Poke the Bunny
(c'mon, I dare you).
]? Hugh Hefner? All you need is a cotton tail on your butt and some rabbit ears."
The Playboy Bunny... a sexy costume popularized by the Playboy
Club, composed of a corset
(color varying, though often black), fake bunny ears
, a collar with a bowtie
, cuffs, a fluffy tail (usually made of cotton, fur
, or feathers
), some hose or stockings
(usually fishnets) and high heels.
For whatever reason, any female character (or even a male as a joke) could end up in this costume. Most often the pretext is quite flimsy, as it is hard to pretend that this is anything but Fanservice
. Mainly seen in Anime
; not absent from Western works but rarer, precisely because Playboy has a trademark on this particular outfit, and American copyright laws are a little stricter than in Japan.
This is one of the most common forms of fetish
wear, along with its Sister Tropes
, the French Maid Outfit
and the Naughty Nurse Outfit
. If done willingly by the woman, she's certainly trying to seduce some love interest. More often, for comedic value, she's not exactly happy about the dolling up, but can't escape it. Might have involved Instant Cosplay Surprise
It should be noted that the original Playboy Bunny outfit simply used stiffened ribbons tied to resemble rabbit ears. Many of the more modern depictions have Nekomimi-style
ears. (The original costumes were actually custom-made for each waitress by a seamstress who worked for each club, and the design is copyrighted, which is why you'll never find this outfit worn in Real Life
in any establishment not owned by the magazine.)
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Anime & Manga
- Even when otherwise irrelevant for the series (that is, no Bunny outfit ever appears in the run of the show), it isn't uncommon for some official art to put the female characters in such costumes, just for the heck of it.
- In Ranma ˝, this edges close to a Running Gag:
- The first instance of Female!Ranma wearing such an outfit was in her first battle against Mousse: trapped in female form, and already committed to a man-to-man duel, she dressed up in huge, baggy clothing to fool everyone into thinking she was male, and proceeded to entertain the crowd with simple magic tricks to humiliate the Hidden Weapons master. The coup de grâce was blowing up said clothing and coming out as a Playboy Bunny (just minus the ears) to infuriate Mousse even further, claiming that even "disguised" as a girl "he" would defeat him. It backfired spectacularly when Mousse systematically destroyed her clothing and left her naked as a jaybird.
- The next instance is the use of the costume as a disguise (with a wig) during the okonomiyaki-selling competition against Tsubasa Kurenai. Justified in the manga, since the whole school knows about Ranma's curse, and thus she has to hide her identity to attract the boys (though she didn't need something so blatantly sexy, as Akane pointed out). Reconnected in the anime, where the curse is still a secret, to Ranma's deciding that she needs to play up her sex-appeal to match the kawaiiness of Tsubasa. An oversized suit of travel-worn boy's clothes doesn't really look good at the best of time, much less when it has to compete against a charmingly girly skirt.
- An anime-only storyline has Akane actually forcing female Ranma into one of these and start flirting with random guys on the street, in order to try and drum up some students for the dojo. Akane promptly gets disgusted at Ranma's flirtations.
- Female!Ranma gets dressed this way again in a Hong Kong bar (and almost sold into slavery by Nabiki to pay her debts) in the Kinnosuke story arc of the manga.
- Averted during a Single-Stroke Battle against Happōsai, who was trying to force Ranma in a Playboy Bunny outfit... but he settles instead on a Sailor Fuku (on the male Ranma!).
- During the battle against the "un-sexy" kunōichi in the manga story arc introducing Konatsu, both Akane and Ukyō are kidnapped and forced into Playboy Bunny costumes.
- Rumiko Takahashi is also fond of drawing Ranma and Akane in Playboy Bunny outfits for standalone artwork and chapter breaks.
- In early Dragon Ball, Bulma is given a Playboy Bunny outfit by Oolong, as it's the only outfit he owns that will fit her (and he was up all night guarding their car with a shotgun instead of doing her laundry). She even lampshades this in the Funimation dub when these clothes make her look like the Easter Bunny ("What is this, Easter?!"). It becomes a plot point when she is subsequently thought to be part of a group of bandits which are identified by the fake bunny ears they wear (the bandit leader being an anthropomorphic rabbit).
- In one episode of Kimagure Orange Road, Kyōsuke dreams of a submissive Madoka greeting him in the morning while wearing a Playboy Bunny outfit. Yeah, Freud Was Right.
- Haruhi Suzumiya: Mikuru Asahina, of course. And Haruhi a few times, most notably in the iconic episode "Live Alive". There's also a picture with all the girls wearing Bunny outfits!◊ Even Kyon's little sister. There are even figurines of the girls in bunny outfits.
- Some of the Touhou fanart and fancomics often have Reisen and Tewi, who are already Rabbit Youkai to begin with, being dressed as Playboy Bunnies by their mistresses Kaguya and Eirin.
- In order to celebrate 2011 being the Year of the Hare in the Eastern Zodiac, lots of Japanese artists were doing... pictures of anime girls dressed as Playboy Bunnies. Not that we mind.
- In the Naruto fanfic Reload, Naruto makes all of the women of an entire ANBU assassin squad into these. No, really.
- New Look Series:
- That's the outfit Future Trunks is forced to wear by Kid Trunks and Goten in Trunk's New Look: Babysitting.
- Fuyuki is forced to wear the outfit as one of his costumes while trapped in the F.A.N.S.E.R.V.I.C.E by Kururu in Fuyuki's New Look: F.A.N.S.E.R.V.I.C.E.
- Suggested by Slouchy Smurfling in the Empath: The Luckiest Smurf story "Smurfed Behind: The Passion of the Smurfs" when Snappy complains about not seeing Smurfette dressed up as a bunny for Easter when they're in Jerusalem to see what Tapper says the holiday is really about.
Films — Animation
- Inverted and subverted by Jessica Rabbit in Who Framed Roger Rabbit, as her husband actually IS a rabbit but she dresses like a nightclub singer.
Films — Live-Action
- The House Bunny has a Playboy Bunny as main protagonist.
- In the Bridget Jones's Diary movie, Bridget shows up at a party in a Playboy Bunny outfit.
- The same for Elle Woods in Legally Blonde, because she was also told it is a costume party.
- This is inverted in Mean Girls, where all the girls at the Halloween party are dressed as Playboy Bunnies (or something similar), but Cady shows up as a zombie bride (or rather an "ex-wife").
- In the illegal casino in Outrage, the servers are dressed as Bunnies. (Obviously, they figured that copyright violation didn't matter, seeing as they were breaking the law anyway.)
- Whose Line Is It Anyway? had Hugh Hefner and two Playboy Bunnies as special guests. Naturally, the two bunnies took part in a game of "living scenery".
- An episode of Laverne and Shirley named "The Playboy Show" centers around Laverne trying to get a job at a Playboy Club in Wisconsin.
- Subverted in Buffy the Vampire Slayer where Anya, who has a fear of bunnies, dresses up for Halloween in a large bunny costume. Not quite what we were hoping....
- Subverted in Mad Men: Lane Pryce dates a black Playboy Bunny named Toni... and it's a totally legitimate, loving relationship. Lane does not seem to be merely infatuated, Toni does not seem to be merely interested in Lane's money, and neither of them seems to be interested in the shock value.
- NBC's short-lived series The Playboy Club, canceled after only three episodes. (Inronically, unlike more successful examples on this page, it was officially approved by Playboy.)
- SCTV — resident lothario Johnny LaRue (John Candy) owns an ersatz Playboy Club, with similarly-attired "gerbils".
- Hello! Project group v-u-den wore Playboy Bunny outfits in the music video for their single "Aisu Kuriimu to Mai Purin", as well as in almost all subsequent live performances of the song.
- The Kaiser Chiefs' music video for "The Angry Mob" has several Playboy Bunnies.
- In the stage musical adaptation of Legally Blonde (see above), when called a skank by her romantic rival for her Playboy Bunny costume, Elle Woods recovers by taking someone's glasses and insisting she is dressed as an undercover Gloria Steinem (see below). She then asks her, loudly, if she is calling Gloria Steinem a skank, and a horde of feminists descends upon the rival.
- One special species of Pixie from the Monster Rancher series has an outfit like this. Its description notes that it's very popular among male breeders...
- Many Dragon Quest character models, including one of Jessica's outfits in VIII. All of the female Jesters in Dragon Quest III wear these.
- Secret of the Stars has a Bunny Suit, which makes anybody who wears it look like a Playboy Bunny. Even the guys. And this is used in a plot point, as you have to put all your male characters into Bunny suits and sneak into a Lady Land.
- Elena/Eririn from Advanced Variable Geo.
- Olivia from God Hand gets one as an unlockable outfit.
- Parodius has a couple as player characters in a game or two. Not to mention several giant ones that act as mid-stage bosses taking up most of the screen.
- Super Robot Wars:
- In the Original Generation games, Excellen Browning often promises to wear one for various (male) characters. In the second game, the promise is actually used to make sure she's freed from enemy brainwashing. In the final episode of the anime adaptation Divine Wars, she actually comes through on it, even roping Lefina Enfield into doing it as well.
- In a scenario of Super Robot Wars Z: Saisei-Hen, Kallen was serving as a waitress at Coconna's shop, and it seems that only the bunny suit was available for her. To make things worse, Dimension Beasts appears near their shop and their commander doesn't give Kallen the permission to change back to her normal outfit.
C.C.: So how do you feel riding Guren, Kallen?
Ester: Get back Kallen. DM extermination is my specialty.
Kallen: Ester... are you mad about something?
Ester: I'm not frustrated... I'm not frustrated!
Kallen: You brought your triangle into the cockpit...
Ester: You're piloting the Guren wearing a bunny suit, aren't you?! So I'm bringing my work tool into mine too!
''*ding ding ding*
C.C.: It looks like she really is that frustrated that she couldn't become a bunny [girl].
Kallen: Sure looks like it...
Kiderra: Woman's jealousy sure is scary...
Ester: I said I'm not frustrated! Even though I'm not that pretty, or elegant, or friendly, or good as serving...
C.C.: To a destructive degree.
Ester: I'll live my life as a [DM] buster. So bring it on, DM's.
C.C.: Looks like everything got solved by itself.
Chirico: Here they come.
- The title protagonist and a few of the enemies in Bunny Must Die! Chelsea and the 7 Devils have this as their species.
- Lufia II: Rise of the Sinistrals features bunny equipment (a sword, a bunnysuit, a shield, ears for a helm and a ring) for use by Selan... and Artea, a male elf (except in Germany).
- Many of Tina's available swimsuits in the first Dead or Alive Xtreme Beach Volleyball game. Each of the other girls have their own version.
- In Darkstalkers 3 Lilith's costume turns into a Bunny costume during her Gloomy Puppet Show EX move
- Final Fantasy:
- MMORPG Mabinogi has the staff of the Bean Rua nightclub dressed as bunny girls.
- Pokémon Diamond and Pearl: The Pokémon Lopunny has been based on this. Seriously, that's not surprising. Too bad that 50% of the time, Lopunny's a GUY. Some people were actually joking that PUSA would call it Playbunny in English-language localizations even before the Japanese release.
- Raine can wear a bunny suit in the PS2 of Tales of Symphonia.
- In Mitsumete Knight R: Daibouken Hen, a red-coloured version of it, without bunny ears, is available as one of the numerous costumes of the game.
- Bloody Good Time has this as one of the player characters.
- In League of Legends, Riven the Exile (normally one of the most serious and least Fanservice-ey female champions on the game) received a Battle Bunny Riven◊ skin in response to the biggest community appeal in the game's history.
- Cerebella wears one in her Story Mode ending, with Vice Versa making a costume change into a full bunny head with arms.
- All of the roster wears them in the Indiegogo backer exclusive wallpapers.
- Rami sport one in Keio Flying Squadron.
- More Hentai games than we're willing to admit having seen. One of the most infamous ones is actually called Do You Like Horny Bunnies? No prizes for guessing what it's about...
- The Chiesters from Umineko: When They Cry wear a cross between this outfit and a military uniform. It's not a good idea to be caught off guard by them, though, since they have Improbable Aiming Skills that they can use to kill people.
- March Hare, White Rabbit, and Silver Marten from the Global Guardians PBEM Universe all wear this sort of costume.
- In SOTF-TV, one of the games on the Survival of the Fittest mini-site, the kids each get alternate outfits that are potentially Fanservice-y and/or humorous. As a result, Sidney Rice gets one of these. At first she hates it, but she wastes no time in putting it on out of curiosity and almost immediately warms up to it.
- In 1963, feminist author Gloria Steinem went undercover as a Bunny in the New York Playboy Club. Her article, featuring a photo of her in Bunny uniform, exposed how women were treated at the clubs (in short, rotten with ridiculous rules which included regular stool samples, poor pay and sexual harassment) and was a sensation.
- Before she became a successful voice actress, BJ Ward was a Playboy Bunny. (Sadly, Princess Alura never wears one.)
- Rie Tanaka, another voice actress, also wore a Playboy Bunny costume one time.
- More future celebrities who worked as Bunnies: Debbie Harry, '70s supermodel Lauren Hutton, actress Sherilyn Fenn... and Magenta.
- In one of her live shows Laurie Anderson told the story of being recruited by a feminist group to help picket a Playboy Club for its exploitation of women, specifically the Bunny suits. During the protest she was approached by one of the Bunnies who said she was a single mother who was doing an honest job and making more than she could as a waitress in other clubs or restaurants. Then she asked Anderson why, if she was so concerned about the exploitation of women, she wasn't protesting sweat shops where women worked long hours in terrible conditions for piece work wages. Anderson admitted that her reaction was "Hmmmmm."