!!Comics
* In an early Segar Sunday strip, Popeye delivers a NoHoldsBarredBeatdown to a nasty hot dog vendor [[KickTheDog who refused to give a dirt poor kid a hot dog on credit]] ([[BullyingADragon and insulted Popeye to his face]]), [[KickTheSonOfABitch tears down his shack in seconds]], and [[PetTheDog gives the kid a bunch of free hotdogs.]]
-->'''Popeye:''' "Can't ya give the boy a sandrich on credick! He's hungry on account of his dad bein' outta work."
-->'''Vendor:''' "[[ShutUpKirk I will not!]] This is no charity institution. [[GetLost Now beat it]], ya funny lookin gink, before I push your face."
-->'''Popeye:''' [[ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne "You can't insulk me!]] [[TalkToTheFist I'll take ya apart and yer shack to!"]] (slugs vendor and effortlessly demolishes the shack with his bare hands in seconds, leaving the vendor KOed under its wreckage.)
-->'''Popeye''': "I feels exter happy now on account of I done a good deed." (Popeye watches kid walk off with free hotdogs)
* Popeye's fight with Bluto. Unlike the cartoons, where Bluto keeps winning up until Popeye munches on some spinach, this fight went on for several strips. And Popeye won not by eating his TrademarkFavoriteFood, but with his [[DangerousForbiddenTechnique Twisker Punch]].
!!Cartoons
* Whenever Popeye eats the spinach, awesomeness has ''got'' to come out of it. Bonus point of "Yankee Doodle" or "Stars and Stripes Forever" is playing.
** Any time someone other than Popeye eats the spinach has got to be awesome.
* In the pilot short, Popeye halts an oncoming train by ''punching it''.
* From "Hospitaliky", Popeye's method of getting medical attention from Nurse Olive: force-feeding Bluto the spinach and allowing him to beat him up.
* Popeye's ''epic'' takedown of Abu Hassan and the thieves in ''WesternAnimation/PopeyeTheSailorMeetsAliBabasFortyThieves''.
** In that same short, the thieves try to feed Popeye to a shark, but Popeye takes it out with two hits that seals its mouth closed with its own fangs. What really puts this above his usual badassery is that HE HADNT EATEN HIS SPINACH YET!
* Swee'pea rescuing Popeye and Olive in "Lost and Foundling".
* Popeye taking down an entire enemy fleet in "The Mighty Navy".
* Olive whacking Bluto with an entire log in "Axe Me Another".
* In "Seeing Red, White, and Blue"... POPEYE AND BLUTO ACTUALLY FOUGHT JAPANESE SPIES TOGETHER! Who'd a thought that Bluto may be a big bearded bully but he's a AMERICAN big bearded bully!
* Olive Oyl actually gets one in ''WesternAnimation/PopeyeTheSailorMeetsSindbadTheSailor'', when she will have none of Sinbads sleazy attempts at wooing her, and attempt to smack the beard right off his face. It doesnt do much, due to how strong Sinbad is, but Olive definetly puts up a fight against him.
** On that topic, Sinbad himself, altough he is the villain, he lives on an island full of monsters he has subdued with his bare hands, including a two headed giant that acts mean as hell, but cowers in fear just from having Sinbad raise his voice to them.
*** And of course, Popeye, who takes out both Sinbads Roc bird and the two headed giant, before even having dipped into his spinach.
* "A Dream Walking" could be considered this for the studio, with its complicated perspective gags in the construction site.
!!Film
* Popeye's fist firing out of the water to sock Bluto.
* Popeye shoving the much-hated tax collector into the ocean is both this and a CrowningMomentOfFunny. The ''entire town'' comes out to cheer Popeye on for doing it!