Poopeye, Peepeye, Pipeye, and Pupeye: Meet Popeye's nephews

Who are these lil' scallywags, anyhow?

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We're here to argue about the best cartoon nephews of all time. You show us Clyde Bunny, we'll tell you to hop off. Huey, Dewey and Louie are your favorite? You must be quacking up! Jerry the Mouse's nephew Nibbles may be cute, but only one group of cartoon nephews reign supreme. 

Popeye is the best uncle. Look at his muscles. He's got a cool hat, and he spits. He eats vegetables though, which is weird, but he's got a cool tattoo, so we'll give him that. But really, what makes Popeye the best uncle is the fact that he's got four nephews, and they're all named after him. Each has a will as strong as their uncle. And it's no easy feat getting these kids to do what you want.

Popeye has to resort to corporal punishment "I hates to do this, but what has to be, has to be," says Popeye, as he hoists Poopeye, Peepeye, Pipeye, and Pupeye over his knee. Popeye cries as he reprimands his nephews for not eating spinach. His nephews cry as they eat the spinach. Everybody cries as they all learn a new lesson. Popeye just isn't as tough as he likes to let on.

But, hang on, the plot thickens... Poopdeck Pappy, Popeye's tough-as-nails father, has confirmed in a cartoon that Popeye is an only child in the 1938 cartoon Goonland. So, where the heck did these tots come from, anyhow?

Stranger still, there's such a strong family resemblance! Beyond just the looks, too. Poopeye, Peepeye, Pipeye, and Pupeye all sound remarkably similar to their uncle. That's because their voices were provided by the same actor, Jack Mercer, who is famous as the voice of Popeye. His voice is sped up to make it sound younger! 

Thank you, Poopeye. We appreciate you, Peepeye. Pipeye? You're great. Pupeye? Keep it up. We owe these 'toons for keeping our man Popeye grounded, whether they're blood relatives or not.

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14 Comments

forthekids 7 months ago
The only times that these four kids eat Spinach..is when..their uncle"Popeye"is in trouble..or? When They want to get even with him for forcing them to eat that horrible tasting green veg. And in one instance..They eat "The Spinach Spanish Omlets" and tie "Aunt Olive Oyl" and "Uncle Popeye" to a lamp post with an anchor and they headed for "Wimpy's Diner"to eat burgers.
rchupp 7 months ago
The mystery thickens... Popeye is the best uncle: any uncle who preaches eating spinach has to have a good heart and filled of love for his nephews (and their health).
Peter_Falk_Fan 7 months ago
For me, it'll always be Huey, Dewey, and Louie. But did you know there was a fourth cousin? A fourth cousin was drawn by accident once and it was published. He became known as Phooey and shows up from time to time.
Runeshaper 7 months ago
That is very interesting! I've had and have a lot of honorary uncles in my life, but they did not have a resemblance to me like Popeye has to Poopeye, Peepeye, Pipeye, and Pupeye.
harlow1313 7 months ago
Perhaps Pigseye would have been a better name than Poopeye.
PernellDH 7 months ago
Peepeye, Pupeye, Poopeye and Pipeye are cousins to Popeye, Jr. (Popeye and Son). Would've been nice for Popeye, Jr. meet his cousins.
Bricat2001 PernellDH 7 months ago
i dont think that Popeye and son is considered "canon" to the fanbase, there was an entire article about that somewhere on here, its about popeye getting married and people getting fed up about it
CharlesRocksClone 7 months ago
They originally started out as the kids Olive dreamed she would have, if she was married to Popeye.
Who does sweet pea belong to
According to the comic-strip, he was an orphkin.
Oh poor orphan, they never changed her clothes. I can only imagine what the diaper was full of. Seriously, I never knew anything about sweet pea but the name. I love learning new things on here. Thankx
Yes..that dream sequence was used in the movie cartoon"Wimen's A Myskery"
I recall on some later "Popeye" cartoons, there were only three nephews! :-0
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