Western Animation: Goof Troop
Goofy and Max are bonding.Goof Troop
is a cartoon from the early Nineties
, inspired by the most well-known series of Classic Disney Shorts
. It premiered as part The Disney Afternoon
syndicated block on September 5, 1992. Seven days later, it began airing as part of ABC
's Saturday Morning Cartoon block for thirteen episodes. In this series, Goofy is the father of an 11-year old named Max, and lives in the suburbs. Goofy also lives next door to longtime Disney antagonist Pete
(who in this version has been turned into less of a villain and more of a total Jerkass
), his wife Peg, and his two kids, PJ and Pistol. Even so, Goofy is still just as klutzy and, well, goofy as he was in any of the Disney shorts.
Slapstick is the flavour of the day, with all four main characters Goofy, Max, Pete and PJ reguarly taking a lot of comedic punishment and shaking it off with Toon Physics
and being Made of Iron
Although it was canceled in 1993 on both The Disney Afternoon
and ABC, with the latter replacing it with Sonic the Hedgehog
that Fall, this series led to the creation of two movies - A Goofy Movie
and An Extremely Goofy Movie
. Word of God
is that yes, they are in the same canon, despite the absence of Peg and Pistol, and the difference between the TV series and the movies like Goofy's and Pete's houses and their location. There was also a video game
for the Super Nintendo
Goof Troop provides examples of:
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- Abusive Parents: Pete insults and belittles PJ, browbeats and threatens him, manipulates him emotionally, recklessly and indirectly injures him, consistently holds him to unrealistic expectations, is excessively domineering in most aspects of PJ's life, and on multiple occasions treats him almost literally like a slave. PJ is consistently played as mistrusting his father even when Pete isn't abusing him.
- Achievements in Ignorance: In "Goof Troop Christmas", a bear has Goofy pinned against the fireplace and Max tells him to grab the shotgun above it. Goofy accidentally picks up the mop right next to it and attempts to fire it. It works.
- Acquired Situational Narcissism: Invoked in "Talent to the Max"; Max gets a swelled head due to suddenly becoming good at magic and even unthinkingly dumps PJ who was just trying to protect him from the magic hat. The magic hat in question is a sapient Manipulative Bastard and will resort to Malicious Slander to get its way—which is to control people whose egos get too big because of its influence on their magic abilities.
- Adults Dressed as Children: Goofy and Pete pretend to be kids in order to play little league in "Take Me Out Of The Ball Game".
- Aerith and Bob: There's a mix of everyday names and strange names that are also common words. On one hand, we have characters named Max, Pete, PJ (short for Pete Jr.), Rose, Debbie, Douglas, Marty, Bob, Bobby, Roxanne, Stacey, Bradley, and Sylvia. On the other, we have Goofy, Pistol, Giblets, Tooth, Nail, Leech, Coupe, and Tank. Peg sounds like an everyday name but had a common-word source (as a Mythology Gag to "Peg-Leg Pete").
- Aesop Amnesia: Max sort of goes through this in the episodes where Goofy tells him a story about one of his ancestors. Max always learns an important lesson from the stories and in some cases is even impressed with his ancestor's accomplishments, but he always dreads having to listen to those stories in the next ancestor episode.
- The Ahnold: Ronald Strudelnosher from the episode "Buddy Building", who notably has the requirements of being muscular and having an Austrian accent.
- All Girls Like Ponies: Pistol is extremely excited to see the horse Pete won in "Pete's Day at the Races", until the horse trashes her room.
- All Just a Dream: It's shown that "Dr. Horatio's Magic Orchestra" was all just a sapient horn's dream.
- Alliterative Family: Pete, Peg, PJ, and Pistol. Most of these came from Alliterative Names of past Pete incarnations except for PJ, who shares his name.
- Alliterative Name and Repetitive Name: Goofy Goof, Peter Pete and Peter Pete Junior (PJ). The show never plays this up—just the opposite, in fact. We know their first names and their last names independently of each other, but the show never calls any of them by their full names.
- Amusing Injuries: A staple. It's unlikely for Pete to go an episode without incurring at least a couple, and the other main characters aren't all that far behind.
- Animate Inanimate Object: An expressive fire truck in "Where There's Smoke, There's Goof." No other vehicle has a face. There are also the magic hat in "Talent to the Max", the instruments of "Dr. Horatio's Magic Orchestra" and some bullets in "Gunfight at the Okie-Doke Corral."
- Animation Bump: The animation for the series is all over the placenote . Special mentions include the opening, "In Goof We Trust", most of Walt Disney Australia's episodes and "Goof Troop Christmas." The episodes by Wang Film Productions and Kennedy Cartoons tend to straddle between this and Off Model.
- Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking:
- During the first part of Pete's breakdown in "Axed By Addition," he starts out feeling guilty for things like making PJ stay up all night studying, doing menial chores/humiliating things, and then becomes more ridiculous, ending with "I even made him use a handkerchief." Then Pete uses Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick the next time we see him.
- When Goofy and Pete set up rules in their houses in "Good Neighbor Goof," the last rule Goofy gives Max after various "no contact with the Pete house" rules is "never stick peas up your nose." Goofy prefaces this rule with "lastly, but not leastly."
- Ask a Stupid Question...: This exchange from "Bringin' on the Rain", after PJ had collapsed into a covered trench behind him back-first onto a pipe:
Max: You okay?
PJ: Oh, yeah, yeah. This rusty metal pipe broke my fall!
- Ass Kicks You: A major part of Lethal Goofin' is that PJ beats up bullies by smacking them with his rear end.
- Assumed Win: Played for laughs with a dash of Dramatic Irony in "Meanwhile, Back at the Ramp." Pete assumes that he will win the award for being the best father in the class. When Goofy (unsurprisingly) wins instead, PJ has to try to stifle his giggles.
- Astonishingly Appropriate Interruption: From "A Goof Troop Christmas":
"Y'know, Christmas isn't in a tree, or in a lightbulb....It's in A BEAR!!!
- Awesome but Impractical: Pete basked in this trope, usually to his own detriment. In "O, R-V, I N-V U", he designed the most state-of-the-art RV you could possibly imagine...which then gradually fell apart as soon as he began to drive it.
- Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other:
- Pete and Peg have a few of these moments, "Gymnauseum", where Peg chooses Pete over her unwanted suitor, and "Peg o' the Jungle", where Pete goes out of his way to rescue Peg's first anniversary gift from an active volcano, in particular. "Tee for Two" also ends with Peg kissing Pete because of his Pet the Dog moment.
- It's also shown in "Terminal Pete" that deep down Pete actually does appreciate Goofy's friendship.
- Bad Bad Acting:
- PJ in "Slightly Dinghy". When Max wants PJ to ask his dad to take him fishing, he fits PJ with an ear piece so that he can tell PJ what to say, and reads him a text from a father's day card, to try and sway Pete emotionally. PJ reiterates everything he says in emotionless monotone. It still works, though.
- Everyone in "Wrecks, Lies and Video Tape", when they try to convince Pete to stop being a jerk.
- In "From Air to Eternity" when trying to fool Pete into thinking he's in danger, (which ends up being true anyway, eventually) PJ uses a mixture of emotionless monotone and lines that sound completely sarcastic (but aren't meant to). Much like the "Slightly Dinghy" example, it still works.
- Bait-and-Switch Comment: In "Dr. Horatio's Magic Orchestra," Peg says stealing the instruments from Goofy is the lowest Pete's ever sunk. Goofy says Peg is not being fair to Pete... because "he's sunken much lower, hundreds of times, thousands of times."
- Bait-and-Switch Credits: The theme song has an Unreliable Narrator and both versions of the Title Montage give the impression that PJ is a lot better off and happier than he actually is.
- Balloon Belly: Goofy gets one in "The Incredible Bulk" when he's trying to train for the (nonexistent) eating competition.
- Baseball Episode: "Take Me Out of the Ball Game", in which Goofy and Pete enroll their sons into baseball, and Max and P.J. do everything they can to skip out on the entire season.
- Bear Hug: Played rather darkly in "Good Neighbor Goof." Pete gives one to PJ but it's hardly affectionate—it's all part of manipulating him into doing nearly interminable can crushing so that he won't be able to hang out with Max. PJ's relationship with his father is summed up nicely by him looking very uncomfortable but not squirming, and wobbling helplessly over his boots once Pete lets go.
- Bears Are Bad News: Played relatively straight in "Goof Troop Christmas" and "Winter Blunderland." Subverted in "You Camp Take It With You", where the bear that everyone except Max was worried would or did eat the boys turns out to be just another father trying to protect and care for his son in the wilderness. Of course, in the latter case, he was a Talking Animal and his baby had a diaper. In the ending scene, he actually seems nicer than Pete (not that that's saying much).
- Beauty Is Never Tarnished: In "Window Pains" all three adult characters fall from a great height. Pete is in a full-body cast, Goofy has both legs in casts all the way up, and Peg... has her arm in a sling.
- "Before" and "After" Pictures: In "As Goof Would Have It", in order to try to win money for losing 180 pounds, Pete decides to submit before and after pictures; the before picture is himself, and the after is Goofy. Hence, Goofy has to impersonate him for the rest of the episode.
- Being Watched: In "Come Fly with Me," PJ tells Max that it might be a bad idea to keep playing on Pete's computer because it seemed like he was watching them. While Max dismisses the notion as instilled paranoia, PJ doesn't know how right he was—Pete was right behind them... as a fly.
- Berserk Button: Okay, so he doesn't exactly go berserk, but Max consistently, and always, hates it when somebody tells him he looks/acts/talks just like his dad.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Despite being honest and kind, PJ has shown on several episodes that it's not wise to make him angry. Also Peg, who can punch out guys twice her size.
- Big Eater: Pete, whose eating habits are the focus of both "To Catch a Goof" and "As Goof Would Have It", as well as a major part of "Gymnauseum". Also PJ, which is usually expressed through short jokes:
Pete: 200 burgers? Must've been all those times I sent him to bed without seconds!
Peg: I'm worried about PJ. He barely touched his third helping...
- Big, Thin, Short Trio: The biker gang in "Queasy Rider" have this design, though they don't have very well-defined personalities.
- Bigfoot: Encountered during a ski trip in "Winter Blunderland." A female who fell in love with Goofy.
- Blazing Inferno Hellfire Sauce: Pete pours a lot of it onto the omelette he's making for Goofy in "Good Neighbor Goof", but he's the one who ends up a victim of it.
- Bolt of Divine Retribution: Pete finds himself on the receiving end of one of these in "Fool's Gold" after saying he'd go after the gold unless the big man in the sky showed he didn't want him to have it.
- Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: The second part of Pete's breakdown in "Axed By Addition" features him feeling guilty for making PJ do more chores and then mentioning that he sent PJ to obedience school for not cleaning his room. When combined with the last bits of his Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking, this sounds even worse.
- Brick Joke: In "Close Encounters of the Weird Mime", Peg finds Pete to tell him about the "aliens" that have invaded the city and is carrying a plate of foil-wrapped potatoes half-way through the episode. Once the Petes begin to defend their house from the "aliens", the potatoes are forgotten, only for Pete to find them at the end, mistake them for alien eggs, and smash them.
Pistol: Oh, so that's how you make mashed potatoes!
- Breaking the Fourth Wall:
- Every character has done this with the How To Narrator at least once.
- "Take Me Out of the Ball Game" ends with Max and P.J. fighting the Iris Out and escaping into the other side of it after Goofy and Pete decide their sons should take up football.
- Brutal Honesty: PJ is surprisingly blunt about the quality of Max's performance in "Talent to the Max", though this may have been because he didn't want Max to be humiliated at the real talent show.
- The Bully: There are several bullies that show up in the series to torment Max, PJ, and/or other kids. Most of them are only in one episode, though Leech is in both "Max-Imum Insecurity" and "Buddy Building." Other notable bullies include Duke and the Pharaohs from "Leader of the Pack", Douglas, Tooth, and Nail from "Lethal Goofin'", and Marty from "Puppy Love."
- Bumbling Dad: It is expected that Goofy is one due to being a dimwit, but Pete also steps into this trope at times because he lacks common sense, one notable occasion being when he gave his son PJ terrible advice on how to impress a girl he liked.
- Call Back: Plucking dog hair out of the carpet with tweezers—Pete said he made PJ do it "one time" in "Axed By Addition", but evidently it was more than once, since the task was referenced as something PJ currently needed to do in two later episodes ("Take Me Out of the Ball Game" and "And Baby Makes Three").
- Calling the Old Man Out: PJ is a bit too meek to confront Pete directly, but he certainly was willing to do it indirectly in "From Air to Eternity." PJ, with Max's help, tricks Pete into confessing to lying about being afraid of heights, after Pete spends the episode causing him serious anguish based on that lie. During the confession PJ pretends to be surprised, but does not shy away from shaming his father when the "new information comes to light."
- The Cat Came Back: In "Cabana Fever", Pete saves his boat and saves Goofy's life in the process and then Goofy follows him around, stowing away in his trunk and eating all his snack food, saying he can't leave until he saves Pete's life. Pete begins pretending to be in danger so that Goofy can "save" him, but by the end of the episode Goofy does manage to save Pete from the Determinator Threatening Shark.
- Pete ends a lot of his sentences with an exclamation of "See!?" He also has the extremely loudly yelled "PJ!"
- PJ, being The Drag-Along, will often say either "I don't know, Max" or "I don't know about this, Max", sometimes substituting "man" for "Max."
- Cast of Snowflakes: The main characters who are intended to physically take after one another already have different faces and head shapes, and there is significant variance in both the show and movies in how even background characters' ears and faces are shaped, how their bodies are shaped, skin, hair, and even how anthropomorphized the Petting Zoo People are and what animal characteristics they retain.
- Cats Are Mean: Pete was originally a cat. ◊ This would explain why he is antagonistic to the main dog face character.
- Cement Shoes: Pete and Goofy spot The Mafia killing someone with a cement suit in "Goof Fellas." Too bad Goofy mistakes them for tailors and starts talking to them.
- Chekhov's Gag: Goofy's misunderstanding of how much popcorn to make in "Cabana Fever" ends up saving him and Pete from a volcano and a determined shark.
- Chekhov's Gun:
- Goofy's jar of fresh air from "A Goof Of The People", which helps restore Mr. Sludge from being a Muck Monster.
- Peg's very intense bargain coffee from "Close Encounters of the Weird Mime", which Pete uses to protect himself from the "aliens".
- The Chew Toy: While everyone can find himself on the receiving end of the slapstick a lot of the time, Pete's episodes are based almost entirely on laughing at his misery—though it is mostly retributive.
- Childhood Memory Demolition Team: In "Tee for Two," Pete wants to tear down the miniature golf course which upsets everyone else in the cast because they had fond memories there. It turns out that the reason Pete wanted to tear it down in the first place is because his memories of it were not so fond.
- Childish Pillow Fight: In "Midnight Movie Madness", Max and PJ have a pillow fight to settle a dispute about whether Pete is telling the truth about the Mutilator.
- Christmas Episode: Have Yourself a Goofy Little Christmas (A Goof Troop Christmas). Interesting for a children's Christmas special, it doesn't involve Santa Claus or a very religious setup.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Coupe Hatchback, Max and PJ's new friend, disappears without further mention after one episode ("Buddy Building"), as does Rose Deckenbloom, PJ's crush in "Puppy Love."
- Class Reunion: One where everyone should get an award in "Meanwhile, Back at the Ramp." Goofy has not done anything award worthy... except for being a Good Parent.
- Clear My Name:
- In "Tub Be or Not Tub Be", PJ found out that his father was spying on Goofy & Max, and setting traps throughout a race course in order to win a race. PJ then tries his best to deactivate all of his father's traps so that Max and Goofy would be able to win, but fails and is found out by Max, who accuses PJ of cheating without listening to anything he says. He still helps them to win, and subtly reveals that Pete had been spying on them. Max realizes that PJ hadn't betrayed him, and apologizes for not believing him at first.
- Pete's also been mistaken twice for a criminal; in "The Good, the Bad, and the Goofy", he was kidnapped by robbers but the police thought he was in on the crime, and in "To Catch a Goof", he was mistaken for a notorious burglar and arrested.
- Coincidental Broadcast: The fortune teller ad that pops up when Pete is trying to figure out a way to avoid his bad luck in "Rally Round the Goof." Combined with The Television Talks Back.
- Cold Turkeys Are Everywhere: "To Catch a Goof" has Pete trying to go 17 hours without eating. He starts to hallucinate that the food in his kitchen is talking to him and that his children are food.
- Come Back My Pet: In one comic, Pete replaces his dog with a cardboard robot guard dog after their house gets robbed. Turns out "Card" is actually programmed to let its creator in to rob the house again.
- Comedic Sociopathy: Goofy is almost completely unaware of how much trouble his own cluelessness and clumsiness causes Pete.
- Competence Zone: 11-year-old boys are significantly less insane than their fathers. Even if Max isn't completely rational, he certainly is compared to Goofy. And though Pete's not a Cloudcuckoolander, PJ has more common sense than the other three boys combined. Max and Pete are in the closest proximity for their sanity, but Max edges Pete out without much trouble.
- Compressed Vice: Goofy is randomly a Big Eater in "The Incredible Bulk." This is never brought up again. Strangely, the characters who are more consistently played as Big Eaters are astonished by Goofy's appetite.
- Concert Climax: In "Shake, Rattle & Goof", the story ends with Max and PJ on stage playing Goofy's amplified ukulele. Also the end to A Goofy Movie.
- Conflicting Loyalty: In "Tub Be or Not Tub Be", PJ makes a promise to Pete not to tell on him and a promise to Max not to share any information. They end up conflicting due to PJ being used as an unwitting spy for Pete. PJ doesn't want to break a promise to his best friend or his dad, but decides to do the right thing and reveal Pete's meddling without officially "telling on him."
- Conjunction Interruption: Pete uses it against PJ in "Good Neighbor Goof" when he tries to protest being forbidden from seeing Max based on the faulty assumption that Max is exactly like Goofy.
- Conspicuously Light Patch: The most obvious example is when Pete is shoving his competition into a locker in "Mrs. Spoonerville."
- Continuity Nod: "Goodbye Mr. Goofy" makes an allusion to the pilot when Goofy said he and Max would be "going back to the trailer." One of the few in the series, but the syndication order opted to show the pilot right before it.
- Convection Schmonvection: Pete manages to go into an active volcano in "Peg o' the Jungle" and, while getting out again is portrayed as difficult for him due to his fear of heights, this is the biggest problem the characters see. There's also a volcano in "Cabana Fever" that does actually cook something... but not the characters dangerously close to the lava.
- Cooking Duel: Goofy and Pete have an literal cooking duel in "Mrs. Spoonerville", while they have a contest to see who can collect the most garbage for recycling in "Waste Makes Haste."
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Mr. Sludge in "A Goof of the People" is a parody of this trope, who happily partakes in over the top illicit business deals while running a factory that makes money just by pumping out waste into Spoonerville, and he can never remember his only employee's name.
- Counterfeit Cash: In "In Goof We Trust", Goofy found a counterfeit 20 dollar bill. The plot of "Counterfeit Goof" revolved around Goofy's Criminal Doppelgänger and the counterfeiting gang.
- Criminal Doppelgänger: "Counterfeit Goof" involved Goofy being an exact lookalike for a member of a counterfeiting gang.
- Crushing Handshake: In the episode "Leader of the Pack", Max rides into a drive-in restaurant in a "car" (actually a grocery cart with a cardboard car in front of it) and with a "babe" (actually PJ holding a cardboard girl over his face). Gang leader Duke comes over to meet Max's babe, and PJ introduces himself as Clarice. They shake hands, with Duke squeezing PJ's hand.
- Cut-and-Paste Note: Played with in "For Pete's Sake". Goofy (innocently) decided to use magazine clippings to write the note since his original method failed. Then, Pete accidentally tore it and mistook Goofy for a murderer.
- Cut a Slice, Take the Rest: In "Clan of the Cave Goof", cave Peg does this for cave Pete, cutting a slice and giving him the rest of the cake.
- Cut His Heart Out with a Spoon: In "Max-Imum Insecurity" Pete says he would sand anyone he caught stealing with his new sander.
- Damn, It Feels Good to Be a Gangster : The Mafia in "Counterfeit Goof" seem to have a pretty cool setup. Too bad that Goofy's mess-ups ended up getting them caught...
- Damned by Faint Praise: In "The Good, the Bad, and the Goofy", Goofy decides to give Pete a compliment. The compliment in question?
Goofy: Pete's a swell kinda guy, once you get past his personality!
- Dancing Theme: The footage in the opening that isn't taken from the episodes themselves is of Max and Goofy dancing.
- A Day in the Limelight: Occasional episodes focus on Peg or Pistol, including "Window Pains", "Goofin' Up the Social Ladder", and "Peg o' the Jungle" for the former, and "Hot Air", "Three Ring Bind", and "Pistolgeist" for the latter.
- Death Glare / Kubrick Stare: Max and PJ both show the former in "Waste Makes Haste", when Pete reveals the real objective of their recycling gig with Goofy: Unbeknownst to the other three, Pete was scavenging for a pair of missing golden baby shoes, with the intent of returning them to the owner for a hefty reward. PJ, however, gives an uncharacteristically frightening variation of the latter.
- Demoted to Extra: Despite the series having Max, PJ, Goofy and Pete all getting equal attention, the films are mostly about Max, and, to a slightly lesser extent, Goofy. In An Extremely Goofy Movie, PJ gets more screentime, but Pete appears for about four minutes.
- Denied Food as Punishment: Downplayed in "Axed By Addition" where Pete mentions that PJ is probably interested in eating 200 Gorilla Burgers because of all the times he sent him to bed without seconds.
- Department of Child Disservices: In "Date with Destiny", Max has to move in with the Petes because life with Goofy is too unstable, which means that he had two bad nights, one of which was spent writing a report, and the other of which wasn't even Goofy's fault to begin with. (It was Pete's). And yet... no one thinks to look into PJ's situation. Ever.
- Depending on the Artist: In some episodes, PJ has buck teeth. In others, he doesn't. Also, the show staff and the movie staff don't seem to agree on how hairy Pete and PJ's bodies are, nor do the show staff seem to agree with each other about Goofy and Max's.
- Depending on the Writer: Is Pete a callous Jerk With A Heart Of Jerk, or is he actually a somewhat decent Jerk with a Heart of Gold? Well, that depends on the episode.
- Depraved Dentist: Subverted in "Clan of the Cave Goof." It looks like the dentist has a four-foot-long drill that he plans to use on cave Pete, but it turns out to be a watering can shaped like a four-foot-long drill, and the dentist is a competent, compassionate professional.
- Determinator: The Threatening Shark in "Cabana Fever", which resorts to going onto the shore and digging underground into the crater of a volcano to try to eat Pete. Because he's just that delicious.
- Did You Think I Can't Feel?: In "O, R-V, I N-V U," Max ends up partnered with Pete on an RV project, and ignores PJ without noticing that he feels lonely and inferior as a result, expecting him to do favors and run errands for them. This exchange occurs roughly two-thirds of the way through the episode:
Max: Hey, Peej. Take my picture in front of the RV, okay?
PJ: Take it yourself!
Max: What's bugging you?
PJ: You! If you want to be the son in this family, I'll just move out.
- Diet Episode: "To Catch a Goof", where Pete has to go seventeen hours without eating; "Gymnauseum", where Pete has to go on a diet and exercise more; and "As Goof Would Have It" where Pete pretends to go on a diet.
- Dinosaurs Are Dragons: In "Great Egg-Spectations", Bubbles's mother is able to breathe fire. Also the "Flame-o-saurus" from "Clan of the Cave Goof".
- Disproportionate Retribution: In "Dr. Horatio's Magic Orchestra," Pete decides the appropriate punishment for PJ whistling two bars of a song is to threaten to permanently disfigure his lips. Used to indicate just how much Pete hates the song, since he usually doesn't engage in any (intentional) physical harm at all, and Peg does tell him he's out of line.
- Diving Save: PJ does this to prevent Max from being hit by a moving bus in "Big City Blues" and from being caught in the crossfire of an exploding barbecue in "Where There's Smoke, There's Goof."
- Do They Know It's Christmas Time?: "A Goof Troop Christmas" is one of the only times in the entire series any religion is mentioned at all, although there's a line in "Max-Imum Insecurity" and one in "Fool's Gold" that suggest the characters are monotheistic.
- Don't Look Down: Pete's fear of heights and needing/failure to abide by this rule is a recurring element that can be played for laughs or for drama depending on the episode. "From Air to Eternity" is mainly about this, given that it focuses on PJ's fear of heights (which is played sympathetically).
- Dramatic Irony: Many, many episodes run on this. Just a few examples: In "Slightly Dinghy", Max doesn't know that Goofy found the quarter he was looking for even though the audience did before they went on the trip. In "And Baby Makes Three" the audience is aware early on that Peg is selling an expensive house and is planning to spend the profits on her family, but the entire cast (even Pete) is convinced she's having a baby.
- Duck Season, Rabbit Season: Max and PJ argue over whose turn it is to be the pilot (neither of them want it) in "Hot Air" and Max pulls this trick on PJ after Pistol interrupts their argument.
- Dude, Not Funny!: In-universe. In "Puppy Love," Max cracks a joke about how PJ should go to the school dance with Marty because "you sure see him enough!" PJ is upset by the joke.
- Dumb Muscle: Tooth & Nail, the bullies who steal quarters from other kids in "Lethal Goofin'," are just working for Douglas.
- Dumpster Dive: In "Big City Blues", it is revealed that Buster and his friends often eat things they find in the dumpster, which prompts Max and PJ to give him bags of groceries from their houses. In "Puppy Love", PJ dives into a dumpster to retrieve Rose's poem which she had thrown away.
- Dysfunctional Family: The Pete family. Pete is very selfish and demonstrates a pattern of abusing PJ and spoiling Pistol when he's not neglecting both of them; PJ is frequently shown to be intimidated by Pete (though the degree changes, sometimes having him outright afraid and sometimes having him casually snarking at Pete's mistakes), and is fairly disillusioned with Pete and impatient to leave home, Pistol is a Bratty Half-Pint who's always getting on PJ and Peg's nerves, and Peg is often yelling at Pete for being a jerk or Pistol for being naughty. When PJ is in focus, and occasionally when he's not, it's played more like a Big Screwed-Up Family.
- Early Installment Weirdness: Aside from eating 200 burgers which is mostly in character, nothing on PJ's list of things to do on his last day in "Axed by Addition" really gels with his later characterization. Compare his eagerness to watch all of the Mutilator movies to his doubt about seeing even one three episodes later. Several items on the list were reckless behavior despite him consistently showing a risk-averse personality in later episodes, and it'd be hard to imagine the PJ of "Puppy Love" and An Extremely Goofy Movie abruptly kissing a girl who wanted nothing to do with him.
- Establishing Character Moment: Peg's character is summed-up perfectly in her introductory scene in "Everything's Coming Up Goofy", where she's cheerfully welcoming Goofy back while at the same time yelling at Pistol to put down the slug she's trying to eat.
- Everybody Hates Math: PJ in "Axed by Addition", an episode title drawn from his first line on the subject, "Axed by addition, slain by subtraction! Every time I see a number I freak out!" His tendency to severely overthink things ("2+2=4! ...No wait!") and become paranoid about his own performance causes him a lot of anguish, not helped at all by Pete's over-the-top threat about what happens if he fails.
- Everything's Better with Dinosaurs: Bubbles, who hatches out of an egg Max and PJ find in "Great Egg-Spectations." Max intends to keep her as a pet.
- Expressive Ears: Pete and PJ's ears will often droop when they are upset and bend outward when they are annoyed.
- Expressive Hair: In "Tee for Two" Peg's hair droops when she's sad and bounces right back up when her mood changes to anger.
- Fainting: The emotional and exhaustion versions happen to PJ frequently. The former happens most often when he realizes he just suffered horribly in vain or as shock responses, while the latter typically happens to show just how hard he works, willingly or otherwise. Oddly, despite fulfilling the role where it is likely to occur and fainting frequently for other reasons, he doesn't ever fall victim to the girly man faint.
- Family Business: During several episodes it's clear that Pete intends PJ to take over his business some day, especially when he makes him take over the job for a day in "To Heir Is Human."
- Fat and Skinny:
- Pete and Goofy, although neither one is particularly the Straight Man, but Pete is closer. In "As Goof Would Have It", Pete exploits this to try to win money for "losing 180 pounds." This works about as well as is expected.
- PJ and Max, although both of them play off of each other in a sort of mutual Straight Man and Wise Guy partnership. In an Inversion of the typical roles, PJ is far more cynical than Max is.
- Outside of the main cast, Those Two Bad Guys Spud and Wally also fulfill this role when they show up, though they are minor enough it's not very clear what their roles are, but it appears to follow the show's standard "fat guy is straight(er) man" pattern.
- Felony Misdemeanor: Pete does this to himself in "Axed by Addition", where among legitimately abusive and/or totalitarian behavior Pete admits to, he confesses to the heinous crimes of making PJ use "the manly deodorant" and a handkerchief.
- Female Feline, Male Mutt: Inverted with the male cat, Waffles and the female dog, Chainsaw (usually), not applicable to the Petting Zoo People.
- Feud Episode: "Tub Be Or Not Tub Be" and "Talent to the Max" become this after Max thinks PJ betrayed him, due to an outside influence beyond PJ's control. Of course, PJ then goes out of his way to help Max anyway.
- Feuding Families: The Goof and Pete families on several occasions, most notably in "Good Neighbor Goof" and "Waste Makes Haste," where members of one family either refuse or are forbidden to talk to members of the other.
- The Film of the Series: A Goofy Movie fits, though there are some major changes including but not limited to the complete disappearance of Peg and Pistol.
- Financial Abuse: Pete seems to think giving PJ two percent of the profits on his can crushing and paying him and Max five cents for twelve hours of work is fair and reasonable. He also is willing to trick PJ into doing his job for a day just so that his profits don't dip and use his children as free advertising, as well as repeatedly spending their savings on himself.
- Fire-Breathing Diner: Double Subverted in "Good Neighbor Goof." Pete overapplies hot sauce to Goofy's omelette hoping to invoke this, but Goofy is unaffected and even wants more hot sauce. Then Pete takes a bite and his mouth catches on fire so hard he ends up using all the water in his pool to extinguish the flames.
- Fly Crazy: "Come Fly with Me" has a fly annoying Pete, and then Pete as a fly annoying everyone, although all he was trying to do was get their attention.
- Foils: Most combinations of characters are this to some degree, but the best friend pairs (Goofy and Pete, and Max and PJ) and the father/son pairs (Goofy and Max, and Pete and PJ) are the most obvious.
- Force Feeding: In "Axed By Addition", Max straps PJ to a device that feeds him whether he gets a math question right, and hits him in a face with an egg when he's wrong
- Forgotten Anniversary: "Peg o' the Jungle" mentions this is a common occurrence for Pete—he always forgets and then heads off to get Peg some cheap gift at the very last second. Peg is sick of going through the motions and so comes up with a Zany Scheme of her own to get back at him, involving the rest of the cast disguising themselves as Pete and Peg pretending not to know who her real husband is until he proves himself with a romantic gesture.
- Former Teen Rebel: Goofy was a notorious biker.
- Four-Fingered Hands: Lampshaded in "Good Neighbor Goof" where after hitting his thumb with a hammer, Goofy says, "Oh, well, still got seven more good ones left!" And then proceeds to hit even more fingers.
- Four Philosophy Ensemble: Max, who doesn't worry about consequences and comes up with all the plans, is the optimist. Pete, who is overtly antagonistic and gripes about everything, is the cynic. PJ, who is skeptical but willing to try the plans, is the realist. And Goofy, who is completely oblivious to most of what is happening, is the apathetic.
- Framing Device: During the "ancestors" episodes, the main story takes place far in the past, starring an ancestor of Goofy. Each is framed with Goofy telling Max a story from his family album.
- Frankenstein's Monster: In the episode "Frankengoof". Looks almost identical to Pete, but is significantly more pleasant.
- Fully Dressed Cartoon Animals
- Fur Bikini: Peg wears one in "Peg Of The Jungle".
- Furry Confusion:
- The two main families include dogs with a pet cat and cats with a pet dog.
- Max claims to hate dogs in "Max-Imum Insecurity" and Pete claims to hate cats in "Cat's Entertainment" without a hint of irony.
- A Running Gag involves Pete and cat food (and sometimes kitty litter) with the joke being either that he wouldn't want to eat it or that it would be useless to him.
- PJ says in "Shake, Rattle, and Goof" that he feels "like a cat in a dog pound."
- Furry Denial: The characters consistently refer to themselves directly and indirectly as human, most blatantly with Pete mentioning "the human body" in "Bringin' on the Rain," and never, with one half-exception in "Goofin' Up the Social Ladder" (see Lampshade Hanging), identify with the species they were designed to be.
- Gainaxing: Peg's breasts did this on a number of occasions.
- Gender Equals Breed: Pete's kids in a sense. PJ resembles Pete more and Pistol resembles Peg more.
- Genre-Busting: Wait, is this a Dom Com, an Odd Couple show, or a Slapstick Funny Animal cartoon? It's all of those things with a healthy dose of Mundane Fantastic on top. And these are just the recurring elements. See Something Completely Different.
- Gentle Giant: PJ is what you get when the Gentle Giant is just 11 years old. He's not too bright, overdominated, insecure - and can bench-press 150lbs, punch out bullies and takes on most of his father's manual labour. He seems totally unaware of his own strength.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar:
- In "To Heir is Human", PJ says in his own words that he can't sell a car to save his tailpipe.
- "The Incredible Bulk" has the diner chef Myron who is also the titular wrestler flirt with Peg, who responds by giggling and saying "You're right, Goofy. He can cook!" It is rather blatant that Peg is not talking about food.
- In "Mrs. Spoonerville", Max remarks that Pete can't even pull up a towel, to which PJ replies with "Don't remind me!"
- In "Nightmare on Goof Street", Pete (and, accidentally, Goofy) calls Peg "sweet patootie".
- "Puppy Love" has Pete actually use the word "sexy" when he explains to PJ why it is best to leave his shirt untucked.
- The Christmas special has Pete tell Goofy to "get stuffed".
- Gift-Giving Gaffe: Double Subverted in "Max-Imum Insecurity." Pete surprised Peg with a power tool (while talking it up as something she would love) which made her very angry. Then later she found his "real" surprise of her favorite perfume. The perfume was stolen and she was never supposed to find it in the first place, so by the end of the episode she's just as mad as she was at the beginning.
- Gilligan Cut: In "Slightly Dinghy", PJ does not want to go along with Max's plan to have him ask Pete to take them fishing. Combined with a Lampshade Hanging of his role as The Drag-Along.
: No, forget it, Max. No way.
You cannot talk me into this one. (scene cuts) Every
time. How does he do it? Every. Single. Time.
- Glad I Thought of It: In "Fool's Gold," after Peg says they'll be rich, Pete says, "Not only that. We'll be rich!"
- Good Parents: Goofy may be embarrassing and weird at times, but he clearly loves Max, and always tries to raise him correctly. As much as Max wishes he'd be a little more normal, he's glad to have Goofy for a parent.
- Gravity Is a Harsh Mistress: Many variations on the trope have been played with throughout the series. Lampshaded in "All the Goof That's Fit to Print". Goofy says this when he attempts to grab a newspaper that just flew off the ledge of a tall building.
Goofy: This wouldn't be a problem if it weren't for gravity!
- Greaser Delinquents: The recurring antagonist Leech who appears in "Buddy Building" and "Max-Imum Insecurity" is a kid (probably an eighth grader) who goes to school with Max and PJ and bullies them there, but in his spare time his hobbies include harassing random people and shoplifting. He also wears a leather jacket and slicked-back hair.
- Green Aesop: There's an anti-pollution message in "A Goof of the People." However, it's presented as a Space Whale Aesop for laughs.
- Groin Attack: Happens often to Pete and PJ.
- Grounded Forever: In "Axed By Addition" Pete threatens to ground PJ forever if he fails his math test, a threat the latter takes very seriously and even plays sick in order to get in one last day of freedom. Once Pete finds out the truth, he yells at PJ for not guessing he was bluffing... and then says he's grounded forever for that, though he has a change of heart when he finds out that PJ didn't even fail in the first place.
- Halloween Episode: "Hallow-Weenies", which starts off with trick-or-treating and ends up in a Haunted House.
- Haunted House: Appears in "Hallow-Weenies." The ghosts inside, a band, don't want to stay but can't leave until they perform their show.
- Heavy Sleeper: Peg is a subversion in "Goof Fellas." She sleeps through Goofy jackhammering the roof repeatedly, and Pete screaming for him to keep it down, but then wakes up to Pete making a tiny whimper and asks him to keep it down because she's trying to sleep.
- Henpecked Husband: Pete, all it takes is Peg to slightly raise her voice for him to back down and do what she says.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Max and PJ are so close that they do pretty much everything they can together in both the show and the movies and seem to hate being separated. They boost each other up, tell each other the truth about themselves, and help each other out of tough situations. The few moments when they thought they might not be friends anymore, one or both of them would always put in a large amount of effort to make sure that they could stay friends. Then again, they did both have a Friendless Background.
- Hockey Mask and Chainsaw: The design of the Mutilator, the title character from the recurring in-universe horror movie franchise.
- Honest John's Dealership: Pete's car dealership, Honest Pete's Used Cars. He sells cars with missing parts, and ones that don't work at all. In "In Goof We Trust", he ends up on the news for discreetly pilfering money from people taking test drives. When PJ takes over his job in "To Heir Is Human", he has trouble selling cars at first because he tells people upfront exactly what's wrong with them.
- Hypno Fool: In at least one episode Pete tries to hypnotise Goofy into doing something for him, but since he's... well... Goofy, he still doesn't understand his commands and screws up.
- Hypocritical Humor:
- In "Lethal Goofin'", Max berates Douglas for hiding behind Tooth and Nail's brawn, and using people bigger than he is to do his fighting for him... right before he tells PJ to "get 'em".
- In "Max-Imum Insecurity", Pete tells Max and PJ that stealing is completely unethical. A pretty good message, except for the fact that Pete himself is a professional scam artist.
- I Am Big Boned: Pete uses this exact excuse in "Gymnauseum" only for Peg to respond, "Yeah, especially in your head."
- I Ate WHAT?: Pete eats a slug to advertise his car lot in "Hot Air" and he ostensibly knows what it is... unfortunately, no one told him it was a real slug. He drinks nearly the entire water cooler afterwards.
- I Can See My House from Here: Goofy says this when riding on the fire truck in "Where There's Smoke, There's Goof."
- "I Can't Look" Gesture: PJ covers his eyes with his hands many times when someone else (usually Pete) gets hurt in front of him and Max also does it occasionally with Goofy.
- I Gave My Word: In "Tub Be or Not Tub Be," PJ makes a promise to Max not to share any information and to Pete not to tell on him (though at the point he didn't know what Pete was making him promise not to tell on him for). When PJ finds out Pete has been using him as an unwitting spy, he is forced to choose whether to break a promise to Max or his dad. He still keeps his word to the letter to both of them, even refusing to answer Max's request for confirmation that the cheating was Pete's fault.
- I Have This Friend: In "Max-Imum Insecurity," Max and PJ want to gauge how Pete would react if he found out that they stole a bottle of perfume (it was actually Leech who stole it, but he gave it to Max and PJ to guard), so they ask him about a hypothetical scenario. Pete tells them about how stealing is completely unethical and that if he caught anyone stealing he would sand them with his new sander.
- Identical Grandson: All past ancestors of Goofy and Pete look identical to them. Goofy's relatives all look alike, aside from Max and Debbie.
- Identical Stranger: "Where There's a Will, There's a Goof" has Goofy and Pete meeting two guys who look and dress just like them, but the Goofy one has Pete's threatening Jerkass attitude while the Pete one has Goofy's klutzy silliness.
- Idiot Ball: Usually Pete is a Manipulative Bastard and PJ the Only Sane Man, but in some episodes one or both of them seem almost as dumb as Goofy. "Come Fly with Me" is weird for having PJ act as the Only Sane Man in one scene ("Don't we need the instructions?") and carry the Idiot Ball later in the same episode ("He spelt it backwards", and trying to hit himself in the face with the manual). Max usually avoids the Idiot Ball, however.
- If It Tastes Bad, It Must Be Good for You: Zig-Zagged in "As Goof Would Have It." Peg puts Pete on a diet that involves a medication or supplement in the form of a granola bar. Pete fears the taste, but to humor his wife, he tastes one, and they're so good he goes through a week's worth in a single sitting. Peg informs him that they're supposed to be in addition to his three squares a day, otherwise they may as well be candy (this is confirmed by the label).
- I'll Never Tell You What I'm Telling You: In "The Good, the Bad, and the Goofy", Goofy tells the kidnappers that he'll tell them where he lives but not where his "next door neighbor, Pete" lives.
- Imaginary Friend: In "Pistolgeist" there's Inky, a character from one of Pistol's books, who turns out to be very real, and Pistol almost runs away with her.
- Improbable Food Budget: Even though Pete is a used car salesman, it's still hard to believe they could afford all those huge breakfasts Peg cooks for him every morning.
- In One Ear, Out The Other:
- In "Inspector Goofy" Pete (trying to get Goofy a job as a city inspector) claims he has "an open mind" by lifting up Goofy's ears and revealing you can see straight through.
- In "Come Fly with Me" Pete, having been transformed into a fly is desperately trying to get Peg's attention and flies into one of her ears so she can hear him speaking. She can hear him, but unable to see where he is speaking from she tilts her head and Pete falls right out.
- Incessant Music Madness: In "Dr. Horatio's Magic Orchestra", after Pete wins a trunk full of sentient instruments, they constantly play "When the Saints Go Marching In." Pete goes more and more insane from the song and eventually resorting to trying to get rid of the instruments completely. Pete hates this song in particular because it reminds him of one time he was in a school band and ruined the show during that song.
- Inept Talent Show Contestant: Max is a double subversion in "Talent to the Max." At the beginning of the episode, he is terrible at magic tricks and likely to lose the talent show. He then finds a magic hat that makes him good at them. However, the magic hat is evil and the only way to defeat it is to admit to being terrible at them, which he does on-stage.
- Insane Troll Logic: In "Bringin' on the Rain", Pete intends to water his yard thoroughly. PJ objects, since they're in a drought. Pete responds to him by saying that since "the human body is 99% water", there can't possibly be a drought. PJ is exhausted enough that he responds with, "Whatever you say, Dad."
- Instant Waking Skills: PJ in "Max-Imum Protection." Hearing Max ask him for help is enough to wake him and boost him right into action.
- Ironic Echo Cut: "Good Neighbor Goof" manages to play this for drama... only to be immediately followed by jokes and then go back and forth for the rest of the episode.
Pete (angry): Why, I'd recognize those tracks anywhere! PJ!
(Pete starts climbing up the stairs and the scene cuts to PJ's room)
PJ (frightened): Oh man, I'd recognize those footsteps anywhere! Dad!
- It Amused Me: In "Midnight Movie Madness", Pete tells PJ that the Mutilator is real and then later on pretends to be the Mutilator to terrify him (and Max) because he thinks it's funny. Peg, on the other hand, does not, and forces him to apologize.
- It Runs in the Family: Despite Max being embarrassed by his dad, he is just as clumsy at times, and in the movie adopts his father's laugh. Even though PJ is a lot more honest and kind than his father, he still can sell cars just as well. Also, every male member of the Pete family has a phobia of heights.
- Jerk With A Heart Of Jerk: Pete. Under that blatant jerk is... another jerk.
- Jerkass Ball:
- Pete is always a Jerkass, but "Bringin' on the Rain" shows him as worse than usual. He generally will pick and choose which one of Goofy and PJ to torment in a significant way (if either)—in this episode he does both at the same time. He is also crueler to both of them than usual and has no remorse at all in the entire episode. He only eventually relents about Goofy's treatment once caught, and callously acknowledges PJ's as if it weren't a problem twice (to which the Mickey Mousing facial expressions intentionally draw attention).
- PJ carries one in "Queasy Rider." Generally speaking, he isn't the type to laugh at innocent victims of humiliation, especially not his best friend, but in this episode he does. He also has almost no patience for Max being rude to him before pranking him, while he's ordinarily very tolerant.
- Jerkass Façade: In "Puppy Love", Pete gives PJ some well-meant (but still unhelpful) advice about how to attract a girl: dress like a biker and be as obnoxious and rude as possible. He tries this, and it fails to do anything except get him attacked by a school bully.
- Jerkass Has a Point:
- Jerkass Realization: Parodied and subverted by Pete in "Axed by Addition." When PJ plays sick, Pete freaks out about how much of a jerk he has been to PJ, with some reasons that make sense and some that are extremely mundane, sobbing confessions to everyone he sees, which creeps out most of them. He then assumes that everything on PJ's list is secretly his fault. He chases PJ home and begs for forgiveness, only to drop PJ carelessly when the phone rings and start being a jerk to him again as soon as he finds out PJ's not really dying.
- Just Eat Gilligan: Many episodes' problems could have been solved if Pete just stayed as far away as possible from Goofy. "Goof Fellas" comes to mind as the most prominent example, where Goofy almost gets both of them killed by The Mafia.
- Karma Houdini: The two con men in "Nightmare on Goof Street", who receive no comeuppance for scamming Pete into allowing them to tear his house apart.
- Kissing Cousins: Downplayed. Max seemed a little too happy to see his cousin, Debbie, and says that "she's hotter than any babe in the Pharaoh's (gang)". He later pretended to date her as part of a plan to eat at a fast food restaurant, despite the fact that PJ could easily have done it.
- Lampshade Hanging: In "Goofin' Up the Social Ladder", Goofy remarks that he gets along well with dogs, and is almost viewed as one of the family. Obviously, this is a reference to how odd it is that Goofy looks like a dog but acts like a human, and is seen by some viewers as the "missing link" between dog and human.
- Laser-Guided Karma: Pete is punished by the universe for every transgression without fail, unless the people he harmed take revenge on him, even if it doesn't necessarily happen in the same episode. "Fool's Gold" makes it explicit with a Bolt of Divine Retribution.
- Last Name Basis: Due to the Repetitive Names on this show, it's unclear whether Pete and Goofy call each other by their last names or shortened versions of their first names.
- Lemony Narrator: During the how-to skits, the narrator often gets irritated at Goofy's inability to perform the simplest tasks.
- Let Us Never Speak of This Again: In "Tub Be or Not Tub Be", the end of the race is so close that it requires a photo finish which shows Pete barely winning. However, the photo reveals that Pete was cheating, so to avoid digging himself deeper after yelling at PJ for letting the Goofs "slip right out of [his] booby traps" in front of everyone, he tears up the picture and gives his prize to Goofy. When Goofy thanks him, he says through gritted teeth, "Don't mention it... ever again."
- Lethal Chef: Don't eat Goofy's "Goofy Burgers". You'll regret it.
- Like Father, Like Son: This general concept is Discussed in the theme song and from time to time in-universe, but the show averts it with the Goof boys who have at least as many differences as similarities and inverts it with the Pete boys who have almost nothing in common. Also inverted in the sense that both sons have significantly more in common with each other's fathers than their own.
- Like You Were Dying/Mistaken for Dying: In "Terminal Pete", Pete believes that he only has a few hours to live after hearing from the doctor about his "terminal illness", and so he needs to spend the last hours of his life playing stuntman. However, the "terminal illness" thing turns out to be a joke, made up by the doctor and played out when Pistol's gopher had snuck into the sheets where Pete was lying on when the X-ray picture was taken.
- Limited Wardrobe: Pete and PJ may sometimes remove their jackets, but for the most part everyone wears the same thing all of the time, with some exceptions.
- Long List: All the food that Peg finds under Pete's clothes at the beginning of "To Catch a Goof". It contains, among other things, Bread, Eggs, Breaded Eggs, And a Diet Coke, and The Last of These Is Not Like the Others.
- Look Behind You: The common subversion occurs in "Sherlock Goof." Pete's character, Prof. Inferiority, snags his net on the side of his tub filled with a dangerous solvent intended to kill Sherlock Goof. Sherlock tries to warn him, he doesn't listen, and the solvent gets poured all over the room.
- Loophole Abuse:
- Max uses this to aid PJ in both "Everything's Coming Up Goofy" and "Close Encounters of the Weird Mime." In the former, he resorts to asking PJ if Pete forbade him from playing with his tank on the walls and ceiling after he said pretty much every ground in existence was expressly forbidden. In the latter, Pete says PJ is not allowed to move the VCR, but Max notices he didn't say they couldn't plug into it.
- PJ himself uses this when he accidentally made contradictory promises in "Tub Be or Not Tub Be." He pointedly never actually tells Max and Goofy that Pete was cheating even when directly asked for confirmation. He just makes it impossible to draw any other conclusion by conspicuously knocking the camera out of his hat.
- Loser Son of Loser Dad: When he's being particularly cynical Pete seems to consider Max an example, at one point telling Max that he's "just a carbon copy of your old man anyway, a Goof!"
- Love at First Sight: In "Puppy Love", PJ falls in love with Rose Deckenbloom as soon as he sees her reading poetry.