If you came to the very long series of Pink Panther movies midway through, as I did, Inspector Clouseau was already an established character. There were some things these movies didn't really explain about him. Notably:
What does this animated pink panther have to do with a bumbling French detective?
Thanks to avclub for helping clear this up, in a great Run the Series article (linked below). The answer: Little or nothing, except in the first film.
That film was called -The Pink Panther- (1963), not for any large cat that appears in the movie but for a large diamond. The 'Pink Panther' was the name of a rare pink-shaded diamond, perfect for stealing in a 60s comic heist movie…