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    Hobbes 
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Live and don't learn, that's us.

Calvin's stuffed tiger doll... Or maybe his Not-So-Imaginary Friend. Watterson said that the question didn't concern him. Named after Thomas Hobbes, he's usually seen through Calvin's eyes as an actual tiger while everyone else sees a doll. He's a proud tiger nonetheless and ultimately Calvin's best friend.


  • Ambiguous Situation: One of the big questions about the comic strip is if Hobbes is Real After All and merely chooses to look like a toy to everyone but Calvin, or if he's purely a stuffed toy and Calvin is just talking to himself. There's evidence for both sides, including things that Calvin should logically not have been able to do unless Hobbes were real (such as when Calvin got all tied up), and situations where Hobbes should have acted for the sake of self-preservation but didn't (such as Hobbes not defending himself when a neighborhood dog stole him). Every time Bill Watterson has been asked about the subject, he's said that the answer to that question has never concerned him.invoked
  • Anthropomorphic Zig-Zag: Generally as the strip went on, he became more feline-like in appearance and behaviour, but exactly how much so would vary depending on when would be having a philosophical discussion with Calvin or sneaking up to pounce on him.
  • Badass Boast:
  • Behind a Stick: In this strip, he hides his entire body behind a lamppost while waiting for Calvin to get home.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Do not interrupt his naps. He's beaten up Calvin several times for doing so.
      Calvin: [after Hobbes shreds him for waking him up by popping a gum bubble] A little high-strung, are we?
      Hobbes: We tigers call it lightning-quick reflexes.
    • Do not attempt to stop Hobbes from pouncing on Calvin whenever Calvin gets home from school. The one time Calvin outsmarted Hobbes by going through the back door and surprising Hobbes with an in-universe Jump Scare, Hobbes really let Calvin have it.
  • Big Eater: He's always hungry and will eat pretty much anything, though salmon and canned tuna are the clear favorites.
  • Big Ol' Unibrow: Has a stripe above his eyes that looks like a unibrow.
  • Book Dumb: Hobbes is not much better at math than Calvin is. Not that he'll admit it, though. He's the kind of tiger who thinks "7 + 9 = ?" needs advanced algebra and imaginary numbers to solve.
  • Casanova Wannabe: Mostly towards Susie. Hobbes often tells Calvin how cute and pretty he thinks Susie is, but seeing as he's just a stuffed animal as far as Susie can tell, it never goes anywhere.
  • Cassandra Truth: Hobbes frequently tries to warn Calvin that whatever he's planning is a bad idea, only for Calvin to blow him off. Hilarity Ensues when things inevitably go haywire the way Hobbes feared.
  • Cats Are Mean: Played with. Hobbes has much stronger moral integrity than Calvin, calls him out on various misdeeds, and often tries to convince Calvin to seek happiness from simply virtue instead of playing pranks. But Hobbes also greatly enjoys roughhousing at Calvin's expense, getting under his skin, or freaking him out. Also, he only tries to talk Calvin out of pranks half the time, usually when they're obviously going to explode in his face; the other half of the time, he's a willing accomplice.
  • Cats Are Snarkers: Always has a witty commentary on Calvin's thoughts or actions, usually after it's all gone bottom-up.
  • Cats Are Superior: Frequently invoked when quibbling with Calvin. Hobbes believes that tigers are superior to humans, and regularly lets Calvin know it whenever the two of them get into a philosophical argument.
  • Characterization Marches On: In the early years, Hobbes really wasn't all that much of a snarker, and was frequently just as immature as Calvin. In later years, he also became a lot more feline — not only in looks and movement, but in behavior and outlook.
  • Closer to Earth: He's generally more mature than Calvin and will sometimes try to give him advice if he's making a poor decision, but even then, he's not that much more mature.
  • Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: He's the one who imparts rationality and morality into Calvin at least some of the time. Hobbes frequently tries to get Calvin to see pleasure in little things, which is advice that Calvin almost always ignores. Hobbes won't mind Calvin's antics too much, and will frequently join in or let Calvin learn the hard way, but he'll at least voice his concerns if Calvin's latest scheme is obviously going to blow up in his face.
  • The Conscience: Although he won't try too hard since Calvin's the one who'll have to suffer the consequences, Hobbes does at least try to talk Calvin out of the worst of his pranks and ideas.
  • Comedic Sociopathy: Sometimes. He regularly attacks Calvin, graffitis his comics, and insults him.
  • Companion Cube: He's seen as a stuffed toy by everyone except Calvin. The exact nature of how this is done is left intentionally unclear.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Especially in the later years. The bigger the ideas Calvin would express, the more Hobbes would snark on them.
  • Deuteragonist: Hobbes qualifies as this, since there are many strips and even story arcs where he doesn't appear at all or only plays a minor role.
  • A Dog Named "Dog": In the strip's Norwegian translation, he's renamed "The Tiger".
  • Dub Name Change: To ''Tigern'' ("The Tiger") in Norway and "Stoffer" in Denmark.
  • Early Installment Character Design Difference: In his initial design, he had pads on his paws and was only about a head taller than Calvin in his "animate" form. As the strip went on, he became taller and the pads were removed.
  • Fluffy Dry Cat: Happens to him when he gets out of the laundry machine.
    Calvin: Goodness, you're a fright.
    Hobbes: Tell your mom to put some conditioner in the wash next time.
  • Food as Bribe: The only surefire way of getting him to agree on coming along on whatever wacky adventure you've got planned, is to tell him you've brought snacks. Calvin exploits this on occasion.
  • Furry Reminder:
    • We get various reminders that he is a tiger: He sleeps a lot, chases his tail and enjoys pouncing, among other things.
    • He also periodically gets washed in the washing machine, which Watterson notes "is one of the stranger blurrings of what Hobbes is".
  • The Gadfly: He never passes up a chance to annoy, frustrate or freak out Calvin, purely for his own amusement. Most of the fights or arguments between the two seem to ultimately be started by Hobbes pouncing, teasing or pranking Calvin in some way (though Calvin is by no means innocent and often gives as good as he gets.)
  • The Glomp: A Running Gag, where he pounces Calvin at full speed when Calvin comes home from school.
  • Handsome Lech: While Calvin believes Girls Have Cooties, Hobbes has a thing for "babes." Although he's a proud member of Get Rid Of Slimy girlS, a lot of G.R.O.S.S.'s plans fail because of Hobbes. One story arc ends with Calvin yelling at Hobbes "GOOD GRAVY, WHICH SIDE ARE YOU ON?!?"
    Hobbes: (in a list of what girls are good for) "Number four, they're good for smooching!"
  • Hypocrite: Hobbes regularly tries to talk sense into Calvin or call him out for doing something wrong (be it stealing Susie's doll or insulting her etc.) but has nothing whatsoever against intentionally bullying his only friend, sometimes without Calvin even starting the fight or doing anything at all to deserve it.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: Ever notice how he always hits Calvin? He's a cat, after all, and cats are known to have good aim. The one time he actually misses, it was "intentional."
  • Intellectual Animal: Heavy on the Intellectual. He is repeatedly shown to be smarter than Calvin, and has talked about the subject's he's had to master to be a tiger, including a well-received dissertation on ethics. Math is the apparent exception to his intellectual skills.
  • Invisible to Normals: Everyone but Calvin sees him as just a stuffed animal.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: A much better grasp on his "heart of gold" then Calvin, but he still enjoys annoying, angering, scaring, and overall messing with Calvin even when he’s done nothing to deserve it. When Calvin does do something wrong, Hobbes goes a bit far with it, to the point of making Calvin suffer.
  • Knight in Sour Armor: Hobbes is apparently quite cynical, but often does good deeds he doesn't expect to be rewarded for. (i.e. Trying to preach virtue to Calvin. You know, the same guy who tries to pin things on Hobbes when caught.)
  • Know-Nothing Know-It-All: When it comes to math, at any rate. He's happy to help Calvin out with his homework and explain how to solve problems, but his answers are wrong and his methods are nonsensical. However, Calvin usually believes him.
  • The Lancer: To Calvin. His best friend, but often disagrees with him.
  • Lazy Bum: He loves to take naps and lounge around in the sun. When Calvin asked him about the latter, he said, "Tigers' tummies are solar cells." Truth in Television, as real tigers sleep for up to 18 hours a day.
  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: The widely popular debate about him being either a figment of Calvin's imagination or a real character who pretends to be stuffed whenever anyone else than Calvin is present. Word of God himself believes it's up to the reader's interpretation and refuses to give a straight answer. Then there's the fact that Calvin has no objections to his mom putting Hobbes in the washing machine. Watterson admits this is "one of the stranger blurrings of what Hobbes is."
  • Meaningful Name: He's named after Thomas Hobbes, a philosopher who at times had a poor outlook on life and human nature, which explains his cynicism rather well.
  • Mr. Vice Guy: He is a good-natured and friendly tiger who does really care about Calvin, but he does mess with him a lot.
  • Mysterious Past: The very first strip has Calvin capturing Hobbes in the woods, and a few other strips imply he was around since Calvin was a baby or had history before Calvin (including one time mentioning his dad), but exactly where or how Hobbes came to be is never explored (probably for the best, considering his Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane nature).
  • Not So Above It All: Even though he usually acts as a Straight Man to Calvin, he sometimes takes part in Calvin's mischief.
  • Not-So-Imaginary Friend: Or is he? Word of God is that his true nature is left intentionally ambiguous.
  • No Sympathy:
    • Quite often to Calvin. In his defense, he's more aware than anyone that Calvin causes a lot of his own problems and will advise him against doing things that will obviously blow up in his face. When he's inevitably ignored, Hobbes will switch toward instigating things and making Calvin suffer, though he does offer affection when Calvin's clearly upset (and again, if it's not something that's his own fault).
    • Played Straight in the story arc where Calvin woke up sick in the middle of the night. Not only does he rudely demand Calvin sleep facing the other direction but when the latter fears that he might eventually die from his illness, he merely responds he's hopeful to have Calvin's bed entirely to himself. Especially jarring since Calvin didn't do anything wrong to warrant his reaction that time nor does Hobbes ever take pity on his friend's condition.
  • The Obi-Wannabe: While he gives good advice most of the time, some of it doesn't take into account the fact that Calvin is not a tiger.
  • Obsessed with Food: He's always thinking about tuna and salmon. One time, some of the monsters under the bed tried to bribe him with salmon to feed Calvin to them, and he asked, "Is it fresh salmon?"
  • Older Sidekick: Some comics hint that he was around before Calvin was born. He remembers what Calvin was like as a baby, and at one point reminisces on advice that his dad gave him on how to avoid being chased by a rhinoceros. There's also this exchange:
    Calvin: No fair. Mom always takes your side!
    Hobbes: That's because she wanted another tiger, not you!
  • One-Track-Minded Artist: The only things he wants to draw are tigers. (He can also draw leopards, pumas, and ocelots.)
  • Only Friend: He's the only real friend Calvin has (though the "real" part is up for interpretation). Calvin isn't close to anyone at school, and while he regularly interacts with Susie they tend to have a pretty antagonistic relationship.
  • Only Sane Man: When you deal with Calvin as often as Hobbes does, you inevitably fall into this role.
  • Panthera Awesome: As a tiger, he's the epitome of grace, power, and beauty—according to himself, at least.
  • Proud Warrior Race Guy: Well, replace "Warrior Race" with "Tiger." He's very proud of being a tiger, and Calvin pokes fun at him when he displays qualities more commonly associated with housecats such as lounging in the sun or being lazy.
  • Straight Man: He usually displays more common sense than Calvin, lampshades some of the sillier points of Calvin's schemes, and notes the obvious solution only to be shot down by Calvin's ego.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Tuna fish. He switched to salmon in later strips, then went back to tuna.
  • Trickster Mentor: Sometimes he comes across as this, his pranks and snide remarks seeming intended to teach Calvin a lesson. Of course, it never works.
  • Vague Age: While Calvin is explicitly 6 years old, Hobbes is very, very difficult to pin down into any specific age range, complicated all the more by his status as a feline and a stuffed animal. His character has aspects that make him seem full-grown, but he's also not much more mature or intelligent than Calvin.
  • Victory Is Boring: "The thrill of the chase is so diminished when one's prey has little legs." (Calvin: "OH, I'M REAL SORRY!")
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Calvin, meaning that despite fighting over the silliest of reasons they are the best of friends.
  • The Watson: Although not from ignorance, but out of curiosity. He's usually the one to ask questions getting Calvin to explain his strange actions or weird statements.
  • Would Hurt a Child: He has no compunctions whatsoever about roughing up or generally antagonizing Calvin.

Secondary Characters

    Susie Derkins 
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I'd ask you to play House, but you'd be a weird example for our kids.

The neighbor girl and one of the few people Calvin actually interacts with his age. She's a constant target of Calvin's pranks but seems to handle her own quite well.


  • Badass Adorable: She can be a badass if Calvin gets her angry enough.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: Seemingly with Calvin, though it's a very love-hate relationship. Calvin has a mild crush on her, but his weird behavior puts off Susie, which just encourages Calvin to be even weirder.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: She has a sweet demeanor overall, but she can be ruthless if you get on her bad side — which Calvin tends to do more often than not.
  • Berserk Button: Do not, do not, do not call her "fat." Ever.
  • Big, Stupid Doodoo-Head: Being six years old, her retaliatory insults toward Calvin are usually things like "poop head" and "baloney brain".
  • Boyish Short Hair: She sports a neat bob cut and can easily match Calvin in a fight blow for blow.
  • Brainy Brunette: She's not as verbose as Calvin, but she actually focuses on her schoolwork, being on top of most assignments Calvin fails or forgets unless she has the bad luck to be partnered with him. She also outwits Calvin several times when he tries to prank her.
  • Butt-Monkey: A frequent target of Calvin's pranks and insults, though she gives as good as she receives. She does have a limit, though. Calvin once called her a "booger-brain", which sent her home crying, and made Calvin feel bad. He actually has to chase her down to apologize.
  • Catchphrase: Whenever Calvin grosses her out with disgusting descriptions of his lunch, her reaction is always to shoot her hand up in the air and yell, "MISS WORMWOOD!!!"
  • Characterization Marches On:
    • One early strip had Susie attempting to cheat off Calvin, with predictably disastrous results. Later on, he would be the one continually hitting her up for test answers, only be rebuffed on the grounds that cheating is wrong.
    • When Susie was first introduced, she often tried to socialize with Calvin (usually by inviting him to tea parties, playing house with him and such) only to be repelled by his antics in some way such that an early arc had Susie tearfully hurt by his insults (for which he later managed to apologize out of guilt), not to mention that in many of the earlier instances in which she was antagonized, she would immediately cry out to an adult for help and rat him out. As time went by, she developed a shorter temper as well as a tendency to snark and would opt to instead beat Calvin to a pulp when hit with water balloons/snowballs and generally harbour disdain towards him for his oddball behaviour.
  • Child Prodigy: While not shown as often as Calvin's, her vocabulary is well above that of a real-life first grader. Example: "stupidity produces antibodies."
  • Crazy-Prepared: In one strip, she puts on a raincoat and takes out an umbrella before going outside, seemingly for no reason...until the last panel shows Calvin standing behind a tree with a stockpile of water balloons, shouting, "You think you're so darn smart!"
  • Cute Bruiser: Most prominent during the wintertime. Whenever Calvin hits her with a snowball, she basically goes "all-out" on him. Calvin is often seen all beaten afterwards.
  • Deadpan Snarker: She always has a zinger ready when dealing with Calvin's latest antics.
    Susie: (watching Calvin and Hobbes fighting) I don't know what's weirder—that you're fighting a stuffed animal, or that you seem to be losing.
  • Fille Fatale: A G-rated example. She repeatedly "charms" Hobbes into helping her or at least not harming her, despite all of Calvin's urgings.
  • Genius Bruiser: She's a good student, but she isn't afraid to get her hands dirty when Calvin deserves it.
  • Girls Love Stuffed Animals: She's occasionally seen with a stuffed rabbit named Mr. Bun, and fawns over Hobbes on more than one occasion.
    Susie: Look at your stuffed tiger! He's wearing a tie! That's so cute!
  • Go-Getter Girl: Susie exemplifies this, making her the perfect foil for Brilliant, but Lazy Calvin.
  • Hero Antagonist: Especially if you look at things from Calvin's perspective.
  • Hypocrite: It's okay if she throws snowballs at Calvin. When he does it her, she goes ballistic.
  • Hypocrite Has a Point: She has little patience for Calvin's antics and acknowledges them as wrongdoings but is not at all above knocking him into next week if Calvin even so much as throws a snowball at her and misses. Then again, she's six years old so it's a logical reaction and Calvin (for all the times it fails to sink in) isn't really inclined to listen to reason otherwise.
  • Housewife: Occasionally what she likes to act as when playing house with Calvin when she isn't "the high-powered executive wife."
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: Despite everything Calvin puts her through, she still makes an effort to be friends with him. It's implied that being an overachiever means she has trouble relating to other kids.
  • Little Miss Badass: She can put up a fight pretty good for somebody who's only Calvin's age.
  • Little Miss Snarker: She often gives as good as she gets when she and Calvin meet. After Calvin smugly notes how boys are superior to girls, and asks what would make it worth living as one, Susie says they'll be begging her for dates to the prom when they're 17.
  • Lost My Appetite: Her usual reaction to Calvin's disgusting descriptions of his lunch.
    Susie: And Mom wonders why I'm so hungry after school.
    Calvin: (happily) Yep. We'd probably be dead now if it weren't for Twinkies.
  • More Deadly Than the Male: Proves again and again to be stronger and more devious than Calvin every time he targets her. With every snowball, water balloon, or other dirty prank Calvin pulls on her, Susie returns the sentiment tenfold (and Calvin never ever learns his lesson).
  • Nice Girl: As opposed to Calvin. Whereas Calvin's grades are terrible and he's the Class Clown, Susie's grades are excellent and she tries to be polite to her teachers.
  • Not So Above It All: Susie was genuinely impressed with Calvin's idea to style his hair with Crisco for School Picture Day, even admitting out loud that she wished she had some Crisco. And even though she is shown to be a much more diligent study than Calvin, she is occasionally shown asking him for answers to test questions.
  • Odd Name Out: The only character in the series with a full name (as opposed to being having just one name or no name at all).
  • Pintsized Powerhouse: Calvin fails to learn that no matter how big a water balloon, pine cone, or snowball he ambushes Susie with, it won't stop her from immediately popping up and kicking the stuffing out of him.
  • Silk Hiding Steel: Quite capable of being as diabolical as Calvin. Led to more than one Hoist by His Own Petard moment.
  • Similar Squad: Herself and Mr. Bun. However, Hobbes comments that Mr. Bun appears "comatose." Whether this is due to Susie not having as vivid an imagination as Calvin, or because Mr. Bun is a Not-So-Imaginary Friend, of course, depends on what Hobbes actually is.
  • Slapstick Knows No Gender: The most frequent victim of Calvin's pranks, including anything from being soaked by water balloons to getting an shovelful of snow dumped on her head. She gives as good as she gets, though.
  • Straw Feminist: A lot of her "house" fantasies involve her having all the power in the relationship while her "husband" (Calvin) serves the role of the menial house-husband, even when she's making believe she's the President. Calvin, being who he is, never puts up with it and often ruins her fantasies by insulting her.
  • Teacher's Pet: She's at least a much more committed student and more respectful to adults and teachers than Calvin is.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Her favorite lunch is a Swiss cheese and ketchup sandwich.
  • Tsundere: Word of God says she and Calvin sort of have a love/hate relationship.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: She and Calvin spend an awful lot of time together, even if they can't stand one another. It's also implied that she doesn't have many friends outside of Calvin.

    Calvin's Mom 
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I haven't seen Calvin for about 15 minutes now. That probably means he's getting in trouble.

Calvin's mom. She acts as the disciplinarian of her household.


  • A Day in the Limelight: A few strips feature her as the focus character with minimal or no involvement from Calvin, generally centering around her gripes with other people and/or her daily life; such as being held up at checkout by cashier talking on the phone.
  • Actually Pretty Funny: Although Mom usually doesn't appreciate Calvin's antics, they occasionally make her laugh. When Calvin put on his dad's glasses and did a mocking impersonation of him ("Calvin, go do something you hate! Being miserable builds character!"), Mom thought this was so funny that she fell out of her chair laughing.
  • Deadpan Snarker: She has her moments.
    Calvin: (pointing happily to three grotesque melted snowmen holding signs that read "Repent Sinners," "The End is Near," and "Spring is Coming") They're snowmen prophets of doom.
    Mom: You certainly take the pleasure out of waiting for daffodils.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: She once banned Calvin from watching afternoon movie... when Calvin spit water at her.
    • The point being that Calvin was imitating Godzilla which he had seen in an afternoon movie.
  • Former Teen Rebel: Along with her husband. Their yearbooks apparently show them going pretty wild, and Calvin's grandmother has remarked that she was a difficult kid.
  • Generation Xerox: According to what her mom (Calvin's maternal grandmother) has told Calvin, it seems that she was a lot like Calvin as a little kid.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Like her husband, she really tends to overreact to Calvin's shenanigans, and has even resorted to making threats whenever Calvin acts up.
  • Happily Married: Her relationship with her husband is healthy and loving. Even when Calvin gets into trouble, the two of them have genuine conversations about how to move forward together.
  • Housewife: She stays home and takes care of things domestically while Calvin's dad works. Though Calvin doesn't make her job easy.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She can appear unsympathetic when she is stressed, but she clearly loves Calvin with all her heart. While her relationship with her husband can be somewhat strained when it comes to raising their son, they are Happily Married.
  • Lethal Chef: Calvin thinks she is, to the point where he imagines her putting weed killer, gasoline, Shrunken Heads, paint and a live octopus into one meal. This isn't really the case however, since Calvin tends to make up his mind he doesn't like a meal if it sounds bad (or if he doesn't know what it is) but whenever he's tricked into eating it he likes it just fine. Similarly, he acted as though her hamburger casserole was disgusting until she actually told him what it was.
  • Mama Bear: When his father's teasing about a Christmas without presents or a tree goes too far and genuinely upsets Calvin, she makes it clear to him that he'll be paying dearly for it.
  • No Name Given: Since her purpose in the story is just to be Calvin's Mom, Watterson made a point of never naming her.
  • "Not So Different" Remark:
    • One strip implies that she was as bad as Calvin when she was a child.
    Mom: (after a disastrous doctor appointment) Someday I hope you have a kid that puts you what I've gone through.
    Calvin: Yeah, Grandma says that's what she used to tell you.
    • Mom once got rather upset at the fact that the little raccoon was clearly not long for the world when Calvin found it. So she turned to Hobbes for comfort, even lampshading it.
      Mom: (to Hobbes) Oh, I don't think this little [sick raccoon] is gonna make it, Hobbes. Oh I hate it when this happens... You can tell I'm upset when I start talking to you.
    • After Calvin abandons Hobbes in the woods and quits the Yukon expedition due to the tiger's rudeness, Mom and Dad go out at night to try and find Hobbes. Mom calls out for Hobbes, forgetting that he's a stuffed tiger who can't respond. (We think.)
      Mom: H-O-O-B-B-E-S-S-!...Oops, heheh.
      Dad: I may be crazy, but I'm not as crazy as you.
  • Pet the Dog: Many moments. She constantly has to put up with Calvin but ultimately cares for his well being, showing genuine concern for him at times and sometimes just acting nice to him.
    Calvin: Mom is awesome.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Although she's the disciplinarian of the family more often than not.
  • Textile Work Is Feminine: She's often seen stitching up Hobbes when he gets damaged or ripped after fighting with Calvin, and once made an onion costume for Calvin to wear in his School Play.
  • Tsundere: Calvin's mom shows a surprising amount of softness and patience given her family situation, but if someone pushes her too hard, she will get stern.
  • Tough Love: Calvin once asked his mom if he could smoke cigarettes. She gave him some his grandfather left over, surprisingly enough. He threw a huge whooping cough, causing his mom to walk over and say: "I guess we learned a little lesson here."
  • Unnamed Parent: She is known only as "Mom".
  • Women Are Wiser: Inverted on a few occasions when dealing with Hobbes. She once confessed some of her fears to him when Calvin wasn't around, and on another occasion she called out for him when she and Dad were in the woods looking for him at night.

    Calvin's Dad 
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It's going to be a grim day when the world is run by a generation that doesn't know anything but what it's seen on TV.

Calvin's dad. A patent attorney with a dim view of the modern world and a focus on building character through miserable experiences.


  • Actually Pretty Funny: Despite himself, Dad will occasionally enjoy Calvin's antics. He admitted that Calvin doing a mocking impression of him was a little funny (though Mom fell out of her chair, she was laughing so hard).
  • A Day in the Limelight: His cycling strips usually don't feature Calvin or Hobbes, focusing just on Dad and his annoyance with several aspects of the modern world.
  • Angrish: When he stubbed his toe while putting out Christmas presents one year, Dad said "Slippin-rippin-dang-fang-rotten-zarg-barg-a-ding-dong!"
  • Author Avatar: Played with. He's actually based on Watterson's own father, right down to the profession of patent attorney, but Watterson relates more to him than he does to Calvin. He also resembles Bill Watterson without a mustache. Dad also shares a lot of Watterson's annoyances and criticisms of the modern world, especially about what's on TV and how people seem to disregard simple manners.
  • Author Filibuster: Many of the comics centred around him involve him ranting about the evils of new media, consumerism, and modern technology, and how it was better back in the old days, views shared by Watterson himself (although exaggerated to a more comical degree).
  • Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Despite often clashing over their different ideals, Calvin and his dad do have a few bonding moments. Case in point, Dad taking a break from his work to go out and build a snowman with Calvin after initially saying he was too busy. In another strip, Dad is debating taking a day off, listing spending the day with Calvin as one of the possible options.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Don't break his stuff. This is one of the few ways to get him genuinely angry to the point that Dad will end up screaming at Calvin.
    • He hates new technology and conveniences. Dad once got kicked out of a grocery store for ranting at the fact that the store had too many different options for peanut butter, which set him off about how things were no longer "simple".
    • Traffic in general seems to annoy Dad, but this annoyance turns pretty intense when he's riding his bike.
      Calvin: Hey Dad, I'm doing a traffic safety poster. Do you have any ideas for a slogan?
      Dad: Sure! "Cyclists have a right to the road too, you noisy, polluting, inconsiderate maniacs! I hope gas goes up to 8 bucks a gallon!"
  • Born in the Wrong Century: He dislikes modern technology and other recent developments, like what he perceives as the gradual decline of people's manners.
  • Bourgeois Bohemian: Dad eventually became a walking Author Tract, making speeches about commercialism and materialism and the horror of our age, along with praising the fulfillment that comes only with being miserable in the great outdoors. For all that, though, he still enjoys Boomer pop culture - much to Calvin's chagrin.
  • Character Filibuster: Whole strips are given over to his rants against consumerism and modern technology. These most often come up when Dad is riding his bike in traffic.
  • Composite Character: Calvin's Dad combines traits of both Bill Watterson's father, and Watterson himself.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Obvious where Calvin got this from. Though Dad complains about having "one sarcastic kid", Dad's constant jokes about Calvin don't do him any favors.
  • Death Glare: In one strip, when Calvin tries to go outside without doing his homework, his dad gives him "the evil eye" - which from Calvin's perspective, involved him transforming into a giant glaring eyeball.
  • Everyone Has Standards: As much as he tries to see vacations as "building character", even he gets fed up and ends a camping trip early when they're struck with a constant rainstorm. And then the storm just up and goes away in the middle of packing.
  • Former Teen Rebel: While he seems borderline reactionary in the strip's present, he apparently partied quite a bit in his youth, and proves himself to be quite knowledgeable regarding '60s hippie slang in one strip.
    Calvin: (while looking through an old yearbook) Is this you with the keg and the "Party Naked" t-shirt?
    Dad: (snatching the yearbook) Give me that!
  • The Gadfly: Not generally, but something about Calvin's earnest questions sets off this side of his dad's nature.
    Calvin: Dad, what causes the wind?
    Dad: Trees sneezing.
  • Happily Married: He does love his wife, and they go out for evenings alone often.
  • Henpecked Husband: Zigzagged. He's sometimes presented with way, with Mom yelling at Dad after some of Calvin's antics get too far out of hand. Just as often, Mom is made miserable by his camping trips.
  • Incredibly Lame Fun: A perfect morning for him is a long hike in the falling snow, followed by a big bowl of oatmeal. And Dad doesn't understand why the rest of his family doesn't share his enthusiasm for Horrible Camping Trips. May cross over to Macho Masochism.
  • I Resemble That Remark!: During the "Mom gets sick" arc, Dad does the cooking and Calvin comments that Mom said he ate canned soup and frozen waffles three meals a day before they were married. Dad (who, if you look closely, is pouring something out of a can) says, "Your mom wasn't there, so she wouldn't know. Get the syrup out, would you?"
  • Irony: Firmly believes Capitalism Is Bad, yet makes a living as a patent attorney.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He can be rather unsympathetic to Calvin at times, stating that Misery Builds Character. However, there is no doubt he is a normal, caring father who loves his wife and son deeply. He just gets irritated by Calvin's trouble-making antics. He is the more down-to-earth member of the family who just tries to keep them in tact.
  • Kick the Dog: Played for laughs when he locks Calvin out of the house in the middle of winter for complaining about the low thermostat.
    Dad: In a few minutes, you can come in, and then the house will seem nice and warm.
    Calvin: (standing on the doorstep) I'm telling the newspapers about you, Dad!
  • Know-Nothing Know-It-All: He doesn't know nearly as much as he wants Calvin to think he does. He gave up trying to explain how things work to Calvin, instead coming up with lies. In at least one early strip, however, he gave Calvin the right answer, only to be rebuffed. Perhaps that explains it.
  • Lies to Children: Constantly. When Calvin asked about some force of nature (such as the wind), Dad will make up something entirely ridiculous as a response (for instance, wind is caused by sneezing trees). In commentary on one such strip, Watterson simply observed, "I suspect it must be a great temptation to abuse one's parental authority for private jokes."
  • Ludd Was Right: Many strips show that Dad looks down on modern technology. He views most television as "preachy" and encouraging consumerism, and when Calvin asked him why they don't have an Internet connection, he replied "Because it's bad enough that we have a telephone." In one strip, Dad got in trouble when he started complaining loudly about the wide variety of peanut butter at a grocery store, and it's hinted that this has happened before. There's also Dad's yearly camping trips, which imply that he believes "building character" during a vacation is more important than actually enjoying it.
  • Macho Masochism: Downplayed. Dad draws the line at actual pain, but he clearly enjoys putting himself in situations that other people (especially his own family) would find annoying or uncomfortable. Some of his favorite hobbies include bike-riding and camping, insisting that such things build character and allow a person to truly be free of the worst parts of the modern world. His wife and son clearly do not share these sentiments.
  • Mad Libs Catch Phrase: "(Doing unpleasant activity X) builds character."
  • Misery Builds Character: Trope Namer. He'll often give Calvin some menial task to do (such as shoveling snow off the driveway), or force Calvin to go on a camping trip he vocally does not want to go on. Every time, Dad rebuffs Calvin's objections by saying that the activity will "build character." Not helped by the fact that Dad's hobbies — jogging, biking and camping — are miserable for Mom and Calvin. However, Dad doesn't appreciate it when it's turned back around on him or when Calvin mocks him.
  • Never My Fault: Since normally his reactions don't get a laugh out of Calvin or his wife, especially around Christmas, he'll normally grouse that nobody has a sense of humor anymore.
  • No Name Given: His real name is never stated, since his in-story purpose is just to be Calvin's Dad.
  • One-Note Cook: If you could even call him that. Prior to marrying Calvin's Mom, Dad lived on his own for two years, where according to Mom, he ate nothing but canned soup and frozen waffles three meals a day.
  • Pet the Dog:
    • Stopped working to play with Calvin until his bedtime, causing Calvin to actually give him a kiss. Then he had to work into the night.
    • He also takes the time to read Calvin a bedtime story every night. Even if it's Hamster Huey and the Gooey Kablooie, which he hates. Or at least hates as the same one every single night.
  • The Scrooge: Not directly, but teases Calvin by pretending to be this. Notably by suggesting getting a Christmas Tree sometime after New Year's, so they can just grab a tree off the street, possibly with tinsel still on it, to save time and money. If Mom's reaction is anything to go by, he may be paying for it dearly.
  • Standard '50s Father: Well, he tries to fit the archetype, but Calvin, being anything but a sitcom kid, makes it difficult. He's also not afraid to show a mischievous side, and it's implied he wasn't always so straight and narrow. Of course, unlike the original version of this trope, Dad was actually a Boomer, and thus had a somewhat different experience growing up.
  • Unnamed Parent: He is known only as "Dad" to Calvin.
  • Volumetric Mouth: Occasionally in older strips while yelling at Calvin.
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    Miss Wormwood 
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It's not enough that we have to be disciplinarians. Now we need to be psychologists.

Calvin's first-grade teacher. Miss Wormwood struggles mightily to be patient with Calvin and yearns for retirement. Watterson named her, somewhat obscurely, after the low-ranking demon The Screwtape Letters are being sent to.


  • Designated Villain: In-universe, from Calvin's point of view. Calvin hates homework, especially math, so Miss Wormwood being the one to assign it makes her a villain in Calvin's mind.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: Non-alcoholic example. If Calvin says something really inane, she'll drink Maalox (a liquid stomach medicine) straight from the bottle, or at least Calvin says.
  • Must Have Nicotine: In one strip, Calvin notes that she smokes heavily to cope with the stress of teaching him.
    Calvin: Rumor has it she's up to two packs a day, unfiltered.
  • Never Mess with Granny: Calvin doesn't consider her one of his sworn archenemies for nothing.
  • Out-of-Character Moment: In the arc where Calvin hastily tries to enlist Susie's aid to put together an insect collection, she punishes Susie for trying to shush him and writing a hateful note back to him without so much as asking for an explanation (in fact, she doesn't seem to know Calvin was actually behind it until after Mr. Spittle heard the whole story). This is very odd, considering she almost always comes to Susie's defense during Calvin's bouts of disruptive antics which she also has to deal with regularly.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure; She acted like this when Calvin suffered a Freak Out about being trapped inside on a beautiful day, as opposed to simply misbehaving:
    Miss Wormwood: Next time, take a drink of water and a few deep breaths.
  • Sadist Teacher: Again, Calvin views her as this. In truth, she isn't one, she's just very boring, which makes her classes hard for Calvin to sit through.
  • Stern Teacher: In reality.
    • Then again, she seems to give much harder questions than a first grader is expected to know. An especially egregious example (besides the insect collection) involves a word problem that requires knowledge of multiplication and algebra!
      • Not to mention, the class projects she gives include having to collect FIFTY different leaves/insects and labeling them with their scientific Latin names over the course of two weeks. No wonder Calvin views school as comparable to forced labor.
      • She even has her students read about the Byzantine Empire, which is a subject most kids won't be taught about until high school, if even then!
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: Until he learned otherwise, Calvin 'sort of assumed' that his teacher slept in a coffin all summer.
  • Shout-Out: Watterson has confirmed that her name is a reference to the apprentice demon in The Screwtape Letters.
  • So Proud of You: Downplayed, but in one Sunday strip, she seems genuinely impressed for a moment when Calvin gets an A.
  • Survival Mantra: "Five years until retirement, five years until retirement, five years until retirement..."
  • Touché: When she interrupts Calvin's daydreaming during a geography lesson, she asks him what state he's in, to which he responds "denial". She acknowledges she can't argue with that.
  • Would Hurt a Child: She has no problem scraping and dragging Calvin after he comes in the classroom as Stupendous Man.

    Moe 
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Hey Twinky, want to see if there's an afterlife?

The class bully who got held back in school multiple times and often takes Calvin's money. He's the only kid Calvin knows that shaves.


  • Barbaric Bully: 100% explosive, 0% fuse.
  • Blinding Bangs: His hairdo grows right over his eyes.
  • The Brute: Big, mean, strong, and stupid. Any time he shows up in the comic, he either doles out violence on Calvin or threatens to do so. Also, Moe's text is written in a grimy style compared to everyone else's.
  • The Ditz: Gets quite a few moments of this, especially when Calvin says things that go over his head.
  • Dumb Muscle: Big and brawny as a six-year-old can be, but he has serious trouble understanding words with more than two or three syllables.
  • Dumbass Has a Point:
    • Says he doesn't pick on people his own size because they hit back.
      Calvin: I guess that has a certain unethical logic to it...
    • Calvin tells Moe to get his kicks in while he can, because when he's an adult, he can't go beating people up for no reason. Moe agrees, and decides to beat up Calvin more.
  • Fat Bastard: Described as such by Hobbes, and he is noticeably heftier than the other six-year-olds.
  • Flat Character: Unlike most other characters in the series, who have sympathetic sides and are open to various interpretations, Moe solely exists just to be a jerk to Calvin. He never got any characterization beyond The Brute for the entire run of the strip.
  • Hate Sink: Moe's only characterization is to be as unpleasant as humanly possible. He's nothing but an immature, ignorant bully, and is presented as nothing but that throughout the entire strip, getting no redeeming qualities at all.
  • Insufferable Imbecile: He's a dimwitted bully who antagonizes Calvin for no apparent reason. But Calvin can routinely get away with insulting him straight to his face, and using big words that Moe doesn't understand.
  • It Amused Me: When Calvin calls him out on what he could possibly gain from pounding on someone who is completely defenseless, he just replies, "it's fun".
  • Jerkass: No denying it. He's nothing more than a complete and total hoodlum who acts mean to everyone on the playground because he can.
  • Jerk Jock: The thug never ceases to intimidate Calvin when it comes to sports in gym class.
  • Karma Houdini: Torments and beats up Calvin without provocation, and never really receives any punishment or payback. Though Calvin did appear to get the better of him when he introduced him to Hobbes, an act that confused Moe so much that he practically begged that Calvin leave him alone. (Calvin assumed he was scared of Hobbes, but Moe saw only a stuffed toy and assumed Calvin was trying to frame him by inviting him to play with the "teddy" and then claiming he stole it.) A storyline from the early days of the strip has him rob Calvin of his lunch money, Calvin's mother finding out and calling the school, which forces Moe to pay him back. Other than these examples, he never gets punished in the entire 10 year run of the strip.
  • The Nicknamer: He calls Calvin "Twinky".
  • Painting the Medium: He is the only character who speaks in mixed caps instead of all caps, and his speech appears to have been written with a pencil.
  • Satellite Character: He exists solely to be Calvin's bully and is only seen interacting with another character once (a nameless background character at that).
  • Super Strength: Thanks to Toon Physics, he's able to throw dodge-balls hard enough to put craters in the wall, and plows Calvin's head into a metal locker.
  • Vocal Dissonance: From how his dialogue is done via grade-school-style handwriting instead of the neat letters of everyone else. presumably he sounds like a big, mean bully in Bill Watterson's imagination. note 
  • Younger Than They Look: How Calvin saw him in the first strip that features him. It's more likely that he is much older than Calvin and got held back multiple times.
    Calvin: Never argue with a six-year-old who shaves.

    Rosalyn 

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For eight bucks a night, I don't put up with much.

Calvin's babysitter. She's often the only one in the neighborhood willing to babysit Calvin for his parents, provided she gets paid extra of course.


  • Archenemy: Word of God says that she's the only person Calvin truly fears.
  • Ascended Extra: Watterson created her for just one story arc, but quickly realized having a character Calvin was actually intimidated by could provide a lot of material, so she appeared several more times.
  • Babysitter from Hell: Subverted. She starts out at this by locking him in the garage but has since resorted to simply sending him to bed. While Calvin certainly views her as such, he is clearly the bad guy in every one of their encounters. The last of their encounters actually goes relatively well, once Rosalyn agrees to play Calvinball.
  • Badly Battered Babysitter: Usually is on the receiving end of Calvin's mischief. Some of the time, she brings it on herself. Sometimes not.
  • Batman Gambit: In her final appearance in the strip, Rosalyn uses this to get Calvin to behave. She makes him want to do his homework and clean his room by offering to play Calvinball with him, and then actually has fun with the game and wins when they play it, having learned about the lack of rules in the course of it and turning it to her advantage with the "babysitter flag".
  • Beat Them at Their Own Game: She's able to beat Calvin at Calvinball after figuring out that you make up the rules as you go, and uses this to essentially declare herself the winner and force him to bed. Calvin isn't even mad, since she played by the "rules" and he lost fair and square.
  • "Blackmail" Is Such an Ugly Word: As the only babysitter in town who will agree to babysit Calvin, she's in a primo bargaining position. College tuition, y'know.
  • Child Hater: From Calvin's point of view.
    Calvin: She'll probably stick my head on a stake as a warning to other kids she babysits!!
  • Crazy-Prepared: One one occasion Calvin tried to sneak out of the house again. As he's sprinting across the backyard, she jumps out the window behind him, and, well...
    Calvin: Oh geez, RUN!! She's wearing CLEATS!
    Hobbes: Outta my WAY! Outta my WAY!
  • Designated Villain: In-universe; from Calvin's perspective. It's clear every single time Calvin is the one who is the aggressor.
    • Although in her final appearance towards the end of the strip she finally figures out how to deal with Calvin in a way no one else does and the two of them reach an understanding.
    • Rosalyn's first night with Calvin goes relatively smoothly since she locks him in the garage for several hours. It's only after Calvin chafes at the enforced bedtimes and her continued presence that he starts causing trouble.
  • The Dreaded: Not a lot of people can strike fear into Calvin's heart quite like Rosalyn. Even Hobbes is terrified of her.
  • Guile Hero:
    • In her final story arc, Rosalyn figures out how to deal with Calvin. By playing Calvinball with him, she engages with Calvin on his own terms. Not only does she get Calvin to behave, she gets him to do his homework.
      Mom: We're home! Is everything OK?
      Rosalyn: Fine. Calvin did his homework, then we played a game, and Calvin went to bed.
      Dad: It's awfully late for jokes, Rosalyn.
    • She's also able to exploit her position to get copious advances from Calvin's parents. Since she's the only person Calvin fears (and the only one willing to babysit him at all) and they just want some peace and quiet for the night, they usually just grit their teeth and pay.
      Dad: She's got a real racket going, doesn't she?
      Mom: What do you want to do, stay home every night until Calvin's eighteen?
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: It doesn't take much for Calvin to annoy her. Once she sent him to bed early because he shot two Nerf darts at her.
  • Hero Antagonist: Portrayed as a hero in actuality, but she does occasionally resort to violence to deal with Calvin.
  • Hey, You!: When talking to Calvin, she will sometimes derisively refer to him as something along the lines of "you little creep", or simply "you."
  • Out of Focus: Disappeared for the second half of the strip, but she came back for one final story arc in September 1995.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: In the beginning, Rosalyn's answer for Calvin misbehaving was to lock him up in the garage for whatever he did; though she gets better about trying to talk to him, Calvin never trusts her. She's usually pretty fair until Calvin antagonizes her in later appearances, and by her final appearance, Rosalyn gets Calvin to behave by offering him the chance to stay up half an hour past his usual bedtime.
  • Serial Escalation: Watterson commented that every Rosalyn arc had to be more extreme than the last one, at one point causing him to resort to involving Stupendous Man.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: To Calvin. She's described as the only person in the entire world that Calvin is truly afraid of, and the two of them butt heads every time she shows up.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: In her final appearance, she actually has a relatively peaceful time with Calvin for once, where they play a game of Calvinball and she gets Calvin to behave willingly (including doing all his homework) by using the made-up rules of the game to her advantage.
  • Teens Are Monsters: Downplayed. Calvin thinks Rosalyn is a bad babysitter, and he's not entirely wrong — Rosalyn would rather be talking on the phone with her boyfriend Charlie all day than actually pay attention to Calvin, and seems to milk Calvin's parents for more and more money. Still, Rosalyn is perfectly capable of being a decent sitter once she pays attention to Calvin.
  • Ultimate Job Security: No matter what goes down during her babysitting sessions with Calvin (including one time locking Calvin in the garage, another time getting locked out of the house by Calvin), she'll always return for the next one, often asking for even more money. The implication is that there's literally not a single babysitter in town besides her who'll put up with Calvin, so it doesn't matter if she actually does a good job.
  • Vetinari Job Security: She apparently costs Calvin's parents quite a bit of cash, but it's implied that Rosalyn is their only option since no one else will babysit Calvin. This allows Rosalyn to basically charge Calvin's parents whatever she wants.

    Monsters Under the Bed 
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The various monsters that live under Calvin's bed.


  • Bad Liar: In one strip, Calvin asks if there are any monsters under his bed. They deny it, and Calvin asks, "Then who am I talking to?" The monsters say, "Uh...we're dust balls! Little dust balls!"
  • Big Bad: Probably the closest the comic has to one.
  • Bigger on the Inside: Although we never see any of them clearly, they're implied to be very large and numerous, but apparently manage to all fit in the small gap underneath Calvin's bed without being seen.
  • Catchphrase: "Psst! Hey, kid!"
  • Early Installment Weirdness: In some early strips, they have normal speech bubbles instead of dripping ones (see Painting the Medium below).
  • Evil Has a Bad Sense of Humor: They find stories of a kid being mauled and eaten alive to be hilarious.
  • Failure Is the Only Option: They always try to eat Calvin, but never succeed.
  • He Who Must Not Be Seen: We have no idea what they actually look like (aside from some glimpses of tentacles and eyes), and only know they exist because they occasionally talk to Calvin in the middle of the night.
  • Laughably Evil: They're very goofy and bumbling for a bunch of child-eating horrors.
  • Miles Gloriosus: The A Nauseous Nocturne story features a particularly disturbing monster stalking Calvin, which is then scared off by Hobbes yawning his fang-filled mouth.
  • Painting the Medium: Their speech bubbles always have a "dripping slime" visual effect.
  • Potty Emergency: In one Sunday strip, they make "splish sploosh splish sploosh" noises to make Calvin have to go to the bathroom, so they can eat him when he gets out of bed. He comes up with a different solution...cut to his parents looking at the plants under his bedroom window and saying, "The plants on this side of the house don't do very well."
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: The monster on the cover of the anthology book Something Under the Bed is Drooling has menacing red eyes.
  • Tentacled Terror: One of the few things we see of a few of them are their slimy tentacles.
  • Things That Go "Bump" in the Night: They are children-eating bogeymen that hide under Calvin's bed (and a few in the closet too apparently).
  • Tom the Dark Lord: Apparently, two of them are named Maurice and Winslow.
  • Weakened by the Light: In one Sunday strip, they scream in pain when Calvin turns on the lights in his bedroom.
  • Your Mind Makes It Real: They get scarier the more Calvin thinks about them.
    Calvin: Attention, all monsters! I am now going to stop thinking about you!
    (Calvin closes his eyes, then opens them to see that a giant monster with huge claws is right next to him)
    Calvin: (turns on the light) MOMMMMMMMM!
    Monster under the bed: Admit it, you lied to us!

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Minor Characters

    Principal Spittle 
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The principal of Calvin's school. Calvin is a frequent guest in his office.
  • Dean Bitterman: Downplayed. He's fair with his students, but he's shown to think, at least on one occasion, that he hates his job, and he almost always looks beaten down and annoyed.
  • Putting the "Pal" in Principal: After Suzie gets in trouble for something which was mostly Calvin's fault, Spittle hears her out and calms her down.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: He's (understandably) stern with Calvin, but never seems too harsh, and he hears students out and is calm with them when they're sent to his office.
  • Unfortunate Names: "Spittle". Really.

    The Duplicates 
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Several clones Calvin made of himself with his new Duplicator invention.


  • Baleful Polymorph: Calvin gets rid of them by turning the Duplicator back into a Transmogrifier and changing them into earthworms and releases them outside. They're perfectly fine with this.
  • Clone Army: Calvin speculates about making them into this... or at least a baseball team.
  • Clones Are People, Too: They balk at being told that they have to obey Calvin just because he's the original, and they all go off to do their own thing. However, being clones of Calvin, they don't mind getting turned into worms.
  • Cloning Blues: Averted, they're all aware they're copies but don't really care.
  • Deadpan Snarker: They definitely inherited this trait from Calvin:
    Calvin's mom: (upon finding a duplicate watching TV after she thought she sent him outside) What are you doing in here?!?
    Duplicate: Why? Are you taking a survey?
  • Me's a Crowd: Calvin duplicates himself several times. They even provide the Trope Image.
  • Other Me Annoys Me: Calvin is appalled by the duplicates' behavior:
    Hobbes: He's a duplicate of you, all right.
    Calvin: What do you mean? This guy is a total jerk!
    • And later:
      Calvin: What a bunch of devious little stinkers! Where'd they learn to misbehave like that?
  • You Are Number 6: They call themselves by the order they were copied, i.e #2, #3, etc.
    Calvin's Good Side 
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Hobbes: The ethicator must've done some deep digging to unearth him!

A duplicate Calvin made of himself, who only has Calvin's good qualities and none of his bad ones.


  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Because he IS Calvin, he'll do something bad eventually.
  • Identical Twin ID Tag: He is visually distinguished from Calvin by his neatly combed hair.
  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness: To the point where he will spontaneously cease to exist the instant he gives in to corruption.
  • Never Heard That One Before: When he explains to Susie that he is a physical avatar of Calvin's good side, Susie responds that he would be a lot smaller if that were true. Calvin's Good Side observes that he's definitely heard that joke. See Phrase Catcher.
  • Nice Guy: It comes with being the entire personification of Calvin's kindness.
  • One-Shot Character: He only appeared for one story arc because he vanishes in a Puff of Logic at the end.
  • Other Me Annoys Me: Despite Good!Calvin being exactly as helpful and subservient as Calvin had hoped, the duplicate's saccharine and moralistic nature quickly gets on his nerves. And then Calvin finds out that the duplicate doesn't find girls gross AND he's got an eye for Susie...
  • Phrase Catcher: "If you're Calvin's good side, you should be a lot smaller."
  • Puff of Logic: He disappears after he thinks an evil thought.
  • Puppy Love: Like Calvin, he has a bit of a crush on Susie. Unlike Calvin, he acknowledges this and expresses it by trying to be nice to her rather than annoying.
  • The Reveal: Calvin's mother initially thinks Calvin has turned over a new leaf, but when he leaves for school, Calvin and Hobbes are seen hiding under the bed, commenting on their success.
  • Shadow Archetype: Contains many qualities Calvin would like to ignore, such as helpfulness, diligence, and a crush on Susie.
  • Turned Against Their Masters: It takes longer, but like the Duplicates, he turns against Calvin when he realizes he's a huge jerk.

    Uncle Max 
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Calvin's uncle on his father's side, who lives far enough away that he hardly ever sees Calvin and his family.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Essentially the reverse Rosalyn; he was intended to be a recurring character, but after the arc, Watterson realized he didn't have much personality, didn't bring out anything new in Calvin, and also required some awkward writing to avoid having him call his brother and sister-in-law by their names.
  • Cool Uncle: He's one of the very few adults in the strip whom Calvin consistently gets along with.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He has his moments, like when Calvin admits to going through his suitcase.
  • Friendless Background: He's of the opinion that all of his friends have been imaginary, and not in the Imaginary Friend way.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: He's heavily implied to be the foolish to Calvin's father's responsible. When Calvin asks if he hasn't visited before due to being in jail, his brother concedes that that's not a bad guess. This is presumably why Calvin takes something of a liking to him.
  • One-Shot Character: Appeared for a single arc, got Put on a Bus, and was never mentioned ever again.
  • Only Sane Man: He's the only adult who gets along with Calvin and wins him over by pretending Hobbes is real and scary. Max figures that, rather than scold Calvin, just try to talk on his wavelength and know when to say no. The end result is that Calvin wants to go with him.
  • Porn Stache: It was The '80s, after all. (He also wears a Miami Vice-style dress shirt, as if to date the strip even more.)
  • Put on a Bus: Or rather, a plane. After the story arc he debuted in ended, he flew back home, and hasn't come back since.
  • Totally Radical: He sometimes talks more like a teenager than like a man pushing 30.

    Snow Goons 
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A mob of living evil, mutant snowmen. Calvin creates one who, proceeds to attack him and make more like itself.
  • Gone Horribly Right: Calvin wished for a living snowman using "the power invested in me by the mighty and awful snow demons" and he got it. Should he really have been shocked that the snowman turned out to be hostile?
  • Fantastic Aesop: "Snow goons are bad news."
    Hobbes: That lesson certainly ought to be inapplicable elsewhere in life.
    Calvin: I like maxims that don't encourage behavior modification.
  • Kill It with Ice: Calvin finishes off all the Snow Goons by spraying them with a hose to freeze them where they stand.
  • Knights of Cerebus: While most of Calvin's enemies like the monsters under the bed and the killer bicycle are played for laughs, the Snow Goons are among the least humorous characters in the strip. The first Snow Goon tries to murder Calvin as soon as it comes to life, and then proceeds to create an army of demonic snowmen who are just as evil as he is. It's a sign of how dangerous they are that they are the only characters Watterson has ever created that have been outright killed by the titular protagonists.
  • Monster Progenitor: The first original Snow Goon quickly gets the idea to start building its own army, which in turn start making their own Snow Goons...
  • One-Shot Character: Only appeared for a single story-line, but they did lend their name to one of the comic collections (Attack of the Deranged Mutant Killer Monster Snow Goons).
  • Snowlem: Yep, they're living, evil snowmen.
  • Turned Against Their Masters: The moment the first Snow Goon comes to life, it immediately attacks its creator, Calvin.

    Galaxoid and Nebular 
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A couple of aliens who think they bought the world from Calvin.


  • Back for the Finale: They're set up as oneshot characters like Calvin's good side or the Snow Goons, but they reappear one more time pretty close to the end of the strip's run, in the last story arc.
  • Ditzy Genius: They are more intelligent than most humans, but think that Calvin is ruler of the Earth.
  • The Dividual: The only thing that physically distinguish them are the symbols on their clothes (a star for Galaxoid and a crescent moon for Nebular).
  • Genre Refugee: While Calvin often imagines himself fighting aliens as Spaceman Spiff, he rarely meets aliens that he treats as "real" (at least, as real as Hobbes is, since he reacts to them too.) Galaxoid and Nebular are the exception.
  • Last Episode, New Character: They were introduced near the very end of the comic strip's run (their first appearance was about two months before the last strip, and their second, and last, appearance was about one week before the end).
  • Painting the Medium: Similar to Moe, the font in their speech bubbles was unique. In this case, they had rectangular speech bubbles with blocky letters.
  • Those Two Guys: They are never seen apart.
  • Starfish Aliens: They can barely pass for humanoid squids.
  • You Get What You Pay For: They bought the Earth for 50 alien leaves, which were worthless to them. They got a planet that annually tilts away from the sun and gets cold during the winter. ("Let the buyer beware," Calvin snaps at them.)

    The Bicycle 
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Calvin's bicycle. Most attempts by him to ride it end up with it trying to kill him.
  • All Animals Are Dogs: It sometimes growls at Calvin before mauling him like a rabid dog.
  • Animate Inanimate Object: It's a seemingly-living bicycle.
  • Arch-Enemy: Calvin views it this way, and all signs indicate that the Bicycle feels the same way about him.
  • Attack of the Killer Whatever: It's a vicious bicycle that's out to get Calvin.
  • Ax-Crazy: The bicycle is utterly obsessed with trying to maim and kill Calvin, to the point that he calls it his "killer bicycle".
  • Characterization Marches On: Originally it was just an ordinary bicycle that Calvin had trouble riding. Later on, the implication was that it was deliberately sabotaging Calvin's efforts, and soon it was a savage monster that would chase him and try to kill him.
  • The Determinator: It will stop at nothing to get Calvin, even up to chasing him literally all over his house and lying in wait in his room.
  • Irrational Hatred: We never find out just why the bicycle wants to kill Calvin in the first place.
  • Jerkass to One: Unlike most of the other more ambiguously supernatural threats, the bicycle targeted Calvin alone and never went after Hobbes, even when both of them were present.
  • Offscreen Teleportation: In one strip, the bicycle somehow got into Calvin's bedroom closet and hid in there all day without Calvin noticing.
  • A Taste of Defeat: On one occasion, Calvin managed to wrangle it into submission and tie it to a tree. Another occasion, he managed to wrestle it into submission and let the air out of its tires (offscreen). The last panel show Calvin's Dad inflating the bicycle's tires and adding on training wheels.

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