Western Animation / Pete
Not Pete's usual state of dress, but fitting nonetheless.
Pete is a large anthropomorphic cat from the Classic Disney Shorts
who is constantly causing trouble for Mickey Mouse
, Minnie Mouse
, Donald Duck
, and Goofy
(all of whom, ironically, he predates).
He debuted in the Alice Comedies
short "Alice Solves the Puzzle", and appeared in some of the Oswald the Lucky Rabbit
cartoons. In that series, he was a bear.
Tropes That Apply to Pete:
- Abusive Father: Zig-Zagged. On Goof Troop he can range from a relatively distant but still concerned Bumbling Dad 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 useless.
- Adaptational Heroism: While Pete has traditionally been a truly evil villain, in Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and, to a lesser extent, Goof Troop, he was played differently. In Goof Troop at least, he was a Jerkass, a Manipulative Bastard, and (as a result of the premise) an Abusive Parent, but he was also shown to have standards, fight against greater evils from time to time, and have a few Pet the Dog moments, making him more of an Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist or Anti-Hero. In Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, he is 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 DuckTales had a gruff but outright heroic Pete who was only positioned as a potential villain as a Red Herring.
- Arch-Enemy: To Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and/or Goofy, depending on the cartoon. The last one, however rarely ever suspects that they're enemies.
- Artificial Limbs: Due to having his peg leg removed from his design, one European artist justified this change with "he got a much more realistic prosthetic".
- Art Evolution: Pete started off as a bear, but was made into a cat in The Gallopin Gaucho. He lost his long tail and shaved his muzzle in 1932, where he was given his current appearance.
- Bears Are Bad News: Before Steamboat Willie he was a bear.
- Bumbling Dad: Pete plays this trope to perfection in Goof Troop.
- Cartoon Creature: He was originally a bear, but he is a cat now. In Goof Troop, A Goofy Movie, and An Extremely Goofy Movie, he is portrayed as a Dogface.
- Cats Are Mean: 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.
- Chaste Toons: Averted. He has three children: Junior from "Bellboy Donald" and PJ and Pistol from Goof Troop.
- The Chew Toy: Often, usually due to Goofy's inadvertant bumbling.
- Cigar Chomper: Sometimes he's shown smoking a large cigar like in the picture above.
- Composite Character: He was originally named Tom, but was renamed Pete when Disney decided to make him a continuation of the bear character from earlier shorts.
- Consummate Liar
- Cranky Neighbor: Toward Donald in "The New Neighbor", which takes this trope Up to Eleven as they engage in all-out war with each other.
- Depending on the Writer: Pete has been seen as a calculating and scheming villain, a simple criminal thug, a relatively mundane Jerkass, a simple annoying foil, a Cranky Neighbor, or another type of creature altogether, in various appearances, and no one complains!
- Drill Sergeant Nasty: To Donald Duck in a series of Wartime Cartoons.
- Enemy Mine:
- 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 Mickey Mouse to deal with an even bigger enemy.
- Evil Laughter: In Mickey's Christmas Carol, 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 flaming casket. (This was all a dream, to warn Scrooge of what might be if he continues his misery, jerk-ass ways.)
- Evil Sounds Deep: Especially the Jim Cummings version. His original actor, Billy Bletcher, was famed for such roles. The Other Wiki once said it was done to contrast Mickey's light falsetto voice.
- Fat Bastard: To varying degrees throughout the years (see Depending on the Writer) but he always is fat and almost always is an incredible bastard.
- Fat Cat: He's an obese cat.
- Freudian Excuse: As seen in Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers, during his Villain Song, 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.
- Go-Karting with Bowser: When Pete is subject to Adaptational Heroism, he, Mickey, Donald, and Goofy have been rivals rather than enemies, and even been amicable towards one another.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: It doesn't take much to make him angry. In fact seems like he's always angry.
- Heel–Face Turn: He sometimes helps Mickey in his adventures. See also: Enemy Mine.
- Honest John's Dealership: In Goof Troop.
- Iconic Outfit: 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.
- I Have Many Names: 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., Terrible Tom, Tiny Tom (in Officer Duck), Sylvester Macaroni (in Symphony Hour), and Al Muldoon (in How to Be a Detective).
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: On occasion. Kingdom Hearts II and Mickey Mouse Clubhouse 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 Mean Character, Nice Actor. Also, every once in a while he'd slip into this role on Goof Troop 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.
- Large Ham/Evil Is Hammy: Expecially in The Three Musketeers.
- Laughably Evil: Even at his most diabolical, he is usually a bumbling goofball.
- Lighter and Softer: In Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, he's far less malicious, and much more mischevious. He's also on far better terms with the good characters.
- Manipulative Bastard
- Mega Neko: He's a massive, obese cat.
- The Millennium Age of Animation
- On One Condition: 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.
- Perma Stubble: Pete's once white-furred muzzle is now clean-shaven, except for bristly stubble to emphasize his often malignant and brusque character.
- Punch Clock Villain: 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.
- The Rival: To Mickey, of course. He's also one to Goofy.
- Seadog Peg Leg: 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.
- Spiteful Spit: In the early cartoons, Pete chewed tobacco and would often spit a glob of it when irritated or spiteful.
- Team Rocket Wins: He actually wins Minnie's affections over Mickey in The Barn Dance (granted this was one of the few times he was acting more scrupulous than his nemesis).
- Those Two Bad Guys: When teamed up with Sylvester Shyster in the Mickey Mouse comic strip.
- Those Wacky Nazis: 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.
- Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: His marriage to Peg in Goof Troop certainly counts for this.
- The Usurper: In The Prince and the Pauper and Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers, Pete is The Captain of the royal guard and attempts to usurp control of the kingdom.
- Villain Decay: 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.
- Your Size May Vary: Pete's size seems to vary between appearances, from being twice the size as Mickey, to being incredibly imposing to Mickey.