History Literature / Bunnicula

30th Jul '17 7:16:00 PM Movienut376
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* DarkerAndEdgier: While still very much a children's book, ''Howliday Inn'' does qualify somewhat when compared to its predecessor. Whereas ''Bunnicula'' merely dealt with Chester madcap theories regarding the titular rabbit, ''Howliday Inn'' features an honest to goodness mystery involving [[spoiler:petnapping and the implied - but false - death of one of the characters.]]
20th Jun '17 11:09:59 AM HeroGal2347
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* PunBasedTitle: One of the chapters in the later books is titled "Gruel and Unusual Punishment", a reference to the phrase "cruel and unusual punishment". It receives a title drop from [[PungeonMaster Howie]].
6th Jun '17 7:41:46 PM HeroGal2347
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* NoodleIncident:
** Chester never lets Harold forget about the thing with the geranium. Or the thing with Mr. Monroe's electric shaver. Though unlike most examples, we DO get some details - Harold apparently ate Mrs. Monroe's favorite geranium, and thought Mr. Monroe's electric shaver was a giant bumblebee that was attacking him, so he grabbed it and threw it in the toilet.
** In ''Howliday Inn'', Chester remarks that he read the other animal's personal files while being held hostage. On the subject of Lyle (another cat who's [[CloudCuckoolander more than a little off-kilter]]), he'll only say Lyle has "had a rough life".

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* NoodleIncident:
** Chester never lets Harold forget about the thing with the geranium. Or the thing with Mr. Monroe's electric shaver. Though unlike most examples, we DO get some details - Harold apparently ate Mrs. Monroe's favorite geranium, and thought Mr. Monroe's electric shaver was a giant bumblebee that was attacking him, so he grabbed it and threw it in the toilet.
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NoodleIncident: In ''Howliday Inn'', Chester remarks that he read the other animal's personal files while being held hostage. On the subject of Lyle (another cat who's [[CloudCuckoolander more than a little off-kilter]]), he'll only say Lyle has "had a rough life".



* PredatorTurnedProtector: Chester ultimately becomes much friendlier toward Bunnicula, although he chooses to spin it as protecting Bunnicula against his own dark nature.
* {{Pun}}s: Howie enjoys these. An absolutely dreadful one happens when Chester mistakes "driving a stake through a vampire's heart" with a ''steak'', and winds up pounding some meat on Bunnicula's chest while the rabbit sleeps.

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* PredatorTurnedProtector: Chester Chester, who spends much of the series seeing himself as the Van Helsing to Bunnicula's Dracula, ultimately becomes much friendlier toward Bunnicula, although saves him from the wreckage of a building once he finally accepts that Bunnicula isn't dangerous. Harold later comments on his new friendliness towards Bunnicula; Chester chooses to spin it as protecting Bunnicula the rabbit against his own dark nature.
* {{Pun}}s: {{Pun}}s:
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Howie enjoys these. making punny remarks, much to Chester's exasperation.
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An absolutely dreadful one happens when Chester mistakes "driving a stake through a vampire's heart" with a ''steak'', and winds up pounding some meat on Bunnicula's chest while the rabbit sleeps.


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* VampiresHateGarlic: Chester succeeds at keeping the titular vampire wabbit away from the Monroes' vegetables by using garlic. Of course, this gets him in trouble the next morning when Mrs. Monroe catches him and gives the irate cat a bath. Later on, he uses a garlic necklace and blocks Bunnicula's way so he can't get at the vegetables. This subtler approach does not alert the Monroes and it's only thanks to Harold that Bunnicula survives.
6th Jun '17 7:04:00 PM HeroGal2347
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* HeroicDog: Harold is single-handedly responsible for thwarting Chester's attempt to starve Bunnicula.



* OnlySaneMan: Harold, the viewpoint character and in-universe narrator. While not very well-read, he certainly has a better grip on reality than Chester, and tries to keep the cat's wild notions in line- emphasis on "Tries". Chester, meanwhile, ''thinks'' he's one of these, but his imagination and cynicism tends to stir things up.

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* OnlySaneMan: Harold, the viewpoint character and in-universe narrator. While not very well-read, he certainly has a better grip on reality than Chester, and tries to keep the cat's wild notions in line- emphasis on "Tries"."tries". Chester, meanwhile, ''thinks'' he's one of these, but his imagination and cynicism tends to stir things up.



* CloudcuckoolanderWasRight: In ''Howliday Inn'', Chester determinedly thinks something horrible is going to happen, and is proven right when Louise goes missing, believing it to be foul play. While not murder, the poodle did not vanish of her own will.

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* CloudcuckoolanderWasRight: TheCloudcuckoolanderWasRight: In ''Howliday Inn'', Chester determinedly thinks something horrible is going to happen, and is proven right when Louise goes missing, believing it to be foul play. While not murder, the poodle did not vanish of her own will.


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* HeroicDog: Played with in ''The Celery Stalks at Midnight''; Harold tries to save Mr. Monroe from drowning, but it turns out he's misinterpreted the situation; Mr. Monroe was participating in a dunking booth and was never in any actual danger.
6th Dec '16 8:05:49 PM HeroGal2347
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* HairRaisingHare. Possibly. Certainly Bunnicula scares Chester.
* ItWasADarkAndStormyNight: Inverted:

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* HairRaisingHare. Possibly. Certainly Chester assumes Bunnicula scares Chester.
is an evil, vampiric bunny who will take over [=/=] destroy the world given enough time. To anyone else, he's not really terrifying.
* ItWasADarkAndStormyNight: Inverted:ItWasADarkAndStormyNight:
** Inverted in ''The Celery Stalks at Midnight'':



* KillerRabbit: or so Chester assumes

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* KillerRabbit: or so Bunnicula is a vampire-like rabbit that Chester assumes''assumes'' is a killer rabbit, hiding his malevolent nature behind a cute exterior, but there's no evidence that he ever actually does any harm whatsoever besides draining vegetables.



* MeaningfulName: Harold mentions that Chester was named after G. K. Chesteron.

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* MeaningfulName: Harold mentions that Chester was named after G. K. Chesteron.Chesterton.



* NoodleIncident: Chester never lets Harold forget about the thing with the geranium. Or the thing with Mr. Monroe's electric shaver. Though unlike most examples, we DO get some details - Harold apparently ate Mrs. Monroe's favorite geranium, and thought Mr. Monroe's electric shaver was a giant bumblebee that was attacking him, so he grabbed it and threw it in the toilet.

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* NoodleIncident: NoodleIncident:
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Chester never lets Harold forget about the thing with the geranium. Or the thing with Mr. Monroe's electric shaver. Though unlike most examples, we DO get some details - Harold apparently ate Mrs. Monroe's favorite geranium, and thought Mr. Monroe's electric shaver was a giant bumblebee that was attacking him, so he grabbed it and threw it in the toilet.



* NotSoAboveItAll: Despite being the OnlySaneMan, Harold usually begins to get sucked into Chester's delusions toward the end of each book, when confronted with weirder and weirder goings-on with no ready prosaic explanation.



* PredatorTurnedProtector: Chester ultimately becomes much friendlier toward Bunnicula, although he chooses to spin it as protecting Bunnicula against his own dark nature.



* WrongGenreSavvy: Chester sees himself as Van Helsing to Bunnicula's {{Dracula}}, when the truth is a lot more [[DefangedHorrors benign]].

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* WrongGenreSavvy: WrongAssumption: Chester sees himself as Van Helsing to Bunnicula's {{Dracula}}, when the truth is a lot more [[DefangedHorrors benign]].
14th Nov '16 8:17:55 PM cybertoy0
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* EntertaininglyWrong: Near the end of the first book, the Monroes conclude that Chester's behavior was rooted in a sibling rivalry he allegedly has with Bunnicula.


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* LamePunReaction: In "Bunnicula Strikes Back" Howie cracks that "You're no bunny until some bunny loves you" and Harold narration notes that he could ''hear'' Chester grind his teeth.
11th Nov '16 6:37:26 PM cybertoy0
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* CloudcuckoolanderWasRight: In ''Howliday Inn'', Chester determinedly thinks something horrible is going to happen, and is proven right when Louise goes missing, believing it to be foul play. While not murder, the poodle did not vanish of her own will.
11th Nov '16 4:32:24 PM cybertoy0
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* OnlySaneMan: Harold, the viewpoint character and in-universe narrator. While not very well-read, he certainly has a better grip on reality than Chester, and tries to keep the cat's wild notions in line- emphasis on "Tries". Chester, meanwhile, ''thinks'' he's one of these, but his imagination and cynicism tends to stir things up.
18th Sep '16 5:56:00 AM fruitstripegum
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* AffectionateParody: Both series are a parody of horror novels. Also, the ''Fleshcrawler'' books Howie reads are clearly parodies of R.L. Stine's ''Goosebumps''.

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* AffectionateParody: Both series are a parody of horror novels. Also, the ''Fleshcrawler'' books Howie reads are clearly parodies of R.L. Stine's ''Goosebumps''.''Literature/{{Goosebumps}}''.



* ObliviouslyEvil: So far in the cartoon's first episode, Bunnicula has been shown to be pretty nice but don't really seem to understand how dangerous and wrong his actions are such as raising the dead which he immediately understood when told seeing zombies could have scared Mina.



* ShoutOut:
** Mina is shown watching a cartoon that looks like ''WesternAnimation/{{Breadwinners}}'' at the beginning of "Alligator Tears".
** M.T. Graves and the ''Fleshcrawlers'' series are clearly a reference to R.L. Stine and ''Goosebumps.''

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* ShoutOut:
** Mina is shown watching a cartoon that looks like ''WesternAnimation/{{Breadwinners}}'' at the beginning of "Alligator Tears".
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ShoutOut: M.T. Graves and the ''Fleshcrawlers'' series are clearly a reference to R.L. Stine and ''Goosebumps.''
25th Jul '16 5:15:00 PM Nire
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* VegetarianVampire: Literally! Bunnicula doesn't feed on blood at all. Instead, he sucks vegetables of all their juices.
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