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  • Accidental Innuendo: In Invasion of the Bunny Snatchers, Bugs sticks the Nudnik copies into a burlap sack, but the exact dialogue when he starts:
    "Get in the sack, Evil Twin. I've got plans for you."
  • Award Snub: Bugs' debut cartoon, "A Wild Hare", was nominated for an Oscar in 1941 for best animated short, along side the MGM cartoon, "Puss Gets the Boot" (which featured the debut of Tom and Jerry). Both cartoons lost to the long since forgotten, and rather schmalzy cartoon, "The Milky Way". While the cat and mouse duo would go on to win several Oscars during their theatrical run, it took Bugs 18 years to finally win the award with "Knighty Knight Bugs". It ended up being the only one he would ever win.
  • Broken Base: While almost everybody agrees that the Bugs from 1945 through 1954 is awesome, there tends to be debate over his characterization in earlier and later cartoons:
    • The 1940-1944 Bugs: A hilarious Screwy Squirrel or an outright bully who torments people for no reason other than personal pleasure?
    • The 1955-1964 Bugs: An Adorkable protagonist or calm and easygoing to the point of being a Flat Character?
  • Character Rerailment: Some of Bugs' entries in the early 60s reverted him slightly to his earlier more hyperactive persona. According to director Robert Mckimson this was deliberate, as some of the creative team thought Bugs had become too reserved and bland.
  • Crazy Awesome
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Was originally intended as a one-shot character, but became an Ascended Extra and eventually the studio's mascot due to positive response.
  • Fair for Its Day: The satire on confederate sympathizers in "Southern Fried Rabbit" still holds up, despite being yet another Golden Age cartoon to feature some unfortunate racial stereotyping. Though Bugs's "slave" disguise avoids the always-uncomfortable blackface (he looks more like a normal rabbit in a summer coat), it's still an impression of a black slave played for laughs. However, Sam is still depicted as an idiot for acting like the Civl War never ended and Bugs using said disguise to to bust him for beating slaves by leaving and re-entering dressed as Abraham Lincoln (who tells Sam to "look me up at my Gettysburg address.") is played for such absurdity that it's hard to find it offensive.
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  • Fandom Rivalry: Bugs and Mickey Mouse have been the face of two competing animation studios for decades and several pieces of satirical media have depicted the two as enemies... even though they've been known to parachute jump together.
  • Foe Yay: Bugs shows some degree of this with all of his antagonists.
    • Elmer is always smitten by Bugs' cross dressing antics. It says something when at least two cartoons end with Bugs marrying Elmer. The icing on the cake is that Bugs doesn't seem to mind at all to kiss him or be held by him, in fact, he seems to enjoy it. Then again, he is a savvy, iconic trickster to boot...
    • This does not only happen with Elmer. There has been Foe Yay moments with any of his opponents at some point (Yosamite Sam, K-9 etc.)
    • Watch him in "Rabbit's Feet" and just try telling yourself that he's not shamelessly flirting with Wile E. Coyote with all of the kissing, cuddling and idle chit-chatting he does.
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    • There's also Bugs' friendship-slash-rivalry with Daffy. As much as Bugs revels in observing and/or causing Daffy's suffering, in Looney Tunes: Back in Action he's willing to go to great lengths to get Daffy re-"hired" by Warner Brothers. After all, without Daffy, who is he going to play Duck Season, Rabbit Season with?
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: In "Falling Hare", Bugs narrowly stops the Gremlin from crashing into a pair of identical twin skyscrapers by flying in between them. Not sixty years later...
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • In "Rebel Rabbit", Bugs finds out that the reward for Foxes is $50, but the reward for rabbits is $.02. When he goes to Washington to complain about this, he's told it's because Foxes are destructive, but rabbits are harmless. Maybe Bugs decided to prove them wrong by sending some relatives down under...
      • In the same cartoon, Bugs literally detaches Florida from the United States and lets it drift away into the ocean. The clip of Bugs sawing away at the Florida-Georgia border is now used to varying degrees of irony when discussing things that (supposedly) happen Only in Florida.
    • Bugs interrupting the Oscar ceremony in "What's Cookin' Doc" might remind you of certain memes...
    • "Bully for Bugs" features Bugs attempting to burrow to the Coachella Valley for "the Big Carrot Festival" before he misses his left turn at Albuquerque and ends up in Spain. 50 years later, making a pilgrimage to a music festival in the Coachella Valley would become an annual occurrence for a lot of people.
  • Memetic Badass: Big Chungus. His thiccness is part of his badass.
  • Memetic Mutation: "What's up, doc?" has officially been a part of the American vernacular for close to a century. "Of course you realize, this means war" to a lesser extent.
    • The scene in "Rebel Rabbit" where Bugs saws Florida off from the rest of the United States has become a popular reaction GIF for Only in Florida stories online.
  • The Scrappy: Cecil Turtle isn't very well beloved to those who believe his victories over Bugs to be unearned. Perhaps in response to this, he's depicted as an outright villain in The Looney Tunes Show.
  • "Seinfeld" Is Unfunny: Bugs's "What's up, doc?" was meant as Casual Danger Dialogue as he was being hunted. Now that it's simply a common American saying, it's hardly seen as anything special.
  • Ship-to-Ship Combat: The two most debated Bugs-related pairings are Bugs/Lola and Bugs/Daffy, depending on your tastes.
  • Sophomore Slump: The second official Bugs cartoon, "Elmer's Pet Rabbit" is commonly regarded as one of the worst in the series, owing to Bugs' extreme Jerkass behavior, Off-Model use of yellow-colored gloves, a voice that doesn't sound anywhere close to his iconic semi-Brooklyn accent, as well as the sloppy timing that Chuck Jones' earlier efforts suffered from.
  • Ugly Cute: Witch Hazel in "Bewitched Bunny". Her reaction to Bugs finding Hansel and Gretel ("Call it a weakness.") is almost Moe.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic:
    • An example self admitted by the creators themselves. Friz Freleng was convinced Elmer Fudd was such an incompetent pushover that Bugs came off as bullying him, creating the far more belligerent Yosemite Sam to rectify this.
    • And then it started to lean too much the opposite way, with Bugs becoming so laid back it became hard for writers to even put focus on him anymore and essentially made him a Hero Antagonist in his own series (Robert Mckimson even stated outright he thought Bugs had no personality during the fifties). Finding the middle ground was apparently very difficult, though given his popularity, they must have gotten it right for the audience a good few points.
  • Values Dissonance:
    • "All This and Rabbit Stew", and most infamously, "Bugs Bunny Nips the Nips". The latter even got the first "Golden Age of Looney Tunes" laserdisc set recalled when it was included on it, replacing it with Racketeer Rabbit. It also got the 7th Golden Age VHS release(Bugs Bunny By Each Director) recalled(as well as the five tape box-set that included that volume). If you can find an unaltered copy of that laserdisc set with the Nips cartoon on it, you've got a nice collectors item on your hands.
  • Values Resonance: In "Southern Fried Rabbit", Yosemite Sam is a prideful Confederate soldier convinced the Civil War had never ended. Bugs tells him it ended "almost 90 years ago" and that he should move on. Sam's attitudes aren't too far off from Confederate enthusiasts' today, and the short very much puts him in the wrong for his beliefs.
  • "Weird Al" Effect: How many modern viewers — hell, how many viewers period — recognize that some of Bugs' most popular traits were lifted directly from Groucho Marx (carrot = cigar, "Of course you realize, this means war!")?


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