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Fist of the b0rf Star is a series of Youtube videos created by Lycan Jonze. It is a fan-made parody of PilotRedSun's Garfielf, which in turn is a parody of Jim Davis' Garfield. As the title suggests, the entire series is heavily based on the anime Fist of the North Star.

The series chronicles the adventures of Jon Arbuckle, and his battles against his pet cat/nemesis Garfielf. As the story progresses, many characters from various newspaper comic strips make an appearance. Just like its predecessor, the video is notable for featuring extremely bizarre art, synthetic voices, and frequently misspelled words.

Initially made as a so-bad-its-good Garfield anime parody, the production value increased drastically in the later videos, gradually shifting from a simple Gafielf fan-video to an extensive webseries in its own right. Fist of the b0rf Star is considered a Cult Classic, spawing several fan-videos of its own.


In January of 2018, Lycan Jonze deleted his channel along with all of his videos. Thankfully, Fist of the b0rf Star has been recovered and reuploaded by fans. The entire series can be viewed here. Later in 2018, Lycan Jonze opened a new channel where he reuploaded all of his old content, including finished versions of the missing episodes. Unfortunately, as of December 2020, that new channel has also vanished, though fans have once more taken to archiving the project, as can be seen with the missing episodes here, though they are not in their original order. The saga is also currently receiving a more dynamically-animated adaptation by Daninjerooni, with the compiled first half of the series viewable here.


Fist of the b0rf Star provides examples of:

  • Absurdly Sharp Claws: Garfielf's go-to when he isn't tapping into the power of Lasaga.
  • Adaptational Badass: Pretty much every character is a badass anime version of a classic comic strip character.
  • Ambiguously Evil: Nermal is definitely on Jon's side and opposes Calvin and Garfield, but he is at war with Heathcliff and has replaced his own arms with Garfield's for what cannot be pleasent reasons.
  • Arch-Enemy: The obvious one is Garfielf and Jon, but Calvin nurses a specific vendetta against Liz.
  • Art Evolution: The series starts out with intentionally terrible scribbles, but the art greatly improves as the show progresses. Parodied in Fist of the b0rf Star II Ep. 6 Part 2 where the "art" becomes pans and still across classical Renaissance paintings and statues, with the character's noses, ears, and hair crudely scribbled on."
  • Art Shift: The majority of the series is drawn in MS Paint, but from Fist of the b0rf Star II episode 5 onward, each video is drawn in a unique art style.
  • Animesque: The art and series as a whole is clearly a parody of classic 80's fighting anime.
  • Ascended Extra: In his initial appearance, Charlie Brown is a very unimportant character who dies five seconds after he's introduced. The side story, Footlab of Carnage focuses entirely on Charlie Brown, thereby giving him significant Character Development and proving that he was actually important the entire time.
  • Avengers Assemble: Arulent Avenger chronicles Marmaduke's quick journey to assemble a team to take on Garfielf..
  • Bastard Understudy: Calvin betrays Garfielf in the final episode and usurps his title as Big Bad.
  • Beat the Curse Out of Him: Odie is finally saved by Jon after by losing to him when Jon used the Brilliant Hello.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Marmaduke, Charlie Brown, and Dilbert to Jon, Jon to Marmaduke, Jon to Quantum, B.C. to Liz, and the entire resistance to Jon.
  • Bolivian Army Ending: In the final episode, Garfielf decides to sacrifice himself to defeat Calvin, who has become a god-like entity. The final frame of the series shows the two of them about to exchange blows.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: In between the first and second volumes, Garfielf attempts to return to life by possessing Margo.
    • Odie becomes a servant of Garfie via this method.
  • Breath Weapon: Garfielf has his signature "Lasaga Breadth" attack.
  • Came Back Wrong: Odie comes back to "life" at the start of 2 as a revenant-puppet for the Orange King.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Shroeder knows that Lucy will destroy his piano and bust of Beethoven, so he has a closet full of spare Beethoven busts, a room full of spare pianos, and a garage also full of spare pianos.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Haggar, B.C., Sarge, and Liz only manage to survive against Calvin by fighting him five (Lucky Eddie also fought, but died) on one and using a tank and poison.
  • Crossover: In addition to the normal cast of Garfield characters, Fist of the b0rf Star is notable for featuring a variety of characters from various Newspaper Comics.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Naermo talks big, but his fight with Calvin ends before it begins.
  • Death Equals Redemption: Garfielf. Despite all the strife he caused, his act of sacrifice means that in death he is still remembered as a noble cat that changed everyone's lives forever. Jon, Mrs. M, and even Calvin pay respects to his grave..
  • Defiant Captive: Arleen and Liz are both held captive.
  • Death from Above: Dilbo's one and only attack.
  • Determined Defeatist: Charlie Brown knows that he will never be anything more than "whisy wasyd Chaleid Bruon", but that doesn't stop him from continuously trying to become the strongest comic strip character in the land.
  • Death Equals Redemption: Garfielf dies tapping into Lasaga one last time to defeat the enraged and powerful Calvo.
  • Diagonal Cut: Dilbert, neatly bisected straight down the middle by Garfielf.
  • The Dragon: Garfielf's Dragon is Calvin, and Lucy's Dragon is Pigpen.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: The reason why Garfielf imprisons Jon instead of killing him. Averted with Calvin, who loves nobody but himself. Garfielf still loves Arleen, but she gave him up when he tapped into the Power of Lasaga.
    • It eventually is revealed that Calvin does have love in his heart, as his devotion to The Power of Lasaga was all to earn Garfielf's approval.
  • Evil Overlord: Garfielf.
  • Face–Heel Turn: B.C. sells out the resistance to Calvin.
  • Fighting Spirit: Hobbes serves as Calvin's Stand. Mrs. M also has Stand Powers, which she keeps hidden
    • Naermo lets himself become a Stand to assist in the final fight.
  • Flat "What": Calvin's reaction to B.C. defeating the entire U.S. Acres.
  • The Ghost: Heathcliff is a rival warlord to Nermal, but their implied feud only serves as a backdrop for Calvin to infiltrate Nermal's castle.
  • GIS Syndrome: The third part of episode 5 abruptly transitions from hand drawn artwork to stills and pans across images of classical artwork and statues with noses, hair, tails, and clothes crudely scribbled on top.
  • Grievous Harm with a Body: Hagger loses his arm while fighting Odie, then chooses to use his detached arm as a weapon.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Wade betrays the U.S. Acres to save Jon from imprisonment after seeing the error of his ways.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Marmaduke does this to save Jon in episode 3.
    • As does Linus in Footlab of Carnage.
    • Garfielf of all people does this in the final episode.
    • Arleen jumps off a tall building to force Garfielf to save her, proving that he still has nobility in his heart.
  • Hungry Weapon: The Power of Lasaga is described as a powerful force that must constantly be fed.
  • Hypocritical Humor:
    Garfielf: Now look at waht you did, Job. You almost killed the Grandpa Gums and that is a krims punishable by your death, Jonatank.
    Proceeds to launch an attack that decapitates the Game Grumps.
  • I Can't Sense Their Presence: This is how Marmaduke gets informed of Odie's death.
  • Kung-Fu Jesus: Jon essentially acts as a beefy messiah to the other comic characters.
    • Gets lampshaded in FotBS II Episode 6 Part 2 (AKA the episode where everything is interpreted through classical art) where Jon is played by none other than a statue of Jesus.
  • La Résistance: One appears on the second series and consists of most of the movers and shakers of the story.
  • Left Hanging: Several loose ends are left unexplained by the end of the series, including the fate of most of the main characters and an explanation for why or how certain key events took place.
  • Once a Season: In both series, somebody crashes into building in which someone is doing a podcast.
  • Love Makes You Evil: Garfielf gives into the Power of Lasaga because he was jealous that Jon loved Odie more. Calbin in turn gives into Lasaga even harder because Garfielf doesn't respect him.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: Arleen, unwillingly, to Garfield. She is the only person that can truly talk back to him.
  • Living Prop: The Family Circus's role in the story is essentially to be a second set of backup mooks for Odie after the U.S. acres become predominantly indisposed
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: During the climax of the first season, Garfielf reveals that he and Jon are actually brothers.
  • Manly Tears: Jon sheds these several times in the original series.
  • Married to the Job: Schroeder refuses to love Lucy because he is too busy playing the piano
  • Mentor Occupational Hazard: Linus dies helping Charlie Brown escape a fight that Linus first encouraged Charlie to enter.
  • Morality Chain: Arleen is the only comic character that can talk back to Garfielf and get away with it.
  • Never Bring a Knife to a Fist Fight: The Newspapres Sword is supposedly legendary, with the ability to harness the power of the Sunday Funnies. However, Garfielf performs worse wielding it than he does using martial arts; He strikes Jon with perfect accuracy, but Jon is so tough he merely breaks it with a punch.
  • Not Always Evil: Jon's reason for saving Wade's life.
    Jon: Not everyoen is evil, Naermo. Some are just misguide.
  • Off with His Head!: Charlie Brown, Offhand Backhand style.
  • One-Word Vocabulary: Odie only says "borf".
  • One-Hit KO: The "Brilliant Hello", which only works on possessed souls.
  • Pet the Dog: Garfielf sparing Jon's life, and then sparing Arleen's life.
  • Play-Along Prisoner: Jon makes it clear that his imprisonment at Nermaol's castle is at his own discretion. By being imprisoned, he can be left alone to meditate to gain the techniques required to defeat Garfief.
  • Pre-Mortem One-Liner:
    Garfielf: It must be my birthday then. Because now I get to kill all of you.
    • Jon gets one when he drops in on Lucy to repay his debt to Charlie Brown.
    Lucy: Hwo the hell are you?!
    Jon: Veangeance.
    spoiler:and then Jown killed everyone
  • Redemption Equals Death: B.C. dies fighting Calvin.
  • Regretful Traitor: B.C.
  • Secret Art: The titular Fist of the b0rf Star is Jon and Odie's "secret tenchique".
  • Spirit Advisor: After his death, Nermal remains a companion to Jon during his time being imprisoned in Nermal's castle. He can manipulate and see things within his castle, but cannot be seen by anyone but Jon.
    • Upon reaching a state of enlightenment, Lyman bestows upon Jon the techniques required to conquer Lasaga.
  • Shared Universe: In Arulent Avenger, it is revealed that the Dilbert from Fist of the b0rf Star is the same Dilbert from CBoyardee's Dilbert 3
  • Shout-Out: During the first arc, Jon and Garfielf both belt out two of Tom's distinctive screams.
  • Stock Scream: Marmaduke lets out a Howie Long Scream when Garfielf slashes his leg.
  • Stylistic Suck: The series is crudely drawn, but refines itself over the course of the first series too look like properly drawn art using cruddy coloring tools. Over the course of the second series cycles through artstyles until it lands on the worst style of all: low-budget Soviet animation.
  • Take That!: Some petty barbs are given to Game Grumps.
  • Team Mom: Mrs. M is not a fighter, but she keeps the resistence organized and fed. Subverted, as he reveals herself to have gained Stand Powers late in the series.
  • The Heavy: Orson is the leader of the U.S. Acres and is the main opposing force of two full episodes.
  • The Power of Love: Quentin from Paper Townes uses this to save Margo after she is tackled off of a building to rid her of brainwashing. This also motivates Garfielf's last-minute change of heart
  • That Man Is Dead: A large reason for Garfielf's transition to evil is is own self hatred for his past of a "big, fet, kitty ket". He refers to his past self in third person, and calls him a "weaklginl that did nut know the sterngth of his hinger or teh power of lasaga.'' Arleen in a way agrees, she refutes his advances by saying Garfotfli is no longer the cat she once loved.
  • You Can't Thwart Stage One: Job arrives far too late to prevent Calvin from stealing Naermo's Gafriddle parts and reviving Garfielf, though Paper Townes shows that he had previously thwarted the stage one of a previous plan.
  • You Shall Not Pass!: Hagro holds off the U.S. Acres when B.C. sells out the resistance, and dies fighting Odie.