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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.
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  • 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).
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Orson Pig

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Voiced by: Gregg Berger
  • The Alleged Boss: Given how much abuse he takes from the other animals, it's easy to think his seniority doesn't go beyond being Team Mom. But a couple of times in the cartoon, he has reached breaking point and reminded them, he's in charge, and if they go too far, he can kick them out. After once suffering a barrage of insults from Roy, Orson finally snapped and angrily fired him on the spot, only receding when his replacement proved even worse.
  • Bookworm: He also had Encyclopaedic Knowledge because of the books in the few out of print US 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 Mad", 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).
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  • 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)
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Pig slop, but he admits he'd rather have pizza.
  • Vague Age: The opening strips treat him like a young piglet, though he acts more like a senior of the group later on despite his size and appearance not altering much. Furthered in the cartoons where he has a matured voice courtesy of Gregg Berger.
  • 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.

Roy Rooster

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"[Practical jokes aren't] supposed to be nice. They're supposed to be funny!"
Voiced by: Thom Huge
  • Adaptational Heroism: Sort of. Roy's still a loudmouthed Troll in Garfield and Friends, but the stories are longer and morals are more prevalent, so a nicer side of him does show at times.
  • 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.
  • Bullying the Dragon: Sometimes earns harsh retribution for trolling Lanolin. He's also heckled Orson enough break his The Alleged Boss routine and get threatened with unemployment.
  • 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.
  • The Chew Toy: Because he deserves it.
  • Cock-a-Doodle Dawn: Through he usually uses his horn to wake people up.
  • Cocky Rooster: He tends to play mean-spirited pranks on the other farm animals, such as waking them up with his loud horn, and often ending up in a fight with Lanolin Sheep.
  • 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.
  • Everyone Has Standards: In the cartoon, even Roy refers to Orson's brothers as rotten jerks.
  • 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. These aspects were treated light-heartedly harmless and were not as much a core aspect of his personality. By 1987, he pretty much exists as a full on Troll for the farm.
  • Jerkass: He plays mean-spirited pranks on his friends.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Mostly in the cartoons though, he's a self-centered arrogant prankster, but he will often use these very qualities to help his friends out of trouble and has moments of remorse when he feels he might have gone a bit too far.
  • Leitmotif: He has his theme tune when he appears which is Schumann's 'The Merry Peasant'
  • 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.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Orson and Bo's blue.
  • 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.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: To Lanolin, his obnoxious humour clashing with her ugly temperament. More prominent in the comics, though did occur in the cartoons to a lesser degree.
  • 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.
  • Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: He's an arrogant, rude, and assholish prankster who constantly likes playing jokes on his friends and usually gets his repercussions that serves him right.
  • Villain Protagonist: Despite being one of the protagonists of the comics and cartoon, he will play the role of an antagonist in wherever he appears in.
  • 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.

Wade Duck

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"I'm sorry, Orson! I'm afraid of everything!"
Voiced by: Howard Morris
  • Absurd Phobia: FAR too many to count.
  • 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.
  • Butt-Monkey: Bad luck just happens to him for no reason.
  • 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.
  • Gratuitous Spanish: Occasionally speaks in this in the cartoon, with his most common phrase being "Uno momento!".
  • Ironic Fear: Wade's biggest fear is water.
    Orson: I thought ducks liked water.
    Wade: Well, just between you and me, ducks aren't very bright.
    Orson: I think I know what you mean.
  • 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!!"

Booker Chick

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Voiced by: Frank Welker

Sheldon Egg

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Voiced by: Frank Welker
  • Brainy Baby: In both the strip and the show, it's stated he refused to hatch after reading some newspapers before he was born.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Not as much as Wade, but he definitely has some odd ideas and convictions that show up from time to time.
  • 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.
  • Meaningful Name: Booker suggested the name due to Sheldon staying in his shell. Orson liked it; Sheldon not so much.
  • 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.

Lanolin Sheep

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Voiced by: Julie Payne

Bo Sheep

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Voiced by: Frank Welker
  • 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 or 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.
  • Verbal Tic: He ends many of his sentences with "man" in the cartoon.

Blue and Cody

The Worms

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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

Voiced by: Frank Welker (Mort), Thom Huge (Gort), Howard Morris (Wart)
  • Ac CENT Upon The Wrong Syl LA Ble: All three of them tend to mis-pronounce the word "vegetables" as "veg-GEE-TAH-bules".
  • Ascended Extra: In the strip, they appeared only for the first three weeks, without names. On Garfield and Friends, they were frequently recurring villains.
  • Big Brother Bully: They always picked on Orson even when he was a piglet and whenever they come by to visit.
  • Big, Thin, Short Trio: Gort is the big, Wart is the thin, and Mort is the short, but all three are much bigger than Orson by comparison.
  • The Dreaded: In their first few appearances on the cartoon, just saying "Your brothers are here" or some such was enough to send Orson into a panic. He adopted a more relaxed attitude towards them over time, though.
  • 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 pulls this off in "Gort Goes Good".
  • 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.

The Weasel

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"What are [Orson and Roy] yammering about? Not that I care, as long as I get some nice, juicy chickens to fricassee."
Voiced by: Gregg Berger
A weasel who is constantly trying to steal the chickens. He has also tried to eat Sheldon on occasion.

Aloysius Pig

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"We don't tolerate that kind of thing at (DA DUM!) The Network!"
Voiced by: Kevin Meaney

Aloysius is a recurring character in the show's final season, who according to Mark Evanier is Orson's cousin. In his first appearance, he was hired as a substitute for Orson while he was away on vacation, but he later appeared in two other episodes as a studio accountant and the network executive of SUUS. He often nitpicks things that he does not find to his liking, from nursery rhymes having bad behavior he worries that kids will copy to people questioning his choices. He is often seen with a notepad and pencil he uses to write down information on.

  • Actor Allusion: Being Kevin Meaney as a pig, Aloysius shares a few similarities with him:
    • He said two of his catchphrases, "That's not right!" and "I don't care!" in the show.
    • A running gag in his routines is that he would mock his parents. In Temp Trouble, his mom appears to take him home for misbehaving, and she's voiced by Kevin Meaney with his voice electronically pitched up.
    • He also sang in his routines, and at the end of Kiddie Korner, Roy asks him to sing a song, claming that his "magnificent singing voice is the only one that can do it justice". Aloysius responds to this by smiling and saying he does have the music in him.
  • Big Guy, Little Guy: His short size makes him this to every other character he talks to on the show except for Booker and Sheldon. "Kiddie Korner" shows us that he's roughly the same size as Odie.
  • Canon Foreigner: He never appeared in the strip.
  • Catchphrase: "That's not right!"
  • He Who Must Not Be Seen: His eyes aren't seen at any point during his three episodes since he never took off his glasses, but if his mom is any indication, he possibly has button eyes.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: He was voiced by Kevin Meaney and shares Meaney's Catchphrase, "That's not right!"
  • Jerkass: He's quick to give other characters demerits for petty reasons.
  • The Nicknamer: For some reason, he never says any character's names and seems to only call the characters by their species (like calling Roy "Rooster" or Wade "the duck").
  • Obstructive Bureaucrat: Many times to mock Executive Meddling or Screwed by the Network.
  • Once per Episode: Episodes where he appears tend to have a few things that always happen, mostly in the post-Temp Trouble ones:
    • Aloysius pulling something out of the back of his jacket.
    • A strange, fart-like sound effect being played at some point.
    • Aloysius referencing a TV show to describe a situation he's facing (Flipper in "The Discount of Monte Cristo" and Masterpiece Theater in "Kiddie Korner".)
    • Aloysius saying "Good, good!" whenever he likes something.
    • Aloysius' hat coming off (usually when he's surprised or is jumping in anger, but in "Kiddie Korner", he took it off when he was mad at Orson).
    • Roy calling him a nickname that teases him, usually plot-related ("pork belly" and "Mr. Demerit" in "Temp Trouble", "Mr. Cost Cutter" in "The Discount of Monte Cristo", and "Network Boy" in "Kiddie Korner"), though he does eventually call him "Mr. Aloysius" in the latter episode. (one of the only two to appear in all three episodes).
    • The characters coming up with a plan to get rid of him (the other running gag that appears in all 3 episodes):
      • "Temp Trouble": Roy called his mom to come get him and tell him to clean his room.
      • "The Discount Of Monte Cristo": Orson reads Robinson Crusoe with Aloysius as the titular role. Aloysius seems pleased, but reveals he's familiar with the story and asks for Friday and the rowboat to come rescue him, with Orson, Roy and Wade saying those items were "too expensive".
      • "Kiddie Korner": Aloysius is asked to sing a nursery rhyme about himself, and the last line, "lemon meringue", causes him to realize that he will be hit with pies.
    • Before the characters go with the the plan in the later episodes, Aloysius will be seen in some sort of office.
  • Political Correctness Gone Mad: He does this to nursery rhymes in "Kiddie Korner", complaining about even the most minor details being offensive (like thinking "tuffet" is a naughty word).
  • Trademark Favorite Food: If two of his lines in "The Discount Of Monte Cristo" are anything to go by, he loves donuts and pizza.
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