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Uhhh...Mondays. I hate Mondays!
~ Garfield's catchphrase against Monday.
Nice Touch.
~ One of Garfield's catchphrases.
Eat your heart out, Jim Davis.
~ Garfield's most hilarious quote.

Garfield Arbuckle, born as Victor Jr., is the titular main protagonist of the animated franchise of the same name. He is Jon Arbuckle's fat, lazy, Monday-hating, and lasagna-loving pet cat, and one of the most well-recognized and beloved comic strip characters in the United States, alongside Snoopy and Charlie Brown. He is also Vic's son, and Odie's best friend and partner.

Portrayals[]

Brief History and Overview[]

Garfield was born in the kitchen of an Italian restaurant on a winter's night in 1978. He weighed five pounds, six ounces at birth, which is unusually big for a kitten. Right from the start Garfield showed a passion for Italian food. The restaurant owner, forced to choose between Garfield and closing his doors for lack of pasta, sold Garfield to a pet store. Garfield thought he was a goner until Jon Arbuckle walked in the door and approached him. The man showed sympathy for the cat and adopted the latter.

Garfield is a fat, ginger cat. He lives with his owner Jon and a dog named Odie. Garfield despises Odie and often beats him up. Garfield is most well known for his prodigious eating ability. He also has strength disproportionate to his size, as he can often beat up humans. He also has use opposable thumbs which allow him to use many gadgets such a bungee ropes. He is sometimes seen walking up walls using his claws.

He also hates Nermal when he always tries to send him to Abu Dhabi.

In his debut in Garfield and Friends, he was presumed for one Miss Edna Fogerty and subjected to numerous forms of egregious torment by the legendary Binky the Clown. He had innocently wished who he presumed to be Miss Fogerty a happy birthday, only for Garfield to cruelly wish death upon him. Fantasizing about Binky being dragged into the street (which he could have done himself had he not been so slothful) he tried to fall asleep, only to be roused to consciousness by an elaborate drum set and made to absorb the smell of a deceivingly gorgeous flower that brought a state of wetness unto his fur to dampen his resting booth. He callously banished Binky from his house, but the clown's admirable willpower exceeded his own, and he returned promptly, clad in a Santa Claus costume. He presented to him a wrapped present with a tag reading "CAUTION: SPLUT ENCLOSED", which caused a pie to be smacked into his face. But Binky's most beautiful asset of all was a tin of chocolate, which Garfield thankfully learned too late contained chocolate-covered Tabasco hot peppers. He masqueraded as Miss Fogerty to throw Binky off, only for Jon to bring him back shortly thereafter. Garfield fled, but Binky fortunately got the last laugh by awaiting him on a mountain, so blatantly clairvoyant was he. It was all Garfield could do was to accept his inevitable defeat and partake in the long-awaited permittance of Binky's wholesome singing.

Appearance[]

Garfield's appearance has changed dramatically over the years. In the first couple of years of the strip, he resembled a real Exotic Shorthair cat and was larger. Over time, Garfield started to get smaller and less morbidly obese. He also gained more human tendencies such as walking on two feet (previously he walked on all fours) but has remained silent for the rest of the strip. He also has four toes on his feet. Despite the changes, Garfield has always remained an orange tabby throughout the franchise.

Abilities[]

  • Telepathy: Throughout the franchise, Garfield is known for having internal monologues that are converted into text via thought bubbles. In the Lorenzo Music era, his mouth was always closed (when he isn't eating, yawning, or making faces), since it is established that he and the other animals cannot talk. Despite this, he seems to communicate with Jon through some sort of telepathic connection. He can communicate with elephants, humans (understand, but not talk to), dogs, mice, and other animals.
  • Intelligence: Likewise, Garfield has high intelligence to the point of an average human. He is capable of reading and writing and can operate an array of basic electronics such as TVs, telephones, voice recorders, computers (with a mouse, not the touch-pad), etc. He can write with a goose feather or by dipping his claws into a bottle of ink. He can also operate basic machinery in case of an emergency.
  • Prodigious Appetite: Garfield's appetite is the stuff of legend, as he once ate 244 hot dogs.

Personality[]

Garfield is an overweight anthropomorphic orange tabby feline who is well-known for his laziness, acerbic wit, and strong passion for food, particularly lasagna, pizza, and ice cream. Throughout the course of the strip, Garfield's weight is often an object of ridicule, particularly by his talking electronic scale. Garfield usually does not handle insults or commands from the scale (or anybody else) very well, and will normally respond to such remarks with violence or a comeback of some type.

Garfield lives with his slightly eccentric, socially awkward owner Jon Arbuckle and Jon's unintelligent yet charming pet dog Odie, and enjoys satirically teasing them. He particularly enjoys causing Odie physical harm or insulting him, and teases Jon for his social awkwardness and unpopularity with women. Despite this, Garfield cares for Odie and Jon, but cares most for his beloved teddy bear Pooky, which is frequently seen in his arms or close to its owner. Even though he hates Binky the Clown with a seething passion, he is still willing to bail him out of jail.

Trivia[]

  • In an interview, Bill Murray stated that he took the role of Garfield because he originally thought the script was written by Joel Coen of the Coen brothers. It wasn't until the recording process, and watching dailies, that he realized that it was written by Joel Cohen, not the same person that he was thinking of.
  • Garfield's breed is implied to be an Orange Tabby.
  • Garfield is based on Heathcliff who appeared five years earlier before Garfield.

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           Garfield (Logo Upgrade) Heroes

Garfield
Garfield | Odie | Jon Arbuckle | Arlene | Nermal | Squeak | Liz Wilson

U.S. Acres
Orson Pig | Roy Rooster | Wade Duck | Booker | Sheldon | Bo Sheep | Lanolin Sheep

Other Characters
Harry | Winona Cauldron | Abigail Cauldron | Biff | Vito Cappelletti

Movies
Live-action duology: Persnikitty | Prince XII | Winston | Nigel | Bolero | Claudius | McBunny | Christophe | Eenie | Meenie
The Garfield Movie (2024): Vic | Otto Edethal | Ethel Edethal

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Michael | Corey | Winnie the Pooh | Tigger | Bugs Bunny | Daffy Duck | Papa Smurf | Hefty Smurf | Brainy Smurf | ALF | Baby Kermit | Baby Piggy | Baby Gonzo | Garfield | Alvin Seville | Simon Seville | Theodore Seville | Slimer | Huey, Dewey, and Louie | Michelangelo

           Nickelodeon All Star Brawl Heroes

Playable Characters
SpongeBob SquarePants | Patrick Star | Sandy Cheeks | Squidward Tentacles | Mr. Krabs | Plankton | Leonardo | Raphael | Michelangelo | Donatello | April O'Neil | Lincoln Loud | Lucy Loud | Reptar | Stimpy | Ren Höek| Powdered Toast Man | CatDog | Oblina | Jimmy Neutron | Hugh Neutron | Nigel Thornberry | Aang (Avatar) | Korra | Toph Beifong | Zuko | Iroh | Gerald Johanssen | Gertrude Shortman | Helga Pataki | Garfield | Danny Phantom | Jenny Wakeman | Oblina | Norbert Beaver | Daggett Beaver | Rocko Rama | El Tigre

Non Playable
Clockwork | Nora Wakeman | Tuck Carbunkle | Gary the Snail | Lily Loud | Lola Loud | Lynn Loud Jr. | Cliff | Momo | Appa | Mondo Gecko | Spunky | Winslow T. Oddfellow | Phoebe Heyerdahl | Eugene Horowitz | Lou Pickles | Donnie Thornberry | Carl Wheezer | Cindy Vortex | Goddard | Sheen Estevez | Karen Plankton | Mrs. Puff | Odie | Tommy Pickles | Frida Suárez

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