* BaseBreakingCharacter: 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 [[TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation Golden Age]] cartoons were.
* 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.
* DeathOfTheAuthor: In his autobiography, Chuck Jones said that a major rule of Pepe was that he couldn't even find out that he smelled bad because it'd crush him. This despite the fact that his very first "official" appearance, as well as one other short, has him find this out with little to no angst (save the fake suicide attempt).
* 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 he's committing sexual harassment. [[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.
* FairForItsDay: Yes, Pepe is a shameless womanizer who's aggressive flirting is perhaps more "rapey" than his creators intended for it to be, but he's never glorified for it. We ''don't'' want to see him win.
* MemeticMolester: If you look like a skunk, Pepe ''will'' repeatedly kiss you, come hell or high water.
* MST3KMantra: "It's a cartoon about a talking french skunk. Calm down." is a common fan response to people who accuse the cartoons for glorifying sexual assault, something Chuck Jones and Michael Maltese most likely weren't considering when the originally produced the cartoons. Other fans are quick to point out how the WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures gender-flipped version not only [[DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale doesn't get nearly as much complaints]], but is still one of the most popular characters.
* ValuesDissonance: Not only do these cartoons perpetuate the (now long-dead) stereotype that French men are womanizers who never bathe, but Pepe himself is hardly seen as charmingly naïve in the 21st century and more of a stalker-cum-rapist, and there have been a number of fanart in which Pepe is slapped with a sexual harassment lawsuit for the exact same kind of "romance" he attempted in the 1940s. There are fans who like him more as an adult [[CrossesTheLineTwice once they realize how politically incorrect the concept is]], however.
* WeirdAlEffect: Not that many people know this, but Pepe Le Pew was based on Creator/CharlesBoyer's character Pepe Le Moko from the movie ''Film/{{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.
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