Pop culture's best ever bunnies

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Be it memorable roles in films, as characters and illustrations in books, or even selling batteries in TV ads - there's something about the humble rabbit that resonates with people in a way guinea pigs and hamsters just can't.

From the incredibly cute Thumper of Disney's Bambi to the utterly creepy anthropomorphic Frank of cult psychological thriller Donnie Darko, as well as the incongruously sexy Cadbury's Caramel Bunny, the pointy-eared, buck-toothed fluffballs have burrowed their way into our hearts.

So, before ripping the gold paper off this Easter's Lindt bunny, take a look at 25 of pop culture's most famous bucks and does and let us know which is your favourite in the comments section below, or on Twitter.

Words: Anna Pollitt

Pictures: Rex Features

  • Bugs Bunny

    "Eh....What's Up, Doc?"

    With his New York drawl, nonchalant carrot-munching and laidback demeanor, Bugs is the bad boy bunny who's been tricking his way through Warner Bros. cartoons since 1940 and has appeared in more films than any other cartoon character.

  • Playboy Bunny

    Dressing up as a sexy version of the family pet may seem, well, just a little odd, but Playboy Bunnies have been hopping around since the 1960s - and given the animals' penchant for mating and rolling around in the hay, perhaps their sexy image is somewhat justified.

  • Roger Rabbit

    A hard-drinking murder suspect with a super-sexy wife - Roger isn't the kind of rabbit you'd trade carrots for cuddles with. But, as Jessica Rabbit explains, "He makes me laugh."

  • Easter Bunny

    A bunny that delivers eggs may seem like an odd concept but both the rabbit and the egg are strong fertility symbols so the mythical figure was invented to welcome Spring - and keep children hopeful of an egg in line.

  • Fatal Attraction bunny

    Dan Gallagher's (Michael Douglas) extra-marital affair with Alex Forrest (Glenn Close) in the 1987 thriller Fatal Attraction sees his daughter Ellen's pet bunny fall victim to the stewing pot, giving us the term "bunny boiler."

  • Caramel Bunny

    "Take it easy, with Cadbury's Caramel"

    Spoken in a smooth West Country accent by a curvy eyelash fluttering doe, we're not quite sure of the target audience for Cadbury's caramel chocolate bar, but in the 80s and 90s this attractive anthropomorphic rabbit served as the brand's mascot, and was relaunched in 2009 with an updated look and the tagline 'Still got it.'

  • The White Rabbit

    "I'm late! I'm late! For a very important date! No time to say hello, goodbye! I'm late! I'm late! I'm late!"

    We're never exactly sure of what Alice in Wonderland's White Rabbit is late for, but we do love his dithery manner, elegant wardrobe and giant pocketwatch. In Tim Burton's adaptation of Lewis Carroll's classic fantasy, the White Rabbit is slimmed down, has ditched his spectacles and has been given the name Nivens McTwisp.

  • Thumper

    The adorable Thumper gives even Bambi a run for his money in the cute stakes and remains perhaps one of the most adorable cartoon bunnies of all time, not least for his famous catchphrase, "If you can't say something nice, don't say nothing at all."

  • Frank

    Donnie Darko's Frank is not your average Easter bunny - thankfully.

    The sinister buck has the pointy ears and imperfect teeth, but rather than delivering chocolate he appears to Donnie (Jake Gyllenhaal) as a prophet of doom in Richard Kelly's cult sci-fi drama.

  • Peter Rabbit

    Beatrix Potter's famous blue-jacketed rabbit was named after the author's own pet bunny, Peter Piper, and has entertained millions of children since 1902.

  • Duracell Bunny

    Duracell's unstoppable pink bunny was so recognisable in the 70s that when the battery company failed to renew its trademark in the US, Energizer snapped up the idea and created its own pink mascot with the slogan, "nothing outlasts the Energizer."

  • The Killer Rabbit of Caerbannog

    "The most foul, cruel, and bad-tempered rodent you ever set eyes on."

    The terrible monster causing havoc in the hilarious Monty Python and the Holy Grail is none other than a little white rabbit who manages to decapitate and kill King Arthur's knights.

  • Nesquik Bunny

    Looking not unlike the famous Bugs, Nesquik's recognisable brown cartoon lapin has been fronting the milk beverage and cereal brand since 1973.

  • Watership Down Rabbits

    Richard Adams' Watership Down' is the allegorical tale of a group of rabbits hunting for a better warren in the Hampshire countryside. The rabbits in the never-out-of-print fantasy novel have their own culture, language and, in the case of Fiver, psychic abilities.

  • Velveteen Rabbit

    "When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but really loves you, then you become real."

    Told from the point of view of a stuffed toy rabbit, Margery Williams' 1922 children's novel is the timeless tale of love, relationships and the importance of real beauty above superficial appearances.

  • Rabbit In A Hat

    Startled white bunnies have been pulled out of illusionists' seemingly empty top hats ever since Parisian magician Louis Comte first performed the trick in 1814, though some performers now prefer to conjure up the stuffed variety.

  • The Were Rabbit

    Wallace and Gromit's imposing buck, the Were Rabbit, manages to be be terrifying and innocently charming as he tramples gardens and threatens the village's annual giant vegetable growing contest.

  • Animal Testing Bunny

    A simple bunny sketch symbolised a quest to end animal cruelty in the 80s and 90s, and showed consumers that no rabbits were harmed during the making of their product. The UK banned animal testing for cosmetic purposes in 1998.

  • Banksy's Rabbit

    Subversive street artist Banksy's first New York exhibition was a 2008 installation entitled “Village Pet Store and Charcoal Grill” that depicted a make-up wearing doe, dripping in jewels and filing her paws.

    “I wanted to make art that questioned our relationship with animals and the ethics and sustainability of factory farming.” Banksy said.

  • Human Bunny

    Thought female bunny costumes were born with Playboy? Think again.

    Women have had a desire to don giant ears in honour of the animal since the 1920s.

  • Rabbit's Foot

    Superstitious folk have viewed the rabbit's foot as a good luck charm since 600 BC and in America not just any rabbit foot will do - the charm must be made from the lapin's left hind paw.

  • Echo & The Bunnymen

    "We had this mate who kept suggesting all these names like The Daz Men or Glisserol and the Fan Extractors. Echo and the Bunnymen was one of them. I thought it was just as stupid as the rest."

    The Liverpudlian band's name choice may have been completely random but it totally works.

  • Bunnicula

    Some people consider rabbits to be the creepiest of household pets - an image that was enhanced by the 70s and 80s children's book series Bunnicula, which tells the tale of a vampiric rabbit that puts its prominent gnashers to good use sucking the juice out of vegetables.

  • 8 Mile Rabbit

    "I gave 'im that nickname. When he was little he had these buck teeth and big ears and he was so cute, wike a wittle rabbit."

    Eminem's 8 Mile character is far from cuddly but when it comes to rapping, he is as speedy and agile as his namesake species.

  • Harvey

    Man's best friend is a pooka named Harvey in the 1950 classic movie of the same name. The six-foot, three-and-one-half-inch invisible rabbit pays regular visits to the eccentric social eccentric Elwood P. Dowd (James Stewart), who, unsurprisingly, has trouble convincing others of his invisible pal's existence.