This article is about the character. For the ship, see Mary Ann (ship).
Creation and development in Thimble Theatre
"Orphan Mary Ann"
While out for a joyful stroll, Popeye came across the little orphan Mary Ann who was crying near some flowers. After she explained her predicament, Popeye decided to help her find a mother of her own. While Popeye went out to look for a good home, Wimpy was placed in charge of the child and the two bonded over the fact that neither had a mother. Eventually, an intimidating man appeared seeking to take Mary Ann, but Popeye was able to easily thwart the dastardly villain and find a home for the young girl.