Gabe
Gabe asked:

what is hobbes, a figment of calvin's imagination or magic?

Kateřina What do you mean? He's a tiger.
Sydney Bill Watterson (The creator of the strip) said that he is neither; he is just Hobbes, and Calvin sees him one way while the rest of the world sees him another.
Julia I believe Bill Watterson described it like this: Hobbes is not a stuffed tiger that magically comes alive whenever Calvin is around, nor is he a figment of Calvin's imagination. As demonstrated in the drawings, Hobbes is differently interpreted by the characters. To Calvin, he is a fierce tiger who is also his best friend; this is why, when he converses with Calvin, Hobbes looks like an anthropomorphic tiger. To every one else, from Susie to Calvin's parents, Hobbes is just a stuffed tiger. Hobbes represents how people are able to see one thing in so many different ways, and no one way is correct.
Khloe Hobbes is Calvin's Tiger teddy but he pretends he is an actual tiger.
Jeffy hobbes is calvin's imagination. the adults don't see him come alive.
i like calvin and hobbes cuz i'm a kid.
Chris Caughey I think a bit of both since his wisdom and folly makes him his own character separate from the almost maniacal little boy Calvin whom he interacts and plays with daily.
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