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-->''[[TitleDrop I'm Popeye the Sailor Man!]] (TOOT!)''
-->''I'm Popeye the Sailor Man!''
-->''[[SuperStrength I'm strong to the finich,]]''
-->''[[PowerUpFood Cause I eats me spinach,]]''
--> ''[[IAmWhatIAm I'm Popeye the Sailor Man]]!'' *toot toot*
-->-- Part of the iconic Popeye theme song.

Originally a minor character in [[http://home.earthlink.net/~thimbletheatre/ Elzie Segar's newspaper comic strip ''Thimble Theater'']], Popeye the Sailor quickly took over the series, edging out [[TheSlacker Ham Gravy]] as the principal suitor of Olive Oyl. He made his animation debut in a 1933 BettyBoop short produced by FleischerStudios, and continued appearing in cartoons throughout the 1940s and 1950s, when FamousStudios produced the series, and even continued on into several made-for-tv cartoons. Despite his sailor moniker, Popeye rarely ventured out to sea, instead spending his days romancing Olive Oyl and competed with Bluto for her affections.

He starred in an impressive 232 [[note]] Discounting all the remake and clip show shorts, the number is "merely" 200[[/note]] theatrical cartoons during TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation, lasting from [[LongRunner 1933 to 1957]], his most noteworthy short being the first of the three two-reeler, 20 minute long, full-color Technicolor specials: specifically, "WesternAnimation/PopeyeTheSailorMeetsSindbadTheSailor". This iconic short, being a precursor even to {{Disney}}'s ''[[Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs Snow White]]'', was extremely popular and was even billed along with the feature of the theater, above the main feature of the theater that played it, or ''even billed as the main feature of the theater itself.'' While it failed to win an Oscar (losing to the now obscure WaltDisney SillySymphonies short "The Country Cousin"), it is still considered to this day to be one of The50GreatestCartoons ever made, influencing even filmmakers like Creator/RayHarryhausen, especially on his film ''Film/The7thVoyageOfSinbad''.

Television syndication packages of Popeye cartoons tend toward a mixture of theatrical shorts and the 1960s shorts produced by Al Brodax. In the late 1970s, {{Hanna-Barbera}} produced a new series of Popeye cartoons for Creator/{{CBS}}. This was followed by ''WesternAnimation/PopeyeAndSon'' in 1987.

[[Film/{{Popeye}} The Movie]], released in 1980 and starring a young RobinWilliams in one of his first film roles, is a CultClassic. Sony Pictures has made a deal to develop an AllCGICartoon ''Popeye'' feature film, directed by GenndyTartakovsky.
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[[folder: Theatrical Cartoon Filmography]]

!1933

* Blow Me Down!: PublicDomain.
* I Eats My Spinach: First Popeye short with Mae Questel voicing Olive Oyl. Only Popeye short to bear the NRA (National Recovery Association) logo.
* I Yam What I Yam: The first solo Popeye short. Renamed "The Indian Fighter" in reissued prints. Wimpy makes his debut here.
* Popeye the Sailor: Billed as a BettyBoop cartoon, but is really a PoorlyDisguisedPilot for the Popeye cartoons. Betty herself recieves barely a minute of screentime, with almost all of her animation recycled from "Betty Boop's Bamboo Isle". The series formula is established right out of the starting gate with this cartoon, with Bluto kidnapping Olive and Popeye having to chase him down and beat him into submission before Olive gets run over by a train.
* Seasin's Greetinks!
* Wild Elephinks: First Bluto-less short.

!1934

* Axe Me Another
* Can You Take It?: A short that bears some similarities to ''WesternAnimation/BimbosInitiation''.
* The Dance Contest
* A Dream Walking: Features the BingCrosby song "Did You Ever See A Dream Walking?", [[MickeyMousing flawlessly synchronized with the animation.]]
* Let's Sing With Popeye: A ScreenSong short featuring a sing-along version of the Popeye song. Recycles footage from the very first Popeye short. PublicDomain.
* Let's You and Him Fight
* The Man on the Flying Trapeze: Sole animated appearance of Olive Oyl's mother, in the opening. Bluto does not appear here, although the eponymous man on the flying trapeze is an obvious stand-in for him.
* Shiver Me Timbers
* Shoein' Hosses
* Sock-a-Bye Baby: First Popeye short with neither Olive Oyl nor Bluto. Features Popeye caring for Betty Boop's baby brother.
* Strong to the Finich
* The Two Alarm Fire
* We Aim To Please

!1935
* Adventures of Popeye: A cheater short, recycling footage from "Popeye the Sailor", "Wild Elephinks" and "Axe Me Another". It is interesting for its FramingDevice, with some brief RogerRabbitEffect moments.
* Be Kind to Aminals: A bizarre short, if just because the Fleischers opted for a completely unsolicited change in voice, with Popeye's radio voice (Floyd Buckley) playing the role here (who sounds absolutely nothing like Popeye).
* Beward of Barnacle Bill
* Choose Your "Weppins"
* Dizzy Divers
* For Better of Worser: First Popeye short to use the 3-Dimensional Setback, which was a giant stop-motion turntable with a model set mounted on top, with cels superimposed seamlessly over it, to create a startling illusion of depth.
* The Hyp-Nut-Tist
* King of the Mardi Gras: First Popeye cartoon to have Jack Mercer voicing the character. Uses the 3-Dimensional Setback.
* Pleased to Meet Cha!
* The Spinach Overture: Cameo appearance by Castor Oil.
* You Gotta Be A Football Hero: Last Popeye short with William Costello as the Popeye voice.

!1936

* Bridge Ahoy!: Uses the 3-D Setback.
* Brotherly Love
* A Clean Shaven Man: Notable for having artist JackKirby working on it as an Assistant animator, during his ''extremely'' brief tenure at Fleischer Studios.
* Hold the Wire
* I Wanna Be a Lifeguard: PublicDomain.
* I'm in the Army Now: Clip show episode, with footage from "Blow Me Down", "Shoein' Hosses", "Choose Your Weppins", and "King of the Mardi Gras". PublicDomain.
* I-Ski Love-Ski You-Ski: Features usage of the 3-D setback.
* Let's Get Movin': Uses the 3-D setback.
* Never Kick a Woman: First and only Fleischer cartoon in which Olive Oyl eats Popeye's spinach to overcome her adversary. PublicDomain.
* Popeye the Sailor with Little Swee'Pea: Debut of Swee'Pea in the cartoons. PublicDomain
* WesternAnimation/PopeyeTheSailorMeetsSindbadTheSailor: First color Popeye, first of the three Two-reeler features. Uses the 3-D Setback. One of The50GreatestCartoons. PublicDomain.
* The Spinach Roadster
* Vim, Vigor and Vitaliky
* What-No Spinach?

!1937

* The Football Toucher Downer
* Fowl Play
* Hospitaliky: Popeye feeds Bluto spinach to get beaten and put in the hospital with Olive.
* I Likes Babies and Infinks
* I Never Changes My Altitude: Uses the 3-D setback. PublicDomain.
* Lost and Foundry
* Morning, Noon and Nightclub
* My Artistical Temperature: Uses the 3-D Setback.
* Organ Grinder's Swing
* The Paneless Window Washer: PublicDomain.
* WesternAnimation/PopeyeTheSailorMeetsAliBabasFortyThieves: Second Popeye color two-reel feature. Uses the 3-D Setback. Runner-up on The50GreatestCartoons. PublicDomain.
* Protek The Weakerist: Features usage of the 3-D setback.
* The Twisker Pitcher: First short where Bluto uses Popeye's spinach against him.

!1938

* Big Chief Ugh-A-Mugh-Ugh: Last Fleischer short to use the voice of Gus Wickie, although Bluto does not appear.
* Bulldozing the Bull
* Cops Is Always Right
* A Date to Skate: A short centered solely around Popeye and Olive Oyl. Last time in the Fleischer shorts that Mae Questel would voice Olive Oyl, being replaced by Margie Hines. PublicDomain.
* Goonland: First appearance of Poopdeck Pappy in the cartoons. Only theatrical short appearance of the Goons. PublicDomain.
* The House Builder-Uppper
* I Yam Lovesick: Bonnie Poe, the original pre-Mae Questel Olive Oyl voice, reprises her role as Olive Oyl due to Mae refusing to move to Miami along with Fleischer Studios.
* Learn Polikeness: Uses the 3-D Setback. Last Popeye short to have Gus Wickie as the voice of Bluto.
* Let's Celebrake
* Mutiny Ain't Nice
* Plumbing is a 'Pipe'
* Popeye the Sailor with the Jeep: Debut of Eugene the Jeep. Margine Hines voices Olive Oyl from here on out.

!1939
* [[WesternAnimation/PopeyeInAladdinAndHisWonderfulLamp Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp]]: The third and last of the Popeye color two-reel features. PublicDomain.
* Customers Wanted: Clip show episode, reuses footage from "Let's Get Movin'" and "The Twisker Pitcher." First Popeye where Pinto Colvig (formerly the voice of {{Goofy}} at Disney) voices Bluto. PublicDomain.
* Ghosks is the Bunk
* Hello How Am I?
* It's the Natural Thing to Do: PublicDomain
* Leave Well Enough Alone
* Never Sock a Baby
* Wotta Nitemare: This short is a nightmarish throwback to the early days of FleischerStudios, especially odd considering that they were pushing to imitate Disney during this time period.

!1940

* Doing Impossikible Stunts: Compilation film, includes scenes from "I Never Changes My Altitude", "I Wanna be a Lifeguard", "Bridge Ahoy" and "Lost and Foundry."
* Females is Fickle
* Fightin' Pals: Last Popeye short with Pinto Colvig as the voice of Bluto.
* Me Feelins is Hurt: PublicDomain
* My Pop, My Pop
* Nurse-Mates
* Onion Pacific
* Popeye Meets William Tell: Notable for animation by veteran ShamusCulhane.
* Popeye Presents Eugene the Jeep: Last Popeye short to feature Eugene the Jeep. Pinto Colvig makes a voice cameo as a mailman, while using his {{Goofy}} voice, no less!
* Popeye the Sailor With Poopdeck Pappy: PublicDomain
* Puttin' On the Act
* Shakespearean Spinach
* Stealin' Ain't Honest: William Pennell voices Bluto in this short instead of Colvig.
* Wimmin Hadn't Oughta Drive
* Wimmin is a Myskery

!1941

* Child Psykolojiky: Last Popeye short to use the original shipboard opening titles.
* Flies Ain't Human
* I'll Never Crow Again: Last short to use the original Popeye design.
* The Mighty Navy: First Popeye WartimeCartoon. First short to use Popeye's navy suit redesign.
* Nix on Hypnotricks
* Olive's Boithday Presink
* Olive's Sweepstakes Ticket
* Pest Pilot
* Popeye Meets Rip Van Winkle
* Problem Pappy
* Quiet! Pleeze: PublicDomain

!1942

* Alona on the Sarong Seas
* Baby Wants a Bottleship: The last of the Fleischer Popeye cartoons.
* Blunder Below
* Fleets of Stren'th
* A Hull of a Mess
* Kickin' the Conga 'Round (there's a title that [[OpiumDen gets 'crap' past the radar]]..)
* Many Tanks
* Me Musical Nephews: PublicDomain.
* Olive Oyl and Water Don't Mix
* Pip-eye, Pup-eye, Poop-eye and Peep-eye: Introduces Popeye's eponymous four nephews.
* Scrap the Japs
* You're a Sap, Mr. Jap: The first of the FamousStudios Popeye cartoons. It has gained notoriety for its racist stereotyping of japanese soldiers.

!1943

* Cartoons Ain't Human: Last black and white Popeye cartoons.
* Happy Birthdaze - First appearance of Shorty, a Navy-serviceman bespectacled sidekick who did not last long.
* Her Honor the Mare: The series permanently upgrades to color from here on out.
* The Hungry Goat: An odd, pseudo Creator/TexAvery like short centered around the eponymous trickster goat, "[[PunnyName Billy]] the Kid", with Popeye serving as his hapless adversary.
* A Jolly Good Furlough
* The Marry-Go-Round - Second appearance of Shorty ; in this he ends up being another rare non-Bluto rival for Olive's skinny hand.
* Ration for the Duration
* Seein' Red, White n' Blue
* Spinach fer Britain
* Too Weak to Work
* Wood-Peckin'

!1944

* The Anvil Chorus Girl: Remake of Shoein' Hosses.
* Moving Aweigh: - Final appearance of Shorty. Notably, this is the only one of his 3 appearances where Arnold Stang did his voice, the first two times he was done by Popeye's Voice Actor Jack Mercer. Semi-remake of Cops is Always Right.
* Pitchin' Woo at the Zoo
* Puppet Love
* She-Sick Sailors: First of 4 Popeye cartoons to have their story written by Creator/OttoMessmer.
* Spinach-Packin' Popeye: Clip show episode, recycling footage from "WesternAnimation/PopeyeMeetsSindbad" and "WesternAnimation/PopeyeMeetsAliBaba".
* Were on the way to Rio: first of Two Famous Studios Popeye Cartoons to use a special Intro.

!1945

* For Better or Nurse: Semi-Remake of Hospitaliky.
* Mess Production: Second of 4 Popeye cartoons to have their story written by Creator/OttoMessmer.
* Pop-Pie a La Mode: the first of 3 Famous Studios Color Popeye Cartoons Banned due to racist content.
* Shape Ahoy
* Tops in the Big Top: Last of Two Famous Studios Popeye Cartoons to use a special intro.

!1946

* The Fistic Mystic: Modern airings edit out a scene in the beginning featuring a Blackface Chauffer escorting Popeye and Olive Oyl. Even with the edit it is very rarely aired.
* House Tricks?: Color remake of "The House Builder-Upper".
* The Island Fling: Herman the Mouse from HermanAndKatnip makes a cameo. Second of 3 Famous Studios Color Popeye cartoons banned for racist content, though some airings of this cartoon have tried making it "acceptable" by editing out all scenes with the Blackface native.
* Klondike Casanova
* Peep In the Deep: Semi-remake of "Dizzy Divers". Third of 4 Popeye cartoons to have their story written by Creator/OttoMessmer.
* Rocket to Mars: Modern airings cut out a brief scene depicting a racist WWII Japanese caricature. Last of 4 Popeye cartoons to have their story written by Creator/OttoMessmer.
* Rodeo Romeo
* Service with a Guile

!1947

* Abusement Park
* All's Fair at the Fair: Similarly named, but other no relation to another Fleischer ColorClassics short of the same name.
* I'll Be Skiing Ya
* Popeye and the Pirates
* The Royal-Four Flusher
* Safari So Good
* Wotta Knight: A couple scenes depicting a blackface child have been edited out of modern day airings. King Little from WesternAnimation/GulliversTravels appears as the jousting announcer.

!1948

* Olive Oyl For President: Semi-remake of "BettyBoop For President."
* Popeye Meets Hercules
* Pre-Hysterical Man
* Robin-Hood-Winked
* Snow Place Like Home
* Spinach vs. Hamburgers: Yet another clip show episode, recycling footage from "The Anvil Chorus Girl", "Pop-Pie A La Mode" and "She-Sick Sailors". Modern airings edit out the scenes for "Pop-Pie A La Mode" due to its racist content.
* Symphony in Spinach
* Wigwam Whoopee
* A Wolf In Sheik's Clothing

!1949

* A Balmy Swami: Color remake of "The Hyp-Nut-Tist".
* Barking Dogs Don't Fite: Remake of "Protek The Weakerist".
* The Fly's Last Flight: Color remake of "Flies Ain't Human"
* Hot Air Aces
* Lumberjack and Jill
* Popeye's Premiere: A clip show episode, using condensed footage of "Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp" with a FramingDevice wrapped around it.
* Silly Hillybilly
* Tar with a Star

!1950

* Baby Wants Spinach: Semi-remake of "Little Swee'Pea".
* Beach Peach
* The Farmer and the Belle
* Gym Jam: Color remake of "Vim, Vigor and Vitaliky".
* How Green is My Spinach
* Jitterbug Jive
* Popeye Makes a Movie: Clip show episode that reuses footage from "Popeye Meets Ali Baba", with new animation and a FramingDevice wrapped around it.
* Quick on the Vigor
* Riot In Rhythm: ShotForShotRemake of "Me Musical Nephews", except in color, with different music and slower timing. PublicDomain.

!1951

* Alpine for You: Semi-remake of "I-Ski Love-Ski You-Ski".
* Double Cross Country Race
* Let's Stalk Spinach
* Pilgrim Popeye
* Punch and Judo: Modern airings cut out a brief scene showing a Blackface child.
* Thrill of Fair
* Vacation with Play

!1952

* Big Bad Sindbad: Another stock footage episode, reusing animation from "Popeye Meets Sindbad" with a new FramingDevice added. PublicDomain.
* Friend or Phony: Reuses footage from "I'll Be Skiing Ya" and "Tar with a Star".
* Lunch with a Punch
* Popalong Popeye
* Popeye's Pappy: Color remake of "Goonland". One of three appearances Poopdeck Pappy makes in the FamousStudios shorts. The last of 3 Famous Studios Color Popeye cartoons banned due to racist content.
* Shuteye Popeye: PublicDomain. Has gained some infamy for a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FI3mnmC2hb8 sped up voice clip]] used for the mouse, which includes some swearing in it.
* Swimmer Take All
* Tots of Fun

!1953

* Ancient Fistory: Poopdeck Pappy's second appearance in a Famous Popeye short. PublicDomain.
* Baby Wants a Battle: Third and final appearance of Poopdeck Pappy in a Famous short, and as a younger man in a flashback.
* Child Sockology
* Fireman's Brawl: Color remake of "The Two-Alarm Fire".
* Popeye's Mirthday
* Popeye, the Ace of Space: A Popeye cartoon made in 3-D. Semi-remake of "Rocket to Mars".
* Shaving Muggs: Color remake of A Clean Shaven Man.
* Toreadorable

!1954

* Bride and Gloom: Color remake of "Wimmin is a Myskery". PublicDomain.
* Floor Flusher: PublicDomain. Semi-remake of "Plumbing is a 'Pipe'".
* Fright to the Finish: Color remake of "Ghosks is the Bunk". PublicDomain.
* Gopher Spinach: PublicDomain.
* Greek Mirthology: PublicDomain.
* Popeye's 20th Anniversary: Clip show episode reusing footage from "Rodeo Romeo" and "Tops in the Big Top". PublicDomain.
* Private Eye Popeye: PublicDomain.
* Taxi-Turvy: PublicDomain. Semi-remake of "The Spinach Roadster".

!1955

* Beaus Will Be Beaus
* Car-azy Drivers: Color remake of "Wimmin Hadn't Oughta Drive".
* Cookin' with Gags: PublicDomain.
* Cops is Tops
* Gift of Gag
* A Job for a Gob
* Mister and Mistletoe
* Nurse to Meet Ya: Last appearance of Swee'Pea.
* Penny Antics: Color remake of "Customers Wanted", reuses footage from "Silly Hillbilly", "Wotta Knight" and "The Fistic Mystic".

!1956

* Assault and Flattery: Reuses footage from "The Farmer and the Belle, "How Green is My Spinach" and "A Balmy Swami". PublicDomain.
* A Haul in One: Color remake of "Let's Get Movin'". PublicDomain.
* Hill-billing and Cooing
* I Don't Scare: PublicDomain.
* Insect to Injury: PublicDomain. Only Popeye short supervised by Dave Tendlar.
* Out to Punch: Semi-remake of "Punch and Judo". PublicDomain.
* Parlez-Vous Woo: PublicDomain.
* Popeye for President: PublicDomain.

!1957

* The Crystal Brawl: Reuses footage from "Quick on the Vigor" and "Alpine for You". PublicDomain.
* Nearlyweds: Last Popeye short to bear the FamousStudios name before it changed its name to "Paramount Cartoon Studios". PublicDomain.
* Patriotic Popeye: Last short to have Popeye's nephews appear. PublicDomain.
* Spooky Swabs: The last of the theatrical Popeye cartoons. PublicDomain. Semi-remake of "Shiver Me Timbers".
* Spree Lunch: Final theatrical appearances of Bluto and Wimpy. PublicDomain.
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!!This series provides examples of:

* AdaptationDistillation: The Fleischer Popeye's played up Popeye's strength much more, gave him his RealityWarping powers, his love of spinach, and made Bluto and his rivalry with Popeye much more prominent.
* AdultFear: "Lost and Foundry" had Swee'Pea wandering off into a dangerous factory. Although [[spoiler: he ends up having to rescue Popeye and Olive Oyl instead of the other way around.]]
* AnAesop: The Aesop of the theatrical short "Be Kind To Animals" is...well, ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin. This lesson is repeated in the later short "Bulldozing The Bull".
** AesopAmnesia: In other episodes however, Popeye is perfectly willing to punch animals and transform them into meat stands, fur coats or purses.
*** EarlyInstallmentWeirdness / CharacterizationMarchesOn: most of those examples come from earlier Popeye cartoons.
**** Generally it seems to be casual meaningless animal cruelty that he objects too. An animal that attacks of its own free will him is going to get the same treatment as anything else, but one being forced to attack him like in a bull in a bullfight is going to get softer treatment.
* AffectionateParody: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ev7jpornTME Poopeye the Farmer Man]], from The Bob Rivers Show.
* AmbiguousGender: So, is the Goon male or female? The original comics actually suggested female, but later strips implied male, possibly due to the lack of torso coverage in the character.
** Elzie Segar named the original Goon "Alice". She worked for the SeaHag under duress.
** Both male and female Goons have been seen over the years, especially on Goon Island. Maybe the two sexes prefer to dwell apart.
* AmusingInjuries: Notably, the injured are almost always humans who get beaten up in relatively realistic ways, even accounting for the usual comedic flattening. When talking about cartoon violence on the audio commentary track of the Futurama episode ''"A Tale of Two Santas"'', MattGroening said, "But Popeye ''kills'' people."
* AndIMustScream: The fate of Bluto at the end of "We Aim To Please", when Popeye transforms him into "[[VisualPun A Lot of Bologna.]]"
* AndKnowingIsHalfTheBattle: In the 1970s HannaBarbera series.
* AnimatedAdaptation
* AprilFoolsPlot: An episode focuses on Bluto playing pranks on Popeye during April 1.
* AssKicksYou: Popeye does this as an attack on the Hypnotist in "The Hyp-Nut-Tist", and also uses this in the climax of "You Gotta Be A Football Hero".
* AsteroidsMonster: "Sock-a-bye Baby" sees Popeye punch out a cellist who was playing his instrument, only for the cello to start playing itself. He then punches the cello, only for it to split into 4 violins. He then decides to just scare the violins into their cello case.
* BadassBoast: The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PeNMz1a7_JM extended theme song]] includes this gem:
--> If anyone dares to risk my Fisk,
--> It's Boff and it's Wham, understan'?
--> So keep good behavior
--> That's your one lifesaver
--> With Popeye the Sailor Man.
* BadlyBatteredBabysitter: Tends to happen whenever Sweet Pea is involved.
* BeamOWar: Done with water from fire hoses in "The Two-Alarm Fire".
* BeastlyBloodsports: "Bulldozing the Bull" has Popeye in the ring with the bull. Throughout the whole cartoon Popeye protests that bullfighting is "inhumink to dumb anamals" and while he'll down his spinach to defend himself from an irate bull, he breaks a sword over his knee rather than deliver a killing blow, ultimately [[FriendToAllLivingThings winning the bull's friendship.]]
* BigEater: Wimpy, who loves hamburgers so much that he is often just incidental to the plot at hand, and only wants to eat.
** Popeye has his moments when a lot of spinach is involved.
* BigFriendlyDog: Dinky Dog, from ''The All-New Popeye Hour''.
* BlackBeadEyes: Except in most of the FamousStudios shorts.
* BookEnds: The first scene "Popeye the Sailor" is Popeye on a ship singing his theme song. The last scene in "Spooky Swabs" is Popeye on a ship singing his theme song.
* BottomlessMagazines: Bluto's six shooter in "Blow Me Down!" is capable of firing lots of bullets without reloading.
* BrotherChuck: The entire Oyl family other than Olive (Castor, Cole and Nana), Ham Gravy, and all the rest of the original main characters from Thimble Theater, save Olive Oyl and Wimpy, became markedly less important when the comic strip was retooled around Popeye. Ham Gravy in particular disappeared for decades.
* BulletSeed: A favorite technique of Popeye's.
* [[BottledHeroicResolve Canned Heroic Resolve]] The infamous can of spinach.
* CanonImmigrant: Bluto was created in 1932 for a particular story in the comic strip, but quickly started to appear in the cartoons. So quickly, in fact, that the comic strip owners later forgot they ''had'' created him, and briefly replaced him with [[{{Expy}} Brutus]] to hedge their bets. Later writers speculated that Bluto and Brutus were twins.
* CaptainErsatz: {{Superman}} fought (and befriended) a sailor named Captain Strong who resembled a realistic-looking Popeye and became superstrong from eating ''shaunta'', an alien seaweed. Just to confirm the homage, he was revealed to have a girlfriend, Olivia, who resembled Olive.
** In the story's sequel, Captain Strong, his girlfriend and a glutton friend (a Wimpy lookalike) invite Clark Kent and Lois Lane to a boat trip. When a disaster forces Clark to dive and use his powers to save the day, he quickly wraps canned spinach around himself and claims he got superpowers after he accidentally swallowed it, making Captain Strong believe it was the same seaweed that gave him powers in the previous story (and thus, explaining how mild-mannered Clark Kent could emulate Superman)
** Unfortunately (for Clark Kent) some weird natural disasters kept attacking their boat and Captain Strong (truly believing he had a new cache of "Alien Seaweed") insisted on dealing with them all by himself in a completely over the top fashion (like for example, rowing a boat through the air) much like in Popeye's classic shorts. Of course, Clark Kent was secretly behind all of Strong's awesome feats but let the captain be the hero, thus keeping the seaweed charade intact. The story is way, way better (and funnier)than how it sounds.
** Similarly, one of the early Popeye cartoons had Bluto disguising himself as Superman to try to woo Olive. (And since Popeye was a Fleischer cartoon, that episode borrowed the theme music from the Fleischer ''Superman'' cartoons of the era.)
* CastOfSnowflakes: Hoo boy...first, we have a one eyed, balding, big chinned toothless sailor with bulging arms, super strength and reality warping powers, who is ignorant but noble and is a force of good who eats terrible tasting spinach to aid himself, his girlfriend is a walking pipe-cleaner who is very fickle and as a result keeps switching between Popeye and Bluto, depending on who has the advantage of the other, Bluto, a hulking bully we've all known and met in life, and Wimpy, a intelligent but extremely manipulative glutton who would sell out his friends for a hamburger (which he will surely ''not'' pay back on Tuesday) and has a obsession with burgers in general. Elzie Segar, the creator of ''Thimble Theater'', invented dozens if not hundreds of unique characters. Even the "bit players" have unique appearances and personalities.
* CatchPhrase
** Popeye: The theme song above, as well as "Blow me down!" and [[IAmWhatIAm "I yam what I yam!"]]
*** As well as his PreAssKickingOneLiner: "That's all that I can stands, I can't stands no more!"
** Olive Oyl: "Ohhhh deaaaar!"
*** Not to mention: "HEEEEEEEEELP!!!", "Unhand me, you brute!" (with variations), Don't you dare 'reproach' me!", "Oh, Popeye!", etc.
** Wimpy: "I will gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today," and (particularly in the comics) "I would gladly mow your lawn for you, if you had a lawn to mow!"
*** In one strip, Popeye was so frustrated with Wimpy that he bought a vacant lot just to force Wimpy to mow its grass.
*** Don't forget "I want you to come up to the house for a duck dinner. You bring the ducks." This is made fun of by Popeye in the Plunder Island storyline in the comics when Wimpy tries to cut Popeye's head off (long story) and complains when he ducks. Popeye replies, "Yeah, I'll furnish the ducks".
**** In one strip he actually has duck and the punch line is, "You bring the tartar sauce."
*** "LetsYouAndHimFight."
* CerealInducedSuperpowers: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MfMLRuamQeY&feature=related In this]] infamous Quaker Oats commercial, Popeye chose oatmeal over spinach for super strength. The ad was quickly pulled when people (especially the nonviolent Quakers) complained.
** In the mid-1930s radio series, it was Wheatena.
** In one of the early strips, he has a temporary dearth of spinach so he temporarily partially replaces his strength boost with milk.
** On the other hand, Popeye has been credited for saving the spinach industry in the 1930's by convincing more kids to eat it, invoking this trope without it being an official advertisement.
*** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crystal_City,_Texas Crystal City, Texas]], an agricultural town that was based around spinach growing, actually erected a statue of Popeye in the town square.
* CerebusSyndrome: In what is sure to surprise many people, ''Thimble Theater'' went from gag strip [[http://www.ncs-glc.com/GLC/ed_black/segar/segar2.html parodying vaudeville and overwrought film serials]], to an adventure/comedy strip in the tradition of Roy Crane's ''WashTubbs'', and was quite popular. Created in 1919, it had been running (mostly in Hearst papers) for ''ten years'' when Popeye showed up. His appearance only served to make it more successful.
* ChasteToons: Swee'Pea, who just appeared on a doorstep one day, and Pipeye, Peepeye, Pupeye and Poopeye, Popeye's quadruplet nephews, who dressed just like him and got into various misadventures alongside him.
** It's not like Popeye had a choice. Just look at his girlfriend; Olive Oyl would have ''exploded'' if she tried to make a baby!
** Olive Oyl was once shown with twin sons she'd had with Popeye, who were indistinguishable from Pipeye/Peepeye/Poopeye — but this was in a DreamSequence. And her sons in the dream were so obnoxious that after she woke up she never wanted to see Popeye again.
** "There's no ifs, ands or maybes, I'll never have babies, I'm Popeye the Sailor Man!"
** Averted in ''Popeye & Son''.
* ChristmasEpisode: "Seasin's Greetinks!"
* ChubbyChaser: Bluto in "Weight for Me", although you'd never think the trope could apply to Olive, of all people (she gained weight while the boys were at sea). The short contains some pretty massive ValuesDissonance, too, as the heroic Popeye tries to make Olive thin down before he can be attracted to her, and Bluto is completely accepting of it.
* ClipShow: At least 14 shorts consisted of stock footage from from previous shorts, with a framing device always wrapped around them. The Fleischers only made 4 clip show episodes, but Famous produced 10.
* CockFight: Whenever Olive Oyl shows up, Bluto and Popeye immediately start a competition to win her affections.
* ComedicHero
* ComicBookAdaptation: From 1948 to 1984 there was a comic book being published from many different publishers (Dell, Fawcett, Charlton, etc.). A new series began in 2012 through IDW.
* CommediaDellArteTroupe: The characters' roles never changed, but the shorts would shoehorn them into a wide variety of settings and personalities
* ConspicuouslyLightPatch: The original black and white shorts weren't too bad about this, but the recolored versions from the 80's suffer terribly from it.
* ConstructionZoneCalamity: The short "A Dream Walking" has Olive Oyle sleepwalk into a construction site, as Popeye and Bluto try to stop her from killing herself.
** A RecycledScript short "Nix on Hypnotricks" has Olive wander into a construction site after being hypnotized.
** And in "Mess Production" she does the same thing in a boiler factory.
** In "Child Shockology", Popeye and Bluto chase an escaped Sweet Pea, who wanders into a construction site.
* CoolShip: Popeye's ''flying'' gunboat from "Ali Baba and His Forty Thieves."
* CouldntFindALighter: Popeye used a hot plate to light his pipe once.
* CrushingHandshake: Bluto/Brutus does this to Popeye in several cartoons, followed by a shot of Popeye's red, crushed hand and a "wrumph-wrumph" sound effect.
* DamselInDistress: Olive Oyl.
* DarkHorseVictory: The ending of "A Clean Shaven Man", where Popeye defeats Bluto and goes off to Olive shaved--only for both him and Bluto to find she's already gone off with another man ([[HypocriticalHumor who, unlike them, is very hairy]]) prompting Popeye and Bluto to [[LiteralAssKicking deliver a butt-kick to each other.]]
* DeadpanSnarker: In the 1930s shorts, this was Popeye to a tee. It mostly came about due to his voice actor having to ad-lib many quips ''after'' the animation was done.
* DerangedAnimation: "Wotta Nite-Mare", which almost feels like a throwback to the earliest Fleischer cartoons like "Swing You Sinners" in terms of content.
* DidYouDie: One old cartoon features Popeye telling his nephews about one of his adventures. At one point they ask, "Did you get killed?"
* DinerBrawl: ''We Aim To Please'' and ''What - No Spinach?''
* DirtyOldMan: Poopdeck Pappy
* DisproportionateRetribution: "Sock-A-Bye Baby" has Popeye beating up people, demolishing a building under construction, smashing cars and ''sinking a cruise liner'', all because they're making noise and he's afraid they'll wake a baby he's taking care of ([[ShaggyDogStory which happens anyway]], courtesy of a tiny pin hitting the ground).
* DoorstopBaby: Swee'Pea joins the cast in this manner.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Popeye was a much rougher personality in his early appearances (both in the comics and in the theatrical shorts), and he had a remarkably different appearance. Also, he gained his powers not from eating spinach, but from rubbing the head of a magical whiffle hen. The comics also lacked the visual metaphors and reality warping powers that would become hallmarks of the Popeye cartoons. And Bluto, his infamous nemesis, only appeared ''once'' in the original Segar comics, and didn't become a mainstay of the comics until later on.
* EverythingsBetterWithSpinning: Popeye's classic twister punch demonstrates this.
* EvilCounterpart: Bluto to Popeye, to a certain degree.
* {{Expy}}: Brutus replacing Bluto (or Sindbad or whoever)
* ExtremeOmniGoat: Billy the Kid, the eponymous goat from "The Hungry Goat"; an oddly [[Creator/TexAvery Avery-esque]] ScrewySquirrel character who ended up eating the entire ship Popeye was on. A BizarroEpisode if there ever was one, since the character seemed as if it had stepped into the wrong cartoon series.
* FinishingMove: The twister sock/punch.
* FlexingThoseNonBiceps: Curiously averted, in that when Popeye has his spinach, they become huge, with objects inside like a battleship firing to show how powerful they are.
** Played straight in one short where Bluto has killed all the spinach in the world. After eating some broccoli ("That's almost the same as spinach!") Popeye flexes, and his upper arm droops into a U-shape.
* FriendlyEnemy: DependingOnTheWriter, Popeye and Bluto often get along fine [[CockFight til they spot Olive Oyl]], and even then, Popeye is often a very gracious winner. In one cartoon, after a [[GoldFever fierce fight over treasure]], Popeye gives half of it to Olive, and the other half to ''Bluto''.
** In that particular episode, Popeye gave Bluto his half because Popeye was living up to an agreement they'd made at the start of the episode, and even after Bluto had been a total JerkAss throughout the episode trying to steal all the treasure for himself. Though because of that, Popeye knocks both Bluto and his share of the treasure into the sea.
** And, as an infamous Minute Maid commercial showed, once they've had their orange juice, they're downright affectionate.
** Not to mention the entirety of the cartoon "Fightin Pals" is focused around Popeye going into DarkestAfrica to find Bluto. And when he finds Bluto (surrounded by wine, woman and coconuts, no less) and faints, being on the verge of death after finding Bluto, Bluto and his girls rush over to him, Bluto telling them that their efforts won't work as he pulls out a can of spinach, from his own shirt, and gives it to Popeye - sure, they start fighting at the end, but it comes off as a sort of friendly game. If that ain't a friendship, what is?
* FunetikAksent: Ever wonder why Popeye talks that way? During his first appearances, his bizarre speech was Seger's written approximation of how sailors--possibly BRITISH sailors--really talked.
* GainaxEnding: In ''Al Brodax'' cartoon "Coach Popeye", Popeye and Brutus were arguing over who's the best to teach Swee'Pea and Diesel how to play sports. As usual, Popeye and Brutus ended up fighting. Near the end, they generated a fight cloud and, when it disappeared, it revealed them playing amicably as if they weren't just fighting.
* GenderFlip: "Never Kick a Woman" features a variation on the traditional formula, with Olive having to overcome a voluptuous adversary to win back Popeye's affections, and eating spinach to do so.
* GentleGiant: Alice the Goon. While her inital appearances subverted this, it was only because the Sea Hag was holding her child hostage; she became more amiable when she was freed from her servitude.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar:
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FI3mnmC2hb8 This clip]] from "Shuteye Popeye", which was sped up in the actual cartoon. It's apparently the voice of Seymour Kneitel, the director of these cartoons.
** "Never Kick a Woman" features a busty Creator/MaeWest {{expy}} at a gym. When Popeye sees her, he mumbles, "Nice equipment they've got here."
* GoKartingWithBowser: "A Haul in One" starts off with Popeye and Bluto as ''friends''. This doesn't last too long, as they arrive to help Olive Oyl move, and both compete for her affections.
* GrowingMusclesSequence: Every time Popeye eats his spinach, with images like cannons, warships, turbines etc. superimposed over his arm for extra imagery.
* HaveAGayOldTime: From the third Popeye color special: "I've never made love in Technicolor before!"
* IAmWhatIAm: What he says in his theme song. He's probably the TropeCodifier.
* IconicSequelCharacter: ''Thimble Theater'' ran for ten years before Popeye made his debut.
* ImageSong: Sort of. At the end of every short, Popeye sings some variation of the "Popeye the Sailor Man" song, depending on the situation or setting of that particular short, and always ending with the trademark "Toot, Toot!" whistle. For instance, in a short where Popeye is a sculptor and Bluto is a painter and the two fight over who gets to use Olive as a model, he sings, "A painting won't match you / it must be a statue / I'm Popeye the Sailor Man / Toot, toot!"
* InformedAttractiveness: Olive Oyl is apparently ravishingly beautiful.
** It's [[http://www.mtcnet.net/~bierly/olivefab.htm more apparent]] in the Famous Studios shorts, however.
** As mentioned [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olive_oyl elsewhere]], Olive was originally conceived as a flapper, which, in 2010, is a fashion now almost a century out of date, but in general the flapper ideal was, indeed, something like Olive Oyl: skinny as a rail, with as little of a figure as a girl can possibly manage, and sort of tomboyish of attitude. They tended to be party people.
* InstantRoast: In the cartoon "I Eats My Spinach," Popeye's MegatonPunch turns a bull into a meat market stocked with beef hocks, steaks, and deli cuts.
* ItIsPronouncedTroPay: Subverted with Popeye's trademark mis-"pronunskiation".
* ItRunsInTheFamily: Poopdeck Pappy, Popeye's nephews, and Swee' Pea all behave just like Popeye, more or less.
** Junior, from ''Popeye & Son'' metabolizes spinach no less than his famous father, although the boy hates the taste of it.
* JabbaTableManners: [[strike: Bluto]] Abu Hassan when he's eating a large meal in his cave. Complete with improvised hamming, as he makes amusing chewing and gobbling noises as he devours his meal.
** That may be a ViewersAreGeniuses reference to the real story of Abu Hassan in the Arabian Nights... a man who enjoyed all the good things in life [[http://www.tomthumb.org/422/the-tale-of-abu-hasan-and-the-fart-1001-nights/ a bit too much]]. Doubtful that Bluto would have been that embarrassed, though.
** Bluto in ''We Aim to Please'' orders half a dozen sandwiches (with no intent of paying for them) and, flipping them in the air, gobbles them down like a dog.
* JustSoStory: Popeye's story of why the sea is salty from one of the 60's TV cartoons, played straight, then promptly lampshaded by Swee'Pea's response.
* KickTheDog: The short "Seasons Greetinks" literally has Bluto whipping a dog.
** And ''Be Kind to 'Aminals''' is centered around his mistreating the horse who pulls his cart.
* KidnappingBirdOfPrey: The Witch in the comics has a giant vulture who is able to lift up people and bring them to her.
** Sindbad the Sailor has the Roc who destroys Popeye's boat and carries Olive off.
* LargeHam: Bluto, and any variation on him (Abu Hassan, Sindbad, etc.)
* LastNameBasis:: J. Wellington Wimpy
** The Sea Hag often calls him Wellington.
* LawyerFriendlyCameo: Popeye in the ''[[Radio/TheShadow The Shadow Strikes]]'' comic book ([[http://www.pjfarmer.com/woldnewton/Articles.htm#Comic 1]]), and probably others.
* LetsGetDangerous: Popeye's trademark line, ''"That's all I can stands, and I can't stands no more!"''
** Popeye will usually spend much of his time getting his butt kicked by Bluto. But once he gulps down a can full of spinach, the tide turns in his favor considerably.
* LetsYouAndHimFight: TropeNamer; one of Wimpy's early {{Catch Phrase}}s
* LicensedPinballTable: ''Pinball/PopeyeSavesTheEarth,'' released in 1994 by Creator/WilliamsElectronics. Infamous among {{Pinball}} enthusiasts for being one of the worst tables in modern history.
* LiveActionAdaptation: Released in 1980, with RobinWilliams and Shelley Duvall
* LoveAtFirstPunch: Played straight with Popeye and Olive in the original comics.
* LoveTriangle: Popeye, Olive and Bluto. DependingOnTheWriter Olive's feelings toward Bluto vary from hatred to lust, and she sometimes gets tired of Popeye. In some episodes Popeye really deserves better than her.
** An early Creator/CartoonNetwork [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6WTr3YFFDIQ commercial]] parodied this trope by positing a triangle between Olive, Popeye, and...[[CargoShip spinach]].
* LullDestruction: Popeye tends to mutter to himself under his breath when he's just ambling along without much of a goal in mind.
* MadeOfIron: Cripes, the things Popeye and Bluto have survived!
** In the comics, this verges on NighInvulnerability — Mafia bosses will invite Popeye to sit at the table with them in a restaurant, because he makes for such a good bulletproof shield.
** In the early Fleischer cartoons, too. He's thrown into an iron maiden ("Can You Take It?"), walks into a buzzsaw (ditto), is pounded by a pile-driver ("I Eats Me Spinach"), and is even shot in the back of the head ("Blow Me Down"), and he doesn't even flinch. And this is ''without'' spinach.
** In fact, Popeye's indestructibility was his main "superpower" in the original comic strip, and spinach had nothing to do with it. In his initial adventure he was shot several times, and survived by repeatedly rubbing the head of an African whiffle hen -- Castor had brought her along because rubbing her head brings good luck, and he was going to an island of gambling casinos. The whiffle hen is also indestructible, and although Segar never made this explicit, Popeye had apparently managed to permanently infuse himself with these qualities.
* [[MadLibsCatchPhrase Mad Libs Theme Song]]: When singing his iconic tune at the end of an episode, Popeye frequently inserts episode-specific references in lines three and four.
* MagicalNativeAmerican: If one's definition of this trope is broad enough, the indians from the very early short "I Yam What I Yam" (AKA "The Indian Fighter") feature a tribe of hostile indians who are capable of ''shapeshifting'' into nearby foliage ([[RuleOfFunny and in one's case]], [[EasterEgg a miniature house]]) in order to sneak up on Olive and Wimpy's cabin.
* ManipulativeBastard: Wimpy
* MassiveMultiplayerCrossover:
** The 1972 TV special ''WesternAnimation/TheManWhoHatedLaughter'', which teamed up virtually every popular King Features Syndicate character, even those from strips of completely different genres and art styles.
** He was also part of the Imaginationland defense force on that episode of WesternAnimation/SouthPark. ("More spinach for Popeye!" )
* MegatonPunch: Usually how he ends his spinach-boosted beatdown combos. Maybe the [[VideoGame/{{F-Zero}} Falcon]] [[MemeticMutation PAWNCH]] from VideoGame/SuperSmashBros was based on this ultimate finisher?
* MusicalNod: One scene in "A Dream Walking" where Popeye is swinging between girders uses a bit of the same melody that played throughout "The Man on the Flying Trapeze."
* NeverWakeUpASleepwalker: Bluto and Popeye have to join forces to save Olive Oyl from herself in the short "A Dream Walking", especially once she wanders into a construction site.
* NoOSHACompliance: True, Popeye predates OSHA by a long shot, and started back when A-list stars in the movies still did stunts without the benefit of a StuntDouble or safety nets, but you still wouldn't want to work in, say, a factory with EverythingTryingToKillYou, right? Well, it's clearly nothing for the world's strongest sailor to worry about in "Lost and Foundry".
* NotSoSafeHarbor: Sweethaven, especially in the LiveActionAdaptation.
* OnceAnEpisode: Popeye gets in a life-threatening situation, pulls out a can of spinach, and summons the strength necessary to save himself -- and, probably, Olive. Occasional variations cropped up, such as Olive Oyl saving Popeye from a hillbilly giantess in ''Hill-Billing and Cooing'', but even these variations nearly always involved the strategic use of spinach.
* OneExtraMember: "Jeopardy Sheriff" in which Popeye starts to read Swee'Pee the story of the Three Bears: Moe, Sam, Lefty, and George. Also referred to as "The three bears of which there were four".
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Scooner, generally called Swee'pea
** In the live action movie, Swee'pea ''was'' the baby's name. This led to the following exchange:
-->'''Olive:''' Well I think "Swee'pea" is the worst name ever given to a baby!
-->'''Popeye:''' What would you have called him? "Baby Oyl"? I found him in Swee'haven and he's me Swee'pea.
* OnlyOneName: Popeye. In a 1980 sequence, Olive Oyl tried to get Popeye to reveal his full name so she could register him for the U.S. Census. While Popeye managed to find out his surname during the storyline, readers didn't.
* OutOfContextEavesdropping: Used in an infamous storyline in the [[ComicStrip/{{Popeye}} comic strip]]; A woman overhears Olive Oyl talking about getting rid of a baby robot a home shopping channel had mistakenly sent her and assumes she's talking about getting rid of her (unborn) baby and quickly assembles a crew of her cohorts to talk her out of it. Although there was little negative feedback from readers or newspapers, the artist behind this strip was soon fired (The official reason being that the artist had gone too far in trying to include modern elements into such a legacy strip. The "abortion" strip was merely the last straw).
* OverlyLongName: Again Swee'pea, who's full name is Scooner Seawell Georgia Washenting Christiffer Columbia Daniel Boom.
* PaintingTheMedium: In "The Ace of Space" after Popeye has been captured by the aliens, when subtitles of what the aliens are saying pop up, Popeye himself takes a moment to read some of them.
* PantyShot: A rare moment for Olive Oyl in "Abusement Park", when a rope (or seat belt) in the back seat of the roller coaster cart is tied to her ankle by Bluto and she's dangled, and dragged across the whole way. A frontal shot of her white unmentionables exposed to the audience occurs after a turn is made and just before she crashes into a tower.
** Olive has another in "Popeye, The Ace Of Space." She's yanked out of the window bay of a suddenly propelled rocket ship and hanging outside the bay by her knees, stretched out. Her thigh-length pantaloons are in total view.
** The first time we see Olive's unmentionables is in the very first Popeye cartoon simply titled "Popeye the Sailor" (which was billed as a Betty Boop cartoon) when Bluto lifts her into the air and she tries kicking him.
* PirateGirl: The Sea Hag (although she is definitely not a BuccaneerBabe).
* PocketProtector: In one episode, at the losing end of a fencing duel against Bluto, Popeye is saved from a finishing thrust by none other than a can of spinach hidden in his shirt.
** Also, when Bluto impersonated {{Superman}}, he challenged Popeye to best him in (among other things) [[ShootingSuperman being bulletproof]]. During Bluto's turn to shoot Popeye, the can of spinach did its job again.
* PoorlyDisguisedPilot: The Betty Boop short ''Popeye the Sailor'', making this trope OlderThanTelevision.
* PowerIncontinence: In at least two shorts ("For Better or Nurse" and "Beaus will be Beaus") Popeye force-feeds a can of spinach to Bluto, whose body uses its new super-strength to beat Popeye senseless despite Bluto legitimately ''not'' wanting to hurt Popeye. [[UnfortunateImplications This casts a bit of a shadow over Popeye's use of spinach.]]
** That would explain why he's initially reluctant about using his PowerUpFood.
** In "Seein' Red, White and Blue," Popeye administers spinach to both Bluto and himself so they can ''both'' open a can of whoopass on some Japanese agents who had gotten the best of them (as well as Hirohito and Hitler). Ends with Bluto joining the Navy, which he tried to avoid earlier in the cartoon.
** At least one story from Al Brodax's Popeye has Brutus willingly eating spinach and it not forcing him to hit Popeye.
* PowerUp: ''He's strong to the finich 'cause he eats his spinach'', remember?
* PowerUpFood: Spinach, of course!
** Hard to believe, but there was a time when Popeye didn't get his strength from spinach! Segar had him simply as a very tough sailor. He put the spinach business in later, but never with the inevitable focus that the cartoons had.
** The spinach also has other uncanny abilities besides merely granting excess strength. It also grants Popeye RealityWarper powers, and can even reverse odd effects that have occurred to Popeye (i.e. being squished down into a midget in "Popeye Meets Rip Van Winkle", being aged to 125 years old and later being turned invisible in "The Ace of Space")
* PrimalFear: Slapstick as they are, "A Dream Walking" and "The Paneless Window Washer" involve the fear of heights.
* PublicDomainAnimation: a fair amount of Popeye cartoons have fallen into the Public Domain, including the 3 two-reel color specials so they're commonly found of public domain VHS tapes or [=DVDs=].
* PublicDomainCharacter: Not in the US, where Popeye falls under the "work for hire" provisions of US copyright law. However, this is the case in many other countries, including the EU. See [[http://www.ipwatchdog.com/2009/01/05/popeye-falls-into-public-domain-in-europe/id=1345/ here]] for a more complete explanation.
* PunchedAcrossTheRoom: And how. In one episode, a spinach-addled Popeye punched Bluto all the way to the ''moon.''
* PunnyName: Olive Oyl, and everyone from the original comic's cast
* RapidAging: In "The Ace of Space", the aliens use such a device to age Popeye into being 125 years old. Eating spinach reverses the effect, but [[GoneHorriblyRight to the point]] of where Popeye becomes ''two'' years old. Quickly spitting out some of the spinach reverts him back to his normal age of 40 years old.
* RapidFireFisticuffs: ''{{Popeye}}'' may well be the TropeMaker in this case, as his cartoons are the earliest example of RapidFireFisticuffs anyone can find.
* RealityWarper: Big time. Popeye has altered the forms of the things he's punched, punching tigers into leopard skin coats -- that's right, ''tigers'' into ''leopard'' skin coats — as well as punching Indians into nickels, Bluto into bologna, a trapeze artist into a light fixture, and [[BornInTheTheatre breaking the very film he was printed on]] at one point.
** Not to mention punching a big Native American chief and turning him into GANDHI!
** In one short, Popeye punched ''The Sun'' and changed day into night. Or killed the sun, depending who you ask.
* RecycledINSPACE!: Especially with a lot of the later Famous Studios shorts.
* {{Remake}}: 17 shorts in the series were remade throughout the series run.
* {{Retool}}: The original comic strip changed drastically after Popeye's breakout popularity, dropping many regular characters.
* {{Retraux}}: The FamousStudios short "Cartoons Ain't Human".
* SatelliteLoveInterest: Olive Oyl, sometimes. She's always fiercely devoted to Popeye, but her ability to be charmed by Bluto and how she acts when Popeye isn't around can change greatly depending on the short.
* SceneryPorn: Had some very elaborate architecture backgrounds, all done in perfect perspective. "A Dream Walking" and "The Paneless Window Washer" take full advantage of this.
* SealedGoodInACan: Spinach grants super strength to ''any'' character who consumes it, not just Popeye.
* ShaggyDogStory: "Sock-A-Bye Baby".
* ShootingSuperman: When Bluto impersonated {{Superman}}, he had a metal plate under the suit to make it seem he was bulletproof.
* ShoutOut: "She-Sick Sailors" is a shout-out to {{Superman}}, the other major property of Fleischer/Famous Studios. Bluto impersonates Superman in order to woo Olive, who is obsessed with the comic book hero.
* SignatureLaugh: Popeye's "Ug-ug-ug-ug-ug!"
** Before his "Ug-ug-ug-ug" laugh caught on though, it was "AWF, AWF, AWF, AWF," in his earlier shorts.
* SignatureMove: Popeye's twister punch.
* SlapSlapKiss: Believe it or not, that's how Popeye and Olive started out. This was no LoveAtFirstSight; they fought for weeks before they realized they loved each other. In fact, Olive's first words to Popeye were "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olive_Oyl Aww, shut up, you big bilge rat!]]"
* SlidingScaleOfRealisticVersusFantastic: Surreal. Aside from characterization, the only truly consistent thing about the cartoons is that Popeye gets stronger when he eats spinach. Otherwise, pretty much anything goes as far as what can happen in each short.
* SlipperySwimsuit: In the short ''Alona of the Sarong Seas'', this happens first to Olive, then to Popeye and Bluto.
* {{Spinoff}}: Popeye first appeared in animated form in the ''BettyBoop'' cartoon ''Popeye the Sailor'' (1933).
* SpinOffspring: ''Popeye & Son''. (Though fans have complained that except for the sporadic, usually brief usage of spinach once in a while, there really wasn't much connecting this to the classic series, it could've been -anybody- & -any- son.)
* StandardSnippet: Whenever "The Stars and Stripes Forever" cues up, it means Bluto's about to take a beating.
* StockFootage: 13 shorts were clip show episodes consisting of older footage, but even normal episodes occasionally reuse footage. For instance "With Poopdeck Pappy" in the scene where Pappy scats off to the bar after tying up Popeye, is partially recycled from an earlier short "The Dance Contest". The mini-short "Lets Sing With Popeye" reuses all of its animation from the very first Popeye short.
* StoryArc: As mentioned above, the original comic strip began to use these.
* StrawmanPolitical: The short ''Olive Oyl for President'' presents Congress as a room full of arguing donkeys and elephants (Democrats and Republicans, respectively) — for every proposal that Olive presents, the donkeys say, "We accept it!" in unison, and the elephants scream, "We reject it!" in response. Political polarization is OlderThanTheyThink.
** It was a remake of ''[[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0022667/ Betty Boop for President]]'' (1932), complete with the "We accept it! We reject it!" from elephants and donkeys, and Oyl imitating politicians of the day.
*** ''I'm strong to the finish/ 'Cause I vote Kucinich!''
* StrayingBaby: Swee'Pea is capable of pulling this off.
* SuccessionCrisis: One story arc in the comics featured King Blozo of Spinachia being pressured into marrying because his subjects were fearing this trope. He didn't like the idea of having a wife but was reconsidering because the people of Spinachia was threatening to depose him and elect a President.
* SuperMode: Popeye's Spinach Mode counts as this.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Some animated cartoons feature Brutus instead of Bluto, perhaps under concern of copyright issues.
* TemporaryBulkChange: Olive in ''Weight For Me''.
* TerribleArtist: In the short "Cartoons Ain't Human".
* ThemeMusicPowerUp: "Popeye the Sailor Man" plays in the background of every "spinach strength" scene.
** Some could argue that the original shorts were among the earliest innovators of this trope.
* ThreeShorts: In TV syndication packages. On the [[Creator/CartoonNetwork Boomerang]] network, there is a half-hour block consisting of ''four'' unedited shorts, and sometimes airs the early black-and-white Fleischer Studios shorts during ''Late Night Black and White''.
** In previous decades, when the cartoons were syndicated, local stations would create their own Popeye programs, where the classic shorts were sandwiched by live-action hosts.
* ThroughAFaceFullOfFur: In "Abusement Park", Olive Oyl's face turns pale with petrification and panic when she and Bluto take a huge, long drop from the highest height of a roller coaster in the cart, and she screams on the way down it.
** In "Lunch With A Punch", a young Bluto's (seen in a flashback of a story that Popeye tells his nephews about how spinach has aided in his super strength) face turns red with ire and his hair forms devil's horns, as he devises a way to get back at young Popeye for stealing young Olive Oyl away from him.
* TinyHeadedBehemoth: Alice the Goon (and all other Goons). Their heads are about the same size as their shoulders (which admittedly are larger than average).
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Spinach and hamburgers for Popeye and Wimpy, respectively.
* UnfortunateNames: Seriously, ''Poopeye!?''
** Another case of HaveAGayOldTime, as back then the word "poop" hadn't yet come to mean what it means today.
** It's a nautical series; he's named after the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poop_deck poop deck]].
* UngratefulBastard: Popeye's nephews. There are at least 2 shorts where they won't eat their spinach. Popeye is finally able to talk them into it. The nephews then use their newfound strenght to beat the ever-living CRAP out of their kindly uncle!
* [[VerbalTic Verbal Ticksk]]
* VillainSong: Sometimes the villains have one. For example, Sindbad and Abu Hassan have them in the colour features.
* TheWallsAreClosingIn: Popeye and his friends were once trapped in a pit with the walls closing in. Desperately, Popeye throws his can of spinach to jam in the edge of the walls on top. The walls crush the can, causing the spinach to fall into Popeye's mouth. Now strong to the finish, Popeye easily forces the walls back and the gang escapes.
* WartimeCartoon: During WorldWarII, Popeye (re)enlisted in the Navy and delivered all kinds of cartoon smackdown on [[ValuesDissonance stunningly racist depictions of the Japanese]] in the Pacific theatre.
** Don't forget ThoseWackyNazis.
* WhyWontYouDie: A crook and conman shoots Popeye fifteen times, but he refuses to go down.
* WickedWitch: The Sea Hag, a cadaverous old woman who menaced ships and stalked Popeye. She was said to have "a face that sank a thousand ships." Her slave, Alice the Goon, was a terrifying figure who reportedly gave kids nightmares, until Segar revealed that [[MonsterIsAMommy Alice only worked for the Sea Hag because the Sea Hag was holding her baby hostage.]] Rescued by Popeye, Alice became Swee'Pea's babysitter. The Sea Hag had a crush on Wimpy, and among other things once [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever made him grow to giant size]].
* WildTake: Olive Oyl's eyes bulging out when she notices just how high she and Bluto are on the roller coaster as she looks down in "Abusement Park".
* WilliamTelling: "William Won't Tell" has Popeye as William Tell forced to shoot a very tiny apple off Olive Oyl's head for refusing to remove his hat before the king. Popeye uses a trick arrow to spear the tiny apple but it boomerangs around and removes his hat to reveal what he did not intend—a kiss on his forehead, bestowed upon him by the Queen for helping her in a time of need.
* WithFriendsLikeThese: Wimpy certainly qualifies.
* WomenPreferStrongMen: A central trope throughout all of the cartoons, with Popeye and Bluto trying to perform greater feats of strength to impress Olive Oyl.
* WorldsStrongestMan: Popeye
** In one episode, Popeye dreamed he'd lost a boxing match by knockout, and that Olive Oyl dumped him because he was therefore now a "weakling." When he awoke, he ran over to Olive's house to prove himself, and lifted the ''entire house'' into the air. ''Without eating spinach first!''
* WouldntHitAGirl: Humorously subverted. While Popeye is too much of a gentleman to hit a woman, that doesn't prevent Olive Oyl from fighting a female villain for him. One notable incident had Popeye and Olive Oyl ''both'' consuming spinach at the same time to fight Bluto and the Sea Hag, respectively.
** In another episode Bluto [[WholesomeCrossdresser dresses as a woman]] specifically because he knows Popeye won't fight back, and proceeds to try to humiliate Popeye at the woman's gym he's working at by out-doing him and taking cheap shots at him. But once Popeye finds out it's Bluto and not a woman doing this to him, it's on.
** Subverted by Popeye at the ends of "Wild Elephinks", "Shiver Me Timbers", "Brotherly Love", and "Ghosks Is The Bunk" [[JustifiedTrope though those were only accidents.]] The same goes in one early Sunday strip where Popeye was asleep and thought Olive was an enemy of his and slapped Olive in the "Clint Gore" story arc for saying bad things to him. Of course, that was before he was toned down in 1934.
** Also subverted by Pappy in one strip.
*** During the arc that introduced Alice the Goon, Popeye beats her up during the fight, however this happens before he learns her gender.
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