Nermal is one of the main characters in the Garfield comic strips, television shows, and film series.
He first appeared in the strip on 1979 and his latest appearance was on September 8, 2013. He has also appeared in the television series Garfield and Friends and The Garfield Show and in the straight-to-DVD movies, Garfield Gets Real, Garfield's Fun Fest and Garfield's Pet Force. A cat named Nermal appeared in Garfield: The Movie, although he looked completely different from the kitten in the comic strip. He is known as Garfield's main and direct nemesis for the Garfield franchise.
Fans have often mistaken him for a girl kitten because of his eyelashes, his seemingly effeminate personality, and the tone of his voice on his television appearances. Viewers of the television series will know that Nermal's voice was provided by a woman, though in The Garfield Show, Nermal is voiced by Jason Marsden, who plays Max in Disney's A Goofy Movie and An Extremely Goofy Movie, Kovu from The Lion King 2, Peter Pan In the Fox TV Series, Peter Pan and The Pirates, and Chester from Fairly OddParents.. In Latin American voice dubbing of the 80s show, Garfield's voice was dubbed in Spanish by Sandro Larenas, making fans blame the little success of the movie to the fact was dubbed for the movie by another actor.
Also, for Mexico and Latin America, Nermal is known as Thelma, a female kitty, and not as a male as some movies portrait.
Nermal annoys Garfield, which usually results in Garfield trying to ship him to Anu Dhabi. Nermal often comes in unannounced (and recently on his birthday), much to Garfield's chagrin.
When he first appeared, it was stated that he was owned by Jon's parents, but that was never mentioned again. When we see him, it is usually because Jon has to babysit him. He is not seen on Jon's parents' farm.
The gallery for Nermal can be viewed here.