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Popeye, formerly Thimble Theatre, is a newspaper comic strip, first created by E.C. Segar in 1919. In 1929 it spawned a break-out character, the superstrong sailor Popeye which was adapted into a popular animated film serial by Max and Dave Fleischer in 1933. The franchise has spawned hundreds of comic strips, animated cartoons and a few TV adaptations and feature films.

References to Popeye in The Simpsons[edit]


Picture Season Episode number Episode name Reference
Third Race Call.png 3 39 "Bart the Murderer" Bart begrudgingly and sarcastically picks a horse called "Don't Have a Cow" to win a horse race. One of the other horses in the race is called "I Yam What I Yam", one of Popeye's catchphrases.
Homer Popeye Face.png 5 96 "Deep Space Homer" When Homer rides the centrifuge during astronaut training, the excessive G-force causes his face to morph into that of Popeye, whereupon he also starts to slur and speak ungrammatically ("I can't stands no more!") in a manner comparable to Popeye's speech.
Try The Papayas.png 8 155 "You Only Move Twice" Right after the Simpsons move to Cypress Creek, Hank Scorpio drops by with a fruit basket as a welcome gift. He says to Maggie, "Try the papayas. They're juicy and full of papayine. Makes you strong like Popeye."
Ritalin Song.png 11 228 "Brother's Little Helper" The song that Bart sings at the end of the episode is a parody of the Popeye theme song.
Now To Save Me Marge.png 13 278 "Jaws Wired Shut" When Homer saves Marge near the end, all the events are a parody of a typical Popeye animated cartoon. Homer starts speaking in Popeye's near indecipherable speech with bad grammar and drinks beer for strength, similar to Popeye eating spinach. When Marge calls for help, her arms flail about in a similar loose manner to Olive Oyl.
Viagra Kicks In.png 282 "The Old Man and the Key" During Grampa's date with Zelda, the theme music from Popeye plays when the Viagra he took earlier takes effect.
Marge Takes Steroids.png 14 300 "The Strong Arms of the Ma" When Marge first takes steroids, the theme song of Popeye can be heard.
20 438 "Father Knows Worst" Homer eats mayonnaise in the manner like Popeye eats his spinach.
Popeye.png 21 518 "A Test Before Trying" Bart has a nightmare in which he sees what would happen if the school would close down: it becomes a spinach farm, where Popeye works on the land.
28 608 "The Great Phatsby: Part One" Two of the imaginary friends invited to Mr. Burns' party are referred to as "Mr. and Mrs. Popeye T. Sailorman" .
Olive Oyl.png 30 661 "Woo-hoo Dunnit?" The TV program Dateline: Springfield describes Marge as a suburban mother with "Olive Oyl" good looks.


Picture Book Reference
CBGGQ-Popeye.png Comic Book Guy's Book of Pop Culture Comic Book Guy cites "Let's you and him fight" by Wimpy and "I yam what I yam" by Popeye as two of the greatest quotes of all time.


Picture Comic issue Story name Reference
Bluto CBG.png The Simpsons Treehouse of Horror Hoodoo Voodoo Brouhaha Comic Book Guy's Best Costumes Ever - Part 1 Comic Book Guy dressed up as Bluto for Halloween in 1994.

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