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Rabbits and hares (the latter of which includes the so-called "jackrabbits") are usually presented as the good guys in fiction, if not The Hero outright.

This is a result of What Measure Is a Non-Cute?; adorable fuzzy animals are usually on the side of good, and ugly creepy ones are usually the bad guys. As such, expect them to have a common predator for an enemy, like foxes, snakes or wolves. In addition, it is not uncommon for rabbits and hares to gravitate towards roles as the main protagonist of a work, often due to their distinctive appearance — namely their signature long ears — falling in line with the principle that main protagonists should stand out from the crowd.

This positive portrayal of lagomorphs is by no means universal, but it's common enough that subverting it has become its own trope. Inversions and subversions are usually a Hair-Raising Hare. Even then, it should be telling that scary rabbits are often treated more as a twist of expectations than something more natural.

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A Rascally Rabbit can also be a Righteous Rabbit, as long as its trickery is aimed at people who deserve it, Doc.

This is a subtrope to Good Animals, Evil Animals and Herbivores Are Friendly and is also a type of Animal Stereotype. Compare Nice Mice, Bunnies for Cuteness and Cute Kittennote .


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    Anime and Manga 
  • In Osamu Tezuka's 1965 manga The Amazing 3 (Wonder 3 or W3 in Japan), Bokko (Captain Bunny in some English versions) is the kind-hearted leader of an alien trio who transform themselves into Earth animals to study humanity. Disguised as a White Bunny, Bokko and her teammates (who pose as a duck and a horse) befriend a human boy, a relationship that eventually saves the world. The aliens were sent to Earth because the Galactic Federation is afraid that humanity's violent nature makes them a threat to the universe. The heroes' friendship with the boy convinces them that humans should be given time to evolve instead of being destroyed.
  • Cat Shit One features rabbits as the good guys.
  • 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.
  • Jewelpet: Most of the titular characters are good-aligned by definition; The Heroine Ruby is the best example in the series.
  • 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.
  • Hare from the Monster Rancher anime is an annoying and mischievous, but ultimately good rabbit monster.
  • My Hero Academia: Invoked with pro-Hero Rumi Usagiyama, AKA Mirko. Her Quirk, Rabbit, grants her long, rabbit-like ears and immense leg strength, which is very suitable for her style of fighting.
  • Wenet from Oh, Suddenly Egyptian God is a kind-hearted hare deity, helping out the other deities' messily planted crops while they're asleep, by replanting them and growing them overnight.
  • In Sailor Moon, the main character Usagi. Usagi means 'rabbit,' and not in some distant, esoteric "Genius Bonus for those who know the etymology" way; it's a very standard word. Her name is straight-up "Rabbit" and more than one foreign dub names her "Bunny." Her Girlish Pigtails are pretty much symbolic rabbit ears and there's a rabbit pattern on a lot of her things. Her full name, Usagi Tsukino, translates to "Rabbit of the Moon." (As for why, there's a pattern of craters and darker spots on the moon that's said to resemble a rabbit, so there's an association between rabbits and the moon in a lot of Eastern... stuff. It's less common, but not unheard of, outside of China and Japan.)
  • In the Star Wars: Visions episode "Lop and Ochō", Lop is a kind-hearted, idealistic, rabbit-like alien who is quite capable of wielding a lightsaber with some skill when she has to.
  • 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.

    Comic Books 
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    Films — Animation 
  • Lucky Jack from Home on the Range is a friendly fellow who helps the cows capture Alameda Slim.
  • Boingo in Hoodwinked! inverts this trope, by virtue of being the Big Bad.
  • Bunnymund from Rise of the Guardians, a six-foot-tall Awesome Aussie take on the Easter Bunny. Like the other guardians he’s a heroic figure dedicated to protecting children, and he specifically acts as the Guardian of Hope.
  • 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 (pictured above), who joins the police force hoping to make the world a better place.

    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.

    Myths and Religion 
  • The Rabbit is the fourth year of the Eastern Zodiac. This is because she tried to go across the river by hopping on some rocks. She ended up falling on a log, which took her to the finish line.
  • The rabbit's association with the moon is because of another myth that shows this trope. One day, an old man was walking through the woods and he complained that he was hungry. Three animals heard that and decided to help the man. The monkey started gathering fruits, and the fox looked if there was some meat he could get quickly. The rabbit, however, was outsourced as it only knew how to get grass. It then proceeded to make a fire and throw itself in it, as a means of offering itself. The old man then revealed himself to be the Boddhisatva and the rabbit was not burned, but granted access to the moon, where it keeps Chang'e company. The rabbit in the moon note  is seen pounding the elixer of life, its shape formed out of the craters on the moon.

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    Video Games 
  • 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.
  • 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 overload skill. Its not evil, just very dangerous to the point of being one of the best overload skills in the game.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Moshi Monsters has the Funny Bunnies, a species of benevolent rabbits who tell jokes.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Cream the Rabbit from Sonic the Hedgehog, a young bunny girl who joins Sonic's group after she rescues her mother from Eggman in Sonic Advance 2. Assisting Cream is her lovable Chao companion, Cheese.
  • 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.
  • Peppy Hare of Star Fox. A veteran space pilot that serves as a guide for Fox McCloud.
  • TinkerQuarry: Peter, the first toy to show genuine concern for the protagonist and join the party, is a golden plush rabbit.
  • 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.

    Web Animation 

    Web Comics 
  • In The Fuzzy Princess, Lauren Ipsum is a friendly young rabbit who works at the library in St. Paws' royal castle. She becomes Princess Kat's best friend and eventual Love Interest.

    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 
  • In The Adventures of the American Rabbit, a hero with superhero powers is born once a generation specifically in a village of rabbits.
  • The hares in The Animals of Farthing Wood are the most useful animals in the group who can't fight or fly, as their speed allows them to deliver messages and warnings quickly, partake in search parties efficiently, and their vibration detection allows them to be among the first to sense danger. While the rabbits are also mainstays of the protagonist cast, their tendency to panic and need constant saving makes them less heroic.
  • 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".
  • Many Bugs Bunny short films 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.
  • Crusader Rabbit, the first cartoon star created specifically for TV, is probably the Ur-Example. He's a smart and brave little guy who, with assistance from his pal Ragland T. Tiger, is never afraid to tilt at windmills.
  • Doctor Snuggles features Benji and Freddy, two rabbits who are friends of Doctor Snuggles and also help him with his inventions.
  • Mr. Herrimann of Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends isn't so much righteous as he is fastidious, to the point of anal retention.
  • Miraculous Ladybug: The Kwami are benevolent animal-themed spirits meant to empower heroes through a Transformation Trinket called a Miraculous. Among their number is Fluff, who represents the rabbit from the Chinese zodiac and can use a pocket watch to turn her partner into a rabbit-themed Time Master. Alix is apparently destined to wield her powers as the Future Badass heroine Bunnyx.

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