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YMMV: Goof Troop
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Many, although most of them have some prevailing attitude.
    • Pete: Is he a horrible person who deserves everything he gets, or a Designated Monkey Jerkass Woobie? Which side you fall on seems to rely heavily on how much of a Woobie you think PJ is and on how blameless you find Goofy.
    • Max: Is he a somewhat flawed but overall good person, or is he an Easily Forgiven Jerkass?
    • PJ: How intelligent or unintelligent is he? Is he a generic stereotype of some sort or a very deep, nuanced character?
    • Peg: Is she reasonable with her anger about Pete, or does she treat him unfairly? This often relies on your particular interpretation of Pete as well. There is also a school of thought that suggests Peg's behavior toward Pete and Goofy indicates she's having an affair with Goofy.
  • Base Breaker: Comments about Pete are common and pretty much evenly split between "I love him, he's so hilarious!" and "I hate him, he's so mean to Goofy/PJ/everyone!" And then there are the fans who don't think these are mutually exclusive.
  • Bizarro Episode: The episodes in which Goofy reads to Max the history of various ancestors. Aside from the framing device, there is nothing to tie these into the series continuity and they play more like Classic Disney Shorts than Goof Troop episodes, up to and including putting Pete in the role of a traditional villain in four of them. Peg and Pistol are also used in the stories but multiple times are given roles counter to their canonical characterization, Pistol's character is never related to Pete's, and PJ is not seen once in any of these episodes, story or framing device.
  • Captain Obvious Aesop: The Green Aesop from "A Goof of the People" isn't so much "protect the environment" or even "don't pollute" as it is "don't pollute on purpose for no reason." This is Played for Laughs, and the characters very much know how obvious this is; the only characters in favor of it are the Corrupt Corporate Executive Muck Monster doing it and (ostensibly) Pete, who was only taking a bribe.
  • Crack Pairing: In the darker depths of the fandom, everyone is paired with everyone regardless of age or blood relationships. Peg especially, for obvious reasons.
  • Designated Villain: Douglas from "Lethal Goofin'" attempts to buy worthless baseball cards cheap, then destroy all but one, jacking up its value...once again, his evil act was to legally purchase a commodity of no inherent value, then destroy his own property, creating a scarcity of something no one wanted.
  • Ear Worm: The theme song.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • Max's cousin Debbie is extremely popular considering she was only in one episode, as is the one-shot principal Mrs. Pennypacker. Several fanartists will draw the two of them along with Peg.
    • And definitely Peg, for the reasons given above. Even though she's a supporting character with only a few limelight episodes, all the fanart of her would suggest she was the main character.
  • Franchise Original Sin: This show, while still good, was the one that started the Totally Radical attitude that ended up killing The Disney Afternoon.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: In "Max-Imum Insecurity", Pete briefly mistakes PJ for Peg and grumbles about how his voice should hurry up and change already. While this is funny without hindsight since PJ isn't even a teenager yet, it's even funnier after the release of An Extremely Goofy Movie, where he is an adult and his voice still hasn't changed.
  • Idiot Plot: "And Baby Makes Three." Everyone in the cast thinks Peg is pregnant and almost due, mainly because they circularly take each other's word for it, and in the end Pete has to fall for PJ's Paper-Thin Disguise. Tropes Are Not Bad, as this is widely considered one of the funniest episodes.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Pete sometimes fits this trope depending on the writer. Sometimes his karmic punishment can tread into Disproportionate Retribution, and occasionally he won't have done anything wrong in the episode itself, which can make him appear to be a Designated Monkey depending on what parts of the show you've seen. But most fans will agree that he deserves at least some of his punishment because he's, well, a Jerkass.
  • Love to Hate: Pete has a sizable fanbase of people who love watching him get his comeuppance. He is loved for being an antagonist with depth, realistic motivations, a number of relatable flaws, and a hilarious personality. He is hated for selfishly and dishonestly mistreating the two most sympathetic characters on the show on a habitual basis (and others on occasion).
  • Memetic Mutation: The video game. It's the boopinest!
  • Memetic Sex God: Peg, so very much. Or Pete, depending on your preferences. Then of course there's the realization that Goofy, at some point, had sex with a woman and conceived a child.
  • Misaimed Fandom: A group of fans whitewash Pete's actions by blowing his rare moments of clarity out of proportion and downplaying or ignoring his routine mistreatment of other characters. Not exactly the reaction you're meant to have to the Hate Sink.
  • Most Wonderful Sound: When you gain an extra life or a continue in the game.
  • Nightmare Fuel: "Pistolgeist" is full of this trope.
  • No Problem With Licensed Games: The game is considered to be an underrated classic, points going especially to the co-op.
  • Older Than They Think: PJ was actually created in 1942 in the Donald Duck cartoon "Bellboy Donald". Also Max has been around since the early colored Goofy cartoons in the same time period.
  • Unpopular Popular Character: Max and PJ, when not portrayed as outright losers, are portrayed as not having a lot of friends. Due to their relatable personalities, Max's adorkability, and PJ's woobie status, both are quite well-liked in the fandom. Max especially, as he is easily the most popular second generation character in both the series and movies.
  • The Woobie: Poor PJ, having to live with a narcissistic bully of a father, repeatedly getting ignored or outright falsely accused even by his best and only friend, having bad things happen to him out of his control in most episodes where he appears, clearly being affected both immediately and in the long-term by his problems, and never doing a single thing to deserve any of it. Thankfully he gets a happy ending in the second movie.

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