He was born on May 15, 1786 in Paloumba, Arcadia, the son of Kollias Plapoutas an armatolos. In 1811 he left Paloumba for the Ionian Islands where he became an officer in the British army. In 1818, he joined the "Friendly Society" (Filiki Eteria) which was planning to liberate Greece from Ottoman yoke.
After independence, in 1833, he was accused along with Theodoros Kolokotronis and Kitsos Tzavelas of high treason and sentenced to death, however, along with the others, he was later exhonorated and released. Plapoutas then became involved in Greek politics and served in Parliament (1844 - 1847) and in the Senate (1847 - 1862). He was also made an honorary bodyguard of King Otto.
He died in 1864.