Panchito Pistoles
Ay, caramba...
General Information
Full Name Panchito Pistoles
Gender Male
Race Fowlpecker
Nationality Miniflag Mexico Mexico
Born c.a. 1920
Died  ????
Special Information
Residence Chihuahua, Chihuahua, Mexico. Also, generally, the state of Chihuahua.
Occupation Vaquero
Organization The Three Caballeros

Father "Papacito"
Steed Señor Martinez
Friend Donald Duck
Friend José Carioca

Panchito Pistoles, the last of the three caballeros (and arguably, the one who caused their formation) and indoubtedly the most prominent Mexican character in the universe, works as a vaquero (traditional Iberian and Mesoamerican buckaroo) and is most notable for being, with the exception of José Carioca, the only true friend Donald Duck has had as an adult.

Appearing in the 1944 film 'The Three Caballeros', Panchito saw his first in-universe use by Don Rosa in 'The Three Caballeros Ride Again', which was meant to be a story featuring the main characters of the film teaming up, thus making it, in some ways, an indirect sequel.


Early LifeEdit

Very little is known of Panchito's adolescent life. He may have grown up in Chihuahua, a border state of Mexico, which provides his current residence. He has referred to his father, who is assumed to have passed away, leaving behind a map to the legendary city of Tayopa.


The September 1944 issue of the Modern Mechanix magazine did a special on the movie, 'The Three Caballeros' depicting an image of Panchito hatching from an egg, which may be symbolical of the creation of his character.

At some point is his early life, he learned the art of livestock herding, and worked as a vaquero. He has a somewhat advanced knowledge of English (despite it being mixed with local idiom, more often than not), something that José initially lacked completely, having been able to communicate with Donald only in Brazilian Portoguese during their first meeting. The fact that Chihuahua borders with the USA could be one of the explanations for his familiarity with English.

Panchito once claimed that he hogtied many a steer at the Chihuahua rodeo, and that the 'señoritas at the rodeo all say Panchito is always the best rider of the Bucking Broncos', though that is never specifically placed chronologically.

World War 2Edit

During a trip Donald and José did in Mexico, Panchito greeted them in his peculiar fashion and proceeded to analyze the Mexican Christmas traditions. Following that, he guided them to Pátzcuaro, Veracruz, Acapulco and finally Mexico City, which gave him the opportunity to tell the two tourists, the Aztec myth about the creation of Mexico City.

The formation of the 'Three Caballeros' is symbolized through Panchito handing José and Donald each a sombrero, and erupting into their theme song for their first time.

"Here Donal'! José!"

After a friendly 'bull' fight, they part their ways, remaining a symbol of unity during war, on the night sky of Mexico City.

It is unknown as to when Panchito acquired his current steed, Señor Martinez. However, it is possible that that happenned earlier, at least since 1943, as the newspaper strips suggest.

Riding AgainEdit

The Treasure of the Sierra MadreEdit

As almost a decade passes, Panchito discovers by chance, a very old treasure map left behind by his 'papacito' which supposedly leads to the mines of Tayopa.

Tayopa was a long-lost town that in the 17th century was considered to be the biggest silver mine in all of Mexico. Its location was kept secret by the residents to avoid the king of Spain's tax on silver. Unfortunately, Panchito was followed by the notorious bandito Alfonso 'Gold Hat' Bedoya.

He finally discovered that Tayopa was burried beneath a lava bed filling a valley, somewhere in Barranca Del Cobre, apparently having been buried by a volcano eruption in the 1600s. After that, he set ambush for Gold Hat, presumably firing blind-shots, while dual-wielding his revolvers while on horseback, in a vantage point in the valley. To his surprise, he discovered that his to-be victims were actually Donald and José, who were chased to the valley by Gold Hat himself.


The reunion.

After introducing them to his horse, through their help, he manages to find three barrels of what seems to be silver from a monastery burried within the lava. Upon the company's return to Divisadero, they bump into Bedoya, and perform their theme in an attempt to escape. Nevertheless, they are incapacitated, and their precious cargo is stolen.

Following a risky brawl aboard a train heading for the cliff, they defeat Gold Hat, and retrieve the barrels. Unfortunately, they discover that the barrels were filled with quicksilver rather than silver, which instead is worthless. Not letting their spirits down, they return to the Divisadero Hotel, and in order to prevent José from losing his job, perform once more, their theme song.

Caballeros, vaqueros, and garimpeirosEdit

While facing economical troubles, due to great difficulty at finding a job in Chihuahua, Panchito receives an invitation by Huey, Luey and Dewey, a few months or years after his adventure with their uncle. Hitching freighter rides from Tampico all the way to Rio De Janeiro, he and Martinez finally meet Donald and José once again, and decide to become garimpeiros, diamond hunters in the great Matto Grosso.

Donald is eventually abducted by an Indian tribe of illegal animal trappers, descendants of the protectors of the Mines of Fear, a legendary lost city filled with gems. Panchito and José rescue Donald and the trapped animals, accidentally finding the Lost City as well, which ends up to be an ancient Phoenician colony, its mines filled with fabulous gemstones of amazing proportions.

After dealing with the Chief of the Indian tribe and Cobra Grande, a giant anaconda, who Panchito actually 'breaks', they ride it as a means of leaving the city.


While the mines are property of the Brazilian government, Panchito and Martinez turn in the necklace of the Indian Chief and receive a notable sum of money as a reward. They manage to buy a ranch in Chihuahua, where Panchito plans to sit down on the 'hacienda patio and watch his kettle grow fat and happy'.

This is how things remain since Don Rosa's previous-to-final story.


To describe Panchito as 'lively' is in all probability a big understatement. Vivacious and always full of vigor, he needs little reason to be enthusiastic or erupt into celebration, be that in the form of singing, dancing or shooting his revolvers (sometimes in interior spaces).

Although occasionally being portrayed as irritable or potentially proud and aggressive, he only shows respect, camarederie and affection towards his compadres, Donald, José and his horse, Señor Martinez. He has, in a few situations, referred to himself as particularly attentive to beautiful women, and has once fondly recalled relationships with señoritas that Donald would rather have Daisy not learn about.

Despite fleeting mentions of family and other friends having been made, it is implied that the majority of Panchito's life is that of the loneliness of wandering the countryside of Mexico, with Martinez as his only companion.

Name OriginationEdit

'Panchito' is a nickname for 'Pancho' which in turn, is short for 'Fransisco', a not too uncommon male name in Mexico.

While 'Pistoles' does not mean anything in Spanish, it seems relevant to 'Pistolas', which stands for 'Pistols'. As such, it is possible that 'Pistoles' is a nickname, rather than a proper last name of Panchito.

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