- Jessie: "Say hello to the Prospector!"
Woody: "It's...it's a box."
Jessie: "He's mint in the box. Never been opened."
Stinky Pete: "Turn me around, Bullseye, so I can see. Why, the prodigal son has returned."
- —Jessie makes Woody meet Stinky Pete for the first time
Stinky Pete the Prospector (or simply known as The Prospector) is the main antagonist of Toy Story 2. He is a portly prospector doll who starred with Woody, Jessie and Bullseye on Woody's Roundup who seemed to be kindhearted and friendly at first, but proved to be a crafty and dangerous villain later in the film.
Toy Story 2
- Woody: "You really are Stinky Pete, aren't you?"
Jessie: "Prospector, this isn't fair!"
Stinky Pete: "FAIR?! I'll tell you what's not fair: spending a lifetime on a dime-store shelf watching every other toy be sold! Well, finally, my waiting has paid off, and no hand-me-down cowboy doll is gonna mess it up for me now!"
- —Woody and Jessie arguing with Stinky Pete
The Prospector doll has never been opened and is still "mint in the box," making him sought after by collectors. He always carries a pick around like a real prospector, and had lived his entire life in a box. Thus, he was greatly valued for still being in mint condition. He spends much time in storage with Bullseye and Jessie, and eventually meets Woody after Al stole him. Stinky Pete is excited, as this meant that he and the gang could finally reside in the Konishi Toy Museum without the fear of destruction by kids. Unfortunately, Woody still had an owner, prompting Stinky Pete to stop him from returning to Andy at any cost.
When Woody tries to retrieve his severed arm from Al, Stinky Pete, unnoticed by Woody, leaves his box and turns on the TV, waking up Al. He places the remote in front of Jessie so that he couldn't be blamed for the incident. After getting repaired, Woody decides to leave the gang for home, but Stinky Pete convinces him make amends with Jessie first. After hearing Jessie's sad story of how she was abandoned by her former owner Emily, and learning from Stinky Pete that Andy would eventually grow up as well, Woody decides to stick with the gang to join them in the museum.
However, Buzz Lightyear and his friends arrive at the apartment room to save Woody from being sold. Buzz leaves Woody to contemplate his decision, saying that he would never be loved again if he spent eternity behind glass. Stinky Pete commends Woody, but is unable to cheer up Woody, who is hurt by Buzz's warning. As Stinky Pete watches Woody, Woody comes to realize his mistake and declares to Buzz that he would come back with him and the others, making Stinky Pete determined to stop Woody from escaping. While Woody tells an uncertain Jessie and an eager Bullseye that he would take them home to Andy, Stinky Pete decides to take the matter into his own hands as he exits his box, traps Woody and the others by shutting the grate leading to an air vent and tightening the screw on it, and reveals that he was the one who turned on the TV the night before (to sabotage Woody's escape). He then swears that Woody and the gang are to go to Japan with him, where they would spend eternity with him in a protected exhibit, away from kids' reach. Woody and Jessie try to stand up to Stinky Pete, only to learn that the Prospector was never sold to anyone after he had spent a lifetime on a dime-store shelf, and was therefore resentful. The Prospector declares that the museum is his only chance of finally becoming appreciated, and he would have no "hand-me-down cowboy doll" to foil his plans anymore. When Woody yells for Buzz's help, Stinky Pete discourages Woody by making fun of Buzz Lightyear's name and revealing how much he hated those upstart space toys. Al then arrives and packs his Roundup collection, including Woody, into his case and heads out of his penthouse.
At Tri-County International Airport, Stinky Pete fights every one of Buzz's attempts to save Woody, but Woody fights back for harming his friend. Stinky Pete reopens an old tear on Woody's arm and offers him a choice of going to Japan together or in pieces, assuring that Woody would be fixed again in Japan. He orders Woody to get back into the case, to which Woody refuses, prompting Stinky Pete to raise his pick, threatening to tear him apart. Suddenly, Stinky Pete gets stunned by flash cameras that Buzz and the other toys had acquired from another luggage. After Buzz grabs him, Stinky Pete warns the toys that they would be tortured by children, abandoned, and end up spending eternity rotting in landfill. Then the toys decide, per Woody's decision, to teach Stinky Pete "the true meaning of playtime," and they shove him into an off-screen luggage.The Prospector ends up in the backpack belonging to a little girl named Amy, who loves to paint the faces of her toys. At that point, Amy decides to give the Prospector a nice makeover. Horrified at this thought, Stinky Pete weeps as he is taken to his new owner's home.
Although this appears to be a bad ending, it is, in a sense, only justice for him. Stinky Pete had endured being ignored by children for decades, and now he was finally being owned by one.
When he first appeared, Stinky Pete was initially a kind, wise, well-spoken, and grandfatherly mentor-like character, giving support and advice to Jessie, Woody and Bullseye throughout the first half of the film. However, this facade merely hid his true nature which was smart, manipulative, sneaky, embittered and evil. This was most likely caused by the years of emotional pain he had endured during a lifetime on a dime-store shelf and not being sold to any children due to their preference of space toys after the launch of Sputnik. Along with the shift of interest to space toys, the fact that this resulted in the TV show, Woody's Roundup getting cancelled further contributed to his own hatred of space toys and children. Even while he shrouded his true nature, he secretly plotted to prevent Woody from returning to his owner Andy at any cost, sabotaging Woody's escape by secretly turning on the TV to wake Al up and putting the blame on Jessie without hesitation.
When Woody finally decided he would return to Andy and take the other Roundup toys with him despite the warning Stinky Pete gave him about Andy outgrowing and forgetting him, this finally prompted him to snap and reveal his true nature and intentions to the other Roundup toys and Andy's toys. The fact that he was willing to spend years of eternity sealed inside a museum away from contact with children also showed that he had developed solitariness traits due to spending most of his time within his box. He was also hypocritical and vicious, as he was willing to harm or tear apart other toys so that his goal of toys escaping harm from children in the eternal museum life would be fulfilled, evidenced by him reopening the old rip in Woody's arm and threatening to tear him apart.
His own inexperience of being played with by a child, along with hearing Jessie's story of being outgrown by her previous owner Emily lead to him believing that children were only destroyers of toys whose ultimate fate will be spending an eternity rotting in landfills. He also believed that rare, unpopular and collectible toys like him and the other Roundup toys were doomed to either always ending up in storage or remaining unsold to any children similar to his fate before Al found him. These beliefs further motivated his desire to spend an eternity in the museum, accepting that it was the only salvation for all toys.
Despite his villainous nature, he appeared to have redeemable traits as the character stated in his online interview after the film that he liked his new owner Amy's face paint decorations even though he initially feared it after Andy's toys placed him in Amy's backpack. This can demonstrate that Stinky Pete was a villain who was wronged by rejection and unappreciation, and that he most likely would not have been evil in the first place if he had been owned by a child to start off with.
On Woody's Roundup, Stinky Pete was a regular recurring protagonist. Though depicted mostly as an accident-prone, stereotypical, simple-minded hillbilly and comic relief, Pete was established on the show as an overall good-natured friend and ally of Woody, Bullseye and Jessie. Stinky Pete seemed embarrassed by his cartoon counterpart's goofy personality.
From Official Website:
|“||The Prospector was the comic sidekick on "Woody's Roundup," but offstage he is admired as a wise old toy. The Prospector, also called Stinky Pete, is a special toy for another reason - he's in mint condition and has never been taken out of his box!||”|
- In the film's credits, he is simply credited as the Prospector.
- The Prospector was a long-time member of the Roundup Gang on TV, and was often the bottom of many humiliating jokes including having the sharp end of his pickaxe stuck in his butt and not realizing it.
- Despite being a protagonist on the TV show, in reality, the Prospector was an antagonist as he tried many times to convince Woody to go to Japan with them and hurt some of Woody's friends.
- Stinky Pete was marked by his severe hatred for "space toys", whom he had blamed for causing the cancellation of the show, which ran on TV until the launch of Sputnik, which led to children's subsequent loss of interest in cowboy toys.
- After Toy Story 2 was released, there were interviews with all the characters on the website, including Stinky Pete, who stated that he had grown accustomed to having Amy decorate him, and he liked it, having reformed with a change of heart.
- Although Stinky Pete doesn't appear in Toy Story 3, he appeared in Toy Story 3: The Video Game as a minor character (this time more like the Woody's Roundup version). Kelsey Grammer did not reprise the role.
- Stinky Pete predicted some of the events of Toy Story 3.
- In an outtake from Toy Story 2, Stinky Pete was talking to the Barbie twins about getting them a part in Toy Story 3. Since this was non-canon, it turns out it wasn't real, as only one Barbie appeared in the third film.
- Before Buzz, Woody and the gang stuffed him into Amy's backpack, he said that the toys would end up in a landfill, and they did.
- In Toy Story 2, Prospector asked Woody if he thought that Andy was going to take him to college or on his honeymoon, as it was unlikely an adult would do so. While in Toy Story 3, his prediction on that turned out to be true, with Andy ultimately handing Woody, along with his other toys (including Jessie and Bullseye), over to a girl named Bonnie Anderson. However, it should be noted that Andy was indeed initially planning on taking Woody with him to college, therefore defying the Prospector's expectations.
- There is a Toy Story 3 poster where Stinky Pete is leaning on a 3, possibly hinting that Stinky Pete was originally going to be in the third film.
- According to his box, the Prospector said 9 phrases, which probably went for the rest of the gang as well (except Bullseye). Some of them included: "There's Gold in them ther Hills", "Help! I think I'm stuck", "Aw...Shucks-A-Roo" and "Oh Boy!...Beans for Dinner."
- Despite the fact that he is neither one of Andy's toys nor one of Bonnie's toys, Stinky Pete makes a cameo in Toy Story Mania!. Again, like the Toy Story 3 video game, Grammer did not reprise his role.
- Stinky Pete appears to be one of the stronger toys. He was able to knock Buzz clear off the conveyor belt with one punch as well as kick woody a considerable distance during their fight. He also was able to restrain and later overpower Woody with little effort.
- At the end of Toy Story 3, Andy mentions Jessie and Bullseye by name to Bonnie, implying that since the events of Toy Story 2, Andy, at some point, learned their identities from the Woody's Roundup TV show, but it is currently unknown whether Andy knows anything about Stinky Pete.
- Stinky Pete is the only one of the Woody's Roundup characters whose voice sounds completely different between his TV appearance and his toy self. The former depicts him with a high-pitched Southern accent, while the latter has him with a deep, sophisticated voice.
- "Prospector said someday you'd come. Sweet mother of Abraham Lincoln! The Prospector! He'll wanna meet ya!"
- —Jessie, after meeting Woody for the first time
- Woody: "All right! All right! Next tape! (However, the TV is turned off) Hey, wait, wait, wait. What... What happened? What happens next? Come on! Let's see the next episode!"
Stinky Pete: "That's it."
Stinky Pete: "The show was canceled after that."
Woody: "Wait, wait, wait, wait. What about the gold mine and the... and the cute little critters and the dynamite? That was a great show. I mean, why cancel it?"
Stinky Pete: "Two words: Sput-nik. Once the astronauts went up, children only wanted to play with space toys."
Woody: "I know how that feels. But still, my own show! I mean, look at all this stuff!"
- —Stinky Pete explains to Woody the reason behind the cancellation of Woody's Roundup
- Prospector: "Now it's on to the museum!"
Woody: "Museum? What museum?"
Prospector: "The museum. We're being sold to the Konishi Toy Museum in Tokyo."
- —Stinky Pete and Woody
- Stinky Pete: "Woody, don't be mad at Jessie. She's been through more than you know. Why not make amends before you leave, huh? It's the least you can do."
Woody: "All right. But I don't know what good it'll do."
- —Stinky Pete asks Woody to speak with Jessie
- Stinky Pete: "How long will it last, Woody? Do you really think Andy is going to take you to college... or on his honeymoon? Andy's growing up... and there's nothing you can do about it. It's your choice, Woody. You can go back, or you can stay with us and last forever. You'll be adored by children for generations."
Woody: "Who am I to break up the Roundup gang?"
- —Stinky Pete, asking for Woody's decision
- Jessie: "Whoo-hoo! We're finally going! Can you believe it?"
Stinky Pete: "That's custom-fitted foam insulation you'll be riding in, Bullseye. First class all the way!"
Woody: "You know what? I'm actually excited about this. I mean it. I really am!"
Stinky Pete: "And why shouldn't you be?"
Jessie: "Swing your partner do-si-do! Look at you, you dancing cowboy!"
Stinky Pete: "Look! I'm doing the box step!"
- —Jessie, Woody, and Stinky Pete, as they eagerly anticipate their shipment to Japan
- "Good going, Woody! I thought they'd never leave."
- —Stinky Pete, after Buzz leaves Woody to contemplate his decision
- Stinky Pete: "Woody, where are you going?"
Woody: "You're right, Prospector. I can't stop Andy from growing up. But I wouldn't miss it for the world."
Stinky Pete: "No!"
- —Stinky Pete and Woody, after Woody changes his mind
- Jessie: "Prospector?"
Woody: "You're out of your box!"
Stinky Pete: "I tried reasoning with you, Woody. But you keep forcing me to take extreme measures."
Woody: "Wait a minute! You turned on the TV last night, not Jessie."
Stinky Pete: "Look, we have an eternity to spend together in the museum. Let's not start off by pointing fingers, shall we?"
- —Jessie, Woody, and Stinky Pete, as Stinky Pete locks the Roundup Gang in the apartment
- Stinky Pete: "It's too late, Woody. That silly Buzz Lightweight can't help you."
Woody: "His name is Buzz Lightyear!"
Stinky Pete: "Whatever! I've always hated those upstart space toys."
- —Stinky Pete and Woody
- Buzz: "Okay, Woody, let's go!"
Stinky Pete: (punches Buzz off the ramp) "Take that, space toy!"
Woody: "Hey! No one does that to my friend!" (fights Stinky Pete but Stinky Pete shoves him off)
Stinky Pete: (reopens the rip in Woody's arm) "Your choice, Woody. You can go to Japan together or in pieces. If he fixed ya once, he can fix you again. Now get in the box!"
Stinky Pete: "Fine!"
- —Stinky Pete faces off with Buzz Lightyear, then with Woody
- Buzz: (grabs Stinky Pete) "Gotcha!"
Stinky Pete: "Idiots! Children destroy toys! You'll all be ruined! Forgotten! Spending eternity rotting in some landfill!"
Woody: "Well, Stinky Pete, I think it's time you learned the true meaning of playtime. (points to something off-screen) Right over there, guys!"
Stinky Pete: (whimpers) "No! NOO! NOOO!!
- —Buzz captures the prospector, and Woody and the toys get rid of him
- "Happy trails, Prospector."
- —Woody, after Stinky Pete is disposed
- "Look, Barbie, a big, ugly man doll. Oh, he needs a makeover."
- —Amy, as she discovers Stinky Pete in her backpack at Tri-County International Airport