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->''"Some people call me cocky and brash, but actually I am just self-assured. I'm nonchalant, im­perturbable, contemplative. I play it cool, but I can get hot under the collar. And above all I'm a very 'aware' character. I'm well aware that I am appearing in an animated car­toon....And sometimes I chomp on my carrot for the same reason that a stand-up comic chomps on his cigar. It saves me from rushing from the last joke to the next one too fast. And I sometimes don't act, I react. And I always treat the contest with my pursuers as 'fun and games.' When momentarily I appear to be cornered or in dire danger and I scream, don't be consoined [sic] – it's actually a big put-on. Let's face it Doc. I've read the script and I al­ready know how it turns out."''
-->--'''Creator/BobClampett''' on Bugs Bunny, written in first person.

'''''Bugs Bunny''''' is the modern American {{T|heTrickster}}rickster and the most famous star of the [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies]] cartoons. This character as FunnyAnimal is found in many cultures' mythologies, including Reynard the Fox, Anansi the spider, American Indian spirit Coyote, and Bugs' great-grandfather, [[Disney/SongOfTheSouth Br'er Rabbit]]. Bugs is specifically a KarmicTrickster: harmless when left alone, but gleefully ready to dish out poetic justice whenever he perceives the need. There is an element of education in his revenge.

Like many of his peers, Bugs' origins are unclear, lost in the mists of time and memory. Before him, the MarxBrothers were the premier American tricksters, and traces of their influence can be found in many of his best known mannerisms. (In fact, many people [[WeirdAlEffect aren't aware]] that Bugs' saying, "Of course you realize, ''dis'' means ''war!''" originated in films such as ''Duck Soup'' and ''A Night at the Opera''.)

More directly, shy, timid prey unexpectedly turning on the pursuer was a common theme at the Creator/WarnerBros animation studios in the early days - DaffyDuck made his debut in the same way. Director Ben 'Bugs' Hardaway introduced the notion of this character as a "scwewy wabbit" in "Porky's Hare Hunt" (1938), and the same small white hare appears in various later shorts, notably Chuck Jones' "WesternAnimation/ElmersCandidCamera" (1940). His name, first seen on-screen in the credits for 1941's "Elmer's Pet Rabbit", derives either from Hardaway's -- model sheets were said to have been tagged with "Bugs' Bunny" -- or the contemporary Brooklyn slang "bugs", meaning "crazy". Or both. Creator/TexAvery, Creator/FrizFreleng, as well as Robert Givens, however, adamantly insist that Hardaway's Bugs was a completely separate character from the Bugs we know and love, that the name and species is all he shares in common with the real Bugs.

However it's generally accepted that Creator/TexAvery produced the prototype of the smart, suave, on-the-ball wabbit we know and love today, in "WesternAnimation/AWildHare" (1940). Creator/ChuckJones later made him more sympathetic by giving Bugs that iconic attitude of live-and-let-live, right up until he's [[BerserkButton pushed just that]] ''[[BerserkButton one step]]'' [[BerserkButton too far]], and then, it's war -- "at which point [he] retaliates in every way he can imagine, and he is a very imaginative rabbit."

The job of any trickster, but especially the American type, is to think the thoughts and do the things that they say can't be thought or done. He's most likely to be found disturbing the complacency of his culture, or deflating the pompousness of its symbols. Since Bugs is also a comedy hero, he has the added advantage of PlotArmor that could stop an armor-piercing round.

His influence on modern American culture, like that of all the WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes characters, has been far-reaching to the point of ubiquity. For obvious reasons, though, Bugs is the especial favourite, especially in the theatrical years, getting more shorts than any of his co-stars, with a impressive 168 titles under his belt[[note]] Not counting cameos and the four "proto-Bugs" cartoons[[/note]]. Naturally, he has spawned several imitators over the years, notably direct descendant Buster Bunny of ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'' and Yakko, Wakko and Dot of ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' -- although these last three skew more heavily toward the ScrewySquirrel.

Bugs is currently making appearances in ''WesternAnimation/TheLooneyTunesShow'', having given up his nomadic roots and rabbit holes in favor of an average suburb, shared with co-star DaffyDuck.

Naturally, Bugs has starred in many a hit short subject, with six of his cartoons being put on ''The50GreatestCartoons'' (with WesternAnimation/WhatsOperaDoc at the No. 1 spot!) and 10 of his shorts serving as runner-ups on the list. He also holds a whopping 34 spots on ''Literature/The100GreatestLooneyTunes'' list (not counting shorts he cameoed in).
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[[folder: Filmography]]

!1938
* Porky's Hare Hunt (LT, Hardaway): First appearance of the Bugs Bunny prototype. Here, he is a tiny, pudgy white rabbit with a {{Goofy}}-esque rural accent, who, in Ben Hardaway's words, was "DaffyDuck in a rabbit suit." Naturally, this prototype is [[CharacterizationMarchesOn far, far removed]] from the Bugs we know and love, being a [[ScrewySquirrel mindless heckler]], but with a touch of [[TheMarxBrothers Groucho Marx]] thrown into the mixing pot, so this character at the least provided a foundation for the character of the Bugs we know. This prototype is also very similar to the earliest incarnations of WoodyWoodpecker, who Ben Hardaway also helped write for.

!1939
* Prest-O Change-O (MM, Jones): Second sighting of the prototype, who has taken up residence in the house of the magician Sham-Fu, and heckles the poor pups who he encounters for no discernible motive. He has become slightly taller and slimmer at this point. Bugs' trademark ability to have objects come out of nowhere is presented here for the first time, although in the context of him being a magician's rabbit. The prototype is silent here, save for his AnnoyingLaugh. [[PublicDomainAnimation Public Domain.]]
* Hare-Um Scare-um (MM, Hardaway/Dalton): Where Bugs is officially named as Bugs' Bunny--note the possessive term (applied to the model sheet prepared by Charles Thorson). He is still manic, but has now grown in size and sprouted apricot fur, looking closer to the Bugs we know. His HammerSpace ability is revisited, now presented in a non-magical context. He also hams it up with some sarcastic mock-pathos, which would be echoed in ''AWildHare'' and ''The Wabbit Who Came To Supper''. This short is also infamous for having a lost ending that was cut out of most original prints, but has been found and included in ''Looney Tunes Platinum Collection Vol. 2''.

!1940
* WesternAnimation/ElmersCandidCamera (MM, Jones): Debut of Elmer Fudd. Bugs is almost fully realized as a character by this point, with his original ScrewySquirrel traits played down in favor of being more reserved and in control than before, but his character is still very underplayed. With that said, he still has some of his unmotivated heckler self left in him, pestering poor Elmer (who was just taking pictures) to the point where he has a nervous breakdown. Creator/ChuckJones was not happy with this short, saying the rabbit was "Bugs with his umbilical cord in his hand looking for a place to plug it in." and that it should only be watched "If you are dying to die of innui."
* AWildHare (MM, Avery) - Starring Elmer. Official debut of the fully realized Bugs Bunny. This short is a semi-remake of "Elmer's Candid Camera", but improves in what Creator/TexAvery felt was flawed about "Camera"--such as only making Bugs a defensive character who reacts to a threat and plays off of villainous Elmer's stupidity. Oscar nominee. One of Literature/The100GreatestLooneyTunes.
* Patient Porky (LT, Clampett): The prototype pops up for a gag in the first couple minutes, looking ''very'' close to Bugs' final design, but still having the manicness of the proto-Bugs.

!1941

* Elmer's Pet Rabbit (MM, Jones): Creator/ChuckJones' first short with Bugs, and the first one to actually give his name. In this short he has an ''extremely'' foul temper and a nasty personality, both of which were hurriedly dropped afterwards. He also had a distinctly different voice in this short, sounding more like a yokel than the New York accent that he would be famous for (and which was previously introduced in "A Wild Hare").
* Tortoise Beats Hare (MM, Avery): The first of the three "Bugs Vs. Cecil" shorts. Chuck Jones, in his opinion, considered it a failure, feeling that Tex had swapped Bugs' in-control, defensive personality in favor of making him the loser ala Elmer Fudd while giving Cecil Turtle Bugs' personality (but with all fairness, it did show us a whole different side of Bugs than before).
* Hiawatha's Rabbit Hunt (MM, Freleng): Creator/FrizFreleng's first effort with Bugs. Here, he is presented as rather passive, at least in contrast with the previous shorts. Oscar nominee.
* The Heckling Hare (MM, Avery): The cartoon that caused Avery to leave Leon's cartoon studio [[TexAveryMGMCartoons to make cartoons for MGM]]. With that said, Avery finally managed to nail Bugs' defensive personality again, capturing what made him such a hit in "A Wild Hare".
* All This and Rabbit Stew (MM, Avery, uncredited): One of the "CensoredEleven" [[PublicDomainAnimation Public Domain.]]
* Wabbit Twouble (MM, Cwampett) - Starring the Fat Elmer. Creator/BobClampett's first Bugs Bunny. It is rumored that this cartoon was started by Tex Avery but finished by Clampett, backed up by the fact that Tex and Bob planned it together early on. Here, Bugs goes right back to being a VillainProtagonist, pestering poor Elmer (solely because he set up camp in Bugs' territory). But wheras the earlier Bugs were fairly aggressive in their pestering, Clampett presents Bugs as going about it in a more playful, confident way, as if a nod to that Bugs knows exactly what he's doing, so in a sense, he's certainly not too OutOfCharacter here. One of Literature/The100GreatestLooneyTunes. [[PublicDomainAnimation Public Domain.]]

!1942
* The Wabbit Who Came to Supper (MM, Freleng) - Starring the Fat Elmer. Again, Bugs is more defensive here than usual, but his in-control persona still kicks up, manipulating Elmer into caring for him. [[PublicDomainAnimation Public Domain.]]
* The Wacky Wabbit (MM, Clampett) - Starring the Fat Elmer. Again, Bugs is a VillainProtagonist, but is still very playful. [[PublicDomainAnimation Public Domain.]]
* Hold the Lion, Please (MM, Jones): A very bizarre take on the Bugs Bunny shorts, with Bugs having his vague personality, but little of what made him so popular in previous shorts, a clear testament to that Jones still didn't have a full grasp of his character.
* WesternAnimation/BugsBunnyGetsTheBoid (MM, Clampett): Debut of Beaky/Killer the Buzzard. Unlike Clampett's previous shorts, Bugs is back to being a defensive character again. Runner-up on The50GreatestCartoons list, and one of Literature/The100GreatestLooneyTunes.
* Fresh Hare (MM, Freleng) - Starring Elmer. Freleng presents Bugs as a defensive VillainProtagonist, on the run of Mountie Elmer Fudd in the Canadian wilderness. [[PublicDomainAnimation Public Domain.]]
* The Hare-Brained Hypnotist (MM, Freleng) - Starring Elmer. [[PublicDomainAnimation Public Domain.]]
* Case of the Missing Hare (MM, Jones): Jones finally nails Bugs' character here.[[PublicDomainAnimation Public Domain.]]
* Crazy Cruise (MM, Avery/Clampett, both uncredited): Not a Bugs Bunny cartoon, but he does make a cameo in the ending.
* Any Bonds Today? (AKA Bugs Bunny Bond Rally, Clampett): A very brief bumper short made to promote War Bonds. With Elmer and Porky. [[PublicDomainAnimation Public Domain.]]

!1943

* ACornyConcerto (MM, Clampett): Technically not a Bugs Bunny cartoon, but he does appear and has a major role in it. One of The50GreatestCartoons, and one of Literature/The100GreatestLooneyTunes. [[PublicDomainAnimation Public Domain.]]
* Porky Pig's Feat (LT, Tashlin): Makes a cameo in the ending. One of Literature/The100GreatestLooneyTunes. [[PublicDomainAnimation Public Domain.]]
* WesternAnimation/TortoiseWinsByAHare (MM, Clampett): The second of the "Bugs Vs. Cecil" trilogy. Here, Bugs is at the epitome of his VillainProtagonist phase, presented as a bombastic, egotistical maniac displaying outright malacious tendecies that we rarely, if ever, see Bugs fall into. One of Literature/The100GreatestLooneyTunes.
* Super-Rabbit (MM, Jones): A parody of [[FleischerStudios Max Fleischer's]] SupermanTheatricalCartoons. After the release of Tortoise Wins by a Hare, it's startling to see Bugs revert back to being a defensive character again.
* Jack-Wabbit and the Beanstalk (MM, Freleng)
* Wackiki Wabbit (MM, Jones) [[PublicDomainAnimation Public Domain.]]
* Falling Hare (MM, Clampett): A famous WartimeCartoon, featuring Bugs and his encounter with a pesky Gremlin. One of Literature/The100GreatestLooneyTunes.[[PublicDomainAnimation Public Domain.]]

!1944

* Jasper Goes Hunting: Actually a Puppetoons short from Creator/{{Paramount}} Pictures, but Bugs makes a cameo in it.
* WesternAnimation/LittleRedRidingRabbit (MM, Freleng): One of The50GreatestCartoons, one of Literature/The100GreatestLooneyTunes.
* What's Cookin' Doc? (MM, Clampett). Bugsy is presented as a very showboaty ham in this short. Clampett alledgedly make this short to make fun of Creator/FrizFreleng, possibly for his previous effort "Hiawatha's Rabbit Hunt", being snubbed for an Oscar. Features large usage of StockFootage from "Hiawatha's Rabbit Hunt", although it's in the context of the story and not a mere corner cutting move.
* Bugs Bunny and the Three Bears (MM, Jones): The debut of Jones' Three Bears characters. Runner-up on The50GreatestCartoons.
* Bugs Bunny Nips the Nips (MM, Freleng): An infamous WartimeCartoon featuring Bugs encountering an [[YellowPeril Asian Platoon]] on a deserted isle. Not screened on TV.
* Hare Ribbin' (MM, Clampett): Clampett once again presents Bugs as a defensive character here. The short is notable for having an infamous alternate ending, in which Bugs himself ''guns down the dog that was chasing him!'' This "Directors Cut" can be found on the fifth Looney Tunes Golden Collection. This short also features StockFootage from "The Heckling Hare" and "A Wild Hare".
* Hare Force (MM, Freleng)
* Buckaroo Bugs (LT, Clampett): The only Bugs cartoon where he is explicitly presented as a straight villain role.
* The Old Grey Hare (MM, Clampett) - Starring Elmer. This is a bizarre cartoon that delves into the chemistry between Bugs and Elmer. Runner-up on The50GreatestCartoons, one of Literature/The100GreatestLooneyTunes.
* Stage Door Cartoon (MM, Freleng) - Starring Elmer.

!1945

* Odor-Able Kitty (LT, Jones): Bugs himself does not appear, but the cat disguises himself in a Bugs Bunny outfit.
* Herr Meets Hare (MM, Freleng): A WartimeCartoon. Notable for having a gag that would be recycled for ''WesternAnimation/WhatsOperaDoc''. Also notable for being the first time Bugs is seen tunneling underground as a mode of transportation(and the first time he makes that WrongTurnAtAlbuquerque).
* The Unruly Hare (MM, Tashlin) - Starring Elmer. First of two Bugs shorts directed by FrankTashlin.
* Hare Trigger (MM, Freleng) - Debut of Yosemite Sam.
* Hare Conditioned (LT, Jones)
* Hare Tonic (LT, Jones) - Starring Elmer.

!1946

* "WesternAnimation/BaseballBugs" (LT, Freleng): Runner-up on The50GreatestCartoons, one of Literature/The100GreatestLooneyTunes.
* Hare Remover (MM, Tashlin, uncredited) - Starring Elmer. Second of two FrankTashlin directed shorts.
* Hair-Raising Hare (MM, Jones): One of Literature/The100GreatestLooneyTunes.
* Acrobatty Bunny (LT, [=McKimson=]): RobertMcKimson's first Bugs short. One of Literature/The100GreatestLooneyTunes.
* Racketeer Rabbit (LT, Freleng) - Starring Rocky and Hugo (cariactured of Edward G. Robinson and Peter Lorre).
* WesternAnimation/TheBigSnooze (LT, Clampett) - Starring Elmer. Last Bugs cartoon that Clampett directed, and the last of his cartoons that was released. Runner-up on The50GreatestCartoons list, one of Literature/The100GreatestLooneyTunes.
* RhapsodyRabbit (MM, Freleng): Infamous for its conspicuous similarity to the WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry short TheCatConcerto, although Freleng insisted that it was a complete coincidence. Despite this, Rhapsody Rabbit is a runner-up on The50GreatestCartoons list, and one of Literature/The100GreatestLooneyTunes. Also the first cartoon to ever air on Creator/CartoonNetwork.

!1947

* The Goofy Gophers (LT, Davis) Bugs cameos in it.
* Rabbit Transit (LT, Freleng) - Starring Cecil Turtle. Third of the "Bugs Vs. Cecil" trilogy.
* A Hare Grows in Manhattan (MM, Freleng): One of Literature/The100GreatestLooneyTunes.
* Easter Yeggs (LT, [=McKimson=]) - Starring Elmer. One of Literature/The100GreatestLooneyTunes.
* Slick Hare (MM, Freleng) - Starring Elmer. One of Literature/The100GreatestLooneyTunes.

!1948

* Gorilla My Dreams (LT, [=McKimson=]): One of Literature/The100GreatestLooneyTunes.
* A Feather in His Hare (LT, Jones) - No longer shown on TV.
* Rabbit Punch (MM, Jones)
* Buccaneer Bunny (LT, Freleng) - Starring Sam. One of Literature/The100GreatestLooneyTunes.
* Bugs Bunny Rides Again (MM, Freleng) - Starring Sam.
* Haredevil Hare (LT, Jones) - Debut of Marvin the Martian. One of Literature/The100GreatestLooneyTunes.
* Hot Cross Bunny (MM, [=McKimson=])
* Hare Splitter (MM, Freleng)
* A-Lad-In His Lamp (LT, [=McKimson=]) - with Smokey the Genie (voice of Jim Backus).
* My Bunny Lies over the Sea (MM, Jones)

!1949

* Hare Do (MM, Freleng) - Starring Elmer.
* Mississippi Hare (LT, Jones) - Staring Colonel.
* Rebel Rabbit (MM, [=McKimson=])
* High Diving Hare (LT, Freleng) - Starring Sam. One of Literature/The100GreatestLooneyTunes.
* Bowery Bugs (MM, Davis) - the only Bugs cartoon Arthur Davis would direct.
* WesternAnimation/LongHairedHare (LT, Jones): One of Literature/The100GreatestLooneyTunes.
* Knights Must Fall (MM, Freleng)
* The Grey Hounded Hare (LT, [=McKimson=])
* The Windblown Hare (LT, [=McKimson=])
* Frigid Hare (MM, Jones) - First of two shorts to star Playboy Penguin.
* Which Is Witch (LT, Freleng) - No longer screened on TV.
* Rabbit Hood (MM, Jones)

!1950

* The Lion's Busy (MM, Freleng) - Cameo; a Beaky Buzzard cartoon.
* Hurdy-Gurdy Hare (MM, [=McKimson=])
* Mutiny on the Bunny (LT, Freleng) - Starring Sam.
* Homeless Hare (MM, Jones)
* Big House Bunny (LT, Freleng) - Starring Sam.
* What's Up Doc? (LT, [=McKimson=]) - Starring Elmer. With caricatures of Eddie Cantor, Jack Benny, Al Jolson and Bing Crosby.
* 8 Ball Bunny (LT, Jones) - Second and last appearance of Playboy Penguin, and features a caricature of Humphrey Bogart. One of the rare times where Bugs becomes something of a ButtMonkey. One of Literature/The100GreatestLooneyTunes.
* WesternAnimation/HillbillyHare (MM, [=McKimson=]): One of Literature/The100GreatestLooneyTunes.
* Bunker Hill Bunny (MM, Freleng) - Starring Sam.
* Bushy Hare (LT, [=McKimson=])
* RabbitOfSeville (LT, Jones) - Starring Elmer. One of The50GreatestCartoons, one of Literature/The100GreatestLooneyTunes.

!1951

* Hare We Go (MM, [=McKimson=]) - with an unreasonable facsimile of Christopher Columbus.
* Rabbit Every Monday (LT, Freleng) - Starring Sam.
* Bunny Hugged (MM, Jones): One of Literature/The100GreatestLooneyTunes.
* The Fair-Haired Hare (LT, Freleng) - Starring Sam.
* WesternAnimation/RabbitFire (LT, Jones) - Starring Elmer and Daffy. First of the "DuckSeasonRabbitSeason" trilogy. One of Literature/The100GreatestLooneyTunes.
* French Rarebit (MM, [=McKimson=])
* His Hare-Raising Tale (LT, Freleng) - with clips from "Stage Door Cartoon," "Baseball Bugs" and "Haredevil Hare."
* WesternAnimation/BallotBoxBunny (MM, Freleng) - Starring Sam.
* Big Top Bunny (MM, [=McKimson=])

!1952
* Operation: Rabbit (LT, Jones) - Starring [[WesternAnimation/WileECoyoteAndTheRoadRunner Wile E. Coyote.]] One of Literature/The100GreatestLooneyTunes.
* Foxy by Proxy (MM, Freleng)
* 14 Carrot Rabbit (LT, Freleng) - Starring Sam.
* Water, Water Every Hare (LT, Jones)
* The Hasty Hare (LT, Jones) - Starring Marvin. Features a caricature of Friz Freleng as an astronomer.
* Oily Hare (MM, [=McKimson=])
* WesternAnimation/RabbitSeasoning (MM, Jones) - Starring Elmer and Daffy. Second of the "DuckSeasonRabbitSeason" trilogy. One of Literature/The100GreatestLooneyTunes.
* Rabbit's Kin (MM, [=McKimson=]) - with Pete Puma (voice of Stan Freberg).
* Hare Lift (LT, Freleng) - Starring Sam.

!1953

* WesternAnimation/DuckAmuck (MM, Jones) - A DaffyDuck cartoon, but [[spoiler: ol' Bugsy is the driving forced behind the events of it.]] One of The50GreatestCartoons, and one of Literature/The100GreatestLooneyTunes.
* Forward March Hare (LT, Jones)
* Upswept Hare (MM, [=McKimson=]) - Starring Elmer.
* Southern Fried Rabbit (LT, Freleng) - Starring Sam.
* Hare Trimmed (MM, Freleng) - Starring Sam and Granny from the Tweety and Sylvester series.
* WesternAnimation/BullyForBugs (LT, Jones) - The cartoon Jones made because Edward Selzer told him not to. One of Literature/The100GreatestLooneyTunes.
* Duck! Rabbit, Duck! (MM, Jones) - Starring Elmer and Daffy. Third of the "DuckSeasonRabbitSeason" trilogy. One of Literature/The100GreatestLooneyTunes.
* Robot Rabbit (LT, Freleng) - Starring Elmer.

!1954

* Captain Hareblower (MM, Freleng) - Starring Sam.
* Bugs and Thugs (LT, Freleng) - Starring Rocky and Mugsy. One of Literature/The100GreatestLooneyTunes.
* No Parking Hare (LT, [=McKimson=])
* Devil May Hare (LT, [=McKimson=]) - Starring Taz.
* Bewitched Bunny (LT, Jones) - Starring Hazel.
* Yankee Doodle Bugs (LT, Freleng)
* Lumber Jack-Rabbit (LT, Jones) - the only 3-D cartoon from the studio.
* Baby Buggy Bunny (MM, Jones)

!1955

* Beanstalk Bunny (MM, Jones) - Starring Elmer and Daffy.
* Sahara Hare (LT, Freleng) - Starring Sam.
* Hare Brush (MM, Freleng) - Starring Elmer.
* Rabbit Rampage (LT, Jones) - Cameo by Elmer. A sequel to "WesternAnimation/DuckAmuck".
* This Is a Life? (MM, Freleng) - Starring Sam, Elmer, and Daffy. With clips from "Hare Do" and "Buccaneer Bunny."
* Hyde and Hare (LT, Freleng)
* Knight-mare Hare (MM, Jones)
* Roman Legion-Hare (LT, Freleng) - Starring Sam.

!1956

* Bugs' Bonnets (MM, Jones) - Starring Elmer.
* Broom-Stick Bunny (LT, Jones) - Starring Hazel.
* Rabbitson Crusoe (LT, Freleng) - Starring Sam.
* Napoleon Bunny-Part (MM, Freleng)
* Barbary Coast Bunny (LT, Jones) - Only Bugs and Nasty Canasta cartoon.
* Half-Fare Hare (MM, [=McKimson=]) - with caricatures of Jackie Gleason and Art Carney as Ralph Cramden and Ed Norton.
* A Star Is Bored (LT, Freleng) - Starring Sam, Elmer, and Daffy.
* Wideo Wabbit (MM, [=McKimson=]) - Starring Elmer.
* To Hare Is Human (MM, Jones) - Starring Wile E.

!1957

* WesternAnimation/AliBabaBunny (MM, Jones) - Starring Daffy. One of The50GreatestCartoons, one of Literature/The100GreatestLooneyTunes.
* Bedevilled Rabbit (MM, [=McKimson=]) - Starring Taz.
* Piker's Peak (LT, Freleng) - Starring Sam.
* WesternAnimation/WhatsOperaDoc (MM, Jones) - Starring Elmer. No. 1 on The50GreatestCartoons, one of Literature/The100GreatestLooneyTunes.
* Bugsy and Mugsy (LT, Freleng) - Starring Rocky and Mugsy.
* Show Biz Bugs (LT, Freleng) - Starring Daffy. One of Literature/The100GreatestLooneyTunes.
* Rabbit Romeo (MM, [=McKimson=]) - Starring Elmer.

!1958

* Hare-Less Wolf (MM, Freleng)
* Hare-Way to the Stars (LT, Jones) - Starring Marvin.
* Now Hare This (LT, [=McKimson=])
* Knighty Knight Bugs (LT, Freleng) - AcademyAward winner for Best Animated Short Film, starring Sam. Surprisingly, this is the ONLY Bugs cartoon to have won an oscar!
* Pre-Hysterical Hare (LT, [=McKimson=]) - Starring Elmer.

!1959

* Baton Bunny (LT, Jones/Levitow)
* Hare-Abian Nights (MM, Harris) - Starring Sam.
* Apes of Wrath (MM, Freleng) - Cameo by Daffy.
* Backwoods Bunny (MM, [=McKimson=])
* Wild and Woolly Hare (LT, Freleng) - Starring Sam.
* Bonanza Bunny (MM, [=McKimson=])
* A Witch's Tangled Hare (LT, Levitow) - Starring Hazel.
* People Are Bunny (MM, [=McKimson=]) - Starring Daffy and caricature of Art Linkletter.

!1960

* Horse Hare (LT, Freleng) - Starring Sam.
* Person To Bunny (MM, Freleng) - Starring Elmer and Daffy.
* Rabbit's Feat (LT, Jones) - Starring Wile E. Coyote.
* From Hare to Heir (MM, Freleng) - Starring Sam.
* Lighter Than Hare (MM, Freleng) - Starring Sam.

!1961

* The Abominable Snow Rabbit (LT, Jones; co-dir.: Noble) - Starring Daffy.
* Compressed Hare (MM, Jones; co-dir.: Noble) - Starring Wile E.
* Prince Violent (LT, Freleng; co-dir.: Pratt) - Later renamed Prince Varmint for television broadcasts. Starring Sam.

!1962
* Wet Hare (LT, [=McKimson=])
* Bill of Hare (MM, [=McKimson=]) - Starring Taz.
* Shishkabugs (LT, Freleng) - Starring Sam.

!1963
* Devil's Feud Cake (MM, Freleng) - Starring Sam. With clips from "Hare Lift," "Roman Legion Hare" and "Sahara Hare."
* The Million Hare (LT, [=McKimson=]) - Starring Daffy.
* Hare-Breadth Hurry (LT, Jones; co-dir.: Noble) - Starring Wile E.; actually a Road Runner cartoon, but Bugs fills in after RR "sprained a giblet making a sharp curve."
* The Unmentionables (MM, Freleng) - Starring Rocky and Mugsy.
* Mad as a Mars Hare (MM, Jones; co-dir.: Noble) - Starring Marvin.
* Transylvania 6-5000 (MM, Jones; co-dir.: Noble)

!1964

* Dumb Patrol (LT, Chiniquy) - Starring Porky and Sam.
* Dr. Devil and Mr. Hare (MM, [=McKimson=]) - Starring Taz.
* The Iceman Ducketh (LT, Monroe) - Starring Daffy.
* False Hare (LT, [=McKimson=]) - Last of the original theatrical Bugs Bunny cartoons.

!Post-1964

* Box Office Bunny (1990, Van Citters) - Starring Elmer and Daffy.
* (blooper) Bunny! (1991, Lennon/Ford) - Starring Daffy, Elmer, and Sam. Never released until 1997.
* Invasion of the Bunny Snatchers (1992, Lennon/Ford) - Starring Daffy, Elmer, and Sam.
* Carrotblanca (1995, [=McCarthy=]) - Parody of ''{{Casablanca}}''.
* From Hare to Eternity (1996, Jones) - Starring Sam.
* Hare and Loathing in Las Vegas (2003, Kopp/Shin) - Starring Sam.

!Television specials with original material
* ''Bugs and Daffy's Carnival of the Animals'' (Jones, 1976) - A combination live-action/animation 23-minute special, featuring interpretations of OgdenNash poems set to the music of Camille Saint-Saëns. Bugs's first appearance in original material since 1964.
* ''Bugs Bunny's Looney Christmas Tales'' (1979)
** Bugs Bunny's Christmas Carol (Freleng) - Starring Sam and Porky.
** The Fright Before Christmas (Freleng) - Starring Clyde and Taz.
* ''Bugs Bunny's Bustin' Out All Over'' (1980)
** Portrait of the Artist as a Young Bunny (Jones/Monroe) - Starring Elmer.
** Spaced Out Bunny (Jones/Monroe) - Starring Marvin and Hugo. Last short with Mel Blanc voicing Bugs.

!Television shows

* ''WesternAnimation/TheBugsBunnyShow'' (1960-64)
* ''WesternAnimation/TheBugsBunnyRoadRunnerShow'' (1978-1985)
* ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'' (1990-93) - Bugs made several appearances, as the principal of "Acme Looniversity".
* ''WesternAnimation/TazMania'' (1991-94)
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' (1993-98) - Bugs made several cameos.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Histeria}}'' (1998-2000) - Bugs made a few cameos.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLooneyTunesShow'' (2011-present)

!Movies

* ''TwoGuysFromTexas'' (1948) - Bugs makes a cameo in what is probably the most memorable sequence of the film.
* ''MyDreamIsYours'' (1949) - Ditto.
* ''The Bugs Bunny Road Runner Movie'' (1979) - Compilation of Creator/ChuckJones shorts.
* ''Friz Freleng's Looney Looney Looney Bugs Bunny Movie'' (1981) - Compilation of Creator/FrizFreleng shorts.
* ''Bugs Bunny's 1001 Rabbit Tales'' (1983)
* ''Daffy Duck's Movie: Fantastic Island'' (1984)
* ''Daffy Duck's Quackbusters'' (1988)
* ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'' (1988) - Bugs makes a cameo where it is shown that he and MickeyMouse get along surprisingly well.
* ''Gremlins2TheNewBatch'' (1990) - Bugs and Daffy make a cameo in the opening scene.
* ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventuresHowISpentMyVacation'' (1992) - Bugs makes silent cameos in the movie's opening and closing songs.
* ''Film/SpaceJam'' (1996)
* ''Tweety's High-Flying Adventure'' (2000) - Bugs makes a cameo in one scene.
* ''Film/LooneyTunesBackInAction'' (2003)
* ''MuchaLucha: The Return of El Malefico'' (2004) - Bugs makes a cameo during Rikochet's party.
* ''Bah, Humduck! A Looney Tunes Christmas'' (2006) - YetAnotherChristmasCarol, featuring Daffy as Scrooge.

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!!Bugs Bunny (and his cartoons) have shown the following tropes:
* HundredPercentAdorationRating: In numerous cartoons and films, Bugs is depicted as universally beloved by his fans and audiences and can get big rounds of applause for ''anything'' he does, whereas [[AlwaysSecondBest Daffy]] has a ZeroPercentApprovalRating and is driven to insanity trying to get some respect himself.
* AbsurdlyDedicatedWorker: In "Southern Fried Rabbit", BugsBunny encounters Yosemite Sam as a Confederate soldier guarding the Mason-Dixon line eighty odd years after the end of the UsefulNotes/AmericanCivilWar. When informed of this fact, Sam replies "I ain't no clockwatcher!"
* TheAce: Bugs in his more modern depictions. [[BrokenAce Except when he's facing off with Cecil Turtle.]]
** He finally gets his revenge against Cecil in ''TheLooneyTunesShow''. While Bugs has mellowed down in the show, Cecil just becomes even more of a {{Jerkass}}.
* AcmeProducts: Bugs has made use of their services, with better results than Wile E. Coyote.
* AlliterativeName: '''B'''ugs '''B'''unny.
* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: Bugs Bunny can outsmart anybody, except Cecil Turtle.
** He plays the opposite end of the role perfectly to the envious WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck however.
** There was also the one time he went up against a gremlin in an airfield in the short "Falling Hare". He was hopelessly outclassed.
* AluminumChristmasTrees: Bugs' catchphrases and speech tics are actually based around the hip slang of the time (1940's) -- but modern audiences assume they're unique to him.
* {{Angrish}}: Bugs just can't seem to put the hatred he feels for Cecil into words in ''Tortoise Beats the Hare''.
-->'''Bugs:''' "You! You blankety blank blank turtle!"
* AmbiguouslyJewish: The Brooklyn accent, among other things, but also subtle things, like having grown up playing Pisha-Paysha when challenged to a game of blackjack (by Blacque Jacques Shellacque in ''Bonanza Bunny'').
** MelBlanc (his voice actor) was in fact Jewish.
* AmericanAccents: MelBlanc gave his wascally wabbit a Brooklyn accent so distinctive, it's the standard to which actors strive for their own Brooklyn-based characters.
** Bugs's accent is actually a seamless blend of the Brooklyn and Bronx accents called Flatbush, after a community in the Brooklyn area where Mel had first heard it.
* AmericaSavesTheDay: The World War II propaganda chapters used this.
* AndCallHimGeorge: Bugs is nearly smothered (literally) with adoration by an [[BigfootSasquatchAndYeti Abominable Snowman]]. The TropeNamer.
* AntiHero: He may be the first fully-realized antihero in animation, coming right around the time {{Ideal Hero}}es like MickeyMouse were falling out of favor. He goes from being a HeroicComedicSociopath to KarmicTrickster.
* AnvilOnHead
* AnimatedActors
* ArchEnemy: Of all the characters Bugs goes up against, Elmer Fudd is probably the most frequent. Of course, Elmer is hopelessly outclassed...
** On the other hand, he's perhaps the most frequent to actually defeat Bugs (a total of three times, only Daffy has done so the same amount of times, and none of which were via the original theatrical shorts).
*** A common myth; though the rivalry is iconic, there were actually comparatively few Bugs vs. Elmer shorts. Because Elmer is, as mentioned, hopelessly outclassed, it was a delicate dance to make sure Bugs didn't cross the line from merry prankster to outright bully (one they didn't always pull off so well). One of the reasons Yosemite Sam was created was to give Bugs an adversary who was smart enough (or, failing that, belligerent enough) that Bugs still looked like the good guy at the end of the cartoon.
**** He was however still one of Bugs' most frequent enemies, only Yosemite Sam really challenges his total bouts against the rabbit, not to mention they consist of what many consider some of the most iconic Bugs shorts to date.
**** Part of the reason Elmer gets this treatment is because he's the opponent that [[ThrowTheDogABone got a cartoon where he cleanly outdid Bugs]] - granted, he did so via role reversal (Elmer went crazy and believed himself to be Bugs; psychiatrists then kidnapped Bugs and convinced him that he was Elmer), but Elmer still came out on top.
*** Cecil Turtle is not only 3-0 against Bugs, he beat Bugs at his own game. (Technically Bugs won the last one, but it was clearly a moral victory for Cecil.)
* ArtEvolution: Very literal evolution -- in the earliest shorts, Bugs looks like a rabbit that walks upright, compared to his modern appearance where he's essentially a human with bunny ears.
* AshFace: Of course, occasions where he himself is a victim of this are quite rare. His antagonists on the other hand never fare as well.
* AttentionWhore: Definitely has moments of this, especially in "What's Cookin', Doc?"
* AttractiveBentGender: One of Bugs' favorite ways to escape Elmer Fudd, and it [[FoeYay always works]]. The ears or tail usually give him away, though.
** This makes it HilariousInHindsight when one is to consider ''WesternAnimation/TheLooneyTunesShow'', in which calling Bugs an ugly woman in drag is a RunningGag.
* BadassAdorable: Could ''you'' calmly ask "Eeeeh, whatz up, doc?" with a shotgun up your nose?
** Also qualifies as TooDumbToLive.
* BadassNormal: See above.
* BearyFunny: "Bugs Bunny and the Three Bears".
* BeastlyBloodsports: "Bully for Bugs" has him facing off against a strong, fast and smart bull in a rather unconventional bullfight.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Most of the time, he's very cheerful and friendly, but if pushed far enough (usually by people who keep bullying, cheating or threatening him or others), he's more than happy to retaliate.
* BigBallOfViolence (i.e.: Case of the Missing Hare")
* BizarreAndImprobableGolfGame: "My Bunny Lies Over the Sea", in which Bugs competes with a Scotsman in a game of golf. Needless to say, the rabbit fudges the rules a bit, like digging a trench to lead the ball into the hole, for instance.
* BornInTheTheatre
* {{Bowdlerise}}: Like all the Warners' animated output -- indeed, that of all the major American studios during and just post-WWII -- some of Bugs' shorts are not very politically correct. At the height of the Pacific campaign during the war, he starred in a blatant bit of propaganda called "Bugs Bunny Nips the Nips." He also appeared in BlackFace on more than one occasion, including a short parody of Al Jolson's ''The Jazz Singer''.
* BrattyHalfPint / BrokenRecord: "I want an Easter egg! I want an Easter egg! I want an Easter egg! I want an Easter egg!"
** Baby Face Finster. Not a baby, just a midget bank robber in disguise.
* BreakoutCharacter: Much like DonaldDuck before him, Bugs' popularity ended up eclipsing his predecessors, Porky and Daffy. The difference however is that Bugs eventually became the face of the company.
* BrokenAce: While Bugs is usually the cunning protagonist, writers took care to balance this with the odd fall-guy role so as not to lose audience sympathy. In keeping with the character's cockiness, though, when Bugs was a loser he was often a very sore one.
* BrooklynRage: '''Do not make Bugs angry.'''
* BulletDancing: Subverted in "Bugs Bunny Rides Again," where Bugs breaks into a full-bore softshoe routine when Yosemite Sam tries this trope on him. Then Bugs yells "Take it, Sam!" and Sam does -- straight into an open mine shaft.
* {{Crossover}}: Including Paramount's "Jasper Goes Hunting," Odradek's "Political Cartoon," ''CartoonAllStarsToTheRescue'' and ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit''.
* CanadaEh: One of Bugs' lesser-known nemeses, Blacque Jacque Shellacque, who was basically a French-Canadian Yosemite Sam.
* CartoonConductor: In "Long-Haired Hare" and "Baton Bunny".
* CarnivoreConfusion: In spite of being almost fully anthropomorphic, large chunks (perhaps even the majority) of Bugs' filmography are about hunters and other predators trying to kill and eat him.
** Elmer isn't a carnivore, he's a vegetawian, he only hunts for the sport of it, he he heh.
** Except the time he's bought Bugs at a butcher's shop to make stew.
*** And, of course, it makes perfect sense for there to be a sport hunting season for characters who walk upright, speak English and have hands.
* CasualDangerDialog: A trademark. His catch phrase even emerged as this, given Bugs' reaction to Elmer shoving a gun to his face was "What's up, Doc?"
** In "Hair-Raising Hare", Bugs is barricading a door with a monster on the other side and shouts frantically to the audience [[IsThereADoctorInTheHouse "Is there a doctor in the house?!"]] When one stands up [[NoFourthWall in the audience]], Bugs coolly enquires "Ehhh, what's up, Doc?"
* CatchPhrase:
** "What's up, Doc?"
** "Of course you realize, ThisMeansWar!"
** "I knew I shoulda taken that left turn at Albuquerque..." (pronounced "Alba-coy-key")
** "What's cooking?"
** "Ain't I a stinka?"
** "What a maroon."
* CatchThatPigeon: Bugs and Elmer Fudd, Tasmanian Devil and numerous others.
* CavalierConsumption: Bugs often does this, as a possible holdover from his days as a ScrewySquirrel. When asking "Eh... What's up, Doc?", he's often feigning caring, and is even asking and talking while chewing.
* CementShoes: Mobsters Mugsy and Rocky try this on Bugs in "The Unmentionables".
* ChainedToARailway: Including one notable instance in which Elmer Fudd is tied to the tracks, and the "Super Chief" (namechecking a famous passenger train of the time) runs right over him -- a long line of little bunnies following Bugs, who's wearing a feathered headdress.
* CharacterizationMarchesOn: To the point where people don't even like to look at his prototype as the same character.
* CivilizedAnimal: Although his behavior is entirely human, he still lives in a burrow and has to worry about being hunted or eaten. There was an odd situation in the cartoon "Hare Splitter" where Bugs and his rival live in furnished burrows and wear only their fur, while their contested girlfriend lives in a frame house and is fully dressed.
* ClipShow: "His Hare-Raising Tale", "Devil's Feud Cake", "Hare-abian Nights"
** Not to mention a whole bunch of TV specials and feature films.
* CloseCallHaircut: Played with, along with every other gun cliche known to man, in most of the Yosemite Sam shorts. Bugs once used a trick shot on Sam that not only parted Sam's hair, but split his hat as well.
** Elmer once did this to Bugs' ''ears''.
* ClosetShuffle: Bugs does this in "Racketeer Rabbit." Virtually duplicated in "Bugs and Thugs" with Rocky and Muggsy, once as a prank and once for real.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: While Bugs was almost always more intelligent than his foes, he was far from lucid in most of his early appearances. This was tamed as his character evolved, though still makes the odd showing here and there.
* ComedicSociopathy: He occasionally tips over into this.
* CorneredRattlesnake: Made an increasingly pivotal part of his character, particularly in the Chuck Jones shorts. Bugs was not allowed to heckle opponents unless they provoked or harassed him, then it was war.
* CrashingThroughTheHarem: Happens in the ''WesternAnimation/BugsBunny'' episode "A-Lad-In His Lamp".
-->'''Bugs:''' (Rushes into a room, screams are heard, he rushes out and closes the door) Err, um... a Hare-em, I think.
-->'''Genie:''' (opens the door and looks in, to more screams) Oh, that was a harem all right. I know a harem when I see one.
* CryLaughing: In the short "Knighty Knight Bugs", Bugs does this after the king tells him to retrieve the singing sword from Sam or else he [the king] will have to cut off Bugs' head.
* TheDarkAgeOfAnimation
* DavidVersusGoliath: Especially true of Chuck Jones' Bugs, who has taken on bulls ("Bully for Bugs") and professional wrestlers ("Bunny Hugged")
* DeadpanSnarker: Arguably the most famous and iconic Deadpan Snarker in western animation.
* [[DependingOnTheArtist Depending On The Animator]]: In the late forties it was easy to tell who had directed which Bugs cartoon just by looking at Bugs's design. Friz Freleng used the design which we all know and love today, Chuck Jones had a slightly different version with larger eyes, larger cheeks and more pointy teeth, and Robert [=McKimson=] (plus, for his sole Bugs Bunny outing, Arthur Davis) had a majorly different version with stubbier legs, a slight pot belly, more slanted eyes, long teeth, and a ''huge'' mouth that flapped around like a windsock whenever he talked. At the end of the decade, the differences became a lot less pronounced.
** Some artists would even play this up for comedic effect. Picking out Rod Scribner's and [=Robert McKimson=]'s animation of Bugs in a Bob Clampett cartoon is considered almost the entry level for identifying Golden Age artists' styles.
* DeusExMachina: A hilarious one in "Rabbit Punch". [[OpposingSportsTeam The]] [[StoutStrength Crusher]] has [[ChainedToARailway tied Bugs to a train track]]--''[[RuleOfFunny in a boxing ring]]'', mind you--then boards a locomotive and proceeds to speed towards Bugs. The scene makes it clear it's passed the DespairEventHorizon, with The Crusher's SlasherSmile and Bugs' genuinely worried expressions. [[OnlyTheAuthorCanSaveThemNow What could possibly save him?]] Cue the [[NoFourthWall film strip of the cartoon eventually breaking]], showing Bugs in a WhiteVoidRoom, revealing that he ''[[MediumAwareness cut the film with scissors]]'', thereby ending (or, rather, [[NoEnding non-ending]]) the cartoon.
** "Hare Trigger" ends in this manner as well.
* DoorstopBaby: "Baby Face" Finster invokes this as a ploy to use Bugs' rabbit hole as a hideout.
* DuckSeasonRabbitSeason: Co-TropeNamer; refers to a series of cartoons in which Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck argue over what hunting season it is.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The early shorts are very strange to watch if you're familiar with the Bugs from the late 40's and onward--one must understand that in his infant years, the directors stumbled across Bugs entirely by accident in ''AWildHare'', and didn't quite "get" what made Bugs such a hit at first. and this is supported by the early batch of post-Wild Hare shorts like "Elmer's Pet Rabbit", "Tortoise Beats Hare" and "Hiawatha's Rabbit Hunt". It wasn't until "The Heckling Hare" and "All This and Rabbit Stew" when they started to get a clue as to what Bugs was about, and even then Creator/ChuckJones still took a while to fully understand Bugs' character.
** This is because Bugs, like many other Golden Age cartoon characters, wasn't created fully conceived but instead evolved through numerous cartoons. His early prototype was based on the then popular ScrewySquirrel-type wacky character, which Daffy also began life as (and still has his moments) before settling into his more known sarcastic and self-centered persona. It was Bugs' glib attitude in ''AWildHare'' that set him apart from other cartoons in the era.
** MeetYourEarlyInstallmentWeirdness: One later drawing of Bugs by Creator/ChuckJones (which can be found in one of his biographies) has Bugs reacting in horror at the sight of a picture of "Bugs' Bunny", his alleged prototype, from "Hare-Um Scare-Um".
* EvilVersusEvil: Bugs Bunny vs turtle, Both are cheats.
* FastTunnelling
* FauxAffablyEvil: On rare occasions, [[CharacterizationMarchesOn early on at least]]. The later enterpretations, while still occasionally morally ambiguous, never quite reach this level.
* FinalWords; Averted so deliciously, as Bugs would utter the "Oooh, I'm dying! Everything's getting dark ... " speech to make Elmer Fudd or someone think he's been shot, poisoned, etc. ... just before "miraculously recovering" to give his foe a swift kick in the ass!
** Enforced in a parody that aired on ''FamilyGuy''. Only this time, Elmer Fudd just stood by stoically while Bugs did his "ooh, I'm dying" act, until the bunny really did die!
* FourFingeredHands
* {{Flanderization}}: Bugs was initially a far wackier and egotistical protagonist, however his suave cunning demenor was exagerrated to such a point he is regarded as one of animation's prime {{Invincible Hero}}es. As Chuck Jones once emphasized, [[AlwaysSomeoneBetter Bugs is meant to be everything]] [[StrawLoser Daffy Duck isn't]].
** Yosemite Sam was actually created to combat this. After a few cartoons, it rapidly became apparent that Bugs Bunny could think circles around Elmer Fudd so thoroughly that, even when Elmer was clearly the antagonist, Bugs ''still'' looked like the bully. So they created Sam to give Bugs an opponent who was smart enough (or at least belligerent enough) to give Bugs a challenge and keep him from {{Flanderiz|ation}}ing into a villain. After a while, even Sam had become ineffective, and so both Marvin The Martian and the Tazmanian Devil were introduced to bring in a fresh new threat (proving ''slightly'' more effective).
*** Ironically, ''Daffy'' ended up being the perfect foil for Bugs in this regard, as he was far, ''far'' more egocentric and sometimes an outright ass compared to Bugs. The two are currently roomates in an OddCouple type situation on ''WesternAnimation/TheLooneyTunesShow'', and though more or less 'friends' now, these two still have ego clashes due to Daffy still being more of a dick than Bugs has ever been. It's part of why fans love seeing them onscreen together. They just ''work'' in this regard. The fact that Daffy actually became flanderized to points unheard of long before this didn't hurt, as it helped keep it from happening to Bugs.
** According to Robert [=McKimson=], Jones' Flanderization eventually became a problem with the staff, making him so reserved and impenetrable they noticed [[FlatCharacter he was starting to lack much of a sympathetic personality]]. As such some of his last cartoons actually try to dial him back a small degree, making him a bit more hyperactive and abrasive again.
* TheFool: Even when he isn't using pure wit to defeat an adversary, he seems to have lady luck (and the villains' bumbling) on his side. Lampshaded in "Hare and Loathing Las Vegas"; he has his own pair of lucky rabbit's feet.
* FriendlyEnemy: Whenever they aren't after his blood in some manner, Bugs tends to be rather easy going and sometimes out and out charitable to his foes. Granted the fact they are often AnimatedActors plays a lot into this.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: In "Lumber Jack-Rabbit", Bugs Bunny sings the first four verses of "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jimmy_Crack_Corn Jimmy Crack Corn]]", which is about a slave being happy that his master got killed by an out-of-control horse that got bitten by a "blue-tail fly". How the episode development team got all four of these verses past the censors in a cartoon even for ''[[WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids children]]'' is beyond us.
** In "What's Cookin' Doc?", Bugs decides to show a clip of one of his past performances to show he deserves the Academy Award - except the first clip they show is a "stag reel" (what they called porn back then), and he has to shut it off. All they show is a picture of a stag with exotic music playing in the background, but still.
* GoKartingWithBowser : Taken to extremes. Bugs often had a very forgiving demeanor to the many individuals that tried to con, maim or even kill him so often.
** Why take things personally when it's all part of the show?
* TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation
* GravityIsAHarshMistress: A WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes staple that was {{lampshade|Hanging}}d in "High-Diving Hare", wherein Yosemite Sam ties him up, quick-marches him up onto a high-diving platform and out to the end of the board, then ''saws off'' the board in order to force Bugs to go through with his diving act... only for the diving platform to suddenly collapse and bring Sam down with it, while the diving board itself hangs in midair. "I know this defies the law of gravity... but I never studied law!"
** Also done in "A Star is Born", when Daffy saws off the limb of a fake tree trunk. Bugs was sitting on said limb. Unfortunately for Daffy, the only part being held by invisible strings is said limb. The tree instantly falls over.
** Let's not forget "The Heckling Hare", which has Bugs and his antagonist Willoughby the dog falling off a cliff for a [[IFellForHours very long time]]. Averted at the end when they skid to a stop before hitting the ground.
** In "Falling Hare", the bomber that Bugs and the gremlin are in goes into a steep dive, during which the wings tear off, but it stops in midair right before hitting the ground:
--->'''Gremlin:''' [[BreakingTheFourthWall Sorry, folks!]] We ran out of gas!
--->'''Bugs:''' [[LampshadeHanging Yeah...You know how it is]] with these [[HistoricalInJoke 'A'-cards!]][[note]]AKA a fuel ration card, used during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII; 'A' was the lowest rank.[[/note]]
*** This is revisited in "Hare Lift": when the huge plane goes into a dive (after Bugs pulls out the control column and throws it out the window) and Yosemite Sam bails out with the only parachute available (not forgetting to shout at the rabbit, "[[SoLongSuckers So long, sucker!]]", leaving Bugs on the plane, the rabbit pulls a lever on the plane. The plane screeches to a halt in midair.
---->'''Bugs:''' Lucky for me this thing had "air brakes"!
*** In "A Star is Bored", Bugs puts a jet into a steep dive as part of a movie stunt, but halts it mere feet above the ground. He then swaps positions with his stunt double ([[ButtMonkey Daffy]] in a rabbit suit) who crashes into a heap when the cameras roll again.
*** Referenced in ''Film/LooneyTunesBackInAction'', where this works until the female protagonist points out that this shouldn't work, upon which gravity kicks back in again and they land in a crumpled heap.
* GuileHero: He uses tricks instead of [[ActionHero force]] or [[ScienceHero Science]] to triumph
* HalfDressedCartoonAnimal: If Bugs has ever worn pants, I'll eat my hat.
** Get that hat ready, because [[http://toonheads.tv/view/1487/all-this-and-rabbit-stew/ he has worn pants]]--well, overalls, anyways. And a shirt and hat, too.
** He's worn plenty of skirts and dresses, though.
** Mrs. Bugs (as revealed in the short "Hold the Lion, Please") wears the pants in the family anyway...
** [[BarefootCartoonAnimal He doesn't wear shoes often]], either.
* {{Hammerspace}}
* HappyHarlequinHat: Wears on in "Knighty Knight Bugs."
* TheHero: Usually, depending on the prominance of the villains however he is sometimes a HeroAntagonist.
* HeroAntagonist: Some of his later shorts tended to focus more on his enemies (like Daffy) plotting ways to get back at him, to the point his iconic logo at the start of each short can be [[OutOfFocus rather misleading to who you'll be watching for the next five minutes]].
* HisAndHers: In ''Hare-Way to the Stars'', Bugs has a pair of towels labeled "His" and "[[IncrediblyLamePun Hares]]".
* HumanMail: Bugs once mailed himself to Washington, DC.
* HypocriticalHumor: "What a maroon! What an ignoranimus!"
** Also, at the end of "Operation Rabbit," a defeated Wile E. Coyote surrenders by telling Bugs that his "name is mud." Bugs' retort? "Mud spelled backwards is dumb!"
* IconicSequelCharacter: He didn't appear until almost a decade into the Looney Tunes series run.
* IncessantMusicMadness: "Long-Haired Hare" begins with Bugs playing various instruments (a banjo, a harp and a tuba) and singing while an opera singer is trying to rehearse, leading the opera singer to smash Bugs' instruments and beat him up.
* InvincibleHero: Leaned into this more and more in later shorts (though granted most of the RoguesGallery [[IneffectualSympatheticVillain didn't exactly pose much of a challenge anyway]]). Arguably balanced by the occasional loss here and there, with Bugs even playing the ButtMonkey at times (he actually did lose much more frequently compared the other WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes protagonists such as Tweety Pie or Speedy Gonzales).
* JerkassBall: The odd time Bugs' winning streak ended was [[LaserGuidedKarma karmically provoked]] by an unusual bout of callousness from the usually easy going rabbit.
** In a few of his earlier shorts, he played the {{Jerkass}} trope straighter than elsewhere.
* KarmaHoudini: In ''Buckaroo Bugs'', Bugs is the villain of the piece, a western outlaw named "The Masked Marauder", who steals carrots and humiliates the wimp of a cowboy sent to bring him in. While Bugs was the antagonist once or twice, he never again "got away with it" like he does here. (See next entry)
** Cecil Turtle in ''Rabbit Transit''. He cheated and still won. More accurately, he cheated until the home stretch, when he stopped using his rocket-powered shell. He let Bugs go by, who was [[BatmanGambit running over the speed limit since he was aware Cecil was rocket-propelled]]. After he "won", he was promptly arrested. Both of these examples are particularly strange, as they were made during a time when UsefulNotes/TheHaysCode banned {{Karma Houdini}}s in the film industry.
* KarmicTrickster: The writers actually had a set of rules they always followed when writing Bugs Bunny cartoons to make sure Bugs didn't become an out-and-out bully. For starters, Bugs himself never started fights; he could retaliate all he wanted, but he never antagonized. On occasions when he did dole out punishments his victim didn't deserve, things would start going wrong for him. Best example would be "Rebel Rabbit" where Bugs is incensed that the bounty on rabbits is mere pennies, and sets out to prove that Rabbits aren't harmless by wrecking the country in funny ways. (Sawing off the state of Florida, filling in the Grand Canyon, literally tying up the railroads) In the end, he's hunted down by the ''armed forces'' and put in [[TheAlcatraz Alcatraz Prison]], where he concludes that maybe he "[[MyGodWhatHaveIDone went a little too far]]".
** There's also the case of the Cecil Turtle shorts, where Bugs would [[TookALevelInJerkass antagonize the turtle on account of a bruised ego]], [[LaserGuidedKarma which resulted in Bugs being the loser every single time.]]
*** The Cecil Turtle shorts were usually takes on the old fable of the tortoise and the hare. In fact, usually what sets Bugs off is the fable itself; incensed at this slander, he sets out to harass the first chelonian he can find.
* KnightOfCerebus: Many Warner directors, particularly Friz Freleng, were bent on making a more challenging RoguesGallery for Bugs, fearing that earlier, more docile foes such as Elmer Fudd failed to provoke him and leaned his characterization more into that of a smarmy bully. Yosemite Sam was the first attempt at this, being ineffectual, but far more violent, relentless and conniving than Elmer, and often playing on Bugs' more altruistic image. When Sam started to lose his edge, Chuck Jones created Marvin the Martian, contrasting Sam by being affable and polite, but actually competent and dangerous enough to evoke fear from Bugs.
* LargeHamTitle: In the ''Bugs Bunny'' shorts (though not in ''[[WesternAnimation/WileECoyoteAndTheRoadRunner Roadrunner]]''), Wile E. Coyote introduces himself as; "Wile E. Coyote, super genius!"
* LetsGetDangerous: When Bugs says, "Of course you realize [[ThisMeansWar this means war!]]", you can be sure that whoever provoked him this way will soon be entering a world of hurt.
* LooneyTunesInTheThirties: Late 30's, if you count the proto-Bugs appearances.
* LooneyTunesInTheForties: Bugs' golden years.
* LooneyTunesInTheFifties
* LooneyTunesInTheSixties
* LooneyTunesInTheSeventiesAndOnward
* LostInImitation: Bugs' carrot-eating was intended as a ShoutOut to Clark Gable in ''Film/ItHappenedOneNight''. Unfortunately, carrots became the [[StockAnimalDiet default food]] of all rabbits, fictional and real, with disastrous real-life consequences (carrots are lethal to real-life rabbits in large amounts).
* LuckyRabbitsFoot: Referenced several times.
* MagicPokerEquation: Most humorously in "Barbary Coast Bunny" where Bugs walks into a crooked casino where all the games are rigged, and ''still'' cleans the place out.
** Also in "Bonanza Bunny," where he plays 21 with Blacque Jacques Shellaque and holds on only one card. Blacque Jacques draws [[DickDastardlyStopsToCheat two tens of Spades]] for a 20, but Bugs' single card [[UpToEleven is a '21' of Hearts]].
** Bugs does something similar to this in "Hare and Loathing in Las Vegas", where when playing blackjack against Yosemite Sam, Sam as dealer gets a twenty with two cards and Bugs reveals that he has 21 aces. In fact the whole short seems to be based on this trope.
* {{Malaproper}}: Sometimes combined with DelusionsOfEloquence.
* MeaningfulName: Most everyone who meets the rabbit thinks he's extremely annoying.
* MediumShiftGag:
** The punchline of "Rabbit Hood" is that Robin Hood has been MIA for most of the film, and when he finally appears, it's live-action footage of Errol Flynn from ''Film/TheAdventuresOfRobinHood''. A dumbfounded Bugs comments, "That's silly, it couldn't be him!"
** "Invasion of the Bunny Snatchers" uses this to a disturbing effect.
* TheMillenniumAgeOfAnimation
* MultipleChoicePast: Variously described as being from Manhattan (in shorts like "A Hare Grows in Manhattan") and Brooklyn, though his accent is a Flatbush accent.
* NegativeContinuity: As with all the other Looney Tunes, each Bugs short starts off fresh. The sole exception to this, and probably all the old shorts in general, is TortoiseWinsByAHare, which directly references it's predecessor, "Tortoise Beats Hare", by having Bugs watch the actual cartoon on a home movie projector, but due to some plot details being ignored (such as that Cecil blatantly cheated in the first race, something Bugs has seemingly forgotten) it probably falls under BroadStrokes as well.
* NoFourthWall: Bugs often spoke directly to the audience, usually to make a smart-aleck comment about whatever was happening at that moment.
* NoSenseOfDirection: He ''always'' misses that left turn in Alburquerque.
* NothingButSkinAndBones: He has been known to show skinnier frames [[FurIsClothing under his skin]] to try to deter those who wish to eat him.
* NotSoInvincibleAfterAll: The writers had a field day with these. While usually making it through each short with hardly a hair out of place, every now and then Bugs' luck would run out and he would be made the ButtMonkey to another, usually underestimated foe.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: In an old comic, he reveals that his real name is [[spoiler:George Washington Bunny]].
* OutOfFocus: Despite being Warner Bros.' biggest star, Bugs vanished after 1964's "False Hare". That is, until he returned in 1979's "Bugs Bunny’s Christmas Carol". Since then, he's appeared in several of the sporadically released post-1969 shorts.
* PackedHero: Used multiple times; see the trope page for details.
* PaperThinDisguise: His enemies will only realize it's him when they see his tail or ears, having not noticed Bugs' fur or little bunny nose.
* ParodyMagicSpell: Used in "Transylvania 6-5000". Bugs starts reading a book about magic words that contain the words "Abracadabra" and "Hocus Pocus." Unbeknownst to him (at first, anyway), "Abracadabra" turns the vampire into a bat, and "Hocus Pocus" turns him back into a person. He starts singing the words in a song, transforming the vampire back and forth (Hilarity Ensues)... then starts mixing them up in the song, "Abraca-Pocus" and "Hocus-cadabra", making half the vampire transform, i.e. a human body with a bat's head, then a bat's body and human head. Then he throws out, "Newport News!" which changes the vampire into an ugly witch, and finally, "Walla Walla Washington!" which turns him into a two-headed vulture.
* PointThatSomewhereElse: Bugs often does this in his encounters with Elmer.
* PolkaDotPaint: In "Easter Yeggs", Bugs paints Elmer's head blue with yellow polka dots in two strokes.
* PopCulturalOsmosis: Some people would be surprised to know that Bugs and Elmer only shared 35 pictures out of Bugs' 168 shorts.
* ProjectileToast: Bugs himself {{lampshade|Hanging}}d this in "To Hare is Human" (when [[WesternAnimation/WileECoyoteAndTheRoadRunner Wile E. Coyote]] attempted to replace the carrots in his toaster with grenades): "One of these days, I'm gonna hafta have that spring fixed."
* ProWrestlingEpisode: ''Bunny Hugged''
* TheProtagonist: The iconic main star of the Looney Tunes franchise.
* PublicDomainAnimation: A handful of his cartoons have slipped into the PublicDomain.
* PunBasedTitle: The writers for WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes must have used every 'hare' pun possible while thinking up titles for Bugs Bunny shorts.
* RascallyRabbit: 'Scuse us, that's "Wascawwy Wabbit!" Bugs constantly uses 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.
* ReachingBetweenTheLines
* RealAwardFictionalCharacter:
** In the 1944 short "What's Cookin' Doc?", Bugs believes he's a shoo-in for Best Actor at the Oscars, but Creator/JamesCagney wins it instead, causing Bugs to have a meltdown. He ends up getting a BoobyPrize Oscar, shaped like him.
** Bugs is awarded a Nobel Prize in ''WesternAnimation/TheLooneyTunesShow'' episode "The Shelf." Subverted when this genius bunny succeeds in demolishing his entire house while building a shelf to display his award.
** Bugs argues with the humorless Kate Houghton during ''Film/LooneyTunesBackInAction'' about rehiring WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck, and bolsters his argument with four Oscar statuettes and a chunk of granite with his Walk of Fame star on it. For the record, four Warner Brothers cartoons have won an Oscar, but only one went to a Bugs Bunny cartoon: "Knighty Knight Bugs." Bugs Bunny also has an actual star on the Walk of Fame.
* RedOniBlueOni: The blue to Daffy's red.
* TheRenaissanceAgeOfAnimation
* RogerRabbitEffect: His appearances in ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/My_Dream_Is_Yours My Dream Is Yours]]'', ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'', ''Film/SpaceJam'' and ''Film/LooneyTunesBackInAction''
* RoguesGallery: Elmer Fudd, Yosemite Sam, Tasmanian Devil, and occasionally Marvin the Martian, Wile E. Coyote and DaffyDuck ([[WithFriendsLikeThese depending on the mood]]).
* RuleOfThree: Generally, to keep Bugs from appearing like a bully, he only reacts after the antagonist does ''three'' knocks against him. After that, "of course you realize, ThisMeansWar!"
* ScrewySquirrel: His initial appearances.
* SemperFi: Bugs served in the Corps from 1943-1945. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Super-Rabbit#Reception No, really.]]
* SiegeEngines: in "Knighty Knight Bugs", the Black Knight (Yosemite Sam) uses a catapult to try to launch himself into a castle window.
* {{Slapstick}}
* SoreLoser: The lesser-seen aspect of his personality; during the rare moments where Bugs is on the losing side of things, he does ''not'' take it well. See the trilogy of his shorts with Cecil Turtle, and ''Rabbit Rampage''.
* StraightMan: Becomes this to DaffyDuck in ''WesternAnimation/TheLooneyTunesShow''.
* SpeciesSurname
* StreetSmart
* SuperNotDrowningSkills: Bugs can apparently breathe underwater, since almost all of "Hare Ribbin'" (save the opening) is set underwater!
* TakeThatKiss: One of his trademarks, especially towards Elmer.
* TalkingAnimal
* TemporarilyAVillain: Whenever he's a VillainProtagonist.
* ThroughAFaceFullOfFur: Notably in "Falling Hare."
* TimTaylorTechnology: Wile E.'s massive computer in "To Hare Is Human" has all the answers for catching a rabbit, but none of them work. Except for the last when the boulder end of a booby trap is descending upon him:
-->'''Wile E.:''' (''panickly pressing buttons'') Rock...falling...what'll...I...do??
-->'''Computer read-out:''' Go back and take your medicine. (''Wile E. goes back and lets the boulder fall on him'')
** And that's because Bugs was inside the machine every time.
--->'''Bugs:''' Of course, the real beauty of this machine is that it has only one moving part.
* TookALevelInJerkass: Bugs is a huge jerkass in the shorts featuring [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass Cecil Turtle]] and this causes him to lose KarmicProtection.
** Not to mention "Buckaroo Bugs".
* TheTrickster: Obviously.
* TunnelKing
* UnsportsmanlikeGloating: Sadly, Bugs has been known to sink to this level on occasion.
* VillainProtagonist: Bugs was generally a defensive character, but there have been several episodes where he became this, especially in his early years. But barring a handful of exceptions, Bugs was ''never'' portrayed as malicious, but as a practical joker who knows its all an act, and is just rolling along with the situation.
* VitriolicBestBuds: Bugs and Daffy.
* VocalEvolution: His voice is lower and his accent is thicker in his earliest shorts.
* WartimeCartoon: Several, some good, some forgettable propaganda.
* WhatTheHellIsThatAccent: Bugs speaks with a peculiar mixture of a Brooklyn/Bronx accent. (Mel Blanc also said his inspiration was Frank McHugh, who spoke in a New York Irish accent).
* WhiteGloves
* WholesomeCrossdresser: Many, many times. And his enemies always develop a crush on him.
* WithFriendsLikeThese: With Daffy. In some shorts he outright ascends to a villain for Bugs.
* WormSign: It often happens when he travels under ground.
* WrongTurnAtAlbuquerque: TropeNamer.
* YouSayTomato: BugsBunny is fond of odd pronunciations. "Maroon" for "moron" is perhaps the best known. Part of it is his accent, but much of it seems to be affectation.
** Marroon is an actualy insult, though one with UnfortunateImplications for the 1930's standard it's lifted from.
*** Bugs does use "moron" in ''Tortoise Beats Hare.'' He was also known to mangle the word "imbecile" (which he pronounces as "im-BES-sel").
** Bugs also has trouble saying Aluminum, either calling it Alu-mini-um or extending it to Aluminumminumminum.
*** This is a subversion in itself, as "Aluminium" is the standard spelling AND pronunciation in many European countries.
* YouWouldntHitAGuyWithGlasses: In "Hare Splitter".
** And "Transylvania 6-5000"
--> '''[[OurVampiresAreDifferent Count Bloodcount (as a bat)]]''': "[[YouWouldntHitAGuyWithGlasses You wouldn't hit a bat with glasses on, would you?]]"
--> '''Bugs ([[BatterUp as a bat]])''': WHACK!
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