15 Cartoon Characters in Real Life Popeye was a character created by Elzie Crisler Segar. In addition to comics, Popeye has appeared in television cartoons and arcade games. He has also been seen in film, but he has never been seen looking like this! He looks a little more lovable than his cartoon character. Olive would probably have never taken a second look at Bluto if Popeye really looked like this in real life.