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Background information
Feature films Garfield: The Movie

Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties
Garfield Gets Real
Garfield's Fun Fest
Garfield's Pet Force

Television programs Garfield and Friends

The Garfield Show

Video games
Park attractions
Portrayed by
Portrayed by
Voice Desirée Goyette (Garfield and Friends; 1987-1994)

Jason Marsden (CGI films and The Garfield Show; 2007-Present)
David Eigenberg (Garfield: The Movie)

Performance model
Honors and awards World's Cutest Kitten
Character information
Full name Nermal
Other names The cutest kitten in the whole world
Personality Sweet, nice, adorable
Appearance Grey Tabby
Birthday possibly August 5, 1979
Home Jon's house (occasionally)
Allies Jon Arbuckle


Enemies Garfield
Likes Annoying Garfield, Being called the world's cutest kitten,
Dislikes Dogs and anything ugly; Garfield sending him to Abu Dhabi
Powers and abilities

Nermal is a character in the Garfield comic strip, television shows, and film series.


He first appeared in the comic strip in 1979 and his latest appearance was on May 25, 2014. He has also appeared in the television series 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. 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 early television appearances. In Garfield and Friends, Nermal's voice was provided by Desiree Goyette.  In The Garfield Show, Nermal is voiced by Jason Marsden. In the Latin American voice dub of Garfield and Friends, Nermal's voice was dubbed in Spanish by Laura Olazábal. This is similar to Nancy Cartwright voicing Bart Simpson.

In Mexico and Latin America, Nermal is often known as Thelma, a female kitty, and not as a male as originally portrayed.


Nermal is a vain and pampered cat who annoys Garfield, which usually results in Garfield trying to ship him to Abu 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 (nor is he seen on Jon's parents' farm). When we see him, it is usually because Jon has to babysit him.

Nermal is a cute grey tabby whom Garfield is jealous of. He revels in his cuteness and proudly proclaims himself as the cutest kitten in the world.

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.


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