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This is a list of characters in the Garfield comic strip, created by Jim Davis, organized by category and date of first appearance.

Main characters


Main article: Garfield (character)

First Appearance: June 19, 1978[citation needed]

Jon Arbuckle

Main article: Jon Arbuckle

First Appearance: June 19, 1978[citation needed]


First Appearance: August 7, 1978[citation needed]

Last Appearance:

In The Garfield Show episode "Long Lost Lyman" (season 3), effort is made to explain what became of the character in-continuity. Lyman is said to have left Odie with Jon, before moving away to work as a wildlife photographer in a distant jungle. When Jon learns that Lyman disappeared while searching for a mythical Bigfoot-like creature, Jon, Garfield, and Odie travel to the jungle to find him. The "Long Lost Lyman" version of Lyman has round eyes resembling Jon's, rather than the dot-eyes of his traditional comics design, and is voiced by Frank Ferrante.[1]


Main article: Odie

First Appearance: August 8, 1978[citation needed]


First Appearance: October 23, 1978[citation needed]

Dr. Liz Wilson

First Appearance: June 26, 1979[citation needed]

On Garfield and Friends, Liz was voiced by Julie Payne, occasionally appearing in the first two seasons and once in the fourth season. In the live-action/animated movies, she is played by Jennifer Love Hewitt. Her first, albeit brief, television appearance was on the second TV special, Garfield on the Town.

In The Garfield Show, she is once again voiced by Julie Payne.


First Appearance: September 3, 1979[citation needed]

Nermal is a small grey male tabby cat with thick eyelashes. Despite being an adult cat, he is smaller than most and prefers to call himself "the world's cutest kitten". Nermal was first introduced as Jon's parents' kitten.[2]

In Garfield: The Movie, Nermal is portrayed as a Siamese cat in the neighborhood, and is voiced by David Eigenberg. Nermal is voiced by Jason Marsden in The Garfield Show, as well as in the films Garfield Gets Real, Garfield's Fun Fest, and Garfield's Pet Force.


First Appearance: December 17, 1980[citation needed]

In the Garfield film, she appears as a (purple shade) Russian Blue cat, voiced by Debra Messing.


First Appearance: October 30, 1984[citation needed]

On Garfield and Friends, the character was named Floyd and voiced by Gregg Berger, who also reprises the role in The Garfield Show.[3]

Arbuckle Family


First Appearance: February 13, 1980[citation needed]


First Appearance: February 13, 1980[citation needed]

In The Garfield Show, he is voiced by Frank Welker.[4]

Aunt Gussie

First Appearance: August 14, 1981[citation needed]


First Appearance: January 25, 1982[citation needed]

In A Garfield Christmas Special, it is revealed that her husband has died and she talks about her life with him.

Doc Boy

First Appearance: May 17, 1983[citation needed]

In A Garfield Christmas Special, he was voiced by David Lander.[5]

Doc Boy also appears in six episodes of The Garfield Show, with Lander reprising his role.[citation needed]

Garfield's family

Garfield's mother

Garfield's mother first appeared in the animated specials Garfield on the Town and Garfield: His 9 Lives. She has since made several cameos in the comic strip, including a December 1984 story that is a loose adaptation of Garfield on the Town. She also appeared once on Garfield and Friends, in an episode called "The Garfield Rap." Sandi Huge provided her voice in the specials.

Garfield's grandfather

First Appearance: November 10, 1980[citation needed]

Garfield's grandpa first appeared in the strip on November 10, 1980.

In Garfield on the Town, a different-looking, rougher maternal grandfather is seen living with Garfield's mother. Whether the comic strip's version is Garfield's paternal grandfather has not been explicitly clarified.[citation needed]

Minor recurring characters

Herman Post

First Appearance: July 19, 1978[citation needed]

Jon Arbuckle's mailman was a character on the first four seasons of Garfield and Friends. In "The Mail Animal", he is fired because his boss, the postmaster, perceives him as being weak-willed. However, Garfield treats the postmaster poorly as well, resulting in the postmaster begging Post to return to work.

In The Garfield Show episode "Mailman Blues", he goes on vacation to Hawaii. Before Post goes on vacation, he warns his replacement, Stu, about Garfield, describing him as a "monster". While Herman Post is on his vacation, Garfield torments Stu. However, Stu quits, and Herman returns early only after receiving a raise. He reveals that this has happened every year for 13 years.

In Garfield and Friends, the mailman was voiced by Gregg Berger.[3]


First Appearance: June 9, 1979[citation needed]

Binky the Clown

First Appearance: September 17, 1986[citation needed]

A television personality noted for his extremely loud and piercing greetings, most notably "HEEEEEEEY, KIDS!" He appears to be a parody of Bozo the Clown, and in the cartoons shares an exaggerated raspy voice with the Bob Bell portrayal of Bozo. He is often compared to Krusty the Clown from The Simpsons, who is also portrayed with an exaggeratedly raspy voice, based on Bell's.[6]

The character first appeared in the animated TV special Garfield's Halloween Adventure.

He was first mentioned in the comic strip on March 13, 1985. Other clowns are seen prior to this mention, but appear to be different characters. Binky was first seen in the comics on September 15, 1986, then appeared in person on September 17, 1986.

The Big Vicious Dog

First Appearance: September 12, 1995[citation needed]

Hubert and Reba

Hubert and Reba are an elderly couple who live near Jon. Hubert is often portrayed as an older man, while Reba is often either unseen or tending to household chores. The couple made an appearance in Here Comes Garfield. In the animated cartoon, Hubert is portrayed as hostile towards Garfield and Odie, after Garfield tore up their yard and knocked flowers and dirt on Hubert's head. He calls the animal shelter personnel to remove them. In the strips, Hubert is less hostile towards Garfield.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Garfield: Episodenführer der TV-Serie (3.Staffel)". 2012. Retrieved 2012-09-03.
  2. ^ "Garfield Daily Comic Strip on September 3, 1979". Garfield by Jim Davis. Archived from the original on September 1, 2016. Retrieved November 4, 2016.
  3. ^ a b "Gregg Berger (visual voices guide)". Behind The Voice Actors. Retrieved 2022-06-17.
  4. ^ "Frank Welker (visual voices guide)". Behind The Voice Actors. Retrieved 2022-06-17.
  5. ^ "David L Lander (visual voices guide)". Behind The Voice Actors. Retrieved 2022-06-17.
  6. ^ Joe Rhodes (October 21, 2000). "Flash! 24 Simpsons Stars Reveal Themselves". TV Guide.