List of Garfield characters

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This is a list of characters in the Garfield comic strip, created by Jim Davis, organized by category and date of first appearance.

Main characters[edit]

Garfield[edit]

First Appearance: June 19, 1978[1]

Garfield is Jon's orange cat. Some of his personality traits include laziness, cynicism, sarcasm, a hatred of Mondays, a tendency to be annoyed by Jon's dog Odie, a love for lasagna,[2] and a hatred for Nermal.[3]

In February 2017, a dispute arose on the talk section of the character's Wikipedia page regarding Garfield's gender. Although other characters have persistently referred to Garfield with male pronouns, owing to comments that the character's creator, Jim Davis, made in 2014 to Mental Floss, the matter of Garfield's gender remains ambiguous. He said, "Garfield is very universal. By virtue of being a cat, really, he's not really male or female or any particular race or nationality, young or old. It gives me a lot more latitude for the humour for the situations."[3]

Jon Arbuckle[edit]

Jon Arbuckle is Garfield and Odie's owner.

First Appearance: June 19, 1978[1]

Lyman[edit]

First Appearance: August 7, 1978[4]

Last Appearance:

In The Garfield Show episode "Long Lost Lyman" (season 3), an effort is made to explain what became of the character in continuity. Lyman is said to have left Odie with Jon, before moving away to work as a wildlife photographer in a distant jungle. When Jon learns that Lyman disappeared while searching for a mythical Bigfoot-like creature, Jon, Garfield, and Odie travel to the jungle to find him. The "Long Lost Lyman" version of Lyman has round eyes resembling Jon's, rather than the dot-eyes of his traditional comics design, and is voiced by Frank Ferrante.[5]

Odie[edit]

Odie is a yellow-furred, brown-eared dog that resides with Jon and Garfield. The name came from a commercial written by Davis, which featured Odie the Village Idiot. Davis liked the name and reused it.[6] Odie's main characteristic is his general "lack of intelligence and naiveté", which allows for Garfield to triumph over him in their prankings.[7][8][9] In "one glimpse at Odie's secret life", the dog is shown to be much more sophisticated when alone, and Davis lets "Odie get Garfield back every few months."[8][9] While Garfield's "playful mistreatment" of Odie is a persistent element of the comic,[8] some strips make it clear that "deep down he knows he loves the little scamp".[9] Odie has been considered a "much-loved",[8] "lovable and adorable" and "fan-favourite" character. Jessica Jalali from Screen Rant saw in Odie and Garfield "an iconic duo that made it hard to separate one from the other".[9] Librarian and cartoonist Katy Kavanagh saw Odie as "the comic relief" used to create humor in opposition to Garfield, who is "represented as the curmudgeon".[10]

In most of his animated appearances, he is voiced by Gregg Berger.

First Appearance: August 8, 1978[11]

Pooky[edit]

First Appearance: October 23, 1978[citation needed]

Pooky is Garfield's toy bear that was found in a drawer by Garfield. Garfield often carries Pooky around and makes him interact with Jon.

Dr. Liz Wilson[edit]

First Appearance: March 14, 1979[citation needed]

On Garfield and Friends, Liz was voiced by Julie Payne, occasionally appearing in the first two seasons and once in the fourth season. In the live-action/animated movies, she is played by Jennifer Love Hewitt. Her first, albeit brief, television appearance was on the second TV special, Garfield on the Town.

In The Garfield Show, she is once again voiced by Julie Payne.

Nermal[edit]

First Appearance: September 3, 1979[citation needed]

Nermal is a small grey male tabby cat with thick eyelashes. Despite being an adult cat, he is smaller than most and prefers to call himself "the world's cutest kitten". Nermal was first introduced as Jon's parents' kitten.[12] A recurring theme is Nermal's persistent annoyance at Garfield, which usually results in Garfield retaliating, mostly by attempting to mail Nermal to Abu Dhabi, which he has done over 74 times.

In Garfield and Friends, he is played by Desirée Goyette. In Garfield: The Movie, Nermal is portrayed as a Siamese cat in the neighborhood, and is voiced by David Eigenberg. Nermal is voiced by Jason Marsden in The Garfield Show, as well as in the films Garfield Gets Real, Garfield's Fun Fest, and Garfield's Pet Force.

Arlene[edit]

First Appearance: December 17, 1980[citation needed]

Arlene is a pink cat with thick eyelashes, large lips, and a gap between her two front teeth. She is a love interest for Garfield and is often made fun of by him for her tooth gap.

In the Garfield film, she appears as a (purple shade) Russian Blue cat, voiced by Debra Messing. In Garfield Gets Real, Garfield's Fun Fest, Garfield’s Pet Force, and The Garfield Show, she is played by Audrey Wasilewski.

Squeak[edit]

First Appearance: October 30, 1984[citation needed]

On Garfield and Friends, the character was originally named Floyd and voiced by Gregg Berger, who also reprises the role in The Garfield Show.[13]

Arbuckle Family[edit]

Mom[edit]

First Appearance: February 13, 1980[citation needed]

Dad[edit]

First Appearance: February 13, 1980[citation needed]

In The Garfield Show, he is voiced by Frank Welker.[14]

Aunt Gussie[edit]

First Appearance: August 14, 1981[citation needed]

Aunt Gussie was a relative of Jon's who he and Garfield would occasionally visit. Although portrayed as a stereotypical old woman, Gussie often indicates that she lives a less-than-reserved lifestyle, such as teaching slamdancing for extra money. She is often mean towards Garfield, at which Garfield comments that Gussie used to double-date with Lizzie Borden. Gussie also harbors a crush on John Travolta.

Grandma[edit]

First Appearance: January 25, 1982[citation needed]

Jon's grandmother appears in Garfield's Thanksgiving and A Garfield Christmas Special, in which she is voiced by Pat Carroll.

Doc Boy[edit]

First Appearance: May 17, 1983[citation needed]

In A Garfield Christmas Special, he was voiced by David Lander.[15]

Doc Boy also appears in six episodes of The Garfield Show, with Lander reprising his role.[citation needed]

Garfield's family[edit]

Garfield's mother[edit]

Garfield's mother first appeared in the animated specials Garfield on the Town and Garfield: His 9 Lives. She has since made several cameos in the comic strip, including a December 1984 story that is a loose adaptation of Garfield on the Town. She also appeared once on Garfield and Friends, in an episode called "The Garfield Rap." Sandi Huge provided her voice in the specials.

Garfield's grandfather[edit]

First Appearance: November 10, 1980[citation needed]

Garfield's grandpa first appeared in the strip on November 10, 1980.

In Garfield on the Town, a different-looking, rougher maternal grandfather is seen living with Garfield's mother. Whether the comic strip's version is Garfield's paternal grandfather has not been explicitly clarified.[citation needed]

Minor recurring characters[edit]

Herman Post[edit]

First Appearance: July 19, 1978[citation needed]

Jon Arbuckle's mailman is a character seen in the first four seasons of Garfield and Friends. In "The Mail Animal", he is fired because his boss, the postmaster, perceives him as being weak-willed. However, Garfield treats the postmaster even worse, resulting in the postmaster begging Post to return to work.

In The Garfield Show episode "Mailman Blues", he goes on vacation to Hawaii. Before Post goes on vacation, he warns his replacement, Stu, about Garfield, describing him as a "monster". While Herman Post is on his vacation, Garfield torments Stu. However, Stu quits, and Herman returns early only after receiving a raise. He reveals that this has happened every year for 13 years.

In Garfield and Friends, the mailman is voiced by Gregg Berger.[13]

Irma[edit]

First Appearance: June 9, 1979[citation needed]

Binky the Clown[edit]

First Appearance: September 17, 1986[citation needed]

A television personality noted for his extremely loud and piercing greetings, most notably "HEEEEEEEY, KIDS!" He appears to be a parody of Bozo the Clown, and in the cartoons shares an exaggerated raspy voice with the Bob Bell portrayal of Bozo. He is often compared to Krusty the Clown from The Simpsons, who is also portrayed with an exaggeratedly raspy voice, based on Bell's.[16]

The character first appeared in the animated TV special Garfield's Halloween Adventure.

He was first mentioned in the comic strip on March 13, 1985. Other clowns are seen prior to this mention, but appear to be different characters. Binky was first seen in the comics on September 15, 1986, then appeared in person on September 17, 1986.

The Big Vicious Dog[edit]

First Appearance: September 12, 1995[citation needed]

Hubert and Reba[edit]

Hubert and Reba are an elderly couple who live near Jon. Hubert is often portrayed as an older man, while Reba is often either unseen or tending to household chores. The couple made an appearance in Here Comes Garfield. In the animated cartoon, Hubert is portrayed as hostile towards Garfield and Odie, after Garfield tore up their yard and knocked flowers and dirt on Hubert's head. He calls the animal shelter personnel to remove them. In the strips, Hubert is less hostile towards Garfield.[citation needed]

The Buddy Bears[edit]

A trio of bears that sing and appear in multiple episodes of Garfield and Friends. They are named Billy, Bobby and Bertie Buddy Bear. Their appearances usually involve them trying to educate their viewers and other characters, such as agreements, friendship and sweetness, but they are usually disturbing and contradictory at best. They have their own in-universe TV show called the Buddy Bears Show.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Davis, Jim (June 19, 1978). "Garfield by Jim Davis for June 19, 1978". GoComics. Retrieved November 6, 2022.
  2. ^ Oguri, Austin (August 11, 2022). "The Simplistic Charm of Garfield: An In-Depth Analysis of this Cool Cat's Success Story". Hollywood Insider. Archived from the original on November 27, 2022. Retrieved December 20, 2022.
  3. ^ a b Feldman, Brian (March 1, 2017). "Congress Has Entered the War Over Garfield's Gender". New York. Archived from the original on November 13, 2018. Retrieved December 20, 2022.
  4. ^ "Garfield by Jim Davis for August 07, 1978 | GoComics.com". GoComics. 1978-08-07. Retrieved 2023-08-04.
  5. ^ "Garfield: Episodenführer der TV-Serie (3.Staffel)". fernsehserien.de. 2012. Retrieved November 5, 2022.
  6. ^ Character profile (click on Odie) Archived 2007-11-02 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ Bellomo, Mark (2010). "Comic-Strip King: Garfield". Totally Tubular '80s Toys. Krause Publications. ISBN 978-1-4402-1282-6.
  8. ^ a b c d Booker, M. Keith, ed. (2014). "Garfield". Comics Through Time - A History of Icons, Idols and Ideas. Bloomsbury Publishing. ISBN 9798216063285.
  9. ^ a b c d Jalali, Jessica (2023-10-20). "10 Funniest Garfield Comics Starring Odie". Screen Rant. Retrieved 2023-11-22.
  10. ^ Kavanagh, Katy (2013). "Incorporating cartoons in an academic library: Spicing up LibGuides graphically at East Carolina University". College & Research Libraries News. 74 (7): 358–373. Retrieved November 21, 2023.
  11. ^ Davis, Jim (2005). Odie Unleashed!: Garfield Lets the Dog Out. Ballantine Books. p. Introduction. ISBN 0-345-46464-8. Odie was introduced into the Garfield comic strip on August 8, 1978
  12. ^ "Garfield Daily Comic Strip on September 3, 1979". Garfield by Jim Davis. Archived from the original on September 1, 2016. Retrieved November 4, 2016.
  13. ^ a b "Gregg Berger (visual voices guide)". Behind The Voice Actors. Retrieved 2022-06-17.
  14. ^ "Frank Welker (visual voices guide)". Behind The Voice Actors. Retrieved 2022-06-17.
  15. ^ "David L Lander (visual voices guide)". Behind The Voice Actors. Retrieved June 17, 2022.
  16. ^ Joe Rhodes (October 21, 2000). "Flash! 24 Simpsons Stars Reveal Themselves". TV Guide.