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    Popeye The Sailor

Debut: January 19, 1929

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 LaMarche (1987), Billy West (2004), Robin Williams (Live-action film),Tom Kenny (2014-)

Castor Oyl: "Hey you, are you a sailor?"
Castor Oyl: "Okay, you're hired."
—Popeye's debut on January 17, 1929 in Thimble Theater, as well as his Establishing Character Moment.

Popeye the Sailor Man-one of the eight wonders of the Newspaper Comics and Western Animation world, and one of the most popular cartoon stars of The Golden Age of Animation. Initially appearing as a oneshot character in the middle of an arc Thimble Theater, the comic E.C. Segar was making at the time, was going through, Popeye quickly gained the status of Ensemble Darkhorse among the comics readers, and stayed in the comic long after his debut adventure was over, until he finally overtook the whole comic, with it being renamed Popeye and tossing out Ham Gravy as the main character and Olive Oyl's original love interest.

Part of what made Popeye such an instant hit with audiences was that, despite his odd appearance and gruff conduct, he was one of the few moral forces in the world of Thimble Theatre — Popeye also got along great with children, even going as far as to tearing apart a guys hot dog vendor once just because he wouldn't give a broke kid a hot dog on credit (that, and insulting Popeye to his face). In other words, he was a very likable, sympathetic character despite having none of the obvious qualities of one at first sight. He is also a very noble (but ignorant) being and is very loyal to his girl Olive Oyl and will give anyone the benefit of the doubt, even his rival Bluto.

Speaking of original, Popeye is occasionally (but dubiously) considered to be an early precursor to the comic book superhero—over a decade before Superman graced the comic pages, Popeye was blessed with inhuman strength and astounding durability and endurance, taking at least 15 bullets in his first adventure before finally being brought down—but much of this can be chalked up to exaggeration rather than literal superpowers.

While Popeye was already a major force in the comics, the sailor with a sock got his big break when animation pioneers Max and Dave Fleischer, known for their Betty Boop cartoons, brought him to the big screen alongside Betty Boop in a six minute short subject. These Fleischer cartoons took the series to new levels not even touched by the original comics — while Popeye was already very strong in the comics, the Fleischers made Popeye strong enough to stop a train dead in its tracks and move entire landmasses. Even excluding his Super Strength, he also had Reality Warping abilities — he could punch objects which would either morph them into something different or split them into multiple smaller objects — one short even had Popeye blow out the sun like a candle just so he could get some private time with Olive. And he could do all of this without eating any spinach — in fact, the spinach can very rarely popped up in the original comics-this was made prominent in the Fleischer cartoons.

While some animation fans have criticised the series for it's "formulaic Popeye Vs. Bluto structure", in reality this was done out of necessity: the original comics had stories that went on from weeks to even MONTHS at a time, which would have been impossible to compress into six minute low budget cartoon shorts. On that note, the series didn't even rely on the Bluto and Popeye fighting as much as one would think. There were plenty of shorts the Fleischers made that experimented with other settings and stories outside of their rivalry, and even the ones that did feature the status quo pulled many, many different, creative variations of the formula — from battling on logs floating down a river to competing for the title of "King of the Mardi Gras", these shorts are still as fresh and original feeling today as apple pie. And obviously, the Fleischers' love of surreal sight gags and Deranged Animation was carried over from their Betty Boop shorts, with such sights as the visual metaphors that appear in Popeye's muscles upon consuming spinach and the aforementioned reality warping powers of Popeye, none of which ever appeared in the original comics. Another odd fact was that prior to the war years, Popeye was hardly ever on ships — most of his adventures were set on dry land, only sporadically going off to sea.

Needless to say, Popeye's theatrical cartoons were an instant smash success on release, quickly toppling Mickey Mouse as the then-king of cartoons. While the series was gradually toned down as time went by (even in the comics, Popeye was forced to be toned down due to him having a large kid fanbase) this character and friends still pop up in some form or another to this day, with a recent TV special celebrating his 75th anniversary, as well as an upcoming Sony Pictures CGI film. Here's hoping for the best with this sailor's future!
  • Beware the Nice Ones: While he has a pretty long fuse, you do not want to make him mad.
  • Breakout Character: Popeye came out of nowhere as a oneshot character for an already long established newspaper comic, and wound up becoming so popular that he not only took over the strip as the main character (sidelining its original lead, Ham Gravy, who eventually vanished altogether) but became one of the most iconic comic and cartoon characters of all time. At his peak in the 30's, he was even more popular than Mickey Mouse, and he continued to remain that way in several countries.
  • Characterization Marches On: 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.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He's a bit of a goofball and is easily knocked around, but give him a can of spinach and watch him (sometimes literally) become a One-Man Army.
  • 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.
  • Enhanced Punch: The Twister Punch, which requires twisting his arm so that it unwinds upon contact.
  • 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.
  • Iconic Sequel Character: Thimble Theater ran for a full decade with Ham Gravy and Olive Oyl as the series leads. Popeye appeared as a minor character in a 1929 story arc, and was only intended as a oneshot appearance, but the sailors personality immediately caught on with readers.
  • 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: Has a low, gruff voice.
  • 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: Popeye is nigh-unkillable, with or without eating his spinach. The Bobby London Popeye comics take this Up to Eleven in the "Popeye's Apocalypse" story arc, where Popeye survives when all of existence is wiped out by the Supreme Jeep. His only explanation for this is "I eats me spinach."
  • 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: 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.
  • The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: Popeye has seen his fair share of high sea adventures in the comics, but in the cartoons (at least up until the World War II era shorts, where he rejoins the Navy), he was hardly ever on ships, or even anywhere near water in general.
  • Powerup Food: Canned spinach gives him Super Strength. He's even got his own brand of spinach.
  • 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, but this was mainly a product of the animated cartoons—while he did eat spinach in the original comics, it was far more sporadically than he did in the animated cartoons.
  • 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.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Despite his father's attitude, Popeye loves his pappy dearly, and vice versa. So insulting him is not a good idea.
    • In the initial search for Poopdeck Pappy story arc in the comics, insulting Poopdeck Pappy, who Popeye desperately wanted to find, will really rile up Popeye. He even tells Olive to shut it and even spanks her because she won't stop egging him on about Pappy's terrible behaviour.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Ghosts 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!").
    • He did spank Olive Oyl during the Search for Poopdeck Pappy comic arc, but that was because Olive wouldn't stop ranting about how nasty Pappy was to her.

    Olive Oyl

Debut: December 17, 1919

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.

It is important to note that Olive Oyl's creation precedes that of Popeye by a decade, since she and Ham Gravy were the main leads of E.C. Segar's early Thimble Theater newspaper comics.
  • 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: Olive Oyl.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: When angered enough, she's almost as dangerous as Popeye.
  • Damsel in Distress: Popeye saves Olive from Bluto/Brutus...Subverted at least once in an old cartoon - Bluto enters Olive's room, and a scuffle breaks out, Olive is crying for help - when Popeye enters, Olive is still yelling while clubbing an unconscious Bluto with a skillet.
  • 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. According to Bud Sagendorf, who wrote and drew the comic strip and comic books for a time, her measurements are 19-19-19.
  • Mama Bear: Very protective of Sweepea, so you better not make him cry.
  • Noodle People: She's very thin.
  • Punny Name: A play on "olive oil". The rest of her family falls into this as well. Lampshaded in the live-action film, when Popeye rhetorically asks if she'd rather name the baby, "Baby Oyl".
  • 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.


Debut: September 12, 1932

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)

"All brawn and no brains, dat's me!"
—Bluto to Olive in "The Anvil Chorus Girl".

Popeye's rival, who was initially a minor villain in the original Segar comics, but was made into a prominent character in the Fleischer cartoons. He's the bully we all know or have known in life. His relationship with Popeye is shaky, but it seems more like a rivalry than anything, and the two have had their friendly moments together-and if we take one Minute Maid ad at face value, they can become downright affectionate towards each other sometimes. In some cartoons, he was known as Brutus.
  • Adaptation Name Change: Named Brutus in the comics.
  • Arch-Enemy: To Popeye.
  • Badass Beard: He's incredibly strong and has a beard.
  • Beard of Evil: Bluto has a beard and is a huge jerk.
  • Breakout Villain: Bluto was a very minor villain in the original Segar comics, only appearing for roughly 18 daily strips in a 1932 story. The animated cartoons were what made him a major player in the franchise.
  • Butt Monkey: Especially since he keeps messing with Olive Oyl.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Bluto is indeed aware of being evil.
  • 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.
  • Dirty Coward: Bluto is all too willing to run away from danger, even if it means somebody else is still in trouble.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: 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.
  • Jerkass: Womanizing, crude, an all-around butthead.
  • Large Ham: Bluto enjoys hamming it up.
  • 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 Evolution: 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.

    J. Wellington Wimpy AKA Wimpy The Moocher

Voiced By: Charles Lawrence, Lou Fleischer, Allan Melvin, Daws Butler, Maurice LaMarche, Paul Dooley (1980 film), William Baldwin (animated film), Sanders Whiting (2004)

"I'll gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today!"
—Wimpy's Catch Phrase

Wimpy is a recurring character in the Popeye comics and cartoons, and the sheer incarnation of The Load. Smart, but cowardly, greedy, selfish, and overall a glutton, Wimpy is the kind of guy who would sell out his friends for a hamburger (in fact, he even sides with a villain at one point in the comics).

While he was a very significant character in the comics, in Segar's days even coming close to eclipse Popeye himself in importance, the Fleischers merely made him an incidental character in the cartoons, who was always just there for the mere sake of comic relief — mostly because Dave Fleischer considered the character, such as he was in the comic, "too intellectual" to work in the film cartoons. In fact, he was so minor in the cartoons that he was abandoned by the Fleischers after "Onion Pacific", and it wasn't until a full decade later that he would appear again, in the short "Popeye Makes A Movie." (and even then, that appearance is through Stock Footage of 1937's Popeye the Sailor Meets Ali Baba's Forty Thieves)

However, he has become a fan favorite, and even has a brand of burger joints in Europe named after him called "Wimpy's."
  • 0% Approval Rating: Nobody but Popeye likes him, and even then they can still have a strained relationship.
  • 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 recurring bit player in the theatrical shorts. He was dropped from the cartoons for several years except for a minor, nonspeaking reappearance in "Popeye Makes A Movie" and a role in "Spree Lunch". He started to make more appearances once the made-for-tv cartoons came along.
  • Evil Brit: Sometimes.
  • Fat Bastard: Wimpy is fat and selfish.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Even his best friend, Popeye, can only take so much. Popeye once got so angry with him, he paid off a cop to have Wimpy arrested!
  • 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.
    • In a Segar story arc where Popeye adopts an orphaned girl, he's brought to tears after hearing her situation, and willingly parts with one of his hamburgers so she can have something to eat. The girl graciously gives it right back though, which Wimpy is more than willing to accept (much to Chef Roughhouse's chagrin).
  • Kavorka Man: He's a fat, squinty-eyed moocher, but certainly he has no trouble wooing the ladies, and he will try if he finds out they have access to hamburgers.
  • Last Name Basis: Most people who know him just call him Wimpy, although a few women who've been romantically involved with him, including the Sea Hag, will call him Wellington.
  • 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: He is quite the wimp, true to his name.
  • Pet the Dog: He willingly parted with one of his beloved hamburgers to feed an orphan girl (although she gave it right back to him).
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: In the Segar comics he was one to Geezil, an Ambiguously Jewish shoemaker (who only appeared in a few cartoons), though he mostly ignored him.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Hamburgers. For which he'll gladly pay you Tuesday.
  • Vocal Evolution: Wimpy frequently changed actors throughout the cartoons, and he goes through a variety of different sounding voices as a result.
  • 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.

    Swee'pea, AKA "Scooner Seawell Georgia Washenting Christiffer Columbia Daniel Boom"

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."
  • 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.
    • In a later Segar story arc, Sweepea unwittingly ends up on the front lines of a war, and he actually manages to pull through it in one piece. He even unwittingly throws a grenade into an enemy trench, blowing them to kingdom come!
  • 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.

    Eugene the Jeep

Debut: April 1, 1936

Jeep jeep!

An odd dog-like, orchid eating creature that is Popeye's pet, usually referred to as "The Jeep", he has a very powerful nose and his able to teleport, turn invisible, phase through walls and even levitate/walk on air!
  • Demoted to Extra: A somewhat major player in the comics, but he only appeared in three of the Fleischer cartoons (two in a prominent role, and a cameo appearance in "Wotta Nitemare").
  • Early-Bird Cameo: His first full appearance was on an April 1st comic strip, but his appearance was alluded to in several preceding strips, which obscured most of his appearance in the box he was shipped in.
  • 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.
  • Picky Eater: Only eats one thing, orchids.
  • Pokémon Speak: Only speaks by saying his species name.
  • 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.

    Poopdeck Pappy

Debut: September 27, 1936

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.
  • 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: He's an elderly man who is just as strong as Popeye is.
  • Defrosting Ice King: He was a total jerk to Popeye and Olive in his initial comic appearances, mainly because he wanted to be left alone on his island. Popeye eventually manages to win him over and bring out his more sympathetic qualities.
  • Dirty Old Man: He seems to enjoy the company of much younger women.
  • Grumpy Old Man: An aggressive man in his 90's.
  • He-Man Woman Hater: In the Segar comics, he is downright misogynistic and hostile to Olive Oyl, and the feeling is mutual.
  • Jerkass Façade:
    • In the Segar comics, he admits to Popeye that he does love him, but acts like a jerk because he doesn't want others to think he's gone soft.
    • 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, I'm a Senior!: Poopdeck is elderly, plus he is curmudgeonly.
  • 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 both the comics and his animated debut, he doesn't care about his son at all. In the comics, he gradually warms up to Popeye, while in "Goonland", he springs up at the sign of Popeye's life in danger, 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.

    Peepeye, Pipeye, Poopeye, and Pupeye 

Voiced By: Jack Mercer

Popeye's quadruplet nephews.
  • 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.


A 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: A small guy named Shorty.

    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.
  • 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.
  • Antagonist in Mourning: Anytime it seems that Popeye is vanquished.
  • ArchEnemy: To Popeye.
  • Last Of Her Kind: She's the last witch on earth.
  • Lean and Mean: Sea Hag is a lanky woman who is evil.
  • 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.

    Rough House 

Voiced By: Jackson Beck (1961), Allan F. Nichols

A 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.
  • 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.