History Comicstrip / Garfield

26th May '18 7:28:08 AM pikafan
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*** [[https://garfield.com/comic/2001/04/22 As does this one]] [[note]] with Cody & Blue [[PaletteSwap in different colors]] and Wade without his inner tube[[/note]]
22nd May '18 2:05:00 PM MegaMarioMan
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* CuteKitten: Nermal, the world's cutest kitten. (Often qualifies as CuteIsEvil, as he can often be very mean to Garfeld. Also, in one strip it is revealed that Nermal is using coffee and cigarettes to purposely stunt his growth, and claimed to be a midget in another.)

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* CuteKitten: Nermal, the world's cutest kitten. (Often qualifies as CuteIsEvil, as he can often be very mean to Garfeld. Also, in [[http://garfield.com/comic/1980/05/06 one strip strip]] it is revealed that Nermal is using coffee and cigarettes to purposely stunt his growth, and claimed to be a midget in another.)



* NotAllowedToGrowUp: Nermal has been around since the strip's second year, but is still referred to as the "World's Cutest Kitten." Garfield sometimes inquires how he stays the same, and at various points we've learned that he's a midget who's had anti-aging therapy and had [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/2008/ga080527.gif extensive plastic surgeries]]. The coffee and cigarettes help too.

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* NotAllowedToGrowUp: Nermal has been around since the strip's second year, but is still referred to as the "World's Cutest Kitten." Garfield sometimes inquires how he stays the same, and at various points we've learned that he's a midget who's had anti-aging therapy and had [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/2008/ga080527.gif extensive plastic surgeries]]. [[http://garfield.com/comic/1980/05/06 The coffee and cigarettes help too.too]].
14th May '18 5:49:59 PM MegaMarioMan
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* MuggedForDisguise: In order to get some donuts from a bakery that doesn't let cats in, [[http://garfield.com/comic/1984/12/16 Garfield stole a kid's clothes]].
4th May '18 7:46:53 PM toregg
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** Jon once told Garfield, "I'd better not see you hitting Odie". Garfield covered Jon's eyes with his paw, and hit Odie with his other paw.
29th Apr '18 3:52:20 PM jamaicanst01
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* StockShoutOut: [[{{Superman}} Super]] [[http://www.garfield.com/comic/1989/10/09 Pooky]].
** Also, [[http://www.garfield.com/comic/2003/07/09 Ellen reminds Jon of a comic book hero: Clown Boy.]] Garfield commented: "Who, disguised as mild-mannered geek, Jon Arbuckle..."

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* StockShoutOut: StockShoutOut:
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[[{{Superman}} Super]] [[http://www.garfield.com/comic/1989/10/09 Pooky]].
** Also, [[http://www.garfield.com/comic/2003/07/09 Ellen reminds Jon of a comic book hero: Clown Boy.]] Garfield commented: "Who, disguised as mild-mannered geek, Jon Arbuckle..."



* StoutStrength: Subverted by Garfield. In one strip, while Jon is flexing in front of the mirror and complementing himself on his muscles, Garfield immediately flexes what looks like his own immensely powerful muscles. Jon stares at him in shock as Garfield walks away, explaining that he simply "flexed his fat".

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* StoutStrength: StoutStrength:
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Subverted by Garfield. In one strip, while Jon is flexing in front of the mirror and complementing himself on his muscles, Garfield immediately flexes what looks like his own immensely powerful muscles. Jon stares at him in shock as Garfield walks away, explaining that he simply "flexed his fat".



* StrangeMindsThinkAlike: [[http://www.garfield.com/comic/2005/08/04 When Jon told Ellen his life was meaningless without her]], Garfield said it's meaningless anyway. Then we learned Ellen thought the same. Garfield said "Great minds think alike".

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* StrangeMindsThinkAlike: StrangeMindsThinkAlike:
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[[http://www.garfield.com/comic/2005/08/04 When Jon told Ellen his life was meaningless without her]], Garfield said it's meaningless anyway. Then we learned Ellen thought the same. Garfield said "Great minds think alike".



** He also does it again in this one:

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** He also does it again in In this one:



* SymbolSwearing: One strip had Garfield watching an Uncle Roy episode where he goes to a factory. When Uncle Roy gets too close to a machine, he says "Turn this #%^$ thing off!".

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* SymbolSwearing: SymbolSwearing:
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One strip had Garfield watching an Uncle Roy episode where he goes to a factory. When Uncle Roy gets too close to a machine, he says "Turn this #%^$ thing off!".



* TongueOnTheFlagpole: A variation. Odie gets his tongue stuck on a frozen fire hydrant. The strip then shows [[OverlyLongTongue six panels' worth of outstretched Odie tongue]], leading to Garfield saying, "We need a blow dryer and a really, really long extension cord."

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* TongueOnTheFlagpole: TongueOnTheFlagpole:
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A variation. Odie gets his tongue stuck on a frozen fire hydrant. The strip then shows [[OverlyLongTongue six panels' worth of outstretched Odie tongue]], leading to Garfield saying, "We need a blow dryer and a really, really long extension cord."
29th Apr '18 3:46:06 PM jamaicanst01
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* CutASliceTakeTheRest: One logo box pictures Jon holding a single slice of pizza, and Garfield holding the entire rest of the unsliced pizza over his mouth.

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* CutASliceTakeTheRest: CutASliceTakeTheRest:
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One logo box pictures Jon holding a single slice of pizza, and Garfield holding the entire rest of the unsliced pizza over his mouth.



* DagwoodSandwich: [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/1992/ga920424.gif These things can be dangerous!]]

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* DagwoodSandwich: DagwoodSandwich:
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[[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/1992/ga920424.gif These things can be dangerous!]]



* LaboriousLaziness: Garfield is prone to this sort of thing. In the comic that provides the page quote, the lazy cat ''nails the TV to the ceiling above his cat bed'' so he can watch it without getting up. Think about how much effort it would've taken to hoist that television up there and then keep it in place while he nailed it there, and then think about how much effort it would've taken simply to get up and walk over to where the TV was.

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* LaboriousLaziness: Garfield is prone to this sort of thing.
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In the comic that provides the page quote, the lazy cat ''nails the TV to the ceiling above his cat bed'' so he can watch it without getting up. Think about how much effort it would've taken to hoist that television up there and then keep it in place while he nailed it there, and then think about how much effort it would've taken simply to get up and walk over to where the TV was.



* LethalChef: Jon is like this at times. In one early strip, Garfield says that "The only time he knows my dinner is ready is when it sets off the smoke alarm." There are other strips where he turns bacon into "bacon flambé" and otherwise proves a bad cook.

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* LethalChef: LethalChef:
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Jon is like this at times. In one early strip, Garfield says that "The only time he knows my dinner is ready is when it sets off the smoke alarm." There are other strips where he turns bacon into "bacon flambé" and otherwise proves a bad cook.



* MeaningfulName: In a very early strip, Odie had an "accident" inside the house and is punished by Lyman. Garfield snarks that they should have called him "Spot" instead. ([[MythologyGag That was going to be the name of Odie]], but it was changed due to there being a dog called that in ''ComicStrip/BonersArk''.)

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* MeaningfulName: MeaningfulName:
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In a very early strip, Odie had an "accident" inside the house and is punished by Lyman. Garfield snarks that they should have called him "Spot" instead. ([[MythologyGag That was going to be the name of Odie]], but it was changed due to there being a dog called that in ''ComicStrip/BonersArk''.)



* MegatonPunch: Garfield has done this to Odie and Nermal, socking - or, more often, kicking both (figuratively) to the moon.

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* MegatonPunch: MegatonPunch:
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Garfield has done this to Odie and Nermal, socking - or, more often, kicking both (figuratively) to the moon.



* MyLifeFlashedBeforeMyEyes: In [[http://www.gocomics.com/garfield/1994/08/02 one of the comics]] the titular cat says, "My life just flashed before my eyes. It looked like a fast food commercial." Not surprising considering all he does is eat and sleep.

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* MyLifeFlashedBeforeMyEyes: MyLifeFlashedBeforeMyEyes:
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In [[http://www.gocomics.com/garfield/1994/08/02 one of the comics]] the titular cat says, "My life just flashed before my eyes. It looked like a fast food commercial." Not surprising considering all he does is eat and sleep.



* NewYearsResolution: Garfield [[http://www.garfield.com/comic/1993/01/01 decided not to sleep]] more than [[ExactWords eight hours a day]]. Upon calculation, he told Jon to wake him up on May, 3rd.

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* NewYearsResolution: NewYearsResolution:
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Garfield [[http://www.garfield.com/comic/1993/01/01 decided not to sleep]] more than [[ExactWords eight hours a day]]. Upon calculation, he told Jon to wake him up on May, 3rd.



* NoirEpisode: ''Babes and Bullets'', one of the segments in ''ComicBook/GarfieldHis9Lives''. Wasn't included in the animated version but was adapted into a stand-alone TV special the following year.

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* NoirEpisode: NoirEpisode:
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''Babes and Bullets'', one of the segments in ''ComicBook/GarfieldHis9Lives''. Wasn't included in the animated version but was adapted into a stand-alone TV special the following year.



* NoodleImplements: [[http://www.garfield.com/comic/2010/05/25 For some reason]], Jon was running inside the house without his pants telling Garfield he needed a belt, a fishbowl and a fire extinguisher.

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* NoodleImplements: NoodleImplements:
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[[http://www.garfield.com/comic/2010/05/25 For some reason]], Jon was running inside the house without his pants telling Garfield he needed a belt, a fishbowl and a fire extinguisher.



* NotSoImaginaryFriend: [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/2003/ga030716.gif Clive]]. This is also an example of a BrickJoke, as it came seven years after the [[http://sluha.pri.ee/stuff/garfield.php?day=23&month=04&year=1996 week-long arc]] that introduced Clive.

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* NotSoImaginaryFriend: NotSoImaginaryFriend:
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[[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/2003/ga030716.gif Clive]]. This is also an example of a BrickJoke, as it came seven years after the [[http://sluha.pri.ee/stuff/garfield.php?day=23&month=04&year=1996 week-long arc]] that introduced Clive.



* OffModel: From about [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/2000/ga000904.gif September 2000]] to [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/2001/ga010113.gif January 2001]], the art was a little more jagged and pointy (look at Garfield's ears and mouth in particular).
** Also, between [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/2005/ga050320.gif March 2005]] and [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/2006/ga060101.gif January 2006]], Garfield's ears were shrunken drastically.

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* OffModel: OffModel:
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From about [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/2000/ga000904.gif September 2000]] to [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/2001/ga010113.gif January 2001]], the art was a little more jagged and pointy (look at Garfield's ears and mouth in particular).
** Also, between Between [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/2005/ga050320.gif March 2005]] and [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/2006/ga060101.gif January 2006]], Garfield's ears were shrunken drastically.



* OverlyNarrowSuperlative: [[https://garfield.com/comic/2016/07/26 Garfield describing Jon in this strip]]:

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* OverlyNarrowSuperlative: OverlyNarrowSuperlative:
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[[https://garfield.com/comic/2016/07/26 Garfield describing Jon in this strip]]:



* RaisedByWolves: In a week long Garfield storyline Jon fell in love with a woman in a rec center who had been raised by wolves, as it turns out she had only been in civilization for a week and she had tendencies like scratching her head with her foot, messily devouring her food, trying to bite off her foot when her shoe was too tight, and howling at the moon.

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* RaisedByWolves: RaisedByWolves:
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In a week long Garfield storyline Jon fell in love with a woman in a rec center who had been raised by wolves, as it turns out she had only been in civilization for a week and she had tendencies like scratching her head with her foot, messily devouring her food, trying to bite off her foot when her shoe was too tight, and howling at the moon.



* ReversePsychology: [[http://www.garfield.com/comic/1995/08/04 When Jon told Garfield to go away, Garfield dared Jon to make him do it]]. Jon then told Garfield to stay and Garfield left.
** [[http://garfield.com/comic/1979-11-20 Earlier,]] Jon tried to use it to keep Garfield from clawing a couch. It backfired.

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* ReversePsychology: ReversePsychology:
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[[http://www.garfield.com/comic/1995/08/04 When Jon told Garfield to go away, Garfield dared Jon to make him do it]]. Jon then told Garfield to stay and Garfield left.
** [[http://garfield.com/comic/1979-11-20 Earlier,]] Jon tried to use it it]] to keep Garfield from clawing a couch. It backfired.



* ShoutOut: The logo boxes in Sunday strips featured many, including ones to ''Franchise/StarTrek'', ''Series/TheHoneymooners'', ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'', ''Franchise/StarWars'', ''Literature/TheThreeMusketeers'', ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'', ''ThePhantomOfTheOpera'', Creator/LaurelAndHardy, ComicBook/FantasticFour, Series/WheelOfFortune, and ''Series/TheAndyGriffithShow''. More recent ones depicted him as ''Franchise/HarryPotter''', ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' and [[MemeticMutation the Nyan Cat]]

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* ShoutOut: ShoutOut:
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The logo boxes in Sunday strips featured many, including ones to ''Franchise/StarTrek'', ''Series/TheHoneymooners'', ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'', ''Franchise/StarWars'', ''Literature/TheThreeMusketeers'', ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'', ''ThePhantomOfTheOpera'', Creator/LaurelAndHardy, ComicBook/FantasticFour, Series/WheelOfFortune, and ''Series/TheAndyGriffithShow''. More recent ones depicted him as ''Franchise/HarryPotter''', ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' and [[MemeticMutation the Nyan Cat]]



* SoundDefect: Every so often. For example, in one strip, the doorbell only goes "ding-". The person at the door? A man from Ed's Dong Repair.

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* SoundDefect: Every so often. For example, in
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one strip, the doorbell only goes "ding-". The person at the door? A man from Ed's Dong Repair.



* SprayingDrinkFromNose: Garfield once made Jon [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/1993/ga930320.gif squirt soda out of his nose]]. Given a CallBack in a later strip: his description of this puts Garfield off his food, which is [[BigEater quite an achievement]], as Garfield lampshades.

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* SprayingDrinkFromNose: SprayingDrinkFromNose:
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Garfield once made Jon [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/1993/ga930320.gif squirt soda out of his nose]]. Given a CallBack in a later strip: his description of this puts Garfield off his food, which is [[BigEater quite an achievement]], as Garfield lampshades.



* SuddenlyShouting: In an early strip:

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* SuddenlyShouting: SuddenlyShouting:
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In an early strip:



* SureLetsGoWithThat: [[http://www.garfield.com/comic/1997/08/22 A woman at a park called Jon "Disgusting"]]. Jon and Garfield each claimed she was talking about the other. When Jon suggested she was talking about herself, Garfield said "Let's go with that".

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* SureLetsGoWithThat: SureLetsGoWithThat:
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[[http://www.garfield.com/comic/1997/08/22 A woman at a park called Jon "Disgusting"]]. Jon and Garfield each claimed she was talking about the other. When Jon suggested she was talking about herself, Garfield said "Let's go with that".



* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: "Fib alert! You can't believe Odie! No matter what he says, I did not paint him green! And it wasn't with a two inch horsehair brush!"

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* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: SuspiciouslySpecificDenial:
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"Fib alert! You can't believe Odie! No matter what he says, I did not paint him green! And it wasn't with a two inch horsehair brush!"



* TemptingFate: [[http://www.garfield.com/comic/2000/04/09 At the beach, Jon tried to get the attention of a girl by screaming "Shark!"]]. He was trampled by everyone who ran away out of fear, was slapped by the girl and, when he said things couldn't get worse, a shark appeared.

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* TemptingFate: TemptingFate:
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[[http://www.garfield.com/comic/2000/04/09 At the beach, Jon tried to get the attention of a girl by screaming "Shark!"]]. He was trampled by everyone who ran away out of fear, was slapped by the girl and, when he said things couldn't get worse, a shark appeared.



* ThereWasADoor: [[http://www.garfield.com/comic/1984/03/25 Tired of the mess]] Garfield and Odie were making, Jon opened the door and told them to go outside. They jumped through the window. Berating his pets, Jon told them to use the door next time. Unfortunately, since it was closed then, they broke it while reentering.

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* ThereWasADoor: ThereWasADoor:
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[[http://www.garfield.com/comic/1984/03/25 Tired of the mess]] Garfield and Odie were making, Jon opened the door and told them to go outside. They jumped through the window. Berating his pets, Jon told them to use the door next time. Unfortunately, since it was closed then, they broke it while reentering.



* TheyDontMakeThemLikeTheyUsedTo: [[http://www.garfield.com/comic/1982/05/22 In this comic strip]], Garfield tried to climb a tree but it fell through. His comment: "They don't make trees like they used to."

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* TheyDontMakeThemLikeTheyUsedTo: TheyDontMakeThemLikeTheyUsedTo:
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[[http://www.garfield.com/comic/1982/05/22 In this comic strip]], Garfield tried to climb a tree but it fell through. His comment: "They don't make trees like they used to."



* UnsoundEffect: For a rather unconventional example, whenever a hammer is being used, the sound effect is usually "hammer" instead of "bang." Others include "unscrew" for the top of a saltshaker being unscrewed, and "plug" for Christmas lights being plugged in.

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* UnsoundEffect: UnsoundEffect:
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For a rather unconventional example, whenever a hammer is being used, the sound effect is usually "hammer" instead of "bang." "
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Others include "unscrew" for the top of a saltshaker being unscrewed, and "plug" for Christmas lights being plugged in.



* WouldHitAGirl: Garfield once, [[http://www.garfield.com/comic/1983/10/12 knocked Arlene out by throwing Odie at her.]]

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* WouldHitAGirl: WouldHitAGirl:
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Garfield once, [[http://www.garfield.com/comic/1983/10/12 knocked Arlene out by throwing Odie at her.]]



* WriteWhatYouKnow: In-universe example. [[http://www.gocomics.com/garfield/1988/02/10 Garfield wants to write a book]] and [[InvokedTrope claims]] "a writer must write something he knows about" while trying to decide on a theme. He picks "night indigestions".

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* WriteWhatYouKnow: WriteWhatYouKnow:
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In-universe example. [[http://www.gocomics.com/garfield/1988/02/10 Garfield wants to write a book]] and [[InvokedTrope claims]] "a writer must write something he knows about" while trying to decide on a theme. He picks "night indigestions".
29th Apr '18 7:56:34 AM luiz4200
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** The only clue to the movie Jon and Garfield are watching in [[https://garfield.com/comic/2018/04/29 this strip]] other than it being something Jon watched back when he was a kid is Garfield commenting that ''[[Film/TheWizardOfOz "The flying monkeys are gone now, Jon"]]''.
26th Apr '18 5:57:24 PM jamaicanst01
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* ReassignedToAntarctica: Jon was once [[https://garfield.com/comic/2000/10/22 deported to Mongolia]], for some reason.
25th Apr '18 4:24:28 PM SonicWind
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--->'''Garfield''': He's gonna say it!
--->'''Jon''': *looks left*
--->'''Garfield''': It wouldn't be Jon if he didn't say it!
--->'''Jon''': *looks right*
--->'''Garfield''': 3..2..1..
--->'''Jon''': *looks left* What a long train.
--->'''Garfield''': I knew it!

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--->'''Garfield''': He's gonna say it!
--->'''Jon''': *looks left*
--->'''Garfield''': It wouldn't be Jon if he didn't say it!
--->'''Jon''': *looks right*
--->'''Garfield''': 3..2..1..
it.
--->'''Jon''': *looks left* What a long train.(''looks left'')
--->'''Garfield''': I just know he's gonna say it.
--->'''Jon''': (''looks right'')
--->'''Garfield''': It wouldn't be Jon if he didn't say it.
--->'''Jon''': (''looks left'')
--->'''Garfield''': 4... 3... 2... 1...

--->'''Jon''': (''looks right'') What a long train.
--->'''Garfield''': I knew it!'''''ARRRRGH!'''''
25th Apr '18 3:52:43 PM MoPete
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The strip is one of the most successful ever, generating [[CashCowFranchise much merchandise]] and multi-media projects including:

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The strip is had a rough start, being slow to be picked up by newspapers, and many predicting it would be a ShortRunner. However, the first book collection, ''Garfield At Large'', shot to the top of the ''New York Times'' Bestseller List, held the spot for nearly two years, and turned the strip into one of the most successful ever, generating [[CashCowFranchise much merchandise]] and multi-media projects including:
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