Created By: Auxdarastrix on December 9, 2011 Last Edited By: Auxdarastrix on December 18, 2011
Troped

Lucky Rabbit's Foot

Rabbit foot used as good luck tokens

Name Space:
Main
Page Type:
Trope
No Launching Please

A variety of cultures use the foot of a rabbit as a good luck charm. In some traditions, the rabbit from which the foot is obtained must have certain properties and be killed in a certain way. However, in other practices, just any old rabbit foot will do. The practice of using a Lucky Rabbit's Foot is usually depicted as something that only applies to people owning the feet of dead rabbits. Sometimes humans attempting to obtain a Lucky Rabbit's Foot may lead to a chase because the rabbit would prefer to keep his feet.

More benign examples might include a live rabbit that said to benifit from the luck of his own feet, or is able to give luck to people without being killed himself.

Another superstition that associates rabbits and luck is that saying "Rabbit Rabbit" or "White Rabbits" at the beginning of the month will bring luck. It is also considered good luck for a rabbit to cross your path.

Examples

Film
  • Hollis P. Wood in 1941 has got one. It is mistaken for a whistle on the Japanese submarine.

Literature

Live-Action TV
  • Supernatural had an episode centered around a cursed rabbit's foot. If you touched it, as long as you had it in your possession, you had phenomenally good luck. As soon as you lost it, your luck would turn and soon you would die through sheer bad luck.
  • Dennis the Menace had an episode called "The Luck Rabbit's Foot". In it, Dennis has what he thinks is a lucky rabbit's foot. With recent bad luck Mr. Wilson has been having, Dennis offers to let him borrow the foot. Mr. Wilson, however, doesn't believe in such superstition and doesn't take the foot. Immediately thereafter, his bad luck continues when something jams his lawnmower, and he runs over his garden hose with the mower.
  • Used on Gilligan's Island where the castaways found a robot, eventually programmed it with a rescue message, and sent it out. The robot's message was messed up by a rabbit's foot that Gilligan gave it for good luck.

Music
  • The rabbit's foot is mentioned in the American folk song "There'll Be a Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight," once popular in minstrel shows; one line goes: "And you've got a rabbit's foot To keep away de hoo-doo."
  • The cover to Rabbit Foot Blues, a blues song by Blind Lemon Jefferson, links the rabbit's foot tradition with the bones of the dead.
  • Hooverville has an album called "Lucky Rabbit's Foot".

Tabletop Games
  • In Arkham Horror, Lucky Rabbit's Foot is a common item. You can exhaust it to get a +1 to a luck check.
  • Basic Dungeons & Dragons supplement Book of Marvelous Magic. A magical Rabbit's Foot gave a 1 bonus to all saving throws. However, all herbivores seeing it took an instant dislike to the wearer (-2 reaction penalty).

Video Games
  • In Video games, a rabbit's foot is sometimes used as a power up: a boost to "Luck" stat, or a Power-Up Magnet
  • Touhou Project: has Tewi, a unabashed prankster whose explicit power is giving people good luck.
  • True Neutral mage and sorcerer protagonists in Baldur's Gate can summon a rabbit as a familiar. They can also be chosen as familiars by mages in Neverwinter Nights 2, where they provide a +1 luck bonus to all saving throws.
  • In the Tie-inNovels to the Gears of War series, Bernie gives Hoffman one of these from a rabbit she killed to make a stew. in the fourth novel, Hoffman comments that it isn't working.
  • In RuneScape a strung rabbit foot -- also known as a rabbit foot necklace -- is an item that gives players a better chance of getting a bird's nest when cutting trees or ivy; it also gives them a better chance of getting long and curved bones in combat.
  • The 2010 reboot of Medal of Honor has a player-character who goes by the name of Rabbit. Late in the game, he has to make a Leap of Faith, and the player gets a POV shot of him looking at a Lucky Rabbit's Foot. In the game's epilogue, one of the other characters is contemplating the rabbit's foot while mourning Rabbit's death.
  • A rabit's foot appears in Tales series as an accessory that increases wearer's Luck Stat.
  • In Kingdom of Loathing, the Lucky Rabbit's Foot increases item drop and money drops.
  • In King's Quest VI, an out-of-work ferryman has one which he notes isn't doing him any good. With the right prompting, he will give it to Alexander, who can use it to save his skin later on. At no point does it noticeably improve anyone's luck.

Western Animation
  • Lucky Seven Sampson from Schoolhouse Rock has a lucky foot with a 7 on it.
  • Oswald the Lucky Rabbit invokes the association between luck and rabbits.
  • Looney Tunes references this trope from times to time, especially in relationship to Bugs Bunny. For example, in Bowery Bugs a character called Steve Brody decides he needs a rabbit foot for luck, so he goes after Bugs. Bugs also sometimes makes references to having lucky rabbit feet.
  • Monterey Jack of Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers has one among his many good luck charms. Bear in mind that he's a mouse, and the rabbit's foot is quite large in comparison to him. He comments that the particular rabbit wasn't so lucky.
  • Lucky Jack from Home on the Range is a jackrabbit with a pegleg and incredibly bad luck, implying that someone took one of his feet, and with it all his good luck.
  • On an episode of The Real Ghost Busters, the boys had to cross the River Styx. When Charon asked for payment, Winston offered him a rabbit's foot.

Real Life
  • President Theodore Roosevelt wrote in his autobiography that he had been given a gold-mounted rabbit's foot by John L. Sullivan as well as a penholder made by Bob Fitzsimmons out of a horseshoe.
  • Rabbit's feet, either authentic or imitation, are frequently sold by curio shops and vending machines. Often, these rabbit's feet have been dyed various colors, and they are often turned into keychains. Few of these rabbit's feet carry any warranty concerning their provenance, or any evidence that the preparers have made any effort to comply with the rituals required by the original tradition. Some may be confected from fake fur and latex "bones."
  • Humorist R.E. Shay is credited with the witticism, "Depend on the rabbit's foot if you will, but remember it didn't work for the rabbit."

Community Feedback Replies: 19
  • December 9, 2011
    Auxdarastrix
    I need to get back to work so I'm just throwing this out real quick. I'll try to expand the description latter today.

  • December 9, 2011
    sixsixeight
    I believe there was a Loony Tunes short that involved Bugs Bunny's foot.
  • December 9, 2011
    Dawnwing
    ^ Yeah, I was going to comment on that. I think he said something like "Good thing I always carry my lucky rabbit's foot with me", and touches his own foot, or something. I can't quite remember.
  • December 9, 2011
    ParadiscaCorbasi
    • The rabbit from SchoolhouseRock's multiplication was named "Lucky 7 Sampson" and had a lucky foot with a 7 on it.
  • December 9, 2011
    nielas
    • Supernatural had an episode centered around a cursed rabbit's foot. If you touched it, as long as you had it in your possession, you had phenomenally good luck. As soon as you lost it, your luck would turn and soon you would die through sheer bad luck.
  • December 9, 2011
    OftenPartisan
    In the Tie-inNovels to the Gears Of War series, Bernie gives Hoffman one of these from a rabbit she killed to make a stew. in the fourth novel, Hoffman comments that it isn't working.
  • December 9, 2011
    Auxdarastrix
    To be honest I was afraid there woudln't be that many fiction examples. This is a hopeful start! Keep the examples coming.
  • December 9, 2011
    MidnightMan
    • Hollis P. Wood in Nineteen Forty One has got one. It is mistaken for a whistle on the Japanese submarine.

    • Monterey Jack of Chip N Dale Rescue Rangers has one among his many good luck charms. Bear in mind that he's a mouse, and the rabbit's foot is quite large in comparison to him. He comments that the particular rabbit wasn't so lucky.
  • December 9, 2011
    Arivne
    Tabletop Games
    • Basic Dungeons And Dragons supplement Book of Marvelous Magic. A magical Rabbit's Foot gave a +1 bonus to all saving throws. However, all herbivores seeing it took an instant dislike to the wearer (-2 reaction penalty).
  • December 10, 2011
    AFP
    • The 2010 reboot of Medal Of Honor has a player-character who goes by the name of Rabbit. Late in the game, he has to make a Leap Of Faith, and the player gets a POV shot of him looking at a Lucky Rabbit's Foot. In the game's epilogue, one of the other characters is contemplating the rabbit's foot while mourning Rabbit's death.
  • December 10, 2011
    Diask
    • A rabit's foot appears in Tales series as an accessory that increases wearer's Luck Stat.
  • December 10, 2011
    TonyG
    Lucky Jack from Home On The Range is a jackrabbit with a pegleg and incredibly bad luck, implying that someone took one of his feet, and with it all his good luck.
  • December 12, 2011
    Auxdarastrix
    Looking for hat and examples.
  • December 14, 2011
    arromdee
    Used on Gilligans Island where the castaways found a robot, eventually programmed it with a rescue message, and sent it out. The robot's message was messed up by a rabbit's foot that Gilligan gave it for good luck.

    (PS: How do I submit a request to add a displayed name to make that display as "Gilligan's" with an apostrophe?)
  • December 14, 2011
    Oreochan
    Go to Custom Title request on your tools list and request for a custom title.
  • December 14, 2011
    cygnavamp
    • On an episode of The Real Ghost Busters, the boys had to cross the River Styx. When Charon asked for payment, Winston offered him a rabbit's foot.
  • December 14, 2011
    SquirrelGuy
    In the old Cracked Magazine (might have been Crazy Magazine, not sure, but wasn't MAD), they were doing a piece on skydiving. They explained how people are nervous the first time they jump out of a plane (sarcasm mode: you THINK?) and might do crazy things. The cartoon panel shows a skydiver in the plane with 4 live rabbits. When asked why, he said it was for good luck. If one rabbit's foot is good, imagine how much luck four whole bunnies will bring.
  • December 16, 2011
    FireWalk
    A common joke of course, is that if a rabbit gets caught, it can't be that lucky.

    Video Games In Video games, a rabbit's foot is sometimes used as a power up: a boost to "Luck" stat, or a Power Up Magnet
  • December 17, 2011
    Generality
    In Kings Quest VI, an out-of-work ferryman has one which he notes isn't doing him any good. With the right prompting, he will give it to Alexander, who can use it to save his skin later on. At no point does it noticeably improve anyone's luck.
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/discussion.php?id=mu3vy2q60afljpivi8oxnck4&trope=LuckyRabbitsFoot