!![[ComicStrip/{{Garfield}} The comic strip]]
* BeamMeUpScotty: A lot of the quotes attributed to him were either only said in merchandising and book covers, or said once in the strip and forgotten. "I'm not overweight, I'm undertall" was only ever said as such in the first compilation book, ''Garfield at Large'' (he later said it to the ''reader'' as part of one of his semi-annual National Fat Week strips), while "Big, fat hairy deal," though quite the catchphrase in its day, hasn't been said in at least three decades. Also, "We're '''bachelors''', baby" has only shown up about 10 times.
* {{Defictionalization}}: Being a teddy bear, Pooky gets this occasionally.
* KeepCirculatingTheTapes: Two Garfield books: ''Babes and Bullets'' and ''Garfield: His 9 Lives'' are out of print, and neither are listed on the Garfield Website's store. Interestingly, the animated specials based on both books ''are'' listed on the Garfield Website store.
* MissingEpisode:
** Most online archives inexplicably omit the first and fifth panels from the February 22, 1981 strip, as [[http://www.mezzacotta.net/garfield/?comic=1097 pointed out]] by ''Webcomic/SquareRootOfMinusGarfield''. Garfield.com has [[http://garfield.com/comic/1981-02-22 fixed the strip]], but [=GoComics=] still has those two panels missing.
** For some reason, May 2-5, 1990 never made it into ''Garfield Takes Up Space'', and the next book (''Garfield Says a Mouthful'') starts with the May 6. This is true of the "Fat Cat 3-Pack" reprints of those books, but they finally return in the colorized "square" reprint of ''Takes Up Space'' (they're also available on garfield.com).
* RealitySubtext: [[WordOfGod "When I go on a diet, Garfield goes on one too."]]
* RecycledScript: Some gags have been repeated in the strip's 30+ year history.
** The [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/2009/ga091205.gif December 5, 2009]] strip had a similar punchline to [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/2003/ga031210.gif December 10, 2003]].
** For a less recent, but more exact example, [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/2001/ga011203.gif December 3, 2001]] was recycled into [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/2002/ga021207.gif December 7, 2002]]. That's right, only ''a full year'' later.
** Both the strip for [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=1984&addr=840418 April 18, 1984]] and the strip for [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=1995&addr=950321 March 21, 1995]] have the punch line of Garfield "packing" the refrigerator for vacation.
** [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/1985/ga850816.gif August 16, 1985]] (a daily strip) was recycled into [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/1998/ga980719.gif July 19, 1998]] (a Sunday strip), with a secondary punchline added. It was also used as a ''ComicStrip/{{US Acres}}'' strip [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/otherpeople2/hamsitup23.JPG here]].
** The [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/1983/ga831130.gif November 30, 1983]] strip had a similar punchline to [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/1981/ga811215.gif December 15, 1981]].
** Take [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/1993/ga930623.gif June 23, 1993]], subtract the neighbor's mail, add Garfield looking into the wallet, and you'll get [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/2001/ga010101.gif January 1, 2001]]. Happy New Year.
** Not as big as the above examples, but it seems rather odd that the strips published on [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/1991/ga910607.gif June 7]] and [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/1991/ga910629.gif June 29]] of 1991 (barely three weeks apart) would both have the same basic gag.
*** The RemixComic makers of SquareRootOfMinusGarfield [[http://www.mezzacotta.net/garfield/?comic=498 didn't let that one go unnoticed]].
** A cross-media example: ''The Garfield Show'' episode "Fame Fatale" and ''Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties'' have the same basic plot of Garfield [[PrinceAndPauper switching lives with a British doppelganger]].
** The [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/1981/ga810519.gif May 19, 1981]] and [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/1996/ga960603.gif June 3, 1996]] strips have got pretty much the same punchline.
** [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/1987/ga870721.gif July 21, 1987]] and [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/1995/ga950311.gif March 11, 1995]] are almost exactly the same.
** What Garfield [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/1979/ga790816.gif does]] to Odie's [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/1983/ga830221.gif nose]].
** The [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=2008&addr=081029 October 2008]] was similar to the GarfieldAndFriends episode ''Fair Exchange''.
** [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/2005/ga050331.gif March 31st, 2005]] has pretty much the same idea as [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/1997/ga971010.gif October 10th, 1997]].
** [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/2011/ga110725.gif July 25, 2011]] has the same gag as [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/2009/ga091109.gif November 9, 2009]], right down to the dialogue.
** [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/1983/ga830627.gif June 27, 1983]], [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/1983/ga830704.gif July 7, 1983]], [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/1983/ga830716.gif July 16, 1983]], [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/1983/ga830718.gif July 18, 1983]], [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/1983/ga830725.gif July 25, 1983]] and [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/1983/ga830801.gif August 1, 1983]] all contain the exact same premise and first two panels.
** [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/1993/ga930507.gif May 7, 1993]] and [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/2010/ga100511.gif May 11, 2010]] have the same gag.
** [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/1988/ga880605.gif May 6, 1988]], [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/1995/ga951126.gif November 26, 1995]] and [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/1996/ga960310.gif March 10, 1996]] all end with the same joke.
** The December 1984 arc of Garfield re-meeting his family was recycled from the 1983 special ''Garfield on the Town''.
** [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/1978/ga780720.gif July 20, 1978]] and [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/1983/ga830428.gif April 28, 1983]] are exactly the same.
** [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/1978/ga780814.gif August 14, 1978]] was recycled into [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/1980/ga800123.gif January 23, 1980.]]
** The Christmas special took a punch line from a 1980 strip ("Why, just look at me. I talk to cats!").
** [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/2001/ga011207.gif December 7, 2001]] was recycled into [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/2003/ga031221.gif December 21, 2003.]]
** An AnimatedAdaptation example: The ''GarfieldAndFriends'' episode ''The Legend Of The Lake'' has a throwaway gag where Garfield says "This is a statue honoring Buttons, who set the world record for horse swallowing when he swallowed one horse. Tied for second place is everybody else in the entire world." Decades later, in the ''TheGarfieldShow'' episode ''Up A Tree'', a KentBrockmanNews reporter makes the exact same joke, but with "hippopotamus biting" instead of "horse swallowing".
** [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/2002/ga020618.gif June 18, 2002]] was recycled into [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/2003/ga030611.gif June 11, 2003.]]
** [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/2011/ga110906.gif September 6, 2011]] was recycled (word-for word) into [[http://www.mezzacotta.net/garfield/comics/1120_1.png April 18, 2012]]. PAWS Inc. soon realized the recycling and issued a [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/2012/ga120418.gif replacement]] strip.
** [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/2012/ga120703.gif July 3, 2012]] is similar to [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/2007/ga070515.gif May 15, 2007]].
** [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/1979/ga790625.gif June 25, 1979]] has the same pictures as [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/1981/ga810721.gif July 21, 1981]] but different dialogue.
** Take [[http://photos1.blogger.com/blogger/7833/91/1600/ga060820.gif August 20, 2006]], replace the box of packaging pellets with a pile of leaves, and you've got [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/2010/ga101114.gif November 14, 2010]].
** [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/1996/ga961128.gif November 28, 1996]] was recycled into [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/2011/ga110420.gif April 20, 2011.]]
** [[http://garfield.com/uploads/strips/2001-08-07.jpg August 7th, 2001]] was recycled into [[http://garfield.com/uploads/strips/2001-09-06.jpg September 6th 2001]] about a month later.
** [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/2012/ga120207.gif February 7, 2012]] and [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/2013/ga131110.jpg November 10, 2013]] have the ''exact'' same punchline, only the latter is stretched out to a Sunday strip length and adds the two of them drinking pop.
* ScrewedByTheLawyers: There was a short run of ''Believe it, or don't'' gags... until PAWS Inc. got a cease-and-desist letter from the Robert Ripley estate.
* WriteWhoYouKnow:
** Garfield is based on, [[{{Tuckerization}} and named for]], Jim's grandfather.
** Like Jim, Jon grew up on a farm and later moved to the city. Davis has also said that he's based some of Jon's dating disasters on some of his own dating experiences.

!![[Film/{{Garfield}} The film version]]
* ActorAllusion: Creator/BillMurray, well known for playing Peter Venkman in ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}'', played Garfield in both movies. In ''TheRealGhostbusters'', Lorenzo Music played Peter Venkman, who was also Garfield in ''GarfieldAndFriends''.
* PreviewPiggybacking: Argubly, the only reason anyone saw the first movie when it aired on TheHub was to see the [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Equestria Girls]] commercial that premiered on it (the song, [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls the film]] wasn't out until two years later). This got lampshaded in a comic that showed a screenshot from the movie, Pinkie Pie's family looking at it in disbelief, a screenshot from the commercial, and the family with happy expressions.
* OldShame: Creator/BillMurray said in ''Film/{{Zombieland}}'' that he regrets being in the first movie. He even admitted on Reddit that he only signed onto the film because he thought the director, Joel Cohen, [[Creator/TheCoenBrothers was another director with a very similar name.]]

!![[WesternAnimation/GarfieldSpecials Animated versions]]:
* TheOtherDarrin:
** Sandy Kenyon voiced Jon Arbuckle in ''Here Comes Garfield'', but all other traditionally animated ''Garfield'' specials, including ''WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends'', used Thom Huge as Jon's voice actor. Then Breckin Meyer played him in the [[LiveActionAdaptation live-action movies]] ''Garfield'' and ''Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties''. After that, ''Garfield Gets Real'', ''Garfield's Fun Fest'', ''Garfield's Pet Force'' and ''The Garfield Show'' utilized Creator/WallyWingert's voice for Jon.
** Strangely, Huge (rhymes with "loogie") has literally [[OneBookAuthor no other credits.]] [[http://www.povonline.com/cols/COL191.htm According to Mark Evanier]], Thom Huge was one of Jim Davis' associates at Paws, Inc.
** In the very first animation, a nameless short film from 1980 that was just animated versions of the June 21, 1978, August 2, 1978, and July 2, 1979 strips, Garfield was voiced by Scott Beach. Starting with ''Here Comes Garfield'', Lorenzo Music was his voice actor for all the animated adaptations. After he died, Garfield has been voiced by several other voice actors, most notably Creator/BillMurray in TheMovie. Creator/FrankWelker is his most recent replacement.