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I found Pepe to be a breath of fresh air and a surprisingly deep antagonist:
It’s also very fitting that we get him during US Pride month.
Most of us assume that camp=queer and vice versa even though this is hardly the case for everyone, but Pepe’s dialogue definitely plays up the implication.
Camp characters are so often played only for laughs (or else they are dying tragically like in 80s and 90s drama), but Pepe is scarily competent, can be taken seriously, and is portrayed as having depth.
No one in the story makes a big deal about his camp persona. There are no cringey come-to-Jesus moments or after-school special epiphanies that reduce him to an acceptance billboard. He simply is, and that’s awesome.
On a non-Pepe note, one of the villagers in the English localization very specifically avoids gendering the lover she believes she has lost, which implies to me that she believes they could have been of any/either gender.
Pepe, what is your secret to being so interesting?