|First appearance:||November 18, 1985|
|Last appearance:||December 3, 1995|
Calvin's father, like many other characters in the strip, is a relatively down-to-earth and sensible character whose attitudes serve primarily as a foil for Calvin's outlandish behavior. Both parents go through the entire strip unnamed, except as "Mom" and "Dad", or such pet names as "hon" and "dear." Bill Watterson has never given Calvin's parents names "because as far as the strip is concerned, they are important only as Calvin's mom and dad." He first appeared in the first strip, though he was the only parent shown until a few days later, when Calvin's mother was introduced. Template:-
Calvin's father is a middle-aged patent attorney who is portrayed as an upstanding middle-class father, as his son might see him. An outdoorsman, he enjoys bike rides and camping trips, and insists that these activities, like Calvin's chores, "build character." When Calvin asks him questions, he often makes up outlandish answers, such as:
These repeated vague and outright false answers may be social commentary on the distortion of reality that pervades much of Calvin and Hobbes. It is intriguing to note that to be a patent attorney traditionally requires an engineering degree, therefore Calvin's father must have the actual scientific knowledge of the questions Calvin asks. His refusal and nonsensical responses indicate the adult world's unwillingness to share the knowledge or deliberate distortion of reality. Of course, these bits of nonsensical fatherly "wisdom" may also signify that Calvin's father, like his son, has an imaginative streak that occasionally bursts free of his straitlaced paternal facade (thus implying that Calvin's mother's occasional accusations that Calvin must have inherited his outlandish behaviour from Dad's side of the family may, in fact, be correct). Other possible motivations for his outlandish answers include testing Calvin's skepticism and also to simply amuse himself. Template:-
Relationship with Calvin
Calvin's behavior often causes Calvin's father annoyance, sometimes provoking him to yell at Calvin. Nevertheless, he sometimes gets out of the house, but when Calvin's parents hire Rosalyn to babysit Calvin, it's another story.
The character is closely based on Watterson's own father, who is also a patent attorney, and often told his family that unpleasant things "built character." The actual image of Calvin's father is nearly a self-portrait of Watterson himself, minus his facial hair. Watterson has said that he identifies more with this character than with Calvin. Template:-
Calvin's dad's name
Calvin's mother once called his dad Socrates. Calvin's dad then said "I knew we'd made a mistake the moment I saw that little bologna loaf in the hospital bassinet"(talking about Calvin). Socrates was the name of a famous Greek philosopher, so this probably isn't Dad's name.
When Calvin was pretending to be a bug, we saw a close-up of a letter Calvin's Mom was writing that said "Glenn" on it. This could also be Calvin's dad's name, although that is low in probability. Glenn is much more likely to be one of Calvin's mom's relatives.
Also, another time when Calvin was pretending to be a fly, he flew over a piece of paper that said "Tom". In addition Calvin's mom was calling him buster however she was probably using the word rather than a name
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