YMMV / Pepe Le Pew

  • Base-Breaking Character: In this day and age, Pepe is hated by Moral Guardians and some fans due to Values Dissonance and his shorts being formulaic. Those who don't hate Pepe see him as an Ensemble Darkhorse because the values dissonance of his cartoons presumably represent how free and audacious cartoons were back then compared to the ones made now.
  • Bizarro Episode: "Odor Of The Day" is completely detached from the standard formula, with Pepe (a mostly Silent Protagonist here) instead in a feud with a dog over shelter in the snow. The animation and visuals are also far different from Chuck Jones' usual style, due to being created by Arthur Davis' unit.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Depending on if you view him as a "villain" at least. Generally, most of his fans either portray him as a lonely 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. Or both.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: 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.
  • Memetic Molester: If you look like a female skunk, Pepe will repeatedly kiss you, come hell or high water.
  • MST3K Mantra: 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 the Tiny Toon Adventures gender-flipped version doesn't get nearly as much complaints.
  • Values Dissonance: 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 Dave Chappelle'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.
  • "Weird Al" Effect: Not that many people know this, but Pepe Le Pew was based on Charles Boyer's character Pepe Le Moko from the movie Algiers (which was actually referenced in a background gag on "The Cats' Bah").
  • The Woobie: 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.