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Referenced By: Popeye
Comic Books

Comic Strips
  • The Far Side:
    • A cartoon has Olive discover that Popeye is a cross-dresser. As she shouts: Popeye, no!, he replies: I Yam What I Yam.
    • In another gag a bar scene is shown in ruins, while a witness explains to the police: "So then this little sailor dude whips out a can of spinach, this crazy music starts playin', and... well, just look at this place."
  • De Kiekeboes:
  • Urbanus: In Urbanus Zijn Snippeldepipke Rekt Uit Urbanus' mother Eufrazie undergoes a breast enlargement operation. At first her husband is in seventh heaven with this, but after a while he starts looking at other women again and to add insult to injury they are both flat chested, namely Tante Sidonia from Suske en Wiske and Olive Oyl.
  • Mad Magazine published a spoof of Popeye as early as 1954 under the title Poopeye.
  • Don Martin once drew A Mad Look At... Popeye in 1981, full of gags spoofing the tropes in Popeye.
  • Nero: Nero beats up a couple of thugs in De Wallabieten and says: "Eat that, Popeye, Jerom and Jan Spier!"
  • Dick Tracy: In an October 2013 episode of Dick Tracy Olive Oyl and Popeye make an off screen cameo appearance. Despite not actually being seen in the strips themselves it's obviously them. Check out for yourself: [1]

Films — Animation

Films — Live-Action
  • In the Japanese version of King Kong vs. Godzilla, Fujita compares King Kong's positive reaction to electricity to Popeye's spinach.

Live-Action TV
  • On Jon Stewart's first time hosting The Daily Show, he does a report on the comic book The Wedding of Popeye and Olive.
  • Joey Gladstone from Full House frequently imitates Popeye's voice. On one occasion, he dressed up for Halloween as Popeye, with Rebecca as Olive Oyl and Michelle as Swee'pea.
  • Spitting Image: In one sketch Prince Philip insulted a group of Papua New Guinean tribesman by claiming that their god was stupid and demanded to see a miracle. Their chief then asks for a miracle. Cue to the next scene in which Philip's face is changed into that of Popeye.

Web Original
  • The Nostalgia Critic:
    • His "Top 11 Cereal Mascots" episode has him comparing Sugar Bear's cereal-induced strength to Popeye's spinach.
    • He imitates Popeye's garbled mumbling in his review of The Magic Voyage too.
    • In his review of Mr. Magoo, Critic compares the film's animated Fake-Out Opening to a movie in which a cartoon Popeye turned into Michael Clarke Duncan playing the sailor.
    • The review of The Odd Life of Timothy Green has the Popeye theme playing when Timothy receives a boost of sunlight at the soccer game.

Western Animation
  • The Simpsons
    • In "Radio Bart", Homer, having had enough of Springfield's apathy toward's Bart's predicament, boasts "That's all I can stands and I can't stands no more!"
    • In "Deep Space Homer", Homer gets put on a centrifuge as part of astronaut training and his his face morphs into Popeye's as he says "I can's stands no more!"
    • The ending to "Brother's Little Helper" has Bart taking Ritalin and singing a parody of Popeye's closing song.
    "When I can't stop fiddlin', I just takes me Ritalin. I'm poppin' and sailin', man!"
    • The climax of "Jaws Wired Shut" involves Homer saving Marge from a demolition derby by consuming a can of beer like it was Popeye's spinach and imitates Popeye's under-the-breath mumblings. In addition, Marge is seen screaming and flailing her arms like Olive Oyl.
  • Family Guy:
    • In "The Cleveland-Loretta Quagmire", after Cleveland vows to kill Quagmire for sleeping with huis wife, he consumes a can of spinach and toots smoke from his ears while Popeye's theme plays.
    • In "You May Now Kiss the...Uh...Guy Who Receives", a Cutaway Gag shows Popeye visiting Dr. Hartman, who says that his squinted eye and weird speech pattern stemmed from a stroke, and that his large forearms are cancerous tumors.
    • Wimpy makes a cameo as a stroke victim in "McStroke"
    • A Cutaway Gag depicting Peter overstuffing the ballots at the Academy Awards has Bluto being nominated for the award.
  • The Critic: Jay Sherman's adopted father Franklin tells Jay how, when he and Eleanor were dating, he fought a bully after having gin. The flashback is in the style of an old Popeye cartoon.
  • Looney Tunes
    • In Porky's Garden, a chick is seen eating spinach and turns into a caricature of Popeye.
    • In the Merrie Melodies short The Major Lied Till Dawn, after getting pummeled by jungle animals, the hunter pulls out a can of spinach and says "If it's good enough for that sailor man, it's good enough for me."
    • In Scrap Happy Daffy, after getting beaten by Those Wacky Nazis, Daffy asks for a can of spinach.
  • The were several Popeye-themed sketches on Robot Chicken. Possibly an Actor Allusion, as Popeye was voiced by Dave Coulier of Full House in all of them
    • "The Sack" featured a sketch where Wimpy considers committing suicide, but Clarance comes down to show him what things would be like without him. When he sees that things will be much better without him, he pushes Wimpy off the bridge.
    • "Squaw Bury Shortcake" has Popeye's friends holding an intervention for his spinach addition.
    • "Yancy the Yo-Yo Boy" has a sketch where Popeye gives Wimpy some money for a hamburger, but gives him a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown when Wimpy doesn't pay him back on Tuesday.
  • The Fairly OddParents episode "The Good Old Days" has Timmy's grandfather showing him an episode of Pokeye the Longshoreman.
  • A newspaper headline Couch Gag from American Dad! once read "Popeye Says Olive Oil Ain't No Virgin."
  • The Screen Songs cartoon Toys Will Be Toys has a Popeye toy rolling in the toy parade.
  • A flashback sequence from The Critic has Franklin saving his wife like Popeye, only his Power-Up Food is alcohol.
  • The South Park story arc "Imaginationland" has Popeye being a member of the Council of Nine. He gets gangraped by the Woodland Critters, then fights them off when Butters imagines up some spinach for him. Bluto also has a cameo in this episode trilogy, by the way.
    • Towelie's debut episode has him getting high in a manner similar to Popeye eating his spinach.
  • The Drawn Together episode "The Lemon-AIDS Walk" has Popeye depicted as a steroid-abusing gym owner who befriends Captain Hero, and later dies of AIDS.
  • Animaniacs: In the Mindy & Buttons short "Cat on a Hot Steel Beam", while Buttons is trying to save Mindy on a construction site, he encounters expies of Tom and Jerry following a stray baby, followed by an expy of Popeye chasing his baby Green Bean.
  • Tiny Toon Adventures: In "It's All Relatives", Babs attempts to impress her grandmother with a rapid-fire montage of various impressions of cartoon characters, Popeye being one of them.
  • Ren and Stimpy: In Stimpy's cartoon Stimpy makes an animated cartoon with a villain who looks and talks suspiciously like Bluto.
  • The Mask The Animated Series: In one gag the Mask eats spinach to become strong, then spits it out again and says: What am I doing? I don't even like spinach.
  • Duckman: In the pilot episode of the series, I, Duckman Duckman watches some archive footage from his youth, each segment a stylistic parody of old cartoon series: Mickey Mouse, Popeye, Yogi Bear and The Simpsons.


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