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Pete is a large anthropomorphic cat from the ClassicDisneyShorts who is constantly causing trouble for MickeyMouse, MinnieMouse, WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck, and WesternAnimation/{{Goofy}} (all of whom, ironically, he predates).

He debuted in the ''AliceComedies'' short "Alice Solves the Puzzle", and appeared in some of the ''OswaldTheLuckyRabbit'' cartoons. In that series, he was a bear.

[[IThoughtYouMeant No relation]] to [[Series/TheAdventuresOfPeteAndPete those two Petes]].
!!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]], 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.
* ArchEnemy: To MickeyMouse, DonaldDuck and/or {{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 drawer justified this change with "he got a ''much'' more realistic prosthetic".
* BearsAreBadNews: Before ''SteamboatWillie''.
* 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'', ''AGoofyMovie'', and ''An Extremely Goofy Movie'', he is portrayed as a {{Dogface|s}}.
* CatsAreMean: Yes, we know he doesn't look like one.
* ChasteToons: Averted. He has three children: Junior from "Bellboy Donald" and [=PJ=] and Pistol from ''GoofTroop''.
* TheChewToy: Often, usually due to Goofy's inadvertant bumbling.
* CigarChomper: Sometimes he's shown smoking a large cigar like in the picture above.
* 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 ''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!
* DrillSergeantNasty: To 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.
* EvilSoundsDeep: Especially the Creator/JimCummings version. 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
* FreudianExcuse: As seen in ''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 to impress her.
* GoKartingWithBowser
* 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. He also has had names that did not contain Pete: e.g., Tiny Tom (in ''Officer Duck''), Sylvester Macaroni (in ''Symphony Hour''), and Al Muldoon (in ''How to Be a Detective'').
* 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}}.
* {{Jerkass}}: Whether the setting makes sense for him to be a traditional villain or not, he's almost always a big selfish bully.
* LargeHam[=/=]EvilIsHammy: Expecially in ''The Three Musketeers''.
* LaughablyEvil: Even at his most diabolical, he is usually a bumbling goofball.
* LighterAndSofter: In ''MickeyMouseClubhouse'', he's far less malicious, and much more mischevious. He's also on far better terms with the good characters.
* ManipulativeBastard
* MegaNeko
* TheMillenniumAgeOfAnimation
* OnOneCondition: In one comic book story, Pete has to commit no crimes for a year in a row to collect an inheritance. Mickey tries to get him some honest job but there's nothing Pete can do without feeling like taking advantage of the job to pull a scam. In desperation, he turns himself in for a past crime he got away with so he'll spend a whole year in prison, where he'll be unable to commit any crimes.
* 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.
* TheRival: To Mickey, of course.
* 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]]).
* ThoseTwoBadGuys: When teamed up with Sylvester Shyster in the ''Mickey Mouse'' comic strip.
* UglyGuyHotWife: His marriage to Peg in ''Goof Troop'' certainly counts for this.
* VillainDecay: He used to be truly evil in his early shorts, even kindnapping 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.
* YourSizeMayVary: Pete's size seems to vary between appearances, from being twice the size as Mickey, to being incredibly imposing to Mickey.