->''"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 ''Film/ThePerilsOfPauline'', a silent movie serial.

The heiress Penelope, a classic DamselInDistress, was the ward of Sylvester Sneekly. Unknown to her, OncePerEpisode 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 comprised Janet Waldo as Penelope, Creator/PaulLynde (uncredited) as the Hooded Claw, Creator/GaryOwens as the {{Narrator}}, Creator/DonMessick, Creator/PaulWinchell and Creator/MelBlanc.
!!This series provides examples of:

* ActionGirl: Penelope Pitstop might have been naïve and prone to danger, but she was actually far more capable than she looked and often saved the day.
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* AdventurerOutfit: Penelope's racer outfit is redesigned to resemble an airman variation of it. Appropriate for the setting of the series.
* 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 ''WesternAnimation/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, Creator/GoldKeyComics had a four-issue 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 and 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''.
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* AntiSneezeFinger: Penelope does it to herself in episode "Tall Timber Treachery".
* BagOfKidnapping: The Hooded Claw and his minions The Bully Brothers do this to Penelope in "Big Baghdad Danger" and "Big Top Trap".
* {{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.
* BondageIsBad: Given his usual means to try to dispose of Penelope and how gleeful he is placing her in it, the Hooded Claw practically has a G-rated kink. At one point he's watching his device gradually mummify her from toe to head while [[PassThePopcorn eating popcorn.]]
-->'''Hooded Claw:''' Exciting, isn't it?
* BoundAndGagged: Penelope is tied up at least OncePerEpisode, though only in "Carnival Calamity" is she also gagged.
* ByTheLightsOfTheirEyes: Main titles only.
* ByWallThatIsHoley: "They ''would'' forget to close the window!"
* CaretakerReversal: A few times, the Ant Hill Mob get into trouble themselves while trying to save Penelope, leaving her to rescue them instead.
* ChainedToARailway: It's even in the credits.
* CharacterizationMarchesOn: May be a little odd for ''Wacky Races'' 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]]).
* CircusEpisode: In "Big Top Trap", Penelope and the Ant Hill Mob are rehearsing for their performance in a charity circus, where she does a trapeze act and they are clowns. As usual, the Hooded Claw sets death traps for Penelope, and even [[CreepyCrossdresser impersonates her]] at one point.
* 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.
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* CoolCar: Chugaboom.
* CrazyPrepared: Pockets seems to have a gadget for every occasion.
* CreepyCrossdresser: In "Cross Country Double Cross", the Hooded Claw dresses as an old woman to trick Penelope into giving him a ride on her motor scooter. In "Hair Raising Harness Race" and "Big Top Trap", he impersonates Penelope herself.
* 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'').
* CruelAndUnusualDeath: Despite the lightheartedness of the show in general, the whole premise centered on the Hooded Claw's attempts to kill Penelope, more often than not in quite nasty and juicy ways like mummifying her alive or impaling her on a harpoon. Or feeding her to crocodiles.
* 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 ''Wacky Races'' incarnation.
* DamselInDistress: Both parodied ''and'' played straight with Penelope.
* DamselOutOfDistress: In some episodes, the Ant Hill Mob mess up when trying to rescue Penelope, resulting in ''her'' having to rescue ''them''.
* 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.
* EyebrowWaggle: In the opening animation, the Hooded Claw does this when the announcer mentions him, likely done as a FourthWall vanity pose.
* FallingChandelierOfDoom: "The Treacherous Movie Lot Plot" has one.
* 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."
* 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 in great detail about how he's gonna kill Penelope, 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!
* FriendToAllLivingThings: Animals have helped Penelope escape several times, and with little wonder; "Arabian Desert Danger" she seems far more concerned about a camel (whose legs have been bound by Sneeky) than her own life.
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* {{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.
* HornedHairdo: Sylvester Sneekly.
* TheHyena: Yak-Yak of the Ant Hill Mob.
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* ImprovisedParachute: In "Jungle Jeopardy", Penelope used her ''scarf'' as a parachute after jumping from a plane.
* InheritanceMurder: The Hooded Claw's reason for routinely trying to terminate Penelope is that his alternate identity is Sylvester Sneekly, who would be executor to her estate. This explains why the Hooded Claw uses the ConveyorBeltODoom and similar mechanisms to dispose of his victim: it allows him to be seen elsewhere as Sneekly, thus allaying suspicion.
* InteractiveNarrator: One who ''completely'' favors Penelope, at that.
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* ItsRainingMen: Or in this case a woman, as noted in ImprovisedParachute above.
* JekyllAndHyde: The Hooded Claw once rented a house from Jekyll and Hyde 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 OncePerEpisode, ''at least''. the Hooded Claw seems ''obsessed'' with this. It's even lampshaded in one:
-->'''Hooded Claw:''' Let me tell you about my brilliant trap, Penelope.
-->'''Penelope:''' I'd rather not hear it.
-->'''Hooded Claw:''' Well, that's too bad, cause I'm gonna tell you anyway.
* 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
* MascotVillain: Penelope's nemesis, the Hooded Claw, drives the plot in every case, and he's a LargeHam to boot, which is magnified by having Creator/PaulLynde as his voice actor. Only the Ant Hill Mob gets as much screen time as the Claw, but their overall competency ranges from barely adequate to horribly hopeless.
* MasterOfDisguise: Somewhat subverted. The Hooded Claw can quickly change into any costume needed to lure Penelope into another trap or to blend into the surroundings, and [[PaperThinDisguise nine-tenths of the time he doesn't even bother covering his face or disguising his voice]], yet 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 ''Wacky Races'' where they were more antagonistic.
* MsFanservice: Penelope, despite being fully clothed.
** The closest she really gets to a {{Fanservice}} moment is in "Cross Country Double Cross", when she temporarily removes her boots, revealing her bare feet.
** One would get the idea the creative team had an intense bondage kink, and poor Penelope not too shrewdly demonstrates it.
* MummyWrap: The Hooded Claw naturally mummified Penelope for one of his schemes in the Egyptian-themed episode, "Arabian Desert Danger".
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Who'd want a guardian/lawyer called Sylvester '''Sneekly'''?
* NeverSayDie: Averted in the Mexican dub.
* NoFourthWall: Similarly 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.
* 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 are 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, a flabby chin, and a lanky body with a walk to match! As Sylvester Sneekly, he has a HornedHairdo, which indicates his true colors. Frankly, I'm surprised nobody ever commented on this before.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Six of the mobsters.
* TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou: Surprisingly subverted, as despite the pleasure that Sneekly gets from slowly and painfully killing Penelope, when someone else tried to attack her, he was perfectly content to watch and get rid of her.
* 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.
* PendulumOfDeath: In "London Town Treachery", the Hooded Claw captures Penelope and attempts to kill her using a bladed pendulum that swings lower and lower.
* 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.
* RisingWaterRisingTension: In "The Terrible Trolley Trap", Penelope is afloat in a sealed room that the Hooded Claw fills with water. While the water rises, the Ant Hill Mob search the ship for her. Just as Penelope is near the harpoon on the ceiling, the mobsters open the door and release all the water.
* 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, and the DVD package interior art appears to have given her blue irises.
* TheSnarkKnight: The Hooded Claw can Snark with the best of 'em, since he ''is'' played by Creator/PaulLynde, and none of this should 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.
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* StylishProtectionGear: When Penelope needs protection, it will be fashionable.
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: 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.
* 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.
** And he's only the most pronounced example as all members of the Ant Hill Mob qualify for this. Heck, even the Hooded Claw has had moments of mindblowing stupidity, like attempting to see if a ball can shake a moving platform that sends to a squashing machine, while standing on it.
* TunnelKing: One of Zippy's many talents.
* UnwantedAssistance: Played with. The Ant Hill Mob often were successful in saving Penelope, but frequently got themselves in trouble in the process, requiring their rescued friend to help them out.
%%* 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. It seems likely that he is a {{sadist}} who can never resist the temptation of playing with his food first.
* 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.