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Stories focused on the family and the friendly relationships of the cast. Plot-focused stories or light day-in-the-life stories. Pretty much anything that isn't focused on romance.
Keep Moving By kattahj
  • Recommended by Bee 123
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: "It's in the nature of atoms to keep moving. Calvin draws some conclusions from this."
  • Characters: Calvin, Hobbes

The Social Contract (Boys and Tigers Remix) By Senri
  • Recommended by Bee 123
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: “Calvin, Hobbes, and various battles lost and won.“
  • Characters: Calvin, Hobbes

Who Is I Am By Nope
  • Recommended by Bee 123
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: If you're looking at it right, there is little difference between a cardboard box and the universe.
  • Characters: Calvin, Hobbes
  • Comments: Fantastical capturing of Calvins rapid fantasys and killer last sentences.

The Ramen Noodle Incident By Musyc
  • Recommended by Bee 123
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: “Never, ever ask about the cafeteria.Or the tuna.“ Calvin goes to college
  • Characters: Calvin, Susie Derkins

The Lengthy Dimly Lit Coffee Break of the Psyche By dotfic
  • Recommended by Bee 123
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: "Calvin looks for a job. Hobbes and Susie look after Calvin."
  • Characters: Calvin, Hobbes, Susie Derkins

Spaceman Spiff and The Redoubtable Scientist By redsnake05
  • Recommended by Bee 123
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: "Spaceman Spiff isn't the only person who has adventures. The Redoubtable Scientist is more subtle, but no less enthusiastic in her imaginings."
  • Characters: Calvin, Susie Derkins,

Spinning Through Space by The Big Cat
  • Recommended by Super Slayer 998, Captain Cold Cut Cliche
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Traveling through time and space in a cardboard box, with a boy and his tiger. "Well," mused Rose Tyler. "I doubt my life would be any more interesting at home, so... why not?" A crossover, of sorts.
  • Comments: Although it does say it's a slight crossover, it's more like a fully rewritten version of Season 1 of Doctor Who, with the Doctor being Calvin and Hobbes at once. It works. Really well. Also, Rose is more kick-ass in this version, so Rose fans will love it. It looks like the author is planning to write the whole of the new series, so this will go on for a while.

Reminiscence by Kenya Starflight
  • Recommended by Solandra
    • Seconded by eagle108
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Calvin may never age in the comics, but Reminiscence has him grow up and experience the joys and sorrows of life beyond childhood, moving away from its whimsy and magic.
  • Comments: Despite this Fan Fic being about Calvin moving away from the major charm of the comic, the story works. His life beyond childhood is portrayed as challenging and wonderful in its unique way, and the ending hints that the childhood magic will never really be dead for someone like Calvin.
    • Recommendation seconded by Vifetoile. This fic is very well-written. It hits all the right notes, and in just the right ways. The emotion is adeptly handled without descending into sentimentalism, and the end is... well, perfectly heartwarming.

Kill the Cliche by Miss Jak
  • Recommended by Assassin
  • Status: Dormant
  • Synopsis: Calvin is a psychology major at NYU. Despite his maturity, he still acts as he does during childhood, as evident in that Hobbes is living in his dorm. He notices his old nemesis, Susie Derkins, has transferred to the university, piquing an interest to catch up with an old friend. Susie herself ponders why she can sometimes see a live tiger in Calvin's room...
  • Comments: A lighthearted series that still retains the silliness of the old comics while putting our now mature, at least a little, protagonists in the college setting.
    • Last updated in November 2012

A Tiger, a Diary, and a Treehouse by Zamael
  • Recommended by Potman
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Set a couple of years after the comics, when Calvin and Susie are still mortal enemies. The story sees them visiting each other's rooms (at the same time,) and learning new things about the other one, all the while unleashing infernal plots against their respective mortal foes.
  • Comments: Well written, all characters almost perfectly in character, and reading it feels like reading the comic once more. Maybe those Xanatos Gambits they have going on are a tad complicated for a kid of that age, but then again, we know that both Calvin and Susie are very smart indeed.

The Sandwich Story by Obfuscate
  • Recommended by Rebecca Hb.
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Hobbes is changing.
  • Comments: A bittersweet story about Calvin growing up and how it affects Hobbes. A real tearjerker.

Life by Ryan Griffin
  • Recommended by The Otaku Ninja
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: What happened after the last strip? A different view on Calvin's future. Now added, Chapter 2 - Lost Souls. An unexpected sequel.
  • Comments: A sweet two-part fic (one focusing on Calvin and the other on Hobbes) about what (as the synopsis states) might have happened after the last strip. And the author adds in an OC of sorts, based off a childhood stuffed animal, giving a personal touch to it. And is leave us with the theory that Calvin is Bill Watterson, writing down his own childhood adventures.

Fall by Jhomeboy
  • Recommended by belarus14, darkwheel66
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Calvin reminisces on the day he lost Hobbes.
  • Comments: Short but sweet. It's a real tearjerker, not for the faint at heart!

Calvin & Hobbes and the Gargantuan Thingamabob by ME (that's the author's actual username; Theweirdwarrior had nothing to do with the creation of this fic.)
  • Recommended by Theweirdwarrior
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Calvin tries to commit fraud online by making a patenting firm think he's an ingenious inventor. However, what he doesn't know is that the aforementioned firm is the one his dad works at. Hilarity Ensues.
  • Comments: To date, I think this is the best Calvin and Hobbes fic ever written. The plot is hilarious, the cast is completely in-character, and it even has Calvin and his Dad really bond for once. If Calvin and Hobbes had lasted into the information age, I can picture Watterson writing something like this.

Whatever Happened to That Old Thing? by Wolf Child 13
  • Recommended by Azraelfinalstar
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: A depressing look at Calvin's teen years after Calvin has stopped believing in Hobbes. Speculates on what consequences Calvin's weird behavior might have on his relationships later in life.
  • Comments: This is a very depressing read, but it's pretty good.

Tiger Chronicles: Catch 22 Syndrome by Crazy Rob
  • Recommended by Mr. Edward Nigma, Captain Cold Cut Cliche
  • Complete
  • Synopsis: After narrowly avoiding summer school in a heavy-handed boot camp, Calvin begins to research this supposed place of reform... Only to find a conspiracy devoted to barbaric ideology. Dark, and ranty against abusive boot camps and abusive adults.
  • Comments: One of the best Calvin and Hobbes fanfics I've ever read. It's quite dark and it definitely deserves its "M" rating, but it's very beautifully written.

A Madman's Tiger by Calvinball
  • Recommended by Baron Tiger
  • Complete
  • Synopsis: (From the author) Somehow, Susie always knew in the back of her head that being Calvin's therapist would drive her crazy. Oneshot. Post-ending, Calvin and Susie all grown up.
  • Comments: This troper doesn't have much to add to the synopsis: it's a very fluffy story about Susie and Calvin becoming better friends after Calvin hires her to be his therapist.

Hello Operator, Please Give Me Number Nine by Starlingthefool
  • Recommended by Glass Spires, Twiddler
  • Complete
  • Synopsis: The lesson here, Susie thinks, is that tricking Death is tricky business. How do you outwit the personification of oblivion? Chess, obviously, won’t be the answer. Or: Susie plays Calvinball with Death.

Spaceman Spiff and the Alien Conspiracy by Froggimus_Rex
  • Recommended by Bookworm Gal
  • Complete
  • Synopsis: "Don't worry, I'm sure he'll be fine." She dropped her hand to to stare incredulously at the tiger. "Let me repeat," she said, very slowly. "Calvin has a weapon whose power is only limited by his imagination." "I said he'd be fine, nothing about the rest of us."

     Shipping Fics 
Stories focused on the romantic relationships between the cast.
Peggy Susie by Eliezer Yudkowsky
  • Recommended by Baughn, jaimeastorga2000
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: She fought her way to the Box, and somehow made it work, and now she's back. Will she be able to prevent the end of the world this time around?
  • Pairing: Calvin/Susie.
  • Comments: It probably isn't possible to write a dark, edge-of-your-seat thriller more reminiscent of Terminator 2: Judgment Day than Calvin and Hobbes and still maintain perfect characterization, all the while creating a moral dilemma that would do a professional philosopher proud. This doesn't prevent Eliezer from trying, and I believe he's succeeded pretty well.
    • jaimeastorga2000: I loved this one, but it doesn't really work if you already know who the characters are... It ruins the twist ending.

Spaceman Spiff and the Marriage of Doom by Joe Cloudheart
  • Recommended by Operation Shoestring
  • Status: Dead
  • Pairing: Calvin/Susie.
  • Synopsis: A series of vignettes in Calvin's life, weaving in and out of his famously overactive imagination, as he falls in love with Susie Derkins.
  • Comments: A superbly written Calvin/Susie romance written in a style that captures the imagination and wonder of the original comics.

Geniuses by Amaretto
  • Recommended by Sorcyress
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing: Calvin/Jason Fox, from FoxTrot.
  • Synopsis: Jason and Calvin are in college, each dealing with their isolation differently.
  • Comments: Just a gloriously sweet and sexy series of stories. The first one is the longest, but there's a round dozen drabbles about the two.

Theories About Nuclear Winter by hollycomb
  • Recommended by Assassin, Tequila Sunrise 2011
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing: Calvin/Susie.
  • Synopsis: After Calvin breaks up with his girlfriend and decides to leave town, he finally sorts out his feelings for Susie; his timing is not great.
  • Comments: A tearful romantic story that succeeds in capturing the personalities of both characters in their original form, but as well as giving a more mature, convincing nature to it.


Wizards in Winter By vibishan

  • Recommended by Bee 123
  • Status: Complete
  • Fandoms: Calvin and Hobbes, Young Wizards
  • Synopsis: "The advertisement is a spiky red impact bubble on the back of his box of Chocolate Frosted Sugar Bombs. Mail in just five box tops for your very own HOW TO BE A WIZARD KIT*."
  • Characters: Calvin, Hobbes
  • Comments: The sense of magic (world building - weirdness) and adventure - but also the kindness feels true to the kid nature Calvin has not to saccharine but the opposite of bitter and grim dark anyway.

The Best Seven Years by Blu Taiger
  • Recommended by Zed42, Hanz, Captain Cold Cut Cliche
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing : Calvin/Susie.
  • Synopsis: Calvin is eighteen and living in England with his folks. Now, he's faced with the task of telling Susie what he's been doing for the past seven years.
  • Comments: Both an interesting view of Harry Potter from an outside perspective, and a nice, semi-plausible, explanation of Calvin's relationship with Hobbes.
    • Hanz: I remember reading this quite a while ago. I love how Calvin is not shoehorned into the actual Harry Potter plot in any way, instead having his own adventures while the main plot happens in the background. Even then, he does interact with the side-characters often enough.

Calvin: Summon a T-REX IN AN F-14 by renquise
  • Recommended by: Bardic Feline, Twiddler, Theriocephalus
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: You and your TIGER have broken a LAMP. What do you do?
  • Comments: After reading this I'm seriously amazed that more people haven't thought to cross Homestuck with Calvin and Hobbes. I can't even begin to tell you why this is so perfect and so wonderful without spoiling some of the best moments. My sole complaint is that I wish it were longer; as it stands, it is short and sweet, and everyone is completely in character. Bonus points for getting Problem Sleuth in there and making it work in the most hilarious way possible.
    • Seriously, nothing I say can do this one proper justice, just go and read it.

Riddlekith by Milieu
Folly a Deux by Samarkand12
  • Recommended by: Tropers/Maxwellelvis
  • Status: Dormant
  • Crossover with: Girl Genius
  • Synopsis: Folie a deux: a psychiatric syndrome in which symptoms of a delusional belief and sometimes hallucinations are transmitted from one individual to another. Reality has always been a slippery thing for Calvin Watterson. And madness has always lurked within a certain girl he has the misfortune to target with a snowball one winter day. Reality and sanity for everyone around them may be less reliable than usual for everyone around these two as they begin a folly a deux.
  • Comments: Calvin meets and soon befriends a six-year-old version of Agatha Heterodyne (Note the choice of last name, this is key if you're familiar with Girl Genius), chaos, hilarity, and bonding ensue. I quite like this story and wish it was updated more frequently, as in addition to featuring great character moments with Calvin, Hobbes, Agatha, Susie, and Calvin's parents, the fic slowly builds up a mystery in the background about how Agatha came to Calvin's town in the first place.