Pedro Madrigal is a minor character in the 2021Disney animated film, Encanto. He was the late patriarch of the Madrigal family, husband of Alma Madrigal, father of triplets Julieta, Pepa and Bruno, and the maternal grandfather of Isabela, Dolores, Luisa, Camilo, Mirabel and Antonio. He dies at the start of the movie where he sacrificed his life to a band of ruthless soldiers, saving his family and causing them to be gifted with magic.
Pedro was Alma Madrigal's husband. At an undefined point in the past, he met Alma during a celebration for Day of the Little Candles in their village, where they fell in love and eventually got married. Sometime later, Pedro lived with his wife blissfully with children on the way. During the day of triplets’ birth, a conflict struck his town and he was forced to leave his home with his family. During the conflict that same day, Pedro sacrificed himself to the conquerors who were chasing after the escaping villagers, allowing Alma and their children to escape but at the cost of his life.
Immediately after his death, the candle Alma held onto was imbued with magic, and a miracle helped her and her three children, Julieta, Pepa, and Bruno, as well as the villagers survive. The miracle also created Casa Madrigal in an Encanto, where Alma became the matriarch of their family and passed down the magic of the candle to her and Pedro's descendants, as well as preserving the town. Pedro is still remembered fondly by his wife, who remains loyal to him and often prays to him when in need. A portrait of Pedro is hung in the Casita, and Alma keeps a locket with his picture around her neck at all times.
Pedro is seen in two flashbacks throughout the entire film. In the beginning of the film, Pedro and his wife are shown to have been forced to leave their home with their newborn children during an attack. When the young family and other runaway villagers arrive at a river, Pedro was slain by a group of soldiers. Following her husband’s death, Alma’s candle transformed into a magical candle, which brought to life the village of Encanto and the sentient Casa Madrigal.
Later in the movie, after Casa Madrigal is destroyed following the loss of its magic, a heartbroken Mirabel runs away and inadvertently ends up at the river where her grandfather was killed. Abuela finds Mirabel there and confesses that she had not been able to come back to the river following the tragedy. During the "Dos Oruguitas" flashback sequence, Pedro is seen to have met and fallen in love with Alma, and they married. The couple then welcomed triplets before an armed conflict forced them to evacuate their home. Pedro, Alma, their three infant children, and a group of surviving villagers had just reached a river before they were ambushed by following soldiers. Pedro bravely distracted the soldiers to buy his family and community some time to escape, although this selfless act was at the cost of his own life. His widow, Alma, was later gifted a miracle, and she raised her family alone in Casa Madrigal. After witnessing Alma’s tragic life story, Mirabel has a better understanding of why her grandmother ultimately became the way she was and why she acted the way she did towards herself and the rest of the family for so long. Finally coming to terms with her past, Alma also acknowledges that the loss of the miracle’s magic was her fault and not Mirabel's. The pair reconcile, with Alma saying that when she asked Pedro for help, he sent her Mirabel. Afterwards, Mirabel, the rest of the Madrigals, and the entire town help to rebuild the Casita.
Pedro's name is derived from "Peter" but is translated to Spanish and Portuguese.
Pedro's age when he crosses the river is confirmed to same as Sebastián Yatra's when he recorded the song, Dos Oruguitas. Taking in consideration his birthyear (1994) and the year in which the songs were recorded (2020), this would mean Pedro would have been 26 years old before his death.
Pedro is the only member of the Madrigal family to have no speaking lines.
It's been theorized that after Pedro died, his soul had went into the candle and becoming Casita.
According to the movie's junior novelization, Alma (secretly) thinks that Mirabel is a lot like Pedro.
Mirabel, Bruno, and Camilo seem to inherit his humorous personality.
Pedro seeing Alma for the first time
Pedro waves to Alma
Pedro and Alma getting married
Alma shows Pedro that they are expecting three children