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Bad Pete

GENUS PEDIGREE: Catspaw
KNOWN ALIASES: Claws the Cat (?); Mr. Peter Pete; Percy P. Percival; Pistol Pete, Black Pete, Peg-Leg Pete, etc.
KNOWN RELATIVES: Peg(wife); P.J. ["Pete Junior"] (son); Pistol (daughter); Li'l Pete (smaller twin brother), Percival Pete (smarter, good brother), Zeke Pete (dumber brother), Petula Pete (criminal sister); Maw Pete (mother); Professor Portis Pete (cousin); Trudy (cousin/girlfriend); Pierino & Pieretto (nephews).
KNOWN PETS: Muncey the English Sheepdog; Chainsaw the Pekinese.
CITIZENSHIP: Spoonerville, USA
KNOWN CONFIDANTS: Sylvester Shyster; Weasel; Prince Penguin; Emil Eagle.
KNOWN RIVALS: Mickey Mouse; Donald Duck; Goofy; Minnie Mouse; Pluto Pup [also Julius the Cat and Oswald the Lucky Rabbit].
PARAPHERNALIA: A pegged leg and a burning stogie hanging from his lips (as an infant it was a pacifier), however, in recent times both the peg leg and stogie have disappeared. The cigar was removed probably because of 'political correctness,' but the peg leg was actually phased out. First he was depicted as wearing a prosthetic leg over his peg, and later all traces that he ever had a pegged leg were eliminated (by a showing of two feet - especially in more recent comics and in "Goof Troop"). Typical of Pete's nature, he is a stereo-type 'used car salesman,' schmoozing double-talker, with a snarling personality and an extra-large ego to match.
1st PRINT APPEARANCE: "Mickey Mouse" daily in "Death Valley" (Apr. 1, 1930), and in it's reprint in "Mickey Mouse" #3 (1933).
1st FILM APPEARANCE: "Steamboat Willie" (Nov. 18, 1928), however his actual film debuted was in Walt Disney's early "Alice Comedies," in the short "Alice Solves the Puzzle"(Feb. 15, 1925); regular on "Goof Troop" since the series premiere "Forever Goof" (Sep. 7, 1992).
VOICE ACTOR: Billy Bletcher (early shorts); Arthur Burghardt ("Prince and the Pauper"); Will Ryan ("Mickey's Christmas Carol," "DuckTales" and "Goof Troop"); Jim Cummings (MouseWorks/House of Mouse)..
SIGNATURE: unknown
BIOGRAPHICAL DETAILS: While it has long been established that Pete is Mickey Mouse's first and oldest continuing arch-enemy, Pete's villainous career actually began well before Mickey was even created. His earliest appearance was in Walt Disney's "Alice Comedies," as mix of animation and live action from the mid 1920s where he was often the "real" little girl, Alice's, and the cartoon cat, Julius' primary menace. His first film role was in "Alice Solves the Puzzle" (1925) where he was known as Bootleg Pete, He was a crossword puzzle collector who tried to steal Alice's puzzle, but Julius comes to the rescue and defeats him. His next major role was as Oswald the Lucky Rabbit's continuing adversary. His truest recognition came as Mickey's constant nemesis ever since Mickey's screen debut in "Steamboat Willie" (1928). Though Pete is recognized as his "official" name, he has used numerous adjectives to modify his name (e.g. "Black Pete," "Pegleg Pete" or "Pistol Pete") as well as numerous completely different names. Pete has gone on to torment Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy, Chip 'n Dale and nearly every other Disney character, especially in comics. In comics he has often partnered with the crooked Sylvester Shyster as his right-hand lackey, or with the nebulous Weasel (a.k.a. Catfoot, a.k.a. Swifty, etc., etc.) who usually acts as Pete's own lackey (along with a large ambiguous dogface). Aside form Shyster and Weasel, Pete has teamed with many of Disney's Rogues Gallery, everyone from Eli Squinch, Magica de Spell and the Beagle Boys to Peter Pan's Captain Hook. In the animated series "Goof Troop" Pete has a wife, Peg, and two children, P.J. and Pistol, and his Pekingese dog named Chainsaw. Here he is Goofy's annoyingly belligerent neighbor, though Goofy doesn't seem to realize this. This role reprises one that he handle so very well in the cartoon, "The Good Neighbor" (1953) where he was Donald Duck's obnoxious neighbor (a role which probably inspired Bark's Neighbor Jones). Two other classic roles had him starring as the frustrated impresario Sylvester Macaroni in "Symphony Hour" (1942) and as the Ghost of Christmas-Yet-To-Come in "Mickey's Christmas Carol" (1942). Over the past few decades Pete has lost his two most prominent props, a stogie and his pegged leg, perhaps in an effort to remove stigmatized negatives in a media geared toward children as well as adults. In European comics, Pete is often partnered with a villainous catspaw Trudy who looks and acts very much like a female version of himself named, though she is undoubtedly the more intelligent of the two and is very much his "better half," as well as a (perhaps distant) cousin. Also in European comics Pete has a villianous cousin named Plottigat and a set of twin nephews named Pierino & Pieretto who first appeared in "Topolino" #1879 in a story titled "Topolino e un favore da nulla" ("Mickey Mouse and the easy favour"). The story tells how Pete, having been imprisoned by Mickey, sends his two nephews to stay with Mickey, but the two turn out to be much more trouble than Mickey expects. In contemporary animation, Pete made a couple of guest appearances, as a villian, in "DuckTales." Like Goofy, Pete is a regular in the cast of Disney's "Goof Troop." Pete's most recent role has been as a regular nemesis to Mickey, Donald or Goofy in "Mickey's MouseWorks" cartoons and as the property owner of the "The House of Mouse" where he is typically scheming of ways to make Mickey default on his lease in order to lose the club.
HISTORICAL FACTS: unknown
LITTLE KNOWN SECRETS: In the comicbook tale "Mickey's Strange Mission" presented in "Walt Disney's Comics & Stories" #245 (Feb. 1961) there is an apparent attempt to establish Pete's real name when Mickey blackmails Pete with a childhood photograph which depicts Pete dressed as a sissy (similar to the apparel worn by Pete Junior in "Bellboy Donald") with the caption "Percy P. Percival, age 10 (later known vulgarly as Black Pete, the Arch-Criminal)." The case is curious since it essentially parallels the example of Peter Pig who's name may also be equated with Percy.
WORKING THEORIES: [?] The names of his wife and daughter were inspired by former aliases Pete has used; i.e., "Peg" -leg Pete (in many cartoons) and "Pistol" Pete (in "Two Gun Goofy" - 1952).

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