Bunnies for Cuteness
Animal Motif. Stuffed bunnies might also be used to invoke the concept of children caught in a horrific situation if used in an Empathy Doll Shot. When the association between rabbits and cuteness is being subverted, see Hair-Raising Hare. Compare to Playboy Bunny. See also Cute Kitten, Precious Puppy, Panda-ing to the Audience, and Ridiculously Cute Critter. Not to be confused with Bridge Bunnies.
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Anime and Manga
- Mahou Sensei Negima!
- Negi Springfield wears a bunny costume during a part of the festival arc. While he is wearing the outfit, his normally serious behavior is replaced with childish enthusiasm, and other characters comment on how cute the outfit makes him.
- Nodoka sometimes wears a bunny backpack as a cute accessory to her adventuring outfit.
- Ouran High School Host Club uses a bunny motif for the "Boy Lolita" character Honey to help establish his identiy as the cute character of the Host Club. He frequently carries a stuffed rabbit called "Usa-chan", uses a "bunny kick" as one of his martial arts moves, and is himself sometimes compared to a rabbit. He also has bunny patterns on many of his belongings, and a bunny background pattern is sometimes used in the manga in panels that feature him.
- Pita-Ten has an angel named Misha who wears bunny shaped Hair Decorations which signify her childish and cute characterization.
- Vivio in the Lyrical Nanoha series has a bunny motif associated with her, fitting her bright and positive personality. In Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Vi Vid, even her Device is shaped like a bunny.
- Standoffish and cool Rukia has a soul candy dispenser with a cute bunny face on it.
- Lampshaded when Ichigo learns that Rukia was trying to get that one for him when she got Kon (who came in a duck-faced dispenser). He calls her on the cutesyness and, in a sort of nervous anger, she responds that she likes bunnies.
- In Nurarihyon No Mago, Kana Ienaga has pink bunny decorations on her bag.
- The "Happy Happy Clover" anime and manga◊ by Tatsuyama Sayuri is fond of this trope.◊ Just about every rabbit◊ is like this.◊ Especially Mallow◊ and Clover.◊
- Fruits Basket has Momiji, who is possessed by the Spirit of the Rabbit. He's the only Member of the Zodiac who really embraces his Zodiac form, as evidenced by the bunny plushies, bunny hoodies, bunny backpacks, bunny stationary, and being the first male Juunishi to hug Tohru on purpose. Somewhat subverted, though, since he's actually one of the most emotionally mature of the Sohmas (even though he looks like the youngest).
- Bokko◊ from Osamu Tezuka's "The Amazing 3" is an older example in Anime/Manga going as far back as 1965.
- This is one contributor of Gochuumon wa Usagi desu ka?'s cuteness; the town is literally full of cute bunnies. Businesses are often have "rabbit" in their names.
- Sanrio is fond of this trope. As of 2008, there are three anime shows that star talking rabbits. Such as My Melody, Ruby and The Sugarbunnies. In 2010, a new Sanrio character series was created called "Wish Me Mell"◊ which stars a friendly rabbit named "Mell" who is meant to be a character that expresses the feelings every one has, simply stating "Thank you", "I am sorry" or "I like you!", connecting hearts in the process. While the character hasn't gotten an anime series yet, she's pretty popular in Japan to the point that Sanrio even gave her an official a Facebook,Twitter, and Vine account. There's also BonBonRibbon◊ that was created in 2012. Who is another rabbit character created in 2012. Let's just say, Sanrio really loves rabbits.
- Iyo one of the talking stuffed animals from◊ Animal Yokocho.
- Mimirin◊ from Shima Shima Tora No Shimajiro. The only one word that this troper can think of to describe her is Dawwwwwwwwww!
- From Jewelpet, there's Ruby, who's the protagonist, as well as Luea, Luna, Io and the non-canon, light novel only Lollip.
- There are also the Sweetspets Eclan and Macaronia.
- The main heroine from the late 80's anime Maple Town is a young rabbit.
- In the Total Drama Island reimagining, The Legend of Total Drama Island, the gentle and inoffensive D.J. finds and adopts a bunny during the camping challenge, as per canon; but where the original played the trope more or less straight, the reimagining subverts the trope when the bunny's grisly demise triggers a conflict storyline.
- Khilari's Everything's Better With Bunnies is based off this trope: it's an AU where Loki involuntarily shapeshifts into a bunny whenever he's upset.
- In Rise of the Guardians there is Bunnymund, which is reverted to the size of an adorable little rabbit, once children all over the world stopped believing in the Easter Bunny.
Jamie: What happened to him? He used to be huge and cool, and now he's cute
- Beatrix Potter used this trope many times in her childrens books, like The Tale of Peter Rabbit and The Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies. The bunnies were always presented as cute and adorable.
- The little-known Emily the Rabbit books by Claire Masurel and Susan Calitri has the adorable-beyond-words titular character. No relations to D.W.'s classmate who shares the same name and species.
- Pat the Bunny by Dorothy Kunhardt- which most people would have at least read once in their childhood.
- Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney and Anita Jeram- another childhood classic.
- Abigail from Hallmark's line of Interactive Story Buddies toy and book series.
- Rosemary Wells is fond with bunny characters in her books. Max and Ruby, "Bunny Planet", and "Read To Your Bunny" are greats examples
- Doctor Steel flirted with adorkableness once; after visiting a music website who's anime-inspired animation seemed to consist of "Tiny Little Bunnies Eating Hamburgers", he wrote a song about it.
- In the video for Ladytron's Ghosts, many rabbits add cuteness to imagery that would otherwise be quite dark.
- Snuggle Bunny (Schnuffel in the original German) is one of Jamba!'s more well-known mascots. He's a cute little gray and white rabbit who sings adorable, Chipmunks-eqsue songs, many of which are complete ear worms.
- Used for humorous effect in Doom in the episode "Thy Flesh Consumed": The tough-as-nails Space Marine has to go after the hellish demons that took his pet bunny. Unfortunately he comes too late and all he finds is the bunny's head on a spike.
- In the Touhou series, we have the Spin-Off Yonkoma manga Inaba of the Moon and Inaba of the Earth, which is filled with borderline Tastes Like Diabetes cute bunnies. This page is just one of the many examples.
- The Pokémon Buneary, Azumarill, Pikachu, Wigglytuff, Plusle, Minun, Lopunny to an extent, and Bunnelby. Averted with Diggersby.
- In True Love Junai Monogatari, one of the items in the Hidden Shop is a rabbit pendant. You should buy it if you want to romance Remi Himekawa, who will ask for it if she sees it.
- Power Pete: The Fuzzy Bunnies, which escaped from a cage in the Stuffed Animal Zoo (which is in the Doll Department of the Toy Mart) and scattered throughout the store, prompting the title character to escape from his packaging and set off to round them back up and return them to their proper place.
- Reader Rabbit: Especially the late 90s redesign.
- Sonic the Hedgehog: Cream the Rabbit. Polite, shy and kind, it's no wonder that she has a Broken Base in the Sonic fandom- one faction loves her for her moe qualities, while the other doesn't like how she Tastes Like Diabetes too much.
- Blade Bunny - The title character has bunny ears. Why? It makes her look cute. (And it does.) And her name is Bunny.
- In Penny and Aggie, when Sara gushes over how "cuuuuute" she finds the title characters as a couple, dancing bunny faces appear around her head.
- A rare dramatic example in ''El Goonish Shive. At one point late into a story arc Susan angsts majorly and begins to awaken magical powers, which are about to go haywire. Jerry the Immortal manages to cast serenity magic to calm her down, which manifests itself as cute, fluffy animals surrounding her, two of which are bunnies.
- Doki and a few other rabbits from There she is!!
- Hadriex has a baby bunny named Odin-ear as his "co-star" during Let's Plays. The little fellow got his name because he was born with only one ear.
- Comes up in Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series when Mokuba is upset that his brother Seto won't get him a pet rabbit. Seto would rather get him a tarantula.
- In another episode, Mokuba goes through Japanese puberty, making him think he's a Pokémon. One of those Pokémon is Buneary.
- Oolong the rabbit, aka Pancake Bunny, is perhaps an earlier example of this trope. Tears were shed when he passed away in 2003.
- The Noops of The Dreamstone are basically green anthropomorphic rabbits, and the almost sickly sweet residents of the Land Of Dreams.
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: Fluttershy, to emphasize her shy cuteness, has a pet rabbit (named Angel, no less), although he doesn't always act cute and cuddly. She also mentions "cute bunnies" in one of her songs.
- Subverted (in a non-Hair-Raising Hare way) in the South Park episode "Pip" (parodying Great Expectations). Pip tries to prove to Estella that she is not an unfeeling monster, because an unfeeling monster wouldn't hurt a cute little bunny rabbit (which Pip pulls from Hammerspace).
ESTELLA: I told you, Pip. I have no heart.PIP: But you do! And I shall prove it to you once and for all! Look at this adorable little bunny.ESTELLA: Oh my. 'E's very cute.PIP: You see that? A heartless person wouldn't care at all about this bunny. They'd just as soon break its neck. Estella breaks its neck ...Oh. But look at this bunny. There. You see that? You have too big a heart to kill two baby bunnies.Estella kills bunny #2...Right...
- Estella ends up stopping at 25 baby bunnies. Not because she felt bad, mind you, but because she got bored... and Pip takes that as evidence that she's got a heart.
- Winx Club Blooms pet rabbit Kiko.
- The ChalkZone episode "Chocolate Brunch" has Snap finding some Easter eggs he was going to eat with Blocky, and chocolate bunnies end up hatching from the eggs. While Snap still wants to eat them, Blocky refuses as the bunnies are too cute. Eventually, Snap gives in due to their cuteness.