Panchito is a friend of Donald Duck and José Carioca. He lives in Mexico and rides on a horse called Señor Martinez.
Panchito's full name has been given three times over the course of three different series, and slightly different in variation each time. In the House of Mouse episode "Not So Goofy", Panchito's full name is given in the song "My Name is Panchito" as Panchito Romero Miguel Junipero Francisco Quintero Gonzalez. Later, in the Mickey and the Roadster Racers episode "Mickey's Perfecto Day!", Panchito's full name is the same as in House of Mouse, but with a "III" ("the third") added to the end: Panchito Romero Miguel Junipero Francisco Quintero Gonzalez III. In the Legend of the Three Caballeros premiere episode "Dope-a Cabana", Panchito introduces himself as Panchito Romero Miguel Francisco Quintero Gonzalez III, this time omitting "Junipero" while keeping "III".
Panchito or Pancho, as well as Paco or Paquito, are nicknames for Francisco, which is a part of his name. The unusually large name is a loving nod to how, in many Spanish speaking countries, people use two last names (which, in some cases, are composed of two or more words) and commonly have more than one middle name. In some cases, like Juan Nepomuceno Carlos Pérez-Rulfo Vizcaíno's or María del Rosario Mercedes Laura Jennifer Pilar Martínez Molina Baeza's, such names as these are pretty large. Quintero Gonzalez are Panchito's last names; per Spanish naming, Quintero would be his father's last name and Gonzalez his mother's.
As there is no reference to his surname "Pistoles", some people assume that it is merely a nickname. While the word "Pistoles" does not exist in Spanish, the word "Pistolas" does means "guns", specifically handguns or pistols. Presumably, the -E in "Pistoles" was a phonetic adaptation to ease pronunciation for non-Spanish-speakers in the United States. His surname "Pistoles" is based on the fact that he is seen with two handguns in some scenes of The Three Caballeros.
Panchito is extremely boisterous, trigger-happy, fast-talking and fun-loving. He enjoys chasing women, just like his best amigos Donald Duck and José Carioca, and always carries two revolvers and a magical flying serape.
Panchito is covered with auburn feathers, which are white on his hands and upper arms. He normally wears red charro pants, a short bolero jacket, spurs, and a belt with holsters, all topped off with a giant sombrero. He is the tallest of the three Caballeros and is also the most slender of the three. In more recent renditions, his holsters and guns are often absent.
Panchito is first introduced when he bursts out of Donald Duck's final birthday present. Making a dazzling entrance, he presents Donald and José Carioca with sombreros to create The Three Caballeros. After performing a musical number, Panchito takes his new friends on his magical flying serape to tour Mexico, ending with a mock bull fight and a fireworks finale.
Panchito appeared in the House of Mouse episode "The Three Caballeros", where he is asked to perform as part of the Three Caballeros. However, problems arise when Donald realizes that no one remembers that he is part of the group. To this end, Donald takes various measures meant to ensure that he isn't forgotten, such as changing his name and identity to The Duck Formerly Known As Donald. Finally, Mickey calls upon José and Panchito to solve the problem. The duo plays their favorite brand of tricks on Donald, and he soon comes around.
In most later episodes, Panchito can be seen in certain crowd shots with José. He later appears again in the episode "Not So Goofy" to perform another song with José and Donald, titled "My Name is Panchito", which featured the first version of his full long name.
Alongside Donald and José, he is one of the Three Caballeros, distant descendants of three knights that defeated Lord Felldrake. Panchito first meets Donald and José when the three inherit the adventurer cabana of Clinton Coot, due to their direct kinship with the original trio. Inside the Cabana, they discover a magical book that when opened releases a goddess named Xandra. The goddess explains that it was their ancestors who long ago traveled to stop the evil sorcerer Lord Felldrake from taking over the world and ultimately sealed him in a magical staff. Meanwhile, the staff containing Felldrake is discovered by his descendant Baron Von Sheldgoose, and as Sheldgoose sets out to revive Felldrake, the new Three Caballeros must learn to become heroes to save the world from disaster.
Compared to his previous appearances, Panchito is more dimwitted here, and makes fourth-wall breaking observations like Donald's tail being frozen because he does not wear pants and the fact that they can't fly because "they're not birds". Similar to his portrayal in the original film, he is portrayed as a daredevil and enthusiastic thrill seeker. Panchito also has an alter ego named "El Gallo Loco", a famous masked wrestler. In the episode "Mexico à Go-Go", the Mexican natives revere and worship Panchito as a mighty warrior before throwing him into a ritualistic wrestling match against Sheldgoose.
Panchito, along with José, made his debut in this show's second season episode "The Town Where Everyone Was Nice!". Here, he is a member of the DuckTales incarnation of the Three Caballeros, which were a band that Donald was part of in college. Like his initial incarnation, Panchito has holsters but carries smartphones in them instead of pistols, albeit twirling them around in a similar fashion. He at first claims to be famous superstar who is constantly getting called by his agent before revealing that he only performs at birthday parties for children. He renews his friendship with Donald and José to defeat the Drosera occidendum.
In Minnie's Bow-Toons, Panchito made a special appearance in the episode Fiesta Follies, where he was the host of a fiesta in Mexico, which happened to be visited by Minnie, Daisy, and Clarabelle.
Panchito appears as an extremely rare meet-and-greet character in the United States, but he can be found regularly at Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea. In recent years, Panchito tends to appear semi-regularly throughout the year at various parks around the world, always alongside José.
Panchito also appears daily in Mickey's Soundsational Parade at Disneyland. He and José join Donald as they dance along the parade with female dancers. Panchito carries a long stick for breaking pinatas
In World of Color: Season of Light, Panchito leads a performance of "Feliz Navidad", accompanied by Donald and José.
In the former attraction, Mickey Mouse Revue, Panchito joined Donald and José in the former animatronic show as a part of the Caballeros.
Panchito appears in Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros at Epcot, along with Donald and José. In the ride, The Three Caballeros plan to perform a concert in Mexico City. When Donald goes missing, Panchito and José go on a search for their missing friend. After a wild tour through the sites of Mexico, the Caballeros are reunited just in time for their big show.
As mentioned above, variations of Panchito's full name from the House of Mouse song "My Name is Panchito" have carried over into both Mickey and the Roadster Racers and Legend of the Three Caballeros over a decade later. In both cases, a "III" ("the third") is added to the end of his name. This is due to a misconception that Panchito spoke this part at the end of his name as the song's final lyric, when in actuality the final line of the song is "That's me!", sung immediately after the last time Panchito sings his full name. Because "That's me!" was commonly misheard as "The third!", this misunderstanding carried over into the other two series. And more strangely, Legend of the Three Caballeros omits the "Junipero" part of his name entirely, creating three different variations of the name in total.
In "Panchito", a 1943 comic book story (see W WDC 38-03 on I.N.D.U.C.K.S.), Panchito's full name is El Gayo (or Gallo) José Francisco Alisandro de Lima y de la Loma Pancho Alegre, with "Panchito" being the diminutive of his middle name, Francisco.
Due to the sensitive nature of weapons in animation, Panchito's pistols are often omitted from his depictions in his recent appearances. This extends to his surname "Pistoles", which is either left out or swapped for another last name, such as "Panchito Gonzales" in The Legend of the Three Caballeros.
Although Panchito's pistols are revolvers, which typically carry only six rounds of ammunition, Panchito is typically shown to fire many shots in excitement far past the capacity of any possible revolver.