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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 predatesnote ).

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 Laser-Guided Karma, 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.

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He debuted in the Alice Comedies short "Alice Solves the Puzzle", and also appeared as a bear in some of the Oswald the Lucky Rabbit cartoons. This makes him the oldest Disney character that is still in use today.

    Pete's filmography 

1925

  • Alice Solves The Puzzle: First appearance of Pete in any Disney media, in the Alice Comedies.
  • Alice Wins The Derby: First time Pete is depicted without a peg leg.
  • Alice Picks The Champ
  • Alice's Tin Pony

1926

  • Alice on the Farm

1927

  • The Ocean Hop: First appearance of Pete in Oswald's cartoons, completely redesigned to be taller than the other characters.

1928

  • Ozzie of the Mounted: First time Pete appeared with a larger stomach.
  • Hungry Hobos: Last appearance of Pete in the Disney-produced Oswald shorts.
  • The Gallopin' Gaucho: First time Pete appeared in a Mickey Mouse short, solidifying his metamorphosis from a bear to a cat in the process, as well as his role as Mickey's antagonist.
  • Steamboat Willie

1929

  • The Barn Dance
  • The Barnyard Battle

1930

  • The Cactus Kid
  • The Chain Gang

1932

  • The Klondike Kid: First appearance of Pete's modern redesign.
  • The Mad Dog: First speaking appearance, provided by Walt Disney.

1934

  • Shanghaied: First cartoon to have Billy Bletcher voice Pete.
  • The Dognapper: First cartoon to have Pete go up against Donald Duck alongside Mickey Mouse.

1935

  • Mickey's Service Station: First cartoon to have Pete up against Mickey, Donald, and Goofy in their first trio short. Pete's last appearance in black and white.

1936

1937

  • The Worm Turns

1939

  • Officer Duck: First time to have Pete against Donald Duck in his solo shorts.

1940

  • Mr. Mouse Takes A Trip: Last appearance as an antagonist in a Mickey Mouse short.
  • The Riveter

1941

  • Timber

1942

  • Symphony Hour: Pete's last appearance in a Mickey Mouse short.

1944

  • Trombone Trouble

1952

  • Two Gun Goofy: First time to have Pete against Goofy in his solo shorts.
  • How to Be a Detective: Last appearance of Pete in Goofy's solo shorts.
  • The New Neighbor

1953

  • Canvas Back Duck: Last appearance of Pete in Donald's solo shorts.

1954

  • The Lone Chipmunks: Final appearance of Pete in any classic short, oddly clashing against Chip 'n Dale.

1983

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1995

2000

2004

Not to be confused with the storybook series Pete the Cat.


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Tropes That Apply to Pete:

  • Honor Among Thieves: In the Italian comics, Pete is traditionally a career criminal with a staunch belief in thieves' honor; in general, he looks down on thieves who steal from "colleagues" and treats making a living from law-abiding methods as a great shame.
  • 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. 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).
  • I Have You Now, My Pretty: He's made multiple unwanted advances to Minnie in his old cartoons.
  • Informed Species: He's supposed to be a cat, but 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.
  • 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.
  • Laughably Evil: Even at his most diabolical, he's usually a bumbling goofball.
  • Lighter and Softer:
    • His Goof Troop characterization has him still be abrasive and less than honest, but far from being an actual villain.
    • In Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, he's far less malicious and much more mischevious. He's also on far better terms with the good characters.
  • Mega Neko: He's a massive, obese cat.
  • My Future Self and Me: In Kingdom Hearts II, 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 Heartless.
  • Noble Demon: Some works portray Pete as less morally bankrupt than other big-time villains, generally either through a staunch belief in Honor Among Thieves, a related sense of fair play, a willingness to team up with the heroes against major threats or some combination thereof.
  • 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.
  • Punny Name: In France, Pete is named "Pat Hibulaire", a pun on the French word "patibulaire", which means "sinister".
  • The Rival: He's traditionally been portrayed as Mickey Mouse's chief foe and rival. He's also one to Goofy, but through the latter's association with Mickey and his own stories.
  • 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. He retains the peg leg in Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers and in Mickey Mouse (2013).
  • 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 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. It seems to vary depending on what the setting requires. A domestic or Slice of Life setting will have him simply be a Jerkass, while a fantasy or adventure setting will feature more traditional villainy.
  • 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.

 
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