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    Garfield
    "I hate Mondays."
    Gender: Male
    Type: Monday-Hating Wisecracker
    Age: Unknown
    Species: Tabby Cat
    Portrayed by:

    Scott Beach (1980)
    Lorenzo Music (1982-2001)
    Tom Smothers(1991)
    Bill Murray (2004-2006)
    Jeff Bergman(2004)
    Jon Barnard(2004)
    Frank Welker (2007-2016; 2022-present)
    Chris Pratt (2024)

    Status: Alive
    Media of origin: Garfield


    "Nice Touch."
    One of Garfield's catchphrases.


    Garfield is the main protagonist and anti-hero from many Garfield comic strips. He was born on June 19, 1978, in the kitchen of Mamma Leoni's Italian Restaurant. The comic strip centers on Garfield, portrayed as a lazy, mischievous, wisecracking, sarcastic, selfish, and cynical fat orange Persian/tabby cat who is a pet of Jon Arbuckle, the long-suffering pet owner Garfield tends to abuse and mock him for being inferior to himself. He is noted for his love of lasagna and sleeping, and his hatred of Mondays, fellow cat Nermal and exercise. Garfield frequently gets into many adventures, such as getting stuck in roll-up shades, sparring with mice, and getting locked up in animal shelters.

    Why He Deserves Lasagna

    1. He is an amazing cat who's one of the most memorable cartoon cats in history and he is very iconic. In fact, he's a lot more iconic than Heathcliff himself.
    2. His levels of imagination and mischievous antics from his own show were very underrated, considering that Garfield is known as the laziest cat of all of fiction.
    3. He is very hilarious and has spawned many beloved internet memes over time.
      • "I know where you live" - The Garfield Show
    4. He even had his own show in the '80s! (and another show in the late 2000s)
      • Speaking of which, all of the one-liners he provides as opening gags after the title screen appears are memorable, charming, witty, and hilarious.
    5. His trademark deadpan sarcasm and cynicism are very hilarious, endearing, and entertaining.
      • In fact, in The Garfield Show his personality is like mixing his persona in Garfield & Friends, except if his traits were mixed with that of Mike Wazowski from Monsters Inc. and Sheriff Woody from Toy Story.
    6. Lorenzo Music, Bill Murray and Frank Welker (despite the sheer goofiness of Garfield's voice in The Garfield Show) all did a great job voicing him. Giving him a consistently charming and chilled tone of voice.
    7. Almost all of his designs are great. Chris Pratt will also likely do an surprisingly great job voicing him in the 2024 film. Sounding familiar?
    8. He is very intelligent and way smarter than how you'd perceive him with his everyday laziness, especially for a cat as lazy as him.
    9. He may seem rude and mean-spirited to his friends, but despite him being a jerk, he still cares deeply about them.
    10. Speaking of which, his friend-hate relationship with Odie is even more underrated than Garfield's comedic antics since even though he kicks Odie off the table a lot, he still considers Odie as his best friend and has shown to care for him at times.
    11. On top of that, his jealousy and rivalry with Nermal never get old and the way he tries to get back at him is just satisfying (especially in The Garfield Show when Nermal became more of a egotistical jerk than Garfield is).
    12. In Spring 1990, he was such a beloved character that he was involved with the anti-drug special entitled Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue.

    Monday Qualities

    1. He was flanderized into becoming a complete jerk who spites Odie in the first movie and becoming a blander version of himself in the 4 other Garfield movie adaptations afterwards, and becoming just as much of a smug selfish jerk in The Garfield Show (although, he does redeem himself in The Garfield Show).
    2. He can be incompetent at times, but he is still smart enough to solve his problems with Odie and many other things.
    3. His hatred for Mondays and jokes about his laziness, while funny and iconic, are overused.
      • Also, jokes that poke fun at his fat appearance and eating addictions, while funny and iconic, are also overused.
      • It makes little sense for him to hate Mondays considering that he is a cat, he doesn't have a job either. This is a minor bad quality given that he suffers numerous misfortunes and slapstick pain on those days the most, which is an understandable reason for his hatred on Mondays.
    4. With him being a cartoon character, he does contribute to a lot of questionable plot holes. Examples include:
      • How and why he can eat anything other than cat food without any side effects does sound weird and senseless.
      • It's not explained how he can stand on 2 legs like a normal person, as with many of his human-like actions.
      • His backstory on how he lost so much weight from his first debut with being originally obese was unexplained.
    5. As much as he loves eating, he has very bad hygiene, since he comes off as gluttonous, voracious, and unhealthy at times. This is slightly understandable as he came from an Italian restaurant as described in his origins.
    6. He can act like a bad influence at times, since he is mainly shown doing things like kicking Odie off the table, eating junk food every day, etc.

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