Pete Fountaine is a resident of Kingston Falls who had the voluntary job of bringing Christmas trees to Kingston Falls residents. He was befriended by Billy Peltzer.
Pete accidentally spills water on Gizmo, leading to the spawning of five new Mogwai, among them being Stripe—who in turn spawns a gremlin invasion of Kingston Falls.
Pete was later seen using a slingshot to attack gremlins that were invading his house outside his window. He also used a knife to cut off the wire of Christmas lights that a Gremlin was climbing. Later he was heard on the Rockin' Ricky radio program, Pete was calling Rockin' Ricky to complain that "little green guys" were attacking his house, while Rockin' Ricky was complaining over everybody talking to him about the gremlins. It is unknown whether he survived or died from the gremlin annihilation.
Behind the scenes
Although Pete was seen after the death of Mr. Hanson (his science teacher) and appeared to still be in Kingston Falls, the novel based on Gremlins suggests that Pete, who was upset about the death of Hanson and had blamed himself for it, ran away from home and was never seen again.