Jon Arbuckle (The Garfield Show, seasons 1-3)

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Jon Arbuckle (The Garfield Show, seasons 1-3)
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Ladies and gentleman, your idiotic jerk, Jon!
Gender: Male
Type: Bumbling Idiot
Portrayed by: Wally Wingert
Status: Alive
Media of origin: 'The Garfield Show'


Jon Arbuckle is the tritagonist of the Garfield franchise and one of the main characters of The Garfield Show. He is the owner of Garfield and Odie. He was voiced by Wally Wingert.

Sadly, he has been flanderized in The Garfield Show.

Bad Qualities

NOTE: This is only focusing in the first three seasons of the CGI reboot The Garfield Show, since the original Jon from the 1980s version, the comic book version and the version in the fourth and fifth seasons of The Garfield Show of Jon are likable.

  1. Like how Garfield and Nermal got flanderized in the show, he was flanderized into a bumbling, idiotic, and unlikable jerk who was mean-spirited towards Garfield (and later Odie, as there are early exceptions in BQ#4).
  2. He became even more stupid than he was in the comics.
  3. He gives Garfield and Odie harsh punishments, even when they did nothing wrong, such as locking them outside.
  4. He even blamed Garfield for things Odie did when he was turned into a were-dog when there's no way possible that Garfield could've done those things proving his stupidity. Though to be fair, it makes sense why he thought Garfield ate the lasagna for ten people, Garfield loved that lasagna and he tried to resist it, but it doesn't make sense why he thinks Garfield wrecked the room, Garfield suggested that maybe Odie did it, but Jon said "Don't try to pin this on poor, sweet, harmless Odie! Odie couldn't do something like this" Neither could Garfield!
    • This cycle happens again in "Little Yellow Riding Hood" when Odie steals a cheesecake and feeds it to a baby wolf all while Garfield is napping! Jon, who is at his absolute worst here, then immediately blames Garfield and even has the gall to taunt him for the majority of the episode. This shows that he clearly didn't learn his lesson.
  5. Even worse, in "King Nermal", when he saw Nermal's leg okay when it was "broken before" (Nermal faked the fracture), he thinks it's getting better. Wow Jon, how stupid are you?
    • Later on, after Garfield and Odie break all their bones and can't eat food for a whole month, Jon eats lasagna in front of them and even has the gall to taunt them for not being able to eat. What a nice owner, right?
    • He even kicked Garfield and Odie out of the house, twice.
  6. His stupidity has gotten to the point where he starts becoming a bad owner to Garfield and Odie.

Good Qualities

  1. He still takes care of Garfield and Odie.
    • While he sometimes treats Garfield in a mean-spirited way, you can hardly blame him if you had a lazy and irresponsible pet cat like Garfield, given that Garfield hardly obeys him, spends his money on food without asking him, gets angry if he commits any innocent mistake and sometimes mocks him behind his back.
  2. He apologizes for some of his actions.
  3. He was a lot more funny and likable in the original comics, Garfield & Friends and even the direct-to-video trilogy. Likewise, he was less of an idiot and doesn't punish Garfield and Odie harshly often and more in line with his original likable counterpart since season 4.
  4. He has some funny moments here and there.
    • "Did you really think you could defeat me, wretched fool?"

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