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For other uses, see P.T. Flea (disambiguation)
"Uh, no refunds after the first two minutes."
—P.T. Flea addressing a dissatisfied fly customer

P.T. Flea (a.k.a. "P.T." or "Mr. Flea") is a character in A Bug's Life. He is a brown flea who serves as a minor antagonist, but in the end, he reforms.

A Bug's Life

P.T. is the quick-tempered, boisterous, stingy ringmaster of the circus troupe who is unwilling to give refunds after his show has lasted two minutes. He loves money and would do anything just to make it, including hire the lowest of low-lives and even go as far as to have himself wounded as a result later on.

P.T.'s finale consists of an act called "Flaming Death," in which he was almost incinerated. This made him fire his entire troupe, until a footlong line of flies lined up outside the circus tent wanting to see the Flaming Death act again.

Later in the film, as his troupe and the ants celebrate the completion of their bird to frighten off the grasshoppers, P.T. comes to Ant Island searching for the troupe. He finds them hiding beneath a leaf and blows their cover of pretending to be "warrior bugs," stating to them that Flaming Death was an enormous hit. When the ants find out the truth about the warriors, the Queen tells them to leave, and Princess Atta exiles Flik along with the troupe after learning about his lies.

As they are heading back to the circus, Dot (who was just learning to fly) flies to the troupe and asks them for help. She tells them about Hopper's plan to squish her mother when the ants finish collecting all the food on the island. Rosie traps P.T. in her web, and the troupe takes control of the carriage and returns to Ant Island.

Back on the island, Flik tries to frighten off the grasshoppers with the fake bird, but accidentally hits the circus carriage in the process, releasing P.T. from Rosie's web. He sees that some of his troupe members are pretending to be wounded by the bird, so he uses his Flaming Death to set the bird on fire, not realizing it was merely a hoax to dupe Hopper and his gang. Then he realizes his mistake for assisting Hopper and his gang when he sees Flik being bullied by Thumper and tells the troupe to get rid of Hopper.

In the end, P.T. has reformed to some degree, being less stingy and more flexible, after he and his whole circus troupe help to rid the ants of Hopper when they finally overpower him. Then they say farewell to Flik, Atta (who's the new queen now), and Dot (who is a young princess now). P.T. departs Ant Island with new circus members: a group of acrobatic ants, and a new strongman, the fully reformed Molt (under the nickname "Tiny"), (working as a strongman), with the promise that he and the circus will come back next season.

Personality

P.T. Flea is the ringmaster of the circus troupe. He loves money and is totally unwilling to give refunds after his show has lasted two minutes. He starts off as a minor antagonist, but he reforms into a more neutral businessman type in the end after he and his circus troupe help the ants defeat Hopper and his gang.

Trivia

  • P.T. appears during the end credits of Cars as a tiny hopping car.
  • He also made a cameo in the short Your Friend the Rat using recycled footage (he is only called "The Flea").
  • P.T. is named after P.T. Barnum, the co-founder of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus in the early 1800s.
  • P.T. is John Ratzenberger's favorite role.[1]
  • P.T. is John Ratzenberger's second Pixar character after Hamm.
  • Though he is a minor antagonist, he does not show villainy towards Flik.

Quotes

"Flaming Death!"
—P.T. shouting the name of the circus finale
"You're all fired."
—P.T. after his finale bombs
"Bugs will pay big bucks to see, a bonfire that is starring me!"
—P.T. singing about money

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