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The School Alter Egos were a series of alter egos created by Calvin which showed how he felt at school. They generally portrayed Calvin as a member of a crowd, brainwashed and without individuality.

Calvin in Hamster Form

Hamster Wheel Calvin
Calvin in Hamster Form was identical to Calvin in appearance, but acted as a hamster, relentlessly running on a wheel.

This alter ego shows that Calvin thinks he gets very little from his hard work at school.

Calvin as a Convict

Convict Calvin
Calvin in Convict Form was depicted as a stereotypical "Old West" convict, with a striped uniform, ball-and-chain restraints and leg irons, painfully laying down a railroad.

This alter ego shows that Calvin sees school as painful forced labour.

Calvin in Assembly Line Form

Assembly Line Calvin
Calvin in Assembly Line Form portrays Calvin sitting on a conveyor belt as the top of his head is removed and green goo is poured in.

This alter ego shows that Calvin sees school as some form of brainwashing, stuffing his mind with things he does not want.

Calvin in Block Form

Block Calvin
Calvin in Block Form shows Calvin as a square shaped block in a peg-and-hole game, being crammed into the right slot forcibly with a hammer.

It shows that Calvin feels he is being forced to fit in at school.

Calvin in Feedlot Form

Feedlot Calvin
Calvin in Feedlot Form is Calvin running alongside cows in a feedlot pen.

This alter ego shows that Calvin sees himself as just a member of a herd at school.

Calvin in Parrot Form

Parrot Calvin
Calvin in Parrot Form shows Calvin as a squawking parrot with Calvin's clothes, hair, hands and humanoid eyes, sitting on a bird perch.

It shows that Calvin feels he is meant merely to repeat what the teacher says rather than state his own ideas.

Calvin in Fish Form

Fish Calvin
Calvin in Fish Form shows Calvin as an oversized green fish with Calvin's hair trying to reach water from land.

It shows that Calvin feels stifled by school, as though he were not able to breathe.

Calvin in Wind-Up Form

Wind-up Calvin
Calvin in Wind-Up Form shows Calvin as a clockwork-powered robot.

The alter ego shows that Calvin finds schoolwork repetitive and robotic.

Calvin in Zombie Form

Zombie Calvin 2
Calvin in Zombie Form portrays a blue-skinned, stitched-up, zombified version of Calvin escaping from a grave at night.

It shows that Calvin feels dead at the end of the school day.

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