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Pete

Television programs

Video games

Inspiration

Wallace Beery
Jackie Gleason

Full name

Peter Pete, Sr. (in )
Percy P. Percival (in the comics)

Other names

Peg-Leg Pete
Space Pirate Pete
Big Bad Pete
Black Pete
Captain Justice
Captain Dark
King Pete
Baron Pete
Sharky
Sir Pete
Mr. Pete
Petey (by and/or )
Dad or Sir (by )
Daddy (by )
Mister P (by )
Peter (by Peg)
Dogface Pete
Werewolf Pete
Beast Pete
Genghis Khan
Captain Blackheart
Captain Pietro
Sylvester Macaroni
Tiny Tom
Al Muldoon
Pete the Cat
Pharaoh Pete
Pierre the Trapper
Sergeant Pete
Fatso (nicknamed by )
Pistol Pete
Peewee Pete
Samurai Pete
Witch Pete
Santa Pete
Sahara Pete
Slugger Jones

Personality

Greedy, selfish, treacherous, cruel, overconfident, abusive, cocky, ignorant, demanding, fascist, hypocritical, conservative, hostile, shameless, sinful, impatient, dishonest, power-hungry, gluttonous, unreliable, rude, aggressive, overbearing, merciless, brutal, sleazy, cunning, hot-headed

Appearance

Obese black cat, cream shaven muzzle, white opera gloves, peg-leg (sometimes)

Alignment

Bad

Goal

To have whatever villainous plot he concocts succeed

Relatives

(mother)
(wife, Goof Troop only)
(son)
(daughter, Goof Troop only)
Aunt Fanny (aunt, Goof Troop only)
(uncle-in-law, Goof Troop only)
Gertrude (niece, Goof Troop only)
Megan (niece, Goof Troop only)
P.J. & Pistol's Great-Grandpa Pete (paternal grandfather, Goof Troop only)
P.J. & Pistol's Grandpa Pete (father, Goof Troop only)
(cousin)
(grandmother)
Mabel (aunt)
Petula Pete (sister)
(cousin)
Percival Pete (brother)
Zeke (twin brother)
Pedro (brother)
L'il Pete (twin brother)

Pets

(bulldog)
Muncey (English Sheepdog)
(Pekinese)

Allies

, , , , (sometimes), (sometimes), , , , , , , ,

Enemies

, , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Likes

Smoking, money, himself, power, barbecues, causing mayhem, praise, attention, soft pretzels, wrestling, eating, , fishing, bowling, camping, junk food, meat, football, lying, cheating, stealing

Dislikes

and his friends, being insulted, 's clumsiness, anyone who challenges him, losing money, justice, kids, happy endings, losing money

Powers and abilities

Brute strength

Weapons

Gun, sword, bare (or gloved) hands, and lance

Quote

"See?!"

Hey, there ain't no law against stealing!” ―Pete


Pete (commonly known as Peg-Leg Pete) is a villainous anthropomorphic cat created by and . He is the arch-nemesis of . Pete first appeared in Disney's early cartoon series the in , three years before the first appearance of Mickey, which makes him Disney's oldest recurring character and the first villain conceived by the studio.

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Background

Personality

I was born to cheat and lie! I'm a mean, rotten guy!” ―Pete

Pete is an overbearing, authoritative, loud-mouthed bully who constantly wreaks havoc on those around him. As the definitive foil to Mickey Mouse, Pete encompasses a variety of traits typically associated with a classic, thuggish villain, including an excessive use of cigars, a deep, commanding voice, and a dangerously short temper. Self-serving and arrogant, Pete's villainous acts have varied in scale and depth over the years, and generally depend on the story he's participating in; at times, Pete can be a simple, yet greedy crook looking to become rich beyond belief, a tyrant seeking power and control, or a trigger-happy sadist that causes harm for mere pleasure. In some roles, Pete has a legitimate profession, but tends to carry his business in a ruthless and intimidating manner. Whatever the case, Pete is always up to trouble.

Within the Mickey Mouse universe, Pete is notorious for his monstrous nature, though he takes great pride in this reputation and the reactions it evokes. In recent years, Pete's character has been fleshed out to explain why he acts in such a cruel manner; he believes that those who cannot be loved, should be feared, and that kindness is weakness that will lead to your downfall. In relation to this, some of Pete's ambitions are motivated by his underlying insecurity and a need for attention/validation, and this seems to play a part in his rivalry with Mickey Mouse, a figure with all the success and popularity Pete longs to have.

Aside from his truly villainous nature, there has been a softer side to Pete's character, notably in Goof Troop, which depicted Pete more as a mischievous schemer, rather than a villain. Though he was rather cruel and abusive to his son (who'd rather "eat glass than go fishing with his father"), he spoiled and doted on his daughter, and made effort to ensure that his wife was happy and content (though this was partially out of fear). Despite this, Pete was still antagonistic, and at times to a fault. In , Pete and Goofy were portrayed as best friends, albeit with opposing viewpoints on parenting. While Goofy cherishes the idea of being both a parent and a friend to his son, , Pete believes children should be kept "under your thumb", and by asserting your authority in an overbearing manner, you'd become feared (or "respected" as Pete sees it), and keep them from becoming delinquents. As a result of this, Pete has, on various occasions, treated P.J. more as his servant than his son. Additionally, Pete was unwilling to accept that a relationship between a father and son could work any differently. After Goofy debunked his parenting advice, Pete became rather spiteful and vindictive, as he later relished in having the chance to prove that Max (as a result of Goofy's attempts to form a friendly bond) was a manipulative "bad kid". When revealing this news to Goofy, Pete did so with false sympathy. Even as a suburban family man with a tamer lifestyle, Pete still has the tendency to cause trouble, be it due to his own greed, narcissism or simply due to his unyielding opinions, even ones that are fairly understandable.

Voice

Beginning with the Mickey shorts, Pete was given a distinctive booming voice (in contrast to Mickey's light, falsetto voice). This was provided by in most of the classic shorts and subsequent productions involving the character. Afterwards, Pete was voiced by in Mickey's Christmas Carol, , , and the unreleased films and , in (who would continue to voice the character in a selection of video games until 2003), and currently by , who began voicing Pete in 1992, with the premiere of Goof Troop.

History

Creation; 1925-1928

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Pete's first appearance in Alice Solves the Puzzle.

Pete first appeared in the -produced 1920's short subject series, "". He appeared in Alice Solves the Puzzle (February 15, ) as Bootleg Pete, the name referencing to his career of bootlegging alcoholic beverages during the United States Prohibition (January 16, 1920 - , ). His activities brought him to a beach, where he sees Alice playing with a crossword puzzle. Pete happened to be a collector of crossword puzzles and identified Alice's puzzle as a rare one missing from his collection. The rest of the short focused on him antagonizing Alice and her drunk-on-moonshine cat, , in an attempt steal the puzzle. The menacing, -like villain commanded quite a presence on the screen and was destined to soon return.

When Walt Disney needed a villain to stack up against his new star, , Pete was again put to a good use. The introduction to his new adversary came with the sixth Oswald short, The Ocean Hop (September 8, 1927). Inspired by Charles Lindbergh, the two enter an aeroplane race across the Atlantic Ocean.

1928-1940

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Pete with Mickey in Steamboat Willie.

In , due to legal disputes with distributors over at Universal Studios, Walt Disney lost the character of Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, and was forced to quickly come up with a new star to take his place. The results came in the form of an anthropomorphic mouse named Mickey. When this new character needed to face an enemy in his second-produced short, (1928), Pete was reinvented once more. To stand against Mickey, Pete's bear-like appearance had been shed, and he became more defined as a cat—sporting a cat-like tail, muzzle, nose, and fur. Though The Gallopin' Gaucho was Pete's first onscreen appearance with Mickey, their first public confrontation came in the groundbreaking , released on , 1928. In the cartoon, Pete played the role of the hot-headed captain of the steamboat in which Mickey is deckhand. Still considered a landmark of filmmaking even to this day, this early incarnation of Pete remains one of his most famous.

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Pete antagonizes Mickey and Minnie in .

Following the success of , Pete would go on to regularly appear opposite Mickey and his girlfriend in a series of cartoons released throughout the '30s. His professions would vary—from an all-out outlaw to a brutal law-enforcer—and he would normally be identified by his infamous peg-leg, which first appeared in the Mickey series in 's . Pete's role in this early era of animation was typically that of a ruthless, sometimes bloodthirsty villain with a romantic attraction towards Minnie Mouse. This was most common with the "damsel-in-distress" formula, in which Pete would kidnap Minnie in attempts to court her, forcing Mickey to come to her rescue. This began with The Gallopin' Gaucho, and would reappear in numerous other Mickey cartoons; three of which (, , and ) would earn Mickey his second, ninth and tenth Academy Award nominations in , , and , respectively.

Like Mickey, Pete would develop gradually as the shorts became more sophisticated. He lost his tail in 's and developed more obese features, including a rounder body, a wider muzzle, and a shorter stature. In 's , Pete was redesigned again, this time getting a white face with long cat-like whiskers and cat-like ears. His muzzle and nose were also changed slightly. This design was short-lived, however, as he lost the whiskers in (also released in 1934).

The last appearance of Pete's peg-leg in the series' original theatrical run was in 's , where Pete antagonized Mickey, Donald, and Goofy in their first trio cartoon. Pete was not seen again until in , which was also his first appearance in color.

1940-1980

As Mickey's supporting cast grew, Pete would slowly become a less frequent opponent of Mickey—as the latter became less of an adventurer and more of an everyman, the need for a larger-than-life antagonist diminished. Pete would remain an active character, however, but would instead go on to face Mickey's companions, such as and , both of whom he encountered before in early Mickey shorts.

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Pete (under the alias "Tiny Tom") antagonizing Donald in Officer Duck.

Pete's first appearance in a solo Donald Duck cartoon came with in . Contrast to Pete's dynamic with Mickey, where the two seem to match each other equally, the relationship between Pete and Donald would be established as extremely abusive, as Pete tends to use Donald as a personal punching bag. This cartoon also showcases Pete's final and modern form, with a Caucasian colored face and a slightly less round body.

With the production of Mickey-centric cartoons steadily declining, Pete would almost exclusively appear in Donald Duck cartoons. He was also among the Disney characters to get "drafted" during the events of World War II, appearing in four propaganda films opposite Donald.

In , Pete appeared in his first solo Goofy cartoon, . Two years later, Pete would even pair up with , in the cartoon .

Eventually, with the introduction of television in the mid '50s, production on animated shorts was practically to make way for new ventures such as full-length features, television and theme parks. Pete was essentially retired alongside the rest of the classic characters, but would occasionally make appearances in Walt Disney's Disneyland series and the opening of the .

1980-present

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Pete as "The Ghost of Christmas Future" in Mickey's Christmas Carol.

In , Pete made his theatrical return alongside the rest of the classic cast in the final act of , where he played the role of the satanic Ghost of Christmas Future. A few years later in came the television special, in which Pete briefly appeared in to discuss his hatred with Donald.

Pete's role was expanded in his next appearance, , where he played the tyrannical captain of the royal guard bent on ruling the kingdom with an army of weasels at his disposal.

Pete was also scheduled to play significant roles in two scrapped Mickey Mouse projects; the first was the seaman's tale (intended for ) in which Pete was the employer of Mickey, Donald and Goofy. The second was (intended for ), where Pete was a disgruntled king (with as his queen).

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Pete and his family as seen in Goof Troop.

Pete's true return to relevance came in the premiere of (and its theatrical feature film spin-off, ) which featured Pete as an antagonistic, yet considerably tamer suburban husband and father of two. The show marked the debut of as Pete, who would go on to voice the character for decades. With the Goof franchise having become a cult-classic years after its premiere, Pete's role in the series would become one of his most recognizable to date.

Although Pete did not appear in the cartoon , he inspired the cartoon's Frankenstein-like monster, ; the monster was given a mutilated version of Pete's face, a metallic peg-leg, and even the voice of Jim Cummings.

In the following years of the decade and early 2000s, Pete would continuously appear alongside Mickey and other characters in numerous shows, games and direct-to-video films—one of the most notable being 's , which marked a return for Pete's peg-leg, though it had made occasional appearances beforehand.

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Pete looming over Mickey in Get a Horse!

In , Pete reappeared as the villain of the theatrical short , in which he kidnaps Minnie and literally knocks Mickey out of the cartoon. The two then engage in a battle between 2D and 3D worlds. To give voice to Pete, the short utilized archived dialogue from a number of Billy Bletcher's recording sessions as the character, and brought in Will Ryan to provide additional work where needed.

Film appearances

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Pete in A Goofy Movie.

Like in the television series , Pete is Goofy's neighbor. Pete often gives Goofy advice on how to raise his son with discipline, telling him that he should keep Max under his thumb. In the film, it is shown that Pete works with Goofy, taking photos of children. Pete tells Goofy that P.J. asked him to take him camping and comments that camping is the perfect way to make a good father/son relationship and that if a son doesn't want to be with his parents, the boy could be stealing or with a gang. This makes Goofy believe the aggravate comments of Principal Mazur about Max and he tells Pete that he is going to fish with his son. Pete attempts to finish the photography session with the current child (a little girl) after Goofy excitedly declared that he's taking Max on a fishing trip. However, the child managed to unseat her diaper and run off while Pete was distracted.

Pete is then shown arriving in an RV with P.J. to the forest where Max and Goofy are camping. There, Pete tells Goofy that he must control his son. Pete invites the Goofs to dinner, but Goofy goes with Max to practice fishing. This makes the legendary Bigfoot emerge, terrifying Max and Goofy and making Pete drive away.

Pete reappears at a motel where Max and Goofy are staying and is surprised to see Max and Goofy there. When Pete overhears a conversation between Max and P.J. about Max changing Goofy's map route to get to Los Angeles, he tells Goofy about it. Although Goofy didn't believe Pete, he looks at the map and sees the change. Pete is shown for the last time when Max and Goofy are with Powerline. Pete was drinking a root beer, but when he sees the Goofs on TV, he spits the drink on the TV screen, shocked.

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Pete in Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas.

Taking place before the events of , Pete is Goofy's neighbor, except here, Pete's family is not seen. Pete tells Max that there is no Santa Claus, crushing Max's spirit and having him questioning his existence due to lack of evidence. When Goofy's waiting for Santa, Goofy mistakes a Beagle Boy for Santa, who instead is robbing Pete's house, only to be caught by the police. Pete is present when the real Santa arrives, but doesn't get anything except a front yard full of snow.

Later, Pete appears as Mickey's cruel and uptight boss. Pete tries to sell oversized trees for thrice the amount of an ordinary tree. Thanks to Mickey, a lacking family finds the perfect tree, leaving Mickey to be robbed of his tip money and fired. Pete mistakenly places his cigar in his pocket, causing a fire and leaving his overpriced trees to burn.

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Pete in An Extremely Goofy Movie.

Taking place a few years after the events of A Goofy Movie, P.J., Bobby, and Max are heading for college and Pete is hardly showing any disappointment towards P.J leaving - indeed, he openly plans to turn P.J.'s room into a bowling alley.

Later on, after losing his job, Goofy is forced to finish college in order to get employed once more. He attends the same college as Max, making life increasingly complicated for him. Goofy visits Pete for advice on how to make things work, but Goofy gets a brainstorm himself and heads back to the college, leaving Pete confused.

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Pete in Mickey, Donald and Goofy: The Three Musketeers.

In the 2004 direct-to-DVD animated adaptation of (with Mickey, Donald Duck and Goofy playing the title roles), Pete again appeared under the name Captain Pete as the main antagonist. This also marks the first time Pete was depicted with his infamous peg-leg in animation since the 1930s.

In this film, Pete is the Captain of the Musketeers, who secretly plots to kidnap Princess Minnie and take over France as king. To do so, he hires the bumbling Beagle Boys, whose foolish attempts to murder Minnie drives her to demand Musketeer bodyguards out of fear. Pete assigns three janitors, Mickey, Donald, and Goofy, thinking they'll do a terrible job. However, the trio proves to be qualified, forcing Pete to move on to Plan B. Pete orders the Beagle Boys to kidnap Donald and his lieutenant Clarabelle Cow to kidnap Goofy while he goes after Mickey. Donald escapes his capture while Goofy convinces Clarabelle to reform. Together, Donald and Goofy set off to rescue Mickey. They succeed and head for the Opera where Pete has managed to take control and lock Minnie away in a chest. The trio arrives and a battle ensues. Pete defeats Donald and Goofy and holds a single battle with Mickey. Pete nearly murders him, but before he can attempt to do so, Donald and Goofy return to battle. The trio defeats Pete, leaving him to collapse with saying as he falls "I hate happy endings!".

In a cast commentary on the DVD version of the movie, Pete is heard talking with Mickey, Donald, and Goofy in their debut scene in the movie. During the commentary, Pete talks with Mickey and friends in a friendlier manner, showing off his softer side. The way they interact with each other implies that Pete seems to be friends with the gang offset.

Other films

Pete made a cameo appearance as a Toontown police officer in the very last scene of . He is viewed from the back, alongside Spike the Bulldog and in security uniforms. This can be seen just before Porky Pig and close the movie.

Television appearances

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Pete as he appeared in DuckTales.

In the first season of the 1987 TV series , Pete appeared in a few episodes. However, he was portrayed as a different character in each of his appearances. Because of this, he wasn't always a true villain but sometimes is just a selfish individual with no evil agenda. In some episodes, he makes peace with 's group. The various "Petes" appear to be their own characters, as two of them lived in different time periods, as well as the fact that Scrooge never recognizes him, despite any previous encounters he may have had with any of the other Petes.

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Pete in Goof Troop.

Pete is the main antagonist of the TV series Goof Troop (though he is not completely evil in the show). Like Goofy, Pete has a family of his own; it consists of his wife, , their two children, (or PJ for short) and , and their dog, . They live next door to and his son, . Pete owns a used-car dealership, and although no longer openly villainous, he is still conniving, as well as abrasive, obnoxious, and truculent. His wife Peg generally attempts to rid Pete of his uncouth attitude in the show.

Pete often exploits his good-hearted and somewhat addled friend, Goofy. He frequently openly manipulates, pushes, insults and threatens his son PJ, as well. Usually, his schemes will backfire, although very rarely he will just feel guilty about his oafish behavior and work to set things right.

PJ often displays fear of his father, of spending time with him, and of disobeying or failing him. Pete seems to interpret this fear as respect. PJ is eager to leave, and their father-son relationship clearly revolves around fear, abuse, and control. With this thrown into even starker relief when compared to the much more healthy relationship between Max and Goofy, it is speculated (though never confirmed) that Pete may actually be physically as well as emotionally abusive towards PJ. Despite this abuse, Pete often voices the belief that he is a good father and an even stronger desire for PJ to be successful. In his narcissism, Pete wants PJ to be just like him; however PJ is nothing like his father.

It is eventually revealed in the show's pilot episode "Forever Goof" that one of the main reasons why Pete dislikes Goofy so much is that when Pete was a high school quarterback in a big football game, it was Goofy who accidentally caused Pete to fumble the ball and get hit in the face by a pom-pom (Goofy was on the cheerleading squad at the time), causing the team to lose the game. However, he might have put off the grudge in A Goofy Movie and An Extremely Goofy Movie, since he seems to be more friendly with the Goofs.

provided Pete's booming bass voice in the series and, to date, in all other media.

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Pete in Mickey Mouse Works.

In the Mouse Works series of shorts, Pete was a recurring antagonist, most frequently portrayed as a local thug. In some cartoons, he was given a less controversial profession, such as that of a NASCAR racer, or the co-worker of Donald in a small music shop. In , he was accompanied by his dimwitted cousin , in a scheme involving a captive Mickey.

He also served as the villain of the short segments Mickey to the Rescue, in which he kidnaps Minnie and traps her within his not-so-hidden lair, forcing Mickey to endure elaborate traps in order to rescue her.

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Pete in House of Mouse.

In House of Mouse, Pete is the titular club's evil landlord. In the series' first episode, "", Pete legally purchased the club's building and tried to force Mickey and friends out. However, the contract states that, so long as Mickey and his crew put on a show, they can not be removed from the premises. Thusly, several episodes involved Pete's attempts to close down the club by sabotaging the show. His schemes ranged from stealing the cartoons shown at the club to trying to drive the guests away by messing with the air conditioning.

Pete can also be seen taking part in the Disney Villains' takeover of the club in . However, despite being the show's primary antagonist, he does not contribute to the movie's plot and he later flees with the rest of the villains when Mickey seals in 's lamp.

However, in a similarly-titled episode, "", Pete did take over the club for a majority of the evening and renamed it "House of Villains." He gathered his closest villain friends to replace Mickey and the gang. Unfortunately for Pete, his bad entertainment skills, his firing of the villain employees and the fact that he was panned by the guests forced him to return the club to Mickey's possession.

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Pete in Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.

Pete appears in numerous episodes of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Disney's 3D animated children's series. He maintains his antagonist role but is significantly toned down for its preschool audience - he is less malicious and more mischievous. Viewers will find that Mickey and gang are very forgiving of Pete and his escapades. They even admit Pete is their friend several times in the show. He often appears as a seller of objects the gang needs and will give them an item in exchange for beans. He is more polite than his previous incarnations. In one episode, he invites the group to a Halloween party. In the most recent episode, Pete would often play, what seems to be a villain role, but this will eventually turn out to be Pete trying to help. However, in all specials and spin-off films, Pete plays the main antagonist. Like most of the show's major characters, Pete has a theme that plays instrumentally every time he appears on screen. Pete also appears in the spin-off series .

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Pete in Mickey Mouse.

Pete returns in this animated series, as a recurring antagonist. The peg leg makes a triumphant return in every appearance on the show. Additionally, Pete has whiskers, yellow eyes, and a long tail, proudly hallmarking the fact he is a cat, and making it harder for viewers to mistake him for a dog. Pete did not have a regular outfit in the first three seasons. By the time of season four, he was given his classic, one-strapped overalls from Steamboat Willie, which would appear in a majority of his episodes.

Like the classic shorts, Pete is typically portrayed as a local thug that repeatedly torments Mickey and his friends, as was the case in "" and "". However, he sometimes appears donning a different profession. For example, his first appearance in the series was in the episode "", in which Pete is an undefeated world champion wrestler.

Pete also appears as a villain in some of the international shorts, such as "" (where he was a Spanish cat that eyed Minnie) and "" (where he was a Russian folk dancer that fell for Minnie).

Pete appears as in the racing series as the owner of Pete's Junkyard, and Hot Dog Hills' resident tow truck driver. Pete's roadster is known as the Super Crusher.

His role varies by episode as he is usually typecast as an antagonistic nuisance, but has also been featured as a friendly acquaintance to Mickey and the others on occasion. Outside of Hot Dog Hills, Pete takes on a number of personas and professions, such as a bullfighter in Madrid or a British criminal in London.

Other shows

Pete made a few appearances in the long-running , mostly in episodes focusing on Mickey and the gang.

Pete made a few appearances in the animated opening of , usually seen singing as well as holding a trampoline that is bouncing Mickey upward.

Pete also made a cameo appearance in the episode "".

A female version of Pete appears in the episode "" as an angry mother that berates barber Donald for ruining her unidentified son's haircut just before school picture day.

Printed media

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Mickey confronting Pete in "The Captive Castaways".

In the early years of the Mickey Mouse newspaper comic strip, Pete was portrayed as 's sidekick and looked noticeably more muscular than his screen counterpart. His portrayal was eventually changed in 1934's "The Captive Castaways" to better match his depiction in the cartoons, and he gradually started to work up on his own. In comic strips and comic books, Pete is consistently depicted as a hardened criminal. In the 1943 comic strip story Mickey Mouse on a Secret Mission, he was an agent of Nazi Germany, working as the henchman of Gestapo spy Von Weasel. In the 1950 comic strip story The Moook Treasure, he's even portrayed as the Beria-like deputy chief of intelligence in a totalitarian state on the other side of the iron curtain.

Pete was the main antagonist in ' first Donald Duck comic story, (adapted by Barks and from the unproduced animated film ""), and remained a recurring villain in Barks's comics.

In later Mickey comics, Pete often teams up with Mickey's other enemies, such as and , or sometimes is accompanied by his own henchman, . Pete sometimes also teams up with other Disney bad guys, such as 's enemies (the and ), , , and from .

In the Italian stories, Pete (called Pietro Gambadilegno), is a recurring antagonist.

Video games

Pete appears as the captain of a pirate ship in the American version of the NES game (or simply Mickey Mouse in Japan). The player fights him at the end of the level and, later, has a rematch with him in 's castle. (In the original Japanese version, was the boss.)

QuackShot follows the adventures of Donald Duck as he, with the aid of his three nephews, , set out to obtain some treasure from a map he found. Pete appears as the antagonist of the game. Near the end of the game, he kidnaps Donald's nephews and demands to be given the map and must be fought immediately prior to the final stage and boss of the game.

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Pete as the final boss in World of Illusion.

In this game, he is the main antagonist and is portrayed as the cloaked Master of illusion, though it is only at the final boss stage that his face is revealed. After Mickey and Donald find his magic box and step inside, he throws down a challenge to them that if they find and defeat him, he will help them find their way back home. They succeed and he sends them back home. He is later shown amongst the audience watching Mickey and Donald's magic show and makes a thumbs up at the player. He is also seen as a Joker Card at the main menu operated by Goofy.

Disney's Magical Quest series

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Mickey battles Emperor Pete at the end of .

In the Disney's Magical Quest trilogy by , Pete is the final boss of each game, impersonating a distinct ruler (Emperor, Baron, and King). He serves as an evil ruler who terrorizes the land he reigns and often kidnaps another character. In the first game, he kidnaps Pluto, and in the third game, he kidnaps Donald's nephews. Mickey and, depending on the game, Minnie or Donald, are always set to defeat him. At the end of the first two games, when he is defeated, he simply disappears, but in The Magical Quest 3, after being defeated by Mickey and Donald, he eventually surrenders and promises to become a good person, a promise that was implied in the ending to have been kept.

Mickey Mania follows Mickey Mouse, who has been catapulted back in time to his earliest appearance in Steamboat Willie. In this game, Pete is the true main villain (although one does also go up against in , and also, in the PlayStation release of the game, against at the end of the Mickey and the Beanstalk level). Pete appears as an obstacle in the first level, based on Steamboat Willie, and again as the boss of the final level, based on the then-recent The Prince and the Pauper.

Pete appears in the Nintendo 64 and Game Boy Color game as one of the six available characters (the other five being Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy, and Goofy) in which his racing stats are the same as Goofy (4/5 on Speed, 4/5 on Weight, 2/5 on Handling, & 2/5 on Acceleration).

Pete is the boss of each of the racers (Mickey, Donald, Goofy, Daisy, Minnie) after the racers defeat Pete's cronies in 3 different races. If beaten, Pete gives back something he stole. Before racing Pete, you must rearrange a picture of Pete that is mixed-up. The clothes that Pete wears changes for each boss.

KHIII Pete

Since his debut in , Pete has become a major recurring antagonist, acting as the primary minion of Maleficent in her quest to rule the worlds through the power of the . His story actually begins years before Sora or any of the major characters. Pete and the other inhabitants of Mickey Mouse resided in a world known as , where Pete worked as a steamboat captain, actually employing Mickey, who has yet to become king of . Once the castle was built, as well as the new town surrounding it known as , leading into , Pete would eventually leave his job as steamboat captain and become a trouble-making mischief-maker, constantly annoying the citizens of the world until he was eventually banished by orders of Queen Minnie. He was recovered some time later by Maleficent and given freedom in exchange for assisting her in her goal to conquest. Since then, Pete began invading various worlds, attacking their inhabitants and turning them into Heartless, thus adding to Maleficent's army, which led to the events of Kingdom Hearts II.

At some point, Pete's next destination was in the world of , home of Master Yen Sid. Though he planned to turn the powerful sorcerer into a demonic Heartless, Sora, Donald, and Goofy arrived and prevented this, also telling him the news of Maleficent, whom they had slain whilst he was out dominating worlds. Pete retreats to Maleficent's former lair, to see if the rumors were true. However, though they were, Maleficent was mysteriously revived from the dead and rejoined forces with Pete again. Together, they continued their mission to both dominate worlds as well as their new objective to find a new hideaway, preferably a castle, but in every world Pete visited, Sora and his friends were close behind, bumping into the cat various times and defeating him on each occasion. Eventually, Pete and Maleficent found themselves in the stronghold of , , along with the rest of the main cast. The sorceress planned on taking over the castle, but before she could, she and Pete decided to help put an end to the evil Organization by joining forces with Sora and Mickey to defeat the Heartless minions that they lost control over. In the end, the castle was destroyed and the whereabouts of Pete and Maleficent were unknown until , where they once again plotted to dominate the worlds using a special computer device created by . Pete's portrayal in Re:coded was considerably darker, as well as larger, than his previous appearances in the series. While he retained his comedic elements, he was shown to be far more competent, abusive, as well as murderous throughout the storyline.

Pete would again appear in both in his regular form and as a Musketeer's Captain in the world Country of the Musketeers.

Pete is set to return in .

In Disney TH!NK Fast, Pete appears as the final secret playable character after you've collected 30,000 points in a single game.

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Big Bad Pete in .

Pete is featured in Epic Mickey as a recurring character in many forms, led by a regular Big Bad Pete on . He will give the player various missions throughout the game, such as rounding up the bunny children. Even though he was immediately recognized by Mickey, Pete explains that Wasteland has several different versions of his character.

As in the , he dresses as a Dutch girl doll from , and has gotten into a conflict with the after crashing his boat into their village. The player can clear his name if they find his ship's log for him or ignore his request for help and be attacked by his Blotlings in the ride's Colosseum. If the player clears his name, the Gremlins will let him help rebuild their Village during the ending.

In , Petetronic serves as one of the boss fights, taking on the guise of . If the player befriends him with Paint, Petetronic will help rebuild Tomorrow City.

In , he takes on the identity of Pete Pan, and can be called on for help in dealing with the animatronic version of . If the player manages to call on him, he and the animatronic Hook will be shown continuing their duel during the ending.

Before visiting , Big Bad Pete asks Mickey to find the lost cartoons of a Colonel Pete, though the Digicomics mention a Ghost Pete who made a bet with the to try and spend a night in a living house.

Pete returns in the game's sequel; , initially as allies to Mickey and Oswald. However, in the ending of the game, it shows Big Bad Pete with Small Pete and Pete Pan (with Petetronic joining them in the thinner ending) stating "They won't know what hit 'em," before leaving through a projector on Mean Street, likely heading for Ventureland, while taking hostage.

If Epic Mickey 3 had not been canceled (due to being closed on January 29, 2013), Pete and his other selves would have been the main villains of that installment.

In , uses Illusion versions of Pete in her army of minions. These Petes include massive spiked blocks with Pete's face, a large Pete that attacks by creating shockwaves with his fists and a Pete wearing a spiny shell (similar to those worn by the Spinies in Super Mario Bros.).

Pete—in search of a quiet escape—enters the kingdom following Maleficent's mysterious purge. He welcomes the darkness and appreciates how it scared away the visiting kids. He thusly decides to make the kingdom a vacation spot and parks his RV near . During his stay, he repeatedly causes trouble for Mickey and Goofy, despite the latter's attempts to make peace. Eventually, both Mickey and Goofy (with additional help from Pluto) run Pete out of the kingdom by making excessive amounts of noise. He later returns after a jackhammer factory was built next to his house, as he claims the kingdom is much more quiet and peaceful in comparison, as a result of its arrival.

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Peg-Leg Pete making a rare "live" appearance in Walt Disney's World on Ice: Mickey Mouse's Diamond Jubilee.

Despite his prominent role in the cartoons and comics, Pete has oddly never made any live appearances in the parks, and his only known live appearance was in the show Mickey Mouse's Diamond Jubilee. However, his likeness can be found in several spots around the parks.

During the expansion, Pete was seen in a mural of him and several other classic Disney characters as construction workers.

In the , Pete made a few cameo appearances during the montage celebrating Mickey Mouse.

In the former Mickey's Toontown Fair at the , Pete was the mascot of Pete's Garage which was a restroom for park guests. Also, there was Pete's Paint Shop for face painting and removable tattoos.

In , a large Pete statue can be found in the Team Mickey shop.

In , Mickey's Toontown Fair was closed and replaced by Storybook Circus, a new section of . As part of that, Pete is the host of , a meet-and-greet area where one can meet different Disney characters all in circus regalia. However, only his voice is heard in the attraction; as of 2017, he has yet to appear in person.

Pete's likeness is featured alongside other classic characters in the section of the park.

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  • Despite officially being a cat, Pete is sometimes mistaken for a dog (specifically a bulldog).
  • Pete and are the only characters from the classic Disney shorts to have a biological child, instead of a traditional niece or nephew. Pete has and , and Goofy has .
  • In , Pete says, "MEOW!" and behaves like a real cat (with fangs and whiskers) to outsmart .
  • Ironically, while Pete is the taller half of the duo consisting of himself and Mickey, and were completely the opposite (with Walt being much taller than Billy).
  • has noted in several interviews that he does not consider Pete a true villain.
  • In contrast to virtually all of Pete's other appearances, presents Pete as having no fur below the neck of his body, giving him the bare-skinned look of a human, despite his still being an anthropomorphic cat in that show.
  • Pete was referenced by Candace in the episode "".
  • The disappearance of Pete's peg-leg was addressed by Mickey Mouse comic writer , in the story The Mystery at Hidden River; in one panel, Pete tells Mickey that he had his peg-leg replaced with a more realistic prosthetic.
  • Pete does not have an official, standard outfit akin to the traditional attires worn by other characters from the Disney shorts (i.e. Mickey's red shorts and yellow shoes, Donald's sailor suit, etc.).
  • Pete actually did "win" on one occasion, that being the cartoon , where his elegant dance skills earned him the dance with Minnie, who tired of having her feet stepped on by the less-talented dancer, Mickey.
  • According to David Block, a director on the animated series , Pete's names had caused some controversy during the 1980s; his aliases, Peg-Leg and Black Pete, could not be used in licensing or show scripts due to legal issues. As a result, he was referred to as either Bad Pete or simply Pete during this period of time.
  • Although Pete had antagonized Mickey and the other major Disney cast such as Minnie, Donald, Goofy and Pluto in the classic shorts, however for some reason Pete never antagonized Daisy in the classic shorts. Pete however did antagonized Daisy in some modern media such as the TV series and the movie .

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  1. Although the film was never released, Ryan provided the voice of Pete in (1992):
  2. Credited by the episode as "Jim McGeorge"
  3. Bob, T. (1958). Walt Disney, the Art of Animation: The Story of the Disney Studio Contribution to a New Art. Chronicle Books, page 181. 
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