Stinky Pete, also known as the Prospector, is the hidden true main antagonist of Toy Story 2.
Toy Story 2Edit
- 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. (Sees Woody) Why, the prodigal son has returned!
- —Jessie making Woody meet Stinky Pete
The Prospector doll had never been opened and was still mint in the box, making him sought after by collectors. He always carried 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. However, due to watching toys being sold in a dime store shelf before Al found him, Stinky Pete became bad because he was never sold by anyone, but for right now, he hid his true nature. After Al found him, he spent much time in a storage with Bullseye and Jessie, and eventually met Woody after Al stole him. Stinky Pete was excited, as this had 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 tried to retrieve his severed arm from Al, Stinky Pete left his box and turned on the TV, waking up Al. He placed the remote in front of Jessie so that he could not be blamed for the incident before returning to his box. After getting repaired, Woody decided to leave the gang for home, but Stinky Pete convinced him to say good-bye to Jessie first. After hearing Jessie's sad story of how she was abandoned by her former owner Emily and how Andy would eventually grow up, Woody decided to stick with the gang to join them in the museum.
However, Buzz Lightyear and his friends arrived at the apartment room to save Woody from being sold. Buzz left Woody to contemplate his decision, saying that he would never be loved again if he spent eternity behind glass. Stinky Pete tried to commend Woody after Buzz leaves the room, but then realized that Woody is disappointed of what he had said to Buzz. As Stinky Pete watched Woody, Woody came to realize his mistake and declared to Buzz that he would come back with him and the others, making Stinky Pete determined to stop Woody from escaping. While Woody told an uncertain Jessie and an eager Bullseye that he would take them home to Andy, Stinky Pete decided to take the matter into his own hands as he exited his box, trapped Woody, and revealed that he was the one who turned on the T.V. the night before (to sabotage Woody's escape), revealing his true nature. He then swore that Woody and the gang were to go to Japan with him, where they would spend eternity with him in a protected exhibit, away from kids' reach. Woody and Jessie tried to stand up to Stinky Pete, only for Prospector to reveal the years he spent in a dime-store shelf, watching toys being sold. The Prospector declared that the museum was his only chance of finally becoming appreciated, and he would have no one get in his way. As Al packed his Roundup collection, including Woody, into his case and left his penthouse. Slinky tried to fish Woody out, but Stinky Pete pulled Woody back in.
At the airport, Stinky Pete fought every one of Buzz's attempts to save Woody, but Woody fought back to protect his friend. Stinky Pete reopened an old tear on Woody's arm and offered him a choice of going to Japan together or in pieces, assuring that Woody would be fixed again in Japan. He ordered Woody to get back into the case, to which Woody refused, prompting Stinky Pete to raise his pick, threatening to tear him apart. Suddenly, Stinky Pete got stunned by flash cameras that Buzz and the other toys had acquired from another luggage that looked like the one containing The Roundup Collection. After Buzz grabbed him, Stinky Pete warned the toys that they would be tortured by children, abandoned, and spending eternity rotting in landfill. Then the toys decided, per Woody's decision, to teach Stinky Pete "the true meaning of playtime," and they shoved him into an off-screen luggage.
The Prospector ended up in the backpack belonging to a little girl named Amy, who loved to paint the faces of her toys. At that time, Amy decided to give the Prospector a nice makeover. Horrified at this thought, Stinky Pete wept as he was taken to his new owner's home. However, after Toy Story 2 came out, there were interviews with all the characters on the website, including Stinky Pete, who said that he had gotten used to Amy decorating him, and he liked it, having reformed with a change of heart.
- Stinky Pete is often thought to be the main antagonist of the film since it is debated he had false as bigger plans than Al.
- Stinky Pete was a longtime member of the Roundup Gang on TV, and was often the butt of many humiliating jokes.
- Despite being a protagonist on the TV show, in reality, Stinky Pete was an antagonist as he tried many times to convince Woody to go to Japan with them and hurt some of Woody's best friends.
- He 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 lead to children's subsequent loss of interest in cowboy toys.
- In an outtake from Toy Story 2, Stinky Pete was talking to the Barbie twins about getting a part in Toy Story 3. Since this was non-canon, it turns out it wasn't real as only one Barbie appeared in Toy Story 3.
- According to his box, he said 9 phrases, which probably went for the rest of the gang as well (except Bullseye).
- In the film, Stinky Pete questioned Woody about the idea of thinking that Andy was going to take him with 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 Stinky Pete's expectations.
- Stinky Pete appears in Toy Story 3: The Video Game.
- Stinky Pete is Woody's second arch-nemesis in Toy Story 2, so he can be considered as Woody's answer to Emperor Zurg. However, Zurg is an antagonist both in the TV show and in reality (probobly due to the fact that he thinks he is real), while Stinky Pete, only in reality. In the TV show, he is a protagonist.
- Also, it is interesting to note that Emperor Zurg was evil all through Toy Story 2 until when he was playing with his son Utility Belt Buzz, but Stinky Pete was good through all the film until when Woody decided to return to Andy.
- The scene where Stinky Pete sabotages Woody's attempt to recover his severed arm and when he framed Jessie was not shown onscreen. However it is hinted that he left his box possibly by using his pick since his box was never opened. He then quietly walked towards the TV remote and then turned on the TV. After that he possibly pushed the remote towards Jessie and sprinted back towards his box, explaining how he turned on the TV and framed Jessie.
- Stinky Pete shares similarities to Yosemite Sam from Looney Tunes: They were greedy cowboys who have mustaches and beards on their faces.