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Basic Trope: Rabbits and bunnies know magic.

  • Straight: The Great Whodini is an anthropomorphic rabbit that makes a living as a Stage Magician and knows real sorcery on the side.
  • Exaggerated: Every (non-anthropomorphic) rabbit in the pet shop is shown to wear magician outfits and have silly names like "The Great Whodini" and "The Magnificent Genericius."
  • Downplayed: Whodini knows one cheap card trick, but otherwise works as a farmer.
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  • Justified: Rabbits are a species sacred to the God of Magic.
  • Inverted: Pull a Rabbit out of My Hat
  • Subverted:
    • The Great Whodini is believed to be a wondrous wizard when in actuality it was all Fake Wizardry.
    • People think that rabbits are inherently magical, when really that is just an old wives tale.
  • Double Subverted:
    • The Great Whodini is thought to be just a regular smoke-and-mirrors Stage Magician passing himself off as a wizard, only to reveal later on that he actually is an accomplished sorcerer and that his various fake tricks actually do use magic.
    • People think that rabbits are inherently magical, only to reveal that they have no magical power of their own... only to reveal that their feet are used in the most powerful spells.
  • Parodied: The Great Whodini pulls a human out of a hat.
  • Zig Zagged: The Great Whodini is an anthropomorphic rabbit that is said to be the most powerful wizard in the land, only for The Chosen One to discover that he is a fraud, relying entirely on card tricks and fake prophecies to fake the guise as an accomplished wizard. Later on, he decides to intervene in the grand battle of good and evil, revealing that he actually is the grand wizard he claimed and that he merely faked being a fraud so that the Chosen One would not involve him in his personal business. When the battle is over, it is then revealed that the impressive feats of sorcery were just more elaborate smoke-and-mirrors tom-foolery, but it is implied that he really does know real magic, but we never find out to what extent.
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  • Averted: Rabbits are just animals. No magic to them.
  • Enforced: The toy company that financed the show had a bunny action-figure in a top hat and penguin suit and the show's creators had to include it some how.
  • Lampshaded: "In Soviet Russia, Rabbit pulls you out of hat!"
  • Invoked:
    • A magician explains that the reason why they like pulling rabbits out of hats instead of any other animal is because all rabbits can teleport (but only when humans are not looking).
    • Magicians look for pet rabbits because rabbit are the source of their magical power.
  • Defied: Muggle Power fanatics drive all bunny species to extinction to make sure that all magic goes with it.
  • Exploited: All rabbits are kept under close eye under the off chance that they are secretly The Chosen One of the Animal Magocracy.
  • Implied:
    • Rabbits are used as the sigil of the only magical family in the setting.
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    • Rabbits are used as the mascot of the Wizarding School of the setting.
  • Discussed:
    • "Just because magicians like to pull rabbits out of hats, does not mean that there is something special about rabbits. An equally quiet Guiana pig will suffice."
    • "Just because I'm a rabbit does not mean I know magic. Don't be racist."
  • Conversed: "Dude, out of all the animals in the world, why do magicians have to use rabbits? Do they have magical powers or something? Are they the real magic ones and magicians are just mooching off of them?"
  • Deconstructed: In the World of Funny Animals, every Stage Magician seen are rabbits, only to elaborate later that it is a stereotype for rabbits to be performers and are blacklisted from doing anything else. Even worse, they might not actually be the magicians themselves, but rather be forced to be their sexy assistants so that they could be pulled painfully by their ears out of hats for the classic trick.
  • Reconstructed: The Great Whodini has had to face discrimination all his life for being a bunny, forced into the life of a magician's assistant because his parents expected him to be as part of the family tradition. He learns real magic from his abusive employers and ends up proving to be more competent at it than any rhino or cougar magician out there.
  • Played for Laughs: The Great Whodini is portrayed as Bugs Bunny if he was also the Genie voiced by Robin Williams, dressed in a black top-hat and tuxedo and using his seemingly infinite magic powers to cause chaos, cracking various anachronistic jokes and acts as Fun Personified to his various child companions. By the end of the episode/book/movie, all conflict has been resolved (with Whodini implied to have planned every single step with almost omniscient precision) with the child companions learning some sort of lesson before Whodini disappears within his own hat.
  • Played for Drama: The Great Whodini is a natural when it comes to magic, but it requires years of study under a rather cruel and callous master. Even then, magic is shown to be rather vindictive and apathetic, with nearly every spell Whodini casts backfiring in one form or another and making things worse. By the time Whodini has fully mastered the mystic arts, he has become jaded and apathetic to all who come to him for his help.
  • Played for Horror: A farmer finds out that rabbits have been raiding his crops and sets a trap for them. He manages to catch one an kill it, making a stew out of its meat and gloves from the pelts. All of the other rabbits now follow him around with miraculously bad luck befalling the farmer to the point where it seems that the environment himself seems to be out to get him. After evading all near-death experiences, he encounters the Great Whodini, a giant rabbit and local fertility god who, in revenge for the death of his child, has his army of rabbits swarm and disembowl the farmer, his soul trapped on the property where he is forced to farm vegetables for the rabbits for all of eternity.
  • Logical Extreme: All breeds of rabbits have magical powers and those who hunt them are cursed with bad luck, thus it is illegal to hunt them.
  • Untwisted: An unusual anomalous event happens at a magician's show in an old theater and the magician's pet rabbit seems to act unusually, with implications that the rabbit is some kind of shapeshifting demon that made a deal with the magician for magical powers, only to reveal that the rabbit is actually just a normal rabbit and that the magician is the demon. The magician is slain, only for the rabbit to miraculously appear in the police's home and murders him, a quick cut revealing that the bunny really is the demon that that he can mind control people to act like its owner.
  • Unparodied: The Great Whodini pulls a human out of a hat, with the implication that it is not real magic, but it is just a cheap trick involving a hole in a blanketed table, only for it to be revealed that the rabbit magician can do magic and the table was a regular table.

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