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STOP, THIEF!!
~ Mr. McGregor to Peter Rabbit.

Jonathan Arthur "John" McGregor (also known as Mr. McGregor) is a major antagonist in three of Beatrix Potter's children's books. He appeared in The Tale of Peter Rabbit (as the main antagonist), The Tale of Benjamin Bunny (as a minor antagonist), and The Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies (again as the main antagonist).

He also appeared in the books' television adaptations and briefly appeared as the secondary antagonist in the 2018 film adaptation, where he was portrayed by Sam Neill.

History

Mr. McGregor is an elder Scotsman who owns a vegetable garden and dislikes pests trying to steal his vegetables, particularly rabbits. According to Peter Rabbit's mother, Mr. McGregor captured Peter's father and Mrs. McGregor put him in a pie. In The Tale of Peter Rabbit, Peter disobeys his mother and trespasses into Mr. McGregor's garden. Peter is nearly captured by Mr. McGregor, but manages to escape leaving, behind his blue jacket and slippers which were used by Mr. McGregor to create a scarecrow.

In the Tale of Benjamin Bunny, Mr. McGregor plays a very minor role. He is seen only a few times driving his horse and cart to town with his wife. Due to their absence, this allowed Peter and his cousin Benjamin to sneak back into the garden and reclaim Peter's clothes, though they end up being trapped in a basket by the McGregors' pet cat. Fortunately, Benjamin's father arrived to the rescue by locking the cat in the greenhouse and returns home with Peter and Benjamin, leaving a returning Mr. McGregor to wonder what happened to his scarecrow and how the cat got locked up in the greenhouse.

Mr. McGregor plays a much bigger role in The Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies, where he captures Benjamin and Flopsy's children while their asleep in his rubbish heap. Mrs. Tittlemouse saves the day by chewing the strings on the sack. To fool Mr. McGregor, they put rubbish of dirty vegetables in the sack. As it turns out, Mr. McGregor wanted to sell the rabbits for tobacco, but his wife intended to skin them to make a cloak. When they discover the sack has old rubbish, Mrs. McGregor believes her husband tricked her on purpose. Mr. McGregor tries to convince his wife that he wasn't fooling her, but this only resulted a nasty argument between the two. An angry Mr. McGregor returns to the rubbish heap looking for the rabbits to no avail.

2018 film

Mr. McGregor appeared only in the beginning of the 2018 movie. He once again tries to catch Peter and his sisters (Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cottontail) and also his best friend Benjamin by setting bear traps in his garden. His plan was foiled when one of the bear traps got caught in his beard. As the rabbit finally made out safely before meeting up with their human friend Bea, Mr. McGregor angrily warns Bea that the rabbits won't be lucky the next time they break into his garden again.

While Peter trespassed into the garden again, Mr. McGregor managed to capture him and prepared to put him into a pie similar to how Mrs. McGregor did the same to Peter's father. However, before Mr. McGregor could do so, he suddenly died of a heart attack, and fell to the ground, much to Peter’s surprise. It later turns out that the true cause behind Mr. McGregor's heart attack was due to 78 years of eating junk food, even after Mrs. McGregor died from unknown causes.

With both Mr. McGregor and Mrs. McGregor dead, their nephew Thomas moved into their house and developed a rivalry against Peter and the animals for stealing form the garden until the end.

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