The characters in Jim Davis's other comic strip, U.S. Acres
, and its animated adaptation on Garfield and Friends
Tropes shared by all/some of the Main Characters
- Badass Crew: They certainly are in the "Garfield's Defense" games. They went and helped Garfield attack the aliens without fear(even Wade!).
- Feather Fingers/Toothy Bird: Roy, Wade, Booker, most likely Sheldon, and minor bird characters as well.
- Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: Can you say any of the farm animals are considered 'normal'? You got a pig whose imagination can come to life and take others with him. A loud-mouth rooster that likes to play pranks. A wacky duck that's afraid of nearly everything. A sheep who's a grumpy Cute Bruiser and her brother who's ditzy (a Genius Ditz in the cartoon). A chick who chases after a worm, coyote-road runner style. An intelligent chick who lives in his egg. A puppy who thinks he's a ferocious dog. Even Blue the cat is strange in her own right. Her bio said she's mystic and mysterious.
- Two Girls to a Team: Abrasive Lanolin Sheep and kind, intelligent Blue the cat. Though that was once Blue came into the picture... and before she was Chucked. Could've been subverted, had they decided to add in Jodie the horse (look up the trivia section).
- Bookworm: He also had Encyclopaedic Knowledge because of the books in the few out of print U.S.Acres storybooks.
- Camp Straight: There's teasing between him and Lanolin, and look below Childhood Friend Romance. Also there's this strip.
- Childhood Friend Romance: In the cartoon "Stark Raven Made", Orson was in love (and still is to this day) with a pig girl name Lenore, but then at the age of four, Lenore had to move away and couldn't see Orson anymore which left him brokenhearted (even to this day).
- Her Code Name Was Mary Sue: In several of his fantasies, such as Power Pig and Double-O-Orson.
- Hypocrite/Hypocritical Humor: There are moments when he gets like that. For example in the episode, "The Impractical Joker", when the other animals complain to him about Roy insulting him with a joke book, Orson tells them to just ignore it, they're harmless. But when Roy does it to Orson, he fires him from the farm. The other animals (even Wade) thought firing Roy was too far.
- Imagine Spotting: Orson's imagination is so powerful the other characters somehow get transported into his fantasies.
- Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Orson's Feminine Boy to Lanolin's Masculine Girl.
- Mr. Imagination
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Blue to both Roy and Wade's red but the red to Bo's blue in the cartoon. He's the Blue to Bo's Keet-Red in the comics.
- Straight Man: As his Bio says.
- Team Mom (occasionally a Team Dad)
- What the Hell, Hero?: There are times when he does means well and at least regrets his mistakes afterwards and sometimes tries to fix it. Then there are times when he's this trope. One example is in "Goody-go-Round" when Orson found nearly everyone was fighting and insulting each other. Orson asked what was wrong, but instead of letting them answer, he just goes and insults them, even Sheldon (who wasn't even involved in the fight!). Uh, what? He's especially this in the comic version.
- Alliterative Name
- Anti-Hero: Type II in the cartoon version. Though it seems to be in the lower scale at times in the comic version.
- Butt Monkey: In the two cartoon episodes where he quits the show and works with the Buddy Bears (as their designated disagreeing companion).
- He can also be this outside those two episodes. Justified because, pretty much always, he had it coming.
- Cock-a-Doodle Dawn: Through he usually uses his horn to wake people up.
- Characterization Marches On: Early 1986 in the comics, he was much similar to how he was in the cartoons. While a Jerkass and The Prankster at the start, these aspects were treated light-heartedly and were not yet a core aspect of his personality. Flanderization then soon kicks in...
- Chaste Toons: In season 6, he got a visit from his niece, Chloe.
- Do Not Call Me Paul: Averted in the strips. Roy hates when Lanolin calls him "Bird" instead of calling him by name. In this strip, in response to Roy asking her to call him by name, she called him "Ray". He was upset.
- Evil Roy: Subverted at least in the cartoon. He may be mischievous and delights in pranking the other farm animals, but he still does what he can to help them out.
- Flanderization: In the comics, his appearances of early 1986 had him with a much more mellowed down Jerkass tendency and his prankster aspect merely started out with waking up other farm animals with his horn. Which eventually extended to pulling pranks just for mean-spirited fun. By 1987 his Jerkass tendencies were already taken Up to Eleven.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Mostly in the cartoons though.
- Not a Morning Person: He gets up to do his job, waking people up, usually with his horn... then goes back to sleep. And besides a love/hate relationship with Wade, he also has one with his alarm clock. In some episodes of the cartoon, Roy simply has a recorded version of the wake-up call to play so he won't even have to wake up.
- Odd Friendship: With Wade, especially later on in the show.
- The Prankster
- Real Men Wear Pink: In "Orson's Diner", he's shown to be knitting a whole sweater.
- Rollerblade Good: In the "Garfield's Defense" games, he uses his skates to attack the alien monsters.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: His Manly Man to... the rest of the adult males' Sensitive Guy, but especially Wade's.
- Small Name, Big Ego
- Tsundere: (Non-physically abusive Type A) He's mainly this to Wade. he's shown deredere moments to him even if he wouldn't admit it and Wade seems pretty well aware of it.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: He's pretty much this to the cast. Roy's definitely this with Wade, especially in the cartoon version. He's always making pranks to scare Wade, though he's never usually physically abusive of him (and Wade was starting to catch on to him in the later seasons) and he really does care about Wade in his own "Roy Rooster" way. Other times, they're arguing and there are other times when they actually act like friends. They had many love/hate friendship moments that leads to funny moments. Over the seasons, their relationship evolved to the point where they had the closest friendship with each other, besides with Orson.
- Cute Bruiser: As shown in the comics.
- Damsel in Distress: In Orson's fantasies for him to rescue, but in reality, Lanolin would most likely end up rescuing Orson, instead.
- Ears as Hair/Girlish Pigtails: Her ear things resemble pigtails.
- Grumpy Bear
- Hair Decorations: She wears a pink bow in the comics and a blue one in the cartoon.
- Jerkass: In stark contrast with her twin brother. Although there are times when she's nice to her brother and Orson.
- Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Her masculine girl to Orson's feminine boy.
- Meaningful Name: Lanolin is a type of wax secreted by sheep.
- Perpetual Frowner: In stark contrast with her twin brother. Though you wouldn't know from the picture.
- Pet the Dog: Besides her brother Bo, there are times when she gives this to Orson, mainly in the cartoon.
- Polar Opposite Twins/Sibling Yin-Yang
- The Smurfette Principle: Most of the time. In Garfield and Friends, she's the only female who regularly appeared in either short (Nermal is male, Liz only showed up occasionally, and Penelope was only in the last three seasons). The writers were going to add in Chloe, but they forgot.
- The strip had Blue, but she disappeared after awhile.
- Sugar and Ice Personality: She's more Ice than 'sugar', but she does brings hints of 'sugar' moments towards Bo and (mainly in the the cartoon) Orson.
- Supreme Chef: In the cartoon, she's very good at making cakes and pies.
- Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: The pigtails, the bow, and eyelashes. Blue eye-shadow in the cartoon.
- Adaptation Personality Change: In the strip, he was The Ditz whose stupidity was his defining trait. In the cartoon, he was a Genius Ditz who talked in a surfer accent.
- Beware the Nice Ones: As shown in the episode "Keeping Cool". He acted carefree when Orson's brothers' tried to pick on him. But DON'T threaten/mess with his friends! He got rid of Orson's brother by having them be dragged from a bus.
- Cuddle Bug: Here and especially here.
- The Ditz: In the strip.
- Although in the cartoon he wasn't as dumb as in the strip, he did have his random moments such as in the episode "Fast Food" where he was cooking for his hungry, waiting friends, one strand of spaghetti/one pea at a time, much to their dismay.
- Genius Ditz: In the cartoon
- Keet: In the strip
- Kindhearted Simpleton: He's the good but not too bright sibling in the strip after all. Subverted in the cartoon while although he is still good-hearted, he's more of a Genius Ditz.
- Literal-Minded: Bo once went ice fishing and caught a block of ice.
- Nice Guy: In stark contrast with his twin sister.
- Perpetual Smiler: In stark contrast with his twin sister.
- Polar Opposite Twins/Sibling Yin-Yang
- Punny Name
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: He's the blue to the rest of the adult males' red in the cartoon, but he's the Red to Orson's Blue in the comic.
- Surfer Dude: In the cartoon.
- Too Dumb to Live: In the strip, but both versions of Wade would give him a run for his money.
Blue and Cody
- Amazing Techni Color Wild Life: Blue one of the few (if only) main characters with an unrealistic color on her.
- Beware Of Vicious Dog: That's what Cody likes to imagine himself as, but he's really basically lovable.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Blue is friendly and polite, but if Cody goes too far with chasing the animals, she won't hesitate to threaten him, and he better listen.
- Cats Are Mean: Averted! Blue is easily one of the friendliest and most considerate characters in the cast.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Both of them disappeared in mid-1988, months before Garfield and Friends premiered. They never appeared in the cartoon, likely due to the confusion that might have arisen from them being in the same series as Garfield and Odie, who don't speak.
- Although Cody appeared in a few of the U.S. Acres storybooks.
- Closer to Earth: Blue.
- Covers Always Lie: Although Blue appeared at the back of the U.S. Acres storybooks, she never appeared in any of them except for the Christmas book, though she didn't appear at the back cover there.
- Cute Kitten: Blue
- Dogs Are Dumb: Cody
- Female Feline, Male Mutt
- Precious Puppy: Cody
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Cody's red to Blue's blue.
- She's a Man in Japan: In the Norwegian translation of the strip, Blue is named "Tom" and is referred to as male.
- True Blue Femininity: It's said in Blue's Bio that she's graceful.
One of the worms, named Filbert
- Artistic License – Biology: Real-life worms are hermaphrodites but some have specified genders. They still need to become couples in order to perpetuate the species.
- Also, real worms don't have teeth.
- Comically Missing the Point: It was raining and Estelle told Filbert he should do something about the hole in the roof. When he told her it was the front door, she told him he should then do something about the hole at the front door. Then he flat-out told her the front door was a hole and she said she wasn't in the mood for games.
- Demoted to Extra: In the cartoon.
- Happily Married: In the comic version, they always show some of the worms having families.
- Jerkass: The worms sometimes pick on Sheldon too, even when he hasn't even done anything to them.
- Road Runner vs. Coyote: They're the Roadrunner.
Mort, Gort, and Wart
A weasel who is constantly trying to steal the chickens. He has also tried to eat Sheldon on occasion.