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Thimble Theatre (1932)

Bluto is a cartoon and comics character created in 1932 by Elzie Crisler Segar as a one-time character, named "Bluto the Terrible" in his first appearance. He is Popeye's archenemy.


Bluto, as enemy Popeye's archenemy, is initially attracted to Popeye's love interest, Olive Oyl, so he usually attempts to kidnap her. However, with the help of some spinach, Popeye usually ends up defeating him. Bluto is often portrayed as having a glass jaw. He has, on occasion, been knocked out by Olive Oyl and even by Popeye's infant ward Swee'Pea. Bluto is a large, bearded, musclebound fellow. He mostly uses his physical brawn to accomplish what he is trying to do, but does display some ability for tactical planning.

Another subtle difference between the characters of Bluto is that while he was often portrayed as a fellow sailor who also sought to win the heart of Olive Oyl, Bluto was portrayed as a generic villain, or bank robber, who showed no romantic interest in Olive. Instead, he usually took her hostage, leaving Popeye to rescue her

Bluto appears in several Popeye cartoons especially the 1978 Hanna-Barbera Popeye series. In occasions, he is friends with Popeye in the cartoons until something attract him that will lead him to betray his own friend such as Olive Oyl and treasures. He also appears in the Popeye live-action movie where he is the main antagonist and the 2004 movie, Popeye's Voyage: Quest for Pappy where he's no longer an antagonist, but as Popeye's close friend (the movie's antagonist is the Sea Hag.

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