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P.T. Flea is a supporting and anti-heroic character in the Pixar film, A Bugs Life.

He was voiced by John Ratzenberger, who also voiced Hamm in the Toy Story franchise and Mack in the Cars franchise. He is the ringmaster of The Circus which involves bugs.

P.T. also appeared in the 2006 Disney/Pixar film, Cars as a tiny hopping car.

He also made a cameo in a short called Your Friend the Rat. 


P.T. appears for the first time when the spectators leave, disappointed with the show. He begs them to come back and runs away from a fly asking to be reimbursed. Then he urges the Circus Bugs to go on stage but the audience gets bored and laughs at them. Desperate, P.T. invents the Flaming Death which commands attention but ends up falling victim to the number and is set on fire. Very annoyed, he fires the insects.

Later, P.T. goes to Ant Island to find his troop. He tells them that Flaming Death has caused quite a stir and reveals that the Circus Bugs are not true warriors. This leads to Flik being banned for lying to the ants and leaves with P.T. and the circus. On the way, the chip hums, happy to get rich. When Flik decides to return to rescue Hopper's captive ants, Rosie ties up P.T. and lock him in the wagon.

When Flik puts his plan into action with the fake bird, he crashes into the circus carts and accidentally releases P.T. The latter is horrified to see the injured insects, as they pretend, and burns the model of the bird, ruining Flik's plan a second time and allowing Hopper to order Thumper to beat Flik. However, he realizes his mistake that he aid Hopper and is present during Hopper's capture.

At the end of the film, a redeemed P.T. recruits Molt, Hopper's brother, and leaves the island with the Circus Bugs.


P.T. Flea is a brown flea with spikes on him, a black hat, brown eyes and a twig in his mouth.


P.T. Flea acts stingy and self-absorbed and he loves money. He started off as an antagonist, but in the end, he reforms.


  • P.T. Flea was named after the co-founder of Ringling Bros. and Bailey Circus, P.T. Barnum.
  • John Ratzenberger states that P.T. Flea was his favorite Pixar role.
  • P.T. Fleas was only the good guys who helped the villains and almost beat Flik by mistake and error. P.T. Flea was not shown villainy to Flik, but he is shown disrupting his plans first leading to his banishment and his entire colony in danger and 2nd setting his fake bird model on fire.


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Toy Story franchise
Woody | Buzz Lightyear | Bo Peep | Jessie | Bullseye | Andy Davis | Mrs. Davis | Slinky Dog | Rex | Sarge | Mr. Potato Head | Mrs. Potato Head | Hamm | Little Green Men | Combat Carl | Hannah Phillips | Buster | Barbie | Utility Belt Buzz | Bonnie Anderson | Ken | Big Baby | Chuckles | Buttercup | Dolly | Peas-in-a-Pod | Mr. Pricklepants | Trixie | Chatter Telephone | Andy's Toys | Mutant Toys | Woody's Roundup Toys | Bonnie's Toys | Forky | Ducky | Bunny | Duke Caboom | Giggle McDimples

A Bug's Life
Flik | Princess Atta | Dot | Circus Bugs (Francis, Slim, Heimlich, Dim, Rosie, Tuck & Roll, Manny, Gypsy) | The Queen of Ant Island | Aphie | Mr. Soil | P.T. Flea

Monsters, Inc. franchise
James P. Sullivan (Sulley) | Mike Wazowski | Boo | Celia Mae | CDA | Roz | Needleman and Smitty | George Sanderson | The Yeti

Finding Nemo franchise
Marlin | Dory | Nemo | Mr. Ray | Bruce, Anchor, and Chum | Tank Gang (Gill, Jacques, Gurgle, Peach, Deb, Bubbles, & Bloat) | Nigel | Tank | Crush | Squirt | Coral | Jenny | Charlie | Hank | Destiny | Bailey | Fluke and Rudder | Gerald | Cleveland Truck Drivers

The Incredibles franchise
The Incredibles (Mr. Incredible | Elastigirl | Dash Parr | Violet Parr | Jack-Jack Parr) | Frozone | Edna Mode | Rick Dicker | Gazerbeam | Mirage | Winston Deavor | Brick | Voyd | Screech | Reflux | He-Lectrix | Krushauer | National Supers Agency

Cars franchise
Lightning McQueen | Mater | Fabulous Hudson Hornet | Sally Carrera | Fillmore | Sarge | Luigi | Guido | Sheriff | Ramone | Flo | Lizzie| Red | Mack | Strip Weathers | Finn McMissile | Holley Shiftwell | Cruz Ramirez

Remy | Alfredo Linguini | Colette Tatou | Django | Auguste Gusteau | Emile | Anton Ego

WALL-E | EVE | Captain McCrea | M-O | Hal

Carl Fredricksen | Russell | Dug | Kevin | Ellie Fredricksen

Princess Merida | Hamish, Hubert, & Harris | Queen Elinor | King Fergus | Angus | Lord Macintosh | Lord Dingwall | Lord MacGuffin

Inside Out
Joy | Sadness | Bing Bong | Fear | Disgust | Anger | Bill Andersen | Jill Andersen | Bill Andersen's Emotions

The Good Dinosaur
Arlo | Spot | Butch | Nash & Ramsey | Poppa Henry | Momma Ida | Buck | Libby

Rivera Family (Miguel Rivera | Héctor | Imelda | Mamá Coco | Abuelita) | Dante | Pepita

Ian Lightfoot | Barley Lightfoot | Laurel Lightfoot | Wilden Lightfoot | Corey the Manticore | Colt Bronco

Joe Gardner | 22

Luca Paguro | Alberto Scorfano | Giulia Marcovaldo | Massimo Marcovaldo | Daniela and Lorenzo Paguro | Grandma Paguro

Turning Red
Mei Lee | Ming Lee | Miriam Mendelsohn | Priya Mangal | Abby Park | Jin Lee | Grandma Wu | Mr. Gao

Shorts/TV Specials
Geri | Dumpling

See Also
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Flik | Princess Atta | Dot | Circus Bugs (Francis, Slim, Heimlich, Manny, Gypsy, Rosie, Dim, Tuck & Roll) | The Queen of Ant Island | Aphie | Mr. Soil | P.T. Flea