Lately it seems a lot of fans have expressed a hatred, annoyance, or disliking of Pepe. But I wonder, when did the hate begin? When Muppets from Space came out and Pepe was first integrated among the main classic Muppet characters it seems everybody liked him. Everybody who reviewed MFS liked Pepe (even if they disliked the movie), and fans were heavily desiring Pepe merchandise (and while we have gotten some merchandise, the amount of Pepe merchandise seems to remain small). I don't recall anybody hating Pepe until around the time I joined the forum (in fact it seems the same way regarding Speedy Gonzales when I joined the Golden Age Cartoons forum). Some seem to have been worried he'd become the "Elmo" of the Muppets franchise (I think some were worried even at the time of MFS) but while he's been pushed to the top 7 it seems he's not quite as popular as Elmo, marketing-wise. In the past few years it seems Animal is the character put on most merchandise (I'm surprised Animal didn't have his own solo viral video, and I guess I'm surprised about the lack of Pepe viral videos).