Top 10 Famous Rabbits

They’re cute, they’re furry and everybody likes them. The humble rabbit has burrowed itself into our affections and established itself as an icon of popular culture that we ignore at our peril. If you don’t believe me, just ask President Jimmy Carter.

Here’s a list of some of the most famous bunnies:

Bugs Bunny

He’s the Warner Brother’s cartoon mascot that needs no introduction. “Born” (according to his official biography) in Brooklyn in 1940, he’s the only cartoon rabbit with his own star on the Hollywood “Walk of Fame”. Catchphrases include “What’s up, Doc?” and “Of course you realize, dis means war!”

Duracell Bunny

Pink, furry and indomitable. Created for the Duracell battery ads, these bunnies are more famous in Europe than the U.S.A. but over the years they’ve developed into cult status. All you can say is “Down, down, down they go! Up, Up, Up, he goes!”

Peter Rabbit

Peter’s getting on a bit these days but Beatrix Potter brought him to life back in 1902 and since then his series of books have sold more than 151 million copies in 35 languages. Pretty good going for a jacket losing, vegetable munching bunny whose arch nemesis is Mr McGregor.

Br’er Rabbit

Central to the Uncle Remus stories, Br’er Rabbit originates from folklore tales in the southern U.S.A. He’s a tricky rabbit who uses his wiles to out think his opponents and get the best of the situation. He first hit a mainstream audience in America thanks to the books of Joel Chandler Harris and in Britain, Enid Blyton did the same. His best known story is “The Briar Patch”, he features in the film “Song of the South” and has got his own Disney “thrill ride” Splash Mountain.

Watership Down Bunnies

Richard Adams’s bestseller brings a tear to your “Bright Eyes”. More rabbits than you can shake a stick at, including Hazel, Fiver, Dandelion and Bigwig. All of them must leave their home and travel to the nirvana of Watership Down. Mega Film – mega theme song ( well in the U.K. the Art Garfunkel film version sold over a million copies and was a Number One for six weeks in 1979). In 2000 along came the animated TV version.


If you need a rabbit who’s going to be your friend without reservation and teach you the tricky art of ice-skating, go no further, get Thumper. Hopping straight out of Disney’s Bambi, Thumper gets his name from thumping the ground with his right hind leg.

Roger Rabbit/ Jessica Rabbit

Star of the eponymous film “Who framed Roger Rabbit”. Roger lives in the Los Angeles of 1947, he’s zany, he’s wacky and he made an incredible $150 million for Amblin Entertainment when he was first released in 1988. Roger’s sultry wife is Jessica who loves him because “He makes me laugh”. She may look like a bombshell but as she says, “I’m not bad… I’m just drawn that way…”


Forget Florence and Zebedee. If you want to relax and chill out under a cardboard tree, then take a leaf out of Dillon’s book. Star of The Magic Roundabout, Dillon’s the kind of rabbit that is permanently spaced out in a good sort of way. Best version of our laid back friend is in the 1960’s TV series.

White Rabbit

Not many rabbits have a snazzy stopwatch and are constantly late but the White Rabbit is one of Lewis Carroll’s finest creations from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. “Oh my ears and Whiskers!”


OK, so you may not have seen this invisible, six foot, three and a half inch white rabbit but that doesn’t mean he’s not there! After all, if you’ve got an Oscar winning film, several TV remakes and a hugely successful stage play all named after you; you must be doing something right.

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30 Responses to “Top 10 Famous Rabbits”
  1. Onflame says:

    Wow! This article’s really interesting!

    Great work,

  2. simonsez says:

    Harvey’s a classic! Good choice.

  3. Jaz says:

    Not sure that I agree with a couple of them but this is a great list. Thanks for the laugh.

  4. Brad says:

    I think the Energizer Bunny is probably more famous than the Duracell one…

  5. Bill says:

    I think the most famous bunny would be the generic pet rabbit.

  6. kris says:

    wheres frank, u know the 1 from donnie darko, he should be on this list, apart from the fact he looks freakin scary, his face is ace,

  7. Lucien says:

    I agree with Brad, the energizer bunny is more famous,just think about how people use it in commentary

  8. Lucien says:

    I agree with Brad, the energizer bunny is more famous,just think about how people use it in commentary

  9. Lucien says:

    I agree with Brad, the energizer bunny is more famous,just think about how people use it in commentary

  10. Big Bunny says:

    Come on Lucien ‘Get a Life’ The Duracell Bunny, Hops all-over the Energizer Bunny! Why? Because he goes ‘On and On and On’

    Duracell Bunny 1…Energizer Alsoran 0

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  13. Betsy says:

    What about the Playboy Bunny?

  14. Bunny Lover says:

    Yo Big Bunny,

    The Duracell Bunny doesn’t have anything on the Energizer Bunny. I mean has anyone even heard about the Duracell bunny. I don’t think do. The Energizer bunny “keeps going, and going, and going” You catch my drift.

  15. Pannie says:

    Duracell vs. Energizer is a territorial thing.

    The Duracell bunny predates Engergizer’s; however, Duracell let their U.S. trademark expire. Energizer snapped it up and created the famous drum-loving critter for U.S. markets. Duracell has revived their bunny — but they can only use it in Europe, where the Energizer bunny doesn’t exist. And there you have it…the difference in popularity is down to where you are.

    (I hope I got those facts right. This info came from another 3rd party website, who I do trust.)

  16. Cardtouche says:

    Thanks Pannie, as you said here in Europe it’s the Duracell Bunny all the way. Useful comment- Greatly appreciated

  17. John Wood says:

    You forgot The Killer Rabbit from Monty Python and the Holy Grail movie (and Spamalot)LOL

  18. John Wood says:

    Just realized there were 2 rabbits in Monty Python’s Holy Grail movie! There was also The Trojan Rabbit. LOL

  19. David Palin says:

    Aren’t we forgetting a rabbit so famous, a breed of woman was linked to him – yes, it’s our friend boiling in the pot in ‘Fatal Attraction’.

  20. H says:

    Erm, aren’t we overlooking the Easter Bunny here? I’d say he’s pretty damn famous…

  21. Sharon Richards says:

    How about Albrecht Durer’s rabbit that we all remember from our art books, and does any one remember the “Crusader Rabbit” cartoons?

  22. scott says:

    Eddie Rabbit???

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  24. Captain M says:

    wish you guys would top rabbitin’ on and on and on you just keep going and going and going and then there is Chaz & Daves song Rabbit, Rabbit, Rabbit
    Funny Bunnies well it is the year of the rabbit

  25. loopy-laura says:

    My Rabbit/Bunny list is… Peter rabbit his siblings Flopys, Mopsy & Cotton tail & cousin Benjamin Bunny. Brer Rabbit, Bugs Bunny, Duracell Bunny, Easter Bunny, Energizer Bunny, Frank (from Donny Darko), Harry (from Meet the Feebles), NesQuick Bunny, Playboy Bunny, Rodger Rabbit, Thumper, White Rabbit (from Alice in Wonderland)

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