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[[caption-width-right:312: Not Pete's usual state of dress, but fitting nonetheless.]]
Pete is a large anthropomorphic cat from the WesternAnimation/ClassicDisneyShorts who is constantly causing trouble for WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse, WesternAnimation/MinnieMouse, WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck, and WesternAnimation/{{Goofy}} (all of whom, ironically, he predates[[note]]that is, 'precedes in time', not 'preys upon', although a case can be made for the latter[[/note]]).

Pete's brand of villainy has evolved subtly over the years, his intelligence is optional and his goals range from a simple con to taking over a country, but one thing remains the same in this selfish, menacing brute - ''Pete is up to no good.'' He gets what's coming to him with perfect LaserGuidedKarma, and yet he never learns.

As a villain and antagonist, Pete's most notable trait to date is that he has never learned the difference between fear and respect. As opposed to many Disney villains who lust for power, Pete is a bully who desires control over people; a goal that can never be accomplished since he has never displayed any self-control himself.

He debuted in the ''WesternAnimation/AliceComedies'' short "Alice Solves the Puzzle", and also appeared as a bear in some of the ''WesternAnimation/OswaldTheLuckyRabbit'' cartoons. This makes him ''the'' oldest Disney character that is still in use today.

!!Tropes That Apply to Pete:

* [[AbusiveParents Abusive Father]]: ZigZagged. On ''WesternAnimation/GoofTroop'' he can range from a relatively distant but still concerned BumblingDad to a harshly verbally abusive slave-driver with his son. With his daughter he can range from spoiling her with love to being somewhat neglectful. In "Bellboy Donald", he was not abusive at all, but was [[AdultsAreUseless useless]].
* AdaptationalHeroism: While Pete has traditionally been a truly evil villain, in ''WesternAnimation/MickeyMouseClubhouse'' and, to a lesser extent, ''WesternAnimation/GoofTroop'', he was played differently. In ''Goof Troop'' at least, he was a {{Jerkass}}, a ManipulativeBastard, and (as a result of the premise) an {{Abusive Parent|s}}, but he was also shown to [[EvenEvilHasStandards have standards]], [[BlackAndGrayMorality fight against greater evils]] from time to time, and have a few PetTheDog moments, making him more of an UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist or AntiHero. In ''Mickey Mouse Clubhouse'', he is [[LighterAndSofter played much more sympathetically due to the target audience being younger]] to the point where he's not even very mean and actually gets along with the other characters. One episode of ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'' had a gruff but outright heroic Pete who was only positioned as a potential villain as a RedHerring. A few incarnations of Pete in ''VideoGame/EpicMickey'' depict them as {{Punch Clock Villain}}s and are aware of it; they will help Mickey if it means it'll help Wasteland as a whole.
* ArchEnemy: To WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse, WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck and/or WesternAnimation/{{Goofy}}, depending on the cartoon. The last one, however rarely ever suspects that they're enemies.
* ArtificialLimbs: Due to having his peg leg removed from his design, one European artist justified this change with "he got a ''much'' more realistic prosthetic".
* ArtEvolution: Pete started off as a bear, but was made into a cat in '' WesternAnimation/TheGallopinGaucho''. He lost his long tail and shaved his muzzle in 1932, where he was given his current appearance.
* BearsAreBadNews: Before ''WesternAnimation/SteamboatWillie'' he was a bear.
* BumblingDad: Pete plays this trope to perfection in ''Goof Troop''.
* CartoonCreature: He was originally a bear, but he is a cat now. In ''WesternAnimation/GoofTroop'', ''WesternAnimation/AGoofyMovie'', and ''An Extremely Goofy Movie'', he is portrayed as a {{Dogface|s}}.
* CatsAreMean: Believe it or not, Pete is a cat, even though he hasn't really looked like one since 1932, when he lost his tail. He's also one of the biggest jerks around.
* ChasteToons: Averted. He has three children: Junior from "Bellboy Donald" and [=PJ=] and Pistol from ''WesternAnimation/GoofTroop''.
* TheChewToy: Often, usually due to Goofy's inadvertant bumbling.
* CigarChomper: Sometimes he's shown smoking a large cigar like in the picture above.
* CompositeCharacter: He was originally named Tom, but was renamed Pete when Disney decided to make him a continuation of the bear character from earlier shorts.
* ConsummateLiar
* CrankyNeighbor: Toward Donald in "The New Neighbor", which takes this trope UpToEleven as they engage in all-out war with each other.
** Also toward Goofy in ''WesternAnimation/GoofTroop''.
* DependingOnTheWriter: Pete has been seen as a calculating and scheming villain, a simple criminal thug, a relatively mundane {{Jerkass}}, a simple annoying foil, a CrankyNeighbor, or another type of creature altogether, in various appearances, and no one complains!
* DiabolicalDogCatcher: Pete was depicted as one in "The Mad Dog" (1932) and "The Worm Turns" (1937). Both times he tries to seize Pluto, and when Pluto resists, Pete resorts to actually trying to flat-out ''[[DisproportionateRetribution murder the dog with a shotgun!]]''
* TheDragon: To Maleficent in ''Videogame/KingdomHeartsII''.
* DrillSergeantNasty: To WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck in a series of {{Wartime Cartoon}}s.
* EnemyMine:
** In one of European comics, Pete teamed up with Commisoner O'Hara to make a scheme that will get dissuade Police Chief and Pete's Wife from making police and his gang more like those in action movies.
** He sometimes teams up with his nemesis MickeyMouse to deal with an even bigger enemy.
* EvilLaughter: In ''Disney/MickeysChristmasCarol'', playing the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come, Pete does this after shoving Scrooge [=McDuck=] into what will be his grave, mocking him with the line, "The richest man in the cemetery!!!" and then ignoring Scrooge's pleas for mercy as he is about to fall into a [[FireAndBrimstoneHell flaming casket]]. (This was [[AllJustADream all a dream]], to warn Scrooge of what might be if he continues his misery, jerk-ass ways.)
* EvilSoundsDeep: Especially the Creator/JimCummings version. His original actor, Billy Bletcher, was famed for such roles. Wiki/TheOtherWiki once said it was done to [[{{Foil}} contrast]] Mickey's light falsetto voice.
* FatBastard: To varying degrees throughout the years (see DependingOnTheWriter) but he always is fat and almost always is an incredible bastard.
* FatCat: He's an obese cat.
* FreudianExcuse: As seen in ''WesternAnimation/MickeyDonaldGoofyTheThreeMusketeers'', during his VillainSong, we learn the reason why Pete has been so evil: because his mother didn't like him and he wanted to become king [[WellDoneSonGuy to impress her]].
* GoKartingWithBowser: When Pete is subject to AdaptationalHeroism, he, Mickey, Donald, and Goofy have been rivals rather than enemies, and even been amicable towards one another.
* GoodSmokingEvilSmoking: Frequently seen chewing on the stump of a fat cigar.
* HairTriggerTemper: It doesn't take much to make him angry. In fact seems like he's always angry.
* HeelFaceTurn: He sometimes helps Mickey in his adventures. See also: EnemyMine.
* HonestJohnsDealership: In ''Goof Troop''.
* IconicOutfit: Pete is one of the few, if not the ''only'', classic Disney characters who completely averts this. Throughout the years, he has worn quite a variety of outfits depending on what's appropriate, and has no real "default" look like other characters.
* IHaveManyNames: Peg-Leg Pete, Big Bad Pete, Pistol Pete, Black Pete, and Pete Pete, to name a few. In the ''Alice Comedies'', he was known as Bootleg Pete, while as Oswald's nemesis, he was called Putrid Pete. He also has had names that did not contain Pete: e.g., Terrible Tom, Tiny Tom (in ''Officer Duck''), Sylvester Macaroni (in ''Symphony Hour''), and Al Muldoon (in ''How to Be a Detective'').
* InformedSpecies: His species is even less clear than Goofy's, and he's often mistaken for a {{Dogface}}.
* {{Jerkass}}: Whether the setting makes sense for him to be a traditional villain or not, he's almost always a big selfish bully.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: On occasion. ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'' and ''WesternAnimation/MickeyMouseClubhouse'' show a more sympathetic side for example. The latter show and a commentary feature on ''The Three Musketeers'' DVD implies that he's usually a case of MeanCharacterNiceActor. Also, every once in a while he'd slip into this role on ''WesternAnimation/GoofTroop'' but there more often than not he was just a {{Jerkass}}.
* LargeHam: Expecially in ''The Three Musketeers''.
* LaughablyEvil: Even at his most diabolical, he is usually a bumbling goofball.
* LighterAndSofter: In ''WesternAnimation/MickeyMouseClubhouse'', he's far less malicious, and much more mischevious. He's also on far better terms with the good characters.
* ManipulativeBastard
* MegaNeko: He's a massive, obese cat.
* UsefulNotes/TheMillenniumAgeOfAnimation
* MyFutureSelfAndMe: In ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'', the party follows Pete into Timeless River, an area of the past modeled after the black-and-white Disney Cartoons. Here they also meet Pete as portrayed in Steamboat Willie, who even helps them fight Present!Pete and his army of [[TheHeartless Heartless]].
* PermaStubble: Pete's once white-furred muzzle is now clean-shaven, except for bristly stubble to emphasize his often malignant and brusque character.
* PunchClockVillain: In European comics continuity Pete is a robber but treats his profession like a normal job, up to the point of not committing crimes when he is on vacation.
* PunnyName: In France, Pete is named "Pat Hibulaire", a pun on the French word "patibulaire", which means "sinister".
* TheRival: To Mickey, of course. He's also one to Goofy.
* SeadogPegLeg: For most of the early thirties, when he was also known as Peg Leg Pete. It disappeared around 1936 in the theatrical cartoons, although it remained in the comics for some time after that.
* SpitefulSpit: In the early cartoons, Pete chewed tobacco and would often spit a glob of it when irritated or spiteful.
* TeamRocketWins: He actually wins Minnie's affections over Mickey in ''The Barn Dance'' (granted this was one of the few times [[LaserGuidedKarma he was acting more scrupulous than his nemesis]]).
* ThoseWackyNazis: During World War II, Pete was drafted into the US army, but in the comics released at the time he was revealed to be working for the Nazis.
* UglyGuyHotWife: His marriage to Peg in ''Goof Troop'' certainly counts for this.
* TheUsurper: In ''The Prince and the Pauper'' and ''Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers'', Pete is TheCaptain of the royal guard and attempts to usurp control of the kingdom.
* VillainDecay: He used to be truly evil in his early shorts, even kidnapping Minnie on occasion. But around the 1940s, his character was toned down to just a selfish Jerkass who, while still mean to Mickey and the gang, wasn't truly evil. He still has his moments of outright villainy, however. It seems to vary depending on what the setting requires. A domestic or SliceOfLife setting will have him simply be a Jerkass, while a fantasy or adventure setting will feature more traditional villainy.
* YourSizeMayVary: Pete's size seems to vary between appearances, from being twice the size as Mickey, to being incredibly imposing to Mickey.