Ranking Pop Culture's Most Memorable Bunnies—from Adorable to Nightmarish
Easter is coming, and with it an abundance of cartoon bunnies to convince you buy overpriced chocolate and invest in egg-themed memorabilia. But don’t be fooled, fictional bunnies are much more than the products they market—they support their friends, go to Halloween parties, and haunt troubled teenagers (just like us!).
In honor of the great holiday, we’ve compiled a list of pop culture’s most memorable bunnies, from the adorable (read: least scary) to the downright traumatizing (read: scariest ever). Take a moment to appreciate these great rabbits of cultures past and revisit their contributions to the rabbitical community.
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17. Peter Rabbit
Adorable, obviously. You'd have to be a monster to classify Peter Rabbit as anything but.
16. Thumper (Bambi)
A talking rabbit is definitely a little scary—scarier than a non-verbal rabbit (I think). That being said, there are few characters (Disney or otherwise) more endearing than Bambi's foot-thumping forest companion.
15. Elle Woods Dressed as a Bunny (Legally Blonde)
Reese Witherspoon is never not adorable. Reese Witherspoon as a bunny? Sooo cute!
14. The White Rabbit (Alice in Wonderland)
The White Rabbit’s a little bit mad (not quite Hatter-level, but getting there), but c’mon, who doesn’t like being punctual? This lil’ bunny’s neuroses are kind of cute, though I also understand Alice’s perspective—a high-maintenance rabbit can definitely get annoying.
13. Buster Baxter (Arthur)
A rabbit’s head on a seemingly human body is a strange and somewhat disturbing sight to see—however, Buster is a good kid (bunny?) and a fairly snappy dresser (turquoise suits him!). He’s a great friend to Arthur, too—look how sweet they are together.
12. Bridget Jones Innapropriately Dressed as a Playboy Bunny at What was Supposed to be a "Tarts and Vicars" Party (Bridget Jones's Diary)
Bridget's misguided party attire is really more sad than anything. I still get second-hand embarrassment remembering this scene.
11. Tricks, the Trix Rabbit
There’s something to be said for the Trix rabbit’s level of determination. Despite being publically belittled by children for more than 50 years (“Silly rabbit, Trix are for kids!), he’s still eager to get his hands on a bowl of the “absofruitalicious” breakfast food. Regardless, theft is never cool—this bunny needs to get his act together if he wants to rise to the top of this list.
10. Chandler dressed as a bunny (Friends)
It’s sweet that Chandler wore the costume his wife picked out for him, but we think it’s time he made his own sartorial decisions. Plus, a grown man dressed as a bunny will never not be creepy.
9. Bugs Bunny
His diet may be clean, but his games are dirty! Don’t trust the Brooklyn native. He’s notoriously sneaky.
8. Regina George Dressed as a Bunny (Mean Girls)
The ultimate Mean Girl, Regina George dons her bunny costume while manipulating Aaron Samuels and thus RUINING CADY'S LIFE. That sort of penchant for evil (whilst masquerading as a furry house pet, no less) is definitely frightening.
7. Shelley Darlington (The House Bunny)
The idea of a young woman appropriating an innocent furry animal in an attempt to please an elderly man is, by definition, SCARY AF.
The O.G. vampire novel, Bunnicula follows a rabbit of the same name that sucks the juice out of vegetables, stripping them of color. In theory, a vampire-rabbit is terrifying, but unless you’re a tomato, Bunnicula doesn’t actually pose much of a threat.
5. Roger Rabbit
He's a talking, clothed rabbit who's married to a human woman. No judgement here, but, well... it's weird.
4. The Rabbit Family from Inland Empire
THE RABBITS ARE NOT WHAT THEY SEEM.
The opening scene of David Lynch's Inland Empire features a family of deadpan rabbits on an eerie sitcom set, their dialogue occasionally punctuated by a rigid laugh track. TERRIFYING.
3. Benny Rabbit
Benny Rabbit looks like a character from Where the Wild Things Are and sounds like a tone-deaf parrot mid swallow, but his greatest (and scariest) offense is preying on poor baby bunnies!
A six-foot-tall rabbit is a terrifying thing—little context is needed for me to categorize Harvey as a movie I will never see in my lifetime.
1. Frank the Rabbit (Donnie Darko)
This bunny is the embodiment of evil, both in Donnie Darko and in my nightmares.