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'''''Pepe Le Pew''''' is one of the more famous WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes ever created, although he's not quite as big as some of the other 'core' cast members of the WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes skits. He first appeared in the [[TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation 1945]] short "Odor-Able Kitty", although it wasn't until the 1949 short 'For Scent-imental Reasons' that the standard formula for his skits were set in stone.

Standard formula consists of the following: A female black cat (whose official name is Penelope Pussycat, although she was often called by other names until Penelope was officially decided on) somehow gets a white stripe down her back either by accident, her own means, or by someone else. Pepe, being the hopeless romantic he is, would always mistake Penelope as a female skunk and try to "woo" her, despite being unaware of how much he stinks horribly. Naturally, HilarityEnsues.

While it didn't have as much {{slapstick}} as the standard Looney Tunes shorts (it had its fair share, as seen in 1951's "Scent-imental Romeo" and 1953's "Wild Over You," but mostly, it was a RomanticComedy turned on its head), it often made up with witty, often suggestive (both for its time and now) dialog. Not to say this guy doesn't have a fan following ([[EnsembleDarkhorse Penelope sure does]]).
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[[folder:Filmography]]

* Odor-Able Kitty (1945):
* Scent-imental Over You (1947)
* Odor of the Day (1948, the only cartoon in which Pepé is not a "lovebird" nor does he have a French accent; directed by Arthur Davis)
* For Scent-imental Reasons (1949), AcademyAward
* Scentimental Romeo (1951)
* Little Beau Pepé (1952)
* Wild Over You (1953)
* The Cat's Bah (1954)
* Past Perfumance (1955)
* Two Scent's Worth (1955)
* Heaven Scent (1956)
* Touché and Go (1957)
* Really Scent (1959): Directed by Abe Levitow with Jones' animators. The only time in which Pepé is not chasing Penelope, as she's into him from the ''start''.
* Who Scent You? (1960)
* A Scent of the Matterhorn (1961)
* Louvre Come Back to Me! (1962)

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!!These shorts provide examples of the following tropes:

* AbhorrentAdmirer: One of the few rare male examples, and possibly the most popular when one wants to prove that not all {{abhorrent admirer}}s are women who are [[HollywoodUgly ugly]], [[HollywoodPudgy fat]], or [[{{Yandere}} driven crazy by love]]. Penelope the cat, however, is a straight example (on the occasions where Pepe gets what he deserves).
* AluminumChristmasTrees: Will a 21st century viewer be familiar with the hoary old stereotype that French people are smelly and horny?
** Not unless they look it up online or know someone who is familiar with the stereotype.
* ArtisticLicense: Pepe is French, but striped skunks are only native to North America.
** Of course, his first appearance, assuming you count it as canon, reveals [[spoiler: that he's actually faking the accent, and he and ''his wife'' have American accents.]]
* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: There have been several hints in recent revivals that Penelope actually does have feelings for Pepe, and most recent material to come out (such as the ''Bah Humduck'' Christmas special and the Valentine's Day commerical) seems to suggest that officially they are in fact a couple.
* AnythingThatMoves: So long as it's black and white striped (and even when it's not), such is the case in a lot of the modern revival Looney Tunes media, such as the DC Comics and ''WesternAnimation/TheLooneyTunesShow'' (in which Pepe goes after human women). "Past Perfumance" (from 1956) is probably the only Golden Age Pepe cartoon that showed that [[spoiler:he will still go after a cat, even after learning that she was never a skunk to start with]].
** And in "Scent-imental Over You" for no real reason he actually is willing to disguise himself as a ''dog'' to return a Chihuahua's affections. "I am stupid, no?"
* BlackComedyRape: By today's standards, thanks to ValuesDissonance and Dave Chappelle's comedy piece from "Killing 'Em Softly" about how the cartoons and children's shows enjoyed when one was younger carry an unintentional dirty side when viewed through adult eyes. Otherwise, it's just a RomanticComedy that's been [[{{Parody}} turned on its head]] and, despite the trope name, the comedy rape is a bit more light-hearted (though still dubious thanks in part to ValuesDissonance) than what's seen in other examples.
* CaptiveDate and ChainedHeat: The end of "The Cat's Bah" where [[spoiler: Pepe somehow caught Penelope and chained her to his ankle.]].
** [[spoiler: Penelope wastes no time breaking out a file.]]
* CasanovaWannabe: Moreso than being a StalkerWithACrush. In fact, those two tropes go hand in hand for him. Subverted in that there are times where Pepe does get the girl, whether it's implied (as seen in the endings to "Scentimental Over You," "Heaven Scent," "Wild Over You," and "Louvre Comes Back to Me") or directly stated/shown (cf. "The Cat's Bah")
* ChivalrousPervert: Pepe's always saving (what he thinks are) female skunks from peril just so he can smother them with affection (cf. "For Scentimental Reasons," "Two Scents Worth," "Past Perfumance," and "A Scent of the Matterhorn").
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome / EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: In Pepe's first cartoon, "Odorable Kitty," it's revealed in the end that [[spoiler: Pepe is actually named Henry, has a wife and kids, and doesn't speak in a French accent]]. [[spoiler: Pepe's wife and kids]] were never seen again after that.
* DepravedBisexual: At best, Pepe fits this trope (at worst, he's a StalkerWithACrush who goes after AnythingThatMoves as long as it's black and white striped. The D.C. Comics have him as either/or, depending on writer). In 1951's "Scentimental Romeo" had Pepe make out with a human man inside a Tunnel of Love ride. The man is so traumatized that he signs up for the French Foreign Legion and passes out. ItMakesSenseInContext... sort of.
** Being fair to Pepe, the tunnel was dark and he thought the man was Penelope. As soon as he realizes his mistake, he angrily berates the man accusing ''him'' of indecency while the poor man limps away.
* DidNotGetTheGirl: Believe it or not, there ''was'' a Pepe cartoon were Penelope runs off and Pepe doesn't continue the chase. That cartoon was 1951's "Scentimental Romeo" and the chase is interrupted when [[spoiler: the zookeeper takes Pepe back to the zoo and Pepe bids a tearful farewell to Penelope]].
** The ending to "Odor-Able Kitty" also counts, though rather loosely for two reasons: [[spoiler: (a) the "female skunk" he was chasing was actually a male cat who painted himslef up as a skunk so he can get back at the butcher, housewife, and pitbull who keep beating him up, and (b) the ending revealed that Pepe wasn't French and was married with two kids]].
* DrivenToSuicide: In one of the more infamous gags these shorts have pulled off, "For Scent-imental Reasons" has Penelope locking herself into a glass display case, with Pepé unable to continue chasing her. Penelope denies his requests to come out, outright telling him through miming that he stinks. Depressed, Pepé pulls out a gun, points it to his head, walks off screen, and shoots it. [[spoiler:It turns out he faked it after Penelope comes running after him to make sure he's alright.]] It's jarring enough to modern viewers that this scene has often been {{Bowdlerised}} out of modern airings.
* EverythingSoundsSexierInFrench: Even if said French is broken and full of bad {{Pun}}s.
* {{Fauxreigner}}: Pepe was this in his original appearance.
* FrenchJerk: He goes after a female cat (whom he thinks is a skunk) and just smothers her with affection without any regard for her feelings.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: While all the cartoons by today's standards can be seen as risque to some extent (the premise is, after all, a StealthPun on chasing pussy[[spoiler:cats]]), it's truly amazing that [[UsefulNotes/TheHaysCode the Hays Office]] didn't go after Creator/ChuckJones and Michael Maltese for "Wild Over You" due to the implications that Pepe [[TooKinkyToTorture enjoys being clawed up by the wildcat trying to escape him]] (though the fact that Jones and Maltese deliberately did this is more of a RefugeInAudacity). Here's the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HNMMdBZLsX4.
* TheGlomp
* TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation
* HandsomeLech: "Lech" being the operative word. Probably the only other animated French character who's more of a lech than Pepe Le Pew is France from ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia''.
* HypocriticalHumor: Pepe begging Penelope to control herself when she goes after him on "For Scentimental Reasons" and "Little Beau Pepe."
* ManipulativeBastard: [[spoiler:The glass case scene in "For Scentimental Reasons" ended with Pepe putting a gun to his head and supposedly killing himself after Penelope says that she's not coming out because he stinks. Penelope is so distraught that she unlocks the case and runs out -- into his still-alive arms. Turns out the whole thing was a trick to get her out and he missed]].
* MinorFlawMajorBreakup: If you consider smelling like a skunk minor, it's been implied that if it weren't for Pepe's stink, Penelope wouldn't mind being his girl.
* NoGuyWantsToBeChased: Pepe panics when the tables are turned on him.
* RejectionAffection: Pepe Le Pew is practically the poster boy for this. No matter how many times Penelope flees from him, or even attacks him, he always thinks she's just playing hard to get.
* SceneryPorn, ArtEvolution, and AnimationBump: Starting with "For Scentimental Reasons," the backgrounds of the cartoons got a lot prettier, lusher, detailed, and more evocative of romance than the ones from the first three Pepe cartoons (two, if you don't count the Arthur Davis cartoon that had Pepe in it). Peter Alvarado did background work on the Pepe cartoons up until 1956's "Heaven Scent." From "Heaven Scent" to the final cartoon in 1962 ("Louvre Come Back to Me"), Maurice Noble did background work on the cartoons.
* SmellsSexy: At the end of "Little Beau Pepe", Pepe concocts a super cologne that makes him irresistible to Penelope.
* SmellySkunk: Naturally. [[spoiler: On a very rare occasion, Penelope (called "Fabrette" in that short) became one of these when she got her own odor on the "if you can't beat 'em, join 'em" premise]].
* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: "Odor of the Day" is the only Pepe cartoon that isn't a RomanticComedy (it's your typical Looney Tunes screwball comedy) and one of two Pepe shorts that isn't directed by Creator/ChuckJones (three if you count the random cameo at the end of the Sylvester and Tweety cartoon, "Dog Pounded"). "Odor of the Day" was directed by Arthur Davis. It's also the only Pepe cartoon in which Pepe is TheVoiceless ([[SubvertedTrope until the end]], in which he says "Gesundheit" to the sneezing dog).
* SpiritualSuccessor and DistaffCounterpart: On ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'', there's Fifi La Fume, who acts just like Pepe (except that she likes it when men go after her), right down to mistaking black and white striped animals for male skunks (though it was revealed that she has a crush on Pepe Le Pew on an episode where Elmyra thinks Fifi is a kitty).
** However, she is much different than Pepe in other aspects, most notably that she interacts with the other Tiny Toons much more often (While Pepe rarely interacted with any of the other Looney Tunes -- at least in the Golden Age shorts. Modern revivals either don't have Pepe at all or do have him interacting with the other characters), and actually uses her stink as a weapon.
* StalkerWithACrush: So very much (and PlayedForLaughs).
* StrictlyFormula: Zigzagged. A lot of the cartoons do follow a formula of the cat gets painted and Pepe spends the rest of the cartoon chasing her, but the outcome is almost always different.
** "Odor Of The Day" is completely detached from the usual formula in favor of Pepe having a rivalry with a dog over shelter in the cold. See SomethingCompletelyDifferent above.
* TooKinkyToTorture: A lot of the Pepe cartoons have Pepe brushing off the cat's violent attempts at deterring him as "flirting." 1953's "Wild Over You" is the definitive cartoon for proof of this trope.
* UnrequitedLoveSwitcheroo: Sort of. In one short, Pepe actually had himself de-scented to make himself desirable to Penelope. Unfortunately, Penelope had herself treated with Limburger cheese at the same time, so she could tolerate Pepe's stink. The result? The tables are turned on Pepe as Penelope chases after him.
** Another one ends with the object of his affections no longer able to smell his stink and coming after him. Unfortunately, she this is because she get soaked and left out in the cold, ending up looking like a twice-drowned rat put through the ringer and so sick she can't go two seconds without sniffing, sneezing or coughing. Pepe was [[AbhorrentAdmirer less than enthusiastic that she now wanted the suave skunk]].
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Pepe Le Pew was supposed to be a [[OneSceneWonder one-cartoon wonder]] ([[spoiler:which explains why "Odor-Able Kitty" ended with Pepe revealed to be an adulterous husband whose French accent was faked]]). Had it not been for Eddie Selzer claiming that the Pepe cartoons weren't funny, Chuck wouldn't have continued them.
* WriteWhoYouKnow: In one of Chuck Jones's autobiographies, he states that animation writer Tedd Pierce was this CasanovaWannabe type guy who would always hit on women and chalk up their rejection of him as "She's flirting" or "She's playing hard to get." This, coupled with exaggerating the stereotype of "zee great French lovair" and Chuck Jones's own insecurities about picking up women, is the basis of Pepe's persona.
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