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Olive Oyl


Olive Oyl







Voiced by

Mae Questel, Margie Hines, Bonnie Poe

First Appearance

Popeye the Sailor (Betty Boop Cartoon)

Last Appearance

Popeye the Sailor

Olive Oyl is Popeye's girlfriend, Olive was something of a coy flapper whose extremely thin build lent itself well to the fashions of the time; her long black hair was usually rolled in a neat bun, like her mother's. She makes her debut appearance in Popeye the Sailor which is classed as a Betty Boop Cartoon. The version of Olive Oyl most widely familiar is the version from the theatrical animated cartoons, first created by Fleischer Studios, and then produced by Famous Studios. Unlike most modern damsels in distress, Olive Oyl is tall and skinny, with tightly wound hair and enormous feet (the latter sometimes used to comedic effect).  In the films and later television cartoons, Olive Oyl is Popeye's girlfriend, although she could be extremely fickle, depending on who could woo her the best or had the flashier possessions, and was prone to get angry over the tiniest things. She constantly gets kidnapped by Bluto (aka Brutus), who is Popeye's archrival for her affections, and when she gets angry with Popeye for whatever goes wrong, it's usually Bluto's doing. But Popeye always rescues her, winning her affection in the end. In the cartoons, she helps take care of a baby named Swee'Pea or she usually asks Popeye to take care of him if she's too busy; it's unknown if Swee'Pea is Olive Oyl's biological or adopted son. In the comics, Swee'Pea is a foundling under Popeye's care. Later sources (mostly in the cartoon series) say that Swee'Pea is Olive Oyl's cousin or nephew that she has to take care of from time to time.

Olive Oyl for President

The 1948 cartoon entitled Olive Oyl for President was a rework of the 1932 cartoon entitled Betty Boop for President.  Both cartoons starred Mae Questel as the leading role.

Olive as Betty Boop's Best Friend

According to King Features Olive Oyl is one of Betty Boop's best friends, the other being Blondie. Olive Oyl stated that Blondie and Betty were here Besties (Best Friends).  Both Betty and Olive Oyl reference one another sometimes in their Tweets.


  • Olive Oyl makes her first animated appearance in Popeye the Sailor which is a Betty Boop cartoon.
  • When Betty Boop flirts with Popeye (As seen if official artworks), Olive Oyl doesn't fight or attack Betty (As seen in the official comics and cartoons, Olive gets extremely jealous when another woman flirts with Popeye and ends up scrapping with them).
  • In several official artworks, Olive is shown to be good friends with Betty Boop. For example King Features and Fleischer Studio's Animated News.
  • Olive Oyl's voice was provided by Bonnie Poe, Margie Hines & Mae Questel, All three women also voiced Betty Boop, which links these characters. Sandy Fox provided both Betty & Olive's voice-overs for Universal Studios.
  • Olive Oyl's voice was originally deep and dopey sounding until Mae Questel created a new voice for Olive based on ZaSu Pitts, When Sandy Fox did Olive's voice for the Holiday Greeting Audition she used a deep sounding voice, which was based on Olive's original appearance, to differ herself from voicing Betty in the same skit.
  • In 2016 Popeye was featuring with Betty Boop in Stocking's & Spinach and seems to have some sort of affection for Betty Boop forgetting that about his girlfirend Olive Oyl. 

Voice Actresses

  • Bonnie Poe (1933) - (1934) - (1938) (Olive Oyls debut voice, she debuted Olive Oyl with a deep voice, when she voiced Olive Oyl one last time in 1938, she used the Zasu Pitts impression)
  • Mae Questel (1933) - (1960's) - (1980's) (Created the voice for Olive Oyl by impersonating Zasu Pitts & was the official voice of Olive Oyl until the 80's when she was replaced by Marilyn Schreffler)
  • Kate Wright (1938)
  • Margie Hines (1938) - (1944) (replaced questel for a short time) (Does a dead-on Zasu Pitts impression)




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