The Playboy Bunny... a sexy costume popularized by the Playboy Club, composed of a corset (color varying, though often black or pink, and typically with plenty of cleavage), fake bunny ears, a collar with a bowtie, cuffs, a fluffy tail (usually made of cotton), some hose or stockings (usually fishnets), and high heels. The choice of animal comes from rabbits' reputations for being Explosive Breeders, thus implicitly equating the costume with promiscuity.
For whatever reason, any female character 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 and Manga; not absent from Western works but rarer, precisely because Playboy had a trademark for a long time on this particular outfit, and American intellectual property laws are a little stricter than in Japan. Oddly enough, the "anyone could end up in one" part applies even more in regards to official merchandise, with many characters who never wear it in-show still getting an official Playboy Bunny-clad artwork or figurine (or multiple).
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 an 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.)
- The 100 Girlfriends Who Really, Really, Really, Really, Really Love You:
- Meme dresses as one in Chapter 55 as part of her training to improve her misdirection (it was Hahari's idea).
- Hakari, Karane and Iku dress as Playboy Bunnies in one of the extras in Volume 7.
- One chapter of Ai Yori Aoshi involves Tina and Taeko wanting to photograph Aoi in various costumes. They start with a Sailor Fuku, then a nurse's uniform, Qipao, Meido uniform, exercise clothes... "And to finish it off, of course a Bunny Girl!!" Aoi panics at that point and hides behind Kaoru; somehow they've managed to get her into the costume before she realized it.
- In Asteroid in Love, Mari dressed her up as this for the previous year's School Festival exhibit, invoking it for the purpose of Sex Sells.
- One chapter of Bokura no Hentai has a crossdressing contest at Tamura's and Ryousuke's high school. Satoshi had mostly quit crossdressing due to puberty but dressed up in a Playboy bunny costume anyway. Tamura, Ryousuke (to his embarrassment), and Marika (though she's Transgender she had lingering worries) entered as well. Marika won, and Satoshi expressed displeasure that he didn't even make it into the top three.
- A Certain Magical Index:
- This is Shiage Hamazura's fetish. It's so bad that Saiai holding a stuffed rabbit behind Rikou, thus making it look like Rikou has bunny ears, is enough to give Shiage a Nosebleed.
- During the Agitate Halation Arc, Touma is treated to the surreal sight of a girl wearing this outfit plus a Brown Bag Mask. The narrative refers to her as "Paper Bag Bunny Girl". She tries to kill him on sight with a device that resembles a naginata and sprays water with enough force to slice through metal, but he quickly escapes.
- Code Geass:
- At the start of Code Geass R2, Action Girl Kallen is forced to work in a casino whilst wearing a Playboy Bunny outfit in a Dirty Harriet situation. She's none too happy about it, and a few episodes later questions why Mysterious Waif C.C. couldn't have done it; though there are valid reasons, the impression we're given is that C.C. just felt like messing with Kallen.
- This seems to be a common fetish in the Code Geass universe. The waitresses at a Euro Universe party in the first episode of the OVA Akito the Exiled are wearing bunny outfits as well.
- Daicon IV stars a young woman who wears a Playboy bunny outfit throughout.
- Dominion Tank Police: Shorttank Leona Ozaki surprisingly wears a Playboy Bunny outfit in the second OVA. For a Perp Sweating of all things. A Game Show-style Perp Sweating involving throwing knives and a hand grenade, mind you....
- 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).
- Fairy Tail:
- Erza Scarlet is asked by a reporter what's her favorite "armor" (among the hundred she can "Ex-quip" at will). Her answer? The Bunny suit (specifically because of the ears). And then Lucy, starving for attention from the same reporter, dresses in turn as a Playboy Bunny. (Which may be an Actor Allusion considering which other Aya Hirano character has worn such a costume.)
- In the Punishment Game OVA, Gajeel forces Lucy and Levy to dress up in these and dance as he puts up one of his musical performances. Levy runs away crying in shame when she sees her own chest compared to Lucy's.
- Haruko from FLCL puts one on for no immediately discernible reason in episode 5. Though "for no discernible reason" covers almost everything Haruko does. The outfit serves as an allusion to Studio Gainax's famous Daicon IV opening animation, which features a Bunny-suited Action Girl Sky Surfing on a flying sword. Hence why she shouts "Daicon V!"
- Book 30 of the Futari Ecchi manga features most of Makoto's female coworkers dressed as Playboy Bunnies for serving drinks during a reception. They aren't too pleased about it, except for resident lesbian Alissa, who reveals she was the one to suggest it from the start. Naturally, this inspires Makoto who brings home one of the costumes for his wife Yura to cosplay with. The story even ends with a picture of the evolution of the Bunny Girl outfit from the '50s to the '70s (modeled by female characters otherwise not appearing in the chapter).
- Subverted in the Girls Bravo manga, although otherwise rife with Fanservice. Fukuyama tricks the girls into a perverted game, having them put on some fetishistic costumes. And the final loser would have to walk around the block in said embarrassing clothes. But in the end, he's the one to lose, and ends up outside wearing a Bunny outfit. He's enough of a weirdo to enjoy this, though.
- In Great Teacher Onizuka, the naive but kind-hearted Tomoko Nomura is talked by Onizuka into putting on such an outfit. He then leaves her in a crowded street without telling her what he has in mind. When she gets picked up by dodgy-looking guys, she thinks Onizuka wants her to become a porn actress. She's specifically cosplaying the character Cutey Honey (complete with hairstyle), whose outfit may have been influenced by this trope.
- Haruhi Suzumiya: Mikuru Asahina, of course. Haruhi is often one as well, most notably in the iconic episode "Live Alive" (after all she performs God Knows in her bunnysuit). 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 (mostly Haruhi, of course).
- Hayate the Combat Butler has two main examples.
- Hayate is put into a bunny suit several times by his master and her maid. And, when visiting Las Vegas, Sakuya is put into one... even more for the sex appeal, as it's made out of a material that tears as Wataru/Saki lose while playing poker.
- There's also a chapter in the manga where Hayate briefly reads Alice's Adventures in Wonderland... sort of... to Nagi, and Hinagiku as Alice gets information from Those Three Girls dressed as Playboy Bunnies. She commiserates:
Alice (Hinagiku): It must be rough having to cover the cheesecake angle for our anniversary story.
Bunny Girls: Hey, it's a living!!
- Two of these appear in the background during the Russian Roulette scene with Boma and Clair in Heat Guy J.
- In the Hetalia: Axis Powers movie Paint It White!, America is seen dancing with some girls in these outfits in the ending credits. He also is seen wooing the Pictonians with a Las Vegas-esque club, complete with some girls in these outfits.
- Kamichama Karin: Karin mistakenly thinks Kazune is going to use his "feminine wiles" to convince Micchi to join their side (don't even ask) and pulls a bunch of costumes out of hyperspace for him to use, including a Playboy Bunny outfit.
- Kanokon anime, episode 4: Chizuru puts on a Bunny Girl outfit to try to attract Kouta, but soon finds that the costume does not come off, and is also a demon capable of controlling clothing. Said demon soon proceeds to use Chizuru's body to fly through the school changing the clothes of every girl along the way, gaining control of their outfits as well. (Some costumes include Shrine Maiden, Policewoman, Nun, and China Girl.) Later on, the demon uses this as a counter to the attack from a wind user by destroying the clothing of every girl but Chizuru, since the demon is Chizuru's outfit.
- In one episode of Kimagure Orange Road, Kyōsuke dreams of a submissive Madoka greeting him in the morning while wearing a Playboy Bunny outfit.
- In Kimi Wa 008 (a manga about a school for spies and secret agents), after a lesson about seducing males in which Kido proves to be completely inept, she is forced to wear a Playboy Bunny suit by the teacher Lady-sensei, as a much-needed practice to kill her shyness. She's mortified to be seen in this outfit by other students, especially Akashi-kun.
- Komi Can't Communicate: Ichou dresses as one during the Cultural Festival in Chapter 224.
- The girls from Lucky Star have eventually spoofed the picture◊ of the females of Suzumiya Haruhi as bunny girls.
- Chapter 4 of Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha INNOCENT has Alicia wearing one while commentating a match for House Yagami, complete with a microphone shaped like a carrot.
Fate: What are you doing, onee-chan...
- Pipin's costume from Magical Play is clearly inspired by a Playboy Bunny's, although there are some variations. Notably, the bunny ears aren't on her head but comes from her bunny-shaped backpack (instead, she has carrots as hair decorations).
- On Maison Ikkoku, Godai has to work at a nightclub for a while where the waitresses are dressed as Bunny Girls. Akemi even works there for a bit, but that's hardly a surprise. After all, she considers sheer nightgowns without bras to be suitable "hanging around the house" attire.
- In Miss Machiko, the title character is shown in a bunny suit during the closing credits among other Fanservice outfits. It says something when this series is so chock-full of fanservice that they had to cram a playboy bunny suit in during the credits for little reason.
- Bunny-san of Miyuki-chan in Wonderland isn't an anthropomorphic rabbit, unlike in the inspiration, Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, but a lady wearing this costume.
- My Dress-Up Darling: Arisa, one of the characters Marin cosplays as, dresses up as a bunny girl. She uses part of the costume to attend a Halloween party.
- Nana to Kaoru:
- The male lead Kaoru gets in such a costume for a play at school. His classmates want to haze and humiliate him with this. It backfired.
- Tachi and Nana appear suited up on a title page.
- Negima! Magister Negi Magi has a few of these:
- When Negi discovers Chisame Hasegawa cosplaying as "Chiu", she's in a Bunny Girl outfit. And he drags her outside in front of the class, to her great embarrassment. Of course, it gets worse when the costume doesn't survive a sneezing...
- Another time, Akira is made to wear a more classic-style costume when the girls are considering a Cosplay Café for the school festival.
- During the festival itself, Setsuna wears an outfit that kind of resembles a cross between this and a mascot-style fursuit.
- Another scene has the cheerleaders trying to play matchmakers with Ako to non-existent Brit Nagi, cousin of their teacher (actually said teacher magically aged-up), by sending him pictures of her. One of them involves a Bunny outfit. ("Wasn't that invented in England?") Negi does a perfect Spit Take upon receiving the picture.
- All of the girls from Neko-de Gomen! dress up in the outfit for a student café in chapter 9.
- In One Piece, this is the most common means of dress for revolutionary second-in-command Emporio Ivankov's people, whether male or female.
- In the One-Punch Man anime, a Fighting Game that Saitama and King frequently play has a pink-haired Playboy Bunny in a skimpy outfit as a character. King usually chooses her to play and utterly trashes Saitama's character, to the latter's annoyance.
- Misty May from Otaku no Video. Her Bunny costume may be non-standard, with Opera Gloves and an exposed midriff, but still fits the trope.
- Ouran High School Host Club: Haruhi subverts this in a bonus chapter (which inspired the first part of the 12th episode of the anime) by being stuffed into an Easter Bunny outfit by the rest of the hosts in an attempt to fool Hunny before he wakes up to discover his Bun-Bun got smudged accidentally. This is also the source of yet another Imagine Spot (unseen in the manga version) courtesy of Tamaki in the same story.
- In Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt, while trying to find jobs, Panty and Stocking end up as bunny girls for a casino. When the two decide to quit and determine where to go elsewhere for employment, Brief (somehow) ends up in the Bunny costume Panty was wearing for the rest of that scene.
- At one point in Peach Girl, Sai wears one of these to spy on Momo being escorted to a party by her boyfriend's brother.
- Persona 4 Golden: The Animation: Rise and Kanji don sexy bunny outfits during episode 4 as part of a mock Japanese quiz show.
- In Ranma ½, this edges close to a Running Gag:
- The first instance of Female Ranma wearing such an outfit is in her first battle against Mousse: trapped in female form, and already committed to a man-to-man duel, she dresses up in huge, baggy clothing to fool everyone into thinking she is male, and proceeds to entertain the crowd with simple magic tricks to humiliate the Hidden Weapons master. The coup de grâce is 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 backfires spectacularly when Mousse systematically destroys her clothing and leaves 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 points 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 is 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 Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai, Mai Sakurajima finds that seemingly everyone is ignoring her, so she eventually starts walking around in public in a Playboy Bunny outfit to try to get people to notice her. It turns out that due to something called Adolescence Syndrome, nobody can see or hear her and their memories of her get erased. Her eventual love interest Sakuta Azusagawa is able to see her, and one time she wears the outfit again for his benefit when she helps him studying.
- Parodied in the School Rumble anime. Yakumo's bunny outfit is actually an oversized rabbit costume.
- In episode 4 of season 1 of Show by Rock!!, ChuChu dresses up in one of these outfits to go along with her natural bunny ears and tail.
- In Book 8 of Sorcerer Hunters, Carrot Glace's friends (and suitors) find him in a hostess bar, having fun with plenty cute girls dressed as Playboy Bunnies. As everybody thought he was going through a Heroic BSoD, they are not amused.
- Str.A.In.: Strategic Armored Infantry: Lavinia's ill-fated plans to seduce Sara at one point include wearing such an outfit. It does not work.
- Tenchi Muyo!:
- This anime has an example of gratuitous art featuring the female cast as Playboy Bunnies◊.
- Mihoshi does dress as a Playboy Bunny in-story on the No Need for Tenchi! manga, as part of a ploy to distract a corrupt planetary regent.
- One version of Galaxy Police uniforms has a Do-Anything Gizmo that the poor officer has to hang from their back pocket. Plus a Nice Hat. Just to make Mihoshi look like a Bunny Girl.
- The Hot Springs Episode of Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann has Bunny Girls that look like several other Studio Gainax characters, such as Rei Ayanami and Asuka Langley Soryū from Neon Genesis Evangelion and Jung Freud from GunBuster, giving Kamina and friends a warm welcome. By the end of the episode it turns out that they're really actually rabbit people, or rather female rabbit Beastmen.
- In the Tokyo Mew Mew manga, the girls dress up as "extras" to get into a TV studio. Guess what the costumes look like. Also, some people say that Berry Shirayuki's costume resembles a Playboy Bunny. Here, look.
- To Love Ru:
- When Rito first suggested Lala should dress to fit in with Earthpeople, she had Peke transform — and kept picking inappropriate garb to copy: a businessman's clothing, a policewoman's uniform, a Bunny.... That one led Rito to wonder in shock where she'd seen it.
- At the start of the "Trouble Quest" arc, the Guild assigning "adventurers" their Character Class had a staff of Bunnies — well, actually, multiple copies of one Bunny (there was also a Bunny on the sign outside the door). Then, when Yami shows up, she's been dressed as a Bunny as part of her character class. Yami, who hates anything Ecchi...
- During Peke's (actually Rito's) malfunction in Chapter 143 / Episode 09 of Motto To Love-Ru, Lala ends up in a tiny swimsuit and Haruna in this. Oh yeah, and Oshizu was dressed as Enma Ai.
- Urusei Yatsura:
- In the manga, this is actually the official uniform of the Destiny Management Bureau — at least for women. Men get stupid Easter Bunny outfits. This causes problems: one cannot bend her waist when wearing a Bunny Girl outfit, and the Easter Bunny outfits are about as hot and sweaty as you would imagine. Without uniforms, however, the (mostly female) cast would not have been able to pursue the Designated Hero into the Bureau's high security areas, where the dork could possibly do serious damage to the universe itself. The Chase Scene which follows is patently ridiculous.
- Lum also wears one in an episode of the anime. Amazingly, this is actually much more conservative than her normal outfit.
- Uzaki-chan Wants to Hang Out!: In Chapter 32 (Episode 11 of the anime), Shinichi gets caught by Hana and Ami while he's having a lone karaoke night, and is forced to share it with them. At one point, Ami convinces Hana to wear some cosplay outfits provided by the place, and manages to get her in a bunny outfit, much to her embarrassment. When they ask Shinichi which outfit he liked the most during drinks, he says that the bunny one before he realizes what he just said.
- Variable Geo: Erina Goldsmith and her team all wear one as the standard uniform of The Rival casino (which she owns). It also doubles as her fighting attire for the VG tournament.
- In Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, Asuka's opponent Mitsuo uses female monsters that wear this costume, called Gamble Angel Bunnies. They even make a return appearance, two of them acting as game show models for Kanda's quiz-based deck in season two.
- Yuuna and the Haunted Hot Springs:
- After being kidnapped by Genshiro Ryuuga, Yuuna is forced to undergo "bridal training" by being forcefully changed into Fanservice-y outfits, one of which is a bunny outfit.
- In one chapter, Kogarashi and Hibari tangle with an anglerfish youkai that lures men into its clutches by drawing them in with an unconscious woman dressed in a bunny suit.
- March Harriet (a Batman villain so obscure that she showed up in The LEGO Batman Movie as part of a joke about obscure villains) is a professional Playboy Bunny who is also a con artist.
- Adam Warren put Kei and Yuri into this outfit in his second Dirty Pair comic book miniseries. Unfortunately, since it was originally published in the U.S., Playboy frowned on the copyright infringement, and the bunny ears and tails were removed from the art in the trade paperback reprinting.
- The Inferior Five, a group of Super Zeroes from DC, have Dumb Bunny, a parodic Wonder Woman expy described as "strong as an ox and almost as intelligent". Her costume has long sleeves and a turtleneck, though.
- Marvel Comics also has a villain called the White Rabbit, whose entire shtick is dressing up like a Playboy Bunny variant of the White Rabbit from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. She's an Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain who becomes the Arch-Enemy of the current Leapfrog since they are equally pathetic.
- Darwyn Cooke once did a MAD-style comic (set in the New Frontier continuity) about Wonder Woman going to a Playboy Club to lecture the customers on respect for women. Ms. Gloria Steinem (see Real Life below) puts a cameo.
- In a Bloom County strip, a Playboy Bunny shows up on her lunch break to file a personals ad, saying she's looking for a boyfriend who's "big and dumb". (As in, she's a shallow babe who wants some equally-shallow hunk. Clearly done to make Opus's bad day even worse, showing him that he's a loser because Nice Guys Finish Last.)
- In one Easter-themed strip of The Flintstones comic strip, the punchline shows Pebbles' grandfather approach the Flintstone car with two "Easter bunnies" he picked up for Pebbles — two women wearing Playboy Bunny outfits.
- Foxtrot: One strip has a worried-looking Roger ask his wife if she remembers what he said about his bachelor party, where his friends drank and told stories. He then says he might have kept a souvenir... cue Jason in Playboy bunny ears, which he's mistaken for an Easter bunny costume.
- 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.
- 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.
- In Friendship Is Magical Girls, this is Fluttershy's mahoushoujo uniform, much to her embarrassment (and Spike's enjoyment).
- In Lady Luck's Favor, this is one of Star's Halloween outfits, along with a sexy cop outfit, sexy Little Bo Peep outfit, sexy cheerleader outfit and sexy schoolgirl outfit.
- New Look Series:
- In the Naruto fanfic Reload, Naruto makes all of the women of an entire ANBU assassin squad into these. No, really.
- Service with a Smile: Discussed. Velvet is a Faunus; her rabbit ears are her animal trait. Mercury notes that there are plenty of people who will engage in Fantastic Racism against Faunus (and Velvet specifically has been the target of more than a little), only to turn around and lust over women wearing fake bunny ears.
- In Shadowchasers: Conspiracy, Emily wears an outfit like this and takes a stroll through Green Bay, first beating up two guys who make a pass at her (one suggests turning her in, but the other reminds him they'd have to admit to the police that a Playboy Bunny beat them up), then going to a public place and challenging everyone to fight her. (Way too easy.) Her goal is to get Edgar's attention and steer him away from something else, which she does. (Later chapters reveal that she's an assassin who uses her looks to get close to a mark in order to strike.)
- In The Superheroics of Haruhi Suzumiya, Haruhi's mother is an actress and wears one of these in a show she stars in. The ears however are real, since they're part of her Quirk.
- Some of the Touhou Project 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.
- 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.
- In the Bridget Jones's Diary movie, Bridget shows up at a party in a Playboy Bunny outfit.
- In The Hazing, Delia's Halloween costume is a Playboy bunny suit.
- The House Bunny has a Playboy Bunny as main protagonist.
- Elle Woods shows up at a party in this outfit in Legally Blonde, because she was also told it was 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.)
- This was apparently the plan for the eponymous wives in The Stepford Wives. Word of God is that they were going to be dressed like "Playboy bunnies, sans ears". This was changed when the director chose to cast his wife, whose physique wasn't quite up to it. So they wear the now familiar '50s-style housewife dresses instead.
- Troubled Blood: In the backstory Margaret Bamborough, who came from a "not-enough-to-eat poor" family, both supported that family and put herself through medical school by working as a Playboy Bunny in a Playboy Club. It's portrayed pretty benevolently, as a fellow Bunny notes how they made a ton more money than a regular waitress would have, and they were protected by strict rules preventing the patrons from getting handsy with the girls.
- 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....
- An episode of Laverne & Shirley named "The Playboy Show" centers around Laverne trying to get a job at a Playboy Club in Los Angeles.
- 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".
- 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".
- Edguy has a music video for the song "Superheroes" featuring a whole town of Playboy Bunnies.
- 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.
- Frank Zappa: In the only music video he ever made, "You Are What You Is", one of the characters in Zappa's vicinity is a Playboy Bunny.
- Downplayed, in that bunny ears and corsets were not part of La Morena's ring gear, but it did tend to be adorned in bright white bunnies, which got the point across. Less down played at the Ring Warriors Bombshells and Bunnies event where Aaron Agony wore bunny ears in apparent support of her.
- The Empire Wrestling Federation had "The Beautiful California Snow Bunny" SnowCal Chloe, a lawyer-friendly case*
- The Kat had to defend her Women's Championship in a "Snow Bunny Match". Stipulations said she had to wear this 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 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.
- The FA Girl Baselard has her design modeled after the Bunny. She's got the tights, the collar and cuffs, and her head-dress crest serves as her bunny ears.
- Advanced V.G.: Erina Goldsmith's bunny costume is her official uniform from The Rival Casino, which she owns. The gold ribbon on her hip bears the casino's name and logo, which allows her to promote her establishment during her matches in the tournament.
- The Hunny Bunnies of Banzai Pecan are clad in a Playboy bunny costume.
- Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night:
- A rare enemy is the Lili, which is a succubus dressed up as a playboy bunny — the biggest change is that they have the traditional "cute devil's tail" instead of a bunny tail. They're only found in the train station and on the train, and they drop ears and tails as their unique loot. Their Shard is a blue shard called "Bunnymorphosis" which turns Miriam into a Lili. If "playboy bunny succubus" isn't weird enough for you, they're also kung fu masters who attack with powerful kick attacks, backflips, and throwing daggers.
- Spin-off title Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon also has playboy bunny-themed enemies that appear in the level "Tragedy of Slaughter", who may possibly be an equivalent to the aforementioned Lilis.
- The title protagonist and a few of the enemies in Bunny Must Die have this as their species.
- In Darkstalkers 3 Lilith's costume turns into a Bunny costume during her Gloomy Puppet Show EX move.
- 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.
- Disgaea 5: Alliance of Vengeance: Usalia, herself a wererabbit demon, sports one underneath her jacket. Seraphina, the game's Ms. Fanservice, had one available as a preorder bonus / optional DLC piece.
- Dragon Quest:
- Many character models, including one of Jessica's outfits in Dragon Quest VIII.
- All of the female Jesters in Dragon Quest III wear these.
- Dragon Quest V: Carla, the Monster Monitor's helper, wears a playboy bunny.
- Dragon Quest XI: Jade can dress as a bunny girl. Her bunny suit also takes visual cues from a Stage Magician, which she acts like when performing the Electro Light and Haulellujah Pep Powers.
- Dragon Quest Builders 2: Babs dresses up in a cottontail costume after the builder makes her own room.
- Final Fantasy:
- It's not as immediately obvious due to the far less developed polygon rendering of the time, but a fair number of these (all of whom are also Rei Ayanami clones) appear in the Gold Saucer in Final Fantasy VII. Also, while the Honeybee Inn doesn't use Playboy Bunnies per se, the Honeygirls serve a similar purpose. The effect is much more pronounced in the Remake, where their costumes look like bee-themed versions of the Playboy Bunny, with the corset-leotard combo, stockings, bowtie, and antennae serving as a stand-in for the traditional rabbit ears.
- The Gold Saucer returns in Final Fantasy XIV, and once again all of the female employees are wearing bunny suits. The outfit is available for purchase for female player characters, which is a popular choice for glamour.
- Fire Emblem Heroes: Camilla's Spring Festival outfit is clearly designed to evoke this image, mixing it with Easter Bunny.
- Olivia from God Hand gets one as an unlockable outfit.
- In Granblue Fantasy, female attendants of the Jewel Resort Casino (and a few playable characters) sometimes wear this outfit.
- Infectonator! has a ridiculously attractive News Reporter that keeps track of the player's progress. Most of the games have several unlockable Sexy Whatever Outfits for her, one of them being a Playboy Bunny.
- Rami sport one in Keio Flying Squadron.
- 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.
- Lufia II: Rise of the Sinistrals features Bunny equipment (a sword, a bunnysuit, a shield, ears for a helm and a ring) that can be used by Tia and Selan... and Artea, a male elf (except in Germany).
- The Bunny equipment returns in Lufia: The Legend Returns, and all of the female party members can equip it. And so can Yurist.
- MMORPG Mabinogi has the staff of the Bean Rua nightclub dressed as bunny girls.
- Jane the Alchemist in MapleStory dresses like this. (Why? given the type of place Maple World is, she may not need a reason.) Also, this is one of countless Cash Shop outfits you can buy to equip to your own character.
- 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.
- 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...
- In the Japanese version Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, the Boos employed by the Pianta Syndicate wear this outfit — or at least, as much of it as they can as Boos, which means just the cuffs, bow tie, and bunny ears. The international release changed the bunny ears to cat ears, but left the outfit otherwise unchanged.
- 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.
- Persona 5 has some of the shadows in the sixth Palace, which is made to look like a casino, have a pre-battle shape of waitresses in bunnygirl outfits (the rest look like bouncers).
- This is available as a costume in Phantasy Star Online 2. The ears and stockings are separate accessories, however.
- Pokémon Diamond and Pearl: The Pokémon Lopunny seems to be based on this. Some people were actually joking that PUSA would call it Playbunny in English-language localizations even before the Japanese release.
- Rabi-Ribi has the protagonist Erina dressed like this. Some members of the bunny-obsessed group UPRPRC also are dressed like this.
- In Rumble Roses, all the human females◊ can be made to wear one while they wrestle. Bonus points goes to Becky when she wears one as it fits her nickname, the "Rumble Bunny".
- The female employees of Baccarat, a large casino, wear these in Sa Ga Frontier. As such, Emelia has to don one, herself, when she infiltrates the casino to collect information on Joker from the patrons.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 appear near their shop and their commander doesn't give Kallen the permission to change back into 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, DMs.
C.C.: Looks like everything got solved by itself.
Chirico: Here they come.
- Also, when you ace Loran Cehack in Tengoku-hen, AG gives him a bunny girl costume, saying that it's perfect attire for a member of the Moonrace, referencing the moon rabbit folklore. Loran insists that he's a bloke but AG goes, "Oh yeah? but I heard about the Laura thing..."
- Raine can wear a bunny suit in the PS2 version of Tales of Symphonia. There are also bunny girls working at Altamira, whom Zelos can flirt with.
- In Tales of Vesperia, Judith dons a bunny costume in order to seduce a knight guarding an elevator.
- TERA has them as costumes you can buy for money. Due to copyright issues, the developers were forced to remove the ears and tail when releasing the outfits in the west.
- Xenoblade Chronicles 2 has one of these in the "Cutie Bun-Bun Armor" that Tora, Tatazo and Soosoo designed for Artificial Blades like Poppi. We don't get to see it, but Pyra and Brighid do... and the latter is not amused.
- 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...
- In Melody, Sophia tries on this kind of outfit in a video call with the title character, as she is planning to wear it to a party later.
Melody: Try not to go after more than one "carrot" at a time.
- In Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Spirit of Justice, Case 2 has Trucys assistant Bonny de Famme. Her stage outfit consists of the classic bunny ensemble (leotard, fishnet stockings, cuffs and bunny ears) with a tiny top hat and a coattail magicians suit thrown in. Her sister, Betty, takes hers with a bat-motif.
- 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.
- 70-Seas has a stage magician Alice, a white rabbit, who normally performs in such outfit. And she is introduced as a casino employee. As a bonus, she is the only lagomorph in the comic with a proper rabbit tail the rest have much longer dog or jerboa tails.
- Blade Bunny wears a miniskirted version of the outfit, while working as an assassin.
- By the Tail: Echo dresses up as a Playboy Bunny for Halloween in this comic.
- Mye's Bunny transformation in Charby the Vampirate.
- In Eerie Cuties, Gender Bender Kade Whiteclaw gets put in such a costume during Chloe's party. Not entirely on her own free will, although "she" doesn't complain that much.
- El Goonish Shive:
- Girl Genius: Agatha Heterodyne pulls it off in prudish steampunk victorian style. This a joke about Foglio's past work with actual cartoon sex. Rather than a Playboy Bunny, though, it is more a full-body bunny suit and it's not revealing at all... at least until a few panels later where Zeetha has a slightly less prude version.
- The Inexplicable Adventures of Bob!: Moe the ninja girl ends up dressed this way briefly for an Easter gag.
- In the first issue of Marilith, the eponymous assassin dresses as a Playboy Bunny to blend in the scenery at a strip club and get close to her mark.
- MegaTokyo's Erika wears a very gothic steampunkish style of this before entering the "cave of evil".
- In Nerf NOW!!, Angie and the others wear Playboy Bunny outfits as their uniforms in honor of Hugh Hefner, who passed away not long before the comic was published. Tentajo is outraged because they forgot the bow tie and cuffs.
- Featured in two Real Life Comics strips: the author puts Liz in a Playboy Bunny outfit and doesn't try to pretend it is anything else than blatant fanservice.
- RPG World has Diane don the bunny costume as part of a plan to rescue Hero from some pirates.
- Bud and Brandi of Wapsi Square once wore this sort of outfit during their perpetually drunk phase.
- The Simpsons: In the episode "Krusty Gets Kancelled," Hugh Hefner guest stars as himself. When Bart visits the Playboy Mansion, he shows its alternative energy research center filled with Bunnies hard at work.
- 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.