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.
- Tom Strong had an animal equivalent in talking rabbit Warren Strong.
- Hoppy the Marvel Bunny, a member of the Captain Marvel family.
- Miyamoto Usagi is the rabbit Hero Protagonist of Usagi Yojimbo. Usagi is kind and honorable almost to a fault, but has a trickster streak as well.
- Captain Carrot and His Amazing Zoo Crew! is an Affectionate Parody of the Super Hero genre. Captain Carrot is Earth-C's equivalent of Superman, and he leads a Super Team of heroic Funny Animals with unusual powers.
- Bucky O'Hare and the Toad Wars is a Space Opera that takes place in a World of Funny Animals, and Captain Bucky O'Hare is basically Captain Kirk as a rabbit.
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.
- In Redwall, the few rabbit characters seen are fussy, complaining females or their Henpecked Husbands. Hares, on the other hand, are unambiguously heroic (and very, very British).
- The protagonist rabbits in Watership Down are the heroes of the work, and from their perspective pretty much every other animal is a slavering hellbeast (while Humans Are Cthulhu). However, most of the true villains are also rabbits, so it's a Zig-Zagging Trope.
- In the children's book series "Sweet Pickles" we have Responsible Rabbit, a Funny Animal rabbit who works as a banker and could out-do Twilight Sparkle in OCD habits.
- Double Subverted in AdventureQuest, which has a werehare as a pet usable in combat. It looks terrifying and ferocious, but deals Light damage which is usually associated in-game with good.
- Cream the rabbit from Sonic the Hedgehog, a rabbit who joins Sonic's group to rescue her mother from Eggman.
- In The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, going into the Dark World without the Moon Pearl makes you change your shape based on your personality. Link, being a good guy, is transformed into a rabbit.
- 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.