps babysitting him (come on, would anybody but a mother look after that child?). Also, Calvin has an Oedipus complex, hence Suzie.
Eventually this happened◊.
Alternatively, Turns out this happened◊.Less Crowning Moment of Heartwarming, more Tear Jerker.
They both happened.And sometime between those events, this happened.
Susie is actually Daria MorgendorfferThis theory is sort of a continuation to the "Calvin dies in the last strip" and "Calvin and Susie are in love" theories. After Calvin dies, Susie is heartbroken, so her family moves to Highland to get her away from that neighborhood, and those memories. Susie/Daria recedes into her books while waiting in vain for another kid like Calvin to come along. Also, due to her family having to pack up and move so suddenly, her dad has to take the first job he finds, which explains the horrible job/boss alluded to in Boxing Daria.
Calvin is a young Joel Grind◊.
Calvin has childhood-onset schizophrenia.Hobbes is his first "imaginary friend". Eventually, he'll get more and more... and they'll tell him to do things...
Hobbes is Real, but all the Humans are actually dolls.Hobbes has a great imagination, but he's often made fun of by the other tigers for playing with his man-dolls.
Calvin's Mom's real name is Daisy. His dad is the guy in the song who sings about a "bicycle built for two."Calvin's dad likes bicycling so much, I could imagine him as a teenager trying to woo Calvin's mom with the idea that "nothing is more romantic than a bicycle built for two."
Calvin becomes The Joker
You know, you remind me of my father. I hated my father.
Wanna know how I got these scars?Calvin's father, concerned about his son's development, decides that the stuffed tiger that he spends so much time with has got to go, so he decides to destroy Hobbes by cutting him to bits. Calvin watches in horror and tries to save Hobbes, but his father shoves him away, accidentally cutting the sides of his mouth in the process. A now physically and mentally scarred Calvin ends up killing his parents later on as revenge, which sets off his life of crime.
Calvin’s good duplicate is LinusWhen the good duplicate had an evil thought, he disappeared. Calvin and Hobbes interpreted this to mean he simply evaporated, however he actually was transported through time and space to the Peanuts universe, where he was born as Linus. Look at them. They have identical fashion sense (black shorts, red striped shirt, hair combed flat) and they’re both dutiful, polite, and highly intelligent for small children. Now here’s the kicker: the reason why the good duplicate is “good” is because the duplicator copied Calvin, then subtracted his overactive imagination. This is both a blessing and a curse for the duplicate when he becomes Linus: on the one hand, he’s able to form stable friendships with real people like Charlie Brown, which Calvin could never do, on the other hand, he is unable to imagine the Great Pumpkin into literal existence like Calvin did with Hobbes. Later on, Linus managed to build a working duplicator, which is where Rerun came from.
Calvin's Mom is able to percieve Hobbes as "Real"Mom at times does try to communicate with Hobbes, though it's brushed aside as a momentary thing. She also never tries to tell Calvin that Hobbes isn't real because not only can she not bring herself to tell her socially awkward six-year old to give up the only true friend he has, she can't convince herself that Hobbes is merely a stuffed toy.
Calvin is a young Doctor HorribleAnd if it's true that they are both split personalities, Calvin's personalities changed, and Doctor Horrible and Billy formed, Does that mean Calvin and Hobbes still exist in some corner of Doctor horrible's mind?
Calvin's Mother's Side of the Family is Made of Wizards and WitchesHis maternal grandma is the sister of Draco Malfoy's grandfather. She moved to America and married a Muggle to rebel against the Malfoys (who Calvin get's his blonde hair from). Hobbes and the other "imaginary" events are actually underaged magic caused by Calvin, who is extremely powerful by wizarding standards. The vents are disguised from Muggles by a variation on the Disillusionment Charm cast by Mom. Calvin will become a Gryffindor. Susie might also be a witch, but she pretends to be normal and straight laced to hide this. Calvin being blasted into the air and having his clothes knocked off in their snowball fights are her underaged magic. They will go to Hogwarts, Calvin will become a Gryffindor and Susie will be a Ravenclaw. Mom was a Hufflepuff. Calvin is the child of another prophecy and he, Hobbes, and Susie will battle the next Voldemort. Ms. Wormwood takes the place of someone who died or retired and is now a Slytherin teacher. Rosalyn is the Gryffindor Quidditch Captain.
Calvin's last name is CoolidgeHey, he could have matured. Although, given how Calvin talks about 1988 whenever he shows his dad the latest polls...
Calvin is Haruhi's cousin. Her aunt is Calvin's mother.
Calvin is in some way related to Phineas and Ferb.Think about it. Eccentric imaginations, possible time lords, and they have anthrophomorphic animals as friends. (Perry and Hobbes). AND if you follow one of the guesses above, Calvin and Hobbes, Phineas and Ferb, and Ben 10 are all related!
Hobbes is a malignant stand (a la Jojo'sBizarreAdventure).Seriously. Just consider all the facts. First regarding stands: 1. Anyone can have a stand, and stand ability can appear unpredictably. 2. Although there are exceptions, stands tend to be made of nonphysical energy and cannot be detected by human senses. 3. A few stands are rooted somehow to mundane physical objects, most notably Wheel of Fortune. 4. Only things that can damage nonphysical entities can harm a stand; corporeal trauma does no damage whatsoever. 5. A stand must always remain within a certain distance of its wielder. 6. Under certain circumstances, a stand can be harmful to its wielder, whether a deliberate act of self-destruction (N'Dool) or being malignant for some reason (Holly). (Hirohiko Araki did a handwave about "lack of a powerful fighting spirit" to explain Holly, but that doesn't hold up in the face of Hol Horse or the Sun wielder, much less Kenny G.) 7. Stands tend to take on the personalities of their wielders, particularly the ones that can speak on their own. 8. Even the weakest stand is tremendously powerful; the mightest stands can alter time itself (as spectacularly demonstrated at the end of both the 5th and 6th stories). And regarding Hobbes: 1. Both versions of him are real (as Watterson himself stated in the 10th anniversary special). He does not transform from a stuffed animal to an anthromorph and back, nor is he a purely imaginary construct. What Calvin sees and what the rest of the world sees are what they see ALL the time, and both are perfectly logical from their respective POVs. 2. His anthromorph self can move a certain distance from his stuffed animal self and Calvin but always occupies the same general area. If Calvin and the stuffed animal are separated, the anthromorph simply does not appear. 3. He's sentient, highly intelligent, and ambulatory. He's also very fast and agile, and considerably stronger than Calvin. 4. He's not a natural tiger and in fact displays numerous traits that are extremely bizarre for the species (e.g. his obsession with tuna). 5. He's slammed headfirst into heavy objects, tumbled down cliffs, and had heavy objects fall on him, and he's never suffered worse than mussed-up fur and a few little scrapes. 6. He's basically an egomaniacal sociopath. He's utterly self-centered, shameless, stubborn, arrogant, condescending, and narcissistic. He cares only about himself and never shows the slightest concern for Calvin. In fact, he loathes doing anything that would benefit Calvin even if it would be completely natural for him (mauling Moe, for example). He takes delight in tormenting, bullying, and outright abusing Calvin. 7. He is obsessed with violence; exhibit A, playing full-bore collision football with someone clearly out of his league, exhibit B, pulverizing Calvin for the slightest excuse ("You moved downwind, silly!"). The conclusion is clear: Hobbes, the talking tiger, is a highly malignant stand that Calvin unwittingly created from a stuffed animal he received as a present. Because Calvin is so selfish (and uncontrollable), it only makes sense that any stand created by him would be the same, only cranked up to about 22. Because Hobbes is rooted in the stuffed animal and has only a partial connection to Calvin, tormenting or even killing Calvin does not endanger his existence, and he can indulge his base desires to his heart's content. Calvin, being far too stupid to comprehend Hobbes true nature, only sees him as a somewhat unusual friend and can't understand why no one else can see what he does.
Calvin's mum is Andy Fox from FoxtrotHere's my theory. Calvin's mum is 18 years old and studying English at college when she meets Calvin's dad, who's a bit older at 25. They fall in love, get married, and 9 months later have a kid named Calvin. Calvin's mum drops out of uni without completing her degree, and becomes a stay-at-home mum. This causes some angst with her mother, and so the two stop talking, and Calvin's parents move states. She likes healthy cooking, and often serves food to Calvin that he doesn't like. Both her and Calvin's dad care about the environment, so they keep the thermostat low in winter, much to Calvin's annoyance. 6 years later, when Calvin's mum is 24, Calvin dies in a sledding accident. His parents, heartbroken by grief, move states. They spend their time eating junk food, and don't exercise as they are too depressed to do anything. Sadly, Calvin's dad dies some months later as a result of a heart attack. Calvin's mum moves again, back to her home state. She decides to go back to college, gets her degree in English Literature and gets a part-time job at the local paper, as a writer. Realising that life is short, she gets into contact with her grandmother again, but the relationship is still somewhat strained. She meets a man named Roger Fox. Calvin's mum gets pregnant, and so they get married. Calvin's mum is 26. She gives birth to a healthy young boy named Peter. Two years later, Paige comes along, and then Jason. Calvin's mum is still saddened by the death of her last husband. She knows that junk food caused his untimely demise, and so swears to only cook healthy foods, so her children remain healthy. Proving that old habits die hard, she continues to keep the thermostat low during the winter. Eventually, we join her adventures as matriarch of the Fox family. She's 42, Roger's 45, Peter's 16, Paige is 14 and Jason is 10.
Calvin is in Wonderland.Reffering to the above idea, when Calvin's body died Hobbes took pity on him and returned to his home country (Wonderland) with Calvin's soul in tow. And there he stayed until Jason recreated the portal that took Alice to Wonderland...at the same time Calvin's became an experienced monster hunter and wishes to read Captain Napalm again.
Calvin grew up to be SargeThe belligerence and vivid imagination are there, and he is pretty clever under all that cloudcuckoolanderism. Plus there's the fact that most of his strategies tend to resemble a giant, for-keeps game of Calvin Ball.
Calvin grows up to be KaminaPerhaps the greatest evidence for this is in the strip where Calvin's out shopping with Hobbes and his mom, and Hobbes is watching him try on sunglasses. Notice anything familiar about the pair he's seen wearing as his mom sends him back to the rack?◊ Additionally, they're both adventurous, boistrous, loudmouthed, and violent. Also, look at Calvin's hair - three spikes sticking up. Now look at Kamina's - three spiky bangs over the forehead. Therefore, eventually he decided to slick that part down. Not to mention that Kamina's tactics are pretty much Indy Ploys, and he gets things done solely because he thinks they should, rather than what would logically happen. Pretty fitting for someone who had an overactive imagination as a kid, huh? After the events of the strip, as Calvin got older, some cataclysm occured that caused humanity to move underground, however, Calvin's father, being the character-building "no-pain-no-gain" advocate he is, insisted on returning to the surface. Calvin declined, but as time went on, he resented his choice, and went on his path of ROW ROW FIGHT DA POWA, creating a new identity for himself by dyeing his hair blue, getting tattoos, and getting around to buying a pair of sunglasses just like the ones he coveted as a child, in addition to renaming himself Kamina. Hobbes was his Team Pet and equivalent of Boota until they were parted somehow some time before he met Simon and went on his adventures with him. Eventually, however, having forgot his childhood membership of Get Rid Of Slimy Girls, he ended up falling in love with Yoko until they kissed. This triggered memories of his old club, which set him off-course for a little while, a condition that ultimately costed him his life, but not before he became a great hero of mankind and motivated his young pupil to take over Team Dai-Gurren and save the universe. As for why Kamina supposedly has never been to the surface, he just got amnesia and forgot much of his life at age 6 for a time.
Calvin's mother is nicknamed Meg.In one strip, Calvin gets out of the bathtub and pretends to be Godzilla. He refers to his mom as Megalon. It follows that her given name must be some variation of either Margaret or Megan.
Calvin grows up to be Beavis.They're both blonde-haired juvenile delinquents, and let's face it, a lot of the stuff Beavis does is stuff that Calvin would do if anyone let him. In particular, Calvin has repeatedly attempted to get his hands on explosives, and Beavis loves blowing things up and/or setting them on fire. Eventually, as Calvin entered his teenage years, he left Hobbes behind, but without Hobbes to keep him under control and counteract his impulses, he became even worse than he was already, going about with Butthead to set things on fire and play frog baseball. Note that in the Wonderful Life episode, it turns out that without Butthead, Beavis would be a fairly normal child. Cornholio is a leftover from Calvin's childhood alter-egos. Beavis, thus, is his last name. Butthead may or may not be an older Moe, seeing as they look somewhat similar.
Calvin is a troll.Specifically, he's an albino, which is why he doesn't have black hair and grey skin. He does, however, have spiky hair, which seems to be a common troll trait. Calvin was born with his abnormal colouration, which was declared to be an adverse trait and he was selected for culling, but he somehow managed to escape with his lusus, Hobbes, although his horns were broken off in the process. They ended up on a spaceship that travelled through a wormhole, bringing him to a planet in another dimension in the future - Earth. There, as he resembled an ordinary human child, he was adopted by a human family. Calvin must be a redblood to explain why he never gave anything away when he got hurt, and thus was born with redblood psychic powers, manifesting in him unconciously creating illusions to make his lusus look like a stuffed animal to everyone else. His Foe Yay with Susie is his interpretation of kismesisship - since he was raised by a species without that concept, he doesn't know the details, but his inborn psychology sees hate as a type of romance. Spaceman Spiff is his recollections of being a citizen of an intergalactic empire, and he sees monsters under his bed because he doesn't have a recuperacoon to prevent the nightmares that naturally affect his species. The top evidence here is that in one strip, Calvin, at Hobbes's suggestion, asks his mom if he was ever a grub. What Hobbes knows and his mother doesn't is that he actually was.
Calvin eventually became a math whizCalvin outgrew his difficulties with mathematics and other school subjects... and thus he created CALVINHAMMER, GOD AMONG SPORTS!
Theories as to what the "Noodle Incident" really was.
Calvin is attempting to perform inception on one, or both, his parents
Hobbes is a living being, albeit one capable of manipulating his own orgone energyWhen he's just with Calvin, he functions normally, but when anyone else is around, he vents off his own orgone energy so that he just looks like a stuffed animal. Calvin's transmogrifier may work on the same principle.
Calvin and Hobbes and Garfield take place in the same universe.The connection is Lyman. He disappears from Garfield in 1983, then a few years later reappears in Calvin & Hobbes. Lyman is Calvin's Uncle Max: his full name is Max Lyman. The evidence is that Max◊ and Lyman◊ look the same, and have a similar sartorial taste. The few differences between the two (such as Max's bigger nose) can be explained by different artistic impressions of the same character. Max's hairline has receded somewhat since he was living with Jon, but there are years between his disappearance from Garfield and reappearance in Calvin & Hobbes, so that certainly could've happened. Max being Lyman also explain why he's worried about Calvin's imaginary friend◊, and why he says that all of his friends might've been imaginary too. When he was living Jon, they were caught up in a folie à deux, where they imagined their cat and dog were acting like human beings. Max realized he had to break away from this fantasy, but Jon, being the more infantile of the two, couldn't do the same. Max realized he had no choice but leave: that's why he disappeared so suddenly from Garfield and left Odie behind. His past history explains his comment about imaginary friends (he's referring to Garfield an Odie), as well as why he thinks Calvin having an imaginary friend might not be healthy for him.
Either Calvin or Hobbes is a Time Lord, maybe both are.The TARDIS is the cardboard box, because it has been used to time travel on two separate occasions. And the Magic Carpet that Calvin and Hobbes once used is the TARDIS that has changed form.
Susie is actually Mom and Dad's daughter, and was Switched at Birth with Calvin.While Calvin's parents are questioning whether this kid is really their son, notice how Susie looks like a young version of Mom, and shares Dad's romantic imagination, bad temper, and mischievous streak.
Calvin's Dad is a Vietnam Vet.First of all, he is drawn and implied to be in his forties. In one strip, he mentions he hates being saluted. His "temper" is just something he adopted then to keep the people who served under him in line. His obsession with fitness is a form of OCD, which he suffers from due to his experience during the War. His somewhat child-ish acts and his imagination are defense mechanisms he adopted because of the trauma he went through.
Calvin's time machine also allowed travel to parallel universes, accidentally or by design.As you can see here: http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=3227
Calvin grows up to be Willy WonkaI really hate all these theories saying horrible things about how Calvin is insane or something and grows up to be the Joker or Fight Club guy. calvin isn't crazy, he just has an incredible IMAGINATION. Which is why I think he'd grow up to be Willy Wonka. The cardboard box is the prototype for his great glass elevator. You may say that Charlie and the Chocolate Factory takes place before Calvin and Hobbes but Calvin can time travel! He went back in time to find Hobbes, who had gotten lost in a time warp (and spent the rest of his days living with a motherly kangaroo and her cute little son) but never found him, so he settled and made a chocolate factory. Charlie Bucket is Calvin's ancestor.
The snowstorm from the last strip killed (almost) everyone, leaving Calvin and Hobbes as the only survivors."A fresh start" indeed.
Calvin is Q Jr. from Star Trek: Voyager...And Q is Hobbes! After the Continuum told Q he had to stay by his son's side for the rest of eternity, Q created this version of Earth. He may have made it as an attempt to reign in his son a little, or maybe he just made it to have fun. It allows for all the seemingly impossible things that happen (such as evil bikes and baseballs, and I swear those duplicates Calvin made with just a cardboard box really existed), and it lets everyone stay the same age year after year. Maybe the rest of the inhabitants, such as Mom, Dad, and Uncle Max, are actually closer to holodeck characters than actual beings.
Hobbes is distantly related to the Weeping Angels.Whenever anyone except Calvin sees him, he turns into a stuffed animal.
Calvin grows up to be Skippy.Just a thought. I mean, seriously! check out some of these things and tell me that they don't sound like Calvin. Especially number 142.
Calvin grows up to be Spaceman SpiffThe Spaceman Spiff strips are real time, while the Calvin strips are flashbacks to when he was a child. Many times, these flashbacks are things that remind him of the situation he is currently in.
Susie sees Mr. Bun the same way Calvin sees Hobbes.The reason we as the audience don't see him as alive is because the strip is from Calvin's point of view, and he can't see Mr. Bun the way Susie can, just as she can't see Hobbes the way he does.
Calvin is a grown-up who has never passed first grade.He has a ridiculously large vocabulary for a six-year-old. At one point Miss Wormwood gives a problem asking him to calculate how far apart two cars started given their speeds and when they pass; this is not a first grade problem. She must have thought he'd do better if he were more challenged. He has well-informed political opinions. When he drew a Stegasaurus in a rocket ship his teacher said it wasn't "serious". Who says that to a little kid? Calvin can't possibly be a kid except in his imagination.
Calvin and Hobbes takes place in a world where people have no imagination.This is a good guess on the fact that everyone thinks Calvin is so weird, they have no imagination! After the final strip, they called the government to take Calvin away and see what in the world was wrong with him, and, after examining him for quite some time, they realized that Calvin was happy when he was being creative, (his various inventions, his amusing snowmen), so they had everyone in town and used a special device to implant imagination into their heads, and Calvin's town became a much better place, and Calvin was hailed as a hero. note
Calvin is an alternate, male version of Elizabeth.Hobbes is real, and is there because of Calvin opening tears between his Earth and his own...the lack of training with this though could explain why Hobbes can only be seen by him.
Calvin caused the "Groundhog Day" Loop.If he's a Reality Warper, he can do that. It happens because he doesn't want to grow up, so he just restarts everything before his seventh birhtday. That makes him be able to be 6 forever. The series ended because he got bored and simply FINALLY was ready to grow up. Only Hobbes remembers the earlier cycles. He recreates his parents and Susie's memories so they can remember the best parts of the series. Santa Claus doesn't exist in C&H universe, Calvin just once thought what he might be doing. Otherwise he couldn't remember Noodle Incident, as it happened in the first cycle.
Calvin isn't insane, dead, suffering from a deliberating mental illness, hasn't killed anyone, there's no groundhog day loop, in fact there's nothing really wrong with him at all.He's a unusual kid prone to introspection and probably a bit of a genius. The amount of time seeming to pass is due to Comic Book time.
Calvin grows up to become a politician.Working among other things for environmental and educational causes, and against corruption. Being intelligent and creative he does some good. Still cannot stand boring meetings though, and tends to construct elaborate plans to keep them as short as possible. On vacations he camps out or visit his parents.
Hobbes is actually a stuffed toy and Calvin pretends he's aliveI actually had to kill a tiny piece of my soul to spell that thought out. But it had to be said, as a wildly unlikely mass guess...
Calvin grows up to be J.D.The fantasies, the immature attitude, come on, it's got to be J.D.
The barber named Charlie in this strip is the same one who Rosayln talks to on the phone.It just makes sense.
Calvin is from Lyra's world and Hobbes is his dæmon.
Calvin has autism or another Ambiguous Disorder.He's highly intelligent for his age but performs poorly in school, prefers associating with his (possibly) Imaginary Friend to socializing with real people, tends to retreat into an unusually rich fantasy life, has many strange Cloudcuckoolander quirks, can be a stickler for his own personal schedules and standards of behavior, and doesn't understand why people act the way they do.
Calvin is Pickle Inspector.They both have a massive amount of IMAGINATION, to the point that they can change reality around them.
Calvin is getting bullied worse than shown in the comics and on a regular basisMoe only picks on him a little, mostly in the form of "Give me a quarter" and the ocasional shove. However, Calvin comes home almost every day with scratches and other injuries, obviously having been beaten up that day. Calvin, being a child of active imagination and minimal physical capability, escapes into an imaginary world where his loving tiger pounces him upon return from school, in his mind explaining away the injuries he sustains. He refuses to tell his parents the truth, either for fear of retaliation from his attackers if they get in trouble or fear that his fantasy world would be destroyed upon acknowledging the truth (Hobbes's existence being like a house of cards: you remove one of his actions, and the others all become suspect). Susie, his only friend, is tolerant of his flights of fantasy except when he jepordizes her grades or drops a 6-pound snowball on her head, but is always willing to forgive him because she knows she is the only connection he has to the real world and thus is the only real friend he has.
The final comic depicts Calvin running away from home.He ran away from home once, but this time is successful. He eventually runs away to [insert place here], where he becomes [insert appropriate fictional character here].
Calvin grows up to become one of the developers of Mass Effect.And Shepard is just a way for him to play out his Spaceman Spiff fantasies in front of the world.
Calvin grows up to become a famous webcomic creator.Specifically, as the author of Spaceman Spiff and Stupendous Man. Going into creative pursuits seems to be the most obvious future career for someone of his overactive imagination, and if he was 6 in 1995 (when Watterson did some comics about these newfangled computer things) he'd be 20 in 2009, so he'd be very, very familiar with the Internet and everything around it. But if he was 6 in 1985...
Calvin grows up to become Andrew Hussie.Problem Sleuth is about Tracer Bullet-esque private eyes, having adventures that wouldn't be out of place in Calvin's other fantasies. Homestuck has similar themes of the value of imagination as Calvin and Hobbes, and it's possible to see HS as a more mature version of the same fantasies populating Problem Sleuth and C&H. Also, some of Sburb's game mechanics, like sprites and the alchemiter, can recreate many of the objects of Calvin's fantasies (for example, he initially describes the duplicator as "combining the technologies of the transmogrifier and a photocopier", suggesting a process of mashing up two things to get a new thing similar to how punch-card alchemy works).
Calvin has Asperger's Syndrome.
When Calvin grows up, he becomes, or will become, a Troper. It's so obvious!
Hobbes will continue Calvin's story "The Dad Who Lived to Regret Being Mean to His Kid"Once upon a time, Calvin made up a story about a kid named Barney to convince his dad to stop making him eat his peas. After drawing the pictures for the story, Hobbes reread it and decided to continue the story. After the disappearance of Barney's dad, Barney's mother tried to adopt a teenager to take over running the household. Instead, the adoption agency sent another six-year-old, who happened to be black. Still grieving over the loss of her husband and dealing with two children to take care of, their mother took up drinking. Barney had a good relationship with his adopted brother and didn't want to reveal that he trapped their father in the basement, so he pretended to ask his mom questions like how he and his brother were different races, and where his dad was. His mother lost her memory because of the drinking and told him that his father was a game show host. Barney had to pretend this because he didn't want his brother to be ashamed of him (he couldn't release the dad out of the basement because he lost the key a long time ago.) Hobbes eventually got bored with Barney's family and made him grow up, giving him a group of friends. Barney still pretends that he thinks the game show host is his father, and has become the suit loving Casonova we know and love.
Calvin lives in a Layered World.My theory is this: Hobbes, the transmogrification, duplification, snow goons, time travel and metamorphosing actually happen... but not in the mundane world. Instead, they're in... well, a magical world that only Calvin can see in its entirety. Madam Calvin and Susie have limited vision into this fantasy world, but their view of it is imperfect. Calvin, on the other hand, can see the entirety of the magical world, with all its wonders and horrors.
Calvin doesn't have powers and is just an ordinary kid with an active imaginationCome on, NO ONE had few friends growing up and spent alot of time with their toys instead, giving personalities to them and having adventures with them? NO ONE used their imagination to play by themselves if and when they had no one else to play with?
Susie grew up to be a writer for Grey's Anatomy.She liked soap operas as a kid (as shown in Calvin's fantasies), so she grew up to write one.
Bill Watterson wrote this entire page.He's just trying to throw us off the true nature of the strip by giving a shit-ton of alternatives.
Calvin and Hobbes is not a comic strip by Bill Watterson. Calvin and Hobbes is Mabel Syrup's third book.And is the sequel to Hamster Huey and the Gooey Kablooie and Commander Coriander Salamander and 'er Singlehander Bellylander.
When Calvin he grows up, he becomes a successful author.He has a knack for creating characters with distinct personalities (Spaceman Spiff, Tracer Bullet, etc.), and even if they are over the top and silly, that can easily be remedied with time and experience. His poem on spiders and his essay on bats (before the whole "bugs" thing, anyway) show that he can write quite well when he wants to. And, as we all know, Writers Cannot Do Math.
The entire strip is a retrospective from Calvin's perspective.We're seeing events that really did transpire, but seeing them through the filter of an adult imperfectly remembering his childhood years. Thus what we see isn't a literal account of what happened, but simply how Calvin remembers things: in an extremely exaggerated fashion. It explains a lot of the oddities within the setting:
Calvin has Super ImaginationLet us quote Vector's explanation of Super Imagination(link):
At some point in the comic, Calvin began playing a game of Sburb.It explains the odd manipulations of objects, as well as the monsters (imps) and the ... okay, it really explains nothing. This is just something I thought of with no real correlation. I would tell you to disregard this Wild Mass Guess, BUT: