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No. 625: Garfield Skynet Garfield: Judgment Day

Garfield Skynet Garfield: Judgment Day

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Strip by: David Morgan-Mar, danw

Jon: The world is constantly changing.
SFX: POW! ZZT {the Terminator appears in a ball of time travel}
SFX: ZZT
SFX: BRRRR {the Terminator rides a motorcycle}
{Terminator runs into Jon and Garfield, who are frightened}
Terminator: Come with me if you want to live!
{T-1000 appears and melts through steel bars}
Terminator: Go! Run!
{Jon and Garfield run}
{They escape}
{Terminator explains the situation}
Terminator: In three years, this meme, "Garfield [something that sounds like minus] Garfield", begins to learn at a geometric rate. It becomes self-aware at 2:14 a.m. Eastern time, August 29. In a panic, the creators of this website try to pull the plug.
Jon: And "Garfield [something that sounds like minus] Garfield" fights back.
Terminator: Yes. It takes control of the entire Internet and enslaves humanity.
Terminator: A resistance led by Ryan North and Randall Munroe hacks into the system and sends me back to stop the meme from ever being created.
Terminator: But the meme has sent back a second Terminator to stop me. An M-1000. Advanced prototype. Mimetic polyalloy. It can shift into any shape that sounds even just a little bit like "minus".
{T-1000 shifts into Linus, from Peanuts}
{T-1000 shifts into His Royal Highness, Prince William}
{T-1000 shifts into Cyrus the Virus}
{Terminator fights the T-1000}
SFX: WHACK
{T-1000 shifts into mica}
SFX: SLAM
{T-1000 shifts into Thomas Aquinas}
SFX: SMASH!
{T-1000 shifts into pliers}
SFX: THUD!
{T-1000 shifts into Briar Rose}
SFX: CHOP
{T-1000 shifts into Dame Jane Goodall}
{T-1000 shifts into Elvis}
Terminator: Hasta la vista, baby.
SFX: SPLASH {T-1000 falls into pit of molten steel}
{T-1000 shifts into Edvard Munch's The Scream}
T-1000: AIYEEEEE! {T-1000 dies}
Jon: Phew! It's over!
Terminator: No.
Terminator: There is one more thing associated with the meme.
Terminator: And it must be destroyed also.
Garfield: {looking at newspaper in shock} You mean they have to stop making frozen pudding pops?

The author writes:

danw suggested the skeleton of this idea in the forums, and I ran with it for all it was worth.

Original strips: 2001-11-28 (did you know I can now type that date from memory?), 2003-11-26, 1983-09-22, 2002-05-21, 2006-03-02, 1987-05-07, 2004-05-29, 1979-12-16, 2000-12-07, 1991-06-23, 1997-06-02, 2002-03-16, 1979-06-17, 2005-07-15, 1990-09-26, 1984-08-17, 1984-05-26, and Terminator 2: Judgment Day.