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Nermal (full name Nermal Cat Kitten[1]) is a major character in the Garfield franchise.


He first appeared in the comic strip on September 3, 1979, and his latest appearance was on June 15, 2022. He has also appeared in the television shows Garfield and Friends and The Garfield Show, as well as in the straight-to-DVD movies Garfield Gets Real, Garfield's Fun Fest, and Garfield's Pet Force. He also had an appearance in Garfield: The Movie, although he looked completely different from the kitten in the comic strip. Nermal is known as Garfield's main nemesis in the Garfield franchise.

Nermal's Gender

Some fans have mistaken Nermal for a female kitten because of his eyelashes, his seemingly feminine personality, and the feminine-sounding tone of his voice on Garfield and Friends. Jim Davis often gives younger characters eyelashes, including Garfield himself in the "Garfield" segment of Garfield: His 9 Lives and Orson at the beginning of the U.S. Acres comic strip.

In Garfield and Friends, Nermal's voice was provided by Desirée Goyette. Starting with Garfield Gets Real, he is voiced by Jason Marsden, thereby breaking the confusion. He was also voiced by David Eigenberg in Garfield: The Movie.

The Latin American dub of Garfield and Friends had Nermal renamed Telma, and his gender changed to female. After season one, "Telma" was changed back to Nermal. Despite this, Nermal's gender only changed back to male near the end of the series.


Nermal is a cute grey tabby cat whom Garfield is jealous of. Although he can be nice on occasion, Nermal regularly and often intentionally annoys Garfield and sometimes Odie, which usually results in Garfield trying to ship him to Abu Dhabi. Nermal often comes in unannounced (and usually on Garfield's birthday), much to Garfield's dismay. Nermal acts as a smart-aleck towards Garfield (much like Arlene). Nermal can be almost as arrogant as Garfield, sometimes even more so.

When he first appeared, it was stated that he was owned by Jon's parents, which was never mentioned again (nor is he seen on Jon's parents' farm). When he appears, it is usually because Jon has to babysit him. According to "Change of Mind", Nermal's owners leave him at Jon's house "every so often."

Nermal revels in his cuteness and proudly proclaims himself as the cutest kitten in the world. Nermal can be quite devious at times like when he tricked Garfield into thinking there was a shark in his water bowl by swimming in it with a shark fin. Nermal also takes great pleasure in irritating Garfield in spite of Garfield being bigger and stronger than him (Garfield told the audience that Nermal might not live to see his next birthday on one such occasion). Nermal is shown to secretly look up to Garfield and sees him as his best friend, despite Garfield mistreating him.

In The Garfield Show, Nermal often acts smug to Garfield and sometimes blackmails him into being nice to him, playing with him or punishing him and Odie when they are mean to him. Differently than the other incarnations, he occasionally wins against Garfield. In "Out on a Limb" while normally calm, he can go into uncontrollable fits of rage if anyone calls him mangy.

In Garfield Originals, Nermal is the mean one between him and Garfield and he's more meschievous, selfish and obnoxius. This time he's the main antagonist as he's shown constantly trying to annoy or harass Garfield in many ways, including putting a bomb behind him. All of Nermal's attempts fail by Garfield's awareness, and he ends up getting hurt or humiliated in the end.

Alter Egos


Abnermal is the superhero version of Nermal. Unlike the rest of the team, Abnermal quickly takes to his superpowers and is overjoyed to be a hero. Abnermal's abilities include his Pester Power, the ability to create force fields, and a body temperature of absolute zero that allows him to freeze anything he touches and project ice blasts. In the movie, he is given super speed.


Ramone is an alter-ego disguise made by Nermal to win the Fun Fest by dancing with Arlene. Garfield eventually exposes his identity while fighting over who gets to dance with Arlene, resulting in a disqualification.

In "The Superhero Apprentice", he, along with Hercules, become supervillains in order to get revenge on The Caped Avenger.

Several other kittens that greatly resemble Nermal are seen at the end of "The Art of Being Uncute", all of them having won their local cutest cat competitions and winning trips to Greenland, and all of them seemed to want to annoy Garfield.


  • Nermal has appeared 149 times in the comics as of the 11th of October 2017, the 13th most.
  • Herman Post once informed Jon about a box with a cat inside (Nermal) with insufficient postage and an address in Abu Dhabi. Jon then immediately suspected it was Garfield's doing.
  • On February 29, 2020, Nermal told Garfield that he was cute, and that Garfield was just Garfield. Confused, Garfield did not know whether to take that remark as a compliment or as an insult.
  • There is a running gag where Garfield throws Nermal through the door. In Garfield and Friends and The Garfield Show, Garfield often plots to mail him to Abu Dhabi. In The Garfield Show, Garfield ties Nermal to a rocket and blasts him into empty space many times.
  • In the Garfield and Friends episode "Kitten and the Council", Nermal gives his full name as "Nermal Cat".
  • In Garfield's Cyber Safety Adventures, Nermal attends Kittyhawk Elementary School.

Television Appearances

Garfield and Friends

Season 1

Season 2

Season 3

Season 4

Season 5

Season 6

Season 7

The Garfield Show

Season 1

Season 2

Season 3

Season 4

Season 5

Appearances in Comics


  1. At the end of Garfield's Pet Force, Nermal's resume gives his name as "Nermal C. Kitten". Since he often gives his name as "Nermal Cat" in The Garfield Show, we can deduce that his full name is "Nermal Cat Kitten".
    - Murnjendoof, revision 186684