Nermal is a character in the Garfield franchise.


He first appeared in the comic strip in September 3, 1979 and his latest appearance was on October 3, 2018. 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.

Nermal's Gender

Some fans have mistaken Nermal for a female kitten because of his eyelashes, his seemingly feminine personality, and the tone of his voice on his early television appearances. 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.

In the Latin American voice dub of Garfield and Friends, Nermal's voice was dubbed into Spanish by Laura Olazábal and he was known as "Thelma", a female kitten, and not a male as in the original. This change was however dropped in later seasons.


Nermal is a vain and pampered cat who regularly and often intentionally annoys Garfield, which usually results in Garfield trying to ship him to Abu Dhabi. Nermal often comes in unannounced (and often on Garfield's birthday), much to Garfield's chagrin. Nermal acts as a smart aleck towards Garfield (much like Arlene). There are times where Nermal seems to be almost as arrogant as Garfield, possibly even more so. 

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 looks a bit like Garfield. He 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 take great pleasure in irritating Garfield even though its dangerous fun as Garfield is bigger and stronger than he is and Garfield has once said to the audience that Nermal might not live to see his next birthday. However, Nermal is shown to secretly look up to Garfield and sees him as his best friend, but its pretty hard for him to show it when Garfield mistreats him. 

In The Garfield Show, Nermal often acts smug to Garfield and sometimes blackmails him into being nice to him or playing with him, possibly due to years of Garfield being mean to him. He is also much more arrogant than in previous incarnations.

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.

In The Superhero Apprentice, He, along with Hercules, decides to become a supervillian 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.
  • There is a running gag where Garfield throws Nermal though the door. In Garfield and Friends, Garfield often plots to mail him to Abu Dhabi.

Television Appearances

Garfield and Friends

Season 1

Season 2

Season 4

Season 5

Season 6

Season 7

The Garfield Show

Season 1

Season 2

Season 3

Season 4

Season 5

Appearances In Comics