"An energetic monster of a boy... blond red hair, popped blue eyes and a dedicated troublemaker, in other words the kid next door... genius in his own way, he makes toy guillotines, full-size racks, threatens to poison his sister, can turn himself into a Mr. Hyde with an ordinary chemical set... his voice is hoarse... is sometimes allowed an occasional cigar"
Pugsley is the oldest child of Morticia and Gomez Addams. He is a pre-teen boy (stated to be eight years old in the pilot, but ten in the second episode) who is almost always seen wearing a striped T-shirt and long shorts. Originally unnamed (as were all of the family members), the character who was apparently the prototype for Pugsley first appeared in the Charles Addams cartoons in The New Yorker during the 1930s. In this first incarnation, he was portrayed as a deviant child with a vicious nature, shown committing deplorable acts with his sister. In all incarnations, he is overweight. In the television series, Pugsley usually eats over five pieces of cake at birthday parties.
When the characters were given names for the television series, The Addams Family he was originally going to be called "Pubert" (a derivation of the word puberty, possibly a reflection of his age) but it was rejected as it sounded too sexual, and the name Pugsley was chosen instead. The name Pubert was later used when Gomez and Morticia have a baby in the film Addams Family Values.
In the original television series, Pugsley is played by Ken Weatherwax. This incarnation of the character is more jovial and inventive; He displays outlandish engineering skills, including the invention of a disintegrator gun, an anti-gravity gun, and other devices. He and Gomez created a computer named Whizzo and a robot named Smiley (played by Robby the Robot). In an early episode, "Morticia and the Psychiatrist," the rest of the family is concerned that Pugsley is engaging in behavior they consider "odd", i.e. wearing a Boy Scout uniform, playing with a puppy, etc. When sent to a psychiatrist, Pugsley tells of boyhood incidents involving hangings and grenades, with no clue that others might find these accounts unusual. Pugsley and his younger sister Wednesday play together, sharing an interest in dynamite, spiders, and other dangerous "toys".
In most incarnations of the character, Pugsley had an unusual hobby of stealing road signs, which he used to adorn the walls and door of his bedroom.
He also has a pet octopus named Aristotle. In the original cartoons, he is often shown at a pond in a city park with other children, but while the other children released generic toy boats, Pugsley would release a submarine, a leaking oil tanker, or a raft with a castaway on it.
In the 1970s, there was an animated series about the family, in which Pugsley was voiced by actress Jodie Foster. In the second animated series, beginning in 1992, Pugsley was voiced by Jeannie Elias.
In the 1977 TV movie, Ken Weatherwax played a grown-up Pugsley, who has become a witch-doctor. In the interval between the original TV series and this movie his parents had had two more children, who look just like the original Pugsley and Wednesday. He is known as Pericles Addams in Spanish-speaking countries. He is known as "Feioso" (ugly) in Brazil.
The 1998 series The New Addams Family features Pugsley played by Vancouver native Brody Smith. He is exactly the same as his original 1960s incarnation, however the influence of director John Bell's namesake Charlie 'Edge' Bell is undeniable.
In the film The Addams Family and its sequel, Addams Family Values, Pugsley (played by Jimmy Workman) is a much less intelligent character. He acts as an unwitting accomplice to his sister Wednesday, who makes attempts to inflict lethal harm upon him - although he has returned the favor on occasion. He also appears to be younger than Wednesday. He and Wednesday open a lemonade stand, but their drinks are toxic, and cause Lurch to spit flames when he tries it. At the end of the first film, he dresses up as Fester for Halloween.
In Addams Family Values, Wednesday and Pugsley are sent to Camp Chippewa, a summer camp, where they are forced to participate in a Thanksgiving-themed play entitled A Turkey Called Brotherhood. Pugsley is cast as a dancing turkey, and leads the children in a chorus of "Eat Me"; He is later seen assisting Wednesday in overthrowing the camp counselors and setting fire to the grounds.
In the third film, Addams Family Reunion, Pugsley (now played by Jerry Messing) behaves (for the most part) similarly to his previous two film incarnations, and is the heaviest out of all other incarnations than himself. At the Addams Family's family reunion, he falls for a young girl named Gina Adams.
In The Addams Family Musical, Pugsley (originated by Adam Riegler) is distraught over the fact that Wednesday (now clearly a lot older than him), has fallen in love with someone and has no time to torture him. Pugsley attempts to give Wednesday a potion to bring out her "dark side" to make her boyfriend Lucas leave her, but through a chain of events, this eventually backfires. Pugsley's actions led to many of the conflicts in the second act.
The Addams Family (2019)
In the 2019 animated film, Pugsley undergoes his Mazurka ceremony by doing a reading (which is just a howl and a scream) before getting ready for a sword duel. He grows facial hair like his father, but as he engages in the swordfight, Pugsley fails and falls on his face, but Gomez reassures him that he is an Addams nonetheless. Pugsley uses his love of bombs and destruction to defend his family and home from an attacking mob and manages to destroy their trebuchet.
|The Addams Family Main Characters|
|Gomez Addams | Morticia Addams | Uncle Fester | Grandmama | Wednesday Addams | Pugsley Addams | Lurch | Thing | Cousin Itt|