They got them hoppy legs and twitchy little noses
And what's with all the carrots?
What do they need such good eyesight for anyway?!
Bunnies! Bunnies! It must be bunnies!"
This index is for tropes related to rabbits and hares. While rabbits and hares are different animals in Real Life, in fiction they are often treated similarly, and are sometimes regarded as one and the same.
Specific examples from works should be listed on the respective trope page. See The Other Wiki for a list of fictional rabbits and hares and The House Rabbit Society for another list of fictional and real famous rabbits. See also Fearsome Critters of American Folklore for jackalopes.
Rabbit and Hare Tropes
- Bunnies for Cuteness: Rabbits are used to add cuteness to a work or to associate a character with cuteness.
- Easter Bunny: A legendary figure who delivers candy and eggs to people on Easter.
- Hair-Raising Hare: Rabbits depicted as dangerous, evil or horrifying, as a deliberate subversion of the association between bunnies and cuteness or goodness.
- Lucky Rabbit's Foot: Rabbits are considered lucky, and rabbits' feet are used as good luck charms.
- Moon Rabbit: In some mythologies, rabbits are associated with the moon.
- Playboy Bunny: Sexy bunny outfits.
- Pull a Rabbit out of My Hat: One of the stock stage magic tricks. The magician takes off his hat, reaches in, and pulls out a rabbit. In fiction, Rabbits who exist as part of magic acts tend to live in the hat, and may also have magical properties of their own.
- Rascally Rabbit: Rabbits in mythology such as B'rer Rabbit have almost always been tricksters. This has carried over with some modern fictional rabbits, such as Bugs Bunny.
- Righteous Rabbit: Rabbits tend to be depicted as friendly, nice or good, and are often heroic.
- White Bunny: Rabbits in fiction tend to be white. This usually indicates innocence or a severe lack thereof.
Tropes also associated with rabbits, but not exclusive to them:
- Eastern Zodiac: Rabbits are one of the animals of the Eastern Zodiac.
- Explosive Breeder: Rabbits reproduce at a fast rate, and rabbit characters often have a large number of siblings and offspring. More risque depictions may also show them as a Loveable Sex Maniac.
- Good with Numbers: Because of their high fertility rates, rabbits are sometimes depicted as being good at mathematical multiplication and/or the Fibonacci sequence.
- Stock Animal Diet: Usually associated with carrots, even though carrots are not a normal or natural part of a rabbit's diet (and really aren't good for them).
- Tunnel King: Alongside moles and gophers, rabbits are the best at burrowing.
- Woodland Creatures: Rabbits are a common part of many standard woodland creature groups, including Disney Creatures of the Farce.
- Wormsign: Rabbits usually leave signs of where they've been when they dig underground, particularly Bugs Bunny.