Awesome / Popeye



  • Whenever Popeye eats the spinach, awesomeness has got to come out of it. Bonus points if "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. It's a moment so iconic that the film series would go on to repeatedly homage it - shot for shot - again and again in later shorts, even once using it to directly compare Popeye to Superman in "She-Sick Sailors."
    • Before that, Bluto tried to stop Popeye from chasing him by cutting down a rope bridge across a large chasm. How does Popeye work around it? He grabs the bridge rope, and lassoes it around a tree on the other side. But that's not the awesome part—he doesn't swing across with it, he pulls the entire cliff all the way over to his side. And this was without his spinach!
  • The entirety of "Can You Take It?" is one big CMOA. Basically Popeye wants to join Bluto's tough guys club and he decides to try to kill him through various "initiation" tests. Among them is getting shoved into an iron maiden, which Popeye manages to break all the nails on. Oh yeah, did I mention he beats them all WITHOUT dipping into his spinach?
  • 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 Popeye the Sailor Meets Ali Baba's Forty Thieves.
    • 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 even eaten his spinach yet!
    • After taking down the 40 thieves, Hassan charges at him with a spear. Popeye knocks the thieving bastard into a huge trunk which locks him inside. Then, Popeye forces Hassan and his men to drag their ill-gotten riches back to civilization by foot, where Popeye and friends are met with a cheering crowd of the thieves victims.
    Popeye: I may be a shorty, but I licked the 40, I'm Popeye the Sailor Man! *toot toot!*
  • Popeye taking down an entire enemy fleet in "The Mighty Navy".
  • How Green Is My Spinach. The teary-eyed kid throwing Popeye a spinach to him!
    Kid: I'll help ya, Uncle Popeye!
    • Props to Bluto for pulling off his plan in that cartoon too. He knew Popeye always beat him up after eating spinach. So, what did he do? He destroyed all of the spinach in the world!
  • 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! Bluto may be a big bearded bully, but he's an AMERICAN big bearded bully!
    • Popeye taking down the entire Japanese navy single-handedly in "You're a Sap, Mr. Jap".
  • Olive Oyl actually gets one in Popeye the Sailor Meets Sindbad the Sailor, when she will have none of Sinbad's sleazy attempts at wooing her, and attempt to smack the beard right off his face. It doesn't do much, due to how strong Sinbad is, but Olive definitely puts up a fight against him.
    • On that topic, Sinbad himself, because although 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 Sinbad's Roc bird and the two headed giant, before even having dipped into his spinach.
      • Popeye's fight with Sinbad, even before the spinach, like when he hides in a tree and gives Sinbad one hell of a black eye. Of course, eventually he's outmatched and forced to break out the spinach, at which point Sinbad gets a feel of what it's like getting knocked around by a superior foe.
      • Popeye unknowingly interrupting Sinbad's Villain Song at the start.
    Sinbad: Who's the most remarkable, extraordinary sailor-
    Popeye: *offscreen* 'I'm Popeye The Sailor Man!
    Sinbad/Random Dragon: O_O
  • Olive gets a moment of awesome in the second episode "I Yam What I Yam"; when an onslaught of savage Indians is attacking her cabin, she's able to hold them off for a bit by blocking both of the doors by propping her legs between them, and when they do break in, she still manages to put up an impressive fight against all of them.
  • "A Dream Walking" and "Paneless Window Washer" could be considered this for the studio, with their complicated perspective gags and the very precise timing and attention to detail required for the sequences to work.
  • Sweepea gets his own moment in "Lost and Foundry"; when Popeye and Olive are in danger of being crushed to death, Sweepea, who was indirectly the cause of their situation, eats Popeye's lost can of spinach and pulls a stunning rescue of them from the machine! He then carries them both out of the factory while singing Popeye's song!
  • Popeye telling Olive Oyl off at the end of "Beware of Barnacle Bill" for her fickle ways;
    "I changed me mind so you could wed
    "Your Barnacle Bill the sailor
    "You're nothin' but a cabbage head
    "Ev'ry dame's a selfish cat
    "They only turn and leave ya flat
    "Just the way you did to that
    "Poor Barnacle Bill the sailor. Goodbye!"


  • Popeye's fist firing out of the water to sock Bluto, after Bluto forcefeeds him raw canned spinach.
  • Popeye shoving the much-hated tax collector into the ocean is both this and a Crowning Moment of Funny. The entire town comes out to cheer Popeye on for doing it!
  • During the Rough House Brawl, Mort throws a punch at Popeye. Popeye catches it in flight, and then proceeds to beat the man's face with his own knuckles. Holy crap.