Olive Oyl

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Olive Oyl is a cartoon character created by Elzie Crisler Segar for his comic strip Thimble Theater.

Thimble Theater later became Popeye after the sailor character who became the most popular member of the comic strip's cast. Olive Oyl was a character in the strip for years before the first appearance of Popeye.

The version of Olive Oyl most widely familiar is the version from the movie animated cartoons, first created by Fleischer Studios, and then produced by Paramount Pictures. Unlike most modern damsels in distress, Olive Oyl has short hair, is tall, skinny and not particularily attractive. In the films and later television cartoons, Olive Oyl is Popeye's girlfriend. She constantly gets kidnapped by Bluto (aka Brutus) who is Popeye's rival for her affections but Popeye always rescues her.

In the cartoons, she has a baby named Sweet Pea; it is not made clear if Sweet Pea is Olive Oyl's own son or an adopted foundling. In the comics, Sweet Pea is a foundling under Popeye's care.

The voice for Olive Oyl was created by character actress Mae Questel (who also voiced Betty Boop and other characters); Questel styled Olive Oyl's voice after that of actress Zazu Pitts.

Olive Oyl is named after olive oil, a common cooking ingredient in Italian and Mediterranean dishes. Segar's newspaper strips also featured a number of her relatives named after other oils, including her brother Castor Oyl and their mother Nana Oyl (after "Banana Oil", a slang phrase of the time with roughly the same meaning as "bullshit").

Princess Maker 2

In the Japanese simulation game Princess Maker 2, the girl to be raised is also called Olive Oyl (by default).

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