"That's no ordinary rabbit! That's the most foul, cruel and bad-tempered rodent you ever set eyes on! It's got a vicious streak a mile wide, it's a killer! It's got huge sharp...it can leap about... look at the bones!"Ah, rabbits. Who could possibly think of a more cute, cuddly, and harmless creature? With their wriggling noses, comically long ears, and fuzzy little tails, they're just so adorable! Except, of course, when they aren't. Twisting the easily-recognized and almost universally-beloved form of the rabbit into something terrifying is a common type of subverted cuteness, because we all have the expectation of rabbits as sweet and innocent. Sometimes this is done by making the rabbit carnivorous or otherwise extremely dangerous, but just making it look or act scary is enough to have it fall into this trope. Also, anything that plays the rabbit for horror falls in this trope, which means that stuffed animals and people in costumes all apply. Of course, in Real Life, rabbits aren't always harmless. Ask any Australian about the devastation they've caused to crops and local wildlife. Indeed, many times if there's a problem with animal overpopulation, it's usually rabbits, and too many rabbits can quickly become a nightmare of its own. Plus, any animal with huge buck teeth is bound to have a nasty bite, regardless of diet. The Trope Namer is the 1946 Bugs Bunny Merrie Melodies short of the same name, though the short itself doesn't really produce any examples. See also: Grotesque Cute and Killer Rabbit (which, despite its name, covers all cute but deadly animals, not just rabbits).
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Anime & Manga
- The manga Doubt is about a murder game called "Rabbit Doubt", and creepy rabbit masks are a common theme throughout.
- Pandora Hearts; the Blood-Stained Black Rabbit will mess you up. The White Rabbit is worse.
- Usavich gives us Kirenenko, although he's only dangerous if provoked.
- Inverted by Rukia of Bleach's illustrations of the hollow as meaner versions of the same bunnies that depict regular souls. Despite depicting soul-eating monsters, they're ridiculously cute. It is also justified because hollows are created from them.
- The first episode of Pet Shop of Horrors has a rich couple who lost a daughter visiting Count D's shop and taking home a very rare species of rabbit that looks exactly like said daughter. Unfortunately, their love for their daughter leads them to break one of the rules of Count D's contract, and much horrificness with flesh-eating Killer Rabbits ensues.
- Laplace's Demon from Rozen Maiden manifests as an extremely creepy humanoid albino rabbit in tuxedo.
- One Piece gives us Lapahn, a breed of giant, carnivorous, incredibly unpleasant rabbit-monster, as well as a sea monsters that looks like a Lapahn with the back end of a very large shark.
- In Yaiba we have Princess Kaguya's True form, which looks like a freaky hydra-bunny with fangs and Eye Beams.
- In Eyeshield 21, for the school sports festival, everyone had to dress in costume. Hiruma chose to dress as a rabbit. While wielding an AK-47.
- The black bunnies in Mawaru-Penguindrum.
- King Kazma, Kazuma's avatar in Summer Wars, is a six-foot anthropomorphic rabbit that can kick some serious digital ass with his bare hands and looks pretty intimidating.
- In Digimon, Cherubimon Vice combines this with Fallen Angel, being a corrupted, evil monster. Versions of him appears as the Big Bad in the third part of the movie and Frontier, As the Disc-One Final Boss of the latter.
- The Gazimon are also sort of this but wind up being too much Ugly Cute comic reliefs to be a major threat.
- In Tokyo Ghoul, Touka dons a cute rabbit mask when she goes on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge and ends up murdering two Ghoul Investigators. Later on, there's a mysterious Ghoul going around Tokyo murdering Investigators that is called "Black Rabbit" because of their rabbit mask. It's her brother, Ayato, trying to direct attention away from her. By the sequel, Rabbit is considered a terrifying foe and commands Aogiri's troops from the front lines.
- Julie's wounded rabbit in The Maxx could easily be described as this.
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- Max from Sam & Max is an adorable rabbity creature (he prefers the term 'lagomorph' which is the taxonomic family containing rabbits, hares and pikas), but he has razor-sharp, serrated carnivore teeth and 'dead, sharklike eyes'◊. He's also a Psychopathic Manchild who is referred to in his own series as a sociopath. The games suggest he has obscenely powerful psychic potential and show him as having an inherent connection to monsters. He also exploits his own cuteness to gain favours from other characters, or get them to let their guard down for an attack.
- The 25th Anniversary version of the Max logo shows more jaggedly overlapping teeth.◊
- "Clarence" AKA "Green Jet" from Tron: Ghost in the Machine (part of the Alternate Continuity from Tron 2.0) is a malicious trickster, trying to derail and distract Jet from his mission at every turn and ends up in a heated battle with Jet at the end of the comic. It turns out that he doesn't much care if the system goes down around their ears because the only way to save it would be to have all three "Jet" Programs merge, wiping out his existence.
- Albedo: Erma Felna EDF has the Independent Lepine Republic, a nation of rabbits who are engaged in a ruthlessly sophisticated military plan to conquer the opposing Interstellar Confederacy. In the course of their goal, those rabbits are guilty of massive and grotesque atrocities to anyone who opposes them, including any rabbits whom they brand as "race traitors" for daring to disagree with them.
- Angel Bunny in Divided Rainbow is nothing short of merciless, uniting all his fellow animals against Rainbow Dash in a nonstop campaign of torment.
Films — Animated
- Ice Age 4: Continental Drift had Squint, a rabbit pirate who is insane and extremely bloodthirsty. Mention his cute wiggly nose and you're bunny chow.
- General Woundwort of the animated adaptation of Watership Down, who is the trope picture.
- The rabbit in the 2010 film The Illusionist likes to bite people and snarls like a raving monster, though isn't as deadly and terrible as it believes it is.
- Rise of the Guardians has E. Aster Bunnymund, a six foot tall Easter Bunny who will kick your ass if you dare harm the children he is sworn to protect.
- In Hoodwinked, Boingo is a pink rabbit who is also the Goody Bandit. He's implied to be an Easter Bunny given that he writes a map on such an egg.
- Scamper the zombie bunny from Igor qualifies even though he's not as physically intimidating as most examples on this list.
- In the Wallace & Gromit film The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, the duo set up a pest control company after a swarm of rabbits invade their hometown and start devouring everyone's vegetable crops days before the annual giant vegetable contest, which they have success at keeping under control at first (with high-tech security systems guarding everyone's crops and all). Unfortunately, things go wrong when a supposed Were-Rabbit is spotted at night, bypassing the systems and savagely eating every crop in sight. Just to make matters worse, it turns out the Were-Rabbit is Wallace, who becomes the title beast after an experiment to brainwash the captured rabbits into hating vegetables went wrong, though he manages to gain control of himself later on.
- In Zootopia, the trope is referenced: Judy's parents tell her about her uncle Terry, who once ate a Night Howler flower, which made him turn savage and bite his sister Bonnie.
Judy: A bunny can go savage!
- Snowball is a rabbit in The Secret Life of Pets who runs a vicious gang of abandoned pets (whose actions border on terrorism) and behaves how one would expect a gang leader to behave. He doesn't look the part physically, but he can still be incredibly intimidating through his hare-trigger temper, his total lack of fear, and his willingness to kill anyone who gets in his way.
Films — Live-Action
- Frank from Donnie Darko: a schizophreniac's imaginary friend who's not really imaginary and looks like a man in a rabbit suit with a metal skull face.
- The Killer Rabbit of Caerbanog from Monty Python and the Holy Grail. LOOK AT THE BONES!
- Rabbits by David Lynch. "In a nameless city deluged by a continuous rain... three rabbits live with a fearful mystery." Originally web-based video, it was released as a film and features as a Show Within a Show in the film Inland Empire.
- In Sexy Beast, the main character has a nightmare that a giant rabbit with a gun is coming to kill him.
- Twilight Zone: The Movie. In the updated version of "It's a Good Life", the local Reality Warper asks his uncle to pull a rabbit out of a hat as a magic trick, then the rabbit turns into a hairless, hulking, snarling monstrosity before it goes back into the hat.
- Night of the Lepus was an attempt a serious horror movie from this trope, with giant rabbits.
- The National Lampoon did a comic-book format version of Harvey as a scary, malicious type who goads Dowd into all sorts of bad behavior.
- The White Rabbit in Jan Švankmajer's Alice is responsible for actually carrying out the Queen's executions.
- The Claymation bunny in Moonwalker unnerves some viewers, but this wasn't exactly the intention...
- Both the White Rabbit and the March Hare in Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland (2010) are rather creepy-looking, but what else could we expect from Master Burton?
- The killer in Easter Bunny, Kill! Kill! wears a rather demented-looking Easter Bunny mask.
- Kottentail and Peter Rottentail both feature humanoid rabbit monsters as antagonists.
- One Crazy Summer: The Warner Bros. Logo Joke isn't intended as horror but is somewhat unnerving. A crazed cartoon rabbit in a propeller beanie opens up the logo, screams and then "swallows" the viewer.
- Played for Laughs with the stage rabbit from The Illusionist.
- The killer in the South Korean slasher film To Sir with Love wears a bunny mask.
- In Dreamchild, the elderly Alice thinks of the March Hare this way.
- Cool World has an unnamed grey bunny character seen gambling with Holli's goons. Said bunny mostly acts innocent and cute until he tries reporting the doodle police about getting cheated by the goons. He cries but then goes completely berserk by climbing up on to one cop's head and tells them to rip there faces apart then quickly goes back to his cute self by saying "Pretty Please" which convinces the cops to chase after them.
- Robert Rankin's book The Hollow Chocolate Bunnies of the Apocalypse.
- Tends to be in a lot of Darker and Edgier incarnations of Alice in Wonderland. The original character is merely manic and unsettling.
- Bunnicula. Half rabbit, half-vampire, all terror! He sucks the juice out of carrots.
- The funny thing is, he's something of a subversion in that he seems to be a pretty ordinary rabbit other than that. The paranoid cat Chester is nonetheless convinced that he's a danger to man and beast.
- Watership Down, in which ninety percent of the characters are rabbits, naturally houses a couple. The heroes' group include three rabbits of the 'Owsla' or warrior caste, while the book's final adversary is a General Ripper in rabbit form. And their mythology includes a Grim Reaper, the Black Rabbit of Inle, who is both a) a rabbit and b) inexorable, inevitable and invincible.
- Islamic/Arabian poetry has the Miraj (or Al-mi'raj, or numerous other variations on the two), a one-horned, carnivorous yellow hare capable of killing and eating much larger prey, including humans. Also features in Dungeons & Dragons and Dragon Quest.
- In Fangirl, Cath's version of the moon rabbit is rather murderous.
- The Goosebumps book "Bad Hare Day". Or at least the cover.
- The Magician King introduces the Seeing Hare, a hare with precognitive powers. It achieves hair-raising status by prophesying doom and despair for the protagonists.
- In Stephen King's novel Dolores Claiborne, Vera Donovan is tormented in her old age by visions of 'dust bunnies', which terrify her but that Dolores Claiborne herself can't see.
- The Lapinduce from D.M. Cornish's Monster Blood Tattoo series. He's over seven feet tall- almost nine feet, with the ears- and is introduced picking a man up by the face and shaking him until his neck snaps. However, he's also a True Neutral Cultured Badass who offers aid to the protagonist.
Live Action TV
- HBO had a special program once called Bun-Bun, which had possibly the most terrifying plush rabbit ever made, even though it didn't do anything directly; any child that ran into it became obsessed with having it, to the point of near killing themselves.
- In Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Anya has a pathological fear of bunnies. In the scene set during her mortal life, she shows no such fear (and in fact breeds rabbits), indicating something had happened in the intervening time.
- It's strongly hinted that she developed her fear as a result of her rabbits breeding excessively, to the point of her house being full of rabbits.
- There was 70s kids' show in Britain called Pipkins which starred a puppet named Hartley Hare. Not meant to be a scary character, but it was such a freaking ugly thing it was probably scary for younger kids.
- Played for laughs in Hannah Montana when Jackson eats too much chocolate and he has nightmares about a Godzilla chocolate bunny.
- Xena: Warrior Princess, Xena warned Gabriel to be careful of the rabbits, and Gabby didn't listen so ended up battling the rabbit in the background.
- In the Syfy miniseries Alice, the Red Queen's henchmen wear white face masks designed to look like rabbit heads◊. The rabbit heads become even creepier once you realize their true purpose: those "masks" have replaced their actual heads, and have hidden nozzles that they use to gas the Queen's chosen victims (or "Oysters") so they can abduct them (or kill them, if need be).
- Ultraman Ace: Lunatyx is the Kaiju, or rather Choujuu equivalent. Kind of looks like Frank from Donnie Darko.
- On Misfits, a giant serial killer acid-induced rabbit in a suit carrying a golf club goes after the crew. It's scarier than it sounds.
- This would appear to what Sardo's pet rabbit is turned into in the Are You Afraid of the Dark? episode "The Tale of the Dark Dragon" when the main character tests a magic potion on him without Sardo's knowledge.
- The electronica/darkwave band The Birthday Massacre practically live and breathe this trope. Every album art features at least one Franken-bunny. Usually feature several.
- The rabbits in Alice Human Sacrifice.
- The music video for the song "Sour Girl" by the Stone Temple Pilots features some Teletubby-esque rabbits that are pretty scary - or at least, creepy.
- The artwork from Eths' 4th album, Teratologie, features dead rabbits. Flayed dead rabbits.
- Echo & the Bunnymen is the name of a creepy, dark post-punk band.
- Music/Voltaire's song Bunyypocalypse in which hordes of undead rabbits overrun the world.
- The mascot for digital hardcore band Rabbit Junk is a grinning rabbit with razor-sharp teeth and a sutured forehead.
- In the Popul Vuh, a Maya epic story, the evil gods of the underworld have a rabbit scribe. Depictions of the court of the underworld usually include it.
- The Enchanted Hares of Magic Girl are anything but cute and fluffy.
- The card Vizzerdrix and its predecessor Kezzerdrix from Magic: The Gathering. Also the Unhinged card When Fluffy Bunnies Attack.
- Devil Bunny Hates the Earth!: the Bunny is attempting to use taffy to destroy the world.
- Devil Bunny Needs a Ham: the same Bunny takes out his unresolved desires on acrobatic sous-chefs.
- The Theans in Strike Legion are humanoid rabbit-like creatures known for two things: being incredibly precognitive and thus able to predict their enemies' actions to the minutes, and piloting skyscraper-sized Humongous Mecha with stealth systems that let them sneak inside entire enemy space fleets and destroy them in seconds without warning. Yeah, precognitive mecha-driving ninja rabbits.
- Visit scenic Gamma World! But don't visit the Hoops: your skull will become a rabbit's plaything.
- Deadlands had Clovis the Devil Bunny, a demonic entity possessing the favored toy of young Lucifer Whateley.
- In the Red Dwarf role-playing game, the Rabbit civilization are a fascist, militaristic species obsessed with ethnic purity and perfection. This being Red Dwarf, it's Played for Laughs as their stats are actually pretty bad.
- One kit in Aurora's Monster Scenes line of models, entitled "Gruesome Goodies," was a kind of Mad Scientist Laboratory set which featured among other thing a fierce-looking rabbit in a big jar. Although most of the stuff in the kit was intended to be used with Monster Scenes' Dr. Deadly, some promotional materials suggested the rabbit was apparently supposed to be used as an accessory for the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde kit (which was only released in Canada for some reason); the idea being that the rabbit had been given some of the "Jekyll juice" as a test.
- This image◊.
- To hammer the point in even further, there appears to be a severed leg with a child's sneaker below the table besides him.
- From Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep, we have a type of enemy called the Hareraiser. Small, cuddly, and seemingly harmless. It shows up in one of the first levels avaliable to you when you play as Aqua, and are teeny-tiny compared to other early enemies. However, these things can attack multiple times with one move, do a lot of damage with every hit, and kill you before you can finish going "D'aww". Worse, they typically appear in packs of four or more. And there is usually more than one pack in a given location.
- The Black Rabite from Seiken Densetsu 3. Rabites are mostly harmless, even though they can have levels in SD3 and can occasionally outclass you, but the black rabite is the hardest boss in the game. You will never feel safe around a one-footed rabbit again.
- BioShock makes strong use of this trope. Splicers wear bloodied bunny masks. The mad artist Sander Cohen is fixated with rabbits, using rabbit masks in his tableaux and rabbits in his... poetry.
- "I want to cut the ears off, but I can't...I FUCKING CAN'T!!!"
- BioShock 2 had intended to make Sander Cohen's accidental resurrection in the first game into an Ascended Glitch, with him returning as "a giant, Freudian bunny rabbit" for a boss fight. Aww, gee, what a pity we didn't get to see that...
- An Easter Egg Hunt themed Warcraft III map has seriously horrifying bunnies.
- World of Warcraft introduced the Darkmoon Rabbit, an obvious homage to Monty Python and the Holy Grail. It latches onto and chews through the necks of players and has enough health that it requires a large raid to be killed. Visually, it is notable for being white with red bloodstains on its muzzle.
- In the Mists of Pandaria expansion, we get the Virmen, a race of anthropomorphic rabbits that straddles the line between this and Rascally Rabbit. They're mostly found in the Valley of Four Winds as a farm pest.
- Robbie the Rabbit from the Silent Hill games. He's an even more jarring example because he is nothing more than a pink stuffed rabbit (with a red stain on his mouth, sure)... that doesn't do anything.
- Except point at you.
- He also appears as a representative of the Silent Hill series in the mobile phone version of Konami Krazy Racers. Aside from removing the red stain, no attempts were made to reduce his creepiness.
- Rayman Raving Rabbids: the rabbids sort of look like rabbits, but they're deranged and creepy.
- The meat-grinder bunny-monsters in the final stage of Psychonauts.
- Rabbits and rabbit-mechas in the NES Shmup, Gun-Nac
- Cave Story: Mimigas + red flowers = Good God! It's dashing at me and/or shooting at me!
- The Nahatomb in Klonoa: Door to Phantomile.
- Irisu Syndrome! has a very prevalent bunny motif.
- The Social Bunny in The Sims 2. If your sim's social meter goes low enough, an imaginary friend comes along to help... an imaginary friend in a stained, worn, creepy-looking bunny costume that is missing an eye. Eeeeugh.
- Lagombi in Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate: a fifteen-foot-long giant snow hare with an armored torso and an unpleasant temper.
- One of the contestants in the video game Whacked! is an amputee rabbit named Lucky who has quite the violent temper.
- The rabbit-imps in Rule of Rose are no less creepy than the standard variety.
- Subject 3 from Professor Layton and the Unwound Future. He's a former lab animal who, after years of being subjected to horrific experiments, has a rather dim view of humanity. Like everyone else in the Layton-verse, however, he's willing to forget about his threats to rearrange your kneecaps and let you pass if you solve a puzzle first.
- Touhou Reisen Udongein Inaba, when she's using her madness-inducing power.
- T-Hoppy from the Clayfighter series is a musclebound rabbit with a machine gun for an arm. He seems to be the most verbally abusive character in a game full of verbally abusive characters.
- The Rabbit from Alice Is Dead is a Professional Killer working with the Mad Hatter.
- Members of the virtually extinct Taguel race in Fire Emblem Awakening (like Panne, her son Yarne, and potentially a Morgan parented by either of them with the Avatar ) are capable of transforming into sleek rabbit beasts with some wolf-like characteristics. They're talented at taking down ground cavalry, and focus more on speed and skill then their fellow shapeshifters, the Manaketes.
- Phantasy Star II features zombie rabbits that are constantly scooping their intestines back into their chest cavities and would attack you with them.
- Upcoming game Overgrowth has you playing one. You play an anthropomorphic rabbit who can dispatch dozens of his furry fellows with some bone-breaking martial arts. Things only get more decisive when weapons like swords and spears get involved.
- Final Fantasy XII and Final Fantasy Tactics A2 have dreamhares, which are less Killer Rabbit and more Goddamn Bats thanks to being Fragile Speedsters with a focus on buffs & debuffs over damage-dealing.
- FF12's major dreamhare mark, Fury, is this trope. Its debut comes when you think you're about to fight a catoblepas but then Fury appears out of nowhere and one-shots it. A somewhat less terrifying version of Fury also appears in FFTA2.
- FF12's also has a mark called the Vorpal Bunny, but it just takes the genus' "bat" status Up to Eleven.
- FFTA2 has the Mooglebane, which is known for devouring Moogles' pom-poms, one of their worst nightmares. The monster's skill set is even renamed "Pom-pom Puree," though it really doesn't gain any mechanical benefits from its comically monstrous reputation.
- The Pokémon franchise has a few rabbit-like pokemon. Most of them are mid-to-low strength Pokemon that don't really stand out from the pack though.
- Gen I introduced Wigglytuff, the vaguely rabbit-like evolved form of Jigglypuff.
- Gen I also introduces the player to Nidoran (Male) and Nidoran (Female). Both are cutesy rabbit-like Pokemon who happen to have sharp and very poisonous spines and horns. Their evolved forms (Nidorino and Nidorina) look more ferocious and dinosaur-like rather than the cutesy bunnies they started out as. And, using a Moon Stone on either will cause them to evolve into their final forms, which are essentially expies of Baragon.
- Gen II introduced Azumarill, the "Aqua Rabbit Pokemon" which evolves from Marill. It can play the trope straight thanks to the ability Huge Power, allowing it to rip apart enemy teams with ease with Aqua Jet, Waterfall and Play Rough.
- Gen III introduced Whismur, though it loses its rabbit-like appearance as it evolves.
- Gen IV introduced Buneary and Lopunny, the "Rabbit Pokemon," which are Exactly What It Says on the Tin. Lopuuny then gained a mega evolution that makes it become part fighting and it gains the Scrappy ability, which lets it hit ghosts. It's even described that it undergoes a personality change from from mild-mannered to highly aggressive.
- The lore mentions that Buneary can shatter boulders with their ears. Getting into the mechanical side of things, Buneary is the only pokemon that can learn the move Frustration and the only non-legendary pokemon that starts with a friendship level of zero—by implication, they start out trusting nothing and use their paranoia to fuel a powerful attack.
- Gen VI introduced Bunnelby and Diggersby who also play this straight as they have Huge Power as their hidden ability, allowing Diggersby to dish out some of the most painful Earthquakes in the game.
- Gen I introduced Wigglytuff, the vaguely rabbit-like evolved form of Jigglypuff.
- Quest for Glory IV features "vorpal bunnies" as an enemy.
- AdventureQuest has a werehare pet, terrifying and ferocious. Funnily enough it actually deals Light damage.
- In Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II, if you perform certain actions you can unleash Max from Sam & Max on a level. He will move through the level, murdering any enemies unfortunate enough to cross his path.
- One of the main enemies in Ben "Yahtzee" Croshaw's Poacher are carnivorous rabbits, including giant ones called bargests.
- One of the bosses in Dragon's Crown is an actual rabbit, where you fight it upon a heap of knight corpses no less.
- Zig-zagged in Quest Of Yipe, a trilogy of Macintosh RPGs. The rabbits in the game are all enemies, but they are The Goomba.
- Terraria has cute little bunnies that wander around the landscape and frequently get killed by enemy slimes or inadvertent player actions. However, during the Blood Moon, they transform into vicious purple Corrupt Bunnies with glowing red eyes. Only the Corrupt version drops a wearable bunny hood as loot.
- This trope is whole point of Jazz Jackrabbit. It doesn't matter if you are a small rabbit as long you have a BFG.
- Mad Stalker: Full Metal Force has Prisoner-β, a giant mecha styled after a rabbit that can dropkick you and bear hug you to death.
- Bonnie the Bunny is one of the killer animatronics from Five Nights at Freddy's, one of the most aggressive, and is so terrifying that the creator admits to having had nightmares about it. And Scott seems determined to up his scariness factor with each successive game.
- In Five Nights at Freddy's 2, there are two Bonnies: One is from the 'Toy' generation, meant to be more kid-friendly but even then just looks off, especially when his eyes dilate as he gets closer to the office. The original Bonnie though, before he gets repaired in preparation for the original game, looks like a zombie, missing both his left arm and face, leaving only two LED pupils, and his kill screen involves grabbing you in a chokehold with his remaining hand. There's also the mysterious Shadow Bonnie, a Toy Bonnie that's completely black except his eyes and teeth. He crashes the game if you stare at him too long.
- Taken Up to Eleven with Five Nights at Freddy's 3, in which the only animatronic is Springtrap...who is a sickly green and yellow version of Bonnie, sports a permanent Slasher Smile due to deterioration, and looks like a rotting zombie complete with the corpse of the Murderer inside him. Granted, the pizzeria has been shut down and revived as a horror attraction by this time, but those eyes... And even before the whole possessed by the Murderer thing he wasn't exactly a happy camper: Springtrap, then known as Spring Bonnie, had been fitted with springlock mechanisms so an employee could theoretically wear him as a costume. The problem was those springlocks were way too sensitive and the slightest amount of pressure or moisture caused them to fail, killing the person inside. That's in fact how the Murderer possessed Springtrap in the first place: he had been killed by the mechanisms.
- Then there's the Shadow Bonnie in one of the mini games, who glitches out every time you move him. However, this one's a subversion. Despite the Gonk-like appearance and the glitching, he helps one of the murdered children move on.
- Five Nights at Freddy's 4: The Final Chapter has Nightmare Bonnie, a Bonnie with literal screws for fingers and extremely sharp, pointy teeth who turns out to have a Meaningful Name. There's also Plushtrap, who is a Creepy Doll version of Springtrap. And it can walk. Ironically though, Plushtrap was more akin to a Red Herring than anything else, only appearing in a minigame and fooling people into thinking the Murderer was involved. And finally, there's Jack-O-Bonnie in the Halloween DLC, a Palette Swap of Nightmare Bonnie, but still terrifying.
- The Lepus Marihares in Planet Explorers have a fluffy, rabbity look. They are also fearsome predators which will gladly go after humans. (They're by no means the strongest enemies in the game, though.)
- There are rabbit monsters in Catacomb Armageddon that look like harmless bunnies hopping on the spot (yes, that's rather weird) but turn into large semi-humanoid monsters to attack.
- In Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth, Rei's Shadow Self, Best Friend, takes the form of a giant stuffed rabbit.
- Lagomorph a.k.a. Zero jr. from Virtue's Last Reward is a rabbit-looking A.I. in charge of a Deadly Game.
- Super Mario Odyssey features the Broodals, a band of sinister anthropomorphic rabbits who serve as both Bowser's wedding planners and mini-boss fights.
- Weasel Queen's Lapinomorphs from Girl Genius.
- Black Betty and Pooka Zin are members of an entire species of these, the Vorpal Pook.
- Sluggy Freelance: Early on, Torg decides the strip needs a cute talking animal, so he buys a mini-lop rabbit called Bun-bun. Bun-bun refuses to talk at first, but when he does, it's to start insulting people and getting Torg into trouble by saying things to other people they think Torg did. ("It was the rabbit" never really works as an explanation.) That's only the start, though, as Bun-bun turns out to be psychopathically sadistic, an intelligent Manipulative Bastard, and an incredibly badass switchblade-wielding Pintsized Powerhouse capable of defeating vampires and demons. Basically, Torg is stuck with an exceptionally vicious and powerful villain as a pet (as Bun-bun has no intention of giving up the free food and lodgings). He still grows fond of his pet. He gets used to living with him:
Demon Lord Horribus of the Dimension of Pain: Electrocution, stretched limbs, and whipping! Is your will broken yet?Torg: No, but it's starting to really tick me off!Lord Horribus: You must have had serious military training.Torg: Nope. Pet bunny.
- The episode "Now you see her" of The Wotch, involves a stage magician's rabbit getting trapped in the hat's pocket dimension, growing to enormous proportions and kidnapping magicians' assistants.
- The French Easter Bunny from Scary Go Round who is actually a Wendigo in a costume. And from Canada.
- Furthermore, there is the giant rabbit who is an associate of Bob Crowley. His scariness leaves a lot to be desired, though. He even lets himself get caught by two school kids.
- Axe Cop features a rabbit gun that shoots rabbits that attack the user. Axe Cop says it was the worst weapon he ever tried.
- Headon from Tower of God ◊, a humanoid being who looks kind of like a rabbit. Brutally honest, unless he is withholding information that you don't know you need, has his own unknowable plans and ungodly Slasher Smile with… wait… are his eyes inside his mouth?
- Angel Moxie: "This is my servant, Cottontail. Cute, furry,... and evil."
- Sketchy Bunnies is a new section of the Cheezburger Network dedicated entirely to pictures of terrifying Easter Bunnies. Most examples are people in rabbit suits that unintentionally descend right through the depths of Uncanny Valley and come out via the realm of Eldritch Abominations.
- In the same vein, a darker rendition of the Easter Bunny by a Deviantart member portrays it as an evil abomination with two tumorous appendages on its head which its potential victims mistake for ears—before it mutilates them and feasts on their organs. Then there's the buck rabbit...
- Gaia Online's Grunny, a fast-reproducing mutant zombie rabbit. One memorable Halloween event had a number of them escape the G-Corps labs and attack Gaians to feed on their gooey brains. As of zOMG!, Grunnies are also apparently sapient and capable of piloting Humongous Mecha submarines.
- Inverted with Everyman HYBRID's spectral serial killer HABIT, who often refers to his victims as "rabbits". Played straight with his Twitter avatar, which features a sinister-looking, red-eyed rabbit, and in Fan Art (much of which depicts "Mr. H" as either an evil anthropomorphic rabbit or a human with rabbit-like features).
- Zoofights VI's Hare Metal AKA Black Rabbath AKA Thumperstruck.
- "Hare Metal is an eldritch blend of British steel and forbidden rural energies that, frankly, we do not understand."
- One component of SCP-2999. Warning: image is some very high octane Nightmare Fuel.
- Ruby from Ruby Quest is usually a Righteous Rabbit, but in the backstory ( when she was under the mental influence of Cjopaze), she killed both Stitches and Tom, and gave Red a Glasgow Grin.
- The Van Beuren Studios Tom and Jerry hunt this kind of rabbit in "Rabid Hunters", and it gives them no shortage of trouble. It turns out to be a skunk In disguise.
- In The Simpsons, Homer draws bunny faces on electrical sockets to scare Maggie away from touching them. When Marge points out that Maggie's not scared of rabbits, Homer replies "She will be." In their parody of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the forest animals attack the wicked queen and the shadow of a killer rabbit, with sharp teeth and claws, is seen.
- In Strawberry Shortcake: Sky's the Limit!, the girls are at one point threatened by a herd of stampeding bunnies.
- Bugs Bunny can come off as a relatively nice guy, until you piss him off. ("Of course you realize this means war!") One cartoon had him raising Hell just because someone said rabbits were harmless.note
- The bunny from The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy. To be more specific, a pet conjured up by a Jerkass Genie. After Pud'n defeats the bunny and he mourns him, the bunny returns "It's okay, Pud'n, I forgive you. I forgive you because I love you, and I love you, to death."
- Rancid Rabbit, the major heavy from CatDog is not just a complete Jerk Ass but the Mayor and obscenely rich to boot. And he never lets anyone forget it, either.
- Spliced - The Wunny Sharbit, a genetically altered Rabbit with the teeth of a shark and a chainsaw.
- In the Generator Rex episode "Operation: Wingman", one of these attacks Rex and runs away. Several times throughout the course of the episode. It's eventually killed with a rocket launcher.
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic has a few examples:
- In "Applebuck Season," a herd of stampeding bunnies causes just as much havoc (or perhaps more) as a stampede of cattle.
- Angel is an adorable bunny who is friends with Shrinking Violet and Friend to All Living Things Fluttershy, but is also bad-tempered and pushy, and frequently tries to pester Fluttershy into being more assertive.
- In the episode "Putting Your Hoof Down," Angel is pretty much a Domestic Abuser.
- Then there are the "Slenderbunnies", regular rabbits (including Angel) twisted by Discord. At one point, Twilight Sparkle gets trampled by them.
- In Batman: The Brave and the Bold, a temporarily super-powered Calendar Man sends a stampede of 'killer Easter Bunnies' to attack Batman.
- One episode of The Cramp Twins features Wayne caring for a rabbit he calls "Hankenstein" that had a habit of tearing everything in its path to shreds and attacking people. By the end of the episode, he finds out the hard way that "Hankenstein" had even more feral offspring.
- According to Robot Chicken, the Easter Bunny has issues with Jesus Christ. Violent issues.
- In the Phineas and Ferb episode "No More Bunny Business", Perry the Platypus is assigned to deal with a rogue agent from the OWCA, a white rabbit named Dennis... who just happens to have gotten adopted as Candace's new pet.
- On Jimmy Two-Shoes. Jimmy picks a paintball fight with a pack of bunnies, who respond by turning into commandos.
- On Rocko's Modern Life, Rocko takes Spunky to a pet psychiatrist (an obvious Expy of Sigmund Freud) who is "having trouble with a patient" in the back room. (Said patient was roaring and clawing at Dr. Katz, like a lion or some such.) It turns out the patient is a rabbit being treated for anger issues.
- In another episode, Rocko goes on a date with a cute and seemingly-innocent bunny-girl (with an Overprotective Dad), but once they're (seemingly) alone, she drops the "innocent" act and tries to "trade math equations" with Rocko (who finds this off-putting, being so shy and all). Not only that, Rocko gets beaten up by her dad, despite being totally innocent.
- Invoked in Bob's Burgers with Louise. Her pink bunny hat may make her look like an innocent child, but it actually hides (and, at the same time, highlights) her Enfant Terrible tendencies.
- What's more hare-raising than an animal that can produce up to 200,000 descendants in a single year that carry livestock diseases, cause massive, town-plaguing soil erosion, and annihilate all vegetation and greenery in their path? Seriously, ask any Australian and they're sure to tell about the rabbit plague of over 600 million rabbits spawned from a mere 12 within 10 years.
- These bunnies are attacking parked cars at a Denver Airport.
- A large swamp rabbit once tried to climb onto then-President Jimmy Carter's fishing boat. Contrary to popular belief, Carter shooed it away before it got the chance to actually attack him.
- Funnier yet, the White House Press Office tried to keep the pictures out of press view, for fear that the image of the President trying to defend himself from a rabbit would be fodder for late-night comedians to ridicule the President. Instead, when the photos did leak, the press ended up portraying Carter as heroically defending himself against a "killer rabbit" (Monty Python and the Holy Grail had recently been released stateside).
- Although rabbits have a reputation as being generally good pets with meek, occasionally skittish temperaments, this isn't always the case. Some breeds are well-known for being bad tempered and, like most animals, rabbits who have previously suffered abuse can be particularly aggressive. And, of course, rabbits can and will fight with one another, particularly if two are meeting for the first time, and those scraps generally involve sharp claws, strong teeth, spilled blood (yes, really), and a high-pitched, piercing scream that sounds way too loud to be coming out of a creature that size. Most of these fights are to the death.
- Like with dogs, if a pet rabbit is inadvertently given signs that it is the head of the household, it will assert itself all over everyone else living with it. Attempts by humans not knowledgeable in rabbit behavior to demonstrate themselves as the leader will be interpreted as threats to the rabbit's dominance, and the rabbit will fight back to defend that rank.
- If a rabbit's anger doesn't strike you as worrisome, consider how you'd feel about being bitten hard by a large rat. Rabbits have similar chisel-edged incisor teeth to rats', backed up by a second row of supporting incisors, and have jaw muscles several times larger to clamp them shut with. We're talking about sliced tendons or holes punched right through a hand, here.
- There was one time when Napoleon (yes, the one who conquered much of Europe and terrorised the rest,) won a major victory, and he ordered a rabbit hunt in celebration. Depending on the source, there were either several hundred or up to three thousand rabbits brought to the grounds and set loose, but what they all agree happen was that they made a beeline for the Emperor and continued to mob him despite bullets, riding crops and horsewhips being used by his hunting party to dissuade them. Eventually, the scourge of Europe was forced to jump in his coach and hightail it out of there. The problem was that instead of capturing wild rabbits, the man who organised the hunt used farm-raised animals who, far from being scared of humans, expected to be fed when they saw them and were quite happy to approach en masse.
- The noises rabbits make include some rather disturbing noises, though the most horrifying one to hear is a subversion: A rabbit which feels threatened and helpless (especially if the poor thing is actually being killed by a predator) will make a noise resembling a scream.