From Calvin's perspective, Hobbes is an anthropomorphic live tiger, though to everyone else, Hobbes is nothing more than Calvin's beloved toy tiger, brought only to life by Calvin's wild imagination. Though at times Calvin can get his parents to talk to Hobbes, his parents do not see Hobbes as a living creature in the way that Calvin does, and no other character in the strip thinks of Hobbes as a live tiger, either. Consequently, in panels that have Calvin's parents or any other adults in them, Hobbes is back in his "stuffed animal" form, but if only Calvin is alone in a panel with him, Hobbes comes to life once again. However, sometimes another child and even his mother and father can be in the same panel as Calvin and Hobbes and Hobbes will be alive. This is also a question stirred up by readers of the strip, wondering if Hobbes is actually alive and this only shows when Calvin is nearby or if Hobbes's coming to life is nothing more than a figment of Calvin's imagination. Bill Watterson has never revealed a true reality for Hobbes.
Hobbes is often shown to be smarter than Calvin when he is pictured as a real tiger. He is seen reading more often than his owner and tries to be the voice of reason when Calvin tries to perform a semi-risky stunt or one of his schemes. Hobbes' advice mostly has no... Read More