Created By: Catbert on October 18, 2012 Last Edited By: Catbert on January 27, 2013
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Bunnies For Cuteness

Rabbits used to add cuteness to a work or associate a character with cuteness

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With their long ears, twitchy noses, and rounded fluffy bodies, bunnies are often used in media to invoke feelings of sweetness, innocence, childishness and general cuteness. Real rabbits can be used for this, but so can stuffed rabbits or other types of toy rabbits or rabbit related accessories. Characters meant to be viewed as cute might have an rabbit related Animal Motif.

When the associated between rabbits and cuteness is being subverted, see Hair-Raising Hare. Compare to Playboy Bunny.

See also Cute Kitten, Precious Puppy, Panda-ing to the Audience, and Ridiculously Cute Critter.

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Examples

[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
  • Mahou Sensei Negima!
    • Negi Springfield wears a bunny costume during a part of the festival arc. While he is wearing the outfit, his normally serious behavior is replaced childish enthusiasm, and other characters comment on how cute the outfit makes him.
    • Nodoka sometimes wears a bunny backpack as a cute accessory to her adventuring outfit.
  • Ouran High School Host Club uses a bunny motif for the "Boy Lolita" character Honey to help establish his identiy as the cute character of the Host Club. He frequently carries a stuffed rabbit called "Usa-chan", uses a "bunny kick" as one of his martial arts moves, and is himself sometimes compared to a rabbit. He also has bunny patterns on many of his belongings, and a bunny background pattern is sometimes used in the manga in panels that feature him.
  • Pita-Ten has an angel named Misha who wears bunny shaped Hair Decorations which signify her childish and cute characterization.
  • Vivio in the Lyrical Nanoha series has a bunny motif associated with her, fitting her bright and positive personality. In Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Vi Vid, even her Device is shaped like a bunny.
  • Bleach:
    • Standoffish and cool Rukia has a soul candy dispenser with a cute bunny face on it.
    • Lampshaded when Ichigo learns that Rukia was trying to get that one for him when she got Kon (who came in a duck-faced dispenser). He calls her on the cutesyness and, in a sort of nervous anger, she responds that she likes bunnies.
  • In Nurarihyon No Mago, Kana Ienaga has pink bunny decorations on her bag.
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[[folder:Music]]
  • Doctor Steel flirted with adorkableness once; after visiting a music website who's anime-inspired animation seemed to consist of "Tiny Little Bunnies Eating Hamburgers", he wrote a song about it.
  • In the video for Ladytron's Ghosts, many rabbits add cuteness to imagery that would otherwise be quite dark.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
  • Used for humorous effect in Doom in the episode "Thy Flesh Consumed": The tough-as-nails Space Marine has to go after the hellish demons that took his pet bunny. Unfortunately he comes too late and all he finds is the bunny's head on a spike.
  • In the Touhou series, we have the Spin-Off Yonkoma manga Inaba of the Moon and Inaba of the Earth, which is filled with borderline Tastes Like Diabetes cute bunnies. This page is just one of the many examples.
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[[folder:Webcomic]]
  • Inverted in C'est la Vie, where cynical and hard-to-love Frenchwoman Mona has meaningful conversations with her childhood stuffed rabbit Monsieur Smokey. M.Smokey is a louche and very French rabbit with a Serge Gainsborough attitude towards women, and a tendency to intrude on the personal space of the lady bunny toy belonging to Mona's flatmate Donna.
  • Blade Bunny - The title character has bunny ears. Why? It makes her look cute. (And it does.) And her name is Bunny.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
  • The Noops of The Dreamstone are basically green anthropomorphic rabbits, and the almost sickly sweet residents of the Land Of Dreams.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: Fluttershy, to emphasize her shy cuteness, has a pet rabbit, although he doesn't always act cute and cuddly. She also mentions "cute bunnies" in one of her songs.
  • Subverted (in a non-Hair-Raising Hare way) in the South Park episode "Pip" (parodying Great Expectations). Pip tries to prove to Estella that she is not an unfeeling monster, because an unfeeling monster wouldn't hurt a cute little bunny rabbit (which Pip pulls from Hammerspace).
    ESTELLA: I told you, Pip. I have no heart.
    PIP: But you do! And I shall prove it to you once and for all! Look at this adorable little bunny.
    ESTELLA: Oh my. 'E's very cute.
    PIP: You see that? A heartless person wouldn't care at all about this bunny. They'd just as soon break its neck. Estella breaks its neck ...Oh. But look at this bunny. There. You see that? You have too big a heart to kill two baby bunnies.Estella kills bunny #2...Right...
Estella ends up killing 25 baby bunnies.
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Community Feedback Replies: 28
  • October 18, 2012
    Frank75
    Did you already check Bunny Tropes?
  • October 18, 2012
    Catbert
    This is intended to be one of the Bunny Tropes replacing Everythings Better With Bunnies. At the momement, we have a trope for subverting the expectation that rabbits are cute, but none for playing rabbit cuteness straight.
  • October 18, 2012
    McKathlin
    For other animals that are sure to add cuteness, see Cute Kitten, Precious Puppies, and Pandaing To The Audience.
  • January 5, 2013
    Koveras
  • January 5, 2013
    Xtifr
  • January 5, 2013
    0blivionmobile
  • January 6, 2013
    Psi001
  • January 6, 2013
    Prfnoff
    I don't like the name; it sounds like TRS is trying too hard to put "meaning" in it.
  • January 6, 2013
    PaulA
  • January 6, 2013
    Catbert
    ^^Well, the hope is that this can avoid ending up in TRS. Have any better suggestions?
  • January 6, 2013
    Megaptera
    In Bleach, standoffish and cool Rukia has a soul candy dispenser with a cute bunny face on it.
  • January 6, 2013
    randomsurfer
    • Subverted (in a non-Hair Raising Hare way) in the South Park episode "Pip" (parodying Great Expectations). Pip tries to prove to Estella that she is not an unfeeling monster, because an unfeeling monster wouldn't hurt a cute little bunny rabbit (which Pip pulls from Hammerspace).
      ESTELLA: I told you, Pip. I have no heart.
      PIP: But you do! And I shall prove it to you once and for all! Look at this adorable little bunny.
      ESTELLA: Oh my. 'E's very cute.
      PIP: You see that? A heartless person wouldn't care at all about this bunny. They'd just as soon break its neck. Estella breaks its neck ...Oh. But look at this bunny. There. You see that? You have too big a heart to kill two baby bunnies.Estella kills bunny #2...Right...
    Estella ends up killing 25 baby bunnies.
  • January 7, 2013
    SeptimusHeap
    Can we please get more examples?
  • January 7, 2013
    AgProv
    Webcomics: inverted in Cest La Vie, where cynical and hard-to-love Frenchwoman Mona has meaningful conversations with her childhood stuffed rabbit Monsieur Smokey. M.Smokey is a louche and very French rabbit with a Serge Gainsborough attitude towards women, and a tendency to intrude on the personal space of the lady bunny toy belonging to Mona's flatmate Donna.
  • January 12, 2013
    Catbert
    Bump
  • January 12, 2013
    JonnyB
    Doctor Steel flirted with adorkableness once; after visiting a music website who's anime-inspired animation seemed to consist of "Tiny Little Bunnies Eating Hamburgers", he wrote a song about it.
  • January 12, 2013
    StarSword
    Addition to the Bleach example:

    Lampshaded when Ichigo learns that Rukia was trying to get that one for him when she got Kon (who came in a duck-faced dispenser). He calls her on the cutesyness and, in a sort of nervous anger, she responds that she likes bunnies.
  • January 12, 2013
    Tiiba
    Blade Bunny - the title character has bunny ears. Why? It makes her look cute. (And it does.) And her name is Bunny. (Not sure if you just want literal bunnies.)
  • January 13, 2013
    justanid
    EDIT:

    • There She Is features a world of Funny Animals, with only two races: cats and rabbits. One of the main characters, Doki is a cute bunny girl who falls in love with the cat Nabi, much to the horror of him and their anti-Interspecies Romance culture.
  • January 13, 2013
    Catbert
    ^Could you please clarify the role that the bunnies play in There She Is?
  • January 13, 2013
    Chernoskill
    • Used for humorous effect in Doom in the episode "Thy Flesh Consumed": The tough-as-nails Space Marine has to go after the hellish demons that took his pet bunny. Unfortunately he comes too late and all he finds is the bunny's head on a spike.
  • January 13, 2013
    XFllo
    Literature
  • January 13, 2013
    ZombieAladdin
    Cream the Rabbit in Sonic The Hedgehog.
  • January 16, 2013
    BOFH
    Music
    • In the video for Ladytron's Ghosts, many rabbits add cuteness to imagery that would otherwise be quite dark.
  • January 26, 2013
    SeptimusHeap
    Has this enough examples for a launch?
  • January 26, 2013
    Chernoskill
    Absolutely.
  • January 27, 2013
    TrueShadow1
  • January 27, 2013
    Catbert
    I hope to launch this within a week. Any final comments?
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