Voiced by: William Costello (1933-1935), Floyd Buckley (1935) note , Jack Mercer (1935-1983), Jackson Beck (1946)note Harry Foster Welch (1945-1947)note , Mae Questel (1945, for "Shape Ahoy" only) Maurice La Marche (1987), Billy West (2004), Tom Kenny (2014-)
Tropes Used By Popeye:
- Berserk Button : Mess with Olive or Swee'Pea, and you'll soon regret it.
- Beware the Nice Ones: While he has a pretty long fuse, you do not want to make him mad.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass
- Breakout Character
- Deadpan Snarker: It got even funnier when Jack Mercer took over as the voice and made lots of funny quips and mumbles, all improvised during recording.
- Eye Scream: The comics explain this is what happened to Popeye's right eye. He allowed himself to get beat up over a matter he felt accountable for, and lost his right eye in the process. This may have transitioned into the Fleischer cartoons, but was eventually abandoned by the Famous Studios shorts.
- Handicapped Badass: One-eyed badass sailor, at least with the comics and Fleischer shorts.
- Famous Ancestor: "Greek Mirthology" claimed that Popeye is a descendant of Hercules.
- Friend to All Children : He's pretty nice to kids in general, and whenever he needs to discipline Swee'Pea or his nephews, he even sobs and cries openly, showing how much he hates to be severe with them.
- How much does he like kids? As mentioned earlier, he once beat up a greedy hot dog vendor for refusing to give one to a dirt poor kid (although insulting Popeye to his face sure didn't help).
- Funetik Aksent: His violence may have been toned down over the years, but his accent remains as strong as it ever was.
- Guttural Growler
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Initially. Popeye was a lot more aggressive and sometimes nasty in the earlier Segar comics and Fleischer cartoons. He eventually mellowed out into a much more jovial fellow around the mid to late 30's.
- Lightning Bruiser: Without the spinach, he's still quite capable of battle. With it, there isn't much you can do to stop him.
- Made of Iron
- Motor Mouth: He's always muttering something under his breath. He talks way beyond the animation. This was because his voice, actor and comedian Jack Mercer, was allowed to improvise lines after the animation had been drawn. This became a staple of the character.
- One-Man Army / The Juggernaut: Especially after he eats his spinach.
- Papa Wolf: He's very protective of Swee'pea, although Swee'pea has occasionally proven that he doesn't need that much protection.
- Reality Warper: Big time.
- Smoking Is Cool: Is almost always seen with his corn cob pipe.
- Super Strength: Even without his spinach, he can be quite strong. With it, he becomes a walking, talking tank capable of destroying whole armies in seconds!
- Symbol Swearing: In the original Segar strip, Popeye frequently swore like... well, like a sailor. But his swearing was always displayed in symbols. May even count as Getting Crap Past the Radar or Parental Bonus.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Spinach, of course.
- The Unfettered: In the earlier cartoons, there wasn't much that could scare or intimidate him, much less get in the way of his goals; in "I Yam What I Yam", an entire army of Indians was shooting a barrage of arrows his way, and the arrows at best just annoyed him more than they harmed him.
- What the Hell Is That Accent?: Popeye's voice has a very distinctive accent of unclear origin.
- Why Did It Have To Be Ghosts?: They seem to be the only thing he's really afraid of. He once turned down a free ship after discovering it was haunted.
- Would Not Hit a Girl: He once stopped fighting Alice the Goon after discovering she was female (a baby goon came up and exclaimed "Mama!").
Voiced By: Mae Questel (1933-1938, 1944-1960's), Margie Hines (1938-1943), Bonnie Poe (1933-1934), Marilyn Schreffler (1978), Shelley Duvall (Live-action film), Kelly Hu (Robot Chicken), Tabitha St. Germain (2004, The Quest for Pappy), Amy Adams (animated film), Sandy Fox (Popeye And Bluto's Bilge-Rat Barges in Universal's Island of Adventure) Naoko Watanabe (Japanese dub)Popeye's love interest and frequent Damsel in Distress. Olive is a very fickle being, who keeps going between liking Popeye and liking Bluto, despite the loyalty from both of them.
Tropes used by Olive:
- Adaptational Attractiveness: With a side-order of Progressively Prettier. The cartoon Olive started out as similar in design to the comic strip one, she eventually got redesigned and by the time of the Famous Studios cartoons had become rather pretty.
- Alliterative Name
- Beware the Nice Ones: When angered enough, she's almost as dangerous as Popeye.
- Damsel in Distress
- The Flapper: Originally conceived as this.
- Frying Pan of Doom: Uses a skillet to club Bluto into unconsciousness in one cartoon.
- Informed Attractiveness: In the comic and early cartoons, at least by today's standards. At the time of her creation, Olive's stick-thin figure was considered quite attractive.
- Mama Bear: Very protective of Sweepea, so you better not make him cry.
- Noodle People
- Punny Name
- Rubber Hose Limbs
- Vocal Evolution: As Mae Questel reprised her role in the Famous Studios Popeye cartoons, she toned down Olive's originally nasally voice for a more pleasant tone that sounds almost Betty Boop-ish. This was probably a purposeful decision to match Olive's Progressively Prettier status in the later shorts.
Voiced By: William Pennell (1933-1935,1942,1943), Gus Wickie (1935-1938), Pinto Colvig (1939-1940), Dave Barry (1942-1944), Tedd Pierce (1942), Jackson Beck (1944-1960s), Paul L. Smith (Live-action film), Garry Chalk (2004)
Tropes used by Bluto:
- ArchEnemy: To Popeye.
- Badass Beard
- Beard of Evil
- Breakout Villain: Thanks to the cartoon. He was a minor character in the original Segar comics.
- The Brute
- The Bully
- Butt Monkey: Especially since he keeps messing with Olive Oyl.
- Card-Carrying Villain
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Some shorts feature Bluto and Popeye as business rivals. For example, one had the two of them competing for a military contract to build warships.
- In the Al Brodax short "Spinach Shortage", Bluto Expy Brutus monopolized Spinach and was withholding it to raise prices. While it's anyone's guess if he did anything illegal to obtain his spinach monopoly, it's still illegal to abuse monopoly even if it was obtained fair and square.
- Dangerously Genre Savvy: In some appearances, he knocks the can of Spinach out of Popeye's hands before he can get a single morsel in his mouth. It doesn't help him for long, though.
- Dirty Coward
- Disproportionate Retribution / Evil Is Petty: In "Organ Grinder's Swing", he terrorizes Wimpy and his pet monkey by giving them a burning hot coin, throwing his furniture (including a burning hot grate) at them, and then resorting to smashing apart his grinder, all because he was annoyed by the music he's playing.
- Does Not Like Spam: He hates spinach, which explains why he usually doesn't eat it himself.
- Everything Sounds Sexier in French: The short portraying Bluto as an etiquette teacher had him introducing himself as "Prof. Bluteau".
- Expy: There's another similar character named Brutus. The 1980s Ocean Comics miniseries stated that they're twin brothers.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Easily flustered, which goes hand in hand with his brute strength.
- He Cleans Up Nicely: Looks nice when he dresses up and shaves.
- Heel-Face Revolving Door: There are a handful of cartoons that establish Popeye and Bluto getting along for no apparent reason. Usually, this friendship doesn't last long in said episodes.
- Large Ham
- Made of Iron: Though not quite to the extent of Popeye.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: Yeah, he's goofy and not the brightest bulb on the Christmas tree, but he's as dangerous as Popeye when you provoke him—and that doesn't take much, either.
- Out-of-Character Moment: In Popeye's Voyage: The Quest for Pappy, to jarring levels. He's a nice guy, best friends with Popeye, and when Olive starts hitting on him (not knowing she's being mind-controlled by the Sea Hag) he turns her down.
- Out of Focus: Despite being a major character, Bluto is absent from a surprisingly large number of the Fleischer Popeye cartoons, particularly late in their run on the series—out of the 109 they made, he is absent from at least 49 of them.
- The Rival: Mostly in the cartoons, whenever he and Popeye have the same occupation. In the comics, Popeye claims Bluto is the only person who might be able to beat him in a fight.
- Strong as They Need to Be: Bluto can overpower Popeye without spinach no problem at times but he can't overpower him without tricks at other times.
- Vocal Dissonance: Due to him rotating through several actors in the series, Bluto has gone through a fairly wide range of different sounding voices. His initial voice, William Pennell, gave him a very deep, raspy sounding voice. Then Gus Wickie, his second actor, ditched the raspiness for a very deep Badass Baritone. Pinto Colvig, his third voice actor...basically gave him a very odd voice that sounds like his voiced for Grumpy. His most prominent voice actor, Jackson Beck, eschewed all of the previous voice characerizations for a smart-alecky wise-guy voice.
Voiced By: Charles Lawrence, Lou Fleischer, Allan Melvin, Daws Butler, Maurice La Marche, Paul Dooley (1980 film), William Baldwin (animated film), Sanders Whiting (2004)
Tropes related to Wimpy as a character:
- Big Eater: But too cheap to pay for his own food.
- Brilliant but Lazy: Wimpy often exhibits great technical prowess and a high level of competence — it's just that he either uses this intelligence just to get more food or needs food as an incentive to do anything.
- Catch Phrase:
- "I would gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today" is the most well-known one, and the only one to gain prominence in the cartoons, but in Segar's comics he had several:
- "Nice weather, isn't it, we're having?"
- "I'm buying, he's paying."
- "I'd like to invite you over to my house for a duck dinner. ...You bring the ducks!"
- "Let's You and Him Fight!"
- "Jones is my name... I'm one of the Jones boys." (Said when people are getting angry with him.)
- And whenever he's opining his preference for burger fillings: "I'll have pickle and onion and lettuce both."
- The Charmer: When he wants to be, although it doesn't always work on people who know him too well.
- Con Man: He has a million schemes to get food from others. Someetimes goes to extreme lengths for petty reasons; in one Sunday strip he literally drops dead and comes back to life as part of a scheme to get a hamburger from Rough House.
- Demoted to Extra: A major character in the comics, but a bit player in the theatrical shorts.
- Evil Brit: Sometimes.
- Gentleman Snarker: He's usually polite, but that doesn't mean he always says nice things.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Completely self-centered and won't hesitate a moment to con his friends out of their food or money, but he's never malicious, and gets many Pet the Dog moments.
- Kavorka Man: Despite all of his faults, he has no trouble wooing the ladies, and he will try if he finds out they have access to hamburgers.
- The Load: Usually, but in his case it's not so much that he isn't capable of being helpful, it's just that most of the time he doesn't bother to. When he actually bothers to use his smarts for other things than conning food out of others, he can actually be quite useful.
- Meaningful Name
- Trademark Favorite Food: Hamburgers. For which he'll gladly pay you Tuesday.
- Why Do You Keep Changing Jobs?: In the Fleischer shorts.
- With Friends Like These...: A lot of times, he'll either try to mooch off of Popeye, or stab him in the back for the promise of food, money, or safety.
Voiced By: Mae Questel(1936-1938),(1940s- 1960s), Margie Hines (1938-1943), Marilyn Schreffler(1970s-1980s), Corinne Orr (1972), Wesley Ivan Hurt (Live-action film), Tabitha St. Germain (2004)A Doorstop Baby adopted by Popeye (or Olive Oyl, depends on the incarnation or the story), Swee'pea is a little baby who has a knack for getting himself into trouble.A fairly major character in the comic (especially after he learned to talk) but a pretty minor one in the cartoons — his last appearance under the original Fleischer Studios was, fittingly, in their last cartoon, "Baby wants a Battleship" in 1942, and he would appear again in the 1950 Famous short "Baby Wants Spinach."
Tropes related to Swee'pea:
- Badass Adorable: Has some rare moments of this, like the short "Lost And Foundry" for instance, and in the comics, he's taken out grown men, including one who was supposed to be Popeye's opponent in a boxing match. But then again, with an "infink" raised by Popeye, what do you expect?Popeye: He eats his spinach and drinks his milk.
- Changeling Fantasy: In the comic, at least, he turns out to be the Crown Prince of Demonia, who after his father was killed was sent to Popeye for protection against his Evil Uncle. This tends to be ignored by later writers, though.
- Depending on the Writer: He's either adopted, Olive Oyle's child, or both her and Popeye's child. In some cartoons, he's hinted to be Olive's nephew that she sometimes takes care of, in others he's hinted to be Popeye's nephew (making him a cuter, less rascally replacement for Pupeye, Peepeye, Pipeye and Poopeye).
- Not Allowed to Grow Up: A strange version; in his first appearances he was a fairly normal baby (or at least a normal cartoon version of a baby), but over the years learned to talk and could converse on anything just as well as any adult, but in appearance he remained a crawling baby. This was Lampshaded a few times. Later appearances sometimes reverse this development and present him as too young to talk again.
- The Omniscient: Only in the live-action movie, thanks to his role being merged with that of Eugene the Jeep. He can tell the future and seems to know exactly what's going on at all times, causing him to become a Living MacGuffin to the other characters — but as he's too young to talk, they're limited to "yes" or "no" questions.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: His real name is "Scooner Seawell Georgia Washenting Christiffer Columbia Daniel Boom" (Popeye got a little carried away when naming him), but he's usually just called "Swee'pea" — to such an extent, in fact, that several writers have forgotten that this isn't his real name.
- Punny Name
Tropes related to Eugene the Jeep:
- Living MacGuffin: In his first appearance in the comic, he becomes this — there are a lot of people who want him for his abilities.
- The Omniscient: He knows everything and can predict the future, and will gladly tell you if you ask him — but since he can't talk he can only answer "yes" or "no" questions.
- Once for Yes, Twice for No: Ask him a "yes" or "no" question; if he raises his tail, the answer is "yes," if he lowers it, the answer is "no." This method of communication isn't flawless, however, as he like so many animals also often uses his tail to express emotion; at one point Popeye thought the Jeep was answering "yes" to a question — it turned out that he hadn't heard the question and was raising his tail because he had seen something interesting on the ground and was curious about it.
- The Unintelligible: Some cartoons ignore the Once for Yes, Twice for No thing and just make him this, leaving other characters to translate what he's saying.
Voiced By: Jack Mercer (1938-1960's), Ray Walston (live action film), Billy West (2004)Popeye's long lost, 99 year old, senile father. Almost identical to Popeye in appearance (although he frequently denies it) except with a beard and a higher pitched voice.
Tropes related to Poopdeck Pappy:
- Badass Grandpa: Senile he may be, but super strength and fearlessness is something that runs in Popeye's family. He aided Popeye in taking down an entire legion of Goons in "Goonland"!
- Cool Old Guy
- Grumpy Old Man
- Jerkass Fašade: He acts this way in the CGI movie after Popeye finally found him. He wanted to protect Popeye from the witch.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: In all incarnations, he is grouchy and even downight hostile at times, but when it comes down to it he's not such a bad guy.
- Man Child: He's more childish than his son is.
- Papa Wolf: Despite being rude and grumpy towards Popeye, he is shown to be very protective.
- Screw Politeness Im A Senior
- Uncanny Family Resemblance: He looks like an unkempt version of Popeye with a scraggly white beard. He's taken advantage of this on a few occasions, and shaved off the beard to mess with Olive.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: In his animated debut, he doesn't care about his son at all. Until he's in trouble, and eats some spinach so he can save his only son.
- Would Hit a Girl: He slugged Olive Oyl when they first met. The two have been at odds ever since.
Pipeye, Peepeye, Poopeye and Pipeye
Voiced By: Jack MercerPopeye's quadruplet nephews.
Tropes Related to Them:
- Acting for Two: Jack Mercer, Popeye's actor, provides the voice of all four of the nephews, with the pitch on his voice sped up.
- Bratty Half-Pint: They're very stubborn and rather obnoxious.
- Captain Ersatz: They are an obvious attempt to emulate the likes of Happy Hooligan's nephews or Donald Duck's nephews.
- Canon Foreigner: They never appeared in the comics; their appearances are largely exclusive to a handful of the Fleischer cartoons, and several of the Famous Studios shorts and episodes of the All New Popeye Hour show.
- Chaste Toons: Outside of their first appearance, they're Popeye's nephews.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: In later appearances, only two or three of the nephews would appear, presumably due to budget cuts.
- Does Not Like Spam: Despite being related to Popeye, they despise spinach, even after finding out it's benefits.
- Early Installment Weirdness: In their first appearance in 1940, they were only a figment of Olive's dream, were Olive and Popeye's sons, and Poopeye was called Pepeye instead.
ShortyA short, bespectacled navy buddy of Popeye. He appeared in three early Famous Studios Popeye shorts note
- Canon Foreigner: Exclusively created for the Famous Studios Popeye shorts.
- The Load: He's an airheaded, overly earnest buffoon who is often a great burden to Popeye, basically reducing the latter to a straight man role as he puts up with all the trouble Shorty unwittingly causes for him.
- Meaningful Name
The Sea Hag
Voiced By: Mae Questel (1961), Marilyn Schreffler (1978), Kathy Bates (2004)The Sea Hag is a pirate witch with a ship called the Black Barnacle and a finger in every evil scheme. She fell in love at first sight with Popeye and grew vengeful when he didn't reciprocate
Tropes used by the Sea Hag:
- Abhorrent Admirer: Although Popeye doesn't make a big deal out of her unattractiveness. (Nor is it that notable, in context.)
- Adapted Out: From a lot of the adaptations, though not all. She wasn't worked into the Paramount cartoons until the early sixties and didn't appear in Robert Altman's live action film.
- ArchEnemy: To Popeye.
- Lean and Mean
- Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: She's a pirate witch who practices voodoo and sometime runs criminal shell corporations.
- Witch Species: She's stated to be the last witch on Earth, so apparently it's not something just anyone can learn.
- Worthy Opponent: Popeye considers her this and was relieved to find out she hadn't died when it looked like she had.
Voiced By: Jackson Beck (1961), Allan F. NicholsA local, hard working chef and recurring character of the comics, who runs the Rough House Cafe, one of Popeye's local hangouts. Wimpy also frequents his restaurant, although Rough House has a clear dislike of him due to his methods to con free food out of him.
Tropes Used By Rough House
- Adapted Out: Completely absent from the theatrical cartoons. He did make an appearance in one of the Al Brodax Pooeye episodes, "Wimpy the Moocher".
- Berserk Button: Rough House openly hates Wimpy, and as Popeye finds out in "Wimpy the Moocher", just mentioning his name is enough to set off Rough House.