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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, but it's common enough that subverting it has become its own trope. Aversions and subversions are usually a Hair-Raising Hare. A Rascally Rabbit can also be a Righteous Rabbit, as long as its trickery is aimed at people who deserve it.

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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.
  • Most Jewelpets are good-aligned by definition; The Heroine Ruby is the best example in the series.
  • Terriermon and Lopmon from Digimon Tamers both resemble rabbits, a semblance that grows stronger as they digivolve. The former is one of the three main Digimon from the start, while the latter undergoes a Heel–Face Turn late in the show (though Terriermon is more meant to resemble a dog than a rabbit, hence the name). Not only that, but Lopmon within the genre as a whole has a final form called Cherubimon, which as the name suggests, is modeled after the holy angels Cherubim.
  • In Made In Abyss, Nanachi's bunny-like appearance is a clue that they're a good person, despite their initial rudeness.
  • Patty Rabbit, the main heroine of the 1986 series Maple Town, is a kindhearted, brave, and cute rabbit who spends most of her time with her family and friends. She's also very serious when it comes to rescuing her friends from a wolf who is the main antagonist of the series.

    Comic Books 

    Films — Animation 
  • 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 is Judy Hopps from Zootopia, who joins the police force hoping to make the world a better place.
  • Boingo in Hoodwinked inverts this trope, by virtue of being the Big Bad.
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    Literature 

    Live-Action TV 
  • The titular hero of Kamen Rider Build has a variety of animal and object-themed superpowers, but his primary form is RabbitTank. The Rabbit side is portrayed as being symbolic of his heroic ideals and desire for peace, while the Tank side reflects the inescapable fact that he was created to be a weapon of war. Notably, in the few times one side is given precedence over the other, it's always the Rabbit.
  • The Yellow Ranger in Tokumei Sentai Go Busters and Power Rangers: Beast Morphers is rabbit-themed. Part of the concept is that the Rangers have different physical skills, with the rabbit representing leaping ability where the Red Ranger's cheetah is speed and Blue's gorilla is strength.

    Tabletop Games 
  • 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...

    Video Games 
  • This would have been the case in Kingsley's Adventure, the titular character being originally conceived as a rabbit before being changed into a fox someways through development.
  • Usalia from Disgaea 5 is a wererabbit and arguably one of the nicest characters in the series. She's so nice that she ends up being a catalyst for "Christo" aka Lamington's future goals as seen in the first game.
    • Double Subverted with her Berserker state, especially post chapter 10 when it becomes Usalia's oveoad skill. Its not evil, just very dangerous to the point of being one of the best overload skills in the game.
  • Zig-Zagged in The Night of the Rabbit: The Marquis de Hoto is sometimes enigmatic, does seem to be well-intentioned, but some characters hint to his apprentice (the player character) that he may have sinister ulterior motives. He turns out to be just as good as he claims, thus playing the trope straight. However, he also turns out not to be the real Marquis de Hoto; he is, in fact, a memory of the rabbit that the Marquis de Hoto was in the past. The real Marquis de Hoto subverts the trope, having undergone a Face–Heel Turn and been imprisoned some time before the events of the game started.
  • Zombidle has the residents of Talar Country, who are all rabbit-people. Their knights, king, and wizard actively fight against the evil Bob the Necromancer and his legions of undead and demons. Since you play as Bob the Necromancer, these rabbit-people are your enemies. You can also have their king subvert this trope by bribing him, after which he'll help Bob to destroy the very country he rules over.
  • TinkerQuarry: Peter, the first toy to show genuine concern for the protagonist and join the party, is a golden plush rabbit.
  • Paladog has Hood the archer (Rabbit Hood, geddit?), who is easily the most useful of all your allies (despite that list including bears, rhinos, penguin wizards, bomb-throwing pirate monkeys and dragons) because his special attacks plow through all enemies. Using only Hoods causes what can best be described as a Wave Motion Gun that can kill enemies before they're even spotted and severely weaken the enemy's base.
  • Moshi Monsters has the Funny Bunnies, a species of benevolent rabbits whot tell jokes.
  • Spyro: Year of the Dragon introduces bunny-girl Bianca, apprentice to The Sorceress. She tries to come off as threatening and scare the heroes away, but it's very quickly clear that her heart's just not in it. She's only helping the Sorceress capture dragon eggs because their world's magic is drying up. Once she finds out the real reason her mistress wants all those baby dragons, she immediately switches sides to help Team Spyro defeat the Sorceress and rescue the remaining eggs. Also, she hooks up with Spyro's buddy Hunter.

    Web Animation 
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    Web Original 
  • Ruby, the protagonist of Ruby Quest, is a rabbit and one of the nicest people in the facility (though to be fair, she and Tom are also the only people there who approach being sane). Averted in the backstory, when she (along with everyone else there) suffered from violent fits because of a treatment she was being given, which was connected to an Eldritch Abomination.

    Western Animation 
  • The 2006 revival of Biker Mice from Mars had the Biker Mice work together with a group of benevolent alien rabbits in the episode "First Mice on the Moon".

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