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  • Many for Hobbes. Basically any time he provides clever commentary or attacks Calvin returning from school.
  • The Dad gets one after Calvin was being a complaining brat about how cold the house is and demands for the thermostat to be turned up. Dad offers him an alternative method of being warm by tricking him into going outside and locking him out in the snow, saying that after Calvin spends some time out in the cold, he can come back in where the house will feel nice and toasty in comparison.
  • Calvin's babysitter Rosalyn got one in her final appearance. After previously having to resort to threats and brute force every time she babysat Calvin, she finally beat at him at his own game, literally. The moment she realized that the purpose of Calvinball is to make up new rules all the time, she immediately got into the game and eventually used it to make Calvin go to bed without any more fuss. More than that, Rosalyn figured out just how to deal with Calvin in general. By engaging with him on his own terms, she not only got Calvin to behave, she got him to voluntarily do his homework.
    Calvin: Man, she picked up the nuances of this game fast!
    Rosalyn: Ha! This is fun!
    • This is likely why this was her final appearance, she's no longer an enemy, she's now someone who knows how to deal with Calvin on his own level.
  • Calvin and Hobbes' very last Sunday strip. "Let's go exploring!" Not to mention that it's a Heartwarming Moment.
    • The real Moment of Awesome in "Let's go exploring!" is that it's probably the most remembered final line in any newspaper strip.
    • Let's be frank, not many comic strips get final lines. And on that note, for Watterson to gracefully bow out after ten years, keeping the comic from getting stale and opening a great big gaping hole to potentially be filled by new creators, is heartwarming in and of itself.
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  • Any of Calvin and Hobbes' arguments, especially the croquet match.
  • Susie inviting not Calvin, but Hobbes to her birthday party, writing on the back of the note that he "could bring that stupid kid you hang around with, if you must." Calvin is furious but Hobbes just feels flattered.
  • Calvin of all people getting an "A" on a paper. Considering his grades?
    • In certain subjects like creative writing, he was nothing less than a savant.
  • Every time that Calvin got an insult in at Moe, usually paired with an Expospeak Gag.
    Calvin: Your simian countenance suggests a heritage unusually rich in species diversity.
    Moe: ...what?
    Calvin (handing over his lunch money): That was worth the 25 cents.
  • Every piece of snow art Calvin has ever made.
  • There is one strip where Calvin asks his mom if he can buy a Heavy Metal album that advocates suicide and Satan-worshipping. Calvin's mom manages to convince him otherwise not by asserting her authority as his mother and refusing, but through simple logic.
    Mom: Calvin, the fact that these bands haven't killed themselves in ritual self-sacrifice shows that they're just in it for the money like everyone else. It's all for effect. If you want to shock and provoke, be sincere about it.
    Calvin: Mainstream commercial nihilism can't be trusted?
    Mom: 'Fraid not, kiddo.
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  • The Art Shift that accompanies any intro to 'Tracer Bullet'. Usually coupled with a hilarious, totally deadpan Film Noir self-introduction.
    The name's Tracer Bullet and I keep two magnums in my desk. One's a gun, and I keep it loaded. The other's a bottle, and it keeps me loaded. I'm a private eye.
  • The "Little Raccoon" story, which is considered by many fans to be the best Calvin and Hobbes comic strip to be ever made, has many of these. As a whole, it is a Crowning Moment of Awesome on Calvin's part because he ditches his ignorant behaviour and shows care for others; the very idea of his trying to save a raccoon is just purely awesome and heartwarming. He takes initiative in the situation, and he and his parents work together to try to save a badly injured raccoon. Even though the raccoon doesn't make it, he is still glad he found him even though he had to say goodbye forever.
    Dad: Yes, Calvin. I'm afraid he died.
    Calvin: I know, I'm crying because out there he's gone, but he's not gone inside me.
  • A recurring joke is Hobbes pouncing on Calvin whenever he comes home from school, and Calvin's attempts to subvert this. The times he succeeds are awesome, but the crowner would be the strip where Calvin walks up to the door and shouts: "I'M HOME!" the door shakes, and Calvin opens it to tell the concussed Hobbes: "You'll notice I didn't say I was inside."
  • Anytime Calvin as Spaceman Spiff manages to actually "save the day," such as when he solves a math problem in one strip.
  • One Sunday strip involves Calvin imagining himself as a commercial airline pilot. When he's given clearance to land, a rival plane makes for the same runway to land early, resulting in, as Calvin puts it, "a 600-mph game of Chicken!"
  • Any of the few times Calvin manages to outsmart his parents and seemingly get away with it. Such as the time he pulled a Look Behind You at the dinner table and dumped all his food on his mom's plate while their backs were turned.
    Dad: What did he see?
    Mom: An opportunity.
  • The strip where Calvin's Dad (rather cruelly) messes with him by telling they're not going to get a Christmas tree or any presents this year. As strained as their relationship is, Calvin's Mom makes it clear to him she won't tolerate anybody being mean to her son. "I know somebody who's going to get a lot of coal in his stocking, buster."
  • During the infamous break-in arc, Dad is awake at night, and thinks about how his own father always seemed to know what to do, and as a child, Dad had always assumed that grownups just knew what to do in a crisis, and now that his family is threatened, he doesn't automatically have the answer. But in the end, the answer really is obvious—they may have lost a few material possessions, but as long as they have each other, they can get past it.


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