Calvin has a wild imagination. When school gets boring (and it always gets boring), Calvin imagines his teacher a wild alien, or when caught daydreaming, he claims his eyes were on screen saver mode. He imagines himself a triceratops, or he imagines that his dad’s neatly-raked pile of leaves is trying to devour him. Of course, he believes Hobbes is a live tiger who can talk and who often thinks like he does.
In one strip he wants to learn more about snakes, but when Hobbes suggests a book, he poo-poos the idea because it would be learning, which he doesn’t want to do if he can avoid it.
One of Watterson's subtle themes is the elevation of nature over technology. Nature is beautiful and real and full of adventure, while technology is artificial and stifling. At times Calvin loves being outside as when he and Hobbes find “a trickle of water running through some dirt.” With a huge smile on his face, Calvin says, “I’d say our afternoon just got booked solid.”
Calvin’s best friend is Hobbes, but Hobbes is not always a “yes” man (or … tiger). He often argues the opposing view and sometimes shows Calvin that he himself practices some of the things that he claims to despise. In some ways, I guess, Hobbes acts as a conscience, though at other times, he is clearly in cahoots with Calvin’s antics.
There's much more to Calvin and Hobbes than what I've related here.
My rating (out of 5): 5