Characters / U.S. Acres
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 and 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 and 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.
- Hypocrisy Nod: Though when called out on it, he admits, "I guess that's when it wasn't about me."
- 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: The stuff he imagines can tend to come to life.
- 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: If his name Roy Rooster didn't already clue you in.
- Anti-Hero: "Disney" type 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.
- 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. While a Jerkass and The Prankster at the start, these aspects were treated light-heartedly harmless and were not as much a core aspect of his personality. It eventually extended to pulling pranks just for mean-spirited fun, and 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: He likes to makes schemes and pull pranks at people and his friends, though sometimes, his karma catches up to him.
- 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: Through, in the cartoon, he does happen to be talented, he really does let that go to his head.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: In the comics, unfortunately. Check above Flanderization.
- Took a Level in Kindness: While his Comic version took a turn for the worse and got more crueler, Cartoon Roy took a turn for the better and got more nicer. Even more then the earlier seasons. He's still a mischievous prankster of course, but in the later seasons, there were several episodes, where he wasn't even trying to make pranks or cause much trouble. In one episode, "Who Done It?" he was saying "Hi!" to one of the dog brothers and being friendly and in "Badtime Story" he(like his friends) just wanted to read a story to Booker and Sheldon. Hmmm...Must have been from hanging out with Wade so much.
- Tsundere: (Non-physically abusive Harsh Type) 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.
- Accidental Hero: Occasionally, Wade could end up accidentally saving the day. One example is "Flop Goes the Weasel", where he accidentally saved the chickens from the weasel.
- Acrophobic Bird: He's a duck, that's afraid of heights and flying.
- Adorkable: He's scared of nearly everything, and also gets nervous, He's shy at times. He can also be clumsy and kinda dorky, but he's still adorable with it.
- Becoming the Mask: Happened to him in "Snow Wade and the 77 Dwarves"...
- Born Unlucky: One of the main reasons in the strip for his paranoia and depression.
- Cloud Cuckoolander: He has shades of this.
- Cowardly Lion: That's what he's known for. A cowardly craven duck, however, he can show to have courage and face his fears, when he puts his mind to it. And at times, when his friends are in trouble, he tends to put his fears aside and help them. In "Rainy Day Robot", he even forgot at first, that he's afraid of rain, when hanging out with Roy.
- Cross-Cast Role: Wade's usually a victim of this in the fairy tale themed episodes. This may be because there's no one else around to fit this role to play The Ingenue, and the only main female character, Lanolin, is more suited for characters like Mulan. Wade's best-known example of this trope is in "Snow Wade and the 77 Dwarves". Also in the Downloads section of the U.S.Acres subsection of the Garfield website, one of the Desktop Wallpapers has Wade as Miss Muffet. Guess who's the spider?
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Roy's able to occasionally bring this up in Wade, like when he woke the gang up too many times.
- In "Garfield's Defense 2", he uses a SIGN POST to attack the alien monsters in some of the level.
- Disembodied Eyebrows: He has eyebrows, that floats above his head.
- The Ditz: There are times when he just doesn't think and he easily gets tricked by Roy's pranks and Paper-Thin Disguise.
Wade: You tricked me!
Roy: You were stupid enough to let me trick you!
- Establishing Character Moment: Wade made his debut by running in fear and screaming "Arrrgh!"
Orson: Was that my imagination or did a duck with an inner tube just race in out of the rain?
Wade: Duck? Inner tube?! Oh-no! Where?!
Orson: And does he appear a bit nervous?
- Expressive Accessory: The duck head on his inner tube always matches his expression.
- Fluffy Tamer: Believe it or not! In "Show Stoppers", he has a big fearsome looking bull who he calls Fido, who ended up chasing Orson's mean brothers away.
- Kindhearted Simpleton: Although cartoon Wade's not very smart, he is shown to be good-hearted. The difference between him and and both versions of Bo was that cartoon Bo was a Genius Ditz and Comic strip Bo was a ditz, while both versions of Wade were near Too Dumb to Live level.
- Lovable Coward: Other than his usual cowardliness and strangeness, he's a pretty likable guy.
- Nervous Wreck: To go along with being the craven coward.
- Nice Guy: He's not usually mean-spirted and is normally friendly with his friends or people, he don't consider his enemies (if he's not freaking out first). With Roy on the other hand, it varies.
- Odd Friendship: With Roy especially later on in the show.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: His sensitive guy to Roy's manly man.
- Too Dumb to Live: Happens a lot to him both the comic and cartoon version. Once, in "Snow Wade and the 77 dwarves", he ate an apple even when he was told it was poison.
- Tsundere: Sweet Type with Roy, mainly in the cartoon version. He's nice and friendly with the rest of his friends. Arguing/competing against Roy is surprisingly the only thing(s) Wade's not usually afraid of!
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Roy, mainly in the cartoon version, to the point where over the seasons they had the closest friendship besides with Orson.
- Wild Take: Well, being a craven cowardly duck, naturally, he will make cartoony reactions and then can run off going, "HEEEELLP!!"
- Black Bead Eyes: As you can see, in the pic.
- They become Sphere Eyes whenever he reacts strongly, such as happiness, anger, surprise, fear, excitement...
- Closer to Earth: In the later strips.
- Happily Adopted: By Orson.
- Kids Are Cruel: Not nearly as much of a Jerk Ass as Lanolin, but he still has moments where he shows a disturbing sadistic streak.
- Off Model: Occasionally in the colored strips, Booker is shown as a white chick, instead of his usual yellow.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Red to Shelden's blue.
- Road Runner vs. Coyote: He's the Coyote.
- Brainy Baby: In both the strip and the show, it's stated he refused to hatch after reading some newspapers before he was born.
- Closer to Earth: In the later Strips.
- Clown Car Base: Sheldon's shell purportedly contains all modern conveniences, including a microwave, barbecue, pinball machine, ping-pong table, and enough space to hang pictures on the walls.
- Deadpan Snarker: Due to the wackiness with the other characters or certain situations, he can have moments, where he pulls a snarky comment.
- Eggshell Clothing: As you can see, he lives in his egg, with only his legs exposed.
- Happily Adopted: By Orson.
- He Who Must Not Be Seen: Under his eggshell.
- Innocent Prodigy: He's intelligent and he really isn't as mischievous as his brother, Booker.
- Interspecies Romance: Sheldon hinted to like Blue.
- Puppy Love: He hinted to like Chloe in the episode "Snow Wade and the 77 Dwarfs, part 2".
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue to Booker's red.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Averted. Lanolin makes no secret of the fact that she's abrasive, despite literally being in sheep's clothing.
- 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 and Girlish Pigtails: Her ear things resemble pigtails.
- Grumpy Bear: She can be grumpy and frown a lot.
- 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...
- 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 and Sibling Yin-Yang: As shown in the other tropes, she's the more grumpy, brash sibling.
- 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.
- Took a Level in Kindness: Her mean nature was toned down in Garfield and Friends.
- 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, he's more lively and perky then in the cartoon.
- 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.
- Mellow Fellow: In the cartoon.
- Nice Guy: In stark contrast with his twin sister.
- Perpetual Smiler: In stark contrast with his twin sister.
- Polar Opposite Twins and Sibling Yin-Yang: He's the more perky(more calmer in the cartoon) and more nicer one, of the siblings.
- Punny Name: If Bo sheep didn't already clue you in, it's a pun for Bo Peep.
- 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, he speaks slang and like he's from the beach.
- 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 is smarter and more sensible then Cody.
- 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: Blue of course is the girl kitty, and Cody the boy puppy.
- 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
- Ascended Extra: In the strip, they appeared only for the first three weeks, without names. On Garfield and Friends, they were semi-regularly-recurring villains.
- Big Brother Bully: They always picked on Orson even when he was a piglet and whenever they come by to visit.
- Evil Counterpart: Like 'Cartoon' Bo Sheep, Wart seems to be the more laid back one of the trio, but he's still just as malicious as his other two brothers.
- Fat Bastard: They're fat and they awful bothers and thieves, to Orson and his friends.
- Fat Idiot: For example, in the episode, "Mystery Guest", they were too stupid to realize the mystery guest was Garfield despite the Paper-Thin Disguise.
- Heel–Face Mole: Gort tried this in one episode.
- Jerkasses: They're mean and nasty and whenever they're not (just)picking on Orson and sometimes his friends, they steal their crops and sometimes tie the farm animals up or lock them somewhere, so they won't get in their way.
- Leitmotif: Their appearances in the cartoon were often accompanied by In the Hall of the Mountain King.
- Named by the Adaptation: They weren't given names in the comic strip version.
- Terrible Trio: Gort seems to be the leader.
- Verbal Tic: Mort snorts during his spoken dialogue.
A weasel who is constantly trying to steal the chickens. He has also tried to eat Sheldon on occasion.