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Fifi La Fume
Promotional image of Fifi La Fume
First appearance A cameo on Tiny Toon Adventures in the series premiere "The Looney Beginning". Introduced as a regular character since the fifth episode "The Buster Bunny Bunch" in the segment "Born To Be Riled" (1990).
Portrayed by Kath Soucie
Species Skunk
Hangs Out
Shirley the Loon
Babs Bunny
Known Friends

Hamton, Buster Bunny,
Plucky Duck, Li'l Sneezer
Dizzy Devil, Furrball
Plucky Duck
Bimbette Skunk
Elmyra Duff and Montana Max
Mentor Pepé Le Pew

Fifi La Fume is a cartoon character from the Warner Bros. animated television series Tiny Toon Adventures.[1] She is one of the main characters on the show. Fifi is voiced by Kath Soucie. Fifi is a young, purple and white female skunk with a pink bowed ribbon in her hair. She attends Acme Loonerversity and lives in Acme Acres. She is also one of Acme Loonerversity's cheerleaders in which, like the other two (Babs Bunny & Shirley the Loon), she wears a royal blue ribbon in place of her pink ribbon.


Character Profile and Personality

Fifi is a teenaged female parody of the Looney Tunes character Pepé Le Pew, who occasionally, though not often, serves as her mentor in the series. She may also be based on Miz Mam'selle Hepzibah, another French female skunk from the comic strip Pogo. Her fur is purple and white, as opposed to a normal skunk's black and white, and she keeps a ribbon tied to her hair which causes it to fall over one eye, giving her a sultry, coquettish look. She has a massive tail, over twice the size of her own body, which is the source of her powerful odor. She uses her tail for a number of things, including a pillow, a pom-pom, and a snare to capture potential boyfriends before they can get away.

Like Pepé, Fifi is French and very flirtatious. She mainly speaks English with a few French words. She also shares the same faults as her idol: intense skunk-odor, and an inability to take "no" for an answer when pursuing the romantic object of her choice. When she falls in love, she loses all self control, and will not allow anything to stop her from literally capturing her prey.

Fifi's putrid stench has been shown to be powerful enough to melt solid steel and the more she falls in love, the stronger her stench gets. However, unlike Pepè, who reeks all the time, Fifi's musk only comes into play when she is attracted to someone, or when it would advance the plot, thus allowing her to interact with other characters when she is not the central focus of the story. Fifi's character is also taken in a somewhat sympathetic light, for she, alone, longs for a lover, leaving many people to feel sorry for her. Also, while Pepè seems oblivious of himself smelling bad, Fifi realizes she has a foul odor and often uses it to her advantage during desperate situations. For instance, in "Out of Odor", she wielded her tail like a machine gun to fire clouds of musk. Other uses include providing a means of causing mishaps among an opposing team. Two such examples are The Acme Bowl and Son of the Wacko World of Sports. In The Acme Bowl, Fifi caused Roderick Rat to turn green and fumble the football after she laid out a wall of brownish yellow clouds in his way. In Son of the Wack World of Sports, Fifi knocked out the Perfecto catcher (Rubella Rat) in a baseball game after Sylvester joked that she hadn't reached first base since 1988, which annoyed Fifi. In both cases Fifi was annoyed when she did it, mainly as a means of getting even. It is also shown that her smell can be erased by tomato juice, but the effects are only temporary and can be reversed quickly by washing the tomato juice off.

Fifi is somewhat depicted as a bimbo. Being so, she can easily be tricked into anything. For instance, in Out of Odor, she fell for Elmyra's trap, who was pretending to be Pepè. Simultaneously, Fifi is also referred to as being something of a feminist, as she is the pursuer, as opposed to the more usual female role of pursued. She also imagines that there's nothing a boy could do that she couldn't do herself, which sometimes has disastrous results. Her remarks toward boys are also rather self-regardingly amusing. For instance, in Aroma Amore, Fifi affectionately remarked, "Leettle boys are such children!"

Fifi is also far more versatile than her Looney Tunes counterpart, appearing in stories that do not entirely revolve around enrapture with Romance. Apart from being a 'lovair', her many misadventures include the prom, looking for mature boys, having to deal with Elmyra, attempting to get an autograph from a famous movie star skunk hunk, and doing an impression of Jacques Cousteau, on a trip for 'sea minkies' as well as being one of Acme Loonerversity's trio of cheerleaders.

Character History and Relationships

Best Friends & Family

Like the other characters in the series, Fifi attends Acme Looniversity to be properly educated in the techniques of being a successful cartoon character. Fifi's best friends in the series were fellow classmates Babs Bunny and Shirley the Loon. The majority of Fifi's appearances were as a part of this group, and they proceeded to engage in numerous adventures.

Together, they were the cheerleaders for the Acme Looniversity Football Team, and at one point, the unofficial back-up players. Another time, in search of more mature men, the three went to a high-class dance only to find that all the boys there were stuck-up. However, most of their time together was spent just hanging out and doing girl stuff.

Like Buster Bunny, Fifi's family is occasionally spoken of but never seen. After capturing Furrball (whom she'd mistaken for a cute boy-skunk), she had planned to introduce him to her family. Despite having a family, she lives alone in a beat-up, red Cadillac DeVille in the Acme Acres Junkyard.

Love Interests

Furrball and Calamity Coyote

Fifi once mistook Furrball for a boy skunk in Aroma Amore, and made the same mistake with Calamity Coyote in Love Stinks. The results were predictable enough, with Fifi amorously pursuing the terrified boys across Acme Acres with reckless abandon (like Pepè Le Pew when pursuing Penelope Pussycat), determined to make them her boyfriends. After being repeatedly captured, cuddled, and kissed by the bigger and stronger skunkette, both luckless boys managed to escape a smelly fate in the same fashion: by removing their own white stripes and finding someone else (someone they did not like) for Fifi to chase.

Little Beeper

In Love stinks Calamity had removed his skunk appearance and transferred accidentally to Little Beeper. He took advantage of this by whistling for Fifi who immediately began to chase Little Beeper even though she couldn't keep up with him.

Johnny Pew

In the direct-to-video Tiny Toons movie How I Spent My Vacation, Fifi finds brief joy with a genuine skunk; this one being a movie-star named Johnny Pew. After waiting on him hand-and-foot in exchange for an autograph, Fifi discovers he is an arrogant jerk when he gives her autograph away to a voluptuous female skunk named Bimbette. Fifi promptly and literally kicks him to the curb while at a movie theater where Johnny was captured by Elmyra and was forced to be her pet "kitty". Johnny Pew was voiced by Rob Paulsen.

Buster Bunny

Fifi has also been known to have brief flings with other boys in Acme Acres.

In the first segment of the episode Return to the Acme Acres Zone, titled Real Kids Don't Eat Broccoli, Fifi meets Buster (playing an old-fashioned private eye) at a club and insists that they dance. After forcing Buster to engage her in a lengthy tango, Fifi plants a big kiss on him. "Fifi", however, was revealed to be an evil robot clone by the episode's end.

Dizzy Devil

In the second segment of the episode New Class Day, titled Sound-Off, all the Tiny Toons characters are thrown into a silent film. Dizzy Devil chases Buster and Babs into a hollow tree (or thinks he does), but when he reaches in he pulls out a swooning Fifi by her tail. Fifi sighs "What a man!" and promptly chases Dizzy down the street. Dizzy attempts to escape the love-struck Fifi on a bicycle, but after a considerable amount of pedaling discovers it to be a stationary piece of exercise equipment that she had set-up to trap him.

Hampton J. Pig

At some points in the series, she has a relationship with Hamton J. Pig, one out of mutual interest. It was also shown that Hamton is more than willing to ignore her stink for her attention, which he often succeeds in doing.

In Prom-ise Her Anything, Hamton asked Fifi to be his date to the Prom, and Fifi enthusiastically (and magnetically) accepted in a heartbeat. A successful exercise in "opposites attract", Fifi and Hamton were seen together on many more occasions through the run of the show.

Pepè Le Pew

In Out of Odor, Elmyra Duff disguises herself as Pepè Le Pew to trick Fifi into becoming her pet. Fifi, unfortunatly, is tricked and rushes quickly to "Pepè". Fifi stated herself that ever since she met him, she's had a, how you say, crush, on him.


Elmyra Duff

Like most characters on the show, Fifi's encounters with Elmyra usually involve the latter trying to make the former a pet. Fifi is one of Elmyra's "pets" in Hare Today, Gone Tomorrow; after Elmyra catches Buster, he leads Fifi and Elmyra's other captives on a daring escape. When Buster is recaptured, Fifi and the others work with Babs to rescue him and teach Elmyra a lesson.

Fifi and all her friends were once pursued by Elmyra in the episode The Horror of Slumber Party Mountain. Elmyra had disguised herself as a gruesome monster and was picking-off the Tiny Toons cast one-by-one to make them her pets. They all eventually freed themselves by the end of the episode.

Elmyra attempted (successfully) to make Fifi her pet in Out of Odor, when Elmyra (repeatedly) mistook her for a cat (she assumed "skunk" meant "stinky kitty"). She disguised herself as Pepe Le Pew, went to her Cadillac, and Fifi fell for the ruse, after which Elmyra squished tomatoes all over Fifi, which nullified her scent. Fifi regained her odor after washing off all the tomato juice, but Elmyra's nose became clogged due to a rose allergy, allowing her to capture Fifi. How Fifi escaped is unknown, though some imply that this took place before Hare Today, Gone Tomorrow.

Her name is a play on her original Looney Tunes base character, Elmer Fudd (ELMyRa = feminine disambiguation of the name "Elmer"; DUFF = a scrambled faux-reversal of the name "FUDD").


Fifi briefly encountered a vuluptuous pink skunk named Bimbette for the affections of Johnny Pew in How I Spent My Vacation. In the end, Fifi lost Johnny's attention to Bimbette. However, Fifi discovered it to be no total loss; Johnny was arrogant and insensitive.

Bimbette was also voiced by Kath Soucie.


  • In the first segment of the episode New Class Day, titled Just-Us League of Supertoons, Fifi was a member of the mighty superhero team, the Just-Us League of Supertoons. She was the team's sorceress, Scentanna, the Mystical Maiden of Musk. An obvious parody of the DC Comics all-star superhero team, the Justice League of America, Fifi's character of Scentanna was an homage to the JLA's classic magic-wielding sorceress, Zatanna. The episode was written by Paul Dini with help from Bruce Timm, the two driving forces behind the DC animated universe.
  • Fifi's seldom-used ending tagline was, "Au revoir mon petite potato du couch!" ("Goodbye my little couch potato!") as she flirtatiously waved her tail at the audience. This ending tagline was only used three times, for the episodes Viewer Mail Day, No Toon is an Island, and Music Day.
  • Fifi made a brief cameo in the Animaniacs episode Survey Ladies. In that episode, she is seen running a perfume shop and tries to help Yakko, Wakko, and Dot find the right cologne for Dr. Scratchansniff.
  • Early production artwork illustrated by Dan Hackett shows Fifi as a standard black and white skunk, as opposed to the purple and white version seen in the final product. Her design also featured a few other variations in build and design.
  • Fifi's character, though a protege of Pepe LePew, might also have been inspired by another flirtatious French female skunk, Miz Mam'selle Hepzibah from Pogo (which, coincidentally, was in the midst of a brief return to syndication at the moment).


  1. ^ ANDY MEISLER, "Steven Spielberg Promises: 'Th-Th-That's Not All, Folks'," The New York Times (July 8, 1990).

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