* BaseBreaker: In this day and age, Pepe is hated by MoralGuardians and some fans due to ValuesDissonance and his shorts being formulaic. Those who don't hate Pepe see him as an EnsembleDarkhorse because the values dissonance of his cartoons presumably represent how free and audacious cartoons were back then compared to the ones made now.
* BizarroEpisode: "Odor Of The Day" is completely detached from the standard formula, with Pepe (a mostly SilentProtagonist here) instead in a feud with a dog over shelter in the snow. The animation and visuals are also far different from Creator/ChuckJones' usual style, due to being created by Arthur Davis' unit.
* DracoInLeatherPants: Depending on if you view him as a "villain" at least. Generally, most of his fans either portray him as a lonely [[TheWoobie woobie]] who just wants love because most living beings are terrified of skunks or a clueless nitwit who doesn't realize his actions could be seen as terrible. [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs Or both]].
* EnsembleDarkhorse: For never having a speaking role outside of a few odd specials and generally just setting up for gags, Penelope has a surprisingly large fanbase herself, to the point some wish she the writers would let her step out of being Pepe's co-star and become a Looney Tune in her own right.
%%* MemeticMolester: See below
* MST3KMantra: Generally, most of the people who like his shorts usually respond to those who hate it as something like "It's a cartoon about a talking french skunk. Calm down." Chances are, the writers didn't think of the implications at the time, and they also tend to point out how [[WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures the gender-flipped version]] [[DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale doesn't get nearly as much complaints]].
* ValuesDissonance: Egads, these cartoons haven't aged well (in terms of moral values) since the 1940s. In this day and age, Pepe would totally be branded a stalker-cum-rapist (this was lampshaded on Creator/DaveChappelle's infamous bit on ''Killing Them Softly'' about how most TV shows you watched as a child have a dark side to them when you grow up). On the flipside of this, there are some Looney Tunes fans who enjoy the Pepe cartoons more when they're older thanks to this interesting bit of Values Dissonance.
** Probly best represented with a bit of fan art from the late 1990s, where Pepe is hugging a resisting Penelope, whereupon he receives a sexual harassment lawsuit notice from a human lawyer.
* WeirdAlEffect: Not that many people know this, but Pepe Le Pew was based on [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Boyer Charles Boyer]]'s character Pepe Le Moko from the movie ''Algiers'' (which was actually referenced in a background gag on "The Cats' Bah").
** Another WeirdAlEffect: The beginning of "The Cats Bah" is a parody of the original 1950s TV version of ''The Continental'' (way before Creator/ChristopherWalken would make a recurring sketch out of it on ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'').
* TheWoobie: Penelope, and any other cat character who has had the misfortune of being painted in skunk colors and left to be harrassed by Pepe. In cases such as "Odor-able Kitty" and "Scent-imental Over You" the victims actually had it pretty bad before they even met him.