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  • FoxTrot has a few references, such as this dialogue:
    Peter: [after an incredibly lame pun by Jason in the style of Pearls Before Swine] Remind me to start hiding your Pearls Before Swine books.
    Jason: You still haven't returned my Calvin and Hobbes books after the Noodle Incident, by the way.
    • A couple strips have background characters with Calvin's distinctive hairstyle.
    • One particular one has Jason and Marcus creating an identical snow sculpture of a snowman with a hole in his chest and a cannon right next to it to one in a Calvin and Hobbes strip — then creating sculptures of Calvin and Hobbes goofing around with the cannonball. "See, this way it's an homage, not a ripoff."
    • Jason and Marcus often go to a store called Calvin's Hobbies.
    • The day after Calvin and Hobbes ended its run, Paige complains, "There's no Calvin in the comics."
  • Off the Mark presents a rather dark ending to the strip. "Did you just hear a burp?"
  • In a One Big Happy strip, Ruthie and Joe are supposedly about to travel back in time, when Ruthie comments about the food they packed: "Won't the popcorn turn into corn on the cob, then into corn stalks? And the orange juice will turn into oranges before our very eyes!" Joe then comments that he would have been better off with a stuffed tiger as his co-pilot.
  • One Garfield title panel has several newspaper comic characters trick-or-treating, Calvin being among them.
  • Calvin has made a number of cameos in Liō, walking the line between Shout-Out and Take That!. This article reprints some of them.
  • Mother Goose and Grimm: Here Ralph assumes that Life of Pi is a Calvin and Hobbes movie.

    Fan Fic 
  • The Great Hogwarts Noodle Incident, the details of which are never revealed in Dangerverse canon, and which, according to Remus: "all started with a comic book, an action figure, and a stuffed tiger..." According to Word of God, the comic book and action figure are Stupendous Man and Spaceman Spiff, respectively.
  • Justice League of Equestria; one of the side stories to Mare of Steel has Rainbow Dash playing superhero as a child, complete with her arch nemesis "Mom Lady" and introducing herself as "Defender of Cloudsdale, foe of Tyranny!"

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  • An April Fools edition of Dragon magazine introduces the Plush Golem to Dungeons & Dragons, a seemingly ordinary plush toy, which magically comes to life to play with the child who owns it. While a Plush Golem can be made to look like kind of plush toy, ones shaped like tigers are specifically mentioned, with the note that children who own them always seem to be in trouble.


    Video Game 
  • Star Control has a pilot named Spiff.
  • Spaceward Ho! has a planet named Hobbes, among many other pop-culture-derived names.
  • Kingdom of Loathing:
    • The black panther monster has an attack where it pounces on you, ending with the phrase "Homicidal psycho jungle cat!"
    • The description of the War Frat Mobile Grill Unit has this:
    Oh, and look — there's a sticker on the back window with some cartoon character peeing on something. Now *that's* unexpected.
    • One adventure has the option to get meat from a hobo by telling him it's Opposite Day, and that you declared it oppositely by not declaring it, much like an exchange between Calvin and Hobbes.
    • The "cheap toaster" item has a description containing a joke from one strip:
    This is a cheap toaster. You put bread in it, push down the lever, and in a couple of minutes, toast comes out! Nobody knows where the bread goes.
    • The "pair of eXtreme mittens" remarks on the player's "lack of razor-sharp claws", much like Hobbes said in one strip.
    • One strip has Calvin finding a secret decoder ring, joyfully declaring that he and Hobbes can communicate to each other without their parents understanding, then realizes that they probably can't understand him normally anyway. This is given homage in the description of the encoder ring item:
    Now you can send secret messages to your friends that will look like complete gibberish to everyone else. Assuming, of course, that that wasn't already the case anyway.
  • MechWarrior 2: 31st Century Combat: In the Trial of Grievance (Instant Action), you could change your own name since it was separate to either campaign. Naming yourself "Calvin" allowed you to wear the Elemental Battle Armor suit whereas naming yourself "Hobbes" allowed you to pilot the Tarantula quad-'Mech.

    Web Animation 
  • In Homestar Runner's long-awaited 2014 Halloween toon, The Cheat dresses as Calvin's sci-fi alter ego Spaceman Spiff.

  • Exterminatus Now: Strip #436 has Virus find Chocolate-Frosted Sugar Bombs in the cereal isle.
  • Freefall, strip 125: Sam blamed the Noodle Incident on "that spiky haired boy with the stuffed tiger."
  • The series is referenced, among other newspaper strips, in the webcomic Precocious.
  • Brawl in the Family celebrated its 50th strip with a comic done in the style of the series, titled "Gooey Kablooie."
  • America in earlier strips of Scandinavia and the World behaves rather like Calvin.
  • Mob Ties has a reference to the series.
  • Square Root of Minus Garfield has several references to the strip:
    • #78 has the famous Transmogrifier strip, altered so that Calvin's changed form is now Garfield.
    • #84 has a strip about Jon's imagination changed to replace Jon with Calvin, and the middle panel shows Spaceman Spiff aiming his laser gun at Garfield on a distant planet.
    • #157 alters a strip about rain to show the infamous peeing Calvin decal causing it.
    • #604's original strip had Garfield and Jon walking past each other multiple times. The original punch line was Garfield saying "Round table"; the new version changes it to "Calvin's duplicator."
    • #1053 compares a strip from Garfield and a strip from Calvin and Hobbes, both about rat tailing someone.
    • #1368 has a Garfield panel showing up in the middle of a Calvin and Hobbes strip, both originals involving a joke about a channel changing screen.
    • #1443 again compares two strips from both series, both with the philosophy "If you spend enough time planning, you don't have to do anything."
    • #1457 alters a snowman-themed strip to show some of Calvin's creations peeking in Jon's window.
  • xkcd:
  • Three early Housepets! strips in a row:
    • In "Ode on a Kitty Tummy", Peanut's poem directly refers to Calvin and Hobbes
    • The next strip has Peanut pulling Grape in a cart while complaining the hills aren't steep enough, and is called "Philosophical Quandaries Must Wait".
    • And the one after that has Peanut make a teleporter out of a cardboard box, and is called "Scientific Progress Goes Zonk".
  • Schlock Mercenary:
  • Dork Tower
    • One strip has Igor as "Spaceman Splat" as a pastiche of Spaceman Spiff, in what turns out to be the last time he was allowed to play Traveller.
    • When the artist complains that his daughter has guilted him into sledding with her, she retorts that appropriating other cartoonists' intellectual properties isn't right either, in a panel which is clearly intended to invoke her as Calvin and him as Hobbes. An apology to Bill Watterson appears under the strip.
    • And a guest comic has Carson and Ken sledding, while Carson expounds his thoughts, and Ken complains that the only reason they're sledding is for the Calvin and Hobbes riff.


    Web Original 
  • An Easter Egg in the sbemail "theme party" has a bootleg shirt showing Calvin passed out with a The Grateful Dead dancing bear.
  • The Nostalgia Critic:
    • In the review of A Kid in King Arthur's Court, Critic compares the main character of Calvin with that of the titular character in Calvin and Hobbes.
    Critic: So we see our main character named Calvin. And no, he's not a ten year old with an imaginary tiger, but he's pretty much on the same brainlength.note 
  • In "Golden Book Video Killers XVIII", at one point during the Golden Goose story, Daffy is heard saying "Slippin' rippin' dang fang rotten zarg barg-a-ding-dong!"
    • In "Golden Book Video Killers - Ai and Sam's Edition, the characters reenact the "Maybe the seal round the tub leaks" strip.

    Western Animation 
  • In the Adventure Time episode "Holly Jolly Secrets," the Ice King creates snow goons to attack Finn and Jake.
  • In the South Park episode "The Wacky Molestation Adventure," Craig is dressed as Spaceman Spiff.
    • Also, the way Butters (as Professor Chaos) behaves in class is reminiscent of Calvin as Stupendous Man.
  • MAD: In the sketch "Garfield of Dreams", Calvinnote  and Hobbes are among the comic strip characters that Seth MacFarlane encounters.
  • In the Superman: The Animated Series episode "Mxyzpixilated", the Daily Planet comics page has a strip named "Dini the Meany" that has a similar art style to Calvin and Hobbes and is made by "Bill Wemissu," a reference to Bill Watterson ending the strip.
  • According to Word of God, the Wattersons from The Amazing World of Gumball are named after Bill Watterson.
  • The Family Guy episode "Not All Dogs Go to Heaven" has Stewie sending a picture of a mumps-riddled Meg via text message to Calvin.
  • Robot Chicken
    • A sketch from "Lust for Puppets" depicts Calvin as an insane kid who believes his tiger doll is real and murders his parents.
    • A sketch from "Jew No. 1 Opens a Treasure Chest" features Calvin and Susie all grown up and married to each other, with Susie wanting Calvin to pee on her despite his objections, and Hobbes decides to leave them alone.
      Calvin: Susie, I did not agree to those decals! Some douche-schnozzle used my likeness without permission, and suddenly those things were everywhere, okay?!
  • In The Simpsons episode "Fat Man and Little Boy," Moe asks Bart if he has a T-shirt of Calvin peeing on Hobbes. When Bart answers no, Moe asks "Well what do you have him peeing on?"


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