Calvin & Hobbes

It is a syndicated daily comic strip that was written and illustrated by American cartoonist Bill Watterson, and syndicated from November 18, 1985, to December 31, 1995. It follows the humorous antics of Calvin, a precocious and adventurous six-year-old boy, and Hobbes, his sardonic stuffed tiger.



Calvin, named after the 16th-century theologian John Calvin, is an impulsive, creative, imaginative, energetic, very curious, hyper-intelligent, hypocritical, selfish, occasionally rude, ill-tempered and ultimately kind-hearted six-year-old, whose last name is never mentioned in the strip. Despite his poor grades in school, Calvin demonstrates his intelligence through his sophisticated vocabulary and a philosophical mind.


Hobbes is an anthropomorphic tiger, much larger than Calvin and full of independent attitudes and ideas. Hobbes is named after the 17th-century philosopher Thomas Hobbes, who held what Watterson describes as "a dim view of human nature." Hobbes (the tiger) is much more rational and aware of consequences than Calvin, but seldom interferes with Calvin's trouble making beyond a few oblique warnings.

Calvin's parents

Calvin's mother and father are American middle-class parents. Like many other characters in the strip, their relatively down-to-earth and sensible attitudes serve as a foil for Calvin's outlandish behavior.

Susie Derkins

Susie Derkins, is a classmate of Calvin's who lives on his street. Named for the pet beagle of Watterson's wife's family, she appeared early in the strip as a new student in Calvin's class. She is polite and studious.


Rosalyn is Calvin's babysitter. She takes advantage of his parents' desperation for to leave the house and the fact that no one else will babysit for Calvin by demanding advances and raises.


Moe is the stereotypical bully character, a large, cruel, who pushes Calvin aside or to the ground, while threatening to pound him during recess or gym class. He calls Calvin, "Twinky," "Shrimp," "Twerp," "Squirt," and occasionally by his name.

Miss Wormwood

Miss Wormwood is Calvin's world-weary teacher, named after the junior devil in C. S. Lewis' The Screwtape Letters. Calvin refers to Miss Wormwood's indigestion.

Mr. Spittle

Mr. Spittle is the school principal to whose office Miss Wormwood threatens to send Calvin for his pranks for spanking.

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