09:07:11 PM Jun 25th 2014
There are a ton of odd signs that are an upside-down question mark, and some other weird stuff scattered about the page. Someone fix that, because I'm not sure I know how.
10:34:31 AM Jul 15th 2012
Isn't the C&H tropes page filled with tons of unmarked spoilers?
10:45:10 AM Feb 29th 2012
- Write What You Know: In-universe, this is the reason Calvin gives a bemused Hobbes for his attempt to use "man who flicks through channels with a remote control" as a trope in a story he writes.
The pothole to PSOC in the above line was edited out by Madrugada, with the reason: Sinkhole PSOC does not mean "really common" It means "Adds no meaning or information to the story." I'm not seeing how it doesn't qualify. A story about a a man whose defining characteristic is that he flicks through channels with a remote control is exactly as ridiculous as one about someone who is defined by the fact that they sit on chairs. It's an example of a character being confused between tropes and meaningless everyday occurrences, which is exactly what PSOC is about.
11:02:26 PM Jan 13th 2012
edited by Fireblood
edited by Fireblood
Ambiguous Disorder: Calvin—he's wise beyond his years and incredibly imaginative, has no (human) friends and prefers animals to people, has many strange Cloudcuckoolander quirks, can be a stickler for his own personal schedules, and doesn't understand why people behave the way they do.
- Possibly some kind of autism, most likely Aspberger's Syndrome. Just a thought, but I don't think any Real Life disorder exactly fits him of course, being a fictional character.
01:19:37 PM Dec 9th 2011
12:57:21 AM Oct 15th 2010
edited by KilgoreTrout
edited by KilgoreTrout
I was wondering: are any of Calvin's bad grades a result of Obfuscating Stupidity, or is he Brilliant, but Lazy? We've got Obfuscating Stupidity in the main entry right now, but apart from a strip where he says something to the effect of wanting to keep everybody's expectations of him low, I can't think of any times where it's clear that he intentionally tried to create the impression that he was stupid or not right in the head. It does seem like he could do well in school if he put the effort in to learn the subject matter, but he just doesn't have the willpower required to do so.
01:24:12 AM Oct 15th 2010
I wholeheartedly agree that he's Brilliant, but Lazy. The amount of thought he can put into his fun-time projects is astounding; he clearly has a mind that's capable of ingenuity and creativity when it comes to something he's interested in. However, when he's not interested in something, he simply can't motivate himself to put any effort into it at all, such as his school subjects.
02:38:27 PM Jul 17th 2010
I've cut the following because I don't think it's an example. Any objections?
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: And how:
Calvin (watching TV): Hey Dad, look at this commercial. Why don't you drive a cool car like that?
Calvin's Dad: That car costs $40,000.
Calvin: And look at the babe he's with. How come Mom doesn't dress like that?
Calvin's Dad (grinning at Calvin's Mom): Yeah, why don't you dress like that?
Calvin's Mom (giving a sinister grin of her own): Because your adolescent fantasies require an adolescent model with implants, honey.
Calvin: Maybe you guys need to drink more beer.
- "We're not having an anatomically correct snowman in the front yard."
- This is also possibly the only newspaper comic strip to acknowledge that Santa Claus isn't real, as one strip depicts his parents setting out presents on Christmas Eve. (Although Santa does appear in various Imagination Spots.)
02:52:49 PM Jul 17th 2010
Why don't you think it's an example? It's not explicit about the content, but it implies enough to get it past censors. That makes it a perfect example.
02:40:32 PM Jul 22nd 2010
Regarding the first one, maybe it's just Values Dissonance; since our tabloid papers show topless women on a daily basis, I find it hard to imagine this strip having difficulty with the censors even if everything was explicitly shown. At any rate, it seems fairly up-front about its content without coming across as trying to sneak anything past anyone. The anatomically correct snowman is a bit closer to the mark, and could probably pass as an example. The Santa one counts if it's an issue that censors deal with, but I'm not convinced that's the case.
06:19:13 PM Jan 3rd 2013
I think the first two are great examples. The third, not as much; it's unlikely that the censors actually had a problem with this; it's just not normally done. The second one is undeniable. The first one… maybe not, except for Cavin's reference to drinking beer. Maybe if it came from an adult, but for a six-year-old...