Villain Overview

now the prophecy shall be complete, Papi, your son is mine and I will rule the sea and just for fun I shall destroy you in the bargain!
~ The Sea Hag

The Sea Hag is a major antagonist in the Popeye the Sailor Man franchise. Sailing the Seven Seas in her boat, The Black Barnacle, the Sea Hag steals and murders her way into infamy.

She was voiced by the late Marilyn Schreffler in the TV series, Richard Steven Horvitz in the video game, Kathy Bates in the 2004 TV show, and Mae Questel in Popeye's Voyage: The Quest for Papi.


The Sea Hag plunders all in her sight with her pet vulture named Bernard. She tends to resort to evil schemes to get what she wants. She knows many kinds of sorcery, magic, potions and voodoo. She is really mean and will resort to anything to get what she wants. She is the last witch remaining on earth and a uncaring, heartless, and traitorous pirate. She have a lot of henchmen, as mars men's, evil spy, Jabbo and Toar. Since she's a woman Popeye can't physically attack her. She is a very greedy villain.

she appeared as one of Popeye's first enemy on the October 26, 1929 (her identity was revealed seventeen days later), on her own ship: the Black Barnacle, she disappeared until January 30, 1935 (Without including the Sunday's strips story) where she join forces with Popeye to defeat her sister, once her sister out of the way, Popeye and her went back to their rivality. The sea hag is one of the only Popeye's villains who haven't vanished from the main cast nowadays, even if Bluto the Brutus is still more popular than her (which was never the case in the Segar's comics strips).

Popeye's Voyage: The Quest for Papi

The Sea Hag is the main antagonist of Popeye's Voyage: The Quest for Papi, where she tries to seduce Popeye in the guise of a beautiful Siren so as to fulfil a prophecy in which she believed gaining Popeye's love would earn her mastery over all the oceans.

In the film, the Sea Hag is a malevolent and very dangeorus villain (while Bluto is, ironically, a much softer and friendlier figure). The Sea Hag, disguised as a mermaid, managed to knock down Popeye at her feet twice, almost managing to kiss him and make him her slave for eternity. She even attempts to kill all of Popeye's loved ones with sharks and then tries to destroy Popeye himself with lightning when he defies her, yet with the use of his signature spinach Popeye manages to send to Sea Hag flying back into the ocean depths and kills all her sharks, which Papi makes into a feast.

Other Media

She was the main antagonist of three Popeye's video games:

  • Popeye Ijiwaru Majo Sea Hag no Maki/Popeye and the Tales of the Malicious Sea Hag, where she had some strange bugs likes minions/henchmen.
  • Popeye and the Sunken Treasure
  • Popeye: The Rescue


  • The Sea Hag a huge crush on Wimpy and she can't resist to his sweet talking (designed as making love in the Segar comic strip.) In one cartoon, she owns her own hamburger restaurant and he is her best customer.
  • In the movie Popeye's Voyage: The Quest for Papi, the Sea Hag is less of a pirate figure and much more of a traditional sea-witch, seeking to conquer the oceans via enslaving Popeye. She even goes as far as taking a giant octopus form in the final battle against Popeye (much like Ursula from the Little Mermaid).
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