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Tropes for Calvin and Hobbes: The Series, N - Z:
- Never Split the Party: For an extremely brief time in "Pranking the Ghosts".
- New Job Episode: "Help Wanted", even though Calvin is far too young for a job.
- New Year Has Come: "New Year, New Disasters"
- New Years Resolution: "New Year, New Disasters": Calvin's is to upgrade his inventions, Hobbes' is to break the current tuna-eating record, Socrates' is to prank four million people, Sherman's is to invent something useful, and finally Andy's is to pay Calvin's bond should he land in jail.
- The Nicknamer: Socrates. This line from "New Year, New Disasters" sums it up best:
"Gang's all here! Cally! Hobbo! Ando and Vermin!" 
- Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: "Tornado Sharks", Calvin's idea for a movie.
- In that same episode ("Wild Movie"), Socrates' ideas for improving Calvin's Stupendous Man" movie includes adding several ninjas and martians.
- No Fourth Wall: Aside from all the Medium Awareness, there's "The Night of the Living Television": After Calvin leaves to test his newest invention, Hobbes turns to the audience and says:
"You know what's going to happen, and I know what's going to happen."
- Socrates turns to the audience to lampshade his Rapid-Fire Typing in "Personality Test":
"I have 1,200 words per minute."
- After Calvin finds Hobbes curled up in the water heater in "Pranking the Ghosts":
(to audience) "It's amazing what you find when you just clam up."
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: "Calvin, Hobbes, and The Pilgrims": After Socrates releases several turkeys on the streets, Calvin beats him to a pulp.
- No Indoor Voice: The Brainstorm family. Lampshaded by Jack:
"I always figured you Brainstorms lost your vocal cords generations ago, and they were replaced with air horns."
- Calvin in "Personality Test", complaining about anything and everything that crosses his path for several days.
- He does it again (though slightly nuanced) in "Pharaoh Andrew".
- It comes to a head in "Hear My Voice", when, in upgrading the Scream Horn, he has to scream into it constantly. It results in laryngitis.
- Noodle Implements: In "Sherman Goes to the Vet":
Andy: "Let's see… Iodine, band-aids, gauze, bullwhip, small strait-jacket, helmet, pan, shampoo, gloves, tranquilizer, chloroform, tennis racquet, ice cubes, Banana Peel, cage, snare trap, baloney, modem…"
- Noodle Incident: Aside from the Trope Namer, "Camp Blues" references a "soda can incident".
- And "Chaos to My Ears" does likewise for a "peanut butter incident".
- This bit from "The Alien Huntress" certainly implies something:
Sheila: Now what are you doing? You aren't abandoning me like you did in 1987, ARE YOU?
- Calvin apparently trampled Roselyn's mom's garden in "Chains".
- Non Sequitur Thud: After crashing their sled in "Hypercube":
Hobbes: How much cluck could a good duck cluck if a good duck could cluck good?
Calvin: Darkness? It is I, Pajama Sam! I have come to vanquish you!
- Not So Above It All: Andy goes pretty bonkers in "Insanity is In The Air".
- Sherman attempts to keep a rabbit he names "Mr. Wiggles" in "Let Us Prank The Fool".
- Not the Fall That Kills You: Outright quoted by Holographic Retro in "The Genius Hamster".
- Obviously Evil: Dr. Brainstorm. His appearance and name are suspicious, people routinely witness him and/or Jack exiting his hidden lair, and he always shouts.
- Odd Couple: Most of the characters fit this: Calvin and Hobbes, Andy and Sherman, even Dr Brainstorm and Jack become this when they're not out to rule the world.
- Oddly-Named Sequel 2: Electric Boogaloo: Parodied; the In-Universe sequel to The Incredible Hulk has the subtitle "Electric Boogaloo".
- Offstage Villainy: Holographic Retro orchestrated some of the events during Season Four.
- Oh Crap: Dr. Brainstorm and Jack upon getting a recording from Thunderstorm.
- Only Sane Man: Usually Andy and Jack.
- OOC Is Serious Business: Dad actually tries not to get Calvin in band class in "Chaos to My Ears".
- Lampshaded in "Sherman Goes to the Vet":
Sherman: GAH! NO! I AIN'T GOING TO NO DOCTOR!
Andy: Hmm, your dialect is crumbling. You're nervous alright.
Socrates: It's Andy and Sherman. I'm at their house right now. They're just sitting at the TV doing nothing!
Hobbes: Isn't that what Andy usually does?
Socrates: Yes, but this time, there's no video game! And Sherman hasn't insulted me in over fifteen minutes! I'm beginning to worry!
Hobbes: You show worry for somebody else? Goodness, Socrates! This must be serious!
- Also lampshaded in "Robot's Day Out": after Jack abruptly stands upright and leaves, Dr. Brainstorm asks if he's turned evil again.
- See Oh Crap for yet another example with Jack.
- Hobbes is the first one to pick up a weapon during the climax of "Thunderstorm". Needless to say, it's on.
- Dr Brainstorm in particular has a lot of moments where he's serious and driven. It disturbs the other characters quite a bit.
- Open Says Me: Calvin's mom kicks her son's door down in "Robot's Day Out".
- Original Character: Andy, Sherman, Dr. Brainstorm and Jack...
- Our Time Machine Is Different: Calvin's is still a cardboard box; Sherman's is made from a washing machine.
- Out-of-Genre Experience: "Tracer Bullet in Color!" is an Affectionate Parody of the Film Noir genre.
- Overly Long Gag: Sheila hypnotizing people in "The Alien Huntress". This is lampshaded:
"OKAY! DOES ANYONE ELSE WANNA TRY AND STOP ME? BECAUSE THIS IS GETTING REALLY OLD!"
- Pass the Popcorn: Hobbes does this at the end of "Camp Blues".
- Also invoked by him in "Insanity is in the Air":
"Hello? Socrates? Meet me down at the park. And bring popcorn."
- Pilot Episode: "Birth of a Friendship", an adaption of the first two strips of the comic.
- Planet Eris: Despite containing aliens, mad scientists, and a whole lot of technology, it's still set in the present day.
- Playing with Fire: The MTM's Emergency Protocol #5557490 turns out to be a large blast of fire.
- Poker: Played by the heroes in "The Night of the Living Television II", with various items. The winnings become important later on.
- Andy tells some mummies to play it for five years straight in order to get rid of them in "Pharaoh Andrew".
- Portal Comic Book: The Book Transporter, used in "Calvin's Batman Adventure".
- Portrait Painting Peephole: Jack and Dr. Brainstorm use one in "The Great Halloween Heist".
- Power Fist: Evil Jack seems to have an electrically-charged one.
- The Prankster: Socrates.
- Precision F-Strike: From "Dr. Brain Chill":
"DOCTER FREAKIN' BRAINSTORM!"
- "Previously On...": "The Black Turning Funnel", "The Night of the Living Television II" and "SHEILA'S BACK!"
- Product Placement: Lampshaded in the trailer for the second season:
- Punch Clock Villain: Jack, who regularly chats with the heroes and doesn't really care much for Dr. Brainstorm's schemes.
- Pyramid Power: "Pharaoh Andrew" has the gang going to the Pyramids of Giza for Calvin's school report. They end up having to fight off some mummies.
- Race Against the Clock: "Eggs for Calvin": Hobbes and Socrates have Calvin find five eggs hidden throughout town in an hour or else he gets pranked. He ends up getting two crooks arresting trying to win.
- "Our Solemn Hour": Holographic Retro sets up an extremely hazardous maze that Calvin and Hobbes must escape from within an hour, or else they'll be crushed by the ceiling. They just barely make it, and then Calvin and Retro have their showdown...
- Rapid-Fire Typing: Lampshaded by Socrates to the audience:
"I have 1,200 words per minute."
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Parodied in "Mirror rroriM": Nilvac and Sebboh's eyes are red because they got soap in them while showering.
Sebboh: It's still burning.
- Played straight with Jack's evil form in "62 Percent More Evil".
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Dr. Brainstorm and Jack, respectively.
- Read the Freaking Manual: Almost used by name on two separate occasions in "Super Calvin".
"He/I should have read the manul [sic]."
- This also sets up a Brick Joke: after Calvin stops making the machine that sets up the plot, Dr. Brainstorm barges in:
"Alright, Calvin! I've gone over that manul [sic], and now I'm all ready for you and your precious little powers! GIVE ME YOUR WORST!"
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Near the end of "Thunderstorm", Hobbes mocks the recently deceased MTM as being useless, and Calvin replies as follows:
"All MTM ever did was try to help us. He always fired his lasers on time, and he always tried to lighten the mood. And what did you do during all those adventures? You were always running off. You were always hiding. You never helped us. What happened when we were attacked by a monster under my bed? You ran off. What happened when Socrates and I were attacked by a mountain lion? You ignored us. What happened when we were all trapped by that ghost? You deserted us. What happened when Socrates was lost and cornered by two bears? You feigned injury and made me do all the work, AND I DON'T EVEN LIKE SOCRATES! YOU STAND HERE COMPLAINING ABOUT HOW USELESS MY INVENTIONS ARE, WHEN IN REALITY, YOU'RE THE USELESS ONE! I DON'T KNOW WHY I BOTHER WITH YOU! I SHOULD'VE KICKED YOU OUT ON SORRY FURRY BUTT YEARS AGO!"
- Reed Richards Is Useless: Calvin uses his inventions for things like duplicating a pizza.
- Repeating So the Audience Can Hear: Hobbes does this in "Personality Test" when on the phone with Socrates.
- Repeat What You Just Said: From "Personality Test":
Andy: (describing all the times Socrates has been injured) Well, let's see. Your voice has been switched into that of a duck's, you've been electrocuted by the MTM, you've been trapped in the hypercube, a transmitter has been inserted into you, you've been ejected into the clou...
Socrates: Wait a minute, what was that last one?
Andy: Uhhh... electrocuted by the MTM?
- The Reveal: "Alien Nation": Calvin's surprise return. Socrates faints!
- Reverse Psychology: Dr. Brainstorm's Servant Ray only works when told to do the opposite of what he wants it to do.
- This is lampshaded in a completely unrelated incident in "Electronic Invasion":
Calvin: (after a Self-Destruct Mechanism fails to go off) So there you have it. If Brainstorm wanted the place to blow up, it wouldn't blow up. If he didn't want it to blow up, it would blow up. It's called "Brainstorm psychology".
- Ring Ring CRUNCH: Hobbes does this with a doorbell in "Electronic Invasion".
- Road Trip Episode: "The Insane Road Trip" is a Type 1a.
- Round Robin: Swing123 and garfieldodie take turns writing the TV movies.
- Rouge Angles of Satin: Pops up occasionally.
- This is actually lampshaded in "Attack of the Monsters":
- Rube Goldberg Hates Your Guts: Downplayed and Played for Laughs: Most of Socrates' pranks come off as this, usually targeting Calvin.
- Rule of Three: Susie getting splashed by a mud puddle (even when there wasn't even one) in "Chains".
- Running Gag: Hobbes running away from danger.
- Everyone calling Dr. Brainstorm "Frank".
- Hobbes calling Sherman "Vermin".
- Every time something odd happens, the same guy will always witness it and comment "Mm-hmm".
- Calvin dressing himself by climbing inside the top drawer of his dresser, going down, and emerging from the bottom drawer fully clothed.
- Sarcasm Mode: Lampshaded by Tracer in "The Five Calvins":
(to Andy) "Keep that sense of sarcasm handy, Andrew. You'll go far in life."
"IT'S DOCTOR BRAINSTORM!"
- In "Thunderstorm", one of these manages to knock Jack off his feet.
- Scare'Em Straight: Calvin does this to two alien snipers with their guns trained on him in "Invasion".
- The Scream: Hobbes when he first learns he's going to be watching Sherman in "The Genius Hamster".
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here: A Running Gag with Hobbes.
- Script Fic: It doesn't use script styling, but it certainly fits the bill otherwise.
- Sdrawkcab Name: Nilvac and Sebboh, from the Mirror Universe in "Mirror rorriM".
- Self-Destruct Mechanism: Dr. Brainstorm's old lab has one, activated by Holographic Retro. It doesn't work, due to Brainstorm's inept programming.
- Serial Escalation: Season One ends with Calvin in a whodunnit-type episode. Season Two ends with a Stupid Evil woman trying to cut his head off with a chainsaw.
- Serious Business: Hacking into Nickelodeon's main computer and replacing their schedule for the day with Calvin episodes is this for Socrates. To be fair, it is relatively serious.
- Set Right What Once Went Wrong: Calvin ends up doing this to himself in "Calvin, Hobbes, and The Pilgrims".
- Hobbes, of all people, uses the time machine to stop Calvin from attempting to combine his inventions and eventually kill himself in "Super Calvin".
- Sequel Episode: "The Night of the Living Television II"
- Sequel Escalation: "The Night of the Living Television II" has much more action than its predecessor.
- Shock and Awe: Electro (who takes over Calvin's TV in "The Night of The Living Television" and its sequel.
- Shout-Out: Now has its own page!
- Slobs Versus Snobs: Sherman fears this in "That's MISTER Sherman to You!".
- Snarky Non-Human Sidekick: Jack.
- Song Fic: Occasionally.
- Space Station: The Doom Satellite from "Thunderstorm".
- Special Edition Title: "Dr. Brain Chill" has them overlaid on various shots of space.
- Spot of Tea: Briefly mentioned by the Socrates clone in "Electronic Invasion".
- Sherman has one with a rabbit in "Let Us Prank The Fool".
- Staring Contest: Socrates has one with the Andy clone in "Electronic Invasion". Because the clone doesn't blink, he loses.
- Static Electricity: Briefly mentioned by the narrator as a possible reason to Calvin's Anime Hair.
- It's also used to defeat Retro and Electro in "The Night of the Living Television II".
- The Stoic: Jack is almost always calm. Always.
- Sucky School: Calvin imagines a school with Susie as class president as this.
"She'd keep us there all day and all night! We'd have to sleep in sleeping bags on the classroom floor, and be waken up by a drill sergeant at three in the morning to do laps around the school! She'd have us wear horrible itchy uniforms and ban recess! Homework would double! No, TRIPLE!"
- Stuff Blowing Up: Dr. Brainstorm's inventions do this a lot.
- Also, the Control Orb from "62 Percent More Evil". Anything inside it that's discarded will blow up.
- Summer Campy: Camp Pine, the titular place from "Camp Blues" (which was formerly featured in an earlier C&H fic by the same author).
- Superhero Episode: "Super Calvin"
- Suspiciously Specific Denial: From "The Alien Huntress":
Radio Shack employee: Welcome to Radio Shack. How may I help you?
Sheila: SPY EQUIPMENT! IT'S FOR MY SON'S BIRTHDAY! NOT FOR ME! MY SON! NOTHING SUSPICIOUS ABOUT BUYING SPY STUFF!
- Talking Appliance Sidekick: By Season Three, the MTM, which is made from a CD player.
- Take Over the World: The ultimate goal of Dr. Brainstorm.
- Take That: Among the scary things Calvin is shown in "The Return of Dr. Brainstorm" include Dora.
- "Wild Movie" starts with Calvin being disgusted by the mere prospect of a sequel to The Incredible Hulk.
- When terrifying Sherman in "Sherman Goes to the Vet":
"Alternative title: Star Wars III: A Trip to the Dentist."
- After encountering the clones in "Electronic Invasion":
Hobbes: Are you all going to become Ben Stine stand-ins?
- From Klein's long speech in "Attack of the Monsters":
"...no pagers, no iPods, no iPhones, no iTunes, no PDA, no laptops, digital cameras, no video cameras, no mini-DVD's… In fact, no technology that essentially does the exact same thing, but Apple says are each incredibly different in a scheme to make money."
- Taking You with Me: With both of them fighting over a lake of molten lava in an alternate dimension, Calvin and Holographic Retro manage to do this to each other as they both go over the edge, ending the season on a Cliff Hanger.
- The Teaser: "Thunderstorm"
- Technopath: Electro.
- Teleporters and Transporters: Both Jack and the MTM have one.
- Thanksgiving Episode: "Calvin, Hobbes, and The Pilgrims" revolves around Calvin trying to eliminate turkeys from Thanksgiving. It doesn't go well.
- Time for Plan B: Holographic Retro in "Electronic Invasion".
- Time Stands Still: "The Time Pauser" deals with the titular invention and the fun that comes with it.
- Time Passes Montage: Lampshaded in "Camp Blues".
Narration: Let's just have a nice little montage showing what happened during the week with music playing, shall we?
- Title Drop: "Mission: Socrates":
Calvin: Come on guys! Mission: Socrates is now in effect!
- Title: the Adaptation
- The Tonsillitis Episode: "Tonsil Terror"
- Too Dumb to Live: From "Tracer Bullet in Color!"
Tiger Eye: Everyone get back! You're all in danger! Run to safety!
(The crowd moves into the street, where they're immediately hit by a truck)
- Took a Level In Badass: Calvin gets a lot more serious during the fourth season. His manipulating of the titular "Invasion" is a little eerie to behold.
- It gets even more impressive during the Season Five premiere, where he manages to orchestrate events so that Rupert Chill will become trapped in his human disguise for the police to find, mistaking him for an escaped convict.
- Totem Pole Trench: Calvin uses a singular variant using stilts to get on an amusement park ride in "The Genius Hamster".
- He lampshades it shortly afterwards:
"That was easy. Those kids on TV should try stuff like that instead of those silly growth machines and potions."
- Tough Room: Averted with Klein's standup act in "The Genius Hamster": the audience is quite amused by him.
- Trademark Favorite Drink: Soda for Jack, lemonade for Jacqueline.
- Trailers Always Spoil: The trailer for "Super Calvin" spoils the Deadly Upgrade nature of Calvin's powers.
- Transformation Ray: The Transmogrifier Gun.
- Trap Door: Andy and Sherman fall in one in "Pharaoh Andrew".
- Trapped in TV Land: The Movie Transporter invokes this.
- Travel Montage: "The Insane Road Trip", part 1 has this, set to "Life is A Highway".
- Trial Balloon Question: From "Chains":
Calvin: Andy, quick! If you got a chain letter mailed to you saying you were going die a horrible death if you didn't forward it, WHAT WOULD YOU DO?
Calvin: Hypothetically, of course!
- Trojan Horse: Dr. Brainstorm suggests doing it in "Thunderstorm". Lampshaded by Jack.
- Trope 2000: The Mega-Shrinker 5000 (briefly upgraded to 6000 in "Attack of the Monsters").
- Trope O Matic: The Defeat-O-Matic from "A Day in Your Shoes".
- Troperiffic: The fic uses a lot' of tropes from several genres: adventure, Science Fiction, the occasional Film Noir...
- Tropey Come Home: "Have You Seen This Tiger?" (Socrates, not Hobbes)
- Turned Against Their Masters: Calvin's inventions in "The Night of The Living Television" by way of Electro. This is taken Up to Eleven in its sequel.
- And Jack in "62 Percent More Evil", by way of Morality Dial.
- TV Genius: Sherman.
- Understatement: From "Mission: Socrates":
MTM: (after Socrates' overly long security measures go off) I think we could classify this as mildly curious.
- From "Attack of the Monsters":
MTM: The Mega-Shrinker 6000 malfunctioned and opened a hole in the universe, causing a monster from under his bed to escape, destroy his room and take off to find him. How's that then?
Andy: Hmmm... Yeah, I guess that qualifies as being bad.
- Unsound Effect: UN-BOINK!
- Unusually Uninteresting Sight: While house-sitting for Calvin in "The Insane Road Trip", Socrates, Andy, and Sherman are visited by Dr. Brainstorm and Jack, then Dave, Lenny and Biff, then Retro's Hard Light hologram, and finally Rupert and Earl. They're only surprised by the last two.
- Unwilling Roboticisation: Evil Jack attempts to invoke this.
- Valentine's Day Episodes: "Insanity is in the Air", which brings lots of Character Development for Andy.
- Villain Team-Up: Rupert Chill and Dr. Brainstorm in "Dr. Brain Chill".
- Visual Pun: Actually more of an audio pun, but it still works: in "Tracer Bullet in Color!", the titular detective has this little gem:
- From the same episode:
Tiger Eye: Oh, the Toe Truck's arrived.
(A truck shaped like a toe comes to tow a wrecked car)
- And another one:
Club Flamingo employee: May I check your coat?
(She draws a check mark on his coat)
Tiger Eye: Okay boys, run her in.
(The cops lead Lana to a starting line. Tiger Eye fires a starting pistol, and they start racing to prison)
- Volcano Lair: Dr. Brainstorm and Jack reside inside one.
- Wasn't That Fun?: After falling off a roller coaster and being saved by the MTM, Calvin remarks:
"That... was... so... COOOOL!"
- Weakened by the Light: The monsters under Calvin's bed, except for Jark because he's partly absorbed Calvin's DNA. It doesn't last, though.
- Weaksauce Weakness: Retro's hologram can be defeated by standing too far away from it. At least, until "The Night of the Living Television II"...
- Weirdness Censor: From "Department Store Horrors";
People would enter the elevator every once in a while.
They found a six-year-old boy sticking a screwdriver into a CD player and a stuffed tiger with a magazine sitting in the corner.
They chose not to do anything about it.
- This is taken Up to Eleven in "The Genius Hamster", where no one notices Calvin falling from nowhere and being saved by a CD player.
(later on) "The most unobservant town on the planet."
- And outright parodied in "SHEILA'S BACK!"
Dr. Brainstorm: (to Calvin and Hobbes, who did little to harm him) Oh right. DARN YOU and stuff.
- Wham! Episode: "The Five Calvins" is much darker than anything before it.
- And "Thunderstorm" brings in a competent and serious villain.
- "What Do They Fear?" Episode: "The Return of Dr. Brainstorm" briefly sets itself up like this.
- What the Hell, Hero??: Hobbes abandons his friends several times, and his name's in the title! Calvin finally calls him out on it in "Thunderstorm", and he finally helps in a big fight in the climax as a result.
- Wolverine Claws: Jack's evil form has these in "62 Percent More Evil".
- Written in Absence: Socrates isn't present in "62 Percent More Evil" because Andy and Sherman simply decided not to pick him up.
- You Are Grounded: This often happens to Calvin, usually at the end of an episode.
- You Didn't Ask: The MTM's reason for not telling Calvin that his data extractor would bring the mummies to life in "Pharaoh Andrew".
- Your Head Asplode: The perceived consequence of Socrates' head transmitter/receiver not being replaced in time.
- Your Mom: From "Pharaoh Andrew":
Calvin: (talking to a group of mummies who he thinks are worshipping him) And furthermore your mothers all wore paper towels on Halloween!