Items You’ll Need To Cosplay Olive Oyl
- Olive Oyl Costume Wig
- Women’s Long Sleeve Sweater
- Detachable Peter Pan Collar
- Crew Neck Long Sleeve
- Yellow Electrical Tape
- Pleated Midi Skirt
- UGG Winter Boot
Best Olive Oyl Costume Guide
Olive Oyl first made her first appearance in the comic strip Thimble Theatre created by E.C. Segar in 1919. She was a leading character until Popeye came along nine years later, but there would never be a comic strip, television series, or movie without Olive Oyl to keep Popeye in line. She surely isn’t one that needs a man because she can take care of herself, but the two make such a comical and loving pair.
Olive’s unmistakable voice with her “Oh, dear!” she can easily be picked out of a crowd. Her entire outfit can be made of pieces like an Olive Oyl Wig, a red Women’s Long Sleeve Sweater with a Detachable Peter Pan Collar, a white Crew Neck Long Sleeve, a black Pleated Midi Skirt, and a pair of UGG Winter Boots.
Olive Oyl Cosplay Costumes
You don’t need a can of spinach to dress up like this Popeye the Sailor Man character! Olive Oyl is just as popular as Popeye, but she’s the female counterpart and a feisty cosplay character choice. Olive’s typical clothing can be found with a handful of items already in your closet. We can help you recreate her look in a few easy steps; then you’ll be on your way to your next cosplay convention!
Olive Oyl is always seen wearing her black hair pulled back into a ponytail, so for starters, you will need a black wig to match her hairstyle. The next few items are the ones you probably already have lying around. Wear a white long sleeve crew neck shirt under a long sleeve red sweater paired with a black mid-length skirt. You’ll need to add a strip of yellow tape around the bottom of the skirt to match her style. The white removable collar under your sweater and a pair of brown UGG boots will get you even closer to Olive’s style! To see the complete costume, you can check out the gallery of Olive Oyl cosplay pictures. Make sure to send us a picture of your cosplay!
About Olive Oyl
In the strip as written by Segar, 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 is the youngest sibling of Castor Oyl and Crude Oyl. She was the more-or-less fiancée of Harold Hamgravy, a “lounge lizard” or slacker type who did as little work as possible and was always borrowing money. His attraction to other women—particularly if they were rich—naturally incensed Olive, and she once succumbed to a fit of “lunaphobia” (a kind of angry madness) over one of his amours. (When she recovered, she continued to pretend to have the disorder to win him back.) She was not immune to flattery from other men, but remained committed to Ham until Popeye’s appearance. Olive and Popeye actually hated each other when they first met (her first words to him were “Take your hooks offa me or I’ll lay ya in a scupper”); they fought bitterly for weeks until finally realizing that they had feelings for each other.
In the films and later television cartoons, Olive Oyl is usually Popeye’s girlfriend, although she could be extremely fickle, depending on who could woo her the best or had the flashier possessions, and she was prone to become angry with Popeye over seemingly minor issues. She constantly gets kidnapped by Bluto (aka Brutus), who is Popeye’s arch-rival for her affections; when she gets angry with Popeye for whatever goes wrong, it’s usually as a result of Bluto’s trickery, but Popeye always rescues her and wins back her affection in the process.
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.
Like Popeye, there are times where Olive gains superhuman strength from eating spinach.
Oh, Olive Oyl! Olive is the adored and thinly built love interest of Popeye the Sailor man from E.C. Segar’s popular comic strip. She goes on adventures with Popeye and is always there to support him emotionally and physically. Being a comic strip character made Olive’s popularity grow so far that the strip was turned into a television series. Olive was voiced by Mae Questel and many others throughout the years.
Olive was created by E.C. Segar inspired by a person he knew in real life. Dora Paskel was a local in Segar’s town, and Olive was born to resemble her image and personality. What’s funny is that Olive starred in Segar’s comic strip long before Popeye was around—nine years, in fact. The two characters made it into a television series and fell madly in love. Then, all the way to the big screen! Popeye may be the famous name, but Olive Oyl isn’t too far behind.