You just wait! Nobody, and I do mean nobody, messes with the mighty Pete!
Pete is a major recurring antagonist in the Kingdom Hearts series. A former steamboat captain in his earlier days, he is the arch-enemy of Mickey, Donald and Goofy, and used to live in Disney Town, but was cast into another dimension by Queen Minnie for the mischief he caused. He was later released from this imprisonment by Maleficent.
As seen throughout Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days and Kingdom Hearts II, Pete kept his word by going to various different worlds to further their agenda, creating powerful new Heartless for their army. He even acted as her emissary and tries recruiting other villains as allies following her disastrous defeat in Kingdom Hearts.
However, despite a few successes, Pete is a chronic bumbler, and as Sora puts it, "not smart enough to tie his own shoes."
Pete is very mean, selfish and, shown at various points, cowardly. He tends to get scared in the presence of characters with overwhelming power, or in situations of being outnumbered. He serves as dumb muscle for Maleficent for most of the series and is quite loyal to her, although his cowardice interferes from time to time. He has the tendency to run at the mouth, bragging and insulting, even with characters such as Hades.
Although Pete appears incompetent, his heart has strangely been strong enough to resist the darkness and is one of the sneakier villains in the series. This is shown first in the Underworld where he tricks Sora into opening the Underdrome by losing a fight to Sora. This suggests that Pete is smarter than he lets on. (This fact is even supported by Axel in 358/2 Days, where he stated Pete's "sharper than he looks")
Pete is a portly, black furred, anthropomorphized cat (often confused for a dog). Like Mickey, he wears a heavily modified version of his usual outfit in the modern cartoons; in Pete's case, suspenders and a shirt. He wears what seems to be armor colored in shades of blue and purple overtop a red, short-sleeved shirt with a vertical pink stripe descending from the neck. He wears navy blue and white sneakers with light blue fronts and two periwinkle straps keeping each one secure. His pants are also navy blue, with light blue lining, purple lower legs, and two enormous pouches on either front side.
These pouches are attached to his pants by four pins, both sporting a silver, horizontal zipper. The most distinguishing feature of these pants is the comically large zipper going down the front and reaching around to the backside of the pants.
He wears two navy blue pauldrons, each sporting two cyan bumps and a periwinkle area near on the lower section on each shoulder. Two gold buttons at the top of Pete's pants connect to two blue suspenders that intersect over his chest before connecting to two similar, albeit smaller buttons on his shoulder pauldrons. Pete also wears a pair of fingerless gauntlets. The wrists of these gauntlets are light blue with a pale yellow semi-circle on top, while the gloves are periwinkle with a bump on each knuckle. There is a dark blue-green design on the back of each glove, descending from each knuckle to the end of the glove.
Oddly, unlike all other characters to visit the Timeless River, his outfit remains largely unchanged, apart from becoming monochrome, probably because there already was a Cap'n Pete in that world.
As Captain Justice, Pete dons a white jumpsuit with gold highlights and two large, orange lightning bolt patterns on its front. He has a black undershirt, orange straps on his upper arms, and an orange cape pinned to the shoulders of his jumpsuit. His gloves are white, gold, and black with a silver band around each of his wrists. His boots are black with silver soles, gold straps on the legs, and orange lightning bolts decorating them. The upper half of Pete's face is covered by a white mask with a red arrowhead bent into a shape resembling the letter "P". He also wears a teal belt with silver pins lining it and a red and yellow buckle. The buckle is a stylized version of the letters "C" and "J".
As Captain Dark, Pete wears a nearly identical outfit, albeit with a different belt buckle and color scheme. His jumpsuit is now black with red highlights and purple lightning bolts decorating it. The straps on his arms are lavender-colored, his cape is violet, and his gloves are red and black. His mask is black, but retains the red and yellow "P" symbol. Pete’s boots are also black with red straps and purple lightning bolts on them. His belt is red-violet with a violet and silver buckle. This buckle resembles a stylized version of the letters "C" and "D".
Before Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep
Many years before Kingdom Hearts, Pete worked as the captain of a steamboat. His deck hand was none other than the future king of Disney Castle, Mickey Mouse. This past association causes Pete to refer to Mickey as "the Boat-Boy King". Unlike his current self, this Pete was more innocent and good-natured, despite his temper. However, he was also far less intelligent, unable to even recognize his future self.
Birth by Sleep
Wearin' the mask of peace and hope, comes the fearless defender and hero of this town! It is me—Captain Justice!Pete, as Captain Justice
Pete is a resident of Disney Town and is widely disliked by its other inhabitants for his selfish, trouble-making ways. For this reason, he begins to don the disguise of Captain Justice and Captain Dark. Captain Dark and Captain Justice are supposed to be two different people played as Pete who are entering into the Million Dreams Celebration in Disney Town. The goal is to get as many popularity votes as possible to win the Million Dreams Award.
He becomes Captain Justice to help people in order to gain popularity votes so that he could win the Million Dreams Award, but whenever someone needs help, he uses an excuse and runs away if it's too dangerous. Pete also uses the pose of Captain Dark, a Rumble Racer. It is unknown why Pete would use an alter-ego that is supposedly evil in order to gain votes for the Million Dreams Award; though it's possible he thought a rogue but daring persona would garner fans. In addition, Pete also remodeled part of the underground beyond the Gizmo Factory into a giant human pinball machine, with a Captain Justice mural, turning it into Pete's Rec Room' in order to get votes for providing entertainment.
After Queen Minnie announces that Terra, Aqua, and Ven win the award, Pete jumps on stage and creates an uproar. When Queen Minnie says that some people do care for him and that he got their votes, Pete says that he doesn't care for their "lousy" votes; he just wants the prize, then is taken away by a squad of "security" Brooms. He is sent into the dark realm by Queen Minnie where he hears Maleficent's voice telling him that she can free him if he helps her conquer the worlds. She then opens the dark corridor and Pete walks into it and vanishes from his prison. Because of this incident, Pete can be considered a prime example of those who turn to the darkness.
Between Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep and Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days
In return for his freedom, Pete becomes a commander in Maleficent's Heartless army, and travels around many worlds building up more and more legions of Heartless to help her plot of universal domination (considering there is more than one world). He is also a member of Maleficent's Council of Villains, although he does not appear on screen during the original Kingdom Hearts as he was still in the outer world gathering Heartless. For this reason, he was unaware of Maleficent's demise and the defeat of their team, single-mindedly continuing his assigned duties. He was also unaware of the Organization's existence until he visited the worlds of some of their allies, particularly Jafar and Captain Hook.
While searching for Jafar's Lamp in Agrabah, Pete is followed by Axel and Roxas when they come across the villain in the Marketplace. He was looking for a secret entrance out of town to the Cave of Wonders. Pete eventually escapes Organization XIII's sights, not appearing until Roxas finds him during another mission in Agrabah, this time with Xion. While investigating the Cave of Wonders, Roxas and Xion end up battling him. Yet, he is not done for.
Later, Pete appears in Neverland, making fake treasure maps for Captain Hook to follow, relying on the pirate's greed to conjure up tons of Heartless in his mad quest for riches. Roxas winds up destroying these Heartless anyway, and Pete's manipulation of Hook eventually leads to the creation of the Ruler of the Sky, Pete's "Prize Heartless", yet that too is defeated by Roxas.
By this point, Pete is fully aware all of the allies Maleficent gathered are gone; however, he is unaware Maleficent herself is gone, thus he fears her wrath for failing to gather powerful Heartless for their plans.
Kingdom Hearts II
Pete first appears in the series is in Kingdom Hearts II, as the main antagonist of the first half of the game. Pete is first encountered outside Yen Sid's Tower, having sent in a squad of Heartless to turn the powerful sorcerer Yen Sid into a Heartless to act as Pete's bodyguard. But Sora, Donald, and Goofy show up, informing him of Maleficent's demise, and, in anger, Pete calls an army of Heartless to attack. After Pete tells them who lives in the tower, Sora, Donald, and Goofy run inside in excitement, leaving Pete to lose his temper.
He returns to Hollow Bastion to see if what he'd heard was true and finds Maleficent's fortress devoid of activity, until Maleficent's pet raven, Diablo, appears, a precursor to her own return. When she finally revives, he informs her of the breakdown of her alliance of villains, and the pair set their sights on raising more Heartless and finding a new castle.
Pete appears in Olympus Coliseum to help Hades defeat Hercules, even giving him the idea to use an already deceased warrior to fight him. They then plotted to trick Sora into unlocking the Underdrome, successfully kidnaping Meg as bait to do so. The fight between himself, Hercules and Sora lasted long enough for the Hydra to attack the Coliseum.
He later leaves and returns to Hollow Bastion, where he informs Maleficent of Organization XIII and Sora interfering with their plans. Upon informing her of all the times he's failed, Pete is fired by Maleficent, making him yearn for the "good 'ol days" of when he was of steamboat captain. This causes a door to the past to appear. Upon showing Maleficent the door, Pete was ordered to go into the past to destroy the Cornerstone of Light to allow them to take over Disney Castle. However, he was thwarted by Sora, Donald, Goofy and his past self, forcing him to flee to the present with the door locked behind him.
He next appears in Port Royal to lend advice and assistance to Captain Barbossa, warning them of the Keyblade's magic and giving them the help of the Heartless. He later calls on the Illuminator to help Barbossa fight Sora and Jack Sparrow. However, the pirate is defeated, forcing Pete to flee.
In Agrabah, he resumes looking for Jafar's lamp to turn him into a Heartless, infiltrating the Cave of Wonders once again to find it. Upon overhearing Sora's group mention the Peddler had it, he left them busy while chasing him down. However, thanks to interference from Iago and Genie, he loses it. After the Blizzard Lord and Volcanic Lord that he summons are defeated, he runs off in a fury.
He later appears in lion form to aid Scar in taking over the Pride Lands, giving him the Heartless to keep his reign strong. However, once Scar is throw off Pride Rock, Pete uses the anger and jealousy in his heart to turn him into a Heartless in an attempt to make the Pride Lands the first world shrouded in darkness. However, thanks to Sora and Simba, his plan is foiled.
He later helps Maleficent attack the city in Hollow Bastion, but quickly realised that their Heartless stood no chance against the Organzation's Nobodies. He fled soon after, leaving Maleficent to command the Heartless on her own.
He and Maleficent turn up one last time in the Castle That Never Was, seeking to take it for their own. When Ansem the Wise's Kingdom Hearts Encoder explodes, it causes the creation of thousands of Heartless. Knowing that Sora and his friends are the only ones who can stop Xemnas, Maleficent volunteers to hold off the Heartless, on the condition that when they've destroyed them all, the castle would be hers. Pete suggests fleeing, causing Maleficent to dismiss him. However, Pete meets Mickey face to face for the first time in a decade, and a brief conversation encourages Pete to stand and fight.
Though the Heartless were defeated, they lost the castle when Xemnas rammed into it. It can be presumed that they used a Dark Corridor to escape.
When Sora traveled back in time to find the reason for the evil surrounding Disney Castle, he was quick to blame past-Pete, unaware that he is the Pete of the past. However, when Sora, Donald Duck, and Goofy pointed their fingers to answer past-Pete's question if they saw any bad guys, the offended shipmaster could have cared less. Though mad at such an accusation, past-Pete had more on his mind—somebody stole his steamboat, and his first mate Mickey was missing.
Though past-Pete continued on to the Port, this didn't stop Sora from chasing after him. Again pointing fingers, Sora attacked Pete, even though he claimed innocent, not even knowing what was going on. Sora, Donald, and Goofy didn't cut off the attack until poor Pete injured his back. Deciding that somehow this Pete was innocent (he never even summoned Heartless to his aid), Sora and his friends apologized to past-Pete for the attack and promised to help him find his steamboat.
Later on, Sora met past-Pete again—this time fighting Pete! Both the Pete from the past and the Pete Sora and gang knew were arguing with each other. Pete, determined that his (and Past-Pete's) future was at stake, pushed the Pete from the past over and stole his steamboat.
Past-Pete assisted Sora during the boss battle against Pete. However, he didn't act much different than in their last encounter; Sora could attack and harm Past-Pete all the same, and vice versa. But by attacking Past-Pete enough, he'd charge or make an impact wave that could injure Pete.
After Pete left the Timeless River (chased off by Past Pete, who still had no idea that the "creep" was his future self), Past-Pete was so gracious that he let Sora take a spin on his steamboat. He appears again during the end credits riding his steamboat as the past Mickey rides on the back. After completing Timeless River, Past Pete can be found at Cornerstone Hill rather than at the docks.
Some time later, Pete appears in Disney Castle while King Mickey, Donald, Goofy and Jiminy were trying to uncover the secrets of the Journal. The moment they were taken to the data world, Pete was taken with them, but to a different location. He calls Maleficent to him, and the two decide that the data world could be used for their plans to plunge the world in darkness.
Pete makes his first reappearance in the data version of Olympus Coliseum, where he taunts Data-Sora. He then travels to Data Agrabah, where he gives the data version of Jafar a bugged lamp, which gives him power over his world. Maleficent and Pete then appear together, and Maleficent destroys Data-Sora's Keyblade and infects Data-Riku with bugs. It is also revealed here that Pete is the reason why Mickey & the others cannot leave, as he cut the link to the real world.
The two take Riku to the digital Hollow Bastion, where Pete fights Data-Sora, and then forces him to fight Riku. After Sora defeats them and debugs Riku's data, the Journal begins erasing itself. Maleficent and Pete attempt to fight Sora-Heartless, but are quickly defeated. However, before they can be erased, Data-Riku retrieves them, and they return to the real world shortly before Mickey.
Dream Drop Distance
While Sora and Riku are taking their Mark of Mastery Exam in the Dreaming Realm to restore lost worlds, a past version of Pete is seen as the captain of Princess Minnie's musketeers. He tries to usurp her and take control of the kingdom himself with the help of his minions the Beagle Boys. However, he is thwarted by Sora and Riku in both versions of this world. Strangely, this past version of Pete is considerably smarter & less cowardly than his future self.
In the present, he helps Maleficent kidnap Minnie and infiltrate Disney Castle to bargain with Mickey for access to the journal's Data Worlds. After Maleficent informs Mickey of her meeting with Master Xehanort 12 years ago, Pete is forced to let Minnie go when Lea arrives and hits him with one of his chakrams. Pete then leaves with Maleficent via a Dark Corridor.
Kingdom Hearts III
Those bozos ain't gonna help us. Sora's not looking for the box.Pete
Having been told about the Black Box and Maleficent's belief that it contains the Book of Prophecies, Pete follows his mistress around the worlds in search of it. This brings them to Olympus, when Hades is using the Heartless to attack the city while he ascends Olympus with the Titans. Hades rudely rebuffs them, demanding they leave as they have failed to keep their promise of assistence in the past with the Heaertless. Maleficent asks Hades if the Black Box is there; however, they get misdirected to Pandora's Box, which Maleficet orders Pete to leave alone after they dig it up.
After the Kingdom of Corona left them with no results, Pete questioned if the box was real. Maleficent assures him that it does exist, and that they should be following the revived Organization around the worlds to find clues as Master Xehanort would likely know more about its ancient secrets. This leads them to San Fransokyo, where Dark Riku catches them snooping around. After a verbal fight with Maleficent, Dark Riku leaves; Pete asks if Maleficent knew him, to whivh she responds that she doesn't know from "when" Dark Riku met her.
In Twilight Town, Pete becomes fed up with the wild goose chaes. Maleficent tells him that they shall end the search because they cannot find the unfindable. Pete believes "that dingbat" was lying to her. However, she tells him the box doesn't exist yet. As Master Xehanort is soon to have his Organization clash with the Seven Guardians of Light, it's a sign that the box is linked to the upcoming Keyblade War. Maleficent takes Pete later to see Xigbar meet the Foretellers at the Keyblade Graveyard, but since they are outmached, Pete fumes with anger that their quest has been stalled. They qucikly withdraw.
Pete is capable of throwing explosive bowling balls at his opponents. He can also use fireworks to immobilize his opponents. In Kingdom Hearts Birth By Sleep and Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance, Pete is also shown to be capable of using bombs which he uses as long range weapons. He later forsakes them in favor of the mentioned bowling balls that also have a degree of tracking properties.
Another attack involves throwing a close-range "temper tantrum".
Also, in Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance, he is shown having decent acrobatic skill.
He is also shown to be a very skilled swordsman due to his time as captain of the musketeers.
Pete also has some magical talent, as he can generate a shield with regenerating and protective properties. He has been shown to be able to conjure items and telekinetically throw them, as he did while trying to make off with the Cornerstone of Light.
Pete is known to have mechanical skills; having built his Rumble Car and the giant pinball machne in Disney Town.
Other magical talent is shown when he somehow conjured a portal to the Past while reminiscing, a surprising feat for Pete, and he evidently has a strong Heart as he is likely able to use the Corridors of Darkness to travel the Worlds to gather Heartless without being strained by the Darkness. He also seems to have some power of teleportation as when he appeared alongside Maleficent to stop the Heartless and allow Sora and his friends to continue on to battle Xemnas. And he obviously has above-average strength, and unlike Maleficent, was strong enough to resist the darkness.
In the European and North American version of Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep, Pete is a D-Link ally to the player. He's the only D-Link that needs to be unlocked. To unlock, play the Command Board (except as an Event in the Mirage Arena), if you or another player lands on a Special Panel, and Pete as either Captain Justice or Captain Dark appears this unlocks Pete as a D-Link at the conclusion of the Command Board session.
Pete was originally known as Peg Leg Pete, and he holds the distinction of being the oldest continuous Disney character, appearing as early as Walt Disney's Alice Comedies. He is often times related to being the enemy of Mickey Mouse but in the modern days, he is an enemy to Goofy. While most portrayals of Pete give him an antagonistic role, in some cartoons, he was shown to have a somewhat caring side especially to his children in the show Goof Troop and to his son in the Goofy Movies and in the children's show Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.
- It's never explained why Pete went to Villain's Vale instead of Hollow Bastion; the latter had served as Malefient's base of operation.
- On April 12, 2016, Tōru Ōhira, the Japanese voice actor of Pete, passed away at the age of 86. He last voiced Pete in the Re:coded section of Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX.
- Despite this, Goofy claims in Kingdom Hearts II that Pete was banished by King Mickey.