Rabbits are usually presented as the good guys in fiction. This is result of What Measure Is a Non-Cute?
. Cute fuzzy animals are usually the good guys, and ugly creepy ones are usually the bad guys.
This is a subtrope to Good Animals, Evil Animals
and Herbivores Are Friendly
and is also a type of Animal Stereotype
This positive portrayal of rabbits is by no means universal, however it is common enough that subverting it has become its own trope. Aversions and subversions are usually a Hair-Raising Hare
Contrast with Reptiles Are Abhorrent
, as well as with closer mammal tropes Cats Are Mean
and You Dirty Rat
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Anime and Manga
- Milk, one of the Yes! Pretty Cure 5 mascots, is a bunny, and while she's a stuck-up tsundere, she's also the only mascot as of this writing to gain both a human form and superpowers instead of just one, the other, or neither.
- Cat Shit One features rabbits as the good guys.
- Hare from the Monster Rancher anime is an annoying and mischievous, but ultimately good rabbit monster.
Film - Animated
- The poor but loving rabbit family from Disney's Robin Hood are definitely sympathetic, complete with one of the children being the film's Kid-Appeal Character.
- Another Disney example: Lt. Judy Hopps, a policewoman from the forthcoming Zootopia. She's one of the film's two main heroes, although advance publicity describes her as "self-righteous".
- Boingo in Hoodwinked inverts this trope, by virtue of being the Big Bad.
- Bunnies & Burrows, which was inspired by Watership Down. The PCs are rabbits that go on adventures. and are generally expected to act heroically. Although given how RPG players frequently act...
- Many Bugs Bunny cartoons had Bugs in a heroic role where he (in Joe Adamson's words) "fought Yosemite Sam because it was the right thing to do." Of course, he'd use his wiles and sense of being a Karmic Trickster in his battles.
- The cartoon series Ricochet Rabbit features a rabbit who's an Old West sheriff. This is a Heel-Face Turn as he first appeared as an antagonist in a Touchè Turtle cartoon three years earlier.
- In The Adventures of the American Rabbit, a hero with superhero powers is born once a generation specifically in a village of rabbits.
- The Drifter from the Thundercats 2011 episode "The Duelist and the Drifter" is this, although he's also an eccentric Trickster Mentor. He brings himself out of an Heroic BSOD involving the episode's villain to guide Lion-O to victory.
- Crusader Rabbit, the first cartoon star created specifically for TV, is probably the Ur Example. He was a smart and brave little guy who, with assistance from his pal Ragland T. Tiger, was never afraid to tilt at windmills.
- Mr. Herrimann of Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends isn't so much righteous as he is fastidious, to the point of anal retention.