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->''"Te capiam, cunicule sceleste!"''[[note]]Latin: ''"I'll get you, you wascally wabbit!"''[[/note]]
-->--Episode 9 title of the ''Franchise/{{Negima}}'' anime.

The Rascally Rabbit is a rabbit or hare that is mischievous, troublesome or tricksome. Rabbits and hares have long been depicted as tricksters in worldwide mythology, and this has carried over to modern fiction.

To a certain degree this can be TruthInTelevision, at least from the point of view of any farmers or gardeners trying to keep rabbits and hares from doing damage to their crops.

Compare to rabbits that are flat out evil and violent, which would be the HairRaisingHare, and rabbits that are used for the sake of cuteness. See also LuckyRabbitsFoot
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!!Examples

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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* In ''DNAngel'', With is a [[ArtInitiatesLife living art creature]] that strongly ressembles a rabbit (the Anime explicity calls him a rabbit). He acts as a {{familiar}} to a PhantomThief and his shapeshifting powers are used to trick people. In the anime, he also sometimes engages in minor acts of michief such as tagging along with Daisuke at school by hiding in Daisuke's school bag or eating all the strawberries.
* Hare of ''Anime/MonsterRancher'' is typically the schemer, and introduced as a con artist.
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[[folder:Advertising]]
* The Trix Rabbit is constantly trying schemes to trick his way into getting the Trix cereal, though unlike the classical trickster, he usually fails.
* The Nestle Quik (now known as Nesquik) bunny is a trickster as well, but more benevolent. He leads the kids around the neighborhood doing chores for grownups so the grownups will reward them with Quik. There have been other ads where he is chased for his chocolate milk.
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[[folder:Comics]]
* "Br'er" Riley Rabbit in ''ComicBook/DisneyMouseAndDuckComics'' is a clever, mischievous rabbit who always has a trick or two up his sleeve.
* ''ComicBook/UsagiYojimbo'' title character, while typically a RighteousRabbit, would indulge in a little subterfuge should the situation called for it.
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[[folder: FanWorks]]
* In the New Zork chapter of ''Fanfic/WithStringsAttached'', the harveys that kidnap John invoke Bugs Bunny as trickster: “... gonna be terrorists like Saint Bugs!”
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[[folder:{{Film}}]]
* The 1946 Disney film ''Disney/SongOfTheSouth'' is a frame story based on three Br'er Rabbit stories, "The Laughing Place", "The Tar Baby", and "The Briar Patch".
* In 1975, Brer Rabbit stories were retold for an adult audience in the cult Creator/RalphBakshi film ''WesternAnimation/{{Coonskin}}''.
* A direct-to-video film ''The Adventures of Brer Rabbit'', was released in 2006.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* [[Literature/TheTaleOfPeterRabbit Peter Rabbit]] was a notorious troublemaker, as was his cousin Benjamin.
* ''WatershipDown'' has El-ahrairah, the rabbits' own mythological/folkloric trickster figure. During their journey the rabbits tell several tales of El-ahrairah's trickster abilities.
* Max of the children's series ''MaxAndRuby'' is an innocent example. He's a scheming tot who regularly gets into mischief, much to his sister's dismay.
* Literature/{{Bunnicula}}, a [[VegetarianVampire vampire]] bunny, although harmless, can do things like inexplicably escape his cage in the night and drain the juices out of vegetables.
* In ''Literature/AnansiBoys'', it is mentioned that some trickster rabbit stories were initially Anansi's.
-->The story of the Tar-Baby, the one they tell about Bre'r Rabbit? That was Anansi's story first. Some people thinks he was a rabbit. But that's their mistake. He wasn't a rabbit. He was a spider.
* ''Zomo The Rabbit: A Trickster Tale from West Africa'' by Gerald [=McDermott=] is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin.
* ''[[http://whoisboo.ca/ Who Is Boo?: The Terrific Tales of One Trickster Rabbit]]'' is a book for children that chronicles a perpetually curious rabbit who is in a continual race around the world with his and along the way, meets many animals. The title character is inspired by Nanabozho, a trickster figure in Ojibwe mythology, but the story itself is inspired from the trickster characters prevalent in many cultures.
* ''[[http://www.tower.com/how-rabbit-tricked-otter-other-cherokee-trickster-stories-gayle-ross-paperback/wapi/109088631 How Rabbit Tricked Otter: And Other Cherokee Trickster Stories]]'' - This collection of 15 Cherokee tales introduces the trickster-hero Rabbit, the most important character portrayed in the animal stories of the Cherokee culture. The surefooted messenger who carries important news to his animal friends near and far, Rabbit is charming and mischievous—he tricks others and is often tricked himself. Sometimes he wins and sometimes he loses; sometimes he is lazy and mean, sometimes kind and caring—but somehow Rabbit always survives.
* ''[[http://www.amazon.com/Lapin-Plays-Possum-Trickster-Louisiana/dp/0374343284 Lapin Plays Possum: Trickster Tales From the Louisiana Bayou]]'' - Lapin is a classic trickster rabbit, and is considered by some to be the Cajun equivalent of Brer Rabbit.
* ''[[http://www.worldcat.org/title/tio-conejo-uncle-rabbit-and-other-latin-american-trickster-tales/oclc/608122051 Tio Conejo (Uncle Rabbit) And Other Latin American Trickster Tales]]'' is an audiobook that includes rabbit trickster tales.
* ''[[http://seattle.bibliocommons.com/item/show/1349584030_the_tale_of_rabbit_and_coyote The Tale of Rabbit and Coyote]]'' is a retelling of a Zapotec legend by Tony Johnston. In it, Rabbit outwits Coyote.
* ''[[http://seattle.bibliocommons.com/item/show/525453030_rabbit_makes_a_monkey_of_lion Rabbit Makes a Monkey of Lion: A Swahili Tale]]'' by Verna Aardema - Rabbit and his friends play tricks on the regal but somewhat dim-witted lion, King of the Forest, in an attempt to steal his honey.
* ''Big Trouble for Tricky Rabbit; Native American Trickster Tales'' and ''Here Comes Tricky Rabbit!: Native American Trickster Tales'' by Gretchen Will Mayo includes trickster rabbits from Native American legends.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Cottontail Peter Rabbit (aka Peter Cottontail)]] in Thornton Burgess's ''Literature/BurgessBedtimeStories'' is also something of a trickster.
* The title characters of {{Enid Blyton}}s book ''The Adventures of Binkle and Flip'' are a pair of mischievous rabbits.
* The thief rabbit from ''Literature/IWantMyHatBack'', who unfortunately stole from the wrong bear [[spoiler:and gets eaten because of it]].
* Occasionally, Rabbit from ''Literature/WinnieThePooh'' falls into this.
* The Literature/DoctorWhoNewAdventures novel ''The Also People'' opens and closes with two stories about the Shona (Zimbabwe and south Zambia) folk hero Tsuro the hare. Tsuro is used as an allegory of the Doctor.
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[[folder:Music]]
* In 1984, American composer Van Dyke Parks produced a children's album, ''Jump!'', based on the Brer Rabbit Tales.
* One of Music/{{Flobots}}' emcees is named Br'er Rabbit.
* [[http://www.kinglaoghaire.com/site/lyrics/song_87.html "The Creggan White Hare"]] is about a beautiful, crafty creature who eludes capture
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[[folder:Mythology and Oral Tradition]]
* Brer Rabbit is a central figure in the Uncle Remus stories of the Southern United States. He is a trickster character who succeeds by his wits rather than by brawn, tweaking authority figures and bending social mores as he sees fit. The story of Br'er Rabbit, a contraction of "Brother Rabbit", has been linked to both African and Native American cultures.
* In Africa, the hare figures prominently in the storytelling traditions in Western, Central and Southern Africa. These tales continue to be part of the traditional folklore of numerous peoples throughout those regions. In the Akan traditions of West Africa, the trickster is usually the spider Anansi, though the plots of spider tales are often identical to those of rabbit stories.
** In West Africa, many tribal cultures, such as the Yoruba of Nigeria and the Wolof of Senegal, have traditional story cycles about an irrepressible hare trickster who is equal parts rascal, clown, and culture hero.
** In Central Africa, "Kalulu" the rabbit is widely known as a tricky character, getting the better of bargains
** In one pan–African story, the Moon sends Hare, her divine messenger, down to earth to give mankind the gift of immortality. "Tell them," she says, "that just as the Moon dies and rises again, so shall you." But Hare, in the role of trickster buffoon, manages to get the message wrong, bestowing mortality instead and bringing death to the human world.
* Rabbits feature as tricksters in the mythology of many Native American cultures.
** It is believed that the the Creeks and the Cherokee in particular contributed to the development of the Brer Rabbit stories.
** In Anishinaabe mythology, particularly among the Ojibwa, Nanabozho is a spirit, and figures prominently in their storytelling, including the story of the world's creation. Nanabozho is the Ojibwe trickster figure and culture hero.
** The Centzon Totochtin in Aztec mythology are a group of 400 rabbit gods who represent drunkenness, parties, and fertility.
** In Potawatomi myth, Wabosso is the Great White Hare (and the younger brother of Nanabozho) who travels north to become the greatest of magicians among the supernaturals
** The Utes tell the story of Ta–vwots, the Little Rabbit, who shatters the sun and destroys the world, all of which must be created again
** An Omaha rabbit brings the sun down to earth while trying to catch his own shadow.
** Among the Micmac and Passamaquoddy of the Northeast coast it is [[http://www.manataka.org/page84.html Mahtigwess the Rabbit]] who is a powerful trickster. Rabbit has m'te'olin, great magical powers.
** The rabbit is the trickster animal for the Seminoles and the Miccosukees.
* In CelticMythology, a puca is a shapeshiffing trickster that has a rabbit as one of is forms.
* There are a [[http://www.famsi.org/reports/96072/grammar/section42.htm number of Central American stories about Juan Thul]], a trickster rabbit.
* Chinese idioms dating to at least the Warring States Period about the rascaliness of rabbits: "The Clever Hare Has Three Nests" and "Once the Clever Hare is Dead, the Dog is Cooked".
* In the Panchatantra tales of India, Hare is a wily trickster whose cleverness and cunning is pitted against Elephant and Lion.
* In Tibetan folktales, quick-thinking Hare outwits the ruses of predatory Tiger.
* In Japan, the fox is the primary trickster animal, but hares also are clever, tricky characters. Usually depicted as male (whereas fox tricksters are most often female), hares in Japanese folktales tend to be crafty, clownish, mischievous figures.
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[[folder:Theatre]]
* ''[[http://geffenplayhouse.com/more_info.php?show_id=151 Silly Rabbit, Tricksters Are for Kids]]'' is a collection of trickster tales from around the world, including "Brer Rabbit", "Brer Alligator in Trouble", and "Tio Conejo (Uncle Rabbit) and Raven".
* ''Theatre/{{Harvey}}'' has Harvey the pooka, a large anthropomorphic rabbit who can be seen only by the protagonist, from the play and film bearing his name.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* In the ''Mists of Pandaria'' expansion of ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', we get the Virmen, a race of anthropomorphic rabbits that straddles the line between this and HairRaisingHare. They're mostly found in the Valley of Four Winds as a farm pest, though a burrowing variety in Kun'Lai peaks called "[[ElmuhFuddSyndwome Wascally Wirmen]]" also exists.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' and relatives:
** WesternAnimation/BugsBunny is constantly using his trickster tactics to outwit and harass everyone. In the early days he was something of a ScrewySquirrel and would just prank others for his own amusement. Over the years he became more of a KarmicTrickster and only went after those who struck first.
*** Bugs is the TropeNamer, about [[TwentyPercentMoreAwesome 99% directly]]. He was typically called a "[[ElmuhFuddSyndwome Wascally Wabbit]]" by Elmer Fudd.
** ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures''' Buster and Babs Bunny take after Bugs in this fashion.
** ''WesternAnimation/LoonaticsUnleashed'' Ace and Lexie Bunny.
* Before Mickey Mouse and Bugs Bunny, there was OswaldTheLuckyRabbit, who also demonstrated trickster tendencies.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Thundercats 2011}}'' episode "The Duelist and the Drifter", the Drifter combines this trope with RighteousRabbit. He's an eccentric rabbit man who serves as a TricksterMentor to Lion-O.
* The greedy Rancid Rabbit from ''WesternAnimation/CatDog'', to the point of being borderline evil.
* Subverted somewhat with ''WesternAnimation/CrusaderRabbit.'' Crusader was more of a Quixotic hero but could use some wiles where he needed to.
* Creator/HannaBarbera's ''Ricochet Rabbit'' started out rascally in an episode of ''Touchè Turtle'' in 1962. He was changed into a sheriff two years later who had an assortment of tricky bullets.
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[[folder:Other]]
* ''[[http://www.amazon.com/Rabbitails-Tales-Trickster-Rabbits-Over/dp/B001BOZV0S Rabbitails - Tales of Trickster Rabbits From All Over]]'' is a CD for children that includes music and a collection of traditional rabbit trickster tales.
* ''[[http://www.lucepuppetco.com/showszomo.html Zomo the Trickster Rabbit]]'' is a puppet show about the legendary African trickster rabbit.
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