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  • Accidental Innuendo: In "Wrecks, Lies & Videotape" Peg says her secret weapon against Pete is her mouth. While the context of the scene makes it clear she means she's going to yell at him, if you take away the context it sounds like she's going to do something else to him with her mouth.
  • 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. Additionally, is his motivation for exploiting and abusing PJ purely for his own personal gain, or does he legitimately see himself as toughening his son up? Alternatively, is he afraid that PJ is too kind and trusting, and hopes that PJ will eventually become as hardened as his old man?
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    • 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.
  • Base-Breaking Character: 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.
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    • Come Fly with Me and Dr. Horatio's Magic Orchestra are probably the most out there episodes of the series. The first has Pete being turned into a fly by his new computer and is dragged by other flies into an all out war on his house. The latter involves Goofy and Pete buying a chest that contains a bunch of instruments with legs that play "When the Saints Go Marching In" non-stop, which drives Pete crazy. No one ever questions why the instruments are alive or where they came from. We later find out the reason Pete hates the song because he messed up a school band performance as a kid, when Goofy and his family convince him to face his fear and play the song with the instruments. Finally cured, Pete and the instruments keep playing all night long and is then revealed to be a recurring nightmare that a sentient tuba is having.
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  • Can't Un-Hear It: Ever since Jimmy Neutron came out years later, a lot of viewers who rewatch this have trouble not imagining Carl Wheezer in place of PJ. Despite Goof Troop coming before Jimmy Neutron, the voice Rob Paulsen used for PJ is the voice many fans associate with Carl Wheezer.
  • 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.
  • Ear Worm: The theme song.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • 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.
  • Fanon:
    • Peg often defends Goofy against Pete, and in "Goofin' Up the Social Ladder", Peg actually kisses Goofy on the lips. It is never revealed why Peg has such a loyalty towards Goofy (even favoring him well enough over Pete), but a theory is that Peg and Goofy used to have a thing in the high school (indeed when Goofy briefly left Spoonerville, Peg married Pete). Alternately, Peg is having an affair with Goofy. This one would be strictly denied by Disney, of course. A third scenario is that Peg, being disappointed with Pete's Jerkassery and drawn to Goofy's kind nature, has grown an attraction towards her old schoolmate that manifests in the moments like the aforementioned kiss.
    • Another popular fanon is that Pete is more abusive towards his family than the show is allowed to demonstrate, mostly revolving around how PJ often shows much stronger fear of repercussions from Pete, while Max seems more concerned about Goofy's disappointment.
    • It's been speculated that what happened to Peg and Pistol in the years between Goof Troop and A Goofy Movie was that Peg finally got fed up with Pete and left him, taking Pistol with her. This might even connect to the above speculation of Peg being attracted to Goofy, with it causing friction in her marriage.
  • 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.
    • Max's Rhetorical Question Blunder in "Slightly Dinghy" is funny to begin with because PJ's relationship with his father leaves much to be desired. After A Goofy Movie, it's funnier because Max also compares going on a fishing trip with his dad negatively to unpleasant things.
    • In the game, when walking through a dark room, Goofy and Max have a small light around them (unless they pick up a candle)... almost like they're carrying a smartphone with a light turned on.
  • 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.
  • 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 relateable 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!
    • The simple idea that Goofy of all people managed to find a woman to have a kid with.note  As well as people imaging Goofy in the sack.
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  • 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.
  • Nightmare Fuel: The depressing music on the fourth level of the SNES game, appropriately titled "Lost My Way" which really gives the impression of Goofy contemplating suicide.
  • 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". Max has also been around since the early colored Goofy cartoons in the same time period.
  • Popular with Furries: Peg, along with the movie characters Roxanne, Beret Girl, and Sylvia have a lot of furry fans (not helped by the fact Roxanne barely looks like a dog). Max's cousin Debbie and Mrs. Pennypacker also have fans. PJ and Pete have their fans too, especially when the LGBT Fanbase is taken into account.
  • Self-Fanservice: Peg is already beautiful in canon, but she's a sexy goddess in fanart.
  • Vanilla Protagonist: Max. He’s a typical mischievous 90’s Totally Radical kid character who doesn’t stand out much compared to his father Goofy, Pete and his family.
  • Uncanny Valley: In the series, whenever Goofy and Pete are shown shirtless their chests are skin-coloured rather than black as in any other production. This makes them look uncannily like regular humans who happen to have the heads of cartoon animals.
  • 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.
  • What an Idiot!: An In-Universe example, probably all of Spoonerville concludes about Pete's idiocy for getting fooled by the two conmen who stole his house in "Nightmare on Goof Street".
  • 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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