[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/pp-rickshaw.jpg]]
->''"I'll get you, Penelope Pitstop!"''

Headlined by one of the most fetching females in animation, ''The Perils of Penelope Pitstop'' was one of two animated series spun off from ''WesternAnimation/WackyRaces''. Implied to be set between 1911 and 1930, the series was strongly influenced by ''The Perils of Pauline'', a silent movie serial.

The heiress Penelope, a classic DamselInDistress, was the ward of Sylvester Sneekly. Unknown to her, {{once an episode}} Sneekly assumed the identity of the Hooded Claw. With the aid of his identical [[CreepyTwins twin henchmen]], the Bully Brothers, the Hooded Claw caught Penelope in one DeathTrap after another, in hope of taking over her inheritance. Invariably, the Hooded Claw would [[JustBetweenYouAndMe explain his trap in detail to Penelope]].

Although she often escaped the Hooded Claw's traps on her own, Penelope had friends in the Ant Hill Mob, a group of seven little men whose car, Chugaboom, may have been a prototype for WesternAnimation/SpeedBuggy. The InteractiveNarrator was also on her side, providing advice and encouragement. Frequently, after the Mob rescued Penelope, ''she'' had to rescue ''them'' from an unintended consequence of their heroics.

The show's voice talent included Janet Waldo as Penelope, Paul Lynde (uncredited) as the Hooded Claw, Gary Owens as the {{Narrator}} and MelBlanc.
----
!!'''This series provides examples of:'''
* ActionGirl: Penelope Pitstop might have been na´ve and prone to danger, but she was actually far more capable than she looked and often saved the day.
* AddedAlliterativeAppeal
* AffectionateParody: Penelope and the Ant Hill Mob may have been gentle caricatures of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
** It was actually lampshaded back in the first episode of ''WackyRaces'', "See-Saw to Arkansas", where the mob dressed up as the seven dwarves to give people false directions. Penelope was the first one they misdirected.
-->'''Clyde:''' If she follows my directions, she'll end up in the middle of the [=LaBrea=] Tarpits!
* AlliterativeName: Penelope Pitstop and Sylvester Sneekly.
* AlternateCompanyEquivalent: In 1970, GoldKeyComics had a short-lived comic series called ''The Close Shaves of Pauline Peril''. Despite resembling Penelope, Pauline Peril was a newspaper reporter whose ''editor'' wanted to kill her.
* AlternativeForeignThemeSong: The Japanese dub has [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R43W7Q8uKA8&feature=related this]] for its theme song.
* AnachronismStew: Although the timeframe is never mentioned in the show, it is implied to be set between 1911-1930 a.k.a the silent film era as mentioned in the main summary, though a few things stand out referencing the current time it was made in. For example, in "Wild West Peril" The Narrator makes a pun on Rock 'n Roll which didn't exist until the late 1940s or early 1950s. Also in "Tall Timber Treachery" Penelope is heard dancing to typical "groovy" 1960s music you'd hear in WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooWhereAreYou.
* AnimatedSeries
* AntiSneezeFinger: Penelope does it to herself in episode "Tall Timber Treachery".
* {{Balloonacy}}: In "The Boardwalk Booby Trap", the Hooded Claw gets rid of the Ant Hill Mob by giving them helium balloons that cause them to float away.
* BondVillainStupidity: Seriously, only actual Bond villains show this more than Sneekly does. It's clearly the biggest reason why his plans never work.
* BoundAndGagged: It happens to Penelope OnceAnEpisode, if not more often.
* ByTheLightsOfTheirEyes: Main titles only.
* ByWallThatIsHoley: "They ''would'' forget to close the window!"
* ChainedToARailway: It's even in the credits.
* CharacterizationMarchesOn: May be a little odd for ''WackyRaces'' fans seeing Penelope and the Ant Hill Mob as devoted allies (especially the aforementioned instance where [[DickDastardlyStopsToCheat the Mob try to use dirty tactics on Penelope]]).
* CoatHatMask: The Hooded Claw
* ComicBookAdaptation: Penelope appeared in four issues of Gold Key Comics' ''Hanna-Barbera Fun-In'' and two issues of ''Golden Comics Digest''. The digest stories had Sylvester Sneekly as Penelope's neighbor (she owned a ranch in those stories) instead of her guardian.
* ConveyorBeltOfDoom
* CoolCar: Chugaboom
* CrazyPrepared: Pockets seems to have a gadget for every occasion.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Both Penelope ''and'' the Ant Hill Mob. Both examples were rather haphazard and prone to getting into danger easily but were resilient and resourceful in saving the other when they were in peril (which happened ''a lot'').
* DarkIsNotEvil: The Anthill Mob look like a bunch of no-good crooks, but they're simply a pack of eccentric good guys, fairly more heroic than their amoral ''WackyRaces'' incarnation.
* DamselInDistress: Both parodied ''and'' played straight with Penelope. (About half the time, ''she'' ends up having to rescue the Ant Hill Mob after they get in trouble trying to rescue ''her''.)
* DastardlyWhiplash: The Hooded Claw.
* DeadpanSnarker: Clyde and the Hooded Claw.
* DeathTrap: At least one per episode.
* DidIJustSayThatOutLoud: The Hooded Claw in "Wild West Peril" after Penelope makes off with his hot air balloon.
-->'''Claw:''' Help! Police!! (''covers his mouth'')...oop...what am I saying?!
* TheDividual: The Bully Brothers. Even if [[NoNameGiven they were named]], it wouldn't matter since they both act and dress ''exactly'' the same.
* DudleyDoRightStopsToHelp: In one episode, Penelope returned a fallen baby eagle to its nest.
* EverythingsBetterWithPenguins: In "North Pole Peril". Only this trope excuses that.
* EvilLaugh: The Hooded Claw, in spades. His voice actor, Paul Lynde, was clearly into this specific part of the character, and delivered those evil laughs with great gusto.
* EvilPlan: Practically non-existent for the heroes. They just know that the Claw wants to kill Penelope for some weird reason.
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: This show is about Penelope Pitstop. She is in peril. Many times.
* FallingChandelierOfDoom: "The Treacherous Movie Lot Plot"
* FalseReassurance: At the end of "Big Bagdad Danger", Sneekly told Penelope that, wherever the Hooded Claw was, he'd also be. He also does this at the end of "Cross Country Double Cross."
* {{Fanservice}}: Penelope provides it abundantly, despite being fully clothed.
* FauxAffablyEvil: The Hooded Claw in spades! As Sylvester Sneekly he puts on the facade of a kind and caring guardian, even as the Hooded Claw he remains calm and composed as he gloats about how he's gonna kill Penelope in great detail, clearly enjoying himself while doing so. And just to rub it in her face, every so often as Sneekly he drops subtle hints to her that he really is the Hooded Claw, and she's none the wiser!
* GenreBlindness
* GenreSavvy: In "Carnival Calamity", the Hooded Claw actually realizes that his henchmen are stupid and that he needs more effective goons. Considering he usually is the typical Genre Blind villain most of the time, this would be a momentary subversion.
* {{Hammerspace}}: Pockets was known for this. (Well, how do you think he got his name?)
* HeelFaceTurn: The Bully Brothers in the series finale, "London Town Treachery". The Claw intends to fire them after the Ant Hill Mob -- turned into miniature Mr. Hydes from a spiked tea -- put Penelope in a peril, leaving the Brothers with no alternative but to try to rescue Penelope.
** The Ant Hill Mob themselves were originally rival racers in ''Wacky Races'' that ''shot at other racers with Tommy guns'' a few times, so they probably count.
* HornedHairdo: Sylvester Sneekly
* TheHyena: Yak-Yak of the Ant Hill Mob.
* ImpossiblyCoolClothes
* ImprovisedParachute: In "Jungle Jeopardy", Penelope used her ''scarf'' as a parachute after jumping from a plane.
* InteractiveNarrator: One who ''completely'' favors Penelope, at that.
* IllegalGuardian
* ItsRainingMen: Or in this case a woman, as noted in ImprovisedParachute above.
* JekyllAndHyde: The Hooded Claw once rented a house from JekyllAndHyde as part of a plan to capture Penelope. After realizing there was no tea there, he improvised with some random ingredients. He planned to have the Bully Brothers capture Penelope while he distracted the Ant Hill Mob with the tea. However, the tea turned them into seven "Mr. Hydes" and they captured Penelope. To get their SentientVehicle to cooperate, they gave it some of the "tea" and it also became a "Mr. Hyde".
* JustBetweenYouAndMe: Happens OnceAnEpisode, ''at least''. Sneekly seems ''obsessed'' with this.
* LargeHam: Sylvester Sneekly as the Hooded Claw, and Penelope Pitstop herself.
* LazyArtist: In many episodes in certain scenes, the straps of Penelope's helmet are colored the same as her hair.
* KarmaHoudini: Though he was a luckless villain who often fell victim to his own devices, the Hooded Claw was naturally never caught or discovered and ended nearly every episode, making a VillainExitStageLeft.
* {{MacGyvering}}
* MasterOfDisguise: Somewhat subverted, The Hooded Claw can quickly change into any costume needed to lure Penelope into another trap or to blend into the suroounding, [[PaperThinDisguise 9/10 he doesn't even bother covering his face or disguising his voice]], nevertheless nobody sees through any of his disguises
* MeaningfulName: Six members of the Ant Hill Mob. It quickly becomes clear what Dum-Dum, Pockets, Snoozy, Softy, Yak-Yak and Zippy do.
** Sylvester G. Sneekly. Makes one wonder how no one (certainly not [[WideEyedIdealist Penelope]]) connected the dots.
** Penelope's surname, she being an [[WesternAnimation/WackyRaces auto race driver]] and all.
* MissingMom[=/=]DisappearedDad: We never find out what happened to Penelope's parents, or why they were crazy enough to entrust her guardianship to Sneekly.
** We can presume they're deceased, as Penelope lampshaded in the episode "The Hair-Raising Harness Race," in which she is attempting to win the Pitstop Cup in said race:
-->'''Penelope:''' Dear Daddy would have wanted it that way. He paid for the cup, y'know.
* [[ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything The Mobsters Who Don't Do Anything]]: The Ant Hill Mob doesn't do very much mob-type stuff.
** Granted, as they're the heroes of the show, there isn't a lot mob-like they can get away with anymore, they did a bit more in ''WackyRaces'' where they were more antagonistic.
* MummyWrap: The Hooded Claw naturally mummified Penelope for one of his schemes in the Egyptian-themed episode, "Arabian Desert Danger".
* NeverSayDie: Averted in the Mexican dub.
* NoFourthWall: Simiarly to how so in Wacky Races, The Hooded Claw and the narrator will often address one another.
** Plus points in this case it's Paul Lynde and Gary Owens having fourth wall breaking comedy
* NoKillLikeOverkill: The Hooded Claw's traps always consisted of some kind of crazy Rube Goldberg-esque setup that would eventually lead to Penelope's death. More often than not, the Claw would always spend nearly a minute explaining how the trap works, and Penelope often takes advantage of the time it takes for the trap to go into action to save herself.
* NoNameGiven: The Bully Brothers.
* NonindicativeName: The Hooded Claw. No hood, no claw. I guess he just thought the name [[RuleOfCool sounded cool]].
** His cape and hat is hooding his identity and claw because he always grabs Penelope.
** ObfuscatingStupidity: Dum-Dum, despite his name, has helped Penelope in big ways twice. Once when he threw a feather into the mouth of a man-eating plant so it would gag and spit her out, and when he snagged the Hooded Claw's cape and hat so Penelope could win a scavenger hunt. Both times he was rewarded with a kiss from Penelope.
* ObviouslyEvil: The Hooded Claw in spades! He's got a giant nose, flabby chin, and a lanky body with a walk to match! As Sylvester Sneekly he has devil horn hair, which indicates his true colors. Frankly, I'm surprised nobody ever commented on this before.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Six of the mobsters.
* OnlyOneName: Clyde of the Ant Hill Mob.
* PaperThinDisguise: The Hooded Claw did this a ''lot'', and sometimes would wear his purple ribbon mask with them, too.
* ParasolParachute: In the first episode, "Jungle Jeopardy", a single small umbrella is enough to lower the entire Ant Hill Mob ''and'' Chuggaboom safely to the ground.
* PackedHero: In "London Town Treachery", the armored Ant Hill Mobsters are canned, with their faces on the labels.
* PinkMeansFeminine
* PinkGirlBlueBoy: Penelope looooves pink; all the mobsters except Clyde wear blue suits.
** Softy has a pink hat-band, however. In fact, each member of the mob has a different colour hat-band.
* PowderTrail: The Hooded Claw lights one in "Jungle Jeopardy".
* PrettyInMink: In "North Pole Peril", Penelope wears a fur-trimmed coat.
* PsychoElectricEel: Two of them are used to power a DeathTrap in "The Treacherous Movie Lot Plot".
* PunyParachute: Penelope's ImprovisedParachute above.
* RubeGoldbergHatesYourGuts: The Hooded Claw could be the poster boy for this trope.
* ShoutOut: From the debut episode, "Jungle Jeopardy":
-->'''Penelope:''' My arch enemy, the Hooded Claw!
-->'''Claw:''' Who did you expect? [[WesternAnimation/DastardlyAndMuttleyInTheirFlyingMachines Dick Dastardly?]]
* SkintoneSclerae: Unlike the Penelope of ''Wacky Races,'' it's averted here. She is given whites in her eyes.
* TheSnarkKnight: The hooded Claw can Snark with the best of 'em, since he IS played by Paul Lynde and all this shouldn't come as a surprise.
* SolarPoweredMagnifyingGlass: In "Hair-Raising Harness Race", while Penelope is trapped in a shed filled with explosives, the Hooded Claw has the Ant Hill Mob bound with a rope and hanging from a tree limb. A magnifying glass is set so that the sun's rays will burn the rope and send the mob plummeting into a deep chasm.
* SouthernBelle: Penelope, natch.
* SpeedBlitz: Why do you think they call him Zippy?
* SpinOff: Of ''Wacky Races''.
* StatuesqueStunner: Penelope is tall, blond ''and'' gorgeous.
** But then, The Ant Hill Mobsters are ''very'' short.
* StealthInsult: The narrator throws in a doozy after the Claw has a fit over a plan gone wrong:
-->'''Claw:''' Hey! I protest!
-->'''Narrator:''' Why not? Everyone else is.
* SternChase
* StylishProtectionGear: When Penelope needs protection, it will be fashionable.
* ToBeContinued: On the original CBS run, a teaser for the next episode was presented at the conclusion of the just-aired story followed by a "To be continued next week" announcement and title card. It was retained when the show went into syndication in the late 1970s; it was edited out from Cartoon Network and Boomerang runs as well as from the DVD set. At least two, for "Jungle Jeopardy" and "Big Top Trap", can be found on Website/YouTube.
* TooDumbToLive: Why do you think they call him Dum-Dum? WhatAnIdiot!
** He certainly was the luckiest of the mob. Penelope kissed him twice.
* TunnelKing: One of Zippy's many talents.
* WalkingTheEarth
* WalkThePlank: The Hooded Claw attempts to force Penelope to walk the plank in "Arabian Desert Danger". And, yes, the incongruity of forcing someone to walk the plank in the desert was {{lampshaded}} by Penelope. The cannonballs were an interesting addition, though.
* WeWillMeetAgain: Done at the end of almost every episode, if not every one, with the Hooded Claw vowing to get Penelope "next time".
* WhyDontYouJustShootHim: The Hooded Claw's time-activated death traps for Penelope. You'd swear he made it a requirement that Penelope die in only this manner.
* WideEyedIdealist: Penelope would never believe that her guardian, Sneekly, was the Hooded Claw, even after she pointed out many times that they look just alike. In "Big Top Trap", Sneekly actually revealed to her that he was the Hooded Claw and she ''still'' didn't believe it!
** Upon seeing the episode again, one can see that Sneekly saved his butt by assuming his normal identity and volunteering his time at the circus as a quick-change artist. His getting up as the Claw was just him showing a sample to Penelope, again to cover himself. Penelope idealistically doesn't believe Sneekly would stoop to that level. Little does she know.
** Just to show how much of an idealist she is, she knows the Hooded Claw is "also" a quick-change artist, meaning she believes Sneekly and the Claw are ''two'' of that kind of artist instead of only one.
----