!![[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.
** A 1986 compilation of original gags, ''The Unabridged Uncensored Unbelieveable Garfield'', is also out of print.
* MilestoneCelebration: Every June 19 (the date the strip debuted) celebrates Garfield's 'birthday'. It's the only comic to celebrate its anniversary '''every''' year.
* 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).
* MoneyDearBoy: Jim Davis make no secret of the fact that he created the strip to make money. He chose a cat as the subject because he felt it was a widely relatable topic. These days, he works more with the ''Garfield'' merchandise while only writing and thumb nailing the comics.
* 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://garfield.com/comic/2009-12-05 December 5, 2009]] strip had a similar punchline to [[http://garfield.com/comic/2003-12-10 December 10, 2003]].
** For a less recent, but more exact example, [[http://garfield.com/comic/2001-12-03 December 3, 2001]] was recycled into [[http://garfield.com/comic/2002-12-07 December 7, 2002]]. That's right, only ''a full year'' later.
** Both the strip for [[http://garfield.com/comic/1984-04-18 April 18, 1984]] and the strip for [[http://garfield.com/comic/1995-03-21 March 21, 1995]] have the punch line of Garfield "packing" the refrigerator for vacation.
** [[http://garfield.com/comic/1985-08-16 August 16, 1985]] (a daily strip) was recycled into [[http://garfield.com/comic/1998-07-19 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://garfield.com/comic/1983-11-30 November 30, 1983]] strip had a similar punchline to [[http://garfield.com/comic/1981-12-15 December 15, 1981]].
** Take [[http://garfield.com/comic/1993-06-23 June 23, 1993]], subtract the neighbor's mail, add Garfield looking into the wallet, and you'll get [[http://garfield.com/comic/2001-01-01 January 1, 2001]]. Happy New Year.
** Not as big as the above examples, but it seems rather odd that the strips published on [[http://garfield.com/comic/1991-06-07 June 7]] and [[http://garfield.com/comic/1991-06-29 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: ''WesternAnimation/TheGarfieldShow'' 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://garfield.com/comic/1981-05-19 May 19, 1981]] and [[http://garfield.com/comic/1996-06-03 June 3, 1996]] strips have got pretty much the same punchline.
** [[http://garfield.com/comic/1987-07-21 July 21, 1987]] and [[http://garfield.com/comic/1995-03-11 March 11, 1995]] are almost exactly the same.
** What Garfield [[http://garfield.com/comic/1979-08-16 does]] to Odie's [[http://garfield.com/comic/1983-02-21 nose]].
** The [[http://garfield.com/comic/2008-10-29 October 2008]] was similar to the ''WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends'' episode ''Fair Exchange''.
** [[http://garfield.com/comic/2005-03-31 March 31st, 2005]] has pretty much the same idea as [[http://garfield.com/comic/1997-10-10 October 10th, 1997]].
** [[http://garfield.com/comic/2011-07-25 July 25, 2011]] has the same gag as [[http://garfield.com/comic/2009-11-09 November 9, 2009]], right down to the dialogue.
** Crossing over with RunningGag, [[http://garfield.com/comic/1983-06-27 June 27, 1983]], [[http://garfield.com/comic/1983-07-07 July 7, 1983]], [[http://garfield.com/comic/1983-07-16 July 16, 1983]], [[http://garfield.com/comic/1983-07-18 July 18, 1983]], [[http://garfield.com/comic/1983-07-25 July 25, 1983]] and [[http://garfield.com/comic/1983-08-01 August 1, 1983]] all contain the exact same premise and first two panels.
** [[http://garfield.com/comic/1993-05-07 May 7, 1993]] and [[http://garfield.com/comic/2010-05-11 May 11, 2010]] have the same gag.
** [[http://garfield.com/comic/1988-05-06 May 6, 1988]], [[http://garfield.com/comic/1995-11-26 November 26, 1995]] and [[http://garfield.com/comic/1996-03-10 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://garfield.com/comic/1978-08-14 August 14, 1978]] was recycled into [[http://garfield.com/comic/1980-01-23 January 23, 1980.]]
** The Christmas special took a punch line from a 1980 strip ("Why, just look at me. I talk to cats!").
** [[http://garfield.com/comic/2001-12-07 December 7, 2001]] was recycled into [[http://garfield.com/comic/2003-12-21 December 21, 2003.]]
** An AnimatedAdaptation example: The ''Garfield and Friends'' 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 ''The Garfield Show'' episode ''Up A Tree'', a KentBrockmanNews reporter makes the exact same joke, but with "hippopotamus biting" instead of "horse swallowing".
** [[http://garfield.com/comic/2002-06-18 June 18, 2002]] was recycled into [[http://garfield.com/comic/2003-06-11 June 11, 2003.]]
** [[http://garfield.com/comic/2011-09-06 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://garfield.com/comic/2012-04-18 replacement]] strip.
** [[http://garfield.com/comic/2012-07-03 July 3, 2012]] is similar to [[http://garfield.com/comic/2007-05-15 May 15, 2007]].
** [[http://garfield.com/comic/1979-06-25 June 25, 1979]] has the same pictures as [[http://garfield.com/comic/1981-07-21 July 21, 1981]] but different dialogue.
** Take [[http://garfield.com/comic/2006-08-20 August 20, 2006]], replace the box of packaging pellets with a pile of leaves, and you've got [[http://garfield.com/comic/2010-11-14 November 14, 2010]].
** [[http://garfield.com/comic/1996-11-28 November 28, 1996]] was recycled into [[http://garfield.com/comic/2011-04-20 April 20, 2011.]]
** [[http://garfield.com/comic/2001-008-07 August 7th, 2001]] was recycled into [[http://garfield.com/comic/2001-09-06 September 6th 2001]] about a month later.
** [[http://garfield.com/comic/2012-02-07 February 7, 2012]] and [[http://garfield.com/comic/2013-11-10 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 the original ''Franchise/{{Ghostbusters}}'' duology, played Garfield in both movies. In ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters'', Lorenzo Music was the first voice of Peter Venkman,[[note]]He was replaced by [[Series/FullHouse Dave Coullier]] beginning with the "Slimer! and..." era.[[/note]] and was also the official "voice" of Garfield throughout both the franchise, and Lorenzo's life.
* 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.]]
** Breckin Meyer's [[https://twitter.com/breckinmeyer Twitter bio]]: ''Um...sorry about that whole Garfield thing.'' He's also repeatedly taken shots at himself for it on ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken''.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** Creator/JimCarrey turned down the role of Jon.
** Thomas Lennon turned down the role of Happy Chapman because of scheduling conflicts with ''Reno 911''.

!![[WesternAnimation/GarfieldSpecials Animated versions]]:
* ExecutiveMeddling: A strip Jim Davis intended to replicate in ''Here Comes Garfield'' had to be changed because the network wouldn't allow Garfield to put his hands on Jon's neck. Davis had to change it to Garfield shaking and grabbing Jon's cheeks.
* 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 that aired on ''The Fantastic Funnies'' (1980), adapting five newspaper 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.