[[caption-width-right:350: "You know, it is possible to be ''too'' attractive!"]]

''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 [[UsefulNotes/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]]).

His deep French accent was inspired by Hollywood icon Creator/CharlesBoyer.

* 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)
* WesternAnimation/ForScentimentalReasons (1949), UsefulNotes/AcademyAwardForBestAnimatedShortFilm
* 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)
* ''WesternAnimation/ReallyScent'' (1959)- Directed by Abe Levitow with Jones' animators. The only time in which Pepé is not chasing Penelope (here called Fabrette), as she's into him from the ''start''.
* Who Scent You? (1960)
* A Scent of the Matterhorn (1961)
* Louvre Come Back to Me! (1962)


!!Pepe cartoons with their own work pages:

* ''WesternAnimation/ForScentimentalReasons'' (1949) - Academy Award winner.

!!Other 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 examples 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).
* AllThereInTheManual: The female cat Pepe chased went through a string of names in the shorts, but official media and merchandise almost always refer to her as Penelope.
* AluminumChristmasTrees: Will a 21st-century viewer be familiar with the hoary old stereotype that French people are smelly and horny?
* 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 (she just finds him overbearing on occasion), and the most recent material to come out (such as the ''Bah Humduck'' Christmas special and the Valentine's Day commercial) 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?"
* AsLongAsItSoundsForeign: None of the French is real. More often than not, it's just English with a prefix of "le."
* BigDamnKiss: In the 2006 Looney Tunes [[YetAnotherChristmasCarol Christmas special]], ''Bah, Humduck!'', Pepe corners Penelope with mistletoe. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u20KXAWhhFA She grabs him and smooches him.]] When she grabs him, [[OhCrap Pepe doesn't look prepared for his affections to be requited]].
* BlackComedyRape: Presumably not the intention of the character in his original incarnation, which was to {{parody}} {{romantic comed|y}}ies, but this trope is a common interpretation of Pepe's cartoonishly extreme womanizing, albeit a light example.
* 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")
* ChainedHeat: The end of "The Cat's Bah" where [[spoiler:Pepe somehow caught Penelope and chained her to his ankle. Penelope wastes no time breaking out a file]].
* 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: Some of the cats Pepe chased who ''weren't'' Penelope haven't been brought up again in any media he's been in for well over decades now. Some of them include; the orange ''male'' cat he chased in his first short, the wildcat that broke out from the zoo, or Fabrette, a cat with a natural SkunkStripe down her back who actually ''did'' have a thing for him from the start. There's also the ''Chihuahua'' he once chased after, too.
* 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.
** In another episode, he tried to make love with {{WesternAnimation/Sylvester|TheCatAndTweetyBird}}.
* 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", though rather loosely for two reasons: [[spoiler: (a) the "female skunk" he was chasing was actually a male cat who painted himself 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 "Really Scent," the Penelope cat is so depressed over her failed romance with Pepe that she nearly drowns herself. The narrator convinces her to try a different tack, since "if you can't beat them, join them."
** Subverted in "For Scent-Imental Reasons", when Pepe pretends to shoot himself so he can get Penelope's attention and tells her "[[BlatantLies I missed]]".
* 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. Also, the first cat he chased after was a ''male'' cat.
* EscapedAnimalRampage: In "Wild Over You" a wildcat escapes from the Paris zoo, catching his attention.
* EverythingSoundsSexierInFrench: Even if said French is broken and full of bad {{Pun}}s.
* {{Fauxreigner}}: Pepe was this in his original appearance.
* FunnyForeigner: He is quite the comedic character, and has a French accent.
* FrenchJerk: He goes after a female cat (whom he thinks is a skunk) and smothers her with affection without any regard for her feelings.
** JerkWithAHeartOfGold: While he is guilty of narcissism and stalker-ish behavior, when interacting with those who are not the objects of his affection, he's often shown to be a polite and friendly guy, such as when he happily greeted a frog in "A Scent of the Matterhorn".
* GainaxEnding: The first short has this. See EarlyInstallmentWeirdness above.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: While all the cartoons by today's standards can be seen as risqué 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).
* TheGlomp: Is always getting all close to his love interests, hugging them.
* GoneHorriblyRight: Some of the "female skunks" Pepe chases are cats that had intentionally painted their white stripes to trick others into mistaking them for skunks.
* 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''.
* HaveAGayOldTime: Pepe would occasionally use the term "making love" in the old sense of "making out".
* HypocriticalHumor: Pepe begging Penelope to control herself when she goes after him on "For Scentimental Reasons" and "Little Beau Pepe."
* InterspeciesRomance: Only twice does Pepe find out his love interest is not a skunk, but it doesn't deter his interest at all.
* MauriceChevalierAccent: Not directly based on Creator/MauriceChevalier, but his typical accent and ''honh honh honh'' laugh are frequently in play when Pepe speaks.
* MinorFlawMajorBreakup: If you consider smelling like a skunk minor, it's been implied that the only thing holding Penelope back from him is his odor.
* NoGuyWantsToBeChased: Pepe will pursue his victims anywhere for love but panics when the tables are turned on him.
* NoSenseOfPersonalSpace: Toward his love interests.
* RejectionAffection: No matter how many times Penelope flees from him, or even attacks him, Pepe always thinks she's just playing hard to get.
* SmellsSexy: At the end of "Little Beau Pepe", Pepe concocts a super cologne that makes him irresistible to Penelope.
* SmellySkunk: Naturally. 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 Creator/ArtDavis. 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 mistakes Fifi for a cat).
** 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 getting painted and Pepe spending the rest of the cartoon chasing her, but the actual 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.
** Incidentally the Pepe formula was made to avert this, since they were among the few series in he ''Looney Tunes'' series not to utilise the "Karmic Trickster vs IneffectualSympatheticVillain" dynamic. Pepe, in Jones' own words, was unique for being "a character who just wanted to get laid".
* ThinksLikeARomanceNovel: Does he ever!
* 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.
* TheVoiceless: Penelope almost never spoke besides grunts or meow noises. The exception being the revival short "Carrotblanca", which inexplicably gives her a proper speaking role with a British accent.