Bluto

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Bluto is a cartoon character created in 1933 by Fleischer Studios for its Popeye the Sailor theatrical animated series. The familiar version of Bluto never originally appeared in the Thimble Theater comic strip, although a burly villain named "Bluto the Terrible" appears in a 1933 continuing story in the strip.

Bluto is Popeye's nemesis; he, like Popeye, has a crush on Olive Oyl, and usually attempts to kidnap her. However, Popeye usually ends up defeating him in the end.

After the theatrical Popeye cartoon series went out of production in 1957, Bluto's name was changed to Brutus because it was believed that Paramount Pictures, distributors of the Fleischer Studios (later Famous Studios) cartoons, owned the rights to the name "Bluto"[1] (http://www.straightdope.com/mailbag/mpopeye.html). "Brutus" appears in the 1961 Popeye television cartoons, but he is again "Bluto" in the 1978 Hanna-Barbera Popeye series and the 1980 Popeye movie.

In the Fleischer short "Axe Me Another", he is shown to have the full name "Pierre Bluto"; Olive Oyl calls him Pierre Bluto and we see the name in writing.

In the movie National Lampoon's Animal House, John Belushi's character has the name John "Bluto" Blutarski.

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