One Thimble Theater strip had Popeye receiving a free ship. Suspicious, Popeye asks the former owner whether there's some secret with the ship. The ex-owner admits, "There ain't no mystery- no mystery about that ship at all- She's just HAUNTED!" Popeye, who's phobic about ghosts, laments, "He gived me his ship for nothin' and still I got cheated- I yam disgustipated."
In one strip, Popeye's really proud of himself because he's found an error in the dictionary — he's looked up the word "yam" and found that it means "sweet potato." He proudly repeats his Catch Phrase "I yam what I yam, an' that's all I yam!" to a confused Olive and points out: "Ya certin'ly wouldn't say 'I swee'potato what I swee'potato an' that's all I swee'potato, now would ya?"
During the 8th Sea arc, Popeye discovers that Olive Oyl and another woman have gotten aboard his ship- Olive parachuted down from an airplane, while the other woman thought the boat was a ferry. Popeye tries to salvage the situation by saying Mrs. Snoodenbocker can be Olive's chaperone. Snoodenbocker refuses, on the claim that since she's younger, Olvie can be her chaperone! What follows is a silly spat as both Olive and Mrs. Snoodenbocker continually claim to be progressively younger ("I'm 12" "I'm 11" "I'm 10" and so forth) until Popeye yells "Ahoy, Olsen! Send up coupla cradles! An' some safety pins."
In the Plunder Island story arc, upon finding out that Wimpy stowed away on the ship, Mr. Geezel promptly jumps overboard to commit suicide. Roughhouse jumps after him, and Popeye throws a line for him to use to rescue Geezel...only for it to be revealed that Roughhouse was trying to commit suicide to escape from Wimpy as well.
From the same storyline, Wimpy's attempts to use a portable hamburger grinder to make hamburger meat out of a gorilla. Hilarity Ensues.
During the Great Rough-House War story arc, Popeye is out on the battlefield when Castor Oyl comes up and says that King Blozo wants to see him- it's important. At this moment Popeye is snagged by a stray artillery shell and carried all the way to Blozo's castle, crashing right into the throne room!
King Blozo: You idiot! It's not that important!
In one story, Popeye was in court and the lawyer was pushing to no end that Popeye was a harden criminal, comment that he even had the face of a criminal. That was when the judge finally informed the lawyer that he was supposed to be defending Popeye. The lawyer to a quick 180 in his argument and commented, "Look at his face. He reminds me of Lincoln." Even the judge was laughing.
Popeye The Sailor has a ton of hilarious moments in every cartoon, but the best is in "Taxi Turvy," where a Genre Savvy Bluto breaks the status quo by stealing Popeye's spinach just before he can use it... and is immediately hit by a train.
In Goonland, Popeye makes his way through a population of Goons by disguising himself as one - and goes into a bizarre walk and scat-singing that gets puzzled reactions from them.
"Hospitaliky": The entire short is pretty hilarious, with Popeye and Bluto trying to injure themselves so that Olive Oyl can nurse them to health. But one particularly hilarious moment is a bit of animation in which Popeye morphs into a chicken for a few seconds while faking sick in front of Olive.
The Famous Studios remake actually added a particularly funny twist ending (somewhat unusual for them); it's revealed that Olive works at a pet hospital, and Popeye and Bluto have been injuring themselves for nothing. They then finally crack and start acting like dogs, and are taken away to a mental asylum.
"Wotta Nightmare", particularly the parts where it shows what Popeye is doing in his sleep while having his nightmare (swimming across the floor, eating his pillow).
And then Popeye goes to beat up real-life Bluto because dream Bluto was bothering him. Bluto just shrugs at the camera
Many of Popeye's mumblings and quips (courtesy of Jack Mercer).
"It's The Natural Thing To Do" deconstructs and reconstructs the status quo.
Admiral: Hey! Don't you know that thing is loaded with dynamite?
(a wave lifts the mosquito boat up to the height of the ship)
Popeye: Yes sir!
The House Builder-Upper
Olive's sarcasm when expressed through song. For example, continuing the man on the flying trapeze's song with "Don't try to kid them, you're just a big cheese!"
Bluto going out of his way to punch out Popeye's face in all the Popeye and Olive Oyl signs in "Morning, Noon and Nightclub." Even going so far as to enter an apartment building to get a billboard that is high up.
Then there's the part where Popeye and Bluto decide to dance — while simultaneously trying to pound each other.
When Popeye tries to prove to Pappy that he's his son.
Popeye: I'm your one and only exspring. See, we got the same bulgy arms. Pappy: No resemblance. Popeye: We-we got the same squinky eye. Pappy: What squinky eye? Popeye: That's going to be hard for you to see. Oh, we even got the same pipe, Pap. Pappy: You idiot. You can't inherit a pipe!
At the end, after Bluto has force-fed Popeye the spinach and pushed him underwater. There is an enormous cloud of bubbles, the puzzled Bluto cautiously tries to push the foam aside to see what's going on, and gets clobbered by Popeye's super-muscled arm.
Wimpy's various attempts to freeload a hamburger, during the "Everything is Food" song. Bonus points for a sign visible during one of the attempts, which reads "Positively No Credit! Especially You, Wimpy"
Pretty much any time the tax collector shows up. In particular, there is when he sees Olive flailing around and nearly fines her the "impersonating a traffic officer" tax, and when Popeye shoves him into the ocean, leading to the entire town running out to cheer for him.
Taxman: A nickel hamburger tax!
Wimpy:(Stealing said hamburger) I'd refuse to pay, if I were you. Shocking abuse of power.
A quote from Geezel: "Fooey! The Commodore! Next to Wimpy, I hate him best!"
When Popeye takes over fighting Oxblood Oxheart for Castor, he gets his opponent to knock out his mothercompletely by accident. Cue a giant wrestler crying out "Oh Mommy, I'm so sorry!" while Popeye tries to make amends by offering to send flowers.
Popeye's first run-in with Geezel. Popeye tries to buy carrots from him, and Geezel ups the price each time they discuss it. After it was raised to a dollar and fifty cents, Popeye only pays a nickel, saying "I pays what I feels like paying!"
Popeye's response to everyone at Olive's engagement party freezing and staring at him, as soon as he enters the room. "This is the most fun I've ever had and still been conscious."