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''Garfield'' is a [[LongRunners long-running]] (since June 19, 1978) {{newspaper comic|s}}, written by Jim Davis. It stars Garfield, a [[DeadpanSnarker sarcastic]] [[IntellectualAnimal cat]] famous for his [[HeavySleeper laziness]], [[BigEater gluttony]], occasional spurts of [[CatsAreMean evil]] and [[KarmaHoudini avoiding of karma]]; his owner, Jon Arbuckle, a cartoonist who dresses badly, [[LethalChef cooks badly]] and [[CasanovaWannabe was long a complete failure with females]] (until, 28 years later, the veterinarian Liz finally gave in); and Odie, a [[TheDitz really dumb]] {{dog|sAreDumb}} with a penchant for licking, and the only animal who doesn't have "thought speech".

The strip is the most ([[ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}} or second most]]) successful ever, generating [[CashCowFranchise much merchandise]] and multi-media projects including:
* Various [[WesternAnimation/GarfieldSpecials animated specials]]
* Two AnimatedSeries
** ''WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends'', which consists of ThreeShorts, two of Garfield and one of ''ComicStrip/{{US Acres}}'' (''Orson's Farm'' outside the U.S., based on another Jim Davis strip about farm animals)
** ''WesternAnimation/TheGarfieldShow'', a new [[AllCGICartoon CGI series]] which is basically the previous series without the U.S. Acres shorts - but with Arlene from the comic strips instead of Penelope from ''WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends''),
* Two {{live action|Adaptation}} [[Film/{{Garfield}} movies]] (''Garfield'' and ''Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties''), starring a computer-generated Garfield voiced by Creator/BillMurray and remaining animals in live action. Breckin Meyer played Jon and JenniferLoveHewitt played Liz.
* A trilogy of [[AllCGICartoon CGI]] DirectToVideo movies.
* Also spawned ''VideoGame/GarfieldCaughtInTheAct'', a [[PlatformGame platform video game]] released by Creator/{{Sega}} in 1995.
* Some [[EdutainmentGame edutainment computer games]].... the list goes on.

Jim Davis has stated that he created Garfield [[MoneyDearBoy with the sole intention of making money]]. He decided to create a strip that would be popular with the masses, in order to be commercially successful. The fact that he succeeded says one of two things, depending on how [[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVsCynicism cynical]] one is. On the other hand, at least he was [[AtLeastIAdmitIt willing to admit it]].

Garfield's speech is completely internal, even in his animated version. Although it made animation [[NoMouth much easier]], fans wondered exactly how much Jon understood Garfield considering they couldn't actually hold a conversation. With that in mind, they started the trend of [[http://www.truthandbeautybombs.com/bb/viewtopic.php?t=4997&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=0 removing Garfield's dialogue]]-- [[Webcomic/GarfieldMinusGarfield or even Garfield altogether]]-- from the comics. What results is a surreal trip into the mind of a very disturbed and lonely man, which is often considered funnier than the original strip, ''even by Jim Davis himself''. And going one step even further, Webcomic/SquareRootOfMinusGarfield proves that TrueArtIsIncomprehensible — and hilarious.

Probably holds the distinction of being the comic strip that features the most tropes [[{{Aversion}} whilst not]] [[TropeNamer naming any]].

The official website can be visited [[http://www.garfield.com here]], which also features a complete ''Garfield'' comic strip archive, as does [[http://www.gocomics.com/garfield GoComics.com]].

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!!This strip contains examples of:

* ThreeDMovie: The concept is lampooned in [[http://www.gocomics.com/garfield/1985/09/14 this strip]].
* AbortedArc: Many storylines end like this, especially the ones where Garfield, Jon and Odie take a trip. They always go out of their way to make a strip or two preparing or heading to their destination, but by Sunday they're suddenly back home as if nothing happened. If the story spans more than one week, the Sunday strip will continue the storyline instead.
* AchievementsInIgnorance: Odie was once able to climb a tree because he didn't know he couldn't.
* {{Acrofatic}}: For such a ball of lard, Garfield is surprisingly athletic when he wants to be, being able to run extremely fast and even beat up other animals and even people! Some readers have theorized that all those diets Garfield has endured over the years were partially successful.
* AddedAlliterativeAppeal: The 10-24-1999 strip saw Garfield [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=1999&addr=991024 destroying daisies, maiming marigolds and mauling mums]].
** In a strip where Pooky goes missing:
-->'''Garfield:''' Aha! Could this be a telltale trail of teddy bear hair? Even if it isn't, that was a pretty nifty bit of alliteration.
* AffectionateParody: Jim Davis sometimes uses Jon's family to poke fun at his own DownOnTheFarm roots. Jon's father is depicted in one strip at being amazed by an indoor toilet, while in another he breaks Jon's sink after trying to pump the faucet.
* AffectionatePickpocket: Garfield has done this to steal food from people's pockets on at least two occasions.
* AlienAnimals: One strip suggests that cats are invaders attempting to subjugate humanity, and that they are responsible for certain seemingly-mindless actions of dogs and lower-class humans.
* AllClothUnravels: Garfield only pulls on a thread from Jon's pants, but the shirt somehow unravels, too, leaving Jon naked outside.
** See also HomemadeSweaterFromHell below.
* AllJustADream: [[spoiler:WordOfGod is that the 1989 Halloween story arc is this, although some readers continue to have their own interpretations.]]
** [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=1999&addr=990513 Jon got a date]] and asked Garfield to [[PinchMe pinch him]] to be sure it wasn't a dream. It was.
* AluminumChristmasTrees: [[http://garfield.com/comic/1986-12-21 This strip]] features one of the TropeNamers themselves.
* AmazingTechnicolorWildlife: Arlene is about as pink as a bottle of Pepto-Bismol.
* AmbiguousSyntax: Jon [[http://garfield.com/comic/1989-01-03 once]] told Garfield, "We are going on a diet." Garfield starts questioning the implications behind this statement... implications that aren't obvious, that is.
-->'''Jon:''' I don't think I'm getting through to him.
* AndADietCoke: Occurs in [[http://www.gocomics.com/garfield/2007/11/04 this]] strip.
** Inverted in [[http://www.gocomics.com/garfield/1995/07/06 this]] one, in which Garfield is given a lasagna that's low calorie and one-third fat. He requests two more.
* AndThenWhat: In one strip, Garfield is being chased by a dog and wonders what the dog would actually do if it catches him. So he turns around and surrenders to the dog, asking it what it's going to do now. The dog then starts a ''waltz'' with Garfield, with an irritated Garfield demanding that he gets to lead next time.
** In [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=2012&addr=120925 another one]], a mouse tells Garfield mice would rule the world some day. Garfield asked "Then what?" and the mouse said they'd then live in people's house and eat cheese. Garfield was unimpressed by the answer.
** [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=2012&addr=120322 An insect said someday they'd rule the world.]] Garfield asked "Then what?" and the insect hesitated before saying they'd "crawl on stuff".
* AndThereWasMuchRejoicing: [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=2006&addr=060511 Ellen's reaction when Jon tried the sympathy angle by claiming he only had one week to live.]]
* AndThisIsFor: Garfield [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=1983&addr=831115 clobbered Odie]] and said "That's for not being a cat." [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=1983&addr=831116 Later on]], Garfield realized it was wrong on his part to Clobber Odie for not being a cat since it wasn't Odie's choice. Garfield then kicked Odie. "This is for being a dog."
* AnthropomorphicShift: Garfield originally started out looking more like a real-life housecat, but per ArtEvolution, he became extremely humanoid in 1984.
** This was lampshaded in two strips. In one, Jon asked Garfield where the cookies in a jar went. After getting no response, he said, "For a cat who walks on his hind legs, you don't speak much!"
** In the other, Jon told him that cats walk on their hind legs. Garfield said, "I didn't know that," and then, to Jon's shock, started walking on his ''front'' legs.
* AnimalJingoism: The traditional cats vs. dogs rivalry is played straight on many occasions between Garfield and Odie and all the other dogs he interacts with, but it's also repeatedly subverted. Garfield and Odie can get along perfectly well when they feel like it. One particular strip involves what looks like a large, angry barking dog chasing a terrified Garfield, but in the last panel they stop to catch their breath as a despondent Garfield tells the dog that they'll never catch the ice cream truck.
* AnimalsLackAttributes: None of the animals are anatomically correct.
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking:
** "What's new, Garfield?" "Well, King Kong is on the roof batting down airplanes. The entire planet is being ravaged by brain-eating aliens... but [[ItsAllAboutMe more important, my dish is empty]]."
** "Birthdays bring you lots of things... Gray hair. Bad eyesight... Creaky joints. Ear hair, aches, pains, bad teeth... Sigh... And cake!"
** Another one that occurs while Jon's watching a soap opera:
--->'''Jon''': I have some bad news, Garfield. I ran out of your favorite cat food.
--->'''Garfield''': I'll survive.
--->'''Jon''': Odie chewed up your scratching post.
--->'''Garfield''': Big deal.
--->'''Jon''': And Frank left Marcia for Stephanie.
--->'''Garfield''': (''dramatic expression'') HOW COULD HE?!
** "Why do people expect us cats to eat mice? This mouse could be somebody's mother. This mouse could be a deacon in its little mouse church. And one of the fuzzy sucker's bones might get caught in my throat."
* ArtEvolution: A rather extreme example, as Garfield has gone from having a huge body and beady eyes, to having a huge head and a body that looks like a basketball with legs. [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/garfieldevolve.png Just look at his face alone.]]
** {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d heavily in a 25th-anniversary arc where [[TemporalParadox 2003 Garfield meets 1978 Garfield]].
--->'''2003 Garfield''': So I was you, huh?\\
'''1978 Garfield''': A long time ago.\\
'''2003 Garfield''': How did I see out of those itty-bitty eyes?\\
'''1978 Garfield''': First explain how you stand on those two spindly legs.
** Further lampshaded in that year's birthday strip where we see not only 1978/2003 Garfield, but also 1978/2003 Jon and Odie.
* AscendedMeme: Jim Davis not only approved of ''Webcomic/GarfieldMinusGarfield'', he also [[ParodyAssistance contributed a few to the book]].
* AsideGlance: Occurs in the final panel of nearly all the comics, often as a reaction to a particularly stupid line or action.
* AskAStupidQuestion: [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=1984&addr=840727 Jon asked if Garfield would sleep all day.]] Garfield then checked his social calendar. He said he'd have a high tea with the Queen of England but had no appointments for that day so he slept and Jon mentioned the trope's name.
* AssShove: Implied in one strip where Jon says, "Ellen, I have a cold. I thought you might like to feed me some soup… that's not what spoons are for, Ellen."
** "[[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=2010&addr=100312 There's a novel new place]] to park the remote."
** Is also implied a couple of times when Garfield is upset that the vet took his temperature (or in one strip, when she ''threatens'' to do so if he doesn't cooperate. He decides to cooperate.)
* AstonishinglyAppropriateInterruption: In [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/1989/ga890530.gif one strip]], Jon begins a phone call politely, only to yell threatening things at Garfield for stealing his food yet again. Needless to say, Debbie thought the yelling was directed at her.
* AttackBackfire: [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=2005&addr=051030 This]] strip had this happen to Garfield, with Jon ComicallyMissingThePoint of what Garfield was actually trying to do.
* AttentionDeficitOohShiny: [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=2013&addr=130424 Garfield was grateful for the trope]] when a dog that was chasing him suddenly decided to chase the mailman instead. The dog then decided to chase a squirrel instead of the mailman.
* AttentionWhore: Garfield practically wrote the book on this.
* AuthorAppeal: There is a definite point in the comic's long run when you will notice that most of the (human) females begin to be consistently drawn with huge breasts, butts, and lips. Some strips, such as [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=1996&addr=960728 this one]], draw women in a NonStandardCharacterDesign.
* {{Autocannibalism}}: Hinted [[http://assets.amuniversal.com/bd3b61b0bf4e012fdcd0001dd8b71c47 here]], combined with in-universe {{Fridge Horror}}.
* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: They may give each other a hard time, but Jon and Garfield really do care for one another. Jon even went so far as to throw out a potential girlfriend (literally) when she told him she was allergic to cats and forced him to choose between her or Garfield. Garfield and Odie also qualify.
* BabysittingEpisode: Not quite babysitting, per se, but two different arcs had Garfield and Odie being pet-sat while Jon was out on a date with Liz. The first time, they were pet-sat by the [[BlindMistake horribly nearsighted]] Lillian while the second time had them under the care of the [[AmazonianBeauty muscle-bound]] Greta.
* BabiesMakeEverythingBetter: Subverted and slightly altered with Nermal being able to talk.
* BaconAddiction:
-->'''Jon''': Sometimes it's hard to express our inner feelings.
-->'''Garfield''': Nonsense. (''[[NoFourthWall looks out to audience]]'') I LOVE BACON! Your turn.
* BadDate: Happens a lot to Jon [[spoiler: until he and Liz become an official couple]].
* BaitAndSwitch: [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=1983&addr=830403 In this sunday story]], a dog was approaching Garfield, giving the impression he'd maul the cat but then the dog instead invites Garfield for lunch. Garfield commented that "Things aren't always as they seem".
* {{Balloonacy}}: [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=1987&addr=870503 Jon has "the world's largest balloon" delivered.]] Results in AllBalloonsHaveHelium when it floats the house away.
* BananaPeel: [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/1982/ga820204.gif Here]], [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/1988/ga880228.gif here (logo box)]], [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/1990/ga900513.gif here]], [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/1990/ga900514.gif here]], [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/1990/ga900515.gif here]], and [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/1997/ga970109.gif here]]. Variant [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/2004/ga040121.gif here]]. Subverted [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/1996/ga960526.gif here]].
* BangingPotsAndPans: Garfield does this to Jon a lot.
* BeachBury: Garfield once [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/1980/ga800814.gif buried Odie]] "up to his knees" (i.e., only his legs were sticking out of the sand).
** Happens in another strip when Jon lets some kids bury Garfield. He actually finds it relaxing... at first.
* BeachEpisode: The cast frequently visit the beach. Bad things happen to Jon every time.
* BeatPanel: Very often, which is surprising for a three-panel strip.
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: One strip has Garfield [[CatUpATree stranded up a tree]]. Garfield says to it "Stupid tree...May all your stupid branches fall off!" Needless to say, all the trees branches broke off and fell to the ground. Including the one he was on.
-->'''Garfield:''' [[SarcasmMode Nice curse]], Garfield.
** [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=1992&addr=920315 Garfield wished]] for a pizza and then he got it. He then [[RetroactiveWish wished for some music]] and a piano fell on him.
** [[http://garfield.com/comic/2013-12-08 When Jon and Liz were about to take their Christmas card photo,]] Jon called for Garfield and Odie, claiming they wanted ''everyone'' in it. Garfield then brought [[ExactWords Arlene, Nermal, Pooky, Squeak, a spider, a chained dog, a goldfish, and the pizza guy ("He's like family.")]].
** In another strip, he wished for a fifty-pound pan of lasagna. It fell on him. "Now wouldn't you think I'd know better than to make a wish like that on a Monday?" he mused.
* BerserkButton: ''don't'' ask Garfield to "beg" for something.
* BeyondTheImpossible: [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=2005&addr=050401 Garfield ate a pizza]] ''before'' it arrived. He has "friends high up in the delivery business".
* BigBallOfViolence: Showed up in early Garfield/Odie fights.
* BillBillJunkBill: Garfield, when channel surfing:
-->'''Garfield''': Garbage... Junk... Garbage... Junk... Garbage... Junk... Ah! Trash!
-->'''Garfield''': Quality... Quality... Quality... Quality... [[OneOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers Dreck...]] Quality... Quality... [[DelayedReaction Woah, back up there!]]
* BirthdayHater: Garfield's birthday is celebrated every year, and he doesn't like it much, as it reminds him how old he is. He often has nightmares and weird hallucinations related to age. (He does like getting cake - and the attention - when the actual party comes, however.)
* BlackComedy
** The mass amount of pain inflicted on Jon and Odie often leans into this:
--->''([[RunningGag Garfield kicks Odie off the table]])''
--->'''Garfield''': Ooo... I bet that hurt.
--->''(Garfield leaves and returns with a potted plant. He drops it onto Odie with a crash.)''
--->'''Garfield''': Get well soon!
** His repeated murder of spiders (which are sapient in this universe) also veers into this on occasion. After he kills one spider, its spouse comforts its child in a heartwrenching scene while Garfield looks on.
--->'''Garfield:''' I guess I should feel like a heel. But I don't. ''*STOMP*''
* BlatantLies: [[http://garfield.com/comic/2013-11-01 When Liz asked Jon if he believed in ghosts]], he reacted in fear but then tried to recompose himself and said he didn't. Garfield told her to ask him about his ''23'' night-lights.
* BlindIdiotTranslation: Generally averted, since Jim Davis has said that he tries to avoid US-centric references or puns, so that the strip can be easily translated. However, this was not always true in the early years.
** The Spanish translation was pretty rocky at first:
*** "[[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=1978&addr=781215 I ate a Milk Dud and kissed a cat]]" became "I hate spoiled milk and kissing cats".
*** "[[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/1984/ga840116.gif I love it when the Good Humor man comes]]" had "Good Humor" translated literally, as if it were just a friendly man who inexplicably hands out ice cream to cats.
*** In [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=1983&addr=831214 this strip]], Garfield's dialogue was translated to something like "But at least I haven't broken a limb" even though he's clearly pointing to a branch — i.e., the "sturdy limb".
*** [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=1983&addr=831211 This one]] oddly changed "They say the pet alligators that are flushed into the sewers grow to huge proportions" to "They say there are huge ''crocodiles''…" with no explanation as to how they would get down there.
** The current Spanish translators (see [[http://www.gocomics.com/espanol/garfieldespanol here]] since it's no longer on the Garfield website) are generally quite skilled, to the point that they sometimes slip in their own puns. For instance, [[http://garfield.com/comic/2004-11-06 this strip]] went with a pun on "sleeping bag" that still works when translated back into English. They even localize some references properly, one of the most obvious being that cats are said to have seven lives instead of nine in most Spanish cultures. But even then, they're not infallible:
*** "[[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=2001&addr=010724 Somewhere between Floyd the whistling snake and crabgrass]]" [[http://www.gocomics.com/espanol/garfieldespanol/2001/07/24 became]] "En algún lugar entre la serpiente y un cangrejo." ("Somewhere between a snake and a crab.")
*** [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=2007&addr=070123 This one]] had the translators failing to realize that "chili dog" is a food, [[http://www.gocomics.com/espanol/garfieldespanol/2007/01/23 and thus translated it as]] "chihuahua".
*** [[http://garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=2008&addr=080113 This one]] [[http://www.gocomics.com/espanol/garfieldespanol/2008/01/13 got translated literally]] into Spanish ("Philomena Scott-Aphat-Ramsbottom" is rendered as "Filomena Escotia Afat de Ramsbottom"), but to be fair, it was a very rare exception to Jim Davis' "no wordplay" rule.
*** In [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=2008&addr=080430 this strip]] and [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=2012&addr=120123 this strip]], "'Sup?" (i.e. "What's up?") [[http://www.gocomics.com/espanol/garfieldespanol/2008/04/30 became]] [[http://www.gocomics.com/espanol/garfieldespanol/2012/01/23 "¿Cena?"]] (as in "Do you want to have supper?")
*** In [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=2009&addr=090506 this strip]], "You sound like you're breaking up" [[http://www.gocomics.com/espanol/garfieldespanol/2009/05/06 was translated incorrectly]] as "Parece que estás rompiendo conmigo"; instead of poor cell phone reception, it was translated as if the two spiders are breaking up with each other, which makes no sense in the context of the joke. ([[http://www.gocomics.com/espanol/garfieldespanol/2010/05/17 They got it right]] in [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=2010&addr=100517 this strip]] just over a year later.)
*** [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=2010&addr=100421 These]] [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=2010&addr=100423 two]] strips accidentally [[http://www.gocomics.com/espanol/garfieldespanol/2010/04/21 ended up with]] [[http://www.gocomics.com/espanol/garfieldespanol/2010/04/23 each other's dialogue]] in the Spanish translation.
*** In [[http://www.gocomics.com/espanol/garfieldespanol/2010/11/27 the Spanish version]] of [[http://garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=2010&addr=101127 this strip]], they forgot to invert the words for "beef stew", thus killing the joke. Considering how well most of the other strips are translated, this one really stands out as a glaring error.
** A couple of Hungarian bloopers: In [[http://garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=2008&addr=080207 this strip]], the spider's line became "I can tell when I'm being fooled!". Which doesn't make the slightest of sense. In another strip, "my place" was translated litarally, as "én helyem" ("my spot"), when "nálam" ("at my place") would have been correct. Similarly, the expressions "Well, what do you know!" and "Okay, I'll bite" have also seen word-for-word translations ("Just what do you know!" and "Okay, I'll bite you"). Also, in one instance, the word "Egad" was left untranslated.
** [[http://www.geocities.ws/szzenigma/garfieldpb.jpg One Brazilian translation]] turned Jon's dialogue into (roughly) "Yes, that was me. Okay." instead of [[http://photos1.blogger.com/blogger/2/57/1600/ga900912.0.gif the original]] dialogue meaning "SmellyFeet UpToEleven".
* {{Bowdlerise}}: In one farm-based strip, Garfield says "wanna swap sheep jokes?" His editor, concerned over this being misconstrued for a bestiality reference, changed it to "dirt jokes". Another farm-based strip kept in "sheep jokes," however.
* BoxAndStickTrap: [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/1990/ga900120.gif This]] strip has Jon doing this to Garfield to take him to the vet:
-->'''Garfield:''' Jon thinks he can trap me into going to the vet using a grilled cheese sandwich as bait. What kind of gluttonous idiot does Jon take me for anyway?
-->''[GilliganCut to the stick down and Garfield in the box, enjoying his sandwich]''
-->'''Garfield:''' What, no pickle?
* BreadEggsBreadedEggs:
** Garfield is looking in the mirror when he says: "Oh no, a wrinkle! Oh no, a gray hair! OH NO, A WRINKLED GRAY HAIR!!!"
** This exchange:
-->'''Garfield''': Cats are very complicated.
-->'''Jon''': You're a lump.
-->'''Garfield''': Cats are very complicated lumps.
** "[[http://garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=2001&addr=010514 Drivel, Nonsense, Nonsensical Drivel]]."
** In one strip, Jon and Garfield are standing over a package Jon's mom sent. Jon hopes it's cookies, Garfield hopes it's ham. It's ham-shaped cookies.
** [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=2004&addr=040204 This strip]] also has one:
--> '''Garfield''' (''staring at food bowl'') Glop.
--> '''Jon''': (''puts rosemary in it'') And a sprig of rosemary!
--> '''Garfield''': Glop with a sprig of rosemary.
** [[http://garfield.com/comic/2014-06-20 "I'm in the mood for romance."]] "I'm in the mood for pancakes. (beat) Romantic pancakes!"
* BrickJoke: The "X DOOOOOG!" running gag reappeared almost a year after his original [[http://sluha.pri.ee/stuff/garfield.php?day=22&month=10&year=2001 week of chaos]], which ''itself'' counts as a Brick Joke considering it was not the dog's first appearance. And of course Clive; see NotSoImaginaryFriend below.
** Garfield "kicking Odie into next week". Odie is absent from the comic for the next 6 days, and, sure enough, he comes crashing back down (Onto Garfield.) on the seventh day.
** [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/2009/ga091214.gif This 2009 Christmas strip]] references [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/2000/ga000520.gif this strip]] a good 9 years prior.
* BriffitsAndSqueans: Briffits are the most common.
* BubblePipe: Jon uses a bubble pipe once or twice. Garfield himself once blew soap bubbles with a real pipe:
-->'''Jon''': My ivory-stemmed, mother-of-pearl inlaid meerschaum!\\
'''Garfield''': My blow toy.
* BuffySpeak:
** In one StoryArc where Garfield and Odie run away from home, Garfield describes the feeling of being on his own as "so....out-on-my-own-ish."
** An even earlier example had Garfield describe the sight of Odie begging for food as "bug-eyed and pant-y and slobbery."
* BulletSeed: Shows up in two strips, both times with watermelon seeds. One example provides the page image.
* TheBusCameBack: Lyman appeared two more times after his last appearance as a regular [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/1983/ga830424.gif (4/24/83)]]: once for [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/1988/ga880619.gif the 10th Anniversary strip]] (although only in the logo box and a photograph) five years later, and once on a newspaper in the [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/2013/ga130402.gif 4/2/13]] strip ''twenty-five'' years after that.
* ButtMonkey: Jon is a ''huge'' one. [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/1993/ga930207.gif Here's]] [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/1998/ga981018.gif just]] [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/1988/ga881209.gif a]] [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/2000/ga001022.gif few]] [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/2010/ga100425.gif of]] [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/1999/ga991010.gif his]] [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/2002/ga020130.gif moments]].
* BurpingContest: Many strips have them between Jon and Garfield.
* CantStandThemCantLiveWithoutThem: Garfield and Odie's relationship, to a tee.
* CartoonCheese: Shows up often when the mice are involved.
* CanonImmigrant: Garfield's family first appeared in the [[WesternAnimation/GarfieldSpecials special]] ''Garfield on the Town''. That special was later reworked into a 1984 storyline where they appeared in the comic.
** Binky the Clown was first seen in ''Garfield's Halloween Adventure'' before appearing in a 1986 storyline about Garfield and Odie getting lost and joining the circus (although one earlier strip had Garfield wondering where the Binky the clown show was).
* CasanovaWannabe: Jon is an excellent cringeworthy example -- until his RelationshipUpgrade with Liz.
** [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/2011/ga111010.gif Upon reflecting on this years later]], Garfield determines that Liz "became a loser with men".
* CashLure: [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=1979&addr=790107 This]] strip from 1979 featured Jon pulling this trick on Garfield. Jon used a blueberry muffin instead of money. Garfield retaliated by knocking down the table Jon was on.
** [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=1996&addr=960223 Garfield pulled it on Jon with the last cookie]].
** [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=1999&addr=990606 A mouse did it to Jon]], this time with actual money. ''More than once''.
* CatapultNightmare: Garfield has had several.
* CatchingSomeZs: Usually it's only a single Z in a speech bubble variation (although [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/1978/ga780701.gif some]] [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/1978/ga780910.gif early]] [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/1978/ga781007.gif strips]] play it straight).
* CatsAreMean: Could probably be the TropeNamer. Not that the trope is deployed ''consistently'', but Garfield's ComedicSociopathy is probably one of the series' most frequent recurring aspects (although at times he also demonstrates the capacity for great kindness).
* CatsAreSnarkers: Garfield, of course.
* CatUpATree: Often happens to Garfield. As he puts it, cats are the world's greatest tree climbers, but the world's worst tree climber downers.
* ChalkOutline: [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=1998&addr=980912 Jon did it to Garfield for laughs]].
* ChildhoodBrainDamage: Jim Davis opens the comic's 20th anniversary book by claiming, "I was born July 28, 1945, in Marion, Indiana, and was promptly dropped on my head - [[SelfDeprecation which explains my lifelong desire to become a cartoonist.]]"
* ChildishPillowFight: In one strip, Jon challenges Garfield to a pillow fight. Garfield easily defeats him with a pillow stuffed with a giant chicken's feathers.
* ChristmasEpisode: In the 2000s, Davis has taken to devoting ''the entire month of December'' to Christmas-themed strips.
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Lyman. once it became apparent that he was TheArtifact (he was originally brought in to give Jon someone to talk to). Arguably one of the most iconic examples in the funny papers. Although he [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/2013/ga130402.gif appeared]] in a photograph in the newspaper Jon's reading '''three decades later'''.
** Almost all of the supporting cast (particularly Arlene, Nermal and Jon's family) hardly appear nowadays.
* ClarkKenting: Parodied. [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=2002&addr=021113 As an excuse not to chase a mouse]], Garfield claimed he "didn't recognize him in those glasses".
* ClipShow: [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/1988/ga880619.gif June 19, 1988]], the 10th anniversary strip. This strip is also the last personal appearance of Lyman (look at the logo box).
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Irma, the eponymous diner waitress of Irma's Diner. Jon sometimes wanders into this as well, making comments such as "I think my toes are jealous of my fingers because they get to point at things."
* ClutchingHandTrap: Happened to Garfield with a cookie jar in a 2002 strip, but he subverts it by breaking the cookie jar on Jon's head, instead of just simply letting go of the cookie that he wanted.
** Not a cookie jar, but Jon got both of his hands stuck in pickle jars (as did his date) in another strip.
** Garfield gets his hand caught in an olive jar in an early strip.
* ColdTurkeysAreEverywhere: Every time Garfield goes on a diet.
* ComedicSociopathy: Especially in the earlier years, much of the humor comes from Garfield's abuse of almost everyone he meets, usually just for his own amusement. Jon, Odie, Nermal, spiders, dogs on chains and the mailman are frequent targets. Garfield is on the receiving end sometimes too.
* ComicBookAdaptation: ''Garfield'' finally got a comic book in 2012 through BOOM Studio, written by Mark Evanier (who also wrote a lot of ''GarfieldAndFriends'' episodes). One of the covers was drawn by ''Magazine/{{Mad}}'' stalwart Al Jaffee!
* ComicBookTime: A weird zig-zagging. Garfield's birthday (and occasionally Jon's) is celebrated in every year, and he complains about getting old. However, none of the characters ever age physically.
** One should also note that after the 25th anniversary, they stopped listing Garfield's age every year. Possibly because of the fact that a real cat typically only lives within half the time that Garfield's been around.
*** This was even lampshaded by Jim Davis with the title of a retrospective that was released at that time: ''Garfield at 25: In Dog Years, I'd Be Dead''.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint:
-->'''Jon:''' This morning I had a bowl of cereal with strawberries. When I turned my back, a mouse ate them. What do you say to that, Garfield?!\\
'''Garfield:''' We have strawberries?
** In another one, Jon mocked Garfield by commenting Garfield must be missing the time he could see his feet. Garfield then asked himself if he had feet.
** [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=1983&addr=831103 Wondering about what pets did when they didn't know their owners were watching]], Jon snuck aroung and saw Garfield and Odie playing cards.
-->'''Jon''': I don't believe it.
-->'''Garfield''': Neither do I. Odie just drew to an inside straight.
** [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=2013&addr=130216 Liz wondered what the future held for them and Jon suggested they might have ice cream.]]
** [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=1993&addr=930219 Jon once commented that]], according to a chart, Garfield should be eleven feet tall considering his weight. Garfield asked if Jon was calling him short.
** [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=2013&addr=130517 Liz, with a dirty appearance]], asked Jon if he noticed someone cleaned his kitchen. He then came to the conclusion "Elves do exist!!"
** [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=2009&addr=090422 Jon was expecting Liz to arrive at his home when he realized his watch had stopped. He then thought she'd never arrive.]]
** Many of these could however simply be Garfield snarking.
* TheComicallySerious:
** Liz, whose job for nearly three decades was to become exasperated by and/or [[DeadpanSnarker snark at]] Jon's attempts to woo her.
** Jon's father, too. He typically was a GrumpyOldMan who was there to complain about the antics of the other characters (though on certain occasions he did get to be silly).
* ContinuityNod: "[[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/2001/ga011111.gif Ah-HA! I knew I]] [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/1982/ga821212.gif still had those old rubber arms!]]"
** [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/1979/ga790424.gif This strip]] is undoubtedly a reference to [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/1978/ga780806.gif this earlier one]].
* ContrivedCoincidence: Jon gets his head caught in a wastebasket and his hands caught in pickle jars right before his date, then worries what to do because his date is coming at any moment. Turns out she had the same thing happen to her.
* CoolCat
* CoolOldLady: Jon's grandma, who rides a motorcycle, boogies down on the piano, and is just an out-and-out badass grandma. (Ironically, her daughter is ''much'' more old-fashioned.)
** Also Jon's Aunt Gussie, who, among other details, made a living teaching "slam-dancing", commonly referred to today as "'''moshing'''". Yes, you read that right.
* CoveredInKisses: Once on a date, Liz commented that Garfield must've been a cute kitten. Jon replies that he was and whips out his wallet to show her a picture. Liz, at first, appears to be surprised that he keeps a picture of his cat as a kitten in his wallet. When Jon returns home, his face is covered in lipstick as he tells Garfield, "I owe you one."
* {{Crossover}}: ''ComicStrip/{{Marmaduke}}'' appeared at the beginning of a [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=1991&addr=910331 sunday]] Garfield strip. As Garfield realized the fence he was painting his name on was Marmaduke's, he apologized stating [[BreakingTheFourthWall "wrong strip"]].
** [[ComicStrip/{{Blondie}} Blondie and Dagwood]].
* CryingWolf: While camping, Jon told Garfield to look out for wild animals. [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=1981&addr=810524 Garfield started playing tricks on him]]. When Jon refused to believe him, a bear caught Garfield.
** Also, [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=1986&addr=860330 this]] strip.
** And [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=2010&addr=100404 this one]], similar to the above.
* CueTheFlyingPigs: Consciously averted by Garfield: "Don't get me wrong, I love dogs. I'd never hurt a dog. And if I'm lying, may lightning... *pause* ... [[GenreSavvy strike the dog next door]]." (Crack) "Yip!"
** [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=2010&addr=100704 Jon made a drawing of a pig.]] Garfield made a better drawing, although his had wings. When Jon complained that pigs didn't have wings, Garfield said they would before Jon outdrew him. Also counts as a ShoutOut as that strip ended with Garfield calling Jon [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pablo_Picasso "Pablo"]].
* CueTheRain: Common, especially when the gang goes camping. In a Sunday strip:
-->''(Jon has just finished mowing the lawn)''
-->'''Jon''': Finally! All done!
-->''(It immediately starts raining. It then stops, and the grass automatically regrows)''
-->'''Jon''': That's just not fair!
-->'''Garfield''': Suck it up, mow boy.
* CutAndPasteComic: It's not, but [[http://content.ytmnd.com/content/4/c/f/4cf4c554bbc6443f2e70bbda837f115b.gif the remarkably regular art style gives this impression]].
** The strip began using digital artwork in November 2011, and thus artwork is often reused and modified, pushing it into this trope.
* 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.
** A variant, one comic depicts Garfield trying to decide whether to leave one scoop of ice cream or two while he eats the rest.
* 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.)
* CutHisHeartOutWithASpoon: One of [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/1979/ga790924.gif Jim]] [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/1979/ga791224.gif Davis's]] [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/2000/ga000707.gif favorite]] [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/2000/ga001215.gif gags]].
* DagwoodSandwich: [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/1992/ga920424.gif These things can be dangerous!]]
** Another time, he made one so long that it extended across the street.
** And during one AprilFoolsDay, Garfield [[http://www.april-fools.us/blondie980401.gif came across]] the TropeNamer itself.
* DamnedByAFoolsPraise: Anything Jon likes is subject to this. Jon has ridiculously weird taste in things and tends to purchase things on impulse, then almost immediately forget he had those things upon obtaining them.
** There's a comic strip where Garfield is watching an infomercial for something unknown but so bad that he can't help complaining endlessly. Jon walks by and tells Garfield he has three of the product.
* DamnedByFaintPraise: Bill Watterson, creator of ''CalvinAndHobbes'' once tactfully described Garfield as "consistent."
* DeadpanSnarker: [[WorldOfSnark Pretty much everyone at some point]], though Garfield is the most prominent. Special mention must be given to the bathroom scale ("You know those two pounds you lost last week? They are back with reinforcements"; "Let me put it this way... Have you ever considered a career as a river barge?").
* {{Deconstruction}}: Of {{Zipperiffic}}, bizarrely enough. Jon wears a suit with an absurd amount of zippered pockets, then forgets which pocket he put his keys in. Cue Garfield giving an OhCrap face and exclaiming, "This could take months!"
* DeepFriedWhatever: "[[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=1979&addr=790923 If it ain't deep-fried, it ain't worth eating.]]"
* DependingOnTheArtist: Ever since the strip went to being in color every day, there's been little to no consistency on the palette of Jon's house, wardrobe, etc. This also applies to the older strips, which were colored retroactively with just as little regard for consistency.
** This even seems to extend to the point of things sometimes being colored some shade that makes no sense whatsoever; for instance, the bushes outside of Jon's house are sometimes bizarre colors such as orange or pink.
* DesertSkull: In one sequence, [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Jon]] brings home one of these, which Garfield then [[SkeletonsInTheCoatCloset puts]] on Odie, while Jon talks to his mother about it.
* DietEpisode: There are numerous strips about Garfield being put on a diet by Jon (or occasionally Liz).
* DistinguishedGentlemansPipe: [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=1989&addr=890427 When Garfield and Jon are absent]], Odie watches a documentary about Mozart, reads WarAndPeace and dresses like the dog from the trope page, pipe included.
** [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=1991&addr=911206 Jon got a huge pipe]] and asked Garfield if that made him "look more sophisticated". It was a bubble pipe and Garfield replied, "Sadly enough, I have to agree".
*** Although in earlier strips, Jon ''did'' smoke a ''real'' pipe. This died out rather quickly.
** [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=1998&addr=980812 Garfield while displaying a spider trophy.]]
* DistractedByTheSexy: Happens to Jon while riding his bicycle in [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/1981/ga810620.gif this strip]].
* DoNotCallMePaul: Jon Arbuckle's brother hates being called "Doc Boy". Unfortunately, their Dad likes to call them and their mother "Jon Boy", "Mom Boy" and "Doc Boy".
* DoesNotLikeSpam: Garfield ''really'' hates raisins. Doubles as ShownTheirWork, as raisins can be fatally poisonous to cats in RealLife.
** He also won't eat spinach, snails, mice, fruitcake, grapefruit, and certain brands of cat food, but other than that, he'll eat anything.
* DoesThisMakeMeLookFat: [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=2003&addr=030202 During an Arbuckle Family Reunion]], a woman asked if her pants made her hips look big and somebody answered "it's not the pants".
** [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=2008&addr=080316 Jon made a phone call and was told to hold. When he told Garfield his call was "very important to them"]], Garfield said "and the check is in the mail, and this won't hurt a bit, and no, those pants don't make you look fat at all".
* ADogAteMyHomework: In [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/2009/ga090818.gif this strip]] Garfield passes by a dog, who holds a sign saying: "Will eat homework for food".
** In [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/1992/ga920910.gif another strip]], Jon goes to a class reunion, and meets his old English teacher, Mrs. Fronzak:
--->'''Jon:''' What are you doing at the class reunion?
--->'''Mrs. Fronzak:''' Waiting on that overdue term paper, Jonny.
--->'''Jon:''' My, uh, cat ate it!
--->'''Garfield:''' Leave me out of this!
** Garfield [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=2012&addr=120202 also finds out]] that this is actually a very lucrative business for dogs.
* ADogNamedDog: Discussed in an early strip, where Lyman said that he grew up with four cats all named Cat... because there's no point in naming an animal that won't come when you call it.
* DoingItForTheArt [[invoked]]: Garfield's performances on the fence, which always have a hostile reception. The strip itself is an inversion of this trope.
* DontAnswerThat: Garfield says this to his mirror after asking it who's the cutest cat and then seeing Nermal walk in.
* DontExplainTheJoke: In [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=2012&addr=120426 April 26,2012]], a spider about to be swatted said it was okay as long as Garfield didn't sit on it and then explained he said it because Garfield was fat.
* DontTellMama: [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=1990&addr=900702 Jon was at Irma's Diner and she pointed out he didn't eat the vegetables]]. He sarcastically asked if she'd tell his mother. When she said hat she would, he quickly started eating them. Garfield told Irma to tell Jon's mother he ate the dessert first.
* DoomItYourself: This occurred in one strip when Jon and Doc tried setting up some Christmas lights when Jon visited the family farm for the holidays. They ended up both getting entangled in the lights:
-->'''Jon's Dad''': What am I going to do with you two?\\
'''Garfield''': Why don't you plug them in?
** And in another strip, Jon walks in, a bruised and disheveled mess:
-->'''Jon:''' I got the Christmas lights up.
-->'''Garfield:''' I know. I saw it on the evening news.
** Jon has had a ''lot'' of these. In one strip, Garfield puts toast in the toaster and wonders if Jon's fixed it. Cue the toast flying out of the toaster, ricocheting off of every wall in the house, chasing Jon ''and'' Odie and finally crashing into something off-screen. Did Jon fix the toaster? [[http://garfield.com/comic/1994-08-21 "Yup."]]
* TheDoorSlamsYou: Has occurred to Garfield at least once. Not surprisingly, on a Monday.
* DopeSlap: Garfield does these frequently to Jon.
* DrippingDisturbance: Garfield faces this occasionally. First he turns the shower head upside down to stop the dripping, only for it to keep dripping even upside-down, then he notices it as one of the sounds commonly heard at night and then he stops the faucet from dripping by using Jon's toe.
* DrosteImage: Done in the logo box of [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=1992&addr=920105 this]] strip.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Where to start… radically different art style, the fact that Jon was a cartoonist, the presence of Lyman, the use of wordplay and topical humor…
** Let's not leave out Odie, yes, Odie was originally owned by Lyman instead of Jon.
** Every year the strip celebrates Garfield's birthday on June 19 (the date the strip debuted), so it can be odd to see Garfield's birthday acknowledged in the second comic strip (on June 20).
* EekAMouse:
--> '''Mouse:''' Your owner doesn't seem to like us.
--> '''Garfield:''' Well, he's got this thing about mice...
--> '''Mouse:''' You mean the part where he stands on a chair and screams?
--> '''Garfield:''' That too.
** [[http://garfield.com/comic/1978-06-21 Jon did it the first time]], and was appalled at Garfield's reaction.
** [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=1979&addr=790118 Garfield jumped on Jon]] in this one.
** [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=2004&addr=040909 Garfield did it in consideration for the mouse's birthday.]]
** [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=2009&addr=090824 Jon yelled "Eeeeeeek!"]] then he said "Um... I mean, get the mouse." Garfield said it'd go into his blog.
* EleventyZillion: From the aforementioned zipper strip: "Take a gander at this outfit. It has six gajillion zippers!"
* EmbarrassingNickname: Doc, Jon's farmhand brother, whom Jon always calls "Doc Boy". Still better than [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/1989/ga890711.gif "Iguana Gums"]].
* EnemyMine: After being driven crazy by a fly for a few days, Garfield is desperate enough to ally with [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=1998&addr=980326 a spider]] to get rid of it.
* EpicFail: Garfield attempts to kill a spider by closing a window on it. [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=1985&addr=850804 It doesn't go well]].
** [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=2013&addr=130807 Jon bought a set of weights for his workout.]] He "can't get them out of the car".
* [[EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas Even Bad Cats Love Their Mamas:]] A famous multi-week story arc had him meet his mother in a [[TearJerker touching reunion]]. This story was adapted for the television special ''Garfield On The Town''.
* EverybodysDeadDave: Used in the [[spoiler:Halloween 1989]] story arc.
* EveryoneHasStandards: [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=2008&addr=080224 Jon spent all morning writing a love sonnet and then the computer crashed.]] Actually, it didn't. "Even the Internet has its standards".
* EvilLawyerJoke: [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=2004&addr=040226 A spider showed up with a lawyer and a restraining order against]] Garfield, who was smiling because he'd "never squished a lawyer".
* EvilTwin: [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=2011&addr=111204 When Jon tells]] Garfield SantaClaus has been watching him, he wrote a letter suggesting Santa might have seen his evil twin.
* ExactWords: "We'll be back after a word from our sponsor." "Sasquatch." "And we're back."
** [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=1979&addr=790902 Jon once wanted to take Garfield for a trip but Garfield didn't want to get inside the kitty carrier]]. Jon was quite clear: "Before we go on this trip, one of us is going to have to get into this kitty carrier". Garfield then stuffed Jon inside.
** [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=1980&addr=800523 Last helping]]. Jon took the last helping of lasagna and allowed Garfield to do whatever he wished with the pan. Garfield hit Jon with it.
** [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=1994&addr=940426 Jon told Garfield not to kick Odie off the table]]. Garfield kicked him ''to'' it.
** [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=1995&addr=950503 Jon told Garfield not to take the lid off a cookie jar.]] Garfield then turned the jar upside down and "took the jar off the lid".
** [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=2000&addr=000326 Jon told Garfield not to set foot on Mrs. Feeny's property again]]. He later had to tell him to get his ''toes'' out.
** [[http://garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=1990&addr=900529 Jon asked Liz out for a date and she said she'd think about it after wheeling Garfield to X-Ray]]. Then she thought and answered "no".
** [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=2004&addr=040106 Jon told Garfield not to hit him "in the face with that pie".]] Result: "pie down the pants".
** [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=2012&addr=120108 Garfield was drinking coffee when Odie made a "yip" sound at him.]] Garfield told Odie not to do that and then Odie barked.
* ExposedAnimalBellybutton: Played straight with Garfield on more than one occasion, but subverted in one strip. Garfield notices a black spot on his belly in the mirror and remarks "I didn't know I had a belly button". Said spot turns out to be a bug, which promptly flies away.
** Also played straight with some animal characters who appeared in some strips of this comic, especially bigger ones.
* EyePoke: One strip features a televised face-slapping tournament that ends with one of these from one of the athletes.
* EyesAlwaysShut: Jon's mom.
* FaceFault: [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/2000/ga000421.gif "Hey, Garfield, I lost a button...Garfield?"]]
** Garfield does it again in [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=2006&addr=061219 this strip]] when Jon fools him into thinking that the gas bill is a letter from Santa chastizing him for trying to convince Santa that he's been good.
* FailedASpotCheck: Happens to Jon [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=1983&addr=830831 here]]. He's so wrapped up BreakingTheFourthWall, that he doesn't notice Garfield taking off with the refrigerator.
* FailureIsTheOnlyOption: Jon getting a girlfriend, until the late 2000s.
* FakeRabies: Garfield and Odie have had fun with [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/1992/ga920916.gif Jon's shaving cream.]]
** Also happened a few times before that.
* FakingTheDead: [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=2005&addr=051230 When Jon asked Lisa if she already had plans for New Year's Eve]] she screamed and fell down. Jon told her she had faked her death "last year".
* FallingChandelierOfDoom: [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=2004&addr=040705 It was a monday]] and the screws on the chandelier above Garfield needed tightening.
* FatCat: Guess who.
* {{Filler}}: The first collection, ''Garfield At Large'', ends with a single-panel filler strip of Garfield [[RidingIntoTheSunset walking into the sunset]]. The follow-up, ''Garfield Gains Weight'', begins with a single-panel filler strip of Garfield sitting atop the television and looking into the screen, much to the annoyance of Jon, Odie, and Lyman.
* FinaglesLaw: [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=2002&addr=020607 Jon had a date that night]]. That made him sure he'd "get a huge pimple" that day. Garfield considers it "a time-honored tradition".
* FirstGrayHair: Garfield finds a gray hair, panics, and tries to dye it. [[http://sluha.pri.ee/stuff/garfield.php?day=11&month=06&year=1991&otsi=Gray+hair It doesn't go well]].
** Jon finds (presumably) his first gray hair -- or, rather, Garfield finds it ''for'' him -- in [[http://garfield.com/comic/1998-06-17 this strip]] shown two days before Garfield's 20th birthday in 1998.
* FirstNameUltimatum: "Gaaaaaaaaaaaaarfield!"
* FirstWorldProblems: Jon sings about "having the blues", and [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=1989&addr=891126 hits on a woman passing by his house:]]
-->'''Jon''': Hey good lookin', I got the blues. Wanna cheer me up.
-->'''Woman''': You? The blues? Ha! There you sit in your powder-blue oxford shirt in your own home in a middle-class suburb. You don't know nothin' 'bout the blues!
-->'''Jon''': Well, excuse me for succeeding!
* FiveFiveFive: [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=1998&addr=980123 This strip]].
* {{Flanderization}}: While certain character and story elements were present in the strip almost from the very beginning (Garfield's love of lasagna, for example), the early strips might come as a surprise to readers born after 1980 or so. When the strip was starting out, many things were different: Jon wasn't overtly a nerd, although he did have trouble getting dates; Odie was stupid, but not to the extreme degree he was later portrayed; and Garfield himself was less a cool-as-ice DeadpanSnarker than a genuinely mean-spirited (and at times sadistic) misanthrope. (The mean streak remains, of course, although the outright sadism has now softened into ComedicSociopathy.) Also, the stories were originally ''slightly'' more based in reality; the madcap surreality that the strip has become famous for didn't truly get under way until the mid-1980s.
* FluffyDryCat: Garfield had this happen to him sometimes.
* FluffyTheTerrible: [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=1979&addr=790808 This]] strip featured Fluffy the Fierce. Sure, he was not much taller than any cat that'd fit the name Fluffy but he was described as a legendary ratter. Until he met Matt-the-Rat, that is.
* FlushingToiletScreamingShower: Garfield once turned on the hot water in the sink to show Odie that all the pipes were connected. Of course, Jon's shower went ice cold.
* FollowTheLeader: Jim Davis developed a book format for the first ''Garfield'' compilation, which featured very wide pages to accommodate the three-panel strip horizontally as it appeared in the paper, as opposed to being vertically stacked like most comic strip trade books of the day. This wide-page format came to be known as the "Garfield format". Many other comic strips soon followed suit with their own books, including ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide'' and ''ComicStrip/FoxTrot''. {{Iron|y}}ically, since 2001, ''Garfield'' itself no longer uses the Garfield format for its compilations, and the earlier "Garfield format" compilations have been republished in a more standard style.
* FoodAndAnimalAttraction: Used in [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=1979&addr=790210 this]] strip.
* AFormYouAreComfortableWith: [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=1984&addr=840110 This strip]] during a week involving Garfield's conscience.
* FormerlyFat: [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=2003&addr=030112 One of Jon's female acquaintances, Bertha, lost 200 pounds.]] Garfield was disappointed.
* FountainOfYouth: [[http://www.gocomics.com/garfield/2014/06/19#.U6Ql7UAXKrk On his birthday in 2014,]] Garfield tried to change the year on the calendar so that he would get younger, rather than older. It worked a little ''too'' well.
* FourthWallMailSlot: [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/1978/ga780708.gif A]] [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/1978/ga781216.gif few]] [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/1981/ga810702.gif early]] [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/1982/ga820225.gif strips]] [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/1983/ga830425.gif had]] Garfield answering letters.
** They then [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/2007/ga070220.gif revisited]] [[http://cdn.svcs.c2.uclick.com/c2/351f20106c04012d63e600163e41dd5b the practice]] [[http://cdn.svcs.c2.uclick.com/c2/7776e7504c1a012e126700163e41dd5b three times]] in later strips.
* FourthWallPortrait: [[http://www.gocomics.com/garfield/2010/07/04#.U6QqokAXKrl This strip]]. While Jon's pig drawing fits with the comic's art style, Garfield's... doesn't.
* FlowerPotDrop: The strip has used this a few times:
** Odie crashes into a piece of furniture and the flowerpot on it falls off and crashes onto Odie's head.
** One of Garfield's audience members throws a flowerpot at Garfield before he can get on the fence.
** A flowerpot is thrown at Garfield, along with many other things, during his fence act.
** A mouse drops a flowerpot on Garfield for taunting him.
** Garfield drops a flowerpot on Odie after he kicks him off the table.
* FunnyAnsweringMachine: This trope is used several times by any woman Jon tries to call for a date.
--> '''Suzy:''' Hi, this is Suzy. I'm not at home, but please leave a message at the tone... Unless you're Jon Arbuckle, in which case the machine will automatically hung up. ...Beep!
-->'''Jon:''' This is, uh, Ed Smith. ''(machine hangs up)''
-->'''Garfield:''' Just amazing.
** A [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=2008&addr=080427 2008 strip]] had Liz listening to Jon's answering machine message, commenting on it being 'funny'. Jon was being pounded by Garfield while he recorded the message.
* FunnyRobot: More like a "funny AI system", but Garfield constantly has to endure fat jokes directed at him by his [[DeadpanSnarker wise-guy]] talking bathroom scale. (Although he has bribed it on more than one occasion to get Jon to take him off a diet.)
* FurIsClothing: Garfield [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=1981&addr=810212 ripped his "cat suit"]] when he tried to pick up a chocolate covered peanut. He then said he needed a bigger one.
* FurryEarDissonance: Garfield has very round ears for a cat.
* GRatedDrug: Garfield tends to react this way to catnip.
* GardenHoseSquirtSurprise: Happens to Odie.
* TheGhost: Ellen, until she finally appeared onscreen. And had ''amnesia''.
* GlassShatteringSound: Parodied [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/1991/ga910822.gif here]]. (So he's ''literally'' breaking the fourth wall?)
* GoneHorriblyRight: [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=1982&addr=821031 Wanting to approach birds without being noticed by them]], Garfield glued some feathers on him and put on some swin fins. He ended up being chased by other cats.
** In the 2014 birthday comic, [[http://garfield.com/comic/2014-06-19 Garfield changes the year on the calendar]], thinking he'll get younger on his birthday if he does so. It turns out this also affected Odie and Jon.
* GonnaNeedMoreX: In the September 15, 2007 Garfield comic, Garfield's normal RunningGag about crushing spiders with newspapers was interrupted when Jon saw a spider with a hard hat walk by, chuckling to itself. Garfield followed it saying, "I'm gonna need a bigger newspaper".
* GoodAngelBadAngel: Until he ate them. Also a variant with them arguing over whether or not he should eat a pie. Garfield says he'd be thinner if the good angel were quicker witted to the bad one's retorts.
* AGoodOldFashionedPaintWatching: Occasionally used to show how boring a life Jon's family has on the countryside, since the most mundane things excite them (watching the washing machine instead of the TV ("Here comes the red sock again!"), counting every brick in the wall of the house, taking a trip to see the new water tower, going to the airport to watch the planes take off etc.)
** There's an actual in-universe TV show called ''Watching Paint Dry''.
* GoryDiscretionShot: [[http://garfield.com/comic/2010-02-23 "Impressive graphics."]]
* GracefulLoser: Liz's Date in the arc where she and Jon finally become an item.
* GreasySpoon: Irma's Diner. You have two kinds of coffee (regular and decaf), ''pickle brine'' as a choice of beverage, and a five-pound "he-man" burger. Jon has found dry-cleaning slips and false eyelashes in his food. Irma thinks that letting cheese age means keeping it in the back of her truck, and her idea of a "special treat" is a scoop of mashed potatoes in an ice cream cone. Garfield once found a ''hoof'' in a burger there.
** If you order a burger, you just get a hamburger patty plopped down on the counter in front of you. If you want a bun, you have to order the ''Deluxe'' Burger.
--->'''Garfield:''' Go for it, Jon. Get the Super Deluxe and get a plate, too.
* GroundedForever: In the book ''Garfield's Big Book Of Super School Excuses'', one excuse for "Why I Can't Go Out With You" is "I'm grounded until college".
* GroundhogDayLoop: In a StoryArc in July 1986, Garfield gets stuck in a week of Mondays.
* GuiltyPleasures: In-universe, everything Garfield catches on TV.
* GuestStrip: Davis' father wrote [[http://garfield.com/comic/1982-02-12 this strip.]]
* GypsyCurse:
** [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=2013&addr=130125 Back when he was in school]], Jon annoyed a gypsy woman who cursed him, saying he'd never get a date to the prom. Garfield considered it "a waste of a perfectly good curse".
** Also [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=2000&addr=000319 this comic strip]], in which Jon unwisely angers a gypsy fortune teller and she makes his head shrink as a punishment.
** [[http://garfield.com/comic/2014-04-24 Jon believes Garfield to be one.]]
* HashHouseLingo: Jon asks for a hamburger with extra onions. Irma then turns to the kitchen and yells "BURN A COW AND MAKE HER CRY!" which causes Jon and Garfield to lose their appetites.
* HatesTheJobLovesTheLimelight: Binky the Clown:
-->'''Binky (on TV):''' Heeeey, kids! Wanna see Binky do a magic trick? Well, forget it! I'm not spending another minute in this stupid clown suit! I am an actor! But, noooo... Too short, they said!
-->'''Garfield:''' Third time this week. He's lost it.
* HatingOnMondays: Garfield may just as well be the TropeCodifier. And it's little wonder he hates the day, [[http://sluha.pri.ee/stuff/garfield.php?day=18&month=09&year=1978 because nothing good ever seems to happen to him on that day]].
** He also seems to hate certain months, too, [[http://sluha.pri.ee/stuff/garfield.php?day=08&month=02&year=1988 such as Feburary]].
** Oh yes, and he ''especially'' hates [[ThirteenIsUnlucky Monday the 13th]]. '''''Especially''''' if that [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs Monday the 13th is on a February]].
* HawaiianShirtedTourist: [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=2008&addr=080307 Garfield was lying down when he decided it was "Vacation time"]]. He remained lying down but with a Hawaiian shirt.
* HeadsTailsEdge: Garfield flips a coin to decide whether to stay in bed or watch TV. The coin lands on its edge, so he [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs watches TV in bed]].
* HeroicComedicSociopath: Garfield displays tendencies of this.
* HiccupHijinks: One arc from 1998 featured Garfield "[[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/1998/ga981102.gif freestyle hiccuping]]," with the downright silly {{Written Sound Effect}}s of "hickety," "huc huc" and "hickey" (no, not ''that'' kind of hickey).
* HighOnCatnip: [[http://sluha.pri.ee/stuff/garfield.php?day=09&month=01&year=1979 Used several times]].
* {{Homage}}: Some of the barn animals in the April 22, 2001 may be familiar: among them are Booker, Orson and Roy from ''USAcres''.
* HomemadeSweaterFromHell: A RunningGag is that Jon's mom always sends Garfield one of these for Christmas, and they usually have a glaring defect (no neck hole, three arms, etc.). Subverted on the December 27, 2012 strip, where the sweater is actually well-made and looks good on him… which troubles both Jon and Garfield, as [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness they feel something's wrong with Jon's mom]].
* HonestJohnsDealership: Invoked in a 1987 StoryArc where Jon buys a new car:
-->'''Jon''': Honest Ed seems nice enough, Garfield, but there's something about him I don't trust.
-->'''Garfield''': Maybe it's the fact his office is in a pickup truck with the engine running.
** Also appears in an early 1990s strip where Jon buys a Christmas tree from "Honest Frosty's."
* HorribleCampingTrip: Garfield has been forced to go an a few of these (though from his perspective, a camping trip can only be horrible).
* HumanlikeFootAnatomy: Strangely, Garfield's feet are still shown to be digitigrade when he's laying down, but turn into humanlike feet when he stands up. They've also gotten progressively bigger over time, as [[http://www.mezzacotta.net/garfield/?comic=736 demonstrated]] in ''Webcomic/SquareRootOfMinusGarfield''.
* HumanSnowman: Happened twice;
** [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/1990/ga900107.gif Garfield does this to Odie.]]
** [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/1994/ga940109.gif Odie made a miniature snowman on Garfield's head after some snow landed on his head.]]
* HypocriticalHumor: In [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/1979/ga790125.gif this strip]], Garfield smacks Jon upside the head for turning on a violent TV show, then says, "I don't like violence."
* IAlwaysWantedToSayThat: [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=2004&addr=040302 Jon told]] Garfield "Stop whatever you're doing" and later admitted he "just always wanted to say that".
* IAmBigBoned: Garfield does it sometimes, a few with the trope name (the page image is the response of his sarcastic bathroom scale).
** In [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=1979&addr=790129 January 29th, 1979]], Garfield literally claimed to be big boned. Jon called Garfield "disgustingly, slovenly, sloppy fat" and Garfield said Jon obviously had "disgustingly, slovenly, sloppy fat" confused with "big boned".
** In [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=1979&addr=790921 September 21st, 1979]], Garfield stated people under 6'4" aren't overweight. They're "undertall".
** In [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=2002&addr=021116 November 16th, 2002]], a mouse used that excuse to have a hole the size of the dinning table.
** [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=2008&addr=080119 As Garfield said about the scale in January 19th, 2008]], "he can dish it out, but he sure can't take it".
* IAteWhat: [[http://garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=1995&addr=950402 This strip]], and before that there was, [[http://garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=1990&addr=900530/ this one]].
** [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=2000&addr=000407 Garfield didn't realize he ate the fishbowl's castle instead of the fish until Jon showed him the fish]].
** Every strip featuring Irma's Diner has the potential to become this.
** [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=2001&addr=010216 Garfield enjoyed his dinner until]] Jon told him it was "Back-of-the-fridge-bottom-shelf-behind-the-baking-soda stew" and he could "only make it about once every five ''years''".
** [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=2008&addr=081024 Jon liked eating escargots before learning they're snails.]]
* IdeaBulb: Sometimes played straight; parodied in one strip where Garfield's IdeaBulb burns out, and in another where Odie (being none too bright) gets a candle over his head instead.
* IdentityAmnesia: In the arc beginning February 2nd, 1987. Eventually, Jon starts missing [[WeWantOurJerkBack the old Garfield.]]
* IfIHadANickel: [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=1993&addr=931014 Jon said he'd be rich if he had a dollar for every cat hair on his rug]]. Garfield said he was doing his part.
* IfYouDieICallYourStuff:
-->'''Garfield''': How about a nice little game of “Stomp The Spider”?
-->'''Spider''': I'm warning you... You'd better not pick on me, cat!
-->'''Garfield''': And what happens if I do?
-->'''Spider''': I'll tell my big brother!
-->'''Garfield''': Fine! Bring him on!
-->'''Spider''': Hey, Rusty! C'mere!
-->'''Rusty''': Yeah?
-->'''Spider''': This big, stupid cat says he's gonna stomp me.
-->(''BeatPanel'')
-->'''Rusty''': Can I have your [=CDs=]?
** Also:
-->'''Jon (talking on the phone)''':Ellen, if you don't go out with me, I'll die. (Beat) It's just a figure of speech, Ellen. (Beat) No, you can't have my computer!
-->'''Garfield''': Can I have the TV?
** In another Jon tells Garfield that he wrote his will and Garfield asks him if he can have the fridge.
* IHaveToGoIronMyDog: [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=2012&addr=120530 After Jon heard some noise]], Garfield claimed Odie tripped and then he presented a piece of paper with some animal paw prints he claimed to be a sworn testimony claiming he was in Bolivia at the time.
* IHaveToWashMyHair: A prominent RunningGag regarding Jon, with most of the lines overlapping with IHaveToGoIronMyDog. (Or "I have to stay home to floss my otter.")
* IKnowYouKnowIKnow:
-->'''Garfield''': (''holding a rolled-up newspaper'') Come a little closer.
-->'''Spider''': Make me.
-->'''Garfield''': Make me make you.
-->'''Spider''': Make me make you make me.
-->'''Garfield''': Make me make you make me make you.
-->'''Spider''': Make me make you make me make you make me.
-->'''Garfield''': Make me make you make me make you make me make you.
-->'''Spider''': Make me make you make me make... um... ummm... Wait a minute. I forgot what we were talking about.
-->'''Garfield''': Come a little closer, and I'll tell you.
-->'''Spider''': Make me.
* IllogicalSafe: Done to Odie in one Sunday Strip.
* ImpactSilhouette: Garfield has done this to Nermal a few times, through both doors and walls.
** Has also happened to [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/1990/ga901014.gif Garfield]], [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/1984/ga840308.gif Odie]], and [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/1991/ga910404.gif Jon]].
* ImpossiblyTackyClothes: Jon frequently wears these on dates.
* InconsistentDub: The Spanish translation usually keeps the characters' names the same, but it has waffled more than once on translating the names of both Doc Boy and Pooky (to "Chico Doc" and "Puky", respectively).
* InflationaryDialogue: Garfield didn't believe when [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=1980&addr=801121 his grandfather stated]] "You kids have it good these days. I remember when I had to walk six miles every day just to chase rats." When Garfield said he didn't buy that, his grandfather asked "Would you believe across the street to spook a chicken?"
* InsistentTerminology: Garfield never forgets. [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=1986&addr=860730 He just has]] "convenient lapses of memory".
** [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=2009&addr=090415 Garfield is not lazy, he's "sedentary". "Which is classy lazy".]]
* TheIntern: [[RememberTheNewGuy Biff]], Garfield's college intern, appeared in one 1998 arc. He's sent off to scare Jon (unsuccessfully) [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome then never heard from again]].
* IntellectualAnimal: Garfield has been seen sucessfully dialing a phone number, writing on a typewriter, and using a computer.
* InTheStyleOf: [[http://garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=2001&addr=011014 This strip]]'s logo box, as confirmed in a compilation, was done in the style of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ed_Roth Big Daddy Roth]].
* IntimidatingRevenueService: Garfield [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=1991&addr=910412 Once read about a movie titled "The Mummy's Curse"]] on his TV guide. The synopsis: "Mummy rises only to be hit with five thousand years of back taxes."
* IsNothingSacred: In a strip:
-->'''Jon:''' Garfield! You're using my toothbrush!
-->'''Garfield:''' Stick around. You can watch me floss.
-->'''Jon:''' Is nothing sacred?!
-->'''Garfield:''' Where's the mouthwash?
** Garfield utters the line when Jon buys an [[AluminumChristmasTrees aluminum Christmas tree]], which turns in an electric stand.
* ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne:
-->'''Arlene''': Garfield, I just don't know what I see in you. You're rude, obnoxious, fat, selfish, egotistical, and totally devoid of any charm.
-->'''Garfield''': '''I am not egotistical'''.
** Another time too, but Garfield takes it positively.
-->'''Old Lady:''' You are the ugliest little boy I've ever seen.
-->''(Garfield looks surprised and [[AsideGlance glances at the audience]])''
-->'''Garfield:''' You think I'm little?
** [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=1999&addr=990710 Jon described Garfield]] as "a fat, worthless cat". Garfield said "that fat part was uncalled for".
* ItCameFromTheFridge: Several times, Jon's leftovers have become sentient. One even left the fridge because it was no longer wanted.
-->'''Garfield (referring to Jon):''' The bacon is grazing on the lettuce, and he asks if the refrigerator needs cleaning.
* ItsAllAboutMe: Garfield's standard outlook on life.
* IWantGrandkids: Now that Liz is offically his girlfriend, Jon's mother has been [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=2011&addr=111021/ expressing this desire]].
* IWasQuiteALooker: Jon's aunt Gussie. Also Garfield's grandmother, who had a "body that wouldn't quit." Until it did.
** Jon's mother.
* JawDrop: Lampshaded in one strip where Garfield lists off the ways he's seen Jon express surprise after Garfield claws the couch. "All right! 'Jaw dropping'!"
* JawsAttackParody: [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/1992/ga920216.gif This]] Sunday strip banner featured a ''Jaws'' parody.
* JaywalkingWillRuinYourLife: In one strip, it was implied that the police were after Jon for trying to redeem expired coupons at the supermarket.
* JumpingOutOfACake: Garfield [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/2002/ga020619.gif is not amused]] to find a mouse jumping out of his birthday cake.
** In [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/2006/ga060618.gif another strip]], Garfield gets a cake for his birthday from the mice in the house. He gulps it down, then spits out a female mouse.
* KentBrockmanNews: [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/2000/ga001019.gif "The weatherman is losing it."]]
** "Here's the news! ...Uh! Gee, this is small print! Unfortunately, I can't see a thing without my glasses. So here's a song! Feeeeliiiiings..."
* KickMePrank: Jon came home looking dirty and beaten up, because someone apparently stuck a "Bury Me Alive" sign on his back.
* KickTheDog: Garfield does this quite literally, and on a regular basis.
* KlatchianCoffee: Garfield's favorite kind. Gafield's coffee is so strong, [[http://garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=1997&addr=970611 it can even eat a donut]]... or [[AteTheSpoon the spoon(s)]] [[http://garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=1987&addr=871201 he uses to stir it.]]
** He also likes coffee so thick that after a few seconds of pouring, [[http://garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=1984&addr=840529 you can let go of the coffeepot and it won't fall]].
** [[http://garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=1987&addr=871020 In one strip]]:
--->'''Jon:''' The coffee's strong today.\\
''(it reaches out of the cup and slaps Garfield round the face)''\\
'''Garfield:''' Not just strong, but mean!
* 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.
** [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=2012&addr=120506 Jon, Garfield and Liz were watching TV when the remote control's batteries ran out of power]] so Jon and Garfield went out to buy new batteries. Liz then pointed out the set was five ''feet'' away. Garfield thought "Girls".
* TheLastStraw: Happens in [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/1988/ga881221.gif this]] Christmas strip, with an ornament. That strip is the trope page's image, too.
* LatexPerfection: Not done in the typical spy manner, but Garfield has enjoyed [[http://garfield.com/comic/2009-03-08 scaring people with rubber masks]] from time to time (usually Jon.)
* LawyerFriendlyCameo: Parodied in one strip with "Grafield".
* LaxativePrank: Jon mentions this as one of the mean things that Garfield does to Mrs. Feeny.
* LeastCommonPizzaTopping: [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=1999&addr=990115 Garfield likes pizza with anchovies. Jon and Odie don't]].
** In both the cartoon adaptations, he hates anchovies as well. Odd, considering he likes fish as much as any other adaptation.
* LeastRhymableWord: In one strip, Jon is trying to write a love poem. After a BeatPanel, he asks Garfield, "What rhymes with 'wolverine'?" and Garfield suggests "loser".
** Changed to "[[SmellySkunk skunk]]" in the Spanish translation.
* LeavingFoodForSanta: The comic used this a few times during its Christmas strips.
** In [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/1981/ga811224.gif one early strip]], Jon sets a hamburger and a glass of milk nearby the chimney, saying, "And here's something for jolly old Saint Nick." Garfield then rises from a present under the tree and begins eating it, saying, "Ho Ho Ho."
** [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/1990/ga901219.gif One strip]] shows Jon about to have some milk and cookies lying out. He then gets caught in a net booby trap, and Garfield comes over and angrily comments, "Hey! You're not Santa!"
** In [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/1998/ga981224.gif another strip]], Garfield leaves out a T-bone steak and a pot of coffee for Santa, because "A big fat guy who's driving all night doesn't want milk and cookies."
** In [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/2001/ga011225.gif the Christmas Day 2001 strip]], Garfield says that Santa is even nicer then he thought, because ''he'' left ''Garfield'' a cookie.
** The Christmas-themed book ''Seasons Eatings'' has a list of top 10 things Garfield would do if he replaced Santa. Among them is "Order kids to leave out a T-bone steak and curly fries for him instead of milk and cookies."
** The 12-12-2012 strip had Garfield emailing his wish list to Santa and promising to leave out plenty of cookies for him. Jon claims "You can't bribe Santa!", but at the North Pole the big guy is revealed to be excited about the promise...
* LegionOfLostSouls: Garfield [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=2009&addr=090426 ate a fish and tried to hide it by leaving a note at the fishbowl claiming the fish joined the French Foreign Legion.]]
* 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.
** Irma, or whoever cooks at her diner, is far worse, at times giving this Trope the potential to be ''literal''. She once claimed that the chef was out sick with ''anthrax''. There was also this tamer exchange:
-->'''Jon:''' What's good today, Irma?
-->''(Irma says nothing)''
-->'''Jon:''' What's ''edible'' today, Irma?
-->'''Irma:''' Try the meatloaf.
* LetsSeeYOUDoBetter: There are many Garfield Comic Creators. [[http://www.garfield.com/fungames/comiccreator.html Here's]] [[http://www.professorgarfield.org/pgf_comics_lab.html two]] of them.
* LightbulbJoke: {{Deconstructed|Trope}}:
-->'''Garfield''': Here's a joke, how many mice does it take to screw in a light bulb?
-->'''Mouse''': Mice don't screw in light bulbs. Light bulbs are much too big and cumbersome, and not to mention that it's much safer for us to pilfer food in the dark.
-->'''Garfield''': [[LampshadeHanging That joke took a sobering turn.]]
* LimitedWardrobe: Jon almost always wore a "powder blue oxford shirt", as one strip put it. Averted nowadays both by the colorists being unable to make up their minds, and Jim and co. occasionally drawing Jon in a different style of shirt.
* LiteralMinded: [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=2013&addr=130511 Believing that "You can't know someone until you've walked a mile in their shoes", Jon's Uncle Forrest had three hundred pairs when they caught him.]] Garfield said "That's about a seven on the creepy scale".
* LoadsAndLoadsOfLoading: Garfield encounters this in [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/2009/ga091206.gif a Christmas strip]].
* LoggingOntoTheFourthWall: [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/2000/ga000730.gif Dingleball.com]] and [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/2000/ga000907.gif coffeequick.com]].
** Subversion [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/2006/ga061014.gif here]].
* LogicBomb:
-->'''Garfield: '''Today's the day I do nothing. Unless I'm mistaken. Though being mistaken would be something, not nothing. So if today's the day I do nothing, I can't be mistaken. [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/1994/ga941205.gif Unless I'm mistaken.]]
* LoopholeAbuse:
** Jon once scolded Garfield for burying Odie in sand at the beach. Garfield defended himself by pointing out that "I only buried him up to his knees." Which would be fine....if he hadn't been buried ''upside-down''.
** "Ah, it says here carrots are on my diet. And his is a carrot cake. '''A loophole!'''"
** Jon tried to teach Garfield self-control. He left a box of kitty treats in the room Garfield was in, telling him [[ExactWords not to take the kitty treats]]. He left the room, then reentered a short while later. Garfield took everything except the box.
** Even more audacious when Garfield was on another diet and Jon told him "You may have a salad." Garfield promptly helped himself to some pork chops, and when Jon called him out he claimed that no one had ever told him that pork chops were not a salad!
** And once again: "This salad needs something. I think I'll garnish it. With a ham!" *wham*
** Taken UpToEleven in one strip where Jon put Garfield on a diet, saying he could eat anything he could sip through a straw. Garfield promptly sucked ''an entire chicken'' through said straw. ("Well, back to the drawing board," said Jon.
** And in ''another'' early strip, he put Garfield on a diet where he was only allowed one drumstick per day. Garfield was [[RuleOfFunny somehow able to find a butcher that sold pterodactyl drumsticks.]]
* LosingYourHead: A [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=2008&addr=081026 headless swamp monster]] doesn't scare Garfield more than his dish bowl being empty.
* LostInCharacter: Parodied.
-->'''General on TV:''' Holy '''bovines''', Corporal! There's a giant monster invading the city!\\
'''Soldier on TV:''' That's not a monster, sir.\\
'''General:''' What are you talking about? Call out the artillery!\\
'''Soldier:''' It's just a bad actor in a rubber suit.\\
'''General:''' Oh, it is '''not'''! It's a monster!\\
'''Soldier:''' Come on... I can see the zipper.\\
'''General:''' Egad! A '''zipper''' monster! That's the worst kind!\\
'''Soldier:''' And that's not a real city.\\
'''General:''' '''Insolence!''' I'll have you '''court-martialed!!'''\\
'''Soldier:''' These are just tiny little model buildings.\\
'''Garfield:''' General Cordwood seems to have buried himself in the part.\\
'''Soldier:''' See?\\
'''General:''' PUT MY HOUSE DOWN!!
* LyingFingerCross: Garfield crossed his ''toes'' [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=1996&addr=961218 while making a promise]].
* MagicMirror: [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=2013&addr=130822 This strip]]:
-->'''Garfield''': Mirror, mirror on the wall, who's the...
-->'''Mirror''': Wait... before you even get started... you're fat.
-->'''Garfield''': Where's my brick?
* MakeItLookLikeAnAccident: Garfield [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=2013&addr=130908 hired a dog to get rid of Nermal and use the trope.]] However, the dog found Nermal too cute to be harmed.
* MasochistsMeal: Occurs in a strip where Jon and Liz are at a restaurant:
-->'''Jon:''' Is your chili spicy?\\
'''Waiter:''' Not really.\\
'''Guest:''' ''(offscreen)'' GAAAHH! MY THROAT! MILK! ICE WATER! ALOE VERA!!!\\
'''Waiter:''' Unless you're a weenie...\\
'''Jon:''' Bring it on!
** [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=2010&addr=101006 When Jon and Garfield are at Irma's Diner]]:
-->'''Jon''': What's the special today?
-->'''Irma''': [[YouDoNOTWantToKnow You don't want to know]].
-->'''Jon''': Gimme the special!
-->'''Garfield''': There's a gambler in the house!
* 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 the comic strip ''Boner's Ark''.)
** [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=2010&addr=100316 Jon believes every name has a meaning.]] Looking his up, he found out it meant "he who gets beat up for his lunch money".
* MeatOVision: Frequently during Garfield's diets.
* MediumAwareness: All the time.
** Shortly before his 26th birthday: "Is it just my imagination, or [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/2004/ga040614.gif is this strip getting longer?]]"
** After being hit in the head with a shoe, the WrittenSoundEffect "SPLUT!" appears over Garfield's head. He looks off-panel and says, "Wait a minute! [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/1985/ga850208.gif Shoes don't go 'splut'!]]"
** After getting a cold in a very early strip: "[[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/1978/ga781127.gif Loog, eben my thoughts are stuffed ub.]]"
** Davis also has fun with the "Z" bubbles that he uses to indicate sleeping:
*** One time, Garfield said that he couldn't seem to wake up, until he realized that the large "Z" was still over his head. He [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/1989/ga891113.gif popped the "Z"]] and promptly woke up.
*** Lampshaded at least once: "[[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/2002/ga020427.gif I eat, I sleep. That's all I do. Do I look like I'm sleeping?]] '''[[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/2002/ga020427.gif Do you see a 'Z' floating over my head?!]]'''"
*** Garfield, unable to sleep, [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/1991/ga910811.gif stole the "Z" from above a sleeping Jon's head]] and placed it over his own.
* MeetYourEarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The page image comes from a 2003 arc in which (then-current) Garfield meets up with his 1978 self. Much lampshading ensued. The arc ends with Jon and Odie having similar experiences.
* MegatonPunch: Garfield has done this to Odie and Nermal, socking - or, more often, kicking both (figuratively) to the moon.
** And [[NotHyperbole literally]], Garfield once actually kicked Odie into next week: "[[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/1984/ga840702.gif I have this nagging feeling I'm forgetting something... (Odie falls on him) ... Oh yes, I forgot I kicked Odie into next week, last week.]]"
* MerchandiseDriven: The strip itself is designed solely to make money. [[CashCowFranchise And boy has it]]
* {{Metaphorgotten}}:
** "Boy, am I bored. I'm so bored I have nothing better to do than lie here flat as a pancake. A big fluffy pancake dripping with butter and maple syrup... Boy, am I hungry."
** "Life is like a birdbath. It's made of concrete, filled with water, and uh... birds like to splash in it. Boy, that was dumb. Life isn't anything like a birdbath. Life... is like a sock monkey..."
* MidnightSnack: Often.
--> '''Garfield''': I wonder if it's time for my midnight snack? (''looks at clock'') Hmmm... Eight P.M. Close enough.
* MindScrew:
** The aforementioned Halloween 1989 arc, of course.
** A 1981 strip had nothing but Garfield sleeping for all three panels, no doubt leaving many readers outright baffled when it first appeared in papers. It makes much more sense when read in the books, where the next day's strip completes the gag.
* MilestoneCelebration: Every June 19 (the date the strip debuted) celebrates Garfield's 'birthday'. It's the only comic to celebrate its anniversary '''every''' year.
* MisfortuneCookie: Referenced in [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/2002/ga020410.gif the April 10, 2002 strip]].
-->'''Jon:''' Still eating, Garfield? Soon your stomach will grow large and you will explode.\\
'''Garfield:''' He's like an evil fortune cookie.
* MomentKiller: Ever since Jon and Liz got together, Garfield and Odie would stop at nothing to do this.
* MotionlessMakeover: In the February 27, 1996 strip, Jon's back gives out and Garfield puts a cloth and potted plant on Jon.
* MouseHole: Mice in this comic have these.
* MundaneUtility: [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/2013/ga130405.gif "The computer is a wonderful thing. For instance, if I turn it off I can see an excellent reflection of myself."]]
* MushroomSamba: One censored comic which only appears as a rough sketch in the 25th anniversary book, features a half asleep Garfield as he watches a periscope emerge from his water dish, followed by a tentacle. Garfield then smiles and says, "Man, that was some gooooooood catnip!"
* MustacheVandalism: Garfield [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/1994/ga940428.gif does this to a picture of Jon]], and when Jon demands for Garfield to fix it, Garfield draws a mustache on Jon's face as well.
** Another example:
-->'''Garfield''': "I just drew a mustache on every picture of Jon in the house!"\\
'''Jon''' (shows up): "I just drew a mustache on my face!"\\
'''Garfield''': "Spoilsport!"
* MustHaveCaffeine: Garfield [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/1979/ga791210.gif sure]] [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/1980/ga800203.gif likes]] [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/2007/ga070521.gif coffee]]. (and [[KlatchianCoffee he likes it strong]])
* MyFriendsAndZoidberg: Garfield said [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=2012&addr=120625 "The world is filled with many wonders... and Jon".]]
* MyGrandmaCanDoBetterThanYou: A ShowWithinAShow featured a [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=2011&addr=111027 character mocking a monster's slowness by claiming]] "My Grandmother could outrun that mon-" "[=EEEK=]!" "Um... [[SubvertedTrope check that]]".
* NegativeContinuity: To some extent.
* NeverMyFault: Garfield's typical form of "self-chastisement". Quite amusing some of the time.
* NewYearsResolution: Garfield [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=1993&addr=930101 decided not to sleep]] more than [[ExactWords eight hours a day]]. Upon calculation, he told Jon to wake him up on May, 3rd.
** [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=1993&addr=931228 Garfield promised not to do this prank anymore but he's not sure he'll keep the promise]].
** [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=2013&addr=130101 Jon promised to brush his teeth everyday.]] Even if he's not going anywhere.
** [[http://garfield.com/comic/2014-01-05 Jon and Garfield resolved not to eat donuts anymore. After each one hallucinated a donut asking him to eat it, they decided to break the resolution.]]
* NoFourthWall: The fourth wall came crashing down on the first day and never went back up:
-->'''Jon''': Our only thought is to entertain you.
-->'''Garfield''': Feed me.
** One time (in the 1980s) Jon decided Garfield should go on a diet because his weight was causing the comic strip box to dip where he walked.
** The fourth wall is sometimes AWOL in-universe as well:
--->'''Woman on TV''': Come closer... closer...\\
(''Jon moves closer to the TV'')\\
'''Woman on TV''': Uh... that's close enough, dork boy.\\
'''Garfield''': Et tu, TV?
** Another time, a television host yelled at a sleeping Garfield to turn the set off after signing off for the night.
* NoirEpisode: ''Babes and Bullets'', one of the segments in ''GarfieldHis9Lives''. Wasn't included in the animated version but was adapted into a stand-alone TV special the following year.
** Parodied in a SundayStrip — the atmosphere is quickly ruined when Odie appears in a clown suit, and Garfield says "I was this close to making my big dramatic debut."
* NoMoreForMe: In [[http://garfield.com/comic/1998-03-01 this strip]], Garfield pours his coffee right back into the pot upon witnessing a spider he just stomped being taken away by an ambulance.
* NoMouth: Garfield's teddy bear Pooky had one, but as per ArtEvolution he lost it ([[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/1981/ga811006.gif 10-6-1981]] and [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/1982/ga820207.gif 2-7-1982]] being the last strips to depict him with a mouth). Since then, at least [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/1985/ga850613.gif two]] [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/2010/ga100505.gif strips]] relied on the fact that Pooky had no mouth.
* NoodleImplements: [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=2010&addr=100525 For some reason]], Jon was running inside the house without his pants telling Garfield he needed a belt, a fishbowl and a fire extinguisher.
** [[InvokedTrope "I'd explain this,]] [[http://garfield.com/comic/1992-07-12 but it gets kind of technical."]]
* NoodleIncident: Anything that Garfield himself does to [[http://sluha.pri.ee/stuff/garfield.php?day=07&month=02&year=2000 Mrs.]] [[http://sluha.pri.ee/stuff/garfield.php?day=10&month=02&year=2002 Feeny]].
** Garfield's New Years Eve parties.
** [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/1981/ga810413.gif "You met a ballet dancer and went to a sack race?"]] "Close enough."
** It's probably for the best that the details of [[http://www.gocomics.com/garfield/2006/07/15#.U5o85HYXKrl this one]] are never explained.
* NonsenseClassification: Garfield states the four basic food groups are [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=1983&addr=831006 meat, vegetable, dairy and catsup.]]
* NoseNuggets: Garfield spends the first panel [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/2002/ga020816.gif picking his nose]]. After a BeatPanel, he looks out to the viewer and says, "[[MediumAwareness I'm on, aren't I?]]"
** Jon's been caught with his finger up his nose twice: [[http://garfield.com/comic/1989-06-21 The first time,]] he was assembling a model airplane and got glue on his hands ("I have to go to the hospital now"), while [[http://garfield.com/comic/1996-08-27 the second]] saw Garfield, acting as a director, telling Jon to play the part of "a pitiful goofball" -- right on cue, Jon's fingers got stuck up his nose.
* NoSuchThingAsBadPublicity: In-universe, [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/1991/ga910120.gif Odie loves any kind of attention as long as it's attention]].
* 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.
* NotWearingPantsDream: [[http://garfield.com/comic/1991-12-01 1991-12-01]], during which Jon announces at the United Nations that he can't get a date to save his life.
* NothingIsTheSameAnymore: In July 2006, after 27 years of constant failures, Jon finally managed to get together with Liz and they've been in a relationship ever since.
* NotMeThisTime: [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=1999&addr=990202 Somebody threw away all of Jon's shirts]] except one that reads "I (heart sign) cats". Believing Garfield to be responsible, Jon threw him outside, where Odie, wearing a shirt, has a malicious smile.
* 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.
** [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=1998&addr=981007 Garfield chasing an invisible mouse]].
* NowILayMeDownToSleep: [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/1987/ga870429.gif One strip]] shows Jon starting the prayer, but he stops because he hears Garfield open the refrigerator door.
* NutritionalNightmare: [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/2013/ga130418.gif This]] strip had Garfield eat a slice of toast with a whole stick of butter on it, much to Jon's disgust.
* ObviousObjectCouldBeAnything: In a 1995 strip, Odie is shown shaking a wrapped bone, then wondering what it could be.
* 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.
*** A particularly jarring example of off-model Garfield in that timespan [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/2005/ga050209.gif here]].
** And in this [[http://garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=2006&addr=060423 April 2006 strip]], Jon's entire face was rather off model.
** In this [[http://garfield.com/comic/2010-10-03 October 2010 strip]], Garfield and Jon look very off-model.
** The [[http://garfield.com/comic/1989-08-12 August 12, 1989 strip]] looks ''unusually'' off-model for the period. No other strips of the time had Garfield and/or Odie drawn in such a way.
* OffstageVillainy: Garfield's constant harassment of his neighbors.
* OhCrap: Garfield gives this facial expression a lot. See the "zippers" strip above as an example.
* TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou: Garfield likes to stomp spiders and hates when [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=1994&addr=940419 Jon beats him to it]]. [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=2008&addr=080203 However, when Liz did it]], he told Jon to marry her.
* OrWasItADream: [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=2005&addr=050710 In this strip]], Garfield has a dream in which he's about to kick Odie off the table, only for Odie to snap at him [[TheDogBitesBack "Don't even think about it!"]]. Then Garfield wakes up, sees Odie and goes to kick him for real...only for Odie to turn around and glare at him.
* OverlyLongGag: Many Sunday strips are padded out to the maximum seven panels, when they could just as easily work in three.
* OverlyLongScream: Jon does one in a 1992 strip that takes up the top of every single panel. In the last panel, we see it's because he had enough Christmas lights to decorate the entire outside and inside of the house, but ran out of cord inches before he could plug it in.
* OverlyNervousFlopSweat: Happens to Jon in one strip after Liz tells him whatever he decides to get her will be just perfect.
* PaintingTheMedium: Bugs "speak" in smaller letters, except in Sunday strips.
* PantsFree: [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=1983&addr=830731 Jon]].
* PaperThinDisguise: In the educational webtoons, Garfield's Professor G disguise just consists of him [[ClarkKenting putting on glasses]].
** After getting caught trying to eat a pizza, Garfield disguised himself as the pizza. Jon didn't fall for it.
* ParanoiaGambit: [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/2009/ga090305.gif "Just playing with your paranoia."]]
** [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/1980/ga800411.gif "I love mental games."]]
* PayingTheirDues: [[invoked]] Garfield says this is what his fence act is.
* PickyEater:
** Garfield does NOT like raisins.
** Squeak, once seeing a mousetrap, tells Garfield, "A nice Camembert or a creamy Brie would be well worth going in after...but that '''Processed American Cheese''' is ''an insult to my palate!''"
* ThePictureCameWithTheFrame: [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/1998/ga980930.gif "Only Jon would carry around the picture of the girl that came with the wallet."]]
* PieInTheFace: The "Splut!" pies, which make that noise when they hit Garfield.
* ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything: Those who have been around long enough will know that Jon is supposedly a cartoonist. It was mentioned in the first strip, and his drawing board was seen in some early strips. The only times it's been mentioned after that is the storyline in 1984, where Jon goes to a cartoonists' convention and Liz describing Jon to her parents in the May 2, 2010 strip. That's right; his job went unmentioned in the strip for ''twenty-six years''.
** In the TV series his job is a focus of several episodes. And one of the comic book stories involve him trying to come up with a new comic book idea.
* PlaceWorseThanDeath: Garfield has often tried to get rid of Nermal by mailing him to Abu Dhabi.
* PlutoIsExpendable: [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/2011/ga111127.jpg "The planetarium called... Your stomach is replacing Pluto as the ninth planet!"]]
* PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad: A 2010 strip both parodied and ridiculed this trend, with a TV show featuring cowboys solving their disagreements by playing tag.
* PopTheTires: Garfield, in one strip, slashed the tires on a donut truck in order to eat its contents.
* PosthumousCollaboration: The calendar and [[http://www.zazzle.com/GarfieldandRockwell/ merchandise line]] ''Garfield Visits [[NormanRockwell Rockwell]]'', which adds Garfield to some of Norman Rockwell's ''Saturday Evening Post'' covers.
* PottyEmergency: [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/1981/ga810522.gif "He'll find out how bored I am if I don't get to a litter box soon."]]
* PoundsAreAnimalPrisons: [[http://sluha.pri.ee/stuff/garfield.php?day=24&month=01&year=1981 A 1981 story arc]] had Garfield being sent to the city pound, which was portrayed this way. (He escapes when Fluffy, another cat there, smashes him through the wall) It was even parodied in one of the strips:
-->''(the gate slams)''
-->'''Garfield:''' How did I get into this fix? One minute I'm free as a bird, then I'm in the city pound. Where did I go wrong? I'm just a number here, I've almost forgotten what it's like on the outside. '''It's not right to cage a wild animal!''' '''These four walls are closing in on me! I can't take it anymore!'''
-->'''Cat:''' You've only been here two minutes.
-->'''Garfield:''' I know, but this is my first shot at a prison scene.
* PrecisionFStrike: Davis got a lot of letters for having Garfield say "sucked" in a 1990 strip; this was the only time that word ever appeared in it.
* PreciousPuppy: Odie. In Kaboom Garfield #14, Odie was even called adorable twice.
* ProducePelting: Happens frequently to Garfield when he's singing on the fence. He once had a ''watermelon'' thrown at him.
** A watermelon? Psh. Remember Booga-Booga's wonderful scout troop? Only bloody currency is GIANT STONE WHEELS.
* ProjectileToast: Seen quite often:
** November 19, 1982, as the result of Garfield hating the toaster.
** August 21, 1994, as the result of Jon "fixing" the toaster...
** October 28, 2003 gives us a toaster that hates ''Jon''. And it turns out to be possessed by an evil spirit.
** {{Inverted|Trope}} on August 10, 1986, where Jon turns the toaster upside-down to prevent Garfield from stealing the toast. The ''toaster'' becomes projectile and smacks Garfield in the head.
* ProphecyTwist: [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=1983&addr=830205 This strip]]: Garfield read this from a fortune cookie fortune: "Today you will be whisked away to a large white building where all you have to do is lie in bed all day as lots of people pay attention to you and bring you food". As Garfield said it sounded "too good to be true", he failed to notice he was about to fall from the table.
* ProtagonistTitle
* PuppyDogEyes: In the [[http://www.gocomics.com/garfield/2013/08/04#mutable_982041 August 4th 2013]] comic, Garfield does this to Liz for a snack...and she does it right back at him. Garfield's response? He gives HIS food to her and tells Jon "She's good."
* 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.
** Garfield once met a cat (Ed) who was raised by squirrels. Before they met, Ed didn't know the meaning of "ground". And neither his "mother" did. Ed has the habit of storing birds for winter. When the tree branch where Ed and Garfield were stiing on fell, Ed had the first chance to walk "sideways". Odie was the first dog Ed ever met and Garfield explained to him cats were supposed to fear dogs albeit Garfield doesn't remember why.
** [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=2013&addr=130721 Jon's cousin Earl after being accidentally left at a rest stop.]] He went missing for years and eventually sent a postcard claiming to "have acquired a taste for small game".
* RakeTake:
** [[http://garfield.com/comic/1985-05-18 "There's the first rake in the face."]]
** [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=2010&addr=101107 "It just wouldn't be autumn without our little traditions".]]
* ARareSentence: Jon and Garfield are eating salad when Jon says, "Hmmm, interesting lettuce." After a BeatPanel, Garfield says, "There's a phrase you don't hear every day."
* RelationshipUpgrade: Liz has gone from occasionally and begrudgingly dating Jon to his full-fledged (and willing) girlfriend.
** [[http://garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=2006&addr=060728 Their kiss]] on the night they finally got together may be quite a shock for readers until you realize ''they've kissed before,'' '''''[[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=1981&addr=811219 around 24 years ago]]'''''.
* RelaxOVision: [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/2005/ga050430.gif This strip]].
* RememberTheNewGuy: Jon's aunt Gussie. Also most of Garfield's family, who appeared only in one week of strips and ''Here Comes Garfield'' without ever being mentioned again (except for his mom, who showed up in ''one'' other strip).
* RepeatAfterMe: Garfield uses Odie as a ventriloquist's dummy to make this exchange: "Say hello to the people, dummy." "Hello to the people, dummy."
* RepeatingSoTheAudienceCanHear: Often done with Jon's phone conversations with Ellen.
* RepetitiveAudioGlitch: [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/1985/ga850630.gif This]] strip.
* {{Retcon}}: Two big ones. Odie was originally Lyman's dog, and Nermal was originally Jon's parents' kitten. Now the former is treated as if he were Jon's all along, and the latter is just a neighborhood cat who wanders in to torment Garfield.
* RetroactiveWish: [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=1998&addr=981104 Garfield was sick of his hiccups]] and wished they'd just disappear. After they did, Garfield claimed to be sick of Odie.
** [[http://garfield.com/comic/2014-03-01 Garfield demanded respect.]] When Jon showed up saying he respected garfield, Garfield smacked himself saying he could have demanded a pizza.
* ReversePsychology: [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=1995&addr=950804 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.
-->'''Garfield''': Reverse reverse psychology.
** [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=2006&addr=060510 Jon told Ellen she'd have to beg if she wanted him to go out with her and she laughed.]] "So much for reverse psychology".
** [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/2004/ga040124.gif One time]], Jon told Garfield that it ''isn't'' time to get up. Garfield ends up getting out of bed to protest.
* RiddleForTheAges: [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=2001&addr=010729 When Jon got stuck on a wall and asked for Garfield's help]], he told Garfield not to ask how it happened.
* RidiculouslyCuteCritter: Nermal
* RidiculouslyLoudCommercial: [[http://garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=2010&addr=100718 This strip]], which includes a Snuggie reference.
* RoadTripEpisode: Garfield and Jon (and sometimes Odie) often embark on Type 1s and 2s.
* RodentsOfUnusualSize: Garfield has, more than once, faced a mouse bigger than he was.
** There's also the legendary [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/1979/ga790808.gif Matt the Rat]].
* RougeAnglesOfSatin: Every now and then.
** [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/1982/ga820327.gif "Okay… who waxed the fench?"]]
** [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/1983/ga830325.gif "Your not a sailplane, you know."]]
** [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/1990/ga900222.gif February 22, 1990]] misspelled Pooky's name as "Pookie."
** [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/1990/ga900719.gif July 19, 1990]] contains the {{egregious}} spelling error of "Garfied."
** [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/2003/ga030511.gif May 11, 2003]] "Everybody" has the E and R reversed.
** [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/2003/ga030525.gif In this strip]], Davis and co. left out the first E in "loneliness."
** PlayedForLaughs: [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/1990/ga900930.gif September 30, 1990]] with Garfield and Odie as Pat Sajak and Vanna White, respectively, on the ''WheelOfFortune'' set. The puzzle board reads "GARFIEDL."
** "[[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/2008/ga081115.gif I can't get my mind off that ham in the the fridge]]".
* RubberMan: [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/2001/ga010812.gif "I forgot how far cats can stretch."]]
* RuleOfThree: After finding the Italian restaurant where he was born: "It's all gone! Where's the pasta? The people? The pasta? The excitement? The pasta?"
** Also: "Decorations, presents, caroling, presents, mistletoe and presents. Six things I love about Christmas."
* RunningGag: Kicking Odie, Mondays, spiders, Spluts. Although the Spluts haven't appeared since the mid-1990s. Later years have 'beware of dog' signs.
** At least in the 1980s, Garfield would hide in a fern and the first two panels would appear the same, delivering a different punchline every time.
--->'''Jon:''' Garfield, I know you're in my fern. I can see your tail. What do you have to say for yourself?
** Also, [[http://sluha.pri.ee/stuff/garfield.php?day=03&month=02&year=1979 a number of 1980s strips]] had Jon saying some variation of "I wouldn't say you're fat Garfield, but...", followed by an extremely insulting joke about Garfield's fatness. Garfield usually attacked Jon in some way after that.
*** In the final strip that had the gag, it was {{Subverted|Trope}}. Jon says the line, but Garfield stuffs his food bowl in Jon's mouth before Jon can finish the insult and Garfield says "Then don't."
** Garfield's [[http://sluha.pri.ee/stuff/garfield.php?day=23&month=05&year=1979 uncles]] and [[http://sluha.pri.ee/stuff/garfield.php?day=06&month=06&year=1979 aunts]].
** In the late 2000s, a running gag started of Garfield reading letters addressed to "Dear Ask a Dog", with Odie providing some kind of funny response.
** "Here comes Arlene. She's crazy about me."
* SadistShow: Almost all of the humor in the strip comes from inflicted pain on the characters (usually Jon):
--->'''Garfield:''' Life is funny.
--->''(Garfield laughs at Jon, who has fallen down the stairs and is lying in a heap.)''
--->'''Garfield:''' For some of us.
* SantaClaus: He [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/1978/ga781224.gif occasionally]] [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/1983/ga831223.gif appears]] [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/1995/ga951223.gif during]] [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/2001/ga011207.gif Christmas]]. He [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=2012&addr=121212 can be bribed]].
* SayMyName: Used often with Garfield.
* ScaredOfWhatsBehindYou: One Sunday strip featured Garfield going to a zoo, getting into a lion cage, and roleplaying his fantasy of what it would be like if he were a wild animal. At one point he takes a swipe at some patrons, and congratulates himself when they're scared. He does this not noticing the gigantic lion now sitting behind him... currently supplies the page image.
* SelfDeprecation: In-Universe in [[http://www.garfield.com/cmics/vault.html?yr=2004&addr=041119 this]] strip: A TV show's host loves hosting it because it means not having to ''watch'' it. Garfield wished to be the host.
** After laying dominant for twenty-four years, Jon's cartoonist job was used to deliver one, with [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=2010&addr=100502 a strip]] where both of Liz's parents hyperventilate in a paper bag after Liz tells them about it.
* SeriousBusiness: [[http://garfield.com/comic/1985-09-15 Triple-Coupon Day]].
* SewerGator: {{Parodied|Trope}} in a strip, where Garfield falls into a sewer and meets up with a giant alligator that was in the sewer, along with a canary and a goldfish that have also become giant after ending up in the sewer.
* ShamefulShrinking: Happens to Jon in [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/2010/ga100127.gif this]] strip.
* ShameIfSomethingHappened: Garfield uses this as extortion to get Jon's steak.
* ShapedLikeItself: "[[http://garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=2007&addr=070421 The more you learn…]] the more you, um… learn."
* 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''.
** The logo box to [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/1985/ga851013.gif this strip]] depicts the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SKWPcB4qIR8&feature=channel&list=UL American Express "do you know me?" ad]] in which Jim Davis appeared.
** [[ComicStrip/RoseIsRose How]] [[ComicStrip/{{Blondie}} many]] [[ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes comic book]] [[ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}} kids]] can you recognize in the title box of the [[http://garfield.com/comic/2005-10-30 October 30, 2005 strip]]?
** [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/1983/ga830408.gif There's]] [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/1984/ga840329.gif quite]] [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/1989/ga890217.gif a]] [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/1988/ga881114.gif few]] [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/2010/ga100212.gif to]] ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}''.
** There is a ''ComicStrip/KrazyKat'' background image on the wall in [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/2007/ga071203.gif this strip]].
** In the [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/1983/ga830425.gif April 25, 1983]] strip, Garfield says ''Film/OldYeller'' is his all-time favorite movie, because "I love movies with [[ShootTheDog happy endings]]."
** In [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=2011&addr=110202 February 2, 2011]], Garfield said Odie needed to look more menancing. Odie then put on [[Franchise/FridayThe13th a hockey mask]].
** In [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=2012&addr=120513 May 13, 2012]]'s logo box, Garfield was chasing one of the AngryBirds.
** In [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=1981&addr=810912 September 12, 1981]], Jon woke up to Garfield wearing his(Jon's) reading glasses. Garfield explained it was [[Literature/LittleRedRidingHood "all the better to scare you with, my dear"]].
** [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=1992&addr=920123 Jon said "last night's date]] was like a [[ExactWords fairy tale"]]. She ran away from the restaurant [[WhenTheClockStrikesTwelve at midnight]] and left a steel-toed work boot. Garfield suggested going to the foundry to [[Literature/{{Cinderella}} find who it fitted]].
** [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=1998&addr=980108 Jon was in an "artistic mood"]] and wanted to start painting. When he asked where to start, Garfield suggested him to [[Creator/VincentVanGogh "cut off an ear"]].
*** The same event was refernced in a another strip, where Jon reads about it and wonders what he an cut of. Garfield suggests "that last shred of dignity".
** [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=2003&addr=030217 The ghost of]] [[Literature/AChristmasCarol hamburgers past]] showed up to show Garfield the error of his ways. Garfield ate it and said it "needed more of the ghost of ketchup past".
** [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=2012&addr=120526 Odie's inner tube looks like]] [[USAcres Wade's]] without the duck face.
* ShowDontTell: Averted pretty hard. Davis has a tendency to set up elaborate gags which are only expressed verbally.
* ShowWithinAShow: Garfield's fence act.
* SideEffectsInclude: Parodied in [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/2005/ga050417.gif this]] strip.
* SirVerbALot: [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=2010&addr=100224 Jon and Garfield play a medieval themed vídeo game where Jon likes to play as a character named "Sir Whines-a-Lot"]]. Needless to say, he starts whining when he doesn't get to be him.
* SkewedPriorities: [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=1986&addr=861016 Jon was buying a cake when three midgets wearing gorilla costumes burned the place and ran off with the cash register]]. The detail Garfield wanted to know about: the flavor of the frosting.
* SoreLoser: [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=2001&addr=010816 Jon reading this letter from his brother]]: "Maddie Ferguson's pie took first place at the fair so Mom burned her barn down".
* 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.
** There's also [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/1995/ga950119.gif a kick going "Blagoonga!"]] and [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/1985/ga850208.gif a shoe going "Splut!"]].
* TheSpeechless: Odie, most of the time. Once, he said "I'm hungry" through ThoughtBubbleSpeech like Garfield, and in ''Garfield and Friends,'' he sometimes "barked" short words.
* SphereEyes: Suprisingly, they were gained through ArtEvolution.
* SpidersAreScary: One running gag involves Garfield swatting spiders.
* SquirrelsInMyPants: In [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/2011/ga110724.gif this strip]], Jon gets a gopher in his pants. Again.
* StartMyOwn: [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=2009&addr=090221 A cat hair left]] Garfield to start his own cat. Upon getting caught by Jon's vacuum cleaner, he said they didn't tell about that in business school.
* StealthPun: [[http://garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=2008&addr=080323 This strip's]] splash panel has Garfield sleeping on a music staff. In a measure that has a ''rest'' in it.
* StockShoutOut: [[{{Superman}} Super]] [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=1989&addr=891009 Pooky]].
** Also, [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=2003&addr=030709 Ellen reminds Jon of a comic book hero: Clown Boy.]] Garfield commented: "Who, disguised as mild-mannered geek, Jon Arbuckle..."
* StockYuck: [[http://garfield.com/comic/2013-11-28 Jon recalled his family holidays]]. As an act of magic, his Uncle Joe made the fruitcake disappear. Garfield didn't consider it a great loss.
* 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".
** Garfield did it again in another strip when he ran into Arlene. She continued to stand and watch in amusement, as Garfield struggled to keep up his flexing:
-->'''Garfield''': Uh...don't you have somewhere you gotta be?
-->'''Arlene''': And miss seeing how long you can hold that pose?
** Played straight in another strip where Jon and Garfield begin poking each other with sticks and ordering each other to do things. The sticks keep getting bigger until Garfield finally [[SerialEscalation uproots an entire tree and brings it into the kitchen]] to try and poke Jon with, until he finally tires out and the tree squishes him.
* StrangeMindsThinkAlike: [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=2005&addr=050804 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".
** [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=2011&addr=111011 Liz invited Jon to watch a figure skating competition on TV.]] Jon's reaction from his side of the phone line made Garfield correctly guess it.
* StripArchive: Every single strip ever is available to read for free on their website. Also, [[http://sluha.pri.ee/stuff/garfield.php a website]] allows you to search every single strip (the interface is in Estonian, but the search and transcripts are English.)
* StrongAnts: Garfield [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=2012&addr=120818 was about to take a nap when some ants appeared and he feared they'd carry him away]]. One of the ants said [[SubvertedTrope they'd need heavy machinery]].
* StuffedIntoATrashcan: Nermal, at least once.
* StuffedIntoALocker: [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=2009&addr=090416 Wally Sneedhocker used to stuff Jon in the school locker.]] He became an undertaker.
* SuddenlyShouting: In an early strip:
-->'''Jon''': Be careful there, Garfield. Hanging on the drapes can be very painful. 'CAUSE I'M GONNA BREAK YOUR LEGS IF YOU DON'T GET OFF THEM THIS INSTANT!
** He also does it again in this one:
--->'''Jon''': Some dirty, rotten, low-down, slimy, filthy, disgusting, gluttonous, hog STOLE MY SUPPER!
* SupremeChef: Jon's mother, especially when it comes to baking pies and preparing potatoes. She once prepared a meal with eight kinds of potatoes (her personal best). In fact, eating is one of the two things Garfield actually likes to do at the farm. (The other is leaving.)
* SureLetsGoWithThat: [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=1997&addr=970822 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".
** [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=2000&addr=000519 Friday night and the phone didn't ring.]] Jon believed the ringer to be busted and Garfield said "Right, sure, yeah, we'll run with that".
* SurpriseJump: This happens to Jon several times, usually when Garfield scares him.
* 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!"
** [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=1997&addr=970524 In this one]], Garfield didn't eat "one of those birds that looks kind of like a sparrow, but isn't". He forgot what they're called.
* 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!".
** [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=1984&addr=840116 This is what happens]] when Garfield's lips get stuck to popsicle.
** This occured two other times: [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/1978/ga780911.gif This comic]] where Garfield angrily cusses after a leg cramp forces him to get out of bed, and [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/2003/ga030514.gif this one]] where a woman on a knitting TV show cusses after dropping a stitch. Garfield lampshades it in the latter instance by commenting "Grandma's a colorful old gal".
* TakeOurWordForIt: Garfield's and Jon's reactions upon [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=2001&addr=010427 seeing the picture of Doc's girlfriend]].
* TalkingAnimal: Although the animals only think. Well, there ''is'' and early strip where it seemed Garfield was talking but it was Lyman pulling a prank on Jon.
* TheTapeKnewYouWouldSayThat: [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=2013&addr=130511 Liz left Jon a message at his cell phone confirming their date and asking him to leave the accordion at home.]] In fact, he was with the accordion while listening to the message.
* TastesLikeDiabetes:[[invoked]] Parodied in one strip where a scene of Pooky next to a flower quickly evolves into a mass of cute animals.
-->'''Garfield:''' Woah, that's even too much for [[CutenessProximity me...]]
* TemporalParadox: To celebrate the strip's 25th anniversary, they ran an arc where 1978!Garfield meets 2003!Garfield. 1978!Jon and 1978!Odie also show up alongside their 2003 counterparts at the end.
* TemptingFate: [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=2000&addr=000409 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.
** [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=2006&addr=060722 Jon was in a date with Ellen]] and she couldn't even remember who he was. When he said it couldn't get worse, Garfield showed Liz dating somebody else.
* ThatCloudLooksLike:
-->'''Jon''': I think that cloud looks [[ShapedLikeItself just like a cloud]].
-->(BeatPanel)
-->'''Garfield''': Which one?
** Garfield once found one that resembled Odie: the same ears, the same stupid expression. When it started to rain, he commented that it also had "the same slobber."
* TheresNoBInMovie: Most films that Garfield watches.
* ThereWasADoor: [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=1984&addr=840325 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.
** There's one strip in which Jon calls Garfield to dinner. Garfield comes bounding up to Jon from off panel. Jon says, "I appreciate your promptness, Garfield...." and finishes in the last panel, "... but next time, OPEN THE DOOR!", revealing that Garfield broke through the (closed) door. Could be justified in that Garfield is a cat and can't work a doorknob, but....
** There's also one where he comes through the pet door, but gets stuck inside because he's too fat and thus rips the normal door from its hinges anyway. Also, he repeatedly kicked Nermal out the front door without opening it first.
** And there's another wherein he smashes the front door down and says, "When I want in, I want in [-NOW-]!"
** Happens in [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/1983/ga830904.gif yet another strip]] when Jon yells "FIRE!" to test his pets' fire drill knowledge. Both run straight through the wall -- or, rather, we assume they did, thanks to the hole.
* ThisIsMyHuman: Garfield refers to Jon as "his cartoonist" in the very first strip and considers himself to be superior to Jon in every way imaginable (and thus treats Jon accordingly).
* ThisIsNoTimeToPanic: [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=2012&addr=120725 This comic strip]]. Jon Arbuckle was desperate about his age because he found a gray hair. Garfield told him not to panic. When Jon said it was in his ear, Garfield replied "Okay, panic".
* ThisJustIn: Garfield gives us the page quote from [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/1991/ga910524.gif this parody]].
* ThisLoserIsYou: Jon, although this wasn't a big part of the comic until the nineties.
* ThoughtBubbleSpeech
* {{Threatening Shark}}s: Jon, reading the warning on Garfield's new flea collar: "While this collar will repel fleas, it has been known to attract sharks."
* TheThreeCertaintiesInLife: One strip had a variant, "Death, taxes, and teddy bears. Three things you can always count on."
* TheyDontMakeThemLikeTheyUsedTo: [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=1982&addr=820522 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."
** [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=1983&addr=830710 In this one]], he broke a ming vase and said "Ming, schming. They don't make'm like they used to."
* TimmyInAWell: Repeatedly parodied.
* 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."
** Jon once got his tongue stuck on the ''mailbox'', but it wasn't seen.
* TheTonsillitisEpisode: [[http://sluha.pri.ee/stuff/garfield.php?day=25&month=04&year=1988 Happened to Jon in April 1988]].
* TooIncompetentToOperateABlanket: Occurs in [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=2010&addr=100207 this]] strip for "Honko's Chain Mail Body Sock".
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Garfield eats everything except raisins and spinach, but he prefers lasagna. He's also very fond of pizza, to the point that he considers the pizza delivery boy his best friend.
* TrappedInTVLand: The ''GarfieldAndFriends'' episodes "The Lasagna Zone" and "T.V. of Tomorrow", the video game ''[[GarfieldCaughtInTheAct Garfield: Caught in the Act]]'', and ''The Garfield Show'' episode "Virtualodeon".
* TremorTrampoline: In a couple of strips, Garfield is able to bend the panel with his weight, and [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=1994&addr=940214 another has him bouncing on a hardwood floor]]. In an early one, Garfield [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=1982&addr=821213 even manages to flip Jon's chair over just by jumping]]!
-->'''Jon''': Diet time.
* TriviallyObvious: In this [[http://www.garfield.com/comic/2000-10-12 strip]], Jon says: "Odie, you're such a good boy! And Garfield, you're such a... such a... cat."
-->'''Garfield:''' A "good boy" would kill you, wouldn't it?
* UncattyResemblance: Jon and Garfield commented on this trope, with pets who look increasingly (and more absurdly) like their owners. This culminated with some guy who looked like a man in a bird suit and his pet canary. Another strip had Jon sitting down to eat dinner with Garfield, which they both began gobbling up in perfect sync. The strip ends with Jon realizing he has to get away from Garfield when they eat.
* UncleSamWantsYou: A Garfield strip [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=1986&addr=860915 featured A sign with Binky saying "I want you. Join the circus"]] and making an Uncle Sam pose.
* UnnamedParent: Jon's parents. Also, Garfield's mother, who appeared in a series of strips in 1984.
* 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.
** [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/1979/ga790304.gif These]] [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/1979/ga790729.gif two]] early strips use "Leap!" to indicate Garfield jumping off a table.
** And there's plenty more where that came from, such as [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/1981/ga810425.gif Hook!]] for Garfield being [[VaudevilleHook Vaudeville Hooked]] offscreen.
** And "Fling!" [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/1990/ga901021.gif is]] [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/1991/ga910120.gif often]] [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/1994/ga940113.gif used]] [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/1994/ga940729.gif to]] [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/1996/ga960606.gif indicate]] [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/1996/ga960723.gif a]] [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/1997/ga970131.gif character]] [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/1999/ga991003.gif flinging]] something.
* UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist: Garfield is all over this trope.
* VaudevilleHook: Garfield has been hooked off the fence a few times. Once, during a Christmas week, an oversized candy cane was used as one.
* VengefulVendingMachine: The Soda Pop machine from one strip. It works fine until Garfield tries putting more coins in to get more soda cans, after which a huge can crushes him.
* VerbThis: Jon had to [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=1979&addr=790413 free-float this]] and [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=1980&addr=800729 forget that]].
* VisualPun: [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=1980&addr=800123 This]] strip featured Frank, a friend of Jon's, meeting Garfield for the first time and rubbing him. Garfield reacted violently and stated "Some people rub me the wrong way".
* VolumetricMouth: The side-view variant is used quite often.
* VomitIndiscretionShot: Garfield's reaction to finding out that he had eaten octopus was to spit it all back out (on Jon, no less) and then remark that it wasn't half bad.
* WantingIsBetterThanHaving: Garfield on the pursuit of mice: "It's not the ''having,'' it's the ''getting.''"
* WayPastTheExpirationDate: In one strip, Jon claims that he looked danger right in the face and laughed. Garfield then lets the readers know that Jon drank milk that was past the expiration date.
* WentToTheGreatXInTheSky: A spider wants to take revenge for his grandfather whom, as he says, Garfield sent to "that big web in the sky".
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: One strip has a blind date of Jon's named Gwen, who dresses as absurdly as he does on dates and finds him cute. Garfield even says "God made two of them!" Although she would have been a good recurring character, perhaps as a DistaffCounterpart of Jon, she was never mentioned again.
* WhatsAHenway:
-->'''Jon''': Garfield, do you know there's a mouse in the garbage?
-->'''Garfield''': I think so... (singing) Oh, there's a mouse in the garbage, and I don't care...
* WhatsAnXLikeYouDoingInAYLikeThis: You could say that Garfield {{inverted|Trope}} this one.
-->'''Garfield:''' What's a girl like you doing in a place like this?
-->'''Arlene:''' But this is a nice place.
-->'''Garfield:''' Like I said... What's a girl like YOU doing in a place like THIS?
* WhenIWasYourAge: When he was Jon's age, Jon's Dad was already married and had a kid. Jon's reply ("Yeh, me") prompted him to state it was a good argument but he still thought Jon should get married.
* WhereTheHellIsSpringfield: Garfield's town is never specified, except on animated special ''Garfield Goes Hollywood'' it's Muncie, Indiana (Jim Davis' residence since 1963 and Paws, Inc.'s HQ).
* WilliamTelling: The protagonist being the glutton that he is misses intentionally so that he can eat the apple afterwards.
* WireDilemma: Parodied [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=2005&addr=050721 here]]:
--> '''Woman on TV''': Bob, we've only got 3 seconds before the bomb explodes! Cut the red wire, not the green one!
--> '''Man on TV''': Bernice, there's something I've always wanted to tell you…
--> '''Woman on TV''': Yes?
--> '''Man on TV''': I'm color-blind.
--> '''Garfield''': Bye-bye, Bob and Bernice.
* WordSchmord: [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/1978/ga780904.gif Labor Day, Shmabor Day]], and [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/1983/ga830710.gif Ming, Shming]].
* WorldOfSnark: Garfield's the most prominent snarker, but just about everyone gets plenty of turns.
* WorldOfPun: They are very, ''VERY'', rare, but [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/1980/ga800918.gif they]] [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/1981/ga810116.gif are]] [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/1998/ga980502.gif there]]. Davis stopped doing them because he wanted the strip to translate internationally.
* WorthIt: Garfield [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=2009&addr=090707 asked an alarm-o-clock what time it was and it said it couldn't know because it wasn't wearing a watch. Garfield broke it and it said "It was worth it".]]
* WouldHitAGirl: Garfield once, [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=1983&addr=831012 knocked Arlene out by throwing Odie at her.]]
** [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=1979&addr=791118 That's what happens when a cat girl tries to eat Garfield's food]].
* WrittenSoundEffect: "SPLUT!" is the sound that a pie makes when it hits Garfield's face, although some other foods go "SPLOT!" instead. "Dingle" is also used for Odie's toy balls with bells in them. Also, "GOOSH!" is quite commonly used for wet splats.
* WroteTheBook: April 21, 1990.
-->'''TV:''' Viewers, are you lethargic? Then let us help you.\\
'''Garfield:''' No thanks. I wrote the book on lethargy.
* YankTheDogsChain: [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=1997&addr=970511 An alarm clock]] induced Garfield into dreaming he was locked inside a pasta factory. Then, as Garfield was seconds away from the greatest feast in history, the alarm clock rang.
* YawnAndReach: Jon tries doing this with Liz at the movies, only for her to "ahem" him away. He then leans on ''Garfield'', who also gives him an "ahem."
* YouAllLookFamiliar: Non-video-game example; the RecurringCharacter Squeak looks just like any other mouse in the strip, and it's not often that he's explicitly named as such. Currently, the last strip in which he is named is on [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/1997/ga970616.gif June 16, 1997]].
** He reappears on [[http://garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=2011&addr=110907 September 7, 2011]].
* YouAndWhatArmy: In [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=1979&addr=790211 this strip]], Garfield asked that question when Jon said he'd give Garfield a bath.
* YouAreFat: Most often said by the scale or Jon to Garfield.
* YouDidntSeeThat: Used a couple times.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/1992/ga921115.gif This strip]] features a pink haired girl, and [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/1996/ga960728.gif this one]] has a purple haired one.
* YouJustHadToSayIt: In one of the Garfield comic strip's rare strings of positive continuity, Garfield, Odie and Jon are on a camping trip which has been plagued with calamities.
-->'''Jon''': This camping trip's been a total disaster. The wind blew our food everywhere, the ants ate my cherry pie...
-->'''Garfield''': No, Jon! Don't say it!
-->'''Jon''': What else could go wrong?
(It promptly starts raining.)
-->'''Garfield''': You said it!
** Or of course [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=1997&addr=970803 this alternative version]]:
-->'''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!
** Or [[http://garfield.com/comic/2014-02-16 this one]]:
-->'''Jon''': Well, there's a blizzard outside...
-->'''Garfield''': Don't say it.
-->'''Jon''': We're snowed in...
-->'''Garfield''': Don't say it.
-->'''Jon''': The cable tv has gone out...
-->'''Garfield''': Don't say it.
-->'''Jon''': And we're out of hot chocolate.
-->'''Garfield''': Don't say it.
-->'''Jon''': What else can go wrong? [lights go out]
-->'''Garfield''': You said it.
* YouMustBeThisTallToRide: Garfield and Odie [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=2011&addr=110818 wore Jon's shirt to get past that.]]
* YourBrainWontBeMuchOfAMeal: In one strip, Garfield pretends to be TheIgor, wandering around saying "A brain! I need a brain for my master!" He pauses to take a look at Odie, and then moves on, repeating "A brain! I need a brain for my master!"
** [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=2011&addr=110302 Jon was afraid an insect was eating his brain and Garfield said it'd starve.]]
* YourMom: G-rated versions show up several times:
** When Garfield stands on the talking scale:
-->'''Scale:''' Let me put it this way... Have you ever considered a career as a river barge?\\
'''Garfield:''' Your mother was a blender!\\
'''Scale:''' That hurt.
** In another strip, when he does his act on the fence, he tells his audience: "All your mothers wear army boots!"
** Yet another strip, Jon tries to train Garfield to be an "attack cat", and makes a dummy from him to practice. When he orders "Attack!", Garfield tells the dummy: "Your mother wears combat boots!"
** In another strip, when Garfield is a bad mood, he shouts to a bunch of dogs: "All your mothers wear flea collars!" which gets him beaten up.
** A spider says this to Garfield in [[http://garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=2010&addr=101109 this strip]].
** [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=1985&addr=850424 Odie was chasing cars]] and Garfield tried to caution him against it because he could get clobbered. Realizing he said "clobbered", Garfield then told Odie a Buick said "unkind things" about Odie's mother.
** [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=1985&addr=850904 Garfield, as "The Caped Avenger", felt he could get into all sorts of troubles and]] be protected by his sidekick Odie (a.k.a. Slurps). When Garfield smacked a dog and said the dog's mother chased garbage trucks, Slurps resigned his "comission".
** [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=1992&addr=920218 Garfield's idea of "get" a mouse was saying the mouse's mother dressed it funny.]]
* YouTalkTooMuch: Said by an old lady [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/1987/ga870816.gif here]], even though no one else spoke while she was babbling. Garfield also [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/2002/ga020710.gif said this to Jon once]].
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